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Pink Fluffy Jumper

Happy Monday everyone - or should I say congrats on surviving the start of yet another week?! At the weekend I had a lovely little shopping trip with my mum and after months of searching, I finally found and bought a new pair of jeans and new shoes (I’m sure they’ll feature in a post pretty soon). Here’s a little look at what I wore on this shopping spree…

 
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
 

I’m wearing denim jeans and a pale pink fluffy jumper from Hollister, paired with my white converse (as featured recently in this post). The jumper is super soft and really cosy (despite being cropped!), although unfortunately is does have a tendency to shed fluff everywhere… My jeans are brilliant and are really comfortable - they’re definitely one of my all-time favourite buys.

 
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
 

Although Hollister don’t have the exact items I’m wearing, here are links to their extensive range of jumpers and jeans. The jumpers on average cost about £30 and the jeans roughly £40. My advice, though, is to wait for their regular sales as you can get huge discounts on the products - I’m pretty sure I bought these jeans for just £15 in the sale last year!

 
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
 

All of these photos were taken in between the beautiful arches at the City Chambers in Glasgow. They’re just along from George Square and the architecture is absolutely gorgeous, so I’d definitely recommend having a little wander by if you’re in the city centre (it’s brilliant for photoshoots!). On that note, major thanks to my mum for putting up with me and taking all of these lovely photos in the freezing cold when we were both already exhausted from shopping!

 
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
pink fluffy jumper
 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my outfit in the comments too - any tips on how to add to or improve my style would be much appreciated. Let me know what your favourite photo(s) are too or if you have any tips for fashion photoshoots. Have a great week!

 

Heather xoxo

 

Paesano Pizza

Who doesn’t just loveeee pizza?! Whether it’s going out for dinner, making your own at home or ordering a takeaway, I adore indulging in this delicious dish. The sheer variety of potential toppings makes it even better, particularly when having to meet different dietary requirements.

 

Paesano Pizza sign

 

So when I planned a long-awaited shopping spree and catch up with one of my best friends, Amy, there was no doubt in our minds for visiting Paesano Pizza: a.k.a. my recently-discovered favourite pizza place, located close to George Square in the centre of Glasgow.

 

 

 

We arrived for a late lunch and had a short wait for a table. The atmosphere is vibrant and bustling, plus it’s lovely and and cosy - a perfect escape from a chilly winter’s day. And the design is gorgeous too: rustic wooden tables, the kitchen overlooking the restaurant, a huge brightly-lit sign all filling an industrial-style building to create the perfect design.

 

Paesano Pizza interior

 

The staff were friendly and welcoming and we quickly found ourselves seated at a table. The menu offers nine basic pizzas plus a few specials, and a couple of the options are vegan. You can sub-in or sub-out as many toppings as you choose to further personalise your pizza, and prices are brilliant too, ranging from only £5 to £8 a pizza!

 

menus

 

Service was fast without being rushed. I ordered the vegan special (topped with garlic and wild mushrooms) and Amy chose the margherita equivalent. And oh were they divine...

 

Amy
Amy
Heather
Heather

 

The pizza bases are beautiful and it makes the huge crusts deliciously soft to eat. The centre of the pizza is super thin and the tomato sauce is delicious with any toppings you choose. Given my obsession with spice, I tend to add chilli oil to mine which gives the perfect fiery kick. Basically, the pizzas are absolutely phenomenal (particularly given their price) so you should definitely visit!

 

margherita pizza (top left) and wild mushroom vegan pizza (bottom)

margherita pizza (top left) and wild mushroom vegan pizza (bottom)

 

In case you don’t have time to stay, Paesano do a takeaway too (I’ve never tried but it’s meant to be just as brilliant as sitting in). There are currently only two Paesanos - the one we visited and another in the West End of Glasgow (which serves equally as delicious pizzas, such as a roasted pepper vegan special I ordered last time I visited). Although saying this, apparently the company have plans to expand in cities across Scotland so keep an eye out for Paesano Pizza popping up in other places in the next few years.

 

roasted pepper vegan pizza with extra chillies

roasted pepper vegan pizza with extra chillies

Paesano

 

All in all, Amy and I had a fab day shopping and eating in town (somehow managing huge smoothies from Fuel even after our giant pizzas!). Much like all of my friends who’ve been, we both absolutely love Paesano Pizza and so I’d definitely recommend to anyone who visits Glasgow and has a desire for some unforgettable pizza! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been to Paesano, or if you have some amazing pizza places of your own to recommend.

 

Heather and Amy feat. Fuel smoothies

 

Heather xoxo

 

For more details about Paesano Pizza, check out their website here.

 

Black Plisse Trousers

It’s nearly the start of a whole new week filled with actual work at school now that prelim analysis is over (well, apart from English because all of the writing takes ages to mark). I’m delighted with my results so far and almost wish I didn’t have to do the exams all over again (but for real this time) in a couple of months…

 

Anyway last night I was at a little ceilidh hosted by one of my friends to raise money for his World Challenge Expedition. I finally got around to wearing my black trousers (a present from my parents at Christmas), so I thought I might as well do a little fashion post about my outfit.

 
black plisse trousers 1
black plisse trousers 2
 

The trousers are from the brand Light Before Dark in Urban Outfitters (aka my favourite clothes shop ever) and they’re absolutely brilliant. They’re super comfy, cosy without being too warm (making them perfect for winter), made of a beautifully soft material and (brace yourself ladies!) they even have pockets too - what a breakthrough! For £42 they were definitely worth it - I’d totally recommend.

 
happy smile
 

Here I’ve paired the trousers with a bright pink lace bralet (you may remember seeing it here before) and my white converse - apologies for the muddy state of them! On any other occasion I’d have opted for heels but given I was in for three hours of dancing I thought the wiser option was probably flats - my feet still hurt by the end of the night anyway!

 
black plisse trousers 3
black plisse trousers 4
 

Oh and for a little laugh, here’s a picture of me attempting to spin around in a hope to get a cool hair flick picture (like the ones here and here), although sadly it didn’t work particularly well this time and I may have fallen over…

 
fashionably falling
 

Let me know your thoughts on my outfit (particularly the trousers) - I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas for how to style them, I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration. Hope you’ve had a great week!

 

Heather xoxo

 

Architecture

Happy February everyone! Is it just me, or is anyone else super excited to be finally free of January and heading into the last month of winter - I’m already desperate for longer, warmer and sunnier days! At least February is only a short month so it shouldn’t be too long to wait…

 

Anyway, with the freezing short days in Winter it’s been more tricky to find the motivation to get out and take lots of photos (hence why I’m so excited about Spring approaching!), so I thought I’d do a little photography throwback post and share some of my favourite pictures of architecture.

 

I’ve always been fascinated by beautiful buildings - I love admiring the intricate detail of the unique designs. Experimenting with photographing stunning pieces of architecture is one of my favourite pastimes (especially when travelling) so here are a few of my favourite architectural photos from the last few years (28 photos for the 28 days in February!)…

 
Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Roscoff, Brittany

Roscoff, Brittany

Merchant City, Glasgow

Merchant City, Glasgow

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

King's Theatre, Glasgow

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge

Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge

Old Wellington, Manchester

Old Wellington, Manchester

Old Trafford, Manchester

Old Trafford, Manchester

Mojacar Pueblo, Spain

Mojacar Pueblo, Spain

view of Almería from the Alcazaba

view of Almería from the Alcazaba

the abandoned Hotel Algarrobico, Cabo de Gata

the abandoned Hotel Algarrobico, Cabo de Gata

view of Glasgow from the Lighthouse

view of Glasgow from the Lighthouse

Royal Pavillon, Brighton

Royal Pavillon, Brighton

Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton

Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton

Ingram Street, Glasgow

Ingram Street, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Quimper, Brittany

Quimper, Brittany

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Glasgow Green, Glasgow

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

a college in Cambridge

a college in Cambridge

Trafford Centre, Manchester

Trafford Centre, Manchester

Albert Square, Manchester

Albert Square, Manchester

Almería

Almería

Catedral de la Encarnación, Almería

Catedral de la Encarnación, Almería

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Kensington Street, Brighton

Kensington Street, Brighton

 

I hope you liked this little collection of pictures from different places including: Cambridge, Almería, Manchester, Brighton, Brittany and, of course, Glasgow. Any feedback on the photos would be much appreciated (I’m always looking for ways to improve!) and let me know if you have any favourites! I’d love to hear about some of your favourite pieces of architecture and if you have any recommendations for places to visit that’d be amazing too. Have a great weekend!

 

Heather xoxo

 
Architecture - hefafa.me.uk
 

Buddha Bowls with my Bestie

As a little break from revising for my last two prelims I had a brilliant catch up with one of my best friends, Sophie, yesterday (featuring lots of laughs, random conversations and some crazy dancing too!). I experimented a little and make us buddha bowls for lunch - Sophie isn’t vegan and so it was almost like a challenge to see if I could persuade her to enjoy some form of vegan food! These bowls only took 10 minutes to prep before serving in my beautiful coconut bowls. Here’s the recipe if you’re tempted to give them a go…

 

buddha bowls 4
buddha bowls 1

 

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • a head of broccoli
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • half a pepper
  • a small handful of spinach
  • 60g couscous (although this may vary depending on the brand of couscous)
  • half a cucumber
  • a teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • sriracha

 

Method:

  1. Break the broccoli into small florets. Quarter the cherry tomatoes and chop the pepper into small chunks. Slice the cucumber into semi-circles. Tear the spinach leaves into shreds.
  2. Cook the couscous in a pan of boiling water (quantities of couscous, volumes of water and cooking times may vary so be sure to read the packaging).
  3. Meanwhile, put the broccoli in a microwavable bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water. Seal the bowl (I did this by placing a plate on top upside down) and microwave for about 3 minutes (or until cooked through).
  4. Assemble bowl with prepared ingredients (you can do this however you choose - don’t worry about the appearance too much!).
  5. Drizzle as much (or as little) sriracha as you choose over each bowl, then add a sprinkle of sesame seeds before serving.

 

buddha bowls 3
buddha bowls 2

 

As per usual, it’s a really flexible recipe so feel free to mess about with quantities or ingredients however you choose. You could use quinoa instead of couscous, or even opt for bread instead; add chicken or eggs if you’re non-vegan; replace sriracha with ketchup if you’re not a fan of spice (although I personally am the opposite and added a tonne more extra sriracha than what’s in the photos!); and of course you can change any of the veggies you feel like. Buddha bowls are meant to just be a quick and easy way of having a tasty and nutritious meal, so don’t worry about having exact ingredients.

 

buddha bowls 5

 

And just for a little laugh, here’s Sophie’s reaction to the beautifully natural appearance of the vegan buddha bowls (she actually enjoyed them too which was a major win for me!)…

 

Sophie reaction

 

Let me know how you get on if you give this recipe a go!

 

Heather xoxo

 

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