#FridayFavourites: Pretty in Paisley Prints

Paisley prints are such a gorgeous trend for the summer whether you’re chilling on the poolside or dancing the nights away at a festival. The pretty print will bring some girlie-girl vibes to a bohemian look with its meshed floral patterns. Bold colours against the Persian-inspired trend creates the perfect statement summer ensemble.

 

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Off-the shoulder printed dress, Topshop £39  

Bardot necklines are bang on-trend this season and this dress is your new summer holiday must-have. Pair with sandals for your friend’s BBQ or glam up for a cocktail night with chunky wedges and a classic clutch bag.

Coral flounce bikini, Charlotte Russe £12

The paisley print looks fab in coral and blue shades and its flouncy statement style makes it the perfect boat party look- Hello Ibiza!

Fermore iphone case, Jack Wills £14.50

This gorgeous patterned case will make your everyday essential look so glam when you’re on your daily commute to work.

Lily Bright crop top, boohoo.com £12

All you need with this statement crop is a cute pair of wellies, high-waisted denim shorts, a pretty flower garland for your hair and you’ve got your boho chic festival look to a Tee!

Silky strappy dress cami dress, missguided.co.uk £25

This is such a cute day dress for sunny afternoons and the expected odd cloudy ones this summer too.

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo totally rocks the paisley print trend with her gorgeous pretty-in-pink daytime off-duty look. 

Vera Bradley turn-lock wallet, Amazon.com £21

I have such an obsession with statement purses and sometimes love to just take one out with me on a night out because they can fit your key essentials inside. This print looks so gorge in girlie purple shades.

Angie gauzy shorts, wetseal.com £8.68

I love this style of shorts- so comfy for casual days- whilst injecting some must-have boho vibes to your look.

Front-split pencil skirt, ASOS £38

This statement pencil skirt will take you from AM to PM. Pair with a fitted blouse for a summer office look then glam up with strappy heels and a crop top for drinks later in the bar.

Print joggers, Jane Norman £20

Teamed with a classic cami vest, this bold all over print will bring statement to your summer daytime wardrobe.

Happy summer everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

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Guilt-free Raw Snickers Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love a chunky snickers bar or a naughty slice of cheesecake?! Well there is a lot to love about this tasty combo of the two with it being gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It’s all-natural wholesome ingredients with no added sugar will help satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings and keep you satisfied for longer.

IMG_2158To replace the processed sugars of a normal snickers bar, I made this dessert a healthier alternative by using a raw and sugar-free recipe which is just as indulgent and fulfilling as the original. I was so shocked this actually turned out tasty and my whole family enjoyed it too. You can’t go wrong with a dessert of chocolaty healthy goodness- the perfect pud if you’re having friends over!

Raw Snickers Cheesecake

Ingredients

Base:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cashew nuts
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp of Agave Nectar

Peanut Butter Caramel layer:

  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (you can use a reduced fat one too)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Agave Nectar

To decorate:

  • 1/4 bar of melted dark chocolate

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Instructions

For the base:

  1. In a food processor, crush up the cashews into small pieces.
  2. Add in coconut dates and agave until a sticky dough forms.IMG_2159
  3. Press the mixture into a round dish lined with clingfilm and put in the freezer for a good hour.

For the caramel:

  1. Blend all ingredients, adding the almond milk a little bit at a time.
  2. Once a smooth caramel consistency has formed spread over the base.
  3. Drizzle with melted chocolate in any pattern you desire.
  4. Pop it back into the freezer until it has hardened and viola a deliciously healthy dessert for everyone to have a slice of.

After trying my first ‘raw’ creation I will definitely give some other treats a go. I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make recipe and test it on your friends at home.

Love Leeanna xo

Beauty sale haul at the office!

It’s not everyday you get an amazing beauty haul like this for just £2 and without having to barely move from your desk at work. That is definitely one of the perks of where I work- the Notebook Magazine’s beauty team will occasionally hold a sale of beauty products featuring make-up, pamper gift sets, fake tan, hair treatments and it’s not just the cheap stuff either they’re all the fab brands too! I’m not great at maths but 5 things, that wouldn’t necessarily be in my current spending budget, for just £2 is an amazing deal!

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What I’ve added to my beauty bag:

Morrocon argon oil- I love nourishing my hair with argon oil every now and then and since i’ve been using it I’ve definitely seen a huge improvement to my dry, damaged, bleached and split-ended hair! So i’m very glad I now have some more.

Barry M Nail Varnish- I’ve wanted to try Barry M’s new ‘Sunset Daylight Curating’ collection for a while now and I particularly loved this colour. Blue shades are always a favourite of mine for all-season manicures and this totally stood out to me! I was letting no-one at work get their hands on this as soon as I saw it. I coudln’t wait to try it out and was so pleased when I used it- the paint literally dried in about 30 seconds. Didn’t even need to fear about smudging!

Co Lab Dry Shampoo- I thought this miniature bottle would be perfect for taking to Ibiza as I can only take a small amount of luggage for the journey. Dry shampoo is definitely a hair essential especially for the occasional on-the-go greasy hair days! This one smells gorgeous too with its lush fresh summer smell.

No 7 Nail Varnish- I don’t think there has ever come a summer season when i’ve not worn coral nail varnish, either on my toes or my fingers, it’s always been a summer must-have shade for me!

Bare Minerals Primer I was so happy when I saw this in the make-up box as I had literally just days before ran out of mine at home! I love using this before nights out for that extra coverage and it really helps keep your make-up on all night- without having to worry about doing a touch up.

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I’d never been to one of the sales before but oh my god it was carnage! Women were coming from everywhere- huge bags at the ready to get their bargains. I would have probably came out with a hell of a lot more if it wasn’t so claustrophobic and their wasn’t so much wrist slapping in the make-up bins! Next time I’m going to go in all guns blazing!

Love Leeanna xo

OASIS gives us a history lesson with its new cutting-edge V & A collection

A recent collaboration between high street retailer, Oasis, and London’s Victoria and Albert museum, saw a very unique approach of combining physical history with cutting-edge fashion to kickstart our Summer wardrobe.

The remarkable approach has brought a capsule collection of beautiful kimonos, dresses, co-ords and accessories, all heavily featuring brightly coloured floral and botanical prints inspired by the museum’s archives. The gorgeous pastel shades, feminine prints and statement patterns brings a range of chic looks perfect for your summer wardrobe. The pieces from the collection showcase the transformation of William Kilburn’s 18th century botanical design into a modern wardrobe must-have.

This bold printed Kimono is your new wardrobe essential. Pair with white skinnies and wedges for a summertime off-duty BBQ look or smarten it up for the office with a fitted shirt and black cigarette trousers. Kensington Kimono Jacket £48

This cute clutch is both practical and pretty, with a detachable chain and inside pocket to keep all your essentials safe. The feminine floral print is sure to brighten up any look this season. Victoria Bag

A cami dress inspired by two pieces of 18th century print history?! I love it! Perfect for a sunny day or the odd cloudy one. Smithfield Cami Dress £35

This gorgeous floral blazer is perfect if your attending a wedding this season or if you want to bring some statement to your 9-5 office look. The pretty flower design gives it a girlie touch whilst the tailoured shape maintains a smart and sophisticated style.  V & A Southbank Blazer £70

Super comfy flip flops are a must-have for your paradise getaway suitcase and these are even more great because 10% from every pair sold will go to the Gandys’ Orphans for Orphans charity that helps build Children’s Homes across the globe. Gandy’s Print Flip Flops £19

This easy-to-wear skirt, designed in London by the 18th century illustrator, William Kilburn but given a new lease of life by Oasis, is an item that will take you through every season in style. Swanfield Skirt £29

These gorgeous garments are perfect for the summer, whether you’re strolling along the beach, partying it up in Ibiza or stuffing your face at a friend’s BBQ. These pieces can double up as smart casual-wear and take your outfit straight through the night so you can dance until dawn.

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure: Summer Sparkle Nails

I totally love blue nail varnish shades for the summer but what I love even more is glitter and lots of it! There’s something about these nails I did this week that makes me feel like a mermaid! They just look like the sparkling ocean- perfect if you’ve got any paradise getaways this year or want to bring some statement sparkle to your off-duty weekend looks.

All I did to get this gorgeous sparkly look was use two colours- my new favourite Barry M gelly ‘Blueberry’ shade topped with my L.A glitterbomb ‘Aqua’ shade. After using a basecoat on my nails, I painted one coat of the pastel blue colour. This is why I love the gelly range so much- you only need one coat and it’s instantly got the perfect thickness and perfect glossines. No hastle or extra waiting to see your new look! Over this colour, I then painted on the clear blue tinted glitter varnish and was immediately ready to get out in the sunshine and show them. I finished with a top coat for extra shine and wholla the perfect holiday/statement sparkle nails! Or mermaid nails… they can definitely be called mermaid nails!

Love Leeanna xo

#MotivationMonday: Guilt-free Summer Berry Cake

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The past couple of weekends have been totally all about birthday celebrations and filled with delicious food, birthday cake and far too many bottles of prosseco and pitchers of cocktails! After all of these constant naughty treats, me and my housemates have developed a huge appetite and seem to be constantly hungry and constantly snacking on all the left over naughties in the house! Probably because we’re starting to truly feel the hangover…

Knowing and watching me fail at trying to complete my New Year’s Resolution to learn how to cook, one of my gifts from the girls was a recipe book by Amber Rose filled with healthy baking ideas for tasty sweat treats like cakes, tarts, jams, custard and puddings. Flicking through this Love Bake Nourish book, we have already bookmarked probably every page to try at some point! Our mouths were watering just looking at all the beautiful pictures!

Now that the celebrations of me turning the big 20 are over, we thought we’d give one of the recipes a go so we could munch on something healthier than our naughty stash of crisps and chocolate.

But of course it still needs to be tasty! So for my first go at attempting a recipe from the book, I chose the Summer Berry cake to use up all of our strawberries. Anything with fruit always makes me feel like i’m nourishing my body and doing it some kind of good.

Ingredients

Cake mix:

  • 160g wholewheat spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 20g cornflour
  • 180g unsalted butterIMG_1944
  • 180g maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of half a lemon

Topping:

  • 180g fat-free greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp light honey
  • Punnet of strawberries/blueberries/raspberries

The steps in this recipe are so simple to follow without needing loads of equipment – exactly what I need!

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees and grease a cake or loaf tin, whichever shape you’d prefer the cake to turn out like.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter until pale and fluffy, before slowing sifting in the flour a little bit at a time and beating in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Fold in the rest of the flour, baking powder and cornflour before adding the syrup, vanilla and lemon zest.

Top tip: If you think your mixture is too stiff just add a couple of tablespoons of milk.

     4. Pour your delicious-smelling mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40 minutes. The cake will start to look golden brown and smell amazing!

Top tip: Make sure you leave it cool for at least a good 40 minutes before you decorate with your topping.

     5. For the fruity topping, just mix the yogurt and honey in a bowl and spread on the cake as you wish before covering it with as many strawberries as desired. So simple but soooo tasty!

And wholla you have a tasty, refined-sugar free healthier cake for your family and friends to munch on! Delicious with your afternoon cup of tea.

I’d never used spelt flour before, I don’t think I actually even knew it existed! But in the book it’s a very popular ingredient in the recipes and Amber Rose highly recommends it for its texture and nourishing goodness.  I did a bit of research into the benefits of this type of flour and the reason it’s healthy is because it provides a number of nutrients including several B vitamins, lots of fibre for improving digestion and its lower in calories than wheat. Yay we can bake healthy!

And another health benefit that makes this recipe refined sugar-free is the alternative sources of sweetness by using maple syrup and honey. Maple syrup contains minerals, especially manganese and zinc, and at least 24 different antioxidants, helping your body with things like keeping bones strong and improving your metabolism. And honey is apparently good for improving athletic performance, whilst cotnaing antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
So could even be a pre-workout treat! Still best to eat both sweetners in moderation though! 🙂

Hope you give it a go at home and enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Love Leeanna xo