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Monday, 26 January 2015

Homemade Chicken in Breadcrumbs

I love a nugget, my parents always used to say I'd turn into a nugget... they're probably right. 

Quite a few of you guys requested this recipe when I posted a photo of my dinner on Twitter. We're all well aware how bad for us processed food is, and also how bad fried food is; so I'm going to show you two ways to make homemade chicken nuggets using fresh chicken and without frying (although they do taste amazing fried but shh!). 

Method One: The Egg Method 

(the longer, messier but more healthy option)

You will need:

Chicken breasts
Plain Flour
1 Egg
3 bowls


Split your flour, egg (beaten) and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls and keep them in that order. 

Once the chicken is cut up however you prefer (I love either strips or chunks), cover them in flour. You can do the whole batch at once but I'm recommend doing one at a time to make sure they're all coated properly at each stage. The reason we're coating in flour first is because if you tried to dip a chicken breast straight into egg, because of the surface, it won't pick up the egg very well - trust me I've tried it! By coating the chicken in flour it creates a matt surface for the egg to cling to. 

Anyway, when the chicken is fully coated, dip it in the beaten egg and make sure it's completely covered, and then do the same into the breadcrumbs. 

Lay on a baking tray and bake in the oven until cooked which will depend how thick your chicken is. I usually put them in for about 20 minutes. 

Method Two: The Oil Method 

(the quicker, less messy and slightly less healthy option)

This is the method I use when I'm feeling lazy, which is quite often. 

You will need:

Chicken breasts
A sandwich bag


Cut up your chicken however you prefer

Pour a few tablespoons of oil into a sandwich bag - there's no science to it, I just pour, but it's better to pour too little and add more later than too much. 

Add the breadcrumbs to the bag

Pour all the chicken in the bag and shake it round until all the chicken is completely covered in breadcrumbs. If the breadcrumbs aren't sticking enough, add a bit more oil and shake again. 

The breadcrumbs don't tend to stay on the chicken as well with this method compared to method one so when you take the pieces out and put them on a baking tray, you may need to press them onto the chicken a bit. 

As with method one, bake in the oven until cooked which will depend how thick your chicken is. I usually put them in for about 20 minutes. 


I eat this A LOT and it tastes way way better than any breaded chicken you can buy in the supermarket. There's loads of ways you can mix it up and make it different each time for example:

- Change the type of breadcrumbs. My favourites are Paxo golden breadcrumbs, Old El Paso spicy breadcrumbs and Japanese Panko breadcrumbs

- Add flavours to the breadcrumbs like paprika, cajun, peri peri, chilli flakes etc

- Change up your side dish - these nuggets are great in wraps, with a side salad, with noodles, literally anything


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

FCUK sugar scrub review

If you read my blog regularly, you'll know I have dry skin that needs a good scrub every now and then to get rid of the dead skin. If you have dead skin patches you can moisturise until the cows come home but it won't make a difference, the skin is already dead and needs to be scrubbed/exfoliated off.

Sugar scrub are my favourite, they seem to be the best at getting rid of all those dead skin patches that makes my foundation look all horrible and patchy. 

They say: "FCUK polished sugarscrub Perfect for renewing a vibrant healthy glow, or as preparation before sunless tanning, this indulgently thick NEW fcuk polished sugarscrub effortlessly buffs the skin beautiful. A gentle exfoliator, this rich scrub is easy to apply as the large sugar granules hold to the skin, polishing dry, rough skin cells to reveal a radiant layer beneath"

My view: Firstly I love the smell of this product, which is definitely important for me! It seems like you need a fair amount of product to cover your whole face but there still seems to be loads in the pot. I massage all the product on, making sure I target all the places I know I have dead skin then leave on for a couple of minutes before using damp cotton wool pads to take it all off. I usually then have to give my face a quick wipes round with a baby wipe or face wipe to get the rest of the product off but it leaves my skin so beautifully soft, silky and glowing. It's definitely going to be a product I'll be repurchasing although I would like to try other sugar scrubs too. 

I keep seeing recipes for homemade sugar scrubs that I've been tempted to try so keep your eyes peeled for that on here in the in the near future!

Love Lauren xx


Monday, 19 January 2015

Cleanse, tone and moisturise with Avon

First of all can I just take a second to appreciate the quality of this photo? I've been taking all my blog photos on my phone ever since I started this little blog back in May so obviously I was ridiculously excited to get a new camera for Christmas and test it out!

Okay back to skincare...

I for one, am in no position to preach to anyone when it comes to skincare. I know it should be super important, but still struggle to stop making excuses about not having time. Whenever I do try out a new routine, my skin loves it at first, but then after a while I feel like it stops making a difference and starts heading the other way. For this reason, I tend to mix up my products quite often but I always end up coming back to this trio. My skin is quite dry usually and these products work perfectly to combat the dry patches. 

The cleanser comes in the form of a gel, which is rubbed on to the skin in circular motions, it goes on clear but as it's rubbed in it turns white, which is so helpful when I'm trying to work out which sections I've massaged in. You only need a tiny bit to cover your whole face and the product size is massive so it'll last you forever! I then remove it with either a damp flannel or damp large cotton wool pads.

The toner is as expected and works best with a little on a large cotton wool pad and swept across the face. I usually leave it a minute or two to settle in before going on to the last step.

All the solutions range in colour coded, and as you can see from the photo, this isn't the correct moisturiser for this set but I love it. The hydra beyond lotion combats my dry skin and leaves it glowing; a perfect base for underneath my makeup. Only two small pumps are needed to cover the whole face for a big hydrating boost - a great one for damaged winter skin.

I do need to really try harder to keep up with a regular skincare routine. It should be my New Year's resolution! I'll get there one day!I'd love to hear about the combinations you use, I'm always looking for new products to try!

Love Lauren xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

All about that lace; Lingerie Haul

I love lingerie, there's no two ways about it, but obviously since surgery I don't have a single bra that fits, which I think is a good excuse to get shopping. I used to be so fussy with bras because I felt so self concious so I found shopping hard, now I just find shopping hard because nowhere stocks my size! #boobproblems 

Now I'm officially allowed out of my sports bras, I need to start easing myself back into bras (not as easy as it sounds!) and I want to fill my drawers with beauty and I think I've started well if I do say so myself! 

Boux Avenue has always been a lingerie brand I've wanted to try but having never felt confident in bras I haven't felt deserving of beautiful undies so now is the time! This beautiful set came with free knickers which was a bonus. The bra fits me so perfectly, I haven't wanted to take this set off since the second it arrived! I also loved how beautifully wrapped everything was with scented petals, such a great touch so Thank You Boux Avenue!! 

This wonderful bra was also from Boux Avenue and an absolute bargain at £10.00, and we all love a bargain! It's so pretty and I'm completely in love. The fit and quality is great and have I mentioned it's pretty?

This little beauty is from Kelly Brook's range at New Look. I love that I can buy beautiful bras in big sizes and I'll definitely be getting more. It's quite hard to see in the photo but it has lovely lace detail above the cup that sits on the skin which I love. This one was only £7.00 in the Christmas sale so a mega bargain too!

I've been struggling with getting used to wearing underwire again so I bought this from H&M. It only came in dress sizes which was so hard to work out, I tried to look at the size guide and decided on a size 12 based on the bust measurements but it's definitely on the small side! Still pretty though so I had to keep it!

This was another Boux Avenue sale purchase, I'm a sucker for spending more for free delivery and this was the result! £3.50 so can't complain - who doesn't like frilly knickers?!

My final purchase was high waisted lace knickers from New Look, yet another amazing sale purchase at £3.00. I would say the size has come up fairly small but maybe a couple more weeks down the gym and I might look a bit better in them!

Since searching for bigger sized bras, I can say for sure there's no where near enough choice, especially if you're looking for pretty, lacy numbers. It's a shame, and has started annoying me going into shops to find they only only stock to a D/DD but I'm on a hunt for lots of lace to fill up my empty drawers so determined to hunt them out everywhere and anywhere I can! Any recommendations would be appreciated!!

Love Lauren xx


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

#nyLDNmeet Our Chosen Charity

So for the last month, Amy, Tamsyn and I have been bombarding your timelines and Twitter chats about the #nyLDNmeet. Between now and then we'll be releasing a few spoilers about the event, with this being the first (and in my opinion, most important one). 

I wrote post a couple of weeks ago, 'We can't help everyone, but everyone can help'. Charity is really important to me, and I feel like as we have a platform to speak and be heard, we should use it in a positive way to help others. With this in mind, Tamsyn, Amy and I have decided to raise money for an amazing charity at the January event. 

Choosing a charity was a hard task with there being so many worthwhile causes out there but we really wanted one that our wonderful bloggers could also identify with. One of the first charities to come to mind was 'Look good, feel better'.

Dig deep ladies, it's a fab charity! We can't wait to meet you all on the 31st Jan!

Love Lauren xx


Sunday, 4 January 2015

My sort of resolutions

Every year I make 'sort of' resolutions, they're all quite general and I don't at all beat myself up if I don't get round to achieving them all but I do love reviewing them throughout and particularly at the end of the year to see how well I've kept to them. 

I'm definitely going to consciously make more of an effort with everything on the blog column more through, making my posts more interactive and visually pleasing.  

Looking forward to reading everyone else's resolution posts too!

Love Lauren xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

'2014 Favourites' Awards

I can't believe how quickly 2014 has gone! This post is just a quick round up of all my favourites in 2014, I'm already looking forward to comparing it at the end of 2015! 

Beauty Awards

Favourite Overall Brand - Makeup Revolution
For their price, promotions, pigmentation and range of products

Favourite Primer - Mac Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage
For make up all day

Favourite Everyday Foundation - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 
For a flawless, long lasting coverage

Favourite Summer Foundation - Chanel Vitalumiere
For a flawless, light, glowing finish

Favourite Eyeliner - Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner
For it's blend-able, bold, long lasting colour and easy application 

Favourite Mascara - Bourjois Volume Clubbing Ultra Black Mascara
For big, thick, party lashes

Favourite Palettes - Makeup Revolution
For the variety, colours, packaging, size and price

Favourite Dry Shampoo - Batiste 
For a dry shampoo that actually works (!!) and their variety

High Street Fashion Awards

Favourite Overall Brand - Dorothy Perkins
For variety, price, quality and quick delivery

Favourite Shoes - Aldo
For their style, variety and quality

Favourite Bags - Aldo (with River Island a close second!)
For their style, variety and quality

Lifestyle Awards

Favourite Author - Lesley Pearse
For her extensive background research, beautiful characters and stories to make you laugh and cry

Favourite Restaurant Chain - Chimichanga
For their atmosphere, quality and variety


Favourite Independent Restaurant - Aruba, Bournemouth
For their food, cocktails and stunning venue/views


Favourite Bar Chain - CG Restaurants (Dirty Martini & Bitter Sweet)
For their atmosphere, style and cocktails

Favourite Overall Hotel Chain - Melia
For their style, atmosphere, elegance and extravagance


Favourite Independent Hotel - Bowood Hotel
For it's style, location, views and added extras

I look forward to trying and experiencing more in 2015 so I can have even more categories. Who would your awards go to? What categories would you add?

Love Lauren xx


Friday, 2 January 2015

2014; a year's review

Firstly, Happy New Year!!

Just a quick post to think back to the most memorable moments of 2014

Christmas with my family
New Year with Luke's family
A long weekend at Port Aventura before dissertation hand in
A surprise visit to the Shard for my birthday
Dissertation hand in day
Holiday with Luke
Seeing Pete Tong & Annie Mac at the races with my best friend

and the ones I didn't have photos for...

Receiving a 2.1 for my degree 
Getting my first job
Leaving my first job!
Moving in with Luke 
Saying goodbye to my Bournemouth beach life
Starting a new London city life
Having surgery
The creation of Blonde Vision!

Thanks for all the amazing support given to myself and my little blog over the last 7 months. Here's to a wonderful 2015 for all of us, personally and professionally. 

Love Lauren xx

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