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Monday 27 February 2017

Pink Pancakes - Pancake Tuesday

So today is the last day of the month of February. Can you believe that? For me, February didn't even feel like a month. Anyway, today also happens to be the day for Pancake Tuesday or also know as Shrove Tuesday. With all my "healthy-eating" goals, I was going to make the protein pancake, but I'm not up for that today. However, we can classify this as healthy (wink-wink) because this is ovo-vegetarian and there's no artificial colour required to make it pink. How chic is this? You can certainly make this in every other occasion or just simply for breakfast because it's quick & easy to do.

Heads up, if you don't like beetroots, this pancake is not for you!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

Anyway, here are the ingredients that you'll need:


  • 135g plain flour (I used gluten free flour)
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 130ml almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten (I think it will be fluffy if you only use 1 egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium sized cooked beetroots 
  • Coconut oil for cooking


  • Frozen mixed berries (cranberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, and raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 175ml water



  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir them well together.
  4. Because I have a small blender here in Uni I minced the beetroots first and blended it in the blender using the batter of the pancakes until everything was smooth.
  5. Transfer into a mixing bowl and stir them again. (For this, I think it's better to cook in in a coconut oil as butter can change the colour into a yellow-ish one.)
  6. In a heated non sticky-pan, add a small very amount of coconut oil and cook it on medium heat. Flip the pancake and then viola! You're done!


  • While you're cooking the pancake, add all the ingredients together in a different pot and allow for it to boil until you get the texture that you desire. Stir. 
     You can add some fruits for extra taste.

 I hope you'll give this a try and enjoy eating it as much as I did.

Take care.
Xyza ❤️

Tuesday 29 November 2016

What I Learned From Not Wearing Makeup For A Month

Winter mornings are always the toughest and I always have a constant battle about whether I should skip lecture or not. I don't know about you but this semester has been tough for me especially because I have three 9:00am lectures/week.   Anyway, one day I decided that I should stop wearing make-up so I can have extra time with my bed. Ha! I'm pretty sure some of you can relate. That extra 5 minutes doesn't always go as planned.

If you are a makeup enthusiast like me and you go out without anything on your face, you'd know the real struggle. However, I suddenly got used to not wearing makeup for a week so I told myself to try it for another week. But then I was like "Why not make it a month instead?" So I challenged myself to do it.

Every morning I wake up always exhausted. What can I say?

So here's what happened to me  for the past month without makeup:

1) I didn't have to worry about spending my time to fleek my eyebrows 

2) Having the assurance that my boyfriend, family, and friends love me for who I am. I mean, they have witnessed my panda looks & sparse eyebrows everyday but they love me still.

3) Well, I lied. I actually used lip stain sometimes. But that was the beauty of it, a pat of stain here and there and I was good to go without looking totally dead.

4) I was able go to sleep without the problem of removing my makeup. Long days in uni are tough and removing makeup was out of the equation of exhaustion.

5) Watching makeup tutorials but not being able to practice it on my face was tough. Desi Perkins was out there blending her eyeshadows and I was on the other side of the screen thinking "slaaay gurl" but I couldn't slay it myself because of my own challenge.

6) I realised how much boxes of pizza I could've devoured if If I didn't spend it on a drawer full of makeup.

7) I was able to go around everywhere looking like a potato confidently.

8) I was able to get ready in less that 15 minutes but was still running late for class. 

9) Even though I was able to get ready quickly, I still didn't have time to eat breakfast.

10) Splashing my face with water and spritzing toner & applying moisturiser have been my only 3-step morning skincare routine. Quick & easy-peasy.

So there you have it!


Wednesday 4 May 2016

New York | Photo Diary

So, I had a trip to New York last 21st-28th March, 2016. Here are some photos. Hope you enjoy! 

Day 1
  • Empire State Building (both day & night)
  • Time's Square 
  • Walk around

Day 1 Outfit
Top- Wallis
Coat - Mango (I only brought one coat with me!)
Skirt - Exhibit
Shoes - Newlook
Tights - Primark

  • Central Park
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Rockefeller Centre 
  • St. Patrick's Catherdral

Day 2 Outfit

Top- Levi's T-Shirt, H&M Denim
Jeans- Levi's
Shoes- Chanel Espadrilles
Watch- Guess
Ring- H&M
Bag- Christian Lacroix

Day 3
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Shopping
  • Wall Street
  • Grand Central

Day 3 Outfit:

Dress - Newlook
Blazer- New Look
Scarf- River Island
Bag- Primark
Shoes- Schuh

Day 4
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Day 4 Outfit:
Dress - Exhibit
Blazer - Newlook (same)
Scarf - River Island (same)
Shoes - Schuh (same)

  • NYU
  • American Museum of Natural History

Day 5 Outfit

Top, Skirt, Scarf, & Hat- NewlookDress - Mango (same)
Shoes - Schuh (same)
Bag - Primark (same)
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Coney Island

Day 6 Outfit:

Dress: Exhibit
Blazer: Newlook
Bag: Primark
Watch: Guess
Shoes: Schuh

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