Thursday, 24 January 2013




4 Healthy Breakfast Meals

If you do one thing in the morning, make sure that you eat breakfast. It's true what they say, it is the most important meal of the day and is the secret to staying healthy. Research has concluded that slim people always eat breakfast and never skip a meal. Skipping breakfast has been shown to increase the chance of obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. Even if you are super busy in the mornings, skipping breakfast is not worth this risk. If you're in a hurry, then aim for protein, carbs and one of your 5 a day, to get a balanced and healthy morning meal. Try out these 4 quick and easy healthy breakfast meals:

1) Plain Yoghurt, fruit, mixed seeds and nuts. (181 Calories)




2) Whole grain cereal with fruit. (120 Calories)




3) Porridge with fruit and Yoghurt. (280 Calories)




4) Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on whole grain toast. (357 Calories)


Make one of these super fast and healthy breakfasts next time you're in a rush!

Calorie Intake

How many calories should i eat a day?  I get asked this question a lot, so I thought I would do a little post about calorie intake.  This is the equation that i use to determine my calorie intake:

For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches) - (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive

FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) - ( 6.8 x age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.

Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (1-3 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (3-5 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (6-7 days a week)

Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500

The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day!

It is always important that when you reach your goals, you re-adjust your calorie intake. For example, I am now maintaining my weight, and so I have changed my goals, and therefore my calorie intake.

You may be thinking: "How will I lose weight if I am eating more calories?!" Well not all calories are equal even though they weigh the same. Increase your calories step by step, by increasing your intake 10 % each day until you reach your healthy goal. You could also try eating 4-5 smaller meals a day instead of 3 big meals- this will increase your metabolism!

Eat even though you are not hungry! Do not skip meals! Your body still needs fuel to run, and will stop if you do not give it enough food!

"Will I gain weight?" - Perhaps. I didn't, but it is possible to gain weight. Your body will eventually get used to the intake of calories. Trust in the process! Also, don't weigh yourself everyday, give it a few weeks and see the results for yourself!

Things that will show as weight gain:
Water weight ( a result of not drinking enough)
To much sodium in food ( this will cause your body to retain water)
Muscle swelling
Food in system
Hormones (period weight)

Quick ways to boost calories:
Mixed Nuts
Bananas
All fruit smoothies
Peanut butter and toast







Sunday, 20 January 2013

5 Lovely Things


Been slacking in the "5 Lovely Things" posts! So will do one for today, as it was the best day ever!

1) Sunday morning lie in! Woke up late today and it felt so good!
2) Went to see Jeremy at his flat. Snow ball fights ensued! 
3) Decided to have a day out in London, which was good timing as it was the last sale day in Harrods! Both of us managed to find some great stuff in the sales! I bought this cute berry shirt... As I write this i've realised that 'm becoming obsessed with that colour! 
4) Shopping tired us out so we went in search of food! And it was amazing! Just what we needed after walking in the cold!
5)Phone call from my Yiayia made my day! Miss her so much!

Sooo thats my 5 Lovely Things for today done, I really need to do it more often!
Heres a few Instashots of our day :)













Low Cal Starbucks Drinks

For those of you, who, like me cannot live without their dose of Starbucks....here is a list of Low Cal Starbucks Drinks to help you stay within your calorie intake!

My favourites: Skinny Vanilla Latte and Soy Tazo Chai Tea Latte!



Inspiration

Stumbled upon Sharee @Funeralformyfat on tumblr and she has been my inspiration for quite some time! You can view her interview here




Try Something New!

Jump into the new year full swing, and change up your beauty and hair routine! Its always so hard to leave your safe and reliable style and go to products, but it is worthwhile to get out of your comfort zone and try something a little different for a change! Yes, you are scared that something will go wrong, or the new change won’t look good or suit you, but nothing says “dramatic statement” more than taking the plunge itself! Are you fed up of your ordinary hair and beauty regime? Fancy a change this season? Then try something new!

Bold Lips: Do you want to change up your make-up routine? Having the perfect red pout, instantly creates a whole new look! To get this look, try a deep, rich red colour, keeping the rest of your make-up minimal for a feisty and fearless look. M.A.C “Russian Red” lipstick for £14.99 does the job perfectly and to get a great finish always use lip liner.




Change smoky eyes, for bright eyes: Tired of wearing smoky eyes on nights out? Then revamp your make-up routine with brighter looking eyes by mixing up your eye shadows. Use up to 3 different colours, or more if you’re brave! The latest colour trend on the Catwalk are blues, yellows, greens and pinks, perfect for brightening up your look in the winter! Try L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow set for an intense look for £6.99. Seal your look with a dash of mascara, to bring out your eyes!




Nail Art: Girls went crazy over the festive season with lots of Christmas nail art! This is a fun and creative way to shake up your style this season. Start by adding texture to your nails, by applying more than one colour. Or you could focus on one nail and make it as big and bold as possible, while the others are all painted the same. The trick to lush looking nails is a steady hand, so if you are shaky, get a friend to help you! Always use a base and topcoat to keep your nails looking polished! Try out No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours 17 and 33 and get creative!




Bold Hair: How far will you go to make a hair statement? If you are brave, you could go for the chop! Following the Catwalk trend opt for a short cut, or add a fringe! Change your colour: make a statement with rainbow hair or dip-dyed ends! Whatever you do to your hair, make sure that you look after it. Healthy hair is of course most important. I recommend: Aussie’s Take The Heat, Leave In Cream, £4.99 which will repair damaged hair and leave your locks looking healthy and glossy!



















Big Hair: Perfect look for both shorter and longer hair. To get big hair you need only 2 things: Hair mouse and hair spray! Try Aussie’a Volume & Conditioning Mousse for £4.89 to get volume for your locks and L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strength Hairspray, £4.00, for extra hold, and shine that can be brushed out easily. To get big hair, create waves and then back-comb and tease your hair to add volume. Whip your hair back and then forwards to make hair look thicker.















Switch up your up-do: Take a different approach to your classic up-do by going back to braids, pig-tails, high buns, top knots, and French pleats for statement hairstyles.Jessica Alba’s braided up-do is sleek and stylish! Don’t forget that if your up-do goes flat, back-comb and apply lots of hairspray!















So give it a go, and change up your beauty and hair routines! The best part about it is that you can have a new look every single day!

Images: www.google.com

Source: www.glamour.com




Wednesday, 16 January 2013

mushy post

Celebrating one year with my love :) Very blessed to have him in my life and I couldn't be happier! Hes been there for me through everything, and I couldn't ask for a better boyfriend and a friend.  Cannot believe its been one year! Time flies! I had a great time celebrating tonight! I am so thankful, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Mushy post over..... x

Cosmopolitan: Cosmo on Campus articles!

Hello!
I have had the opportunity to write some articles for Cosmopolitan magazine's website, for Cosmo on Campus.

Here are some of my articles that you can see on the website:

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/campus/cheap-fashion/top-ten-tips-how-to-look-great-if-youre-broke-bargain-beauty-buys-and-advice-for-university-students#fbIndex1

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/campus/student-life/exam-advice-top-ten-studying-techniques-for-exams-and-assignments-done-by-students#fbIndex1

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/campus/student-life/top-tips-moving-house-or-halls-while-at-university-student-accommodation-advice-from-heruni_

I really enjoyed writing them and I hope I can write more for the CoC features!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Moving to uni: dos and don’ts for coping with the move and unwanted stress that comes with this big change.


Moving into your new university halls can be an exciting, difficult yet life changing experience! It can be extremely hard and daunting as a Fresher to get used to your new university environment, but it can also be one of the best experiences of your life. HerUni are here to help by sharing their top tips to help you with your big move!

Do pack everything you may need. Don’t worry if you think you are taking too much, as it is worth taking more things to university instead of having to travel back home again to pick up more things. Ask family and friends to help you, by giving you some secondhand kitchen utensils or books, as the big move can be quite expensive. For more advice, take a look at The Student Room website: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/What_To_Take_To_University 

Do pack an overnight or weekend bag for the first couple of days of moving in. It is useful to have the essentials you need all in one place, so you do not have to spend time in your room unpacking when you could be spending that valuable time socializing with your flatmates and making new friends.

Do make the effort to meet and get to know your flatmates. You will be living with them for a year, so don’t be shy, get out of your room and take the opportunity to socialize. The first few days of moving into university are the most important, so don’t waste any time. Put yourself out there and network! Go to other flats in your halls and introduce yourself! Many people say their lifelong friends have been the ones they have met during their time at university. This can happen to you too, you never know unless you try! 

Do gain your independence! It may be the first time away from home for many of you, so to stop yourselves from feeling homesick you must make sure to surround yourself in your new environment, and explore your university. Take a look round and familiarize yourself with the library, the SU, and your department offices. This is also the best time to take advantage of all the exciting fresher events and activities your university has to offer. Join clubs, societies, and sports teams and immerse yourself in the activities that you like best. This will help you in making friends, and will give you a break from your studies.

Do live on a budget. Although you do have your student loan, bear in mind that you will have to pay it all back in the future, so don’t spend it all in one go. Many students have to get a part time job to keep them afloat. Look out for part time student jobs that will suit you on websites such as http://www.studentjob.co.uk/ or ask your university for help. It is a good idea to see if you are eligible for a bursary or scholarship, as the extra money will be a great help. Take a look at websites such as http://www.studentbeans.com/ to get great deals and vouchers for things that you need. Living on a budget doesn’t have to be hard; you just need to be careful with your spending.

Do keep communal spaces clean and tidy. Ensure you keep your communal areas clean, by making a cleaning Rota and stick to it. This will stop arguments over who hasn’t been making an effort to clean as that responsibility will be shared. Do keep your belongings safe in your room, as it is inevitable that some of your things may go missing, especially food and kitchen utensils. In this case, it is always best to talk to your flatmates, or leave them passive aggressive notes, to prevent them from doing it again! This works both ways, while you don’t want people stealing your food, don’t steal other peoples food either, as you don’t want to be on the receiving end of an angry flatmates rant!

Don’t steal TV. If you want to bring a television to university, you need to get a TV license. But who has time to watch television anymore?! If you don’t have to time or if you don’t want to pay for a TV license, you can always watch your shows through BBC iPlayer and ITV Player! This will be much cheaper for you too. Bonus!

Don’t be noisy! Respect the noise ban and your fellow students. In most halls of residences there is a noise ban on weekdays from 11 PM. This is actually a good thing, when you have assignments and deadlines due in the next day! If even the noise ban just doesn’t work for you,(when earplugs just don’t cut it) as there will always be that one person who blasts music at 3 AM in the morning, and you’re getting distracted, then make use of the library to get your work done! Always remember that you are not alone, you can talk to your flatmates, your flatreps or your welfare officers, as they are there to help!

While moving to university can be a big step, it can be stressful and hard sometimes; it is also a life changing experience, as you become independent and self sufficient, your flatmates will become good friends and you will have the best university experience you could have wished for!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Saturday, 5 January 2013

I pity you because you can't see when you're being lied to....open up your eyes and see the truth! #lifelessons

Friday, 4 January 2013

On Writing by Stephen King

I have just finished reading On Writing by Stephen King and I have to say that this book is a must read! It is part biography, part collection of tips for the aspiring writer. Being a Stephen King fan myself I was delighted when I was given his book for Christmas! King talks about his initial aspirations to write, and his journey which has shaped him to become a better writer: from being farted on by his crazy babysitter to almost dying after being hit by a van, King goes into detail in the last few chapters of the book of his horrific accident back in June 1999 to which all he could think about was finishing his half written book, On Writing. As a young boy King ignored his fears of rejection by the publication world and sent off his short horror stories to magazines with optimism, and encourages his readers to do the same.

The first section of On Writing is where he talks of his life story, sharing little snippets of personal and private details. The second section talks about the tools needed for writing, such as vocabulary and good grammar and the use of description and plot. He then goes onto give tips about writing (some are pretty obvious- yet needed to be reinstated) and he shares some brilliant advice for writers, both for the beginner and those who are already learning their craft.

One of the many tips he shares with the reader, is that if you don’t have time to read then you don’t have time to write. This is true, as reading is at the core of writing. Another piece of advice King gives is that when you sit down to write the first draft, write it with the door closed, keeping the world locked out, to get the story down. When you revisit it for a second draft, only then must you write with the door open, inviting your readers in and therefore be thinking of the readers response and make amendments.

Here are some quotes taken from On Writing:

“If I tell you that Carrie White is a high school outcast with a bad complexion and a fashion-victim wardrobe, I think you can do the rest, can’t you? I don’t need to give you a pimple-by-pimple, skirt-by-skirt rundown. We all remember one or more high losers, after all; if I describe mine, it freezes out yours, and I lose a little bit of the bond of understanding I want to forge between us. Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”

“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting. Stick to the parts that are, and don’t get carried away with the rest.”

King has shared his tips and secrets of the writing trade in his work, On Writing and is a must read for both writers and readers. I really enjoyed this book and give it 10/10!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Liebster Award!

Heya!

I’ve just been nominated for a Liebster Award by my friend Ozel! Thank you Ozel! It’s really lovely to see people reading my blog and actually liking my posts! I really appreciate it! So thank you again! I do have to say that I had no idea what a Liebster Award actually was and had to do some research into it! Google came in handy here! What I learnt was that the Liebster Award promotes new and independent blogs who have less than 200 followers. This award is brilliant! I love finding new and interesting blogs and people to follow! 

The rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:
  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for your nominees.
  • Choose 11 people with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.
  • No tag backs.

11 Things:

I was born and raised in London, but if you were to ask me where I am from I would tell you in a heartbeat that I am Greek Cypriot! I love my little island and cannot wait to get back to the motherland!

Favourite thing about myself is my hair. I love it! I have no problem with volume as there is so much of it! Although it does get very dry, and I have to condition it all the time, I get complimented on my hair a lot of the time! I love my natural hair, thick and wavy!  

I have lost 30 lbs in one year! Very proud of myself! Hard work and dedication is the key, never give up!

It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet! I hate it when people say, “Oh no you can’t have that, you’re on a diet!” Ummm NO! They key to success is everything in moderation!

I have been blogging for a year now, and I wish I had started sooner!

I am currently writing articles for Cosmopolitan, Cosmo on Campus! I love it! I am also an editor for HerUni.com. And this has really made me want to do more writing in the future.

I tend to procrastinate a lot! But when I set my mind to do something, I always get the work done!

Sleep is my favourite thing in the whole world.

I can be very stubborn sometimes. If you don’t make the effort in a friendship, then that’s it… I have learnt that I do not need negative people in my life. They only bring me down. Surrounding myself with positive people is the way forward!

I am constantly writing! I used to write a lot of fan fiction, and it has aided me in writing, as it has been good practice for me to keep up my writing and learn new skills!

I am very nervous about life after University, but I see it as an adventure!

Questions from Ozel:

Where do you envisage yourself in 5 years? In 5 years time, I see myself working for a publishing company, and writing in London!

What's your favourite topic to blog/write about? I love to write and talk about my latest beauty buy or fashion purchase!

Did you make any new year resolutions? My New Years Resolutions for 2013 are to spend more time with friends and family, to continue with my healthy lifestyle, to care less and love more, to read more books and finally to graduate university with a 2:1!

What current trend are you loving right now? Big woolly jumpers!

What's a pet hate of yours? There are many many things that I do not like, but People who say they will do something, and do not do it has to be the worst! JUST DO IT!!!

Any guilty pleasures? Oh way too many! Reading crime fiction books, eating ice cream…. I could go on and on!

What's a favourite beauty product that you couldn't live without? Clarins Beauty Flash Balm! When my skin is bad, I apply the balm and immediately my face looks rejuvenated!

What's the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. I really enjoyed it, it’s a dystopian novel, coming before Orwell’s 1984 and it is incredibly spot on when you think about how far we have come as humans!

What do you think of social networking websites? Love them! They are great for socializing and networking!

Favourite food? Italian food!

What are you looking forward to the most about the new year? Holidays, Cyprus, Italy, and the many others waiting to be booked! Graduating university and getting a job! Wooo! 

My Nominees:

Gg Rogers from What To Wear 
Emma from Written On The Sky 
Izzy from Vintage Beauty 
Iraida from Chicago Sunset 
Kirsty from Just Like Heaven 
Lara Lain from Lifestyle Blog 
Olivia from WanderLust And Such 
Chantelle from Chantelles Catwalk 
Bekki from Wallflower 

Questions for my Nominees:

What is your all-time favourite book to read?
What is your favourite beauty product?
Name your top 3 favourite films?
Who is your favourite actress or actor?
If you could be an animal what would it be?
What is your favourite perfume or scent to wear?
What is your best beauty secret or tip?
Which beauty blogger would you be best friends with, if you could?
What is your favourite quote or phrase?
Do you think you’ve changed over the past year?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?


Thank you so much Ozel!
I hope everyone has had a lovely holiday, wishing you all the best for 2013!!           
~ Evie Xx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Little Balls Of Heaven: Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Hello again, as I mentioned in my previous post here, one of my New Years Resolutions is to learn how to cook new and exciting foods! This Christmas, I was a little stuck for cash and instead of buying huge chocolate selection boxes for people, I opted to make my own desserts and wrap them up in beautiful boxes to give to people as presents. It’s a fun, cheap and cheerful present, which will put a smile on anyones face! I started off making these delicious Chocolate Truffles! Here is how I made them:






Ingredients:
125g/4oz Trex
100g ground almonds
100g flaked toasted almonds (crumbled)
250g/1 cup raisins or sultanas (cut into small pieces)
150g drinking chocolate
150g icing sugar
1 pack sponge fingers (crumbled)
Rum (amount according to preference and substance)
Coffee flavour liqueur (Bailey’s or Irish Cream)
Chocolate sprinkles
Orange marmalade (optional)
Cake cases (small)



Method:

Leave sponge fingers out to air and harden a little for a couple of hours.

Place crumbled sponge fingers, Trex, ground almonds, raisins, or sultanas, drinking chocolate and icing sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together. Add rum and coffee flavour liqueur to mixture slowly mixing together making sure consistency is not too runny. Should be firm but not too firm as truffles will harden when cold.

Pour chocolate sprinkles into a separate bowl ready to roll the truffles in to cover them.

Form small round balls and place into bowl of chocolate sprinkles, rolling to cover the truffles. if the chocolate sprinkles do not stick, this is where you may need the orange marmalade.

Place into grease-spoof paper or foil on a tray and leave to cool and harden. Can also be placed in the fridge.

You can give them as gifts in cute little gift boxes…or if you can’t resist, enjoy them for yourself…as they are incredibly yummy!