Sophia-Jane

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Stocking Fillers For Her

Hello you lovely lot! So it's exactly T minus 29 days, 5 hours until Christmasssss - wooo! If you haven't started your Xmas shopping yet, don't worry cos a) you're definitely not alone and b) I got you. So kick back, relax & have a cuppa.. Ladies & Gents, I present 10 of my ultimate stocking fillers at £20 and under (thank me later).. Oh and simply click on the image to shop!

CHRISTMAS NOVELTY MUG
New Look £6.99
Right, I am very serious when I say that everyone needs a festive mug to drink their Christmas eve hot chocolate out of! This one includes a lil hat lid, cutee, and there is also a Santa -  so together they'd make a right cute pair of mugs (lol). 

NIKITABYNIKI MARBLE WATER BOTTLE
www.nikitabyniki.com £20

Perfect pressie for anyone who drinks.. well, pretty much anything! This lil baby can keep your tea hot and your water cold for up to 24 hours. Not to mention it's eco-friendly and reusable! So let's ditch the plastic bottles & upgrade, for not only ourselves - but the planet also! 

LIANA THE LAMA HOTTIE
River Island £12

I meannnn, how cute is this lil Liana? Personally, I think Larry is better suited - Larry the Lama :) Anyway, the best thing about a 'hottie' is that the whole thing goes in the microwave. Say goodbye to the days of splashing boiling water up your arm (so I don't have the steadiest of hands..) or burning your fingers on the little removable bag. Larry is also scented with lavender to give that extra cosy feel! Anddd, if your not a Lama sorta gal - don't you worry. There's also Uma the Unicorn, Peter the Pug and Sammy the Sloth - what a family! 

LIFESAVER HANGOVER ESSENTIALS KIT
Oliver Bonas £16.50 £12.38

Tis' the season to get.. hungover. We all know it, so why not gift the perfect gift this Christmas - a Hangover Essentials Kit. This lil baby includes an eye-mask (to hide away from the world), makeup wipes (to wipe away what's left), a toothbrush & toothpaste (for that boozy breath), ear plugs (for that banging headache), deodorant and more - you get the gist! 

PERFUME ATOMISER
Oliver Bonas £15

Big perfume bottle, small clutch. I feel ya! And that's why this is a bloody good find! Complete with a pump, this tool is the perfect travel friendly size and allows you to carry your favourite scent wherever you go - nifty huh! Yeah, not exactly the tool you were expecting eh (hehe)

MARBLE ALPHABET COASTER
Matalan £3

Everyone loves a bitta marble and, for just £3, these coasters make such a cute lil gift - You really can't go wrong here! 

PEG BOARD
River Island £12

Say something special this Christmas with a Peg Board! Whether it's a motivational message to start the day or to spread some festive cheer - this is the perfect way to do it! I actually prefer this to my lightbox, the font is way cuter and no batteries are needed. Win win. (& hint hint)

ALPHABET MAKEUP BAG
 Matalan £6 £4.50

I know, another one - but we all love a monogram pressie don't we? Isn't it sooo annoying when your initial is always in the worst colour though! Luckily, all three colours  here are cute so you can't be too disappointed .. (she says when she really wishes the S was in brown) *eye roll*. 

2019 A5 WEEKLY DIARY
Typo £10 £7

If, like me, you're 'old-fashioned' and prefer to have a paper diary then this one's for you! A diary in my stocking is as certain as my little bag of chocolate coins (who gets them too?) They also have the same style in A4 for £20 £14, if you prefer something a little bigger. 

100 MOVIES SCRATCH-OFF POSTER
Prezzybox £11.99

Oh my god, I LOVE THIS! I'm a right movie geek and I just think this is such a cute lil idea for couples..and that right there is my problem #SingleLife. Pfft, who am I kiddin' this would be as fun, if not even more fun, with ma girls! And with classics such as Forrest Gump and Back To The Future, you're guaranteed to be in for a treat.. Right, where's the popcorn at?


HAPPY SHOPPING! 

SJ


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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

No Tricks, Just Treats!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I've spent the last few days picking pumpkins, baking spooky treats, taking my baby niece to her first Halloween party (omg she looked so cute!) and at Fright Night Thorpe Park. So basically, I'M IN FULL HALLOWEEN SWING.. and I lavvvv it! Ngl, I swear I'm getting more obsessed as I'm getting older.. not sure that's the way it's mean to work (lol) but hey!
So, I dunno about you lot but for me Halloween is all about being home in front of a cosy fire, scary film on the TV and with plenty of snacks in reach. And, by 'scary', I mean Hocus Pocus cos it's the best film evaaa. Well this year I thought why not make some snacks that taste good AND help me hit my macros - Hello protein biscuits! So these babies are high in protein, low in sugar and are absolutely marvelous dipped in  melted dark choc or a peanut butter drizzle (recipe of this I'll pop in below!) - the choice is yours..

I must confess.. I didn't plan on decorating them with icing (hi sugar) but they really didn't have the full Halloween'y effect without it. My advice? Leave the icing and dunk into the peanut butter drizzle.. you won't be disappointed!
So together the entire mixture is:
712 calories
41g protein
17g sugar
For my Halloween biscuits this made 12 - but, as you can see, the shapes vary in size quite a bit. So I'd imagine it would make around 6 'uniform biscuits' *picturing Paul Hollywood rn and I really don't mind it one bit..

BISCUIT INGREDIENTS:
- 2 scoops of Protein (I used Free Soul Chocolate Vegan)
- 1 egg
- 1tbsp honey
- 4tbsp Peanut Butter (I use Pip & Nut)
- Pinch of sea salt
-1tbsp Coconut Oil (I use Vitacoco)
-50g Buckwheat Flour
-0.5 tsp Baking Powder

METHOD:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
2. Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until they form a dough-like mixture
3. Grease a baking tray with coconut oil
4. Using your hands, take some of the mixture and roll into a small ball. Place on tray and press into a biscuit shape. (I used cookie-cutters here to create my desired Halloween-shapes)
5. Once all the mixture has been used, place tray into pre-heated oven.
6. Bake for 12-15minutes
7. Take them out and let them cool (the hardest part!)

PEANUT BUTTER DRIZZLE INGREDIENTS:
- 1.5tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1.5tbsp Coconut Oil
-1tbsp Honey

METHOD:
1. Melt the coconut oil in a heated pan
2. Stir in the peanut butter and honey until a smooth drizzle is formed
Please let me know if you do give these a go..I always love seeing you guys trying my recipes :)

HAVE A SPOOKTACULAR (hehe) HALLOWEEN!

SJ
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Friday, 14 September 2018

Freakin' Delish!

Hello you lovely lot! 
Your gal is back and this time with Grenade Freakshakes - yasss! Well, you know me, so these are a slightly healthier(..ish) take on these incred desserts. High in protein and low in sugar, these babies are the perfect sweet-treat to curb them sugar cravings! 

I decided to create a Choc Peanut flavour, based on my all-time fave Peanut Butter Grenade protein bar and a Mint flavour freakshake - with Grenade's Mint & Dark choc bar being another winner. I did a lil 'Choc Peanut V Mint' poll on my Insta story and the Choc Peanut came out on top - so without further ado...
.The Choc Peanut Freakshake - 

You will need:
- Grenade Peanut Butter protein bar
- Grenade chocolate protein spread *Jar-decor only* (ps- this is delishhh.. so get a spoon!)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2 Scoops Form Choc Peanut protein powder (or choc protein of your choice)
- 100g frozen cauliflower
- 1tsp peanut butter (I used Pip 'n' Nut)
- 200ml milk of your choice (I used semi-skimmed, due to its high protein properties)
- Chopped hazelnuts *Jar-decor only*
- Toppings of choice (I used strawberries & raspberries)

Step 1: Jar prep! Ok, not only does this make your freakshake look all the more dreamy, but it actually makes it taste better too - and gives you a lil choc mustache (hehe!) It's as easy as, spread the Grenade protein spread around the rim of the jar..
Step 2: Get sprinkling ya hazelnuts
Step 3: Place in the fridge for an hour to set - & voila!
Step 4: Time to make your actual Freakshake and it's basically the simplest method evaaa.. Place 1/2 the peanut butter protein bar in a blender with the ingredients listed above (excluding the protein spread and hazelnuts)
Step 5: We blend!
Step 6: Pour into your jar 
Step 7: Get creative with your toppings! I used a kebab skewer to stick out the rest of my protein bar *health & safety warning* - I stuck the stick straight through my hand  - lol. Only me! So.. be careful/less clumsy than moi! Also, in case you're wondering..I leave 1/2 of the protein bar out of the mix because, well, you know that feeling when you've finished your dessert and wish you could eat it all over again? (Just me, lol) Well.. this way, you finish your freakshake and (woo) you got half ya bar left to nibble on!

To the 27% of you that voted Mint.. here we go:

Mint Freakshake-
You will need:
- Grenade Mint Choc protein bar
- Grenade white choc protein spread *Jar-decor only*
- 1/2 avo
- 1/2 frozen banana
- handful of spinach
- 2 Scoops vanilla protein (I used Form Nutrition)
- 200ml milk of your choice (again, I used semi-skimmed)
-100g Greek Yogurt (I used Fage)
- 1/2 tsp Mint flavouring
- Sprinkles *Jar-decor only*
- Toppings of your choice

Step 1: As before (please read steps 1-3 from the Choc Peanut recipe) I did a lil jar-prep. This time I used Grenade's white choc spread (equally as delish as the milk chocolate.. don't ask me to pick a winner!) and sprinkles!
Step 2: Place 1/2 of the Mint choc bar in a blender with the ingredients listed above (excluding the protein spread and sprinkles) 
*Tip: Go easy on the mint flavouring, okkk! You can always add a lil extra if you really wanna go for that minty taste but you can't take it out once it's in ;) *
Step 3: Add your toppings! This time around I did a lil protein/marshmallow kebab combo and it was goodddd.

So there we have it :) 
Please lemme know if you do create one (or both) - I'd love to see your photos! And, even if you're not one for a Freakshake (lol, why are you even on this page?) deffo try the Grenade protein bars. They are THE perfect substitute for a chocolate bar or even just a delish, easy way to get in some extra protein when you're on the go! 


& for you babes that would like the macros - I got you..
*please note this includes the protein bar but not the toppings*
Choc Peanut: 609 CALORIES, 63G PROTEIN, 10G SUGAR, 51G CARBS, 21G FAT
Mint: 685 CALORIES, 62G PROTEIN, 12G SUGAR, 37G CARBS, 27G FAT
Bon Appetit!

SJ
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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Summer Style

Hiii guys! How are we all feeling about saying farewell to Summer? I actually love Autumn and am really excited for cosy nights-in, knitted jumpers and Halloween- who's with me?

But..before I can close the door officially on Summer - I thought I'd do a quick round-up of my fave looks that I wore throughout the season. Feel free to lemme know your fave :)

Let's get to it..

White Frills
Top: River Island | Skirt: Zara
I wore this little number out to dinner with the girls and received soo many lovely comments on it! The perfect day-to-night piece - I've worn it since with Mom jeans and boots!

 Leopard Vibes
Top: Topshop | Skirt: Topshop | Boots: Asos | Bag: Brandy EU | Belt: New Look
It's no secret that Leopard print is THE print of the season.. so you cant really go wrong with this skirt. Paired with a pink T & black boots and you're good to go!

Rose
Top: Brandy EU | Skirt: Zara
The skirt strikes again! Seriously, a denim skirt is a wardrobe staple that every girl needs! How cute is this T too? Super simple but the square-cut neck and rose embroidery gives it that extra sumin-sumin!

Sunflower-power
Dress: Asos

The perfect little summer dress! Super casual, comfy and easy.. who doesn't love a bitta sunflower-power? Well my mum did, so I bought her one too :)
 #Twinning 

 Polka Polka
Jumpsuit: Oasis | Jacket & Bag: Brandy EU
I LOVE this jumpsuit.. it's polka-dot, has pockets and a lil frilly bit at the top.. what more could you want? Oh and did I mention it's super comfy? Yeah.. it's a winner!

& It Was All Yellow

Dress: Topshop | Jacket: Brandy EU | Backpack: Skinny Dip

Pastel yellow & gingham.. Whatta combo! If I'm honest, it wasn't even this that won me over.. it was the lil tie-up back - cuteee!

Lady In Red

Dress: Pretty Little Thing | Jacket: Brandy EU

Ok, the secret is out.. I wear this over-sized denim with everything! Teamed with this floral number, you got a perfect bbq/date-day outfit. Heads up: it's a lil short.. so bowling/crazy golf or any activity that involves movement - best to avoid (lol)

Stripe A Pose
Blouse: Zara | Skirt: RI | Backpack: Fiorelli | Sunnies: Quay

Say Hello to denim skirt no.2! I got this blouse from Zara- style it out, tucked in or tied (like me) and voila! It also looks super cute with Mom jeans and sliders.. I got you!
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& There we have it! So, go on.. what was your fave? All of these, especially the jumpsuit, can be transitioned into Autumn. Just swap the jacket for something heavier, pair with jeans and layer layer layer!

Well, I hope you spotted something that tickled ya fancy! I'll be back soon with an Autumn Haul on my Youtube channel - yeppp Youtube!! I finally, after months of saying it, whipped my ass into gear and my first video went live this week (wooo!) If you haven't already watched it, it's a lil Q&A with a bitta modelling, fitness, personal life anddd some other bits & bobs in there. I'll link it below so make sure you check it out! 


SJ

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Festival Style

Hiiii guys! How's everyones week so far? I'm still buzzing from SW4 last Sunday! If you follow me on Insta you might've seen Chase & Status's set on my story- how bloody awesome were they? I keep re-watching it, dancing around my room like a loony - does anyone else do this? Lol... ok, just me.
Anyway, I've since had so many messages on Insta about what I was wearing at both Rize & SW4 that I thought, hey, why not do a blog post for ya? And so here we are..


Let's kick this off with Rize..

LOOK 1:
You might be thinking, what the hell is Rize Fest? Well to me it's the new V Festival, it's also at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and it's the same sorta vibe! I was won over by the Saturday line-up of Stereophonics, who I had seen three times already (trust me when I say Dakota live is as epic every time), Sean 'da' Paul and Years & Years - not bad eh!

I didn't really have an outfit in mind as such but I knew I was after something comfortable and understated. Oh maa god, how hard it was to find something that wasn't head-to-toe in sequins, skin tight or with a very good possibility of a boob or/and bum slip! We got there in the end and I, thankfully, stumbled across this lil gem of a playsuit. Comfort Understated ✔ And the best part is.. it was in the sale - win!


(Playsuit: Revolve | Glitter mesh top & oversized denim: Brandy Melville | Bum-bag: Topshop | Boots: Dm's from Office)

I decided to layer it with this sparkly mesh long-sleeve top because a) sparkles! b)it comes down quite low and c) I thought it might get a bit nippy.. and paired it with my over-sized denim jacket, studded bumbag and dm's- & voila!
 So guys, the bad news is that the playsuit has gone out of stock </3 And I'm just as upset about it as you are because my mum shrunk mine in the wash - well done Julie! But the good news is, I've popped some similar ones at the bottom for you :)

Right, let's move this on to SW4..

LOOK TWO

Outfit-wise it was always going to be a little more tricky, due to the weather circumstances (F-YOU rain) .. And *with my Dad's voice in my head* I knew that if I didn't consider this, I would end up cold and wet pretty quickly.. drunk or sober, that's not fun! 
So let's talk weather essentials. First and foremost, a waterproof jacket WITH HOOD. Somehow, out of alll my jackets, none met this criteria (how?) Queue last minute panic shop! Luckily, I found one.. well 5 actually - oops (lol, you see what I mean now when I said 'panic shop') ., but opted for this lil khaki number from Zara. It's a bargain at £25.99 and also comes in black..Waterproof jacket ✔ Secondly, and just as important, is footwear.. for me that was easy - my trusty dm's. Can I just say that I saw a girl in flip-flops.. lol, what was you thinking hun? Dm's or wellies were all I considered. RIP to all those white converse (and there were a few!)..

Now the boring stuff is outta the way, let's get down to business :) So, as I went for the 'all black errthangg' look for Rize, I thought let's add a bitta colour and sequins this time around. 
The skirt was from good ole' Topshop, dressed down with an Urban Renewal T from U/O. I must admit.. it's not the comfiest skirt to sit in (the sequins can be a little irritating) but we didn't do a lot of sitting soo it wasn't an issue but maybe one to consider. I also, again, took my little handy bum-bag. Girls, once you're over that feeling that you've left something behind, not having a bag over your shoulder all day is the best feeling everrr. Plus, it's a lot easy to bust out them shapes - wheyy!
(Top: U/O | Jacket: Zara | Skirt & bum-bag: Topshop | Boots: Dm's from Office)

So I can smugly say that the rain did not ruin my time at SW4 - Yay! Partly because I stayed dry (shoutout to my Zara raincoat for that) but mostly because I LOVE CRAID DAVID #FanGirl.. and Chase & Status were bloody awesome! 

So disappointing that the festival season is now over (boo!) But here's to next years..

SJ x

PS- Here's those similar playsuits out there atm that I promised ya.. (the last one is my fave!)
 H&M: £14.99
Misguided: £25
 Asos: £15 (sale)
PLT: £12 
PLT: £15











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