Trusted Timberlands

By Sarah Hugill 

For once I went for the sensible option for shoes…. shocker I know!

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With a trip to New York on the horizon (which I have to add reached -14 degrees when we were out there) I thought a boot for all weathers would be ideal. As much as I love my UGG boots, as many of you will know snow is not their friend!

I would advise that you wear Timberlands in though if your planning on doing a lot of walking in them, as I found they did rub slightly where the boot finished on my leg. But overall I’m really happy with my purchase. I even managed to fit a pair of fluffy socks under them and didn’t have to dart out of snowfall for fear of it staining the suede!

The traditional choice of Timberlands was definitely the right one for me! Have you got a pair, or have you considered buying some? Let us know @thesarahsblog

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More shameless promoting…

By Sarah Redman

… and I don’t care – sorry!

This time not insideKENT magazine but this week’s edition of the Sevenoaks Chronicle newspaper, you can check out their awesome website HERE or for a taster of the 3rd of July edition click HERE.

Picture taken from the Sevenoaks Chronicle website

Picture taken from the Sevenoaks Chronicle website (link above)

Unfortunately my pieces aren’t online so you’re just going to have to go out and buy this one – I’m talking to you my avid following from friends and family in Kent! But for 90p you get a jam packed paper and all the delights in Sevenoaks and the surrounding area this week.

If you are not fed up with my shameless promotion of my work then why not check out these two posts:

Finally as usual, if you want to get in touch or have any ideas you want us to try out here at The Sarah’s Style Blog then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either comment below, Tweet us@thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook Page.

Skylon

By Sarah Redman

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My Skylon coat chip – really wanted to keep this but I did kind of need my jacket back!

I love eating out, personally I would rather save up and go out somewhere nice and maybe even treat friends or family (thats if I’m feeling really nice!)

The other evening I ended up in Skylon at the Southbank Centre.

The restaurant takes its name from the original, iconic structure that was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the restaurant’s design echoes the style of the Royal Festival Hall during the same time period.  It is filled with more contemporary accents too – not going to lie their chandeliers caught my eye.

Skylon’s floor to ceiling windows hold an amazing view across the River Thames. When we turned up the blinds were draw as the sun was setting and creating a rather undesired greenhouse effect. I always run cold so I wasn’t complaining – but I think most people appreciated the cooler air that came after the sun had dipped below the buildings. The blinds then opened – working their way slowly up the massive windows – revealing water sparkling in the last of the suns rays and leafy green trees lining the banks. Not the worst view for dinner!

The food is seasonal and modern British, but if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere the restaurant and grill are divided by a statement circular bar in the centre of the room. It’s known for its cocktails but after a glass of wine over looking the river before we headed to the restaurant I felt I should maybe just stick to the food… and a bottle of wine to go with. Obviously.

I went for a simply mouth watering Haddock Risotto to start – it arrived in a small sauce pan and I got kitchen utensil eveny. I then had the Duck with hands down the best Pea Puree I have ever tasted. I genuinely could have just had a bowl of it!

For me pudding was the best bit (and the only bit I managed to remember to photograph)

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I tried what was simply called ‘Strawberries’ – a strawberry sorbet on a crumb bed and a strawberry salad topped with a lemon curd filled meringue. Cue taste bud heaven.

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My dining companion chose ‘Peanut Butter’ – I was too preoccupied with mine to steal a spoon but from the rate it disappeared this chocolate and peanut butter, I want to say mousey, delight was a good shout too.

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I couldn’t possibly tell you how I still had enough room but in my mind it would have been rude not to have at let tried some of these beauties.

First up: Rose Marshmallow – melt in the mouth heaven.

Second: Chocolate Truffle – when you break through the chocolatey shell you are surprised with a mouthful of salted caramel. Don’t mind if I do.

Finally: Coconut balls – I’m not a coconut person so I didn’t try these, I also didn’t have the room but I’m sure they tasted amazing.

I was too full of all this amazing food for a decent picture of my outfit – so I’ll just describe it instead. I wore a Navy Floral Jacquard Bodycon Dress from River Island, retailing at £28.00, this dress is a classic cut, low scoop back, a short sleeved, simple, statement dress. I teamed this with a simple H&M denim jacket and classic wooden T -bar heals from Clarks.

Did you like what I wore or like the sound of Skylon? Let us know and leave a comment, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

insideKENT magazine – July issue

By Sarah Redman

I am officially incapable of blogging when the new magazine issue actually comes out – but better late than never…

The July issue of insideKENT magazine is well and truly HERE (Seriously click on the link and a world of wonderful writing is at your fingertips – pun not intended for all you table/phone viewers!)

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Picture taken from insideKENT magazines website (link above)

This month I have a few fabulous pieces, one of which insideKENT Exclusive Interview with Josh Doyle is available on the website. You can also check out my beauty piece, Summer Make-Up Colour Trends, my Spotlight on Deal piece and right at the back, 10 Best Summer Garden Games.

You can view previous issues HERE or check out TSSB’s post Cheating on Blogging with Magazines.

Finally as usual, if you want to get in touch or have any ideas you want us to try out here at The Sarah’s Style Blog then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either comment below, Tweet us@thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook Page.

Summer songs to top your playlist’s

By Sarah Redman

This has never been a music blog but I never really manage to write a post without a bit of music in the background so I thought I would share my top three favourites that seem to be on repeat this week.

1) Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

I heard this one on radio one the other night and haven’t stopped playing it since. I’m just loving the chilled out summer vibes.

2) Klingande – Jubel

This one has been a favourite of mine for a while – it is so easy to work to and also awesome to have blaring out of your speakers.

3) Tiësto – Wasted ft. Matthew Koma

Finally, I like this one because it optimises me and my best girlies: Georgia Thomas & Georgia Plummer

What do you think? Have you heard them all before or do you have any music recommendations? Let us know and comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Lily flames

By Sarah Redman

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This lovely addition to my candle collection comes from Somerset company Lily-Flame. I received their Fairy Dust (invisible and true) candle for Christmas from my lovely friend Georgia Thomas. After sampling their most popular candle I can see the attraction and have been hooked ever since.

This Verbena (A summer in Provence) hooked me not only by the name, as this is my summer destination of choice, but also by the amazing fresh and summery scent. This one definitely brightens up any room.

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Lily-Flame has a range of products with both full size and mini scented tins, scented glassware, room mist sprays and reed diffusers. I absolutely love the quirky look of these candles and how the coloured wax melts into the rest of the candle releasing even more of the luscious scents.

Lily-Flame was established in 1994 and they make all their products by hand in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This has lead them to become one of the UK’s favourite scented candle manufacturers.

My next purchase is hopefully going to be a more fruity affair: Mango Fandango (hot, hot, hot!) This is ‘the worlds tangiest, most mango-ey candle’ – I popped into a local supplier in Sevenoaks today (The Lemon Tree) to check the scent lived up to the name. So I think I’ll just add this 35 hour burning candle to my wish list now.

I also have another on the wish list: Parma Violets (The sweetest feeling). Yes, exactly like the sweets – I became a big kid in a sweet shop when I smelt this one. Definitely another must have.

To complete my small but growing collection: Taste of Provence (Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage). Described as “culinary perfection” I found this one on their website and have yet to try it out but this one sounds right up my street – again with the Provence.

What do you think of my candle addiction? Or have you tried Lily-Flame before? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

By Sarah Redman

This lovely little thing I found on Instagram- so I thought I would spread the word: SampleSale

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I will be up in London with my girls so I may just have to attend!

Let us know if you go and if you get any great purchases, comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

 

Cheating on blogging with magazines

By Sarah Redman

Hi all our lovely readers!

We firstly want to say a big sorry for another massive break from blogging and thanks for sticking with us. As we are both currently at university sometimes we have to put our course first and with deadlines and exams throughout May and June we have been a little busy to say the least!

Sarah (H) jetted off to Egypt this morning for a lovely little holiday with her beau – but in her absence I thought I would start up blogging again. I am hopefully off to sunny Cornwall next week, but I’m sure I will have to odd five minutes to blog my adventures with the girls.

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Picture taken from insideKENT magazines website (Link below)

Now to explain this post’s heading. Not only have I been busy with uni but I have also been writing a few pieces for inside KENT magazine! The June issue is out now across Kent – if you are in the area then check your local Waitrose for a copy, if not then don’t worry they also have an online issue. Just click HERE to view it or HERE to see previous issues.

Or have a look at a few of my favourite pieces from inside the magazine and the blog:

Finally as usual, if you want to get in touch or have any ideas you want us to try out here at The Sarah’s Style Blog then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook Page.

Trainer heaven

By Sarah Hugill

It’s official judging by my usual choice of footwear, trainers over wedges, converses over stilettos some would say I should have been a boy. 

I’m not gonna lie this is how my brain works. I’d much rather be comfortable and shop till I drop, or shuffle my feet at a weekend rave than be the one complaining about how sore my tootsies are! 

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These babies were brought courtesy of my brother, Chris Hugill. My jaw nearly dropped to the floor. I was definitely not expecting such a good present… can’t say I was complaining though!

I’ve been meaning to post about these Nike Air Max 90s for a while as they’re officially my favourite shoes and simply had to share why!

They have a patent detail, so the shine makes them look slightly more dressy (for trainers) and the contrasting white and black laces make them more eye catching. The fact that they’re black makes it easy to wear with any outfit too!

To check out another trainer purchase of mine have a look at Stylish yet sensible 

Have you added to your trainer collection recently or are a fan of Nike’s Air Max 90s? Then let us know @thesarahsblog 

Tartan dress: my new favourite print

By Sarah Hugill

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For a dress that is versatile, suitable for a night out on the town with a pair of Chelsea boots or for a more casual look with a pair of converses this dress from Miss Guided is perfect. I wore a statement silver necklace to add to the look and found the dress easy to wear with a skater dress style flattering for most body shapes! 

Have you started adding tartan to your wardrobe? Let us know @thesarahsblog or leave a comment below