Wednesday, 21 September 2016

- Life Lately in London...

Where do I start?

I've missed creating my 'Summary Lifestyle' posts so much. They're definitely my favourite to write as I love gathering memories into snippets and showing you all what I've been up to, especially as I live in the city that never sleeps!

I've recently joined the Instagram story bandwagon (a tad late to the party I know, but blame my old banger of a mobile), and it's safe to say I'm ob-sessed.

I've been posting segments of my life daily on there and love watching other peoples'. It makes me wonder whether the frequent up & coming features on social media platforms will eventually lead to the death of blogging. Whilst I absolutely love writing and releasing my thoughts on my little corner of the Internet, there really is something appealing about the efficiency something like Instagram stories provides, whilst still enabling a strong level of engagement and interaction.

Idk. Just throwing it out there.

You can catch me over at @stylesunrise_ for live updates of where I am/what I'm doing, but if you're keen to see what I've been doing lately, please follow on below.

OUT & ABOUT...

I was very, very lucky to attend an exclusive evening with Magnum thanks to my lovely blogging buddy, Carolin. Their famous 'Pleasure Store' returned over Summer, this time in a larger store located just off Bond St. We were spoilt with incredible cocktail concoctions (chocolate, salted caramel and sea salt!) and were shown how to create our own Magnum #foodporn. I opted for white chocolate, coconut, pistachios and salted caramel - mmmmm... Unfortunately the store has closed now but I already can't wait to see what they come up with for next year as now a plain Magnum just won't cut it ;)!

If there's two things you need to know about me it's I love going to the theatre and I love surprises. Last week Rob treated me to an evening out so we headed to Dishoom; an amazing place with Bombay food and the most incredible selection of chai drinks. On our way out we took a detour and it turned out he had booked us tickets to see Aladdin - oh em gee! It was super duper, especially the flying carpet scene! Sidenote: this was on a Monday evening and it made us realise we ought to do more on Mondays- it felt like an extended weekends and our working week felt shorter because of it - win!

FITNESS...

I've been climbing/bouldering for around 3 years now and you've probably seen photos of me on the wall in just about every one of these lifestyle posts, but it really is a passion of mine. I've recently been going twice a week rather than once and have definitely seen progress - I can complete more difficult routes and feel a lot stronger.

I'm still upping my running game and yet to book onto a 10k park run, but it's inevitable I promise! I'm obsessed with my new Asics I got for my birthday, it's crazy how much comfy yet trendy sportswear effects your motivation!

HEALTHY BAKING...

Wow, so I've been well and truly spoilt by graze once again. I don't know what it is, but these guys just seem to know when I've had a crappy day as all of their previous deliveries have been so well timed! I'm so pleased to see graze are expanding more and more into the healthy world and have now introduced their new Supersnacks* range! They cover both on-the-go snacking and ingredients for baking with their online shop - I can't wait to tuck in!

I'm going to be truly honest here, but when a Youtuber releases a product I typically sigh and view it as overpriced/money grabbing and unoriginal. However, my views can't be further away from this when it comes to Niomi Smart's #EatSmart recipe book. There's just something about Niomi that keeps me watching, I guess it's because we're very like-minded when it comes to healthy living and she comes across very genuine - unlike a lot of other Youtubers #sorrynotsorry.

I ordered #EatSmart the day the above bundle from graze arrived and by coincidence Niomi used a lot of the products in her recipes. Therefore, I took to some healthy baking on Saturday and made her Cacao & Coconut Granola using graze cacao nibs followed by her Raw Fig & Baobab Bars using graze baobab powder - yummy!

What did you think of this post? Don't forget to catch me on @stylesunrise_!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

- Degustabox: August'16...

Still playing catch-up with Degustabox* :). Can you believe I've been receiving these boxes for two years now? Madness.

If you're new to my blog and not heard of Degustabox before, it costs just £12.99 (inc. delivery) for a selection of 9-14 surprise food and drink items, most of which are new to the market. If, like me, you end up picking up the same items during your weekly food shop, this box is perfect for you to make new discoveries and try things you might otherwise miss out on.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BLDEG15' when registering to get £7.00(!!!) off!

If you read my previous post, you'll have seen that I preferred this August box - let me show you why...

Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli, RRP: £3.49

Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day; I've never understood how people can skip it even back when I was a teen (when I certainly wasn't health conscious). One thing I dislike is getting stuck in a routine of having the same thing every morning. Therefore, I like to have numerous options in stock that are all fuss-free for when I'm in bleary-eyed-zombie mode. This muesli is a welcome addition and came with a little scoop which is super handy to have around. The packaging contains overnight muesli, yoghurt & fruit recipes using the scoop as a measurement - perfect idea!

Willy Chases's Fit Corn, RRP: £2.19
Rakusen's Snackers, RRP: £1.29 (plain), RRP: £1.49 (gluten-free)

Apple Cider Vinegar popcorn? Yep, at first I thought this sounded rank, but it surprisingly works. I wouldn't rush out to buy it but it's a nice change from the typical sweet/salty options. As for the crackers, I love that they're bite-sized. I've been reaching for them as a snack when I get home from work - who said cheese & crackers was just for Christmas?

Oloves, RRP: £1.00
Clipper Tea, RRP: £1.59

Oloves is a brand I have a lot of love for - the name, the messaging and for the olives themselves. I won one of their Twitter competitions over a year ago when they were new to the scene and became obsessed. Their olives really are the juiciest and flavoured amazingly. It's great to see how the brand has grown!

Another brand high on my radar is Clipper. They're green tea is my favourite and I love that they have a lime & ginger flavour - the flavours compliment eachother so well and it's a welcome varitation to lemon!

Nutripot, RRP: £2.49 (each)
Tabasco BBQ Sauce, RRP: £1.99
Capsicana Peruvian Cook Sauce

These Nutripots were an interesting discovery. I've never (and probably will never) been one who counts calories, but instead I look at protein and sugar content. These are the two I focus on as in my eyes a healthy lifestyle is based on foods high in protein and low in sugar. I was surprised to see each pot has ~20g protein as they contain soya protein - such a good idea and they were both super tasty!

The cooking sauces are still in my cupboard waiting to be used, but they both sound amazing and are a quick fix after a long day.

Geeta's Mango Chutney
Geeta's Curry Pastes, RRP: £1.00 (each)

When it comes to Indian food, Geeta's is a leading brand in my opinion. I've loved these products for years now and as soon as I saw the turquoise packaging I was a happy bunny - can't wait to use them!

Get More Multivitamins, RRP: £1.45
Fentimans
Mahou, RRP: £1.20

This box didn't go overboard on the drinks this time, which pleased me as sometimes I find this strangely off-putting (maybe I'm just more of a foodie?!). Here's a question: Do people still keep their Fentimans bottles to put single roses in for Instagram/Pinterest worthy shots?

This box was a great balance of revisiting brands I adore (oloves, geeta's, clipper) and introducing me to new ones (the popcorn, crackers, nutripots)! It ticks the boxes for providing items for all three key meals of the day, plus drink options. Overall, it's a winner in my eyes - and pretty healthy overall?

What do you think of this Degustabox? Don't forget, you can receive your first box for just £5.99 using the discount code above!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
BLOGLOVIN' TWITTER INSTAGRAM

Sunday, 4 September 2016

- Degustabox: July'16...

Playing catch-up with Degustabox* again :) Join me and have a nosy at the latest food and drink treats. If you're new to my blog and not heard of Degustabox before, it costs just £12.99 (inc. delivery) for a selection of 9-14 surprise food and drink items, most of which are new to the market. If, like me, you end up picking up the same items during your weekly food shop, this box is perfect for you to make new discoveries and try things you might otherwise miss out on.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BLDEG15' when registering to get £7.00(!!!) off!

So let's see what they have to offer this time around...

Jordans Muesli, RRP: £2.79

This swiss style muesli is a perfect breakfast option with greek yoghurt and honey or soaked overnight with chia seeds, milk and grated apple. It has a good mix of oats vs fruit which is good as I hate when other brands scrimp on contents.

Sarson's Balsamic Vinegar, RRP: £1.99
Felix Gerkhins, RRP: £2.15

There's always space for balsamic in my cupboard and even better when it's Sarson's. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the gherkins *yuck* - should I do a giveaway? ;)

Seabrooks Crisps, RRP: £1.99
itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins, RRP: £1.00 (each)

Crisps are my weakness and even more so when the flavours get adventurous. These chorizo ones are divine and I love the lattice detail as it holds in all the flavour! The seaweed thins were definitely an interesting one to try out - I had them as a snack on their own but kind of wished I saved them and ate them with rice and salmon to create some sort of sushi concoction.

Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles Infusions, RRP: £1.29
Brookside Chocolates, RRP: £3.40
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz, RRP: £0.40 (each)

Fruit pastilles are such a blast from the past! They've come a long way since I used to gorge on them and it's nice to see they're not quite as bad for you as they used to be, plus they have a wider range of flavours - this bag contains orange & grapefruit, raspberry & pomegranate and elderflower & apple. The chocolates are the perfect small treat and the taste of dark chocolate and blurberry works wonderfully together. As for the biscuits, this brand are one of my favourites - the chocolate is soo dreamy.

Cracker Drinks, RRP: £1.50
ALO Drink, RRP: £2.45
Rejuvenation Water, RRP: £1.99
Berry White, RRP: £1.39 (each)
QCucumber, RRP: £1.59

There were a lot of drinks to try out this time round. My favourite has to be the carton of pineapple, coconut & lime which I've been using as a base in spinach and banana smoothies. I liked all of the other drinks apart from the aloe vera one, which had off-putting jelly lumps in - not the ideal texture for a drink.

This month's box was an interesting one as there were so many items I hadn't tried before and that were new to me. It was a fun one to try out but I have to say the August box was a lot better - stay tuned as I'll be posting about it soon, it may just be my favourite yet.... What do you think of this Degustabox? Don't forget, you can receive your first box for just £5.99 using the discount code above!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
BLOGLOVIN' TWITTER INSTAGRAM