Small Primark Haul

I visited Primark the other day and managed to pick up a few things… 😉  In Primark, the clothes are trendy, affordable and not rubbish quality. Although I do think their prices are rising, so are the prices everywhere else, so it balances out 😂. I picked up an assortment of accessories, clothes, and shoes, all under €16!

1. Lacy Cap

This cap has the cutest floral lace print, perfect for summer. It has a Velcro strap closure at the back and is a one-size-fits-all. This cap was only €5! The only complaint I have, is that it is not machine washing, and white gets dirty very easily 😕.

2. Casual Backpack


This backpack is the most adorable shade of pink! The faux tan leather on the zip and handle also match very well. There are two pockets in this bag, a main one and a smaller one at the front. The zip for the front pocket has a small, pink, furry pompom attached to it, to make the bag even cuter! It also has a nice lining on the inside, almost waterproof like. This bag was only slightly more expensive than the cap at €8.

3. Loafers


These shoes are made out of shiny, patent leather. Although they are said to be nude, they do look slightly pinky in my eye. These mark easily, but the scuffs can be rubbed away with no visable damage.  There are some fringe and tassel details on each shoes aswell. These were €13.

4. Simple Tee

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This t-shirt is just plain and simple. It’s cropped, with two small slits at either side of the hips. The back is a tiny bit longer than the front and it was only €4. It was available in a bunch of different colours and patterns, bit this one is grey and says ‘feeling tropical’.

5. Off-the-Shoulder Tops

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This first off-the-shoulder top is a blue and white gingham print. It has a row of decorative buttons down the front. This top was €7 and would have tonne my favourite out of the three.

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This top is very similar to the one above. It is off-the-shoulder, pink and white stripe print, but doesn’t have any buttons. For some reason it was more expensive at €9.

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Finally, I bought this white, cropped, rouched top. It was around €4. And it is very small. I’m usually a size 8, but had to but this in a 12!

6. Swimsuit

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I LOVE this! It is a navy and white striped, off-the-shoulder swimsuit! It was the most expensive item at €16, but I love it a lot and would buy it again.

7. Casual Shorts

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These shorts are SO comfortable, hence why I bought two pairs! They colours are lovely, grey and pink, and the rope tie adds to the summer vibes. These were a bargain at only €5 each.

That is all for my small Primark haul. I collected these items over a number of visits to Primark and so didn’t spend a whole load of money at once. There will definitely be another summer or Primark haul in the near future, as I am going away this year and certainly haven’t gotten everything organised yet!

Please let me know if you this this kind of post, and don’t be afraid to give any constructive criticism. I am a relatively new blogger and could do with some feedback. Also let me know any future blog post you would like to see.

Thanking you kindly,

DiyDear xoxo

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Strawberries and Cream Victoria Sponge 🍓


As promised here is my baking blog post! This cake is a three tier vanilla sponge cake, with a cream and jam filling, topped with cream rosettes, strawberries and icing sugar! I recently baked this cake for a family celebration, and it turned out really well! 

For the sponge I used a Mary Berry recipe. It was light, fluffy, moist and delicious! I multiplied the ingredients by 1.5 to get enough for three tiers. This cake serves about 8-12 people, depending on the size of the slices cut. Unfortunately, the only picture I have is from after taking this cake in the car, which, considering its height, was quite difficult! 

DiyDear xoxo

Without further delay, here is the recipe!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 6 eggs
  • 12oz caster sugar
  • 12oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 12oz butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 120ml whipping cream
  • Raspberry jam (quantity depends on personal preference)

For the Decorations:

  • 4 strawberries, halved
  • Whipped cream

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan and line three 20cm/8inch cake tins with baking parchment.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder and vanilla and beat again briefly till combined. 
  3. Divide the mixture between the three tins and smooth it over – bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. 
  5. Stack the layers following this order; cake, jam, cream, cake, jam, cream, cake. Set about an eighth of the cream aside to pipe with later on. I suggest spreading jam on all the cakes first, and then stacking, so you don’t have to press down on the cake.
  6. Pipe 8 rosettes of cream onto the top of the cake, and add half a strawberry to each rosette. Dust with icing sugar

Update; Flowers and Food 💐

Hi all! It’s has been just under a month since my last post on here, so, my plants have progressed quite a lot since then! I’m going to use a similar layout to the last time, but with updated photos! If you haven’t read my last post, here’s a link; (https://diydear.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/flowers-and-food-💐/) …now you have no excuses! 😉

Flowers

1.  Cosmos

If you have read one of my previous posts, it was dedicated to this beautiful plant; (https://diydear.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/plants-for-beginners-they-said-not-killable-they-said/). When they were all eaten I had just accepted that I wouldn’t have many in my garden this summer🙁. However, I struck gold this weekend. I was clearing out a bed that housed many Cosmos last year and discovered that they had re-seeded themselves! Basically this means that last year when the Cosmo flower heads died, the seeds fell into the soil and have now germinated and grown! I went around my garden with a bucket and pulled up over 120 seedlings😓. I have transplanted these into individual containers with two seedlings in each, and am hoping they take to the new soil! I also planted a fresh packet of seeds before finding all the other ones, and these are due to be transplanted soon.


2. Lavatera

I transplanted these plants into different containers so it will be easier to plant them into the garden when they are bigger…how many times can you mentions ‘plant’ in one sentence😂. I planted three small plants in each section so hopefully the root system will bind all the soil together for easy planting into the garden.


3. Lobelia

Before sowing I had heard this variety of plant is very slow at growing, and it is true! Although they are bigger than last time, they haven’t changed size in at least two weeks, but haven’t died either! I’m just hoping for the best with these…


4. Sweet Pea

These are doing SO WELL! They shot up out of the ground and already had all the leaves on the stalk. These are getting stronger and stronger, and I am hoping to transplant them into the small individual containers that the Garden Cosmos used to be in.


5. Marigolds

I think a few of these seedlings were eaten by slugs but I still have quite a few. I transplanted these only yesterday and they seem to have survived the transplant👍🏻.


6. Lupins

These have been in the ground for quite some time and are just getting stronger. I checked on them earlier this morning and the stalks are thick and strong.


Fruit + Veg.

1. Strawberries

These have been transplanted into a hanging basket and are hanging in a place with a lot of sun. They don’t look much different from last time but I presume the roots are just getting stronger.


2. Spring Onions

These were transplanted yesterday and are doing so well! When I transplanted them the smell of onions was so strong, which I think is repelling the slugs!


3. Cherry Tomatoes

I transplanted these a while ago as well and they survived. They are starting to get their second and third set of leaves at this stage.


4. Broad Beans

These. Are. Big. They have gotten so much bigger, and the roots are starting to come out the bottom of the container, which is really good. For some reason one is doing a lot better then the other, but they are both doing well all the same.


Herbs

1. Thyme

This is a little bit bigger than last time but again haven’t progressed in a while. I definitely need to transplant these soon as the container is too small.


2. Basil

Not much better than last time. I don’t know if the plant is Basil or a weed, so we’ll have to wait and see!


If gardening isn’t really your thing, stay tuned for a baking recipe coming up soon!

Diy Dear xoxo