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Thursday, 24 November 2016

My Christmas Wishlist 2016


Yes, it may only be November, but I am so excited for Christmas that I couldn't wait to do a Christmas themed post. I mean, I have been listening to Christmas music since November 1. I thought I would start with my Christmas wishlist. I love reading these kinds of posts to get ideas and inspiration for what to ask for and what to buy other people. I think they're really helpful if you're stuck for gift ideas so I hope you enjoy this post :) Let me know in the comments if you would like to see an official Christmas gift guide! So without further ado, here is my Christmas wishlist!

1) Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses - £125 (click here)
2) Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady Watch - £139 (click here)
3) Zoella On My Travels Back Pack - £30 (click here)


4) Zoella Reed Diffuser in Lazy Days - £12 (click here)

5) Pixi Glow Tonic - £18 (click here)


6) Wildfire Teal Beach iPhone 6s case - £30 (click here)


7) Bedroom Decor 

Just general things for my bedroom such as cushions, fairy lights, ornaments etc.

8) Gift Cards

From stores such as New Look and Topshop.

I'll probably end up adding to this blog post as I think up new gifts as time goes on haha. But until then, I hope you enjoyed this post and perhaps got some inspiration. 

Seda x




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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Delicious Carob Cake Recipe - Healthy (No added sugar!)


This cake is an excellent way to enjoy the taste of a moist chocolate fudge cake without all the added sugar and calories. Carob syrup acts as a perfect substitution for melted chocolate and the added banana gives you the sweetness without need for added sugar! Healthy, moist and delicious! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 3 tbsp carob syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1/4 cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • handful of sunflower seeds (for decoration)
  • 2 tsp carob syrup (for decoration)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Centigrade or 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Beat the margarine until smooth and slowly beat in the eggs one at a time. 
  3. Mash the banana and whisk into the mix. 
  4. Add the carob syrup and vanilla extract and beat well until smooth.
  5. Fold in all the dry ingredients until the mixture is well mixed and smooth. 
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin and sprinkle the sunflower seeds on the top and drizzle with the carob syrup. 
  7. Place the cake in the oven for 40-45 mins until a skewer comes out clean from the cake. 
  8. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!


Seda x




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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Paris Haute Couture Week 2016


It's Paris Haute Couture Week this week and you can believe it is as spectacular as ever before. If you aren't familiar, 'Haute Couture' is defined as 'high sewing' which is basically the idea of hand making beautiful, extravagant garments in small ateliers in Paris, with no more than 20 staff. Each piece is delicately hand-crafted with only one made of each design, making each garment even more special. So far this week, we have seen stunning designs from Chanel, Dior, Ralph and Russo, Versace, and much more. Today, we have shows from Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino to name a few, so look out for those looks. Paris Haute Couture Week has been running for 90 years so before I go through the highlights of this weeks shows, let's look back at some signature looks from the past 90 years.

 1988 Yves Saint Laurent

Balmain Couture 1992

Chanel Haute Couture 1994

1956 - Barbara Balmain wearing Pierre Balmain

Now let's take a look at some of the highlights from this week's show so far. First up, the stunning designs from Chanel Haute Couture. 


Some of the key features in the Chanel set were very Blair Waldorf inspired, with the Alice bands, high buns, gloves and embroidered jackets. The pieces were a lot more structured than most other designs we will see during Paris Couture Week. For the makeup, every model wore a smudged eyeliner look which added a grunge edge to the put together, haute designs.  

The next designer that I really loved was Dior. Here are some of the highlights from their show. 

 
A key feature in the Dior looks were the flip flops, which are a first for a Haute Couture show. The sandals added a more laid back feel to the otherwise smart monochromatic looks.

The third collection that I really loved was Atelier Versace Haute Couture AW16. They designed some incredible pieces that looked stunning on the runway.

   
Donatella Versace had some beautiful concepts, with the use of ruffles and metallic fabrics being at the forefront of her designs.

I thought I would give a quick mention to Giambattista Valli whose stunning ball gowns looked incredible on the runway. Truly encompassing what it means by Haute Couture.


Ralph and Russo also featured some incredible designs which I have loved, their gowns are the perfect blend of princess vibes and smart couture. Here are some highlights from their show.


Their main spectacle however was from this years Spring/Summer show, where they closed with this incredible wedding gown. It was made from 826 meters of tulle, 46 meters of organza and millions of beads, crystals and pearls. It truly was haute couture at its finest. 


Hopefully, we will continue to see some incredible examples of skilled craftsmanship and design in the form of these stunning garments in the week ahead.

Seda x






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