Month: March 2017

Drinks // 3 Fruit Infused Water Recipes 

During the week I drink a lot of water, usually averaging on 2 litres a day but with the sudden burst of spring weather, I know summer days are around the corner and one of the healthiest ways to get into shape and look after your body is by upping your water intake. Like I mentioned, I’m already a big H20 fan but it’s good to mix things up and adding fruit to your water not only switches up the flavour but acts as a natural detox. In collaboration with Highland Spring water, I’ve compiled my top 3 ways to infuse water to keep things interesting and to ensure I’m drinking my daily intake! Cucumber Infused Sparkling Water Starting off with an obvious one – cucumber. Whilst it’s often more likely to found in a glass filled with gin, adding slices of cucumber to either still or sparkling water is a simple way to add subtle hints of flavour as it infuses. Lemon Infused Still Water Next up, the most popular fruit to add to water – …

Fashion // Primark Haul

Every few months I have this feeling of being in a style rut. My workplace doesn’t really have a dress code so anything goes, which one hand is great as I’m not restricted but on the other, it means I wear the same item from my wardrobe on repeat. Last year, I posted weekly blog posts on what I’d worn every day of that week in a bid to mix it up and fall back in love with old items in my wardrobe. But, the new months and with Spring around the corner, I felt it was time for a Primark trip to snap up a couple of new items to breathe new life into my everyday outfits. Two trends that I’m loving this year are embroidery and gingham. So I decided to get in on the action with this gorgeous black pleather skirt, complete with intricate emboidery detail. I love the colour and it’s a lovely fit – perfect for tights and black converse with a roll neck jumper or an oversize shirt tucked …

Blogging // Liverpool Bloggers Ignite is coming….

The Liverpool Blogger Workshop is just two weeks away and I still can’t actually believe the event is happening! Hosting my own blogger event is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but time/money/ability to make it happen, felt out of reach. However back in February, I decided to take the bull by the horns and see if I could make it happen! Billed as a Liverpool Bloggers Workshop and under the hashtag #livbloggersignite, I wanted to create a workshop event; complete with guest speakers, brand participation and a social hub for a variety of bloggers to meet and chat. Thanks to the lovely team at Roja Pinchos, the event is on Saturday 1st April and four guest speakers are confirmed; covering topics from WordPress and platforms to SEO, Liverpool Girl Geeks and how to become your own boss. When I started to send the invites, part of me was convinced no one would attend…however the response has blown me away with such a diverse range of bloggers signed up to attend. Parent, mummy, …

Recipe // Butter Chicken Curry 

It you were to ask what’s my favourite cuisine, I’d have to say Indian every time. The mix of flavours, the succulent chicken and breads to accompany just make it one of my favourite meals. The sharing element and having a taste of your dining partner; it’s all part of the experience. So when it comes to cooking a curry, you need to take into account everyone’s taste levels; just how much spice is too much?! That’s what I’ve honed my butter chicken recipe, making sure it has the right amount of kick and cream for both Darren and I. Curries are one of my favourite dishes to make as they’ve got a ‘just add everything’ mentality! A dollop of this, a dash of that…in my eyes, you can rarely go wrong! Ingredients Chicken fillets – x3 for two people 1 large red onion Half a tin of chickpeas Baby spinach 1 sweet potato – diced Coconut milk Garlic powder Tumeric Masala powder Tomato puree Pinch of chilli powder Method  Dice your chicken, red onion and …

Food // The Pheasant, Hightown 

Country pubs serving great food can be hard to come by, so if you find a warm, inviting pub that has a menu filled with delicious starters, hearty mains and tempting desserts, enjoy and spread the word! And this is how I feel about The Pheasant in Hightown. Rurally located and surrounded by fields, The Pheasant is a delightful restaurant located in an old pub. It’s not somewhere I would typically call in for just a drink as every table during our visit was filled with diners. And once we took a look over the menu, I could see why. Known for great food, we decided to treat ourselves to three courses. With a variety of starters to choose from, it took a while to make our final decision. I opted for the salt and szechuan pepper squid, whilst my Mum chose the breaded brie. However, we both could have selected a variety of other starters too. Both dishes were a decent size; perfect for hitting the spot but still leaving you hungry enough for …

Life // Discovering Date Night

Date nights can be few and far between when you’re in a relationship, more often that not opting to switch your heels for your slippers and a night on the sofa. Now, we love a night in complete with a film, bottle of wine and yummy dinner but you can’t beat the feeling of getting all dolled up. I love going out for dinner and drinks so in a bid to make sure it happens more often, tastecard got in touch to ensure we leave the house from time to time! Because Saturdays nights on the town don’t happen quite as often, I love to spend extra time getting ready and choosing where to eat. Date Night Essentials Whether date night is staying in or heading out to try a new restaurant or you’re favourite haunt as a couple, there’s a few essentials that get you ready for a evening with bae- Prosecco. Always. With fresh strawberries too if you can. Pink lipstick. A date night essential. I love this cherry shade from Revlon. Polo’s …

Haircare // 3 Shampoos for Blonde Hair  

The perfect blonde – does it exist? I feel like I’m on a constant search to find the holy grail products that will keep my blonde, blonde. Sometimes I feel like I’ve tried every shampoo, especially made for blonde hair that’s available on the market, but I’ve narrowed it down and found the top 3 I keep coming back to. Schwarzkopf Argan Oil Shampoo – Let’s begin with the cheat product shall we? This sample sized shampoo was actually given to be by my hairdresser in a bid to strengthen my hair as I’m prone to breaking locks after years spent drying, straightening and curling my hair. I really rate Schwarzkopf as a brand as they’re dirt cheap if you’re on a budget but they do the job. This product leaves my hair feeling super clean, washed and most importantly, fresh, as I only wash about twice a week and wear my hair down everyday as I have a bob. Pro:Voke Touch of Silver – Any dyed blonde gal will tell you the importance of a silver …

Recipe // Mexican Baked Eggs

I must admit that this recipe started in the same way all great recipes do….from using up the contents of the fridge! We had a tonne of eggs we’d be given and as I hardly cook with eggs, I wanted a recipe that would get rid of them quickly….and I decided on Mexican Baked Eggs! This is perfect if you’re against the clock but still want a yummy dinner filled with meat and veg! Eggs are an ingredient that I love but rarely cook with. However, add chopped chorizo, courgettes, peppers and spicy tomatoes to the mix and you have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner option on your hands! What do you need? x4 eggs 1 red pepper 1 red onion 1 courgette Tin of chopped tomatoes Half a chorizo sausage Bread to dip! Chop your veg and chorizo and throw in a pan to sizzle and cook with half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Once the courgettes, pepper and onion begins to brown, add the tin of chopped tomatoes to the pan. Season …

Travel // An Ode To The Lake District 

The Lakes is a part of the UK that I’ve been visiting ever since I was little. Just over an hour up the M6 lies beautiful countryside, vast lakes and small towns filled with cafes and pubs to explore.   Truly a natural beauty in the North, Newby Bridge was the perfect escape for a recent few nights away. Since the Frenchie joined our family 12 months ago, we were yet to take the plunge and enjoy a short staycation in the UK….so we soon fixed that with a long weekend in Newby Bridge. Located on the outskirts of the Lake District, it was the perfect base for a couple of nights of rest, relaxation and long dog walks! During our weekend away we headed north to the top of the Lake District to visit Ambleside. A sleepy town located inland from the lake, filled with walking shops, pubs and cafes. The ideal pit stop on our first day for a full English! Making our way along the winding roads, we ticked Bowness and Windermere …

Beauty // Foundation & Skincare Favourites 

Every few months I find myself coming back to skincare posts and talking about what’s working for me. I’d say I have troublesome skin. When I was a teenager it was typical teen skin – breakouts, oily and hormonal! However, I’m now in my late 20s and I’m still trying to battle the same problems I had 10 years ago! When it comes to foundation and micellar water, I feel like I’ve tried them all. These two products are my holy grail and they need each other time do their job! I have certain high-end brands that I’m loyal to in both respects – I love Estee Lauder Double Wear and Bioderma respectively, but (like always!) I’m trying to spend less so shopping high street. I’ll admit I actually avoided Bourjois foundations for a long time as I didn’t think it was right for me or my skin, but a couple of months ago I picked up a bottle of Healthy Mix on a whim and it completely changed my opinion. I went for the …