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Pot Au Chocolat

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This is a super simple recipe for little chocolate pots that will rival anything you can buy on the desert aisle in the supermarket.

It's no-bake, no-hassle and uses only 4 ingredients.

Make 8 when using ordinary sized ramekins as pictured.

1 standard pack of Oreos (154g)
Unsalted Butter (50g)
2 packs of Dark Chocolate (300g)
1 tub of double (heavy) cream (300ml)

Step 1) Blitz the Oreos in a blender.

Step 2) Melt/soften the Butter and add this to the Oreo-mix in the blender. Blitz again.

Step 3) Using a teaspoon, line the bottom of your pots with the Oreo mixture (approx 4 teaspoons worth) and compress it.

Step 4) Warm the cream in a saucepan until it just bubbles.

Step 5) Break up the chocolate and put in a heat-proof jug. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for 30 seconds.

You'll need to work quickly for this next bit...

Step 6) Stir the chocolate/cream mixture until all the pieces have disolved.

Step 7) Once you have a smooth creamy mix it will begin setting…

A Year In The Life Of...

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As some of you may have noticed it has been a bit quiet around here for the last 12 Months. I wanted to put together a post that explains a little of my journey over the past year. I hope you've got a brew and a biscuit because this is going to be a bit of a long one...

I started Girl In The Pretty Dress approximately 5 years ago after I was introduced to Laura's blog.

At the time there wasn't much of a blogging scene for tall girls in the UK. Even so, I knew I wanted to be involved with this growing community of tall, confident, supportive women...but I wasn't sure about putting myself out there.
So I started small. I made myself a little Tumblr page and started sharing photos of outfits I'd put together, alongside a collection of other pretty things that caught my eye. I didn't tell anyone I knew that I was doing it. When no immediate backlash occurred, I got a bit braver and sent a photo or two (below) into AllTheTallThings.com for the 'Tried It On'…

The Scottish Borders

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Two months ago Cali and I took some time out and spent it with family in the Scottish Borders.

We stayed in this house, which is what I would call 'Unusual' and 'Unique'. It's extremely spacious which makes it excellent value for money - but (I'll be honest) not quite to my taste.

The house is not too far from Kelso which is a perfect town for a touristy day out shopping for knick-knacks. It's also only an hour and a half from the coast. We visited Eyemouth - which has a small but perfectly formed beach and a great coastal walk (past the smugglers bay!)

If you do get chance to visit Eyemouth, I would also recommend this lovely pub.

But the main draw of this house is that it's very much off the beaten track and the best of the Scottish Borders is right outside your front door - waiting to be explored.

On another note... this post is, as usual, a little late. I've been getting into bad blogging habits over the past year and you may have noticed that …

Black Friday Run-Down

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I've been absent (again) from the blogosphere for a bit but I am making up for it today with a rundown of the best Black Friday Fashion deals out there... I'll be updating the list as the week goes on so remember to keep checking back.

You all know by now how much I like a bargain... but I find Black Friday is best when experienced online, away from the madness of the high street so here are my top tips:


Adidas - Up to 50% off in the sale + an extra 20% off on Black Friday + Free Delivery

Amalli Talli - Various discounts until 9pm. Use code 'BLKFRIDAY' for 15% off sale items.

And Other Stories - 50% off selected items

Anthropologie - 20% off with code 'GIFT'

ASOS - 20% off everything with code 'GOGOGO'

Avenue32 - 30% off selected items

Banana Republic - 50% off 5 regular priced items site-wide

Boden - 30% off and Free Delivey with code F6P8

Boohoo - up to 70% off + Free Delivery

Chicwish - An extra 25% off with code BLK25

Chinti & Parker - discounts on sele…

In an English Country Garden

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Summer seemed to run really late this year, but it's looking like Autumn has decided to roll up her sleeves and get to work at last. So I'm saying Au Revoir to the warmer temperatures with a quick post featuring my favourite dress of the Summer.

This dress from Joy has everything. Pockets, pleats, a twirly skirt and that gorgeous floral pattern. I was in love as soon as I saw it. And even better it's now on sale - snap it up here.

As usual, my little self-made photoshoot was invaded by animals. Shadow came to say hello, and was swiftly followed by Milo. In typical cat fashion, Milo mithered me for ages and then as soon as I picked him up he couldn't do enough to get away. (He likes me really... I think.)











Tall Girl, Small Dog

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I promised a while ago to show you the miracle jeggings I bought at the TallGirls.co.uk pop up. However, that turned out to be a bit more difficult than anticipated - you'll see why when you scroll down.

It's been that long since I visited the pop up that they've already released the dates for the A/W pop ups - you can find more info on these here.

The jeggings are a brand called e d c and you can find them on the TallGirls.co.uk website here. They are not only a great fit for my hips/waist but the perfect length for my legs (which sit somewhere between 34"-36" in-seam, depending upon where I shop).

Top: F&F
Necklace: HBE
Sandals: Primark

With one thing and another though this post became a bit less 'Clothes' and a bit more 'Dog'. Or to be more specific, 'dogs' - two of them.

Shadow and Cali make the best double act. She has adored him since day one and he got a new lease of life when she showed up - it was like he became a puppy all …

Something for the Weekend: Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace is a little off the beaten track - as London goes. You can't reach it on the tube so I never really ventured out that way before. It's very easily reached by car though if you're staying west of the city.

It was a favourite palace of the Tudors and the Georgians and as such it's teeming with history. Though it's perhaps most famous for hosting the romance of Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn.

The decor is a visual picnic - there's a little bit of everything as so many royals have put their stamp on the place over the centuries.