Life Lately - Girlglobalising

It’s been a good few weeks since I sat down and typed out something for this blog. Any motivation or inspiration I may have had in the past has melted away in recent weeks.

I didn’t feel as though I had anything I wanted to photograph and talk about, nor have I been on any trips lately that have made me want to share it with you.

Rather than sit here and wallow in the lack of inspiration, I thought I’d take a look back at my life lately and celebrate the happiness of the little things in life.

Here are a few things that have been making me smile at life lately.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

We had a quick stopover in Oxford a few weekends ago to catch up with Dom’s parents. It included a very quick look around the Weston Library. I’d never been there before but I was pretty amazed at all the light and architecture there. Not your average stuffy old library!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Those few days that felt like spring had arrived? Yeah, they were good days. I can’t wait for the sun to show it’s face again – it makes everybody so much happier.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

International Women’s Day. So amazing to see everybody celebrating how great women are. I shared this old photo on Instagram (follow me here) of my Mum and Grandma. My absolute favourite women and I’m not sure what I’d do without them.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Speaking of which, I had a lovely day out with my Mum in Windsor. Since we live on opposite sides of the country we are often looking for somewhere to meet in the middle. Windsor is closer to London than the middle, but still worth the day trip. A charming little town and the Castle is well worth a visit.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

I’ve had quite a few meetings at work lately and some of those have been taking place in this amazing building. The Wills Memorial Building has such an amazing ceiling, I’m in awe every time I go there.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Baths have become a bit of a regular thing for me recently. I’ve been visiting Lush quite a lot, a shop I used to avoid on the high street. Even thought it’s a bit embarrassing when the shop assistants ask if I’m looking for presents and actually I’m normally only looking for me! This heart shaped one had little dried roses that floated around the bath. LUSH!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally, meeting this friendly little guy in the hardware shop – how appropriate considering it was National Puppy Day yesterday. I had a lovely espresso martini last weekend. I’ve put an ‘eating out ban’ on me and Dom in an effort to save money, be healthier and cook more. Last weekend was the first time we had been out in ages, so I thought a cocktail would be more than appropriate.

So that’s all that’s been happening in my life lately. Hopefully the inspiration will be back soon and I can crack on with creating some content. Have an amazing weekend!

xx

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

I am back at it with the healthy baking.

A few weeks ago I posted about these sugar free Banana Breakfast Bars, which are pretty fab if I do say so myself.

Once again we ended up with a few slightly over ripe bananas and I thought I’d have another go at a sugar free baking.

This time I bring you virtually sugar free blueberry muffins.

These are not as sweet as the breakfast bars turned out to be, but what can you expect from baking without sweeteners, hey.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

All you will need:

2 very ripe bananas
250g Self raising flour
125ml Water
125ml Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
A drop of Vanilla extract
4 tbsp of Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup (optional)
1 tsp Biocarbonate of soda
2 tsp Baking powder
Blueberries
A sprinkling of granulated sugar and desiccated coconut

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Start by pre-heating the over to 200 degrees (fan). Mash your bananas in a medium sized bowl, then add the water, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla and honey. Stir until combined.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Sift together the flour and baking powders, before adding it to the wet ingredients. Stir until combined and then pop in the blueberries.

Divide between 12 muffin cases, then sprinkle over a little granulated sugar and desiccated coconut (this should add a nice little textured top to the muffins) and pop in the oven for 20 mins or until the tops are that golden brown.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Obviously these aren’t going to be exactly like your traditional blueberry muffins, but by virtue of them being sugar free blueberry muffins, it means you can have two, right?

Enjoy!

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

My obsession with homeware, in particular cute and kitsch homeware, has grown enormously in the last few years. The move from shared student hovel, to a flat shared with a friend and now with a boyfriend has expanded my designated areas from just one single room to many rooms, which I can fill with all kinds of knick knacks.

The use of Instagram and Pinterest is probably due to my new found home aspirations. Seeing other peoples beautifully curated interiors has made me all the more aware of what I’d ideally like mine to look like.

Unfortunately for me, being in a rented flat puts a limit on what I can actually do in terms of home decor – Dom is pretty thankful for that I think!

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

In order to get around the fact that I can’t change the walls and floors, or the kitchen or bathroom, instead I fill the place with as many bits and pieces that I can.

Pot plants, cacti and succulents are great for adding greenery and if you can manage to keep the alive then that’s a bonus too. Cup and mugs seem to be my downfall at the moment. This little heart shaped fella was a valentine’s one picked up in Tiger. The white Ikea mugs that come with little cork coasters are an all time favourite of mine.

Little patterned side plates are perfect for snacks and for any blogging/instagram props you might need.

One of my favourite things we’ve picked up recently is this marble chopping board from Tiger. We use it as a board to display some candles on, and it sits on the dining table.

Big candles can act as lovely ornaments too, with the added bonus that they smell great and give the ultimate hygge vibes on cold miserable winter evenings. My latest is this giant Sandalwood one that I picked up in the House of Fraser sale. Although if you want the best decorative candles then head to Anthropologie – the mecca of homeware.

On my makeshift desk/dressing table I’ve added a pretty mirror from TK Maxx, plus I keep all my brushes in pretty glasses picked up from various places, and my perfumes on display for an extra touch of girly-ness.

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Best homeware - Girlglobalising

Photos, prints and paintings are a great way to add character to plain old magnolia walls, if you too have the joy of renting somewhere that won’t let you freshen up the paint.

There are so many places to find the best homeware on the highstreet. As mentioned Tiger is my favourite as most things only cost a couple of quid. TK Maxx has a really great homeware section with everything from bedroom pieces, to bathroom and kitchen additions.

H&M home is some where I often look for pretty home accessories, although I’m yet to place an order there. Ikea have an endless supply of Scandinavian homeware and department stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser often have great sale events throughout the year.

Anthropologie is where you want to head for the ultimate inspiration and if you’ve got a bit of extra money to spend. I popped in the other day, saw a pink velvet sofa and thought I’d died and gone to homeware heaven.

These are a few ways I make my rented flat a home, and indulge in a few interior trends as much as I can. Perhaps I’ll give you a little tour of my flat one day. Preferably on a day I’ve had a mad tidy and clean of the place.

Low key Valentine's Day - Girlglobalising

Happy Valentines Day!

It’s a bit of a funny old day isn’t it? I’m not really that bothered about celebrating it to be honest. I feel pretty neutral on the Valentine’s spectrum. It’s a nice day for sure. I’ll make Dom a card and maybe buy some chocolates (if he promises to share them with me…) and enjoy a quiet evening.

Some people love to go above and beyond on V day, with presents and chocolates and cards and expensive evenings out and that’s cool to if you’re into it. But I have to admit I don’t know any of these people. Most of my immediate friends and family are all about celebrating on the down low.

So for those of you that are looking to celebrate today, but also keep it fuss free, low maintenance and non-OTT here’s a few ideas for you.

Go handmade. Make a card, make it funny, personal, put an in-joke on there. Or make it soppy, write a poem and profess your love. Do what you want, it’s your own work. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Make something special. I’ll never forget the first Valentines day that Dom and I spent together – when he arrived with his Mum’s coolbag full of things to make dinner with. He made a steak salad, complete with slightly under cooked potatoes. But it was nice and it was something a little bit special without ending up in a slightly cringey, expensive restaurant. BBC Good Food have loads of things you could try out.

Plan something for later. Maybe you’re really busy at work, or you’ve had a stressful day and you just don’t want to do anything. That’s totally fine, don’t feel under pressure to celebrate for the sake of celebrating. Why not just plan a cool day trip for the weekend? Something to look forward.

Take some time for yourself. You could just spend the evening having a little bit of me-time. Maybe paint your nails or have a bath, read your book and have a G&T or two.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on flowers and meals out today – unless you want to of course. Let me know if you’re planning to celebrate today and I hope you have a goodun’ whatever your up to.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Here’s to a year of trying new things.

How many times do you have an idea that you’re really keen about, raring to get going on and then, well, never actually start? This is the story of my life. Lots of grand ideas and zero follow through.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

How long have I wanted to join a class or try something new and then just sat around thinking about it rather than getting up off the sofa and actually started it? A very long time is the answer you’re looking for.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

So fresh off the back of my first pottery lesson (which was brilliant) I’ve decided that 2017 will be the year of activity. Of actually following up on a few things and starting a some new hobbies.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Anything from calligraphy, to dress making and sewing, to a dance class or cooking lesson, I’m going to give it all a go this year. Pottery can now be ticked off the list and if there’s one thing that can be said for trying something new, then it’s to get fully involved and not to worry about it. Get in there and embrace the fact that you’re not going to be perfect and it’s going to be a messy job, but it will also be an accomplishment and something that you’ve wanted to achieve for ages.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

The class I took part in was held at Elisabeth Barry Ceramics studio in Bath. She has some serious pottery talent, which I tried and failed to replicate. Make sure you check out her website for some beautiful minimalist pots, cups and bowls.

And while I may not have created such delicate pieces as Elisabeth makes, she was a fantastic teacher and I’ve still come away with a couple of pieces that I will proudly use for whatever takes my fancy – providing they survive the kiln that is…

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

There’s a lot to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone. As we’re always told, but never really listen – ‘you never know what you might achieve’. Here’s to a year of trying new things.