life lately according to my iphone + canon 100d

2015, August, Culture

hey, it’s been a minute.

life got a bit non-stop in july (family visiting from the states, i turned 30, went to paris + more) AND it’s not going to stop for a few more weeks (the next free weekend i have is not until 26th september). yikes!

it’s all good things so i can’t complain. too much. 

here are some life lately photos from my iphone and canon 100d.

also let’s just pause a moment to celebrate the 50mm 1.8 lens. as an amateur photographer. wow.


^^it’s like i’m in paris every other month this year. not that i’m complaining one bit ^^


^^ this is one of my bff’s ema. she’s hawt. in the #breakmeofapiece kinda way. she’s a yummy mummy, fashion & lifestyle blogger and one of the sweetest humans i know. go see what she’s all about –> ^^


^^ i just need to share with the world these attractive cousins of mine #itsintheblood ^^


^^ mum and i at my future sister-in-law’s hen party ^^


^^ and me giving it a go with my photography and photoshop skills. SO much fun! ^^


^^ the #bf getting real excited about a old school phone box. i mean. that face **insert kissing sounds** {i give you permission to judge the mushiness. but. i. just. can’t. help. it}


^^ the #bf with his nephew. these two play fight and it scares me a little. but hey, they’re boys ^^


^^ i’ve been 30 for a little over a month and it’s. fabulous. ^^

30 isn’t old. It’s a young mature.
– Melanie White

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day 3 | my top five travel tips

Inspiration, July, Travel

travel tips

1. meet local people

the one thing i have learnt with my travel experiencing (granted this isn’t of the backpacking kind) is to meet the locals. booking via a couch-surfing type site like or you’ll certainly be able to. basic english is spoken in most countries so you can find a way to begin the dialogue. you can learn the best places to go (that won’t rip you off) and where to avoid.

2. wake up early

i believe in this whether you are going on a city break or beach holiday. even though i am not a morning person, getting up early can allow you to get in early on some tourist attractions and enjoy a sun lounger in a little peace. it can be a magical time for photos too!

3. take lots of photos

who cares if you look like a tourist? you are one! some places you might only get to visit once in your life time (gosh the thought of that just made me very sad). photos are priceless; easily shareable, do not cost you a penny and with the digital world these days, can last a life time.

4. eat local food

just as important as meeting the locals is eating like a local. to be honest, in my experience this is where i have found the best (and often cheaper) food. dig in, and taste a bit of everything.

5. break out of your comfort zone / slow down

i put these two together because i feel they connect. do not be afraid of trying something different. slow down to embrace and enjoy every. single. damn. moment. soak it up. drink it up. and don’t plan too much. it almost ruins the adventure.

wonderlust. it’s a beautiful thing.

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part II

2015, Culture, Food, June, Travel

happy first day of june. the weeks literally fly by, and i feel especially when

so apparently i started writing this post on june 1st. and 10 days later i’m actually completing it…i promise i wanted to get this up a lot earlier than that but at the moment i seem to posses an inability to post regularly. as in, more than once a month.

and for that i apologise.

to finish my 3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries post i close with brussels.

brussels is beautiful and quaint. and a cobbled streets-kind of charming.

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^^that beautiful, coloured building right there is at grote markt or grand place. it lit up like that at night. i couldn’t believe my eyes. i had this overwhelming feeling that if i twirled i could be a princess.

that’s the only way i can describe what seeing that felt like.

we ate our dinner part of the trip at a sweet pub restaurant called skeivelat. caroline and i opted for the house ribs. and oh my.

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can someone say lip smacking? or finger licking… well there i said it. because that’s what happened.

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and you can’t leave brussles without sampling some kind of chocolate.

you just can’t.



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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part I

2015, Culture, May, Travel

if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that one of the items i had on my 30 things before 30 list was to have 3 meals in 3 countries over 3 days.

it happened people. it actually happened.

i kept pinching myself…all the while thinking “is this real life..or just fantasy?”

ha. but yes. yes it was real life.

words can’t really express how i feel when i have the freedom to explore. explore cities that are beautiful to me. and to do that with food that is divine, decadent, delicious.

i was some kind of delirious.

{and apparently i get some kind of poetic when it comes to describing my travel and food experiences}.


london you sweet, sweet thing. we didn’t spend a lot of time here. {but that’s ok because i have plenty more london exploration trips planned this year}.


we stayed near london victoria coach station and my friend caroline, who knew the area pretty well, chose this cute cafe just a 3 mins walk from the coach station entrance on elizabeth street.



thumbs up from me baker & spice.

we decided to take the megabus. lawd. cheap travel…but goodness gracious i was reminded why i don’t like the general public.  hey ho, we survived.


we arrived early friday evening and headed straight to our accommodation. airbnb of course.

i fell in love with paris after my first trip there last summer. and it didn’t disappoint, even in the rain.


saturday morning we went on the wego walking tour. i can’t give the tour enough cred. it’s run by french couple paul and paulina. paul is the guide while paulina takes the pictures. firstly they’re a cute couple, second….paul is a fantastic tour guide. he is energetic but mostly incredibly passionate about paris. they both are. just go to trip advisor and look up their tour. you’ll see what i mean.


actually i’m going to just give you the link. here. go check it out. i can absolutely promise you that you won’t be disappointed.


^caroline enjoying a yummy crepe^^


^this was right by the bridge where princess Di died. rather surreal^^


the tour was 3.5 hours long, which flew by. and after a few eiffel tower photos we headed to le cafe du marche for lunch. le cafe du marche is a cute cafe right around the corner from the eiffel tower.




we then headed over to another cafe for hot drinks and some kind of dessert. because. paris.


la terrasse is in the same area as le cafe du marche and perhaps is my new favourite. great views, wonderful service and for me a great location. also their creme brulee is amazing.


we weren’t leaving paris till sunday morning so it was a great opportunity to explore this beautiful city a little more. we wanted to get some touristy goodies to take back to the uk so we headed over to the sacre coeur in the montmartre area, north paris.



in the evening we headed back to la terrasse for food.

la terrasse also has the best non-alcoholic cocktails. period.


you know what i love about the parisian restaurant service? they don’t rush you. we spent at least 3 hours here. a glorious, indulgent 3 hours.


paris , vous avez un petit morceau de mon coeur.

watch this space for part II.

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london markets ¦ borough & camden

2015, April, Culture, Travel

in all the time i have grown up in the uk and have travelled to london, up until 2 weeks ago, i had never been to camden or borough market {i can hear the gasps}. one of my new year goals this year was to explore more.

because exploring …

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

and believe me when i say… there is nothing like camden or borough market. i don’t think the following photos give you the best picure of each market because really, you’ll need to see it for yourself.

we were originally going to go just to camden but my fabulous childhood friend julia mentioned that she had never been to borough market. so we decided to do both in one day!

tip: leave plenty of time to explore if you’re going to do both in one day. we had planned to do so but by the time you drive into london {if that’s what you choose to do}, park the car and get the underground, you’ve used up a lot of time.

borough market

now borough market is more of a farmer’s market.

the smells tho. the wonderous scents wafting through the air like the perfume of a temptress.

so so good.

freshly baked bread, cheese glorious cheese {i love cheese —> take that dairy intolerance}… if i lived closer to london and in my total daydream “i could be the female version of jamie oliver” moment, i would absolutely, most definitely buy my weekly produce from borough market.




^these vanilla custard doughnuts tho^^


i was too much in awe to get any more shots. but borough market – i will be back {not in an arnie voice}.

camden market

camden market was something else. endless. and wonderful. and endless. i don’t think we got through all of it. in fact. we didn’t.


but there was so much to see. so many stalls and so much “i won’t find this anywhere else”.


the food stores are impressive. they are all of the cooked food type, plus drinks and desserts. i could have stayed there all day just to eat. you all know how much i love food.


everyone needs to visit the jerk station. just saying.


freshly made waffles? yes please. made by two suberb french chefs.

^because one must pose when in camden

london has several other markets. and according to visit london there 12 that absolutely must be seen.

3 down, 9 more to go. check them out here.

here’s to exploring.

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3 courses, 3 countries, 3 days | #comingsoon

2015, April, Blogging, Culture, Food, Travel

it’s 1.18am and i’m still awake. i don’t know whyyyyyy.

anyway.since i am awake…

roughly {and i mean really roughly} two years ago, i had an idea.

it was mostly around the time when i was living in america and was feeling incredibly europe-sick. i missed how easy AND quick it is to get to a different country on this side of the world. as in —> 2 hours and 30mins from london to paris #eurostar

so i thought… 

why not combine my love for food and passion for travelling into one?


and so the 3 courses, 3 countries, 1 day trip was born.

however. when i moved back home to england last year and i started the planning the trip, i quickly realised that trying to do breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 countries in one day was going to be a challenge. flights and train times were working against me. i also wanted to make sure i enjoyed and savoured each moment … i mean who wants to rush a meal in paris? #nah

so i decided it would be better to spread it across 3 days. 3 days of glorious food and sight seeing in 3 beautiful cities.

when #wonderlust comes to life.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt


of course i will be blogging about it. so watch this space. and catch it real time on my twitter and instagram feeds.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Mark Twain


i’m coining it #3xc


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life lately | a mash up

2015, April, Culture, Family and Friends, Healthy Living, Inspiration

// i’ve moved house.

and it’s wonderful.

here was my view from my room to the garden last saturday. it’s not all green yet but spring is dancing it’s way into our lives, so soon it will be.


and i made a little sanctuary #purebliss


i’m also addicted to white #allwhiteeverything

// change does the soul some good #evenwhenidontwantit
“just when i think i have learned the way to live, life changes.”| hugh prather

// some weeks ago i spent a weekend in london with my bestie alison. it was a fabulous and chill weekend of sightseeing and gluttony. and i’d do it all over again. this red rover boat cruise of the thames is highly recommended. as is going to greenwich market in east london.

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here’s to more exploring.

// while i think i’ve discovered i might be diary and wheat intolerant {major booo}, i discovered some fun alternatives…like courgette {zucchini} pasta. and lemon + kiwi + lemon + mint leaf water —-> and while that technically isn’t an alternative it is SO REFRESHING.

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// my first #wcw was dedicated to gabrielle union


she’s 42 people. 42 YEARS OLD. i don’t know what she’s been drinking but i need some.

// my friend jo is in new zealand right now and sent me this pic last week. she was sat on this beach. with a cuppa. looking at the stars as the sun set. where was i?

in the office.

i still need to travel more.


// i was in a car accident in february {insert sad face} but thankfully, apart from a bit of whip lash and back pain, i’m ok.

my car is now fixed — i’m just going to get hurt by my insurance premium next year.

i’d only had it for 4 weeks {cue violins}.


// on a happy note my 3 meals, 3 countries, 3 days trip is all booked #london #paris #brussels — more on that #comingsoon

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for the new year

2014, Blogging, December, Inspiration, Travel

last year i talked about having more faith in 2014. and i’m still working on it.

2014 has been a year of ups and downs, but it’s also been a steady wave. does that even make sense?

it’s been a year of transitioning and learning and i don’t think this transitioning is over. to be honest i don’t think i’m ever going to get off the transitioning train!

because life is a constant transition.

“look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
― tom stoppard, rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead

what have i learned in 2014?

that i can’t control everything. but also that the act of letting go requires some kind of stability.

a sense stability in a state of instability.

“i’ve always believed there are moments in our lives which can be defined as a transition between the before and after, between the cause and the effect.”
― benjamin x. wretlind, castles: a fictional memoir of a girl with scissors

i learnt that laughter has great healing power.

and forgiveness is strength.

i learnt that i love frosty mornings and crunchy leaves as much as i love lazy afternoons on a humid july day.


i realised that it is never too late. and giving things a second go can be all the more worth it.

for 2015 i promise to wear even more lipstick. choose laughter over anger (counting to 10 helps right?). travel…

…wait no. what i really mean is explore. text less, call more. spend time. take risks. take photos. i need to take more photos.

“life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

i promise to unplug more often.

here’s to a happier, transitional, gorgeous 2015.

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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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life lately.

2014, Blogging, Culture, Family and Friends, Food, October, Travel


that’s how i feel since it’s been 13 days since my last post.


anyway, these lovelies make me want to have braids again #hairenvy

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these ladies remind me why i started my natural hair journey…

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which i haven’t really talked about much on this blog of mine. but these are my inspirations. and i’m over a year free of hair chemicals. yay me.

and thank you pinterest.

this past weekend one of my very good friends visited from the states. well he’s actually brazilian but he lives in utah, where we met. it was his first time in the uk so of course, london was a must. on his first morning here i decided what better way to be introduced to british life than a big full english breakfast. after a bit of browsing i stumbled on a cute cafe (thanks tripadvisor). mimo’s cafe is a fabulous italian cafe bar just outside of paddington station. you can’t beat £4.50 for a good breakfast. especially in london. mimo’s gets a huge thumbs up from me!



oh did i tell you that this happened?


never in a million years did i think i would see my name on a coke bottle. i celebrated by not drinking it and posting a picture of it on instagram instead. besides, i’m not drinking anything fizzy anymore remember?

while i spent the majority of the weekend in london this past weekend my mum and niece had a fashion show without me. i loved the photos!


with my fedora and floppy hat they definitely wore it better.

talking of my niece….we caught her watching cartoons on her dad’s phone rather than napping….which is what she was supposed to be doing.


and this is my favourite quote on pinterest from this week…


i hope you’ve had a lovely start to october. here’s to autumn days, halloween, nights in, lots of hot chocolate, duvet covers on rainy/windy nights and 5th november. i do love autumn in the uk.

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