Thursday, 31 January 2013

3 RECIPE: Baked Salmon with Lemon & Garlic.

A healthy low-carb lunch recipe...

This recipe is fast, easy and ridiculously healthy so if you're feeling peckish, pop this bad boy in the oven and treat yourself to a salmon filled parcel of deliciousness without the guilt.

What you need:
Two salmon fillets.
One lemon (sliced, plus juice)
Chilli (fresh, paste or dried).
Dill (fresh or dried).
A clove of garlice (or two if you are a garlic fan!)
Three-four spring onions (chopped).
Salt & Pepper to season.
Salad leaves.
Tin foil & baking tray.

What you need to do:
Preheat your oven to gas mark 7 (220 Celsius) and line a baking tray with tin foil. Next, lay four lemon slices onto the baking tray and then top with your two salmon fillets. 
Then, smear your chilli and garlic onto the salmon fillets, top with chopped spring onions and season with dill, salt and pepper. Drizzle a bit of lemon juice onto the fillets and then wrap the tin foil to create a parcel. Pop the parcel into the oven for around 20 minutes.

While the salmon is cooking away, put a big pile of salad leaves on a plate and dress with whatever dressing you like! I put a bit of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice on mine, but any low fat, tangy dressing would work perfectly. Once the salmon is cooked through and flaky, lay the fillets on the salad leaves and munch away! Bon appétit!

Let me know in the comments if you've given this recipe a go or if you have any other delicious healthy recipes to share. Excuse the lack of pictures, I was so hungry when I made this that I ate it as soon as it came out of the oven, without a thought for taking some blog-friendly snaps!

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

5 Three Fashion Faux Pas that Became Fashion Forward.

Whether you’re at the front of the fash pack or (like me) lurking somewhere at the back, we all know that fashion goes in circles. Many of our favourite trends and designs are drawn from previous eras and while they’re updated and modernised, the inspiration is pretty much clearly there. Many of us are now rocking styles that were made famous in decades gone by and our obsession with our stylish ancestors shows no sign of stopping. With vintage boutiques popping up here, there and well…everywhere, our love affair with bygone fashion definitely seems here to stay. Before you start throwing salty language my way, I’m 100% not knocking vintage fashion but it is fun to look back at terrible ideas (or so they seemed) that have transformed into fashion forward and high street friendly trends.

Bum Bags
Convinient? Yes. Safe? Check. Cool? Absolutely not. I’m willing to bet that those poor souls who suffered needlessly through the bum bag era thanked their lucky stars that this trend came to an end 
(except it didn't). 

For some unknown reason, bum bags re-reared their ugly heads a few years ago. Suddenly celebrities from Rihanna to Pixie Lott were donning their low-slung body bags and people actually liked it. You may have noticed from my tone that I've yet to be convinced. Nevertheless, the bum bag became a big fashion trend again in 2009, marginally improved by stylish fabric and studs. Perhaps they might still have a place at festivals or in areas with a particularly high mugging rate, but I still think they should stay far, far away in the 1990s.

MC Hammer Pants.
Hammer pants were made popular by the 1980s rapper, Stanley Burrell (aka MC Hammer, fools) and apparently, the saggy crotch and fitted ankle made them perfect for hip hop dancing. They also made them perfect for looking like an absolute troll. 

However, the bulging nappy look returned to us 21st Century fashionistas and harem pants became the hot new trouser silhouette in 2009. And they're still with us in 2013, ASOS and other retailers continue to feed our dropped crotch trouser need. I admit, I was skeptical of harem trousers at the beginning but they have slowly grown on me. They are just so frickin' comfy. 

Daisy Dukes.
These impossibly short shorts were made famous in the 1970s show The Dukes of Hazzard. While Catherine Bach looked hot in her denim cutoffs, not many people could pull off the teeny tiny shorts. It is said that Catherine had to wear nude tights so that she didn't expose too much of herself while filming, so you get the danger of donning a pair of daisy dukes.

I'm not entirely sure that short shorts ever fully went away, but knicker shorts and tiny denim shorts have definitely come to the forefront in recent years. Lets be honest, you can't pop into Topshop without inadvertently glimpsing a bit too much of a fellow shoppers bum and the less said about nights out the better. I'm probably being bitter though; there's no way I could pull off a pair of sequin knicker shorts. No way in hell.

7 Steal Her Style: Rita Ora

Having left a blazing trail of fun and effortlessly stylish fashion in 2012, Rita Ora continues to fly the flag for street-luxe-meets-old-Hollywood glam in the New Year. Our favourite songstress leapt to fame last year with her chart topping hits R.I.P and How We Do (Party) but has also been rubbing shoulders with the fash pack ever since her eclectic wardrobe stole the spotlight.

Safe to say, the Brit has taken the fashion world by storm. Citing Gwen Stefani as her ultimate style icon, Rita mixes the 90s urban look with red lippie and statement jewellery. Her no-fear approach to style has captured the attention of super-cool Italian brand Superga, where she is set to front their Spring/Summer campaign (taking over from icon Alexa Chung). Other fashion houses have also been clamouring to dress her, with favourites like Vivienne Westwood, Pucci and McQ already leaving their mark on the Kosovan beauty. 

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Rita’s urban glam style has had a huge influence on our highstreet wardrobes. The fact is, rocking her look couldn’t be easier. The key to achieving the look is to mix sport style with more feminine pieces. For a daytime outfit, Rita isn’t afraid to don a pair of high tops with a bold printed bodycon dress, finishing the look with layers of statement jewellery. To keep warm in the winter months, baggy denim jackets, oversized parka jackets and beanies are Rita-approved ways of staying stylish and cosy. The fash queen has proved that the horror of clashing prints is a thing of the past, so we should seriously think about mixing the likes of leopard print with geometric designs for our daytime wardrobe.

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  As a winner of the ‘Best Newcomer’ in the British Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Rita knows when to step out of the high tops and into a pair of heels. The singer knows how to work fashion-forward evening wear and we can definitely take a leaf out of the star’s lookbook for our Saturday night party dresses. Channelling old Hollywood glamour, the songstress combines bold prints with classic shapes to create a sleek and dramatic red carpet look. To create our own Rita-inspired evening look, the first rule is to wear a statement dress. The singer’s evening looks often channel ladylike sophistication, so midi or maxi dresses are a must to recreate her style. To bring in some urban glam, accessorise with bang-on-trend jewellery and slip on a pair of platform boots. An oversized clutch bag completes the look. Of course, Rita’s vintage-inspired curls and her signature red lipstick are also mandatory.

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Whether you’re inspired by Rita’s eclectic urban luxe daywear or her Hollywood glamourpuss evening wear, the British singer is set to become an even bigger style icon in 2013. The fact is, her loud style reminds us that fashion is fun, creative and the perfect way to express ourselves!

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