words to live by

2015, December, Inspiration

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
William J. Clinton

Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments…Our divine nature comes from God.
Rosemary M. Wixom

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Walt Disney



Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.
Jennifer Ritchie Payette

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
C. S. Lewis

Here then is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong.
James E. Faust



life lately according to my iphone + canon 100d

2015, Family and Friends, Food, Inspiration, November

i think i spent much of october baking. from macarons to rainbow birthday cakes… i can’t tell you the amount of eggs/flour/butter i got through!

the bf’s brother and sister turned 18 and 30 {respectively}. with those being milestone birthdays i thought what better way to celebrate than with special birthday cakes?!


for anna i found a yummy recipe for classic a victoria from the bbc good food gods {check it out here}. you can’t really go wrong with this classic sponge goodness but i needed to give it a bit of a **booom i just turned 30** look. so of course that only means buttercream icing with kit kats and maltesers!



i strongly believe that this is how you go from “yum” to “get in my belly”.

now, turning 18 is a big deal. so for tobi i wanted to make something a bit more fun. something that screamed **freedom!!! now give me sugar**

if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know i made a rainbow cake for my bff ema back in 2014 here.

now i needed a rainbow cake with a 18 year old twist. hail skittles and more buttercream icing…



another few months of baking and i just might be great british bake-off good.

ha let’s get real. i wish.

this past summer i invested in a good, what i would call ‘starter’, digital slr camera. after much, much, deliberation and discussions with fellow photography friends i opted for the canon 100d alongside a 50mm lens. i had fallen in love with portrait style photography about 5 years ago and only about 3 weeks ago did i manage to try it out for the first time {with my colleague from work too – she was a great sport!}.




honestly. this experience made me so happy. i think i found a new favourite hobby.

back to cakes…

earlier in november at work,  our lovely marketing intern turned 21.


so of course birthday cake.


because she has celiac disease i scoured the world wide web for a good gluten free victoria sponge recipe {i’m a bit obsessed} and i found this one. and while it was probably one of the most delicious recipes i’ve tried {seriously delicious}. it crumbled. to pieces. twice.


**insert violins and tears**

in the end i opted for a gluten free rice krispie chocolate treat/rocky road concoction. thank goodness for friends, pinterest and 24hour shopping at tesco.


IF YOU KNOW OF A GOOD CRUMBLE FREE GLUTEN FREE SPONGE RECIPE – HOLLA AT YA GIRL. like really. i needed caps to emphasise the seriousness. if you couldn’t already tell.

this quote had me feeling some type-a-way


never be afraid to fail right? if you don’t ask/try, it will always be a no.

happy thursday. pssst it’s nearly christmas.

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2015, Inspiration, Januray

this past month has chewed me up and spat me out.


and yet i’m still here.

what’s that quote? “when life gives you lemons…stick them down your bra and make your boobs look bigger”.

yeah that one. i love it.

and this one too “when life gives you lemons squeeze them in people’s eyes” >>> this one just made me laugh out loud, even if it is a little mean.

as i get ready for another gruelling week…this video.

it is giving me life right now.

and that’s all i can ask for.

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thirty things before THREE-0 *** plus a life update

2014, Blogging, Career, December, Inspiration, Travel

hiiii there.

i managed 6 days of the 12 days of christmas. i know that every time i do a blog-every-day style series i usually pre-write the posts because i know life can sometimes get crazy busy. and with christmas it sure did! with prepping for christmas day, family, and work (oh boy work……sooooooo busy) i barely had a moment to breath.

so with that i apologise.

christmas was good. quiet this year. but i definitely can’t complain when i got (amongst other things) harry potter books 1-7 (the bookworm in me seriously did the electric slide), a fabulous new (and much needed) handbag & gorgeous shoes from the bf….and a spongbob squarepants onesie from my brother — A SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS ONSIE PEOPLE.

30 things before 30

i also wanted to give you a quick update on my 30 things before 30 list. remember when i gave you the list this past july? well you can check out it here. i did say that wouldn’t update/change the list but let’s face it. i like to be able to actually tick things off a list and with 6 months to go till the big three-o (6 MONTHS!!!!!) – i thought i could change the list a little to include things that i have already achieved (that i think are 30-things-before-30 list worthy).

so here we go, my updated 30 things before 30 list:

  1. visit paris
  2. three courses, three countries: breakfast in london, lunch in paris, dinner in brussels
  3. eat at a mitchelin starred restaurant in london
  4. try something i wouldn’t normally eat
  5. start a small business
  6. run a 5k (this one scares me to death)
  7. unplug for a full day (or maybe a week!): no phone, social media, tv etc.
  8. kiss someone on nye at midnight
  9. live abroad for at least a year
  10. buy a meal for a homeless person
  11. lose 2 stone / 12.7 kg / 28 lbs
  12. have a morning routine
  13. climb to the top of the eiffel tower
  14. go the cinema on my own
  15. see a play at shakespeare’s globe in london
  16. sort out a pension and life insurance (eek!)
  17. go to a music festival
  18. learn to speak conversational french
  19. do a “once-in-a-lifetime” thing
  20. splurge on an item i can’t afford  but that will last a life-time
  21. serve at a soup kitchen
  22. take a poetry class
  23. re-read all 7 harry potter books (hello christmas present)
  24. start a work-out routine
  25. write a short story
  26. go a on british countryside walk
  27. serve a full-time mission for the lds church
  28. re-watch fringe
  29. visit new york
  30. go hot-tubbing under the stars

that’s 10 things out of the 30 – yay! i’ve started to watch fringe again, love that show. the eating something i wouldn’t normally eat was escargot (aka snails) in paris – check it out here. i started an online shoe business in 2011 – neneh stiletto.

neneh stiletto

and check out an interview i did for the business here!

i lived in utah for 2 and a bit years.

and the once in a lifetime thing? being a participant in the 2014 miss africa utah pageant


from twenty to thirty. it’s been phenomenal and not what i expected. a non-stop ride. and it’s not over yet!

here’s to making lists. being 30. and embracing and enjoying the ride.

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enjoying the little things in life

2014, Januray

i  still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… i play with leaves. i skip  down the street and run against the wind.
leo  buscaglia

enjoy  the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big  things.
robert  brault

sometimes  the most happy people in life are the ones with nothing. we can’t lose sight of  the little things in life that should make us the happiest.
ryan  cabrera

there is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions…we shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect.
dieter f. ucthdorf

the little things


for 2014 i will…

2014, Januray


laugh out loud, a lot. dance in the street, at home…everywhere. wear more lipstick. hug a little longer. be patient. spend money. wear high heels more often. blog weekly. kiss more. hold my head up high. text less, call more. dress up more often. cry. save money. exercise because i want to. dress up more often. take risks. not look back. be more giving of myself. love like there’s no tomorrow. travel.  have faith. let go. ask for what i need.

that ‘a-ha’ moment

2013, October

i relish in ‘a-ha’ moments.


i spent quite some time last night talking with a good friend about life. how unexpected experiences throw “a spanner in the works” and you’re left wondering how the hell you’re going to deal with it because it wasn’t in your life plan. it wasn’t part of your vision.

it drains some of the light in your life and you can quickly lose sight of the things that matter, the things you can control and things that make you happy.

for some reason, after that little chat, ‘a-ha’ happened.

that exhausted flickering light bulb was replaced with a bright and shiny new one.

and i found that quite immediately everything was illuminated. everything.

and i saw the things that had been sat in the darker corners of my vision.

it’s refreshing, energizing, rejuvenating and every other word that describes a sense of renewal.

it’s glorious.

and i believe we are not limited to a number of ‘a-ha’ moments. i believe we get to experience a-ha moments again and again. and again.

because it always gets better.

no matter how hard it gets. it always gets better.

from my favorite motivational speaker eric thomas:
pain is temporary. it might last for a minute, an hour a day or even a year. but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. if you quit however, it will last forever.

it is good to grieve, necessary even. whatever it is you’re experiencing. but then when the ‘a-ha’ happens devour it.

“i got this”


2013, October

hi. i know, i know i’ve been awol for the last couple of weeks. being completely {and unhealthily} angry at life played a part. we didn’t have internet in our apartment for nearly 3 weeks, and then my laptop died just over a week ago. i felt like i had been thrown back into the 90’s as my phone only works in our basement apartment when we have wi-fi. weird.

i’m also slowly coming out of my ‘just wanting to hibernate’ mood. for the last 5 – 6 weeks i have literally not wanted to see or talk to anyone. i’m surprised i made it to work every day. but i guess work has been a good distraction. fuelled by uncertainty over what the next year is going to bring me, life has certainly handed me a few lemons recently. when i say handed i mean thrown in my face so that the lemons spilt open and i get a seed or two in my eye. it doesn’t help that i’m a cancerian and we tend to be creatures ruled by our emotions, which is a good and bad thing.


life could be worse, but for now the fact i don’t know what continent i’m going to be living on in the next year, or not even knowing where i want to live/do/be makes someone like me, who likes to have a plan for almost every aspect of my life, feel completely and utterly exhausted. so i forced myself to be social, as much as i could. which i’m not sure was a great idea as i ended up saying ridiculously awkward things to friends and strangers alike. i went to visit some friends and when they asked where i had been, i replied that i didn’t like people so didn’t want to socialize with anyone. what? i was being honest, but really that was unfair of me. and their facial expressions told me it wasn’t the best of things to say, especially when they might wonder if they were under the people i didn’t like category.

it wasn’t one person or a group of people in particular. it was everyone. collectively. and i really didn’t want to offend.

i can definitely attribute some of it to the pressure i put on myself to be perfect at everything, at believing the lie that i am “supposed” to be at a certain point in my life at 28.

so you see there was a good reason for not blogging. and i felt guilty about even thinking about expressing these thoughts on my little corner of the internet – because really who wants to read angry words from a frustrated twenty-something year-old? and really i want to keep this blog as a positive space.

i posted this meme a while ago because it made me laugh out loud.


and it totally describes how i feel right now.

here’s to weekend getaways, large chocolate consumption, laughing till your belly hurts and watching several hours of white collar on netflix, because when life throws you lemons and all you want to do is not make lemonade but stomp your foot, cry a lot a little and ask for cake instead, it’s absolutely okay. because let’s be honest, this too shall pass.



2013, February

i’m sure i’ve started several blogs over the last 2 years. actually, only 2. ok 3. but i’ve wanted to combine my love for fashion and beauty, with my life’s adventures and everything else in between. enter in cupcake mascara.

i welcome you to my crazy, funny, awkward, inspiring (or so i’d like to think) blog!

enjoy, comment, share and if the only thing i have done for you today is helped you  smile then i’m a happy camper!



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