Sunday, 30 July 2017

Let The Holidays Begin...!

I am totally and utterly head over heels for Greece. It has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too! This year had been my first that we have travelled to Skiathos on our family holiday and it definitely won't be our last. The food, the atmosphere, the beach, the people…it is just perfection.


My one and only goal for the week was to be totally relaxed and ready for the rest of what summer has to throw at me. I seem to be one of those people whose mind just keeps going at a stupid speed even when there is no need. But being able to chill by the pool, go on walks to the beach and sunbathe by the sea... it was pure bliss!!

We stayed at “Skiathos Palace Hotel” which is right on the beach front, and just a couple hundred steps from the hotel door to the beach! It isn't in the heart of the island and is a little further away from the town, it is so peaceful but has a whole lotta character.



Skiathos town itself is bursting full of tiny shops, lush traditional Greek restaurants and more ice cream stalls and cocktails bars than you could ever imagine. Basically, I found it the most dreamy place…ever. The food in Skiathos is just so god damn tasty! Like everything is so fresh, their fruits, salads, bread, dips, yoghurts, I could go on and on! 

One evening in Skiathos town we went to the open air cinema to watch Mamma Mia and it was so AHHHMAZING as knowing they filmed parts of that movie in the town of this quaint island was pretty cool!! Just sitting with my popcorn, singing along to Mamma Mia under the stars was perfect.

My family and I had the most glorious time and have all come back home feeling super refreshed and even more ready for all the exciting things to come!

These photos are just a snippit from the holiday and I’ve actually about another good two hundred more saved from the holiday away alongside a 40-second vlog which is up on my YouTube channel which you guys should go check out! I was planning on doing an outfit post or two but I literally wore beach dresses, bikinis and light dresses the majority of my time so I won't bore you all with that.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A Summer Reading List

As someone who used to be a huge reader, I have slacked off for the past couple of years and I never feel I have the time to truly sit down and enjoy a good book. Luckily, with summer and my holibobs just around the corner, I couldn't resist from getting some new books to read whilst I'm chilling by the pool and soaking in the sunshine. I love sharing what I have got and what I am excited for and anyone who knows me knows I love putting lists together for pretty much anything, so why not share my top summer reads for this year.


I do love a good murder mystery book I tried to keep my summer reads as quite light hearted and not as deep, so I shall keep the murder mysteries for winter when its torrential rain and I just want to be snuggled up in blankets all cosy and relaxed. I’m looking forward to each of the books on my summer reading list and can’t wait to dig into them! Here they are:

I can't wait to immerse myself in the world and life of Robin Wilde. I have read so many reviews already on Louise's debut novel and I am bloody excited to read it! #WildeLikeMe

I am not a lover of cliché, stereotypical love stories and novels, and I have heard that Holding Up The Universe is a book I need! It is a moving tale of two teenagers finding solace in each other. Let's hope it is as engaging and difficult to put as the reviews you.

I absolutely love Giovanna Fletcher as an author, I have read all of her other books so I know this one will no doubt be the same and it'll be a book I can't put down! 

Taken from Zoella's book club last summer, Jennifer Niven has to be another of my favourite authors, and yes I do have two books from her in my summer reading list year. I have heard this book is a tear jerker and I am super excited to get stuck into this book. 

This pick is a little different from the others as it is an account of the horrific events and bizarre life of Jean-Claude Romand. I don't know if this will be my top favourite for around the pool or whether to keep it aside for a later date but I'll give it a go.


What’s on your summer reading list? What books do you recommend?
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Current Fave Summer Tunes

I don't think I've done a post like this before, and I am obsessed with all sorts of music so for me finding that perfect summer playlist for when I'm travelling, sitting on the beach or chilling with friends at festivals is essential. 


I can't wait to make so many memories this summer with friends and family and there are so many summer tunes that I am obsessed with listening to and they get me in such a chilled, summery mood. And I'm sure they will make me some good memories this year. So take a look at my playlist that I’ve been playing non-stop. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments what your favourite songs are this summer!

Here is a few of my top faves:

Wild Thoughts - DJ Kahled ft. Rihanna
Feels - Calvin Harris
On My Mind - Disciples
Know No Better - Major Lazor
Middle Of The Night - The Vamps ft. Martin Jensen
Power (feat. Stormzy) - Little Mix
Malibu - Miley Cyrus
Glory - Bastille
Call Me Out - Sarah Close
Fake Happy - Paramore


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Monday, 10 July 2017

A Day at the Races

As you may have seen on pretty much all of my social media I went to Carlisle races for one of their massive events this summer as Jess Glynne brought her spectacular outdoor summer show to Carlisle Racecourse.

Personally, I love getting glammed up and dressed to the nines. So this just seemed the perfect occasion to get my glad rags on and add extra glitter. It felt kinda good placing a little bet here and there on a few of the races, even though I didn't come into any fortune it was still an amazing evening and night spent with family and friends.


Seeing all the ladies and girls dressed up in dresses, heels and the odd fascinator had to have been a highlight for me as I absolute lurvvved seeing all the different styles and fashion that is in this summer for the races and other formal events too. So, with that in mind, I just wanted to share my outfit for the evening:

Dress: New Look // £24.99 
 (This was my own from years ago, however, above is a similar one)

Are you heading to any races this year? If so, what are you planning on wearing and where is your favourite place to shop?

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Lets Talk About... University Year One

Today I want to talk about my experience of my first year at university and just everything about the past year. If you've been following my posts, you'll know that I was super duper nervous to move away from home, make new friends and settling into my course. However, a year a little everything has changed! And I couldn't have asked for a better lot of friends, I am loving my course and moving away isn't as scary as it first seems.

Was it what I expected? HELL NO!


It did it. I made it through first year!

Coming to university was something I was scared of, not in the sense of the course and work load but more the social side, being happy and enjoying every moment. Don't get me wrong my first year has had its downs, with the stress from multiple deadlines for assignments, making sure I managed my own budget each week and simply finding that perfect balance of socialising/hanging out with friends and doing research, reading and work.

BLAH BLAH BLAH!?

But a year later, I finally feel like I have found people that I want to keep in my life for a very long time.

It all comes down to my best friend, flatmate and now she gets the joys of sharing a house with me for another year (poor thing?!). You know when you just click with someone and within weeks you are already having deep chats, know each other inside and out well Ciara Tumility is that girl. It's so cliché but I really do hope we stay friends for the rest of life.

It doesn't just stop there, Lucy Farrell you absolute gem, she is the type of girl that everyone needs in their life as she will always have your back no matter what. I could talk about so many others, however, I don't want to bore you all to sleep. So.... finally, my boyfriend, Alex, not gonna lie feels weird saying that online to you all but yes I do have one and ahhh I frankly I don't have the words, to sum up, the feeling of being genuinely happy with someone, like it is just truly wonderful.

Honestly, the best part of the university for me has to have been falling in love with the friends I have made and I am absolute lurvvvvin' the course so I'm learning and knowing that both are making me the woman I am today! First year has certainly shown my weaknesses, strengths, flaws and skills and it is safe to say I am a little bit nervous about what I am capable of achieving in my next year too!

Here’s to year two at the best place with the best people!!

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If you are having doubts or worries about going to university, don't get me wrong not everyone has the best of experiences but if you want the challenge and want to make the most of exploring, becoming the person you should be and finding some of the most amazing friends it is certainly worth it. I'm all for taking a little risk now and then to become happy and content with life as it's too short to sit back and do nothing 
xx
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