12 Feb
3

Peach

Peach cocoon coat, Banana Republic - street style by Thankfifi-3

You know that page of emoticons on Instagram that’s just full of the ones you use most often?  So this week I loan my phone to Fi at the day job, she bursts out laughing and questions my peach and bomb usage.  To clear things up – Peach: case in hand, this coat, anyone with a nice bottom, a peach of a photo…  Bomb: you know, when you comment on someone’s pic and it’s like ‘You da’ bomb’…  As soon as I said it out loud I knew – I’m not cool.  That being said I will absolutely continue to merrily drop bombs and peaches all over my Instagram feed, closely followed by teddy bears and pandas…  What about you?

Anyway, back to this peach of a coat.  Super chuffed to see Banana Republic at Zalando with a whole host of goodies but this coat is my top, top pick.  For one she’s neon peach and perfectly facilitates my emoticon usage.  But perhaps more importantly, she’s the perfect transitional piece, not too chunky, cropped sleeves, that colour, I am in love.  Layering her up for now with leathers and scarves but expect to see a whole lot more of her because she’s going to be hand in hand with me right through spring over slip dresses and tees or maybe even just on her own.  She da’ bomb.

Banana Republic coat – Zalando (ON SALE)
tee – Boden :: leather legging – Boden :: boot – Reiss
aviators – Ray Ban :: scarf – Gant Rugger
Ralph Lauren bag – MyBag.com
watch – Daniel Wellington 

coat – Infindigo

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10 Feb
3

Portavadie – the calm in the storm

Portavadie spa resort, Scotland - review by Thankfifi-12

Imagine the storm outside, waves lashing against the rocks and wind whipping round the coast…  and imagine being here, looking out from the sauna through floor to ceiling picture windows, with a blanket of tiny stars blinking through the hot wood above your head.

This place is Portavadie – a little slice of heaven on the West of Scotland, Argyll’s secret coast.  Come for the day (just two hours from Glasgow and only £12 for a leisure day pass including a dip in the biggest infinity pool in Scotland), or stretch it out for a long weekend and visit that infinity pool and warm yourself in that outdoor spa pool after each and every soggy, chilled to the bone trudging through stunning scenery, dog walk you go on.  Heck, go on an extra walk so you can dip into that heated outdoor pool just one more time…  Treat yourself to a full body aromatherapy Ishga massage and wrap yourself in a big fluffy robe.

Gorge yourself on local oysters and hand dived scallops in the marina restaurant or get the full on home from home treatment with a big ol’ bowl of mac’n’cheese by the open fire in the lodge.  Drink hot chocolates and gaze out through the glass at the yachts bobbing in the water and watch the last of the pink sun disappear behind clouds and dip down under the horizon.

Get cosy in your cottage looking out to sea, go all out at the couple’s retreat (even dog friendly!) or toast yourself in your luxury apartment’s private sauna suite…  You know that feeling you get when you’ve been out in the wilds (aka Scotland in February) and your fingers and toes and legs start to ache, no, sting with the cold?  If the doctor prescribed a medicine for that, it would be this place.  It’s like a great big hug for mind, body and soul.

Only two hours away but feeling a million miles from anywhere; the most perfect winter escape…

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8 Feb
1

Wild wild west

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Into the wilds…  a weekend in the idyll that was Portavadie (more about that soon) surrounded by the wilds of the west coast of Scotland in February and what felt like the lingering storm Henry – only two months in to 2016 and we’re on ‘H’ already?

I’m filing this in fashion but really that’s a stretch I know.  This is dog walking.  This is the truth.  Running tights and stripes and these new completely waterproof Sorel boots that rocked my windy, wet weekend world.  ALL about the stretchy pants and dry feet.

MrK and Tux were in seventh heaven, the husband delighted by the 2000BC monolith and I was, as always, chuffed to indulge in my favourite form of exercise (Portavadie and Low Stillaig in case you want the details) whilst enjoying instagram nirvana…  winning all round.

tee – Banana Republic (ON SALE)
Nike legging – Zalando
caribou boot – Sorel
scarf – Gant Rugger :: watch – Daniel Wellington

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5 Feb
2

Crabvocados – brunching like kings

Avocado chilli crab toasts - recipe by Thankfifi

If you’re going to eat anything this weekend make it brunch.  Start with this brunch and you’ll begin to forget the other meals in the day even exist – this brunch is that good.  You see I was never really a fan of crab…  until these happened.  And I wanted to photograph them when the hungry people wanted to eat them.  I like to live life dangerously.

Rewind to last weekend.  Our friends visited from Ibiza (should’ve been the other way round, like last time, but I’ll let that one slide for now), hit up the fish market and came home with kilos of seafood.  Seriously, I could have basically opened my own fish market.  Salmon, scallops, lobster – I was excited.  But crab?  Maybe it was those nasty crab sticks that generated these feelings I used to harbour towards crab (and let’s just be honest that no part of a crab is the shape of a stick) or maybe it’s that they’re kinda like the spiders of the sea… but that’s all changed.

I mean cucumber?  Tomato?  Meh…  Avocado?  Now you’re talking.  Chilli?  Crab?  Coriander?   We’re onto something.  Ok, chef Ally was onto something.  (Yep, I’m that girl that invites friends to stay and then let’s them cook for me.  Don’t judge me – it’s the ultimate house guest win.)

So make these for guests or make them for yourself and eat them all day long.  Just make them.  Embrace crab.  Show it some love.  And eat it.

CHILLI CRAB AVOCADO TOASTS
(Serves 4)

150g unpasteurised cooked crab meat
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
1/2 cucumber, finely diced
8 plum cherry tomatos, finely diced incl. the juice
2 limes
Small handful coriander, chopped
Salt
2 very ripe avocados
4 Wholemeal rolls (or bagels or rye or whatever floats your boat)

Directions

Pick through the crabmeat to double check there’s no shell in there before adding the cucumber, tomatoes, the juice of half the lime and salt to taste.  Add the coriander at the last minute.

Now for the avocado party.  There’s always a party when there’s avocado.  Puree the avocado in a food processor with the juice of 1 lime, 2 tsp of salt and 2 tsp of water.  What you’re after is the super smooth, creamy avocado paste of dreams.  It’s not just me that dreams of avocado is it?

Toast your bread of choice and pile them high.  Wipe the dribble off your chin.  Try to share.  Happy weekend!

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3 Feb
4

Pro layering – the rules

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Some rules for layering because we need so many layers right now and the Michelin Man is not my style hero…

Colour block the base – that first layer of all black gives the height here.

Co-ordinate the top layers – neutrals are safe but shades of grey or blue and navy or even prints in the same colour group are going to work just as well.  Helps tone down the crazy – you might be wearing all your clothes but you don’t want it to look like you’re wearing all your clothes.

Add a little lace.  A delicately trimmed cami or edge of a lace bra does wonders (eyelash please – lusting after this one or the budget friendly on Asos).  Somehow under chunky layers of knit it seems almost balanced to reveal a little, no?  Just me?

Sexy shoes.  ‘Nuff said.  I picked these up in the Topshop sale but there are some similar here, here and here.  Incidentally I’m a little obsessed with lace up shoes right now…

Bonus points for coordinating with the dog?

chunky knit – Gap :: Gap fine knit – Zalando
lace top – Zara :: leather legging – Boden
lace up flat – Topshop (similar here, here or here)
keats bag – Radley

coat – Infindigo

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1 Feb
4

Over the blues

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So over January.  And over the blues that a month of horizontal rain brought.  And stepping into February in a look that is decidedly, erm, blue…  Well you know me and denim – some blues you don’t want to get over.

coat – Topshop :: shirt – Boden
tomgirl jean – American Eagle Outfitters (ON SALE)
gallop heel – Topshop
scarf – Gant Rugger :: metropolis bag – Furla

coat – Infindigo

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27 Jan
6

Eat clean – raw chocolate mousse cake

Raw Chocolate Mousse Cake - cashew & coconut, vegan recipe - by Thankfifi-2

Can I just say…  this cake is vegan and gluten free.  She’s a no bake, all clean, raw food wonder.  But, aside from all of that, because I won’t pretend to be vegan (unless this cake’s on offer), she’s healthy and she tastes ah-mazing.

I really wanted to share more of my food loves because, you know, I eat every single day, many times, and so that should fit rather nicely into my blog schedule and, just like I can’t wear the same breton top and ripped jeans every time on here, I hope that sharing some recipes might encourage me to eat more than teriyake salmon every night (up next on the blog : teriyake salmon…).  So I hope you enjoy some of them enough to try them and, if you do I hope you’ll share and hashtag #ThankfifiFood because I wanna see how you make it your own.  Let’s all get on the healthy chocolate mousse cake train together – now there’s an oxymoron if ever there was one – except wait, it’s not, because it truly is healthy.  Result.

RAW CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE
(Serves 16)

For the base

200g pitted medjool dates
170g walnuts
50g shredded coconut
2 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp instant coffee (or not, if you prefer not)

For the filling

170g cashew nuts, soaked in boiling water for 2 hours
5 tbsp coconut oil
2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
4 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1 cup cashew nut butter
5 tbsp espresso or strong coffee (just sub for more cocoa if you don’t love coffee… if you’re crazy)
1 large, ripe banana

For drizzling on top

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp honey

Directions

Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes then drain (this makes them extra juicy).  Put walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Add the dates, coconut, cocoa powder, salt and pulse until a paste forms.  Add the coffee to taste and pulse until it starts to go into a ball.

Press the mixture into a 12 inch springform pan with the bottom covered with cling film.  This is probably the hardest bit.  Think gooey fingers trying to convince more goo to do what you want… bog factor 5/5.  I found the best solution was to periodically scrape a little bit of coconut oil onto the back of a metal spoon and use that to do all the pressing.  But just whatever works for you…  When you win, put the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

Put coconut oil, coconut milk, cocoa powder, honey, cashew nut butter and coffee in a sauce pan and warm until everything’s melted.  Then pour this along with the cashews and the banana into a food processor and blend until the mixture is as smooth as possible.  I almost burnt out the motor but I wanted it to be smoooooth.  Pour the filling into the crust, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2-4 hours or until filling is set.

I guess at this point you could store the whole cake in the freezer until you need it…  but that’d be crazy because, honestly, you’ve probably licked the spoon and you already know you’re gonna eat this cake.  Asap.  So move her to the fridge where she’s good for a couple of days.

Dust some cocoa powder on top so it looks a bit fancy and then mix the final few ingredients in a small bowl before drizzling the sauce over cake and topping with whatever else you fancy – nuts, coconut shavings, flowers.  Beautiful.

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25 Jan
3

Basics – the principles of layering

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Somehow the start of the year is always about the basics for me.  Stripes, chunky knits, denim, all the usual suspects on constant rotation and layered up because it’s still cooooold.  Boden and Gap are my go-to’s for no brainer January style and now Gap has arrived on Zalando (one of my fav online stores with free delivery – surely the only way anyone wants to shop in January?) – win.

My principles of layering are simple – turn it upside down.  A little bit of topsy turvy makes things more interesting.  So, cardi over jacket just for a change, lace up shoes over jeans just because and watch over cuffs…  it’s the details that otherwise just get lost in the cold.

We spent the weekend in the North, walking about the wilds of Scotland with the dogs and thawing out by the fire in the local pub with whiskeys and a scone, debating ‘top or bottom?’ (of the scone obviously) and celebrating our wedding anniversary.  Happy six years husband!x

Gap knit – Zalando :: jacket – Gap
breton tee – Boden :: Gap jean – Zalando
florence flat – Boden
Michael Kors jet set bag – Zalando
watch – Daniel Wellington

coat – Infindigo

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22 Jan
7

Wonderland

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And then finally it snowed and we were in wonderland.   A full body leather layer topped with my current coat love (not inside out this time) and the only real snow boots I own because I needed snow boots for sure.

You can guess who was having the time of their lives.  If ever there were two kids born for snow it was these guys.  Running and leaping and rolling, literally with the biggest smiles on their faces.  Happiness is…

zoe coat – Boden (ON SALE) :: leather jacket – Todd Lynn
leather legging – Boden (ON SALE)
adirondack boot – Ugg Australia
Michael Kors jet set bag – Zalando
wool fedora – Next

coat – Infindigo

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20 Jan
5

Get up & go – pink power smoothie

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Hey it’s Wednesday – up and at ‘em!  Or not?  Why are mornings so darn hard?  Well I have a few ideas… and how to combat them!

First things first – the foundation of sleep.  I might have mentioned my resolution to stop working at 8pm?  Well, aside from one major ‘up till 3am before a 7am flight fail’ lapse, I’ve been doing pretty good.  And I can tell you, it helps big time.  Like I wake up and don’t wish I had a shell to hibernate in.  Like I wake up after 8 hours sleep and feel like I just scored a secret little bit of the day that no one else even knows about.  I have time to get up and do something before I even need to think about dog walks and emails and all the general day stuff.  So I do.

Still struggling to get up and go?  Lumie alarm clock.  My mum gave me this for Christmas last year and it changed my world.  For real.

Remember my favourite workout mantra?  I’m all over that at 7am.  I might never be one of those people that has time to go to a gym but working out at home for half an hour is just about doable.  Jillian Michaels is on repeat in this house but right now I’m excited to try out 30 Days of Yoga which a friend recommended to me – body, mind and soul – I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you’re anything like me, having the right gear does wonders for the ‘up and at ’em’ attitude.  I’m loving these new motivational leggings (the legs don’t lie – ‘Just do it’) and neon toes.  I always love Nike and have been wearing Free’s for years because they’re so comfy and bendy.  These new guys are from Zalando and I’m so happy to have partnered with them because seriously, every time I look for new sneakers, these guys have them cheapest.  The Flyknit 3.0’s are basically like wearing socks and I LOVE them – like wear them instead of slippers love them.

So one last thing – fuel up.  Santa brought us a Nutri Bullet and it changed everything.  Seriously.  I never thought smoothies could be so…  well…  smooth.  Obviously I’m testing out every combination I can think of at 7.30am and right now I’m stuck on this pink power smoothie…  scroll down for the recipe.

Got any get up and go tips to share with me?  Fav workouts?  Smoothies?  Tell me all your secrets.

avesha yoga vest – Sweaty Betty
nike leg-a-see leggings – Zalando
nike flyknit 3.0 sneakers – Zalando
bracelet – Harry Rocks :: flowers – The Rose Box
sanday handknitted throw – bluebellgray

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Beetroot Banana Power Smoothie

1/2 a ripe banana
1 small cooked beetroot
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp hemp seeds

Directions

Pour the whole lot into a Nutri Bullet (mine has changed my world) or blender and whizz until smooth.  Enjoy.  Drink up the goodness.  And go.

If you give it a go I’d love to see!  Just share with #ThankfifiFood

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