Wednesday, 27 April 2016

- Prom Queen ft. boohoo...

I've noticed a pattern in my wardrobe; for months I'll be missing a particular item and then suddenly said item starts taking over my collection. That's definitely been the case for me and maxi dresses, and this post features my latest addition - this time with an added special twist.

I've teamed up with the babes at boohoo as part of their Prom Queen campaign. Boohoo is a brand that's always been on my radar, but whilst browsing their occasionwear I was surprised at just how many I liked. With Summer weddings, graduation ceremonies and proms, Spring seems to be the time of year our dress hunts commence.

boohoo prom dress veronica lace

Thinking back to my fashion choices for both my school proms aged 16 and 18 does make me cringe a little, but at the time they were what I liked and I felt happy in both dresses, which is the most important factor in my opinion (let's just be thankful my fashion sense has somewhat developed). Unlike others in my school year, I was against forking out hundreds for a one-off dress that resembles something off Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

That's why I'm so thrilled to be a part of boohoo's campaign: affordable, elegant dresses. You want to feel like a lady on your prom night and in my eyes, there's nothing more classic than black lace. The Veronica Lace Insert* maxi dress (£25) instantly drew me in with its flattering style and lace panels.

The material is figure-hugging (in all of the right places) and the two side slits add a lovely flowing detail. Black lace can be seen as a strong Autumn/Winter choice, but I'm a firm believer in a timeless black dress. To make it more seasonal to Spring, I teamed a smoky eye with a fresh, pink lip rather than a vamp, berry option.

boohoo prom dress veronica lace boohoo prom dress veronica lace

I'm still pretty shocked that this dress is only £25; the fit is perfect and it feels a lot more expensive. It's also available in Navy and Stone if you'd rather save black for Winter months.

If you're in need of a formal dress this year, I can't recommend browsing boohoo's range here enough!

What do you think of this dress? Have you got any special occasions coming up?


*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
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

- Sunday Summary: Play, Fitness & Farm Life...

Days are spent working, evenings are spent gymming, weekends are spent away, and any time in between is spent blogging aka nada.

Sigh, adult life.

That aside, I've finally managed to pull together one of my summary posts so you can see exactly what I've been up to lately. This is probably one of my favourite posts in this series so far as it includes a super fun weekend away...

First though, I wanted to share with you a play I went to see a few weeks ago: The End of Longing. Written by, and starring, Matthew Perry it's described as a "dark comedy" which I can confirm is very apt. It's clear from the start he put his heart into this play, and I'd totally recommend it if you're in London and want something to see a show.

Next is my current obsession: nut butters. Smoothies, cereal, fruit, porridge, toast; you name it, I'll team it with nut butter. Meridian FTW!


And now time to share some photos from the recent glamping trip I went on with Rob and some friends. We visited a Feather Down Farm in Kent for four days, staying in a big canvas tent with wooden floor and in the absence of electricity...

We all know less time staring at our screens is beneficial, but these four days totally highlighted that to me. Time went refreshingly slower and we felt like we had actually gone back in time. Collecting and chopping our own fire wood and boiling water on a wood burning stove was totally eye-opening (and fun) and I felt like a big kid climbing trees, not caring about getting muddy and playing with the farm animals - holding a two day old lamb was definitely a highlight.

It's so important to take time out now and again, which is why I'm going to stop apologising for not being consistent with posting on my blog. I am, however, going to apologise for not reading my list of blog favourites on a regular basis - it's got to the point where I now walk into Boots/Superdrug and don't know what I want to buy. So, watch this space for me commenting on your blogs again :)

Do you have digital detoxes? Let me know in the comments below!



KAREN
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Sunday, 10 April 2016

- Degustabox: March'16...

I'm back! I hope you're well - sorry I've been MIA lately, life just seemed to take over (again) however here I am and I'm super excited about a collaboration coming soon, but in the meantime let me show you what's inside the latest Degustabox*.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and gorged on many sweet treats. The March Degustabox focused on Easter and definitely doesn't fail on providing moreish snacks. At just £12.99 (inc. delivery), it's a great way to explore different products you might otherwise bypass. There's usually 9-14 surprise items, most of which are new to the market.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BLDEG15' when registering to get £6.00(!!!) off!

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

Brioche Pasquier, RRP: £1.40

I love, and I mean love, brioche so this new pain au chocolat instantly intrigued me. You can either eat them as they are or heat them up - I found the individual wrapping super handy for taking to work.

Karyatis Meze To Go, RRP: £1.99

This is such a fun item and a great idea. The roasted pepper and feta dip was the perfect balance between sweet and smoky - this was the perfect treat to put out amongst a lunch buffet.

Kent's Kitchen Stuffing, RRP: £1.85

Who delved into an Easter roast? I did, but unfortunately forgot to use this stuffing (d'oh). Kent's Kitchen have been included in previous boxes before for their amazing curry kits, so I was surprised to see this cranberry and orange stuffing addition to the brand.

Pipers Crisps, RRP: £2.00
Metcalfe's Popcorn, RRP: £1.50

Two things I hate about crisps: 1) when there's like 3 in the entire bag and 2) when they scrimp on the flavour. Thankfully, these Piper crisps pass on both accounts. In fact, they're probably some of the strongest tasting crisps I've had - amazing cheese & onion (just don't expect anyone to kiss you afterwards...)

I've been on the hunt for healthy snacks lately and popcorn seems to be everywhere at the moment with numerous brands making an appearance. Up there is Metcalfe's who have introduced a 'skinny' (shudder at typing that word) version, and after scanning the nutritional information I can confirm it's actually not that bad for you.

Kallo Milk Chocolate Rice Cakes, RRP: £1.00
Kallo Quinoa and Seeds Multigrain Cakes, RRP: £1.89

Speaking of healthy snacks, I've been obsessed with rice crackers/cakes lately. I take some to work with me every day and am definitely a fan of Kallo's. Both of these flavours are incredible, but my colleague recently introduced me to their paprika ones which are seriously heavenly - especially with masked up avocado..mmm...

Lindt White Chocolate Gold Bunny, RRP: £2.99

What's Easter without a Lindt bunny?


Exactly.

Chewits, RRP: £0.35 (each)

Oh man, these sweets are a serious throwback. If I could count the amount of Chewits I ate in my early years, my teeth would probably instantly drop out.

*Shudder, shudder*. I'm glad those days are behind me; when I fancy a sweet treat I tend to opt for chocolate over sweets.

Parle Monaco, RRP: £0.39
Parle Hide & Seek, RRP: £0.59

These Indian biscuits were a welcome addition as I love discovering brands I've never heard of. The Monaco 'biscuits' are exactly like Ritz crackers (my fave) - I've been enjoying them with smoked cheese as an evening snack.

The Hide & Seek biscuits are small, square cookies - perfect for a bitesize pick-me-up.

Good Hemp Coconut Milk, RRP: £1.79
Weetabix On The Go, RRP: £1.50 (each)

I've been really getting into dairy free milks for protein shakes and smoothies, so I was super happy to see this included. It's the perfect consistency and provides the right amount of flavour - perfect in porridge too.

As for the Weetabix drinks, I'm afraid they're not my thing. They're apparently a nutritious quick breakfast drink and essentially a yummy milkshake, but they don't do it for me. After reading the label, I discovered they're not actually that great for you and they also have that 'sickly sweet' taste.

As you can see the March box is very snack-based, but I guess that's the theme they were going with and it's suited to Easter. I prefer when there's a balance between snacks, drinks and cooking ingredients, but overall I enjoyed most items so can't complain.


What do you think of this Degustabox? Don't forget, you can receive your first box for just £6.99 using the discount code above!

Thank you for sticking by me, I definitely have some blog reading to catch-up on :)!

*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
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