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What I Wore: Pink In The Garden

Hello there, today my outfit centers around my pink boater hat. Isn’t it cute? I’ve been wearing it, as well as my pink rounded sunglasses, to lounge around the garden and absorb some vitamin D. I’ve also temporarily given up shoes. If you’re not leaving the house, why do you need them? I love the feeling of grass between my toes, it feels like summertime! I haven’t adventured as far as the pavement in my bare feet yet, although I admire those who walk around town without shoes, it must be so liberating (albeit a little painful sometimes.)

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The flowers in my garden are looking beautiful this year. My mum has been giving them lots of love and attention and it shows! I love the beautiful pinky colours that are scattered around the garden at the moment. When I (fingers crossed) get a job after summer and move into an apartment of my own, I want to fill it with plants and flowers.

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pink in the garden 7Outift details: Boater hat, H&M / Sunglasses, H&M / Skirt, Vintage / Top, Topshop

I fly out to Cyprus with my family today, I’m so excited! They love to spend their holiday searching for hidden temples, but hopefully I’ll squeeze in some beach time too. Happy wednesday!

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Cala’n Porter, Menorca

Recently I spent a week in Menorca with four of my lovely girlfriends. We hired a villa in the seaside town of Cala’n Porter, and I had a fantastic time! I would seriously reccomend Menorca to anyone who’s looking for somewhere to go on holiday. It was warm but breezy, we didn’t get bothered by insects, and it wasn’t too touristy. Four of us are veggies, and we didn’t have trouble finding things to eat in restaraunts, which was a pleasant surprise! The water was so beautiful and blue, I wish I never had to leave. Here are some snaps from my trip.

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menorca 4In Cala’n Porter, there is a club in the caves, IN THE CAVES! It’s so cool, and the view from the dancefloor is incredible. The club was overpriced, and I’m not sure the locals enjoyed our dance moves, but nethertheless we had a crazy good night there.

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Me and a friend spent a day doing sosme sightseeing in the capital of Menorca, Mahon, the best part of which was our boat ride around the huge natural harbour. It was glass-bottomed so we could see all the fishes swimming around.

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Here are the girls at the beach in Cala’n Porter.

menorca 9Menorca was such a beautiful place, and I would definitely go back again. Do you have a favourite place to go on holiday, or have you been anywhere nice recently?

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Flavoured Water

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been having a heatwave in England. Even with the recent thunderstorms, it is super warm. I don’t drink enough water at the best of times, let alone when there’s a heatwave! I made myself some flavoured water, and consuming water is now a whole lot easier. I’m not sure if it’s better for you than normal water but it is tastier, and that’s what matters.

You will need:
Any sort of fruit (except bannana.) Citrus fruit works well, as does cucumber!
A tray or two of ice cubes

Step 1: Chop up your fruit and veg, and muddle it (bash it with a spoon) in your jug! I used lemon, orange, cucumber and melon but in the fututre I’d like to try either cucumber by itself or lemon and orange.

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The thermometer proves how hot it’s been. The photo was even taken at 5pm.

Step 2: Pour in your water and ice cubes and leave the jug in the fridge for an hour or two.

That’s it, simple! I think flavoured water would be really fun to have at dinner parties – the colouful fruit makes it look really classy 🙂 When you’ve finished your jug you can just keep on topping it up with water throughout the day.

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flavoured water 4Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying the summer if it’s summer where you are. I’m enjoying spending some time with my boyfriend in the north east (we’re getting through season one of Buffy pretty quickly, I’m hooked) and trying not to think about the fact that I’m a graduate!

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What I Wore: Filey

The third stop on my tour-of-nice-places-to-go-in-Yorkshire is Filey! (Here is stop one and stop two.) Filey is a typical British seaside town. Although it’s smaller than places like Whitby, it still has plenty of arcades, candyfloss stands, fish and chip shops and colourful changing booths. The weather was crazy when we were there, alternating between rain and dark skies and beautiful sunshine like only the British weather can. Although this meant we didn’t get to do any sunbathing, I think seaside towns like Filey look best in the rain. There’s something very atmospheric about the stormy seas and the empty old timey seaside attractions covered in rain.

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We walked onto this large rock structure that sticks out into the sea called “Filey Brigg.” Stupidly, we didn’t check what time the tide came in, so we had to hurry back to the town through the approaching waves so as to not get stranded out at sea. Thank god we made it!

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I decided to go for a simple outfit, with denim shorts, boots and this colourful fluffy jumper. I found this jumper in the Ark sale, and I am in love! It is so soft, and it’s holey so it’s a good summer layer. I bought my necklace from H&M in a panic because  couldn’t find anything to go with my summer ball dress, but I actually wear it all the time! It’s become one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. My boots are All Saints, and my shorts are so old I don’t actually know where they’re from.

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What do you think about seaside towns, do you find them inspiring or too old fashioned? Have a great day!

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Packing for Beach Holidays

In my teens, I was a terrible packer. I would use holidays as an excuse to wear all of my favourite and more adventurous clothes, and as a result I would take half my wardrobe on holiday with me. I’m talking three-changes-of-clothes-and-a-pair-of-heels-every-day style packing. This meant that my suitcase was a nightmare to carry around, and I didn’t wear most of the things I’d brought with me anyway. Beaches, cobbled streets, and 5 inch heels do not go well together. I like to think that my packing ability has improved vastly in recent years. I even managed 5 days in Barcelona with just what I could fit in a large handbag. Packing light makes travelling that bit easier, and you don’t have to waste any of your beach time deciding what to wear! Here are my top tips for packing for beach holidays.

1. Travel comfy

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I like to travel in clothes that are comfy, won’t be too hot when I arrive in the sunshine, but serve as backup in case I need some warmer cothes when abroad. To save space, wear on the plane the jumper/ jacket / cardigan that you will wear on cooler evenings on holiday! Jeans, a t-shirt and boots are practical but still make me feel good (if I was a fashion magazine, I would use the phrase “casual chic” here.)

2. Don’t bring heels

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Shoes take up space, and you don’t need heels! Use this oppurtunity to give your feet a break, and go out in sandals instead. I find that all I need is a pair of flip flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for dinner and dancing. If I want to do any serious walking, I can just wear the boots that I travelled in.

3. Mix and match neutral separates

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All your clothes will go with each other if they belong to the same colour palette, and (apart from lots of patterns) my wardrobe is dominated by denim and neutral colours. If your favourite clothes are blue, white and green, then bring separates in these colours instead. You can wear the same shorts three times with three different tops and have three totally different outifts. This saves so much space, and when you’re abroad you won’t have to think about what to wear because everything will match.

4. Dress up playsuits for night-time

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For me, beach holidays are all about patterned playsuits. They’re so summery and fun, and leave plenty of skin exposed for tanning! With different jewellery and a bright red lipstick, I can wear all of these playsuits into the evening too, which saves space 🙂

5. Wear different shaped bikinis for a better tan

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To avoid getting bad tan lines, wear bikinis with different shapes. Your bikini is probably the thing that you will be wearing the most, so make sure you love it! I always wear a sunhat to keep my face from getting burned, and don’t forget your garish sunglasses!

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Don’t forget your sun cream and camera, and happy holidaying! Are you going to the beach this summer? Do you have any tips for packing for the beach?

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Lemon and Ginger Sorbet

Life here is hot, and I’m not complaining! When I need a little cooling down, I find sorbet so refreshing. I probably prefer sorbet to ice cream. No matter how full I am, I can always manage a scoop of sorbet! I had a go at making my own ginger and lemon version. I love this combination, ginger is one of my favourite flavours and it’s so good for you – it’s an anti-nauseant which means it’s a great hangover cure. Here’s how I did it,

You will need:
Four lemons
A big knob of ginger
400g sugar

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Step 1: Put the sugar in a large pan with 750 ml water. Peel and chop the ginger finely and add this to the pan with the juice of all four lemons, and the rind of one lemon.

Step 2: Simmer the pan for 30 mins

Step 3: Pour the mixture into a dish and freeze. If like me, you don’t have an ice cream mixture, just stir the sorbet after 2 hours and then leave to freeze overnight.

To serve, let the sorbet defrost in the fridge for ten minutes and give it a good stir before spooning into bowls or glasses.

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Enjoy! How do you like to keep cool when it’s hot?

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What I Wore: Robin Hood’s Bay

Having the time to explore Yorkshire recently has been great, there are so many beautiful places to visit! I have been to Robin Hood’s Bay before but it is always lovely. There is a really steep hill that winds through the village to the beach, and the village is filled with quaint little shops. The beach is long and sandy, full of rock pools and surrounded by dramatic cliffs. We even swam in the sea – it was cold! Putting together beach outfits is lots of fun, and this is what I wore!

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I am wearing a vintage bed jacket, vintage playsuit (it must be homemade because the pockets have been sewn on backwards!) H&M sunglasses, People Tree necklace, and this sunhat was a gift. The only reason it is not blowing down the beach is that there are hat pins holding it to my head. I’m so glad I discovered hat pins, I no longer have to walk around with my hand on my head holding my hat down.

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Thank you Denise for taking photos of me!

As you read this I will be reading a book by the pool in Menorca! I am sure that future me is having a wonderful time there 🙂 It might even be a little sunnier than the Yorkshire coast. I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

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Mexican Eggs

I find it really hard to make lunch exciting sometimes, which is why I love this recipe so much. It’s exciting, tasty and quick to make!  I have adapted the recipe from one in this cookery book. It’s quite a hot recipe, so if you’re not good with spice, use less chilli!

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You will need:
3 eggs
1/2 a pepper
1 chilli
1 jalapeno
1 tortilla
1/2 a bag of salad
Mixed herbs

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Step 1: Chop up and fry the jalapeno, chilli and pepper. When they’re soft, crack the eggs into the pan, and stir until they’re cooked.

Step 2: Whilst the eggs and vegetables are frying, slice up the tortillas into strips and fry them in a pan with a little oil.

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Step 3: Place the fried tortillas on your plate, and season the egg mixture with salt, pepper and mixed herbs. Then place a handful of salad on top of the tortillas and spoon the egg mixture on top.

Enjoy with salad dressing or chilli sauce!

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Much better than soggy sandwiches, don’t you think? What are your favourite lunch recipes?