Dressing for winter

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Dress* - Shelikes // Headband* - Shelikes // Boots - Primark
How cute is this headband!? I've never actually owned a big fluffy one like this before so I was really excited when it arrived along with this gorgeous dress. It couldn't have come at a better time as well because I'm seriously struggling with the winter chill we're having at minute and am in dire need of some cosy accessories like this to keep me warm.
I really love the shape of this dress and think the swing style is totally flattering and easy to wear. The knitted green panels add a real festive feel to this number and I can see me getting a lot of wear out of it especially over the next month or so. When it gets cold it's so easy to just stick on some jeans and a jumper, but I think that daytime dresses like this are so much more fun to wear and you can easily keep warm with some thick tights (or just wear two pairs like I sometimes do!).  
I've not posted for a few days on here but in all honesty I've just not had the time! On Thursday I spent ages packing up all my stuff to go home for Christmas, but then my dad's car stopped working while he was coming up to get me so he had to be towed all the way back home! He came back first thing on Friday morning so we loaded the car as quickly as we could then arrived home in about 3 hours. In the evening we had to dash to London as we had tickets to see Danny Elfman's music from the Tim Burton films at the Royal Albert Hall (it was AMAZING!) then we didn't get back from that til after 2am. It's been a manic few days along with stressful deadlines and student accommodation issues, but I'm so glad to finally be back home and hopefully I'll have loads of time to dedicate to blogging!
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Compassionate Cooking #10 - Breakfast Pancakes

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sometimes, usually on a Saturday, I fancy something a bit special for breakfast. Don't get me wrong, marmite on toast will forever hold a place in my heart, but it's nice to start the weekend off with a bit of a treat! Pancakes are my ultimate go-to when it comes to indulgent breakfasts, and let me tell you that since I've become a vegan my pancakes are becoming tastier - and prettier - than they've ever been before! Eggless pancakes aren't just a more compassionate option to go for but they're also a darn sight easier to make than regular pancakes too! I use the recipe from here, but just in case you can't be bothered to follow the link I'll fill you in below...

Here's what you'll need:      
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar                                                                                                                 
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of soya milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    Making the pancakes really couldn't be simpler. Mix together the dry ingredients, add the milk and oil, stir until smooth then you're ready to cook the batter! I usually melt a generous blob of soya butter (you can easily find this in supermarkets) in the pan before I start frying the pancake just to avoid it sticking.
    After you've flipped and flopped your pancake to golden perfection, you're ready for the fun bit! I love to make my food look as pretty as possible, and for pancakes - especially in the morning - I think that fruit is a good shout. This time I chopped up some strawberries and bananas for my topping and generously drizzled some berry sauce over everything along with The Groovy Food Company's incredible tasting agave nectar. This is the perfect vegan substitute for honey and works really well as a pancake syrup! Finally, if I'm feeling extra naughty I'll add a bit of butter and let it melt all over everything... mmmm.
    Thanks a lot for reading the tenth post in my 'compassionate cooking' series! If you have anything specific you'd like to see in future just let me know, and if you have any questions about my vegan lifestyle in general then don't hesitate to get in touch!
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    Warren James' Priscilla Ring

    Monday, 8 December 2014

    When I was contacted on behalf of Warren James asking if I'd like to review any of their jewellery I was absolutely over the moon! It's definitely high up there in the 'cool things I've got to do cuz of my blog' list, and when this pretty little thing came through my letter box the other day I practically ripped it open in excitement. The Priscilla ring* that I was gifted is without a doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery I've ever laid eyes on, and I still find it hard to believe that you can snap this up for a bargain price of just £25! Yes, you read that right!

    In my opinion, there is no way to describe this ring apart from simply stunning. The details include an emerald cut DiamonFlash® Cubic Zirconia centre stone and a rhodium finish on the sterling silver ring. At £25 you really can't get more sophisticated than this! I love it so much that it genuinely hasn't left my finger since I put it on - apart from taking a few pictures earlier today - and I can't see it leaving my hand for quite some time yet. As soon as any light hits the ring it seriously sparkles and looks unbelievably pretty, in fact it's so pretty I could just stare at it all day (okay I'm starting to sound a bit like Gollum now, I'll stop).
    In all seriousness, I think you'd struggle to find a better quality, better looking piece of jewellery at this fantastic price, and if you're struggling for Christmas gift ideas or even just fancy treating yourself, the Priscilla ring is definitely something to consider!

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    Rock On Ruby Blogger Party

    Saturday, 6 December 2014

    I recently attended the most wonderfully festive blogger party held by the incredible slogan tee creators Rock On Ruby. Rock On Ruby have such an awesome range of clothes, all of which are really easy to style and can be mixed with other items to create a range of looks. The simplistic design of the tees really appeals to me and they have so many slogans to choose from there is sure to be something for everyone - or you can just design your own!
    One of the activities at the event included styling your own outfit from a range of Rock On Ruby and Blue Rinse clothes. Creating a combination out of the brand new Rock On Ruby tops and the vintage finds from Blue Rinse was really fun as styling up old and new clothes is something I love doing anyway. In fact, I just treated myself to a vintage Blue Rinse pinafore today so hopefully you'll see that on here soon! Above is the look I created with the 'trust me I'm a blogger' tee, what do you think?
    Aside from checking out their gorgeous clothes, there was loads of other fun stuff to be getting involved in and I just couldn't resist getting a few festive photos with my blogger pals! Not quite sure what's going on in the picture above, but by the look of Rosy's face we must've been getting up to something silly!
    I had such a lovely time chatting away with all the gorgeous gals that attended and it was so great to have an excuse to dress up in reindeer ears and drink Christmas cocktails. I completely fell in love with some of the Rock On Ruby pieces and would definitely recommend checking them out - thanks so much for putting on such a great party ladies!
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    All I want for Christmas...

    Thursday, 4 December 2014

    Shoes - Miss KG // Hama beads - Debenhams // Sports bra - Nike // Headband - Nike // Primer - bareMinerals // Watch - Folli Follie // Lip gloss - Lime Crime // Eyeshadow duo - bareMinerals // Shower gel - Lush
    It's that time of year again! Christmas wish lists are in full swing all around the blogosphere and of course I had to join in! I have a rather varied selection of products that take my fancy so I thought I'd give you a brief run down of why they made it onto the list:
    Miss KG shoes - well, I saw these yesterday as I was having a nosy round the Kurt Geiger in Manchester's Arndale Centre and I totally fell in love. The front is unbelievably sparkly (way more than it looks in the picture here) and they just looked so glamorous, I would loooove me a pair of these.
    Disney Hama beads - yeah, a bit of an odd choice, but I was reminiscing about all the things I used to make with Hama beads the other day and I remembered how strangely calming and therapeutic they were - apart from the few times I got into a strop from knocking them over of course! Seriously though, does anyone else remember the absolute rage you felt after completing a design then knocking it over on the way to the iron? Soul destroying.
    Nike sports bra and headband - I'm really into fitness at the minute and would love to treat myself to a few nicer clothes. I'm currently wearing my personalised GCSE dance top from way back in the day, that's how desperately I need something new. Oh and I really want a headband because every time I go running I come back with horrendous earache so that would definitely come in handy! Damn this cold weather.
    BareMinerals oil control primer - I'm actually at the very end of mine at the minute and have resorted to unscrewing the cap and waggling the stick around just to try and scrape up the last bits. It's a great primer in my opinion and I would really like to repurchase it.
    Lime Crime gloss - I'm desperate to try Lime Crime and have been for a while now but just haven't got round to it yet! Their products are cruelty free so I'd love to give them my money, and the incredible colours they use in their lipsticks and glosses are so swoon-worthy. How awesome is this festive green!?
    BareMinerals eyeshadow duo - I've had my eye on this duo for a while but just haven't been able to justify the spend. These specific shades are 'The Vision' and I just think they go so well together, whenever I pass a bareMinerals counter I always eye them up and have to peel myself away.
    Lush So White shower gel - basically I love all things white so that's kind of why this caught my eye. When I read on and learnt about all the ingredients (rose water, apple infusion etc) I thought it sounded like it would be really nice on my sensitive skin, aaand it wouldn't be Christmas without something from Lush!
    Folli Follie watch - I don't actually own a nice watch, a have a cheapy one from years ago but I've been longing for a proper one like this for a while now. I wanted one for my birthday but it never happened, so I've got my fingers crossed this time round! In my opinion this watch is absolutely perfect and I love how pretty it looks without being overly flashy. Be miiineeeee! ♥
    So, there you have all the things that are on my wish list this Christmas! Are you asking for anything similar to me? Come on, we all you know can't resist those Hama beads.
    *Post in partnership with Folli Follie.
    Folli Follie are giving you the chance to win your entire wish list, up to the value of £500, this Christmas! Go to http://www.follifollie.co.uk/blog/blogpost/?postID=147for full details.

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    Manchester Arndale After Dark Blogger Party

    Monday, 1 December 2014

    Last Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of attending Manchester Arndale's After Dark event with lots of other lovely bloggers. The evening was as glam and glitzy as the pictures suggest and I felt so incredible after having my hair and makeup done by the talented artists there.
    To give you a brief run down of how the event was structured, each blogger that took part in the evening had been randomly allocated one brand (I had Lipsy - score!) to choose any party dress from. The aim, of course, was to choose the prettiest dress possible as we would all get to wear them on the evening and stand in front of a panel of judges who would then choose the top ten from all our selections. After taking it in turns to visit the hair and makeup stations we were all ready to get changed into our party pieces and then had some time to chill with champagne and chat all things blog related! This is the dress that I chose to wear - link!
    One of the highlights of the evening was definitely getting a personalised illustration by the ever so talented 'Dom&Ink', who spent 5 or so minutes designing each of us our own beautiful little ladies to take home! Check out his website here.

    By the end of the evening all of us bloggers had filmed short clips about our chosen outfits and were more than ready to swap our heels for something comfier, just in time for the judges to make their decisions!

    Somehow, my look made it into the top 10 - yipeeee! I was so pleased that my dress choice went down well and it was also really fun to see what looks the other bloggers had created. I absolutely loved Rosie's midnight blue New Look dress (next to me in the pic above!) especially as it's such a steal at only £14.99!
    If you want to have your say then head over to the After Dark webpage and vote for your favourite look to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Manchester Arndale giftcard! It really is as simple as that. I'm look number 9 and I would loveee if you voted for my Lipsy dress! Thanks so much to Manchester Arndale for putting on such a fabulous evening, it was great to see some friendly faces as well as meeting some new bloggers that I'll keep in touch with, and Victoria from Inthefrow who judged the dresses was as warm and welcoming as ever - her Topshop dress was stunning too! A great event all round!
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    12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

    Sunday, 30 November 2014

    As tomorrow marks the first day of December I thought I'd get into the Christmas spirit by thanking all of you beautiful readers by putting on a whopper of a giveaway. Included in the giveaway prize are 12 items (one item for each day the giveaway is running!) which are sure to brighten up your Christmas and leave you feeling totally pampered.

    So, what are the prizes? I'll only tell you if you promise to sing along! On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to meee... okay, okay, I'll just write a list instead:

    1 - Lee Stafford Ubuntu oils moisturising heat spray
    2 - Nair Argan Oil body wax strips
    3 - NKD SKN matte wash off instant tan
    4 - Montagne Jeunesse tutti fruitti mud masque
    5 - Hawaiian Tropic satin protection (winter sun anyone!?)
    6 - Dorothy Perkins necklace worth £16.50!
    7 - Burt's Bees lip gloss in Ruby Moon
    8 - Cocoa Brown lovely legs spray
    9 - Cocoa Brown self tan applicator mitt
    10 - Stylfile
    11 - Lee Stafford Arganoil pre-shampoo treatment
    12 - Hotel Chocolat mulled wine truffles - can you get anymore Christmassy!?

    If you fancy getting all of this just in time for Christmas then all you have to do is enter the rafflecopter form below to be in with a chance of winning. The only 'mandatory' option is to follow me on twitter, but you can also earn lots of extra entries if you wish!  Just one last thing, unfortunately the giveaway is open to UK residents only due to postage costs - sorry!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    Best of luck!

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