Monday, 21 July 2014

Sometimes I Like To Go Uptown, Where Flashy People Flash Around

Your Body Is A Weapon Love - The Wombats

Recently I've really been loving monochrome. And when I say recently, what I really mean is MY WHOLE LIFE. (Well, my whole life ever since I got over the slightly psychedelic my little pony phase.) Immediately black and white obviously spring to mind, but something I hadn't really considered before, is silver. Now, I don't know if silver really counts as monochrome as such, but it certainly offsets a fully black and white outfit really well. This meant that whilst in Newlook the other week, I was automatically steered up the stairs and into the shoe section to hunt for some silver shoes.   As soon as these sandals caught my eye they were straight in my basket. You would have seen these in my most recent haul (along with *cough* two other pairs of the same shoe in different colours...), and not only do I love the colour, but I really like the look of chunky sandals for the summertime. They're a nice alternative to their girlier counterparts. 

I also am a wee bit obsessed with this teeny tiny backpack from Primark which was an absolute steal at about £8. It's the perfect bag for summer because it's big enough to fit everything in without having to lug around a massive sack (which you convince yourself you need 'just to be prepared'). Also, when the weather heats up, it's nice to have your hands free I find. Not to mention how cute it is. I love dressing for summer, it feels so refreshing. I find it quite interesting how much my style differs from winter to summer. I mean it's a given that layers are a lot more necessary in December that July, but it goes a lot further than that. Everything - the colour, the cut, the texture, the 'look' in general -changes between the seasons. Maybe it's marketing gone mad? Or maybe it's just a reflection of our moods at different times of year? It seems completely natural at the time, but it seems quite funny when you think about it. Some food for thought perhaps :)


Sunday, 20 July 2014

What We Cooked - Beetroot, Mint & Feta Risotto

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to show you one of my favourite recipes of the moment: Beetroot & Pea Risotto with Mint & Feta. This recipe was taken from one of my favourite recipe books which you would have seen in my last favourites post - The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock - so I can't take any of the credit for the recipe itself. I highly recommend giving this a go; it is really scrummy and it got a big thumbs up from my mum and gran (a tough crowd to please) which means I must be on to something. It's super healthy, too. Truthfully, I am certainly no wonder-chef (that's for sure), and I have suffered my fair share of rice-burning, salad-spilling incidents in the past, so this account is my no means professional. I just really wanted to share this with you because it's just so delicious. Not to mention the myriad of health benefits that come hand in hand with this dish - it's especially good for the digestive system, and is a great antidote to bloating or indigestion.

Dale says "Beetroot and mint may sound like chalk and cheese, but trust me, it really works! The freshness of the mint brings the earthy beetroot to life. The medicinal properties of this dish are outstanding, too."

You Will Need (for 3 people):

- Olive Oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 250g arborio risotto rice
- 300g cooked beetroot, cut into cubes
- 1 litre of vegetable stock (made from a stock cube or bouillon powder)
- 200g frozen peas
- a handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
- 200g feta cheese
- sea salt & black pepper

1. Okey Dokey, first things first you'll need to heat the olive oil in a pan, and add in the onion and garlic. Cook for around 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. 

2. Next, add in the rice and stir until coated in oil. Cook for a further minute or so, before adding in the beetroot. 

3. Add the vegetable stock a bit at a time, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the mixture down to a low heat and simmer until the rice is soft and most of the liquid has boiled away.

4. When the rice feels like its nearly soft enough, add in the frozen peas and mint leaves and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

5. Stir well and serve. Crumble some feta over the top and you're ready to tuck in!

It really is that simple. Even I can manage to do it without major catastrophe occurring. Let me know if you try this an how it turns out, I'd love to know! Hope you all have great week, bye! xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer Favourites

Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well. I thought it had been a while (3 months in fact) since I had done a favourites post for you. Because of that, and the fact that I've been loving a bunch of new things lately, I thought it was about time to give you an update. So, without further ado, here is the low down...

Going in a rough clockwise direction from left:

1. Original Source Cocoa Butter & Honey Shower Gel 
This smells soooo delicious I feel like I could eat myself (weird image) after I take a shower with this. If I had to describe the smell I'd say... sweet and chocolatey, kind of like those chocolate dolly-mixtures (my favourite kind).

2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
This has everything a neutral eyeshadow lover like me would ever need. A great mixture or mattes and shimmers, and a fabulous shade range make this a great all rounder. It's perfect for travelling too, because the packaging is nice and sturdy. 

3. Balmi Lip Balm in Strawberry Flavour
These are my all time favourite lip balms, in my opinion they beat their rivals EOS hands down. They're so nourishing and moisturising, and make even the driest of lips feel soft and smooth again. They also smell delicious (bonus!)

4. Ecotools brushes (Custom Coverage Buffing Brush & Large Eye Brush)
These brushes are so lovely and soft - they leave the smoothest, velvetiest finish on the skin. So far I have tried most of the eye brushes as well as these two, and they are also great, but these two are my most reached for. I actually use the Large Eye Brush for concealer under my eyes and I find that it works wonders at blending out the product nicely. 

5. Topshop Lipstick in Straight Ace
I've been loving getting a bit more adventurous with my look now that school is over (oh hai pink hair) and this falls under the category of products bought for the purpose of trying not to look boring. Though this is a little out there, I'm glad to say I love it! The purple sits really well on my yellow-undertoned skin, it really pops and makes my teeth look really white. The formula is also really nice; it's lovely and creamy and not drying at all.

6. Forever 21 Sunglasses
I love both the colour and shape of these glasses, they were a really reasonable price, too. They're always in my bag and have become a proper summer staple. I think turquoise is a great, more exciting alternative to black or brown which are usually my go to shades.

7. Company Magazine
I don't think I have to rave anymore to you about this magazine, I just love every single thing about about it. I always read and get fully engaged with every page - very unusual indeed for someone with as short an attention span as me. Even the covers are always beyond gorgeous.

8. Muji Candles
These are an absolute bargain at on £3.50 (?!) which I think is a complete bargain for such highly scented candles. Even when they're not burning they make the whole room smell amazing. These are such a pamper evening must have.

9. Aveda Nourishing Hand Cream
I get really dry hands in both the summer and the winter, so a good, rich hand cream is always a must. This one gets the job done - it's lovely to put on your hands at night because it has a really calming, natural scent to it. It also leaves my hands feeling a lit nicer when I wake up than they did the evening before. 

10. Milani Blush in Rose D'oro
I really can't get enough of this blush - it's so pigmented and the colour gives the most gorgeous natural flush. It is quite shimmery though so if that's not your cup of tea you may want to lean more towards the matte versions they also carry. Personally I love a bit of shimmer, especially in the evenings, and this is beautiful. 

11. Maybelline Master Precision Liquid Felt-tip Liner
I have spoken about this before in another favourites post, and yes, it's still going strong. The formula is starting to dry up slightly, but its barely noticeable at this point. When it does run out I don't mind getting another because it was such a good price. This is basically winged liner made easy, the may as well have called it 'Eyeliner for dummies' because it makes it so simple. I always have this with me.  

12. The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock
Lately, as many of my friends will know, I have been trying really hard to be healthier. This book is the perfect thing for just such a craze - it contains lots of reasonably do-able recipes that even I can conjure up, which contain a myriad of health benefits which are listed beside the recipe (this is great motivation when you're really just craving a Galaxy bar). It also has a great section of dietary tips for a huge range of ailments; from Anxiety to Arthritis, this book has got you covered. 

13. Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels
In summer I love wearing mostly cream products on my face, so I've been tending to lean towards this blush over most of my other ones lately. The colour is the most flattering shade of peachy-pink imaginable, it goes on so well and blends out really easily too. It gives a really healthy looking glow and offsets a tan perfectly. And you can use it on your lips too! It's the perfect, magic, does-it-all colour that's perfect for taking on your summer holidays. 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Simple Weekend Outfit & New Hair

Hi everyone! So the first thing you may notice when looking through this post is that my hair is looking a bit different to how it was before. Yes, it's bright pink. I just sort of fancied a change now that school is out for summer (yesssss!), so I just decided to go for it. I actually really like the way it turned out. I really hope you like it! 

The outfit today is incredibly simple, but I hope you like it anyway. I also took a couple of  pictures of my little day out which I hope you enjoy, I sort of rediscovered some gems in my local area - there is actually a really sweet vintage shopping district just around the corner, as well as severe opportunities for fro-yo, which I gladly took advantage of.

This was actually green tea flavour which I thought I'd try for a change. It actually turned out to be really yummy! 

That's it for today guys, have a lovely day! xxx

Monday, 7 July 2014

♥︎ HAUL ♥︎ Topshop, New Look, H&M & Calzedonia

- The first thing I picked up was this awesome floral kimono from H&M. I'd like to have shown it to you spread out on the floor so you could see it properly, but there wasn't really any space. Fear Not, it's quite a standard cut - the print is what really drew me towards it. I love the pink and white florals on the black, and I've wanted a kimono for yonks, so this is just perfect.

- I also got these insanely awesome silver chunky-heeled sandals from New Look. Look at them. I mean, look at them. How could I not?

- I also picked up some sunnies from New look, because I didn't have any others with full UV protection, and plus I really like the tortoise shell effect on the frames.

- Obviously I couldn't forget my monthly dose of Company goodness, it's my absolute fave.

- Next I picked up this amazing neoprene floral crop top from New Look. I think it's so unique and I can't wait to jump on the neoprene bandwagon. I also love the print.

-I also got this bikini from Calzedonia because they were having their 50% off sale. I really like the tropical print on the bottoms and I think both pieces will be great for mixing and matching with other bikinis.

- I am in love with this stripy mesh crop top from H&M. I think it looks so awesome on top of a black bandeau, and I think it looks a lot more expensive that it was - the fabric is such nice quality and it fits perfectly.

-I also picked up this chevron print body con skirt from H&M, which I find really flattering on my figure (aka bum).

-I was clearly was feeling very shoe-happy, because I also picked up two other colours of the chunky sandals I showed you earlier. If you read this blog, you will know that my shoe collection is... sparse. Sparse enough, anyway, to excuse buying three pairs of effectively the same shoe. At least they're different colours... I love all three pairs ♥︎

- This next item is my favourite purchase of the entire haul - this absolutely stunning bikini from Topshop. I love it so much. I cannot even deal.

-I picked up these amazing distressed shorts from Topshop, and these fill all my criteria for the perfect pair of shorts: acid wash, check, distressed detail, check, high waisted-ness, check. I love.

-I also got a range of accessories from New Look. I needed a new smallish bag, and I loved the tan colour of this one. I also got this really awesome rose gold triangle necklace, and this rose gold coin bracelet which screams festival to me.

-The last things I picked up were some beauty bits from Topshop. I got this gorgeous cream blush in Head Over Heels which is a stunning, really natural peach colour which makes you look super tanned and glowing. I also made a sneaky lipstick purchase: this fantastic vibrant purple colour called Straight Ace which I ADORE, and this gorgeous nude called Nevada which is the perfect mixture of pink and brown. They both sit really nicely on the lips and they aren't too drying at all.

I hope you enjoyed that guys, bye! xoxo

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sunday Diary #2

By the way, we were sitting on a bench behind this labeled 'very brave'. We quickly regretted it. 

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well. These photos were taken last solstice weekend which was filled with fittingly gorgeous weather, so I spent the majority of it outside. I also spent the majority of it with one of my best pals, Sofie, who has appeared multiple times on this blog so has become a very familiar face. I actually spent Sunday morning in Camden with some much loved family friends, but I didn't have much opportunity to take any pictures.

These snaps were taken at the fairground which was visiting one of our London parks. This is one of my favourite travelling funfairs, because it's done in the style of a Victorian steam fair. We loved exploring the quaint little arcades filled with genuine old penny-worked machines. We even got our fortunes told a couple of times which was really funny. I also think we seriously underestimated how scary the rides would be - especially the giant swinging boats, which gave us the worst leg wobbles I think we'd ever experienced. And we both nearly made ourselves sick by eating a candy floss that was bigger than our heads. Basically, it was sooooo much fun. I hope you're summer is kicking off nicely, and I'll talk to you very soon! xxx

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday Diary #1

This was my *cough* second breakfast of the day... oops ;)

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to introduce a new feature to this blog, I'm calling it my Sunday Diary. I thought it would be nice to give you guys a bit more of an insight into our lives, a sneak peak, if you will, at what we get up to in our spare time. Hence, this idea was born. 

Today I had a really lovely day out in town with my mum, who I feel like I never get to spend time with anymore, so it was really nice to have a catch up. We spent a lot of the day chatting, eating, doing a bit of cheeky shopping, eating, and oh, yeah, eating. It was really nice having nothing I had to do for a change - I really enjoyed being able to nose about on my own time for a change. I think its very important for me not to take where I live for granted; London really is a fabulous city. I'm very fortunate to have such an amazing kaleidoscope of culture right on my doorstep. Most of these snaps were taken around the southbank/covent garden area: some my favourite spots. I really hope you enjoy looking through these pictures, let me know what you think of this as a new weekly feature below. Have a great day! xxx

Unfortunately no purchases made here... 

Yes, that is a cheeky Topshop bag... *slaps wrist*

This was our lunch, which was absolutely huge by the way, but somehow, after half an hour or so, the plate had mysteriously become empty... I wonder what happened there.

This was a drool worthy food market behind the south bank centre. I was so tempted by the multiple grilled-cheese stalls as well as the stall selling about a million types of cheese cake. And yes, I am a vegetarian, and yes, I am posting pictures of sausages. Yeah. 

Hope you enjoyed that guys, bye! xxx