Just popping in to say...

... I know I've been a terrible blogger! I just checked and realised that I'd unintentionally taken a month off blogging. Though when I get home from work and it's warm and sunny outside and I'm catching up with friends, life comes first and blogging always comes second. Sorry, lil blawg.

I feel like I've fully embraced this Summer and it's been a good one! Cycling to work everyday, adventuring in Ibiza, France and Cornwall, living in denim cut-offs, drinking iced coffee, running along the Thames while the sun sets. I have loads of blog posts planned in my head, but for now here are some random Summery photos plucked from my Instagram










1. Cacti window box in Kensington
2. Mini city meadow in Fulham
3. My Summer uniform (shorts from here, tshirt from here)
4. Iced coffee on a hot day
5. Rooftops in Toulouse, France (more on this later)
6. Popping into beautiful Petersham Nurseries for a coffee
7. Packing up the CACTUS PRINT to ship around the world!
8. My trusty wheels
9. Running along the Thames in Battersea (hashtag no filter!)

How has your Summer been? I'm clinging onto the last shreds of warm weather and making the most of wearing no tights!

xo

I'd Like to Live Here

These spaces are all from different homes but I like to think they go pretty well together, don't you? I'm thinking this would make one dreamy apartment.












Neutral walls
Natural light
Cacti everywhere
Patterned monochrome rugs
Beautiful tiles
Organised kitchen shelves
(and a pale blue kitchen aid!)
Lots and lots of books

 Images via: 1. Vontrueba 2. Love by Serena 3. Happy Interior Blog 4. My Scandinavian Home 5. Look Linger Love 6. My Name is Yeh 7. Rugdots 8. Coffee Klatch 9. unknown?

Chocolate and Banana Overnight Oats


This is the perfect Summer breakfast. Oats, more than anything, keep me full for ages and mean I don't need to eat much at all until lunch. Yet in the Summer I don't really fancy a hot bowl of porridge. The beauty of overnight oats is that they are cold, and readymade for you in the morning - no cooking required! 

What you'll need
* 1/2 cup pure gluten free oats (or regular oats)
* 1 banana
* 1 cup milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond)
* 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
* tablespoon of toasted buckwheat (kasha)

How to make it

The night before eating, mash up half of your banana with a fork as best you can. This is the only sweetener so use quite a ripe one for more flavour and a sweeter taste. Keep the other half in the banana skin to top your bowl tomorrow morning.



Put in a bowl or jar with your oats. I used half a cup of oats for this recipe which was quite a big cereal bowl. I cycle to work so need lots of energy but depends how hungry you are in the morning! You basically need double the amount of liquid to oats.

Can we just take a moment to admire my new cup measurers from Anthropologie? Aren't they the cutest?!



Add a small/ level teaspoon of raw cacao powder. Raw cacao is the unprocessed version of cocoa powder and is packed full of antioxidants. If you are using cocoa powder instead you will need to add a lot more as it contains less flavour than cacao.


I add a spoon of toasted buckwheat to add a slight nutty taste and more texture but this is completely optional.


Then add your milk. If you are using coconut or almond milk, try to buy the unsweetened versions for a healthier breakfast. Mix it all up, cover, and put in the fridge overnight. 


To eat, slice up the other half of your banana and add some more toasted buckwheat for some crunch. Last week was so warm I was lucky enough to enjoy a quick breakfast before work in my sunny garden with some freshly pressed melon juice. Enjoy! 


x

IBIZA



















Last week I took a trip to Ibiza with a girlfriend and wow I wish I was still there. Neither of us had ever been there before and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. We spent most of our days soaking up the sun on the small beach where we were staying near the bay of San Antonio, or Cala Tarida, reading our books and taking dips in the sea. I read The Fault in Our Stars while we were there and was left sobbing on the beach near the end! I highly recommend it though. 

Our hardest decision each day was what flavour of Magnum to choose (those flavours defo trump English ones) or which beach bar to eat supper at (the same one every day of course). We took a beautiful evening trip to Ibiza Old Town for a special dinner with rose sangria - who knew this existed?! - and some wandering around the markets to buy homemade jewellery. 

It wouldn't be Ibiza without partying. The best night was at Ushuaia which we followed up with a late night in Sankeys which had a fab outside terrace. We also loved the Ocean Beach Club for an all day pool party. So much fun. It's pretty difficult this week waking up at the same time we were going to bed last week. It was a much needed refreshment though, and at least it's hot and sunny in London this week.

Have you planned any exciting holiday destinations this Summer?

x

6 Happy Things


1. New Summer clothes. I can't wait to wear these on holiday


2. Baking Deliciously Ella's Sweet Potato Brownies. I've been trying to eat more 'cleanly' lately (minus the odd Magnum, oops) and these are the best things to fix chocolate cravings as they are sugar and dairy free and only made from relatively healthy ingredients.


3. My favourite flowers blooming - peonies


4. Sitting outside late into the warm evenings after a BBQ, sipping wine and chatting


5. Iced Cwaffee! Addicted to this at the moment.


6. Summer fruits. I'm not the hugest fan of watermelons but the colours are so pretty - turquoise and pink fruit wow. But I do want to eat all of the peaches and nectarines and strawberries.

What's making you happy at the moment?
x
 

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