August 19, 2017

lvl lashes: before and after

Say hello to my first ever beauty post over on this blog! I tweeted a few weeks ago that I was thinking of merging the beauty series and the jessica life into one to make things easier all round, so here I am. 

Just before my holiday to Croatia, I booked myself in for lvl lashes at a nearby spa salon. I detest the feeling of crispy mascara melting off in the sunshine and coating my lashes up on a daily basis, so the idea of my lashes looking full without it is the dream. I popped in a few days before the treatment to pick up a patch test kit and then applied it at home and waited 24 hours before removing. 

The process is fuss free and you just lay back for an hour or so through the separate stages. The treatment works by curling the lashes at the root, while separating them and tinting at the end. With being a bit of a worrier, I had a slight fear of product going in my eye or them stinging, but everything went smoothly and was actually pretty relaxing. Roll on the creepy shots of my eyes.. 


My lashes cost £49, which may sound hella expensive but given results last up to six weeks I'm chuffed with the outcome and will definitely have them done again for future holidays. 

August 03, 2017

banging vegan pizzas


Since ditching dairy way back in January, I've been playing around with vegan cheese alternatives and pizza toppings so I could create the real deal at home. MozzaRisella is by far the best melty mozzarella alternative that I've come across, and as it tastes much lighter than real cheese I now much prefer it. I cut mine up into small chunks as I find it melts the best that way. I always make wholemeal pizza dough as I find it much tastier than using white flour, and of course it's far healthier too. It's super easy to make and is best left to rise overnight before being used the next day. 

The secret to getting an authentic crispy base is to do the cooking in two parts. Start off by heating your oven to 260°c. Yes, really. Once your pizza base is stretched out, put it straight onto a frying pan (no oil) that has been left on high heat for long enough to be searingly hot. Then add a few tablespoons of the sauce (Pizza Express passata) and once it starts to bubble add on your MozzaRisella, followed by the rest of the toppings. Then whack it straight into your furnace of an oven and leave for around ten minutes until the crust has browned and the cheese has fully melted. Easy as that!    

COURGETTE, GREEN PEPPER, ARTICHOKE AND BASIL

Courgette and green pepper - grilled on high heat
Artichoke - marinated/pre-bought
Basil - added on just after coming out of the oven 

MEATBALLS, RED PEPPER, SWEET MUSTARD AND PICKLED PEPPERS 

Meatballs - Sainsbury's/VBites
Red pepper - grilled on high heat
Mustard - Red's (this is the best ever)
Pickled peppers - added on just after coming out of the oven 
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July 22, 2017

amber's bell tent camping at wiveton hall

Last week, I packed the car up with pot noodles, percy pigs, card games and sun cream before heading to Wiveton Hall for two nights camping at Amber's Bell Tents. The last time I went camping was around ten years ago, and ended in our tent having to be thrown away as the result of a wind storm. If, like me, you aren't built for traditional camping, and the thought of having to put up your own tent and sleep on a blow up mattress is your idea of hell, then glamping is the way forward. 

Amber's Bell tents provide all you'll need for a fun and cosy stay, from marshmallows to toast on the bbq in your picnic area next to the tent, to pots and pans and a chest filled with badminton racquets. For night time, there's jars filled with fairy lights to illuminate your tent and a wood fired stove should it start to get chilly. The facilities are all kept completely immaculate, and there are even hot showers next to a sink to wash pots in and a freezer to keep ice packs in. 


If you've ever tuned into BBC's Normal for Norfolk, you'll by pretty familiar with Wiveton Hall. Located in Cley Next the Sea and ran by the ever eccentric Desmond, it's a slice of paradise on the best part of the Norfolk coast. We ended up chatting away with Desmond after booking in for the garden tour, and I can happily confirm he's just as much of an interesting character in person as he appears on tv. 



The cafe is so well loved that booking is advisable, so I snapped up an outside table for lunch well in advance. We opted for the Wiveton salad each, along with a bowl of crispy fries and homemade raspberry cordial. Everything was absolutely spot on and has left me wanting to go back on a regular basis. 


SHOES - BIRKENSTOCK
WATCH - NIXON

A tent for two nights in the Summer Holidays is priced at £280 and makes for a fun family holiday or a cosy romantic getaway. I've already decided that I'll be back each and every year from now on!
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