Wednesday Want: Sweet satchels


As the weather is hitting fifteen degrees today, I thought it was about time I purchased a new spring bag. Now don't get me wrong, I love a big black faux leather tote, but this season my sartorial eyes seem to be drawn towards the smaller, more colourful variety; namely cross body satchels in every shade of pastel from dreamy lilac, cornflower blue and classic mint, to creamy nude, baby pink and sherbet coral. Particular favourites include the Brit Stitch 'with love from' collection (how adorable is that heart motif?) and the Asos seatbelt lock number which reminds me more of the catwalk than the high street!

What style of bag will be on your arm this summer?

My week in food #10


Monday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and red grapes with fat free vanilla yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, green peppers, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Two eggs, salmon, broccoli and tomatoes with garden peas and diced peppers in basmati rice.
Snacks - Two handfuls of red and white grapes.

Tuesday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and red and green grapes with fat free raspberry yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, green peppers, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Mackerel in a tomato sauce with pan fried red pepper, tomato, spinach, garden peas and basmati rice.
Snacks - A handful of red grapes, a birthday cupcake.

Wednesday
Breakfast - One banana, diced mango, blueberries and raspberries with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Romaine lettuce, spinach, green and red pepper, tomato, onion and cucumber with parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of garlic crutons.
Dinner - Three eggs scrambled (mixed with low fat cheese) with stir fried tomatoes, red pepper, spinach and pine nuts.
Snacks - A handful of diced mango, blueberries and raspberries.

Thursday
Breakfast -  One banana, blueberries green grapes with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Spinach, red pepper, cucumber and tomatoes.
Dinner (from the local chippy) - A lightly battered fish.
Snacks - One Malteaser bunny, a portion of red grapes.

Friday
Breakfast - One banana, blueberries and kiwi with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - half a freshly cooked burrito made with chicken, tomato rice, roasted peppers and tomatoes, kidney beans, lettuce, onion salsa and cheese.
Dinner - A portion of fresh lasagne made with lean beef mince.
Snacks - One banana and a handful of strawberries with low fat mango and passionfruit yoghurt.

Saturday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and raspberries with with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Dinner - Cicilian sausage meat, tomatoes and spices in wholewheat pasta.
Snacks - A small bag of yoghurt covered banana coins.

Sunday
Breakfast - One banana, kiwi and honeydew melon with fat free natural yoghurt, tropical oat granola and mixed linseed. One glass of fresh orange juice.
Lunch - Sun dried tomato, spinach and mozarella pasta.
Dinner - Fresh turkey breast and honey glazed ham with cabbage, garden peas, green beans, carrot mash and herb stuffing. A third of a slice of freshly made easter egg cheesecake.

Proud of...
Admittedly, due to having a load of party food left from last weekend, and starting theatre performances this week, I have indulged in quite a few cake based treats. However (getting a tad deep here) instead of dwelling on the past - after all, I enjoyed it so why regret it - I am looking forward to getting back on track instead. Starting with the purchase of a rather swish set of gym wear... oh you heard right my friends, I am joining the gym.

Goal for next week
Breakfast: Actually get back on the smoothie bandwagon.
Lunch/Dinner: Get inventive with quinoa.
Snacks: Keep calm and eat fruit (not cake)

Beauty battle: Lip sticks

Ever since Revlon released their Colorburst lip butters way back in 2012, which I happened to find rather lacking in pigmentation, messy and stressful for on the go application, the beauty world has been itching to catch up. Luckily for me, the past few months has seen a rise in stick formulas, and so I bought a couple from either end of the spectrum to see what all the fuss was about! The Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick in Bashful is, as noted from the name, a one stop gloss shop. However, unlike most conventional lip glosses it isn't shimmery, doesn't attract hair and other stray objects, and actually contains a decent amount of pigmentation. I tend to shy away from pink and nude shades, but I think this little gem may just be the 'my lips but better' product I've been searching for; the glossy sheen is super pretty for Spring, and the twist up packaging makes it easy to apply (even without a mirror!) I'll never have to fiddle with a wand on the bus again...

The aforementioned brand have also upped their game this season, with the release of the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking. Matte lips are another concept I tend to stay away from (what can I say, I'm a conventional kinda gal) but this is somewhat different. It applies creamily, with little dragging or effort, and then settles to a velvety, moisturising texture but with an undoubtedly matte appearance. Striking is a tres on trend shade too, sitting between a rich orange and a classic red, perfect for Summer... it's so effortless in fact, that I often forget I'm wearing red lipstick. High five Revlon, I think you've finally nailed it! I love both these lip sticks, and pretty much just alternate between the two daily!

What do you think of lip balms and stains - love em' or are you staying off this particular bandwagon?