Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

I'm not really a hot drink person but something I can definitely get on board with is hot chocolate. Its my favourite thing to drink in the colder months, with a comfy blanket and a good Christmas film. You can see my top 10 Christmas films here.

For Blogmas I thought I'd whip up something festive and a little different to the basic hot chocolate. This is a really easy peasy recipe in which you can decide the quantities and just chuck it all in! So, if you haven't guessed from the blog title I made a Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. This may sound sickly, but the balance of the sweet chocolate is cut with the after taste of the refreshing and Christmassy taste of peppermint!


  • White chocolate - this can be in a bar, buttons or chocolate chips. Whatever you fancy!
  • Peppermint essence
  • x2 Candy canes
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Squirty cream
  • Marshmallows


  • In a sauce pan pour the milk in and add in the white chocolate. For the milk it depends how many cups your wanting to make. I usually just fill the cup I'm going to use 3/4 of the way leaving plenty of room for the toppings! For the chocolate it depends on taste. I hate milk and like mine to be strong. For my own cup I added in 8 squares of chocolate. Its best to start less as you can always add more as you go - just give it a quick taste test before.
  • Keep it on a medium heat and keep stirring to make sure the chocolate melts and the milk doesn't burn. 
  • Now to add the peppermint essence. This is optional, again it depends on how much of a fan you are. I added a cap full into mine. If you want to skip this step you can always use one of the candy canes as a stirrer to get a subtle hint of peppermint.
  • Once you've given it a good stir and made sure the chocolate is melted and that the milk is steaming you can then remove it off the heat and pour it into your mug of choice.
  • To cool it a bit so you don't burn your tongue, just add a splash of cream.
  • Time for the toppings! I topped mine with squirty cream, mini marshmallows and then I added one of the candy canes in whole as a stirrer then crushed the other one in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, then sprinkled on top.
Et voila! A super simple but festive drink for a cosy night in. Now I'm not meaning to blow my own trumpet but this is seriously tasty!

Leave me a comment below if you re-create this recipe or share me a link to yours.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Female Christmas gift guide

Illustration by The Smell of Roses
One of my favourite parts about Christmas is the build up and excitement of getting everyones presents then giving it to them on Christmas day. I love watching peoples reaction and excitement. I've picked 10 presents from different price points that would be perfect for any female in your family, or you could just put them all on your list like I have!
1. Too Faced Grande Hotel - contains 3 different palettes which have eyeshadows as well as blushers and bronzers. They also smell like festive treats! Give one lucky person the whole set or give away a palette to 3 different people.
2. Leopard daily journal - I love leopard and I love stationary. This was featured on The Anna Edits lifestyle gift guide and I've been lusting after it ever since.
3. Spectrum 10 piece essential - Spectrum do the most beautiful brushes, they're great quality and have a decent price point.
4. Lined Leather Mules - these can be a bit love / hate but I love them. These Zara lined leather mules are a good dupe for the Gucci Princetown Mules and a lot cheaper!
5. Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa - I have heard a lot of rave reviews for this product but couldn't face the usual price tag. This cute little bauble is the perfect way to test the waters before spending.
6. Missguided coat - what better time to get a new coat than at winter. The padded coat is having a bit of a moment currently and I love the faux fur lining.
7. Snow Fairy gift set - my favourite scent from Lush. It literally smells like those bubble gum fizzy bottle sweets!
8. Oil slick planter - such a cute pot for a cactus in your house.
9. Get The Glow - I love Madeline Shaw's YouTube channel and blog for all her healthy recipes and can only expect the book to be just as good.
10. Ouai - the brand new hair collection by Jen Atkin who styles celebrities hairs including Chrissy Teigan, Jessica Alba and of course the Kardashians. After watching a few tutorials her products look insane and I'm dying to try the texturising spray.

Ellé x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Top 10 Christmas Films to Watch this year!

Illustration by The Smell of Roses

My favourite kind of film is a Christmas film. There's nothing else like it. All year I pine until November when I can finally watch my favourites without feeling guilty or being judged! Here are my ultimate top 10 Christmas films...

The Santa Clause

There's Tim Allen, there's Elves with Attitude and a kids dad becomes Santa. What's not to love?

Home Alone 1 & 2

They count as one right? These are the ultimate classics that I annoyingly quote the whole way through. I think 2 is my favourite just because of New York. I just love Kevin, Marv, Harry and Buzz - those guys crack me up!


I remember my mum and dad taking me to watch this when it first came out in the cinema in 2003 (I was 8 I'm now 21!!!!) and its just one of those that gets better and funnier the more you watch.

The Grinch

Jim Carrey is hilarious in this and I just LOVE the Grinch. I need to meet him in real life.

Love Actually

This film gives me all the feels. I love the story line and how it all intertwines, plus its a proper British romcom and I love who stars in it.

The Holiday

Another romcom which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You've got the eye candy of Jude Law, the comedy of Jack Black and a really cute old man.


This film is completely underrated and I don't hear enough people talking about it! It's a bunch of children in Infant school preparing for their school Nativity. What I love about it is that they didn't give the kids scripts or proper directions so some of the stuff they come out with hilarious!

Polar Express

I just love this film its so magical plus it always makes me crave the hot chocolate they get on the train!

Muppets Christmas Carol

Out of all the Christmas Carols this one will always remain my favourite. The muppets, the songs, its just perfect!

Jack Frost

This is the saddest yet heartwarming film in one. It definitely tugs on the heart strings but I love it so much!

What are your favourite Christmas films?



Sunday, 13 November 2016

The last three books I read

This is something different for my blog but I'm not sure why I haven't done it sooner. I love reading and Amazon have always got a three for £10 offer on their website.

I picked up Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go after reading the blurb where it said - 'Did you love Gone Girl and Girl On The Train? Now lose yourself in the twisty, enthralling psychological thriller that everyone is talking about.' After reading that I was sold. I loved Gone Girl and Girl On The Train, and I Let You Go is definitely up their with them as one of my favourites.

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world is shattered. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape her past, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of the cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...

This book is certainly a page turner and hits you straight in the face with big surprises all the way throughout. I did not guess how it was going to end  and I definitely did not expect any of the twists and turns throughout. As a psychological thriller it really grips you and had me hooked at every available chance trying to cram in a few more pages.

The next book I picked up was Giovanna Fletcher's Dream a Little Dream. This is the first book I've read by Giovanna and it certainly won't be the last.

Sarah is doing fine... sure, she's been single for the last two years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it's really okay. She's happy(ish).

So it's not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn't nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams... do they?

This book was an easy read but I still loved it. I really got involved with the characters and felt all the emotions for them all, especially Sarah. This book is a real heart-warmer.

The final book was Beautiful Broken Things by Sarah Barnard. I'd say this is more of a teen book which I didn't realise when I picked it up but I still enjoyed it all the same.

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable but that was before Suzanne. Now Caddy wants to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen.

Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different. Someone free. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.

This a beautiful story about female friendship between three girls at school. I actually found Caddy quite relatable to my younger self as well. I did find parts of the story dragged slightly, but when it finally got going I found it gripping and it became another page turner.

What are your favourite books at the moment? Have you read any of the above?

I hope you had a good weekend,

Ellé x

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Rose Gold Pleated Skirt | 1 item 2 ways

I've been lusting for a rose gold pleated skirt ever since seeing Lily Pebbles in her clothing haul a few weeks ago. It then turned into stalking every pleated skirt on Pinterest and Instagram until I found the one. Everyone meet this gorgeous number from Missguided!

Back in August I did a 1 Dress 2 Ways post which was very popular and I really enjoyed styling and shooting. As the pleated skirt is really having a moment currently I thought I'd do another 1 item 2 ways post to show you how you can make this beautiful metallic pleated skirt casual for the daytime, as well as dress it up for the evening.

I hope you liked how I styled it. Its currently my favourite thing in my wardrobe at the moment!

Hope you had a good weekend.

Ellé x
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