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How to cook for less than £2 a day for a week in about 10 minutes

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As a student I know how tight money is rent day but there is no reason for you to starve in order to keep a roof over your head, when you can eat healthily for less than the price of 2 Jagerbombs.

  1. Buy your ingredients in bulk, this means that you can freeze any extras for another day without them going off.
  • You will need:
  • 1X Bag of frozen peppers
  • Pre-prepared stir fry pork
  • Large packet of egg noodles
  • Jar/sachet of sauce of your choice
  • 1x saucepan
  • 1x frying pan
  1. Firstly, put a drop of sunflower oil into your frying pan, add a handful of the pork and continuously stir. Meanwhile add one portion of noodles to your saucepan with 250ml of water, when water boils turn down the heat and allow simmering.
  1. When the meat is no longer pink add a handful of peppers and continue stirring until meat has browned and peppers are no longer frozen. This should only take 5 mins. Add sauce to the pan stirring on a slightly lower heat to avoid it sticking to your pan.
  1. By now your noodles should be ready to be drained, use a collindar or if you don’t have one drain the water with a pan lid. Add noodles to the meat and stir in until fully mixed. If you want to experiment with herbs or spices add them now.
  1. Carefully pour onto a plate and enjoy your meal, put all left over meant and frozen veg into either the freezer/fridge and enjoy throughout the week as a substitute to your usual weekly Chinese. Alternatively cook a big batch and store in tubs so you don’t have to cook.
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OOTD: Leather me up.

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Excuse the gormless look on my mug, this is my latest eBay bargain – as far as I’m aware this skirt/similar versions are still being sold at Topshop for £40+ but I bagged mine for £9.50!  Remember the first rule of online shopping: Check eBay first! The vest top I’m wearing was £1 from H&M – YES £1 – WTF RIGHT?!

These leather look skirts are excellent for adding a bit of texture and sass to any boring outfit and can be paired with almost anything, it’s just a case of being creative and resourceful with what you’ve already got. I will be making this little number a staple piece from now on!

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New Year…Not so new me

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Above is my friend Steph and I before we ventured out on the town for NYE.

Steph (left), is wearing a mesh H&M dress with shoes from Primani Primark and I’m wearing a dark green play-suit from Missguided, waist belt (that kept falling off) from New Look and shoes which I sort of accidentally bought from Just Fab, for £35.

Now to the point of this post…

I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a new year’s resolution this year but nothing’s coming to mind. I don’t smoke, I’m not over weight and I don’t shoot heroin into my eye balls so all of the obvious options are fairly futile to me. Then I thought why should I change something about myself just because it’s time to buy a new calendar again? The only thing I could maybe promise for 2014 is to keep my room tidy but I don’t make promises if I have no intention to keep them sooooooo – that’s not gonna happen!

Instead I think I’ll make some goals for myself…

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Some more ambitious than others but I’ll take a punt at it at least!

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Boxing Day Haul

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So Christmas is coming to an end but do not fear as the season of sales is just beginning! Yesterday my mother and I ventured into the surprisingly not too busy sales looking for bargains – and bargains we found.

Pictured:

  • Blazer £14 Next
  • Lee Cooper jeans £20 from TK Maxx – BARGAIN !!!!!! (and they are stupidly comfy for skinny jeans!)

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Big thank you to the lovely Beth Barkway for taking these photos for me 🙂

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The Christmas Party Debate

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The Jumpsuit is back and ready to change the face of Christmas parties everywhere

The little black dress- done right and it could be what makes him say; “All I want for Christmas is you!” get it wrong and the only thing on his lips will be the left over crumbs from the mince pies! With this month’s Christmas special of trend guide you’ll be guaranteed a kiss under the mistletoe whilst looking drop dead gorgeous in every reflective bauble in sight. Unlike years past, here in 2013 there is a new player in town, bringing a new twist on Christmas party outfits entirely – the little black jumpsuit! A few years ago the sheer thought of wearing a jumpsuit to a Christmas party would repulse fashionistas to their very cores but after being revived on the runway by designers such as Emma Cook, DKNY and Saint Laurent; this is one must-have outfit which is sure to revolutionise your wardrobe in full force. Potentially stealing the LBD’s title of “chicest outfit”, with its power silhouette and practical poise this is one staple no one will be removing anytime soon, so get ready to make your entrance and pick a side in the war of must-haves!

The infamous Coco Chanel is believed to be responsible for the uprising of the LBD, making it accessible to women of all classes via its versatility and simplicity meaning it could be dressed up or down for any occasion. An ethos which we still hold dear to our hearts today, there’s no doubt that even the most fashion phobic woman would feel comfortable and sexy whilst rocking a little black dress but have we become too reliant on this trusted trend? Does it really capture a room like it used to? Or do we need a new sustainable trend?

Enter the little black jumpsuit, the little black dresses new arch rival. Not only can it be dressed up and down like the dress but this piece is much more season appropriate, meaning the wearer can not only be warm through the biting winter winds but can also cover up the fact that she’s not shaved her legs since November without the guilt. The jumpsuit bounds back into fashion without the hideous prints from 2011, instead it’s been given a complete makeover and gone from ugly duckling to beautiful yet mysterious swan. Back in black, the high-street has been graced with the presence of jumpsuits made of everything from silk for smart to polyester for a sexy bodycon look. Missguided are leading the way on this particular bandwagon hosting a huge variety of jumpsuits all under £35, for a staple wardrobe piece that’s a very fair price.  With mesh and cut out panels being introduced to their designs the jumpsuit has never looked better, for the office wear with a blazer of your choosing (white perhaps?) and a statement necklace you’ll demand the respect of the boardroom in true fierce style. Then after work on a Friday night, hitting the town for once but being the powerful woman you, are you don’t have time to go through the debacle of emptying your wardrobe searching for something to wear because well with the jumpsuit you’re already wearing it. Ditch your blazer, whack on those killer heels and turn heads on the dance floor.

Now although the jumpsuit is a very practical choice in the seasonal department it has one major design floor which gives the LBD a slight edge- we might be able to trick men but the fact of the matter is that we cannot trick biology and the calls of nature. Meaning that to use the bathroom you have to pretty much completely undress, which quite frankly is ridiculous, time consuming and a little embarrassing! At that moment a lot of us would think; “Why didn’t I just wear a dress like everyone else?” This is the moment when we go running back, begging for forgiveness for betraying the trust and security of the little black dress like a friendly ex-boyfriend. That’s the appeal of the little black dress, the one option that can never fail; the option that goes with everything and never goes out of fashion. Generations past have taught us that this is a piece which can be worn at any age, by any body type and still look stunningly beautiful every year there’s a new twist added to this classic and this year’s is much like the jumpsuit: mesh, cut out panels and low necklines. However one look the jumpsuit cannot compete with is the ever so striking leg split, brought back into the spot light by Angelina Jolie on the red carpet, this subtle bond-girl look is one that will turn heads and win crowds till the sun goes down whilst leaving the rest to the imagination. With an outfit as powerful as the black split dress there’s very little need to accessorize or anything else – the dress does the talking for you.

Both the jumpsuit and the dress have numerous lists of redeeming qualities which should make them the one you choose, depending on your lifestyle you may even choose to go for both! For those of us not so well off in this financial climate it’s important to factor in which will stand the test of time whilst making you feel comfortable and beating off compliments with a stick. What do you want from an outfit? If your answer is to catch every eye in the room then you’d be better off with the jumpsuit but if you just want an outfit you can wear for multiple occasions in several different formats then the little black dress is probably more to your taste and convenience. The jumpsuit is certainly the braver choice of the two and definitely needs an element of confidence to pull it off sufficiently or if you just want to stray from the norm and try something new – well this Christmas my dear, the jumpsuit could be for you.

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DIY: Clovey Oranges

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Okay so these are literally the most basic things to make ever, a monkey could easily do this and I’m not joking

So firstly all you need are two things – can you guess what?

YES, that’s right all you need are some cloves which you can get really cheaply from your local health food shop and an orange/satsuma or something like that

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Please excuse my awful nails, I didn’t realise they’d gotten so bad and quite frankly I don’t really care. So anyway, decide on a design for your orange or whatever poor fruit you’ve decided to stab your cloves into. You could pencil on your design if you’re a bit OCD or whatever, or if like me you’re just in this for the fun then go freestyle baby! I’ve gone for a wonky heart design on this occasion, I did debate going for something phallic but thought it might be a bit inappropriate haha

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Then just fill in the space and VOILA

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Christmas at the cottage…

So I’ve been home from uni for about a week now and Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few interior snap shots of my little cottage in the middle of nowhere Lincolnshire countryside all decked out for Christmas…

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Every year we always make these, I don’t really know what to call them – let’s go with errrrrrm… Clovey Oranges? Anyway I dunno if this is just a weird tradition that my family do or if it’s common but I’ve made a little DIY post HERE so you can join in the clove fun

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