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Gone Fishing

Some of you loyal readers may have (or might not have) noticed that I haven’t been around here for a while. I’ve just finished my exams so that was my reason for not doing any weekly posts as I normally would, but I’ve decided to take a little blog detox. I love writing my blog, don’t get me wrong, but I just need to refresh my inspiration to make sure I don’t start producing rubbish content that you’d probably skim over ninety percent of.

I’m actually going to Paris tomorrow for a week, then going to America next Sunday for three weeks, so I’m sure I will come back with loads of fresh ideas and wonderful photographs to share with you.

Enjoy this lovely summers weather, and I shall see you soon! I will leave you with this tempting dessert I made this morning… the raspberries make it healthy, right?

 

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Shoe Spotlight // PROM EDIT

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I don’t know about the rest of the country (or the rest of the world, even) but in our household it is well and truly prom season. My younger sister has already had several dress fittings, accompanied my several tantrums when she finally found the perfect pair of shoes* to go with it, only to find them out of stock the minute she goes to buy the little devils (sounds familiar, it must be in the genes).  Continue reading


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The Interiors Edit | Accessories SS14

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Yellow Scalloped Mug £1 ASDA | Fish Chopping Board £6 Matalan | Black Stripe Mug £1.50 ASDA | Black Glass £4 for 4 ASDA | Yellow Butter Dish £5 ASDA | White Heart Bowls £10 for 3 ASDA | Milk Carton £3 ASDA | Owl Mug £4 Matalan | Space Mug £3.99 H&M | Grocery Market Plate £4.99 H&M | Mason Jar £4.99 H&M | Pot Holders 2 Pack £3.99 H&M | Teal Tea Jar £24 for 3 Next | Heart Cutlery Set £20 Next | Teal Soda Glass £10 for 6 Next | Tulip Vase £12 ASDA | Binoculars Cushion £7 ASDA | Peacock Cushion £9 ASDA | Green Geometric Cushion £9 ASDA | Floral Table Lamp £10 ASDA | White Lantern String Lights £15 ASDA | Grey/White Bedspread £69.99 H&M | Elephant Ring Holder £7.99 H&M | Clock £20 Matalan | Cream House Lantern £5 Matalan | Metal Spade Wall Hooks £4.20 Matalan | Seashell Wall Hanging £3 Matalan

*This post was not sponsored and none of the above links are affiliated.


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Shoe Spotlight // Dorothy Perkins Blue Strappy Sandals

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I don’t often think of Dorothy Perkins straight away when I’m shopping, but they seem to have so many nice things in this spring and I’ll definitely be having a look over there more. When I saw these bright blue sandals I fell in love with their colour (but you already knew that, you only have to look at two out of the three other shoe spotlight posts, and well, the rest of my blog) and their elegant but pretty design. This style/colour combination can be hard to wear as it is so bright and not really a shoe you can wear everyday with jeans, but they are lovely so they’re worth having to rummage around in your wardrobe for.
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healthy vegan cookie dough

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I’m not an all out vegan, but I do like to try and eat a vegan diet as much as I can (if it works for Beyoncé…). I tend to feel groggy and bloated after eating a meal full of animal products, and decided that I would try and reduce the amount of it in my diet. Instead of reducing my food palette, it’s actually increased it because I’m forced to try foods I never even knew existed, and are now amongst my favourite things to eat. One of the recipes I’ve come across is this cookie dough dip which is not only healthy and vegan, it’s also really yummy!

Ingredients:
1 1⁄2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
2⁄3 cups creamy peanut butter
1⁄4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
2 tbs – 1⁄4 cup water
1⁄2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped

Destructions:
1. Place garbanzo beans, peanut butter, agave nectar and water in a blender or food processor and blend. Add more water as needed (you want a thick cookie dough texture).

2. Cool the cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes before stirring in the chocolate chips. Serve with anything! Dried fruit, ice cream, pretzels. Use your imagination!  If all else fails, grab a spoon and gobble up!

(Image and recipe via Shine On Beutiful)


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Shoe Spotlight // Dorothy Perkins Turquoise Bow Courts

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I know, SHOCK HORROR! THEY’RE TURQUOISE! But bear with me, the previous ones didn’t have a bow so it doesn’t count, right?

I must admit they are similar to the Topshop ones I featured a fortnight ago but I couldn’t leave these sat on the Dorothy Perkins website without talking about them! The heel is low enough to be worn during the day so I’ve styled them in a casual(ish) way.

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7 healthy and easy breakfast ideas

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I’ve always been terrible for skipping breakfast. No matter how many times my mum would nag me, I thought that hitting the snooze button sixteen times, showering in less than 5, having a mini-panic attack after glancing at the alarm clock, getting dressed and doing my make-up and hair was more beneficial than eating the most important meal of the day. And then I’d complain two hours later that I’m starving, when really my body was just angry I’d neglected the fact that doing all of those oh-so-important things takes energy, in the form of breakfast.

I’m still a very lazy breakfast person, but I do try and have something every morning (and I promise that’s never chocolate). I’ve become quite a pro at making quick but really yummy and relatively healthy breakfasts, so here are my favourites!

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Easy Upside-Down Kale Pizza Bread

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I’m a huge pizza fan, but sometimes they’re just too heavy, especially on a lovely sunny day like this weekend. I’ve made many different variations and found quite a few lighter recipes that I love to make instead of having a takeaway pizza.

The one I thought I’d share today is this kale one, and you’ll need:

  • 1 naan bread (or a bit leftover from another meal)
  • a couple of cherry tomatoes
  • garlic and herb light philadelphia©
  • handful blanched or raw kale

To make it you simply spread on a layer of the cheese, slice up the tomatoes and scatter them over before adding as much kale as you like. This kale was actually frozen so I just poured some boiling water over it, drained it, poured cold water over it, then squeezed the water out before popping it on top. This may or may not be what you’re meant to do, but it tasted fine!

You could use loads of other types of bread for this; ciabatta, pitta and flatbreads all work well.

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