Tuesday, 16 September 2014

6 MUST-HAVE ITEMS FOR A STYLISH WARDROBE THIS AUTUMN



1. Denim Shirt

This is my favourite item this season because of its sheer versatility. Anyone whatever your style or age can wear them, they can easily be layered and great for transitioning weather. Most importantly they never go out of style.  I am loving this figure fit  H&M stretch Denim Shirt @ £19.99 a pop available in a light and darker wash.

Nemi's Tip

  • Go for a shirt with a little bit of stretch as this helps it fit better.
  • All washes don't work for everyone- Find a wash that suits your skintone and hair 
  • Don't buy till you find the perfect fit (you will :)).


2. Tote Bag

Every woman needs a tote bag, perfect for work, shopping, diapers and the even gym; the Tote is officially the most practical bag ever. They are  available in different material and styles, they are big enough to fit all your junk stuff, perfect as a hand luggage, durable, reusable and most importantly stylish.
 Upgrade your wardrobe this season with a simple tote bag. I am currently loving this simple bag from Zara. I like the clean lines, leather, lots of pockets and elegant look. It is available in black and brandy, and retails at £39.99.


Nemi's Tip
  • When buying a tote bag consider its purpose and chose a suitable size for your needs
  • If you plan to use it as a handbag or work bag go for leather and if you would most likely use it for shopping then a canvas bag might be better.

3.'You' Scarf

This is one of those simple wardrobe refreshers. I believe accessories are the perfect way to show your personality elegantly. A 'you' scarf is the scarf that expresses your personality perfectly, something that  will make your friends will say 'this is so you'. It could be plain, patterned, floral, bright coloured or pastel(yes pastels can work in Autumn). The important thing is that you love it and it is durable as you will most likely wear the life out of it this season and maybe the next. 
I like the collection of Autumn and winter Scarfs from Zara this season, I am loving this Soft scarf, so simple, looks warm and cosy at £25.99 a pop.
Nemi's Tip

  • Skip the discount (3 for £10) bin and go for a high quality scarf something around £20-£40, a nice scarf can easily upgrade an outfit and is long lasting.
  • Go for a heavy weight and a wide width scarf that can double as a pashmina and cover-up. Ted Baker has a range of 'Kimono like' cover ups for winter, I will do a DIY on how to make one, no sewing and in no time. Leave a comment if you would like me to.

4. Double Breasted Trench Coat

Do you know? The first trench coat was designed in 1912 and adapted in 1914 for officers to be worn in the trenches. Well that explains the name and the numerous pockets(for guns and grenades) the typical trench coat has. It has been 100years and the trench is still stylish and a wardrobe staple. Perfect for the unpredictable weather of the season, you could wear rags or nothing (I don't approve ;)) and still look fabulous with a great trench. While a typical Burberry trench retails for £995-£6000 you can get one for as little as £100. I recommend this Zara Double breasted trench coat, I have had mine for a couple of years and stills looks as good as new.

Nemi's Tip-

  • Go for quality and as you want something long lasting.
  • Dry clean instead of washing
  • Change the buttons every year to freshen them up.

5. Ankle Boots

This is another Autumn must-have I love love love! Again anyone can wear them and they are easy to style. You can pair them with skirts, shorts, legging and dresses, they are great for transitioning weather and can be dressed up or down. Ankle boots all they way!!
Marks and Spencer have an amazing shoe/boots collection this season, with half sizes and wider width. I am loving this  Suede Side Bow Ankle Boots an absolute bargain at £55. It has underfoot padding and nice comfy soles,  I walked over 3miles in these boots last Friday night, no blisters and no pain the next day! Winner!

Nemi's Tip-

  • Go for fit and comfort over style
  • I have found low to mid heel ankle boots look best
  • When looking to buy, find out if the shop reheels (Reheeling can extend the life of you shoes and save you money)

6. A Fresh pair of black Jeans

Most people already own a pair of black jeans but what they don't know is that most jeans have a shelf life (say what?). Black jeans especially begin to lose their fit and colour after 6 months to a year, blue jeans are different because they come in different washes. If you are one of those gorgeous ladies that love a nice pair of black jeans with loafers, flats or pumps then you would need to replace them every now and then. You would be surprised how something as simple as a new pair of jean can update your wardrobe  this season. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself; also you don't need to buy a super expensive pair; a good fitting H&M pair for around £20 looks and feels great.
I am currently loving this Henlow Skinny Jean from Jack Wills. It sits low on the rise, slims through the hips and thigh and tapers at the ankle to a super skinny fit that feels really comfortable thanks to the denim’s slight stretch. This is perfect for dressing up or down with your favourite tees.

Nemi's Tip- 
  • Wash jeans inside out and  in cold wash to avoid fading
  • Never dry with a dryer it ruins the shape and fades jeans
  • Hang on a line to dry inside out

This my cheat sheet to a fabulous and stylish Autumn wardrobe, hope it inspires your next shopping trip.









Monday, 15 September 2014

VEGAN RECIPE CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY!!! Non vegans are welcome too :)


Calling all creative foodies!

This month, The Vegan Nigerian and Anemistyle are teaming up to bring you our very first Vegan Recipe Contest. The rules are simple and fantastic prizes are up for grabs. We want to see the unusual and we want to see the innovative. The most creative interpretations will get the highest points. Whether you’re familiar with vegan cooking or not, we want to hear from you. Simply take the key ingredient – BEANS – and rustle us two dishes: one sweet and one savoury. Send us the pictures and recipes, along with your name and country. We’ll pick a winner on the 30th September and ship a bundle of goodies to your doorstep!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to flaunt your culinary skills! ;)




Key ingredient

BEANS! Brown, black-eyed, kidney beans…. Use your favourite, use what you have!

The rules
1.       1. Create a sweet and savoury dish with the key ingredient. Email the photos and recipes tovegannigerian@gmail.com or anemistyle@gmail.com
2.       2. Meals entered MUST be vegan (no meat, eggs or dairy)
3.       3.   Like Anemistyle and The Vegan Nigerian on Facebook

Prizes

A selection of yummy vegan snacks
Your recipes featured on our websites
Exclusive access to 10 vegan ice cream recipes, as seen in Nice Cream: 25 Delicious, Dairy-free Recipes


Winner will be selected on: 30th September 2014

Get cooking!

Friday, 12 September 2014

BEHIND THE COLLAR with KATE SEAGRAVE, BARGAIN HUNTING, CROSSFITAND SUPERPOWERS

Hello everyone can you believe it is Friday already?! This week is seriously flying by and hope you are having a good week.

I am very excited about today's interview and the first of my inspirational women series.

 Kate is a Church of England priest by profession and loves delivering her sermons in Manolos! 

She is a beast by Crossfit standards and a superwoman by human standards.

She is fluent in multiple languages including French, Czech(yes really) and comfortable in mandarin. 

She is beautiful, loves fashion and has awesome bargaining tips up her sleeves like how to get a Prada gold platform wedges in Liberty’s for £20!

 Most importantly she is a confident woman that loves God, passionate about reaching the lost and real change in the Anglican Church. (Oh and she is super funny, like seriously 'guy' funny).

I find Kate very inspirational and her passion for life and confidence is literally contagious. Since hanging out with her I have consciously tried to confidently embrace the woman God has created me to be. I am a better shopper and try to find the humour in everyday life.

Hope you looooove this interview as much as I do; check it out.
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Tell us about yourself
I grew up in Hampshire with some time in the USA. I’ve been in ministry for 10 years now, ordained for 5.

Why did you get ordained?
I was working for a church in Peckham, originally only for a year, and I realised a few things. I loved the church and felt passionately that I wanted to serve the church. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. This was a bit of a surprise to me as I had always said that being a vicar, along with being a primary school teacher, were the two jobs I would never do!

Why Crossfit?
A friend introduced me to CrossFit while I was a minister at another church in London. I enjoy the competitive edge, the unpredictability of the workouts as well as the more technical aspects of training- especially Olympic lifting and gymnastics.

 What the health/fitness benefits have you experienced since taking up cross-fit? 
I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be- I have a 125kg deadlift, a 90kg squat, can clean and jerk my body weight… I feel all around better when I am training- I sleep better, I can concentrate better and it’s a great way to discipline myself to take time out. I also really believe that it is part of my discipleship to look after the gift of my health which God has given me. I can’t take that for granted and as part of my gratitude to God for it, I should take care of myself!

How do you stay motivated?
I find training fun! Well, most of the time. When you enjoy doing something that is motivation enough.

 What are some of the best bargains you have received?
£20 Prada gold platform wedges in Liberty’s, £6 Ralph Lauren tailored trousers, £60 Valentino cocktail dress… there’s so many to choose from!

 What are your top bargain hunting tips?
1. Don’t go hunting for something specific- bargains don’t work that way!
2. Don’t buy anything unless you absolutely love it. If it’s clothing, when you try it on it MUST fit and it MUST make you smile. 
3. Don’t be frightened to put back that £20 Dolce and Gabbana skirt if it doesn’t fit those criteria.
4. Get on every mailing list you can to find the sample sales. Most aren’t generally publicised. BUT some are in small adverts in the Metro or Evening Standard.
5. Learn to do minor repairs on clothes well- that way you can tell whether the flaw in an item is worth fixing or not. 
6.Negotiate the price on these things shamelessly- you’ll be surprised what you can get!

 How do you stay true to yourself:
Have confidence that you are who you are for a reason! Don’t try to second guess what other people want from you or what might please them. At the same time, be aware of where your shortcomings are- being yourself doesn’t mean accepting with resignation the parts of yourself which are negative. A friend once told me that the closer we follow Christ the more truly ourselves we become. I think that’s the best advice I could ever give!

Advice to 18 year old me:
DUMP THAT BOY!

If you were not a priest what would be?
I think I watched too much Spooks and as a result would quite like to be a spy. Ros Myers in a slightly less emotionally damaged form!

 What is your Superhero Name and special powers
I would be able to fly. Maybe a name like Kzaarr. I think that would look good in comic book script! I’d definitely have a cape, definitely have AWESOME boots, but my knickers would be on the inside…!


Hope you enjoyed the interview and have a great weekend 
Love Nemi x


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

SNACKITY SNACK SNACK- 3 RULES TO HEALTHIER SNACKING

Last week I was chatting to a couple of people about their physical goals and asked them to send me a picture of everything they put in their mouth with the promise that they won't be judged. By the end of the first day I could understand why they were struggling. The major culprits were bad snacking due to lack of planning and ignorance about the calories and nutritional contents of food. One of them had pasta for breakfast and thought because she added broccoli and cauliflower it was healthy!! 


no judgements here cos at least she had breakfast and that is important. I do not believe everyone has to be slim and toned as we all come in different shapes and sizes; in fact most of the women I find beautiful are not the stereotypical skinny models on the covers of magazines.
 I believe in being 'healthy' whatever shape or size because being in good shape helps you get the most out of your body. OK, enough jibber jabber from me, the point of this article is to help you snack well for optimal health.



1. Snack Natural  - Having this rule automatically eliminates processed foods high in sodium, sugar and additives that keep you coming back for more. Even the low calorie options have additives that your body struggles to process. Natural, unprocessed, raw snacks with as little ingredients as possible are full of fibre and nutrients that your body can easily process. Some easy examples are fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables like carrots, celery, courgettes; will find that these are quite filling. What I tend to do is try snacking raw and natural first and wait 30 minutes, if the craving is still there then indulge in moderation.

2. Plan your snacks in advance 
We probably all know the saying about planning to fail if we fail to plan right? The same goes for snacking if you don't have healthy snacks available it is highly likely that you will snack on unhealthy food. I live close to a Tesco and for some reason when I have the munchies and have nothing at home, I hardly go there to buy healthy snack- I always want the salty, sweet or creamy goodness that I am craving at that moment. The excuse I hear the most from people about unhealthy snacking habits are 'I am usually not a snacker' or 'if i buy it I will eat it all'. Quite frankly those reasons are legit but it helps to have some healthy snacks around and ready. I like cashews and pistachios but I know they are quite calorific so I like to make 100cal portion packs so I have some control over how much calories i am consuming which leads me to my next point.


3. Moderation moderation moderation
One of the people I spoke with told me she snacks on 4 apples in one sitting ! While that might sound healthy, one large apple has 116 calories with 23 grams of sugar which is not too bad but when you have 4 you are having 464 calories with 93grams of sugar! Sure the fibre will keep you satisfied but having that much sugar in one sitting will spike insulin levels to oblivion. Too much of a good thing can really be bad and moderations is key when snacking.


When the snack monster attacks or when I get a severe case of the munchies having some rules or guidelines makes a huge difference for me. I have found these rules to be the most helpful. 

I would like to hear from  you, what do you do when you get the munchies when trying to reach your physical goals?

Have a lovely day
Love Nemi xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

5 SECRETS OF SKINNY FOODIE

According to the Oxford Dictionary a "Foodie" is a person with a particular interest in food; most foodies have a refined palate and appreciate different flavours and cuisines which opens them up to a lot of unhealthy foods from duck-fat fried French potatoes, butter and sugar filled desserts, to deep-fried Mars bars aka heart stopper (Seriously who invented that?!?).  I am a full time foodie and have struggled in the past with maintaining my weight whilst enjoying delicious delicacies. Over the years after many trials and errors, I have discovered that it is not an impossible task to balance the two and if you follow some pretty straight forward tips you can 'have your cake and eat it'.

***Disclaimer: These tips are what worked for me and I understand everyone is different so apply with a teaspoon of wisdom.

TIP 1-MAKE A COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING 
In order to be a "healthy size" foodie, it is important to make a commitment to healthy living. I believe this is key to managing your weight whilst enjoying and trying out new foods. The commitment to healthy living will influence the food choices you make and help you realise that some things are not worth trying out (deep fried Mars bars).
Le Hüsband and I love our food, Matt has a refined palate and appreciates different flavours and one of our favourite past time is trying out new restaurants and different cuisines. We made a conscious decision to eat clean and to be committed to a healthy lifestyle to ensure that our love of food didn't result in excessive weight gain. We avoid processed food and try cook healthy meals from scratch everyday. This commitment to healthy living influences the food choices we make each day, we generally go out to eat on the weekend and indulge but at home it is good clean fresh food and contrary to what people think clean eating can be as tasty, flavourful and delicious - you just need to put in the time in the kitchen

TIP 2-WALK, RUN, DANCE...

...or do a physical activity you enjoy for at least 20 minutes a day. When I was on holiday recently, and could not leave the house due a thunderstorm, I put on some Beyonce and danced my butt off while channeling my inner Sasha Fierce (I'm certain I looked like a pro.... OK I probably looked crazy) and when I synced my Fitbit (activity tracker) I realised that dancing to one 4 minute song was the equivalent of around 500 steps! 

Great leg workout by the way!


If dancing is not your thing then maybe walking or running is, the important thing is that you

Monday, 1 September 2014

DO YOU REMEMBER SEPTEMBER!

Happy New week and New month lovelies! 
I am an Autumn lover and so happy it is September,  autumn is not in full swing yet but still excited. Will miss the blackberries and summer fruits but looking forward to hearty and warm autumn meals like my favourite lentil soup with minced beef and warm pitta bread!! OK food talk over.

I have lots of exciting things I am working and can't wait to share with you so please stay tuned, subscribe and Like Anemistyle on social media as your support means a lot to me.

Hope you had a wonderful summer!

Love Nemi xx