New to my wardrobe

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!

Bardot top

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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

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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

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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.

Bag

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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.

Shoes

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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

Megssaskia x

Monthly Memories – April

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!

Megssaskia x

Spring photoshoot

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

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Chocolate Cheesecake

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

Ingredients

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

Method

I’m not going to go into great detail about this part, because it’s fairly simple.

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the base of the baking tray with parchment and grease the sides with butter.
  2. Mix the melted butter and biscuit crumbs, then press them into the bottom of the tin. Bake this for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn the oven up to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9.
  4. Mix all the other ingredients together – leaving a little chocolate for the icing. Pour this over the top of the cooked biscuit crust.
  5. Bake this for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 110C/fan 90C/gas 1/4 for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Turn off the oven, open the door a little and leave it to cool in the oven for 2 hours.
  7. 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! 🙂

 

 

The Liebster Blogger Award

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I’m so happy to tell you that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award – an award for new blogs which have less than 200 followers. Thank you so much to Hannah who nominated me. Go check out her blog – https://wordsmithobservations.wordpress.com/ – you won’t regret it. 🙂 This is the first blogger award I’ve ever recieved, so it’s pretty awesome to be honest. Plus, I get to discover and nominate 11 other bloggers. Here are the rules:

Liebster Award List

These are the questions that I was given (and my answers):

  1. What made you pursue writing? I have always been keen on writing down thoughts/feeling in a diary. Blogging allows me to do this whilst exploring other people’s thoughts and sharing my own.
  2. What is the most important event/events that have grown you into the person you are today? Flying to Australia on my own was an amazing experience. I learnt how to be independent and cope when things don’t go the way they’re planned.
  3. Describe yourself in one sentence. Always looking for new adventures/exciting things to do.
  4. If you could meet with anyone past or present who would it be and why? Probably Florence Nightingale. She’s such a role model for standing out from the crowd and not following what everyone else is doing. She also had a big impact on the way we approach medicine today.
  5. What are 5 principles that you try to live your life by? Do the right thing, even if it means standing on your own. Have no regrets. Be yourself – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and be nice to everyone you meet.
  6. If you could pack up and live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you live and why? Definitely Australia. The accents, the food, the beaches, the cities and of course the amazingly hot weather – what is there not to like?!
  7. Who are your favourite authors?Why do you like their work so much?  J.K Rowling definitely! I love the Harry Potter books. They’re my comfort books; whenever I’m nervous/feeling down they cheer me up.
  8.  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be? I would absolutely love to be a singer, it’s always been my dream job.
  9. What do you love to do in your free time? I usually hang out with friends or if I have time to myself I like to sing, read a book, or catch up on a new episode of a TV series on Netflix!
  10. What would you say is your biggest downfall? I often find it difficult to make good friends in new situations and I wish I could be more outgoing.
  11. What would you say is your best attribute? I am very ambitious; I know what my goals are and I work hard to achieve them.

 

11 random facts about me:

  1. I was homeschooled for 3 years.
  2. I want to travel the world and explore different cultures before I settle down.
  3. I hope to be a Psychologist or a Lawyer.
  4. I’m 5’2
  5. My favourite quote is “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.”
  6. I love fashion/clothes
  7. My zodiac sign is a Scorpio (I was born on Halloween)
  8. I love interior design – walking through shops such as John Lewis and Ikea, or anywhere that has a homeware section is so much fun – I can’t wait to decorate my own home.
  9. My favourite colours are red and blue.
  10. I play cricket for the county team.
  11. I study Psychology, English Language and Law.

 

These are the blogs I have nominated for this award, go check them out!

  1. studiousbrad.wordpress.com – The layout on this blog is so good and makes it easy to read the posts. I particularly liked the post entitled “7 Tips For Waking Up Early Every Morning” – some of the tips are brilliant and really do help a lot!
  2. queenkerswell.wordpress.com – This was one of the first blog I came across when I first started. Some of her posts are so relatable and real. She was very friendly when I commented on one of her posts. The part I love the most about her blog is the posts on Lush, as this is one of my favourite shops.
  3. kuminkueche.wordpress.com – As soon as I set my eyes on the delicious recipes on this blog, I loved everything I saw. My favourite is the recipe for Green Beans. This blog boasts some of the most delicious looking, yet fairly simple recipes!
  4. crystaleyes20.com – If you want to feel inspired and uplifted, I seriously recommend scrolling through Crystal’s blog. I find her posts so motivating and they make me stop and think for a while in this crazy whirlwind of life! I have also got to read about how much she loves teaching – this is especially close to my heart as my grandma was also a teacher and I love listening to others share similar stories.
  5. femvestige.wordpress.com – I came across this blog the other day and was really touched by some of the things which have been written. I too class myself as a feminist so it was very inspiring to read Sarah’s posts.Her writing style is incredible and the poems she has written are so powerful. I especially like the one entitled ‘Unclean’
  6. etchedinadventure.com – I’m so in love with travel blogs, however much they make me sick with wanderlust! However, this blog is very original and that really appealed to me. The pictures are incredible and I could spend ages scrolling through them. The tips for travelling are also so useful. If you’re a travel lover, then definitely check out this blog!
  7. cloeverjoyful.wordpress.com – thanks to all these amazing blogs (this being one of them!), I’m getting very into reading poems. As a relatively new blog, it is very exciting to read and the writing is great – this is a very creative blog. I also love the travel post! 🙂
  8. element37.wordpress.com – I chose this blog because it really gives an insight into Rachel’s life. It has made me chuckle (especially the wedding post!) and think about abstract things. Also, her puppy is so adorable and her dog posts are very relatable!
  9. wordsfromabrokeartist.wordpress.com – I was excited about finding this blog as the tagline has psychology in it! I love anything psychology/mind/people related and her posts really seem to put into words things which I often think about but don’t know how to say. My favourite post is probably ‘That time I lost my friends and grew up as a result’ because it gives you perspective.
  10. lightsoulssite.wordpress.com – I enjoy how original this blog is. After reading the About page I was intrigued. Often the best blog posts are random thoughts or idea’s and I think this blog does that perfectly. The posts are short, which I like as it makes it easier to read all of them!
  11. ouridentityblog.wordpress.com – reading the posts from this blog makes me feel very happy. The posts are cheery and I really enjoy the friendly vibe that is projected through the writing. The first post made me chuckle as I found that whole forgetting passwords thing very relatable!

Final step is to ask you guys 11 questions, so here goes:

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
  2. What are your goals in life?
  3. What are you most passionate about?
  4. How would you define happiness?
  5. If you received enough money to never have to work again, what would you do on a day to day basis?
  6. What are you studying/have studied in the past?
  7. What is your guilty pleasure?
  8. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  9. What is your favourite quote? Why?
  10. If you could read a book about your future, would you read it? Why?
  11. What is the greatest adventure of your life so far?

Hope you enjoy checking out these blogs and (to the nominees) I hope you enjoy answering the questions!

Megssaskia x

 

Things to do in Ronda, Spain

Ronda is the beautiful mountaintop city in Andalusia, Spain. Situated on top of a deep gorge, it boasts some of the most amazing views. I have visited Ronda a few times over the years and it is one of my favourite Spanish cities. It is great for those who love exploring modern Spanish culture, as well as history.

I hope this guide is helpful if you are ever visiting Ronda or are looking for a new city to explore. 🙂

  • Plaza de Toros – Ronda bullring is very impressive as the largest stone bullring throughout Spain. When first visiting, it is amazing how huge it appears to be. There is also chance to walk around a small museum at the bullring to learn the history of bullfighting. Prices are very reasonable from €6.50 to €8. There are still bullfights being held here, although I have no appetite for such things, it may interest you!
  • Ronda Gorge – probably one of the most breath-taking views in Spain, looking over the Ronda Gorge into the depths below is both frightening and fascinating. A walk along the Puente Nuevo bridge is well worth a visit so you can oh and ah as you look down into the Guadalevin river.
  • Guadalevin river – this is linked to the Ronda Gorge. This river can be surveyed from 3 bridges; Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano.
  • The Puente Nuevo – the most impressive of the bridges in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo is the newest, with construction completed in 1793. This is one of three bridges from which you are able to admire the Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
  • Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – this is the beautiful square in the city. Perfect for a stroll and picturesque Instagram pictures, or to have lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby.
*I DO NOT OWN ANY PHOTOS (they are found on Google.)

Paris 2016

I was lucky enough to experience this amazing city when my parents took me to Paris for 3 days to celebrate my birthday. We saw many of the attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We also walked along the Champs Elysees and had delicious lunches at the cute Parisian cafe’s, where they gave us the tastiest baguettes! We were staying a few streets away from the red light district and tried to get tickets to the Moulin Rouge, but they were sold out. However, you did not need to see the show to experience the mood of the red light district; simply driving through it at night and seeing everything lit up was quite awesome.

I think it’s easier if I show you photo’s rather than try to explain how awesome it was!