Saturday, 11 August 2018

shearling slides and linen

MARKS AND SPENCER shirt, LEVI jeans, UGG shoes*, SELFRIDGES bag and CELINE sunglasses

Back with another outfit post, finally! How are you all? This is an outfit I actually wore a few months ago but with the turn of the weather I can see me reaching for it again ASAP. I have been really missing throwing jeans on - I feel so much more comfortable than I do in little dresses or shorts!

I styled my UGG Joni slides with a really casual, go-to outfit, and my favourite Levi's - which I cut down myself for the length. I genuinely adore the sandals as they've got a layer of cushioning in the sole, which unlike my other slides, makes them super comfy and wearable all day. Pepe has also taken a shine to them though, and I keep finding them separately spread around my flat. Naughty puppy. I'm also leaning towards more neutral colours instead of blues and blacks right now, so the beige-y pink tone is perfect for what I'm wearing this Summer.

UGG have popped a little page up about me and how I chose to wear my Joni slides too, which you can find here if you fancied a little look!

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Post in collaboration with UGG, but all views and comfy shoes my own

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

my summer dinner ideas

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Hey guys, back at you with something a bit different from my usual but something I really enjoy so I hope you do too. I’m such a home-bird and as I’m sure you’ve guessed from my interiors posts, love buying bits and bobs for the flat so whenI was selected to choose products from the House of Fraser homeware range to create dining setting ready for Summer and a meal to match, I jumped at the chance!

I decided to cook a big spread for my Mum and boyfriend (they met on Sunday – all went well, totally putting that down to my cooking though!) with a loosely based Lebanese theme and thought I’d share the process, recipes and everything else along the way with you!

Firstly what I made: 
I decided on lamb kofta ‘things’ as Kim (boyfriend) had made these for me recently and they were amazing so these were the main per-se. Alongside those, I made flatbreads using just three ingredients – they’re honestly amazing so read on for the recipe, as well as a big salad, lemon and garlic couscous, some hummus and sweet potato cubes. Naturally I couldn’t make a dinner without including halloumi and chargrilled sweet peppers so they were thrown in for good measure.

I picked out some new pieces to serve them all on. I wanted to go for a Summer, indoor al-fresco vibe (London living means no outdoor space, sob) so I went for neutrals and mismatched colours to compliment them. I absolutely adore random pieces coming together to make a collective when it comes to the dinner table to that was definitely my theme throughout. I managed to find these Celier assorted glasses too, which come as a set of six but are three different designs so they have a real vintage feel to them. But, it’s worth taking a lookat the House of Fraser glassware range to browse through more lovely pieces. Lastly I finished the table off with this amazing LSA globe shaped vase and some LINEA neutral coloured cotton napkins something I’ve weirdly never owned but look lovely spread across the table!

Now, onto the recipes. I won’t explain everything, as a lot is fairly self explanatory, for example I just cubed the sweet potato and drizzled in cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil then popped them in the oven to roast, but I’ll explain the trickier bits and do feel free to pop me a message if you get stuck as most of these things are just my own recipes! 

Lamb Koftas:
500g lamb mince
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & pepper
1 tsp harissa (you can buy this everywhere as a paste now!)
Fresh parsley – a big handful

Finely chop the onion and garlic, and then combine all the ingredients in a bowl! This is pretty simple in that it all goes in a bowl and gets mixed up – but remember to get your hands in there! Once it’s well combined, form into small flattened balls and then fry in a splash of olive oil on a high heat. I like them a little bit charred as I don’t have a way of chargrilling them but that’s up to you!

Plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Natural yoghurt

Welcome to the best thing you’ll make all week. I haven’t put the amounts as I find working by eye is best with this one. I start with three tablespoons of yoghurt and flour and add until the consistency is a light dough. Flour up the side, and roll into small, thin circles and then dry fry in a very, very hot pan. Expect some smoke from the flour so pop the extractor fan on!

Garlic and lemon couscous:
1 cup of couscous
3 garlic cloves
1 head of broccoli
2 lemons
1tsp of harissa
Salt and pepper to taste

Another super easy dish, cover your dry couscous (so nice they named it twice) with boiling water and cover with a lid for two minutes to puff up. Boil your broccoli to taste in a pan. While this is happening, juice your lemons and finely grate your garlic and combine – it’s pretty pungent so feel free to lose a clove if you’re not as keen as I am, but I do find that couscous needs a real kick as it’s so bland otherwise! Once the couscous has puffed up, pop your harissa and lemon/garlic in and give it a big stir, adding salt and pepper to taste. Finally, toss the broccoli through to coat it. Ta-da!

And that’s it, a pretty big Lebanese spread that would happily feed 4-5 people. Kim took a packed lunch the next day (and the cat nabbed a kofta) so it’s perfect for leftovers too. Do let me know if you need any help with any of the recipes, as I said – I tend to make things up as I go along and hope for the best so I’m not the best at explaining it!

Anyway, have a fab day and send me pictures if you make anything – or equally if you have any amazing crockery I need to know about!

Post in collaboration with House of Fraser, but all thoughts and recipes my own!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

a day in Brighton with trouva

I was lucky enough to be invited on a little staycation with Trouva last week so naturally I hotfooted it down to Brighton to stay in the amazing Artist's Residence (in the pouring rain may I add) for a cosy night in with my boyfriend before spending the day visiting some of Trouva's favourite Brighton boutiques. Trouva are an amazing online retailer of independent stores if you weren't sure. Totally an interiors obsessed gals' paradise. It's a real niche and an amazing way to shop and support small brands' and designers so I definitely recommend having a little gander if you're that way inclined (like me).
So, first up - the hotel! I've stayed here before a couple of years ago for my birthday, so it was a pleasure to be back. I kind of loved the fact it was pouring as it meant we could lie in bed, watch tv cuddled up and eat until our hearts were content. We so rarely don't 'do' anything when we're together so it was an absolute treat. We even had a bubble bath, so fab. 


The morning began with an amazing brunch at Artist's Residence, so obviously I went for something that had poached eggs and bacon. I was also with my pal Rachael and the lovely Claire so this made it eeeeven better as it's so nice getting to do these things with your friends! Brunch was followed by a little chat about Trouva and then a brief on the day. We visited three stores, being: Workshop, Dowse and Tidy Street General Store.
First was Workshop - an interiors focused store with a real minimal, Scandinavian feel. I picked up the Cereal guide to Copenhagen for my trip next month as well as some plants and some Grown Alchemist hand soap. I could quite literally live in here. The owners were so lovely too, giving us the low down on all the products and their sources. Not to mention gifting us a beautiful copper candle by SoH Melbourne - it's fig scented too which is my favourite!

Next we popped into Dowse and met the owner, Susannah who chatted us through what she sold and the stores' history. Dowse tend to stock independent designers as well as the owners' work with lots of bold colours and patterns, and tonnes of amazing pottery! Susannah also makes her own jewellery which is sold in the store which has an amazing geometric feel in mixed metals.
Lastly was Tidy Street General Store which is a fashion focused boutique but with lots of jewellery and accessories, and even the odd piece of crockery. The handbags are amazing, not to mention some of the brands they stock (Rachel Comey hiya!). I picked up a cute little gold necklace with an initial pendant to pop on it but very nearly left with another four hundred and two basket bags but luckily managed to restrain myself. The perfect stop off for something unique and almost certainly bang on trend.
I'd never considered doing a little Trouva-tour before, so it's definitely something to think about if you're in an area where there are a lot of their boutiques! 
Trouva are also giving you the chance to win a two night stay in either Brighton or Cornwall Artist's Residence and £500 to spend on their site! Enter here, and best of luck!

T&C's: Comp closes at midnight on 31st August 2018. Entrants much live in the UK and be over 18. 

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