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Into The Kitchen | Using Up Your Easter Egg Chocolate

  • Thursday, 31 March 2016


This is the time of year I completely associate with chocolate. It just seems never ending and more often than not I end up with so much chocolate that I can't justify eating it all myself. This year I have decided to use some of my Easter chocolate to create some little Easter nests to give to my family. 



WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Chocolate - I used 200g of Dairy Milk
Cornflakes
Mini Eggs


METHOD
Break up the chocolate into little chunks into a heat-proof dish and place in the microwave. Heat up the chocolate checking on it every thirty seconds, giving it a stir until melted. Pour melted chocolate on to a few hand-fulls of cornflakes. Use less or more depending on how chocolate-y you want your cornflake cakes to be. Once evenly mixed, spoon into bun cases, pressing firmly. Add mini eggs to the top of each nest and place in the fridge to enable them to set. 


How do you like to use extra chocolate?

Madolyn
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OOTN | Monochrome Loving With Little Mix

  • Wednesday, 30 March 2016


On Saturday night I went to Leeds Metro Arena to see Little Mix live. It was a birthday present from the boy last year, so it is safe to say that the excitement had built up quite a bit. We had an amazing time and it really made my Bank Holiday weekend. You can see what else I got up to by having a little peek at my Photo Diary of the weekend.

I needed an outfit that was casual enough to go shopping in, yet a little more sophisticated and dressy to go to a music gig in the evening. I opted for a very typical monochrome outfit and paired some simple black leggings with an over-sized shirt. I made the look a little more dressy by wearing my heeled black boots with the gold trim and kept my make up pretty simple with a little extra eye liner.



GET THE LOOK

Top | New Look
Bag | Primark

How do you like to dress up a more casual style of outfit?

Madolyn
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Photo Diary | Bank Holiday Easter Weekend

  • Tuesday, 29 March 2016


A little insight to my Easter bank Holiday Weekend with a photo diary, lifestyle post...

Friday morning was a bit of a slow start. After feeling a little tender from the night before (work hosted a 'Champagne Thursday' after hours...) I spent the majority of the morning lying in bed catching up on a few TV shows. After picking up a couple of sandwiches, James and I decided to go for a walk as the weather was so beautiful. We drove over to Strensall Common which is a beautiful walk way only about twenty minuets from our house. We spent a couple of hours walking and exploring, whilst catching up and having a good old natter.


In the evening we went to the Black Swan in York City Centre to watch a charity gig. It was hosted by someone from work in aid of a very charitable cause. There were five acoustic acts which were all really good, and it was fun watching live music again. We ended up meeting a few friends for some drinks afterwards and going for a dance before heading home.

Saturday morning was another slow start, but it was so lovely spending the morning getting to have a lie-in, chilling out in my PJs, and not having to rush to get ready to go somewhere. In the afternoon we headed over to The White Rose Centre in Leeds. We did a bit of shopping and went for a lovely meal at Handmade Burger co. It was such a nice meal but we ordered way too much food and were absolutely stuffed by the time we finished!


After looking in a few more shops we drove over to Leeds Metro Arena. James bought me two tickets to go and see Little Mix for my birthday in September and after much anticipation, the time had finally come to go and see them live! I was so so excited and although we were surrounded by thousands of screaming kids, it was such a fun performance to go and see. The girls were brilliant live, and they all looked absolutely amazing! Their outfits were great and they must have such a high level of fitness as their voices were on point but they didn't stop moving once.


I decided that I needed to be a little more proactive come Sunday so I spent the morning tidying the house, doing washing and all of the boring jobs that seem to get neglected during the week. I then planned out this weeks blog posts and got typing away. Read all about how I organise and schedule my blog posts here. I decided to make my family some Cornflake Easter Chocolate Nests to take over on Sunday night.


At about five my Dad came to pick me up and we had a bonfire. They have a pretty big garden that produces quite a lot of garden waste so it was fun to get all wrapped up and have a fire outside. The wether was being really weird but I got some beautiful shots of rainbows and strange cloud formations.


Monday morning we had a bit of a lie-in the headed back home after spending the night at my parent's house. I spent the day being completely chilled, catching up on TV, watching films and of course, eating lots of Easter Egg chocolate!

I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday, Easter weekend!
What did you get up too?

Madolyn
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Spring Time Beauty Picks

  • Monday, 28 March 2016


At the start of every new season not only do I switch up my make up, I also like to change around my skin care and beauty routine. I have already written a post about my Spring Time Make Up Picks, and so here is a collection of my Spring Time Beauty Picks ranging from skincare, to body care to nails.


SKINCARE PRODUCTS

On the build up to Spring and during the lighter, brighter days I like to reflect the bright and glowing whether in my skin care routine. I like to take a step back on the make up front and try to have a more glowing and brightening complexion. This is when something like the Everyday Face Gradual Tan from St Tropez come in. This is a brilliant facial moisturiser that offers a very natural looking glow to the skin that gives the appearance of being sun-kissed. I also enjoy using the No.7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm during Spring as it offers a beautiful glow to the skin that shines through make up, giving a lovely dewy and soft appearance to the skin. I also find that as well as applying products that give the appearance of glowing skin, it is also key to apply products that will provide a natural glow. I find that the best way to achieve this is through moisture, and this Facial Oil from Three Organics is amazing at providing absolute hydration to the skin. 

BODY & NAILS

As it is the beginning of Spring, the top nail colour choices for me will forever be pastels and nudes. I have recently purchased this beautiful shade from Essie called Cocktail Bling. I have already written a full review, but it is a perfect grey, Spring-time shade with hints of Lavender. As with nail varnish shades, I also like the scents of my body products to reflect the season change. This Peony & Blush Suede Body Cream from Jo Malone  is the perfect Spring-time scent that is so heavenly when applied to the skin.


What are your Spring time beauty picks?

Madolyn
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My Tips To Successfully Blog With A Nine-Five Job

  • Sunday, 27 March 2016


Although a hobby, there are that many elements involved in creating, producing and maintaing a blog that it can take up quite a lot of time. What with creating and thinking up blog post ideas, taking pictures, editing, writing content and then promoting posts, a lot of organisation and forward thinking needs to be applied, especially when working a full time job. 

ORGANISATION

As I work in an office Monday to Friday, 9am until 5:30pm, I find that when it comes to blogging, organisation in key. Every weekend I set some time aside to decide what blog posts I want to create for the following week. I have created a pretty structured schedule for my blog posts in order to keep myself on track. I usually like to publish 5-6 times a week and so I find it necessary to plan my posts a week in advance to keep me organised. It also means that I can insure that my blog posts are varied and equally spread out rather than having a number of posts in a row all from the same category. 

BULK PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

I like to set time aside on a Sunday morning to take photos for each of my blog posts for the week. I find that taking photographs in natural light creates a much higher quality photo. Once I have organised and decided what my content will be for the up and coming week, I like to take all of my photos in one bulk session. I also find that this saves time as my camera, tripod and photography set up is all out and ready to use.


SCHEDULING

Once I have organised all of my posts for the week and taken all of my photographs, I like to create new posts onto Blogger, which is my blog's platform, and insert all of the photos onto each new blog post and plan when each will be published. My blogging week starts on a Monday and I publish a new post on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Once this is complete I then get onto writing my content. I try to write as much as I can at the weekends just because I find it easier getting it all typed up when I have time set aside for myself. As I usually have the house to myself on a Sunday, this is when most of the content is written. However, I might save some blog posts to write up later on in the week. Once a post is complete with photographs, content and has been proof-read, I then schedule it to be published.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is one of the best ways I have found to promote my blog, especially Twitter and Instagram. However, it can be difficult using social media, especially because I am in an office eight and a half hours a day without the use of my phone. I like to use Buffer, which is a brilliant little app that allows you to schedule ten tweets at a time. The night before a post is due to go live, I use Buffer to schedule my tweets to promote the post that will go live. This way, whilst I'm working, my posts are getting promoted. I then like to post one or two pictures on to my Instagram feed to promote that days post.


How do you blog successfully with a nine to five job?

Madolyn
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FOTD | Featuring The New Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint

  • Friday, 25 March 2016


I love it when you discover a new base that revolutionises the way you do your make up. I have found a new love with the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I love how natural the finish is and have been wearing it pretty much none stop since picking it up on my recent trip to Space NK, Leeds. Teamed with a few of my other make up essentials, this has become my go-to everyday look. Keep reading to see what else I have used to create this natural day-time FOTD.



Have you tried the latest base developed by Nars?
What are your thoughts of the Velvet Matte Skin Tint?

Madolyn
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Fashion Staple | Black Wool Hat

  • Wednesday, 23 March 2016


It is a funny time of year when we're on the cusp of a change of season. The weather always becomes quite unpredictable with it being cold and rainy in the morning, then bright sunshine and warmer temperatures at lunch, before getting swept away in a blustery wind just before dinner. It can always be a bit tricky when deciding what to wear, which is why this Black Wool Hat has become a fashion staple of mine of late.

I feel as though it is the perfect accessory to ensure that I don't get caught out by the weather. It allows me to wear a lighter jacket as it keeps me a bit warmer, it means that my hair doesn't turn into a frizzy mess if it starts to drizzle outside and it keeps the glare out of my eyes for when the sun does decide to come out strong and bright. It was such a bargain at only £8 from Primark just before Christmas. I have only begun to wear it of a late as I think it looks a bit much with my big coat and scarf. With just a light leather jacket however I think it works wonders as we slowly begin to move from Winter to Spring.



What do you think about wool hats as a fashion staple?

Madolyn
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