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2017 – The best year so far

So 2017 is over and wow, what an adventure it’s been! Today is 31st December and it’s hard not to sit and reflect on the incredible year that it has been, without a doubt the best year of my life so far! I’ve done so many incredible things, met some amazing people and grown so much as a person. So as I’m sat he reflecting I thought composing a little blog posts to sum the year up will be nice to look back on and to remind myself of the wonderful year I’ve had.

– From 1st January I took part in ‘Veganuary’, making a pledge to go vegan for the month of January and once the month finished I saw no reason to go back! One of the best decisions I have ever made and now it’s become a huge part of me and something I am incredibly passionate about.

– We got our little Teddy, a tiny pup who is still so small and we can’t imagine the house without him now!

– I shot a short film with some very talented people! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_fZ4sl8nDl0

– In March I booked my first professional TV acting job! An EE ad where I played the ice cream gal 😉 Had the best time on set, I wish I could be on set shooting every week!

– Went to the King Arthur film premiere and walked down the same red carpet as David Beckham, Charlie Hunham, Poppy Delevingne and so many other famous faces!

– The highlight of my year being the biggest adventure I’ve been on to date! A ROADTRIP ACROSS THE USA! I flew on my first long haul flight to New York and travelled across over a third of the states ending in Los Angeles. Stopping off in places such as Memphis, New Orleans, Austin and LAS VEGAS, I met some incredible people and made the best memories that I’ll never forget!

– 3 weeks after getting back from the states I went back to Disney Land Paris after 15years for my 21st with one of my oldest friends and had the most magical time!

– On July 13th I turned 21!

– In August I went to my first festival (ever) in Budapest, it was an experience to say the least! I finally got to see Biffy Clyro perform and got to live out all my festival style dreams!

– In September after deciding not to start the Acting course I got into at Arts university Bournemouth, I got a promotion at work, and now I have more money to do even more incredible things in 2018!

And in between all of that I did SO much more…

Here’s to even more adventures in 2018!

xox

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That Coat And Those Shoes

Hello Blog readers!

You can probably relate when I say that I’m so bored of my wardrobe and the dream would to be to give every piece of clothing I have to charity and start fresh. But here’s the problem… I’m not rich! So my solution? Coats and shoes! Instead of keeping up with statement pieces and trends in tops and bottoms, every month or so I’ll buy and new coat/jacket and a new pair of shoes! Especially in the winter these two pieces of your wardrobe will be the main feature! And you’ll find that I’m usually wearing an all black outfit underneath to draw more attention to the rest.

Now is this just me trying to come up with an excuse for my ridiculous coat and shoes collection?… maybe! But it makes sense right?! I don’t buy clothes that often and especially in winter you don’t want to look like you’ve been wearing the same outfit for weeks in the dusty coat you’ve had since 2014 and your worn in boots (even if they are the comfiest things in existence).

Yes, coat and shoes can be expensive but once one shop comes out with a killer piece you’ll find that other shops cotton on quick as I found with this coat! I’d been eyeing one up in Topshop for a while and having fallen in love with it, I was seconds away from paying the £95 they wanted, but firstly it contained wool which I spotted at the last minute (leave the sheep alone please!) and secondly I spotted almost this exact replica in New Look for a fraction of the price! RRP £39.99 which I snatched it up in the Black Friday sale with 25% off so paid £30! (It may be a size too big but what a bargain and it contains no wool!).

The same story with the boots. Red boots are everywhere this season! But of course, again, New Look came through and I bought these festive beauties to pair with the coat and I’m obsessed.

Thank you for reading!

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See you soon! xo

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Letter to October

Dear October,

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I saw you last. I’d forgotten the feeling you give me but I’m so glad I remember now after you brought with you shorter days and shook the colourful leaves from their trees.

Even though I welcomed your presence, your chill still stuns me as I walk to my car in the early AM. So cold yet so warm; the feeling of festivities in the air.

Your chill brings a smile to my face as I picture myself snuggled up on the sofa with a hot drink whilst your long nights wrapping my days up tight. You give me something that summer just can’t make me feel; I feeling I’d almost forgotten as you guide me into my favourite season…

But again October, why did you leave so soon? Did you make this affair short this time because you knew my heart belongs in months yet to come?

Another year October, I look forward to seeing you again.

X

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Vegan Halloween Treats

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Skeleton cookies and witches fingers! They look disgusting right?! Well what could be more perfect for a Halloween party or to bake and munch on whilst watching scary films! These two make the perfect Halloween treat! These moorish cinnamon cookies and coconutty biscuits that look like gross fingers are super simple to make and vegan! Which means no real witch fingers (or any other body parts from an creature) where used in the making of these! Quick and easy to bake on your own or like I did, you could grab a lil’ monster to help you and I hope you have the spookiest Halloween!

Skeleton Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
3/4 cup melted vegan margarine
1/2 cup golden syrup

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a big baking tray with baking paper.

Add all ingredients to a bowl and knead until combined into a ball of dough.

Lightly flour a surface.

Roll the dough out onto the floured surface and use cookie cutters to make your desired skeleton shapes.

Place the cookies on to the baking trays and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Make up the icing by mixing the icing sugar and water. Then pop into a piping bag and snip the tiniest hole at the end.
Allow to cool and pipe on your little skeletons as desired! You can get super creative with these using different coloured icing and creating loads of different scary characters, go crazy!

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Witches Fingers!

Ingredients:
Makes: 30 biscuits
200g dairy free butter
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250g plain flour
75g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons almond milk                   Almonds                                                                                      Jam

Method:
In a mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, coconut, baking powder and salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating continually until well blended.

Add the first tablespoon of almond milk making sure it is entirely absorbed before you add the second one. Dough will compact together but will be quite sticky.

Put the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

When you are ready to start baking, pre-heat the oven to 160 C

Take a small amount of the dough and roll between your hands into a sausage shape and place on a baking sheet line with baking paper.

Using your finger, lightly press down on the dough 1/4 of the way down and 2/4 of the way down

On the sections that you didn’t press down on, using a knife make a few scores in the dough to look like knuckles

Then take an almond and press it into the end of the finger. Repeat until you use up all the dough or I added green food colouring half way through to create some green fingers!

bake for 15minutes and leave to cool slightly before removed the almonds and sticking them back on using a bit of jam to look like blood!

Serve and ENJOY!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Pumpkin Picking

Autumn is by far my favourite season, I love the woolly jumpers, crisp mornings and cosy evenings. I love the colours and the seasonal vegetables that autumn brings and I love that Halloween gives us an excuse to binge watch scary movies, dress up and eat so many sweets and toffee apples that we come to dread our next trip to the dentist! But you can not have Halloween without pumpkins! And having only ever bought pumpkins from shops before I thought it would be a good idea to take my little brothers to a pumpkin patch and go pick our own!

I took the little monsters to a pumpkin patch the is pretty local to me called Sharnfold farm in Polgate. As we arrived we were greeted by the vibrant glow from all the pumpkins that had grown there and had been set out on display ready for people to come and choose their perfect pumpkin (easier said then done!). This means we couldn’t go round the pumpkin patch a cut them straight from the vine but we weren’t too fussed as we walked around amused by all the different shapes and sizes of the pumpkins! My favourite were the white ones but I could not get over how ginormous some of them were! I mean look  at this beauty… Imagine driving that home (if you have enough strong humans with you to more it more than a foot to begin with!)…

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Oh and F.Y.I pumpkins are way heavier than they look! I mean this fact seems pretty obvious now I’m typing it but when you’re in the mist of the pumpkin excitement it’s easy to forget as you find the perfect pumpkin which you insist on grabbing as fast as you can meanwhile forgetting there are pumpkins everywhere who seem to become jealous that they aren’t the chosen ones and continue to trip you over… see how I ever so gracefully style it out in this picture! LOL. Clearly awkwardly laughing whilst fellow pumpkin pickers stare at me tripping over whilst my little brother snaps away on my huge DSLR… nothing to see here!

The Perfect Pumpkin

Once you’ve found the perfect pumpkin it is now a matter of lugging it around (preferably in a wheel barrow) or you could just stand and take pictures showing off how strong you think you are…

But I don’t think there really is such thing as a perfect pumpkin… OK maybe there is BUT the weirder looking the better right?! I seemed to fall in love with the wonky ones with lumps and bumps, the tiny ones and the miss coloured, misshaped ones! Is it Halloween after all the stranger the better right?!

 

At this point we’d been an hour choosing pumpkins and I’d slightly given up and seemed to have spent so long with the little orange lumps that I felt the need to sit amongst them whilst trying to get some arty shots that I was some how expecting my 11 year old brother to capture… I mean he didn’t do a bad job right? Haha!

Well we had fun and if you decide to go pumpkin picking this Halloween I hope you have a lovely time and find your (maybe not so) perfect pumpkin!

Don’t forget the veg!

It is peak time for those seasonal veg that you can roast, make into a soup or serve with your Sunday dinner on a chilly afternoon. So when you are picking your pumpkins don’t forget about the other wonderful vegetables that this time of year has to offer! One of my absolute favourites being butternut squash! Throw that into a soup with the caucus of your pumpkin after you’ve scrapped out the insides and craved a spooky face into and you got yourself something pretty special!

RECIPE FOR PUMPKIN AND SQUASH SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1 small squash)
  • 3 cups peeled and cubed pumpkin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a onion, diced
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cut the pumpkin and butternut squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Brush or spray the flesh of the pumpkin and squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place on the foil lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a knife can easily be inserted into the flesh.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool slightly then peel of the skin and cut into cubes.
  6. Add the 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium high heat.
  7. When the oil is hot add in the diced onion and garlic and sauté for several minutes until the onion softens.
  8. Add in the roasted butternut squash and pumpkin and stir to combine.
  9. Add in the nutmeg, coriander, salt and pepper and stir together.
  10. Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  11. Once the soup comes to a boil use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to purée the soup until it’s smooth.
  12. Taste and add more seasoning if needed.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

X

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Letter to September

September…

Where did you go?

You pulled me from August by the hand and threw me into Autumn. You know how much I love this season so I guess you knew I’d love you again for that.

But September, your visit went so quickly that you gave me no time to unscramble my mind after the month you took me from.

You’ve left, leaving me with new oppotunities but time is what you have made me realise I want most along with many other things I’ve discovered I want. You’ve thrown me into autumn like the time that seems to fly as I get older and here I am, lying in bed with October hoping he’ll have patience unlike you.

Hello October. X

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The Winter Coat

 

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It’s October already!? That’s crazy right?

Well welcome back to my blog and hello if you’re new! I hadn’t shot an outfit post in way too long and was lacking in style inspo until the season changed and A/W clothing was back in shops! 

I’m one of those who has a different coat for each day of the week and more… but every year I feel the need to get  new one after dusting of old coats that perhaps aren’t exactly fitting in with my style anymore. Although I’m not sure what my style is anymore but that’s a whole different blog post!

This autumn I’ve fallen in love with quite a few coats on the high street all ranging between £50 – £100 that I’m still fawning over and I’m sure as it gets colder I’ll probs give in to the Topshop beauty I’ve been eyeing up but as I mooched around good ole’ Primark last week I found this beauty and kind of fell in love. I’ve not seen anyone wearing this coat yet and I’m surprised! At only £25, it is super cosy and warm and feels such good quality! So I’m feeling like this will be this years go to coat, it’s a whole outfit in itself with no effort required; that being another reason I seem to hoard coats, I mean in the winter when all your wearing is coats in England you need a bit of variety right?!

Coat – Primark

Jumper – H&M

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – New Look

How amazing are the plants outside this house? Let’s be honest, I was kind of in love with this cactus, it was begging to be photographed!

OH LOOK! ANOTHER PINK WALL…

Can you tell I’m awful at narrowing down photos?! If you made it all this way staring at my face then thank you! I hope you’ve had a lovely day 🙂 See you soon xo

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