Thursday, 19 March 2015


My favourite nail polish brand, Nails Inc has done a collaboration with Victoria Beckham to bring a unique duo of polishes in the colours 'Bamboo White' and 'Judo Red'. I love the chic glass packaging which they come in, it feels very luxurious and will look gorgeous on any dressing table - as well as the simple white box which would make them a perfect gift. 

As for the formula, it is formulated with a new stretch-to-fit technology which apparently makes them easier to apply with a glide on application, whilst nourishing your nails with Bamboo Extract. I never tend to believe these sort of claims that brands make - as far as I'm concerned it's a nice nail polish but nothing groundbreaking. To be honest, I don't think I'll be entirely satisfied until I find a nail polish that isn't gel which lasts on my nails for weeks on end!

The 'Bamboo White' shade is an off white pinky nude colour which I found to be glossy and opaque in three coats. 'Judo Red' is a bright reddy-orange shade which will be perfect for summer, I found it to be opaque in two coats and it dried especially quickly!

Overall, I think the VVB polishes by Nails Inc are nice quality - however they have a very high price tag which I'm not sure is entirely justified.

The VVB Nails Inc nail polish set is available from John Lewis for £45

I was sent the Nails Inc VVB gift set from John Lewis to review on however this does
not influence my opinion, all opinions are honest and my own

Sunday, 15 March 2015


For Mother's Day, I decided to buy Mum some of her favourite orange and red tulips, I toasted some hot crossed buns and made her some of her favourite tea so that she could have the morning off and have breakfast in bed! We're also going to London for the day, I'll be posting about it after we're been - but I've got some good plans of what we're going to get up to! This is her last Mother's Day of me being a teenager, the next one I will be 20 which I think is hard for both of us to imagine - turns out that life flies by pretty quickly!

Debenhams kindly sent me this Morphy Richards toaster and Kettle from their new Aspects range so that I could make Mum a lovely Mother's Day breakfast, I love their classic chic design and they fit in perfectly with our kitchen so I'm sure they will be being used for ages to come!

What did you do to celebrate Mother's Day? If you were still looking for some inspiration, you can check out the Mother's Day section on Debenhams!

By the way, those hot crossed buns are the toffee and chocolate chip ones from M&S and they are absolutely delicious!

Thursday, 5 March 2015


I'm back with another recipe post (it's been stupidly long since my last one - sorry!) and this time I'm going to show you how to make these yummy date and nut truffle balls. They are pretty addictive to make - I've made three batches in the past four days, and they're perfect to curve any chocolate cravings without any chocolate in sight! They're still quite high in sugar and fat, but it's natural and slow releasing, so a lot better for you than eating actual truffles. I first saw this idea on Pinterest probably a year ago, and I wish I had started making them sooner! They're quite similar to the Bounce Balls which you can buy in supermarkets for £1.50-£2 each (absolute rip off) so I recommend making a batch of these and taking them with you to snack on throughout the day!
Firstly gather your ingredients. I used ground almonds, flaxseeds, cashew butter, chia seeds, cashew nuts, desiccated coconut, honey, dates and bircher but what you use it totally up to you. Cranberries, almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts are all really nice in these too!

I'd say there's five main ingredient groups you can use, and just mix and match with anything you like -

Dates these add the sweetness
Some sort of nut butter and honey these help to bind it all together and make them nice and sticky - cashew butter can be swapped for almond butter or peanut butter and honey can be swapped for agave 
Nuts and seeds of your choice 
Something to roll on the outside such as coconut or crushed nuts
Optional extras such as oats, cinnamon and cocoa powder

Firstly remove the stones from the dates (unless you're clever enough to buy the ones with the stones already removed!)

Combine your selection of nuts, oats and seeds (remember to leave out the coconut/crushed nuts which you will be rolling on the outside

Add the honey and the nut butter
 Now the fun part, use your blender to blitz everything up!
When it gets to this stage, keep going and it will eventually form a paste

When it gets to this stage it is done
Roll into your truffle shaped balls, as a rough rule it will make aprox. two times the amount of dates that you used, e.g. I used 8 dates and I made 15 truffles
Roll in the coconut/crushed nuts and then leave to cool in the fridge for half an hour (or in the freezer for five minutes, or if you're super impatient like me - just eat them how they are!)

I would love to see your creations - if you make them please send me a photo on Twitter/Instagram as I absolutely love it when you do!! (@islaay)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Scarf: Zara
Coat: Jaegar
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Russell and Bromley
Top: Zara
Watch: Daniel Wellington
Lipstick: Nars 'Cruella'

Whilst in Rome, my little sister took a bit of a shining to my camera and set herself the role of being my photographer, hence the load of photos I had to select from for this post! If you want to see more about my Rome trip, check out my Rome Photo Diary post which is up now!

I bought this top in Paris and I'm so glad I did, it has such a flattering fit and is such a classic style. You can't really tell from the photos but it has a black pannel at the bottom, making it a bit different than your normal plain striped tee.


Last week I went on a fairly spontaneous city break to Rome, I love Italy - I've been three or four times before so I was really excited to go back to the country which is world famous for three of my favourite foods: pizza, pasta and ice cream!
We were only there for two nights, here are some of my favourite photos from the trip!
Of course I matched my nail polish to my passport...

Wandering round the streets of Rome at 1am trying to find a hotel after not being allowed the keys for the apartment we had rented as it was too late, absolute nightmare

I wish I could understand Italian so that I could read some of these magazines
Metro time! I really do love taking public transport in different cities after doing a photography project highly based around public transport. I think it's the best for people watching, and there's something oddly satisfying about speeding along underground alongside the locals 

I love how in Rome you can be wandering around and you will literally just stumble upon an amazing buildings and piazzas such as this one

The shades of yellow, terracotta and orange that are used for the majority of the buildings are so beautiful and totally look like something from a movie set
The Colosseum. We didn't go in as the queues were huge and as we were only there for a couple of days we didn't want to waste half of it stood in line! It's just as impressive from the outside though!
Why do I suddenly look so much like my sister

So, Dad decided to buy a selfie stick...

We stumbled upon the most amazing designer vintage shop - their range of shoes was just amazing, and this was just a small selection of their Burberry trench coats!

You know you're living life right when you're sat in the Italian sun drinking Peroni and eating fresh pizza for lunch

Coffee stop to do some more route planning 
The Vatican City - we visited the night before but my photos were pretty dodgy due to it being so dark! It was weird being here after seeing it on the TV so many times before!

Before I went I found out about a chain of ice cream shops called Blue Ice which sell a range of soya ice creams - being lactose intolerant I felt I had died and gone to heaven! If you're ever in Rome and can't eat dairy, definitely look out for them! (the shop decor is totally horrendous with a blue and yellow colour scheme but the ice cream is delicious!) This was a cappuccino flavour, but I'd had the pistachio one the day before - both were amazing!

Amazing sunset whilst in the taxi en-route back to the airport

Flying over Paris - if you look closely you can make out the Eiffel tower on the top left. It's weird and slightly magical seeing it from a plane and thinking that I was there only a few weeks ago