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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jamie Oliver's Cheesy Sweet Potato Muffins


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One of my favorite things to do at home is cooking, it's something I find incredibly therapeutic and enjoyable, so for most birthdays and Christmas Dan gets me a new cookery book to stick my teeth into. Whilst Nigella is my unltimate fav cooking babe, closely followed is good ol' Jamie Oliver. I really enjoy Jamie's style of cooking and the ease of his recipes and having tried a few things from his new Every Day Super Food book I have to say I am pretty impressed. He manages to make food that I might usually pass up as boring into interesting and jazzy. One of my favorites from this book is his 'Fish Tacos with Kiwi Salsa', which, my god, is a game changer. But this recipe for his sweet potato muffins has to be up there as a top favorite of mine. These make really yum, filling snacks for work when you are feeling a bit peckish. Once cooked they will last a good few days in the fridge in a sealed Tupperware box. Here is my slightly adjusted recipe after accidentally mis-reading the recipe -ooops.

Cheesy Sweet Potato Muffins


Ingredients

olive oil
600 g sweet potatoes or ½ a butternut squash this says raw but I used cooked after accidently mis reading the recipe. 
4 spring onions
1-2 fresh red chillies
6 large free-range eggs
3 tablespoons cottage cheese
250 g wholemeal self-raising flour
50 g Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds





Method 

- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases or 15cm folded squares of greaseproof paper, then lightly wipe each one with oiled kitchen paper.

- Peel the sweet potatoes or squash and Roast in the oven with what ever seasonings you like I opted for spicy italian (Oregano, Garlic, Chilli)

- Trim the spring onions, then finely slice with the chilli and add to the bowl, reserving half the chilli to one side. Crack in the eggs, add the cottage cheese and flour, then finely grate in most of the Parmesan and season with sea salt and black pepper. Mix until nicely combined. 


- Evenly divide the muffin mixture between the cases. Sprinkle over the sunflower and poppy seeds, then dot over the reserved slices of chilli. Use the remaining Parmesan to give a light dusting of cheese over each one, then bake at the bottom of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes (if using squash, it’ll be a bit quicker – check after 35 minutes), or until golden and set. 

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Maybe I'm not a 'Girl Boss'


There are times when working in this industry that I feel like a complete and utter failure, like I don't have the looks, the style, the designer bags or the fancy marble counters that every other successful blogger has. There are days when I scroll through Bloglovin and wish that I could even get one blog post up, let alone one a week like some  super-bloggers.

Being plus size I sometimes feel that there is only so far I can get in this industry, I have been very lucky to have worked with many of the plus size brands over the years but I worry that maybe everyone is bored of my same old, long hair, smiley, typical poses, and that perhaps my boat has sailed. If I am honest, there are days when I just ghost social media and carry on my normal day to day life, the one where I work as a receptionist, that commutes into work on a packed train every day and buys an overpriced Pret sandwich at lunch time with the rest of London.

The blogging world and fashion industry can be a tough place to work within, comparison is the theif of joy after all. When everyone around you is talking about how much they are getting done, ticking off every single thing on their to-do lists, starting their own clothing lines and being the ultimate Girl Bosses it can make you feel a bit crap. It's stupid that it makes me feel like that because, these people are amazing, they are smashing their goals and that is something to look up to.

I guess sometimes I feel like I am just not 'Girl Boss' enough. 

When 'Girl Boss' became a thing, I was all over it, I hashtagged the shit out of the term and I even bought the ever so 'Instagrammable' book but as time has gone on I've felt more GirlFlop than Girl Boss. 

I'll be honest this year didn't start off so well,  my mental health was bad, really, really bad and my ideas of making 2017 the year of ultimate success haven't quite panned out quite as I would have liked. 

I thought that going part time in March would finally give me the push I have needed so I could really put my all into my blog, and whilst yes I have been getting work done, and doing lots of fun things I still haven't achieved many of my personal business goals. My website and re-brand is currently under construction and it has taken longer that I would have liked but I have come to accept that it is okay and that I just can't rush these things.  I also haven't been focusing everything entirely on blogging I have been working on my my personal life, my mental health and giving time to people I want to surround myself with. 

These last few months have made me think, maybe being a Girl Boss isn't just achieving in business, maybe it means much more than that. One of the things I have achieved this year is to finally get my home in a place I want to it be, and it's now been three+ weeks of making my bed every single day and getting into a bed time routine. I have also managed to keep five plants alive, five!!  These might seem like the most pathetic achievements on the planet but it means something to me. It shows that I put my mind to something and have actually seen it through, something which I am usually not very good at.

So, I don't have any fancy award titles or announcements for 2017 (yet) but I do have slightly better mental health, a home (and husband) I love to come home to, a freshly made bed everyday, and lots of thriving plants. I have my whole life to achieve things and I hope you all know that you do to. 

My advise is to just take your time, always be kind to yourself and never discount the small achievements that you make every day, because they make you as much a Girl Boss as anyone else! So this post is for the everyday-girl-boss women and all my fellow Girl Flop feeling gals, we have got this and don't you forget it. 








WHAT I AM WEARING

Jumpsuit - Marina Rinaldi 
Trainers - Saucony at ASOS
Sunglass - ASOS 
Earrings - H&M (Similar here)


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Photography by Ford Photography 
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Home is where the Art is


Over the last few months Dan and I have been working on re-doing our flat. We've lived alone for nearly 4 years and all though we don't own the property this flat truly feels like our home. Buying a house isn't on the cards for us right now, but we still wanted to make our rented property reflect us so we decided to invest it making it as lovely as possible. In the last 6 months we have painted, bought new furniture, and tried to make use of the small space we have buy re-organising the layout. Investing in greenery was the next on our list of priorities as I truly believe plants can completely alter a space. 


The final element of making the house feel more homely was to introduce more art on to our walls. We had a gallery wall before but it didn't feel quite right, and I was struggling to find prints, photography or art work that reflected our style.  I asked out on an interiors group I am part of on Facebook and they kindly directed me to  Desenio. I had them stored on my iphone notes ready to order when they kindly offered to collaborate with me here on the blog. 


The thing which impressed me the most about Desenio is just how easy the process of buying prints and frames is with them. Usually I would go via somewhere like etsy, find a print I like then buy a frame separately which isn't too difficult but certainly more time consuming. With Desenio it's all there for you to do in one, and they show examples through imagery on what sizes are what, and with the prints in frames, this is an incredibly helpful element! Theres are all styles of prints to choose from in a number of categories making searches for something in particular smooth and easy.


When choosing my prints I went for the botanical inspired selection, with printed palms and leaves as well as shadowed and black and white photographs. I chose these styles, one because they remind me of tropical climates,  which you all know Dan and I love) and two because they really work with simplistic white walls and the modern boho vibe of my living room space.  I think the green prints are my favourite especially sitting alongside my living plants, it just makes the house feel warm and welcoming, especially when the sun is shining brightly through our tall Victorian bay windows. We are actually planning on ordering more frames from them to put our wedding photos into, something we haven't had a chance to do yet and I think it will finally make the house really feel done. 

So if you are looking for some new wall art, or frames then I absolutely recommend Desenio. 
In fact I have a 25% discount code for my readers which you can use on the site on Poster Prints! 
Simply use the code CALLIE25 to get the discount (Please note this excludes the handpicked category) This code is valid from 20th-22nd June only. 


I hope you've enjoyed this post which was kindly sponsored by Desenio. I plan on sharing more photos of my flat over the next few months, so do leave me a comment if you would like to see more of this.

Callie XO
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

La Redoute Plus - Why you need to check it out


Most weeks I get a new email from a reader asking me to recommend places to find good, quality plus size clothing, and every time I send a list off with the same few brands, most of which ends with a reply of  'Oh I already know them'. The pool of choice has always been small for us plus size gals, especially when it comes to finding something a bit different that everyone isn't going to be wearing or for perhaps a more mature style vibe that you just can't achieve with other brands.

This my friends is where La Redoute comes in. The french online fashion retailer is popular for it's chic french style, and  of course its gorgeous home-wear but many of us don't know that they have a plus size line. Well actually, selected pieces of their standard main women's range goes up to a 24 as well as having Castaluna their dedicated Plus Size line which starts at size 14 and goes right up to 36.

Just this week I visited their show room in London to work on a video talking through some of my favorite pieces from the website and I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that I had such a great choice of items. Jumpsuits, Dresses, Shirts, Jeans, Culottes, Dungarees they even have some gorgeous swimwear. It was so hard to choose! When choosing an item to shoot for this post it just had to be this gorgeous Culotte Jumpsuit because it was one of my favorite finds not only for quality but also for versatility for how to wear it. I only wish I could link it in, it was so popular on my Instagram that it has now sold out!



As you can see this is a perfect item to wear for perhaps a special occasion, like a wedding, Christening or a special night out. But as well as this it is super easy to dress down, I simply added a white tee underneath and swapped out my heels for some trainers which took the look from glam to casual instantly.


 Overall I am so impressed with La Redoute and cannot wait to share with you the cool video we filmed together which highlights my favourite summer picks.


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*This post was in collaboration with the lovely guys at La Redoute 
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