Right now, I’m away on holiday in Lanzarote with Ian and the children. (Follow me on Instagram and Instagram Stories to see what we’re up to). We’re eating out but we’re also sharing the cooking at our villa. I love nothing more than socialising and celebrating at every opportunity with family and friends. Cooking, baking and entertaining is a big part of this. I enjoy making meals from scratch and I have countless recipe books. However, over the last few years, I’ve lost my cooking mojo. Life’s got in the way. I work longer hours and most of the time, I’m on my own with two teenagers. My son is always ravenous when he gets back from school so raids the cupboards the moment he walks through the door. As well as that, he plays football at least two evenings per week so he needs to eat early. My daughter likes to eat and then do her homework. I realised that dinner became a hastily thrown together affair. Mealtimes became functional instead of enjoyable. I was bored with my ever-decreasing repertoire of suitable, quick-to-make recipes. Enter Simply Cook.

What Is Simply Cook?

Simply Cook is a subscription service that delivers a box of recipe kits to your door. Each box contains four recipe cards with the appropriate herbs, spices, rubs and infusions for each recipe. The cook simply needs to get the fresh produce and store-cupboard staples that each dish requires. Each kit is designed to serve 2-3 people so I just added more fresh ingredients for my family of three when I used the kits. Each box costs £9.99, with the cost of the whole meal working out at £3-£6 per head. The box fits through most letter boxes too which is very convenient. Simply Cook chooses what goes in the initial box but after that, subscribers can log into their account and pick and choose as they wish.

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what lizzy loves simply cook recipe box chipotle steak

what lizzy loves simply cook recipe box goan curry

what lizzy loves simply cook recipe box goan chicken curry

The Proof Of The Pudding

Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. What did I think of Simply Cook and perhaps more importantly, what did the children think? (This is a picture of the Goan curry. (I love a white table setting and you can see the rest of this setting in action in this post).

Simply Cook recipe box Goan curry

Well, we were very impressed. We enjoyed four lovely meals and the spices, pastes and blends in my kit were delicious. Simply Cook takes the thought out of what to cook. Each recipe card has a small tear-off portion to take shopping and none of the meals took more than thirty minutes from start to finish to make. It is still cooking with fresh ingredients but without having to blend herbs and spices or make pastes which is time-consuming. It’s an excellent way of cooking four healthy, different, well-thought out meals on those busy Monday to Thursday evenings. Although Simply Cook sent this kit to me, this post isn’t sponsored nor was I obliged to write about it. I’m genuinely impressed with the recipes and very grateful not to have to think about what to cook, for at least some of the time anyway.

 

Metallic accessories are a great way of injecting a little glimmer or shine into an outfit. Adding a few carefully chosen pieces will easily transform day wear into evening wear and make a simple outfit look and feel that little bit more special.  I’m a magpie though and I love wearing clothing that has sparkle, glitter or shine at any time of day.

This type of outfit, with its metallic top and coated leggings is one of my go-to options for a night out. I have got the leggings in berry as well as in this dark navy and I wear them on repeat for all kinds of occasions.

This particular occasion was a girls’ night out and one which has become something of an annual tradition. It’s a charity races night, (we watch and bet on races on a screen), at the local primary school where our children were pupils. It was at the school gate that we met, more than a decade ago. Our children are doing their A-levels now, but we remain a tightly-knit group of friends who find every excuse to celebrate life and to enjoy nights out. These girls are so important and are one of the main reasons I love living here so much.

Metallic Top

The silver grey top is from Marks and Spencer and is very well-priced at £22.50. Now it is described as blue on their website, but to my eyes, it’s more grey. The puffed sleeve detail caught my eye as much as the metallic glimmer; a nice design detail. It’s lightweight, comfortable and doesn’t crease. Ideal for taking on a weekend away perhaps?

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what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots bag

what lizzy loves metallic top puffed sleeves

what lizzy loves metallic top coated leggings leopard boots

what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots

what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots

what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots

Metallic Accessories

My silver leopard print ankle boots are incredibly comfortable and are equally suited to daytime wear (£59.00, Lotus). The print is very similar to that on my silver and black leather bag, which I used as a clutch with the outfit I wore for my birthday meal. On this occasion, I wore it as a wristlet. Isn’t it fab? It comes in a multi-coloured version too.

what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots clutch bag

what lizzy loves metallic top coated skinnies leopard boots bag

what lizzy loves metallic leopard boots

what lizzy loves metallic leopard chelsea boots

My moon and stars necklace was a birthday gift from my parents. I adore it. I’ve loved all things celestial since being a child and my mum knew I’d be wearing my constellation dress so bought it with that in mind. It’s such a gorgeous necklace and it means so much too (not least that she reads my blog!)

And what could be more perfect than my double stars ring? (£25 by Danon at LizzyO).

what lizzy loves moon star necklace ring jewellery

My boots and my bag were gifts from Lotus and House of Fraser respectively. As I always say, everything I write is 100% honest and all opinions are my own. I wouldn’t wear anything that I don’t love or wouldn’t buy for myself. Thank you so much for supporting those brands that support my blog.

I’m heading to Lanzarote today with Ian and the children, so do follow along on Instagram and Instagram stories to see what we get up to. I’m so looking forward to it. It’s the first time we’ve been away all together so it’s particularly exciting!

A pair of purple knee high boots may not be an obvious choice for a versatile wardrobe addition, but it’s surprising how many colours and outfits they work with. Moshulu gave me the opportunity to choose a pair of boots and challenged me to style them with three different outfits. Initially, I considered a navy pair, but decided to choose something a little different instead. I decided upon The Mistletoe, (in purple), a leather knee high boot that is available in black and navy too (£170).

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Look One: Knee High Boots With A Velvet A-Line Tunic Dress

Velvet is a winter staple and is a texture no longer reserved for the evening. This teal velvet swing dress looks brilliant with the purple knee high boots. Lunch followed by a bit of shopping anyone?

what lizzy loves purple knee high leather boots teal velvet swing dress

what lizzy loves purple knee high leather boots teal velvet swing dress

what lizzy loves purple knee high leather boots teal velvet swing dress

Look Two: Knee High Boots With A Day Dress

I styled this khaki print dress with ankle boots and sheer tights last month. Swapping ankle boots for knee high boots is an easy way of making an outfit more suitable for cooler weather. My school uniform was purple and green, in much brighter shades than this combination, but it’s a pairing that works beautifully. Think Wimbledon!

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots and khaki dress

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots and khaki dress

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots and khaki dress close up

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots and khaki dress

what lizzy loves purple knee high leather boots

Look Three: Knee High Boots With Jeans And A Sweater

This is such an easy look to pull together for every day. I no longer need to do a school run which this is ideal for, but I wear this and similar outfits on repeat for running other errands. It’s so easy to swap a lightweight jumper for something warmer and chunkier when the temperature dips further. And isn’t the purple infinitely more exciting than the navy would have been?

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots grey skinny jeans lightweight dandelion sweater

what lizzy loves purple knee high leather boots grey skinny jeans lightweight dandelion sweater

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots grey skinny jeans lightweight dandelion embroidered sweater

Isn’t this embroidered dandelion jumper gorgeous by the way. It has little pearls on it too. So pretty. Its by Warehouse who have range of dandelion dresses and tops.

what lizzy loves purple knee high boots grey skinny jeans lightweight dandelion sweater

The knee high boots have an elasticated panel on the calf and a zip fastening. Buckle and stud design details give a nod to the equestrian. They are beautifully made and incredibly comfortable. And look at the lining!

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What Lizzy Loves purple leather knee length boot

 

This post is sponsored by Moshulu and my boots were gifted for the purpose of this post. As always, all opinions are my own and are 100% honest. Thank you very much for supporting the brands that support What Lizzy Loves. Thank you to Ian for taking these photos very and for his infinite patience.