Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Beach time bikinis

The weather in the UK may be a little questionable at the moment, but for a lot of you you'll be jetting off to places where the weather is a little more predictable.

Have you done your research on the best bikini's on the market yet to make sure you are looking hot whilst sunning yourself on the beach? If you haven't, I've compiled a list of a few of my favourites.

If you're in the market for a designer piece with a lot of quirk, then this Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini set is perfect. I absolutely love that it comes with a little bolero jacket. It's so unusual, and I am in love with it. It's certainly on the pricey side at £630 so it isn't for everyone, but I think it's beautiful.

Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini

The next piece I'm in love with is a lot more affordable, this little beauty is a lot more edgy and on trend with it's cool cut out design and gorgeous watercolour shades. This stunning tankini is from River Island and is a complete steal at £29.

pink print cut out bikini

The next set I've picked out is another River Island number, it's so pretty and girly with it's a pale pink colour and floral design it sent my heart all a flutter. It's a multi way bikini top as well and can be work 5 different ways which is great for getting more variety out of one piece. At £28 it's a great choice.

Cream floral print 5 way bikini

My next pick is a bit more trendy and playful with it's high neck style and bright colours, I think this bikini top could double up as a top with a lightweight kimono thrown over the top it would be great to wear out teamed with a pair of denim shorts. This little beauty is from New Look and is a bargain for £22.98. Annoyingly New Look don't display the top and bottoms together so I had to hunt for the set on their website, so here are the bikini bottoms if you are interested in snapping them up.

My last pick of the bunch is this gorgeous bright aztec bikini from Topshop, I love the fun print and the lovely design of the straps on the back, although they might not be great for your tan line! It's the priciest out of the highstreet picks at £32 but I think it's worth it.

I hope you're all ready for your summer hols and looking forward to jetting off and exploring new places. Have a lovely day everyone, and don't forget to read up on my Year to happiness project and follow along for updates.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Chilled cucumber and mint soup - vegan

raw cucumber soup, healthy eating, curing depression

I have been eating a lot of raw soups for lunch recently because I have wanted to get the maximum amount of nutrition out of what I'm eating. I took inspiration from the classic Spanish chilled soup Gazpacho which I really like. The only thing I dislike about it is the after taste of raw onion and garlic so I decided in future recipes I wouldn't put them in. This personal preference, if you like the flavour and can bear the pungent after taste that will live on with you for the rest of the day then by all means add them.

I love the refreshing nature of cucumber, and until recently had never tried cucumber and mint soup before, but really wanted to give it a try and now it is one of my favourite things to have for lunch. I definitely put my own twist on the soup to keep it dairy free as most traditional recipes call for yogurt.

My main aim for my raw soups is to make them filling, and pack them with nutrition so I use things like walnuts and flax seed to bulk them out a bit and give them a satisfying consistency.

I make my soup in my nutribullet so this recipe is for a one person serving.

Chilled cucumber soup recipe:

Half a cucumber (seeds and skin left on for added nutrition)
1 small bulb of fennel
1 flat dessert spoon of dried mint or 7/8 fresh mint leaves
small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
small handful of walnuts
1 dessert spoon of flax seed
100ml of water
1 tablespoon of lime juice
salt to taste

Roughly chop the cucumber and fennel and pop into a blender with all of the other ingredients and blend for roughly 1 minute until smooth and combined. You'll find the walnuts and flax give the soup a frothy light texture that I really love and make it more filling.

If you like vegetables you can't really go wrong with raw soups, the combinations are endless and are such a fantastic way of getting plenty of healthy veg into your diet in one sitting. I have been eating a lot of raw tomato soup, as well as spinach and fennel. Experiment and find what you love best!

Healthy tastes best!

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