Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Hair! Linton & Mac Review

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Linton & Mac

As you may have noticed if you follow me over on Instagram, I recently went for the chop! A haircut I mean, not a vasectomy. I actually went in with the intention of getting a trim but Jaye (who was doing my hair) had the most bangin' bob and I, being the impressionable thing that I am, was like, 'CUT ALL MY HAIR OFF'. It's not quite as short as hers because I wasn't feeling brave enough, but it's a really lovely longer bob that's much easier to maintain than my longer locks. Colour-wise I went a bit darker for Autumn (nothing like a good cliche) and am really happy with the overall result.  The salon itself is absolutely beautiful; from the copper mirrors to the cacti dotted everywhere to the bathroom floor made of copper coins, it feels like your dream Pinterest board come to life. They also have a styling bar set up and for £25 you can pop in to get dolled up for a night out (heads up, they'll be doing a Halloween special so if you're not so good at Halloween costumes/do's then it's one to keep in mind!) as well as a nail salon. Oh, and the biggest selection of Windle & Moodie products ever.. Not so good for the bank balance.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Healthy, gluten-free banana bread slices

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Roll up, roll up for another baking post! I know I said I'd have one for you every Wednesday, and the more eagle eyed of the lot of you may have noticed that a) there wasn't one last week and b) it is in fact a Sunday, but life got in the way a bit recently and I've been a little shit - shall we say - so I do apologise for its lateness. I've got a corker to make up for it though; I ruddy love a good banana bread, and what we have here is just that. A healthy, gluten free one, more to the point. Howdya like them apples (...bananas)?

Makes about 15 mini slices

2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
2 Large Eggs
2 cups Ground Almond
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Pinch of Salt
Handful of Banana Chips
Maple Syrup to drizzle

1) Grease a baking tray and set the over to 180 degrees (fan oven).
2) Pop your dry ingredients - ground almonds, baking powder, walnuts, salt and cinnamon - together in a bowl and mix until combined.
3) In a separate bowl, mix your bananas, eggs, vanilla essence and coconut oil until combined in a thick custard-like paste. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, stirring slowly and evenly.
4) Once combined, pop your mix in the baking tray, smooth over with the back of a spoon and place some banana chips on top before baking for 25 minutes. At the 25 minute mark, remove from the oven and drizzle with maple syrup before baking for a further 5-8 minutes until golden brown
And there we have it! Slice as you like; I normally choose to go for 15 mini slices because it feels like you have more (Bruce Bogtrotter reporting for duty). For being so healthy, they truly are delicious...
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.... Just ask Lilo.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

1 Jacket, 3 Ways

Styling three ways is always a tough cookie because I am, unashamedly, a creature of habit and tend to inch slowly towards my black jeans every time, hoping that no one will notice. However, this H&M badboy turned out to be quite easy to do three ways because it's so versatile. Ha-lle-Lu-jah. It's nice and tailored which, being at the petitest end of the petite scale (a depressing admission), I always look for because I find it stops you looking like you're drowning under a mountain of material. Grey was a good colour for me too because it goes with everything, including my favourite 'colour', um, black. So, without further  ado, here are the three looks (if you want to insert your own drumroll here you're very welcome to).

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For the first look, yes, ok, I went for jeans but it's the ONLY TIME, OK. I popped a faux fur collar on over the jacket, which I always find is an easy way to transform a jacket or coat/make it instantly warmer - and dug my good old thigh high boots out the wardrobe to finish the outfit off with because, let's face it, Autumn is well and truly here.

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The second look I'm trying hard not to title 'Fifty Shades of Grey' but the urge is there and it's very, very strong. I picked up this dress in H&M a few months back in both grey and black - if it ain't broke, buy it twice.. I think that's how that phrase goes, anyway -  and although I'd normally wear it quite dressed up I thought I'd go for a more casual look this time, pairing it and the jacket with my favourite Senso glittery boots and a slouchy bag.

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The thigh high boots make a return for look number three but the jeans don't ('thank god!', I hear you sigh). There's always a risk of looking a bit Pretty Woman-esque when pairing thigh highs with a leather mini, so I went to the entire opposite end of the scale on my top half with a prim and proper polo neck and, of course, the jacket layered over the top.

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 So there we have it, three different looks, one jacket (and only one involving jeans - a cause for celebration if I ever heard one). Let me know which one's your favourite if there's a particular one that tickles your pickle, but try and do it out of earshot of the other outfits because I don't want them to get offended. If you're on the lookout for a new coat or jacket before Jack Frost hits I couldn't recommend H&M more; I've had a little preview of some of the A/W goodies coming in and there's some absolute bangers in there.
Yes I said bangers. 

Introducing the new outerwear collection from H&M. From weather-proof tailored coats to classic biker jackets, make sure your outerwear makes a style statement this AW15. 
Shop the new collection now: http://hm.info/10ll2

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by H&M via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of H&M

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Quick Daily Make-up Routine

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A few of you were asking which products I used when I shared this photo over on my Instaschmam last night so I thought I'd list 'um here for ease! Almost errthang on my face is from Benefit, with a little bit of Tom Ford and Estee Lauder thrown in. Oh, and the new Topshop chameleon highlighter which is a big glittery pot of shamazingness. I'm putting together a proper post on my daily make up routine soon, but I hope this is a little helpful for now!


Monday, September 21, 2015

My Furry Leopard Dream

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I've been long overdue a successful Topshop trip; the past couple of times I've been in I haven't really seen anything I've absolutely loved and - you know what they say - you wait for a bus and then fifty come all at once. Yes, I went in last week once we'd got back from Malta (amazing btw, will blog alllll about it soon) and basically just bought everything. My card was like 'NO', I was like 'YES'. It's happening. One of my favourite things I picked up was this little leopard number as I can't resist a) a good a-line mini or b) anything that involves leopard print. I picked up a few other bits and bobs which I've linked below, coming soon to an outfit post near you.


Here's what else was in my horribly bulging bag...