Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Best Christmas Traditions

The Best Christmas Traditions
I can't believe it's Christmas Eve! I still don't feel particularly Christmassy so to get me more into the spirit, I thought I'd share with you three of my favourite Christmas traditions mostly from my Childhood.

Christmas Eve Parties When I was younger and way before then, my great grandparents would throw a huge Christmas Eve party. All of my aunties, uncles and cousins would pack into their house to eat, drink and be merry. We'd sing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs in the front garden waiting for Santa - usually an older uncle - to appear in the living room come grotto and give us one present. It was magical.

Christmas Stocking Up until I moved out of my parents house, my mum would still sneak into my room in the middle of the night and put a stocking on the end of my bed. It contained one or two small presents, a tube of sweets, an apple, orange and some £1 coins. When I'd wake up on Christmas morning, I'd move my feet under the duvet to feel for the stocking to know if he had been. This worked right up until I was about 17. My parents had been out on Christmas eve and forgot to put the presents under the tree never mind my stocking.

Boxing Day Without a doubt Boxing Day is my favourite - I actually like it more than Christmas day. Since my Dad was younger, his family gathered at my Grandma and Grandads for Boxing Day. It became more and more of an occasion as my dad and his siblings grew up and had children of their own so much so that it was like a second Christmas when I was younger. My grandparents would put on a huge spread and we would all spend the day playing games and catching up as we don't see each other all year.

Do you have any Christmas traditions with your family or ones you like to do with your children? I'd love to hear them. Have a wonderful Christmas! X


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Favourites Playlist - December

How on actual earth is it almost Christmas? I cannot believe it. This year has gone so quick and since the big 2 0 1 7 is right around the corner, I thought i'd reflect on some of the live music I've enjoyed this year.

I went to Park Life and saw the likes of Bastille, Chemical Brothers, Sigma and Ice Cube. Then there was Slam Dunk where I couldn't help but dance to Panic At The Disco, Yellow Card and Mayday Parade. Last but not least there was Leeds Festival where amazingly I saw the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I also managed to catch Mayday Parade, Mallory Knox, Enter Shikari and RHCP at solo gigs across the North West and enjoyed every second.

It's been a great year for live music and me and I can't wait to kick of 2017 with Deaf Havana in February.

This post will be my final favourites of 2016 but I can't wait to see what comes out next year!


It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Marion Raven and Meat Loaf
Lucky Me - Mallory Knox
St Pauls - Deaf Havana
Right On Time - Red Hot Chili Peppers
By Your Side - Jonas Blue Ft. Raye
The Mack - Nevada Ft. Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap
No Sleep - Twin Atlantic

This list is probably the shortest one yet! What songs are you listening to at the moment? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

5 Beauty Products Worth Purchasing

beauty products worth purchasing
As Christmas is closing in, I thought I'd talk about some beauty products I will definitely be reaching for over the holidays. Now, I don't want to talk about the cult classics because they're classics for a reason, I want to mention some products that you may be wanting to try and are not sure if they work or ones you've never really thought of at all. These products are absolute go to's for me so keep reading to find a few products worth buying. 

1. Elizabeth Arden Skin Balancing Cleanser

I first bought this as an emergency when I realised I'd forgotten my skincare en route to Las Vegas - well done Hollie. My silly mistake aside, I have grown to love this face wash so much. It does an absolutely perfect job at balancing the oils and dryness on my face and helps my make up apply like a dream. Also, because it's only a light exfoliant there's minimal redness after use.

2. Lush Floating Islands 

I always thought these were a bit of a princess product and that something that small could never make a difference. Boy was I wrong. Besides the Butterball bath bomb, I've never had such soft skin after using bath products than when I use this. It's a dream.

3. Fleur De Force Lashes

We all know there have been many a blogger/youtuber bringing out products over the past few years. Truthfully I wouldn't even give some of them the time of day but when Fleur brought out her range with Eylure I had to try them. I can 100% say that I absolutely love not just these but the whole range. They're just so well made and the styles are noticeable while remaining comfortable and natural. 

4. Mary Lou-Manizer

For me, this changed the highlighting game. I'd tried pretty much ever drugstore highlighter out there but didn't feel quite ready to put Champagne Pop in my basket. I discovered this and quickly fell in love, the slightest brush gives you the most amazing glow. 

5. Urban Decay De-Slick

After reading that you may be thinking two things, firstly that All Nighter is 100% the only setting spray in the world that works or two, that setting sprays are a fad. Wrong and Wrong. This setting spray holds my make up in place so much better than any other and doesn't leave my make up feeling heavy or cakey. It also seems to be less sticky as a base, easy to work with on a sponge and THE BEST at foiling eyeshadows. As for the second point, they're not a fad. Take my word for it.

I'd love to know if there are any non-cult products that you swear by, let me know below!


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Gift Guide for Interior Lovers

Gift Guide for Interior Lovers
Around this time of year, gift guides are my favourite posts to read and videos to watch. I loved them long before I started this blog and I get so much inspiration from them. 

I couldn't wait to join in this year but I didn't want to do another him/her/beauty/fashion guide because although I love reading and watching them, there are so many amazing ones out there that I didn't want to 'get lost' so to speak.

Now flashback to December 2015, my partner and I were in the process of moving from what can only be marketed as a one bedroom apartment to a house. A house with a path, back door and room for a washing machine - we'd never been so excited. 

We didn't really consider that we actually had to fill this house, not in a cluttered sense but we needed it to feel like home. 

It was a blessing and a curse that we moved in on December 20th. Yes it was 5 days before Christmas but it also meant that our friends and family had no trouble buying us gifts. We received some really thoughtful and useful gifts and quicky managed to build up our new home. 

Today, I thought I'd share with you a gift guide for those people in your life that are moving or for if you just fancy a little spruce this holiday season. Lets get started! 

Gift Guide for Interior Lovers

Photo Frames

Frames are so useful whether it's a old house or new. These ones by Umbra are so unique, I'd literally never seen anything like the so I picked up two from John Lewis last year! They're a little pricier than your average frame but they're great. 


I know this isn't something you'd normally buy for someone but I thought as occasion cutlery this set was brilliant. I think it'd be so lovely to use at Christmas and for dinner parties. This set is from George and is just £20 but depending where you shop and the quality you want, they can vary in price.

Trinket Dishes 

Everybody loves trinket dishes. They're useful for hair pins, rings, keys you name it. These ones from Marks and Spencer are SO adorable and even better, they're monogrammed. I'm a sucker for anything with a 'H' on which if you ever saw my house you'd know. I would be so happy to receive one of these in my stocking.

Record Player

This is the highest price gift I chose but I think you can't go wrong with a record player. I bought my partner and I the size down from this as a moving in gift and we love it so much. The Crosley X Urban Outfitters collection is so beautiful and the metal details really add something special. It also means for the next few birthdays and Christmas you can buy them records - like the Pandora bracelet effect but cooler.

Board Game

Who doesn't love gathering around the table with a few drinks playing a board game? Monopoly takes a little too long for my liking but I thought this Pub Quiz game was genius! It's a really affordable game and the reviews are great - I'll definitely be picking one up. 

Hand Soap

Hands down (see what I did there) one of the most useful gifts we received last year was a set of hand soap and lotion. This Cowshed duo is super luxurious and would look great on anyone's sink.  


Candles are a great gift at any price point. Diptyque stock some great smelling candles but I know a lot of my friends would love to receive this particular one from Jo Malone. Gorgeous.


Like the cutlery, not the normal gift to buy people but how amazing are these monogrammed glasses? I am in love and am dying to get my hands on one! These are so beautiful and I don't know anyone who would not be happy to receive one of these.


Stationary is a great, basic gift that is useful to everyone. I've been lusting over this Kate Spade notepad for the longest time. It might just find it's way into someones stocking.

There you have it, my top picks for the interior lover or new home owner in your life! What are your recommendations? 


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

5 Tips For Moving House

Some of you may know that around this time last year I was moving house. It was without a doubt the most stressful thing my partner and I have ever done but we got there, eventually.

Prior to this, the only time I'd moved house properly was with my parents going on 15 years ago. I didn't have a lot to do with it and mostly just sat back and watched, much to my parents dismay.

As we were moving to a bigger house, we thought the process would be simple. What we didn't consider was the fact we were buying bit by bit before the move which meant we were accumulating a hell of a lot of stuff and also that we would have to buy new furniture and, the worst part, put it together. 

The whole moving process was such a learning curve for me that I felt I could share some handy hints and tips for when you or anyone you know moves.

1. If you can, do it gradually.

We were lucky enough (due to strategic planning and saving) to get the keys two months before the tenancy on our apartment ended. This meant that, as much as we were excited, we could move a little bit every day. We also put up a few pieces of furniture each evening so that when the first night in our new home rolled around, we pretty much had everything there. 

2. Label boxes with the rooms they're going into. 

This is so helpful, especially if you have people helping you move. It saves the time and energy of moving all of the boxes in and moving them again at a later time. This means you can unpack a room at a time having everything in there. This tip also goes for drawers and cupboards too - plan where everything is going before hand and unpack straight into them. 

3. Buy extra tools so friends can help you

This one is pretty self explanatory. You can pick tools up for super cheap at places like B&Q and Wilkos. Invite your friends and family round and rope them into putting something together, even if it's just a shelving unit. It will help in the long run and once you've cracked open a bottle of wine, it wont even feel like work. Fun fact - we put everything in our house together with packs of £4 screwdrivers, they really don't have to be expensive. 

4. Remember the three T's - tea, towels and toilet roll

These are 100% the fundamentals for a first night in a new home if you've moved all in one day. Tea for you and your helpers, towels for dirty hands or when you're showering the IKEA regret off and toilet roll for.. well you know. 

5. Don't make a shit drawer

Don't even do it. It's a new home, everything should have a place. Don't be tempted. 

There you have it. I hope you find these tips useful and be sure to leave your suggestions down below!


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Favourites Playlist - October

We've done it, we've made it through October. The mixed 'I don't know' weather is over and we can officially wear jackets to gigs. I'm excited.

When I wrote my August Playlist I was very much listening to all things festival - think Gorgon City and Sigma. This month, I've been taking more comfort in bands. Real hearty music that gets me ready for the day.

I've discovered bands this month such as Billy Talent that I've never listened to before and rekindled old loves like Twin Atlantic.  One of my favourite bands Deaf Havana also released a new track this month and naturally, I love it. 


Trigger - Deaf Havana
Afraid of Heights - Billy Talent
Undefeated (Viva Hysteria) - Def Leppard
The Chaser - Twin Atlantic 
Worthless - Bullet For My Valentine 
Closer - The Chainsmokers
1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
In Vein - Alkaline Trio

What songs are you listening to at the moment? Let me know in the comments. 


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

4 Halloween Make Up Looks

I'm so unprepared for Halloween that it's borderline hilarious. Until yesterday, I was dead set on attending my one (sad face) Halloween party as Paul Stanley from Kiss. 

To get some inspiration I went onto YouTube and realised that if I continued with this Kiss idea, I would end up in a Mean Girls "Ex Wife" situation. In case you're unfamiliar, it's the kind of situation where you would turn up to a Halloween party looking scary when everyone else is dressed more provocatively - think sexy kitten as oppose to dead cat. 

The more I searched and clicked away, I came across Chrisspy. I'm sure you all know who she is but if you don't, why not? I literally sat for probably the best part of an hour watching, learning and most of all wishing that I could achieve such FLAWLESS make up. She's a god. 

 Credit: Chrisspy
As it goes, my Paul Stanley idea went right out of the window and I decided, to hell with it, I'm going to try out one of these looks and rock it IF IT KILLS ME. I picked the four above looks as a starting point. I mean for god sake, who really looks like this. I'm jealous. 

Now, to add to the unpreparedness, I have no idea which one to choose. I LOVE the top left or bottom right but I feel they're the most ambitious of the 4. Of course they would be. 

I'll definitely be posting a photo to Instagram of the look I eventually choose, in the meantime please help me decide.

Which look do you like best and which do you think is the most achievable? 

Monday, 24 October 2016

10 Songs For Your Halloween Playlist

pumpkin patch
My my hasn't Halloween come around quickly. I feel like I blinked in September and now here I am, deciding what sweets will make children leave my house quicker and what face paint will arrive in time for Saturday. What a rush. 

Thankfully, I'm not hosting a party this year but I'm putting myself in charge of music for the one (wow one, just call me the social queen) party that I am attending. 

Party music is such a hit and miss. I don't want it to be too cheesy, too themed or too 'oh my god what idiot chose this song'. That in mind, I thought about the songs I wouldn't mind hearing as I regretfully gulp those brain shaped vodka jellies.
  1. Kiss - Crazy Nights
  2. Nightmare Before Christmas - This is Halloween - 100% obligatory
  3. The Cranberries - Zombie
  4. Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love
  5. Pendulum - Tarantula
  6. Drowning Pool - Bodies - Absolute throwback to being 14
  7. AC/DC - Highway to Hell
  8. Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell
  9. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
  10. Alice Cooper - Poison
I'm sorry for the short post today but the past few days have been so back to back that I feel like I've not had time to breathe. If you're still reading, I'd love to know what's on your playlist?


Thursday, 20 October 2016

5 Bands To See Live

5 Bands To See Live
I don't know about you but I absolutely love live music. Whether it's a band I've listened to over and over or an artist I've not listened to before, I can't get enough. Fortunately, I've been able to see a few bands in my short years (that is nor a height nor age pun) so it's a pleasure for me to share these with you today.

These bands made this list not just for their music but for their performance, for doing something more than selling a ticket. Here are 5 bands I loved and I would 100% recommend seeing live.

Mallory Knox I've managed to catch these guys on their album tours for Signals and Asymmetry and they were incredible. I've never seen five men so passionate about what they do. They have so much enthusiasm and always connect with the crowd in a way you don't see much anymore. Whether you're a die hard fan or if you've never listened before, it's a great show. If you ever get chance, see them at Manchester Ritz and stand on the balcony. You'll thank me afterwards.

Pendulum I know their shows few and far between these days but I genuinely think that seeing Pendulum was one of the best gigs I've ever been to. There was such a buzz about the crowd and seeing them in Manchester Central made all of the difference. I was only sixteen and I'd never been to a venue like it. It suited the music and their fans so well. Perfect.

Meat Loaf If you know me, you'll know how much of a Meat Loaf fan I am - you can laugh, everyone else does ha. I used to listen to Meat Loaf on car journeys with my family when I was younger and I never thought I'd get the chance to see him in concert. He toured when I was eighteen, he was sixty six. It didn't matter, he sung his heart out and I joined in. Note: This is not a crush.

Sigma The energy in Sigma's sets doesn't even compare. The first time I saw them, I was in complete awe and didn't want it to end. I can't imagine what they would be like at a smaller venue but having seen them at two festivals, they're on my watch list for next year. Even if you think you don't like their music, you won't be able to resist.

Def Leppard This is cheating a little bit because I've never actually seen Def Leppard live. I have however watched and listened to Viva Hysteria and wow, I would have given anything to have been there. They're one of my favourite bands and I wouldn't hesitate to see them if they toured again - especially if it was in Vegas.

I'd love to hear the bands you've seen or want to see live, let me know!


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Who To Watch at Reading and Leeds 2016

As most of you may know, I'm headed to Leeds festival this Sunday - yes just for the day but don't get me started. So I thought, after reading Joe from Northern Blood's post, that I'd give you my round up of who to look out for at the festival this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

I mean, can we all just take a moment. It's Red Hot Chili Peppers, do you really need a reason to not miss out on what I can only imagine will be an AMAZING set. Since their album dropped in June I have been bursting with excitement, it's going to be a great day.

Deaf Havana

I have such an unbelievable love for these boys. They (sadly) haven't released an album since 2013 but I gave their new song, Sing, a listen last night and was blown away. They put on such a great show and James, well, his voice is something else. 

Good Charlotte

Now, I'm not actually the biggest fan of their new material in it's entirety but I can bet these guys are going to being in some classics and get the crowd pumped. My friends an I had such a love for GC when we were younger that I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to see them.


Not necessarily a group you would head to Reading and Leeds to see but I saw them a few months ago at Parklife and they were so good! Pair that with a crowd loving every second and you've got a really good performance. I literally can't wait to get stuck in. 

Biffy Clyro

Last but definitely not least, Biffy Clyro. I've never seem them live before but damn I bet they put on a good show. They're so full of energy and what they produce is just amazing! I expect the set to be absolutely massive full of their best work - absolute love.

Are you heading to one of the festivals? Who are you most excited to see?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 Tips for Saving Money

Money. That dreaded word. Working so hard, paying your bills and having what feels like a tiny amount left to spend for the month and still have some to save for the rainy day.

I definitely have a love hate relationship with spending and saving - I’m great at the saving part but also great at the spending part and sometimes it’s hard to know when to keep my wallet closed.

Like everybody, I want nice things but I’m always very aware of how much money is in both my bank and my savings account. I constantly hear things like ‘When are you going to spend it?’ or 'You can’t take it with you when you’re gone’ - how touching. But whether I want to save it for a holiday, a bag or adult things like a new dishwasher, I just like having it there.

So, today I’m going to share with you my top saving tips that will help with your money habits and give you a little insight into what I like to do to help manage my money.

Know Your Budget At the beginning of each month, I fill out a budget spreadsheet kindly created by my dear friend Bethan. I add in all of my outgoings for that month and it deducts them from my salary - clever little spreadsheet. That way then as the month goes on, I can see where I need to cut back and then by the time payday hits, I know exactly how much money I have left over to spend.

Live Within Your Means Following on from the first point, it's so important to live within the budget you have. By this I mean don't plan a major shopping spree when you know you have £100 to last you for two weeks. Side note - If you have a credit card PLEASE don't use it like a debit card (I have been so guilty of this in the past!). In the end, you have a huge balance - probably with added interest - that you'll then have to factor into your budget for the next months. Vicious cycle, spend wisely.

Save Your Change When I was younger I never really cared about change and just put it aside. Now, I put all of my change into one of those money pots that counts it as you go and by the time I next go on holiday, I have enough to pay for the taxi to the airport. This is definitely something I would recommend doing.

Set Up A Savings Account This may sound like common sense but so many of my friends don't have savings accounts. ISAs are a great option if you have a long term goal. You can choose to not access it for a length of time and set up a direct debit - Think of the money you'd have after a year. Adulting like a pro! Alternatively, I choose to work out how much I can afford to save after my major outgoings and transfer it each month. I also make a note of my 'Days Since Withdrawal' because I know how difficult it is to not withdraw.

Set Goals Following on from the above, it's so motivating to set goals. Whether it's a new bag or a deposit on an apartment it's so much easier to save when you have something to work towards. Before my trip to Las Vegas I worked so hard to save my money and it really paid off when I knew I could go on the trip money-worry free.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this post and together we can conquer this whole adulting thing. If you have any savings tips, I'd love to hear them!


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Favourites Playlist - August

After getting my daily dose of beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts I tend to search through peoples blogs - quite literally - for posts that are a little more personal. Maybe I'm just nosey but I love knowing the person behind the writing.

I think I've become more intrigued in recent months because a lot of the bloggers I used to love following, only ever seem to share sponsored posts and while I have no problem with that, it's nice to see some raw and personal content every now and then. I mean, if I wanted to read adverts all day I'd flick through a magazine not a blog. The balance needs to be just right.

So, when I was deciding what to post today, I thought I'd share with you something personal, a few tracks from my current Favourites playlist. Some old, some new. 

This post isn't sponsored but I thought I'd mention that I use Deezer for all of my music and pay for the premium subscription. It's essentially a lot like Apple Music and Spotify, I just find it easier to navigate and since I've used it for years I didn't want to move my favourites/playlists/saved albums to another platform. Lazy I know.


St Patrick - PVRIS
Coming Home - Sigma
Four Walls - Gorgon City
Bullfight & End Of Me - A Day To Remember
Soundcheck - Catfish and The Bottlemen
Overdrive - Fightstar
 All American Nightmare - Hinder
Love For The Night - We Are Harlot
Go - Chemical Brothers

What are you listening to this month? Let me know in the comments.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Makeup Must Haves - Your Capsule Make Up Bag

Creating A Capsule Make Up Bag
The make-up industry is at it's peak and brands are launching more and more exciting products every month. This is great news for our faces but bad news for our bank balances and with all the choice, whether your swatching at the drug store or department store, it can be hard to know what you need and what works.

I've put together a capsule make up bag with a few of my personal must-haves. I've picked these by product type and my favourite of that kind. I'd like to think that with this selection of beauty faves, I could conquer any day.
Creating A Capsule Make Up Bag
Concealer A good concealer should be blendable, buildable and have great coverage. One that you can use as little  or as much as you want and it doesn't look cakey. The Maybelline Fit Me concealer is a great dupe for the Nars Creamy concealer and I honestly can't fault it.

Highlighter A beautiful champagne highlighter is a must have in my makeup bag. One with a great consistency that doesn't leave any fall down, look glazed on the skin or appear to have flecks of glitter. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is still the best highlighter I've ever used and so affordable.

CC Cream CC Cream is a product I've been using for some time now, especially in summer months. A good find is one that provides a dewy and light coverage while correctly colour problems on your skin. I love the Bourjois 123 CC Cream. Try it, you won't regret it.

Bronzer I was on the hunt for so long for a bronzer that wasn't orange and had no shimmer and I can't believe I hadn't tried Benefits Hoola. It's the most beautiful colour and can be used for both bronzing and contouring - Win. 

Eye Brows I've spent years finding a go-to product to fill in my eyebrows and keep them in place all day. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil is just that. I've almost ran out of this one and it's easy to see why. It makes applying the product so easy and with so many shades to choose from, it's easy to find one that matches. 

Tools Now, I don't always believe that you need tools in order to apply your makeup but for me, there are some I couldn't live without. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is the first, I use one of these every single day for anything from foundation to eye shadow primer. 

Mascara A good mascara is the key in any makeup bag and sometimes I leave the house wearing only that. For me, the mascara needs be the blackest black, not have any clumps or fibers and also have great hold power. Benefit's They're Real has been a staple in my makeup bag ever since it was released.

Moisturiser When choosing a moisturiser for a capsule makeup bag rather than everyday, it had to one that could rescue any situation from a flaky forehead to dry lips. This Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream does just that. You can use as much or as little as you want and it's definitely worth investing in. 

Primer A primer should minimize the appearance of your pores, mattify your skin and smooth out your skins texture. My personal favourites are Benefit's Porefessional  or Smashbox's Photo Finish. Sometimes I use this all over my face, other times just on and around my nose.

Falsies I think it's great to have a brand of false eyelashes that you reach for time and time again. For me that brand is Eylure and more specifically the Fleur De Force range. My picks are Fleur Loves or the individuals. 

Nude Lipstick A nude lipstick is a must for any makeup bag and can look completely effortless no matter what makeup look you are wearing. I love the shade 08 from Rimmel Kate, it goes with every look and every outfit so I always keep one in my bag. 

Setting Spray I have normal to combination skin so when it comes to setting my makeup I'd rather not use a powder in case it exaggerate my dry skin or clings to makeup the wrong way. To combat this I use a setting spray. My go to is Urban Decay's De-Slick.
I'd love you know if you've tried these products and what you think of them. Be sure to share your recommendations in the comments!


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Choosing Our Summer Holiday

Now, I know I’m not the only one who dreams of jetting off to somewhere hot when it rains in the UK and on one wet and windy Thursday back in May, I knew it was time to start looking. I looked on what felt like every single travel and holiday website and just couldn’t find anything that suited. I knew I wanted to go to somewhere in Greece and that it needed to be in September. That was it.

I ruled out Santorini pretty early on (sob) as it wasn’t really in my price range after splurging on Las Vegas back in March - Goodbye Instagram worthy photos. I ruled out Kavos in fear of it being Magaluf's twin sister and also ruled out Zante for the same reasons - I went to Magaluf back when I was 18. Most unrelaxing holiday ever.

So, after searching and searching and you guessed more searching I knew in the back of my mind that the old faithful Thomson would eventually come through. Besides Las Vegas, I’ve used Thomson for holidays for 3 or 4 years now. Their holidays, for me, are great value, the booking and traveling process is simple and the service they provide both in the UK and abroad is great! High five Thomson.

As soon as I saw the Oceanis Beach and Spa Resort in Psalidi, I knew that was where we were going to go. The white buildings, location and blue waters sold me - not to mention the all inclusive!
Now that the countdown is into real numbers, I’m getting really excited. I’ve picked up a few gorgeous beach dresses and sandals from Asos and I’m looking for some good swimsuits - any excuse to not have to non-flaunt it in a bikini. I’m picturing my breakfast filled with mimosas and Greek Yogurts. What could possibly be better?

Have you ever been to Kos or on any beach holiday for that matter? I’d love to hear recommendations of places to go and things to see and do. Let me know!


Sunday, 10 July 2016

How can we stop procrastination?

You know, the other day I put up a photo frame that had been sitting on the same chair for 7 weeks. I saw it every single day and I said to myself 'I've definitely got to put that up later'. 

Of course, later never came and it was soon 'I should really put that photo frame up.. next weekend'. Do you see where this is going? Well I didn't.

I continued day after day, putting off hanging the photo frame. It didn't even need to be hung, I bought Command Strips. How lazy right?

My point is, when I lie in bed at night - or get a minute in the day to think - I get annoyed with myself for putting the smallest things..

  • Hang the photo frame
  • Try out the Charlotte Crosby DVD I bought in April
  • Replace the batteries in the Sky remote
  • Put the make up wipes that I've used in the bin - Gross I know

And the more I think about it, the more I realise there's a never ending list of such things that I am putting off..

  • Make more time for breakfast 
  • Get my 7 hours sleep
  • Sort out the cardboard recycling

I really envy the people in life that just get stuff done. I need to be one of those people. How do they do it?


Sunday, 8 May 2016

5 Tips For Travelling To Las Vegas

You may or may not know that I travelled to Las Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday. It's a place I'd always wanted to go but I'd never been old enough until this year. Somehow, I  managed to round my best girls up and we had the best 5 days taking in the city and sipping a cocktail or 12.

Now I know there are a lot of tips and tricks blog posts and videos out there for Las Vegas but I found everyone has different experiences and therefore has different things to say. Today, I thought I'd share with you my top 5 tips to consider when travelling to Sin City.

1. Distances are deceiving

One warm, sunny day we thought nothing of stepping off a Gondola ride at The Venetian and walking to the Bellagio to see the fountains - We regretted it almost instantly. Because of the size of the hotels they look very close together, however what was supposed to be a relaxing walk turned into 25 minutes of absolute sweat and very achy feet.

My advice would be to PLAN your route before hand. Almost, if not every hotel on the strip has WiFi and an information desk available so before you leave one to go to another, stop and plan a walking route (or Uber ride if you're like me!). Also as the hotels are all air conditioned, it's better to walk through if you can - you can get from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay without going outside if needs be. Sometimes it's worth it just to be out of the sun!

2. Plan your bag for the day

By this I mean make sure you've always got sun cream, water and a jacket in your bag because you never know what you're going to get up to.

Even though it was overcast when we visited, you can still feel the sun through the clouds and it's so much better to pop some emergency sun cream on than to look like a ripe tomato under the city lights. A jacket is a great idea, firstly because hotels blast the air conditioning like god knows what and secondly because I found as soon as the sun went down, the breeze came with a vengeance. Whilst planning your bag, also plan the best shoes to wear, especially if you're walking all day.

3. Taxi's can be expensive

Right from your arrival at the airport, Limousine drivers will be trying to hustle you in for a trip that can cost easily $100 and that's just to get to your hotel. Unless that's how you want to start your trip then it's definitely worth telling them you already have a ride sorted even if you don't.

That in mind, you can now either go and get a taxi, get the bus, hitch a ride (not recommended) or whatever else you feel like doing. We got the bus, it worked out to about $9 each and arrived super quick and dropped us at the hotel door.

With regards to taxis, I've heard stories from friends of taxi drivers charging $40 to take them from the airport to the hotel because they've taken a detour on the sly. ALWAYS tell them you've been to Vegas before and if they ask which route you want to take, tell them 'The freeway' then wing it. You'll save half of the time and money, trust me.

I had zero intention of catching a taxi while in Vegas so I gave Uber a whirl. I'd used it in Manchester and Leeds so thought it'd be pretty similar - It worked WONDERS. It does use wifi or mobile data to find your location etc but as most hotels and restaurants have wifi, it's really not an issue. You can see a fare estimate so you pretty much know how much you're paying before you set off and also, all of the drivers details are listed in case you're stuck looking for one black car in front of an extremely busy hotel.

An Uber tip would definitely be to take into consideration the pick up locations. The app will list it for you, you just have to make sure you find it. We stayed at the Luxor so the pick up location was the North Tour Lobby. This was fine but we were on the 24th floor on the other side of the hotel. I found it always best to book when we were near the door! That way you avoid a charge for either being late or missing the ride all together. Also, remember to tip your driver at the end of your trip.

4. Head off The Strip

Sure, you're in Vegas to see the hotels, go to clubs and gamble in the casinos but there's so much more it has to offer. Heading Downtown were two of the best nights we had in Vegas. It's much more casual and the drinks are dirt cheap in happy hour which makes it the perfect place to have a tipple or two. It was also the only place we could find a decent spot to sit outside so that was a bonus.

We also took a trip over to the Grand Canyon which was hands down, the best experience of my life. It was a really sunny day and we had the best helicopter pilot and it was crazy that something as amazing as that was right on the doorstep. If you've booked through a tour operator, be sure to make sure your reservation is confirmed by calling them. We made this mistake with our first booking and so we had to pay again as the third party insisted it was our fault even though nowhere stated we had to do that.

5. Have fun

I know this sounds obvious but I think people can get so caught up in making sure they see every nook and cranny of the city that they forget to actually experience it. Be sure to ride the roller-coaster at New York, New York and take the zip wire down Fremont Street. See a band at Mickie Finnz and spend some spare dollars trying to catch a lobster. Also the cocktails at the Stratosphere's Air Bar will blow your mind and there's an amazing view of the strip and the surrounding valley.

I hope you enjoyed my Vegas tips, I'm thinking of going back next year so let me know if there is anything else you recommend!

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