A Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe

12.28.2017

A simple chocolate cake to make tea time more fun for you and your guests!



Size: Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients:
  • 115g / 4oz plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 45ml / 3 tbsp milk
  • 150g / 5oz / 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened 
  • 150g /5oz / scant 1 cup light muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g / 7oz/ 1 & 3/4 cups self - raising flour
  • 15ml/ 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 quantity Chocolate Buttercream, for the filling
  • Icing, sugar and cocoa powder for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahreinheit. Grease two 18 cm/7 inch round sandwich cake tins and line the base of each with non-stick baking paper. Select a small saucepan and a heatproof bowl that will fit over it. Place the chocolate and the milk in the bowl that will fit over it. Place the chocolate and the milk in the bowl. Bring a small saucepan of water to just below simmering point. Place the bowl containing the chocolate mixture on top. Leave for about 5 minutes, until the chocolate softens, then stir until smooth. Leave the bowl over the saucepan, but remove from the heat.

2. Cream the butter or margarine with the sugar in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate mixture until well combined.

3.Sift the flour and cocoa over the mixture and fold in with a metal spoon until evenly mixed. Scrape into the prepared tins, smooth level and bake for 35-40 minutes or until well risen and firm. Turn out on to wire racks to cool.

4. Sandwich the cake laters together with a thick, even later of chocolate buttercream. Dust with a mixture of icing sugar and cocoa just before serving.


My New Journey Into Visual Merchandising

12.26.2017

Y'all I am so damn excited! You really just don't understand! This is something that I've always wanted to do and I am finally getting that opportunity as a visual merchandiser PLUS its with one of my favorite companies forever 21 !




Visual Merchandising: The practice in the retail industry of developing floor plans and three dimensional displays in order to maximize sales.


So when you walk into a retailer like forever 21 for example, and I use them because there merchandising and their visuals are always amazing. But when you walk into the store you immediately notice a few things: the mannequins- they're their to help you get an idea of how to style certain clothing items.

Where the product (clothing) is located: If you notice from the photos above, the clothing that's on the mannequins are within a certain perimeter from them. 

This is because when you see something styled on a mannequin and think "I wonder where that jacket is?" You don't have to go looking for it. Does that make sense? So that is another thing that merchandisers will do a lot.



Now visual merchandising doesn't pertain to just clothing it's for accessories as well. When I say accessories this could be shoes, jewelry, etc. So make sure you take that into account when merchandising.

It's all in the styling. Pairing certain accessories and apparel pieces together is essential in merchandising. 



This color scheme is beautiful I love the blush tones mixed with the denim pieces everywhere. It's very balanced and an overall great aesthetic.



But that is all for this post everyone! I could go on all day but then I would be sitting here forever lol.

I think I'm going to start a new section/page or something on blog specifically for visual merchandising so that way you all can get a close insight into what I will be doing everyday as well as giving me the opportunity to expand the blog even more. So I will probably getting that started up and running when I enter my new position!


Be sure to follow @forever21 on Instagram!

&

My Insta as well to see some of the work I will be doing because I will definitely be posting it on my social media :)



Tumblr Tuesday: Favorite Pics This Week 52

12.19.2017

I am back on my grind I've just been super duper busy and honestly have been tragically slacking on the blog. But I am back on my shit lol and I'm getting it together,







I know its been a while since I've done one of these lol.

I have been crazy busy with work + making a career move + school and everything else I've got going on so I haven't had time to create a lot of blog content for you all. That being said I am getting back on my grind and creating more content for you all to see. 

If you have any suggestions on content that you would want to see, whether its new or something i've done in the past just let me know in the comments. Or you can definitely leave a note at the bottom of the blog for sure.

But back to topic of this tumblr tuesday... do these pictures not give you vintage vibes all day!?


It's funny because I found these pictures all separate and then I went back and found them all and that thought hmm.. they would look great altogether in a post. So here we are! Lol

What do you all think?? Let me know by leaving a comment! you can even let me know on my Instagram if you would like.

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I will be working hard to get a lot more content created for you all so bare with me lol I'm trying to get more active with my blog content for sure! So be sure to stay tuned and subscribe so you never miss a beat!


10 Simple Interior Design Tips for Stunning Bedroom Decor

11.23.2017

Post submitted by Michael Thurston of fivemoremintues.com.au


1. Linen

The most important part of a bedroom is... the bed. Whether your prefer neutral colors or bright patters, keep in mind how your bedsheets will look in relation to the rest of your room. For example, if you have curtains with a bright pattern on them then make sure these don't clash with your bedsheets. There are also many materials and textures to choose from, so try to feel the sheets before you buy them to ensure maximum comfort. You can also decorate your bed by adding a pile of cushions or a snuggly down comforter on top.

Taking the time to take proper care of you bed linen is incredibly important if your sheets and quilt cover are a key element to your bedroom decor as they will otherwise lose their lustre quite quickly.

2. Wall Tapestry

An easy way to give your bedroom character and cosiness is to hang tapestry on your wall. These are very lightweight and easy to hang up. You can choose from hundreds of prints and countless colors. They come in a variety of sizes and can look great over your bed or on a particular empty wall. Keep in mind that dark designs will absorb light from your room, while light designs can add brightness to dark rooms. Also, consider how different colors and patterns will look with the rest of the room, especially your bed linen, curtains, and other textiles.

3. Photographs

What better way to personalize your room than to put up your favorite memories? Whether you frame them, hang them up from a string with wooden pegs, or pin them to a cork board, photographs will add character and color to your room. It can be nice to be surrounded by images that make you feel at home, especially if you've just moved to university or into a new room or house.

4. Posters and Prints

Posters and prints are another easy trick for decorating and personalizing your bedroom. Whtether its a picture of your favorite band, an inspirational quote, a poster from your favorite event, or just artwork you like, you can easily make your space your own with a few large prints. If you're feeling super creative you could even draw some posters yourself.

And it isn't just a matter of filling the blank surface. The actual layout of what you put up will help to create a look and feel. Here is a great info graphic on how to create the look you want with your wall hangings.

5. Lights and Lamps

Lights and lamps can make all the difference. In addition to the overhead lighting in your room, consider having some smaller and dimmer lights for a more relaxed mood. You could have a bedside lamp, a desk lamp, or a standing lamp by your reading chair. You can even hang up some fairy lights for a dreamy effect.

6. Rug

Rugs can make any boring floor look nice, and any hard or cold floor a delight for the feet. Many rugs are washable as well, so you don't have to worry about getting them dirty. Think about the colors in your room and how you want the rug to fit in. Will it be the brightest thing in the room, or just subtly add some color to the floor?

7. Plants

Plants have a lot going for them. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you're likely to find some to suit your taste. They are rewarding to take care of (if you do, of course) and they'll bring some of the freshness of the outdoors into your room. They're also known for improving air quality by reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutant levels as well as airborne dust.

8. Asymmetry and Mismatching

To spice it up a bit, try mismatching some furniture or exploring asymmetrical arrangements. For example, you might hang a picture blatantly off-center. Or you could have a different night stand on each side of your bed. Make it interesting, but try to limit the oddities to a certain number of details, otherwise the chaos could become hard on the eyes.

9. Colors- Neutrals & Accents

When you think about what colors you want in your room, try to come up with a base set of colors that is warm but neutral. You might choose colors like cream, tan, olive, or any pastel colors, which are not too light nor dark. These will cover most  of the surface area in your room, which might include the walls, floor and furniture. Then choose one or more vivid colors that you can use to brighten the room with details, like blue, orange, pink etc. You might want to use these colors in a rug, cushions, lampshade, wall tapestry, or anything else you can think of. Remember how the colors will look together, and to spread the brighter colored details more or less evenly across the room.

10. Repurposing or Upgrading

You can rethink the purpose of many pieces of furniture and household items. You might use chairs as nightstands or a fishbowl as a candle holder, for example. You could hang photographs from a string of fairly lights. If you're up for some DIY creativity, you can even paint your furniture or walls to suit your new color scheme or brighten the room.


I want to thank Michael for submitting this awesome post to the blog I enjoyed reading it and featuring you on TTF! Be sure to check out his out that I have linked above!

Must Have Monday

11.20.2017



So since I reside in Texas and its still summer-isa out here I have not had the opportunity to even put a coat on! But that doesn't stop me from looking around though! Look at this bomb ass peacoat I found from forever 21! I am 1000% obsessed and must have it in my wardrobe. It's a great color because it can be work with pretty much anything and it looks extremely soft! Y'all know i must have comfort & cute so this is perfect.

Okay so I don't know shit about ACDC but I honestly want this shirt. Know one ask me about their music because I'm going to look at you like what the hell are you talking about? Lol 



But that being said I am obsessed with this freaking shirt plus its from a really great brand/store ASOS! I have never shopped on ASOS a day in my life but I definitely want to shop with them more often for sure. 


 So I have been wanting a distressed denim jacket for like forever now. I currently have a denim jacket that I picked up from Rue21 a long ass time ago, I've added buttons, fabric etc. basically d.i.y it. But my next thing to get a hold of is a distressed denim jacket. They look so cool and so chic! I'm definitely obsessed.  I've seen some really nice ones from forever 21 that I'm definitely considering purchasing as well as some from Old Navy. But we have it mainly in the women's department and not the men's but it really doesn't matter to me.


7 Ways Yoga Can Transform Your Life!

11.19.2017

Content submitted by Sara ♥︎



Yoga originated from India 5000 years ago and its a combination of mental, spiritual and physical practices. There are various kinds of yoga, the most popular one being Hatha yoga. Yoga has so many different or distinct advantages with are absolutely startling for the human body. People do not really talk about yoga; thus people are not aware of the benefits.

Flexibility 

Yoga can enhance your flexibility vigorously and will help you stretch your muscles securely and productively. You might hear people say that they don't do yoga because they are not flexible enough and that is where they go wrong; because yoga is what makes you flexible!

Peace of Mind

Yoga is excellent for some peace of mind as you feel fully relaxed and calm. Yoga has physical benefits too, but it is mainly known because of the way it can promote peace in the body. If you just want yoga in your life just so you feel more relaxed and calm, they you can consider buying a massage chair since it does the job perfectly.

Core Strength 

Want to be more balanced? Then yoga is for you since it makes you more aligned and increases your core strength. The core is the focal point of your body. It is necessary to build strength from that center point or to make that point stronger. This will also provide you with a better posture and keep the toss healthy.

Commitment 

Taking yoga classes will make you more regular at it, and you'll feel committed towards the practice which is advantageous for the spirit, mind and body. You should always take your commitment to yoga seriously and think of ways to motivate yourself to get up and start with your poses.

Relationships

You will be able to make new relationships and meet like-minded people. You might just meet some amazing people, and who knows? They might just end up becoming your best friends.



Guest Post: 6 Must Have Pieces For Your Home library!

11.15.2017

Welcome! Today we have a guest post submitted to us from Kenny!

Six Must-Have Pieces for Your Home Library

If you're anything like me, you must be an avid reader! I love reading; I enjoy spending my evening walking through the shelves in a bookshop; even my favorite fragrance is that of new books! Having this obsession of reading, I have developed a small home library of my own in which I keep my most prized possession, my books. There's no denying that most of my time is spent in my library where I read and work, and having naturally gifted aesthetics I renovate and re-decorate my library very often. Over the years, I have found that some things serve almost like a library essential. So, if you want something for your home library, read this list that I have compiled of library must-haves and decide for yourself.




1.     Book Repair Kit
I felt the need to own one, owing to my extremely courteous nature; I started lending my books out. Not everyone is as careful with the books are you might be, so I expected the fact that sometimes my books would wear out. I bought a small kit with which you can repair and rebind the whole book, and I love how useful it can be.


2.     Book Deodorizer
Don’t freak out if you’re listening to the product’s name for the first time. Book deodorizers are used to remove odor from the pages. It can be used to treat clothes or other objects as well, so it is useful at home. The granules of this product end up absorbing all the moisture and smell, leaving the book feeling fresh. It can even eradicate the smell of cigarette.


3.     Inkredible Erasers
Looking for something that can remove inky inscriptions or dead bug stains from the book? Opt for this tricky and super useful product. I never imagined this was possible! It eliminates a lot of stains, and it prevents the paper from getting torn. It also removes fingerprints stains.


4.     Metal Weights
Keeping books taught me that they're going to get torn and might need to get their binding done. But getting the binding done is a bit too costly at times, so I decided to start binding my books for myself. But for that, I needed binding tools, now that I do have a binding kit I also required metal weights to put on the books while the binding is getting done. S, make sure you have a good weight for binding.


5.     Colorful Magazine File Case
Equip your library with some unusual magazine file case; it will give your library a nice pop of color and help you sort your books out in a better way. You can also get some shelf baskets so that your books, magazines, and newspaper do not get lost and messy. This is a beneficial item.


6.     A Standing Desk
Get yourself an adjustable standing table so that you can adjust its height as per your requirement. This will let you use the desk for many purposes.
I believe these simple items would make your home library more comfortable and elegant.


Thanks so much to Kenny for submitting this post to my blog!! Check out here website down below in her author bio!

Author Bio


Kenny is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! Read more about her posts at https://standingdesk.sg/.

Tumblr Tuesday: Favorite Pics This Week 51

10.31.2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!


With it being the day of halloween I have decided to dedicate this week's post to exactly that halloween!

This is one of my favorite times of the year with the weather changing, trick-or-treating etc.


I AM OBSESSED


Okay so like is said I love this time of year and seeing everyone all dressed in there costumes. Whether you're a girly girl or a grungy girl, nerd or hipster everyone can be whatever the hell they want to be on halloween and I love it.

I feel like sometimes when don't like to show our real selves at times and we need something to let that out. Halloween allows you be to express yourself however you want to and not care about how you look to world or how everyone views you.

We're all #DIFFERENT for the night lol



Beyonce dressed as the phenomenon "Lil Kim" for her costume

Guest Post: DIY Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin

10.22.2017

Submitted by Sania




Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare routines and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea & traveling is eternal. She ritually posts on The Smart Women Blog.

DIY Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin!

Acne is the most common problem among all the ladies. Not all of us have the money to get it treated with high-end products, surgeries and medication. There are a lot of factors that cause pimples and clogged pores are one of them. Dirt, nakeupr residue and told altogether clog out pores and cause the skin to break out. Face masks are a great way to keep the oil at bay while cleaning the pores deeply. It is not necessary to buy super expensive masks all of the time. Some ingredients in your kitchen can even get the job done well.

Here are some of the easy-peasy yet effective DIY recipes for face masks for your acne prone skin. Try them out and thank me later!


EGG SHEET MASK

Eggs are easily available at home and they're super effective for drawing out the dirt and oil as the egg white is very thin in consistency and it goes deep into the skin. Take two eggs and separate the egg whites from the yolks. Apply a very thin layer of egg white to the face and stick the tissue paper over it. Apply another layer and stick more tissues. Doing so will build a hard cover. Leave it to dry and then gently peel it off. You will see how the tissue will absorb all the dirt and leave your face clean.

HONEY AND TURMERIC MASK

Honey has the incredible anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin down while turmeric is great for killing the bacteria prevailing in the pores. Together, they make an incredible mask for acne prone skin. Plus, they are readily available in the kitchen as well. All you need to do is take two spoons of honey and add half spoon turmeric in it. Mix them well together, Apply the mixture evenly on the entire face and leave it for about 15 minutes. Wash it off and apply a toner to remove the smell and color and lock the benefits of the mask in to the skin.

ORANGE PEEL MASK

Oranges are as good to the skin as they are to the taste buds. Orange peel has got a lot of vitamin C and astringent properties that can help you get rid of the acne and the scars altogether. Applying this mask twice a week can actually work wonders for your skin and even out your skin tone as well. All you need to do is take one orange peel and grind it well with milk and honey. Apply the paste on your skin evenly and leave it to dry for about 20 minutes. Scrub it off and then apply tad bit of non-greasy moisturizer.

Using one of these masks twice a week will eventually help you get rid of your acne problem. The process might be a little slow but it is definitely worth it.

Tumblr Tuesday: Favorite Pics This Week 50

10.10.2017

Happy Tuesday Readers!!




BLUSH

ON

BLUSH

ON

BLUSH

Clearly my obsession continues with this color. Will it ever be over maybe, maybe not. I highly doubt it hey we shall see. It's just a color that is sick af and I am her for it 100%. And not its not just pink its pink but ten times better than pink lol.

If that makes since? -probably not.

I should seriously make a category on the blog for blush so you all can see how many blog posts I've done with this color in it. I honestly have no idea. I know I have done quite a few tumblr Tuesday posts about it though for sure so we just need to ramble them all together and count.

I may do a post using all the pictures from the tumbler Tuesday post's with blush it. That would probably be lengthy post.

I hope you all aren't getting tired of seeing it on th blog because honestly you should really be use to it by now lol...


Must Have Monday

10.09.2017

What's up my loves! So it is officially time for another must have Monday! How's everyone doing though? We good? Great!


So I am obsessed with this rib sleeved moto jacket from forever21. I have been wanting a moto jacket in my wardrobe since forever! They are just an essential item in everyones wardrobe. Whether you are a male or female it is definitely a statement piece and very much so needed, especially with the weather transitioning into the cooler temperatures.



These are so on trend right now its crazy! I don't know how I feel about these padded/puffer jackets. Seeing them on runways, and in stores, etc I love it and how they look, but I haven't tried any of them on.. so I'm intrigued. I feel like there are also a lot of different ways you can wear this. Whether you do it with distressed denim, and boots and go grunge. 

Or take it the opposite direction and dress comfy with sweats. I definitely want to try ones of these on for sure to see how it looks on me then I will make the decision to purchase it or not. Wish me luck lol. By the way old navy has a ton of puffers


I know I'm not the only one obsessed with this yin-yang tapestry!?  Its freaking sick! I absolutely love these because they add such decoration to any room and wall. Like that spot in your house or room that you're like what the hell am I going to put on this blank canvas of a wall? Bam grab you a tapestry and your problems are solved. I have even seen a lot of people use them as a curtain in front of their window. I personally wouldn't use it for that but hey you can whatever you want with it.


Love y'all and we shall see each other again for tumblr tuesday!


The Birthday Countdown

10.01.2017

So it is officially October ! Ugh am I the only one freaking out! So October is definitely my absolute favorite out of the year.



Not only because its my birthday month!!! But also because I'm obsessed with halloween!

Can't wait for tons of pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, maybe hot chocolate? (You never know with Texas weather)

I'm just hoping it gets cold enough this year to wear all my cute ass winter clothing. Anyway back on the topic of my birthday... I am so freaking excited.


via GIPHY

I make the big 21 this year and I'm so excited but I'm not going to lie I wish I was in a better place in my life. (not saying where i am is bad) but like I just want more yah know? I really really want to go to a fashion show for my birthday and I've already been looking at some events I want to go to. I've been hunting on eventbrite and have found some pretty good things.

So I am definitely going to the Evan Tailor Fashion Show! I have always wanted to go to a professional fashion show, like the real deal and this would be perfect. Its the day after my birthday on a friday night so um hell yeah I will be in the building. Y'all go buy tickets so I can see some of my readers there!

Tickets are only $8 ! or you can get them 2 for $15 !  Which is an amazing deal !

Btw I'll more than likely be doing a blog post on that event as well so stay tuned for that.

It's funny because I'm not usually a huge "party" person when it comes to my birthday. I usually just go out for dinner with my family chill and then its whatever, but I'm turning 21, I'm going to be with some awesome people I want to do what I want and have some fun! This will be the birthday of all birthdays! lol

By the way I definitely accept birthday donations lol... just saying if y'all want to be generous they are accepted before, during, and after my birthday.

But anyway it is literally like 20 minutes until midnight right now so I'm am going to head to sleep because I have shit to do tomorrow. I love you all so much for reading and being apart of the family!! I will catch you all on the next one.


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