Thursday, March 26, 2015

Foodie Post: Banana Bread Muffins & Green Smoothie ♥

Hello my darlings!

How are you all today? ♥

I've been studying home today, while also spending some time with my mom and all. It's so much fun and the best part is that someone else does most of the cooking for once. But as I'm not cooking, I figured I could post about food instead. I know, it's bit of an obsession.

Anyway, in today's post I'm sharing a gluten free muffin recipe along with a recipe for green smoothie. Both of which are very delicious, and at least relatively healthy. Recipes originally from here and here.

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Banana Bread Muffins
12 large muffins, or 24 small ones

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 cups gluten free flour mix
1 tablespoon (or less) psyllium fiber
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions: Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 F). Place muffin cups in muffin tin, or grease with a little butter. Mix sugar, oil and egg until creamy and light yellow in a bowl. Add bananas and coconut. Add flour, psyllium, baking soda and salt. Stir until completely smooth. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick poked in center muffin comes out clean.

So basically I modified the original recipe into gluten free one, and also added coconuts instead of walnuts because I had coconut flakes I had to get rid of (and no walnuts whatsoever). I really liked how these tasted, and I think it's a nice way to use those super ripe bananas if you prefer doing something other than smoothies.

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And speaking of smoothies, here's one to try:

Spinach and Banana Power Smoothie
1 serving

1 cup soy milk
3/4 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
1 large banana, sliced

Blend soy milk and spinach leaves in blender until smooth. Add banana and pulse until thoroughly blended. Enjoy!

You can also do like I did and substitute the soy milk with water (if you're lazy like me and don't have soy milk or anything like that. Of course, it won't be quite the same, as having some milk in it, but I liked it nevertheless.

Do you have any nice green smoothie recipes? I would love to try new ones, so please leave tips in the comments below!

Now, I'm gonna go and do my ab challenge workout for today. Then some sleep, and an early wakeup because of the Formula 1 Malaysian GP practice. Is anyone else watching? I'll be back as soon as I can with another post. Stay tuned!

Have a lovely day ♥

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pastel Tips vs. Waterfall ♥

Hello lovelies!

How are you today? ♥

I've had a lovely weekend, testing out our new blender, relaxing, having nice workouts, seeing a movie and so on. I'm pretty excited for a new week to start, because even though I have a ton of things to do, I also get to spend time with my parents as they're coming to visit us. That means lots of good food and some well-earned time away from school work. But I will keep posting at least three times this week as I have the pictures ready and only need to type a bit to have them ready for publishing.

Today, I wanted  to share another nail art post. Here I was recreating one of my old manis as well as trying a new technique. I hope you will like both of them.

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So the first one is the recreation of my old mani a way back. I painted a neutral base for my nails and then added pastels on the tips. I have dona this before at least with neons, but felt like trying it again with softer colors. Also the matte top coat was a must for this look.

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I used China Glaze shades Five Rules, Sweet Hook, Spring In My Step, At Vase Value, Grass Is Lime Greener and Metro Pollen-Tin. The matte top coat is from Born Pretty Store

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I liked wearing this design quite a bit as it was simple but still pretty fun and colorful. It's kind of French mani with a twist, and very easy to try for yourself as all you need are at least two different colors. I painted mine with free hand, using the actual polish brushes so no fancy supplies needed at all.

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Next up is a waterfall mani I have seen so many times on the Nailasaurus blog, and finally decided to try it myself. I gotta say, it was a lot easier than I expected, so it's pretty safe to say I will be doing it again, trying to perfect my technique.

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I used so many colors that I can't remember all of them for the life of me, but I can tell you that most of them were again from China Glaze, with few exceptions. The only tool I really needed for this was a thin nail art brush, since it's pretty much just about drawing thin lines next to each other.

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I really liked how this technique looks, and even though I feel I still have quite a bit to learn, I think this is a technique that is pretty easy to learn and even beginners could get away doing this kind of mani. I'm currently trying to learn a new technique to try, and I think splatter would be one of those in the near future. Leave suggestions if you know cool techniques so I can try them out!

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So, I really hope you liked these manis, and they would inspire at least some of you to try new nail things out.

What do you think about these? Let me know in the comments below! ♥

Now, I'm heading to bed so I can wake up early to do some other blogging related stuff. I have some research to do so that I can write a proper post - once I do, I can link it here too so you can see what I've been working on lately. But, I will go now and be back soon. And next time, I think we will be talking about food.

Have a lovely day ♥

Friday, March 20, 2015

I ♥ NY

Hey babes!

How are you all? ♥

I've been feeling super energetic for the past few days as I finally got my workout routine properly back on track and few other things have solved themselves out pretty neatly. I still have a ton of things to do this week, most of which I hope to get over with tomorrow. We'll see. 

Anyway, today I really wanted to share this outfit with you. It's a pretty simple, comfy look, the kind I've been wearing a lot lately.

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Leather jacket: H&M Jeans: Cubus Boots: Skobox Tee: from a giveaway Plaid shirt: secondhand shop Scarf: secondhand shop Bracelets: Europehouse, KappAhl Necklace: Gina Tricot Bag: Mango

So pretty basic look with white tee, blue jeans and some plaid. I've been obsessed with that leather jacket and the scarf lately, but will try to switch them up every once in a while so that you will have also other things to look at. Dressing up is so much easier when the weather gets warmer! I'm so ready for skirts and dresses.

What do you guys think about this look? ♥

I'll get to sleep now, but I will be back rather soon to post more fun stuff for you. I have so many pictures I absolutely want to show to you, but first I really need my sleep. See you soon though!

Have a lovely day!