Lusting After: Whistles

Turning the spotlight on Whistles this week.

Whistles is another store whose clothes I could buy the majority of. With such a functional yet clean style they offer a good range of staple pieces but also fun,  stand out garments that can jazz up an otherwise standard wardrobe.

  1. Ilona Dobby Dress

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.39.45The cuff sleeves on this dress are so elegant and dainty.

2. Emmalie Frill Jumpsuit
Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.40.04This jumpsuit could easily be dressed up with a pair of strappy heels or dressed down with a pair of converse and a denim jacket.

3. Ida Patent Lace Up Shoe
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Love, love the wedge on these!

4. Marquis Block Heel Sandal
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These could jazz up any plain Jane outfit.

5. Verity Backpack

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I like big, purposeful bags and this is certainly one of those.

6. Yara Faux Fur Cocoon Coat
Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.41.08Wearing this would be like permanently wearing your dressing gown! Heaven.

7. Mon Ami Embroidered Tee

 

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Pair this with black jeans, denim shirt and Nikes and you’re good to go!

8. Linen Stripe Hem Sweater

 

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.41.45I love the look of layered clothes and this jumper is great because even though it’s not actually layered it gives the impression that it is. This is perfect for the in-between weather of September/October.

OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

I have to admit that these kinds of posts are always my favourite to read. Fashion will always be my first true love and I could spend hours idly flicking through outfit post after outfit post.

However, due to a silly combination of self-consciousness, self doubt and me thinking that no one would be interested in what I wore, I’ve never actually done one of these myself. Well I’ve pushed all of that to one side and here is what I wore last week!

The other problem is that my flat is not gifted with good natural lighting, which isn’t helped by the fact that it’s very wooden – you’ll see what I mean from the pics! I did a lot of moving my mirror around but you have to work with what you’ve got!

[Foreword: I only realised after putting all these pictures together that it was quite clearly, a black jeans kind of week.]

Monday

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Top: Zara [similar here]

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

Necklace: Stilnest

Tuesday

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Blouse: GAP

Cardigan: The White Company [similar here] – the best sale purchase I’ve ever made!

Trousers: H&M

Shoes: Superga

Wednesday

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Cardigan: Zara – an Ebay find from years ago

T-shirt: GAP

Jeans: Jack Wills

Scarf: From a little boutique that cannot for life of me remember the name of!

Shoes: Superga

Thursday

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Jumper: Zara

Jeans: Jack Wills

Necklace: Stilnest

Pumps: Dorothy Perkins [similar here]

Friday

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T-shirt: GAP

Shirt: Fat Face [similar here]

Jeans: Jack Wills

Mules: EGO

Scarf: Zara

Belt: Gucci

 

A Walk in the Woods

As happens every single day of the week, the little human alarm clock that resides in the flat below mine sounded his morning cry at 6.08 am on Sunday morning.

Normally, lots of groaning and tossing and turning (on my part) would have ensued however in my haste to close the curtains the night before I had left a slight crack that a ray of sunshine was now peeking through.

Instead of falling into the same trap of wasting time trying and failing to get back to sleep I surprised myself and threw my new gym kit on (maybe that was the motivation?) and ventured outside.

I’ve always felt there’s something that feels weirdly naughty about being up and about when everyone else is snoozing. The other, not so naughty feeling, is one of sheer smugness knowing that you’ve already started your day: you snooze you lose.

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I knocked on Sleeping Beauty’s door but she was away for the weekend…

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Hours of touring churches in Italy taught me one very valuable lesson: never forget to look up.

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I most definitely contemplated ignoring my to-do list and just staring at the view all day, but alas, common sense prevailed.

If you’re ever in Surrey then a visit to the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hindhead is a must. I’m lucky enough to have it on my doorstep but it’s so vast that I doubt I’ll ever be able to cover it all!

Loaded Veggie Sandwich

This sandwich is for all you out there who don’t find salads appealing in the slightest but want to make sure you’re getting your 5-a-day in!

So simple, quick and fresh.

Hummus forms the base…

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then add all the veggies!

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Roasted red pepper would also work really nicely.

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Variations could include:

  • Red onion
  • Diced celery
  • Avocado
  • Mashed chickpeas
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Portobello mushroom

Be warned, as delicious as it tastes, it’s rather a challenge to get your chops around. However, it’s well worth every smear of hummus across your face!

 

Lusting After: Anthropologie

During a recent nosey around the shops I suddenly remembered that being the fully-fledged adult that I now am, council tax and bills I’m talking to you, I can no longer frivolously spend my money on what I used to refer to as ‘wardrobe improvement’ whenever I was quizzed by my Dad.

However, I can still look (and lust) for free.

I haven’t ventured in Anthropologie in a fair while and I must admit, the past few times I’ve been in there the homeware section has always caught my attention more than any of their clothes.

Not this time. I was so impressed with the pieces they’re stocking at the moment. Such a lovely mix of colourful, quirky yet functional items that could be styled in so many ways.

I’ve chosen my top picks so that you can share in my ogling….!

  1. Diti Embroidered Blouse

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2. Deb Woven Striped Wide-Leg Trousers

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3. Marlow Embellished Tunic Dress

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4. Pilcro Floral Embroidered Mid-Rise Jeans

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5. Akra Suede Espadrilles

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6. Melody Fringed Suede Heals

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7. Marea Crossbody Bag

 

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8. Miriam Leather Cross-Body Bag

 

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9. Soleil Drawstring Bag

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10. Ramona Pinstriped Shirt, Blue

 

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Hope you enjoyed browsing! Apologies if it led you to do bad things….

 

Eggless Meringues {GF, DF, Vegan}

I know what you’re probably thinking – excuse me? How? What? Why?

Let me tell you, I had exactly the same thoughts when I first came across the concept on Pinterest. I cannot take credit for the recipe as it was the brainchild of Wallflower Kitchen. Go over to her blog to check it out. I can however, confirm that it works and the end result will blow your mind. It certainly did mine!

I don’t want to give the recipe away but I will tell you what the main ingredient is: aquafaba (chickpea water to you and me). You heard right, chickpea water can create this:

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You can even perform the famous hold-the-bowl-upside-down test!

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The final product:

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I crumbled a couple of them up, added some summer berries and a dash of Oatly cream. On a completely unrelated side note, if you’ve never tried Oatly’s chocolate milk then I suggest you add it to your shopping list. Tastes even better than the real thing.

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Just a couple of notes on the recipe.

  • Don’t skip the vanilla extract – you need it to eliminate the subtle chickpea taste.
  • I cooked mine for 2 hours, as the recipe says, and they were very sticky and chewy so could maybe have done with a little bit longer. It all depends how you like your meringues though: crispy = cook longer vs chewy = perfect cooking time.

July Favourites

Coming at you on time this month!

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  1. Evening walks

I’ve been making the most of the long, light summer evenings. After I’ve been sitting at a desk in a stuffy office all day it’s so nice to fill my lungs with fresh air. I’ve also noticed that I sleep a lot better on the nights I go for a stroll as opposed to when I don’t.

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Unfortunately I don’t live by the sea but I snapped this shot when I was down in Aberystwyth for my brother’s graduation.

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Although I am lucky enough to have the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey right on my doorstep…

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Spot the hot-air balloon!

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2. Cheska Floral Embroidered Flat Mule 

So on trend at the moment, these were an absolute steal at just ¬£9.99. They’re still in the sale now so you can get your hands on a pair!

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I’ll be truthful, they’ve taken a little bit of breaking in but they’re so beautiful that they’re worth every blister.

I’ve received so many compliments when I’ve worn them, even from a waiter in Jamie’s restaurant of all places!

I’ve also got my beady on these beauties:

3. Flowers

I think I’ve inherited this trait from my lovely Granny; having side-lined as a flower arranger back in the day, she always has a house full of blooming flowers and house plants. When he was alive my also-lovely Grandpa would come home with a bouquet for her at least once a week.

I don’t have anyone to buy me flowers – no problem though – I can buy them for myself!

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Sunflower season is upon us and I’m so happy about it.

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I’ve borrowed these pics from my foodie Instagram as I find they make good props when taking photos.

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Peonies are among my all-time favourites.

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4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My first encounter with this book was during my final year at University. As a language student I studied translation and one week my tutor happened to choose an extract from this very book.

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Ashamedly, even though this book made an impression on me some three years ago, I’ve only just got round to properly reading it.

At the beginning I did struggle to immerse myself in the novel, I think because there are so many characters I found myself losing track of who was who, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did.

I love Ferrante’s style of writing and not only does the story offer an insight into Italian culture at the time but it also delves into the fascinating world of human nature and relationships.

5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – Original Solid

This product is an absolute miracle worker at soothing dry, cracked skin. After only a few days of use my hands are completely renewed and actually pleasant to touch for a change.

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I will say that I wish I had read the tub properly as I didn’t realise that this was the ‘solid’ version. It is quite hard to extract from the tub and I find it leaves my hands greasy for quite a while after applying it as it doesn’t absorb as well as this more fluid version.