Wednesday, 26 October 2016


I've recently been on the hunt for a new coat, I was in desperate need as the ones had just weren't cutting it. I popped into Topshop one day and this one caught my eye, and I knew it would be a great addition to my wardrobe but wanted to be sure, so I decided to go away and think about, and it seemed it was something I couldn't stop thinking about, so I knew I had to go back in and get it.
Leopard print in so on trend at the moment, and also never really goes out of style. Considering I was in need of a new coat and didn't have any leopard print in my wardrobe (shocking I know) this coat filled two pretty big holes in my wardrobe. 
I'm between sizes, so decided to size up and go for a slightly oversized look. I think it's always good to go a little bigger in coats, it means you can fit chunky knits underneath and it also gives off an oversized and androgynous vibe to the look which I love. 
I decide to keep the rest of my outfit fairly simple, as the coat is statement enough. I wore it with my grey high neck dress from Boohoo - it's a really simple piece, but I think cut gives it a sophisticated edge. I like the grey against the leopard print, as it brings in more depth to the outfit, but it's monochrome so compliments the printed coat. 
I paired this with plain black tights to keep my legs from getting chilly, and these cutest little black ankle boots from Office which have a same, circular heel which I love (unfortunately the boots are no longer available, sorry, similar here).

To finish the look, I popped on my Tom Ford specs and a NARS Lipstick in the shade Heatwave, alongside a couple of cute little rings I got from Coconut Lane, (where you can get 20% off with the discount code chloeharriets20, go go go!) and my much loved Urban Outfitter backpack (old, similar here). 

What do you think of this outfit? I love this coat so much, I'm going to be wearing it constantly!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Salted Caramel Brownies | #annasbrownies

In my Tanya Bakes cookies post, I touched on how extremely rubbish I am at baking, and how it's something I'd like to be able to enjoy and hopefully be okay(ish) at. I found myself feeling the need to bake once again, so I thought I'd share is how I go on.
Rather than turning to a recipe book, this time I took to the world of blogging to decide what I was going to make. One of my favourite bloggers, The Anna Edit posted a salted caramel brownie recipe on her blog and youtube channel, and as it looked truly delicious (I mean, who doesn't love anything with added salted caramel?) I decided to pick up the ingredients and see how it turned out.
I began by referring to Anna's blog post to get my ingredients ready. It didn't require loads of different ingredients so that gave me hope that it wouldn't be too complicated, and I was right.

I then popped on Anna video and followed the steps - I found myself pausing the video and going back a lot to check I was doing the right thing - but that's the beauty of youtube, I was able to watch the same parts over and over as I needed.
The thing I loved about the video, is that Anna makes it very clear she is not an expert and she was winging it just as much (well probably not quite so much) as I was when it came to baking.
Making the brownies was fairly simple, it took melting some dark chocolate and butter, and then mixing in flour, sugars, eggs and vanilla extract.
Once everything was all mixed together,  I just needed to pop it into a lined baking  tray and spoon in my salted caramel.
Once all the caramel was in, I simply took a chopstick (it was all I could find, okay) and swirled the salted caramel around the brownie mix, which left a pretty pattern, that looked a hell of a lot more complicated than it was to create! Such an easy way to make the brownies look a lot more impressive than they really are.
Then, of course, all that was left, was baking the brownies, so I just popped them in the preheated oven - and when they were done I took them out and chopped them up.
I cut the brownie into quite big squares, and still had more than the recipe was intended to make - not that I minded, of course, they were so yummy!
They brownie came out a lovely texture, crispy on the top and soft and moist (sorry if that word makes anyone cringe) inside. The salted caramel added a sweet, and salted twist to the flavour to the brownies and went nice and crisp once it had been baked.

I was seriously impressed with these brownies, they were so simple to make, and I think they're one the tastiest things I've ever baked - I'd definitely recommend giving them a go, your taste buds can thank me later! You can find the recipe I followed here.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Explore with Me - Leigh Woods.

As I mentioned in a previous post that I'd recently went for an Autumn walk in Leigh Woods with some friends, of course, I took this as an opportunity to play with my camera. 
As we wandered through the woods I found myself snapping away while being a bit of a creep lurking behind my friends to get some pictures, and scanning the environment for the best photo-taking opportunities. Of course, my friends took the chance to hide from me when I stopped to take some pictures, after aimlessly walking in circles, I noticed them peeping out behind the trees - uhh, very funny guys.
I felt so relaxed as I walked amongst the trees, and taking in the nature which was all around. It was a definite reminder of how good it is to get outside, especially when you can wrap up warm on a lovely crisp autumn day.
 I love being outside this time of year despite the cold, I think everything is so beautiful during Autumn, and of course, it was nice to have a good ol' catch up with close friends as we explored.

 Apparently somewhere along the lines, I became Matt and Lauren's personal couples photographer - I quite like these images, even if I did drive them insane as constantly taking pictures of them and creeping behind them to get the candid shot I wanted... they both asked me to send them the pictures I took later that day, so as much as they complained, I'm sure they were a little pleased really!

 There were some incredible views along the way. I often forget what a beautiful place Bristol really is.
 All round, it was just a lovely afternoon! I'm definitely going to be taking my camera on more day trips - I love taking enjoy opportunity to take photographs!

Love C x

Friday, 21 October 2016

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Sometimes you get reading a book and you can tell pretty early on that it's something special. I felt this way  with Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.
I have been making my way through the books in the Zoella book club, and this one really stood out to me amongst the other 6 books for the collection I'd read beforehand (I've got one book left to go).

The story is about a girl called Maddy, who is unwell - she is pretty much allergic to life. She has not left her house of filter air or spent time with anybody besides her mum and nurse in 17 years, so pretty much all of her life, her life has been extremely sheltered due to her rare illness.
When new neighbours move next door, Maddy finds herself feeling curious about the boy next door, and he clearly feels the same toward her, after the exchange of email addresses over writing on windows, they become online friends, and eventually Maddy, see more that two people in real life. 
She falls in love with Olly door despite not being able to touch each other. Is so interesting to see how Maddy character develops as she spends more time with Olly, she only ever spent time with her mum and her nurse, so she is learning to be a sociable teenager, and maintain relationships for the first time ever.

This book is about making sacrifices, and falling in love for the first time. 
There is depth to all of the characters. I think every character was very well written, I think Maddy's and Olly character just fit together perfectly and compliment each other. The character of her mum and her nurse Carla, as are also vital characters in the book, and both of them seem like real people with purpose throughout the story. 

I love that this story isn't solely based on Maddy's illness, there also are a lot of other topics covered. 
The reader learns more about the life of Olly character, his 'ordinary' teenage life, and his family life. He not just put in the story purely to add the romantic aspect. He has his own story - and the story is about how to two characters come together despite their own struggles.

There is also a big twist at the end of the book, which I would have predicted for a second, which makes the book a million times more interesting.  There is more to this book than it seems on the
It's also quite a visual book, which is something I really love. There are illustrations throughout the book, all of which are relevant to the story, and bring something to it. And to make it even more adorable, I read that the author's husband did the illustrations, which I think is possibly the cutest thing ever.
If you into Young Adult Romance stories, I'd give this a read - it gets more interesting as it goes on, and every single character is intriguing, and together they all fit in quite a lovely way, and the story is bloody brilliant. I really loved this book, it's definitely one I intend on reading again!