Saturday, 29 November 2014

What I'm (Kind of) Obsessed With

 One day, when I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across a post about Taylor Swift's new music video for Blank Space.
When Shake It Off first came out I loved the music video, so I thought I'd take a chance with this one.

It has an amazing story line (I know this is weird as it's a music video), and I think it has made me like the song a bit more than I should. Taylor Swift always gets her songs and videos just right, so they always get stuck in my head. In the music video she plays the crazy woman living in a huge house, and tempting men with her beauty. Somehow Taylor manages to pull of the psychotic girlfriend look... I haven't been able to get it out my head for the past week! 


Do go check it out, if you're a fan of that kind of music, and tell me what you think. I want to listen to more songs on the 1989 album - any recommendations?

What are you (kind of) obsessed with?

Love Sian xox 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Come Back Summer!

At the moment, Britain is in the annoying stage between Autumn and Winter - where the beautiful orange leaves are still on the trees but it is SO FREAKIN' COLD. My mum is trying to do the whole 'let's keep the heating off for as long as possible' thing, and I'm just sitting under my duvet freezing to death. The novelty of wearing big jumpers and drinking hot chocolate is starting to wear off, and now I just miss summer. So as a personal 'throwback', and to infuse some summer vibes back into my blog, here are some of my favourite photos from Summer.


A photo from an amazing week helping out at the Mother Teresa orphanage in Sri Lanka


Hyde Park in Summer is the best :)

First time Borris Biking around town!




Do you miss Summer?

Love Sian xox


Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Perfect Pamper Evening | 2014 Blogger Challenge

After a long stressful day at work or school, everyone needs a pamper evening. They're perfect to help you relax and treat yourself. Here are some personal tips to make you pamper evening perfect.


1) Run a bath
Even I - a person who usually prefers showers to baths - believe that baths are the key to a perfect pamper evening. They are so relaxing, and let you clear your mind. You can also light some candles and add a bath bomb to make your bath that more extra special. Play some relaxing music, and let yourself unwind. 

2) Light Candles
As I mentioned before, lighting some nice smelling candles can be the cure to relaxing your mind. The calming smell of incense can soften your senses. I have a few candles, and I use them especially for my pamper evenings, making the amazing smells special I guess! 

3) Use all those creams you never thought you'd use
I don't know about you, but on a standard school night, I never get to do my full evening routine. So the pamper evening is the perfect time to use those special creams you keep in the corner of your cupboard. This will make sure you come out of your bath feeling wonderful.

4) Get in your dressing gown
So now you're all moisturised and clean, what better to do than get into your soft, comfortable dressing gown. Secret to perfection.

5) Put on a movie
Snuggle on the sofa and put on your favourite movie. It will distract you from things on your mind, and give you some comfort. So settle down with a bar of chocolate, and live in the movie. A movie is the perfect end to your pamper evening. 

What's your perfect pamper evening?

Love Sian xox

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pancakes!

Recently, I've gained a new obsession with pancakes. After realising how easy and quick they are to make, there was no stopping me experimenting with new combinations of toppings and flavours. So if you're ever stuck with what to put on your pancakes, I've got a few things you should try out...



Ingredients
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of salt
You can also add some fruit to the mixture to make it more delicious from the start!

I know a 'cup' is an American unit of measurement, but it makes pancake making a lot quicker. I just use a standard sized mug, and fill it up to about 2 centimetres below the bottom. Any measuring container will do, as long as the proportions are the same for all the ingredients. 

Banana and Nutella
A nice chocolatey treat to start your day - to be honest you can't go wrong with nutella! I would also try strawberries with nutella - another perfect pair.

Strawberries and Blueberries
Two of my favourite fruits, put them together, and another divine combination. If you're not too much of a health freak, why not put some maple syrup or honey over the top?

Sugar and Lemon
I think this works slightly better with English pancakes (the thin ones) or crepes, but I've tried it with these pancakes and it's not half bad. If you're not a fan of fruit on your pancakes, then this is the combination for you.

Bacon and Maple Syrup
A combination I haven't tried yet, but I've heard that it is extremely delicious. And i'm always one for some bacon in the morning, so I'll report back when I do try this pair. 

What are your favourite pancake toppings?

Love Sian xox 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Top 4 Restaurants | 2014 Blogger Challenge

As I'm sure most of you do, I always love some good food. And over years of dinners and lunches out, I have chosen my 4 favourite restaurants.

NANDOS
The sign of a favourite restaurant is when you don't need the menu to choose what you want. The double chicken breast burger with a side of garlic bread, and medium sauce, has to be my favourite meal at Nandos, and it never fails to make me happy. They specialise in chicken, and they make it very very well.

WAGAMAMA
Another favourite of mine, with the yaki udon and chicken gyoza being my cup of tea. Completely different to Nandos, but they both fill up and make me happy. The large plates of delicious noodles are ones that cannot be matched.

ZIZZI
Covering another genre of food, Zizzi has to be my favourite italian restaurant. I like the bruschetta and pasta pomodoro, and they do them both so well! Whenever I need a comfort meal, that is where I go.

THE PUDDING STOP
A new restaurant/cafe that has just opened near me, that serves all puddings. I'm not joking - you can sit down for some coffee and cakes of all kinds. And because they only sell puddings, of course they are delicious.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Love Sian xox

Sunday, 2 November 2014

My Trip To Morocco

From the 20th to 26th October, I went on a school Geography trip to Morocco, to explore the different areas that make it so incredible.

Our first meal overlooked the beautiful city of Marrakech, and I think this picture captures the vibrant atmosphere of Morocco's night-life. 

Our first destination was the Atlas Mountains. We visited a few Berber villages, and really enjoyed the culture and stunning views!






The patterns and colours that covered all the buildings were extremely beautiful, with real care put into every wall or ceiling.

We rode camels into the desert, where we spent a night. It was an interesting, quite uncomfortable experience, but a good one nevertheless.


 

Ait Ben Haddou - a beautiful village where many films such as Laurence of Arabia have been filmed. 


The markets, or 'Souks' of Marrakech. The bold colours and lively atmosphere added to the  amazing experience.




The market square in Marrakech - full of souvenirs, snake charmers, and people trying to rip you off!




Have you been to Morocco before?

Love Sian xox