Monday, 21 July 2014

Festival Fun with Talolo Boots!

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Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
what i'm wearing: printed kimono Primark // tassel top Primark // shorts Topshop // wellies Talolo Boots* // bag Primark (really old!)

Hey guys! Let me just start this post by telling what I've just done. I've just gone and accidentally deleted the photos from the evening pictured above and these are the only photos I have left since they have uploaded before IDIOT here pressed the button and deleted the whole lot. I'm GUTTED as all my photos with my friends from that whole night are gone - and there were several images which I absolutely loved! Le sigh.... 

Anyway, life goes on. On Saturday I went to a local beer festival which I used to really enjoy when I was younger but this year I think we lasted like an hour, two tops, before we retired. That is after trying the world wonder which is a beetroot cider! It's like really weak beetroot juice/water... Most definitely an quires taste but worth a mention, so give it a go if you're at a local food fest! Also, my couple of hours was enough to fall for me to fall in love with my new wellies from Talolo Boots! 

Wellies have always been a festival staple, no matter if you're at Glasto, Reading, or a small local get together - the weather is England taught us from a young age to carry and umbrella and wear suitable footwear. I remember once I thought it was a good idea to wear mega light canvas shoes to a muddy, wet festival. Nope, it ended with wet and soggy feet and a stroppy Lana.

I was so excited to see the email about Talolo Boots land in my inbox - these cowboy style wellies are not only mega cute but also so comfy and practical! The paisley print on the boots really adds to the festival vibe, and they look amazing worn with skinny jeans, or a dress. I have wondered around quite a lot in them already, and unlike some wellies which can feel heavy and uncomfortable, Talolo wellies make any walk to a tent, or to a nearby shower, amazingly comfortable. 

I'm actually a little excited for some more festival fun in the rain and mud because I don't have to worry about muddy and soggy feet. For more designs, check out @TaloloBoots on Twitter, or on their website and let me know which design is your favourite! 



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Home Made Coconut & Banana Hair Mask

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coconut hair mask, DIY banana hair mask, beauty blog, homemade hair mask, natural hair mask
coconut hair mask, DIY banana hair mask, beauty blog, homemade hair mask, natural hair mask
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I've been really getting into DIY beauty products such as masks, scrubs and lotions since I had so much fun making my first one, that I have decided to experiment with this homemade coconut and banana hair mask. It's a really summery masks which smells like a cocktail you'd sip on whilst on a Caribbean holiday and the best thing about this hair mask is that it is 100% natural. I picked the ingredients not only to suit the summery theme, but also because banana (when used in hair masks) has many benefits such as: decreasing hair loss by aiding the scalp and soothing itchy/flaky scalps, softening the hair, preventing split ends as it contains vitamins A, B and C. Coconut oil hydrates the hair, and Argan oil is a known miracle worker for any type of hair as it smooths flyaways, nourishes the hair and softens it.

What you will need:
2 bananas (preferably really ripe, to the point where they're brown)
1 coconut
100% pure Argan Oil (I'm using Argan Oil by Nouris*)
1 lemon (if you're blonde/fair haired as lemon lightens the hair!)

This isa really quick and simple mask to do: you've got to mush the bananas and the coconuts to a complete paste. I find that buying an older coconut, or waiting until it's pretty old is the best, as then more oil comes out from it. You absolutely must mush these ingredients into a smooth paste, otherwise (like I found out the hard way) some bits get in your hair and although it's not a hard job to brush them out, it's not really an experience that you want. I use a pestle & mortar to blend the paste together, and work off any anger.
Once both of these ingredients are in a paste form, mix them together. Now add a tiny bit of lemon juice, just a quick squeeze! Follow by a few pumps of Argan oil - judge how much you need by the length of your hair.

Once you've got the PASTE, remember PASTE otherwise be prepared to pick stuff out of your hair, wet your hair and smooth the paste on. Leave it there for about 15 - 20 minutes and follow by your usual hair wash routine!
I love how natural this hair mask is, and how strong a revived my hair felt after it. If you make too much, remember you can always freeze this mask and use it another week!



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dorset Seafood Festival 2014

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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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what i'm wearing: Cleo Swim by Panache Carmen swimsuit* // h&m linen shirt // Urban Outfitters shorts // colour block clutch Just Fab* // Havaianas flip flops // Topshop chain necklace (current sale) // River Island toe rings

Since visiting the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival last year, it's safe to say the trip has become a summer tradition. Being a big lover of seafood, it's this kind of fresh local produce that gets me really excited to visit the festival which is held in Weymouth annually. I absolutely love Weymouth for it's beach and relaxed atmosphere, and of course this Seafood Festival which is hosts every year!

The festival lasts for two days - Saturday and Sunday - and although it is easier for the Southerners of England to get to it, I'd recommend this time next year take a break even if you're based in the North because it will be worth your while. For anyone travelling around the South - get ready for traffic jams. We got stuck in three jams in total, adding an hour onto the journey - but once you're there you can relax and enjoy yourself with some mega fresh seafood and delicious drinks which include ciders, wines and of course champagne!

I have to say the highlight of the festival for me is always the oysters - they're so delicious and although you can get really nice oysters in good restaurants, nothing beats an oyster which has just come from the water. So fresh and tasty with a little bit of lemon juice and tabasco sauce!
I also really enjoyed the sea bass tortilla wrap - I've always limited myself to just chic hen fajitas, but now I am going to experiment putting white fish or prawns in it because who knew the combination of sea bass, jalapeƱos and salsa was so delicious?! It was also the first time I tried whelks - oh hell yums! I had the deep fried whelks with tabasco which were just to die for, and fresh whelks in a salsa mix. If you haven't had them before and like things like squid and snails, then you've gotta give these guys a go!

Besides food which you eat at the festival, there are always several stalls where you can buy gifts and goodies to take home with you - from cheeses, to sweets, oils, specialised cutlery and even clothes! There's something for everyone there - unless of course you cannot handle seafood, in which case this really isn't the food festival for you.

I'm already looking forward to next years festival and this time I probably will even make a little weekend break and stay in Weymouth over night to enjoy not only the glorious seafood at the festival, but also the sandy beach and a few evening cocktails!



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Family Time at Nandos!

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Nandos, food blog
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what i'm wearing: Zara playsuit // Topshop chocker & earring (current sale)

On Sunday we celebrated my mum's birthday and we decided to have a little spice for dinner so we headed to Nandos for some Class A Peri Peri chicken! I have to fess up and tell you that I have only actually tried Nandos for the first time last summer. I know, where have I been all these years?! Living under a rock apparently. Anyway, I absolutely love their food! My usual order is a Hot half chicken, with corn on the cob and coleslaw - delish! It's just such a great place to come to especially in the summer as if some of the more unfortunate of us who aren't lucky enough to get a holiday in a hot, exotic country (like me this year - hump!), you can relax in the busy, loud environment of most Nandos chains.

My family then decided that after all that spicy chicken, we could all do with a big, super sweet desert. Mum and I aren't huge dessert eaters and prefer savoury so it was unusual for us to want a huge dessert, and my brother is 14 - no 14 year old will refuse a sundae! We headed off to Ed's Diner, an American style chain with the most enticing floats, shakes and sundaes. I have to say, it was a struggle. You cannot eat a whole meal, and have one of their shakes (I had the Butterscotch one!) or one of their sundaes - Max has the chocolate Kit-Kat sundae and mum tried the triple berry one!

It was a lovely day and you can view any snaps that don't make it to my blog on my Instagram account! Don't forget to give me a cheeky follow ;)


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Easy Curry Recipe

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easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe
easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe
easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe
easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe
easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe
easy curry recipe, home made curry recipe, quick curry recipe


I absolutely LOVE a good, spicy curry and quite often I use a cheats way of making a quick and easy curry during the week. This isn't a recipe for a traditional Indian curry, but rather a recipe for a dish which will spice up any midweek evening and you can throw almost anything in there which you might have in the fridge!

What you'll need to serve 3/4:
3 chicken breasts, diced
Two mugs or basmati rice
1 fresh chilli
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
Some greens: I've picked sprigs of broccoli and green beans
Coriander
Shop bought curry sauce - I've chosen Buttermilk Chicken from Asda
Poppadoms
Naan bread
Chilli paste - I've got Mr Naga chilli pickle
Cool mint raita

I always prep my ingredients before I start cooking, so dice up your chicken, slice your chillies and chop up your garlic. Get the rice started first, so whilst your rice is cooking you can concentrate on the sauce. In a large wok, warm up a tablespoon of oil, then carefully drop in your sliced onion and garlic and cook until they start to turn a golden colour.
Next, add the diced chicken breasts and cook the chicken - I'm always slightly funny with chicken so I prefer to ensure it's nearly cooked before I add the other ingredients and sauce. When you think your chicken is nearly there, add the greens and your chosen curry sauce. I've got a little cheat which helps the curry sauce cook longer without drying out: once the sauce is poured into the wok, fill up the empty jar with water and swoosh around - this way you can add a little extra moisture to the dish, and use up the sauce which is stuck to the jar!
At this stage, I also add my chosen chilli paste. Depending on how hot your curry sauce already is, you can see how much you want to add. As the buttermilk chicken sauce is not spicy at all, I added a teaspoon of Mr Naga pickled chilli, as well as some fresh chopped chillies. Remember you can always add, but you can't take away!
Get the oven going for the naan bread at this point, so it's nice and hot by the time you have to put the bread in. I love my curry with warm naan bread and poppadoms!
Now all you've got to do is wait for the rice and the curry to cook, usually it takes about 20 minutes but remember to check the pack for cooking times. I cover my curry with a lid, and leave it to simmer.

Once you're ready to dish up, drop the coriander into the curry and give it a good stir. Crush some of the poppadoms to small pieces and sprinkle on top of the curry. Serve this tasty treat with warm naan bread, and plenty of cool mint raita!