Friday, 1 April 2016

Travel Necessities

Travelling is always exciting but for me there's a lot of organising you have to do before hand and then particularly long flights can be hard work when you're cooped in such a small space for a whole day as travel around the world.

Especially if your trip had a few different stops where you have to pack up to go elsewhere it can be difficult to keep track of all your stuff. So here's the things I've found that make it easier to travel without losing any of your possessions along the way.
Makes it so much easier to squeeze more stuff into your case. You just roll up all clothes and stuff them it and it's a great space saver. As you go you can move stuff into a clean and dirty cube so you're not confused about what you have and haven't worn. If you're travelling with someone else it's a lot easier to keep your stuff separate too.
Really good at helping you keep your small things in order too especially when you have lot of small, easily lost and important things you want to keep safe. All clear too so you can do as many checks as you need to that you still have your passport without rooting around in a huge dark bag.
Great to just dump all you cosmetics in, that way you know it's all in there somewhere
Really massive so you can fit everything in there
So you can ignore try to blank out a crying baby or arguing couple.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Where I've been: Tokyo

Another very long blogging break. Life's what happen's when you're making other plans right? So other than the usual daily grind they occasionally let me away from my desk for holidays etc.

Using my last bit of holiday from last year we decided to go to Tokyo as we saw a good deal online and thought why not?

I've always really wanted to visit Japan as it's a so different to the UK unlike places like the US, Australia and New Zealand where you know exactly what you're going to get.

We did all the usual tourist and heritage sites, ate some great food. We were only there for 4-5 days whereas it's probably more normal to spend a week or more travelling about. But at the end we felt like we'd done everything we wanted to do so didn't feel let down about leaving too soon.

Some of the things we got up to in the collage above are:

  • Tokyo Imperial Palace and Garden
The palace itself isn't really open anymore but the gardens are nice to walk around with ponds, and if you're lucky in the spring time a bit of cherry blossom
  •  Meji Shrine
We saw a couple of weddings as we went over the weekend which were very grand! I put 50 yen in the fountain which was supposed to bring me some luck in love but no results there. I only had a 50 not a 5 so that might have been the problem
  • Shinjuku's bright lights
A very busy shopping areas, we also went and had some purikura too which is very difficult if you don't know how!
  • Mount Fuji
The famous mountain. We visited on quite a misty day but it was still a good trip. We were also gifted with a prosperity bell lucky charm to take home
  • Senso-ji
Tokyo's oldest temple, our first stop when we arrived in into Tokyo.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Where I've been : Dubai

As I mentioned in my India post I also added on a few days in Dubai on the way back.

The two destinations are certainly contrasting and seeing both in one trip was great.

Dubai recently has become pretty popular, I seem to be getting emails everyday from holiday companies with deals to travel there for a few days quite cheaply from the UK. What is most tv soap stars and reality tv stars going there a lot too it's becoming a more a more popular place for UK tourists to travel too.

Whilst there certainly isn't as much sight seeing to do in Dubai than during the rest of the trip in India there's still a lot to keep you entertained. Below are some pics of what we got up to on the trip...

Dubai Miracle Garden - A cute garden a bit out of the city with lots of flowers and bits and bobs

Burj Kalifa, the tallest building the world has a fountain show every hour

Aquariums, fountains, waterparks pictures from a typical Dubai trip!
Dubai is certainly a good destination for a great trip outside of Europe because it's basically hot all the time. Michael MacIntyre described it as taking a holiday inside your oven, which is true but everywhere is air conditioned so it doesn't really feel like it. But aside from the buildings and some different shops you'd have a very similar holiday to a big resort in Europe but a longer flight and a bigger bill!

As we rolled our trip into another one it didn't add to the cost that much for us. Our hotel was pretty posh as well, The Jameirah Zabeel Saray, and we seemed to be upgraded to half board rather than B&B which meant we could try out some of the hotel's restaurants and Tuesday was French night at the buffet so we were pretty chuffed. (it's been two months and me and my sister still reminisce about it!)

If you're looking to experience some tradition in Dubai you're in the wrong place, the city is really new so no one is really a Dubai native. But it's a great and somewhat exotic escape from the UK, most deals I see are only for three or four nights but I'd recommend going for a bit longer so you can also have a few days relaxing too.

If you worry about needing to cover up then there's no need. The general rule is no beach wear anywhere other than the beach which you probably wouldn't do anyway, so just wear proper clothes when you're out and about. So no short shorts, strappy/strapless tops or mini skirts, it'd be too cold to wear that indoors anyway. It's also slightly more expensive than the UK for clothes, we unfortunately lost our luggage for a few days so had to buy some clothes while we were out there and H&M/F21 etc. can be about a third more expensive than at home. It was nice to look at some brands you we don't have here though like Sephora, Bed Bath and Beyond and The Cheesecake Factory.

It's definitely nice to experience something different though so I'd say you should go and visit at some point!

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Nailbox : Nails Inc

The NailsInc polish I got in the box
Nailbox kindly send me their latest box for me to take a look at which was nice of them.

You might have seen the ads following you around the web but nailbox is a new subscription box service where they send you a new box every month of new nail polish colours. Which I think is a great idea.

One of the things I like most is that they send you full sizes each time, I hate those mini samples because the brush is too small to get a smooth coat on. The brands I got in my sample box were great too, Essie, Nails Inc (pictured above) and Seche Vite. Considering the whole box normally costs £13 an Essie polish is £8 each and Nails Inc polishes are £11 then it's quite a good deal.

The only thing you might get caught out on is the colours because you don't get to pick them out before hand. For me I know there's certain colours I'd never wear like neon bright green or yellow. But as there would always be at least a couple of colours in the box you're bound to like at least one.

They also promise the colours you get every month will always be on trend and seasonal. I tend to have quite a lot of polishes already so really only buy 'new' colours for the season rather than just colours I like the look of. I'm a sucker for a gimmick with nail polish, If it has new on it I don't think twice!

I haven't signed up the service yet because I've been too busy/lazy to sit and paint my nails recently but I'm planning to do so in the future. What does everyone else think?

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Where I've been: India

*Hangs head in shame* I haven't blogged in so so long. Life is what happens when you're making other plans right? I make no promises that I won't go straight back onto a blogging binge and then forget about it again but I can only try.

One of the things I have been up to though is a trip to the wonderful India. Seeing the sites in northern India and then heading to Goa for some beaching/pooling/tanning.

From London we flew to Delhi for a few days, then onto Agra, Jaipur, Goa and finally Dubai before home.

India Gate, Lotus Temple, Humayun's Temple, Qutub Minar, 
Then we headed for a long drive to Agra. Although we were hundreds of miles from Nepal apparently a few other people felt the earthquake during the drive.

Agra is quite different to Delhi. Delhi seems to be a lot busiest with so much more going on whereas Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal really is very touristy.

Panch Mahal

A palace built by Akbar the Great the site is full of loads of details like these Elephant arches and different fruits engraved into the pillars.

Taj Mahal

Details of the Taj Mahal, and me!
We were lucky enough to get our own tour guide for each sight which was really useful to have. Lots of the sights were really busy, and not to mention boiling hot (38 degrees) so it was useful to have someone taking care of tickets, bag checks and knowing which way to go. Without it I can imagine us walking around lost whilst we get our bearings, work out where to go, buy tickets and generally faff in the blistering heat and occasionally with lots of people trying to sell us things at the same time.

Next we headed off to Jaipur.

Amer Fort
Probably my favourite place we visited was Jaipur. Of course a big city, the population of every city we visited well bigger than London but I liked the vibe. There were lots of lovely elephants too which helped!

Wind Palace

Amer Fort, Jal Mahal

Final stop was then Goa.

The flight was a bit of an ordeal, Delhi domestic departures are a bit hectic but we got there eventually. Goa was completely different to the rest of the stops and felt a lot more like a usual resort where you could be anywhere in the world. But it was a nice change from the rest of the sight seeing schedule we'd had.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend a trip to India. Maybe it's not to everyone's style and it can get a bit intense, a girl we met got a bit of culture shock and was too scared to leave the hotel when she first arrived. But all in all we had a lovely time and had a once in a life time experience.

Will share my thoughts on Dubai next time...

Now to plan our next trip. Any recommendations for good deals?

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

All Black Err Thang

I'm wearing more and more black recently. Maybe it's a bit morbid but it can also be quite chic, and after all it does go with everything!

Here's the links:

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Colour Pick: Oxblood

Happy New Year everyone! Above is a bit of a compilation of my favourite bits in a shade I'm loving right now. Oxblood.

The Mulberry Bayswater may not be happening for my any time soon so maybe the jumper might be a bit more realistic.

Which is your favourite?

5. Jumper
6. OPI Nail Polish - Hollywood and Wine

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Baking - Favourite Recipes

One of my favourite things about Christmas is using a bit of time off to do some baking. Below are some of my favourite recipes to make and eat.

I'm sure after a bit more practice I can go on to doing more complicated bakes like gingerbread houses and pretty decorated Christmas cakes but in the mean time some of the recipes below are so easy and quick to do everyone can have a go. They all link out to the recipes I used for them so you can all have a go.

Has anyone else baked anything they're proud of this Christmas?

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