Monday, 22 September 2014

Signed, sealed, delivered | August Degustabox

August Degustabox

Following the thumbs up for the Degustabox in July, I was excited to see what was in store for the August delivery. I wasn't disappointed, but more importantly nor was my willing helper.

Brioche Pasquier croissants au beurre and pain au lait | I'm grouping these two together as to my untrained palette they both tasted the same; far too moreish. That's right, I'm making the positive into a negative. Darned little scrummy handfuls of tastiness! I was supposed to bake a 'pain au lait pudding' recipe with some of them but I ate them all instead; It's a compliment of course. The long date on these babies means technically (and if you happen not to be a household of gannets) you could make them last around 3-4 weeks so there is no pressure to use them up.

Caribbean Twist strawberry daiquiri cocktail | Oh my goodness, this had my name on it. Used to love an alcopop, me, before I discovered the joy of wine. I thoroughly relished this which tasted so sweet and strawberry-y but, to my taste, non-alcoholic.

Lindt Hello | I didn't get to eat a single one as somebody else ate the lot. He says they were lovely.

Berry White | I keep forgetting to drink this; I took it to work and it's still sat there, hiding from me. Looking forward to giving it a go.

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Mexican Dave's tortilla chips | I'm not really that into this kind of thing; we'll eat them with a dip or something but it's not something that fills me with great excitement.

Fever Tree Mixers | Neither of these were my thing so a willing volunteer drank them. The verdict was that they were good!

Dr Oetker edible wafer cases | What a genius idea, to make the cases something you can eat too! Next time I get baking then these babies will be coming into their own.

Cawston Press |  The kids' blend apple and pear juice was too wishy-washy to be something I'd recommend or re-purchase. After a shake before drinking I still got some sediment which wasn't very nice so sadly it disappointed me somewhat.

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Schwarz Flavour shots | These look really good! Things like this are really up my street; easy prep meals with the favour bit already sussed. I got all my ingredients lined up (shallots instead of an onion as I missed all the onions, the bag must have been too big), prepped the shallots then went to open the chorizo packet with the knife...the wrong way and cut my thumb. Game over, I went all woozy. Another time (but I'm looking forward to it).

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You also get a voucher for a fridge item – Moma bircher muesli. To my annoyance it's not stocked at any supermarkets near us for miles so I couldn't try it myself.

To get your £3 off a Degustabox use my code GGHRD . You're welcome!

Sophie

Sunday, 21 September 2014

You’re gonna need your golden touch

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Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the same time. Sometimes you happen to be in the right mood at the same time.

The light was little short of phenomenal last Sunday evening and I just-so-happened to see this beautiful backdrop which was lit up a treat. I am veering towards autumnal prints and materials at the moment; this dress is a recent £1 charity shop buy, which caught my eye with it's almost dull but floral print. The floaty sleeves are a real departure from my usual style but the nature of the dress caught my eye, so who was I to fight my instincts? Anyway, I love this dreamy print so it's staying in my wardrobe regardless.

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The rings are my favourites both charity shop finds, the teardrops of fire pendant necklace and cobalt glass bracelet both c/o Pia. Aren't they gorgeous? The simplicity of the necklace works with the open neckline of this dress and the pendant colour is an absolute beauty. Bangles are the usual array.

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A huge thank you to Chris for taking these pictures and indeed all the other out-n-about outfit pictures except for the two I shot myself, with a tripod, awkwardly. He is doing a great job and I never heap enough credit on him when it's clearly due.

Sophie



Friday, 19 September 2014

How to style a tunic

 

How to wear a tunic

It’s that time when the days vary from warm and summery to cool and blustery which poses the question about what to wear? Tunic dresses are a great versatile solution to the ever changing weather; you can wear them as a dress with bare legs if the sun shines, or layer up with tights, leggings or even skinny jeans. I think brogues look rather good with socks, for a cute look (one I think I'll be trying out myself!). Joules have got it going on this season! I adore the green damask tunic and would wear it with my long brown riding boots, statement necklace and a brown satchel along with a knitted hat. It's buzzing around my head now!

The wellies, jacket and scarf would be perfect in the chillier, wet weather. I do like wearing boots and dresses together, there is something fun about the femininity of a dress contrasted with practical footwear. A cream knitted jumper and a long woollen scarf with ankle boots may well be my absolute favourite though. Ah! Are you a fan of tunics? How do you wear yours?

 Sophie

A sponsored post in collaboration with Joules for which I was compensated. All content and opinions entirely my own.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

I’m going to a pretty place where the flowers grow, I'll be back in an hour or so

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Looking for life on this planet sir, no sign of it. This is my love song, it goes like this:

I'm out of place, in outer space, I've vanished without a trace.

I'm going to a pretty place where the flowers grow, I'll be back in an hour or so.

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'Cause every time I go to try and leave, something keeps pulling on my sleeve,

I just really want to stay, summer really got a hold of me

I just say whatever I want to whoever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, however I want.

Getting sentimental as heck, spilling my guts to you.

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It doesn't really matter as long as you get where you're going, 'cause none of this will mean jack where we're going.

They tell you to stop, but you just sit there ignoring, even though you wake up feeling like shizz every morning.

But you're young.

If I could take it all back now, I wouldn't; I would have done more stuff that people said that I shouldn't.

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I'm all grown up now and updated and graduated. Summer really got a hold of me.

Lyrics are taken, amended and rehashed from Eminem's Drug Ballad. Don't do drugs. Do Summer.

Sophie