Wednesday, 20 August 2014

If You Like Pina Coladas..

Faux Suede Cut-Out Vest - Republic (old)
Zip Up Chiffon Shorts - TK Maxx by QED
Material Strap Sandals - Primark
Blue Cut-Out Shoulder Top - River Island (sale)
Nail Polish: Ciate' - Starlet

A perfectly relaxed and comfortable summer look - who says summer fashion has to be more than throwing on a few comfortable pieces and making it your own? Especially with the mini-heatwaves, I don't wanna be wearing anything fitted!
These shorts were definitely a breakthrough point for me this summer. I'd been on a day out in Birmingham with some old school friends (wearing denim shorts I might add) and was feeling horribly hot and sticky in the summer-sweat weather and felt like I wanted to jump into an ice-cold shower. I had a wait for my train so ventured into the 'dangerous' territory of T.K Maxx and I have a habit of falling in love with everything I see.. I came across these gorgeous black shorts with a zip front, made of very light polyester in a chiffon sort of style. Instantly I wanted them as I just knew they'd keep me cool (I also decided I may take this approach to summer shopping more often!) From the moment I tried them on I was in love, the soft, silky feel material made me feel a million dollars and I could pair them with anything, dress them up or down.. So I bought them for the bargain price of £6.99!
They have become a favourite piece in my summer wardrobe and who cares if they make my bum look a big bigger and the material can sometimes flow out a little so i look a little puffy, I'm cool, I feel awesome and I don't care! Everyone should have a pair of shorts like this!
This gorgeous blue-toned cover-up top was an absolutely bargain in the River Island sale and is perfect for just throwing on when it gets chilly in the evening.
Teamed with this awesome cut-out suede vest top and some basic material super-comfy Primark sandals and some iridescent nail polish and I'm ready for a summer adventure! Bring it on!


Friday, 15 August 2014

SpyLoveBuy My Autumn Shoe Wishlist!

So i'm getting myself set for Autumn wardrobe-wise and have got lots of outfit ideas planned! I love layering up basics and using accessories to boost my outfit. But where would any outfit be without a pair of shoes that make you feel epic? Ones that make your outfit fit together and that will keep you confident and comfortable all the time that you're wearing them.
So here are aselection of my favorites from an amazing website called SPYLOVEBUY:
I hope you love them as much as I do!

WEST Block Heel Cut Out Ankle Monk Boots - Bordo Leather Style
These amazing beauties are only £26.95! The cherry red colour detailing on the front and back just screams 'Autumn' to me and these can be paired with skinny jeans, dresses, tights/leggings.. well, Everything! I'm totally in love with these and think the cut-out detailing will look fab with tights and ankle socks!

MONO Flat Festival Wellies Wellingtons Calf Rain Boots - Black

These wellies are amazing (and they only cost £! Their monochrome floral detailing makes them look really cute as well as very versatile! They'd be perfect for the crossover into Winter too - I just need to ensure I invest in some warm welly socks! These could be paired with thick tights & a dress or just some skinny jeans, the length of them is also perfect! I truly think ankle-welling are the way forward!

BABS Wedge Cut Out Heel Chain Platform Shoes - Black Suede Style

I have a serious lust for these shoes! Although I am aware I would be slightly scared of trying to walk down the road in them, they'd be perfect for those outings in a taxi or when you get a lift! The detailing on the wedge is stunning! The geometric look makes me fall for things all the time and these are no exception. Paired with the black straps and chain detailing they are definitely a winner in my eyes and for only £37.95 - everyone needs a show-stopping shoe surely??

I hope you like my pick of favourites!
(This is my entry to win £250 to spend on shoes from SpyLoveBuy in association with TheBloggerProgramme)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Everybody's Going Surfing

Roxy Girl .x
A statement necklace can instantly change an outfit.
Add a crop jumper when it gets cooler.
Roxy Boardshorts - Ebay
Crop Tee - Primark
Statement Necklace - New Look
Crop Jumper - Forever21
Slip Ons - New Look

These Roxy surf shorts have been in my life for around a year now but it wasn't until the beginning of last month that i decided to wear them outside of the house! I absolutely love the comfort factor as well as the awesome design and knee-length cut. The mint green makes me think of mint choc-chip ice cream and beach memories growing up. They are surprisingly good at keeping your legs warm on windy days too! Roxy is an amazing brand, perfect for all your surf-style needs! Definitely check them out if you're heading near a beach this year or if you simply love the style!
Teaming them with a crop tee I thought was a good way to bring a more womanly twist to them. I am aware they can look sort of masculine but it really doesn't bother me. I also thought i'd mix it up and add a chunky statement necklace to the outfit - I think it worked quite well and I love the whole look of the outfit.
The cropped jumper was a bargain find when trawling the Forever21 sale last year and I snatched this baby up for only £3!! (They have another Sale on right now so i'd check it out if I were you!) It is super comfy and warm, so now i'm ready to head to the beach - better book some flights to somewhere warm first though!
Surf lessons here I come!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Autumn Inspiration

When reading through Marie Claire this month I noticed so many new Autumn fashion collections were being released and it got me thinking about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
I definitely need to invest in a few things: A staple coat, knitted dress and a waist belt for layering..
Over the past few days I have been window-shopping and brainstorming a few ideas for Autumn outfits using Polyvore, so I thought i'd share some of my outfit ideas and hopefully it might push me to actually buy some of the pieces i've included!
I hope might find some inspiration in them too!

Outfit 1 - Autumn Chill

Knitted Dress - Vila £12
Red Waist Belt - Modcloth £16
High Heel Boots - Yoox £49
Embroidered Duffle Bag - Les Nouvelles £86

Outfit 2 - Breeze On A Sunday

Check Scout Shirt - Modcloth £21
Boyfriend Angie Jeans - Mango £40
All Star Gladiator Sneakers - Zalando £42
Unicorn Ring - Stylenanda £8
Anchor Headwrap - Forever21 £3

Outfit 3 - Casual Classics

Trench Coat - H&M £40
Polo Neck - Pieces £14
Boyfriend Lonny Jeans - Mango £15 (sale)
Leopard Wedges - Bloomingdales £77

Outfit 4 - Boho Mix
Floppy Hat - Topshop £28
Polo Neck - Pieces £14
Fitted Skirt (similar) - Mango £12
Red Cork Wedges - Nelly £54
Fringed Bag - Mango £60

Happy Thursday!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Ragged Priest AW14 Collection - INTO THE WILD

I have been in love with the Ragged Priest brand ever since I started seeing them emerge more on fashion Blogs, but mostly since I laid eyes on their clothing at Clothes Show Live last year - I wanted Everything!!
Their mix of fashionable, alternative and grungy-classics make the brand a winner every-time.

I received an email showing their AW14 Lookbook and just couldn't help sharing my favourite pieces with you.
I hope you love it as much as I do!



Thursday, 31 July 2014

The 4 Year Anniverary!

So yesterday came the day that me and Adam have been together for 4 years.. (which ironically comes straight after his birthday)!
We didn't really have anything planned so had a giant lie-in til 1pm! I then made some coffee and we decided what we were going to do with the rest of our day. We are quite a relaxed couple when it comes to romance, don't get me wrong - I love dressing up and heading to a fancy restaurant, boxes of chocolates and anniversary cards as much as the next girl but we just felt that today should be relaxed, with us just being Us.

We spent a couple of hours just snuggles on the sofa in our PJs watching classic comedies on GOLD and talking, then the hunger began.. so we headed to the best local place we could think of - Pizza Hut.
I changed into my gorgeous floral tea dress from River Island (i nabbed it on the first day of the sale for only £10!)  and gave it it's first proper outing! Along with my comfy New Look slip-ons and my cute polka panda bag and off we went.

Dress - River Island // Flats - New Look // Rings - River Island
Bracelet - Vintage // Bag - Boots

Now we both love pizza, Pepperoni for him / Chicken & Sweetcorn for me along with the cheesy bites crust, but something about Pizza Hut today was just unfortunately disappointing but atleast we were in a good mood so it didn't spoil the day - it's only food right? The service we received considering it wasn't even busy was pretty appalling. It took ages for someone to come ask us for our order, when asking where to get the refill drinks the waitress gave us a very sarcastic answer and when the plates were brought over, Adams still had traces of the last persons dinner on! Luckily they cut the service charge off the bill so we didn't have to pay it but still.. for almost £60 you'd think you were going to get better service and manners!

After that little experience, we packaged up the rest of our pizzas (which are mega filling!) and headed to Tesco Extra to pick up a dvd for the night - we chose The Internship as we never had a chance to see it at the cinema and we headed home.
We got home, back into our PJs and snuggled down to watch the dvd we'd brought and also another awesome (and now comedy classic in my book) The Animal and to have a relaxing night with the dog - the Perfect end to an (almost perfect) day.
Here's to another year.. and To The Next Step! (American Pie #love!)


Friday, 25 July 2014

The Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri review

A few months ago i was contacted by the fab homeware brand Ozeri and asked if i would like to try out one of their products! I jumped at the chance and as i absolutely Love cooking, i settled on the:
20cm (8 inch) Stone Earth Pan:
The packaging is neat and looks very professional, which i was very impressed by, as well as the fact the pan includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty!

The pan is a lovely grey in colour and the inside has a granite-look which actually matches our kitchen  worktops! It must have been meant to be..
The pan has 100% PFOA-free  stone-derived non-stick coating which is fabulous as it allows you to use less butter/oil for your cooking an therefore, allows you to make healthier choices.
It even includes a neon-green separator to stop your pan from getting scratched whilst stacked in the cupboard! Fantastic idea and a big thumbs up from me for this!

The main recipe I decided to use the pan for is the family classic - Eggy Bread!
It is quick and simple to make, a timeless breakfast dish and the tastiness all depends on the crunch of it from frying so I thought it was the perfect test of the pan's suitability for me.

Eggy bread Recipe: Serves 2
6 slices Warburtons toastie half-loaf
2 large eggs
Dash of milk
Salt & Pepper seasoning

Firstly, I prepared the pan as stated in the instructions; remove all tags & labels and clean with a soft cloth or sponge. Use a tiny amount of oil to create a thin layer on the surface of the pan and use a paper towel to wipe away excess oil.
I then testing out the pan's 'frying ability' with both butter and sunflower oil to see how each compared.

Firstly I put it a medium sized dab of butter and allowed it to melt on a medium-high heat, it took around 30 seconds. Next I beat the eggs and added a dash of milk and seasoning into a shallow bowl big enough to enable me to dip the bread slices into. I coated each size of the bread gently by dipping it into the mixture using my fingers and then placed them into the frying pan (leaving it on the heat). It didn't begin to sizzle but I do find that butter does not always distribute evenly around the pan and has a gentler way of cooking (no spitting!). I flipped them after around 3 minutes as they had begun to brown and allowed around 3 minutes on the other side. I then proceeded to flip the bread back and forth every 10-15 seconds for around 1 minute.

When tasting these we found them not to be as crunchy as usually with a slight buttery taste. They were still quite soft and although cooked, not all the way through but still good enough to gobble down!


Sunflower Oil:
I put in a small teaspoon of oil and tipped the pan to distribute it evenly and left it to stand for around 30 seconds on a medium-high heat - I used the mixture from before. When placing the pieces of bread in the pan this time it began to lightly sizzle and it was such a lovely sound! These cooked more quickly than others and only took around 1.5 minutes, I still flipped the bread back and forth for around 1 minute, gently pressing it down with a spatula to get maximum crunch!
Verdict: These tasted absolutely divine! The perfect amount of brown and crunch with a slightly soft centre and very satisfying!

After cooking and experimenting I can conclude that this pan is brilliant for my needs and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it for dished such as Eggy bread, fried sausages and hash browns. In conclusion, it seems to be the perfect breakfast pan! I did try it out for omelettes and pancakes but found it a little heavy for the flipping and also better when using an oil base, so I personally would still to this pan for general frying and lightly cooked foods.
I Love the pan and it gets an outing from the cupboard atleast twice a week, the design is gorgeous and it looks so much more expensive than it is at only £24.99 on AmazonUK!
It also comes in other sizes; 26cm & 30cm versions.

  • Durable Scratch-Resistant Stone-Derived Coating
  • Comfortable Silicone Handle
  • Completely Eco-Friendly
  • Easy To Clean
The above are the claims on the front of the box and I conclude all of them to be true!
It is scratch resistant so far and I have used it around 10 times. The handle gives you good grip making the pan easy to lift and is very comfortable in your hands. The Eco-friendly bit is my favourite part and it definitely looks as if it is and the quality also contributes to this claim! It has been very easy to clean by simply rinsing it with warm water and wiping dry with a soft tea-towel of paper-towel. It is a fantastic product that I think should be a part of everyone's kitchen!

Thankyou so much to the people at Ozeri that allowed me to try out this product!
*this product was gifted to me through a company and no payment was received for this post. All opinions are my own