Comfort versus style, cookies and coconut pancakes

I have a bit of a jam packed post for you, so get comfy! I’ve honestly never stopped today, I’ve been cleaning, baking and cooking. I’ve cooked up rice and quinoa, made hummus, soup and cookies! This morning I decided that it has been far too long since I’ve had pancakes for breakfast, plus I wanted to try out my new coconut flour so I made some of Oh She Glows Spelt Pancakes for one (less all the add in’s and plus one tablespoon of coconut flour and two tablespoons of additional almond milk). I also made up a delicious creamy sauce by mixing one tablespoon of coconut flour with some water. I served mine with mango, blueberries and some desiccated coconut:

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The coconut flour seems to be a great ingredient! Its full of fibre and when mixed with water turns into a paste (perhaps a little like peanut flour?) or the sauce shown above. It absorbs a lot of liquid so could be great for adding to smoothies for thickness and coconut flavour or even in porridge.

I also got my baking groove on with some fab cookies!

Almond Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Shutterbean (Vegan, makes approximately 16 small cookies)

  • 1 cup of almonds (I used 1 cup of almond meal leftover from making almond milk)
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup of plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • Raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Pre heat the oven to 175c and grease a baking sheet. If using the whole almonds chop them finely in a food processor, then put to one side. Add the oats and salt to the food processor and blend them until they resemble flour. Add the oats to the chopped almonds. Add 1/2 cup of flour, the oil, maple syrup and dried fruit if using and combine well. If the mixture seems a little too wet, add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Take heaped tablespoons of the mixture and form into balls. Place on the baking sheet and press down to flatten slightly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown:

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I made some plain almond oatmeal cookies and some almond, oatmeal and raisin cookies. I had two of these mid morning with a cup of rooibos tea, they taste really good, sweet and nutty!

Lunch was a big bowl of kabocha squash soup with pumpkin seeds followed by 2 chopped apples:

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Mid afternoon I made a big green juice: 2 small apples, 2 kiwis, cucumber, celery, lettuce, ginger:

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Dinner was a slice of my veggie loaf with some cheesy leeks (sautéed leeks topped with vegan mozzarella and grilled), steamed purple kale, spring greens and carrot with shoyu:

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This was so tasty, I love that veggie loaf and it went amazingly well with the cheesy leeks! Dessert was a couple of squares of RAW cherry dark chocolate and a mug of Japanese cherry sencha green tea:

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Comfort versus style

Last week when I posted my outfit of the day I was interested in the comments that indicated that most of us prefer comfort over style. As the week has gone on and I have been out shopping I’ve been pondering that question myself. More recently I have definitely become more attracted to relaxed clothing, but I’d like to think that I can wear this stuff and still retain a bit of style! I seem to have a few basic items that I wear all the time, as soon as I get in from work or on a weekend I’m straight into my sweat / yoga pants, hoodies / zip up tops, leggings, cotton dresses, vest tops and baggy jeans.

It just goes to show how much I love those basics as look what I ended up buying this week!

Zip up top and black sweat pants from Peacocks:

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CIMG0725I love these as the top has a few nice details like the roll over neck and roll up sleeves which make it look a little different than just a plain hoody. The sweat pants are sooo comfortable and I love the gathered bottoms of the legs. I could easily wear these with a smart top and ballet flats in the spring.

Denim dress from Mango on sale (£14):

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Denim dresses seem to be everywhere on the high street in the new collections (and cost around £40 for a decent one), so when I saw this simple shift dress on sale I thought it was a great bargain. Will be fab with leggings and a little belt, and when the weather gets warmer bear legs and flip flops.

Cotton dress from H&M (£12.99):

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So simple and comfortable to wear, will be great over tights, leggings, jeggings or skinny jeans.

My top tips to style up comfortable basics:

  • Use accessories like a funky scarf or belt to dress things up a bit. I love wearing some long patterned or wooly socks just peeking over boots to add something different:

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  • Buy items that have an unusual styling detail like a roll over neck on a zip up top, a print or pattern, stitching or gathering detail.
  • Use colour – I have a habit of going for neutral colours which can get a bit boring. I have loads of colourful vest tops which I wear under t-shirts and hoodies to add a bit of colour:

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  • Mix up smart and casual – my favourite thing to do is pair a hoody with a blazer – smart but oh so comfy and warm! You could even add a little belt around the waist too:

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What are your favourite comfortable clothes? Do you think you can be comfortable and stylish at the same time?

Oh, and one more pic before I go, here’s some little postcards I picked up in York. I have the ‘keep calm and carry on’ in full size in my hallway but I loved the other sayings as well:

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I’ll be sticking these up around the flat and at work. I especially love the ‘when in doubt brew up’! Speaking of which, a sleepy time tea is calling my name… hope you had a great weekend!

Comments

  1. says

    Woooow, such a long post! Loved reading it, and was mesmerized by the pancake recipie! I also bought that Philips juicer, it was a combination of really good reviews on Amazon, and as soon as I a photo of it on your blog, I knew it had to be great! xxx

  2. says

    Oooh love the look of those cookies!! Yum! And I seriously MUST find some coconut flour! My new mission…

    I totally think you can be stylish and comfortable! But I do love my uncool uber-comfortable clothes a lot :D

  3. says

    is coconut flour different to coconut powder? i use powder as an ingredient(thai etc)and come to think of it, its very fine like cornflour almost?

    i love H&M. I don’t really go for comfort tho. Heels as high as I can bare and jeans as tight as my 38yrs will let me get away with…or not :p I buy alot of layers from H&M similar to your vests but obv in scotland have applied same principal but on long sleeve t shirts (white, black, light grey, dark grey, teal and red) have you noticed in H&M that you get some cottons in same colour which is maybe better than others. some have lycra in them instead of elastane or have a finer mix of cotton. denim dress is a good buy for sure x

  4. says

    In my regular day I’m running around from class to babysitting to teaching Pilates all on public transportation so I always have to be dressed in a way that is comfortable AND stylish … I *never* wear sneakers, I stick to comfortable but cute flats and boots because I really think wearing sneakers looks lazy. I even carry them to the gym. Haha I have a shoe fetish though so that’s just me. I really stick to a neutral color palate (wow, I live in NYC and wear predominantly grey and black? what a shock) and try to pick fun and interesting accessories to play it up – scarves are my favorite and they instantly transform an outfit. I also like to find comfortable basic pieces with interesting detailing, so even when I’m wearing a simple outfit like leggings and a t-shirt with a cardi over, I have fun pieces to pick from so my “simple outfit” becomes interesting.

  5. says

    Your cookies look so yummy..I am such a cookie monster haha!
    I must admit I’m struggling with my fashion style at the moment as I do really love being in comfortable clothes but I feel pressurised into being less comfortable by having to be very fashionable because of my course so that I can ‘fit in’. I guess I am really conscious of what other people think of me which I know isn’t really good…but it’s just so hard being around people who look like their entire life is to look fashionable. I’m trying to find a balance of wearing comfortable and fashionable clothes and I seem to be doing okay. Leggings are a life saver though – they go with anything and are comfy!

  6. says

    Such an interesting post ~ I just base my clothing choices on what I can move around in the most easily. I never wear heels and never have done, and tend to live in combats/running gear/trainers. Not a girly girl and never have been. It’s nice too see that, in your case, it is at least possible to be both comfortable and stylish though. I think everyone’s definition of ‘comfort’ is different though: for me, anything tight just drives me insane and I don’t think I can remember the last time I wore a pair of jeans!

    You have me intrigued to try coconut flour now! How is the vegan mozarella? I’ve never tried anything other than the soy-free Cheezly cheddar and I’ve always been a bit hesitant because I wasn’t a fan of regular cheese even before I was vegan…so I suppose if they’re not very ‘cheese-like’ that would be a plus-point for me.

    xxx

  7. says

    those pancakes…… they look to die for :)

    my favourite comfy clothes are velour pants and a vest top – probably not all that stylish. that is something I’m struggling to get to grips with since losing weight as I’ve never had the opportunity or the confidence to wear nice stuff – but I’m learning :)

  8. says

    Oh I am *definitely* all about the comfort, but you’re right, it doesn’t have to mean compromising on style. In my case though I spend a lot of my time in ripped jeans and gym kit, but I’m a PhD student, so it’s allowed! If I have to be smarter though then I dress along the same lines as you. I really like that H&M dress, so cute!

  9. says

    I am guilty of making pancakes almost every weekend, it’s our little weekend treat in this house.

    Coconut flour sounds wonderful!

  10. says

    Parisa – glad you like the juicer, I love mine it works so well!

    Carrie – thanks – the cookies are so good!

    Emma – I think you’d love the coconut flour!

    Fattolean – could be the same stuff by the sounds of it, would be great used in curries and things too!

    Ilana – sounds like we have a pretty similar approach to what we wear!

    Nicky – yes I can imagine it must be a lot of pressure to always look styled in a certain way, I say embrace your individuality! I agree with the leggings they are such a lifesaver!

    Jessica – you’ve just reminded me how much I love combat trousers too, they seem to be a lot harder to come across now though. I have been very impressed with the vegan cheese. It melts very well – the only negative is that its a little on the sweet side for me. I think if you didn’t like normal cheese you probably wouldn’t be crazy about this stuff, but it could be worth a try?

    donnyfan – I know, losing weight can really throw you, the kind of clothes that used to suit me no longer do so it took me some time to re find my style!

    Alison – ah to be a student again! I have to say I think I spend more time in my gym kit and pj’s than anything else these days!

    Tam – I think you would love coconut flour!

    Alex – I love pancakes, they do make the perfect weekend breakfast!

    Jemma – thanks!

  11. says

    I was eyeing up that h&m dress the other day too! It looks so cosy yet stylish. Sometimes you can’t beat a jersey dress.

  12. says

    Yum those cookies look so good :) I am getting cookie obsessed at the mo!
    I am fur sure comfort over style, so I try to have stylish comfortable clothes. NO heels for me, but nice flat boots, nowt too tight but some nice fitted things or leggings and dresses. Getting more stylish anyway! :)

  13. Ash says

    I made almond milk today and used the pulp for your fantastic cookies. My OH and daughter love them! I have also found some Coconut flour in my local independent health store, it was quite expensive, but thought I would give it a go. I was also thrilled to see in my local town that a little take away tea shop has opened and their tea is Teapigs, loads of flavours!!

  14. says

    Helen – I can’t wait to wear it!

    Laura – I’m sure your more stylish than you give yourself credit for x

    Abbie – thanks chick! I did that blogger award a little while ago but it could be good to do it again, I might have to wait until I can fit it into a post. So glad you like the blog!

    Maria – sounds so similar to me, I can’t be having with heels very often!

    Ash – so glad you liked the cookies and almond milk! Glad you have access to teapigs, they are so good!

    leashie loo – the shopping one is cool!

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