FIRST LOOK FASHION: House of Fraser SS15 Fashion Press Preview

I wouldn’t normally follow a fashion post with another fashion post here on My Blonde Reality, I do like to mix it up a bit, so I hope you’ll forgive me, but I received an invitation which put such a spring in my step that I just had to share it with you…

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As Love Unlimited sang…. “It May Be Winter Outside, But In My Heart It’s Spring…”

…And indeed it was very much all about Spring at House of Fraser HQ where I was treated to a special sneak peek of their Spring/Summer 2015 collections on their press preview day…

…And of course, I just had to take you with me for a little spring fling…

*WARNING*

Don’t click to read more if you don’t want to be subjected to the most beautiful, must have clothing items for 2015.

Don’t say you’ve not been warned.

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Fashion to Fall for: Autumn Lookbook 2014

I need no excuse to shop, I really don’t, The Husband will attest to that, but a change in the weather is as good of an excuse as any…

So, if you are like me and enjoy a sneaky splurge for no real reason, other than to pep up a soggy afternoon, then here are my top picks for Autumn 2014…

Race you to the check out.

Ready…

Set…

Shop!

2014-09-28_20-39-231. Next Belted Cardigan, £45 // 2. Zara Croc City Bag With Chain, £109 // 3. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner, £3.99 // 4. Dorothy Perkins Eden Mid Vintage Wash Jeggins, £22 // 5. Nars Geraldine Lipstick, £19.50 // Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Hot Pepper Lipstick, £8.99 // 6. ASOS Large Disc Hoop Earrings, £8.00 // 7. Zara Quilted Leather City Bag, £79.99 // 8. Topshop Control Over The Knee Boots, £125

In look one I’m aiming for casual elegance.

This wrap cardi from Next is GORGE. I have it in black and dark green and I’m pretty sure its also available in grey, red and navy. Its deliciously soft, warm despite being a fairly fine gauge knit. I love it, hence why I have it in two colours (and potentially more). I have been wearing it with either nothing underneath (and done up tightly) or with a little silky cami.

The jeans are a great staple. I love the Eden range from Dorothy Perkins, a great fit in a great range of colours.

The bags here from Zara are my latest guilty pleasure purchases. The quality, especially of the black bag is out of this world for the price. Highly recommend both of them.

The boots bring a different twist to the look, yes, they are a tiny bit pretty woman, hence why I’d be careful what I wear them with, but either way, I just love them.

Pair all this with a nice red (matt) lip and you’re ready for anything.

2014-10-28_16-27-21 1. Zara Two Tone Poncho, £29 // 2. Nars  Honolulu Honey Lipstick, £19.50 // 3. Saint Laurent Monogramme Sac Université Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,325 // 4. Topshop Riped Jamie Jeans, £45 // 5. H&M Sleeveless Scuba Top, £29 // 6. Topshop Textured High Neck Tunic, £34 // 7. J Crew Resin Medallion, £150 // 8. COS Merino Wool Jumper, £55 // 9. Ugg Classic Tall Boots, £190 // 10. Tory Burch Riva Flats, £190

Look two is similar to look one, but in a softer colour pallet.

I love warm neutrals, they are very lux and give off an expensive air of elegance, despite not breaking the bank.

The wrap/cape/poncho from Zara is to die for. Totally of the moment and totally chic. Pair with a simple, yet well made knitted top and you are away. Think ladies who lunch, or an outdoor trip up Bond St.

I went higher end with the bag for this look as this Saint Laurent is a timeless classic which will take you from now, right through to spring, summer and beyond. I always find that by pairing a higher end bag with a high street look usually ends up making everything look higher end, despite it possibly coming from Primark!

I don’t own the jeans yet, but I aim to very soon. Wardrobe, watch this space.

For the die hard fash pack amongst you, you may be thinking UGGS, has she lost the plot? Fashion sacrilege.  Well no, I’ve not. My name is Jennie and I love my Uggs.

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1. Wallis Leather Pencil Skirt, £95 // 2. Isabel Marant Shearling Jacket, £2,220  // 3. Topshop Satin Swing Top, £32 // 4. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow £49 // 5. Whistles  Ania Open Toe Boot, £165 // 6. Topshop U-Neck Tanktop £10 // 7. Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Colour and Shine Lipgloss, £26 // 8. Joseph  V Neck Drop Hem Jumper, £195 // 9. Organica Large Hooped Earrings, £275 // 10. Zara High Heel Strappy Boot, £49

In look three I wanted to embrace the leather trend which has been around for a while now. I’m a huge Wallis fan, especially their W collection. They have some really great pieces, lots of casual shirts as well as great classic, yet fashion forward skirts like this one. Great price, great quality and again, a timeless piece which you can wear many ways.

Here I’ve tried to focus on a lux day wear, possibly in the office, with a great shoeboot, or out for afterwork drinks by swapping to a strappy sandal.

The Chanel lipgloss here is also a great buy. It’s fairly new (last month I think), isn’t cheap but one click and you’re away. It lasts most of the day, even when eating and drinking and is really comfortable to wear. I wish I could buy the whole range, but I won’t. I’ll be sensible. For now.

I should also say a word here on the Charlotte Tilbury Pallete. This is heavenly. It finds my cheekbones without a GPS. Everyone needs this. Everyone.

2014-10-28_16-41-171. New Look Cameo Rose Faux Fur Gillet, £29 // 2. M2Malletier Clutch Bag, £915 // 3. Jimmy Choo Youth Boots, £595 // 4. Banana Republic  Luxe Leather Bracelet, £20 // 5. Topshop Fringe Trim Aztec Skirt, £40 // 6. TheBalm Mary-Lou Manzier Highlighter Powder, £16 // 7. By Terry Baume De Rose Lipstain, £35 // 8. Zara Oversized Sweater, £12 // 9. Victoria Beckham Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,895 // 10. River Island Fedora Hat, £22

In look four I was aiming for fun.

I’m loving the trend for the new mini skirts that are currently out. Nice texture, heavy weight fabric work to give this skirt more gravitas and substance than a normal mini skirt. IMO makes you look less naked.

Pair with a great pair of Wolford opaque tights and these cute boots, a jumper and a gilet and you’re on the way to being a cool cat.

The other stand out for me here is the The Balm Mary-Lou Manzier highlighter. A powder highlighter with minimal glitter it just helps you look lit from within. A huge favourite of the beauty YouTubers. Well worth £16 of anyones hard earned pennies.

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1. Boohoo Bethan Wet Look Leggins, £8 // 2. Philip Lim Pashili Bag, £675 // 3. H&M Knitted Snood, £3 // 4. New Look Check Meowt Tee-Shirt, £7.99 // 5. Topshop Gem Cat Ears, £7 // 6. Topshop Black Faceted Collar, £20 // 7. Aldo Oneriwien Boots, £80 // 8. Topshop Moon and Stars Earrings, £7 // 9. Oasis Textured Foil Vest, £28 // 10. Steve Madden Lilianne Boots, £96 // 11. H&M Knitted Hat, £3 // 12. New Look Check Shirt, £19 // 13. Aldo Allie Boots, £120

In the final look, look five, I just loved this t-shirt and wanted to build a look round it.

I love the grunge element to the leggings but paired with a high end handbag.

I ADORE the Philip Lim Pashili bag, its similar to the Celine Trapeze bag and although expensive, its not silly expensive like Celine.

And who doesn’t needs a pair of cut cat ears?

Were you tempted? I bet you were…

Do let me know in the comments section below what you’ll be wearing this Fall.

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The Five Restaurant Food Crawl….London

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I’m a bit like Oscar…

(Wilde at heart)

I can resist anything but temptation

And temptation it was when I received an invitation that I just couldn’t resist.

What do you say when an invitation thuds into your inbox inviting you to a five restaurant food crawl?

You say hell to the yeah…

Lucky for you, that’s just what I did…

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Recipe: Bonfire Night S’mores

Bonfire night is simply one of my most favourite nights of the year.

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There is nothing quite like being snuggled up to The Husband on a chilly Autumnal night (or any night for that matter, I’m a very lucky lady), but especially so when it is coupled with a crispy crackling fire.

Altogether now… Ahhhhhhh…

Throw some fireworks into the mix and it is perfection. You can almost taste the anticipation of the next wizz, bang, pop in the air.

It’s just everything.

So what more could you possibly want to make this night even more magic than it already is?

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Recipe: Pumpkin Martini – aka The Pumptini

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When’s a pumpkin not a pumpkin?

When you drop it…

Then it’s squash!

*boom*

Pumpkin Martini

This cocktail might look like squash, but it is far from squeaky clean…

It is ghoulishly good, with a killer kick.

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A lively little devil.

In my book it is better the devil you know when it comes to cocktails… and you can’t go wrong with a martini…

This one packs a real pumpkin punch.

With a good squeeze of blood (orange) to sate the thirst of all and every vampire.

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Perfect for when cocktail hour becomes the witching hour on All Hallows’ Eve…

Serves 2

For this recipe you will need:

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Pizza Union, Spitalfields: That’s Amore…

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The title of this post might be a bold one, but when you know, you just know.

We’ve had burger love, now its time for pizza love.

And I don’t use the L word lightly.

Dean Martin said it best…

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore…”

And amore it was when the Fabulous Fi and I visited the fabulous Pizza Union in Spitalfields for a long overdue girls night.

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On Our 1st Birthday: An Easy (peasy) 7 Layer Rainbow Cake Recipe

It’s our 1st birthday!!!

Yey!

My Blonde Reality is 1 year old today.

C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.E….. good times, c’mon!

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365 little days on the blogsphere.

Aka

8765 hours…

525,945 minutes…

31,536,000 seconds…

And what a year it has been!

Lots of up’s, down’s and middley bits, but boy this blog has been SO much fun.

And I couldn’t have done it without you and your support.

So a massive THANK YOU, from me to you.

Now a birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without cake.

It’s the law.

So, here is a cake.

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For not just any cake…

A 7 layer rainbow cake…

With cream cheese frosting!

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It tastes delish, looks amazing, and is a real showstopper to boot.

Even if i do say so myself.

A sure-fire hit to brighten up any birthday or celebration table.

And, for those non Martha/Nigella/Delia/Mary types amongst us, believe it or not, because it is based on an all in one Victoria sponge recipe, it is super quick and easy to make…

Simples.

To make a 7 layer rainbow cake you will need:

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Burghley Horse Trials 2014 – in association with Joules


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Last weekend The Husband and I were very kindly invited to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials by country clothier Joules, to help celebrate their Silver Jubilee…

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Having recently moved from the city to the country and having finally unpacked into our beautiful new cottage, it was time to face reality and realise that Loubs and Louies are all well and good in the paved paradise of the city, but in deepest darkest Northamptonshire a girl needs be practical as well as pretty…

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The Perfect Mani and Pedi: Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty

I may have been sick through spring, but summer has arrived!

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At last.

Hallelujah.

And that means one thing.

Grooming, with a capital G…

and with the prospect of unveiling my tarnished tootsies in new summer Loubs anytime soon it was time to call in the big guns for help…

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Ben’s Canteen – The Best Brunch in Battersea

So I’ve been a bad blogger and this is my first proper post of 2014.

I do have a good excuse though, sadly, as I mentioned the other day, here, I’ve been sick.

I’m getting better now though, so starting to back on blog form. Yey!

Anyhow…

The last meal I had out pre illness really was one to remember, thank goodness and it was so good, just the thought of it has helped pull me through the icky days.

Just look at this.

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See what I mean? You can’t help but fantasise about a dish as dishy as that!

Where is this bastion of brilliant brunch I hear you cry?

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