Copenhagen Winter!

Guys, I'm absolutely knackered. Three nights in Copenhagen has ruined me... but it was a lot of fun! I have to admit though, I didn't have a chance to take many pictures while there as I was mainly sampling the nightlife (amazing) and cafe culture (hangover curing). So here are my only two excluding a selfie with the friend I was visiting in Copenhagen which is of no quality to post anywhere! I really love the city and Danish culture in general. Everyone is very well dressed and the hipster, scandinavian vibe is strong in lots of the city districts. But it was really cold and at this time of year, very dark. Not sure I could cope with the lack of sun for any sustained length of time, I suppose you'd get used to it though. 

So it was a short but sweet trip and the perfect break from Christmas mania back home. I want to go back ASAP to experience a bit more of the city and surrounding areas. Plus the novelty of crossing the Oresund Bridge to Sweden appeals to me massively! Have any of you been to Copenhagen and if so do you have any suggestions of things not to miss on my next trip? And last but not least, Merry Christmas!

Help Save the Bees Campaign

I'm suuuper excited to write my first Neal's Yard Remedies post! Especially as I thought I'd start with a campaign I'm really passionate about; the Bee Lovely and Help Save the Bees campaign. NYR is all about organic and sustainable living and this collection really encompasses that mantra. It aims to bring awareness to the plight of bees across the globe. Leading experts recognise that a group of very powerful insecticides called neonicotinoids are the main reason our bees are disappearing and they have warned that all honeybees could be gone from Britain by the end of 2018.. awful, horrible, scary stuff. 

Soo, NYR is working towards the banning of neonicotinoids across the world and every year donates £10,000 to bee saving charities. You can read more about the campaign hereThe naturally moisturising, fair trade organic honey and uplifting, sun ripened oranges used to make orange essential oil condition the skin and lift the spirits. The benefits of orange essential oil are widespread, from relieving anxiety, enhancing immunity to reducing inflammation. Also, it just smells really good! 

You can shop the Bee Lovely range here. If you enjoyed this post then check out my new NYR Consultant Facebook page! I'll be keeping everyone updated on all the new products, discounts and promotions for consultant customers over there > @jennynyrconsultant

I'm a Neal's Yard Remedies Consultant!

As you can tell by the title of this post, I have become a Neal's Yard Remedies Independent Consultant! Which basically means I'm a rep, throw NYR parties and sell their products for them.  My Auntie originally sponsored me about a year ago but I was too busy with uni/work to pursue the potential business opportunity. But now I have loads of time (being a jobless graduate, sigh) and I'm really enjoying it! I have learnt so much about essential oils and their uses/benefits that I thought it would be cool to start a NYR section on my blog. That way I can share all my new found knowledge and keep anyone who is interested in becoming a rep updated on what it's like/my progress. 

If you're particularly interested in what I am doing feel free to email me at and I can give you some more details and potentially sponsor you to become a consultant! My NYR website is HERE if you fancy a browse x

17 of My Favourite Walks in New Zealand

I did a lot of walking in New Zealand... I mean a lot. Realistically not fit enough for the amount I did but anyway, I survived and massively enjoyed the majority of it so can't complain! I thought it would be cool to list (any excuse) my favourite walks and share some pictures of the spectacular scenery I encountered along the way. Then if any of you lovely lot decide to venture over to the other side of the world, some of these walk names may stick in your head and you'll do them! I've googled the return times for each walk but have to say, depending on weather conditions these can take much longer (avoid snowstorms where possible)! Some are really really short, however they are all beautiful and worth doing.

1. Queenstown Hill, Queenstown. 3hr return

2. Huka Falls, Taupo. 15min return

3. Blue Pools, Mt. Aspiring National Park. 1hr return

4. Stingray Bay/Cathedral Cove, Hahei. 2hr return

5. Wilkies Pool Loop Track, Egmont National Park. 1hr 20min return 

6. Lake Mangamahoe Taranaki Lookout, Taranaki. 10min return

7. Cullen Point Scenic Reserve Lookout, Havelock. 10min return

8. Abel Tasman Coastal Track (Torrent Bay to Marahau), Abel Tasman National Park. 9hr return 

9. Mt. Victoria Lookout, Wellington. 1.5hr return

10. Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki. 20min return

11. Franz Joseph Glacier Lookout, Franz Joseph. 1hr return

12. Rangitoto Summit Track, Auckland. 2hr return

13. Hokitika Gorge, Hokitika. 30min return

14. Waitangi Track, Paihia. 5hr return 

15. Hooker Valley Track, Mt. Cook National Park. 3hr return

16. Kea Point Track, Mt. Cook National Park. 2hr return

17. Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. 3hr return

Long Journey Podcasts

The journey to and from NZ was insane. 32 hour flight including a 9 hour stopover in Beijing. I can safely say that without these podcasts I would have died of boredom. They distracted from swollen plane feet, screaming children, snoring seat neighbour and so on... My all time favourite podcast is Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young. Such classics, as are the archive episodes. I've listened to almost every one now because I'm a girl obsessed. But I have many favourites, though this post is specifically on my top 4! 

So, No.1 was Desert Island Discs (naturally!). Second up is The High Low, a weekly commentary on pop-culture/current events. I look forward to Thursdays because of this podcast! Third is The Guilty Feminist, again very funny but they also discuss/debate really hard-hitting topics. And lastly, Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin. I haven't listened to many of these but I was mesmerised by the interviews with Molly Ringwald, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dustin Hoffman. Give them a listen if you haven't already and if you have any podcast recommendations let me know!

Pictures From New Zealand

I'm finally back! Two months is so long not to have blogged, I feel out of practise so apologies if this is a bit rambly/makes no sense... New Zealand was amazing, more than amazing actually. I wish I was still there. But it's nice to be home despite the slight holiday blues (potentially just the weather here, it's freaking cold!). So until I snap out of my slump/get my arse in gear with blogging again, here are some beautiful pictures from a beautiful country that everyone should roadtrip at least once in their lives!!

Amazing glacial water at Hokitika Gorge

Mt. Cook National Park

Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua

Horse riding for a view of Franz Joseph Glacier

Kayaking break on an uninhabited island in The Bay of Islands

Kayaking on Lake Taupo (4hr trip?!)

View of Mt. Taranaki from Lake Mangamahoe

Amazing coastline somewhere near Punakaiki 

I have a few more posts planned which will include more details on what I did while on the other side of the world! But for now, I hope you like these pictures. Feels good to be blogging again, I'm going to go and catch up on all of yours now! Byeee x

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! 

The Best English Carrot Cake Recipe!

I've been doing a lot of procrastibaking recently and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon! Obviously I'm putting off sorting out my post university life because having to be a functioning adult does not appeal. So carrot cake, the answer to my millennial girl problems. This is the best recipe I have ever used. It is packed with lots of carrot, sultanas/raisins, walnuts and topped with rich cream cheese icing! I haven't included a recipe for the cream cheese icing because there are millions out there on the internet and they are all pretty similar.

450ml vegetable oil
400g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
550g sugar
5 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp mixed spice
600g grated carrot
200g chopped walnuts 
200g raisins/sultanas

Preheat the oven to 170c and grease/line two cake tins. Whisk the eggs and mix with all the other ingredients then spoon the mixture into the cake tins. Bake for approximately 1h 15mins. While the cake is baking make the cream cheese icing. Let the cake cool completely before adding the icing between the layers and on top (or make two cakes half the height like I decided to do!). You can grate orange zest over the cake and add some more walnuts to decorate if you fancy! 

My Top 5 Favourite European Cities

Obviously at 21 years of age, being well travelled, sophisticated, insightful etc. I am highly qualified to write a list on the best cities in Europe. JOKING... although I do wish I was all those things! So yes, not entirely qualified to comment on the best cities in Europe. Instead I'm going to share my favourite cities out of the ones I've been to! I am feeling incredibly wanderlust-y at the moment, I think due to being cooped up in Cornwall too long. So I'm releasing some tension in reminiscing and nostalgic post writing. Hope you enjoy and let me know what your favourite cities in Europe are so I can go and visit them!!

I first went to Paris age 13 on a school trip to see a rugby match and visit disneyland. I can't tell you what the point of this trip was but for some reason it happened... thankfully I have been back and re-experienced all there is to do in Paris (which is a lot more than rugby and disney)! I love the architecture, the art galleries and the relaxed atmosphere. It definitley is a romantic city like the stereotype suggests soo I think I'll have to find myself a boyfriend and go back! 

Obviously Salzburg had to make this list... I am in love with this beautiful Austrian city. The old town is magical, the river in the summer is perfect to sit by and the castle overlooking everything completes the fairy tale setting. The mountain scenery in and around Salzburg is also incredibly beautiful at all times of year. I'd definitely recommend visiting Salzburg for a chilled out/sightseeing/outdoorsy holiday.

Hands down best city in Spain... a bit of a sweeping statement, I know but Valencia is amazing. There is so much to see/do. Castles, architecture, art galleries, nightlife and the food! It's also reasonably cheap. Valencia was potentially my favourite girls holiday ever. Very chilled, very hot, want to go back! 

I grew up roughly an hour outside of London so know the city pretty well. But I still want to live there one day because I'm convinced only by living in such a huge city (twice the total population of the whole of New Zealand.. wtf) will you ever be even close to knowing all its secrets!! Unfortunately it is definitely the most expensive city on this list but there are so many free things to do there, like all the museums. Don't let the prices put you off because there isn't any other city quite like London!! Biased view maybe... I don't know! 

Last but not least is Prague. Another girls holiday where I got the bare minimum amount of sleep to survive! Prague is beautiful, especially the view from the castle and despite being incredibly tired and the weather not being amazing, I loved this city. It is very gothic and grand and the beer is so so cheap, as in maximum £1 for a pint cheap which potentially adds to my fond memories of the place! 

Courgette and Lime Loaf Cake

Since my last food post typical Cornish weather has hit again... rain, of course. But I'm trooping on with my summery recipes, today a courgette and lime loaf cake! You might think this sounds a bit strange but courgette cake is definitley a thing! It's basically carrot cake, you have sultanas and walnuts but courgette and lime too. It makes a very fresh, moist, not too sweet cake which thanks to the lack of butter and minimal sugar in this recipe is pretty healthy! You could also add cream cheese icing... I still might!

2 eggs
90g soft dark brown sugar
400g courgette
1 lime
90g walnuts
140g sultanas
125ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Butter for the tin

Preheat the oven at 180c and line a 2lb loaf tin (the average size of most loaf tins) with butter and greaseproof paper. Start by whisking together the sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Add the zest and juice from the lime. Coarsely grate the courgette and add to the mixture along with the vanilla extract. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients with the walnuts, roughly chopped. Combine the two mixtures. Cook for about an hour and 10 minutes. I squeezed a bit more lime onto each slice afterwards but I like mine super limey, so you can add more to your own taste! Hope you enjoy!