Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5 Ways I Changed My Mindset | Lifestyle

Photographer: Siobhan, Bag: Marc B, Jacket: ASOS
It's taken me so may attempts to finally figure out how I wanted to introduce this post, so thought I'd start from the beginning of this mindful journey I've experienced and still experiencing.

Since January my life has changed in multiple ways. I started a new job which has had a huge impact on my quality of life, and how I now actually have spare time and freedom. My health has improved dramatically (with the occasional flare) because I have time to take care of myself. I actually plan, prep, experiment with food so much more as diet is so important to my IBD. I don't have excessive stress anymore which actually prevented me from eating and caused severe anxiety. As well as those factors,I lost a very close family member not long ago. It's always such a hard time in your life when you lose someone, and that was really the moment that made me rethink health and me, myself and I. 

I started being a lot more mindful and put a great deal of focus into who I was surrounding myself with, how I was spending my spare time and what I was doing to allow me to feel the best I could feel. When reflecting on the first half of the year, it was very clear to me the steps I'd taken to feel pretty content with myself and life in the now.

1: Instead of if, it's when - This is undoubtably number one for me. Actually believing in myself and saying when instead of if, has given me some sort of boost and sends positive vibes through my body every time. Expressing that self belief to yourself and to others has tremendous strength to allow all those negative blocks to disappear. Have faith in yourself, believe you can do it because you can do anything you put your mind to.

2: Getting physical- Having previously been dancing or taking part in dance or theatre dramatics everyday for the last 6 years, it's had a huge impact on me now office based and the level of daily movement I take part in and how that makes me feel. Creating a little timetable and following those Insta profiles that totally inspire me, has meant I can focus on keeping my fitness up instead of allowing myself to get ill and weak (as remaining active is vital for keeping my fatigue away and my arthritis). As I'm starting to see the first signs of results, it's giving me that extra boost to carry on and to not look back to when I was suffering and being a frail self conscious person I used to be. I'm getting that booty and new definition means having to buy some new clothes. Yes to being strong!

3: Your vibe attracts your tribe - I want nothing more than to be around fun, kind, positive, passionate, creative and inspiring people. For me to attract those people I knew I had to present myself in a certain way. I've always been that person who constantly smiles, it's just something I seem to have zero control over but it doesn't stop at just smiling at people does it? I take steps back out of conversations making sure I think about how I present myself and how I speak about different things. In the past because of being in quite a negative environment and place within myself and the people I was with, I would always have something to moan about or not be happy about. And that my friends is not a fun person to be around. Looking back and comparing, I'm so content and have some great people around me. 

4: The Law of Attraction- I have to give credit to the lovely Charlotte Jonsie for sharing her findings when it comes to the Law of attraction. The evening after Charlotte explained how she was following the book The Secret, and changing her outlook towards things I knew I had to have some of that. I started researching that night and fell totally into the idea of The Law Of Attraction. People like Emma Mumford have some great videos on this and how she has manifested some amazing things in her life, and I very much insist you go over and check them out. 

5: The small things- Evenings in, movie nights, coffee dates, family catch ups I do more often now, and couldn't be more happy with he balance of this. Not making time for those small things made me not have those close emotional moments I needed to get that connection with loved ones. You don't always have to go somewhere specific, pay money to see something or do something to have a lovely time that'll remain a memory and bring happiness to you. Life got too busy and my priorities were shot and didn't do any of the above really for the last few years. Comparing now to then it's the complete opposite.

Of course my life isn't perfect, and by no means am I saying that if you follow these five steps you'll be happier. These are just five things that have had a huge impact on my life and would love to open peoples thoughts towards being more mindful. 

Happy Sunday loves

xoxo

Saturday, July 8, 2017

My Fav Gluten Free, Vegan Pancake Recipes


When I think of pancakes I think of the words delicious, fun, filling and addicted. I'm one of those that can't go a week without having pancakes at least once, honestly I eat them so much. It's one of those meals that can be played around with so much, with the combinations and possibilities being endless. 


I like to not only experiment with my toppings but also with the way I make the pancakes, as on of my food goals is to find the perfect recipe for the perfect stack. So, one Sunday morning at the parents house I held a pancake morning and had them as my taste testers.


Recipe 1: Berry adaptation of Naturally Stephanie's pancake recipe

 1 1/4 cup oats (I used GF)
 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 1/4 cup plant based milk
 1/2 banana
Fresh Berries
Dark Choc Chips 
I blend up all the ingredients in a NutriBullet or any food processor and BOOM! It's as easy as that. 



The feedback from the fam for recipe number one was that the inside was a little too gooey compared to the outside where it was quite crispy. Now remember that these guys (apart from my sister) can eat normally, so they're used to the normal texture of pancakes. I enjoy this recipe as I find it easy to include protein powder without it throwing the recipe off. This recipe makes a light American style stack that actually isn't too heavy and stodgy. But a little advice, keep the hob low and cook slowly. If you whack the heat up on the hob and try to cook them too quickly, then the middle won't be done and it'll be a gooey inside.



Recipe 2: My adaptation of good old Jamie Olivers pancake recipe 

  • 3 ripe bananas (Mashed up)
  • 115 g plain flour (I used GF)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder 
  • 140 ml milk (I used almond)




I'm a sucker for anything peanut related, so already having a berry stack meant that I could bust out one of my favourite topping combos. Because I go through so much nut butter, I like to buy quite a few different ones and I'm so into using the powdered ones right now. They claim to have less fat but keeping that same taste and protein. Honestly, the taste isn't the same but it is definitely revolutionary as having a peanut butter sauce over your pancakes has changed my pancake life!



This stack is super high is protein and good fats with peanut butter, pumpkin seeds and crumbled Trek bar on top. Right now this is my go to on a Saturday as I weight train and love a good dense breakfast. It's a winner with the men too with my dad and the boyf loving this combo a lot. 

In terms of the pancake quality in comparison to the other, the fam preferred the overall texture to this. Probably as the recipe is the closest to a traditional pancake recipe (with just one substitute of the egg with banana). The outside of the pancake doesn't really go crispy and the texture throughout is pretty samey. 


Right, it's pancake time for me seen as it's Saturday morning. I'd love to know if you try these out, and whether or not you have a go to recipe that's different to my favs. 

Have a great weekend!

xoxo





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Busting Out My Timeless River Island Playsuit | Spain OOTD


We all have those items of clothing that we just keep year after year. Or is that just me? It's typical hoarder behaviour, however proves to be beneficial as fashion seems to do one massive circle and when that holiday period comes back around your sorted. This playsuit has been there for me when I need a simple evening get up to hit to dance floor, and an easy day to night holiday outfit. It's just so great to have in the wardrobe and the quality means that it's got even more life left in it. 



This day was a pretty warm one, so having something I was going to spend the evening in and felt comfortable in was vital. Just simply changing up the bag and shoes completely alters the whole look.  


Lipstick: Glo & Ray
Playsuit: River Island (old) Similar 
Bag: Whistles
Shoes: Primark


I'll forever be a fan of a monochrome outfit, or one that is simple with minimum factors to it especially when on holiday. The combination of the red lipstick and the metallic bag help to brighten up the black and keep it fun and light. For me I'm not a die hard River Island fan, but when I do find something from them it's for sure a keeper. Seeing fashion bloggers all over Instagram sharing their RI recent finds is making me want to find my next  key item. 

Do you keep certain clothes for years? Or are you a frequent clothing turn around kind of person? 

xoxo

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Floral Bardot | Spain OOTD

Jaide Poppy

Every year I get out the same bag of summer clothes and add a few new pieces into the group, just to spice it up a bit and don't know about you but Primark is an obvious place to hit up. Being cheap, stocks current on trend items and tbf, the quality isn't that bad for what you pay. 

I really wish I could link my Primark clothes on here for you as I love this dress. The colours, the pattern and the fit is perfect. I wore this on an evening when my prickly heat was really bad and felt a bit self conscious. Comparison is a b***h and I'm a sucker and let myself do it often, maybe too often. Seeing all these beaut ladies on Insta in their bikinis with their perfect figures and perfect tans makes the pale English rose that I am feel kinda down. But having said this, this Bardot dress actually helped me to forget that around my chest and tops of my arms and enjoy the evening. 

Jaide Poppy

I'm sorry to break this to you, but the white bag is super old and from good old Primark. The whole wicker bag trend is booming right now and there's my mum telling me to sort through my hoarding stash. I love it and keeps my camera, purse and phone safe and sound. 

As you may already know I'm a huge Matalan convert and am pretty in love with their stuff right now. These shoes are one of my latest bargains. Tan, tie up and have that summer feel so I was one happy Jaide when I saw them for only £8! Like say what?!? I had my eyes on a pair incredibly similar from Marks & Spencer but never got round to buying them. But two days before I was supposed to jump on that plane I made a mad rush to Matalan, spotted them and had the biggest Cheshire Cat smile ever. 

Of course my earrings are the Jewellery Box hoops that I AM OBSESSED WITH and they are in my ears most days. 

Jaide Poppy

Every time I edit these holiday OOTD posts it makes me miss the holiday more and more. That chill life where you have no care or worries apart from when you'll next eat and drink. Isn't it just bliss? But hey ho here's to the next trip..... where shall I go? I'm thinking either Dublin or Amsterdam in the next couple of months. Vote in the comments!

Mwah
xoxo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

As seen in press Matalan leaf print dress | Spain OOTD


By far my favourite outfit whilst I was away, and I'm pretty sure I don't even need to explain why. 

Matalan for me has really transitioned from when I was around 16 and my mum would drag me round and I wouldn't find a thing. Now I go in there and have the ability to fill an entire trolly. They're on fire right now and this being one of my top picks from the holiday clothing they have currently have in store right. The fact this dress has been seen in the press might mean that it's going to be hard to nab so if you see it, get it!


Dress: Matalan
Bag: Whistles
Mules: Primark


Long, floaty and tropical, this dress makes for a perfect evening outfit when the weathers 'hot hot hot'. You know those outfits that make you feel good and you walk (maybe strut) around feeling great? Well, this was definitely one of those. 

I just love everything about it. The print is right up my street as I'm a serious greenery lover with a jungle as a home so suited me to the ground. It was exactly what I wanted for an evening at an a la carte restaurant whilst on holiday, and as someone who gets burnt easily and suffers with prickly heat it was V nice to air the body if you know what I mean.



Perfect in every way this dress even matched my surroundings, and hair! Affordable on the purse strings and even great to wear at a family BBQ in the UK right now what with this heatwave! I couldn't big up this dress anymore than I have a already tried, but honestly this is a 10/10 from me. 

Happy hump day babes
xoxo

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dreamland launch on a beaut day in Margate | Lifestyle


The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the re-launch of Dreamland Margate. After having money pumped in and reopened last year (and I did a blog post here), the theme park has had even more funding to make it even more amazing. And I have to say, I was really taken back when I walked through the entrance as to how incredible this place had become.

Myself and Siobhan attended the evening as press and were kindly given drinks tokens, food tokens and a ride wristband for us to be able to experience everything on offer and share with you guys. Every now and again I had to remind myself that I was in Margate as I often found myself drift into a state that I find myself in when at a festival or abroad. The atmosphere was fun, safe and exciting with bright colours and performance artists everywhere. So here's a few pictures I took from the re-launch and defo go and watch Siobhans video


As well as the attractions and eye catching installations that were there last year, there were even more bright and fun things to see and do. Performance artists were greeting you at the entrance and moving around the park on micro scooters. It just added to the overall feel and helped the environment to remain buzzing. 



Artist Tracey Emin turned the new Dreamland sign on and once inside the oldest surviving theme park in country, even more quirky signs and large letters were spread around the site which are all so Instagram worthy. We both found ourselves snapping every few steps and constantly stopping to get that gram candid shot. 



Now on to a topic I'm super passionate about........food. In terms of free from and vegan food etc, there were two huts to actually advertise those diet requirements. All of the other foods I found to be fast food and meat orientated, like fish and chips, hot dogs etc. This next comment isn't just aimed at Dreamland but most places like this. Even though there's a boom in the healthy food industry and everyone and their mum has an allergy or has some sort of requirement, so you'd think there would be a wide range of different types of food in these places. I was happy to see one hut displaying what is classed as healthy food and then a candy floss hut which was freeform as you know, it's just sugar. 




I had even more fun this time round in comparison to last year. Having visited this theme park since I was so young and spent hours going back and forth from the Skymaster to the Waltzers, it was fantastic to experience the park again. BTW local peeps, who remembers Skymaster? Loved that ride!

Something that Dreamland has brought in this time thats a new edition is the capacity to hold live music events. Bands such as The Gorillaz have already played there which was a sell out. I'm yet to experience this quality that Dreamland has, but it's something I'll definitely do when the right band is there. 



Justauniform , Jaide Poppy and Peony Vintage


As the sun set on what was a day filled with laughter, drinks, being tapped by papers and interviewed by the BBC I felt so happy that somewhere like Dreamland had been given some TLC. This is exactly what it's needed and I urge you all to head down during the summer for a fun filled day or weekend away. Obv let me know if you go and holla at me on twitter or insta and we could meet up!

xoxo

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

H&M monochrome dots and frills | Spain OOTD


When you scroll through pictures and get those holiday blues because you miss the sun so bad? Yeah that's been me for the past week now since coming back from Spain. For those of you who don't know I had a week staying at my friends house just to chill. Literally all we did was swim, chill, eat, drink Spanish gin and spent quality time together. I had one of the best weeks and am missing the sunshine and easy life so much, but am reliving the magic through my pictures and wanted to show you some of the outfits I wore whilst on holiday. Enter my go to summer dress that was cheap as chips!!



This dress is so easy to wear and to style. Its stretchy material makes for a super comfortable item thats perfect for hot weather, and great for both day and night. The slightly elasticated waist nips into the smallest part of your body so it's really flattering. 

Dress: H&M
Mules: Primark
Bag: Whistles
Lipstick: Glo & Ray
Hoops: Jewellery Box


Although this isn't the most colourful outfit, I love a simple monochrome get up with a pop of colour in terms of the red lip and believe it can have as much impact as an in your face colourful outfit. Adding this little clutch bag was a great idea looking back as it looked great in the sun and helped to brighten the overall look up, instead of being flat and could of come across quite dull. 

These mules are my first ever pair and I'm so in love with them. Primark, you did good as per! Not having to wear shoes in so that they don't hurt or blister you is amazing. I don't know about you, but I always buy a few news items for my holidays and never think about wearing things in. On the first night I popped these bad boys on, found them to be incredibly comfortable so wore them most nights. I went for grey because they didn't actually have my size in the powder blue (sad I know) but I know I'l wear these lots now I'm back in the UK. 


If you follow me on Instagram you would of seen this dress on me when I attended the Dreamland re-launch, and it won't be the last time you see this either. Because the weather in the UK is pretty good right now (keep your fingers crossed) I will continue to bust this bad boy out and play around with different ways of styling. Maybe try out different lip colours, accessories and what not to give it different looks. 

So that was outfit one from my Spain holiday. Another will be up on Friday and then a mini vlog, and what I ate will be up Sunday. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on wearing monochrome on holiday. Lots of people I've spoken to actually say that they don't really take black or grey clothing with them on holiday, so I'm really interested to find out. 

Muchos love

xoxo


Monday, June 12, 2017

I did a 3 day juice cleanse with Little Pep | Food / Lifestyle


Whether you have IBD or not, a juice cleanse is a good idea. After suffering for a good month or so with symptom after symptom and looking around 6 months pregnant, I had had enough. I normally strip back my food intake and go minimal and plain with a large smoothie for breakfast or dinner, but this time I felt like I needed to do something a bit more intense and full on. Enter Little Pep

After a good friend recommended that I give this a go, I contacted Sherry at Little Pep straight away. I firstly wanted to see whether or not something like her 3 day cleanse could be completed even with my silly allergies to a lot of things. She was so accommodating and jiggled around some of her juices to suit me. For example, the ginger shot you have to take to start the day normally has a base of apple, so she swapped that for pineapple for me. 


Day 1 - I collected my juices first thing in the morning and had a bit of a chat with Sherry where she went through the possible side affects, and also what to do and what not to do. Feeling pumped and ready to go I was more excited than anything. All of the juices tasted amazing (honestly they really did) and even the ginger shot was enjoyable and really does give you a kick. 

Because I'm a late eater, I decided to move the times to an hour later than originally planned which I was given the ok to do. My juice times were as follows:

7am - 1 pint of water

10:50am - Ginger shot 

11am - Juice 1 

2pm - Juice 2

5pm - Juice 3 

8pm - Juice 4



Day 2 - Pass The Parsnip was my favourite of all the juices with parsnip, honeydew melon, pineapple and more, I was in my element. Sherry had warned me that people struggle with day two but I think because I enjoyed the morning juice somuch, I looked forward to the day ahead. 

In terms of side effects I definitely started to experience signs of fatigue and had an on-off headache. These are very common symptoms in people doing a juice cleanse so I wasn't too concerned.  I also started to get itchy feet at about 9pm as I have such a sweet tooth, so I made a camomile tea with a teaspoon of maple. And before anyone says anything it was on the sheet so I was allowed it (sticks tongue out like a child). 


Day 3 - The last day of my cleanse was officially the start to my holiday. I struggled with a capital S for many reasons. The first two of the day of course tasted delicious, but by 5pm I had finished work and the excitement had kicked in. When I got home Tony had made a pizza to take for the journey and to eat at the hotel. The smell of dough and vegetables was just so intense and my gut was longing for it (of course I couldn't have eaten it because it had cheese on it) but it smelt amazing. 

I thrive off limitations and challenging myself which is why I knew I could get through a 3 day juice cleanse. Even though I wanted a pizza I resisted temptation, and when everyone was celebrating the start of the holiday with a gin and tonic, I had a herbal tea. 




The day after - In a way the juice cleanse continues for an extra day. You're advised to stick with raw food the day after, so things like fruit and salads. Cooked food straight after a cleanse like this can make your stomach really unhappy. I found this really easy as I had landed in Spain and was surrounded by fresh delicious fruits and veggies ('What I ate in Spain' vlog is going live on Sunday). 

Overall I loved doing this. I did feel fresh, light and my stomach felt so calm compared to how it had been over the past few weeks. In a way, I find that liquid meals help my body and digestive system to restart. It was exactly what I needed before my holiday, as getting into a bikini with flare stomach isn't really what I wanted to rock. 

If you ever come down to South Kent I urge you to head over to Sherry at Little Pep on Herne Bay Pier. She doesn't just offer excellent service with her juices, but also offers nutritious lunches, snacks and more. 

I'd love to know whether or not you've done a juice or smoothie cleanse before, how you found it and also whether or not I've helped inspire you to give it a go and get those nutrients in. 

xoxo

Monday, May 22, 2017

Healthy RAW "Snickers cheesecake"


Scrolling through Pinterest and pinning all of the recipes that call themselves healthy versions of naughty treats is a huge past time of mine. I saw a recipe for a 'Healthy Snickers' and decided to give it a go and make some little adjustments to make it my own. 



I'm not supposed to have dates, but I can have a few on a good day so this recipe was mostly created for my family and friends. More experimenting needs to happen for me to find a complete replacement for them so I can eat it all! 

Ingredients and measurements:

Bottom layer
  • 150g dates 
  • 150g pecans 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 

"Cheese" layer

  • 300g soaked and drained cashews 
  • 1/2 tin of reduced fat coconut milk 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
Caramel sauce 

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
Chocolate sauce

  • As much as I wanted *hides face 

Toppings

  • 2 handfuls of almonds (chopped into small pieces)
  • 2 handfuls of hazelnuts (chopped into small pieces)



Step 1 |

Blitz up your base layer ingredients. I like to do it in bursts so that you still have some good sized chunks in the mix. I like a variety and more of a wide range of sized pieces of nut. In a lined brownie tray, push the mixture down with your hands and pop in the fridge to set. I put this in the freezer to set quicker!


Step 2 |

Stir up your caramel sauce ingredients together until all has combined. Make sure to give it a good mix to ensure no separation occurs as I found this to happen the first time I trialed this. Also, taste it and add some more maple if it's not sweet enough. Once done you can set it aside making sure to stir it every now and again until you use it. 



Step 3 |

Throw all your "cheese" ingredients into your food processor and wiz until it's smooth as. I found this took quite a while as I hadn't soaked the cashews enough, and having lumps and bits in this section just isn't good. Again, depending on your taste this can be a bit too nutty, so maybe experimenting with some sweetner (whatever you normally like to use) to lighten the nutty taste. I personally love anything nutty so no additional things were put in for the one pictured. 

* Pictured below is halfway through the blitz, and you can clearly see some lumps.


Step 4 |

Take the base out of the fridge or freezer and poor the "cheese" topping on top. I like to make mine as smooth and even as possible, and use my cake icing tool for that but as you can it doesn't go completely smooth. 

The below pictures are showing the time when I didn't put it back in the fridge/freezer. this meant that the "cheese" topping 



Step 5 |

Sprinkle any topping you want. You could go for some chocolate chunks or stick with nuts like what I did. I went for a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts because they're my fav, and the mix of the two is honestly a taste sensation. 

To make it more "Snickers" kind of creation, I bought a bottle of some Sweet Freedom. You can of course you can make your own from scratch, but I saw this in the cupboard and thought I'd try it out. It's all natural and no horrible refined ingredients! 





This is honestly one of the nicest deserts I've made, and got some great feedback from friends and family. I already have something to want to experiment further with, and that's the base. I want to make it thicker and crunchier so am going to try out a vegan shortbread base and see how that goes. Of course i'll let you guys know how it goes!



So, if you're trying to eat healthier or going to a dinner party and want to take something with you that's a healthier alternative, then this is a great recipe for you. It's of course going to be high in fat (good fats) because of all the nuts and nut butter used, but when it's split into servings per person it's fine. I know some people are really scared of eating too much fat but it's all about balance. Don't forget that. 

Let me know what you think and whether you give it a go. I'm already excited to recreate this again this weekend for my sisters birthday, so make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my insta stories. Keep your recipe suggestions coming! More recipes are on the way for you!

Much love and have a fabulous week!

xoxo