Monday, 28 November 2016

NEW IN: CUSTOM PHONE CASES + GIVEAWAY!



If there's one thing I love is phone cases, and anyone who knows me in real life will agree with that. I am constantly looking for new cases and my phone never looks the same. A few months ago I wrote a blog post about a phone case and a laptop skin I got from CaseApp, today I wanted to show you two more cases I recently got from CaseApp too.

In case you don't know, CaseApp is an online store that lets you create your own custom iPhone case/laptop skin. They also have some great designs if you're not feeling too creative. I got two phone cases this time - one of them designed by myself and the other one I chose it from their designs.



The first one (and my favourite too!) is this pink and gold case. I absolutely love the colours and the pattern. Not only that but I ordered the 'tough' version so it really protects my phone. One thing I hate about most of my cases is that, even though they look cute, they're not really protective which is kind of the point of a case after all. This one completely covers my phone's edges and most of the buttons as well. It's like double case - it has a black rubbery case that's under the hard outer case. 



The second case I got is one that I designed. I have been obsessed with burgundy later so, obviously, I had to have a case that colour. To make it unique I added my name in a ver fancy font and I added these two white lines because I thought it looked more fancy. I like how simple it is and I think it's nice to have a more 'professional' or 'adult' case... You know, fake it until you make it! 

I am so in love with both of these cases and I totally recommend CaseApp if you're looking to get some new ones for your phone! And because it's Christmas and it's the season to give I am giving you not only a 20% off any of your orders (using the code: RAWR20) but I'm also hosting a giveaway - you can win a free product of your choice from their website (up to £22). You can enter below! And good luck :)



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Friday, 25 November 2016

MY CHOKER COLLECTION




Do I love necklaces? Not really. Whilst, I do own a few that I wear on rather special occasions I have never been known for wearing a lot of jewellery other than the same pearl earrings every day. However, if there is one thing I have been obsessed with lately is chokers. 

When this trend first came out I was like ‘Oh no, not in a million years’. I liked how they looked on other people (i.e. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid) but I never thought  they would look good on me. I decided to buy my first choker because I saw a similar one on Kourtney Kardashian and I fell in love, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Here’s my collection.

ASOS long choker: So this is the one I first bought, inspired by one of Kourtney’s looks. I really love it and I love that you can wear it in different ways - wrapped around three times, tied in a big lace or bow-tie style, etc.

ASOS classic choker: After my first one I decided I needed a classic one, so I got a plain velvet black choker. I think it was about £5 on ASOS, which is a pretty good price since I’ve worn it so many times this summer!

Zaful lace choker: I love lace - from bralettes, to tops to chokers. I think its give a very sexy touch to any outfit and this choker is no exception! It looks so nice when I’m wearing quite a plain outfit as it adds some texture. 

Zaful charm choker: Technically, this is my sister’s but I’m keeping it until I see her as I got it for her recently (I’m such a good sister, I know). It’s not really my style but I feel like it would look good with anything from Brandy Melville - you know, a very laid back outfit with a cap and this choker.

ASOS coloured choker: This is the only choker I own that's no black - and also the one I wear the least. Coincidence? I also think this one is better for summer as it's thinner and more colourful and we all know that me, winter and colour is just not a thing. 


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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

GETTING INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT



Even though I think Christmas doesn't officially start until after Thanksgiving, it's mid November so I guess it's about time to do a Christmassy post. 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year by far. It's not only when I get to go home and see my family, but it's also my birthday and there's yummy food around every day. Also, there is just something magical about this celebration, it makes me feel happy. I love getting into this "festive spirit" and I do take everything related to Christmas very seriously - from wrapping the presents to decorating the house. 

There are a few things or "traditions" I like to do every year to get into the mood and feel like it's Christmas in November.

Christmas music

Being honest, I start listening to Christmas music in October #noshame. I love Michale Bublé and Glee. I am currently listening to a list on Spotify crated by a friend of mine and it's honestly amazing - it has all the classics and some other cool songs I didn't know. My Spotify is: so you can follow me to see what I'm listening to!

Fairy lights

Some people have fairy light on the whole year around but I like to save them for Christmas, or winter in general. It makes the room look so cosy!

Eggnog latte

Call me basic but Starbucks' eggnog latte is what makes Christmas Christmas. It tastes exactly like the holidays would taste like.... if they had a flavour. Frothy lattes with nutmeg in red cups is how I start most of my morning from November until mid December.

Ice Rinks

The first sign that Christmas are coming is when I see that the Natural History Museum's ice rink is being built, once again. I walk past it almost every morning on my way to uni, so the day that it's finished and the massive tree is up: CHRISTMAS TIME!! Even though that's probably around Halloween, so a TAD early but makes me feel Christmassy nonetheless and I love ice skating!

Buying Presents

I am the kind of person who loves buying presents for other people and I am the complete opposite to a last-minute Christmas shopper. It's mid-November and I have most of my presents sorted already - this is how excited I get about Christmas. The one thing that really gets me into a festive mood though is wrapping presents. Cute wrapping paper, ribbon, name tags... this is all I need to be happy.






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Saturday, 19 November 2016

APPS AND WEBSITES ALL STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

This is my fourth Christmas in a row that I will spend revising for finals. It's not only annoying because all I want to do during the holidays is drink hot chocolate and chill with my sister, but it's also extremely inconvenient as I have a lot of 'social events' for Christmas' Eve, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, my birthday, etc. Therefore, I have kind of mastered the art of revising when there's no time to revise.

There are some apps and websites that are literally what have gotten me through university - I would 100% mention them in my dissertation's acknowledgements but I don't think my supervisor would appreciate it... Anyway, if you have exams coming up or are interested in finding new online tools to help you revise, this is your post!



Rainy Mood

Unlike some people, I can't listen to music when I'm revising. It is too distracting. However, the silence can be a bit too much and can honestly drive me insane. What I like to do is to listen to Rainy Mood, which is just the sound of rain and thunders which I find very relaxing and it helps me concentrate.

Mendeley Desktop

This is super handy if you study science or read a lot of papers. I started using these to organise the hundreds of papers I had to read to write a literature review last year. It is the best way to keep all the papers in one place and to annotate them. 

Focus Keeper

This is an app which is basically a timer but better. What it does is it prevent you from burning out by making you focus for short periods of time and taking a "long" break every four sessions. To be honest the only reason why I use this is because it makes it more fun, I don't know if this "only focus for 25min at a time" works or not, but the app adds some excitement to my otherwise boring revision life. 

Evernote

The reason why I use Evernote is because I like to write things to down to either test myself or to visualise things a bit more clearly. I like evernote because I can have all my notes in one place and can organise them in chapters or subjects. I also love that I can sync it with my phone so I can read them when I'm not at home - if you see me on my phone at a club I'm 100% reading my notes on Plastic Electronics. 



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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

HOW TO GET OVER A WRITER'S BLOCK



It doesn’t matter how creative you are, you’ve probably been stuck at some point thinking “What on earth do I write about?!” 

Been there, done that. 

Over the years I have realised that there are certain things that really help me get some inspiration and, since I am pretty sure I am not the only person who is in this situation more often that I wished, I thought I would share with you my best ways to get creative! 

Movies

If I am not rushed in time, this is probably what helps me the most. It can’t be any movie though, it’s usually bad-ass action movies where the main character is a movie. One of my faves is Never (literally love that movie), I guess seeing bad-ass women kick some ass inspires me.

Fake online shopping

What does this mean you may ask, well, it means going on your favourite online store and ‘pretend’ you’re shopping. The reason why I like that is because I imagine outfits in my head and usually inspires me to write some fashion posts about latest trends or outfit ideas.

Showering

Everyone knows that the best ideas are thought of in the shower. It’s like dark magic, no one knows why but it’s true. I’m pretty sure I have had most of my best ideas while showering so you know, if you’re ever stuck, go wash your hair!

Bloglovin

This is quite intuitive - reading through many posts from other bloggers is a very easy way to pick up some ideas and get inspired. 

Forgetting about it

Sometimes the best way to come up with new ideas it to forget about and do other things. So go out with your friends, go for a run or just go cook something! Anything to take your mind off things, you never know when you'll get inspired! 



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Sunday, 13 November 2016

PISTACHIO & WHITE CHOCOLATE CAKE




One of my favourite foods ever is pistachio. I love nuts in general, but pistachio has a special place in my heart. A while ago (as in, many weeks ago when I was still wearing shorts and going to the beach), my friend and I felt like baking. After browsing Pinterest, we decided to bake a Pistachio and White Chocolate cake. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. 

I’m not going to dwell on because I know all you want to do is read how to make this bit of heaven. So here it is!

Ingredients

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g chopped pistachios
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


For the icing:

  • 150g white chocolate
  • 150g softened unsalted butter
  • 150g icons sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • Pistachios for decoration


How to


Start by preheating the oven to 200˚C and line two cake tine (of similar or preferably same size).

Cream the butter and sugar together and add the eggs, making sure everything is well mixed. Add the flour, baking powder and milk and wick until it has a creamy texture. Add the pistachios and the white chocolate bits and mix. 

Then divide the mixture between the two tins and bake at 180˚C for half an hour. Once it’s done, leave it at room temperature to cool down.

For the icing:

Cream the butter and icing sugar and then add the white chocolate (melted). Mix very well until it looks even and has a creamy texture.

Once the cakes are cool, spread the icing on one cake and then place the second one on top. Spread what you have left of the icing on top and garnish with some pistachios.


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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

STICKERS TO PERSONALISE EVERYTHING



I remember being like 10 and the only thing I really wanted for Christmas was a machine that turned anything into stickers. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Literally, I was so obsessed with it. Unfortunately, my parents (or Santa) didn't think it was cool because I never got it...

I am 20 now, so i guess I am a bit too old to get toys for Christmas. However, I’ve found the website equivalent to my childhood dream: Sticker App*. It’s a website that allows you to turn any photo or image into a sticker (or design your own if you're feeling creative) - you can choose the style as well: metallic, matte, shiny, transparent, etc. It is so cool, and it’s perfect to personalise literally anything you want. 

I got three different stickers and I definitley got way too excited when I got them in the mail - I don’t even get that excited when my ASOS parcels arrive, and that's saying A LOT.


First of all, I got a transparent sticker of my name and some arty green watercolour. I designed it using Photoshop and I am so happy with how it turned out! They are rather small, which I think is perfect as it makes it look so cute. I’ve been sticking these everywhere: my laptop, my diary, my bed, my phone cases, etc. 

I wanted to get one that reminded me of summer, because I love summer and I always have amazing memories from all of my summer holidays. Watermelon also happens to be my all time favourite fruit (and it’s also very pretty) so I got some watermelon stickers too. Seeing these whenever I walk around my room or when i open my diary literally makes me so happy, and takes me back to long and hot days spent by the beach.


Finally, I also got some festive stickers because I absolutely love Christmas (duh?). I am planning to use these to decorate presents and to seal envelopes for Christmas cards, it’s going to look SO COOL! 

By the way, if you happen to be as obsessed with stickers as me, here's a 20% discount code for Sticker App: 20RAWRBOWS ;)
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

BEST TV SHOWS TO BINGE WATCH ON LAZY SUNDAYS



Sundays are by far my favourite day of the week. Yes, it's the day before Monday but I am being honest, I don't dislike Mondays that much. I wake up relatively early every day anyway, and I do uni work almost every day as well - so  Monday are not that bad. 

Sundays are the only day when I don’t set an alarm (even though I still naturally wake up kind of early, around 9AM). But because I try to get most of my work done on Friday and Saturday, I don’t usually have a lot of work to do on Sundays meaning that I get to stay in bed chilling for a while before having to adult. 

These mornings are usually spent doing some blog work - writing, editing photos, scheduling blogs, sharing posts, replying to e-mails, etc. However, I enjoy doing these things so they don’t feel like work. Plus, I usually watch some TV show whilst ‘working’ on my blog. I definitley follow more TV shows than I should but I thought I would share with you some of my favourites, that I love to watch during “lazy” Sundays. 


BEN AND LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?



If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know that I absolutely love The Bachelor. And before anyone says anything: I know it’s a crappy TV show but I enjoy watching it so who cares. It is the kind of show you don’t really need to pay attention to follow, so it’s good to watch whilst doing other things. I love how sweet and cute Ben is, and Lauren is just hilarious (and no hate but sometimes she is/pretends to be a BIT dumb…she’s still cool though).


KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS


Oh, the Kardashians! I have no shame and I 100% love them. I do think they are ridiculously clever - they have built an empire and make millions just by breathing - and, honestly, watching them live their lives motivates me to get shit done. 


SEX & THE CITY


Sex & The City is the kind of TV show I binge watch one day and then don’t watch it again for months. I like that the episodes are 20min, instead of the usual 40min, and also I feel like Carrie and her friends are the literal representation of me and my friends, which I find hilarious. 

FRIENDS


I might be one of the few people who doesn’t love Friends and who hasn’t seen many episodes but, recently, I’ve been watching some whilst working as it’s quite funny and it doesn’t require a lot of attention to follow the plot. 
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

AUTUMN & HALLOWEEN IN NOTTING HILL | OUT AND ABOUT

Notting Hill is undoubtedly one of London's most famous neighbourhoods - the colourful houses, the vintage cutlery at Portobello Market, the street food and the quirky little shops. Anyone who ever steps in London is probably going to visit Notting Hill, and there's no wonder why.

I recently went for brunch to Farmacy with my friend Amita and after indulging on some healthy and delicious Mexican Bowl and Florentine Eggs, we decided to walk around Notting Hill. There's no better place to get some dreamy autumnal photos, specially if Halloween is just around the corner! 

Massive spiders on Mini Coopers, brown leaves falling onto Range Rovers and living rooms with massive chandeliers and grand pianos with views to gardens covered in spider's net, skeletons and pumpkins - that's what you'll find there around this time of the year, just take a look at some of these beautiful photos I snapped last weekend! 












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