Finally! I am sitting down to write a blog post. The past few weeks have flown by due to my hectic schedule and I feel like blogging always takes a back-seat when I get busy (which is most of the time - sorry blog!) However, I got a new camera lens *squeals with excitement* and I did a spot of baking - there is nothing I love more than getting creative and taking cute photographs of cupcakes, so here we have a new blog post!
Last Sunday my friend Maddie came over to watch Harry Potter films back to back, drink lots of tea and catch up on a multitude of subjects (her love life being the most exciting one!) We ended up baking Oreo cupcakes and they were so delicious, I knew I had to show you guys how we made them.
For the cupcakes:
165g caster sugar
40g cocoa powder
125g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pack oreos
For the frosting:
2 packs oreos
200g icing sugar
Start by switching your oven on to 180 degrees celsius and putting cupcake cases into your cupcake tins. Next, mix together your butter and sugar until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Now crack in your eggs and whizz them into the butter and sugar. Then you need to fold in all of your dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour and baking powder). Now for the exciting part - pop an oreo into the bottom of each cupcake case. This means that you'll have a surprise hidden oreo at the bottom of each cupcake, I think this is a really cute touch. Next, spoon your mixture into your cupcake cases on top of the hidden oreo and aim to fill the cases almost to the top. Now pop them in the oven for 14-17 minutes (it depends on how fast your oven cooks your cupcakes, they took 17 in mine!)
Whilst your cupcakes are in the oven, you could either do the washing up or make the frosting - obviously you're going to make the frosting ;) All you need to do is mix together your butter and icing sugar with a wooden spoon to make a smooth buttercream. Then you need to make half a pack of oreos into oreo crumbs! It's up to you how you do this, I used a blender, but you could also pop them into a sealed bag and bash them with a rolling pin. Stir your oreo crumbs into your buttercream and there you have your oreo frosting!
Once your cupcakes are completely cool you can spoon on your frosting and for a finishing touch, break an oreo in half and push it on top.
Now it's time to get your bake on guys! Don't forget to tweet me pictures of your oreo cupcake creations or post them on instagram using the hashtag #BakingWithTanyaBurr - then I can find your pictures easily. I may very well make these today myself, it is Sunday after all.
London Fashion Week came to a close yesterday evening and I have to say it was my favourite season yet! Rather than doing a blog post on each show, I thought I would round it all up in one blog post for you guys. Sorry about the photo quality - lots are iphone snaps as I didn't have time to do full blog photoshoots in the madness of fashion week!
The first show I went to was Julien Macdonald on Saturday. I took a major fashion risk wearing all leather (skirt from Very and Top from Sandro), but I'm glad I took the risk as everyone seemed to love it! It's fun to play around with fashion and not always go for a safe option. I wore my favourite Sergio Rossi heels and decided to break up the black with my Mulberry Cara bag. I wore my Tanya Burr Cosmetics nail polish in 'Riding Hood' all week as I think it's the perfect colour for fashion week. It's actually on sale at the moment at Superdrug and Feel Unique.
The Julien show was SO BEAUTIFUL! Amazing embellished dresses with intricate detail. I fell in love with a couple of them...
My next show was Topshop Unique. Again, I saw beautiful embellished dresses with sequins and lace! This is a definite trend for Spring Summer 2015 and I love it. Also at Topshop there was a lot of sportswear in primary colours - this has been a trend for a while, but I've never been that into it! I'd much rather wear a pretty feminine dress. I wore my Reiss hat with Topshop dress, handbag and shoes. Oooh and I bumped into my friend Rosie on the front row!
I am trying to get hold of pro catwalk images from this show, so for now all I have is this quick snap of Jourdan Dunn!
On Monday I went to both the Burberry and Issa shows wearing Issa with Topshop shoes. Samantha Cusick (one of my fave hairdressers) did my hair in this gorgeous braided do!
The Burberry show was named "The Birds & The Bees" and Christopher Bailey really captured a magical summer evening feeling, here are some of my favourite looks...
Issa is always incredibly chic and elegant, here's a couple of my favourite looks. I loved the bold prints and feminine shapes...
Ooo and I sat front row with Olivia Palermo! I had to pinch myself a bit!
My fifth and final show of London Fashion Week was H by Hakaan Yildirim. I wore a sheer Reiss jumper and Reiss skirt with Christian Louboutin shoes and a Topshop leather studded clutch.
There were some amazing structured pastel mini dresses with cool cut out details and then some beautiful longer dresses with sweet little bumble bees on them - perfect for Spring Summer!
I realised I did photos of this outfit over a month ago and totally forgot to put them on my blog! I wore this look to the Guardians Of The Galaxy film premiere and it might be my favourite outfit of all time. Yes, it is designer and so I felt a bit special and that could have something to do with it! However, I think you could find this style of dress and shoes on the high street and it would look equally as lovely. I just find this shape of dress so simple and chic. If you're hunting for a dress like this to achieve a similar look then the material is really important, it needs to be quite a thick silky material if that makes sense! I think the fabric is key to how the dress looks. I chose not to wear any jewellery as I wanted the shoes to be the focus. These shoes are no longer available I've been told so if you want to get a similar look, go for something super high, strappy and glitzy!
What do you guys think of this look? The dress I wore was by Sportmax and I can't find a link for it, but let me know if you find anything similar on the high street! I found these shoes and this dress!
A couple of weeks ago BMW offered to lend Jim and I a car! If I'm lucky I'll sometimes get lent dresses or handbags because of my job, so to be lent a car seemed a little crazy to me - although very exciting! At first we had no idea where to go, we didn't want to be driving in traffic through central London, then I had an idea - to drive across the country to Babington House. Babington House is part of the Soho House group of private members' club and I'd been desperate to go for a really long time as I always hear people talking about how wonderful it is. The next morning Jim and I woke up bright and early, packed our bags, went and picked up the car from BMW Park Lane and off we went! It turns out the "House" is actually an incredibly beautiful mansion with 18 acres of British countryside, tennis courts, a cricket pitch and a walled garden. We were only there for one night, but it was so romantic and amazing I'm already trying to think of a reason to plan another trip there. My birthday isn't until next June...ooo but I bet it's amazing around Christmas time! The staff were so friendly and the food was delicious - free afternoon tea from 3-5pm everyday?! YES PLEASE! Oooo and the spa was so fun! I know you wouldn't usually put the words "spa" and "fun" together, but Jim and I did this crazy couples mud treatment thing - there was no spa lady in the room with us, she just told us how it worked then left us to it and we took all our clothes off and covered eachother in cleansing mud in our own private steam room! I loved getting a break from the city life and being surrounded by ducks and idyllic countryside just for 24 hours. Here are some pics I took whilst we were there - although don't look if you're hungry...you'll see why!!
I'm sure most of you will have seen the photoshoot Jim and I did for Mulberry (if you haven't, click here to check it out!), but I managed to get hold of a few exclusive pics from the shoot to share with you guys! Here are some of my favourite shots, some you may have seen already, some are exclusives just for my blog...