22 Apr 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #92




Adventures and outfit posts in York | Naughty treat on a sunny day at work | Rocking florals way before they were big | Excited to start a week of Alpro goodies | Been a busy bee making some floral crowns to sell on my Vintage & Handmade stall | Alpro yogurt for breakfast | My stall all set up at a local Vintage fair | Homemade healthy chicken tikka | My easter egg is (was) better than yours | Sneaky peek at my outfit | Another super tasty Alpro yogurt | Fun in the blossom in my latest outfit post.

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21 Apr 2014

#ALPROTOPS - HEALTHY YOGURT TOPPINGS - PART 1

As some of you will have seen on Twitter and Instagram, I'm currently taking part in another challenge with Alpro as one of their ambassadors, and this has to be my favourite campaign of theirs yet! The aim is to liven up breakfasts with Alpros big pot yogurts, and come up with a range of different toppings to make them all the more tastier! I'm a big lover of yogurt and often take a little tub along with me to work to have with some fruit, so this was something I was really looking forward to taking part in. I've just done day 3 of 5, so wanted to show you how I'm getting on so far and what combinations I've been enjoying with my yogurts...


Day 1: Alpro Simply Plain Yogurt topped with dried mango, desiccated coconut, honey and mint.
Day 2: Alpro Strawberry & Rhubarb Yogurt topped with dried cranberries and dark chocolate shavings.
Day 3: Alpro Lemon & Lime Yogurt topped with banana, honey and chopped pecans.

Although the campaign is designed to be based on breakfasts, I've cheated a little so far and had one at lunch time and one as a dessert after dinner. I've struggled getting out of bed at a suitable time for breakfast over the Bank Holiday weekend (oops!), so have been having them at various times of day. 
My favourite combo so far has to be the lemon and lime yogurt with banana, pecans and runny honey - so, so good! I think even without the toppings this is one of the nicest yogurts I've had. It's really fresh and creamy and the flavour reminds me of a lemon cheesecake, which is always a good thing. I'm not into yogurts that have bits in, and these are all smooth which is perfect for me!  So far I haven't got anything bad to say about the yogurts or the toppings I've tried, and I've genuinely enjoyed them all. I really didn't think I would like Day 1's combo - plain yogurt with mango, coconut, honey and mint - purely because of the mint, but this was one of Alpro's suggested toppings so I decided to put my trust in them and give it a whirl and I'm glad I did. Plain yogurt + fruit + mint = delicious. 

I've still got lots of yogurt and toppings left to try, so I'll have to get my thinking cap on for the last two days of the challenge and come up with some new, exciting flavour combos to try. I'll be back later this week with another post showing you my final two!

What are your favourite yogurt toppings?

*Disclaimer: Yogurts and a selection of toppings provided by Alpro in order for me to take part in the challenge. I have not been compensated for this post. All views and opinions are, as always, 100% honest and my own.*

20 Apr 2014

ORANGE BLOSSOM

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you're all having a lovely day and aren't in a chocolate induced food coma like I will no doubt end up in. Chocolate for breakfast? Me? Never! Today has been pretty chilled out for me. Dan and I headed out to see my family earlier, and we took some outfit shots in a very blossom lined street. It's one of my favourite places near where we live to take pictures, but there's something about the blossom that made it feel so much prettier and whimsical. I'm a sucker for a Spring time backdrop, so give me pink blossom and yellow daffodils and I'm happy! 








Coat - Zara
Tee - Topshop
Jeans - Asos
Shoes - River Island
Bag - Urban Outfitters
Rings - H&M, Primark

I wore a new addition to my wardrobe which is this amazing Zara coat, and possibly the best Spring coat I've ever seen! Dan spoilt me rotten in York and got me this, along with the Urban Outfitters doctor's bag. He spotted the coat before I did and got me to try it on, and I loved it but couldn't decide if I had enough in my wardrobe to go with it as it's such a loud colour and something I wouldn't usually wear. We left it behind and strolled around for a while, and I literally couldn't get it out of my head, so before heading back to the hotel we popped back in Zara and decided I just couldn't go home without it. Needless to say I've hardly had it off my back all week! It's been surprisingly easy to style and although made of wool, it's really lightweight so hasn't been too warm in the sunny weather we've been having.

We're off out to my sister's now for an Easter Sunday roast dinner with the rest of the family. How have you spent your Easter? Let me know what you've got up to this weekend!

15 Apr 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #91

Outfit details | Starbucks treat | Cactus - the only plants we're capable of looking after | Ultimate nineties  kid rocking jellies the first time round | I posted a little topknot tutorial video! | Babysitting two little munchkins | Saturday morning breakfast | Outfit pictures in a beaut new dress | A few snaps from my trip to York | Spoilt rotten in Zara and Urban Outfitters!

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14 Apr 2014

SITTING PRETTY DOES YORK

Dan is currently working away in York, so I hopped on to a train at the weekend and went to spend a day with him in my favourite UK city. I've loved York since my first visit, which must have been about ten years ago, and have been lots of times since then with family and with Dan, so even though it sucks that he's away from home, I was so excited when I realised I was free to go and visit him on his day off! We've done all the touristy things time and time again (tour of the Minster, ghost walks, museums etc, etc) so it was nice to go and just spend the day strolling around with him, taking in the sights and doing a spot of shopping. The weather was pretty cold and windy (wearing a skirt wasn't the best idea I've ever had), but it didn't stop the sun from shining! Here's some snaps we took on Sunday when we were out and about...






Top - H&M
Skirt - Primark
Jacket - Topshop
Boots - New Look

We had a lovely walk in to the city centre for a late breakfast, then headed off around the shops visiting some of my favourite haunts. We of course had to go and take a look at the Minster and Clifford's Tower, and stroll down the shambles before stopping off a few hours later for a spot of lunch. I got super spoilt in Zara and Urban Outfitters to an amazing Spring coat and a gorgeous new bag, both of which you'll see in an outfit post this weekend, I'm sure! We then walked back over the river to the hotel where Dan's staying and had a drink at the bar, before I had to reluctantly go and catch a train back home (mega sad face). It was lovely to go and visit York again, and we're already planning a proper trip there for the two of us, hopefully some time in Summer.

Have you visited York before? Would you recommend any must see spots there?

12 Apr 2014

NEON SHIFT

Neon is something I rarely wear, and when I do wear it I tend to go for it in small doses, so this dress from Ad Lib Girl is something completely out of my comfort zone. I was one hundred percent sold on the fit and style of this shift though, so I decided to give it a whirl and I'm glad I did! The raspberry/fuchsia shade is so amazing and bright, and sits surprisingly well against my pale skin, something I was a little worried about at first! It also has a dipped hem which is really flattering as it's short enough at the front to give the illusion that my little stumpy legs are longer than they are, and long enough at the back to ensure my decency is kept in tact!!





Dress - Ad Lib Girl*
Jacket - Topshop
Converse - Zalando*
Rucksack - Primark
Lips - Chatterbox by MAC

I wanted to style the dress in a more casual way than a shift would typically worn, as the colour is so fun and eye catching. Rather than going for the usual court shoes and statement necklace, instead I opted for a biker jacket and some Converse for a laid back look, perfect for a relaxing weekend. I also threw on my favourite backpack and wore some bright pink lipstick to mirror the colour of the dress. I really love the way this outfit turned out, and think I'll be a bit braver with neon shades in the future as I'm pleasantly surprised!

Have you tried the neon trend? How would you style a shift dress like this?

10 Apr 2014

TUTORIAL: TOPKNOT/BUN FOR SHORT TO MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR


This has been something that I often get asked to do but I've always pushed it to the back of my mind as I don't see myself as an expert in doing it and quite honestly, I seem to wing it every time I do this style! I've posted pictures on Instagram in the past of my hair up in a knot or bun though, and always seem to get asked how I did it. When I first chopped my hair short I would always struggle with ideas of how to style it, so I know a lot of you will be in the same situation! That's why I decided to finally do this post, and seeing as it's easier to show you what to do than tell you, I filmed myself doing the style on my hair to make it nice and clear!

Apologies for the amateur looking video captions, but my iMovie doesn't seem to want me to change the text sizes so it tends to do it's own thing when it comes to fonts! Hopefully this will help some of you out there who are stuck for ideas of how to style your short or medium length hair, or those of you who like me, have hair that's too fine to use a donut! 



Have you any style ideas for short hair? Share yours in the comments below! If you'd like to see more posts like this then please say so, as I really enjoyed making the video and think I've got the tutorial bug!