Good evening beautiful souls,

I’m very excited to share one of my favourite recipes with you tonight. This dish is a perfect light delicious salad that can be eaten warm or cold, as a main or side. It’s great for a great dish for BBQ’s, garden parties or any get together really as it’s really easy to prepare and relatively quick to make too. I hope you all save this recipe, have a go at making it and let me know what you think. So without further ado let me share my favourite recipe with you:

Ingredients (for 4 ppl):

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 stock cubes
  • Fresh corriander
  • 250g quinoa
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

First of all put your favourite tunes on and make yourself a nice drink – cause cooking is always more fun whilst sipping at a cocktail and dancing around the kitchen!

Now you’re all set, peel your butternut, scoop out the seeds and chop into small bite-size pieces and put onto a tray. Next chop up your onion and garlic in small pieces and mix with the butternut pieces. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop in the oven to roast at 200-220 degrees Celsius (fan oven) for about 30 mins.

Next cook your quinoa, rinse first then bring 500ml of water to the boil. Add your two vegetable stock cubes before adding the quinoa and turning the heat down to simmer for about 15 mins until tender or the water is absorbed (add more water if necessary).

Next peel your pomegranate and cute up your coriander.

Once everything is cooked, mix all together (I only didn’t add the pomegranate here because my mum can’t eat it). Et voila – enjoy!!!

You can eat it warm, or pop it into the fridge and eat cold the next day – very refreshing and tasty too!

And there you have it my lovely readers, a scrumptious healthy vegan quinoa butternut salad! I hope you enjoyed this post and will try making this sometime; for now I wish you a relaxing evening and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.


Good evening beautiful souls,

This evening I just wanted to share an easy little DIY project I enjoyed doing a couple of weeks ago before the snow hit. I’d had a day off and because it was so beautiful and sunny I decided I had to make the most of the great weather and took my little DIY project out into my backyard so that I could soak up the sun.

My dad still needed a mirror for the bathroom in his cafe and as I had an old unused brown paint stained mirror in the house, I thought I would spruce it up and if it turned out OK we could use it in the cafe.

Here’s what I did:

I found some creamy wood paint in our back shed and using a fine paintbrush covered the brown frame leaving only the gold rim.

Once I had a smooth coating of paint I let it dry for an hour or so. When it was dry I took a bit of sandpaper and filed some paint away again giving it that shabby chic effect. I know my photos aren’t the best but I’m really happy with how the mirror turned out and it is now hanging in the cafe bathroom. There we go, easy peasy upcycle project.

I enjoyed this little project a lot, just the act of having a paint brush in my hand again and thus I decided to also give the garden bench a fresh lick of paint. I cleaned it first and then sanded it down before applying a coat of paint. It needs another layer or two, but even the one coat makes a big difference I think.

I had such a good time being crafty outside in the sunshine that I can’t wait for the weather to improve now so that I can spruce up the rest of the garden and make it look all nice!!

Anyone else have any exciting upcycling ideas in the works??

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

In light of it being International Women’s Day I thought I would share a few of my favourite movies about strong beautiful inspirational women!! This list could be endless but here’s just a few that first came to mind. I’ve taken the brief synopsis from IMDb to give you a mini idea of what the movies are about in case you don’t know about them already. I love all of these and highly recommend them – so if you haven’t already seen them you really should add them to your to-watch list!


A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.


A Mighty Heart

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.



Erin Brockovitch

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.



The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.



Hidden Figures

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.




To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.



The Help

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

The Danish Girl

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.



Legally Blond

Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.



The Theory Of Everything

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen HawkingΒ and his wife.

I’d love to know if you have seen any of these and what your favourite badass female role movies are! Please let me know πŸ’Ÿ

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

I’ve had a make up post in the planning for weeks and so I’m excited to finally share it with you. I think this may even be a first on my blog! So please let me know if you’d like more makeup style posts in future.

Note : not all products used are vegan, although I have stopped buying non vegan makeup products now, I am not just going to waste all the makeup I already own by throwing them away because they are not vegan.

I love this look because it has a bit of sparkle perfect for a night out but is also still natural enough for a fresh everyday work look.

Products used for this look:

NYX Pore Filler Primer – Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (fair 1) – The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (Railay Beach 014) – Collection Eye Brow Kit – Sleek i-Divine Vintage Romance eyeshadow palette – Collection Glam Crystals Gel Liner (Funk 3) – The Body Shop Smokey Black Eye Definer – Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara (Black) – Collection Lip Liner (10 Cholcolate) – Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick (Vintage Rose 13)


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Love Carina xo