Sunday, 10 July 2016

Vegan Lime Bars

Hey guys,

I came across this recipe online and tweaked it a little bit to make it my own. They are so creamy and delicious, however there are two little adjustments that I would make if I were to bake these again; I would add the juice of another half a lime to the mix to make it more citrusy, and I would add more coconut oil to the base to make it less crumbly. I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients:

Crust: 

1 cup almonds
1 cup oats
2 tbsp coconut sugar
4-5tbsp melted coconut oil

Filling:

1 cup cashews (soak these in hot water for 1hr before beginning the recipe)
Coconut cream from 1 can of full-fat coconut milk (leave the can in the fridge for an hour or two)
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
Juice from 2 limes
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. To make the crust, blend the almonds, oats and coconut sugar together.


Add the coconut oil gradually, stopping when the mix becomes a dough that holds together when you press it together with your fingers.


Pack the mix into a tray lined with parchment paper and pop into the oven for 12 minutes. Turn up the oven to 190 degrees C and allow to brown for 7-8 minutes. Let this cool fully.


Put the oven back to 180 degrees C. Drain the soaked cashews and blend with the maple syrup until a smooth pale mixture forms.


 Add in the rest of the filling ingredients and blend once more until fully combined. Pour this onto the cooled base and cook for 15 minutes until the middle is no longer liquidy.




Cut into squares and enjoy!



Emma x







Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Rhodos, Greece Photo Diary

Hey guys,

So last week I returned from an amazing fortnight in Rhodes, Greece. It was jam-packed with sunshine, hummus and pitta, and of course many, many photo opportunities. With my new camera constantly in hand, I was only willing to take photos of everything. This is the first blog post back after my long hiatus, so I've decided to keep it picture-heavy rather than word-heavy. So sit back and take a visual stroll through my trip to Greece.
























I hope you enjoyed this look into my holiday. If you have any requests for blog posts/ videos please do let me know.

Emma x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hello

Hey Guys,

I sincerely apologise for the very long hiatus. I've been gone for over 5 months! I've still been fairly active on my Youtube channel but not nearly as much as I would like to be.

The thing is, I've sort of lost my passion for blogging. It has become so common now, you can barely click onto any instagram page without seeing a link to a blog in their bio, and I feel like my blog, which I have been running for almost 5 years has not developed as I had wished. When I began, there were only a handful of Irish bloggers and it was a dream of mine to grow my blog to be as big as the likes of SoSueMe or even Zoella in the UK.  My YouTube channel has had a bit more success, with 2,450 subscribers and while I'm grateful for all of those people who have taken time out of their day to watch my videos, I have just begun to question my efforts. I put so much effort into videos and blog posts and to what avail? I know I'm being very negative about the whole thing but it has just been playing on my mind for the past year and a bit. What does one have to do to get recognised in a world bursting with lifestyle, beauty and fashion bloggers who have much better resources and equipment than I do?

Just a few of my thoughts, and writing this has reminded me of why I started; a love of writing and the need for a place to share my opinions.

Talk soon hopefully,

Emma x

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

Hey Guys!

Picture my face on Christmas morning as I went into the sitting room and saw the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette perched beside my stocking in all its gold, shiny glory. Now times that by 1000 and you might come close to how I really felt. I have been seriously lusting after this palette since its launch and the influx of snapchats, instagrams and tweets about it. And now it's all mine!


Amazing packaging aside, I mean just look at it, the 15 shadows inside are beautifully pigmented and can be used together in so many different ways to create simple matte nude looks with Anaheim, Stark and Zone (my fave), slightly grungier looks with the taupe and grey shades like Punk, Steady and Serious, or go all out with a not so subtle pop on the lids with the bright pink, blue and gold shades like Harajuku, Danger, 1987.

L-R: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, Serious, Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, Blackout 
There's only one shade I experienced any form of fallout with, and that was Pop, the baby pink shimmer that would look amazing popped (see what I did there?) on the middle of the lid as a highlight to brighten up a darker look.



If you'd like to see a video about a few of my favourite looks from the palette, just let me know!


Have you tried this palette yet?

xoxo, Emma

P.S: Happy New Year's Eve, I hope you really enjoy it, no matter how you spend it!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Wishes

Hey Guys!

I hope you are all totally relaxed right now, all gift wrapping is done, feet up, Christmas jammies on and Christmas movies on the TV. I'm currently in my brand new Harry Potter Christmas PJs, a box of chocolate biscuits nearby and we're about to watch Magic Mike XXL. Don't know how that will pan out with the family watching together, but sure what can you do? ;) 

I'd like to thank you all for reading this little blog this year and watching my YouTube videos. It truly means the world to me, so thank you again! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I promise (I really do this time!) to upload posts and videos more often in 2016. The workload in college totally eases off after my placement in January, so I'm all yours after that!

Until then, enjoy the few videos I have scheduled for the next week or two, and most importantly, enjoy Christmas with your friends and family!

Love,

Emma x

        
                                   
    

Saturday, 21 November 2015

ASOS Winter Wishlist

Hey Guys!

ASOS are seriously bringing it at the moment. Like, really. So, I thought I would compile a little selection of seriously lust-worthy pieces that I have found on the website recently. Santa, if you're reading this, I have been a good girl this year. Wink, wink, nudge.



Don't forget that you can use your student discount on ASOS, and at the moment it's a 20 % discount, so go on and treat yo'self ;)

What have you got on your ASOS wishlist?

xoxo, Emma

P.S: This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love ASOS.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Parents

Hey Guys!

Long time no chat! I have been super busy as I've just finished a three week teaching placement, and I've also had literally no motivation to write blog posts, if I'm brutally honest. Today I thought I would start my Christmas Gift Guides for 2015. Over the course of the countdown to Christmas, I will be posting gift guides that will hopefully make your gift shopping experience just that little bit easier.

So for my first Christmas Gift Guide, I thought it would be a good idea to begin with gifts for your parents/ guardians/ life givers, whatever you want to call them, or I suppose the gifts would also work for any older relatives you might have such as aunties, uncles or grandparents.


For female relatives (mom, aunt, grandmother etc.)




Other gift ideas: Cuddly dressing gown/ PJs/ slippers (try Penneys for some gorgeous ones!), her favourite chocolates or flowers, earrings, bracelets.

For male relatives (dad, uncle, grandfather etc.)




Other gift ideas: A 2016 Calendar, a fancy pen (a bit like this one), slippers, hankies (a classic in my house!), his favourite aftershave.

So that wraps up my first gift guide of 2015! I hope you enjoyed this post and got some good ideas for gifts from it. I had so much fun putting this post together so I can't wait to share the next one with you all. Hint: It may or may not be beauty related ;)

xoxo, Emma