How to Style a Jumper, Jacket & Boots

Hey everyone,

So in between our heavy work schedules R and I have really been trying to get out as much as possible to make the most of the countryside that's around us in Lancashire, so we decided last weekend on Rivington, where there is a lovely estate and barn and some beautiful countryside around it.

Now we're all aware of the snowy conditions that plagued some of the UK in late January, and that sort of weather always leaves terrain in usually pretty distraught and muddy conditions - which brings me onto what I decided to wear.

When wearing boots it's often the thought that fashion goes out the window, but I totally disagree. It partially relies on what boot you're wearing and the rest of your outfit to suit the boot. Personally I like going walking in a tweed jacket, though the problem in late Winter is obviously the cold, so I wear a suitably warm jumper over a matching coloured shirt.


These are the Timberland boots I'm wearing, they were in the snow-boot section of their store and called Schazzberg. What drew me to them was their insulation and their total waterproofing - both of which qualities are a huge plus to me.


And this is the jumper that I decided to wear. Due to it's speckled-ness it goes really well with a patterned jacket and keeps you warm as well as looking good! I was especially drawn in by Original Penguin's little red logo which I thought was very cool. Over at Repertoire Fashion is where I found the item amongst a load of other fantastic items for the winter.

This sight reminded me of a scene out of a Brontë's Novel for some reason - so much mist!

A friend of mine from work, who was as fashion concerned as myself (perhaps even more so) gave me some great advice about collars with jumpers/waistcoats. If you keep your shirt collar inside your jumper, it will make you look broader, whereas if you have the collar out, you will look thinner - which make a lot of sense if you think about it. So that explains why I'm wearing my shirt collar in, if you were wondering.


I love how the patterns on boot match the jacket near perfectly - it's not often that happens!


Outfit

Timberland - Schazzberg Winter Boots
Original Penguin - Lambswool Jumper in Ritchie Knit
Hollister - Jeans
Jacob - Jacket
Savoy Tailors Guild - Shirt



I really hope you enjoyed the post!

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Introjuicing Chivalrous' 21 Day #RealJuiceReboot - Week 1

Hey everyone,

The few weeks after christmas are always quite hectic, coming down after the buzz that is Christmas. But hopefully this post will inject some energy via some awesome juicing recipes.

So Philips set me a challenge to complete 21 days of adding juicing to my diet, to form a health habit (apparently it takes 21 days to form a habit) and I know that I definitely don't eat as healthily as I could or should, especially with fruit. So this is the #RealJuiceReboot challenge and the 21 recipes that I have followed. Some of them have been nice, some not so good and some awesome. I've given them an arbitrary score out of 10 to gauge their taste.

These recipes were created mainly my Madeleine Shaw and Joe Wicks, so special thanks must go to them for sharing them with those of us who have taken up this challenge.

The juicer that Philips kindly sent was their Philips Viva Compact Juicer, which has been great to use and can create a very decent amount of juice in one go and plus is super easy to clean.

This is the juicer in action - it is quite loud but you don't have to have it on for long.


The Juicer



Recipes #1 - #7
#1 - 'Watermelon Cooler'


3/4 of a watermelon
1 peeled lime
1 handful of fresh mint

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This is one of my favourites, one because it's so simple to make and two it tastes great. It's got tons of water in it and its also got great things like vitamin A (for hair) and vitamin C (immune system among other things). I can imagine this would be a great juice for the Summer! 7/10



#2 - 'Classic Cleanse'


2 celery stalks
1 green apple
3 carrots
1 beetroot

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So I found this juice to be a bit odd, which I think is due to the carrot and beetroot combo. Definitely not one of my favourites, but it's worth a try! 3/10


#3 - Beat the Bloat


3/4 of a pineapple
2 green apples
2 handfuls of fresh mint
1 peeled lime

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This juice is so juicy, and my most liked so far. It's got the kick of the pineapple and lime, but the smoothness of the apples and mint. This is a good one to start on if you are unsure about how good a juice can taste. 8.5/10



#4 - 4pm Pick Me Up


1 handful of spinach
5 romaine lettuce leaves
1/4 cucumber
4 celery stalks
1 peeled lemon
1 red apple
2cm of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

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I found this one to be quite odd too. The taste was sort-of unbalanced, I think due to the cinnamon (I probably put too much in to be fair!) The joy about juicing is that you do have the freedom to chop and change a recipe, keep it simple or make it complex, change it. So if I did this again, I would be more careful with the cinnamon and probably add more ginger (I love ginger!) For how I made it, I will give it a 3.5/10 with the potential of being a 6/10.



#5 - Super Skin (modified)


(Original)
7 stalks of celery
1 apple
1/2 cucumber
1 handful of spinach
5 romain lettuce leaves (mod: handful of fresh mint)
1 peeled lime (mod: 1 pear)

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So this is an example of where I've taken some artistic license - I found that I didn't have some of the ingredients, so I changed it up a bit to suit my tastes. Although I don't eat a lot of fruit, I do love fruit juices, so this was a chance for me to add things like pears which I would't normally eat day to day. This ended up not being too bad and I definitely enjoyed it. 6/10


#6 - Pre-Workout Kick


2 carrots
1 red apple
1/2 beetroot
1 handful of spinach


This is a great juice for just before a workout and also it's sort of like a small shot so it doesn't take too long to drink. I really liked this one and will have it in the future for just before a gym session. 6.5/10


#7 - Flu Fighter

1/2 a beetroot
2 carrots
1 pear
1cm of ginger

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So I was really interested in trying this one because of its immune boosting quality - I'm prone to colds and having just come out of one before Christmas, I didn't want another! So far I'm still healthy, so this might be a great one to have during the colder months. 

I was pleased with how this one tasted, though it was a bit thick, though that wasn't such a bad thing. The important thing was that it tasted good :)



So that is the first week's recipes and so far its going really well. I definitely feel better having more fruit and veg than I would be having otherwise and it's fun to make them too!

Keep your eye out for week 2 and 3 to see how I get on!

Do you have any recipes that you love? I would love to hear them in the comments!



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Obsolete World: My Favorite Pieces of Artwork from Jeannie Lynn Paske


For a number of years now I've been an admirer of Jeannie Lynn Paske's Obsolete World artworks. I first came across them on the album cover of Eluvium's Copia album (which is a phenomenal collection of music.)

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This post is really about me sharing with you something that I think is very special & unique. There's something about her artwork that communicates considerable emotion, considerable weight - it's hard to put my finger on it, but it's like a movie that doesn't end - each picture has a story within the 'Obsolete World', and it's hard not to get sucked into each of their narratives.

So here goes - I'm going to look at my five favourite pieces (in no particular order) and talk a little about them. I'm in no way an art expert but I do think I have a good eye for aesthetics (if I do say so myself).

Please do note these images are strictly the property of Jeannie Lynn Paske and should not be used without her consent. 
All artworks link to their respective Etsy listings.

A Gentle Notion
I love this picture because for me it clearly symbolises children and their parents/grandparents. The young child is leading the now thin and fragile mentor, not showing signs of weakness but on the contrary knowingly leading the way. I love the green colour scheme, I think it adds to the eerie, autumnal message of change.

Echo
The majority of Paske's work is quite close up, focusing on one or a few characters (you'll see it as a trend through these favorites). Echo is a good example of this, where there is just one / two character/s communicating, or reacting to each other in some way. Being titled 'echo' we might assume that the the tree and the more-human-like character are metaphorically bouncing off each other, which we might take as a message on nature and humanity's close relationship.

In One Form or Another
This is one of my all-time favorites. For me it bridges the gap between Obsolete World and our own world. The dog is a bit of an anomaly in Paske's work - which I think might explain why I like it so much. The message behind the work, given it's title, to me suggests that life can be very similar for two very different beings, even if they are physically different. I think that's simply fantastic.

At Least One Conscious Observer
I call this the 'hyperbole being' and it is so damn cute. Paske uses size difference to great effect here and the message is again wonderfully clear - even if we only have one observer, they may be a very important one.

We Are Not Alone
Similar to At Least One Conscious Observer, We Are Not Alone focuses on the theme of observation and togetherness. The large dog-like being, who again cannot be seen but is clearly important and caring, is not observed by the man. It's a reminder that beings, be it other humans or animals, are always somewhere to be found in our lives, we just have to look in the right places and acknowledge them.

That concludes my look at the fascinating 'world' of Obsolete World, I hope you've enjoyed looking at the pictures and like them as much as I do - you can find her whole collection here.

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