23 September 2016

The classic formula of a loose, relaxed tee and denim is nothing groundbreaking, I'd agree, but sometimes, things become a classic for a reason. The latest mix to my collection of trousers, these Boohoo Distressed Claudia Jeans are both comfortable (win) and flattering with their boyfriend shape and mid rise. If you're a tall girl like me, I seriously recommend you check these out as the length is just perfect, and they have a pretty bargainous price of only £14 too.

Band tees are having a bit of a moment, and although they're a bit controversial - can you wear the top of someone you don't really listen to - I'm loving them all the same. This Guns and Roses tee from Misguided ticks all the right boxes with uber soft material and a fit that's neither too baggy or too loose. It's even got me wanting to add more graphics to my wardrobe - something that I never thought would happen.

Jeans | Boohoo
Tee | Missguided
Sunglasses | Ray Bans


18 September 2016

It may technically be nearing the end of summer, but as evidenced by days like today, the weather shows no signs of playing by the rules. For some, this may be an excuse to have a nice sunbathe, others to sit in a beer garden or have a BBQ, but for me, it seems like the perfect time to experiment with some new salad recipes - oh what a life I lead. This latest creation is super simple to the extent that you could hardly even call it a recipe. I even found pre chopped aubergine in the frozen section of Tescos so you won't even need a chopping board!! Perfect for lazy days where you don't feel like cooking over a hot stove, this concoction would work beautifully thrown together on a plate with some other salads and bread, in a wrap with some other fillings or even tossed into pasta, hot or cold depending on your mood. For all the aubergine lovers out there, this one is definitely for you.

To prepare, either use a bag of ready cut aubergine like me (the cheats way) or cut one up into rounds. Throw onto a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and bake at 180 until soft and browning. Plate them up onto a serving utensil of choice and wait to cool. In a separate cup, mix together a good glug of olive oil and pomegranate molasses, teaspoon of sumac and splash of soy sauce, stir and dress the aubergines. Throw on the pomegranate seeds and mint et voila - a perfect summer salad.


07 September 2016

Body // Shorts 

And here we have it, the very last of my holiday outfits. Very possibly my favourite set of photos that I've ever shot for my blog - shoutout to cooperative younger sisters - as well as being the comfiest beach side outfit ever. Standing at an impressive (almost) 6ft, bodies are usually not the one for me, but praise the lord for the ASOS Tall Section. Soft and well fitted, these guys know how to please the giants among us. The shorts were my biggest bargain of my summer holiday haul, at less than £10 for the pair from Boohoo at ASOS. The frill detailing at the bottom is so cute, and works well at giving the illusion of a smaller nipped in waist.

I hope you liked catching up on this little series of summer outfits, hopefully the English weather will continue to be kind to us and make sure that these aren't the last. If not, I've hopefully got a photo diary coming which will mean that all your sun filled dreamy photo needs will be satisfied. Who else just wants to repeat the last 3 months?


05 September 2016

Lace Top - Similar | High Waisted Shorts | Belt

HIYAZ. Hows it going? Today's post is a nice and summery one, which is making me rather sad looking back on, giving the downpour that is beating at my window as I type. I've had this off the shoulder lace top in my wardrobe for ages now, and it's my go to whenever the sun is shining and I want to get a bit of sun on my shoulders. The fit is uber flattering and works well with the current bardot trend that's going on and the lace overlay adds such a pretty and feminine detail. 

I paired it with some high-waisted denim shorts in the photos above, but it work equally well dressed up with some smarter trousers for the evening, some culottes, or even a skirt. It's such a versatile piece that really could work from beach to dinner. Sidenote: when will I learn that two photos is not enough to show off an outfit?! You can tell I'm new to this outfit photo stuff. Anyway, I'm off to tone my hair, as is evidently drastically needed from the photos (never a good thing when you're basically blending into the yellow wall behind you)! 

What do you think of this outfit?


03 September 2016

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If there's one thing that always stuns me when looking at bare faced supermodels, apart from their ethereal beauty (of course), it's there super glowy and perfected skin. Ahh, the envy. My skin is on the dry side, so when it comes to hydration and sheen - I'm all for it, especially for warm summers days where you don't want to be wearing heavy cakey products, and want that no-makeup, makeup look instead. Here's how I achieved it this month using Love Me Beauty's amazing selection of products:

Products used:

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish - Especially in the summer, I really struggle with getting a lip balm that will keep my lips hydrated and protected from the harsh sun. Luckily, this balm ticks all my boxes and without the grease too - win!

Pixi Colour Correction Concentrate - It may be summer but that doesn't mean that my dark circles have disappeared so I still need all the help I can get covering them up. This colour correction concentrate doesn't do everything by itself, but it goes along way in getting rid of some of the blue tones before concealer.

Nuxe Huile Prodiguise Oil Or - Patted onto the high-points of my face, this oil serves as a beautiful but nourishing highlight that I know won't break me out - unlike many others on the market. Smoothed onto the rest of the body it also gives such a beautiful glowing effect. I love how it looks with my tan but perhaps one for the summer only!

Makeup Forever Mascara, Big Fat Eyes Eyeliner (both from previous boxes and unpictured)

As you can see there's still a lot for me to try from this box (including a £10 Vita Liberata Gift Voucher which I can't wait to spend), and I'm so excited to get my hands on the next, which is promising Kat Von D, huzzah! For only £10 and an amazing personal choice of products, you really can't beat Love Me Beauty for what they offer. Get 20% off your next box using the code MADDY20

What do you think of these subscription boxes?


01 September 2016

Salads are amazing for using up the odds and ends in your fridge, the mixes and combinations you can create are infinite and they're the perfect dish for a light lunch on a hot summer's day. A salad doesn't just have to be a plate of leaves though, and can still be a satisfying alternative to a sandwich when made right. I get round this by using a base of some kind of carb and some hot ingredients. On the table within 15 minutes, you couldn't ask for an easier lunch. 

Uncooked ingredients:
  • Rocket or other lettuce as the greens
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • Halved cherry tomatoes - + whatever other vegetables need using up 
  • Spring onions 
  • Lemon rind 
  • Balsamic dressing
  • Olive oil 
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Herbs - Basil and Parsley in this case 
Cooked ingredients:
  • Courgette or other roasted vegetables 
  • Garlic 
  • Pasta - whole grain for an extra health kick or substitute for other grains 
The veg should be cooked at about 210 degrees celsius for 10-15 minutes along with the garlic and then mixed in with the pasta and other uncooked ingredients. Serve immediately!