Monday, 23 September 2013

NEW: Special K Porridge

I have to admit, I haven't always been into porridge. I'm not really a fan of anything with the consistency of rice pudding. But as long as porridge is thick, flavoured, and not gloopy, I'm ok. Recently I came across Special K's own version of porridge and with Special K red berries being one of my favourite cereals, I just had to give it a try.


It really couldn't be any easier. All you do in rip the sachet open 
along the dotted line, and pour into a microwave safe bowl:


Don't throw away that sachet just yet! If you look closely, you'll see a fill line. Pour milk into the empty sachet - it will hold don't worry! - up until the fill line:


Pour into the bowl and mix well:


Microwave for two and a half minutes, stir again, and 
then leave to stand for an extra couple of minutes:


Conclusion

It really couldn't be any easier. Perfect for the morning rush when time is never on your side. When it comes out the microwave, it smells AMAZING - a mix of berries with vanilla notes. For me personally, it was a good consistency - not too runny and not too thick. Taste wise, it was good - you definitely got hints of fruit. But overall I think I still prefer their red berry cereal because it has bigger pieces of fruit. The fruit in the porridge is very finely chopped so you don't always manage to taste it. I imagine it would be improved with larger pieces of fruit. But all in all, perfect for the approaching cold months and I'll be definitely be stocking up on these!

Do you like any Special K products?

* This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really liked the product and wanted to share the love!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Missguided Lace Sleeve Swing Dress

Wise people of the blogophere, I need your help

I spotted this delight on the Missguided website and have decided that I need it in my life. Only dilemma is that it comes in an assortment of colours and I can't decide which to go for! Currently they stock burgundy, green, peach, white, mint or navy:


Which colour is your favourite?

I'm tempted to go for the burgundy or the white. Maybe both - because at £29.99 they're hardly going to break the bank! Hmmmmm..... what say you?

Friday, 13 September 2013

NAILS: Revlon & Marchesa team up

Some of you eager fashionistas may have already spotted images of Revlon's wonderful new collaboration with red carpet favourite Marchesa:


Image credit for all above: Marcio Madeira - found via Brazilian Vogue here
Image credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images; Revlon - image found here 

All nail designs are based on gowns from Marchesa's AW13 collection

They look like they cost the earth but in actual fact they will retail at....... £8.99. With nail polishes increasing in price these days - what's going on there?! - £8.99 isn't all that bad, comparatively. And this is Marchesa we're talking about. With gowns retailing in the thousands, I think I can deal with £8.99.

Each nail design is truly beautiful - a work of art. With an increasing demand for nail art - we've seen diversity from the likes of Ciaté's latest feather nail manicure, shatter effects, nail cavier, Illamasqua's speckle nails, nail wraps... - any form of new nail product that wants to stand a chance in the current market needs to be innovative and stand out. These ones from Revlon + Marchesa sure do and I predict that we'll be seeing a lot of them on blogs, instagram and the alike once on sale.

I'm very excited to see if Revlon and Marchesa continue to work together in the future. There is potentially a cosmetic line in the works - with a focus on eyes and lips - but everything is still very hush hush. If it's anything like the sneak peak of their nail art range [above], then it's all very promising indeed.

Monday, 9 September 2013

#7 Life as we know it

Making the most of the last few summery evenings with cava and strawberries:


Pizza Hut's new chorizo pizza makes me happy


More cider - or should I say cidre - filled evenings


... and days too, come to mention it...


Wasps that interfere with quality cider drinking time get taught a lesson:


Trying new tea (peach and blackcurrant)


Making olive and sun dried tomato bread from scratch

BEFORE:


AFTER:


Work charity cake sale where I fell in love with Oreo speckled cupcakes


Cooked breakfasts... what dreams are made of


I've come down with the flu so my life right about now consists of hot drinks - Lemsip, green tea and hot chocolate - and my bed. It's always important to keep your fluid levels up so I've been eyeing up these lovely sounding hot chocolates from Whittards. Ever tried any of these? I love the idea of having white hot chocolate!

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Alice in Wonderland inspired dress

Long time readers of this blog will know about my obsession love of all things Alice in Wonderland. A casual browse of the ASOS website the other day and I came across this beauty which I can only describe as the perfect "Alice" dress:


Perfection in dress form. This is the sort of dress you can wear ANYWHERE. Work. On holiday. Drinks after work. A date. You name it. Also perfect for DIY Alice in Wonderland fancy dress if paired with an apron, stockings and heels.

Curiouser and curiouser.....