6 Aug 2014

When The Time Is Right, When There's No Way Out

It's been a while since I last blogged; work has been hectic and i'm looking forward to a couple of weeks off at the end of the month to enjoy what's left of summer! I thought i'd do a bit of a lifestyley favourites post to get me back into blogging and fingers crossed i'll find the time to make this a bit more of a regular thing :)

I was lucky enough to watch the Tour de France as it passed through Yorkshire last month - the atmosphere was amazing and I definitely don't regret the two miles I had to walk to see it! I managed to get some of the race on video; it was a lot faster than I expected - you can see it on my instagram here.

I love this new Warehouse tee; online it looks like it's made of cotton but in reality it has a shiny front and cotton back which makes it feel a lot more expensive. The sleeves also have little buttons for extra detail and the print is perfect for summer and reminds me of something you'd find in Ted Baker. You can find a better picture of it online here: Warehouse Tropical Bird Print Tee

And finally a couple of my food favourites: Firstly these truffles which are to die for! They're really rich so for once I don't feel like I have to finish them all at once and they taste so so good. Definitely recommend!
Every few months I treat myself to a Graze box and my 'send soon' is always checked for the Sticky Chocolate Pudding. It's my all time favourite, closely followed by the Honeycomb and Lemon Curd flapjacks. If you haven't tried any of them you're definitely missing out!

14 Jul 2014

The World Is At My Feet And I Am Standing On The Ceiling

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Apricot Nectar - £6.49, Urban Outfitters Rabbit Make-Up Bag - £6, Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy - £7.99
& Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle - £4.79,

I definitely go through phases of buying lots of make-up and then none at all and on a recent shopping trip I treated myself to a few new things after reading too many blog posts and watching too many haul videos.

I've been loving all the summer sales that are around and after lusting after this make-up bag when it was full price I couldn't resist it at just £6! I love that it's waterproof and will fit in everything including my moisturiser and foundation which my smaller one wouldn't.

I had a few Boots vouchers to use so I picked up one of the Revlon Parfumerie polishes to try. I love the colour and the scent is slightly noticeable which is nice but it isn't as easy to apply as some of my favourites from Model's Own and Topshop.

I love sheer lip products and after using the Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive religiously I thought i'd treat myself to another colour. Belle is slightly darker although not by much and is a nice alternative for summer.

I also bought another Revlon Lip Butter, this time in Cotton Candy which i've been loving. It has a little bit of shimmer and is a lovely pink for when I want a brighter lip.

30 Jun 2014

Settle Down

Sweet potato wedges have definitely taken off this year and it's so nice to be able to opt for them in restaurants when i'm trying to eat a bit healthier. I love their flavour as they don't taste like a vegetable and they count as one of your five a day which is always a good thing. I could easily eat them with every meal and the only thing I don't like is how long they take to cook when you're making them yourself! Here's a really simple recipe to make them...

Chop your sweet potatoes into wedges and mix them in a bowl with some olive oil. At this stage you can add any flavourings. I love them on their own but they taste nice with an additional sprinkle of salt.

One of my other favourites is to cover them with some tikka curry powder (shown above) which gives them quite an intense flavour that goes really well with chicken. Once you've added your flavourings, lay them in a single layer on a baking tray covered with baking paper.

Left: cooked with no flavouring.                                                        Right: cooked with tikka flavouring.

Bake them in the oven at 200°c for around 45 minutes. The cooking time will depend upon how thinly you've chopped them and how crisp you like them so it's usually a bit of trial and error to work out what's best for you. Usually if they're soft and have started to crispen around the edges they should be ready!