Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Your new best friend: ESPADRILLES

Most of you will agree that shoes are beautiful, beautiful things. How wedges give you height and save you the discomfort of spindly stiletto heels. The elegance of a court heel with boyfriend jeans rolled up at the leg. How trainers are having a moment again... the list goes on. However one shoe that has never rated very highly in my eyes is the espadrille. Espadrilles - a French word - have apparently been in production since the fourteenth century so have quite the history. Once upon a time, espadrilles were seen as peasant shoes, but have grown in popularity over the years. Nowadays they are no longer solely - haha! - sold in Basque countries - they have a designer backing too. Chanel espadrilles, I'm looking at you.

Espadrilles were one shoe purchase I thought I'd never make. But with High Street stores like New Look and River Island bringing out pretty floral versions, it was then they caught my eye. On a total whim, I ordered a pink and blue floral pair from New Look a few weeks back. Ridiculously comfy, they've hardly been off my feet since. This weekend I bought my second pair - again from New Look - this time in blue floral print.



So far I find they go brilliantly with denim cut offs or trousers with a rolled up leg. 
But as ever, I turn to LookBook for styling types and inspiration:


Would you wear espadrilles?
Which type of shoes can't you live without?

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The great guy debate

I'm a bit of weird one when it comes to guys. I don't have a particular type, and I don't have "traditional" celebrity crushes. Lots of women drool over the likes of Channing Tatum, Robert Patterson, Ryan Gosling and so on, but with the risk of public backlash - please don't hurt me! - I really don't get it.

I remember a Twitter exchange a while back where one of my best friends inundated me with photo after photo of Ryan Gosling in the hope of converting me. It developed into somewhat of a group discussion but to no avail on my part. I couldn't - and still can't - see the attraction there. Judging by their responses, my reaction was bordering on blasphemous. None of the obvious male crushes women fantasise about really do it for me. Apart from Joseph Gordon Levitt - he can really work a waistcoat.

My crush? Jon Kortajerna. Most of you probably won't recognise the name, but you may recognise him from this Next advert a few years back. I can never get bored of this ad - it makes me want to run away to Paris.

Jon is a male model of Spanish descent and he's fronted some of the biggest advertising campaigns in the world including Versace, Pepe Jeans, Guess and Armarni.

All images perved upon found on Pinterest

Such a beautiful boy.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Monday, 22 July 2013

Food for the soul

Half tanned and half sun burnt, I have touched back on British soil once again. I'm currently going through my holiday pics which is rubbing salt in the wound for my post-holiday blues!

My next few posts will be Gran Canaria orientated and will include:
  
  • Canarian food
  • Generic holiday pics
  • Hotel review and pics

... and all being well, a video or two.

I tried Half Board for the first time and the food was soooo good, I felt it deserved its own post. Tables and tables piled high with food; there was a great assortment of cheeses, cold cuts of meat, hors d'oeuvres, hot dishes, fruit, desserts, plus two chefs on hand to cook meat / fish to order. But admirably hardly any repeats - always variety:




Sushi, asparagus, prawns, duck cooked two ways, cucumber salad



Hello dessert table!



Strawberry sponge roulade, strawberries 'n' cream, weird brownie



Tuscan potatoes, steak, pumpkin roasted in cinnamon, cod,
aubergine, olives, mushrooms. Canarian potatoes with sauce


Smoked salmon, king prawns, langoustines, mussels, aubergine


Beetroot, steak, mushrooms with garlic and almonds,
noodle paella, breaded mozzarella sticks, battered cod


Chocolate mousse / cream with various biscuits


Mixed bean salad, octopus, smoked salmon, beetroot, mini quiche


Paella, green beans, broccoli, squid, tuna steak, octopus 


Blackberry mousse


Asparagus, smoked salmon, prawns, olives, mini baked potato with roe


Asparagus, steak, mushrooms, onion rings, salmon served 2 ways,
confit duck with berries, mini baked potato with roe on top


Always really pretty desserts


Chocolate fountain night!


 The result...


And pineapple too on days they had


Aubergine, beetroot, mushroom and sausage stew,
chickpeas, king prawns with alioli


I returned from holiday glad that it was the suitcase that had to adhere to a weight allowance - not me! With all the food consumed this holiday, I definitely would've gone over the limit!

So worth it.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

See you soon!

This is a scheduled post as I'm currently in the Canary Islands! When I first saw pictures of this particular hotel / resort, I knew it was The One:



2013 has personally been a tough year for me so far. With a health scare earlier this year, it's made me all the more grateful for the little things. I have this new found hunger for life and now I no longer sweat the small stuff - because life is too short for that. So a relaxing beach holiday was definitely on the cards this year. 

Pictures and reviews when I'm back

See you soon! X

Saturday, 6 July 2013

CALL IT SPRING

With just mere days left before holiday, last minute preparations are well under way. Euros, travel insurance and airport parking all sorted. Now all that's left is some last minute holiday shopping. I hadn't been in Call it Spring before but one lunch time I found the perfect pair of summer sandals in the sale:




Their jewellery section isn't half bad either:




My shopping total? £30

Not bad, huh?

Have you ever bought anything from Call it Spring?