Wednesday, 28 June 2017

SWIMWEAR WISHLIST ft. polka dot swimsuit

Whilst rain may never seem to cease in London, it is technically summer in the Northern Hemisphere. These past few weeks in Spain have definitley proved this - and highs of 35˚C make me want to live in gorgeous bikinis like this leaf print bikini or this polka dot swimsuit

Recently, it feels like there are so many designs, styles and options when it comes to cute swimwear that I end up overwhelmed and going back to my old bikinis because I can't decide what I want to get - and at 50-60€ per bikini I am not willing to buy more than one or two a year. This is why I love Rose gal so much. They have an incredibly varied catalogue and most of their swimwear is between 10-20€ so much cheaper than places like ASOS or Zara. 

Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite pieces - which I am very tempted to get and knowing myself I'll probably cave in very soon! 

Palm Leaf Bikini | Strappy Burgundy Bikini | Velvet Green Bikini | High Waisted Burgundy Bikini |Tie-dye Blue Bikini | Nude Bikini

From my choices you can tell I usually go for simple triangle bikinis - I'm not that adventurous when it comes to styles of bikinis. But I do love getting some cute patterns like the palm tree leaf one - I've been after this pattern for a quite a while, it's so perfect for summery and it goes beautifully well with this pale pink top. The velvety one also looks super cool, and whilst velvet doesn't sound like the ideal fabric to wear to the beach I bet it looks incredible! 

I would also love to get a high-waisted bikini set like that burgundy one. I've never owned one but I do think they look pretty cool - my only concern is the tan lines, as I'm not very into having a pale stomach... but I'll see if I am brave enough to stray away from my  go-to style. 

If I were you I would be expecting a haul pretty soon - because we all know how much I like shopping and it's summer so I guess I need new bikinis? I'll go with that! 

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Who doesn't love a good cake, some gooey cookies or a creamy cheesecake?

Everyone does, exactly. However, most of us also know that these foods are not exactly the best for our health and body. Pinterest is now flooded with thousands of modern healthy desserts that do look very mouth-watering but sometimes we just want traditional and regular baked goods. This is why I've come up with a way to make your grandma's delicious cookies a bit healthier. It's all about using the right ingredients! 

Stay away from white flour

Switching from white flour to wholemeal flour will barely have any effect on the taste and it's a great way to increase the fibre content and nutritional value of one of the main ingredients in most baked goods. You can start by substituting 25% of the total amount of flour and then go from there! 

Natural sweeteners

Everyone is aware of how bad sugar is for you - no form of sugar is actually that great for you, whether that is white sugar or agave syrup. You should aim to use as little as possible. But what is a cake without any sweetness. Try using coconut sugar, agave syrup or even dates!

Who even needs butter 

Butter is full of saturated fats (which are very bad for you) but so many indulgent cakes and cookies use them - and they use quite a lot. Try using natural yoghurt and some olive or coconut oil instead, it will add moisture without adding all the unnecessary saturated fat.

Add nourishing toppings

By adding toppings like seeds, nuts or any healthy options you like you can pack some more nutrients into a chocolate chip cookie for example whilst also adding a little twist to the regular recipe. I personally love to add chopped up walnuts and chia seeds! 

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Sunday, 18 June 2017


Nowadays, it seems like you haven't made it in life unless you're crazy successful and have a life that's Instagram worthy 24/7. Or at least seemingly Instagram worthy on Instagram.  In all this hunger for success and with so many goals to achieve,  it's easy to forget to just live. 

Taking the time to enjoy your life, even if it's just the little details like that perfectly ripe mango or a beautifully orange and pink sunrise, is not only important for your sanity but funnily enough important to ensure you success. 

It's only been recently that I've realised I was focusing too much on my work and on what I had to get done and that was consuming all my time. I'm not encouraging you to procrastinate but instead to take small breaths and savour the adventure that life is. 

So here are ten things I like to do to make sure I don't forget to live. 

-Wake up half an hour earlier and enjoy the quietness of a usually buzzing city

-Leave my phone on airplane mode during that half an hour and start my day by reading a book or a magazine

-Smile every time I look at myself in the mirror

-Take my time eating my food 

-Try to catch the sunrise and/or sunset (even though this is specially hard during winter)

-Think or write down everything I am grateful for

-Laugh (I love laughing so much that it is incredibly easy to make me laugh!)

-Spend time or talk to someone I care about

-Plan something that excites me (even if it's something as small as going for coffee with a friend)

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Thursday, 15 June 2017


Today's post comes from the hand of Samantha Braddy, one of the authors at She kindly offered to write a piece for my post which I happily accepted, her writing style is just beautiful. Hope you enjoy the post and let me know if you would love to see ore of her great work! 

Removing makeup at the end of the day is surely one of the most important steps in any woman’s makeup routine. However, many ladies are simply too tired to get it done, which can lead to some serious skin problems later on. In order to prevent that, just stay with us and learn how to pick a proper makeup remover and make one of your own.

Why should I pick beauty products based on natural ingredients?

Beauty products based on natural ingredients have multiple benefits. First of all, each of these is far less harmful than chemicals produced in any brand’s laboratory. Everyone knows that conventional makeup and skincare products often feature a wide range of potentially hazardous substances, such as parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors, mineral oil, and artificially added fragrances. All of these are likely to cause allergic reactions and even some more serious illnesses like cancer. On the other hand, natural ingredients come directly from the Mother Nature, which is exactly why they’re so fantastic for your skin. Many of them are used to slow down the process of aging, as well as to fight swelling and infections. One of these is witch hazel – it’s one of the most effective acne treatments that exist! Jojoba oil is also amazing, since it’s hypoallergenic and successfully removes bacteria from your face.  On the other hand, olive oil is rich in vitamin E which allows it to calm irritation.


Cleansing your skin thoroughly before bedtime should be your top priority

Removing your makeup before going to bed is of the utmost importance, simply because any makeup residue on your face can lead to potential skin problems. High-quality makeup removers have the most important role here, since these are the only ones that can help you get rid of everything you don’t need on your face before getting your beauty sleep. After removing makeup, you should cleanse your skin thoroughly in order to make sure that there’s no makeup residue left. Of course, there are many brands that have designed all-natural makeup removers free from toxic chemicals, and these are always a good choice. On the other hand, if that’s not good enough for you, there’s an option of making your own natural makeup remover. Here are some amazing recipes, so keep on reading!

How can I make my own makeup remover?

The first version of your DIY makeup remover requires only three ingredients – filtered water, almond oil, and tear-free baby shampoo. Almond oil is particularly great for the skin because it’s rich in vitamins A, B, and E, but the fact is that any skin-safe oil (coconut, olive) will do the trick. This oil also delays signs of aging and reduces the appearance of dark circles! What you should do is to mix equal parts of all these ingredients in a small bottle. Shake well before use, take a cotton pad, and voila – makeup is successfully removed from your face! The second version includes witch hazel, and the truth is that you can use it on its own to remove makeup. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can use it diluted 50:50 with water – just soak the cotton pad and remove makeup in circular motions! Aloe vera is another extremely beneficial ingredient which does a great job as a makeup remover. Take a small container and combine equal parts of aloe vera gel and raw honey. Add a couple of tablespoons of your oil of choice (jojoba is fine) to the mixture, and make sure to keep it in your fridge. Use a small scoop of your cleanser to remove makeup in the following way – just massage it into the skin, let it sit for one or two minutes, and then rinse off with cool water!

As you can see, removing your makeup before bedtime is one of the most important steps in your makeup routine you mustn’t skip at any cost. Of course, there are all-natural removers designed by some prominent beauty brands, but if that’s not your thing – you can always make one of your own. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

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Monday, 12 June 2017


I know I recently shared with you another cookie recipe post but there is no such thing as too many cookies, so here’s another one. 

My cravings have been pretty weird lately and, after a few days of craving peanut butter (something very odd because I don’t even like PB that much) I decided to bake PB cookies for the first time ever. These are not the healthiest and cleanest cookies but they are not TOO bad and they taste incredible. 

I found a generic recipe online and then from there I kind of made it up a bit and, not to sound cocky, but the outcome was pretty outstanding. Here’s the recipe!


1 cup almond flour
1 egg
3/4 cup PB
1/2 cup sugar or any other sweetener
1/4 tsp baking soda
A dash of cinnamon
Dark chocolate chunks


All you have to do is mix the egg, the flour, the sugar and the baking soda; then add in the peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the cinnamon and as much chocolate as you want. 

Line a baking sheet and use a tablespoon to make the cookies. Bake at 180˚C for about 10-15min depending on how soft you want them and enjoy! 

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Sunday, 4 June 2017


Sleep is overrated. Who has time to actually rest for eight hours every single day when we have so much stuff to get done. Deadlines aren't going to move and work won't get done whilst we sleep. 

Jokes aside, whilst sleep is extremely important and you should always try to get about 7-8 hrs of sleep a day, some days this is just not possible. We've all been there and we all know how ridiculously hard it can be to actually sit down and get work done. 

Recently, I'm not proud to say, I've kind of figured out how to be productive even if I am a bit sleep deprived. So here are my tricks, you're welcome. 


And I'm not talking about just coffee (which is obviously a life saviour), I am talking about water. I know I don't drink enough water on a daily basis and I can really feel it when I haven't had much sleep. If you're dehydrated you're going to feel much more lethargic and just tired in general. So, drink up! 


This beverage deserves its own section. Caffeine is your best friend if you need to get shit done - just stay away from the sugary versions because they'll make you a bit too hyper and the crash will be real. If you want that extra energy, try Starbucks' new Nitro Cold Brew. It is honestly A-MA-ZING. Taste-wise, it is not my favourite drink but it hits the spot every single time, the caffeine kicks in much faster and I am so awake and productive for the entire day. 


Whilst I wouldn't recommend going crazy at the gym, as this is likely to have the opposite effect, doing some light exercise will give you a burst of energy and will wake you up fast. Follow your workout with a cold shower and you'll be more awake than if you had actually had 8 hrs of sleep.


When I have a lack of sleep I usually crave unhealthy and rather heavy food - pizza, burgers, any sort of pasta, you name it. This might seem a good idea because food = energy, right? Well, wrong. You're much better off eating something much lighter like a salad or just have snacks throughout the day instead of big meals. This way you won't have to go through that much dreaded after-lunch slump.


The right kind of music, the kind that gets you pumped and makes you feel like you're the badass hero in a badass movie, will make all the difference. It's fascinating how much of a difference it makes and how much it can motivate me.

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Thursday, 1 June 2017


If I have learnt something ever since I moved out is that life is freaking expensive, specially if you live in a city.

As someone who loves eating out and online shopping, not being broke is sometimes a struggle but after years of trying to budget whilst still going out and doing fun stuff as often as possible, I think I sort of have the hang of it.

As I know for a fact that I am not the only person in this world who sometimes struggles with budgeting, I thought I would share some of my tips that have worked for me. 

First and foremost: do not buy your daily coffee. I drink coffee pretty much every day and, as the white girl that I am, I used to get it from Starbucks every morning on my way to class. £2.45 for a latter might not be outrageous (you'll actually struggle to find something significantly cheaper in central London), but it is still some money and it adds up FAST.  Now I try to have my coffee at home as often as possible and  it's saved me so much money! 

Similar to not getting take away coffee every day, try to limit how many times you go out for meals every week. Living in central London makes this ridiculously hard, I found myself going out for lunch, dinner or breakfast about three to four times a week which, in my opinion, is absolutely insane. Each meal is usually between £10 and £20 so that's about £40 a week just on meals out. I try to eat out once or twice a week now - there is no need to spend £15 on avo toast and fresh OJ every weekend even if Instagram  makes it seem like it is a necessity. 

Another important point is to keep track of your expenses. It is easier than you think to forget how much you've already spent that week and I personally tend to underestimate how much I've spent which is not good. 

Finally, STOP.GOING.ON.ASOS 'just to have a look'. We all know you are bound to find something you absolutely love and definitely 'need' in your life.  Which, by the way, you're probably going to wear it about twice in your life and ask yourself why on earth did you ever buy it. So, stop online shopping out of boredom. You'll thank me later. 

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