HDL TIPS FOR WRITING ESSAYS

I always feel a bit anxious about writing things like this, because it assumes that I a) know what I’m doing and b) feel that my expertise is necessary enough to be shared. The truth is, I have written probably around 30 essays at university so far, and every time I write a new one…

HDL Does Christmas

Despite my role amongst my friends being a year-round scrooge, I actually quite like Christmas in all its glittering, materialistic glory. I am not even slightly Christian, and while the key message of the Christmas season is not lost on me, I don’t feel particularly bad about celebrating a holiday that doesn’t quite belong to…

Review: Loreal Lumi Magique foundation in Rose Pearl

I am always looking for the best affordable foundation I can find. As a student, only a portion of my income gets spent on beauty products, and I tend to cheap out when it comes to things like nail polish, lip colour and brow pencils. But foundation is such an important factor to creating a…

HDL COOKS: Strawberry Avocado Babyleaf Salad

Something not many people know about me is how much I love a good salad. They range from refreshing to hearty and can combine almost any ingredients to make a healthy lunch or side dish. Something I’ve found, though, is that eating substantial salads on a student budget can prove to be pretty lacklustre –…

Christmas 2014 – Disneyland Paris and more!

So now Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to talk about what the festive season has been like for me this year. It seems that Christmas really did creep up on me this year, and despite buying and making present lists far in advance, I still found myself rushing around to get everything done.The…

10 books that changed my life

1. Brave New World – Aldous HuxleyDystopian fiction is something I will always come back to as an academic, a student and a writer. It reflects and reacts to so many of the general areas of life that I am interested in: politics, philosophy and human nature. This was by no means the first dystopian…

Recipe: Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

Everyone who knows me in person knows that this curry recipe is kind of my thing. I have made it on a bi-weekly basis, without fail, since my mid teens. The recipe has differed slightly over the years, usually depending on what ingredients we have to hand, but the backbone of the dish has remained…