Lovin’ Right Now

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Everyone has things in life that they cannot live without. Perhaps a certain t-shirt, pair of shoes or sunglasses. But, in this post I am going to be sharing some of my current favourites that I have been using or wearing a lot recently.

Stabilo Fineliners

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As you may have seen from some of my other posts, I have recently got back into journalling and scrap booking. So, these are perfect for little details or embellishments and they come in all colours of the rainbow!

Cactus Phone Case

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A few weeks ago, I treated myself to a new phone case and I chose one themed around cacti! It looks so adorable and it adds a nice touch of colour to my phone.

Canon FX Film Camera

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Now, this is something I am obsessed with. When I discovered my Dad had an old film camera, I went crazy because I just love the idea of them. It was really fun taking my first photos on it and I cannot wait to develop the rest!

Black and White Striped T-Shirt

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I love this t-shirt because it is really pretty! I have been wearing it with literally everything now the sun has started to come out more often.

Blue Polka Dot Shorts

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Like wise with the t-shirt, this is another clothing item I have been wearing a lot. They are really comfortable and the lighter blue dots are so pretty!

So, there was my current favourites. What are you liking at the moment?

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A Long Weekend in Amsterdam

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Last June, I went on a long weekend to Amsterdam with my school and I never got round to posting what I got up to. So, in this post, I am going to share some of the highlights from my short trip.

Hotel and Local Area

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I stayed in the Eastern Docklands area at a Stayokay Hotel. After checking in, we had a wander around as the weather was so lovely. It was really exciting seeing the similarities and differences between living in the UK and the Netherlands.

NEMO Science Centre

NEMO Science Centre

One of the first places we went to was the NEMO Science Centre. I really enjoyed going here because it was so interactive and I had so much fun using all the equipment. We also stayed here for lunch and sat on the roof terrace which has a marvellous view of the Oosterdok.

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

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In the afternoon, we visited the Windmills at the Zaanse Schans. It was so peaceful and really relaxing to just walk around and gaze at some of Amsterdam’s history.

Canal Tour

Canal Tour

To finish off the first full day, we went on a canal tour which took an hour, showing us all the sites to see in Amsterdam by water.

Duinrell Amusement Park

Duinrell Amusement Park

The entire second day was spent at Duinrell Amusment Park. I loved how everything looked and even though I did not go on many rides, I still had a great time.

Bruges

Bruges

On the way back, we stopped off in Bruges. It was so sunny and the architecture from the old and new was fascinating to see.

I enjoyed my trip to Amsterdam a lot despite how short it was. I hope to go back soon to see some of the attractions and sites I missed, such as the Anne Frank House.

 

Spring Delights

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Last weekend, I once again visited Bleheim Palace and it was extraordinary what a change the seasons had made to the grounds. Unlike last time, we were actually able to visit the wonderful nature that surrounds the house and here’s a selection of the photos I took.

Bloom

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Downhill Horizon

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Dulled Sights

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Alone But Together

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Order of Importance

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I cannot believe what wonderful weather we are having in the UK at the minute! Hopefully, it stays like this…

Inside my Journal – Sunflowers, Roses and Cacti

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When I was younger, I used to scrapbook a far bit. Now, I am getting back into it after seeing so many beautiful and inspirational bullet journal spreads. For a long time, I have considered starting a bullet journal but I have never gone beyond looking at images. However, with my little journal, I can scrapbook, doodle, paint and write with no worry of completing it in time for a month!

My journal is a lined A5 Muji Notebook and I got it in a pack of five. I like have lines so everything stays straight but it is annoying sticking paintings in.

Each of my pages has a theme, so for this post I am sharing my first three: sunflowers, roses and cacti. For the rest of this journal, I am just going to scrapbook, doodle, paint and write whatever I like or whatever makes me happy.

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So, the first two pages are on my two favourite flowers; sunflowers and roses. On both sides, I went with the same idea of having a quote on a watercolour background, a drawing of the flower and some stickers.

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I especially like the idea of having a photograph and the doodle underneath as kind of a comparison.

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Honestly, I still can’t believe I managed to draw that rose, I am so useless sometimes when it comes to drawing!

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For my next page, I decided to go with one of my obsessions; cacti. For this page, I didn’t include a quote because, well, I forgot! Instead, I found a load of pretty images that I printed and cut out. The stars were made out of an image I printed and in order to use up the watercolour I completely cut up another set of cacti.

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I think this page just shows what imagination can do when something goes wrong, especially how at the start of making it I made a huge mess!

I am definitely going to continue making these pages because they are so much fun and allow me to be really creative.

Mini Egg Cookie Nests

Mini Egg Cookie Nests (Single)

After Easter, you can sometimes be overwhelmed with chocolate. Or particularly after everything gets reduced! My favourite Easter chocolate is Mini Eggs and this amazing recipe incorporates them into a brownie like cookie. They crack on the top and are really crunchy. Once you get into the middle, it is all soft and gooey. These treats are perfect accompanied by ice cream or cream.

Ingredients (makes eight):

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 90g plain flour
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 50g of mini eggs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder

Mini Egg Cookie Nests (Line)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the chocolate up and put in a bowl along with the butter.
  3. Stir it in a large heatproof bowl set over simmering water until melted.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and sugar.
  6. Once the chocolate has cooled, fold the egg and sugar mixture into the chocolate and then add the flour mixture.
  7. Cut the mini eggs into pieces.
  8. Make small round balls of the mixture on the baking tray and add the mini eggs on top.
  9. Place in the oven for ten minutes.

Mini Egg Cookie Nests (Cooling Rack)

I can’t wait to try these again with different kinds of chocolate!
DISCLAIMER: This recipe was adapted from Paris Pastry Club by Fanny Zanoti.

Southbank Snaps

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A while back I went to London and I decided to bring my camera. For quite a long time now, I have wanted to start using a DSLR to take photos. But unfortunately I have not had the money nor time to invest in one. Luckily, my Dad let me borrow his camera, which is a Canon 600D. I had a wonderful time beforehand learning about how to use all the manual settings so hopefully my photographs will continue to get better and better!

These photos are from day and night on the same bridge, the Waterloo Bridge. I love the contrast and how they turned out.

Fixed

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Clouded Visions

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Attempts

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It’s Interesting What Happens When You Look

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Illusioned

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Blurred Destinations

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Stop and Go

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Shaky Stars

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Super Berry Smoothie

Super Berry Smoothie

I am currently obsessed with smoothies, especially now all the supermarkets have begun to stock tropical and exotic fruit! Even though berries are readily available, they are perfect in smoothies and have release such a burst of flavour. I love how bright this smoothie turns out, just like how the colourful flowers are starting to blossom.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml of blueberries
  • 250ml of raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 120ml of orange or apple juice

Method:

  1. Slice the banana into even chunks and add to the blender.
  2. Wash and pour the fruit into the blender
  3. Pour the juice on top of all the fruit.
  4. Blend on a burst rate for a minute or so then blend fully until it is a liquid.

Fruit for Smoothie

Why I Love Yellow

Why I Love Yellow

Yellow, the colour that’s currently on trend. But, why? What makes it so special and why do I love it so much? I am not sure where my ‘obsession’ began but I have always known I have had a secret love for the colour.

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First of all, clothes look so gorgeous with the colour yellow. In this photo, I am wearing a t-shirt with a lightning bolt design filled with musical instruments and equipment.

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It is so bold and beautiful and allows you make such a statement! I mean, who would not want to wear this? Yellow is supposed to make you enthusiastic, which these pieces of clothing completely do!

Jumper Body

Another favourite yellow piece of clothing that I own is my yellow jumper. It is a completely different shade of yellow which actually can be worn with anything!

Jumper Sleeve

It is so warm and it a tiny bit big for me so makes it so cosy! The colour yellow is actually known to promote clear thinking and quick decision making.

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Yellow also fits with any room decor, such as this pineapple which actually lights up with multiple different colours!  The pineapple just fills me with joy and happiness whenever I see it.

This is why I love yellow.  Obviously, yellow is the most perfect colour in my eyes and perhaps now it is yours too.

 

What I Eat in A Day as a Vegetarian​ (Weekend Edition)

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Food, one of the simple joys in life. I am constantly fascinated by what other people eat and their dietary and lifestyle requirements. But I’ve never thought about sharing what I eat! Being a vegetarian, some people are so intrigued by eating without meat and for them, it would be one huge struggle. So, in this post, I am going to show how easy it is to switch some things you eat and share what I ate on an ordinary Saturday.

Breakfast

Breakfast at the Weekend

Every Saturday, me and my family have croissants! It is a kind of tradition and when I eat them I know the weekend has begun. I had these with some jam and chocolate sprinkles which my Dad brought back from the Netherlands. These chocolate sprinkles are so delicious because they are pure chocolate and have such a rich flavour.

Lunch

Lunch at the Weekend

For lunch, I had a tomato, cheese and pesto panini made with ciabatta. I love paninis because have such an amazing crunch when you bite into them and you can get so creative with what you put inside them. Afterwards, I had some grapes, kiwi and apple.

Dinner

Dinner at the Weekend

For dinner, my Dad made this mix of Indian dishes which was gorgeous. He made gunpowder potatoes, mushroom and spinach bhaji, lentil dhal and chapatis. Indian cuisine is probably one of the best in the world, it is just so full of flavour.

Dessert

Dessert at the Weekend

Now I don’t have this every time I have a meal, but my twin brother actually got an offer for six free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme! Our family decided to share them and I chose to have the lemon meringue, it was so sweet and bursting with filling.

Hopefully, you found this post interesting to see what I ate on a random day at the weekend. I am also going to do another one of these but on a school day, so keep an eye out for that!

Blueberry Vegan Pancakes

Blueberry Vegan Pancakes (Side)

If you didn’t know, I’m vegetarian. But ever so recently, I’m trying to become vegan. However, one thing I could not live without would be pancakes if I went vegan. So, once I discovered you still could make pancakes, I decided to try them out. To spice them up, I added blueberries, because, well everyone needs sweetness in their lives?!

Ingredients:

  • 250ml of porridge oats
  • 160ml of soya milk
  • 1 ripe, large banana
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Oil for the pan

Method:

  1. Blend the oats in a blender until they resemble a flour like texture.
  2. Add the soya milk, banana, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Mix until they are fully combined and are not too liquidly.
  4. Heat up a pan and add some oil.
  5. Spoon some of the mixture into the pan.
  6. Cook for two-three minutes on one side.
  7. After flipping it over, sprinkle some blueberries over and push them down to ensure they release all their juice.
  8. Slide them onto a plate.

Blueberry Vegan Pancakes (Over)

They actually are naturally sweet, so don’t require any more ingredients but for toppings, I chose some lemon and sugar and jam.