Saturday, 19 June 2010

outfit of the day #2

hello lovely readers! here's my second outfit of the day video, i hope you like it...

and did it rain? no. it just threatened the whole day through, now that's proper english weather!

Friday, 18 June 2010

for the love of radishes

did you know that before my swedish feast i had never eaten a radish? or at least not that i can remember anyway. and i've seriously been missing out all these years. i remember reading this post over at Kimberly Snyder's blog, and feeling really up for trying them out, because of their amazing health and beauty benefits - who knew these tiny things were so good for you.

another great reason to have radishes is that they are really quick and easy to grow yourself. they don't need a lot of space, and after sowing the seed, 6 weeks later you'll have a good selection of radishes to eat up. you can also plant them throughout most of the year because there are so many different varieties - so you can eat them all year round!

the taste is so fresh, and so summery and the great combination of crispy and sweet that is perfect in a vegetable.

i've been experimenting (well sort of) with using them in different ways, all as fresh and raw as possible to help retain the goodness.

simply used as a dipping tool alongside cucumber sticks, or perhaps carrots and bell peppers, they are fantastic...even better if you leave a bit of the tops on to use as a handle (next time i'll remember this)!

used in a green smoothie. it adds a delicious, almost aniseed, freshness to this morning beverage. this particular one was amazing, it had a bag of rocket & mizuna leaves, 2 large radishes, 2 nectarines, 1 banana, 1-2sp maple syrup, linseeds, water - amazing!

cucumber, radish and dill salad alongside meatballs, onions and egg, how swedish is that?

thinly sliced on top of a spinach, mackerel, tomato and goats cheese salad - a great little addition!

to sum up; i love radishes! they will forever be in my fridge, and i can't wait for our own allotment radishes to be ready to eat!

currently listening to: carnies by martina topley bird

honey and almond facial scrub

this homemade facial scrub is ridiculously easy to make, and incredibly simple and pure. i was trying to think of a scrub ingredient that wouldn't be too abrasive, and harsh on my skin - something that would even out the skin tone but not aggravate it...and finally i came across the idea of using ground almonds. i adore cooking with them, so we've always got some in the cupboard...

i mixed 1 teaspoon of raw honey with 2-3 teaspoons of ground almonds, just with my finger - but you can use a spoon if you want to be a tad more hygienic. i put it in an empty neals yard jar (the blue glass ones which really are exceptionally beautiful) and it keeps for a really long time, although you'll probably use it up within two weeks.

i used it a couple of times, and i felt cleansed and moisturised as soon as i rinsed it off. it smells delicious as well, and it can be as cheap/organic as you choose it to be.

i filmed a video with my brother about this homemade facial scrub which is perfect for men as well as women, i think it's pretty funny - there's some outtakes at the end, as well as a little how to watching jonny make the scrub!

why use honey and almonds on your face?
 - honey has great antibacterial and healing properties, as well as being very soothing and fighting redness and inflamation. it's also a fab humectant (moisture attractor) and hydrator
 - almonds have fab moisturising properties, and when soaked and then ground are gentle enough to use as an exfoliant for sensitive skin, it's also great for healing scars and is a fantastic emollient (moisture saver)

Note: moisture attractor + moisture saver = fabulously moist skin!

if you don't have ground almonds, you can grind some up or if you have a nut allergy then you could try using oats instead, that would be fantastic too - although best to grind them up in a food processor first! you could also try baking soda, rice, wheat germ or high quality salt.

* you could also use this recipe as a mask, just use about twice as much as normal, and leave it on your face for 15 minutes. rinse off with warm water, then splash with cold. divine.
*you could also try adding a bit of lemon juice for a bit more lightening, cleansing power if you choose to!
* if you don't want to use raw honey or you don't like it's smell, try exchanging it for yogurt, rose water or a drop of milk which are also super beneficial for skin.

i hope you enjoy experimenting with using honey as a cleanser, moisturiser and scrub, and all-round fantastic beauty ingredient!

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

hot potato salad and mustard baked trout

well hello! long time no speak. how are you all?

it's taken a long time for me to get back into the swing of things after the amazing swedish feast. we've been eating leftovers for the past two weeks, and i was recently able to share some of my creations with farmor, which she really enjoyed! this past weekend i also got to take a peek inside one of her first swedish cookbooks (kokbok's!) which was really interesting, and i might just be able to attempt some of the recipes from it some day - perhaps i might even be able to persuade my lovely farmor to come on camera for you all to meet!

anyway, food has become interesting recently as my brother is now home, which means that there's more meat and carbs in the house, and fresh fruit disappears very rapidly...we'll just have to wait to see how it works out, but it's going to take some adjusting that's for sure.

without further ado, here's my latest eats:

we had a couple of friends round one sunny sunday afternoon after church for a little hot potato salad, much enjoyed by everyone - especially when followed by a stroll down a very pretty english bridleway

hot potato salad is one of the best inventions ever - boil some new potatoes, fry some chicken strips and bacon pieces, put it all together in a big bowl with lots of spinach, olive oil and wholegrain mustard - enjoy!

stir fries should be interesting, so boiling some sweet potatoes before frying, adding lots of interesting veg, including chard, kale, celery and shallots to the pan is guaranteed to bring you out of any stirfry rut

raspberry smoothies - mmmm, summer in a glass

porridge with sliced banana, flaxseed and honey = ultimate

we've really been enjoying our mustard, and one of the best ways to use it up is as a dressing for baked fish, just mix it with a little olive oil and lemon juice before putting in the oven for 5 ish mins

sardines on toast is a great way to get fish into your diet, and having it with a massive salad is great on summer days as well as balancing the whole meal out nutritionally

french toast is beautiful, and surprisingly quick and low carb, in fact it's all the very best things a breakfast should be...

currently listening to: the sun ain't shining no more by the asteroids galaxy tour

Monday, 14 June 2010

outfit of the day #1

yes, i've started doing ootd videos. i thought it would be really fun, and a great way to get a little more creative with my outfits! so far so good, but i'd love your input - are there specific outfits you'd like to see, say for a particular occasion or event? or have you got any style questions you want answered, or a specific item or accessory you'd like to see me style up?

Friday, 4 June 2010

a question of individuality and style

firstly, sorry for the huge lack of posting lately, and i hope that this post goes someway to explaining why that's the case...but also i've been on and off ill for the last couple of months - rubbish, but i think i'm past it now.

this was going to be a bit of a rambly post, but i really dislike reading those on other blogs cos they kinda get me down, and where's the fun in that? suffice it to say that i'm in a total style rut. i figure style is about confidence and experimentation, neither of which i've ever been particularly brilliant at - i'm more the shy and safe kind of person.

however there is a little fashion rebel inside of me...i just know there is. the kind who wants to get a tattoo, wear red lipstick and wear heels every day.

i think style is a constant process of re-invention and experimentation, fashion allows you to be a different person every day and try on different personas to see which one(s) is really you. but somewhere along the line, my clothes got boring, and the combinations with them.

how does one try to crawl out of a rut? well...
  • firstly i will keep paying attention to you lovely bloggers, and maybe even try to recreate some of the looks from my favorite blogs, just to see how i feel
  • only buy things that are interesting and unique (shopping trip to Paris in July should help with this!) - and more vintage shopping is blatantly a great way to do this too!
  • try not to focus too much on trends, but instead search for lasting elegant style, or at least something that is different from other people
  • show off my favorite features - legs and shoulders will be the centre of attention for outfits and new purchases to come
  • try to find some statement accessories - i would love lots of big earrings. and a few pairs of actually interesting and wearable shoes.
  • get some awesome hair...i am in the process of regaining my natural colour, as it's now gone a very dodgy shade of orangey, blondey, brown. and i can't seem to do many things to my hair either now it's short. oh, how i wish for long hair i can side braid and look completely carefree with.
  • feel good by finishing my to do list and accomplishing more of my goals - that way if i'm happier, then in theory i'll want to spend more time.
  • realise it's not about the money. i don't need to spend lots of money to look really good, it's more about actually spending time putting outfits together, and creating custom pieces.
  • keep watching my favorite fashion films (see this video) repeatedly, and write down what makes their style so awesome so i can incorporate that into my own real life (i have bought Aeon Flux and Roman Holiday recently which i can't wait to see)
  • take advice from helpful people - have you ever been in a style rut? what things do you think are important to remember when putting an outfit together?

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

ask me anything

hiya! i hope your day is beautiful and the sun is's raining here with me at the moment, but i'm not letting it get me down ♥

i just wanted to mention to you all that i have started a formspring account where you can all ask me questions, and even post them anonymously if you want...

here's the link:

i will be doing a q&a video soon, as it's been requested a few times, and i thought it might be nice for you all to get to know a little more about me. so go ahead and ask a question, it can be anything, random, intelligent, creative and ask questions you really want to know answers to.