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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?



Neon nails


Yesterday I decided to go for neon yellow and grey shellac nails… I think I was a bit too excited about my new trainers!


I got my nails done by Roxy at So:Me in Clapham North.


Nike zoom fit agility trainers

I visited the Nike store on Oxford street today and had to stop myself buying the entire third floor.


I’ve been looking for new trainers for a while – my criteria being:
1. They must be bright
2. They must be suitable for gym and dance workouts

You would think it’s not too much to ask but I kept seeing amazing trainers for running… And while they looked unreal (check out their flyknit range!), they weren’t exactly suitable for my workouts.

After much searching and testing out, I bought these neon yellow Nike Zoom Fit Agility trainers (£100) – they combine the feel of natural motion with responsive cushioning for flexible impact protection designed specifically for gym workouts.

I am slightly in love.

Already excited to go to the gym tomorrow to try them out!




What are your favourite trainers for the gym?


Nutella recipes

I love Nutella. Obsessively love it.


I had it spread thickly on my sandwiches all through primary school (or thinly if made by my dad!). I refused to have standard ham & cheese sandwiches – vegetarian in the making.

Nowadays I have to stop myself eating an entire tub and limit myself to having it only on weekends or cheat day. Trying to be fit innit.

Recently I bought the Nutella Recipe Book. Swoon! Picked it up in Urban Outfitters.


This weekend I tried out the Mini Coconut Palmiers – although the I forgot to buy a key ingredient… Shredded coconut. Doh!

230g ready rolled puff pastry
150g (half cup) Nutella
3 tbsp shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Unroll the pastry and spread with Nutella

Roll one side of the pastry in towards the centre, then the other side so the two rolls meet in the middle


Place in the freezer for 30 mins to make it easier to cut

Cut the rolled up pastry into slices, roughly 1/4 inch thick and place on a baking tray covered in baking paper


Bake for 15 mins. Halfway through baking sprinkle with shredded coconut


Next I will attempt something tricker from the book!



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