Spring 2015 LookBook: Dress from Fashion Pills

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FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Get ready for romantic nights and welcome spring in this gorgeous sparkly dress from Fashion Pills.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Get ready for romantic nights and welcome spring in this gorgeous sparkly dress from Fashion Pills.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Get ready for romantic nights and welcome spring in this gorgeous sparkly dress from Fashion Pills.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Get ready for romantic nights and welcome spring in this gorgeous sparkly dress from Fashion Pills.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Get ready for romantic nights and welcome spring in this gorgeous sparkly dress from Fashion Pills.
what i'm wearing: dress* Fashion Pills // jacket River Island (old) // boots* Shoe Zone // necklace Topshop

I love discovering new online fashion boutiques and when I was contacted by Fashion Pills, a fashion destination which gathers the best from brands such as Cheap Monday, Glamorous, Vans and their own FP Collections, I was so excited to browse the site an find the fashion pill to get me through SS15.
I picked this little number from the FP Collections - a nude sequin mini dress with slim cross back straps. At first when I received the dress I was a bit like "Oh my gosh, it's so short" but actually when I put the dress on it was the perfect length. I love how the sequins are almost in a lace like pattern - the dress is definitely boutique and individual. It also reminds me of something Rumi Neely would feature on Fashion Toast and we all know how much I love her blog and style!
In this outfit I styled my sequin mini dress with a leather jacket and some buckle boots as the weather is still quite chilly and I wanted to toughen this look up for daytime.

Fashion Pills is a really welcoming online boutique with a huge variety of styles and brands available, and items which you know will not only be the latest in season but also a staple piece in your wardrobe. I also really love the website, like the Meet the Team page (stalker, I know right? But I like knowing who's behind the brand!) where you really get the feel like this is a well put together and fun team.
I've already followed the brand and I can tell there will be several purchases from Fashion Pills landing on my doorstep...
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FashionFake Cooks: Talapia Fillets with Chilli and Lime

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FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. FashionFake cooks is a series of easy, homemade recipes aimed to help cook delicious and healthy meals at home. Talapia fish fillets with chilli and lime.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. FashionFake cooks is a series of easy, homemade recipes aimed to help cook delicious and healthy meals at home. Talapia fish fillets with chilli and lime.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. FashionFake cooks is a series of easy, homemade recipes aimed to help cook delicious and healthy meals at home. Talapia fish fillets with chilli and lime.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. FashionFake cooks is a series of easy, homemade recipes aimed to help cook delicious and healthy meals at home. Talapia fish fillets with chilli and lime.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. FashionFake cooks is a series of easy, homemade recipes aimed to help cook delicious and healthy meals at home. Talapia fish fillets with chilli and lime.

I saw some Talapia fish fillets on offer in Tesco and I decided to buy them to try out a simple, healthy and fragrant recipe. I haven't tried Talapia before so I was very excited to see what it will taste like andI can now tell you it is a very 'meaty' fish - it has substance. I can imagine Talapia fillets would be fantastic on a grill with a squeeze of lemon, or shallow fried with spices. As I wasn't overly hungry, but felt like I needed to eat something light and tasty, I created this quick and easy recipe - perfect for midweek nights when you don't have much time to cook.

You will need:
Talapia fish fillets
1 lime
Purple sprouting broccoli
2 baby pak choi
1 red chili
Soy sauce
Coriander leaves
Coriander paste / dried coriander

Preheat your over to 200C. Get some foil and make a parcel, so the juices of the fish and lime don't leak out whilst cooking. Place the Talapia fillet into the parcel and squeeze half a lime, cut the chilli (to taste, I like spicy food so I used a whole chilli), and add a little coriander paste or dried coriander into the parcel. Seal and place in the over for 17 minutes.
Whilst the fish is cooking use a small pan to bring water to a boil and add your broccoli and pak choi - place the broccoli in first, then add pak choi after about 2-3 minutes as it literally takes a minute to cook. You can do this when the fish has been in the oven for about 13 minutes so the veg will be hot when plating.

After 17 minutes, remove the fish from the oven. Plate up your vegetables and fish, and use the juice from the fish along with the chillies to drizzle over the dish. Add a little soy sauce and fresh squeeze of lime to really liven things up on the plate, and add with a garnish of coriander.

This recipe is so quick and easy, but it is also mega healthy as it doesn't use any oil or sugar, and you control your salt intake by deciding how much (if any) soy sauce you would like on your dish. With tasty and easy food like this, you can keep up with your diet/detox as well as indulging in yummy food!
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Tough Boots with Shoe Zone

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, Shoe Zone review, Spring 2015 lookbook, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, Shoe Zone review, Spring 2015 lookbook, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: faux leather t-shirt* F&F at Tesco // skinny jeans (DIY rips) Primark // buckle boots* Shoe Zone // sunglasses Primark // watch Michael Kors

When I think about shoes from Shoe Zone, I always used to think of what the boys at school used to wear - clunky, cheap shoes. But when I was asked to review a pair of Shoe Zone shoes of my choice, I had a lot of fun picking out the shoes and also changing my opinion of the company.

I chose an ankle boot style with buckle detail and a block heel - comfortable and stylish, a perfect every day boot. When the box arrived, I actually realised that they use the same distributor company as several of the leading online bargain fashion retailers, so immediately I was pleasantly surprised. The shoes looked even better in real life than on the website, I could tell that they were made to be sturdy and I wouldn't have quality issues with the shoes. Overall, I was impressed! Thumbs up Shoe Zone for amplifying your trend game and changing perceptions of the store - I no longer look at the brand and think "bread loaf shoes", but more bargain fashion find.

I styled my boots with a faux leather t-shirt and some ripped jeans, which I customised myself as I the day I bought them I was kind of thinking I don't want to spend £40 on jeans with rips from Topshop, so I'll buy them for £10 from Primark and cut the rips myself - saving £30! Keep accessories to a couple statement pieces like round sunglasses and a chunky watch - you've now got the perfect everyday outfit to take you through Spring 2015!
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L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review

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FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review, does the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology mask and serum make a difference to hair thickness?
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review, does the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology mask and serum make a difference to hair thickness?
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review, does the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology mask and serum make a difference to hair thickness?
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review, does the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology mask and serum make a difference to hair thickness?

I'm forever on the lookout for ways to make my hair thicker, bouncier and bigger -Elvive Fibrology concentrates on doing exactly that. A little sceptical at first, I was hesitant in buying this range as I have tried other L'Oreal shampoos before and they were nice to use but didn't make any difference to my hair, however I decided to give this collection a go when I found it on offer in Boots.

I bought the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology thickening shampoo and conditioner, Fibrology hair masque and the Fibrology booster (which is like a serum which you apply whilst washing your hair). The Elvive Fibrology range promises its users thicker hair wash after wash as it is specially developed with Filloxane to help increase the hair's diameter providing you with more body, bounce and thicker hair.
The thickening shampoo deep cleanses your hair and increases its diameter, whilst the thickening conditioner leaves your hair nourished and weightless. I also use the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology thickness booster in-between the shampoo and conditioner to add thickness - just squeeze a generous measure of the serum into your hand and massage through hair, and this should maximise the effects of the shampoo and conditioner.
The L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology thickening masque is a great weekend treat for my hair - I smother it all over and let it do its magic for around 5-8 minutes, then rinse off. The mask nourishes your hair and also maximises the effect of the shampoo and conditioner.

I have been using the Fibrology range for about a month now and I'm so happy with the results - big, bouncy hair which feels nourished and lightweight, just as promised! I give this range 10/10, my hair feels super soft and looks so big without being frizzy. I would definitely recommend this range to anyone who wants thicker hair - well done L'Oreal!

FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology review, does the L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology mask and serum make a difference to hair thickness?

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Spring 2015 LookBook: California Dreaming

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FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog: brighten up your outfit with a bright floral head crown.
what i'm wearing: top New Look // jeans Zara // shoes Zara (just seen) // floral head crown Topshop

I have been keeping my eye on New Look for a little while now as they have been coming out with some amazing womens fashion pieces, but when I saw this seventies inspired California Dreaming t-shirt, I just had to have it. I usually stay away from slogan tops but this just reminded me of something I would find in a thrift store and see on photos from California beach in the 70s. It just has that cool, laid back style and when it's warmer I'm going to swap the flared jeans for a pair of denim hot pants and Vans.
I also want to draw your attention to my gorgeous floral head crown - I haven't really jumped on the bandwagon when headbands were all the rage, but it looks like they are coming back with a bang and I am on it! I saw this beauty in Topshop and just had to have it - it's a poppy style head crown, which I haven't seen much before so it grabbed me straight away.

I love this outfit styled in the seventies trend which is a massive hit for SS15 - it's fun, comfortable and trendy! Bring on the sunshine and the beach, I already have that California dreaming feeling!
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FashionFake Cooks: Asian Style Chicken Soup

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I love cooking and I love experimenting with food, especially making up my own recipes and this is one of them: my Asian style chicken soup. I love the flavours of the East, especially Thai, everything is so aromatic and flavoursome. The soups that come from the East are absolutely delicious and I created this dish with some leftover roast chicken and a few extras you can buy from any supermarket - it's delicious, quick and easy!

What you'll need (2 people)

Leftover pieces of roast chicken (torn into small pieces)
Packet of udon noodles 
A couple of sprouting broccoli sprigs
A few sprigs of green beans 
1 chilli 
1/4 finely chopped ginger
1 small garlic glove
2 pak choi 
1 lime
A bunch of coriander
Half a tin of coconut milk
Soy sauce to taste
Tom Yum paste
Table spoon of fish sauce
300ml chicken stock
Peanut or sesame oil for frying
Heat up a little bit of oil in a large wok and throw in the chicken pieces to fry for a couple of minutes. As the chicken is already cooked, all you want to do is bring out some flavour in the wok. Throw in the broccoli and green beans, then add in ginger and squeeze the garlic through a crusher - stir fry for a couple of minutes. Throw in the chilli and Tom Yum paste and stir through to ensure all of the food has spicy flavour. Stir fry for a minute. 
Add in your stock and bring to boil in the wok. Add in the coconut milk and fish sauce, stir through. Leave this to simmer for 5 minutes. 
Add your pak choi and finely chopped coriander stalks to the mixture. The pak choi only needs a minute or less to soften up and you don't want it to be too soggy. I love pak choi in stir fries and soups - it just tastes delicious and gives a nice crunch to the dish.
Add in lime juice from you lime and mix through. This adds a nice zesty taste to the soup and breaks through the creaminess. If you're brave, add a few slices if fresh chillies - this brings a nice heat to the soup. At this point, add you soy sauce to taste. 
Stir through the soup and throw in your coriander bunch leaves - stir them through and turn the heat off your wok. Coriander is aromatic and widely used in Asian cuisine, it's a delicious addition to any dish. Save a couple of leaves to sprinkle on top of your soup once it's dished up for garnish. 
Your soup is really to serve! These make generous portions and you could actually use this recipe for a starter for 4 people. 
I serve my Asian chicken soup with a lemon wedge, cut fresh chillies and soy sauce so everyone can customise their soup to their taste. 
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Two Piece Monochrome

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, monochrome trend, spring 2015 fashion
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, monochrome trend, spring 2015 fashion
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, monochrome trend, spring 2015 fashion
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, monochrome trend, spring 2015 fashion
what i'm wearing: duster jacket Primark // crop top New Look // jersey pencil skirt Primark // shoes Topshop (old) // necklace Zara (sale) // bag* Just Fab

Dressing appropriate for wok and keeping trendy can sometimes be hard, especially as a lot of us (me included) sometimes just give up and not bother unless there is a client meeting or visit that we're preparing for. Well I want to challenge this and show you that you can dress trendy and be professional.

Monochrome is a hot trend and it suits everyone: the classic black and white combination will never let you down which is why it is absolutely one of my go to trends. Monochrome can also easily be serious, which is why black and white is a perfect combination for meetings and days in the office.
I took a black stretch cotton pencil skirt and paired it with a crop t-shirt - now I have exaggerated the crop in these blog photos, but when I wear this to the office I will only show the tiniest bit of skin (as appropriate where you work I guess!). Then, to give this outfit formality I added a white duster jacket which is perfect for spring as it's right on trend - and it's from Primark which gets tops marks from me!
I accessorised this outfit with a statement necklace to inject a little bit of colour, added some tough looking boots - but you can opt for stilettos for a more formal look, and I have chosen a clutch bag to show you how easy this outfit transforms from day to night but for a day at the office I will opt for my bowler bag.
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Join the #GoGreen Challenge and Grow an Indoor Allotment!

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GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

I have always enjoyed fresh herbs and vegetables, and many a time have I tried to grow my own produce from seeds. From indoor herb patches to garden allotments, I've tried it and I can easily say not a lot has come out of it. I have grown some tomatoes and courgettes, but soon after the first batch of produce my plants died, and herbs just didn't make it to be big enough to be used in cooking.
Let's face it, fresh herbs are so much more fragrant and tasty than their dried variants and I can easily say that the produce you grow at home will taste one hundred times better than the stuff you buy in stores.
So, without further delay I present you with my first post on how to grow your own indoor herb allotment in partnership with Intellicig, an e-cigarette company who have launched their #GoGreen challenge to show all of us (include you city slickers who don't have a garden/countryside near you) that you can grow your own produce at home and lead healthier and ultimately happier lives. Little confession for you guys - I am a recently ex-smoker. I have quite smoking for good at the beginning of the year after years of having this bad habit. And it is a bad habit, there's no benefit that comes from smoking and I can honestly tell you that I feel so much better for quitting. My mouth doesn't feel dry, I don't have smokey breath and best of all my hangovers are nowhere near as bad as when I used to smoke on nights out. I'm very excited about this and I am proud of myself for kicking this habit which contributes to a much healthier and happier life.

GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

What you get in this little allotment kit is a cute stand in the shape of a shed with a fence; three sets of seeds which include oregano, basil and coriander; soil pellets; planting pots with drainers; and herb scissors.
GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

First of all, you have to soak the seed pellets in water until they grow in size and separate. This takes a few minutes so I just let mine soak and went on to do house chores. When I came back the pellets were big and the soil was fluffy and moist. Spread the soil equally around the pot and get planting!

GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog
GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog
GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

In a pot, plant one variety of seeds. I chose to put in all of my seeds from the packet as this gives more of a chance that the seeds will grow and develop into herbs. Like I said, I'm not exactly green fingered so I'm taking all the chances I can get with this! Spread the seeds around and push them down into the soil but not too far, and ensure that the soil is fluffy and not hard at the top as it's harder for little seeds to push through hard soil. 

GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

 And there you go! Your mini allotment is ready to grow! Place the allotment in a warm, sunny place (mine is on my breakfast bar) and you should start seeing something sprouting in about 1-2 weeks.
I'm really hoping that my herbs grow nice and strong and maybe after so many failed attempts I have finally got what it takes to grow my own?

GoGreen with Intellicig and FashionFake and grow your own indoor allotment! UK lifestyle blog

And here's the really exciting part: you can win your own indoor allotment! All you have to do is enter the competition through Rafflecopter below and I will be picking the winner on the 5th April 2015.

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