Saturday, 30 September 2017

RECIPES I WANT TO TRY THIS AUTUMN

It's officially autumn! *runs to Starbucks and gets a Pumpkin Spice Latte*

I have to say I actually did have a PSL the other day and was deeply disappointed - I want to believe that it was the barista's fault and that maybe she was new, because it honestly felt like I was drinking syrup with a drop of coffee. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about my traumatic Pumpkin Spice Latte experiences. So let's move on. 

Whilst I don't bake that often, I do love baking on the weekends. Specially in autumn and winter when the weather outside is not very inviting. Recently, I've been seeing loads of mouth watering cookies, cakes and all sorts of baked goodies on  Bloglovin and Pinterest, so it's obviously inspired me to bake even more.

I thought it would be nice to put together all the recipes I am dying to try in a blog post so that you guys can also give them a try or get some inspo, enjoy!

Mulled Apple Cider Chai French Crullers 




How incredibly indulging do these look? I have to admit I am not the biggest fine of apple cider but even I am willing to give this a try because I am positive they taste like pure autumn with a hint of Christmas (aka heaven).

They also seem quite easy to make and take less than an hour so definitely worth a try, plus I absolutely love chai but I have never used it to bake sooo... I am honestly so excited to give these a try.

Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies



What's autumn without pumpkin flavoured everything - even chewing gum. I love pumpkin and I absolutely adore pumpkin cake, so I obviously have to make these cookies. It's like fate. To be honest, there is no way these don't taste heavenly. Pumpkin with chocolate chips is like the best combination ever. 

I can already imagine myself with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a few of these cookies, curled up in a soft blanket watching Harry Potter (the best movies to watch in autumn, don't ask me why but they feel very autumnal to me). Absolute goals. 

Baked Apples



As a kid, I used to hate baked apples. I thought they looked gross and obviously I was not going to eat something that didn't look beautiful... or something that people kept saying was dessert but looked too healthy to me. Thankfully, I eventually grew out of these phase. 

Now, I like baked apples more and more every time I try them. I also love how quick they are to make and how relatively healthy they are. But I've never actually made them myself. I usually only have them when I'm at home and my parents make them. They are perfect for an indulgent snack on a crisp October evening, or a light dessert when you're craving something sweet. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread




I keep seeing people on social media (specially Americans) going on and on about how much they love pumpkin bread, but I've never actually tried it. If there's a time to lose my pumpkin bread virginity, it has to be autumn. It does look and sound pretty incredible so I am very excited to try it. 

It also seems like it would make my entire flat smell delicious so why spend £15 on an overpriced scented candle when you can bake this bread and as a plus you even get to eat it; it's a win-win situation.  

Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole


Okay, when I saw this post on my feed I honestly gasped. French Toast is my favourite breakfast ever, I add cinnamon to literally everything and the word 'casserole' screams cosiness and brown leaves so I have to try this recipe. 

I honestly have never seen a more appetising French Toast, looking at this photo genuinely makes me happy (and also hungry). I also love that it's an overnight recipe, I love waking up excited because I get to try some yummy food for breakfast - it kind of feels a bit like Christmas morning. I am 100% trying this next weekend, you'll definitley hear all about it on my Twitter and Instagram


What are you dying to try this autumn?

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

PERSONALISE YOUR PHONE CASE WITH GOCOSTUMIZED

If you've been following me for a while, you should probably know by now that I have a bit of an obsession with phone cases. I think it's because when I get a new phone case for my phone it kind of feels like I'm getting a new phone, so it's exciting.



When gocustomized.co.uk got in touch with me to collab I was obviously like YES YES YES. They offer personalised phone cases (not only iPhones, because some companies seem to believe that everyone owns an iPhone) and also tablets. I immediately went to their website and started brainstorming ideas. They allow you to either choose one of the designs they have or to create your own - needless to say I decided to create my own. 

My initial idea was to create a transparent case with a hexagonal design, kind of like a hive, but I was defeated by Photoshop. Buuuut, I am still very happy with my final design. As the basic white girl that I am, I got a marble phone case (that matches my laptop skin, how cute) with my initials to make it more personal and special. Ideally I would have loved my initials to be glittery or metallic, but that wasn't possible.


Their cases are only £13.99 and you can choose if you want it clear, black or white. Their shipping is super fast and the quality of the case is really good for the price too. It's glossy (and they don't offer a matte option) but I personally don't mind my cases having a glossy finish. The image quality is not perfect but that's most likely because of the image I used, so make sure you use a high quality image! 

Overall, I am really happy with my case and I've been using it every day ever since I got it. I love how it turned out; and I love that it has my initials on it as it makes it unique and special unlike any other phone case you can get on the high street!
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

5 WAYS TO HANDLE EARLY MORNINGS


This is aimed to those of you who cannot be described as an early bird, and I don't blame you. Waking up as the sun rises (or even before!) is hard and far from pleasant. However, most of us don't really get a say about what time we have to get up. We just have to deal with it and hope we don't die trying.

I am not someone who struggles immensely in the morning, but I wouldn't say it's a walk in the park either. I've found that there are some things that make getting out of bed so much easier and enjoyable, well maybe enjoyable is taking it a bit too far.

Leave your phone alone 


It's hard, I know. But try to not check social media or your phone in general right after waking up. I don't know if it's just me but snuggling in bed and catching up on everything important that's happened in the world whilst I was asleep, makes getting up quite harder. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off, prepare your breakfast and then you can check all your social media accounts.

Food

As in most situations in life, food makes anything better. Whenever I know I have my favourite cereal for breakfast, or something that I love, I wake up so happy and leaving my warm and comfy bed is not a struggle at all.

If you're the kind of person who likes to have 'proper' food for breakfast, like pancakes or eggs, leave everything ready the night before so that there are as little steps as possible between you and your favourite food in the AM.


Coffee

This goes without saying, but coffee is very much needed to unglue my eyelids. Whilst I usually try to add as little milk and sugar/honey as possible, when a morning is being particularly difficult I make myself an indulgent drink with a little extra milk, some vanilla essence and an extra teaspoon of sugar. The caffeine makes my brain wake up and the creaminess and sweetness make my soul happy. 

Take it slow

I like to wake up 5 or 10 min earlier to  have some spare time to get ready/eat breakfast/do whatever I have to do as there is nothing I hate more than rushing when I'm still half asleep. This means I can sit down and drink my coffee whilst reading the news, watching some YT videos or catching up on social media. I can allow myself to wake up slowly and I avoid any stress before the sun is out.

Do something you enjoy


Wether it's watching your favourite YouTuber, listening to your favourite artist or podcast. Try and do something you enjoy. I personally like to have some Late Night videos on whilst I get ready, it makes me laugh and sets the tone for the day. 

I've honestly grown to love mornings, as I've created a routine that I genuinely love and makes waking up at 7AM bearable. Ish.





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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR AUTUMN


I'm all about dainty jewellery, it's the perfect way to spice up any outfit - whether it's casual or fancy. It adds a really cute touch and adds this je ne sais pas touch. You know, the "casually looking fab" vibe.

Years ago I did a collab with The Happiness Boutique and recently, when sorting out my jewellery, I found the necklace they gifted me. Out of curiosity, I went on their website and checked out what they had in stock: everything they had was right up my alley, so I decided to get in touch with them again.

Even though they have so many beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelet, etc; I knew what I wanted straight away. I had been on the hunt for a  dainty rose gold short necklace with tiny pendants, I have seen it on a few of my favourite influencers and I think it looks so lovely and dreamy, so I was incredibly pleased when I saw they had something so similar to what I was looking for.

With gold or rose gold jewellery I am always worried it's going to look cheap, but this one doesn't in the slightest.  It's made out of stainless steel and it's rose gold plated, this means that you can swim and shower with it and it's not going to go rusty which is a massive plus for me as I hate having to take my jewellery off every day. My life is exhausting enough to remember to take off all my necklaces, earrings, bracelet and rings before I get into the shower, I don't have time for this. 

I received the necklace a few weeks ago and I kid you not I've been wearing it every single day - it's so easy to style and it goes with literally any outfit, even sweatpants. I personally love how it looks when styled with a loose white shirt, some denim jeans and trainers.

I'm actually looking to buy some more jewellery from them because I'm getting so much wear out of this necklace. I've been really into rings recently and they have so many cool ones; you should definitley expect another post featuring The Happiness Boutique!

Overall, I am super happy with what I got and if you're looking for good quality jewellery you should definitley check them out! They might not be as cheap as Primark but, in my opinion, it's worth spending a few extra pounds to get a good quality piece!

ALSO! I have a discount code for you guys, if you use rawrbows on any order over 19€ you'll get 10% off, how good is that! The offer will be valid until the 19th of October so hurry up and take advantage of it!

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Friday, 15 September 2017

MY BLOGGING ROUTINE



Blogging is a bit like showering: you either do it early in the morning or late at night - unless you're lucky enough to be a full-time blogger that is.

But blogging takes more than just an hour or two in the morning or evening; you need to think of post ideas, write the posts, take photos, edit the photos, proofread the post, schedule the post, share it on social media, etc. There's always work to be done and if I don't organise myself I can get very stressed very easily. So this is how I do it. 

WEEKDAYS - 9PM-11PM


After going for the odd run, showering and eating it's time to transform into a blogger.  On weekday evenings I usually spend about an hour or two reading and commenting on blogs and brainstorming. Sometimes I'll also write a post or two but that depends on how draining the day has been. 

Brainstorming can sometimes be hard, inspiration comes and goes. Sites like Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube really help me come up with some ideas for blog posts; when it all fails I love to read my favourite blogs as they always have some impeccable content that inspires me!

I never really take photos during the week as I always use natural light and, obviously, it's already dark at 9PM. However, after all the brainstorming I usually have a clear idea of what kind of photos I want for each post so that when I do it on the weekends is much much quicker.

This is also the time when I reply to e-mails (which always takes longer than expected) and draft any sponsored posts that need to go up the following week so that I can send them off for approval.



WEEKENDS - ALL DAY


Obviously, I don't spend every waking hour of my weekends working on my blog but it's when everything gets finalised and the posts are ready to be published. The first thing I do is figure out what posts are going to go up the following week. Then, I either take the photos I need for these or if the lighting is not too good I'll start writing them. I usually watch a movie or YouTube videos whilst writing posts as, for some reason, it makes me more productive... I have a weird brain. I try to upload about 3 posts per week and it takes me about 30min to an hour to write a post depending on how long it is or what kind of posts. For example, I find reviews and hauls much easier to write than more 'personal' posts.

Taking photos is probably my favourite part of blogging, I love styling the objects and coming up with new props to use. I try to do that at around noon as if I try to do it earlier on a sunny day (so not very often) the sun rays hit my table (where I take most of my photos) and it looks too bright and orange on camera. I'll always take about 20 photos for each post, most of them look exactly the same or very similar but I prefer to take loads than taking just two and then not liking them when I import them to my laptop. 

Then it's time to edit them, I use Photoshop CC to do that and all I do is increase the whiteness and contrast, play around with the curves and sometimes decrease a bit the saturation. I also make them smaller (otherwise my blog would take ages to load) and then add them to the posts.

Finally, I proofread everything and make sure it makes sense and schedule everything to go up automatically!


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ROOM PINTEREST WORTHY


Home decor is something I have always loved, I think it's important to make your house/bedroom feel like home, make it represent you and inspire you. Having moved houses several times, I have learnt a lot about how I like to decorate my space and what makes me feel relaxed and at ease; and also what stresses me out. If you want to make me cranky put me in an cluttered messy room and I'll assure you I'll go crazy. Put me in a well-decorated minimalistic space and I'll be in heaven.


When I moved houses about a month ago, I decided I wanted to make my room look a bit more put together and "adult" - and nothing screams adult as replacing your posters with framed artwork. When someone has gone to trouble of framing their posters and prints, that’s when you know they ave got their sh*t together. Amirite?


And that's when I discovered Desenio.

Desenio* is an online store that sells the most beautiful and original prints; they have so many different styles and they are all Pinterest goals. If you've ever wanted to make your room look straight out of Pinterest, Desenio is the place to go. I instantly fell in love with their prints and I knew I needed them in my life. So I reached out to them fangirling and telling them how much I loved them; they agreed to work together... and this post was born. 





After extensive research I managed to choose three prints that I absolutely loved - which was very hard because I could easily get 100 of their prints and still want more. The three prints and two gold frames came to just under £100 which is such a good price for such good quality beautiful prints that are this big! The frames are also super pretty and look so fancy and not cheap at all. The reason why I got three prints but only two frames is because I wanted an extra print to change up my room a bit from time to time.

I initially wanted to hang the frames on top of my bed but, since I am renting and therefore can't drill nails into the wall, I was scared the stick-on hooks would be too weak and didn't want the frames to crack my head open in my sleep. Nevertheless, I love how things turned out and I love how they look on top of my desk, they make my workspace so much cuter and inspiring! The only thing that could make it look even better is if my room had white walls but can't really do anything about that... *cries*



 Overall I am incredibly happy with the prints and the frames, they definitley make my room so much more put together and add a really cute touch. And GUESS WHAT!!! I honestly could go on and on for ages talking about my love for Desenio, but or everyone’s sake I won’t. But GUESS WHAT! I have a discount code for you guys, if you use the code rawrbows between the 12th and 14th of September you'll get 25% off your entire order (excluding frames and handpicked prints) which is SO GOOD!





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Friday, 8 September 2017

3 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW

There are over 700 million account on Instagram. They are all different and have a story behind them, but there are three that you HAVE to follow. I haven't obviously personally checked every single account on the social platform (I have better things to do), but these three that I'm going to share with you are pretty on point, and genuinely make my day slightly better when they post.


Instagram is a place to find inspiration for me, scrolling down my homepage I can see countless of artsy shots and beautiful images; whether it's a beach in Mexico or a lavender field in France or beautifully presented food. These three following accounts are all very different but they all share some impeccable content, and they deserve your follow.

1. OH POP!


To me, this account is summer in photos. Vanessa, the cool girl who runs the account, keeps doing an incredible job at keeping up with a very well curated theme. Everything just flows together so well, I honestly didn't know such coherence was possible. From green, to blue, to yellow, to purple, to pink; the transition is as smooth as it could possibly be. It's just such a beautiful account, no amount of words are enough to describe how much I love it. 




However, the best thing about this account is not their feed (WHAT), it's what they sell: popsicles. But not any kind of popsicles; they sell the most aesthetically pleasant and coolest popsicles. They are all made of natural ingredients that create and explosion of flavours and textures, most of them are also dairy-free so it can't really get any better. Oh wait, it can: the flavours they offer are IN-CRE-DI-BLE; how does lychee, cooling cucumber and mint sound like? Sounds like heaven to me. Creamy coconut and raspberries drizzled with matcha white chocolate and shredded coconut? Say no more. 

If you're lucky enough to be based in Sydney, you should head over to their Instagram (@oh_pop_) and place an order right now. You won't be disappointed. 



2. FORN SANT FRANCESC

My sister showed me this account a few months ago and I am literally OBSESSED now.  You know it's bad when you fangirl over a bakery's Instagram account...

I specially love their videos, they're so short and look kind of "rough" but that's what makes them cool in my opinion. I think what makes me love this account so much is that this bakery is quite close to my hometown in Mallorca so I could realistically eat everything they show on their account.... someday I'll go all out and buy one of everything. 


If you like sweet treats and desserts, and if you enjoy watching food videos, you have to give them a follow. They're so great! 



3. GIGI VIVES


I've been following Gigi for a couple of years now but I never realised how insane her feed was until recently. Everything is so perfectly curated, and the colours flow so well together. I also find it very peaceful to look at, everything's so white and blue - it reminds me of a paradisiac white sand beach. 

She lives in Barcelona but travels quite a lot so it's cool to see new places and cities through her eyes, or to see places I have myself visited through someone else's perspective. I also think she is stunning, which obviously helps - funnily enough she reminds me of Gigi Hadid.  







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Monday, 4 September 2017

MY SEPTEMBER TO DO LIST



It's September!!! I'll sound like any other blogger but how is it September already? How is Christmas only 4 months away!? It feels so weird, this summer has been so weird. For the first time in my 21 years of life, I have not spent my summer holidays in Mallorca so it's been hard trying to tell my brain that those 20˚C and semi-sunny days were meant to represent summer. Which is why I still don't fully believe it is over, it's kind of like it never happened.

I guess the come back of PSL makes it official though.

September is usually the month that I use to get my life together after sleepless summer nights, beach days and the odd family holiday. It's usually the month when I get ready to go back to uni, to move back to London and to see my uni friends after three months. Whilst I am officially done with uni now, I still get these feels and I'm using this month to mentally prepare myself for the winter.

Read more

I've already started doing this - I recently read I Am Pilgrim, Big Little Lies and I Found You; all of which I absolutely loved and totally recommend, specially I Am Pilgrim. But I want to keep this up and read more as a few years ago I kind of stopped reading and I really miss it. If you have any book recommendations let me know as I am quickly running out of titles!

Get a graduation dress

I will be graduating this October and finding a dress for the occasion is proving to be much harder than I thought; specially because I don't really wear dresses so I don't know what style I like, and also because I can't wear black but all the dresses I like just happen to be that colour... send help. Another added complication is that I can only buy dresses from the petite section otherwise they are too big for me, that means I have a much narrower range of dresses to choose from. Wish me luck. 



Learn how to grocery shop

That's an odd one. Even though I moved out 4 years ago, I still don't quite know hot to grocery shop effectively. I basically go to the supermarket, buy some food that sounds good to me and go home to realise I can't actually cook anything with the ingredients I bought... and I end up ordering Uber Eats. This needs to change. 

Run Run Run

I used to run a few times a week last year but as soon as summer came I stopped as I was travelling and then I moved houses and there was just too much stuff going on. Now that I have settled, I want to start running again, specially as I live so close to some really good parks! 


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Friday, 1 September 2017

THE ONE SKINCARE PRODUCT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE




My skin is by no means anywhere near perfect, as the vast majority of people I do have occasional breakouts, discolouration and all these other nightmares that come with skin. However, my skin has definitley improved A LOT recently and it is all thanks to one incredible face wash.

Before going into the actual product I think it is worth mentioning that for the past two or three months I have had the worst diet I have ever had in the past few years. I ate anything I wanted whenever I wanted. I kid you not, I probably went weeks without eating proper vegetables. NONE. The reason why I'm saying this is because my skin should have gone crazy. I usually break out due to one of two reasons; it's either that time of the month or diet. So you can imagine my surprise when, after eating utter shit for months, my skin still looked okay.




The product in question is Garnier's 96% Natural Origins Gel Wash with Aloe Vera Extracts. As the name suggests, 96% of the ingredients are of natural origin which means that is less harsh than more artificial products.  The Aloe Vera helps hydrate the skin which is something my skin really needs. I still need to moisturise after washing my face but my skin feels significantly less dry than when I used other scrubs and face washes. It is also meant to remove excess sebum, impurities and pollution (thank you, London) so that your skin is left perfectly clean and ready for the day... or bed. 

I also use this sometimes to remove my make up in the shower, and it works wonders. I usually struggle to remove my mascara (there is a fine line between good waterproof mascara and too good waterproof mascara) but this literally gets rid of everything. It's incredible. 

If you're looking for a gentle and effective face wash, you should definitley try this one out. It has worked so well for me and I am genuinely impressed with Garnier.. good job guys. 



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