Some cupcakes and adieu for a week!

Chocolate cupcakes I made for our Art Society meeting.

Hello all, I wanted to say goodbye for a little while. I'm going to the south of France tomorrow but I will be back on the 7th April with plenty of photos to share! I wanted to do an outfit post today but the rain stopped me, it is horrendous outside in Ireland. See you again soon!

Some vanilla cupcakes I baked for my grandad's 81st birthday.

In my room...

I am such a homebird that I spend a lot of time in my bedroom. I'm always looking for a way to make it more comfortable and filling it with things that represent my taste. I used to always have my bedroom walls completely plastered in photos and posters, but I'm trying to keep things more simple now. I absolutely cannot do minimalism so although these photos may look totally clutted to you, believe me this is very minimalist for me!

Some old photos of my room below.

My room when I was seventeen.

When I was 18 (the pink thing is a rope light).

My student house at twenty years old.

And below is my room now, at twenty one (almost twenty two!).

This was taken for my project 365, but it shows how sweet the little lights are at night.

I didn't manage to get a decent photo of my cherry blossom vinyl decal so here's an old one. There are loads of these on but if you really want a bargain search ebay! I got this for less than £5 including postage from China.

Readers - show me what your rooms look like! p.s. I just realized this is my 50th blog post!

Rainy day baking: Mint Chocolate Whoopie Cookies!

It was a beautiful sunny morning so I dressed for the weather, too bad about an hour later it started not only raining, but hailing. Silly unpredictable Irish weather! It was however, perfect for some rainy day baking. I decided to try baking some whoopie cookies. I'd never come across them before I went to the Magnolia Bakery in NYC.

Whoopie cookies! from strawberrysatine on Vimeo.

I used this recipe. I had no canola oil so I used vegetable oil and it worked fine.

Chocolate cupcakes.

I baked some cupcakes to take in to work today. Usually vanilla is my staple but these chocolate ones are just so good! They're from the Hummingbird bakery cookbook. Very light but moist. Perfect!

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g soft unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate frosting
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, very soft
30g cocoa powder, sifted
45ml whole milk

- Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Put the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and butter in a large bowl and beat on a slow speed with an electric hand mixer until well combined and a sandy consistency.
- Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together in a jug and add half to the dry mixture. Beat slowly to combine and then more quickly to beat out any lumps.
- Add the remaining liquid mixture and beat slowly to combine. Do not overmix.
- Transfer the mixture into the cake cases until 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven until they spring back to the touch. A skewer inserted should come out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.

- For the frosting, beat the butter, sugar and cocoa powder together until well combined.
- Add the milk and beat to combine. The mixture will come together into a big lump. Keep beating for a few minutes, you will see it get lighter in colour and texture.
- Spoon or pipe onto the cupcakes.

Before I go, you know I recently interview Carla of MessyCarla, well she interviewed me too! Check it out here. Thanks Carla!

In the sun.

Hello lovely readers. The sun is out! What a lovely day! I thought I would share some snaps of my outfit. I spent all morning in my not so glamorous work uniform so it's nice to change into something pretty.

Outfit details:
Dress - Topshop
Shoes - Office
Necklace - Lovehearts and crosses
Ring - The barking cat store
Bag - Topshop
Brooch - Vintage

To go along with the sunny theme of this post I thought I'd share a video from one of my faves, She & Him. Zooey, marry me?

I hope everyone else is seeing a little sun today! I'm off for dinner tonight with fellow bloggers Sarah Kane and Lesley!

Blogger Profile: Messy Carla!

Have you checked out MessyCarla's blog yet? I have know Carla online for a few years now. She always dresses beautifully and she has a really fun attitude towards fashion. As well as that she's hilarious and the most friendly person you could know! Check out my interview with her below.

Firstly, hello Carla! How do you manage to always look so fabulous?

Hello! Oh, I don't always look fabulous believe me - you should see me at 8am getting the metro to uni! I'll just say it's all about self confidence and self believe - clothes are simply an extension!

How much a month would you say you spend on clothes/accessories? Any budgeting tips?

I'm rather bad - I'd say between £50 and £100 a month at the minute - I really do need to reel myself in, sometimes. But I find it very difficult to say no. Budgeting wise though, if I'm trying to behave - instead of buying a new dress, instead I'll buy lots of accessories, such as a new necklace, corsage and hairband to jazz up an older outfit!

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?

I love this vintage dress which I found on eBay for about £10. It's so flattering and quirky - though my friend calls me 'Hyacinth Bucket' when I wear it, the cheek.

What 'makes' an outfit?

I like it when outfits tell a story - it doesn't have to be blatantly obvious, in fact even if you're the only one who knows the story that's cool! That's why I put the 'Point Of Fashion' (a la 'Fruits' - the Japanese street fashion magazine) after every outfit I post.

Where is your favourite place to shop?

Clothes-wise I love Dorothy Perkins as they have wonderful quality dresses at the minute. For shoes I love EBay (I found a pair of red Dorothy glitter shoes there for £5 once!), and places like Topshop and Heidi Seeker for accessories.

There has been a massive influx of advice/rules for how women should dress to fit their shape, wear this and don't even dream of wearing that etc (Gok Wan I am looking at you). What do you make of all this? Do you think it's a positive or negative thing? Do you try to stick to these rules or ignore them?

I think it’s all about how YOU feel about wearing something. For example, I love the crop top trend, I think it’s so cute – but I’ll never have the tummy to wear it like it was intended. So if I wanted to, I’d layer a vest under it! One thing I can’t stand is when “fashionistas” put certain body shapes into certain categories – for example, heavier chested women are only supposed to wear V-Necks to be flattering. Ehh, NO!

The only rule I really follow, is to dress accordingly to match your age. My biggest pet peeve is when I see 12-year-olds running about in mini skirts, fishnets and heels! Enjoy whatever age you’re at – there’s always something from a different time in your life you wouldn’t have been able to pass off before. For example, when I’m 60 I intend on wearing the pearls my grandmother gave me everyday!

What do you love most about blogging?

I love that it gives me a chance to be expressive and creative. Plus, it gives us curvier girls a platform that the fashion magazines aren’t giving us. I think we’re a tight knit community who all watch out for each other – heaven forbid somebody comments with an almighty “lol, u r fat”.

And finally you know I love baking, do you ever do any yourself?

Haha I’m in the middle of trying to transform myself into a bit of a domestic goddess when it comes to baking. It was the only New Year’s resolution I set myself for 2010. So far I’ve made some delicious chocolate cupcakes which turned out brilliant, and some chocolate chip cookies I’ve got myself rather hooked on. The only thing I’ve messed up so far are a batch of gingerbread men – they swelled up, because I added bicarbonate of soda instead of baking powder! Ooops!

As well as her fashion blog you can follow Carla along as she learns to bake in 2010 at her new baking blog Messycarla Bakes.

Outfit 15/3/10.

Necklace - Hannah Zakari.

Dress - Primark
Cardi - Primark
Tights - M&S
Boots - ASOS
Bag - Cath Kidston

Just a quick outfit post I wanted to share with you. I had this idea tonight of getting rid of most of the stuff in my room, so two bin bags are filled with clothes for the charity shop but the rest of it is all over my bedroom floor so I'd better get back to it. Ever have that brilliant at the time idea of clearing out then find yourself 2 hours later surrounded by a pile of junk with no energy to sort it out?

Ring - ASOS