London is ALWAYS a good idea

Yesterday we had a day trip to London and as per usual, it was awesome.

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London is an international hub for all things business. Yet everyone belongs. People go to London to stand out, but equally it is one of the only places in the world where one can truly disappear. It is not always pleasant, agreeable, cheerful or easy, but always magnificent.

Several people have said to me that going to London in ‘times like these’ is dangerous, even foolish, following the attacks. I entirely disagree. London feels the strongest and perhaps the safest in these times.

London is my favourite city in the world. Jack and I have visited London several times, we have climbed the O2, been to Theatres, stayed on the Thames, walked in Hyde Park, we have shopped in Oxford Street and have made magical memories in a magical city. London is beautifully unpredictable, from who you will see and the events that are taking place, to the weather.

I would describes yesterday’s London as grey. But not a dull grey, the sort of grey the sky turns when its full of clouds. A bright, glowy sky, where the sun is trying to shine through, but the thick layer of clouds prevent it. It’s actually the sort of grey sky that makes me sleepy. It’s too dark for sunglasses but so sunny you end up squinting. Yesterday’s London was busy, colourful and noisy. It was perfect.

Here are some photos I took on my travels 🙂

Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes!

With my holiday to Portugal in two weeks time, I am starting to think that I should do a last minute health surge to (hopefully!) make me feel that little bit better in a bikini! I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘detox’, but I am definitely trying to avoid foods that will make me bloat, and am trying to eat as much fruit and veg as I can. I have never had the flattest of bellies, and I try to do sport as much as I can, but I can confirm that I notice a big difference if I cut out all wheat and limit the amount of dairy (or lacto-free dairy) in take I have. Downside: this can make me a lil grumpy.

So this morning I thought I would try some Banana Pancakes- I had heard of them before and thought I would give them a go- and they were pretty damn good!

Banana Pancakes: 

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Serves 2 people: makes 4 pancakes- don’t worry they’re pretty filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • Oil- I used olive oil

Method 

Beat the eggs in one bowl and mash the banana in another. Make sure the banana is pretty well mashed, more of a paste. Then mix the banana with the eggs and add the vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix it all together and you have your pancake batter.

I always seem to add too much oil so today I brushed it onto the pan, so I had a thin coat of oil on the pan. Heat the pan on a medium heat. When the pan is nice and hot, spoon out enough mixture for two pancakes- so half the batter.

Leave them to cook for one to two minutes on each side, and then flip them. Once they’re done, put them to one side and do the other two. Remember to add another coat of oil on the pan, and remove any burnt or excess pancake from the last lot- burnt pancake can smell pretty gross.

Then enjoy with whatever toppings you like, or even plain! They’re pretty sweet due to the banana and the vanilla.

Here are a few of my favourite toppings: 

  • Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top.
  • Honey, maple syrup or golden syrup- depending on how healthy I am feeling.
  • Nutella- for my cheat/treat days!
  • Caramelised apple with cinnamon- I have blogged about these before and OMG they taste insane, however do contain a bit of sugar, so probably not the healthiest option.
  • Lemon or orange and sugar.
  • Chopped fruit- strawberries and raspberries are the bees knees on pancakes.
  • Yoghurt- I have lacto-free yoghurts, or soya yoghurts, but my favourite is the strawberry flavoured.

I hope you love these as much as I do- kick start your day with a healthy, non-bloaty breakfast and experiment with your toppings.

Bee xoxo

Beauty and the Beast- Review 

When I went in to watch the new Beauty and the Beast I was expecting to see far more sexuality references than I did, given the media surrounding Gaston and his supposed homosexuality. Often with a spin off or remake of a film, it is either mind-blowingly fantastic or a complete flop.


Twenty-six years ago, the original Disney production of Beauty and the Beast was produced. Today, I went to see the new version described by Empire as:

“An anabashed musical with its heart on it’s sleeve and energy to spare, it is undecidedly unbeastly”.

I can, hand on heart, say that it was one of the best remakes I’ve ever seen. Emma Watson, will most definitely no longer be Hermione Granger, but in fact Belle. I love the idea that young girls watching the new Beauty and the Beast will be idolising Emma Watson. It’s been suggested that Watson refused to wear a corset, stating that if gives an unrealistic image of women. The more I learn about Watson and her Feminist Campaigning, the more I appreciate her influence on the cause.

Emma Watson’s singing voice is also fab, of course, in Harry Potter, Hermione Granger had no need to sing, but blimey that girls can belt some decent notes!

As a Downton Abbey fan, I also adored Dan Stevens, who played the Beast. It’s funny when you walk into a cinema with an idea of the character a person can play, to me he was this Upper Class Englishmen that soon became a fantastic reincarnation of the original Beast.

As a child, Belle was not the top of my list to be. I was more interested in Cinderella and Snow White personally. But in reflection, Belle is arguably the figure I would most encourage my children to aspire to be- clever, independent, level headed and brave.

The entire film was full of incredible music and vibrant, almost hypnotic colours.

It was truly fantastic and to anyone that is thinking of going- do it! You won’t regret it.

Skool Dayz

Hello!

Every term Warwick University hold an event called “Skool Dayz”, where you dress like school kids and dance to school disco songs.

As someone that has particularly outdated music taste- this is my cup of tea! Put me in a club playing busted, mcfly, Blink-182, Fatboyslim, spice girls and Robbie Williams and I am in my element.

We had predrinks at Jack’s University halls, as it was an SU event, then headed over to the copper rooms.

It lived up to its typical warwick university night expectations:

  1. Drama- a group of girls got in a trolley and tried to mount a curb… was never going to end well. The University Security team, first aiders and an ambulance later- turns out they had just had that little bit too much to drink.
  2. I made a friend in the loo- I always love this, she complimented my eye liner, I complimented her outfit and I’m pretty certain she won’t remember the conversation.
  3. Overpriced drinks- but that’s why you budget!
  4. Sticky dance floors.
  5. Grumpy bouncers.

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Bee xoxo

Lifesum Review

Hello!

I have found that staying healthy at University is not an easy task, with take outs on every corner, alcohol being pretty central to nights out and even with the amount of physical activity my History Degree demands. Having to avoid dairy, gluten and the majority of fruit has made this task even more difficult, but I have recently found an App that really does work for me- Lifesum.

I am by no means a large person, but have not felt brilliant about the way I look for quite a while and have tried several methods of losing weight… that really haven’t been successful. Even when I have been avoiding both dairy and gluten my figure hasn’t changed and I haven’t noticed a different in the way I feel.

I decided to download the Lifesum App onto my phone and can honestly say it’s really really good!

  • What should I eat? I am not educated on what is good and bad. I thought I was, but the app has shown me that that might have been where I was going wrong. You simply enter manually or scan the barcode of whatever you have eaten and it tracks your daily intake of carbs, protein and fat, showing you how much of it you can have.
  • Footfall: The app links to any exercise app already on your phone that records your foot fall, automatically adding it onto how many calories you have for the rest of the day.
  • What do you want to achieve? When you activate the app, it asks you to enter height, weight and what you would like to achieve, either: lose weight, get healthier or put on weight. It then asks your desired weight and spreads the ‘diet’ over 22 weeks, each week is therefore different.
  • Recipes in line with your health goals: The app offers healthy recipes for every time of the day, whether that is breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacks.
  • Water: It tells you how many cups of water you should drinking a day, and even reminds you if you haven’t drunk for a while, or when it is best for you to drink in terms of losing weight.
  • Statistics: the app records every day on a calendar and suggests that you weigh yourself once a week, to really see the difference.

It really does make me feel more in control of my diet, and is really flexible with the foods I can and can’t eat- I eat what suites me, unlike strict diets that give you recipes for each day. I don’t feel like I am constantly thinking about what I am eating, but I feel like I have a plan that is sustainable.

I really do recommend this to anyone who wants to notice a different in a week.

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Bee xoxo

How I manage stress.

No matter which degree you do, there is always going to be some sort of deadline and ultimately pressure! Likewise, there is shed loads of pressure in school, college and everyday life, so I am going to show you how I manage my work load.

Side Note: I am a real worrier, I would worry about worrying if I could. Everyone deals with pressure differently, I personally go from being OK and feeling in control of my life one day, to feeling like I am drowning in work and there is nothing I can do about it. So throughout the last few years, I’ve picked up ways to avoid the intense stress.

Organisation

  • Clear Desk: even if it’s just before bed you do a quick sweep of the desk, organise paperwork, put things in their place and set up so that you can start fresh tomorrow.
  • Desk Organisers: this just makes your life easier: pots, boxes, files etc.
  • Lists: revision timetables were never really my thing, but having a list of priorities always keeps me on track.

Find a place you are comfortable working.

  • Having lived in Halls of Residence, it’s fair to say you don’t get peace and quiet all the time. I personally found that it was easier to walk to a study space and do my work there. Nobody cares if you’re in your pyjamas or even bring your slippers! Universities are usually pretty good at providing lots of study areas for Students- make the most of them.
  • If you don’t have this option (like me now that I am off of campus) then make sure you use your time wisely. It’s common knowledge University students don’t get up early, so I make the most of this, and start my work at 7am, when the house is quietest. Yes, it’s early, but if you smash an essay, it’s so worth it.

Set up Camp.

  • Whenever you are ready to work, you do it. If you get a sudden urge to write, seize the moment. Sometimes I’m just not tired and for some random reason feel buzzed- I start writing or planning. It doesn’t matter when you complete tasks as long and you get enough sleep.
  • When I know I am going to be sat at my desk for a long period of time, I make sure I am ready for it.
  • First stop- Coffee. I allow myself one every 30 to 40 minutes- that’s my revision break.
  • A snack, in case I get the munchies.
  • My paperwork and notes neatly stacked around me.
  • Be comfortable, have a shower, feel clean and fresh and put some pyjamas on.

Have realistic targets.

  • I make sure I aim to achieve something and work until I do- but be realistic.

Do things for yourself.

  • Facemasks: I personally love the L’Oreal clay masks at the moment.
  • Paint your nails.
  • Retail therapy.
  • A coffee with friends- particularly friends who are equally stressed, then you off load and feel much better.
  • Eat GOOD food. From experience pot noodles are not the best for brain power, cook something, take half an hour to make a pasta dish, or put some chicken goujons in the oven.

Email people who can help you.

  • Whether that’s mentors, tutors, teachers, bosses- even just to clarify something minor, if it means you feel good about what you’re writing its worth it.

Sleep.

  • Just means you don’t zombie your way through the essay.

Make Your Room Yours

You spend a lot of time in your University Room and it’s important for it to feel like home! Halls of Residence are often pretty plain in colour so you are free to personalise it and make it your own! Here are a few bits I LOVE.

All the prices and places to purchase are listed below!

IKEA Forsa Desk Lamp- £15.

Can’t Touch This’ Cactus Plant Pot Cactus Print – Cactus Pot – Gardener Gift – Ceramic Planter – Herb Garden – Spring Home Décor- £13.

Paperchase White expoxy pattern photo frame 4×6- £15.

Etsy- Jess Cowley, 5 small paperclips, planner clips, weekly planner, erin condren accessories, filofax, Kate Spade, teacher planner, office desk accessories- £3.55.

John Lewis Osco Acrylic Desk Organiser, Small- £12.

Gracie Lou Printables, Etsy, Do Small Things With Great Love Print- £3.77.

Cacti Print, Ingrid Petrie Design, Not on the High Street- £15.

Skurar NoticeBoard, IKEA- £9.

Gothic Garden Fine Porcelain Mug, Paperchase- £9.