Sunday, 14 September 2014

Healthy Noodles | Quick Recipe Ideas

I love quick easy meals and after posting my Quick Healthy Breakfast recipe a while back, I decided I wanted to start sharing some more healthy recipes with you all. I don't know about you, but I personally love a quick dinner, I'm far too impatient to wait around for ages for something to cook. Unless it's sweet potato fries in which case I'll wait forever as they taste so darn amazing (post coming soon)

This noodle dish is Brent's concoction of goodies and we've been eating it for about 6 months now, it tastes amazing and fills you up all evening. They take roughly 15 minutes altogether. At the end of this post I have written all the benefits of the ingredients and what you could do to make it even more healthy.

You will need - 

Dash of oil
Chilli flakes
Ready to Wok noodles
2 small carrots OR 1 large
2 small spring onions
Half a pepper (colour of your choice)
Courgette (the amount is up to you)
Dark soy sauce

Prep - 5 minutes

Cut up turkey
Cut up all vegetables leaving skin on the carrots.

Recipe - 

Put a dash of oil into a wok and start by cooking all the turkey through. Make sure this is cooked properly.

Once the turkey is cooked, add all the vegetables, 2 pinches of chilli flakes (more if you like) and lots of ground pepper, as much soy sauce as you like and roughly a tablespoon of boiled water. The water will just add a bit more moisture into the wok for the noodles.

Don't let the vegetables sit for too long as the crunchier they are the better!

Once everything is in, put the noodles into the pan and mix all the ingredients together. If you want to add more soy sauce at this point you can, we always add a dash more.

Once the noodles are in, just mix everything together for about 2 minutes so that the noodles can go soft.

And serve!! Simple as that, it's so quick and easy.

Nutrition - 

Starting off, the noodles are straight to wok ones for time saving benefits but if you want a healthier choice, you can buy whole wheat noodles but they will have to be cooked first which will add 10 minutes onto this recipe. 

Vegetables are always great for you but if you want extra fibre, leave the skins on the carrots. You can easily achieve your 5-a-day buy adding a few more vegetables. If you suffer from bloating, steer clear of broccoli in this dish though. Although it tastes amazing, I suffered with bloating after this meal but once I took the broccoli out, I have been absolutely fine.

Turkey is great as it's very lean and high in protein. Because of the low fat content, it cooks a lot quicker than chicken as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this recipe and if you make it, let me know what you think. Brent and I eat this about 2-3 times a week and I can't get enough of it!

Will you be cooking this dish? Let me know how you got on!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Winter Boot

You are currently reading this whilst I am on holiday in Morocco but I thought that since it's coming into the Autumn season in the UK, it's about the right time to share my new boots for you. I always buy winter boots that are flat without any heel and I do find them very comfortable to wear, but this year I wanted to be more fashionable and sometimes feel that adding flat boots to a nice outfit ruins it, definitely does on me. Thanks to Pinterest once again, (who else is obsessed??)  I went on the hunt to find thee perfect winter boots so I could have Pinterest worthy outfits too...haha yeah right!

In steps the Western Ankle Boot from Next. With the perfect sized heel (4cm) and a comfortable fit they are very durable. These are the perfect winter boot for dressing up any outfit and also keeping a more simple outfit casual but chic. They don't rub and they are really comfortable to walk in. The faux suede doesn't mark easily which is great and I love the simplicity with just a zipper on the inside of the foot.

If you're looking for a new pair of black boots, these are the ones. For £36.00 they are a very reasonable price that will last a long time as they are made really well. They do come in a couple of other colours but I personally don't like faux snake skin and metallic boots but the black are on point!*Thumbs up* 

Now to find a tan pair...

Have you found your perfect Winter boots yet?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Roger & Gallet | Fleur de Figuier Ultra-Nourishing Oil

I don't think I have ever had a product that is as visually pleasing as this one, it's just so beautiful! I personally had never heard of Roger & Gallet but when I was asked if I wanted to try the Fleur de Figuier Ultra-Nourishing Oil* I could't say no. The scent sounded incredible and I loved that the product is so versatile as you can use it in both your hair and on the body.

The bottle firstly, look at it! A stunning weighty glass bottle with pink printed flowers on the back, even the bottle cap is pretty with the brand name printed in gold. It definitely looks the part sitting in my bathroom. It's great that the top is a spray as anything else would have made application extremely messy.

The scent is described as a blend of grapefruit, fig pulp and fig milk, I've never really had anything fig scented but have heard that it's a beautiful scent. This oil smells insanely good, one of the best smelling products I've ever tried.

Used as a body oil this product soaks into the skin within minutes without leaving a greasy residue. That was the main thing that I was worried about, I was convinced that this would leave me feeling all greasy and slippery but it didn't at all. I spritz it about 3 times on each arm and it rubs into the skin really well and once I am finished applying it where I want it, I just rub the excess off onto a towel and my hands aren't greasy either which I was really surprised about. The scent lingers for a little while but it's not overpowering, it's just a light sweet scent which is lovely.

When used in the hair it leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft. When I first apply it, the strands tend to clump together but once I brush it out, it always separates and just feels so soft and smells amazing, not greasy in the slightest. The scent in the hair is noticeable, but not overpowering and it tones down throughout the day.

Overall, I think this oil is incredible nourishing and such a beautiful product in general. Everything from the packaging to the formula is luxurious. For £24.50 from Escentual, it sounds a lot but the 100ml will last a really long time. They have other scents so definitely go and check them out as well.

Have you tried anything from Roger & Gallet? What are your thoughts on the brand?

*PR sample

Monday, 8 September 2014

Workout Clothes | Feat. Nike, Gilly Hicks & Vale Apparel

All summer I have tried to be healthy and workout as much as I can. One way that I find always gets me motivated is looking at new workout gear and buying some pretty bits to wear whilst I get hot and sweaty. I'm obsessed with pinning amazing workout gear on Pinterest, my board has become a little out of hand now! I also find motivation from Instagram pages, I follow a few different women over the world with inspirational figures and it really gets me moving.

I thought I would share some of the new workout gear that I've been sporting - get it get it?!

I've found that the best place to buy nice sportswear is from either Next or Sports Direct. Next has a huge variety of different brands whilst Sports Direct have items from previous seasons at a discounted rate. 

Pineapple Dancewear - This brand has been a favourite since I was 14 and at dancing, I always wanted my clothes to be from Pineapple. I love the Wide Band Leggings* as they fit perfectly to the body without being uncomfortable and also, the wide band is high waisted so it keeps everything in place. The Wide Band Crop Leggings are exactly the same as above but cropped, so soft and comfortable. Neither of them make me feel hot whilst I'm working out which is great. Some Pineapple Dancewear products are also available from Next.

Nike - Nike are essential for working out...well not really but they have the cutest items that are too hard to resist! I can't stop looking at all the pretty colours they have for sale. I picked up the Nike Black Pro 3" Tiger Shorts from Next. I love the 3" ones, they have so many different colours and prints. Even though they are quite short, they don't ride up whilst I workout and they are so soft and comfortable to wear and move around in. Sports Direct also sell these types of shorts but plain colours.

Nike Runners - When I first started working out, I was wearing my hiking trainers which were heavy and clumpy. I decided to invest in a pair of Nike runners for two reasons: because they are so pretty and because I didn't want to have shin splints. I bought the Nike White/Pink Air Max Tailwind trainers from Next but you can actually get them for £10 cheaper on with free shipping. The colours are just so beautiful, the prettiest trainers I've ever seen. I've worn them about 5 times already and they don't rub at all, they are really comfortable and running is so much easier now, such a great investment.

Vale Apparel - This is the brand that my brother and I have been working on. We are aiming to release an extreme sportswear brand when we can. The t-shirt I'm wearing in the picture is a prototype of one of our designs. I love the simplicity of the top and the colour is nice and vibrant. I will let you all know more once we release our first collection, but the products will be green and organic ranging from surfing and hiking to yoga and dance.

Gilly Hicks - Although the top I'm wearing below isn't available any more, Gilly Hicks do some great sportswear that are super comfortable to wear and move about in. Their prices are fab and they almost always have deals on or a sale, as long as you don't mind paying $10 shipping.

All images are from my Instagram page - beautyandthechic18

Sports bras are the same as I had in my Yoga Outfits post, I haven't picked any new ones up recently as my size is always out of stock. Now that it's coming into winter as well, I need to start finding more leggings and long sleeved items to keep me warm.

I'm not an expert with fitness at all, but if you are interested in my workout routine, let me know below and I will write a post for you.

What's your favourite workout brand?

*Item was gifted to me - Pineapple Dancewear post.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Evening Outfit | Topshop & H&M

Scarf - Primark | V-neck tee - H&M | Necklace - H&M  |Carigan - H&M |  Jeans - Topshop | Pumps - H&M | Bag - Fiorelli | Nail polish - Maybelline - Uptown Blue

I'm so sad that Summer is over but I can't wait for Autumn/Winter fashion. It's been far too long since I snuggled in chunky scarves, knits and boots and I'm so looking forward to it. The above outfit was something that I wore on a cool summers evening but I would just switch things up for the autumn time.

As you can probably tell by now, I love my Fiorelli bags and this one is called the Mani Tote and it's the perfect size. I love big bags and this carries everything that I need. I also love the shape and the fact that it goes with any outfit. I've never owned a large tan bag before so this is a nice change and will go with any A/W outfit.

A recent rant on Twitter would have let people know how much I dislike tights. I love the look of them and I would love to wear chunky tights in the winter time but the thought of me wearing them just freaks me out. I've only just gotten used to wearing skinny jeans and I now live in the Topshop Leigh jeans. Only them as they as they are so comfortable and soft, they feel like leggings....which I can stand.

Now your brain has been frazzled about my weird tight phobia, the rest of the outfit is pretty simple. V-neck tee, slouchy cardigan (which was a complete bargain at £7.99) navy pumps, a long dainty necklace and a scarf if I got cold. I will be wearing this a lot as I love a simple jeans and tee look, I'll just wear my new ankle boots instead. I am really going to miss the days of wearing shorts and sandals though *sad face*

What are you going to miss about summer?


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