What a shocker – It’s another Urban Jungle post! But c’mon, with all the cake and cacti how could I resist?!
This time we skipped the savoury and went straaaaaight to the sweet. We shared a slice of lemon cake and millionaires short bread and once again, they really did not dissapoint.
Urban Jungle (if you couldn’t already tell) really is one of my fave places. Being surrounded by all the pretty plants is a dreaaaaaaam to me, I LAV IT!!!! I could quite literally spend allllllll my money in here, when I have my own house I wanna fill it with plants from here (RIP my bank balance). This lil beauty of garden centre is defo one of my happy places and really does make me feel “très joulie” (“very jolly” in French).
I have been loving(!!) over sized tshirts with a knot at the side atm, I’m not always a tshirt fan but I’m really digging this trend rn! This tshirt I actually got about a year ago from Whistles but I’m still absolutely loving it, it’s sooooooo soft and comfy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my latest urban jungle adventures!
If you know me then you’ll know fake tan is kindaaaaa my thing… I’d like to consider myself an expert now. If you wanna here about my relationship with fake tan over the years give >this< post a cheeky lil’ read first.
I’ve recently discovered this little gem of a self tanner and I am in lurrrve with this product! Initially I was a little sceptical due to its cheap price (£4.99!!) but after using this tanner it’s safe to say I wont be going back to any of my other (much loved) brands such as Bondi Sands or St.Tropez any time soon. I alwaysssssss use a mouse, I just find it so much easier (and safer) to apply in order to avoid streaks and patches… I can tell you from experience that this is not a good look. The mouse glidessss onto your skin and surprisingly (again, due to price) smells really nice. It dries suuuuuper quick and in comparison to the Bondi Sands tan is a hell of a lot cleaner (gals if you’ve used this tan then I’m sure you’ll understand the struggle of having white bedsheets).
BEFORE APPLYING > AFTER DEVELOPING FOR 8 HOURS > FINAL TAN RESULT
I love the natural bronzed colour it leaves you with (defo not the horrifying(!!) mahogany colour you’re left with after it’s finished developing lol). BUT my fave thing about this tan is that it is soooooooo easy to exfoliate off. I find that a lot of tans really cling to your skin and can leave you with that classic tiger bread look, but you don’t get that with this tan which is one of the reasons it’s my new fave.
Gals, if you’re looking for a great tan at an even greater price then I’d give this lil’ Superdrug gem a try.
Summer cannot come soon enough this year… Exams are looming just around the corner and with this sudden burst of sunshine in the UK, I am in desperate need of some relaxation and cocktail luvin’… Which leads me nicely onto >this< recipe I found, perfect for any elderflower lover. We actually switched it up a tiny bit so if you wanna use the original recipe that we based ours off then click the link above, if not – enjoy!!
What you’ll need:
- Elderflower Cordial.
- Lemon Sorbet.
- First of all you need to garnish the glass with sugar and raspberries.
- Put one scoop of lemon sorbet in each glass.
- Pour in a shot of gin.
- Add in a splash of elderflower – The amount you put in can depend on how strong you like your elderflower flavour, typically I’d put in just over (if not double) what I’d usually have with water.
- Fill the rest of the glass up with Prosecco and voila!!
Over the last few months I’ve discovered a real love for pinky-toned eyeshadows, I’m constantly on the look out for more and I when I spotted this lil’ beauty I couldn’t resist not adding it to the collection…
This eyeshadow consists of everything you could ever dream an eyeshadow to be(!!) First of all, its weird cream/powder hybrid texture means that it’s suuuuuuuuper quick and easy to apply – which is great if (like me) you’re in a rush to get ready most mornings but wanna make it look like you’ve at least made a lil’ bit of effort with your makeup. The powder aspect of it means that it’s megaaaaaaaa long lasting and doesn’t smudge or melt off ya eyes during the day like a lot of eyeshadows do.
Last but certainly not least…The most important factor when picking an eyeshadow – The glitter factor. This is by far my fave thing about this collection of (and all) eyeshadows, they’re all ultra glittery pigments meaning that your eyes can sparkle to your hearts content… What more could a girl want?
It’s finally (!!!) starting to feel like spring so of course I had to update my wardrobe and make a few cheeky lil’ orders online. The first of which is this jumpsuit that I’ve been eyeing up on ASOS for months (!!) now, impatiently waiting for it to come back into stock.
If you’ve read my OOTD post back in December then you will know just how OBSESSED I was (kinda still am) with my New Look jumpsuit. Any chance I got I would be wearing it, I might as well of slept in it – BUT now that summer is slowly approaching I feel as though I need a more “summery” alternative, and this ticks alllllllll the right boxes.
First of all, it feels sooooo light and comfy – perfect for a warm summers day. Not only this, but is super flattering too. This is the kinda jumpsuit that you can just throw on with a denim jacket, some tan sandals and sunnies and just have an instantly cute outfit. The only downside to this jumpsuit (and definitely something to bare in mind) is that it’s quite a sheer material and therefor you have to be – let’s say – slightly cautious with your underwear choice (lol).
It can’t be denied that my absolute FAVE thing about this jumpsuit is the beautiful embroidery at the bottom, the stitching looks so pretty and delicate – I love it(!!). What I really like about it though is the little –pop– of colour that the red flowers add to it, making it that little bit more interesting that most of my other go-to pieces in my wardrobe.
SUNGLASSES – JUMPSUIT
Mum and I have been dyingggggg to go to Urban Jungle for months now and with it being “Sunday fun day” and all we decided to take a spontaneous trip and see it for ourselves… I’m ngl I loved every second of it.
We decided to head to the cafe before we explored as we were both MEGA hungry. You are surrounded by soooooooo many plants, it’s a plant lovers (my) dream.
On the menu is a variety of toasties and other light snacks as well as plenty of cakes to chose from. I went for a mozzarella and pesto toastie and oh my god… It was the sh*t!!! (I’m still thinking about it now). Mum opted for mushrooms stuffed with chorizo, red onion and cheese which she said were equally delicious. We grabbed some cakes to-go but unfortunately we scoffed them before I got a chance to take a pic of them, but trust me when I say they were super yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
After refuelling we went to explore and it really was like being in heaven. There are plants everywhere (!!!) There’s so many different ones you kinda wanna take them all home with you (or never leave).
Of course I couldn’t leave without buying a plant.. or two… (ok, three to be exact). Spending an hour or two here lost in all the plants was the perfect way to spend our Sunday afternoon. I can guarantee we will be returning in the very near future!!
Over the last few years it’s become a tradition that when Maria and I see each other we bake cookies together and although using a packet mix may be considered cheating it’s turned into an inside joke between the two of us. Today we decided to spice it up a little and make “slutty brownies”. I’m not entirely sure why they’re called “slutty brownies” but I’ve been drooling over pictures of them online, dreaming of the day I’d finally get to make them…
(If you don’t want to cheat and use packet mix I’ll list a real recipe for them at the end of the post).
We didn’t exactly get off to the best start – If you’re going to be lazy like us and cheat then you’ll need 3 packets of the cookie mix, something that hadn’t actually occurred to us until realised we didn’t have enough to fill the pan… You’ll probably need two packets of oreos too because as you can see they were a bit on the sparse side.
The only things you’ll need for the brownie mix (aside from a few table spoons of water thats needed in both mixes) is an egg and some oil… Super easy, super quick and suuuuuuuper lazy – Love it!
Simply pour the brownie mix over the over two layers and put in in the oven for 15-25 mins… Using the packet mixes we were faced with a bit of a timing dilemma, the cookies taking 10-12 mins and the brownies 20-25 mins so we kinda just guess-timated how long to leave them in for. We thought we would make them a little more seasonal and switch it up a bit by sprinkling some mini eggs on the top too.
When we finally decided they were cooked enough and took them out of the oven we couldn’t wait any longer to cut into them so we thought it would be a good idea if I stood outside with them for 5 mins in the hope it would quicken the cooling process…
If you want crisper and somewhat neater slices than you are advised to leave them to cool for an hour, but like I said we were a tad excited about trying them and couldn’t wait any longer.
These totally lived up to expectations and were soooooooo yummy, whoever came up with this idea is an absolute genius, 100% will be making these again!!!!!
Here’s the initial recipe I found: http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/