Saturday, 31 October 2015

Fashion | Boots To Add To Your Autumn Wardrobe

Time To Ditch The Heels (sob!)

I was recently walking down the street playing avoid-the-puddle in my favourite stiletto heels, when I realised it was officially time. Time to give up the heels that I've been sporting over summer and invest in some much more practical shoe wear for the wet soggy Autumn days. 

After a scour around the internet I picked 3 options which I think will serve me well throughout Autumn/Winter. Here's how I styled them:

Asos 70's Platform Ankle Boots

The first ones I found were these gorgeous black and brown heeled ankle boots from Asos. You don't have to give up he heeled look completely for Autumn - it's just about finding a comfy pair that can take on the crap weather. Because these are platform boots they not only lift you off the ground away from the puddles but they're also surprisingly comfy and easy to walk in! Success. 

I think the two tone style of black and brown really sets off the outfit too, creating the 70s feel which I love. Shout out to Weird Ape for gifting me the pretty cool forest watch featured in the outfit too - I love quirkily pieces like that! 


70's Long Line Blazer: £65 Topshop | Yellow Geo Print Skirt: £14.99 New Look | Platform Suede Ankle Boots: £60 Asos | Layered Necklace: £8.99 New Look | Brown Fringed Duffle Bag: £17.99 New Look | Watch: £25 Weird Ape 

Public Desire Brown Ankle Boots

I think a simple pair of brown boots are essential for any Autumn wardrobe, as they're easy to style and work well with pretty much any outfit.

Priced at a reasonable £29.99, I decided these ones from Public Desire were the next to join my Autumn boot collection.

70's Longline Blazer: £65 Topsop | 70's Piped Floral Shirt: £42 Topshop | Red Skirt : £15 Boohoo |Brown Ankle Boots: £29.99 Public Desire |  Tan Belt: New Look 

New Look Black Knee High Boots

I actually had a pair of black knee highs last year (see a post on how I styled them here) but they were in a bit of a sorry state when I pulled them out this Autumn - literally wore them to death!

I decided I had to re-invest in some more this year, but chose the cheaper New Look version (£44.99) rather than last years River Island ones (£70). 

They're definitely my go-to boots when I want comfort on a bad weather day. I've styled them with a skater skirt and long sleeved top below, but they're also great styled with a comfy knit dress too - for the ultimate comfy/lazy Autumn look!

70's Print Skirt: Topshop (last year) | Grey Top: New Look | Tan & Cream Bag: £19.99 New Look | Layered Necklace: £8.99 New Look | Red Fedora Hat: £22 Topshop | Black Knee High Boots: £44.99 New Look |

Thanks for reading today's post - what are your go-to Autumn boots? 

See you soon,

Gabby xo


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Lifestyle | 7 Easy To Make Low Calorie Snacks For Work

Smart Snacking

Now I'm at the ripe old age of 24 I'm starting to quickly realise how important it is to watch what I'm eating - the days of being able to eat cheeseburgers till my hearts content (or clogged up) are long gone and the signs of diet neglect are starting to show. 

The hardest thing about eating healthy for me is like many, the complete lack of convenience. It's seems soo much easier to grab a chocolate bar or cheese and ham toastie from the local shop when I'm needing a snack at work, rather than spending time preparing something to take in beforehand like some sort of domestic goddess. 

However when the Laughing Cow contacted me about reviewing some of their new low calorie cheese cube snacks, it inspired me to start being smart with my snacking and actually make an effort to find some easy to make, but healthy foods. Shout out to Pinterest for the help with this! 

So Here We Go:  7 low Calorie Snacks To Take To Work (That Are Easy To Make And Super Tasty!)

1. Laughing Cow Mini Cravings

First we’ll start with the one snack in todays list that needs no preparation at all - the Laughing Cow Mini Cravings. At only 17 calories a pop you can enjoy these little beauties without the usual guilt that comes from snacking on cheese (unless your a greedy shit and eat the whole packet of course!). 

They've created a variety of different flavours, and after sharing them round the office at work the general feeling was that smoked ham was the winner. If you want to make them a bit more exciting you could always chop up some cucumber to have with them too. 

2. Sweet Potato Crisps

I love crisps. Maybe it's because I was born in Bradford where the best crisps in the world where made (Seabrook's, duh!) or maybe it's the crunchy texture, but they tend to be a go to snack of mine.

That's why I was very happy to find these actual not-so-bad-for-you sweet potato crisps! They're even cooked using coconut oil for extra healthiness too. To make:

2 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Peel sweet potatoes VERY THINLY (otherwise they won't crisp up). Toss in a bowl with coconut oil, rosemary, and the salt.

2. Place sweet potato crisps in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip crisps over and bake for another 10 minutes. Blast them under the grill for a final 5-10 minutes, watching carefully to make sue they don't go brown.

3. Homemade Tzatziki Yoghurt Dip With Carrot, Red Pepper And Cucumber Sticks

I'm a huge fan of Tzatziki (must be the Greek in me!) but often find that the shop bought dips are full of calories and therefore guilt.

This homemade recipe is super low calorie and perfect for dipping veg in. To make:

1 cucumber, grated
1 tsp of fresh dill (removed from stem)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tbsp of freshly squeeed lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 cup of fat free plain Greek Yoghurt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavours to come through. This will last in the fridge for 2-3 days. Enjoy! 

4. Brown Rice Cakes With Avocado And Honey

For these lovely little crunchy bites it's best to prepare just before eating. If you pre make them then the avocado turns a brown colour (they still taste lovely like this but just don't look very appealing!).

They're super easy to make, you just need:

1 avocado
3 no added salt rice cakes (brown are best!)
2 tsp organic honey
20-25 Organic Pistachios to top

Mix the avocado and honey up then spread onto the rice cakes, then top with pistachios. A simple but really tasty snack - great for if you have a sweet tooth like me.

5. Hard Boiled Eggs With Paprika 

Hard boiled eggs are a great snack because they're full of protein which helps to fill you up. Spice them up with a little sprinkling of paprika for a great mid morning or late afternoon snack.

....Just be prepared to be that selfish person in the office that everyone hates. Nearly as bad as when people whack out a tin of sardines in the office wwwwwwww.

6. Mini Ham & Vegetable Quiches 

I love these quiches because any time I can sneak spinach into my diet I feel like a real health stud. HURRAY FOR THE GREENS. Popeye would be proud.

They're really filling and simple to make, plus you can customise them with whatever veg you've got in. To make 6 quiches:

muffin Tin
6 eggs (beaten with salt & pepper)
diced ham (the proper stuff not the thin watery slices!)
spring onion (diced)
spinach (chopped)
red pepper (diced)
cheese (grated)

1. Preheat oven to 170 C. Grease the bottoms and sides of the muffin tin like your life depends on it (we don't want them sticking!).

2. Fill the bottoms of your muffin tins (about 1/3) with the ham, spinach, red pepper, spring onions and cheese.

3. Beat the eggs with the salt & pepper. Then add the eggs to the muffin tins. Stir each tin slightly to combine the eggs with the ingredients.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

5. Either eat straight away or refrigerate. I usually make them the night before for work - they can last for a couple of days but they've never made it past 11am with me - too tasty! Ooo and they're even better with a tomato and basil salad.  

7. Almond Butter With Apple Slices And Cinnamon 

Don't be fooled by the kinda gross looking dish, it's actually amazingly tasty!! Chop up one apple then add a dollop of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you're good to go. 

Perfect for a mid morning second breakfast snack.

And thats all for my quick and easy snacks for work. Thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to start snacking healthier too - let me know in the comments if you have any other quick and easy snacks I haven't mentioned. 

See you soon,

Gabby xo

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