Chickpea, tomato & basil salad – For glowing skin

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Vegan & Gluten – Free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 carrot
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 a tin of chickpeas
  • 1/2 an onion
  • Balsamic glaze
  • 1 tsp olive oil

I added feta cheese on top so there is a little more taste, I also love cheese so couldn’t have a salad without it

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THE HEALTH & BEAUTY BENEFITS

We need all these nutrients during the Summer, because they protect us from free radicals caused by higher sun exposure. If we don’t stop these radicals they can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, also making us age very quickly.

This salad can boost your immune system and prevent inflammation.

Carrots, beside being good for your eyes are also a way of making your teeth clear when you chew them. Because they contain lots of beta – carotene, they give your skin a nice orange glow.

The foods included in this salad cause anti – inflammatory, that will make you feel great and beautiful.

Date night on a Monday

THE HALFWAY HOUSE

Last night Solly and I spent the evening at a cute little pub on the way to Langport, Somerset. It was such a lush day we may as well of spent it out in the sun. Because I had been working all weekend, Sol and I never got a chance to spend anytime together, we haven’t really had a chance since I have been back from University tbh!! Sol works Monday to Friday, 8 in the morning to late, where as I work most evenings and all over the weekend, so fitting in time to see each other can be difficult.

Solly got a beef burger and I got a beef chilli. I am still trying to be healthy as I am going on holiday with my family to Portugal in less than 2 weeks so I need to get my Summer bod, haha!

In the morning I went to CrossFit with my brother and sister, then spent the whole day relaxing in the sun. It is the first day I have had off work since Tuesday so I was happy to spend it doing absolutely nothing. I even caught a tan!!

Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Monday!!

My top is from ASOS – click here for similar!

Bodyshop Summer Favourites

As you all have probably noticed, I get extremely dry skin, so a body exfoliator is an essential and there are 2 I am loving at the moment. The smell of coconut is my favourite Summer scent and Bodyshop create it perfectly. These 2 products are amazing to use together! Exfoliate while you are in the shower or bath and then apply the body moisturiser after, it leaves your skin feeling amazing for a good few days.

CLICK HERE TO BUY PRODUCTS:

Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub –  The 50ml pot is only £6!! How amazing, you can have smooth skin on a budget.

Coconut Nourishing Body ButterAgain, you can buy a 50ml pot for £6 and it lasts long enough. The pot in the photo is 200ml but you can also buy a 400ml pot if you really like the product.

The exfoliating cream is definitely my favourite, it works like a dream!! I have been trying to apply it at least once or twice a week.

My tips for body confidence – How I make myself feel more confident

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Dress – TopShop (you will be seeing a lot more of this dress it is amazing)

BODY CONFIDENCE

In this post I want to talk about body confidence. This has been a big subject for me since a young age, I have never felt completely comfortable in my skin. Especially as I am surrounded by beautiful, skinny friends, which is not a bad thing they are all stunning, but obviously it can be daunting on you confidence in any type of way. I have always felt the biggest. I was always the tallest in my year, big boobs, big bum, big belly. But since making a few simple changes over the past few years (especially recently) I have gained a whole lot of self worth and appreciation for my body.

1.DO NOT COMPARE YOUR BODY

This is my biggest pointer to when gaining a lot more body confidence. You don’t want to be like all these girls on social media because lets face it, it is not real life. How many times have you pretending to laugh or overly editing a photograph? Because believe me, we all do the same. You have got to learn to love yourself for who you are. There will always be someone who is ‘seemingly’ better than you! What you see as a ‘good body’ other people might not, everyone is different and everybody is special. Who knows, to somebody else, your body may be perfect.

“The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel”

2. WELL BEING

A lot of people forget that confidence comes with well being.Getting enough rest, eating the right foods and exercising is very important. Move more, eat better, not less, drink more water and sleep more. Stress is also very bad for your body, taking time out of work to do what you love and destress yourself will automatically make yourself feel more confident. Stress is a big one for me, because I can be a massive stress head, but when I come to realise that stress will get me know where it will automatically make me happier.

3. LOVE

We as humans, often focus on what we hate about ourselves rather than what we love, causing us to beat ourselves down but we do not give our bodies enough credit. The things that we will want to change about ourselves others would die for and same the other way round. Are we just being critical and putting ourselves under to much pressure to look a certain way? It is very easy for our mind to play tricks on us but as soon as you realise, you will feel a lot more positive about your body.

4. TAN & HYDRATE

Nothing will make you feel more confident that having a perfect tan and hydrating skin. First of all obviously drink more water. Water is the most natural way to clear your skin. Secondly, use your favourite body moisture and apply it every morning. I get so much more confidence when my body is glowing. Thirdly, I use Bondi Sands – Dark, to keep my skin in the Summer season all year round. Honestly, when I apply fake tan to my skin I feel so much more body confident. I don’t know whether it is just me, but I instantly feel more toned and glowing.

5. STAYING FIT

When I am feeling run down, the way for me to boost my confidence is to hit the gym. I have got extremely into CrossFit recently and it is making me feel super confident. It makes me super relaxed and energetic, I think this is my top tip to being body confident.

1 SECOND OF THE DAY | first day of University to the last!

1 SECOND OF THE DAY

From the first day of University to the last – I took a video every single day (nearly everyday) for the whole of my first year at University. I used the 1SD (1 second a day) app to create it. I would recommend buying this app as it is such a great way to capture memories!

Home is where the heart is

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My first year of University is over and I am home for the Summer. After a hectic week it is time to relax – I have been out a lot!

Today is my only day of before I start work again. I need to work full time for 3 weeks before I go on holiday to Portugal with my family, because straight afterward I am moving to London for a month and working for Firefly Media, how exciting!

With working at the pub, I also have a lot of gyming to do, it is time to get back into my home routine and I am excited.

I hope you are all enjoying the sun!

BU Summer Ball – Just a couple of eggs

SUBU Summer Ball – Bournemouth University

At the end of the year, Bournemouth University puts on a a Summer Ball which is more like a festival, where all the students dress up as anything they want and spend the whole day partying. This year the line up was not as good, last year they had Chase & Status and My Nu Leng! But this year they had MK, Friction and a couple other DJs. The whole event was put on amazingly, although it was quite small it was like a festival. They had lots of different dance tents including a Bestival, Foreverland and Apple Bum stage.

As you can see, myself and 4 other girls dressed up as eggs. It sounded like a good idea and we got a lot of compliments but it was absolutely boiling. By the time it got to me taking off my egg and wearing my Topshop glittery dress, I was so sweaty it didn’t look good, haha!

The whole day was absolutely amazing, the best send of to first year with all my friends – I couldn’t ask for a better group of people at University!

Roll on the rest of the Summer!!