29 September 2014

Primark Printed Kimono Top - Autumn 2014

what i’m wearing: Primark printed kimono top // Topshop Joni jeans // River Island bag // Zara heels // Topshop chain necklace

I’ve always loved the look of kimonos and how easy it is to style a kimono to update a daily look. From casual wear with skinny jeans and heels, to wearing a kimono style top over a skater dress with a cinched waist – this item can suit every body shape.

I picked up this kimono style top from Primarks new collection and I have already worn it to work, for drinks and just casual chill time. I love how easy it is to style and the monochrome pattern goes with any colour – I’m loving it with my blue skinny Joni jeans from Topshop.
I have to say I’m really impressed with Primarks current collection. I think I spotted some other kimonos in the same style, but with a different pattern and you better believe I am coming back to get some more.

This is definitely not the last time you see this printed kimono top on my blog – I have already styled it with a leather look dress which I’m excited to share with you! 



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25 September 2014

In The Kitchen: Homemade Pizza

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easy pizza recipe, UK lifestyle blog

One of my favourite things to cook at home is an easy home made pizza - especially when there are a few of us gathered for dinner. Once you know how to do make pizza at home, it's such a fun and quick process! I like to set up a little DIY pizza station where everyone can pick what toppings they'd like. I have taken the dough recipe from the Jamie Oliver website - it's quick, simple and just delicious!

What you'll need (makes 3 large pizzas):

For the dough:

500g white bread flour

Half a teaspoon fine sea salt

7g dried yeast sachet

Teaspoon of caster sugar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the the paste:

Half a packet of passata

1 teaspoon tomato puree

1 garlic clove

A handful of fresh basil

For the topping:

Anything you'd like!

My favourites include mushrooms, olives, mozarella, ham and anchovies

To make the dough, mix the salt and flour in a bowl, and mix the olive oil, yeast, sugar and water in a separate bowl. Make a well with the flour mix and slowly tip in the yeast mix, folding the dough as you go along. Knead the dough mixture until it is stingy, roll into a ball which you then need to place back into a bowl dusted with flour. Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for about an hour

Whilst the dough is rising, mix you passata ingredients in a pan and cook on low heat for around 20 minutes - this gives all the ingredients to infuse and mix together, whilst making the paste slightly thicker.

Once your dough has risen, divide it into three equal balls and roll out into pizza bases. Cover the base with your homemade pizza paste and pile on the topping of your choice. Place in a preheated over at 220c and cook until the cheese has melted and your base looks golden.

I love to add a little bit of rocket, Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil on top of my pizzas and enjoy!


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24 September 2014

Autumn fashion: leather look skater skirt

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what i'm wearing: knitwear New Look // skirt New Look // scarf Inherited Grace Vintage * // shoe boots Topshop

I finally dug out my faux leather look skater skirt from out of my wardrobe to style it with some pretty heavy Autumn pieces – by heavy I mean colour-wise and also I have finally chucked on a sweater today. The mornings are getting colder, it’s getting harder to get out of bed and I just want to be cosy. This in turn makes me sleepy. I think I need to reconsider my morning strategy there. Anyway, back to style – I tried to brighten this outfit up a little with a printed vintage scarf which is an easy way of updating any look and giving it more depth and “personality”.

I’m sorry the photos aren’t to the best quality – I’ve been getting home late and not having time to shoot whilst the sun is out so I’ve tried to take some photos in the morning but I just don’t think the light is quite right. That’s something else I need to reconsider. Any tips for taking blog photos in the Autumn light my lovelies? 



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23 September 2014

Primark Coat Autumn / Winter 2014

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what i'm wearing: coat Primark // jeans Topshop (Joni jeans) // wool mix t-shirt Primark // leather sneakers Converse // bag Chanel

This morning when I got out of bed, the weather looked so cold and miserable that I decided to wear my coat for the first time this Autumn. With all the fog and the low temperature my phone predicted, I just wanted to be cosy! This coat is a current season Primark item and it’s so cute and warm and comfortable – and it’s £25. Like whaaaat? I think I’ll be going back there to pick up a couple of other coats for such a bargain price! This time I styled it casually with a pair of Joni jeans and a pair of leather converse, but this coat will look mega cute with a skate style skirt or dress and some ankle boots!

Primark currently have some really cute stuff and their collections have been featured in so many style magazines and websites – for such a bargain price, it’s worth a visit!



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22 September 2014

WIN! A £50 voucher to spend in a HomeSense store

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I’ve got some very exciting news: last week I was contacted by a PR agency who told me about the opening of a new HomeSense store in the city of Salisbury. For those of you who aren’t familiar with HomeSense, it is a sister company of TK Maxx who deal exclusively with interiors and homeware. I absolutely LOVE the home section of TK Maxx and I don’t think I have ever left without buying something like a pan, or some herbs, or a storage box. Everything is just so beautiful and quirky!

So, as the Salisbury HomeSense store is launching so close to me I have been asked to be the HomeSense ambassador for Hampshire! This is such exciting news for me and I can’t wait to bring you exciting contend on Autumn home trends - keep an eye on FashionFake for the next couple of weeks.

In celebration of the Salisbury HomeSense store launch which is happening on the 25th September, HomeSense is giving away a £50 voucher to one of my lucky readers to be spent in store! All you've got to do is tell me what country or city inspires your home style? You can also get an extra entering point by following me on Twitter ;)

I will be picking a winner at random on the 25th September, so make sure you leave your e-mail address in the comments for me to contact you!

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19 September 2014

Heritage Style.

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what i'm wearing: Topshop dress // H&M jacket (from my friend) // Topshop boots // River Island scarf

There's nothing more I love than a good heritage style outfit. I love browns, creams,
navy colours paired with reds, greens and golds. This is very much a polished countryfied look, and the jacket just makes it for me. I got this jacket off my friend and it's been a staple in my wardrobe ever since.

Autumn is my favourite time to get dressed up in browns and layer up all sorts of patterns. I love the look of this printed red scarf with neutral colours, it makes the outfit really stand out and also keeps my neck warm. Because I've got quite a lot going on in the patterns department, I did't want to accessorise this outfit too much so I've just got some studs in my ears and I could probably do with a bracelet for some added sparkle.


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18 September 2014

Tartan Tart.

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what i'm wearing: French Connection tartan wool mix dress (old) // grey top Primark // leather boots Topshop // chain necklace Topshop

The dress I am wearing in this post is mega old! I bought it a few years ago, and I've got to say I haven't worn it that much. I love this dress but I think I wasn't quite sure how to best wear it, and I've styled it for a casual look which can be worn day or night.

The top underneath the dress keeps me cosy through the day which is what I need in the colder months - I freeze too quickly and forever have colds. This is a great look to wear to the office, or college or uni. I just love tartan because I think it's such a classic Autumn/Winter staple, especially when there's tartan and will involved. Scarves, socks, dresses - I'm a sucker for the pattern. It also naturally reminds me of Scotland which is one of my favourite places to be in the Winter. Also being a country girl, my house is filled with tartan throws and pillows which just feeds my obsession with the pattern.

Can you tell I had fun styling this tartan get up? :)


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17 September 2014

Pretty in Leather.

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what i'm wearing: New Look mustard shirt // H&M faux leather dress // Topshop boots // Rock 'n Rose collar

It looks like leather is not going anywhere this Autumn/Winter as I have spotted some amazing faux leather items from shops such as Zara (my absolute fave!) and I'm really excited to carry on styling up my H&M skater dress this season. I love leather dresses as they're really versatile and easy to wear, you've just got to pick the right one for you shape. I like how feminine and fun the skater skirt makes an outfit look, and it can be worn as a 'skirt' by putting a chunky knit jumper over it. As it's still warm out, I've paired the dress with a mustard colour shirt which is great to wear to the office. 
On a casual day, I'll be wearing this dress with a t-shirt and a chunky collar necklace - and I'm loving the dress with opaque tights and black heels for a glam evening look. 

Leather is easy to wear, but if you're not up for a full on leather dress, why not try a faux leather skirt or a t-shirt? 


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16 September 2014

In The Kitchen: Celeriac and Pork Chops

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Celeriac is such a funny looking vegetable - those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that Liam got me one as a little 'present' on Sunday because it looked like something you'd see on Harry Potter! I've never cooked celeriac, and never really tasted it on it's own but rather in soups or casseroles, so I was very excited to try it out. I read quite a lot of cookbooks, so I just picked the flavours my favourite chefs said go well together and used a bit of imagination: et voila! Here is my recipe for pork chops with sautéed celeriac and a cream of mushroom sauce.

What you'll need (for 2):
2 pork chops
1 medium size celeriac
1 medium size seasonal squash
A bunch of fresh thyme
Half a lemon
Closed cup (or chestnut) mushrooms
Sprig of rosemary
Double cream
Fresh parsley
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cover the pork chops in a little olive oil and season to taste - leave to stand whilst you get on with the root vegetables. Peel the celeriac and squash (good luck, this process takes almost as much time as the cooking itself!) and cut into cubes. I found that cutting them was best with a cleaver, but please be careful and don't chop your fingers off. In a sautéing pan, heat up a splash of olive oil and throw in finely chopped fresh thyme, followed by the juice of one lemon. Immediately drop in the celeriac and squash cubes - be careful not to splash hot oil on yourself. Reduce the heat to medium and cover with a lid, cook for  approximately 20 minutes but keep moving the veg around to ensure it doesn't burn. The celeriac and squash is ready once it's soft.

As soon as you start the veg, heat up the grill and place the pork chops underneath. These will cook for about 20 minutes also, just make sure to turn them around half way through! Now we can get on with the final part: the mushroom sauce. This will take abut 10 minutes, so you can squeeze in a cup of tea before starting!

In a pan, heat up some olive oil and drop in the mushrooms. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add in some of the drippings from the pork chops, and cook for another two minutes. Add in the cream, just enough to cover the mushrooms, then follow up with a sprig of fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Cook this on a low heat, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.

In about 20-25 minutes, the whole meal will start to come together. The veg will be soft and delicious, the pork chops golden and tasty and the tantalising sauce to tie the meal together. I serve this with a little side salad and it makes for a delicious meal, and celeriac and squash are currently in season so you know you're getting quality food filled with vitamins and nutrients in you!

Are you going to try this recipe? If so, let me know how it goes!


 

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15 September 2014

Autumn Monochrome.

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what i'm wearing: Topshop Unique shirt dress // Topshop boots // ASOS collar // H&M gillet 

Monochrome never goes out of style and it's one of my favourite styles, which is why this outfit is one of my favourites. The items I'm wearing here are actually all last years, or even older! But that's the point I'm trying to make, that if you buy monochrome pieces, white or black, these pieces will stay with you for a long time. Opt for classic styles, such as a shirt dress, ankle boots, leather jackets which will stick around for a number of years.

If you're more into colours, then you can always add colour to an outfit like this through accessories or even add a pair of bright boots! I love the chunky boots trend which makes fashionable footwear comfortable. I say that, but these boots are actually quite heavy on my feet. Except for flats and wedges, I have only ever found one pair of heels comfortable and they were New Look chunky heeled boots I bought in 2012. I loved them and wore them to death, until they started falling apart and I had no choose but to give them up. There's a little boot story for you, and I hope you enjoyed my monochrome look!


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12 September 2014

At Home in Dickens & Jones.

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House of Fraser, Dickens & Jones, fashion blog, UK fashion blog, FashionFake
what i'm wearing: Dickens & Jones dress* // River Island shoes (old)
home items: IKEA trolley, plant and plant pot, container jars // various plates and bowls collected over the years

It's been nearly a month since me and Liam moved into our new home and we're slowly making the place look mega cute! Naturally, we started working on the kitchen and dining area first because the kitchen is the heart of the home - especially when there's yummy food on the go! I spotted the kitchen trolley in IKEA and we just had to have it! It makes any kitchen look mega cute, and if you're into colours you can easily sand it down and paint it. Do you guys wanna know what was the first thing we filled the cupboards with was? Sauce. Every sauce you can imagine, mainly chilli sauce. We have everything from mild to Naga chilli sauce - our proud collection. Get yo spice on!

The dress I'm wearing in this post was kindly sent to me by House of Fraser, and it belongs to their range of Dickens & Jones dresses. It's such a beautiful and most importantly comfortable dress and I absolutely love it! The best thing about this dress is that I don't think it needs a lot of accessorising - a pair of pretty stud earrings, or a classic and simple bracelet will do. I chose to contrast it with a pair of bling shoes - I bought them ages ago and haven't really worn them, but I think the print, pastel colour and a bit of shine works great with the dress.

I'm excited to carry on making our home pretty and cosy, which is is already! But there is always an excuse for buying more exciting home accessories, isn't there?


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