Embracing Autumn

Thursday, 23 October 2014

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: Topshop, Boots: C/O Havaianas, Bag: Lulu Guinness)

I'll admit it, I'm turning in to a bit of an Autumn convert. Although the temperature has significantly dropped (Joe cleverly reminded me that this was because we are, in fact, getting closer to winter) and squally showers have become more frequent than 'highs of 20 degrees'- I'm actually getting to used to feeling a little festive. Celebrating with a Halloween party this week (where I outdid myself and went as a... ahem... cat), bringing out the cosiest winter coats that I've had shut away for 6 months (and will indefinitely have out for the next 7), investing in a pretty luxurious Sainsburys purchase- and of course, puddle charging with this little madam...

I'm also trying to make the most of London at this time of year- like Spring and the cherry blossoms (which typically last about a week, and that I nearly always miss) I'm trying to see everything London has to offer in this orange-tinted leafy filter it's currently wearing- before everything becomes a little bare for the winter. To celebrate other Autumnal perks, Havaianas are also allowing you to enjoy puddles as much as yours truly (absolutely nothing wrong with that)- by giving away 5 pairs of their wellies weekly, from now until the 17th November. All you have to do is upload a snap on Instagram of how you'll be embracing the season with the hash tag #sambaintherain and enjoying Autumn, whatever the weather!

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What Olivia Cooked: A Light Lunch Idea...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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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

Lorraine Pascale Carribean Toasty Cup Recipe
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.

Lorraine Pascale Carribean Toasty Cup Recipe

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!

Lorraine Pascale Carribean Toasty Cup Recipe

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Live in Levis

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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(Hat: ASOS, Jumper: C/O Levi's, Jeans: C/O Levi's, Boots: Boohoo, Jacket: C/O Levi's)

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...

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Cadogan Gardens

Sunday, 19 October 2014

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(Hat: H&M, Dress: Zara, Rings: Urban Outfitters & Astrid & Miyu, Boots: C/O Next)

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 ...

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Whistle stop to Paris...

Friday, 17 October 2014

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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...

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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!



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