[Recipe]: Mum’s Banana Cake – Back to Basics

Mum, if you are reading this, then yes I have stolen your banana cake recipe. Thank you very much (even if I didn’t ask for your permission to do so). My Mum didn’t bake that often, and if we did my brother and I would just use cake baking kits from a supermarket (-not that…

Did I achieve my November Goals?

Honestly… I failed alot of the targets I set out for myself in my ‘To-do-list’: My Goals for November post which I wrote towards the start of this month. I don’t feel totally ashamed of not doing entirely well with following my plans as I have been keeping busy and the most important goal I have reached…

[Poem]: Night’s Silence.

Laying beside your loved one, tears welling in your eyes. Staying close, breaths and heartbeats insync. You are in utter happiness, yet internally pained by worries. Thoughts of the unknown days to come. Love can heal, unless there is night’s silence. The mind can speak louder than words. Reconnecting hands, mind’s brawl fades.

Panettone Mascarpone Ice-cream Cake: Festive Recipe. 

Without a doubt we overindulgence ourselves at Christmas time throughout until New Year celebrations. Often you’ll find your way snacking through left over chocolate selection boxes and some form of savoury wheat snacks for weeks posterior to Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Thesedays the struggle in my family is getting though Christmas puddings, that my…

Life with a Kitten.

A few weeks ago I vaguely mentioned my new pet kitten named Aki. She has been a wonderful introduction to our lives so it was guaranteed that I’d write about her in more detail. My boyfriend and I had repeatedly discussed of owning pets, particularly a cat and a Malamute. For now our current residence…

[Skincare & Haircare]: Men’s Routine.

Undoubtedly physical appearance will never be as important as personality, however, it’s always attractive when a man cares about his hygiene and personal style just as much as the standards they expect women to uphold. I have used some ‘men’s’ facial care products before; I don’t believe that just because something has a masculine or…

Simple British Things I Miss.

As expected I would mainly miss my family and friends when moving abroad, I knew no one but my boyfriend. With time I am becoming less depressed and focused on the people who I don’t have physically with me; those whom of course I won’t forget, never. Thesedays as time approaches the festive season, I’ve…

In that second.

The icy breeze howled past,partially distracted by engaging in a tête-à-tête. Blanketed by a monochrome cashmere checkered scarf, eyes directed toward the snow dusted ground which dwindled fast. The sky a tinge of Cobalt and Amber, the crescent moon gleaming through Autumn’s spacious, rust coloured leaves. The air scented with roasted coffee and cologne.  In that…

All about Face Masks.

My first blog post which remains posted to this day was about 3 skincare remedies you can made at home. Since then I have tried many face masks to tackle different skin issues; some being homemade whilst others are store brought. I use face masks quite regularly, approximately 3-4 times per week, especially in order…

My Current Skincare & Haircare Routines.

A second post in one day featuring skincare? I might have a slight obsession. What else can I say? I’m a simple person who is easily pleased. By no means do I have ‘perfect’ skin with completely gorgeous locks. These days I am starting to feel less depressed and confident about my appearance. I think…

Read with Coffee: Random chit-chat.

When I thought about writing this post I had many things I wanted to rant about, after all my blog is my outlet, and also just talking about random whatever thingys (-not a really word). I can’t promise that this post will be interesting and doubt it will be enlightening… Topic numero uno (I’m not…

Disappointing purchases.

We’ve all been there. Brought something enticed by it’s offer price or been igronant towards online product reviews, only to be disappointed feeling like you have wasted you money. I think the more we discuss ‘bad’ or unworthy products rather than just raving about all the great finds, we can probably help each other to…

My favourite Korean Snacks.

Who doesn’t love snacks from different countries? Lately imported snacks and other junk foods in most countries are becoming easier to obtain. Some of the Korean snacks I’d like to recommend to you today are a mixture of common snack which you could most likely get at your local Asian supermarket or the Chinatown of…

Prawn & Chicken Alfredo: Recipe. 

When I was making this I didn’t intend to put much of a ‘homemade’ effort into it. I brought a ready made jar of creamy cheese pasta sauce; unexpectedly it was very bland like eating the white sauce of a lasagna without the tomato puree to accompany it. I ended up experimenting with ingredients that…

Fashion Inspirations.

I don’t pay much attention to the latest trends or highlights from fashion weeks across the world. My motto is: if I like it, I like it. It doesn’t matter if other’s consider the garments in which I wear as fashionable or not. I know well which styles do and don’t work for me, I…

Snack Recommendations – Low in Saturated Fats and Calories.

Heading in the direction of healthy eating choices doesn’t mean restricting yourself of savoury or sweet snacks nor eating fruits and vegetables alone for every meal. You just have to do a snack swap. Instead of being tempted to eat a Snicker bar or a packet of Doritos, there are plenty of alternatives you can…

Interior Design Wish list & Homeware Haul.

I have always loved interior design. Everything from intricate details of accessories to colour combinations. I even like collecting colour testers or sample booklets/strips. I think this liking came about during my childhood, my parents moved to a new home when I was 6 years old and it took quite a while for my Dad…

The Versatile Blogger & Blogger Recognition Awards.

This morning I woke up suprised to discover that I have kindly been nominated for The Versatile Blogger & Blogger Recognition Awards by the lovely dearblogloveliz.wordpress.com . I very rarely get to participate in any form of tag or nomination train, so I am very thankful to her for allowing me to be a part…

My experience of taking antidepressants.

Firstly I want to make it clear that I’m most definitely not the type of person to ‘fashionalise’ mental health illnesses or discuss depression in the hope of recieving sympathy. Infact to recieve sympathy would make me feel worse about myself, I’d feel horridly guilty of taking someone’s time and impacting them with such negative…

This past weekend.

This past weekend was a little different for usual. I barely spent time at home and past through the crowded city of Seoul which I preferably would avoid at a weekend. My boyfriend and I attended two music concerts held and produced by a lovely, very talented married couple who we are only just beginning…

[Poem]: Autumn evening. 

Arms interlinked like a necklace, footsteps in perfect symmetry. Following the night lights which glimmer, illuminating their smiling faces. Captivated by the tranquillity of a Japanese water feature, still huddling side-by-side in seek of warmth. He guides her, trusting his intuition: she feels safe and content. Sitting across from eachother in a patisserie, hands enclasped…

Tonkatsu (-Japanese pork cutlet). 

I very rarely eat pork, only as sausages or thesedays in Japanese pork cutlet form. I’m afraid I have an addiction. It’s just like fried chicken! Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet which has been made thinner by hitting it with a wooden or metal meat mallet also know as a tenderiser. The pork is coated…

[Recipes]: Pasta Galore. 

Undeniably pasta is one of may favourite foods. Spaghetti bolognese has been my all time favourite dish for as long as I can remember and as a child I would have pasta Carbonara once a week without fail before dance class. These days I try to reduce my carbohydrate intake as consuming pasta 3 times…

Books I grew up with.

Jacqueline Wilson books: I’m not assamed to say that I had the tenancy to be antisocial as a child. I wasn’t unpopular at school, just I wouldn’t hang out with friends outside of school that often; at least not during my secondary education. I love books. Thesedays I don’t read as much I should. I…

Learning is a life long process.

We never stop learning. From the moment we’re born we’re learning about our bodies and exploring our environments through the use of our senses, we spend our childhoods and teenage years in an education system, we grow in knowledge by the world of work. Until our last days we observe to gain understanding, continuously engaged…

All about fragrances. 

Perfumes, aftershaves/calone, candles, insense, oil diffusers, anything with the purpose of providing an aroma can be hard to give as gifts as scents deemed to be pleasant are based on personal preferences. Some fragrances that a soft and mild are usually a safe option to give as presents. Here I have complied a little list…

November Haul of Sale Items.

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Infact 80% of the time I will only by beauty, skincare or clothing if it is on sale or already at a low/reasonable price. When a new product releases and I’ve missed that first few weeks of it’s lowered introductory offer, I will wait until it’s on sale again…

2 Days in 1 Blog Post. 

Quite late into yesterday afternoon my boyfriend and I unexpectedly decided to take a little shopping trip to Myeondong, which is the biggest most famous shopping district in Seoul, South Korea. The evening is especially the busiest time to walk the streets of Myeondong as tourists are around experiencing the street foods and Korean citizens…

My travel essentials for my trip to Osaka, Japan.

In a month I’m taking a brief week long trip to Osaka, Japan. It’s going to be equally or even colder there this December than it is in Korea and certainly at least entering the minus degrees which the UK doesn’t experience until late January or February. Apart from the obvious essentials including a thick…

New, Upcoming Skincare and Beauty products: November 2017. 

Whether you’re a shopaholic, inquisitive, or on the prowl for trying and buying new beauty and skincare products this month or every month here is a little guide of what there is soon to be available or have only just hit the shelves. Treat yourself, or consider this as Christmas gift suggestions (did I mention…

Food Diary – 9/11/17.

When I first saw ‘what I eat in a day’ vlogs and blogs, I thought it was a little irritating how people boasted of how healthy their diets are. Some of us might be jealous that others seemingly ease into a plant based, Gluten-free lifestyle which we may have struggled to strive for ourselves; others…

5 of the Most Popular Korean Skincare & Beauty Products.

This list isn’t based on my recommendations alone, more so put together with the help of ‘best sellers’ sections of websites that sell Korean Skincare and beauty products. For some people they delve into using korean cosmetics due to their admiration of kpop idols and actresses, therefore wanting to adopt their styles, whereas others simply…

[Poem]: Lucky.

Completely engaged with the lyrics that you sing, if only you knew of the utter joy your presence can bring. Calm & content within the confinement of your embrace, gazing into each other’s eyes as you caress my face. Days turn to months since I’ve felt blessed with your care, a ceasing to thesedays is…

What’s in my bag? 

The ever recurring ‘what’s in my bag’ tag?’… and all other versions of it, is something I’ve never joined in with. I’m not a trend follower or particularly interested in makeup, but I will admit that it’s partly interesting to be nosey about other people’s lives and to see what items they use on a…

My skincare routine: For very sensitive, oily skin.

By no means am I a dermatologist. Just from a young age I have tried and tested alot of products in the attempt to find skincare that isn’t irritating for my very sensitive skin whilst at the same time removes deep sebum. Usually this isn’t a good skin type combination to have. If I use…

Makeup suitable for fair skin.

In the Western parts of the world there is such a diversity in race, that most makeup brands aim to produce a wide variety of base makeup shades. However, in the UK at least, having tanned skin is considered ‘healthy looking’. I don’t think there is absolutely anything wrong with having tanned skin as long…

Hearty Beef, Vegetable & Dumpling Stew: Recipe.

I’m not entirely sure whether vegetable, beef and dumpling stew is a British dish or not. Of course there are many variations of this stew among Europe and prehaps also North America and Canada. However it’s prepared, for many generations stews have served the purpose of using up leftover ingredients, warming us in the cold…

Autumn Favourites.

I don’t usually write any form of a ‘favourites’ post, mainly because I like to repeatedly use the same products that I already know work best for me or because it takes me such a long time to finish a product that there is no need for me to purchase something new to try out….

3 ‘must read’ non-fiction books based on WWII.

Today I thought I’d share with you, 3 insightful non-fiction books. I will briefly highlight what each book is about without spoiling every detail. As expected these are emotional accounts of true life stories.  ‘The Man who Broke into Auschwitz’  by Denis Avey & Rob Broomby. The title of this book is quite self explanatory;…

Feline friend.

Milly, also known as ‘Milly-kins’ or ‘squiggy’ is the black, white & ginger patched cat I received on my 13th Birthday from my parents. Before receiving Milly as a wonderful gift, I had previously owned other pets but my dream was to own a cat or a dog. Without fail, and this isn’t an exaggertion,…

[Poem]: Conflicting.

Simultaneously pressured with restrictive emotions, alongside a mind fog of emptiness. A longing to be caressed to restore self-worth, held in the mould of their arms: symbolic that you’re their world. Eyes interlocked feeling whole for a fleeting moment before negatively pondering every aspect over lukewarm tea. Days wither by, the careness for them intensifies…

‘To-do-list’: My goals for November.

Recently I’ve seen quite a few blog posts by others who have set themselves targets to complete either within a week or for the duration of a month.We are three days into November, but I’m not going to allow my slight tardiness discourage me from setting myself some achievements to reach. In my current mental…

‘Away with the Fairies’.

The day dreamers captivated by ideas and thoughts. Staring into thin air, appearing deranged or full of dispair. Some become depleated,  skin a pale merge of a pearlescent white and stormy grey as concerns and procrastination takes over their being. Mind full of speculation  occasionally pulsating with colours which are reminiscent of happiness and love….

Onwards.

Not too long ago I wrote a post entitled: ‘If depression was a person’, a letter in which I wrote to my depression detailing how it made me feel and how I know I will always be strong enough to override it despite it’s obstacles. Since feeling in a rut I’ve been able to gradually…

Confessions of a foodie: South Korea. 

Whenever abroad it’s a natural urge from within us to try new foods and flavours, especially when it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit somewhere. Let’s be honest. Plenty of us, even the healthy, like to endulge in sweet or savoury treats. When I was back home in the UK, undeniably I would…

[Poem]: Comfortable.

I wouldn’t desire to live another way, laying beside you is where I must stay. Protected by your presence dowst in your essence. It’s too effortless to write about you. I wonder, is your mind often infused with me too? I’m merely a spectator in your shadow who has been impailed in the heart by…