Monday, 20 October 2014

Brilliant Banana Bread



As I'm typing this the mixture is in the oven and it smells divine, watering at the mouth here. Anyway, in this post I'm making, you guessed it, banana bread. The YouTube play bar above is the music I was listening to while baking this, 'Bastille - Bad Blood', have a listen too while you read this post if you'd like!

Ingredients

140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
140g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 very ripe bananas, mashed

didn't need the milk haha
Method 

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter your loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and mashed bananas. Pour into the tin evenly and bake for about 30 mins.


Guys I'm so proud at how it turned out, the top picture looks so gooood and trust me when I say it tasted even better. Super happy right now, even though it's more of a banana cake than bread!



Thursday, 16 October 2014

What I'm Listening To | Girl Power


Part 2 in the Boys Vs. Girls #WILT highlights the fabulous female solo artists that are kicking butt with their simply divine voices.
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Ella Henderson - Glow

This 18 year old British singer-songwriter came sixth on the ninth series of the UK X Factor and was signed straight away. Her first single Ghost was a major hit soaring straight to number 1 in the UK charts when released. Her second single Glow is a solid follow up with a youthful twilight sound.  



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Lykke Li - No Rest For The Wicked

Li Lykke Timotej Svensson is a 28 year old singer-songwriter from Sweden with very indie pop, electric sounds. I hear her songs quite a lot on TV shows, particularly at dramatic times or to end the episode and they fit perfectly. The crashing drums in the chorus of this song are like a massive wave that come after those soft lyrics. 



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Sia - Fire Meet Gasoline

Sia Furler is a 38 year old singer-songwriter from South Australia. She has over 20 awards under her belt for her work with other artists as well as her own. Her single Chandelier shot to number 1 quickly putting her in the spotlight, which brought to light her song writing abilities as she wrote famous songs such as Pretty Hurts for Beyonce and Diamonds for Rihanna. Fire Meet Gasoline is a roaring song that I pray she releases as a single, it is sublime.



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That's part 2, Girl Power!
So that's Boys Vs. Girls, which post did you prefer?
Personally I think all six singer-songwriters have a massive influence on the music scene right now despite their gender obviously (had to write that to save someone a rant) but I had fun making these two posts.
Hope you enjoyed them also!


What I'm Listening To | Let's Hear It For The Boys


This post is Part 1 of a Boys Vs. Girls #WILT. I will let you decide which post you prefer!
These three boys are killing the music scene, each of their voices are so different but they own it just the same.  
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Sam Smith - Nirvana 

This boy! He has to have the most superlative voice in music right now. Only 22, this singer-songwriter from London, England, has already won awards for critics choice, sound of 2014 and breakout music artist. This is my favourite song of his and one of my favourite songs ever, yes it is that good! Such a chilled vibe with a euphoric chorus.  


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Hozier - Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene 

My favourite artist at the minute, 24 year old Andrew Hozier-Byrne from County Wicklow in Ireland, known mainly as just Hozier. Since his single 'Take Me To Church' hit the charts he has started to grow in popularity, preforming on hit American shows like SNL, David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I've listened to his self titled album over and over again, it was really hard to choose a favourite but I went with this finger clicking, toe tapping, gospel like tune. 


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Troye Sivan - Fun

YouTube sensation, Troye Mellet, is a 19 year old South African born singer-songwriter and actor living in Perth, Australia. He is the cutest wee thing! I have been watching his YouTube videos for over a year now and I couldn't be more happy that he is releasing his own music. His EP TRXYE is out now and shot straight to number 1 when released. Fun is my favourite song off the EP, digging the relaxed dreamy vibe. 


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That's part 1, let's hear it for the boys!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

ED SHEERAN


09/10/14 me and my little brother went to see Ed Sheeran in Belfast. It was my brothers birthday present from me because was turned 18 two days later. He was amazingggg. He sang my favourite song 'I See Fire' which I was super happy about. It didn't last as long as I thought it would, maybe an hour and a half. 


I've seen him once before about 4 years ago but this was my favourite show by far! I managed to make a wee vine also if you fancy checking that out.
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Camera Roll Picks


Every so often I would take all my photos on my iPhone and transfer them to my computer for more space. In this post I thought I would scroll through my camera roll and look back on some photos of this year so far before there deleted.

graduation ball outfit
matty & franny on the shots, what's new
mummy & me pre wedding
graduation bevvy
2 pint cups in Edinburgh earlier in the year
has to be done
me and chummy mark before town
joe and me before London Grammar
clubbing with the three queens
beach walk on a sunny day
forever rockin, me and twiny
campbell tripz -1
awkward causeway snap
fam with the best person in the world
lil bro and me before ed sheeran
my beautiful best friend and I on her 21st

What I'm Listening To #8


SBTRKT - NEW DORP, NEW YORK

I heard this on Made in Chelsea (always provides a good soundtrack) and I instantly looked it up and fell in love. It's a bit different to anything else I listen to but there was just something about it that I like.



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Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

I've recently created a Power Ballad playlist on my Spotify and I have been listening to it none stop. So how could I not include this throwback gem. Perfect shower jam.



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Ella Eyre - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

I love the original as well but I thought this cover brought it somewhere else, she has such a nice voice!



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Nice wee mix today, hope you find something to enjoy!


Monday, 13 October 2014

Autumn Crazy on Pinterest

As I've mentioned before, Autumn is my favourite season and Pinterest fills me with joy because its always filled with autumnal pins. I've created my own Autumn board here and I thought I'd share a few of my favourites to add a very Autumn feel to your day, enjoy!













Ahh so warm and cosy, off to make a hot chocolate now, light a cinnamon candle and sit by the fire with a blanket, bliss!