New Year Old Quotes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCO with g3 presetas my previous post about resolutions and reflections revealed, the renewing energy brought by entering a new year is something that can be utilised for greatness, self-growth and realisation of goals. i am a firm believer in the power of quotes, offering pocket-sized samples of friendly advice and wisdom, they can help to shift our perspective and provide guidance. below i are some of my favourites from 2017, that i’m taking into 2018 to enhance and guide me on my personal and professional growth this year. i’ve tried to put them in some sort of a significant order, to remind myself that external prosperity and development can only blossom from strong roots of internal abundance and positivity. Continue reading

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2017 Favourites: Skincare

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this year, in an effort to try and manage my troublesome, imperfection-prone skin, i have stripped back the number of products i use. while this has meant trying less stuff, i have discovered some new favourites (such as the brand ‘The Ordinary’) and continued using some trusty old ones. i’ve  implemented two skincare philosophies during 2017, in an effort to navigate nonsense marketing and social media hype and stick to a routine that’s actually effective for me. firstly, this has meant simplicity- ensuring that the products i use aren’t fussy and don’t contain excess ingredients, being natural if possible. on the contrary, i have also taken a more clinical and dermatological approach, relying more heavily on french brands because they tend to be more appropriate for sensitive complexions and do lots of testing which i find reassuring. i still have a way to go with improving the health of my skin, but these products have all been effective for keeping it managed and under control, particularly in times of crisis.

… a little skincare resolution- ultimately, i think it’s important that the products you use don’t contribute to the problems you’re trying to solve. if you’re having any issues, i suggest taking out products and replacing them one at a time. i’m no dermatologist, but from experience i have personally found that the simpler the better. listen to your skin and watch how it responds, rather than paying attention to adverts. Continue reading

New Years: Gratitude, Lessons, Resolutions

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetanother day, another 365 days around the sun. i’m convinced those 365 days sail by faster each year, perhaps a reminder to make the most of them. this year has been one of highs and lows for me, of course another year of growth and lessons, but i look forward to leaving 2017 behind and beginning a new chapter. i have collated some of my favourite moments from this year. below are some reflections on 2017, and some resolutions i have chosen to speak into the present… Continue reading

Gift Giving: A Last Minute Guide

last minute present buying seems to be an annual ritual i never learn from. perhaps it’s something to do with the fear of buying something too early and finding something better later, or (more likely) something to do with my disorganised nature. luckily, my belatedness has proven to be a virtue, and below are some ideas to help any other last minute shoppers.

now there are some criteria associated with last-minute present hunting (i should know). if you’re buying online, you’ve got to be able to get first class delivery- Amazon Prime proves particularly helpful here. if you’ve left it too late for surfing the net, or simply prefer to browse on foot, focusing your search close to home will be the most efficient. i often like to buy gift cards from local, independent restaurants and retailers, because they’re guaranteed to please, plus, feeling like you and your recipient are supporting local traders is always nice. alternatively, it’s also best to hit the major supermarkets and high street chains because they always have a huge selection and are at close, easy access to most of us. a last minute race to Covent Garden to look for something alternative and special will be futile if they have have nothing ‘alternative and special’ left. by this point, your Christmas shopping has become less of an experience and more of a mission, but that shouldn’t mean your gifts have to lack personality or need be any less special!

this guide has something for everyone; for the ones you don’t know (secret santas, cousin George twice removed and the like), for the ones who never know (no matter how many times you ask, they insist they don’t know what they want!) and for the ones who have everything (sister…i’m looking at you!)

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10/10/17: Porridge

Tuesday the 10th October 2017. this date may not seem recognisable to many, unless you’re Goldilocks, or Oliver, or a Instagram-health-freak like me. i was brought to the attention of today’s significance this morning while undertaking my usual morning scroll, as i dipped into my breakfast of cereal (with a distinct lack of loyalty and a sense of cheating). there’s a reason Goldilocks was so fussy about her porridge; it’s not easy to get right. we’re all just as fussy as her when it comes to temperature, and then there’s also consistency, creaminess and flavourings to consider. for instance my mother favours creamy oats made with milk only, while my father likes the balance of 50/50 with yoghurt, and i opt for all water with only a splash of milk. my preference is probably partially forced by the economic demands of a university budget (plant milks do not come cheap), but i also find that i don’t desire the heavy, stodgy richness of the full milk variation early in the a.m.

porridge has vastly adapted since the days of the 3 bears. Goldilocks would be presented with quite the degree of troubling choice were she to be a 2017 porridge consumer, entering the oatmeal-Aladdin’s cave of Alex-Hely Hutchinson’s 26 Grains or being a judge in Scotland’s annual Porridge Making Championships . porridge has come a long way since the world of gruel, and now the benefits of oats are well established in health  nutrition, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating the perfect bowl…

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Recipe: Foraged Autumn Fruit Cobbler

as autumn rolls around and the nights draw in, we need suitable puddings to warm us. this cobbler offers a great big blanket of yumminess, and is made even more satisfying (and spares pennies for your fuel bill) if you forage for the fruit yourself. this sweet was made even sweeter by my uncle’s apples and pears, and blackberries the product an hour of my hard labour. i also made the wonderful discovery of Oatly’s oat cream. i bought this stuff on a dubious whim as my own attempt to make oat cream had resulted in a gloopy mess, but i assure you that left to the professionals, this makes an undetectable healthy alternative to dairy.

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Travel Diary: Austria 2017- A Guide to Tyrol

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summer alpine holidays are picture perfect from all angles. rolling green hilltops, towering mountains, still lakes; you really cannot go wrong with the surroundings. every few years my family and I are always drawn back to the Tyrollean region of Austria, they’re our favourite holidays, filled with cake-fuelled hikes and lake and city trips. there’s something re-charging about the mountains, being continually in the outdoors and part of a laid back culture. like most of Europe, the Austrian lifestyle seems simplified and more satisfying- but maybe that’s just the illusion of being on holiday!

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