Tuesday, 29 April 2014

#FoodShareFriday // Bolognese Pasta Bake

Since starting Slimming World I have found that I am making a lot of meals from scratch.

One of my favourite types of meal is meat and pasta. My two favourite foods! 

My boyf makes a killer bolognese (which is also syn free). But when he is working I often make this variation as it less tomato-y and has more veg in it.

Ingredients 

400g Dried pasta - Any type
1 Onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped (or a tin)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
500g extra lean mince
400g chopped tomatoes
250ml beef stock
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper
110g reduced fat mozzarella

Syns per serving: Green 10.5, Red 13.5, EE 2.5

I also add a splash of balsamic vinegar, a splash of worcester sauce and a heaped tablespoon of sweetener.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Cook pasta as per instructions and drain.

Fry off onion, carrot and garlic and mince in a non stick frying pan until mince is browned.

Add tomato, stock and oregano. Bring to boil and season with salt and pepper.

Reduced heat and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Pour half of sauce into a baking dish. Top with pasta and pour over remaining sauce.

Place diced mozzarella




Monday, 28 April 2014

Review || OOTD - California Dreamin'

Along with the tunic dress, Marisota kindly send me a lovely printed blouse to review.

I am currently in that phase of wanted to totally revamp my wardrobe so decided that this would be ideal to take me out of my comfort zone and wear something other than dresses and skinny jeans.

Initially I racked my brain to what I could wear this with, but when I was sorting to blog sale/ebay stuff out I came across a pair of wide legs jeans from New Look that immediately screamed boho chic!

Marisota Printed Blouse


My mum popped around in the afternoon and said that I reminded her of Mama Cass (hence the Mama's and Papa's title) and all I was missing was long wavy hair ( hair of my dreams!!!)

I really loved wearing this outfit. I love this tunic and think it will work equally as well with my trusted skinny jeans and bright heels!

I ordered a size 20 and it is really true to size. And at £20 its an absolute steal!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

OOTD || ASOS Curve Floral Smock Dress

After seeing my arse a bit more than usual over the last few weeks, I decided to have a spend on ASOS. I looked through my saved items and saw that this lovely floral smock had been reduced to £19.

I ordered the size 20, and yet again ASOS sizing bemuses me. I could have easily got this in a size 18, possibly even a size 16! It's huge! I wore it for work with  black tights and my trust, falling to pieces Fearne Cotton brogues.

ASOS Curve floral Smock Dress

Even with a belt (yes, I wore a belt) it looked too big. But I had taken the tags of and returned something else that didn't fit so I guess it's going on eBay!



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review || Marisota Tunic Dress


After visiting the Marisota pop up store in Manchester a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be offered a few items to review on my blog.

One of the items I chose the BESPOKE fit tunic dress. I love tunics. It's has a lovely ombré effecting a monochrome animal print running to a vibrant pink print tribal pattern.

The BESPOKE fit range come in three fittings. Standard (B-D cup), voluptuous  (D-GG cup) and very voluptuous (H-K cup). I ordered the voluptuous fit as I wear a G cup in a size 20. 



I actually found this tunic to be a generous fit. This is a size 20. A size 18 would have easily fit, the cap sleeves would look more like cap sleeves and the voluptuous fit wouldn't have slightly baggy. 

The dress is make of cotton so would be really cool on a hot day. If I was going on holiday this year I would wear this around the pool or on a trip to the market with a pair of shorts underneath!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

I Feel Good #6




You know sometimes when you spend ages getting ready for a night out, an event, or event just a blog post, and you the reflections in the mirror isn't what you hoped? This challenge is for those times when you look in the mirror, no pre planning involved and think "I look good today".
We all have our good days and our bad, but this challenge is to record those good days and to remember that confidence, at any size, is beautiful!!!

Me and Emma in London on Plus North business!


Monday, 14 April 2014

REVIEW - Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions liquid foundation

When I visited London a few weeks ago I went to Selfridges for the first time. Eager to make a purchase and in desperate need of a new foundation I stopped at the Clinique counter. 

I explained that I had acne prone skin that tends to be oily by the end of the day and after trying a few different foundations I settled on the Anti Blemish liquid solutions. 

Clinique Anti Blemish Liquid Solutions

The foundation is really light as it's oil free and really matte. I normally have to use loads of powder to eliminate excess shine, but with this I only used a bit of powder to set the foundation in place. I could immediately see that my redness was reduced and my complexion look somewhat more even. It provides a medium coverage without looking as though I have too much makeup on. Although I did find it hard to build a 'going out' coverage.

Clinique claim that this foundation will provide an even, natural looking finish whilst the medicated ingredients help existing breakouts and keep them from coming back. This foundation also contains salicylic acid which helps repair acne damaged skin.

I have used this foundation almost daily since I purchased it and I would definitely repurchase it. I am definitely finding that my breakouts aren't as bad. I have also started using the three step facial wash and spot healing gel, which is probably the main reason, but this foundation does help! 

 The foundation retails for £23, which is quite expensive, but I see it lasting a while as a little goes quite a long way. I also love that it's in a squeezy bottle so there is minimal waste.

Friday, 11 April 2014

OOTD || Navy and Neon


I have been feeling a bit under the weather recently, The turning of seasons don't really agree with me, so to cheer myself up I indulged in a bit of retail therapy.

You may have notice a brand called Alice and You on ASOS. Well, Simply Be have also started stocking them. I have a few of their swing dress and really liked this top when I saw it on line. 




Neon and navy are 'in' at the moment, so I hope this top will see me though the summer. I might even tuck it in to a navy maxi skirt if I can find one!! It is also really lightweight and has a zip detail down the back.

I sized up to a size 22 as I wasn't sure what the sizing was like, and I am glad I did. 

I also purchased another pair of Chloe skinny Jeans. They are *the* most amazing skinny jeans I have worn and I have 2334645 pairs of them. I have a thing about rolling my jeans at the moment, so bought these in a 26inch leg so I only needed to roll the hem.


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Blogger Book Swap


Back in February Beth asked if anyone would be interested in taking part in a book swap. 

I love reading so jumped at the opportunity to read some books that I might not choose to read myself. 

I was paired with the lovely Bella from BellaETC

After emailing each other a few times, we actually realised that we had a similar taste in books and we both loved Game of Thrones. 

When I got my books I was really excited because I hadn't read any of them and they were actually books. I had got so used to reading books on my kindle it was nice to receive books



Gone Girl - the most anticipated crime thrillers of the last few years. I have read really good reviews of this book. I can't wait to read it. I am about halfway through already and so far, so good.

The House of Silk - The newest Sherlock novel. I have to admit, I have never read a Sherlock novel. I'll watched the films and both the UK and US series' and enjoyed them. So I am hopeful for this one.

Half Bad - I like The Hunger Games. I am a sucker for witches. This should definitely be a winner!

I can't thank Bella enough for my books. You can see what her initial thoughts on my selections is here

Once I have read them all, I will post reviews on them all!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Beauty || Scott Cornwall Colour Restore

After reading Georgina's recent post about maintaining red hair I decided to give one of the product she recommended a try.

I love having red hair, but due to years of over dying and over styling, my hair just doesn't hold on to colour long at all. Even after a permanent colouring, I looks dull and faded within a few weeks.

One of the products Georgina used was the Scott Cornwall Colour Restore. At £12.99 (from Boots) this product is more expensive that using hair dye, in fact you could probably buy three packs of hair dye for this value.

Scott Cornwell Colour Restore Red Pigment

This product made Georgina's hair a lovely deep shade of red, but I was still a bit dubious that this would work for me. I don't have a very good past record with hair dyes.

The product description states to use as a shampoo to maintain tone or to leave on for up to 25 minutes (on wet hair I presumed). However, I totally ignored these instructions. I put it on dry hair and left it for 45 minutes. As it contains no ammonia or peroxide, I knew it wouldn't damage my hair.


When it came to washing it off I was really concerned about staining and washed the majority of the product off in my stainless steel skin in the kitchen before moving in the the bathroom to remover the remainder. I did have some staining on my scalp and around my hairline too. But I was really pleased with the colour. It definitely evened my colour out. Although, now I have washed my hair a few times, my roots look shocking and the colour has faded quite a lot.

Would I buy this product again? I am not sure. £12.99 is expensive compared to Dimensions and crazy colour, and you get pretty much the same results. Maybe a tad less staining. 

BUT, I did like the colour it gave initially. 

Marks out of 10?  7/10  

Sunday, 6 April 2014

BLOG SALE

I am selling the majority of may wardrobe. It needs updating!

Dresses first!!

If you don't like the price, make me an offer. 

Postage will be £3.50 and I can combine if more than one item is purchased.

You can tweet me @TLoPerfect or comment on here, then I can send you an invoice.

HAPPY SHOPPING!


Size 22 ASOS Curve Swing dress. £5. SOLD


Size 22 Simply Be Bow print dress. £7



Size 22 PU shift dress. Still with Tags. £15


Size 22 ASOS Curve Midi dress. £7. SOLD



Size 22 Yours Clothing heart print dress. With pockets. With tags. £13 SOLD



Size 22 Cutie from Simply Be bird print dress. With tags. £15. SOLD



Size 22 Junarose Lace sleeve dress from ASOS. £15


Size 22 Western dress from Simply Be. £8 SOLD


size 22 ASOS Curve maxi skirt. LONG. £5


Size 22 Project D maxi dress from Simply Be. Small rip in the lining at the bottom. Shown below. £25



Size 22 Project D maxi dress from Simply Be. £25



Size 24 Scarlett and Jo Shift dress. With tags. £10


Size 24 Scarlett and Jo lace collar dress. £10


Bon Prix Bodycon dress. Size 48/50 (22/24?) £7


Size 22 Blue animal print dress. £5.SOLD


Size 20 Maroon dress from Matalan. with tags. £6


Saturday, 5 April 2014

EVENT || Marisota Pop Up

On Thursday night, me and my germs travelled across the Pennines to Manchester to visit the Marisota Pop Up store.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the lovely Fi. After explaining that we could try on any of the amazing items of clothing that they had brought with them and offering us the chance to have our very own 'Shapeover'. 

We were also introduced to the lovely Mark Heyes. He was so sweet to take the time out to chat to us and talk us through some of the items and his own range and picked out his favourite pieces, one of which included this beautiful Boucle Biker Jacket.

Mark Heyes Boucle Biker Jacket from Marisota
Boucle Biker Jacket
We were asked by the (beautiful) photographer if we could pick out favourite item for a group picture.


As I have said before, I am a bit of a sucker for a maxi dress and noticed this one on the Marisota site. Needless to say my eyes were drawn to it and I ended up trying it on!


I love how the neck and straps are 'V' shaped. It was a really good length too. I tired this on in a size 20, and to be honest it was slightly to big, but an 18 wouldn't have bit over my boobs. If you don't have particularly large boobs, I would suggested sizing down if you buy it! You can find it here.

I also fell in love with this lovely burnt orange BESPOKEfit dress. I want all the colours in this dress. Sadly you will have to wait until it arrives to see it on me. Like the loser I am, I didn't take any leggings with me so I wouldn't leg anyone take pics of me with bare legs!

BESPOKEfit Dress Voluptuous E - GG Fit from Marisota

Although I didn't have a 'Shapeover' myself, I can see why they are becoming hugely popular. I know a lot of women out there don't feel good about themselves because of their size and or shape, and although the other girls and I dress in what we want as oppose to what we 'should', it was really nice to hear from other women that something looks good on you!

Marisota should definitely consider high street stores. After seeing the success of the Pop Up stores, I am convinced that they would be hugely popular! Sadly, you only have until 6th April to pop in to the Manchester Pop up.

Here are a few other pictures from the evening








Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Day 30 - 30 Days 30 Dresses - The End

I DID IT!

30 dresses over 30 days.

This was my last dress on Sunday (I started a day early!)

This dress is another dress from George and was a whole £8. I only got it two weeks ago and it's disappeared from the website already :-(

I have to admit that I felt like I had a nightie on for a few minutes!

George Navy spotty dress

I also sized up so it was a bit of a swing come shift style dress.

I promise that's it for dresses for a while. I have a few items I have bought over the last month or so that will be coming up over the next few weeks. Only one of which is a dress!

WIn a VIP experience with Marisota.

This weekend Marisota are bringing Shapeology to Manchester for an exclusive pop up store event!


Visit www.marisota.co.uk for more info
Led by designer Mark Heyes, Shapeologist will be on hand to offer you advice and guidance on problem areas, if you have any, advice on their new range and how to wear it. The pop up store will also have a 'magic mirror' to help you capture and share your new look on Facebook and Twitter.

Not only that, you will be able to purchase items on the day with 20% off and free home delivery.

For your chance to win one of five VIP appointments with a Marisota shapeologist send an email to marisotaukpopupshop@gmail.com with 'theleftofperfect' In the subject box with your name and a contact number in the main field!

The only restriction is that you are between a size 12-32

You never know, you could even be styled by Mr Mark Heyes himself!

The pop up store will be located at Faulkner House, New York Street, Manchester, M1 4DY.

Good luck!