MONDAY MUSE

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

YASSSS FINAL WEEK OF UNI!!

2nd years of uni is coming to a close and I kinda want to go back to the beginning… gone way too fast. I still remember all of my first year’s antics and want to relive every moment on repeat, well some of the moments.

Here to the final week and pushing for motivations of Spring as I have 6,000 words report due on Friday. Enjoy x

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// MUSIC //

^^ CHECK OUT MY APRIL PLAYLIST ^^ 

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MONDAY MUSE

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

Hey hey,

Monday is here again which means deadlines are closing in…

While I’mm trying to figure my week’s schedule, I’m trying to stay positive and avoid being too stressed out. Here are some summer inspirations to keep us all motivate through this slow Monday.

 

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A GIRL WHO CAN DO BOTH! | WEDNESDAY WARDROBE

Uncategorized, Wedneday Wardrobe

Hey hey, 

What is a girl who can do both, well, it started with getting a man who can do both!

I’m not saying that is the goal in life, but my one fo my close friend, Em is truly the definition of a girl who can do both!

Her style is an edgy minimalist, 90s inspired girl with a modern twist- imagine an Urban Outfitter having a secret love child with all things iconic in the 1990s.

That is Emma!

Check out her Style board for more details.

http://pin.it/NTS0pMf

Let me show you

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PARISIAN CHIC

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90s ROCK CHIC

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PHOTOGRAPHED, EDITED AND STYLED by ME

MODEL: EMMA LIU

Can’t wait to do it all over again!

What’s your style? 

Comment below

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Monday Muse

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

Hey hey,

Woking up to the smell of fresh coffee in the morning and pretty sunrise is all I need is beat this Monday Blues! But here are some photos I am inspired by, especially that statement black boots & golden eyes makeup!

 

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Perfect Valentine’s Day | S4

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

Hey hey,

What is happening tomorrow???

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow- this might make you extremely happy, sad or just plain meh

One of the happiest and saddest day- but I know we all got two men in our life who’s will always make us happy!! Special shout out to Ben&Jerry– I love you more and more every year! P.s. Happy 10 years Anniversary darling ūü§£

Anyways,

Here are some inspirations to help you through tomorrow!

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Just remember that you have to love yourself before anything else!

 Whatever your plans are tomorrow, be in the moment!

I am planning a wine and cheese night…How about you?

Comment below!

 

Perfect Valentine’s Day | S3

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Hey, hey

WHHHAAAATTT, it is not a restaurant review…?

What is happening?

I know, but it is still about food.

As part of the ‘Perfect Valentine’s Day’ series, here are some ideas on what to make at home rather than splashing money a meal at a restaurant- the prices and service charge are ridiculous just because it’s Valentine’s Day!

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MORNING

If you’re an early morning person and the idea of breakfast in bed is your ideal surprise then here are some of the easiest recipes to try and impress your significant other with your cooking skills.

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Photograph by Laura Edwards

Pancakes

Pancakes are perfect for pairing with coffee [tea, if you don’t like coffee] in the morning. The smell of pancake and butter cooking doesn’t wake you up, I don’t what will. Garnished with raspberries and cr√®me fra√ģche to cut the sweet and sickliness feeling of when you’ve eaten too many pancakes- remember the feeling of pancake day which is coming very soon!

For my non-UK peeps,

Pancake Day [Shrove Day] is where you’re allowed to eat as many pancakes as you want without feeling too bad. But, you will not want to eat pancakes for the next couple of weeks. 

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Baked eggs with mushrooms, potatoes, spinach and gruy√®re

I know that not everyone loves sweet breakfast, so here is the healthier version of a full English breakfast. This will be amazing for a day filled with activities! The balance of freshness from the mushrooms and spinach with the creamy consistency of eggs creates a balance of taste.

If you’re going to try this recipe, I would recommend adding spinach at the end of the cooking time as it would retain more of its texture compared to the wilted feel. The residual heat will cook the spinach if you don’t like the green taste.

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LUNCH

Depending on what the weather is like and where you are in the world… here are some light lunch ideas which will be perfect for any occasion, not just on Valentine’s day.

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Sweet potato, lentil and feta salad [VG]

If you’re planning a heavy dinner date, this is an ideal recipe for a quick lunch which will ensure to leave enough room for dinner. It is a simple, filling and tasty salad which can be made before hand. This is also perfect for a day-to-day lunch!

P.S. if you’re a meat lover, then this is amazing with grilled or oven baked chicken breast with a spicy marinate. 

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Grilled shrimp Vietnamese spring rolls

If you’re planning to spend time together during the day instead of night, Vietnamese spring rolls are amazing for a food date! It is interactive, easy and delicious! Vietnamese spring rolls use rice paper rather than the traditional filo pastry. It also does not require heat such as baking or frying.

Finally, it is extremely customisable depends on preference and taste. So, instead of shrimps, you can change it for chicken [for my meat lovers], tofu [for my vegetarians] and quinoa [for my vegans]. You could also make it into a dessert dish by replacing your protein/carb with fruits such as strawberries, peaches and apples instead. For the dipping sauce, you can have varieties of chocolate!

While there are loads of ingredients to prepared beforehand, the process of making it is extremely enjoyable.

It is a social food!

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DINNER

Having a dinner date does not always imply the 3-course meal cause I know that it takes time and planning.

Here are a simple dinner recipe ideas which would be quick, yummy and adjustable!

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Starter

Prosciutto wrapped goat cheese stuffed dates

This is a quick and easy starter which doesn’t require a lot of planning and can be prepared early on in the day. It is the best of both sweet and savoury world- hello Hannah Montanaūüėā

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Main

Creamy leeks and gorgonzola risotto

I always find risotto as a great dish to impress someone with as you can always over or under cooking it. This is based on the person’s preference.

My secret to creating a flavourful risotto is the stock. Don’t put too much of it! this will overpower other favour and it becomes more of a rice soup. 

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Dessert

No-Bake strawberry chocolate tart

While there are your classic ‘chocolate fondant and strawberry’ is great- you can never go wrong with a classic.

But…

This rich tart is even better, especially if it is paired with a glass of red wine!

I know that some people are not a fan of dessert, so another favourite pass time food to me is

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Cheese board

This could be customised according to your needs and wants. But I would recommend baked Camembert with carmelised red onion and cranberry sauce with cripsy oven baked prosciutto!

P.S

There are hundreds of recipes for the perfect 3-course dinner- even BuzzFeed covered this! To me, if you’re planning a dinner date, do what you both can eat and made before!

When trying out new recipes is a great idea, adventurous and all- the stress of perfecting the night [especially Valentin’s day date] can cause for a not so perfect date night. 

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Hope this help inspired everyone with food ideas! I think an ideal date for me will always involves food in some sort of way!

What is your ideal date idea?

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** Disclaimer: All photos on this post are not my own unless stated otherwise, they’re taken from Pinterest or credited websites **

Perfect Valentine’s Day | S2

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✨ Welcome to Fri-Yay ✨

Hey hey,

Fri-Yay is a segment focusing on beauty and lifestyle from travelling to hacks, tips and DIY [i’m not sure on the DIY part yet]

So,

as part of my Perfect Valentine’s Day series, today’s post will be based on what I would do before¬†getting ready!! This is the pre-pre getting ready in 6 steps¬†btw.

This could be for anyone in any kind of relationship. Netflix still counts right?? That is one of my longest relationships yet! [Thank you GS]

Anyways, shall we…

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Research your outfits | this is a major¬†key as the rest will fall into place if you know what you’re going to be wearing. Depending on how I feel that day and what I’m doing, I would pick one main piece and build my outfit from there.

Check out my Pinterest for inspiration…

Winter style | Latte and black boots

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Summer/spring style | Sunkissed & coconut water

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What you already have | after getting inspired by your research, everyone always think that they need to buy new pieces to look good. This is WRONGРwell depends on the pieces. If you were inspired by a limited collection of Chanel Couture Spring Collection, it is very unlikely that you would find something even similar to their design.

Anyways, have a look at what you have in your closet and see what you have and try to find something similar to your inspired look. Most outfit tends to have one piece of basics such as black jeans, jacket and/or simple tee.

THREE

Plan the second outfit | I know this might sound crazy and why would you put yourself through the process of finding another outfit. Well, I don’t know about you¬†but sometimes I change my mind at the very last minutes just because if I didn’t really feel the outfit.

So I always have my backup outfit which is ‘all black everything’. You might figure this out already that I love black… it is my go-to colour. Black jeans and black top. If I want to add colours to my outfit, I would do through accessorising with rings, necklaces and shoes.

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Decide your makeup look | I know that not everyone goes all out with the Instagram makeup look but researching on what look you’re aiming for will reduce the time on the day. This will decrease your stress level.

If you’re trying that cut creased or glitter¬†eyes then I would recommend practising it at least once if you have never tried it before- trust me on this, attempt cut crease when you only have 30 minutes to get ready will not go well ūüėā

FIVE

Prep your skin | this is a must especially if you’re planning to go out clubbing as your skin will dehydrate much faster than a romantic dinner date kind of¬†night. I always try to make sure that on the day, I would leave enough time to apply a hydrating face mask and then tone my skin and add moisture back to my skin through either oil or serum.¬†

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Enjoy the process | ¬†If your makeup didn’t turn out how you wanted it and your outfit is not exactly like your inspired look, DON’T WORRY.

Remember, it is not what you look like that makes memories, it’s the company[ies] and being in the moment!

 

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Have an amazing night,

whether you’re going to a candle lit dinner,¬†

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out with the girls/guys,

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just sitting on the sofa with bae [real life or Netflix] 

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Comment what are your pre-pre getting ready routine!

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Monday Muse

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

Hey hey, 

I hope that the Monday Blues haven’t hit you guys too hard today!

After an extremely cold day yesterday, I see the appeal of having an LA winter and being able to wear a single layer rather than three!

Since Spring in the UK is 3 months away, here are some photos I would wear if I live in LA right now.

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[KEEP REMINDING YOURSELF THIS¬†BECAUSE YOU’RE HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED!]

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Here are some songs for that long morning journey….

to uni, work…

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** Disclaimer: All photos on this post are not my own unless stated otherwise, they’re taken from Pinterest **

Monday Muse

Monday Muse, Uncategorized

 

Hey hey, welcome to Monday Muse!

Monday muse is a¬†collection¬†of photos which I hope will motivate you for the rest of the week! As I’m starting uni today, hope these photos can be inspirational to y’all as well. Enjoy x

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** Disclaimer: All photos on this post are not my own unless stated otherwise, they’re taken from Pinterest **