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!

 

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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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3 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD IN THE WINTER

3 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD IN THE WINTER

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!

I’ve also got so much style & travel goodness coming to my channel, 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!

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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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 TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR HOLIDAY WARDROBE

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR HOLIDAY WARDROBE

THE ART OF PACKING IS REAL!

If you beauts have been following along on Instagram & Insta stories you’ll have seen that the other week I was in a tiny area of Greece for a little break away. I’m super excited to share my vlog and lookbook with you guys over on my YouTube channel, which got me thinking all about my holiday wardrobe and packing habits. Over the years I’ve learnt (kind of 😉 ) to whittle down my holiday wardrobe to a capsule collection of pieces that all work together, saving serious time and extra baggage charges! 

We took these snaps on our break away to Benidorm with the beautiful people at Jet2 (you can catch the vlog here! and my travel guide!) and I now feel like I’ve become some what of a connoisseur of packing pieces that I get loads of wear out of. After all, there’s nothing worse than lugging around a huge suitcase full of things you never end up wearing! Hear I’m sharing what I’ve learnt from experience when it comes to packing light and efficiently, meaning you can get the most out of your holiday wardrobe, whatever your destination!

SHIRTS ARE A GALS BEST FRIEND

 

Seriously, when comes an occasion whereby one cannot rock a sassy shirt? Come rain, shine or even snow, packing a few shirts can never go amiss. They’re the most hard working pieces in my wardrobe, whatever country I’m in and for good reason! My personal fave for holidays are light, cottony materials and oversized, making them easy to chuck over a ‘kini and keep you cool (like I’ve done here!) Alternatively, fab for tucking into denim shorts or jeans for a city mini break or layering under some knitwear for a ski season. There, didn’t I tell you they could work for all occasions? 😉

PICK KEY & VERSATILE ACCESSORIES

I‘m a bag and shoe girl at heart, particularly shoes – damnit why can’t I stop buying shoes?! The thing is, yes they lift an outfit, can spice up something otherwise boring but they’re also heavy and take up a tonne of room! I have to be super strict with shoes (I still ended up taking 7 pairs on a 3 day trip…) and for Greece I decided to really whittle it down and save some space! 2 handbags are suffice – a small cross body and a rucksack or big, beach bag for long days. For summer and warm hols, I highly suggest a rope bag – folds up to nothing and enabled me to take 3 without the hefty suitcase!

When it comes to shoes – you do have to be sensible sometimes (begrudgingly) and think what you’re doing on holiday and what is going to practically get you through the day. In Spain, I knew we would be very active so trainers were a must. I rarely take anything above a thick, block or kitten heel on holiday anymore – purely because I’ve packed high heels too many times and completely ditched them in favour of something more comfortable! Keep it varied so you’re catered for all occasions – trainers, maybe ankle boots, slides and a pretty pair of sandals for evening (these were perfect!) and you’re sorted!

LAY EVERYTHING OUT BEFORE YOU GO,SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE PALETTE AND ENSURE EVERYTHING COMPLIMENTS EACHTOHER

The key to making the most out of your holiday wardrobe is to essentially capsulise it – making every, single item work together with one another, so no matter how you pair them, it just works. Pack your staples, some denim, comfy, basic tees, a leather jacket and then chuck in some new season pieces to mix it up. I want to be comfortable and relaxed on holiday, so usually opt for oversized and flowing silhouettes.

As much as I like to pretend I’d rock that sexy, skin tight dress I’d probably choose a bellowing maxi over it any day. Laying everything out before you pack is a great way to see if anything looks out of place, I always question something if it won’t work with the rest of my items – is it worth taking? When I’m in holiday mode, I like to wake up, chuck an ensemble on and get on with my day – not stress over what to wear! Make it easy on yourselves and do the prep beforehand! (Pinterest is bloody marvellous too for outfit inspo!)

 

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I hope you loves found this helpful, whether you’re jetting off within the next few months, away on a little mini break or just grabbing some inspo for next year! I’d love to know your tips for holiday packing and how you work your wardrobe to the max!

I’ve also got so much more travel goodness coming to my channel, 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!

Photography by Emma from The Emaspher

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4 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF SUMMER

4 AFFORDABLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE END OF SUMMER

THE TANS WILL FADE BUT THE MEMORIES WILL LAST FOREVER

I‘m a January baby and very much looking forward to the onslaught of Pumpkin spice latte insta pics, cosy knitwear and ankle boots ( snuck them in a bit early in this post, you may have noticed 😉 ). However, I’m not quite yet willing to let the last, sweet taste of care-free summer disappear. I’m off to Greece next week which has somewhat extended my summer timeline and made me really excited to make the most of thin layers and warm skin! This year has flown by and with that, summer a blur before my eyes. I’m taking the time to slow down, be still and catch the last breathe of the warmer months. This year I haven’t felt guilty for not attending a million festivals, going to a tonne of parties or living at the beach. Instead I’ve prioritised the simpler things and it’s felt seriously good.

These ideas might not be groundbreaking, they might not be nothing new and at best, a little cliche. But it is true what they say, the best things in life sometimes are free and I’ve felt really appreciative of just being in the moment this summer, whether it’s watching the sun slowly come down or playing board games in a haze, here’s a list of my 4 affordable things to do before the end of summer and what’s made my soul happy this year!

WATCH AS MANY SUNSETS & SUNRISES AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE

 

Probably the most cliche of all summer activities but this truly is the most magical thing I’ve done and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have simply just sat still this summer and watched the evening fade into darkness. On sandy beaches with a bottle of cheap beer, on a dewy, grassy hill or perched on a rock over looking the sea, these are my fave places to sit and watch a day melt into another. The other evening, I saw the pinkest sky reflect onto the water below and felt an overwhelming sense of calm, my troubles lost and really just felt appreciative to be alive and in the moment, because really, that’s the only thing that matters. This is one activity that costs nothing but makes you appreciate everything – highly recommend if you’re feeling a little stressed or like life is getting on top of you!

GRAB A DISAPOSABLE CAMERA AND PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING

bloody love disposable cameras, the images they produce always fill me with happiness and have a certain charm about them. I love how they’re grainy, often out of focus and capture the flare of a hot, summers sun. Go to boots or a supermarket, pick one or two up for about £4 each and whack one in your bag whenever you head out! Each take about 27 images and you can get them developed for a small price (about £4, including both hard copies and a CD for that all important insta shot 😉 )

People often laugh and wonder why I don’t just snap images on my camera all of the time, but I love having these blurry snaps from a chilled summers evening with friends or a holiday to put into frames and into photo albums. I took one on my french exchange to Paris in sixth from and I always look back on those photos and smile. They have that vintage look no filter could replicate and I love whacking it out when I’m having a happy moment, with absolutely no idea what it’s gonna look like, no need to edit or delete!

GO ON A SPONTANEOUS CAMPING TRIP

Camping is SO underrated! My childhood was filled with my dad taking us on camping trips around Devon, come rain or shine. (Because have you really camped if the tent hasn’t fallen on your head through the pressure of the down pouring rain? ) We decided to spontaneously go camping the other week and within 2 hours we had a packed up car, a pitch booked and were on our way! There’s something beautifully freeing about letting go of all your materialistic items, wifi & television for a night or so and just taking time out!

We brought BBQ’s, beer, prosecco, veggie sausages and snacks and wandered off for walks along the coast, star gazing under blankets and photographing the milky way. Looking up at that huge sky really put life and my small, petty troubles into perspective. These are the magical moments that make you appreciate life and our insane world and the beautiful people we choose to share it with! Pack up your car and head off, even nearby and just camp, play card games and have fun! 

SWIM IN THE SEA OR RIVER OFTEN, IT’S LIBERATING & AWAKENING

Let’s be honest, no matter how sweltering the day, the water temperatures in England will never really be comfortably warm, but that’s all part of the charm! There’s something hilariously fun about diving into glacial temperatures! Walking along Lyme Regis sea front I’ve met countless people who, over the course of their 50 or 60 years, have sworn by daily dips in the sea, no matter what the month and I find that super admirable! I like to believe it’s good for the body and livening for the soul – late night paddles or afternoon swims when the odd heat wave decides to greet us, you can’t beat the feeling of running in and screaming once the icey temperatures hit you. This one is great to make you feel alive, young and care free.

 

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I hope you loved this little post and found a little inspiration! I’ve been doing all of these things for the past few months & I can’t tell you how happy they make me, especially when life can get over complicated! What are your fave things to do in summer my beauts?

I’ve also got so much Summer style & travel goodness coming to my channel, 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!

Photography by the lovely Emma from The Emasphere!

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LEARNING TO LOVE YOUR BODY

LEARNING TO LOVE YOUR BODY

“WHAT WITH ASOS SHOWCASING THEIR BEAUTIFUL MODELS UNRETOUCHED & BLOGGERS BRINGING RELATABILITY TO THE GAME, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT CELEBRATE WHAT THE INDUSTRY IS BECOMING!”

No matter who you are, where you came from or how you are raised, I’m sure we all share this common attribute – that in some point in our lives, we’ve all perhaps encountered some issues surrounding body confidence and our feelings towards our bodies. It’s a delicate subject, one whereby if you don’t choose your words carefully, you could unintentionally cause offence. But it also has the power to unite, inspire and empower people all across the globe and that’s one thing worth focusing on! Social media, catwalks and magazines of course traditionally sometimes plant ideas in our minds that we should perhaps appear a certain way. That blemishes, stretch marks and scars should be erased and with that, sometimes ourselves.

 But what with the likes of ASOS embracing their beautiful models in their full, un-retouched glory and bloggers bringing some more reliability to the game (SO many gorgeous, unique and wonderful gals!) It can’t help but make you celebrate the changing times and wonderful diversity of the industry. There will always be downfalls, you could choose to focus on the negatives or embrace the beautiful thing it’s becoming and see the good. Let this post motivate and inspire you to love your beautiful selves and be confident in your skin! Here’s a few ways I like to build my confidence up and remind myself to love my body!

POWER DRESSING

Ahh the power of clothes. Not only are they pretty and fun but they also have the power to make you feel like a total boss. Dress how you like and love, not how you think you should dress. Everyone feels good in different things, some people feel like they can take over the work in heels and dresses and others in denim or a cosy knit. There’s no secret formula but don’t settle for clothes that don’t make you FEEL good. These Sweaty Betty leggings for example, the luxe material and unbeatable fit makes me feel absolutely amazing! Similarly my fave Topshop Jeans are always something I can rely on to boost my confidence. When shopping, spend time trying on different styles and sizes, you’ll know when its ‘the one’ because you won’t be able to pull yourself away without the item in tow 😉

NOURISH YOURSELF

I‘ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again because I’ve found that nourishing yourself really is key. I’m not an expert, nor a nutritionist, but I do know that when I eat well, I feel damn good. When I feel good, I don’t feel like I need to look a certain way, because truly feeling good in yourself surpasses any other feeling for me. We know we should be eating fresh, wholesome and as natural as possible. I bloody love pizza, cheese and wine and there ain’t no way in hell I’m giving that up, not for all the abs in the world.

I won’t let myself feel too guilty because life is too short, however my body confidence does tend to plummet if I continually eat things that bloat me out, high in sugar or processed. Everything in moderation and if you try to keep the majority of your diet fresh and wonderful, you definitely should enjoy that prosecco and cake! Your body was built to look after your beautiful soul, so look after it 🙂

DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL AMAZING!

Similarly to nourishing yourself, doing things that make you feel amazing do wonders for your self esteem. I’m not going to lie – I do feel guilty when I don’t exercise – of course I do. Our bodies were made to do amazing things so I try to get this butt moving whenever I can. However, in the same breath there’s no point beating yourself up when you don’t live up to that brutal workout regime you vowed to stick to at new years.

Some people adore the gym, others don’t. Find something that excited and motivates you! Brisk walks, boxing, swimming, dancing – get your body going, release endorphins and feel amazing and alive! If you go to the gym 4 times a week or none, go at your own pace, be kind to yourself and don’t compare – we are all amazing and unique!

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I hope you loved this one and that it inspired you to give yourself a little bit of love! I’d love to hear your body confidence tips & ways of making sure you always feel amazing!

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Photography by my babe Emma Spencer! 

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