Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Perfect Autumn Dress

I have found it. I've been searching far and wide for it all month, and I have finally hunted it down. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? The Perfect Autumn Dress. 

There's something about wearing a dress with bare legs and boots that I look forward to all year round, and there's only really one time a year you can get away with wearing it. Autumn could possibly be my favourite time of year, purely because of this look that I love styling. Although, that is a tough call to make - I love Spring floral dresses, Summer denim shorts, and Winter woolly jumpers! But this style is definitely one of my favourites.

The trouble is, it's all about finding the perfect Autumn dress. Nothing too Summery, otherwise you'll be looking like you're bereaving Summer, nothing too Wintery or you'll be sick and tired of Winter clothes by the time it eventually reaches us. And don't even get me started on what to pair the dress with once you've finally found that perfect Autumn dress! 

I chose OTK (over-the-knee) boots from Stuart Weitzman that are my most prized possession - after lusting after these 50/50 boots I finally gave in and bought them last Winter. I have struggled for years to find boots that fit my legs, and these ones hug my legs perfectly due to the elasticated back. They're also incredibly comfortable because of the half sizes that are available. I completed the whole outfit with a bright red tote from Kurt Geiger

The dress is from Urban Outfitters. It is loose fitting and covered in a deep red pattern with 'cold shoulders'. Online you'll find it describes it as a tunic top and looks more like a top on the model, however as you can see, it works perfectly as a dress and isn't too short at all. I went a little boho with my hairstyle with a french braid starting at the top and continuing all down one side.

Now I can strut down the streets of Brighton wearing my perfect Autumn dress.

I Am Wearing
Boots - Stuart Weitzman (called 50/50), Bag - Kurt Geiger

Saturday, 20 September 2014

My Favourite Daytime Lipstick

I've got a new lipstick obsession and I just have to share it with you. You may already know it/use it/love it, but I've only just discovered its wonderfulness! It's Patisserie, Lustre MAC lipstick. I've been on the hunt for a perfect everyday lipstick that is pretty and flattering, yet subtle.

While rummaging through the mess that is my lipstick collection, I realised that I only have bright colours that are great for an evening but a bit too bold for daytime. I decided to check out what neutral coloured lipsticks MAC has to offer and that's when I discovered Patisserie. It's a neutral pink shade, which I have found is the perfect colour for me during the day. I think I'm going to be loving this shade from now on. It's a balmy texture on your lips so it feels super moisturising yet not too glossy or sticky. I just wish I had discovered it during the Summer because it's such a beautiful, fresh and Summery colour.

Have you ever worn this colour? Do you love it as much as I do? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

There's no denying that I have a sweet tooth. Since eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle I have noticed that my cravings for sweet things have reduced. They haven't gone for good though, and I still often yearn for chocolate or sugary things! When that time hits me (and let's face it, it's usually that time of the month!) I try to find healthier alternatives to my old favourites.

That's how I came up with the Healthy Chocolate Milkshake. Don't get me wrong, I didn't totally come up with this recipe in my head, I did have to do some research to find out what blends well and what tastes sweet enough but still natural and healthy. It's all down to trial and error - and believe me they didn't all taste this good at the beginning!

When I finally made this recipe, I couldn't believe how delicious it tasted. It honestly tastes better than any chocolate milkshake I've ever had and I promise I'm not exaggerating! I had to make Marcus one as soon as I finished mine so I could share how incredible it tasted with someone else!

The best thing about it is that you feel like you're treating yourself having a naughty chocolate milkshake but there are zero, I repeat ZERO, bad ingredients in there! In actual fact, every single ingredient is incredibly good for you.

1 Frozen Banana
1 tbsp Maca Powder
1 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Almond Butter or Cashew Butter
1 tbsp Protein Powder (this is optional but I love the taste of my chocolate protein powder)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
2-3 Medjool Dates
2 Ice Cubes

What's So Good About These Ingredients?

Banana - High in potassium, which is good news for your heart and bones, high in fibre to aid digestion and it'll give you an energy boost.

Maca Powder - A superfood loaded with vitamins, proteins and fibre. I usually add a tablespoon to my smoothies in the mornings.

Raw Cacao Powder - Also a superfood, this is the healthiest, most natural form of chocolate. It's straight from the cacao plant and ground to a powder unlike it's evil twin, cocoa powder, which has been processed. It has one of the highest antioxidant counts in the world!

Cashew Butter - You can get many different types of nut butters including peanut, almond and cashew. My favourite (and the healthiest) is almond butter but cashew butter is just as good. It's full of protein and healthy fats. The brand I use called Meridian has one ingredient - nuts! Avoid brands that pump it full of salt and sugar. It really doesn't need it. This recipe works well with almond or cashew butter.

Protein Powder - Trying out the plant-based diet means that I may not be getting as much protein as I should. That's why I occasionally like to take a protein powder, which is still plant-based, but jam-packs plant proteins into a super spoonful of powder! I love the chocolate flavour.

Cinnamon - It regulates blood sugar, reduces cholesterol, and contains many nutrients. I've also heard that it can increase your metabolism!

Almond Milk - In my opinion almond milk is so much tastier (and healthier) than it's dairy alternative. It includes most of the health benefits of cows milk, but none of the negative side effects. I use the brand Rude Health, because it contains the least amount of ingredients. There are many supermarket brands that are full of preservatives and unnecessary chemicals.

Medjool Dates - These wonder fruits can be used as a natural sweetener in replacement of sugar. Not only do they taste incredible, they are also full of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants.

There's only one step to making this milkshake:
Add everything to a blender or nutribullet and blend! Add almond milk a glug at a time until you get your preferred consistency. I like mine thick and creamy so I find 1 cup is perfect.

If you make my healthy chocolate milkshake I'd love to know what you think!
I'm positive you'll love it just as much as I do!


Friday, 12 September 2014

Wabi Launch

Last week Marcus and I attended the launch of a restaurant and bar in Horsham called Wabi. It's been around for a while but unfortunately caught fire a few months ago so had to be totally refurbished. It's even more beautiful than before. We were wowed from the second we walked in - there's nowhere else like it in Brighton (or the whole of Sussex thinking of it!). I arrived early to get lots of pictures of the place.

It's a Japanese restaurant that also serves cocktails in the bar. The food wowed us again. Not eating fish, meat or dairy I thought it would be difficult for me to find something to eat, but there were numerous vegetable dishes and vegetarian sushi rolls that were delicious, and the staff were very accommodating.

The others were served sushi, beef and chicken that I must say did look great.

The mushroom dish that I ordered arrived on a large leaf over a sizzling fire. It was one of the tastiest things I've had in a long time!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Brighton Food Festival

Last week I was happy to find out that the Brighton Food Festival was back again. Brighton is well known for offering a fantastic array of food and drink, so the festival brings together local food producers and independent restaurants and cafes to provide the best food all in one place. The festival runs for about 2 weeks but the main attraction is the market on Hove Lawns at the weekend! It usually works out that I'm away or busy over the food festival so I made sure that this time Marcus and I were free to spend Sunday exploring the food stalls.

We decided to walk the whole way around first to scout out all the different options rather than committing too quickly to the first thing we saw! I knew otherwise we'd fill ourselves up and then see something we wish we had seen before. There's anything from chicken kebabs to gluten free brownies. There's so much to offer that I'm sure even the pickiest of eaters would find something they love. Being huge olive fans we filled up a box full of different types and flavours of olives. We ended up spending an absolute fortune on them because we didn't realise they were going to be weighed, but at least we have at least a weeks worth of olives in our fridge now!

We found a juice bar called Muddles Beverages. At first I thought it was just a usual smoothie bar but when I looked at their menu I noticed it was a little different. They mix fruit with herbs! There are many different options and all of them provide health benefits too so you can decide what one you want based on the health benefits or purely by what one you think will taste best (oh, we got to taste almost all of the flavours too before ordering!). 

I chose the Pear and Rosemary Muddle, which is pear juice with lightly peppered rosemary mixed with vanilla beans and almonds. It was so yummy I slurped it down in less than 5 minutes! Marcus chose the Kiwi and Basil Muddle with avocado and banana, which was equally as nice.

I Am Wearing
Dress - Bershka, Sunglasses - Ray-Ban,
Bag - Longchamp

On a recent trip to town last week with Zoe, we discovered a tea shop called Bluebird Tea Co. They produce all of their own flavoured teas and even have a juice bar at the back where the juices and smoothies are made with their tea! I totally fell in love with the place and was delighted to see they had a stall at the Brighton Festival. I introduced Marcus to the brand and he loved it too so bought some MojiTEA tea bags (a blend of green tea, peppermint and lime).

An italian stall selling pizzas even had a real pizza oven at the back. The pizzas looked delicious, with many people walking around devouring them.

If you're from Brighton and missed the food festival this year, it'll be back at Easter next year so make sure you pop down even for a few minutes to see what's on offer! If you're not from Brighton? Well, a reason to come and visit!