Thursday, 31 January 2013

Recipe: Vegetable Paella

via Anthony Worrall Thompson Low Fat Cookbook

  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • 200ml water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, fineley chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 dried chillies
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Half tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 325g arborio or risotto rice
  • 115g petits pois
  • 115g baby broad beans
  • 1 large courgette, diced into 5mm cubes
  • 12 pitted black olives
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped

  1. Heat the stock and water in a pan to boiling.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil then cook the onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and chillies gently for 10-12 minutes, until soft.
  3. Stir in the red pepper, turmeric, saffron, paprika and rice until well combined, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and water, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and cook for approx 18 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Stir in the peas, broad beans, courgette and olives and cover with a lid, turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Behind the Scenes...

...Beauty shoot "I'll Have What She's Wearing" Red Magazine March issue.

Top, £40, Petit Bateau at Atterley Road
Wearing my Monica Vinader bracelets. I had the 'Ava' bracelet engraved with my nickname 'Stedders'
Love these charm pendants, from Links of London

I was trying on these gorgeous hairclips from Jennifer Behr -  perfect for wedings!

 I'm actually stocking up on these gorgeous hairclips for my wedding, £14.95 each, Fenwick

The finished result...

Photographed by Jonty Davies

Sunday, 27 January 2013

People That Inspire Me: Coliena and Marlien Rentmeester

Image from Madewell's 'Day in The Life of a Fashion Photographer' article
Coliena is a well-renowned LA based photographer with style. She works for a range of clients including two of my favourite American stores, J Crew and Target as well as Fashion magazines Lucky, UK Glamour and Red (which is where I met her).
Not only does she manage to look chic constantly, she also juggles a busy working life with travelling and two children. 

Coliena Rentmeester shoot from Red, styled by Nicola Rose

November 2012 issue of Red, styled by Sarah Clark

Coliena has a twin sister: Marlien (their names are Dutch), Ex West Coast Editor at Lucky Magazine and founder of incredibly stylish blog Le Catch.

What I love about their style is the laid-back approach to fashion. There are glimpses of expensive pieces, but these are mainly teamed with J Crew and H&M, they both have a fantastic eye. I'm not the only one to develop a stylecrush, Madewell is constantly featuring them on their blog:

Oh, and to make it a little more unbearable, take a look at Marlien's incredible house (MAJOR interiors envy!), as featured in The Glitter Guide:

Get Their Look...

1. Ray-Ban 'Wayfarers', £135, Asos
2. Green suede shoes, £58, Topshop
3. Cotton shirt, £34.95, Gap 
4. Comme Des Garcon leather pouch, £110, Net A Porter 
5. 'Marrakesh' flared MiH jeans,£154, Atterley Road
6. 'Toothpick' jeans, £112.29, J Crew
7. Neon rope bracelet, £3.99, H+M 
8. Navy wool embellished sweater, £495, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Liberty 

And finally...the piece de resistance, these fabulous Lulu Frost for Whistles collaboration Art Deco style earrings to add the 'wow-factor' to your denim shirt (Coliena + Marlien would definitely approve):

Lulu Frost for Whistles earrings, £65

Friday, 25 January 2013

Website of the month: Rockett St George

Everything you need in one place: Rockett St George.

Neon bed linen? Yes please, £59 including pillowcases
Love this draft excluder (comes in silver, too), £49
This rug is what's missing from my study! £100

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The NEW Classics

Do you remember when we all used to say 'Invest In The Classics'?!

Well I think its changed. I now think that if we are going to spend our hard-earned money on something over £100, you want it to have that 'Wow-Factor'.
You can go to M&S for a great cashmere jumper, or Topshop for the Baxter classic skinny jean...what you can't get on the High Street? What designers do best: those statement final touches that make your outfit pop.

Images from my Style Stalking board on Pinterest

£525 (gulp), Charlotte Olympia at Matches - would love the cream ones for my wedding!
Leather zip pouch, £125, Pierre Hardy at Matches
Red glitter sunglasses, £225, Miu Miu at Net A Porter
Leather tote, £567, Sophie Hulme at My-Wardrobe
'Pigalle' heels, £375, Christian Louboutin
Necklace, £187, Shourouk at Monnier Freres

My favourite bright outfit updaters, which at the time I was a bit unsure:

Bag, Theyskens' Theory                                Jacket, H+M

Classics on the High Street

Embossed sweatshirt, £65, Whistles
A classic sweatshirt should be in everyone's wardrobe now, American Apparel do good ones too. Skinny leather trousers are now a wardrobe staple, too.

Classic cotton breton, £50, Petit Bateau at Atterley Road
White cotton shirt, £79, Reiss
I couldn't survive without my huge classic shirt collection! Gap do good ones, too.

Cashmere jumper, £39.90 in the sale, Uniqlo
Uniqlo's cashmere is amongst the best and it hangs so nicely. I can't believe what a bargain this jumper is in the sale!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Bookshelves Redesign

Over the xmas break, I delight myself in taking on a challenge. Last year, it was painting our study, this year it was revamping our bookshelves. With painting, I always think you need a few solid days to really get to grips with it. Plus its one DIY job that makes such a difference but only really costs £20-£30.




Farrow & Ball 'Railings' No 31

I am in love with Farrow & Ball's paints, they look so chic and have great coverage.
However, a top frugal tip: take the match card to your local paint shop and get them to make up the colour for you with their own paint to save money!

I love the new dramatic look it gives to the shelves, plus it gave me a chance to re-organise and recycle loads of books. It feels like a different room, now.

Pull out favourite books and special editions to break up the space

Lay books on their side to create focus areas
Wooden block letters, Not On The High Street

After the clearout, we found room for my partners favourite comics!

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