30/07/2014

RECIPE | HOMEMADE LEMONADE & WATERMELON AND RASPBERRY COOLER

Love From Lisa Summer Drinks Recipes
Love From Lisa Summer Drinks Recipes
Love From Lisa Summer Drinks Recipes
I've spotted so many little recipes recently online and in magazines for refreshing, fruity summer drinks and they all look so delicious! I think they add a special touch to barbecues and summer parties. I decided to make a classic homemade lemonade and a fresh watermelon and raspberry juice.

Homemade Lemonade:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
The juice of 6 large lemons (plus a few slices to garnish)
A few mint leaves

Bring the sugar and water to boil in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves and leave to cool completely.
Put the syrup, juice and 4 cups of cold water into a large jug and mix.
Serve over ice and a lemon slice.

Watermelon and Raspberry Cooler:
Half a large watermelon
200g raspberries
2 tbsp caster sugar
Handful mint leaves
Sparkling water

Put the sliced watermelon, raspberries, sugar and mint into a blender and blitz until smooth. Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove pips.
Pour into a jug over ice and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a few mint leaves.

Enjoy!

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28/07/2014

NAILS OF THE WEEK | TUTTI FRUTTI

Love From Lisa Nails of the Week: Tutti Frutti Alternate Colours
Love From Lisa Nails of the Week: Tutti Frutti Alternate Colours
Love From Lisa Nails of the Week: Tutti Frutti Alternate Colours
Love From Lisa Nails of the Week: Tutti Frutti Alternate Colours

Barry M Nail Paint in 'Berry Ice Cream' & 'Lemon Ice Cream'
Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Papaya

If you can't be bothered with nail art or just fancy something a bit quicker, doing alternate colours is a fun way to brighten your nails up. I used super summery colours for mine and then posed with a watermelon as you do...

I definitely remember having my nails like this when I was younger - the nineties are definitely making a comeback!

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26/07/2014

TOP MID-SEASON SALE PICKS

Love From Lisa Top Mid Season Sale Picks

Links (in columns starting top-left): Embellished Playsuit | Playsuit | Bikini Top | Bikini Bottoms | Bowler Hat | Boucle Shorts | Boxy Lace Shirt | Floral Shorts | Black Jumpsuit | Yellow Bandeau | Denim Dungarees | Bikini Top | Bikini Bottoms | Bardot Dress | Across-Body Bag | Daisy Skater Dress | Double Layer Cami | High-Waisted Shorts



I know some people dislike sale shopping - it can be messy, hard to find your size and generally takes more effort than normal. But I really love it! I can spend ages and ages trawling the racks because I just love the feeling you get when you find a bargain - it's just more of a sense of achievement y'know?

I'm not into online shopping as much as actually going shopping but in terms of the sales there's often quite a difference between what's in the shop and what's on the website. I do get a bit overwhelmed when there's 1000+ items to look through but that's what the search refiner is for!

If you're off on holiday soon the sales are perfect - as the shops make way for autumn bits much of the summer collections go into the sale. I was particularly impressed by the bikinis - both are from H&M and each one costs under £9!

Although the sales are predominantly spring/summer items there are a few bits that'll take you through to autumn, particularly the black jumpsuit. Reduced from £60 to just £12.50 it's an amazing bargain and it'd be a wardrobe staple. I also think the lace boxy shirt would look really cute layered underneath a knitted jumper or cardigan in the autumn.


Have you been sale shopping recently?  

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24/07/2014

fashion | current staple piece: the printed scarf

Love From Lisa Fashion Printed New Look Scarf
Love From Lisa Fashion Printed New Look Scarf
Love From Lisa Fashion Printed New Look Scarf
Love From Lisa Fashion Printed New Look Scarf
Skull Print Scarf - New Look
Black Top - New Look
Jeans - Topshop (Leighs)
Satchel - Primark

Sometimes you don't need a new outfit to give your wardrobe a lift, just some new accessories. This gorgeous scarf (which is now in the sale) and pastel satchel make a plain outfit into a chic casual ensemble. 

I'm also now a little bit addicted to scarves - which is not great in this heat. But I am sorted for my go-to autumn look!  

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22/07/2014

Nails of the Week | Fresh White

Love From Lisa Fresh White Nails Barry M
Love From Lisa Fresh White Nails Barry M
Love From Lisa Fresh White Nails Barry M
Barry M Nail Paint in 'Matt White'

I'd let my nails get a bit messy over the weekend - they were chipped and broken and in need of a bit of TLC. So I spent a good while filing, shaping and buffing them and wanted a colour that looked fresh and clean. I've had white before on my nails, but it can be a tricky colour to work with. If it's messy or streaky it looks a thousand times worse than if you'd used any other shade for some reason. 

After giving it a go I think it looks pretty good! The trick is to make it opaque so that there aren't any streaks. I used two thick coats of this Barry M polish and I'm pleased with the results - I think it looks really fresh and summery. The only thing with white is that if it gets smudged it's so much worse because it takes a little while longer to get right! 



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19/07/2014

A Day In Stratford-Upon-Avon

Last weekend was my graduation weekend and as we were in the area me and my family decided to have a day in the beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a gorgeous sunny day which only made Shakespeare's town look even prettier. I loved all the quirky shops and olde worlde buildings, and walking by the river was so lovely! We also found a little vintage 1940s tearoom which was a cute place to have lunch. Hope you enjoy the pics!



Have you been to Stratford before?


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17/07/2014

Fashion | Neon Pink & Monochrome

Love From Lisa Neon Pink & Monochrome
Love From Lisa Neon Pink & Monochrome
Love From Lisa Neon Pink & Monochrome
Love From Lisa Neon Pink & Monochrome
Top - New Look
Trousers - H&M
Sandals - New Look
Sunglasses - H&M
Scrunchie - New Look
Necklace - Topshop

I've been living in these trousers recently. Teamed with a simple bright top like this makes a great summer outfit. I'm also loving scrunchies - they're a great accessory particularly if you're having a bad hair day, and they come in so many cute patterns and fun colours!
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15/07/2014

Nails of the Week | Blue Rose Nail Art Tutorial

Love From Lisa Blue Rose Nail Art Tutorial
How cute are these blue roses?! They're ideal for summer and are actually pretty easy to do - the trick is to be patient and let each colour dry before adding another! The colours I used are...

Base: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee
Light Blue: Boots 17 Gel Colour in Azure Amore
Darker Blue & Green: Rio Professional Nail Art Pens in Green & Blue

Love From Lisa Blue Rose Nail Art Tutorial
Don't worry if they look a bit blobby whilst you're doing them - they don't come together until the final steps! This is the first time I've put stems on mine, I usually just do a random scattering of roses with little leaves on the flowers. Let me know if you give these a go, I'd love to see them! 


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13/07/2014

Fashion | Parisian Stripes

Love From Lisa Parisian Stripes, H&M Striped Dress
Love From Lisa Parisian Stripes, H&M Striped Dress
Love From Lisa Primark Mint Pastel Satchel
Love From Lisa Primark Mint Pastel Satchel
Dress - H&M
Satchel - Primark

I really love stripes. Parisian style epitomizes casual chic which makes it perfect for a stylish yet effortless look. Plus monochrome will always be cool! I'd been on the lookout for a striped dress for a while and came across this skater style one in H&M for a mere £7 - how's that for effortless?! 

If you saw my last fashion post you'll have spotted another of these gorgeous Primark satchels (find them here) - I just can't get enough! I think the mint green looks so good with the monochrome stripes - they compliment each other really well and it adds a cute pop of colour. 



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11/07/2014

3 Ways to Wear Shorts

Love From Lisa Ways to Wear Shorts
Unless you're on holiday or chilling in the garden, sometimes I think it can be quite difficult to style shorts for different occasions. Broadly speaking, they tend to be more casual than skirts which means that finding a way to wear them formally can be a bit tricky. So I've put together a few ways to style up shorts for different purposes...

Love From Lisa Ways to Wear Shorts
Shorts | Top | Sandals | Necklace
Being both comfortable and casual, shorts are ideal for weekend wear. I've styled this gorgeous New Look pair pretty simply with a plain boxy tee and a statement necklace. I'm actually pretty impressed with my colour matching skills with the necklace and shorts! I also love these sandals - metallics are really on-trend for summer and I think they'd go with so much.

Love From Lisa Ways to Wear Shorts
Shorts | Jacket | Bag | Wedges
Styling shorts for the office can be quite tricky but there are a lot of smart and tailored shorts around at the moment so you needn't think they're off limits for work! Personally I think sticking to plain block colours makes the outfit less casual. Also go for structured, tailored styles to make the overall look more formal. I love this outfit as the tones are still perfect for summer - you don't have to go for darker tones to make a smarter look!


Love From Lisa Ways to Wear Shorts
Shorts | Bandeau Top | Clutch | Wedges
Shorts are great for evening wear in the summer as parties are often more casual than winter ones with barbecues and evening drinks. Going for a laid-back style and dressing it up with the accessories is a perfect way to wear shorts for evening. I think this look is a perfect holiday-evening outfit and would look gorgeous with a tan! The shorts could also be easily styled down for daytime wear too.


What are your favourite ways to style shorts?

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