28 June 2015

Coming Soon: Summer Holiday Review from Sani Resort, Halkidi, Greece

Hello Country Bumpkin Chic Readers!

For those who follow me on Insta or Twitter - both becky_wren will know I recently got back from an amazing week chilling out at the beautiful Sani Resort in Halkidiki, Greece.

I'm looking forward to sharing some of my photos and tips on what to see and do from this fantastic resort which has won tonnes of awards. Plus, an interview with the PR & Press Manager Georgia Dodou who gives a further insight into the resort. However, my laptop is poorly sick and in need of some TLC. So, while I take it off to be mended next week, I leave you with this beautiful sunset from our balcony and will be back shortly with a full report....

21 June 2015

It’s just not summer unless you have a new fragrance

On Monday I returned from an amazing week in Greece. One of the highlights of my holiday has always been a visit to Duty Free. I get excited about the prospect of buying a new fragrance – trying out the new perfumes, the packaging, and the giddiness of getting a bargain. Sadly this wasn’t to be on the outward journey as Bristol airport was a bun fight at 6am on Monday morning, so much so we were running for our gate.

So, Duty Free shopping would ‘have to’ happen on the return at Thessaloniki airport – an airport I knew nothing about! Thankfully, it wasn’t quite as chaotic, and we managed to have a spare 30 minutes before boarding – perfect shopping time!

As the over keen beauty assistants approached me trying to spritz me with all the new perfumes for the season. I knew in my head that I wanted something fresh and light that I could wear day to night. In fact I already knew that I wanted to try out the latest summer edition from Calvin Klein and no sweet smelling Marc Jacobs Daisy was going to bowl me over.

So, CK One Summer it was to be. And the 2015 edition is better than ever. To start with the packaging just makes you think of summer holidays on the beach it’s cool clear-blue-green glass bottle which reminds me of the beautiful turquoise waters I’ve left behind in Halkidiki, Greece and the yellow sand typeface makes it the perfect accompaniment to any summer holiday. Plus that back of the bottle has a wave like effect. Obviously this perfume was made for me!
The packaging instantly transports you to the beach!
 The bottle compliments my Gelish nail varnish!
Wave effect invites you to dive right in!

The fragrance itself is a typical CK One smell. I love the write up I found on Fragantica about the Summer 2015 edition:
CK One Summer 2015 reflects the ultimate relaxing summer moment basking in the sun. It is announced the sensation of refreshing and sun-kissed bliss energized with warm under currents. The fragrance is a refreshing, energetic and blazing citrus - aromatic. It opens with accords of gin tonic that leads to the heart of star anise and the base of amber wood.
I can’t quite smell G&T but the energizing and blazing citrus aroma is definitely there and will bring back memories of my holiday in Greece or mad supermarket sweep around Thessaloniki airport!
CK One Summer 2015 is around £35 in Boots.
What perfumes are you loving this summer? Have you tried any new ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

07 June 2015

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

The other weekend was my mum's birthday and I decided to make some lemon curd cupcakes, something fresh and sweet for spring! Needless to say they went down a storm.

I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food website, but made a few adaptations. It was really simple to make. I can vouch for that, as I was recovering from concussion at the time - which is another story in it's self!!


For the cupcakes:
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg - I use delicious organic eggs from my parents neighbours, they're that fresh you can hear them laying!
  • 75ml sunflower oil
  • 150ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2  lemon
  • 1 tsp of lemon curd for each cupcake - approx. 60 ml. I used Gale's lemon curd
For the coating:
  • 4 tsp lemon curd
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1/2 lemon

1. Heat the oven to 190C. Line a muffin tin with approx. 15 paper cases. I used cupcake cases, but you can make approx. 12 muffins.

2. Sieve the flour into a bowl and mix in the sugar.

3. Mix together the egg, sunflower oil, milk and vanilla extract in the same bowl.

4. Make a well in the flour and sugar mix and add some of the liquid mix in the centre of the well and stir together. Continue to stir in the wet mix to the dry mix to make the batter. Stir in the juice of half a lemon for some added zing!

5. Fill the cupcake cases half with batter and place 1 tsp of lemon curd on top, then top up the cupcake case with the remaining batter.

6. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until risen and firm. **Top tip for working out if the cakes are baked** - take a cocktail stick and pop it in the middle of the cake. If the stick is clean when you remove it the cakes are baked, if not, pop the tray back in for a few more minutes.

7. For the coating, microwave the lemon curd for 1 minute until melted and stir in the remaining lemon juice. Add the sugar into a shallow bowl. Brush or spoon on the melted lemon curd mixture to each muffin and then using a teaspoon scatter the sugar to the cupcake tops.

And voila! Best eaten cold or heated up and add some ice-cream. Enjoy!