Wednesday, 28 September 2016

THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT AUTUMN



Autumnal foliage and pumpkin spice lattes - two things all white girls on Instagram seem to be obsessed with. I guess the end of summer is not that bad? PSLs and Instagrammable leaves aside, there are some pretty good things about autumn. 

Rain. After about three months of not even a single drop of water falling from the sky, it’s finally raining again. And I adore the smell of rain.

Sleep. Autumn comes with a significant temperature drop, meaning I can now sleep all night without drowning in my own sweat. 

Bomber Jackets. I do love summer clothes, but bomber jackets are life. 

Duvet. Who cares about cosy sweaters, the best thing about autumn is getting to sleep wrapped in my fluffy duvet again. 

Hot Chocolate. I could potentially drink hot chocolate in August, but it definitely wouldn’t be as enjoyable as drinking it in bed on an October morning.

No more mosquitoes. I am not kidding when I say I’ve got about 50 marks on my legs from this summer’s mosquito bites. I look like a dalmatian. 

Softer Hair. Now that my hair isn’t living in either salty water or chlorinated water, it feels infinitely softer and looks less dead.

School. No, I’m not crazy. Yes, I do miss school.

Trainers. I’m going to miss my fave platform sandals, but I’m so excited to wear my trainers again!

Pumpkin Spice Everything. Call me basic.

Halloween. Which Snapchat filter should I dress up as this year?

TV shows. Autumn means most of my favourite TV shows are back so me is happy.

Disney Channel Halloween movies. AKA Halloweentown. 

Christmas. The best thing about autumn is, without a doubt, CHRISTMAS IS COMING! 



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Monday, 26 September 2016

CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


I'll be the first one to say that, as much as I love a good chickpea salad, I do think it's a bit weird to use them in desserts. But after seeing a few recipes online and people raving about it, I decided to give it a go and test it myself. After all, who can say no to healthy cookies? 

I loved them, my family loved them, my friends loved them. Everyone loved them, even those who are not a fan of my healthy baking. 

So, even if you don't usually are one to try healthy desserts you should give this a try. They are soft, sweet and do not taste like chickpeas. Trust me. 


Ingredients

1 can (15oz) of cooked and drained chickpeas
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup wholewheat flour
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
Chocolate chips to taste

How to

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Start by cooking and draining the chickpeas. Using a food processor, process the chickpeas, vanilla extract, olive oil, salt and baking powder until it's smooth.

In a medium bowl, add the flour and the sugar. Fold until everything is mixed. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix. You can also add nuts or dried fruit, or basically anything you like in cookies.

On a lined baking sheet, scoop the dough and flatten the cookies a bit using wet fingers as the cookies won't expand much by themselves. 

Bake at 180 degrees celsius for about 20-25 min, until the top of the cookies begins to crack and the edges are dry to touch.  

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

GOODBYE SUMMER

Can you hear me cry? Technically, it’s still summer. However, it is pretty clear the weather is considerably colder, beach days are pretty much over and my tan -which I worked very hard for- is fading away.

However, let’s take this moment and remember all the adventures, all the laughs, the late nights, the early sunrises, the pink sunsets, the salty hair, the random night outs and the happiness. Let’s not moan about the upcoming early mornings or the late study nights. It’s life, and let’s just be grateful we’ve been lucky enough to experience an incredible summer. 












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Monday, 19 September 2016

FALL FASHION WISHLIST

As hard as it may be to admit, fall is coming and summer is pretty much over. The atmosphere is getting colder, leaves are turning brown and the days are getting shorter and less fun. But it's not all bad. After about three months, it's time to ditch shorts and crop tops and go back to cosy clothes - jumpers, scarves, coats. 

One of my go to online stores for women apparel is with no doubt StyleWe. I won't start fall fashion shopping until I am back in cold and rainy London, but here are some pieces I've been loving for these upcoming colder months.






If you want to check them out they also have a blog and a YouTube Channel.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE AND CARROT QUINOA COOKIES



You've heard it a thousand times. From your mother, from your healthy friend, from your teachers. Breakfast is the most important part of the day. However, morning is usually the time we're rushing out of the door and the last thing we're thinking about is how balanced our breakfast is, if we even have any breakfast.  I am a 'big bowl of cereal every morning' kind of person, but that means I have to wake up about 30min earlier to have my breakfast. 

But I like to sleep. 

So these healthy cookies are perfect to have for breakfast as you're running to your car to get to work or school. They don't have any refined sugar and are filled with energy that will get you through the morning, even a busy and long Monday morning. Plus, they are super easy to make! 


















INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cup of oat flour 
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of cooked quinoa
1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil (or normal butter)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of shredded carrots
1 tbsp of vanilla extract 
4 tbsp of unsweetened coca powder

HOW TO

Start by pre-heating the oven at 200 degrees celsius. Then, whilst the quinoa is cooking, mix all the dry ingredients and add the carrot. Mix until all the carrot is coated with flour. 

Add the coconut oil, honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well and then add the cooked quinoa. Mix everything again.

On a lined baking sheet, scoop the dough on to the baking tray. It should give about 6 or 7 big cookies. Bake them for about 15-20 min at 180 degrees celsius. 


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Monday, 12 September 2016

IF HARRY POTTER HAD BEEN SET IN 2016...



At the beginning of this month, on September 1st at 11AM, I made my way to Kings Cross in London - a beautiful and crowded train station located in the heart of this wonderful city. I am rarely late, specially if it’s an important event but that morning my hair was a mess so it took me more time than usual to fix it. 

I rushed into the train station, trying not to bump into any lost tourists, and checked the screens to see what platform my train was departing from. 

Hogwarts Express. Platform nine and three quarters’ read the digital board. 

Most people would have had to read the platform number twice. Nine and three quarters? What was that? However, it was London: they drive on the left, they decide to leave the EU, they charge you £5 for a tube journey and £15 for a cocktail! I had seen much weirder things than that platform number.

I quickly walked to Platform 9. Platform nine and three quarters was nowhere to be found but, if my maths were correct, the number was in-between 9 and 10. Following my logic, I walked up to the old brick wall that was in-between those two platforms and decisively walked into the wall with all my luggage. 

Ah! there it was - the Hogwarts Express. Despite my null sense of orientation, I had found it and it was still 10:45 so I had enough time to calmly find my wagon and an empty seat.

The train was beautiful with a vintage vibe like Camden Market, it was the kind of train you would only see in movies. The only thing I didn’t quite like were the animals. Everywhere. Owls, rats, lizards. Why couldn’t they have cute koalas or something more pleasant to the eye…

I found a spot near a girl who looked a bit like a freak. She had massive curly frizzy hair, pimples on her cheeks and was reading a book about the history of our school. What a weirdo, who cares about the history of a school. I wasn’t too bothered by her, though. According to the signs all across the train, there was free wifi aboard so I had my entertainment sorted out for the next few hours. 

At 11:00AM on the dot, the engines came alive and the train slowly left London to take hundreds of students to their new school year in one of what appeared to be the coolest (and weirdest) school on Earth. 

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

As we approached the school, everyone changed into their uniforms. Including me. It wasn’t too flattering, but it looked okay and at least I got to wear my own jewellery. I had recently moved to the UK, so it was my first time attending Hogwarts and so I hadn't been sorted into a house yet. According to what I had heard in the train, Gryffindor were the cool ones. Unfortunately, though, their colours were yellow and red and those didn’t really flatter my skin tone. Blue was better for me, so hopefully I would be Ravenclaw.

When we arrived, I followed everyone out the train and to the school building. It looked so cool, like a castle or a palace. It probably looked a bit creepy when it was dark, but under the sunshine and the clear blue sky it looked beautiful. The first thing we did when we arrived was go to the so called Great Hall where a very old talking hat would tell us which house we belonged to.

A very serious looking old lady called our names in alphabetical order. When I sat on that chair and put the hat on, I couldn’t help but get my phone out to Snapchat that moment. It would make a lit Snapchat story, all those muggles would die of jealousy. In that moment I knew, my Instagram for the next months would be to die for. 


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Thursday, 8 September 2016

OUT AND ABOUT: 24 HRS IN MENORCA



It seems like all I do lately is waking up at ridiculous times, but it’s always worth it. Last Wednesday, I had to get up at 3:15AM to go to the harbour and take the ferry to Menorca which, for this of you who don’t know, is a little island near Mallorca in the Balearic Islands (Spain). The journey was only about 2 hours and it was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen as we got to watch the sun rise from behind Menorca. 

We took a bus to Ferreries, where we spent the morning. There we joined the town festivities which revolve around horses. Riders, dressed in 19th-century costume, exhibit the horse’s abilities accompanied by traditional music. Unlike 90% of the population, I am not an animal lover at all so I wasn’t too excited about that. However, I did have a great time and it wasn’t as boring as I was expecting.  





At around noon, we took a bus to Ciutadella where we spent the rest of the day. After eating one of my favourite dishes ever, Caldereta de Marisco which could be described as a seafood stew, we walked around the city and explored its streets. We also visited the pier, which we accidentally found. On our way back to the ferry, we stumbled upon a little beach which I think looked very cool because it almost looked like a river rather than the sea. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to swim as we didn’t want to miss the ferry. We didn’t visit any of the stunning beaches in Menorca because they are very similar to the ones we have in Mallorca but if you ever decide to go and you like crystal clear turquoise water (who doesn’t), you should definitely go to one! 











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Monday, 5 September 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL FASHION WITH STYLEWE

Let’s cry together…it’s back to school season. 

But I’m a very positive person so let’s look at the bright side of things: fall fashion and new outfits. I personally love fall fashion, well that’s what I say about every season fashion at the beginning of the season so… but still. I love chunky cardigans, sweaters, scarves, etc. 

However, when it comes to school fashion I always opt for comfortable clothing rather. If I’m going to sit  through three hours of lecture I want to be comfy. So, during autumn when it’s still not too cold,  I love love love wearing leggings pretty much for everything. In my dreams, I would wear LuLuLemons leggings everyday but I am not made of gold so a website I also love using is StyleWe. They have such an amazing sportswear selection! 

As I said, I also love wearing sweaters. They make me feel so cosy and warm. My go to outfit is usually sneakers, leggings and a sweater - simple but effective. StyleWe carries a great selection of sweaters of all styles and colours so you’re definitely going to find one you love! 



Finally, I need to talk about their totes. I got a new handbag not that long ago so that’s what I’ll be using for uni this year but browsing their website and seeing all those beautiful totes is so tempting! I personally love these gold one, and the pink one too. They are very neutral so would go with most of my outfits, but they are not the classic black or brown and would add a bit of colour to my usually black outfits! 

If you're looking for a great website with a wide slecetion of styles and clothes you should definitely check www.stylewe.com. Also check out their Facebook page and Twitter!

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