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It's that time of year again. It's beginning to feel a little colder and summer has come to an end for another year. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to it but I can finally get excited about clothes again. In the summer I struggle with trying to stay cool and comfortable all while wearing an outfit I'm happy with and feel good in. Autumn is a different story, I feel more inspired and want a huge collection of boots, coats, jumpers and scarves.

At the moment I'm switching up my wardrobe, I have put away my summer clothes and have been thinking about what new pieces I can add. I have already started collecting some new key pieces, I usually do a big shopping spree but I decided to change it up this time. I'm now going to think about what I feel is missing from my wardrobe and only buy what I really like and wear things I feel good in.

The looks I've put together are what I've been loving at the moment. Light pinks, greys and denim is different for this time of year but also refreshing, there is no dark colours and it looks very cosy. Stripes and tan coloured suede looks so effortless but put together for casual days out. I also really want a pair of dungarees but I'm a little scared to go for it. Four days a week I have to wear office clothes so I'm always looking for new outfits I can wear to work that are more stylish than simple black work trousers and a blouse. I love burgundy and navy at the moment, perfect for work and looks smart.

What looks are you loving this season?


Cosy Blush 

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Effortless Everyday Autumn 

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Office Edge

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Autumn Wardrobe Edit

25.9.16

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It's that time of year again. It's beginning to feel a little colder and summer has come to an end for another year. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to it but I can finally get excited about clothes again. In the summer I struggle with trying to stay cool and comfortable all while wearing an outfit I'm happy with and feel good in. Autumn is a different story, I feel more inspired and want a huge collection of boots, coats, jumpers and scarves.

At the moment I'm switching up my wardrobe, I have put away my summer clothes and have been thinking about what new pieces I can add. I have already started collecting some new key pieces, I usually do a big shopping spree but I decided to change it up this time. I'm now going to think about what I feel is missing from my wardrobe and only buy what I really like and wear things I feel good in.

The looks I've put together are what I've been loving at the moment. Light pinks, greys and denim is different for this time of year but also refreshing, there is no dark colours and it looks very cosy. Stripes and tan coloured suede looks so effortless but put together for casual days out. I also really want a pair of dungarees but I'm a little scared to go for it. Four days a week I have to wear office clothes so I'm always looking for new outfits I can wear to work that are more stylish than simple black work trousers and a blouse. I love burgundy and navy at the moment, perfect for work and looks smart.

What looks are you loving this season?


Cosy Blush 

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Effortless Everyday Autumn 

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Office Edge

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

I love all things granola, on the go, as a snack and for breakfast. Granola bars are so delicious and good for fuelling your body with some extra energy. Unfortunately, the ones from the shop can sometimes be bad for us. And if you're like me, can also be picky with what is in the granola bars, I'm not always keen on dried fruit, however I love dried bananas and dates. I prefer mine to be sweet and full of nuts.

For a while now I have wanted to try and make my own granola bars and I finally got round to it today. They are so delicious. So simple to make yourself, you can mix and match what you want in it to suit your tastes and is a little cheaper make than some you can buy. Here is how you can make your own.


Ingredients 

Makes 10 bars

200 grams of pitted medjool dates
84 grams of honey
64 grams of peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
100 grams of chopped almonds*
25 grams of pistachios*
25 grams of chopped hazelnuts *
135 grams of oats

*optional: you can mix and match your favourite nuts, fruit, flavours and you can even add chocolate!

Blend the dates in a food processor for about a minute until it is like dough and can be rolled into a ball. Toast the oats in the oven until slightly golden brown for around 15 minutes at 170 C (optional - you can leave them raw). Put the oats, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and dates into a large bowl. Warm the honey and peanut butter together over a low heat. Stir and pour into the oat mix and with a spoon mix everything together. Once mixed thoroughly place it into a lined baking tray. Smooth and flatten out the granola mix. Cover with cling film and put it in the fridge or freezer to firm up for 20 minutes. Then chop up the mix into bars, store in an airtight container. And enjoy.

Homemade Granola Bars

11.9.16


I love all things granola, on the go, as a snack and for breakfast. Granola bars are so delicious and good for fuelling your body with some extra energy. Unfortunately, the ones from the shop can sometimes be bad for us. And if you're like me, can also be picky with what is in the granola bars, I'm not always keen on dried fruit, however I love dried bananas and dates. I prefer mine to be sweet and full of nuts.

For a while now I have wanted to try and make my own granola bars and I finally got round to it today. They are so delicious. So simple to make yourself, you can mix and match what you want in it to suit your tastes and is a little cheaper make than some you can buy. Here is how you can make your own.


Ingredients 

Makes 10 bars

200 grams of pitted medjool dates
84 grams of honey
64 grams of peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
100 grams of chopped almonds*
25 grams of pistachios*
25 grams of chopped hazelnuts *
135 grams of oats

*optional: you can mix and match your favourite nuts, fruit, flavours and you can even add chocolate!

Blend the dates in a food processor for about a minute until it is like dough and can be rolled into a ball. Toast the oats in the oven until slightly golden brown for around 15 minutes at 170 C (optional - you can leave them raw). Put the oats, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and dates into a large bowl. Warm the honey and peanut butter together over a low heat. Stir and pour into the oat mix and with a spoon mix everything together. Once mixed thoroughly place it into a lined baking tray. Smooth and flatten out the granola mix. Cover with cling film and put it in the fridge or freezer to firm up for 20 minutes. Then chop up the mix into bars, store in an airtight container. And enjoy.


It’s been over six years since some of my best friends and I went away on a girls holiday, earlier this year we made a promise to ourselves to do it and so we did. The August bank holiday weekend was ideal and coincided with school holidays as we have a teacher in the group. We wanted to keep the cost down and originally looked at beach holidays in Europe but we couldn’t find something that was right for us, we then decided to have a stay-cation and found a cabin in the forest to have a much needed girls break away. 

Sherwood Forest is two hours away (three hours in traffic on the Friday before a bank holiday), so it was far enough that it didn’t feel too close to home. From what we saw of Nottinghamshire countryside it looked quite lovely. We arrived to hundreds and hundreds of trees, I do love a good tree  and there were plenty of them. Our cabin was big enough for the five of us, the views were beautiful and we made dinner before getting straight into the outdoor hot tub with a glass of prosecco each. Ready to relax and enjoy the company of my dear friends. Once the sun went down we got cosy inside with some chocolate treats and a film. I had the most peaceful night sleep, lately I haven't slept well so getting a good rest made me feel so much better. I’m convinced it was down to the calm and quiet surroundings. 

On our first full day we had a wander around to see what we could do and decided to go for a bike ride. We were not exactly prepared for it but we made it through our 2 hour bike ride that really challenged us. I’m so proud of us and despite the difficult hills and sore bum, it was quite enjoyable. The good endorphins were flowing through my mind and body. I now also have so much respect for the British cycling Olympic medallist's, they are incredible! I will definitely go for a bike ride again but will have extra bottles of water and energy bars to get me through it. Thankfully we had the hot tub to unwind in, pizzas ready for dinner and of course more prosecco. Then we watched one of my favourite films Love, Rosie while drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows. 

The next day was more relaxed, I hung out in the forest while the girls were monkeying around doing Go Ape. I’m not great with zip wires and climbing trees so I walked around some quiet paths and sat on a bench with a cup of coffee and a book. It was just how I like to spend my Sunday afternoons. Relaxing outside and doing what I love. 

I felt a little sad to be leaving Sherwood Forest, it was a break I needed and I got to spend a few days with the loveliest girls. I’m so thankful for everything in my life, the adventures I live, the people I have and feeling mostly happy. Time away from every day life is good for the soul. The forest was simply delightful. Hopefully I’ll have more adventures in the forest. 

A Weekend In The Forest

2.9.16


It’s been over six years since some of my best friends and I went away on a girls holiday, earlier this year we made a promise to ourselves to do it and so we did. The August bank holiday weekend was ideal and coincided with school holidays as we have a teacher in the group. We wanted to keep the cost down and originally looked at beach holidays in Europe but we couldn’t find something that was right for us, we then decided to have a stay-cation and found a cabin in the forest to have a much needed girls break away. 

Sherwood Forest is two hours away (three hours in traffic on the Friday before a bank holiday), so it was far enough that it didn’t feel too close to home. From what we saw of Nottinghamshire countryside it looked quite lovely. We arrived to hundreds and hundreds of trees, I do love a good tree  and there were plenty of them. Our cabin was big enough for the five of us, the views were beautiful and we made dinner before getting straight into the outdoor hot tub with a glass of prosecco each. Ready to relax and enjoy the company of my dear friends. Once the sun went down we got cosy inside with some chocolate treats and a film. I had the most peaceful night sleep, lately I haven't slept well so getting a good rest made me feel so much better. I’m convinced it was down to the calm and quiet surroundings. 

On our first full day we had a wander around to see what we could do and decided to go for a bike ride. We were not exactly prepared for it but we made it through our 2 hour bike ride that really challenged us. I’m so proud of us and despite the difficult hills and sore bum, it was quite enjoyable. The good endorphins were flowing through my mind and body. I now also have so much respect for the British cycling Olympic medallist's, they are incredible! I will definitely go for a bike ride again but will have extra bottles of water and energy bars to get me through it. Thankfully we had the hot tub to unwind in, pizzas ready for dinner and of course more prosecco. Then we watched one of my favourite films Love, Rosie while drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows. 

The next day was more relaxed, I hung out in the forest while the girls were monkeying around doing Go Ape. I’m not great with zip wires and climbing trees so I walked around some quiet paths and sat on a bench with a cup of coffee and a book. It was just how I like to spend my Sunday afternoons. Relaxing outside and doing what I love. 

I felt a little sad to be leaving Sherwood Forest, it was a break I needed and I got to spend a few days with the loveliest girls. I’m so thankful for everything in my life, the adventures I live, the people I have and feeling mostly happy. Time away from every day life is good for the soul. The forest was simply delightful. Hopefully I’ll have more adventures in the forest. 


Looking back at these photos makes me feel so happy. They are just a few photos from a couple of weekends in the last 2 months. The weekends have been full of lovely, joyful, and chilled moments, I wish I could relive them all again, at least I can look back at these photos and they will be here to remind me of those gorgeous days.

Weekend by the lake

After getting back from my summer holiday in Portugal with my sister I went up to visit my love, we had a relaxed weekend together looking around the shops, making veggie lasagne, baking banana bread and watching films. We spent the Sunday afternoon by Hornsea Mere lake. There was a lovely little cafe with delicious pistachio and raspberry cake, we then walked off that sweet treat by the lake, looking at the sailboats passing by.

Birthday weekend

Both of our birthdays were at the end of July so we took a few days off work and spent the long weekend together. It was so lovely, warm and sunny, the perfect British summer weather. We went into town to have a browse in the shops and stopped to have a little afternoon tea at The Pudding Stop. We shared a warm peanut butter brownie with salted caramel ice cream, if you're ever in St Albans it is definitely worth visiting, they also do amazing pancakes for brunch. 

On the Saturday we had a picnic in Trent Park and did a little bit of Pokemon hunting. I was quite addicted to it a few weeks ago! The next day we went to Brighton and stayed over night. It was a great place to spend my birthday with my favourite person. I was completely spoilt with gifts, it was one of my favourite birthdays so far. 

The weekend of parties

The next weekend was full of more celebrations, the Friday was one of my best friends son's birthday and house warming party all rolled into one. We ordered pizzas and snacked on sweets and chocolates all night.

Saturday was another one of my best friends had their engagement party. I'm so incredibly happy for them and can't believe that I'm at that age where my friends are getting engaged, buying houses and have children. It's all been so amazing and makes me feel very grown up. That night I had few Toblerone cocktails and giggled loads with some of my oldest friends. I can't wait for more engagement parties and the weddings!

Mother, sister, daughter London & spa weekend 

My sister's birthday was at the beginning of August, we had a weekend full of fun. We went into London for dinner and cocktails before we saw Aladdin in the theatre, it was amazing. Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance. 

The next day, my Mum, sister and I headed to Oxfordshire for a spa trip for our birthdays. I've never been to a spa before and I really enjoyed it. A couple of hours relaxing by the pool with a book before having a facial can do a lot of good. I now need to treat myself to a facial again. It was great to spend some time with my Mum and sister, we rarely get the chance to go out and do things together. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what the end of summer will bring and I'm already getting a little excited for autumn and all the great things ahead. 


I Heart Summer

23.8.16



Looking back at these photos makes me feel so happy. They are just a few photos from a couple of weekends in the last 2 months. The weekends have been full of lovely, joyful, and chilled moments, I wish I could relive them all again, at least I can look back at these photos and they will be here to remind me of those gorgeous days.

Weekend by the lake

After getting back from my summer holiday in Portugal with my sister I went up to visit my love, we had a relaxed weekend together looking around the shops, making veggie lasagne, baking banana bread and watching films. We spent the Sunday afternoon by Hornsea Mere lake. There was a lovely little cafe with delicious pistachio and raspberry cake, we then walked off that sweet treat by the lake, looking at the sailboats passing by.

Birthday weekend

Both of our birthdays were at the end of July so we took a few days off work and spent the long weekend together. It was so lovely, warm and sunny, the perfect British summer weather. We went into town to have a browse in the shops and stopped to have a little afternoon tea at The Pudding Stop. We shared a warm peanut butter brownie with salted caramel ice cream, if you're ever in St Albans it is definitely worth visiting, they also do amazing pancakes for brunch. 

On the Saturday we had a picnic in Trent Park and did a little bit of Pokemon hunting. I was quite addicted to it a few weeks ago! The next day we went to Brighton and stayed over night. It was a great place to spend my birthday with my favourite person. I was completely spoilt with gifts, it was one of my favourite birthdays so far. 

The weekend of parties

The next weekend was full of more celebrations, the Friday was one of my best friends son's birthday and house warming party all rolled into one. We ordered pizzas and snacked on sweets and chocolates all night.

Saturday was another one of my best friends had their engagement party. I'm so incredibly happy for them and can't believe that I'm at that age where my friends are getting engaged, buying houses and have children. It's all been so amazing and makes me feel very grown up. That night I had few Toblerone cocktails and giggled loads with some of my oldest friends. I can't wait for more engagement parties and the weddings!

Mother, sister, daughter London & spa weekend 

My sister's birthday was at the beginning of August, we had a weekend full of fun. We went into London for dinner and cocktails before we saw Aladdin in the theatre, it was amazing. Definitely worth seeing if you get the chance. 

The next day, my Mum, sister and I headed to Oxfordshire for a spa trip for our birthdays. I've never been to a spa before and I really enjoyed it. A couple of hours relaxing by the pool with a book before having a facial can do a lot of good. I now need to treat myself to a facial again. It was great to spend some time with my Mum and sister, we rarely get the chance to go out and do things together. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what the end of summer will bring and I'm already getting a little excited for autumn and all the great things ahead. 


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