Sand, Sea & Soaking Wet Feet

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This is a quick post to share what we got up to last weekend. During the bank holiday we decided to take a drive down to the coast and explore a little. Shame the weather wasn’t the best, but this is England after all! We had an explore of a little village called Bosham and then went to the beach in West Wittering.

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Our day by the coast was nice, even if a little wet! It’s nice to get out of London once in a while and exploring somewhere we’ve not been before was pretty cool. I definitely wore the wrong shoes though! I think they dried out ok! ;-)

What did you get up to on the bank holiday weekend?

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Banana & Cinnamon Muffins

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In aid of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ being back on our screens, I did another spot of baking! This time, I made banana and cinnamon muffins, from the first Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. They are really easy and really tasty so why not give them a go? You probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your cupboard.

What you need:

350g plain flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra to sprinkle
160g caster sugar plus extra to sprinkle
375ml buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
70g melted unsalted butter
400g peeled, mashed banana
Muffin cases

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Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Into a bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and mix it all together. Into a separate jug, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract.

Slowly pour the mixture into the bowl and mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Pour in the melted butter and add the mashed bananas. Once everything is mixed, spoon the dough into the muffin cases until they are about 1/3 full. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sugar on top and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until you do the skewer test (the skewer comes out clean when inserted into the muffin).

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Once baked, enjoy with a nice cup of tea. I even took them to work for breakfast! Made a nice change to cereal… ;-)

Have you ever tried making these beauts? Let me know if you try them!

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Roaming Around Richmond

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Last weekend was a pretty chilled one, with Sunday being spent ‘roaming’ around Richmond. I love Richmond with it’s nice shops, bars and the river. For a day like that, I love nothing more than to wear something quite comfortable – for this occasion I threw on a pair of leopard print leggings and a top.

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IMG_0479Topshop Leggings (recent sale) .:. ASOS Top .:. Topshop Necklace .:. Topshop Flats .:. Ray-ban Sunglasses

I ordered these leggings online and when they came I did think they were quite out there, but once I tried them on, I loved them! And with a plain black boyfriend tee with the sleeves rolled up, I was onto a winner! This outfit is pretty simple but simple is good. The leggings are quite thick, so I’ve only been able to wear them when it’s been a little cooler as I would probably melt but that means I’ll be able to wear them in the winter, no probs! Kinda can’t wait to wear them with a black jumper and my leather jacket! ;-)

What do you think to the leopard print? And did you spot the pug?! Still trying! ;-)

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Time For Tea

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Last week I couldn’t resist this pair of shoes and after a little cheeky purchase, they arrived at my door. I was very happy with them… they make me feel very ladylike! And in ladylike fashion, I put on one of my tea dresses and off I went!

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Tea Dress2Topshop Tea Dress (old) .:. Topshop Shoes .:. Millie ‘n’ Mae Necklace

I recently purchased this ‘cup of tea’ necklace, so what better accessory to go with this outfit?

I like the simplicity of tea dresses, you can just chuck one on and they look effortless and a little bit vintage. I’m just missing a scone with clotted cream and jam! ;-)

What do you think to the more ladylike look?

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Olive Loaf

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This weekend I decided to have a go at making olive bread. It’s one of my favourite types of bread with it’s distinct salty flavour. It’s nice on it’s own, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or my favourite – an accompaniment to scrambled eggs.  So I had a look through my cookbooks and online and once again, the third Hummingbird Bakery book came to the rescue.

What you need:

600g strong white bread flour (I used strong brown bread flour as I prefer brown bread)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp Maldon sea salt plus extra for topping
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary plus extra for topping
2 large eggs
125ml olive oil plus more for greasing
250ml whole milk
1 tbsp honey
200g pitted black olives
2 tbsp black olive tapenade

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Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl and in a separate jug, mix the olive oil, milk, eggs and honey.

Add the chopped olives and tapenade into the dough mixture and then slowly pour in the liquid and mix until everything is even.

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Grease a loaf tin with olive oil and spoon the dough into the tin. Sprinkle some extra sea salt over the top and add a few rosemary sprigs.

Bake the loaf for 1-1.5 hours and do the skewer test to see if the skewer comes out clean.  Let the loaf cool and viola! Your freshly baked olive loaf… pretty easy huh?

Let me know if you try it! :)

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Into The Jungle

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This is a post about one of my favourite items of the summer – this jumpsuit from Topshop. I know it’s a bit out there, but the print is amazing and I love the tropical feel! I went to Florida earlier this summer and I thought it would be perfect to take with me! And yes, I did wear it in Miami, daaahling! ;-)

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Topshop Jumpsuit .:. Topshop Studded Belt (old) .:. Topshop Heels (sale) .:. Vintage Clutch

One of the amazing things about this jumpsuit is that every time I wear it, I feel like I’m back in Florida on holiday and with the tropical weather we did have… I got quite a lot of wear out of it! Let’s hope that some of that weather comes back!

For a more dressier look, I paired the jumpsuit with my studded black belt and my new Topshop heels which I managed to snap up in the online sale! The clutch is from a vintage shop back in Nottingham where I went to uni and I have used it so much! Not bad for a fiver, eh!? ;-)

I do wear this outfit in the day as well and I usually put a plain white tee underneath and wear my white leather flats.

What do you think to the tropical print? Does it make you feel like you’re on holiday?

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Lovely Little Ladybug

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Since the weather has been a little colder this week, I dug out a pair of jeans and wore my silk ladybird blouse from Jaeger that I bought a few months ago. I was meeting up with a few uni friends and thought it was a nice outfit for some casual drinks at the Southbank and Covent Garden.

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I love this blouse: cute animals – check, scallops – check, collar – check, what more could a girl want?! ;-) Jaeger have such nice quality clothes, I find that the cuts are quite classic so they will never go out of fashion! The blouse is so soft and feels amazing. My jeans are Topshop Leigh jeans, which are one of the only jeans that I’ve found that fit me, so I have quite a few pairs in different colours! I kept the rest of the outfit quite simple with some preppy loafers and a gold triangle necklace under the collar.

What do you think of the ladybird blouse? Have you got any Jaeger pieces?

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