Posted by Lucy on December 13th, 2013
Christmas songs are a pretty easy way to make me happy – I usually listen to the first one on December 1st as the decorations go up and they’re played in my car and in the house until the last day of December passes by. And I’m always pretty excited when I discover a new and original Christmas tune which I just know I’m going to be listening to for years to come. One of my current favourites this year comes from Leona Lewis, and it’s a pretty catchy one, called One More Sleep. Give it a listen, see if this doesn’t put you right in the Christmas spirit!
About four a half years ago I decided to make a change to my hairstyle and had it cut into a long bob. I really enjoyed it, but let it grow out and have pretty much kept the same style since, only changing up the colour (brunette, blonde highlights, ombre) a couple times a year. Well, I’m itching for something different again and am thinking that a long bob would be my first choice. Here are a few of the celebrities that are inspiring me to go for it, and I’m defintely feeling a change in the new year.
Top row: Jessica Szohr; Julianne Hough; Jessica Alba.
Middle row: Jennifer Lawrence; Elizabeth Olsen; Brooklyn Decker.
Bottom row: AnnaSophia Robb; Alexa Chung; Kerry Washington.
This time last year I posted a recipe for winter vegetable soup, and it was super tasty, but I’m bringing you another one today, which is equally as tasty, but has a bigger proportion of vegetables, so has a more rustic and chunky texture. There’s also a slightly different selection of vegetables, and a mixture of both vegetable and chicken stock, which brings out a few a wider variety of flavours. So, here it is, an easy and delicious winter vegetable soup, best served with warm, crusty bread covered in tasty butter! This would serve 4-5 people.
1 kg mixed vegetables (carrots, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and onion) cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon parsley
1 pint vegetable stock
1 pint chicken stock
1 tablespoon creme fraiche
Put the chopped vegetables and parsley into a large saucepan. Pour over the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Put a lid on the saucepan and lessen the heat to low-medium, simmering for 25-30 minutes, until all the vegetables are super tender. Pour the portion you are serving (a mixture of the vegetables and the stock) into a food processor or blender and blitz until it reaches the desired consistency. Add the creme fraiche and pulse until mixed in. Serve.
We’re back from a wonderful weekend spent in the big smoke, aka London. It was an awesome trip, with lots of food, shopping and generally taking time out away from home to enjoy the time together. We stayed in a hotel super close to King’s Cross St. Pancras station, which was perfect, as we were within 1o minutes of everywhere we wanted to visit. We walked the busy streets of the city, enjoying all the Christmas spirit that was in the air, taking in Oxford Street and Regent Street, and having some really good meals. It’s always a drag to come back to the real world once this kind of weekend is over, but it also makes me pretty excited for the next trip we’ll take soon.
As regular visitors to the blog will know, I am a big fan of all things clothes and shopping-related, so imagine my excitement when the new Autumn/Winter Lookbook for Jigsaw popped up in our inbox. It incorporates key trends of the season with dashes of tartan, roll neck jumpers and over-sized coats to keep you cosy at this time of year. Whether you’re dressing to go for a walk in the countryside on a cold, crisp day or looking for a little black dress for one of your many festive parties, there’s plenty of choice for any occasion. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite pieces for you to look at and I think you’ll agree that these rustic woodland photos are stunning.
See the whole collection here.