Sunday, 7 February 2016

Outfit // Love The Sales grey ankle boots

Sweet Monday blog
Top - Ark // Jeans - Wrangler // Boots - Love The Sales // Necklace - River Island (old)

Yet more ankle boots to add to my forever increasing collection. However, these are a gorgeous soft grey colour, something a little different to my mainly black boot range. I've been looking for a pair of grey coloured boots for a while but haven't been able to find the right pair. That's until I spotted these on Love The Sales website. They're from the Zalando sale and are priced at just £14.40!! Yes you heard right, less than £15. They're so comfortable too. They have an outer zip and a simple, minimal design. Considering my wardrobe is a majority of black and grey colours, these boots compliment so many of my outfits. I'm really pleased with them.

You may have also seen my outfit post last weekend, wearing another bargain pair of ankle boots. Although I love my heeled boots, it's good to invest in a pair or two of flat ones. Especially if you find yourself running all over London, which is me pretty much every day. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Lifestyle // Blossoming Gifts Valentine's Bouquet

Blossoming Gifts
Deepwater Rose & Lily bouquet - Blossoming Gifts*

How beautiful is this bouquet of flowers from Blossoming Gifts? I love the bright contrast between the deep pink roses and rustic green foliage. You may remember I featured another bouquet, equally as stunning, last year on my blog. That particular bunch of flowers had a much more autumnal feel to them. I'm so pleased with how spring like this rose and lily bunch are. They're certainly brightening up my bedroom this week, and I can't wait for the lilies to fully open out.

Priced at just £22.99, Blossoming Gifts offer a range of affordable Valentine's flowers including the classic red roses, freesias and tulips. To go one step further, and to be really in the good books with your girlfriend/partner, they also offer a collection of chocolates and teddy bears to accompany your flowers. 

They're also offering my readers a 33% discount on any product (excluding their Flowers By Post range) with code BGIFTS33. So with that to entice you further, there's really no excuse not to treat your loved one this Valentine's with a beautiful bouquet. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lifestyle // Valentine's gift ideas from Cheerz

Valentines gift idea from Cheerz
Love Cheerz Box - £13*

With the impending Valentine’s Day celebrations upon us, I wanted to feature this cute gift idea from Cheerz. You may remember me talking about Cheerz before, when they very kindly gifted me a large, framed poster, featuring some of my favourite photos from our time traveling last year. The poster takes pride of place in our bedroom, and each time I look at it, memories come flooding back. I can’t thank Cheerz enough for supplying such a fantastic way of displaying our photos.

Special photos and memories you share with your best friends, family or partner, make great gifts at this time of year. In fact they would make a lovely gift at any time of the year, but I find Valentine’s is one of those moments in particular, where you can get a little soppy!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Recipes // Banana bread with a twist!

Banana bread

Whenever I know that Stew and I will be spending a weekend at home together, I try to think of something fun and creative that we could have for brunch. Brunch is my favourite part of a lazy Saturday morning. I hate having to rush through breakfast during the week, so I really enjoy waking up a little later and planning a nice meal for the two of us to enjoy.

Whilst flicking through my Instagram feed, I spotted a photo Jamie Oliver had taken of a recipe from his book. Unfortunately I couldn't find the recipe on his website, however I could just about read what the dish was from his photo - grilled peaches with Greek yogurt on top of toasted banana bread. This sounded delicious and something I'd never have though of creating before. So to begin this dish I of course had to rustle up a loaf of banana bread. We ended up having the peach dish for brunch on the Sunday, and I spent the Saturday afternoon making the banana bread. My recipe for the peaches and yogurt will be up next Tuesday :)

So how to make a super easy banana bread in 6 simple steps...

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Outfit // Love The Sales black ankle boots

Sweet Monday outfit, Dorothy Perkins black ankle boots
Coat - 6ks // Top - Zara // Jeans - Oasis // Boots - Love The Sales

Katy came to visit me this weekend, and with the weather on our side, we headed out into my local North London neighbourhood, to take some outfit shots. Although it was a beautifully sunny day yesterday, here in London, it was still rather chilly, so a thick, warm coat was a must. I'm so glad I invested in this camel coloured coat a couple of years ago. It's seen me through three winters and still looks great. 

A couple of new items to show off in this post - first up is the black crepe top, which is just visible, from Zara. I bought this in their current sale for just £6! And secondly these gorgeous black ankle boots from Dorothy Perkins, via Love The Sales. They have a beautiful mock croc effect pattern to them, and both an inner and outer zip, making them easy to get on and super comfortable. I'm always worried that the first time you wear a pair of new boots, they're inevitably going to rub, but these were fantastic. Me and Katy spent the afternoon walking round the shops on Oxford Street, before making our way down to Covent Garden, and my feet didn't hurt once. 

I've been on the lookout for a pair of flat boots for a while. I've come to realise that all of my boots are heeled, and whilst they look great, they're not always the most practical. Especially when rushing around London, or walking 15 minutes every morning to the nearest tube stop. I do own a pair of tan coloured chelsea boots that I bought whilst living in Melbourne, but unfortunately they've become worn and now let the water in when it's wet. So I'm happy to finally have an alternative, and obviously they're black to match the rest of my monochrome wardrobe!

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