AUTUMN SPICE COFFEE

Good morning beautiful souls,

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons; the cascades of tumbling burnt umber, sienna and crimson leaves swirling around the pavements, the chilly winds nipping at your face but you don’t mind as your wrapped up warm in your favourite cosy knits, the time to snuggle up in front of real fires (if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful ingelnook fireplace) and read a book…. the list goes on.
I feel like autumn is the perfect time for creating a hygge atmosphere and in the spirit of this I want to share my delicious homemade autumn spiced coffee with you; the healthy version to all these pumpkin spiced lattes which are full of syrups.

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What you will need
French Press – Burr Grinder – Coffee Beans – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Star Anise – Cloves

Firstly grind your coffee beans (grinding your own beans to demand will give you a fresher and more aromatic coffee) – put your coffee into your French press (the thumbrule is 6g-8g of coffee per 100ml of water) – add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 a star anise crushed small and 3 cloves – pour on hot water (not boiling), stir and leave for 2 minutes – press down the cafetier, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

Now I am a black coffee drinker; a firm believer that if you find a good coffee bean and roast you like then you won’t need milk to balance any bitterness because there won’t be any bitterness. I am lucky enough to be able to get my favourite beans from my dads coffeehouse, however if you can’t find a coffee you enjoy drinking black or you are just one of those people who enjoys really milky coffees, do feel free to add a non dairy milk, I’d recommend trying oat milk as it’s the creamiest in my opinion and works best with coffee! If you love your coffee and want to try out this autumn spice deliciousness, do let me know what you think! Hope you hall have a wonderful day!

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COFFEE CATCH-UP

Good evening beautiful souls,

I was sitting at my kitchen counter this morning with my coffee in hand and calming Celtic music playing softly in the background as I tried to think of what to write for my next blog post. I hadn’t slept well, my back was killing and I was feeling annoyed at myself because it had been over a week since I’d last uploaded a blog post. Although I have all these ideas floating around in my head I just never seem to manage to create enough time to write them up. Anyway, the Celtic music was soothing and my mind began to wander showing me all the mundane little moments that had brought me joy in the last week and I suddenly realised I had found a topic to blog about and on top of that noticed that my mood had lifted. Hurrays all around!

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life we so often get caught up in the stress and overlook or quickly forget the moments of joy we have experienced. This morning it dawned on me just how guilty I was of this. I’d been filled with so much negativity, but my clever brain had realised I was in need of more positive vibes and gave me a little wake up call so to speak by reminding me of all the things I had to be grateful for.

I also decided I would reinstate my coffee catch-up posts into my blog as I thought it would be the perfect way to share what’s been making me happy recently, and also peoples ‘if we were having coffee’ posts are some of my favourite to read so without further ado, I hope you enjoy this format to.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that Jessica and I recently did a spot of spontaneous shopping and finally bought some household items that weren’t super necessary but I’d been wanting for a long time. I’d tell you we got a new house plant (a little Aloe baby that now sits on the bathroom windowsill), a toilet roll stand (instead of the dust gathering box we had before) a smaller lidded bathroom bin and new bathroom mats. You’d probably laugh at how silly a cheesy grin I’d be wearing as I told you how satisfying it felt when I’d proceeded to deep cleaned the bathrooms before adding all the new items and how happy the, although not much altered, new look made me feel.

If we were having coffee we would probably have at least one food related conversation and I’d tell you that on Saturday Jessica and I had enjoyed a delicious meal out for practically free, thanks to our Tesco clubcard points. I’d explain that as we do most of our grocery shopping together we’d decided to use our clubcard points together to treat ourselves to meals out. I’d get my phone out so we could drool over some photos of the food I’d had, but I would end up showing you my outfit and makeup first because I’d been rather pleased with the somewhat bold purple look I’d gone for. Eventually, after probably going off on a makeup tangent and chatting about products we’re currently loving, we’d get back to food and I’d tell you that the vegan menu at ASK had quite a few nice options of which I’d shared the olives & dough balls for starters with Jessica as well as the sorbet for dessert but that we’d had our own mains which for me was a yummy veggie pizza.

Another thing I would definitely tell you is that I was feeling rather nervous but excited at the same time for the Vegan Camp Out Festival that I’d be attending tomorrow because it’s my first time going and I’d be going by myself! You’d reassure me everything would be fine and I’d calm down a little and get all hyped telling you about the bits and bobs I’d been buying to get festival ready and how excited I was to meet so many like minded people, hopefully make some new friends and who knows maybe even find some romance!

Of course we also always natter about new fashion pieces we’ve recently found and so if we were having coffee I’d tell you about the amazing charity shop bargains I’d picked up in town with Jessica. I’d probably have taken photos of them and would once again swipe out my Huawei to show you 1 pair of beautiful green boots, 1 pair of black platform sandals, 1 plain black jumper and 1 amazing jeans skirt! We’d rave about how amazing charity shops can be and that we definitely need to make more of an effort to shop in them especially as we’re recycling clothes rather than supporting fast fashion!

And last but not least I’d be gushing over how well my first little Courgette is growing and how ridiculously excited and happy I am to be growing my own veg!!!

So if we were having coffee this week you’d be able to see just how many mundane things have made me happy and how I’m trying to appreciate the little things in life more!

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DESK TOURS

Good morning beautiful souls,

I am so exited to finally be sharing this blog post with you. I have been planning a Desk Tour post for so long that when the lovely Chloe Burford and I decided to do a collaboration I knew this would be perfect post to collab on as I’m super nosy and love to see how others organise their work spaces. If you don’t already follow Chloe go show her blog some love, she writes about everything from beauty & travel to mental health; oh and be sure to check out her Instagram too because it’s beaut!

Anyway without further ado, let’s get straight to it – I hope you enjoy my Desk Tour and be sure to check out Chloe’s Desk Set Up too!

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Firstly, I can’t wait for the day that I have my own house where I dedicate a full room to being my study space, but for now I have to make do with fitting everything into my bedroom which does mean it’s all a little cramped, but nevermind.

My desk is an old black Ikea ADILS/LINNMON desk. I got it from my dad as he didn’t need it anymore, however as it did come with a few scuffs, I decided to give it a new lease of life and spruced it up by covering it in marble contact paper. I’m really happy with how it turned out and love the fact that such little DIY’s can make such a difference!

My desk chair is also a hand me down and, as you can probably tell, not an actual desk chair but an old arm chair my parents where getting rid of, so I decided to take it off them. Yes it may be a bit big for my small bedroom, but I have to say, at least I am super comfy when working here. I added a cute grey fake sheepskin style rug from Ikea for extra cosiness and two cushions for extra comfort – I love it!

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I like a nice clutter-free space, but at the same time I feel that a couple of pretty accessories are needed to give a work space a nice ambience. So here’s what I keep on my desk:

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On the left I have a photo frame with some picture from my best friends wedding; it was such a beautiful day that I love having these photos here to put a smile on my face.

I love pops of colour, especially in green and especially in the form of real plants and so I have not 1, not 2, but 3 plants on my desk (the big leafy green being my absolute fave, just don’t tell my other plant babies).

Of course a desk without any stationary in sight would be a little strange, so I store my most used pens in this cute pot from Ikea. I love it’s design so much I decided to get the matching little tray too which is perfect for keeping random bits & bobs safe. And of course I tend to have my little diary from The Card Factory in sight at all times so that I can write down To Do’s or appointments quickly before forgetting about them.

Another big must for me is candles (I mean who doesn’t love candles right?!) So I have my little Buddha candle holder on the left as well as a plain glass holder on the right of my desk to provide those cosy vibes on an evening.

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On the right side of my desk I also added the postcard I painted a while ago in a pretty frame. It’s a nice visual reminder to encourage me to continue with my artwork and get my paints out more often.

The marble contact paper is a little more susceptible to wear and tear and so to protect it I usually keep a grey placemat on it too. And of course my laptop (which is now a cute little Lenovo Ideapad as I had to say goodbye to my HP which sadly decided to give up on life) tends to stay on my desk too.

Oh, and last but not least, as I love a nice cuppa or a freshly brewed V60 coffee, a coaster on my desk is also a must!

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Now for my under-desk storage. I used an old shoe rack as a mini shelf and it’s the perfect size leaving plenty of room for my legs to still fit comfortably under my desk as well as leaving a little room to the left for my folders and files.

I tried to stick with the green theme here too; the boxes I’ve had for quite some time so I can’t remember where I bought them from (although I have a feeling it might have been Wilko’s) and then the baskets I bought the other day from Wilkos to complete my organisation of this storage space. I love how everything has ended up fitting so well.

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Each box/basket has a different use and so it’s nice and easy to find things. For example one basket has random stationary bits&bobs, in the next I keep all my letter writing things, in the third all my various notebooks and then the boxes are used for the likes of keeping all my cables and electrical equipment together.

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Well there you have it, my desk tour; I hope it satisfied your curiosity and if you’d like any other tours, like a full bedroom tour, let me know in the comments down below!!

I really enjoyed creating this post and collaborating with Chloe, so don’t forget to go check out her version of the Desk Tour too!

Thanks for reading lovelies and until next time ❤

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I’M BACK!

Good evening beautiful souls,

Have you missed me?!

In case you’ve been wondering where I had disappeared to, I decided to take a little break from blogging! Before I left for my holiday in Germany I was stuck in a bit of a rut. I was continually feeling stressed about never seeming to have enough time to complete everything I wanted to get done especially when it came to blogging. I kept having to remind myself that this blog is only a hobby and not a job, and thus it should be fun and I shouldn’t feel like a failure if I didn’t succeed in posting often enough or regularly. It was ok if my blog posts flowed as and when I felt like writing and sharing my journey. So I eventually managed to come to terms with the fact that it was ok to take a step back from blogging and take a break for a while.

I have to admit it did me good not stressing about uploading posts on time and having a picture up on Instagram every day; it’s been peaceful. However, I don’t want to drag this break on forever and the itch to get connecting again with all you lovely lot keeps growing so here I am again – I am back and ready to get stuck into blogging again.

I also want to take this new start to slightly redirect my content/the focus of my blog. As most of you know I have been vegan since the beginning of the year and my passion for living a plant based lifestyle keeps growing, along with wanting to reduce my impact on this earth and so I really want to focus my content on plant based and eco friendly living. It will still be a lifestyle blog featuring things from beauty – cooking, but they will all be encouraging a plant based and low impact lifestyle. I look forward to developing my vegan & eco friendly lifestyle niche more and hope you look forward to learning more about these topics.

Lots of Love Carina xo