Kitchen gardens that will make you want to grow one today

The kitchen garden is a garden full of food. There aren’t any hard and fast rules as to what you should grow and the layout of your garden but here are some examples of really beautiful spaces to grow plants that can really complement your cooking.

1A big garden full of herbs, veg and flowers with a really simple brick pathway. This is a great example of what to do with your whole garden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARaised beds like these are great if your soil is a bit acidic/sandy/stony as you can use a good quality soil on top.

3Kitchen gardens don’t need to be outdoors, though. You could have a space in your kitchen for little pots full of herbs. Be creative.

Untitled-2You can do so much with different pots and planters. From upcyling old tins to having a whole wall display of herbs.

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We can’t get enough of printed shoes

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of window shopping online. There’s so much I want to buy and most of it is contained to the footwear section of all the stores I frequent. I’ve been seeing a huge surge in printed shoes. From leopard trainers to tropical high heels. I thought I’d share some of the most spectacular here but you can see even more over at my Shoplinkz list.Desert

These ASOS boots are amazingly tropical. I can’t get enough of this print. Wear with simple blue jeans and a white top. Let your boots do all the talking.leopard_hellbound_2

I can’t create a shoe list without adding in some UNIF Hellbounds. These might not appeal to everyone but I just can’t stop looking at them. They style is similar to the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boot, which is surprisingly easy to walk in. I’m very tempted by a pair of these leopard Hellbounds but as someone who is unstable in flat shoes, they’re probably not for me.Santafe

Another beautiful ASOS shoe. Not too high, beautiful colors and every elegant. Take my money! Wear with a pretty purple, pink or white sund ress.YRUFinally, a platform sneaker from a brand I’ve only just come across and intend to review fully very soon. YRU seen to make really edgy platform shoes in all sorts of shapes and designs. I can’t get enough of platform shoes. I get the height I want without the unsteadiness of a ridiculous heel!

What shoes have you bought lately?

How to wear: Cleated shoes

Cleated shoes: A night out

The pastel pink cleated sole boots add a fierce edge to even the most girly of looks. They’ll give you lots of height and will make your legs look long so team them with skinny jeans and some complementary colors.

Cleated shoes: Dungarees

Flatform shoes are great for festivals as they give you a little bit of height without being horribly uncomfortable or difficult to walk in. Pair these sandals with some denim dungarees, your favourite crop top or t-shirt and some simple makeup.

Cleated shoes: Playsuit

These huge boots will work with almost anything. Show off your legs with a floral romper and add lots of dark accessories.

Jess is a blogger, fashion lover and owner of many shoes. She loves to write, take photographs, and shop for stationery.

Etsy Picks: Bold, bright and beautiful

Need an injection of color into your life? Here’s some inspiration from some fantastic Etsy sellers.
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Loving this bright backpack. It’d be great for short trips away or simply for carrying all these necessities to the park for a picnic with friends.

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Going on holiday or just want to look stylish while catching some rays at home? This bikini is so on trend with the mint green bows.bright3

Scarves don’t need to be relegated to the back of the wardrobe this summer. The lighter varieties make great beach cover ups or can be used to keep the chill off when the sun goes down.
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This long, flowing chiffon skirt is perfect for all sorts of occasions from a night out on the town to lazy weekend walks along the beach.bright1Finally, this little shift dress could be worn in so many different ways. It would look stunning with simple makeup and flip flops or you could dress it up with a statement necklace, bright lips and killer heels.

Non-alcoholic drink ideas for your next summer party

Not everyone enjoys an alcoholic beverage so it’s always good to offer something non-alcoholic at a party. A big bonus is that these drinks are so much more refreshing than anything you can buy off the shelf.

Strawberry fizz

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This is really simple, all you need to do is fill a jug with strawberries cut in half then pour over sparkling water. Leave to chill for 30 minutes before serving. The drink will absorb some of the color and flavor of the strawberries leaving you with a very refreshing, sparkling pink drink.

Non-alcoholic sangria

SanGriA!!!!

  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 3 cups sparkling water

Mix everything together except the sparkling water. Leave it to cool for at least an hour (up to 12 hours). When you’re ready to serve, pour in the sparkling water and serve in a jug.

Homemade lemonade

Lemonade w/vanilla, mint+rosemary, recipe in @hughacheson's "a new turn in the south"

  • 100g fruit sugar
  • 4 lemons, preferably Sicilian, juice only
  • ice
  • about 1 litre sparkling mineral water

Put the sugar and lemon juice in a jug. Add some ice and top up with the mineral water. Stir to combine. It’s that simple to make delicious homemade lemonade.

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