Wednesday, 22 October 2014
When I'm working from home, the first lunch remedy I usually turn to is something big and bready- mhmm. Be it a bagel packed with avocado (which I'll definitely have to mention in another blog post) or a baguette- I'm not exactly one for being the most healthy come midday. Recently however, I've been making a little more effort to be a little more sensible, turning to Ryvita with lots of fun toppings- and after flicking through Lorraine Pascale's new 'How to be a better cook' book- I felt inspired to give these little Carribean inspired toastie cups a whirl- and let me tell you, they took no time at all and they didn't disappoint!
You will need (for about 6):
- 6 x Mini Pittas
- 1 red pepper chopped in to small chunks
- 1 avocado, cut into small chunks
- 1 mango/ready cut mango (if you cheated like me)!
- Red kidney beans - 2 spring onions
- 1 red chilli, deseeded- or a few chilli flakes
- Juice of 1 lime
- Fresh mint leaves
- Olive oil/Salt and pepper to season
- A cupcake/muffin tray
1. Preheat the over to 200 degrees, and spray/grease the cupcake trays with a little oil ready for popping in the oven!
2. Stack the wraps on top of one another and cut them into quarters. Push one quarter into each hole of the cupcake trays, pressing it in to fit- and continue to do so until each case has about three quarters in and is covered to make a cup.
3. Pop the wraps into the oven and bake for about 5 minutes until the cups are crisp and a little brown. Whilst they are in the oven, mix the pepper, avocado, mango, kidney beans, spring onion, chilli, lime and mint together in a bowl and season if necessary.
4. Once the cups are cooked, remove them from the oven and fill them will the mixture- enjoy for the perfect light lunch!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
If there's one thing I try to do on a totally rare free day, it's discover somewhere new in London. Living in a city as big as this, you forget there are so many nooks and crannies yet to be discovered, hiding little gems on bustling high streets and not-so-secret wonders on the cusp of each zone. After spotting Lion Records popping up on Instagram (thanks to following it's uber cool curator Mairead Nash), I was set on popping by, grabbing a cuppa and perhaps parting with some pounds on some records I'd yet to hear- and I wasn't disappointed.
On top of that, it seemed the perfect occasion to don my latest Levi's get-up, easily a go to- and all in celebration of their pretty cool new campaign #LiveInLevis. It's pretty self explanatory as to why their denim makes up such an integral part of my lazy day/every day uniform, and their new collection focusses on how real people- including you lovely readers, style their pieces in their day to day musings- be it vintage 501's at Glastonbury, trucker jackets at the Roundhouse or Revels at the newest coffee shop- ahem. You can get more style inspiration from the hashtag, and let people know how you style your staple denim. After all, you can't go wrong with a good pair of jeans...
Sunday, 19 October 2014
One of the most fun things about getting dressed, I'd say- is pretending to be a character for the day. When I picked up this dress in Zara, and paired it with these uh-mazing over the knee boots from Next (which have completely stolen my heart) I indefinitely had an Anita Pallenberg or Marianne Faithful kind of girl in mind- and when I stepped out onto Cadogan Gardens wearing this get up- I sure as well felt a little like them too (even if the rest of my afternoon was spent watching This Morning and eating cereal from the box, but I'm not sure that's important)...
On top of that, it's been about 10 years since I last wore knee high boots (when I last did they were from the Next kids section with a low wedge and love hearts all over them- be very jealous)- but since then I've worried that my short legs and petite frame wouldn't cater for the slinky seventies style. But alas, these boots have me converted. Not only are they roomy enough that they're not skin-tight/spray on looking, but they're short enough in length that they don't shrink me and help aid the slightly-short dress situation too. I'm looking forward to pairing them with washed denim, a big furry coat and floppy hat come the colder months too, and pretending I'm actually of to see the Stones ...
Friday, 17 October 2014
If there's one thing I can't say no to, along with pretty much every other girl- it's a flying visit to Paris, even better when there's shoes involved, am I right? Before the weather got cold and the leaves turned brown I hopped on an afternoon Eurostar across the Channel to catch a glimpse of the beautiful new own brand shoes coming from Sarenza. For the last three years on my blog I've been working pretty closely with Sarenza, featuring shoes from their gorgeous site (which plays home to everyone from Opening Ceremony, New Balance and Shellys) every so often, so you can imagine how exciting it is to see they've finally developed their own line of styles, which are pretty exciting indeed. Not only are they all designed in Paris (meaning there's some serious chic French inspiration), but it's designed by girls for girls- so there's absolutely tonnes of styles to choose from- spoilt, me?
Although I was only in Paris for the evening (and usually don't do very well when it comes to exploring new cities on my own)- I made the most of the morning I had to myself and shut my laptop, put on my most comfortable shoes (which, in this case was a pair of heeled sandals, oops) and drifted off into the Marais, City Mapper in hand- and a small list of places to visit, including the Rose Bakery (which was absolutely packed), A.P.C (even if always for a window shop) and the gorgeous Merci. Before I knew it I was back at St Pancras (box of macarons in tow), and on the Northern Line back to the sticks and reality with some Friday night T.V...
P.S The lovely people at Sarenza are giving one of my lovely readers the chance to win their own pair of Sarenza shoes up to the value of £130 from the new collection- simply comment below with your chosen pair and I shall select a winner at random! Giveaway is open until Wednesday 29th October!
Thursday, 16 October 2014
As I mentioned last week, I'm currently creating some content for the Great Boden Diaries, and this week have taken to curating the perfect winter coat selection- based on their pretty darn beautiful offering (and that's saying a lot from the indecisive-coat-buyer that I am). Trust me, I try not to buy a new winter coat each year, but find it as routinely as when I used to buy a new pair of school shoes in Clarks before September term started in primary school (or a new pack of smelly gel pens), you just can't not- and this year, let me tell you- it's particularly easy to give in to that perfect extra layer. From coats that'll make you feel seriously Kate Middleton (ten points for who guesses which one that is ;), to some seriously sixties offerings, classic pea coats and everything in between- trust me, they have you covered- literally.
You can check out the full post here, and shop my edit there too- but be prepared to part with some moolah whilst you're at it (if it's any compensation, it's raining outside?)- and let me know what you think! Have you got your winter coat sorted this year?
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
I'll let you in to a secret- I've literally been wearing the same make up look since I was 16. I've never braved anything other than a cat-eye and red lip (on my more maverick days) and at most adventurous, I've occasionally paired the above with a little eye shadow. Ironically, I've probably wasted a lot of hours watching endless make up tutorials on Youtube, yearning to perfect the Burr-smokey eye in attempt to look half as smouldering as a certain Cheryl. Alas, when Bobbi Brown got in touch with their new Smokey Nudes collection I was a little apprehensive. I adore looking at beautiful eyeshadows on John Lewis counters (usually until my hand becomes a beautifully bruised looking mess), but I've never been brave enough to translate those dusty colours into something wearable on my peepers...
... but I did it! With no security of my staple liquid liner this little compact bad boy helped me master that look, and guess what- it wasn't as scary as I thought- and I wore it during the day. So, in attempt to be a little creative I filmed a wee Youtube video of me doing the look, in case any of you lovely people are as scared of the smokey look as I was. I'm certainly no make-up guru (oh really?) but being able to create a beautiful day to night look with one product alone was pretty nifty- and I'd argue that I'm one step closer to that Chezza look...
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Having driven to Faversham just over 2 weeks ago to pick her up during the early days of Autumn (when it was still okay to have bare legs and take your coat off when the sun was out), Maggie has quickly become a big part of our family, and has secured her place the fluffiest little ray of sunshine and mischievous little missus we could wish for (which may, or may not, be the most cute-sy sentence I have ever strung together)- and we all love her a lot.
In the short time she's been living in our home she has taught us so much, and it certainly hasn't been a walk in the park (literally, as she's still not had all of her injections- hohoho) and if we've learnt one thing- having a puppy is pretty hard work. We certainly didn't expect otherwise, and I'm not entirely sure what having a small baby is like, but I'm quite sure (and my mum assures me) it's not all that different. It's a lot of late nights, I've seen the earlier side of 5:45 more times in the last few weeks than I care to elaborate on (and have the sassy eye bags for proof) and trust me when I say I leave out the more glamorous aspects of my life (i.e cleaning up dog wee/poop) on Instagram for a very valid reason. But it's also the most wonderful and rewarding thing seeing your little one build a bond, respond to commands, and bury their head in for a cuddle- as well as cherish all the mutual love you have to share- which makes up for it ten times over.
I'm thinking of doing a more detailed post about things to think of if you're thinking of getting a little pup, as I could definitely go on and on- but I thought I'd introduce you to the little lady currently consuming my photostream- I also thought I'd share these pictures the lovely Amber took whilst coming over last Saturday for tea, cake and lots of puppy time- as she's a pretty special little pup (and Amber has some pretty special skills)!
Do you have any puppy tips I should know? Answers on a postcard as I'm still learning how to be the best puppy-mama I can be!