Friday, 12 December 2014

NYE Party Playsuit

I've put this outfit together in collaboration with Topshop for the perfect New Years Eve outfit. 
The playsuit is simple in a block white, and the tailored shape of it in the style of a tux is smart and sophisticated.

As the new collection at Topshop is sparkling with sequins, I wore this beautiful, black sequinned jacket over the top. Come on, a New Years Eve outfit just isn’t right without a little bit of sparkle here and there! I’m looking forward to wearing this after New Years Eve too with jeans and heels. It instantly transforms an ordinary outfit into a perfect evening look.
The wrap around belt that pulls in the waist, creating more shape.

Overall, the look is smart and fun - perfect for a NYE Party!
I’m excited about the last night of this year because I am actually going to a party - I usually go out with friends or stay in with a bottle of wine! What are your plans? 

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Healthy Chocolate and Almond Spiced Cookies

With the lead up to Christmas, all I've been craving is a delicious festively spiced cookie that isn't overloaded with sugar and nasty additives. I've been busy baking away to create the perfect healthy Christmas cookie, and here it is! They are full of amazing ingredients, and taste great hot from the oven or cold from the fridge.

Video Below.

Makes 10-12 cookies. 15 minutes baking time. Allow 30 minutes altogether.

2 cups Ground Almonds
2 heaped tbsp Coconut Oil
4-5 Squares of Dark Chocolate or use Chocolate Chips
1 tbsp Agave Nectar (or 1.5 tbsp pure maple syrup)
1/2 Mashed Ripe Banana
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger, Nutmeg and Pink Himalayan Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

For Decoration:
Twine or Ribbon
Holly - Fresh or Fake

1. Pre-heat oven to 170C.
2. Mash the ripe banana and chop the chocolate into chunks.
Tip - the banana will be easier to mash if it's ripe! It'll also taste better.
3. In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil on a low heat. When it is melted, add the syrup and all the spices and salt. Keep on a low heat and stir until ingredients are combined.
4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground almonds and baking powder. Mix in the mashed banana, chocolate chunks and almond butter.
5. Now add the melted ingredients and stir it altogether until combined. All the ingredients should stick together until the bowl is clean.
6. Take a tablespoon amount of the mixture and place onto a tray with greaseproof paper. Press down to form a cookie.
7. Press the back of a fork onto each of the cookies and bake for 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool.

1. Pile the cookies into stacks of 3 or 4 and tie together with twine or ribbon. Before you tie the bow at the top, thread through a tag that reads 'Chocolate and Almond Spiced Cookies'.
2. Add a small sprig of holly to each stack.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

'Tis The Season To Rock n Roll

While we wait for those Christmas party invitations to come flooding in (we hope!), it's always a good idea to plan your outfits ahead of time to save that last minute 'I have NOTHING to wear!' panic that we're all too familiar with. 

Buying a few essential party items now that you can mix and match with ease will mean that by the time it gets to the midst of the party season, you'll find yourself picking the perfect outfit from your wardrobe in approximately 10 seconds!

I teamed up with Topshop to style my favourite items from their new collection for a perfect Christmas party outfit. Topshop have brought to us some fabulous trends for the festive season, my favourites including feathers and velvet.

I went for a grunge/rock n roll look, glammed up with feather heeled sandals and a metal sequinned bag to keep it feminine. And what would a Christmas party be without a statement red lip?

It was love at first sight with these pretty feathered sandals! They soften the feel of the outfit and add a little elegance.

I'm head over heels for this leather biker. Although there are so many out on the high street, it's hard to find a decent leather jacket. They can all too often look shiny and plasticy. This one however has a vintage feel to it, thanks to the washed leather.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Country Look

Arriving back home this week from Florida, I was expecting the worst with the weather but I have been surprised by how bright and clear the sky is. I love these crisp cold, bright sunny days where we can wrap up warm with layers.

There's no better place in Sussex to go on a clear day than the Devils Dyke where the view is unbeatable. You can see for miles. Ever since I was a little girl I used to come here and try to spot my house!

I wore my new AllSaints coat that I can't take off at the moment, I just want to wear it all Winter. It's perfectly tailored, making any outfit look smart and sophisticated. I wore it with some casual black, skinny jeans, a plain jumper, and a tartan scarf. 

This is a very British countryside look, perfect for Winter. All I need now is a horse to ride! Oh, look...

I Am Wearing
Coat - AllSaints, Scarf - H&M, Jumper - H&M
Bag - Kurt Geiger, Boots - Kurt Geiger

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Secret Hotel

I'll be honest with you, it has been a couple of weeks since I stayed at this hotel and it wasn't until last night that I found these photos that I had completely forgotten about! I'd forgotten how much I had fallen in love with Hotel 41, and I just had to share it with you... Better late than never!

Having had lots of meetings in London recently, I have found myself staying in London much more frequently than usual. I'm not a huge fan of staying in hotels, mainly because I hate having all of my belongings stuffed into a bag or suitcase. The second I walk through the door of the bedroom of a hotel I immediately unpack my things as if it's my new home. Well I suppose it is, for a day or two at least!

Marcus and I realised we needed to stay in central London for the night so found this place last minute (by last minute, I mean while we were on the train on our way there!) and got ourselves an amazing deal on it.

I'd never heard of Hotel 41, and neither did the taxi driver that took us there - that's a first for London! After circling the block, we eventually spotted a grand door that camouflaged into its surroundings, making it hard to find. We were welcomed by the receptionist, who called down the host to show us around the boutique hotel. We got in the lift to go upstairs - there's only two floors, the ground floor and the fifth floor where there are a limited number of rooms. I'd like to know what happened to floors 2-4? Another secret hotel maybe!

It was a totally personalised experience having someone show us around the hotel including taking us to the room and lighting a candle in the bathroom for us and presenting us with a bowl of fruit. You know by now that nothing makes me happier than fruit!

I Am Wearing
Blazer - H&M, Top - Primark,
Jeans - Abercrombie, Scarf and Hat - H&M,

Breakfast in bed is such a luxury. Tucked up in bed wrapped in a soft dressing gown under the duvet, with a tray on my lap of muesli, almond milk and tea was just perfection.