Sunday, 17 September 2017

L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara



I picked up this paradise extatic mascara from L'Oreal recently on the whim a month or so ago when it first launched. I had read a few reviews of this from bloggers before buying it, and they were all positive. I am happy to report it was £9.99 well spent. I do not buy mascaras often at all; I have three in my collection at the moment. However, two of those are on the brink of running out, so it was definitely time for me to invest in a new one. I really struggle to find one which does everything which I want - curl, lengthen and add volume. My eyelashes are long but I do not have lots, so they can look quite lifeless.

First of all, the packaging is rose gold and shiny. It is quite a simple packaging, but looks very effective with the white writing. The mascara wand itself is plastic, soft and quite malleable when applying to the lashes. The wand is also big and long, so you have to control it when applying it due to its width. The formula itself is actually quite wet, and you have to be very careful not to smudge it or catch the brush on your upper or lower eyelid area. I have loved using this mascara, it definitely adds lots of length and volume to my lashes. I have learnt that due to its slightly wet formula to let it dry before adding another layer, as it can easily clump. I usually only need a maximum of two applications to achieve my desired look. I do not use eyelash curlers myself, but I was impressed by the curl which this gives when applying the mascara from the root to the tip.

Overall, a lovely mascara which does what you want, L'Oreal has done a great job with this. I find many types of mascaras have a fancy name, packaging, and promotion, but in the grand scheme of things many do not do much in terms of adding anything special to my lashes. If you are looking for a new budget proof mascara which does what it says on the tin, then I suggest you pick this up next time you are shopping on the makeup aisles.

Lucy
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Friday, 15 September 2017

New Nars




I recently went into Nars and splurged, and had to take a deep gulp as I put my pin number in the machine after seeing the total on the screen. I had used both of my sheer glow foundation and laguna bronzer up completely. I went in just for the foundation, as there is no other foundation which I have owned or ever tried which has a glow element quite like this. I was prepared to spend the £31, but in the moment I got whipped on and rebought the bronzer as well for £29.

Their laguna bronzer was one of the first high end makeup pieces I ever bought. I remember it being on everyone's blogs and in magazine as the must have bronzer. As always I fell for the hype, and I was 18 and it was about £22 at the time and it was an entire shifts pay. But, it latest me 4 years and I used it a lot. I only have three bronzers in my entire collection, as this just always did the job for me. Therefore, I very much justified to myself (not that it takes much persuasion) that I needed a new one in my life. It is such a great colour for my skin tone, and adds just the right amount of shade and light to my face. There is nothing like having a fresh pan of bronzer to stare at.

The foundation is also just as fabulous, this is my third bottle which I have bought. This is a medium coverage foundation which is buildable. I think you can use both a buffer brush and a beauty blender, and the end result is just as good with both. Like I mentioned earlier, this foundation definitely does have a glow aspect to it. It adds luminosity to your face and is a satin finish. On a night out I never use a matte finish foundation as I want to look as fresh and radiant as possible. This is why this is my go to for this occasion as it adds a new leash of life to my skin. It does not claim to be a long wear foundation, this is why I would not wear it to an all day event as by the evening I can usually see signs of wear on my problematic areas. This is great for normal to dry skin types; I am not sure how well this would work on oily skin due to it being a satin finish.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A new lease of love for blogging


Back in June I wrote a post titled Loosing Love for Blogging, as I had completely and uttering lost my blogging mojo. For the first time since I started blogging almost four years ago, I had no love or interest in opening this blogger page to type up a post. I had no excitement, and was putting out posts because I had to and for no other reason. I am so happy to say that I have made a complete U-turn and  once again love my little blog. I cannot pin point as to what caused me to start feeling so different. However, I know that after I went to London at the start of July, I was super excited to have some new content and to getting writing posts. My blog has always been beauty based, but I have loved branching out into travel and lifestyle.

I feel liking blogging is my own little outreach away from work, and gives me something to enjoy. I think putting less pressure on me has also helped. I always schedule to have three posts up a week, but sometimes both life and work gets in the way and I only end up managing to get up two. This has happened twice recently, and I kicked myself for a minute or two. However, I quickly bring myself back down to Earth and realise I can only do what I can do. I have found that writing lifestyle and travel posts take much longer than beauty, however I have more of a bank of photos at the ready for these posts. Whereas, with beauty posts it is finding the time to set up and take photos when it is light and bright. Last week, I spent an hour taking 9 blog posts worth of beauty photos, and I can't tell you how fabulous I felt the rest of the day knowing I was ahead and would not be stressing trying to do it here and there.

I think a little bit of pressure and pushing yourself is good, it helps you to strive to achieve. However, I am definitely learning that I hate that feeling of getting in from work at 8pm, and realising I have not got tomorrows post ready to go. I thought I was going to need to have a big brainstorming session to help me get my mojo back, but in fact I found that it came back without needing a push. I think this was possibly why; I gave myself time to gently get myself back into the game. I was blogging in the moment, thinking of posts whilst I was in bed or shower and making notes and writing them up as soon as I could. I think as I have written out beauty posts for so long, I was getting a little bored. I needed to mix it up, and bring a new leash of life my blog. For the first time in weeks, today I wrote a beauty post and I enjoyed it just like I used to. I had fresh ideas, and I bought new products to trial out of genuine excitement and not just because they would make a good review.


I am much easier going now with my blog, and I like to only have a week or so of posts finished at a time. I have found that this has helped me to stay more on track, and keep my content as fresh as possible. I hate that feeling when I have nothing scheduled, my brain goes into overdrive thinking when I am going to find the time to get a post done. But, if you want to find the time, you will. I want to keep blogging, it is important to me. Therefore, I will find time to make sure I keep getting my content out. I have to be on a continuous routine, as I can only blog here and there around work and life. It is also important to me though to have a little bit of no blogging time, and be off social media and at the moment I am finding that hard. I am continuously scrolling through my Twitter and Instagram time. I need to switch off from everything on the internet every once in a while, as it can be so relaxing and help you to refuel. 

I am so happy to have my love for all things blogging back in my life, and I hope it continues!

Lucy
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

New Eyeshadows on Trial





I am currently putting lots of eyeshadows to the test, and I thought I would let you in as to what is going on trail. I have bought all of these over the last month, and I finally managed to find some time to take some photos so I can finally start using them!

First up, I wanted this palette from Colourpop ever since I set my sights on it. Being on their mailing list is proving to be dangerous for my bank account, as I always want everything that they email me! It comes from their collaborated range with Kerruche, and they have created a collection called Fem Rosa. It consists of a few different products, but the she palette was what I had my eyes on all along. This was $16 and I am super happy I managed to get it, as it sold out very quickly. It was smaller than I anticipated, but this in fact will be perfect for travelling instead of heaving my beloved MAC and Morphe palettes around with me. It contains a wide array of shades both matte and shimmer, and I cannot wait to now start putting it to the test.

I have heard absolutely nothing at all on the beauty market about these Morphe pressed pigments landing in the UK. For £6 I thought I would take a risk, and order three. I picked up rodeo drive, 5 star luxury and socially broken. To no surprise of my own, they are all gold shimmer shades. However, they are all different with some being darker than others, and one has a rose gold undertone. I have had a little swatch of these and they do look fantastic. I am hoping these are a great one swipe shade, with little fuss or attention needed.

I saw some bloggers instagramming looks using Glitter Eyes products. I had never heard of this brand before, but their website instantly drew me. They have such a huge range of pigments, loose glitters and pressed glitters. I decided to go with the Rose Gold Trio bundle as I loved all three shades. They look amazing, I swatched these as soon as they arrived and they are full on glitter. I am hoping these look as great on my eyes, as they did on my first swatch. These are going to be great for a night out when I want a total glittery sparkly eye look.

Lucy
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Friday, 8 September 2017

Venice












I am finally bringing you my last instalment of my Italian adventures. In case you missed my first two posts you can catch up here - Lido de Jesolo and Burano and Murano.

Today I am talking all about Venice. Venice is without a doubt my mum's favourite place on Earth. Every time she steps off the boat there is a permanent smile on her face, the entire time she is there. I must have visited 7 or 8 times now, and every time we are in the vicinity of getting to Venice easily where ever we are in Italy, we will go if we can.

In my Burano and Murano post, I posted all about how it easy it is to get to Venice and its surrounding islands. From Jesolo we got on a bus to the boat port and then got a direct boat to Venice. The boats are about every half an hour, but be warned if you go mid season they will be packed. We visited Venice twice whilst on our two week holidays. We actually know our way round Venice very well now. Although, there are so many back streets you can easily get lost, but within a few minutes you will be at a square where you can easily find your bearings again. We do however always take a map as there are lots of tiny streets.

If it is your first time visiting and you want to see all the sites then wherever you get off your boat head left. As we have seen the sites many times, one of my main tips if you are wanting to stay away from the hustle and bustle when you first get there and you just want a little time to explore, then head right. This time we headed right on our first trip and ended up in a little section which we had never been to before. We stopped for a drink and cake in a little cafe with the locals overlooking the canals. Everywhere we have ever visited in the Italy, the locals are always so lovely and welcoming. They are all so joyous and make you feel warm inside. I love Venice as there is so many lovely shops to walk around, there are streets and streets with a great variety of things to buy. I love the little souvenir shops, which are not tacky and sell lovely paintings, jewellery and home made crafts.

If you are going for the attractions then there are lots to see. First of all, the gondola ride is a must if it is your first time visiting. For a family of four it will easily set you back 80-100 euros. If you want a gondola exclusively as a couple without sharing with anyone else, it will cost you even more. It is great, as you get to see all the sites and go down the Grand Canal, but they also take you down the back streets where you get to see where the locals live. There is also the Rialto Bridge to visit which is lovely, but always busy no matter what time of day you go. You can take some great pictures and the views are fabulous.

Definitely take a trip into St Marco's Square, which is actually very easy to find as it is close to the Grand Canal. It is such a beautiful view and it is home to St Marco's Cathedral which we have never actually been into. Just from the outside you can see what a fabulous building it is. There is so much intricate detailing, it is just stunning. Every time I visit I forgot just how big the square is. One tip, if you want to sit in the square which we did the very first time we visited, be prepared to pay the prices. I always remember that none of the restaurants in the square had any prices on their menus, and we were planning on eating our dinner there. When we got in and ordered the drinks, we then saw the prices. You will easily pay 9-10 euros for a coffee. The view was beautiful and they often have a string quartet playing, and you are able to relax in the sun and take in the views. However, we decided to just drink our drinks and move on to find somewhere a little more purse friendly to eat our dinner.

To eat we have learnt to eat where the locals eat, as always in Italy. This is often the little restaurants which only have a few tables, and are situated away from the main squares on the little backstreets. These are the places which we now always head for. I have never had a bad pizza or pasta dish, so I do not have any particular recommendations as everywhere offers such fabulous food. On the trip which we took in our second week, it is a little family tradition to go to Hard Rock Cafe's whenever we are holiday. I always find this funny as we never go to the one in Manchester as it is too expensive. Anyway, it was a little treat and I have to say my burger was insanely tasty. The meals were not cheap, and I think they were even more expensive than in Britain. As always with Hard Rock restaurants it was busy, and I was surprised at the size of the restaurant as there was only about 25 tables all together. Thankfully, we did not have to wait too long and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food.

I think I have just about covered everything which I wanted to! As you can probably tell by my enthusiasm I love Venice, and so does all of my family. If you want to ask any more questions then please feel free to in the comments.

Lucy
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Beautiful Burano and Murano







Burano










I am currently in the process of writing a little travel series all about my travels in Italy. Last week I brought you a post all about Lido de Jesolo, which was where we were staying for the holiday. However, we went on a day trip around the islands and I cannot wait to tell you about both Burano and Murano.

So I am putting it out there, these two little places are going to be the new 'it' places where everyone heads for their 'perfect' Instagram shots. A few years ago it was Santorini, and everyone wanted to visit. This year it seems to be Lake Como which I actually visited in 2015, and I did write a post about how beautiful it was at the time. Bloggers love a place called Postiano around the lake, and I have to say it is stunning. However, I have a feeling that Burano in particularly is going to be the place everyone is heading very soon to get those perfect shots.

From Lido de Jesolo, we got a 30 minute bus to the port where we then got on a boat which takes you to Venice and the islands. The ticket was €25.50 which you can use to hop on and off the buses and boats all day. You can get on a slow boat or a fast boat, and we unfortunately ended up on the slow boat which literally made about 15 stops. However, it was lovely as we got to see the small islands which the locals live on. The water was very choppy as the boats are not very big, therefore travel sickness tablets were a must.

We have visited Burano and Murano back in 2010 when we last stayed in Lido de Jesolo, and I have always remembered it by their vividly vibrant coloured houses. It literally looks like Balamory. We got off the boat at Murano first as this is the smaller of the two islands. You may have heard of Murano before as they are known for their glass. Pandora use Murano glass for their beads. It is very interesting as on our last visit we went around a glass factory, and see you exactly how they make and paint the beads. A lot of the shops sell their own Murano glass jewellery, and I always end up buying something as everything is just so stunning. We had a lovely stroll around the island, stopping to look in all of the little shops, and getting an ice cream.

We then hopped back onto the very busy boat, and headed to Burano. This is the bigger of the two, and was more busier. There is one big main street which is so stunning, and if you walk to the very end the views are so beautiful as you are just looking out into the lake. I learnt on my previous trip that the Italian government ensure that all the houses stay painted in a variety of different colours and are kept in good condition, for the fact of the amount of tourism which it brings. I have to say I would very enjoy living on this little island, as I had a permanent smile on my face whilst walking round. 

We stopped for some lunch at a little restaurant and had a great table overlooking the water and the shops and houses. As always, the Italians are welcoming and always so upbeat. I had a pasta dish (of course!), and it was delicious. Even though we were sat in such a picturesque spot, the prices were no higher than usual. I kept spying a little walk through right next to the restaurant, and I kept having a sneak peek. The restaurant owner told us to have a little wander through as it so tranquil. Obviously, there was still multicoloured houses, but it was definitely where those who don't want to live in the hustle and bustle live. It was a big quarter and there was one bright pink house, which you can see from my pictures had a bench outside and I started a bit of a trend by taking the plunge and getting a picture, and then a few other tourists followed in tow. We spent a good few hours wandering around, taking lots of photos and buying lots of touristy souvenirs.

If you are staying within or near the vicinity of Venice then definitely take a little trip to Murano and Burano and I promise you won't be disappointed. I also have my Venice travel post going up next week.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Lido de Jesolo






As I write this I have been back from my Italian adventures exactly one week, and I am having the worse case of holiday blues. We went on a family holiday to Lido de Jesolo. We have been previously been before twice, once 5 years ago, and also 10 years ago. I have a terrible memory, so when I go back to somewhere from five years ago, I barely remember anything. That was great for me, as I was able to discover a completely new place all over again!

We managed to get a great morning flight out, and landed in Venezia Airport. My mum had organised an airport transfer to our hotel. We stayed in Hotel Harry's for two weeks, and the hotel was in a great location. Lido de Jesolo itself has a 15km long beach which is so beautiful. The hotel itself was nice, nothing special. We opted for the half board option in our hotel, and they offered a variety of food on the menu.

At night we like to be able to go out and not just sit in our hotel room.The resort basically opens up for the holiday season; therefore there are bars upon bars. There is also a great variety of restaurants, you definitely have the opportunity to taste some of the most amazing pasta and pizza ever. Some nights the amount of variety offered walking up and down can actually be quite overwhelming choosing somewhere. However, every night we were able to find somewhere new to stop and have a few cocktails. It is not a particularly expensive place, as like I have said it thrives from the holidaymakers.

The resort itself due to it being 15km long makes it the longest strip in Europe. There is no way you would be able to walk from one end of the strip to the other, due to its enormity. One day when the weather was not too hot, we decided to see how far we could walk. We ended up making lots of pits stops along the way which involved lots of ice cream, drinks and food. We then got the local bus back to our hotel.

The weather most days was late 20's to early 30 degrees. That is hot enough for me, as I burn easy and I hate being a hot, sweaty mess when there is not much breeze. Some days it was milder but we tended to go on day trips on these days, as it is much more pleasant to walk around without the blazing sun on your back all day.

The location of the resort was great as you were able to go on day trips using both the buses and boats to get around you get to see lots of the different islands. I am going to write individual posts on Venice and going around the smaller islands such as Burano and Murano, as I have so much to say about them. There is a lot to see and do, an it differently added an extra special aspect to the holiday. Me and my sister also went on a trip to Aqualandia located in Jesolo itself. This was great and it is a tradition that we take a trip to a waterpark wherever we visit.

Overall, I had a fabulous time relaxing in the sun. We spent most of our days on the beach, as it was just so glorious. Italy is my favourite place to explore, and Lido de Jesolo did not disappoint.

Lucy
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Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Roundup for July and August


Thinking back to the start of July it seems like a life time ago now. I kicked off the start of the month going on a trip to London to the British Summer Time concert which took place in Hyde Park. The headliner on the Sunday was Justin Bieber, overall I had a fabulous day. The whole weekend was so great, and you can read all about the trip in more detail here. During the trip we went to a bottomless Bellini brunch and I enjoyed it so much it got its own blog post, which you can also read here.

I have to include the highly anticipated Pretty Little Liars finale. Me and my friend Lydia planned to have a pizza PLL party because we have very much devoted quite a few years to avidly watching it when each series came along. It has to be said we were both very disappointing, and we both looked at each and went "is that it!" when the big reveal happened, as it we thought it was rather rubbish. A massive let down is how we described it.

On the 7th July I turned 23 (finally!). On the day of my birthday me and my mum went to Slatterys which I have mentioned before on here. It is a big patisserie which sells the most fabulous cakes and hot chocolates. It is the place we always head as a family, when it is a special occasion. On the Saturday me and my friends headed into Manchester to celebrate. I had a great night, and didn't get home until 4am which is definitely the sign of a fabulous night!

The weekend after I headed to Carlisle, which was strange as I hadn't been back since last November when I graduated. Me and my friend Hannah went to see Little Mix who were on at Bitts Park. We had such a great night and as they always put on a fabulous show.

The last weekend of July, me and two of my friends Hannah and Lauren headed to Barcelona for four days. I was so excited as I have never been before. The girls who I went with had both been before and said how amazing it was. I have to say we did a lot in the four days doing all the sites, as well as spending afternoons on the beach and evenings eating as much tapas as possible and drinking jugs of sangria. I did two posts all about my trip a travel guide (here) and a food diary (here). It was an incredible city, and one of the best cities which I have ever visited.

Me and my sister went to Friendsfest, which if you don't know is a currently touring event of the hit TV series Friends. We went to the one taking place at Heaton Park, Manchester. I had such a great day with my sister and I had taken so many great pictures. I wrote an entire post on it which you can catch up on here.

Lastly, as I write this I have just got back from my holidays in Lido de Jesolo, Italy. I have had a fabulous time with my parents and sister, it is just so nice to get away as a family. The weather has been beautiful, except one day where there was a huge storm. However, unlike Britain the storm was very much here and then gone, and by the next morning the weather was once again glorious. We have been on two day trips to Venice and the islands, and I cannot wait to start writing my posts all about everything which we have got up to.

I think that is just about it. For the rest of August I am literally working the entire time, I suppose I should make an appearance in work!

Lucy
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Hours spent blogging in one month


I have wanted to write this post since January when I first had the initial idea. It was a test to me to see exactly how long I spend approximately each month on my blog. This includes taking photos, writing posts and scheduling. For the entirety of July every time I spent some sort of time on my blog I wrote it down in my notes, to keep a record. I did this honestly as I wanted to see for myself the hours I put into my blog.

So over the month I spent 27 hours doing all things blog. This was spread out across over 11 days, some days I would spend just an hour scheduling and finishing posts, and another day I spent 5.5 hours taking and editing photos and writing and scheduling posts. I post on my blog three times a week, and try to post on Instagram once a day. To be honest I don't think 27 hours is a lot compared to some people, and also for me compared to some months. Without a doubt July has been my busiest month of the year so far. I have definitely been doing things here and there, just squeezing things in where I could. I could see this as between the 21st - 27th before I went on my holiday to Barcelona on the 28th; I spent 11.5 hours trying to get everything ready before my holiday. I think this can really stressful. I definitely sat and thought at 11pm, whilst scheduling tweets and had to be up at 6.30am why am I doing this. However, it is always worth as I hate to do things by half measures.

The hours I have calculated does not include the at least the hour a day I spend commenting on others Instagrams and blog posts. I also spend a lot more time on Twitter, chatting away with other bloggers. The point of my little experiment was for me to see the hours which I put into my blog. I do also work in my job 37.5 hours a week, and sometimes my shift patterns can be here, there and everywhere.

It was interesting for me to see what takes me the longest to do and that is without a doubt taking and editing photos. I can easily bash out writing lots of posts in a morning and feel totally ahead. The one thing of my blog which I do not enjoy doing in the slightest is scheduling tweets. I have to do this usually at night in a job lot, it can be really time consuming but it is an essential part of publicising your posts.

It was quite funny to see how obviously some days when I'm off work, I just want a day blog free. Is doesn't happen often, but occasionally I just want to nip to the shops, go to the gym or sit and binge watch Netflix. I always have the feeling that there it something to be getting on with blog related, which is true. I do try and get ahead though, and once I have my laptop open I am usually in my blogging mode within minutes.

Overall, this was a little experiment for me to see the time which I dedicate truly to my blog. I know the time I spend on my blog will probably be half compared to others. But, I am not a full time blogger, I never will be and right now I'm sure I will ever want to be. I want to enjoy my work, my social life and my blog all separately. But, what I can say is I have never dedicated nearly 7 hours a week to a hobby before.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Stop and stare


I have wanted to write this post for months, even years now. Right now whilst I write this I am on my holidays in Italy. Today, I have been to the local water park and it really got me thinking. I have so many things I want to include I hope I manage to portray all of my thoughts and feelings.

If you read my recent importance of friendship post, you will know I surround myself with positive and encouraging friends. In this post I want to discuss what it is actually liked to be stared at on a daily basis, due to being and looking different to the norm. I have a condition which means the hair on my head does not grow at the average speed, and some of my bones are odd shaped. However, I am still able to mobilise well and exercise like everyone else. I also suffer from moderate acne which is actually my biggest insecurity of all.

When I was much younger and at high school I did lack confidence and I used to take a lot of people's looks and comments to heart. Over the years and for the sack of my sanity I have built a thick skin. This definitely takes time, and I know for sure if I wasn't like this and took everything to heart I wouldn't leave the house. I understand how people suffer with huge confidence issues which can also affect someone's mental health as I am not going to beat around the bush some people are truly vile. I honestly don't think some people understand how one smirk or whisper to a friend whilst blatantly talking about you in front of your face, can take your day from a 10 to a 0 in seconds. I try and brush it off as fast as I can as like I've said I would cry every time I left the house otherwise. People point and stare and usually I smile back. I'm not going to lie to boost my confidence and on days when I just cannot be bothered to be nice when people stare I literally stare back at them. It's so petty but it works. It can be really tough some days and if I am sick to death of it, if someone is laughing at me I turn to my sister and point and laugh back. Also petty, but also stops me crying. You have to look after yourself, otherwise you will slowly crumble.

13 year old Lucy would very much struggle with how society has changed in the last 10 years. I was never a target for bullying in school. But I was timid, and yes as I looked different, I did get picked on occasionally. My friends were great and it usually brushed over. There was this one boy who was an absolute toad, and he made my cry quite a few nights when I got home from school. I hate on reflection how much I let it bother me, but I simply did not deserve it. I think this was when I thought stuff this and I needed to change. It has taken my years to get this thick skin, and I now let things blow over very easy. I don't let things build up inside of me, and I very much have a heart of steel. But really should I have to be living like this. I know everyone has insecurities but when it is something you simply can't change, it can be very difficult.

We live in a society which is supposed to be excepting of everyone no matter what. I have simply learnt that this will never, ever, be the case and some people just get thrills from not being accepting. My mum used to tell me a lot of it was down to people being insecure themselves, and I definitely stand by this. When I see that the toad of a boy has not progressed in life, I get a small sense of satisfaction, however awful this may sound. I think over the years my mental health has been affected but I never put it down to that. These days, I can be very short and direct with people and that's because I am not always open to a conversation where I may have to explain things that I don't want to. My defence mechanisms and guard are put up very easily, as I always want to protect myself.

I have learnt since being a nurse how children can be very protective of their conditions, and I can totally relate. It's a huge part of you, and what makes you, you. I have kids point at me, and I usually just turn around as it can be difficult for them understand. Adults, nope, you have no excuse, just blatant rudeness. I am also very stubborn. I first realised this when I started university 4 years ago, I would not let little things go. I would let them eat my up inside and it would drive me insane. I would want people to apologise, and they wouldn't. If someone was in the wrong, I would ignore them for days. It takes a lot for me to apologise though, and that is definitely a weakness of mine.

I want to address self-confidence in the post. I am a massive advocate for self-confidence and building your own confidence can take years. As I say in the water park standing there in my bikini after consuming two weeks' worth of carbs probably being the biggest I have ever been, with my hair being very blonde when wet it makes it look even shorter, and then I have zero makeup on and all my acne on display. I know we could all write a list of insecurities, but it is learning to overcome them which is the biggest hurdle of all. I cannot pin point the time or place in my life, where I literally thought fuck this I am who I am and I am not changing anytime soon. Having self confidence and being cocky and brash is completely different. I know putting some make up on, and buying something which I feel fab in does me the world of good. It is about finding what sparks that bit of self confidence. Writing a list of all the things you like about yourself for me that is my eyes, boobs and having a small waist. Try it and learn to focus on the good and slowly the bad well not seem that so bad anymore.

The main reason for writing this post is to say to please, please, don't let shitty people bring you down. It is so easy for me to say, but honestly I have been there, and actually I am still there. I think building my thicker skin has done me the world of good. I don't take things to heart, I laugh things off, I think about how sad it is that people get there thrills from bringing others down. I'm not saying that I am oblivious or people don't think make me still feel massively insecure because they do. But, it is learning to have a mute or even an off button, and letting that moment drift by. That might be having once less dark day a week, by trying to overcome insecurities and learning that you are you. In 2017, you would think with how far we have come, people would be more accepting. If we look at the bigger picture, we are probably going backwards. We should all be a little more kinder, and a little more accepting.

If anyone every wants to discuss anything please feel free to comment or inbox me at anytime.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

How I plan my travel posts




This year I have really loved writing travel posts, it has sparked a new found passion. When visiting a new place I have really got into reading other bloggers travel guides and posts as they can provide really insightful information. I have made a note of all of the important parts of a travel post which I always take into consideration.

I always start off by discussing the booking process. I think explaining exactly how I booked, whether that be in store / online it is important for people to know. I usually book online and I always include the exact website which I have used. Next up, I like to mention the flights and airlines which I used for my holiday. People can be unsure as to what to expect, may have not traveled far or not frequently, meaning they may need some helpful prompts.

I think always like to start off talking about the actual hotel which I stayed in. I discuss every detail down to location, style, space and then roundup essentially whether it was good or bad. I like to also do a simple overview of the city, and first impressions. You know when you arrive on holiday and you can instantly feel like your going to have a fabulous time, I think this is essential to include.

People are massively interested in the best places to eat, I know I am. One of my friends said that she always uses Trip Advisor to help plan and find the best eateries, and this is a fab tip. Whilst in Barcelona I used it on more than one occasion to find some amazing restaurants and bars. When writing a review I always like to include the name of the restaurant, an approximate location (if you can) and a review of how the food was. If I thought there was a stand out meal or drink on the menu, I always ensure I include it. People like recommendations of food and drink. I also think including a price range can be important, as everyone has different budgets.

If you are writing a travel post about a city break, I think it super important to write all about what you actually got up to. I write all the places I visited, whether they were worth visiting, prices and their best features. I then make sure to add in a must see places section, things which I think you can not miss visiting. It can very overwhelming choosing what to do when you only have a matter of days to do everything which you want to. Having someone say this is a must see activity/visit whilst you are there, with an explanation why can help you whittle down and help you to utilise your time more wisely.

This is the exact notes which I wrote in Barcelona and I thought it was important to include so can see how very simple notes can help you remember to include all of the details. I had a notes page dedicated to places I ate. When I came to write the Barcelona food recommendations post it was a massive help, as it was a quick reference to eat place I ate as there is no way I would of remembered the name and details of each individual place each day.


I also wrote a post on how to plan travel posts as a newbie back in April which has lots of hints and tips as to the layout of posts. This was just a quick post as to the simple process as to how I plan my posts whilst travelling quickly and easily. I also keep a note on my phone that simply says:

-Flights/airlines
-Transfer from airport
-Hotel
-Location
-Where to eat / names of eateries
-Places to visit
-Must see places

It is a basic summary of everything which I have mentioned in this post with simple headings. Having it saved in my notes is a massive help, and I highly recommend it as I promise when you get home you will thank me that all your information is there in its basic form, and all you now need to do is expand in detail.

Lucy
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Barcelona

I recently went to Barcelona for the first time, and I have to say it is an amazing city. My two friends who I went with have both been before, so it was great as they had a whereabouts as to where everything is. We did so much whilst we were there I have had to make a list so that I don't forget anything. Our hotel was called The Moderno, it was a three star hotel and I have to say it was in the perfect location. It was situated half way up La Rambla, which is where a lot of shops and eateries are. We all said that we would recommend the hotel to friends and family. The hotel staff were very accommodating and gave us lots of useful information about the city and transport.

The transport links within Barcelona are fantastic. The hotel receptionist told us all about the different transport services available. There is a large underground system, and we had a stop situated across the road from our hotel. It takes you across the 5 zones of the city, and is easy to use once you get the hang of it. I bought a fabulous mini guidebook before I went which contained an underground map, which was great as we could plan each days journeys before setting out. They also have a great bus service all around the city. Heads up, if you are staying on La Rambla are heading to the beach, the number 59 service takes you straight there. When when first arrived at the airport in Barcelona we got the train from the airport into the centre of the city, and then an underground to our hotel. The hotel receptionist also told us that you are able to buy a ticket called a T-10 which you can use ten times on all public transport for 10 euro. This is such a great buy, and a little tip is that more than one of you are able to use one ticket. We would put it through the barrier and then pass it back, this means that if you are a family you can all use the same ticket. We bought four T-10 tickets between us during our four day trip.

There is so much to see and do, and if it is your first time visiting then it is definitely great to try and plan your visit.

We went to the Barcelona Pavilion which is famous for its fabulous architecture and fountains. This was such an incredible view as you walk up the road to get to the fountains. Heads up, if you are heading here the fountains come on at 11am as we got there just before and we had to wait for them to come on! Once at the top where the waterfall is placed, you can look out across Barcelona and it is such a great view.






Before visiting Park Guell I did not know very much about it at all. I am so glad I visited as Gaudi's work is exceptional. The colours and mosaics which he used within the park are outstanding. We booked tickets before we went as they are super busy, it costs seven euros and it is definitely a must see attraction.



On the last day, we wanted to ensure that we visited Sagardia Famila. It is one of the main attractions in the city and it is definitely worth a visit. They are constantly working on this building and you can see that as there was building work going on. However, this has been going on for hundreds of years as they are trying to finish it in it's original ornate style. It was so beautiful to look at, and I was actually surprised by the size of it, it is huge. You can go inside but it costs nearly 30 euro and I was able to take everything in by just standing outside and staring at all of its glory.



I love going to the zoo, and Barcelona Zoo did not disappoint. We thought as we went on a Saturday it would be super busy, but to our surprise it was half empty. They had all of the big animals which you expect to see including a dolphin arena. I thought the zoo was spread out nicely and we spent three hours in the zoo looking around. You can also book your tickets in advance for this online, which was very easy to do.

Depending on where you are staying it is definitely worth a trip to La Rambla which is where we was staying. It is easy to find and contains lots of your favourite shops and eateries. The Gothic Quarter is also worth a visit, we spent a lot of time eating and drinking in this area as it has a lot of choice.


The beach was also really lovely. What made this such a great trip was that we had the best of both. We were able to see the sights but also go the beach in the afternoon to relax and top up our tans. The beach was very busy with both locals and tourists. The view was stunning and the beach was well maintained. Overall, I had a fantastic time in Barcelona and since coming home I have highly recommended visiting to all of my friends and family.

I have also put up a post this week all about my food recommendations whilst in Barcelona. I ate a lot, and I have a day to day guide of the best places which I would recommend.

Lucy
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