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Monday, October 22, 2018

Why We Should Re - Read Our Childhood Favourites

Recently I've started re-reading my Harry Potter books for the billionth time and I've been having a lot of thoughts about why, even as adults, we should try and re-read some of our favourite childhood stories.

I am apart of the generation that grew up with Harry Potter, meaning that essentially as Harry was turning a year older in each of the books, I was more or less around the same age, maybe a little younger in some cases but, you get my drift. When I was younger Harry Potter was the boy that all my friends were talking about and everyone was reading the books. They were wonderful and magical and exciting and I couldn't wait until I was eleven years old when I would get my invitation to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.



Harry Potter was a massive part of my childhood, the books and later on, the films built a magnificent world that both my friends and I were dying to be a part of. The books were so vivid that everyone could imagine this beautiful and magical world and our imaginations ran wild with the things that we would be able to do there. Harry Potter taught and still teaches children that if you can imagine it and you believe in yourself, you are capable of doing absolutely anything you set your mind to.

But children grow and they get older and real life starts to set in. Our minds becoming more accustomed to worrying about money and rent and work and slowly, our imagination isn't quite as vivid as it once was. Our dreams get pushed to the back of our mind where once in a while they will come to light to haunt us more than comfort us.

When I was younger I believed I could do anything I wanted but, as an adult I doubt myself more than I ever did when I was a child and though I don't like to admit it, my imagination and belief that I was capable of anything slowly disappeared.

However, when I pick up a Harry Potter book, it always sparked that childhood feeling of imagination, belief and confidence in myself that I'd otherwise been lacking. When I'm feeling down in the dumps, or stuck in a rut, picking up a Harry Potter book always makes me feel better about myself and what I'm capable of.

So easy it is to get lost in the humdrum routine of adult life that sometimes you need something to escape to , to take you away for a few hours so that you feel like you can tackle the world once more. That's why I believe that those books we read when we were younger are so important to us even now. Just think of the way you feel when you see a sweet or a toy or game that is no longer in circulation and impossible to buy and the happiness but also sadness it gives you that you will no longer be able to taste or play with that thing again.

The wonderful thing about books is that they don't disappear. They are always there, written down somewhere, available to you to pick up whenever you want that feeling of childhood imagination and possibilities once more. Books are always there to welcome us home, much like Hogwarts.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this little post. It's a bit constructed as well as a bit of a babble but either way I hope you can take something from it. Let me know in the comments what your favourite childhood books are and what books you pick up when your feeling the effects of everyday life. I'd love to hear them!

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Sincerely, Rhi xx

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Let's Talk ... Body Image



For as long as I can remember I've never been satisfied with the way that my body looked. Over the years my self image has spiralled causing me to feel extremely down about myself. I would constantly compare myself to my friends and Insta famous women who appeared to have such amazing lives, were extremely healthy and to top it all off, had a banging bod.

It's been a constant battle to accept myself for what I am, a bigger gal. I've been through phases of loving myself and hating myself but, even when I claimed to 'love myself' I was always uncomfortable in my body.

When I was younger I was pretty active. I went to netball, gymnastics and swimming clubs every week but, as I got older other things became more important to me and I let it slip away.

I will hold my hands up right here and say that I've probably only done a few weeks worth of exercise in the past year. Yes, I said year! I know it's bad. But this hasn't been because I don't want to be healthy and active it's because I'm embarrassed of my body and the way I look and gyms scare me. Surrounded by very active healthy people can either be inspirational or extremely intimidating. Of course that's nobody else's fault but my own. I let my own insecurities stop me from doing a lot of things.

A few months ago I decided that something needed to change. I was struggling to walk up a small hill without getting out of breath, my diet consisted of ready meals, chocolate and fizzy drinks and I was feeling frumpy and uncomfortable in my own skin. So a friend and I decided to join a gym close by to where we lived. I went, I enjoyed the feeling of doing something and getting fit with a friend and I felt amazing after I'd done it. But, apparently your final year of university isn't the best time to decide you want to completely overhaul you life and your eating habits. University deadlines kept me at uni from 9am to 12am and it felt like if I did anything besides work I would be wasting time. Which looking back I know was a bad mindset but, that's how I felt at the time.

With the gym not really working out for me I thought that the least I could do was try and eat a bit healthier. That just consisted of buying the right foods, making a packed lunch for uni and making sure I had quick, easy, healthy recipes that I could just whip up. I started looking into Slimming World and at first it seemed like it was the best thing for me. I knew what I should be eating in a day and what kind of things I could allow myself to have. But this didn't work either. I found myself not having the time to properly mark down what I was eating, having the time to weigh and measure everything and over time the idea of 'synning' food didn't sit right with me. Ultimately this failed to. The more stressed I became, the more time I spent at uni, the harder it became to control my diet and exercise regime once more.

A few months after I decided something had to change I went back to my old ways. I was buying junk food everyday from the Tesco Express around the corner, ordering takeaways regularly and eating out at least 1-2 times a week. It was ridiculous. I couldn't live without having at least one bottle of Coca Cola a day and to make matters worse not only was I not eating healthy or exercising regularly, I was also on the contraceptive pill which also made me gain weight.

But here I am writing this post now, a few weeks after graduating university, sat at home in bed, reflecting on how I feel about myself now. And here's the jist of it.

At home, we have a stationary exercise bike and the past two weeks I have gone on it for 20 minutes a day and lost 2lbs. 2lbs might not seem a lot to all those fitness buffs out there but, for someone that has always struggled with their weight finally seeing the scales drop, even a little bit is the encouragement I needed to show myself that I can do this.

In addition, I've tried to change the way I look at food. Now if I feel like a treat I'll allow myself it but obviously not to the extremes that I was going to when I was at University. As long as I eat healthy most of the time I'm happy. It's a start. I never react well to massive changes which is why my past diets have always failed. Taking things slow will obviously slow the rate of weight loss but, I'm okay with that. I have my whole life to get to where I want to be.

I've also changed the way I react to clothes sizes in shops. This is a massive issue in the media at the minute. Some sizes are ridiculously small for what they are claiming to be and I'll admit I fell into the trap of feeling bad about myself because I had to go up sizes in certain shops. But after reading multiple posts and watching many videos of girls and women trying on one size in a certain piece of clothing  from multiple different shops I knew I had to stop letting this get to me. In some shops I can get away with a size 10 -12 but in other shops I'm pushing a size 16 while in others I don't even fit into an 18. My wardrobe is full of different sizes yet everything fits me perfectly. So I've switched my mind off. I'm just not worried about it anymore. And if it really bothers me that much I just cut the label from the inside and I never have to look at that number and nobody else will either if I don't want them to see it.

Watch this video by Lucy Wood to get a better jist of what I'm talking about. It's such a perfect example of showing how sizes are different in different shops.

So there is my body image journey so far. I wanted to share my story as this is such a massive issue in the media at the minute. There are thousands of people across the world that look at Insta models and believe that that is what they have to look like. There's nothing wrong with looking like that if you do but, if you're someone like myself that struggles with body image and weight don't let it get you down. Every one of us is a unique individual and we should be proud of that. Comparing ourselves to others is never going to get us to the place we want to be. Only we can make that change in ourselves. Everyone is on a unique journey and you don't know what others have been through to get to where they are today. So love yourself for who you are before you compare yourself to others because you are you and that's amazing!

I'd love to hear your opinions on body image in the media and what you think of the sizing in stores. Also let me know what you think of my new series 'Lets Talk...' and let me know if there are any topics you'd like me to talk about! I open to all suggestions! Leave all your messages in the comments below! I can't wait to read them

Thanks for reading

Sincerely, Rhi xx

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

As I've previously mentioned in my post 'My Acne Experience', I have suffered with acne since my mid teens . My skin has never really been particularly sensitive to any products apart from a few which dried my skin out really bad however, not all products have worked or necessarily made my skin any better. My skincare routine is therefore the result of a lot of product testing but finally, I have settled on a skincare routine that's working for me! At least for now anyway.

But, before I get into my nighttime skincare routine I would like to share my two top tips for keeping your skin squeaky clean and healthy. These tips are things that we all know that we should be doing but, often forget to do so. And they are...

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER


2. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES


We all know very well that we should be doing these things. Drinking plenty of water cleans out any nastiness in our bodies and therefore makes our skin clearer and makeup brushes, particularly the ones we use everyday, are full of product and bacteria that has been transferred from our faces to our brushes.  Essentially, not cleaning your makeup brushes means that when you apply your makeup with a dirty brush you are transferring bacteria to and from your face constantly so it shouldn't be a surprise that your skin isn't looking amazing. 

Even if you just stick to these two tips and maybe wash your face with some soap and water your skin will more than likely start to look so much better. However, if you're like me and have a few more skin complaints that can't just be fixed by drinking water and cleaning your makeup brushes, stick around to read the nighttime skincare routine that I currently live by! 





The first product that I love using is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is a beautifully creamy cleanser that works to remove daily grime, pollutants and even stubborn mascara. While I've only been using this product for a short while, my skins always feels smooth, toned and balanced after use. 

This product is applied by massaging two pumps of the product between your hands and using circular motions from the inside of your face and working it outwards and finally swiping over your eyes. The product is then removed by soaking a muslin cloth in warm to the touch water and using each corner to swipe away. Finally, splash your face with cold water. 

I absolutely love this product and would definitely recommend to a friend. 



I haven't used many of the La Roche-Posay products however, their soothing toning lotion is an absolute MUST in my nighttime skincare routine. La Roche-Posay products are very friendly towards sensitive or acne prone skin so this product is great for not making me break out. Many toners that I've used in the past have been very harsh on my skin whereas this toner makes my skin lovely and smooth. The product is not oily and also respects the physiological pH balance of your skin. 

To apply, take a cotton pad and soak it in the product, swipe over your face and leave. This product requires no rinsing. 

I am very excited to try out some more of their products so if you use anything by La Roche-Posay that you would recommend, leave it in the comments below!




Generally, if I have flare ups I try not to use too many products on the spots in order to get rid of them because sometimes I find that they can get worse and flare up even more. However, after finding and using the T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel after cleansing and toning my face at night I've found that this product works wonders overnight by reducing the size and redness of my acne. 

I apply just a small drop of this to any angry spots and rub in circular motions around the spot until the product has dried. 

This product has been great for me personally however, if you have sensitive or acne prone skin I would just check it on your skin first as I think this product could be one of those that doesn't necessarily work for everyone! 



After I've cleansed, toned and applied my spot zapping gel I like to use my nighttime moisturiser. I use two different moisturisers for morning and night as I find some moisturisers are quite thick such as this Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator moisturise so they can be quite uncomfortable to have on during the day. This product works intensely overnight to put your dry skin at bay so you wake up with dewy, luminous skin. 

To apply this product, take a pea sized amount and dot onto your face. Massage into your face in circular motions from the inside to the outer sides of your face. 

This product is great and Soap and Glory is one skincare brand that I've always stuck by. I've never had an issue with any of their products and I would really recommend trying them out. The scents of their products are so luxurious as well so I would definitely recommend trying this product out in your nighttime skincare routine. 



The final skincare product I like using is the Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack gel. I've always suffered with dark under eye circles and puffiness in the mornings so I thought I'd try this product out and I can safely say it's worked great for me. This product comes in a very small pot however you need only the smallest amount of product so it's very long lasting. 

To apply, dab your finger into the pot to get a small amount of the gel onto your finger and gently dap the product onto your under eyes and any areas that you experience puffiness. 

My under eyes look much brighter already and it's only taken one small addition to my nighttime routine in order to get this outcome. I would very much recommend this product to anyone that suffers with dark circles or puffiness. Even using this product only a few times a week I have seen a change. 

So there is my general all around nighttime skincare routine but, there are a few more little bits that I think are worth mentioning. 

Firstly, I know we don't always feel like going through a long skincare routine especially if we've had a hard, long day so I would recommend using the Johnsons Face care wipes. I like using the moisturising ones however, you can also get these wipes for certain skin types or to do different things such as pampering or for sensitive skin for example. Whatever the case, always make sure that you remove your makeup before bed. By the end of the day you face has so much bacteria on it and your pores are all clogged up with different makeup products which isn't good for your skin. So make sure, however tired you are, that you remove you makeup in one way or another. 


Before I go to bed I also just like to apply a hand cream to my hands and a chapstick to my lips. I'm currently using the Nivea Sea Minerals hand cream which is lovely to use. It isn't oily and my hands always feel much better after using it.


I'm also using the Nivea Original Care chapstick however, this changes on whatever I have to hand. 
I'm not really bothered about what chapstick I use I just like to have my lips moisturised before I go to bed. 



So there you have my full nighttime skincare routine. I'm currently looking for a product that reduces the appearance and redness of acne scarring so if anyone has any recommendations make sure to leave them in the comments below. 

I'd also love to hear what products you use in your nighttime skincare routine and if you think I should be adding anything to my own routine. 

Thank you all for reading and I will seen you in my next post! 

Sincerely, Rhi xx










Sunday, August 5, 2018

August TBR

Since finishing my university course I've had so much more time to read what I want, when I want. Doing an English Literature course it's not uncommon to be expected to have read 5-10 books a week for different modules and of course they are all set by your lecturers and aren't necessarily books that you would particularly pick out or want to read if the choice was left up to you.

So while I have some time off to myself I'm really throwing myself into reading what I want and what I enjoy. My reading tastes have changed dramatically since I started my university course. Before I went to university I would easily devour YA dystopian and romance books and to an extent I still enjoy them now and read them every once in a while. However, if you're trained to read critically and academically for three years your reading tastes do change and now I like reading things that I wouldn't have picked up three years ago, things that are more demanding and require much more of my time and concentration, things that are thought provoking and not just another forced romance in a dystopian world.

Some of the books I feature on this blog will be YA books of course. I'm not putting that genre down. It was and still is a genre that I enjoy reading but, I just prefer things that are a little more challenging every once in a while.

With that being said, let's get into my August TBR (To Be Read).



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hand of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. 

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person who can answer that is Starr. 

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. it could also endanger her life. 

I'm really eager to get to this book. It's had a lot of good reviews and this book appears to cover such current issues, things that we all should be talking about more and discussing, that I think that this is going to make a really interesting read. I've also heard it's being made into a film so I'd like to get to reading this before that comes out.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? 

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harasi spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded?Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future. 

I've been really into reading a lot of non- fiction books recently specifically ones that are scientific or historical. I've always loved learning new things and I think that's what I'm searching for in some of the books that I want to read at the moment so I'm excited to dive into this. 


On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan 
It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence's response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence's anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite. 

I've never read any of Ian McEwan's novels however, I've heard from friends that they often feel very conflicted about what to feel when they get to the end of one of his books though no one can deny how exquisitely his writes about human emotion. I think this is going to be an interesting read and I'm excited to come to my own conclusions about his work.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creators obsession with pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win- and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 

I've heard so many amazing things about this book and about how it entwines 80s pop culture with a virtual dystopian theme. I will admit that I have already seen the film adaptation of this book before reading it however, I really enjoyed the film so I'm looking forward to reading it. 



So these are the four books that I'm going to try and get read in August. I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to get them all read if I can't but, they are the books that I'm wanting to get to sooner rather than later. I'm also going on holiday for a week in August and I often pick up new books at the airport to read so this TBR could change slightly over the month.

Let me know in the comments below what you're planning on reading this month and what books do you recommend? 

Thank you for reading and I'll see you in the next one!

Sincerely, Rhi xx

*All synopsis are taken from Goodreads*









Tuesday, July 24, 2018

My Perfect Pamper Day Guide

We all experience those days where the day feels never ending, we're stressed, tired and we're not quiet sure what to do with ourselves. On these days I have to stop myself from panicking about one hundred things that don't matter and stressing myself out over little things and just take a pamper day. Whether you decide to pamper yourself all day or just for a few hours, everyone needs some downtime and a pamper day, whoever you may be. So I thought I'd share with you my perfect pamper day guide and some of the products I use that help me relax.


One of my favourite things to do on a pamper day is really take care of my skin. We're all guilty of not moisturising and taking care of our skin enough and sometimes when your feeling all wound up and stressed it's nice to really treat your body. I often take a long hot bath or a warm shower to get any grubbiness off me and open up my pores. 

I really love using products such as the Imperial Leather Foamburst shower gel as when it mixes with the water it turns into a really lovely thick soap which feels absolutely amazing on the skin and the scents are absolutely delicious! My current favourite is definitely the Unicorn Marshmallow scent!

When I'm in the shower or bath I also really love just giving my legs a shave. Everyone has their opinions on shaving but, personally, I don't like it too much on myself so I like to shave it off. This is obviously a personal choice and you don't have to do this if you don't want too!  I'm currently using the Phillips Ladyshave which you can use in and out of the water as it is watertight and cordless. I haven't been using it long however, I will give a full review once I have! 


I then just like going to my bedroom to carry out the rest of my pampering. I feel like your bedroom is your safe spot. It's where most people feel most comfortable and obviously it's made to be a relaxing space in your home so it's perfect for a pamper day. I also really like lighting a few candles around my room as I really love the ambience it gives to a room and I don't know about you guys but I think candle light is the best light! 

At the moment I'm really loving this Rose Mary candle which I was sent by the company Men's Society. Men's Society sell great unique gifting products primarily for men however they also sell some great products for women too! This particular candle is sold with the mens candle selection however, I would say they are universal. If you like the scent then why not buy it? This Rose Mary candle smells absolutely beautiful. It has a musky, floral scent which I think would be beautiful to light on an autumn evening. 

Men's Society is a British company based on the coast of Norfolk who pride themselves on selling many products that use natural ingredients and that are cruelty free which is always good in my books! 

If you'd like to purchase this candle or would like to check out some of the other products that Men's Society sell, click here. 



After lighting some candles and getting comfortable I love to put on a face mask, moisturise and depending on whether I'm feeling it or not, paint my nails.

I really love the Montagne Jeunesse face masks. As founding members of CICAW (Cosmetic Industry Coalition for Animal Welfare) all of the Montagne Jeunesse facemasks are 'Cruelty Free' accredited. I really using products by companies that are genuine and are completely truthful about their products and what's in them and what they are tested on. I'm by no means perfect but I try to buy products that are cruelty free wherever I can!



While my facemask is on I like to get out my favourite moisturiser and put it on. The moisturiser I love using and that has been featured on my blog before is 'The Righteous Butter' by Soap and Glory. I absolutely LOVE Soap and Glory products and after I tried out this moisturiser a few years ago I haven't used anything else since. The consistency is really lovely and isn't too sticky and the scent is just amazing!



When I'm having a pamper day I also really love painting my nails. I'm a serial nail biter (gross I know! I'm trying to stop) and I often really get down about the way my hands look especially if I've had a bad week so painting my nails is like my incentive to stop biting as I don't want to chip them and I want them to look lovely. My favourite nail polishes at the moment are the Rimmel '60 Second Super Shine' and the new Barry M 'Under the Sea' range.



Finally I love kicking back and maybe write a blog post, watch Netflix or read a magazine. I'm really loving the 'Suitcase' travel magazine at the moment. Every issue has beautiful photos from all around the world and some really great articles about travelling in other countries. It's a great way of escaping everyday life for a few moments.


So that is my guide to the perfect pamper day. I really hope you enjoyed reading it and let me know in the comments what you do to pamper yourself you're feeling a bit stressed. I'll leave links to all of the products at the end of this post as well as my social media which I would really appreciate a follow on! 

Thanks for reading and I'll speak to you soon! 

Sincerely, Rhi xx

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe

Okay, I know everyone is on a health kick since summer is finally here however, every now and then we need to treat ourselves. On Friday it was my brother and sister's 18th birthday and having not baked anything for quite a while I was feeling the baking buzz and made them a birthday cake. I asked them to pick whatever they felt like and said I'd bake it. They decided to choose a simple chocolate cake with buttercream icing (My personal favourite) and so I got to work.

The cake turned out beautifully and was so delicious so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys! I took the recipe from Ann Nicol's book 'Cakes' which you can purchase here. 


CHOCOLATE SANDWICH CAKE



Serves 10-12
INGREDIENTS
130g/4 1/2oz/ generous 1/2 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz/ 1 1/4 cups caster (superfine) sugar
3 eggs, beaten 
225g/8oz/ 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour
5ml/1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) 
50g/2oz/ 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
250ml/ 8fl oz/ 1 cup buttermilk 



FOR THE CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM
50g/ 2oz dark (bittersweet) chocolate
175g/6oz/ 1 1/2 cups icing (confectioners) sugar, sifted
115g/4oz/ 1/2cup unsalted butter, softened 
Few drops of vanilla extract



RECIPE

Line two 20cm pans with greaseproof paper and set the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4 



In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until it is creamy, light and fluffy. 

*TOP TIP*
Butter and sugar are super hard to cream together if the butter is straight out of the fridge. Before you begin, leave the butter out of the fridge for a little while just so it can soften and then cut it up into cubes. This will save a lot of time and work on your part and is more time efficient. 




















Next, add the eggs and sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture.

*TOP TIP*
When carrying out this step of the recipe, make sure to sift in the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture in batches. Flour and powder products have a tendency of flying everywhere when your mixing them in. By doing this in batches there is less chance of half the mixture flying all over you and the surface. 


Finally, pour the buttermilk into the mixture and mix until you get a lovely, creamy, chocolaty batter and pour half of the mixture into each tin that you prepared earlier. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until firm to the touch. 




Leave the cakes to cool for a few minute before removing them from their tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. 

While the cakes are cooling, this is the perfect time to begin making your buttercream. 

In a bowl, melt the chocolate and in a separate mixing bowl cream the butter and icing sugar together. 

*TOP TIP*
Like I said earlier, mixing flours and powders together can be messy business ESPECIALLY with icing sugar. Make sure you work the icing sugar slowly as otherwise you will create a massive dusty icing sugar cloud around you which isn't particularly nice and leaves a lot of mess.






















Leave the chocolate to cool slightly and mix into the sugar and butter mixture to make a delicious chocolate buttercream. Use half of the buttercream to use between the two layers and the rest for the top as decoration. 




















*TOP TIP*
If you want to make this chocolate cake even more devilish, add chocolate or sprinkles to the top for more decoration. 

And there you have it! A cheeky chocolate cake for your cheat day this summer! 

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Leave your favourite treat for cheat day in the comments below and any recipes that you'd like me to attempt! As always make sure you follow me on all my social media to get updates about posts (You can find the icons on the top right corner of this blog!)

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Rhi x 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

GETING TO KNOW ME, SINCERELY,RHI X

I've been doing a lot of brainstorming lately about the type of content that I want to produce and put out on my blog and in doing that I've been taking a lot of inspiration from other bloggers and their content. I personally believe that if you like someones posts and would like to take some inspiration from them that that is not a bad thing as long as you credit them so that is what I will be doing in this post.

After reading a couple of blog posts I saw a lot of 'Getting to Know Me' and 'Facts About Me' posts and I realised that although I have been blogging for just over a month now, my readers don't really know too much about me and who I am.

So, today I'm going to be doing the 'Fifty Random Questions Tag'. I found this tag on Rachel's blog 'Little World of Rachel' whose blog you can find here. So thank you Rachel for providing the inspiration for this post.

I would also just quickly like to say a huge thank you to all of my readers lately. Blogging is something I've always wanted to do and I can't thank you enough for the support you have shown for Sincerely, Rhi x so far. I know that I'm still very new to this but, I'm learning and I appreciate your support through comments here or likes and retweets on Instagram and Twitter and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for welcoming me into the blogging community.



Time for the questions!

1. Were you names after anyone? 
Not that I know of actually! My name is native of where I come from which is Wales but that is all I really know about my name haha

2. When was the last time that you cried?
About two days ago. I'm in a long distance relationship and I was just really missing my boyfriend so I had a bit of a weep to myself.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
Umm, it really kind of depends. My handwriting changes A LOT from day to day so sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it. It kind of some depends how I feel.

4. What is your favourite lunch meat?
CHICKEN! I pretty much eat chicken with everything haha

5. Do you have kids?
I do not! I'm only 21 and I feel like I want to experience much more of my life before kids enter the picture.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I think so? I quite enjoy my own company and I make myself laugh quite a bit which I think other people find annoying sometimes but I like to think I'm a good person and I like who I am so why not?

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Daily haha

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
I do! I've never really had an issue with my tonsils so they are still in tact.

9. Would you bungee jump?
I think deep down I am an adrenaline junkie. I get really scared and anxious about going on rides but once I've done it once there's no going back so I think I would do it.

10. What is your favourite cereal?
I'm not a huge fan of cereal but if I had to pick it would probably be Coco Pops

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? 
Absolutely not. It's such a waste of time haha

12. Do you think you are strong?
Definitely not! I am so weak

13. What is your favourite ice cream?
Probably chocolate, mint chocolate or cookies and cream!

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Probably their personality and general vibe. When I meet people I like to see that they have something about them, something that makes them interesting and sure of themselves and that they are good people.

15. Red or Pink?
Pink!

16. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
I have a few insecurities like everyone but it would probably how anxious and worried I get in situations unnecessarily

17. Who do you miss the most?
My boyfriend

18. What is the spark feature that has helped you the most?
I don't know what this question is asking me haha

19. What colour shoes are you wearing?
None, I'm lying on my bed haha

20. What was the last thing you ate?
A piece of my brother and sisters  birthday cake which I made and will have a little baking guide on within the next few weeks!

21. What are you listening to right now?
Taste - Tyga (feat Offset) - It's such a good summer jam!

22. If you were a crayon what colour would you be?
Umm, this is really random haha um I guess blue or purple?

23. Favourite smells?
The ocean, freshly baked cookies and the pages of books

24. Who was the last person you spoke to on your phone?
My boyfriend

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house?
Beach House

26. Favourite sports to watch?
Gymnastics

27. Hair colour?
Brown/Blonde

28. Eye colour?
Blue

29. Do you wear contacts?
No, but I wear glasses

30. Favourite food?
It changes all the time but at the moment I would probably say paella

31. Scary Movies or happy endings?
Happy endings all the way! I hate scary movies I'm so weak and I scare so easily haha

32. Last movie you watched?
Sicario 2

33. What t-shirt are you wearing?
I'm wearing a playsuit that is black with lots of yellow, blue and white flowers. I love it!

34. Summer or winter?
Summer! I hate being cold so much! I'm someone that is naturally quite cold anyway so I hate the winter where it is ten times worse. However, I do love all the things that happen in winter/autumn such as my birthday and Christmas so I'm torn haha

35. Hugs or kisses?
Hugs all day everyday haha

36. Favourite dessert?
I'm a dessert kinda gal so you could please me with pretty much anything!

37. Strength training or cardio?
UMMMMMMMMM, I'm not a very active person but if I ever feel the inspiration I guess cardio? Haha

38. Computer or television?
Computer. I can blog, watch movies, listen to music and interact with you guys all at the same time and it's great haha

39. What book are you reading right now? 
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

40. What is on your mouse pad?
I don't have one

41. Any tattoos?
Nope! I'm not really too interested in getting any but who knows that may change in the future

42. Favourite sound?
Horses hooves on the ground

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Tough one! But I would probably go with The Rolling Stones

44. What is the farthest you've been from home?
When I went to Washington and New York a few years ago

45. Do you have a special talent?
I literally have zero talent it's ridiculous haha

46. Where were you born?
Wales

47. Where are you living now?
I've just moved back from university where I have been living in Bath for the past three years but, currently I am back home in Wales trying to figure my life out! Haha Hoping to move back to Bath or Bristol next year!

48. What is the colour of your house?
Umm brick coloured? I don't know haha

49. What colour is your car?
I don't have a car even though I have a license so that's a bit gutting haha

50. Any pets?
Unfortunately not!

Hopefully now you have learnt a few things about me that you didn't know before. I love answering random questions because I feel like you get to know a person so much more than if you just answer the bog standard questions everybody asks. If you have any other questions you'd like me to answer leave them in the comments below and I'll get back to you and of course thank you to Rachel from 'Little World of Rachel' for giving me the inspiration for this post!

Sincerely, Rhi x