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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!