In the run up to christmas there are lights, festive decorations and luxurious food.  London is one of my favourite cities in the world and at christmas time it is even better. You only have to walk around London in December to start feeling festive. There is always something to do and see. Last weekend, I went into London with my sister and we had a lovely day hanging out. It was a typical winter Sunday, perfect for our christmas day out.

Liberty London


I have shopped in most of the major shopping places in London like Harrods, Selfridges and Westfield, but I have never been to Liberty. It is one of the most 'instagrammable' buildings and department store, inside and out. Finally, I got the chance to visit. Walking in felt quintessentially British and a little bit like shopping in your own home. I could very easily walk around and pick up all my wish list homeware and beauty products. It is now my new favourite place in London to shop.

We headed up to the christmas shop and as soon as the lift doors opened we were in a new world full of christmas gifts and decorations. There were so many tree ornaments and delicious sweet treats. The fairy lights and christmas trees made it all feel so cosy. Even if you finished all your christmas shopping and can resist buying christmas decorations, you can walk around and soak up the christmas feeling throughout the shop.

I purchased two new tree ornaments - I had to pick up a little something. I think we will be back at the christmas shop next year and every year from now on.

Oxford Street Lights


We walked down Oxford Street and had a look in a few shops. Mostly window shopping and to pick up some new things from Lush. It's always lovely to walk down Oxford Street when the christmas lights are up, if the crowds don't bother you anyway.

I personally think they should keep some of the lights up all year round. It's something so simple but even in the day light they still brighten up the street.

Winter Wonderland


Afterwards, we hopped back on the tube down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Last year was my first time visiting and I was really looking forward to going back again. There is so much going on and there is something for everyone to do. You can go ice skating, play the fair games,  go on the rides, hang out by the bar, shop at the christmas markets and eat all the junk food.

There is a lot of ground to cover so we started walking around and thought about where we wanted to go. My sister was looking forward to having a bratwurst hot dog for weeks, it was an easy mission to achieve. For a non-meat eater it is a little harder in these kinds of places. There were a few vegetarian food stalls but I went for quick and simple chips. I couldn't leave without having a hot cider, one of the bars had a hot toffee apple flavoured cider - I couldn't say no to that.

We walked off our lunch and had a look at the German market stalls. There were some lovely christmas decorations and jewellery pieces. We then went to look for something sweet, I really fancied a nutella crepe and my sister had doughnuts covered in nutella. You can find chocolate on every corner. We then picked up some gingerbread and toffee pieces before leaving. By this time the sun was going down and Hyde Park looked beautiful.

Merry Christmas


If you're ever in London during December, make sure you make a quick stop to these places. You will feel all warm and festive inside.

I hope you have all had a wonderful December so far and have a very Merry Christmas x

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London at Christmas Time

18.12.16


In the run up to christmas there are lights, festive decorations and luxurious food.  London is one of my favourite cities in the world and at christmas time it is even better. You only have to walk around London in December to start feeling festive. There is always something to do and see. Last weekend, I went into London with my sister and we had a lovely day hanging out. It was a typical winter Sunday, perfect for our christmas day out.

Liberty London


I have shopped in most of the major shopping places in London like Harrods, Selfridges and Westfield, but I have never been to Liberty. It is one of the most 'instagrammable' buildings and department store, inside and out. Finally, I got the chance to visit. Walking in felt quintessentially British and a little bit like shopping in your own home. I could very easily walk around and pick up all my wish list homeware and beauty products. It is now my new favourite place in London to shop.

We headed up to the christmas shop and as soon as the lift doors opened we were in a new world full of christmas gifts and decorations. There were so many tree ornaments and delicious sweet treats. The fairy lights and christmas trees made it all feel so cosy. Even if you finished all your christmas shopping and can resist buying christmas decorations, you can walk around and soak up the christmas feeling throughout the shop.

I purchased two new tree ornaments - I had to pick up a little something. I think we will be back at the christmas shop next year and every year from now on.

Oxford Street Lights


We walked down Oxford Street and had a look in a few shops. Mostly window shopping and to pick up some new things from Lush. It's always lovely to walk down Oxford Street when the christmas lights are up, if the crowds don't bother you anyway.

I personally think they should keep some of the lights up all year round. It's something so simple but even in the day light they still brighten up the street.

Winter Wonderland


Afterwards, we hopped back on the tube down to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Last year was my first time visiting and I was really looking forward to going back again. There is so much going on and there is something for everyone to do. You can go ice skating, play the fair games,  go on the rides, hang out by the bar, shop at the christmas markets and eat all the junk food.

There is a lot of ground to cover so we started walking around and thought about where we wanted to go. My sister was looking forward to having a bratwurst hot dog for weeks, it was an easy mission to achieve. For a non-meat eater it is a little harder in these kinds of places. There were a few vegetarian food stalls but I went for quick and simple chips. I couldn't leave without having a hot cider, one of the bars had a hot toffee apple flavoured cider - I couldn't say no to that.

We walked off our lunch and had a look at the German market stalls. There were some lovely christmas decorations and jewellery pieces. We then went to look for something sweet, I really fancied a nutella crepe and my sister had doughnuts covered in nutella. You can find chocolate on every corner. We then picked up some gingerbread and toffee pieces before leaving. By this time the sun was going down and Hyde Park looked beautiful.

Merry Christmas


If you're ever in London during December, make sure you make a quick stop to these places. You will feel all warm and festive inside.

I hope you have all had a wonderful December so far and have a very Merry Christmas x

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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cosy under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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That Festive Feeling

4.12.16

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It's now December and the time of year that I have slowly fallen in love with again. I don't think I have been this excited about December arriving since I was a little girl. As I grew up, I started falling out of love with christmas and this time of year. A combination of spending the christmas holidays revising for exams, doing coursework and then I worked in retail for five years, it took all of the excitement away. Last year was the first year I felt like I could enjoy the festive period again. And now all of the magic is coming back to me and I'm looking forward to the rest of December.

Embracing the festive feeling is all I want to do at the moment. I want snow to fall, get cosy with a hot chocolate, drive past all the pretty lights, spend time and celebrate the year with those dear to me. For christmas this year I will be spending it in Edinburgh with my love for a few days. I love exploring new places and I know this will be a special one for us. I want to end the year feeling joyful, it has been a crazy but amazing year. And I am already excited for the next. But before then I'm making the most of this time of year before we say goodbye to it for another year. I want to do all the quintessentially festive things and make some time to take care of myself. I have already made plans to fill the winter days with all things festive.


10 things to do during the festive season


1, Get snug and cosy
The days are darker and the air is colder, and sometimes all you want to do is get cosy. It's important to do what makes you feel happy and cosy. My typical cosy evening starts with a hot bath after a long day with a Lush bath bomb, it is the perfect way to start warming up. I then like to wear something comfy - PJs are always a good choice. Every day in winter I light candles, the room feels more like home and I make sure I have my favourite soft and warm blanket to get cosy under. Depending on how I feel I might put on Netflix and watch a series, I can watch Gilmore Girls over and over again. Maybe I'll read a book or catch up on reading blogs. Make cosy time your own. 

2, Got to a Christmas market
I love going to christmas markets, there is always so much going on and feels like you have stepped into the land of christmas. You can indulge in seasonal food, play games, buy some new christmas decorations or presents and go on the rides. Even the small town christmas markets have amazing stalls by local businesses. 

3, Have a festive drink
Every year as soon as the red cups arrive at Starbucks I'm already planning on making a trip and ordering an eggnog latte. I like to try all the christmas drinks before they're gone. Cafe Nero have an orange spiced latte on the menu and it's so delicious. In the evenings you can treat yourself to mulled wine or hot cider. They always taste better when it's cold outside. 

4, Decorate your home 
Christmas trees are one of my favourite things about christmas. I love trees all year round and they look even better when they are sparkling and have been dressed for the season. I'm dreaming of the day I have my own home and can go out to buy a real tree and decorate it exactly how I want. Putting fairy lights up always brightens the home, especially during the darker afternoons and evenings. You can even take it a step further and change up your bedding to a christmas theme or add little home accessories. And of course display your christmas cards from family and friends.

5, Get baking
Winter is the time for baking lots of sweet treats. My favourite thing to bake in December is gingerbread cookies. So simple and classic for christmas. Ginger loafs are also amazing, sometimes I like to have it with custard and extra cinnamon. Treat yourself by baking something sweet and don't care about the calories. 

6, Dress up for a Christmas party 
There is no better time to dress up than at christmas, it's one of the only occasions you can wear something with a little more sequins and glitter. You can pull out your favourite christmas jumper or those special shoes that you save for parties. Wear something that makes you feel good and sparkle. 

7, Wrap gifts and write cards
I love wrapping up the presents I carefully chose for my friends and family. I like to pick out the wrapping paper, get the tape, scissors and silver and gold pens ready so that I can begin wrapping everything up. I'll happily sit in my room for a couple of hours and listen to christmas songs. 

8, Go for a winter walk or ice skating
Putting a coat, scarf and boots on and heading outside in the cold winter days always feels so good. We stay inside more during winter to stay warm but I try go outside during the daylight and get some fresh air. When it's frosty or if snow has fallen the world looks so peaceful and still. If you want something a little more fun you can go ice skating. 

9, Look at the christmas lights
It's a tradition for me, my Dad and Sister to go into London to look at the christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street and then go out for dinner in China Town. We do it almost every year. In the weeks leading up to christmas more and more people put up christmas lights. From simple fairy lights in the window to lights that cover the entire house, you only get it once a year. 

10, Take photos with loved ones and enjoy yourself 
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. December can be a busy time, lots of events, family to visit and shopping to finish. It can be overwhelming at times.  Take a few moments for yourself and enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and capture those moments to look back on. 


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I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Delicious Oat and Raisin Bars

27.11.16


I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.

Amsterdam Love

15.11.16


Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.


It may be a blogger cliche but I adore autumn. I always have and it will forever be my most loved time of year. We are now in the middle of this lovely season, Halloween is next week, the leaves are yellow, red and golden brown and the cosy jumpers are coming out of wardrobes. Lately I have been soaking this time up as much as possible before the trees are bare and winter is upon us.

Autumn is a good time of year to start slowing down a little and taking it easy. The summer holidays have gone and we are now in the final stretch of the year. It's time to get cosy and do little things to make us feel good. It's no wonder everyone is embracing the hygge lifestyle, the Danish are one of the happiest people in the world after all. The simple pleasures in life can truly make your days feel so full of goodness.

Last weekend my sister and I went for a walk around Trent Park, one of our favourite parks to go to all year round. Going outside for a walk, breathing in the cool autumn air all wrapped up brings me a little bit of joy. It's so good for my mind and body.

It got me thinking about all my favourite things to do at this time of year and I thought I would share how I get into the autumn mood.

1. Going outside, walking through the leaves and taking a few photos

2. Tasting everything pumpkin flavoured and carving pumpkins

3. Listening to the autumn acoustic playlist on Spotify

4. Indulging in warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate

5. Lighting my favourite candles 

6. Wearing scarves and knitted cardigans

7. Taking a hot bath with Lush bubble bars 

8. Baking sweet treats - apple crumble has been my favourite to make

9. Reading a book or blogs under a soft blanket 

10. Having warm bowls of porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch and roasted vegetables for dinner

Enjoy the rest of the beautiful autumn season everyone, take it easy and get cosy.

Getting Into The Autumn Mood

27.10.16


It may be a blogger cliche but I adore autumn. I always have and it will forever be my most loved time of year. We are now in the middle of this lovely season, Halloween is next week, the leaves are yellow, red and golden brown and the cosy jumpers are coming out of wardrobes. Lately I have been soaking this time up as much as possible before the trees are bare and winter is upon us.

Autumn is a good time of year to start slowing down a little and taking it easy. The summer holidays have gone and we are now in the final stretch of the year. It's time to get cosy and do little things to make us feel good. It's no wonder everyone is embracing the hygge lifestyle, the Danish are one of the happiest people in the world after all. The simple pleasures in life can truly make your days feel so full of goodness.

Last weekend my sister and I went for a walk around Trent Park, one of our favourite parks to go to all year round. Going outside for a walk, breathing in the cool autumn air all wrapped up brings me a little bit of joy. It's so good for my mind and body.

It got me thinking about all my favourite things to do at this time of year and I thought I would share how I get into the autumn mood.

1. Going outside, walking through the leaves and taking a few photos

2. Tasting everything pumpkin flavoured and carving pumpkins

3. Listening to the autumn acoustic playlist on Spotify

4. Indulging in warm cups of coffee and hot chocolate

5. Lighting my favourite candles 

6. Wearing scarves and knitted cardigans

7. Taking a hot bath with Lush bubble bars 

8. Baking sweet treats - apple crumble has been my favourite to make

9. Reading a book or blogs under a soft blanket 

10. Having warm bowls of porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch and roasted vegetables for dinner

Enjoy the rest of the beautiful autumn season everyone, take it easy and get cosy.


Every Sunday evening I think about the week ahead. I'm not the type of girl who schedules her life by the hour but I do like to remind myself of any plans I have made so far and then working out the time to do everything else. I usually figure out what days I can fit in a workout, when I can set aside time for blog writing and when the next time I hang out with my friends will be. It almost sounds a bit ridiculous that I have to plan my life days or weeks in advance but if I didn't then I wouldn't be able to do everything I want to do.

I'm not a busy person. I think 'busy' gets thrown around all the time and has been glorified for the wrong reasons. My life is full of different things. I want to do it all and so much more. There are busy work days, the lazy days when I want to watch Gilmore Girls for hours and everything else in between. Sometimes I have it in my head that I need to do everything all the time but I have to bring myself back to reality and focus on what is most important to me. In this modern life we are always switched on, as soon as we wake up until we go to sleep. It can be overwhelming at times, we need time to rest and be more mindful. We are only human.

It is all about finding balance in life. In my opinion, having a fulfilling life is better than a full life. I'm still working on it and navigating through life one step at a time, nobody is perfect after all. I have learnt that sometimes the little things you do every day can make a difference. In the end it is your life, do what is right for you.


What I do to keep my life balanced.. 


Work // keep separate 
I work typical 8 hour days in an office. When I'm at work I have my work hat on and once I have left the building the rest of my time is my own. I like to keep it separate from home life. No matter what your job is, even if it's your dream job or you just love working, it is important to have time for yourself away from work. Refresh and clear your mind. Do something you enjoy. Work will always be there.

Relationships // plan ahead 
Sometimes being in a relationship takes a lot of work. Being in a long distance relationship can be even harder. I would say I have invested a lot of my time in love this past year and I wouldn't change it for the world. My boyfriend and I always make sure to plan the next time we will see each other. It really helps and it gives us something to look forward to. We have weekly Skype dates and are pretty much texting each other all day. Technology brings us closer together even when we are miles apart.

Blogging // use time wisely 
I love when I get a chance to sit and write a blog post. I don't have as much time as I used to have for blogging so now I have to try and use even a little bit of time every week to work on my blog. Sometimes it's a few minutes taking photos, a moment thinking about ideas to write about or a few hours tapping away at my laptop. I don't like to put pressure on myself to write because I love blogging and this little space is just for me and my words. I always find the time eventually.

Working out // do what feels good 
Exercising and keeping fit is important for everyone. For me it's about more than looking good, it makes me feel good. In my body and my mind. Sometimes if I've had a busy week or I don't feel going to the gym or rolling out the mat for some light yoga, I rest. It's okay to have a break every now and then. If going for a run feels good then that's what I do and I'll make it happen.

Downtime // be happy
Being happy in life is all we ever want. We all do things that make us feel happier. I like to have a bubble bath, read a good book, drink a good cup of coffee and so many more simple pleasures. Find what makes you happy in life and do as much of it as you can.

How do you keep your life balanced?

On Balancing Life: Work, Relationships & Everything Else

18.10.16


Every Sunday evening I think about the week ahead. I'm not the type of girl who schedules her life by the hour but I do like to remind myself of any plans I have made so far and then working out the time to do everything else. I usually figure out what days I can fit in a workout, when I can set aside time for blog writing and when the next time I hang out with my friends will be. It almost sounds a bit ridiculous that I have to plan my life days or weeks in advance but if I didn't then I wouldn't be able to do everything I want to do.

I'm not a busy person. I think 'busy' gets thrown around all the time and has been glorified for the wrong reasons. My life is full of different things. I want to do it all and so much more. There are busy work days, the lazy days when I want to watch Gilmore Girls for hours and everything else in between. Sometimes I have it in my head that I need to do everything all the time but I have to bring myself back to reality and focus on what is most important to me. In this modern life we are always switched on, as soon as we wake up until we go to sleep. It can be overwhelming at times, we need time to rest and be more mindful. We are only human.

It is all about finding balance in life. In my opinion, having a fulfilling life is better than a full life. I'm still working on it and navigating through life one step at a time, nobody is perfect after all. I have learnt that sometimes the little things you do every day can make a difference. In the end it is your life, do what is right for you.


What I do to keep my life balanced.. 


Work // keep separate 
I work typical 8 hour days in an office. When I'm at work I have my work hat on and once I have left the building the rest of my time is my own. I like to keep it separate from home life. No matter what your job is, even if it's your dream job or you just love working, it is important to have time for yourself away from work. Refresh and clear your mind. Do something you enjoy. Work will always be there.

Relationships // plan ahead 
Sometimes being in a relationship takes a lot of work. Being in a long distance relationship can be even harder. I would say I have invested a lot of my time in love this past year and I wouldn't change it for the world. My boyfriend and I always make sure to plan the next time we will see each other. It really helps and it gives us something to look forward to. We have weekly Skype dates and are pretty much texting each other all day. Technology brings us closer together even when we are miles apart.

Blogging // use time wisely 
I love when I get a chance to sit and write a blog post. I don't have as much time as I used to have for blogging so now I have to try and use even a little bit of time every week to work on my blog. Sometimes it's a few minutes taking photos, a moment thinking about ideas to write about or a few hours tapping away at my laptop. I don't like to put pressure on myself to write because I love blogging and this little space is just for me and my words. I always find the time eventually.

Working out // do what feels good 
Exercising and keeping fit is important for everyone. For me it's about more than looking good, it makes me feel good. In my body and my mind. Sometimes if I've had a busy week or I don't feel going to the gym or rolling out the mat for some light yoga, I rest. It's okay to have a break every now and then. If going for a run feels good then that's what I do and I'll make it happen.

Downtime // be happy
Being happy in life is all we ever want. We all do things that make us feel happier. I like to have a bubble bath, read a good book, drink a good cup of coffee and so many more simple pleasures. Find what makes you happy in life and do as much of it as you can.

How do you keep your life balanced?

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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. 

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