Friday, 25 September 2015

Hand luggage travel essentials


So as I posted about previously I'm currently travelling in America and Canada. I've not been on that many long haul flights, but when I do I always like to make sure I have a bag full of things to keep me occupied. As someone who really struggles to nap during the day I really like to keep busy. These are my top essentials for long haul flights:

Journals- Whenever I go away, I always take a travel journal with me, to record the adventure, people I met and things that I did. I usually tend to start writing it on the journey to wherever I am going, as I am usually pretty excited and it helps to pass the time until I finally arrive. I still look back on mine from a few years ago and love reliving so many memories I had forgotten.

Book/Kindle- I absolutely love getting lost in a book when I am travelling, and if the journey is long enough, you can even finish it. This time I'm taking Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I probably will be reviewing this when I get back, so look out for that.

Notepad & Pen- The possibility of a notebook and pen are endless. As well as jotting down little notes and things to remember, they are great for playing games. From hangman and noughts and crosses to sending little messages to each other, they are brilliant for keeping yourself occupied.

iPad/ Tablet- I'm pretty sure we get little TVs in the back of the seats in front on my flight, but I'm planning on downloading some TV shows and films to my tablet just in case. You can download straight from 4OD, Sky Go and iPlayer to watch later, so I will definitely being doing this. I will mostly likely also be using my tablet for games too. A couple of my favourites are Category Quiz and The Chase.

What are you hand luggage travel essentials?

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Oloves


I've always liked olives, but I wouldn't say I was a huge fan until I heard about Oloves. I got my first packet in a goodie bag from a Southampton meet up and then again at Bloggers Festival. Oloves are a natural, vegan and low in fat snack which are brilliant for when you are on the go. They come in little pouches and are only 50 calories per snack. There are four flavours to choose from 'basil and Garlic' Chili and Oregano', Lemon and Rosemary and 'Chili and Garlic'.

I am obsessed with the Lemon and Rosemary flavour they are absolutely delicious and easily the best olives I have ever tasted. I'm unfortunately down to my last packet so on a serious hunt for some more, I've been to two Holland and Barretts near me with no luck, send help!

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Friday, 18 September 2015

I'm going to America & Canada


So right now, I am on a plane on my way to New York and I am way too excited. Obviously I am writing this a couple of days before I leave, and am currently getting everything packed and ready for the trip! I'm away for just over 12 days but am going to be super busy during that time with lots of things planned.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

500 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY


Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I have my blog because I love writing, I love photography and I love chatting to like minded people, to do all that, and at the same time gain a following is just fantastic. So as a little thank you, I wanted to run a 500 follower giveaway, just to show that I appreciate you continued support. I picked these up based on things I love myself so I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Up for grabs:
Calvin Klein Lipbalm
The Body Shop Body Butter
Revlon Top Speed Nail Polish
Rimmel Lip Lacquer
Animal Printed Scarf

All you need to do is follow me on Bloglovin' to be in with a chance of winning this lovely lot of goodies! Plus, you can follow me on other platforms to have multiple chances of winning.

The giveaway will be running for a month so plenty of time to enter!
Giveaway ends on the 15/10/2015
UK ONLY SORRY!

If you do enter my giveaway, I would love if you would comment what you enjoy or would like to see more of on my blog in the future!

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Italy pt.1: Pisa, Florence & Orvieto


Italy was the next stop on my European adventure, I spent just over a week travelling all over Italy and I absolutely loved all of it. I've split Italy into two blog posts, as there was way too much for one, look out for the second one next Monday. When we first arrived in Italy, we headed straight for Pisa, of course, I did the whole leaning against the tower 'thing' that pretty much every tourist there was doing. The picture above doesn't really do it justice, as it was leaning a lot more than it seems. After taking pictures from all sorts of angles, I decided to try my first taste of Italian Gelato, it was absolutely delicious. Gelato became a running theme throughout Italy, with a majority of days spent aiming to try as many flavours as possible.

Friday, 11 September 2015

#BloggersFestival






On Saturday I attended my first big blog event in London. #BloggersFestival is an event organised by the lovely Scarlett London, which features around 200 bloggers, 20 brands and a London hotel. I was very nervous about attending as this was my first event I was going to on my own, plus that fact that it is arguably one of the biggest blogging events. I had planned to meet up with a lovely group of girls for lunch as Pizza Express round the corner from the Conrad Hotel, where the event was being held. There was around 20 of us that met beforehand, and I actually really enjoyed talking to everyone. We had spoke for a while on Twitter leading up to the day so it was great to finally put some names to faces. Since Saturday, we've still all be taking and I know it won't be long till I see those lovely ladies again!

After finishing lunch, we headed to the Conrad Hotel for the event. The queue wasn't very long so we were straight into the event before we knew it. After meeting Scarlett at the door and having a little chat, I was extremely excited to visit the different stands and get talking to some of the brands. There were around 20 stands in the whole room ranging from perfume brands, stationary, clothes and yoga, so there was something for a wide range of bloggers. As a lifestyle blogger I was spoilt for choice so really enjoyed going round to each stall and hearing more about the brands. 

One of my favourites was the jewellerybox.co.uk, as you can see from the picture above, their stand was absolutely beautiful and was really popular amongst the bloggers. There were lots of different stands offering Twitter and Instagram competitions, so it was great to get involved. There were so many stands that I enjoyed visiting that I am going to write a separate post on a few stand out ones. I headed round with Cat and Isabelle who were both lovely girls and it was great getting the chance to chat to.

We got so many great goodies from the event that I am going to save it for another post that will be going up soon. Overall I had a very tiring, but brilliant day, it was great to meet lots of new bloggers, catch up with some I hadn't seen in a while and get the chance to speak to some lovely brands. I am extremely grateful that I wasn't too anxious on the day too, as it would have really affected my enjoyment. Me and the girls from the bloggers lunch are continuing to speak everyday on our twitter chat and are already planning out next meet up. If you are thinking of going to one of Scarlett's events I encourage it, the event was so laid back and casual, their was no pressure to act a certain way, and I will definitely be returning!

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

H&M Wishlist



You know what it's like, you plan to buy a much-needed item while online shopping, and before you know it, you have half the store on your wishlist. I went onto H&M to purchase a new bag, and when I fell in love with the burgundy tote bag I should have just stopped, however, before I knew it, I had a whole list of other things I wanted to purchase.

I am quite a black boot addict, so when I saw this lace up boots I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. They sadly don't have them in my size, but I am hoping they have them in stock when I head to the Trafford Centre for The Body Shop event tonight. The blue blazer is another firm favourite of mine too. I have leather jackets and coats, but I don't having anything for this kind of weather, not too hot, but not too cold can be difficult to dress for. Something like this, I want to try on to make sure it suits me, but at the moment I really love the smart casual look. I think the cream dress would go perfectly with the black boots, perfect for when the weather is getting a little colder.

In terms of jewellery, I am absolutely in love with stone rings, I think the colours of them are beautiful. The watch is also a favourite, it looks so smart, and for £9.99 it is an absolute bargain.

Are shops have caught your eye at the moment?

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Switzerland







This weeks travel post is going to be about my adventure to the Swiss Alps, a little town called Grindelwald to be exact. Switzerland was most likely my favourite place I visited while I was away, mostly because it absolutely stunning, everywhere you look is filled with absolute beauty and peace. The drive to where we were staying was spectacular, and I spent the majority of it with my face up against the window admiring the view. 

Grindelwald was actually around 30+ degrees which I found really surprising as I had always assumed Switzerland to be a cold country, especially in the Alps. During the day there, we decided to head on the Jungfrau. The Jungfrau is a train that heads to the top of the Swiss Alps, also known as 'The Top Of Europe'. The views from their are absolutely ridiculous, the mountains were snow covered and the weather was a lot colder, but I absolutely loved it. Some of the Australians we were with had never seen snow before, so it was great to see them experience it for the first time. As well as all the viewing platforms at the top of the Jungfrau, there is also an ice palace which had some amazing sculptures and pathways. There was also a Lindt shop that was a little manic, but I did manage to pick some up, I mean, it was the perfect excuse to eat Swiss chocolate.

Once we had got back to Grindelwald, we spent part of the evening enjoying the beautiful scenery before heading on a walk in the evening. We found a little river surrounded by the mountains where we just sat and chatted for a little while. 

I absolutely fell in love with Switzerland and really hope to return on day. I just think it would be amazing to spend a week reading, writing and exploring the sites. Its an absolutely beautiful place, full of peace and calm, as well as some of the kindest people, a secret treasure if you ask me.

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream


Before I went away, I was on the search for a tinted moisturiser, something light that would be great to wear even in the heat. My previous favourite had been discontinued so I was hoping for something that would live up to it. While searching through the various drugstore brands, I came across the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream. Ok, I'll be honest, I think what attracted me to this the most was the way in which the product works. The product comes out as a white liquid that uses smart pigment capsules to transform into a light foundation when it comes into contact with the skin.

It is very light coverage and I tend to wear concealer over the top to cover my acne, however if your main concern is evening your skin tone then this product couldn't be better. Even without concealer, my skin looks so much better, but keeps it looking natural which is probably what I love about it most. The product is for sale for £9.99 from Boots, however when I bought mine, Boots were running an offer of 2 for £10 on L'Oreal products, so I managed to pick one up for my Mum too.

I definitely will repurchase this again, and I am hoping that once my acne clears up, I will be able to get away with just wearing this. It's just so easy to apply, natural looking and long lasting.

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