Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Recipes // Spiced Root Vegetable Soup (5/6)

Sweet Monday recipes, spiced root vegetable soup

Part 5 of my 6 day vegetable challenge with AO.com is today's post. And this week we have a spcicy vegetable soup! I can't believe next week's will be the last in the series! It's certainly opened my eyes more to vegetarian recipes, how easy they ca be to create, and how amazing they can taste!

This spiced carrot and lentil soup is no exception. Packed full of flavour, this soup is great to keep you warm on these chilly Autumn days. Whether it be for lunch or dinner, enjoy with some equally as tasty bread!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Competition // Win tickets to the Hennessy Gold Cup plus a John Lewis voucher!

L-R: boohoo camel coat £45 // River Island knit jumper and skirt £73 // Olivia Burton Watch via Topshop £80 // Topshop leather clutch £40 // Topshop boots £85

At the end of next month I will be attending the Hennessy Gold Cup, at Newbury Racecourse. I'm already on the hunt for an outfit to wear on the day, so I thought it would be nice to collate my ideas in a blog post. Plus if you scroll to the bottom of this post, you could win a pair of tickets for yourself too! 

I've only ever been to the races during Spring/Summer season, so I've found it really difficult to know what to wear at this time of year. It's hard to dress for cold weather, whilst still looking chic! Or so I've always found anyway.

It's bound to be freezing at the end of November, so I thought a nice tailored coat, like this camel coloured one from boohoo, would be perfect. Possibly teamed with a flattering, structured dress, or even a two piece. I love all the soft tailoring pieces that are on the high street at the moment. I know most ladies always wear dresses and a big hat on race day, but I'm wondering if I could get away with something a bit different. It would be very Kim K/Kylie Jenner esque, styled with the camel coat, wouldn't it?!

If you're an avid horse racing fan, or fancy a fun day out, you too could be planning your outfit by entering my competition. To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday 28th November at Newbury Racecourse, plus a £30 voucher to spend at John Lewis, simply enter via the Rafflecopter app below. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you are unsuccessful in my giveaway don't worry! You can use promo code FUN15 for £5 off when you book Premier or Grandstand tickets for Hennessy Gold Cup Day, Saturday 28 November. 

Click ‘Buy Tickets’, and then select either ‘Premier (£48 on the day)’ or ‘Grandstand (£32 on the day)’ ticket types and insert the promo code at the checkout. 

Terms & Conditions: Offer applies to Premier or Grandstand admission tickets only. Does not apply to existing bookings, three day tickets and cannot be used with any other offer such as group discounts or bumper packages. Expires at midnight on 12th November and cannot be used on the day of the event.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Outfit // Ark side split, high neck jumper

Sweet Monday, ootd, Ark Clothing, black vintage rucksack
Jacket - SheInside // Top - Ark* // Jeans - boohoo // Shoes - Ted & Muffy // Rucksack - Ark*

I'm back to my monochrome self it seems! I love that we're moving into colder months and I can begin layering again. I'm much more of an autumn/winter kinda gal, than a summer one, when it comes to fashion at least. I even did a switch around of my clothing rails, bringing out all of my cosy jumpers and over-sized coats, the other week. In doing so, I realised I needed a few more high neck jumpers in my life. Who doesn't?! 

This one from Ark is beautiful. I normally shy away from cream or white coloured clothing, as it can be hard to wear underwear or a vest (when it's super cold) underneath. But this one was too lovely to resist. It also features a lovely side split design, which is something I've wanted to buy into for a while. I really want to team a side split jumper with a denim shirt. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Beauty // Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum #campaign4clarity

Nourish Hydrating Peptide Serum
Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum - £20*

If you've followed my blog for a while, you may remember my previous posts about organic skincare brand Nourish. Earlier this year I blogged about their Cell Protect Body Cream, and a couple of Christmas' ago I featured their Argan Beauty Collection. Having become familiar with the brand, it's definitely one I will continue to use and re-visit when looking for a new skincare product. 

Not only is Nourish an organic brand, but they also pride themselves on being cruelty free, and therefore vegan. Although not a vegan myself, having a best friend that is, certainly highlights vegan beauty products, or rather the lack there of. 

This latest product to join my collection is a relaxing and cooling hydrating serum, that has been designed to leave the skin looking healthy. Created for sensitive skin, this serum also helps reduce any irritation your skin might have, whilst soothing the skin with its cooling texture. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Recipes // Miso Roasted Aubergine Steaks with Sweet Potato (4/6)

Sweet Monday recipes, roasted aubergine with sweet potato

Part 4 of my 6 day vegetable challenge is here! This was up there with my favourite recipes from the week. How much does this look like steak? It's in fact roasted aubergine, flavoured with miso paste. I had never heard of doing this before. The flavours are incredible. I really like miso, but I've never had it in this way before. The rich flavouring from the miso and sweet potato, was balanced by the spring onion and parsley.

This dish also looks so appealing! If you're throwing a dinner party and are stuck for ideas I'd definitely recommend this dish. Click below for the full recipe...

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