"Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort." 

Jane Austen, Emma


I just thought I'd share a few snapshots of my day with you today :)  Sundays are my favourite day of the week by far. They're perfect, slow days for catching up with all the bits and bobs the week leaves behind!

Today, I spent my Sunday... 

...wandering about outside in the few snatches of sunshine we had and trying to remember the last time I went outdoors without a coat! // thinking how wonderful this raspberry jam was and seriously considering making my own this summer, even though just contemplating jam-making stresses me out! // sorting through my Spring clothes and getting rid of a few Winter jumpers // snuggling the pup pup ooof that face // && catching up on my reading with a good cup of milky tea :) 

How do you like to spend your Sundays? I'd love to know in the comments below!

In the meantime,
All the love,
Sian x


My Sunday in Pictures

Sunday, 28 February 2016


"Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort." 

Jane Austen, Emma


I just thought I'd share a few snapshots of my day with you today :)  Sundays are my favourite day of the week by far. They're perfect, slow days for catching up with all the bits and bobs the week leaves behind!

Today, I spent my Sunday... 

...wandering about outside in the few snatches of sunshine we had and trying to remember the last time I went outdoors without a coat! // thinking how wonderful this raspberry jam was and seriously considering making my own this summer, even though just contemplating jam-making stresses me out! // sorting through my Spring clothes and getting rid of a few Winter jumpers // snuggling the pup pup ooof that face // && catching up on my reading with a good cup of milky tea :) 

How do you like to spend your Sundays? I'd love to know in the comments below!

In the meantime,
All the love,
Sian x



With just under a month until Spring is upon us, I'm getting a bit desperate for the fresher colours and lighter styles that this season typically brings! It feels like this past Winter has lasted a lifetime and, as my usual cycle of jumpers and jeans is getting a little worn out, I'm currently trawling my favourite online shops for a few fresh bits and bobs to take me into the new season.

So here are a few pretty things that have caught my eye recently, if you'd like to take a look...


  1. I'm desperate for a really good pair of boyfriend-fit jeans to pair with a nautically striped top or two. The slouchy, casual style of boyfriend jeans really appeals to me but I always think I'm way too short to carry the look off! At the moment, I'm hankering after these from New Look because they have a straight leg cut, which I think might be a bit more flattering on my petite frame. I've also come across these girlfriend-fit jeans which are waayyy too cool for me (not distressed denim but trashed??!)...but I might just have to give them a go anyway!
  2. Oh gosh how I love the idea of this flower press kit! I'm a total sucker for hippy crafts (I have a set of homemade tie-dye pants to prove this) so this little kit is an absolute must for me. 
  3. Spring is a time for softer shades and pretty pastels so I'm planning on switching up my go-to rosy L'Oreal shade for this Benefit Dandelion blush- a bit of a fresher tone and a lot more natural-looking. 
  4. These gorgeous Zara Home cushions would certainly bring a zap of Spring to any tired-looking room! I love how the watercolour effect of the print makes it look like the flowers have just been painted on! So pretty :)       

And those are my top picks for Spring! What are your favourite things about this season? I'd love to know :) Personally, I can't wait until I can leave the house without whacking five or six layers on! Roll on that sunshine...

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


My Spring Wishlist

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


With just under a month until Spring is upon us, I'm getting a bit desperate for the fresher colours and lighter styles that this season typically brings! It feels like this past Winter has lasted a lifetime and, as my usual cycle of jumpers and jeans is getting a little worn out, I'm currently trawling my favourite online shops for a few fresh bits and bobs to take me into the new season.

So here are a few pretty things that have caught my eye recently, if you'd like to take a look...


  1. I'm desperate for a really good pair of boyfriend-fit jeans to pair with a nautically striped top or two. The slouchy, casual style of boyfriend jeans really appeals to me but I always think I'm way too short to carry the look off! At the moment, I'm hankering after these from New Look because they have a straight leg cut, which I think might be a bit more flattering on my petite frame. I've also come across these girlfriend-fit jeans which are waayyy too cool for me (not distressed denim but trashed??!)...but I might just have to give them a go anyway!
  2. Oh gosh how I love the idea of this flower press kit! I'm a total sucker for hippy crafts (I have a set of homemade tie-dye pants to prove this) so this little kit is an absolute must for me. 
  3. Spring is a time for softer shades and pretty pastels so I'm planning on switching up my go-to rosy L'Oreal shade for this Benefit Dandelion blush- a bit of a fresher tone and a lot more natural-looking. 
  4. These gorgeous Zara Home cushions would certainly bring a zap of Spring to any tired-looking room! I love how the watercolour effect of the print makes it look like the flowers have just been painted on! So pretty :)       

And those are my top picks for Spring! What are your favourite things about this season? I'd love to know :) Personally, I can't wait until I can leave the house without whacking five or six layers on! Roll on that sunshine...

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



So I seem to have started a very strange (and highly unrecommended) tradition. 

I'll be honest with you, a couple of weeks ago when Facebook reminded me that two whole years had passed since my first bout of concussion, I laughed. I laughed about the alcohol-fuelled giggle fest that had ultimately led to me banging the back of my head against a very hard ceramic toilet bowl. It had been a silly and stupid and slightly scary experience but, I thought as I snorted at the equally silly status Facebook (so kindly) reminded me I had posted after the event, what's university without a couple of stupid drunken nights? 

It had made me mature, I concluded, as I skimmed through my Facebook history both prior to and since the event. The post-concussion syndrome that had followed the initial blow to the head had changed me mentally, for sure, but in the end it had also given me the steely sense of determination I needed to just put the bloody wine down and crack on with getting the degree I was there for.

Those were my thoughts on the subject two weeks ago. The little Facebook reminder had given me a laugh and an entertaining anecdote to share with my co-workers on my lunch break. The whole experience was just a funny, fuzzy memory that I was certain had changed me for the better

And then I banged my head again. 

I don't quite remember the actual banging of the head...not because I passed out or anything terrible like that but because I was, at the time, preoccupied with twisting the cap back onto my water bottle. Fine motor skills have never been my forte, and the struggle here was ever so real as I knew I was late coming back from my lunch break. As far as I know, whilst I was crouched down beside my bag in the locker room, busy fiddling with my bottle cap, someone came up behind me, opened a locker above me and then walked away to go to the loo. Leaving their locker door open. 

I'm sure you can guess what my next move was. And it bloody well hurt. 

So here I am, two-weeks later...two years after that first injury, suffering from a second bout of post-concussion syndrome. What an excellent little tradition. 

Post-concussion syndrome (I'm obviously an expert in this particular field of neuroscience now so lemme grab my doctor glasses) is a bit of weird one, mainly because it only crops up a few days after the initial incident... meaning you could be, as I was, halfway through your working day two or three days later thinking everything is a-okay and then suddenly start feeling really really crap. Like really crap. Needless to say, I was sent home from work immediately and have been recovering at home ever since. 

I guess my point here in sharing my story is firstly just to raise awareness as to what post-concussion syndrome actually is because, in my experience, it's often dismissed as a bit of a 'dizzy spell' that goes away if you get plenty of rest in a dark room somewhere (blah). Unfortunately, the reality of living with this strange syndrome is slightly different. It can cause a great deal of confusion, a great deal of frustration and even a severe and sudden change in personality. As I said above, my first encounter with it led, in time, to a very acute mental change. I became depressed (a common long-term side-effect of concussion) and my anxiety levels, which had previously been a bit of a challenge but were generally manageable, went through the roof. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have a small circle of very supportive people around me at that time and, with the right help, I eventually found myself feeling a great deal better. 

This time round, I can sense a few of those feelings coming back to the fore and yes, I'll admit that's a bit scary. BUT I'm doing my best to combat those negative thoughts when they pop up and one of the first steps I'm taking to challenge them head-on (harhar) is to get back into blogging! So here I am, headache throbbing away, writing it all down.

It's taken me quite a while to put this post together, not just because of my concussion (some other delightfully helpful symptoms of post-concussion syndrome aside from the throbbing headaches include: light sensitivity, lack of concentration, memory loss etc. etc. it's just fabulous!!) but also because I couldn't figure out how to write it without sounding like a total idiot. I think what I want to say here is the next few months could be a bit tough and I might not be posting as regularly as I would like to. But bear with me! I'm trying to get back on track and I do have a few ideas for posts that require a little less headache-inducing writing lined up, so be sure to keep an eye out for those...

...oh and you can rest assured, the crash helmet is in the post. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


Getting Back on Track

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


So I seem to have started a very strange (and highly unrecommended) tradition. 

I'll be honest with you, a couple of weeks ago when Facebook reminded me that two whole years had passed since my first bout of concussion, I laughed. I laughed about the alcohol-fuelled giggle fest that had ultimately led to me banging the back of my head against a very hard ceramic toilet bowl. It had been a silly and stupid and slightly scary experience but, I thought as I snorted at the equally silly status Facebook (so kindly) reminded me I had posted after the event, what's university without a couple of stupid drunken nights? 

It had made me mature, I concluded, as I skimmed through my Facebook history both prior to and since the event. The post-concussion syndrome that had followed the initial blow to the head had changed me mentally, for sure, but in the end it had also given me the steely sense of determination I needed to just put the bloody wine down and crack on with getting the degree I was there for.

Those were my thoughts on the subject two weeks ago. The little Facebook reminder had given me a laugh and an entertaining anecdote to share with my co-workers on my lunch break. The whole experience was just a funny, fuzzy memory that I was certain had changed me for the better

And then I banged my head again. 

I don't quite remember the actual banging of the head...not because I passed out or anything terrible like that but because I was, at the time, preoccupied with twisting the cap back onto my water bottle. Fine motor skills have never been my forte, and the struggle here was ever so real as I knew I was late coming back from my lunch break. As far as I know, whilst I was crouched down beside my bag in the locker room, busy fiddling with my bottle cap, someone came up behind me, opened a locker above me and then walked away to go to the loo. Leaving their locker door open. 

I'm sure you can guess what my next move was. And it bloody well hurt. 

So here I am, two-weeks later...two years after that first injury, suffering from a second bout of post-concussion syndrome. What an excellent little tradition. 

Post-concussion syndrome (I'm obviously an expert in this particular field of neuroscience now so lemme grab my doctor glasses) is a bit of weird one, mainly because it only crops up a few days after the initial incident... meaning you could be, as I was, halfway through your working day two or three days later thinking everything is a-okay and then suddenly start feeling really really crap. Like really crap. Needless to say, I was sent home from work immediately and have been recovering at home ever since. 

I guess my point here in sharing my story is firstly just to raise awareness as to what post-concussion syndrome actually is because, in my experience, it's often dismissed as a bit of a 'dizzy spell' that goes away if you get plenty of rest in a dark room somewhere (blah). Unfortunately, the reality of living with this strange syndrome is slightly different. It can cause a great deal of confusion, a great deal of frustration and even a severe and sudden change in personality. As I said above, my first encounter with it led, in time, to a very acute mental change. I became depressed (a common long-term side-effect of concussion) and my anxiety levels, which had previously been a bit of a challenge but were generally manageable, went through the roof. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have a small circle of very supportive people around me at that time and, with the right help, I eventually found myself feeling a great deal better. 

This time round, I can sense a few of those feelings coming back to the fore and yes, I'll admit that's a bit scary. BUT I'm doing my best to combat those negative thoughts when they pop up and one of the first steps I'm taking to challenge them head-on (harhar) is to get back into blogging! So here I am, headache throbbing away, writing it all down.

It's taken me quite a while to put this post together, not just because of my concussion (some other delightfully helpful symptoms of post-concussion syndrome aside from the throbbing headaches include: light sensitivity, lack of concentration, memory loss etc. etc. it's just fabulous!!) but also because I couldn't figure out how to write it without sounding like a total idiot. I think what I want to say here is the next few months could be a bit tough and I might not be posting as regularly as I would like to. But bear with me! I'm trying to get back on track and I do have a few ideas for posts that require a little less headache-inducing writing lined up, so be sure to keep an eye out for those...

...oh and you can rest assured, the crash helmet is in the post. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



As unqualified and ineligible as I am to join in with all this Valentine's Day lark (all my single ladies say heyaa), I can't help but fall for all the pretty makes and bakes that inevitably crop up around this time of year. Case in point, I stumbled across this biscuit recipe the other week on Pinterest and immediately decided that I just had to make some of these jammy treats (admittedly, mainly for myself) only because they looked so so delicious!


My recipe is slightly adapted from the one that I found on Pinterest, and that one is ever-so-slightly adapted from one in the Hummingbird Bakery's Home Sweet Home recipe book. The only changes I made were in replacing the regular flour used in the original recipe with a gluten-free alternative, and swapping their 'seedless strawberry jam' with a rather more naughty, black forest cherry one.


Anyway, swapsies aside, here's the recipe for my version of these beauteous biscuits...if you'd like to give them a go :)

Ingredients

- 280g unsalted butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 380g plain flour (& a little extra for dusting)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 60g ground almonds
- 200g cherry jam (or whichever is your fave)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- A sprinkle of icing sugar

Method

1. Line 3-4 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and cinnamon together, add the ground almonds and then mix everything together well.
4. Add the flour to the butter and sugar and then mix together. Add in the egg and vanilla extract until everything comes together into a ball of dough (you might need to use your hands for this!).
5. Divide the dough into two balls, flatten these into discs and then place them, cling-filmed, into the fridge to chill for half an hour. Preheat your oven to 325°F/170°C. 
6. Once the dough is chilled, roll out on a well-floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Using a large circle cutter and one small, one large heart cutter, cut a heart shape out of every second circle.
7. Place the circles onto your prepared baking trays and bake in the oven for 15-20mins, until the biscuits are light golden brown in colour. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
8. In a small pan, heat the jam until it comes to a gentle simmer. Once the jam is bubbling away slightly, take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool.
9. Once both the biscuits and the jam have cooled, carefully spoon around a teaspoon of jam onto each biscuit base and then sandwich the heart cut-out biscuits on top.
10. Finish with a light sprinkling of icing sugar, and you're done!


I can't wait to enjoy one of these little treats dunked into a cup of tea! Let me know if you decide to give them a go yourself! I'd love to see a cheeky Instagram or two :)

In the meantime,
All the (special Valentine's icky) love,

Sian x


Jammy Heart Biscuits

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


As unqualified and ineligible as I am to join in with all this Valentine's Day lark (all my single ladies say heyaa), I can't help but fall for all the pretty makes and bakes that inevitably crop up around this time of year. Case in point, I stumbled across this biscuit recipe the other week on Pinterest and immediately decided that I just had to make some of these jammy treats (admittedly, mainly for myself) only because they looked so so delicious!


My recipe is slightly adapted from the one that I found on Pinterest, and that one is ever-so-slightly adapted from one in the Hummingbird Bakery's Home Sweet Home recipe book. The only changes I made were in replacing the regular flour used in the original recipe with a gluten-free alternative, and swapping their 'seedless strawberry jam' with a rather more naughty, black forest cherry one.


Anyway, swapsies aside, here's the recipe for my version of these beauteous biscuits...if you'd like to give them a go :)

Ingredients

- 280g unsalted butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 380g plain flour (& a little extra for dusting)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 60g ground almonds
- 200g cherry jam (or whichever is your fave)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- A sprinkle of icing sugar

Method

1. Line 3-4 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. Using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and cinnamon together, add the ground almonds and then mix everything together well.
4. Add the flour to the butter and sugar and then mix together. Add in the egg and vanilla extract until everything comes together into a ball of dough (you might need to use your hands for this!).
5. Divide the dough into two balls, flatten these into discs and then place them, cling-filmed, into the fridge to chill for half an hour. Preheat your oven to 325°F/170°C. 
6. Once the dough is chilled, roll out on a well-floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Using a large circle cutter and one small, one large heart cutter, cut a heart shape out of every second circle.
7. Place the circles onto your prepared baking trays and bake in the oven for 15-20mins, until the biscuits are light golden brown in colour. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
8. In a small pan, heat the jam until it comes to a gentle simmer. Once the jam is bubbling away slightly, take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool.
9. Once both the biscuits and the jam have cooled, carefully spoon around a teaspoon of jam onto each biscuit base and then sandwich the heart cut-out biscuits on top.
10. Finish with a light sprinkling of icing sugar, and you're done!


I can't wait to enjoy one of these little treats dunked into a cup of tea! Let me know if you decide to give them a go yourself! I'd love to see a cheeky Instagram or two :)

In the meantime,
All the (special Valentine's icky) love,

Sian x


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