Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A Look Back at 2014

I can't quite believe we have reached the end of yet another year. For me 2014 has been a roller coaster of a year full of fun, excitement and new adventures.I learnt so many lessons this year and have really grown as a person (not literally, that's not going to happen) and although I definitely experienced some lows, this year has been absolutely amazing so I thought I would take a look back at everything that has happened and my favourite posts of the year.

 

January - As I am now fully in the routine of A-Levels I am finding it so hard to believe that it was only this year that I was taking my mock GCSE exams in preparation for the real deal in May. January was also the month when I recieved my first GCSE result, and I was over the moon to find out I was awarded an A in my English Language exam.

Experience Christmas in New York // DIY Memory Jar // Bethany Mota Collection Haul

February-May - These 4 months were spent preparing for my actual GCSEs, this also meant a lot of time was spent binge watching Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters and Gossip Girl in procrastination for actually revising. As well as going through a few health scares myself, I also suffered a shock family bereavement, this is when I began to learn some real life lessons and started to appreciate how lucky I am to be living the life I do, with the supportive friends and family I am blessed with and the opportunites I am fortunate to have. I also hit a few blogging milestones in this period including celebrating my 2 year blogiversary in April and a series of Coachella inspired posts became very popular.

Wildfox Seeing Stars Lennon Sweater // 2 Year Blogiversary // Coachella Get the Look - Kylie Jenner

June - After finally putting the pen down after my 22nd GCSE exam paper, June marked the start of what everyone told me would be the best summer of my life. I started off my 12 week summer holiday with a BBQ and water fight with my friends. Another BBQ was in order when I headed down to Mother Iveys for a spontaneous night of camping with friends and I then spent a week abroad with my mum in Tenerife.

Healthy Breakfast with Graze Box // 2014 Summer Bucket List

July - One of the highlights of this year was definitely Prom which marked the start of July, getting dressed up and spending a night with my school friends was the perfect celebration to the end of exam season. July was also a month of blogging milestones when Ellie and I got invited to our first blogging event at Lush. I also spent a lot of time with my friends, many Pretty Little Liars days happened and of course a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. day was soon to follow.

Prom 2014 // Lush Plymouth Blogger Event // What's in My Beach Bag

August - I was so fortunate to spend my 16th birthday in Zante, Greece with a load of my family as we all went out to attend my cousins beautiful wedding. I then came home to the anxiously awaited GCSE results day and a rather unexpected nomination for the Ice Bucket Challenge. I finally decided to end my Summer with a dramatic hair makeover which seemed to shock all of my friends and family.

Cutting My Hair for Charity // #TeenBlogSeries Week 1 // DIY School Stationery

September - After a wonderful 12 weeks of Summer, it was finally time to go back to school, or in my case Sixth Form! This meant many changes, including a load of new friends,the opportunity to study part time at an all boys school and a completely new routine which inevitably comes with the jump from GCSEs to A-Levels. And of course, September was the month I stressed out about what to wear to school every morning with my first weeks of non-uniform rules, this eventually stopped by the start of October.

My Foundation and Brow Routine // Healthy Soup Recipe // Autumn Fashion Staples

October - I continued to get closer with new friends and finally got into the swing of A-Levels. I also attended The Vamps concert with my friends and even managed to meet X-Factors Luke Friend. In terms of Blogging I hit a milestone in page views and the #TeenBlogSeries drew to an end. I ended October dressed as a broken doll with a great family halloween party at my best friends house.

Fashion Icon - Bethany Mota // Favourite Autumn Lip Products

November - This was definitely a busy month. I spent the half term with my Dad in Blackpool to see the Illuminations before heading to Bolton to visit my family. The next week was spent standing in rivers with water up to my waist as I ventured on a Geography field trip to Slapton. November was then ended with an amazing week in St Ives with my new media family from the boys school. I definitely did my fair share of packing in Nobember as I travelled from place to place.

Product Spotlight on Batiste Dry Shampoo // Cosy Sunday with Blue Vanilla

December - My favourite month of the year, as the festive spirit spreads I tried to make the most of the holidays, this included a theatre trip to see Elf, a Christmas party dressed up as a cracker and of course the Christmas holidays spent celebrating with my family and friends. Hopefully tonight will be the perfect end to the year as I celebrate the start of 2015 with my family.

2014 Favourite - BeautyBlender & Giveaway

Looking back this year has been amazing and I couldn't have wished for it to be any different. I have enjoyed spending quality time with my friends and family as well as meeting new people who I now can't imagine my life without.

I hope you have all had a wonderful year and that 2015 will bring you all the joy and happiness you could wish for. Thankyou for all your support this year and I hope that you all stay with me for all the adventures and excitement that next year will bring.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Favourites; BeautyBlender and GIVEAWAY!

First up I need to aCpologise for not posting in over a month! I have been so busy with school work and holiday preparations that I've had no time to sit down and blog, however to make it up to you I am holding a great giveaway so make sure you read to the end of this post for more info!
This year there has been one product in particular that I have fallen in love with, the famous BeautyBlender. I'd heard so much about this product but the £26 price tag continuously put me off it, so last year I decided to buy the Models Own version, at just £7.99 for 2 it was a bargain. I absolutely loved this dupe and raved about it to my friends and family. This was until I managed to get my hands on the real deal. When I heard the September Birchbox would be containing a Classic BeautyBlender and full size cleanser I just couldn't resist, I already had a voucher for a Birchbox and so managed to get it for just £5! Since recieving the BeautyBlender I use it pretty much every time I apply foundation and I don't think I will ever be turning back.


For those who don't know, the BeautyBlender is a makeup sponge which ensures easy application of foundation, concealer and cream blush creating a flawless finish. The unique egg shape allows for easy application even in the smallest of areas, the point is perfect for around the eyes and nose where as the large round base is perfect for blending. As it has no edges, this sponge prevents streaks and lines that you get from a traditional brush, however the most interesting part of this sponge is the texture. It's made up of an 'open cell structure' before use you soak the sponge in water and then squeeze out the excess, it will then expand to double its original size, this structure means that the makeup sits on top of the sponge apposed to soaking in to it which means you use less makeup and your sponge is cleaner after use compared to other sponges. The picture below shows the difference between the Models Own sponge and the BeautyBlender, both products were cleaned before I took the photos yet you can see how the dirt remains trapped in the gaps between the Models Own sponge, this means when you next us it you will just be adding the dirt and bacteria on your skin, I didn't realise how gross this was!
The BeautyBlender also comes with a cleaning solid which makes the tedious cleaning process easy, you simply treat the solid as a soap and wipe it over the wet sponge and rinse, it also works a treat on brushes.
GIVEAWAY
Because I love this product so much, I am going to be giving away one Classic (Pink) BeautyBlender complete with a cleaning solid worth £26!
This giveaway is open internationally.
The giveaway ends on 24/01/2015 at 11:59pm.
You must register all entries using the Rafflecopter Widget Below (It will ask for an email, this is so I can contact you if you win)
The winner will be chosen randomly by the Rafflcopter widget on 25/01/2015 and will be contacted by email on the same day, if there is no response within 2 weeks a new winner will be chosen.

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Good Luck!




Sunday, 16 November 2014

OOTD // Cosy Sunday with Blue Vanilla

For me, Sunday is the day that I can be lazy and just relax, and as Winter begins to draw in and the days are getting colder my signature Sunday look is a cosy jumper. So, when I was sent this gorgeous sweater by the people at Blue Vanilla* I knew it would be perfect for my cosy Sunday's.

Blue Vanilla is a British fashion label providing cute and affordable clothing for women, their range includes everything from day dresses to chic knitwear so there is something for everyone. You can now find their clothing at most New Look stores or online at www.bluevanilla.com where they are currently offering free standard UK shipping.

This is the Gabby Long Sleeve Hounds Tooth jumper* which is available for just £25. The first time I wore this jumper I recieved so many compliments, it's so soft that everybody wanted to feel it too! The loose, slouch fit and soft, fluffy texture makes it absolutely perfect for cold Sunday's. I am obsessed with the cute houndstooth print and the the black and white colour makes it so versatile! I like to pair the jumper with some black leggings and fluffy socks for the perfect comfy look.

What do you think, is this the perfect lazy day jumper?

*This jumper was sent to me by the lovely people at Blue Vanilla, however all opinions are 100% honest and my own*

 

 

 

 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Batiste Dry Shampoo // Product Spotlight

Everybody has that life saver product which they know they can always trust and will forever be buying no matter what else comes on the market, for me that product is Batiste Dry Shampoo. This is my essential hair care item and I always like to keep a few bottles in just in case. Dry shampoo is a powder often in aerosol form that once applied to the hair absorbs excess oils, helping to revitalise hair in between washes leaving it feeling soft, clean and smelling amazing. This product works in a matter of minutes, you simply spray it into the roots, massage in and give hair a quick brush through, it's also super versatile with different products assisting with volume, colour and damage.

If you head into Boots or Superdrug you will see tons of different brands of dry shampoo rainging from 95p, the cheap own brand versions which have never worked for me, to £21 for the more premium products, which I daren't try in fear of my bank account! Although I have tried and tested many different dry shampoos, including So, Superdrug and Pantene, Batiste is the best by far and starting from just £1.99 it is an absolute steal.

As I have just recently cut off 10inches of my hair (you can read about that here) I am experimenting with lots of new styles, I always add dry shampoo after applying heat to my hair to remove any stickiness caused from the products in my hair (e.g. heat protectant) it also adds a nice tousled and messy touch to curls leaving a more natural, beachy wave look.

My favourite thing about Batiste is the wide range of dry shampoos they have on offer. The 50ml bottles are perfect for popping in your bag for an on the go touch up, and I always pack one of these when I am heading on holiday. The smaller bottles come in 4 different fragrances my favourite being Cherry and are most useful if you are heading camping!

The traditional 200ml bottles come in the widest range of scents and styles. The 'revitalise it' range is the basic dry shampoo an is available in 11 different fragrances, from original and fresh to floral and oriental. The 'oomph it' range consists of the XXL volume dry shampoo and plumping powder, these are perfect if you suffer from flat hair and are looking to add a bit of volume, I always spray it onto my roots before tying my hair up into a ponytail or bun to create a softer look.

One of the biggest problems with dry shampoo, especially for us darker haired girls, is that the white powder does not always brush out, however Batiste have come up with a solution to that by releasing their 'hint of colour' range which blends into the natural hair colour, this is available in red, blonde, brunette and brown. The 'nourish it' range helps to tackle the damage caused by daily styling, with ingredients such as argan oil this product offers conditioning, strengthening and nourishing features to the regular dry shampoo. Batiste have also recently teamed up with Pixie Lott to create this beautiful new 200ml bottle which smells amazing and helps to provide a bit of volume.
Finally, if you are a dry shampoo addict like myself, this large 400ml bottle is perfect for you, this one is available in the three traditional scents, original, clean & classic and floral & flirty. I always like to keep a big bottle in the house for when I run out off the 200ml bottles, so I always have a back up!

Are you a dry shampoo addict, what's your favourite scent, leave a comment below letting me know!

*Batiste kindly sent me some of the featured products for review however all opinions are 100% honest and my own*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 27 October 2014

My Favourite Autumn Lip Products

As the nights are getting darker and days are getting colder, it's clear that we are finally in Autumn, which means the corals and pinks are out and the purples and reds are in. Autumn is my favourite time of the year for clothes and makeup as I love experimenting with new darker colours, here are my favourite autumn lip products.

During Autumn I always drift to the creamy brown glosses for a more subtle and toned down day-to-day school look, but I also love my purple-red stains for when I'm heading out in the evenings or weekends. The best thing about these colours is they go with absolutely everything, making them all your perfect colour this season.
This gorgeous No7 lipstick is definitely my go-to autumn colour, it's a beautiful berry-brown colour which is just a few shades redder/darker than my actual lip colour so it's nice and neutral yet still adds a touch of colour as it is super pigmented. My favourite thing about this product is that it lives up to its name, it has a really creamy and balmy formula which doesn't dry out the lips unlinke many other lip products that I have tried. I actually got this as a free gift in a No7 goody bag a few months a go, however it retails at £9.95 which I think is very reasonable for the quality of this product and I would definitely purchase again.
Model Co is one of those brands I have heard loads about but never actually tried, so when I recieved this sample lip gloss last week in my Birchbox (post going up next week) I was so excited to give it a go, and it definitely lived up to expectations. This is a high pigmented, creamy-brown colour and is super glossy due to its lacquer nature, making it a perfect everyday gloss, it's actually quite durable for a gloss, staying in place for a good few hours before needing to be re-applied. However, at £15 I don't think I will be rushing to purchase the full product just yet, but maybe I will change my mind when I run out.
I have recently been wearing this to school every day as it is a lovely reddish nude, as the name suggests, so it's perfect for adding just a touch of autumn colour to my lips. In fact, I have used this so much I am now looking for a new one and the only place that seems to stock this colour is Tesco. This is my favourite Rimmel London lip product as it comes with a 'felt tip' like pen on one end and a sealing balm on the other, the pen end is actually a lip stain and when sealed with the balm, the colour stays on all day. At just £6 this is definitely a steal and when I go out to replace it I may bag a few more colours aswell.
Although I consider this an autumn colour, I actually purchased this in July for Prom. As the name suggests, this is a really glossy product and at Prom I only needed to re-apply once during the night. Raspberry kisses is a gorgeous pinky-brown colour with bits of iridescent sparkle so it's a great product if you're going out for the night. It also smells (and tastes) amazing!
I have a bit of a lip balm obsession and when it comes to Baby Lips I could be considered a bit of a hoarder, so when I found out the 'electro' collection was coming to the UK I pre-ordered a few colours. When Berry Bomb arrived in the post I was a bit shocked at how bright purple the colour was but when applied it is much sheerer than it appears in the packaging, it comes out with a lovely purple tint, perfect if you want to experiment with a brighter colour but don't want to fully commit. As this is a baby lip balm, this is a really hydrating product and it smells so good!
What's your go to autumn lip product? Leave a comment letting me know, I would love to try some new products!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Fashion Icon - Bethany Mota | #TeenBlogSeries Week 9

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com.
I can't believe it's already the penultimate week of the #TeenBlogSeries, I've had so much fun with this project and it's so sad to think it has almost come to an end. I have to start by apologising for not posting last week and hopefully I can get last weeks post up sometime this week instead! Anyway, this weeks topic is Fashion Icon and I really struggled to decide who to choose. From Taylor Swift to Bailee Madison to Alli Simpson, I have so many fashion icons but finally decided on YouTube superstar Bethany Mota, if you are a regular reader you probably know how much I love Beth and so I thought she was thee most appropriate choice for this time, maybe if you like this post I will do a few follow ups with some of my other favourites!
Bethany Mota is adored by her 7.5 million YouTube subscribers and at just 18 has achieved so much, from a hit single to staring on Dancing with the Stars to having her own clothing line, Beth is definitley a style icon to many. I absolutley love her girly style which is both comfy and cute, she always manages to dress perfect for every occasion, and as autumn comes around, I have definitley been taking a lot of inspiration from her 'outfit videos'. Here are some of my favourite looks from Beth:
Bethany Mota Fall Style
First up is this adorable cream, beige and burgundy ensemble, these are some of my favourite autumn colours making this outfit perfect for the season. To get Beth's look simply pair a cute white dress (ChiChi) with a beige blazer or cardigan (H&M) and some black tights (H&M), add a pair of brown combat boots (Steve Madden), a skinny belt (Accessorize) and a burgundy snood (Primark) to complete the look. For an extra pop of colour, Essie's 'Dress to Kill' polish and Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 001 are perfect go to autumn colours.
Bethany Mota 2
Next up is another one of my favourite Bethany looks, this one is from her 'Date Outfit Ideas' video which you can watch here:
I think this is a perfect autumn and winter looking as the jumper (River Island) and jacket (New Look) are both warm and practical yet the skirt (New Look) adds a cute and girly touch to the look, which is completed with a pair of black tights (H&M) and ankle boots (New Look).
Whenever I am looking for outfit inspiration, I always turn to Beth's videos, here are some of my favourite:
Who's your fashion icon, leave a comment below letting me know!



Monday, 6 October 2014

Balancing Blogging with School | #TeenBlogSeries Week 7

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com

This weeks #TeenBlogSeries topic is 'balancing blogging with school/uni' now this is definitely one that I struggle with and so I am looking forward to reading everybody else's posts and hopefully get some new ideas! However, I do still have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve.

Schedule Posts - This is the one tip I swear by. I always try and write my posts at the weekend and will schedule them to go up automatically during the week. This saves having to quickly write a post when I get back from school resulting in something that is rushed and rubbish!

Have Back-Up Posts - I always try to have 4-5 posts written up so that if I haven't posted for a while, I can quickly get one up - the best kinds of posts for these are tags, top 5s and favourites. I have been doing this for the past few months and it has definitely proved successful, unfortunately the app I use to write my posts crashed on me during the ios8 updates which meant I had to reinstall and lost all of my back up posts! So, if you are going to do this, try and keep them in a safer place than I did!

Plan - I like to write down post ideas on my to-do list and then get a date that I want them up for, this means that I always have ideas if I get writers block and I know when each post needs to be up so I can start taking photos and writing in advance.

Take Photos in Batches - After planning my posts I know what needs to be photographed so I like to take all of my photos in one go so I can upload them straight to my iPad ready for editing. This saves so much time especially if it can be done during the weekend or school holidays.

Don't Stress Out - Blogging is supposed to be a hobby, if you are stressing out because you haven't got a post going up but you also have a bunch of homework to do make sure you prioritise your homework and use blogging as a break in between, it's supposed to be fun and enjoyable not causing you more worry!

Like I said, I am not the best at balancing the two and so I am going to be reading all the teen blog series posts tonight and hopefully taking on board a lot of other people's tips and suggestions, so make sure you leave a comment below if you are taking part in the project or if you have any good tips!

 

 

 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn Fashion Staples | #TeenBlogSeries Week 6

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com.

We are now on the sixth week of #TeenBlogSeries and this week we are talking about one of my favourite topics, Autumn Fashio Staples. Autumn is my favourite time of year, I get excited for boots and jumpers, cold weather and hot chocolates and these past few weeks have been what I consider perfect Autumn weather, as it has been cold but not rainy meaning that I can dress up all cosy and warm without having to worry about the rain ruining my look!

Here are is one of my favourite autumn looks this year featuring my autumn staples.

 

Autumn Outfit 1

Jumper / Skirt / Boots / Bag / Socks

Mustards and Browns- My favourite colours for this year are mustards and browns, I think this colour combination perfectly encapsulates autumn fashion

Skirts and Jumpers - Skirts are one of my favourite items of clothing and you can wear them all year round by simply pairing with a warm jumper and some tights. I actually saw this look on a mannequin in Marks and Spencer's and instantly fell in love with it, so in love I ended up buying the skirt and I will definitely be going back for the jumper shortly.

Chelsea Boots - Definitely my autumn essential, Chelsea boots are a timeless classic. During the autumn months I basically live in my boots, I love them so much that I am now on the look out for a black pair. My favourite thing about these boots is that you can pair them with anything, from a skirt and tights to a cuffed pair of jeans, they complete any autumn outfit.

Knitted Socks - Knee high or ankle, cable knit socks are perfect for keeping your feet warm during the colder months. I like to wear mine over a pair of black tights and scrunching them down so they just peek out over my boots. If you are more adventurous, knee high socks are so cute with a skirt and boots, I definitley want to try this look out this autumn.

Satchels - I absolutely love satchels, they are just so cute, everytime I go into Accessorize I spend about 10 minutes gawking over them. Satchels are also really practical, you can get them in plenty of different sizes whether it's a small one for a trip into town or a larger one for school, they are perfect for any occasion.

What's your autumn staples, leave a comment below letting me know!

 

 

 

 

Monday, 22 September 2014

My Skincare Routine | #TeenBlogSeries Week 5

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com.

I can't believe it is already week 5 of #TeenBlogSeries meaning we are already half way through this project. This weeks topic is 'Teenage Skincare Routine and Essentials'. For the past few years I have suffered from horrible skin, I would always break out and my skin would be very dull, it has only been in the last few months that my skin has begun to clear up after following this routine. I have combination skin meaning that one day I can have extremely oily skin and the next day very dry and dull skin, so this routine is suited to this skin type, however all the products I use are for all skin types.

(I have been trying to upload a picture here for over 30 minutes now so I will try and include it once the post is up!)

Every morning and evening I cleanse my skin with the Olay Essentials Conditioning Milk. This is a really effective cleanser as it removes any excess oil, dirt and makeup. I simply apply generously to the skin and leave for 30 seconds before wiping off with a cotton wool pad. I have been using this product for around 6 months now and have certainly noticed a change, if I don't use this product for a few days my skin will elfin to look dull and start to break out again.

I like to follow this up with the Olay Essentials Refreshing Toner. I apply the toner to a cotton wool pad and wipe over my face to remove any last traces of dirt and makeup, this toner is really refreshing so is perfect for those early mornings to brighten the face.

Finally, I moisturise with the Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone, this moisturiser is for oily to combination skin as it provides a mattifies the skin. There are 4 other products in the Moisture Match range for all skin types. I personally think this is the most important step in my skincare routine and I was so shocked to find out most people my age don't moisturise daily! This product has definitely played a part in the improvement mom my skin and I love the product so much that I have already repurchased 3 times in the past year!
Sorry for the short post this week, I have been so busy with school and as if that wasn't enough, the app I use to write my blog post has decided to crash on me 3 times meaning this is the 4th time writing this post!
Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this post and I would love to hear your skincare routines and essential products so leave a comment below letting me know!
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Healthy Food Recipe - Soup | #TeenBlogSeries 4

Teen Bloggers Anouska Millar and Beth have decided to start a project called #TeenBlogSeries. Its aim is to bring together lots of the teens/young adults in the blogging community. For the next ten consecutive weeks, over 80 bloggers will be writing every Monday at 6:30pm about many different things, all beauty, lifestyle or fashion related. You can view everyones posts by going to the hashtag on twitter "TeenBlogSeries". If you would like to supply products for the giveaway, get involved, or have any questions, please email: anouskateenblogger@googlemail.com.

It's already the 4th week of #TeenBlogSeries and I absolutely love this weeks topic, Healthy Food Recipe, so I am really looking forward to reading everyone else's posts! This is actually my first cooking post and I am so excited to share with you one of my favourite dishes.
For me, carrot and coriander soup is the epitome of an autumn dish. This soup is really healthy, absolutely delicious and super easy to make so it is perfect for those cold autumn nights. This is my mums recipe which she has been using for years and I am sure we will both be using it for years to come.
Ingredients ( 4 servings)
-5 large carrots
-1 large onion
-Half a bunch of coriander
-1 vegetable stock cube
-2tsp oil
-1 litre boiling water
-Salt and pepper to taste
First, chop the carrots, onions and coriander, make sure you finely chop the onions!
Next, heat the oil in a large pan and add the chopped onions, fry for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add the chopped carrots and coriander to the pan.
Next, you can either pre make the stock by mixing a stock cube with the water and then pour it over the vegetables (or you can do what I did and get carried away with taking photos so pour the boiling water in the pan and then add a stock cube), give it a quick stir.
Add salt and pepper to taste and give it one final stir before covering and leaving it to simmer for about 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat and blend together, I used a hand blender but a food mixer works fine too.
If you find your soup to be too watery you can add some vegetable stock granules and leave for a few more minutes over heat until thickened.
That's it, your soup is finished! I always have buttered rolls with my soup, although it is just as great without.
I hope you liked this tutorial, make sure you leave a comment below letting me know your favourite healthy food recipes, Iwould love to try them!
You can also check out my previous #TeenBlogSeries posts here- Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3.