Sophia-Jane

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

My 5 Fave Festivities To Get Excited for Xmas!

Ho-Ho-Howwww are you guys doing? YAY, my favourite month of the year and exactly 5 days, 0hours and 18 minutes until Christmas - but, who's counting? Well, deffo me.. since October.. But anyway, still need some help getting into the festive spirit? Don't worry, I got you - there's still time!

 First things first, STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Pop some Christmas music on - Justin Bieber, Shakin' Stevens, Mariah Carey, the choice is yours! We good? Ok, let's get started..

Ladies & Gents, my 5 fave festivities to get you feelin' as Christmas'y as Buddy The Elf -

1. CHRISTMAS MOVIE PJ PARTY
Ok, now this is a must! There's no reason why you can't get ya girls over, get into your fave Xmas pj's (this is a rule btw) - no Xmas pjs, no entry - and pop The Holiday on. I mean, who doesn't love a bitta Jude Law? *drool*. Wanna spice things up a bit? Every time the plot switches from Cameron Diaz to Kate Winslet, DRINK! Can't get all ya girls together?  (busiest season of the year an all that) .. no worries, get ya self some festive snacks and enjoy a cosy film night-in by the fire. Dreamy as.

2. CHRISTMAS PANTO
If the words 'HE'S BEHIND YOU' mean nothing to you then this has to change this Xmas! Panto for me is all about letting that inner child out and there's really no better time of year to do just that. So get ready to cheer on the hero, boo the villain and (most importantly) -get that interval ice cream girl! & I'd be lying if the ice cream wasn't up there with my fave things about panto - #guilty! 



3. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
And I don't mean at your local shopping centre that you visit all the time. Go somewhere out of the ordinary, make a day of it! Personally I love to visit Bicester Village, it's always super pretty and Christmas'y this time of year and it really gets me in the festive spirit - I mean, just look at it! Plus I always go home with a cheeky purchase (or six) and that's always a bonus! PS, I feel it's only right to mention that roast dinner down there (scroll).. oh my gadddd. So definitely visit The FarmShop for some lunch, it's the cosiest cutest spot with insane cakes & an unreal Xmas Roast dins! 


4. BACKYARD CINEMA/WINTERVILLE

One of my newest Xmas traditions and definitely one of my faves! Think Winter Wonderland, but on a smaller scale and with better street food! And I'm not even being dramatic when I say that the ChinChin hot choc alone makes this place a no-brainer (choc fans: you gotta trust me on this one). But, food aside.. you've got waltzers, ice skating, junkyard golf and, the real gem - Backyard Cinema. I'm a right cinema nerd and a Christmas fanatic - so the two together make the ultimate combo. 

If Narnia-style wardrobes, cosy beanbag seats and secret tequila bars are a bitta you then I suggest you get booking - they sell out super fast! 




5. WINTER WONDERLAND

Well, it just couldn't be a Christmas To-do List without Winter Wonderland. If you've been locked away on the Snowy Mount Crumpet *Grinch fans unite* and have not yet been, I suggest you reevaluate your priorities. And if Christmas markets, mulled wine, live music, beer gardens, ice skating, ice kingdom and a comedy club isn't enough, THERE'S A SANTA LAND!!! I don't care what you say, I'm definitely riding the Santa Express, selfie'ing with the Elves and visiting Santa's workshop..#HatersGonnaHate'. 






And there we have it! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it for you guys. For me Christmas isn't just on the 25th day, it's the whole month(s) leading up to it.. Which is why memories like these are so special to me :)  

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"Maybe Christmas, he thought.. doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps.. means a little bit more!"  - How The Grinch Stole Christmas
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SJ 

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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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