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.

 A sparkling night out

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)

 A sparkling night out
 A sparkling night out

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!!

 A sparkling night out

In the boat taxi on our way to the party!

 A sparkling night out

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 :)

 A sparkling night out

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

 A sparkling night out

 A sparkling night out

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!

 A sparkling night out

The bride to be making a toast!

 A sparkling night out

There was plenty of prosecco going round….

 A sparkling night out

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

  
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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…

 Something blue...
 Something blue...

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!

 Something blue...

 Something blue...

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

 Something blue...

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!

  
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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….
Lifeistooshort Life is too short...
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 
  
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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

 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 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad
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.
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad

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!
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad

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.
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh SaladPeel the orange and cut into cubes and chop up the leeks and parsley! What a gorgeous range of colours don’t you think?
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad
Shred your leftover chicken or use ready grilled or rottiserie chicken if you don’t have any leftovers.
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad
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! Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad

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.
 Chicken and Orange Tabbouleh Salad
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
  
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Your top five beauty investments by Veronika

Hi! I’m Veronika
and I write the style, beauty and home décor blog,
Veronika’s Blushing.  I’m delighted that Roz has asked me to guest
blog for her while she’s on holiday and I’m here today to share what I think are
your best “beauty investments.”

Veronika Your top five beauty investments by Veronika

When you’re a style and beauty blogger, it’s tempting to try a lot of different looks and products. Over the years, I’ve had different hair colors and makeup routines, but I’ve noticed that as I get older, I’m more focused on creating a signature look and enhancing my appearance in the areas where I’ll get the most return on my efforts, both in the short and long term.

Sometimes, it’s tough to evaluate what you should spend your time (and money) on when it comes to beauty products and regimens. Here’s what I think are your best beauty investments:

Full, polished hair- Maybe you can’t afford to get a blowout like the lovely Duchess of Cambridge three times a week, but what you can do is learn how to give yourself a fantastic blowout. There are plenty of great tutorials on YouTube or, if you feel comfortable, ask your stylist to show you how to blow out your hair or go to a blow dry bar and observe the techniques that they use. The best part? A well-done blowout gives you incredible return on your investment—those 20 to 25 minutes you spend styling your hair make it bouncy for days—meaning you can skip daily washes and touch up your hair with some dry shampoo.

Kerastase+Cristaliste+Lumiere Your top five beauty investments by Veronika
Kerastase Cristaliste Lumiere Liquide, one of my favorite blowout products!

Smile- The days of overly-bleached, Hollywood-perfect teeth are over—but a great smile has never gone out of style. Maintain your oral health by flossing nightly, using a whitening or stain-removing toothpaste (I like Crest Vivid White or Colgate Whitening) and if you can, invest in an electric toothbrush. I love my Sonicare toothbrush so much that I even travel with it! I also whiten my teeth once a year to maintain brightness and remove stains. I use professional trays I had made at my dentist’s office, however Crest Whitestrips Professional are also a wonderful an effective option.


Smile Your top five beauty investments by Veronika

Skin- Everyone wants clear, glowing, even-toned skin. For some of us, it comes naturally and for others (like me) who struggle with acne or other skin issues, keeping your skin clear can be quite the challenge. Investing in great skincare products is important—but so is prevention. In your early to mid 20’s is when you should start thinking about using eye creams and moisturizers that will help prevent premature aging, including sunscreen, which you should wear every time you’ll spend any significant amount of time in the sun. Establishing a preventative skincare routine now will be an investment that you’re still patting yourself on the back about 10 and 20 years from now. I used tanning beds a lot when I was in college and once I became aware of not only the increased risk of melanoma but also how much it prematurely ages you, my skin never touched a tanning bed again. Ten years later, I’m still reaping the benefits—at 29, I’m pretty happy with my skin and don’t have a lot of wrinkles.

Skin+Veronika Your top five beauty investments by Veronika
Probably my most “glowing” day—at our 2009 wedding

Bright-eyed- They say that the eyes are the windows into the soul and I think they’re also one of your most important features to highlight. Bright, defined eyes can make your entire face look balanced and awake. I always use concealer on my lids as a base to even out my eye area and then I use Maybelline’s Eraser Dark Circles in the light pink “brightener” color under my eyes to perk up and lighten the entire under-eye area. I also use Benefit’s Eye Bright on my lower lash line and in the inner corner of my eye. I have a tutorial of my entire eye makeup routine here. By far the most impactful part of brightening up your eyes is curling your lashes. I feel like it instantly makes you look youthful and rested. I heat my eyelash curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds and it locks the curl in all day (and, if you want it to last extra-long, always use waterproof mascara because the formulas are drier and help lock in the curl).

Veronika+Eyes Your top five beauty investments by Veronika
Using light pink under your eyes really brightens your entire face!

Trim and Toned- By far one of the best beauty investments of all is keeping your body strong and toned. From a physiological perspective you’ll have more energy, sleep better, be stronger, more flexible and have more endurance—and from a mental perspective you’ll feel balanced, happier and more satisfied with your overall appearance. My favorite toning workings include The Bar Method, Ballet Beautiful and Pilates. I find that these types of workouts really target such a wide array of muscle groups and they work muscles you didn’t even know you had! There are also fantastic workouts available on YouTube (for free!) by the girls from Tone It Up and BodyRockTV.

Gym Your top five beauty investments by Veronika
On my way to the gym! All gear by Lululemon
What are your best beauty investments?
Leave a comment below or come visit me over at Veronika’s Blushing.
Thank you for having
me!

(No Thank YOU Veronika – what a great post. It’s easy to see why I love her blog right? xoxo Roz)

  
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