Monday, 22 September 2014

Last Day's of Summer: Coral Tones


Summer is swiftly leaving us behind (where did it go this year?) as Autumn approaches. I'm actually not sad about that. Autumn is my time.

Autumn/Winter is undoubtedly my favourite season in the fashion calendar. I have friends who are all about the bronzed legs, cut-off shorts and strappy tops of the summer but seriously, give me fluffy knits, rich velvet and chunky boots over that every time.

That said, I am partial to a bit if sunshine, even though my complexion might suggest otherwise.

A few weekends ago, the sun seemingly came out of no where so me and the boy made the most of the nice weather by going out for a Sunday lunch at a pub down the road.

Whenever the weather's not grim (and it usually is in Manchester) and I have a bit of spare time, I always try and get an outfit post shot outside.

Black felt fedora hat- Primark
Sheer floral kimono- DivaDames*
Wu-tang Clan halter crop top- Forever 21
Riding Pants- American Apparel
Religion coral spike clutch bag- Psyche*
Cleated sole patent heels- ASOS

Kimonos have been my saviour for the past few months; they're so easy to just throw on over a summery top to keep the chill out when the sun goes behind the clouds. This one's from a new site I discovered called DivaDames who do lots of trend-led clothing at really good prices.

I found myself wearing lots of coral in this outfit. From the coral tones in the print of my kimono to the gorgeous colour of this Religion box clutch from Psyche. It's the perfect size for a night out for a bit of makeup, some money and your phone. Psyche stock lots of accessories including Michael Kors bags and watches, Olia jewellery and Ted Baker purses. I was pleased to see Religion in the lineup which has been one of my favourite brand's since I was about 13.

This clutch isn't really a colour I would usually choose but I'm glad I did as it adds a nice pop of colour to my typically all-black outfits. It also perfectly matches my new Loreal Colour Riche Intense lipstick that I picked up on a three-for-two offer a few weeks ago. It says that it's for blondes but who I am to be told what does and doesn't suit me!

Are you enjoying these infrequent bursts of nice weather?


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best of British


This post starts out a little differently. I've decided to include more lifestyle-type posts on my blog because I often get the chance to go to some great events with more of a food, drink and various other random things focus and it would be a shame to miss out on sharing those. I also seem to have less time on my hands nowadays (take me back to being a student when all I had to worry about was whether I could get up in time to watch the Jeremy Kyle repeat at 1:30pm) which means I don't get as many opportunities to do dedicated outfit posts.

Waitrose British Dish Challenge

I was recently thrilled to take up a challenge from Waitrose to recreate a classic British dish. I was more than happy to accept as I love cooking, though this presented a bit of a problem; British cuisine! I actually don't tend to eat many traditional British dishes, I tend to be into more exotic flavours found in Indian, Moroccan and Mediterranean cooking.

I thought about the typically British stuff and the ways I might be able to put my own spin on things. I came to the conclusion that actually, the British dishes I like the most are dead simple; steak pie, a Sunday roast and fish and chips.

It was the latter that I decided to go with. A fish and chip shop conjures up memories of visiting seaside towns when I was younger, or scraping together change with friends to buy a cone of chips to share smothered in salt and vinegar when we were teenagers.

As much as I wanted to reinvent traditional fish and chips, I figured that it's one not to be messed with. Instead I altered the concept slightly and made fish goujons rather than a large fillet so I could have a posh version of one of my favourite variations- a fish finger butty!

Beer Battered Cod Goujons with Crusty Bread and Hand-cut Chips
Ingredients from Waitrose:

Maris Piper Potatoes
Cod Fillets
Crusty Sandwich Loaf
Plain Flour
Sparkling Water

Maris Piper potatoes make the best chips. I washed and peeled a handful and cut them into thick, chunky chips. I then parboiled them, then coated them in olive oil and seasoned. I baked my chips so that they were a bit healthier.

I must say that the quality of the cod I got was amazing. I cut the fillets into thick strips, coated in plain flour and then dipped into my homemade batter before frying. I followed this recipe for the batter.

This crusty bread was divine with loads of thickly spread butter.

To add to the English theme, I decided to try some of Waitrose's own brand gin, paired with Fever Tree ginger beer and a generous wedge of lemon. Amazing.

An awesome meal. The man agreed too.

Checked shirt- vintage

Stylefruits Brilliantly British Fashion Blogger Card Game

This post seemed like a good opportunity to share another recent British-themed venture. I was asked by Stylefruits to take part in their annual fashion blogger card deck. This year's pack is titled 'Brilliantly British' and features a set of British-themed statistics for 32 fashion bloggers.

They're so cool and a great way to discover new bloggers. You can nominate bloggers for next year's pack, here.

I'm going to give a pack away to a lucky reader who comments on this post so don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know that you'd like to win the pack!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Reading Festival 2014


It seems like ages ago that I was getting home from Reading Festival but it was only last week!

This was actually my first ever camping festival and safe to say, I loved every minute.

I didn't take as many photos as I probably should but I got enough to put a little blog post together.

Warning- floral overload!

Sunglasses- Primark
Earrings- vintage
Choker- ASOS
Crop top- Forever 21
Tassle bag- ASOS
Floral culottes- Cow Vintage

Some of my favourite acts over the weekend included Queens of the Stone Age, Duke Dumont, Beardyman, Arctic Monkeys, Andy C, Papa Roach, Klaxons and Blink 182.

We were fairly lucky with the weather, it only seemed to rain at night (other than the last day which was torrential during the walk to the car-grim!) and was actually really hot in the morning and early afternoons. I even got myself burnt, complete with bikini top, t shirt and wristband lines. In a slight hungover haze on Friday we also had a little kip in the main arena at midday and I managed to burn just my knees which now looks pretty ridiculous.

I actually didn't get any decent photos of my favourite outfit which was a gorgeous gingham crop top I got from Cow Vintage with some denim cut-offs, knee high socks and a red checked flannel shirt I bought while I was there.

I think we were also a bit guilty of going overboard with the stick on gems and bindis, they got more elaborate every day!

Have you been to any festivals this summer?

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