Festive Cheats; the ultimate boozy chocolate milk

As basically the ambassador right now for all things lazy gal life appropriate, I figured another boozy festive cheat wouldn’t hurt. This one is actually an adaption of a general life hack that I stick by, which is never to make actual hot cocoa. Instead, I buy chocolate fudge milk (a dream boat in itself) and heat that hun right up in the microwave. Instant hot chocolate with no powder in sight. But what if we made it boozy…
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Festive Cheats; the simplest 3 ingredient biscuit recipe ever

This one was a bit of a revelation. As someone who never remembers to organise a food shop (this is gonna change in 2018) and always wants to make stuff (is the random urge to be creative an actual thing or just me), an empty cupboard normally turns this on its head. But it turns out you can make biscuits with basically nothing in, so even if you’re the queen of disorganised like me, you can make treats/join in bake sales/ pretend you didn’t forget about someones birthday until the very last minute because you brought a super thoughtful, homemade gift! Go you, you total babe. So let’s skip any more waffle and get on with the biscuits…
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Festive Cheats; the party food you absolutely NEED this Christmas

If there’s one thing that can bring us all closer together, it’s got to be cheese, right? I mean, if there anything that can’t be made better with the addition of cheese? Nachos wouldn’t be nachos without queso. There would be zero point to 7pm on Christmas day be without someone cracking out the cheese board. Apres Ski would be nothing without fondue and raclette. Life wouldn’t be worth drinking living without a hungover grilled cheese. Even my abysmal efforts at cooking can be made passable with a little bubbling mozzarella under the grill. Cheese is basically the glue that holds my life together. But if you’re buying, cheese boards can be pricey, so I’ve got the ultimate, affordable and super sociable alternative… Camembert!
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Festive Cheats; fancy gift wrap ideas on a budget

Since reading the ‘Life changing magic of not giving a f**k’, I’ve been rocking a new ethos – maximum pizazz with minimal effort. I’ve always been a bit extra when it comes to Christmas, so I’ve got a bit of a reputation to uphold, but surprise surprise, I don’t actually have a million free evenings to spend perfectly wrapping gifts. Oh, and when I’ve already bought you a gift, I don’t want to spend £6 on a gift bag (looking at you John Lewis). So I’ve come up with some fancy looking giftwrap ideas that don’t require a Phd in art or a whole wasted weekend to create…
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Festive Cheats; top 5 baking hacks

I’ve grown up around my Mum and Nan always baking in the kitchen. Freshly baked cookies, the scent of warm vanilla, it’s basically the dream… AND you get to eat at the end of it (win, win). But there isn’t always time, space or dollar for a kitchen aid lying around. So here are my baking life hacks for when it goes wrong, and how to encourage things to go right in the kitchen…
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Festive Cheats; Christmas Tree Alternatives For City Centre Living.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, why do you take up so much room in my already small apartment with limited storage all year long with your lovely but unnecessarily large branches? Yeah, I could buy a real one and throw it away to save space but a. pricey, b. not great for the environment and c. blooming pine needles everywhere! So I’m team faux tree all the way, with a little help from those pine scent sticks so you can feel the real tree fantasy. But with limited living and storage space, a 7 foot tree with a rather large box isn’t exactly practical. So I pulled together some alternative ideas to get your place looking festive…
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Festive Cheats; Baileys Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tarts

I’m a sucker for salted caramel… And millionaires shortbread… and anything with Baileys around Christmas time, as it goes. So these tasty little tarts are a new found addiction of mine. Of course, they’re super simply made with a few pre-prepared (aka ready bought) essentials, but feel free to make them from scratch if you have nothing better to do with your days.
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Festive Cheats; the Moscow Mule winter cocktail recipe

December 1st means the countdown to Christmas is officially on, despite that fact I’ve already had my tree up and decorated for over a week. And what better way to start the celebrations than with a boozy recipe? The first ever recipe on The Fashion Fictionary (of course its alcoholic) marks the launch of my Festive Cheats series. Up until Xmas day, I’ll be sharing recipes, DIYs and style posts with shortcuts to Christmas. Who needs to infuse their own gin, make their own pastry or try and squeeze a 6 foot tree into a tiny city centre apartment? Not me, that’s for sure! So if you wanna live you best lazy gal life, this series is gonna be for you, starting with my Winter Moscow Mule recipe…
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Prestige Brunch at Vice & Virtue, Leeds*

I won’t lie, brunch is basically an every weekend kinda occurrence these days, because what’s a weekend with Eggs Benedict and a flat white or 7? But after a while, it all starts to get a little samey. So it was time to check out somewhere doing brunch a little differently, and that somewhere just happened to be Vice & Virtue
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The best luxury brunch in Leeds; Bottomless brunch at Issho

What’s better than brunch? Well, considering it’s the best thing since sliced bread, very little. Except bottomless brunch. Since the trend made its way up north, Leeds has grabbed onto it with all the enthusiasm of a fashion blogger fighting over the last pair of those H&M earrings. Bottomless brunch does come at a price though (literally, they can be pretty pricey) so you’re gonna want to know what you’re in for before booking. So with an invite to check it out, I figured I would do my bit and head along to sample the bottomless brunch offering at Issho
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