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Unique Naturals – show your skin some love

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  When Unique Naturals approached me to review their skincare range it wasn’t an offer I had to mull over for long. Already mutual followers on Twitter I was aware the brand were passionate about using high quality, organic ingredients and I was keen to discover more. Based in the UK, …

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DIZZY BEE GRANOLA *

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  Earlier this week the lovely Nicky at Dizzy Bee Granola delivered to me an absolute doorstep full of delights. Out on errands at the time, I arrived home to find a selection of neat, brown paper bags brimming with oats, bran, fruits and seeds all cheerfully decorated with a bright …

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WEDDING WORTHY WEDGES

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This week we received the welcome wedding invitation of a dear friend through the post. We had been sent a Save The Date notecard last year so the calendar has long been earmarked and I thought I was well prepared for the event. Knowing it was a child free weekend we had already arranged grandparental care for the nearly 3 year old and I had decided months ago what dress I was going to wear.

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THANDIE NEWTON LOOKS EFFORTLESSLY CHIC IN THIS ALL BLACK ENSEMBLE

A fabulous blush pink mid to maxi length gown with a beautiful tie belt to accentuate the waist and intricate lace detailing along the collar line. I had bought it for an event last year that had sadly been cancelled and was very much looking forward to wearing it. UNTIL the official invitation came through the post a few days ago.

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SOPHIA BUSH PROVES WEDGES CAN BE WORTHY OF THE RED CARPET WHEN SHE PAIRS THESE BLACK ARUNA SETH DARLINGS WITH A DRAMATIC RED REEM ACRA DRESS

The invitation is, as one would expect, lovely and full of wonderfully helpful information, and therein lies the problem. As I scanned the sheet of handy details I discovered a paragraph dedicated to attendees attire and, more  specifically, female footwear.

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HELENA CHRISTENSEN LOOKING SOPHISTICATED AND GLAMOUROUS WITH A PAIR OF GOLD ANKLE STRAPPED WEDGES

Due to the soft grounding of the venue, an outside marquee set upon grass, heels it would appear, are actively discouraged. Firstly, this information is immeasurably useful since I was planning to turn up in my pretty pink dress wearing the most daintiest of heeled sandals (oh they would have looked so lovely).

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AHNA O’REILLY AT THE CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2012 CHANNELLING A SUPER FEMININE IN A PRETTY PAIR OF LIGHT PURPLE WEDGES

Secondly, there was a very real ARGH moment of not knowing what to wear instead. If you hadn’t already  realised, I am a planner (and possibly a control freak) and I like knowing WELL IN ADVANCE everything that is happening. Nothing gets left to chance.

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EMMA STONE LOOKS YOUTHFUL IN A PAIR OF SIMPLE NUDE Alejandro Ingelmo WEDGES

So I gave the matter some thought and decided that the only solution was wedge heels. Then I felt the immense dread surge throughout me as I tried to imagine my dress with wedges. Panic stricken and practically in tears ( I kid you not) the realisation seemed to be that I was going to the chapel dressed as a Californian beach babe. This was a disaster.

EVER THE COOL GIRL, CAMERON DIAZ'S LEGS GO ON FOREVER IN THESE GORGEOUS LANVIN WEDGES

EVER THE COOL GIRL, CAMERON DIAZ’S LEGS GO ON FOREVER IN THESE GORGEOUS LANVIN WEDGES

Once I had calmed down a bit (it will probably come as no surprise to hear that I may have been known to overreact to certain situations before today) I realised that there were some beautiful wedges available and,  if Hollywood A Listers can grace the red carpet in them without looking clumpy, clumsy and too casual (see gallery), then I’m pretty sure I can find the perfect pair for a wedding too.

There is in fact lots of lovelies to choose from and now I am faced with another dilemma…which ones to buy. Heck, I may even need a new dress to solve this problem…

Love,

Emma x

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Reiss – GITTA
CUT OUT WEDGE SANDALS
SMOKE

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PRADA Patent Raffia Mary Jane Wedge

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TODS Suede Peep Toe Wedge Pumps

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J.CREW Lillian glitter-finished leather wedge sandals

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GIVENCHY
Leather wedge sandals

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B Brian Atwood Wedge Sandals – Roberta

 

Spicy King Prawns *

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A simple supper dish that is full of goodness.

These spicy king prawns are rich in protein, low in fat and accompanied by red chillies to give your metabolism a loving boost.

Enjoy as a midweek meal that makes wonderful use of a nation’s  favourite store cupboard ingredient; a dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce – for an extra delicious tempting taste sensation.

 

Spicy King Prawns

Serves 2

Calories: 365 per portion

Nutrients: Very high in Vitamin C, high in Manganese, low in sodium, no cholesterol.

Good for: boosting the immune system, healthy skin, maintain and strengthening bones.

Ingredients

225 g jumbo king prawns

1 orange bell pepper deseeded and chopped into cubes

1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil

100 g half fat creme fraiche

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

1/2 teaspoon of chopped red chillies

Splash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

100 g of wholegrain rice

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Directions

Place the rice in a pan full of water and cook as directed on the packet.

While the rice is boiling, heat a small amount of coconut oil in a wok and, when hot, on a medium to low heat gently cook the pepper until soft.

Add the prawns to the pan and warm through for approximately 2-3 minutes.

Next, stir into the wok the creme fraiche, garlic, chillies and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

Gently bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat to infuse the ingredients.

Once cooked, serve the delicious spicy prawns on a bed of rice.

 

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Something for the weekend

To give this dish a little bit of something extra I added a splash of Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce. Loved by millions for generations, Worcester Sauce can be used an infinite amount of ways to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Watch the video below and discover some simple recipe inspiration for when you crave a weekend treat.

Love,

Emma x