December 29, 2018

Editor's Letter 2018


I've seen myself riding camels through the Morocco desert, to singing Mr Brightside very loudly, and very badly in a club at 3am, witnessing my older cousin have a traditional Thai wedding ( and being a bridesmaid! ), having my first very own business meeting, getting my first pay check as a freelancer, to getting my first tattoo. I don't think I've ever consumed as much fast food, as well as alcohol. I've been lucky enough to explore more of my city and discover remarkable locations, that I had no idea existed, to forming and developing friendships and relationships that make me feel warm inside. These are only a couple of highlights, amongst many, that I've been extremely grateful to have experienced during 2018. I can't even tell you how many incredible sunsets I've seen this year, and not just in the UK.

The year has been full of significant fulfilments from the very smallest to the very largest, and I'm so pleased that I was able to achieve, and experience a lot of the things that I had wanted to. There has been a lot of throwing myself out of my comfort zone, or at least trying to do so, as much as I possibly could, which has resulted in growth and accomplishment. I'm so incredibly grateful for the people that I have met this year, and the happiness that we've shared together. I'm grateful for the ability to move further toward my dreams, and the support that I've been given to help me achieve them. I'm grateful for the opportunities that have been thrown my way, and the ability to take them. The list doesn't end. I'm eternally grateful for 2018.

You may have noticed that there has been obvious change to my blog, as I wish to turn this space into a lifestyle portal, which may be considered as more of an online magazine. I've been working very hard to do this, and to produce more content that goes out weekly. I have a few ideas that I wish to proceed with, in the new year, and I hope that what I have in mind, becomes very successful!

As the year comes to a close, I wish you a very happy and safe new year. I hope that 2019 brings abundance, prosperity, new experiences ( good ones! ), amazing relationships, development of skills and hobbies, career opportunities, security, trust, more stepping out of your comfort zone, and growth. I could go on forever. I wish that 2019 is unforgettable but in all the good ways possible, and that the year brings only the best. See you there!

Love

Katria xxx



Photography by Emma Flood

December 22, 2018

The Classic New Year's Style Edit


Nothing says the New Year like a tornado of glitz, glam and endless bottles of champagne. We wanted to show you, how you can dress classically elegant, with investment pieces that can be transformed into work wear, date night attire, or casual brunch outfits. Celebrate in style with our top fashion picks below, to get you popping those bottles into 2019. Check out our previous post for our New Year's Beauty Edit - with must have products that you need, to create the perfect look for celebrating the arrival of the new year.


   
Gucci Dionysus Super Mini Suede and Leather Shoulder Bag | Net-A-Porter

The iconic Dionysus. The bag that has been seen, absolutely everywhere. BUT WAIT, this one is different. Okay... it's slightly different. It's smaller which means more compact, and honestly so perfect for a night out. It's roomy enough for just the essentials, such as your phone, card holder and a lipstick. The crossbody style means that you can wear it close to your body, so there'll be no need to worry whilst you're on the dance floor.




Staud Scarla Cady and Metallic Polka-Dot Tulle Gown | Net-A-Porter
  
Swinging in with the 80's vibes.The Staud tulle gown, will have you partying like never before. The perfect combination of classic black and rainbow brights, with the cady bodice having a retro square neckline. Throw in a metallic clutch or heels to spice it up.





L'Agence Emiliana Button-Detail Velvet Camisole | Net-A-Porter

Laid-back approach with a chic Parisian attitude. This L'Agence plush black velvet camisole, can be easily dressed up or down. Pair with the featured Naeem Khan Embellished Pants, or ripped style skinny jeans, slip on some of you favourite heels, or sneakers, throw on some layered jewellery and a blazer - you'll be good to go!





 Naeem Khan Embellished Silk-Satin Flared Wide Leg Pants | Net-A-Porter


Get dazzling with the Naeem Khan Embellished Pants. These high-rise, wide-leg flared pants are tailored from silk-satin, then carefully crafted with stripes of beads and sequins. Intended to be worn with the matching blazer, but can be paired with a thin black turtleneck, long overcoat, and of course, featured Gianvito Rossi Portofino Sandals. No doubt, you'll be the sparkle of the party.


 Gianvito Rossi Portofino 105 Suede Sandals | Net-A-Porter


Sleek and sexy, these sandals are ideal for off-duty days and all nighter events. The 60's inspired round buckle, creates a slight vintage feel, but keeps the heel chic and minimal. The clean two-strap design makes them super versatile, and there are so many colours and finishes to choose from. If black suede isn't on your agenda, why not patent red, leopard print or blush leather?


 Katerina Makriyianni Fan Gold-Plated Silver, Silk and Zircon Earrings | Net-A-Porter


You may not want to make a statement with your outfit – but in terms of accessories.. well..
The Katerina Makriyianni Fan Earrings in the most gorgeous teal blue, will draw the most unrequited attention. Delicately crafted, and perfectly oversized, will add that extra touch to a minimal outfit.


 Saint Laurent Ruffled Georgette Blouse | Net-A-Porter

Fancy going sheer? What better time than the New Year! The weightless Saint Laurent Georgette blouse, is a must-have wardrobe staple. Showcase with a lacy black bra, or a thin black cami and either knot up the neck ties or leave them undone. Ideal if you like a bit of ruffle, but not too much. Definitely, a piece that can be worn, again and again.

December 15, 2018

The Classic New Year's Beauty Edit






Whether you favour the fresh face, dramatic smokey eye, or the bold lip, New Year is the ideal time for a sophisticated glam look. We're thinking; dramatic false lashes, shimmer, sparkle, and a pop of statement colour. We've created a New Year's beauty kit, with cult classic products that are a must have in your collection, and are perfect to use, however you may be celebrating! Take a peak below at our top beauty picks.


  
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 | John Lewis

Embellishing the complexion with fresh glowing radiance. Made with white rose and cotton flower plant cells to soothe and protect the skin, as well as SPF 15. Sculpt the face by sweeping over the top of the forehead, chin and bridge of the nose. For a sun-kissed effect chose a shade darker than your natural skin tone, and create an alluring natural glow.




Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ | MAC Cosmetics

To help keep your make-up in place for the night, sheer out foundation, or moisturise and soothe tired skin, opt for MAC's lightweight mist. Packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh. Comes in 3 delicious scents from rose, coconut and lavender. Spritz before or after makeup application for an instant boost of hydration, and add the finishing touch to a look.



Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette | Cult Beauty

Bette is a gorgeously rich, burnished amber-gold shade. An easy to apply, water-infused cream eyeshadow, containing Vitamin E for hydration. Glides effortlessly along the lids, without dragging along the delicate eye area. Apply with either a brush or finger tips on the entire lid, or highlight the face with a splash of colour, in the inner corner of the eye. Would match perfectly with the featured NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment. 

 Delilah Definitive Volumising and Defining Mascara | SpaceNK

Ready to bat your eyelashes with the Delilah Definitive Volumising and Defining Mascara? Made with olive waxes, and comes with a distinctive Y-shaped mascara wand to ensure that application is easy, and that instant drama and volume are added to the eyelashes. Formulated with a stretchable film that lengthens each individual lash, while the olive waxes create a flawless finish that is free of clumps. Create a soft brown smokey eye, and swoop over the eyelashes to finish.


 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop | SpaceNK

Soft gold with pinky peach undertones - what better way to celebrate the New Year than with BECCA's Champagne Pop Highlighter, the bestselling shade in the Shimmering Skin Perfector collection. The creamy formula is velvety soft on the skin, creating an ambient, dazzling glow and boosting the complexion even on your dullest days. Enriched with ultra-fine, multi-toned luminescent pearls, replicating sunlight on the face without appearing glittery. Light up the room, and apply onto cheekbones, cupid's bow, and underneath the brow bone.

 NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Don't Stop | SpaceNK

Comfortable to wear on the lips, with a lightweight feel, and providing a smudge-resistant finish with a long wearing hold. The NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is a long-wearing liquid lipstick, so whether you're dining out, or drinking into the early hours of the morning, this beauty product should have your back. There are a wide range of matte shades to choose from, but we've selected 'Don't Stop' - an intense red shade suitable for all skin tones, plus you can never go wrong with a red lip, especially on New Year.

December 08, 2018

3 Easy Vegan Soup Recipes


The meal of the season – soup! Easy to make, serve, preheat, and packed full of veggies and nutrients. Ideal as a sit down meal or to take on the go. There's nothing better than a delicious heart warming soup to get you into the winter's mood. We've made these recipes vegan, but feel free to add a touch of cream, or meat if it takes your fancy. Serve with your favourite toasted bread, sit back, and enjoy.

Sweet Potato Soup Serves 4
Creamy and fragrant, this comforting classic will get you through the season. Double or triple the ingredients, invite some friends over, and snuggle up to a movie. Using sweet potatoes makes a slight change from the usual, but feel free to switch it up and use the potatoes you have on hand. Accompany with crusty rolls, and savour.

You will need:
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1lb of cubed and peeled sweet potatoes
  • 2 large peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 slice of finely chopped ginger
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
Directions:
  • In a large saucepan heat the oil on a medium to high heat.
  • Add the onion and carrots. Cook until softened.
  • Stir in the garlic and chopped ginger. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the sweet potatoes and vegetable stock. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer.
  • Cook until potatoes are tender.
  • Blend, season and serve.

Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup Serves 4
Bringing some warmth to your table, this soup will aid to your soul. With a dash of cumin and chilli to combat the cold, and leave you feeling cosy and snug for the rest of your day. Add potatoes for a more creamier texture, and serve alongside warm homemade naan bread, or if thick enough, on top of rice.

You will need:
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 125ml non-dairy milk (preferably, soy, cashew or coconut )
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g carrots chopped and peeled
  • 140g red split lentils
Directions:
  • In a large saucepan heat the oil on a medium to high heat.
  • Add the carrots and lentils. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the vegetable stock and non-diary milk.
  • Add the cumin and chilli.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the lentils and carrots have softened.
  • Blend, season and serve.

Roasted Tomato Soup Serves 4
A winter staple – especially if you're suffering with the flu. Tomato soup is a classic, and can be eaten as a main, starter, or accompanied alongside your favourite dishes. This Roasted Tomato Soup is perfect for a lazy Sunday, after a long winter's walk, or hard day of work. Dip with cheesy garlic bread, and make some room for a second helping. Mmmm mmm.

You will need:
  • 4 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 1kg of plum tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Paprika or chilli powder ( optional )
Directions:
  • Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190 C
  • Place the garlic and tomatoes on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season well.
  • Cook for 1 hour.
  • In a food processor, blend the roasted tomatoes and garlic.
  • Place the blended tomatoes and garlic in a large saucepan.
  • Add the vegetable stock, basil, and the optional paprika or chill powder for some spice.
  • Cook on a medium to low heat for 25 mins, and blend until smooth.

December 01, 2018

Sustainable Christmas Ideas


Christmas is, undoubtedly one of the most magical and exciting times of the year. As we've now swooped into December, we're preparing for the chaotic last minute gift shopping, filling our tummies with mince pies, and snuggling up to thick knitted blankets whilst Home Alone is on repeat. We wanted to show you ways of being more eco-conscious and sustainable during the Christmas period, without being a Scrooge.

DIY Decorations
There's something special about handmade Christmas decorations, and if you have children this can be a wonderful way to get everyone into the spirit. DIY decorations can be a marvellous way of making seasonal memories, and can be handed down for generations to come. Not only this, but there are some incredibly easy ways to make and create decorations. Using natural elements, such as pine cones or branches, twigs and leaves make a super cosy and rustic feel. Think – paper or dried fruit garlands, homemade wreaths, and hanging paper decorations.

Wrap Smart
Brown paper packages, tied up with strings. Believe it or not, most wrapping paper is not recyclable, due to its dying and lamination. Each year 5000 football fields worth of wrapping paper goes to landfill. Wrap smart by opting for newspaper, or brown paper. You could even go paper-free by trying the Japanese Fusoshiki technique using reusable fabric, or placing your gifts in reusable tote bags.

Food Waste
It's no doubt that with Christmas, comes a banquet of endless self-indulging in snacks, and scrumptious foods. Although, excessive buying of food that gets abandoned, uneaten or can quickly go out of date, end up in the trash. Plan accordingly, and buy food in small quantities to ensure that no food goes to waste this Christmas.

Purchase Small
Purchasing from local brands, fair trade companies and businesses, is a wonderful way to support smaller companies during the seasonal period. Not only are you contributing to a hard working brand with a cause, you may find something more catered toward the person you're purchasing for, sightly more unique presents and gifts, than in your generic high street store or website. It's really a win win situation.

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