23/ 05/ 17

Spring 2017 Trends I was Excited About

The countdown to hot weather is on and I’ve officially got summer wardrobe on my mind. From statement stripes to sheer dresses and the return of colored lenses, here are the Spring 2017 runway trends I actually wear in real life this spring.

Fishnet socks

To be honest, I am not entirely sure how I feel about this particular trend overall, but I found the way I like to wear it which looks casual and at the same time gives something different to the whole outfit. It is a thin line between looking stylish and slutty so you should really think about that, before you wear them.

Spring Trends

Spring Trends


Stripes were on all the spring runways in every style you can possibly imagine – horizontal, vertical, thick lines and super skinny ones, too. I feel like they will never go out of style and I think that my collection of striped items is pretty much set. For now.

Spring Trends

Spring Trends

Colored lenses

This retro item has been receiving a serious comeback and I’ve been waiting for that for around 8 years! I found one of these a long time ago at my best friend’s house and she kindly gave them away to me (because obviously they wasn’t cool at that time). Sounds like it’s time to call up your grandpa and borrow a pair!

Spring Trends

06/ 05/ 17

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Pancakes never fail, but when they’re vegan then you know you’re on to a good thing.

This is a healthy version of pancakes with less fat than other recipes, but it tastes amazing, you’re gonna love it. I eat these pancakes with sliced banana and maple syrup, which is my favorite topping at the moment! By the way, originally this recipe goes with raspberries but I exchanged it with strawberries instead since I couldn’t find any raspberries. But I don’t think it is in any way worse.

Anyway, here’s the recipe for pancakes. It is from a new Niomi Smart cookbook “Eat Smart”. You can do all of it, or use elements of it, it’s totally up to you. Give it a try!

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes


1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

1 ripe banana

1 tbsp maple syrup

1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 heaped tbsp chia seeds

1/2 tsp baking soda


1 cup of blueberries/raspberries or strawberries (or a mixture!)

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp maple syrup

optional 1 tsp flour to thicken

A handful of whole berries to top at the end.


  1. Simply put all of the pancake ingredients into a blender and blend for a few seconds until a smooth batter forms.
  2. In a saucepan add the strawberries, water, lemon juice and maple syrup and turn it onto a medium-high heat.
  3. When your frying pan is hot, pour the mixture into the middle of the pan until you reach your desired pancake size. Leave for a minute or 2 on each side.
  4. Stack up the pancakes and drizzle with the delicious blueberry sauce!

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

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