Sunday, 10 August 2014

#SupportIconemesis

iPhone case from Iconemesis*

I was recently contacted by Iconemesis - an iPhone case brand which does the cutest designs from talented artists! I have been a fan of their Fifi Lapin iPhone cases for a while now, so I was excited to not only receive my own stylish bunny case but also to hear their latest news: Iconemesis is a growing brand, and they need crowd funding help in order to reach their goals!

For me, it's difficult to find phone cases I like because I don't like a lot of 'bling', or 'flappy' cases (where you've got a flap that you can store your cards in, etc), or just plain boring cases. And if anyone gets an iPhone case near me which has the quilted and diamond design - just no, I just can't with them. So when I first found out about Iconemesis I was over the moon to see their stylish Fifi Lapin phone cases! But that's my personal preference - there are plenty more designs to choose from if Fifi just doesn't hit the right note. I just love this stylish rabbit! (I never thought I'd be taking fashion inspiration from an animal cartoon, but here we are.)

The Iconemesis Indiegogo campaign is live now and will be until the 21st of August. Their goal is to reach $9,100 and everyone who contributes an amount to this total sum can get contributor perks such as getting your own iPhone cases. I think that crowd funding is an awesome way for new brands to get the financial help they need in order to grow their business.

I'm wishing Iconemesis all the luck in reaching their target goal, and I'm really hoping to see more of their cute designs on the web soon - so lets help them get the contributions they need, and if you back them up you can even get your own free iPhone case!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Healthy Living: Walking

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what i'm wearing: dress vintage (was my mums!) // Hunter Original Tall Boots


We all make New Years resolutions to get fit, ditch the bad habits and shed the pounds we gained after multiple turkeys, chocolates and wines we indulged in after Christmas and swear to keep these resolutions to ensure we have a healthier lifestyle and the most wanted 'bikini ready' body for summer. Most of us will not keep to these resolutions, myself included. What I have noticed is that it's actually summertime when it's easiest to start these resolutions and get them settled in your routine before Autumn - I guess in the summer people are naturally more active and our diets change. But more about diets in next weeks post!

I wanted to write about the changes I have made in my life to be healthier because I have seen so many people on Twitter recently who talk about a healthier lifestyle and diets, and although I'm not following any particular way of changing my life, I have already started feeling the benefits from the small changes I have made. This week I want to talk to you about one of the easiest ways of keeping healthy and that is walking. Most of us have the luxury of cars and public transport to get around, and our busy lives mean that by the time we get home after a what was supposed to be 9-5 job turned into 8-8 job, all I can imagine people want to do is have dinner, get comfy and stick Netflix on. And sometimes, that is just the best cure for a hard day. But when that was my life, I felt down a lot and also really tired ALL THE TIME. So I decided it's time to change.

Of course, for people who have dogs, walking is a part of your daily routine. But taking your pooch for a 15 minute walk around the block isn't the same as really taking the time to go somewhere nice and enjoy a couple of hours worth of fresh air, exploring and catching up with your friends or even your own thoughts. My best friend recently got a dog of her own so now we arrange a weekly walk in the countryside when the dogs can play and explore together, we all get exercise and we get to catch up on what's been going on through the week. I know not everyone has the countryside on their doorstep, living in Hampshire I am very lucky to have some beautiful places only minutes away from me, but even in busy, big built up cities you can find beautiful parks to escape to. Or make it a weekend activity!

Walking has the benefits of slowly introducing your body to exercise, fresh air will give you dewy skin and the beautiful sights you see on the way are always Instagram worthy!

So, grab your wellies + friend + dog + boyfriend and go, go, go!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Car Boot Sale at Wyke Down


It's been a whole week since I've posted and some of you who follow me on Twitter will know it's because I'm desperately trying to pack all my things before me and Liam move into our new home in just two weeks time! Needless to say I'm very excited and spend most of my time tending to house related activities; one of which has been trying to declutter and get rid of some things I no longer need. As these things are mainly clothes, shoes and accessories some of which I have never even worn, I've been selling them on sites like Depop and something I recently tried out is a car boot sale. I have been to a car boot sale once before and I remember picking up a few things like a china teacup and saucer set for 20p which has lasted me for 5 years, so I decided to see if I can 'recycle' my pre-loved items.

I went to my local Hampshire car boot sale which is held on a field near The Wyke Down pub and this Sunday is the second Sunday in a row where I'm happily stood selling my items - it's turned into a really fun activity! I also love taking a break and wondering around the sale, I have even bought a pub style chalkboard for our new kitchen for a mere £5!
On average, I make £30-£40 in 4 hours from selling items which I no longer need for prices starting from 20p and going up to £5. It's a car boot sale and I think one thing to remember is that people shop for real bargains and if you're looking to sell you things for £10+, it's really not the right place. The cheaper I mark my items at, the more items go - which is really the goal when you're trying to get rid of things!

Talking of accessories, I'm currently obsessed with my Double Cross Sun and Moon choker and I've been wearing it all the time for the past week! Double Cross are a really cute jewellery company who make grunge and vintage inspired chokers, rings and bracelets. I love the boho feel of this choker and it looks great worn with summer dresses! Chokers with a black cord also always remind me of one of my favourite films, The Craft!

I'm back at Wyke Down again next Sunday to try and sell some more of my oldies, but goodies! Any tips from you guys on how to make a successful sale at a car boot?


Saturday, 26 July 2014

It's My Birthday!

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what i'm wearing: dress and shoes Zara // necklace Topshop 

Yesterday I celebrated another eventful year on this planet - I'm officially 24! My gorgeous group of friends arranged a fantastic evening for me which included delicious food and tasty wine - they know me well!

We started the evening at No5 Bridge Street in Winchester, Hampshire - a British themed restaurant with seasonal dishes and a long list of wines and cocktails. It's the perfect place to spend a Friday evening with both indoor and outdoor tables and in the recent heatwave the outdoor tables were just the most fantastic place to be. Every Friday there is live music from 9-11pm, and the singer from last night had a voice which sounded very much like Bastille, covering songs like John Legend's 'All of Me' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.
We went all out with the food and got a three course meal, because the food all looks so yummy - you just want to try it all! I went for the Salt 'n Pepper Squid for the starter and it was all you could ever want from a deep fried squid - tasty, soft and accompanied by chilli jam! For my main I just had to go for the Greenfields Pulled Pork burger with a blue cheese topping and that was just the most filling, satisfying burger ever. The pulled pork was delicious with a hint of sweetness, and the blue cheese balanced it out bringing some heavier bitter flavours - oh yeah! Dessert for me was a trio of sorbets: elderflower, lemon and orange. I love having a sorbet as a dessert as I find after a heavy meal it's nice to have something cool and zingy. My friends also surprised me with a delicious dark chocolate brownie and a 'Happy Birthday' tune!
PS The birthday badge I was given had to stay on my chest because if I took it off I had to pay a penalty of a shot. If I drink shots, I literally feel like my life will end the next morning so the badge stuck firmly on my chest for 99% of the evening!

After our meal, we made our way next door to a fantastic wine bar called The Black Bottle. It really is an upper class wine vending machine bar and works like this: you go through to the bar and you are given a chip card which you will use throughout the evening. Top up the card with however much money you'd like and remember that even if you don't use all the money on your card you can always use the card again! Then you make your way through the building which is beautifully decorated to represent an old manor house and pick the room in which the vending machines dispose your favourite wines: red, white, rose, sparkling - you name it! You use your card in the machines and select the wine you'd like to try, which come in different sizes so you can always have a taster before you commit to a glass. I love the idea of The Black Bottle, and it's a really nice atmosphere to be in. I was surprised by the bar managers who gave me a glass of prosecco as a birthday treat!

I had a lovely evening and would recommend those two places to anyone visiting Winchester for an evening. Although very delicious and high standard, neither No5 nor The Black Bottle charge high prices - rather an average price point for quality, atmosphere and a great time!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Festival Fun with Talolo Boots!

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Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
what i'm wearing: printed kimono Primark // tassel top Primark // shorts Topshop // wellies Talolo Boots* // bag Primark (really old!)

Hey guys! Let me just start this post by telling what I've just done. I've just gone and accidentally deleted the photos from the evening pictured above and these are the only photos I have left since they have uploaded before IDIOT here pressed the button and deleted the whole lot. I'm GUTTED as all my photos with my friends from that whole night are gone - and there were several images which I absolutely loved! Le sigh.... 

Anyway, life goes on. On Saturday I went to a local beer festival which I used to really enjoy when I was younger but this year I think we lasted like an hour, two tops, before we retired. That is after trying the world wonder which is a beetroot cider! It's like really weak beetroot juice/water... Most definitely an quires taste but worth a mention, so give it a go if you're at a local food fest! Also, my couple of hours was enough to fall for me to fall in love with my new wellies from Talolo Boots! 

Wellies have always been a festival staple, no matter if you're at Glasto, Reading, or a small local get together - the weather is England taught us from a young age to carry and umbrella and wear suitable footwear. I remember once I thought it was a good idea to wear mega light canvas shoes to a muddy, wet festival. Nope, it ended with wet and soggy feet and a stroppy Lana.

I was so excited to see the email about Talolo Boots land in my inbox - these cowboy style wellies are not only mega cute but also so comfy and practical! The paisley print on the boots really adds to the festival vibe, and they look amazing worn with skinny jeans, or a dress. I have wondered around quite a lot in them already, and unlike some wellies which can feel heavy and uncomfortable, Talolo wellies make any walk to a tent, or to a nearby shower, amazingly comfortable. 

I'm actually a little excited for some more festival fun in the rain and mud because I don't have to worry about muddy and soggy feet. For more designs, check out @TaloloBoots on Twitter, or on their website and let me know which design is your favourite! 



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Home Made Coconut & Banana Hair Mask

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I've been really getting into DIY beauty products such as masks, scrubs and lotions since I had so much fun making my first one, that I have decided to experiment with this homemade coconut and banana hair mask. It's a really summery masks which smells like a cocktail you'd sip on whilst on a Caribbean holiday and the best thing about this hair mask is that it is 100% natural. I picked the ingredients not only to suit the summery theme, but also because banana (when used in hair masks) has many benefits such as: decreasing hair loss by aiding the scalp and soothing itchy/flaky scalps, softening the hair, preventing split ends as it contains vitamins A, B and C. Coconut oil hydrates the hair, and Argan oil is a known miracle worker for any type of hair as it smooths flyaways, nourishes the hair and softens it.

What you will need:
2 bananas (preferably really ripe, to the point where they're brown)
1 coconut
100% pure Argan Oil (I'm using Argan Oil by Nouris*)
1 lemon (if you're blonde/fair haired as lemon lightens the hair!)

This isa really quick and simple mask to do: you've got to mush the bananas and the coconuts to a complete paste. I find that buying an older coconut, or waiting until it's pretty old is the best, as then more oil comes out from it. You absolutely must mush these ingredients into a smooth paste, otherwise (like I found out the hard way) some bits get in your hair and although it's not a hard job to brush them out, it's not really an experience that you want. I use a pestle & mortar to blend the paste together, and work off any anger.
Once both of these ingredients are in a paste form, mix them together. Now add a tiny bit of lemon juice, just a quick squeeze! Follow by a few pumps of Argan oil - judge how much you need by the length of your hair.

Once you've got the PASTE, remember PASTE otherwise be prepared to pick stuff out of your hair, wet your hair and smooth the paste on. Leave it there for about 15 - 20 minutes and follow by your usual hair wash routine!
I love how natural this hair mask is, and how strong a revived my hair felt after it. If you make too much, remember you can always freeze this mask and use it another week!



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dorset Seafood Festival 2014

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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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what i'm wearing: Cleo Swim by Panache Carmen swimsuit* // h&m linen shirt // Urban Outfitters shorts // colour block clutch Just Fab* // Havaianas flip flops // Topshop chain necklace (current sale) // River Island toe rings

Since visiting the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival last year, it's safe to say the trip has become a summer tradition. Being a big lover of seafood, it's this kind of fresh local produce that gets me really excited to visit the festival which is held in Weymouth annually. I absolutely love Weymouth for it's beach and relaxed atmosphere, and of course this Seafood Festival which is hosts every year!

The festival lasts for two days - Saturday and Sunday - and although it is easier for the Southerners of England to get to it, I'd recommend this time next year take a break even if you're based in the North because it will be worth your while. For anyone travelling around the South - get ready for traffic jams. We got stuck in three jams in total, adding an hour onto the journey - but once you're there you can relax and enjoy yourself with some mega fresh seafood and delicious drinks which include ciders, wines and of course champagne!

I have to say the highlight of the festival for me is always the oysters - they're so delicious and although you can get really nice oysters in good restaurants, nothing beats an oyster which has just come from the water. So fresh and tasty with a little bit of lemon juice and tabasco sauce!
I also really enjoyed the sea bass tortilla wrap - I've always limited myself to just chic hen fajitas, but now I am going to experiment putting white fish or prawns in it because who knew the combination of sea bass, jalapeƱos and salsa was so delicious?! It was also the first time I tried whelks - oh hell yums! I had the deep fried whelks with tabasco which were just to die for, and fresh whelks in a salsa mix. If you haven't had them before and like things like squid and snails, then you've gotta give these guys a go!

Besides food which you eat at the festival, there are always several stalls where you can buy gifts and goodies to take home with you - from cheeses, to sweets, oils, specialised cutlery and even clothes! There's something for everyone there - unless of course you cannot handle seafood, in which case this really isn't the food festival for you.

I'm already looking forward to next years festival and this time I probably will even make a little weekend break and stay in Weymouth over night to enjoy not only the glorious seafood at the festival, but also the sandy beach and a few evening cocktails!