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!

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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?

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review

L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
Flicking through last months Cosmopolitan I came across a shiny turquoise sample. Now I would normally toss it to one side for a rainy day but I knew that this would be different. This wasn't just any sample, it was the brand new L'Oreal Hydra Genius.

Over the next few days, I put it to the test at every opportunity and as my sample soon ran low I dashed right out to pick up a full bottle. This was a moisturiser that I was committed to trying and that I was excited to use more of.
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
The Hydra Genius moisturiser claims to have a water-like texture and be instantly absorbed. It also says that it penetrates skin deep for a healthy glow. I couldn't wait to share my thoughts because, let's face it, who wouldn't be excited to try this for themselves?
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
I have to start by saying, it really is like nothing I've ever felt before. It's so smooth in consistency but it's not like a cream or a serum. The only way I can describe it is like a water that you can just work into your skin. It's bizarre yet innovative and I'm hooked.

For me, this product doesn't leave any residue what-so-ever on my skin but it some how manages to moisturise beautifully. It smooths my skin over almost like a primer which makes it a fantastic base for make up and also, I don't feel like my skin gets dry throughout the day when using this.

In case you were wondering, my skin is combination but I've tested both the Normal to Combination and the Normal to Dry formulas. The Normal to Dry works best for me and I apply it twice to feel like I'm fully moisturised. I could skip this if I wanted to, I just like the extra moisture surge. Overtime, I probably won't need to but at the moment it's such a different way of moisturising - I don't think I'm used to it yet.

Overall I've been using this product for almost a month and I'm still just as impressed as when I first used it.
L'Oreal Hydra Genius Review
If you haven't tried it yet, you can pick it up from Boots for £6.65. If you have, I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Journeys With My Dad

If you could pick a couple of albums to listen to on a long car journey, what would they be? Would they be classical or heavy metal, compilation or your favourite singer? Could you not possibly choose? I'd like to think I could.

See, when I was younger, my Dad and I would have this exact conversation before every long drive. The way we saw it, the 4 hour trip to see family in Scotland was pretty much a golden opportunity to listen to best albums from some of the biggest names in rock. But it wasn't always so simple. 

The first time we made this journey, I was probably about seven years old. Seven years old and very dedicated to Steps, Spice Girls and all things Britney Spears. As you could imagine, I wasn't going to be allowed to listen to those. So on this one particular journey, we got into the car and before we'd even hit Chester we were three songs into Guns N Roses' Appetite for Destruction. With 3 hours 50 minutes to go I knew I was going to have to get used to this - See Dad regularly put on 'his music' on drives, even if it was just across town, but most of the time I could either flick on MFM Radio or turn it off and we'd have reached our destination before he'd even noticed - I knew that wouldn't fly so I sulked and got on with it. 

Before I knew it, the CD changed and we were onto The Who's My Generation. As the three minute songs went by, I realised that I knew a few of these songs and that actually, they weren't half bad. 
We drove on to Lancaster and as always, we stopped at the services - It was the first place we were allowed to stop for a toilet break otherwise we "Wouldn't make good time" as Dad said. Then he put on an album that changed my life. It was Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. I fell in love. The songs were so loud and so powerful. I couldn't get enough. I clutched the lyric book and read every line as the songs played on. I begged so much for him to put it on again and he did. 

We arrived in Scotland in the early evening, finishing off Number Of The Beast as we pulled into Troon. As an excited seven year old, I couldn't wait to tell my family the journey we'd had and the songs we'd listened to. It was brilliant. These days I'm twenty-two and I still love Meat Loaf just as much as that first day I listened to him. 

It's not often I think about that journey but thanks to The Car People's campaign, all the memories of listening to some of the most amazing music for the first time came flooding back to me. That trip shaped how I saw music, what I listened to and what I did later on in my life and I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like without it - Thank you Dad.

So, if I had to choose some great albums for a car journey, you could guarantee that the four I've mentioned in this post would be top of the list. What would yours be?

This post was supported by The Car People. 

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Favourites Playlist - May

Well here we are music lovers, it's my Favourites Playlist from May. I didn't manage to cram a playlist into April because it seemed like it flew by but here we are in a spanking new month. 

April saw the release of Paramore's comeback song Hard Times and in May we were treated to Miley Cyrus' fresh sound which I absolutely love. Kasabian released a track which I haven't been able to get out of my head and I'm still listening to Steps' album just as much as when it was released. I caught Don Broco and Deaf Havana at Slam Dunk, I'm so excited for what both of these bands have planned in the future. Also just to note, We Are The Ocean played their last ever shows this month and boy, they were brilliant.



TRACKS

Hard Times - Paramore
Believer - Imagine Dragons
You're In Love With A Psycho - Kasabian
Something Just Like This - Chainsmokers
You Make Me Whole - Steps
Over You - Daughtry
On My Mind - Disciples
Malibu - Miley Cyrus
Here's To The Past - A Day To Remember
22 - Deaf Havana
They're Young, They're In Love - The Cape Race
Waste A Moment - Kings Of Leon
Hysteria - Def Leppard
Stay - ZEDD


What music have you been listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

6 Bands You Need To See At Slam Dunk 2017

Guys, #SDF17 is almost here and if you can't tell, I'm excited. This will only be my second year attending but last year was so damn good and I really do think this year could actually top it. I just can't wait to stand in Millennium Square with a beer in hand, listening to some awesome music.

A few of the bands in this round up were mentioned in my live music this year post back in February but as there's going to be so much good music I saw no harm in mentioning them again. Ready? Here we go. Six bands you need to see at Slam Dunk this year!


1. Deaf Havana

Let's face it, Deaf Havana were always going to be at the top of this list because they have a tonne of great music and are always a pleasure to watch. Their new album dropped earlier this year so be sure to take a listen and head out to see them if you're at the festival.

2. We Are The Ocean

Do I even need to give you a reason to go and see these guys? Man, it's going to be emotional. These guys brought out some hefty songs throughout their time and with these being their final three gigs I really don't think you can miss them.

3. Neck Deep

Okay okay, so you may think I'm biased because they're from Wrexham like me but you've got to admit, Neck Deep are killing it at the moment. I've heard so much about their shows and their music has grown on me so much recently that I'm really excited to see what they're about.

4. Don Broco

Man, I love this band so much. I've been listening to them since way back when and even though they dropped off the radar for a little while, I loved their last album. I haven't seen them live since they supported We Are The Ocean way back in like, 2013-ish, so I'm super excited.

5. Madina Lake

I mean, how can we not Madina Lake's comeback?! 14 year old me is so excited, I don't know how I'll contain myself. I didn't manage to catch their farewell tour so this is perfect. PERFECT.

6. Set It Off

Truthfully, I've been meaning to see these guys for ages and I've never managed it. These guys worked their arses off putting out their last album and promoting that I feel like they deserve such a big squeeze and lots support!


So, that's my round up of must see's for Slam Dunk 2017. There are so many great bands that it was almost impossible to condense them down. However, needs must and I love these bands so much that I felt the need to point you in their direction.

Are you heading to Slam Dunk this weekend? Be sure to say hello if you're in the North!

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A Western Inspired Haul Fit For The Desert

I'm not usually someone who follows trends, if anything, I have my own style and just incorporate bits here and there. For me, this means having staple pieces that I've invested in but turning to the likes of Asos, New Look and Boohoo for the trendier items. This is where this haul comes in.

Now I would say my style is some what rock-chic. I love nothing more than some black high-waisted jeans and an old band t-shirt teamed with a statement leather jacket and some heeled boots. I know this has become a big trend lately with every high street retailer having their take on the classic rock tee but for me, it just fits. When I was 18 and my friends we're going to town in their shortest dresses and unmanageable heels, I was stood behind with some classic killer boots, a baggy t-shirt tucked into my skinny jeans and my leather jacket over my shoulders. It's statement, it's edgy and to this day I love it. This season however there's a new trend in town and I'm all over it.
If you haven't guessed by the title, it's Western. I am all over it. I think partially because it's so casual but also because it fits my wardrobe to a T. When I think of the Western look I picture the deserts and I picture Tennessee. Two places I am in awe of. Now I've not been to Tennessee just yet but I have been to a desert and if you didn't already know, I'm heading back to Nevada this September to take in even more. Granted, I'm staying in Las Vegas but it's a desert, it's hot and yes, I want to kick my boots around in the dust and make my leather jacket badass as hell. Who can blame me? This is where these pieces come in.
I think the item that kicked this haul off were the Topshop Montana Boots. I had these in my basket for weeks, maybe even a month, and I was so torn on whether to buy them. Then I saw Fleur De Force's Coachella photos and well, I checked out and received them the next day. These boots have the perfect heel height and are so comfortable to wear, perfect for running around Sin City. From Topshop, I also picked up this Western Belt and I can't help but think this will look great teamed with a plain t-shirt and some Levi cut offs. I can actually see this being my go to for the whole trip.
From Boohoo I first picked up this amazing embroidered shift dress which look great with the boots and also this crocheted oversize top to wear with the Levis I mentioned earlier. These pieces will also be good to wear over the summer in the UK because they can be layered up and we all know how unreliable the British summertime can be.

The last two things I picked up were shoes. First were a pair of black gladiator sandals from Boohoo and secondly a pair of toepost Birkenstocks. Now, about the gladiators, I couldn't possibly see how these weren't a good idea. I already have a pair of nudes that I picked up last year and I just can't help but feel that they tie any outfit together without being too overpowering. I actually wanted a pair similar to the Valentino Rock Stud sandals but the dupes seem to be sold out everywhere! Moving on to the Birkenstocks, I've wanted a pair of these since we were in Vegas last year but I've never actually got round to buying them until now. I do need to exchange them for a smaller size but other than that, I'm really excited about wearing them with some shorts or some cut offs throughout the summer.
I've never actually written a fashion haul on my blog before and I debated (and Twitter polled) for a while about whether it was too much but they're posts I like reading so of course they're posts I'm going to write. I'd love to know what you think of the items I've bought and weather you'd be open to seeing posts like this in the future!
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

On Learning About Money

Money Lessons To Learn In Your 20s
For the longest time I've thought about money every single day. Do I have enough? Do I have too much? Can I buy this? Do I need to save for this? Etc etc. Now I'm the first to admit, despite what you've read, I've not always smart with my money. I've bought bags that were too expensive, booked holidays with no idea how I was going to afford them, splurged on far too many lipsticks and eaten out instead of in more times than I'd care to count. But I'm learning and I'm taking control and I'd like to share with you the money mistakes I've made and the lessons I'm learning in my twenties.

1. I'm learning not to say yes to things unless I know I can afford them. Whether it's gig tickets when I know there will be a hotel involved, a holiday, a clothes order, whatever. I'm trying to make sure that I budget for everything and not say 'Oh I'll just put it on my credit card '.

2. I've learnt that there's no point having savings if you have debt. What's the point in having £1000 in your bank and £1000 on a credit card. Even if the credit card is interest free it's better to pay it off and start your savings fresh. Use the money that you would be paying off your credit card to put into a savings account.

3. On the subject of credit, I've learnt that it's okay to have it, as long as you're in control. My credit score improved greatly when I first got my credit card because it showed potential lenders that I could borrow money and pay it back. I know it's easier said than done but it's important to keep everything in your own hands and not just be working to pay back endless Asos orders or that spontaneous night out. Take the credit where you need it and make regular payments.

4. I'd like to have ideally three months salary saved on top of my regular savings account. I say this because a few years back I was made redundant and during that time I had absolutely no income. It was a hard time and I know that if I would have had a few months salary in the bank, I wouldn't have had to stress so much about paying my rent, phone bill and other miscellaneous things with so little money.

5. Lastly, I'm learning to not buy for the sake of buying and I'm trying to implement this into all aspects of my life. I'm trying to not pick up food in the supermarket just because it's on offer or buy a bottle of wine in the pub when I only want a glass. I'm trying to not place clothes orders just because it's 20% off and I'm definitely becoming more conscious when there is offers like 3 for 2. Without sounding frugal, I'm just trying to not buy things that I don't absolutely need.

This is my third money related post on my blog and I really hope you enjoyed it. You can find the first two here and here which are tips on how to save money.

Let me know the lessons you've learnt and any tips you may have, I'd love to hear them!


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Day To Night Beauty Essentials

Day To Night Beauty Essentials
I must say, transitioning my make up from day to night is probably my least favourite thing to do. My personal preference is to just take it all off and start again. Sometimes however I don't have that luxury and I really do just need that quick turnaround. 
Day To Night Beauty Essentials
In the past, if I knew I was going out somewhere after work for example and that I wouldn't have time to re-do my make up entirely I would panic pack. I would panic back my entire make up bag, all my skincare and some make up wipes just in case I could bag five minutes and start it all again. As time has moved on and I've learnt about my skin and my make up, I've found what works for me and that's what I'm going to share with you today. My absolute essentials for transitioning from day to night. Nothing more, nothing less.   

My skin changes quite a lot through out the day so first and foremost for me is hydration. Now most of the time, because I've already got make up on, I don't want anything that's going to smear or tug at my existing make up. I want something that's going to go right over top and sink in. This is where the Eight Hour Hydrating Mist comes in. I spray this four to five times around my face, with or without make up, and it absorbs instantly keeping whatever is underneath completely in tact.
Day To Night Beauty Essentials
Next up, I like to make sure my base is flawless and fresh. In my experience putting a high coverage concealer on over a face of make up doesn't quite look right - it's either the wrong colour or far too cakey. To eliminate this problem I like to take the YSL Touche Eclat and just pop it over any blemishes or dull spots. Nine out of ten times, it does the job perfectly and that's good enough for me. I then add a swipe of translucent powder over the top just to make sure it's locked in place and sometimes a little bronzer around the edge of my face just to give me some colour before using some Urban Decay setting spray.
Day To Night Beauty Essentials
My next step is to tackle the eyes. I like to make them look bright and awake though I'm probably half asleep and for this my absolute go to is liquid eyeliner - When they said 'A girl with liquid liner can conquer the world' they weren't lying. It's such an easy way to add drama to your make up, make you look more awake and just like you've made that little extra effort. I keep it simple and use this fool proof number from Collection, I've been using this since day one and if they ever stop producing it I'll have a breakdown. If I was creating a full night time look then I would probably use some eye shadows but as I'm usually in a rush at this point, I skip them. 
Day To Night Beauty Essentials
I then like to add a generous amount of mascara to lengthen and volumise my eyelashes. If I've been wearing mascara during the day, sometimes I will just take a make up wipe and remove it. Just so my eyelashes are fluttery rather than clumpy and spider like. I'm currently loving this new L'Oreal Baby Roll mascara and I always make sure it's waterproof so no accidents happen. 

Lastly I move on to my lips. I make sure they're moisurised using whichever lip balm I have in my bag. Today it's Vaseline. I personally then like to go for a bold lip just to feel more dressed up and more like I've made an effort. I'll usually opt for a pink or a berry red but MACs Ruby Woo would also work a treat. My preference for bold lipsticks is matte just because they look a little more sophisticated but it's entirely your choice. 
Day To Night Beauty Essentials

I hope you enjoyed my round up of day to night essentials, be sure to let me know what yours are in the comments!



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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Afternoon Tea in Dublin: Gallaher & Co

I've been back from Dublin for about three weeks now and although I didn't originally plan on sharing this post, I couldn't resist. I'm here to tell you about the most incredible afternoon tea I've ever had in the heart of an incredible city. 

What: Gallaher & Co Bistro & Coffee
Where: 16A D'Olier Street, Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland


To give you a little background, it was a quiet Thursday afternoon and our last few hours in Dublin. My partner's mum had chosen afternoon tea as her Mother's Day gift and it was our job to find a nice place that suited our style (by our style I mean they wouldn't judge us for the Guinness we'd been drinking since 12.30pm). I did a little Google search and swiped swiftly past the swanky hotels and boutique cafes and stumbled upon Gallaher & Co. I called and spoke to a lovely gent that booked our reservation and we went on about our day. Truthfully I became quite nervous as we hadn't thought to check out any photos or reviews before heading over - We hoped for the best. 


Nothing could have prepared us for how amazing this place actually was. We walked in to the incredible building that housed the bistro and just couldn't believe our eyes. It was exactly what we wanted. The interior had a certain industrial vibe and the staff we're so welcoming. Our menus were ready laid out and ordering was an absolute breeze. From the afternoon tea choices we went for the steak, oak smoked salmon and smoked bacon and tomato. It was to die for. Like, I mean my mouth still waters when I think about it! I can't even put into words how happy we were with everything from the service and the atmosphere to the food and the price. I wouldn't hesitate to visit again next time we're in the city and even though it we didn't know what to expect at first, it was fantastic. 






Have you ever been here, would you go in the future? Do you have any other afternoon tea recommendations for Dublin? Let me know!
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

How to Improve Your Blog When You're Not Posting

How To Improve Your Blog When You're Not Posting
We've all been in a blogging rut at some point or another, whether we're too busy with life, can't think up content or just simply don't want to post. I don't know about you but whenever I hit a wall, it starts to stress me out. I worry that people are not caring about my blog, are getting tired of me not posting and are ultimately losing interest. So as of late when I've been taking a few breaks, I've been trying to improve my blog in other ways which I'm going to share with you today. Grab a cub of tea and have a read.

The biggest tip any Blogger will probably give you is to interact and there are so many ways you can do this. First up we'll start with Instagram. Open up your feed and instead of posting or searching for #kittensofinstagram, search for the hashtags you use and see what people are posting. Like and comment away and really engage with other people, bloggers or not - I normally do this in work when I'm not able to sit and write a post or if I have a spare few minutes waiting for the kettle to boil. Next up is Twitter. I like to use Twitter to talk to other people, see what's going on in the world but to also find new blogs to read. I follow a few accounts like @FemaleBloggerRT and @Lbloggerschat for example. They will retweet most people that use their tag and I'll often click on what they share and comment. This moves me onto my next point. Read other blogs. Whether you're finding them to Bloglovin', Pinterest, Twitter whatever, just read other peoples post and if you have something to say, write a comment. Let them know you've read their post and share your opinions and contributions. 

The next tip I want to talk about is the use of hashtags. For the longest time hashtags were pretty much seen as a pain in the behind and to be honest when I see #lovemyboyfriend it still makes my skin crawl. When used properly and strategically however hashtags open up your content to brand new eyes. I spent the longest time looking up different hashtags, reading other peoples posts (hit up 'Hashtags for bloggers' on Google or Bloglovin') and seeing what works for my content both on Twitter and Instagram. I use the text replacement function on my iPhone so that when I type a particular phrase - #general - in my case, it replaces that text with 15 to 20 hashtags that are generic enough for what I'm posting. You can change this up to be as specific as you want. You could have a set of hashtags for travel, fashion, outdoors, cooking, interiors, art, literally whatever you choose. Same goes for Twitter. Take the time to look up different accounts that have a # for a retweet or test it out and see what different hashtags get your content seen and interacted with the most. 

The last way I like to improve my blog is by updating old posts and just sprucing up my blog in general. I start by checking for broken links every few months and updating them or deleting them as necessary - There are so many websites you can use to do this. Next I go through a few post at a time and make sure they're still formatted correctly - I changed themes not too long ago and it sent my posts haywire. Moving on to the actual content, I like to check all of my old posts are still relevant. I ask myself if the post was just trivial or is it still something that can be promoted? Does it still make sense? Are the photos good enough? All of these questions will help you decide whether you want to take a post down or update it and recycle it. 


I hope you enjoyed this post. I'd love to know how you improve your blog when you're not posting!

How To Improve Your Blog When You're Not Posting
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

What I Really Take In A Short Haul Carry On

It's no secret that I've travelled somewhere recently. In fact, if you read my blog or follow me any of my social media profiles I'm sure you'll be sick of hearing about it. I went to Dublin. There, I said it for the 37845th time. So even though I've been home almost two weeks, I thought I'd share with you what I take with me when flying short haul.

So to kick this off, I'll give you a bit of a back story on the bag itself. A few weeks before we flew, I thought long and hard about my carry on situation along with what bag I was going to be carrying round while I was in said Irish city. I searched what felt like every single online shop and after almost giving up, I found potentially my most practical purchase ever. The Fjallraven Kanken Mini. It's adorable, it's compact and spoiler alert, I love it.

Then came what I was going to put into the bag. Now, I watch 'what's in my carry on?' videos before every trip I take - I'm addicted - but since my last holiday overseas, it seems people are taking so bloody much with them that it almost seems unrealistic. A bit like those 'what's in my bag?' videos where they whip out a £20 note from a forgotten pocket. Who has a £20 stuffed in the bottom of their bag, like really? It's not me, so I thought I'd show you my own and what I really take in my carry on. It's not too little, it's not too much. It may be boring, you might love it. Who knows, but here we go.
As you can see here, I really don't like to pack too much. For me, packing a lot just makes it harder to find what I'm looking for and makes my bag heavier to carry. Two things I'm not a fan of. Hopefully this list will inspire you when you're next packing your carry on or maybe you'll laugh at how little I take with me.

Let's start with the obvious, my card holder and passport. I use a card holder for the simple reason that it's far more convenient than a purse. Usually before I go away I'll pop some local currency in there and just use my cards whilst in the airport. That way then, I don't have to decipher between a pounds, dollars or anything else when reaching my destination. The passport goes without saying right? I need it to get places. 

Moving on to sunglasses. I like to keep these in my hand luggage because there's nothing worse than arriving at a sunny destination only to realise your sunglasses are in your suitcase and probably broken. I also like to keep headphones with me and usually have two pairs. Some comfy over-ear ones like these beautiful Frends ones and also a pair of Apple in-ears. I make sure I keep these in a pouch so they don't get broken or tangled.

Tech wise I obviously packed my camera which you can't see because it's busy taking the photo and I also like to bring it's charger and my iPhone charger with me for two reasons. Firstly, like the sunglasses, for easy access and secondly, should my case get lost (which actually happened to me once!) I have all the chargers I need so I can Instagram my frustration with ease.

Moving on to my clear plastic bag. I usually keep this to a minimum but I do like to make sure I'm fully prepared. In no particular order I like to keep; lip balm, eye drops, hand sanitiser, hand cream, face wipes, a mini facial moisturiser, a lighter, a travalo full of the perfume for the trip, an inhaler because it ain't easy being wheezy, paracetamol, mouth wash (which I'm sure isn't the right size) and also on this trip I also had a mini shampoo and conditioner. Most of these things I keep in my everyday bag with a few extras in there as in flight essentials - I like to stay clean and take all of my make up off basically. 

The last few items which I haven't mentioned above are my iPhone because I thought this was pretty obvious and documents like insurance policies and my boarding pass

I'd like to think I'm a pretty light packer but then again, you haven't seen my suitcase! 


I'd love to know your carry on and in flight essentials. Let me know in the comments! 

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Dublin Photo Diary

If you haven't guessed from my endless Instagram and Twitter posts, this week I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Dublin for a few days with my partners family. We had such a blast taking in the sights, eating delicious food and of course, sampling the local brews. We stayed at The Gresham Hotel which was lovely and just a short walk from Temple Bar and the rest of central Dublin. I had no idea I would love this city so much and I can't wait to go back again in the future. As you can see, I was very snap happy so enjoy! 































 


I had such a great time in Dublin and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Have you ever been to Dublin or do you want some more information about going? Let me know!


A Photo Travel Guide To Dublin

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