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Flavoured Water

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been having a heatwave in England. Even with the recent thunderstorms, it is super warm. I don’t drink enough water at the best of times, let alone when there’s a heatwave! I made myself some flavoured water, and consuming water is now a whole lot easier. I’m not sure if it’s better for you than normal water but it is tastier, and that’s what matters.

You will need:
Any sort of fruit (except bannana.) Citrus fruit works well, as does cucumber!
A tray or two of ice cubes

Step 1: Chop up your fruit and veg, and muddle it (bash it with a spoon) in your jug! I used lemon, orange, cucumber and melon but in the fututre I’d like to try either cucumber by itself or lemon and orange.

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The thermometer proves how hot it’s been. The photo was even taken at 5pm.

Step 2: Pour in your water and ice cubes and leave the jug in the fridge for an hour or two.

That’s it, simple! I think flavoured water would be really fun to have at dinner parties – the colouful fruit makes it look really classy 🙂 When you’ve finished your jug you can just keep on topping it up with water throughout the day.

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flavoured water 4Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying the summer if it’s summer where you are. I’m enjoying spending some time with my boyfriend in the north east (we’re getting through season one of Buffy pretty quickly, I’m hooked) and trying not to think about the fact that I’m a graduate!

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Packing for Beach Holidays

In my teens, I was a terrible packer. I would use holidays as an excuse to wear all of my favourite and more adventurous clothes, and as a result I would take half my wardrobe on holiday with me. I’m talking three-changes-of-clothes-and-a-pair-of-heels-every-day style packing. This meant that my suitcase was a nightmare to carry around, and I didn’t wear most of the things I’d brought with me anyway. Beaches, cobbled streets, and 5 inch heels do not go well together. I like to think that my packing ability has improved vastly in recent years. I even managed 5 days in Barcelona with just what I could fit in a large handbag. Packing light makes travelling that bit easier, and you don’t have to waste any of your beach time deciding what to wear! Here are my top tips for packing for beach holidays.

1. Travel comfy

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I like to travel in clothes that are comfy, won’t be too hot when I arrive in the sunshine, but serve as backup in case I need some warmer cothes when abroad. To save space, wear on the plane the jumper/ jacket / cardigan that you will wear on cooler evenings on holiday! Jeans, a t-shirt and boots are practical but still make me feel good (if I was a fashion magazine, I would use the phrase “casual chic” here.)

2. Don’t bring heels

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Shoes take up space, and you don’t need heels! Use this oppurtunity to give your feet a break, and go out in sandals instead. I find that all I need is a pair of flip flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for dinner and dancing. If I want to do any serious walking, I can just wear the boots that I travelled in.

3. Mix and match neutral separates

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All your clothes will go with each other if they belong to the same colour palette, and (apart from lots of patterns) my wardrobe is dominated by denim and neutral colours. If your favourite clothes are blue, white and green, then bring separates in these colours instead. You can wear the same shorts three times with three different tops and have three totally different outifts. This saves so much space, and when you’re abroad you won’t have to think about what to wear because everything will match.

4. Dress up playsuits for night-time

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For me, beach holidays are all about patterned playsuits. They’re so summery and fun, and leave plenty of skin exposed for tanning! With different jewellery and a bright red lipstick, I can wear all of these playsuits into the evening too, which saves space 🙂

5. Wear different shaped bikinis for a better tan

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To avoid getting bad tan lines, wear bikinis with different shapes. Your bikini is probably the thing that you will be wearing the most, so make sure you love it! I always wear a sunhat to keep my face from getting burned, and don’t forget your garish sunglasses!

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Don’t forget your sun cream and camera, and happy holidaying! Are you going to the beach this summer? Do you have any tips for packing for the beach?

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Lemon and Ginger Sorbet

Life here is hot, and I’m not complaining! When I need a little cooling down, I find sorbet so refreshing. I probably prefer sorbet to ice cream. No matter how full I am, I can always manage a scoop of sorbet! I had a go at making my own ginger and lemon version. I love this combination, ginger is one of my favourite flavours and it’s so good for you – it’s an anti-nauseant which means it’s a great hangover cure. Here’s how I did it,

You will need:
Four lemons
A big knob of ginger
400g sugar

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Step 1: Put the sugar in a large pan with 750 ml water. Peel and chop the ginger finely and add this to the pan with the juice of all four lemons, and the rind of one lemon.

Step 2: Simmer the pan for 30 mins

Step 3: Pour the mixture into a dish and freeze. If like me, you don’t have an ice cream mixture, just stir the sorbet after 2 hours and then leave to freeze overnight.

To serve, let the sorbet defrost in the fridge for ten minutes and give it a good stir before spooning into bowls or glasses.

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Enjoy! How do you like to keep cool when it’s hot?

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Kiwi and strawberry pastry

I am not very good at eating fruit. I always buy it, promising myself that then I will eat it, but I end up snacking on crisps instead! This means that I often find myself with a lot of fruit to use up. This easy fruit pastry is a great way to use up a lot of fruit quickly, and it is SO tasty and summery! You could swap the kiwi and strawberry for bannanas, peaches, mango, whatever you like 🙂

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You will need:
A punnett of strawberries
3 kiwis
Honey
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 packet of puff pastry
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ground almonds

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Step 1: Chop up your fruit, and roll out your puff pastry so that it is rectangular.

Step 2: Spread out the fruit on your puff pastry, drizzle over some honey, and sprinkle on the coconut, sugar and almonds.

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Step 3: Bake in your oven on 180 degrees, or until the edges turn crispy.

That’s it! Serve up with a dollop of cream or ice cream.

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Maybe in the future I will be better at eating fruit, or maybe i’ll just give up and make lots of fruit pastries instead. This counts as healthy, right? Have a wonderful day 🙂

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What I Wore: Blue Braces

This pair of trousers with braces must be one of the comfiest items of clothing that I own. They’re so silky soft, it’s like wearing pyjamas all day, and I am a big fan of clothes that feel like pyjamas. Blue and white are one of my favourite colour combinations for outfits, but I’ve noticed recently that a lot of my clothes are blue, so I’m going to try and branch out and be more colourful. My trousers are from ASOS, my shirt is from Spain, my glasses were a present, and my shoes are vintage.

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Don’t you just love this rabbit ring? It was a birthday present and I adore it. Look at it’s little hat! The other ring is from Topshop, the green ring on my other hand is inherited and the large gold ring is from H&M.

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Have you had a nice day? My life at the moment, post-degree is a lot of barbeques, cocktails and reading / sleeping in the park. It’s so gloriuosly sunny and I hope it stays this way forever. This is my third summer in Yorkshire, however, so I know that the sunshine is always short lived. I will be sure to make the most of it!