Australian Style Banana Bread

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Thursday 25th May 2017                                                                                                                       27° East Sussex, England

I woke up at 4:30 am this morning…

Somehow my bedroom window blind collapsed in the middle of the night, waking me up with a crash and blinding me with the bright morning light. Lying in bed listening to the sound of the birds and trying to fall back to sleep, I suddenly started craving banana bread. Warm and squidgy sweet banana sponge with a crisp crust, draped in cold salty butter and English honey.

Budapest photo diary


Around this time last year, my best friend Lola and I decided we needed to escape the stresses of modern life for a weekend. After sitting in Cafe Nero for about 4 hours, perusing easy jet for cheap flights to anywhere in Europe that would fit our tiny student budgets, we booked tickets to Hungary and jumped on a plane to Budapest. We honestly had no expectations and ended up falling in love with the city. It’s a crazy and beautiful place. Here are a few snaps I took with my iPhone and a disposable camera.

Love from lydia x

Pink porridge


I love porridge. It puts me in such a good mood, it’s easy for me to digest at the moment and gives me a boost of energy to start the day.

This morning I treated myself to a huge bowl of pink porridge in bed.  This recipe is so yummy and comforting. The creaminess of the almond milk and the Coyo goes perfectly with slightly tart flavour of the berry compote. And plus, it just looks sooooo pretty!

Here’s how I made it… Happy Saturday! 🌸

My top 10 self care tips


It’s so SO important to practice self care. If you’re feeling burnt out, anxious, down or stressed, make sure you stop everything and check in with your body and mind. The one thing in life that you have total control over is how you treat yourself. I didn’t fully realise this until very recently…I’ve always put myself under a lot of pressure and felt like I needed a good reason or even permission to relax! But now I have come to appreciate that I need to be a bit kinder to myself and look after myself properly. Here are my favourite self care methods…💗

1. Run a bubbly bath.

I like to put a drop of a Tisserand essential oil into the water to soothe my skin and help me unwind. My favourite is the Clary Sage oil. Dim the bathroom lights, light a candle and play the Cinematic Orchestra’s The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos on Spotify, it’s beautiful.

Life and cookies


Firstly, I’ll apologise in advance for my terrible writing….for some reason glandular fever has turned my brain into fudge! Although I am definitely a lot better, I can’t seem to shake this ‘half asleep’, confused, sluggish feeling. I just want to write down what’s happened over the last few weeks, so I can look back at this blog post when I’m back to my normal self and be reminded that I have made the right decision.

Having missed the first two weeks of Spring term, I was beginning to feel anxious about falling irrecoverably behind with uni work. I called up to talk to my uni’s welfare department just to have a chat and see if there was an option to start doing half days and whether there was support available to help me cope with the mounting workload. The last thing I expected was to be told that I should probably suspend my studies.



I’m sitting curled up on the sofa, with a hot mug of lemon and honey and my cat. We’re watching re-runs of Friends on Comedy Central, whilst I scroll through my Instagram feed. There’s a lovely pinky, yellow sunset outside. But the truth is, I’m feeling a bit miserable.

I came home from university over a month ago, feeling shivery and swollen and just plain exhausted. I had to miss out on a trip to Copenhagen with my best friends, only managed to swallow about half a pig in blanket on Christmas day and went to bed at 9 on New Years eve whilst all my friends went out partying. The doctor phoned this morning with my blood test results, which tested positive for glandular fever.

I’ve been feeling pretty useless and frustrated. Not having the energy to do anything can really get you down. But I’ve decided to take turn this disadvantage into an advantage. I want to take this time in my life where I’m not rushing around, to just focus on myself, what I want and what makes me happy.

So I’ve made this blog explore that. I’ll be sharing things that cheer me up and make me smile…. Little jewels and gems that make life just that little bit lovelier.Perhaps something that I can look forward to doing when I’m better… like travelling, but also things that will comfort me now whilst I’m feeling a bit rubbish.

I’m excited for this little project and I hope you like it!

Love from Lydia x