Monday, 27 April 2015

Spring Prints


Well after a week of glorious sunshine last week, this weekend has been a bit miserable hasn't it? I thought I'd try and brighten up Monday with a very summery outfit, thanks to his little number from Naa Naa. I love all of the leafy patterns that are around at the moment and I think they're a lovely little alternative to the typical summer floral. This one is a little wardrobe staple as it can be worn dressed down, as I have done here, with the chunky ankle boots and leather jacket, or could easily be dressed up with a pair of strappy sandals and a smokey eye. Pieces like this are absolutely essential for summer holidays, especially if you're like me and really begrudge paying the extortionate prices for an extra case! (Yes I am stingy!)

I must also mention this fabulous backpack from House of Fraser. Now, House of Fraser has always been somewhere I look for bags as I think they are a place that has one for literally everyone, no matter your age, style or price range. This little beauty costs less than £30 and is perfect for me for uni. I can easily fit my mac, notebooks and all of my snacks (and trust me there is a lot of them) into it yet it isn't so big I look like I'm going hiking. An all around winner in my eyes!

Do you guys have any holdiay perfect pieces that can be dressed up or down?

Amy x

p.s. get 15% off at Daniel Wellington with the code saltandchic! 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

GIVEAWAY: Win a 30 Day Course of Skinade!

Boy oh boy, have I got a treat for you guys today. You may remember a few months back, my mum and I tried out Skinade, an anti-aging drink containing collagen, which works from the inside out to prevent aging of the skin, whilst also having amazing effects on your hair and nails thanks to all of the vitamins that are jam packed into each bottle. My mum and I both thought the effects of Skinade were fantastic, so much so that my mum even went out the next week and bought herself another batch! If you want to read more about Skinade, you can vist their website here.
Now onto the good part....
Skinade and The Blogger Programme are giving you the chance to win a 30 day course of the drink worth £90! All you have to do is enter via the widget below and that's it! Get those entries in so you can try Skinade yourself!


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Summer Sunnies Picks

Yup, it's that time of year again. The time where the sunnies are officially out, the car windows are down and only one of my arms gets a sun tan while driving (please say I'm not the only one who this happens to!). It's safe to say I've had my trusty Ray Bans out for a couple of weeks now and I am loving it and despite my summer holiday not being until September (cry) it's definitely not too early to be thinking about my holiday and summer accessories. These picks here are from Tesco's Opticians, somewhere I would never think to look for sunglasses, but they stock the most amazing brands from Ray Ban to Carrera to their very own F&F so there is something for everyone, no matter your budget. Now I would recommend spending a little bit more on sunglasses. The difference in quality is unbelievable and the more expensive ones really do protect your eyes as well as looking super fabulous. I think these Ray Ban Erika's in purple are my favourite pair from Tesco's selection - I already have a pair of tortoise Ray Bans so a purple pair would fit in to my life just nicely! They are a little pricey so if you're wanting something that's still of great quality but a little cheaper I love these Nude Sunglasses from Lipsy which come in at £30.

If you're looking for your pair of summer sunnies, be sure to check out what Tesco's opticians has on offer here!

Amy x

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

It Was Acceptable In The 90s


Back in the 90s, there wasn't a girl in England who didn't own a mini denim skirt. They were definitely a fashion must have and in my opinion, they are still just as fabulous! I kind of feel like I've just walked out of a 90s high school in this outfit and I love it - the crop top, the distressed denim, the super cool trainers - it's all 90s Clueless style heaven. 

I'll admit it, I'm not usually a trainers type of girl - give me a pair of chunky heels any day -  but I'll admit the past few months they have been growing on me. These Puma trainers are a much comfier alternative than sandals and really add a sporty cool twist to the outfit. Isn't it baffling just how much changing one thing about an outfit can make it so different? Team this with a pair of black ankle boots and you've got a much grungier look and it's this kind of versatility which makes key pieces such as the skirt so essential to your summer wardrobe.

Amy x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Love Fool

Let's all just take a second to appreciate just how frickin' pretty everything from Urban Outfitters Love Fool collection is. I mean, it hasn't exactly been a secret how much love I've had for the whole seventies trend this season but I absolutely adore this really girly, whimsical take on the decade. My favourite piece here has got to be the floral blazer *heart eye emjoi*. I noticed it in an Urban Outfitters store a few weeks ago and I knew I just had to have it - it's absolutely beautiful and can add a lovely, seventies summer twist onto virtually any outfit so I expect I'll be wearing it a lot. Anyway back to the Love Fool collection. If you like romantic, floral, floaty outfits like this one, the collection is definitely for you. It has a predominantly seventies theme, such as the bell sleeves and cute florals, with a modern spin, embodying a little bit of boho too - it's definitely right up my street! 

Be sure to check out the collection HERE!

Amy x

Monday, 20 April 2015

River Island: My Student Picks and 20% off!

River Island is a well known and much loved brand for every single person who loves the high street - I know they are one of my long standing favourites, especially since they opened their new store in the metro centre *heart eye emoji*. In today's post, I'm sharing my favourite River Island student picks and let me tell you it was hard to narrow it down! 

Obviously I had to include a bag, something River Island is famous for, and this Red Geo Print Tote Bag fits the bill for a student perfectly; big enough for books and notes and small laptops, whilst also being super chic. I actually think this one has a really high fashion feel to it and looks so much more expensive than its high street price tag! I think that as a student it's really important to have pieces that you can mix and match which is where the Mid Wash Molly Jeggings, the Ribbed Top and the Black Cropped Trench Jacket come in. They're all absolutely perfect for a bit of a change around and will match so many different outfits, depending on the type of look you want. 

And now onto the best part...from Tuesday 21st April (that's tomorrow people!!) to Thursday 23rd April, River Island are giving us students a whopping 20% off both instore and online! *does a little dance*. Make sure you take advantage of this because, after all, with exams getting ever closer we definitely deserve a treat or two!

Amy x

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Sunday Post: Crunchy Strawberry, White Chocolate and Almond Biscuits

I think to say I had a sweet tooth would be a bit of an understatement - I just love desserts. That's why writing these types of posts and having a go at a bit of baking is something I love to do; I might not be the best chef in the world but Karl and I have made some damn good desserts in our time! Anyway today's recipe is all about these simply gorgeous crunchy almond biscuits, complete with strawberry buttercream icing, a strawberry on the top, finished off with a drizzle of white chocolate. My mouth is watering again just by writing this! I came across the idea for this recipe on Vogue (read the original recipe here) and just altered it a tiny bit as I'm not keen on cream so this is how I did it! Full credit for the recipe goes to the author over at Vogue though! 

  • 200g ground almonds
  • Icing sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar 
  • 3 egg whites
  • White cooking chocolate 
  • Butter 
  • Strawberries

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. 
2. Combine 50g granulated sugar, 100g of icing sugar and all of the almonds and mix well
3. Whisk the egg yolks until they're white and fluffy
4. Fold them into the almond and sugar mixture until they make a stiff batter 

5. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper (seriously, I usually use flour as I did here but listen to the recipe and use grease proof paper - they WILL stick!) 
6. Dollop the mixture onto the baking tray in small amounts and bake for around 15-20 mins. The original recipe says only 10 but I think I made mine a bit bigger than I was supposed to - if I'm going to make biscuits they're going to be big!
7. Mix butter and icing sugar with an electric whisk until you make a nice fluffy icing. I'm not sure of the exact amounts needed for this as I just guess and keep tasting it until it tastes like icing!
8. Chop up approximately four large strawberries and whisk them into the icing 
9. Pipe the strawberry icing onto the cooled biscuits and add half a strawberry onto each one 
10. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of boiling water and drizzle over the biscuits with a fork

And there you have it! My version of Vogue's Strawberries and Cream biscuits (again you can see the original recipe here). They are truly delicious but I would recommend you let the biscuits properly cool before you eat them as they go soo nice and crunchy - I'll definitely be making these again!

Amy x