Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pretzel Chocolate Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are the perfect combination of sweet and salty ! Pretzels are one of my favorite snacks so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to try them out. I actually baked them a few months ago but writing this post makes me want to bake them all over again.

It's a pretty simple recipe, it's just a standard cookie recipe but instead of rolling into balls you just pour it out into a baking tin. I used a mixture of smashed up Rolo and milk chocolate in my cookies and the little caramel bits made them taste even better. I think I used a few more pretzels than recommended as well just because of my belief that you can never have too many pretzels, although this did make them a bit harder to cut into squares because of the pretzels crossing boundaries. 

The full recipe can be found on 'Just a Taste'  but here is a list of the ingredients you need....

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided (I added in a packet of Rolo's as well)
1 cup crushed salted pretzels, divided (Or however many you like|!)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Happy Baking 

Carys x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pinspiration #1

I spend the majority of Sunday mornings scrolling endlessly through Pinterest looking for inspiration for the week ahead, isn't that what Sunday mornings were made for? 

01 You can't beat a warming bowl of homemade chilli, throughout the week there are very few days I have time to cook so I always like to make a big pot of something on the weekend so I can freeze a few portions to eat when I haven't got a chance to cook. Plus it's slightly more healthy than your regular Chilli with turkey rather than beef mince . 

02 I recently bought a pair of New balances so have been looking for ways I could style them. Everyone always makes their outfits look so effortless. 

03 I've realized I need a bit more positivist in my life lately and need to stop worrying about what has happened in the past and all the could have been's.

04 No pinterest browsing session is complete without finding at least one scrummy baking recipe. 

05 We've recently found our student house for next year and even though our hall obviously doesn't look like this (I wish) I still think it would be a really nice idea to try and hang some fairy lights. I'm in the attic so I might even try it on the staircase up to my room. Who doesn't love some fairy lights. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

What I'm watching right now

There's nothing I like better than watching an episode of my favorite TV show right before I go to sleep. 

Here's what I'm watching at the moment...

01 : American Horror Story - A show that I put off watching for ages because I have a bit of a phobia of horror films but it wasn't half as horrifying as I thought it would be. I sailed through Murder house, stumbled a bit through Asylum until the last few episodes, watched Coven in under a week and am going the same way with freakshow! 

02: Forever - This is probably more a love it or hate it kind of show depending on the sort of thing you like. I personally love it but I don't think the reviews for it are that great and i'm hoping that it will get renewed for a second season. It stars Ioan Gruffudd who is an immortal M.E living in New York who also acts as a detective. He's a bit like an immortal Sherlock Holmes. It's an easy watch

03: The 100 - When i began to watch season 1 I wasn't really fussed and I didn't think it would be something i'd become hooked on but half way through it happened and I was waiting with bated breath to see what would happen to the 100 next, season 2 has just finished in the US and I don't know how i'm going to wait till AW to see what happens next. 

04: How to get away with murder- There are plenty of cliffhangers on this show and the season finale had me questioning everything ! It has a pretty great cast with Viola Davies being absolutely amazing and kick ass. 

05: Parks and Recreation - I spend way too much time binge watching this show, how will I cope when I reach the last season. Lesley Knope is queen and don't get me started on everyone else!

06: Once upon a time : Another easy watch and has just returned from a break with some new Disney villains .

07: The Mindy Project: Love Love Love this show, Mindy Kaling is my hero !

Honorable mentions....

/Dance moms (guilty pleasure)/ Game of Thrones (Season 5 is coming!)/ Brooklyn 99/ Modern Family/ Pretty Little Liars/ Breaking bad/ The Musketeers/

Sunday, 15 March 2015

That 70's...... Wishlist

Usually I'm a bit "Meh" with Spring/Summer Trends but that has all changed with all the 70's vibes that are around for Summer. So much texture ,vibrant but muted patterns, fringing and embroidery. 

Didn't realise how much I was gravitating towards skirts until I went to make the collage and realised everything I had chosen was a skirt, from mini to midi. Managed to get a slight bit of variation in the end. 

I have been hunting up and down the high street for a reasonably priced suede skirt but had yet to hit the jackpot, until I spotted this one on Asos for £26 ! Thinking my suede dreams weren't going to become a reality I purchased a camal A-line skirt from New Look to fill the camel skirt hole in my wardrobe but I am still tempted by this one, can I really justify two brown skirts? 

How do you feel about the 70's fashion trend?

Carys x

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Rimmel Kate Lasting and Matte finish Lipsticks

When I wanted to update my lipstick collection of course I went scouring through hundreds of blog reviews to find out what was around and what was the best value for money. I'd read so many positive reviews on the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks that they seemed like a good place to start.

01 Kate Lasting Perfection- This has become my go to 'going out' lipstick. It's a classic red that suits paler skin tones and it's long lasting. I tend to apply this with a lip brush as i tend to go a little 'Miranda sings' when i apply it straight from the bullet but that has more to do with my make up skills than the product itself. 

 08 Kate Lasting Perfection- I love love love this lipstick ! It's so creamy and easy to where in the day and night. It's a Pinkish Nude shade which is quite similar to the 'Kylie Jenner lip' but not a complete dupe.

101 Kate Matte Lipstick- This is the first matte lipstick I've ever tried! I've always stayed clear of them because I thought they would look quite heavy chalky and really highlight all the dry patches on my lips but this one is the complete opposite. It's creamy (again), pigmented and applies like a dream. I wasn't really sure of the shade I picked at first, I thought it might be a bit to 'bubblegum pink' but it's a pretty pink shade that Isn't too in your face.

And the best part about all these lipsticks is that they are all £5.49 which I think is pretty good for a lipstick of this quality.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

Thank you for reading 

Carys xoxo

Friday, 17 October 2014

Primark AW14 Wishlist

Well Primark have out done themselves once again with their AW14 collection ! I always prefer their winter collections to Summer ones, I'm just more of a layer person than skimpy shorts. 

My favourite thing in the entire collection has to be the coats ! I grabbed the over sized pink one as soon as I saw it in store, although I would definitely recommend downsizing it. I got a size 6 when i'm usually a 10/12 and it's still very over sized, just a little tip.  

There's plenty of pastels, prints and chunky soled shoes in this collection every time I go into the Cardiff store lately I end up walking out with something new, my poor bank balance! I'm still on the look out for that black embossed clutch and the pale blue satin skirt. 

Has anything caught your eye?

Carys xoxo 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Dear Fresher....

Dear Fresher,
                      So You've made it to University and the week that everyone has banged on about for months is about to begin. You've bought the wrist band, you've met the people you are going to be living with for the next 9 months and your alcohol supply looks fit to last you a while it really doesn't last that long it can only mean one thing, Freshers week!

 Even if you don't like going out, you can still have a good time during freshers; there's the freshers fair where you will probably leave with enough pens and pencils to last you the year, domino's vouchers and signed up to societies you will probably never think of again; you can go and explore the area with your flatmates; you wont be alone. Plus this week isn't the be all and end all 

Personally, I had an amazing time during freshers week: I went out more times in a week than I had in the 9 months I'd turned 18, I met so many new people I could barely keep track and just had a really good time in general. I sort of realised what I had been missing out on while at home.

The next few weeks sort of go along the lines of lecture, out, hangover, panic, domino's etc in various orders, with a spout of freshers flu thrown in for the full experience (there's no escaping it no matter how hard you try).

Its cliche to say that 'the first term goes fast, make the most of it' but sadly it really does. One minute you're partying your way through freshers and before you know it you're all trying to organise what costumes you're going to wear for Halloween and then a few weeks after that sorting out a Christmas dinner and deciding what to buy your secret Santa while keeping in budget.

Here are some pieces of advice and tips for surviving your freshers year....

  1. You can still get into the freshers events without a freshers band, you may just be in the queue for an extra few minutes !
  2. On the first night of moving in, the flat that was a few floors above us went around the other 6 flats in the building and introduced themselves to everyone else. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened, once they got to our flat we joined them and everyone became friends pretty quickly. I think they spent more time in our flat than there own... That's another thing to be wary of; Our flat somehow became a sort of social hub which had it's ups and down's. It was great when you wanted to be sociable and chat to everyone but sometimes it just got too loud and rowdy. I'm a shy, quiet person and sometimes it just got too much. A few times it got to the point where I would wait till I heard a particularly loud person leave before coming out. I kind of regret not standing up for myself in situations like these (there were plenty). It also means the manager watches your flat like a hawk.
  3. You and Pasta will become good friends and enemies after awhile. 
  4. Don't do what I did and go home most weekends, unless of course you really want to! I kept coming home for driving lessons every few weekends, and I regret it. I definitely missed out on some 'bonding' sessions and some great nights.  
  5. There will be times when all you want to do is go home to your family, see your dog and get back to reality (sometimes it's like living in the Big Brother house). It will get better and you aren't alone in feeling this way. Even the big tough 'bad boy' across the hall misses his home sometimes. Don't make a rash decision unless you are absolutely sure it is what you want to do.
  6. Don't rush into signing a contract for a house for the next year too early , although it didn't happen to anyone I know, you could sign a contract to be living with someone who after Christmas you may realise you hate. Although I did know a group of people who had paid £300 worth of agency fees each before they finally had a house, so read the fine print and double check everything! I had a horrible time finding a house, or more specifically people to live with. There's no escaping the cliques in university and before I even realized it people had already decided who they were going to live with and I wasn't part of anyone's list. It was a tough time. I was too shy to tell them all how worried I was about it all, so instead spent a large chunk of time crying and panicking in my room. I did find a group of girls to live with in the end after scrolling through Facebook groups and I've gotten to know them since but I will miss the people from my block this year.  It was frustrating and one of my biggest regrets. 
  7. Everyone says that the first year doesn't matter but that isn't necessarily true. You still need to pass your exams and If you don't attend enough lectures you can get kicked out of halls (if its run by the university) and your course. Plus you are paying for the education, don't waste your money.
  8. Stay organised !!
  9. Try not to do the whole 'I finally got some freedom, lets go wild' thing; Don't try and be something you're not to impress your flatmates. Everyone can see through it and it just makes you look desperate, 
  10. There's no need to buy all the books on the reading list, chances are the library will have the majority of them. It's also worth talking with the second years to see what books they would recommend as they may also be selling there old books. I found and Amazon was good for second hand text books. 
  11. You will do some really embarrassing stuff but you will all laugh about it later (we had a 'jar of shame shit' dedicated to it), just think there is probably someone out there who has done something way worse. 
  12. Just say Yes, there are so many things I wish I'd said yes to.

I could go on and on with this list but I'll let you all figure out the rest for yourself  evil laugh

Basically just relax, be yourself and have fun !

Good luck freshers

Carys Emily
second year student at UWIC.