27 September 2016

Hello Dalry Rose Blog!

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In life, everything starts off small: a plant starts with a teeny seed and blooms into a gorgeous flower; we are born tiny and then we grow into big, strong, clever humans; a small idea blossoms into a plan that changes the world. This process of growing up is all about change - think of a caterpillar and a butterfly, they even have different names and totally different looks but are connected by development and evolution. Why am I writing about this? Because I want to introduce you to an evolved, grown up FashionFake - please say hello to Dalry Rose Blog.

I have been plotting a rebrand for a while now, I feel like I outgrew the name FashionFake some time ago and I really wanted my blog name to resonate with what I write and what I am. FashionFake was all about high fashion, extreme styling and city vibes. Dalry Rose is all about wearable fashion, high street bargain finds, cosy dinners and countryside walks in Hampshire. Which is me in a nutshell!

I stared a blog 5 years ago and those 5 years have been the most inspirational, fun, exciting and have taught me so much. They have also taken me on adventures and given me opportunities which I have never had before. It has given me the opportunity to work with some incredible companies, build a portfolio of social media clients, attend events packed with A-listers and start a career in personal styling which is something I've always wanted to do. So yes, I have my blog to thank for all of that - but let's not veer off the main purpose of this post which is to get you familiar with Dalry Rose Blog and what to expect in the future.

I will still write about fashion and lifestyle: bring you more outfits posts which focus on affordable pieces and every day wear; carry on with In The Kitchen series where I tell you all about my recipes which are super delicious and easy to make; bring you lifestyle updates and things to do in the UK; and also tips and tricks on digital media management for other bloggers/ local businesses. I guess I just wanted you guys to know what's happening so you don't look at your social media feeds and go 'WHO THE HELL IS THIS?!' and unfollow - then we just lose contact!

Dalry Rose Blog is me, Lana Suhova, and my content will be along the same lines - but better. I'm really excited for the next few months during which I am working with photographers, videographers and other super talented people to improve content on my blog. I hope you are too!

Please leave me comments and feedback on what you think about the new blog name - I'd love to know! And also, if you would like to see a post about how to rebrand your blog on Blogger (it is a HEADACHE to say the least), let me know and I'll get cracking!

PS: a special shout out to Anna at Pinodesk who again helped me with the illustration - check her out because she is so talented and I cannot recommend her to you enough!

With love,

Lana
(aka Dalry Rose Blog)
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26 September 2016

What is hygge?

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You may - in fact you probably have - heard of the new 'it' word floating about: hygge. I first came across it when I opened Instagram and saw my feed taken over by bloggers and friends posting photos with candles, hot chocolates and The Little Book if Hygge. But what exactly is hygge? And most importantly: how on earth do you say hygge?

I bought The Little Book of Hygge because it resonates with me: I lived in Denmark when I was a child and only have the most fond memories of the country, people and their way of life. I also love cosy atmospheres, candles are my favourite and warm blankets are a must the moment our evenings begin to shorten. Do I paint a picture yet? And what better reading a book about cosiness, with a hot chocolate, snuggled up under atmospheric lighting - the first chapter in the book.


Denmark has consistently come up top in research results when it comes to happiness - but as the Danish themselves will admit, it's not like the country is without its stressed: high tax rates, lack of sunlight, freezing winters... But what is it that makes them so happy? Basically it's their way of dealing with things - and this is exactly what The Little Book of Hygge is about, learning how to make a cosy life that is a haven away from the stress, the cold and the dark. As someone who gets SAD the moment I'm left without sunshine (which is A LOT when you live in the UK), this book felt like my rescue.

I think I've been hyggeligging my house for years: candles, lamps and cosy throws and pillows have graced my living room since I moved into my first house. To me, that is total relaxation and cosiness - which equates to hygge. Homemade bread baking in the oven; close friends and family coming over for an evening filled with wine and cheese - that equates to hygge. Sunday morning walks in the countryside woodlands followed by a roast dinner which I like to cook in my old wooly socks - that is hygge. And a log cabin located in the Scottish highlands, with a fire going, and a cup of tea (or glass of wine) nestled in my hands whilst I watch the fog outside - that is my hygge.

Every individual will have their own ways of getting their hygge on - my understanding that it's the feeling of inner warmth, and safe and calmness from the troubles which the world around us presents. It's a state of mind, as well as surrounding. It's taking the simple pleasures in life and really enjoying them - don't just down the wine but really enjoy the taste; don't scoff the chocolate whilst you're running to an appointment - take the time to indulge when you sit down; be in the moment.

THINGS THAT KEEP MY HYGGE ON:


I would highly recommend the book to anyone who does suffer from SAD, or stress, or just wants to make their home and their lives a little more cosy - chapters talk about lighting, food, occasions, lifestyle and of course how to pronounce hygge. Which by the way is like hoo-ga - or as close as you can get! 

How do you get your hygge on? Leave me a comment with your thoughts and ideas for inspiration! 
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22 September 2016

Places To Visit: Lulworth Cove

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21 September 2016

Organic Beauty Week 2016: Skincare Routine

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20 September 2016

What to Wear to London Fashion Week

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As London Fashion Week comes to a close, it's only right to share with you my thoughts on what happens on the day, and also give some guidance as to what to wear for anyone who's been invited to join in to the fashion festivities.
This is my third London Fashion Week and I have trialled (and errored!) a few outfits which make me think I can finally pass knowledge on to first time goers.

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what to wear for London Fashion Week, fashion bloggers UK, fashion blog

The first LFW event I attended, I really wanted to make an impression. So I went all glammed up in a black crop top, boots super high heels, and embellished hat (like the G that I obviously am...). First things first - I was roasting inside because of the hat and all the weight of the embellishment. Secondly my feet were demolished from the standing and walking. Worst of all? I didn't feel comfortable, or myself, at all. Rookie mistake because I spent more time worrying what everyone thought of me, rather than enjoying myself and soaking it all in.

My second LFW, I honestly cannot even remember. It may have been a t-shirt and jeans. It may have been a dress with a nice updo. What I do remember is the madness of being in the front row of photographers and journalists taking pictures of the newcomers show (read about it here) after a whole day of events, followed by an after party. It was sweaty, messy and packed. But, my pictures from the show were pretty awesome.

Third time lucky - an effortless combination of a vintage oversized blazer, boyfriend shirt, ripped jeans all glammed up with a chunky gold necklace, costume earrings and a feather bag, I felt and looked better than ever. I wore heeled sandals which I survived in for a good 6 hours - and then I gave up so I switched shoes with my friend Heidi who had to buy a new pair because her flats were hurting more than my heels! This gives you an idea of how much we walked for - hopefully?!

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what to wear for London Fashion Week, fashion bloggers UK, fashion blog
what to wear for London Fashion Week, fashion bloggers UK, fashion blog
what to wear for London Fashion Week, fashion bloggers UK, fashion blog

London Fashion Week is always good fun - as well as the big designer catwalks, there are newcomer displays, events and parties happening all day and night. Your outfit needs to be prepared for that. Which is why I think smart casual is the way to go! Take flat shoes - always. Flip flops or those shoes that you can fold up in your bag are a must! A roomy bag that can hold all your necessities: camera, business cards, note pad, pen and a bottle of water. Plasters - don't forget those!

Be prepared to walk into a room full of celebrities and/or models without expecting it. I have now attended countless events where there has been no information on the invite about dress code or what to expect, and have chatted to celebs whilst looking like I'd come back from the battlefield. Top tip - concealer, powder and lipstick are your best friends throughout the day.

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The same rules apply for any day long event you go to: dress up a casual comfortable outfit that YOU feel comfortable in; take flat shoes in your bag; don't forget the essentials tough up products; and most importantly - have fun!

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Places To Visit: Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight is located on the South Coast of England, and just so happens to be down the road from where we live – which is why it’s so appalling that we have never visited the island before.  A small island full of natural beauty and hidden gems, it’s easily accessible by ferry (it takes about an hour from Southampton/Portsmouth) and makes the perfect day out, as well as a family holiday.

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I am an anxious traveller to say the least, which is why I have decided to start small after developing crippling anxiety. This trip was perfect for me to get the taste of exploring new lands, and push me out of my comfort zone enough to catch that ‘travel bug’.  I took my car and picked up my travel buddy Heidi to make our way to the ferry from Portsmouth to East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Our journey was pleasant, exciting and without any fuss. The ferry is packed with cafes to keep you going for the hour journey – and dogs are welcome on the ferry if you want to bring your pooch!

When we arrived in Cowes it was super overcast – with fog across the island. Spoiler alert: the weather cleared up pretty snappish and we spent the rest of the day basking in glorious sunshine!

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Our first destination was Whitecliff Bay – a quiet cove on the East side of the island with nothing but a couple of cafĂ©/bars serving cups of tea and snacks. Whitecliff Bay is beautiful and peaceful – without many other souls in sight. The perfect place to grab a picnic basket and settle down for a day/evening of relaxing and catching up with friends. You can also explore the bay and walk along the beach to see where the seaside takes you.

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Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers
Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers


We then absolutely had to visit the Isle of Wight DonkeySanctuary. About half an hour drive from Whitecliff Bay, the donkey sactuary is home to 90 donkeys, ponies and horses all which have been rescued by the lovely people running the site. The donkeys come from different backgrounds: some have been abandoned, whilst done donated because their owners couldn't look after them. 
The animals in the sanctuary are lovely, beautiful and gentle - this is a great place to bring your kids and teach them about animals, OR take a donkey out for a walk! It's free to enter, but if you have a heart and are a genuinely nice person then you will donate whatever you can at the door. 

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Isle of Wight, Shanklin Chine, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers
Isle of Wight, Shanklin Chine, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers
Isle of Wight, Shanklin Chine, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers

We finished the trip with a visit to Shanklin Chine - a Jurassic walk filled with waterfalls, plants with leaves taller than a grown man and the most stunning views of the beach. We finished the walk, and wondered right onto the beach where we found Fishermans Cottage - a local beach pub with friendly service and delicious grub. There really is little better than an ice cold beer whilst staring out into the ocean! 

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Isle of Wight, Shanklin Chine, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers
Isle of Wight, Shanklin Chine, things to do on Isle of Wight, travel blogs UK, UK lifestyle bloggers

Isle of Wight has pleasantly surprised both Heidi and I - and we will most definitely be back to explore more of the island. For a relaxed weekend away, or a family trip - Isle of Wight is calling.

MY SUMMER DAY TRIP ESSENTIALS:

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19 September 2016

Everyday Leather Jacket

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5 September 2016

In The Kitchen: Pigeon On Toast

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After discovering just how amazing a local butcher can be, I have been trialling new recipes and new meats that I haven't stumbled across before, except in restaurants and eateries. A little while back, I picked up some wood pigeons from my butcher, and found a super easy and quick recipe to give a go at home.
I haven't tried pigeon before, but have always been intrigued as I love game tastes - pigeon has a subtle game taste and when cooked correctly the meat is tender and soft. I know the preconception on pigeons being the flying rats of the world - but trust me, what you serve at the dinner table is very different from the manky pigeon you see with a gammy leg and patches of missing feathers. Hungry yet? Well, if you can get past that image - scroll down for the recipe!

Adapted from BBC Good Food recipe.

Ingredients (serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a meal):

4 oven-ready wood pigeons (these ones were pretty small!)
Selection of herbs such as thyme, sage & rosemary
6 garlic cloves
2 tbsp of olive oil
25g of butter
4 thick slices sourdough bread - I love picking up fresh bread from bakeries, but Tesco do a delicious loaf of sourdough too!
150ml red wine - I love a nice dry red wine, like a Merlot

MY KITCHEN MUST HAVES:

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Heat your oven to 220C. Whilst that's getting ready, season the pigeons with salt and pepper, and stuff them with the thyme, sage and rosemary (leaving some herbs to place around the birds). Crush the garlic and place one clove in each pigeon.

Heat the oil and butter in a shallow, ovenproof pan. You will need to spend about 5-6 minutes browning the the birds on all their sides.

Remove the pigeons from the pan and fry your sourdough bread slices on one side until crispy and golden - you can add more butter if you need to.

Once you're happy with the bread, and the pigeons had some time to rest place the pigeons on each slice of bread. Scatter the remaining sage, rosemary, thyme and garlic into the pan (brilliant one pot dish!!). Finish the set up by pouring the red wine over the birds, so it sinks down into the pan.

Finally, put the pan with all of its delicious goodness into your preheated oven for 20 mins. When the birds have crispied up and soaked up the wine and herb juices, remove the pan and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Your end result is a delicious, one pot drunken pigeon dish - enjoy after a long walk in the countryside!

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