Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Ordinary: The Skincare Brand That Works

The Ordinary: The Skincare Brand That Works
The Ordinary. The child brand of Deciem that everyone is talking about and it's easy to see why. It's not just the minimal and aesthetically pleasing packaging or the amazing price point that is drawing everyone in. The big draw is that these products actually work. 

After seeing nothing but rave reviews, I made it my mission to track the products down and make sure they were on my desk the next day. I managed to snap four cult favourites from ASOS and I'm here to tell you how I got on.

The first product I knew I had to pick up was the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution after I'd seen it praised as 'absolutely incredible' and 'the best spot treatment ever'. Those claims were absolutely true. This is an exfoliating treatment designed to unclog your pores and reduce redness of existing spots and blemishes. I've been getting on so well with this treatment and noticed my skin was clearer after just a couple of days. I even bought two bottles just to be safe.

Next, to give my skin the moisture surge it often needs, I picked up the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. I was sceptical about this at first after trying a string of products claiming to do the same but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a lovely smooth texture and as soon as I've smoothed it across my face, I can feel it sink in to my skin. It also seems to make my face feel plumper and more youthful. 

The Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG was actually the first product I pulled out of the box after being intrigued by it's brown bottle - it looks very old school pharmaceutical. I massaged it under my eyes and felt it instantly tighten the skin. From then on it's been a staple in my morning skincare routine because it instantly makes me feel and look more awake. I can't comment on whether or not it reduces the appearance of dark circles because thankfully I don't have any just yet.

The Natural Moisturising Factors + HA moisturiser was something I picked up just as an extra. When it comes to moisturisers, I like to stick to what I know because my skin can be temperamental so I wasn't sure how this one would pan out. I have to admit it's probably my least used product but only because I'm so stubborn. It actually has a really nice texture, isn't at all greasy and from the times I have used it, sits well under make up. 

Next on my wishlist is the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution  after reading such a great review on Pint Sized Beauty.

Have you tried any products from The Ordinary? I'd love to know your thoughts and recommendations.        


Thursday, 10 August 2017

The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share

The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share
It's rare that I love new beauty launches straight away. It's rare because no matter how many great opinions, photos or content there is surrounding said product, there's always the question of whether the '#Ad' or invitation to the launch party has presented a genuine view. 

To cut a long story short, this is how I felt about the new L'Oreal Paradise collection. I'd seen it plastered over social media before it's launch and simply refused to believe it was as good as everyone said. For me, that was the problem. Everyone loved it. 

Anyway, I caved, I bought it and guess what? I couldn't wait to share it. Know why? Because it's absolutely fantastic. 
The L'Oreal Paradise Collection That I Couldn't Wait To Share
Starting with the mascara, aside from the beautiful rose gold packaging, it's easy to see why the US has been raving about this product for weeks. The formula is jet black, not too wet and nice and light on the eyes. The wand has a dent in the middle which makes it easy to create volume where it's hard to reach and where it's needed - on the inner corners and outer lashes. I've been using this for around two weeks now and I can hands down say it's one of the best mascaras I've tried. It holds it's volume all day long and doesn't budge but is surprisingly easy to remove. It's a game changer. 

Next up from this genius collection is the brow pomade. It comes with it's own little brush which picks up just enough product for a natural finish though I use it with an angled Real Techniques brush and really, it only gets better. Not to mention that the formula doesn't flake and it applies to the hairs like a dream, it also comes in five shades so finding yours couldn't be easier. I've not experienced any problems with longevity and yet, like the mascara, it's very easy to clean up and remove if necessary. I'm going to pick up the liner when I find it in stock but for now, I couldn't wait to share these.

This collection certainly doesn't disappoint and I'd highly recommend picking it up if you can get your hands on it. I'm still in shock at how, for the first time in a while, the rumours are all true.
I'd love to know if you've tried this collection and what you think? I'd also love to know if, like me, you tend to doubt products that have gained so much hype.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Why Travelling Really Is Good For You

Why Travelling Really Is Good For You
A few days ago, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine about what to do when you feel stuck. Now, I don't mean stuck in sense of choosing between two things, I mean the kind of stuck where you just don't feel like you're moving anywhere whether it's in a job, in a relationship or just life in general. 

So as this conversation went on, we got onto the subject of taking time out to travel and why it might give him the motivation to find something he's passionate about. We're all aware that surrounding us twenty-somethings at the moment is a lot of influence to travel, a lot of content and a lot of people that suggest travelling helps 'find yourself'. Whilst I think that is complete bullshit - excuse my language - I do think it helps you find something. Something like a new hobby, a new safe haven and even a new love. 

No matter how many reasons I gave him to book a one way ticket somewhere new, he still wasn't quite convinced so today I wanted to share my reasons why travelling really is good for you and trust me, one of those isn't to 'find yourself'. 

become inspired

I always feel most inspired when I'm in new surroundings. The different buildings, weather, sights and culture can just trigger something inside you that you may have never thought about before. It prompts questions that you would have never asked and answers to things you've never thought of. It inspires you to think differently.


On the same line as travelling making you think differently, it also helps you realise things. For me, when I'm away, I realise just how insignificant some of my at-home 'worries' are. While that won't be true for everyone, for me I find being exposed to different surroundings and cultures makes you realise there's so much more to the world than your corner.

see how others live

This sounds so obvious but you have no idea how many people I come across that literally think life doesn't exist out of the UK. Every country is different, whether it's religious beliefs or cuisine, the traditions or even just the weather. Sorry to offend but travelling to a country and not leaving the westernised complex just isn't for me.

meet new people

Again, sounds like something you'd do naturally but what I love most about travelling is the people you meet. I'll never forget Romeo, a lovely gentleman who owned a small taverna in Kos. He had worked almost every day of his life to keep the taverna running not only to support his family, but because he just liked seeing people happy. We visited quite a few times and he'd always treat us to a coffee liqueur after our meals and sit down for a chat. He was delightful and inspiring. 

see amazing things

'Take it all in' are words I tell myself over and over when I visit anywhere, even if it's a UK stay-cation. We are so occupied these days with what we can see on social media which is fine - hey you wouldn't be reading this blog otherwise - but it's important to know when to put the phones down. After my trip to Las Vegas last year I was initially a little upset that I didn't take a lot of photos but when I think back, I can remember it all so vividly and that kicks the ass of any Instagram grid. 
Travelling doesn't have to mean working in a banana field in Australia for six months or going to a full moon party in Thailand. Travel the way you want to, to places you want to go and find something that sparks joy inside of you. 


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Favourites Playlist - July

ItsHollieAnn Monthly Playlist
Another few months have been and gone and I think it's time that I brought you my latest favourites playlist.

June and July were funny old months, for starters I started listening back to old You Me At Six tracks between songs from their latest album. Then we came one month closer to PVRIS' official album launch date - August 25th - and I'm so bloody excited to hear the rest when it's released. I listened to We Are Harlot's self-titled album a heck of a lot and Don Broco released a new track 'Technology' which is absolutely great. If you don't remember the band There For Tomorrow then seriously, what did you listen to in 2009? Speaking of which, I can't believe I haven't listened to Lower Than Atlantis since the 'Far Q' days but their latest stuff is on point. Last to mention but definitely not least, Jonas Blue's Mama has been on repeat. What a song!


Someday - We Are Harlot
Technology - Don Broco
Had Enough - Lower Than Atlantis
Staring At The Rude Bois - Gallows & Lethal Bizzle
Mama - Jonas Blue
A Little Faster - There For Tomorrow
Heroes Tonight - Janji
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Rescue Me - You Me At Six
Half - PVRIS

What have you been listening to this month?


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2017

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2017
It's almost that time of year again. A time when the festivals are almost over but there's that one to look forward to. Reading and Leeds. Last year was my first year at R & L and I have to say, I had a blast. Standing there on a sunny bank holiday, beer in hand and surrounded by thousands of people who were there, like me, to listen to some of the best music around. 

Sadly I'm not going to either of the festivals this year but just like last year, I'm going to round up my top picks for who to check out at Reading and Leeds this year. 


I have to admit, I've never been a huge Kasabian gal but after I caught then on Jools Holland a few months ago showcasing 'You're In Love With A Psycho', it's really made me want to go out and see them tour. 

Mallory Knox

I don't think there will ever be a festival where I don't recommend seeing these guys. As I've said many times before, I love their sound, I love their energy and they're such a bloody good band to see. 


I mean, it's Korn. 

You Me At Six

I can't believe that I've never seen You Me At Six live when I loved them so much throughout my teenage years. I didn't manage to catch their 'secret set' last year but they're gracing the festival again and I think they're one to watch. 


I've been absolutely loving PVRIS over the past year and let's face it, Lyndsey is life. They're such a great band and I seem to love everything they release. 


Why the hell not? 

Billy Talent

I'd never listened to Billy Talent before reading Joe's blog which is crazy because they're bloody fantastic. Afraid of Heights is such a great album and if you've never heard them before I'd highly recommend giving them a listen. 

Jimmy Eat World

I absolutely love Jimmy Eat World and Bleed American was such a good album. I featured them in my 'bands to see live' post and I stand by what I say, they're great. 

Are you heading to one of the festivals this year? Who's your favourite on the line up?


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Eight Ways to Use Eight Hour Cream

We all have that beauty product that we reach for time and time again. We reach for it because we know what it does and we know that it works and whether it's your favourite mascara or a skin-changing serum, these two things are absolutely key.

That product, for me, is Eight Hour Cream. The Skin Protectant to be specific.

I first tried this cream just over a year ago. I was travelling to America and realised at the airport that I'd left all of my skincare at home. I'd heard of the Eight Hour Cream on blogs before and by chance, found a 'starter pack' of Elizabeth Arden skincare in duty free. From then on I was hooked.

In all honestly, I love every product I've tried from Elizabeth Arden but this one just seems like the holy grail. It's the one I go back to over and over and the one I recommend to anyone who asks. This cream has made a bit of a comeback on blogs recently and it's amazing to see how many different ways it can be used. So,without further ado, today I thought I'd tell you the eight ways I like to use eight hour cream.

1. Dry Skin

I wouldn't use this as an all body moisturiser but it's great for dry patches. I mostly find myself using the tiniest bit on my nose and around the perimeter of my face.

2.Tough Skin

There is no better feeling than swiping Eight Hour Cream over your hard working hooves to make them soft again. You don't even need a lot, a little bit goes a long way. 

3. Lips

Eight Hour Cream is an absolute lip saver (see what I did there) in the winter months or to be honest, whenever your lips are feeling a little dry and in need of TLC. The Lip Repair from the same line is also a great option.

4. Stubborn Patches

I'm not an avid fake tan user but when I do, I always make sure to put this on my elbows, knees and ankles for a few minutes before hand. I make sure to wipe it off before applying.

5. Cuticles 

Before giving myself an at-home mani, I like to massage this into my cuticles to make sure they're soft as can be. 

6. Minor Burns

You know the burns I mean where you catch your ear on the straighteners or accidentally touch your hand on a baking tray - basically a burn that doesn't need dressing or medical attention. I dab a little bit of this on after I've ran it under a tap.

7. Brows

On the days when I'm not wearing an ounce of make up, I use Eight Hour Cream as a brow gel. You'd be surprised but it actually does a really good job of grooming them and keeping them in place.

8. Chapped Skin/Chafing/Peeling 

I've used Eight Hour Cream in the past when my legs have been chafing and it's never disappointed. It's not only soothing but I find it makes the healing process so much easier. Same for peeling, it works wonders on re-hydrating and repairing the skin.

I'd love to know if you use Eight Hour Cream and what your holy grail products are! 


Friday, 21 July 2017

A Quiet Getaway in Troon

Sitting peacefully on the west coast of Scotland is my favourite little seaside town, Troon. Known for its famous golf course and stunning beach, it's the perfect place for a quiet getaway. 

Over the last ten years, I've spent a lot time in Troon because some of my closest family members live there. As a teenager, I'd save every penny just to go up for the weekend and have fun. As the years have gone by, Troon has become more of an escape for me and I've really began to appreciate how quiet and lovely it is. 

Unlike usual travel recommendations telling you how to stay busy for a week in a bustling city, this one is going to give you some ideas for what to do when you want to relax and take a trip to the coast. 


What: The South Beach Hotel
Where: 73 South Beach, Troon

The South Beach Hotel is a lovely family run hotel right on the seafront and naturally, offers amazing views across the sea. It's popular with golfers and is often booked up so get in fast. 

What: AirBnb
Where: Anywhere you like. 

There are so many amazing AirBnb's in Troon, we actually stayed in one on Wellbeck Crescent last time we were up. There's everything from family homes to holiday apartments and in my experience, they're all reasonably priced. 

What: Premier Inn
Where: Kilmarnock Road, Ayr

If you like to stick to what you know, there is a Premier Inn situated a few miles down the road at Prestwick Airport. If you're not driving, it may seem far out at first but there is a train station close by and taxis are only around £10. 


What: Scotts
Where: Troon Yacht Haven

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that Scotts is my absolute favourite spot for breakfast. It serves the best Scottish breakfast with an amazing view over the marina. It's part of the Buzzworks chain which has several restaurants in the Ayrshire area. If you head here, make sure you ask for a seat in the conservatory. 

What: The Golf Inn, Prestwick 
Where: 154 Main Street, Prestwick

Technically this isn't in Troon but it's an absolute must if you love a properly cooked steak. It may not look like much from the outside but every time I visited Troon with my parents, we would all go out for a family meal and devour the most mouth watering steaks. 

What: Any fish & chip shop
Where: Everywhere

I don't know what it is but eating fish and chips from by the sea is so much nicer. There are a number of different chippys around Troon and I've not heard a bad thing about one of them. Yum.


What: Lido
Where: 11 West Portland Street, Troon

Lido is also part of the Buzzworks chain and is perfect for a cocktail in the evening. It's decorated so lovely and the service is fantastic. They offer a classic selection of cocktails and it's a must visit if you fancy dressing up a little. 

What: 7 Saints
Where: 3-5 The Cross, Prestwick

Like The Golf, this bar isn't in Troon but it's great one to check out if you're looking for something more lively. They have a crazy selection of drinks from cocktails in bath tubs to shots in shotgun shells. They also have an amazing burger kitchen!


Where: South Beach, Troon

South Beach is absolutely swarmed in the summer months and it's clear why. It's beautiful. The sand is clean and soft and the water is crystal clear. The beach spans pretty much the whole town center so it's a good walk if you're looking to occupy yourself outdoors. 

Where: Isle Of Arran

It's super easy to get to Arran from Troon and it's been something I've been dying to do for years. You can catch the ferry from Adrossan just around the corner and they run there and back a few times a day. I'd love to climb Goat Fell or just take a drive around the Isle because the scenery looks stunning.

What: Golf at the Royal Troon
Where: Craigend Road Troon

If golf is your thing, you can't visit Troon without playing on the Royal Troon golf course. It's held competitions such as the open and runs the length of the beach. The views must be absolutely stunning.

There you have it, my recommendations for things to do and places to stay if you're ever in Troon. I'd love to know if you've been before or if you'd consider visiting in the future!


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Things I Text My Best Friend In The Past Fortnight

'What do girls really talk about?' Is a question I get asked by my guy friends a lot. I'm not sure why but they seem to think our WhatsApp conversations are full of bitching, plotting revenge and periods. Let's be honest, they're not half wrong but after reading Gwennan's post on the things she's text her dad over the past fortnight I couldn't help but look through the conversations between me and my best gal pal, Bethan.
Things I Text My Best Friend In The Past Fortnight
Now, some of the things we say to each other span from damn right hilarious to things that definitely shouldn't be shared with anyone else but I thought, what the heck. People want to know what girls really talk about and I'm going to show them. Let's go!

'We had a Snapchat filter in workkkkkkk'

'Which driving instructor did that girl have a baby with?'

'It's casual drinks but whoever is wasted can go to Liquid'

'Why is she such a stinge, like always wants stuff for free'

'Burgers, sausages, baps/rolls, anddddddd cheese. Maybe kebabs? Minted lamb?'

'We were only in Revs for half an hour, same for Kuckoo'



'I was legit nearly sick. Legit choked on my drink. How dare he even reply.'

'Things ALWAYS get out'

'Why are they such hoes?'

'I sized up in the shorts that I bought but that should be fine'

'Sluts galore'

'I was like "Mate, your life gets more unbelievable by the day"' 

'The back of that is like knickers, I don't think it's races appropriate' 

'He said he was sleeping with a guy on that estate, this is his Snapchat map, dya think it's a coincidence?' 

'I wish I was in so I could have heard about it myself'

'Ugh, dirty hoes' 


'I don't know whether to come in. [My manager] said I can and just sit at my desk but like, can I be assed?'

'Is my charger in the box or at your desk?'

'Are you gonna get merry?'

'Oops soz' 

Flicking through our messages to find these gave me a right giggle, we actually talk so much shit that it's unbelievable - I also use the term 'hoes' a lot. These messages are taken out of context and we're definitely not as bitchy as this seems but still, they're a laugh and they're a little insight into the things we chat about.

If you decide to recreate this post, be sure to tag Gwennan because I'm sure she'd love to see it!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Getting Races Ready

For the races this year I was basically looking for that flawless base and a clean contour. I wore an all black outfit so I wanted a bold lip, a little flush of colour on the cheeks and a small amount of highlight for a natural glow.

I firstly cleansed with my Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference cleanser and followed with L'Oreal's Hydra Genius. This cleanser offers such a good base for make up and the Hydra Genius has been a favourite over the last month or so.

Moving on to make up I started with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer in my t-zone and in the pores. I've been making a conscious effort not to skip this step recently as it really does make a difference. Next is a relatively new step in my make up routine - Contouring before my foundation. I know this isn't revolutionary but it is for me. I use the contour shade from the Smashbox Contour Sticks in the hallows of my cheeks, on my forehead and in my temples and after that I added a small amount of Dew The Hoola to my hairline for a natural finish. I added a spritz of De-Slick setting spray and moved on to my foundation.

Another new for me is the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I've seen Fleur de Force rave about this for years but never believed the hype until I picked it up a little over a month ago. I absolutely love it, it's so buildable and gives such a natural finish. I used the concealer from the same range to cover my dark circles and blemishes and finished off with a dusting of the new Rimmel Insta Fix powder. This powder is a lot more matte than I would have usually gone for but as I needed my make up to hold well for at least 9 hours, I knew it's what I had to do.

To finish the face off, I first added some Hoola Bronzer into the hallows of my cheeks, under my jawline and around the temples to compliment the contour. Then, to give myself a healthy and youthful glow, I flushed my cheeks with the gorgeous Galifornia which left me with enough radiance to not need highlighter.

As I mentioned earlier I wanted to my eyes to look clean and classic. I opted to run a light warm tone from my Morphe 35F pallet through my crease to compliment my bronzer and then used a slightly darker colour as a discreet cut crease. I then added a light shimmery shade onto the centre of my lids for a youthful, more awake look and also made sure to put this in my inner corners to make my eyes pop.

I moved on to my go-to Collection Fast Stroke liner to give me the sharp wings that I wanted and made sure to tight line my upper lash line so there was no skin showing. I used the waterproof Lash Sensational to ensure my mascara would stay on my eyes all night.

Lastly I filled my brows in with NYXs Tame and Frame brown pomade and finished them off with Gimme Brow for definition. I cleaned up around the edges of my brows with the Match Perfection concealer for a sharper look but I left the inner thirds so they didn't appear drawn on. I also added some of the Fleur De Force Fleur Loves lashes over top. Simple yet effective.

Last but not least, my lips of the evening. As I was going for a classic look, I knew it had to be a red lip but I needed something that was going to see me through endless glasses of wine and cocktails. After adding a few pats of the Eight Hour Lip Repair, I chose the red shade from the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner range because it gives such smooth and creamy base but doesn't allow the colour on top to bleed. This colour is also opaque enough that if you wish to over line your lips, you can do seamlessly. Over top, I opted for the staple Ruby Woo from MAC. It's matte enough to not dry your lips out but enough to allow everything to stay in place. I finished with another spritz of De-Slick to make sure everything stayed in place.

To summarise, my look was a classic winged liner with a red lip and sculpted cheeks. I absolutely loved this look and received so many compliments on the night.

Let me know if you enjoyed this style of post because I'd love to do more in the future.  


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Mascaras You Need In Your Life And Why

When you pick up your mascara in the morning, do you ask yourself the same questions I did? Are my lashes going to stay curled all day? If there's wind, is it going to run? If you do, this post is for you.

I spent what feels like years looking for the right product for me and there were a lot of things I wanted out of it; I wanted something waterproof, I didn't want clumps, I wanted a wand that wasn't going to scratch my eye and I wanted something that was natural. 

Now, that's a lot to ask out of one mascara and that was fine so I settled for four and in this post I'm going to tell you why they are the ones I always reach for and the ones I go back to time and time again.

First up is Maybelline's Lash Sensational and boy, what a brilliant mascara it is. I've been using this for well over a year now and I love it just as much as the first time I used it. It makes my lashes appear so long and separates them really well. The wand is comfortable to use and I find it easy to get to every lash. I use the waterproof version for that extra security and truthfully this is always my summer holiday mascara so I know first hand that the waterproof claims are true.

Next up is another Maybelline number. This time it's the Falsies Push Up Angel - As soon as I saw the adverts for this, I knew I had to pick it up. I was a fan of the Falsies Push Up Drama so, as all of us beauty junkies do, I wanted to see how it compared. I have to say I much prefer this one. It's easier to use, allows for optimum separation and just makes my lashes appear so fluttery. The wand was a little hard to get use to but nothing a few days of wearing didn't solve.

If you've been following me for a while or if you've seen my Christmas make-up post, you'll know that I'm a huge fan girl of Benefit's They're Real mascara. As I mentioned in that post, this mascara nails two crucial things for me. It's waterproof and it's lengthening. In the same way as the Lash Sensational, the wand makes it super easy to reach every lash but much like the Falsies, it can be a bit painful without some practice.  

Last but definitely not least is the newest mascara out of the four. It's L'Oreal's Miss Baby Roll. I have to say, I love this. I was a big lover of the Roller Lash from Benefit in it's heyday but I just felt like it was lacking something. - this mascara goes way beyond it and more. It's a more 'roller' style wand but it really allows me to roll the product from the base to the tip so that my lashes always appear lifted and well coated. Like the Lash Sensational, I use the waterproof version.

I would, in future, like to branch out towards more higher end mascaras but I think, while I can get everything I want in drugstores there's no point. Also, you may have noticed that I always pick up the waterproof versions of mascaras but that's because, why wouldn't I?  

I'd love to know what mascaras you love and why. Let me know in the comments! 


Saturday, 24 June 2017

7 Las Vegas Photo Spots

7 Las Vegas Photo Spots
It's no secret that I love Las Vegas. I love the buildings, the lights, the people and just the experience in general. On my last trip, I vowed to enjoy Las Vegas for itself and not see it through my camera lens and to be honest, I'm so glad I did. In my opinion, Vegas is a place that doesn't translate well on photos. You really have to see it to believe it and believe me, it's fantastic. 

So, with heading back for our second trip this September, I've started to think about what I want to capture. It's really getting me excited so I thought I'd put together a list of 7 places you need to take photos in Vegas if you're heading there in future.

What: Fremont Street
Where: Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

Fremont Street was probably one of my favourite places to visit in Las Vegas without even thinking about the photo opportunities. It houses the age-old casinos like Golden Nugget and Four Queens which look amazing lit up and if you're looking for classic Vegas, this is where you'll find it. 

What: Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay
Where: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

You'll know this view when you see it. It's the one 63 stories high that looks North up the strip and is usually one of the first photos to come up when you're searching away for #LasVegas. 

What: Eiffel Tower, Paris Hotel
Where: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

The Eiffel Tower Experience not only offers 360 degree views of Las Vegas as a whole, it also offers an incredible view of the Bellagio fountains. What better place to shed a tear as the water dances to My Heart Will Go on.

What: Stratosphere
Where: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA

The observation deck and Air Bar at the Stratosphere offer views for DAYS. No seriously, you can see right down the strip from the opposite end to the Foundation Room, all over the suburbs and out towards Red Rock Canyon. Amazing.

What: Holiday House Motel
Where: 2211 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
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So. Cool.

What: Welcome To Las Vegas Sign
Where: 5200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

If you don't have your photo taken by the sign then did you really go to Las Vegas? Of course you did but still, it's a great photo op no matter how cheesy.

What: Neon Museum
Where: 770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

I absolutely cannot wait to see the Neon Museum. It houses a huge collection of old signs from in and around Las Vegas and it looks insane. Plus, think of the 'gram.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed thinking about these places. I'd love to know where your absolute favourite photo spot is. Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 Questions I Ask Myself Every Wednesday

I dislike Wednesdays.

You know how it is, you're right at the middle of the week and you never quite know whether to be happy that it's a downward slope to the weekend or sad because you still have half of the week to go until you're home-free for two days.

Every Wednesday, the same 5 questions run through my mind, so I thought I'd share them with you today.

1. Is it Friday yet?

Pretty much the same question I ask myself every day that isn't Friday. I love Fridays. Best. Day. Of. The. Week.

2. Do I need to wash my hair or will it last until the end of the week?

Nobody in the right mind wants to wash their hair midweek to keep it for one day and then need to wash it again for Friday antics. Absolutely not. Where's the dry shampoo at?

3. Is it acceptable to re-wear Monday's outfit?

Surely it is? Two days have gone by and there's a small chance I could have washed the t-shirt.. who am I kidding, of course I haven't washed it but I'll re-wear it anyway.

4. Can I start planning the weekend without getting sad that it is still two days away?

Well I'm sure going to try. Cue me texting my regular pals like 'Hey. How is it not Friday yet? Any plans for the weekend? XO' Every week. On Wednesday. Like clockwork. 

5. Will this weekend be the weekend that I'm super productive?

Every Wednesday I write a list of all errands that need running, the blog posts I'm thinking about, the photos I want to take and a brief schedule and how it's all going to fit together. Fast forward to Saturday morning after too many glasses of prosecco and it's a no from me. Every time.

Sometimes it seems like I'm constantly wishing the weeks away but lets face it, weekends are fab!


Saturday, 10 June 2017

3 Bars You Need To Visit In Leeds

Best Bars In Leeds

I have to say, hand on heart, Leeds is one of my favourite cities to visit. We've been fortunate enough to rack up a number of trips there over the past few years and with those we've found a great selection of places to stay, places to eat and of course, establishments in which to drink. Today, I thought I'd touch on the drink aspect and share with you three bars you need to visit when you're next in Leeds.

Best Bars In Leeds

What: Roxy Ball Room
Where: 58 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW

What a place! As you can probably gather, Roxy is a ball room and I can't believe I'd never stepped foot in there before. You can literally play anything from table tennis to beer pong. THAT'S RIGHT YOU HEARD ME. Drinks are reasonably priced, the atmosphere is great and in my opinion, it's a brilliant place to start a night out. 

Best Bars In Leeds

What: Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Where: Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP

I absolutely love this place. Not only does it have a great selection of beers and the nicest slices of pizza but it has a fantastic rooftop terrace! I bloody love relaxing up there in the sun but boy does it get crowded - get there early for a good spot. Also, be sure to grab a slice of pizza on the way out, it's delicious!

Best Bars In Leeds

What: The Liquorist
Where: Greek Street, Leeds, LS1 5RW

Looking for great cocktails in a classic lounge setting? Look no further than The Liquorist. There's a good selection of drinks which means there's something for everyone and the classic yet modern decor makes for the perfect place to sit and unwind.  It's not a trip to Leeds unless you stop by there on your way out.

Best Bars In Leeds

Have you been to any of these places? What are your recommendations for your favourite city?

3 Bars You Need To Visit In Leeds

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