A WEEKEND IN KRAKOW THE TRAVEL DIARIES

A WEEKEND IN KRAKOW THE TRAVEL DIARIES

“THERE’S NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN IMMERSING MYSELF IN NEW CULTURES AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH LITTLE CORNERS OF THE WORLD”

There’s nothing I love more than exploring new places, immersing myself in another culture and falling in love with little corners of the world. Last week The Blogger Programme whisked us off for a jam packed, long, weekend in Krakow, Poland and I left with a hunger to return soon. The food, the people, the architecture, the history and the atmosphere makes for the most amazing break away and for once, although we had a super busy few days; I felt relaxed, refreshed and like I really had time to step back and enjoy the city for all it’s worth.

I was blown away by how romantic and charismatic Krakow is; if you’ve ever been to Paris I personally feel like it’s a really similar vibe, but much more slow paced and easy going. It truly did steal my heart and I felt really peaceful and happy there. I’m already planning to return ASAP – it seems like a really affordable destination and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it! The vlog will be over on my Youtube, but for now, here’s my little Weekend in Krakow and a travel diary of my time in this beautiful city.

WHERE WE STAYED

We stayed at the Sheraton Grand hotel in Krakow, right opposite Wawel Castle and the river which made for beautiful views outside your bedroom window! We arrived in style by Wizz Air (who operate daily flights from Luton to Katowice with fares starting from £22.99 ( I KNOW!) and were then taken to our hotel by Krakow Excursions & Transtour (hello wifi on the bus 😉 ) The Hotel is just a 15 minute walk into the centre of the city so the location was perfect! The Lobby is a huge, open space with a glass roof flooding the whole room with light and has a very grand feel! Outside the bedroom doors is a balcony overlooking the whole lobby and restaurant, as well as a club lounge for afternoon refreshments which was really well needed after a day of travelling! The rooms were beautiful and the hotel make sure to really pay attention to the smallest details which is always really appreciated and makes for special memories of a trip!

On our beds were some goodies from The Blogger Programme (I always get excited like a 5 year old at Christmas when it comes to things like this!) The softest, most luxe Figleaves PJs, my fave XLASH eyelash serum (which was featured in my travel beauty essentials video!) as well as some wonderful makeup from Urban Decay and a dainty little purse from MyWalit! All of the staff could never do enough for you and little touches like fruit, chocolate and a little bottle of vodka to take home really made it such a memorable place to stay!

WHAT WE DID

Krakow and Poland is dowsed in culture and we stayed right next to Wawel Castle (a total must see in Krakow it makes for the most incredible picture backdrops!) There’s loads of excursions available and a particular favourite of mine was the Segway experience, organised by Tell me Travels, it was the most incredible way to see the city, especially at night time! The town is beautifully lit up when the sun goes down and street musicians line every corner with violins and saxophones. There really is the most incredible atmosphere in Krakow which is primarily why I fell in love with it so much! Emma also took us to the most amazing Vodka shop that all the locals frequent (for someone who isn’t keen on vodka – the chocolate cream was actually incredible!)

Evenings were spent wandering around, getting fresh pretzels and donuts and popping into all the local, little shops! There are also horse and carriages gliding past every 10 minutes which you can hop on for a quick tour and there’s so many historical buildings to see. On Saturday we headed for a tour of Auscwitz, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I missed our schools history trip. It’s hard to put into words and is quite an emotional experience but the tours were really sensitively done and I think it’s good how we’re able to pay our respects and remember those involved. It isn’t for everyone but if you do have any questions, as always you can always pop me an insta message or tweet! 

 

WHAT WE ATE

 

If you’ve read my post all about discovering the luxe side of Benidorm know I love experiencing the cuisine when I travel – it’s the best way to get to know where you are and throw yourself in! For our last dinner we went right into the centre of the old town at Boccanera – a beautiful italian with the most amazing decor and music! The thing I love about the City so much is that there’s an amazing buzz that fills the streets and every corner you turn down is adorned with the coolest bars, restaurants and cafes. I definitely want to head back for a long weekend to really work my way around all the spots!

I didn’t totally know what to expect from Polish cuisine – it’s not something you find much of in British cuisine apart from if you pop into a nearby Polish shop so I was quite wary at first with how well they would cater for veggies (some countries can be better than others, understandably depending on culture, etc!) I was blown away by how incredible the food was and how many options there were! Fresh, wholesome, healthy and delicious! (We also tried the most incredible cheese that I’m determined to find in the UK!) The breakfast at the Sheraton had everything you could possibly want from cheeses, carrot juice, coconut lattes and even to olives, waffles or probiotic drinks! We also celebrated our first night with a spread of the best Polish cuisine at the Sheraton, finished off with a little Aperol Spritz!

 

WHAT I WORE

 

The temperatures were beautiful at this time of year in Poland – crisp, refreshing, cold (but not too much!) and just chilly enough to get you excited for the full swing of winter! Fluffy coats, scarves, boots and knitwear were my best friends and perfect for the climates. It can get super cold in Poland (-30 I’m told!) so make sure you check the temperatures around the time you’re looking to go! Primark were absolutely incredible and really kindly sponsored the trip so off we all went to our locals stores to amass piles of cosy goodness ready for our take off!

I actually filmed a ‘come shopping with me’ and a big, old Primark haul for my channel so make sure you’re subscribed to catch them! I was so impressed with the things I managed to pick up (this aviator jacket is so well made!) and love the pop of pink with my knitted hat and scarf! I also cannot recommend enough grabbing yourselves a teddy bear coat – SO COSY (the next best thing after PJS!) The architecture in Krakow really makes for some incredible outfit shots so it’s always worth a quick google at where your staying if you’re thinking of snapping some pictures for the ‘gram!

 

SHOP MY KRAKOW WARDROBE!

 

I hope you loved my little travel diary of my time in the beautiful Krakow – I honestly cannot recommend this city enough for a cultural, relaxed and affordable escape! You can catch the vlog over on my channel loves so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Big thanks to my babes Emma & Jamie for helping take some killer snaps! 

MASSIVE thank you again to The Blogger Programme for whisking us away on this beautiful trip, to Wizz air and The Sheraton Grand krakow for looking after us so well and Tell Me Travels for the best activities! Also a big thanks to all of the brands involved also for making it extra special Primark, My Walit, XLASH, Figleaves, Urban Decay, Maria Nila! This post was not sponsored but made in collaboration with the lovely trip and it’s sponsors.

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FESTIVE EXCITMENT ASIDE, I’M STILL REALLY PRONE TO THE ODD SPELL OF WINTER BLUES

As much as I used to force myself to be as highly anticipated as my peer for summer, the truth is, I’ve come to accept the fact that I just enjoy winter so much more! As soon as September hits I’m overwhelmed with a sense of excitement for the months ahead – Halloween (I filmed my first ever tutorial for my channel this year too!) Bonfire night, Christmas and New Year. All things wintery and cliche make me super happy. This was massively heightened by our gloriously autumnal Trip to Soho Farmhouse with Get More Vitamins!

Festive excitement aside, I still am really prone to the odd bout of winter blues, low motivation, mood and productivity as the darker nights and colder temps draw in. I learnt so much whilst away all about the importance that minerals and vitamins play a part in boosting our immune system and improving our general wellbeing and mood! With this new found knowledge under my belt I decided to compile a little list of things that perk me up when a bout of SAD hits – here’s hoping this gives you guys a little help too! 

PINTEREST REMINDS ME OF ALL OF THE REASONS I LOVE WINTER 

For me, I love the cosiness and little rituals that come with winter. I love putting on my fave, fluffy slippers and PJs, reserved for the colder climates, which I look forward to getting out every year. I love lighting candles, having hot baths, baking and feeling festive. I also love winter fashion, layering my fave chunky knits, a cute bobble hat and shiny new boots. Spending time with loved ones, going out for a warm, hot chocolate and making your little space happy and warm and welcoming. At times where I feel I lack this feeling I resort to my beloved Pinterest to reignite my love for all things wintery and cosy. I have folders for events, such a Christmas, Halloween and dinner parties, as well as wintery fashion inspiration, my fave shoes and pictures of the world and cosy home interiors that make me want to go out and get motivated to enjoy winter. Create yourself a calming, cosy space and take time to enjoy it; it will soothe and relax your mind. (Fast track tip: Grab yourself a cliche wintery scented candle = instant happiness.)

GET OUTSIDE AND GET YOUR HEART PUMPING!

A pretty cliche and standard peace of advice but, to be honest, exercise pretty much does solve a lot of problems. I’m not talking gruelling 2 hours gym sessions 6 times a week – it could be a half an hour walk, morning yoga sesh from a Youtube routine, a bike ride or dancing around the kitchen for 20 minutes. When I’m feeling low and unmotivated, the first thing I will do is force myself to move (easier said than done sometimes, of course 😉 ) A run first thing in the morning makes me feel so much better within myself and for the day ahead, so if I can manage this – my whole day is generally a lot more improved and I feel a great little sense of accomplishment.

I had a pretty jam packed week during our escape to Soho farmhouse, yet, after getting to bed at about 1am after a late dinner I still set my alarm for 5.30am for a morning swim followed by a yoga session at 8am. I felt so awake and rejuvenated (I NEED to remember to do yoga more!) In particular I find these activities are fab as they aren’t too strenuous and they really relax you and are so great for your body and flexibility! We also hopped on these amazing bikes which pop up everywhere for guests at the Farm – cycling is also such a lovely way to clear your mind and get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing! 

NOURISH YOURSELF

The one thing I really took away from this trip was that, as much as I like to think that the majority of the time I have a healthy, wholesome, vegetarian diet – in actuality, it’s probably missing a lot of things! We had the most amazing nutritionist talk, followed by a beautiful breakfast and freshly pressed juices. (make sure you have a peek at my channel to catch the Vlog – this trip was filled with laughs and wonderful people!) I learnt all about the vitamins we really need in winter to help boost our immunity and general wellbeing!

I came away with a growing list of supplements I want to buy (I’m probably waaay to low on Vitamin D which is most likely, resulting in why I feel down frequently in winter) I’ve also learnt which foods are nutrient rich and what to stock up on to boost my levels! It’s made me consciously think more about not just eating healthy, but eating for what my body needs. Certain vitamins are essential for normal bodily and mental functions, which is why I want to start eating the right kind of foods for what my body is screaming out for! Having a Get more Vitamins is also an amazing way to pack some goodness into your body (whilst tasting super yum!) They’re also launching a Vitamin Gum which has changed my life haha!

 

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I really hope you loved this one guys and that you got a few ideas! I’d absolutely love to know how you beat the winter blues!

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As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Massive thanks to my babe Emma for helping to capture some fab shots 😀

This post was in collaboration with the wonderful people from Get More Vitamins!

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APPRECIATING THE HATERS, THE NEGATIVE & DOUBTFUL

APPRECIATING THE HATERS, THE NEGATIVE & DOUBTFUL

“LIFE IS TOUGH, BUT DARLING, SO ARE YOU.”

What better way to kick start a rambling blog post than starting it off with a cracking, good cliche quote (hey, sometimes they’re cliche for a reason!) Whoever you are, whatever you do and where ever you came from, I’m sure most of us have endured occasions of unwanted negativity in our lives. Whether you were teased, victim to the bullies at school or made to feel isolated or judged at work or around friends and family – it happens to the best of us throughout our lives. It can hit you when life is seemingly perfect and bring you down like a tonne of bricks. As angering, upsetting and difficult it can be, especially on top of everything else going on in your life – life really is tough, but you are so much TOUGHER! 

I did a poll on my Twitter recently and asked what your fave posts were to read and general life and advice won by far – so here’s a new personal, life experience post coming at ya! This isn’t a rant at those who have wronged (although there is a story I’ve learnt from!), calling out everyone that’s made me feel crappy or having a self pity, party. It’s about learning, discussing, accepting and growing through these experiences we all undoubtably go through. It’s a reminder that it’s okay to be upset, you don’t have to be indestructible, but know that you’re capable of picking yourself up after a bad experience. You wouldn’t be the amazing person you are today without your experiences – good or bad. So here’s to you, tough ones and hoping this reminds you all that you are kick ass, always have been, always will be.

HAVE COMPASSION

 

I like to think I don’t dwell on negativity. (or at least not longer than it takes to have a little cathartic cry now and again!) Ironically, a self confessed, positivity lover and optimistic advocate is now writing a whole dedicated, blog post to the subject of negativity! You can’t see rainbows without a little rain and even stars need darkness to shine. I apologise now for the onslaught of quotes – my motivational quote folder on my Pinterest is bursting at the seems! I’m not saying we’re untouchable and no one can ever get to you – but you can pick yourself back up and learn from it. Why has this person said this? Why did they do that? Why are they trying to make me feel this way? Unless you’ve done something to noticeably upset someone or ruffle a few feathers – it’s often a problem with the other persons life that is causing your hurt, as they’re unsure of how to deal with it. I wrote here about why you should care less about what others think, something I’ve definitely learnt through realising it’s no-one else concern or reason to judge what makes me happy! 

“WHAT SUSIE SAYS OF SALLY, SAYS MORE OF SUSIE THAN SALLY”

Other peoples words and actions towards you often speak more loudly of them, than they do of you. Try and remind yourself of this’d you’ll see the person behind the words, the hate or the nastiness. There is someone there and something has happened to make them act this way towards you and to me, that’s really sad to think. No matter how hurt I am or how mean someone has been, I would never feel inclined to troll someone online or make them feel in any way worthless or beneath me. Hell, even the thought of giving someone a thumbs down on Youtube makes me sweat!

When someone has made you feel crappy, you will be annoyed and feel down – that’s normal, but time heals all and your feelings will fade. Try to imagine what’s happened to make them act or speak in such a way. It helps you learn to forgive and sympathise – there’s a person there that obviously has their own insecurities, has probably been victimised themselves and doesn’t know how to deal with it. Take a deep breath, hold your head high and continue being your amazing self!

BE THE KIND OF PERSON THAT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL GOOD AROUND YOU.

Something I experienced at school made me question how aware half of these people even are of the hurt they’re causing to you. A boy in the year above me used to make me feel like utter crap, I’d never done anything to him – I was obviously someone he just enjoyed picking on, perhaps to make himself feel more validated  who knows. He’d make a point of singling me out – in the queues for food, on the bus, across the road. I would try and laugh it off, ignore it or pretend it didn’t hurt in front of my friends, when I would actually come home teary eyed wondering what I’d done to deserve it.I bumped into him a couple of years ago, probably at some event around my home town. He was friendly, chatty, totally oblivious to the years of yelling at me and making fun of me or my name at the back of the bus. No embarrassment, no regrets, just total oblivion and smiles as if I was another friendly face from school, when all I saw was the times he made me feel like a piece of crap.

Maybe some people just don’t realise what they’re doing upsets us. It’s a joke, it’s funny, it’s a way to make your mates laugh. I learnt to let go after this and realise that for future incidences, maybe they just don’t realise it hits a bit harder than intended (after all if you’re like me and play totally blasé to everything, how are they supposed to know how upset you are!) People can be dicks, but sometimes they just don’t realise it, especially if no ones ever told them what they’re doing it out of order. Learn from them and be compassionate, kind to those you meet – make them feel happy after being around you.

GROW THROUGH WHAT YOU GO THROUGH

 

I’m a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason – the good, the bad and the crappy. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my experiences and this is the reason I’ve learnt to appreciate the bad days, the bullies and odd rubbish comment about me, my skin, my life or anything else about me or my person. Without these experiences, I may not be as compassionate as I am, I might not be so considerate of others and what’s going on behind closed doors and I might have turned out more judgemental than I’d have liked. It’s thanks to those crappy days, feeling embarrassed, worthless or judged that I’ve picked myself up and decided who I want to be, how I want others to feel around me and realised everything that I dont want to be. Through the hard times we grow and become stronger and more incredible. If you’re going through a tough time, remember you’re amazing, strong and no one can dictate how you feel but yourself. You’re worth it, you’re beautiful, unique and you go live your life how you want!

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I hope you loved this one my beauts – I thought I’d take on board your thoughts on twitter and bring you some more life and advice posts, they’re definitely my fave to get writing! I’d love to know your stories and how you’ve learn from experiences, hate and negativity – as always please do pop a comment below and join the discussion! Always loving hearing your thoughts!

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As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

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HOW I SPENT 24 HOURS IN BELGIUM

HOW I SPENT 24 HOURS IN BELGIUM

BEING ABLE TO TRAVEL AS PART OF MY LITTLE BLOG IS SOMETHING I’VE DREAMED OF,WHAT AN INSANE 24 HOURS FILLED WITH AMAZING PEOPLE, FOOD AND EXPERIENCES!

At the start of this year I set myself a little bucket list, a compilation of things I’d love to achieve by the end of the year – personal goals, business targets and aspirations. Although I may not be close to some of them (more of this in a later blog post) I’m super happy that I’ve managed to smash a few! One thing I wanted to do more of this year was travel – I set myself a goal of going abroad at least twice, by the end of the year I would have doubled that. When the lovely guys from Ice asked me to be a part of celebrating their 10 years in Belgium, I was beaming! They’re a brand you would have seen me work with on numerous occasions – as a blogger it’s an amazing feeling being able to endorse a brand you really feel proud to be a part of and have a genuine passion for.

I adore everything they stand for – the fun, the vibrancy, the accessibility – something that was further reinforced by meeting some of the incredible creatives behind Ice in Belgium! With that, I wanted to share my blogging trip to Belgium with you guys – what we did, where we ate and also, very importantly, what I wore ( plus one hilarious packing drama and a dress malfunction – more of this on the Vlog 😉 ) Hoping you love this one – would love to know whether you guys have been before!

WHERE WE STAYED

 

Ice Watch was born in Bastogne – where in incredible offices are based (such inspiring, open and art filled spaces!) – so this was where we spent most of our time! We stayed at the Hotel Vayamundo in Houffalize, a gorgeous, glass fronted hotel that seemed never ending (Another laughable aspect in the vlog – I failed to listen to the receptionist and got lost trying to find my room!)

It was set within grounds that resembled a national park – gorgeous trees lining the Hotel and as we drove past the town I was in awe of the classic architecture of the buildings – classic European, pretty and quaint and totally instagrammable! I absolutely love exploring new places in Europe, so this was a big tick off of my list!

WHAT WE DID

Our first port of call was Breakfast and a tour of the Ice Watch Headquarters and offices – a peek around their inspiring space and a morning fuelled on Croissants and macarons! After taking a few snaps of probably, the most Pinterestable offices filled with gorgeous prints and high beams, we all sat down to learn more of Ice Watch and just how much has happened within the last 10 years! The fun then began in the form of illustrating our own watch strap ideas (I spent most of my time hunting down inspo on Pinterest, only to not finish my design!) Lunch then called, followed by a tour of the Cyril Chocolate factory (This guy was actual, real-life, Belgium Willy Wonka – What a character!) 

After quick coffee, pit stop I headed back to my room to get ready, followed by the wonderful Makeup Forever artists treating me to a makeup session before shooting off the location for our surrealist dinner and after party! We had a seriously luxe evening, filled with beautiful champagne (I’m a total sucker) wonderful dresses, performances, getting to chat to the other lovely, international bloggers and the most incredible dinner of my life. Never have I been so taken aback by an experience – I was expecting brilliance but not on this scale! I truly felt so proud to be a part of such a wonderful brands heritage celebrations!

WHAT WE ATE

Food is always a highlight of any trip, I love the sociability and trying cuisine from different parts of the world – might I add these guys cater really well for veggies – something that is always super welcome! It never occurs to me that my options may be limited abroad, especially as the UK is generally so good when it comes to peoples lifestyle choices and dietary requirements! Firstly, I need to say how incred the hospitality on the Premium Eurostar carriage was! The morning after, we had a gorge breakfast at Ice HQ full of macarons, fruit and more pastry varieties than I even knew existed served with plenty of flowing coffee and juice!

For lunch, we hit L’adresse in Bastogne, which was a Michelin star restaurant tucked away in a beautiful rural setting. On arrival we drank  sparkling cocktails (always welcome!) and were delighted to a 3 course meal with canapés (I’m also always astounded how they manage to make foam taste so. damn. good!) After our cheeky tasting at the Chocolate Factory, we headed back to hotel to refresh with coffee (the breakfast at Hotel Vayamundo was delicious (great, fresh juices!) before heading to the surrealist dinner by Charles Kaisin. A warehouse filled with 400 dinner guests – never have I witness such a fantastic spectacle and incredible food and wine! ACTUAL. FOODY. HEAVEN. It was like combining fine dining with theatre – every course delighted us with a show (even the waiters costume changed!) Mind blown.

WHAT I WORE

JUST OVER A 24 HOUR STOP, TRAVELLING, A BUSY DAY & A BIG PARTY CALLED FOR SOME TACTICAL PACKING

If you guys have watched my Vlog from my time a Belgium on my Youtube Channel, you would have seen the last minute dress dilemma that I encountered ( Hello stapled, see through, kaftan turned into a dress 😉 ) The dress code was bright & bold, which was a little tricky for a gal that owns a plethora of white and black dresses! After I stitched something a little last minute together (I was actually pretty happy with the Zimmerman vibes of this dress!) I crammed in some heels and a slip dress, plus my fave curling/wave wand of the mo and I was good to go! 

Belgium was forecast to be a little drizzly and cold (we got super lucky & the day turned out beaut!) However I still packed a classic, camel coat, black blazer, some comfy but chic denim, some mules (total travel essential!) an oversized tee and a huge, squishy jumper! I feel like I’m slowly nailing the skill of packing little capsule wardrobe for trips away! Chuck all of your top picks on your bed to check all your items work well together to make the most out of your mini, travel wardrobe! (More of my packing & holiday tips here!)

SHOP MY BELGIUM WARDROBE & WHAT I WORE!

I hope you guys loved my little guide to the alternative side to Benidorm – it really was such an incredible, whirlwind 3 days of luxury, food, beautiful people and wonderful views! You guys over on Instagram couldn’t believe where I was! Massive thank you again to the fabulous guys from Jet2Holidays and Visit Benidorm for an unforgettable trip – I’m already planning my return! Where’s your ultimate holiday destination my loves – are you a beach babe or a city lover?

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by myself and the lovely Emma from The Emasphere!

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HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE AND FOCUSSED

HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE AND FOCUSSED

“WITH CHANGING SEASONS AND ENVIRONMENTS, OUR PRODUCTIVITY AND MOTIVATION CAN DIP – SO I’M SHARING HOW I KEEP MYSELF FEELING LIKE I CAN TAKE OVER THE WORLD, ONE BLOG POST AT A TIME!”

There’s no better feeling than writing a big old ‘to do’ list and absolutely smashing everything on it – satisfyingly ticking every task off as you go! I also love feeling like a total girl boss when I get inspired, productive and focused for my daily and weekly tasks. Whether you work in an office, at home or are out and about on your feet, it’s only natural for our productivity levels to dip occasionally. Changes in environment, emotion, wellness and seasons can all affect our motivation, sometimes without realising. Winter is my fave season (I’m a total cliche January baby and LOVE snow, boots, hot drinks and cosy knits!) but with the colder weather we can sometimes feel less motivated with darker days and colder temps.

 

I wrote here all about my tips on how to stay motivated, especially whilst blogging – I find if I fail to manage my time my productivity falls through the roof and I’m left feeling deflated at the end of the day! Rescue Remedy is something I’ve used for years, thanks to my sister passing one of hers down to me after her driving test – so I’m super happy and proud to be bringing you this post in collab with a brand I’ve loved for a long time! Their new Rescue Remedy Plus couldn’t have come at a better time – I felt like my change in home environment really threw me off my routine and left me feeling unfocussed and  like I wasn’t getting enough done in the day. With that, I’m sharing my tips on how I keep my self on track, pick myself up after unmotivated days and how I keep myself feeling like I can take over the world, one blog post at a time 😉  

 

 

LISTS, LISTS AND MORE LISTS

 

I know, I know – THIS is where my inner Monica Bing from Friends comes out. (fellow lover of lists, fyi) I must admit, I used to assume that ‘list people’ must have been slight control freaks – that was until I discovered the wonder, the order and the satisfaction that comes with lists! I have them for everything – shopping, present ideas (cos’, yanno, Christmas is approaching and all 😉 ) weekly to do’s, long term goals and daily tasks. Frankly, without them I feel disorganised and unproductive – especially working from home! Taking 5 minutes at the start of the day to write a list of things that need to be done and prioritised give me a sense of purpose and accomplishment when I’ve completed them. Similarly, even if you don’t work from home, it’s often easy to forget things we want to do without writing them down! Grab a cute notebook, jot things down on your phone – whatever it takes to clear your mind and give you a clear focus on what needs to be done! 

 

 

FINDING BALANCE

 

Whenever I used to read the personality traits of a classic Capricorn I used to laugh at how they were depicted as career driven, stubborn beings – assuming I couldn’t be further away from that, when in actuality – it’s rather spot on. I’m a workaholic, always hustling, never really taking time out for fear of missing opportunities – this has it’s pros and cons. Sometimes you need refreshing, you need perspective and you need to take time out in order to refocus. Going on walks, a run, any exercise I find does not only a great job of giving me time away, but also makes me feel energised and motivated to come back and work my bum off! (I also love to pop a few sprays of the Rescue Remedy on before a workout if I’m feeling sluggish) 

 

If I spend too long staring at notes, editing pictures, forcing myself to write without inspiration and filming videos I lose a sense of why I enjoy it – I personally get things done so much faster when I’m inspired. So when I’m feeling a little un inspired, I take myself out of my workplace, out of that environment and into a completely different one – wander to a coffee shop, walk through the countryside, treat yourself to an afternoon shopping or bake a new healthy treat! I instantly come back revived and ready! Would love to know if this works for you guys (feel free to throw tips at me too 😉 )

 

 

 HAVE YOUR LITTLE RITUALS

 

I try to start my mornings with little rituals that set me up for a great rest of the day! Sometimes this might be making a morning juices/smoothie, having my hot coffee, preparing my fave breakfast or 10 minutes quiet time before I crack on with tasks or a nice hot shower to make me feel awake. If you’ve caught my Morning Routine on my channel you’ll be able to have a peek at what a usual morning looks like – for me, if I start my morning right, I feel 10x better and ready to tackle the day. I also love to pack essentials in my handbag for busy day or have some pick me ups at my desk to that mid afternoon slump! I mentioned on my insta stories that for the last few weeks I’ve been keeping my Rescue Remedy right beside my desk and instead of an afternoon caffeine fix, I pop a few squirts of the Spray bottle on my tongue (tastes like lemon cordial which is DELISH!)

 

I totally forgot I’d used it the first time and had a super productive afternoon shooting content for hours, wondering why I felt so energised and hadn’t got tired yet. I remembered I’d used the spray, which is packed with a combination of flower essences (love a good natural product!) as well as selected B vitamins to help support normal mental performance. It also comes in a dropper bottle, to pop into a drink – I’m definitely partial to the classic spray for a boost on the go! Lots of you said you swear by the classic Rescue Remedy, so I’d love to know if you’ve tried this one! You can grab it exclusively at boots, I honestly can’t tell you how much I love using this every afternoon!

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I hope you loved this little post all about how to keep on track and focussed – even on the days where it feels like you need 5 arms and 6 brains! Would love to know what your tips are for staying energised and your best! Get in touch beauts, always love hearing your thoughts! 

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Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the lovelies at Rescue Remedy!

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LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

LIFE LESSONS LEARNT FROM LONDON

I’VE ALWAYS LONGED TO EXPERIENCE THE FAST PACED, EXCITING, ANYTHING-IS-POSSIBLE CITY

 

I will forever hold a slightly, rose tinted view of London; forever choosing only to see the best, forever perhaps being a little naive. I was born close to London and moved to Devon shortly after and that’s where I’ve grown up. This upbringing made me dream of what a busy life would be like, in stark comparison to the sleepy (and OAP populated) towns I’ve lived in. I’ve always longed to experience the fast paced, exciting, anything-is-possible city and I feel like although over the last year I haven’t lived in the centre of it all, I’ve certainly experienced it well and have learnt a hell of a lot (as well as successfully being able to navigate the tube without a map or getting lost 😉 )

The people, the restaurants, the shops and the architecture all excites me and fills me with drive, happiness and motivation. It’s fast moving and dissolves your troubles instantly, reminding you to put life into perspective sometimes and focus on what actually matters. It’s filled with all sorts of wonderful souls from all walks of life (making for incredible people watching from coffee shops – yes I’m a walking cliche!) And with that, I’m sharing my life lessons learnt from London and how it’s shaping the person I’m becoming!

LET THINGS GO & PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

 

Whenever I come to London and then back to Devon, I not only learn to appreciate both, but also how different they really are sometimes. I’ve been in London when I’m on a complete, career driven high, but also when I’ve been feeling really down, trying to carry on as if life is dandy and be almost distastefully chirpy in meetings when really, I want to curl up into a ball and cry. This is short lived and a walk down Soho, Oxford street or Covent Garden soon reminds me that this city is full of people, full of opportunities and things can change in a second. A look around and you realise all these people are living these crazy lives, from mansions in Notting Hill to tourists flocking onto Regent Street. They each have their own stories and when ever I’m feeling down I’m reminded that there’s people worse off than myself and I’m just happy to be alive, breathing and appreciative.

PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL (SOMETIMES ANNOYING, BUT MOSTLY WONDERFUL)

The people, oh my goodness the people are without a doubt the TOTAL HIGHLIGHT of this city! I’ve met so many incredible friends for life within the last year, sometimes when you grow up in a small town the opportunity for meeting people can be difficult past school and you can get stuck in the rut of ‘school friends’ and then your ‘work colleagues’. Being self employed means that it’s all the more difficult for me to meet new people sometimes, which is why Badoo is blooming marvellous and a godsend for my single gal pals – a place not only to safely meet new friends but also a spot of dating (you can also see who’s in your area (fab for those who don’t live in cities) and who you’ve bumped into which I think is amazing!

I’ve been in a long term relationship and when conversation between me and my friends turns to dates they’re constantly updating me on hilarious fails and dates gone wrong. I worked with Badoo last year and really admire how they’ve approached dating (because if I was single, man would I be clueless and need a little help!) They’re also the largest dating app in the world, so if that isn’t reassurance, I don’t know what is! I recommended a few of my friends download it, as I feel like it’s personally a more relaxed, friendly vibe as opposed to the fear of being Booty called like some others are notoriously renowned for! Their safety and verifying features are also super reassuring (because who hasn’t heard an online dating disaster story or two) so there’s no dodgy cat fishing going on – leaving you in a safe environment to meet similar, amazing people to yourselves! I must admit I’m a sucker for browsing through the ‘lookalikes’ feature just for a little look at who my lookalikes are (there’s also matched lookalikes for people like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellie Goulding.. Just sayin’)

HAVE FUN, DRESS HOW YOU WANT AND DO WHAT YOU WANT

Further more on the subject of the amazing population of London, one thing I’m always mesmerised by is people watching and admiring peoples style! I love my home town but the style is seriously unvaried in comparison to cities and with London being an incredibly vibrant place, I feel a lot more confident expressing myself there! I’m a pretty laid back dresser as you’ll know and my style is pretty boring in comparison to most bloggers (okay let’s stop the self depreciation – it’s not totally boring, just basic, classic) but I still get strange looks whilst walking through a small Devon town in my everyday attire, but London has taught me to dress for myself and do what makes me happy, regardless of others judgment (more on the topic of judgement here!)

I’m forever finding myself on the tube, creating little stories of who all these people are and what they do – that bloke is DEFINITELY a writer and that woman must have a pretty awesome job to be dressed the way she is. There’s so much to be told and a story in every corner – you literally can’t help but feel the pulse of the city below your feet and feel inspired by the energy! Life is waaaay too short to live it anything else but spectacularly. Do what you love and do it unapologetically!

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I really hope you loved this one my loves – whether you’re a city dweller or never experienced London  I’d love to know your thoughts and where inspires you! Send over your fave places, I’d love to know as always!

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Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was very kindly sponsored by the beauts at Badoo!

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