Saturday, 16 May 2015

Maca Oats with Chia seeds, Strawberries and Vanilla

Drama school can be exhausting (but obviously it's all worth it!) I have to make sure I get a really good breakfast in the morning otherwise I really start to lag physically and mentally throughout the day. This pretty much always involves some form of porridge, but recently I bought some maca powder after reading about it's energy boosting properties and I've been trying to include it in my morning porridge ever since.
This is currently my favourite breakfast after I bought a huge punnet of strawberries from Lidl for one pound! (It is possible to still eat well on a restrictive student budget!). I love eating this alongside a huge latte made with almond milk, although I definitely feel like I need less coffee in a morning now I'm having maca in my breakfast.
To make this you will need: 
1/2 cup of porridge oats
1/4 cup sultanas
1 heaped teaspoon of maca powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 cups of water or almond milk
handful of chopped strawberries

The great thing about this recipe is that most of the prep is done the night before, so you don't have too much messing around to do on a busy morning. Soaking the oats overnight really gives them a better texture in my opinion. First add the water/ almond milk (either works fine in this recipe, I just tend to use water for easiness) to the oats, sultanas and chia seeds. Stir in the vanilla extract and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning take this out of the fridge and microwave on medium for 3 minutes. If it is looking too solid when you take it out the fridge, add a tiny bit more liquid before microwaving. Once piping hot, stir in the teaspoon of maca and top with the chopped up strawberries. Enjoy!

I hope this was an enjoyable read. I thought I'd try something a bit different as doing my MA course is leaving me little time to do outfit posts because being at drama school means you just wear black joggers and t-shirts for 5 days a week! I'm super interested in vegetarian and vegan cooking as well as vintage clothing, so I thought I'd try and share a few recipes, and try to incorporate these with outfit posts and beauty reviews as as often as I am able :)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Ashes to Ashes

I'm still not doing very well at regular blog posts but I have a few reviews of Lush products planned and maybe a couple of make up posts so hopefully with the Easter holidays coming up I should be able to post a little more!

This is what I wore on Saturday to go for a meal with my family at a place called Obica in London! 
This dress is probably one of my favourite dresses ever. It was a charity shop find but is a vintage Laura Ashley dress (my Nanna shortened the length for me). The fit is just so lovely and the pattern instantly makes me think of sunny days. I dragged it out of my wardrobe as the weather is starting to turn a little bit nicer now, but I definitely wasn't brave enough to wear it without my beloved faux fur coat and some thick black tights! 

 How cute are these shoes?! They only set me back £3 from a charity shop in Wolverhampton and all I did was replace the laces with some velvet ribbon. I love the little heel on them.

This is me and my gorgeous sister, Hannah. on my face I'm wearing Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, Barry M Showgirl Mascara, Elf Studio HD Blush, Sleek Liquid Eyeliner, the Sleek Brow Pallette and my beloved Lime Crime Velvetine in Suedeberry. I've been having problems with scarring on my face after having caught horrible impetigo a few weeks ago. The Illamasqua does a great job of hiding the scars but if anyone could recommend a good scar treatment that is cruelty free it would be much appreciated!

Drinking amazing mango and coriander cocktails out of mugs in Market Bar in Soho!

I'm also thinking of maybe starting a recipe blog alongside this blog. I'm a vegetarian and love cooking and healthy nutrition, would people be interested at all?

What has everyone else been up to this weekend?

Much love

Jodi Pops

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Back (I think)

I haven't blogged in a very long time. Things have changed a lot in my life since I used to blog regularly. I moved home from London, worked for a year and now I'm back in London again doing the course that I've always dreamed of, an MA in Acting at drama school. I spend most of my life now in my drama school uniform of black joggers and a t-shirt, so I want to try and channel some creativity back into my outfits when it's the weekend!

Life has been ridiculously busy but I do really miss blogging, so I'm hoping to give it another try, as well as trying to start a recipe blog alongside this (I am a vegetarian food obsessive). But more to come on that soon.

So to ease myself back into blogging I thought I'd share a quick outfit post from the other day when I went for a lovely birthday brunch with my two sisters.

The skirt is a vintage one I picked up from Traid in Clapham a few years ago, and the black poloneck was a Christmas present. I feel very 1960s with the two paired together!

We went to The Breakfast Club in Hoxton and it was absolutely incredible! I had the Veggie All-American with a soya vanilla latte. I've heard great things about The Breakfast Club and it really didn't disappoint!

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to hopefully being able to blog more regularly again, I will be back soon, fingers crossed!

Much love,

Jodi Pops

Monday, 18 August 2014

Lily Lolo Translucent Silk Finishing Powder Review

I've got fairly dry skin but I've recently noticed that my skin has started to get oilier round my t-zone, meaning my foundation isn't lasting as long around this area. So I decided to look into finding a translucent setting powder to help my make up last throughout the day. I wanted to find one that was cruelty free so my first port of call was, where I found the Lily Lolo powder, which sounded like exactly what I needed but was out of stock! However, a bit of googling around and I found some available on Amazon here. It arrived in the post just two days later and I was super excited to try it.
Also included in my parcel was a catalogue of Lily Lolo's other products, and I've already got my eye on their eyeshadow in Vanilla Shimmer and the Natural Lipstick in Desire.

First off, the packaging is so chic and simple, I really like it.

This powder really does do the job. It makes my make up last so much longer, while still leaving it looking dewy and fresh, not cakey and dry like a lot of other powders I've tried in the past. It also doesn't dry my skin out, which is really important as a lot of powders tend to make my skin really flaky. It goes on really easily (I apply it with my Real Techniques powder brush) and looks super natural on the skin. I've always avoided powders because I like to use make up that gives a dewy, luminous effect, so I'm glad to have finally found one that adds to this effect rather than mattifies it!

Here's what it looks like when worn of make up. As you can see it's nice and translucent and lets the dewiness of my foundation shine through!

Has anyone else tried any of Lily Lolo's lovely products? What did you think?

Much Love,

Jodi Pops