Sometimes I forget that there are other cities outside of London to explore in the England and I'm so lucky to live in such an idyllic and historic country. I've only typically ventured around London and seaside towns on the south/east coast. In the last few months I have travelled a little further in the north of the land.

For Valentine's day I spent the day in York with my favourite guy, he surprised me with a trip here, staying in a charming little hotel. We went for a walk around the city centre in the afternoon, walking through the small cobbled streets lined with old buildings that are home to little cafes and shops. Full of so much character, it felt like a quintessential English city. Thinking about it now really makes me want to go back there again. We made our way through the centre, walking past the cathedral, York castle and the walls before heading to Delrio's, a little Italian restaurant that reminded me so much of when I went to Sardinia last summer.

The next morning I woke up to a clear sky with the sun shining, a dusting of snow on the ground and frosty rooftops. It felt so perfect, almost like it was all planned, I love snow and after such a lovely day and evening in York it was one of the best Monday mornings. We went back and looked around the shops and had a coffee in the town before we left in the afternoon. It was one of those trips I wish I documented more, taking more photos to look back on. Looking at these photos still takes me back there and reminds me of the warmth I felt inside me.

There is so much to love in this world, so many beautiful places to visit, thousands of miles to travel. And I want to do it all with my best friend.


York, My Love

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Sometimes I forget that there are other cities outside of London to explore in the England and I'm so lucky to live in such an idyllic and historic country. I've only typically ventured around London and seaside towns on the south/east coast. In the last few months I have travelled a little further in the north of the land.

For Valentine's day I spent the day in York with my favourite guy, he surprised me with a trip here, staying in a charming little hotel. We went for a walk around the city centre in the afternoon, walking through the small cobbled streets lined with old buildings that are home to little cafes and shops. Full of so much character, it felt like a quintessential English city. Thinking about it now really makes me want to go back there again. We made our way through the centre, walking past the cathedral, York castle and the walls before heading to Delrio's, a little Italian restaurant that reminded me so much of when I went to Sardinia last summer.

The next morning I woke up to a clear sky with the sun shining, a dusting of snow on the ground and frosty rooftops. It felt so perfect, almost like it was all planned, I love snow and after such a lovely day and evening in York it was one of the best Monday mornings. We went back and looked around the shops and had a coffee in the town before we left in the afternoon. It was one of those trips I wish I documented more, taking more photos to look back on. Looking at these photos still takes me back there and reminds me of the warmth I felt inside me.

There is so much to love in this world, so many beautiful places to visit, thousands of miles to travel. And I want to do it all with my best friend.



Typically when I'm scrolling through Pinterest in the evenings, I see so many delicious recipes that it can be so difficult to choose what to try and bake. Especially the sweet treats. I've had it on my mind to look for something that is Valentines Day inspired but also not so unhealthy that I'll be in a sugar coma for the weekend. I came across this recipe for spiced oats and raspberry scones and thought it was perfect. I love porridge oats, I adore spices and raspberries are probably my favourite berry or at least joint first with blueberries. I'm also not an expert baker by any means so when I find something to bake that is simple enough for me, it makes life a little easier.

The three key ingredients together taste so good. The right amount of sweetness and spice. I had it for breakfast and it's perfect, the oats kept me full all morning. The pink raspberries make it more appealing to eat and is a small piece of fruit that you wouldn't normally have. These scones are a lovely treat if you want to try something different for breakfast this Valentines weekend or any day. Everyone at home loved them and they're already all gone! I'm looking forward to making them again very soon.



Ingredients 

1 egg
1/2 a cup of buttermilk
1 3/4 cups of plain flour
1 1/4 cups of oats
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of backing powder
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 a cup of cold butter
1/2 a cup of raspberries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celius and line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a bowl whisk the egg and the buttermilk together and put to one side. In a larger bowl mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together. Then grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients and mix together until it becomes pebbly. Add the buttermilk and egg mixture to the dry mix and stir until the dough comes together. Fold the raspberries in in gently. Flour your work surface and place the dough on top to form a circle. Then using either and ice cream scoop or biscuit cutter, cut out 12 pieces and place onto the baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes of until golden brown and firm. Leave to cool and enjoy either on their own or with some butter.

Spiced Oats and Raspberry Scones

12.2.16


Typically when I'm scrolling through Pinterest in the evenings, I see so many delicious recipes that it can be so difficult to choose what to try and bake. Especially the sweet treats. I've had it on my mind to look for something that is Valentines Day inspired but also not so unhealthy that I'll be in a sugar coma for the weekend. I came across this recipe for spiced oats and raspberry scones and thought it was perfect. I love porridge oats, I adore spices and raspberries are probably my favourite berry or at least joint first with blueberries. I'm also not an expert baker by any means so when I find something to bake that is simple enough for me, it makes life a little easier.

The three key ingredients together taste so good. The right amount of sweetness and spice. I had it for breakfast and it's perfect, the oats kept me full all morning. The pink raspberries make it more appealing to eat and is a small piece of fruit that you wouldn't normally have. These scones are a lovely treat if you want to try something different for breakfast this Valentines weekend or any day. Everyone at home loved them and they're already all gone! I'm looking forward to making them again very soon.



Ingredients 

1 egg
1/2 a cup of buttermilk
1 3/4 cups of plain flour
1 1/4 cups of oats
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of backing powder
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 a cup of cold butter
1/2 a cup of raspberries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celius and line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a bowl whisk the egg and the buttermilk together and put to one side. In a larger bowl mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together. Then grate the cold butter into the dry ingredients and mix together until it becomes pebbly. Add the buttermilk and egg mixture to the dry mix and stir until the dough comes together. Fold the raspberries in in gently. Flour your work surface and place the dough on top to form a circle. Then using either and ice cream scoop or biscuit cutter, cut out 12 pieces and place onto the baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes of until golden brown and firm. Leave to cool and enjoy either on their own or with some butter.

Honestly, I never thought that workout clothes and sportswear would be a core part of my wardrobe. I guess when working out becomes part of your lifestyle the uniform is a bonus. I would workout in the most basic clothes if I had to but when there is so much out there to choose from you might as well play around, find what looks good, what you feel good in and works for you.

The most important thing for me is finding workout clothes that fit well and make me feel confident in myself. Whether you're at home, at the gym or in a class, you are focused on yourself and the incredible thing you're doing for you body. I know I don't want to worry about if my trousers are falling down while on the treadmill, if my sports bra is not supportive enough or if I don't feel comfortable.

Another misconception about buying workout gear is that it's expensive. That is wrong. Yes, there are plenty of high end brands out there but there are also more affordable brands. From H&M, New Look and even Tesco, there are some great bits. Find the essentials, a sports bra, trousers or leggings, a top and trainers. And you're ready to go.

I have put together 3 workout looks for running, yoga and casual wear. You can mix and match what you wear. There's no rules. Wear what you want so that you feel good inside and out.

#1 Running 




#2 Yoga



#3 Casual & Low Impact 


3 Workout Wear Looks

7.2.16

Honestly, I never thought that workout clothes and sportswear would be a core part of my wardrobe. I guess when working out becomes part of your lifestyle the uniform is a bonus. I would workout in the most basic clothes if I had to but when there is so much out there to choose from you might as well play around, find what looks good, what you feel good in and works for you.

The most important thing for me is finding workout clothes that fit well and make me feel confident in myself. Whether you're at home, at the gym or in a class, you are focused on yourself and the incredible thing you're doing for you body. I know I don't want to worry about if my trousers are falling down while on the treadmill, if my sports bra is not supportive enough or if I don't feel comfortable.

Another misconception about buying workout gear is that it's expensive. That is wrong. Yes, there are plenty of high end brands out there but there are also more affordable brands. From H&M, New Look and even Tesco, there are some great bits. Find the essentials, a sports bra, trousers or leggings, a top and trainers. And you're ready to go.

I have put together 3 workout looks for running, yoga and casual wear. You can mix and match what you wear. There's no rules. Wear what you want so that you feel good inside and out.

#1 Running 




#2 Yoga



#3 Casual & Low Impact 


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