Travel Plans & Goodbye for Two Months

I can't believe summer is over... My friend Grace and I managed one last kayaking trip before the weather got too shitty so that was lucky but still, I am in denial. However I do have something to look forward to! A two month backpacking trip around New Zealand. Flights are booked and I've started to pack/download enough podcasts to keep me going. I can't wait to leave but it does mean I'll be absent from the blog for a while. Not that I've been very active on here this summer anyway... but I thought I'd let you know regardless. I'll be on the plane when this posts so wish me luck! Ciao x

Beautiful H&M Home Collection

It may seem like I do a lot of pointless online browsing... which sometimes I have to say is true. But I've been pretty busy this summer so I haven't had much of a chance, let alone to share something I come across and love. But this collection from H&M Home is particularly up my street so I thought I'd stop being lazy and actually post on here for once! The minimal but rich dark greens and turquoises against the industrial windows are beautiful. I also love the patterned bedding and matching throw, the backdrop could make the room look cold but the textiles counter that perfectly. Combined with all the flora I think it looks very cosy! I'd love my house to look like this one day... a girl can dream!




Urban Decay Birthday Present!

Aren't I a lucky so and so?! My birthday was a few weeks ago now but I fancied showing you the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette which I received from my lovely best friends, because isn't it beautiful? 12 completely matte eyeshadows to play around with, great alongside my other eyeshadows which are mostly shimmery. I'm in love with the shade Extra Bitter! Very nineties and reminiscent of the new Urban Decay Heat Palette (which I love too but probably wouldn't be able to pull off!).



It was my 22nd birthday incase anyone was wondering! My friends and I went to Brighton for the day and ate out at The Olive Grove, in the lanes. A delicious Greek place with great outdoor seating, lots of space considering how cramped the lanes can be. I also celebrated with my family by visiting Hever Castle, one of my favorite places ever! You can read about Hever here in an old blog post of mine! And thats about it! Hope you have a lovely day x

Day Trip To Sunny Hastings

Finally the sun is out again, just in time for my birthday! And like the old woman I am, no girls night out to celebrate. Instead a day trip to Hastings Old Town with my mum and friends because, obviously pretty architecture, sun and lunch appeals. We went here (recommend!) and I had a falafel meze which was amaaazing and lemon drizzle cake for dessert which was equally amazing.  Other than food we wandered through George Street and the old high street, popping in to all the shabby chic and antique shops. It was a lovely day and only 1.5 hours south of London from Charing Cross.





I actually grew up in Hastings so may be slightly bias but it is worth visiting if you're a tourist in England. A very pretty, historical, charming seaside town. I love it! But come September I'll be making a new home for myself, swapping the South East for the north west... of Italy! More on that to come... I hope you're having a lovely week and enjoyed the pictures x

Fresh Ginger Loaf Cake

I am so pleased with this ginger cake recipe! It is moist, only uses fresh stem ginger and is very simple. I formed the recipe as a result of an idiotic online food shopping mistake I made. Somehow, I managed to order myself almost 1kg of fresh ginger, completely by accident. So I froze a load, thinking I'd make ginger cake/beer/biscuits... there are absolutely no fresh ginger cake recipes on the internet, they all use ground ginger. So after a few trial and error test runs (and lots of slightly dodgy cake as a result all eaten by my flat mates, bless them) I think I have perfected the recipe! Hope you enjoy.


200g fresh ginger
150g dark brown sugar
150g normal sugar
230ml vegetable oil
2tbsp golden syrup
300g plain flour
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground black pepper
2 eggs
2tsp baking powder
150ml boiling water

Start by peeling then grating the ginger on the chunkier side of your grater (just a heads up, it is far easier to grate frozen ginger so I recomend leaving it in the freezer overnight!). Mix sugars, oil and golden syrup in a bowl. Boil water in a saucepan, stir in the baking powder and then add to the mixture. Whisk the eggs and add to the mixture, also add the grated ginger. In another bowl mix together the rest of the dry ingredients. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Line a normal sized loaf tin (2 pounds) with butter or greaseproof paper then pour the in mixture. Bake for 1h20m at 180°c. Cover with foil if the top browns before cooked. Leave to cool before taking out of the loaf tin and you're done! 

Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it x

St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre | Cornwall

I can not believe how fast three years at Falmouth University have gone by... it's scary! And I've started to panic as my leaving date approaches... meaning packing as much as possible in to my last two weeks here, including trips to St Michael's Mount and The Minack Theatre! If you're not from Cornwall/have never been you probably wont have heard of these places but they are must see when in the South West and quite beautiful so I thought I'd share some pictures from the trips with you. 


Firstly St. Michael's Mount, a tide dependant island of the coast off Marazion. On the island, which you can access by foot at low tide and for £2 on the ferry at high tide, is a beautiful castle and gardens run by the National Trust. I started by looking around the castle which was pretty interesting but mostly enjoyable for the views of the mainland and gardens! I then had a pulled pork and mint yogurt wrap in the cafe which tasted amazing followed by a long walk around the gardens. 

I'd definitley recomend going to St. Michael's Mount... to be honest I'd go back just for the wrap! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves though! 

in the castle gardens

a view of the gardens/sea from the castle


a view of Marazion from the island
                                                                                     


My second trip was to The Minack Theatre, an outdoor theatre built into a cliff face near Penzance which has spectacular views of the sea and a pretty impressive atmosphere in my opinion! I took the coastal pathway to the theatre which is a hefty walk uphill but does pass the beach you can see two pictures below. The play itself was good but I became quite distracted by seals swimming around out in the sea!! A friend I went with also saw a pod of dolphins which unfortunately I missed. 

the theatre just before the show began 


Again, I'd definitely recomend checking out The Minack Theatre even if it's just for a walk around the cliff and nearby beaches. Apparently it is also quite impressive to visit at night which I can imagine is very true. 

And that's it for today folks. Hope you enjoyed this little insight into some Cornish culture/heritage!