Monday, 26 January 2015

Banana & Almond Smoothie

Banana & Almond Smoothie Recipe
Banana & Almond Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are an easy way to eat more healthily and are perfect for those who are always on the go. It literally takes around three minutes to blend everything up and serve, so they're quick and hassle free. Today's post is a Banana & Almond smoothie recipe, which would make a great breakfast smoothie to kick-start your day. It's tasty, good for you and it will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

This smoothie has many health and beauty benefits. Incorporating almonds into your diet will keep your skin looking fresh and glowy. Almonds are full of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. This means that they help to cleanse the toxins from your body. Bananas contain high amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E. There are many health benefits to eating bananas; for example, they can help to lower your cholesterol and keep your blood pressure under control. Bananas are also great for your skin; they keep your skin looking youthful due to their natural moisturising properties.

Ingredients (serves two)
  • 2 medium frozen bananas (broken up into one inch chunks)
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/2 a cup of natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

1) Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2) Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Do you love smoothies? Let me know if you'll be trying this one!

Love, Telina

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wednesday Wishlist

1. Patent Clutch Bag - ASOS
2. Cream Coat - New Look
3. Cream Tote Bag - River Island
4. Gold Ring Pack - ASOS
5. Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 - Debenhams 
6. Camel Scarf - Topshop
7. YSL Shocking Volume Mascara - Debenhams
8. Gold Love Bangle - Selfridges
9. Memory Box - Debenhams
10. Notebook - Selfridges

With the shops bringing out new releases and exciting trends for the new year, I've had my eye on quite a few items recently! 

Since this cold weather doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, I'd love to own this coat and this scarf to keep me warm. As you can probably tell from the items I've chosen, I'm really loving neutral colours at the moment - so they both would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe. Makeup wise, I'd really like to try the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette. It contains a range of neutral shades that are meant to have incredible colour pay off and staying power. It definitely sounds like the ideal, everyday palette. Another favourite item I've featured is this Kate Spade notebook - how cute and chic does it look? I know I'd love to own it! 

What are your favourite picks? Have you got your eye on anything at the moment?

Love, Telina

Friday, 16 January 2015

Finding Inspiration For Your Blog

Finding Inspiration For Your Blog

As a blogger, there are times when everything just flows and you can't keep up with all of your blog post ideas. But there can also be times when it's a bit more difficult to think of new content. It happens to all of us. However, there are ways to find inspiration and get the ideas flowing again. Here's a few techniques that have worked for me:

Read

One of the best ways to gain inspiration for your blog is to read. Blogs, magazines, articles, books; read as much and as often as possible. If you read something new everyday, then you'll never run out of ideas to blog about. Not only will reading help you gain inspiration, but your writing will become stronger too.

Use Pinterest

I've already mentioned how much I love Pinterest a few times on this blog. In my opinion, Pinterest is one of the most inspiring spaces on the internet. It allows you to collect creative ideas and pin them onto online boards. I personally think that it's an excellent tool for bloggers as you can discover loads of pins that could inspire a blog post, whether that's a motivational quote, an outfit look or a cake recipe. It's also very useful for blog tips; I've found loads of information about topics such as photography, blog promotion and SEO.

Write Down Blog Titles and Ideas

Inspiration can strike at any moment, so it's a good idea to keep a notebook (or a note-taking app on your phone) handy at all times for when you get a spark of inspiration. Write down any ideas that come to your mind, even if it's just a post title. That way, you have a list of blog post ideas ready to be developed and written.

Research Trending Topics

Use social media to find out the topics that are trending in your blog niche. Researching trending topics means that you will discover what people are interested in and what's on everyone's mind at that time. Find a topic that piques your curiosity and write down your thoughts and opinions about it.

Get Off The Computer

Simply getting out and changing your environment can be very beneficial. Go for a walk, take some time off to unwind or visit somewhere new. Your creative flow will be back in no time!

So those are the ways that help me find inspiration for blog posts. It's also important to remember to open your eyes and observe everything; inspiration can be found everywhere!

How do you find inspiration for your blog? Do you use any of these techniques?

Love, Telina

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Pinning Lately #1

Pinning Lately

I've been using Pinterest quite a bit lately (I think I may be addicted..!), so I thought it would be a nice idea to share some of my current favourite pins. Here's what has inspired me lately...

1: I can't wait for the day I can decorate a house! I'm loving the white and grey theme of this living room; it looks so cosy and inviting.

2: I would love to own a pair of knee high boots like these ones! Not only do they look stylish, but I'm sure they would keep my legs nice and warm during the cold winter days we're having. I'm also a fan of the neutral colours of this outfit. (pin here.)

3: I'm not too great at nail art; I don't have the patience for it! But I do really love the look of this design. The glitter dots and gold tips look great, so I may have to give this one a go! (pin here.)

4: Pinterest is full of inspiring content, which is one of the reasons why I love the website so much. This quote is so true; gratitude is everything. (pin here.)

To see more of what I've been pinning, you can check out my Pinterest page here! Are you a fan of Pinterest too? 

Love, Telina

Thursday, 8 January 2015

How To Look More Awake (When You've Had Zero Sleep!)


We all have those mornings where we wake up looking and feeling exhausted. You may have needed to cram in some last minute exam revision the night before, or maybe you just really wanted to catch an episode (or five) of your favourite TV series. The occasional late or sleepless night happens to everyone at some point. Thankfully, there are ways to look like you've had over nine hours sleep - even when you've hardly slept a wink! I rely on these makeup and skincare tips to help me achieve this:

Good Skincare
Applying an eye cream is a great way to hydrate your eyes and reduce puffiness and dark circles. One that I like to use is The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream. I've been using this for ages and it's one of those products that I will repurchase regularly. It leaves the eye area feeling smooth and moisturised. It's also great for reducing the appearance of dark circles. For bright and fresh looking skin, it's important to use a moisturiser regularly. I use B.'s Ready Day Cream, a lovely product that keeps your skin looking hydrated and radiant throughout the day.

Use Concealer Under The Eyes
Makeup wise, concealer is one of the best ways to help you look more awake. At the moment, I use Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer as not only does it conceal dark circles, but it also has a brightening effect. It provides excellent coverage yet feels lightweight on the skin.

Highlight Your Face
Highlighting your face gives you a fresh, dewy look and perks up dull skin. A highlighter I've been loving lately is No.7's Instant Radiance Highlighter. It's a cream based formula, which makes application super easy - it glides on the skin effortlessly. All you need is a quick swipe and it gives you a beautiful, subtle glow. I like to use this on the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid's bow for that glowy look. If you prefer powder highlighters, then I'd recommend MUA's Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, which is another great option.

Use Nude Eye Liner
One of my favourite makeup tricks is to apply nude eyeliner in my waterline. It really opens up your eyes and makes them appear brighter and more awake. I use the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Liner in the shade 'nude.' What I love about this liner is how creamy it is - it glides on with ease. It's also waterproof and long lasting, so it stays put all day long.

Apply Mascara
Mascara is another way to open up the eyes as it gives you that wide-eyed look, so it's a good cure for tired eyes. I recommend the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. It gives you long lashes full of volume that are still quite natural looking. I have it in the shade 'waterproof' to avoid that dreaded panda eye look!

Add Some Colour
Last but not least, add some blusher for a healthy, natural flush. It will make you look fresher and more awake in an instant! I really like No.7's Pop and Glow Blush Stick in the shade 'classic rose,' a dark rose shade. I love the fact that it's a cream blusher as it gives a flattering glow to the cheeks.


What products do you use to look more awake?

Love, Telina
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