Winter Style

Lately I have not had a desire to buy clothes for myself, when I am in a shop I will look and think it's really lovely but as I stand there after a minute I just decide I don't like it enough and/or to expensive, doesn't have my size or wouldn't suit me. I think all of us go through those phases. A blessing for my bank account is the only good side about it. But here are a few of those items I've seen that have caught my eye. Surprisingly, it's not all grey and black, my go to colours to wear.

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5 Quick and Good For You Snacks

Ever since the beginning of this year I have been trying to be healthier and eating clean. Of course there are days when I don't eat very well but I have learnt and discovered some new food combinations to eat that are healthier than a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps to snack on. I try not to snack but sometimes the sweet craving inside and the need for a boost of energy takes over. Finding these alternatives that are not only better for me but relatively inexpensive, quick and easy to make, they have really changed my bad habits.

Rice cake with almond butter and chia seeds
This is one of my favourites to satisfy my sweet craving, you have the crunch of the rice cake, the natural sweetness from almond butter plus the added benefits of chia seeds. Only takes a minute, ideal if you're in a rush.

Kale chips
The super food that I think everyone has heard of, it's quite a tasty leafy green. Mix the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil (per 75grams) add some sea salt, pepper or whatever seasonings you may fancy. Place on a baking tray, keep an eye on it, mix the kale around so it's evenly baked for around 20 minutes at 170C.

Peanut butter and apple slices on toast
As a snack this is great and won't leave you wanting something else, I sometimes have this for breakfast. Simply toast a slice of bread, spread peanut butter and add apple slices. You can alter this with your favourite fruit, berries are incredible with peanut butter.

Ryvita with hummus and tomatos
If want more of a savoury snack get a piece of Ryvita or flat bread, spread some hummus and add tomatos or anything you want, avocado and cucumber also taste great.

Greek yogurt, berries and nut mix
So very simple, you can just grab some yogurt but I like to add some flavours and textures. Add berries or whatever fruit you like and some seeds, nuts or granola. Mix it up with what you like, blueberries, almonds, walnuts and chia seeds are one of my favourite combinations.

I find that sometimes these snacks are substantial enough for breakfast or lunch. I really hope that this has given you some food inspiration. I love to go on Pinterest when I need some new ideas. If you have any suggestions please let me know them.


November Evening Music

So far in November, I have been indulging in the act of staying in the warmth at home. With a warm drink, comfy clothes and good music. Some nights I take a bath and play some music to unwind after the day. I wouldn't say I have set music for day and evening but I'm more likely to play some more acoustic, mellow music as the day goes on. The occasional upbeat one sneaks in if I'm getting ready to go out. There is a song out there for every mood. And lately my mood has been a lot like these songs.

Novemeber Evening Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark


Reading Material & Sharing the Love

One of the best things I believe people can do for themselves is to read. The mind expands while having an enjoyable time. I'm not much of a TV person, I do have the odd favourites like Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries, however in my down time you're more likely to find me reading. Whether it's a novel, magazine, website or blog. I honestly wish there was more time to read everything but like all avid readers will know, it will never be possible. There are so many creators in the world, professional and amateur. So my advice would be to find what you love to read and try to branch out a little into other subjects every once in a while.

And I wanted to share some of my favourites at the moment and tell you about some great blogs out there.

Right now I have about a 80 pages left of Us by David Nicholls and I've enjoyed it so far. I really like the writing style, it does not require a lot of concentration and the story is unfolding at a good pace. You can pick it up from wherever you left it and can be brought back into the story easily. I'm trying to predict the ending but I honestly am not sure what will happen.

Magazines are not as popular in my house as they once were. A few years ago I used to read two or three a week back when I was taking public transport every day but now I only manage to read my Elle subscription every month. This month it's the feminism issue and they have a feature article with Emma Watson.

Fashercise is a new discovery for me, I have become more interested in health and fitness this year and I like to educate myself. This website has great tips for food, music and general wellness while making it stylish for the modern woman.

I make an effort to keep up with the blogs I read, I can't express how much I love reading what others have written and created because each individual blogger has put in so much effort and I find a lot of the time they are better than some major mediums.

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment..

Offbeat + Inspired
Tiffany and Sarah do a bit of everything from style, beauty, illustration, baking and cooking. The photography is always great, especially the food, their coffee and maple spiced nuts recipe really caught my eye this month.

I have been keeping up with this blog for years now, Artemis is a jewellery designer and all round creative, her sewing pieces are my favourite especially the little dresses and bits and pieces she makes her daughter. Sharing adventures her little family go on in their camper van around England.

The blog I go to when I'm in need of advice from blogging, life and beauty. The post on how to turn your ideas into something awesome is one of many great inspiring and motivational posts.

Pale Lily
Sofia writes a little bit of everything like most of my favourites, you can get your beauty fix, lifestyle advice and recipes. A blog I would love to have in paper to flick through, the vegan pumpkin chai latte recipe she shared looks so delicious.

A beauty and lifestyle blog with so many great reviews on all things young women love and lovely writing by Jennie.

The Private Life of a Girl
A little bit of everything type of blog, could even describe it as a handbook for every female creative. Sophie is a designer-maker sharing creative and business advice, among other posts about books, travel and fashion. I really enjoyed reading this post about ways to be more efficient

My New Roots
As I mentioned, I have become more interested in healthy eating, this blog has so many recipes that are full of nutritious goodness.

Freya's writing is probably my favourite part of this blog, as well as the gorgeous photography. Sharing her travel adventures and snippets of her lifestyle.

Bless The Weather
Another all round creative, Siobhan takes wonderful photographs, her portraits in particular are always so striking. There are vegan recipes, music and lifestyle posts to read, the nice stuff features are one of my favourites.

Cider with Rosie
One of the best blogs to read when you're curled up under a blanket on your sofa, Rosie shares the joyous moments of her life. Everything from home and personal style and other simple pleasures. Her 10 things that have made me happy this week feature always makes me feel a little happier and remind me there is a lot to be happy about.

There are so many more incredible blogs out there, I might start sharing them every now and then. Please let me know what you love to read.