The first day of the last month of the year begins tomorrow. Time is like a thief in the night, it goes by and takes it all away while you're sleeping. At least that's what it feels like sometimes. I become very reflective as certain milestones arrive, like the end of a year. I think about where I was a year ago and where I hope I'll be a year from now. And I feel that I can say I'm quite proud with some of the progress I've made since last year and I hope to look back in a years times and say the same.

So November, you have been a month full of darkness, rain and cold. Winter has arrives once again. I've had a lot of nights spent inside. Sometimes you just have to give in and hibernate a little. In the daylight I made sure to take a long look at the gorgeous autumn leaves that I now won't see for another year, leaving the tree branches bare. I had a few girlie nights, they are always my favourite. As you get older it is important to remember to make time for those friends who are dear to you. Last week I did have one 'rock and roll' night and went to see The National live, one of my favourite bands that were just incredible. I also did all of my Christmas shopping in one day, thank you Black Friday. I'm hoping I will have a very lovely final month of the year and I hope you all do too.


November

30.11.14



The first day of the last month of the year begins tomorrow. Time is like a thief in the night, it goes by and takes it all away while you're sleeping. At least that's what it feels like sometimes. I become very reflective as certain milestones arrive, like the end of a year. I think about where I was a year ago and where I hope I'll be a year from now. And I feel that I can say I'm quite proud with some of the progress I've made since last year and I hope to look back in a years times and say the same.

So November, you have been a month full of darkness, rain and cold. Winter has arrives once again. I've had a lot of nights spent inside. Sometimes you just have to give in and hibernate a little. In the daylight I made sure to take a long look at the gorgeous autumn leaves that I now won't see for another year, leaving the tree branches bare. I had a few girlie nights, they are always my favourite. As you get older it is important to remember to make time for those friends who are dear to you. Last week I did have one 'rock and roll' night and went to see The National live, one of my favourite bands that were just incredible. I also did all of my Christmas shopping in one day, thank you Black Friday. I'm hoping I will have a very lovely final month of the year and I hope you all do too.



Lately I have not had a desire to buy clothes for myself, when I am in a shop I will look and think it's really lovely but as I stand there after a minute I just decide I don't like it enough and/or to expensive, doesn't have my size or wouldn't suit me. I think all of us go through those phases. A blessing for my bank account is the only good side about it. But here are a few of those items I've seen that have caught my eye. Surprisingly, it's not all grey and black, my go to colours to wear.

Winter Style

26.11.14


Lately I have not had a desire to buy clothes for myself, when I am in a shop I will look and think it's really lovely but as I stand there after a minute I just decide I don't like it enough and/or to expensive, doesn't have my size or wouldn't suit me. I think all of us go through those phases. A blessing for my bank account is the only good side about it. But here are a few of those items I've seen that have caught my eye. Surprisingly, it's not all grey and black, my go to colours to wear.

Ever since the beginning of this year I have been trying to be healthier and eating clean. Of course there are days when I don't eat very well but I have learnt and discovered some new food combinations to eat that are healthier than a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps to snack on. I try not to snack but sometimes the sweet craving inside and the need for a boost of energy takes over. Finding these alternatives that are not only better for me but relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to make, they have really changed my bad habits.

Rice cake with almond butter and chia seeds
This is one of my favourites to satisfy my sweet craving, you have the crunch of the rice cake, the natural sweetness from almond butter plus the added benefits of chia seeds. Only takes a minute, ideal if you're in a rush.

Kale chips
The super food that I think everyone has heard of, it's quite a tasty leafy green. Mix the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil (per 75grams) add some sea salt, pepper or whatever seasonings you may fancy. Place on a baking tray, keep an eye on it, mix the kale around so it's evenly baked for around 20 minutes at 170C.


Peanut butter and apple slices on toast
As a snack this is great and won't leave you wanting something else, I sometimes have this for breakfast. Simply toast a slice of bread, spread peanut butter and add apple slices. You can alter this with your favourite fruit, berries are incredible with peanut butter.


Ryvita with hummus and tomatos
If want more of a savoury snack get a piece of Ryvita or flat bread, spread some hummus and add tomatos or anything you want, avocado and cucumber also taste great.

Greek yogurt, berries and nut mix
So very simple, you can just grab some yogurt but I like to add some flavours and textures. Add berries or whatever fruit you like and some seeds, nuts or granola. Mix it up with what you like, blueberries, almonds, walnuts and chia seeds are one of my favourite combinations.


I find that sometimes these snacks are substantial enough for breakfast or lunch. I really hope that this has given you some food inspiration. I love to go on Pinterest when I need some new ideas. If you have any suggestions please let me know them.

5 Quick and Good For You Snacks

22.11.14

Ever since the beginning of this year I have been trying to be healthier and eating clean. Of course there are days when I don't eat very well but I have learnt and discovered some new food combinations to eat that are healthier than a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps to snack on. I try not to snack but sometimes the sweet craving inside and the need for a boost of energy takes over. Finding these alternatives that are not only better for me but relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to make, they have really changed my bad habits.

Rice cake with almond butter and chia seeds
This is one of my favourites to satisfy my sweet craving, you have the crunch of the rice cake, the natural sweetness from almond butter plus the added benefits of chia seeds. Only takes a minute, ideal if you're in a rush.

Kale chips
The super food that I think everyone has heard of, it's quite a tasty leafy green. Mix the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil (per 75grams) add some sea salt, pepper or whatever seasonings you may fancy. Place on a baking tray, keep an eye on it, mix the kale around so it's evenly baked for around 20 minutes at 170C.


Peanut butter and apple slices on toast
As a snack this is great and won't leave you wanting something else, I sometimes have this for breakfast. Simply toast a slice of bread, spread peanut butter and add apple slices. You can alter this with your favourite fruit, berries are incredible with peanut butter.


Ryvita with hummus and tomatos
If want more of a savoury snack get a piece of Ryvita or flat bread, spread some hummus and add tomatos or anything you want, avocado and cucumber also taste great.

Greek yogurt, berries and nut mix
So very simple, you can just grab some yogurt but I like to add some flavours and textures. Add berries or whatever fruit you like and some seeds, nuts or granola. Mix it up with what you like, blueberries, almonds, walnuts and chia seeds are one of my favourite combinations.


I find that sometimes these snacks are substantial enough for breakfast or lunch. I really hope that this has given you some food inspiration. I love to go on Pinterest when I need some new ideas. If you have any suggestions please let me know them.
One of the best things I believe people can do for themselves is to read. The mind expands while having an enjoyable time. I'm not much of a TV person, I do have the odd favourites like Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries, however in my down time you're more likely to find me reading. Whether it's a novel, magazine, website or blog. I honestly wish there was more time to read everything but like all avid readers will know, it will never be possible. There are so many creators in the world, professional and amateur. So my advice would be to find what you love to read and try to branch out a little into other subjects every once in a while.

And I wanted to share some of my favourites at the moment and tell you about some great blogs out there.




Right now I have about a 80 pages left of Us by David Nicholls and I've enjoyed it so far. I really like the writing style, it does not require a lot of concentration and the story is unfolding at a good pace. You can pick it up from wherever you left it and can be brought back into the story easily. I'm trying to predict the ending but I honestly am not sure what will happen.

Magazines are not as popular in my house as they once were. A few years ago I used to read two or three a week back when I was taking public transport every day but now I only manage to read my Elle subscription every month. This month it's the feminism issue and they have a feature article with Emma Watson.

Fashercise is a new discovery for me, I have become more interested in health and fitness this year and I like to educate myself. This website has great tips for food, music and general wellness while making it stylish for the modern woman.



I make an effort to keep up with the blogs I read, I can't express how much I love reading what others have written and created because each individual blogger has put in so much effort and I find a lot of the time they are better than some major mediums.

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment..

Offbeat + Inspired
Tiffany and Sarah do a bit of everything from style, beauty, illustration, baking and cooking. The photography is always great, especially the food, their coffee and maple spiced nuts recipe really caught my eye this month.

Junkaholique
I have been keeping up with this blog for years now, Artemis is a jewellery designer and all round creative, her sewing pieces are my favourite especially the little dresses and bits and pieces she makes her daughter. Sharing adventures her little family go on in their camper van around England.

Jennypurr
The blog I go to when I'm in need of advice from blogging, life and beauty. The post on how to turn your ideas into something awesome is one of many great inspiring and motivational posts.

Pale Lily
Sofia writes a little bit of everything like most of my favourites, you can get your beauty fix, lifestyle advice and recipes. A blog I would love to have in paper to flick through, the vegan pumpkin chai latte recipe she shared looks so delicious.

Sailboat
A beauty and lifestyle blog with so many great reviews on all things young women love and lovely writing by Jennie.

The Private Life of a Girl
A little bit of everything type of blog, could even describe it as a handbook for every female creative. Sophie is a designer-maker sharing creative and business advice, among other posts about books, travel and fashion. I really enjoyed reading this post about ways to be more efficient

My New Roots
As I mentioned, I have become more interested in healthy eating, this blog has so many recipes that are full of nutritious goodness.

Nishaantishu
Freya's writing is probably my favourite part of this blog, as well as the gorgeous photography. Sharing her travel adventures and snippets of her lifestyle.

Bless The Weather
Another all round creative, Siobhan takes wonderful photographs, her portraits in particular are always so striking. There are vegan recipes, music and lifestyle posts to read, the nice stuff features are one of my favourites.

Cider with Rosie
One of the best blogs to read when you're curled up under a blanket on your sofa, Rosie shares the joyous moments of her life. Everything from home and personal style and other simple pleasures. Her 10 things that have made me happy this week feature always makes me feel a little happier and remind me there is a lot to be happy about.

There are so many more incredible blogs out there, I might start sharing them every now and then. Please let me know what you love to read.


Reading Material & Sharing the Love

15.11.14

One of the best things I believe people can do for themselves is to read. The mind expands while having an enjoyable time. I'm not much of a TV person, I do have the odd favourites like Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries, however in my down time you're more likely to find me reading. Whether it's a novel, magazine, website or blog. I honestly wish there was more time to read everything but like all avid readers will know, it will never be possible. There are so many creators in the world, professional and amateur. So my advice would be to find what you love to read and try to branch out a little into other subjects every once in a while.

And I wanted to share some of my favourites at the moment and tell you about some great blogs out there.




Right now I have about a 80 pages left of Us by David Nicholls and I've enjoyed it so far. I really like the writing style, it does not require a lot of concentration and the story is unfolding at a good pace. You can pick it up from wherever you left it and can be brought back into the story easily. I'm trying to predict the ending but I honestly am not sure what will happen.

Magazines are not as popular in my house as they once were. A few years ago I used to read two or three a week back when I was taking public transport every day but now I only manage to read my Elle subscription every month. This month it's the feminism issue and they have a feature article with Emma Watson.

Fashercise is a new discovery for me, I have become more interested in health and fitness this year and I like to educate myself. This website has great tips for food, music and general wellness while making it stylish for the modern woman.



I make an effort to keep up with the blogs I read, I can't express how much I love reading what others have written and created because each individual blogger has put in so much effort and I find a lot of the time they are better than some major mediums.

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment..

Offbeat + Inspired
Tiffany and Sarah do a bit of everything from style, beauty, illustration, baking and cooking. The photography is always great, especially the food, their coffee and maple spiced nuts recipe really caught my eye this month.

Junkaholique
I have been keeping up with this blog for years now, Artemis is a jewellery designer and all round creative, her sewing pieces are my favourite especially the little dresses and bits and pieces she makes her daughter. Sharing adventures her little family go on in their camper van around England.

Jennypurr
The blog I go to when I'm in need of advice from blogging, life and beauty. The post on how to turn your ideas into something awesome is one of many great inspiring and motivational posts.

Pale Lily
Sofia writes a little bit of everything like most of my favourites, you can get your beauty fix, lifestyle advice and recipes. A blog I would love to have in paper to flick through, the vegan pumpkin chai latte recipe she shared looks so delicious.

Sailboat
A beauty and lifestyle blog with so many great reviews on all things young women love and lovely writing by Jennie.

The Private Life of a Girl
A little bit of everything type of blog, could even describe it as a handbook for every female creative. Sophie is a designer-maker sharing creative and business advice, among other posts about books, travel and fashion. I really enjoyed reading this post about ways to be more efficient

My New Roots
As I mentioned, I have become more interested in healthy eating, this blog has so many recipes that are full of nutritious goodness.

Nishaantishu
Freya's writing is probably my favourite part of this blog, as well as the gorgeous photography. Sharing her travel adventures and snippets of her lifestyle.

Bless The Weather
Another all round creative, Siobhan takes wonderful photographs, her portraits in particular are always so striking. There are vegan recipes, music and lifestyle posts to read, the nice stuff features are one of my favourites.

Cider with Rosie
One of the best blogs to read when you're curled up under a blanket on your sofa, Rosie shares the joyous moments of her life. Everything from home and personal style and other simple pleasures. Her 10 things that have made me happy this week feature always makes me feel a little happier and remind me there is a lot to be happy about.

There are so many more incredible blogs out there, I might start sharing them every now and then. Please let me know what you love to read.



Ever since I began to take interest in skincare, I have been always been looking for the best ways I can treat my skin. One of my main woes has been the dryness on my face. When it gets a bit colder it begins to be a little more troublesome. I have three products that I grab when I need an extra boost of moisture and hydration.

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum
A recent addition to my skincare routine. I typically use this in the morning with my moisturiser. It can be used on it's own depending on your preference, all you need is a drop or two. I have tried other serums and I would suggest to add one to your daily routine if you don't already use one to help hydrate your skin. This one in particular gives a kick and feels smooth on the skin. I particularly like this one as it is 100% organic and smells of rose, rosehip is a very nourishing ingredient and can also help make your skin look clearer, so it's a two in one product.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
A long time favourite of mine is the Antipodes Aura mask, another natural beauty product that I like to use every now and then. I smooth it one my face, keep it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and my skin feels so much softer, smoother and hydrated. I find it is also very calming with the honey scent. It also cleanses and helps to treat spots and blemishes. I have read some great reviews for face masks from Aesop and Origins that clarify and add moisture, so I may have to try them out when I've finished the Aura mask.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
A cult beauty favourite amongst many women. The 8 hour cream is a multi-purpose products, so you can pretty much do anything with it. If you have a cut, burn or dry patch it will aid your skin. It feels rich on the face and soothing. I love using it on my lips when they are dry and chapped, it's a miracle worker. I'm aware that some people do not like the smell but there is a fragrance free version, I personally don't mind it so maybe find a tester if you're considering giving it a go because I think everyone should try this out.

I would love to know if you have any recommendations to help with dry skin, I'm always interested in trying out new things. And I hope this has helped you with any dry skin problems you may have.


The 3 Things You Need For Dry Skin

8.11.14


Ever since I began to take interest in skincare, I have been always been looking for the best ways I can treat my skin. One of my main woes has been the dryness on my face. When it gets a bit colder it begins to be a little more troublesome. I have three products that I grab when I need an extra boost of moisture and hydration.

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum
A recent addition to my skincare routine. I typically use this in the morning with my moisturiser. It can be used on it's own depending on your preference, all you need is a drop or two. I have tried other serums and I would suggest to add one to your daily routine if you don't already use one to help hydrate your skin. This one in particular gives a kick and feels smooth on the skin. I particularly like this one as it is 100% organic and smells of rose, rosehip is a very nourishing ingredient and can also help make your skin look clearer, so it's a two in one product.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
A long time favourite of mine is the Antipodes Aura mask, another natural beauty product that I like to use every now and then. I smooth it one my face, keep it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and my skin feels so much softer, smoother and hydrated. I find it is also very calming with the honey scent. It also cleanses and helps to treat spots and blemishes. I have read some great reviews for face masks from Aesop and Origins that clarify and add moisture, so I may have to try them out when I've finished the Aura mask.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
A cult beauty favourite amongst many women. The 8 hour cream is a multi-purpose products, so you can pretty much do anything with it. If you have a cut, burn or dry patch it will aid your skin. It feels rich on the face and soothing. I love using it on my lips when they are dry and chapped, it's a miracle worker. I'm aware that some people do not like the smell but there is a fragrance free version, I personally don't mind it so maybe find a tester if you're considering giving it a go because I think everyone should try this out.

I would love to know if you have any recommendations to help with dry skin, I'm always interested in trying out new things. And I hope this has helped you with any dry skin problems you may have.


With the colder days that have now arrived, there is nothing I like more than doing a little bit of baking. It warms me up, the kitchen begins to smell sweet and I always love making something with my hands (that's the creative art student inside of me). The other afternoon after I finished work I had a desire to bake something new, I asked my sister what she would like and she said something with almonds. I remembered seeing a recipe in one of the baking books we have for almond cookies, so then I went over to the shops to pick up what we didn't have and we got baking.


To make 10 to 12 cookies you will need..

125g spreadable butter
65g granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
125g plain flour
50g ground almonds
a few flaked almonds (around 10-15g)
caster sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180C (165C for fan) and prepare a large baking tray, Cream together the butter and sugar together and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg very gradually, beating continuously, then beat in the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and ground almonds with a spoon, then using a dessertspoon, scoop little piles of the mixture on to the tray. Press a few flaked almonds on top of each scoop. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Take them out of the oven, sprinkle a little caster sugar and leave to cool and then enjoy.


Almond Cookies

5.11.14

With the colder days that have now arrived, there is nothing I like more than doing a little bit of baking. It warms me up, the kitchen begins to smell sweet and I always love making something with my hands (that's the creative art student inside of me). The other afternoon after I finished work I had a desire to bake something new, I asked my sister what she would like and she said something with almonds. I remembered seeing a recipe in one of the baking books we have for almond cookies, so then I went over to the shops to pick up what we didn't have and we got baking.


To make 10 to 12 cookies you will need..

125g spreadable butter
65g granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium egg, lightly beaten
125g plain flour
50g ground almonds
a few flaked almonds (around 10-15g)
caster sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180C (165C for fan) and prepare a large baking tray, Cream together the butter and sugar together and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg very gradually, beating continuously, then beat in the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and ground almonds with a spoon, then using a dessertspoon, scoop little piles of the mixture on to the tray. Press a few flaked almonds on top of each scoop. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Take them out of the oven, sprinkle a little caster sugar and leave to cool and then enjoy.



I still can't get my head around the fact that it is now the second to last month of the year. It feels almost surreal, I have been told that as you grow older time just passes without you even realising. The days drag and the years fly by as my friend said to me yesterday. For me the first part of the year felt painfully slow, May arrived and since then time started ticking although when I look back to that month it feels like a long time ago. Time is a strange thing.

In October I have had the same old mundane days of going to work and feeling the struggle of getting out of bed in the dark cold mornings. Powering through graduate life and constantly doing what I can to improve on myself and achieve goals. As it is my favourite time of year I felt the desire to immerse myself in the simple things like baking, drinking a cup of coffee in a warm new jumper and taking a walk to look at the many colours we are now surrounded by before they disappear for a few months.

No matter what happens in our lives whether it is long hours at work or a huge curve ball being thrown at us or if we're just not feeling like ourselves. We need to take the time to remember what is truly important to us, take a step back and do something for yourself. Even one little thing every now and then like indulging in chocolate, a quick work out or watching your favourite show for a few hours. It will keep us stronger in the long run. Something I have learnt this month.

Have a wonderful November everyone.



October

1.11.14


I still can't get my head around the fact that it is now the second to last month of the year. It feels almost surreal, I have been told that as you grow older time just passes without you even realising. The days drag and the years fly by as my friend said to me yesterday. For me the first part of the year felt painfully slow, May arrived and since then time started ticking although when I look back to that month it feels like a long time ago. Time is a strange thing.

In October I have had the same old mundane days of going to work and feeling the struggle of getting out of bed in the dark cold mornings. Powering through graduate life and constantly doing what I can to improve on myself and achieve goals. As it is my favourite time of year I felt the desire to immerse myself in the simple things like baking, drinking a cup of coffee in a warm new jumper and taking a walk to look at the many colours we are now surrounded by before they disappear for a few months.

No matter what happens in our lives whether it is long hours at work or a huge curve ball being thrown at us or if we're just not feeling like ourselves. We need to take the time to remember what is truly important to us, take a step back and do something for yourself. Even one little thing every now and then like indulging in chocolate, a quick work out or watching your favourite show for a few hours. It will keep us stronger in the long run. Something I have learnt this month.

Have a wonderful November everyone.



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