Friday, 31 July 2015

OUT AND ABOUT: FLORENCE AND PISA

Hello! I recently spent a week in Italy, where I visited Rome,  Florence and Pisa. A few days ago I uploaded a post about my time in Rome, click here to check it out! After spending three days in Rome we took a train to Florence where we stayed for two nights. When we first got there I didn't quite like the city but as I walked around and got to know the place better I started to like it more and more. Florence is quite a small city so there isn't much to visit other than the Duomo, a few museums and some pretty squares and streets. Also there is a hill with really nice views of the city but it was almost 40˚C and I didn't really fancy walking 20min under the sun to take some pictures so we didn't go there. 

One morning we decided to go to Pisa which is quite close to Florence and spend half the day there. Pisa seemed more like a big town than a city and it seemed liked everyone went straight to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, took some pictures and went back to the train station. This is pretty much what we did too. The surroundings of the tower were crowded with tourists trying to take the famous picture which was a bit inconvenient because you literally had to fight to find a good spot, something like The Hunger Games 2.0. After lunch we took a train back to Florence and explored the city at night which turned out to be stunning and really lively, there were musicians everywhere playing different instruments which I really liked because it was like having your own soundtrack.

The day before coming back home we took the train back to Rome to spend our last night there. Since we had already seen everything we'd planned we just wandered around and re-visited our favourite places. Overall, I really enjoyed Italy and I wouldn't mind going back someday in the future. However, I would choose a slightly colder season to go, like spring or autumn, since the heat was almost unbearable. Have you ever been to Italy? Did you like it?






















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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

WHY GRADES DON'T DEFINE YOU


Today's post is a little bit different from usual but I thought I would do it since many of you might be getting results soon or might have just gotten them. In today's world it is really easy to feel like grades and school are the most important things and that if you fail at being good at them you're a failure. This is, by all means, not true. 

Ever since primary school I've been extremely focused on school and I managed to get good grades and get into a good university. Getting into a good uni was what made me realise that grades aren't everything. There, I realised there was so many people who were also good at school and got amazing grades. There was around 13,000 students, all of which got amazing grades in high school and many of them still do. Now, are they all gonna be happy and have a successful life? Probably not. I know this sounds a bit harsh but my point is, whilst getting a First instead of a Third at uni is probably gonna help you get a better job and more money it does not necessarily mean your life is gonna be better. I personally would be happier earning a bit less and having more free time to do other things than being a workaholic and earning loads. That is, obviously, just my personal preference.

Think of people like Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres or Mark Zuckerberg. They all dropped out from uni, they have no degree and they seem to be doing just fine, well, more than fine. These people prove that if you really love something and are passionate about it you don't need a degree to prove how good you are. With that, I am, by no means, trying to discourage you from going to uni  but to show you that there is more to life than exams. 

Anyway, all I wanna say is do not beat yourself up. If you already have good grades and are happy with them, congrats! If you are not too happy, do not worry too much and enjoy life. If you're going to get your grades soon, I wish you the best of luck!!  

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Monday, 27 July 2015

THE ONE NECKLACE YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE*

There are some things every girl needs - a nice pair of shoes,  the perfect pair of black skinny jeans, a close group of girl friends and a statement necklace. A good necklace can totally transform an outfit. It can make you go from 'average-looking' to 'absolutely out of this world'. I was recently contacted by Happiness Boutique and they were kind enough to send me the gorgeous necklace you can see down below, so thank you so much!! 
The necklace came in a beautiful package with a personalised note which I thought was so cute! It also came with a Lilly Pulitzer quote and grandma's tips on how to take care of jewellery, again, SO CUTE! Another bonus is that they offer free shipping worldwide. YES, FREE SHIPPING. Oh man, life is great! Also (yes, there is even more), they have the coolest customer reward program - every time you buy, review or share something from their website you get points that you can then use to get free stuff or even a postcard from Berlin! So, they have cute jewellery and clothes, free shipping and the coolest reward program; why are you not checking their website yet? 
I am totally in love with this necklace and I've been wearing it pretty much every day every since I got it. The reason why I love it so much is because, even though it's a statement necklace, it's really easy to style and goes with many outfits. If you know me only a little you'll know that most of my wardrobe is white, black, denim and grey so I can basically wear this necklace with all my outfits. However,  if you want some outfit inspiration to style this necklace check the pictures down below!
Top: Stradivarius
Necklace: Happiness Boutique 

T-shirt: Zara
Shorts: Forever 21
Necklace: Happiness Boutique
Watch: Michael Kors
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Friday, 24 July 2015

OUT AND ABOUT: ROME

Hello! I recently went to Italy on holiday with my dad and my sister. We went to Rome, Florence and Pisa. I had never been to any of these cities before so it was all really exciting. We spend 7 days in Italy - 4 days and a half in Rome, two in Florence and half a day in Pisa.  My favourite city was Rome, it was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you like art/studied it before then I'm sure you would fall in love with Rome. I've always done science and not art and even I enjoyed it!  I took a lot of pictures (surprise, surprise) so it's been impossible to fit them all in one post without making it way too long so I've decided to split it into two or three posts (hopefully, I will be able to narrow it down to two). This post will cover the first few days in Italy, which we spent in Rome. 

During the first few days we covered pretty much everything 'famous' there is to see in Rome. We went to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon (there are no pictures because someone *cough* me *cough* seemed to be to tired to even focus a picture properly), Fontana di Trevi, the Vatican, the Colosseum, Piazza Spagna, Piazza Venezia and every single ice-cream shop we could find. A while ago I read somewhere that, when in Italy, one must eat at least two scoops of ice-cream a day. Back then I thought that was crazy... I had roughly four scoops a day... yeah... whoops. 
Anyway, I'm gonna stop rambling now and leave you to enjoy the pictures! 






















Come back for part 2 soon!
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Monday, 20 July 2015

ZUCCHINI AND OATS COOKIES

Yes, this is another cooking post. I've had a lot of free time recently and what a better way to spend my time than baking batches of yumminess. I've seen a lot of people using zucchini to make cookies or cakes and I really like zucchini so I was really intrigued to see how it would taste like in a dessert. Answer: it tastes freaking delicious. I googled some recipes and then came up with my own one so if you want to learn how to make these delicious (and healthy-ish) cookies, keep reading! 
zucchini cookies
zucchini and oats cookies
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INGREDIENTS

1 cup of wholemeal flour
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 sachet (8g) of vanilla sugar
A pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1 cup of oats
3tbsp og chia seeds
1 grated medium zucchini (about 2 cups)
3 tsp of vanilla extract
Raisins/chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

In a bowl, mix the flour, the cinnamon, the salt and the baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix the egg with the maple syrup and the vanilla extract. Then add the grated zucchini to the liquid mixture until it's all well mixed. Slowly add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and mix. Finally, add in the oats, chia seeds and as many raisins as you want or chocolate chips. Bake them at 180˚C for about 20min or until the edges are brown. I added some vanilla icing to a few of them to make them sweeter but they are sweet enough to eat without any icing, so it's up to you! The icing I used is the Betty Crocker Vanilla Icing which is delicious! 

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