Hello! It’s been a while since I wrote anything on here but I’m back with a travelling/holiday post! Its the summer holidays here and every year my mum, brother and I go away for a… More
I think I’ve found my new favourite city! I recently went to Milan, Italy and it was awesome. I went with my dad from Wednesday to Sunday, so only for a few days but had a great time. I’d never really heard of anyone I know going to Milan and if they had it was just to pass through so I didn’t know what to expect. However, I absolutely loved the city with its chilled (and some very handsome!) locals, delicious food and breath taking sights.
The first thing I noticed was how chilled all the ‘locals’ were. No one was rushing anywhere and they all seemed so content! Loads of people were wearing suits as well, I don’t know how they didn’t burn up considering it was about 30 degrees! It had a very business-work vibe which I love!
We visited the Duomo, i.e. the gothic cathedral, on day one. We did the museum tour including going underneath the cathedral to see the archeological ruins from when it was first built. The inside of the cathedral was beautiful and absolutely huge! One thing which stood out to me was the tapestrys displayed from the ceiling – I’ve never seen this before so thought it was quite cool and unique. However, my favourite part was the outside. I’ve heard that the Duomo has been compared to a cake and a hedgehog. It certainly looked like a cake! Every single spire had a little statue on it and each was carved so intricately. We went to the ‘terraces’ which was basically the roof. This provided great views of the city sky line. The best way to describe the awesomeness of this is to just show you photos!
On day two we went to Castello Sforzesco. We didn’t do any of the tours or museums there but we walked around it and through the gardens. This was pretty impressive; both the castle and the grounds were beautiful. There was a live band playing in the grounds which (I’m assuming) was there because the Friday was Republican Day. This is an Italian holiday celebrating something to do with the monarchy they used to have. It was good to experience some local culture whilst we were there! On the same day we did an open top bus tour around the city. We hopped on and off at various locations and it also took us to the football stadium, which my dad was very impressed with!
On day three (our final day) we strolled around the city and went to the Teatro Alla Scala. This was so impressive! The theatre was enormous and it was fun to imagine what I’d be like to sing and act in front of a crowd that big. We also went through the museum there as well which taught us all about the life and works of various famous composers. We also walked through the shopping centre several times throughout our trip. This is one of the oldest shopping centres in the world and looks more like a palace than a shopping centre! Milan is the home and fashion and it’s clear to see why!
We also strolled along the Navigli canals on our final day and had lunch beside them. There were various market stalls up and down the streets so we walked around those as well.
The food was delicious! I ate mostly pasta in the evening and we had salads for lunch. On our first day there we found an awesome salad bar which was like a fast food salad resturant. They had the biggest selection of salads and puddings I’ve ever seen! Another place we went to had the best seafood spagetti I’ve ever had! There are so many good places to eat around the city and most are reasonably priced. I thought it was cheaper than London. We also went to an ice cream cafe where we got served the biggest, yummiest ice creams I’ve ever seen!
It feels like way to long since I’ve done a fashion post! They’re a little tricker to plan because you have to take photos so I like to do it when I have enough time to do it properly! I thought I would show you some of the things I’ve bought over the last couple of weeks – links to each item will be at the bottom – enjoy!
This is my first Bardot top! I expected it to be really uncomfortable but it’s actually not too bad. I love styling this with black jeans, a denim jacket and some little black boots. It’s great for a casual evening or daytime look.
Checkered skater dress
I absolutely love skater dresses – they look great and can be dress up or down – so when I say this one I was hooked. It kind of reminds me of an outfit out of a fairy tale. I can’t wait to wear this when it gets a bit warmer with some white converses. H&M also have loads of other dresses in the same style so I’m definitely going to go grab some more!
Black denim dress
This was a bit of a push from my usual style but I tried it on and was pleasantly surprised by how it looked! It is bodycon so it very flattering around the waist. I have to say, the picture does not do it justice! I wore this with a checked shirt for a friends birthday dinner a few weeks ago and felt comfortable in it all evening.
This was a little treat to myself after the first week back at college after the holidays. I’ve been needing a small evening bag for ages and was so pleased when I came across this one in Accessorize. It’s the perfect size for evenings (or even day trips!) and just fits my phone and purse in.
These are a little daring and I have no idea when I’m going to end up wearing them! But I thought they were so pretty and I love the embroidery on the heels. The price for these was also amazing at (I think!) £16. They were from Primark so I cant give a link for them!
Top – https://m.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/spot-drawstring-sleeve-bardot-top-6433160?geoip=noredirect&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&tsrc=vdna&istCompanyId=38aa0d7f-6514-4cb3-bbdc-df0d32d48b7f&istItemId=xpmtplapat&istBid=tztx&gclid=CKjw3sTG49MCFU-6Gwod0j4B_g&gclsrc=aw.ds
Checked skater dress – http://m2.hm.com/m/en_gb/productpage.0467302034.html#Blue/Checked
Black denim dress – http://m2.hm.com/m/en_gb/productpage.0457336004.html#Black
Bag (I can’t find the exact bag for some reason but this ones very similar!) – http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_1,acc_1.7/2896914100
So you’ve heard on monthly favourites….I thought I would do a twist on this called ‘Monthly Memories’ I haven’t heard of anyone doing this before so decided to do something new. Also, if this is already a thing and I just haven’t heard of it please let me know in the comments! So here’s how this is gonna work; I’m gonna give an overview of my month, every month, so I can look back in a few years. One or two of these are from the last few days of March but I thought I’d include them anyway 🙂 Enjoy!
This month started with a trip to the cinema to see the new Emma Watson film Beauty and the Beast. I went with one of my friends and it was one of those spontaneous outings where we were both bored on a Friday night so decided to go out. Regarding the film, it was so much better than I thought it was going to be! I’m not a big Disney film fanatic or anything so I wasn’t too bothered about it but seeing a classic film remade was pretty awesome. Also, who knew Emma Watson could sing so well?!
My grandma came to visit this month (as she does most months!) and we made a point of having a girly outing into Oxford. We went shopping and had some lunch in one of my favourite cafes. A few evenings after that my dad, grandma and I went out for dinner at a Tapas bar in Oxford. We’d never been before but it was so good!
One exciting thing that happened this month was one of my friends turned 18. We celebrated by going out for dinner and then drinks and beerpong back at his house. The place we went for dinner was SO nice! It’s one of those places you drive past so many times but have never actually been so we thought we’d try it out. It was such a good evening filled with laughter and fun!
My grandparents from Switzerland and my cousin and her boyfriend visited for a few days. It was awesome to see them all – especially my cousin as I hadn’t seen her for about 5 years! We had a lot of family fun; looking at old photos and laughing at memories.
Easter was this month as well so we celebrated that with a string of events. On Easter day we cycled to a nearby village and had lunch at the pub there – they do the best stuffed mushrooms! We also tried cycling with Jazz (our dog) on the lead next to us. This did not go as planned and I’m amazed my dad stayed on his bike throughout this!
And last but not least, last weekend a group of friends and I went to the pub. This has recently become a bit of a hang out place and I love it there. I don’t drink but love the atmosphere. My friends ended up having a few too many, which was very entertaining. We went to a local fair on the same night and I don’t know how they managed to go on so many rides given their tipsy state! Two of my friends and I then had a sleepover the same night and stayed up ages chatting – I hadn’t seen either of them in ages so it was the best night. The next morning we went to a trampoline park called Rush for my friends little sisters birthday party. I’d never been before but it was so much fun! I think I managed to hurt my back someone but it was well worth it!
That’s it for this month – I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to so feel free to leave a comment letting me know!
I haven’t written a blog post in almost a month so I thought I would do a quick life update to explain why I’ve been offline for a while.
I’ve been super busy with exams and work so not had as much time to sit down and write. My exams are only a few weeks away so I’m focusing on those for now. I’m also running for vice president of the students union at my college so that’s taken up a bit of time too.
However, I have an exciting trip planned at the end of May so you will hear all about that! I am also going to write some blog posts today to go up in the next few weeks and I will try to reply to comments when I can! Hope you’re all doing well 🙂
I thought it was time for another book review! I loved writing the last one and it seems that you guys loved reading it! In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a bit of a book worm, so these are one of my favourite kinds of posts to do. I recently read Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon – I fell in love with the characters and just the entire plot in general and decided it was worthy of a blog post, so here we go!
Overview: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
The first thing which really appealed to me was the medical/psychological aspect that was evident from the blurb. I’m fascinated by rare diseases so this was a definite plus. I related strongly to the main character (Madeline) through this as I too have a rare medical condition (nothing too weird, just a sleep disorder!) I really related to some of her thoughts and feelings because of this. Towards the end of the book the Psychological aspect comes into view – I can’t say too much about this without any spoilers!
Another thing I loved was the romance aspect. This is, quite obviously, a romance novel and I am such a sucker for romance books. Some of the quotes about Olly really made me melt – see below.
“He’s definitely a noticer, the kind of boy who would know if you’d rearranged a painting or added a new vase to a room.”
The storyline is really beautiful and sends a good message. I’m going to put a few of my favourite quotes/extracts from the book down below. Another thing I liked was how easy it was to read – it was well-written and exciting all the way through. If you love anything to do with romance or maybe have a bit of a fascination for all things weird and wonderful, I strongly suggest reading this book!
“You can find the meaning of life in a book.”
“If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today.”
“There’s more to life than being alive”
I hope you enjoyed this and will add it to your to read list! If you’ve already read it, feel free to leave a comment below so I can hear your opinion! Megssaskia x
Link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Everything-Nicola-Yoon/0552574236
“In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”
It’s finally spring, which means light evenings and warmer (ish) days! The clocks went forwards a few weeks ago which means British Summer Time is here! Yes! This is one of my favourite times of the year because I love how light it is in the evenings; it’s 7:40 pm here in England and still light! The other day my brother and I were playing frisbee in the park and thought we would do a little photoshoot while it was still light and warm enough! So, to kick off a series of very spring-themed posts, I thought I would put some of the photo’s on here. Enjoy! (I couldn’t put many photo’s up because I don’t want to show my brothers face on here so sorry about that!) Megssaskia x
Baking posts are definitely one of my favourites to write! I’ve never made a chocolate cheesecake before – or a regular cheesecake in fact! – but I thought I would give it a go and I’m pleased to say it actually turned out quite good! It took around half an hour prep and 35 minutes to cook, plus 2 hours to stand and a night in the fridge (this last part was not included in the recipe but made it loads better!)
It’s quite a simple recipe and I added/changed a few of the measurements to suit me. The only thing I struggled with was the amount of mixture I had left over afterwards. I didn’t use the required 25 inch tins (I used 15 inch) but even if I had there would’ve been loads left over!
This is the original recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8248/double-chocolate-cheesecake
For the biscuit crust:
85g melted butter
14 plain digestives
For the cheesecake:
3 x 300g packs full fat Philadelphia cheese
200g golden caster sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
2tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
284ml pot soured cream
Bar of dark chocolate (more than 100g)
3 tbsp milk
284ml pot double cream
I’m not going to go into great detail about this part, because it’s fairly simple.
- Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the base of the baking tray with parchment and grease the sides with butter.
- Mix the melted butter and biscuit crumbs, then press them into the bottom of the tin. Bake this for 10 minutes.
- Turn the oven up to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
- Mix all the other ingredients together – leaving a little chocolate for the icing. Pour this over the top of the cooked biscuit crust.
- Bake this for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 110C/fan 90C/gas 1/4 for 25-30 minutes.
- Turn off the oven, open the door a little and leave it to cool in the oven for 2 hours.
- I put the cheesecake in the fridge overnight – this isn’t included in the recipe but made the texture and taste so much better!
To decorate the cheesecake – I spread chocolate icing over the top (melted from the left over chocolate bar). I then used the rest of the melted chocolate to make little shapes and put them on the top. (To do this I created shapes on baking parchment then put them in the fridge for around 30 minutes until the chocolate had set)
I hope this recipe is useful to you! I’d love to hear how your recent baking experiments have gone, so leave a comment to let me know! 🙂