Friday, 21 November 2014

Home-made Black Forest Hot Chocolate.

Black Forest Hot Chocolate Recipe

One of the biggest things making me excited for Winter this year was the return of Costa's Black Forest Hot Chocolate. I was totally obsessed with this drink last year - I love hot chocolate anyway, but this takes it to a whole new level .. it's like drinking black forest gateaux. 

I decided I wanted to try making my own at home and started looking for recipes on line. It turns out that Costa use a black berry syrup in their hot chocolate, with a cherry sauce on top. I couldn't find black berry syrup anywhere but what I did find, was Monin Cherry Syrup and lots of Amazon reviews that said it was perfect for DIY Black Forest Hot Chocolate. Turns out I'm not the only one whose obsessed - I might start a fan group. 

It's taken a few tries, but I've finally got the technique right and wanted to share the recipe with you all. This makes a lovely cherry flavoured hot chocolate that tastes similar, but isn't an exact dupe of the Costa version. 

Here's what you'll need: 

Monin Cherry Syrup (available here at Amazon)
Drinking Chocolate Powder ( I use Bourneville Cocoa )
Milk ( I used semi-skimmed milk )
Squirty Cream 
Adorable Santa and Polar Bear mugs (optional)


Black Forest Hot Chocolate Recipe
Black Forest Hot Chocolate Recipe

First, put 1.5 teaspoons of cocoa powder into a small amount of milk -about a fifth of the mug. Stir this as much as possible and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Next, add 3 tablespoons of cherry syrup - it sounds a lot, but it's necessary if you want the flavour to come through. The aim is to create a thick concentrated liquid of cocoa, milk and syrup at the bottom of the mug. This is to stop the syrup from separating from the milk, which will happen if you skip this step! 

Once you've mixed in the stirred the syrup in well, pop your mug into the microwave for another 30 seconds. Take it out, stir it really well and add another bit of milk to take it to the half way point - then put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Add the rest of the milk and heat it up for another minute, or longer if you like it really hot. As long as the milk is added gradually to the mixture, it'll mix perfectly. Finish off with lots of squirty cream, a sprinkle of cocoa powder and some cherry syrup over the top - and voilĂ ! 

hot chocolate with syrup recipe

Hope you liked this post! 

Have any of you tried Black Forest Hot Chocolate? Have you ever made your own? 

xox





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Monday, 17 November 2014

All Wrapped Up.

Primark Blanket Scarf Outfit
Oversized H&M jumper
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Primark Blanket Scarf Outfit
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River Island Chunky Shoes
Jumper: H&M | Blanket Scarf: Primark | Jamie Jeans: Topshop 
Shoes: River Island | Bag: Zara | Ring: Primark

Oh hello! Hope you've all had a fun weekend. How good is the weather at the moment? Well maybe not for some people, but for me it's my favourite kind - super cold, but dry with clear skies. Sunsets are so nice at this time of year. We made the most of it on Sunday and went out for a walk in Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. It's so pretty in Autumn and there were so many people out walking their dogs - it's made me even more desperate to get one. Me and Andy have decided to wait until we're in a new house and settled before we get a dog, so until then I'll have to make do with befriending the dog walkers when we're out and about (yep, like a weirdo). 

Since it was frosty outside, I wore my new oversized cowl neck jumper from H&M. It's perfect for layering - you could definitely fit a good few under this! I wore it with a long sleeve top and light jumper underneath since I wasn't wearing a coat. And as if that wasn't cosy enough, I wrapped my big check blanket scarf around me. This scarf is amazing, seriously .. it's the warmest thing ever. Since the outfit was all grey and black, I took my favourite yellow bag to add a bit of colour - definitely my most used (and loved) bag of 2014.

What did you all get up to this weekend? 

Eilidh

xox
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Dapper Laughs: Why It's Not Funny

I'm definitely not someone who's easily offended, but when I saw this sleazy, arrogant creep from Facebook had been given airtime on one of our biggest TV channels, I honestly couldn't believe it. It's one thing making vines and videos on facebook, but it's another to have them endorsed by a massive corporation like ITV, and broadcast to the whole country on a prime time TV slot. By putting this creep on telly and calling it 'comedy', ITV told us that they thought this was funny too. Thankfully, a lot of people disagreed and this week, it was cancelled. 

Dapper, or Daniel O'Reilly, has now apologised and obviously, he regrets the criticism he's now getting. He says it was only ever meant to be a funny character, and he didn't expect or want people to copy or idolise him. So why did he retweet numerous fans, who were bragging that they'd shouted 'she knows' at women in the street? A retweet is metaphorical pat-on-the-back in my opinion - he was congratulating them. 

image source: ITV

The most worrying thing, though, is the reaction from some people now that it's been axed. I've read loads of well-liked facebook statuses and tweets claiming that 'people who can't take a joke' have ruined it for everyone else. Apparently, it was funny and we were just supposed to laugh at this guy saying vulgar things to real women and condoning sexual violence. Do these people not see the irony? The fact that they're saying it's just a joke and we shouldn't take it seriously, is the very reason why it should never have been broadcast in the first place. Dapper talks about girls like they're nothing but a potential conquest and his 'dating advice' focuses purely on how to get the girl into bed as quick as possible. Even the way he talks about girls' bodies makes my skin crawl - it's so demeaning. This program gives the message that it's okay to behave this way in real life, as long as you're doing it 'as a joke'. And in my opinion, if you're defending the program, you're defending that message too. 

The bottom line is, ITV should have known how this would go down and I actually think it's unfair for Daniel O'Reilly to take the flack for it all. What about the TV bosses who decided to shine the spotlight on this guy? The internet is full of sleazy, weird videos and that's where Dapper Laughs should have stayed.

What's your thoughts on Dapper Laughs?

xox

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Pinspiration: Clean, Fresh Living Room

Clean and Fresh Living Room
Clean and Fresh Living Room
Clean and Fresh Living Room
Clean and Fresh Living Roomsource: Pinterest

Hello! So I'm going through a bit of blogger's block at the moment. We've had a super busy week - we finally got the pictures taken of the flat which is going up for sale next week, and we've been looking at new houses too. It's probably too early for that, but I just can't help myself! I've also become mildly obsessed in Pinterest and getting living room inspiration for the new house. The living room is the most important room in the house I think - it's where we spent most of our time and the room that people see the most, so I want it to be perfect for us. 

When we first moved into the flat, we went for warm colours like cream, browns and gold tones but now, I'm much more into the clean, fresh look of white, greys and black. I used to worry that white and grey wouldn't be cosy but mixing up the textures and adding in patterned cushions and throws can make such a difference. A cosy, fur rug is a must. I also love the idea above of a feature wall with shelving and a mixture of large and small frames, and using the pictures as a way of adding in some extra colour. Oh, and how gorgeous is that cat?

What do you think of these living rooms?

Eilidh

xox

p.s you can keep up to date with my pinterest favourites here!
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Diorskin Star Foundation.

Dior Star Foundation Swatches shade 31
Dior Star Foundation Swatches shade 31
Dior Star Foundation Swatches shade 31
Dior Skin Foundation c/o Debenhams*


Back in August, which feels like ages ago, I went along to the Debenhams Beauty Buzz event in Glasgow. We were given a little tour around all the counters where the girls gave us demo's of their new and best-selling products. One that caught my eye was the Diorskin Star foundation. We were told this was a foundation similar to Estee Lauder Double Wear in terms of staying power. Now, I love that foundation but the colours are a bit too pink for me. Since Dior have a lot more yellow toned foundation shades, I thought this would be perfect for me.

Dior have a handheld machine which picks the right shade for you, and on me it picked the shade 031. I didn't try it on properly that night, but it looked like the perfect colour. I picked up 031 a few days later and sadly it turned out to be a bit too warm for me, so I had to wait until I'd had some sunshine on holiday before trying it. This foundation does oxidise slightly though, so I'd recommend picking a shade down than what you'd normally go for. The formula is quite thick so I used my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply it. It takes a while to work into the skin but when it's on, it gives an even, medium coverage with a glowy finish. It's buildable if you have red areas of breakouts to cover, although it's fast drying so you need to work quickly.

I have combination skin - the lower half of my face is quite dry but my forehead can be oily at times. With this foundation, my forehead was oily almost straight away which was quite frustrating. In comparison to Estee Lauder Double Wear, sadly I'd say there's none. This foundation only lasted until lunch time before it needed touching up and I even started getting breakouts caused by the extra oil on my forehead. The lower half of my face was fine for most of the day though, so I'd imagine this would work better on someone with drier skin. 

I've heard so many good things about this foundation but sadly, it's not the one for me. 

Have you tried Diorskin Star foundation? What did you think? 

Eilidh 

xox 

p.s only a few days left to enter my giveaway!


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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Alpaca Roll Neck and Check Skort.

Autumn outfit of the day 2014
Autumn outfit of the day 2014
Autumn outfit of the day 2014
Autumn outfit of the day 2014
Alpaca Roll Neck Jumper: ASOS | Purple Check Skort: New Look | Shoes: River Island
Teddy Coat: Debenhams | Bag: Primark | Nails: Rimmel 'Rita Rouge'

Well hello lovelies - hope you've all had a fun week. Can you actually believe it's November already? Where has the year gone? Not that I'm complaining. Now that Halloween's over, it's all about the Christmas countdown! The shops brought out their decorations yesterday and I used to complain it was too early, but if you can't beat them join them eh? I'm definitely in the early Christmas spirit because yesterday I spent the day with some of my favourite Scottish bloggers picking out our names for Secret Santa. We met up for afternoon tea in Patisserie Valerie in Glasgow, where we got the nicest cakes and a good catch up before a bit of shopping in Princes Square.

The weather's been jumping between freezing cold and warm recently, so I was a bit stuck with what to wear. I chose my new camel jumper from ASOS, because it's cosy and casual and mostly because I hadn't had the chance to wear it yet. I'm obsessed with this colour at the moment and love how it looks against the purple check skort. I threw my green teddy coat over the top, but thankfully I decided to ditch it at the last minute when I thought I'd be too warm. I was right - even with the jumper alone I was still too warm. And you know what - next time I'll probably go out in a light jumper  .. and end up freezing, because that's what it's like to live in Scotland. 

Are you loving the camel trend lately? How would you style this jumper? 

Eilidh

xox 

p.s  Only 6 days left to enter my perfume giveaway! 

(L to R) Kayleigh from Frocks and Fairycakes, Naomi from Fabugloss, Linsay from Miss Linny O, Lucy from Florals and Corals, Lyn from Lynnie-Bop and (taking the photo) the lovely Jennifer from Glasgow Fashion Girl 
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