There’s nothing I love more (apart from Christmas of course!) then going for a walk in the woods on an autumn day. Sometimes the small things in life make you happy, like stepping on a particularly crunchy leaf (why is this so fun even in my 20s?!) or finally wearing your new ASOS autumn clothes. I don’t mean to brag, but I did both.
If you live in the UK, you will know that the weather cannot make up it’s mind what season it wants to be! This makes dressing, a tiresome and taxing task, don’t you agree? One minute the clouds are grey so I bring out the ankle boots but then the sun comes out and I’m rushing back into the house to grab the sunnies*. Sort it out weather gods! This outfit is the perfect thing to wear for this inbetweeny weather, as the colours say autumn but it’s still warm enough to get away with a sleeveless top and no tights.
*I do apologise for going on about the weather a lot here on my blog, but what can I say, us British are utterly obsessed. It’s not an exaggeration or a stereotype, we are truly that interested in what the clouds are saying.
top – ASOS | skirt – ASOS | necklace – ASOS | hat – Uniqlo | shoes – Zara
Can you believe we’re almost half way through September?! Where is this year going? I still haven’t got used to writing 2014 yet and before you know it, it’ll be time to join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne again!
Anyway, freak out over. Yes it’s September and in my new YouTube video, I talk about what I loved in the month of August, otherwise known as my August Favourites. This was my first ever favourites video and I may make it a regular thing. Mainly because I can chat away about anything from beauty and fashion to TV without anyone telling me to shut up in real life. Got to love YouTube, he always listens!
There has been a drop in the temperature, the boots have been dusted off for another season and the Downton Abbey is due to start back on our screens (yay!). Autumn is definitely on it’s way and to embrace the new season, I decided to make mini apple pie pops. Inspiration – Pinterest of course, my go to site for a bit of late night inspiration for my next baking venture.
These super cute pie pops are easy to make, they look great and are a nice twist to a classic autumn/winter pudding, but the best thing about them is that you don’t have to share!
Just a quick baking tip from me – avoid using plastic sticks for your pops! Yes, this may sound obvious, but I may have had a slight baking fail during my first attempt at this recipe and used plastic sticks, completely forgetting the obvious fact that plastic will melt in an oven! Whoospy daisy! Use wooden sticks instead, or barbeque skewers. If you avoid this silly error of mine then the recipe is fool proof and simple!
Here’s how to make them:
Makes 10 mini pie pops
- 1 cooking apple
- 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 packet of ready to roll pastry (I may have cheated and used ready made pastry, but you can make your own)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Peel and chop the apple, add the juice of the orange, cinnamon and sugar. Mix well with your hands.
- Roll out the dough, until it is about ½ centimetre thick and cut round shapes with a cookie cutter.
- Place the pastry on a baking sheet and add some of the apple mixture into the centre of the disc. TIP – don’t overfill it, otherwise it won’t close!
- Place the wooden sticks (emphasis on wooden!) into each pie and press them firmly down into each round disc.
- Whisk the egg slightly with a fork and brush it on the edges of the pastry, which acts as a glue, so it sticks to the lid.
- Place the lids onto your pie pops and with a fork, press all of the edges down, ensuring that it has stuck together.
- Brush the tops of the pops with the eggs again and bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…
It’s the 1st September today. This means, the beginning of autumn, it’s socially acceptable to finally turn on the heating and Hogwarts starts again (yes I’ve got my letter, haven’t you? Well that’s awkward!).
Therefore, to celebrate the last official day of summer, I headed to sunny Brighton to roam around the pier, beach and waste all of my money in the Arcade Penny Pusher machines (why so addictive?!) This was my second visit to Brighton, as my first was last year for my birthday, and both times I questioned why I don’t make the one hour trip more often. I love the typical British, holiday-by-the-seaside feel that reminds me of my childhood summers.
And obviously, I took some snaps. I wore my Topshop 90s denim dress, of which I used to own an exact copy of when I was about 11. My mum even thought I dug up the childhood dress and wore it, to which I responded “as if that would still fit mum, God Karen (not my mum’s name) you’re so stupid”. Ok, no I didn’t actually quote Mean Girls, but I did cry in the corner, whilst comforting myself with a doughnut. I just have a lot of feelings. I’ll stop with the Mean Girls quotes now, I promise!
How did I get onto this? Oh yeah…Brighton…it’s fab…I love it.
Complete outfit (except bag, H&M) – Topshop (I may suffer from a slight Toppers obsession. Whoops!)