With London being so cold at the moment I’m finding it more difficult than ever to stay on track with the new year health drive. It’s difficult to stay motivated when winter screams comforting carb season. I created this recipe when I couldn’t bare to eat something cold in the evening but I’d been neglecting my vegetable consumption for the day so had some serious catching up to do.
Recipe serves 3-4 people.
You will need:
– 2 Courgettes
– 1 Bunch of Asparagus
– 1 Cup of Soya Beans
-1 Red Onion
– 1 Garlic Bulb
– 50ml of single or double cream (if you are feeling indulgent)
– 2 Tomatos
– 1 Ball of Mozzarella
– 1 Lemon
– Olive Oil
– 2 Rashers of Bacon (optional)
Start by dicing your red onion and mincing your garlic into small chunks. Fry these in a frying with some olive oil and cook until translucent.
Whilst these are cooking, spiralise your courgette into ribbons. If you don’t have a spiraliser, just cut the courgette into thin ribbons.
Break the asparagus into pieces around 3cm long. Add these to your frying pan with the red onion and garlic. Cut the bacon into small pieces and add these to the pan too. If you are veggie, skip this step. Leave until they are cooked through.
Once your bacon is cooked and your asparagus becomes soft, add in your courgette ribbons. Add 50ml of cream at this stage along with your soya beans. Season with salt and pepper. You want to cook this until the soya beans are cooked through and the cream begins to thicken.
To finish up add the juice of one lemon. Top your salad with torn bits of mozzarella and you are ready to serve!
This is a super quick and healthy meal to serve up in an evening. For those entertaining guests you can serve the salad as a side dish or even enjoy the leftovers cold the next day for a wholesome lunch.
Let me know if you give it a try!
You may have read my blog post back in September when I went to the Friends of Mahiki end of summer party. I had the privilege of being invited back in January for another event hosted by Friends of Mahiki in aid of The Seaver Foundation. The Seaver Foundation is an amazing cause that changes the lives of isolated children both in the UK and abroad.
One thing you can always count on at a friends of Mahiki party is that you will spend the evening being completely spoilt. When we arrived we were welcomed with one of Mahiki’s signature pina coladas served in a pineapple. The quality of Mahiki cocktails are incredible and if you are out as a group the legendary pirate chests are a necessity.
At the event the girls from Go Get Glitter had a glitter station to ensure everyone left sparkling. All of their glitter products are both vegan and cruelty free. I opted for silver glitter around the eye which stayed on for the whole evening but was easily washed away with warm water. The Braid Bar which is usually based in Selfridges, London also had a pop up braiding station. I’m not usually one to experiment much with my hair so it was a great opportunity to opt for something new. I went for the Cara 2.0 inspired by Cara Delevingne’s side braid. Whilst braiding isn’t something I would usually go for, I loved the look and it was more wearable than I’d imagined. The two combined looks would be perfect for summer and I am looking forward to trying them out again during festival season.
After spending some time soaking in the Tiki atmosphere and enjoying our Pops Moscow mule popsicles. We watched some expert cocktail making by the Mahiki guys and then sadly it was time to call it a night. We were given amazing goodie bags from the event that have introduced me to so many new brands. I’m looking forward to trying them all and reporting back to you guys! Thankfully, we were given loads of health food samples from graze, Deliciously Ella and Rude Health so I don’t need to panic too much about breaking my January health kick.
Thankfully I didn’t have to say goodbye to Mahiki for too long as I visited again soon for a friends 21st. If you have a chance to visit Ciroc Pineapple Beach Hut in Mahiki do. It has a jet ski simulator and karaoke booth, because who doesn’t love karaoke!?
Note – Thank you to Mahiki for the use of their photos in this post.
For the second part of the Valentines Day lookbook series I’ve put together an outfit perfect to wear on a valentines day dinner date. For those who missed the first part of the series, I pieced together an outfit for a valentine’s cocktail date, this look is dressier and more suitable for a restaurant sit down dinner.
The Dinner Date
It wouldn’t be Valentines day without some red in the outfit and of course some love hearts! I love Valentines day, heart shaped chocolates, indulging in food with loved ones and just using the occasion to truly appreciate those around you. This year my boyfriend and I are finally visiting Clos Maggiore so I will report back as to whether it lives up to the hype – the decor certainly looks stunning.
I love wearing red but the occasion rarely arises where I feel its socially acceptable to wear such a statement piece. Despite that, after seeing this dress I had to convince myself that it was a suitable investment. This red dress is very flattering, it has lace detailing with a lattice pattern neckline. The neckline is high so there isn’t too much skin on show with the dress being quite short. It’s figure hugging but pulls you in at waist and is comfortable to wear, making it ideal for a dinner date.
I accessorised it with this Burberry heart print scarf, if this doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day nothing does! These scarves are incredibly soft, wearable and such a classic that everyone needs in their wardrobe. It is also reversible so it can be flipped over to display just the traditional Burberry print and can be coordinated with so many different outfits.
I love shoes with a cute ankle strap and these Kurt Gieger ones are no exception. They are rose gold which goes perfectly with the red dress. I paired the outfit with a leather jacket that should be a staple in every girls wardrobe. It’s the perfect jacket for transitioning seasons and on the odd occasion that London warms up in winter.
Let me know what you guys are up to for Valentines Day, have a good one whether you’ve are out on a date or enjoying a girls movie night in – Happy Valentine’s Day!
So January seems to have completely flown by and spending new years in Stockholm feels like it happened absolutely months ago! At lot of January has been spent trying to form new healthier habits, getting back into the swing of University and thinking ahead to preparing for exams. This month I’ve been to my first blogging events the #GoGlamGala hosted by Scarlett London and the Boomerang Britain exhibition. It’s been great meeting fellow bloggers, connecting with brands and getting out from behind my laptop.
I love writing monthly favourites and hopefully it’s a feature that you guys love too! Here are my top picks from January.
Tg Green Tea – I picked a few packets of these up at the Go Glam Gala and they are seriously good. These teas are completely organic and my favourite flavour is the jujube and osmanthus.
Nivea Oil Free Moisturiser – I suffer with combination skin which can be a nightmare during winter. This moisturiser is the perfect balance of being hydrating but does not make the skin oily and leave you looking shiny.
Benefit 10 – Now sadly this product is discontinued, but thankfully there are still some available on amazon. Unlike most bronzers it has a subtle colour with a highlight shimmer. It makes for the perfect winter bronzer.
Candy Kittens – The guys at Candy Kittens gave me loads of samples to try of their different flavours. They contain natural colourings and natural flavourings. I seriously recommend you try the watermelon flavour.
Charlotte Tilbury, Glastonberry – I’ve been loving this lip colour over the winter months. It’s a dark berry colour that makes a change from wearing the usual red colour I opt for. I wore this with a green Topshop dress to the Go Glam Gala.
John Wicks Lean in 15 – It wouldn’t be January without a health drive. We’ve loved cooking from the first lean in 15 book and his third does not disappoint. His curry recipes are incredible, guilt free and definitely worth a try.
Grey’s Anatomy – Now I am WAY behind on the programme with this one but I’be been enjoying catching up with Grey’s Anatomy. I am only on season ten so I have some serious catching up to do but I’m not complaining.
Hope you guys are having a lovely 2017 so far!
Welcome to my first outfit blog piece! Not sure whether to be excited or terrified about venturing into fashion blogging but I love putting outfits together for different occasions so here it goes. My first two posts are in preparation for Valentine’s Day and themed around the infamous date night.
The Cocktail Date
With it being super cold in London at the moment it is difficult to dress for the weather whilst still looking like you’ve made the effort for a date. I’m not too sure this is the warmest outfit to wear in February but you will certainly look at home in a London cocktail bar.
I love the black leather detailing on this pencil skirt and the gold zip on the back is a cute addition too. It is flattering whilst the leather lace adds something extra and makes the hem line interesting.
Ruffles are very in this season so I opted for a floral off the shoulder top.
Whilst florals aren’t exactly what you immediately think of in winter, darker floral patterns can be worn throughout the year. I accessorised it with a fur scarf to add an extra layer of warmth! The ruffled top is very feminine so perfect to wear on a date as well as being super flattering.
With it being winter the weather is pretty unpredictable so I went for black ankle boots which I’ve been living in since I brought them over a year ago. I’d definitely recommend packing a warm coat to take with you to wear on route to the bar and thick tights would also work with this outfit.
Skirt – River Island
Top – Asos
Fur Scarf (similar) – Asos
Boots (similar) – Asos
Lip Colour – Maybelline
Let me know what you guys love wearing on date night and if you are heading anywhere exciting for Valentine’s Day!