Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Pretty in Leather.

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FashionFake, fashion blogger, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, fashion blogger, UK fashion blog
what i'm wearing: New Look mustard shirt // H&M faux leather dress // Topshop boots // Rock 'n Rose collar

It looks like leather is not going anywhere this Autumn/Winter as I have spotted some amazing faux leather items from shops such as Zara (my absolute fave!) and I'm really excited to carry on styling up my H&M skater dress this season. I love leather dresses as they're really versatile and easy to wear, you've just got to pick the right one for you shape. I like how feminine and fun the skater skirt makes an outfit look, and it can be worn as a 'skirt' by putting a chunky knit jumper over it. As it's still warm out, I've paired the dress with a mustard colour shirt which is great to wear to the office. 
On a casual day, I'll be wearing this dress with a t-shirt and a chunky collar necklace - and I'm loving the dress with opaque tights and black heels for a glam evening look. 

Leather is easy to wear, but if you're not up for a full on leather dress, why not try a faux leather skirt or a t-shirt? 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How To Cook Celeriac - Easy Recipe.

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Celeriac is such a funny looking vegetable - those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that Liam got me one as a little 'present' on Sunday because it looked like something you'd see on Harry Potter! I've never cooked celeriac, and never really tasted it on it's own but rather in soups or casseroles, so I was very excited to try it out. I read quite a lot of cookbooks, so I just picked the flavours my favourite chefs said go well together and used a bit of imagination: et voila! Here is my recipe for pork chops with sautéed celeriac and a cream of mushroom sauce.

What you'll need (for 2):
2 pork chops
1 medium size celeriac
1 medium size seasonal squash
A bunch of fresh thyme
Half a lemon
Closed cup (or chestnut) mushrooms
Sprig of rosemary
Double cream
Fresh parsley
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cover the pork chops in a little olive oil and season to taste - leave to stand whilst you get on with the root vegetables. Peel the celeriac and squash (good luck, this process takes almost as much time as the cooking itself!) and cut into cubes. I found that cutting them was best with a cleaver, but please be careful and don't chop your fingers off. In a sautéing pan, heat up a splash of olive oil and throw in finely chopped fresh thyme, followed by the juice of one lemon. Immediately drop in the celeriac and squash cubes - be careful not to splash hot oil on yourself. Reduce the heat to medium and cover with a lid, cook for  approximately 20 minutes but keep moving the veg around to ensure it doesn't burn. The celeriac and squash is ready once it's soft.

As soon as you start the veg, heat up the grill and place the pork chops underneath. These will cook for about 20 minutes also, just make sure to turn them around half way through! Now we can get on with the final part: the mushroom sauce. This will take abut 10 minutes, so you can squeeze in a cup of tea before starting!

In a pan, heat up some olive oil and drop in the mushrooms. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add in some of the drippings from the pork chops, and cook for another two minutes. Add in the cream, just enough to cover the mushrooms, then follow up with a sprig of fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Cook this on a low heat, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.

In about 20-25 minutes, the whole meal will start to come together. The veg will be soft and delicious, the pork chops golden and tasty and the tantalising sauce to tie the meal together. I serve this with a little side salad and it makes for a delicious meal, and celeriac and squash are currently in season so you know you're getting quality food filled with vitamins and nutrients in you!

Are you going to try this recipe? If so, let me know how it goes!


 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Autumn Monochrome.

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FashionFake, fashion blogger, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, fashion blogger, UK fashion blog
what i'm wearing: Topshop Unique shirt dress // Topshop boots // ASOS collar // H&M gillet 

Monochrome never goes out of style and it's one of my favourite styles, which is why this outfit is one of my favourites. The items I'm wearing here are actually all last years, or even older! But that's the point I'm trying to make, that if you buy monochrome pieces, white or black, these pieces will stay with you for a long time. Opt for classic styles, such as a shirt dress, ankle boots, leather jackets which will stick around for a number of years.

If you're more into colours, then you can always add colour to an outfit like this through accessories or even add a pair of bright boots! I love the chunky boots trend which makes fashionable footwear comfortable. I say that, but these boots are actually quite heavy on my feet. Except for flats and wedges, I have only ever found one pair of heels comfortable and they were New Look chunky heeled boots I bought in 2012. I loved them and wore them to death, until they started falling apart and I had no choose but to give them up. There's a little boot story for you, and I hope you enjoyed my monochrome look!


Friday, 12 September 2014

At Home in Dickens & Jones.

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House of Fraser, Dickens & Jones, fashion blog, UK fashion blog, FashionFake
House of Fraser, Dickens & Jones, fashion blog, UK fashion blog, FashionFake
House of Fraser, Dickens & Jones, fashion blog, UK fashion blog, FashionFake
what i'm wearing: Dickens & Jones dress* // River Island shoes (old)
home items: IKEA trolley, plant and plant pot, container jars // various plates and bowls collected over the years

It's been nearly a month since me and Liam moved into our new home and we're slowly making the place look mega cute! Naturally, we started working on the kitchen and dining area first because the kitchen is the heart of the home - especially when there's yummy food on the go! I spotted the kitchen trolley in IKEA and we just had to have it! It makes any kitchen look mega cute, and if you're into colours you can easily sand it down and paint it. Do you guys wanna know what was the first thing we filled the cupboards with was? Sauce. Every sauce you can imagine, mainly chilli sauce. We have everything from mild to Naga chilli sauce - our proud collection. Get yo spice on!

The dress I'm wearing in this post was kindly sent to me by House of Fraser, and it belongs to their range of Dickens & Jones dresses. It's such a beautiful and most importantly comfortable dress and I absolutely love it! The best thing about this dress is that I don't think it needs a lot of accessorising - a pair of pretty stud earrings, or a classic and simple bracelet will do. I chose to contrast it with a pair of bling shoes - I bought them ages ago and haven't really worn them, but I think the print, pastel colour and a bit of shine works great with the dress.

I'm excited to carry on making our home pretty and cosy, which is is already! But there is always an excuse for buying more exciting home accessories, isn't there?


Friday, 5 September 2014

The Language of Love with La Redoute


Bonjour mes chers lecteurs!
I was recently contacted by La Redoute who told me all about their new campaign, The Language of Love. The idea behind this campaign is to embrace not only the chic French style which the brand has to offer but to also pick up on another French trait: every day expression of love. I was very interested in this campaign as it pulled on my heartstrings - my mother always tells me that I just don't tell people how much they mean to me often or even enough. A minute 30% of people in Britain say 'I love you' on a daily basis, and a staggering 82% of people wish they could hear those words every day. I don't know whether it's the stubbornness, daily ignorance or just plain forgetfulness but I completely agree with my ma - I don't tell those few special people in my life how much I love them so this is the perfect opportunity for me to let them know just how much they mean to me:

My family: Mumma & Max
Ma, I stink at feelings. I don't hug you as often as I should, I don't tell you how amazing you are as often as I should because you are. You're an amazing woman who's led an amazing life - I can only ever hope that one day people will look at me and talk about me with the same admiration as they do about you. You're there for me day and night, you've put up with my crap for 24 years and I'm so thankful for everything you've done for me: from bailing me out at uni to sharing a bottle of wine on a Friday night. You're my family, my best friend and my inspiration. I love you.
Max, bro! We might not share our feelings publicly and insult each other at every opportunity but you're the best brother anyone could ask for - you're too clever for your age, you're supportive and just the best fun to be around. Thank you for telling me how everyone is wrong and I am right over some chicken wings in the local pub - I know who to go to when I need a good rant. I love you and I can't wait to hang out with you even more!

My sweetheart: Liam
You're my love, my soulmate, my future - you know I'm not a soppy sod but once in a while I just have to be. I've never met anyone like you - you're so beautiful inside and out, so kind, so funny, so intelligent, so romantic. I couldn't write my perfect man on paper before I met you and now you're everything that I could ever dream of. Thank you for all the times you've been there for me, for laughing at my temper tantrums when I can't find anything to wear, for all the memories we've created already like my favourite trip to Scotland of all time and for so much more to come. Words cannot express how much I love you and value you in my life, I want to forever curl up in your arms and watch crap TV whilst eating pizza and nachos and marshmallow fluff. Je t'aime mon amor .xo

My best friends: Louise, Mickey, Harriet & Claire
For all the times we laugh at each other, mock and tease each other and speak the harsh truth - you guys are a part of my small family. I value your presence in my life just like I would if I had four sisters. Each one of you is different but each one of you brings something special into my life, every day. I met you all at college and it's a great privilege to grow up with such talented, beautiful and passionate women. I'm so proud to call you my best friends and I'm so proud of each of your achievements whether it's finally hitting it big time in a harsh industry like modelling, or beginning your journey to becoming an amazing teacher, to getting engaged to the man of your dreams or getting back on your feet after a setback - all four of you are so special. I love you all!

This is my language of love. These messages are for the most important people in my life. I hope this post inspires you to call or even text the people special to you and tell them how much you love them. We could all benefit from a little French style in our life be it style, cuisine or attitude. For more inspiring messages, check out the La Redoute video "The Language of Love" below:





*Post written in partnership with La Redoute, "The Language of Love" campaign
#languageoflove

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Home.


Hey everybody!

I finally got online to post a quick update: you might have noticed that I haven't blogged as much in the last week and that is because me and Liam moved into our first home together! As exciting as it's been, the move was also a little stressful, tiring and time consuming - but we're finally settling into our new home.

We've been very busy fixing up the house, which unfortunately hasn't been given to us in the best of states - but on the upside we get to put our own personal touches in the house, even though it's rented!  Our new house backs up onto a nature reserve in a small town in Hampshire, which makes for a very happy dog who gets to run around the lakes and explore the fields around our house. And of course, we're over the moon to have our own space!

This week we finally got the internet up and running in the house, so I'll be back to posting in no time! And I already have a couple of posts lined up which should be an interesting read! Once the house is nice and ready (after our mega trip to IKEA this weekend!) I'll also be doing a house tour. But for now, I'm going to go and sit on our new couch and enjoy a cuppa :)



Sunday, 10 August 2014

#SupportIconemesis

iPhone case from Iconemesis*

I was recently contacted by Iconemesis - an iPhone case brand which does the cutest designs from talented artists! I have been a fan of their Fifi Lapin iPhone cases for a while now, so I was excited to not only receive my own stylish bunny case but also to hear their latest news: Iconemesis is a growing brand, and they need crowd funding help in order to reach their goals!

For me, it's difficult to find phone cases I like because I don't like a lot of 'bling', or 'flappy' cases (where you've got a flap that you can store your cards in, etc), or just plain boring cases. And if anyone gets an iPhone case near me which has the quilted and diamond design - just no, I just can't with them. So when I first found out about Iconemesis I was over the moon to see their stylish Fifi Lapin phone cases! But that's my personal preference - there are plenty more designs to choose from if Fifi just doesn't hit the right note. I just love this stylish rabbit! (I never thought I'd be taking fashion inspiration from an animal cartoon, but here we are.)

The Iconemesis Indiegogo campaign is live now and will be until the 21st of August. Their goal is to reach $9,100 and everyone who contributes an amount to this total sum can get contributor perks such as getting your own iPhone cases. I think that crowd funding is an awesome way for new brands to get the financial help they need in order to grow their business.

I'm wishing Iconemesis all the luck in reaching their target goal, and I'm really hoping to see more of their cute designs on the web soon - so lets help them get the contributions they need, and if you back them up you can even get your own free iPhone case!