Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

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I've been trying to be a little more adventurous with food, whilst keeping well in my weekly budget! This involved a lot of scrolling through Pinterest and rifling through recipe books. I've decided to share my version of one of my findings - chicken fajita stuffed peppers! Fajitas are present in most student diets, so why not mix it up a bit and put the fajita in the pepper? It's much more low-carb than using a wrap and can work for lunch or dinner. Set aside about an hour for making these and you can pop them in the fridge to reheat for lunch the next day!

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You will need: (makes six pepper halves)

- three large bell peppers
- one large chicken breast, diced
- one onion, chopped
- one garlic clove, chopped
- two cups of rice
- can of kidney beans 
- can of chopped tomatoes
- sweetcorn
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 1tsp chilli powder
- quarter tsp paprika
- cheese to top

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Method:

1. Boil the rice until cooked. 
2. Whilst the rice is cooking, fry the onion, garlic and chicken together and add half a teaspoon of the chilli and cumin.
3. When the chicken is cooked through, add the kidney beans, rice, sweetcorn, and the paprika. Turn the heat down and leave to cook through. 
4. Turn the oven to 200 degrees. Cut the peppers in half and scoop out the seeds. Fill each pepper with the filling. Lay them in a baking dish and pour boiling water, just enough to cover the bottom. 
5. Cover the dish in foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
6. Take the peppers out, sprinkle the top with grated cheese and cook for another five minutes until the cheese has melted. 
7. Serve and enjoy!

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So there we go, a super easy dinner! If you want to make this veggie, simply leave out the chicken. You could also use brown rice instead to make it a little healthier. Note that if you use three bell peppers, you will be eating a stuffed pepper for the next three days like I did. They are surprisingly filling so you won't need to add anything extra to them. I had quite a bit of filling left over so just had this in a meal on its own - perfect student meal! 

Will you be giving this a go? 

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Kitty Cat Claws: Nail Decals from DIY Nails

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Happy March everyone! I finally feel like spring is on it's way. I feel like spring is the perfect time to shake up your style a little so today I decided to post about my new nail decals! Nail art used to be one of those awe inspiring things that only pros on YouTube could do. I used to spend ages pouring over tutorials I found online attempting to recreate funky designs. Now, I don't have time for it and rarely wear anything fancier than an accent nail. However, thanks to DIY Nails, I can feel a little creativity seeping back onto my nails... Say hello to these nail decals, the easiest way to inject a little fun into your manicure!


I picked up the cat set of decals which come with cute little cat faces, paws and hearts. The decals are super easy to use over a base colour of polish. I used OPI's Steady As She Rose as I wanted the decals to really stand out. Then, you simply cut out the decal and pop it in a little bit of water for about 10 seconds. The most fiddly bit is sliding the decal off the paper and onto the nail but I solved this by using some tweezers! After it's all dry, just seal it all off with a top coat. I love how my nails have turned out! A little practice makes perfect but they are so easy to use you will get good results each time. DIY Nails sell a massive range of different decals - you'll find letters, holographic shapes and food, so the only limit is your imagination! I think these are a great way to shake things up a little bit and let your creative side out without all the fiddly brushes. 

Have you tried nail decals yet? 

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Southbank Style

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Glamorous Shirt Dress* / Jones Boots /
Fiorelli Bag / New Look Necklace

Last week I went to London for three days to visit some school friends which was really lovely. I wish I'd taken more photos whilst I was there but sometimes it's nice just to enjoy what you're doing rather than worrying about what filter you're going to use etc. I did manage to take photos for an outfit post whilst I was there though! We headed to the Southbank on the Wednesday afternoon after I got there and it was a glorious sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky. There was a bitter breeze but it was so lovely to stroll down the Thames and admire the skyline. We went to Wagamamas for a late lunch date which is always a good shout and then wandered by all the amazing street food stalls in Borough Market, which I will try next time...

I went for this gorgeous shirt dress that I've had for a while. I love the print and the baggy fit, meaning I can pull a belt round it too. I don't think I've ever featured these boots before; I actually got them in the sale after Christmas 2013 from Jones'. They were seriously reduced and I wear them nearly all winter - I've already had them reheeled once! I think a high pair of black boots are a bit of an essential as they go with most things. 

I'm a busy busy bee working towards an end of term dance show and (trying) to get my assignments done before the mass of revision that is going to be my Easter holidays. I've also got to pick my final year modules which is proving the hardest thing ever - I want to do everything before I stop studying waaaaa. Serious first world literature student problems over here, hey.

I hope you're all having a lovely week! xo

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Keeping Creativity Alive: Putting Pen to Paper

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Did you know that you allow yourself to be more creative when you put pen to paper?  

National Stationery Week is happening at the end of April and the whole campaign is to #GetBritainWriting. As a creative writing student and general stationery addict, this is something that has my full backing and I am a firm believer in continuing the old fashioned way of communication. (However, I am ever grateful for the wonderful invention that is the word processor. Essays just wouldn't get done.) Scribbling everything down on post-its helps me keep my scattered brain in a little bit of order and I actually remember to do stuff if I've written it down. I never check the notes section of my phone then find things I should have done months ago. Woops. I always draft all my essays and write my notes by hand too. It's too faffy to type them up when I'm just going to be crossing everything out anyway! I thought I'd share with you some essential stationery items that I use pretty much every day that help me to let my creativity out and keep me organised throughout the academic year! 

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Zebra, Pens, Writing, Stationery

As a creative writer and blogger, I always have a notebook bumping around in my bag to scribble down ideas. This personalised notebook from Chroma is my new favourite. It's a gorgeous slim notebook and you can personalise it with whatever you wish in whatever colour. This is primarily my blogging notebook and it's already crammed with post ideas, doodles and drafts. I find that if I get all my ideas out, it's a lot easier to refine them and write them once they get typed up and published. I also find I can write a whole lot more than when I am sitting in front of a screen.

I was kindly sent these new pens from Zebra. They're lovely smooth ball point pens which are telescopic - so perfect for popping in your bag! They're pretty nifty too as they have a stylus on the end of them, so whenever I'm making notes from articles I'm reading, I don't have to keep putting my pen down to scroll. (Makes life easier than you think!) I love using nice pens to write, I always find my handwriting improves so much. I think I'd like to send more postcards or letters which feels a little more special than receiving an email or text now.

Another great way to keep those creative juices flowing is to write a diary or journal. This really helped me to develop my own voice that you read on my blog today and it's constantly evolving. It's also the best way to get any anxieties out of your mind. I don't have time to keep a full on diary, most of what I do I tend to post on here but this One Line A Day Diary is brilliant. It's just got enough space to write the best things about your day down and you keep it for the next five years, so it's a great way to look back on all the positive moments. Plus, you've got to be a little bit creative with how many words you use so you can fit it in. I can't wait to look back over the next few years and see how things change.

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My Filofax is my life. I got it for my 18th birthday and it's really come into it's own since I started university and my blog began to grow. I much prefer being able to jot down my plans - I tried using Google Calendars and it kept messing around, plus I would often forget to use it leading to serious clashes of plans. I use my Filofax to work out my schedule and anything I've got going on in the week. I use coloured sticky tabs so I can move them about if plans change and coloured pens to make everything look pretty! There is something so satisfying about sitting down on a Sunday night and writing to-do lists and goals for the next week. This little thing helps keep me super organised and I love being a little bit creative with how I use it! 

National Stationery Week is 27th April - 3rd May. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts revolving around stationery (my one true love) and join in the conversation on Twitter: #NatStatWeek #GetBritainWriting #LoveStationery 

How do you keep your creativity alive? Do you prefer pens and paper? 

*The pens were gifted. I have not been
paid to post this or any content relating to NSW.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

My New Favourite Mascara: Benefit Roller Lash

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There have been a fair amount of reviews on Benefit's new mascara, but I thought I'd put my opinion into the mix as well! Benefit are perhaps one of the most innovative beauty brands out there; the packaging suits every product and the come up with the kookiest concepts. Their newest release is an addition to their line of mascaras. The most recent mascara, They're Real, didn't quite get the reception I think it deserved. Some people really loved it whilst others didn't at all. Roller Lash has quickly become a firm favourite in my make up bag and I think I may be splurging my Boots point on the full size version. There is a mini Roller Lash with March's issue of Elle Magazine which is a perfect way to give this a go before you splash on the full size.

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Roller Lash is a curling mascara and the brush is inspired by hair rollers. The 'Hook n' Roll' brush grabs the lashes and the curved shape means the lashes are naturally lifted upwards, without the assistance of a lash curler. It also contains lash conditioning ingredients to ensure your lashes stay in tip top condition. I absolutely love this mascara. It lifts the lashes and separates them giving great length and a little bit of volume. Thanks to the brush, each lash gets coated well so there's no need to spend a long time making sure you've caught all the lashes. The formula is jet black and very easy to remove. There's no flaking throughout wear and the curl lasts all day. The big set back is the price - £19.50 is a fair bit for a mascara, especially if you're a student! I would say that there are cheaper mascara's out there that are similar, but if you want to skip the eye lash curler, then perhaps you should give this a go.

Have you tried Benefit's new mascara yet or will you be giving it a miss?

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