18 May 2015

Summer fashion | midi rings + hand tattoos

Coachella is over, but this sets the style for the summer ahead of us in the UK, with brands like Claires Accessories and Ciate Nails providing pre festival parties out in LA meant they could showcase trends coming up which includes Midi rings and temporary tattoos.

Fleur de force +Coachella 
Midi rings were around last summer and I have to be honest I didn't buy any but they are back again so I thought I would have a go.

This blog post will be mostly photo based just showing me trying out the rings plus some pictures of examples I have seen on Pinterest or Instagram. I am still not sure how many to wear as I do wear alot of rings already. 

But I have also tried out the temporary tattoos I got from New Look and Topshop as a starter to see if they are my style.

I placed smaller ones on my fingers around my midi rings then tried out a larger one on my hand. 

I really like the smaller ones as they are quite subtle for weekend wear or casual days. The larger transfer would be ideal for a beach holiday or event.

I then tried the tattoos out again this time just adding smaller ones to my fingers only.

Only wearing 10 rings, 3 bracelets and a watch...
I will pop the details of the rings I am wearing in the close ups.

(L-R) Accessorize Z collection, Topshop, Monica Viander, Accessorize

(L-R) Accessorize, Pandora both hearts, Monica Viander,  Azendi, Accessorize
You should definitely have a try, the midi rings at Accessorize were around the £5 mark and some came in sets for a little bit more. The temporary tattoos were around £4 at New Look and they had quite a few to choose from which I think were the best value for money for the volume of transfers in the packs compared to Topshop. However they didn't have huge staying power, a drop of water and they dissolved away so don't expect more than one days use out of them. 

Here are some examples of how others are wearing this combo.
Source via pinterest
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11 May 2015

North East | Angel of the North

Sometimes you forget to be a tourist where you live as you see these points of interest all the time and think "I've seen it I don't need to make a special trip".

I am a Yorkshire girl who has been living in the North East for 7 years now, but not as long as the 'Angel of the North' who arrived in Gateshead in 1998. 

I have been asking around friends and family for a few weeks who are 'locals' and I only actually found 1 out of 10 who had visited the Angel. 

Angel of the North | Antony Gormley
20 metres tall / wingspan of 54 metres / 
Made of 200 tonnes of steel

I regularly pass the Angel on the A1 motorway when I visit the shopping centre nearby. According to the local council, over 90k people pass the angel on a daily basis. This does sound crazy and I am sure some people will drive passed twice per day if they commute from Durham to Newcastle.

I went with my friends Miss B (who is born and bred in the North East) and her partner Mr C who had both not visited the Angel before. 

We parked at the free car park, there is probably only 10 spaces for cars but also some space for a coach (My friend told me there didn't used to be any proper car parking available so this put people off visiting).

Miss B & Miss K
Mr C
Lucky for us there was only 3 other visitors there when we were on a Tuesday lunchtime, which is great if you want to take some photographs as you don't have to wait very long for them to clear out of the way.... this might not be as easy on a weekend or school holidays.

The first thing to note when you are walking the 1 minute from the car park to the angel is the vast size, it's strange as I knew 'she' stood tall but I had no idea until I got up so close.

There is a path around the circumference but to stand directly underneath like I did you have to walk up a little hill which it suddenly got very windy and I thought my iPhone was going to blow out of my hand (I would have cried a little).

I will definitely be going again soon for another visit and I will now be dragging all my local pals who have no idea how amazing this is which is literally on our doorstep.

While we were there for 30 minutes (which is enough time unless your taking a picnic), we experienced every season of weather including hail, rain, wind and sunshine.. so these pics all look like they were different days! I promise they weren't.  

Facts in the carpark

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4 May 2015

Miss K's Kitchen | Tomato & Spinach pasta

Deliciously Ella has some yummy recipes in her book and today I am going to share with you one that is super quick, easy and veggie - I have changed it slightly due to things I had in the cupboard.

In the book this is called 10 minute tomato pasta (page 131), which doesn't sell itself really so let me tell you how amazing it is instead.

What do you need? (serves 2- 3 |double up if its for 4 people)
1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
250g cherry tomatoes chopped into quarters
1 onion chopped finely
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tin of butter beans (or black eyed beans or kidney beans if you prefer)
8 balls of frozen spinach
mixed herbs / salt & pepper
1 butternut squash - cut into cubes and roasted for 25 mins with a touch of olive oil (salt & pepper & paprika) - add as a side or stir in at the end
Serve with a pasta of your choice

Before you start if you want to add the butternut squash into the dish you will need to start this first, pre heat oven and roast the cubes for 15 mins before you start the sauce so they will be ready at same time.

Choose your favourite pasta and amount you want to eat and cook this at the same time as your sauce.

1| Drop of oil in the pan to start and soften the onion
2| Then place the chopped tomatoes, tin of tomatoes, cider vinegar, tomato paste into the cooked onions and stir - simmer for 5 mins on a medium heat
3| Add in the drained butter beans, balls of spinach and stir - simmer for a further 5 mins

Once the 10 mins of cooking is up, the dish is ready to serve. 

I also think this is a great base for other veggies to be added in like mushrooms or aubergine.

As I only made this for 2 people, I froze the left overs and it warmed up easily in the mircowave for another meal a week later.

I know this dish may seem very easy but it really does taste good and the apple cider vinegar gives it a lovely flavour.

Happy Monday!

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