Friday, 4 April 2014

How To Make : Gorgeous Guacamole!


One of my favourite ways of relaxing is to hole up in my kitchen and cook. I love creating recipes from scratch, and entertaining friends with dinner is one of my favourite things to do. So with that in mind, I suppose it's quite odd that my passion for food has never really reached this blog.

Until now! I've decided to start working on some recipe posts every now and then, starting with this incredibly easy and great tasting guacamole - perfect to accompany a mexican dinner, or just with a bowl of tortilla chips...


The best thing about this guacamole is that it can whipped up with minimal effort (and ingredients) at the drop of a hat. It's fool-proof! Most importantly though, you'll definitely taste the difference from shop-bought dips. It's chunky, creamy and incredibly more-ish!

You will need - A ripe avocado|Smoked paprika|Half a lime|Salt & Pepper|Beef tomato|Chilli hot sauce|


First cut your avocado in half, it should feel soft but firm to touch. Glide your knife all the way around then twist the two halves to separate.


Carefully using the point of a sharp knife, stab the stone and twist to remove.


Using a tea spoon, slowly spoon out the insides, creating small chunks as you go.


Before mixing the avocado add a generous pinch of salt and the smoked paprika.
Also squeeze as much as juice from the half lime as humanly possible!
If you like coriander you could add some chopped leaves at this point. Personally I'm not so keen so it's left out of my recipe!


It should be looking like this...(drool)


Now for a cheeky bit of heat! We favour this Cholula hot sauce in our house, but you can choose any brand you like.


Carefully add two drops! Chilli sauce can be pretty potent stuff, and we're only adding it for depth of flavour, not to blow peoples heads off!
Besides after a taste test at the end you can always add more...


Finally chop up half of your beef tomato. To keep the guacamole from getting too wet, I try to only use the flesh and discard the pulp.


Throw in your chopped tomato then mix thoroughly, smashing the avocado with your spoon as you go. You're aiming for a smooth texture with satisfying chunks of both tomato and avocado throughout.


The best bit...Taste testing! This is where you can decide if you need more seasoning or hot sauce (note - it can take several 'tests' before you're absolutely, completely sure!)


Serve in your favourite homeware (these two are from Berts) with tortilla chips for dunking!
I like to sprinkle a little more paprika on top for presentation, but this is optional.

It really is that simple! But totally worth making that little bit more effort...


I have a few more recipes in mind for future posts, some a tad more complex that little beauty!
And luckily for me, Sam is around to photograph them! Thank you Sam! (He was rewarded with guacamole!)

Love Yours Truly, x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Liberty Love...


For a start, let me just say that 5.30am is not a time that really exists in my world.
Gone are the days of my 'sensible office job' which required early awakening, and to be honest, I rarely crawl home in the wee hours anymore either. 
So should you want to find me at that time, best bet is that I'm enveloped in my duvet!

However, always up for a change of pace - I quite willingly arose at the ungodly hour a fortnight ago, to venture on a commuter train to London, with one dreamy destination in mind! 


I had been invited to Liberty, for a scarf styling breakfast, where over nibbles of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee we were going to be taught everything we wanted to know about their iconic silk scarves!

I woke up bleary-eyed, but a woman on a mission! Pulling together an outfit of H&M tights, an eBay paisley dress and favourite Topshop brogues, I was out of the door in about fifteen minutes flat...


And packed in my ever trusty vanity case, all essentials for a day of blogging. I have to say, it felt wonderful to have a day solely dedicated to Yours Truly!



And although she features in the photos below, now would be a great time to say that I had the pleasure of meeting Kristabel of 'I Want You To Know' (as well as the lovely Camilla of 'Into The Fold'!)

Kristabel very kindly took these outfit photos for me. It was wonderfully deserted when we started to snap, then every man and his dog decided to appear! Typical eh? Thanks Kristabel!


Back to the scarves! For those of you who don't know, I actually specialised in Print Design during my fashion degree, and have always adored the insanely beautiful prints that Liberty create.


With that in mind, I was delighted to meet this lovely chap, who designs the Liberty scarves! He has full access to the archives at the click of a button and was able to talk us through the varying prints and how he develops and tweaks them to keep them fresh each season.
The print geek in me was practically frothing at the mouth as we talked through his creative restraints with regards to Liberty's heritage.
Now there's a dream job!



Myself, Kristabel and Camilla with our first attempts at scarf styling...



There were several scarf 'specialists' on hand to talk us through the scarves, and show us varying ways of styling them. 
Not only was I delighted to be playing freely with the expensive silky beauties, but I was amazed by the stylists knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.


What this wonderful lady didn't know about scarves, seemingly wasn't worth knowing! Drawing her inspiration from all corners of the globe, her passion was infectious!



Swoon...


A cheeky pose with my stylist! I loved this chunky braided style I'm wearing.


The beautiful Liberty ladies...


So many colours! Urgh! So much beauty!


Myself and Kristabel with the braided style - perfect for hiding festival hair or in my case...Dark roots creeping in!


I'm going to work on a scarf-styling post inspired by the wonderful creations Liberty showed us. I can't wait to show you how simple they all are!

Thank you so much to Liberty for inviting me, and what a delight it was to meet Kristabel and Camilla (and have a cheeky lunch with Dulcie who is lucky enough to work there!)


Love Yours Truly, x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Style Stories...


It was when I was at University that someone first commented on my habit of 'contextualising your clothes'

In my eyes, every garment has some sort of history. Even brand new items! 
A Breton style top can emulate Jean Serberg, or fisherman off the shores of France, whilst a pretty white broderie dress will always give me hints of 'Little House on the Prairie' 


Within my own wardrobe, I have an 'Abba' playsuit, 'Ziggy Stardust' skirts, and more 'Mary Poppins' items than I care to mention!

I've bought shoes off the back of seeing similar pairs in movies (The Painted Veil being a great example...Her two-tone brogues were amazing!) and always fawn over costumes whilst mentally taking notes for future purchases.


So with all that in mind, I think I had already given this skirt a story before it arrived on my doorstep!
A cheeky little Topshop treat, I loved the bright Spring florals on such a heavy, decadent fabric. 


As I pulled an outfit together, I realised how much it reminded me of early 60's prom dresses.
To me, it's a little bit 'Grease' and a little bit 'Sound of Music' (it could easily be made from a pair of jazzy curtains!)

I could just imagine a 1960's girl waiting for her date to pick her up, all dressed up for a drive-in cinema, or burger joint...Which is what we tried to emulate in these photos (the waiting part not the burger date unfortunately!)


My vanity case is one from my collection - it's a bit broken after someone fell on it during some very flamboyant dance moves!

My wedge sandals are from Primark last year and are still my favourites! They go with everything and are so easy to walk in.
Little glittery blush-coloured socks stopped my toes getting cold!


Since dyeing my hair, I'm definitely found myself drawn to pink (and indeed, colour in general!) a lot more.
With a skirt this bright though, I toned it down with black basics like a H&M body suit, and a Topshop cocoon coat.



I really love the idea of an elegant outfit teamed with messy, undone hair. So I left mine completely natural!
The necklace is salvaged from an old broken one, it's nowhere near as expensive as it looks!


I've spent the last few weeks since bleaching my hair trying to find the perfect semi-permanent dyes to achieve the pastel head I desire.
I think I've made some real progress since these photos were taken, results of which I shall share soon!


And as ever, I have Sam to thank for these lovely photos!
Taken during rush hour by a busy road, we chased the setting sun to capture the evenings beautiful golden light.


And the fact that I'm so comfortable with him, means we both forget what's going on around us...
Even when people were having a real snoop as their cars crawled along in traffic! 



Hope you had a great weekend!

Love Yours Truly, x

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Good Hair Days...


I don't know if you've ever noticed, but quite purposefully my little corner of the internet has yet to succumb to adverts or banners. 

Now before you think I'm galloping off on my high horse, I can assure you I have no issue with advertisements on other blogs, in fact it can lead to finding great new labels and etsy shops, which is obviously great!
I just never wanted it for Yours Truly.

I always want my blog to have sincerity and integrity. Whilst I don't write all the mundane details of my daily life, I'd like to think I give an honest (albeit up-beat) account of my life.


So with all of that said, when I received an email last week from a very pleasant lady offering me a pair of ghd's in the new pastel range. Well I was pretty bloody happy.
My poor old straighteners looked forlornly up at me, seemingly aware of their imminent replacement.

I was going to have a set of ghd's for the first time! And after a moment of pondering if I was 'selling out' I decided that if I genuinely want/like/enjoy something, I should share it. Isn't that what this blog is all about?


And I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with them! 
In my excitement I decided to put my new jade-green beauties to the test, and create three looks with my new pastel tresses.
And lucky for me Sam was more than willing to help capture my attempts!

My first look was very much inspired by this platinum legend...


I tried to recreate Marilyn's loose, sexy curls. But with perhaps a bit more of a 'bed-head' element. I always prefer my hair when it's a little messy and rough around the edges!



After spraying my hair with copious amounts of heat protection spray (and a quick blow dry to lift it) I divided my hair into sections and worked the straighteners round to form loose curls.
I then teased the curls to be a little looser with my finger tips, and sprayed the ends (from below) with hairspray.
I also sprayed my fingertips and worked a bit into the roots for extra volume.




My second look was inspired by another hair icon. Miss Golightly's layered beehive has always been one of my favourite movie-hair styles.
That blunt little fringe is just so sweet and stylish!



After using the ghd's to create a sleek, straight texture I then proceeded to lightly backcomb my hair throughout, focusing mostly at the roots.

After spraying a little hairspray on my palms, I then started to shape my beehive, fixing with kirby grips as I went along.


After all my hair was fixed, I pulled back a section of my fringe, to create the second 'mini-hive'.
This style is perfect for ladies with shorter hair like myself, as it gives you height with added volume at the front.




Unfortunately I didn't have a Tiffany's tiara lying around so instead I accessorised with 1950's silk bridesmaid garland, worn as a necklace.



My final look wasn't inspired by a movie starlet! It was the result of a bit of playing around...



Combing my hair forward from my crown, I used the ghd's to create a heavy curl, before rolling the hair round on itself, securing with a few kirby grips.



After pinning the rest of my hair up in similar rolls, I attached a couple of fresh blooms, for a fantastic pop of colour!


I am completely loving having bright pastel coloured hair (after a few wobbly days where I was tempted to dye it back to brown!)
It lifts my mood, and brightens up even the most mundane outfits. It's also re-ignited my love for colour again. 

Those ghd's couldn't have come at a better time!

Love Yours Truly, x