Life is too short to have boring hair.

I’ve always been one to experiment with my hair in a DIY kinda way..I am never one to even think twice before I make a drastic change. Slapping on a new dramatic color or rushing off to the salon for a new cut.  Its all just one great adventure for me.  All I have to do is mutter to myself that I am bored with my hair…and ***poof*** I will change the way I look.

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Just last month I rushed off to the hairdresser and decided to cut of my long tresses for a shorter bob…just two months before that I decided to change from blond to brown…and just a few months before that I was sporting blue black locks.  My mood generally depends how my hair looks.  Good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world.  If my hair looks good I can deal with anything!!

So today in celebration of my ever changing hair…I decided to post just a few random photos of my hair over the years.

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Whats in your makeup bag?

It is always being asked ‘what’s in your makeup bag’ or ‘what are your favorite products’ (which is a hard one because it changes every week). So this is just what’s in my makeup bag currently for my everyday on the go makeup routine. With this selection I can do a quick easy day look or do something more daring for a night out.

It is no secret that I have always liked make up and from a very young age I remember my mother trying to convince me that I am too young for make up.  Needless to say she was not very successful.  I enjoy the way make up makes me feel.  Also because I am a plus size girl, I feel it makes me look more polished and ready to face the world.

So today I present to you what is (currently) in my makeup bag.

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My various foundation/blush etc brushes. (the ones with the blue handles comes in a full set of 5 and was a lovely gift from my dear friend Simonette Lubbe living in Korea.

Metal glam liquid blush in shade 01 Glam Me from Essence

Revlon Photoready BB cream in shade 010 Light/Pale

My trusty Foundation Stick from LeVena in shade 02 Nude( I have about 10 of these…I am completely obsessed)

Limited edition Thick Lash Mascara

Estee Lauder High Gloss  in shade 03 Honey

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick in shade 02 Rhubarb

Eyeliner from Lancome Paris

Elizabeth Arden Eye-shadow in shade 09 Aura

Clinique Eye-shadow in shade Almost Peach and Bewitched.

Estee Lauder Eye-shadow in shade 01 Mocha

Now’s your turn – what’s currently in your makeup bag?

Mothersday Chocolate Cake

This mothers day I decided to bake my mother a cake.  My previous attempts at layer cakes came out okay…but I always had issues with the stacking.  That’s why I decided to make a heavier, pound cake, just to see if it would stack better.  I chose to fill the cake with a nice layer of strawberry jam, covered in chocolate butter cream icing. I then decorated the edges with pink glitter fondant hearts.
The result was very good.  I had no issues with the stacking.  It is a bit dense, and slightly dry.  So in future I would maybe try adding more jam to the middle or coating the cake in a coffee or chocolate liquor.  But overall I was extremely happy with my result.
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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch tube pan wit butter.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together. Set aside.With an electric mixer, cream the 1 cup butter, the shortening and the sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one a time, beating well after each addition. With the motor running, add the flour mixture and the milk alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Add the vanilla.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake; it should come out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 30 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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50g Soft Butter
2Tbsp Water
1Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar.
Directions

Whisk butter and icing sugar together. Add water and cocoa powder. Whisk together. (Add water slowly to make sure that the icing is the right consistency)

Whats on your playlist?

Today I simply decided to put my phone on Shuffle…and reveal the first 5 songs that pop up…to the world.  Why?  Because apparently a lot of people don’t like my taste in music.  It’s been described as depressing….cut my wrists…and even my husband has commented calling me a SPICE GIRL on more than one occasion (even though I haven’t listened to the spice girls since high school)…So now somehow I am hoping that the first 5 songs that will pop up will be something amazingly out of this world…

1.ED SHEERAN – The man

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I love this mans music…I have the whole album…And I’m not ashamed to say it….so lets just move on.

2. MAN O WAR – WARRIORS OF THE WORLD manowar.jpg

My husband introduced me to this song…I LOVE THIS SONG…he loves their WHOLE ALBUM…enough said.

3.TOY DOLLS – NELLIE THE ELEPHANT

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I seriously don’t even know how this song ended up on my phone….its a mystery I dont wish to solve…

4. BONNIE TYLER – TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

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I used to sing karaoke to this…EVERY TIME..I will never get sick of this song.

5. WALK OF THE EARTH – YESTERDAY (BEATLES COVER)

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I am obsessed with Walk Of The Earth….Every cover they do just grabs my heart and holds it for ever.  Seriously they are awesome…

So there we go.  My playlist shuffle top 5 revealed

My only question now is ….

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What defines comfort food?

Winter is time for comfort, For good food, and warmth..

It’s that time of the year.  Winter.  Well at least it is my side of the world… And even though I only get to experience 3 months of frosty air (with no snow) every year. It is still time for warm loving comfort food.

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So what is your idea of comfort food?  Is it perhaps braised beef, slow cooked until it falls apart, with simple mushrooms and some onions and lots of garlic? Or a warm Macaroni and cheese… Perfectly cooked pasta coated in a rich, velvety cheese sauce, with a light crunchy topping.

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To me, comfort food is something that makes me smile when I eat it, it makes me feel like a warm blanket is wrapped around me. Comfort food can relax me when I’m wound up, or make me feel better when I’m sad. It’s something I can savor in smell, taste and texture.

 

Most comfort foods stem from memories of eating them with my family, like my Grandmothers bean soup for instance, I think of my family, because the recipe has been passed down through the generations.

But what ever your idea of comfort food is…Just remember the quote from Ina Garten “Food is not about impressing people…its about making them feel comfortable.”