Saturday, 26 October 2013

Wishlist - Winter Boots

In my opinion during the winter months a decent pair of boots are a girl's best friend. For me the pair of boots I pick to see me through the winter need to be durable, waterproof, warm and of course look the part.John Lewis have a great selection of boots from all sorts of brands and in my experience with boots you really do get what you pay for. So many times I have opted for a cheaper pair of boots and every time the saying 'buy cheap buy twice' echoes through my mind. This year I have decided to take the plunge and actually buy a pair of boots which fingers crossed will keep my feet toasty and dry throughout the winter months. Here is a selection of boots that I am lusting over at the moment.

4) Hobbs Casey Ankle Boots
5) Carvela Snoop Suede Ankle Boots
6) John Lewis Harmony Chelsea Ankle Boots

 I think all these boots are gorgeous and I would love to own any of them, I especially think the John lewis boots are great value and I might have to make a cheeky purchase.

Which boots are your favourite?

Lots of Love

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Autumn Nails

Hey guys,

Autumn is in full swing and that means deep purples and reds are everywhere, so I decided to so an autumn themed nail post. As much as I'm sad that it's getting colder day by day, I do love the colours of autumn and it feels so good when you're wrapped up warm.

From Left to right on my nails

No7- Stay perfect nail colour - Betty Blues
No7- Stay perfect nail colour - Rose Truffle
Barry M - Nail Effects
Essie - Carry On

I love the O.P.I. nail polish especially, I think it's the perfect colour for autumn and is also really good quality. I know it's going to be a firm favourite of mine this year. 

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Monthly Spluge #3 - Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

Hey Guys,
This may be the last monthly splurge post for a while as I have decided to go on a spending ban because I've already spent all my student loan ahhhh. However it was my birthday recently so I let myself have one last splurge with some birthday money before I get really strict with myself.

Having oily skin I've always assumed I can't use facial oils, however I was recently reading a post by The Sunday Girl on the best oils for oily skin and she convinced me to buy the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil.
The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment oil is aimed at oily or combination skin, and is designed to balance the production of sebum. I've been massaging two drops on my face most days for about a month now and I have to admit it has made a big difference. I get really dry skin on the sides of my nose but that's also where I produce the most oil, after using the Clarins oil the dry patches have greatly improved and the oil production has decreased. This is like a Holy Grail product for me as it seems to hydrate the skin deep down, the dry/oily patches on the side of my nose used to drive me crazy as it made foundation application very difficult. My foundation is now applying better and my skin is feeling softer than ever.

The Clarins oil has Lotus extract which helps refine skin and essential oils which make it smell absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad I've found an oil that works for my skin, and once my spending ban is over I'm going to find some more that are aimed at oily skin. The Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is available here for £30

Have you tried this oil before? Do you have any recommendations for more oils that are good for oily/combination skin?

Lots of Love

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Interrailing Budapest

If you read my previous post on Prague you'll know that my boyfriend and I travelled around Europe over the summer. This post is going to be on perhaps one of my favourite places we visited, Budapest.  A lot of my friends had told me that Budapest was amazing so I had high hopes for the city. We got the train straight from Prague to Budapest which took about 8 hours and we met a lovely Australian girl on the train so the hours flew by talking.

When we arrived in Budapest we were a little more prepared than we were in Prague and we knew where our hostel was, so we hopped on the metro and soon arrived at our hostel. The hostel was called Home Made Hostel and it was probably one of our favourite hostels we stayed at on our whole trip. It was so friendly and welcoming and had a cute little kitchen, we stayed in a private room on the first night to recover and have some time to ourselves and then we moved to the dorm for the rest of the nights. The hostel arranged a bar crawl on Saturday night and the people who worked at the hostel took us out for a great night. The people who worked there were so nice and I had such a great night out with them, they even lent us money when our card stopped working and that made such a difference to our night as it stopped us freaking out. One of the things that Budapest is most famous for is the ruin bars, these are old building which were abandoned during communism which young people then turned into bars. They were so cool, most of the ones we went to were open air and full of fairy lights for the lighting, one even had a random old car in the middle of the dance floor.  All in all we had such a fun night out with everyone from the hostel, Blanca was so lovely and I would fully recommend this hostel if you are passing through Budapest.

Another thing that Budapest is famous for is its thermal baths, after the bar crawl we woke up a little worse for wear and we decided that a soak in the baths would be a perfect way to spend our day. The city has five thermal baths which are left over from the Turkish era, they are all over the city due to the thermal springs which lay underneath! The day we spent in the baths was one of my favourite days, the outside baths were a toasty 40°C and we laid in them for hours.  Inside the building there were 12 more pools all with varying temperatures and mineral contents. We stayed at the baths for 8 hours and the only reason we left was because we got really hungry, I would happily spend my life in those baths and I wish we had some in England.  When we got back to the hostel we felt so clean and relaxed it was amazing.

On our last day we decided to do a walking tour so we could see some of the city we hadn't yet seen. The tour was really informative and we got to see so much of the city, we even got given a little booklet about things to do (and not do) in Budapest at the end which was really useful. On our last evening we took a river cruise along the Danube, it was so spectacular to see all the buildings lit up.

Rob with the drinking water lion statue in the main square
St Stephen Basilica
Rob and I looking over Pest
Cruising along the Danube
The Danube
Me and a famous Hungarian actor

I would thoroughly recommend visiting Budapest, my boyfriend and I are already planning our next visit as we loved it so much we know we have to go back soon.

Have any of you been to Budapest? If you're planning to go please email me with any questions you have and I can give you some more information.

Our next stop was Croatia so prepare to hear about that soon.

Lots of Love

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Interrailing - Prague

This summer my boyfriend and I travelled around Europe for a month, it was the last long summer holidays we were going to get together so we wanted to make the most of it. We first had the idea to go inter-railing and buy the pass but when we looked into where in Europe we wanted to go we decided it would be cheaper to just pay for the travelling as we went around. We really wanted to go to Eastern Europe and the Balkans and we had heard it was very cheap to travel here and that there wasn't a very good rail system and in the end we were so glad that we hadn't forked out for the pass.

Because we were starting in Prague which was quite far across Europe we chose to fly there in order to save time. So we arrived at the airport in Prague, I had previously researched that we needed to take the 119 bus to the metro station and then travel one stop on the metro. Unfortunately when we arrived we had no idea what the exchange rate was and no idea where our hostel was from the metro station. So there we were at the airport with no money and no clue where to go, we managed to find some people who knew a bit more and they told us how much a bus ticket was. Once we got off the tube we wandered around for a bit looking for our hostel, it was midnight at this point and we had no idea where we were so we did the only thing we could think of…… we went to McDonalds to get some food and more importantly free WiFi. Yes we are ashamed that the first food we bought in Europe was a Big Mac meal but we were desperate.

After we found our hostel and got ourselves settled we made a PoA for the next day. When we woke up we walked into the main square and went on a free walking tour. If you ever visit a big city abroad I would fully recommend going on a walking tour, our one lasted two and a half hours and was lead in English by a local. She was a great tour guide and I learnt so much about the city, at the end of the tour you could give a tip, we felt that she had done a great job and we gave what we could afford. The tour meant that we had a good idea of the layout of the city and where any sites were that we wanted to go visit and spend some more time at. One of the highlights for me was the Astronomical clock it looked so amazing and was so cool even if I had no idea how to read it.

Prague is such a beautiful city and looks like something out of a fairy tale, we climbed up the clock tower and got to see a beautiful panoramic view over all of Prague. On the second day we went to the castle, we made sure that we were there for 12:00 as we had heard there was a changing of the guard ceremony that we didn't want to miss. The ceremony was great to watch and we were so glad we caught it, after we had explored the castle we climbed up to a park. It was kind of like Hyde Park in London and we had a bit of a lie down in the sun and took in the scenery.

Astronomical Clock
Church Alter
Hanging Man Sculpture
View from the Clock Tower
Me on the King Charles Bridge
Prague Cathedral
View from the Castle
King Charles Bridge

Overall I loved Prague, the city itself was so beautiful and there was some delicious food and beer. I would definitely recommend Czech Goulash and I know my boyfriend enjoyed all the beer and there was some scrumptious local sweet pastry that I couldn't keep away from.  

Have any of you been to Prague?

My next post will be coming soon and will be on Budapest which was perhaps my favourite place on the whole trip.

If anyone wants any advice or tips on travelling around Europe, please feel free to email me as I know there are a lot of things I wish I had known before I went.

Lots of Love

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Travelling books #1

A  few weeks before I was leaving for travelling I realised I wouldn’t be able to pack as many books as I wanted for 31 days away, and because of this I finally caved and bought a kindle and I have to say I can't believe I waited so long. I've always loved the look and feel of books so therefore have never wanted to buy a kindle. However, faced with the idea of running out of books while I was away I decided at long last to buy one and since it arrived I haven't looked back.
I read 10 books on my Kindle whilst I was away, an amount that I would never have been able to carry with me. Today I'm going to talk about five of them.

Kate Morton is one of my favourite authors and I have actually read most of her books. Her previous book was called the distant hours and I was very disappointed by it, so disappointed in fact that I didn’t even finish reading it. However, after reading some good reviews of this one I decided to give it a go, and I am so glad I did. Kate Morton was back to her addictive self, the story kept me guessing until the very end and had a great twist that I could never have seen coming. The book itself is divided between London during the blitz and the present day, and is based around Laurel, a girl who witnesses a murder she doesn't understand. Now in the present day she is trying to comprehend why the murder took place and what she actually saw. I would definitely recommend this book; I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put it down.  (4/5)

When I read the blurb belonging to this book I knew I had to read it, it was full of mystery and enchantment and I couldn't wait to start reading it. The book begins with two people being bound together to compete against each other in a challenge, as the reader you do not know any details of the challenge and this adds to the air of unknown about the book. The first half of the book, is out of the ordinary, well written and attractive, unfortunately the book goes downhill when it becomes clear it is simply a love story. I was very disappointed with this as I felt the book had a unique concept which it left behind to mimic some sort of twilight fan fiction. That being said I did still enjoy the book despite the weak ending. (3/5)

This book is your run of the mill chic lit, predictable, easy to read and to be honest a bit boring. It's not that this book wasn't good, it just didn't have any oomph to it, however sometimes that's what you want when you're laying on the beach soaking up the sun. Changing Lanes is a book about a woman who thought she had her life all planned out, however when those plans go wrong she finds herself moving back in with her parents to discover who she really is and wants to be.  (2/5)

This is one of those books that you find once in a blue moon, one that really makes you think about what you believe to be right and wrong and I really was not expecting it when I picked it up. It's about a woman who starts a new job caring for a quadriplegic; she soon becomes fond of him and spends her time trying to make his life worth living. Me before you is very emotional and I was in tears at the end (I won't tell you if they were happy or sad as I wouldn't want to spoil it) I would recommend this book 100% and it is one of my favourite books I've read in a long time. (5/5)

This is the second part in the Kingkiller trilogy which follows the adventures of Kvothe a cunning and powerful magician in a fantasy world. I have been waiting to read this book for a long time as I loved the first part 'The Name of the Wind', unfortunately I was disappointed with this book as to me it seemed to contain a lot of unnecessary and boring bumph. I was so eager to read about the legendary Kvothe but he seemed to skip out any exciting things that happened and instead wrote about the repetitive mundane aspects of his life. I am hoping that the next book is a little more exciting and I'm not going to give up on this series. (3/5)

Have you read any of these books? 

Look out for part two coming soon.

Lot of love

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