Wednesday, April 30, 2014

25 random questions

I'm sorry for not blogging, but my dissertation deadline is in exactly 11 days so at the moment all I can think about is this deadline! After May 12th I promise I'll blog more. But right now I'll blog whenever I take a break and feel like blogging, but as I spend all day every day behind my laptop at the moment, my breaks usually consist of going out for a quick walk or going to the gym. I found this list of 25 random questions on the brand new Chapter Friday blog (it's awesome, you should check it out) so I decided to answer them too. 
picture from Tumblr 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Love: Givenchy Antigona mini

Let's start this Sunday with some pretty eye candy. I spotted the most amazing and cutest handbag ever: the Givenchy Antigona MINI (check this link to see how small it really is). Now, you now about my love for the Antigona bag, and you also know about my love for mini handbags, so you can understand that this is just absolute perfection in my eyes. I tried it on at Harrods and it's just    ! I'll have to save up because this must be my next handbag (which leaves me plenty of time to think about which colour I should pick!) What do you think?
Givenchy Antigona Mini, mytheresa.com

Friday, April 25, 2014

Running/training update III

First of all, I want to thank you for the positive feedback you've given me on my health post. A lot of you have read it and I hope I managed to somehow inspire you or make you think a bit about 'stuff' :) About two weeks left and I'll we running We Own The Night together with my friends! That also means I have about two weeks until I have to submit my dissertation... but let's forget that for a minute, blogging is my relaxation!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meridian Nut Bars

Protein helps your muscles recover and grow, so when you work out it's essential to eat protein. You can find protein in things like chicken/turkey, eggs, milk, yoghurt, fish, edamame and nuts. But sometimes you don't have time to make a protein-filled meal right after your work-out, so Meridian (yes, from the almond butter) just launched nut bars, the perfect post-work out snack. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sweet & savoury healthy snack ideas

As most of my time is now spent at my desk, writing my dissertation, I sometimes get a little bored. And when I'm bored, I eat. Though I have a lot of chocolate left from Easter, I decided I needed to come up with some better snacks. It might be easy to grab some chocolates or crisps, but these snacks are almost just as easy to "prepare" and they're a much better alternative. 

Kurobuta - Marble Arch

Remember my post about the little Japanese pop-up restaurant on King's Road? I said I'd be first in line to try out the new Marble Arch branch. Okay, I wasn't exactly the first, but I managed to book a table just a few days after the opening. I took my mom to Kurobuta as a surprise, crossing my fingers that she would like it as much as I do.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Layered berry & avocado smoothie

I haven't exactly mastered the art of making a perfect smoothie with different layers, but I gave it my best shot this morning and this is the result! Three delicious layers which make the perfect, filling smoothie. Keep reading to see the recipe :) Hope you're all having a lovely Easter Sunday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

My opinion on the health hype

I've been wanting to write a post like this but I don't know where to start. This health hype has brought up so many thoughts, opinions and points of view and I want to share mine too. It's past midnight when I'm writing this, so it's likely going to be a big post filled with unconnected random thoughts, but I've tried to put somewhat of a structure into it with small headings. I can tell you already, this is going to be a really long post with a lot of text and different to what I usually post. Here we go...
I didn't actually find a fitting picture for this post, so here's a pic of one of my colourful breakfasts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers

Okay so maybe I'm a little bit late to the party but I've been loving these Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers lately. I didn't think much of them at first but after seeing them on a few blogs I think they are the perfect sneakers, styled with jeans or even bare legs. They are more expensive than a pair of Isabel Marant sneakers but I prefer this style of sneaker much more. I like these black ones but the brown ones are really nice too and something different than the usual black. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daily make-up

I just realised that I've never made a post about the make-up I use every day. I think it's quite interesting to see what other girls use, so here is my daily make up post! Most days of the week I'll use all of these products in the morning as my basic make-up routine. It's 14 make-up products and tools in total, which seems like quite a lot, but isn't really, I promise ;). I'll tell you a little bit about each product or link to previous blogposts.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Banana bread recipe

I blogged about banana bread more than 2 years ago, can you still remember? It was so delicious, but I kind of forgot about it afterwards. Until the health craze started and everyone started posting recipes of banana pancakes, overnight oats and banana bread. The banana bread recipes nowadays are much healthier, so I decided to give it another go. I tried one recipe but the banana bread came out too moist and "thick" to my liking. Yesterday I gave it another shot and it turned out perfectly! I present to you the perfectly healthy banana bread:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lululemon, Covent Garden

The past few years I've been hearing great things about the Canadian sports- and yoga-wear brand Lululemon. But I've been hearing one thing that really made me want to try out this brand: pockets. It seems to be an impossible mission to find work-out/running bottoms which have good pockets. I need a pocket for my iPod, keys and also preferably a pocket which fits my phone. So often I find nice work-out leggings, but they have zero pockets which is so inconvenient (I only make exceptions for really cool ones). 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

When life gives you lemons, make limoncello

A few days ago I stumbled upon the new Kate Spade shop in Covent Garden, and as I always love their little accessories I popped in to have a look at what they have in store for the summer. I shouldn't have done that because I fell head over heels in love with the lemon collection. Especially the quote "when life gives you lemons, make limoncello" is cute, fun and so perfect for summer! Italian lemons truly are the best in the world so why not base a whole collection on it? I want it all!
one // two // three // four 

 one // two // three // four 
 one // two // three // four 

I also just had to share these last four non-lemony accessories, aren't they cute?! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Super fruity breakfast bowl (recipe)

Now that warmer days are ahead of us, it's time to switch that breakfast porridge to something more refreshing, colourful and fruity. I LOVE that the berry season has started again. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries... who doesn't love them? This week I decided to put a little more effort into my brekkie and came up with this super fruity breakfast bowl!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H&M Conscious: tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that H&M's Conscious Exclusive line is coming out tomorrow. Better be quick if you're planning on getting one of the best items! My favourite item which I will definitely have a look at is this lace top, which Angelica Blick just blogged about. It's so beautiful and romantic. I can definitely see myself wearing it this summer!

My top 10 health & fitness instagram accounts

You might have noticed that there are so many instagram accounts all dedicated to healthy food and/or fitness. But which ones are actually worth following? I follow a lot of them but I've made a selection of my 10 favourite accounts. If you want a little food, fitness or health inspiration, you might like some of the following accounts. Oh and if you want some inspiration from your truly, you can follow me on instagram as well!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mondays

Monday's aren't the easiest of days. You've just had a fun, relaxing weekend and all you want is snooze the alarm until Tuesday. But hey, it's a brand new week, why not start it well? Make yourself an extra delicious breakfast, or have something to look forward to like a good home made dinner or a new episode of your favourite show. New week, new goals and motivation!

I made this breakfast last Sunday in Belgium but I'd do anything to have it right now! The Indian mango (Alphonso mango) season has officially started. If you haven't tried Indian mangos, you don't know what you're missing. They are sweeter and have a much more intense flavour than other mangos. They are hard to get your hands on (not sold at supermarkets) but I found them at Brick Lane last year. I combined them with oranges, strawberries and blueberries. I love that the fruity season has started again!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Running/training update II

A little bit more than a month left and I'll be running the 10k at Nike's We Own The Night event. It seems to be even bigger compared to last year and some of my favourite bloggers are also participating in different cities. I went home to Belgium for 10 days and did much more running and exercise than I had planned to do. It was a good week :) 
the best running routes!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Catrice eyebrow powder

As much as I like trying new make-up products, once I find a winner I stick to it. One of these products is the brow powder duo from Catrice. I have blonde eyebrows which I like to make a little bit darker and give some more shape and definition. I like brow powder because give a very natural look, especially compared to brow pencils. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March in pictures

You quite seemed to like my February in pictures post, so I made another one for March. Maybe I'll make this a monthly thing now? A little sneak peek into my everyday life, I hope you enjoy :)

Around this time of the year I get to make my favourite bouquets with blue anemones and the most beautiful peach blossoms // my dog Nocho loves playing with tennis balls, she never gets tired!