Friday, 14 June 2013

Hungry Stylist: Gin & Tonic cake

I like to bake. Every time I do so I like to try something new. This weekend I decided to re-invent the lime drizzle sponge cake with a little tipple of her majesty's favourite - gin!

This isn't a 'healthy' recipe nor does it contain ingredients I would usually eat, however it does consist of less than a quarter of ingredients that a shop bought cake may contain. There ain't no 'thigh dimpling' corn syrup in this scrummy treat.

Find the recipe below.

See ya, I'm off to tuck into a big hunk of this moist sponge cake and a cup of Earl Grey tea.


makes one 8×15 baking dish
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly zested lime rind
1/4 cup gin
1/4 cup milk
juice of 1 lime
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 
  • Firstly, use an electric mixer and beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add in sugar and continue to beat on medium-high speed until fluffy.
  •  Add in each egg one at a time, beating until mixed before adding the next. 
  • Add in vanilla and lime zest, mix.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add in half of the dry ingredients. 
  • Add in gin, milk and lime juice, mixing until combined, make sure to mix the sides of the bowl too.
  • Add remaining flour and mix until just combined.
  •  Pour into a greased 8×15 baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden (I always check with sharp knife - if it doesn't come out clean it's not ready). 
  • Remove cake from oven and immediately poke holes over top with a fork. 
  • Pour gin glaze over then, then let cake cool completely. (See below) 
  • We were too hungry to wait but next time I will frost with icing and decorate with sliced limes.
Gin Glaze
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 to 3 tablespoons gin
the juice of 1 lime
  • Mix ingredients together until a glaze forms, then pour over cake immediately while it is still warm, allowing it to seep into the holes.
  •  You can use tonic instead of gin in the glaze if desired.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Stylist on the Run is back!

After five months in the sunny urban sandpit, known as Dubai. I've decided to pick up where I left off with my Stylist on the Run blog.

The move to a country where I pretty much drive everywhere, has definitely challenged my former exercise regime and diet. So, as I try to discover new healthy eating outlets, foods and exercise classes, I thought why not share it with everyone else who might be in the same conundrum!

As most of my time and stylish efforts are wholly dedicated to the fabulous Emirates Woman magazine and, where I play the part of Style Editor - lets say I'm back with a little less 'Stylist' and a little more 'Run'.

Here's to my new fit and healthy blog posts, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them!


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Stylist on the run has relocated to Dubai

Guys I’m in the desert.

As most of you already know, I’ve uprooted my London life and shipped it over to the urban sandpit formally known as Dubai.

My new post as Style Editor for the fabulous Emirates Woman magazine is going swimmingly.

Please keep up with my goings on and see how the stylish live over in the UAE with the EW website.

Here’s a quick peek into how I’ve been spending that last few weeks.

Hasta la vista.

My first time at the Emirate Woman of the Year awards

My new home

Panic over, Earl Grey is sold east side

Monday, 8 October 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Wearing: Fringe booties

Yeehah I'm seriously loving my new Schuh cowgirl-style booties.

In my opinion studs, fringing and toe-caps are everything a girl needs in an ankle boot.

Naughty blogger forgot to take a pic of my outfit, but here is (ish) what I wore them with yesterday.

1. Jacket £175 Oasis
2. T-shirt £120 Victoria Beckham  
3. Skirt £22 River Island
4. Tights £12 Henry Holland for Pretty Poll
5. Boots £85 Schuh

Monday, 1 October 2012

Half Marathon Time

Yes that's me and the rest of the Now runners on top of The Blue Fin Building posing in our running gear.

And no, we don't fancy ourselves as the next best sports-wear models.

The team of ten are running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon next Sunday for an amazing charity, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

After taking part in Royal Parks last year, I have steadily kept up running for at least one hour per week - so I'm hoping (everything crossed) that I will jog over the finishing line in 2 hours 30 mins.

Wish me luck and please spur us on with a donation here.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Sneak Peek: Park Avenue Princess

August saw the Now style team hot foot it over to NYC for some shoot extravaganzas.

120 Starbucks (approximately) later, a weary looking crew landed at Heathrow airport with five super-shoots under our Zara belts.

With the jet-lag now a distant memory, we can now revel in the delights we created stateside.

First up my 'Park Avenue Princess' story - think up-town sixties bombshell!
Hailing a cab on Lexington

Geo prints a go-go

Big hair. Big sunglasses. Big city.

The cutest find
Hot in the city

Todays office
Step in the 60s with Forever 21