The Outfit I'll Be Wearing All Summer Long...






Hands up if you've seen this outfit more times in the two weeks than you can count on your hands? Hopefully you're not sick of it yet because it is by far my favourite outfit I've ever put together. The leather jacket/lace dress combo with white trainers has become a go-to for meetings, family events, weekend strolls, and with a change of shoes can even be evening appropriate. It's easy comfortable and dressy but casual all at the same time!

The only downside? I'm in need of 16/17 degree (Celsius - those outside of the UK don't panic!) temperatures minimum to crack it out as black tights and white are not my thing (thus making nude tights all the more appealing). With this in mind - I whip this outfit out every time I venture up to London on a sunny day, escaping the sea breeze means that things are a little warmer in the capital, and the leather jacket keeps me nice and toasty despite the bare legs. 

Due to it's monochrome nature the accessories are switched up every time I wear this which keeps things interesting and is probably the reason I haven't grown bored of this yet! My green aviators give it a more relaxed vibe, whilst the large Celine-style shades from Urban Outfitters (above) dress things up a bit and make it feel more city appropriate. Small black drawstring bags are switched with red statement bags or larger tote bags, and it all works perfectly.

Lucy and I actually snapped these photos last weekend after a pre lunch stroll through Soho right the way down to Embankment. It was so lovely and warm and we couldn't pass up stopping to photograph outside the Corinthia along the way. There will be more on lunch come Sunday so keep your eyes peeled! 

WHAT I WORE: 
SUNGLASSES: URBAN OUTFITTERS
DRESS: H&M
BAG: TOPSHOP
SHOES: CONVERSE
WATCH: OLIVIA BURTON*
*GIFTED SAMPLE
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Clinique Pop Lips


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As far as weekends go, this last one was pretty jam packed! It all kicked off with an early start and a train journey to London (more on that later this week). I'm not sure if it goes without saying that I indulged in a little retail therapy (Aspinal may have been visited and I may have come away with something...) but I also stopped by the Clinique Stand that's currently residing in Westfield Shepherds Bush and many other shopping centres across the UK. 

In celebration of their new Pop Lips, an experiential stand has been built, complete with application stations and photo booths to surround their #LipPic campaign which you can enter by taking your photo and sharing it using the hashtag (for more details see below). I'm no stranger to campaigns like this as it was a huge part of my last job, so I was very excited to go and have a nose at the stand for myself (brings back old memories of being undercover on site)! The stand was beautifully presented and the staff were lovely and talked me through the different shades of the Pop Lips before applying Melon Pop (obviously - can I mention it enough times?) and walking me through the "how" part of the photo booth - you can have your photo taken and enter the competition through here too!

I had a go and created my own photo booth image - complete with both digital and print out versions - and would have stayed and played all day had my afternoon not been pretty jam packed!

Have you got lips that Pop? Share your #LipPic on Twitter @Clinique_UK or Instagram @cliniqueuk for a chance to star in the Clinique campaign. One lucky winner will be invited to London for a professional photo shoot and the final picture will be featured in advertising including being printed in Cosmopolitan's July issue! LEARN MORE HERE 

*Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clinique via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clinique.

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New In: Summer Beauty Products


With the prospect of some Sunshine in the next few weeks, I got a bit over excited and whacked out a few of the latest launches for Summer! Sorry about the lack of drugstore items - there just haven't been too many new releases that have caught my eye aside from the Revlon lipsticks. I'll try and do a drugstore edition "New In" video mid summer for you!

THINGS I MENTIONED 



Tom Ford Fleur De Portofino*



Charlotte Tilbury Cream Filmstart Bronze & Glow* Available in July


Chanel Nail Polish - 717 Coquelicot*

Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks*




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The Sunday Post: Vintage Salt at Selfridges




I may have missed the Chalet restaurant hidden away at the top of Selfridges earlier this year, but there was no way I could pass up a trip to Vintage Salt, the latest to take residence in the space. I went on a little lunch date with Victoria and absolutely loved it! Decked out with nautical sea side vibes, it feels summery even on the most dreary day, and of course I feel right at home there. They have a great lunch menu, pink lemonade (amongst a whole host of amazing drinks) and a desert menu that's to die for.

In aid of trying as much on the menu as physically possible, I opted for a starter of pea soup and a crust loaf as my main (FYI I didn't eat ALL that bread for those wondering right now). Pea soup is not something I'd usually go for, it doesn't normally appeal to me (Ap-PEA-l... Geddit? No? Okay I'll Stop) as most normally lack any real flavour. But this one was so delicious and creamy that I'm genuinely considering going back for round two of pea soup!

If that wasn't enough... Dessert was mind blowing-ly scrumptious, with Chocolate Burgers (chocolate in sweet buns, churro ships plus chocolate dipping sauce) and Chocolate Sunday Melts (Salted caramel ice cream, warm brownie and toasted marshmallows).

Lovely food and lovely company - I've been eating out a lot recently (sorry insides), so prepare for a few more like this over the next few weeks!
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The Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie

Another day another breakfast smoothie. Due to a hectic schedule I've had to come up with breakfast that can travel and be eaten on the go and - being that person who always goes in to Pret to buy food, forgets to pick up a fork and then starves for the rest of the day - it had to be something that's fuss free for me. Et voila, the breakfast smoothie.

Although it's been presented above in a cute little jar, I can keep this in the bottle I blend it in and switch the lid, which makes for minimal washing up and something super yummy to eat in transit. I'll admit these aren't the most low calorie breakfasts around, but I always make sure to throw spinach or veggies in, as well as oats to make it filling, and try to keep the ingredients as clean as possible.

With that in mind, I recently concocted a very yummy Hazelnut Breakfast Smoothie - it is a little naughty but the perfect breakfast for sleepy sweet toothed weekend mornings that need a little kick in to action.

WHAT'S IN IT?

- 1 (OR MORE) TBSP CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BUTTER (YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN OR BUY PRE MADE - I DON'T JUDGE)
- 1 AVOCADO (YOU CAN SUB THIS FOR A BANANA IF YOU DON'T LIKE AVOCADOS, BUT I HATE BANANAS)
- 1 HANDFUL OF SPINACH
- 1 CUP HAZELNUT MILK (OR WHATEVER MILK YOU LIKE)
- 1 HANDFUL OF OATS
- 1/2 HANDFUL OF RAW COCOA NIBS OR DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS (WHICH EVER YOU PREFER/HAVE AVAILABLE TO YOU)

BLEND IT ALL TOGETHER. ADD MORE MILK IF NEEDED AND IF THINGS GET TOO LIQUID-Y FOR YOU THEN ADD SOME MORE OATS OR NATURAL YOGHURT.

Depending on how much of each ingredient you choose to add you will end up with a slightly different serving - this can be a large serving for one or a regular serving for two! You can also create a breakfast bowl out of it too if you're a fan. Add some natural yoghurt and maybe a banana in to the mix and I'm pretty certain that would taste wonderful! 

If you liked this then make sure you check out my MINT CHOCOLATE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE and if you make it yourself don't forget to tweet/Instagram a photo and mention me so I can see it! You can also use #BREAKFASTWITHSUZIE too if you like!
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