Saturday, 3 October 2015

Borobudur | A Magical Place

Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist Temple, located in Central Java. If you've been following my Instagram, you'll know that I've recently returned from travelling around Indonesia including Lombok, Bali and Java. Java was our last stop in Indonesia, and we were lucky enough to stay in a small village called Borobudur, which is surrounded by rice paddies but most importantly home to one of the most magical places I have been; Borobudur Temple.

We were told the best time to visit is at sunrise, so we woke up at around 4am and made our way. The temple, built in the 9th century, consists of nine platforms each decorated beautifully. We climbed the steep stairs up and as we reached the top platforms we noticed we were surrounded by stone domes that almost look like upside down bells. Eager to find a good spot for the sunrise, we carried on to the top to join the many other people.

It was the most stunning view I have ever seen, made even better by the bright red sun peeping through the mountains and bringing life to the vast fields and palm tree forests below that were eerily submerged by fluffy clouds. 

It wasn't until after the sun rose, that I realised inside each of those 'upside down bells' was a Buddha statue. We peered through the holes to see the details of the statues. It's unbelievable to think this temple was built in the 9th century! I felt deeply peaceful at Borobudur temple and felt a real connection. We continued to explore the lower platforms that have beautiful stone carvings on the walls that tell stories. Apparently Buddhist students walk around each platform at least twice to read the stories carved in the walls.

After a magical morning, we returned to our hotel where each room is provided with a small box of watercolour paints, a paintbrush and paper. I felt inspired to paint a Buddha statue from Borobudur Temple. You'd think from the amount of mess I made that I'd have created a masterpiece! Unfortunately it appears not...

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Favourite Store | Brandy Melville

Recently I’ve been loving the shop, Brandy Melville. It’s an American brand but has also branched out to London. I first discovered it in LA when I bought a few too many things meaning I had to sit on my suitcase to squeeze it all in to bring it home!

To fit in with my ‘Favourite Stores’ video series I have on my YouTube channel, I bought a whole outfit from the London shop on the Kings Road. The first thing I spotted was this black floral cami dress. It’s very loose fitting with a ‘one size fits all’ rule that runs throughout the store. Although quite a summery piece, I think it goes really well with the military style jacket over the top to make it more appropriate for Autumn. 

My new favourite obsession is the tan satchel. I’ve been on the hunt for a satchel for a while and this is by far the best one I’ve found. It’s the perfect size and looks a little worn rather than looking brand new. To accessorise I added a stone necklace with a leather bracelet and simple gold band bracelet, which I layered on one wrist.

Unfortunately Brandy Melville don’t sell shoes, so I couldn’t put together a full ‘head to toe’ outfit but I did pair it with some of my favourite flat shoes from Kurt Geiger.

You can find alternatives to the outfit items in the bars below or find the exact dress here and the jacket here.

Photography Credits | Suzi Ovens

 Watch the video here:

Sunday, 20 September 2015

5. What I Eat In A Day | RECIPES

Find my latest 'What I Eat In A Day' video at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate and Banana Porridge

Serves : 1
Time : Under 10 minutes


1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup Almond Milk or other milk alternative
1/2 cup Water
1 ripe Banana - save a few slices for the top
1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
1 heaped tsp Cacao Powder
Handful Blueberries

1. In a saucepan on a low heat, add the oats, water and milk.
2. Slice the banana straight into the pan, saving a few slices for the top at the end.
3. When the oats have thickened after about 4 minutes, add the vanilla powder and cacao powder.
4. Pour into a bowl and top with the remaining banana slices and blueberries.

Pear, Apple and Spinach Smoothie

Serves : 1
Time : 5 minutes


1 ripe Pear
1 Apple
2 handfuls Spinach
1 cup Coconut water or normal water

1. Roughly slice the pear and apple and add to a blender with the spinach and water.
2. Blend until smooth and pour into a glass.

Marinated Vegetable Kebabs with Noodles

Serves : 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are!)
Time : 1 hour


1 tbsp Brown Rice Miso
3 tbsp Tamari Soya Sauce
2 glugs Sesame Oil
1 Lemon, juiced
1 tbsp Fresh Ginger, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced

Vegetable Skewers:
10 Skewers
Noodles of choice - I prefer brown rice noodles or buckwheat noodles
2 small Courgettes
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Yellow Pepper
1 small Aubergine
1 Red Onion
Handful Mushrooms
Dozen Cherry Tomatoes

1. Start by mixing together all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Chop the vegetables into large 1 inch chunks (but leaving the mushrooms and cherry tomatoes whole). Add the vegetables to the marinade mixture as you go.
3. Once all the vegetables have been chopped and added to the bowl, stir and make sure everything is covered. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it marinade for at least 15 minutes in the fridge.
4. During this time, you could make the mango salsa (below).
5. Preheat the oven to 200C (or heat the grill or barbecue if you have one).
6. Skewer the vegetables and place on a baking tray and cook for 20-30 minutes. Keep the remaining marinade sauce!
7. Cook your chosen noodles according to the packet, and then mix into the remaining marinade sauce.
8. Serve the noodles on a plate with the vegetable kebabs on top. Serve with chunky mango salsa (below).

Chunky Spicy Mango Salsa

Serves : 2
Time : Under 10 minutes


1 ripe Mango
1 Lime, juiced
1 Spring/Salad onion
1 Red Chilli
6 Cherry Tomatoes
Handful Fresh Coriander

1. Chop the mango into chunks and squeeze the lime juice over the top in a bowl.
2. Use the back of a fork to gently mash the mango.
3. Chop the tomatoes, spring onion and chilli into chunks and add to the bowl.
4. Roughly chop the coriander and stir into the mango salsa.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Get Ready With Me | Products Used


For a recent special event, I filmed a 'Get Ready With Me' video on my YouTube channel - find below. I wore a blush pink, lace dress from Sandro with a black bow detail with a Mulberry 'Lily' bag in Ballet Pink and black wedges. I bought my shoes from a Spanish market earlier this year so unfortunately I can't provide a link to them, but I have linked everything else down below with shoe alternatives.


I rarely wear heavy makeup, but as it was a special event I wore my makeup a little heavier than usual. I used my new Hourglass foundation, which I'm in love with! It gives a flawless, natural finish. I also used my new Tom Ford lipstick in 'Twist Of Fate' for the first time. I love the coral, pink colour and think it went well with my outfit. Find most of my makeup products below. Go on, have a scroll!


I curled my hair using the NuMe wand. My hair wasn't really doing what I wanted it to! You know those kind of bad hair days - so I clipped the sides up with grips.


All the products I used are what I use on a daily basis. I started by using the Kate Somerville eye cream followed by the ESPA Pro Serum, which I couldn't live without! I then use a gentle moisturiser - the Kiehl's oil free lotion. Find all the products below.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Starting University | Outfit

For those of you who may be starting university this month, or even going back for another year, I've put this outfit together that I think would be perfect for you to wear on your first day.

The whole look is simple and comfortable, yet stylish.

I've also made a video including a makeup tutorial, advice on making friends and maintaining relationships, and decorating your room. Watch it below!

These are the makeup brushes I used to create the everyday, minimal makeup look:

I've found lots of similar items that I love so have a browse through them all below!