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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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Monday, 8 January 2018

The Best Four Days In Dubai And Where To Visit


















At the end of last year something I had wished for for a very long time, came true. The lovely team at Visit Dubai took myself and a friend to Dubai for a few days to give us the ultimate Dubai experience.

When you think of Dubai, there's so many different things that come to mind, but after visiting I can say it truly is cosmopolitan, elegant and lavish. In that order.

We had a jam packed itinerary full of different experiences that Dubai has to offer. Including land and sea.

Our first day consisted of a fun filled morning exploring the Miracle Garden. In my opinion, a total random feature, but explains Dubai to the full. It's a garden filled with lavish flower displays (including a plane) so beautiful you can't help but be mesmerised. It's a must visit for an Instagram lover as you have to get a picture next to the heart filled flower hallway!

After this we headed out for a desert safari where we were drifting up and down the sand dunes. A total out of body experience where I simply could not stop laughing! The evening ended with food and an array of different shows.

Day two began with the Seawings Sea plane experience. For 20 minutes we got to see Dubai from above visiting all the famous landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and the palm islands.

After this we headed back to our hotel, The Atlantis Palm to emerge ourselves in the Atlantis experience. This started with lunch at Yuan. The Atlantis hotel offers over 24 different restaurant and a huge selection of fast food diners. Yuan is a Chinese restaurant with a delicious menu, I highly recommend the tiger prawns with wasabi mayonnaise and tobiko. Simply delicious.

The hotel also has a fully equip aqua park which we took full advantage of. The aqua park includes a lazy river and a slide through the hotel aquarium. I know...the hotel has an aquarium. It's quite small, but has a large selection of different sea creatures, it's the perfect way to spend a quiet evening in the hotel.

After the aquarium we headed the Ayamna for a Lebanese dinner. The staff were incredible and the food was delicious. We went for the set menu for two and left with two happy full bellies!

Day three we wanted to visit the souks of Dubai to get a more authentic experience. After walking around the old spices, we stepped in to the Dubai Mall. A complete contrast. There you can find everything you can think of and more.

In order to access the Burj Khalifa you have to head through the mall. This is something everyone who heads to Dubai must do. It's incredible standing on the worlds tallest building seeing in to the distance. Rumour has it, If you watch the sunset from up above, by the time you get down you can watch the sunset for the second time. Imagine!

For dinner we headed to the famous Nusr-Et for a delicious dinner. I have no words on how incredible the steak was. If you're after a little flamboyancy, give this place a visit, I spent the entire evening watching what the waiters were up to with the delivery and service of each meal.

Day Four was our last but we still manged to cram in a visit to the beach and a tour of one of the seven signature suites of The Atlantis. If you have $15,000 to spare. I highly recommend an evening there!

All in all, Dubai is such a beautiful place to visit. Although it doesn't have as much cultural history as a lot of other middle eastern countries, there are still so many other things you can do.

I would like to thank Visit Dubai for taking me on this trip. If you would like to see more from my trip watch my vlog down below.


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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Winter Breaks With Travelodge






If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll notice that I enjoy staying at a range of different hotels. London being the city I live in and my favourite city ( I am biased I know) I love showing you all the amazing gems and great offers hotels have on offer. This weekend I got to stay at the new Super Room at the Travelodge in Farringdon.

This particular hotel had a very relaxed, young and modern feel to it; something that I personally really appreciate. I love the fact that I can book a night at any Travelodge and know that I’ll be getting a good night’s sleep regardless. And what’s even better is that they are currently offering 5% off exclusively on the Daily Mail discount code page for their London hotels.

Everything within the room is completely thought out. Spending the weekend away couldn’t be easier, your room comes fully equip with lots of charging space, (which for me is one my main concerns) a hair dryer because I always seem to forget one, and a King’s Size bed so me and my boyfriend don’t argue about who’s on who’s side of the bed!

After a quick and easy check in, we headed up to our room to scout for somewhere to eat. This particular location (Farringdon) is central and so easy to get to and from which was ideal. It’s perfect for those looking to come to town for a break, or those here on business.

The Super Room comes with a few extra bits to make your stay even more comfortable. My night time hot chocolate was an added bonus I didn’t know I wanted until I took y first sip.

Their unlimited breakfast for £8.25 is a great option as you can eat as much as you like and there is a variety of food from hot and cold choices as well as a Lavazza coffee machine.

Whatever your reason, I highly recommend staying in the Travelodge Super Room. You can book here.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

A Night To Remember With Le Suite West










Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to get to spend time in some amazing hotels and do some really cool experiences. This is something that I am forever grateful and always gives me a little pinch me moment before I head out from home.

Last week myself and a group of bloggers headed into London with Social Network Solutions (check out my last stay with them here) whereby we had a great time getting to know each other and experience some cool things we never would have before.

We started the day off with an escape room at Lock'd. This is something I never would have thought of doing, heck, I didn't even realise it was a thing in London until then. I'd seen escape rooms before, but only on the Big Bang theory. So when I heard that this would be one of our activities, I was a little sceptical. But I'm kind of glad I was, as it ended up being a lot of fun and gave me such an adrenaline rush. We completed the room with 3 minutes to spare, embarrassing, but at least we know what kind of things to look for the next time we go!

Next we headed off to Le Suite West where we were to have afternoon tea and spend the evening. Le Suite West have a delicious vegan afternoon tea. I much prefer savoury items so the sandwiches were my favourite. If you're a vegan, or just after something a little different, I highly recommend this menu.

Being a blogger means that we don't really get to relax and unwind, but each time I have worked with Social Network solution, they always provide the perfect balance of fun and work. It's so nice to take the time with others in the industry to just chat about life, boys and make up tips. Although the main restaurant was under construction, the staff were extremely accommodating providing dinner for us and some late night hot chocolate for us to really unwind.

We also were lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts. I was sent a few surprises from the lovely team at Apatchy London and Apache Rose London

I have also vlogged the whole thing so check it out below!

I would just like to thank everyone involved with this event for a wonderful time.


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Styling Belt Bags And Over The Knee Boots





 








It's officially the month of Christmas. This means one thing and one thing only. It's time to dress cosy AF! For me, this includes lots of jumper dresses and cute little bags. 

This seasons must have trendy piece has got to be the belt bag. I am literally so obsessed with them. As I stated in my Zara Haul, I actually love the Gucci one, but as it's such an expensive piece for a very trendy piece, I've been on the hunt for a dupe, and I think I've found the perfect one.

Belt bags are so versatile and easy to wear. They're hands free and look so good. I am just obsessed. This one is slightly on the larger size of belt bags, and even comes with a cross the body strap. I've actually got my eyes on another one from Zara which is a little smaller.

As soon as winter hits, my favourite thing to whip out is a pair of over the knee boots. I adore this old pair from River Island as the heel is not too high and is perfect for wearing all day long. They look great with a cute girly outfit, some jeans or a nice chunky jumper dress.

What's your favourite winter essential this year?

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