THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF NUTELLA

Browsing through Facebook on a calm afternoon; gossiping to an ex-friend, bickering with the boyfriend for various reasons, keeping Aunt Anita up to date etc. etc. when I come across a trending news article briefly named “Nutella shortage possible after hazelnut crop wiped out”. 

This has got to be some sort of sick joke.

I click on the link (for anyone that would rather a more *ahem* mature approach to the subject here’s the original link: New York Post) and to my horror my worst fears are realised. Long story short a ‘March frost’ (cue “Let It Go”…) in Turkey has wiped out a shocking 70% of hazelnut crop. Considering there are 50 hazelnuts crammed into each jar of Nutella, by my calculations we are all doomed. 

I’ve already sent a mass message to my fellow Nutella lovers on Facebook and Twitter to warn them off the storm to come. Unfortunately this is a brief post as I’m just about to rush off to the supermarket to buy a supply of Nutella that should hopefully last me through the winter. I can only hope this first world crisis brings us together as a community, and shows how much love and strength we posses as members of the human race. 

This is code red. I repeat code red. 

Over and out.

 

 

Hairdresser hell

Fun fact #1: During college I received the nickname Mermaid as a tribute to what my friends described as my “mermaid hair”. I was blessed with long, beautiful if slightly heat damaged brunette hair and I adored it. Well skip forward a year and I could not be more pissed off with it. It was just this thick, matted clump of crap that had about as much life in it as a teaspoon. So I decided today to bite the bullet and get it all chopped off. About flipping time.

I sat down in the hairdressers chair and she starts to assemble her tools and in my head I’m going “Talk about what shit weather we’re having”, “Ask about her work day”, “Try not to stare at the hot but oh so clearly bent as a roundabout dude in the mirror”. But no words escape my mouth. I’m usually a confident person in social situations but what is it about the hairdressers chair that makes us all suddenly become mutes? Anyway, so I’m sat there and it’s all fine and dandy until I see her start to cut off the front of my hair. A good 3 inches fall gracefully to the ground and I make a sort of squeak that sounds like a hamster being choked. She carries on chopping and I sit there wondering whether to sacrifice myself to the L’Oreal gods now or wait until I look like Miley Cyrus with a side fringe. It’s over in about 15 minutes and she whips the mirror out and positions it at the back of my head, “So, what do you think?”

” WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU FUCKING DONE YOU INDESCRIBABLE TWIT OF A HUMAN BEING VOLDERMORT IS PROBABLY A MORE QUALIFIED HAIR CUTTER THAN YOU AND WHY IN GOD’S SWEET PAJAMAS DID I TRUST YOU TO CUT MY HAIR WHEN YOUR OWN LOOKS LIKE THE BOTTOM OF A MOP THAT HAS BEEN STUCK ON USING DUCT TAPE AND PRITSTICK.”

But alas…

“Thanks, it looks great.”

 

 

Spicy Butternut Squash soup heaven

Weather in England is never exactly sunbathing on a beach kinda weather but this week has been particularly bad thunderstorms and torrential downpours due to us English receiving the aftermath of the American hurricane. So consequently I’ve been sat inside cuddled up in a duvet ball watching a surely illegal amount of Game of Thrones episodes and gorging on this one particular recipe I found in my mum’s trusty Nigella cookbook.

“Spicy Butternut Squash soup”. The one thing I love about this recipe is not it’s creamy, warming texture that leaves a happy glow in my ravenous stomach but the sheer amount of soup it makes meaning I can store some in the fridge for another day.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 ½ pints vegetable broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to a medium-high temperature (I set my fan oven to about 180 degrees)
  2. Cut the squash lengthways into quarters, arrange in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the oil-glossed squash with the chilli flakes and cumin seeds, and season with salt and pepper, then roast in the oven for around 40-50 minutes.
  3. Once the squash is cooked through, leave to one side to cool before peeling off the skin.
  4. In a pan, heat the butter on a medium heat, then gently sweat the garlic and onions until translucent and soft. Pour in the stock and allow to simmer gently before adding in the chunks of cooked squash.
  5. Simmer gently for around five minutes, then blitz with a hand blender or liquidiser until smooth. Return to the pan, and if it’s too thick add a couple of tbsp milk.

Feeling sorry for myself…

So unfortunately guys I’ve not been very well this past week at all. Not only have I had this horrendous chesty cough and fever but I also managed to sprain my ankle in a dance show.

I’ve visited the doctors twice about my cough but they never give any advice  and quite frankly seem uninterested. Boo NHS.

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Meet my new friend Covina Dry & Tickly Cough Linctus. She’s my new BFFL.

If anyone knows of any good home rememdies to soothe a constantly irritating cough or has any insight on to why I have had this for over 2 weeks after coming back from holiday, any knowledge shared would be much appreciated!

For now I’ll just sip my syrup and feel sorry for myself. *sniffles*

JUNE MONTHLY FAVOURITES

So it’s been a busy June for me this year; dance shows, holidays abroad, starting a new job, finishing my A Levels and looking for new digs in Cambridge. Trying to stay on top of all this I once again have completely neglected my blog and once again I apologise. Including this post I’m about to put 3 new posts up so keep an eye out for some chatter about herbal tea and homemade hay fever remedies and maybe a cheeky holiday post too. But for now here is my (slightly belated) June Monthly Favourites post – enjoy x

 

1. Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm – by M.A.C

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If you’re anything like me you are 100% a sucker for a duty free bargain whilst travelling abroad. Of course designer brands such as M.A.C I can spot in the airport a mile off and although I only saved around a fiver on this beauty I am thoroughly pleased with this product. This M.A.C primer comes in at a reasonable £24.00 in England and was roughly 25euros in Greece (America it shoots down to about $20). M.A.C has always been a favourite brand of mine but can be a very confusing shop for the beginner. Especially in skincare; they have a wide range of skin products from foundations and primers to oil control lotions and tan enhancers. It’s hard to know which product to start with. I chose this cream for 3 reasons; the SPF control on this is 35 and being on holiday this was perfect. It is not only a primer but doubles as a tinted foundation so I do not need to apply any foundation over the top. Lastly, it was a perfect skin match for me as it comes in an extensive array of skin shades.

I apply this primer with a foundation brush and it glides on smoothly. You really do have to pay full attention to the application as it can leave orange patches if you are in a hurry, but spending the extra minute on blending is 100% worth as this tinted foundation covers every blemish and skin pigmentation on the face. It doesn’t feel heavy so can be work in hot weather and does not slide off the face when perspiring. Like I said before, the colour match is great and I really feel like a quick sweep of concealer under the eyes is all I need to go out feeling confident with when I’m wearing this product. 5 stars to you MAC cosmetics.

 

2. Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream – by Herbal Essences

 

I’ve possessed this cream/mousse for over 2 years now and I stopped using as it made my hair feel cloggy and greasy. However I took this on holiday with me hoping I could find a use for it after coming out of the pool and sea to give that sexy beachy waves look every girls desires. NOTE: This product should only be used on thick wet hair, I could imagine that applying this to fine hair would weigh it down and just make it feel disgusting as the product is fairly thick in texture. I have long, thick, straight hair which can be very hard to style and wavy hair can only be achieved by French plaiting my hair for hours and using a whole bottle of hairspray after. This product I would apply straight after coming out the shower or the pool and simply scrunch it through my hair- I was pleasantly surprised at the instant beachy waves and curls I then possessed. If I then went back in the water afterwards, when my hair dried it would still keep it’s beachy waves and plus the smell like most Herbal Essences products is AMAZING. Like I said above, I think you must only  test this if you have thick hair like me, and use in small amounts; if this stuff works for you it could last you easily up to a year. A great product if you have a certain hair type; if not, I would find a tousle product that is a spray not a mousse.

 

3. “Detox” and “Green Tea with Manuka Honey” – Clipper

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I am a huge fan of Clipper tea bags. Recently a health food shop just opened up about 30 seconds away from my house and they stock every kind of tea imaginable including all my favourite Clipper flavours. Today I was feeling a bit run down with life in general so I went in and treated myself to a box of my usual Green Tea with Manuka Honey and also a box of Detox Infusion. The Detox Infusion is 20 delicious bags of hibiscus, liquorice root, nettle & aloe vera and it is super yummy. It is instantly calming and refreshing but doesn’t contain caffeine meaning I don’t want to head off for a nap as soon as I’ve finished my mug. It calms my nerves, stops me worrying about everyday problems and seems to clear my head whilst making me feel great on the inside. If you haven’t tried Clipper tea bags before I would definitely recommended them and find which flavour is best for you. 100% natural, 100% delicious.

 

4.  Cat Eye Sunglasses – By TopShop

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The grueling hunt for a pair of decent sunnies this summer has been second to none; I  have trawled all the high street shops, searched online and even glanced wistfully at a few Chanel numbers but nothing was matching up to what I wanted. I have quite a round face with small features and most sunglasses designs either squash my face so I look like I’m wearing goggles or make me look like a character from Bugs Life. And then when I finally do find a pair, they’re even breaking my bank account or breaking in general. Well after months of searching I was browsing in the UK high street brand TopShop and came across the black Cat Eye sunglasses. They just suited my face shape so well and I instantly fell in love with them. They were £16 so well within budget and were lowered to £14.50 with my student discount- BARGAIN. I have been wearing these out almost everyday and what I love about them is I can wear them with a pair of denim shorts and converse or wear them on a summers evening when I’m dolled up in dresses and heels. Definitely go check TopShop out if you are still on the search for the perfect pair because they have a wide range of styles for all face shapes.

 

5. Distance Shores Body Scrub – Champneys 

If you haven’t heard of Champneys before I’m going to indulge you in a little knowledge. Champneys is predominantly the name of a chain of health and beauty spas around the England. There are 4 different resorts you can be whisked away to and if you’re looking for a luxurious weekend away I would definitely recommend checking out their website. Once you’ve been and indulged in all their treatments you will be pleased to know they have an online shop where you can buy their products at reasonable prices (I believe Boots Uk are also stocking some of their products now too).  My personal favorite is this exfoliator which I have been carrying around in my wash bag for a good couple of months now. It is gentle enough for the face and sensitive skin but also gives a good scrubbing on touhg dry patches around the knees and elbows too. It makes my bathroom smell just like my very own spa and I just love love love this product.

 

6. White Wedged Sandals – Primark

Now I know what you’re thinking….Primark. Good quality. Really?! But yes dear bloggers I assure you I would not post a buy in my monthly favorite post that I did not truly believe was worth every penny. These sandals I picked up in a last minute decision before I went on holiday and I had previously found a replica pair in TopShop for around £50.” How much were these shoes Frankie?!” I hear you cry….a beautiful £10. Yes, I spent a tenner on a pair of shoes. AND THEY’RE AMAZING. I can wear them casual on my way down to the pool with my swimsuit and kimono or with a beautiful sparkly dress on a night out. They are only a small wedge so very easy to walk in and the matte white look (looks slightly pink and dull in the above picture) means they go with anything. Love a good bargain!

 

7. Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream - by Nivea

Especially in this hot weather, my hands are prone to becoming very dry and cracked throughout the year. All I want is a simple hand cream. I don’t want a label that informs me this cream was whipped up by angels or produced from the fluffy clouds of a unicorn’s fridge- I just want a hand cream that does exactly what it says on the label. And this product does exactly that. It gives instant relief to dry cracked hands or peeling skin and is a handy pocket size squeezy bottle so you can take it anywhere with you, anytime, all year round.

 

 

So that’s it! Sorry I didn’t have as many products this month, guess things just weren’t living up to my standards! I hope you enjoyed this post; please like or share with your friends and I’ll see you all very soon. Ciao.

 

Frankie x

 

 

You Know Exactly What This Is About

Francesca:

Perfect attitude towards internet hate and it being a ok to “not give a fuck”

Originally posted on Crazy Legs:

You know what’s coming. This is all about that one girl who hunts stuff: Kendall Jones.

I’m not one who likes to jump into the middle of a social media debate like this one, but I haven’t paid a visit to the ole blogosphere in a while and needed to do a little somethin somethin.

Let’s start off with some honesty

I have done little to no research on this topic. I wasn’t even sure what Kendall’s name was until I actually had to type it out moments ago. Actually, the initial plan for this post was to make up a new name for her every time I would have referred to her. But that seemed a little insensitive because she’s an actual person with actual feelings and stuff, imagine that.

Most of my commentary will stem from the quick little snipits of information that I have received from the…

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How Would You Feel If You Found Out Your Marriage Was Over Via Facebook?

Francesca:

Worth the read

Originally posted on Peter Monn:

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Several hours ago, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw that one of my friends had posted “Governor Pence is a piece of shit.”  I didn’t even need to read the rest; I already knew what had happened.  Several weeks ago, a judge in southern Indiana struck down the ban on gay marriage in Indiana, calling it unconstitutional.  Within the next three days, several hundreds of gay and lesbian couples rushed to the courthouse and got married.  Immediately, the attorney general’s office issued an appeal.  Today, Governor Pence released an order regarding these same-sex marriages stating that the ban “is in full force and effect and executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court Order of June 25 had not been issued.”  Meaning, my marriage, and several hundred others, are null and void.

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