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For years, as the winter season would roll around, I would hear my Mother complain and moan about the horrible English weather, about the...

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Easy Dairy-Free Scones Recipe

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Whether you pronounce it as Scone (S-con) OR Scone (S-cone) there is one thing you can't deny, scones are such a delicious sweet treat, that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and just about every other meal in between. They are the timeless, British treat that is loved by all ages and all cultures. My mother and father are native carribeans and they absolutely adore scones. My mum particularly likes to have hers with a large cup of tea and warm, salty butter!

Now I love a good scone as much as the next person and I used to bake them all the time when I was younger. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to dairy and lactose intolerant, and for a long time I still continued to eat minimal amounts of dairy.  However, recently, my intolerance has become worse and I have had to go completely, cold turkey on all dairy products and things with traces of dairy in. Sadly, included in that list of things I could no longer eat, were - scones! I have gone over a year not eating scones, but recently I decided, that silly notion had to stop...and thus began my work on the dairy-free scone recipe.

It actually wasn't even that hard to re-create, all I did was swap around all of the dairy ingredients for dairy free ones. Now in the past when I've done this, my sweet treats often end up tasting like something out of the ground, however this time, they came out just as my old scones used to, but this time a little more healthier and balanced.



You will need...


  • 3 Tablespoons light Muscovado sugar
  • 225 Self-raising flour
  • 85g Pure dairy free sunflower spread (or any other dairy free alternative) - for the mixture and to serve
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt ( or any other salt)
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking powder
  • 175ml of Oat Milk (or any other dairy free milk alternative)
  • 1 Beaten Egg - for shiny, crispy tops
  • Strawberry or any other fruit jam to serve

The How to...


  1. First and foremost don't forget to pre-heat that oven, it's oh-so simple, but often the step most of us forget. So go ahead now and pre-heat your oven to 220C (gas mark 7).
  2. Place the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl, grab your spoon and mix it up. 
  3. Add the butter (cutting it into cubes can sometimes make this step easier) and work it into the flour mix with your hands until it has the texture of fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Pour the milk into a cup and heat it in the microwave for approx 30secs. Once warm, stir the lemon juice and vanilla extract into the jug of milk.
  5. Create a well in the flour mix and pour in the milk mixture, making sure you combine it all together quite quickly!
  6. Now you're ready to get handsy with the flour! Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour onto your hands. Then combine the dough into a ball.
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a circular shape that is approx 4cm thick (you can use a ruler to check this).
  8. Use a 4-5cm cutter to cut into the dough. 
  9. Once you've got about 4, combine the dough back together and repeat step 7 & 8 until all the dough has been used up.
  10. Brush the tops with beaten egg and then place onto the baking tray. Bake them in the oven for approx 10-12 minutes or until golden on top.
  11. Take them out and enjoy warm, with strawberry jam and pure sunflower spread...Mmmm!

These scones are absolutely delicious and hold the same soft, sweet centre and crispy, golden shell. Also due to using dairy free milk and butter alternatives, the sugar and salt content is a hell of a lot less than if you were to use dairy ingredients. Not to mention the use of muscovado as opposed to processed white sugar. You also get a healthy influx of vitamins and minerals to add fuel to your body...who said scones couldn't be healthy?

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and if you are a dairy free gal like me, find it has come to the rescue of your scone-cold days (See what I did there!) Anyhoo, thanks again for reading guys, you da best! :)


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5 Ways to Be More Mindful in London

Saturday, 3 March 2018


London is a place of immaculate beauty. It's planes, skyscrapers and cultured inhabitants are all ingredients in a recipe that makes London a little bit spectacular. I have walked many a London Street in the many years that I have lived here and I have always deemed it to be a relaxing place. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this metropolitan like city, are multiple sights, smell and sounds, all of which can be consumed in a mindful and relaxing way.


Mindfulness is an ancient practice that allows us to become more aware of our surroundings and ourselves. It aids us to become more present, notice the everyday and basically live for the moment. I have been practicing mindfulness for almost 2 years now and have discovered London to be quite the blank canvas for mindful activity. London is full of so many opportunities to practice mindfulness, so in this post, I am going to share 5 ways that I have been doing this for the last couple of years. I hope you find it useful!

1) Take mindful Train Journey: 


Taking a train journey around London can be just as scenic as taking one in the countryside. When we're on trains we're often so fixated on getting to where we need to go that we forget to notice the actual process of getting there. So next time you hop onto a train, try to take some time to stop, look and listen to the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors as they hurtle past your window. It really is a relaxing thing to do and it helps to take your mind off any extra ruminations e.g. running late, wearing the wrong outfit etc.


2) Go for a night time stroll: 


Have you ever wondered around London at night? I recently got a chance to do this again for the #MegaMysteryBusTour  after not having done this in a while and I was so amazed at how much beauty goes unnoticed when rushing around during the day. Walking around the city at night, allows us to pay more attention to the finer details, buildings are often lit up with ambient lighting and everything just looks that little bit more real. This is definitely a fun way to become more aware of the beauty that resides in the world around us - even after the lights have gone out!





 3) Venture into the Unknown:



Have you ever walked around the London Streets with absolutely no idea, where you're going? This is something that I used to do all the time while I was at uni. Wandering off down side streets were probably some of my favourite adventures, when I knew not where they led but the hidden beauty I would discover at the end of them. Venturing off into the unknown is something that can help us to notice London's beauty and is something that is mindful and relaxing at the same time.


 4) Eat Out:



 Mindful eating is perhaps one of the most easily accessible mindful activities that is used by people. And if you're nothing like me (impatient food consumer for the world) you'll do fine with this practice. Mindful eating involves noticing and becoming more aware of every taste, texture, smell, shape and sound of the food that is being consumed. Why is the perfect for London you ask? Well London has the largest array of cultured restaurants that I know of and mindful eating is the perfect excuse for you to go out and try every single one. They'll allow you to become more aware of the food that you consume and in turn allow you to become more appreciative of it.

5) Just Be:


One of the easiest ways to be mindful in London is to literally 'just be'. And to just be, means to do just that. It means accepting things for what they are in the present moment, appreciating all that there is around you and living the path that your life has taken. In doing so, we often begin to feel a sense of calm within our hearts and a growing light within our souls. You should try it guys, it is a really helpful practice. 


Being more mindful in London can help us to switch off during the rush hour of a morning commute,  it can help us to appreciate the hidden beauty that lies between the lines of the city's skyscrapers. But most importantly it can help you find inner peace. And I hope that with these tips you guys can start to see London in a more mindful way.

As always thank you guys so much for reading!

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Exploring London: A #MEGAMYSTERYBUS EVENT

Thursday, 1 March 2018

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Photo's Courtesy of: Matt Chappell & Search Laboratory

I've never really coined myself as much of a detective or problem solver, however when I was contacted by Jennie from search laboratory about the #MegaMysteryBusEvent with Mega Bus UK, I couldn't help but feel excited about the prospect of channelling a lit bit of my inner CSI detective spirit for one night.


The Mystery Tour:

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The night began at the beautiful Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in where there was wine and snacks galore. Me, being the lover of wine that I am, headed straight for not one but two glasses of wine, one red (which I later regretted later on in the night as I remembered I hadn't eaten much that day!) They had a lovely selection of nibbles: mini hamburgers, meat sticks, spring rolls and more, it was a fun way to start our night of mystery and get to know the other bloggers at the event.

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After snacks and lots of excited giggles, our night of mystery began. We were joined by two police officers (actors of course!) who informed us of a mystery that we were required to solve. They talked us through the rules of the night, how to use our super top secret iPad's (made specifically for detective work) and any extra miscellaneous bits of information we needed to know. Once our briefing was over, we all gathered into our teams and made our way to the bus.

I was part of a great group of bloggers (Soeurs De Luxe, School run Beauty, Loved by Laura & Lojo vs the world ) who were able to think on their feet a lot faster than I was, so I think the event organisers knew what they were doing when they did this, haha - I was in good hands! As we made our way to the bus, we had just enough time for a group photo before we began our journey.

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Photo's Courtesy of: Matt Chappell & Search Laboratory

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Our first stop to gather clues to the puzzle was the iconic Westminster Abbey, where we came across Sherlock Holmes. Our team had no choice but to hum one of his favourite songs in order to gain vital clues for the next round. This was one of my favourite part's of the night as I was in awe at how beautiful the Abbey looked at night. We were able to see it in all it's gothic glory and that was something I was so grateful I got do while on the tour.

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After we gathered clues from the Abbey, we made our way back to the bus, so we could make our way to the final stops Trafalgar Square and Covent garden to find the final clues. While at Trafalgar Square we came across another detective: an inspector Lestrange (who oddly resembled Sherlock) to who we had to tell a joke in order to gain vital clues. It's safe to say Lestrange is a tough cookie to crack, but we were able to make him laugh eventually.

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While in Trafalgar, we strolled into a bar (As you do when you're on mystery tour) and took a group photo behind the bar to represent the photo task that was required of us "Women behind bars" our team, including the barmaid thought this was ridiculously funny and witty and carried us one step closer to cracking the code.

Our final stop carried us to Covent Garden where we were on a race to the finish to gather all of the clues to crack the code and solve the mystery. Our team, although quick in gathering clues, evidence and cracking the code, we were not quick enough to be crowned the winners and actually ended up coming in last place (a fact the competitive player in me finds very hard to admit!).  Once finished with the tour, we headed back to the cosy hues of Radisson Blu, for drinks and a chit chat with Mega Bus's mascot Sid, who was a radiating ray of happiness.

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To Conclude...


All in all I had fabulous evening. I was able to get to know new bloggers by working together to solve a mystery, all while touring the famous sights of London, which is something I have never been able to do at a Blogging event. And for that a big thank you has to go to Mega Bus UK, Search Laboratory and the Radisson Blu for putting on such a fabulous show.

Photo's Courtesy of: Matt Chappell & Search Laboratory

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I would highly recommend considering Mega Bus for your next UK trip, they have a lovely team who are welcoming and kind, and a bus that is comfortable and warm, perfect for these minus temperatures we've been getting lately. Not to mention they are affordable, prices can start from as low as £1 - can you believe that?!

It was an awesome night that got my brain ticking after a long day at work and I would be more than happy to do it all over again (providing I was able to win this time). Thank you for having me Mega Bus and Search Laboratory.

As always thank you guys for reading...

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It's Not All About the Instagram Algorithm...

Friday, 23 February 2018

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I mean it is, but it's also not. Hold on kids, let me break it down for y'all a bit.

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Ohh the instagram algorithm, a curse, but most certainly not a blessing. It came into our lives at a point in which many of us were doing pretty a-okay with growth and engagement, ohh but how different our lives are now. Before this dreadful new algorithm, gaining followers was easier because our photos wouldn't show up on people's feeds 10 Days...or worse - months later. Before the algorithm, having our photos reach goal worthy likes (whatever that may be for you) was so much more achievable as our photos showed up in the hashtags and creatives all over the world could share inspiration and admiration for an image all by tapping a little red heart. This same red heart that brought joy to so many of our hearts, seems to now be dying a slow and torturous death. However...  while the red hearts may be in abundance, does our joy and love for creating and sharing art have to?

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We all started our Instagram accounts for one reason or another, be it to act as a companion for our blogs or a the new type of blog - without the written component. Or perhaps if like me: you're a single girl and created it to have lit af photos, for your future significant other to ogle at over on Tinder. Whatever your reason, conscious or not, we all started our Instagram accounts for a reason: not to beat the Algorithm, but to share, spread and create. So why is it that with the emergence of this ridiculous algorithm has it got people paying it as much attention as I do to an uneaten bag of KFC chicken wings? Which unless you haven't figured is an awful lot!

Now don't get me wrong, if you're a blogger, Tinder dater or "influencer" (golly gosh I HATE that word) likes ARE important. Followers ARE important. Growth IS important. I know better than anyone the pain and yes it is REAL pain - because I don't know about you guys but when you've slaved away at styling, photographing and editing an image for days, only to not have it seen, adored and receive "slay, you sassy biatch" comments from your followers or friends, it sucks. It literally pains. It physically hurts. But guys...that's ok - because I've had an epiphany. The algorithm is not important. It's not about the quantity of likes OR followers, it's about the quality.
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Mindblowing right? (Can you sense my sarcasm)I mean it's pretty self explanatory right? We've all taken the time to sing that same tune, but why then are we all not doing it. As human beings we are programmed to seek approval, to seek love, to seek acceptance. And social media in all of it's glory gives us that, so when something like the new Insta algorithm comes in and destroys that, our body's natural way of living is disrupted and our psyche does not like it. But guess what guys? You can fight that defence. For do we not already have approval from ourselves? Do we not already have love from our families? Do we not already have acceptance from our friends.

You see friends, everything we thought we had lost with the new algorithm, everything we craved to get back, we already have in our everyday lives. We just need to slow down long enough to see it. We already have our own "tap to like" moments when we receive a compliment or praise from our loved ones. We already have our own personal followers growing every time someone in our lives supports our dreams, hopes and desires.
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Once I discovered and learnt to appreciate this, I realised that the likes, follows and amount of people who see my work doesn't matter, because the only person that I seek approval from is myself - and If I'm happy with the quality of what I put out on Instagram, I couldn't give two sh*ts about the algorithm.

The reality of it is, we have already beaten the Instagram algorithm in our real, everyday lives. And while I know it may not be the same, isn't it more important than chasing virtual likes and followers?As much as I would love for the Instagram Algorithm to go back to what it was, I have come to accept that at present that's probably not going to happen, so why not focus on the quality of content you're putting out over the quantity of recognition you're getting for it?

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As I always say in these "Jheeze-Heather-talks-a-lot-posts-" is that I am in no way forcing an opinion down your throats. I just feel like we have been talking about this algorithm (myself included) from the dawn of time and Instagram HQ clearly have not got the message, so why don't we just learn to work with what we've got? When life gives you lemons and all that... What do you think guys? Can we learn to work with the algorithm?

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Get the Look:
JUMPER - H&M | BOOTS - New Look (Old) | HAT - H&M | NECKLACE - Primark | RINGS - H&M
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I took these photos in my favourite nature spot in London: Fryent country park. It's such a gem and each time I visit, I'm always amazed that something so natural and woody exists in London. As much as I love this jumper, I'm hoping it will be one of the last posts that you see it in this year, because I am craving spring like a cat who hasn't been fed and I hope it comes fast!

As always thank you guys for reading.

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What are your thoughts on the Instagram Algorithm? Do you agree with Quality over Quantity? Do you like this look?

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