Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Sunday Post: Crunchy Strawberry, White Chocolate and Almond Biscuits


I think to say I had a sweet tooth would be a bit of an understatement - I just love desserts. That's why writing these types of posts and having a go at a bit of baking is something I love to do; I might not be the best chef in the world but Karl and I have made some damn good desserts in our time! Anyway today's recipe is all about these simply gorgeous crunchy almond biscuits, complete with strawberry buttercream icing, a strawberry on the top, finished off with a drizzle of white chocolate. My mouth is watering again just by writing this! I came across the idea for this recipe on Vogue (read the original recipe here) and just altered it a tiny bit as I'm not keen on cream so this is how I did it! Full credit for the recipe goes to the author over at Vogue though! 


Ingredients:
  • 200g ground almonds
  • Icing sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar 
  • 3 egg whites
  • White cooking chocolate 
  • Butter 
  • Strawberries



1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. 
2. Combine 50g granulated sugar, 100g of icing sugar and all of the almonds and mix well
3. Whisk the egg yolks until they're white and fluffy
4. Fold them into the almond and sugar mixture until they make a stiff batter 


5. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper (seriously, I usually use flour as I did here but listen to the recipe and use grease proof paper - they WILL stick!) 
6. Dollop the mixture onto the baking tray in small amounts and bake for around 15-20 mins. The original recipe says only 10 but I think I made mine a bit bigger than I was supposed to - if I'm going to make biscuits they're going to be big!
7. Mix butter and icing sugar with an electric whisk until you make a nice fluffy icing. I'm not sure of the exact amounts needed for this as I just guess and keep tasting it until it tastes like icing!
8. Chop up approximately four large strawberries and whisk them into the icing 
9. Pipe the strawberry icing onto the cooled biscuits and add half a strawberry onto each one 
10. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of boiling water and drizzle over the biscuits with a fork



And there you have it! My version of Vogue's Strawberries and Cream biscuits (again you can see the original recipe here). They are truly delicious but I would recommend you let the biscuits properly cool before you eat them as they go soo nice and crunchy - I'll definitely be making these again!

Amy x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Whimsical

















SWING DRESS WITH LACE UP AND FLARED SLEEVES: MOTEL ROCKS / *TORTOISE SHELL SANDALS AND *SUEDE TASSEL BAG: C/O ASOS / *WATCH: C/O DANIEL WELLINGTON

Okay so this has to be one of my favourite outfits I've done in a while. This dress from Motel Rocks is simple but just so beautiful - the flared sleeves and the lace up add such a gorgeous whimsical feel. I feel like a bit like forest fairy meets Stevie Nicks and I love it. I'm often quite wary of all white because of how pale I am but I think this dress actually compliments my skin tone and hair colour, especially with the killer red lip. With the festival season getting ever closer, the stores and online websites are getting full of this kind of dress and although I won't be going to a festival this year, there's absolutely nothing wrong with dressing like you're going to one right?! 

p.s. You can get 15% off beautiful watches like this one here at Daniel Wellington with the code "saltandchic" 

Amy x


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Five Ways To Wear The Midi Shirt Dress

I'm a big fan of versatile pieces and I'm definitely not one to buy something, wear it once and then let it hang in my wardrobe forever so when La Redoute challenged me to style their striped midi shirt dress up in five different ways I jumped at the chance! At first I was a bit dubious as to whether I'd be able to find five ways to wear a dress; usually when we think of a dress, we think of it being just that. A dress. But I actually found the dress was extremely easy to style in different ways and I think I managed to create five very different but wearable looks so here they are!


1. The day out shopping 


2. A day in the office


3. Street style chic


4. A smart night out 


5. Casual weekender

I think my favourite is the "Street style chic" outfit - it's a really different take on the dress with a bit of layering which is always great at this time of year when it can be a bit nippy! Dresses like this can be so much more than just a simple dress if you stretch your imagination a little and we all like to get our moneys worth!

You can follow La Redoute on instagram, twitter and facebook if you want some more versatile ideas like this!

Which one is your favourite?

Amy x

p.s. I promise you I do have lips but I forgot to put my lippy on before these photos! *slaps hand* bad blogger!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lime Time














 CROCHET TOP: RIVER ISLAND / CULOTTES: TOPSHOP / BROWN HEELED SANDALS: PRIMARK / *SUKI BAG: C/O PAUL'S BOUTIQUE / *WATCH: C/O DANIEL WELLINGTON 

Okay so I know I literally just posted an outfit with these culottes last week but I just had to post another one. I only picked them up a couple of weeks ago but already they've become such a huge part of my summer wardrobe and I've fallen completely in love with the bright colours. I also discovered that they match my beloved Suki bag absolutely perfectly - it must have been fate! I've been eyeing up the matching top to the culottes in Topshop but I'm not sure I could pull of the double print as it's such a statement - what are your thoughts?

I got this lovely little River Island top when ASOS had 20% off for students (praise the LORD for Unidays!) and I think it's an absolute wardrobe essential for this time of year. It will go with literally anything and we all know how important white basics are in our wardrobe!

p.s. you can get 15% off at Daniel Wellington with the code saltandchic so get those bank cards ready!

Amy x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The New 'Do


Okay so after looking through lots of Instagram photos of babes like Lucy Hale and Jourdan Dunn I decided to finally go for the real chop. I haven't had super long hair for around 3 years now and have always kept it around mid length but you know when you're just itching for change? I took a risk cutting so much off my hair (seriously, I didn't realise just how long it had gotten!) and I think it has paid off - I love it! After getting over the initial kind of bald feeling and giving it a good scrunch up with some texturising spray I really do think I like it. My hair just looks a lot healthier and thicker, and while I don't exactly have thin hair it's not quite thick enough either. Taking so much off it has really given it that healthy bounce and has just made me feel a lot fresher overall. Sometimes change can be excellent and as I've been feeling a bit "meh" (you all know what I mean by that right?!) about my hair in general I think this has really worked for me.

What do you all think of my new 'do?!

Amy x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Blooming














DENIM DUNGAREES: WAREHOUSE / *WATCH: C/O DANIEL WELLINGTON / RED STRIPED TEE: MISSGUIDED / LACE UP SANDALS: ZARA 

Okay i'll admit it - I have an obsession with stripes and dungarees. I cannot get enough of them; they're definitely the cutest combination ever! These dungarees are a bit more summer-esque than the full length ones that are around at the moment (that I'm also loving by the way!) and I love the way the dark red looks with the deep blue denim. Of course I just had to team them with my beloved ZARA sandals that have barely been off my feet since I picked them up despite the fact that they absolute rip my little ankles to pieces but hey, we have to make sacrafices for beautiful shoes right?!

The thing I'm loving the most about the sudden warm(ish) weather is spring really starting to come through and letting me take photos with pretty backgrounds again! I was beginning to think we'd never see any leaves on the trees again...

p.s. You can get 15% off at Daniel Wellington with the code saltandchic so snap yourself a classic new watch up!

Amy x
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