Sunday, 25 March 2018

Top Tips For A Cosy Night In

Candle and lightbox

If it's a choice between a night out or a night in, I'm always a night in kind of girl. There is nothing better than a cosy night in either by yourself or with some of your favourite people. So today I am sharing with you all my top tips for having a cosy night in.

Frozen DVD

Watch your favourite shows/movies. Whether it's Netflix, Amazon Prime, a DVD, catch-up, or just your must-see TV show, a night in is the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa and indulge in a bit of screen time. I'm a huge fan of musicals or just any movie that involves singing. Can't beat Frozen for a bit of feel-good! For anyone looking for a new series to get stuck into, I highly recommend Fringe. I was addicted to this during university! Back then though, all I had was my trusted little laptop to watch it off. The best way to watch your favourite shows at home is on a high quality television set like the new Panasonic 4K Ultra HD OLED televisions. Designed to offer the cinema experience from the comfort of your own home, what's not to like? The sound system used has been developed with sound experts, Technics, so you're sure to get the most out of your screen time without having to purchase additional speakers. High quality graphics and a superb sound system, you'll be the hostess of every movie night!

Blueberry scented candle

Candles and lighting. I have been obsessed with lighting candles recently. Having recently started doing my research into the Danish way of living known as Hygge, I have been slowly transforming my house into a little haven of cosy bliss. Lighting candles or hanging fairy lights is such a brilliant way to create a cosy atmosphere.

Yankee Candle reed diffuser

Make it smell nice. If you don't have scented candles, or if you just don't like lighting candles at all then I highly recommend purchasing some reed diffusers. I have one in my bedroom from Yankee Candle and it keeps my bedroom smelling so sweet and fresh without the worry of a flame. I love lighting scented candles but the scent fades once the candle flame is put out so I much prefer using flameless alternatives to prolong the scent. Plus, I do often get paranoid that one day I'll just forget that I've left a candle burning!

Healthy banana oat cookies

Snacks. A cosy night in always has to involve food of some description! For me, I love having snacks to hand. I try to keep it fairly healthy and I tend to make my own treats to indulge on. I love making my healthy banana oat cookies as they're so delicious yet they're good for you so you don't feel too guilty if you have one too many!

What do you do to create a cosy night in?

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Black Is The New Black

I remember the days when it was all about the LBD (little black dress) but, nowadays, we are all encouraged to be a little brighter and a little bolder. However, I'm still a huge fan of wearing black as you know you just can't wrong with it!

I was recently sent a few lovely pieces from the team at Tobi, an online retail company based in Los Angeles selling a wide range of clothing in a chilled, laid-back LA style. If you love your casual wear but want to stay on trend, Tobi is the place to browse. They also ship worldwide.

I am absolutely in love with this Black Lace Bralette* from Tobi. You can easily wear it for a chilled out evening snuggled up on the sofa, or you could glam it up with some high waisted leggings and a pair of heels for a night out with the girls. The straps are elasticated and I've been wearing it crossed over my neck in a halterneck style. 

With the cold weather not showing any signs of fading away, this super cosy Black Lace Up Sweater* has been a welcome addition to my wardrobe. Paired with some skinny jeans or a pair of leggings, this is great for the cool-casual look. I'm 5'4 and this comes up a little long on me so I've been wearing it as a jumper dress. The lace up detail down the sleeves is a nice touch as well and shows a little skin.

Of course, I couldn't miss out the LBD! This Black Lace Skater Dress* is simple enough to wear on a lunch date but you can also glam it up in the evening with a pair of heels. It's all in the detail with this dress from the lace centre all the way down to the fluted ruffle sleeves.

What do you think of this selection? Do you still own a little black dress?

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (super healthy, refined sugar-free, vegan-friendly)

Hello everyone! It's been a while! What better way to kick things back off again with a super healthy and equally delicious cookie recipe. 

These cookies are my go-to healthy snack and I like to make a batch every now and then to store in a kilner jar for when I get those sweet cravings. Bananas are one of my favourite natural sweet treats and barely a day goes by where I don't add a banana or two to at least one of meals or snacks. 

These cookies are naturally sweet thanks to the bananas and they are both soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I can't get enough of these and I can't believe how simple they are to make. They are free from refined sugar and are vegan-friendly too!

 So without further ado, here's the recipe. 

2 medium-sized bananas
2 cups of oats
1 tablespoon agave nectar (optional)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (fan oven) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Mash up the bananas using the back of a fork. 

3. Stir in the oats.

4. Add the agave nectar if using. I find that it gives it an extra sweet kick for that special treat and it helps them to brown a bit better too but it's not a necessity. I tend to make these cookies without it most of the time.

5. Using 2 tablespoons (or your hands), mould them into small balls and place on a baking tray. Using the back of your spoon (or your hand), flatten them so that they look like cookies. 

6. Bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the edges start to brown.

7. Let them cool for 10 minutes.

8. Tuck in and enjoy your guilt-free snack!

Let me know if you make these! Tweet me @hellolinderella or find me on Instagram @hellolinderella. I'd love to see any photos as well!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Happy Things #8 - Festive Edition 2017

Hello everyone! First of all, I hope you have all had an incredible Christmas filled with lots of laughter, love, and good food! I thought I'd do a special festive edition of my usual "Happy Things" series so I can share with you a few of the gifts I received and a few things that have made me happy this festive season.

Pandora. Is it even Christmas without a bit of sparkle??? I received 2 beautiful charms for Christmas this year to add onto my new Pandora bracelet. 

Fox & Ivy cutlery (link here). I have been obsessed with the new Fox & Ivy range at Tesco recently so I was super happy to unwrap this on Christmas Day. It has a slightly dented effect to it which I love, and the handles are rounded and heavy which I much prefer over the flat handles. I'm definitely going to get myself some of the crockery from the Fox & Ivy range once all the festive hustle and bustle calms down a bit.

Body mists. I've been loving body mists at the moment and they're great for a quick pick-me-up, especially at this time of year when it can be a little dark and miserable at times. I'll admit that a lot of body mists can initially smell good but they turn chemically really quickly so you really do have to pick carefully. My favourites are definitely the ones from The Body Shop as well as the Zoella Beauty range. So fresh and uplifting.

Food. Food makes me happy all year round but moreso at Christmas when most restaurants bring out their festive menus. When you've got time off work, it's also an excuse to explore new places and visit new restaurants that you haven't ventured in before. This was a delicious quinoa & sweet potato burger at Bar Estilo in Birmingham. I highly recommend this place as the food was delicious, the decor was stylish, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Dove Bliss Booster shower gels (link here). You can't have Christmas without something nice-smelling for the shower/bath! I am absolutely obsessed with the scent of these shower gels at the moment. They smell intoxicating and definitely one of the nicest ones I've come across in a while. I have sensitive skin so Dove is brilliant for me and I can't wait for my current shower gels to run out so I can replace them with these.

I have had such a lovely week. Let me know what has made you happy during this festive period!