24 Question Food Tag.

I’m back, it’s October, we’ve turned from summer to Autumn and, for me, this time of year always signals the start of some serious food loving. I mean, the sweet treats of Halloween, followed by the Bonfire Night spread, the iconic goodies that Christmas brings and the brilliant buffet at New Year – with all of the extras in-between. It only felt right to come back with something food-related, especially as it’s one of the loves of my life.

1. What’s your favourite breakfast?
My favourite quickie, simple breakfast has to be toast and marmite – not too much marmite so it overwhelms but just a nice spread! If I have time in the morning it would be either fluffy pancakes (preferably made by my husband 😉 ) or I like scrambled eggs on toast.

2. How do you drink your coffee?
I don’t! I adore the smell of coffee, but I cannot stand the taste. I drink tea, strong, no sugar.

3. What’s on your favourite sandwich?
Ham and coleslaw has to be a winner. Also of fan of cheese and tomato with a bit of saladcream.

4. Soup or Salad?
Soup. I know people say salads can be so versatile but I just see salad as a load of lettuce with some extra bits I don’t often like ha! I just love soup, especially at this time of year. My mum makes the best vegetable soup. I think I may have to get myself a soup maker!

5. What’s your favourite cookbook?
The first cookbook I got which was all mine and I actually used was called Nosh for Students. My Uncle bought it for me before I headed to my Uni house. It’s not tricky stuff but it helped me budget and plan meals for the first time!

6. No more sweets or no more hearty foods?
No more hearty foods. I have a gigantic sweet tooth (and a filling in it to match).

7. What’s your favourite Cuisine?
I can’t really choose a favourite – I love all the variations of Mexican like burritos, enchiladas, tacos etc. My husband is half-Italian, so he’s all about the carbs – pasta and pizza.

8. What’s your favourite food movie?
During this time of year, I adore The Holiday. It gives me super cosy vibes and I watch it every year, without fail. Always with some kind of chocolate.

9. What’s your most guilty pleasure?
I feel guilty every time I eat chocolate or an equivalent sweet treat, partly because I eat so much of it ha!

10. What’s your greatest inspiration source?
I love Pinterest for recipe ideas. And my Mum is one of the best cooks I know, I always wish I could be as good as her.

11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
I like both in different measure. I love the achievement of cooking a dinner at home and having people enjoy the food I’ve made. But I do love going out to eat with my hubby as a treat.

12. High end or low profile?
I’m not a fan of “fancy” food at all. Even at our wedding, our starter was nachos! I like food that is tasty, fills us up and makes us happy.

13. What’s your favourite restaurant?
Me and the hubby love a Wagamamas. I’m a steak teriyaki girl.

14. I do my grocery shopping at:
Aldi. I remember starting Uni and going to Sainsburys for my weekly shop as it was closest and just thinking “I’m breaking the bank here.” I went to Aldi and never looked back. Their pork is some of the best I’ve ever tasted and their steaks are pretty good too!

15. The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:
A lot of my Mum’s meals – her beef casserole is insane, as is the chicken and vegetable pasta bake.

17. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
Neither – I don’t drink it! 😉

18. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
Toaster – I adore toast any time of day!

19. What is your favourite snack?
I love Aldi’s veggie crisps and a tasty cereal bar. If I’m being naughty, chocolate is right up there!

20. What’s on your pizza?
I’m a meat fan, so anything meat feast related!

21. What food do you really dislike?
I’m really not a seafood fan. I’ll eat cod, tuna and haddock but that’s about it. Any sort of crustacean or anything remotely slimy does not touch my plate.

22. What’s your favourite food blog?
I have to hold my hands up and say I don’t follow any! Any recommendations appreciated!

23. What’s on your food bucket list?
I really want to properly try Thai food, as in, in an authentic restaurant. I’ve heard it’s phenomenal!

25. I couldn’t live without:
Chocolate and all things sweet.

BONUS question: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My Mumma’s cooking – it’s the best!

Tag: Beauty.

I’m in Liverpool at the moment on a city break (there will be a large post up about it once I’m back!) so I needed a relatively quick and easy post to do earlier in the week to schedule. It kinda’ killed two birds with one stone as I’ve wanted to do a beauty related post for a while and so this helped with that too! So here it is: The 30 Questions Beauty Tag. Enjoy!

  1. What was your first make up item bought?

I honestly don’t remember the exact item. When I was about 10, I can remember getting make up kits for Christmas but they weren’t branded, they were the type you would buy for a girl of about 10! I can also remember buying Miss Sporty electric blue eyeshadow. (Nice!)

2. Describe your perfect mascara.

I like a mascara that adds length but with no clumpiness. For a night out I like something that will darken the lashes but everyday just adding length will do. I currently use Maybelline’s Lash Sensational.

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3. What kind of coverage do you like from a foundation?

I like a medium to full generally – as I don’t tend to go crazy on other aspects of “face make up” (contour, highlight etc) I like the base I do have to be worth its while.

4. Favourite high-end brand?

I generally don’t buy high-end. I don’t think I’ve had anything you’d classify as such!

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but haven’t?

I used to go to a Uni with a girl who’d always get Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and they looked fab. I’ve also heard lots about Nars and so would probably like to give them a go.

6. Favourite drug store brand?

I like Rimmel and Maybelline.

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Very, very rarely. I wore them for my wedding but only because someone applied them for me! I’m just not great at applying them and generally don’t ever find myself in a situation where I want to wear them!

8. Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house with?

I used to leave the house with my whole make up bag…how times have changed! Now I’ll generally just make sure I have lip balm on me, especially in cold weather. Other than that, not much!

9. What is your most cherised beauty product?

I love my Real Techniques brushes – they really do make a difference.

10. How often do you shop for make up? Do you buy as and when you need to or splurge all in one go?

I do find with make up I don’t splurge like I do with clothes. I’m not great at experimenting either and stick to what I know. I tend to run out of things at similar times so stock up as I need to.

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11. Do you have a beauty budget?

Sort of – but as I tend to stick to the same products I kinda’ know my spending.

12. Do you utilize sales and coupons when shopping?

I’m a bit of a sucker for a 3-for-2!

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

I find myself running out of brow pencil more than anything.

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14. Is there a brand you can’t stand?

Not really – there’s plenty I don’t use but it’s not that I can’t stand them!

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in products?

Not particularly – maybe I should become more aware?

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for make up?

I pretty much do all my make up shopping in Boots!

17. Do you like trying new skincare products?

Until I found something that worked I would try new things quite regularly. But now I tend to stick to the same things.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

Either Soap and Glory or Champneys are rather luxurious!

19. If you could only buy from one brand which would you choose?

Rimmel as it’s where I get my base products from.

20. Which brand do you think has the best packaging?

Soap and Glory – I love their slogans!

21. Which celebrity always has great make up?

I love natural looking make up – even though it must be layered on quite thick for TV it doesn’t look caked! People like Holly Willoughby and Rochelle Humes look really naturally pretty.

22. Do you belong to any online make up communities?

No – any recommendations?

23. Do you like multi-functional products, like lip and cheek stains?

I never use them!

24. Are you clumsy putting on make-up?

Sometimes, if I’m in a rush. I’m not very skilled either so to most it’ll probably look clumsy!

25. Do you use a make up base or a primer?

Not every day – I’ve tried a Barry M primer to reduce redness before and then an illuminating base but it’s not an everyday thing.

26. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

I wash my hair every other day and use L’Oreal Dream Lengths shampoo and conditioner. Every other time I wash it I use a the dream lengths deep conditioning mask and before I blow dry, a serum from the same range. I have naturally wavy/frizzy hair but I have a keratin treatment every six months which keeps it smooth and sleek, even when blast dried. So other than the products mentioned above, I don’t use any others!

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27. How long is your hair?

It’s a few inches past my shoulders now – I am trying to grow it!

28. What do you apply first: concealer or foundation?

I apply concealer under eyes and on any real problem areas (blemishes or redness) but don’t blend. Then I apply foundation over the top and blend.

29. Do you ever consider taking make up classes?

Not really – it would help me know how to apply properly but there are enough tutorials on YouTube to help with that if I need it!

30. What do you love about make up?

That it can just make you feel that little bit fresher – cover up your dark circles from a lack of sleep or a nasty spot. I like that you can apply different levels of it depending on where you are going as well.

 

Love, KH xxxx

Tag: Get to Know Me

A few blog posts in, I thought it was a good time to get to know me a little bit better. I found the questions for this tag on Pinterest which, as always, is an amazing source of inspiration! Let me know of any other tags you’ve either done yourself, or enjoy reading, in the comments!

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cornwall, not far from Plymouth. While I was born in Plymouth, I came straight home to Cornwall and have lived there every year of my life bar two, so I do consider myself Cornish!

2. Where do you currently live?

Cornwall, still. In the same place I grew up! People often ask why I haven’t moved away and the answer is simple: because I love where I live and I don’t want to!

3. Who is your first best friend?

My friend, Amy. We became friends at playgroup when we were 2 years old and went through school in the same classes and now live within 5 minutes of each other.

4. How tall are you?

I’m 5″9 – I guess I started being “above average” height at the end of primary school. In my teens I HATED it but now it doesn’t bother me. I don’t really wear heels anymore but I think that’s more of a comfort thing than worrying about my height.

5. Dogs or cats?

Hands down, dogs. My childhood dog, Dylan was a rescue and he was just the most special boy. Losing him after being in my life for 11 years was completely heartbreaking. Of course, we now have our beautiful Lola Bear and she has brought us so much joy.

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6. Funniest moment throughout high school?

I’m struggling to think of one specific moment: I was very well behaved in all stages of my schooling and generally loved learning. It was probably just the moments with my friends, out on the field at lunchtime messing around.

7. What year were you born?

1993 – 90s baby!

8. Did you go to University?

Yes, I went later than most. When I finished 6th Form/A Levels, I was done with education for a bit so I went out to work as a receptionist/administrator. I had various other jobs before going back to University to study to be a primary teacher. I think the life experience I gained working for a few years before going was invaluable.

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9. What is your favourite drink?

I’m a big water drinker but I am very partial to a Diet Coke. Once I get the taste for it, I can go through a phase of having one every day for a while (not the healthiest, I know). Then, I can not have any for months. I don’t really drink alcohol. I’m just not a fan of the taste of any of it.

10. What is your spirit animal and why?

I actually see a lot of myself in our dog, Lola. She loves her cuddles, loves food and a good nap – like me!

11. What perfume scent are you wearing?

I generally go for Eau Nude from Next day-to-day – it’s light but strong enough to make a difference.

12. Tea of coffee?

Tea – never liked coffee. I never liked tea until I was about 18 and how I came to drink it is a funny story… it was the first day of my new/first ever job and I was SO nervous and just wanted a bit of common ground with people. I kept getting asked “do you want a cup of tea?” on the tea round and because I didn’t want to seem rude I said “OK!” even though I’d never really liked it. Because I didn’t like the taste, I started off having it with two sugars to mask the taste. Thank goodness I grew to like the taste and managed to wean off the sugar altogether – I don’t think 10 sugars a day would have done me much good!

13. What are your life goals?

Right now? I just want to feel secure and happy in what I do.

14. What sports do you play/have played?

At secondary school, I was into most things. I’d do netball on a Monday, rhythmic gymnastics at lunchtime, volleyball on a Tuesday, table tennis on a Wednesday, trampolining, football, athletics, cross country…I loved it! The ones I’d say I was actually decent at were netball and athletics. I’ve dabbled in netball in my adult life but it’s never really stuck – even the “friendly, open to all” sessions became too competitive and cliquey and my anxiety wasn’t really up to all that. Now, I go to the gym twice a week mainly to do strengthening exercises and I really enjoy yoga.

15. Have any books you’ve read changed your life?

I wouldn’t say any have changed me to that level – there are definitely books I read that make me think or have a lasting impression though.

16. What is your favourite movie?

I’m not actually a big movie person – I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema! I’m a huge of the Star Wars saga, though.

17. Who are your favourite YouTubers?

In my late teens/early twenties I was very much into the Zoella movement. I don’t tend to watch YouTube much now for that purpose, but I did come across some videos by Lucy Wood and she’s pretty awesome and relatable.

18. Do you speak any languages and how well?

Considering I learnt French for 3 years and Italian for 2 you’d think so but…no.

19. Are you single or taken?

Very much taken – married!

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20. What is your idea of a dream date?

Honestly, anything where we can just spend time together as a couple. Going out to eat is always a winner as we both love our food. Mark always jokes about how low maintenance I am – only a few months into meeting he asked where I wanted to go to eat and I said KFC!

21. How long was your longest relationship?

About 7 and a half years. I was with someone from the age of 15 to 23. Nothing sinister, we just grew up and became different people.

22. How would you describe your fashion sense?

I mean, I’m awful at knowing “what goes with what”, so I generally stick to plain and simple. I love jeans and a white t-shirt. I like plain t-shirts with the tiniest little pattern or logo or print. Like high-waisted and really love stripes. Most of my wardrobe is black, white or grey!

23. What is your go-to hairstyle?

My hair naturally isn’t necessarily curly but it’s full of waves and kinks and can be very frizzy. For a few years now I’ve had a keratin treatment done on it, which means it stays sleek and straight for a minimum of 6 months ( I know, I didn’t believe it either, but it genuinely works!) It’s about £140 from the salon I go to which is crazy good compared to other places and it is so, so worth it. The amount of time it must’ve saved me in straightening, let alone how much healthier it is without all the heat styling. I really like wearing my hair down, so because of this treatment, my go-to is basically blast drying it and then going! On a non-hair wash day I tend to put a bit of a curl in it to distract from the greasiness…

24. How many siblings do you have?

One older brother called Jack. We’ve always got on growing up (aside from the standard sibling bickering) and we share a lot of common interests. I see him pretty much every day as he only lives a few minutes down the road.

25. What is your go-to fast food order?

Depends which fast food it is. Indian would be a chicken biriyani. McDonalds a Big Mac. KFC a Boneless Banquet (with gravy, obvs). Burger King is a Chicken Royale with Cheese. God I’m hungry now!

26. PC or Mac?

HP PC.

27. Your most memorable vacation?

When I was younger, I was very fortunate to go to America several times with my family and we had numerous amazing experiences: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, Highway 1, Rocky Mountains to name but a few. Those are obviously very memorable. A shorter and much closer to home trip that’s very memorable for me was my after wedding MiniMoon where we went to a spa hotel in Falmouth. It was just the most lovely weekend.

28. What are your morning/evening routines?

On a work evening/morning I tend to try to be as organised as I can to avoid rushing as that can make me really stressed. I usually shower/bath in the evening so I can have a little bit extra in bed. On my days off/weekends I tend to still be up early because of the puppy but things are generally a bit more chilled.

29. Do you have any bad habits?

Staying on my phone once I’ve gotten into bed and the next thing I know it’s nearly midnight…

30. Tell us one thing about you that we wouldn’t know?

I had a miscarriage at 15 weeks late last year and it’s the hardest thing me and my husband have ever had to go through, separately and together.

And that’s it! 30 things to get to know me. Thank you so much again for reading!

Love KH xxx