FOOD/ Great British Food Festival (2017)

 (Image credit: Tastecard)

Last weekend I hit up the Great British Food Festival with Tastecard* as it reached the Castle Howard leg of its UK tour. Weirdly, as much as I enjoy food I’ve never been to a large scale food festival before!

Armed with comfy clothes, sensible shoes and a massive bag for all the goodies I was sure we’d buy, off we trotted to explore Yorkshire’s finest food in a field. But first, tastecard wanted to see if we had culinary skills…kinda.

Myself and the Mr both took part in the ‘Great British Blog Off’ which involved decorating biscuits with our favourite foods. 

(Image credit: Tastecard)

I don’t profess to be a decorating expert (quite the opposite) but for my limited skills I didn’t think my efforts were too terrible until the icing started to melt! Clockwise from top left, I did: rainbow cake, a slice of pizza and burger with fries.

They didn’t win but tasted nice! And then, off to explore the stalls…there were so many really lovely ones, but I’m just going to mention those I sampled items at (as well as chuck in a few more snaps of some yummy things)

Peckish Kitchen

I kicked off by trying the award-winning Pink grapefruit and prosecco marmalade; I’m not a huge grapefruit fan as I find it bitter, but I enjoyed the initial prosecco notes. This is going to be couple with another two preserves to make a ‘boozy trio’ giftset which would be perfect for Sunday brunch.

I’m a massive pesto fan so I dived straight in with cracker to sample the Roasted red pepper flavour (which I’m fairly sure I was told was one of their newer pesto products). It was fresh and delicious. Peckish is definitely the perfect name for them!

Cheshire cheese company

I think this was the hardest stall to get close to throughout the whole day; apparently everyone shares my love of cheese! I VERY into flavoured cheeses so this was a bit of a foodie dream; I really liked this Smoky tomato and garlic cheddar as it contains a lot of my favourite things.

I was very sad that I didn’t get to the savoury scones before they sold out (which was pretty early in the day) but they had a great selection which also included pesto and sundries to tomato…nom nom nom.

It was the sweet versions that really caught my attention though, as I like to think of myself as a bit of a scone aficionado (I do a mean Fat Rascal) but have never though to try some of these flavours before. It was pretty tough deciding which I wanted to take home to try!

Harrison and Griffiths finest Caribbean cakes

I love me some rum, I love me some cake, this stand was always gonna steal my heart! I sampled the Rum cake and pineapple cake and they were both so moist and delicious. The alcohol created a delicate flavour that complimented rather than overpowered the other ingredients, and I could’ve quite happily had a lovely cup of tea and worked my way through and entire loaf-sized slice for the remainder of the day.

White Lace Cakery

There was a mouth watering selection of sponge puddings on display, including this Raspberry and White chocolate pudding which seems to combine summer eating with a warm sponge perfectly.
Tricky Dickies sticky toffee pudding company

The main reason we stopped here is because they had a massive ‘sticky toffee pudding’ sign we spotted fro across the tent, which is one of our faves! We were not disappointed – their traditional version had a lovey delicate taste, and the salted caramel version was about as extra as a sponge pudding can get.

Vit Hit

This is apparently the lowest calorie, fastest growing soft drink in the U.K. So seemed worth a nosey. A lot of the flavours are infused with tea and have a really subtle flavour about them (very much like a flavoured water). The green one was a particular fave of mine.

Harewood Food & Drink Project

I’m not a gin fan, but it’s the drink du jour so thought it was my public duty to try st least one whilst I was here. The vendor kindly mixed it with a little tonic for me and I found I really enjoyed it, there were a lot of tasty botanical notes that took the edge of what is usually a harsh spirit. 

Kin toffee vodka

My mum is obsessed with this stuff! I’ve only ever drank this neat in shot form so I was delighted to read about a number of cocktails and mixers this can be pared with (including prosecco – is there nothing you can’t put with it??)

Ryedale Vineyards

The only wine I usually drink is sparkling, so I sampled Taste of Paradise sparkling blush which ended up being a bit too dry for my taste, but then on the advice of the staff tried the white Yorkshire Lass made with 4 different kinds of grapes, which I really liked.

There’s still time to sample treats from #gbbf as there are two more stops around the UK this year – their website details the dates and locations.

I’m going to do a follow up post which is a kind of haul/review of the items I picked up from the festival, so keep a lookout for that later on this week.

Stay stylish,

J 😘xx


FASHION/ Festival Under £50

Festival season is well underway and there’s still a few to see us through to the end of summer. I’ve always adored festival fashion – I think it’s the challenge of mixing function with fashion and comfort, the results are always interesting viewing! So when a cheeky e-mail dropped into my inbox from Boohoo asking me to pull together a festival look for under £50, I was all over it!

I went for a kind of 90s meets boho look with the look I picked. Now, here’s the confession: I’ve never actually been to a festival…so where on Earth could I rigorously test how well outfit would fare? Vegas, of course!

   
    
    
    
 Taken on the Las Vegas Strip

When I say I tested this outfit, I meeeaaaaan it was TESTED- I walked for miles in 50 something degree heat! The playsuit is ridiculously comfy and the light material kept me really cool. The shoes have a lot of room to let your feet breathe, as I’m between sizes I went bigger which ended up being better as my feet got a bit swollen in the heat (we’ve been on extreme heat warning for 3 days) 

The bag is a great festival size too- I had suncream, iPhone, purse, Selfy stick, plasters, pens and perfume in there comfortably which are pretty much festival staples right…and maybe a little rain mac thingy? It’s also great that it’s a cross body so you can bounce around freely to the tunes! 

Speaking of less than amazing weather, if you added a leather jacket (or duster jacket if it was still warm) and switched the sandals for biker boots, this outfit would still totally kill it at the final summer festivals.

PlaysuitSandals (new style for 2016 here)/ Bag (new styles for 2016 here and here)/ Choker Total cost £44 (still £6 left for your first beer!)

Sunglasses – Quay Australia (which can still be bought in Rose gold)

Hope you like my Boohoo festival look, you can create your own in their festival shop and still get it in time for the weekend.

Stay Stylish 

J 😘xx


FASHION/ Let’s Play

 I’m not normally a huge playsuit fan, I’m always worried about the fit around the body and the shorts being too short on me. However I found this one that’s a similar style to a wrap dress I own (you probably know the one) so I thought I’d try pushing myself by trying it (having tried one on holiday last year, which seemed less scary). 

*disclaimer- no matter how good the photographer, sadly they can’t do anything about my questionable facial expressions!*          

Photos by the lovely Beckie taken in Old Town, Hull

As its a daytime look I thought dressing it down with #Converse would be good even though the shoulder detail makes it feel a more glam. I never intended to buy them; I tried them on a whim when looking for a  different pair of and the shop assistant innocently said “they’re like mermaid shoes” SOLD! They are pretty special for a daytime shoe. You probably can’t see, but I’m also sporting my Ombre lip colour as featured in my last post (refresh you memories here) The lighter colour is a near perfect match to the playsuit. 

Playsuit- ILWF at Top Shop/ Pumps- Converse at Schuh (sold out in this colour online, gold version here

If I was wearing this as an evening look I’d switch out the shoes for my other favourite mermaid numbers courtesy of  Missguided as featured in my Let’s Disco post last month. 

How would you style this playsuit?

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx


FASHION/ Morroccon Inspired Summer Pieces 

It’s not somewhere that’s top of my list to visit in the world if I’m honest, but I adore the relaxed and fashiony vibe that Morrocco brings to style for summertime! I think that it’s also a trend that mixes really well with the 70s colours and shapes that we have going on at the minute, so you can hit a few fashion marks without looking OTT 

Glamorous Shorts/ Top Shop T-Shirt/ Miss Selfridge Cape/ Glamorous playsuit/ Select Palazzo Pants

Accessories

It’s rally easy to do just a cheeky nod to the vibe in accessories if you don’t wanna go all in on the prints. These are a great mix of gorgeous summer brights that’ll look great on holiday, at a festival or for strutting around town being too glam to give a damn 
Boohoo Fringed Bag/ Cherry Diva Striped Necklace/ New Look Bracelets/ Missguided Sandals/ New Look Head Chain

Winner Winner…

As you know I ran a little competition to celebrate my blog’s first birthday last week. I can now reveal the winner… 

    

 Congratulations Jo, you’ll be getting these gorgeous Daisy Chakra drop earrings courtesy of Hugh Rice. Enjoy! 

What do you think of the Morroccan trends, how will you wear them this summer?

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx