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Toulouse, France

The Pink City

12 December 2017


Two travel posts in a row can only mean one thing. It's 0 degrees and I'm suffering from an extreme case of wanderlust. 


No trip to France would be complete if I didn't write a blog post on it. By write, I mean post all my pictures.






We stayed in the Le Grand Balcon hotel. The design and location of the hotel is absolutely incredible. Great hotel with small but chic rooms. Any room where your greeted with a Nespresso machine, complimentary champagne and a selection of mini macaroons gets my vote. The hotel is located just off of Place du Capitole - the main square with tons of shopping (including Sephora and Zara nearby...so very dangerous), markets, cafes and restaurants. There is also a Metro stop very close to the hotel.






Cons - It rained when I visited!


Pros of Toulouse - Stunning Architecture (best sights include the Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse and Pont Neuf), Lots to do, Cheap Flights (Thanks Ryanair), Easy Transportation system, Friendly people, Amazing food.



And thanks to Ryanair, you can get there for just £10. #Thankmelater 
Mx 

Bermuda on a budget

27 November 2017

Bermuda is known for the Americas Cup, luxury and generally being the place where people live life to its fullest. Also a place in the world where you can end up spending a lot of 'dolla' in a short amount of time.

I'm no money saving expert but here are a few of my tips for doing Bermuda on a budget;

1) Don't fly direct. Bermuda airport only has 5 flights per day and if you're flying from the UK and want direct flights then your only choice is British Airways, where a flight will put you back around £800-£900. Or perhaps take the scenic route by flying to the US and then catching one of the three flights per day from the US to Bermuda.

Pros - A 16 hour stopover means a good amount of sightseeing can get done in NYC if you deem the hassle of going through US security and baggage worth it.
Cons - A 16 hour stopover.

When I was booking my flight I would've preferably gone for the stop over but because I was flying on half term week (a definite thing to avoid if you want to do Bermuda on a budget) and the timing of British Airways having a flight sale (a definite thing to take advantage of if you want to do Bermuda on a budget) - flying with a stopover was actually more by around £70.




 








2) Hotels  - Hotels are relatively scarce resource in Bermuda - with less resorts than similar islands. Less hotels means these are often strategically priced to get the most amount of cash as possible (basic supply and demand). And if they're not ridiculously expensive - they're all full. So Guesthouses/B&Bs and AirBnB are your best friends if you're looking to go to Bermuda.








3) Excursions - Doing stuff around Bermuda is relatively cheap. During my trip I managed to get a number of trips and still had 'dolla' left to buy a cocktail or two five. One of my favourite and most memorable things I did whilst on my Bermuda trip was climbing the Gibbs lighthouse and having this amazing view.






And not surprisingly, this was one of the cheapest excursions, costing less than $5. Boat Trips & Cave Tours were also relatively priced too. And then you have a selection of beaches to choose from, all free of course.

4) I don't think food was that badly priced given the portions and quality. If you like American food then most of the restaurants in Bermuda will be right up your street. A meal can be around $30-50, which if you're on holiday and want a break from having to struggle in the kitchen - I don't think it's that bad.

5) Finally, the people. The people aren't gonna help you travel to Bermuda on a budget but they will certainly make your trip to Bermuda a great one.










Mx

Pink on Pink

26 October 2017

Every blogger loves a pink wall so when I saw one walking around the streets of Bermuda - I made good use of it.




Outfit details Top - Primark
Skirt - Topshop
Glasses - A Market in Camden (edgy). Even though I brought several pairs of glasses on this vacation and even though I'm holding some in this picture - I still appear to be squinting.
Bag - eBay

Mx

Introducing the Tulle Dress

6 September 2017

A couple of months ago I teamed up Rosegal to bring you a wishlist. Now its the turn of Zaful and together we're bringing you another wishlist for this seasons must have - the Tulle Dress.

You'll probably recognise a Tulle Dress from what you seen in prom pictures but they also make the perfect Summer to Autumn transition dress. As Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, they also are perfect if you're attending a wedding, christening or any other special occasion in the upcoming weeks.

My Top Tulle Dress Picks:


1) Layered Tulle Cocktail Dress - £26.56

Because I love black this is my absolute favourite. It's the perfect gothic dress that can be dressed up for a night out or worn with trainers for a day time look. Lets not forget about the beautiful hook-and-eye closures at the back collar.


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2) See Thru Tulle Embroidered Maxi Dress - £15.69
I love the detail on this one, and the fact that it is a bit risqué. It also offers something a bit longer if that's what you're looking for. 



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3) Lace Tulle Flare Sleeve Dress - £18.11

I should really stop this all black trend (especially when pretty dresses are concerned) but this one is beautiful and the detail around the shoulder is to die for. 



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4) Embroidered See-Through Lace Dress - £31.67

This one is a bit more structured and again has gorgeous embroidery details on it. If you have a December wedding to attend, this is certainly one to consider with a bold coloured bag - you're good to go!

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5) Long Sleeve Floral Tulle Dress With Tank Top - £17.30

Finally something that isn't black. The long sleeves make it perfect for the transition to Autumn. The perfect combo would be this dress, a fedora and a pair of chunky boots. 


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If you fancy any of the items on my wishlist or selected items on the Zaful website use my code 'ZFEN' for a discount.

Mx


NB: This post was a collaboration with Zaful. However all opinions are honest and my own.

East meets West: Skincare with KiraKira Studios

3 September 2017

If you've read my blog before you'll know I'm a sucker for a good skincare routine. I'm always looking for the best products on the market and it's safe to say Japanese women are known for having the most radiant, glowing and youthful skin. So when skincare and beauty brand, KiraKira Studios got in contact with me I couldn't wait to try out their debut product, AHA which as the bottle says contains 3 kinds of AHA(Alpha-hydroxy Acids) formulated in Japan for Western skincare.

Other facial washes have nothing on this product. The everyday remover or wash simply does the job of just removing make-up whereas AHA hydrates and brightens the skins complexion, stimulates collagen production, promotes cell turnover and increases natural barrier lipids in the skin’s outer layers to help prevent skin’s natural oils and water escaping.

As KiraKira Studios is PETA approved there are no harmful ingredients in the product, so it does the perfect job of removing makeup, oil and dirt without causing irritation to the skin. Within two days of using the product, I noticed my skin became so much softer. 



I usually use it at the start of my skincare routine, massage it into my face in it then use micellar water and cotton wool. When pumped out the product is clear and free from all chemically smells. So if you're like me and don't like putting overly creamy products on your face then this one is for you. At first I was filled with doubt as from the past I've known that clear products don't necessarily get all the makeup off my face BUT with AHA every bit of makeup was removed and my skin felt SO hydrated.

What I liked most about the product was the collection of Alpha-hydroxy Acids used in it. They're all traditionally derived from plants and fermented milk. As these are best known for their benefits to the skin, the AHA cleansing lotion uses the optimal amount of AHAs. The mixture of Citric, Glycolic and Stearic acids work to improve the texture of skin and lightening dark spots, treat fine lines, acne, blackheads and oiliness and reduces skin’s water surface tension.



It's safe to say AHA has a permanent position in my skincare routine. If you want to purchase it and try out 'best facial cleanser on the market'(which I highly agree with), head over to kirakirastudio.com where it retails at £19.99. Also, each purchase you make with KiraKira Studio goes towards helping animals find rescue and refuge from cruelty.

Mx

NB: This post was a collaboration with KiraKira Studios. However all opinions are honest and my own.

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