Monday, 16 January 2017

Ten things you may or may not know about me


As I'm feeling very motivated to blog at the moment I figured it was maybe time to reintroduce myself with one of those standard blog posts that all bloggers seem to do at some point...

'Ten things you may or may not know about me'

- My natural hair colour is the usual mousy brown but bar a couple of centimetres of rootyness, I haven't seen it properly since I was 10 or 11. I've also been pretty much every colour possible too - Perks of having a hairdresser Momma I guess.

- If I could pick any decade to grow up during I would probably pick the 80's - The music was unreal and love it or hate it, it was such a fun decade for fashion, make up and hair.

- My spirit animals are probably sloths and Grumpy Cat. So I guess I'm very lazy, like to sleep and don't like fun or people (Just kidding, I like my kind of fun and a select group of people).

- I have had cars that have cost less than my MacBook. In fact all three of them cost less (possibly even combined now that I think about it). Oh dear.

- Dogs love me. Fact. And I love them. I am the dog whisperer and my main goal in life is to be a dog mama, rescuing unwanted doggys and giving them the life they deserve.

- I have scoliosis - Basically my spine is in the shape of an S instead of straight. I never had to have an operation on it as the curve's degree's aren't quite severe enough to warrant one but if you look closely you can see that I'm a bit wonky.

- I have four tattoos (my gorgeous mountain tattoo, my crap swallow, a Beatles lyric and a lightening bolt behind my ear) and over the years I've had 15 piercings but only have 5 in now.

- I first met my boyfriend on NYE 2009 and he was absolutely plastered so impressions weren't great. I met him again three months later through a mutual friend and even though I thought he was a massive chav, he was a good laugh and we got on really well. 7 years later and here we are.

- Despite being an A grade, top set student in high school I dropped out of A levels after 6 weeks, quit my Art BTec after a year and ditched my hairdressing qualification with one unit to go (I did go back and finish it though so there's that). I used to get really upset about all of my failures but nowadays I don't really care - I've done so many awesome things since.

-  I hate fancy dress. And not just in an 'oh it's just a bit naff' kind of way, I mean I loathe it entirely. Animal ears are about as far as I go.

Annnnd there we have it...Happy Monday!

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Friday Five #6


As this is the 6th Friday Five post I think you guys get the gist of it now so instead of boring on, I'm just gunna crack on with it..

Obviously the highlight of this week was my weekend trip to Amsterdam with my boyfriend. I've already fired out a post on the matter (and have a bazillion more lined up) so I won't babble on too much but we had such a lovely time. We haven't left the country since Thailand so it was nice to have a few days away in a country we've never visited before.

25 baby
The whole point of our trip to Amsterdam was to celebrate my 25th birthday and if we weren't away it would have felt like any other day. When your a kid birthday's are so important but the older you get the less you care. My birthday is so close to Christmas and New Year that more of an inconvenience than anything else.

NYX Lid Lingerie in Morning Sky
When I was in Amsterdam I was walking down across Dam Square when a beautiful sight caught my eye - A NYX STORE. I went in and managed to resist a lot of temptation but did come away with a couple of buys. I bought two 'Glam' glitter lip glosses (because apparently I turned 12 not 25) and the above lid lingerie eyeshadow. The consistency is really creamy, application is super easy with the lip gloss style wand and the colour is eye catching and bold (but it doesn't look as trashy on as it does in the tube). New favourite eyeshadow.

I've been on the hunt for some basic tops for ages now but find that in most shops they either fit badly, are too expensive or come in really horrible colours. A friend recommended the Misguided crew neck ribbed tops and now I'm in love. I have three now (in black, greyish pink and burgundy) and I'm probably gunna repurchase all of them as they fit perfectly and are ever so comfy.

Getting back on the healthy eating bandwagon
One of my 2017 goals was to start eating a little bit healthier- I did okay for the first week and then it all went to shit when I was in Amsterdam. I'm back on the good food train now though and I've found a few new recipes that I want to try over the weekend. I'm starting to get a little bit more adventurous with vegetables and spices now so I'm excited to see what my eating habits are like this time time next year.

Five to Read

Finding my place online as a woman of colour Cattitude & Co (guest post by Areeba)

8 things you need to know before your first African safari A Dangerous Business

My 2016 goals: How did I do? Never Ending Footsteps

Wellness bloggers have never heard of clean eating apparently. Ok. Whiskey Tango Flat White

Losing my style mojo The Devil Wears Tartan

Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Three days in...Amsterdam

If you follow me on Instagram (Jessdrury9 if you're interested) you will have been inundated with photo spam from my birthday trip to Amsterdam. I had a wonderful time and it was actually one of Jody and I's more successful trips to date despite the lack of organisation and money. 

Neither of us expected to fall in love with Amsterdam like we did and we are already planning another trip there when it's a bit warmer (Jody usually point blank refuses to go to the same place twice so he must have really loved Amsterdam). I was only going to do a couple of posts on my three day trip but I've ended up with 8, oops. They will be cropping up over the next few weeks but for now, here's a little summary of my mini adventure.

Who did we fly with?
We flew from Leeds/Bradford with KLM, opting to park in the long stay car park for £27. Our flights cost £89 each and we weren't expecting much from the operator at all but they turned out to be great. There was enough leg room that my 6 foot 4 boyfriend didn't feel uncomfortable and free snacks and drinks were handed out on both flights.

Our flight from LBA-AMS was delayed as wintery conditions in Amsterdam meant they were late taking off but we still arrived in Amsterdam bang on time so I can't fault them.

How did we get from the airport to the hotel?
For 5.40 euros you can get the train from the airport straight to Amsterdam Central and it is easy peasy. It takes 5-10 minutes and aslong as you have access to google maps (or can read an actual map), you will find it quite easy to get to your hotel if you decide to stay near Dam Square. Apparently a taxi will cost around 50 euros so if you have the confidence to get the train and find you own way, then I recommend you do so.
Where did we stay?
We stayed at Die Port Van Cleve, a 4* hotel that was a five minute walk from Central station and a minute walk to Dam Square. It wasn't the cheapest hotel (£260 for 2 nights) but as it was our first holiday/break in a while (and my birthday), we decided to splurge.

I'm so glad we did as the hotel was fantastic. The staff were super helpful and the restaurant and bar were cosy and no more expensive than any of the others in the area. Jody also said the bed was the comfiest bed he has ever stayed in and I have to agree with him on that one.

I would definitely stay there again as the hotel was itself quiet and peaceful without being too far away from all the action.
What did we do?
Amsterdam was the first time Jody and I have ever been anywhere without a concrete plan and itinerary. I found it really hard to let go and just relax but eventually I managed and just went with the flow A lot of our time was spent nestled in bars having a laugh, eating scrummy food or wandering around taking it all in but we did have a giggle in the sex museum, visit the Anne Frank house and freeze our tits off in the ice bar. They weren't necessarily the most traditional dutch experiences but man we had such a good time.

What was the weather like?
It was grey the whole time we were away but that didn't really bother either of us (it is January after all). It drizzled Saturday, was dry Sunday and drizzled heavily for most of Monday. It wasn't as cold as I was expecting but I did take my Zara coat that has a mahoosive fur hood and is quite sleeping bag like.

What did I take in my carry on?
Obviously I didn't really feel the need to take checked baggage for two days so instead I took my Dr Martens backpack. I took 2 x long sleeved tops, a t shirt, 2 x pairs of jeans, 1 x jumper and as mentioned, my thick Winter coat. I also took a freezer bag of make up and toiletries, pants/socks, my pill, various chargers, gloves, a beanie and a scarf. I definitely took enough and managed to stay warm but it's your call.

How much did I spend?
So our flight + hotel cost £219 each and I ended up spending 170 Euros/148 pounds. My spending was quite low because the boyf was very generous when it came to buying drinks (with it being my birthday and all) and we only had one sit down restaurant meal as the street vendors had some lovely goods on offer.

Overall total? £367. Not too shabby really.

I had such a good time in Amsterdam and whilst I'm sad it's over, it means our holiday to Vegas and NYC is even closer! I'll be sharing some more photos from my trip over the next few weeks so watch this space.
Have you been to Amsterdam? Did you fall in love with it like I did or did you dislike it?