Friday, 29 May 2015

Are you GAY beach body ready?

Around the same time every year, I always have the same dilemma. Do I need to lose weight? Will I look like a beached whale? Do I need to tone up? What will everyone else think of my body?  

Going on a gay holiday, especially to a pride event, adds extra pressure to ensure that you look your best. I always start off really motivated with aims of joining the gym to tone up and shifting my beer belly ready for my holiday later on in the year. However, it always trails off and I end up giving into pints of lager and 2 piece chicken meals from the chicken shop which isn't going to help.

But I want to ask the question, with more homosexuals attracted to 'muscular gym going straight acting lads' and the added pressure to take care of yourself and look your best, why can't you be comfortable in your own skin?

Are you GAY beach body Ready? - Bearded Couture
Edited picture from www.thedailybeast.com

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Bank Holiday Saturday day trip to Brighton

I seem to have neglected my blog for the past 10 days due to my extremely busy lifestyle, both at home and socially. "Boo F*cking Hoo" I hear you say but I can't help it that I'm so popular *Mean Girls quote*. But seriously, I haven't had much time recently to sit down at my laptop and tell the world about what has happened in my life but don't worry.. I'm backkk.

During the recent Bank Holiday, my friend, boyfriend and I decided to go on a little day trip to Brighton. I absolutely love this beautiful city as it is picturesque, holds so many memories and reminds me of my own little home town in Devon, mainly due to the seaside and pier. 

Bank Holiday Saturday day trip to Brighton - Bearded Couture

Bank Holiday Saturday day trip to Brighton - Bearded Couture

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Things to do in Cardiff - Bank holiday travel adventure

Instead of going to Paris for May Bank Holiday as planned, we ended up going to the Welsh valleys. Now, you may be thinking 'what did you do in Wales for three days?' but I'll tell you for why.. There is actually a lot of cheap and fun activities to do to fill your time. 

As usual, we found our apartment on Airbnb (but this time wasn't overly impressed so I won't share the link) and got the Megabus there and back which only took an extra hour compared to a train and saved us £30. We left early on Saturday morning so we could make the most of the day. After dropping our bags off, we made our way to Cardiff Bay. 

What to do in Cardiff Bay - Bearded Couture

What to do in Cardiff Bay - Bearded Couture

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Formal Menswear with HiFashion Sherin *

Recently, I did a little menswear collaboration with my good friend Sherin from HiFashion and House of Fraser to help promote their connection with the BAFTAs. They wanted us to create a lookbook style post featuring a formal shirt which I had a red carpet feel.

I decided to go a bit more informal with my outfit and choose a chic light blue Polo Ralph Lauren shirt which I have had my eyes on for ages. It has such a classic shape and fitted me perfectly. What more could you want from a shirt? I teamed this up with my favourite suit from H&M, which I purchased around two years ago. 

Formal Menswear BAFTAs House Of Fraser - Bearded Couture

Monday, 11 May 2015

Gordon Castle Gin review *

If you haven't gathered already, I am very partial to a drink of the alcoholic kind. A weekend never seems to pass where I actually ended up being sober.. maybe I have issues? But who cares haha. One of my favourite drink choices is a nice cold glass of gin and tonic with a few slices of fresh lime. So when Gordon Castle Scotland contacted me and asked if they could send me a few samples of their award winning gin, I was not going to say no. 

I thought the perfect time to try this sweet nectar was at my boyfriends house party last weekend. It had been an amazing day in sunny London and this beverage ticked all the boxes. When I opened the sample, the smell wasn't as over powering as some gins I tend to buy which can sometimes put me off. This did make me think that the gin wasn't going to be that strong.. But I was wrong. 

Gordon Castle Gin Review - Bearded Couture

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Vanilla, raspberry & white chocolate layered sponge cake *

Recently I was contacted by the lovely team at Baking Mad who asked if I would be willing to try recreating a Victoria sponge cake recipe featuring Nielsen-Massey extract. Obviously I jumped to the chance as I haven't baked a cake this complicated before and I've wanted to use the Nielsen-Massey range for ages.

Baking Mad Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Raspberry and White Chocolate Sponge Cake - Bearded Couture

Cake Ingredients:
400g white chocolate, 300g unsalted butter, 300ml whole milk
2 tsp Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste, 300g Billington's golden caster sugar
4 large eggs, 450g Allinson plain flour, 3 tsp baking powder
150g raspberry jam, glacier cherries

Icing Ingredients:
750g white chocolate, 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste, 250ml single cream

Method:
1) Line two cane tins with baking paper and preheat oven to gas mark 4.
2) Melt the White chocolate, butter and milk together in a small pan. Once completed, leave to cool.
3) Fold in the sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour and baking powder until well combined. Divide mixture equally into both cake tins and place in oven for 45-55 minutes until golden and springy to touch.
4) To create the icing, place chocolate, cream and vanilla in a heatproof bowl over simmering water and stir until melted.
5) Cover bowl with cling film and place in the fridge to cool for 90 minutes until it reaches a thick, spreadable consistency.
6) To assemble the cake, spread some of the icing and a generous helping of raspberry jam on the top of the first half of the cake and then place the second half on top to create the layers.
7) Using a palette knife, spread the remaining of the filling over the top and sides of the assembled cake and decorate with glacier cherries for added texture and flavour.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Karma Feeling vegan soy candle review *

Homeware Homeware Homeware. My love for homeware is never ending but I have to admit, when it comes to candles, I have always been a bit stingy with them. I normally pick up the cheapest and best smelling candles from Primark which seem great at the time, but last a week.

Recently I was contacted by Karma Feeling who kindly sent me one of their new vegan soy candles to try out. These candles are 100% eco friendly, using cotton wicks and soy wax. Each candle retails at £20 which I thought seemed expensive but in the long run, is totally worth the price.

Karma Feeling Vegan Soy Candle - Bearded Couture

When I first opened the box, I wasn't that keen on the scent but it has really grown on me over the last few weeks, I guess I just wasn't used to it. I now find it extremely relaxing and dare I say it, 'calming' before I go to bed. I am also really impressed with how long it seems to be lasting as I light it most evenings for several hours and it doesn't seem to be going down. Comparing this to other candles that I have purchased, I can see that I have been making the wrong decisions for years.