Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Pillowy Japanese Cheesecake.

It's dessert week, so I decided to challenge myself and try something I'd never attempted before. Earlier this year I had the most incredible cotton soft Japanese cheesecake for dessert at a restaurant, and it blew my mind. As much as I love regular cheesecake, this airy, moist, delectably soft cake was a complete revelation, and I've been dying to attempt it ever since. Granted, it isn't the most aesthetically pleasing dessert -hence I tried to tart it up a bit with some homemade candyfloss- however the taste and texture more than make up for it. I can't take any credit for the recipe, so if you fancy trying it head over to Rasa Malaysia, however I made it twice and on the second attempt I added a little extra sugar and a splash of vanilla to sweeten it. I can imagine it would be heavenly served with a berry coulis!

The candyfloss machine was a birthday present to my younger sister a few years ago, and it's one of those novelty kitchen devices that gets used a few times a year, then stuffed to the back of a cupboard and forgotten about. Personally, I think it's fantastic, and I'm sure it would be used more often if I still lived with my family! For this recipe, I bought a bag of pink vanilla candyfloss sugar on eBay; there were all kinds of exotic flavours like apple, butterscotch and piƱa colada, but I decided to stay traditional and pretty! It's a cute finishing touch, but if you plan on replicating it then I would advise adding it right before you serve the cheesecake, as it melts over time.

Monday, 25 August 2014

My Fabulous Sponsors - August 2014.

Prepare yourselves for the most exciting accessory news of 2014... The Queen of headgear, Crown and Glory, has just launched the Glitterati - a monthly subscription box crammed with glitter, flowers, and punchy colours. For £20 a month, you'll get £50 worth of goodies, featuring exclusive designs, monthly themes, special surprises on your birthday month, and rewards for dedicated subscribers. You'll also receive access to a closed Facebook group featuring tutorials, early access to sales, and a swapshop. If you're a fan of sparkle and live by the motto 'go bright or go home', you really need to get involved! Check out the above unboxing for a taster...

If you haven't heard of the beautiful Adora Mehitabel, where on earth have you been? Adora was awarded 'Best Thrifty Blogger' at the Company Style Blogger Awards 2013, was shortlisted for Best New Fashion Blog in the Cosmo Blog Awards 2013, and is an all round babe. She currently studies textiles for fashion and interiors, and her passion for aesthetics is clear in everything she does. I love her boho-hippy outfits, and her photography is always on point. Definitely a lady to keep on your radar!

Ginger Pickle -
Ginger Pickle is a fantastic little shop crammed with gorgeous pieces from British designers, and makes a great first destination for all things gifts. Whether it be jewellery, stationary, or accessories, Ginger Pickle has it covered. Their aesthetic is fun, playful and homespun, and they stock some of the sweetest prints for brightening up your home. Right now I'm eying up this 'Home Is Where The Cake Is' print, and these amazing 'feminist' pieces by Kate Rowland.

Wardrobe Conversations -
Wardrobe Conversations is wonderful blog written by best friends Helen and Kimberley, who originally bonded at school over their shared hatred of P.E. (preach ladies!). Together they share their style and adventures, alongside colourful photos, bright smiles, and some fab vintage clothing. I was instantly drawn in by their photos of yummy food, drool-worth cocktails, and incredible markets. If you're a fan of upbeat lifestyle and playful outfits, you really need to check them out!

A blog for all the creatives out there! Ashley is an art student in her final year of university, documenting her thoughts, inspiration, thoughts and processes with a great big dose of charm and imagination. If you like the sound of posts crammed with inspirational photography, mood boards, collages, and adorable work spaces, I'm certain you won't be disappointed. Ashley's blog has a raw loveliness that you don't often see in blogs, and it's truly something to be experienced.

Dia's Way -
Dia's Way is a sweet little blog that perfectly blends lifestyle and personal style. Lovely, romantic photos of her days out and adventures sit harmoniously alongside her adorable outfit photos, with heart shaped sunglasses, cats, and flowers a'plenty! Her posts have a lovely homely feel, and her voice is so endearing and fun. If you're looking for a new, down-to-earth, conversational blogger to add to your reader, you definitely need to have a read!

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