Monday, 13 October 2014

#AlproTops Challenge

Last month, the lovely people over at Alpro asked me to become a blogger ambassador* for their newest campaign called 'AlproTops'. AlproTops is all about getting creative with your breakfast using Alpro's big pots of yoghurt as the base. Now, I'm going to be truthful, I've never been a big yoghurt fan. I hated the texture of it but when the email landed in my inbox I thought I needed to get over this hatred of yoghurt and thought this could be the best thing for me. I was given enough toppings to keep me going 5 weeks, let alone 5 days, some gorgeous Bloomingville bowls and the coolest engraved spoon with my name on! Now, let's get onto my AlproTops! 

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 1 started with the Vanilla big pot with pistachios, muesli and some honey. Something quite simple and basic but easy to ease me into yoghurt again. I have to say, the vanilla yoghurt is smooth and full of flavour so the toppings just made it that much nicer. 

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 2 was the Strawberry & Rhubard yoghurt with mulberries, flax seeds and coconut powder. Absolutely off the charts enjoyable. I usually hate strawberry as a flavour but the rhubard gives it a twang that can't be rivaled.

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 3 was the Lemon & Lime yoghurt with pistachios, cranberries, mango cubes and a sprinkling of mint. I won't lie here, I wasn't a fan of the lemon and lime flavour, it was just too much of a twang for me, especially in the morning!

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 4 came my favourite of the 5 days and it was a mix of the Vanilla and Plain yoghurts with pistachios, flax seeds, maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. An absolute dream for 6am and a joy to eat. It kept me full until my break at 12 and the cinnamon just made it that much nicer for my early taste buds!

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

On day 5, I wanted to try something a little more extravagant seeing as I had a lot more time on my hands. Alpro Plain yoghurt pancakes were on the list, topped with maple syrup, pistachios and mulberries. It was a great 'Sunday' brunch with a brilliant healthy twist and I'll definitely be making these again! 

I just want to say thank you so much to Alpro for choosing me for this campaign. I've had a great time thinking of the different toppings and I'll definitely be sticking to the Alpro big pots for my mornings!





Thursday, 9 October 2014

VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray: Review

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Picture of VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray

Picture of VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray
VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray (£4.19) - Boots

I've never been a hair person. As long as I can remember I have done the absolute bare minimum when it comes to my locks and I can only put it down to my overly frizzy, curly barnet that sent me to stages of grief and anger. I wouldn't go as far as saying I hated my curly hair but sometimes it did feel that way. Recently though, I've cut it into a shoulder length bob and I love my new cut. I do straighten it but thankfully I have trained my hair into only needed to two washes a week, minimising the amount of heat I use. This lead to a new problem, lack of volume. My curly hair had masses of it and I wasn't about to give that up now, so off to Boots I went on a search. Now, you ladies have raved about this, and I can see why. A couple of spritz before I leave the house and I am good to go. I cannot love this can more than I actually do, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and more so. It makes any style a pleasure to work with and my hair is uplifted. It gives my hair the texture and oomph that I crave, in a style I absolutely adore. Thank you VO5, magic in a spray can.



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Best of Britain: Kirkstall Abbey

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Here is the post that I promised about Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds and I have to say, it's an incredibly beautiful place. I can definitely understand why my sister wants to get married here one day. It was a lovely day and the sun shining through the ruins really just made it that much better. Historically, there is a lot going on with it being founded circa 1152. In 1538, during Henry VIII's reign, the abbey was disestablished in the dissolution of the monasteries all around Britain and because of this, we are left with what is a ruin that Leeds Council has made public. Perfect for a day out with the family or friends on a gorgeous sunny day. Just be careful of the ladybird infestation they have there, I'm sure I left with a few in my hair!



Monday, 29 September 2014

twenty one







new look jacket
new look pastel blue top
new look glitter socks
new look black boots
new look necklace
amazon 'celine' bag

Well hello there, fancy seeing you here? I thought I'd hit the blogging ground running with an OOTD and of course that meant a New Look head to toe look. I wish I had the time to actually look through the high street for more gems but when you work 40 hours a week in an already well priced high street store WITH a fantastic store discount, why not?! I wore this outfit on a trip to Leeds for my sisters 21st to Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park and Rosie's Diner. There will be a post up over the next two days about Kirkstall Abbey because it was absolutely stunning and these photos were taken there. I bought the jacket about a week ago and it's not left my side, a perfect autumn jacket and just makes most outfits look that little bit better. The top is the new kimono sleeve top that comes in about a thousand different colours and at £9.99, it's a great addition to everybody's wardrobe. Just one more note, the bag was a present off a friend and I have NO idea where it's actually from but I have linked to one very similar on Amazon.





Saturday, 2 August 2014

LighterLife FAST: The Results!

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Picture of LighterLife FAST meals

Picture of LighterLife FAST meals

Right, let's get down to business guys. I've been on LighterLife FAST now for the past 4 weeks and here is my review on it as a whole and a few individual. Now, if you're not dedicated, I wouldn't give this a crack. There were days when I just didn't want to do it anymore but the great thing about it is that if you're not feeling it one day, or you have an extremely busy day at work or university then you can push it to the next day. Flexible if I say so myself! My two favourites, Pasta Carbonara and Vegetable Soup, were lovely. Like, I would eat the vegetable soup just as a cup-a-soup on a normal day! Thick but not to thick, and packed full of flavour. The carbonara is lovely, tastes just as you want it to and both keep you full for ages! Now, my least favourites were the Original Porridge and Spaghetti Bolognese. I am not a fan of porridge in any shape or form so this was just another to add to the list but I can't see why a porridge fan wouldn't love this! The spaghetti bolognese just didn't sit well with my stomach at all, but tomato base meals aren't great for me at all. Again, the taste does rock well with an ordinary Spag Bol! On a final note, I have to special mention the bars that LighterLife FAST offers. The Toffee and Crispy Peanut bars are, without a doubt, some of the best I have ever tried. Kept me full for as long as I needed and tasted tremendous. I do that that LighterLife FAST is a great option for anybody to try and I would give it a go for 4 weeks to see how you get on. I lost 6lbs on this which for me, was GREAT. I can't say no to a 6lb loss when I wasn't really trying to lose it!

Would you give it a go?