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Tuesday 20 August 2013



This sticky beef salad with asian dressing is the perfect way to spice up a basic salad and an easy way to inject a little asian cuisine into your recipe book! Quick to make and full of flavours this recipe has quickly become a weekly staple in my household. All it takes is a little bit of prep time the night before to chop the fillet steak and throw in all the ingredients for the marinade and you have the quickest tastiest salad I have come across in a longtime. 

2 fillet steaks, 5 TBSP of light soy sauce, 5 TBSP of sweet chilli sauce, 1 TBSP of chopped ginger, 2 TBSP of honey, 1 clove of garlic, a blob of olive oil, juice and zest of 1 lime, 1 TSP of lemongrass, salt and pepper.

1 bag of salad leaves, 1 head of pak choi, 1 large carrot, 1 large spring onion, half a bell pepper, a handful of alfalfa shoots, red chillies and coriander. 

Firstly marinade the beef fillets over night in the combined ingredients, or for a couple of hours at least. The next day, take the fillets out of the marinade and put the remainder of the sauce in a saucepan. Boil the sauce until it thickens and leave to cool. Cook the fillet in a frying pan until they are how you like them. Chop up the salad and vegetables whilst washing the alfalfa shoots. Serve on a board or in bowl and toss all the ingredients together. For the dressing, pour the cooled down sauce into a jam jar, add 4 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and shake well. Next you need to arrange the sticky beef on the top of the dressed salad. Finally sprinkle as much chilli as you desire and a little coriander to serve.
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Saturday 17 August 2013



It has been a few months since my last beauty post on the blog, nothing intentional, simply a case of nothing exciting me in the beauty world as of late. That was until I set my eyes on YSL's latest beauty offerings for autumn/winter 2013 in the form of this City Drive Classy Palette in Uptown. Lets just address the elephant in the room here and take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is the packaging of this palette! Gold, black and a contemporary graffiti design is so up my street I couldn't help but have a peak at what treasures would be inside such luxurious packaging. I was not disappointed with what came within, the colour selection in this Uptown palette is a lovely mix of neutrals to make the perfect day to night look - hello perfect! True to its name the colours reflect the city with champagne, marble, concrete and steel. All 4 colours blend well together to create a lovely soft smokey eye but can also be used wet if you want to intensify the look. The YSL palette is currently on sale at Debenhams for £25.20 (linked above) or at YSL counters for the usual price of £42.00. 

I'm a big voluminous lashes type of girl and after doing some research this YSL Baby Doll mascara was quickly added this to the top of my wish list. It was pretty much a given that I would throw this in my basket at some point so I thought what a better time than the release of the palette above. I am happy to report this mascara has worked its way up the ranks when it comes to giving you that wide eyed, long, full lash mascara effect. The brush is narrow enough to easily reach your inner lashes but still coat and magnify your normal lashes. This mascara is undeniably pricey retailing at whopping £24.40 but if you fancy treating yourself and you are in need of a new mascara I couldn't recommend this more. 
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Friday 16 August 2013


There has been lots of change over here at Ladylike Len as of late including a massive face lift on the blog itself. My old theme was getting me down and didn't reflect the content in the slightest leaving me feeling rather uninspired and generally falling out of love with my little blog. This is where the lovely lady that runs the Beautify My Blog store on Etsy comes in, offering pre-made themes with personalisation available upon request and good value for money, ideal! The service was great and the owner helped me sort out any issues I had with instalment. I could not be happier with the look of my blog now and have already found myself scribbling away in my ideas book coming up with new exiting things to show to you all! 

A huge thank you to Beautify My Blog and a little reminder to myself that change can be a good thing. 
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Friday 2 August 2013


Here are just a few of my favourite photos from my recent trip to Amsterdam. 

My boyfriend, friends and I decided to spend a week in Amsterdam to celebrate my recent birthday. Our trip included lots of highlights such as a trip to a pancake house, a late night canal cruise and several exhibitions to just name a few! I had the best time and cannot recommend taking yourself on a  trip to Amsterdam enough. 
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