Hello people! Remember me? I know, I know….I haven’t blogged in like forever! It’s a mix of life just being too busy, losing a bit of motivation to blog (I am still pretty active on Instagram) and not really being sure anymore what my ‘niche’ is on this blog. I started this blog 7 years ago very much as a beauty blogger, and it then over time it became more about fashion and lifestyle with a big focus on food by adding my favourite recipes and recommending foodie places to visit. So now, what’s next…?
I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Every person that enters your life, every chance encounter, every experience, every conversation, every little moment – good or bad, is all meant to be. Each obstacle and every opportunity is all part of a greater purpose, leading you to exactly where you need to be. So just let go, and trust the timing of your life!
Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas! Life has been pretty hectic the last few weeks, so I have to say I am very much looking forward to a couple of days of chilled family time at home over the holidays. I am not going away for long but spending time with family and eatings lots of delicious food is going to be wonderful. I’ll probably be spending most of my time in the kitchen with my dad cooking up a storm and baking lots of festive treats – and I love it.
In my family we don’t really do presents at Christmas (because we celebrate St Nicholas on the 5th of December) so instead I always bake something, to be able to give them delicious edible presents. I always do my Christmas baking research on Pinterest and I found some great recipes..but I am not going to share those on blog just yet. So instead I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve made in the last few years to give you all some Christmas baking inspiration!
Hello everyone, just a quick bit of midweek motivation from me today! I came across this quote and I just love it. Just like many of us out there I can be pretty hard on myself at times. Body image, work, friendships and life goals – we all have them. But maybe we need to focus more how far we’ve come and appreciate the things we have achieved. Life’s a journey and you should always appreciate yourself.
Now, if you are a regular follower of my blog, then it’s no surprise that I am into a little thing called; FOOD! And because I love food so much I really try to enjoy it and live by the 80/20 diet for most of the time. This way, I don’t restrict myself, get to enjoy the foods I love, while still maintaining a healthy routine and ‘diet’. I already cook pretty healthy for myself most of the time but do admit that my weekly recipes are getting a little boring. I mean by the time I finish work, have done my workout (I am obsessed with Classpass these days) and I bike home it’s usually 8-8.30pm so by then my brain can’t focus too much on cooking up anything special. It’s often stir frys, protein and veg or salads. Anything quick and easy really but I do try and cook things from scratch and not using any processed / ready made meals as I think clean eating is definitely so much better for your body.
Now, I recently came across The Mindful Chef on instagram and was instantly hooked on the way their food looked! They basically are a recipe box service where their chefs create delicious healthy recipes using seasonal ingredients. They also don’t contain pasta, white rice or bread. They then source all the ingredients you need for these recipes and pre-measure them into exact quantities needed and deliver it to you for free at your home or office – goodby (dangerous) supermarket visits on a hungry stomach after work!
All sounds pretty good right? So I decided to trial healthy cooking with Mindful Chef for a week, let’s see how I got on :)
I am a big fan of gel / shellac nails (as seen here and here) but getting your nails done at the nail salon regularly is not cheap. Even though gel nails have become more accessible in London in the last few years, with lots of simple local salons offering a full shellac/gel manicure for around £25 it still means it’s not something I get done all time because the cost does add up. But because they are so long lasting (1-2 weeks) it does make it rather tempting ;)
I’ve seen a few reviews and options for DIY Gel Nail at home kits and I was always very intrigued. So when I got the opportunity to review the Beauty Hair Chroma LED Lamp promising 1 Step Easy Gel Nails at home – I was like hell yes!
If you follow me on instagram then you would know that I recently had a weekend in Lisbon, and oh how I loved it! Going to Lisbon had been on my list to visit for so so long. Actually, I had been there before but this was as a kid – so that hardly counts. Anyway being a bit of a planner I always make sure I do research before travelling somewhere so I know exactly what to visit and what places to go for drinks and food (the latter being pretty much the most important part haha). Me and my friend had the most brilliant time in Lisbon so I thought I’d share my tips as a little travel guide for a weekend in Lisbon!