A Day In Bologna

November 22, 2016 0

I just came across this video on my Facebook and just had to share it on here with you all. As you may or may not know, I studied in Bologna, Italy for my year abroad last year. It was easily the best year of my life and this video captures perfectly the city I…

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Review: Miller & Carter Steakhouse

November 22, 2016 0

For the love of steak: the best of British beef and quaint converted barn settings, Miller & Carter Steakhouse is a family favourite. Last weekend, we took a trip to Miller & Carter Steakhouse in Chigwell, Essex for my sister’s 17th birthday. The chain has restaurants across the country so be sure to check their website…

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Review: The Fragrance Box

November 22, 2016 0

I subscribed to new monthly fragrance subscription service, The Fragrance Box – a UK-based company providing its subscribers with niche fragrances every month. (NB: there was another fragrance in my box that I somehow forgot to include in the photos!) As someone who tends to wear just one perfume every 4-6 months, The Fragrance Box immediately…

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Review: Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes

November 22, 2016 0

  Effortless application and professional finish. So I have been wanting to try out the Real Techniques makeup brushes for a very long time having seen countless beauty bloggers review them. Prior to ordering these, I had a pretty random collection of brushes from a variety of places including Boots, eBay, local hair shops and…

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My Weekend in Scotland

November 22, 2016 0

Castles, haggis and fabulous accents. I spent a long weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow visiting my year abroad pals.  My university reading week culminated in a 3-day trip to Scotland to visit my friends studying in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. I had never been to Scotland before and with a return flight costing just £35…

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Atlantic Kitchen: A Taste of Seaweed

November 22, 2016 0

Seaweed – that’s right, the stuff you find at the bottom of the ocean – the newest superfood trend… If you’re a foodie, or have an interest in health foods, you may have heard about the latest superfood craze to emerge – seaweed. Yes, the stuff you find at the bottom of the sea. Though it…

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Fighting the demons: Becoming body positive.

November 22, 2016 0

A collection of stories and personal journeys on battling body image doubts and achieving self-love. A few weeks ago, I came across a photograph that had been taken of me in February last year and I was taken aback when I realised just how significant a change I had undergone…both physically and mentally. Below, is…

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Easy Seafood Paella

November 10, 2016 0

A quick and easy taste of the Mediterranean. Since I first tried it whilst on holiday in Mallorca several years ago, paella has been one of my favourite dishes. I’ve experimented with various recipes over the years but this seafood paella definitely tops the list. Made with simple but delicious ingredients, this paella is a…

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How I Battled Acne

November 10, 2016 2

  After years of battling problematic skin, I have finally found a regime that works for me. Disclaimer: I feel I should open this post with a little disclaimer since I am not a medical professional or dermatologist. The following products and methods have worked for me but of course, different things work for different…

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A Cyprus Summer

November 6, 2016 0

          As the holiday blues set in, I look back on my trip to Paphos, Cyprus… Every August I go on a summer holiday with my family and this year we ventured to Paphos in Cyprus for a week –  a city on the island’s southwestern coast. It has also recently…

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