29/12/2016

A Final Look on New Years Resolutions

Last year I decided to set myself three New Years Resolutions: see 4 new places; be healthier; and be happier. 
For the most part I managed to achieve them. I've seen 3 new places - Rome, Turkey and Paris. I was one trip away from reaching this goal, and by the end of January I'll have added London to my list of places I've been. 
The other two resolutions I think I've done well at too, I definitely feel that compared to this time last year that I'm happier than before and I know I'm healthier. Going to the gym multiple times a week and being more conscious of what I've eaten has helped me manage that. 
My resolutions for 2017 will probably be somewhat similar to this years, but more on that in another post!

04/12/2016

Christmas Gift Guide | For the Traveller

I wasn't planning on doing any Christmas Wishlist type posts but I've had a sudden wave of inspiration on gifts for different types of people, this one being for the traveller in your life. 
The first thing I think every traveller would love is a nice passport cover - the ones I've picked out are entirely aimed at girls - sorry lads, Ted Baker do some lovely more manly ones though! If your budget isn't tight this Ted Baker Travel Organiser, £70, would make a lovely gift! I honestly wish I'd had something like this to keep all my stuff together whilst on holiday, this one will hold much more than just your passport. Now I know you can get things like these for muuuch cheaper, but they tend to be quite basic and most commonly black. So for a nice more fashionable alternative this is lovely. If this is too out your budget I've a couple of alternatives: Ted Baker Travel Document Holder, £40; Ted Baker Luggage Tag and Passport Set, £28 & Ban Do I'm Outta Here Passport Holder, £20. All of these are lovely options that work out to be a little more affordable than the first option I showed, the Ted Baker Tag and Holder set would be lovely as it offers both a tag and a cover for your passport if your looking to get someone a travel related gift. 
Now for a lightly cheaper option but still so handy, Packing Cubes £26.99. This is a set of seven packing solutions. Three cubes, three pouches and 1 shoe holder. I'm pretty sure the 3 pouches have been set as being laundry bags, but you could use them for whatever you wanted, they'd make pretty good toiletry bags if you needed one. 
I also decided to include a nice bag in this. Now, your probably looking at that and thinking whats so good about a satchel? Well, I'll tell you. This isn't any ordinary satchel, this is a camera bag. This one I've shown is the Feather Touch Leather Camera Bag £79 (Amazon says its over £200 full price...). This is a pretty pricey option but it is visually appealing and seems like it would be pretty secure as its got buckles rather than poppers like these two cheaper options that you can find here and here. Those ones aren't nearly as nice looking as the first, and not as secure. If the style of it isnt a huge issue to you but security is I have one that I love, all be it I do wish that it looked a bit more stylish, but it does the job and you'd never know I was carrying around my lenses and much more in it. This is the one that I own, its so handy, its waterproof, has a zip to keep it closed and clips. Theres also zip pockets inside and on the back to store extra things - for me that was passports and spare batteries and memory cards. 


Time for some techy type present ideas. The Yarrashop 3 in 1 Phone Lens, £6.99, or one like this, I think would make an awesome gift idea as its only small so you could easily take it anywhere with you, and it could widely improve the quality of your photos especially if you're only taking your phone with you. I always take my DSLR but I'd love something like this for my iPhone as it offers more choice for your photos. Its so cheap as well that it would make the perfect stocking filler. 
Oh god, how I've wanted a Fujifilm Instax Mini £60-100, I've wanted one for near enough a year now but they're pretty pricey and it's another bit of tech I'd need to carry around with me. I'm going to London in January so I might get one and take it with me to see how I get on. I love seeing peoples pictures that they've had taken with these, it makes for nice little momentos, definitely a nicer and more unique way of having a physical print.  
I've got something very similar to a Gorillapod, £20, and I think its super handy to have a portable tripod with you. I've yet to use mine when abroad, but its more due to me being terrified of someone running off with my camera when I try to take a photo. One day I'll be bold enough to try it... One day. Gorillapods are hella handy for taking on the go with you as they can stand on near enough anything, from uneven surfaces to branches, you can put it where ever. If you're after a slightly cheaper alternative to the GorillaPod then the Rollei Monkey Flexible Tripod, £9.99, could be the one for you. Its half the price and I imagine it would do near enough the same job. 

The Luckies Of London Scratch Map, £9.99, would make an amazing stocking filler. I love mine, although I wish I could find a frame to fit it as I think it would look so much nicer if it was actually lying flat on the wall. Its a lovely way of showing where you've been, I've only a few places scratched off but I plan on taking more places off. 
If you're after something a little more personal then the Personalised Travel Tags Print, £30, is what your needing. You personalise this for all the places you've been so basically everyones would be different. Once I've been to a few more places with Connor I'd definitely consider getting us one of these. This type of thing would look so nice in a shared flat. I'd probably put it in my study room though until we move out. 
Oh The Places You'll Go Print, £11.52, unfortunately this print is hella expensive to ship to the UK, basically doubling the cost of the item. But it is a pretty print and I wanted to include it. Other alternatives to it are: Digital Download "Oh The Places You'll Go" Print, £2.47 and Wanderlust & Citydust Digital Download, £6.60. These are both digital downloads so you still need to print it off yourself, they make for good options as once you own the copy you can have it printed to whatever size and as many times as you like. 
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 £6.99. What better way of filling your urge to travel than with page after page of the top places to travel to in 2017? I've seen the top 10 and its made me want to go to Finland now more than before knowing its in the top 10!
World of Wanderlust Book £22.11. Brooke is living the life. Her Instagram is goals. When I heard she was bringing out a book I was so excited, I've been waiting for ages to hear when it came out and was so glad that even with shipping from Australia the book is very well priced! Its definitely on my Christmas list and it would be greatly received by anyone you know that loves to travel. 
And So The Adventure Begins Scrapbook £16 What better way to remember all the times you've spent away than with a scrapbook? Paperchase do the nicest ones and my previous one from them is just about full. So its time to ask Santa for a new one to house all my new experiences in. 

Thats all the gifts that I think would be great for those who love to travel, I tried to make it a more or less affordable set of gifts. I'd honestly love a small laptop for travelling or a really good pair of noise cancelling headphones but they are just so expensive so I couldn't justify adding them in here. 
Hope this guide has been at least a little helpful! See you in the next one. 

01/12/2016

November Favourites

It's been awhile since I sat down and wrote a post of any sort. I'm not really sure where to start if I'm honest with you, I am sorry for not posting anything for a couple of weeks, university and work has just drained me so much that I've had no time to do anything. 
Today though I'm back, back with a November Favourites! 
Two hair products have been well loved this month. I don't get up nearly early enough in the mornings and I need something, anything that'll help reduce drying time. First up we have the Schwarzkopf Supersoft Detangling Spray, this spray smells amazing - very fruity smelling and a few sprays in the hair make it super easy to brush through. It doesn't say it helps with drying time but it definitely does, spraying this in my hair is definitely helps. 
I've also been loving using the Ojon Rare Blend Oil, a few drops in my damp hair and not only does my hair feel so soft and lovely, it also seems to dry quicker. The scent of the oil is odd, but nice, I just cant quite put my finger on what exactly it smells like. I only got myself a tiny bottle just in case I didn't like it, but I'd have been so glad even if I had have gotten the full sized bottle. 
The next set of things i'm gonna talk about is some of the skincare bits I've been using. At the beginning of the month I bought myself a bunch of new skincare things, my skin was in horrendous condition, a big ball of oil and spots. Origin's has once again been my saviour! Every morning I use the Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser on my face, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight, I follow this up with the Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner and the Super Spot Remover. These three combined have seriously helped my skin, its less oily and I've only the odd breakout now, my manager even noticed that my skin was considerably clearer in recent weeks. 
Oily skin gals, try the Zero Oil range out if you've not already I honestly don't think you'd regret it! 
Final two things I've been loving this month is the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm and one of the Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks. I've recently repurchased Nuxe Reve De Miel and I forgot how much I loved it. It is just such a good lip balm for keeping your lips feeling nice and soft with no cracks or anything over the winter. Unlike most cheap lip balms this one doesn't need to be reapplied constantly, just in the morning and in the evening is more than enough.
Any time I've worn makeup recently, the only colour thats made its way on my lips is Kat Von D Love Craft. I got this when I ordered from Sephora a while back, you can see what I got here if ya like,  its just a sample size but its such a lovely lip colour. Definitely you're lips but 1000000x better! I really want to try more of Kat Von D's lipsticks cause this one is amazing! 
What have you been loving this month?