Tuesday, 26 May 2015

How to style - A khaki skort.

I think I might be in love with skorts. There I've said it, I loved wearing them in the 90s and I love wearing them now, other than my beloved playsuits & dresses I don't think anything will beat them. Don't get me wrong, I think skirts look great, but to be as comfortable as you are in shorts? I don't see how you couldn't love them. What's more is that they're also bang on trend. When I was about 7 or 8 yeas old I had a black linen skort from H&M with a red dragon in the corner (sounds seriously cool, I know) which I wore religiously as I channeled my inner Lisa from Steps. Many years later I've gone back to that look that I loved so much but with a bit more of a 2015 twist and I'm pleased to say I'm no longer obsessed with Steps. 
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Some of you may recognise this outfit from my previous post, where I spent the afternoon at No 11 Pimlico Road, and seeing as it was such a nice day I took the opportunity to take some outfit photos. If you haven't seen my little write up, and I mean little there are a lot of photos, you can do so here, my No.11 Pimlico Road review. I absolutely loved spending the day in Chelsea, I spotted the house of my dreams tucked away from the busy roads and covered in flowers. I finally got to appreciate how lovely London is in the sunshine after sitting indoors and daydreaming about it all week at work and vowed to spend more time in the area. I'd love to know what 90s fashion/beauty trend you're pleased has had comeback! I'm personally pleased that nude/stone lips, denim jackets and tartan skirts are all back!

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

No. 11 Pimlico Road

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With so many places to visit in London you are sometimes spoilt for choice and trying to decide where to go for a quick bite to eat or a catch up cocktail can be slightly overwhelming. Well, let me introduce to you my new secret hangout, No 11 Pimlico Road*. Tucked away behind the bustling streets of the Kings Road you will find this beautifully decorated gastropub. My boyfriend and I decided to test out a few of their amazing cocktails, we sipped our way through the Gin Cobbler, Indian Ale and finally the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz (I've popped the photos in order so you can get an idea of what they looked like!) All of which I can confirm were all just as delicious as the other - for my next visit I'm going to make sure I try the Pineapple and Sage Mojito. I'm kicking myself about not trying it this time. 
Now lets move on to the important stuff - food. As a vegetarian I am always on the hunt for great places to eat, and places that have actually thought about what a vegetarian might actually like to eat. I find it so disappointing when I look on a menu and the only options are either a spicy bean burger or a goats cheese salad. I was pretty pleased when I saw a menu filled with things such as a halloumi and courgette burger, olive tapenade crostini and creamy ricotta fritters. A great menu for a fussy eater like myself, I'm pretty sure anyone would be able to find something they would like. However you meat eaters do not need to panic as there is still more than enough for you to choose from, they even have a Sunday roast menu! My boyfriend devoured his chorizo and avocado salsa crostini, followed by a finger licking sticky pork & spring onion grilled skewers. I know there were still plenty of dishes on the menu he would have loved to try out.  
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No 11 Pimlico Road truly is a great place to take a friend for some lunch or drinks and I won't mind if you say 'I know a great little place...' and don't give me any credit, I'll consider my job as a lifestyle blogger done. I just hope I get to go back there soon!

*I wasn't paid to write this however I was kindly invited down for a meal and drinks - and all of these glowing opinions are my own!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The best Rocky Road recipe!

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As a fashion and lifestyle blogger I try to make sure I post what I would like to see, and that's variety. I used to post recipes all the time, but as the fashion side of my blog grew the recipes seemed to disappear. However they're back, and if you've not been able to guess already I've got a pretty special rocky road recipe to share with you, what's even better - it's veggie friendly. In this recipe I popped a load of the smooth caramel and Belgium chocolate popcorn from Joe and Seph's* on top and I think it added a really amazing crunch to it. I substituted the marshmallows with a Mars bar which creates a nice softness in the rocky road and it means that no little piggies were hurt in the making of these. A bit of a bonus for all of you vegetarian rocky road lovers out there! I was kindly sent a few of the popcorn pouches from the brand and I've included my favourite flavours in the photo below (one of which was the inspiration behind the post)! I loved the cheese and paprika, vanilla cheesecakes and the smooth caramel and Belguim chocolate flavours. I'm still yet to try their legendary gin and tonic flavour, I think it would be a great thing to serve at a summer picnic or BBQ. 

For this recipe you will need:
500g of milk & dark chocolate
1/3 cup of raisins
10 glacé cherries
2 chopped up Mars bars or marshmallows
10-15 digestives
70g of Joe & Seph's popcorn or any toffee popcorn
Hundreds and thousands (to sprinkle on top)
Other options you could pop in are; Maltesers, Snickers, nuts, cranberries or even coconut flakes.

How to make:
  1. Line a medium sized square baking tray with cling film. I didn't have one of these so I just used a pie dish. Feel free to use anything you like, just make sure it's not too big and that it's deep enough.
  2. Break up your biscuits into chunks. You don't need to be careful with this I just snapped the biscuit in half a few times and found this size worked well!
  3. Create a bain-marie and melt the chocolate slowly on a low temperature, or simply pop in the microwave for a few seconds a time. Make sure you stir your chocolate each time to ensure it's melting evenly. 
  4. Take your biscuits, mars bars, fruit and any other tasty treats you are using and and combine with the chocolate mixture. Stir well to ensure everything is completely covered. You will need to keep a little bit of the melted chocolate to one side to drizzle on top.
  5. Tip the mixture into the lined dish, and spread the mixture out into the corners. Lightly press your popcorn pieces on top, drizzle on the remaining chocolate with a spoon and finally scatter over your hundreds and thousands.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours then cut into fingers or squares, serve and most importantly enjoy!
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*This post was created in collaboration with Joe & Seph's

Thursday, 7 May 2015

How to style: The statement skirt.

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Last weekend it felt like summer was finally here, so after a few days filled with food, friends and sunshine I took the opportunity to put together this look and photograph it. After hoping every evening that it wouldn't be too cold, too wet or windy (#workingbloggerproblems) I leapt at the chance to finally doing an outfit post. I’m not one to make much of a statement with my outfits. I tend to wear what I like rather than wear what’s hot on the catwalk, that doesn't mean that I don’t love all of the fashion weeks because I really do. I’m really passionate about the industry but I just don’t feel like I’ve got the body shape for boho midi skirts, nude body suits and culottes, and I’m ok with that. However two weeks ago I spotted this skirt in H&M and knew right away I had to try it on, I thought it was such a versatile piece that I could wear to work or with some tasselled ankle boots at a festival. Despite its neutral colour palette it's not exactly the most demure of skirts, with the bold strips of fabric, tassels and silver thread running through, but sometimes you've just got to go for it. It’s been a while since I bought anything from H&M and I was seriously impressed. As a teenager I used to love going in and finding as many diamond/spotty prints as possible, If you've not guessed I was a bit of an emo. I loved their recent Coachella collaboration and I very nearly picked up the maxi dress from the collection but unfortunately it was just a little bit too long. So with a new found love for H&M, I picked up a few other pieces to add to my bursting wardrobe and happily hopped on a bus home. 

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