Monday, 15 April 2019

Visiting Berlin On A Budget

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate

Last Christmas, I spent a wonderful five days exploring Berlin, making my way around the traditional markets, wandering through the museums and eating my body weight in currywurst. 

Berlin is definitely a magical place to be around Christmas time, with all the lights and little huts selling all sorts of goods from gingerbread to little nutcrackers, but I also know people who have visited during the warmer months and said it's also a great time to visit. 

Whatever time of year you're looking at visiting Berlin, money is always important, so if your purse strings are going to be a bit on the tight side for this trip, then I've written down some tips and tricks on how to visit this beautiful city and stay on budget. 

Obviously, this depends on how long you'll be visiting Berlin for- seeing as our trip was a short one, this will probably be relevant if you're going for a similar time length. Even if you're going for longer, however, you might find some points in this post that help you too. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Spring Gift Guide for Her

Spring Gift Guide for Her

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Apologies for the radio silence from me over the past week. If you don't see my social media posts, I've been stuck in bed with a tummy bug, which let me tell you- hasn't been fun. 

Accompanying this came a dizzy head which meant I haven't been able to focus on looking at my phone or laptop. It's been hell, but it's forced me into a digital detox of sorts. I'm still a little dizzy, but there's only so much daytime TV a girl can take before she feels like she's going to burst. 

So here I am, Monday afternoon, the day after Mother's Day. This post was supposed to be up way before that deadline but sometimes life doesn't go to plan (secretly hating on the person who gave me this bug). 

Instead of letting this half-finished post go to waste, I decided to convert it into a general gift guide for spring, as I know there are plenty of people, mum's included, who also have birthdays around Mother's Day but don't particularly want something that screams "I bought this at the same time I bought your Mother's Day gift."

Like in all my other gift guides, I've put together a round-up of ideas mainly covering beauty but also featuring a couple of lifestyle options too if the person you're buying for can't face seeing another beauty gift set again. 

As always, I'm super thankful to any of the brands or PR's who have sent over products for this gift guide! 


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Taking Care Of Your Teeth After Braces

Taking Care Of Your Teeth After Braces

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For 2 long years of my life, while I was a teenager, I had braces. 

Back when you're 14, the idea of braces makes your skin crawl, especially if like me, you also had glasses. Let me just say- 'geek chic' does not apply to this combination. 

I soon warmed to my braces and I definitely don't regret having them as they sorted out the gap between my teeth beautifully. 

Also, I think braces are more accepted nowadays, with more adults getting braces and retainers as well as kids and teenagers. 

The want for straighter teeth seems to outway the 'brace-face' stereotype. 

After people get their braces taken off, however, is a different story. I know of a number of my friends who ended up having to get braces put back on a few years down the line as they didn't look after their teeth, and they told me how much they regretted that. 

I, on the other hand, was a teeth goody-two-shoes, making sure I took the best care of my teeth so as not to go through the hell of getting braces put on (and taken off) again!

You may think some of the tips below are obvious ones, but I can't tell you the number of times I've forgotten to do some of these things or put off doing them for months! So if it's a little kick up the butt when it comes to keeping those teeth looking exactly like how they looked when you had your braces off, then take a look below. 

Monday, 4 March 2019

How To Plan A Trip To Thailand

Koh Tao
Koh Tao

Thailand is a great introductory country into South East Asia as it's geared itself more to western visitors while still holding the charm of Asia. You'll probably have heard a fair few people (maybe even people you know) heading to Thailand for weeks strolling on beaches, hitting full moon parties and wearing elephant pants constantly but I promise you it's so much more than this. 

Think peaceful temples, bustling city streets filled with colour and amazing food smells, sanctuaries for rescued elephants, tiny bookshops, drinking Chang's while playing cards by the beach, snorkelling with triggerfish and sharks, dodging monkeys on the streets and climbing through caves for the best views of the coastline. 

If you've already found you've fallen for what Thailand has to offer and have booked your tickets out there, then the next step is to start to plan your trip in more detail. 

Even if you're only just starting to think about heading to this beautiful country, hopefully, this guide will give you some idea of what to expect when planning your trip. 

If you're planning on visiting Thailand while backpacking through SEA, then I've already put together a guide to planning a backpacking trip here which covers all the basics and goes into a bit more detail on certain aspects, so feel free to take a look at that post for some more in-depth info about that. 

But if you're just planning on hitting Thailand this time, then keep on reading...

Monday, 25 February 2019

Finding My Work-Life Balance

Finding My Work-Life Balance

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The elusive work-life balance. 

That magical harmony created between your working life and actual life that stops you stressing and becoming overloaded. 

I don't think I've ever met anyone who has been able to completely and utterly achieve this: some may have found it for a while and then lost it again, and some find it hard to achieve it at all. 

I think the problem with society today is that we're all trying to achieve this perfect work-life balance that stays forever once we have it without doing much work to maintain it. 

If we go around with this idea of perfection in our heads, like with many things, there will be an even greater fall when you realise it'll never be what you're imagining in your head. 

I cannot tell the number of times I've vowed to stick to it like my life depended on it, only to fail it and return to level 1. 

However, one day I decided to stop focussing on this idea of perfection, and come up with my own work-life balance that worked for me, stopped me going insane and didn't matter too much if I fell off the bandwagon. 

Monday, 11 February 2019

Best Valentine's Day Gifts For The Beauty Lover

Best Valentine's Day Gifts For The Beauty Lover

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I'm sure they'll be a few people scrambling around to find something for their loved one. 

But when I was planning this Valentine's Day gift guide, I didn't want to go down the conventional route of lot's of romantic gifts because, to be honest, Valentine's Day isn't very conventional any more. 

You have people who don't even notice it at all, and unlike some of the bigger holidays, the 14th February passes by just like another day. 

So this year, I wanted to focus on not just gift's for the beauty-loving lady (or man) in your life, but also for your friends to celebrate Galentine's Day or even an excuse to treat yourself for saying 'well done' for getting through January! 

All of these gifts have very kindly been gifted to me for this post by brands and PR's (which I'm always grateful for) before being roadtested by me to see what's really worth spending your money on this Valentine's Day. Here are my picks...
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