A lazy Spanish lunch with friends

Paid partnership with Campo Viejo wines


I’ll admit it. I’m terrible at being a host. Not in the sense that I leave my guests hanging for hours or that I only provide Sainsbury’s dips and tortilla chips (quite the opposite in fact, I have to stop myself going overboard) but more that I only ever invite friends over for meals about once a year, if that. #BadFriend

Campo Viejo (aka my hands-down favourite wine) asked me to show you how I can live my life a little more ‘uncorked’ – that’s to say, a little more spontaneous, a little more slow paced, a little more with friends, a little more… Spanish. After all, it’s all very well me picking up a bottle of their Rioja Reserva every weekend but if I’m just going to sip it in my dressing gown in front of the TV on a Friday night then I’m really experiencing it properly am I?

My rather impromptu Spanish lunch with friends made me realise that Rioja Reserva at 1pm with friends tastes so, so much better. This, I told myself, would kick-start my new year of entertaining. Here’s what I prepped and got up to.

Spanish lunch with friends with campo viejo wines including cava Spanish lunch with friends small colourful dishes of tapas olives Spanish lunch with friends prepping cruditees Spanish lunch with friends chopping tomatoes Spanish lunch with friends opening bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva wine Spanish lunch with friends Tapas cheese and meat board platter Spanish lunch with friends pouring out wine into a carafe Spanish lunch with friends cutting bread for a sharing board Spanish lunch with friends tempranillo blanco Spanish lunch with friends asparagus tapas dish Spanish lunch with friends table of tapas and wine


Low and slow

Inspired by Campo Viejo, I knew I wanted to make my lunch gathering colourful and Spanish-themed. Not too hard when you’re as colour-loving as me! Nothing in my kitchen is quite as colourful however as my new slow cooker (thanks Father Christmas!) so out it came along with Pinterest recipes for Spanish slow cooked chicken, patatas bravas, manchego asparagus and tomato rice.

After throwing everything in the slow cooker I prepped the potatoes, which was SO DAMN EASY (you basically just toss potatoes in paprika and whack it in the oven) so I’ll be making these again very soon. Finally I put together a cheese, meats and bread board, grabbed flowers from my local florist and pulled out all of my best crockery including my favourite Spanish plate, hand made in Almeria where we have an apartment. Sure, our wine glasses and plates were miss-matched but what really mattered was what was in it right?

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Campo Viejo wines

Following on the theme of putting Christmas presents to good use, I’ve been using my red wine carafe continuously since I got it and today was no exception! I like to let the wine aerate and warm up to room temperature before serving. Maybe the improved taste is all a placebo but the carafe makes a beautiful addition to the table none the less!

Finally Supal, Jumar, Kristabel, Carrie and Stephen arrived and we got stuck into the food with my Tequila Fridays playlist on to get us wiggling with our wine. We chatted all things Indian weddings, Jumar’s house move and Kristabel and my upcoming trip to Jamaica in between bouts of laughter.

For dessert I brought out a warm apricot tart and vanilla cream (whilst possibly pretending that I made it). We cracked open a bottle of Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva to round off the meal because, well why the hell not?

It’s not every day I cook for my friends. But I will be doing it more than once a year from now on. Promise.

Cheers with Campo Viejo Spanish lunch with friends Campo Viejo Cava Brut and apricot tart warm apricot tart for dessert Spanish lunch with friends serving cava Cheers with Campo Viejo Cava Brut


Thank you to Campo Viejo for inspiring me to live #LiveUncorked and work with me on this project.



5 ways to brighten up your February

All blue outfit infront of blue wall colourful style

They’re blue, yellow, red, pink and green

…and they’re coming to put the win back into winter.

Stand back black, go away grey – there’s enough of you in the sky to wear you on our bodies too. We don’t need any more of your darkness, we need colour and light to fill the gaping gap in the spectrum at this time of year.

To fill this said gap, my photographer friend Xanthe Berkeley came to me with a plan; to make up for all the lost colour by overloading and filling the frame will ALL of the hue in a dedicated photoshoot. It would be a bit of fun, a photography passion project we could do at the weekend that wasn’t for anything other than just to bring joy to ourselves and the good people of Instagram.


Colourful all blue outfit. Blue jacket and bag leaping! Colourful all blue outfit with a pop of yellow daffodils yellow daffodils in front of a blue wall hazy crystal reflection Colourful all blue outfit with stripe Y.A.S top and blue gel Colourful all blue outfit GIFBlue stripe Y.A.S top and lemons on boobs

Blue outfit:

Jacket – ASOS menswear (similar) / Jumper – Boden menswear / Top – Y.A.S / Jeans – ASOS (similar) / Trainers – Nike / Earrings – Monki



A long-time pioneer of colour (Xanthe made a conscious decision to remove anything black from her wardrobe years ago and has lived only in colour ever since) and advocate for the importance of experimenting, it makes total sense that @Xantheb would co-own an annual hashtag project called #ColorColourLovers. Created with her US doppleganger Andrea of @HulaSeventy, they set themselves the challenge of posting only specific colours each week in February in a bid to brighten it up.

This year marks the 5th anniversary (how dedicated is that?!) and so Xanthe decided to celebrate with this silly shoot.

We bring you five ways to brighten up the dull days – these colourful winter outfits!


Colourful all yellow outfit Colourful all yellow outfit gola classics womens trainers Colourful all yellow outfit layering monochrome Colourful all yellow outfit shot with a crystal reflections collage Colourful all yellow outfit yellow trousers mustard jumper Colourful all yellow outfit red balloon crystal reflection photography Colourful all yellow outfit red colour popYellow outfit:

Trousers – ASOS (similar) / Trainers – Gola / Belt – Boden / Earrings – Monki / Bag – Next (similar)

Colourful all red outfit bus station Colourful all yellow outfit london buses Colourful all yellow outfit h&m vinyl puffa jacket buses Colourful all yellow outfit red boots tracksuit bottoms red power ranger gif Colourful all red outfit at the bus station Colourful all red outfit red vinyl shine puffa jacket monochrome biting an apple Colourful all red outfit

Red outfit:

Jacket – H&M (similar) / Trousers – New Look (similar) / Jumper – Boden / Scarf – Bershka / Boots – Boden /

Colourful all green outfit topshop trousers jumper green gel Colourful all green outfit slouchy jumper topshop trousers stripe Colourful all green outfit monochrome bag and coat matching Colourful all green outfit green boden coat stripe trousers green on green floor trainers and topshop stripe trousers Colourful all green outfit monochrome matching green boden coat colour pop

Green outfit

Coat – Boden / Jumper – River Island (similar) / Trousers – Topshop / Bag – Radley / Earrings – Me & Zena

Colourful all pink outfit umbrella raining london lazy oaf pink puffa jacket pink asos beret Colourful all pink outfit kicking boots Colourful all pink outfit sunjellies basket holding tulips from back pink twinkling lights gif crystal pink puffa jacket and beret bourne and hollingsworth pink light wallpink wall london blue ribbon

Pink outfit

Jacket – Lazy Oaf / Jumper – Boden / Trousers – Boden (similar) / Boots – ASOS / Beret – ASOS / Bag – Sun Jellies

Want to beat the British weather too? Tag your colourful winter outfits with #ColorColourLovers and let me know! Which is your favourite colourful winter outfit?

See more shots from our #ColourLoversShoot



DIY: Wool Embroidered Jumper

topshop jumper wool embroidery DIY

It may come as a shock to you but I rarely go shopping. Since working at ASOS, I’ve been more of an online shopper and when I do spend, I like to think it’s on the more conservative side of splurging. This might be why that whenever I do hit the high street, I tend to feel sensory overload and get overwhelmed by the creativity of it all. The styling of the mannequins, the visual merchandising, the products themselves. They’re so inspiring that ‘I could do that‘s start flying around my head.

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So you’ve never been to Liverpool?

Pink wall instagram friendly bold street liverpool

brick houses in the streets of Liverpool

Visit Liverpool with me

It’s famously the birthplace of Beatles, the home of UK no. 1s, the European Capital of Culture 2018 and the site of the ‘Three Graces’ buildings that line the World Heritage Site on the waterfront. Not yet ticked Liverpool off your bucket list? This might change your mind.

With such a rich culture (did I mention the music heritage?) including its brilliant museum offering and the fact that it has more listed buildings than any other city outside London, Liverpool had always been up there on my ‘places to visit in England’ list. I knew that my boyfriend, who I can barely tear away from his piano, would be keen and so I plotted to take him there on a surprise trip for his birthday.

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