My Current Jewellery Staples

I'm not normally one to go crazy with jewellery. Maybe a pair of earrings every now and then, or a chunky neon piece to help pull together an LBD. But in the last couple of months I've been devoted to a few of the same pieces, and they've become things I've worn on a daily basis. I seem to go for minimal decoration, after all, it's the little things isn't it?

Michael Kors Watch in Rose Gold - £195



H. Samuels White Gold Crossover Ring. (They do not stock my one anymore, however these ones are a similar style. £159 H. Samuels, Argos £19.99)


September Birthstone Ring - Pandora £40.00


Arrangement of clear studs, £1.99 for a 6 pack at Primark


What's your current jewellery staples? Let me know in the comments!

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My First Tattoo | 5 Things I Learnt

If there's one thing I can say I accomplished this year, it's this. I can finally tick "get a tattoo" off my bucket list. February of 2016, After dillydallying over style, size and placement, I booked in my first ever tattoo appointment. Within 15 mins of (surprisingly mild) pain induced etching, my ink was done, and I left East London tattoo studio 'London Tattoo' now a proud owner of my very own universe. Here's 5 things I leant about tattoo's in the process... 



1. Pinterest is (by far) the best place for tattoo inspiration. As a teen, I always thought that using the internet for inspiration was possibly the worst idea I'd ever heard. If a tattoo is meant to be a personal, life long commitment, why do you need to trawl the internet to find something to copy off? Little did I know that a few years later, I'd be doing exactly that. Turns out that the internet is a goldmine of artists and photos that can really enhance your own ideas. Instagram is great for pinpointing a specific artist, and you can very quickly tap into the kind of style you want depending on who you're following. (My favourites are xoxotattoo, VADERS.DYE) But I have to say, Pinterest was an absolute gem for tattoo inspiration. After quickly honing down on the exact style I wanted onto my pinboard (minimal, black, space/planet themed, a few compulsory mandalas here and there) I could see related photos, and managed to find about 8 variations on my favourite design so I could edit it into exactly what I wanted! 


2. Spend time assessing your stencil. Be picky, be 'that customer who spent hours moving and changing things, only to go with her original choice.' I learnt this the hard way. The more observant of you will realise that my tattoo actually includes 9 planets. Beautiful little Pluto was included in my tattoo... despite it now being classed as nothing more than a dwarf planet. I didn't think to check the stencil properly, and I am now baring that mistake on my ribs for the rest of eternity. Looking back on it now... I wish I had been slow and finicky about what I wanted. Annoying one tattoo artist by making them re-draw a design outweighs having to tell everyone and their mother you know there's not 9 planets every time you wear a crop top.

3. Tattoo's are nowhere near as painful as everyone makes them out to be. I walked into my appointment making sure I had a full stomach (to lessen the chances of me passing out in pain.... yes I read many tattoo parlour horror stories online.) I chose a playlist of loads of heavy, loud, fast dub-step tracks so I could jump up my adrenaline, and dragged a mate along with me so I could crush his arm to a pulp as it was going on. A minute into the experience... I had taken off my headphones, told my mate he could go get us some coffee from across the road if he wanted, and just sort of...waited. No, its not a walk in the park, it wasn't licked on by kittens. It was a mild, uncomfortable scratching feeling, and with it being on my ribs, it was a bit of a sharper pain when it hit a bone, but I'd gladly experience that pain over getting my eyebrows threaded. You do not know pain until you go and get your eyebrows threaded.

4. Everyone seems to love a good tattoo show and tell. It seems like everyone has at least one nowadays, and I've already had some really interesting conversations with people who've got one, wants one, doesn't want one, or their experience with tattoo's in general. 

5. It doesn't change anything about you. Apart from the fact that you now have a tattoo. I always admired people with tattoos. I thought it was a really cool way of expressing yourself, and I couldn't wait to be apart of that. I always imagined having that special connection with people inked up, like that little nod motorcyclists do when they pull into the bike lane. But in reality, it changes nothing. No invites to cool underground raves, no cool gangs bigg-ing you up for your bravery, you're just as normal as you were before, and that's how it should be.

Do you have a tattoo too? Post a picture below or tell me how the experience was for you... I'll see you in the comments section!

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Lemon and Chilli Tempura Prawns

After having seafood linguini along the Italian coast this August, Ive been dying to perfect a seafood snack of my own. Routing around in the cupboard proves that I did not have enough for a big fancy three course meal, but somehow I managed to whip up this... Prawn Tempura, the batter uses only 5 ingredients and is probably one of the most addictive dishes I've ever made. Here's my recipe, after a few attempts, I think I've finally mastered my own lemon and chilli tempura prawns!
450g Peeled Prawns
70g Plain Flour
60ml Cold Water
1 Egg
Juice of Half a Lemon
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  1. Whisk ingredients together in a medium bowl until the batter is smooth. The key to a light crispy batter is to keep the batter cold, so use ice cold water or refrigerate for 30 minutes before frying. 
  2. Now's the bit I got wrong for the first attempt. Pour enough frying oil into the pan to fill 1 inch of the bottom and use the highest possible heat, waiting for a rolling boil. I didn't wait for the oil to heat up enough before dunking my first prawn, and it ended up a soggy mess! 
  3. Dip each prawn in your batter and use a large slatted serving spoon to lower them into the water. Each prawn should take up to a minute to fry, and will be golden brown when done. Be very careful as the pan is likely to spit. Retrieve the cooked prawns and place on a sheet of kitchen towel to absorb any left over oil. 

I served mine with a bed of avocados, and drizzled with a sweet chilli sauce, although on their own or with a little soy sauce could also work great. 

What did you think of this dish? Tried any other flavour combinations that go well with prawns? Leave your tips or suggestions below!


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How to make the perfect christmas hot chocolate


With winter sweeping across the UK, this month has seemed like the perfect excuse to crawl back to bed and hibernate for a while. I think the reason I love the winter weather so much is because it's a reason to not go out. Thick duvets and microwave pizzas? Yes please. Trying to be a bit proactive, I've been playing around with a few hot chocolate recipes, and have made what is probably the best homemade hot chocolate recipe ever, using real chocolate. 

To quote Buzzfeed "The secret is to use really great chocolate, and not much else."

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Vegetarian Lunch at The Gate, Angel

Saturday 21st November marked my dad's 57th birthday. To celebrate in Dad's true vegetarian style, we visited The Gate restaurant in Angel, about a 20 minute bus journey from King's Cross. I was a little apprehensive of going all-out veggie for an afternoon. (I'm a real sucker for a spag bol, a BBQ burger or a nice meaty burrito.. Oooo..) But I gritted my teeth and knuckled down, and have to say I rather enjoyed it.

Starter

A selection of starters. Included pickled carrot, mustard seed potato cakes, smoked tofu and quiche. Deliciously light, but the bursts of flavour took me back a bit. Absolutely fell in love with the potato cakes, mustard gives a raunchy kiss.


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DIY Stripy Bath Bombs

One thing I've been really getting into is a bit of home pampering. Managing to find a few of my home remedy books (The Holistic beauty book / Beauty oils and butters, I found my beloved bath bomb recipes! I use to always try out different bath bombs from Lush and then try to recreate them myself. So here's my fool proof recipe for stripy bath bombs.
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My 5 Favourite Instagram accounts this week ♥



1 // Dogs of Instagram //
2 // Lauren Conrad //
3 // Food Porno //
4 // Alex Strohl //
5 // Girls eating Pizza //
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How to Make Salted caramel cookies ♥

One way I've been treating myself this week has been to cook up a few treats. Does anyone else agree that a few home made cupcakes can really cheer you up on a rainy day? 
I flicked through some of my favourite recipe books (seriously this book is amazing, its been in my family for 10 years. Click here to see it). But in the end I turned to my favourite Youtube Food channel - 'Sorted Food.' If you haven't watched any of their vids, they feature 4 lovely (very lovely) British lads who manage to cook up some amazing desserts and the odd experimental piece too. Anyway, one of favourite videos is their caramel cookies, in an awesome photographic style. (Click here to watch it, you wont regret it)
I decided to try it out, absolutely loved it, added a bit of salt, and now I get to share it with you lovely lot. Enjoy...
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How to Escape London | Forest Walks


With the awkward British weather, it's difficult to predict a day. I visited the cinema on a day that turned out to be baking hot, and then went to go read in the garden moments before a sudden down pour; rip Kindle. However my Dad and I decided to grit our teeth, and head towards epping forest for a bit of a trek. We managed to get across about..... 400 metres of the 6,000 acres of land, so you know, we basically conquered it. And at no point what so ever did we have to ask a trio of lovely elderly ladies for the directions back to the carpark. Nope not at all.

One thing I loved about the forests was how unexplored everything felt. We'd walk through a thicket of trees and be presented with a beautiful little lake filled with ducks, a strange winding path or even the odd abandoned teepee made from logs. I honestly felt as if I was stepping onto fresh snow, and that once I had left one space, it would vanish.

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What I'm Currently Reading

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn



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Weekly Round-Up

I've decided to try something new. I see my blog as a bit of a lifestyle blog, bit of a photography blog. So it's weird that I don't often comment on my events of the week. Here's my challenge, round up some of my favourite points of the last 7 days, and I'll try to capture as many photos to explain this as I can. As this one is spur of the moment, I don't have many photos. But seeing as I've had quite a lovely week, I couldn't not share it.
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Links I love ♥ #2


After my week camping at Secret Garden Party (post here) I can't stop reading these camp travel posts..!
Something magical about these photos.. The ripped road one is currently my screensaver
Perfect for anyone about to jet off. Me? Jealous? no...
Perfect for a starbucks addict trying to cut back on the costs
Gave me a right chuckle, anyone who can understand photoshop terms must read this
Where I am going to live. or attempt to at least..
Bit of inspiration for some body confidence
Absolutely beautiful post, both the pictures and the content
It's my birthday in September, got to start pinning some ideas!

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How to eat healthier: Breakfasts

In an attempt to eat healthier, I have decided to start cooking some more nutritious meals. Breakfast is the hardest for me. Not only am I (definitely) not a morning person, but I'm lactose intolerant, so the normal yoghurt pot is out of the window, and the milk and cereal combination doesn't work for me as well, I hate cereal to be frank. So here I am finally making an effort to knock up a filling, healthy, vitamin rich breakfast. Enjoy!


Strawberry
Flat Peaches
Sesame Seeds
Walnuts
Apples
Mint

Glass of Mango Juice


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Secret Garden Party 2015

You may have noticed that my blog has been deserted for the last week. (sorry x1000 for not being organised enough to schedule posts, been such a busy bee..!) But I have a valid excuse... I was working at the amazing Secret Garden Party Festival. Filled with tents, firewalks, bars, hot tubs, spas, massages, tarantulas and even paragliders, the end of July is by far my favourite time of year. I managed to take a few pictures when I wasn't on shift, which was (unfortunately) before and after the event. Enjoy!

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Ciaté Nail Set Giveaway

Its almost the end of the month, and I thought what better way to celebrate than by doing a small giveaway, to thank you lovely readers for following my new little blog. Simply enter below for your chance to win this Ciaté nail set (RRP £10.) Terms and conditions are explained in the rafflecopter gadget below, open to the UK only - (Sorry all you charming international lot, keep your eyes peeled for the international giveaway next week though...)
Ends Next Monday (27th) 
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Benefit High Beam Review

So. Many. People. have recommended Benifit's High Beam Highlighter ( £19.50 ). I've been looking for a highlighter for absolutely ages, so I was really happy when I was given a sample of the product by family member. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed...


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Housesitting Part 2: How to Achieve a Modern Living Room


If you've read my update post you will already know that I have had to travel around England a little bit, so unfortunately regular blogging has been compromised. This afternoon, I was sitting in my auntie's living room: black and white, sharp clean shapes, coordinated furniture... and it just clicked. Time for a housesitting interior design post: Part 2. 

This room features all the elements of a typical modern room design. Black and white/silver, reflective smooth surfaces, and edgy art accessories. I love staying here, and once you've seen these pics, chances are, you would want to too.

Original Banksy art piece "Drainpipe Tiger". Touches of colour within a urban style canvas piece
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Links I Love ♥ #1




1 // Panasonic's new range of compact cameras //
The release of Panasonic's new compacts, a must for anyone wanting snaps on the go
2 // LA Rainbow fashion //
Soft rainbow look, perfect for summer evening
3 // DIY Newborn Photography Background Set up //
Creative idea, perfect for capturing newborn portraits
4 // Crème Brûlée Cinnamon Rolls //
Yummy sunday bake, on my to-do.
5 // Late Night Snacksicles //
Such a naughty treat. The preztels do it for me
6 // How to photograph a splash //
Beautiful idea, will work really well in the right lighting
7 // Six Word Story - Cloudy //
Creative writing at it's best. And yasmine is also a lovely follower <3
8 // Elephant Love //
Crisp and raw, the bond between animals in nature
9 // Pet Dragon Drawings //
Bit of light relief, perfect post for a bordem buster

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Why you have to visit London's Olympic Park

As a londoner, city life can be a bit hectic. A city that never sleeps leaves little left to be desired, so taking a breather can feel impossible. However, based inbetween 4 boroughs (Tower Hamlets, my hometown Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest) is the olympic park. Yes its not 2012, but that didn't stop me nosing around its new, beautiful 'Queen Elizabeth' park.


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DIY: How to make Infused Water


If you're like me, and you've spent the last couple of days outside, you are sure to have notice that it got slightly hotter... 35 degrees of scorching heat actually. And with all this heat, comes three massive struggles:


  1. Lack of energy
  2. Excess of sweat
  3. Lack of hydration. (thanks, sweat.)
Whilst lazing around in the sun all month is perfectly acceptable, and sweat isn't something that can easily be avoided, I decided to scour the internet for ways to rehydrate. Hence today's blog post, the famous "Infused Water" phenomenon...


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