These little bars make the most of autumn’s apple bounty, and are a handy low sugar, oat-fuelled snack to have on hand. They contain few ingredients, which are also inexpensive and highly adaptable. Try experimenting with different dried fruit (apricots, chopped dates, figs etc), and switch up the spices to suit your taste. Making your own applesauce is worth it- it can be free (pick your own anyone?!) and won’t contain any added refined sugars unlike the shop-bought varieties. I make a big batch and then freeze- it can be used in so many recipes. See tip below. Continue reading
As my Ibiza posts may have shown, I have the unmistakable ability to spend most of my holidays surrounded by flowers, and taking pictures of flowers. Might be something more to do with the season than some botanical intuition, but however I get there, I am more than satisfied spending my holidays surrounded by nature’s best.
Perhaps it’s their perfect blonde locks, laidback sense of happiness, or maybe there’s just something in the water, but the the young women and men of Stockholm offered me continual street style inspiration. With their normcore cool, and clean simplicity, Scandi’s fashion matches much of the rest of their lifestyle; being simple, minimalist and practical.
Without a direct translation, but meaning “a coffee and cake break“, Fika and Fika-ing is a key part of Swedish life and culture. It epitomises the country’s balanced, rational approach to work, and the necessity of taking regular breaks and socialising. Fika takes place sitting down in local cafes and bakeries, as opposed to a lifeless Starbucks take-away quaffed desk-side between mountains of paperwork. A holiday is hardly a 9-5 affair, but all in the name of market research and cultural immersion, we Fika’d daily to energise us through our walking and swimming. Below are some of our favourites.
Famed for its rhythmic hedonism, laid-back bohemia, and rich heritage, Ibiza is ultimate escapism. With crystal-clear waters and stunning coastal coves and cliffs, the island’s ethereal beaches provide the ultimate paradise to escape to.
Flowers Flowers everywhere…each corner of the white isle is decorated with pink petals. I had lots of pretty floral content from my trip, so decided to give the photos a dedicated post. I matched my outfit to the scattered streets with pastel tones and bold print. Dress: New Look (similar here and here) Continue reading
Towering over the island in peach, ochre and parchment, the dramatic Dalt Vila reflects the colours of the Ibiza’s sunsets. It offers visitors something different depending on the clock, so can be enjoyed at any time depending on your partying/beaching/siesta routine. Rise early, ready for the nuns to open the cathedral at 10am, then stroll down into the daily market to grab prime pickings of fresh fruit. Or, visit in the afternoon sun when the colours are at their brightest and get some sangria to match from L’Escalinata and tapas from Plaza Del Sol. Alternatively, the old streets offer the perfect setting for a late romantic dinner (see La Olivia below), just make sure you book in advance unless you’re eating before 10pm. Stop off at Barocco after for the best gelato the walls offer. Whenever you go, make sure you wear good shoes, so you can get fully lost in its floral back streets in comfort.