Wednesday, 19 August 2015

TRAVEL | WHY MEXICO & WHAT I'LL DO WHEN THERE...

As you all know, I recently booked myself in for the Mexican BLT Tour with Trek America, as blogged about here. This post is just a more in depth explanation of what the tour is going to entail and what I'll be getting up to whilst I'm there.

One of the reasons I want to go to Mexico is because it's so completely different to what I'm used to and what I know in England. It's different from a road trip across America, for example, which would feature a similar terrain and landscape to what we know. Mexico is filled with lush green jungles, refreshing underground waterfalls and the most stunning beaches in the world. Compared to the few places I have travelled to before, Mexico is entirely different in every way possible.

The Mexican BLT Tour will last from the 8th to the 19th of November and I'll be staying on an extra couple of days, flying back on the Saturday evening. The tour is basically a tour around Mexico, beginning in Cancun and stopping in places such as Chichen Itza, Chiapas, Bacalar before ending the tour in Cancun. With my extra day or so there, I'm hoping to visit Xcaret Park, an eco-archaeological park - which is kind of like a giant nature/water park! - and perhaps even the Cancun Underwater Museum. 

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The actual Mexican BLT Tour however, offers a wide range of experiences with each tour always featuring something different. We'll visit some must-see history, such as the pyramids at Chichen Itza, swim at Bacalar in one of the worlds most unique freshwater lakes, visit San Cristobal to mingle with the locals to get a real experience of life in Mexico and even trek some mountain highlands at Chiapas! From mountains and lakes to jungles and beaches - it's clear that this is going to be an adventure of a lifetime and I really can't wait.

There's so much to do to prepare as well, although I've already started buying some of my small wardrobe for then with some cute basic vest tops and a pair of comfy denim shorts. One thing that's going to be tough is finding the right pair of shoes (or boots?) for trekking, as I'll be doing a lot of walking in very hot weather. And of course packing only a few staple pieces will be tough too.

I'll also have to make sure my body is bikini ready for all that swimming too!

There's only around three months to go now so I'm going to have to start really buckling down with saving and going to the gym. It'll all be worth it in the end...!


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Monday, 17 August 2015

MUSIC | THE AUGUST PLAYLIST

You all know the drill by now.

Here's what music I've been digging lately.

Please don't judge me for the entry by Nick Jonas. I'd long fallen in love with this song - with it's funky beat that makes me dance at work EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear it - before I even knew it was by him. I'm sorry.

I also have a couple of oldies in there too. Who misses Good Charlotte as much as me? Man they were awesome back in the day & were practically an anthem for my angsty teenage years...And I'd without a doubt recommend checking out I Divide further, a fairly localish but super talented band!

The majority of songs from this list came from Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist - a feature that I'm really loving right now. Anyway, enjoy and let me know what you think and all that jazz...


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Monday, 10 August 2015

DATING | ROCK THE BOAT SPEED DATING WITH ORIGINAL DATING


Last Saturday, me and my bestie headed down to London for a Summer Boat Party - Rock The Boat - with Original Dating! Original Dating are London's number one speed dating company, offering a variety of events to get London's singletons mingling - from stereo speed dating, quiz dating and more. There's something for everyone and so when they offered me and my friend a place at one of their events, we couldn't help picking their boat party.

It had been my friends birthday in the week so although I picked her up a few goodies, her main present from me was a day out in London - the boat party followed by some yummy food at Bubbledogs. So on Saturday we dressed appropriately for the weather and impressively for the boys and boarded The Golden Sunrise for an afternoon of mingling.

With the age range being rather varied and having never been to this type of event before, I really didn't know what to expect. I wasn't going along in the hopes of finding the love of my life but as someone who really enjoys dating, I was looking forward to trying something new. Speed dating is something I think everyone should try at least once in their life, if even just for a laugh or to say that they've done it.

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Upon boarding we each received a lock (which would help as an ice breaker/excuse to approach someone), ordered a few drinks for dutch courage and then headed downstairs (albeit very dangerously - carrying two drinks down some stairs with a boat that's swaying isn't easy and it only got harder throughout the afternoon with the more tipsy we got) for the speed dating session we booked ourselves in for.

What an experience! You all know the deal - we had about three minutes with each guy before they moved on - and it was definitely exciting/tough trying to make a good impression in such little time. For someone who's actually quite shy I really enjoyed it and enjoyed trying to come out of my shell a bit. Although I didn't meet anyone I particularly clicked with, by the end all of us 'youngsters' had already agreed to find each other later on.

The rest of the afternoon was spent mingling on the upper deck of the boat in front of some beautiful landmarks of London. It was rather fun going up to random guys to ask if their keys fit in our locks but it definitely broke the ice. I ended up with two matches with this approach although I didn't click with them! However we did leave the event having made some friends and matches with guys we'd spoken to throughout the time on the boat.

As a whole, I thought the event was a great idea! By holding it on a boat it gave the whole idea of speed dating a real classy twist and there was a great mix of people there. The ice breakers were a great idea and I think as long as you take it all with a pinch of salt, it'll be impossible not to enjoy yourself at this type of event. It's a fab way to meet new people & potential dates, as well as a sure fire way to give yourself a confidence boost.

Overall, did it work? Yes! I have been talking to a couple of people since - one that has already asked me out on a date - and we also made a few friends on the day too. We arranged an after party but had to skip out on that personally as Bubbledogs was calling...

You can find more about these type of events and what else Original Dating have to offer around London on their website here.


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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

FOOD | MEETING SOATS AT THE BLOGGERS FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Recently I attended the Bloggers Food and Drink festival and had the pleasure of  meeting Stoats, a brand that is best known for it's 100% natural porridge and oat products!

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What I loved most about the brand was how straight up natural it all is - all the products are completely healthy and super yummy too. Obviously Oats products are good for you too, packed with wholegrains whilst also being a source of low releasing energy, making the porridge and oat bars perfect for breakfast.

As someone who doesn't have much chance to eat breakfast, I was thoroughly impressed when the lovely team at Oats sent me The Oatbook, a quick introduction to the brand and some goodies to try - their delicious porridge oat bars. I used to eat porridge a lot when I was younger but tend to find myself snacking on random breakfast bars when I do manage to eat breakfast these days, so I was pleased with these bars. They were perfect for on the go and beyond yummy too. My favourite was juicy apples and spicy cinnamon, a different but delicious combination of flavour that filled me up right until lunchtime.

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I really, really love the history of Oats too and how they began by touring music festivals back in 2005 with their 'porridge bar'. So rock and roll. They eventually went on to create the oat bars and more, offering something a whole different to what we normally see on the shelves for breakfast bars. Filling, tasty and affordable - Oats have fast become my favourite breakfast based brand!

You can now find the ever so popular Oats in Waitrose and Tesco, or at www.eatoats.com.

Also, their oatbook is super cute. It's a mini book, WITH THEIR OAT BARS IN THE BACK. So, so sweet!

What do you think? Will you be trying any of their products anytime soon? Let me know with a comment!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

LIFESTYLE | ROOMSPIRATION PART 2

I've already done a similar blog post to this - back in January - but with my room being redecorated in just a couple of weeks time and the fact that I'm stuck between two final ideas for it, I thought I'd let you all know some of my plans.

So my room is very cozy at the moment but also very cluttered. My first idea was to follow the likes of many popular bloggers Instagram feeds and channel a more minimal look with white walls, cream bedspreads etc. But I'll never be a minimal person - I'm messy and I own far too much stuff - so although I have been throwing out a lot of stuff and decluttering, a bright and minimal room simply isn't for me.

I've been catching up with a lot of New Girl lately and I'm really loving the blue/turquoise walls with funky pink and gold accessories lately, seen both in New Girl and unbreakable. Blue, pink and gold doesn't really seem like they would go together but somehow it's a combination that works. Classy and gold accessories mix well with mismatched shabby chic cushions and such and somehow it's a theme that I really love.

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I really love this offbeat theme, each of the items I wouldn't necessarily like but somehow work really well together, from the vintage floral bedspread and random bedside tables that don't match at all. I also love the brickwork, giving the room a New York apartment feel.

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Kimmy and Titus's apartment features more of a turquoise blue and focus's on more gold accessories from the cushions and gorgeous curtains! Blue is probably my least favourite colour and I fear it will give me a headache but as a whole it looks really funky and out there, which is really the look I'll be going for.

I've already begun to pick up some random accessories, loving that I can pick up anything without worrying about it having to all match because, well...it doesn't have to match. Unfortunately my room is quite small so I am worried about it looking too cluttered, but at least the blue will brighten it up a bit as opposed to black walls like I was originally thinking.

What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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