Staying happy, healthy, and positive: COVID-19

Healthy foodThis is such a strange time in the world right now and an uncertain one at that. We all got sent home last week (I am an events coordinator) and it really made me feel out of sorts! I am still working, but from home until we get the green light to return. So far, I am actually enjoying it. Weekends are a strange one as it’s the time my partner and I would usually head to the gym, head into town, go the cinema, go for a meal, or mingle with friends on family.

I am trying to make the best out of the situation, and if you are struggling, please know it’s not forever. I hope the below tips help you through this nerve-wracking time.

1.Maintain routine

You’ve probably already been hearing this tip but it genuinely works and the worst thing you can do is get lazy. When we all do return to work (if you are not currently working), this then won’t be such a shock to the system. Try your best to maintain your usual body clock. It feels great to get up early, shower, and get ready for the day! (Even if you are just heading downstairs LOL)

2. Put on normal clothes (not lounge-wear) 

You may think it’s strange to ‘dress up’ if you are not going anywhere, but I guarantee how you dress will determine how you feel for the rest of the day. If you usually wear uniform like I do, then obviously don’t put on your uniform. But try putting on things like a smart pair of chino’s and a smart jumper. Or a nice co-ord. My point is, don’t wear your old slouchy clothes. This will make you feel like a slob! We need to keep our spirit’s high during this time and how you start your morning is a big part of this.

3. Eat healthy + take your vitamins

It’s so easy to let yourself go with eating at this time, as it feels like the Christmas holidays! But eating beige foods really won’t help you with your mood. You are going to feel tired and sluggish. Right now we are all doing less movement, so you need to fill yourself up with goodness! If you are used to having an active job, then you now more than ever need to eat nutritious wholesome foods. Fish, eggs, greens, fruit – get them in your belly! If you are used to taking vitamin supplements then don’t forget to have these in the morning too! This then leads me on nicely to working out. If you are eating healthy, this will also give you the energy to workout at home!

Home Workout

4. Do a workout + walk 

At the moment, the UK guidelines are that you are allowed to go out for one piece of exercise a day. So I have now started to move my walks to the evening (it’s what I look forward to the most). I have been waking up and doing my vigorous workout at home. I personally have most energy in the mornings and if I say to myself ‘I’ll do it later’, I get too lazy by the evening and don’t want to do it. So I have started to get my hardest one out the way.

I get up, I put my gym kit on (also a good tip), have my morning coffee and then head to my spare room where I have some workout equipment (I just have a bike, resistance bands and one set of free weights where you can change up the weight). I appreciate that not everybody has this, but a HIIT workout on YouTube or from Instagram works just as well!!! You really don’t need fancy equipment. The fact you are making an effort to move during this time is amazing and you should be proud of yourself. I then have a shower, get dressed for the day and head downstairs ready to work.

5. Do all the things you’ve always said you never have time for 

If you work full-time, you’re a parent, or just generally live a fast-paced life then it’s so easy to NOT have time. It isn’t you being lazy. Chances are, everyday is busy for you and when you do get down-time, you wan’t to relax and not focus on anything that requires too much concentration. Which is absolutely fine! Now that we have this extra time, why not do all the things you wanted to do. Whether that’s learn a new skill, a new language, read a book, learn how to bake, or finish a Netflix series!

6. Clean and organise your surroundings 

Now that you are nesting at home, this is a great time to de-clutter and organise. Tidy house = tidy mind. Create a list of what needs cleaning and tick it off slowly. I can guarantee you will feel better about sitting on the sofa knowing your house is all clean and sparkly! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do everything at once. Take it easy and do things at your own pace. Clear out any old make-up, throw out any foods that are way passed their sell-by dates, organise any messy areas!

7. Order things that you have been putting off 

I have lived in my house for a couple of years now and there are things that I have been putting off for a while. Either down to time or money. If you can afford to and are currently saving money from not spending on things you normally would (socialising), then why not treat your home to a few things. I ordered some prints from Desenio for the bare walls in the spare bedroom and ordered a couple of paint samples online to test out. I also need a mirror for the living room and some accessories etc. So I am going to spend some time filling my home. These small wins are making me feel productive!

8. Self care (pamper days) 

Don’t forget about YOU. This is a great time to focus on yourself. Treat yourself to face masks, hair masks, have those long hot baths, exfoliate, just focus on you! This again all goes back to how you treat yourself, will determine how your days go. If you let yourself go, you are not going to have the daily motivation. I don’t mean a full face of make-up everyday, but small things. Brush your hair, spend time on your skincare routine, paint your nails etc. You can still be glam! But at home LOL.

Relaxing bath

9. Don’t stress 

Our holiday has now officially been cancelled (we were supposed to travel in June) and although I was a little sad, there are worse things happening right now! All of which are out of our control. None of us can predict what will happen, but all we can do is follow the guidelines right now and together we can all overcome this tricky period. We will one day look back at all this and think ‘how did we overcome that?!’. I truly think we will all come out of this as better and stronger people. This is could be some strange blessing and teaching us all to slow down!

10. Be grateful 

It can be so easy to feel sorry for yourself at this time. But we are all in the same position. Some loved ones are passing away, some people’s weddings are being cancelled (that they have planned for years), some people’s holidays that they saved so hard for, are being cancelled. But at a time like this, we need to be thankful for all that we have and in turn it will make us appreciate life’s luxuries that much more. If you have a roof over your head, good family/friends, access to food/water, able to exercise, and are healthy, that in itself is a HUGE blessing. Let’s all be more thankful, kinder, and more patient during this time.

I also wanted to add that I appreciate some people are going through a hard time if they are self-employed or aren’t going to be receiving through their full salary. Please try not to stress and take this a day at time. Stock up on what help you can receive, whether that’s a mortgage holiday or freezing things like your gym membership etc. I really hope that people still share your businesses online and you come out on top after all this is done. Focus on your social media, stay connected, and keep posting!

We are learning together and I hope that these little tips help you.

Lots of love to you all.

Stay safe and stay home.

Kay xxx


Simple & Affordable Healthy Cake Recipe: How to Make Courgette Cake

Courgette cake

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 Egg

1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder (I did do a TAD over half a teaspoon on mine)

1/2 cup Coconut Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Almond Butter (the warmer and runnier it is, the easier it is to work with!)

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1 large Courgette, finely grated

Fry light cooking spray

Equipment you’ll need:

Wooden Spoon

Large glass mixing bowl

Measuring cups and spoons


Loaf tin

Chopping board


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

Measure out all the ingredients

Finely grate the courgette on a chopping board (no need to pat it dry, the wetness keeps the cake moist)

In the large glass bowl, combine all ingredients except courgette and dark chocolate chips

Gently fold in the grated courgette and dark chocolate chips

Spray your loaf tin with fry light (or line with baking paper)

Pour your mixture in

Place in middle shelf of the oven and bake between 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (Keep an eye on it as the top can get brown quickly)

Leave it to cool for five minutes.


Let me know if you re-create this recipe. My partner and his family loved it! By the way guys, I bought all my ingredients from Aldi so it can be really inexpensive too and you hardly need any equipment for this!

Lots of love, Kay xxx

  • High Street White Shirts You’ll Need this Spring

    A white shirt is a classic and a staple in your Spring/Summer wardrobe. There are so many out there but finding the right shape can be somewhat tricky. I usually wear mine on a weekend, (I have a uniform for work), or an evening. So I tend to go for a less structured shape and more of a flowy soft material.

    1. Topshop White Cotton Casual Shirt

    Guys – this is actually selling out so quick on the website but have a look in stores as there seems to be a lot left in stores. (I live in Nottingham and there were plenty). If you can get a hold of this shirt, you won’t regret it! It’s so soft, it’s oversized, the balloon sleeves add an edge, and the cuff detailing is so classy!

    White Cotton Oversized Shirt

    Image Courtesy of Topshop

    2. NastyGal Don’t Texture Back Oversized Corduroy Shirt

    As it’s Spring, chances are, you have to cover up your lovely white shirt with a jacket or coat over it. So if it has detailing that stands out, I.e the buttons on this one, then it’s a winner. If you can leave your jacket or coat open, with the detailing on display like this, it keeps your outfit a little interesting instead of getting lost under layers! I also love that it is corduroy. Different textures are a good way of experimenting with fashion without having to be too daring.

    White Corduroy Shirt

    Image courtesy of NastyGal

    3. Pleated Frill Front Tunic Top

    Again, I am a sucker for detailing. If you are like me, you may have plenty of white shirts, but it’s the fit, the texture, and the detailing that differentiates them all. And depending on the occasion, you can have the right white shirt for most instances. I love the pleated frill front of this. But you can wear it with leather trousers like the model to add a bit of edge to your outfit!

    White Poplin Pleated Front Shirt

    Image Courtesy of Missguided

    4. Oversize White Shirt with Raised Detail

    I love anything sheer as it means you can take it from day to night so easily. In the day I would team it with a white camisole underneath, skinny jeans and boots. At night, I’d leave it sheer with just a white bra, leather trousers, and heels. Perfect for date night or dinner with the girls. Versatile pieces like this are so handy for any of those wardrobe meltdown moments. (We’ve all had them ladies!)

    Oversized Shirt with raised detail

    Image Courtesy of Zara

    I hope you enjoyed reading. Comment below your favourite white shirts!

    Lots of Love, Kay xxx

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    How to make your guests feel at home

    My partner and I love to host and make memories in our home with family and friends, but it’s important to us to make our guests feel at home. So here’s a few tips that I do before guests arrive!

    1. Slippers

    Have some spare slippers saved for guests. I actually collect packet ones from hotel trips or you can purchase a mini bulk order on eBay or Amazon for super cheap. IKEA actually do great ones like this. If you have the space, you could have these in a little wicker basket by the door so that guests can quickly swap from outdoor shoes to comfies! You could even have slipper socks too!

    2. Cosy lighting

    I know that sounds silly. Like why do guests need cosy lighting? But if you are inviting your friends or family on an evening, you want them to feel like they can wind down in your home. There’s nothing worse than walking into a stark room on a late evening. It doesn’t feel homely, nor is it inviting. If you have lights with warm bulbs or dimmers, dim the room down and create an atmosphere.

    3. Calm scented candles

    Candles are ALWAYS a good idea! Again, it adds to lighting but also fills the room with relaxing scents. I literally fill the entire house with lit candles. It sets me up for the evening! Check out my candle recommendations.

    4. Cosy throws

    I love a soft throw or a cosy blanket to put over my feet and legs. We have the softest corner sofa and you can snuggle right up with a blanket and feel just at home. Nothing worse than your guests sat upright and clearly uncomfortable. Grab a blanket and put your feet up love, is what I say! I always give the throw a quick refresh in the washing machine too so that it is nice and fresh.

    5. Comfy bedding

    If your guests are staying the night, soft bedding is a must and ironed sheets! I can’t explain how much pressed sheets make them look so crisp and gives the hotel vibes! The higher the thread count, the nicer the sheets!

    6. Soft towels

    Again, if guests are staying and showering in the morning, you want them to have nice, fresh, soft towels ready. Make them feel comfortable and how you would like to feel if you were staying anywhere other than your home.

    7. Pillow sprays/eye masks

    These aren’t essential but just a nice added touch. Or even little chocs on pillows! (My mother-in-law does this at Christmas, she’s too cute). Some people struggle to sleep in different environments other than their home so this is just an added little comfort.

    8. Robes

    Again, I wouldn’t say ESSENTIAL but in this cold weather (if you are in the UK like me), it is quite nice to have a warm comfort when you come out the shower. They really don’t have to be super expensive fluffy ones. The thin waffle-type ones that you get in hotels are handy because they are easy to wash and maintain! I got one like this from H&M.




    Nail Inspiration: Your next 6 appointments sorted

    Do you ever get to the nail salon and panic order a colour?! I always do and even though I’m a fairly confident person, I feel too shy telling the technician that I now want to change my mind! I am trying my best to think for a few appointments ahead now, and have a little bank of images ready. I hope this is useful for you guys as well. I have gone for quite classic/nude colours because I feel like they go better with my outfits on a weekend, and perfect when we are transitioning seasons. I only ever really venture out if it’s my birthday or Christmas!

    Check out my Pinterest board as well – I am always uploading inspiration on there!

    A twist on the Classic FrenchFrench manicure Soft PinkSoft Pink NailsCream/TaupeCream NailsNude (This can be different for everyone depending on your skin colour)Nude nailsFrench OmbreFrench Ombre nailsNude with a designNude design nailsHope you enjoyed the inspiration.

    Lots of love, Kay xxx



    I know this is 100% random! But if you are like me and purchase the odd luxury candle now & again, you’ll know that you do need to treat them right! I am guilty of trying to move the wick into the centre with my hands, and it is like a sin in the world of candles LOL. On the image below, you use the one on the right to help move the wick into the correct position, the tool in the middle blows out the candle for you, and the left is the wick trimmer. FYI – you should trim wicks little and often to get an even burn! I think this is a really good price for all 3!



    There are SO many on the market these days, BUT I have read so many reviews that a lot of them don’t charge with your phone case on as it acts as a barrier. This one had lots of good reviews and it works perfectly well for my partner and I. (We both don’t have particularly thick phone cases) so do bear that in mind. This is a great price, some can be super steep. This is particularly good if you are lazy and can’t be bothered to fumble around for your charging cable in the night before you fall asleep LOL.



    Again – random. I actually saw this on Lydia Elise Millen’s Youtube video. But it got my attention because it actually comes with cleaning tools, not only for the straw but for the actual inside of the bottle. It is like a little sponge on a stick for those hard to reach places. I find that they get so grubby quickly, so having tools specifically for one is great. I personally went for the black colour because the mouthpiece is black also, and I didn’t want to get lipstick/make-up marks on it, making it look dirty! I also went for the 1 litre size because it makes me feel satisfied knowing how many litres I have got through in a day. The ONLY downside to this is that I would say the base is rather large so it doesn’t really fit properly in the cup holders of my car, but not a major issue!



    First of all, it is a super expensive doorbell, and there’s no denying that. But for us, it’s a little investment for our house. It doubles up as security. Not only that, I do quite like the idea of being able to leave my house if I am expecting a parcel rather than being house-bound when you aren’t given a specific delivery slot. We personally bought the second version and the picture is so clear on the app! And acts as a little peace of mind if you are away on holiday.



    I know this has been around for a while now but I really do rate it. It is so good and fast. No more waiting for brushes to try! I keep it on my dressing table and sometimes when I am in the middle of my makeup, I give a few a quick clean and dry in this. And they are good to go straightaway. It’s THAT easy. Again – not cheap. But it is convenience. And it helps me look after all my brushes! Oh also, if you do have good quality brushes, you will notice it doesn’t change the shape of them. Just make sure you are still gentle when it is spinning the brush around in the bowl.


    Half of these are things that you don’t ACTUALLY need but hey, you can get carried away on Amazon. Comment below your purchases from there. It’s such a great hub full of random things. It’s interesting to know what you all buy!

    Lots of love, Kay xxx

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    Candles: From luxury to affordable

    Is there anything better than coming home from work when it’s dark, getting cosy in your living room & lighting a candle?

    Not gonna lie, I whack my bra off, take my make-up off, get in my PJ’s, & light a candle. I’ve bought soo many candles over the years and I’m here to tell you which ones are worth the money.

    Nothing worse than liking the look of a candle, and it literally smells of nothing once your burn it!

    1) Jo Malone London

    Yes they’re a fortune! BUT I do have to admit, these are by far the best candles to fill the whole house with scent. I personally think the Peony & Blush Suede is most effective for that. I would very rarely purchase one myself to be honest. I usually put it on my birthday or Christmas list & genuinely so grateful if I ever receive one. It’s a nice bit of luxury in the home & to be honest, I do think they’re worth the pennies.

    2) White Company

    If you are still after luxe but don’t want to spend AS much as Jo Malone, I would definitely say The White Company is KINDA up there and at a slightly more affordable price point. It certainly fills a room with scent (not the entire house like the Jo Malone ones, IMO), but certainly up there. During Winter I had the limited edition ‘Fireside’ and it is gorgeous!

    3) Homesense

    Okay so the Homesense section of candles is so overwhelming but there are actually very few which I ACTUALLY rate. I would definitely say the DW Home ones are amazing, and ‘Vila Hermanos’ ones. Some are rather pricey and then you can get home and they barely smell of anything. I personally think if the scent is strong WITHOUT it being lit, it’s usually a good sign that it will smell good once burned. Don’t get sucked into the ones that just look amazing. I ONCE found a NEOM one and then never again! So keep a look out for any designer candles.

    4) Lenor Candle

    I know you may laugh at this one, BUT if you love fresh laundry scents and inexpensive candles then this one is definitely up your street. It upsets me that it really isn’t aesthetically pleasing, but it smells SO good!! You can usually find these in B&M stores and only £3.99.

    5) Aldi Candles

    Ah the ever popular Jo Malone dupes. If I’m honest, I don’t think they are anything outstanding, HOWEVER I do sometimes pick up the black ones now & again during a food shop. Who doesn’t get sucked into these kinds of things at an Aldi store! I personally do think the black ones holder a stronger scent. And for £3.99 they are not bad at all.

    Comment below, the candles you think are worth the money!

    Lots of love, Kay. Xxx

    Back to Basics!

    Right, so I’m a woman on a mission to revamp my wardrobe! Wear do I start? Well, quite frankly, I think I want to go back to the very basics. After a long week of working I find myself waking up on a Saturday morning not quite knowing what to piece together, and it all goes back to key staples/pieces.. or in my case, lack of!

    I feel like I need to take some time to incorporate fresh cami’s, blazers, jeans, and tailored trousers. These make putting an outfit together so much easier. No thought needed and oozes effortlessly chic. I’ve chosen one from each so hopefully it will help all you ladies too if you are stuck in this rut also.








    All images are linked to the websites in which you can purchase the items.

    Happy reading, hope this spurs on some inspo for you all 🙂

    Kay xx

    Flares scream Flair! 

    Welcome back! I know it’s been a hot minute since I pushed out my last blog post but the Summer shenanigans have been in full swing. Along with BBQ’S, weddings, family get-togethers and parties, comes the long awaited summer fashion. And this is it.. I’ve fallen back in love with jumpsuits!!
    If you’d asked me two years back;

    “What kind of jumpsuits??” I’d of answered with “the tailored peg leg type”. Completely sleek cut with no wide leg in sight. But I seem to have just hit a daring corner lately and I’m throwing myself further into the experimenting world of fashion.

    I’ve just recently purchased the gorgeous black flowy jumpsuit above, from trusty ASOS Petite, and I’m in love! It’s airy, it’s comfortable, it’s effortlessly chic, and looks a lot more expensive than the price tag! At just £22.50 it was a true steal. The subtle bell sleeves and the gorgeous flared legs scream elegance. I paired it with a black bag with gold hardware and emerald detailing, and a pair of “Chanel-esque” block heels. Such a classic look. Perfect for any summer occasion with the ability to dress up or down.

    So that’s it. I’m sold! Go grab those flares and a pair of heels ladies!

    ASOS Petite Jumpsuit

    Holiday Essentials: Top Beauty Hacks

    Holiday season is fast approaching and if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere hot, then I’ve got some top beauty secrets for you!

    Okay so, if you’ve never heard of Temple Spa… then GET to know them! I only got to know this brand in the last year or so after I kindly got invited to a Temple Spa girls night. I’ve always been sceptical about brand reps coming round to your home for a hard sell. But I must admit, it was nothing like that. We all got down to taking our make up off, putting a headband on to push our hair back, and got stuck in on trying all the AMAZING products.

    Two products really stuck out for me, and they were both from the range called “GOLDENTINI”. WOW do they smell good! They work wonders and I swore by them all Summer.




    “LOVELINESS IN A JAR” they call it, and exactly that it is! It is a gorgeous gradual tanner and the best tinted moisturizer for your face. We all know what it’s like on holiday when you lay out in the sun and sweat/melt your foundation off, so this is a great way to give your face some colour without having to cake on the make up! It gives off a lovely natural, dewy, sun-kissed glow without being streaky!





    This smells..UN..REAL! Literally Summer/Heaven in a bottle. Have you ever wondered how celebs/supermodels get that glossy leg look in photo shoots? Well this product is RENOWNED for it. It gives your legs and body such a glow. I personally like to put bits on my decalotage when wearing a lower cut dress! (THANK. ME. LATER.) They’re now sold in Harrods which is how popular they have becone.

    The only slight negative I’d say is to just be careful when applying, do let it completely dry, as it can leave tan marks on white clothing (which do come out) but PLEASE let it all sink in as it is a bronzer.



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    My hair, and sun, do NOT bond very well together. So if you’re like me and lack a bit of moisture in your hair.. this is going to be a game changer for you. Yes, it’s a little on the pricey side for a hair oil, but it sure does last you a good while! All you need to do is add one or two pumps (depending on the thickness of your hair) into the palms of your hands, rub both hands together, and roughly distribute it all through your hair. Your dry hair will DRINK this stuff.




    So years ago I used to use the XXL Batiste Dry Shampoo as a volumiser instead of actually using it as a dry shampoo. I’d spray a little and tease a little, and it looked fab. Unfortunately the only downfall was that I obviously wasn’t using it for dry shampoo purposes so it didnt always feel nice applying to clean hair, but my long hair sometimes lacks body and texture!

    They then brought out an XXL Volume Powder and I thought HEY..PRESTO! All problems solved. However, I felt like it just left my hair feeling matte and almost dirty. I still like to be able to run my fingers through my hair and not feel over-styled!

    But wait for it..Batiste have cleverly, and only just recently come out with an XXL Spray and my god it’s good! Tip your locks upside down, spray where needed, and massage it in with your fingertips. Make sure you give the can a good shake and really massage it in so that you’re not left with any traces of white residue!

    So if you try any of the products above then comment below on how you got on with them!

    Kay xx

    Purchase Links

    Lovely Day Immediate Bronzing Gel 

    Goldentini Bronzing Body Treatment Oil 

    Morrocan Treatment Original

    Batiste Stylist Volume Spray

    SS17 Bible: Floral & Frills

    BIG bold floral prints, frills, sequins, metallics, fringing, and tailoring are so on trend this season and I am absolutely loving it! I must admit, I can be a little stuck in my ways when it comes to fashion. Opting for darker colours and safer cuts, however I seem to be feeling so daring this season and I really think that it’s down to all the beautiful seasonal trends out this 2017.

    To give you a little idea of my style, the women I bow down to in fashion are Victoria Beckham, Olivia Palermo and Kate Middleton (and a bit of Mille Mackintosh). To me, they are all women that scream elegance and class. I do appreciate a bit of edge and sex appeal that the Kardashian/Jenner family throw out there, but I think being able to nail simplicity within fashion oozes more of an intricate talent.

    So if your style icons match the above then take a look at some of the pieces I’ve picked out for you so that you’ll be on trend this season:


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    This gorgeous Karen Millen is one that I could TOTALLY see VB sporting, and I’m sure she would slay it with an oversized white shirt, super long sleeves peeking out from underneath the sleeves of the blazer, unbuttoned and skimming right over her hands… with a sassy pair of heels of course!



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    I LOVE the above. Frills are so on trend this season and there are so many dupes for this on the high street for a lot cheaper, but I must say, this one from Self Portrait has frills in all the right places! The cut is fantastic, and personally I think there is nothing sexier than baring some glossy sun kissed shoulders in the Summer!



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    What a stunning elegant floral piece! I love the fluted sleeves which is so on trend right now. I think it’s definitely one of those pieces that looks better on the body than on a hanger. Perfect for a summer evening do!

    Purchase Links

    White Karen Millen Fluid Tailored Suit

    Self Portrait Striped Asymmetric Frill Shirt

    ASOS Embroidered Fluted Sleeve Dress

    These are all just a few pieces that I think are perfect for SS17 and that fit within my style. I hope you enjoyed this post and please comment below if you’d like me to post more of these 🙂

    Kay xx