Inspirational Interview: Roberta Pimentel

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Inspirational Interviews are all about giving you the motivation to get over hump day (aka Wednesday), and what better way to do that than with interviews with incredible bloggers?

If you’ve been reading the Inspirational Interviews series for a while, you’ll notice that the questions asked are always the same. Well, there’s a reason behind that. They weren’t just the answers that I wanted to know, but were questions I thought could be as inspiring to other bloggers as they are to me. The reason they are all the same is because it’s interesting to see how different people respond to them differently, and what inspiration each blogger can provide us with.

Today’s blogger hasn’t been in the blogosphere for all that long, but she’s made a big splash with her inspiring posts and willingness to help other bloggers succeed.

Please welcome Roberta!

What made you want to start blogging?

I was inspired by a Norwegian blogger who was a friend of mine back in 2010.
I did not know much about blogs at that time but her success made me curious about blogging. However, it took me a while before I started for real and now on WordPress I have started blogging on a serious basis.
I love it and I want it to become a full time job in the future.

How would you describe your blog to someone that’s never read it?

I like to help and inspire others into a better life and I believe the best way of doing that is to spread positivity around me. The blog is about personal things and interests.

What’s your favourite part of blogging?

Connecting with others and learn from them is something that definitely triggers me when it comes to blogging.
I guess there are plenty of other things but these are the ones that I must highlight.

What would your advice be for other bloggers?

My advice to other bloggers would be that they should be themselves. Everyone has their own uniqueness. Human beings are so similar but yet so many differences as well and I believe it is so beautiful to be able to learn from others.
You will not have the chance to do that if one person tries to copy others. I like that people are originals.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

To always tell the truth and be honest.

Who inspires you in your life?

My boyfriend. He has been and is there when I need him. He has supported me through difficult times. He has showed me a different kind of relationship that I did not believe in before I met him and he has raised my self-esteem.
He is both my lover and my best friend.

What would your perfect day be like if you could go anywhere or do anything?

Travel together with my daughters and my boyfriend to Brazil to see my family. I live far away from my family and I miss them a lot. It would be wonderful to gather all the family together. I appreciate family a lot.
Thank you for answering my questions Roberta. 
You can check out Roberta’s blog here, as well as her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fashion From Fiction: Doctor Who

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So, it’s officially time for another Fashion From Fiction post, and you don’t have to worry this week because the Doctor is here. (Sorry, I know that was bad but I couldn’t resist.)

Doctor Who has been around for a very, very long time, and probably has the most backstory of any show on television ever. For today’s post, I’ve just decided to focus on the latest few series, starting in 2005, which are on Netflix.

If you’re feeling a little lost, this will catch you up on the Doctor Who fandom. If you’re not lost, read it anyway. It’s funny. (Also, there may or may not be a Supernatural post coming soon…)

 

The 9th Doctor

The 9th Doctor

 

 

This is the most overlooked of the Doctors, which is sad because he has some good lines. For this look, I started with a leather jacket, since that’s the main costume decision for this Doctor. I then added this purple jumper and skirt, for a smart but sassy edge. Finally I finished off the look with these lace up boots, perfect for running in, and this doctor who inspired necklace. (Please excuse me while I go run and buy it.)

 

The 10th Doctor

The 10th Doctor

Off the shoulder crop top / Boohoo duster coat/ High-waisted skinny jeans/ Converse white shoes / Purses cross body / Ring/ Miss Selfridge choker necklace

 

So, for the 10th Doctor I wanted to find a way to incorporate the pinstripes of his suit, and so chose this super cute off the shoulder top. I then paired it with skinny jeans and a duster inspired by the coat that he wears in some episodes. I then added the trademark converse, and this choker necklace. Finally, I added this simple cross body bag and this Doctor Who inspired ring.

 

The 11th Doctor

The 11th Doctor

 

So, this look wasn’t an easy one. For the 11th Doctor, I took a cream shirt (although I think that his is often pink), and paired it with these black skinny jeans. I then added these cute cream ankle boots and this burgundy bag. If you wanted it to be a little more obvious, you could actually wear this bow tie, and maybe add some suspenders. I then added this cute little necklace, which is a fez and a bow tie, the two biggest symbols of the 11th Doctor.

 

The 12th Doctor

The 12th Doctor

 

For the final Doctor’s look, I was a little torn between two looks. I started with this cream dress, and then added these pretty ankle tie flats. Then, you could either choose between this burgundy cardigan or navy top, depending on the weather, and which part of his costume you’d like to focus on. I then added this adorable Gallifreyan clock necklace.

 

Which Doctor is your favourite? Which of these looks would you wear?

On Mondays We Wear (Blush) Pink

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Blush pink is the colour of the moment, very similarly to rose gold, which is also having a moment. A very long one.

Although I’ve featured pink in other outfits, I’ve never really done a whole post about it before. So now, with a vanilla candle burning and a cup of tea, I’ve decided to turn my brain to it.

When I thought pink, the first thing that popped into my head was Mean Girls, and then how old that film is. But actually, the blush pink or rose quartz pink colour hasn’t been going anywhere since Pantone announced it was the colour of 2016 along with serenity (a shade of light blue). It’s also a great colour, not just because it’s pretty, but because it works with any skin tone.

Although blush obviously works well with neutrals like grey and white, I’ve decided to branch out a little and find some other fun ways to wear it.

 

Blushing Ballerina

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H M sleeveless blouse / Chicwish pink skirt / H&M black ankle booties / Leather shoulder bag / Accessorize pearl ring / Sans Souci wide brim hat

Since this colour automatically makes me think of my ballet years, I thought this gorgeous tulle skirt would be a great starting point. Since I usually contrast something formal with something casual, I chose instead to go with this tie neck blouse and simple bag, adding these lace up boots for a little edge. I then finished off the look with a floppy hat, because they’re an Autumn staple, and some dainty rings.

 

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Uniqlo long sleeve blouse / Monsoon ripped jeans / Pointed toe flat / Carlos by Carlos Santana blue handbag/ Accessorize flower jewellery / Pori butterfly earrings

This blush blouse is super pretty, and would be so nice for layering under jumpers as it gets colder. For a fun contrast, I chose to pair it with these turquoise flats and bag, and then tied in a tiny turquoise pair of earrings. I then kept the rest of the outfit simple with a pair of skinny jeans and flower ring.

 

Butterfly Blush
Blush Pink #3

Short pink dress / Long top / J.Crew j crew socks / Hollister Co. short brown boots / Vero Moda shoulder bag purse / Charm ring / Lucky Brand butterfly pendant

For the final look, I started with this pretty blush dress, and since it’s so cold today, layered it with this chunky knit cardigan. Then I added these fluffy grey socks and a pair of boots (mostly because my feet are cold right now). Then I added this leather satchel bag (which I need in my life), this pretty gold necklace and these vintage style rings.

What do you think of the blush trend? How do you wear it?

26 Things That Will Happen Now That It’s Autumn

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So, it’s actually Autumn now. I know I’ve been thinking that it is ever since it turned September 1st and I found myself wishing I was 11 and going to Hogwarts.

But as of Wednesday, Autumn is officially here, and boy does the English weather know how to throw a curveball. That being said, this is definitely my favourite season ever. Bring on the ankle boots.

  1. You will wake up, get out of bed, realise it’s freezing and get right back in.
  2. Flannel pyjama pants are everywhere!
  3. Candles. All the candles.
  4. Now you can eat pumpkin all the time.
  5. And chocolate, because it’s “cold”.
  6. You’ll buy all the hot chocolate and cup of soups you can carry, because obviously if you don’t stock up now there’s going to be a nation wide shortage.
  7. Any jumper can be elevated with a cute necklace.
  8. Everyone will constantly talk about how cold it is.
  9. You will actually appreciate the sunshine.
  10. Because you won’t be sweating!
  11. Tube journeys… well they’re just as bad as usual actually. Minus some of the BO.
  12. Ankle boots are acceptable to wear every single day. You can shop some of my favourites here.
  13. As are jeans.
  14. And tank tops.
  15. You’ll suddenly find yourself baking a lot more.
  16. And making a lot of soups.
  17. Your nose will be cold. A lot.
  18. As will your hands.
  19. People will complain about how dark it is in the evenings now.
  20. And how dark the mornings are.
  21. And about the clocks changing.
  22. It will be totally acceptable to own 40 jumpers and only wear 3 or 4.
  23. Snood scarfs are back in stores! (I believe they’re also known as infinity scarfs, but snood is a funnier word, so I’m going with that).
  24. You can curl up under a blanket and read Harry Potter as much as you want.
  25. And you can be all nice and cosy when it’s dark and raining outside.
  26. You can wear all the funky socks again.

Featured Friday: The Ankle Boot

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Featured Fridays are all about one trend, item or brand, and this week I’ve decided to focus on an Autumn essential, the ankle boot!

Now it’s Autumn, it’s 110% acceptable to wear ankle boots every single day, and what’s better is that they come in every price range and style imaginable, and you can find a pair to go with absolutely anything.

Velvet and embroidered are big trends at the moment if you’re feeling brave, or you can keep it simple with a plain leather or suede pair.

I actually own the little black boots below, from Head Over Heels, and although I haven’t had a chance to wear them out yet they’re super cute and I can’t wait.

Happy shopping!

Which pair are your favourite? How do you wear them?

In Food

Recipe: Pancake Cannelloni Lasagne

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SO this post is well overdue, sorry about that! The title is also a little confused, because I’m not really sure what it is. I’m super excited to be sharing it with you though, since it’s incredibly delicious. If you love pancakes, cheese and bolognese, this is the recipe for you.

I’m not exactly sure where this recipe came from. I remember my mum making it a while back, and thought I’d have a go, since I had all the stuff for it, as well as a huge lasagne craving.

Well, this isn’t exactly lasagne. But it kind of is. It’s complicated. And cheesy. Like any good love story.

 

Ingredients:

For the mince:

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A pinch of basil, and a pinch of oregano
  • 1 tsp of stock (either veggie or meaty)
  • 1/2 a tsp of sugar
  • 1 pack of mince (either meaty or veggie. I made mine veggie, because I’m a veggie)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

For the pancakes:

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp of butter (approx. for cooking)

For the cheese sauce

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp of corn flour (or plain flour, although cornflour is better)
  • 1 tbsp of butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp of mustard powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Extra cheese for the topping

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Method:

Let’s start with the bolognese.

  1. Chop and fry the onion. Once it’s cooked add the crushed garlic, herbs, stock and sugar. (The sugar helps the onions to brown, and takes away the sharpness of the tomatoes.)
  2. Add the mince, and fry until it’s cooked.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir through.
  4. Set aside to cool.

 

Now the pancakes.

 

  1. Put the flour in a large bowl, and mix in the egg. It should be very sticky and crumbly.
  2. Slowly add in the milk bit by bit, stirring well, until the mixture is smooth and runny.
  3. Put a blob (yes, a blob) of butter in the pan, and wait for it to melt.
  4. Take a ladle (or a big-ass spoon), and put a spoon of the mixture in the pan, making sure it’s nice and round.
  5. When little bubbles appear in the mixture, flip it over with an egg slice (or the frying pan itself if you’re that kind of chef), and cook the other side.
  6. Put the pancake on a plate, and repeat with the rest of the mixture.

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And finally the cheese sauce.

 

  1. Grate a ton of cheese.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and mix in the flour, salt and mustard.
  3. Add the milk.
  4. Stir continuously for… well a while.
  5. You want to avoid it getting lumpy, although it will be at the start, it will become smoother.
  6. When the sauce starts to thicken up and you’re stirring a lot more, put it aside.

 

Now, let’s bring it all together.

 

  1. Take a pancake, put it in the baking pan.
  2. Spoon bolognese into it, and attempt to roll it. When that doesn’t work, fold it over, lying it on it’s side so that it’s kind of held together.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the pancakes until the pan is full.
  4. Pour the cheese sauce over the pancakes, getting as even a coating as you can.
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.
  6. Bake in the oven until the cheese on top is bubbling and turning brown.
  7. Take out, and attempt to serve without it all falling apart again.
  8. Enjoy!

 

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Inspirational Interviews: Sophie of Sophie’s Notebook

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Inspirational Wednesdays are all about giving you that motivation to get over the hump. Today’s interview is with Sophie, of Sophie’s Notebook, a very personal blog that she started in January of this year. You can check it out here, and find her on Twitter here.

 

What made you want to start blogging?

I wish I had a really interesting story to tell about how I began blogging but unfortunately I don’t! I’m an apprentice marketing assistant so I wanted to get to know Google Analytics for my work and college studies. I set up a blog hoping that I’d get a bit of traffic so I could analyse the reports but I got hooked! I caught the blogging bug and I haven’t looked back since.

 

How would you describe your blog to someone that’s never read it?

It’s got a bit of everything really. I tend to write about whatever I’m feeling at the time. But whatever I’m writing about, I write honestly and openly. In fact, sometimes I’m probably a little too honest for my own good! I want my readers to feel like they’re getting a little sneak peek into my thoughts and feelings when they’re reading my blog and I want them to feel like they can be honest with me too.

 

What’s your favourite part of blogging?

There’s too many to count! I love the satisfaction of publishing a post that I’ve worked hard on and I’m proud of. I love meeting other bloggers and getting to know them personally. I love attending blogging events in my local area. I love receiving messages of support from my readers. I love getting good feedback on my posts. I love smashing my goals. There’s many many more but I don’t want to bore you with them all!

 

What would your advice be for other bloggers?

Don’t feel like you need to do what everyone else is doing to be a good blogger. I’ve read countless posts about how “you need to have a niche to have a successful blog” or “you need to start building a mailing list” or “your blog won’t grow unless you post at least five times a week”. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, then it doesn’t matter. You can make your blog whatever you want it to be. Don’t follow everyone else’s rules, make your own!

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

This is a tough one! I don’t know if this counts but I’m gonna make it my answer anyway. When I was in primary school one of my friends fell out with me for no reason. She was really mean to me and I was desperate for us to be friends again. My mum told me “she’ll want you before you want her” and (spoiler alert!) she was right. It took a good few weeks but once I’d stopped caring about her she wanted to be my friend again. I don’t know whether I’ll ever use this advice again but it’s always stuck with me for some reason.

 

Who (or what) inspires you in your life?

Okay, judge me all you want but Britney inspires me. I’m going through a tough time at the moment and most weeks are a struggle. But sometimes I look back at what happened to Britney a few years ago and I look at how far she’s come and it inspires me to get through the tough times like she did. Now I know that my struggle is nothing compared to hers! Firstly, she had to go through everything she did in the public eye. Fortunately for me, I don’t. But everyone’s struggle is different and Britney inspires me to get through mine and come out of the other side a happier and healthier person like she did.

 

What would your perfect day be like if you could go anywhere or do anything?

My perfect day would be a chilly December day in York. I’d have a slow walk around the shops and then stop off for lunch at Kennedy’s. Then I’d wander round the Christmas market and stock up on brownies from Brown and Blond’s stall. I’d take pictures of the Shambles and the Minster. Then for dinner I’d go to Mason’s Bar and Bistro for a yummy burger. Not gonna lie, I think about my dream day in York at least once a day. BUT I’m going for my birthday in December so hopefully I can make this perfect day a reality!

 

Thank you for the interview Sophie! You can check out Sophie’s Notebook here

If you’d like to be featured (or know someone that might), feel free to contact me. I’m always looking for new people to feature for Inspirational Interviews and Featured Fridays. 

 

 

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