If you follow me on Snapchat (my username is tanyaburrbearr and I like to snap A LOT) then you'll already know everything that I did yesterday, including a last minute panic when I had no idea what to wear to the Global Fashion Awards. I emptied my entire wardrobe onto my bed/floor and then proceeded to give up finding something to wear and watch a YouTube video of Dachshund puppies having a bath (this was about 45 minutes before having to leave). Do you ever have those days where you try on EVERYTHING in your wardrobe and can't find anything to wear? Anyway, I eventually found this beautiful, black, sequin dress from Needle & Thread in the back of my wardrobe. I actually bought it last year and the reason I hadn't worn it yet is because it has a bit of a dodgy zip...the last time I had planned to wear it, I went to get dressed and the zip wouldn't budge over the silky waistband even though I had tried it on the day before and it zipped up fine - it's not really a reliable choice, you need to have a back up dress when planning to wear this one! Luckily, last night it zipped up no problem and I was ready just in time to take a couple of outfit shots for my blog, despite the pouring rain! I had my hair styled by the lovely Stuart at Taylor Taylor London on Portobello Road, I asked for a deep side part with some hair around my face and a kind of low, messy up do - I loved what he did. For my makeup I wore NARS Sheer Glow foundation, NARS Casino bronzer on my eyes with individual lashes and then Illamasqua lipstick in Rose Pout on my lips (obvs a few other products too, but those are the stand out ones). Ooo and my shoes are from Kurt Geiger! On my nails I wore Essie - Wicked.
Let me know in the comments if when you go on nights out you are like me and find something to wear last minute, or if you have your outfit planned a week in advance! If you have it planned a week in advance, please give me your organisation skills?!
I've always loved making Rocky Road for my friends and family as it's so pretty to look at, easy to make and tastes SO DELICIOUS! Although I filmed me making it for my YouTube channel (video is up now - GO GO GO!), I wanted to put the recipe on my blog too, as some people find it helpful to have a blog post to return to (since you will definitely be wanting to make this time and time again) rather than a video where I ramble about syrup and almost bash my fingers with my rolling pin!
350g dark chocolate
4 tbsp golden syrup
250g Maryland cookies (or any cookies or biscuits of your choice!)
150g marshmallows (mmm my favourite)
icing sugar to dust on top
Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup together in a saucepan on a low heat. Bash the cookies (in a plastic bag or inside a tea towel) with a rolling pin and aim to be left with big cookie chunks and crumbs too. Pour the crushed cookies into the choc/butter/syrup mixture. Pour in marshmallows and stir well. Pop the mixture into a tin and let it set in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. Once your Rocky Road is set, dust it with icing sugar and cut it into bars.
I hope you guys have fun making my Rocky Road! Please post your photos on twitter and instagram using the hashtag #BakingWithTanyaBurr so I can see how you get on!
It's only the 8th of May and I already have quite a few things that I have been loving using/wearing this month, so instead of waiting to talk about them in my May Faves video at the beginning of next month, I thought I would talk about them on my blog! I can't always fit everything I want to talk about into my favourites videos anyway or the video would be an hour long!
I've been using this shampoo for about a year now and I have to say my hair is in the best condition it's ever been in. When I'm away and forget to take it with me I really miss it! It's the priciest shampoo I've ever used, but you need such a tiny amount to get an incredible lather that it lasts for months. I swear by Oribe shampoo, my favourite is actually the Volumising one, but they are always out of stock of it!
Pretty Gold Jewellery from Topshop
I bought this necklace and ring in Topshop last week and I've had so many compliments on them, everyone seems to think they are designer pieces. I think it's because they are so delicate and understated - LOVE.
Oh dear, this is another expensive product I think might have to become a staple in my skincare routine...it's just amazing! I've only used it about 3 times (I have used it alternate nights, not every night since I've had it) and my skin has visibly improved. It's so powerful that I noticed a difference the morning after the first night I used it. The benefits I have noticed so far have been smoother, clearer looking skin and reduced pore size. Now that I'm 25, I want to try some products that help with fine lines and wrinkle prevention, so I am excited to have added this product to my skincare routine!
Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow
I think this collaboration is so innovative and beautiful, the products look like collectables - and I guess they are! I love Norman Parkinson's work, he was a British portrait and fashion photographer. My favourite product from the limited edition collection is this gorgeous hydrating balm that can be used on the lips and cheeks. I've been using it this week and have been loving the healthy, coral glow it's been giving me. It's definitely got a firm spot in my makeup bag!
I bought this mascara in New York and have been loving it! I forgot to put it in my April faves video, but I've used it pretty much every time I've done my makeup since buying it. I really notice the lash curling benefits and I love the volume it gives my lashes. This is a real marmite mascara though, everyone I have talked to about it has either loved it or hated it! My sister hates it, she says it gives her spider lashes! I think it's amazing.
I wore this the other day and everyone I saw that day asked me what perfume I was wearing and said they had to go out and get it. It's so different from anything I usually wear. It literally smells like someone is peeling a fresh orange, but it's not sweet - you know how you can almost smell the pith of the orange as well as the sweetness of the orange segments when someones peeling one? That's exactly how Orange Blossom smells. It's such a lovely addition to my fragrance collection and is perfect for summer.
This is the best hand cream I have ever used. I keep it by my bedside table, as I always get dry hands just before bed and can't sleep without hand cream on. I have tried so many different ones over the years and this one stands way above all the others. It contains 20% shea butter, so I guess that helps make it so amazing! I love the fresh, clean scent and how it makes my hands feel like I've just had a professional manicure, like when they moisturise your hands at the end and they feel so great!
I posted an instagram yesterday where I was wearing this with Urban Decay Half Baked over the top and you guys loved it - I do too! It's my favourite eyeshadow combination at the moment. Benefit do the best range of cream shadows in such beautiful colours, I love to use them under powder eyeshadows for more intensity, or alone if I'm in a hurry!
I got my friend Emma a shimmer brick for her birthday last week and it's made me start using mine again! It's so pretty on the eyes and swept across the top of the cheeks. I really want to get the apricot coloured one next!
Leave me a comment telling me what beauty/hair/fashion things you've been loving this week!
Today I sat in the garden (I'm staying at Jim's mum's house, hence the luxury of having a garden!) to eat my lunch as it's such a beautiful day today and it got me thinking about some things I would like to do this Summer. I came inside and jotted my plans down in my notebook and I thought I would write them on my blog too, so you guys can perhaps get some inspiration from my ideas and even share your own in the comments. I get really excited for Summer, so I like to start planning mine early!
Go for a walk after dinner when the weather is nice in the evenings. Jim and I actually did this the night before last and it was so lovely. We left our phones at home and took Judy's dog Babs for a walk around the lake. It felt really good to clear our minds with some fresh air before coming inside and enjoying our usual routine of Netflix and snuggles on the sofa. Also, if you are on a health kick, it's a good idea to walk off dinner!
Make a fun Summery plan with friends or Jim once a week. This could be anything from a picnic in the park to going to a festival. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, just something cute and Summery.
Read a book a month. The last time I set myself some goals, I said a book a week and that just hasn't happened, so I am going to go with a book a month! I love reading, but really struggle to make time for it. I think being a workaholic doesn't help! I find it much easier to make time in the evenings for planning videos or designing things for my makeup line and other projects I'm working on, but I'm trying not to do anything work related past 7pm every day.
Get a Summer capsule wardrobe together. I'm always envious of people I see who have 'capsule wardrobes' usually hung neatly on an 'inspiration rail' looking incredibly Pinterest like! I want to pack away my Winter clothes until I need them again and give any Summer clothes I know I won't wear to charity. Then I want to plan 5 or so outfits that I know I feel amazing in, so that they can be my go-to Summer outfits - if that makes sense?!
Go on adventures. Writing 'Go on adventures' reminds me of something I would have written as a Summer plan at the age of about six, but I really think it's still important even now I am 25! It can be very easy to get stuck in a rut with the places you go and things you see. This Summer I want to make a real effort to explore new places. I don't know if I'll get the chance to go on holiday, but I want to explore more of London or even go for a long drive at the weekend with Jim and hang out in little towns we've never been to before. Travelling and exploring doesn't always have to mean going to another country. I would love to drive down to Cornwall and go to St Ives for a few days (Jim, if you're reading this - that would be my ideal birthday trip!!)
Go running outside 3 times a week. I have just got the Nike running app and started running about a week ago. I love using the app as you can have your music playing then it tells you through your earphones when you've completed each kilometre, which helps keep me going! It also shows you on a map exactly where you ran and how far. I've always wanted to be one of those people who runs regularly, so I've decided to start now and see how I get on. I would love to be like Claire Dunphy from Modern Family and run 5k a day! She's my idol.
Watch the sunset. There's something magical about watching a beautiful sunset and London has so many amazing spots to watch it from. Remember, there is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free.
Start a 'One Line A Day' diary. A friend of mine has one of these and says she loves it as it doesn't take much time, you can just write a single line about your day (I plan to write the highlight of each day in mine) and then it's like a little memory book. I think it will be fun to do it this Summer, then look back on it at some point next year and remember everything that I did.
Those are all of my little plans/goals so far, I may add to this blog post as I think of more! Please let me know in the comments anything you guys want to do this Summer, I'd love to know.
It's been 2 years since I blogged about the best chocolate cookie recipe and since putting the recipe in my book, I am getting more tweets than ever about them. They are just THE BEST COOKIES EVER! My first cookie blog post was posted a long time ago and it's quite hard to find on my blog, so I thought I would post the recipe again on here for those of you who don't have my book and for some weekend baking inspiration.
To make 10 (rather large) cookies you will need:
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
a little dash of milk
a large bar of milk chocolate (Cadburys is my fave)
a large bar of white chocolate
a large bar of dark chocolate (this is totally optional - only add if you are a dark choice fan. Sometimes I add Daim bars instead of dark choc for a yummy toffee crunch!)
Pop your oven on to 200 degrees celsius
Cream together your butter and sugar
Crack in your egg
Stir in all the dry ingredients
Add a dash of milk if your mixture is looking dry
Break up all of your chocolate and throw it in, using your hands to get it into the dough
Line 2 trays with baking paper (the cookies will spread in the oven so don't place them close together)
Pick up a 10 small handfuls of cookie dough and place them onto your trays
Pop them into the oven for 11 minutes - I have found this to be the perfect baking time. When you get them out they will not look cooked, it is vital you know this, as it will be very tempting to leave them in for longer and then they'll be hard and overcooked once they are cool. Just take your cookies out after 11 minutes and leave them to cool for about 30 minutes.
Now enjoy a deliciously warm, melt in your mouth cookie with a nice cup of tea!
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Happy baking guys! Be sure to tweet me a photo if you make my cookies today - I'd love to see how you get on. Use the hashtag #TanyaBurrCookies