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An A-Z List of My Favourite Blog Posts

Sunday, 23 April 2017


Hey my lovelies, I hope you're all doing well! 

I've been dying to write this post for ages- ever since Erin wrote a very similar post on the A-Z list of Blog Post Ideas back in January, which you can read here. She did such a good job, and her post totally inspired me to write my own A-Z with a little 'Sara' twist on it. Enjoy!

A
A FEW ACTS OF SELF-LOVE THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

B
BE LOVELY TO YOURSELF

C
CURRENTLY CRAVING: PALM PRINTS

D
DREAMING OF MYKONOS

E
EXPERIMENTING WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

F
FIVE THINGS THAT HAVE MADE ME SMILE RECENTLY

G
GIFT GUIDE: LIFESTYLE

H
HAWAIIAN BURGERS

I
IMPENDING ADULTHOOD AND WORKPLACE REJECTION

J
JUST GET BACK UP WHEN IT KNOCKS YOU DOWN

K
KITCHEN CRUSH

L
LIFE LATELY

M
MARCH GOALS

N
NUDE MAKEUP FAVOURITES

O
ON MAINTAINING A HEALTHY ATTITUDE WHEN IT ALL GETS A BIT TOO MUCH

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P
PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR BLOGGERS

Q
Q&A

R
REAL TALK: BEING LONELY

S
SPOILER: I'M NOT DRESSING TO LOOK THINNER

T
THE ART OF NOT CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK

U
UNDER EYE ROUTINE

V
VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE BREADSTICKS

W
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE A BREAK

X
(9) X MY INTERIOR RULES

Y
YOUR WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU

Z

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I tried my best to find a post beginning with Z, I really did... if you know any please let me know so I can add it in!

The Best Measure of Self-Worth

Sunday, 16 April 2017

*insert para about how I put a tonne of pressure on myself in school, etc, etc*

You've heard it all before. I'm not going to lie, I did pretty damn well in school... and thank goodness I did; I worked my ass off for those A's. I needed good grades at that point in my life to prove my self worth to myself, my parents, my teachers, my schoolmates, and whoever was going to determine whether I went to uni/got a 'good' job and what not. 

Can I just broadcast this to anyone still in school? It's really fucking important. Get me a megaphone or something cos there are millions of high-schoolers who need to know this;

DESPITE WHAT YOUR TEACHERS/PARENTS/SCHOOL MATES/ANYONE ELSE (INCLUDING YOU) SAYS, YOUR SELF WORTH IS NOT DETERMINED BY YOUR GRADES. 

(yes, even if you get amazing grades. That doesn't make you any better/more successful than the girl who sat next to you in the exam writing Taylor Swift lyrics because she couldn't be bothered with chemistry)

And that continues after school.

I am not boasting or bragging in any way shape or form at all. I wanna make that loud and clear, because what I'm about to say could very well easily be taken as obnoxious and big-headed. That is not where I'm coming from. But where I am coming from, is from a position where I have two really good, professional jobs, and I am currently studying for a degree in one of the top universities for my course in the UK, if not Europe. And yeah, I'm sure that sounds great. Impressive, maybe.

But at no point in time will it ever make me worth more than my good friend who is working full time in McDonalds. Just because someones starting point is the same as someone else's end-game, does not determine how much they are valued as a person. 

I recently posted a quote by Van Gogh on instagram. It said "What is done in love is done well"... and I guess that goes for all aspects of life. Because here's the secret; the undertone of this whole post; the best measure of self-worth is love. 

Not your grades, or your degree, or your university, or your job. Not your body, or your makeup, or your clothes. Not the amount of friends you have, or the amount of enemies you've made. 

None of that. Just plain ol' love. (God I'm starting to sound like a hippie)

What I mean by that is, when you go to judge your self-worth, make sure you do it out of a place of love. So that if you have 'crap' grades according to your teacher, but you got above 0, celebrate the questions you got right. And if you've got into one of the crappiest uni's ever, celebrate the fact that you got into uni. 

Ask the people who love you, how much they value you.

Because chances are, from an external perspective (i.e. anyone who's not you), you're worth more than your weight in gold.

10 of the Loveliest Food Bloggers

Sunday, 9 April 2017


One of my favourite things about blogging is how you're automatically accepted into this wider family of different people with different passions. Though my blog is primarily a lifestyle blog, I love reading blogs that focus more on food/drink, travel, or beauty. I get so much inspiration from reading other blogs, and just really enjoy sitting down to appreciate how awesome some of these bloggers are.

Lately, I've really loved following some great food bloggers. For the first time ever, I've recently had to start buying and preparing my own food- so I've taken a keen interest in the different ways you can prep and present food... here are a few of my favourite blogs!

1. Iowa Girl Eats | http://iowagirleats.com/

2. Budget Bytes | https://www.budgetbytes.com/

3. A Cosy Kitchen | http://www.acozykitchen.com/

4. Skinnytaste | http://www.skinnytaste.com/

5. Pinch of Yum | http://pinchofyum.com/

6. How Sweet it is | http://www.howsweeteats.com/

7. Green Kitchen Stories | http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/

8. Love and Lemons | https://www.loveandlemons.com/

9. Eat Yourself Skinny | http://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/

10. The Pioneer Woman Cooks | http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

On maintaining a healthy attitude when it all gets a bit too much

Sunday, 2 April 2017


Oh. My. Goodness.

I cannot stress enough how much of a whirlwind month I have had... it's been mental. I'm currently writing this post at work; I've got a half hour gap and I've decided to try to be productive. Tomorrow I  get up at 5am for a 7am start at my second job in Santander, and after that I go straight to the train down to Bedfordshire to see my boyfriend. Mental.

A lot of people ask me how I cope with it all, not believing that it's possible for me to actually keep on top of everything... but I do. At least, I do my best to. Keeping my diary updated is absolutely essential; I rely on it so much! I keep everything from my daily (and weekly) schedule, to my to-do list, to my blog schedule in there. 

Sometimes though, it all gets a bit too much. There have been countless times where I've felt like I never have any time for myself, as the one day a week I have off from work is often spent working on things for uni- if I don't have plans with my family and friends from home. It's just one of those things- it happens, and I have had to develop coping mechanisms that would help me maintain a happy, healthy attitude while still keeping on top of all of my responsibilities.

Number one on this list of coping strategies is breathing. And I don't mean the whole "breathe in, breathe out" thing- although if that works for you, that's great.

I've given breathing a new definition. Breathing: To be present, and to remember to put everything into perspective. To me, breathing is all about reminding myself that yeah, it's tough right now, but that's not going to last forever. Yeah, it's difficult trying to stay on top of all my assignments right now, but in a month or so I'll be finished completely with uni assignments for a whole six months. 

I guess it's a bit like the mindful lifestyle trend which was super hyped-up around 2015. Calm by Michael Acton Smith is an amazing book that really goes deep into incorporating mindfulness (or breathing) into every aspect of your life, and it's really helped me over the years. 10/10 would recommend. 

But of course, there are times when just breathing isn't enough. When I can't do it all, when no matter how hard I try, I just can't. And it's at times like those that I have to take a step back. And when it gets to that stage, I need to be kind to myself, because at the end of the day I am human and I do make mistakes, and I can't do everything- despite how hard I try.

Sometimes I need to let people down, and even though that might annoy them, sometimes I need to. That doesn't make me a bad person. And sometimes I get my days mixed up and end up in a tangle of confusion and stress. Hey, that's okay.

In order to maintain a healthy attitude, I need to know and accept that at times I can't do it all. It's like Tiffany Cooper said; "I am only one person, and I alone can't solve all the problems in my sphere of life".

Sure, I can do my best to do whatever I can, but nothing more.


Note: I wrote this post a month ago so the intro is a lil bit outa date, but the principle still counts...
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