DIY: Insta-worthy smoothie bowl!

Friday, 31 July 2015

If you're a big user of Instagram like myself then I'm sure you're no stranger at all to the 'smoothie bowl'. The bowls, full of (you guessed it) smoothie, often feature toppings such as nuts or seeds alongside the remaining unblended fruit, making for a snack that's equally as nutritious as it is insta-worthy. Creating your own smoothie bowl really is as simple as picking out the fruit you want to blend and then whizzing it all together (before arranging it so it looks pretty for social media, obviously) but for anyone who wants a mini step by step I've thrown a super basic one in below:

Firstly, pick your fruit, cut it all up for blending and then put half of that to one side. For this smoothie bowl I went for strawberries, blueberries, nectarine and banana. I also added a bit of vegan yogurt for extra flavour!

Using a hand blender whizz up the fruit and then pour it into the bowl before adding the other half. If you want to be super healthy you can add a few extras like the almonds, pumpkin seeds and goji berries I sprinkled on mine - I promise they don't taste too bad!

And that's it! It's such an easy way to pack in as many of your 5 a day as possible and it tastes pretty good too. Do you think you'll be making any smoothie bowls this summer? Feel free to share any recipes you might have below in the comments!

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21st birthday... and a return to blogging

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Oh hi, still remember me? Don't worry, I don't blame you in the slightest if you don't. Obviously I've been away for a significant amount of time due to various life circumstances (well, actually just one job that completely consumed every inch of my existence) but I recently decided it was a great time for me to have a fresh start (having just graduated and all that) so I moved my life back home ready to start all over again. I'll have to admit I'm currently struggling downsizing from Manchester big city life to being back where I started out but on the plus side it means I actually have some time to invest in my little corner of the internet again!

I thought I would start off by just sharing a few snaps from my birthday, I was 21 on Sunday and instead of engaging in any wild activities I actually just spent the day completely chilling with my family and then struggled with an intense food coma for the rest of the evening. Rock and rollllll. It was a really lovely day though, I started out by opening all my cards and presents with my family and then mum made us all a vegan cooked breakfast - cute.

Princess paper, obviously.

I was super lucky and received so many nice girly gifts but in particular I think that my vegan chocolate box, animal face pants and vintage opal ring deserve a quick mention.

Name me one person that doesn't want a cute panda face on their butt.

My mum also made me this glorious vegan chocolate and raspberry birthday cake from this Jamie Oliver recipe and as you can see it turned out pretty perfectly. It was the icing on the cake to a lovely chilled day (pardon the pun) as we spent the night catching up with family friends over wine, cake and crisps.

I hope you've enjoyed these little snippets from the day and I promise I will be back with much more interesting content soon! Stay tuuuuuned.

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Homemade (vegan) coconut coffee body scrub

Friday, 19 June 2015

I've been meaning to share this post for a while now but just haven't got round to it yet so I'm really excited to be finally blogging about this coconut oil concoction! I first made this a couple of months ago but have totally fallen in love with it since and make sure that I use it at least once a week or every other week if I have the time. The benefits are instantly visible after using this as my skin is so silky smooth and it's so hydrated that I don't even have to moisturise afterwards. The sugar granules work to exfoliate the skin and leave it feeling super fresh - also great for removing any patchy remnants of fake tan before applying some more - and the coconut oil does an incredible job of cleansing and moisturising. The coffee was something I decided to add just because I'm a huge coffee fan and thought it would smell divine, but after a quick google just now I've also learned it's meant to work as a cellulite buster too - woo!

This seriously is the easiest thing to make because all you need is coconut oil, coffee and sugar - nothing else. I would start by scooping out a generous teaspoonful of coconut oil into a small bowl or tub followed by another teaspoon of coffee and one of sugar.

Next, just rub all the three ingredients together until they are evenly distributed and all bind together like this..

See, ridiculously simple. Now you have your scrub you're probably gonna want to know what to do with it! Obviously it's up to you but I would suggest using this just before a bath and working it into every area of the skin, even the face, but especially focus on problem areas (I do a bit of extra scrubbing on my thighs). I actually stand up in the bath while I do this just so that any granules don't crumble onto the floor or bath mat and cause a mess, then after everything is rubbed in I sit down in the bath and it all dissolves leaving just a light layer of oil to keep my skin moisturised. After I've dried myself off there is absolutely no residue whatsoever, just baby soft skin that feels incredibly nourished!

So, what do you think of this body scrub idea? Is it something you would consider making? Let me know if you have any of your own recipes in the comments!

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Vintage Florals

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Skirt - vintage (Cow) // Top - old // Jacket - Topshop (old) // Boots - asos
Hiiii readers. It feels so good to be posting on here again! I've just started a new job amidst the stress of third year exams so when I say I'm pushed for time I really do mean it. However, I'm definitely going to keep up with 'she dreams' as much as I can even if it means just squeezing in a little post every week or every other week! I'm so excited to be able to share these pictures on here because I feel like I haven't done an outfit post in forever. I headed off into Manchester's Northern Quarter about a week ago and met up with the lovely Monika who had got in touch about taking some photos with me. Obviously I jumped at the chance to create some new blog content and had a really lovely time trying all the different ideas that Monika suggested, and for someone who feels like an absolute idiot in front of a camera she definitely made it as easy as it could be for me (posing in public when there's people walking by is sort of my idea of hell).
I absolutely adore this skirt that I picked up when the Cow Vintage near me was closing down to move to a different location, and because they were getting rid of all the stock I got it for like two quid or something ridiculous - bargaaaiiinn. Everything about it is perfect, it's so long and floaty and feminine in it's shape, the floral pattern is completely gorgeous and the material is unbelievably soft and silky-feeling. I decided to play it safe and wear it with black to sort of toughen up the look and give me a chance to show off my new boots (yet another bargain)!
The one thing I really dislke about these photos is my frizzy hair which I haven't done a thing with for at least six months. I'm currently rocking the dry, damaged, haven't-had-my-colour-done-for-half-a-year look, so when I get a little more money the hair salon will be the first place that I visit! If anyone has any advice in the meantime it would be much appreciated, I do sleep with coconut oil in it every so often but I think it's so far gone that even that isn't really doing anything for me.
Thanks so much for stopping by especially as I haven't been very active on social media or anything lately. The blogosphere is such a big place I do worry that I'll get swept under the carpet by not engaging in blogger chats or twitter conversations but hopefully when things settle down I'll have the chance to be more involved with the community again!
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Pro Go Mini Brush Set

Thursday, 14 May 2015

I've been absolutely loving using these Makeup Revolution brushes recently! The Pro Go Mini Brush Set* includes 4 mini brushes: an angled brush (so perfect for brows), an eyeshadow brush (probs the least used out of this set for me), a foundation brush and a face brush. Not only are they super cute but the fact that they are so compact means they're obviously really easy to pop in your bag and take with you for touch ups! The brushes are also made of synthetic hair so any of you readers who are animal-lovers like myself have absolutely zero to worry about here.

My favourite brush has to be the angled brush just because it has been doing my brows absolute wonders. I've been really lazy when it comes to brows these past few months, I never filled them in or anything I literally just brushed them with a bit of gel and was good to go, but since receiving this kit I've been loving playing around with more dramatic looks. I've just been using a dark brown eyeshadow from the Black Velvet Palette and then work with the brush to carefully fill my brows in and create a little bit more definition than I would've had before. I'm always sceptical about messing with my brows in case I accidentally go OTT and just look silly but this brush is the perfect size and shape to make everything as easy and neat as possible!

I also can't get enough of the big (well as big as you can get in a mini kit) face brush and I use it to dust translucent powder over my face after I've done my foundation. Because it's smaller than other face brushes you can apply the powder with so much more precision which is really great for me 'cause I can target my oily areas around my t-zone.

I have so many eyeshadow brushes that I haven't really had any need to use the mini eyeshadow brush in all honesty as I like to stick to my Spectrum ones (featured here), and the foundation brush hasn't been used all that much either, but on the times that it has I have definitely noticed a smoother more concentrated coverage because of the fact that you have to work on small areas at a time. Usually I just plonk a load on but when I use this brush it creates a much more even looking base. They suggest using it with liquid concealer but I've been using it with my liquid foundation and it works really nicely!

Have you got any brushes from Makeup Revolution? What do you think of the mini brush set idea - handbag essential or would you just stick to the original size? For only £4.95 you can't go too far wrong either way!

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Manchester Fashion Industry - Nude Tones Event

Monday, 27 April 2015

Yesterday evening I headed into town and made my way to the extremely swish Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge where I zoomed up to level 12 to be greeted by some absolutely stunning views...

The sun was beginning to set and the skyline was lit up beautifully by the dimming orange light - it was so perfect it actually felt as if I'd jumped on a plane and jetted off on holiday somewhere instead of having just got on the 142! I probably spent more time outside staring at the scenery than I should've when everyone else was busy mingling and chatting inside, but I was pretty blown away by the view so I wanted to make the most of it. And what better way soak up these sights than with a delicious pornstar martini?

This is my 'I need some blog photos but my boyfriend thinks it's funny to make me laugh' face. Yeah, I just gave up in the end because he had me in stitches and then I basically forgot how to smile like a normal person, but there is an obligatory insta selfie showing my nude outfit if anyone's interested! (It's from Miss Selfridge and is such a steal).

Anyway, the reason I was at the Manchester House yesterday was because I'd been kindly invited by Manchester Fashion Industry to attend their Nude Tones event. The dress code was strictly nude and everyone looked incredible dressed in creams, pinks, camels and beiges...

After having time to catch up with the other lovely bloggers and enjoy a drink and a few sweeties the fashion show began, where a ton of luxurious brands were showcasing their creations. It was impossible to get a good picture with my crappy camera and the dim lighting so I've spared you the blurry messes from my multiple attempts, but everything was so glamorous and the set up was really good as the models walked right by you so you could get a good look at all the outfits.

After the fashion show had finished I headed straight home to rest my head before Monday's lectures having really enjoyed the chance to get dressed up and spend the evening in such a stunning location. Thanks so much to Manchester Fashion Industry for the invite and hopefully see you at the next event!

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