Saturday, 31 October 2015

Style: Back to Black with Pinkclove.

Hey folks! Today's look is thanks to Pinkclove and, in the spirit of Halloween, I am dressed top to toe in black and getting in touch with my inner goth! 


I'm wearing the Kyra black duster jacket in the 22, it's a heavy weight poly/elastane mix which drapes really nicely. It has a tie belt, soft collar and cuffed sleeve detail. I'm wearing the 22, I think I might have been better in the 24 for my own comfort, but it looks absolutely fine, so it's not too bad. 


I've teamed it with a plain black shirt and leggings and these gorgeous tassel loafers from Jones the Bootmaker. This is such an easy loo to wear, and is really very versatile. Sometimes (this is me, so all the time haha) it's nice just to keep it simple and understated. 





















**The jacket and shoes in this post were sent to me for featuring on the blog**

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Style: Halloween Style with Lovedrobe.

It's the most spookiest time of the year! And I've got a little nod to Halloween today thanks to the folks at Lovedrobe! 


When I was asked to pick out a black piece from the collection to 'spookify' I was instantly drawn to this stripe shirt, it was giving off some serious Beetlejuice vibes! 


I didn't want to go full on fancy dress, but I did want the outfit to be a nod to the iconic Michael Keaton character so I went for a heavy eye and messy-ish hair! 


I'm wearing the 26/28 as I wanted it to be oversized, the fabric is lightweight and the shirt itself is a good length. I'm going to wear this under my dungarees and with my ripped jeans too. Priced at only £18 it's a bargain! 

About as scary as I get...

Spoooooky Selfie!









**This item was gifted to me for the purposes of review. **

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Lifestyle: Debenhams Flowers

There really is nothing quite like having flowers delivered to your door to perk up your day. I've been incredibly busy of late, so when the lovely folk at Debenhams were kind enough to send me a beautiful bouquet of flowers I was over the moon! 



The flowers arrived wrapped beautifully and safely encased in a large box (which Poppy promptly stole, decorated with stickers and turned into a 'rocket'). Once unwrapped I prepped them as per the intrsuctions on the flower food sachet and decanted them into my trusty cream jug. 


I went for the Designer Autumn Rose Bouquet which I knew would look great against the greens in my living room. I just love the big plump hydrangeas which contrast beautifully with the corals and oranges of the roses and lilies and then the deep red of the berries.



There is something truly special about receiving flowers, I never really appreciated it when I was younger, but nowadays it's one of my favourite things. I've got an exclusive discount for you thanks to Debenhams - enter DFBLOG25 at the checkout and get 25% off all bouquets (excluding the 'flowers by post' range) - why not treat a loved one, or yourself for that matter! And now is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas Flowers or check out the range of Christmas Hampers which make great gifts, especially for those quite tricky to buy for (I'm looking at you mum). 










**The flowers were sent to me for the purposes of review, how bloody lovely is that?**

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Food: Afternoon Tea with a Hint of Pink

You might remember over the summer I visited The Comfy Duck on the outskirts of Grimsby, Lincolnshire. This beautiful restaurant situated within the Oaklands Hotel offers the most delicious seasonal menus created by award winning chef Steven Bennett. The latest offering from the Comfy Duck kitchen is a very special pink-inspired afternoon tea. 


Served throughout October, 10% of the price from each tea will go to the Pink Rose Breast Cancer Unit at Grimsby Hospital. 

Just some of the treats within the afternoon tea include  ham, mustard and honey savoury scone, salmon and cream cheese bagel with rocket, a lime posset topped with a cosmo sorbet and a beautiful pink macaron. 


There's still time to book in and sample the delicious treats on offer and priced at just £14.95 per person it's affordable luxury and all for a good cause! 

If you're not based in or around Lincolnshire, fear not, you can treat yourself to a little luxury at home with this delicious gluten free chocolate brownie recipe that the Comfy Duck team were kind enough to send through to me! 


Recipe

350g Dark Chocolate
175g Butter
7 free range Eggs
400g Golden Caster Sugar
175g Gluten Free Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
1tsp Xantham Gum

Method

Place the chocolate and butter into a heat proof glass bowl and gently melt together over a pan of simmering water. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and airy. Once the chocolate & butter has melted, cool for 5 minutes and fold into the egg mixture a third at a time. Sift together the flour, xantham gum & cocoa powder and fold into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the white chocolate drops and desired nuts and place into a lined baking tin and cook at 180ยบ for 25-30 minutes. 


Brownies are best served gooey and slightly undercooked, so if the batter still feels loose to gently shake, leave to cool and it will set with a delicious fudgey centre. Once cool, slice and store in a cool and dry place before serving.


You can book your afternoon tea or contact the team, you can visit the website www.thecomfyduck.com, email info@thecomfyduck.com or call 01472872248



Saturday, 17 October 2015

Style: Eyewear with Specsavers.

I was recently invited by the lovely folk at Specsavers to got to my local store and pick out some new frames. My prescription had recently changed, so the timing was perfect. 

Even though I had had an eye test a few weeks prior I was interested in trying out the whole service from Specsavers, so I booked myself in for an eye test. The test was comprehensive and thorough and the optician was polite and helpful. It was confirmed that my prescription had changed and I would be needing new frames, so I headed into the eyewear area and tried on some different styles. Prepare yourselves for my hilarious trying on glasses face...





The variety of frames and styles was huge and as you can see andI was completely spoilt for choice. In the end I went for three frames from the brand Cheap Monday. I really love their style, the frames are so different and fun without being too Timmy Mallet (showing my age there). 


Once I'd chosen my frames, I was fitted by the lovely Darel who was really helpful and friendly. She was able to advise on coatings available for my lenses and glasses care. Once I was fitted, she checked to see if the lenses I needed were available, as they were, I was advised my frames would be ready in an hour, which was perfect! 


As someone who has bought frames online for the last few years it was really nice to have that personal level of service and speed in processing you just don't get with online eyewear suppliers. The quality of the frames and lenses is wonderful too. And as the frames I chose were half price, I was able to pick up three different styles which for someone like me is great, I get bored easily so it's nice to have the option to change them up when the mood takes me! 


My experience at Specsavers was fantastic, the level of service and quality of product was outstanding and I can highly recommend them for all your eyewear needs. 









** I was sent a voucher to purchase frames from Specsavers.  All words and opinions are mine** 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Style: Earning my Stripes OOTD.

Hey everyone, a super quick outfit of the day from me. I wore this stripy number last week and really loved how it looked and felt, so thought I'd share it! 


I picked up this striped dress in the sale from Dorothy Perkins. I can just about squeeze into their main range which goes up to a 22, but they have, just this week, launched DP Curve which ranges in sizes 18-28. There are over 70 garments in the collection at the moment, and there are some really great pieces in there too, so I'm hoping it will continue to grow! 


Shop the Look: Striped Dress - Dorothy Perkins// Striped Bag - Etsy// Denim Jacket - Similar// Wide Calf Boots - Jilsen



Right, back to uni work! No rest for the wicked!