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Tips for a Timeless and Minimalist Wardrobe.

17 December 2015

Don't forget you can still get 15% off a Daniel Wellington watch using the discount code 'maddycane'

When it comes to fashion, not all things need to be flashy. In fact, a lot of the time—if not all the time—less is more. There’s definitely something to be said about clean lines and simple style. It seems that the less “noise” certain pieces make, the “louder” they are when combined in unison. Personal style translates from the way you decorate your home to the way you dress your body. Each of these ways is an opportunity to show the world what makes your heart beat. 

For those whose hearts beat solely on minimalism, you know how it is. A classic wardrobe doesn’t just create itself (although we wish it would!), and it takes careful purchases of timeless items to make these dreams of stunningly simple style a reality. And for this reason, we could all use a bit of inspiration every now and again. Here are some tips for those who value timelessness and classic design.

1. Think in Black and White 

This advice could be mishandled if used in virtually any other situation than dressing minimalist. But as it stands in terms of wardrobe rules, minimalism exists primarily in black and white, with a couple shades in between. Say no to bright prints and take this tip form Everlane's PR coordinator (as told to Refinery29) “Stick with a neutral palette and be more playful with certain aspects… The black-and-white combo really helps with the contrast, too."

2. Streamline 

Besides monochromatic tones, the other main tactic to dressing minimalist is to skip details and head straight for garments that show clean, basic lines. Streamline your style with baggy clothing that is somehow still sleek. A good example of this quasi-contradictory tip is to view  WhoWhatWear's take on “clean lines” in the third example. Another great example is the simple yet chic T-shirt dress pictured below, found in Lyst's collection.

  
3. Control Yourself 

As minimalism by definition is to rid your lifestyle of the things that are unnecessary, the same goes for building a minimalist wardrobe. The timeless look we swoon over in magazine editorials and on impossibly chic people takes a bit of dedication and saying “no” to certain styles. It takes commitment. As this R29 article bluntly (and almost satirically) states, “It requires you to control yourself.” So nailing the minimalist trend might take a little more effort than simply buying basic black-and-white clothing. You might have to declutter your mind, too.

Christmas Around the Corner.

13 December 2015

It's only 12 sleeps until Christmas now, but it feels like the business of term time is never going to end. I must admit, I'm not really feeling all that festive yet, but I'm definitely ready for a rest and can't wait to break up soon. I'm planning to be a little more active on my blog over the holidays, and hopefully kick-start my motivation again. I've already planned some (slightly late) gift guides and Christmas themed posts to go up, as well as some new fashion content, and a couple of regular posts. 

In the mean time, just look at this beautiful Mulled Wine Arrangement! It comes from the incredible Appleyard London, who do a stunning range of Christmas bouquets and table pieces. They're well worth checking out if you want something that will stand out and spruce up your table on the big day, or to give to a present to a host or loved one. You can get yours with the discount code BLOG33 which gets you 33% off - enjoy! 


That's all from my little catch-up Sunday evening post, I hope that you'll be seeing more of me soon! What are your plans for the festive season? 

A Soap and Glory Christmas (&Giveaway).

10 December 2015

It's not Christmas without a Soap and Glory offering - they send the shops into a frenzy every year and sell out before you can say 'bubble bath'. This years presents are no exception and with that in mind, I thought it might be worth showing you what's inside so you can decide whether to purchase one yourself, or even treat a friend or loved one (if you can bear to give it away that is!).

First up, Winter Wonderhand - a collection of the top-selling Hand Food Hand Cream in three of the classic fragrances - Sugar Crush, Original Pink and Smoothie Star. I think the size of these are great, not too big that you can't carry them around with you, but also not so ridiculously tiny that you feel you've been ripped off. At only £8 for the whole set, this one is a bit of a bargain too! 

Then there's the Kissmas Cracker, filled with a mini of the infamous Sexy Mother Pucker in Rose and Shine. It's a suits everyone shade, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and I think it would be such a lovely little stocking filler or Secret Santa gift to give away! 

Finally, In the Bag - the real star of the show - if you pardon the weakly Christmas related joke. This is includes a really good selection of products, with a bunch of things to suit all different tastes. My favourite bits are probably the Righteous Butter (mmm) and Scrub of your Life Body Buffer, which both smell amazing and go really nicely together as a pair. There's a foot cream and a hand cream which would work really well for a nice pamper as well as a Clean on Me Shower Gel and Glad Hair Day Shampoo, which I've never tried so can't pass comment on yet. 

All in all, it's a really strong line-up this year, filled with bargains and something to please everyone.  Plus, now you can be in with a chance of winning your own by entering with the Rafflecopter widget below. Think of it as my Christmas present to you!

Are you going to be picking anything from the range up? I'd hurry because they'll go quickly! 

Self-Care.

30 November 2015

Practising self-care is so important, and although I may be hypocritical in saying it, it’s vital to take some time out of your day to look after yourself, mind, body and soul to prevent crashing and burning. According to the International Self-Care Foundation ‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’ 

It’s vital to make time for it, and it should never make you feel guilty. Obviously, it’s a completely personal thing, but here are some ways that I like to practice self-care. 

Take 5 minutes.

Take 5 minutes each evening to relax, and pamper yourself however you like. Whether it’s through a facial, painting your nails or moisturising your body, it’s amazing how these little things can make you feel a whole lot better about yourself. Currently, I’ve been loving whitening my teeth with the Pearl Drops Pure White Kit, which not only gives me a glowing grin, but also helps me feel that bit more confident too. 

Get enough sleep.

We all know how important sleep is, but how many of us don’t actually get enough of it. (sheepishly raises hand). It’s all too tempting to try and stay up late getting work done but after a while it just becomes counterproductive. Turn off your phone, go to bed and I guarantee your body will thank you for it in the morning. 

Keep the area around you tidy. 

This is a personal one for me, but the old adage, ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ really is true. I always feel so much more relaxed and productive when the area around me is ordered and my room isn’t filled with clutter. Although you may not know it at the moment … 

Tick something off your to-do list. 

I’m a pretty bad procrastinator and will tend to put things off until they absolutely ‘have’ to be done. It’s such a great feeling not to have to have things nagging at the back of your mind and 9 times out of 10 it’ll take less than 5 minutes to do anyway. 

Treat yo’self (or someone else)

It always makes you feel good to do something nice for someone else, even if it’s as simple as paying a compliment. Don’t forget it’s okay to treat yourself sometimes too though … you deserve it. Whether it’s buying that lipstick that you’ve lusted after for ages or having a nice bubble bath, the little things can make all the difference to your mood.


Stupidly Healthy.

22 November 2015

I seem to have taken an unintentional blogging break after the last couple of weeks, but it pains me to leave this space unattended for too long so I thought that I'd check in today with a quick update of some drinks that I was recently introduced to and have been loving over the last couple of weeks. Meet Moju, the super drinks that are stupidly healthy, designed to make wholesome juices accessible for everyone. They taste amazing, plus, with cold weather and illness coming and indulgent christmas foods coming, it seemed the perfect time to talk about them. 

Set up by Charlie and Rich, these drinks have a similar story behind them to innocent smoothies, and I think they're going to be just as big a hit. Cold-pressed and packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants they are not only incredible for your insides, but also taste great too. For those with special dietary requirements, they are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. You can order a fridge pack from their website online as well as farmers markets, festivals, homes, offices, parks, yoga studios and some London cafés. But watch out, because I'm sure they'll be popping up more and more often. 

To be completely honest, I'm not sure I can even pick a favourite. The line is made up of three juices; The Green Juice (vitamin and potassium-rich leafy lush greens, with a twist of lemon and a hint of ginger), The Purple Juice (nutrient-rich and sweet root vegetables, balanced with crisp apple and refreshing cucumber) and The Orange Juice (a boost of Vitamin C and A from carrots and red pepper, with a ginger and turmeric kick and a twist of lemon). All come with impressive benefits and are the equivalent of 1/2 kilo of produce (four portions of fruit and veg). You can almost feel your eyes sparkling and skin clearing up after drinking them, but if you want to make them a little less healthy they work well mixed with spirits too. 

Of course, you could just make your own juice at home, but I think the time and effort involved means that these come out so much better at only £2.95 per bottle. Although they may have to only be reserved for special treats. What do you think of the look of these? 

Get #StupidlyHealthy with MOJU over their social media channels:

Wellington.

15 November 2015

Get 15% off your next order using the code MADDYCANE at the checkout

My blog has been no stranger to Daniel Wellington watches over the years, and I recently added a new one to my collection so I thought I would show you all. Their such classic, timeless pieces, and my latest addition, the classic bristol is perfect of everyday wear. They're all equally as stunning, with the finest quality straps and the kind of minimal simplicity that will pair well with whatever you have in your wardrobe. 

They fit beautifully on my wrist, which is a first for someone with as small wrists as me and the watch face of 36mm sits really well. If that's still too big for you, they have some smaller faces in the classy range, which I posted about here

They'd make the perfect christmas present to treat someone to around this time of year, or even as a present to yourself. Why not check out their website and let me know what your favourites are. Plus, don't forget to claim your 15% off your order by using the code MADDYCANE on all purchases until January 14th. 

What do you think of Daniel Wellington?

#Shelfie.

13 November 2015

Sometimes you have those days, weeks, or even months where you never seem to have time to rest. Well it's been like that for me recently with increasing school pressure and illness, so I thought it would be nice to take the evening off and have a nice pamper. Here's what was on the menu ... 

My current hair picks are the Silk18 Range from Maple Holistics. Refreshing, invigorating and deeply cleansing, they do a good job without stripping all the natural oils from your hair. You can buy the shampoo here and the conditioner here. For bath products, there's a new brand that have taken my fancy recently. The Mandara Spa line boasts a luxurious range of bath and body care products inspired by treatments from around the world. The Bali Santi range is mainly based around coconut scents, so right up my alley, and my favourites from the range, who have reached it to top shelf status, are the Coconut Glow Smoothing Body Polish, Indulgent Bath and Shower cream and Softening Body Cream. They smell heavenly and do a good job at keeping skin smooth and supple, whilst being really relaxing and calming scents at the same time. For something a little more energising, I love Lush's Woosh Shower Jelly, which although is a pain to use, has an amazing citrusy smell that's perfect for waking you up. 

So why not take the evening out for yourself and have a little pamper? What are your favourite products to use?

Social Media, Life Update and Essena O'Neill.

08 November 2015

The internet world erupted this week, struggling to make sense of Essena O'Neill's apparent quitting of social media. It's taken a while for me to form my own opinions on it, but now that I've thought about it a little more, here are my own two cents. 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, this article should clear things up for you. In a nutshell, Essena O'Neill was an internet famous, Australian 'Instagrammer' with about half a million followers, as well as large followings on other social media challenges. After becoming disillusioned with social media, she has deleted thousands of videos and photos and edited all the captions on her remaining photos to show the 'real truth' behind the pictures. She also posted a video explaining her choice to leave social media - citing her desire to live in the 3D world again as her main reason.

Although it may just be the cynic in me, the whole thing seems a little hypocritical. Using social media to announce you're quitting social media, rapidly increasing your internet fame at the same time and, all the while, asking your viewers to 'support' you (financially) if they like your new website - which, coincidentally, is still a form of social media. Nevertheless, I think there's still a lot that we can learn from her choices, and I would never want to form a solid judgement without knowing all the facts. 

- Social media is art not reality

It's easy to scroll through Instagram and envy the lives of everyone you see, but the reality is, their lives will not be as perfect as the pictures make it seem. A photo takes a millisecond to take, it's not a representation of someone's day, and people only share what they want to. I'm well aware my own life looks completely different online to real life, its realising everyone else's is too that's the problem. Photos can be edited to within an inch of their life, but at the end of the day, no one wants to share their worst bits with the world, and understandably so - I see nothing wrong with making the internet as positive as possible, but that doesn't mean we need to fake things to do so. 

It would be a lie for me to say that I don't take a ton of photos before choosing the one that makes me look the best and maybe even editing the odd spot out and getting the lighting right post click. But that doesn't mean that's not not okay. Everyone wants to look their best sometimes and as long as you aren't basing your whole self worth off likes, follows and views, all social media is allowing us to do is have a platform to share something that we love. Our intentions will determine the satisfaction that we gain. 

It would go against human nature to share the worst bits, but perhaps the answer is just to be more honest. I for one know that I haven't always been, for example I hadn't yet shared online that I've been ill for a while now and have only really left my bed to go to school over the past couple of weeks, hence the slacking on the blogging front. I'm working on putting together more posts on both the health and mental illness issues that have been affecting me to come soon because I've since realised the importance of opening up and staying honest but just because something isn't shared online it doesn't mean that it's deceit. Sometimes we need an escape from reality, and others we just aren't quite ready to share. 

- We could all do with being a little less consumed by it 

I for one could take a lot from this point. I've wasted hours of my life scrolling though other people's feeds, and often wanting what they seem to have. Sometimes, we could all gain something from switching off the phone and living in the moment. 

- Whether we like it or not, social media is powerful 

Many companies in recent years have latched onto the power of the influence online personas have on their viewers. New job titles are created everyday because of the power of the internet, and that's not about to change. Companies have dedicated teams to update their online profiles and for good reason, social media is current, it's relatable, and it's cheap - if they're willing to spend money on it then you know it must be worth it. 

Honestly, I don't think that many people were shocked at the revelation that people who are famous on the internet are paid to promote products. All in all, I don't really have a problem with it - good on them for being able to turn it into a job - but it's the integrity of the person involved that matters. I have never to his day posted about samples with ungenuine opinions and would never accept money for something I didn't believe in. As viewers, we need to be savvy but in the end I think that it's a two way street and if you are willing to compromise the trust of your subscribers, then it is your own problem rather than social media's. 

- But we don't have to hide from it 

In a parting gesture, Essena renamed her instagram profile 'social media is not real' and obviously it isn't - nothing will ever replace the 3D world that we live in. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be on it. Social media is not the problem, your attitude is. Use it to create beautiful photos you are genuinely proud of, promote a message, share your life, keep in touch with family and friends. I see nothing wrong with only sharing the good parts, just make sure that you can separate it from your reality. 

I'm not sure that a lot of this makes sense, and this post is a bit all over the place, so I'll leave it at that for today. I hope you liked this more thoughtful post and I would love to know your thoughts. 

Photo from fromroses.com

Latest in Beauty.

01 November 2015

I’m always trying a tonne of new and exciting products, and endeavour to bring you only the creme de la creme of the bunch. Blogger hype is a difficult thing not to give in to, and a multitude of shiny and new products often tempt the more Magpie like side of me, but it’s always great to have a second opinion on all things beauty before you part with the monies. The following lot, however, have stood out from the crowd of autumn/winter releases for me and all earned their spot in my daily rotation of products. Perhaps they might in yours too … 

Latest in Beauty Box 

Inside the box is…
+ Bee Good – Youthful Enhancing Lift and Brighten Eye 5ml
+ St Tropez – Gradual Tan In Shower Cream 50ml
+ Prismologie – Indigo Interlude Foot Cream & Pink O’Clock Hand & Cuticle Cream 2x10ml
+ Dr Lipp – Miracle Balm 15ml
+ NUDE Skincare – Skincare ProGenius Rescue Oil (800 ProGenius Treatment Oil) 5ml
+ Ciaté London – London Paint Pots – Mistress 13.5ml
+ Eyeko – Black Fat Liquid Eyeliner 3.5g

Thoughts? *insert applause emoji* You know my thoughts on beauty boxes by now, they can so easily turn into endless samples of products that are unsuited in shades and formulas that you would never wear, but Get the Gloss x Latest in Beauty have really outdone themselves on this account. From the amazing Eyeko liner to the St Tropez lotion, there isn't a thing in there that I haven't loved. Best of all, they're all in the perfect mini size for taking on a winter break. At only £15.95 for over £60 worth of products, this is one collection of goodies that you shouldn't miss if you're passionate about finding new products. 

Laqa and Co Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag - Housed inside a beautiful and luxurious gold tube, this soft matte lip crayon is great for both ease of use and look. The beautiful hot pink colour looks lovely swiped and patted into the lips or blended softly into the cheeks for a healthy flushed look, perfect for winter. Added to that the roll up stick which means you'll never have any need for a sharpener and you've got yourself the easiest product ever. 

Love me Beauty Box - 

Inside the box is ... 
+ Lottie London Nail Polish in 'Bring Me Joy'
+ Ciate Nail Polish in Pepperminty
+ Lord & Berry Twiststick Lipsticks in Arizona
+ Love Me Beauty eyelash curlers
+ Monuspa Rosewood Reviving Mist

Thoughts? Love Me Beauty have been going through some revamps lately so this month's 'box' came in a bag instead - but safe to say the quality of the products inside haven't declined at all. Both the nail polishes are really pretty pastel colours, and practical for me too because I never seem to be able to finish full sizes without them going gloopy towards the end. The curlers are a great edition to my spare makeup bag, which I take with me when I go away, as is the Reviving Mist - always nice to have in stressful situations or to finish off your skin care routine. Finally, the twiststick is the perfect Christmas party colour, and I look forward to wearing this a lot more as we draw closer to the end of the year. 

Clarins Christmas Palette - This sleekly packaged eyeshadow palette with 10 super wearable neutral shades from nudes to darks will be top of a lot of christmas lists this year, and for good reason. Just look at it, it's stunning! There are a couple of downsides - a metal box instead of cardboard would have been nice, as would a touch more pigmentation in some of the shades, but as an introductory palette for someone beginning to experiment with eyeshadows I think that this would make a great christmas gift. Now we're in November, it's acceptable to start getting excited, right...?

Mojito Mocktails.

28 October 2015


The classic mojito is probably my favourite cocktail, but the Mocktail version is just as nice if you're looking for something a little fresher. Summer may be over, but that's no reason for the fresh and fruity drinks to stop too! 

Here's what you will need: Apple Juice (best freshly pressed if you can manage it), Club Soda, Sugar, Fresh Mint, Limes and lots of ice. 

Instructions:

Finely chop the mint leaves and press with a pestle to release the oils. Add the sugar (if wanted) and press the mint leaves and sugar together with the back of a spoon. Move to pitcher and add the lime juice and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy.

Add sparkling water, apple juice and as much ice as possible. Garnish mint leaves.

Enjoy!

Classy.

25 October 2015

I'm pretty boring when it comes to all things fashion, but prefer to think of it as 'timeless'. Recently, I've added a couple of items that fit the brief to my wardrobe, so I thought that I'd show them to you today. 


Jeans are an essential for everyone I think, no matter what your style, but a good cut is hard to come across. I'm in love with my new high-waisted ones Asos Farleigh Jeans, which are figure flattering and hug in all the right place. Watch out for an upcoming outfit post where I'm wearing these! Plus, they even do a long length version which are perfect for my giraffe like limbs. In terms of accessories, I thing glasses look so chic when paired with the right clothes, and these London Retro Fitzrovia ones have a really nice rounded wayfarer type shape.

When it comes to elegance and style, a classy watch can do a lot for your outfit. Daniel Wellington are everywhere at the moment, but for good reason, and I couldn't help adding the Classy Sheffield to my collection. It's a beautiful design with a slightly smaller face than the classic and with diamond studs instead of the classic face to dress it up a little. Safe to say it won't be leaving my wrist any time soon! To get 15% off your next order you can use the code maddycane.

What are your classic essentials?

Trying Something New.

11 October 2015

Posting about skincare is never easy. It's such a personal topic and everyone has their own opinions, plus, I'm so awful at sticking to an actual routine that it's hard to tell what is actually working. With that said, I've found a couple of products that really seem to be working for me at the moment and have moved my successfully into caring for my skin in the colder weather.

In terms of masks, the Bee Venom facial serum is a lifesaver. I've been having far too many late nights trying to get on top of work, blogging, coursework and everything else going on lately and my skin has definitely suffered for it. Gone are the days of naturally glowing summer skin (sobs to self). This stuff though, is a lifesaver. Both super fast and brightening, it sloughs off the dead skin cells leaving a glow and reducing some of my redness and pigmentation. It may be pricy, but boy is it worth it. Spot creams are a bit of meh product for me, I'm never 100% convinced that they work, but the Vitage Correct and Perfect Spot Serum seems to be pretty effective, and doesn't dry out my skin like others seem to do. 

Just recently I decided to reinvest in some new heads for my Magnitone Lucid. It was a bit of a head banging on the wall moment when I tried them out again and asked myself how I ever forgot how good they were for my skin. They give just the right amount of exfoliation for everyday use and give the skin a really bright and healthy look. I'm also loving my Balance Hylauronic moisturiser, which is one of the best in terms of formulas that I've found. Hyaluronic acid is always a good thing for skin, and perfect for the winter, where you need that more intense hydration. 

Have you found any good skincare items recently? Any I should add to my list?

Night Out Makeup.

09 October 2015

New seasons mean new launches, and with Autumn here, they're flooding in left, right and centre. Clarins never cease to amaze me with the beautiful collections they bring out time and time again. I know I'm definitely guilty of only thinking of them when it comes to skincare, but I'm always impressed with the quality and wearability of their products. So much so this time round, that I've put together a whole evening makeup look using just their products! 

The Autumn collection released two palettes, pretty day and pretty night, and whilst I liked the look of both, I think the day version caters much better to my needs. With 5 really wearable shades, there's a pink, a beige, and some shimmery and matte taupes and browns, perfect for either day or night and with a gorgeous buttery finish. The darker colours are great for a nighttime look, despite the palette's name, but something like this would be great for travelling as it has all your bases covered. 

You know what a fan of the Ombre Matte Shadows I am already, and Heather, new to the line-up, is no exception to the rule. With a matte finish that sticks around forever, I use this as both a transition shade to help blend everything out and a base as well. 

Then we have the pencils, which I was the most intrigued by. Having never given a brow pencil a go before, I've been trialling this and actually really like the way it makes my brows look. Soft yet defined, it's definitely one to pick up if you don't like your brows looking too harsh and the spooly on the end is really useful too. Finally, the Kohl pencil in Violet, is actually one of my favourites from the lineup. A softer alternative to black, it helps my brown eyes pop and isn't nearly as scary as it looks. 

A finally, to finish off the set, a nice nude - what else did you expect of me? The Rouge Eclat range has been one of my favourites for a while because I really like the soft, nourishing formula, and Tawny Rose is a really pretty muted brown pink which goes perfectly with a darker eye or more natural look. 

I'd recommend getting your hands on it before it all sells out! What do you think of this collection?

Bralette.

06 October 2015

I try not to blindly follow trends, but this one just grabbed me and I can't get enough of it. I was lucky enough to be given a lace bralette by my two sisters for my birthday and I've hardly stopped wearing it since. Mine's from Pull&Bear, but these lace beauties can be found pretty much anywhere now and I'm still on the hunt to add some more nice ones to my collection. 

Nice lingerie just makes all the difference to my mood and these bralettes are so pretty that it's almost acceptable to show the world them too. Let it peak out under a tshirt or through a sheer shirt or crank up the intensity and wear it with a low, loose tank top. 

I've honestly never worn a more comfortable bra, and they are fab for those less well endowed in the chest area *ahem* - although I'm sure you could find some more supportive options out there. Great for warmer weather, but also really nice for layering too, I love wearing mine with some boho jewellery to add to the relaxed feel. The silver necklace pictured above is my hamsa hand from Moontide Jewellery, which is an almost everyday wear for me, but if I want to make it a tad more dressy I also love the gold stacking necklaces from Happiness Boutique

If you have any recommendations of where I can get some more I'd love to know, otherwise I'm going to look into a DIY version. 

What do you think of lace bralettes?

Secret Ingredient Healthy Brownies.

04 October 2015

You know those healthy recipes you find online, try out and then suffer with the disappointment that they weren't as good as the real thing? Well, these are not those. I know what you're thinking - nothing could ever beat a deep, rich, fudge and chocolatey brownie - but these do just the job whilst being gluten, lactose, (basically everything) free, and vegan to boot. I tried them out on my unsuspecting family and not a single comment, not even a guess as to whether a different recipe had been used. Even from my sister who's the Paul Hollywood of our family - result! 

Makes 9 

Ingredients: 

1 can of black beans
2 tbsp cocoa powder
40g quick oats
75g honey/maple syrup - depending on your taste and vegan preferences
2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase the above)
40g coconut or vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
115-140g chocolate chips (not optional)

Simply blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and then add in the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and let cook for 10-15 mins before cooling and tucking in. Why not play a game and see who can taste the magic ingredient - I'll bet you they can't! 

Will you be making these? Let me know how they go if you do!

5 Things: Minimal Makeup.

23 September 2015



Given that I managed to pick up a bit of a tan on holiday, (or maybe it's just sheer laziness), my makeup has been getting more and more minimal. An extra twenty minutes in bed and minimal touchups - you can count me in. Plus with an edit this small, you know everything is going to be good. Here's what I've been wearing on my face recently. 

Clarins Instant Concealer (01) to cover blemishes and redness

Rodial Bronzer to give some warmth and definition - a pricey one but the look it gives is beautiful and oh so natural. 

Clarins Eyebrow Pencil to lightly fill in brows

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect to give a fluttery, flirty look

LAQA Lip Lube in Honeypot (worn above) or Skin Chemists Lip Pump Extreme to pull together the look and add a nice plumpness and shine to the lips. The lip plump is pricey, but as you can tell from the photo above, the results are so so worth it. Angelina Jolie lips in seconds. 

And that's literally it! It couldn't be easier! Have you tried any of these? What kind of makeup look have you been going for recently?

Less is More.

17 September 2015

It occurred to me recently how out of hand my makeup collection was becoming. After a good (but slightly painful on my behalf - goodbye my pretties) clear out, I've whittled my collection down to a more respectable size and am going to try my hardest to keep it that way. 

I've started implementing a one-in-one-out type policy, or net-zero as it's sometimes known, to keep the size from growing, and can now only treat myself once I've got rid of something else. I can't help thinking how wasteful it is to have these things cluttering up my makeup draw where they won't be used, instead of going to a good home or being thrown away when they expire. 

I've set myself the target of buying better quality, but less. I don't want to buy things only because they're cheap, or on offer. Drawers of forgotten, old make-up aren't really that appealing to me and the concept continues into other areas of my life. 

Sometimes, less really is more. 

What do you think of this concept?

5 Things: Minimal Decorating.

15 September 2015

Minimalistic style is one that really appeals to me, you only need to look at my Pinterest boards to see that, but whilst I love the style, I don't want it to feel clinical or cold. Here are a few of my favourite ways to make my space personal whilst still maintaining the aesthetic.

White Walls - Confession time; I'm a white wall obsessive. For me, it acts as a bare canvas to let the rest of your possessions stand out, whilst calming everything else down. Plus, for all those bloggers out there, they act as the perfect back drop. 

Greenery - Cacti and succulents are big in the online world and for good reason. A little bit of foliage here and there can bring life and freshness to your room. I got my planter for Appleyard London, who also do a lovely range of summer blooms if you're more of a flower person. They can deliver next day flowers  or do a flower delivery for your specified date so are amazing for gifts too; just choose the address to send flowers to, and they'll be there before you know it! Just don't forget to water them because dying plants don't really have the same appeal to them;)

You can get a 33% Discount off any of their range of luxury bouquets now using the code BLOG33 - so don't miss out!

Textiles - I mentioned avoiding the clinical feel and what better way than blankets and all things cosy? I like to layer them on my bed in different patterns to add some colour and warmth back into the room. 

Functional decoration - Objects like my Polaroid camera make lovely decorative pieces, as well as serving a purpose. When trying to keep a space minimal, it's important not to over clutter so by using your possessions for dual usage you eliminate this option. Other favourites of mine include sunglasses, perfume bottles and books. 

Art - I'm building up a steady collection of prints and artwork as well as personal photos to make a massive gallery wall one day. Perfect for adding personality, memories and a hint of sentimentality to a room, these will really make your space your own. 

How do you like to make your space more 'you'?

Get Set, Go.

13 September 2015



It may almost be the end of summer, so fitness motivation is probably slacking, but here are some of my recommendations to get you inspired again. 

The Clothing - Adidas have just launched their newest drop, and I'm all over it. With comfortable sports bras, leggings, tops and more, all in pretty colours, there's something to cover all manner of exercise activities and what's more, you'll look great whilst wearing it. Get yours here

The Songs - Any pop hits are a yes from me when exercising (if I'm not catching up on guilty pleasure T.V that is). I've been loving this 8tracks playlist - it's impossible not to want to boogie and give the workout your all when this is playing in the background. 16 tracks of pure motivation. 

The Workouts - Fitness Blenders 5 Day Challenge is a great place to start with exercising at home. It only takes about half an hour a day including warm up and cool down and the carefully planned schedule means that you're working all of your body. 

What are some of the fitness things you have been loving lately?

Lessons for myself for Blogging.

06 September 2015

With the abundance of advice posts to do with blogging on the internet, I wanted to stay away from telling you what do with your blog. Instead, here are the lessons I need to take and grow from whilst blogging. If they help you too then great, if not, oh well! Your blog is your space, you do you. 

1. Stay true to yourself

2. Don't let it become a chore

3. Be proud of what you create

4. Try and create interesting, meaningful content (something I'm really working on) 

5. Share the love with everyone

6. Ignore the numbers

7. Stop with all the comparisons

8. Try and widen your skill-set

9. Write for yourself not others

10. Publish everything, don't be embarrassed or scared

11. Stay unique 

12. Take breaks when you need them

13. Do it for the enjoyment not the business

14. You never know what is going to be successful

15. Reach out to other people, make new friends! 

What are some things you need to remember whilst blogging?

Making my Tech Look Pretty.

05 September 2015
I'm one of those people that likes to inject a little bit of personality into everything I own. Especially with easily customisable items like gadgets, it's nice to make everything a little bit more unique and stand out from the crowd. 

I'm possible a little bit more addicted to my tech than I should be *cough cough* and will pretty much always have some form of it near or at least around me ... well a girl's got to check her instagram doesn't she? With the amount that I carry things around with me, it's only fair that they get a nice case to go with them to make them look pretty. 

I recently got this ICONEMESIS Cat Sims feather phone case and am in love with the subtle black and white feather print. It goes with everything and the actual case itself is really sturdy and will hopefully help protect your phone from any knocks and bumps that you might put it through (sorry phone!). There's loads more to choose from on their website, or if you're looking for something slightly different you can check out the ones that I sell too, here.

It's currently on sale for only £10 down from £15, so make sure you don't miss out on the offer. Buy it here

What about you, do you customise your technology?

New Blog New Me?

03 September 2015

I've been contemplating change for a while now, deciding whether to change the name of this blog and start afresh. Whilst I still love blogging, I feel that I've become less and less true to myself in my writing on here, and I didn't really like the direction that it was heading. Change is always bittersweet so at the same time as being sad to leave UNSTITCHEDD behind, I'm happy to be starting afresh with 'Maddy Cane' which I hope will be a more honest reflection of the person behind the blog. You probably all know and think of me as a beauty blogger, but I'm hoping that I will be changing my content up slightly to include more lifestyle, art, fashion, food, musings, photography, travel and interiors posts, as well as the ones that you have come to know (and hopefully love).

I really hope that you're all happy with the new change and are here to stay. It's still the same old me behind the blog, just with a slight new direction to encompass more facets of my interests and personality. I'm hoping the whole change will give me a new outlook on blogging and respark the love and passion that I have for it, which you will hopefully be able to see in my content. I'm going to be changing my design in a couple of weeks time (more on that later) and am still pondering whether to  keep my old content up or start completely afresh (let me know your thoughts below). 

The old site should now direct you to here, and all my social media names have changed as well so I will link them down below. Hopefully I'll be back into the flow of things soon with lots of new and interesting content. Please don't hate me, and I hope you stay on this journey with me, tell me what you think! 


New email address: maddycane@gmail.com

Twitter: twitter.com/maddycanee - @maddycanee


Instagram: instagram.com/maddycanee - @maddycanee