Wednesday, 13 December 2017

There Was Something Fishy About This Event...

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

There Was Something Fishy About This Event...


Hey Guys,

I was recently invited to L'artillery des chefs, just off of London's Oxford Street, for an epic Seafood Masterclass like no other with Young's Seafood!


We all know Young's as the household brand that "make fish the dish of the day" - (I swear I can't say "Young's, without saying that catchphrase!) Not only do Young's have one of the best 'do it at home' battered cod for that cheeky Friday night fish and chips, but now they have launched a range of 'do it home shellfish'! We watched as chef serge whipped up some beautiful dishes in a matter of minutes! So now you have no excuse to not get all fancy-shmancy with your cooking!



The selection of seafood includes:

Scallops & King Prawns
Jumbo Tiger Prawns 
Fruits de Mer

All of these packs come with ready-made seasoned butter you can pop in the pan to give your dish a delicious flavour to make all your guests envious of your exceptional cookery skills (don't worry, I won't tell if you won't!)


My personal favourite from the dishes prepared, was the prawn and scallop- based dish served up in a lovely clam shell! I had all the little mermaid vibes as I tucked into ...


Coquille and Prawn St. Jacques with a Brioche Crust

Seafood Linguini (Fruits de Mer)

Not only are these dishes super duper tasty, but they are also really low in fat! The perfect guilt-free meals and salads!

I have been set the task, by my mum, of cooking he Christmas Dinner this year! So I will defrost be giving one of these recipes a go for a starter (or should I say entreé ;)
No longer will seafood be a treat from a restaurant menu, but it will be something I can actually cook at home myself.


Jumbo Tiger Prawn Cocktail


Jumbo Tiger Prawn, Roasted Brussel Sprout and Butternut Squash Salad


Seafood Paella with Chorizo (Fruits de Mer)

What's your favourite seafood-based dish? I would love some ideas, now that I am no longer afraid of  cooking seafood!

P.S. Make sure you keep your eyes on my YouTube channel for a full event vlog! 

P.P.S. Find lot's of seafood recipes from Young's here.

Eb x
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Monday, 11 December 2017

Middle Temple - London's Hidden Historical Gem

Monday, 11 December 2017

Middle Temple - London's Hidden Historical Gem

Hey Guys, 

I was recently invited down to Middle Temple, a historical venue in the heart of London, for a tour of the beautiful building, followed by lunch. 
Here is my little photo-diary from the day...


I have always loved historical buildings. From a young age, I loved visiting castles and manor houses with my mum or for school trips. My mum probably remembers the endless questions I always had about the "olden days"! So I jumped at the opportunity to explore this fascinating and very old building! 

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers.


Not only is the building and it's rooms fantastic to look at, but they each hold wonderful bits of history within the law and royal families. These stories and facts were told wonderfully by our expert tour guide who was the perfect host!





I felt extremely lucky to be visiting Middle Temple during the festive season, as the Great Hall was so beautifully decorated with a stunning 30 ft Christmas tree overlooking our lunchtime buffet.


Each room was beautifully traditional. It seemed as if nothing had changed since the men of the sixteen and seventeen hundreds roamed the corridors. And that was the appeal - the feeling of stepping back in time to experience a world as it once was. I was getting all the Doctor Who vibes!


And then it was time for lunch!...




We took to the Great Hall to live out our best Harry Potter dinner dreams! I was definitely Ron Weasley with the buffet as I piled my plate high with fish and chips!
The selection of food was enough to bring me back to Middle Temple - salads as far as the eye can see, a cheese selection and fresh cream and strawberry cake!






Thank you to Middle Temple for having me and showing me your wonderful building! If you don't see me soon, expect me in a few years for my Harry Potter themed birthday party!

Make sure you head to my YouTube channel to catch my vlog of the day. I love vlogging all my cool experiences!

Eb x
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Friday, 8 December 2017

Decorating My Corner Space

Friday, 8 December 2017

Decorating My Corner Space


Hey Guys,

When it comes to creating a cosy living space, I tend to work section by section in my apartment. My beauty table recently went through a transformation, as well as my bedroom. 
This week I set myself the task of styling this small corner space. I was helped by the wonderful Photowall, who are an online canvas and wall-art supplier. Make sure you keep reading for a cheeky 20% discount code!

Since we're on the subject, allow me to introduce you to my newest piece of art. This abstract watercolour from Photowall blends beautifully into the cream walls of my apartment. I love the grey and yellow tones that are perfectly coordinated with my sofa cushions (just out of shot). Although the greys are quite dark, I love how calm this print feels. 


These little bits sit atop a lovely vintage writing desk with a fold away table top. I keep a lot of stationary in here such as envelopes, notebooks and pens. I actually managed to get this for free as it was being given away by one of my neighbours. My top tip for furniture hunting on a budget is to use the "freebies" section on Gumtree to see what people are getting rid of in your local area. It's a great way to recycle unwanted belongings. 
Let's take a closer look at what's sitting on top of the desk...



I love love love house plants! I have about 10 and don't think it's enough! This beauty was a thrifty find from a large Tesco who had reduced it due to a little discolouring. With a little TLC, I managed to nurse him back to a healthy green. 
(OK, this is deffo not a humble brag as I am usually terrible with plants and this plant resurrection was a complete happy accident!)


Copper is one of the home trends of the year! I love a touch of copper, and this awesome, geometric candle holder was an absolute bargain from Primark. It looks great in blog photos and adds a trendy touch to the corner. I like to weave my primark fairy lights in and out of it!


This little pot of grass is from Ikea. It is an extremely affordable, faux plant that requires no looking after! 
The glass panel terrarium was a lil TKMaxx find from last year. I love that the greenhouse vibe adds a touch of outside, inside. 


I DIY'd this white "E" from a wooden letter I picked up in Hobby Craft! I originally thought I could drill some holes into it and thread fairy lights through to create a DIY marquee letter... didn't quite get round to that step...


Photowall have so many different styles of print, from watercolours like this one, landscape photographs, old Hollywood movie icons and trendy patterns. I highly recommend you check out the site for something you may fall in love with! You can customise the print entirely from size to edging and frame. 
Photowall have kindly offered you lovely lot a 20% off discount with code:

EboniDixonCampaign2017

This code will work from now until the first week of January.

I hope you find something you like! Make sure you tweet me with an image of your new print!


Eb x

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Luxury Gifting with Amara Living

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Luxury Gifting with Amara Living

 

Hey Guys, 

It is officially December, which means a few things:

- Cosy Jumpers
- Pom Pom Beanie Hats
- Hot Chocolates
-Christmas Films
-Food (and lots of it!)
- and... PRESENTS!

I love shopping for myself, almost as much as I love shopping for other people! (I'm sure I was a clothing buyer in a previous life). So this time of year is one of my favs!
I don't know about you, but as I get older, I get less tolerant with crowds and queues and find myself turning to online shops more than ever.

For this gift-giving inspo post, I have collaborated with Amara, a luxury online store, who have kindly allowed me to choose 3 items from their website. I'd love to show you what I picked up and why, and I'd love to know what you are thinking of getting for your loved ones this Christmas!

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 Ted Baker "Confetti Heart Pendant"


This is the perfect gift for a sister or best friend. Rose gold has been the metal of the moment all year, so I thought this was the perfect, wearable necklace that is sure to go with everything. 
The hammered metal detail gives the pendant an edgy vide which is perfectly contrasted by the fluttery wings of the heart. 
I love that this also came ready to gift wrap with a Ted Baker gift box and canvas bag!


Elizabeth Scarlett "Jungle Leaf Pouch (Large)"


I loved this pouch as soon as I saw it! The leafy pattern is very on-trend at the moment and I love the Scandi-inspired design. 
I though this would be perfect for friends or family who love to travel or are away from home a lot as it is perfect for storing toiletries and make up!


Joules "Fairford Bright Purse (Pool Blue)"


Look at this colour! I was drawn by this electric purse. I think this is a great gift for mums or aunties. Not only is this statement purse gorgeous to look at but it's super handy as well. The many pockets and compartments mean this is a practical pressie too ;)
PS. please try to ignore the fact you can see me in the silver ball ball taking the picture in my unicorn onesie!



I'd love to know what your favourite item in my mini haul is? And if you celebrate Christmas, what are you planning to get your loved ones this year? 

Eb x



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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Styling Space Boots

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Styling Space Boots

close up image of silver mirror boots

Hey Guys, 

I have been loving a good statement boot recently! From my gorgeous red booties from PrettyLittleThing and now these bad boys! I must admit, when I first saw them, I got major Ariana Grande Break Free vibes, but I wasn't sure if I could rock them. Turns out, I can!


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Sunday, 26 November 2017

A Unique Christmas Meal with Mango Tree, London

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A Unique Christmas Meal with Mango Tree, London


Hey Guys, 

I'm sure we can all agree on the importance of good food this festive season. I am no stranger to "eating outside the box" and love experimenting with new foods. Mango Tree never fails to impress me with their unique twist on traditional Thai cuisine. I last visited Mango Tree in Harrods and wrote all about my incredible experience. Today, I am bringing you all the tasty deets from the Mango Tree Christmas Menu
"Our Festive menu launches this week! We are offering an exciting pan-Asian alternative to traditional Christmas dining with an extensive and diverse menu."
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Friday, 24 November 2017

Unapologetically Bold

Friday, 24 November 2017

Unapologetically Bold

Eboni wearing bright red trousers and a black leather jacket

When it comes to fashion, I have had one heck of a style journey! When I look back at my style evolution, one thing can be said - though I've not always been the most stylish, my experimental nature has always existed. 
From making a necklace out of Mousetrap board game mice (true story) to leopard print and kimono tops, I have always been true to myself and worn what makes me happy. 



Eboni wearing red pretty little thing trousers and a black beret



I like to think I have learnt how to dress a little trendier over the years, but what I never lost was my passion for making a statement. Wearing colours that some would call "brave", making statements and making mistakes. Fashion should be fun and creative and an extension of you. 



Red was my favourite colour from a really young age. As I hit my teens, it was purple, or more specifically lilac. Now, as a twenty-something, my favourite colour is completely dependant on reason. E.g. Gold and dusky pink or white and grey for interiors. But it's my one true love, red, who has managed to creep back into my life in the form of trousers, dresses, lipstick, tassel earrings and berets! 
I love how powerful I feel in red!



Red represents me. My childhood, my city, my style and my power!




I have never felt the need to apologise for my style or my choice in colours, but when I wear a colour like red, it is usually a conversation starter. It often goes something like; "Wow, I love your trousers! But I could never wear them."

Why not?

Maybe people feel afraid to wear a colour that is powerful by association. I believe the answer is in how you carry yourself. Allow the colour to affect your mood and let your mood affect the world. Never apologise for being bold.

Did you read this post thinking "I love her outfit, those trousers are great, but I could never wear them myself". If so, why not?

Eb x






(All images by Justina Naravaite)


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