Food Diary

Summer food can be the best kind of food but annoyingly the heat rarely makes me hungry, especially in the evening. Below are some photos of food I have treated myself to this summer, I recommend them all!

Giant buttons and honeycomb on top of strawberry and blueberry frozen yoghurt - perfect cooling snack 

Home made salmon fishcakes with summer salad - great for hot summer evenings

Tomato, red onion, goats cheese and green pesto puff pastry tart - serve with a side salad 

Still want to enjoy the English classic of roast dinners in the heat - swap roast potatoes for new potatoes to make it lighter

Special birthday afternoon tea for my best friends birthday - guest appearance of my other best friend who just flew to American to study at Brown University - she is so clever! 

AMAZING! Nutella pizza I had in Italy - SO good 

Unbelievable steak sandwich from Borough Market 

Beautiful fruit markets in Borough Market - support your local markets if you can and make a fruit salad or your ingredients for Pimms! 

Home made crisps from Portabello Market - so so so good if you're out and about in the heat 

And just in case you didn't like any of these, here is a picture of a pug from the office I interned at in August


Beautiful Summer Sunshine

Photo diary for you all. Sorry posting has been minimal but busy times ending Uni. This is the fun that the UK has to offer - doesn't it look beautiful in the sunshine! 

Frozen Yoghurt from Yogberries in Manchester - delicious! 

Birthday cakes for my lovely best friend Nina

The amazing Jurassic 5 at Parklife festival in Manchester - coolest guys ever! 

Went to visit one of my oldest, best friends Emilie in beautiful Cambridge 

Butterflies at The Botanist restaurant in Alderley Edge 

View over Manchester from 'The Edge' in Alderley Edge 

1930s Singer sewing machine that belongs to my family 

I wish - fingers crossed. Best get saving. So much Glastonbury envy 

Belated birthday celebrations for my oldest, best friend Emily 

Weekend trip in London - view from Southbank looking beautiful in this heat wave 

Safety first 

Tried grits for the first time at Outsider Tart in Chiswick - very odd, like cheesy porridge. The staff and the cakes however were fab! Worth a visit for a bit of USA vibes 

Chilling in the garden of Katie's house in Chiswick - LUSH 


Shopper Bag

We've done the tote bag, had a stint with the basket bag and all enjoyed the benefits of free hands with the backpack but fashion is heading back to basic shopper bags and lovvvving it. Us ladies are not people who like to travel unprepared so the shopper is perfect for filling up with all of your essentials. Working days: lunch, water, purse, diary, important documents, phone - all fits. Night out: make-up, extra layer (of course no guarantee that it wont rain for the whole of July and August), hair spray, potential pair of flats, keys - all fits. Beach: suncream, IPod, towel, book, sunglasses, water and refreshing juice drink - all fits. I can assure you that your new shopper bag will be perfect for each and every one of these occasions.  Personally, I think the bigger the better; endless amounts of space if ever a crisis with a plastic or paper bag ripping. I am very jealous of all of you who get to look at and enjoy your shiny new bags.

Mango, Buckless Shopper Bag, £27.99 
Zara, Shopper with Combination Handles, £22.99

Pay day? Treat yourself? Living the dream? Wishful thinking?...

CĂ©line, Triple Shopper in Vegetal Calfskin Tan
You can never have too many bags!

(Image source available from hyperlink on shop name on image caption)


They're Real

BADgal mascara from Benefit is a favourite for many people that I speak to. However the San Francisco based make-up brand offers an alternative mascara to the UK, 'They're Real'. Having recently tried a sample of the mascara I am a convert. The brush for the mascara is not as big and thick as the BADgal one however it suits my lashes much better. I am not one of those people who has been blessed with a gorgeous full set of long lashes and unfortunately have a stumpy set so a good mascara is essential to me. The brush has staggered plastic bristles separating the lashes individually and coating each lash individually. This separates, curls, lifts and volumises lashes to give your eyes a great defined outline. The brush has a rounded and customised tip which includes shorter bristles meaning you can coat that hard to reach corner of the eye and also fan the ends of your lashes, so glam.  The mascara has good wear and tear so stays on your lashes for most of the day, and like good quality mascaras, it doesn't flake off onto the face during the day. It dries quickly meaning that it is less likely to smug and I find I only need to do one coat a day. RRP of £19.50 but if only one coat is needed a day, then this should last you a good number of weeks. So take my word for it, I tell you no lies, it's all real, just like your lashes.

Benefit, They're Real Mascara £19.50

Image source


Do Not Taper Off With Your Purchases Of Tapered Trousers

I am obsessed with tapered trousers. I am so obsessed that I have already written a post about them around this time last year. Summer necessity. I'm in a cycle of just wearing a different pair each day. In fact, writing this post has made me buy yet another pair. My reasoning and support for these trousers stem from the fact that they are versatile, library/work/drinks/dinner/shopping appropriate and with the up and down weather at the minute, it means that you can still wear them if it is hot but raining.
You can buy a pair which are plain in colour but I think the patterns that are on most of them is what has drawn me to them. Plus, with tapered trousers, there will always be a wide price range avaliable. Most high street stores will sell them so if you are not 100% sure, maybe go for a less expensive pair so it's not a huge regret. Or if you know that you're going to wear them day-in-day-out then those few extra pennies will probably be a good idea.
Here are a few examples of my favourites at the min:

H&M, Trousers, £4.99 (£4.99!!!!!) 

Topshop, Soft Tapered Trousers, £35

Zara, Paisley Print Trousers, £29.99
Images sourced from:
1 - H&M Trousers
2 - Topshop Soft Tapered Trousers
3 - Zara Paisley Print Trousers


Great Job

Soap and Glory are a brand that for some unknown reason seem to have passed me by. Many of my friends use their products and I was pointed in the direction of their daily moisturiser 'Glow Job' (I am sure that all pun was intended.) This is a great summer product for a number of reasons. Firstly, heavy foundation and moisturiser in summer is just a no go. It will only end in 'melty face' (a term I'm sure make up professionals use on a regular occasion.) It's good to let the skin breathe in summer and allow the vitamin D full access to your pores so that the body can soak up the goodness. Secondly, your skin undergoes so much wear and tear on a day-to-day basis that it's good to factor moisturiser into your daily routine. Many will be consistant with moisturising at night, but the morning is always such a mad rush that moisturiser maybe low down on the priority list. Thirdly, unlike many tinted moisturisers, which often feel too thick, Glow Job contains 'micro Bronzeburst Beads' that release temporary self tan when you rub the moisturiser into your face. This gives you the colour of a regular foundation with more of beachy natural look. Plus, as stated on the website, the moisturiser smells like 'orange peel oil and vanilla' and it truly does. Delicious.

Soap and Glory: Glow Job, Daily Radiance Moisturiser, RRP £9
At £9 a pop it could be pushing the boat out for some people, but you only need a pea size amount each morning so it should serve you all summer. Plus, there is no price on good skin. 
Even if you don't need a new moisturiser, or dont fancy one with a self-tanning element, then you should still head into town and browse the Soap and Glory products; the names of the items are genius and always provide some amusement on a quick lunch break. 

Soap and Glory - all images sourced from here 


Teapot Vintage

This brand is literally my saviour. One of my biggest shopping problems is vintage clothing and sales. There is something in my brain that just cannot get to grips with the process of sifting through shop rails separating the wheat from the chaff. Especially if there is loads and loads of clothes to look at (Topshop sale is my nemesis.) As a student, this is a terrible skill not to possess. My old housemate is the pro charity shopper; the charity shopper Queen. Beyond envious of her skills. However, Teapot Vintage seem to have done it for me! This is a fabbb little website and so reasonably priced! Great clothes and everything on it I just want to buy. There is also definitely something for everyone, stocked for guys and gals. Plus, for those guys that complain about shopping, you need not move from your sofa to enjoy these steals.

Teapot Vintage, Vintage Oversized Floral Patchwork Cardigan , £16

Teapot Vintage, Vintage Reworked Mini Dress, £15

Teapot Vintage, Vintage Men's American Hunter Jacket, £35

Teapot Vintage Website - all images sourced from here
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