Saturday, 9 April 2016

Birthday Wishing

(L-R) Deliciously Ella Everyday/ Sunday Riley Good Genes/ Becca Shimmering Skin Moonstone/ Florence Ankle Boots/ MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick/ Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Satchel/ Silk Eye Mask/ Monica Vinader Ziggy Pendant/ Clinique Take The Day Off/ Frayed Crop Jacket/ Shore Projects Watch/ Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay/ Mini Chain Messenger/ Gemma Lace Up Sandals/ Origins Smoothing Soufflé/ MV Organic Travel Set
Can you believe this time next week I'll be married? I'll probably be sat down enjoying my three course wedding breakfast right about now, isn't that crazy? Also don't you love that it's called a wedding breakfast? To say I'm excited is an understatement yet I can't say I'm enjoying my final week as a Miss just yet as I've been taken down by a viral infection which was masquerading as tonsillitis. Gutted doesn't quite cover it and without sounding like a serious whinger I can't remember the last time I felt so ill. Pity party over I wonder whether my health landslide was brought on by my amazing hen weekend, my sister from another mister and maid of honour Gemma organised the most memorable couple of days in London and for that I'm eternally grateful. Check out my Insta for a few clucky snaps.

Two days after our wedding Craig, Sadie and I are heading off to Lake Como for our honeymoon to enjoy some much needed R&R, we'll also be celebrating my 28th birthday while we're in Italy (my first birthday abroad and as a Mrs) so I thought it was high time I compiled a wish list, you know, in case you wanted to buy me a birthday gift before I jetted off? I jest, I jest. Now it wouldn't be one of my birthday lists without a seriously luxe, over the top item - say hello to the Proenza Schouler PS1 tiny satchel which I've been coveting for longer than I care to admit. A more purse friendly find is the Chanel inspired cross body bag from Zara, isn't she a little beaut? MAC Velvet Teddy would fit perfectly inside either of these leather loves don't you think?

Other notable picks, you know, the ones I can't stop thinking about are the Florence ankle boots from Bath babes Seven Boot Lane, not only are these the perfect update to my much loved Sam Edelmans but they share their name with my daughter, that's a sign right? Another Chanel inspired piece is the white frayed cropped jacket from Hush which would be uber chic in Como, not forgetting the gold wear-with-everything timepiece from Shore Projects which needs to be on my wrist pronto. While we're talking jewellery it'd be rude of me not to mention the Monica Vinader pendant which you can have engraved with your initial, I actually borrowed the same necklace from Gemma last weekend and I must confess, I didn't want to give it back.

Last but by no means least are all the beauty, skincare and honeymoon essentials (hello Sam Edelman sandals and silky eye mask) that I'd love to open in Italy. Since becoming a mum I rarely buy skin and body care prods for myself so I thought my birthday would be the ideal time to be treated. I recently tried a sample of Good Genes and it's incredible and MV Organics can do no wrong in my eyes so their little travel kit would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently sans cleanser, body lotion and highlighter (that's terrible for a blogger right?) so I'd adore Cliniques offering, that Becca compact and a tub of Origins pepperminty goodness. I'm also nearly out of Blackberry & Bay and would love to own a personalised bottle, which is something you can get for free (before the 15th of April) thanks to Lily with the code LILYPEBBLES.

Next time you hear from me I'll be a married lady but for now I bid you adieu as a singleton with a curry calling my name. Fingers crossed I can sweat out this infection...

What do you make of my birthday lust list?
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Pink To Make The Boys Wink


Coline Jacket: Claudie Pierlot via Selfridges
Oversized Wool Scarf: & Other Stories
Navy Striped Top: Topshop
Leopard Print Chain Clutch: Whistles
Popper Side A-Line Skirt: Whistles
Black Opaques: Marks & Spencer
Black Petty Boots: Sam Edelman
It feels like an age since I went on tour so I'm beyond thrilled to tell you I'm bringing you this post from my beyond comfortable bed in the seriously luxe Rudding Park in Harrogate. I'm feeling like a new woman after the most amazing Aromatherapy Associates facial and back massage which is just what I needed, the calm before the storm if you will as tomorrow is my penultimate wedding dress fitting and Friday, well Friday is the beginning of my hen weekend which means it'll be 15 days until I get married. 15 days until I become a Mrs instead of a Miss, I mean where has the time disappeared to? This past week has passed by in a blur of wedding preparations (oh the admin), personal training sessions (it's tough but feels so good afterwards) and Easter egg avoidance as I'm trying my very best to be good on the wedding countdown - so far so good although there is a cookie iced with Sadies name in our hotel room that's staring at me, maybe this will break me? Should I start a pray for Hannah hashtag?

These snaps were taken on Easter Monday where we found ourselves picking up our wedding bands and enjoying a family stroll with hot chocolates in hand, for the record I didn't have my usual addition of marshmallows. Healthy right? I picked up this blue leather jacket in the Selfridges sale when I went to choose my wedding shoes in London back in January (I know, I know how many times have I said wedding). While I wasn't in the market for a leather jacket at that very moment I couldn't resist this buttery soft baby with it's detachable faux fur collar - throw in a final reduction price and oodles of French girl chic and I just had to make this wardrobe staple mine. If my jacket wasn't in the picture my favourite wardrobe addition would have to be my pink a-line skirt, not only is the perfect shape for skimming my child bearing hips but it's also the colour of the moment. Shades of pink, rose and blush are all over the high street right now and I for one am in heaven - I'm not even a super girly girl but rosy tones are definitely something I can get on board with. Completing the look I added a reverse Breton striped tee from Topshop which is that perfect length for pairing with slightly higher waisted garms, my go to ankle boots which I'm keen to replace pronto as they're looking a little tired and one of the best bags I ever purchased from Whistles.

Now I'm off to grab an early and healthy dinner with a crawling (yes she's crawling) Sadie Florence and my mum. Fingers crossed that cookie doesn't wink at me in the meantime...

Did you have a delightful Easter weekend? Do you rate pink?
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Raw Brownie Creme Egg


With the Easter bank holiday weekend almost open us, hello hot cross buns and lamb Sunday roast I thought it was about time I popped up this recipe which my rather wonderful fiancĂ© created as a dessert on Valentines Day. Now to give you a bit of background on the creation of this recipe, someone (also known as me) was giddy about the arrival of creme eggs in the shops and had a craving for a creme egg brownie, something I'm yet to make, shocking I know. Craig took this on board and decided to make a slightly better for you alternative (thanks to Madeline Shaw) which tasted divine. I'll be frank, this recipe isn't for the faint hearted when it comes to a chocolatey pud - if you like your puds rich, decadent and overloaded with chocolate then this ones for you.

To make six portions you'll need:

150g of hazelnuts
150g of Medjool dates (these are the big chunky ones)
50g of raw cacao powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
A bag of mini eggs
3 creme eggs

First you need to make your raw brownie mixture so pop the the hazelnuts in a food processor or blender and blitz for 3 minutes. Next add the dates and cacao before slowly adding the coconut oil as the mixture is blending together. Give this a good few minutes to blend and voila your raw brownie mixture is good to go. 

Now are you ready to get messy? Unwrap your creme egg, grab a palm sized amount of raw brownie mixture and mould this around your creme egg. Think of the coating that makes up a Scotch egg and you'll be on the money. Repeat until you've covered each creme egg. Got some leftover mixture? Pop it to one side for now.

Next pop 3/4 of your bag of mini eggs in the food processor and blitz until they resemble pastel coloured pieces. Now put your mini mini eggs onto a plate add the brownied creme egg and roll until covered. Any mixture that is left over can be made into balls as pure raw brownie or can be used to covered any remaining mini eggs. Alternatively you could use the smaller sized creme eggs to make bite sized Easter celebration treats. 

Once all covered pop them into the fridge to set for around thirty minutes then get ready to enjoy. We sliced ours in half and added strawberries to balance the unhealthy/healthy scales and while I'm no food blogger in terms of photography you've got to admit this Easter egg looks pretty darn good. 

What will you be baking this Easter? 
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Friday, 11 March 2016

Dressing Like My Daughter

Stripe Cuff Knit Jumper: Whistles
Khaki Slim Leg Dungarees: River Island
Cream Biker Jacket: Zara
Alexa Bag: Mulberry
Adidas Gazelle Trainers: JD Sport
I think the last time I rocked a pair of dungarees was a good twenty years ago but with Sadie being such an avid wearer (yes I take style inspiration from my eight month old) and because they're all over right now I thought it was time I took the plunge and bought a pair myself. I've seen an abundance of black and traditional blue dungarees across the high street but it wasn't until I spotted this khaki pair on River Islands styling Instagram that my eyes turned into hearts. Cue a rapid online stock check and a speedy trip to Meadowhall to pick these babies up. I think dungarees are the ultimate Marmite buy, you either love 'em or hate 'em but I'm honestly thrilled that I've finally got a pair - they're beyond comfy and most importantly make a change from skinny jeans which I hate to say I'm getting bored of. The only thing I need to work on is my shoe game, sporting just Gazelles will soon get dull no? Maybe I need these?

Another newb we need to discuss is Whistles' take on the regular striped knit which found its way into my wardrobe thanks to Grazias 25% discount, any excuse right? Now we all know I should be building my honeymoon wardrobe but we also know I can't resist a good knit - it must be the true English gal inside me. So yes this piece may not be the most Lake Como appropriate but its definitely going to be one item I wear time and time again, fact. Finally give a warm Cagney and Lace welcome to my cream wannabe wool biker jacket from Spanish giants Zara, this baby has been waiting in the wings since well, what feels like forever. After spotting this in one of Fleurs vlogs and discovering it wasn't even £40 it had to be added to my jacket collection stat. I've got more wear out of this than I ever thought imaginable, kudos Zara. Kudos.

This week has passed by in a sea of loveliness with my first Mothers Day and Sadies christening making Sunday one to remember. Thankfully things have been less uptempo these past few days and I've enjoyed pottering around the house, running errands and catching up with friends. Yesterday Craig and I ordered our wedding bands before he got ready to jet off for his stag in Krakow, I can't believe how quickly the time is going - we'll be saying I do in just over a month! Someone pass the wedding to do list...

What do you make of dungarees? Where do you get your style inspiration from?
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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Twenty Minute Nutella Cookie


One thing I've recently found myself enjoying is baking - ever since I became pregnant I've found baking a good way to relax and even now Sadie is here I still enjoy whipping the odd recipe together while she naps. Now I'd never profess to being a Bake Off Queen as I'm just not that fancy but I'm more than down for the kind of baking where you throw everything together and get something rather scrumptious. Enter the twenty minute Nutella cookie, they're not the sexiest or most Instagramable bake you'll ever make but they taste rather awesome when you're craving something sweet and they're way nicer than those Nutella cookies you can get at Starbucks.

To make a bakers dozen you'll need:
1 large egg
70g plain flour
275g Nutella - yes that's a whole lot of Nutella
60g chopped nuts - I usually pick hazelnuts and they're always delish

Before you get to grips with your ingredients pop your oven on to 180 degrees or gas mark 4 and prep a baking tray with grease-proof paper, now you're ready to get cracking. First combine the flour, egg and Nutella in a large bowl and mix together with your spoon of choice until there's no floury lumps and bumps remaining. Next fold in your chopped nuts of choice, if nuts aren't your bag then give some chocolate chips a bash.

Now it's time to roll your dough into balls. I don't get too precious over the size but would say around 3cm in diameter as a rough guide as they seriously expand while they bake. Place your cookie balls onto your prepped tray leaving a 5cm space in-between each one.

Bake your cookies for ten minutes and leave them to cool before tucking in....if you can wait that long!

Do you find baking therapeutic? Do you dig Nutella as much as me?
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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Shopping For Mothers Day With Amara



Mothers Day has always been one of those calendar events I've cherished - from making breakfast in bed with hand written menus in my younger years to spending hours thinking of the perfect gift there's nothing quite like seeing your mums face light up with delight so this year I'm beyond excited to be part of the Mothers Day club too. The past eight months have been euphoric, life changing and more often than I care to admit, tiring - being a mum is the best thing and while I've always thought my mum is the bees knees I now appreciate everything she's done for me, from my first cry to teething and beyond - a phrase for a female Buzz Lightyear surely?

If you're not a gifting guru or aren't quite the Mothers Day organised beaver then I suggest you to take a peek at Amara.com, not only do they have a beautifully curated gift guide from hard to find brands including Laduree and Kate Spade (I'll take one of everything please) but they do the all important next day delivery service which is perfection for last minute gifting. Team Amara rather kindly gifted me this beautiful Odds & Ends Kate Spade plate* which I've had my gold lovin' eyes on for ages. You might notice one solo gold ring sitting beautifully on my new plate and this proudly gives a nod to another strong mother, my nannan. She's the best.

Craig in case you're reading this on behalf of Sadie because we all know she can't online shop (yet) I'd not say no to poached eggs in bed and one of these Selfish Mother sweats because slogan jumpers are my jam.

Whatever you're doing this Mothers Day I implore you to give lots of love to your deserving mum, we're going out for an early dinner as 12.30 signals the beginning of Sadies christening - yes we like to go big and do one hundred and one things at once in the Firth/Wild residence. I think my first Mothers Day is going to be one to remember.

Do you love choosing gifts for your loved ones as much as me?

*PR gift, all thoughts as always my own.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Eating Well At Nourish, Sheffield


Healthy eating is the topic on everyones lips right now, from Deliciously Ella to Madeleine Shaw, not forgetting Jamie Olivers battle with the government over the sugar tax - almost everyone is talking about what to eat. While I've always been an 80/20 eater (80% healthy and 20% whatever I fancy) the birth of my beautiful daughter Sadie has made me even more wary of what I should and shouldn't be eating so a blog gathering to test the new Spring menu at Sheffield founded Nourish couldn't have come at a more appropriate time.

If you're a Cagney and Lace regular you'll know this wasn't my first trip to Nourish (read about it here) but in case you haven't a clue Nourish is part of the new fast food restaurant brigade with all the speed and convenience of McDonalds but with none of the unhealthy and unsatisfying cack involved. On Wednesday I was lucky enough to sample some of the Spring menu and boy are you Sheffield (and Leeds lot) in for a treat - the stand out dishes for me were the Lift Yourself box packed with beetroot, buckwheat, feta and sesame and the delicious Italian Meatballs made from turkey, tomato, parmesan, tarragon and lemon. Wanna know the thing that'll have me beating down Nourishs front door for more? Their fresh out the kitchen smoothies - the Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Berry Kombucha are divine and perfect for satisfying my sweet craving.

What I love about Nourish is that each dish is created with a health benefit and feel-good factor in mind, unlike most restaurants its the costings that come secondary and that's my kind of customer care. Founder and nutritionist Dave is as passionate as ever about bringing healthy eating to the masses working with everyone from Sheffield City Council to the Housing Association. I asked Dave for tips on how to lose the remainder of my baby weight and he told me what he tells all his clients including a few celebrity mums - nourished mum, nourished baby. Totally makes sense right?

Now when can I go and get another Berry Kombucha smoothie?

Have you ever visited Nourish? Do you enjoy eating healthy?
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