Whole Foods

I'm sure most of you have heard of this lifestyle. Well I've become extremely intrigued by it. Think about it, it all makes sense really. To make your skin, body and self purer you should eat things in their purest state.
Usually vegetarians and vegans are associated with the wholefood regime.

I've been in research mode and found that switching to whole foods looks easy enough. As you all know I am trying to loose weight and if switching to whole foods helps me, I'll do it! I have ordered Alicia Silverstone's book 'The Kind Diet' and I am so looking forward to reading it. I will definitely do a review when I've finished it.

Here are some of the gorgeous sounding recipes I've found:

Dried Apple Slices.
Puttanesca Pasta.
Clementine Sparkling Cocktail.
Southwest Veggie Burger.
Cocoa-Oat Truffles.
Creamy Cashew Macaroni
Creamy Pumpkin Brown Rice.
Whole-Wheat Couscous with Nectarines and Pistachios.

Try them out, I know I will be.

H xoxo

Style - Lea Michele

So I will admit it I am a total GLEEK!

Since Michele and the gang have been thrust onto our screens they have been firmly in the spotlight and in the paps camera lenses. For me Michele is the portrait of elegance, grace, and hell I'm going to say it style. Some people say style comes partly from the way you walk, the confidence and personality you ooze; which I do agree with, but killer clothes help too. 

Here are some of my fav Lea outfits:




Melinda Maria Earrings.
Versace Dress.
Christian Louboutin Laser-Cut Peep-Toe Heels.














                                                  

Stephen Webster Jewelry.
Katharine Kidd Dress.
Christian Louboutin "Anna" Sandals.

                                                  














Isn't she simply gorgeous!

H xoxo

Cupcakes - Red Velvet with Walnut Cream Cheese Frosting

I adore baking and love coming up with my own recipes.

Red velvet is one of my favourite cupcakes, and it was today's baking choice. Here is my recipe for red velvet cupcakes with walnut cream cheese frosting. Eat and enjoy!

Ingredients:

For cupcake  -

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz. red food colouring (2 bottles)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking powder

For frosting -
1 cup walnuts, chopped
8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter
12 oz cream cheese

3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Method:
 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins or silicone pans with cupcake liners.

2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a smaller bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps and set aside.


3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

4. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Be careful as it will fizz so don't do it in a shallow bowl. Add vinegar mixture to the cake batter and stir well to combine. Fill cupcake cups with cake batter until they are a little under 3/4 full. I ended up with 20 cupcakes. Place muffin tins in your preheated oven. Bake for approximately 20, rotating pans halfway through. The cupcakes are done when you are able to pat the tops and the cake springs back up. If it sinks down they are not yet complete. Or you can insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake in the center of the tin and if it comes out clean they are done!

5. Cool the cupcakes in their tins on a wire rack for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely before frosting. For frosting simply mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Note: You can't use a piping bag to frost the cupcakes because of the walnuts.




Enjoy!

H xoxo

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

I was reading Grazia this week and came across the article 'Dear sister in Somalia', and was totally inspired. Despite it being number 3 on the 10 hot stories list, when in my opinion it should have been at number 1; Grazia presented the story in such a way that it made me want to take action.
Therefore this post is dedicated to the charity Sister Somalia (www.athousandsisters.org/somalia). SS help victims of sexual assault. I was horrified but unfortunately not surprised when I read that because of the conditions in the refugee camps (no security and flimsy housing ), woman were finding it increasingly hard to protect themselves.
Sexual assault should never happen to anyone, but at least if I was assualted I'd have the power to report it. We all know how important it is to have friends and a support network around us, I know I couldn't cope without them when yet another relationship fails; but just imagine for a second that you have no-one to help you.....horrible isn't it!
SS runs a programme for Western women to write to Somali women, and I for one will be writing. If I only make the woman feel like she has a little more support then it will all be worth it. Now to start this letter..............


'Dear Sister'


xoxo

Can you do better?

Now I don't know about you ladies but I am always trying to better myself. The way I cook, dress, look, and the way my house looks, although vain, are the things that make me happy. They are also all things I know I can improve on, and do you know how I know this; I discovered Lauren Conrad's website (www.laurenconrad.com).
Miss Conrad, or LC as everyone refers to her has branched out her bestselling book 'Style' into a blog/online community based website, and I have to admit it is a dream. Never has a website made someone in the media seem so down to earth.
Just go and check it out and you will see what I mean. I am in no way affliated with LC, and this isn't a blog to promote her 24/7; I just want you all to know where you can go whilst having your morning coffee.
I promise you it will make you want to make an aspect of your life just that little bit better.

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