Navy Lace Dress

Last night I went to see Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella with my mum and some friends at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. The World War Two twist on the classic tale of Cinderalla was beautifully done (I’d definitely recommend if you have the chance to see it) and the perfect excuse to dress up a little, so here’s my outfit…

 

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I’ve had this navy lace dress from Hollister for a good number of years but haven’t worn it in ages, so it was lovely to have an excuse to wear it again. It’s quite short (although somehow I actually managed not to freeze walking about Glasgow!) and so comfortable - I love all of the intricate details too! I highly doubt it’s still available to buy, but Hollister have plenty of other similar dresses here.

 

Navy Lace Dress
Navy Lace Dress

 

I paired the dress with my favourite shoes ever - silver wedges from New Look which you may remember me wearing with this outfit last year. I also have my usual Pandora jewellery on as well as my typical day to day accessories too.

 

Navy Lace Dress
Navy Lace Dress

 

Life in general is pretty crazy busy right now with trying to round up everything at school before the start of summer holidays a week on Wednesday. It’s not long though until my family holiday in Barcelona and I’m so so excited to travel again - yay!

 

the King's Theatre

 

Let me know your thoughts on this outfit and I’d love to hear about your summer holiday plans too. Hope everyone has a great week!

 

Heather xoxo

 
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Foodie Highlights: May 2018

I know this post is a little late coming out (is anyone else struggling to believe that we’re already nearly halfway through June?!) but I had a couple of other posts planned for the start of June and thought I’d just make an effort to keep this new foodie highlights series going and post for May.

 

Wow, May was an amazing month for food! Being off on study leave left me with plenty of time to grab tasty meals out with friends or family, and don’t even get me started on the amazing food I indulged in in Paris… 

 

As I’ve eaten so much wonderful vegan food this month I’ve left out the delicious meals I had in Paris from this post (find out more about them in my recent post, Eating Vegan in Paris), so here are my favourite vegan dishes from the month of May…

 
Rose & Grants hummus salad bowl

hummus and roasted vegetable salad from Rose & Grants (so tasty and really healthy too!)

Pizza Punks vegan chocolate brownie freakshake

vegan chocolate brownie freakshake from Pizza Punks (they also had a non-vegan version of this and a dessert pizza too!)

Serenity Now vegan cafe

from left to right: chicken gyro wrap, cauliflower shawarma salad bowl and there won't be blood sandwich from Serenity Now

berry oatmeal smoothie bowls - see this post for the recipe

butternut squash, caramelised onion and spinach pizza from Paesano

roasted butternut squash, caramelised onions and spinach pizza from Paesano Pizza (read more about this amazing restaurant here)

turtle brownies

refined sugar-free turtle brownies by Minimalist Baker (feat. a secret ingredient of black beans!)

vegan burger from Kisa's

vegan burger and chips from Kisa's (and yes I did eat all of the sweet chilli sauce too!)

smoothie bowls in the sun

berry smoothie bowls on a sunny day

curried sweet potato and red pepper soup from Picnic

curried sweet potato and red pepper soup from Picnic Cafe (you may remember me mentioning it here and here)

strawberry ice ream churro cup from Loop & Scoop

vegan strawberry ice cream in a churro cup from Loop & Scoop

vegan nachos from 13th Note

chilli nachos with salsa from 13th Note

chocolate raspberry cupcakes

chocolate raspberry cupcakes by Tastemade - they were a bit squishy but still tasted fab!

roasted veggie ciabatta from Roots & Fruits

THE BEST roasted veggie sandwich I've ever had from Roots & Fruits

tropical smoothie from Singl End

tropical smoothie from Singl End (more details about this lovely cafe in this post)

 

So yes, May really has been an incredible month from a food perspective - I certainly had plenty of delicious fuel to get me through my exams! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the different meals I’ve eaten and let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried anything similar or been to the places I’ve visited.

 

Heather xoxo

 
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One Year Blogiversary

Wow - I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for exactly one year already! 🎉 I’ve absolutely loved creating 86 different blog posts over the last year, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of many others. So I’d like to take a minute to say a few thank yous to some very important people… 😇

 

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Thank you to my aunt, Jenny for her old camera and lenses and for inspiring me to do more photography (which is now one of my favourite hobbies!). 📸 It’s also thanks to her that I use Squarespace to create my blog - if you’re ever thinking of making your own website I’d definitely recommend as it’s so easy to use and has many beautiful and easily-customisable templates. 💻

 

wintery photoshoot

 

Thank you to all of my friends (particularly my boyfriend Euan) for their support and encouraging feedback about my blog - it’s been so lovely to hear all of your thoughts on my different posts. 💖

 

Euan

 

Thank you to all of the other bloggers who keep me motivated to continue blogging and help inspire me to write new posts. ☺️

 

spinning in summer

 

Thank you to every single one of you readers of my blog for reading my posts and leaving some absolutely lovely comments. 😘 I’m sorry I don’t have time to reply to them all, but I do read and truly appreciate every single comment that is left! It’s been lovely viewing stats and seeing how much my blog has grown in the last year, and that’s all thanks to you for reading my posts. 📈

 

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Thank you to both my dad and my brother for putting up with me talking about blogging almost 24/7, and for their brilliant blog post ideas when I’ve been struggling to plan a post (it was thanks to my dad that I started doing mini music playlist posts!). 🎶

 

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parents

 

But most of all I’d like to say a huge thank you to my mum - I really couldn’t run this blog without her. ❤️ She photographs me for all of my fashion posts (and has become really good at using my camera in the process too!), puts up with me constantly talking about my blog and proofreads every single one of my posts before I publish, helping me to make any final edits and to ensure the posts are reasonably good. She’s also a brilliant advertiser promoting some of my posts on Facebook - it’s thanks to her that my Why You Should Try Yoga post was such a success! 🧘‍♀️

 

yoga in the garden

 

So thank you all so so so much! I absolutely love blogging and it makes me so happy that you seem to enjoy my posts too. It’s been such a busy year but it’s been brilliant to keep up with my blog at the same time. 📝 It’s opened up loads of communication with other bloggers from around the world and even other people from school who I’d not spoken much to before at all. 🌍 I’ve grown hugely in confidence since starting blogging and I really enjoy having my own little space on the internet to share anything and everything that I love. 😍 This blog really has become a major part of my life but it really does make me so happy, particularly when you give me positive feedback on posts.

 

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I’m so looking forward to seeing what the next year brings for hefafa.me.uk and I hope you all continue to enjoy reading my posts. If you have any thoughts about my blog turning one or ideas for future posts then just let me know in the comments! 😜

 

Thank you! ❤️

 

Heather xoxo

 
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Exploring Paris

Happy June everyone - I’m so excited that we’re finally in the summer months now! You’ll know from my latest post that I recently had a trip to Paris with my family, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from this beautiful city, plus a few tips about things to do when you’re there.

 
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We flew from Glasgow to the Charles de Gaulle Airport and got the RER into the city centre, using our annotated map to help us figure out how to get to the hotel. During our four day trip we managed to do a huge amount of exploring, walking an average of 10 miles a day through the streets. We love walking so much that we hardly used the metro, but as long as you know where you’re going it’s very quick and easy to use.

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street view

During our visit we saw many of the iconic sights in Paris, although only went in to a couple as the queues outside them all were absolutely massive. A word of advice: if you’re desperate to go into a particular famous sight then it’s worth getting up early to see it almost as soon as it opens in the morning - there’ll almost certainly still be a queue, but it should be much shorter.

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The Louvre

Previously a royal palace, the Louvre is now a popular museum filled with a variety of different exhibits. Although we didn’t enter it was still amazing to see the contrast between the modern glass pyramid and the old building around it.

 
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Arc de Triomphe

Walking up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe (dedicated by King Louis-Philippe to the soldiers who fought in the Revolution and the Empire) was stunning, although I must admit to being a little terrified when standing on an island in the middle of two busy lanes of traffic to get some photos!

Climbing 284 steps to the top of the monument was definitely worth it for the stunning panoramic view of the city - looking down the Champs Eysées was particularly amazing. Just be careful on the tight spiral staircase - we all felt a little dizzy, particularly on the way down.

 
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Arc de Triomphe
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view down the Champs Elysees
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Eiffel Tower

Can you really visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower?! We arrived at this landmark mid-afternoon and the queues for security were crazy just to get under it, let alone go up it. Whilst we were deciding if we could be bothered waiting or not, the heavens opened and we got absolutely drenched. In this time the queues disappeared and we ran for cover under the Eiffel Tower (and in an attempt to find some sort of rain protection as we were completely unprepared!). The security guards all laughed at the state of me - completely soaked and dressed in possibly the worst outfit for the weather! Luckily though, we managed to pick up some tacky anoraks from a tourist shop under the Eiffel Tower which offered sufficient protection from the rain (although they really did make us look even more like tourists as we wandered around Paris for the rest of the day!). Although we did have two heavy rain showers, apart from these the weather was amazing!

 
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Eiffel Tower
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Because the weather was so awful we decided to save going up the Eiffel Tower for another day. We planned to be there for the opening time on the Sunday morning, hoping there would be minimal queues. Unfortunately the queues were still huge (we had to wait for half an hour to get through) but it was totally worth it. We took the stairs option, climbing 669 steps to the second platform then taking a lift to get to the very top. Breathtaking views, though even at that time in the morning it was crammed pretty fully!

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along the river seine
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Notre-Dame

This huge cathedral was absolutely stunning to admire fully, particularly having seen its towers in the distance whilst exploring other parts of the city.

 
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Notre Dame
 

Panthéon

Of all the sights we saw, I was probably most in awe of this one. The Panthéon looks great from the outside, but it’s the interior that’s truly mesmerising. The intricate detail of the domes, columns and arches is absolutely beautiful. Even better, the queues were very small so it was lovely and quiet inside too.

 
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Other Sights

In addition to the main sights I’ve already listed, we did manage to stop by a couple of others during our visit…

Van Gogh's water lilies in The Orangerie

Van Gogh's water lilies in The Orangerie

Luxor Obelisk

Luxor Obelisk

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III

gates to the Palais de Justice de Paris

gates to the Palais de Justice de Paris

Opéra

Opéra

 

And so those are all of the sights we saw whilst exploring Paris! I absolutely loved the trip - it was brilliant to just have a break away where I was able to fully relax post-exams (and I even managed to catch up on a lack of sleep too!). The food was absolutely brilliant (more details here) and I honestly just can’t wait for my next trip coming up: Barcelona!

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First off though I’ve got to make it through a few weeks back at school after study leave (starting tomorrow) where I’ll begin my final year of high school - pretty scary but I’m really looking forward to it! Even more exciting is the fact I’m coming close to my one year blog anniversary too…

 

What have you been up to lately?

 

Heather xoxo

 
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Eating Vegan in Paris

Oh my goodness my long weekend in Paris was absolutely brilliant! Exploring the city with my mum and brother was fantastic, but more details on that in my next post - this one’s all about the food I had on my trip.

 

The famous buttery pastries, gooey cheeses and juicy steaks typical of French cuisine aren’t the most vegan of all foods, so you’d imagine it’d be rather tricky to find vegan options in Paris. But with the ever-growing popularity of veganism, slowly but surely more and places offering vegan options are starting to pop up. Locating them was a little tricky, but I found using HappyCow (a website that lists different places with vegan food) really helpful in narrowing down the search.

 

Both my mum and brother eat meat, so it did take a fair bit of planning and research to try and make sure we didn’t just eat at all-vegan places (it was only fair that they got to enjoy classic French food while we were in Paris after all). We all agreed it was quite a fun experience locating different vegan places - hunting for these alternative cafes and restaurants led to us exploring parts of the city we’d never have been in otherwise!

 

Anyway, enough talking: here are pictures of the food I had…

 
BOL Japanese salad jar from WH Smith at Glasgow Airport

BOL Japanese salad jar from WH Smith at Glasgow Airport

N'Thai (a ramen-style dish with veggies and tofu) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

N'Thai (a ramen-style dish with veggies and tofu) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

the Ripley (coconut chia pudding with a fruit coulis) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

the Ripley (coconut chia pudding with a fruit coulis) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

mezze salad (with falafel, veggies and bulgur) from EXki

mezze salad (with falafel, veggies and bulgur) from EXki

chai latte with almond milk from Kitchen Paris

chai latte with almond milk from Kitchen Paris

half stack of vegan pancakes and an açai cup from Kitchen Paris

half stack of vegan pancakes and an açai cup from Kitchen Paris

falafel from a little market

falafel from a little market

açai bowl from Pret a Manger

açai bowl from Pret a Manger

soya latte from Pret a Manger

soya latte from Pret a Manger

green mango smoothie from Cojean

green mango smoothie from Cojean

coconut dragonfruit bowl and a matcha latte from Le Pain Quotidien

coconut dragonfruit bowl and a matcha latte from Le Pain Quotidien

strawberry sorbet drink from Amorino

strawberry sorbet drink from Amorino

simple tomato pizza (can't remember it's exact name but it's the first and cheapest option on the menu) from IT

simple tomato pizza (can't remember it's exact name but it's the first and cheapest option on the menu) from IT

strawberries from a little market

strawberries from a little market

Assiette 88 salad from Galerie 88

Assiette 88 salad from Galerie 88

chocolate brownie from Kitchen Paris

chocolate brownie from Kitchen Paris

vegetarian pizza (minus the mozzarella) from the Studio Cafe

vegetarian pizza (minus the mozzarella) from the Studio Cafe

avocado and lentil salad from Pret a Manger

avocado and lentil salad from Pret a Manger

 

Although Paris does have a few all-vegan cafes, all of the ones I’ve mentioned do serve non-vegan food too so these places were great to visit to cater for all different diets. Almost all of the food was absolutely delicious (the only one I wasn’t a big fan of was the salad from Galerie 88) and you can find more details about most of the places on HappyCow. The best place was definitely Kitchen Paris: the pancakes were divine and I loved the açai cup too (my first ever açai smoothie too!) - worth a visit for vegans and non-vegans alike, as well as for those following gluten-free diets. Extra bonus: the staff all speak very good English too so it’s a huge help if you’re terrible at French like me!

 

Overall, I’d advise just making sure you do your research on different places you can eat before going away - it makes it so much easier once you’re there. Before heading to Paris I marked all of the different places I liked the look of on a map to help us figure out where we were closest to. Definitely make sure you take plenty of vegan snack bars with you too (I love Nakd and Pulsin) as a back up in case you can’t find anything at all - it’s super important to keep your energy up while you’re away. Most of all just remember to enjoy the trip and don’t be afraid to try new types of food - part of the fun of travelling is going a little out of your comfort zone!

 

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these places in Paris or have any recommendations of your own for good places to eat. Make sure to check back in a couple of days to see photos of all of my touristy exploring in Paris too!

 

Heather xoxo

 
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