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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Patriotic Purses - Flying the Flag!

Hi girls! I have a penchant for Union Flags on bags so I thought I'd show you three of my favourites today!

This small, hard cased clutch bag has special memories for me as I picked it up in the TopShop on Oxford Street on one of my jaunts to London with The Chap! It's ideal when I don't need to take much else with me except my mobile phone and lippie du jour!

I bought this sequin clutch from Accessorize to go with an LBD for my sister's graduation.

It's quite long and roomy and Accessorize often have this bag in, in various colours.

At the moment they have a line of 'Floral Union Jack' bags and accessories, I love this weekender bag which is £40.00 which you can order from their website.

Finally I was kindly given this fair-trade, handmade, raffia bag when I attended Batiste's Vintage Tea Party last month. It's very casual and I use this as a little shopping bag alongside my usual handbag. You can get these from The Bag Ladies for £20.

So ladies, are you partial to a spot of patriotism in your accessories?


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Lakeland Cupcake Maker

Hi girls! I've had lots of questions and comments about the new cupcake maker which I recieved as a very exciting Christmas present from my mother so I thought I would devote a whole post to it!

The maker comes in a pretty box adorned with charming vintage-style photographs. 

The maker itself is a pretty addition to your home with its pastel shades and floral detail and it's small enough for the cosiest of kitchens! This cute little gadget takes a few minutes to heat up then you can magic up your tasty treats!

After creating your mixture you pop your paper or silicone cases into the cupcake maker, pour your mixture in and close the lid. The maker claims to cook your baked goodies in just 8 minutes but I found after checking the cupcakes after 8 minutes they sometimes needed a couple more minutes to cook through properly.

You have to take care removing your resulting cupcakes from the maker but they are the nicest I have ever made, they're light and springy absolutely divine! They're totally evenly cooked, although very pale, and perfectly shaped thanks to the mould in the lid of the maker. The mixture doesn't spill over your cases so the cupcakes look beautiful each time. I would recommend this to anyone especially baking novices! You can pick this up in Lakeland for £40.99.

What do you think girls?


Welcome to English Rose Rambles!

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