Wednesday, April 30

April Sponsors

The wee blondie is written by a fellow scottish blogger, Judith, from Aberdeen where she is studying at university. Her passion for fashion and beauty are reflected in her well written posts. This past month I've particularly enjoyed her Gingham Co-ords outfit and the post she wrote about her new iPhone cases from Sighh Designs. If you are looking for a genuine, down to earth blogger give the wee blondie a visit and maybe even a follow too!

If you are anything like me you'll always be looking for new apps to try out on your phone- so have you downloaded shuttersong yet? It allows you combine your photos with sound and music. I can think of so many occasions where this would be a really great memory to have. You can share your shuttersongs to your public feed as well as twitter and Facebook. You can also add them to texts, emails and blog posts. If you've already downloaded this app I'd love to know what you think below so leave me a comment. 

The money shed started up this year as an online forum to help others find different ways of making a little extra cash and share advice on saving money. At the start of april they reached 200 members and new discussions come up on their boards every week such as Earning Money Online and Money Saving Tips. Everyone is really friendly over there and you should really consider signing up! There is even a bit about making money from blogging!

I still have a few ad spaces left for May so please get in touch- if you want more information have a look at the tab along the top or if you email me at and I will send you my full information pack!  

Tuesday, April 29

Misty Spring Day with Maroon Florals

Jumper: Primark | Skirt: New Look | Shoes: Newlook

When Scott and I set off for Aberdeen on Saturday the mist was so thick we could hardly see the buildings at the side of the road. It is not surprising in that case that my outfit is looking quite autumnal- we can never quite put away our knitwear for Scottish summers. This skirt was purchased in the New Look christmas sale for a complete bargain however I've only worn it once for far. I decided however that it would go perfectly with my trustworthy maroon jumper from primark.

I'm looking forward to ditching the black tights for good during the summer but mum decided this outfit needed them. I'm also in search of a pair of vans at a reasonable price- any suggestions?

Scott and I had a fab day shopping in Aberdeen but I won't go into much detail because I wrote about it in my week in pictures post. I'm missing him already and he's only been in tenerife a few hours. Hope everyone is having a good week so far- I'm just waiting for the mist to clear. 

P.s. Its come to that time of month where I'm looking to renew my advertising so if you would be interested for £2 a month send me a quick email at and I'll send you over all the info.

Sunday, April 27

My week in pictures #65

(From top left) Late birthday presents from my falkirk aunt and uncle. This months company arrived- can't wait to start getting into it. My wee blog reached 100 GFC followers this week- also hit 250 BL followers so I feel super proud. The cutest socks* I've ever owned courtesy of Chatty Feet. Sunny selfie sitting in the park on Monday. Delicious burger at T.G.I Friday's yesterday lunch.
This past week I've been doing a lot of thinking about how much my life has changed in the past few months. Since leaving school (and falling out with most of my girl friends) I could go a whole 7 days without leaving the house. It didn't exactly upset me but I knew it wasn't healthy. My boyfriend Scott has managed to change all that though and I can't thank him enough. He has given me the motivation to leave the house even if I might rather be lazy and stay home.

This week has been quite a busy one too! I've been completing uni work as I'm now in the last couple of weeks of my course. On Monday afternoon my folks gave me a lift into town because I needed to go to the bank and post office. Unfortunately they were both closed and I had 2 hours to kill. I spent a lot of it in the park eating my kinder eggs (and collecting the princesses of course). I also saw my boyf's car sitting in the car park so left him a cute message. On Wednesday I went to meet Scott from the train and he cooked dinner for me (which was very nice) and we sat watching the TV and I didn't get home til midnight... oops!! 

On Friday mum and dad took the day off work and we went down to falkirk to visit my gran. You might have seen my outfit post here. We just helped her with some house and garden jobs she needed doing and we all went out for lunch. Stupidly I eat WAY to much and felt quite ill for the rest of the day. 

On Saturday Scott and I drove up to Aberdeen in the most horrible fog to go shopping. He needed some things for his holiday (he is ditching me for Tenerife next week) and I'm more than happy to tag along and look at the shops. He treated my to lunch at T.G.I Friday's and when I eventually got home after stopping off at his place I had the most amazing day and felt so loved!! 

The final thing I want to point out are these super cute and original socks from Chatty Feet. They were kind enough to send me over 'Yoko Mono' are isn't she lovely? We all know someone that loves funky socks and these would make the perfect gifts. They are bound to get compliments every time someone sees them and I can't wait to wear them out- not to mention that 'new sock' feel (who doesn't love that?)

Hope everyone has had as great a weekend as I have! I'm away to catch up on my blog reading now. 

P.s. Its come to that time of month where I'm looking to renew my advertising so if you would be interested for £2 a month send me a quick email at and I'll send you over all the info.

Friday, April 25

Elegant High Waisted Summer Floral Dress

Dress: F&F at Tesco | Shoes: Matalan | Gilet: New Look

Note to self! Don't take out outfit photos in full sunshine... oops thats a mistake I won't make again. I apologise for my major squinting in these photos. Today we have gone down to Falkirk to visit my Grandma and go out for lunch. I've had this dress in my wardrobe for ages but its hardly been worn because it is a size to big (it was actually a gift from my Grandma). It also makes me feel really grown up and the majority of the time I don't feel like being grown up. Would love to know what you think of this style on me?

I decided to style this dress with the cute block heels I bought in Matalan last weekend- they are another item that makes me feel like an adult. I can't comment on their comfyness because I've not worn them out for a whole day yet but they look really cute and feel good quality for their bargain price of £12. I've popped on my gilet again just incase it gets a little chilly but I don't think I'll need it- the colours look good together though.

Tuesday, April 22

Spring Gardens with Daffodils and Blossom

It doesn't matter which part of the country you live in by now you'll have noticed spring is defiantly here. It has taken a while in Scotland but during Easter weekend I really felt like the weather was starting to improve. My parents spend long hours in our garden over the summer and keep it looking lovely so when you start to notice the colours in spring it is really beautiful. Last week mum asked me to take some photos of the daffodils to share with her friends on Facebook and I thought I could share them with you today. If you've enjoyed these photos please let me know below and I could share some more when the plants really start to grow. 

The majority of the daffodils in the woodland area are your average variety but we also have a container of rare, more specialised specimens. We have 'Fortune's Crest' 'Coulmony' 'Loch Maree' 'Cotterton' and 'Red Hackle' but I can't tell you which is which sorry. My mum does know if you are especially interested though. We bought them at Brodie Castle where there is a collection of over 400 different varieties.

Since getting my DSLR in January I've been struggling slightly with landscape shots and can't get the focus and depth of field correct. I will have to keep practising as I did study photography at school and should be able to do better than that. These photos have put me in the mood for warm weather and being able to lie in the garden again. Hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend. 

Sunday, April 20

My week in pictures #64

(From top left) Finished the last in the series of ... this week. Pretty daffodils in the garden reached their peak. Had time to kill at my aunties so curled my hair for no reason. Sandwiches and chips when we went out for lunch while shopping. Finally bought a pair of black shoes with a very low black heel. After a whole year of my old one I finally got a new phone case. My only Easter egg... sucks growing up. Put on a nice summery dress today for just being in the house and garden.
This week it finally feels like the weather is warming up in Scotland- we've had two very reasonable days and today i decided to put on a summer dress which was nice. Having spent only three days at home with my family doing not very much I was getting kind of fed up so on Wednesday I hopped on the train down to Perth to visit my aunt and uncle. As usual my aunty and I spent the three and a bit days I was down their shopping. I finally had the chance to get into town and have my eyebrows done and have a look around primark (with a view to buy things again in the future). We also went to TK Maxx, Matalan and a bit of charity shop shopping. The only thing I did purchase was these cute black shoes. I've never had a pair of flat ones in my wardrobe because I find the slightly uncomfortable but these have a low black heel and I'm sure I will get plenty wear out of them. I was pretty impressed with Matalan's spring stock at the moment too.

After getting home about 4pm on Saturday night the boyfriend came and got me. We had a wee walk with my dogs before going to his house- we had a Chinese in front of the tv which was nice and casual. I am hopeless at leaving and didn't get home until after 12.

3/5 things I had one ebay the past week sold for very low prices but I was willing to take the risk- if you have any tips for selling on ebay please let me know below. There are still some things on my ASOS marketplace site so check that out too and make me an offer!! 

Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend and is nice and relaxed. I'm looking forward to getting back to some uni work next week.

Thursday, April 17

Blue and Green Spring Florals

Dress: New Look | Jumper: Primark | Tights: F&F | Boots: New Look

Recently I've been loving thinking of new locations for outfit shots (when the weather is good enough) so as it wasn't raining before I left on Wednesday I thought it would be a good time. Even though it is spring time and I want to start wearing some more spring clothing it just isn't warm enough
yet. I'm still rocking layers at the moment with this light jumper and this summer dress. 

I was digging through my scarf drawer looking for something that would match my outfit and found this green one I had forgotten about- I do have ALOT of scarfs. I think this was a nice simple outfit taken in front of the spring blossom trees.

I would love to know what you think about this post and the previous ones too. At the moment it feels a little like I've lost my blogging mojo and some of my posts don't seem to be a popular as they once were. Please let me know in the comments. 

I'm selling some things on ebay here. Please have a look because they all start at 99p (I was feeling brave). Ending on Friday evening.

Tuesday, April 15

A Postcard From Aviemore

For the past eleven years we have been going to the same apartment at the Dalfaber golf and country club in Aviemore but before that we visited every year and stayed in different houses. This year my brother and I went with my aunty and uncle (who own it) and shared it for most of the week with my big cousins and my two little (2nd) cousins. Carrie (5) and Finlay (3) always make the holiday much more entertaining. 

This is the front of our patio apartment as we were packing up on Friday- the interior isn't anything special so I didn't take any pictures of it. When the sun is shinning it is great to sit in the glass room at the front and enjoy the views of the cairngorm mountains and look over to the skiing.

We always bike to boat of garten on the back road from Aviemore past the steam railway. It is a beautiful cycle through the trees and then the more exposed heather. This year though my cousin was having trouble with his bike and we had to leave him behind which made it more tricky than normal.

Another thing we have to do every year is walk round Loch an Eilein. Most of the photos in the post were taken round there so you can see how beautifully scottish it is. This year we biked the 2/3 miles there instead of taking the car which was fun. We made every slow process walking round with the two kids but it was still enjoyable.

The final thing we fit in every year is going to the Cairngorm Hotel for dinner on our last night. The food there is always perfect and so filling. As normal I opted for the mince and tattoos purely because I enjoy the yorkshire pudding and you can see how HUGE my plateful was here and here. We had a great night and its always a tradition to finish our holiday. 

I think over my life time I've done just about everything Aviemore has to offer, we've been skiing, to the highland wildlife park, canoeing on loch inch, and visiting the landmark centre but if there is anything you would recommend I would love to know. 

I'm selling some things on ebay here. Please have a look because they all start at 99p (I was feeling brave). Ending on Friday evening.

Monday, April 14

My week in pictures #63

(From top left) Carrie and I after our walk round a loch (very Scottish). My outfit for dinner on Friday night. Loch an Eilein- Scottish highlands. Painted my nails with models own 'Duck' part of their speckled egg collection after winning Topaz & May's giveaway. Made a pear tart titan on Saturday evening. A wee primark haul after my trip to inverness. Watched tintin with one cousin cuddled in on each side- perfect! Cairngorm white lady enjoyed on Friday in Aviemore.

This past week I've been in holiday in Aviemore (you might have guessed if you saw last weeks pictures post). We arrived on Saturday and stayed until the follow Saturday- I had a great holiday. I shared a lot of what happened on my Instagram so have a look their if your nosey. I've picked out a few more photos to show you here.

On Tuesday Aunty Sheila and I went to Inverness on the bus for a spot of shopping. It's always nice to go somewhere different and I saw quiet a few things I liked but only got things in primark. When we got back to the apartment the wifi was back on (yippee- it had been off since we arrived) so I was able to blog. My cousins also arrived that night and stayed with us for the rest of the week. Not sure I enjoyed having my curtains opened at 8:30am every morning by 3 year old Finlay.

We did lots of things like walking, bike rides and swimming so I feel very active. Hopefully I can keep that up at home. We went out to the cairngorm hotel for dinner on Friday and it was delicious. It ended up getting really late and got home at 10:30 and my cousins were falling asleep in the car.

We got home about 2pm on Saturday and it was so nice to see my parents again. I had a lazy rest of the day and only did some baking in the evening. Today (Sunday) my boyfriend came round and we went for a walk on the beach before dinner. It was good to see him after a whole week and we lay on the sofa doing nothing for ages. He left just after 9pm and I was too lazy to finish this post.

Hope everyone else has had a good weekend and if you enjoy my blog please give me a follow on Bloglovin' 

P.S. Although I was missing from twitter for most of the week I didn't forget to blog- read my outfit post here and a recipe post here and let me know what you think!

I'm selling some things on ebay here. Please have a look because they all start at 99p (I was feeling brave). Ending on Friday evening.

Thursday, April 10

Marzipan and Pear Tart with Cranberries

I made this tart on mothers day- it felt like it took me bloody hours but that was probably because I wasn't alone in the kitchen (anyone else just like to cook alone?). I love pears in anything and thought this tart look sufficiently fancy to be good enough for a mothers day dinner.

To cook and flavour the pears you will need:

195g of caster sugar
600ml of water
4 large pears
1 table spoon of lemon juice
2 table spoons of brandy
1 table spoon of vanilla extract
60g of dried cranberries 

Poach the pears in the water and 150g of sugar until they are soft but not falling apart. This took mine about 10 minutes but yours might take longer depending on hardness. Then you should drain off the syrup and leave it to one side.

In a medium bowl mix together the remaining ingredients and leave to sit. You should leave it as along as possible (ideally over night but I didn't have that kind of time). I left mine for a few hours which seemed to be enough.

Secondly for the pastry you will require:

60g of caster sugar
250g of plain flour
A pinch of salt
115g of butter (cold and cubed)
1 large egg

The majority of the time I make my pastry my hand but because the recipe suggested doing it in the machine and I had quite along still to do I just did it this way. Mix the sugar, flour, salt and butter together until it forms a breadcrumb like texture. You should then add the egg until a dough just starts to form. DON'T OVER WORK THE PASTRY!! 

Then bring to dough together by hand- I was able to do this while it was still in the bowl so I didn't make any mess. When it forms a nice ball wrap it on cling film and put it in the fridge for 40 minutes. 

For the filling (or along the base of the pastry) you will need:

50g of butter (softened)
120g of marzipan
1 large egg
1 1/2 table spoons of cornflower
1 table spoon of brandy

Cream together the butter and marzipan with an electric mixture until it is light and creamy. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl so everything is mixed in well. Then add the egg, cornflour and brandy and combine.

Once the pastry has rested in the fridge roll it into the tart dish- mine has a loose bottom and had been greased with butter and flour before hand. When all the pastry has been gently been pushed into all the corners it goes back in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

Next you have to 'bake it blind' which means covering it with cling film and filling it with baking beans. Put it into a preheated oven at 170°C for 10 minutes. Remove the baking beans and cling film and cook for another 15 minutes until golden brown.

Once the pastry has cooled you can start to build the tart. Firstly spread the marzipan mixture evenly over the bottom, the layout the fruit evenly across the top (once it has been drained of course). Then pop it into the preheated oven at 160° for 35-45 minutes. When it is ready it should be a yummy golden brown colour and have risen evenly all the way through. 

Last I made a bit of a glaze with the left over liquid from the pears and a teaspoon of brandy, a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of cornflour. Add all these to a pan and boil hard until it reduced to about half and is a syrupy consistency. I then spread it over the cooked tart.

Wow! That was a long one- if you guys decided to make this or any of my other recipes please tweet me a picture @gisforgingers because I would love to see!!