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Saturday, 23 May 2015
1. Fringed Suede Bag by Mango - £99.99
2. Bouclé Coat by H&M - £49.99
3. Crepe Trousers by Zara - £29.99
4. Sunglasses by Taylor Morris - £180
5. Navy Vest by Rag & Bone - £370
6. Boots by Topshop - £65
7. Suedette Skirt by New Look - £17.99
8. Sports Bra by Alexander Wang - £180
Thursday, 21 May 2015
There are so many reasons to love a basic jumper; it can be chucked into your bag to be pulled out the moment it turns cold, it can be thrown over any outfit to make you appear casual and cozy, and it can be worked into your daily sartorial escapades as a blank canvas for a statement piece.
Wool Overs have created a great selection of such jumpers, as well as cardigans, sleeveless knits and tops, all manufactured using high quality wool, cotton and cashmere to create pieces that are super soft, long lasting and classically stylish. Surprisingly, these pieces are great value, with jumpers starting from around £22.00.
I've styled a Wool Overs jumper below in two different ways to show you its versatility. This cashmere and merino wool jumper* is my current favourite colour (grey), and therefore works well with a lot of pieces in my wardrobe; however, it comes in a range of different hues, from blueberry to coral, so you're sure to find something to pair it with!
For an office outfit, I paired this jumper with a darker toned grey turtle neck top, black culottes, white pointed courts and envelope clutch, and silver accessories. The monotone pieces harmonise with each other, pulling the look together to create an outfit that is both comfortable and work-appropriate.
Camel and grey are two colours that complement each other to no end. I wore this sleeveless camel jacket over the jumper and a pair of jeans to go shopping, completing the look with comfy black ankle boots and a large black tote for all my essentials. Sunglasses are a must, so I’ve worn a pair of round black rims to match with my accessories.
* Gifted for review
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Sunday 17th May marked the end of Coeliac Awareness Week, an entire week dedicated to raising awareness of the symptoms of coeliac disease, a common lifelong disease which is caused by an intolerance to gluten. Around half a million people are living with coeliac disease undiagnosed, and suffering from symptoms ranging from bloating to nausea to constipation to unexpected weight loss - so if you've got any of these symptoms, it's important to get a diagnosis so that you can change your diet and live a healthy life!
Speaking as someone who has close relatives with gluten intolerance, it's super easy to alter your diet to exclude gluten, as there are so many supermarkets with 'free from' ranges, and many health stores and independent food shops offer a special section for those with intolerances.
Kallo is one brand which makes delicious alternatives to all the naughty treats we love, like cakes, pastries and biscuits. Everything they make is natural with lots of wholegrains, and has no MSG or artificial additives, so they're healthy for everyone, not just those with coeliac disease or intolerances!
I tried Kallo's Belgian Dark Chocolate Organic Rice Cake Thins* and, although the name is a mouthful, the snacks themselves are rather moreish. I'm a huge fan of dark chocolate, so these were perfect for me! The rice cake portion filled a nice little spot in my tummy, while the chocolate topping made it into a delectable treat which I happily enjoyed with a cup of tea.
If you're a tad peckish at any point during the day, these are an ideal, guilt-free (only 55 calories per Rice Thin!) snack which you can easily pop in your bag in the morning ready for work. They're rich in fibre, have no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives, are vegetarian friendly, and gluten-free.
Want to try these for yourself? Kallo is available from a range of stockists, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett. The Rice Cake Thins are around £1.90, the same as - if not less than - a pack of cupcakes, cookies or doughnuts. And you'll feel all the more better for it!
* Gifted for review
Sunday, 17 May 2015
Mineral makeup's a tricky subject for me, as I haven't tried a huge variety of products within this category, therefore I don't know exactly what to look for when sampling a new product. However, if my makeup is smooth in texture, makes my skin look flawless, AND stays in place all day, I can't really complain!
Pur Minerals is an American brand which includes anti-aging, hydrating and protecting vitamins in the manufacturing of its formulas in order to provide visible results in the quality of skin appearance. Its products are cruelty free, environmentally responsible and available in the UK from Beauty Expert.
In this review I'll be talking about two products by Pur Minerals: the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup* and the Summer Collection Soul Mattes Eye Palette*, both of which are £24 - a premium price, but worth every penny.
The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is a foundation, concealer, powder and SPF - an all round product and definite makeup bag staple. It can be worn over a liquid foundation, or by itself, and it offers buildable coverage - but doesn't cake when your accidentally overapply (we've all done it).
I know all foundation manufacturers push the idea of a flawless finish, and some don't quite deliver; but Pur Minerals does. I have incredibly dry skin, but miraculously the powder makes it appear as if my skin is smooth and hydrated - and now I'm hooked.
Equally, their Soul Mattes Eye Palette is efficient and easy to use. The colours, ranging from dark plum brown to light cream, are so blendable that they don't even slightly blotch on application. This set of complimentary colours can be applied using the brush that comes with the palette, or with the user's own brushes.
These shades are true to colour and have quite a high pigmented; they're not the MOST pigmented eye shadows I've ever used, but they're pretty high up on the list! I can see myself using some shades more than others, such as Alter Ego (dark plum), Adore (dark beigy pink) and Sweetheart (pastel pink), but I'm certain the rest will come in handy when I decide to change up my look.
(Wearing 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush/Medium and Soul Mattes Eye Palette colours Alter Ego and Sweetheart)
I'm able to give these two products away to a lucky recipient! Just enter via the Rafflecopter app below for the opportunity to win!
This is an international giveaway. I will contact the winner with 48 hours of the giveaway ending; if the winner does not respond within another 48 hours, the prize will be passed onto the runner up. Good luck!
* Items gifted for review purposes
Thursday, 14 May 2015
There's nothing like a good dip and cracker set laid out for when your friends come over. I can devour a good dip in minutes, but I love to make them myself for friends to enjoy - and where there are dips, there must be crackers. These quintessentially British Thomas J. Fudge's* biscuits are ideal for dipping, and their quirky little serving trays with witty quips on the sides make great talking points.
I'm a huge fan of their Flaky Cheese Straws - they're incredibly moorish with a little bit of a kick from the mature cheddar, and pair perfectly with a creamy dip, as do their Scrumptious Spelt & Seeded Biscuits, which are a little more laid back in flavour and go with just about anything!
If you're slightly more adventurous with your biscuits (how adventurous can you go? I'd like to see a debate on this...), Thomas J Fudge's also has Punchy Jalapeno Wafers, which I'm absolutely dying to try with a cheesy dip and some Mexican hors d'oeuvres!
I decided to throw together a batch of incredibly easy-to-make creamy avocado dip. All you need is a food processor, one large avocado, a tablespoon of cream cheese, a few stalks of celery and the juice of half a lime. Chuck it all in a food processor and blend until creamy - et voila!
Serve on the customary 'food blogger wood slab', or if you're extra bloggery, serve on a large piece of slate..
..I'm happy with my little wooden chopping board.
* This post was made in association with Thomas J Fudge's
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
1. Leather Backpack by Alfie Douglas - £375
2. Sleeveless Duster by Topshop - £40
3. Printed Top by Zara - £25.99
4. Bikini Top by New Look - £17.99
5. Bikini Bottoms by New Look - £9.99
6. Crop Top by Monki - £15
7. Heels by ASOS - £42
8. Skirt by Mango - £34.99
9. Silver Hand Cuff by LeiVanKash - £345
Sunday, 10 May 2015
1. Binge on my favourite films and TV series.
I feel like I haven't watched TV in so long, that I don't even know what a remote control looks like anymore.
2. Catch up on sleep.
Staying up until the early hours of the morning writing coursework grates on your after a while.
3. Reorganise my room.
At the moment, the floor space is completely taken up by piles of library books and various sheets of coursework. Everything must go.
4. Dye my hair.
I feel like I've neglected my hair over the past few
5. Go shopping.
If I'm going to get a 'real' job, I can't keep dressing like I live in halls.
6. Have dinner with my friends.
I now have time to be a friend to my friends. Let's get the wine out.
7. Revive my hobbies.
I'm certain I can hear scratching noises inside the box where my pencils and sketchpad are...
8. Read what I want to read.
Goodbye, Virginia Wolfe. Hello, David Nicholls.
9. Organise a holiday for my boyfriend and I.
I just need to lie on a beach and not think for a good week.
10. Update my blog.
I'm sorry I've been neglectful - I'll be back to posting four times a week soon!
N.B - I would say that 'Look for a job' would be an important point, but there may already be an opportunity in the pipeline. Stay tuned!
Sunday, 3 May 2015
I'm not a huge meat eater. In fact, I'll usually go straight for the vegetarian option whilst eating out, which will leave me thoroughly dissatisfied, but 100% better for it. I feel like excessive meat-eating, combined with staying up late writing coursework for uni, has lead me to gain unwanted weight over the past few years. Going semi-vegetarian has worked, it seems, in curbing that weight-gain - but I can't escape the late nights. Not just yet. Not for another two weeks, in fact.
When my brother-in-law suggested going to an all-meat restaurant, I was skeptical, to say the least. He said to me, reassuringly, that there will be salad. My immediate thoughts were, 'ooh, exciting. A bowl of rabbit food which I can munch on whilst inhaling the delicious fumes from everyone else's meat-packed meals'. I had half a mind to skip lunch and meet up with a friend at Pret, but I sucked it up and went along.
My God. Am I glad I did.
From the road, Flat Iron is barely noticeable, nestled between musical instrument retailers on Soho's Denmark Street. Enter through the black metals doors into a dark, masculine interior, faintly it by industrial-looking copper wall lamps, and a pink neon sign at the head of the restaurant stating, 'Steak is what you want'.
After taking a seat at one of the high-standing marble tables, I took a look at the somewhat sparse menu. It appeared that all Flat Iron really serves is steak or burgers, with a choice of sides - one of which is salad.
As you could probably guess, I decided to give into temptation and order the steak. My sister ordered the steak, too, and my brother-in-law ordered a burger, just to be different.
While we were waiting for our meals, my two dining partners sampled a cocktail each from the menu - which seemed to be in abundance (the cocktails, not the menus). These looked rather delicious (as you can see below), and tasted amazing, so I was told.
I asked for my steak to be cooked medium-rare, and it couldn't have been more perfect. Even thinking about it now, I'm salivating. The buttery texture, the juiciness and the delicious flavours culminated to produce the best steak that I've ever eaten.
I'm serious. The best steak I've EVER eaten.
It was so damn flavoursome, that I didn't even need the peppercorn sauce that I ordered on the side. Placed on a stone and wood plate, it was served sliced with no other embellishments - just perfectly cooked, delicious steak. And it was the ideal size for me: not too filling, but not leaving me hungry afterwards. I feel like Goldilocks when I say it was 'just right', but it really was. And I can't recommend Flat Iron enough.
Friday, 1 May 2015
SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* (similar here) / TOP - MISSGUIDED / JEANS - PULL & BEAR / BACKPACK - PRIMARK (similar here) / TRAINERS - NIKE
The title of this post is rather deceiving. There is no waterfall in sight (though how cool would it be to shoot in front of a waterfall?) and certainly no curtains, besides my hair which had become awkwardly long over the past few months and was in desperate need of a trim (I had three inches off, by the way).
It is, of course, a lyric from my current favourite song, Geronimo, by Australian indie-pop band, Sheppard. This is a song which would fit perfectly as the theme to a future road trip montage; maybe this year I'll wing it and drive down to Cornwall with my boyfriend just so I can mash up the video clips and embed this song in the background, immortalising it as one of the songs in the soundtrack to my life. Sad, I know, but this is what I do in my spare time.
Geronimo is catchy, uplifting and, most of all, epic. It would be ideal for an energetic morning bike ride through the countryside, pumping through your headphones as the sun rises over the hills. It's motivating, and I'm pretty sure it'll be played so much over the summer that I'll soon tire of it. It's definitely one of those tracks that I wish I could keep to myself, but on the other hand I want everyone to hear it because it's so good. Such is life.
Watch the video for Geronimo, below:
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