Sunday, 31 March 2013

Michelle Gets Second Bite of the Vogue Cherry

Not many models have graced the cover of Vogue. Especially twice. Michelle Obama (wearing Reed Krakoff, of course!) is set to get her second bite of the cherry as she illuminates this April’s Vogue cover.
America’s first lady has been a solid rock to President Obama, making them arguably one of the biggest double acts of all time. People weren’t just voting for Barack; they also didn't want to lose Michelle's influence on the women of America, if not the world. A beacon of strong femininity, a women hungry for progress, a women not afraid in her own skin. Is MObama one of the best female orators of modern time?

  "Years from now, few will remember what President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union address, or the critiques of his Republican opponents. But some little girl will come across a copy of Michelle Obama's Vogue magazine covers, presenting her in all of her dark-brown-skinned, full-lipped glory, and see herself and know that she is as beautiful as an American first lady." 

Keli Goff, The Root.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Ellie Ellie Wears

We're all aware of being 'fashionably late' but after the arctic conditions of last week, it's clear Spring is taking lateness to new levels. Had a butchers round my local high street and I must admit it didn’t feel right to see bikinis and sun hats in full flare, whilst I was sporting a thermal vest and numerous layers of knitwear.
But as they say, “Someone’s got to!” Off out for an Easter lunch? This is a perfect little outfit for such occasions- pretty in pink, with a sharp little bit of spring time yellow.

Smitten with this yellow Joules scarf featuring an adorable dog print. Combine the yellow with that girl-pink shirt makes the perfect Easter colour palette. EllieEllie’s timeless Scrabble ring makes the ideal accessory, you can personalised it with your initial too! Get it here.

If it’s a tad nippy outside, team with a pair of cable knit tights and/or a cream jumper! Ain’t nobody got time for a chill.

Silk Shirt- Oasis
Pink Skater Skirt- Miss Selfridge
Yellow Dog Print Scarf- Joules

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Make room for some Easter activities!

Easter is a great time of the year, with a bit of luck Spring will be starting to show it’s face and families will be home together for a day of egg hunts and chocolate eating competitions.

We’ve found a little game that is huge fun for all the family.. Pin the tail on the bunny!

To play is simple – just print out our bunny picture (right click and save the image to your computer, then you can pull it up as an image and print as big as you fancy!) gather some cotton wool and glue it onto a small circle of card (roughly 5cm round) and wait for it to dry. Pop some double sided sticky tape on the back of the tail, grab yourself a vintage scarf to act as blindfold and you are all set to play!

If you fancy going the whole hog, why not get the kids to get their creative juices flowing? Everyone loves a bit of colouring in!

Pin your bunny masterpiece up on the wall, blindfold your first player and give them a spin around! Watch in hysterics as they try and find the bunny and pin on the tail!

Great game for an Easter party, whether you’re a big or little kid! Enjoy!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Easter Cake Recipe- Sweet, cheap, easy and guaranteed to slap a few smiles on a few faces.

Easter eggs?! Esshhhh, Cliché.

I think we can do a little bit better then a mass produced Easter egg this year guys! We’d like to share with you an age old recipe...maybe one of the best recipes of all time.  The humble Chocolate Cornflake Cake, Easter style!

So easy to make they’d be a great afternoon activity with the kids, or if you’re feeling particularly charitable why not make them for your partner in crime? Definitely win you some brownie points (pun alert).

Our recipe allows for 12 little cakes- they’ll take you about 30 minutes to make (2 minutes to eat) and don’t even require any baking! Brilliant!


    225g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
    2 tbsp golden syrup
    50g  butter
    75g cornflakes
    36 mini chocolate eggs (or a few packets, to you and me!)

Grab yourself a cupcake tray and pop in your cake cases. The chocolate then needs to be melted in a bowl, along with the golden syrup and butter over a pan of gently simmering water, (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water otherwise all hell will break lose). Stir the mixture until silky smooth. Take off the heat and then begin to softly fold in your cornflakes until all the cereal is nicely coated in the mixture!

 Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases and then add about 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each. Pop in the fridge for about an hour until they are completely set and VOILA! The yummiest scrummiest (if not easiest) little treats around!

 Great idea if you're purse is a bit light but you still fancy spreading some Easter love.  Share them with friends, family or even office pals (chocolate smells suspiciously like a ticket to your boss's good book to us!)