Baking Tips: How To Do Chocolate Drip Icing

Drip icing isn't something new, but it seems to be having a real moment recently. I follow quite a few baking-related Instagram accounts, and many use the drip icing technique to decorate their masterpieces. I love baking, but as it's only me and Stewart in our household I never really bake big cakes; as much as I love a bit of chocolate cake, it's far too much to devour between just the two of us! So when Stewart's birthday came around last month, I knew months in advance that I wanted to finally try my hand at this drip icing! Although it's such a simple idea, I think it just makes the cake look so finished and a bit special (plus, who can resist chocolate ganache). I've only tried it the once, but researched meticulously beforehand on tips and tricks on how-to as I didn't want to risk messing it up; and I don't think it went too badly for my first time! So here are a few basic tips on how to master drip icing...


Autumn Favourites

It's that time of the year when the clocks go back, the trees are decorated with oranges and reds and the perfect evening is one snuggled under a warm blanket with a cup of tea (I'm an 80 year old at heart). I think we've all been clinging onto the last remnants of a summer we never had, but I'm ready to embrace the fact that it's well and truly over and start looking forward to everything the next couple of months have to offer (hello Halloween and Bonfire Night!). Although, as someone who is cold all the time, the change in temperature that Autumn brings isn't my favourite, I can't help but love the cosiness and colours this season offers. As we eek further into Autumn, I wanted to share a few things I've been loving the recently- both fashion pieces and beauty bits.


What Not To Say To People With Trichotillomania

The first time I can remember pulling my eyelashes out, I was around 3 years old. I am now 23 years old. 20 years is a fairly long time to have had trichotillomania for, and in those years I've heard my fair share of bullshit around the disorder. After chatting with other friends and readers of this blog who have trichotillomania, it seems we hear the same old lines coming from people who just don't understand the disorder (or bother trying to understand it). You know, those people who either have blatant disregard for your feelings, or perhaps those characters who love to think they have the magic cure because they took psychology GCSE. Either way, a lot of the things we hear a lot of the time from loved ones or strangers alike don't do anything to help us- and in fact could make us feel worse. So I thought I'd jot down a few of the reoccurring classics as a hint of what not to say to someone with trich! I'll do another post with ways you can help those with the disorder, but for now, here's some of the things that will make our eyes roll....


Primark's Trio Nail Varnishes in 'Nudes'

There's something about freshly painted nails that just make you feel like you've got your life together. I have a bad habit of picking at my nails, so when they get to a good stage where I can paint them and they don't look like a stubby mess I feel as though I have accomplished something in having pretty talons! Although I literally have a box filled with different nail varnishes (and that's after a clear out!), I just can't resist picking up new shades. When I saw this nude trio in Primark, I thought they were so pretty and understated; ideal for someone who likes boring neutral colours on their nails, like me! £2.50 for three different can't really go wrong! (Yes, I do need more nude varnishes, and yes, they are slightly different from the ones I have already).


Aldi's New Jo Malone-Inspired Reed Diffusers (That Only Cost £3.99!)

Since I moved out of my family home back in 2012, I've had somewhat of a mild obsession with decorating my home with candles, potpourri and reed diffusers. If it smells nice and looks pretty, I'll buy it! Even if it just perches on a shelf as a decorative piece looking pretty, just waiting in the queue of things to be used, I'll just keep getting more! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who can't leave a home store without buying at least one candle?!). Having the scent of a gorgeous candle or reed diffuser filling my home is one of my little joys in life, and so I'm incredibly happy that Aldi have just released this new range of reed diffusers to compliment their existing range of luxury candles. Although I'm now a bit worried about how much I might spend in store when I just pop in for some milk!


Blogging Is Not All About Numbers

I'll admit, when I first started blogging, I got a buzz from watching my social media channels grow and religiously kept an eye on my page view statistics through Google Analytics. Being re-tweeted by a big brand or getting lots of likes on my latest Instagram selfie felt amazing, as sad as that is to admit. The likes, re-tweets, page views and follower count was a way of defining my worth and value as a blogger, and was up until a short time ago. Of course, it's flattering when brands get in touch and want to work with you; often this is directly linked with stats as they ultimately want to see a return on their 'investment'. But recently I've learnt that stats and follower counting is not everything, and I've realised that obsessing over those numbers has caused me to detour slightly from why I started this blog in the first place.

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