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Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, I was in London visiting friends and family. It was a whirlwind of a week seeing many different people that I had no time for blogging. I managed to take some nice photos using my i phone which I will put together in a post soon.

I’ve been decorating on and off for the last year and I recently finished painting my lounge/office. There are a few touch ups needed but overall it’s almost complete. I was super surprised to come home and find that my boyfriend had created a new workspace for me. I have a long desk which is great for photographing new products and creating flatlays. He also designed a nice seating area and put some old pictures on the walls. We have so many pictures and painting to hang and I’m really happy he’s got the ball rolling. I plan to hang a few more things in the coming weeks.

I have lot’s of super nice skincare to share with you and I have a few random topics I really want to discuss. So, lot’s to come which will hopefully make up for my recent lack of posts.

Take care,

James!

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Do you remember when samples only came in sachet’s? There would be enough moisturiser or shampoo in one sachet for three uses but I’d have to throw it away after the first use otherwise it would dry up. Brands have upped their came and now use proper packaging so we can use the sample several times and get a proper feel for the product. These also make handy travel products and I like to save them up for when I’m going on a short trip and need to pack light. Next week I’m off to London and I’ve pulled pieces from my stash featuring some of my favourite brands. Department stores are great places to pick up samples when you are shopping. Mostly they will offer you something, I request pieces from brands I know I will like. A lot of these samples I received from Niche-beauty.com but most large online beauty stores will send samples when you order something. It’s really satisfying to use everything up whilst I’m away and not have to pack the products in my bathroom. This also leaves a tiny bit of room for new additions to pick up along the way.

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This recipe is not only a healthier alternative to regular pancakes it’s also easier to prepare and super delicious. All you need is three ingredients to make the mix plus coconut oil for cooking.

  • 2 Large eggs
  • 2 Ripe bananas
  • A large handful of gluten-free oats.

Add the ingredients to a large bowl and mash the bananas with a fork until everything is bound together. Don’t worry if there are some small lumps of banana as this tastes nice. But if you prefer the mixture smooth then use an electric whisk once the bananas are mashed.

It’s better so make the pancakes smaller as they are easier to flip. I find one tablespoon of mixture for each pancake works well and ensures they are all roughly the same size. I try to cook two or three pancakes at once to speed up the process.

Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil in a hot pan and add the first spoon of mixture. Use the back of the spoon to spread it out slightly, this way it will easily cook right through. Once you see bubbles appearing you know it’s time to turn them. Gently lift one side with a spatula to make sure it’s a golden brown. Then firmly slide it under and flip. I add a little more coconut oil and check the pan doesn’t become too hot. I begin stacking the pancakes on a warm plate until I have used all the mixture.

I’m currently using a honey that I picked up at my local Turkish supermarket. But you can use agave, fresh fruit of whatever you like. You can even add a little brown sugar to the mix during prep if you like them a little sweeter.

 

 

 

 

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Smoothie’s are my go-to breakfast snack before I head to the gym in the morning. I can’t face eating anything too early so this is perfect as it’s light and easy to prepare. I’ve elevated this recipe to super-smoothie status by adding chia seeds and a shot of hyaluronic acid.

  • Banana
  • Peach (or whatever’s in season)
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds (1 tablespoon)
  • Fountain – The Glow Molecule (2 teaspoons)
  • 250 ml Almond Milk
  • A handful of ice (optional)

I like this combination because it isn’t too sweet and I sometimes swap the peach for something else. Instead of almond milk you can use cow’s milk, soya or coconut water. Fountain make a great range of supplements for the skin. I’ve tried a few varieties but I’m currently using the Glow which contains a combination of hyluronic acid and reactive glutathione. The two ingredients boost moisture levels so the skin literally glows, but only with continued use so you need to take it every day. Despite their tiny size chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are gluten-free and rich in omega-3 fatty acids plus fiber, protein and other vitamins. I hope you like the recipe and feel free to let me know what you think. You can comment below or reach me on twitter or instagram.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

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I was recently introduced to British menswear brand Farah which happens to be right up my street. Here I’m wearing a classic blue t-shirt with a pair of navy chino shorts. This look is super comfortable yet smart enough for evening drinks, making it super versatile. I have a feeling I will be sporting more looks from this brand in the coming months.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.