Month: October 2016

Beauty // Debenhams Glamoween 

I thought Halloween would pass me by this year as I haven’t got any concrete plans to celebrate but when an invite to Debenhams Glamoween event landed in my inbox a couple of weeks ago, I had to go along for a nosey! The event consisted of two 30 minute masterclasses with a ghoulish twist! Perfect for fright night, we watched the talented MUA’s at work! One by Make Up Forever – a brand I hadn’t actually looked at before and one by Urban Decay. Both looks were perfectly pigmented using gorgeous a variety of products. Make Up Forever created a beaut ombre mermaid lip which was amazing, although I’d never be able to recreate! I also had the chance to look at the nnext Urban Decay Moondust palette which was so pretty and pigmented. I had to stop myself from buying it so close to payday!

Life // Autumn Flat Lay: Life Update 

It’s been a while since I did a ‘sit down and chat’ kinda post and I just wanted to check in, without any hidden content agenda, so here I am saying hi! Autumn is one of my favourite months as I can dig out my big fluffy winter coats, wrap up in a scarf and it’s totally acceptable to change into my pj’s as soon as I get in from work….not that I needed an excuse before! Life at the minute is same old, but that’s a good thing. I’m enjoying working in the city as an Outreach Exec and it means I can attend more Liverpool-based blog events and restaurant reviews, which is always fun and exciting. You won’t see many fashiony style posts on here as we’re in major saving mode to *fingers crossed* by our first home next year. Anyone who’s ever saved for a mortgage, whilst paying rent and still trying to have a social life, knows just how hard it is! But, we’re getting there and I’ve started to have …

Recipe // SW Tex Mex Chilli

Chilli is often my go-go dish when I want to make something yummy, healthy but quickly! I have my own chilli recipe down to an art but in a bid to shape up, I decided to give this completely syn free Slimming World chilli a go! The majority of the ingredients were the same, just lots of spices thrown in for good measure and give the dish a kick! Ingredients Lean mince – or quorn if you’re veggie 1 yellow pepper 1 red pepper Handful of mushrooms 1 red onion 1 tin of kidney beans Paprika Chilli powder Cinnamon Beef stock – I use Knor Rice! Method wise, it’s easy! Chop your veg and throw in a large frying pan along with a touch of frylite. Begin to flavour with a  dollop of paprika, garlic and chilli powder. Once the veg is simmering in the pan add your meat and stock to the mix. In a seperate pan cook your rice on a low heat. Allow the chilli mix to simmer for 20 minutes or …

Beauty // Autumnal Skincare Edit

I haven’t talked beauty for a while but since the sudden change of seasons and weather to follow suit, I realised it was time to take care of my skin once again! After a somewhat lazy summer of removing my make up with wipes and face wash only, so it was time to reintroduce the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine! I love this cute make up bag from My Little Box. The midnight blue colour is very autumnal and perfect for the darker nights which will soon make a re-appearance! So, what I am loving at the minute? Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. An oldie but a goodie. This little bottle cost just £1 in Home Bargains and it honestly lasts so long as I only need a touch each night to get rid of waterproof mascara and my drawn on brows! Lancome moisturiser. Not strictly a skincare, face product but I love the smell of this moisturiser and it’s travel size means I can pop it straight in my make up bag. REN 3 in 1 …

Review // GBBO Bakeware at Debenhams 

Show of hands who’s gutted we’re losing the classic Bake Off line up at the end of the series? I’m such a fan of the show and I love the new GBBO themed bakeware from everyone’s fave UK department store! I’m snuggled under a blanket, fully embracing hygge ready to watch the latest episode with a batch of cakes and flavoured tea in my new GBBO Star Baker mug. Debenhams have launched a fabulous new range of Bake Off hemed range of bake and cookware. The Great British Bake Off collection is in store now and more items will be added in the run up to Christmas – perfect for stocking fillers! Take your pick from Star Baker mugs, aprons and cake stands – everything a blogger or baker needs in their kitchen! *This post is in collaboration with Debenhams.

Review // Chaophraya, L1, Liverpool

I’m sure you all understand by now that this blog is all about food! I love to cook, bake and dine out often so when an invite landed in my inbox to try the new menu at Chaophraya in Liverpool, I just had to attend! Chaophraya is somewhere I’ve actually been a couple of times before and really loved the experience, the restaurant’s interior and most importantly, the food! However my other half hadn’t been before and I was excited to take him along as I knew he would be bowled over! On arrival, we were quickly greeted and seated in the downstairs section of the restaurant, in perfect view of the open kitchen. The entire menu had been given a re-vamp with the restaurant owners taking a trip to Thailand to really nail Thai cuisine and bring it to a British, and more importantly, scouse audience! The drinks menu offered plenty of variation so I decided to opt for a short cocktail – choosing to sample the Soam Sugar cocktail which blended vanilla vodka, …

Recipe // Honey Mustard Sunday “Roast”

Im not a traditional Sunday Roast girl but I do enjoy a hearty plate full of meat and veggies to round of my weekend. So I had a root through my recipe books and found this – Honey Mustard Chicken.  Roasted veg, potatoes and fall of the bone chicken in a mustard sauce. Delicious!  Ingredients  Free range chicken  Carrots  Potatoes  Courgette  Red onion x 2  Wholegrain mustard  1 leek I gently fried my chicken, leek, 1 onion and courgette in my griddle pan using frylite.  Whilst I loaded the Carrots, potatoes and second onion in a roasting tin with coconut oil and popped in the oven for 4o minutes.   Back to my pan. I added a chicken stock pot to the pan to flavour and a hearty dollop of Wholegrain mustard.  Whilst the veg roasted away in the oven I allowed the stock to simmer down and the mustard to infuse the meat and veg.  Once the timer pinged I plated up and we demolished the lot! The perfect twist on a Sunday roast! 

Recipe // Very Veggie Curry

I think I’ve spoken on here once or twice before (a thousand) about how much I love Indian food and curries in particular. Whether it’s homemade or a takeaway, oh and we live near the best Indian in the UK, fact, I bloody love a curry. So as soon as I heard National Curry Week was on the horizon I knew it was time to get creative. Oh and also curries are the best recipes to make when you’re using up the contents of your fridge. And that, my friends, is how the Very Veggie Curry came to fruition! I’m a lover of adding spices to my food so this recipe was just a case of chucking loads of veggies into a pan, adding a few different spices along with half a tin of coconut milk to thicken the sauce and make it nice and creamy. So, what was I using up in my fridge?  x2 courgettes 1 red onion 1 white onion 2 sweet potatoes chopped up and cubed Half a bag of spinach …

Food // Starting Afresh: Slimming World 

I’ve spoken on here before about my determination to eat healthier and lose weight. Like many of us, I go through spells  but slimming world is the “diet” I always come back to. Many of the meals I cook during the week and breakfasts I take to work are already SW focused.  Taken from Instagram accounts I follow and food blogs I read that following Slimming World, I find the recipes easy to make, delicious and I like that I know I’m eating ‘right’.  But my downfall occurs at the weekend and behind closed doors. Treats are all well and good in moderation but I pig out…a lot.  Alcohol, pizza, biscuits…and when my dress ripped in work last week I knew I needed to make some small but necessary changes.   I take my breakfast and lunch to work each day…but then nip to Greggs for a donut for a sweet treat. And demolishing two full packs of digestives a week are not good!  So in a bid to lose a bit of weight before …

Recipe // Chocolate, Gin & Lime Truffles

As you may have seen I was lucky enough to review gin recently! I received the September Gin Explorer box and the kit included a recipe card, but I decided to stick with the theme and explore a variety of sweet treat recipes that include gin! After a quick  browse of the Good Food website (my fave, in fact!) I stumbled across a chocolate, gin and lime truffle recipe! Ever the one to give new things a go, I realised I had half of the ingredients already so after a quick store cupboard re-stock, I made a batch of pretty delicious, albeit odd-looking truffles! Ingredients 200g of dark chocolate 2 tablespoons of double cream 50g of unsalted butter chopped up 2 tablespoons of gin – I decided to use the Slingsby Artisan Gin 1/2 a lime – juice only Cocoa powder to dust It’s as simple as adding the chocolate and butter to a heatproof dish and placing it over a simmering pan of water. Once the chocolate and butter has melted into a lovely chocolate …