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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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Easy-Peasy Protein Pancakes


Ta-daaa, my first ever recipe post on the blog! 
Disclaimer: I'm no Gordon Ramsey so expect simple and easy recipes that may not look pretty on the eye (I'm working on that part) but will taste bloody good and are healthy...ish! Up until about a year ago, if I was cooking you dinner you could expect nothing other than pasta with sauce from a jar or beans on toast - lol. Since having health issues with my digestion/bowels and bla bla (the list goes on) I have become more passionate about my fitness and health and, in turn, have got stuck-in in the kitchen. Now I really enjoy cooking from scratch and baking yummy treats - so here we are! 

I thought I'd kick things off with my Protein Pancakes recipe because A) who doesn't love pancakes? and B) It's literally the simplest recipe, like ever. I usually have these as a dessert when I'm craving something sweet so the portion size is quite small (the recipe makes two pancakes). So if you were to have these as a meal for say, breakfast, I would adjust the recipe by adding extra ingredients like oats to keep you fuller for longer - I'll do a breakfast pancake recipe later! 

You will need: 1 Egg, 1 Banana, Coconut Oil & 2 Scoops Protein (I use Form Nutrition)

1. Blend all ingredients until you get a smooth consistency with no lumps
2. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat in a pan
3. Pour the mixture into the heated pan, creating two equal sized pancakes
4. Cook one side until the top becomes to bubble, then flip
5. Cook until nice and brown

& voila - I did say it was easy!

Now for the fun part, toppings! For mine I added some strawberries, frozen berries, peanut butter, desiccated coconut, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of Sweet Freedom's liquid chocolate..YUM!




You can also switch up the flavour of the protein powder. Here I made two pancakes using Form's Choc Peanut flavour & the other two with Vanilla. I've gotta say, it's a toughy to pick my fave but my no.1 food critic (aka Mum) reckons the chocolate was the winner! 

Have a go and lemme know what you think!

Ps - for those tracking their macros - here's the nutritional info for one portion (2 pancakes) with no toppings. Please be mindful that these will vary depending on which protein powder you use.

CALORIES: 397
PROTEIN: 33G
CARBS: 32G
SUGAR: 16G
FAT: 15G


Happy pancake making! :)

SJ




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