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I haven’t written a “Women Who Inspire Me” post in ages; and I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually covered a politician. But today’s the day for both of those things!  Elizabeth Warren Let me first get it out of the way; I do quite closely support Warren’s politics. Our similarly aligned belief system definitely adds to the plethora of things that I do find inspirational about her. However, I’d think she was an incredible woman even if we had more disparate views. Warren might not have the youthful charisma of other 2020 Democratic candidates such as Pete Buttigieg or Beto O’Rourke, but what she does have is experience. Warren worked her way up in life; she came from a family in Oklahoma that struggled to pay it’s bills every month. She got a summer job at 13 and hasn’t stopped working since. Before she entered politics, she worked as a lawyer. In the mid-2000s, as a law professor, she sounded the alarm about proposed changes to bankruptcy rules, an issue on which there was almost no organised opposition to the interests of banks and credit card companies. That methodology is central to her political platform and her presidential platform. […]

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We are over halfway through the year now, and I’m slightly behind my Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books in 2019. I’m up to 51 but hoping to catch up soon. You can always keep up with my reading habits on Goodreads directly. Wise Children by Angela CarterI always enjoy being inside the universes that Angela Carter creates; I was especially drawn to this because it’s all about the world of theatre, but I just didn’t really warm to many characters.3 stars Monster: Poems by Robin MorganThis out of print book of feminist poetry had been on my to-read list for years and I was overjoyed when I managed to find a copy second-hand. It was brilliant and “Arraignment” was the best piece in there.4 stars Sister, Outsider by Audre Lorde This is actually a collection of essays, speeches and interviews by Audre Lorde. It was the first Lorde that I had read and it won’t be the last.4 stars Normal People by Sally RooneyEveryone has been talking about this book lately and I absolutely gobbled it up. I actually saw a lot of myself in one of the characters but I definitely won’t say which. 4 stars Sweetening the […]

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Oslo is notoriously expensive, and it’s something that I prepared for in my pre-trip research. I knew that food and especially drinks were exorbitantly expensive, as was accommodation. So to budget so that my trip was still as affordable as possible, I tried to focus all my activities on things that were available free to do in the city. And nearly everything that I planned to do was. 10 Things to do in Oslo >>> Visit Damstredet and Telthisbakken Most of the architecture in and around Oslo is quite new and modern, but these older, car-free streets give a beautiful and instagrammable insight into what buildings in Oslo used to look like. >>> Visit Viegland Sculpture Park inside Frogner Park. Oslo seems to have a plethora of gorgeous green spaces, but spending a few hours explore the sculpture park is a must! Plus visiting is absolutely free. >>> Walk the roof of the Opera House My absolute favourite “tourist” activity in Oslo was walking up the opera house’s famous slopping roof. The views are absolutely breath-taking and it’s such a unique experience. >>> Go on a brief hike to up a hill to the fjord where Munch painted “The Scream” […]

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*This is a sponsored post* Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Now that we are thoroughly into the summer, it is barbecue time of year. And being vegan doesn’t mean that I want to miss out on all of the tasty grilled foods. So I’ve partnered with The Fry Family Food Co to use some of their delicious vegan meat alternatives in simple recipes that you can throw onto the grill. This recipe uses Fry’s Braai-style sausages which can be found at your local Sainsbury’s. Ingredients: For the chimichurri sauce: small pack of coriander, finely choppedsmall pack of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, minced very finely1 small white onion, chopped finely1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar For the skewers:cherry tomatoespearl potatoesFry’s vegan sausages, dicedred onion, chopped into thick slicesred pepper, chopped into thick slicesyellow pepper, chopped into thick slicesorange pepper, chopped into thick slicescourgette, cut into thick slicesbutton mushroomssaltbamboo skewers Directions: So your bamboo skewers do not burn when you grill them, soak them in water for an hour before use. Whilst your skewers are soaking, start making your chimichurri sauce by adding […]

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*** This post contains items gifted for review. All opinions are forever my own. This post also contains affiliate links*** There are genuinely few things that I love more than a good rucksack. Gone are the days that I lust over a high-end bag. (Though a vintage Chanel will forever be on my list.) I turned against shoulder bags at one point in drama school when a movement tutor went around the room and pointed out what shoulder everyone must have usually carried their bags on. It really illuminated the importance of wearing a two-strapped rucksack for back health then and there for me. My current bag situation is this: one clutch, a waterproof rucksack, a brown tote and a more colourful tote. And I’m perfectly happy with that. But I’ve now added a gorgeous Gaston Luga backpack to my collection. It’s definitely a step-up from my current waterproof rucksack that I use out and about and traveling. Gaston Luga is a Swedish brand that focuses on combining stylishness with functionality and they definitely hit the mark. I opted for their classic PRÅPER bag in olive and black. It’s smart enough that I can still bring it to work meetings […]

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It’s been absolute ages since I’ve done a post like this. So I actually have a lot of life things to update you on. >>> Lindsay visiting the UK, and it is always such a wonderful, wonderful thing to have her here in York for a few days. It was especially lovely that she got to attend my citizenship ceremony. >>> And speaking of, attending my citizenship ceremony has to be at the top of this list. Being granted British citizenship is absolutely momentous for me. >>> I was gifted some absolutely gorgeous Valentte products. I got to sample all of the scents and my three absolute favourites were the Lemongrass & Rosemary, the White Neroli & Lemon, as well as the Jasmine & Rosewood. And whilst the scent sprays were delightful, it’s the candles that have really excelled in my eyes. I received the Jasmine & Rosewood candles and they are so phenomenally great smelling that I almost can’t quite put into words how good they are. Even when they aren’t lit, they still make the room smell amazing and I will definitely be purchasing these for myself when I’ve used them all up. >>> I turned 31 at […]

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As of Tuesday the 11th of June, I am a fully fledged British citizen. It’s been a very long, hard and expensive road and I still can’t quite believe that all my immigration troubles and worries are now behind me. It’s something I’ve been working towards since 2010, when I first came to the UK and it feels so surreal still. (And in case you’re wondering, I get to keep my US citizenship.) After receiving my Indefinite Leave to Remain in July of last year, I applied for citizenship in February of this year. So I had a time frame of about 4 months from the day the Home Office received all my citizenship paperwork, to actually being sworn in by my local council The citizenship ceremony as at Mansion House in York, somewhere I had visited previously as a tourist, and I can’t believe we had free roam of such a stunning place for the ceremony. The Sheriff of York oversaw the ceremony and his speech was actually incredible moving; it was all about the importance of community and how diversity and welcoming in new citizens only helps to improve York. I know that I definitely teared up multiple […]

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This summer has been fiendishly cold, wet and distinctly un-summerlike compared to all the hot weather last year. As tomorrow is the summer solstice, it seemed like an especially applicable time to share my annual ABCs of summer. (My annual summer bucket list). ABCs of Summer Autumn vegetable preparation. As crazy as it seems considering summer hasn’t even really started yet, it’s already time in the allotment to think ahead to the autumn Barbecuing at every possible occasion. There isn’t a single food stuff that I don’t think I’d prefer grilled! Grilled lettuce is especially tasty if you haven’t tried it before. Celebrate the 4th of July by eating my favourite American snacks for dinner. And maybe lighting a sparkler or two! Detox. I want to have a social media detox weekend where I don’t pick up my phone from Friday to Monday. Eating outside. It’s messy and there’s usually ants but I still love it. Even if it’s just having my morning coffee in the garden. Find a local pick-your-own farm to pick strawberries. Gardening. The allotment is absolutely insane. With all the rain this year, I can hardly keep on top of things so it’s going to have to become a […]

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After visiting Copenhagen last year and absolutely falling head-over-heels in love with the city, I was extremely excited to visit more Scandinavian cities. On the top of my list was Oslo: notoriously expensive but worth visiting. I ended up getting quite lucky: my visit to Oslo corresponded with their Independence Day, so I got to see everyone out on the street in traditional dress plus some exciting parades. Planning a 48 Hour Oslo City Break SEE / DO: Since Oslo was such an expensive city, I focused on a lot of free activities. But there is a plethora of free options in Oslo. I have a whole post planned on what I saw and did. But a lot of it centred around some amazing green spaces in the city, and art, especially viewing the work of Munch. STAY: Accommodation in Oslo proved extremely tricky, only because it was such an expensive city. I wasn’t willing to shell out the hundreds that it cost for a hotel (and it was even over £100 per night for a hostel!) So I turned to a traveler’s best friend, just like I did for Copenhagen: AirBnB. I lucked out and found Katrina’s lovely home. […]

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*** This was a complimentary meal in exchange for review, but all opinions are forever my own.*** I was absolutely delighted to be invited to the Hotel Du Vin Bistro in York to try their champagne afternoon tea. I actually live fairly close to Hotel du Vin and frequently walk by it. I’ve always meant to pop inside, but for some reason, I hadn’t done. And I was really missing out. The Bistro itself is absolutely lovely. I adore that you have the option of sitting outside and watching the world go by on their lovely patio, or having a really gorgeous light-filled interior. I’m always slightly cold, so we opted to sit inside, but there was such a lovely garden feel to the space that it felt like we were outside. The champagne afternoon tea includes bottomless champagne and the staff was quick to appear and offer refills. It’s a pet peeve of mine to be at a bottomless brunch or tea and not actually get your money’s worth. At Hotel du Vin, you definitely do. Sam absolutely loved the salmon and cream cheese on rye bread, but other favourites of his were the egg and cress mayonnaise brioche […]

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