25 July 2014

Cheese & Wine! The perfect night in!

I think i've got the perfect night in all sorted. My friend Miss S and I usually go to the gym on Friday nights so we are not naughty every week, but... when we do have a night in with a movie we have cheese & wine.



We both contribute to the table so its different every time. On this occasion we had bubbles (prosecco) to celebrate S's new job! We drank out of my LSA champagne saucers, I got these a few christmas' ago and they are so nice to drink out of as it is less fizzy and your nose doesn't get stuck (maybe that only happens to me). Plus we get some snacks to have on the side.

LSA champagne saucers
To balance out the naughty cheese we usually have a plate of fresh fruit, raspberries, blueberries, grapes and sometimes strawberries too. 


Cheese has always been one of my favourite foods, but I think I appreciate it more now and want to taste the different types of cheese. I used to settle for just plain coloured cheddar but there was a world of cheese I was missing out on.


This is what we had on my cheese board (with hidden knives, so handy, my grandad bought it for me a few years ago and its so handy) Wensleydale with Cranberries, Port Sault, 5 colour cheese (multiple layers of hard cheeses available from Tesco) and Le Roule were our choices on this board.


Example cheeseboard with knives
We also tried out some new Kettle Chips, Mozerella & Pesto flavour!


Kettle Chips
We also had a selection of biscuits but I just put a few out of each type so we only have a few each. Usually Tesco selection and some chilli crackers from Jacobs.


Chilli Crackers
What do you think is essential to cheese and wine night?


Me & Miss S on a night out instead of a night in
Happy Friday!

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19 July 2014

Review! Brunch @ The Beach House

Weekends are perfect days to merge two meals together, late morning 'brunch'. I have shared this favourite meal time with you a few months ago when I had the most amazing french toast...

Yesterday (Friday) I was off work due to a bereavement of my dear Grandad who lived a long 91 years before he was taken away last week. We celebrated his life in a remembrance service instead of a usual funeral, where my Dad and his brother conducted the ceremony themselves in front of friends and family of my Grandad. I am sure Grandad would have loved brunch!

Sorry I went off track there, basically due to having to travel a distance to be with family I was able to have brunch before I had to leave Edinburgh. We went to my favourite beach cafe 'The Beach House' on Portabello beach.



It was a lovely morning and a lot of people around the area enjoying the sunshine. My aunty doesn't live too far from here and I have a lot of fond memories of Portabello beach, it has the perfect sand, its soft and the perfect colour.. sounds random doesn't it.. but its true.

There is always a huge temptation to skip savoury foods and jump right into the cakes, but I was a good girl and just took their photos instead.


Amazing Cake Table! Next Time.....

Flat White

Wholemeal organic toast with scrambled egg
I really love scrambled egg and only one other place can beat this (Leonard's coffee house in Durham) really light and creamy, I added a sprinkle of salt and pepper just out of habit but it really was yummy. The toast is dense and thick and resembled rye bread.

Just for a sneak peak this is what some others ordered -

Special Breakfast with Chorizo, Black putting & Poached egg

Poached egg on toast with a side of beans
My mum ordered the bacon roll but I am sure you can imagine what that looks like.

Afterwards we had a walk on the prom before I had to go. This green van cafe caught my eye. This lady is living the dream with such a great view all day for 'work'.

This lovely little green van cafe

Here are some more pics of the beautiful beach over the last couple of days.





Let me know what you end up having for brunch... Tweet me! @misskeveryday

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18 July 2014

Topshop, Zara & Whistles Sale Haul!

The sales are coming to the end and rumour has it A/W deliveries are only a few days away! Eeek!

I picked up all these items in Sheffield Meadowhall at the weekend! I had to be strict and limited shopping time to 2 hours and selected shops! There was nothing left in Victoria's Secret :-(

End of the sales means accelerated discounts! Wooop Woop!

I will be on a spending ban next month as I have got a delivery pending which I will have to spend my shopping money on. But I do have a wardrobe challenge coming up with my friend Stephanie regarding new season so we will share that with you in August ready for shopping in September!

First of all I spotted this Zara mini messenger bag which I had seen previously online but when I spotted it in store in my favourite colour combo Pink & Red I had to purchase!! Gold writing adds a little bit of 'Carrie Diaries' about it and really makes it a key summer bag for my 'winter sun' holiday to Dubai in October.

Zara Mini messenger bag 50% off  

I spotted a very cute yellow jacket in Zara but I popped it back as it didn't really have much discount, but I know it would be a wardrobe keeper, so its still very much on my mind so I will keep you posted it might get discounted further!

Next I headed to Topshop which had some really good bargains and had a huge volume of sale stock. I really don't need anymore tops but I am short of bottoms so I decided to invest in a couple of skirts.

This black and white skirt is not very me, but I can imagine it will look cute with my yellow blazer, plain top and some sandals :-) 


Topshop Gingham Tube Skirt 50% off
This is another skirt I picked up, I LOVE yellow so much and this will add a splash of colour to any outfit. I am thinking a grey / black or white tshirt with a statement necklace.

Topshop skirt £20 

close up of the check waffle fabric

I cannot tell you how excited I was to discover this next item. I fell in love with this in May when I was visiting my friend and we went shopping in Windsor. £75 seemed quite a lot to pay for this sweater from Whistles but I loved it and the fabric is so soft and lovely. The 'Jolie' or Pretty in english is stitched not printed and I just can't wait to wear this jumper this weekend! 

So I found this bargain in House of Fraser, it was hidden between other grey jumpers which said 'L'ETE' which were £40 but there it was hiding only one left and in my size for only £25! I shouted over to my mum (shopping partner) "WOOOOOOOP! I can't believe it!"


Whistles sweater was £75 now £25!

This next item wasn't sale.... but it wasn't expensive only £8! However it is a bit of an unexpected item for me to buy... inspired by 2 people Carrie in Sex and the City movie 2 and Hello October blogger 'Suzie' who I recently spotted wearing a Turban in an OOTD. It really suits her and I thought I would like to try it out. 

I keep trying it on and I really like it but..... then I always end up taking it off before I leave the house.

River Island Turban £8



Hello October inspired
Thats everything! No shopping now until September! hahahaha

Have a good weekend!

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17 July 2014

Lets Bake! Nigella's Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake!

This recipe was first introduced to me by my friend Vik who has a good collection of Nigella Lawson cook books.  This weekend I decided to treat the family by making the most yummy lemon cake! It doesn't matter how many times I make this cake it never fails and is super tasty! 

Taken from the Domestic Goddess book this is the Lemon syrup drizzle loaf cake.

Slice served with fresh raspberries
Ingredients -

For the Cake  
  • 125 g unsalted butter
    175 g caster sugar
    2 large eggs
    zest of 1 or 2 lemons (more is good extra flavour!)
    175 g self raising flour
    pinch of salt
    4 tablespoons milk
    23 x 13 x 7 cm loaf tin buttered and lined

  • Preheat your oven to 180 C

For the syrup
Juice of 1 ½ lemons & 100 g icing sugar

For the drizzle glaze
Juice of ½ a lemon or splash of water to make a runny icing
150 g icing sugar

Prepare & measure the ingredients
Add all cake ingredients to the mixing bowl

Use a grater on your lemons to get the zest

Mix up the cake ingredients
Once the cake ingredients are mixed fully, add to the lined tin and pop into the pre heated oven for approx 35 / 45 minutes (depends on your oven).

When the cake is in the oven start to prepare the syrup for immediate use when by adding the ingredients straight to a pan to heat until boiling then set aside.


Syrup
Now the cake is fully cooked as soon as it is out of the oven use a fork all over the top of the cake to make small holes. Pour over the lemon syrup and set aside to cool but leave in the tin.

Once fully cooled remove from the tin and display on a plate for serving.

Make up the drizzle and pour over the cooled cake as shown in my picture.

Then serve a slice, I put raspberries with mine.

Enjoy!

Finished Loaf cake

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14 July 2014

Miss K's June Favourites!

Summer weather and bright clothes are making me happy at the moment, my yellow jacket I bought a few months ago is finally allowed to come out of the wardrobe!  Check out my instagram for my wardrobe updates!

June flew by but its been fun, I am back dieting but I have had a few nights out with friends and enjoying the weather.

M&S Silver Shoes
Inspired by Laura @buynowbloglater I was pleased to discover a beautiful pair of silver stilettos for only £19 in Marks and Spencers. Its surprising how much silver shoes go with, navy, black, denim basically everything! These shoes are really comfy and I love wearing them (not available online, Next are also stocking similar).



Lemon Fanta
While on my holiday in Kos, Greece I fell back in love with lemon fanta as it was on unlimited access, however now I am back in the UK its pretty hard to find! They sell it in supermarkets but its not a drink usually stocked in smaller local stores :-( if you just wanted to grab a can or bottle for a pick me up.  It is like a little holiday in a glass! Perfection!

New Pjs - Miffy
Primark Pjs are still a novelty to me and i am not sure I could get away with super heroes which seem to be on quite a lot of them. But I am totally loving my new Miffy bunny ones. Cuffed bottoms in a soft jersey material.
Not bad for £8! I need to go back and stock up on some different ones. Pjs are so much fun.




Gourmet Yogurt
Yogurt is one of my favourite foods, usually of tropical flavours. This was a discovery in my local Sainsburys and they have some lovely flavours, creme brûlée, Mango, Amaretto & Raspberry. The yogurt is so thick and yummy, it reminds me of Muller Yogurt from the fruit corners which they used to sell separately. It is quite expensive for yogurt but there is approx 4 portions in each big pot like this and they are usually on offer 2 for £4.


Amazing Passionfruit Yogurt

Pumpkin Seeds
Great on their own or on top of yogurt, I am really loving pumpkin seeds! Cashew nuts are also pretty yummy too.

Womens Health Magazine - 
My new lifestyle has given me the need for more information on a healthy lifestyle. When I first started looking at healthy magazines I fell in love with Zest Magazine, it was a mix of healthy living, fashion and people sharing stories. Luckily I bought the magazines on my iPad as this year they cancelled the magazine :-(  so at least I can revisit the past issues. However on the plus side Women's Health magazine was increased to 10 issues a year instead of 6 so I started to buy that instead. Its pretty much the same to be honest, the best features are recipes, flat belly day and sporty fashion. The interview with the celebrity on the cover is usually really good as it shows them in an illustration which exercises they usually do. I can't believe I used to buy Vogue and Harpers Bazar every month this is much more worth while. I can't wait to make some of these protein bars!


Vivianna Does Makeup Vlog & Blog
I love and watch a lot of you tube stars but for me you get to know people better by reading their blog. I have been really loving Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup, she really does work hard posting and vlogging.

Anna was interviewed in Stylist magazine (free to download on iPad) and it was great to hear more about Anna and how brave she was to give up her full time job to become a full time blogger and you tube star. I don't know if I would ever get the opportunity to meet Anna but she is definitely an inspiration. I don't know if I could ever give up my full time job as I have a shopping addiction. 

Completing #100happydays Challenge on Instagram 29/06/2014!
You may recall me struggling with this challenge not long into the journey. It was much harder than I ever thought it would be. You can look back at my posts  on my instagram. I did this with my friend Annabel there were days when it was hard to find something to be happy about that you would be able to show in a photograph. It might have been easier as a Twitter post, but as I am not a frequent Tweeter, instagram was my only choice. 

Its done now, and it shows when you have willpower it is easy to stick to something and not give up.  Why don't you try the challenge? Sign up here!

Happy July!

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13 July 2014

Discovery of the white shirt!



I have never been able to wear a shirt due to the fact they just don't make them in plus sizes.  But now I can shop back on the high street I am starting to build such a varied style of clothes in my wardrobe. (Maybe.. I need to try a 10 piece capsule wardrobe for when September comes around, I will ask my stylish friend Stephanie to help with this one).

I have been searching for the perfect white shirt for a while to see if they suit me and see what I have in my wardrobe that I would wear with it.

White Shirt was discovered in Sainsburys TU for only £6! Cute peter pan collar and covered buttons.

I wore it for the first time this week to work with my NW3@Hobbs tweed skirt. Yes... I agree this skirt is more A/W than S/S but its taken me ages to get into it, so I am wearing it! I paired it with a statement necklace and some new sandals I picked up last weekend from Office.


Office Sandals - £25
And.. because it was so cheap and perfect I also picked it up in Black. Woop!

Is it wrong to go back and buy more of each?! 



I am now on the search for more perfect shirts, so I will keep you posted!

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12 July 2014

French Connection Sale Haul!

I hit the sales again last week, heading straight for French Connection.


French Connection always has generous discounts in their sales usually with at least 50% off. I think their fashion are mostly classic but fabulous but do not date. The materials used are always of a high standard and I always enjoy wearing my items over and over again.

I do have one problem with FC sales if you visit the store on the high street is that they don't do refunds! If you change your mind, it is exchange only so my top tip is buy it online if your not 100% sure.

Here are the items that I picked up, some have been further reduced since I bought them :-( but I have worn them all since I purchased so not too sad as they are keepers and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them.

Lucy Flared Dress - Now £27 at ASOS
I wore the black dress with my yellow zara blazer and new KG wedges when I went out with the girls for drinks last Friday.

Lucy Flared Dress - Now £22 at FC
Wore the grey version this week with my sparkle converse for a more casual look. I got this one in a size smaller than the black. It did make it a little bit shorter but it was still comfy. 

I loved it so much when I tried it on in store that I didn't want to risk not being able to get it online that I went with the size available. I can't tell you enough how much I love the thick jersey material this dress is made from. It doesn't crease and maintains its structure. I LOVE THIS DRESS (in both colours!).


Loving my sparkle Converse - blog post

I have had my eye on this leopard print dress for quite some time so I was pleased to discover it in the sale in my size. I am a big fan of the drop waist style and I have a lovely one from NW3@Hobbs which I often wear for work.

This one is super comfy to wear and can be dressed up and down depending on which shoes & accessories I put with it. I just paired it with leggings and sandals for a smart / casual look.


Abstract Animal Dress - Now £22 at FC

I also picked up a cute black skirt that I have been wearing to work of thick structured jersey and it is very swishy. What more could you ask for from a skirt, nice shape, flattering and fun. Wish they had it in more colours!


Marie Skirt - Now £25 at FC

Now that I have noticed further reductions have appeared on the FC website I have to stop myself from buying anymore! Wish me and my bank account luck!

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8 July 2014

Veggie Omelette Recipe! Only 299 Calories!


This is a new discovery for me I have never made or eaten an omelette before but I was looking for a change from scrambled egg since I have given up toast and falling in love with vegetables.

I tried making one for the first time last week with what I had in the fridge half a white onion and 2 eggs with just a sprinkle of cheese. I really enjoyed it but I was thinking I can make more of this next time!

Today I thought I would try again so this is what I did -
2 eggs (whisked)
1 medium sized Tomato (sliced)
2 mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 a small red onion (thinly sliced)
15g of mature cheddar cheese (grated)

1) Use a shallow non stick pan and heat ready to dry fry
2) Add in the chopped red onion and mushrooms
3) Once soft add in the whisked eggs so it covers the contents of the pan
4) Continue to fry until nearly cooked
5) Layer sliced tomatoes over top
6) Sprinkle with handful of grated cheese
7) Place under the grill to crisp the top or flip if you are feeling confident

I added some mixed herbs on the top to add some extra flavour you might even want to add a few chilli's to spice it up.

I am now off to look on Pinterest for more ideas for another time!

Whats your favourite flavour?

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