It Blue My Mind…

Beat the blues with these vintage vibes! ❤

Casual with Cashmere

Keep it casual with a short-sleeve cashmere and dark wash, high waisted jeans - very Rizzo.

Keep it casual with a short-sleeve cashmere and dark wash, high waisted jeans – very Rizzo.

Surprise me

Take something which might be too dressy and do something different. Bright leathers or a denim with an unusual wash work well for this look.

Take something which might be too dressy and do something different. Bright leathers or a denim with an unusual wash work well for this look.

Prim and proper

Pick a complementing colour, like this pastel pink. Pastels work beautifully with classic demure 50s styles.

Pick a complementing colour, like this pastel pink. Pastels work beautifully with classic demure 50s styles.

Overload

Style your main piece with other items in the same colour. Optical illusion!

Style your main piece with other items in the same colour. Optical illusion!

Keep it in the family

Use accents in the darker tones of the base colour, like these navy accessories.

Use accents in the darker tones of the base colour, like these navy accessories.

Let me know which looks you love!

Top Ten: Mental literature

Here’s my Top Ten pick of plays and novels that look at mental illness:

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A classic that teeters painfully on the autobiographical.
  • 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane: Brutally honest and original.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger: Don’t be a phoney.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: The revolution will be lobotomised.
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: Watch Antoinette Cosway become Bertha Rochester – the mad wife in the attic’s story.
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palanhuik: It’s all in your head.
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Trippy and beautiful – we’re all mad here…
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Some wars don’t ever end.
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides: 5 sisters, no fairytale.
  • The Comforts of Madness by Paul Sayer: Even the speechless and the catatonic have something to say.

Proof that you are not alone.

Floral Fever!

Florals are a staple of vintage fashion. Here’s my collection of flower-power frocks:

Make a statement with vibrant red roses in a classic, flattering 50s shape. Pair with a wide underskirt for extra va-va-voom!

Make a statement with vibrant red roses in a classic, flattering 50s shape. Pair with a wide underskirt for extra va-va-voom!

An excellent shade for pale complexions, delicate with pink accents. Amazing neckline! Cinch at the waist for a gorgeous shape.

An excellent shade for pale complexions, delicate with pink accents. Amazing neckline! Cinch at the waist for a gorgeous shape.

Granny chic - style a summer floral with a jumper to get the most out of it. Twee collars are your friend.

Granny chic – style a summer floral with a jumper to get the most out of it. Twee collars are your friend.

Take something which could be dowdy and pop your collar! Leather and florals work great together, especially in complementing tones like this!

Take something which could be dowdy and pop your collar! Leather and florals work great together, especially in complementing tones like this!

If you have a summer dress with a low neckline like this, layer with a short sleeve cashmere jumper. Add a neckscarf for extra vintage bonus points <3

If you have a summer dress with a low neckline like this, layer with a short sleeve cashmere jumper. Add a neckscarf for extra vintage bonus points ❤

Keep it demure and girly with cream and salmon pink. And you can never go wrong with pearls.

Keep it demure and girly with cream and salmon pink. And you can never go wrong with pearls.

Keep it professional by mixing bold, primary colours with grey or black accents, like this blazer and locket. Keep accessories simple and let the flowers do the talking!

Keep it professional by mixing bold, primary colours with grey or black accents, like this blazer and locket. Keep accessories simple and let the flowers do the talking!

Embrace your floral side!

A Veritable, Vegetable Feast

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Delicious, healthy, vegetarian curry and accoutrements!

Veggie Curry – Ingredients

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • any other veg you like
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 carton of passata/ sieved tomatoes
  • Spice mix: 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 2 cloves garlic, salt and pepper

Veggie curry – Method

  • Chop all the veg and place in a slow cooker (you can use a normal pan if you prefer)
  • Fry off the garlic and spices in 2-3 tbsp of oil in a medium sized pan
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and passata to form the sauce
  • Pour over the vegetables and set on ‘High’ for four hours, or low for longer. (If using a normal pan, simmer until the vegetables are cooked)
  • When cooked, add coconut milk, stir thoroughly and serve.

Lentil dahl – Ingredients

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup of lentils
  • Spice mix – salt, pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of vegetable stock

Lentil dahl – Method

  • Soften the onion in plenty of oil (2-3 tbsp)
  • Add the spices
  • Add the lentils and stock
  • Simmer until lentils are tender – you may need to add more stock

Rice – Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • Bay leaf
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • can of chickpeas (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of water

Rice –  Method

  • Melt the butter
  • Add the rice and coat in the butter
  • Add the spices and water
  • Boil for 15 minutes, checking water levels every few minutes

Butternut squash

  • Chop the rest of the butternut squash
  • Heat oven to 180 degrees
  • Coat the squash in oil and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • Roast for about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your chunks etc.

To serve:

  • Raita: Natural yoghurt with chopped cucumber and mint makes a refreshing dip.
  • Chopped banana or raisins add a little sweetness.
  • Naan bread is surprisingly simple to make – have a go.

Enjoy!