Deliciously Ella Banana Milkshake

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Deliciously Ella Banana Milkshake

A banana milkshake from McDonald's was my favourite sweet treat when I was little. I didn't have them very often, so when I was handed my paper cup and individually wrapped straw I savoured every second. The suspense of seeing the thick liquid slowly travelling up the straw made the first sip taste even better.

I get equally as excited about making Deliciously Ella's banana milkshakes. I've tweaked the recipe a little to suit my taste buds. The result is both really yummy and really healthy.

I make sure I have my freezer stocked with sliced ripe bananas. This means I can pull out a bag of frozen banana coins and pop them into my blending jug at any time. I then add in 1 Medjool date, 300ml of almond milk and a tablespoon of almond butter and whiz it all up using my hand bender.

Recently, I've been enjoying these at breakfast time as they're so quick and simple to make. I feel like I'm indulging but the ingredients are all so good for you! Of course they taste even better enjoyed in the garden and accessorised with a stripy straw!

Ultimate Holiday Essentials

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The endless photos of stunning beaches and Pinterest-worthy hotels on my Instagram feed have got me hankering for another holiday. I'm hoping to snap up a last minute deal for a short break later in the year. Having these ultimate summer essentials to hand makes it easy to throw a weekend bag together.
   Ulimate Holiday Essentials with M&S

My #1 holiday beauty item is sunscreen. My pale skin stays protected and moisturised with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF50, followed up with M&S Sun Smart After Sun*. I don't tan very well at all so if I'm after a sun-kissed glow - I'll fake it. Fake Bake's Amplify Daily Gradual Tan* not only smells amazing, but works to smooth and soften skin before holiday and to boost your tan afterwards.
Philip Kingsley Swimcap* is the ultimate haircare solution. It protects against chlorine, salt water and the sun reducing your chance of post-vacation frizz. I like to pop this on and then braid my hair if I'm lazing by the pool or going for a dip.

For skincare, I like a good exfoliating product and the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask* works its magic on your skin to wipe away dead skin cells leaving with healthy, happy looking skin. I'm yet to use the James Read Overnight Tan* mask as I'm waiting for warmer climes. I'm hoping this will give a lovely natural glow, reducing the need for heavy foundation and concealer in the heat.

 I like to keep it simple on holiday when it comes to makeup. A layer of Ultrasun Face* sun protection and lashings of Benefit's Roller Lash are all I reach for during the day. My teeny weeny MAC palette is great for travelling. Omega and Satin Taupe are my shadows of choice if I want something more in the evenings.

Lastly, Primark's travel rollerball perfumes are amazing little space savers. I have Miami Beach Club which is a really summery fruity scent. My nails where I like to splash out the colour when I'm on my hols. Leighton Denny Mini* polishes are super cute. I love the shade I Love Juicy (in the center) - it's a coral/red one coat wonder!

Ultimate Holiday Essentials with M&S Ultimate Holiday Essentials with M&S

When it comes to that one must have item, it's got to be a maxi dress. I'm a convert to the longer length and love how easy they are to style. I adore this seventies inspired M&S Indigo Collection Floral Maxi*. It's stunning for evenings when paired with a messy updo. The boho vibes make it ideal for wearing on lazy days too. I paired it with a delicate layered necklace from Orelia and my trusty New Look gold sandals.

Denim shorts are another summer staple for me. They're just so comfy and perfect for exploring in. Add in white pumps and a simple tee and you have an outfit sorted! Another footwear choice is a fairly recent purchase. I never thought sliders would make it anywhere near my feet but I LOVE these white ones from H&M. They're so comfy! Sunnies are a must and this Primark pair are seeing my through summer nicely.

So there you have it. Everything I need for a short break. Have you got any holiday packing tips that I need to know?
M&S kindly sent a beauty box and the maxi dress to review for this post.

A Bookish Request

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A Bookish Request

Let's talk about books.

I used to be that person who had 5 books on the go at one time. I was that child who would hide in bedrooms or bathrooms with my nose in a book when I visited other people's houses. And then university came along.

Of course, I studied Literature. The thing is, uni was tough for me. A fear of failure, perfectionism and a never ending course reading list didn't mix well. Since graduating I really haven't read as much as I used to. That is, until now. I'd forgotten what reading for pleasure was and it feels SO GOOD!

In between chapters of 'Elizabeth is Missing' and endless George R R Martin reading sprees, I've been discovering more and more BookTubers too. I've been aware of the BookTube community for a while now but only recently actually sat and watched people's videos. Despite not adding my two cents (just yet) and being a bit of a lurker in the comments section, I feel that I'm part of a conversation about something I love. And that makes me happy.

So I'd love some recommendations. For books, BookTubers, twitter chats, anything book related! 'H is for Hawk' is going to be my next novel to get stuck into - unless you have a brilliant book that you'd like to share with me?