Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

As a bit of a New Years’ treat I got myself one of these handy Blend Active bottle blenders from Breville. It was on offer for £20 in Asda and I thought why not? Since coming back from South America I missed being able to throw together healthy and satisfying smoothies at the touch of a button and this was just the remedy!

I must say I’ve had no problems with my Blend Active (other than a slight hiccup last weekend where I thought if broken it because I couldn’t get the blade out of the base unit!) This nifty little thing can handle ice and big chunky fruit if you’re too lazy to chop it up like I am. Just make sure you’re not in too much of a rush and screw all the bits together properly so you don’t have to worry about the physics of inverting your smoothie and possibly being covered in green goo. After scaring myself that it was beyond repair looking at google reviews, my housemate managed to fix it and all is well once more :)

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Usually I mix up a green smoothie (typically of spinach, celery, cucumber, peppers and whatever fruit I have, banana, berries, oranges, grapefruit etc) in the mornings but this evening I was feeling a bit experimental and made this creamy beauty! Peanut butter, banana and oats all whizzed together with yogurt, milk and honey, yum!

Recipe

1/2 banana
3 large tbsp peanut butter (I used crunchy but I’m sure it’d work with smooth)
3 large tbsp oats
3 large tbsp Greek style yogurt
275ml milk
A few ice cubes
Honey to taste (I think I used 1 1/2 tbsp)

Do you drink smoothies? What’s your favourite recipe?

Let me know in the comments!

One semester down, only one more to go!

My student days are quickly slipping through my fingers, I’ve turned 22 (no Taylor Swift) yet according to a very accurate Facebook test, I have the mental age (and concentration span) of a ten year old. While I’m not sure why it reckons I’m so juvenile, I’m definitely trying to keep the kid inside alive, and I’m sure many-a-student would tell you that they too, don’t want to grow up. So I’m doing extra curricular activities like I’ve never done them before and making time to do things I really love.

Ageing crisis aside, this is really helping me enjoy my final year of Uni. Something about it being the last year has me all carpe diem. I never did progress much with the knitting but I have joined the salsa team and hope to be competing next semester. I’ve used spare moments to volunteer as makeup artist at the student-run theatre on campus, and make a few links to hopefully do some shoots!

The only thing still nagging my mind is what I’ll do once I graduate. While there are so many options out there, I can’t quite decide just what I want to do as a proper adult. I chose my degree because it incorporates everything I enjoy academically (history) while indulging my fascination with different cultures and my chatty, nosy nature (languages). But I always find myself at a crossroads. I think it all boils down to fear. I’m scared I’m not clever enough to be an academic, but when I look at people who have the artistic careers I dream of, they seem so fearless. Having taken the academic route I worry that it’s too late and wonder how I could even get my foot on the first rung of that ladder.

Back to life

Back to reality…

So many an update are well over-due, but I would like to immediately digress.

Something I figured out a while ago is that life worth blogging about doesn’t often leave time to blog about it, which is sad because so many exciting things are happening that I’d like the world to know about!

But alas, I don’t have time to retroactively recount my entire year abroad filled with adventures for you all, though I have considered it. I am way too overwhelmed with trying to keep my head above water while being hit with the crashing waves of joy that are the final year of my degree. Not only do I have translation upon translation to do, por, para and the preterite tenses coming out of my ears (in Spanish and in Portuguese) but I also have a 40 credit super nasty lofty liberal thought history module (which is actually quite interesting, if brain-pain-inducing) AND applications for anything that has grad as a prefix or a suffix. All while trying to keep the creative cogs of my brain turning by attending life drawing sessions, joining the photography society, and knitting myself a scarf (if I’m lucky it’ll be ready for next winter). Phew!

But despite all the hectic-ness, I am overjoyed about being back. Not something I ever expected to say upon return from my year abroad. While my time away was like a dream, I know that that could be my reality if I want it to, and being away made me realise just how many opportunities there are out there, but also that I can go and get them at pretty much any stage. I can’t wait to finish my degree and I’m determined to do my utmost in making this year my most academically successful. I am also determined to make it fun. As my German housemate in Chile said to me the other day, “there isn’t much point if you’re not enjoying it”, and I must say I wholeheartedly agree.

Life has proven to me that adventure can be found anywhere, and I’m ready to take it on. 

Body Party

I’m not usually the greatest at picking up new music, and I’m definitely a stick-with-my-classic-faves kinda person, but Ciara is one of those artists whose albums I bought on CD (anyone remember those?) and I was a big fan so I am so glad to see she’s back making music.

Ciara is looking amazing in this video and I’m definitely inspired by her two makeup looks, her ombré hair (I don’t want this trend to end, it suits everyone) and her 90s inspired track pants and vest combo.

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Liberty x Levi

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog of late, sorry! I’ve been super busy, moving for the 298313th time since I arrived here in Chile, as well as enjoying life quite a bit! I’ll be trying to post some of the stuff I’ve done soon, so please keep the faith :)

This morning I got the most amazing email. My favourite denim brand Levi’s have finally released their collaboration collection with the vintage fabric powerhouse that is Liberty of London.

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Shopping Dilemma!

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the latest sport luxe trend that the world is going crazy for.

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Love them or hate them, I’m afraid that you will have to accept that the trend of wedge heeled sneakers seems to be here to stay. I’m not usually one to follow celebrity fashion, but from Dakota Fanning to Beyonce have been seen rocking Isabel Marant Willow’s since they launched last spring, and as dubious as I may have been about the longevity of this trend, I can’t deny that I do quite like them. Continue reading

Desert (island) Essentials

I’m making a little trip up to the most arid desert on Earth. This is what I have in my backpack!

Everything is high in SPF but the colour palette is pretty neutral, so I can mix things up a bit. I love the Mythical eyeshadow in particular because its really buildable, and can take me from pretty day to bright, shimmery night in a few swipes of the brush! (Sorry my brushes aren’t pristine in this photo!)

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