September Style Diary: Cruise Edition [Amsterdam & The Fjords]

Day Time Exploring

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               *Amsterdam Strolling*                                                                                                          [Patent Heeled Ankle Boots- H&M] [Black Jeans- Primark] [Roll Neck Sleeveless Tee- Peacocks]    [Leather Bomber Jacket- Topshop]

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                    *A Day At Sea*                                                                                         [Grey Vest- Primark] [Patterned Trousers- Bought in Budapest] [Necklace- Gift from India]
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                 *Tvindefossen*                                                                   [Cosy Roll Neck Jumper & Black Jeans, both from Primark]

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                  *Eidfjord Dam*                                                                                           [Leather Bomber Jacket- Topshop] [Black Jeans- Primark] [Jumper- Select Fashion] [Trainers- Nike]
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               *A view of Bergen from Mt Fløyen*                                                                                                                 [Suede Dress- Primark] [Wool Coat- Warehouse]

Dressing up for Dinner Time

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             *Formal Night on the Ship*                                                                                   [Earrings- Peacocks] [Dress- Miss Selfridge]

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*Another Shot of my dress from above*                                                                                                                                                     Two dresses in one- The inner part of this dress was tight fitting, covered by gorgeous mesh and embroidered detailing- you can see this part blowing in the wind behind me (it was very windy on the top deck).                                                                          [Shoes- New Look]
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            *Dressing Up Blue Jeans*                                                                        [Leather Bomber- Topshop] [Striped Shirt- Zara] [Blue Jeans- Primark] [Sandals- New Look]

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                   *Formal Night #2*                                                                                          [Dress- Phase 8]

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Coffee Cup Cake

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My boyfriend’s birthday was coming up and I racked my brains of what sort of cake to make him for SO long- then I realised he loved baileys and coffee.. so why not mix this together and make him a cake in the shape of a frothy latte!

The recipe I used for the Sponge cake underneath and the frosting was taken from here .. but it was getting the coffee cup shape that took longer to research. To get the cup shape I used a deep Pyrex bowl (like this one) and baked in the oven for about 1.5 hours. If you wanted a bigger cake though you could bake a few sponge layers in a normal cake tin and stack for a taller, wider cake.

Once the cake was cooled after baking I began beating the frosting- you definitely need an electric whisk for this as it would probably take a VERY long time to hand whisk this mixture.

I used some of the frosting all the way around the edge of the cake so I could stick the white fondant to the sides to make it look more like a coffee cup, but next time I would probably use something stickier like boiled apricot jam or honey to stick the fondant on instead!

I would recommend getting at least 1 kg of roll out fondant just in case mistakes are made (yes, I’m learning from experience here haha) and when rolled out cut out a long rectangle and wrap around the cake (I did it differently the first time I tried this and it didn’t look good at all)- ooh and don’t forget to leave enough to form the cup handle too!

There was more than enough frosting in the recipe to make the latte foam and cover the outside of the cake but obviously the bigger your cake sponge it the more you’ll need (mine wasn’t too big but I had lots of frosting spare) and it all depends if you’re going to ice the edges as well!

For effect I sprinkled a little Brown sugar around the edges of the foam (where coffee would peak through on a real cup) as well as dusting a little cocoa powder all over the ‘foam’. I would recommend this part is done as you’re about to serve this cake though as otherwise the sugar will start to melt into the cream and disintegrate.

My cake wasn’t perfect but it definitely went down well- I just thought I’d share my photos and experiences because finding Coffee Cup cakes and advice on decorating them wasn’t as easy to find as I originally thought it would be!

A Week in Instagram ♥

Follow me on Instagram for more fashion and food related pics @Katieloumaloney ♥

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Shellac nails in the colour 'Envelope Please' all ready for my holiday ♥
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Feeling 60's vibes in faux suede and a leather bomber ♥
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Crazy Golf in St David's Centre, Cardiff! ♥
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A Baileys cake in the shape of a coffee cup that I made for my boyfriend's birthday ♥
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What I wore- bird print blouse and my red Fiorelli handbag ♥
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A funny photo of when I caught the bride's bouquet at a recent wedding.. I don't want to get married but seeing my boyfriend's face was well worth catching it ha! ♥

Beauty Fave: I’m on the hunt!

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*Image taken from Pinterest*

Autumn is on it’s way here in the UK and I am well and truly ready to wrap up in cosy knit sweaters, oversized wool coats and knee high boots- BUT there is one thing missing (and yet it is already a favourite..) from my Autumn ready wardrobe- a dark, burgundy lipstick!!

I have looked all over and still no luck 😦   maybe I’m more eager than the Beauty World when it comes to the AW face!?!

If anyone knows of ANY lipsticks that I have missed in the hunt from my perfect lipstick let me know- and if it is from a ‘cruelty free’ make up brand that would be even better haha! 😀

Until then, you can find me swatching countless lipsticks on the back of my hand…

A week in Instagram ♥

Follow me on Instagram for more fashion and food related pics @Katieloumaloney

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Getting inspired by the September issue of Vogue ready for AW15 ♥
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Rocking a 70's inspired Paisley mini dress ♥
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Experimenting in the kitchen making a basic Victoria Sponge (more will be revealed soon) ♥
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I stuffed peppers with mashed sweet potato and grated cheese- simple but yummy! ♥
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An Apple, Mandarin and lemon juice before blending ♥
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Trialling how to wear the basic tee- with a pink gingham midi skirt of course! ♥
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My first try of The Coconut Milk latte at Starbucks!♥
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I don't often plait my hair, but today it works! #longhairdontcare

A week in Instagram ♥

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Getting inspired by the September issue of Vogue ready for AW15 ♥
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Rocking a 70's inspired Paisley mini dress ♥
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Experimenting in the kitchen making a basic Victoria Sponge (more will be revealed soon) ♥
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I stuffed peppers with mashed sweet potato and grated cheese- simple but yummy! ♥
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An Apple, Mandarin and lemon juice before blending ♥
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Trialling how to wear the basic tee- with a pink gingham midi skirt of course! ♥
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My first try of The Coconut Milk latte at Starbucks!♥
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I don't often plait my hair, but today it works! #longhairdontcare

A week in Instagram ♥

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Getting inspired by the September issue of Vogue ready for AW15 ♥
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Rocking a 70's inspired Paisley mini dress ♥
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Experimenting in the kitchen making a basic Victoria Sponge (more will be revealed soon) ♥
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I stuffed peppers with mashed sweet potato and grated cheese- simple but yummy! ♥
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An Apple, Mandarin and lemon juice before blending ♥
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Trialling how to wear the basic tee- with a pink gingham midi skirt of course! ♥
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My first try of The Coconut Milk latte at Starbucks!♥
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I don't often plait my hair, but today it works! #longhairdontcare