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Book recommendations

There’s nothing better than getting lost in a book, that feeling when you discover a great read that you just can’t put down.

I’m always looking for great book recommendations, asking friends what they’ve been reading and searching online for titles that might take my fancy.

So I thought I would share some of the books I’ve been loving lately…

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is my most recent read, a recommendation from a friend. At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be my kind of thing, but I can firmly say it’s probably the best book I’ve read all year.
Sterotypically, you could describe it as a ‘coming of age’ story. A plot that brings up topics of race and identity, following a young couples journey from Nigeria to America. The author tells the tale in such a captivating and throught-provoking manner that I was still thinking about his book weeks after I’d finished.
Even if you think it doesn’t sound like your find of story I would urge you to give it a go…

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A story with a twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is a page turning read that makes you not want to put it down. I’d say this book definitely falls under the ‘thriller’ category, it keeps you guessing till the end and is a nice easy read.
A story told from the perspective of Cadence, a teenager from a rich American family, a family with secrets. At the end of the summer something takes place – an incident, accident or illness but she can’t remember what happens or why. The plot slowly unlocks the past, revealing an intricate web of lies with a twist you don’t see coming!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

After all the hype around this book this summer, I’d be surprised if most of you reading this hadn’t heard of this book. Having been on many best-seller lists, I had to give this one a go.
This was a great summer read, a tale of young love and family relationships.
Maddy is allergic to the outside world and is confined to her house where a nurse and her mother take care of her. However, everything changes one day when a new family arrives next door and Maddy starts to get to know her good-looking teenage neighbour. A tale of how millennials interact over emails and texts with a heart warming ending that will leave you with warm fuzzies.

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Favourite Instagram accounts

It probably comes as no surprise that scrolling through Instagram on a daily basis is one of my guilty pleasures! Inspired by other posts I’ve seen, I thought I’d share some of my favourite accounts to follow.

1) Tash Oakley
If beautiful destinations and stunning swimwear is your thing then you will LOVE Tash’s insta. This Austrialian beauty travels the world and we get to see her edit of it – beautiful sunsets, turquoise waters and gorgeous clothes. Her year-round tan will make you want to get the tanning mit out pronto!

2) Jacqueline Muktua
This Swedish fashion blogger has an insta to die for. Her photography is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen on Instagram with each image using the same filter and lighting style creating a matrix of Vogue worthy visuals. One to check out for fashion and photography inspiration.

3) Murad Osmann
This is one of the most incredible accounts I’ve ever seen! It’s quite an iconic one so chance are you will have heard of it already. Video producer Murad lets his girlfriend lead him through some of the most beautiful places around the world. Fairly hard to describe – you’ll have to take a look to understand what the fuss is all about!

4) Live Green Healthy
If healthy food inspo is what you’re after then this account provides mountains of inspiration. From a million ways to eat avo on toast to yummy pasta and creative salads. *Warning: be prepared to be hungry as soon as you look as you open the page up*

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Amalfi Coast

 

Without a doubt my favourite holiday to date. No need for me to explain why I loved this Italian coast line so much as the pictures speak for themselves, showcasing the breath taking views and tranquil settings.

The Amalfi Coast is every bit as beautiful as the pictures portray it to be and offer so much more than your average beach holiday. Pompei, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento… So many places to visit for those that want to get out and about as well as the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen!

If you are looking for your next European adventure I can’t recommend it enough.

I’m already planing my next visit…

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Columbia Road Flower Market: A Sunday Well Spent

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I’d wanted to check out the Columbia Road Flower Market in South-East London for a long time, but being right at the other side of London, it seemed like a mission to get to, especially for a leisurely Sunday.

However, after carefully planning a trip which incorporated a fun day exploring a part of the city I’d left untapped, I was really excited to get going to the market.

I wasn’t disappointed and came away wishing that I hadn’t left it as long to discover this amazing gem the city I’d lived in for five years had to offer. It’s everything you would expected from a typical London market and more, the flowers are exquisite, there is so much to see, paired with the lively hustle and bustle of a popular sunday market that makes it a special experience you won’t forget.

It’s definitely a great way to spend a sunday and I can’t wait to go back with a better idea of exactly what I want to buy. I have heard that if you visit the market not long before it closes there are bargains to be had, so that’s possibly what I will be doing the next time I go. It’s also worth nothing that it was absolutely heaving, so if packed crowds aren’t your thing then this might not be for you.

All in all a great experience – pair it with finding a cosy pub for sunday lunch and you’ve got my version of the perfect way to spend a sunday!

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Two ingredient pancakes

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When I first saw this recipe I couldn’t believe that by using two simple ingredients, you could make something so delicious yet healthy. All you need for this recipe is three eggs and two small bananas.

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My first attempt at these was disastrous – they are best made into smaller pancakes rather than the large crepe style that I attempted. 

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Method

  1. Simply blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or similar (I used my nutri bullet) until they form a goopy liquid consistency.
  2. Then simply use coconut oil or an oil of your choice in a hot pan and pour a small amount of the mixture into a pan.
  3. Let the pancake cook for one-two minutes and flip it over to cook on the other side.
  4. Continue to do this until all the mixture has gone and you have a lovely tall pancake stack!
  5. Add a topping of your choice – I used a small amount coco powder but I think Agave Nectar would be a really nice treat.

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