Friday, 24 October 2014

style | the perfect striped dress

Let me introduce you to my perfect dress. I've been on the hunt for a striped t shirt dress for what feels like years now - and I've finally found it at Zara! I got it a couple of weeks ago from the cotton range in Zara, so it's super soft and comfy to wear. It was only £15.99 as well which I think is so good for such a staple piece. The only thing I would say is to really stick to the washing instructions - I washed mine a liiiitle higher than it told me to and it shrunk a little! Thankfully I got it in a size medium so it still looks alright a bit tighter.

Also, I have pretty big boobs and a butt so this style of dress doesn't sit quite as nicely as it should - A line dresses are so perfect for people with up-and-down figures but are a little harder to pull off in curves because they can cling to them but I think it's just manageable in this dress!

I wore it with my trusty Fearne Cotton mac which I got a few years ago - when I first got this coat I never wore it just because nothing I owned went with it. But over the past few years, my style's become a bit more classic and grown up so I think it works much better now! I think it makes this dress look pretty Parisian - tres chic, oui?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

life | simple homemade mini pizza

Today I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite recipes - that's ridiculously quick and simple.

Pizza is one of my favourite types of food - it's literally one of my basic food groups and something I'll always order at restaurants if I get the chance! But they aren't the most healthy of meals so I decided to mix it up a little and make a mini healthy-ish version to share with you lot.

You'll need..
- a pizza base
- tomato puree
- mozzarella cheese
- your chosen toppings

What to do..
1) Start by putting your oven to 200 degrees (fan) and put some foil down on an oven tray. 
2) Next, put your pizza base down. You can use any old base but I wanted a healthier option - I found some Warburton brown sandwich pittas which are the perfect size. I think Warburton's sandwich thins or just a wholemeal wrap can also work
3) Pop on some tomato puree and then some little cubes of mozzarella cheese.
4) Then go ahead and put on your toppings that need to be cooked. For me, that's prosciutto ham. Make sure your ingredients are cooked beforehand because they'll only be warmed up in the oven.
5) Bang it in the oven until it's gone brown around the edges and the cheese has melted a little. It'll only take ten minutes or so.
6) If you fancy, you can put more ingredients on the pizza once it's out of the oven. I added a heap of fresh rocket and then some parmesan shavings, and then a final sprinkle of pepper.

And then tuck in! This is such a lovely and quick meal that'll keep you nicely filled up for lunch. You can even put a few vegetables on the side and have it for dinner as well, so it's good for all occasions - and you can change the toppings up so it never gets boring!

Let me know if you have a go at making this, and what toppings you'd choose to have yourself!

Friday, 3 October 2014

style | MATALAN

Toshop Joni jeans
Topshop Brighton boots
Michael Kors watch
Miss Selfridge necklace

Wow that's a lot of pictures! 

So the other day I went out for lunch with my mum, and we decided to have a little look around Matalan on our way home. But what started as a little look around turned into a full hour and a half trying on what felt like the entire store.

In the end, I came away with these three items of clothes. Let's start with the boxy sky blue tee - which I ADORE. It's made out of a crepe-y material that just flows really nicely on the body. It's got jersey material around the neckline and a little zip down the back - but the thing I love most is the colour. This purple-blue colour is fast becoming my favourite shade - and I think it's one that can be worn all year round.

Next up is the red comfy jumper - it's got quite a fitted body and really long sleeves which I love - I'm always pulling jumpers down over my hands and this one is already the perfect length! I also love all the detailing on it, and all the knitwork that's gone into the design. It's such a lovely texture too - not scratchy at all which is one of my biggest peeves with jumpers.

And finally onto the main part of this post; the coat to beat all coats.
I've been after a beautiful pale blue coat for months now - and walking into Matalan this was the first thing I saw: FATE. It looks like grey, purple and blue in different lights which I think is really nice, and I love how it's lined as well. There are so many coats on the market for double the price which aren't lined so this is such good quality for me. Plus it's actually on offer on the website at the minute for just £30 (!!!) so I'd snap it up quickly!

Overall I'm super happy with my recent trip to Matalan!
Have you been there recently?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

beauty | The Body Shop Vitamin E collection minis

I remember the first thing I ever got from The Body Shop. It was a little gift set of the Vitamin E collection, including the cleanser, toner and moisturiser. I was about 13 and had no idea what any of the products were actually meant to do - but I used them anyway and fell in love. They left my skin soft and smooth and I was very impressed! Can you believe it - a full skincare routine by accident at 13!

But of course things change and I started changing up what I use and getting lazier and eight years later I hadn't touched the Vitamin E collection. But a couple of weeks ago my skin started getting really dry - imagine cracked, flaky the entire ugly thing - and I decided I needed something pretty hardcore to combat it - but not something that's going to clog up my skin and make even more problems with spots.

The Body Shop is always really gentle on my skin so I decided to go back to the old school and check out the Vitamin E collection again. 

Walking in, I found this cute little set of minis - which had all the bits I wanted as well as a night cream. It all came in this cute bag for only £10 - which I think is an amazing bargain. With each product coming in at just £2.50 (60ml of cleanser and toner, and 15ml of both moisture creams), you really can't go wrong.

In terms of the product itself, each one does a lovely job on my skin. Each one's got a nice unobvious scent and used together they make my skin as soft as I remember. I use the cleanser, toner and moisturiser every morning and then put the night cream on before bed, The night cream is pretty thick though so I put it on a couple of hours before bed so it has time to sink in and not clog my pores.

Overall I think this kit is perfect for either travelling or if you want to give the Vitamin E range a try before buying the full-sized products, I highly recommend this range from the Body Shop because of how gentle it is on the skin, and because it personally works wonders for me.

Have you tried this range before?