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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Hotel Barcelo Torre De Madrid X 48 Hours In Madrid

If you’ve been following my blog for the last year or so you will know that one of my favourite things to do is travel. Whether it be a city break or a two week island break I’m up for it. Just no backpacking. Please. I don’t think I’m quite cut out for that. Not any time soon anyway.

When I travel I like to stay in luxurious hotels. Travelling in itself is quite a stressful process so I like to reward myself with a beautiful hotel. I spent the first part of this week in Madrid staying at Barcelo Torre De Madrid. This hotel is situated right in the centre of Madrid. It’s a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle from the streets below.

Barcelo Torre De Madrid has to be one of the more stylish hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It has such a cool relaxed Scandinavian vibe with different furniture placed strategically next to the coolest lamps and beautifully painted walls I’ve ever seen.


The interior for this hotel is a millenianals dream come true. From the entrance to the hallways and the bedrooms, every part of this hotel has been thought out and individually the items might not sound like a good idea, but once placed together they create such a powerful look. Each pastel and vibrant coloured piece compliments the next creating a very relaxed ambiance.

Some of my favourite things about the hotel has to be the interior and the large floor to ceiling windows found all around the lobby area. This area is such a beautiful space for those days where you want to get out of your room, but can’t be bothered to leave the hotel. It’s the perfect space to grab a laptop and do some work which is exactly what we got up to while out there.


Having a hotel in the centre of Madrid meant that we were in walking destination to all of the hotspots including the Palace. We went on a walking tour where we got to see all the touristic spots including the world’s first restaurant which was built in 1725.  As well as this, the hotel is a few minutes walk to any shops including my favourite, Zara. I just can’t go to Spain and not visit Zara. It’s not possible as they would say.


The view from our twin deluxe room was incredible. There is a large window, which makes the room feel so light and open. The views from the room are incredible. The Madrid equivalent to Oxford Street is just down the road and you can see this from the room. Initially, this made me anxious as I thought we’d struggle to get to sleep with all the street noise. However, we soon realised the room was silent. Absolutely blissful.

I also had one of my best sleeps in this hotel. The beds were extremely` comfortable and


The hotel has it’s own restaurant called Samos. Here they serve a small Spanish menu with few few options. That said, there is something foreveryone.

If I ever get the chance to visit Madrid again, I will definitely be visiting Barcelo Torre de Madrid, even if it is to sit in the bar or lobby area.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Treatment Mother's Day Treats

For as long as I can remember, my mum has had the same skincare routine. She would always use the Olay Day Cream and the Olay Night Cream. Over the last ten or so years it's never changed, and to be honest, she has the loveliest skin. Being a blogger who has a keen interest in beauty, I have always tried to get her to use all the other products I use. But she's never diverted from her trusty Day and Night Cream from Olay.

This mother's day I thought I would introduce a new cream into her routine and have us both trial it and see how we get along. The Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol EyeTreatment is great for treating fine lines around the eyes and keeping your under eye area plump. As someone who suffers from fine lines and dark circles around my eyes, I knew this would be a great product for us both to use.

It was an easy addition to my mum’s beauty routine and because she's such a fan of Olay, it wasn't hard to convince her to try it out and include it into her everyday life. The Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment smooths the look of wrinkles in just four weeks. Since using the Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment weve both noticed the difference around our eyes. My fine lines have reduced and my mum has noticed her eye area looks a lot plumper than before.

My mum has always had very sensitive skin and thats why she tends to only use Olay products. She never hesitates when trying new Olay products as she knows their creams are very gentle yet effective.

With mothers day around the corner why not try this product for yourself and your mum. Its a nice little challenge for you both to do together and with results like ours itll be silly not to try it out for yourselves.

For those who love the science behind products, the three main ingredients in the Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Treamtment are Pro-Retinol this stimulates the production of collagen, Niacinamide which hydrates and regenerates the skin’s appearance via surface cell renewal which allows the skin to retain moisture and Peptides help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating the area.

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Monday, 5 March 2018

How to feel good enough in the blogging industry

This topic is something that has been eating at me for a very long time now, and I feel like it's time I just bite the bullet and hit the publish button.

I've written blog posts on how to feel like your blog is good enough and even how to be a confident blogger and how to stay motivated (check out my blogging series here) but I've never touched on the topic of feeling good enough yourself.

I am not your average UK blogger. I'm not. I'm a 25 year old, 5ft 9, size 8 Turkish Cypriot blogger who was born and lived in London her whole life. Don't get me wrong, there are so many girls with the same background as me. And there are many people with the same background as you. But, every single one of us has something different to share within the blogging industry and it's our job to find what that is and use our voices to project it to our audience.

I feel like my space is to show that someone who's family comes from a tiny island has a lot to offer. I never had a sister and that is one of the reasons I started a blog. I wanted to share my love for fashion, beauty and life with other girls who were never confident with their style choices. I wanted to be able to be an online sister for those who are struggling with something. And whenever I get a message from one of my followers thanking me for advice or telling me that I have inspired them to do something they never would have, that is when I feel like I have accomplished something. And that is when I know my place is solidified in the blogging industry.

It's so easy to feel like you're not good enough in a professional sense. We all have days where we feel like the work we produce is awful. We get down that our numbers are low, or that our photography and editing will never be on parr with a blogger who has a whole team behind them, shooting and editing their images. And to be honest. It may never be. But who wants to be the same anyway. We are all so unique and we all have a place in this industry, no matter what you look like, how many followers you have or how good your photos are. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here are my five tips to KNOW and FEEL that you are good enough for the blogging industry.

1) Your uniqueness makes you desirable. We can all feel like we merge into a bubble that is just another blogger. Sometimes we feel like we can't burst it, but everything about you makes you special, from your looks to your quirky little ways.

2) Play on your strengths. Whatever your strengths may be, take it and go. Blogging has become a predominately visual thing. If you don't want yourself to be the focus of your blog that's fine, maybe your written word is better, maybe your photography or editing is amazing. Use these strengths whatever they may be to push the boundaries.

3) Just remember that everyone has moments where they don't feel like they're work is good enough in this industry. And remember the person you're comparing yourself too is also comparing themselves to someone else. It's not just you who has these moments and someone out there is probably looking at the work you produce comparing themselves thinking they can never be as good as you. The reality is, no one really knows what they're doing in blogging and it's all trail and error. Finding things that work for you  and that make you happy is all that matters.

4) Focus on progressing yourself not reaching perfection. If you struggle with a certain aspect of blogging, say your writing, photography, style etc focus on ways to improve that area. With determination comes growth. If you're someone like me, who is always trying to improve themselves and their blog, you will know how easy it is to criticise your own work, and how hard it is for the word perfect to come out your mouth, I don't think I've ever produced anything and thought it was perfect. It's always been good enough. And I know that every time I work on something it gets better and better. As creatives, I think we struggle to find our own work perfect/goals. So by focusing on progress, in time you will notice that your growth is what counts more than any perfect work.

5) Don't let the approval of others get the better of you. Now, this can be from individuals, but more so I'm talking about that damn Instagram algorithm. We shouldn't determine whether we are good enough by a few likes or followers. If you're working as hard as you can and put all your energy and effort into something then you don't need any one else's approval. Just putting yourself out there on the internet is hard enough, you don't need to seek any one else's approval to realise your own worth.

My final food for thought is to remember that by doubting ourselves we strive for greatness. So remember you are good enough, and don't you forget it! We should find the positives in our need for bettering ourselves and learn to love our uniqueness.


Monday, 12 February 2018

How To Produce Regular Content For Your Blog And Instagram

When it comes to social media, blogging etc, the key thing for success is to keep on top of things and staying consistent. That's easy said and all, but the reality is, life. We are all busy and a lot of people blog on the side of a full time job. When it comes to creating content for your blog you've only got evenings and weekends. And that's if you're not too tired after working a long day.

So the reality of producing content is a lot harder than someone who isn't in the industry would think. When I first started blogging, I too worked a normal job. At first I was at university and working weekends, then I worked in schools and then I was doing social media and blogging for brands. Each had their own difficulty when trying to find the right time to take pictures for blog posts and social media.

When I was working full time, I was managing to blog four times a week. Now as a full time blogger, I try to stick to once a week, yet I still struggle with that (I'm sorry guys). My focus has currently shifted from the blog to youtube, but I'm really trying to get back into the writing side of it all as that's where I started this journey.

Full time employed blogger friends always say to me they just can't find the time to produce content. And although I know it's hard, I have found a few solutions that hopefully will help you. Even if you introduce one of these into your life you'll notice a world of difference.

If you're struggling to find ways to produce regular content for you blog or Instagram here are five tips to produce regular content for your blog and social media.

1) Batch photos. When I was working a 9-5 I would always go and shoot on the weekend. I would drive into central london with my mum, park the car either at a meter or stay extremely close to the car incase a ticket inspector comes and drive off and shoot blog photos in batch. When you've set a full day of shooting set aside you know you've got a time frame to get all the shots you need. Generally, like this I was able to get 3-5 different outfits shot and have content ready for the next week. If you don't have access to a car, you can pop into any coffee shop and change outfits.

2) Take photos on lunch breaks. When I was interning for a jewellery brand I would always get the other intern to take my photos for me during our lunch break. It helped that she was interested in what I was doing so she was more than happy to help me. I'd bring my camera and a change of clothing in and change in the office bathroom. If you have a look around where you work i'm sure you will be able to find some cool locations. And colleagues generally are happy to help, it's also really nice to treat them to a few goodies every now and then to keep them sweet.

3) Take pictures after work. If you finish work early it's great to go out and get your shots then. In the winter you've got until around 4pm until it starts getting dark, but in the summer it doesn't matter as much if you finish early or not as it's daylight a lot longer (oh how I long for those days). When I used to work at schools I would come home run and get changed to go out and shoot. You could find somewhere near work and again a colleague/friend/partner/photographer could meet you and take some photos.

4) Make the most of what you got. Personally, I like to make sure that I have three strong shots of one outfit from three different locations. And when I mean locations I don't mean across London. Say you're shooting at a cafe, take a shot outside, take a shot with your coffee/food etc, then take some more shots in different parts of the room. Maybe they have a cool feature; use that, take shots through the glass window. Be creative and get at lease three different shots for the same outfit. For blog posts, make sure you have those three strong shots and a few more to spare. On my blog, I find I can get away with posting slightly similar shots, but on Instagram, adding different locations really helps. Spread these shots out over a few days/ weeks.

5) Don't hesitate to post again. As our accounts are always growing and the Instagram algorithm is always changing don't be afraid to repost an image, chances are, a lot of your followers haven't seen it before, or your editing has changed so the image looks completely different. Go through your archives, find images from months, years ago that can still work. If you're a travel blogger, post about that trip in 2008 again but update it to things you wish you had done differently etc. There's so much in your archives you forget so if you're struggling for content go and have a good rummage through I' sure you'll find something.

These are five tips that have helped me keep producing content on Instagram and my blog over the last five years. What are your tips for posting regularly? I'd love to hear them.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Knee High Boots, Hit Or Miss?

This season it seems that knee high boots have made a return. With the catwalks, celebs and bloggers alike all donning the trend it's hard not to fall in love with a pair.

I purchased this pair from Stuart Weitzman over six years ago and they have been collecting dust at the back of my wardrobe since then. However, I loved the style so much and bought them on sale. I knew their time would come soon enough.

And that's the thing when you buy key pieces that are so well made. They can sit in your wardrobe and be pulled out seasons later looking brand new and bang on trend.

A few years ago I would have styled these boots completely differently. However, I decided to team it up with a flowing wrap around midi dress as I love the way the boots get covered by the bottom of the dress. It looks so elegant and sophisticated.

Although I am in love with my various pairs of over the knee boots, it's so nice to add something different into the mix and experiment with different boot length. Thanks so Stuart Weitzman years ahead of the style game for creating these boots and my friend at Russell and Bromley for pushing me to get these after weeks of being on hold.

What do you think of this trend? Or are you a thigh high only kind of gal?


Boots: Stuart Weitzman (very similar)
Bag: Alexander McQueen (similar)
Sunglasses: Steve Madden


Friday, 26 January 2018

Whole Earth Sweetener The Simple Swap To Make In 2018

With the New Year in full swing #sweetresolution I decided early on that I wanted to make a few changes to my eating habits. As someone who can't stick to a diet, because let's face it, food is delicious, and I have no place at the gym; I’ve been looking for simpler ways to improve my health.

I knew that the best way for me was to make a few easy changes that I know I would be able to keep and that would help me stick to my new years resolutions without having to miss out on the things that I thoroughly enjoyed.

It’s been almost a month now since I've swapped sugar for Whole Earth Sweetener and I haven't been able to notice the difference in terms of taste. It's the same sweetness in my cups of peppermint tea, but without the calories and negative effects that regular sugar presents.

By making one small change in my everyday life; (one that’s such a maintainable goal for the rest of the year) I've found myself convincing friends to make the same easy change. By doing this, I have been able to focus on my other goals and keep striving for greatness as the year progresses.

Another of my favourite things to do is to swap sugar for Whole Earth Sweetener whilst baking. I made these brownies and served them up to my boyfriend over the weekend and he didn’t even realise that I had swapped one ingredient. To him, it tasted exactly as it usually does.

What's great is that only half a teaspoon of Whole Earth Sweetener is the equivalent to one teaspoon of regular sugar. The entire range is derived from nature, so if you’re someone who is following a vegan or a plant-based diet, this is also a great alternative for you.

The Whole Earth Sweetener has helped me maintain a balanced diet by allowing me to keep eating the things I loved before. In my head I know that I’ve made the swap and that overflows into other areas in my life, allowing me to make more beneficial decisions when it comes to my health and diet.

Recently launching in the UK you can find Whole Earth Sweeteners in Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and Coop. The range includes reduced calorie Sweet Granules, Sweet Mini Cubes, Honey & Stevia blend and Raw Cane Sugar & Stevia blend.

Why not make the swap yourself?

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Monday, 15 January 2018

Do Holidays Ruin Reality?

As of recently, I've been feeling so demotivated. I find that after every holiday it takes me a few weeks to get back into the swing of things and I genuinely don't know why. The addition of Christmas, New Year and the cold weather sure didn't help this time round and it's just now that I find I am back feeling motivated and eager to go again. 15 days into the new year but who's counting!

It wasn't until the other day I was at my boyfriends and we were talking when he randomly asked me to go and sit next to him for a cuddle. When I asked why he said you just looked really miserable over there. I was genuinely just scrolling on Instagram, but it made me snap out of whatever I was going through and want to do more.

Could it be that holidays are actually bad for me? Do holidays ruin reality for us? Before Dubai, I was waking up at 8am and sticking to a really tight schedule. But ever since coming back all I've been thinking about is planning the next trip, and rewatching gossip girl, because why not. It wasn't like I was going anywhere for the time being.

I never got a chance last summer to post these images from my short stop in Sete during my cruise in June so I thought it would be a great time to share them alongside a life update.

This year I have a lot more trips planned and I hope it doesn't take this long to snap right back into the groove of it all again. But it made me think a lot about myself and the downward spiral I could fall into if I continued on this path. Would this lead to anxiety? Could it lead to depression? 

Motivation is such an important part of everyday. And it comes in the form of such simple things like getting out of bed in the morning. Eating breakfast before noon and getting out of the house to run errands. It doesn't have to be something really big. 

This is something that I haven't really ever spoken on this blog about before, but this year I've decided to let you all in a lot more. I want my readers to know who I am and I want to know you all too. It's important for me to build an open discussion on this topic.

If you're going through something similar, or not, just remember that this too shall pass.

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