Friday, 29 January 2016

There's no place like home.

Flying high to our connection in Zurich!
As I sat on the steps of the Trevi fountain amongst a crowd of other excited tourists (an unwelcome change to when we drunkenly stumbled upon it empty minus the polizia in the early hours of the previous morning) I thought of home. Part of me itching to be back in my own bed enjoying food I am more fond of, the other dreaming of an extended stay wondering the streets of central Rome enjoying the evenings I had took pleasure from the nights before. The sky was a pure blue, no clouds in sight. The gold writing glistened in the sun and my sunglasses were greatful to be released from there case for the first time in months. Josh sat beside me also enjoying the view, looking handsome as ever. The remains of cherry gelato (another favourite of mine) melting in a small paper cup sat in between us. I couldn't help but ask myself why anyone would want this to end?

Oh how I would discover that I in fact would rather be in Birmingham than spend another minute in a foreign country when the option of being home that night disappeared. Do we always want what we can't have? 

A few hours later the fountain had been swapped for a check in line. It was officially home time, we checked in quickly whizzed through security, that was however after I had been stopped and drug swatched because I left my coke bottle in my bag (the cola kind). Have you ever been stopped in an airport? Had your bags taken to be checked by someone and a small tab wiped over your hands and shoes? I swear one look at me and you would have thought I had something to hide, even I started to doubt myself and pictured myself going to prison. Part of me chanting "shit shit shit" in my head the other saying "how irrational they can't find anything because there is nothing" then I heard "that's fine thank you" and snapped out of my anxious over reaction and literally had to laugh at my idiot self. Never the less security didn't take long and we took a short walk around the airport (searched ten minutes for a magazine in English then nearly bought the new cosmo till I saw it was €11!)  boarded our plane and waited. And waited. Till the pilot announced they were still doing checks on the right engine. Then we waited, and waited, and then were told that we would have to leave the aircraft. 

Have you ever been in an airport dying to know if you're going home tonight, mobbed by other passengers all wanting to know the same thing. Three or four different languages flying about, people talking over each other and a poor airline worker in the middle of it all. It's hell. 

Eventually we found out that the flight to Brussels will continue just later than planned which is great! Unless you have a connecting flight, which as always its us with the awkward situations. 

So we waited, and were told to collect our luggage at carousel ten and hurried down there. 

Then we waited for another twenty minutes till the luggage started to come round. 

Then we waited in line for no joke a good hour and a half waiting and waiting for any information we could get our hands on. 

What we discovered when waiting was that there was in fact a direct flight to Birmingham but with Monarch, which as it is not a partner airline for we would have to buy a ticket. So to get back to Birmingham that night would mean buying a ticket. Not like we had already bought two or anything...

Then we waited, and we waited and we waited. Get my point? Eventually we did get new flights and by 11 o'clock were in a hotel eating dinner (on the airline btdubz) then we flew out at 12pm the next day.

In hindsight I can understand it, I don't want to get on a plane that doesn't work as much as the next person, but standing in lines for a good four hours was not the highlight of my trip!

To read the highlights of our trip watch out for future posts! Leave me a comment to let me know if you've ever ended up in a situation like this, would love to know i'm not alone.  

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

To my 14 year old self,

Oh how I wish I could time travel, how I wish I could go back to the nights you would spend crying and wishing for things that in time will come. Don’t take for granted the people in your life who truly care for you, your mom really does love you and it’ll take a few years a broken heart and more than a few conversations for you to realise that. For now though, cherish the person who is there because soon enough they’ll leave. Not completely, they will always be a phone call away, but those pep talks will end. Just don’t ever let go of that bond.

Stop trying to beat your sister. You are not her. She loves you, so stop screaming at each other, stop taking her clothes without asking and stop hating on her in your head. No one expects you to be her as much as you think they do, and they believe you are just as smart and will be just a independent in your own way. She’ll never show you just how much she loves you, but you’ll come to appreciate the little gestures as you grow up that show she cares. So only put your head in that textbook for you, you’ll be disappointed when those ‘big exams’ come around but you shouldn’t be, you did well accept the praise.

Friends, and I mean real friends will come. You’ll find someone in a year or two who becomes such an important friend for you, you’ll even fight your way into their life. Don’t take no for an answer, she will be the weirdest and greatest friend you will have. You will hurt for her, you will cry for her and she will be there for you for the next few years and maybe even longer. Stop making yourself miserable and ditch the bitches, you don’t need it.

Make the most of the “memories” with that unconditional friendship you have grown up confident that it will never fade, I wish I could say you won’t grow apart but that’s not necessarily true. People do grow up, but don’t let it go completely.

Stop listening to that Coldplay song, and you know what I mean you weirdo. Only turn those Christmas lights on if you’re going to smile.

You are beautiful, and it took yourself too long to realise it. You’ll still doubt it in years to come but never stop saying it, no matter how much you don’t believe it. Your goal of being skinny by the time your sixteen, it’s not going to happen. You’ll forge an inseparable bond with double cheeseburgers I’m afraid. Yet when you go to prom you’ll look stunning believe me. Also boys don’t hate you because you’re fat.
Leave your bedroom, wear that dress. There's nothing you'll regret more than the times you refused to go somewhere because you hated how (and you weren't by the way) ugly you are. You'll wonder why you cried so much over dresses and skirts that weren't enough to make you look beautiful, because you always were.

Boys. Oh my god if only I could slap you for every time you thought you would never be cuddled by a boy. All the way up to sixteen. Yes you will eventually kiss a boy don’t you worry. Yes boys will eventually take interest in you. Maybe the ones you grew up with just never saw you that way and never will, but you’ll find a whole new sea of male specimen but go easy on it. Be aware of the older boys, be careful with your dignity and your heart. But no regrets.

You will find love and it will be everything you thought it would be and worse, it will come to you in the most unexpected way and will overwhelm you. Just once that night you got drunk and took advantage of this new found interest from boys will work out for you, and don’t doubt yourself it’s not a joke. A boy will actually ask you out on a date, and trust me they’re quite a catch. Just remember in the future that your mom just wants the best for you, give up on the rebellion.

You will be happy, your days of sadness are numbered. New friends will bring you out of that rut, and they will make you happy.

You’ll meet a boy who will give you butterflies, and you will experience a broken heart but it’ll mend quicker than you think. Arguments are not the end of the world, or a relationship.

Most importantly one day you will find true friendships, cute boys who (i’m not joking) do want to kiss you and you will realise that you are gorgeous and that it is so important to believe that even during the times when you don’t want to.

Look forward to the future, you’ll look back and realise that you really had no clue about all the possibilities the world held, yes. Even for you.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for ages, and since the posts about Rome are taking longer to write I thought I would upload this in the mean time!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Travel Pretty in All Cities

For a short and hopefully romantic trip away next week consisting of busy sightseeing, Italian dinners and lot's of kisses, I need the perfect makeup bag to arm myself with.

For the quick and easy holiday snapshot ready makeup..

The perfect base:

L'Oréal True Match Foundation super blendable buffed in with a Real Techniques buffing brush and the equally amazing True Match Powder applied with the Real Techniques arched powder brush make the perfect duo for a flawless face. Layer on top of the Seventeen Photo Flawless primer for a whole day of unfaltering perfection.

To keep a warm Italian flush on my cheeks I also put my Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Native, the perfect blush, bronze and highlight all in one to save more space. Bronze with the Real Techniques tapered blush, colour the cheeks with the contour brush and highlight with the pointed foundation brush.

And the rest:

My trusty eye lash curlers that are years old, and may not get through security as in the right hands are definitely a weapon, and a travel sized Eyeko Black Magic mascara. Both together give the perfect curl and thickness to ahem not flirt with cute Italian waiters.

The Tanya Burr eyebrow palette, hot cocoa, chestnut and fairycake along with travel sized tweezers are needed to create the perfect brow, and pebble is actually the perfect matte brown for the crease or all over the lid.

And lastly, Vaseline to cure those airplane air conditioning dried out lips.

And for the evenings kissing on the Spanish Steps or dining on linguini:

The L'Oréal Super Liner Perfect Slim is great to add a cat flick to any look to turn your makeup from simple to super. Or use the Naked 2 palette to create a quick smokey eye before a 3 course meal in Trevi and a night touring Rome.

Lipstick may not be needed for a week away sunning and swimming but for a city break pack a few, you never know when you'll need a swipe of colour to take your look to the next level, in my bag there is a Topshop lipstick in Suspected (which for those of you who didn't know the contents made in Italy) for when you're feeling dark and mysterious, Maybelline Coloursensational in Pink Punch for when you're feeling flirty and Collection 2000 volume sensational in Cherry Pop when you're feeling a night of romance.

And there you go your secret weapon to feeling fabulous whilst away, if you couldn't tell I am very excited for next weeks adventure.


Monday, 4 January 2016

6 Travel Tips for an Easy Trip

Whether you're going travelling during 2016, or just taking a long weekend away in another country it's important to be prepare and stay safe. Josh and I are going to Rome in two weeks, which I am so excited for and I have compiled six tips to make your time away perfect.

1. Travel Safely

Make sure you have a good travel insurance policy, one that covers lost/damaged bags, cancellation and any medical treatment you may need whilst your away. You don't expect for anything to happen on holiday otherwise why would you go, but you really don't want to end up ill and worrying about medical expenses. If you're a resident of the UK then apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, this is not an alternative to actually getting travel insurance as it will not cover private medical healthcare such as ski mountain rescues or being flown back to the UK. It won't cover your luggage/cancellations. It will however give you access to reduced cost or free access from state healthcare providers if needs be without having to go through your travel insurers first.

2. Call Your Bank

You should call up your bank and any other credit card providers to make sure that your cards will work whilst over there, if you don't plan on using them you should still let them know where you are going and when so if in case of emergency you can use it. I've also found that you're card can get suspended if used somewhere where it usually wouldn't be, which can be a whole lot of hassle so it's better to be safe than sorry.

3. Book Before You Go

Make sure to book and plan all your activities before you go! You don't have to plan every small detail, but big tourist attractions you may want to visit and how to get there you will want to do before hand for an easy holiday. You may even find fast track entry for some things! You can leave a day free for spontaneous exploring of the city you're staying in, and know that everything else you wanted to do is paid for and planned for in advance.

4. Print Everything Off

And keep it safe! Important documents you'll need like your plane tickets, or information for your hotels or tourist attractions. Also make sure to print off your itinery, make sure to do all of this before you leave for the airport to make your trip a little less stressful.

5. Have a Travel Checklist

To make sure you don't forget anything write yourself a list of things you're going to take, it's not the end of the world if you realise you left your foundation at home once you get to the hotel but its definitely annoying. Make sure everything is ticked off before you leave for the aiport, the last thing you want to do is not pack something like your deodorant because you had to use it in the morning before your travelled. If you tend to overpack, pack everything you plan to take and weigh your suitcase a few days before you go to make sure it fits the allowance of your airline!

6. Be Attentive

You want to be safe in a foreign country, and its so easy to get distracted by all the sights. But be aware of your surroundings, especially if you're travelling alone. The last thing you want is to be pickpocketed. Barcelona, Prague, Paris and Rome are all pickpocket hotspots in Europe and whilst you aren't definitely going to fall victim to this, be careful and aware! You want to enjoy your hard earned holiday!

Hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any other tips for me feel free to leave them in the comments!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Plans for 2016!

2016 is just round the corner and there is no better day than today to spend writing blog posts and new years resolutions, 2016 is gonna be an exciting year for me. I have two trips planned (one extremely soon eek) , I turn 18, finish college and start uni. I'll be moving out , having my own independence. This year could go horribly wrong... But to start every year you have to have new year resolutions that you will forget about by Feb. What else are you going to do in January if you don't.

This year I plan to:

Travel more: I already have trips booked to Rome and Spain this year, but I want to see more of the world and do more exciting things! I would like to go to Greece in July for my birthday to go to Kefalonia and see the caves and the beaches! But also I want to go to Australia. I have family over there and I have been thinking about it for awhile. I don't know if I'll make it over there this year, but if I can't go this summer I want to have booked a holiday there for next summer by the time this year is over. I think Josh and his dad want to go to Dublin to see where is granddad grew up, so maybe Ireland is on the cards as well.

Get drunk: I'm going to uni in September (hopefully) and I don't necessarily want to get drunk, but I want to make the most of fresher's week and wherever I end up going, I want to make sure I socialize as much as possible (alongside lot's of studying obviously).

Save: For holidays, and for a car. I should pass my driving test in 2016, if I don't I probably ner will. There are so many things I will need to save for (I'm thinking uni as well) I don't think I'm going to save for a specific thing, I might just put away half of my wages and see where that gets me a few months into the year.

Enjoy my 18th: I turn 18 finally in July and I cannot wait, I want to do something special which I haven't decided yet but I want it to be big!

Happy New Year lovelies! Let me know what your resolutions are for 2016 in the comments.