Monday, 18 August 2014

Living in a far, faaaaar corner of deepest, darkest  East London has its benefits (Epping Forest, quiet streets, village like atmosphere), but it also has its drawbacks. Namely, not very many decent places to eat. Sure, I can hop on the tube and be in Central London in 20 minutes, but sometimes I just don't feel like it. So thank God for Belgique, a small East London/Essex only chain of Belgian brasseries. I love going there for breakfast, brunch...or just tea and a cake. Their cakes especially are delicious and it's worth mentioning they have a selection of goodies to buy and take home too (biscuit spread, anyone?...yummy). So, if you find yourself in the area, do pay them a visit. Your waist won't thank you for it, but your tastebuds will. 

I wore:
Sweater: J.Crew
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Jeans: Mango
Sandals: Zara
Bracelet: Fiorelli
Rings: Dogeared; Kris Nations 
Necklace: oNecklace

Saturday, 16 August 2014

If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you'll know that I like my food. No matter how hard I try to eat healthy, when faced with anything sweet (or savoury, or sour...or...anything really), my resolve crumbles. So to celebrate my sweet tooth, I'll bring you the ultimate in comfort desserts-RICE PUDDING. 
This one has a nice little tropical twist to it, but don't be fooled by all the fruit....this is still as calorific as it gets. 

175g jasmine rice
600ml milk
125 caster sugar
6 cardamom pods (split open)
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
150ml double cream (lightly whipped)
4-6 passion fruits
berries to decorate

1) Place the jasmine rice in a pot with milk, sugar, cardamom pods, bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Cook, stirring frequently, on low for around half an hour (or until rice is tender and milk absorbed). Add some extra milk if necessary.
2) Leave the rice to cool slightly and remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
3) Fold the cream into the rice mixture.
4) Halve the passion fruits and scoop the insides into a bowl.
5) Layer the rice with the passion fruit in glass bowls, decorate with berries and enjoy. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Printed Blouse

Making the most of what's left of summer and wearing as many colours as possible at once.

I wore:
Blouse: Zara
Chinos: GAP
Wedges: Alberta Ferretti
Sunnies: Whistles
Clutch: Accesorize
Rings: Kris Nations; Dogeared

Monday, 11 August 2014

Out of the huge amount of beauty boxes and sample services I used to subscribe to, the one I consistently stayed loyal to is "Latest In Beauty". Their boxes and samples always offered the best value and quality and when they offered me a chance to review their latest box in collaboration with Beauty Bible, I naturally accepted. 
"The Beauty Bible Loves" box contains a great selection (£70 worth) of make up, haircare and beauty products, some of which are full size and  the box is available for £19.95 (plus p&p).
The product I'm most excited about is Dr Organic Bio-Plasma Mud Mask. I use quite a few Dr Organic products already (Their snail cream is amazing) and am super happy with them. I'm sure this mud mask won't be an exception. The thing that appeals is that the mask is both anti-aging and purifying which must be a bit of rarity when it comes to mud masks. 
Next up is Verbena and Lavender hand cream and I have to be honest and say that I tried many, many hand creams but none came close to good old Neutrogena hand cream. I find it's the only one that makes difference to my hands. However, this cream by Crabtree & Evelyn smells amazing and it's good if you need quickly absorbed hit of hydration for your hands.
Rituals hand scrub looks very interesting. It is something I haven't thought of before, but coming to think about it, it makes sense. You scrub your face, you scrub your body, why not your hands? Now if only it would get rid of the age spots, no one will be a happier bunny in the whole of United Kingdom. :D
Also in the box are John Masters shampoo and detangler. Shampoo smells a bit too "botanical" for my liking, but detangler is lovely. I left it in my hair for an hour and the result was a bouncy, super soft, fragrant barnet.
Merumaya cleansing balm....interesting idea (you clean the skin with the balm and cloth), but the sample is a tiny sachet so not quite enough to give a proper review. 
Coconut cleanser is lovely and creamy and it does a pretty good job of taking the make up and grime away from your skin.
The second most exciting product (after Dr Organic mask) are these deodorant wipes, a new concept for me, but I did like the practicality and ease of use as well as the fact that they are natural (made from mineral salts). They seemed to work just fine during a regular day. You would probably need something stronger for very hot days and days when you're doing sports, though.
Last but not least in the box is a black volumizing mascara from Bellapierre cosmetics.  It's free from parabens and it gives you mega lashes which means the mascara ticks all my boxes.
The box is available to buy now at: Latest In Beauty.