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. Thursday, 4 April 2019 .
Banana bread is one of my absolute favourite things to bake, because it's basically cake but is also kind of healthy because it has bananas in it... right? I've mentioned banana bread a few times on my Instagram stories and on my YouTube channel now and several people have asked for my recipe, so I thought I'd share it with you all! I used to use a couple of different recipes that I found online, but I've tweaked it and played with it until I'm happy with it. So this isn't completely original, but is my own take on a combination of other recipes. Without further ado, this is how I make banana bread!

I added blueberries into this banana bread, but it's just as tasty without! 

Ingredients:


  • 230g plain flour
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 90g unsalted butter (+some for greasing)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 85 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squirt of lemon juice

Method: 

  1. Start off by pre-heating your oven to 180 Celsius then grease and line your loaf tray. 
  2. Cream together your butter and sugar.
  3. Sieve your flour into the bowl with your butter and sugar mix, plus the bicarbonate of soda. 
  4. Mash up your bananas, a few lumps are fine but you generally want it quite mushy. You could blend them if you'd rather, but they're easy enough to just mash up with a fork. 
  5. Add the bananas to the rest of your ingredients, including the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and the lemon juice. 
  6. Combine everything together in a bowl. If you want to add in some extra ingredients now is the time to do it! I like to add blueberries, as you can see from the photo, but you could really add whatever takes your fancy. I'd quite like to try adding some Nutella spread one day, but I haven't tried that myself yet so can't vouch for it.
  7. Pour your mix into the loaf tray and pop it in the oven for approx 50-60 mins. You'll know the banana bread is ready when it's gone a gorgeous dark brown colour on the top. If you use a skewer to test the middle of the loaf, it should come out moist but not sticky. Banana bread is much more moist than most cakes, so the skewer won't come out as dry as you'd expect it usually. 
So that's my take on banana bread - I'd love for you guys to try it out and let me know what you think! 

. Monday, 25 March 2019 .
I don't know about where you guys live, but the last couple of days have actually been pretty sunny for me! Still a bit chilly, but nevertheless the sunshine has made me think of the impending Spring. The clocks for forward at the end of this week and it's pay day tomorrow. So obviously with all that taken into consideration, of course I had to have a quick glance at the 'new in' section on ASOS. Probably not a great idea as I've already mentally spent most of my pay check before I've even got it. Whoops! So I thought I'd share with you all some pieces that I just *might* be adding to my wardrobe very soon.



This post is not sponsored, however all the links included will be affiliate links. This means I will earn a small amount of commission if you purchase after clicking through my links, however it will not cost you anything extra. So if you do decide to purchase anything from this blog post I would really appreciate you doing so through my links, but of course there is no obligation to do so. Direct links can be found underneath each image.

https://go.magik.ly/ml/lrzk/ 
I'm not sure if it's possible to be totally in love with with a dress, but if it is, then this is the dress for me! I'm very rarely brave enough to wear white, but if ever there was a perfect time to wear a little white dress then spring/summer is it. I love that this one has long sleeves, as let's be honest, the warmer months here in the UK aren't always that warm. The bow detailing at the sleeves is also just adorable (although I am likely to end up accidentally getting it wet/covered in food).  Plus if you watch any of my haul videos on YouTube then you will already know about my absolute LOVE of tortoise shell buttons. So basically this dress just ticks every little box for me. I think it screams Urban Outfitters/Topshop but at £32 it's certainly much friendlier on the bank balance.



https://go.magik.ly/ml/lrzl/


I have to admit, anything cropped but also knitted confuses me quite a bit. Like, do you want warmth or not? But again, this piece would work really well for those days when the weather can't seem to decide what it's doing! It would look great paired with some high waisted shorts/jeans depending on how warm it is. Plus I also think it would look cute with a patterned shirt poking out underneath to add something a bit different, especially if you aren't a fan of showing too much skin. It does seem a tad pricey for what it is though at £25. However ASOS are practically famous for having deals on almost all of the time, so could be a good one to keep in your saved items for a while to see if you can grab it for a better price!

https://go.magik.ly/ml/lrzp/





Now for something a little bit more fancy, although could definitely be worn on more of an everyday basis depending on how you style it. I'm in love with the plain and simple front, but unusual design on the back of this jumpsuit. It nips you in at the waist with a cut out on your lower back to keep you cool in the warmer months and a cute button up detailing down the back. You should definitely click on the link to this one in order to see it in a bit more detail! From a distance it looks quite simple but the closer you look the more little features you notice, like the ruched detailing on the sleeves. I think this would be great for a summer wedding or christening perhaps and at £38 it's definitely cheaper than I expected it to be.

https://go.magik.ly/ml/lrzw/ and https://go.magik.ly/ml/lrzx/





Co-ord sets are very hit or miss in my opinion, but this one is a definite hit with me! I'm not sure what it is about this print that attracts me (I did think it was a bit random when I realised that the pattern was oranges) but I really love it. The colours are definitely stand out with the pop of orange against the darker navy background. The only thing that concerns me is the boob area - I have small boobs and still even I'm not sure how this is supposed to cover them! The good thing about this is the top and shorts are sold separately, meaning you could always size up with the top if you are fuller busted. However the downside to this is it does make it a bit pricer than it originally seems. I initially thought it was £16 for the whole set, but then realised that was just for one half! So you'll end up paying £32 for the whole outfit. However it is very cute, particularly if you've got a holiday coming up soon!

https://go.magik.ly/ml/ls03/



Sticking with the theme of patterns, how awesome is this Hawaiian style shirt?! I'm a big fan of 'out there' style prints, especially in shirt form. I actually picked up a fab shirt from the Men's section in Primark before my trip to Florida - I wore it tied up with denim shirts and referred to it as my 'Grandad-chic look.' This shirt is definitely a bit more on the feminine side but still has the bright, summery pattern. I also love yellow so really its no wonder that I love this shirt. The big retro looking collar is also a hit with me, gives you the perfect opportunity to accessorise with a cute necklace. I would personally wear this tucked into some high-waisted shorts/jeans or even perhaps tucked into a block colour midi skirt.

https://go.magik.ly/ml/ls12/





Sticking with the yellow theme (I told you I really liked yellow), next up are these vibrant culottes. They are made from linen so perfect for keeping you cool but covered in the warmer months. Not only would these look fab casually but also for the office. I love the contrast of the structured top section with the boxy/unstructured nature of the lower section of the trousers. Great for highlighting a smaller waist, without being too figure hugging. Because let's be honest, nothing that is figure hugging is comfy to wear in the warmer months.

https://go.magik.ly/ml/ls1a/








Ok, I promise this is the last yellow thing. This is currently out of stock and that just breaks my heart. This is the one thing on the list that I would have impulse purchased, even before I got paid, had it been in stock! I just love ditsy little summer dresses, plus I love yellow, and stripes and buttons... so you see why I love this dress so much! Plus it is only £22 which I think is a bargain. This would look super cute with some white sandals, straw hat and sunglasses. I'm off to Rome in June and cannot help but think this is an absolutely perfect Italian holiday outfit. I will definitely be keeping an eye on my saved list to see if this little beauty comes back into stock. (PS if anyone happens to notice its back in stock, please let me know, I'll be your best friend forever).

https://go.magik.ly/ml/ls1h/





Another staple in my wardrobe is midi skirts - if you'd told 13 year old Chloe that she'd be obsessed with midi skirts in 10 years time she would have laughed in your face. I always used to prefer having my legs on show. But within the last year or so I've developed a whole new appreciation for a high waisted midi skirt with a top tucked in. This one just screams spring/summer to me with the lighter colour and faint floral pattern. It's also not too much of a statement in itself so would work well paired with a lot of different tops.





https://go.magik.ly/ml/ls1n/



Of course no outfit is complete without an accessory, and in the warmer months it seems only right to include some sunglasses. I am a big fan of round glasses at the moment, particularly slightly larger ones like these. They have gold frames and then what ASOS describes as a 'smoked' effect on the glass. That smoked effect is what really draws me to these glasses, the fact that they're not too bold. The large circular shape is bold enough, so I think the less harsh colour of the glass itself makes the overall style look a lot softer and more feminine.











What is your favourite thing that I included in this wish list? Will you be picking any of these up? If you keep your eyes peeled on Instagram, I've no doubt that you'll be seeing some of these items make an appearance soon.

Chloe

. Thursday, 24 January 2019 .
Before the clock has struck midnight on New Years Eve I always have multiple travel plans for the new year. I like to plan ahead, particularly where travel is concerned. Some people might consider it to be wishing your life away but I just always love to have something to look forward to. Watching a trip edge closer on a countdown app just gives me such a buzz! However, unusually for me, this year I don't have anywhere near as many trips planned as I'd like! I usually try to go on one longer trip each year but at the moment I only have shorter trips planned, and hopefully I'll be adding a few more to this list as the year goes on! This is everything I currently have planned for 2019:

Morocco

My first trip of the year is approaching fast; I'm off to Morocco on February 2nd with Plan My Gap Year. For anyone who doesn't know, I work for them creating video content so will be spending a few days with them in Rabat filming the projects they offer out there. After that I'm thinking of heading to Fez for a couple of days then finish my trip with a few days in Marrakech. I'm hoping to do some kind of day trip into the desert or perhaps the Atlas mountains. Right now, I have no clue. I'm just going to wing it really! 

Orlando, Florida

This is a trip that I've wanted to do for YEARS! I went to Florida with my family when I was about 13 but my mum decided against doing Disney because of how expensive it was. But i'm a massive Disney fan and one of the things on my bucket list is to visit every Disney park in the World. So when my lovely friend Georgia Marie suggested a trip to Florida I couldn't have screamed any louder if I tried. We're heading out there in March to go to Playlist Live, Universal and Disney. This trip has cost me a small fortune but I don't even care. It'll be worth it! 

Rome, Italy

I spent just under a month in Italy back in the summer of 2016 and loved every minute of it. Rome is by far one of my favourite cities, particularly because i'm a big history nerd and love everything to do with the Romans. So when my boyfriend suggested a short city break after he finishes his final placement I jumped at the chance. He's never been before so i'm excited to show him around and take him to my favourite spots. I also really want to try and sort out a day trip to visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii as that was a total highlight of my last trip. Plus who wouldn't jump at the chance to eat all the incredible pizza, pasta and gelato possible?! 

Surprise Destination

This isn't meant to be a surprise for you guys so much as it is for my boyfriend. I wanted to take him somewhere on an adventure to celebrate him graduating university. However, as he sees all of my content, I can't tell you guys without spoiling the surprise for him. We're heading off for 4 days in July, so if you want to be one of the first to know where we go I'd suggest following me on Instagram, as I'm always posting Instagram stories. I'll likely vlog and blog about the trip, but that will all go live after I'm home! 

Northern Italy

Another trip to Italy! This is very unlike me, it's quite unusual for me to go back to the same place twice, let alone twice in the same year! This time however I'll be visiting a different region of the country; Emilia Romagna which is a bit further North than Rome. We're heading there because my boyfriend is taking part in the Ironman race in September and then of course they'll be a bit of time for exploring too. I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to Verona as it's somewhere I wanted to visit when I was in Italy in 2016 but just couldn't manage to squeeze it into the schedule as there was a lot I wanted to see in a fairly short amount of time! 

European Winter Break 

I've been on a winter break for the last two years and loved both of them! In 2017 I went to Berlin and in 2018 I went to Oslo. I'd never really been on a cold trip before, I usually I much prefer to chase the sunshine! But I've found a new found love for European Christmas markets and cold weather. I've no idea where I want to go yet, that's something I'll think about a bit closer to the time. I just know that I want to go on another little city break in December of 2019.

So I currently have adventures planned for February, March, June, July, September and December. I wonder if I'll be adding anymore to that as the year progresses!

Where will you be travelling to in 2019? Let me know in the comments! 

. Tuesday, 15 January 2019 .
I wrote one of these posts last year and loved the experience of doing so; reminiscing on my adventures is one of my favourite things to do (besides going on new adventures!) 2018 wasn't the best year for travel I've ever had, but I still managed to visit four new countries. 2018 was a pretty crazy year for me; I was the most stressed I have ever been, worked 7 days a week for 3 months straight, finished my degree, moved to a new city on the other side of the country and started my graduate job. Despite all that, I somehow managed to squeeze in trips to Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Wales and Oslo.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was an incredible trip for me on so many levels. It was my first time back in Asia since my first ever solo backpacking trip in 2014. I also gained some work experience whilst out there as I was participating in a mental health programme and finally it was my first time working with a company for a large-scale project. I joined Plan My Gap Year's Mental Health and Psychology programme as part of my final elective programme in order to complete my Mental Health Nursing degree. I was also working with PMGY whilst out there, creating video content for their social media platforms. Sri Lanka as a country is not somewhere that had ever really crossed my mind before this trip, however it has quickly become one of my favourite countries and definitely somewhere I would return to - which is rare for me as I usually like to keep going to new places. If you want to know more about my time in Sri Lanka, I've written a blog post summarising everything!

The Maldives

The Maldives isn't somewhere that I thought i'd visit in a million years. In my head it was this incredibly luxurious place that only the rich and famous could afford to visit. In reality, it's a lot more affordable than you'd think if you know how to do it right. I stayed on a local island called Maafushi, which is much cheaper than staying on one of the private resort islands. It was every bit as beautiful as you would expect the Maldives would be. Unfortunately I was there during rainy season and it rained a lot of the time I was there, but that has just made me more determined to go back! I went as a long weekend through PMGY as it is one of the weekend trips they offer if you're volunteering in Sri Lanka. I cannot describe how incredible The Maldives are. I've never been much of a beach person, but I genuinely didn't want to leave.

Wales

Wales is actually somewhere that I've wanted to visit for quite a while! I've mentioned previously that I want to have visited all of the UK and Ireland before embarking on a round the world trip in a couple of years time, so I was keen to get started with Wales now that I live a bit closer to it. This was mine and my boyfriend's first adventure away together so that made it even more special. We only went for a couple of days but we managed to climb to the top of Snowdon and zip-wired through some underground caves. I won't insert a picture of us at the top of Snowdon in this blog post as it was so ridiculously wet and windy up there we both look like messes!

Oslo, Norway

This was a trip that I actually booked pretty spontaneously back in August. I knew I wanted to go somewhere in December after having an incredible time in Berlin last year, so jumped onto the Skyscanner everywhere feature and booked myself the cheapest flights I could find for some random dates in December. So off to Oslo it was! In hindsight maybe it wasn't my brightest idea because I very quickly learnt that although the flights were cheap, everything else in Norway is VERY expensive! It also wasn't the easiest place to visit in the winter thanks to the low temperatures (it got down to -16 with wind chill while I was there!) as well as the lack of day light that meant most places were only open 10/11am-3/4pm. However I loved every minute of my time there, despite it not being somewhere that I probably would have thought to visit had it not been for the cheap flights. A definite highlight for me was the Viking Ship Museum - they have one of the best preserved Viking ships in the World and the history nerd in me was unbelievably excited by it all!


So i've now visited a grand total of 8% of our great planet and 24% of Europe - I can't wait to see what the rest of the world has in store for me!

Where did you travel to in 2018?

. Saturday, 3 November 2018 .
This post has kindly been sponsored by Panasonic - a leader in beauty products UK - however, as always, this has not impacted upon the opinions expressed in this blog post. Please note, this blog post features affiliate links, so I will make a small commission if you purchase through my link. It doesn't cost you anything extra and it really helps me out, so if you do decide to purchase due to my recommendation I would really appreciate you doing so through my links!

With Christmas fast approaching (apologises to anyone who is still in denial about this) I've started to think about what I might like to find under the Christmas tree. So I thought I'd share that with you guys in case you're stuck for ideas of what to ask for or gift for a loved one!


https://amzn.to/2yPOU97 

I have a love-hate relationship with shaving. I love my skin feeling soft and smooth but hate the effort of shaving. Particularly during the winter months when my skin is pretty dry, shaving really does feel like a chore. Epilation is something I've always thought about braving because the results last longer than shaving, however the thought of it has always made me wince a little. I love that this Epilator from Panasonic has a 'normal' and 'soft' mode so I can introduce myself to epilating in a more gentle manner. It also comes with 6 different attachments so it can be used all over your body. Another plus is that it can be used dry or wet, meaning I don't have to waste water by removing hair in the shower. It has a flexible pivoting head so its always in contact with the skin and 48 tweezers to remove every last hair.
I've seen some great reviews for this product so hopefully i'll get to try it out this festive season!



https://go.magik.ly/ml/gzqe/
If you watch my YouTube channel, you'll probably know that I'm OBSESSED with Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk lipstick. The only slight downside to it is that it's a matte finish. Most of the time I love this, but in the Winter my lips are just too dry to be wearing a matte lip colour. However CT has recently released their iconic shade in a superstar lips formula, which is a lipstick with a glossy finish. I'm desperate to pick this up so I can wear my perfect nude all year round, but it's currently out of stock so I just need to keep my hopes up that it will come back into stock before Christmas!



https://go.magik.ly/ml/gzrc/


The Benefit Roller Lash is a cult favourite and there's a good reason for it! I missed the initial hype under the false pretence that no mascara was good enough to justify its £21.50 price tag, but boy was I wrong! I've worn it every single day since I purchased it and the thought of it running out is just too much to bare quite frankly. Christmas seems like the perfect excuse to treat myself to something that I want and know i'll get loads of use out of, but don't necessarily want to pay the price tag. Plus there's quite often a few Benefit gift sets available around Christmas, so it might be worth keeping your eye out for a gift set. It's a great way to save money, restock a favourite and maybe try out some other Benefit products that you haven't tried before.





https://go.magik.ly/ml/gzrj/

I absolutely love the overall aesthetic of Ted Baker's brand but I've never tried anything from their beauty range. So when I came across this little set whilst hunting online for gifts for others it went straight on my Christmas list! The set is made up of an eyeliner, two eyeshadow crayons, a highlighting crayon, a mascara and an eyeshadow palette. I love the rose gold look of this set and it comes in a gorgeous box so makes for a perfect gift! Plus it's the perfect little set to throw in your bag for a weekend away when you want to create a beautiful makeup look.


https://go.magik.ly/ml/gzse/
I very rarely wear nail polish, simply because I rarely have the patience to paint them and wait for it to dry! Nothing frustrates me more than smudging my nails because I've been too impatient. However one of my favourite nail brands is Essie - if I do paint my nails it's quite often with one of their colours. This little set is a perfect Christmas gift with a mix of a festive pop of red with two more wearable, everyday shades. I rarely finish a nail varnish so these smaller pots are perfect for me. And if you can't paint your nails during the festive period, then when can you?!





https://go.magik.ly/ml/gzcj/
My final pick that I wanted to share with you is something I've actually very recently picked up! But it's just so beautiful I had to share it with you guys anyway because if you don't already own it and you love Nude/Pink eyeshadows then you NEED this palette in your life. This is the New Nude eyeshadow palette from Huda Beauty. The palette contains ten matte shades, four reflective shades, two pressed glitters, one pressed pearl shade and a concealer base. If you want to see my first impression of this beauty you can check it out here.


Thank you so much to Panasonic for sponsoring this blog post. What is top of your Christmas list this year? I'd love to know!