The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

I mentioned in my lipstick post how Topshop’s Infrared had helped me to become obsessed with orange, and this Primark jumper dress is VERY ORANGE!

It’s my current, favourite item of clothing and the above outfit is one that I keep wearing – it’s perfect for Autumn/Winter as it’s just cosy enough and the biker sleeves make it a little edgy over girly.

Oh and the bling I’m wearing with it isn’t borrowed from Mr T, honest…

Jumper dress – Primark

Necklace – Primark

Leggings – New Look

Riding Boots – Dorothy Perkins

Lipstick – Topshop Infrared

– love Stef x

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Recipe: Valentine’s Day Calzones

Yep, you read that right – a recipe. That I used on that sickingly forced holiday known as Valentine’s Day.

To reiterate, I actually made dough – dough. Not bought something and put it in the oven, which is what my ‘cooking’ normally consists of. And it was edible, like really edible.

Valentine's Day Calzones

Granted they’re not the most perfectly shaped calzones, but you get the drift. So, onto the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain strong flour
  • 90ml milk (body temperature)
  • 50ml water (body temperature)
  • 1tsp dried yeast
  • 25ml garlic-infused olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 200g buffalo mozzarella
  • 70g salami (sliced)
  • 70g chorizo (sliced)
  • 60g prosciutto

Method:

1. Sift the 225g of flour into a large bowl

2. In a separate bowl, mix the warm milk, water and dried yeast

3. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and make a dough

4. Knead for 5 minutes on a floured, even surface

5. Making a small well in the centre of the dough, add the olive oil and knead to combine

6. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it to prove in a warm place for two hours

*I discovered (somewhat luckily) that the above initial steps can be done the day before if needed – simply place the dough, still in its cling filmed bowl, in the fridge after proving*

7. Preheat the oven with a baking tray inside to 230 degrees C

8. Add the pinch of salt to the dough and knead again, before divided and rolling into four equal balls

9. On a floured surface, roll each ball out into 8″ circles

10. Place 1/4 of the mozzarella and Italian meat mixture (bung it all in a bowl, season and drizzle with oil) onto 1/2 of each dough circle, leaving a 1″ border around the edge

11. Use water to brush clean the edges, then fold over the sides and pinch closed the calzone

12. Bake for around 8 minutes

And there you have it – calzones fit for a Valentine’s Day meal. We accompanied them with a feta cheese salad and washed it down with a bottle (or three) of Prosecco.

Mez Bez and Paul Hollywood would be proud, I think 🙂

– love Stef x

Things I’m Loving #1

Another first for SWHH, I thought I’d share the things that I’ve recently been loving. Whether it’s fashion, beauty, or entertainment – if I’ve been wearing it, using it, doing it or watching it, it’s here.

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1. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NW15 – since my MAC makeover (read about it here), I have not stopped using nor loving this foundation. Despite the fact that most weekdays I’m extremely lazy when it comes to my appearance, I love it so much that I’ve actually been making the effort to get ready in the morning.

2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush – following on from my new foundation fave, to apply it I’ve fallen in love with this brush. It’s perfect at doing the job with ease and provides a flawless and even finish – the only issue is you can’t buy it separately but as part of the core collection.

3. H&M Wool Blend Coat in Petrol – oh H&M how I love you, especially your sale section on your app (which works a dream, FYI). As Stoke doesn’t have a store, I often peruse the app and I ordered this coat on a whim, but it is beautiful. The colour, shape and fit – all amazing. It works as a smarter coat for meetings etc. and for £17, you can’t go wrong.

4. Lush Snow Fairy Body Wash & Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar – who doesn’t want to smell like fairies and unicorns? The bubble bar is gorgeous, turning the water a beautiful silvery colour while making my skin feel silky. Snow Fairy smells divine and lathers up a treat – bath time has never been more magical.

5. Lost – okay more specifically, Sawyer from Lost. Thanks to Sky enabling me to binge on TV series, I thought ten years after its original airing would be a good time to get into this show. And I love it. It’s completely ridiculous and honestly, I’m not entirely certain what’s going on, but what I do know is I’ve loved Sawyer from the start. I’m nearing the end now, and my crush couldn’t be more cemented – forget Dr Jack, con man Sawyer is my desert island love.

6. HD Brows in Vamp – although nature decided I would have exceptionally dark brown hair, it also decided that my eyebrows should of course be around five shades lighter. Yeah… thanks for that. But, beauty products were made to save the day, and my saving grace is this kit. Take that, nature.

7. YouTubers InTheFROW & Lauren Curtis – I love beauty vloggers and my current obsessions are Victoria and Lauren. I can sit and watch their videos for hours. In fact I do do that. Normally on a Sunday or whenever the boyf. is glued to the Xbox. They are both fantastic and enviously beautiful, but that aside, their videos are perfect for make-up lovers.

8. MAC Lipstick in Creme de la Femme – this was my first ever MAC product, and although I’m not really a pinky kinda gal, this shade is extremely pretty. I’ve been reaching for it more recently as it was ideal for Valentine’s Day and well, any other day really.

So there’s my first roundup – what have you all been loving recently? Any recommendations?

– love Stef x

Music Monday #1

As something a little different, I’d like to introduce the first Music Monday – a post series that pretty much explains itself.

I toyed with the idea of having a Spotify playlist plugin, but where’s the fun in that? There are music videos for a reason (especially when that reason is Adam Levine), so I’ve stuck with the ye olde YouTube embeds.

So, without further ado, here is your Monday playlist – enjoy the songs, marvel at my taste in music (ironically or not, your call) and above all, have a bit of a perve:

The Courteeners: Are You In Love With A Notion?

Semisonic: Closing Time

The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

Eagles: Hotel California

Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Fleetwood Mac: Monday Morning

The Black Keys: Next Girl

Clean Bandit: Rather Be

The Kooks: Seaside

Maroon 5: Sugar

– love Stef x

Hamilton Island, QLD: Cuddling koalas & Whitsunday Apartments

While in Hamilton Island we stayed in the Whitsunday Apartments, and got an upgrade for a reef view – check out the stunning view from our balcony on the eighth floor…
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Not bad, eh? We had four days on the island and made the most of it. Whitehaven Beach was a highlight for me, along with diving the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures when we went diving, so you’ll have to wait for the Fiji posts to see some diving pics (stay tuned).

We walked along the Marina most days as that’s where all of the restaurants and shops are, and well, you can see why…

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But my absolute favourite part about Hamilton Island? Cuddling Koalas!!!

Yep, you got it. Take a look at this lovely boy, who for a brief moment was in my arms. His name is Wally, and he likes eucalyptus.

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Isn’t he just the loveliest?!

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And he was quite a lump for a baby!

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But he was definitely worth waiting for!

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He had a weird smell, but he didn’t bite me, which I am very grateful for as (now here’s a fun fact) koalas carry Chlamydia! Who knew?!

Have you had chlamydia from a koala bear?

We’d love to hear from you 🙂

– love Carla x

My MAC makeover

I love makeup – nothing makes me happier than lipsticks and eyeshadows, eyeliner and good conturing (it’s the only girly thing about me).

One of my amazing Christmas presents from the boyf. was a gift card to go and get some MAC makeup and have a makeover.

*Now, this was very clever on his part – he’s not only showing he knows me very well, but also has the bonus of seeing me look like less of a tramp for a day. Well played, boyf. well played…*

My appointment was made for 25 January at the Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, Manchester (Stoke doesn’t have one, we’re not that classy)…

The makeup artist was Fran and she was absolutely lovely. She put me at ease, had beautiful makeup on (some can have a little too much on and I didn’t want that look – far too much effort), and asked what kind of makeover I was after.

Because I’m a bit dense and was too excited to be sat at a MAC counter, I hadn’t really thought about what look I wanted. In the 30 seconds after Fran had asked, I made the quick decision of a smokey eye and contouring.

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Starting with my eyes, she worked her magic and created a coppery smokey look, winged eyeliner and false lashes (well, why not go all out, ay?). Then it was time for the base…

I knew I wanted to buy some MAC foundation and this was the perfect opportunity to figure out which shade was the one for me.

Turns out I’m an NW15, and we opted for the Studio Fix Fluid foundation, with NW15 Select Cover Up concealer and Mineralise SkinFinish powder in Medium and Medium Deep.

After a matte peach blush finished the face, we moved on to the final part – the lips.

Up until now, the boyf. had dutifully sat, took a few photos, munched on cookies and was generally well behaved. As soon as lipstick was mentioned, he chirped up and declared I wasn’t allowed to wear my ‘usual goth colour’ – hmpf.

So, seeing as my favourite deep plum (not goth) lippy was vetoed, we instead decided on a nude lipliner and coral lip. Et voila!

I was over the moon with the whole thing and couldn’t thank Fran enough. To top it all off, I bought the foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer and eyelashes before heading off for a lovely meal.

An amazing MAC makeover and an all-round amazing Sunday.

Have you ever had a makeover?

– love Stef x