Wednesday, 28 December 2016

December Love List!

Hey lovelies! So finally, I've managed to get to my last Love List of the year (without forgetting!) and oh myyy is this going to be an exciting one. I’ve had such a busy Christmas I haven’t really had time to just sit down and write a chatty blog post so I’m so glad to be typing up my Love List right now, hot chocolate by my side of course. This month's Love List features quite a few Christmas pressies and festive bits which I can't wait to show you, as well as some firm favourites I've been loving this December. It feels so crazy that this is my last ever one of 2016, hasn't the year flown by so fast? But hey, keep reading and fingers-crossed we can keep the monthly tradition going well into 2017!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Just Another Winter's Eve.

Hey lovelies! Cosy winter evenings in are my absolute favourite, and amongst the build up to Christmas I've been having a whole lot of those lately For me, a typical winter's evening consists of fuzzy socks, re-runs of old friends episodes and way too many cups of tea... sound familiar? Not exactly the typical flawless youtuber-style evening routine you might find, but that's exactly why I wanted to write this post today. To give you a proper lil' insight into 'just another Winter's Eve' in my life, including all the weird little things I do and habits I have that make up my day. So grab a cuppa (preferably in a Festive Mug which I would most likely have by now!) and enjoyyyy <3

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

15 Festive Photo Prop Ideas // Blogging Chatter 05

Hey lovelies! Although I'm pretty much a photography-newbie, one thing that's definitely helped me up my photography game in blogging are props. To be honest, most of the time the main props I tend to use are all my cacti and plants (because I have a wholeeee lot of those haha!) but this December I've been loving spicing up my photos with Christmassy props and so that's what I thought I'd show you today. There are so many amazing and inexpensive props you probably all have around the house and so hopefully this post will help any of you out who are looking for some festive props to add to your photos this year!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas // Under £15!

Hey lovelies! Buying presents is one of those things, you either love it or you hate it! 
I personally find the wrapping the most stressfull part (why can I never get it right haha?!) but I do understand all the bad-gift-anxiety that surrounds christmas shopping and so today I thought I'd put together a handfull of stocking filler ideas for you. Those cheeky little gifts, that although may not break the bank, are always so sweet and never fail to put a smile on people's faces, first thing on Christmas Day. There's a whole range of lil' things here, from sentimental gifts, to cheesy ones to beauty (and all under £15 woooh!) So grab a cup of tea ... start playing Jingle Bells at full blast ... 
and enjoy hehe!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Cute Christmas-Bundle Giveaway!!

Helloooooo lovelies! Whoop whoop it's December and although I'm not doing Blogmas this year I thought I'd still kick-start this month with something vv exciting and do my first ever giveaway for you!  I've always wanted to run a giveaway but I decided to save it until the festive season because I wanted this to be like a lil' stocking-style Christmas present from me to you in a way - and who doesn't love some good Christmassy products, right?

This month, I am giving away this cute Christmas Bundle, including the Zoella Hungry Hands cream, a candy cane bunch and a little handwritten Christmas Card from me, and so for a chance to win all these just follow the steps below! The giveaway is run on rafflecopter and ends on the 25 / 12 / 16 for UK ONLY. Also, make sure to follow me on twitter as I will be announcing the giveaway winner on there on the 25th.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Love List!

Hello lovelies! Today I'm actually feeling so positive (nothing like my October Love List aha!) but that's mainly down to you guys. In my last post I got into a lil' bit of deep stuff about why I keep my blog a secret and honestly the response to that has been amAzinG! So many people commented on how much they could relate to it or all commented their different reasons for keeping their own blogs a secret or not and ahhh I felt so happy and comforted reading through those comments, so thank you. Again. That really meant a lot to me.

I have all sorts of bits and bobs to show you this month, including new products I've been sent, planty stuff, music (dodie dodie dodie!) and more. I also can't quite believe this is almost my last Love List of the year... ahh crazy stuff, but I cannot wait to start putting up all the Christmas Posts I've been making for December. Get excited guys, because there's going to be gift guides, festive recipes, #bloggingchatter posts - and even a giveaway going up on Sunday WhOOp!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Why I keep my Blog a Secret.

Hey, lovelies! Today I wanted to do a lot more of a chilled out post and just talk
... or ramble
You decide.
about something that's been on my mind this week and I just kinda share all my thoughts on the subject here. This intro literally makes me sound like I'm gonna start rambling about Donald Trump or something haha, but nope! I wanted to talk to you about why I keep my blog a secret to the people I know. 

So, not many people in real life actually know about my blog. Like hardly any, and that's entirely down to me. I legit work like a secret agent trying to stop people I know from stumbling across it, but the other day someone I know found it (and although they didn't 'spread the word' or anything) it kind of made me rethink why I keep my blog a secret in the first place. I've read all different opinions from other bloggers, some are entirely open about it and have links all over their personal social media - props to you guys! - and some people, like me, keep it hidden. I feel like everyone has their different reasons for doing so, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about mine.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Irresistible Me Jade Hair Straightening Brush // REVIEW

Hey lovelies! Today I'm going to be doing an exciting lil' review for you on the Professional Straightening Brush by Irresistible Me. I've seen these Hair Straightening Brushes everywhere lately, but it always seemed like 'just another beauty hack' kind of thing to me that I never quite got round to giving a go, so when Irresistible Me offered to send me one * I was so intrigued and pretty much went 'UM yass please' haha. My hair is typically quite unruly and wavy and so I currently borrow my mum's GHD's (much to her annoyance!) but when trying this product I was really excited to see whether this would speed up my morning routine compared to tong-style straighteners, with it's 2-in-1 sort of features... and oh my it has! As usual, this is going to be a ,completely honest review and so keep reading if you'd like to see my thoughts on this brush as well as 'before's and after's of using it...

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Happiness in all senses

Hello again lovelies! Everyone seems to find happiness in whole lotta different ways, but for me it's the weird little things that never fail to make me smile. And so today I thought I'd do a whole post on these tiny, everyday things that make me happy, taking you through everything: smell, touch, sight, taste and sound. You might find a few of them very odd but in a way, that's why I love them - because of how much these tiny little things mean to me but can mean absolutely nothing to someone else. So if you want to know the odd little things that make me happy in 'all senses,' just grab a cuppa (another one of my favourite things hehe!) and have a read <3


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Bullet Journal Blogging // Blogging Chatter 04

Hello lovelies! So you might remember a while back, I asked you all on a twitter poll which post you would like to see next on my blog and y'all were really interested in reading a post on one of my new favourite things... Bullet Journals! I started one of these a few months ago, and as a blogger I find them perfect for keeping me organised, reminding me of little social media tasks, and just being a super fun and creative thing to write in for a notebook junkie like me! You may have have heard the term 'Bullet Journal' floating around the interweb for a while but it is mainly described as 'a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.' 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappé // Collab!

Helloooo lovelies! So despite how basic it makes me sound, I really do love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice drinks during the Fall. Just the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin is enough to draw me waaaaay into any coffee shop but as much as I love it, let's be real... Starbucks is always hella expensive! So in-case you hadn't already guessed from my clue in last weeks post, todayI thought I'd show you how to make your very own Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at home. Ooo that rhymed haha! This is a collab post with my amazing friend Olivia from (known most of the time by me as 'my best CHUMMAYYY', and we've both made DIY Autumn Starbucks posts. I've done soooo many collab posts with Olivia in the past which you can read here, but this could well be my favourite one so far so I hope y'all enjoy it!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

My Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

* Candid photo of me and Olivia giggling at the embarrassing pics we took on her phone! *

Hey lovelies! Since it's the first week of October I thought I'd kick start this years Fall/Autumn posts with a Wardrobe Essentials! Clothes are one of my favourite things about this season every year, I just love the colours, all the layers (plus it's finally acceptable to wear boots and scarves everywhere yassss!)  As much as I love warm Summer afternoons, bbq's and beaches, I'm definitely more of an Autumn lover at heart and so I can't wait to start posting more themed blog posts like this.
Anyway, for this today's post I'm gonna take you through all my Autumn Wardrobe essentials, from shoes. to hats to PJ's ... so grab a cup of tea (or pumpkin spice latte if you're feeling basic hahaha) and enjoy lovelies!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

September Love List!

Hello lovelies! How has your first month of 'back to school' been? Even if you're not in school/uni (umm lucky you!) the non-summer routine has surely been a bit of a shock to get back into for most people, me included, and so I've basically spent September freaking out over how much I have to do now (...translation: How little time I have to watch supernatural episodes now hahaha!) I do love the Autumn though, it's one of my favourite times of the year for pretty much everything, clothes, scents, autumnal makeup, the weather (although you'd be surprised at how many people are looking to Christmas already!) Like woahhh we haven't even had halloween yet, but I kid you not,someone in my class was playing 'Deck the Halls' yesterday. Anyway, I'll stop blabbing now, and get on with my Love List for September, which has quite a few bits and pieces I can't wait to show you!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

7 Ways to survive those 'Grey Days'

Sometimes we all have what I like to call 'Grey Days.' They pop up when you least expect them and to put it plainly... they absolutely suck. 
It's a mixture of everything for me, school stress, friend troubles and even insecurities of mine that wouldn't usually bother me day-to-day will feel 100x worse. It's those days where your best friends can't seem to cheer you up, your favourite hobby (even blogging!) isn't fun and you lack motivation to do anything other than hide under the duvet, sniffling, all day. It's also a day when your self-esteem just...plummets. I'm the kind of person that over-analyses everything, from a look someone gives me in the street to if I sense one of my friends are slightly 'off' with me. This is getting hella deep now, but I've always had a fear at the back of my mind that I'm too boring for people, average and unapproachable, and on grey days it really makes me panic about how I should act or what I'm saying even if it's just a casual conversation to one of my best friends. It's silly and pointless worrying about but feeling like this from time to time is pretty inevitable, and I know other people go through the same thing. So here's another post in my positivity series: '7 Ways to survive those Grey Days.'

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Benefit HighBeam // Review + swatches!

Heyyy lovelies! What? Another review? Yep haha, I couldn't miss reviewing (or raving!) about this lil' gem on my blog since it really has become a staple in my makeup collection lately. I have quite a few Benefit pieces but surprisingly I had never tried High Beam until I popped it into my shopping basket online last month. Some people love liquid highlighters, others hate it but today I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on this Benefit Highlighter plus some swatches too!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Just Bee Drinks // Review!

Hello lovelies! So a couple of weeks back a little box of goodies arrived on my doorstep sent from Just Bee containing the three drinks I'm going to review today. I'm the kind of person who pretty much just lives off of tea and water (yes how very british!) the fanciest thing I ever do to my water really is pop a few lemon slices in so I'm always on the lookout for ways to spice up my water like this. Just Bee Drinks are a range of refreshing spring water drinks, 'enriched with a single drop of honey,' natural antioxidants and are under 50 calories. They come in three different delicious-sounding flavours, Apple and Ginger, Lemon and Green tea and Blueberry that you can see above which I've been trying over the past few weeks and well, this is how I got on! Oh and little note, all these pics seem to feature my baby succulents hahaha (but hey, they do look cute!)

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A Complete Guide to Twitter Chats // Blogging Chatter 03

Hey lovelies! My last couple of posts in this new blogging series seemed really popular so I thought I'd get writing a 3rd for you all today : A Guide to Twitter Chats. I love twitter. A lot. In fact I'm pretty much addicted to it and I can't believe I  didn't join it sooner than because it introduced me to one of my favourite things about blogging...twitter chats! I know exactly how confusing the whole idea of twitter chats can be so in this post I'm just going to chat you through everything from the absolute basics of what it is, why I love it so much, and tips for hosting one of your own. There's even a lil' twitter chat weekly calendar that I've made later on so even if you're used to all of this you can still keep up to date with all the fun chats going on during the week! Enjoy lovelies, and I hope this helps a few of you out (since I really do wish I had read something like this first hehe!)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

End of Summer Haul // Ikea, Coconut Lane and more!

Hey lovelies! Today as you read this it will literally be my first day back at school (wish me luck...) but it means this Haul really is an 'end of Summer' one for me! I'm so nervous for Year 9 eek, an extra years worth of homework and stress to pile on top of the last and choosing my GCSE options arghh!
In the past week though I've been out on quite a few shopping trips and spent most of my last precious summer holiday days scrolling through online bits and bobs too so it's safe to say I have bought a whole lotta stuff recently and what better way to show you than to do a Haul Post?

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August Love List

Hellooooo lovelies! Okay so it's time for my usual round up of all the things I've been loving this month and this one, I've got to say, is as equally random as the last, featuring Makeup, Trainers and oh yeah... veggie burgers?! It feels so sad to know that this will be my last Love List of the Summer (*cry with me guys...*) but it won't be long until a whole lotta Autumn stuff is filling my monthly love lists and I suppose that's something to be excited about right!  Anyway, hope you enjoy scrolling through my 'loves' this month and you can click HERE to read my last Love List from July.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Two weeks in Vend‎ée // Mini-Travel Guide

Hello lovelies! Long-time no see, or at least it feels like that! As you probably know if you follow my blog, for the last two weeks I've been on holiday in France and since you guys seemed to really really love my last 'mini-travel guide' in Rye (read HERE), I thought why not do another one for my most recent trip. I've been working super hard this week to compile the hundreds of photos to choose from together, edit, write and all that but I'm actually pretty pleased with how this post turned out and I hope you are too. The area we stayed in, Vend‎ée,  was so beautiful and somewhere I've never been before so I guess this is going to be a super honest mini-travel guide ; from essentials, to famous attractions, beaches and food (the best bit hehe!)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

7 Ways to survive those long- haul flights

Hello again lovelies!  Welcome to another Sunday post, but before I start I'd just like to thank you all so much for your amazing comments and response to my Blogging Birthday post. I did not expect so many but ahhh it means the world to me that you liked it and I'm so grateful!  
Anywayz, today I'm doing a Travel-themed post: 7 Ways to survive those long- haul flights. I'm literally counting down the days to my Summer holiday now (5 days left!) but It also made me think about a few of those awful flights I've been on in the past. When I was younger I used to love long-haul flights simply because of the lil' TV's you have on the back of your seat but nowadays I come of these planes feeling all kinds of blehhhh and I'm not the only one! So here are 7 ways to survive those long-haul flights and I hope any of you who are traveling far this Summer find it helpful.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Blogging Organisation Tips // Blogging Chatter 02

Hey lovelies! When I asked you guys on Twitter, most of you asked for a post on staying organised in Blogging and so that's what I'm writing for y'all today! There's so much to do and plan when it comes to blogging that is can be hard to stay organised (especially when you have school and homework to keep track of too like me.) I'm definitely not the most organised person, far from it in fact. but I've kind of had to force myself to be for blogging and so here are a few tips and tricks that might help you too!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

How I take my Blog Photos // Blogging Chatter 01

Hello lovelies! Today's post is the first one in a new lil' series I'm starting on my blog called Blogging Chatter. Since I hit my one year blogging milestone a few weeks ago I thought I'd start a series talking (or rambling really hehe) sharing blogging tips/advice/and general chatter surrounding that sorta theme. You guys had lots of suggestions when I asked you on twitter but for the first post I thought I'd start with something I always search up on other people's blogs: How I take my Blog Photos. Now I'm definitely no expert but this is just how I personally like to take my photos and what works for me, including my camera, backgrounds, editing and flat-lay tips. I hope ya enjoy!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Two Fresh Summer Salads // Recipes

Hey lovelies! As you read this I am now in France (hopefully by the pool or exploring the town!) but I still wanted to make sure I put up posts for you all so I've been working super hard lately to pre-write these! I Today's post is a foodie one (yasssss!) and is the recipe for two fresh summer salads I have been absolutely loving lately. They're perfect for a picnic or sharing and are definitely not your typical 'leaves and cucumber' style salads which I always get bored of. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

July Love List!

Hey lovelies! How's your Summer going? It's that time of the month for another Love List and yep, I'm being good and haven't forgotten about it like I used to hehe. These Love Lists make me realise just how fast the year is going (it's actually kind of scary!) but I'm still so excited to show you a few of the things I've been loving this month. This one features a few more fashion-y bits that usual, but with random things like notebooks and of course a new favourite lush product haha! Enjoy...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Just Morgs turns 1

Hello lovelies! You can probably tell from the title, but today is my 1st Blogging Birthday here on Just Morgs!! Woah. One year ago today I hit that publish button, not having any idea of what the outcome would be. And now today I sit by the computer hitting that publish button over-excitedly each week, scrolling through comments with the goofiest smile on my face and it's all down to you guys! A lot of people forget this but I am just 13 years old and so it feels crazy for me to think that at this moment I now have 27,407 blog views, 1229 comments and 191 gorgeous followers reading this right now. CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY. I don't fully understand how anyone can enjoy reading my rambles about cacti and travel (basically me in a nutshell haha) but I guess I must be doing something right! 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New Aviator Sunglasses // Glasses Shop Review

Hey lovelies! Today I wanted to write a short post sharing my newest obsession with you...Aviator Sunglasses! You may have already seen these in my June Love List last week, but can you blame me? I usually find choosing a pair of sunglasses quite hard, I mean I either end up with super thin-framed ones that make me look part-granny, or mirrored ones that are just way too bright for me haha so when I spotted these lil' guys online I instantly fell in love! 

-Disclaimer: Although I have very kindly been sent these, this post is not sponsored and all opinions as usual remain my own -

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June Love List!

Hey lovelies! So we've already made it half-way through the year now June's over (crazy, crazy, crazy!) but that also means Summer is here yayyy! I break up from school in roughly two weeks and as you can probably imagine, I can't wait. I'm usually a Winter/Autumn person but this year I just feel so much more excited about everything I've got planned this Summer, from blogging to holidays! I had so many things I wanted to squeeze into this month's Love List, mostly because I've been ordering and online shopping for all sorts this June but I managed to narrow it down to a handful of things for you today. In case you're new around my blog, I call these sorts of posts 'Love Lists' rather than simply favourites because they tend to feature pretty much anything at all I've been loving this month (from succulents to mascaras...) and aren't really your typical beauty favourites as you can probably tell! Anyway, I hope you enjoy having a little read of what I have been obsessed with in June! 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

7 Ways to Become a Morning Person // Collab!

Heyyy lovelies! As it gets to Summer time, I always want to make the most of every day, not wasting those precious non-school hours asleep all day! I've been trying my hardest to become more of a morning person lately and thought I'd share some tips that have helped me to...well, not spend the whole day in bed! And of course there are 7 tips here, because you know me, I love my odd numbers hehe. This post is also a collab with lovely Jane from Marble and Roses, her blog is so beautiful I could go on about it forever, but be sure to check out her post at the end. We have both focused on positivity themed posts and I hope you like them :)

Friday, 17 June 2016

Q and A? | Ask Questions below

-Picture from my Instagram of my lil' baby plants hehe! Currently obsessed with cacti omg-

Hello lovelies! How is your Friday going? I'll probably still be in school by the time this post goes up...maybe in a maths lesson... and all that blehhh but I hope you'll be enjoying your day more than I am right now! 

 Bit of a quick end-of-week post from me today, but I've been dying to do this forever! I'm planning to write a Q and A style post for you all next week, as you all seem to love my more personal/get to know me posts and so I would love for you to comment down a few questions you want answered below. I'll also be asking on Twitter, but I knew most people would be reading straight from my blog, so I thought why not write a quick post here. Comment whatever questions you want and make sure to leave your bloglinks if you have any because I'll be sure to link them if I answer your question.

Love you all, and I'll speak to you soon in *fingers-crossed* a Q and A post on Wednesday!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Raw Dark Chocolate Avocado Pots // Recipe

Hey lovelies! Back with another recipe this week, and yay it's my favourite - a dessert! These little pots of dark chocolate-y goodness are so decadent and rich, with a silky and light texture almost like mouse...I think I'm in love haha! This is a raw recipe too (so no cooking for us lazy people!) and as healthy as chocolate dessert could possibly be, containing all natural sweeteners like dates, and superfoods like chia seeds. Oh and of course I mustn't forget the avocado! Not gonna lie, the thought of eating chocolate and avocado together was definitely scary at first; I had no idea what it was going to taste like, only that I had seen it all over Pintrest and thought I should to give it a go. And what d'ya know? It tastes pretty freaking amazingggg! The avocado in this recipe makes the chocolate pots so beautifully smooth and creamy, and don't worry - amongst all the other ingredients that avo taste is completely un-noticeable (Honest!) Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did eating it haha!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Striped Tees and Dungarees! // Summer OOTD

Hello Lovelies, I'm back with another OOTD! I feel so excited now that I can start calling it a 'Summer' one hehe, now the weather's warming up and summer break is coming I can't wait! It seems I've shot these sorts of posts in all kinds of places (heck the last one I did was on a snowy mountain!) but this ootd is from Broadstairs in the beautiful summer flowers around the castle. I've been so obsessed with dungarees and striped tops lately, so this is probably what you'll find me wearing on an average day, alongside of course my trusty converse!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Morning Green Smoothie // Recipe

Hello lovelies! I'm always making juices, cordials and all sorts of smoothies in the kitchen and so for this post I wanted to show you one of fav morning drinks: the green smoothie. Apart from the bright colour (which I love, love, love!) this smoothie is so great as an energising morning drink, or even a light breakfast. It's packed with leafy greens, cucumber and lemon but still has a delicious sweet taste from the kiwi and apple. I can never seem to stomach those smoothies that taste entirely of vegetable juice no matter how good for me they are haha so this has been the perfect lil' recipe for me this month.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Get to know me! // 31 random questions

Hello lovelies, how are you all doing? It's currently half-term for me (yayyy finally!) and so I have pretty much been chilling out this week and finishing off bits of remaining homework. Today I thought I'd write something a little bit different, and so I'm going to do a 'Get to know me' post with 31 random questions! You've probably come across this tag many times, but there are actually so many different variations of it so I spent yesterday searching the internet for all my fav questions from similar tags and compiled them all together here for y'all. Noted, this is going to be a writing-heavy post haha but I hope you learn a little more about me as you read through!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

May Love List!

 Hey lovelies! Since it's the last week of May now, you know it's time for my May Love List and I couldn't wait to show you everything I've been loving this month! This months post includes a lot more foodie items I think, as well as the usual beauty bits and I will link all the things that made it to my Love List this month at the end. Anywayz, I won't be dragging this intro on too long...just have a little read!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Healthy Picnic-style salads // Collab!

Hey lovelies! It's Spring- nearing on Summer now, and the perfect time of year for picnics now the sun is finally out and *fingers-crossed* here to stay! Since i was planning a little recipe post this week anyway, I thought why not incorporate the theme of summer and make these healthy picnic-style salads instead! Also, I don't think I've mentioned it here on my blog yet, but I am now pescetarian. I'm not going to go into a big rant about it now - don't worry - but it is quite a big change to my foodie sorta lifestyle, so I'll be sure to update you about how it's going soon! All these salads are vegetarian (sorry meat-eaters!) and 2/3 of them are Vegan too in-case you were wondering.
 Oh and I almost forgot, this post is a collab with the beautiful, lovely, amazing...I could go on forever...Olivia from so be sure to check out her post after!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Matcha Green Tea | Review

Hey lovelies! So a couple of weeks ago I tried Matcha for the first time (after seeing it constantly popping up in health blogs, food magazines...and well, even Starbucks occasionally!) and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys too because I  absolutely love it. Don't worry if you have no idea what I'm talking about though- you haven't been living under  rock hehe, Matcha is a fairly new thing in the UK (although in Japan they've been drinking it for centuries!) It's basically the purest version of green tea you get, made from the finely ground tea leaves to form a vibrant green powder and is the upcoming 'super-food,' raved about for it's many health benefits. I bought the full-bodied Meiko Ceremonial one from Matchaeologist and so this is how I got on trying Matcha for the first time!
 *Little handwritten note from the company I bought it from - so sweet!*
You can tell just by looking at the colour of Matcha how good the quality is. This one is a beautifully vibrant green colour (as it should be!) which shows the leaves were picked young and dried properly so they still contain 'all that good'stuff.' The unique colour can be a little odd at first, but you soon get used to it and it's actually my fav thing about Matcha!

I ordered the 'Meiko Ceremonial-Grade Matcha' which came in a small tin like this. Inside was an airtight packet and so all I did was tip the powder from there into the tin (Trying not to spill it everywhere hehe!) 

Traditionally Matcha is brewed with a chasen (a small bamboo whisk) but since I'm a bit of a 'newbie' to the whole Matcha thing I decided not to invest in one just yet. Instead I simply used a fork, whisking roughly one teaspoon of the powder into warm water slowly until all the lumps had disappeared and then adding my hot water to fill the cup. The powder dissolved easily, leaving that gorgeous green coloured tea that I was looking for! Gathered, it's a little more complicated to brew than your normal tea-bag but you can honestly taste the difference so much!

And onto probably the most important bit, coz nobody wants a bright green drink that tastes disgusting hehe! The taste of Matcha really depends on the brand/type you buy, my one had 'floral aromas' in as described but generally Matcha had quite a distinctive earthy taste with slight notes of jasmine. It's bittersweet, but somehow I liked that and so do lots of other people and I was surprised about how light and refreshing it was. If you don't like the taste of green tea, I think it's unlikely that you're going to gel with Matcha though, regardless of which brands you try!

This is the main reason a lot of people buy Matcha. It's completely natural but contains so many health benefits!

-Lots of antioxidants
- Elevates Mood/Energy
-Boosts metabolism
- Aids weight loss (if you're trying to loose weight)
- Contains vitamins A & C
- Has a decent dose of caffeine in (for you coffee drinkers!)
- Iron

So there you go! Here was my first experience trying Matcha and I would honestly recommend it to anyone now! Matcha is so adaptable too, you don't just have to make teas, there are all sorts of latte's, desserts and even ice creams I've seen being made from it (Just search 'Matcha Creations' and you'll be so suprised at everything that pops up!)  Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post, whether you'd never heard of Matcha in your life before, or you've been drinking it for years hehe. See you next week!



Saturday, 30 April 2016

Summer Fruit Ice Lollies | Recipe

Helloooo Lovelies! Everyone seems to be buzzing about Summer right now and so I thought I'd throw in an extra 'Summer Themed' post today. When I was little I used to make these little lollies all the time in the summer and so when I found these moulds at the back of the kitchen cupboard a few days ago I couldn't resist trying them out again! The ice lollies I made were super easy, all you do is fill the mould and pop in the freezer - but they're such a yummy thing to eat on a hot day and I love them! I'm not sure whether this even counts as a recipe really (since it's so simple!) but here are a few of the different types of ice lollies I made!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Green Smoothie Bowl | Recipe

Hello lovelies! So I don't know whether you can remember, but a couple of weeks ago I shared a berry smoothie bowl recipe (which you can read here) and you guys really seemed to like it! Since then I've been trying out so many different smoothie bowls and I thought I would show you one of my favourites so far. It's a green smoothie bowl, which I know sounds a bit daunting at first haha, but aside from the vibrant colour it tastes just as good as a normal one! This breakfast bowl's main ingredients are the kale, spinach and kiwi in, to give it that bright green colour as well as lots of antioxidants, vitamins and iron which are perfect to start your day. I've been tweaking this recipe to my liking over the past few weeks, and do tell me if you try it!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

By the Seaside

 Hey lovelies! So I love the seaside. A lot. I could literally go on for ages about the sound of the waves, the salty breeze in your hair and of course that lil' bit of beautiful sunshine you find down by the coast! I suppose I love it so much because I'm used to the big city (ya'know the noise, traffic, bustle) and so I always treasure the weekends when I get to drive down to the seaside with my family, and stay in our little apartment by the sea. Just a couple of weeks ago, my best friend came there to stay too and so I thought I would show you all what we got up to 'by the seaside!'

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

A Day in France

Hello lovelies! So I know it's been a little while since I arrived back from France, but while clearing out my camera roll (Anyone else hate doing that haha?) I found all these photos from one of my days in France. There was so much to see and do there, but one of my absolute favourites were the little French Markets dotted about the village. I always prefer the more cultural aspects of visiting a country rather than simply staying in a hotel with a pool all week, and so I thought I'd share with you a snippet of my morning spent in the market!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Healthy Berry and Melon Smoothie bowl! | Recipe

Hey lovelies! I feel like I haven't spoken to you in ages! I know it's only been a week, but I've been so busy with homework, essays...and all that fun stuff. Sarcasm of course.
Anyway, I don't know whether you guys knew this about me, but I have recently gotten into healthy eating. For real, I mean. Not those 'New Year' goals that only last till Feb, I've actually found myself drinking Green Smoothies and getting strangely over-excited at Holland & Barrett. No joke.

So anyway, today I thought I'd share one of my favourite healthy breakfasts: a smoothie bowl! Never heard of this? Nor had I until a few weeks ago, but trust me they're the best! They're essentially your average smoothie, but a little thicker and packed with even more nutrients to make a super healthy breakfast. And of course you eat it with a spoon. Mustn't forget that bit hehe!

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