5 gadgets you didn't know you needed for your home

Shower filter

If you have ever thought to yourself that the water in your city can't be that clean or if you swig Evian instead of drinking tap water then this product is for you. This brand filters impurities and provides a Turbocharged Pressure 'eliminates the fatigue of a day's work with laser pinhole water or soft and delicate'. It is also great for dry hair and skin. Affordable too- currently on sale for £9.99! 


Do you ever have time for a cup of tea in the morning? If you do then I applaud you because I never have. This smart kettle means you can check how much water is in the kettle and set it to boil at a certain temperature at any time of your choosing from your iphone! 

Waterproof speakers

This waterproof speak is wireless and even Siri compatible so you can blast out 90s tunes whilst singing and lathering up.

A Chillow 

If you flip your pillow to get the cool side or wedge your arm underneath to feel it then your problems are solved. This Chillow means that the temperature of your pillow is regulated for the perfect night's sleep void of pillow-flipping.

Microwave Crisp Maker

If you are a health freak but also mildly (or not that mildly) addicted to Walkers salt and vinegar crisps then I have solved yet another issue for you. You can now make your own crisps out of pretty much anything: sweet potatoes, parsnips, beetroot or even make cinnamon apple and pear crisps. The best part? It's all done in the microwave. 


How to dress your wrists for summer

In case you haven’t noticed, rose-gold is everywhere at the moment and I predict will continue to be all Summer long. When all you’re wearing is a long tee and your skimpy Kiini with wild hair, dressing is all about your how your dress your body in rose-golden drippings.

These ‘Ocean Droplets’ by TADA AND TOY make the perfect finish to glisten in the sun.

Larsson and Jennings watches are waterproof up to 50m and add some sparkle to a browned wrist.

The etsy store Blushes and Gold make beautiful customisable and stackable bracelets to dress your wrist in. Mix with any friendship or Brazilian wish bracelets picked up on your travels for an added boho luxe look.

So ladies add a neutral nail colour and frost yourselves! (If you didn’t get that reference, we’re no longer friends).


4 ways to wake up beautiful

1. Night Mask

Night creams are definitely not exclusively for older women (or women for that matter) and if you haven't been using one already then that should be your next purchase. A night mask is the new form of a rich and hydrating moisturiser which means your skin is working up a glow whilst you sleep. Make sure you thoroughly remove your make up first!

2. Healthy Dinner

There is nothing worse than that feeling when you wake up the next day after stuffing your little face the night before. You wake up feeling sick, puffed up and bloated. Having a healthy but not neccessarily small dinner is the perfect way to wake up feeling flat stomached and ready for breakfast. I recommend fish, greens and sweet potato or brown pasta with chicken and vegetable as my two favourites! I also love a jacket new potato with cottage cheese and salad or butter and cheddar for the cottage cheese haters. New potatoes are also lower GI so leave you feel less heavy and you can have several or get large meaty ones. If you love a treat after nosh on some dark chocolate and strawberries with a mint tea or I love Lindt sea salt dark chocolate.

3. There's an app for that

Here’s how it works :

1. Create a sleep mix by selecting sounds and music that you like.
2. Slip naturally into a relaxed state or a deep sleep...!
3. Awake, feel refreshed and happier
4. Do it again, anytime!

Plus they also have a range of articles and yoga poses that are good for inducing a peaceful nights sleep.

4. Silk Pillowcases

There are so many benefits to this and it calls itself 'beautifying' and 'anti-ageing'. It is meant to be cleaner and kinder to your skin, help your hair stay in tact which is great for preserving blowdrys. But if the best thing it does for me is make sure that I am not waking up with huge red creases down my face then I'll be happy. Use slip for an easy slip-on pillow case from home to your boyfriend's to a business trip. 


Step by step: Friends over for dinner

It’s 4pm, friends are due over in three hours and the panic begins to creep in. You frantically decide on pasta, wander up and down the aisles in pure desperation. Does this sound a little familiar? Well, worry not I’ve got you covered, follow this guide and your next dinner party will be planned to perfection and you can even have a lie in! This works well for 6-8 people at an 8pm arrrival,


Roll out of your PJS and into the shower, spend a good hour primping, thoroughly cleanse and moisturise and then blow dry your hair as best you can (you’ll have allocated time later). 


Now for the food, here's your menu

Write these down: 

Check if you have these and if not add them to your list: Olive oil, Balsamic Vinegar, 7 Eggs , Pine nuts, Capers, Garlic powder, Mixed dried herbs, caster sugar. Pop off to the supermarket to pick up your goods. Also buy some of the best looking cheapest flowers and some funky-coloured serviettes and a bottle of something if you don’t have.


Unpack your ingredients and shove flowers in empty jam jars or milk bottles, 


Whizz up in a food processor :
50g/2oz basil
30g/1oz pine nuts, toasted
30g/1oz parmesan
1 clove garlic, crushed
85ml/3fl oz olive oil
a good squeeze of lemon
salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put in a bowl and set aside.


Pour 400ml cream into a saucepan and heat until it steams then snap in all your chocolate (dark and milk) leave to the side and whisk together 6 egg whites in a separate bowl (keep yolks!) until they make little snowy mountains when you lift the whisk out. For goodness sake use an electric one.  Whisk in 6tbsp on caster sugar but one at a time then stir in your chocolaty cream mixture and the 6 yolks slowly. Now spoon your pre-bought dulce de leche or caramel into as many glasses as there are people. Ladle your mousse on top and pop them in the fridge. Shove all in dishwasher!


Pop butternut squash cubes into the oven to roast for 20 minutes at 180C. Set aside.


Roll out the puff pastry onto a line baking tray and fold in all the edges to make a rectangular border. Spread over the brie and then pour a whisked egg on top. Lay out asparagus on top in lines. Top with pine nuts, garlic powder, dried herbs, capers, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes at 180C. Set aside.


Trot upstairs and doll up!


Back down to top mousses with raspberries, cut up mozzarella into chunks with tomatoes onto a plate with basil and your butternut cubes. Set aside some of the cherry tomatoes. Mix together your dressing, olive oil and lemon with sea salt.


Lay your table, have a tidy up and set your tart onto a pretty plate cut into the same number of slices as people, Put together your salad on the plate and set out the avocado to be chopped and added last minute with the dressing. Also put the fresh pasta and pesto to hand and a big saucepan of salted water off the heat on the stove. I also like to litter the table with cheap tea lights and the flowers.


Add the avocado to the salad mix in lots of lemon if worried about browning and pour a drink into your best glasses, put on some music and mood lighting! Put out bowls of nuts/ crisps/ olives if you have- not essential! I also at this point use some room spray to cover any not so nice cooking smells. 


Greet guests with drinks and a smile.


Lock the door and unfriend any stragglers! Lay out the salad and tart on the table and pop the water on to boil, call everyone to sit down.


Pop the pasta in the water and sit down for 10 minutes.


Clear the tart and starter plates, put straight in dishwasher, leave the salad to have with mains too. 


Drain the pasta and tip in your aside cherry tomatoes and your pesto. Add any leftover pine nuts. I would serve up on plates and top with Parmesan and basil. Enlist a helper to carry plates to the table as you dish up each plate. Sit and enjoy with guests.


At your leisure clear the table and bring out desserts. Also offer tea and coffee.


You should be coming to a close without much clearing up left to do! Be a gracious hostess, say goodbyes, finish tidying and go to bed stress free! 


Sunday hacks for organising your week

Follow these five rules for the best week ahead ever.

1. Plan your meals and order a food shop to arrive

2. Pick up all your bits off the floor whilst binge watching a tv show

3. Clear out your fridge and wipe surfaces

4. Have a bath and do a hair and face mask

5. Write a to do list and your weekly calendar before crawling into bed to read or watch a movie


How to do the off-shoulder trend

Trends can be quite fleeting and because we never have time to grow accustomed to styling them, it can prove to be more of a task. The cold-shoulder trend this season is happily received. It is flattering and classic, plus a brilliant excuse for whipping out bronzed shoulders. The Bardot cut can be carried from office to play seamlessly, here are my little outfit inspos for any occasion.

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Givenchy silk top
£1,150 - farfetch.com

Sandy Liang blue top
£280 - kirnazabete.com

Stripe shirt

P.A.R.O.S.H. white palazzo pants
£92 - farfetch.com

Frame Denim mid-rise jeans

Sophia webster shoes
£275 - italist.com

Silver choker
£17 - stargazejewelry.com

Lime crime lipstick
£14 - amazon.com