Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sugarhill Boutique Dina Shirtdress

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Sugarhill Boutique, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Sugarhill Boutique, UK fashion blog
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, Sugarhill Boutique, UK fashion blog
what i'm wearing: Sugarhill Boutique Dina shirtdress* // JustFab JF Raye boots* // gillet stolen from my mum

I have been very lucky to get an opportunity to work with Sugarhill Boutique with etailPR and I got to review this gorgeous dress from their current collection! I love shirtdresses, especially in Autumn collections as they come in beautiful colours like this maroon/wine shade. Shirtdresses are so easy to wear and can fit most occasions - I prefer to wear thick opaque tights when I'm going to work, but for gigs and outings I can bear my legs (with skin coloured tights of course - it's too cold to go naked!). I wore this outfit when we went to see UB40 and I found the dress so comfortable yet stylish - top marks!

You can also dress up a shirtdress with wooly tights in the winter for extra warmth and cosiness - I will pair this colour with either grey cable knits or a mustard colour!




Monday, 24 November 2014

UB40 at Salisbury City Hall

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FashionFake, UB40 Salisbury, UK lifestyle blog, lifestyle bloggers
FashionFake, UB40 Salisbury, UK lifestyle blog, lifestyle bloggers
FashionFake, UB40 Salisbury, UK lifestyle blog, lifestyle bloggers
FashionFake, UB40 Salisbury, UK lifestyle blog, lifestyle bloggers
FashionFake, UB40 Salisbury, UK lifestyle blog, lifestyle bloggers

Last night Liam and I went to see UB40 at the Salisbury City Hall and they were amazing! I got the tickets as a part of Liams birthday present because he loves UB40 and I'm quite a fan of some of their classics like "Red Red Wine" and of course, "Kingston Town".

Prior to the show, we stopped by Cafe Rouge for some dinner - I haven't eaten at Cafe Rouge before so I was very excited to try some French classics like Pain À L’ail rustic bread board, served with a roasted garlic bulb, garlic aïoli and d’Isigny butter, and for mains Liam had the Demi Poulet (half-roast chicken basted in a Café Rouge herb rub with a rich garlic butter. Served with frites) and I had the Confit de Canard (slow-cooked confit duck leg, spiced cherry jus, sugar snap peas and dauphinoise potatoes) and it was delicious!

When we got to the show, it started with a DJ playing remixes of popular reggae songs to get everyone up and dancing - and it really worked as you could quickly see everyone getting their "mum" dancing on: you know the one, where you just stand in one spot and swing from side to side, with the occasional hand movement! UB40 came on stage with a fabulous intro with saxophones and a trumpet - even if you don't like the style of music, you will appreciate how beautiful all the live instruments sound. They covered all their classic songs, as well as some new tunes from their current album - "Getting Over The Storm" I think - and we had loads of fun bopping around to the reggae beats! The bassist and the steel drums player came out from behind the instruments to sing and it was awesome! Especially when Earl Falconer sang "Oh America" - that was my favourite! The band finished with "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" and it was a great end to a great night. The band sound so amazing live!

Today however, I am resuscitating my ears and my head but we are already eyeing up the next gig - Fleetwood Mac! For outfit details check FashionFake tomorrow :)



Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Office Party - Pencil Skirt

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Winter 2014 Christmas style, what to wear for Christmas
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Winter 2014 Christmas style, what to wear for Christmas
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Winter 2014 Christmas style, what to wear for Christmas
what i'm wearing: H&M fake fur top // Topshop pencil skirt // Topshop sueded boots // Just Fab clutch* // boyfriends bow tie // Topshop jewellery 

I have overheard some people talking about office Christmas parties, or work Christmas meals and I thought I'd style an outfit which I would wear to a work Christmas get together. I chose to mix some textures and fabrics which I associate with Christmas and that is some fake soft fur and some glitz and glamour which comes from the pencil skirt. My friend asked me the other day if velvet was 'in' - of course velvet is in especially around the holiday season! When I worked in high street stores, I always used to get excited about winter and Christmas when the velvet styles his our shelves - and this pencil skirt is not only velvet, but also glittery! Win.

When going to a work party, I think it's always best to keep a stylish but formal look - a pencil skirt is the perfect way to do it. It's one of my favourite wardrobe staples as there's so many ways in which a pencil skirt can be styled. You could also try and style this outfit with a plain T-shirt and a chunky necklace, or a long sleeved lace top with a statement cocktail ring.




Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winter 2014 - Ice Rink Ready

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, fashion bloggers, winter 2014 style
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, fashion bloggers, winter 2014 style
what i'm wearing: H&M fake fur top // Zara sequin skater skirt // Topshop chunky heel boots // Zara scarf // Topshop jewellery 

Since I've been obsessed by my new fake fur top from H&M, I've been styling it with everything. In this outfit, I've gone for a girly Autumn/Winter look and I mixed textures which gives any outfit a little extra depth: fur, sequins and a soft cotton with a pair of leather booties which really pull this looks together. Did I miss any material out?!
It's coming up to the season of Christmas markets which quite often and accompanied by ice skating rinks and I think this outfit will be really cute for just that kind of activity. I'm not crazy by the way - this outfit has to be finished by adding a pair of skin coloured tights. I get cold so easily that I couldn't even dream of walking out with bare skin so get those tights on and maybe even add some knee high chunky knitted socks!




Monday, 17 November 2014

H&M Faux Fur T-shirt - As Featured In Vogue

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, H&M Vogue furry top
what i'm wearing: H&M faux fur t-shirt (as featured in Vogue) // Topshop Joni jeans // Kurt Geiger heeled boots // Just Fab clutch* // Topshop jewellery 

I saw this faux fur t-shirt in H&M about a week or so ago and I absolutely fell in love: it's super soft, fits just right and a bargain £25! Did I mention it was also featured in the UK Vogue? The positives of this purchase are endless, and as of yet I cannot find a negative. Maybe washing it might be a little tricky, I haven't actually checked the label but it might be a dry clean only job.

In this post I styled my new favourite top with a pair of skinny blue jeans and some statement heels - this can be dressed up like I did with the heels and clutch, ultimately swap the heels for a pair of Converse and the clutch for an oversized shopper and your look is casual and stylish.
Because the top makes a statement itself, I kept my accessories to a minimum and just added a thin chain style necklace and a skinny bracelet for a little bit of sparkle.




Monday, 10 November 2014

H&M Stripes

what i'm wearing: H&M striped dress // Primark chain necklace // Zara patent boots // Chanel bag

Hey guys! So as you saw last week I went to the Festival Place Big Brands Weekend and whilst I was there, I (naturally) picked up a few items from H&M. One of them was this stripy dress which is one of my favourite wardrobe items now - it's so flattering and so chic!
I love simple patterns like stripes as they're so easy to wear. And this dress looks great with a pair of black opaque tights and black boots to elongate your legs.
Pair with red lips and a classic style handbag et voila! Parisian chic made simple. Thanks H&M!




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Autumn Root Vegetable Soup Recipe

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe

I love soups - especially thick, warm, spiced soups which are perfect to make in Autumn and Winter when it's miserable and cold outside. Soups are great because they are easy to make, can be frozen to use for later and they give you a massive hit of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
This is one of my favourite soups and it is my Autumnal root vegetable soup made from two types of squash, carrots and herbs.

What you'll need (serves around 4-6 people):
A medium sized butternut squash
A medium sized seasonal squash
2 big carrots
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
Chicken stock (1 cube dissolved in a pint of water)
A pinch of sorrel (or a squeeze of lime)
Herbs de Provence
Parmesan
Extra virgin olive oil
Paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

The hard part is peeling the squash. If anyone knows of an easy way to peel these gorgeous vegetables, then please comment and let me know because I struggle! I end up having to chop them up into pieces and then peel the pieces - it takes ages. After you're all peeled, cut the squash into small chunks - this way it will cook quicker. Chop up the rest of the carrots into small chunks, and the garlic and onion into small pieces.
In a pan, warm up olive oil and throw in the chopped up garlic and onion to brown. Once browned, throw in the squash and carrots to brown them. Let them brown for about 10 minutes, then pour in 3/4 of the chicken stock - let this now simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes (remember to put the lid on your pan to trap the steam in!) Add in the sorrel, paprika and herbs de Provence and season with salt and pepper about 5 minutes before you take the pan off the heat.
Once the squash is nice and soft, you can transfer the vegetables into a blender and add in the rest of the stock to thin the soon to be soup. Blend until smooth and remember that you can add in more stock to thin the soup - but I like mine thick!

To serve, pour the soup into bowls, drizzle with a little olive oil and add in some grated Parmesan. I also made Parmesan toast to go with the soup - just grate some cheese on to toast pieces and place in the over until golden and crispy!
I love this soup and you can make so many different variations of it - just experiment with tastes and vegetables.

Today is the day that it saddens me to say that the chicken you all loved so much (pictured below) is dead. You can thank Liam for the demise of the chicken which is now in pieces. RIP chicken from HomeSense!