Sunday, 23 July 2017

Wanderlust: 3 places I want to visit!

Back in 2016 I did a post about places I want to visit and it is still to this day one of my most viewed posts of all time, I then reached out to you guys on Twitter and asked if you want more travel posts and 95% of you said yes! So since then I have been wanting to bring you more travel focused content and over the last few months I think I've been doing that pretty well. So I decided to bring you a part two, sharing 3 amazing places which are on my list of places I want to travel to. Let me know in the comments where you want to visit! 

Amsterdam is a place which has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, and this year it is *possibly* happening! With everyone in my office at work talking about it recently it has prompted me to get it sorted. With so many amazing museums including the Anne Frank house and the Van Gogh museum (I've also been told I need to check out the sex museum, by a fair few of my friends) Along with other things like canal boat tours, the flower market and even the red light district. Amsterdam sounds like a place of lots to do, and you able to pack a lot into a few days so great for a long weekend away.

Kelfalonia is one of the Ionian islands west of mainland Greece and is the perfect place to take a summer holiday, with many glorious beaches including the highly recommended Myrtos. If you're looking for other things to do as well as visiting beautiful beaches, there are some gorgeous caves to visit including Drogarati and Melissani. For all of us bloggers it is a recommended place to visit due to the beautiful landscapes and pretty villages to take pictures in. When I read up about holidays in Kefalonia in more detail I found out from Google it is where bestselling novel and film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were set. The weather around this time of year is around 29 degrees so pretty hot!

The last destination on my list to visit is Budapest, this destination for some reason has always just seemed appealing to me. Again, there are many museums to visit such as the pin ball museum and the Holocaust memorial centre. As well as that there are some unique things to do like go for a dip in the Szechenyi baths and shopping at central market hall. I've also heard some great things about the cuisine is Budapest. If you want to read more about amazing things to do in Budapest, I'd recommend checking out this post from Claire over at Vanity Claire.

Where is on your list to visit? 

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Creating my dream home!

Happy Thursday all, who's looking forward to the weekend? I would be if I wasn't working *sad times*, I was recently sent an infographic from Thomas Sanderson sharing the importance of colours on your mood and it got me thinking about the lack of colours in my home and how a possible uplift of colour can make a HUGE difference. I live in a rented property so I wouldn't be able to change the walls, but it got me thinking about what my dream house would be like and I thought I'd share the infographic with you guys and also create a bit of a wishlist of what I would have in my dream home. I found the fact that purple has feelings of comfort and relaxation and black having an element of sophistication to it to it, really interesting. I would love to know in the comments what colours you feature mainly in your house. 

What I would include in my dream home: 

A purple sofa: 
Drawing it back to the idea of purple having comfort and a relaxing element to it, I decided I would have a giant purple sofa, not only does it stand out and look amazing, it also has comforting colours and would be an awesome feature to the room. The sofa featured is from Furniture Village.

Red dinner set: 
I love the idea of red raising your heart rate and stimulating the nerves making the severity of smell and taste intensify, I've seen some gorgeous red dinner sets from Oldrids as well as some gorgeous red pans from House Of Fraser.

Cute mugs:
Slightly off the topic of colour, but I feel like adorable mugs will instantly boost your mood, I mean who doesn't want to drink their coffee in the morning out of an adorable cat mug. Cos I know I do! Sass and Belle have a whole section of adorable mugs and if you aren't aware already I love pretty much everything from their website.

A modern kitchen table:
My next investment in my house is going to a stand out table, that is super modern, and I have seen some seriously amazing ones from Habitat like the one pictured above, and also from Made. I love the fact that they can be the centre of any room and bring the whole family together.

What would you include in your dream house?

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Tips For Travelling On A Budget!

Travel posts, I remember last summer I promised I would bringing tons more travel related content to my blog and then seemed to have lost my blogging mojo for a lot of the end of last year and most of this year. BUT, I am trying to get back into blogging more and travel posts are something I love to write, so here I am with another travel post, finally!

I am a huge fan of tips related posts as you can probably tell from the amount I have done recently. Including tips for festivals, changes to feel better and getting ready for summer holidays. Today I am bringing you tips for travelling on a budget, and as I am currently planning my own trip on a budget to Amsterdam, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my findings with you all.

Look for the best time in the year to go:
If you want a holiday on a budget going during peak season is probably going to cost you so much more. As everyone is looking to go on holiday at that time, the school holidays is when the prices tend to go up as everyone who has children is looking to take them away. If you don't have to consider this, the best times to go are just before and just after this. Thomas Cook has some great tips on the best times of year to go on holiday abroad!

Last minute: 
Booking last minute can often make everything so much cheaper too, the way it works is some airlines have flights in which they need to fill last minute so they reduce them to get the seats filled and it works similarly with hotels, if there are rooms which need filling putting on last minute deals entices people in. They also do similar deals during off peak times as hardly anyone is going on holiday. But it works well if you're looking for a great deal.

Often accommodation can be the expensive part of a holiday especially if you've snapped up an amazingly cheap flight. But on my search for a cheap hotel/hostel for Amsterdam I found some great choices on Kayak who offer to help you find cheap accommodation as well as flights. For the UK I've always found Euro Hostel amazing and they are in some great locations in the UK providing cheap hotels in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool. Sometimes even a Google search of 'cheap accommodation' can help bring back amazing searches. If you're looking for a bit of a unique choice of accommodation Airbnb can offer some amazing choices for this.

Dependant on where you're going flights can be pretty pricey especially if you're booking fairly far in advance. I've found searching around different websites and comparing times of year as well as different airports can make a huge difference. I noticed a massive difference when flying from Birmingham and Manchester, sometimes travelling further afield can make the overall price of your holiday cheaper, even if you have to spend a little bit more getting there.

Plan everything:
My final tip would be to plan everything in advance from all of the places you want to visit whilst you're on holiday, to where you want to eat. Having an itinerary in advance can help you save money and figure out where you want to splurge and where you want to save. If you want to spend a lot of money on fancy meals and nights out, it is about keeping the expenses down in the day or if you're more of a day trip kind of person, can you cook your own evening meals? Planning cheap ways to get to the airport is also a good way to keep the cost down, whether you fancy going on a train, getting a taxi or even getting a bus pass and going on a coach. It's worth adding up the price of all of the options available and then taking the most effective and cheap one.

I hope these tips help, let me know in the comments what your tips for travelling on a budget are!

For more travel posts on my blog check out- My favourites places to eat in America, Luxury holidays for less and why chose an escorted tour holiday.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Easy Ginger Sponge Pudding Recipe!

It's Thursday guys, which means it is almost the weekend woohoo! Today I am bringing you a recipe even I can make (the girl who manages to burn a pasta bake) and all you need is a few simple ingredients most of which you probably have laying around the house and a microwave. The recipe is for a gorgeous ginger sponge pudding, which was inspired by the video below:

You can follow the video above for a step by step guide on how to make the ginger sponge pudding or check it out via the recipe here on The Ideas Kitchen. The great thing about their website is for the recipes you can change the amount of people you want to create a recipe before and it gives you the exact amounts. 

Before baking my ginger sponge pudding, I took a quick trip to ASDA and purchased all of the ingredients (which are pictured above) for all of the ingredients the total was around £10. Most of the ingredients will keep so you are able to create this on multiple occasions as the recipe doesn't actually use that much of what is bought. The recipe is super easy to make and I think it took me around 10 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes cooking time, a couple minutes to cool and then pour on the custard and you're done. The only thing I changed from the recipe was I purchased cream and grated orange on top as I am not a massive custard fan and this is what the recipes suggests serving it with, oops.

Overall I am pretty impressed with how easy these were to create and actually turned out tasting pretty amazing and are a pretty quick and simple dessert to whip up (ha ha, get it?) if you're having guests over or even just fancy making a quick pudding after your evening meal.

Next I NEED to try The Ideas Kitchens stuffed peppers as they look INSANE.

I hope you enjoyed a little bit of a different post from me today, let me know if you want more food related posts, because I am totally okay with more baking!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ways to add luxury to your kitchen

It’s the place where you will likely be every day, serving up culinary delights. So, show your kitchen some love by adding a dash of luxury to the space. Keep these words of advice in mind from designer kitchens expert Harvey Jones:

When you’re short on space…combination steam ovens
If you are aware of the benefits of preserving the goodness and nutrients of foods like fish and vegetables, then you will love having a steam oven in your kitchen. While steam ovens are still popular, and are great for more things than just veg – think pasta, pulses slow-cooked foods, proving bread – it’s combination steam ovens that are fast becoming the appliance on the top of our wish-lists. Combining a steam function with a microwave and also fan oven, if you’re short of space or your budget is limited, they provide most of the cooking functions you could ever need all in one convenient unit. Steam is delivered into the cavity via a removable water tank, meaning there’s no tricky plumbing into a water source either. Most appliance manufacturers include a steam or combination steam oven in their offering, but be aware that most steam-only models are compact so it’s wise to combine them with another one or two combination single ovens.

When you still like gas to make stir-fry food…domino hobs
Domino hobs are great when you appreciate the benefits that induction can bring to a kitchen’s design but still want to experience the brilliance of gas to make stir-fry food. These two-zone cooktops – usually measuring around 30 x 60cm,come in a variety of different types. As well as gas and induction models, you can also buy charcoal-style grills for all-year-round barbecuing, steel tepanyaki plates for Japanese style griddle cooking and even fryers for perfect southern-style chicken. Whichever you choose, it’s best to buy from the same manufacturer to keep the materials, design and size consistent. If you’d prefer to keep costs down with just one worktop cut, then AEG, Caple and CDA all have single glass topped hobs that include both a powerful gas burner and induction plates, proving that in some things, you really can have it all!

Whether you like red, white or rose…wine fridges
We understand that you might not have enough space in your kitchen — or indeed your home — for a wine cellar. Fortunately, the latest wine coolers are very sophisticated machines that will ensure all wines – both red and white are kept in the optimum conditions. Undercounter models from companies such as Liebherr, Caple and CDA vary in size from space-saving single columns to those with room enough for up to 48 bottles and featuring several temperature zones for keeping reds and whites at exactly the right temperature. Perfect placed on the dining side of an island so that guests can help themselves while you cook, look for coolers that also include UV protection and anti-vibration – to keep harmful light and stop the disturbance of sediments – as they’re important features to keep your wine at its best for longer. Larger models look great in a bank of appliances and many, such as those from Miele have elegant wooden shelving, three temperature zones and even a sommelier unit for sampling your best vintages.

When you don’t want machines
A built-in coffee machine means you can enjoy a refreshing brew first thing in the morning but without all of the clutter being scattered around your kitchen worktops. Although they might seem pricey at first, many aren’t much more expensive than the top-of-the range countertop models. Think of all that money you’ll save not buying a coffee on your way to work every day. If you’re planning an appliance bank in your kitchen design, then it’s worth noting that most manufacturers are designing coffee machines to match their ovens and as a result a combination of three ovens and a coffee machine are becoming a popular configuration. Price points vary, from the very affordable semi-automatic models from Hotpoint to the pricier all-singing, all-dancing bean-to-cup coffee machine from AEG. If you can’t bear the thought of messy beans or grinds, then a Nespresso pod machine by Miele is a good option.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

What I've Been Lovin' Lately #5

Things I've been lovin' lately is back, I felt like I was doing these a lot when I started doing them as they're so much fun to create, but the last one I did was back in April so it's about time that it made a return, yay. If you don't know the premise of this series of posts, it's literally where I share things I've been lovin' over the last month or so, can be anything from a new TV show to a new type of food I've tried. I hope you enjoy edition 5 of this post and feel free to leave in the comments what you've been lovin' lately.

ColourPop Eyeshadow: 
If you don't know about ColourPop where have you been for the last few years, ColourPop are a beauty brand who have high quality products for cheap prices, they're an American brand but now ship to England. The last time they offered free shipping I treated myself to a bunch of their pressed pigments and the colour in them is insane. I get so many compliments at work on my eye makeup as it is just stand out and they make any eyeshadow look pop, (ha, get it!) My favourite shades are Slave2Pink and Fantasy.

Since I've returned to the world of blogging I've been on the look out for a new blogging companion, in the past I've never really invested in a camera but with so many amazing photographers/blog photos I thought it was time to step up my game. When looking around at Cameras i've found some super awesome Canon ones which I've heard a lot about and once I finally decide on a budget and which camera is right for me, i'll be investing. I would love to know what cameras you guys use for blogging in the comments! 

Sass & Belle: 
You've probably seen the company Sass & Belle featured on my blog a lot, but I can't help but share their adorable pieces with you once more. They offer so much cute homeware and stationery goodness, my favourite things on their website at the moment are their 'I Can't Adult Today' mug, whale measuring cups and also their parrot salt and pepper shakers *cute alert*

Getting healthier:
Recently I've start to get back into eating better, counting calories as well as going to the gym. I have turned going to the gym something that I find fun as opposed to a chore, I started to research different types of protein bars as well as protein shakes for after going to the gym as well as new healthy food options, and I've been bulking out all of my meals with tons of vegetables to try make it more filling and a lot more healthy.  Next step to go to some of the classes at the gym as they look super fun.

This month at work I've been doing a lot of training including a qualification in customer service, and it's like they say, you never stop learning. I was online looking at different things and came across mediaworks whitepaper where they share information and forecasts on upcoming things, their most current one is about Fashion and how best to work digital marketing in that sector and also talk about the brands they market for. I think it's a great tool for upcoming companies who want to learn how to do their own digital marketing and it is also an amazing read for bloggers also. Speaking of learning, I mentioned in What i've been lovin' lately #4 that I am learning to drive and in two weeks I am doing my test again, yay.

Let me know what you've been lovin' this month! 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Beauty Wishlist!

Hi all, how are we doing? I am finally back in the spirits of blogging again and full of ideas and motivation (about time!!) I've been a little bit distant on the blog front this year with lots of big changes in my life, but I am finally happy to be able to say I am ready to be back to blogging with lots of regular posts. I love doing wishlist styled posts and as a creative they are my favourite types of posts to do as I am able to create them on Photoshop, I do many style ones so I've decided to mix it up and do a beauty one as there are SO many amazing new products around at the moment that I can't wait to get my hands on. If you fancy checking out my Sephora wishlist you can do here.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: 
I went to purchase this palette from the Urban Decay site and noticed it was already sold out *sad face* with lots of gorgeous pinks and reds it's the perfect summer to go palette. I hope I'll be able to get my hands on this eventually.

Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Collection:
I am in love with eyeshadow palettes, permanently. I will forever invest in new ones despite having so many which I've hardly used. This collection has 30 utterly beautiful shades, perfect for creating so many looks, ALL YEAR ROUND.

Kat Von D Shade and Light palette:
I've wanted this palette since I was in the States last year and just have never gotten around to purchase it, now Kat Von D is available from Debenhams, it makes it so much easier to purchase yay.

Christian Louboutin Nail Varnish:
I am currently big into doing my nails, whether that is at the salon or a cute colour at home. I am slowly growing my nail varnish collection as it is the smallest amount of makeup I own. I am not sure if I was drawn to this for the packaging or the name but it looks insane and there is an amazing range of colours.

Dermalogica Skin Care: 
As someone who suffers crazy bad with acne skin care is something I will often invest in, Dermalogica offer some amazing choices to combat acne and a load of other skin issues, for acne I want to get my hands on their 'clear skin, break out clearing kit' as it offers a huge range products to help get rid of acne.

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette: 
You'll be shocked that another eyeshadow palette has made it on to my wishlist (*sarcasm alert*) but when I was trawling through the Too Faced website and I saw this gorgeous glitter filled palette I knew I needed to add it to my wishlist, so many gorgeous shades and perfect for creating 'out there' looks. I am forever completing my looks with glitter shades.

What's on your beauty wishlist?

Technology and the world!

Happy Wednesday guys, half way to the weekend, wahey (unless you're me and your weekend is Wednesday and Thursday, then happy weekend!) A bit of a different post today, I was watching a programme the other day on Channel 4, called Home Tech Over. Which got me thinking about all of the ways in which technology has evolved especially over the last 20 years. The first Iphone came out 10 years ago, which now to looks like a brick compared to the sleek Iphone 6/7's that we hold in our hands now.  With technology now you can get everything from light bulbs which you control with our phones (no more arguments of who has to get out of bed to switch it off) to even a fridge which orders your pizza for you (I'm not even joking, how cool!) 

With 3D printing now a thing of the present instead of the future it really makes you think what else is possible in our lifetime. With the world advancing so quickly it is hard to keep up with what is coming next. We once had to use phones on a cord, maps were a thing you kept in your car and not had on your smart phone, and you had to go out and buy a newspaper to see the TV schedule. When I took a further look into things of world of technology of the now, I found a lot of robotic things like a vacuum and mop (is cleaning a thing of the past too?!) as well as most things seem to be LED including toilets and showers. I think a lot things follow trends and I am super excited to see what the future holds for technology. If you want to get inspired by technology or are just looking for something new and exciting to watch, I'd totally recommend watching Home Tech Over

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Shop My Style #9

It's back, shop my style is back, these posts are some of my favourite to share with you guys as I love to share my fun and unique style with you all. I want to get into creating them monthly, but you guys know what I'm like with my posting at the moment. I've gone from being the most organised blogger to having 0 time and being lucky to get more than 5 posts up a month, ah I miss being a student! This month, I've gone all out with my summer style. Although I am not sure if the summer is going to come back as we've already had a scorcher of a week a few weeks back. Boo. I hope you enjoy my slightly 'out there' style and let me know if you want to keep seeing these posts! 

Skirt is from Boohoo 
Tee is from H&M
Shoes are from Attitude Clothing
Bag is from Dollskill

Shorts are from River Island
Bag is from Dollskill
Shoes are from Attitude Clothing

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