31 July 2016
30 July 2016
This summer has seen me at my biggest weight of my life, and so I've been feeling a little under-confident to say the least. If you've read my dealing with weight gain and blogger confidence post, then you'll know that way back in February I promised myself that my weight gain wouldn't stop me from taking outfit photos. Fast forward six months and it's safe to say that it probably has had quite an impact.
In fact, I haven't written any kind of fashion post in the last six months, since I wrote about styling winter colours in Spring. So, now that I've moved to such a picturesque location, and have been trying to get my confidence back step by step, I figured a new fashion post was in order. Now, I'm by no means a fashion blogger, nor will I ever be. 90% of my time is spent in leggings and/or dressing gown, as I work from home. I almost always go for comfort over style and I love nothing more than changing into my favourite PJs in the evening. BUT, when I do feel a little fancy, or want an extra confidence boost I do like to dress up, and make myself feel like an actual responsible adult, yaknow?
I've actually spent hardly any money on clothes over the last six months - what with my spending ban and life priorities (ugh, why is council tax such a costly thing?!), new clothes have been totally under my radar. BUT, I found a cheeky little gift voucher in the depths of my bedroom whilst moving house, so, basically all hail the gods of gift cards. I managed to pick up this bardot top in the New Look sale and I'm so gutted they don't stock it anymore, but I've found a really similar one of theirs here for you.
Paired with my favourite red lip of summer that I picked up in my first NYX haul a couple of weeks ago, this bold bardot has been my go-to for evening dates and daytimes in the sunshine when I want to feel a little cool, but don't want to get the vest tops out. I actually have some pretty nasty scarring on the top of one of my arms, so this top allows me to bare some flesh whilst covering that all up, which makes me happy. I'm not saying that scars and marks on your body should be concealed - do whatever makes you happy - but sometimes I do like to, especially in the sunshine as it's so dangerous to burn them.
My favourite thing about this top is that it's so easy to dress up or down. Here I was heading out for the day, to do a little Pokemon hunting (of course), so I wore it with some simple black skinny jeans and my white espadrilles. For an evening I've leaned towards wearing it with a black midi skirt and some simple black stilettos.
What would you wear it with?
28 July 2016
26 July 2016
25 July 2016
24 July 2016
I'm loving sharing more recipes with you guys on here at the moment, so I thought I'd chat a little bit about this quick and easy chicken and broccoli stir fry. Just like my chicken fajitas recipe that I shared earlier on in the week, this has become a weekly staple for us recently as it's so quick to whip up. This actually takes a measly 15 minutes to get sorted, so if you're looking for a quick fix at the end of a long day, or if (like me) there are some days when you'd rather do anything than spend an hour cooking something, then this is a fab go-to. Plus, it's got about one zillion nutrients so, y'know, it really is a little health kick in a meal.
I use brown rice for this because, as I've mentioned in my overcoming food fears post, there are certain foods I haven't quite got round to finding enjoyable, White rice is 100% one of them. I prefer the flavour, texture and added health benefits of brown rice. The one downside? It doubles the time this takes to make. Brown rice tends to take around half an hour to cook, as opposed to the standard 12 minutes for white rice. So bear in mind that if, like me you want to make the switch to brown, you'll need to allocate a little more time.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 bunch broccoli
- Grapeseed/extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
For the sauce:
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
1.) Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces and the broccoli into small florets. Keep them separate.
2.) Boil water for your rice and put it on to cook.
2.) Heat some oil in a wok or frying pan. Place the chicken in and fry until it is cooked through.
3.) Whilst the chicken is cooking, mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a mug or small bowl.
4.) When the chicken has been cooked sufficiently, add the broccoli to the pan with a little more oil. Fry until the broccoli has gone a bright green colour (this should take roughly four minutes).
5.) Pour the sauce over the chicken and broccoli and cook for another 2 minutes.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe - if you do make it, please tag me in your pictures - I would love to see them!
23 July 2016
22 July 2016
Now let's get chatting this routine! First up I start my day off with a quick cleanse using my Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser. I've actually got a whole post on this range and why I love it here. I just use water and the cleanser here to get rid of any grease that's built up overnight. If you've got dry skin I probably wouldn't recommend this, as sometimes it can leave my combi skin feeling a little tight.
Then we move onto preparing my face for the day. Usually I only include this step in my routine if I'm wearing makeup - on other days I just let my skin be free and do its thang to give it a little bit of a break. First up I spritz my face with LUSH's Eau Roma Water, which is an aroma-therapeutic toner water. It smells like lavender and rose so totally helps me to feel relaxed in the morning. Then, if my skin is feeling a little on the dry side I follow it up with Simple's Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. This is basically my fail-safe anti-foundation-cake product.
In the evening, I like to incorporate my skincare routine into my pre-bed ritual. Like a great many sufferers out there, my anxiety is worst at night, so having a set routine before I go to bed really does wonders in helping me get off to sleep. I don't actually take my makeup off until I'm already in my PJs and sat on my bed with just the lamp on. I use LUSH's 9-5 cleanser on some cotton wool to get the majority of my makeup off, especially my eye makeup as I find it is gentle enough to not aggravate my sensitive eyes.