A Valentine…

Until midnight 14th February, take an extra 10% off my Geometric Heart Stud earrings! Just visit my online shop HERE and enter the code ‘AVALENTINE’ when checking out!

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(p.s: There is also a hidden 20% off code if you can find it- enjoy!…)

It’s Friday!…

It’s Friday again! This can only mean one thing: Friday Food Post!

Continuing my quest to live & eat a healthier lifestyle, here are a few of my favourite recipes discovered this past week that I would recommend checking out!

On my search for yummy food inspiration, I came across this recipe by ‘The Simple Veganista‘, and HAD to try it!

“zucchini-pasta-creamy-avocado-cucumber” – Full recipe here: http://thesimpleveganista.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/zucchini-pasta-creamy-avocado-cucumber.html

Again, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I improvised a little.

For the pasta, I was trying out the different cutting tools on the blender, so the courgette was more grated than I anticipated, but hey, now I know what each of the blades can do!

For the dressing, I blended:

2 avocados

1 handful of walnuts

3-4 sml spring onions

1/2 cucumber

1/2 chopped chilli

juice from 1/2 lime

1 clove of crushed garlic

1tbs cumin (added by accident before realising it wasn’t the bag of tumeric I’d grabbed, but still…)

1tbs tumeric!

salt & pepper to taste

Hemp seeds & coriander to garnish

On the side, I added a few chopped tomatoes and some roasted butternut squash I’d cooked earlier, sprinkled with tumeric- yum!

Using up the rest of my roasted squash, I made a spicy coconut soup!

1 can chickpeas

1 half roasted butternut (with tumeric)

1 lrg orange

1/2 fresh chilli

1-2 cloves minced garlic

tbs hemp seeds (these are my new favourite! Great thrown in to salads also!)

Possibly threw in some mixed seeds but I can’t remember!

Salt & pepper to taste

Coriander to garnish

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If you saw my previous post, you’ll know I was raving about Emily’s Coconut Goji Brownies recipe from ‘This Rawsome Vegan Life‘ – and so basically I made another batch!

This time I didn’t have coconut flakes/pieces, so added some coconut oil instead, and more dates/raisins to help bind it all together!

This ‘Raw Coconut Oil‘ I found much better than the cheaper version in the white tub by KTC- as soon as you open it, the smell is amazing! It’s really creamy in comparison too, so I’d definitely recommend it πŸ™‚ I believe it’s by the same brand as ‘Biona’ which I haven’t tried, but also has good feedback.

Visit HERE for Emily’s awesome recipe!

Today, I was kindly given some onions to grow- wish me luck! I killed my strawberries last year! πŸ˜‰ ….

Have a fab weekend everyone!

x

NEW STOCKISTS!

You can now also see my work on display & to purchase from:

Brazen Studios – Glasgow

Black Box Boutique – Edinburgh

Victoria Sewart – Plymouth

Sara Preisler Gallery – Birmingham

Easter weekend

It’s official- we are over half way through April already! But thankfully, the Great British weather has been picking up, hooray for sunshine!

Today is less of a Jewellery post, and more of a food post. I am pretty conscious about what I put in to my body, though of course, I have my fair share of cheat days where I will inhale all sorts of unholy goodness in the form of beige food stuffs, chocolate and so on. But at the moment I am on a healthy eating discovery mission, and trying to find a diet that suits my body, and that has as little impact on the environment and fellow animal friends as possible- a long learning curve indeed, I know. But, I guess you’ve got to start somewhere!

I want to learn more about getting a healthy, balanced diet, and so I’ve been doing a little research here and there, to see what I can find. The internet is bursting with advice on what to and what not to eat, suggesting recipes, explaining what each food source will provide for you in nutrients, the energy it will give you, explaining GMO & non-GMO food sources, and it goes on. It’s a mind field, and where do you start? Well, I’m not sure. Haha. …BUT! I’m starting with the very basics- making sure my plate is no longer dominated by beige food but veg, piling on the likes of kale, spinach, peppers, broccoli.. and making sure snacks are less in the form of a cheeky chocolate bar or biscuit, but fresh fruit or a smoothie.

I have seen some great recipes online which suggest subsidising some regular carbs (we still need them, but should be selective) such as pasta for courgette ribbons, rice for cauliflower, or regular noodles for soba noodles (which are made from buckwheat and are gluten free), for a few examples.

I am a huge fan of courgette pasta! It is my current favourite thing. I also like to use couscous now and again in salads, it’s so tasty. I love quinoa but sadly this doesn’t agree with me and makes me unwell, so couscous wins here.

Here is a quick look at a courgette pasta dish I made earlier this week, which was yum. I also included some butternut squash in it, which was roasted beforehand,with some pepper and cumin:

IMG_9293I really like to watch documentaries in the background when I’m working from home at my workbench, and the past few weeks I have viewed the likes of Food Matters, Vegucated, Food, inc, and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead– all of which has been very insightful as to where our food is coming from, the bad habits we can all fall in to with our food (guilty!) but also how we can correct this, and how. They’re all well worth a watch if you haven’t seen them. The last doc mentioned focusses on a juicing detox/reboot diet, and it’s quite amazing to watch the transformation of the people on there, not just watching their weight decrease, but how they seem so much more focused and energised after it. Again, definitely worth a watch!

DocuFood01aSo, back to smoothies, after this little bit of inspiration! I was searching for a few recipes for dinner and smoothie options, specifically looking for raw food ideas too, as this was something I wanted to try out. I came across the most amazing blog this Easter weekend and have pretty much been drooling over it since. I am just waiting to get a few ingredients and them I’ve got a big hit list of recipes I want to try! Check it out here, it’s awesome. I warn you, you may try to lick your screen: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/

The first recipe I tried was for ‘Coconut goji brownies’, improvising with coconut flakes and a little extra honey/dates where I didn’t have coconut oil, but there are delicious! I have a really sweet tooth and I do love chocolate, so I’m looking for ideas that are tasty, but a much healthier option that will curb those cravings. I find peanut oaty bars are also good, but these should definitely be consumes in moderation- great energy bars before a workout though! But back to these brownies, my photo here doesn’t do them any justice, but head straight to Emily’s blog here for the recipe: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/06/goji-coconut-brownies.html#.U1UhOlfhHgU

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For desert last night, I made this fruity smoothie:

I included:

ΒΌ bag Mixed frozen fruit

Tb spoon of Mixed seeds

A few spoons of vanilla yoghurt

A squeeze of honey

a little bit of dark chocolate

(..I think that was all)

I don’t have a juicer so I blended it as as best as possible, the sieved the rest so it was a little smoother- YUM!

(Admittedly, I had been bought a chocolate Easter bunny, so I did eat it’s ears as well last night…)

For breakfast this morning, I made a smoothie to take on the dog walk with Levi, our rescued staffie, for a sunny walk down by the canal.

Here’s what happened:

1x banana

2x big oranges

TS sized piece of fresh ginger

3x dates

1 tumbler of water

(I didn’t use any yoghurt in the end, and I may have added a squeeze of honey, I can’t actually remember!..) But it was very tasty! πŸ™‚

And before I forget, Sat 26th April at Gloucester guildhall is: Gloucester Incredible Vegan Roadshow:

http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/classified/events/roadshows

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..But for now, back to the bench! Lots to solder and polish!

Happy Easter everyone!

Stephanie x

Please vote for Stephanie Bates’ Jewellery in this years’ Women in Making campaign

I have entered this years ‘Women in making’ competition and would really like your vote!
StephanieBates-GeoColl01smlWM_0You can vote for me by clicking the following link- your like/share/vote would be much appreciated! You can vote using both your Facebook AND Twitter accounts:
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Fashion shoot “Pretty in Pastels” with Cotswold Style magazine

S/S shoot- April issue out now!

Featuring some of my jewellery including the Geometric heart studs, Silver & Amethyst Kite pendant, and Geo-Floral Silver & Pearl studs:

Cotswold 88-23All photos by the fabulous Stefanie- visit her website here: http://www.photographybystefanie.co.uk

Or follow on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/photographybystefanie

 

Save the date!

Save the date!

THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF MILLINERY LUNCH AND FASHION SHOW

SUNDAY 27TH APRIL, 12.30, THE QUEENS HOTEL, CHELTENHAM

Getting Married ?

Why not enjoy lunch and a wedding themed fashion show with your mother and friends and get some wedding inspiration.

The fashion show will feature gorgeous wedding gowns by Chanticleer, beautiful hats and bridal headdresses by Denise Innes-Spencer, ladies dresses by Hush and Outsider and jewellery by Stephanie Bates.

Other BIG DAY ideas and finishing touches will be showcasing.

Tickets are Β£25 and include a two course lunch, glass of wine, fashion show and goody bags.
To reserve tickets please email info@thebritishschoolofmillinery.com

http://www.britishschoolofmillinery.com/
http://www.chanticleerbrides.co.uk/
http://www.frozenvisions.co.uk/
http://www.outsiderfashion.com/
http://www.stephaniebatesdesign.co.uk/
http://www.lovewomenswear.com/
http://www.cotswoldsvintagepartyhire.co.uk/
http://www.pollyollieannie.co.uk/
http://www.mercure.com/
http://www.thecreativeflowerstudio.co.uk/
http://www.vanillapodbakery.com/

(Photo: courtesy of All In The Image)