Winter Wardrobe – Adore Me and My Top 3 Outfits.

With the winter months closing in, and the glint of Christmas on the horizon, there is no doubt in my mind that my favourite time of year is officially here.

Now, my life is pretty hectic at the moment. I’m a full-time Masters Student, who has two other side jobs, along with maintaining time to see my friends/boyfriend. So, when the lovely sleepwear team at Adore Me reached out to me and invited me to do a flat-lay piece (something I’ve always wanted to do, but never tried it yet) about some of my favourite lingerie/outfit ideas, I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate three of my typical outfits all in one post.

So here are my three go-to looks for the big areas in my life:

Work/University

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When I go to University/Work, I find that I want to look smart but ultimately be comfortable. This navy dress is knee-length, so I usually pair it with some tights and a cardigan, and with the statement lace collar, I find that that’s enough of an accessory to make my outfit complete. For a smarter look you could dress it up with a blazer and heels, but I usually go for flats. These black ballet pumps are always going to be classic, yet the sweet cat face gives the shoes a quirky touch to dress it up. For lingerie, this bra is a go-to for me. I love it so much, I have the same design in a number of colours. With minimal detailing on the cups, it doesn’t show through the fabric of the dress, yet gives me enough boost and support to make it ridiculously comfortable.

Date Night

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Like most girls in relationships, I love dressing out and going out with my boyfriend for dinner/dates. For date-night outfits, I try to keep it quite simple, and let my heels/jewellery do the talking. This simple LBD is a really tried-and-tested favourite of mine, and with the simple neckline but statement cutout sides, I feel it gives the dress some edge. My heels are these gorgeous lace-up booties, which are ridiculously cute but always quite comfortable. If I want to make this into quite a fancy night out, I may wear some statement tights, or even fishnets to make it a little sexier.

This bra is the ultimate thing in padding and push-up. The deep red colour makes it feel quite saucy to wear, and I always feel at my fanciest whilst wearing it.

Loungewear.

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With Christmas fast approaching, I love digging out some Xmas jammies and getting cosy for a night by the fire. These pyjamas are new, but I can really see myself living in them for the next few months. The Grinch is one of my favourite Christmas movies, and I just couldn’t say no to them in the shop. This polka-dot bra is another really cosy piece of lingerie that I love wearing. With minimal padding, it feels almost like a bralet/sports bra, which is perfect for those lazy evenings. I also find the thicker straps to be really comfortable to wear.

This was a super fun post to do, and I really found it fun to think and pair my outfits together.

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Healthy Snacks + Superb Smoothies.

Feature image credit – Mitch Altman

If you’re like me, you’ll agree that makeup does hide a multitude of sins. It can make our cheeks look chiselled, colour our lips a deep plum or ruby red, or give us cat eyes that even Cleopatra would’ve been proud of.

However, we all know that it doesn’t matter what we do with the powers of Beauty Blenders and foundation, if we don’t eat the right sort of food, it’ll leave its tell-tale marks on our skin.nuts.com_summer_glow_x2_v04 (1)

With bloating, bad skin conditions and an overall just tired look, your body and skin takes a real beating down. I was inspired by Nuts.com to write this post on healthy snacks for healthy skin.

(Now, I’m not a wizzkid or expert in healthy eating. I could easily eat custard creams until the cows came home. But I am passionate about doing little changes to your diet that will help you feel and look healthier)

1: Healthy Snacks

We’ve all been guilty of it. Whether you work from home, in an office, on the go or just in an environment where you can get access to food, snacking can be inevitable. And ‘bad snacking’ on biscuits, cakes, crisps or chocolate, is particularly rife because they are SO moreish. So what I’ve started to do is pack a little snack box of trail mixed and assorted fruits. My personal box contains:

And I find that only a small handful will get me fuller, give me more flavour and more texture than regular refined sugary snacks. I’ve never managed to eat my entire snack box, and can barely eat a third during the day due to how filling it can be. These snackboxes also last a pretty long time, so can be eaten over a few days, and will be the perfect addition to any pantry/larder.

Also, sometimes I add some berries into the mix. Berries such as blackberries, blueberries and boysenberries are great antioxidants and really promote skin clearing. I suffer from keratosis pilaris, and have found that eating foods rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin A foods can really impact on how clear the skin can look.

2: Super Smoothies

At this present time in my life, I’m constantly on the go. I always find time to sit down and eat main meals (such an important thing to do for digestive reasons), but for snacking and drinking, it’s an entirely different story.

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Image credit – Quinn Dombrowski

That’s why I love smoothies so much. Smoothies, when made with the right and healthy ingredients can fill a stomach up and can be sipped everywhere. If I’ve got an really early start, I find myself making a smoothie to be a good replacement for a sit-down breakfast, as I can’t eat really early. Smoothies fill me up until my next meal, and they can made of all sorts of crazy things.

My favourite breakfast smoothie is taken from Deliciously Ella’s book:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 handfuls of frozen berries
  • ½ a cup of hazelnut milk
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Wizzing them up in a blender until smooth gives you a delicious and filling smoothie. Also, with the added cacao nibs, this gives the smoothie a decadent chocolatey taste for a morning treat. Or, why don’t you add a shot of iced coffee to give you a morning caffeine boost.

 

So, I hope this blogpost has helped at all. Like I said, I’m not an expert/trained in nutrition, but I’ve found this works for me. Careful of allergies if you’re going to try any of these recipes out.

 

 

A Girl Called Alice by Christina Henry (Essay) – The Nightmareland Blog Book Tour

(Below is an essay written for the Nightmareland Book Blog Tour by Christina Henry for the promotion of her Alice and The Red Queen books. Big thank you to Christina for allowing me to be involved in this unique idea, and all those at Titan Books. Enjoy!)

A GIRL CALLED ALICE by CHRISTINA HENRY

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is a tale beloved by millions, so embedded in our cultural memory that nearly everyone can conjure up an image of Alice – from the original story, a film remake, a game or one of many re-imaginings done by assorted authors through the years.

Alice has taken on the quality of myth, a character no longer bound to her creator or origin story but a modern-day legend open to interpretation like those other contemporary fairy tale figures from Neverland and Oz.

Many people have never read the original Alice but feel as though they have, because so many qualities about the Alice story have entered our shared lexicon – falling into a rabbit hole, for instance, is a phrase that’s taken on a meaning and life of its own quite apart from the original story.

And images from the story – the disappearing Cheshire Cat who leaves his smile behind, the Mad Hatter and the tea party – have become a kind of shorthand, s
hared experiences that make us feel like we’ve all been part of Wonderland for a very long time.

I asked my son why everyone loves Alice, and he immediately answered, “Because there’s adventure. And magic.” I think these are exactly the two qualities that attract children and adults to this story time and again.

There is something enchanting about a world that you can fall into, where there is adventure but somehow never any real danger (despite all of the Red Queen’s blustering about taking off Alice’s head I never worried, as a child, that such a thing would actually happen), and where magical things occur with matter-of-fact regularity.

Then there is Alice herself. She’s very pragmatic throughout the story, in a way that makes everything else real. The famous quote about believing six impossible things before breakfast was actually said by the White Queen in response to Alice’s remark that “one can’t believe impossible things.”

This is fairly astonishing given that Alice has already seen and done more impossible things than most people, but it’s her clear eyes that make her such an attractive character. Alice is very firmly rooted, and that fact roots the story as well. When a fantastic world has this kind of steady grounding it’s easy to believe in talking caterpillars and disappearing cats.

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