• Blog

    Hope for the New Year

    So I’m sitting job Starbucks listening to the Michael Buble or Chris Martin singing ‘have yourself a merry little Christmas’ with my toffee but latte, Nora Ephron book “I feel bad about my neck” and some free coffee capsules for an espresso machine I don’t have yet. Still, I speak it into reality and when I do have one I have capsules ready to go! It’s New Year’s Eve and as I look up from my red cup to see girls studying, I’m surrounded by friends gathering and individuals engrossed in their laptops and books. As I stare at the Chinese girl across from me with a full spread of water…

  • Blog

    Oprah’s top tips on how to stay positive

    I loved these top tips from Oprah on how to stay positive! What are you passionate about? What makes you come alive? When you are in your highest positive state you are free to create, to build, to grow whatever is in your hands. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so easy to get so caught up with life and the day to day situations that they become a distraction (sometimes a steadfast distraction at that) to who we really are, and what we are on this planet to do. She hits on a great point that we all want to be seen, but the true reality is…

  • FOOD

    Saturday kitchen: chilli con carne  

    There’s nothing better than a bowl of homemade chilli when it’s cold and grey outside. Thanks to my friend I managed to make the best chilli I have ever had to the joy of making. I had to make a few adjustments as I didn’t have 500g of mince, so here’s what I went with. 250g mince 2 cloves of garlic  1/2 chopped onion 1 chopped pepper  1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes  1/2 tin of kidney beans  1 beef stock cube  300ml boiling water 1 tsp chilli powder  1 tsp coco powder 3 tsp tomato purée  Pinch of cinnemon Chedder cheese to sprinkle  Basmati rice  Voila! I hope you enjoy…

  • Blog,  LIFESTYLE

    Where’s our great British summer?

    You could say this is the question on everyone’s mind? It’s not exactly been the Indian summer we were promised, but then again I am Scottish and I come from a land where the sight of grey sky, rain and wind is of regular occurrence. Sorry to my Scottish friends, and family out there! 🙂 I love you all dearly, and truth be told it sounds like you have seen more of summer than London this year! Still, as it is Wednesday and I missed the Great British Bake Off tonight. #GBBO I’m going to have to watch that one on catch-up, so  I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures…

  • Blog,  LIFESTYLE

    Valentines love

    Hello! Happy eve of Valentines!! I hope this finds you well. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good chick flick. If you’ve been close enough to read a snippet of my current novel, you’ll know I like to write love stories too. Besides starting a new job, meeting new people, and venturing into a world of new opportunity. I have been given the absolute honour writing for the wonderful stationary designers (Jack, and Lorna) over at E.y.i.love. I asked folks across social media to share their favourite, funniest, most romantic, or biggest fail Valentines story with me. The result was this… Sweet Valentine! I hope you enjoy!…

  • Blog,  BOOKS,  COMMUNITY

    If you like a lot of biscuit, join a club

    Does anyone remember the catchy tune for CLUB biscuits? If you do, then you’ll recognise the tag line that I used to title today’s post. It’s just a quick one. I’m currently prompting myself up in Starbucks with a Carmel Macchiato (and oddly not a Toffee Nut latte). Starbucks white cups are bag. The red cups are being phased out. As a fan of Starbucks’s marketing efforts, and a shameful gold card holder I notice these things. However, before I go on a rant about Starbucks, and carmel drizzle I want to introduce to you my new book and club. I “borrowed” this book from my dad’s bookshelf when home…

  • Blog

    Welcome to my blog space

    Hello and welcome to my central blog. Yes I have been known to write a blog, or two in the past. However, this will be the place where you get to find out about me, and my life as a writer. I don’t want to box myself in, but you’ll probably find lots of instagram pictures (my favourite social channel), and posts on food, books, writing, travel, being the change and making a difference in our communities; and quite possibly touch on fashion and beauty. You’re in for a whole host of treats here, so do stick around say hello! I love a good natter. Oh, and I’ll be starting my first online story very…