16.10.14

THE DUSTER

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DUSTER COAT C/O MISSREBEL // TOP C/O QUIZ // BELT: CHARITY SHOP // JEANS:TOPSHOP //RINGS C/O LYLALOVES // WATCH: NIXON // BOOTS: TOPSHOP

I have wanted to try out a duster coat for a while now so when I got my hands on this beauty I was extremely happy. Admittedly its not the sort of thing I would wear on a day to day basis,probably because i'm always slobbing around in trackies but for the odd occasion when I go out or get slightly dolled up its perfect.

I'd say this is quite a smart/casual outfit for me,the neck bling,white boots and gold rings dress up the baggy boyfriend jeans and jacket splendidly.

How would you style the coat?

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Much Love

15.10.14

KATECOOKS: BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY AND BANANA LOAF

DSC00238:YOU WILL NEED:
.3 Ripe bananas
.200g blueberries
.2 Large Eggs
.224g plain flour
.1tsp baking powder
.1/8 tsp baking soda
.1/4 tsp salt
.200g white sugar
.1/2 tsp vanilla extract
.120g butter
.60ml buttermilk

:HOW TO:
1.Preheat oven to 180(fan),grease 4 mini loaf tins with butter.

2.In a bowl combine baking powder,flour,baking soda and salt.
DSC00244DSC002433.In a different bowl mix butter and sugar together gradually adding in the eggs,buttermilk and vanilla extract.Mash up bananas and add to the bowl mixing until smooth.

4.Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated then add the blueberries and stir in gently. 

5.Scoop batter into the greased tins and place into the oven for 35 mins or until golden and bouncy.Remove from oven and let them cool.
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(personalised kitchenware from (getting personal)

Serve with a cup of steaming hot tea

Enjoy


7.10.14

MADAM GLAM

I was recently contacted by a brand called Madam glam asking if I'd like to review their nail polishes,as i'm a nail polish fiend I jumped at the chance to try out some new colours for my talons.
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(how lovely is the packaging)
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I had never heard of this brand before and wasn't sure what they would be like however I am super impressed by the quality and quantity you get out of these bottles.The coverage is brilliant and the product glides onto your nails seamlessly.
I'm always using my hands,be it typing,cooking,washing up or cleaning and find it hard to get a nail varnish that stays put when doing these tasks,I got a weeks wear out of these polishes before any chipping occurred,so a big thumbs up from me.
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Mango passion is my current favourite,its adds a lovely pop of orange to your hands and can work throughout any season.
I think its fair to say I will be getting a lot of wear out of these polishes...but the question is...which one shall I crack open next?

Much Love

3.10.14

STEAL

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TSHIRT C/O STEALDIAMONDCLOTHING // JEANS: CHARITY SHOP // WATCH: NIXON //JUMPER: DAISYSTREET // NEW BALANCE: ASOS

A pretty casual outfit today,just doing the usual post office runs,food shopping and walking betty,she's getting so big,I love her.
Now the weather is changing i'm find it so difficult to know what to put on,i'm pretty sure I will be living in jeans,a slogan tee, jumper and trainers this winter because comfort is key and theres nothing worse than being cold and uncomfy! ( I am the worst company when cold or hungry)

What are your guys' winter essentials?

Much Love

24.9.14

THE LEATHER DRESS

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DRESS C/O BLUE VANILLA // HEELS: PRIMARK // WATCH: NIXON // CLUTCH C/O STATUS ANXIETY

Theres always one problem for me when it comes to going on a night out,the problem being...I have trouble finding dresses that aren't covered in flowers,skin tight and extremely girly, but this little number has saved my life and also counts as a staple LBD..an LBD with a difference..My favourite material...Leather.

As for the clutch,its perfect for your phone,favourite lippy and some cash,I'm so in love with the print and pony skin texture,a huge compliment to the outfit and i'll be getting tonnes of use out of it on a daily basis.

Much Love

23.9.14

PHOTO DIARY: LUNCH AND A MOOCH

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Most weekends, Mum and I head out to our local town for a mooch about and a bite to eat.Mainly because she needs to go to good old Aldi and I tag along because I lead a very exciting life.
This time round we stopped off at a local produce show to look at yummy cakes,flowers and vegetables (see it gets even more exciting).
Then we trundled off to our favourite hot chocolate spot where I also decided on a huge serving of garlic mushrooms on toast...it was divine.
I love little outings with the mother,even though it might be looking at farmer giles' courgette...we always have such a laugh.

Much Love

17.9.14

KATE COOKS: THAI STICKY CHICKEN

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(SERVES 4)
.4 x Chicken Thighs (skin on)
.2 Bunches Of Pak Choi
.200g Rice (of choice)
.2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Lemongrass
.1 tsp Dried Chili Flakes
.45g Dark Brown Sugar
.60ml Fish Sauce
.60ml Soy Sauce
.1 Tbsp Grated Ginger


:HOW TO:

1.Heat oven to 200 Degrees.

2.Mix Chili flakes,brown sugar,fish sauce,soy sauce,Ginger and Lemongrass in a bowl.
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3.Add Chicken to the sauce and let it marinate for half an hour to an hour (depending on how much time you have on your hands,you could always let it sit overnight to save time)

4. Remove chicken and place in a roasting dish lined with baking paper,Roast for 25-30 mins until sticky,golden and cooked through.
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5. While the chicken is cooking,prepare the Pak Choi. Tear off leaves,wash and set aside to strain.Add to a pan 1/3 full of water and let it blanch.You want it dark green in colour and 
slightly crispy still.

6. Add rice to boiling water and cook to preferred texture.(ideally you want Glutinous rice for this recipes but I didn't have any to hand so used basmati).

7. Serve the chicken with the rice and Pak choi,Pour over any remaining juices for extra stickiness.
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ENJOY

P.S I served mine with a quick veg stir fry to bulk out the meal.


Much Love

16.9.14

FLORENCE

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TUNIC C/O SUGARHILL BOUTIQUE // JACKET : MUUBAA // SANDALS : RIVER ISLAND // LIPSTICK : MAC 'RUSSIAN RED'

How beautiful is this dress? I've mentioned before that A/W isn't my most favourite time of the year but the print on this dress has me slightly in the mood for long walks,lit candles and dark evenings.
It will look great worn with tights or tucked into jeans for the chillier months to come.
Also talking of long walks,I thought i'd introduce a new member to the family...Betty the Frenchie.She is a little rascal but we are loving every minute of having her and she definitely loves the camera.

Much Love