Are you looking for affordable fashion?
I thought it would be fun to make a little wish list with items from the brand Esprit and to share it with you to see what you think.
It is so easy as a busy woman to stick to the same fashion brands but shopping in a safe way may mean you miss out on a treat or something that actually suits you better. I tend to shy away from shops I associate with younger women such as Top Shop and then just have not got to grips with newer options like Zara or Asos.
The ESPRIT website drew me in straight away with lots of attractive and colourful choices. It’s a useful one-stop shop for all members of the family including babies and men.
My absolutely favourite item is the short military style jacket because it is fun, makes me smile and is short which means it will highlight the waist. How lovely to see big sizes and affordable fashion prices.
Now although I keep avoiding the hype, there is no doubt that Christmas is just around the corner. Although I tend to be in casual gear, I always like a statement dress for this season and love the aubergine dress in stretch velvet with a pleated skirt. I think it is one of those items that would go in the wardrobe and come out again and again working for so many different occasions.
Having said that I was also mighty tempted by the gorgeous printed tulle maxi skirt with its delicate colours. Sadly it does not go up to my size so if ever there was a motivation to start taking more exercise and eating more healthily this is it.
Sticking with a nautical theme, how about an item that is a cape jumper and it comes with a hood perfect for chillier days ahead.
My only real complaint about ESPRIT is that there are so many choices that I could spend hours making wish list after wish list but then perhaps that is no bad thing and I should treat myself more often.
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Welcome to my wine giveaway courtesy of the folks at the Organic Wine Club.
Organic Wine Club
Organic Wine Club is an independent organic wine retailer that cares deeply about organic produce, soulful and delicious natural wines. They believe in healthier lifestyles and provenance. They partner with passionate artisan winemakers and invite you on a journey to discover and enjoy fantastic wines made naturally, without additives, sulphites or preservatives.
How nice would it be to enjoy a glass of wine that is full of life, vibrant and expressive, without headaches or allergies triggered by sulphites and additives?
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Here’s a shallot soup recipe for your delectation. Don’t think that’shallot because this wonder also includes a tasty goats cheese crouton.
The delicious soup is slow cooked to bring out the sweet caramel flavours of the shallots. Topping with a goat’s cheese crouton makes the soup a filling meal for those colder evenings.
Shallot soup recipe
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Ingredients for shallot soup recipe
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
200ml dry British cider
1L good quality beef stock
1 bay leaf
2 slices of sourdough bread, cut in half or to fit in the top of the soup bowls
1 log of goats cheese
Method for shallot soup recipe
Prepare the shallots, pouring a kettle of boiling water over them leave to soak for 2-3 minutes then drain and run under cold water. They should now be easier to peel. Peel and finely slice ready to cook.
Melt the butter in a large, heavy based saucepan with a lid.
Tip the shallots, garlic and sugar into the pan. Stir well then put the lid on the pan and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
When the shallots are softened and browned, stir in the cider and the stock, season, add the bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cook, with the lid on, for an hour.
When ready to serve, heat the grill, toast the bread and slice the cheese into 4. Ladle the soup into 4 bowls. Put a slice of cheese on each piece of toast and lay one in each bowl. Put the bowls under the hot grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
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What is your favourite soup recipe?
We have recently done a real-life escape to the country all of our own. It feels lovely to be in a beautiful home with gorgeous grounds.
One of the things I really love about our new place is the light in every room. The lounge is dark enough to be cosy with a woodburner but still light enough. Every other room is bathed in sunlight on summer days and better days in the autumn and winter.
The house has a third floor or two actually as we have 2 staircases hitting the ranks of those with wings in their home own in a way. There is one huge room at the top of one staircase and at the top of the other there are 3 rooms which has become my teenager’s pad.
I love the idea of large roof windows in a room, which will create a really light and airy space. I have recently discovered from VELUX that you can make different choices for roof windows from the classic to the top hung to the automated. When converting a loft, this would be a big decision to make depending on your own individual circumstances.
Light is good for the soul and I always feel happier with light rooms particularly bedroom and study spaces. Roof windows are a fabulous way to inject that light and then all you need to decide is whether you want to invest in a funky blind to jazz up the room too.
My 16 year old says a blind is all well and good but he fancies a stylish futon too for his room and is looking at the IKEA brochure right now.
Are you making home improvements at the moment?
Would you like to escape to the country?
Please leave a comment and let me know what you are up to.