The other day I had the biggest urge to bake my favourite of all cupcakes, Red Velvet.  For those of you living on another planet, these have a deep red vanilla sponge with a hint of chocolate and are topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.  I arranged all my ingredients on the counter ready to bake and realised I was missing one vital thing.  Red food colouring.  I know this doesn't alter the taste of the cupcakes in anyway, but a red velvet cupcake simply isn't the same without it being red!  Unfortunately, my trusty Waitrose in the high street (not so trusty anymore) did not have any food colouring in stock.  I was down, but not out!  When I want something, it has to happen.  I went ahead and made my precious cupcakes minus the food colouring.  Lo and behold, my Velvet Cupcakes (no red included).
P.S. buying silicone cupcake moulds was one of my best purchases ever.  They make the whole baking process clean and easy.  Plus they brighten up the kitchen!


Working in Central London means I sit on the tube for a total of nearly two and a half hours each day, polluting my poor skin with all kinds of nastiness from the underground.  As soon as I get home from work my main priority is to get straight into the bathroom and wash the days make-up and grime from my face.  Unfortunately, water and ordinary face wash simply don't cut it.  Face wash removes dirt from the surface but I never feel like I've had a deep enough clean to thoroughly extract the days impurities.  Step forward my new miracle beauty product.  Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner.  Aveda have created a creamy exfoliating facial scrub which removes skin cells to leave a smooth and radiant complexion.  The grains are soft enough so that I don't feel as though I'm scrubbing my face with sandpaper but still manage to remove the excess build-up that face wash can't.  The proof is in the water.  Face wash runs almost clear down the drain whereas the water colour after having used the skin refiner is ashamedly grey/orange (that would be London smog mixed with foundation.  Attractive).  Once used, my face feels as though it's been given a new layer of skin.  I can't stress enough the effectiveness of this product without it feeling harsh on my skin at all.  If you're looking for a deeper clean than what face wash can provide, pop into Aveda and ask for a sample, you won't be disappointed!


Rayban Wayfarers

Charlotte Olympia Raffia Pumps

Hermes Twilly

Liberty X Barbour Waxed Jacket

Monica Vinader Ring
It's that wonderful time of year again when people are dashing to Waitrose to buy Delia's Christmas cake in a box recipe and begin to get nostalgic when hey see the coca-cola truck advert on the TV.  Christmas is officially upon us and I thought I would share my wish list with you... in case anyone was feeling particularly generous around this festive period! (Or unless my boyfriend happens to stumble upon this page!).


This weeks Just Things from top to bottom.
  1. Getting freaky at the Illamasqua FREAK launch party.
  2. Delicious display of Chanel cosmetics crammed into elegant sweetie jars.
  3. The intriguing derelict building across from the apartment I was staying at in Liverpool.
  4. Dressed in simple vintage Levis, an Acne black tank and Superga trainers for a sweaty night at Cable London.
  5. The most outrageous Louboutin's that will have people staring at your feet for reasons other than a red sole.
  6. Hair and make-up just before the finishing touches were made for the Illamasqua Freak launch party.
  7. A simple yet stunningly delicious roasted hazelnut and raspberry meringue.


The Zara November look book is INSANE.
When I first saw the images it took me a while to realise they were even from Zara.  The collection looks expensive and dreamy and ticks all of the right boxes.
Clashing prints, floaty dresses, cropped jackets and plaid = genius.
How much do you love the floral shirt, scalloped shorts, fluffy bag combo?  I will be buying this entire look and wearing it all at once with no shame whatsoever.



I'm a huge fan of J.K Rowling's magical stories.  Her style of writing is enchanting and imaginative, forcing you to conjure up your own magical images of her wonderful wizarding world.
Making the decision to turn these fantastical books into movies was the best decision Rowling could have ever made.  The fantasy was turned into a reality and Harry, Ron and Hermione have been turned into real life people who have now become screen legends.
Harry Potter has become a global phenomenon making people wish we could bring to life some of the magical creations from the books and films.  Simply saying the word 'Butterbeer' sounds delicious, I can only imagine the sweet, velvety taste!  If you are fortunate enough to live in America than you can visit Disney's highly anticipated and newly created Harry Potter theme park where they have not only created Butterbeer, but also Diagon Alley and the famous Hogwarts castle.  For those of us less fortunate, we have to make do with pop-up shops.  The most recent Harry Potter world creation has been erected in none other than Britain's most famous department store, Harrods.
Upon entrance you are faced with a dining table from Hogwarts' Great Hall complete with studio lights and a scenic backdrop.  One room is decorated as Dumbledore's office with portraits of past headmasters adorning the walls.  The space itself is filled with costumes and accessories from the main characters which can be purchased.  The most impressive area has to be Olivanders wand shop.  The outside of the 'shop window' is expertly designed to make you feel exactly as though you are walking through Diagon Alley.  Olivanders at Harrods sells replica wands belonging to every character you can think of.  From Harry to Dumbledore, Snape to Sirius Black, the range of wands on offer is spectacular.  They each come presented in a cushioned Velvet box as well as special edition wands belonging to the main characters.  Also in 'Olivanders' is a glass cabinet show casing exact fine replica's of some of the book's most memorable treasures.  These include The Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone, metal castings of all four house crests and the sword of Godric Gryffindor.  All of these are available for purchase.
I strongly urge any Harry Potter fans to go and view this small but wonderful exhibition while it lasts.


 An entire wall of Celine.  Quite possibly my dream come true.

 An incredible picture of Paris rooftops at sunrise from fashion week.

 My homemade brownies from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook which were DIVINE.

 Alice and Olivia dress. Want.

 Scoop open air cinema at London Bridge.

Gorgeously girl, flirty make-up by Illamasqua.


 Joe Corre and Whitney Port
 Vivienne Westwood

In the ancient building of Wilton's music hall, I entered a runway space to be greeted by a stage, a projected backdrop and a glittering gold runway.  I was in love before the show had even begun.  Having never attended A Child Of The Jago show before I was most certainly not disappointed! As much as I enjoy a no fuss fashion show which lets me focus entirely on the clothes, I'm also a fool for theatrics.  for the first time, Jago creators Joe Corre and Barnzley included womenswear into their usual menswear collection.  The incredibly talented and creative team at Illamasqua were given a clear brief for the female models.  Seventies punk rock with a pirate edge mixed with high class eighties hooker.  Half of the models were given sky blue eyes and vibrant blood red smudged lips whilst the other half had jet black lids mixed with expensive gold liquid metal.  When the show began, the models were smoking, kissing and throwing feathers around the catwalk.  This extrovert staging of the show married with the collection perfectly.  The womenswear was sexy yet wearable and the menswear was Jago's usual combination of well sought-out fabrics to create clothing that make an impression.  Amongst the crowd were Vivienne Westwood (Corre's mother), Kelly Cutrone and The Hills' Whitney Port.