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2 February 2017

Hygge Getaway in Chorleywood

I've recently read a book on the Danish Hygge - a concept hard to translate, which means something like creating cosiness, connection and well being, as you would when sipping hot chocolate in front of a cracking fireplace, with your best friends on a cold day of winter (how wonderful!). While during Christmas I tried as hard as I could to recreate hygge by putting up fairy lights, lighting candles and frantically making hot chocolate, it didn't occur to me that in a few weeks' time my friends and housemates and I would have gone on a weekend retreat before the start of classes - the perfect occasion to get hygge and get our minds off things. 

1 February 2017

Cream Tea in Bath

Whenever I have the chance to, I enjoy treating myself to a day in Bath since it's such a lovely place and it's very close to Bristol. When I realised I still hadn't posted any pictures of this small town on the blog, I borrowed my friend's camera and went crazy with it! 

21 January 2017

Monthly Favourites - November and December 2016



Despite having taken this picture yesterday (and hence in January) - November and December have been months full of treats. To keep the study going I treated myself to so many cups of hot chocolate, tea and cake (which was unhealthy for the body but not for the heart!). Plus, I'm a fan of pre-Christmas celebrations and hygge and had candles lit up all the time, bundled up in my PJs and blankets. Obviously my magical housemates were there to help, putting the kettle on whenever necessary and making the atmosphere cosy. Right now we're in January and I'm trying to get back to 'real life', even though the feeling of nostalgia is a big one. But I'm ready for the new year, as you could see in my New Year's Resolutions post. Read on to find out abotu my favourites of the past two months!

4 January 2017

2017: New Year's Resolutions!

Happy New Year! And thanks for stopping by my blog :) I hope today finds you refreshed after a couple of days of celebration, excessive eating and new year excitement. This time, I still need to realise a new year has started. I had some busy days that left me little time to sit and reflect on the past year, future intentions and goals. Today I'm feeling more motivated and ready to write down a list. This year, I made a list of goals with more specific ways to stick to them. 

2 January 2017

Did I Achieve My New Year's Resolutions for 2016?

Me being a happy traveller while visiting Cheddar Gorge with my best friend!
Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were fun and safe this year. I spent the evening at home with some friends having dinner and prosecco and playing pictionary, which was so fun and cosy. What have you been up to? I was inspired by my fellow blogger Adelaide from A Worldly Addiction to go through my last year's resolutions and comment on whether I achieved them or not (hopefully it's gone well!). I still haven't properly thought about my new year's resolutions for 2017, so writing this might help me make my next list. You can read my 2016 New Year's Resolutions post here.

25 December 2016

4 Things to Do Over the Winter Holidays

As Christmas day has come to an end, I found some time to write a short lifestyle post while glancing at A Christmas Carol on TV. These are some of the things I enjoy doing in my free time during the winter break.

1 - Snuggle up in your PJs and watch a Christmas film
There is nothing better in the winter holidays than spend your evening snuggled up by the fireplace to watch a Christmas film or an old comedy in the company of your dear ones. Some of my favourite films at this time of the year are The Holiday, Rise of the Guardians and Arthur Christmas.

2 - Go for a walk in the chilly breeze, without your phone

19 December 2016

The Chronicles of the Emerged World by Licia Troisi - Book Trilogy Review

Although I usually don't read much fantasy literature, this summer I started Nihal from the Land of Wind on a whim and haven't looked back. Which means that for the first time in my life I have actually finished reading a saga (I can't recall the last time I did - the fourth book in the Harry Potter series is still waiting for me to pick it up from its dusty shelf). This doesn't mean that it was easy since it took me around four months to finish it, with books for my dissertation interrupting in between and much more uni work stopping me from fully enjoying it. However, I made it! So here goes the review for you.