Joe Browns.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a clothing company who wanted to gift me some items in exchange for a blog post. Of course as with anything I checked out the store first, I have had to turn some companies down when it comes to gifting, as if I genuinely don’t like the clothes I can’t accept them and I feel inauthentic. So to my delight there were some items I really loved, the website has a cool laid back vibe and I think that there is definitely something for everyone. I chose a really cool pair of flat sandals adorned with pompoms that are super bright and really gorgeous for summer, next I chose a beautiful blouse with a bird print on, which looks great teamed with skinny jeans and I am equally looking forward to wearing it on my holidays with denim cut offs or as a cover up on the beach, the last item I chose was a really lovely necklace which is really bohemian and has that hippie style I love. The price range is super affordable and the quality of the items is great, so in all I am a very happy bunny (What girl isn’t at the prospect of free clothes!) The bag I styled the blouse with is from my collection I am selling, you can email me for more details (Shameless plug there for myself!!) I hope you like the items and if you want to check out the website it is http://www.joebrowns.co.uk

Currently listening to Pharrell Williams new album Girl, favourite one (Its the rudest but I love the beat!) Gush!

 

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Girl Of The Sun

Hey guys, I thought I would let you all in on a business venture I have decided to embark on. The first reason I have decided to do this is because, basically I love fashion and for the past six months or so I have been going through some sort of intense spiritual awakening, It has made me become more conscious about the way I shop (eat, think, conduct myself, everything… But that’s a whole other blog post!) What is so lovely about the items I am importing is that the artisans all over the world are directly benefitting from the profits and there is no use of sweat shops or child/slave labour involved, which unfortunately is how most mass produced clothing is made. Secondly I have always absolutely love love loved bohemian laid back style and I like having one off pieces and styling them up with tons of jewellery and as I was shopping around for my summer wardrobe I was realising the lack of vibrant, unique items around (I still love the high street, but sometimes you just want something nobody else has!) All of the pieces I have are ethically made, using vintage fabrics and a lot of the jewellery are antique items, no two will ever be the same. I will also be selling lots of Mala beads, Crystal jewellery and lots of other meaningful items. My beautiful sister in law has modelled for me some of the cool harem trousers I am selling, I think I have turned her into a complete hippie and I have to say she suits it so much. If you would like more info you can email me on girlofthesun@outlook.com Or you can follow me on Instagram @girlofthesun Hopefully this is the start of something wonderful and I would just like to express some gratitude for the positive response I’ve had so far. Here is just a little taster of what’s to come. Hope you all have an amazing weekend. Love & Light!

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Pea & Mint Soup

This simple soup is my go to if I need to go food shopping or just need to eat something really comforting. I love homemade soups as I like to know exactly what is going into the food my family and I are eating. Also ideal for vegetarians, as a starter or chilled in warmer climates. Packed with absolute goodness, super easy to make and really quick, you can’t go wrong! As always you can add whatever you like as you go along, experimenting is all part of the fun, but this recipe is fool proof and tastes delicious. If you’re on a budget it’s really cost effective and incredibly filling. Served with some crusty bread and a little crème fraiche this super healthy meal will definitely become a firm favourite in your home as it has in ours. Download must Tove Lo Featuring Hippie Sabotage ‘Stay High’ Amazing! Enjoy!

What you will need: Two cloves of garlic, One onion, Olive oil, Half a bag of frozen peas, One vegetable stock cube, A handful of fresh mint and half a bag of spinach, Salt and pepper to taste, Crème fraiche or natural yoghurt (Optional of course)

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Step one; Heat the oil of your choice in a large pan, add the garlic, onions and slowly cook for around ten minutes on a low heat. Careful not to burn!

Step two; Add a litre of boiling water, pop in the vegetable stock, peas, mint and spinach, bring to a boil and then let it simmer for around thirty minutes.

Step three; Season with salt and pepper and blend! Easy peasy!

 

The best wake up call

Recently there has been a massive awakening to the powers of juicing, which is fantastic to see, as the benefits to our health our simply wonderous. I have been juicing  for around ten years, It was actually my dad who bought me my first juicer and I found it the most effective way to give my then two year old daughter her daily intake (and much more) of nutrients. As a parent, I think, the main gift you can give your Children is, the most optimum nutrition you can, as a solid ground for their growth, development, energy and the prevention of disease to name a few! Also educating them on how important a good diet is puts them in good stead for when they’re out of your clutches and fly the nest…. (Although I can see myself as that scary stalker kind of mum who follows them to Uni and gate crashes night outs, no escaping little guys!) At the moment my preferred juicer is the Philips ‘Avance’ it’s super easy to use and clean, Which as any fellow juicer will tell you the cleaning is one pain in the ass! Also the ‘Juice Master’ Jason Vale, Who’s book I cannot recommend enough, uses the Philips line of juicers. The beauty of juicing is that anything goes, there are some really amazing recipes in Jason’s book, from combatting colds and flu, eczema, losing weight and (the most important) the hangover helper! Mostly I just try to pack as many veggies in as I can, adding fruit for some natural sweetness. I personally prefer juices to smoothie’s as I like the consistency of the juice as opposed to the thickness of a smoothie, of course you can combine the two a pineapple, mango, cucumber and apple juice whizzed up in the blender with some ice and almond milk is delicious. Since reading about the Japanese recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables being 17 compared to the UK’s 5, I have been trying to aim for that, considering Japan has one of the healthiest nations and the longest life expectancy it is definitely worth taking heed. Buying a juicer and getting into the habit of making one for you and your family every morning is the best investment you will ever make, the life giving energy, pure and natural liquid that flows inside every fruit and vegetable is what needs to pass our lips every single day, beauty definitely comes from within and I can guarantee you will see a difference in your skin, hair, nails and over all well being from starting this juice discovery. Top your morning juice with some chia seeds and you will be a little ball of pure health 🙂

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My homegirl

As I’ve said before how I dress my Children is definitely a reflection of me and although I try not to totally supress their own creative style (reverse psychology is the key!) I do try to steer them in the right direction when choosing their outfits…. the right direction being Mummy’s choice! I joke of course, but I am quite lucky as I seem to have two stylish off springs, especially my daughter who has a great eye for fashion. This simple little outfit is great for this transitional/tween age that she is at now and although we both prefer more muted tones the red tights, with the black and white boucle coat, give it a much needed ‘pop’ of colour. Its an amazing age she is at now, as she really enjoys shopping and picking her own outfits, I cherish our girly days together and watching her grow in to a delightful little lady. I’m sure the mood swings will kick in soon though, she’s thirteen in April…. I swear this is when I will probably end up running away! I am conscience of always drumming it into her that physicality is not everything also, as society is so focused on appearance, I want her to be confident that her personality, brain and sense of humour are just as important, I probably drive her crazy, but I never want her to think she has to be a superficial bimbo to ‘fit in’. Anyway (rant over) I love her hair just left flowing naturally and it looks super cute with the simple twists to the side. I try to buy mostly clothes I can mix and match for all of us, so this is a look that can easily be recreated. Currently listening to Route 94 feat Jess Glynne ‘My love’ So so good! Happy Wednesday guys…. Fridays on it’s way, hang in there 😉

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Studio 2

Last Saturday was date night for the hub and I, a much anticipated occurrence when you have a couple of mini monsters! We enjoy this quality time together immensely and I think it’s so important as a couple to get dressed up, go somewhere nice and enjoy each others company. With the craziness of being parents, working and bills to pay, it becomes quite easy to become passing ships in the night, it’s really nice to be reminded of why you actually like the person you’re with. So we headed over to Studio 2, Liverpool’s legendary recording studio, bands such as Coldplay, Take that, Snow Patrol, Moby and Bjork (to name a few) have recorded there. This place is definitely a must for any music lovers out there, I actually had my 30th birthday party here, I fell in love with the décor and atmosphere. It has since been took over, but certainly hasn’t lost any of the original charm, if anything it is better! There is a host of musical events throughout the week, ranging from Jazz artists, Soulful bands, Weekend dj’s and an eclectic mix of musicians, Something for everyone. The food is delicious, tapas style, you can create your own board to share, perfect, as that way you get to try everything. As always we ordered far to much, the portion sizes are overly generous for the price. And I have to just say, the banoffee pie is the best I’ve ever tasted. We were treated to the talents of two fabulous artists, the first a pretty little thing named Lauren Mcgee, her voice was beautiful and she had a folky style charm about her, so soothing. Next up was the amazing Soweto Kinch (Check him out on youtube) who is an award winning alto-saxophonist and MC. He was performing material off his new album ‘The legend of Mike Smith’ which draws on the seven deadly sins and tells the tale of a young MC caught in the very modern world of temptation, the political messages in his music are incredible and he is nothing short of a lyrical genius. If you like Jazz and you like Hip-Hop this is the man for you. All in all we had a lovely night, great food, wine, music and cocktails (The French martinis are a little piece of heaven!) If you want a cosy night full of entertainment, you should get your little booties over there immediately. I wore one of my favourite Vivienne Westwood suits (My number one designer of all time, but that’s a whole other post!) with black ankle boots from Zara. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, I’m just about to crack open a nice bottle of red, Cheers!

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Suit; Vivienne Westwood, Choker; Vivienne Westwood, Top; H&M, Boots; Zara

Little rascal

Most weekends this little guy is invited to one party or another, his social calendar is pretty hard to keep tabs on. Last Saturday he was invited to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port for our nieces birthday, Isabella, being the too cool for School tween that she is, politely passed. This outfit is the standard way I love to dress him, I am especially digging the retro New Balance trainers and the Zara ‘Sheepy’ style coat. I simply have to give credit to him indoors for the New Balance, he was rocking them four years ago before they came ‘back’ so kudos to you big fella (If you’re reading!!) The maroon skinny cords are so stylish for the colder months and work so well with a multitude of colours. Loving this whole vibe, he is one cool little coconut 🙂

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Coat; Zara, T’shirt; Next, Trousers; Zara, Trainers; New Balance