Looking back at the last month of the year, I can remember all the lovely things I have done with friends and family. Earlier this month I shared what I got up to in winter so far, and since then everything got even more festive. Spending my weekends in December making new traditions and getting ready for Christmas day. Most days were quite busy and I think that's one of the reasons why Christmas comes around so quickly. We all get caught up with all the great things about this time of year. Finding thoughtful presents for the ones we love, celebrating the year that has gone past and all the exciting things that can only be done in the festive season.

As incredible as the month has been, I only wish I could have spent more time with everyone I care about most. At this time of year, I feel so thankful for everyone I do have and the ones I have met this year. That's what it's all about. And I hope I will still have all my dear loves with me next year.

A week before Christmas I went down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, for years I have wanted to go and unfortunately never got round to going until this year. There was so much going on, lots of food, drinks and rides. We walked around and I bought a new Christmas tree decoration, gingerbread and fudge, ate some chocolate marshmallow kisses and had some mulled cider. It was a lovely winter afternoon, I can't wait to visit Christmas markets all over again next year.

Ginger biscuits are one of my favourites, I wanted to start a new tradition and make gingerbread cookies. I'd love to make them every year from now on and have a little piece of this year go on for as long as possible.

This year Christmas was very relaxed, I think that's the best way to spend it. In the morning we started with presents, for the first time ever I was the one everyone was waiting for to come down and open them, I was more excited about sleeping in than opening presents, does that make me a proper grown up? Then I watched some Christmas films before starting to make the dinner, like last year I made it all by myself, in between it all I ate so much chocolate. It's okay because this is the time of year you can indulge and I'm already looking forward to healthy eating in the New Year.

I hope your December has been wonderful and the New Year brings you greatness, love and joy x


Days in December

30.12.15





Looking back at the last month of the year, I can remember all the lovely things I have done with friends and family. Earlier this month I shared what I got up to in winter so far, and since then everything got even more festive. Spending my weekends in December making new traditions and getting ready for Christmas day. Most days were quite busy and I think that's one of the reasons why Christmas comes around so quickly. We all get caught up with all the great things about this time of year. Finding thoughtful presents for the ones we love, celebrating the year that has gone past and all the exciting things that can only be done in the festive season.

As incredible as the month has been, I only wish I could have spent more time with everyone I care about most. At this time of year, I feel so thankful for everyone I do have and the ones I have met this year. That's what it's all about. And I hope I will still have all my dear loves with me next year.

A week before Christmas I went down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, for years I have wanted to go and unfortunately never got round to going until this year. There was so much going on, lots of food, drinks and rides. We walked around and I bought a new Christmas tree decoration, gingerbread and fudge, ate some chocolate marshmallow kisses and had some mulled cider. It was a lovely winter afternoon, I can't wait to visit Christmas markets all over again next year.

Ginger biscuits are one of my favourites, I wanted to start a new tradition and make gingerbread cookies. I'd love to make them every year from now on and have a little piece of this year go on for as long as possible.

This year Christmas was very relaxed, I think that's the best way to spend it. In the morning we started with presents, for the first time ever I was the one everyone was waiting for to come down and open them, I was more excited about sleeping in than opening presents, does that make me a proper grown up? Then I watched some Christmas films before starting to make the dinner, like last year I made it all by myself, in between it all I ate so much chocolate. It's okay because this is the time of year you can indulge and I'm already looking forward to healthy eating in the New Year.

I hope your December has been wonderful and the New Year brings you greatness, love and joy x


Lately it has felt quite warm this winter so far, no snow or frost this Christmas. I love snow and nothing is as stunning as seeing a blanket of white covering the land, the festive feeling is still deep within me. My heart has felt so full of joy and love the past few months. For the first time in a long time I feel like I'm able to enjoy this time of year. Going out to Christmas markets, parties and quick coffee dates, I even got all of the presents wrapped up 2 weeks before the big day. Mostly, I'm looking forward to having a few days off to relax, read, eat good food and spend time with the special people in my life. The last few days I have felt the tiredness kick in and that's when I remind myself that it's important to have time for yourself. Simply getting a few hours extra sleep a night to recharge and refresh before the new year can do the world of good.

Acoustic music is my favourite genre to listen to in winter. When I get a few spare moments to sit back and hear the beautiful lyrics and bars of a song when it's dark outside with fairy lights on and a candle burning, that's when I feel content. I'm not the type of person to put on Christmas songs, except Fairytale of New York, my favourite Christmas song ever. I like to listen to acoustic songs all winter, it makes me feel happy and that is the greatest gift music can give. The strength to make you feel something, anything at all. Looking at this playlist, there is a clear theme and I like the idea of looking back in a few weeks, months or even years and being taken back to this time of my life. Have a listen of this playlist and feel the magic I feel. This is the simplest way to express the happiness and love inside me, I want to spread the feeling to everyone.

I hope you're having a peaceful day at home with all those dear to you at this festive time of year. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, full of love and warmth x

Playlist 006 | Winter Love

24.12.15

Lately it has felt quite warm this winter so far, no snow or frost this Christmas. I love snow and nothing is as stunning as seeing a blanket of white covering the land, the festive feeling is still deep within me. My heart has felt so full of joy and love the past few months. For the first time in a long time I feel like I'm able to enjoy this time of year. Going out to Christmas markets, parties and quick coffee dates, I even got all of the presents wrapped up 2 weeks before the big day. Mostly, I'm looking forward to having a few days off to relax, read, eat good food and spend time with the special people in my life. The last few days I have felt the tiredness kick in and that's when I remind myself that it's important to have time for yourself. Simply getting a few hours extra sleep a night to recharge and refresh before the new year can do the world of good.

Acoustic music is my favourite genre to listen to in winter. When I get a few spare moments to sit back and hear the beautiful lyrics and bars of a song when it's dark outside with fairy lights on and a candle burning, that's when I feel content. I'm not the type of person to put on Christmas songs, except Fairytale of New York, my favourite Christmas song ever. I like to listen to acoustic songs all winter, it makes me feel happy and that is the greatest gift music can give. The strength to make you feel something, anything at all. Looking at this playlist, there is a clear theme and I like the idea of looking back in a few weeks, months or even years and being taken back to this time of my life. Have a listen of this playlist and feel the magic I feel. This is the simplest way to express the happiness and love inside me, I want to spread the feeling to everyone.

I hope you're having a peaceful day at home with all those dear to you at this festive time of year. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, full of love and warmth x








In winter evenings when the sweet cravings kick in, all I want is something warm, sweet with a hint of spice. Ginger loafs are one of my favourites, I've made it before a few years ago and wanted to try and bake it again and improve the recipe. If you're like me and not really a chocolate lover and want something sweet, give this a try. This is great to eat just on it's own or with a cup of tea. I personally love to heat up the ginger loaf and custard, to me it is a quintessential winter pudding.

Ingredients
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 a teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of caster sugar
1/2 cup of agave nectar
1/2 cup of softened butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius, grease and line a loaf (9x5 inch) tin. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt thoroughly. Then in a larger mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, agave nectar, butter and vanilla extract well together. Add the dry flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, mixing together well with each addition until smooth. After, pour the mixture into the tin and bake for around 50 minutes and then leave to cool. And enjoy.

Warm Ginger Loaf

18.12.15








In winter evenings when the sweet cravings kick in, all I want is something warm, sweet with a hint of spice. Ginger loafs are one of my favourites, I've made it before a few years ago and wanted to try and bake it again and improve the recipe. If you're like me and not really a chocolate lover and want something sweet, give this a try. This is great to eat just on it's own or with a cup of tea. I personally love to heat up the ginger loaf and custard, to me it is a quintessential winter pudding.

Ingredients
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/2 a teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of caster sugar
1/2 cup of agave nectar
1/2 cup of softened butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius, grease and line a loaf (9x5 inch) tin. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt thoroughly. Then in a larger mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, agave nectar, butter and vanilla extract well together. Add the dry flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, mixing together well with each addition until smooth. After, pour the mixture into the tin and bake for around 50 minutes and then leave to cool. And enjoy.




Just like frost in the early morning, winter creeps in slowly and then all at once everything is covered in ice. Each year is different for everyone but for me ever since the middle of summer, my life went into super speed and now we're here, half way through December and winter is beginning to settle in. Although it has been quite mild lately with the odd cold day, for the first time in years I feel festive and have been embracing winter as much as possible before it disappears for another year. I think a big part of this feeling is because it is my first year not working in retail, amongst all the busy shoppers and christmas songs on a constant loop. I also feel more content in myself and my life, there have been positive changes and the festive season is a perfect time to celebrate all the wonderful moments in the past year.

Right now I'm waiting for a ginger loaf to bake before I get back to wrapping the final few presents for my loved ones. I've had a few extra days off work to get everything sorted for Christmas and now I can enjoy the free time I have, drinking more eggnog lattes from Starbucks, and eating all things cinnamon and sweet. Most of all I think I'm looking forward to spending time with the special people in my life and getting cosy reading a good book. Unwinding from the busy year and getting ready to take on the new year.

So far in December I've been to my Christmas parties for the year, went to the Laura Ashley hotel for one of them and the decorations were magical, I wanted to bring all of it home with me and the vegetarian option was delicious. I've consumed a lot of sweet festive drinks and treats. Last week I went to see Mumford and Sons at the O2 for the third time, they're still so incredible live. Hearing their new album and the good old ones, jumping and swaying around while catching up with one of my best friends from uni. Last weekend my sister and I put up our Christmas tree. Fairy lights and Christmas trees are my favourite things at this time of year. It brightens up the dark nights and make inside feel cosy. If only there was a dusting of snow on the ground and it would be perfect.

I hope you are all feeling as festive and joyful as I am, remember to take it easy and treat yourself at this time of year.

Wandering in Winter

14.12.15




Just like frost in the early morning, winter creeps in slowly and then all at once everything is covered in ice. Each year is different for everyone but for me ever since the middle of summer, my life went into super speed and now we're here, half way through December and winter is beginning to settle in. Although it has been quite mild lately with the odd cold day, for the first time in years I feel festive and have been embracing winter as much as possible before it disappears for another year. I think a big part of this feeling is because it is my first year not working in retail, amongst all the busy shoppers and christmas songs on a constant loop. I also feel more content in myself and my life, there have been positive changes and the festive season is a perfect time to celebrate all the wonderful moments in the past year.

Right now I'm waiting for a ginger loaf to bake before I get back to wrapping the final few presents for my loved ones. I've had a few extra days off work to get everything sorted for Christmas and now I can enjoy the free time I have, drinking more eggnog lattes from Starbucks, and eating all things cinnamon and sweet. Most of all I think I'm looking forward to spending time with the special people in my life and getting cosy reading a good book. Unwinding from the busy year and getting ready to take on the new year.

So far in December I've been to my Christmas parties for the year, went to the Laura Ashley hotel for one of them and the decorations were magical, I wanted to bring all of it home with me and the vegetarian option was delicious. I've consumed a lot of sweet festive drinks and treats. Last week I went to see Mumford and Sons at the O2 for the third time, they're still so incredible live. Hearing their new album and the good old ones, jumping and swaying around while catching up with one of my best friends from uni. Last weekend my sister and I put up our Christmas tree. Fairy lights and Christmas trees are my favourite things at this time of year. It brightens up the dark nights and make inside feel cosy. If only there was a dusting of snow on the ground and it would be perfect.

I hope you are all feeling as festive and joyful as I am, remember to take it easy and treat yourself at this time of year.

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Throughout most of my life, the idea of exercising and fitness rarely crossed my mind. I hated P.E at school and I think a lot of girls can relate to that, the classes were just not enjoyable at all and focused on how to play them rather than why it is important to exercise and keep fit. I neglected my body for so long and about 2 years ago I was beginning to make a change that has now transformed my lifestyle. I still find it a little strange discussing this part of my life but long story short I dropped a couple of dress sizes, eat a lot better than before (most of the time) and regularly exercise. Without a doubt it has changed my life and has made me a better person because of it. I know that everyone wants to be a better person, do good for themselves and their body, and I wanted to share a few things that I have learnt along the way.

My Workout Routine

I don't have a strict workout routine exactly, in 2015 I have done some form of workout at least twice a week, even if it was a short yoga/pilates/stretch. That is when I noticed it became part of my lifestyle and started to feel like I needed it. I genuinely enjoy it, I use that time for myself to let go and get the endorphins flowing.

Signing up for a gym membership was a decision I'm so glad I made. When I started out, I focused on the cardio machines, slowly building up speed and stamina. Then gradually introduced strength exercises such as squats, plank, sit ups and body dips. Today, I still focus on cardio when I'm at the gym and over time I introduced using the weight machines as my confidence and strength grew. I did it all at my own pace, I didn't want a quick fix, I wanted to change my life. I try to vary what I do every time I'm there. For example on the treadmill I will jog at a steady pace for as long as I can, the next time I will put it on a high incline and a fast paced walk and the next I'll try do quick bursts of interval running. I also have access to a variety of classes at my gym, this year I have tried pilates, body balance and body pump. I want to keep trying new ones and find a regular class to go to every week that's right for me. I like how useful it is to have an instructor right there in front of you. They push you a little harder and help you to improve your technique.

When I'm not in the mood to go to the gym I like to find a workout on YouTube. My go-to videos are Yoga with Adriene. There are a variety of different yoga videos and it is great if you are a beginner or an expert. Depending on my mood I will do a longer video that focuses on strength and weight loss, and sometimes I will do a more gentle one. I have tried some other workout videos but I always go back to Yoga with Adriene. I'm happy to try new workout routines to mix it up and hopefully I will find something new to try soon.

Tips For Beginners 

1, Go at your own pace

Everyone is different and will have varying abilities, it's good to try and push yourself a little but it's okay if you don't. You're already doing a great job by making the effort to try and that's what is important, remember that.

2, Make it a habit 

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going". There will be days when you won't want to go for a workout, it happens to everyone every now and then. Making the time and  going regularly every week will over time become your regular routine. My aim is to workout 2 to 3 times a week. Make a conscious thought to do it whether it's starting at once a week and then the next month twice a week and then the next 3 times or going straight in at 5 times a week. Whatever your goal is, stick to it.

3, Find a workout you enjoy

There are so many different ways to get moving. From the simple running on the road, to gentle stretches, to dancing. You can do it in a gym, with an instructor or at home. There's something for everyone. If you don't know what it is you like, try them all out. You never know what will make the fitness brain click. Find what is right for you.

4, Be patient and keep going

Results take time, one workout won't undo the past. And if you take on any advice at all, it is to be patient. Everything good and worth it, takes time and effort. I know everyone is capable. Believe in yourself. You have already made the decision to make a change and that's the hard part, invest in yourself and your life. You deserve it.

It feels good to share my thoughts about my fitness journey with the world. It has been a post I have been wanting to write about for a while now but have struggled to get started. When friends have asked me about how I got into it and made the change, this is what I tell them. I hope this has been useful to someone out there and I would love to hear any advice you would give someone starting out on their fitness journey. You can do it.

Finding Your Fitness Feet

9.12.15

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Throughout most of my life, the idea of exercising and fitness rarely crossed my mind. I hated P.E at school and I think a lot of girls can relate to that, the classes were just not enjoyable at all and focused on how to play them rather than why it is important to exercise and keep fit. I neglected my body for so long and about 2 years ago I was beginning to make a change that has now transformed my lifestyle. I still find it a little strange discussing this part of my life but long story short I dropped a couple of dress sizes, eat a lot better than before (most of the time) and regularly exercise. Without a doubt it has changed my life and has made me a better person because of it. I know that everyone wants to be a better person, do good for themselves and their body, and I wanted to share a few things that I have learnt along the way.

My Workout Routine

I don't have a strict workout routine exactly, in 2015 I have done some form of workout at least twice a week, even if it was a short yoga/pilates/stretch. That is when I noticed it became part of my lifestyle and started to feel like I needed it. I genuinely enjoy it, I use that time for myself to let go and get the endorphins flowing.

Signing up for a gym membership was a decision I'm so glad I made. When I started out, I focused on the cardio machines, slowly building up speed and stamina. Then gradually introduced strength exercises such as squats, plank, sit ups and body dips. Today, I still focus on cardio when I'm at the gym and over time I introduced using the weight machines as my confidence and strength grew. I did it all at my own pace, I didn't want a quick fix, I wanted to change my life. I try to vary what I do every time I'm there. For example on the treadmill I will jog at a steady pace for as long as I can, the next time I will put it on a high incline and a fast paced walk and the next I'll try do quick bursts of interval running. I also have access to a variety of classes at my gym, this year I have tried pilates, body balance and body pump. I want to keep trying new ones and find a regular class to go to every week that's right for me. I like how useful it is to have an instructor right there in front of you. They push you a little harder and help you to improve your technique.

When I'm not in the mood to go to the gym I like to find a workout on YouTube. My go-to videos are Yoga with Adriene. There are a variety of different yoga videos and it is great if you are a beginner or an expert. Depending on my mood I will do a longer video that focuses on strength and weight loss, and sometimes I will do a more gentle one. I have tried some other workout videos but I always go back to Yoga with Adriene. I'm happy to try new workout routines to mix it up and hopefully I will find something new to try soon.

Tips For Beginners 

1, Go at your own pace

Everyone is different and will have varying abilities, it's good to try and push yourself a little but it's okay if you don't. You're already doing a great job by making the effort to try and that's what is important, remember that.

2, Make it a habit 

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going". There will be days when you won't want to go for a workout, it happens to everyone every now and then. Making the time and  going regularly every week will over time become your regular routine. My aim is to workout 2 to 3 times a week. Make a conscious thought to do it whether it's starting at once a week and then the next month twice a week and then the next 3 times or going straight in at 5 times a week. Whatever your goal is, stick to it.

3, Find a workout you enjoy

There are so many different ways to get moving. From the simple running on the road, to gentle stretches, to dancing. You can do it in a gym, with an instructor or at home. There's something for everyone. If you don't know what it is you like, try them all out. You never know what will make the fitness brain click. Find what is right for you.

4, Be patient and keep going

Results take time, one workout won't undo the past. And if you take on any advice at all, it is to be patient. Everything good and worth it, takes time and effort. I know everyone is capable. Believe in yourself. You have already made the decision to make a change and that's the hard part, invest in yourself and your life. You deserve it.

It feels good to share my thoughts about my fitness journey with the world. It has been a post I have been wanting to write about for a while now but have struggled to get started. When friends have asked me about how I got into it and made the change, this is what I tell them. I hope this has been useful to someone out there and I would love to hear any advice you would give someone starting out on their fitness journey. You can do it.
It almost feels foreign to me, writing a blog post for the first time in nearly a month. Having said that, it feels so natural and I'm proud of myself for fitting in a little time this Sunday afternoon to write. I'm fitting this in before I get ready for my second Christmas party of December. We're in the final month of the year now and it always makes me feel more reflective about the year that has just passed. I have been thinking about it for the last month to be honest and I can say with absolute certainty that I'm in a good place compared to the very beginning of year. And it has made me feel inspired for the year ahead. I want to make sure I get all the goodness from 2015 written down so that I can look back on how the year has changed me and has made me excited for what the future may hold. I hope to share that with you soon. 

The Night is Wild is a very small space on the internet that is just mine and being able to share everything and anything I want with the world is one of the many reasons why I adore blogging. I do know now as I'm thinking about my goals and dreams for 2016, I want to make an effort to enjoy blogging, let the words flow but also don't put too much pressure on myself. I think most bloggers, with a big or small following can feel this pressure but we all have to remember that we started this as a hobby and a bit of fun. Life is a blessing, we should spend as much of it as possible doing what we love and spending time with our special ones. I'm excited to write more and put the fun back into blogging again. 

Moving forward is important to me, sometimes you do have to take a step back before you can launch yourself forward into the world, having faith in your path can be difficult but believing can keep you going. We also have to put the effort in, anything worth having will take hard work and it does pay off. We are all capable of many things, more than we think. Throw yourself into life and be brave. Take baby steps or the big leap. Do what is right for you. 

I wanted to check in with the blogging world. December will be a month where I hope to kick start back into it all again, I have ideas going round in my head. If you made it to the end of this ramble I hope you're having a festive time and doing well. I love every single one of you who read my words. I'll talk to you all again soon. 

Moving Forward

6.12.15

It almost feels foreign to me, writing a blog post for the first time in nearly a month. Having said that, it feels so natural and I'm proud of myself for fitting in a little time this Sunday afternoon to write. I'm fitting this in before I get ready for my second Christmas party of December. We're in the final month of the year now and it always makes me feel more reflective about the year that has just passed. I have been thinking about it for the last month to be honest and I can say with absolute certainty that I'm in a good place compared to the very beginning of year. And it has made me feel inspired for the year ahead. I want to make sure I get all the goodness from 2015 written down so that I can look back on how the year has changed me and has made me excited for what the future may hold. I hope to share that with you soon. 

The Night is Wild is a very small space on the internet that is just mine and being able to share everything and anything I want with the world is one of the many reasons why I adore blogging. I do know now as I'm thinking about my goals and dreams for 2016, I want to make an effort to enjoy blogging, let the words flow but also don't put too much pressure on myself. I think most bloggers, with a big or small following can feel this pressure but we all have to remember that we started this as a hobby and a bit of fun. Life is a blessing, we should spend as much of it as possible doing what we love and spending time with our special ones. I'm excited to write more and put the fun back into blogging again. 

Moving forward is important to me, sometimes you do have to take a step back before you can launch yourself forward into the world, having faith in your path can be difficult but believing can keep you going. We also have to put the effort in, anything worth having will take hard work and it does pay off. We are all capable of many things, more than we think. Throw yourself into life and be brave. Take baby steps or the big leap. Do what is right for you. 

I wanted to check in with the blogging world. December will be a month where I hope to kick start back into it all again, I have ideas going round in my head. If you made it to the end of this ramble I hope you're having a festive time and doing well. I love every single one of you who read my words. I'll talk to you all again soon. 

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