1st Birthday.

Lifestyle

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So this week my blog turned 1!

It’s been a ~whole~ year? It feels like it’s been a few months (!!!!) Trying not to be -cringe- here but I suppose this post is more for myself than anyone else, a post that I can look back on. My blog (and writing in general) is a little like therapy to me, it makes me feel content and relaxed. The point I started my blog was for me to write somewhere other than my diary or fiction. It’s kind of in the middle of the two.

Brunch Favourites.

Food, Lifestyle

Vegetable Fry-up
Green Super Smoothie
Dippy Eggs & Soldiers with Asparagus

Veg Fry-Up

One meal that isn’t my fav is a full English (am I still English?) there’s just something about the grease that makes me feel like I’ve been put in a deep fat fryer after I’ve eaten it. But this is my alternative which I could eat alldayeverday and not even feel guilty about it. If you haven’t tried this or something similar I urge you to. Feel free to switch it up abit by adding toast, more veg, meat etc.

Green Super Smoothie
I think smoothies are genius. Technically abit gross, with everything blended up, but they taste ~amazing~. Keeping with the theme, spinach is involved.. obviously. These make you feel full whilst also getting a load of healthy foods. If we ever run out of spinach for some crazy reason, I can recommend using anything green- from raw broccoli to celery whatever you have, it does still taste good.

Eggs & Soldiers with Asparagus
Boiled eggs & soldiers just reminds me of my childhood, I must have had dippy eggs for breakfast most days. Adding asparagus just makes it even tastier and makes it feel like a more adult breakfast.

What are your brunch favourites?

Spring Lips.

Beauty, Life

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It’s HERE! Technically it’s still Winter but as soon as I noticed a little cluster of flowers that had sprouted up out of nowhere I automatically starting saying ‘it’s spring.’ Spring is one of my favourites (although, I notice I say that about every season.) But blossom is just too pretty. It’s crazy how much a blue sky, a bit of sun and a few flowers can produce so much optimism/happiness/motivation etc. It’s just crazy uplifting, don’t you think?

I’m so excited for light evenings, so it feels acceptable to go and sit in a beer garden after work. For pretty dog walks, iced coffees, mojitos (as they taste so much better when the suns shining), driving with the windows down (!!!!), butterflies (!!!!!!!), and BBQ’s (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Ah, so much excitement.

I don’t know about you but when Spring comes I automatically start whipping out brighter colours from my wardrobe and I think the lips are begging for a brightening too. Lipstick is obviously a huge staple for most females make-up bags but I think most stick to their usual colours that they feel comfortable with. But now the suns shining and we are slowly coming out of hibernation, it’s a good opportunity to mix things up in the make-up dept.
These are a few high-street lipsticks to brighten up your pout for Spring…

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Sleek Matte Me Lip Gloss- Shabby Chic, £4.99.

You can never really go wrong with Sleek Make-up & this lipstick is perfect for Spring. It’s very mauve which is so so pretty and one of the smoothest liquid lipsticks I’ve used. This is probably the darkest I go in Spring time, otherwise I end up feeling a little too Autumnal. Ps. This is so long lasting!

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Sleek Power Pump Lip Crayon- Fully Fuschia, £5.49.

Oh another Sleek. If you’re not into Matte lips or Glossy lips, this is the one for you. It’s more like lipstick consistency but the crayon design makes it way easier to apply. I would rarely wear this colour (even though it’s super pretty) but it’s just a little too pink for me. However… it looks fabulous on other people. My sister worked it for a party and side note, it looks so good with a black dress and subtle make-up.

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KIKO Pencil Lip Gloss- Pink Glitter, £3.90.
So a KIKO store just opened where I live and lets just say Kiko will for sure be featuring in a lot more posts… the products are lush. I was pretty much testing everything in the store when I came across this gem. The best way I can describe it is a lipliner/lipstick/lip crayon/lipgloss- all into one little stick. It’s not super pigmented which I actually really like because it looks subtle and v natural- like your pout naturally sparkles. Ps. I’ve used this over the top of a bolder matte lip just to jazz it up a bit.

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NYX Professional Makeup Round Lipstick- Snow White, £4.00.

I think it’s important to always have a classic, no matter what season it is. For me, red is the go-to. This lipstick has some coral tones to it, which I think gives it that Spring vibe. NYX’s products are always super pigmented which is so appealing when looking for a bright/bold lipstick.

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2017.

Life

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Happy New Year! How has another year passed already? I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Years Eve. It’s been way too long since my last post, I had the flu for a week- I’m not making excuses, I wont lie I didn’t really know what I wanted to write. I have so many ideas for this year but I didn’t want to just go straight in without a happy new year post. But then I also, didn’t want to ramble on about new years resolutions or any of the clichés so I spent a few weeks procrastinating.

Anyway…. I thought oh why not.

I think it’s good to have ~goals~. I’m not the type of person who has 1/5/10+ year plans, who sticks to it religiously- I am waaaay to indecisive for that shit. I was saying to my Mum the other day I kinda feel like I’m just blagging life, half the time I don’t know what’s going on or where I’m going (literally, I regularly get lost when I’m just trying to drive home from somewhere.) But I said I kind of like it, there’s something nice about not knowing where I will be 10 years. I have no clue what job I could be doing, I could be married, single, happy, sad…It’s so so daunting but so so exciting. (Oh so deep.) All that being said, I do have a few things floating around in my head that I am aiming for, realistic things.

-Healthy. This isn’t a cliché one of go on a major diet, loose weight, blah… It’s just to look after my body a little more. So, eat more fruit and veg, drink more water, get more fresh air, moisturise more, get better nights sleep etc.

-Save. Save money because you know… life.

-Take risks. Not quite sure what I mean by this- risks as in, something crazy like jumping out of a plane. Or risks as in just saying yes more, to anything and everything because the feeling after is so worth it.

-Music. Listen to music more because everyone should.

-Stop overthinking. This is the story of my life. Everyone overthinks but my mind just exhausts me sometimes. I always feel like I never switch off, or know how to switch off. I take hours getting to sleep as I’m laying thinking about the most pointless things, like how I need to get petrol in a weeks time or even how soft my bed sheets are. (Lol, I’m crazy.)

-Appreciate everything good, there is always something to smile about.

-Travel. (This probably contradicts the saving.) But I want to try and visit at least a few places this year, as much as I want to see the whoooole world.

-Read & write more. Both always make me feel relaxed and more open-minded if that makes sense. And both kinda go hand in hand… so if I read for a while it leaves me wanting to write and if I write for a while it leaves me wanting to read.

-Be kind, always, then even kinder.

So there’s my extremely deep post for the year. What are your short/long term goals? I hope you are as excited for this year as I am.

X


3 Nights in Prague.

Autumn, Life, Travel

Prague; the city that was spared by Hitler… or so the story goes. Prague is a total juxtaposition; it’s old and dirty, yet beautiful and graceful. It’s a very well preserved medieval city oozing rich history, whilst also offering a buzzing night life and a hint of romance.

 

Day 1: 
After I was settled at the hotel, I got a taxi to Wenceslas Square to meet my cousin who had got a later flight. Straight away I realised it was the shoppers dream, there are so many shops there. It was pretty late so we just had dinner and a few drinks before going back to the hotel to sleep (in the most amazing bed btw.)

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Day 2:
This is the day we went all out and saw as much as possible.
We woke up early and was ready to try and tackle the metro (I had no idea.)

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We worked out the route and started with Prague Castle. Before walking up to the Castle, we had a little walk around the gardens which are beautiful (especially in Autumn.)

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The walk up to the Castle was a lot longer than I expected it to be, but on the way there are a variety of shops, view points, cafés and museums!

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Once we finally reached the Castle I was so taken back by it’s beauty. The detail and history is breath-taking.

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After taking millions of photos we decided we wanted to climb the bell tower. After climbing a 300-stepped spiral stair case we finally reached the top and it was SO worth it. The view is incredible!

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Later on we hopped on a tram and went to the Old Town- straight away I fell in love. The Old Town Square is so perfectly set out, with elegant buildings and churches surrounding. After watching a light show which was projected on the art gallery we noticed another bell tower. Thank goodness, the tower had a lift to get to the top which our legs definitely appreciated.

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We ended our very busy day exploring with walking across Charles Bridge with muled wine.

Day 3: We woke up with very achy legs but we still wanted to make the most of our last day. We planned to visit the Old Town again as we wanted to see the square in daylight and visit the churches.

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The churches are just WOW!!! Týn Church especially, was incredible however you are not permitted to take photos. (I mean look at this Chandelier!)

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We ended up walking around the whole of the Old Town and after a long time exploring we retired back to our hotel, to get ready for a night tour we had booked for the evening. We booked the tour through our hotel. It started with a bus tour around the city and then a river cruise on the Vltava river. I really enjoyed it but, unfortunately Prague isn’t lit up very well at night. So most of the spectaculars were hardly visible from the bus or boat.

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Prague was an absolute pleasure. As you have seen, we managed to cram in as much as possible. I think we did really well for the time we had! In the morning, we caught the train to Budapest- click here.

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Pupcakes!

Favourites, Food, Home, Life

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Everyone’s guilty of feeding their dog a little human food now and again. I mean…common’ dog kibble looks sooo boring. Missie does have a range of different dog treats however, those puppy dog eyes always bribe us into giving her something with a little more flavour. I had a weird cooking splurge this weekend and ended up baking some sweet treats for my family. However, I felt guilty the little pup was left out so I decided to bake her batch of her very own!


Ingredients: (It’s all dog friendly)

1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Frosting:
• 2 x Tubs cream cheese low fat
• Dog treats of your choice

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Method:

-Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius, line cupcake tins with paper cases (remember to take these off before giving to your dog if you have a bit of a greedy pup).

-Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and distribute evenly between the cupcake cases. Bake for 15 minutes and leave to cool before icing.

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(They actually smelt and looked quite tasty)

-Using a spoon to dollop cream cheese on the cakes or as I did, use a disposable piping bag  I used a large star icing nozzle and piped in a circular motion. -I then popped a little puppy treat on top and enjoy!

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As you can see, she loves them!