Friday, 4 April 2014

LIFE: 11 LIFE LESSONS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW BY 21.






1. Clean your room for no good reasonSometimes, when no man is coming over to canoodle, your place is too small to have parties, and/or you've been really busy, your living space suddenly becomes a little 'unloved'. Yes, you might be busy having a social life — but you should still pick up your dirty underwear occasionally, for Pete's sake. Just do it for me. 

2. Read one classic novel a month - And not a modern classic. I'm talking a Henry James/Edith Wharton/Jane Austen shit (not that they are shit!). I know it's way harder than whipping out that Ok Magazine you stole from the doctor's waiting room, but just think of it as flossing your brain! And hey think how smart you'll look with that in your handbag!

3. Acquire the ability to go out to restaurants alone - You are a grown-ass woman, and you don't need someone else to give you permission to eat something besides Pot Noodle. Take your Henry James/Edith Wharton/Jane Austen shit and get down to some fine cuisine solo. 

4. If you're waiting for a dude to change, stop waiting. - He won't. 

5. Stick with one kind of drink every time you drink - All-beer, all-cocktails or all-wine will severely lessen your awful hangover the following day., come on ladies we will learn this at some point in our lives… shots and wine are NEVER a good idea. On the other note if you did forget and do have the hangover from hell, drink full fat coke. I don't know why it works, it just does. I am not a woman of science! 

6. Look after your skin - now is the time ladies the biggest giveaway to a woman's age is her skin. Now you don't have to invest in anything fancy or over complicate things. Just be consistent. Heck, even your skin deserves some stability! 

7. Start a savings account, or a pension - I know, I know yawwwwwn. But let me tell you, being the only person I know that owns a home at the age of 21 is a preeeetttyyyy good feeling! And hell when the girls were out drinking and I was stuck in looking at my piggy bank times were hard but now I am so grateful to my parents for making me save. At the end of the day money isn't happiness but it is a step up to different opportunities. And really do you need a Starbucks every day?

8. Invest in good pieces of clothing - now I ain't hating on Primark, hell I love Primark as much as the next gal' BUT Primark is a fabulous place for your basics & on trend items that will go out next month. I'm talking black jeans, white shirt, black blazer, leather jacket… those timeless pieces your wardrobe needs to survive (maybe a tad dramatic!) but just invest a little more and you'll get a lot more wear! 

9. Stop caring what other people think - you'll just make choices you don't believe in based on their opinion… and who has to live with those choices? Well let me tell you, it isn't them! 



10. Don't focus to much on your body - your body is beautiful and the more attention you give it the fatter it will appear… don't get me wrong I still have days when I cry into my macaroni cheese/cheeseburger/pizza/all of the above… and a little self indulgence IS okay but on the whole… no one really cares about it and neither should you! 

11. Don't worry about the future - Dear Lord, stop worrying. If there's one major thing I have learned at 21, it is to calm the hell down. Everything will be fine. And if it isn't you'll always have Demi Lovato GIFs to remind you 'bitch, you're fabulous!'




Tuesday, 1 April 2014

RECIPE: CHICKPEA & PESTO SALAD


Today on the blog is this SUPER easy and majorly delishhh salad! I find it really hard to inspire myself when it comes to taking lunch to the office, everything I take come 12pm seems average in comparison to what the kitchen are cooking up… sure whatever is in my tupperware is minus the processed goods but when you have a to do list the size of your arm, you want a lunch that will comfort you back up and sometimes those greasy dishes are calling my name - however we all know that those processed meals are good for the here and now but some the 4 o' clock wall we are starving again! Fear not, the yummy Chickpea & Pesto Salad has tonnes of va va voom and it keeps you fuelled all afternoon! 

You Will Need:
- 1 and a Half Cups of Chickpeas
- 3 tbsps of Pesto, I confess I buy mine. I will I did homemade!
- 1 Handful of Spinach
- Sundried Tomatoes, as little or as lot as you like! 

Makes 4-5 Portions. 


1. Take your chickpeas & pop them in a bowl. Simple!


2. Stir in your Pesto, if your not a HUGE pesto person then don't use as much, if you are a HUGE pesto fan treat yourself to another spoonful! 3 tablespoons is enough to give a happy coating! 


3. Top off with your spinach leaves & sundried tomatoes, stir in & enjoy!

The Health Benefits

Sun-dried Tomatoes:
- Rich in antioxidants - great for… well everything!

Spinach:
- High in iron leading to 'the popeye effect'
- High in protein, iron vitamins & minerals this superfood is a miracle worker for your hair & skin

Chickpeas:
Due to high fiber content and low GI, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets
- Chickpeas keep you fuller for longer, curbing hunger pangs & controlling appetite
- High in protein - this is good news for your hair ladies & gents!
- Reduces cholesterol 
- High in amino acid tryptophan and serotonin, chickpeas play a vital role in regulating mood and sleep

Let me know what you think of this yummy salad & if you try it out!




Monday, 24 March 2014

FASHION: GREY MAXI & CHUCK TAYLORS







What I'm Wearing:
Maxi Dress - Primark 
Leather Jacket - Topshop 
Trainers - Converse All Star 
Bag - Mulberry 

On Saturday I ran into town pretty quickly to meet my Dad for a glass of wine and to pop to the book store, I decided that make up wasn't for me that day so just wore some bronzer & mascara. My outfit followed suit, I was feeling pretty lazy and threw this together but felt like it just kind of worked and dare I say it… I felt good! 

What inspired this outfit?
To be honest this outfit just kind of fell together, I was feeling pretty slobby on Saturday and wanted to wear something easy, also I think I got a little over excited at the rare sighting of sunshine! 

What do you like about this outfit?
This outfit was so easy & carefree it just kind of made me feel good, it's the best feeling when you throw something together and it just kind of works don't you think? It's pretty nice to be able to run into town in trainers with basically no make up & feel good!

Friday, 21 March 2014

FASHION: HARRODS WISH LIST








(in fact everything from AQ/AQ is pretty amazing, see here)

Here is my 'if I was a rich girl' wish list, actually let me re-phrase that to 'when I am a rich girl' - I believe in positive dreams coming true and all that! Since buying a house I cannot beleive how much my styles has changes and dare I say it... matured! It would seem that it's grown into a more expensive taste as everything at Harrods Womanswear is calling my name! 

Right now my biggest vices are cigarette trousers and jackets, I love the easy wear-ability that both have with a simple t-shirt that still allows you to look like you made an effort - anything that makes me look fashionable whilst comfortable is a big win in my eyes! Harrods currently have the most divine selection of both, the thing I prefer about designer over high street is the tailoring and the feel of the clothes, especially for pieces that are designed to flatter you! They have a shape and feel to the quality that you can't find on the high street unfortunately price tags are obviously higher!

Harrods are a really great lifestyle brand and the website definitely follows suit with that! I recommend you have a browse of the site even if it's to look at their lovely insitu images of models styles gorgeously in the pieces!
 









Wednesday, 19 March 2014

RECIPE: Super Healthy Avacado & Banana Smoothie




Ingredients:
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Avacado 
- Coconut Water

Is it possible to write the word bananas without singing Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl? I feel like it's 2004 again.

Now let me tell you about my new obsession... Avacado & Banana Smoothie! A new concoction I created with so my goodness I'm not sure where to put it all! - now don't be out off by its green exterior it's super duper yummy and you can only taste the banana.

How do you make Avacado and Banana Smoothie?
Blend your ingredients up in a blender, I'm sure you already are aware but please peek and remove stone from your Avacado! I don't want a guilty conscience about breaking your blender! When it comes to the coconut water I haven't stipulated a measurement as it depends entirely on the consistency you want!

What's so great about Avacado & Banana Smoothie? 
I think it's actually easier to explain what's not great about this smoothie it's so packed with health benefits! Bananas are soothing for your digestive system as well as being high in fibre to make everything a little more... regular! Do I need to tell you about the extensive array of health benefits of an avocado, we all know they are pretty shit hot on the whole superfood front right? The imoortant things to not for us ladies is that avocados are your best friend when it comes to improving your skin, hair and nails! You know what they say... An avocado a day keeps bad skin at bay! Okay I made that up but come on, it was good! Next up Coconut Water, now this isn't just the latest accessory that Rihanna's been rocking ! No no no... Coconut Water is the queen of hydration! Hydrating you up to 4 times more efficiently than water! 

Kick starting your day with this smoothie will keep you going due to bananas and avocados slow release energy.