23 May 2014

#100happydays Challenge: Days 21-30 | Personal

(Days 1-10 | Days 11-20)

Here are my happy day Instagram photos from days 21-30:
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Nothing beats this refreshing beverage! | These are too adorable! | A naughty chip supper. | Cinema night. | Easter goodies!
Movie time. | Setting the mood! | New work shoes; £60 £20! | Special delivery; buttonholes. | Catching up on blog reading!
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22 May 2014

The Wedding Diaries: Part Four | Personal

What the hell, I'm getting married in like a week!? That is a scary thought! I've been busy packing e.t.c. today as we are leaving early tomorrow morning to begin the long road trip to sunny Scotland! It's about a 12 hour journey with a few stops thrown in.
Everything seemed to start going wrong these last few weeks! I've had a complete nightmare with hairdresser issues; we had to find a replacement hairdresser for the big day as the booked one was going to charge £180 for three hair-ups! I've booked us in at a local salon who charge £25 each - much more reasonable! I was let down twice by my ex-mobile hairdresser for doing my highlights, so I managed to get myself booked in to one of the salons here on Wednesday. All was going well; we discussed what I wanted, picked the colour e.t.c. and then there was a problem... They didn't have enough colour in stock for my hair! They were extremely apologetic, especially when they learned it was meant for my wedding. I ended up getting a free cut and blow-dry (worth £33.50) and they also took down my details which they will be passing on to their boss who is responsible for ordering in the colour stock e.t.c. Not all bad, I guess. I was in such a panic, though, about getting my hair coloured but thankfully the salon I'm getting my bridal hair done at had an appointment for next Wednesday which I've booked! Let's all cross our fingers for a good result!
When the bags of sweets arrived (at my sister's house), the box had a hole in it and one bag was ripped open - possibly mice or something else...? Obviously we can't risk using them so we'll just have to forget about that certain sweet, which by the way just so happened to be the pink and white mice! The worrying issue is that the company the sweets come from only communicate via email but so far I have had no communication from them! It's been about two weeks since my first email and nothing... I think I've found a number for them though, so I'll try to sort that out over the weekend.
The suits are due to arrive tomorrow, so Dean and my Dad can try them on and hopefully they will be a good fit! I'm hoping to take my Mum and two sisters out to a local hotel for afternoon tea and we've decided to go out for a meal for the hen night as most of the attendees are working the next day and are unable to have a drink so an intoxicating tea party may not have been very exciting for them!

Any last minute wise words for me?

I'll try my best to publish a few posts each week while we're away. Remember you can follow me on Instagram (bouncingcupcakes89) for regular updates!
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21 May 2014

Arm Candy: My Top 10 Picks | Fashion

Oh, I do love a bag or three! Here are my current top ten favourite picks of handbags and clutches:
1. River Island Animal Print Tassel Trim Beach Bag, £28
I love the monochrome print, and the jewel embellishment with pink tassel trim is brilliant!
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2. Dorothy Perkins Structured Clutch Bag, £18
I love snakeskin print and this clutch is gorgeous! I love the splashes of yellow.
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3. New Look Libby Straw Beach Bag, £19.99 £14.50
Straw bags are hot right now! I love this metallic gold one with coral trims.
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4. Sacha Grab Bag, £55
This cream bag is just gorgeous and look at the inner lining! A great everyday bag for Summer.
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5. Oasis Tamsin Mini Triple Compartment Bag, £30
Wow, I just love this shade of pink! This bright and beautiful bag is sure to get you noticed this Summer.
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6. Pieces Leona Canvas Oversized Clutch Bag, £18
This leopard print canvas bag gives a casual take on the clutch, making it ideal for both day and night.
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7. Karen Millen Satin and Crystal Box Clutch, £99
Wow, this bejewelled clutch is just stunning! Breathe new life into any outfit with this beauty.
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8. Wallis Stud Cross Body Bag, £16
I really love the uncomplicated design of this bag and the gorgeous shade of pink is perfect for Summer accessorising!
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9. Boden Mya Bag, £99 £59.40
This bag has been popping up on a few blogs recently and I just love it! I love the leopard print and the fact that it's textured, plus it's an ideal everyday size.
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10. Michael Kors Miranda Leather & Snake Clutch, £870
I love this classic black clutch bag with the gold accents and front ties.

Do you share my handbag obsession or does your fetish lie elsewhere?!
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20 May 2014

How To Wear Jumpsuits: 3 Evening Looks | Fashion

Following on from this morning's jumpsuit post, I've created three evening looks, all featuring a jumpsuit, showing you how cost-effective and stylish they can be!

Look #1:
This jumpsuit features playful waist ties, frill sleeves and lace panelling. I've teamed this playsuit with metallic gold accessories, adding a touch of snakeskin print with the statement necklace and a touch of glitter from the shoes.
Evening Jumpsuit #1
Jumpsuit, £42 | Necklace, £35 | Clutch, £45 | Shoes, £17.99
Total Outfit Cost: £139.99

Look #2:
I'm in love with this animal print jumpsuit! I love the simple style. I've picked out the mint green splashes from the playsuit and used this colour in the accessories, finishing off the look with metallic silver heels!
Evening Jumpsuit #2
Jumpsuit, £20 | Earrings, £6.99 | Clutch, £35 | Shoes, £25
Total Outfit Cost: £86.99

Look #3:
This jumpsuit is really elegant and understated. I've kept this look quite simple with the nude clutch and pretty shoes, but added these gorgeous dazzling earrings which compliment the embellished neckline really well.
Evening Jumpsuit #3
Jumpsuit, £20 | Earrings, £15 | Clutch, £28 | Shoes, £32 £22.40
Total Outfit Cost: £82.40

Which look is your favourite?
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How To Wear Jumpsuits: 3 Daytime Looks | Fashion

Jumpsuits are very popular right now, and I'm starting to see lots of styles that I love and beginning to think that perhaps I could pull this look off myself! Are you loving jumpsuits? I've created three daytime looks, all featuring a jumpsuit, showing you have cost-effective and stylish they can be! Expect a couple more jumpsuit-related posts soon...

Look #1:
This navy denim-look jumpsuit features trim detail and a tie waist, giving it a feminine feel. Paired with bright pink shoes and sunglasses, a fun straw bag and a pretty bracelet, this look is just perfect for Summer!
Daytime Jumpsuit #1
Jumpsuit, £32 | Sunglasses, £10 | Bag, £15 | Wedges, £24.99 | Bracelet, £6.65
Total Outfit Cost: £88.64

Look #2:
This look is super stylish yet has a relaxed feel. I've teamed this zebra print jumpsuit with touches of gold and yellow and the bow detail sandals keep it casual with a girly edge.
Daytime Jumpsuit #2
Jumpsuit, £45 | Sunglasses, £15 | Bracelet, £4.50 | Clutch, £45 | Sandals, £10
Total Outfit Cost: £119.50

Look #3:

This jumpsuit has a casual, relaxed fit and a bold, fun print. I've teamed it with neutral accessories and matching blue sandals with embellishment detail. Perfect for a day at the beach!
Daytime Jumpsuit #3
Jumpsuit, £25 | Hat, £28 | Bag, £20 | Sandals, £10
Total Outfit Cost: £83

Which look is your favourite?
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19 May 2014

New In This Week | Fashion

Oh, look, it's Monday again! Here's what's new in this week and on my radar:
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1. G21 @ Asda Crepe T-Shirt Dress, £16
I really love this simple t-shirt dress; it's navy which will go with pretty much anything and it's perfect for the office or a date night! I'd team this with a chunky silver statement necklace, wedges and a red clutch for an evening meal.
2. New Look Leather Embellished T-Bar Sandals, £19.99
With lovely beaded embellishment detail, these pink sandals would look great with denim shorts or a Summer maxi dress!
3. River Island Teardrop Gem Stone Necklace, £12
This neon pink statement necklace is just gorgeous! I love the pretty gemstones. This would look great with an LBD or used to add colour and interest to a casual outfit.
4. Diane von Furstenberg Lilac Printed Silk-Habotai Dress, £325
This pretty printed dress is perfect for the warmer months with its lightweight fabric, casual drawstring waist and slit pockets. Wear with metallic sandals and a straw bag to complete the look.
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5. Forever 21 Metallic Goddess Maxi Dress, £27.75
This tribal print maxi dress features cross-back shoulder straps and metallic beading to the bodice. This could work in the day or be dressed up for the evening.
6. ASOS Whitby Low Rise Skinny Jeans, £32
These skinny jeans feature ripped knees and a light wash denim, making them perfect for wearing with pastels.
7. Boohoo Katie Pointed Heels with Bow Trim, £25
Aren't these just wonderful?! I love this bright yellow shade; these shoes would work really well with light wash denim and a vintage-style bag.
8. Dorothy Perkins Snake Effect Strappy Sandals, £27
I love the snake print with splashes of neon yellow! These would look great with white cropped trousers and a pretty top.
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9. Zara Pleated Printed Bermudas, £25.99
These floral print Bermuda shorts are really pretty and just perfect for a Summer evening outfit!
10. Wallis Leopard Print Top, £30 £24
Add a bit of luxe to your daytime look with this animal print top with stud embellishment.
11. Accessorize Cosmic Flower Statement Necklace, £29
Wear all the colours of the rainbow and more with this wonderful statement necklace.
12. Darling Sienna Cover-Up Jacket, £59
This pretty navy jacket is just perfect for wearing over occasion dresses!

Which New In items have caught your eye today?
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18 May 2014

The Cookie Jar #08: Double Chocolate Cookies | Food

Hi guys! Today from the Classic Cookies section, we have the Double Chocolate Cookie!
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Ingredients:
225g butter, softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
350g plain chocolate, chopped
55g dried sour cherries

Method:
Preheat the oven to 190℃. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt into the mixture, add the chopped chocolate and sour cherries and stir until thoroughly combined.
Scoop up tablespoons of the mixture and shape them into balls. Put them on the prepared baking sheets, spaced well apart, and flatten slightly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then, using a palette knife, carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

These were really easy to make and they taste delicious! You really can't go wrong with chocolate cookies! I swapped the plain chocolate for milk chocolate as I prefer that.
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16 May 2014

Steal Her Style: Jessica Alba | Fashion

Jessica Alba always looks super stylish! I love this casual look she wore recently while in California:
1. Missguided Kamilda Lace Detail Floral Print Jumpsuit, £34.99
2. Mango Dark Wash Denim Shirt, £29.99
3. New Look Metal Plate Bowler Bag, £19.99
4. Pilgrim Hematite Triangle Necklace, RRP £28 £13.50
5. F&F @ Tesco Bow Detail Patent Pointed Toe Pumps, £14 £9
Total Outfit Cost: £107.47
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14 May 2014

Chit-Chat: Being Unorganised & Wedding Bells | Personal

Hi guys! You may have noticed things have been a little quieter on TJF these past few weeks. I'm struggling to find the time to sit down and write/plan posts regularly due to all the last minute wedding planning going on. This is all while working seven nights in a row every fortnight.
Thankfully, my last working night is Monday 19th, so after that I have a few free days where I'm hoping I can schedule some posts while we are away in Scotland. I'm not making any promises for posting while I'm there for two weeks, as I want to spend as much time as possible with my family and I will be busy with wedding-related business to attend to!
Also, the second week we are there, Dean and I are staying with our friends who are travelling up for the wedding, in a holiday cottage and I'm not sure if there is Wi-Fi available. If there is, I should find some time to publish a couple of posts! I do hope you'll understand and be patient with me and await my return to full-on blogging again! I thank all of my lovely readers for sticking with me.
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On another note, I should be getting my hair done tomorrow, so I'll be sure to share some before and after pictures with you! Fingers crossed it turns out how I want it to.
I'm dreading trying to pack my suitcase for two weeks in Scotland; will it be cold or warm?! I am driving Dean and myself there, leaving early Friday (23rd May) morning and we should arrive in the evening. We are taking our friends back in the car with us, so I need to be careful of how much I pack and leave space for their luggage! What a dilemma! I'm also dreading the 12 hours on the road. It's very tiring and I've only done it once before, which was all overnight, so I hope daytime travelling on Friday isn't too bad. Hopefully our friends will help out with the driving on the way back. Dean is hoping to start driving lessons by the end of the year (woohoo!).

I hope you're all having a good week so far! Anyone got any exciting plans for the weekend?!
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13 May 2014

The Met Gala's Best & Worst Looks: My Picks | Fashion

I may be a little late to the game with a Met-related post, but never mind! I'm so busy at the moment I'm finding it challenging to keep up with blogging and don't even ask about reading other blogs; don't worry, I haven't forgotten about my fave blogs, I promise!
So, here are my picks of the best dressed females at The Met Gala:
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Blake looks absolutely stunning in this silk chiffon Gucci gown in blush pink. I love the figure-hugging style and the bodice is very flattering. Her Hollywood-glam hair and understated make-up look great with this dress.
I vote 10/10 for this look!
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
I'm glad Rosie opted for this little number by Balmain rather than the popular ball gown as she pulls it off wonderfully! I absolutely love the leopard print element and the strappy gladiator heels work really well with this look. The leather arms and gold metal detail give the dress that extra edge!
I vote 8/10 for this look!
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Emma Stone
At a quick glance, this Thakoon outfit could be mistaken for a dress, but Emma actually opted for a cropped top and a bright pink, flowing split skirt. I love her side-do and how she's accessorised with silver heels and clutch.
I vote 7/10 for this look!
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Rihanna
In true Rihanna style, she had to show a little flesh! She did this very tastefully in Stella McCartney, wearing long sleeves and a floor-length skirt. I love the bright-white outfit and the dazzling silver jewels!
I vote 9/10 for this look!
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Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike is so adorable, isn't she? She always has such a sweet smile! I love her quirky monochrome Louis Vuitton outfit; the layered skirt with crinkle detail is really pretty and feminine, while the leather croc-textured bodice toughens up the look.
I vote 7/10 for this look!

And here are my picks of the worst dressed females:
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Zoe Saldana
This Michael Kors number really does not do it for me! The simple bodice looks great but the puffy, curtain-look skirt is hideous! I like Zoe's delicate jewellery and silver clutch, though!
I vote 2/10 for this look!
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Oh dear... What happened, Katie?! This Marchesa dress is all wrong! It reminds me of something out of a Western film. The mustard yellow colour teamed with this fabric is just awful. The embroidery detail looks really garish and out of place and the pouffy off-the-shoulder style is just plain wrong. I really like her hair like this but her make-up accentuates her tired eyes.
I vote 1/10 for this look!
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Alexa Chung
It's that ruffled, wrinkly fabric again... Although they don't go with this dress, I love these shoes and I also love the gorgeous embellished clutch! But this powder blue Nina Ricci dress does nothing for Alexa's slim figure. The flared-out bottom of the skirt is terrible and the row of little bows looks like a last minute idea which actually make this dress look even worse!
I vote 3/10 for this look!
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Maggie Gyllenhaal
Firstly, what the hell happened to Maggie's hair?! Not a fan of the bleach blonde look on her. This Valentino gown is ghastly. I really don't like the spot print or the colours; they seem really Autumnal. Also, the cape over the dress itself makes it look even worse.
I vote 1/10 for this look!
So, which looks were your favourite and least favourite? Do you agree with my choices? I'd love to hear!
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