Friday, 22 July 2016

Guest Post: Less Is More, Minimalist Summer Style Tips

Clean lines, flattering silhouettes, and strategically used colours and patterns are the foundation of most minimalist wardrobes. They also happen to be great picks for summer weather. Choosing billowy clothing versus clingy items will ensure that you stay cool, instead of sticky. And opting for simple pieces during hot temps appears unfussy and chic. Along with summer minimalist style comes several trends to try, and I would recommend incorporating at least one into your rotation this season.

White Hot

Bright-white anything with simple, clean lines would be a great addition to your summer minimalist repertoire. Outfit Trends is really loving plain white-fitted tees tucked into trousers, skinny jeans, or even this year's blast from the past, the bell bottom pant. Choose a high waist to elongate your legs even more and wear them with a pair of chic, chunky heeled sandals and a cross-body handbag. And if you prefer skirts to pants, then rest assured that the white tee is the perfect pairing for just about everything.

The Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is a minimalist closet must-have thanks to its easy feel, look, and simplicity. The materials can vary. Whether you're into denim or prefer a soft Pima cotton, either textile would work well, so long as the patterns are kept to a minimum. If you must have some detail, stick to a horizontal stripe, contrasting thread, or piping. Opt for a high-low style shirt dress, button it all the way up, and wear with a pair of flatforms, your favourite sunglasses, and an austere clutch.

Billowy Blouses

Whether long or short, The Zoe Report reveals that a flowing blouse is a great piece to own for summer. They're breathable, fashion forward, and figure flattering. Plus, if you want to create two looks from one top, throw on a belt around the waist to create an hourglass appearance while still staying true to the minimalist style. For a really easy breezy outfit, pair a blouse style crop top tank, maybe with two rows of very simple ruffles, with fitted trousers for a date night outfit.

Simple Shoes

Slip-ons, flatforms, platforms, mules, and other footwear with clean lines is what the fuss free fashion lover should focus on. Choose shoes with only one or two straps, architectural construction, and neutral hues. Not only will you stay in line with the minimalist style, but you'll get much more wear out of your shoes when they come in black, tan, white, cream, and other colours that won't clash. Lyst is recommending loafer-style sneakers, which I would highly suggest pairing with everything from dresses to shorts to boyfriend jeans this summer.

Austere Accessories

If you're a minimalist at heart, then you know that doesn't actually mean you can't wear accessories. When it comes to putting the finishing touches on an outfit, opt for thinner pieces that look dainty and almost fragile. This could be a simple gold chain necklace with one charm, an armful of skinny silver bangle bracelets, a chic black fedora, or an unadorned leather handbag.

When it comes to minimal summer style, it's okay to skip the bright colours and embellishments in favour of neutral hues and simple silhouettes. No matter what the season, it's important to stay true to your personal style, and adapting to the weather should never be an issue. Stick with flowing pieces, classic cuts, and a modern, architectural vibe for classy and chic warm weather looks.

*With thanks to the lovely Kelly from Lyst for this fab sponsored post!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Gin Explorer

Gin is something I discovered late, I didn't have my first G&T until I was about 25, then quickly realised I was pretty allergic to tonic meaning that I dodged it from then on. But that one weekend of G&Ts really got me hooked on gin and I've loved it ever since, sampling different gins that we can get our hands on, though I'll never be as much of an expert as Emma

So when Gin Explorer got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out a box, I of course said yes, an easy way to broaden our gin horizons! The Gin Explorer subscription is a monthly box of four mini bottles of different gins to explore delivered to your door, along with other treats and vouchers to keep you in steady supply of gin. It's powered by the people who run The Gin Festival so they definitely know their stuff.

I used it as an excuse to host a gin tasting (read: I made lots of fancy drinks and made Joe try them all while he tried to watch the football) because, why not?

Thursday, 30 June 2016

A Stroke of Genius

I'll be honest, this post was originally about my lovely new Kate Spade stationery but instead it's descended into a little bit of a rant about the EU referendum and the prospect of a floundering property market for those of us who are trying to buy our first home. The title was originally from one of the pieces of stationery but works quite nicely as a little bit of irony. But if you do fancy having a look at some lovely stationery, just scroll down to the bottom.

We're in the fun process of buying a house, well, not quite. We're in the process of trying to find a house to buy, but with the recent turmoil that our country has been thrown into we've been left in somewhat of a pickle.

Before the referendum we were in a place to buy, we have our deposit (just about) and we know which area we want to live in, but all of a sudden, everything has been surrounded by a sense of uncertainty. Do we carry on with our search naively assuming house prices won't be affected? Do we wait to see what happens to the housing market and put everything on hold racking up months of potentially unnecessary rent payments? Will renting prices be affected? Or do we sack it all off and move to Stockholm?


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Fit Skin for Life

Alongside the healthy eating and not drinking this month (which to be honest went a little awry around the time of the referendum because comfort eating/drinking was needed), I've been taking extra care of my skin, making sure it's in tip top condition in an attempt to keep my body healthy on the inside and outside. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Homemade Chickpea Flour Pasta Recipe (Gluten Free)

This month we've been mixing up dinner by taking it in turns to make healthy alternatives to our indulgent favourites. It's been such a good way to try out new recipes, get us cooking for each other every night and to discover healthier (but still delicious!) ingredients. And after a little comfort eating blip (I'm blaming the referendum results) over the past couple of days, it's back onto the healthy eating with my favourite recipe from the experimenting so far - homemade chickpea flour pasta with chicken, peas and cream cheese.

We've tried healthy calamari, low carb pizza and stuffed sweet potatoes but this is easily my favourite recipe. I've never made pasta at home before, it's always seemed like a ridiculously hard thing to do and we don't have a pasta maker, but this recipe is so simple that it's nothing to be scared of at all! 

There are quite a few benefits of swapping normal pasta for chickpea flour (or gram flour) pasta, not only is it completely gluten free it's also high protein, high fibre and low in carb. It's also really cheap to make and goes such a long way, it's basically the dream. Give it a go, I promise you'll love it!

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