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September’s reading list

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

I was in the airport on the way home to Ireland and decided to stock up on some non-fiction books. Having a bit of a break from novels right now in favour of biographies.
I just finished reading Born Survivors and it is, hands down, the most moving book I have read to date.

It is the story of three pregnant Jewish women, who all escaped death and the horrors of Auschwitz towards the end of the second world war by hiding their condition. It is hard to read at times and really horrifying to learn what these women went through. Their babies survived (unbelievably) so it is a story of triumph through adversity. Highly recommended. Go read it!

Currently reading Wild Swans, then on to The Crossing.

Anyone have any non-fiction recommendations?



Ombré refresh – Taylor Taylor

I was recently introduced to Taylor Taylor by a friend as ‘the’ place to go to for a hair upgrade. I did some Instagram stalking and found Samantha Cusack who is the balayage/ombré queen. 

Sam is based at the Notting Hill branch of Taylor Taylor. A little trek to get to from Clapham but so worth it. The salon itself is really airy and modern. The downstairs sink area is really chilled out (gold and black decor), complete with massage chairs. Complimentary drinks on tap from espresso martinis to hot chocolate. Outside passers by go to and from the bustling market, creating a real buzz about the place. Price wise it’s reasonable (I normally pay more at other salons so I’m happy!)

I went in for an ombré refresh (armed with some hair inspo from blogger Cara Loren)

Here’s how my hair turned out:





Nutella Cheesecake


Cheesecake and Nutella are two of my favourite things… Combine them both and I’m basically in food heaven.

I’m home in Ireland this weekend so decided to make an indulgent dessert. Nigella Lawson has a great recipe – so easy to follow, doesn’t take long to make and tastes delicious! 

This no-bake cheesecake takes about 30 mins to prepare, and 4 hours to chill in the fridge.


  • 250 grams digestive biscuits
  • 75 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 1 x 400 grams jar Nutella (at room temperature)
  • 100 grams chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 500 grams cream cheese (at room temperature) – I used Philadelphia Light Cheese
  • 60 grams icing sugar (sifted)


  1. Break the digestives into the bowl of a processor, add the butter and a 15ml tablespoon of Nutella, and blitz until it starts to clump. Add 25g/3 tablespoons of the hazelnuts and continue to pulse until you have a damp, sandy mixture.
  2. Tip into a 23cm/9inch round springform and press into the base either using your hands or the back of a spoon. Place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Beat the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth and then add the remaining Nutella to the cream cheese mixture, and continue beating until combined.
  4. Take the springform out of the fridge and carefully smooth the Nutella mixture over the base. Scatter the remaining chopped hazelnuts on top to cover and place the tin in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight. Serve straight from the fridge for best results.




Topshop bikini splurge

I can’t wait for warmer weather and sunkissed limbs!

The clocks (and my shopping habits!) are officially in summer time.


This summer I’m planning a few little getaways so am already thinking about bikinis. 

I bought these three from Topshop:


Which is your favourite? 

I love the colour and style of the middle one!




Nike Air Max 1 Ultra – City Collection

My new trainers arrived today!

The Nike Air Max 1 Ultra City  Collection is influenced by distinct style capitals — London, Milan, New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo — each home to passionate running populations.

I went for the New York design because New York is my home from home. No, not really. I just wear a lot of black so these will go with more outfits. Simples!

The Air Max 1 Ultra extends the Air Max family tree. It features a completely new outsole that uses less material than the original for dramatically improved flexibility and reduced weight.

I got size 2.5 UK as I have tiny feet. They feel great on! Price was £160.

These are the other styles in the collection:

You can check out the details HERE

Which ones are your favourite?



Some Topshop buys 

Online shopping. Yes. That thing you do while hiding under the duvet, absentmindedly adding things to your basket. Then… BAM! You’ve spent £100000000000!

I did get this killer T-Rex jumper though!

… And also some high-waisted jeans. I love Topshop jeans from the petite section because they actually fit my teeny tiny stump legs. Joys!



Quinoa stuffed peppers

I made these yesterday. Haven’t used quinoa much in cooking before but absolutely loved this dish!  

Quinoa is a fantastic wheat-free alternative to rice. It also packs a punch when it comes to protein!

A 100g serving of quinoa provides:

 368 calories

14g protein    6g fat     64g carbohydrate 7g fibre     

Anyways, the stuffed peppers were easy enough to make. About 25 mins prep time and then 50-60 mins in the oven. I made quite a few and then just froze the leftover peppers.

I didn’t follow any strict recipe and added bits as I went along but below is a rough guide as to how I made mine.


  • Large peppers (5)
  • 200g quinoa 
  • 6 chopped cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 chopped white onion
  • A cup of spinach 
  • 14 chopped button mushrooms
  • Handful of mint and parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of tomatoe and chilli pesto 
  • 1 tsp of tumeric 
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Cheese to top
  • Black pepper and salt to tast


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  • For the filling: Fry the onions in oil for 3 minutes. Then add in the garlic, mushrooms, spinach and baby tomatoes. Add in the parsley and mint at the end.
  • Quinoa: Rinse before use. To cook quinoa, simply stir it into boiling water or broth, cover and simmer over low heat until done. The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. It takes about 15 minutes. You can also get microwaveable quinoa too!
  • Cut the tops of the peppers and core out the insides, getting rid of any seeds. 
  • Combine the quinoa and veg mix, add black pepper and salt to taste. Pack the mixture into the peppers and top with some cheese. Place the top of the pepper on top (like a little hat!).
  • Wrap the peppers in tinfoil and bake on a baking tray in the oven for 50-60 mins until the peppers are soft and juicy.

Tip: Not all of my peppers would stand as they had uneven bottoms (doh!) – they were fine once I wrapped them in tinfoil though. If your peppers are really uneven you can always cut them lengthways. 

This is one I froze that I am having for dinner today! So hungry as I write this…






Another day, another dinosaur.

I really want it in gold too!

Inspired by the dinosaur at the Natural History Museum, which hangs from a hand-beaded strand of seed beads. It’s reversible, so you can wear it facing either way, and length adjustable for the ideal fit.

From Tatty Devine 



Just do it

I bought some new Nike gym bits today. 

Slight Nike obsession.

 Everything from Nike at ASOS and trainers from Nike store in Oxford Circus.



Tatty Devine 

I was pottering around Selfridges the other day… Quite aimlessly really, in a post payday haze where all of London feels rich for a few days. £££

I came to the Tatty Devine stand and was eyeing up their dinosaur necklaces. Standard.

They had these really cute little speech bubble necklaces that said things like “queen bee”, “tweet, sleep, blog, repeat” and “I’ll take two sugars”. 

I spotted one that said “I’m not antisocial, I just like cats” and was all ready to buy it when the girl behind the counter informed me that I could get anything I wanted put on it. ANYTHING I wanted. The choice was infinite.

When I decided what to get, I told the girl and tried not to look like a complete weirdo: “I just love mint and dinosaurs”.

I mean who doesn’t?!

All this for £30… Not too shabby at all!

What would you get on your speech bubble?




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