Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Favourite Things {two}

Whilst I sit here sipping on Lemsip and resisting the temptation to cough in fear of the pressure in my head making my brain explode... I thought I'd take five and focus on some of my favourite things!
Sunny mornings♥ 

- An extra hour of sleep. On Saturday the clocks went back which means an extra hour of sleep and darker evenings, which excites me greatly.

- Embracing Autumn. As I was home for the weekend, I made the absolute most of being surrounded by trees, crunchy leaves, pumpkins and puddles. I threw on my wellies, grabbed my Olynpus Pen and headed straight outside to snap away. I miss seeing the Autumnal changes so much whilst I'm in Brighton. The colours were just insane, I'll have a blog post up soon full of photos.

- Coffee. I've really started loving it recently and I blame Small Batch Coffee entirely, due their super creamy coffees and pretty latte art. (Yes, I'm a sucker for it.)

- Weekly Vlogs. I thought I'd bite the bullet and film a weekly vlog and I absolutely loved doing it. Have you seen it yet?



What's made you happy this week?♥ 

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Autumn Florals

Floral Shirt Dress (same dress, different pattern) - Urban Outfitters
Tan Blazer (similar)- Boohoo
Boots (similar) - ASOS
Sunglasses - Primark
Bag - Primark

Occasionally we'll get those warm autumn days when the air is a little crisp but the sun is beaming. These are bare legs and boots days. I recently purchased this floaty shirt dress from Urban Outfitters for just £22 in the sale and I think it's a perfect transitional Dress. It'll look lovely with tights and boots, but will also work in the summer with bare legs and some sandals. I paired it with my Tan Blazer from Boohoo, to keep me slightly warmer on my top half and a pair of dark brown Chelsea Boots from ASOS. 

Whats your favourite transitional piece from your wardrobe? 

All photos are taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 on the 45mm lens.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Joules Design a Welly Competition!


Ever wanted to splash about in puddles wearing wellington boots you'd design yourself? Well now you can. Joules are launching a competition to design your own wellies! If you love art, have a passion for design or forever find yourself doodling, then this is your chance to get that artwork seen. The winning design will go on sale at Joules! But not just that, you could win yourself a Luxury Break worth £5,000, a 3 night stay in a Golden OakTreehouse Cabin! 10 runners up will also receive a £250 Joules gift card. 

To make things even better all proceeds from the winning wellies goes to charity.

Head on over to getcreative.joules.com and follow the steps, it's simple and easy to follow. Submit your design and enter the competition! 

So what are you waiting for? It's autumn and those tootsies aren't going to stay dry by themselves! 
Get Designing! 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Zoella Beauty: Wonder Hand


I always forget to look after my hands. If I don't have a nice hand cream in all the places I could possibly need one, then the chances are it will not even cross my mind. I was so happy to see Zoe had brought out a hand cream in the original scent of her Zoella Beauty range. I love the newer tutti-fruity scent, but I think the original scent is slightly more appropriate for autumn and winter - when your hands are really in need of some serious TLC. The packaging is beautiful, so it sits proudly on my desk, where I can see it/remember it exists! The rose gold tube is such a lovely touch and makes it extra special. It sinks in very quickly, which is super important for me as I hate having greasy hands, but the fresh scent still lingers which is lovely. If you've been thinking of purchasing Wonder Hand or you're on the hunt for a new hand cream, I would definitely recommend this one!
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Aztec Autumn

Aztec Shawl (very similar) - Matalan 
Hat (similar) - Topshop
Knee High Boots - Primark

There's nothing better on a chilly Autumn day, than throwing a huge oversized shawl round your shoulders, picking up a pumpkin spice latte and strolling through pretty parks with your loved ones. 
My new little purchase from Matalan is absolutely perfect for days like this, this gorgeous Aztec Print Shawl. It's hard to pin down exactly what it is to be honest, it's like an oversized scarf that's cut perfectly to sit around your shoulders. I love wearing a simple outfit underneath, a slouchy black jumper & leggings, then wrapping this round me & belting it at the waist. I loved to pair it with knee high boots and my burgundy floppy hat. For only £12 (Yes, really!) I think this is an absolute steal. You can have a look on Matalan's website here, this one has just disappeared off the website, but there's so many gorgeous ones to choose from!

Keep an eye out for this look in my Autumn Lookbook!

All photos taken on the Olympus Pen E-PL7 with a 45mm lens.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Autumn Primark Try On Haul


Primark comes into its own in Autumn & Winter. Chunky knitwear, oversized scarves and winter dresses everywhere you look. I love it! Although Brighton has one of the smallest Primark stores, which unfortunately means they don't have all the best stock, I have found some absolute gems in there recently! So naturally, it called for a Autumn Primark Haul!

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Cafe Chilli {Hove}

When the owners of Cafe Chilli contacted me asking if I'd like to review* their newly rebranded Thai Restaurant, I was absolutely delighted and jumped at the chance. They also own one of my favourite spots for breakfast in Brighton, Vanilla Pod, so I had high hopes. 

This family run restaurant on Church Road, Hove, used to be called The Green Mango but after five years, they decided it was time to update the menu and decor, which in turn led them to changing their name too. The decor was lovely and felt very welcoming on a rainy night in Brighton! By 8 o'clock numerous people had popped in for takeaways and tables were filling up, which was lovely to see on not only a Tuesday, but a very rainy Tuesday at that. 

Spoiler; it gets reaaaaal tasty. 
Henry opted for a beer & I went for a Kiwi & Mint Tom Collins, which was absolutely delicious. To start we had Thai Prawn Crackers with sweet chilli sauce to share. These prawn crackers were nothing like the synthetic-y tasting ones you've probably received with a Chinese takeaway, crunchy with real flavours and sweet chilli sauces that had just the right amount of spice. 
Henry had Crispy Chilli Squid; crispy squid with salt, black pepper and fresh red chilli & I had the Spring Roll Duo; Duck spring rolls and crab and spinach spring rolls, served with hoisin sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Both were incredibly tasty and bursting with flavour! Henry always picks Crispy Squid if it's on a menu, so him saying that this was the best he'd ever had is certainly saying something. The Spring Rolls were complimented so well by both of the sauces and the presentation of the dish made it a little bit more special.
For our main courses, Henry had Steak Jim Jeao; Sirloin steak with a salad and sticky rice & Jin Jeao - a spicy chilli dip from the North East of Thailand. The steak was cooked perfectly, he throughly enjoyed the meal and devoured the lot.
The North-East Feast; Half a grilled chicken marinated in coconut milk and Thai Herbs, spicy papaya salad and sticky rice. Served with a tamarind dipping sauce and a special chilli dip. The chicken was full of flavour and not dry in the slightest, the sticky rice was perfect and presently so sweetly in the woven pot. The tastiest part was the papaya salad, it was a flavour explosion - fresh limes, fresh chillies, fresh garlic teamed perfectly with the flavour papaya and peanuts. 'Feast' was not far wrong, I couldn't finish it all and had to rope Henry in to help. Not that he was complaining, he loved it too. 
Full to bursting, we ended the night with a Chilli Mojito, citrusy and minty with a subtle hint of chilli in its after taste. Not wanting to miss out we shared a dessert between us too. Thai pancakes with coffee ice cream. It was lovely to have a Thai dessert, I think in many restaurants the dessert menu is normally pretty standard and you know what to expect, but Cafe Chilli stayed true to its roots and I'm glad they did. It was unlike any dessert I'd had before, syrupy flaky pancakes with a scoop coffee ice cream. 
With a lovely friendly atmosphere, helpful staff and owners and the best Thai food I've ever had, I will definitely be recommending Cafe Chilli to family and friends and I can't to visit again soon! 



*Disclaimer: I was asked to review Cafe Chilli, all opinions are my own. 
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