June Favourites!

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The end of June means several things. Summer, Placebo and flying home! June has been the most transitional month for me so far, since the beginning of the month had me in jumpers and today I’m writing this in short shorts and a vest. More importantly, it’s the first month where I’ve felt really at home in Georgia, and am growing more and more concerned how I’ll react to being home after so long. I’ll be emotional, that’s for sure..

Something that’s been a favourite everyday since the sun peeked over the storm clouds has been smoothie bowls. Originally I just made a smoothie to have something moist with cereal in place of milk or yogurt, but I’ve even got Shota hooked on them. They’re so adaptable and refreshing, and it feels so good to know you can get so much nutrition packed into something so simple! I’m always so energised and fresh afterwards, and have got quite adventurous with my toppings, as you can see in the photo above.

That smoothie was one banana, half a green apple, some raspberries, a few dates and a chunk of water melon. I topped it with some crushed chocolate tea biscuits, gemrieli Georgian apricot and some local golden raisins too. Quite the mix of textures for those of us who bore easily with food.

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My shorts from Zara. I’ve mentioned them before, but I’m just in love. They’re just the perfect length for me, comfortable, sophisticated and adaptable. I find them easy to dress up or down thanks to the subtle details and colour.

I can’t find the exact ones online but here’s the pink version, here’s a similar colour pair and here’s another pair I’m lusting over. Zara always does it so well.

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This Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo and Conditioner. Sorry it’s in Russian… I picked this up on a whim having ran out of the Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur stuff I grabbed in Germany.

My hair gets so dry here thanks to the hard water and heat, so I was looking for anything that would condition well and sort my ends out. I leave the conditioner in for 5 minutes or so, which seems to make a world of difference. My hair is noticeably glossy and so much softer. Not that I didn’t like the Gliss Kur, I just find this one more intensive. Also my hair stays much softer for longer, even after being outside in the dry Tbilisi heat.

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Finally, these sunglasses! That linked pair isn’t exact, although the only difference is the bit that goes behind your ears. I love them, they’re so comfortable and simple, and I think they suit my rather broad face shape. Cats eye glasses have always been my favourite but now I’ve seen they’re just not good for my face. Plus these ones are perfect to hide behind..

I hope you liked my favourites! I’d love to hear what you’ve been obsessed with this month. Happy July!

Ten things that made me happy this week!

10 things june 4 copy I have to say, this week hasn’t been so interesting since I’ve been hiding inside for most of it. This heat is just too much for me! I’m in the process now of organising my trip home for August – never thought I’d say I miss British summertime! Also pretty irritated that I missed Solstice again but c’est la vie I suppose.

Let’s get to the smile-inducing things…

1: Saving a chicken from a plastic bag. Poor little guy, you should always pick up your litter!

2: Food shopping, enough to completely fill up our fridge. Nothing makes me happier than wandering around shops throwing fruit and veg into the trolley. Am I getting old? Probably. Do I care? Not in the slightest!

3: Gummy baby smiles!

4: Homemade carrot juice, although it needs experimenting with either apple or ginger…

5: Vegan Chocolate Mousse! I’m still in awe that it worked. It was so rich though, maybe I’ll make it again in winter.

6: A new hairstyle I’ve worked out to tame my mane while I wait for it to grow. I find it so hard to find a way for it to look neat in this hot weather, but pretty happy with this one!

7: Falling back in love with Amanda Palmer’s Radiohead covers. Perfect.

8: Free Indian food. It’s been so long, and I basically only the naan bread, rice and some sauces, but the flavours and spices are insane.

9: Being mistaken for an Italian. One step closer to Sophia Loren!

10: Seizing opportunities! I know it’s vague, but I’ll explain better one day soon…

How has your week been? Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Five things I’ve learnt this week

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1: Not all Scottish people support the SNP. In fact, some of them think that a civil war would break out if they get independence..!

2: I lose my voice after speaking for about 3 hours. Guaranteed.

3: Richard Dawkins arguing is one of the most amusing things I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t necessarily agree with a lot of what he says but he’s hilarious.

4: ’90s fashion is in. I’m not sure how I feel about this because on one hand you have cute, edgy, pouty Liv Tyler but on the other you have this

5: Travel companies are rip offs. Enough said…

This hasn’t been the most extensive list, but I’ll use this opportunity to say that I won’t be vlogging this weekend. There’s some rather somber things to do after a death anniversary so it’s not appropriate. As of next week I’m going to try and vlog through the week and assemble it all together, so let’s see how that goes!

Five things that shocked me when I moved to London

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I know I’m in Tbilisi, but it’s been almost a year now since I left London and I’m feeling quite reflective. I’d like to share a list of things that I’ve taken away from London that surprised me, since it’s probably one of the best-known cities in the world, you can’t help but have preconceptions when living there.

Hopefully this will be useful for any of you who are intending to move to London, I know I would’ve complained less if someone had told me!

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse!

  

Are you ready for this? 

So I heard about the whole aquafaba egg replacement thing, which is basically that gooey bean water in tins that acts like eggs in baking.

As a girl who grew up wondering why you’d bother eating yogurt when chocolate mousse exists, you can’t blame me for being excited when I heard about this. I saw a few people making meringues and mousses, so figured I’d give it a try. I couldn’t believe that it could ever be convincing, but wow, was I wrong.

I grabbed some chickpeas (the most recommended I saw online), drained them, added a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of honey (I was sceptical and fearing the bean taste) and got whisking. 

Bain marie 100g of dark chocolate (the higher % the better) until it melts, and allow to cool.

  
Keep whisking, as you can see it took me a pretty long time since I only had a fork…

  

Whisk whisk whisk until it gets thick and viscous. It should’ve been more creamy really, enough to form stiff peaks, but I have no upper body strength or patience. 

Once your bean juice (no Rorschach) has fluffed up and your chocolate has cooled down, slowly pour it down the side of the bowl into your juice fluff to ease it all together. Fold it in, but be patient. Don’t just chuck it all in there.

Leave it to set for a few hours (this depends on how thick your juice fluff was before you added chocolate, so mine took the best part of a day), top with berries if you fancy, then tuck in!

You can thank me later…

  

Throwback: Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Spain

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According to my phone, I was in the beautiful town of Figueres on the 2nd August 2012 searching for the palace-like museum Salvador Dali created back in 1974.

I traveled Europe the summer I turned 18 and have been meaning to document it since. That trip was probably the best £1000 I spent, after saving so hard, despite travelling with my now-ex boyfriend.

So every now and then I’ll throw in a few highlights of the places that stick out to me most, and where better than beautiful Spain. Dali’s museum was pretty much top of my list of places to visit, and lived up to and beyond my expectations, so why not share if any of you are going to pop to Barcelona any time soon!

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What I’ve Learnt from Living Abroad

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I haven’t left Georgia in 6 months, and more surprisingly will have been officially living in Georgia a year come July. I’ve made two trips home since, last September and December, but otherwise have been milling around in Tbilisi.

I’ve learnt a lot in this time and am at a weird stage now where I can’t quite work out if I prefer to stay here or if I’d like to live in the UK again soon now the opportunity has arisen.

This list is more for my own benefit, to be able to visualise how I’ve grown in this time, but will most likely apply to other places too.

So let’s get rolling!

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