Date Night Outfit

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Cami Top – Mango, Skirt – New Look, Shoes – Primark, Bag – Chanel

Tonight is date night for Tyron and I and so this morning I put together some potential outfits that I could wear this evening.  This one is defiantly a winner, I love this skirt but I find it difficult to get it to work for me.  I feel like the shape doesn’t really suit me too well, but worn with something tucked in, it kind of works.  The top is a recent purchase from Mango, it’s actually a suede material and I really love it!  I think it would also look super with a leather skirt (which I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one!).

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I’m still rocking my tan from Thailand so I’m not too concerned about showing some skin, even though it’s still only 2 degrees outside – but my brown skin is fading fast and I feel like I need to make the most of it.  Maybe I’ll pop on some tights…

What are your favourite things to wear for date night?

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A day of food 

Recently I have been craving healthy food, it’s probably to do with December being a month of over indulgence combined with the fact that I’m going on holiday in February.  I really feel like healthy food has been over complicated these days, recipes full of ingredients that are almost impossible to say let alone find.  I thought I would share with you a day of food, these meals are very typical of my cooking – simple, delicious, filling and vegetarian.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, in my opinion it’s the best meal to eat out.  Today I had some porridge with a some banana slices and sweetened with honey.  As I didn’t use the whole banana for this meal, I used the rest of the slices to make mini sandwiches.  I just put a little bit of peanut butter in-between two slices of banana and refrigerate and have as a snack through the day!

As I already said I love breakfast dishes so I had another one for lunch!  Super simple, fast and yummy.  I scrambled the eggs with a little milk, chilli flakes, salt, pepper and peas in a pan with some coconut oil.  I’d usually have this with some tomato ketchup but I’m trying to cut down on my sugar so instead I sometimes have some sriracha.

 

As for dinner I actually ate quite a lot… opps.  This was a little ‘operation use everything up in the kitchen’ so it’s a little random but tasty none the less. My dish consisted of sweet potato wedges roasted in coconut oil with seasoning, roasted carrots with pesto, roasted broccoli with garlic and lemon, and a tomato, mozzarella and spinach salad.

And that’s it, if you would like to know any recipes for these dishes please let me know.

What do you eat to try and stay healthy and most importantly full?

 

 

These boots were made for walking

I have always been a religious black chelsea boot purchaser.  When shopping for some new boots a few months ago, my boyfriend kept annoying me by constantly suggesting brown boots, which almost sent me into a 5 year old style tantrum.  I found the black boots, I brought the black boots, I wore the black boots, and I love the black boots.  But, when putting outfits together I kept feeling like maybe sometimes brown boots would look good…

So a new search began… for brown boots.  I hate to admit that I’m wrong, but in this case I was, and perhaps my tastes are changing but I felt like I had a brown boot shaped hole in my wardrobe. I looked in countless shoe shops, tried on hundreds of boots, and I didn’t like any of them. How hard could it be to find some nice brown boots?!  It wasn’t until I was having a quick look at the ASOS sale and these bad boys somehow found their way into my basket.  A few days later they arrived, I didn’t have high hopes as I had been disappointed so many times before.  However after trying them on, prancing around the apartment for a while, I was inlove.  I like that they weren’t traditional chelsea boot style, and the buckle fastening really adds a little something.

 

 

Five minute face 

My make-up style has changed drastically over the last 18 months, I’m not sure if it’s moving to a new country, getting older or just having a different lifestyle – maybe it’s all of the above, who knows!

The thought of slapping on product after product just doesn’t appeal to me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a love affair with make-up and I think the contents of my dressing table draw is evidence of that. Even though I now have more, and make more time in order to apply my daily make-up, I don’t actually wear very much. I think I’ve grown up from caking my face in lotions, creams and powders, just a light base and a small bit of concealing is enough for me. I’ve learnt that natural is the way to go, makeup shouldn’t be used as a mask but to enhance what you already have.

Most mornings I’ll settle myself  down in front of my mirror with a cup of tea, pop on a YouTube video or a series from Netflix and get to work. A light base, usually a BBcream or tinted moisturiser is enough for me to begin with, and a good concealer which isn’t too thick and doesn’t settle in my wrinkles. A quick wash of bronzer, and maybe if I’m feeling fancy I’ll use some blush. I rarely contour, mainly because I don’t feel that I need too, I like to use bronzer just to add some colour to my face. A quick comb of the eyebrows, fill in any sparse areas, and set with a gel. For eyes it’s always mascara, lashes curled first of course. Add some lip balm, or a light layer of lipstick if I’m feeling sassy and I’m done!

Before I moved to Hamburg my daily makeup routine could sometimes take up to 30 mins to apply – I mean seriously who has half an hour in the morning just to slap on some products?! Now how long it takes me to do my hair on the other hand is a whole different story…

Outfit of the day #15

 

Hat – H&M, Jumper – Mango, Jeans – Primark, Boots – New Look

Yet again a super simple and comfortable outfit from me – surprise, surprise!  I found these jeans while back home during the holidays, and I have just been able to squeeze myself into them.  I’ve been on a major health kick as my boyfriend and I are going on our holidays soon, and I’m not bikini ready, if you know what I mean – Christmas took a toll on the waist line this year!

The weekend #2


  

Hamburg’s weather is showing no mercy!  I feel so British whenever I mention the weather, but it is a Brits favourite topic.  This weekend we had snow, again, only a little but enough for me to squeal with excitement. Tyron and I wrapped up warm and caught the train to Stadtpark to have a little walk around and see the frozen lakes and snow covered trees.

What did you get up too this weekend?

 

 

 

Outfit of the day #14

Hat – Primark, Jumper – H&M, Jeans – Zara, Boots – Topshop

Long time no post!  I’m been absent due to travelling/holidays/lack of motivation to write. I’ve had these jeans for ages and I love them so much – who knew that I would dig green denim?!  I do however have one issue for buying trousers in Germany – everyone has freakishly long legs and unless I buy ‘ankle grazers’ nothing fits!  Now, I’m not one to shy away from a turn up – but it’s cold and right now I cannot bare to bare, even if is just a little piece of ankle.  I finally got around to taking these bad boys up (and in) and now I’m even more in love, I have surprisingly found styling coloured jeans a lot easier than I thought and I may or may not have been eyeing up the other colours Zara has to offer….

Outfit of the Day #13

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Top & Jeans – Zara, Shoes – Primark, Necklace – H&M, Lipstick – Chanel

Today I need to pack to go home for the holidays, I don’t know about anyone else but I really struggle with packing – I can’t stand it!
I’m inlove with these jeans, I recently got them in sale from Zara, and as soon as I tried them on in store, I knew I had to have them.  I always find it difficult to find jeans to fit my leg length, because although I’m quite tall (5ft7) my legs are quite short, so I tend to always have to have turn ups.  These lovelies though, fit perfectly!  My lipstick is a Coco Chanel Rouge in the shade Céline, and I think it’s my favourite nude shade at the moment.

If anyone has any tips for packing, please share!

Thanks for stopping by x

Asparagus Risotto

I always thought that risotto was difficult to cook, when actually it’s pretty easy just time consuming.  Standing by the stove continually stirring a pot can become tedious, but boy is it worth it.  Today I thought I would share my asparagus risotto recipe – it’s super yummy and a rewarding treat after being stood up in the kitchen for what feels like an age….

  
Asparagus Risotto
1 tbsp olive oil
1 crushed garlic clove
One medium onion
125g asparagus
225g arborio rice
700ml of boiling vegetable broth
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp milk
Handful of frozen peas
Juice of half a lemon
Grated cheese
Salt and Pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pan, add onions and cook for approx 2-3 mins, add garlic and asparagus, cook for a further 1 or so minute.  Add rice, stir until well coated – usually here you can add a splash of white wine and cook until alcohol evaporates (but seriously who has white wine left over for this step?!).

Add a small amount of broth at a time, stir regularly until absorbed. Continue adding stock until the rice is cooked and all of the broth has been absorbed. Add the frozen peas, they will only take a few minutes to cook through, add milk (alternatively you can use cream), butter, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.  Stir through until all ingredients are combined and serve topped a grated cheese of your choice.

Let me know if you try this recipe – it’s super yummy!  If you aren’t an asparagus fan you can skip it and just add more lemon juice and peas and that also tastes delicious!

Thanks for stopping by

Hamburg at Christmas

I’ve been so slack with my blog recently, and it’s defiantly something I’m going to put a lot more effort into come 2016.  I really want to produce better content because I really enjoy producing blog posts and reading everyone’s comments – it’s so rewarding!

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We have been making the most of visiting the Christmas markets – because of course, where else does better markets than Germany?!
I’m pretty sure I have an addiction to glühwein – even if after two glasses I just want to go to sleep – it’s so tasty!  There are over 40 markets in Hamburg, and each have something different to offer, everything is so beautiful too.  We only have one more week left before we head back to the UK for our Christmas break, I’m not looking forward to coming back in January when everything is gone and it will look so bare!  I’ve really concentrated on trying to get everyone at least one German themed present, I think I’ve done well so far!

Have you guys been enjoying any Christmas markets?