Saturday, 26 May 2018

I SPENT A WEEK IN TURKEY X BODRUM, MARMARIS, OLUDENIZ


















At the beginning of May I headed on a trip that I had been super excited for. I was heading to Turkey for 6 days with a bunch of people I didn't know. Granted I stalked them all online before because let's be honest, who wouldn't!

And then the day came. Being Turkish Cypriot, understanding the Turkish culture, speaking the language and having visited a few of the places before I was super excited to be on a trip where I would be able to understand the locals.

In the four hour flight, myself and a few of the girls became acquainted and by the end of the flight we had created a bond that took us through the entire trip. That's the great thing about travelling. It's not just the location, but the people you meet along the way.

The first day was to be spent in Bodrum. I've visited Bodrum before, but mainly stayed in the resort. So I was excited to head out and see what the city had to offer. We spent the night in Royal Asarlik Beach. The hotel had two different pools and a beach on offer. One of the great thing about hotels in Turkey is that you get a great offer for an all inclusive break. 

The next two days were spent in Marmaris. Here we spent two nights each in a different hotel. The first night was spent in the luxurious Orka Lotus Beach. The second in Green Nature Diamond. Both equally luxurious, however I found Orka Lotus Beach to be a lot more relaxed, where as Green Nature had more of a younger vibe with music playing all day at the pool. It really depends what you are looking for.

Day four we travelled from Marmaris to Oludeniz. One of my favourite places in Turkey. I'd been to Oludeniz about five years before and fell in love, so I was so happy to travel back there again. But before we ended up in our hotel in Oludeniz, we had a jam packed day. Our first stop was the Lycian Tombs. These are situated in Dalyan and you can see them by boat. We also managed to spot some baby turtle while sailing around the lake.

We then headed to the Dalyan Mud baths to experience a mud and thermal water bath. This was great for our skin, but I couldn't handle to scent and had to be pulled out of the thermal water. Thinking back to that moment is making me want to heave again! The smell was vile!

We then headed to visit some of the founders of the wonderful Orka Hotels and went to see some of the Villas they have built. These villas are literal GOALS. With it's on hamam, hot tub and gym to name a few it's a home we can all aspire to have!

Our last night was spent in Orka Sunlife Oludeniz where we enjoyed a lovely meal together. The hotel is so big it has an outside lift to take you to your room.

The last morning it was actually raining until around 11am. This had us all worried for we had a busy day planned that involved a lot of outdoor activity. Luckily, the rain cleared and blue skies appeared allowing us to have a wonderful last day in Oludeniz. I finally managed to visit the Blue Lagoon and Turquoise beach. If you want clear white sand with blue seas, this is the place to go. It's breath taking.

We then headed on one of the Alesta yacht's. This was so much fun, we stopped off a few times and had the opportunity to head into the seas. Personally I love swimming and the sea so I went in for a little dip and with the heat I dried in around five minutes.

Our last meal was spent in Rixos Gocek. Here we had a delicious three course meal.

If you'd like to see my vlog I have attached it below. Have you ever been to Turkey before? Would you want to visit now?



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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

GOLD JEWELLERY X THIS SUMMERS MUST HAVE ACCESSORY




There was a day that if you said I had to choose between yellow gold or white gold and silver, I would have always chosen the latter. I always felt like yellow gold was for older people. My mum would always wear yellow gold and I wanted to make my own mark and be different. And that's why I always opted for silver jewellery.

Now, fast forward to 2018, it seems as though yellow gold has made a huge comeback with bloggers alike all opting to wear yellow gold, or like me, mixing the two together.

This summer, I can't stop shopping for gold necklaces. It's currently my favourite thing to look for and I've started to build up quite a collection of cute pieces that I can mix and match.

I feel like this is my current favourite two pieces to wear together. I am on the hunt for something to drop a little lower and possibly have a small charm on it. When I'm in Cyprus, I'll be heading out to all the jewellers to have a look and see what there is on offer.

I like shopping for jewellery in Cyprus as there is no tax on gold so it's generally a lot cheaper and usually is solid gold. A lot of my other pieces are either gold plated silver or gold plated rhodium.

If you're wanting to switch over to gold jewellery, I suggest you start at the lower end of the market and try some styles from the highstreet to see if it's what you like as it is quite an adjustment if all you've ever worn is silver before.

The chocker style necklace that I am wearing is from Etsy, and the pendant is the English Farthing on the 16 inch chain from Katie Mullally.

Here are a few other pieces that have caught my eye. Let me know if you'd like to see a feature on earrings or watches or anything else let me know!



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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Getting to know my allergies with Neutral 0%






 Last week being Allergy Awareness week I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you a little bit more information about myself and what allergies I suffer with.

Something that I don't talk about much is my allergies, I have hayfever which is an extremely common allergy. But one that's a little less spoken about in my case, is the fact that I'm allergic to most washing detergents. That's why I was really excited to try out Neutral 0% and see if it would work for my skin.

Ever since I was a baby, my mum struggled to find detergents that wouldn't irritate my skin or give me an allergic reaction. We then found one company that worked and that was it. That's all we could use. One washing detergent. For twenty five years, that was the only detergents I have been able to use. As I've grown older, I'm constantly looking for alternatives as it's quite restricting.

I remember going on family vacations and my mum would always pack washing detergent incase any of my clothes needed to be washed so that my skin wouldn't be irritated.

One day when I was around eleven years on a family holiday in Cyprus my mum took us to our uncles house where my cousins and I wanted to go to his farm to feed the sheep. My aunt kindly offered for me to change into my cousins clothes so that mine wouldn't get ruined.

All was well and good until after about fifteen minutes in the sun I started feeling really itchy and uncomfortable. By the time we got back and I showered and changed, my skin was covered in a rash like I've never seen before. And coincidentally, it was only on the areas that I was wearing my cousins clothes (that were washed in a different washing detergent to my normal one).

That night, I knew there had to be a better solution to this. And ever since then I have always made sure that everything that comes into contact with my skin is fragrance and colourant free. I'm always on the hunt for a new brand so when I heard of Neutral 0% I knew I had to try it out for myself.

1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from allergies, this number is growing every year and almost half of UK households are currently affected by allergies. The older I get the more conscious I become about the things that touch and go into my body. Using products that are kind to your skin is so important to me. #neutralsensitiveskin

Neutral 0% has made a name for itself and as a result is a leading brand in Scandinavia. It's new to the UK market, however being such a growing concern in the UK market, it's sure to find it's space in the sensitive section. 

Now that I'm older I'm able to make more conscious decisions and be able to try different products.

If you’re interested in trying the products, the Neutral 0% Washing Liquid and Fabric Conditioner are currently on promotion in Ocado and the range is also available from Sainsbury's and Amazon. To find out more about Neutral 0% visit www.neutralsensitiveskin.com.

With no colourants, perfumes or parabens in their products they're perfect for anyone who suffers with any skin allergies or irritants like me.

DISCLAIMER: I recommend doing a patch test for compatibility, especially is you have sensitive skin.

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