Sunday, 28 December 2014

Recipe | Chocolate Chip Muffins


There’s something about Christmas time that has me feeling very Martha Stewart-y. I am in the kitchen trying out my hands on all sorts of things and churning them out to the delight of friends and family.

A few days ago, a made these super yummy, super easy chocolate chip muffins using a recipe by Laura Vitale- my cooking icon. She’s seriously amazing guys, you should check out her website- www.laurainthekitchen.com, I have tried out so many of her wonderful recipes.




What you need

2 cups of Flour
1 Tbsp of Baking Powder
½ tsp of Salt
1/8 tsp of Ground Cinnamon
1 12 oz Bag of Milk Chocolate Chips
2/3 of a cup of Whole Milk
½ cup of Melted Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp of Sour Cream
2 Eggs
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup of Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup of Brown Sugar




Method 
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius, line your muffin tray and set aside.


  • Combine dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and set aside
  • Coat chocolate chips with some of the flour and set aside. Coating them ensures that they don’t sink to the bottom of your muffin.

  • Beat wet ingredients together (eggs, melted butter, sugar, milk, sour cream) either by hand or using a mixer.

  • Add dry ingredients to the bowl and mix together to combine.

  • Scoop batter using a deep spoon and distribute evenly into the muffin tray. Spray the edges with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to the sides.

  • Bake muffins for about 15 to 18 mins. Laura advises that at the 15min mark, stick a toothpick into one muffin, if it comes out clean with no wet batter on it then your muffins are ready, if not bake for another 3mins.



That’s it! You guys really should try this out; it makes the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth muffins. Oh and by the way, the sour cream is Laura’s secret ingredient for moist muffins so be sure to include! Let me know how it goes if you do decide to give this a try.


Peace and Love,


Y.
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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Feliz Navidad...

 




Wishing you guys the merriest Christmas. I hope that you're all having an amazing time with your loved ones. 

On my lips I'm wearing Ruby-Woo, my favorite lipstick to rock this time of year :) 

Lots of Love,

Y.



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Friday, 19 December 2014

My Guide to Buying Gifts for Men this Christmas….


Hi there,

As promised, here are my gift suggestions for the leading men in your lives. Shout out to the Hubz for collaborating with me on this one :)


Game Console: If your man is into games and still doesn't have the Sony PS4, now is the time to get it! The last time I was in the US, I almost missed my flight due to a hunt for the PS4, story for another day -_-. So if you decide to get the PS4 you will need to get actual games to go with it. Top games at the moment are Fifa 14, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Destiny. You can buy this console and games from Game in the Palms.


Watch: Remember what I said about too many handbags being impossible for women, well for men, that would be watches. A new watch is always guaranteed to have a guy grinning from ear to ear. The Tag Heur Carrera WAS2110.FC6180 is for the grown and sexy gentleman, all black, crocodile skin goodness! Check the Polo Avenue store on Ozumba Mbadiwe, they just might have this or something just as luxurious in stock.


Bespoke Clothing: Now this I think is a tricky one, but the Hubz swears that it will be a winner mainly because of the thought and effort that goes into pulling this off. It would require you stealing taking any old suit or blazer from your guy's wardrobe and giving it to a designer to make him a new one. It would have to be a really good one to give you the best fabric and cut within a really short timeframe. Hubz' recommendation is Kimono Kollection who made his wedding suit, the guy is genius!



Perfume: Every man loves his perfume so he will be blown away when he opens up a box of Tom Ford's Private Blend Collection Set. It contains 6 12ml bottles of some of their signature fragrances, they describe it as "a gift for true scent connoisseurs. Check the Essenza store in the Palms and Ikeja shopping mall for this and other perfume gift options.




Shoes: Every guy needs a classic pair of Gucci loafers in his wardrobe and the Hubz' current favourite are the Roos horsebit ones. According to him they can be worn with formal, traditional and native looks! Well worth the money, if you ask me. Visit the Polo Avenue store to check for these shoes or if you have access to purchasing from Selfridges and getting them in Nigeria, they have them in stock.


So i hope I have been able to inspire everyone- men and women alike on their gift buying this Christmas. Have fun watching your partners' faces light up on Christmas morning- best feeling ever!    

If you were not planning on buying a gift, I hope you've had a change of mind...*finger wag*


Peace and Love,


Y.

P.S The iPad giveaway closes in 2 days, enter hereYou could win it and gift someone for Christmas :) 
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Guide to Buying Gifts for Women this Christmas...



Hi Guys,

Christmas is a time when we show love and appreciation for our friends and family by exchanging gifts so I decided to do some research and share some suggestions for anyone that's struggling with what to get a loved one :)


Perfume: You can never ever go wrong with gifting a lady a glorious smelling bottle of perfume, it is always a winner! Even better if it comes in a gift set with matching lotion and bath gel. My pick at the moment will be the Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Pargum Gift Set. Deliciously sensual fragrance, you can read my review here. Another is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift Set, lovely fragrance, even lovelier packaging for the holidays. I think the biggest perfume shop in Lagos is Essenza and they are located at the Palms as well as the malls in Surulere and Ikeja, 



A Handbag: Show me a lady that doesn't love handbags, I will show you a million that do. Trust me when I say there is no such thing as too many handbags so this is always a great choice for a gift. Top on my handbag wishlist is the Celine Edge bag *swooonnnn*.. Some shops that sell authentic luxury designer goods in Lagos are The Polo Avenue (Ozumba Mbadiwe, VI) and Florence H (Musa Yaradua, VI), check them out...


Makeup: For the girly girl, makeup and/or tools is always guaranteed to put a smile on her face. Thankfully brands like MAC and Inglot are now here in Lagos (at the Palms Shopping mall) so you have a wide variety of eyeshadows, blushes, powders, lipsticks and brush sets to choose from. Just make sure you get help from the store assistants :)...

If you were looking for an all-inclusive makeup gift set, the Urban Decay Naked Vault is the one!! It contains three of their cult favorite eyeshadow palettes (Naked, Naked 2 and Naked 3), three eye pencils, three lip glosses and three blushes/bronzers! My heart is happy just looking at this beauty! 



A Gadget: Don't let no one tell you that us girls are not gadget people.. We do love our technology- phones, tablets, headphones, bring it, we will take it! My pick in this category will be the hottest phone out there right now- Apple iPhone 6, preferred color- GOLD! <3


Shoes: You know that quote by Marilyn Monroe that says "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world"? Well, who am I to argue with a fashion icon-I agree %150! I have had my eye on the Valentino Rockstud Pumps for the longest and the beautiful thing is they come in a wide variety of colors and finishes. It is really hard to pick one color but these embellished ones will be perfect for a really special lady :) Again you could find these shoes at the shops mentioned earlier. 




So that's it from me- Ladies, feel free to casually leave this tab open on your lovers or friends' iPad :)

I will do a post on Friday for gift ideas for men, who are typically more difficult to buy stuff for -_-, so keep your eyes peeled. 


Peace and Love, 


Y


P.S: If you are yet to enter the iPad giveaway, you should do so soon, the competition closes in 4 days. Check it out here...




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Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Giveaway | iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 4G


Merry Christmas!!!

In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year (and because you guys are awesome!), I am giving one lucky blog reader on Instagram an iPad for Christmas!



The rules of the competition are simple-


  • Follow SheLovesTheFinerThings on Bloglovin, Google Friend Connect and our new Instagram (@shelovesthefinerthings)
  • Screen shot this post and share on Instagram with the hashtag #SLTFTChristmasGiveaway
  • Leave a comment below with your Instagram username AND state the kind of posts you want to see on the blog in 2015 (makeup reviews, nails, restaurant reviews etc)

The competition is open for one week and a winner chosen at random will be announced via Instagram on Monday 22 December. It is open to entries from all over Nigeria!

Wishing you guys the happiest time this festive season <3


Peace and Love, 


Y. 


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