Tuesday, 6 October 2015

STYLE | A Few New Things

Hello lovelies! So over the last week and a bit, I've had to sacrifice my blogging days in aid of decorating our bedroom. It's now SO close to being finished and I can't wait to show you it soon! But in the mean time, I thought I'd show you some recent additions to my wardrobe.  I've been trying to focus on house-y things this month but I couldn't help pick up a few wee things to start off my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. 

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1. Boyfriend Jeans £18 | Matalan 
Finally, a pair of boyfriend jeans! I've been looking for the perfect pair for so long and had almost given up when I saw these. They fit like an absolute dream and look exactly like I'd wanted the Topshop Hayden jeans to look on me - and for half the price! These will be so easy to wear on casual days with trainers or flat shoes.

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2. Striped Shirt £14.99 | H&M
If you read my wardrobe basics post, you'll know I love a good striped shirt and count it as one of the essentials in any wardrobe. This is a really versatile style that I can smarten up for work but also wear it casually with jeans at the weekend. I think it's meant to be much more oversized, so I got it in a size down for the fit I wanted.

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3. Aviator Jacket £59 | Red Herring at Debenhams*
This is the jacket of my dreams and I can't even begin to explain how happy I am with it. It's lined with the softest faux fur ever, inside the arms and round the edges, so you literally feel like you're wrapped snugly in a big blanket. The neutral colour means it'll go with everything which is good considering I'm never taking it off.

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4. Grey and White Dressing Gown £20 | Sainsburys
The problem with big supermarkets is that you go in for some bread, and come out with a dressing gown. Although I actually think this time it was fate, because this dressing gown is exactly what I've been looking for recently. It's grey and white, so matches my room when it's hanging up (does anyone consider things like that, or am I crazy?), it's a super soft, thick and cosy material and it has a hood to hide my crazy hair in the morning.


Let me know if you enjoyed this kind of post. I think I'm going to do more mini-hauls like this every couple of weeks. rather than saving it up for an end-of-month haul. It means I won't forget to include anything and, more importantly, you'll have a better chance of finding things in stock if you want to buy them too. 

What's the last few things you bought?


*item was purchased with a press voucher but chosen by me. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

FOOD | Sweet Potato Wedges & Garlic Dip

Hello and happy Friday! Today I have another quick and healthy recipe to share with you all. If you're like me and so impatient when it comes to cooking, you'll love this one. This recipe is for Piri-piri sweet potato wedges, with a fat free dip on the side - perfect if you're looking for healthy lunch ideas or just as a snack. 

You'll need sweet potatoes, obviously, and some piri-piri spice but if you don't like that, cajun works really well too. You'll also need Fry Light Coconut Spray, which is really low calorie and makes a big difference to the flavour. Even if you don't try making these, I'd still recommend buying this oil spray - and don't worry, it doesn't make everything taste like coconut, it just adds a little twist to it. For the dip, it's just two simple ingredients - quark, which is a fat free soft cheese similar to Philadelphia, and some garlic puree or Very Lazy chopped garlic. Nothing too fancy! And here's how to make them in three easy steps.

Sweet potato wedges recipe

STEP ONE: Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees - a step that's worth remembering if you want your food fast. I usually use one sweet potato per person, chop it up into wedges and throw them all in a bowl. Add about five or six sprays of the coconut oil, then 1-2 teaspoons of spices, depending how spicy you want it. Mix it all together to make sure the oil and spice are covering all the wedges.

Sweet potato wedges recipe

STEP TWO: Lay out your wedges on an oven tray, put them in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes at 180 degrees. Now wait. Check your twitter, instagram and facebook and the time will fly, promise.

STEP THREE: Just before the wedges are ready, mix together two tablespoons of quark and half a teaspoon of lazy garlic or garlic puree and a little salt. Make sure it's mixed really well, because the last thing you want is pure garlic. Take the wedges out the oven, serve with the dip and voila!

Sweet potato wedges recipe

These wedges taste seriously amazing and I've been a bit obsessed with them recently. I love that they're low calorie, but still have so much flavour and there's so many options to change them up with different spices, dips or even a different oil. I spotted Fry Light also have a chilli oil cooking spray, which sounds so good especially if you served them with a spicy salsa or something. Really hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you give these a go and how they turn out. Have a lovely weekend!

Do you have any healthy snack ideas?


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

HOME | Homeware Heaven

Okay I know what you're thinking - another homeware post? And you're right but, honestly, I'm struggling to think about anything else these days! And on top of everything, my favourite websites have really stepped up their home sections recently - H&MM&STK MAXX and Urban Outfitters are selling some gorgeous things right now and I want/need them all. As I said in a recent post, we're now at the fun stage of decorating - plant pots, throws, ornaments and photo frames. What's better is that it coincides with the start of Autumn, when all these places have brought in their cosy cushions and autumnal themed accessories. Homeware heaven.

Home Marble and Copper Accessories

I have a grey and white theme in my living room just now with some hints of blue and yellow and I think this multi-coloured throw is just what I need to take it from summer to autumn. I'm going to add a few other mustard yellow accents into the room to make it feel a bit warmer too. We recently bought a new sideboard unit for the living room (this one), so I've been trying to find some nice things to put on top. I have a kind of mini-project going - decorating the sideboard. How utterly crazy is my life though, seriously. *smirk emoji*

I think this copper frame mirror would be lovely on the wall above the unit. I just love copper when it's done in a really subtle way - like the hands on this marble wall clock. I've got my eye on this for the wall behind my dining table and I think it'll go so nicely if I have the mirror on the opposite wall. Oh and by the way, if you like marble accessories, check out H&M here and Next Home here and you will not be disappointed.

So what do you think of these picks?


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Monday, 21 September 2015

STYLE | Shopping on a budget

If you read my blog in 2013/early 2014, you'll know I was shopping crazy. I'd make a wishlist one week, and be wearing all of it in an outfit post the following week. A year and a bit later, Andy and I have bought our first house and things are very different. If we're not saving our money, we're spending it on things for our new home and although I still love to buy clothes, my wardrobe isn't quite as full as it once was. Now this doesn't mean that I've given up on fashion - I actually think I love it more than ever. I've just learned some lessons on how to dress well on a budget, and today I thought I'd share some of them with you...

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1. If you don't love it, don't buy it. 
We've all been there - standing in the changing room for far too long, looking at an outfit from all angles, walking up and down, rolling up sleeves and just trying to make something work. Sometimes I can love something on the hanger so much, I'll convince myself to get it even if I'm unsure of it. This usually results in me buying it, wearing it once then putting it to the back of the wardrobe because I know I just don't feel good in it. Well, not anymore. If I don't feel really good in it straight away, no matter how much I love the print or design, I put it back. The good thing about this is, eventually you have a wardrobe where you love everything.

2. If you don't remember their outfit, they probably won't remember yours. 
'No way. I can't wear this top on Saturday. I wore it last Saturday with this coat. People will think I don't wear anything else..'. Here's a little exercise to do when you're having this dilemna. Think back to the last time you wore it, and try to remember what everyone else was wearing. If you can't remember your friends outfit, then they probably won't remember yours. For me, this is the green light for outfit repetition. 

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3. Spend Wisely. 
I've said this a lot in recent months, but it's a been huge revelation in my life. I think back to the days when I'd get bags and bags of clothes from Primark every month, and realise that some of the things would only last one wear before they lost their shape and looked tired. Not so cheap when you consider cost per wear. That's fine if it's a short-lived trend, but for things that I want to last ( for example, see this post on wardrobe basics ), I'll invest a bit more. Usually this means they look better from the start, and last longer. Win win. 

What do you think of these?
Are you shopping on a budget too?


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Thursday, 17 September 2015

HOME | Minimal Bedroom Styling

Minimal Bedroom Ideas
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So far, this year has been all about decorating our new home. If you've seen my home renovations vlogs (here and here), you'll know how much work we had to do at the start but now that the big stuff is all done, we can start to focus on the fun things like bedding and cushions. Obviously, the bed is the main focus of the bedroom and it's not just the cushions, the bedspread totally sets the theme for the room. Over the next month or so, we're hoping to finish off our bedroom and I'm so excited to finally tick off the first room as complete!

Our house has a minimal theme throughout and the walls are all either white or grey, but each room will still have it's only little mini colour scheme. I love the idea of adding colour through our bedding or accessories. Having such a neutral colour palette means we can easily change up the whole look by adding a colourful bed spread. I love grey, white and yellow together and this geometric print bedspread from Dunelm is one of my favourites. Ikea are also really good for those minimal bedspreads with just a bit of colour. 

I also love this blue print kingsize bedspread from Yorkshire Linen - I love how it adds all the detail you'd need in a white bedroom and it has a definite Scandinavian vibe to it. If you want to go completely minimal, you can't go wrong with an all-white bed spread too. At the moment I have a minimalist white bedpsread like the one above, but with lots of cushions in faux fur and velour in neutral colours and I love how the texture adds it's own bit of detail. I'll do a bedroom tour in the next month - I can't wait to show you how it all turns out! 


*collaborate post with Yorkshire Linen - written by me, opinions my own.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

STYLE | The AW15 Coat Edit

Autumn is, by far, my favourite season. I love wearing boots, knitted jumpers and dresses with tights and I love all the autumnal colours in the shops at the moment. It's around this time of year that my coat obsession begins - the way I see it, during autumn/winter, most people only see your coat. You could have a lovely outfit on and if you throw an old coat over the top, it's hidden away. My theory is that, in Autumn, 75% of your outfit is your coat, and I use this to justify devoting 100% of my time to shopping for them. 

Here's some of the coats and jackets that have made it to my (ever-growing) coat wishlist.

Suede Trench Coat | Mustard Duster Coat | Faux Fur Gilet

I love a coat in a statement colour so this rust boyfriend coat and this mustard duster coat are on my list without question. These are the kind of coats that make an outfit and if you're sticking to the usual autumnal colour palette, they should still go with most things in your wardrobe. And if we're talking about statement colours, then we need to discuss this floral print trench - how amazing is this? I was a bit unsure of it when I saw it in the shop, but when I saw how they've styled it on the site, I fell in love. 

As you probably saw from my last post, I love suede more than kanye loves kanye. But this suede trench takes things to a whole new level. It's probably unhealthy to love a coat as much as I love this. I can't see it lasting long in the shops before it's sold out though, especially since they have the gorgeous Cara Delevingne modelling it in their advert, but I'm going to save up for it anyway and if luck is on my side, it'll be mine! 

So what do you think - which one's your favourite?


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