Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Three products that didn't live up to the hype


Let's be honest, we've all bought something because we've seen it on someone else's blog right? Well here are three products I bought because of 'blogger hype' that I didn't think were worth it.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Bad skin has plagued me my whole life (seriously since I was like 10) and after reading some blog reviews of the Glow Tonic I thought I'd give it a go. So I shelled out my £18 and after nearly 2 months of using it, I can't really see any difference. Boo. I'm not saying don't buy it, I'm just saying it didn't really work for me.

Quay Australia Sunglasses.
Please don't shoot me! I do actually quite like the Quay sunglasses, the designs are really cool BUT when I ordered a pair from ASOS I wore them for all of 5 minutes before one of the Quay logo's fell out and had to be glued back in. I think that whilst they look lush, they're quite flimsy and I definitely wouldn't pay full price for a pair (If they were in the ASOS sale I could be persuaded).

Mac Lipstick
I was in the airport waiting for my flight to Bali when I stumbled across the MAC counter. Now I've never owned anything from MAC before but I'd see all the hype surrounding the lippies so I picked up 'Please Me', a muted, rose tinted, matte pink. And I feel totally meh about it. It didn't feel/smell that nice and rubbed off within the hour.


Have you ever bought something because you saw it on someone else's blog or Instagram? Did you like it or were you disappointed?
 
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Monday, 27 June 2016

23 of Bali's Best Bits

 
Bali is probably one of my favourite places in the world (I spent a week there in August 2015 and four days there over Christmas) and I am already itching to go back and explore a bit more of this island that totally captured my heart. I didn't get to explore as much of it as I liked* due to time/money constraints but there is no doubt in muy mind that one day I'll go back and see more of it.

1. Mie Goreng. Noodles in a tasty sauce. Delish and dirt cheap.

2. If noodles ain't your thing you can get two McDonalds meals + drinks, desserts and a few extra burgers DELIVERED to your hotel for a fiver. Amazing.

3. Indonesians are quite possibly the loveliest people in the world.

4. Waterbom Water Park. Expensive and touristy but there's a reason it's one of the best waterparks in the world.

5. The incredible beaches and sunsets.

6. It's so, so cheap. We stayed in Seminyak in a brand spanking new hotel for £180 for the whole week. That included wifi and breakfast. IMPRESSIVE.

7. Even though we didn't spend much time in Ubud, just driving through it was an experience. It's stuffed with stalls selling statues and carvings - Shame I was backpacking for another 5 months or I would have totally found a way to bring something home.

8. The Sacred Monkey Forest was pretty awesome too....

9. It only takes a couple of hours to get to the Gili Islands from Bali and I highly recommend you pencil in some time to go there.

10. The abundance multicoloured Ray Bens available for a quid. (Like Ray Bans but erm, not real).

11. Wacko Burger. If you go anywhere, go to Wacko Burger. It's an open restaurant, the staff are wonderful humans and the food is unreal.

12. My Cup of Love. Really cute store right next to Seminyak Square - not cheap for Bali but lovely stuff.

13. But don't forget to hit up all the cheap markets. Did you even go on a South East Asian holiday if you didn't pick up 312 beaded bracelets, 12 anklets and at least 2 pairs of baggy elephant pants? No thought not.

14. Alleycats in Kuta. Will be forever greatful to Alleycats for having a Christmas dinner available on Christmas Day (duh), complete with Yorkshire puddings. Cheap, good food.

15. Freshly squeezed lemon juice.

16. Bluebird Taxis. Okay these aren't necessarily one of the best bits but they are the only licensed and metered taxi's in Bali. Much Love to the Bluebird crew.

17. Knock off DVD's for a quid. Sure, it's a lucky dip and chances are some won't work, but we got some really good quality ones for next to nout.

18. If you are sick of the heat, the beachwalk cinema in Kuta is nice and air conditioned and will only cost like £3. Be warned though, people go on their phones and take babies in there so it ain't as quiet as UK cinemas. But still £3.

19. The overall chilled out and relaxing vibe of the place (apart from the shopkeepers shouting at you to go into their shops)

20. The Hindu shrines adorning the streets - They are so beautiful. They're offerings to the Gods in the little parcels stuffed with flowers, rice, sweets, incense and more. Be careful not to tread on them!

21. The architecture of the temples is out of this world and you will find yourself whipping your camera out quite often.

22. Cheap massages and manicures. Bliss.

23. Tbh everything about Bali is mint, just go.
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*I spent time in Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud.

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #20

 
Good Afternoon sweet thangs. How are we all this week? Shall we crack on with this week's catch up?

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So the EU Referendum was held this week and we all know the results. I personally voted to stay within the EU as I believe the Referendum process was rushed without a proper game plan being in place. We could have always held another Referendum, but we may not be able to rejoin the EU if it all goes tits up.

I think we will be okay eventually, it's just the uncertainty that worries me.

PS No judgement if you voted to leave, you are entitled to your own opinion, just as I am entitled to mine.
PPS If Boris Johnson becomes PM, I'm going travelling again.
PPPS Does this mean Trump is going to win the US Presidential Election? Argh!
  
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As you can see from the photo above I've had my hair dyed! It's great having a hairdresser Mum and after living in Australia for a year and having to get Jody to bleach my hair for me I will never take it for granted again. Although Jodes did do a pretty good job on it, I won't lie.
 
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SPOILER ALERT. Hands up if  you watched the Battle of the Bastards this week? OMG. I don't know what was the best part, The crafty shield wall, Littlefinger's army ploughing it down, Jon Snow beating Ramsay to a pulp or Sassy Sansa's smirk as she left Ramsay to be eaten by his dogs.

Sansa started out as such a drip and she's fast becoming one of my fave characters - I just hope she tells Littlefinger where to shove it in ep10 (Yeah he saved their arses with his army BUT he did hand her over to Ramsay remember).

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If there are any cat fans reading this you should maybe take a peek at this Topshop shirt I bought last night. Mr Blondie has booked flights to Malaga for a stag do next year so I thought I'd treat myself to something pretty and this fit the bill. I love the cute kitties and the mint green is the perfect Summery colour...If Summer ever decides to show it's face.
 
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And that's it for this week's catch up! Next week I'm super busy: Football at the pub tomorrow, two nights of overtime at work then an evening of eating burgers at an event at the new Byron restaurant in Harrogate! Safe to say I will be staying in next weekend. Hope you have all had a lovely week and remember to send good vibes into the world.


This week's posts:
Three recent reads of mine and my thoughts on them, FYI they're all crime/thriller/mystery type books.

The Happy Flair Pin Club
Love Lucky Dip Club? Then you will love the Happy Flair pin club, which was created by the quirky jewellery powerhouse Punky Pins.

7 Adventure filled Disney films to watch
Who doesn't love Disney? As this is technically a travel and lifestyle blog Id decided to do a round up of my fave adventure filled Disney movies!
 
 
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Happy Flair Pin Club


From the creators of Punky Pins comes a new treat, the Happy Flair pin club. It's the same premise as the Lucky Dip Club I guess, fun and unique designs popping through your letter box once a month to bring a smile to your face.

This month's theme was Alice in Wonderland and I received this super cute 'Drink Me' pin. The detailing on the pin is unreal and the colour scheme is a pastel lover's dream. It makes a great addition to my pin collection, that's for sure.

You can get the pin only box for £6 or the full flair box for £15 (not including P+P). Tbh I should have definitely gone Full Flair cos all I've seen on the hashtag are people loving their Alice necklaces, Cheshire cat patches and mad hatter pins.

I'm not jealous at all, honest.

So yeah, basically I love Happy Flair and you should too.

P.s The photo background is a pair of Motel sequin shorts. Jazzy huh?


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

24 Hours in Stirling

 
Calories don't count on road trips right?
 

Wasssssuppp bitches! How are we all? Today I'm talking about my lil road trip up to Scotland - If you read this catch up post you will know that Jody and I drove up to Stirling at the weekend. It was only a quick trip (we didn't even spent 24 hours there) but it was a much needed mini adventure.
 
I get pretty itchy feet so I need to have things in my calendar. Wether it's seeking out a quirky diner that sells amazing milkshakes, a day trip to the Zoo or a weekend in Europe I have to be go go go all the time.
 
As I promised myself I would stay still this year we didn't have anything booked for this year but when The View announced a couple more dates for their Rope Walk tour in Scotland we thought fuck it and bought tickets for the Stirling show.
 
Jody and I are massive fans - Seriously they are so underrated - and we've seen them 5 times before with the most recent gig being in April at Fibbers, York. We've only ever seen them in England so to go to a gig in Scotland (where they hail from) was a totally different experience. It was completely nuts, honestly I've never sweat so much in my entire life. Safe to say all my contouring and fake tan was nowhere to be seen once they finished their set.
 
I still ached from all the dancing a few days later, pretty sure I pulled something in my neck aswell, oops.
 
 
The standard road trip selfie. I had my teeth whitened a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't really tell until I started dicking about taking loads of selfies whilst we were road trippin. I also used my Benefit Goof Proof eyebrow pencil (free with Elle) and despite seeing negative reviews on Twitter (it's not worth it etc) I actually really like it. I ain't a brow pro though, this is the first time I've ever used anything on them so maybe it is gash, I dunno.
 
 
Shoooes. Jody only passed his test a couple of weeks before we left for Aus so I used to have to do ALL of the driving on our UK roadtrips. If you only have one driver in your relationship you will know how shite it is so it was really nice to do a trip where we could share the driving. Obvs as co pilot this meant feeding him sweets and changing the radio channels over whilst day dreaming about the burger king I was inevitably gunna have at the next services.

 
Sooo we were gunna go to Stirling Castle on Sunday morning but if I'm gunna be honest (which I always am) we just couldn't be bothered after our night of dancing. We just wanted to get home. However we did pull over and take an obligatory photograph so we didn't fail completely. I love castles aswell but meh.
 
 
 
Another reason for pulling over was because we saw some Highland Cattle! We saw them on the way into Stirling which was pretty exciting - So much so I shouted and Jody nearly shat himself cos he had no idea what was going on. Their field is right underneath the castle and you go past it on your way into Stirling so keep an eye out. There's designated parking for you to pull into aswell.

 
Seriously though, LOOK AT HIM. I tried being a weiner tourist and taking a selfie with him but it was too sunny so in all the photos I'm squinting and there are no cows to be seen. Cool story bro.
 
 
It would be pretty bad if I waffled on then didn't show you where we stayed wouldn't it? We stayed at the Friars Wynd hotel which was literally a 30 second walk away from the gig venue. It was £139 to stay in a double room (no free parking FYI), with breakfast thrown in. The staff were really nice and I shit you not that bed was the comfiest bed I have ever ever slept in.  
 
 
Jody and I can't take nice photos. In most of our photos we pull strange faces. But I spose we are pretty strange. PS Seriously though look at my teeth. The gig venue (Fubar) had loads of fluorescent purple lights, I was worried my teeth were gunna blind people, Ross Gellar Style.
 
So yeah, we had a pretty good time in Stirling and it would be nice to go back. It's still one of my MANY travel dreams to get a van and go tour around Scotland but for now going up there for a weekend will do.
 
I really do love Scotland - I may go as far as to say it's one of my favourite places IN THE WORLD - and I always feel a bit sad when I leave. Have any of you guys been? Your thoughts? If you are a Scot I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU.
 
Much love.
 
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Three books that will take over your entire life.


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day's family were murdered when she was 7 and her brother was charged with the murders. Whizz on a few years and Libby's barely scraping by so when a young fella comes knocking at her door offering her money to come to a crime convention, she's game. Basically they are one of those groups who try to exonerate people they think are innocent (i.e Libby's bro), and they want her help. She starts questioning herself and her entire life and it's just really, really good.

This is my favourite offering frm Gillian Flynn. Libby Day is a mess, totally unlikeable and yet your find yourself rooting for her. I never guessed the ending - bit weird but it ties all the loose ends together nicely. The film (Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult) is pretty good too, very true to the book.
 

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
 
The Girl on the Train starts out fairly innocent. Girl takes train same time every day, imagines what the people in the houses she passes are like. Takes a dark turn when she sees something she shouldn't and decides to get involved when one of the inhabitants of the houses goes missing. I won't give anything away but it's a real page turner. Guessed the end though.

This book completely consumed me. It lived up to it's amazingfour andfive star reviews and I sped through it in 24 hours. Rachel (The Girl on the Train) has a drinking problem which makes her an unreliable witness so you never know if she is telling the truth or not. Bit predictable towards the end but still a great read.

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The Widow by Fiona Barton

Man dies, leaves quiet wife behind. Turns out husband was the local paedophile who was tried for the kidnapping of a young girl but was found not guilty. Now he's dead, a journalist and a cop try and get the truth out of the wife, but all is not as it seems. Kept me guessing until the end.
 
I read this because I saw online that it was a good follow up to The Girl on the Train and in a way it was. It's a completely different story and I felt that the subject matter was a hell of a lot darker than that of TGOTT. I think I actually liked it more than the above, even though I felt Jean was a bit of a wet blanket.

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Okay guys, this is probably a silly question but have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you have anything similar to recommend?


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #19


Hey guys and welcome to another Sunday Catch Up post. Before I launch into a little ramble I just wanted to say this week has been truly horrendous. The worst shooting in US history, a local (ish) MP shot whilst trying to do her job, a young boy drowned by an alligator, a young singer shot whilst signing autographs and multiple clashes at the Euro's. The world is a truly terrible place sometimes and although it sometimes seems like it's never going to get better, I feel that we can all at least try to make our little corner of it that tiny bit better.
 
Treat people how you would want to be treated, smile and to quote Ghandi, 'Be the change you wish to see in the world'.
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So, you may have noticed that Alright Blondie has had a little bit of a face lift. I found the new design on the Etsy store Blog Mania Designs and Kathe, the creator, was ridiculously helpful. When I couldn't get all the text and images to sit right she quite happily signed into my blog and had a play around until it was right.
 
I did really like my old blog design but I think it was time for an image overhaul. I've changed up my content a bit so I think I needed a new look to go with it. If you find any bugs please let me know and do go check out Kathe's store!
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This weekend I've been really productive and I (like everyone else in the world with a Netflix subscription), have been bingeing on season four of Orange is the New Black. It's so well written and has the ability to make me laugh, cry and shout at the tv in the space of an hour.
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In other news, I've finally unpacked my rucksack...Yes the rucksack that spent a year travelling with me and has sat in the boot of our car for the five months since I've been back. I don't know what to tell you, it just seemed so happy in the car! Plus it was full of shorts and Summer dresses - Something I don't exactly need here in the UK.
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Speaking of stuff, I've had a mahoosive clear out of my wardrobe. A load of stuff has gone to the skip and I feel so cleansed. I still have a shit tonne of stuff though, oops. (Ps I'm selling 3 dress, a rucksack and a camera on my Ebay account if you fancy a look).
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Check out the links below and I hope you've all had a lovely week! Toodlepip!

This Week's Posts:
Summer-Summer-Summer Buys
I think we can all agree that I have a spending problem. In this post I share with you 3 of my latest Summer buys.

Cau, Harrogate
I'm a hardcore carnivore so when my Momma Bear asked if I wanted to go to a steakhouse in Harrogate I didn't think twice about saying yes.


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Review: Cau, Harrogate



I love food. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that 85% of what I waffle on about is food - What I want for my tea, what I can smell cooking in the staff room, what I've got cravings for... SO despite never doing a restaurant review before (I'm usually to busy trying to eat my food before it gets cold to get a photo) I'm gunna give it a go...

For the first Alright Blondie restaurant review I'm focusing on a recently opened Argentinian Steakhouse in Harrogate called 'Cau'.

To introduce Cau I've nicked there bio from their website...

Many years ago, we fell in love with the vibrancy of Buenos Aires, a city where cosmopolitan sophistication collides with an irresistibly chaotic energy. It’s a beguiling, emotional and all embracing place to be. When we started CAU, our vision was to capture that spirit in a restaurant that would fit right into the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires. If we could replicate that vitality, passion and sense of fun, we knew CAU would be a place people would want to spend time.Our menu embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown, its beef. Mouthwatering steaks, burgers and steak sandwiches are joined by a tempting selection of more-ish favourites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist.

Cau is located on Station Parade which is an easy two minute walk away from the bus and train station. I do believe there is going to be an Everyman cinema built next to it, making it the perfect location for a date night.
When I walked into Cau the first thing I noticed was how slick the interiors were. Cool light fittings, grass printed wallpaper and installations that made it look as if the sky was peeking in through gaps. The overall colour theme is black but the white booths and chairs lighten the place up - The floor to wall windows that run along one side of the building also helps.
The staff were pretty nice, quickly shimmy-ing the furniture around so my niece's pram would fit around the table. They were quick to get our drinks and orders but bare in mind it was a Monday afternoon at 2pm - I'd like to go back when it's busier, see if it's still as good then.

All I can say about the menu is a that it is a carnivore's dream.

As you may or may not know, Argentina is known for it's beef and Cau promises some of the best quality and cuts of steak you ever did see. They describe it as 'richly flavoured and  wonderfully tender' and man they deliver.
The menu mainly consists of steak dishes - sandwiches, burgers and steaks (dur) - but there are pork and lamb dishes available, aswell as a handful of options for any veggies who may be in your party. (There are also heaps of desserts although I was far to pogged to sample any).

After spending a whole ten minutes perusing the menu (that's a long time for me I swear), I settled on the medallions (The finest, most succulent cuts of lomito, filleted from the centre and grilled) with a side of skinny chips and garlic aioli for a grand total of £14.95.
I won't life when my dish arrived all I could think was 'Is this it?' - I thought I'd been well and truly ripped off.
Then I took a mouthful and a choir of angels started singing.

Seriously it was so good. It was cooked to perfection (Medium Rare FYI) and the size of the portions ended up being ideal for my tiny tum. The chips were crispy but not too well done and the garlic sauce wasn't too overpowering.
Overall Cau was good. Better than good. I would probably queue up if it meant I would have some of that tasty, juicy steak in my tum tum by the end of it. It was so good that I'm already plotting a return trip on payday* with Jody in tow.
Are any of you guys from my neck of the woods? Have you been to Cau?

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* It's definitely a restaurant you go to when you've just been paid and you feel like a weekend millionaire. Not a mid month trip. I mean it's not really expensive but it isn't really cheap either. Know what I'm saying?
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Summer-Summer-Summer-Buys*


June you pesky little bugger. Teasing us with the promise of Summer then taking it away from us with no explanation. Fickle bitch. Anyways the brief flirtation with Summer got me all excited and I decided to spunk a load of money on some new, sunny accessories that bring joy to my life even on miserable cloudy days.


Novelty bags are my thing and Skinnydip have definitely cornered the market on budget friendy novelty bags (Kate Spade why you so expensive?). I saw this one on the Rock and Roll Bride Instagram and as soon as I got paid, I used a 15% discount code I had lying around to buy it. It's a lot bigger (and roomier) than I expected and is super eye catching and fun.


Deckchair Dogs Coin Purse by Catseye - £5.50
Oh Catseye you cutie you. Catseye has had my heart ever since I bought a pug wallet from them in Harrods four years ago. I still use it to this day although it's starting to crack in places now. 'Cos my rainbow bag is a lot smaller than the previous bag I used, I've just been chucking all my money in the bottom (Not the best thing to do) so this little purse is ideal just to sling my cash in and pop in my bag. Plus Frenchies.


Skull Bracelet by N2 by Les Nereides - £18

This little beauty is normally £47 so I feel like I got a bargain but usually I wouldn't dream of buying a bracelet that cost as much as this one - I'd get Jodes to buy it instead - But I needed it. I knew if I didn't get him I'd regret and then I'd go to buy it and it would be out of stock - Just my luck. It's a really quirky bit of jewellery and I've now got my eye on a couple of other N2 pieces.

I know, I know, I'm meant to be on a spending ban BUT I can't help myself - I have a problem I admit it. Have you guys bought anything to perk your day up after the awful weather we've been having?

* Sing to the tune of 'Summertime' by Will Smith please

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Monday, 13 June 2016

My no bullshit guide to all the places I visited in Western Australia


Perth City and Surrounds

Fremantle
Great town, loads to do. Lot's of places for foodies to go and a great beach. Definitely go on a tour of the prison if you get time. Fantastic market on weekends and loads of street art to keep an eye out for. One of my all time favourite places.

John Forrest National Park
Great place to go hiking, loads of different trails for different ages and abilities. Not too far away from the city and a cheap activity. A taste of the outback without going to wild.

Perth
Super clean city, one of the cleanest I've ever encountered. Quite hipstery, full of places to eat and drink. Not that busy for a city. Nice street art. Great public transport system.

Whitfords Beach
A lot of people will tell you there favourite WA beach is Scarborough or Cottesloe but mine was Whitfords. It was 5 minutes from my house, clean, quiet and had beautiful, soft white sand.

Rottnest Island
Well worth the trip and the money, Beautiful beaches and QUOKKAS. Highly recomment taking a picnic and hiring bikes and snorkels. Be careful of snakes. Don't cut yourself on the coral like Jody did as sharks have been known to linger in the area.


North

Denham (Shark Bay, Shell Beach, Stromatolites, Eagle Bluff)
Denham and the surrounding area is lovely. Went in June and the weather was beautiful despite being Winter. Nice bakery, stunning blue ocean. Try catch Sunrise at Eagle Bluff, you won't be disappointed.

Jurien Bay
Keep an eye out for skydivers! Sleepy little town, good for water based activities. Definitely a Summer place. Watch out for whales and seals.

Kalbarri National Park
The outback. A bird watchers paradise. Some great natural rock formations. Can abseil in the park for additionl cost. Great for hiking, but the gorge is quite steep in places. Go early and take loads of water cos it gets ridiculously hot in the afternoon and the flies will do your head in.

Lancelin
Cute little holiday town. Go in January to catch the Windsurfing competition, The Ocean Classic. Great place to surf, stunning beach. Can go 4 wheel driving in the dunes or rent a sand board from one of the little shops. Sandboarding is fun but knackering!

Monkey Mia
Has dolphins that swim to shore but expect crowds for the feeding session. *TIP* go to the pier at night and you will hear the dolphins hunting of their own accord. Beautiful sunset. Can rent kayaks and join the dolphins in the water (they have a habit of swimming alongside them).

The Pinnacles
Like something out of The Martian. Otherworldly. HOT.


South

Albany
Bit boring (but we did go in Winter). Went to the Whaling History Museum and had a surprisingly good time there.

Bremer Bay
Recommend going from June - November as this is when the whales pass through. Can see them from the beach. In February you have a chance of seeing Killer Whales. Not loads to do besides whale watching but a lovely, peaceful little town. The Bremer Bay Resort pub also does a cracking steak.

Busselton
Walk along the pier at Sunrise, great photo opportunity. Keep an eye out for dolphins.

Denmark
Didn't expect much but had the best time here. Went to Pentland animal park and fed wallabies, donkeys, a baby calf, a piglet, lambs, kids, llamas and more. Biggest koalas I've ever seen.

Fitzgerald River National Park
Go here after Bremer Bay. It's not a great drive in a 2WD but it's do-able. Gravelly red sand shit. Worth it when you get to the main bay of the park as whales come here to have and nurse their calves. Magical.

Gnomesville
An hour outside of Bunbury, this weird, magical place has to be seen to be believed. What started as one gnome has multiplied into hundreds, maybe thousands. Bit eerie if you're there by yourself and the weather is crap.

Margaret River
Didn't actually see the river, bee lined straight for the chocolate factory. GO GO GO. Best chocolate ever.

Stirling Ranges
Pretty cool to see, especially if you don't have much experience with mountain ranges (like we didn't). Take a hike up Bluff Knoll or just witness it from the car park with a picnic. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the drive (We saw a MASSIVE kangaroo and an emu).

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #18


I had a wild Friday night in as the picture above shows. Steak and Big Brother followed by an early night.

Well that was a quick Summer wasn't it? A beautiful start to the week followed by clouds and rain - How British. Here's hoping that wasn't the only sunshine we are going to get this year eh?

I've just returned from having a lush lamb dinner at a pub nearby and as soon as we left the house it started to pour down. I swear every time we leave the house on a weekend it rains...Maybe it's a sign we should just stay in our Pj's and watch Netflix?

A Sunday dinner was a necessity today - I went out to watch the football with the lads and may or may not have had one or two more Koppaberg's than I usually do, whoops. I felt pretty ropey this morning but thankfully a shower and a bacon sandwich sorted me out.

Jody and I got our paws on some tickets to go see The Catherine Tate Show live at the Barbican Theatre in York which is pretty sweet. The show recently started playing on Sky from Series 1 Episode 1 and we were reminded just how great the show was. Can't wait to see Nan live, I'm probably gunna be like her when I'm old - Miserable and potty mouthed.

Now I'm gunna go and watch the second half of the N.  Ireland Vs Poland match and then force Jody to watch Aladdin with me because all I've done this weekend is watch football. Hope you all had a lovely week!

This week I blogged twice:

24 hours in Stirling
A post detailing last week's trip to see The View in Scotland, complete with pics of Highland cows.

Three products used to top up my Thailand tan
I love being pale but after a year in tropical countries I'm more accustomed to having a light tan. Found out how I keep mine topped up.

I haven't done a reading list this week cos I'm lazy - Sorry!

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

3 Products Used To Top Up My Thailand Tan

bondi sands tanner, benefit dew the hoola, anastasia beverly hills
 
Hey sugarplums. Today is a new kind of post, one that I'm probably not qualified to write. It's a beauty post. I know you guys are probably more accustomed to me writing about travel, but when you're not travelling it's kind of hard to talk about travel.  So I'm branching out and seeing how it goes.
 
Hopefully it doesn't alienate to many people *crosses fingers*
 
Formalities out of the way let me introduce this post.
 
I am a fully paid up member of the 'I'm so pale I could be a vampire' club. When I don't wear make-up I'm often told I look ill which is actually a bit insulting. I don't mind being pale though, it's part of who I am.
 
Whilst I was away I got myself a banging tan and as much as I do like being pale, I'm not gunna lie, having a tan made me feel gooooood. Obvs being a pale chick my tan faded pretty quickly so whenever I feel like being tan-tastic these are the first products I reach for.

bondi sands tanners
 
Bondi Sands Self Tan Foam and Gradual Tan
Superdrug £14.99 and £11.99
Currently on offer!

I've tried a bazillion fake tans (Palmer's, L'Oreal, Johnsons, Jergens, Rimmel) and when I say not one of them agreed with me I mean it. They went orange, streaked or were just downright crap. Then Bondi Sands came into my life and I wondered where it had been the whole time. They both gone on really nice, with no streaks or orangeness to be seen. They still smell a bit fake tanny but not the worst I've ever come in contact with. The gradual tan gives you a really nice glow over a few days and the foam gives you that nice 'just got off the place from two weeks in Spain' kinda look. I highly recommend these.

anastasia beverly hills glow kit in gleam
 
Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit - Gleam
£39 Cult Beauty
 
I used to be quite scared of make-up only ever really using foundation and eye make up but recently I've start branching out into bronzers, contouring, highlighting and I'm starting to get quite brave with it. I saw the glow kit on another blog and despite never using a highlighter before in my life I immediately went and bought the palette. 'Gleam' is the cooler toned palette and I love the selection of colours - They're shimmery but not tooo shimmery if you know what I'm saying?

benefit dew the hoola bronzer

Benefit Dew The Hoola
Benefit £22.50

This is probably my holy grail product. I was a bit worried it would make me look ridiculously tanned but in actual fact it's really light. You can use it to contour but I prefer to slather it all over my face and neck over my foundation - it gives me that dewy, sun-kissed glow you get without looking to obvious. If you're quite pale you should probs invest in this, it will change yo life.

So there you have it guys, my fave products for topping up my Thailand tan. I hope this post hasn't freaked too many people out but if it has don't worry. I'll still be doing travel related posts, just not exclusively travel anymore.

Have any of you used these products? Your thoughts?

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #17


Happy Sunday Y'all. Hope you are enjoying this GLORIOUS weather we are being treated too - Especially as we don't know how long it's going to be around for!

Lucky me only had a 3 day week thanks to Jody's genius idea of booking Friday off at the last minute. We cooked a nice lunch and binge watched Billions and basically did nothing productive in the slightest but it was great.

Yesterday we made the 3 and a half hour journey up to Stirling to see our favourite band The View. We actually came back today so we ended up spending less than 24 hours up there. It was great seeing The View in their home country of Scotland and a hell of a lot crazier than seeing them here in the UK.

Ooh and I got to see some Highlands Cows so that was pretty cool.

Now I know that was short and sweet but I'm off to stuff my face with pringles and watch SoccerAid with the Boyf. How are you spending your Sunday evening?

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On not letting your adventure die.

 
I've been home for four months and two days now. I know I've probably said this before and it gets thrown around a lot but my time in Australia really does feel like a dream. The only evidence of my time away is a battered Paperchase diary, some plane tickets and a shed loads of photographs, half of which I haven't even managed to upload to my computer.
 
Some people say that my generation spend too much time online - Too much time tweeting about what an awesome time we are having, too much time behind a lens trying to get that perfect Insta shot and too much time worrying what people think of our online presence. 
 
Social Media and Technology are pretty awesome - I mean who doesn't want to be able to talk to their parents on the other side of the world in minutes? - but it's pretty good to step away from the screens sometimes, even if it's only to soak in the atmosphere of a place or just to give your eyes a rest.
 
Whenever I've travelled in the past I've always come home and got some of my favourite photos printed off and I've always kept a diary of my adventures so I can remember exactly what I did, ate, loved, bought, etc.
 
My Australian diary is a purple Paperchase on covered in elephants. It's got all sorts of crap shoved inside it, my scrawly hand writing taking up the pages with my highlights and lowlights of my trip and after a year, yep, it's full.
 
SO when I got this Marco Polo** travel journal in the post I was pretty chuffed.
 
The journal is pretty sweet and so eye catching. It has dotted pages rather than lined so it suits writers, doodlers, collagers, crafters, list makers or bullet journal-ers. It's the perfect size to fit into your hand luggage and even comes with some cute AF stickers in the back to jazz up the pages (emoticons, prompts, the works). Plus a handy wallet for storing all your bits and pieces (You wouldn't believe how many times I've opened up my old diary only to have a tonne of scrappy bits of paper and ticket stubs fall on the floor).
 
Basically it's a pretty nifty journal, I won't lie and I can't wait to start scribbling away in it.
 
Australia might feel like a dream but my diary, my photos and my memory bank keep the trip alive. It's something I will never forget and even thought that chapter of my life is now over, I can't wait to start a new one and have some more adventures.
 
How do you remember your journeys, adventures and quests? Do you journal, scrapbook or just upload the photos to Facebook and flick through them every so often when you need a boost? 
 
The travel journals will be on Amazon from TODAY, are available in 4 designs (I loooove the passport one) and will be retailing at £7.99 and you can find Marco Polo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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** Marco Polo sent me an advance copy of the travel journal to review after I saw a post on their IG asking for travel bloggers who fancied having a nosy at it. As a big fan of keeping a diary and a big fan of Marco Polo (I have five of their travel guides on my shelf) I put my paws up straight away. All thoughts and feelings about the journal are my own**




 
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