Pale Girl Problems

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As much as I love my pale my skin, my Irish heritage does cause some beauty problems!

1. Finding an affordable foundation that doesn’t turn me orange.

High end brands can be just as bad but most have slightly better shade range however finding a high street foundation my shade has been almost impossible if you are having the same issue here are some high end and high street suggestions L’Oreal True Match in Rose Ivory, Rimmel Wake Me Up in Porcelain, Illamasqua Skin Base, NARS Sheer Glow.

2. Being able to contour without looking like you applied mud to your face.

As with foundation contouring can be difficult for us pale girls with a lot of popular products – Benefit Hoola i’m looking at you – giving us muddy results however I have found a few products which are fantastic  which you can read here.

3.Burning even in the English sun.

As soon as the sun starts peeking round the clouds on goes the factor 5o otherwise I will be lobster red by the end of the day.

4. People not believing you’ve been on holiday because you just don’t tan.

I honestly don’t tan even if I do burn I just go straight back to white, so to stop with the annoying questioning about my inability to tan I often opt for a bit of the fake bake. My favourite brand to use is Cocoa Brown. You can create a realistic tan and it doesn’t turn you Oomph Loompa orange.

5. People asking if you are feeling alright when you’re not wearing make-up.

‘You look awfully pale are you alright’ ‘Yep that’s just my face without all the contouring and blush’

Have you encountered any of these #palegirlproblems

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Ping Pong|Review

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*apologies for lack of photos I hadn’t planned on blogging but couldn’t resist snapping a few*

I’ve been wanting to go to Ping Pong since, well what seems like forever, finally after some nagging and organising I managed to get the girls together for dinner.

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First thing is Ping Pong is super popular we went into the Embankment branch at around 6:30 and it was buzzing. We managed to squeeze onto a sharing table and order some drinks before tackling the menu – the ordering system is a little odd, you tick the items you want before handing the list to a staff member, basically doing their job for them.

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Having not been there before and having heard great things about the pork buns I ordered them along with an array of other goodies.

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The food is amazing, full of flavour, warm fluffy dough filled with succulent pork, another food description sentence. However I wouldn’t suggest Ping Ping for a catch up dinner. I could hardly hear myself speak amongst the chatter of other tables and clinking at the bar.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For menus and info click here.

Savage Beauty|McQueen Exhibition

My mum is a member of the V&A which meant that we got to go and see the beautiful McQueen Savage Beauty a day before it is opened to the public.

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We started the day off with a bit of tea and cake in the members lounge which is situated at the very top of the building hidden away behind a two way mirror.

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The actual exhibition is a no photography zone and I am sort of glad it is as I think its something that you should go and experience for yourself rather than viewing it from a computer screen.

It’s very hard to put into words how amazing the collection is, the whole exhibition is very McQueen with each room taking on a different theme – one minute you are in the catacombs of Paris and the next you are in a royal throne room. The selection of clothes on display is phenomenal and being able to see the clothes close up is such a privilege. Like I said its hard to describe you can only really understand if you see it yourself.

My mum attempted to put it into words and came out with this:

Exceptional – stunningly beautiful, theatrical, disturbing. And – in a darkened room, dancing to the music from Schindler’s List, Kate Moss in a pepper’s ghost effect dancing/floating in a McQueen dress of clouds of white tulle. Eerie . . .

Which I think sums up a small part of it!

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Hat – Topshop|Dress – H&M|Cardigan – Vintage|Pumps – H&M.

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We lunched at Le Pain Quoitdien my all time favourite Belgium cafe.

If you can get tickets for the Savage Beauty exhibition go because its just amazing! It opens today and runs until August.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

For more information click here.

Happy World Book Day

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Happy World Book Day

When I was younger I used to love dressing up as my favourite book characters for school – most popular in my time was Dorothy from Wizard of Oz or Madeline from Madeline. However sadly there isn’t dress up at work so I thought I would share with you my three favourite classic books.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

I studied this during my English Literature ALevel and fell in love with the roaring 20’s. An old school romance novel full of treachery, seduction and a good dose of champagne, The Great Gatsby tells the story of Nick Carraway and his friendship with the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, who is in love with Nicks cousin Daisy. What I love most about this book is the way the characters are written; you never fully love or despise any of them. Each character has both their good points as well as their character flaws just like real people it adds a whole new dimension to the story.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

I have always been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and the Hound of the Baskervilles has to have been one of the first ones I ever read. They are good old fashioned mysterious written with wit and eloquence. The relationship between Sherlock and Watson is hilarious but also heart warming. These stories are timeless and if you have never ventured into the world of 221B then The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great one to start with.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I wrote my final English Lit essay on Alice in Wonderland and although it is not the most adult book out there it still remains a favourite. I have read this story over hundred times and love collecting vintage additions. This story is really about escapism, nature vs nurture and identity along with other things all wrapped up into a quaint children’s book. I love this story because its perfect for boy adults and children, a throughly good read for children but full of hidden themes for adults.

What are your favourite classics?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Healthy Cake?!

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Don’t worry I haven’t suddenly turned into a cooking blog but I did want to share with you a gluten free cake that I have been loving to bake recently. It’s a flourless chocolate cake so perfect for any gluten intolerant people and its so simple to make.

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You will need

– 100g dark chocolate

– 3 eggs

– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 42g Lurpak

-50g Caster Sugar

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First measure out all your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 150 C – its a lot lower than when normally baking but you have to cook this for longer due to the lack of flour!

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Separate the eggs into yolks and whites, leave the yolks to one side for the moment.

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Take the egg whites and whip them up into stiff peaks – if you have an electric whisk USE IT! My arm ached after doing it by hand!

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Melt the Lurpak and the chocolate together either in the microwave or the old school way over a pan of boiling hot water!

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Combine the melted chocolate with the egg yolks.

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Then slowly add the egg whites until you are left with more of a batter than a cake mix.

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Add the vanilla essence to make sure there is a bit of sweetness mixed in with dark chocolate.

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Pour the cake batter into a tin and pop in the oven for 50 minutes!

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It’s a cake but not as you know it! What I love the most about this is that it’s gluten free but it’s also pretty low in fat seeing as I didn’t use actual butter!

Have you tried any flour free baking?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Instafood

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If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that there has been rather a lot of food pictures on their recently. I have fallen in love with cooking and I thought I would share with you some of my foodie snaps and where I found the recipes for them (if possible), sadly I am not advanced enough to be writing my own yet.

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Hello Fresh – Wandering Foragers’s Wild Mushroom Risotto

 This is a healthy gluten free vegan risotto by Hello Fresh a great food delivery service which each week delivers ingredients for tasty yet healthy meals right to your doorstep, luckily the recipes are online! If you are a fan of mushrooms and cheese then this risotto is for you plus it only takes 30 minutes to make.

Hello Fresh Website – www.hellofresh.co.uk

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The Easy Roast – Various websites.

The thought of cooking a whole roast can be pretty daunting however I am well practiced in the art of one tray roasting. I have used various websites but my favourite is the BBC Good Food recipe, it uses a whole chicken but I prefer to substitute in two chicken breasts; less waste. Sunday roast doesn’t need to be a chore!

BBC Good Food Website – www.bbcgoodfood.com 

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I love Sorted Food their web series is amazing but I also recently bought their book Beginners get Sorted its amazing for people who don’t normally cook or for someone who needs some basic recipes that will still impress.

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Basic Homous – Sorted Food

I never knew how easy homous was to make but it really is super simple and takes around five minutes, plus its packed full of protein and is the perfect healthy snack or pre-dinner nibble. Sadly I can’t find the recipe online but I would highly suggest buying the book!

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Smokey Bacon and Tomato Soup – Sorted Food

I had also never made soup before and yet again Sorted proved how easy it is to make. I love this twist on the classic tomato soup; adding bacon gives it this whole other flavour. I would suggest adding some double cream to the finished product as it makes it much more, well creamy!

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Sausage and Three Bean Stew – Sorted Food

Not the most photogenic dish but this is an amazing winter warmer. Stuffed full of protein and fibre it may not look super healthy but it is. Again a very easy dish to make but you will have to buy the recipe book to find out how.

Sorted Food Website – www.sortedfood.com

Sorted Food Youtube – www.youtube.com/sortedfood

My Sorted Food Profile – whatkatedidnext92

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Squid with Pasta in Tomato Sauce

Saying I haven’t written any of my own recipes this is something I cobbled together. I love seafood and squid is one of my all time favourites luckily I can get frozen squid tubes which I fry before adding to some gluten free pasta with a shop bought (shhhh don’t tell anyone) tomato sauce.

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Squid in Black Bean Sauce with Noodles

Again a very simple dish that I love to have for a quick lunch. Stir fry the squid with some vegetables before adding some noodles and yet again a shop bought sauce. Cooking really isn’t that difficult especially when all you have to do is chuck everything in one pan and bam its done!

Anyone else got any recipes they think I would love or do you run a cooking blog, leave your links in the comments box because I would love to read them!

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO