Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Return to Jersey... (PICTURE HEAVY!)

Jersey is a place that holds a lot of memories for me as it's the place we went for our summer holidays from when I was 2 right up until I was 18. We all went back this year for one final family holiday- there was really nowhere else that we could go! and I had the most lovely week relaxing and getting away from it all. I was having too much fun to take proper photos but here's a selection of my favourites from our trip... 

We stayed at Les Ormes over in St Peter's and there was plenty of room for the 9 of us to stay without spending too much time crowded into one room. I really loved the colour scheme too, I want those turquoise lamps for our new flat! ;)

Behind our villa was a golf course and we walked down one evening, isn't that a lovely view?

I started the holiday as I meant to go on with a hefty portion of Jersey ice-cream but I can never decide whether I prefer black cherry or mint choc chip but here I got the best of both worlds!

Although I have visited Jersey too many times to count, we have only ever stayed ion the other side of the island so it was nice to explore some new places. Grève de Lecq is probably the nicest beach on the north coast and we briefly visited after our trip to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park (more to come on that soon!) I love the Martello towers in Jersey and this one is particularly cool thanks to its paint job!

We went to the Moulin de Lecq for lunch and it was absolutely divine. Mark had freshly caught moules and I had a stuffed field mushroom with sauteed spinach, white wine and cheese sauce....

Dress: H&M, camisole: Tesco, cardigan: Tesco, hat: Accessorize, shoes: Nanette Lepore for Keds

You can see how ridiculously sunny it was from this picture but isn't that view just glorious?!

On Thursday we decided to head to Gorey to make the most of the weather as it was a balmy 28 degrees. Mont Orgueil is well worth a visit  if you are visiting but as we have visited before we just stayed on the beach to swim, sunbathe and read instead...

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my bikini photo last week, I never thought I would be sharing a picture of me in my swimwear online (oooer) but I felt really confident that day and thought why the hell not! 

You can't take a trip to Gorey without visiting Enwhistles, they make the best fish & chips in the world. My mouth is watering at the thought of this, that's how good they are! 

It was my brother's birthday on Friday so we went to Pizza Express at St Brelade's Bay which is right on the beach. I cannot recommend a better view for chowing down your doughballs and pizza! 

Top: Miss Selfridge via charity shop, camisole: Primark, shorts: Boutique by Jaeger, shoes: Marks & Spencers
Despite wearing Factor 30 sun cream, I managed to get sunburnt on Thursday so my outfit called for loose shorts and a floaty blouse. Mark snapped this posey pic after we had eaten our dinner, hence why I look so pleased with myself! 

Saturday marked the end of the holiday and although I was sad to leave, there's nothing better than coming home at the end of a holiday- especially when it's to a nice new flat! 

Where did you spend your family holidays growing up? 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

BRB, moving house...


As you may have seen, Mark and I have just moved house which is VERY exciting but lack of internet, a million boxes to unpack (who knew we had so much stuff?!) and an much-needed holiday means that I won't be blogging for a while. I can't wait to share some pictures once I am back though, the flat is lovely and it even has a balcony! 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Blue and white stripes...

Despite my last post, I do seem to have a bit of a thing for H&M's striped dresses at the moment. I spotted this beauty when I was in Edinburgh and despite my limited luggage space, I managed to whisk it back home. It is seriously comfy and the crisp cotton makes it the perfect dress for hot days at work. Is it bad that I want to buy the red version as well?! I'm never sure about baring my legs but this year I have been a lot braver and have been getting my legs out at any opportunity ;) This cardigan was such a bargain and it is ideal for these chilly summer mornings. It is too warm for a proper jacket but this cardi covers my arms so I don't look too ridiculous at 6.00 am but bundles down to nothing in my bag- perfect!

Dress: H&M, camisole: Primark, cardigan:Tesco, shoes: Clarks c/o Spartoo
Every article that has ever been written on 'how to dress for your body shape' says the same old thing, insisting that wrap dresses are perfect for anyone with curves but I have always been resistant to the idea, probably because of my contrary nature. If someone tells me I have to do something, I'm likely to do the opposite so I have never really been a fan. I like the fact that you can tie this one yourself, so if you have had a particularly large dinner, you can just let out the waist a little bit which is always good! ;) You can get a better look at those stripes in these pictures too. I really love the dress but it isn't lined and is very sheer so I paired this camisole (it's actually a Primark pyjama top!) and my beloved lace trimmed cycle shorts to prevent any blushes at work.

As anyone who has ever met me knows, I'm not very good at wearing heels but Clarks make the best shoes and these Dollar Fizz navy heels are ridiculously comfy. I even lasted the whole day in them this time! Ankle straps on shoes are a bit of a love/hate thing with me. I need the support to manage to wear heels but they always seem to cut me off at the most unflattering point.My ankles are weirdly skinny compared to the rest of my body so anything that makes them look slimmer is a winner for me! 

How do you dress for the summer?

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Summer stripes...

Recently I have been buying less and less clothes from places like Primark and H&M, it wasn't a conscious decision but I felt like I had outgrown the majority of fast fashion, at least I thought so until I saw this stripy dress in H&M! ;) I can't resist cute summery frocks and you all know how much I love red so I was sold as soon as I saw this instore. The weather has been very warm recently and finding weather and work appropriate clothing is next to impossible especially when you add bare legs into the mix! I don't know why I look so unimpressed in these photos, I really loved this outfit and felt super pretty in it, I just wish my face would catch up with my brain!

Dress: H&M, cycling shorts: H&M, cardigan: Tesco, necklace: Accessorize, Bag: Brit Stitch, shoes: Office
Warm weather calls for lighter make-up and my Dr Jart+ Platinum BB Beauty Balm has really come into its own recently, I have never been more in love with a beauty product. I have definitely found my 'holy grail' base, you seriously have to go and buy it! When I was packing, I found this gorgeous red lipstick crayon from Poppy King and I have been wearing it ever since. I only wish I could find it online to repurchase!

I'm a fan of anything that makes my waist look smaller, especially as I have eaten far too much pizza recently and this dress has some natty detailing to nip you in. Paired with a cute cropped cardigan, I was well on my way to a 1950s silhouette- my favourite!

This may be an unpopular opinion and I hate to be that person who complains about the weather but I am not a fan of summer. I am always warm, I can't deal with the humidity and the heat inevitably leads to (whisper it) the dreaded chub rub. I have worn the H&M lace trimmed cycling shorts for the past few years and they are truly ace. I picked these ones up when I was in Edinburgh and have been searching for more colours but to no avail. If anyone sees them in their local stores, please let me know!

Do you have any tips for coping with the heat?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ruby (Woo) red...

Red is definitely my favourite colour, it looks really dramatic against my pale skin and dark hair and the majority of my favourite dresses have a scarlet hue! I wore this outfit a few weekends ago when Mark and I went to his parents' house for dinner and I got so many compliments on it. Believe it or not, this dress was from Tesco although it looks much more expensive in my opinion. I usually wear it layered over a top but I actually prefer this dressier look. I kept the styling simple with my beloved leopard print belt and pointed heels. For me, the focus was all on the gorgeous colour and that (universally flattering) square neckline... 

Dress: Tesco, belt: New Look, shoes: Marks & Spencer

I bought Mac's Ruby Woo lipstick when I came back off holiday (I can't believe it has taken me so long to invest!) and this was it's first outing. I was slightly concerned about the matte formula but Lush's Mint Julips and some lip balm ensured that it applied flawlessly. I kept the rest of my make up simple, focusing on flawless skin and strong eyebrows (I promise I will be sharing my love of my Sleek brow kit very soon!) I rarely brush my hair but I was craving soft waves so dug out my hairbrush and brushed out my curls, resulting in a 1920s style bob.

I prefer my skirts swooshy so this one ticked all the boxes. I am a massive fan of anything that can skim over my ever-growing stomach and make my waist look smaller and the pleats make this look so elegant. I definitely need more 1950s style dresses and skirts in my wardrobe, I'm kicking myself for not picking up the black and grey versions of this dress!

What colours do you find flattering?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

What's black and white and red all over?

No, not a newspaper but this rather ace outfit! I have always been a fan of buying things in different colours if I like them and I loved this lilac Monki maxi so much that I bought the monochrome version too! FYI they are both on sale at the moment too. Go and buy them, you will not regret it. These are the perfect summer dress! I love a skirt that I can waft around in and this does not disappoint, mainly thanks to the slits in the side of the skirt. The skirt trails behind you wonderfully for maximum swooshing potential!

Dress: Monki, shoes: Dorothy Perkins c/o Matilda, bag: Brit Stitch
That week after I get my hair cut is my favourite time of the month. It manages to hold a style but still looks a little bit lived in - the holy grail of hair! I know I have said this a million and one times but cutting my hair off was the best thing I ever did and I couldn't be happier with my bob. It is the perfect cut for the summer, too; no more getting a hot neck! Ever since I bought Ruby Woo on holiday, I have rediscovered my love for red lipstick and this Max Factor Colour Elixir lippie is one of my favourites and works equally well for day or night...

Brit Stitch is a bit of a blogger favourite and for good reason, their bags are gorgeous! I had been looking at buying a satchel for ages but had never taken the plunge as I didn't like the boxy shape of them. Luckily Brit Stitch's Full Pint satchel is curvier and way more 'me'. I love the fact that they are handmade in the UK too, you can see the level of craftsmanship that has gone into each of these! I ummed and ahhed between the poppy and vintage red but I am glad that I went for the latter, it is much more versatile! Although I am totally in love with the bag (I have been known to stroke it lovingly) I wasn't very impressed by the service. My bag was delivered to the wrong address (billing rather than shipping) and I had such a faff getting hold of it which was super frustrating, especially as I love the bag so much! 

Semi-sheer dresses are my favourite when it is warm. You get the coverage of a maxi dress (no need to shave your legs, hoorah!) but you can still see that you have a figure underneath all that fabric ;) I'm wearing my red shoes here but I have worn this dress with everything from my sandals to my trainers, it's nothing if not versatile!

Have you succumbed to the lure of Brit Stitch yet?

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Quick and easy lemon, mushroom and rocket risotto recipe...

Risotto is one of those meals that always looks ridiculously complicated to make but is actually super easy. I love it at any time of the year but it works especially well in the summer when you are looking for a quick and easy meal for dinner. 

You will need some risotto rice, vegetable or chicken stock (see my post here on how to make your own chicken stock!), mushrooms, lemon juice, rocket and olive oil. 

Add a splash of oil to your pan and fry your risotto rice until golden brown. 

Once your rice is browned, slowly add your stock to the pan whilst stirring continuously. The rice will start to absorb the stock and start to puff up and get all fluffy. This takes around 15 minutes in total...

Whilst your rice is bubbling away, fry your mushrooms in some olive oil and a splash of lemon juice until cooked. Shred some parsley and add to the mushrooms just before serving.  

Once all of your stock has been added, simmer until the rice has absorbed all of the stock. Warning: this will smell absolutely delicious and your stomach will be rumbling!

Stir in some handfuls of rocket...

...and the mushrooms.

Serve in a shallow bowl, preferably with a glass of white wine...


Thursday, 19 June 2014

All orange everything...

This maxi dress is one of my absolute favourites and gets pulled out whenever the weather warms up, it is just so darned floaty and is ridiculously comfy too! I have a serious addiction to Monki and their dresses are some of the most worn items in my wardrobe. I wore this exact outfit to the theatre at the weekend and I had a woman come up to me and ask me where this dress was from as she loved it so much. This never happens to me but I was more than happy to share the Monki love!

Luckily the print is so jazzy that it doesn't really require much accessorising beyond bright nail varnish and this gorgeous Nars shade is the perfect complement. I bought it last year as part of the Nars x Pierre Hardy  Ethno Run set and it is a gorgeous true orange shade. I have a lot of coral shades but this is the one I turn to when I want an orange fix.

These orange sandals were a recent ASOS purchase and they are so pretty and are perfect for adding some colour to my summer outfits. I really love leather sandals but  there is nothing worse than trying to break them in. The leather hasn't softened yet so my feet are still a little bit sore. Despite this, I am seriously tempted by the turquoise pair too, they are another great colour that would fit happily into my wardrobe... 

Which colours can't you get enough of?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Printed pyjama pants...

I know pants is an American term but it fits so much better than trousers in this situation! Jazzy trousers are one of those things that I love on other people but was never convinced by them on myself, until recently. I picked up a couple of pairs of printed trousers from Matalan and they are so comfy! I have been wearing them for work and at the weekend and their lightness makes them perfect for the warm weather we have been having. I love their slimline shape and the elasticated waist is just a bonus in my eyes ;) I have been loving longline tops and cardigans recently and Matalan came up trumps with this gorgeous white blouse. I had been looking for one for a while and I really like how simple this one is. It does have fluted sleeves but it was still pretty chilly first thing so my cardigan was definitely staying on! 

Cardigan: gift c/o Matilda, top: Matalan, camisole: Tesco, trousers: Matalan, shoes: George at ASDA, sleepy face: model's own

This cardi was a gift from my friend Matilda and it is such a gorgeous colour. I have worn it so much that it has developed a hole though so I am trying not to wear it as often. The morning light has been so pretty recently and it is massively flattering too! None of my lipsticks seem to be quite the right colour recently so I have been layering up colours to get the perfect shade. This was a mix of Max Factor Ballistic and my bargain red lipstick from Tesco to get that slightly deeper red. The one problem with moving is that I won't have such pretty backdrops for my photos, I will miss all of this green space!

You know how much I love red, white and navy together and the print on these trousers is ace. You know I have a pretty relaxed dress code at work but the navy definitely helps to smarten these up although I'm sure they'd be equally at home on the beach! I wasn't sure which shoes to pair with these as I don't have many pointed pairs but these nude shoes were a safe compromise, at least until I can get some red pointed heels...

Any tips for where to look for some red pointed heels? 


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