Monday, 13 June 2016

FAVOURITE BLOGS

It's official – I am addicted to blog/vlogs. Getting lost within youtube vlogs and endless scrolling through content has to be up there as one of my favourite pastimes (others include reading depressing literature, eating, watching funny vines, on-line window shopping and KUWTK - an eclectic but satisfying mix.)
Sharing is caring so I thought I would write a post on my top 5 best beauty reads. 
*warning, this is an enabler post and once you delve into these goodies you will lose several hours of your life. 


VIVANNA DOES MAKEUP.  Anna is queen of copy in my opinion and has an impressive way with words that I am envious of. She writes about beauty, fashion, lifestyle and most recently fitness! Her recent fitness obsession has not only lead me to actually go to the gym, but more importantly invest into my workout wardrobe! Having been hooked from post 1, I would advise to go read her thoughts immediately if not sooner.


SACCONEJOLYS. Firstly - my addiction to this amazing family proves that I am moving (no, correct that, RUNNING) into a different stage in my life. In the past I was obsessed with fashion, beauty and socialising. Now I am entering a novel phase of loving interior design, property renovations and family vlogs! The SacconeJolys are #squadgoals and are the perfect bit of fun escapism that we all need every once in a while. 

LILYPEBBLES. Lily is down to earth, honest and seems to know everything there is to know about London. Although I have followed Lily when I lived in Liverpool, France and Durham and she has probably been my biggest blogger enabler...now I have moved to London she has opened up a whole new world of activities/events/restaurants/bars/gigs that are amazing. 

DELICIOUSLY ELLA Having just come back from a holiday which consisted of eating pasta, drinking wine and lying on the beach...I am in serious need of Ella's blog and book. Clean eating seems so much more doable when I scroll through her blog and am filled with inspiration to try new ingredients and stay away from processed snacks! I religiously check to see what updates she has put and attempt to cook them (the end results never looks as aesthetically pleasing as her attempt but I can live with that.)



Monday, 28 March 2016

PANCAKE PERFECTION




👀😍 #thebreakfastclub

When it comes to breakfast I am a pancake gal - always have been and always will be. The sweeter the breakfast the better in my opinion. Up until recently I had a delightful routine of waking up on the weekends and walking across the road to an outdoor Creperie owned by a couple and ordering banana and Nutella crepes. C'est magnifique, non? 

However - this has been detrimental to both my bank balance and waistline.

My attempts to ween myself off the habit have been supported by;
- discovering a delicious and fuss-free recipe
- the couple closing shop for winter (granted the latter had a bigger part to play...)

Having successfully managed the act of making pancakes and not burning the flat down I decided to share the recipe with you guys.
They are really easy to make, are healthier and taste great!

Ingredients (makes about 10)
1 TSP Coconut Oil
1 TBSP of Rice Flour
2 Eggs
2 Bananas (the riper the better...)
1 blender

Heat up your dollop of coconut oil in a non-stick pan whilst you crack on with the batter. (I had to allow myself one pun...).
Crack both eggs into the blender along with the two peeled bananas and the flour and whizz them altogether.  Pour into a jug of some sort and the pour the mixture into the pan in small shapes. The thickness of the batter causes them to be quite fluffy and smaller in size. Keep the pan on a low setting and then flip them over when they are ready.

I always have mine with honey and blueberries, but enjoy these with your own toppings and of course - a lovely cuppa.

Bonus tip - make these for your boyfriend/flatmate and they can do the washing up! Sorted.




Tuesday, 1 December 2015

MUSTERING UP THE ENERGY....


I must admit that for the past 3 months I have lost a lot (if not all) motivation to work out. Since moving to London, getting to grips with the new job, exploring, dining out (blah blah blah), I have not been able to muster up the energy to dust off the old trainers and go for a run. Heck, I have even been opting for the four minute bus ride ahead of the twenty minute walk. Pathetic, I know. 
It is strange as my walk home is filled with London joggers running along the Thames in their colour co-ordinated outfits and cute matching water bottles - so surely I should be keen to join them? When the reality is as soon as I come into my flat and kick off my works shoes and simultaneously get in my PJs I think - no no, not tonight. 
However - recently I have managed to get back into the swing of things and actually do some exercise and remind myself that I am in my mid-twenties and should probably not be so pathetically lazy... (but it's so easy...) and there have been a few tweaks in my lifestyle that have eased the pain of this transition.
Always be prepared. When I wake up in the morning I can barely remember where I am, let alone find my gym kit. However when I wake up to the stern stare of my trainers I get the pang of guilt and fall out of bed into them. It makes it just a little easier... 
Do something you enjoy. The amount of times I have done classes that I have huffed, puffed and nearly cried through and at the end thought - I am NEVER doing that again. I know I don't enjoy it, but I think - "maybe this time it will be different". Instead, find a class or a sport where you look forward to seeing progress and actually doing it. For me it is team based sports or running. I am competitive and love working as a team to win or beating my own personal record. Sad but true. 
Socialise. Agreeing to do some form of exercise with a friend means there is extra pressure to actually get off your backside and do it. You don't want to let you friend down, right? And they would never want to let you down as well. Winner! I love doing the Kayla Itsines workouts with my flatmate in our gym and the fact she is there means we can have a giggle at how shakey our arms are. This week I nearly cried with laughter at the fact we had a 30 minute workout and she only had one song on her iPhone (Jason Derulo...) And I'll be damned she listened to it on repeat for the whole workout.. 
And most importantly... HAVE FUN! 

Monday, 30 November 2015

LONDON



So it's official - I have moved. I did it! I have moved all the way from Durham to London and it all went rather smoothly if I do say so myself. Yes I may have left packing to the last minute, and yes I may have not been able to fit everything into the car but that's beside the point - I did it.

It has been a pretty busy year to be honest - I decided I wanted to move to The Big Smoke for the bright lights. Of course it was difficult to leave my family, we are close and I was living at home. But I haven't looked back - and there is a Space NK on pretty much every street here...

(My parents took it a little hard - so they did what any normal family does when their first born flies the nest...buy a puppy. Yes, I really am THAT replaceable.)

They got the cute factor bang on...


However I have fallen on my feet - location wise I am bang in the centre and housemate wise I am living with my mate (beautiful back of the head pictured above...) who I have known since I was 7.

My flat is a cosy modern three bed that has a gym and pool on the lower part of the block and even a sauna and although I will never get my head around the staggering difference in rent between the North East and London, I couldn't be happier.

For all those who are mulling over the idea of relocating and have been for quite some time - in the words of Shia LeBoeuf - just do it. My only advice is maybe pack the car a day before so you can work out if it actually all fits. Or maybe just hire a van for just your beauty products!