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    Flat shoes for the festive season

    One thing I LOVE about the festive season is how everybody seems to come together and agree that this is the season you make a little effort when it comes to the parties. This is the season to bring your A Game.  It’s one of the tings about this season I adore the most. Nice shirts, sparkling dresses, beautiful shoes, heavy fabrics, champagne flowing and Christmas songs pumping out of the stereo, enveloping you like a warm hug.

    The one thing I don’t love so much during this season is walking home from a Christmas party, in the cold, in heels. Like is it just me, or do all girls turn into some from of deformed zombie on their walk home?  Oh maybe that is just me.. Self highfive! So I have made it my mission to find flat shoes that can take you from the office, to Friday drinks in 0 point split seconds and will easily let you dance your heart out way in the early hours of Saturday mornings or even Sunday mornings! And ones that are priced in way you might even find them underneath the xmas tree 😉

    Not gonna lie, I have already clicked a few of these home… Dont judge me! Christmas comes early to girls how cant wait..

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    1.Dune
    2. Asos
    3. Dune
    4. Asos
    5. Asos
    6. Asos
    7.Asos
    8. Zara
    9.Asos
    10.Kurt Geiger

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Food, Tip

    Spicy fake thai noodles

    Wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Look no further babes, I’ve got you sorted!

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    I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted a good ol’ recipe and when I saw this guy kept popping up on my Pinterest, I took it as a sign from the shoe gods – I mean food gods, that I just had to try it! And I’m so so so glad i did! It also gave me a babin’ opportunity to whip out my pantone chop sticks! Cause I’m cool like that yo!

    Originally posted by Domestic Superhero here. It’s a GREAT addition to the recipe collection before the festive season, just incase you need a christmas food break 🙂 and nothing beats a little heat on those chilly winter nights!

    The original calls for eggs, and is one of those one pot recipes, but I have changed it a little to cater more to my tastebuds/life style. What’s so great about this recipe is that it mostly contain things you already have in cupboard, or maybe thats just us? Cause we are obsessed with food…. No YOURE an inner fat kid.

    So you need

    1 pound (or 500 grams) spaghetti

    2 TBS olive oil, divided

    1 zucchini, cut in half vertically, then sliced in half circles

    8 ounces (or 240 grams) mushroom, chopped

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    2 TBS Sukrin Gold (or brown sugar)

    1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

    2 TBS Sriracha hot sauce (this is A LOT of spice, tone it down if you don’t like spicy)

    2 inches (or 5cm or length of your thumb) fresh ginger, grated

    1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped

    4 green onions, chopped

    1/4 cup cashews, chopped

    What you need to do

    1. In a large stock pot, fill halfway with water, salt, and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

    2. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, and ginger; whisk well to combine; set aside.

    4. Return large stock pot to stove, heat remaining 1 TBS oil over medium heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes or until veggies are cooked through.

    5. Turn heat down to low, add pasta back to pot, then pour the sauce mixture over the top. Using a wooden spoon, stir well to coat pasta and vegetables with sauce. Remove from heat, add cashews, green onions, and cilantro; stir to combine.

    6. Serve immediately.

     

    This works great warm or cold, and you can add protein such as shrimp and chicken, cook separately and add towards the end after veggies.

    There you go – Tuesday nights are officially sorted!

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    Fashion, Shopping, Tip

    ASOS Sale bargain

    I feel like I am repeating myself when I say this but I love a good sale. Just call me Bargain Yasmine but nothing beats the joy of finding that perfect item at a reduced price. Allowing you to buy even more stuff in the long run! That’s my shopping logic btw, don’t ruin it.

    Right now there are a ton of sales on, I really recommend the RiverIsland and the ASOS sale this season, with so many lovely pieces at a reduced price my fingers are getting a little tingly. I could buy them all! I won’t, because I have severe lack of space and the boyf will kill me but I probably will because I have no self-control and you know, bargains and saving money in the long run. A very wise woman (my mother) once told me that if you really wanna win at sales you should pick key items, with expensive fabric that you probably wouldnt buy full price. So when I came across this skirt I got a little over the top excited. I have a soft spot for A-line skirts, popper fronts and tan suede. And its on sale! Like hello, meant to be much? Anyway, I realize that they only have one size left so sorry about that… but Ive attached some that are similar for you to peruse over.

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    You can buy the skirt here in the one size they have left or similar ones here and here aaaaand here

    Fashion, Halloween, Tip

    Whats for Halloween this year?

    Today I did something that makes me feel incredibly grown up. Today I bought a glue gun. I don’t know why, but owning a glue gun to me just symbolizes adulthood. And why you might ask am I buying a glue gun? For Halloween of course! 🙂 Each year (sans last year) I try to make my costume from scratch, inspired by costumes people have posted on Pinterest. Over the years I have been Tom Cruise from Risky Business, the twitter bird logo and a scary tooth fairy just to name a few!

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    And this year is no different! It takes time to make a decent Halloween costume. Lots of planning and trial and error go into making a costume from scratch. Thankfully the BRILLIANT ladies at Golin PR and Cadburys sent me over some Halloween Treats to munch on while I get my glue gun action on. I absolutely fell in love with the Ghooost Egg, it was torture having to patiently photograph these before I could stuff my face. The Cadbury Crunchy Spiders are perfect to decorate a Halloween dinner table with. You could even decorate your house with some fake cobwebs and add a little chocolate treat to them or you know, you could just eat them…And like, Heroes? More like heroes for my mouth. I dont understand why the bag says family bag though. Im blatantly not sharing, and certainly not with my family. They can go get their own chocolate.

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    Food, Tip

    [Seriously] good brownies

    Guys, I don’t know if you know this but it’s Chocolate Week! Yup, no lies. A whole freaking week dedicated to deliciousness that is chocolate. I’m really gutted I just found out. I feel like I have massively missed out on something super important. Like FashionWeek, but for Chocolate. White, dark, milk, powder, chunks, chips,  bites, bits, drops, or melted. We do not discriminate against chocolate. Not even chocolate that includes mayonnaise.

    I’m a super chocolate fan, I’m pretty sure it runs in my blood, my mom has always been a huge chocolate fan. White, dark, milk, powder, chunks, chips,  bites, bits, drops, or melted. We do not discriminate against chocolate. I don’t even discriminate against chocolate that includes mayonnaise. Yeah you read right, chocolate that includes mayonnaise. (Because y’all know I am a huge mayo fan too so that helps)

     

    Created by Super Golden Bakes, I just had to share these with you! 🙂  I am not gonna lie, they are probably the best brownies I have ever tried. I had the pleasure of enjoying a spoonful at the Heinz Seriously Good Event, and the first thing I did when I got home was to whip up my own batch. I took them to work and they went down like a treat. Even the boyf when a bit brownie crazy and he doesn’t have sweet tooth.. Or so he claims…

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    SERIOUSLY GOOD CHOCOLATE-FROSTED BLACK FOREST BROWNIES (Super Golden Bakes)

    Makes about 30 big squares or 50-60 small cubes

    Ingredients

    200g | 7oz Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise

    200g | 7oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped small

    300g |10.5oz soft light brown sugar (make sure it’s free of lumps)

    125g | 4.4oz plain (all purpose) flour

    100g | 3.5oz candied cherries, halved

    60g | 2oz cocoa powder

    2 large eggs

    2-3 tbsp cherry brandy (optional)

     

    For the glaze

    100g | 3.5oz dark chocolate, chopped small

    100ml | 3.4fl oz double cream

    2 tbsp runny honey

    extra shaved chocolate to decorate, optional

     

    Method

    Preheat the oven to 180C | 350F. Line a 18cm (7in) square brownie pan with baking paper, letting it hang over the edges.

    Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Allow the chocolate to slowly melt, stirring it from time to time. Set aside.

    Put the eggs and sugar in large bowl and whisk vigorously until frothy.

    Whisk the mayonnaise and cherry brandy into the eggs and then add to the melted chocolate. Mix together until smooth.

    Sift the flour and cocoa into the chocolate and mix together until the batter is smooth. Fold in the chopped cherries.

    Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 28-30 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the tin then lift out using the baking paper.

    Put the chocolate for the glaze into a bowl. Put the cream and honey into a small pot and heat until small bubbles appear around the edge of the pot – do not allow to boil. Pour over the chocolate, leave to stand for 2 minutes, then use a balloon whisk to slowly stir until the chocolate is completely melted, glossy and smooth.

    Spread the chocolate glaze over the cooled brownies and top with chocolate shavings (use a potato peeler on a bar of chocolate to create those or use store-bought).  Set aside until the glaze is set and then carefully slice into small cubes.

     

    And voila! Seriously good brownies! 🙂 Would you eat brownies with mayo? Id love to hear if you try the recipe!

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    Food, Tip

    Seriously good comfort food

    Chunky knits, candle light. Snuggly blankets and comfort food. Hello Fall, Hello Winter. I’ve been expecting you and so has Heinz.

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    You might remember this post, when I headed to the Heinz Seriously Good Spoonful event, where they had invited bloggers to come up with their own seriously good meal, using mayo. There was so much tasty food it was unreal. It was heaven for a foodie mayo lover like myself.

    That’s why I am so excited I get to share some of my favorite recipes with you!
    I absolutely fell in love with this spoon, even though I have never been a fan of steak and ale.

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    It might not look like much but its bursting with flavour, with a smooth creamy mash. It’s comfort food from the gods, and I am converted.

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    HEINZ SERIOUSLYGOOD MAYO MASH WITH STEAK AND ALE (The Crafty Larder)

    Makes 2 portions, or many many spoons!

    Prep time: 20m

    Cook time: 1h 0m

    Total time: 1h 20m

     

    Ingredients

    1 onion, diced

    1 carrot, diced

    400g stewing steak, diced

    1 clove garlic, minced

    1 sprig fresh thyme

    250ml ale of your choice

    150ml beef stock

    800g potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

    2tbsp Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise

    A splash milk (optional)

    1tbsp cornflour

     

    Method

    In a large saucepan, fry the onion, carrot, steak and garlic in oil over a medium heat for a few minutes until browned.

    Add the thyme, ale and beef stock and bring to the boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low for 1 hour.

    Around 20 minutes before the steak is ready, put the potatoes on to boil.

    Once cooked, drain the potatoes and mash. Add the mayo and splash of milk and mix well.

    To finish the steak and ale, mix the cornflour with a little cold water then add to the saucepan. Simmer for a minute or two until thickened and luxurious.

    Serve! Feel free to have some green vegetables on the side.

     

    So if you do anything this week, make a seriously good mayo mash with steak and ale dinner to snuggle up with 🙂

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    Hey World!, Lifestyle, Tip

    Things to do in London in October

     

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    As the weather is changing and it’s getting colder I figured it was time to share with you some of the things that are happening in London in the colder months of the year. Starting with the month of October! I don’t know if you have heard, but I LOVE this time of year. Seriously come September 1st I’m all like, ‘when can I layer?’, ‘when can I pull out my chunky knits?’, ‘is it too hot for wooly scarfs?’. I refuse to believe I am not alone, there is so much to look forward to this side of the year. Although I like to think I turn into a little hermit this time of year, this is probably my most social season. I get all tingly just thinking about snuggling up under a blanket on the sofa binging Netflix knowing its cold and dark outside but then there is all the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas related events. The struggle is real.

    For those of you who do go into hermit mode, purely because you are unaware of what the glorious Autumn season has to offer, I have compiled a list. London is ALWAYS booming with stuff to do. Plus it’s been a while since I have done one of these posts. This October you should most certainly check

    Silent Disco at the shard

    Always wanted to out a silent disco? Why not do it at The Shard, 1,000 ft above London in the tallest building in Western Europe with the best views. You pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away! For more info and tickets check out the Shard website here


    Urban Food Fest

    There is always somewhere to eat in London, and there is always a food market to check out. This October its worth checking out  Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch in the Euro Car Parks that has been transformed into an international food party. Dishes are served from food stalls and trucks, offering vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, and pulled pork in brioche buns, just to name a few. There is a fully stocked bar to cater to everybody. Entry is food but the food, of course, is not. Open from noon to midnight, you have 12 hours to eat your heart out. Sometimes even with free cocktails. Check out their website here for more info


    Homemade at Kew

    Ok, Im not gonna lie, I have a little soft spot for Kew Gardens, it might be because I now live locally but they always have fun things on. Right now they have an installation called Homemade at Kew. A craft and design from over 200 exhibitors. Carefully chosen designer present ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, paper, furniture, sculptures and more in the pavilion next to Kew Palace. You can pick up tickets here, which also gives you access to the whole of Kew Gardens!


    London Cocktail Week

    This is one of the tings that makes London great. Every year London celebrates cocktails. For just £10, you get a wristband that entitles you to £5 cocktails in many of the best bars in London.  You can find a new festival hub in Soho, the World Class House, offers retro and futuristic drinking experiences, while Old Spitalfields Market will be LCW party central. So of the festival events include classic cocktails made with vintage booze (1970s negroni, please) at Peg + Patriot, an LA takeover at White Lyan, rooftop gin masterclasses from Fever-Tree and a Patron Cocktail Lab with masterclasses from internationally renowned bartenders. Those are worth planning for! You can find more info about the festival here


    Watch the deer rut in Richmond Park

    Richmond Park  is an ancient deer park, still home to around 300 red deer and 250 fallow deer and apparently marks annual deer rut. The huge red stage and fallow bucks roar, clashing antlers to fight off their rivals to attract females. If you had to the park around dawn and dusk you might be able to observe this display, one of London’s most majestic natural phenomena.

     

    Fashion, Hey World!, Tip

    Tuesday Tips gone wrong

    So over the weekend I did this lovely photoshoot of some new stuff I wanted share with you guys. I uploaded them to my computer, deleted them from my camera and thought no more of it. Until Monday night, when I sat down to edit them ready to post as part of my Tuesday Tips to you guys. Well as you know it is now Wednesday and yesterday showed no Tuesday tip post. Why? Because between the glitch in my brain and my laptop, the pictures vanished into the digital realm of nothingness and I am left rather unimpressed and slightly annoyed. Sod’s law, I also didn’t have a backup this week.. Sometimes even I am surprised over my own stupidity!

    Oh well, maybe next weeks Tuesday tips will happen! Don’t count on it though, we all know me.

    This is by the way my favourite new outfit. Shame I actually cant walk very far in heels any more, and also LOLZ at this pose and this face. Like what is going on? What am I doing? Im obviously failing on more than one level!

    Ill show you more of it later, right now Im off to celebrate the lovely Lauren’s bday. Happy hump day babes!

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    Fashion, London, Tip

    Blog post number 105 and bardot dresses

    Can we just take a moment and appreciate that this is blog post number 105? I mean, A – who would have ever thought I would make it to 105? B – and who would have ever thought I had enough to say to fill, not one but one hundred and five blog posts?! Not me. Who am I kidding, of course me! Have you met me? When do I ever stop talking?

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    This 105 post marks something kinda new for me, embracing the life of a full-time blogger, because what else is there to do while I apply for work? – Anyway, I digress, I had a chance the other week to meet up with a fellow full-time blogger Lauren from Saharasplash for a little outfit shoot. A new experience to be mingling with the big leagues!

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    It also gave me the chance to bring out this absolute bargain of a dress. The bardot style is rather new to me but one I love love love. I mean seriously, who knew shoulders could be so flattering and well sexy? I didn’t!

    IMG_8961 IMG_8973  It’s just a great way to show a little skin, without being vulgar, and boobie. Because that is a thing! It’s so flattering (especially for us boobie girls) you could even get it in a smaller size cause the fabric gives a little.

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    But the best thing about this dress is that it’s only £13!!!! Yes you read right £13! With a price tag like that, even us unemployed losers can afford to treat ourselves once in a while.  Where you might ask? Primark my dear. This sweet little bargain of joy is a such a steal I cant help but smile. Just look at the picture below. You cant fake shit like that.

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    Food, London, Tip

    #AddALittleMagic

    Guys, guess what? IT’S BANKHOLIDAY WEEKEND!
    Hello tan, hello sun, hello booze and most of all, hello all you deliciously sexy BBQ food. Get in my mouth! Seriously in weather like this,what else are long weekends for? As life of unemployment trickles on (do you like how I have basically shoehorned that in, in every blog post for the past 3 weeks? Just incase you had forgotten) I have started to get my days a little mixed up. Every day is a bank holiday to me now and I feel like I can’t really appreciate the gloriousness that is a long weekend. However, I’m not taking this sun for granted so I was super duper happy when Lauren and I had the opportunity to attend a Marinade Masterclass with Golin PR, Heinz, and chef Josh Katz at BERBER & Q Grill House (known for their grilled whole cauliflower head) in East London.

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    Josh Katz (the guy in the yellow hat above) has created some delicious dishes exclusively for Heinz, using Heinz sauces, #addalittlemagic and let me just tell you, my mouth waters just thinking about them. Not only did I get to stuff my face with them, I also got the chance to pick Josh’s brains on his best bbq tips as well as getting a chance to create the meals in a professional kitchen. DREAM COME FREAKIN TRUE for a massive foodie like me. I mean look at these pics, don’t I look like I should be a chef?  YES YES I DO! Also I look totes cute in my Heinz apron.

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    We smoked chicken, we blitzed the broccoli and we chargrilled some spring onions. It was hot, it was intense and it was exciting!

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    #spicerackgoals #spicerackenvy

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    It was a day of discoveries for me like I do not hate salad cream anymore. Which for those of you know me, know this is kinda huge AND get this, I had duck and I liked it. Hell, I LOVED IT. (Wow for a wannabe chef I am surprisingly picky!)

    I also discovered a few new Heinz favorites, like Heinz Peri Peri Sauce, and mustard with honey, AND OMG THE SWEET CHILLI, I just want it in and around my mouth.

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    The food was absoluetly to die for. The chicken wings were finger lickin’ and I am so glad I get to share the recipe with you. So if you do anything this bank holiday weekend it should be making these chicken wings yourself!

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    Heinz Peri Peri & Honey Glazed Smoked Chicken Wings

    For the rub- preferable to rub and marinade the day before

    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne
    ½ tsp Cumin, ground
    1tsp Black Pepper, coarse

    For the marinade


    60ml Heinz Peri-Peri Sauce
    1tbsp Lemon Juice
    10ml Maple Syrup

    For the glaze- combine all together and heat on med/high before using on the wings

    150ml Heinz Peri-Peri Sauce
    90ml Clear Honey
    30ml Lemon Juice
    ½ tsp Black Pepper, coarse

    Method

    Grill the wings skin side up first. You want the grill HOT and you want to make sure you have the glaze ready with brush. You want glaze the wings, flip ’em, glaze ’em again, flip, glaze and then you are done 🙂

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    I left full of inspiration, with a belly full of food and a bag of delicious Heinz Sauces I couldn’t wait to get home and try. Thank you so much to the team at Golin, Berber Q, Josh Katz, and Heinz for such a wonderful  day at the marinade masterclass with Heinz!

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