Monthly Archives: July 2012

A sparkling night out

When I was in Italy at the beginning of July, we kicked off the wedding celebrations with a fun Bachelorette/Hens party for the bride to be! The theme was ‘Sex & the City’ which basically meant a chance to glam up and sparkle! I own this incredibly sparkly dress that I adore but never get a chance to wear because it’s so in your face and when you wear it you pretty much become a walking disco ball. I bought it quite a few years ago of a friend back in Australia for a ball and have only been able to wear it a couple of times since. It is by Australian designer Ruth Tarvydas from her signature collection.

Me and my friend by the waterfront in Cernobbio, the little town at Lake Como where we stayed.

The ‘Metallica’ dress is made of silk with hand sewn metal sequins all over. It has a racer back and a drawstring waist. It’s deliciously special to wear and as you walk the metal sequins jingle! (link)

On my hair I used the Cloud Nine ‘The Wand’ (link) I love the messy curls it produces…but my hair does look slightly frazzled in these photos because on the walk from the hotel to the lakefront we got caught in a massive rain storm!!

In the boat taxi on our way to the party!

The bride to be (left). She had also glammed up for the night but her bridesmaids had a different plan for her and put her in a silly outfit but she still looked amazing :)

For the party us girls headed to the town of Bellagio to a ‘beach bar’ for drinks, food and a good boogie!

At the stunning beach bar overlooking the lake! Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us that evening because it rained quite a bit but we sure didn’t let that dampen our night of fun!

The bride to be making a toast!

There was plenty of prosecco going round….

It was a really fun girly night out and we danced and partied until the early hours of the morning! x

Something blue…

When I was out shopping in Paris I spotted something amazing and blue in a little shop on Rue Montorgueil. And as much as I tried to resist it..the urge to own this bit of blue arm candy was just too strong! The size, the colour; I just loved it! Because the bag is not made of real leather it wasn’t too expensive and set me back about €50 which I think was well worth it.

I took these pictures of my new bag when I was in Italy earlier this month…

The bag comes with a removable inner padded smaller bag (plus seperate strap) that has compartments and zips for phone, lipgloss and any other handbag essentails. So bascially it’s two bags for the price of one!

Its gorgeous blue colour definitely brightens my day when I have it with me!

This is me, my new bit of blue arm candy and my friend overlooking Lake Como in italy. Do you like my new handbag and would you ever be bold enough to rock such a bright bit of arm candy? I think a colourful handbag makes a great accessory to any simple outfit!

Life is too short…

Sorry for the late post today, life has been pretty hectic since I got back from Croatia on Sunday and on top of that am coming down with a chest cold :( I think my body is telling me to take it easy for the next few days! 
Exactly one year ago today, one of my friends boyfriend died in a tragic accident and therefore today’s quote is all about living life to the fullest….
Happy Hump Day everyone!
Also this is your very last chance to enter the Simply Beach Giveaway (link) on my Facebook Fan Page. Entries close by the end of today so what are you waiting for….enter NOW!! You could win a £50 voucher to spend on your new beach wardrobe! Good luck! xoxo 

Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad

Hello everyone!
I am back from my holiday in Croatia and I had the most amazing time….photo’s will follow :)

After a holiday filled with lots of naughty food, alcohol and late nights this week is definitely all about the DETOX! Healthy eating, plenty of sleep, no drinking and lots of exercise. I recently found this recipe in the free London Stylist magazine and have made it a couple of times since. It’s a delicious, easy and healthy summer meal. This recipe is perfect for using up leftover roast chicken (or be lazy like me and just buy a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket)

Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad

Ingredients (serves 6) 
300g medium bulgar wheat
500ml vegetable stock
1 bag of rocket salad leaves
120g walnuts
2 tsps cumin seeds
1 orange
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 mild chilli, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsps sea salt
1 leek (or red onion), sliced
700g leftover roast chicken
80g fresh parsley, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsps walnut oil
Bulgar Wheat
Bulgar wheat is a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked. It is a naturally high-fiber, low-fat, low-calorie vegetarian and vegan food ingredient. Tough bulgur wheat is most commonly found in tabouli (tabbouleh) salad, you can use it just like rice or couscous, or any other whole grain, such as barley or quinoa.
Add the bulgar wheat to a pan with the stock, cover and put on a low heat for 5 minutes. Remove and fluff with a fork. In the meantime toast the walnuts and cumin seeds in a dry frying pan.

The original recipe didn’t include rocket, but I love this peppery salad leaf so I decided to make my salad a bit lighter by less bulgar wheat and adding some rocket!

Grate the orange zest into a pestle and mortar. Add the olive oil, chilli, garlic, dill and salt. Crush together to form a paste, then add to the cooked bulgar wheat.
Peel the orange and cut into cubes and chop up the leeks and parsley! What a gorgeous range of colours don’t you think?

Shred your leftover chicken or use ready grilled or rottiserie chicken if you don’t have any leftovers.

Now mix together the bulgar wheat with the chopped orange, leek, walnuts, cumin seeds, chicken and parsley. Squeeze over the lemon juice and dizzle over some walnut oil and combine!

And there you have it, a yummy healthy lunch or dinner!
The combination of the nutty bulgar wheat with walnuts, chicken and fruity orange is just delicious.

Recipe from cookbook ‘Supper With Rosie’ by Rosie Lovell
See the online link to the original recipe here (link).

Are there any healthy summer recipes you are loving at the moment? x