Now that we've shared the news with friends and family, I thought I should update you guys. Lucy and I got engaged last weekend on a mini-break in Bournemouth! So here are a few photos and details about the day, and answers to some questions we've been asked. Was it a surprise proposal? No, we've … Continue reading We’re Engaged!
Everybody has their own approach to exercise and fitness. Some like to get outdoors and hike, cycle, or jog; others go to the gym or group yoga sessions; and I like to work out at home, alone. I prefer spending the least amount of time possible working out (45 min. max) and therefore I tend … Continue reading 30 Day Shred
Until a couple of weeks ago, I was a one-highlighter woman. I love the glowing cheeks look you get with a wash of highlight, but I thought that all highlighters would pretty much give me the same glow. I was wrong. Now, I'm not suggesting that the everyday makeup wearer needs dozens of highlighters. "Beauty … Continue reading All about Highlighters!
This spring, I jumped on the bandwagon and got myself a denim jacket (Boohoo from Asos - oversized style in size 12). I've only had a denim jacket once in my life in high school, and I really didn't get a lot of wear out of it because I often wore jeans — very few … Continue reading Styling a Denim Jacket in Summer
The UK is in full summer mode, and with record-breaking heat waves, makeup quickly melts off your face, and sunscreen drips into your eyes. No fun! Like most makeup-wearers, my summer beauty routine is significantly different to my winter makeup looks, and even my "daily makeup" changes. Here are my summer beauty essentials! Facial sun … Continue reading Summer Beauty Essentials
I hope everyone had a great Canada Day, and happy 4th of July to my American readers! Lucy and I went to visit her aunt on Canada Day for lunch, and I thought it would be nice to bring a cake celebrating my nation. I've made this cake a few times and it's delicious and … Continue reading Earl Grey Tea Cake
This week was Open Days at the University of Oxford, with an estimated 14,000 visitors; I calculate that my College had at least 2,000 over the two days. I was more of a "behind the scenes" helper, printing and folding thousands of brochures. Nonetheless, it was nice to see prospective students enjoying the College. It's … Continue reading Visiting Oxford – a virtual tour with me!
It was my boss's birthday recently — the perfect opportunity to bake a special cake, and practice my icing techniques. There are loads of "lemon and raspberry" cake recipes on Pinterest, but I decided to go with a recipe from Janes Patisserie, primarily because the recipe made 2 layers. Most fancy cake recipes make 3 layers, … Continue reading Lemon and Raspberry Cake
This is a great recipe to use up those ripe bananas! It's sweetened with honey and generously topped with coconut flakes. Perfect to have warm for breakfast, or take to work for a lunchtime snack. Recipe adapted from one by Cookie and Kate Ingredients: 1 cup ripe bananas (3 medium) 2 eggs 1/3 cup runny … Continue reading Healthy Coconut Banana Bread
My heart is heavy with the death of Anthony Bourdain. I admired his adventurous spirit, openness to new cultures and their cuisines, and his tremendous work ethic. His shows got me through some really tough times and it saddens me that during his creation of enlightening entertainment, he was suffering. He will be missed. This … Continue reading Spring Makeup – Pretty in Pink