2017 so far| Update

Hello, I thought I’d do an update on my new year so far and talk a bit about my mental health; I realised that I hadn’t given much more info about how I’m feeling.

To be honest, it’s not going that great. Let’s start with the really bad news:

  • A family member passed away. My mum’s auntie passed away a few weeks ago and it’s been pretty tough. She didn’t have any children or a husband, we don’t have much family, so it’s mostly been my tiny immediate family who have sorted everything. At the risk of sounding a bit selfish, I was making a real effort to be positive and not let anything get me down. So when this news hit, I didn’t really know how to feel…but more on this later.
  • University is such an effort. So, it has never been my favourite experience but along with recent events, it’s become much harder to be motivated. The lectures are poorly structured, the deadlines are a joke and I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

So, I’m not loving 2017 all that much, although, I’m hoping that it will only get better from here!

In terms of my mental health, it’s been quite up and down. I suppose the past few month prior to the death, I’d been quite proud of myself. I tended to have really good days and one iffy day. I had really been putting the effort into seeing the positive in every situation and not letting myself getting too upset or anxious. So when auntie died, I instinctively refused to become upset so I was just numb for days.

Over time, I allowed myself to feel sad but I haven’t accepted anything or thought too much about the situation. I’ve tried to focus on university but I’m struggling, I’m not enjoying it as much and I’m feeling pretty unsettled. I’m still striving for positivity but the funeral is very soon. I have decided to allow myself to be sad and be truly present on the day then do my best to continue the work I was putting in previously.

I hope that this post wasn’t too sad or boring! But I think it’s so important to talk about mental health and get rid of the stigma!

On a lighter note, I’ll show you a sneak peek of the next post…

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Love, Soph.

What I’ve been up to…

Hello all, I feel like I haven’t been very present on here and haven’t really posted much so I thought I’d say hi.

So, I started back at uni about a month ago and it’s been CRAZY to say the least! It’s my 3rd year and I’ve just gone full force into getting shit done. But I have had the odd fun moment so here are a few of my nice recent memories.

Halloween party

(I kept the pumpkin lights and have popped them on my dressing table because I’m obsessed!)

Bonfire Night

It was chilly, there was lots of food, we played charades and pretended we were Harry Potter with our sparklers…perfect!

Operation Christmas Child

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Each year at Christmas, people make up shoeboxes full of goodies to send to underprivileged children.

Fur babies

Bernard the pug and Jasmine the kitty.

Love soph.

Halloween Gingerbread Biscuits| Vegan

Hello everyone! I’m back with a spooky baking post. I found the recipe on Pinterest…as usual and you can find the original here.

I like to pop a disclaimer in because I’m still not a professional vegan so please let me know if any of the ingredients are not vegan approved!

Ingredients:

  • Butter (Vitalite) – 125g
  • Brown sugar – 90g
  • Golden syrup – 230g
  • Plain flour – 375g
  • Ground ginger – 2 teaspoons
  • Bicarbonate of baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Icing sugar – 240g (for decorating)

Wash your hands and pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

  1. Mix the butter and sugar together until the mixture is creamy and pale.
  2. Then add the golden syrup, ground ginger, plain flour and bicarbonate of soda to the sugar/butter mixture. Beat all together and a soft dough should form.

3. Flour a clean surface and roll out the dough.

4. Use cookie cutters or whatever you need to create your spoooooky shapes and pop them onto a tray.

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5. Then bake the cookies for around 8-10 minutes; the original recipe said a little longer although this was fine but it’s worth keeping an eye on them while they’re cooking!

6. Once your masterpieces are golden brown, pop them out of the oven and leave them to cool for around about 20 minutes.

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There were few injuries but they added to the eerie theme of Halloween…

Decorating:

  1. Simply mix icing sugar and a little water until a smooth but firm paste has formed. Then add whatever bits and bobs you want!
  2. The recipe was for skeletons but we strayed away and did a variety of shapes.

The fabulous skeleton was made by the talented Tash, mine were pretty pants so they have not been photographed!

These were a huge hit with friends and family! I don’t love gingerbread but the 2 teaspoons were just the right amount! I would give these 5 out 5 and will definitely make them again but maybe different designs…perhaps for Christmas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post!

Love Soph.

Only Ever Yours| Book Review

Hello everyone, I’m doing something a little different this time and I’m here with a book review. My chummy gave me this book as a gift and usual me, I popped it on my shelf and left it for months. But I started back at university on Monday and I wanted something to read on the bus so I grabbed this as it looked interesting.

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Without giving too much away, the story is set in a world where men are superior and women are there to serve them. If women give birth to daughters, they are disposed of and only sons are desired.

The central character Freida, attends a school of ‘eves’ who are women that have been designed to be trained and eventually have their fate chosen by men. They are made to be polite, perfect, beautiful and ladylike.

The world is basically all that I disagree with! Despite this, the book was so addictive, easy to read and honestly, heart-breaking. I read this in less than a week, which for me, is amazing. I constantly wanted to keep reading, the characters grabbed me, the story shocked me and I probably felt every emotion possible. From the middle towards the end of the book, I was shouting and sighing in frustration whilst reading in bed.

Although the eves are from a futuristic world, many of them and many elements of the story were so relatable and I felt genuine sympathy at times. I can’t recommend this book enough!

To sum it up in a few words, I’d describe this book as dark, sad, captivating and terrifying. I was hooked from the start and would give it 5 out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts are!

Love Soph.

 

Spiced Apple Vegan Pancakes

Hello all!

I’m here with a little autumnal recipe because I love food and I love Autumn…perfect! The recipe is slightly tweaked due to convenience; self-raising flour was used in place of all purpose flour and plain flour instead of whole wheat flour.The original recipe can be found at HotForFood which I found on Pinterest.

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Ingredients:

Self-raising flour (170g)

Plain flour (85g)

Baking powder (1/4 tsp)

Sea salt (a pinch)

Ginger (1/8 tsp)

Nutmeg (1/8 tsp)

Mixed spice (1/8 tsp)

Cinnamon (1/4 tsp)

Vegan butter (a small amount in the pan)

Almond milk (340g)

Agave nectar (1 tsp and for a tasty finish before eating)

Apple (1/2)

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  • Wash your hands and measure out all of your dry ingredients.
  • Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add in your wet ingredients and mix together.
  • Take your apple and cut in half, take the other half and finely chop into tiny pieces. Add the chunks to the mix.
  • The mixture was still a little thick so a small amount of extra water was added.
  • Heat a pan and add a nob (hehe) of the vegan butter, Vitalite was used in this recipe.
  • Using a ladle, scoop a decent amount of the mixture and place in the sizzling pan.
  • The recipe we followed recommended 2 minutes per side; when you see bubbles, it’s time to flip!
  • The pancakes should be a nice golden colour and soft but quite solid in texture.

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  • A generous drizzle of agave nectar was added to the stack, just for a little extra sweetness!

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Three of us tasted the pancakes and gave our honest opinion…the pancakes themselves were fine but a little bland, the apples were definitely needed as they added sweetness and a nice texture alongside the soft pancakes.

I’m giving this recipe a solid 2 out of 5. I feel like they would be nice in small doses and with something else with them, like ice cream or fruit.

I want to thank my chummy for taking these lovely pictures and editing them so they look all pretty!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are just as excited for Autumn as I am!

Love Soph.

 

Zoella’s Christmas Range|2016

Hello all!

I’m sure most you know that I’m a big fan of the YouTuber Zoella and a massive fan of Christmas so when she previewed her new range for Christmas, I was very excited.

The only thing is, I don’t know if the range is cruelty free. On previous products, it says that they are not tested on animals but I know no more than that. So, for now I will just admire the packaging and dream of gingerbread as that’s what the whole range smells like!

The prices weren’t discussed in the video however some Superdrug stores have released the products now, otherwise we have to wait until September 26th!

Three makeup bags in one

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The set includes one large, clear bag with a pink trim, zip and ‘Zoella’ printed on the front. Next up is a medium sized bag which is a pinky rose gold colour, sparkly and is just gorgeous! The smallest of the set is a little cream bag with ‘Throw kindness around like confetti’ printed on the front. I love this set, it’s lovely for someone who travels or a makeup enthusiast!

Set of two coordinating makeup bags

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These are adorable! This set consists of two small makeup bags, one has ‘best’ and the other has ‘chums’ printed on the front. I love the colour scheme and would make a lovely gift for your best chummy!

Body cream and spritz gift set

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The packaging alone is so pretty and inspired by brown paper packages tied up with string. The set includes the ‘Ginger Cream’ body lotion and ‘Bake My Day’ body spritz. This makes the perfect little treat for a friend or for yourself!

Spa in a jar

Apparently this is a sample product but it’s cute either way! The pamper set comes with a soft flannel with ‘Zoella’ on the front, a mini body lotion and mini shower gel.

Shower gel bauble

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A really cute idea; lots of pretty shower gel and beautifully festive! The gold gel and stripy candy cane ribbon just screams CHRISTMAS! Not a decoration for the Christmas tree but a lovely treat for your shower.

Hand cream

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Although I haven’t tried any of the hand creams from any of the ranges, I’ve heard good things. The packaging is lovely and I’m sure it smells amazing.

Set of two lip balms

This set contains one lip balm that smells of gingerbread and the other smells of vanilla…I’m drooling!

Gingerbread bath fizzers

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The bath fizzers in previous ranges were a huge success and it only makes sense to bring out more! This set of three are not only gingerbread scented but gingerbread man shaped…Super cute and the candy cane bow is everything!

Body spritz set

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This one is super exciting as it contains all four scents in spritz form. The collection is called, ‘Secret Scenta’ and contains ‘Blissful Missful’, ‘Let’s Spritz’, ‘Sweet Inspirations’ and ‘Bake My Day’. All are in miniature bottles and are one of my favourite collections from the range.

Cracker gift set

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A lovely set full of minis, altogether the set contains a lip balm which is exclusive to this set, a body lotion, shower gel and hand cream. The crackers also come with bad jokes which is genius!

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Travel gift set

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This adorable set contains a full size hand cream, body wash, body cream and a bath lily. There is also a gold tag which has a nice quote on the front and a space on the back to write your details on. I really love this one, mainly as it would be cute seeing people travelling with it!

Gift hamper

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Look how pretty this is!! This is a gorgeous set and the hamper can be used for picnics! This set contains an exclusive cosmetic purse, body wash, body lotion, hand cream, fizz bar and gingerbread bath salts. Really lovely for a Zoella fan and picnic enthusiast!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are just as excited for Christmas as I am!

Love Soph.

Primark Wish List

Hello all! As we know, I’m partial to a cheeky wish list, so here are a few things I like the look of from Primark. Enjoy!

Blush Sunday Slogan Jumper

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Grey Slogan Paris Jumper

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Both of these are perfect for lounging in, rainy days and walking the pooch!

White Off The Shoulder Top

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White Mickey Mouse Body

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Realistically, I have no idea when I’d wear this or what with but it’s adorable!

Light Blue Ripped Jeans

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I don’t own many pairs of jeans but I’m starting to wear them more often so another pair to add to the collection would be fab. I love this colour and they look pretty comfy.

White PU Ballerina Pump

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Grey Minimalist Backpack

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Black Mini Cross Body Bag

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Red Apple Snow White Bag

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How adorable! Again, not sure what occasion would call for this but I’d make it work!

White Cross Body Bag

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Black Structured Winged Bag

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Elephant Pendant Necklace

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This is super cute and the chain looks fairly long which is nice to dress up a plain top.

Pearl Effect Round Sunglasses

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Turquoise Elastic Back Workout Vest

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Grey Printed Workout Crop Top

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Black Workout leggings

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You need to be comfy when exercising and I don’t have any full length, plain black bottoms so these would be perfect!

Black Metallic Mesh Trainer

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I am in desperate need of new trainers and these look quite pretty and black goes with everything.

White Harry Potter Muggles Top

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This is so cool and I need (want) more cosy pj tops.

Black Harry Potter Shorts

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Black Ariel Mermaid Leggings

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Black Finding Dory Leggings

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White Paisley Print Pyjama Shorts

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I love these shorts, they’re so pretty, really dainty and I LOVE the colours and print.

Gabriella Spotty A5 Notebook

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I love supporting YouTubers and Gabby is one of my favorites, unfortunately the last lot of her merchandise wasn’t in any of the Primark stores near me. Fingers crossed this time though!

Gabriella Pom Pom Pen

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post and it has given you some inspiration for your next shopping trip!

Love Soph.