SEPTEMBER STAPLES

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What to wear in September

Tomorrow is September.

Baffled? Me too. This year is racing by.

The high-street is filled with new season clothes and though we Brits like to believe another heatwave will hit before summertime is over, it’s not looking likely.

But hey, we had a good few days of wearing our sunniest dresses and favourite open toe sandals, right?

*sighs  

After a rainy bank holiday weekend, it’s time to think Autumn outfits. While I love shopping for the colder weather – layers, cosy accessories, oversized everything… – at the moment I am only allowed to buy things that are coming with me in my backpack (two months to go!). For those who know me or read this blog regularly, you’ll appreciate that this struggle is real.

So as I hide away from all the lovely new in things, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite september staples I wish I was buying but can absolutely not.

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FLARES 

Zara Flareszara flares stripedriver island falre jeans

HATS 

River Island Beanie Hat Zara cotton hat Asos Fedora

SLEEVELESS PIECES 

 topshop mustard sleeveless jacketasos peacoat sleevless 

sleeveless tassel

What will your September staples be?

Have a lovely 4 day week (wahoo!)

xxxx

SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES

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salted caramel brownie recipe

I rarely get my baking game on but feeling somewhat encouraged by the few hours I’ve spent watching Bake Off this season, and with a rainy afternoon ahead of me, I spied the perfect opportunity to whip up something sweet for all to enjoy.

And boy oh boy did these chunks of soft gooey deliciousness go down well!

Salted Caramel Brownie recipe

The perfect naughty treats, best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cup of tea.

Ingredients

For the caramel:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 generous pinches of sea salt

4 tablespoons double cream

For the brownie:

150g plain flour

250g 70% cocoa dark chocolate, I used Lindt 

225g caster sugar

3 eggs

200g butter

Salted caramel brownie recipe

Method

For the caramel:

Heat the sugar in a pan for about 5 minutes until you see a nice golden brown colour throughout. Away from the heat, stir in the butter followed by the cream and salt. Return to the heat and allow to bubble slightly. When the liquid turns a darker shade, carefully transfer it to a bowl and store it in the fridge.

After the caramel has been in the fridge for 15-20 mins, it’s brownie time!

For the brownies:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Line (ideally) an 8×8 inch square baking tin with greaseproof paper and grease it with butter. Break up the chocolate into medium sized chunks and in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter until both completely liquid. Whisk in the sugar, followed by the eggs and salt. Stir in the flour.

With your cooled caramel at the ready, pour half the brownie mixture in the tin. Add just a little more than half the caramel, layering it evenly on. Tip the rest of the brownie mixture so the caramel is sandwiched and use the remaining salted caramel to drizzle on top.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins. When you prod the brownie with a knife you want it to come out not completely clean. This promises some good ol’ brownie gooeyness!

Leave the brownie to cool for half an hour and then cut into generous squares, serve and indulge!

Expect everyone to go wild for them!

salted caramel brownie recipe

JUST A HOLIDAY OUTFIT

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holiday outfit

The Playsuit 

I have lived in this ASOS playsuit this Summer. It was the comfiest item I brought with to wear at Gottwood Festival back in June and I know it will be my firm go-to piece on my travels (Just 9 weeks and four days till I go!) It’s perfect to chuck on over a bikini and equally perfect worn over a patterned blouse with booties for a smarter occasion.

The Tee 

My most recent Primark find. I’m actually excited for the weather to get a little chilly so I can pair this tee with my blue jeans and a beanie and play Where’s Wally!

The Shoes

Panicking about my lack of holiday shoes, I speedily ordered these (thanks Asos premier you life saver!) I was nervous they were going to be too Jesus sandal-like but actually I really enjoy the style, the monochrome and the bit of height they give me (…at 5ft 2, every little helps!)

I’m currently enjoying a very lazy long weekend away with my Mum in Obidos, Portugal – about an hour from Lisbon. We are simply chilling out and thinking about how we can fit a quick Zara shop in before heading home tomorrow afternoon. I’m sure we’ll figure it out!

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SUNDAY

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Sunday Islington

Welcome to my new favourite spot.

It’s called Sunday.

I ventured there on a Saturday.

To meet this lovely lot.

Brunch, friends, Sunday Barnsbury

The queue trails down the street.

But Phoebe and I cheekily arrived late and found our friends at the front of the queue.

Brunch was definitely worth the long wait.

(…so we were told!)

On a very warm and sunny Saturday, it was iced coffee for me.

Brunch, Coffee

A cooling lime and watermelon blend for Phoebe.

sunday restaurant and cafe, Islington

Sunday’s special Bloody Mary for Rowan.

Sunday Islington Brunch

And a chilled Beer for Ben.

Slurping away, we talked food.

sunday islington brunch

I went for something a little adventurous.

(By that I mean it wasn’t smashed avocado on sourdough)

Wild rice, quinoa and feta salad, broccoli, spinach, avocado, poached egg, toast.

Sunday Barnsbury restaurant and cafe

sunday restaurant and cafe, brunch

Absolutely dreamy!

Phoebe dived into the courgette fritters with halloumi, avocado and poached egg

Sunday Islington Brunch

With a side of baked beans.

sunday brunch

Rowan chose the ham hock hash cake with poached egg and hollandaise

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And with Phoebe having stolen the last of Sunday’s courgette fritters, Ben opted for the goats curd and beetroot benedict

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We left feeling perfectly-poached-egged-out and pondering when we could return to sample its dinner menu – we’ve heard great things.

xxxx

P.s Though no official website, you can check out Sunday via its Facebook page here

GIRLS MEET WORLD

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Backpacking the world In 80 days I will begin an adventure.

Since graduating from University last Summer, taking time out, a ‘gap yah’ per se, has been a high priority of mine. A few crazy memorable months backpacking Asia two summers ago gave me the travel bug and I’ve been waiting for the right time and the right travel buddy to explore some new parts of the big wide world.

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I was beyond happy when one of my oldest and greatest friends Phoebe (you can find her food blogging at The Fodmapper) decided to come with.

We are going to spend four months devouring sushi in Tokyo, island hopping the Philippines, tour-bussing New Zealand on the infamous Kiwi Experience, surfing through Australia (ok, maybe not but I like the vision…) and sipping on coconuts in Fiji. It’s an understatement to say I absolutely cannot wait!

And I am so excited to be taking you guys on the adventure with me!

Flights are booked, let the countdown begin!

Ps. Now the big question, how does one fit four months worth of outfits into a backpack?!!!!

xxxx

All images stolen from Pinterest. 

INSTAGRAM: WHO I’M FOLLOWING

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Instagram Quirky Chicken

Instagram: Making life look far more stylish then it really is 

Lately I have become Instagram crazy.

Whether discovering new foodie havens, searching for double denim inspiration or a quote to capture that relentless Monday morning feeling, Instagram is my first port of call.

Having spent hours obsessing over snaps of impractical all-white-everything bedrooms and pretty floors adorned with even prettier shoes, I thought I’d share my favourite five accounts at the mo and hope you’ll share your favourites back!

@alexlight_hello

Alexandra Light Instagram

The Instagram account of Alexandra Light – Online Editor at Hello! – is my most recent favourite find. Absolutely love her style and after stalking her Twitter feed too, I would kinda just like to be her friend (in the most non-creepy way ever…)

@ihavethisthingwithfloors

I have this thing with floors instagram account

A ridiculous concept that has fast become my guilty please. Put on a pair of funky shoes, “meet” an equally funky floor and take your funkiest snap. It’s genius!

@sydneybrunch

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Sydney Brunch

In October, I am embarking on a very big adventure. As I countdown until I’m off to explore some of the world, I’m (naturally) on the hunt for the best brunch spots. Sydney Brunch has saved me a lot of time and has had me salivating for hours at my desk.

@twoshoesonepair

two shoes one pair instagram

Very cool fashion blogging duo Amy and Naomi are all about bright colours and bold prints. Their Instagram is packed full of fabulous vintage finds and a whole lot of creativeness. Love!

@stylistmagazine

Stylist Magazine Instagram

My favourite mag – if you don’t read it, you’re missing out. It cheers me up each hump day (Stylist is handed out every Wednesday) and pretty much daily via its Instagram account.

 So, who are you following on Instagram? 

(Ps. You can find me snapping at @quirkychickenblog)

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QUINOA PIZZA

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Quinoa pizza

Dairy-free

Gluten-free

& 100% Guilt-free

Quinoa pizza has fast become my favourite week-night dinner.

quinoa pizza

It’s just so tasty!

Monday to Friday I try my best to eat well. I love to experiment with healthy alternatives and this quinoa pizza base is right up my street. Adapted from Deliciously Ella, this recipe is easy to follow and once cooked, utterly yummy.

quinoa pizza

Feeling greedy (and also worried I’d mess one up!), I cooked three pizzas for two people but one pizza each is definitely plenty. Most recipes advice soaking the quinoa in a large bowl of water for eight hours or more but due to little planning I only soaked it for two.

For one 8-inch pizza base:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • Tomato Puree
  • Red Onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Spinach
  • Tomatos
  • Asparagus
  • Black Olives
  • Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees, chop up any veg and place in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper. Put in the oven for 35-45 minutes.

Drain the quinoa from any remaining water and pour into a food processor. Add apple cider vinegar, herbs, chilli flakes and salt and blend for several minutes until a dough-like consistency forms. Grease the bottom of your cake tins with olive oil and spoon out the mixture evenly, covering every inch of the tin. Bake for 15-20 mins.

Once cooked, coat each pizza base with tomato puree, pile on the roasted veg and any other toppings you would like. Black olives and spinach are my go-tos here! This time around I was catering for dairy-free but I would absolutely recommend adding some cheesy mozzarella goodness too.

Return the quinoa pizza to the oven for several minutes for extra crispiness. Once removed, chop into pizza triangles and dive straight in!

quinoa pizza

Has anyone else tried quinoa pizza?

What do you think?

xxxx

WHITE DUNGAREES

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white dungarees

white dungarees

white dungarees

superga shoes

Dunagrees: Boohoo on Asos// Tee: Topshop// Shoes: Superga// Sunnies: Asos

It was tiring, disappointing and even a little sweaty at times

But I finally found them

And I don’t think I’ll ever take them off.

I have been searching for the perfect pair of dungarees for ages.

I don’t know about you but when it comes to jeans I think there are lots of things to consider. Mom-style or super skinny? Ankle grazers or wide leg? Busted knees or office appropriate?

…there are just so many options!

Unlike your average pair of jeans, dungarees don’t seem to offer different lengths, so when you’re 5ft 2 finding a pair you like that fit nicely but don’t trail behind you for metres on end is all a little bit tricky.

However, these white Boohoo Denim Dungarees were a very pleasant surprise. I don’t usually browse Boohoo so when I stumbled across this pair on Asos I thought I would give them a go! Made in slightly stretchy denim so there is no “cling” around the middle – a problem I have encountered with many other pairs – I was happy out and about all day and night wearing these. And what’s great is that they only need a little roll up at the ankle  – I’ll live with that.

I think I might have to order them in black too….(link here)

Happy Sunday, have a lovely week! xxxx 

Monochrome Stripes

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Monochrome style Monochrome style

monochrome style selfieShoes: Asos // Shorts: Zara // Top: River Island // Bag: & Other Stories

Are any other Londoners finding it hard to know what to wear this week? It’s very wet, very grey and very very hot.

Come on sunshine, it’s the middle of July!

With fun weekend plans to look forward too, I’m hoping for bright days ahead – fingers crossed!

xxxx

DENIM EVERYTHING

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I’ve got a slight crush on denim at the moment. Scouring Pinterest for style inspiration is always fun so I thought I would share today’s favourite finds.

P.s Where can I get that Moschino crop top from?

(completely obsessed)

xxxx

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