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Vegetable and Butter Bean Stew Recipe

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I'm not really one to share a lot of recipes - in fact, I've never posted one on here at all. However, I recently concocted this delicious supper and felt I just had to share it with you. The perfect hearty winter dish, the best thing about it is that you can use up pretty much all of your leftover vegetables in the process of making it. Like the sound of it? Then read on for the recipe...


To begin, I fried off half a large red onion, one clove of garlic and one leek, all chopped up in a large saucepan, with plenty of butter. Alternatively you could just use oil but I like the buttery flavour that this method gives the leeks. I kept stirring these veggies until the onion was looking more translucent and the leeks less green, then added in half a red pepper which I had chopped into very fine pieces.
Next up I added one carton of chopped tomatoes, along with salt and pepper to season. If you have any in your cupboards, this would be a great time to add a couple of teaspoons of …

HUGE life update!

After perhaps the longest silence ever I have finally returned to the world of blogging, and felt that you deserved a little update on my life, and why I disappeared for such a long time. The last three months have been some of the craziest to date, and I’ve experienced both ups and downs during this time. Now, with Christmas and the end of the year approaching, I’m finally in a really happy place, so here’s a rundown of what’s been happening…
I last updated my blog back in July, having returned from the loveliest family holiday to the Isle of Wight. I anticipated a long summer of blogging, but got a little carried away in the excitement of days out, trips away and seeing friends and family. In August I went on a short but sweet girls’ trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had the best time ever with eleven of my best pals. I know Edinburgh isn’t the first place you envision for a post-exams holiday (Ayia Napa or Zante definitely sound more appropriate) but I honestly had the time …

Isle of Wight

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Apologies for the length of time since my last blog post- unfortunately the majority of my time over the last couple of months has been taken up with revision, exams and prom preparations. However that is all over now and I finally have the whole summer ahead of me to spend time with friends and family, blog, relax, and generally enjoy the sunny weather, before the dreaded results day in late August. Last week I was lucky enough to spend the first week of my holidays in the Isle of Wight with my parents, staying in the beautiful Bembridge. Growing up, our trips to the Isle of Wight were an integral part of my childhood, and I have so many happy memories of making sandcastles, visiting Blackgang Chine and taking the chairlift at the Needles. It was therefore a great experience to revisit this wonderful part of the UK as an eighteen year old, to see all of the sights that I remember so well.

One of the highlights of the trip had to be our visit to the delightful Rosemary’s Vineyard, whic…

Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn

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I remember the first time I glimpsed Katharine Hepburn's style. It was in an illustrated book of classic film costumes that I was given as a child, in which she was depicted in the white and gold embellished evening dress she wears in the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story. However it wasn't until fairly recently that I recognised her as the true style icon she was. Hepburn was something of a fashion revolutionary, famously insisting on wearing trousers to be on equal footing with her male counterparts, when actresses at the time were often highly sexualised. In 1951, when told in Claridge's Hotel that women were not permitted to wear trousers in the lobby, Hepburn simply chose to use the staff entrance instead, refusing to adhere to the patriarchal diktat of the 20th century.




Over the years Hepburn made so many stunning sartorial choices that it is hard to pick which ones to talk about. However, the oversized, wide-collared men's shirts teamed with blazers and high-wais…

Exeter Photo Diary

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Who run the world? Girls

I have been thinking a lot about the changing role of fashion and beauty in a world where women are increasingly becoming more powerful, having been driven to consider this topic by the Daily Mail front page last month that presented a picture of Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May with the question, ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?’ If you haven’t by now seen the piece, it went on to analyse both women’s outfits, as well as how ‘flirty’ their body language was. However, most shockingly, at no point in the article was the reason for the ladies’ meeting or the content of their discussion mentioned, leading me to ask why, at such a turbulent time in British politics, is the media still focusing more on the looks and femininity of the two most important politicians in Britain?
In Western society, women are increasingly finding their voices and making an impact on the world stage. It’s been nearly 100 years since female suffrage was granted here in Britain, yet today we can proudly say we …

Shoes of dreams

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I decided to write this post in order to share with you a recent purchase I've made from Primark, these gorgeous white loafers. Having become somewhat obsessed with the infamous Gucci loafers, when I saw these at a fraction of the price, £8, I just had to pick them up. Being Primark, I'm obviously aware that the quality isn't going to be brilliant, but the material feels remarkably soft, and styled right, I reckon they will look pretty expensive. I've worn them out once already, with blue skinny jeans for the perfect relaxed spring time look, and I must admit that they did rub a bit on the back of my foot, which was disappointing. However I'm hoping that they will be more comfortable after a few wears (it was always likely that I would have a few problems returning to more summer suitable shoes after months of wearing thick winter boots as well anyway!) Being white, they're probably not the most practical of shoes but I'm hoping that they will be perfect fo…