Thursday, 23 July 2015


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Top: Daisy Street via ASOS. Tube skirt: Topshop (old). Clutch: New Look (Old)(Similar). Mules: ASOS.

When I was younger, I never ever understood mules. I just didn't 'get' how they would stay on and why you would want half a shoe.

Oh how things change!

I love a mule now. I do.
In fact, I have several (or more) pairs in my collection.

What items have you grown to love?


Sunday, 19 July 2015


Sunday, 19 July 2015

 V Neck Tunic: Daisy Street via ASOS, High waisted jeans: New Look, Metallic sliders: River island (similar).

Black and navy, black and navy, black AND navy, people!
A colour combo I am totally in love with. 

The amount of longline tunics that I own is getting a little out of hand. On my figure I find this length of top very flattering. So, when I see one, I just have to have it.. Obvs!

What colour combinations are setting your hearts aquiver at the moment?


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Pearl barley risotto.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Don't you just love when you don't really know what you want to eat, but you just start cooking and what you end up creating is beyond perfection?
When this happens I definitely think i've missed my calling as a chef.. Come on.. Chef Vanessa has a delightful ring to it!

This is a lovely filling dish, of which you can create a big batch and reuse it for work lunches or reheat for a quick dinner later in the week.

You will need:

-1x cup of pearl barley,
-1x cup of salad beans,
-Stock cube (my preference is the oxo cube, but any which you like will work),
-coconut oil,
-1x quarter of a red onion,
-Small handful of frozen peas,
-4x plump chestnut mushrooms,
-2x cloves of garlic,
-A few springs of coriander,
-Salt and pepper to taste.


1. Soak the salad beans in cold water over night, these take a long time to cook, so soaking them over night is a must. If you prefer a little less hassle, then you can also use kidney beans and they work just as well.

2. If using the salad beans it is essential that these are put on to boil first, as mentioned previously, they take quite some time to cook. Boil in lightly salted water on high. Keep an eye on them throughout cooking, as they soak up the water quickly, so more water may needed to be added to the pan.

3. Melt a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan. 

4. After chopping the mushroom, onion and garlic, place into the melted coconut oil. Cook for 10 minutes.

5. In a separate plan, warm the stock.

6. Rinse the peal barley throughly and then place into the mushroom/onion/garlic mix. Lightly fry for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add a ladle of stock to the barley mix, stir lightly and leave the barley to absorb the liquid. Continue to repeat this process until all of the stock has been used. This should around 30/35 minutes.

8. Check that the salad beans have softened, if so, add to the barley mixture. Whilst adding the frozen peas.

9. Add coriander, leaving a small sprig to garnish.

10. Use salt and pepper to taste.

Sit back and enjoy!


Friday, 10 July 2015

Lace Up.

Friday, 10 July 2015

I do adore a lace up.

Lace up shoes, lace up dresses, lace up tops. If there's a lace up element, then I can guarantee that I will rather like it.

 Such a lovely light weight and wearable top, which will be gracing many a 'ootd' this summer. This little number also brings in the seventies element with the bell sleeves, which is one my favourite trends of the season.

What are your summer staples? 


Sunday, 5 July 2015


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Longline shirt: Asos.  *Personalised iPad case: GoCustomized. Jeans: New Look.  Lace-up Flats: Old.

You know those days when you just want to chill, but not stay in your pjs, just in case you have to answer the door? 
Well, this type of outfit is perfect for those types of days. 
This lovely longline shirt has been idling in my ASOS wish-list for a while and I decided to take the plunge. The fit is petite, which is perfect on my 5ft frame. Way to often I end up swamped in fabric, which makes me look even smaller.

My new iPad cover is from a company called GoCustomized. They offer a really quick and easy service where you can create your own personal cases for tablets or even design your own phone case! 

The process:
-Select your product, 
-Choose your picture, 
-Tweak to your liking/add text,
-Confirm and pay,
-Await your delivery.

Quick and easy, and the product is of such a high standard.. Me likey!

I think Ralph approves too <3

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