Do you like you?

Hello! I am back in London after an amazing holiday in Turkey. I’ll share some photos from my trip on the blog soon, but I definitely recommend adding Turkey to your holiday wish-list if you’ve never been before. It was a bit of a shock to the system to be back at work yesterday but luckily it’s hump day again already today so not long to go until the weekend. This week’s motivational message is all about loving your natural beauty inspired by Colbie Caillat!

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“Wait a second, Why should you care, what they think of you.
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you? Do you like you?”

These quotes are from Colbie’s new single called ‘Try’. It’s a beautiful song about loving yourself and the video which sees her strip down to a makeup-free face, has hit more than 15 million views and counting. Colbie Caillat: “Women have been going through this daily struggle of covering up what we really look like for years now, with makeup, Photoshop, or feeling the need to wear less clothing to be sexy. God forbid we look normal and human ;)” Check out the inspiring video below!

I’m just loving this song at the moment and think she’s setting a great example for girls and women all over the world. As said recently by Colbie “we are not alone in our insecurities” and remember that you don’t have to change a single thing! Happy Hump Day everyone :)


  
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Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil

While I’ve been on holiday I’ve been loving the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil fragrance. It’s pretty much like summer in a bottle!

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Sparkling with luscious, sun-kissed freshness, the new Eau de Cartier has been infused with a note of freshly pressed passion fruit. Combined with a zesty hint of mint like a summer breeze, Zeste de Soleil is a natural and exotic interpretation of the original Eau.

The passion fruit smells delicious and fresh and it dries down to a nice sunny, juicy tropical smell. I’m used to wearing more Eau de Perfums these days however so do find the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil doesn’t last as long as I would like. But for days on the beach or a summery evening out that doesn’t matter too much – as it’s just a nice fresh and summery added touch! Also, I love that the bottle can twist close for ease of travel – an added bonus!

Cartier Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50, 100 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette. Have you tried this fragrance before or what perfume are you loving this summer?


  
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Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Burnt Aubergine and Pomegranate Molasses

For my sister’s wedding back home recently, my dad and I were asked to do a lot of the food ‘catering’ for their casual reception. The theme of the food we made? Pretty much an Ottolenghi feast! Yep I pretty much have my whole family hooked on Ottolenghi’s food and his recipes get discussed and trailed all the time. This Roasted Butternut Squash with burnt aubergine and pomegranate molasses was one of my faves we made that day. Soft, sweet squash scattered with crunchy toasted seeds and nuts, accompanied by a smokey aubergine sauce is pure genius. The aubergine is charred until wrinkly and often bursting – the smoky flesh then scraped and combined with natural yoghurt, parsley, garlic, lemon juice and that sticky, fragrant molasses. Great sweet and sour flavours and contrasting textures

“Butternut squash has softer skin than other pumpkins and is therefore easier to prepare. For us it is almost a staple. Butternut’s mild sweetness and firm flesh make it suitable to go alongside most main courses, but also to serve on its own as a vegetarian centrepiece.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Burnt Aubergine and Pomegranate Molasses

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp green, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp nigella seeds
10g sliced almonds
basil leaves, to serve
sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

Sauce
1 medium aubergine
150g Greek yoghurt (I used plain 0% Fage Greek yoghurt)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed

Method:
Preheat oven to 220C. Trim the top and the bottom of the pumpkin and cut in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and cut each half into 3cm wedges. Cut each wedge into pieces about 5-7cm long. Place the pumpkin wedges on a roasting tray lined with baking paper, brush each wedge with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until they feel just tender. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 180C. Mix together all seeds and almonds and scatter on a roasting tray. Toast for 5-8 minutes or until slightly brown and fragrant (be careful not to burn them!)

For the sauce, either put the aubergine directly onto a gas hob flame, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until the skin is dried and cracked and the aubergine smells smoky. You can also do this by putting the aubergine under a hot grill. The aubergine often bursts I find, but this is fine. Just be careful not to lose that flesh! It needs to be very soft inside. Make a long cut through the aubergine and scoop the flesh from the aubergine and discard the skin. Drain the flesh in a colander for ten minutes, then chop roughly and combine with the yoghurt, oil, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and season with extra salt and pepper if you wish.

Place the butternut on a serving plate, sprinkle with the seed mix, fresh basil leaves and serve with the aubergine sauce.

Recipe from Ottolenghi, The Cookbook (link)

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This recipe is one of Ottolenghi’s most simple ones and I urge you to try it! Whether you make this to enjoy at home (as a delicious main vegetarian meal or as a side dish) or bring it to a bbq/dinner party, this recipe works beautifully because the sauce can be made ahead of time and the squash can be served at room temperature.

The dip is also a real winner because it is so delicious that you will want to serve it with everything, from pita bread to crudités. Promise me you’ll try it?


  
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Escape life?

Hello or I should say ‘Merhaba’ from Turkey! I arrived in Turkey very late Sunday night and the last few days have been soaking up the sun and relaxing in the town of Bozburun with one of my best friends. Bozburun is a very quiet fisherman’s town near Marmaris on the Aegean Coast. It’s actually very nice to be in a quiet place for a bit to just relax and focus on not doing much at all. We’ve been sunbathing, swimming, reading, going out on the water & eating, and it feels wonderful to escape the hustle and bustle of London for a bit. Came across this quote the other day and thought it was appropriate for today’s midweek message!

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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us!”

I actually took this photo today on my iPhone while out on a boat trip! Incredibly beautiful blue water right? For more photos of my holiday follow me on Instagram @dutchessroz. I hope you all have a Happy Hump Day. Today we will be heading to Datca and then after that off to Bodrum for a few nights of luxury. Oh isn’t holiday bliss? :)


  
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Leopard Sneakers

Slip on printed sneakers are the ideal summer shoe trend because they are comfortable and stylish. For a little while I’d been on the lookout for some leopard sneakers and I finally found the perfect ones at ASOS, and for only £20! These leopard Dockland Plimsolls (link) are such a fun accessory to accompany many outfits.

I could go on and on about how to style them but here some quick ideas; think (distressed) jeans and a crisp white shirt // black leather skirt and black top // a little white tunic dress // your favourite denim shirt and red jeans // bright shades like orange go great with leopard print // but also more neutral toned shades like camel or olive green // an all black outfit, or even being more of a rebel and mixing it with other prints. Like combining leopard print with stripes! Here a recent outfit of the day with my new ASOS Leopard Sneakers.

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Waxed cropped black jeans by ZARA // White short sleeve tee by ZARA // Thin nautical striped knit by Vera Moda – which I threw on later in the day // Olive Parka from H&M // ASOS Docklands Plimsoll Leopard Sneakers (link) //  Simone Necklace by Maison Miru // Watch by Michael Kors // Arm candy by Tiffany & Co, Monica Vinader and London W11 bangle by  Whistle & Bango (as seen here).

The ASOS Docklands Plimsolls are also available in other prints, like grid, floral or check, see full range here. Which ones do you like?


  
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