Tuesday, 21 May 2013
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Monday, 20 May 2013
Whilst the evening saw many big accomplishments such as Coronation Street winning the biggest title of the night 'Best British Soap' and Adam Woodyatt (aka Ian Beale) winning the 'Lifetime Achievement Award', we've spent most of the morning adorning the ladies fashion choices for the evening instead!
There were certainly an array of different styles on the red carpet with some rather eye catching choices. However in amongst the bling, big hair and false eyelashes there were some truly beautiful outfits too.
Lots of celebs opted for the ever popular floor length gown and we personally think Tina O'Brien looked stunning in a pale pink feather and sequin number - a mixture that is hard to pull off.
Also, the Hollyoaks McQueen sisters pulled out all the stops with Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) choosing a low cut, braless white blazer which the paparazzi couldn't get enough of! And the beautiful Claire Cooper (Jacqui) looked amazing in a floor length, sheer panelled black dress - Congratulations go to her for scooping 'Best Actress' of the night too.
Who were your favourite outfits of the night? Or who do you think should sack their stylist?
Sunday, 19 May 2013
This is a recipe for the most delicious tarragon chicken pie I made a few weeks ago. And it’s so simple! This dish was on GMTV Oscars day where they made individual pies and decorated with an Oscar design. It’s such a great recipe to cook for friends as it can be done in advance and perfect for the cooler Spring weather we’re experiencing and want something a little lighter but with some warmth and comfort. I served with carrots and long stemmed broccoli but a salad would work just as well and if you’re being better than I with calorie consumption you could simply enjoy the tarragon chicken without the puff pastry topping – although that would be a tragedy in my eyes!
70g plain flour
70g plain flour
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
750g chicken breast fillets cut into 2cm dice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 leeks, white part only, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
150ml chicken stock
4 tbsp crème fraiche
A small bunch of tarragon leaves chopped
375g ready-rolled all butter puff pastry
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Combine flour, cayenne pepper and salt in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat, shaking off any excess flour.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until light golden. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
3. Return pan to a medium heat; add leeks and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add stock and crème fraiche, simmer gently for 5 minutes, then return the chicken to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes further. Remove from heat, season and stir through the tarragon.
4. You will need 4 individual pie dishes. Using an upside down dish as a guide, cut out a round of pastry for the pie lid(s), allowing an extra 1cm all round. Spoon the filling into the dishes. Brush the rims with egg and top with the pastry lids pushing down the edges around the rim. Brush tops with egg yolk and pierce the top of each pie. Use any pastry trimmings to cut out Oscar figurines and use these to decorate the top of your pies.
5. Brush decorations with egg and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden. Cool for 5 minutes before serving with a crisp green salad.
Do let me know if you give this a whirl, I would love to know if you think this is amazing as I do! Who’s hungry?
- Thanks so much to Victoria from Florence and Mary for this lovely recipe!
Saturday, 18 May 2013
I picked up this plain white men’s t-shirt from Primark for just £2 so I could give myself a little DIY task. I find these are so cheap you can just experiment with them however you want to and it doesn’t matter if they go wrong. Luckily for me I really like how this DIY CROP TOP turned out. I wanted to go for an off the shoulder look but I also wanted to make it cropped so decided to do so with a secure knot in the centre, this top was pretty oversized before I altered it but tying a small knot is just so simple and really gives the garment a more defined shape. I also love the look of the knotted centre.
I hope it’s pretty straightforward to follow the steps I’ve given you if you do want to try this out for yourself. I wanted to get a top that was big on me so opted for this men’s one in a small but you might want to get it bigger or smaller depending on the style you’re aiming for. This makes a perfect little summer top and goes great with trouser or even a nice midi skirt :) I wore mine with my pale blue polka dot trousers when I went to the beach with Ashley last week.
Friday, 17 May 2013
Happy Friday everyone! Not long until the weekend now :) We hope you all have something nice planned.
Today we launched a great new competition on our Facebook page with Ever Ours. If you'd like to win a £25 voucher to spend at Ever Ours head over to our Facebook page to enter now :) Good luck!
Also this weekend we have some fantastic competitions from our brands too. Simply click the images below to enter!