Double Tap That: Five To Follow

Hey ya’ll,

I can’t lie, but right now I am loving Instagram, it’s my favourite app to scroll through, which is probably why I’ve been neglecting this blog🙈. Only God know how many times I scroll through Instagram a day, but I just can’t resist exploring amazing images and finding new people to follow.

Now I know there’s been a lot of controversy about Instas ever-changing and very annoying algorithms, like-bots, spam comments and all that malarkey, but let’s face it, we all love to double-tap that…

With Instagram being a MainStage for Influencers and bloggers to become recognised or as we all like to say – Instafamous, I’ve got more than a few favourites that I’d like to share, so let me show some love to…

IslandBoiPhotography

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The beauty of women is perfectly captured when Joey is behind the camera. His photos are magnetic, and his subjects are not only glamorous but real. Follow him on a journey to unlocking true beauty, and explore the rich velvety texture of the many shades of melanin. I literally cannot get enough of this guys images so, spam his comments so I can get a photo shoot with this guy PLEASE!

In My Sunday Best

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It’s undeniable that Sade has a way with the camera. Perfectly portraying her love affair with vintage fashion her photos are infused with a nostalgic warm twist. I love that we get to see Sade’s confident and elegantly cool personality relayed through the lense too. With her good sense of fashion and great coffee spots what more could you want from life?

Asiyami Gold

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If you have holiday blues, look away NOW.  Asiyami captures awe-inspiring images from her travels all over the world. Using natural backdrops, vibrant colours, colourful food and beautiful subjects she’s is dubbed as a visual storyteller. This girl is living life, all while looking like a melinated supermodel and I love double-tapping whenever she uploads.

ChanelCocoBrown

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I’m back on my 3-4 times a week gym grind and as you may imagine, it’s way too easy to fall off, especially with all these food snaps. Nevertheless, I love searching hashtags like #fitness to keep me on the straight and narrow to achieving my body goals, but one person I always look to is Chanel. She is all types of body goals and I love that she takes us on her fitness journey that she has perfectly made her lifestyle, she’s the ultimate motivation for me, plus I love her clean and feminine feed.

TheSlumFlower

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My girl Chidi is killing it! She oozes beauty and fearlessness and on the few occasions I met her she has been a positive energy that I can’t get enough of. Follow this beaut for encouraging hella funny quotes, fire selfies and the odd travel post. Love her.

I follow way too many creative Instgram pages to pay homage to, but these are the feeds are just a few that I’ve just kept on coming back to. Leave comment and let me know who you’ve been loving on Insta, so I can give them a nosy, also feel free to give me a follow x

 

5 Reasons Why I HATE Twitter Chats

After reaching my one year milestone on this blog a couple of weeks ago, I stupidly promised myself to join at least 2 twitter chats a week.

Let’s just all laugh together 😂

My advances to become a somewhat ‘better blogger’ wasn’t actually unachievable, but I’ve come to the realisation that I actually hate twitter chats (well, most of them anyway).

When I first started blogging Twitter chats were the bomb.com!

I would e-meet other bloggers, interact and find new blogs, as well as discover blogging events which definitely helped me network and ultimately turn my blog into what it is today, BUT, after being back on the twitter chats for just over a week, I’ve realised that my goal to join 2 twitter chats a week may have been a bit of a reach.

Let me tell you why…

  1. No shade, but there’s only so many times a year, never mind a week, where I can discuss my favourite disney movie. I get it, we all love disney and it’s a great past-time to re-live our awesome 90’s childhood, but I’m a grown ass 20 something year old woman who’s got shit going on. Let’s get real.
  2. The choice of topics is an issue. Blogging is so diverse – from the people to the subjects. I mean people blog about any and everything, so why do we always end up discussing the same topics and throwing around the same answers and buzz words? It’s like we know what others want to hear, what makes us sound good and what sounds a the right level of controversial. Let’s get real.
  3. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been an active part of the twitter chat community for ages, but is it me or is everyone besties? Everyone has something witty to say, a sure-fire comeback. I can’t lie, it makes the chats fun and very interactive, but it just makes me wonder is it all real? Are you really as animated as that sassy GIF you just tweeted or are you sitting in bed with a straight face, going back and forth, just like me? Plus, we have the whole follow/unfollow debacle which just grinds my gears. Let’s get real.
  4. Everything moves so bloody quickly. I know, I know. I feel as though my inner-granny is taking over. Even as I type this I’m imagining an older version of myself walking across the TL with my zimmerframe, but I would love if Twitter slowed down, even by a milli-second. Like, I’m sure I’m the only person who answers a question forgetting to use the chat hashtag? 😪
  5. I never have enough time to dedicate a whole blessed hour to a twitter chat.

Don’t get me wrong guys, I do enjoy a few chats and I get that Twitter chats take a lot to run and host every week, but for me a lot of it is cliche, so… I’m revoking my earlier promise and will only be joining chats when I’m genuinely interested in, and not just because I said I would 😝.

We’re probably all as guilty as each other when it comes to these points (or nah), but maybe it’s time for a change?!

What chats do you enjoy joining and why, do you have any pet peeves when it comes to Twitter chats?

 

OOTD: Confidence

Hey ya’ll,

Today I’m switching it up.

After recently retweeting a thread that really struck a chord with me, I’ve been dwelling on whether to write more posts on subjects that affect me.

screen-shot-2017-02-21-at-21-39-42I was so scared of sharing this thread (pictured above) on my twitter timeline. In fact, I toyed back and forth about whether I should retweet for my followers to see. I didn’t want any of my followers who I actively interact with to feel uncomfortable, but at the same time I just couldn’t stay silent. Twitter is my platform to share whatever I like, and although, I didn’t like this post, I could relate with subject matter.

Most of my posts are about what I do on the weekend, the places I travel and what-not which is great because I genuinely enjoy sharing those aspects of my life, but most of the time my head is swirling with a gazillion things that affect me on a daily basis, and one of those ‘things’ is how I choose wear my confidence as a black woman.

And I use the word ‘choose’ because every way in which I am confident is not always accepted in the society I live in.

Being a black woman living in London is something that I treasure and love about myself. In my home, in front of my friends and family I am Rianne without any limitations, however, in society being black acts as anchor that doesn’t allow me to fully be myself without stereotypes and tags being attached to me and everything I do.

Angry, loud, passive aggressive, ratchet instead of their positive alternatives like passionate, confident, intelligent and honest are labels that get thrown around at black women on a daily basis. A few of these words have even been hurled at me and used to put me down which  of course, over the years have had a detrimental affect on my confidence and means I have to always be socially and consciously aware in situations I’m in.

So, here’s a few ways I choose to wear my confidence, when the world tells me I can’t…

Posture
It’s proven that posture has a direct reflection of how you feel and are perceived. Standing with a straight back and head held high makes all the difference to how I feel. For me it’s totally natural for me to recoil into my posture if I’m not feeling great, or if there’s something society deems as not being something I should be proud or confident about. Whenever I catch myself doing this, I remember to readjust my position to show –  I have a purpose and I am meant to be here.

Hair
If you didn’t know I have dreadlocks, take a look at my posts about it here & here. Although this hair journey is becoming a lot more mainstream as a natural, protective hairstyle for black women, it’s not always understood and still very much not an ‘approved’ hairstyle in many workplaces, but I love how I wear my hair as a way to display my heritage and culture. My hair is very versatile, sometimes, I have it in styles, sometimes I have it out, but I love that it can be a conversation starter, where I can educate anyone who wants to know more.

Attitude
Stereotypically black women can be seen as intimidating and unapproachable. Confidence isn’t just about the exterior and how you appear to seem, but it starts from within. At first glance people may have a pre conceived idea about me I’ve been told I have RBF (resting bitch face), but I actively agree in quote: If you have good thoughts (and a positive attitude) they will shine out of your face…

Inner Thoughts
Occasionally, I recite quotes in my head that reaffirm and boost positivity.

Public Speaking
When I refer to this point I don’t necessarily mean in front of a big crowd. Speaking up in certain situations takes courage and therefore confidence, and the older I get I find myself doing this more and more. There are many examples where I feel I have to do this to set the record straight or give the black perspective and to even break stereotypes by someone who is reinforcing them. (the thing about stereotypes is that  they’re not necessarily untrue, but they don’t tell the full story).

One instance where I had to speak out was when someone voiced that they think Blue Ivy is an ugly baby, that she looks nothing like Beyonce and that North West is much prettier. This may seem like a minor issue but to say a child is ugly is quite pathetic tbh, but then again everyone is entitled to their opinion, however, I had to question why they thought this.

When quizzed they simply said her hair wasn’t nice because it was too ‘frizzy’ and because her features resembled Jay Z. This is true but I had to highlight the fact those qualities are qualities of her blackness and for that to be used against her is not cool.

Ultimately, it shows that from a young age, confidence is something that can be snatched away, but it is our job to reclaim it and make the ways in which we are confident a force to be reckoned with.

The subject of confidence is so much bigger than this one blog post, and there are many other ways in which confidence can be radiated.  Although I am talking about my experience as a black woman, I want to know how you wear your confidence, no matter where you’re from or your background?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogmas: Office Christmas Party Etiquette

Whether you’re rearing up for your office Christmas party, or one of those people who just want to get it done and dusted, because lets face it, who wants to spend more time with colleagues you can’t stand,  there’s no denying that there are rules to follow when attending the office Christmas party.
(many of which I did not follow myself this year smh – just picture me dabbing on the dance floor well after midnight 🚫)

I consider myself someone who’s always up for a party, but there have been many a time when I’ve fully embarrassed myself and woken up with flashbacks and mixed emotions thinking – why the hell would I do that?… so I thought this would be a fun way of letting you all in on polite party etiquette to definitely do and major faux pas to avoid.

So before you head out on your office party or get together before the New Year remember these golden rules…

Do pace yourself – I’m the type of person who always says – I’m only staying for one, just to show my face – then 12am strikes and I’m the life of the party. NO NO NO NO NO! Just because there’s a free tab at the bar, doesn’t mean you have to drink away. So pace yourself, look classy and elegant and have fun! No wants to see you stumble home it’s just not a good look.

Don’t wear anything too daring – Everyone wants to look good and show how different and  glamourous they can look outside of office hours, but it doesn’t mean you have to show Kevin from IT what you’ve had for brekkie, lunch and dinner. Have in mind office party not your besties birthday bash.

Do socialise with other departments. What I love about Office Christmas parties is that it gives you the chance to socialise and interact with other departments. Plus, if you’re new to the team like I am, it’s a great opportunity to make some new friends.

Don’t be afraid to have a good time. It’s is actually OK to have fun, that’s the point of a shindig right?! It’s a great chance to see people out of action, relaxed and at an event where everyone genuinely wants to have fun. So be yourself and let your personality shine!

Don’t get drunk. Leading back to my first point – pace yourself. If your workplace has been clever and  decided to host your Christmas party mid-week, you really have to watch how much you’re consuming, take advantage of the free bar if you have one, but just remember you can’t pull a sickie…because EVERYONE knows that old chestnut lol

Don’t get handsy. We’ve all had a lil’ office crush. But before you decide to pounce at the ‘perfect’ moment, make sure it’s mutual and don’t get too handsy with them either. reporting to the HR office is like sitting on the naughty step, not cool and highly embarrassing.

Do & Don’t Avoid the ‘Big Dawgs’. This is a controversial one. But, I think it depends on your personality. It’s great to know your more senior counterparts, and it could even help your career progression, however, the office Christmas party is not the place to discuss a how Shauna pissed you off today or that you’d appreciate a pay rise lol. Just remember they’ll remember what you say and how you say it well after the nights over.

Hope this put a smile on your face. Do you have any top tips to share on how to survive your workplace Christmas party? Let me know in the comments x

 

 

Girls Night Out: The Night Jar

Can you tell I’m loving life right now?

I recently started a new job, and the girls in my office decided to welcome me into the team by taking me out on the town – lets call it an initiation – on a Thursday night too, bearing in mind I’m normally in bed by 9 latest, I felt like such a rebel!

They decided on a place called Night Jar on Old Street, which I had heard of before from my boyfriend, but never really thought to explore as it wasn’t somewhere I felt I’d enjoy, as its a jazz bar, but I went with an open mind.

Now, if you like to explore London like me and often venture down to Old Street and Shoreditch sides of London, then you’ve probably passed a little door situated in between an off license and a cafe – otherwise known as the portal to Night Jar.

The door is so inconspicuous, I’ve never noticed it before and to be honest I doubt anyone would.

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However, once I passed through the threshold it was like being transported back into the 1920’s.

As soon as we entered, the smell of the city air was gone, and the warmth from the world below as well as the sweet cocktails welcomed us.

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After getting down the steepest set of stairs and into the basement, we were shown to our seats, by a lovely waitress who reminded me of Kat Von D -she had the most awesome tatts. Planted in the cosiest of corners on old cushioned wooden chairs we were given a cute humorous menu with beautifully and enticing themed drinks ordered according to; pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war and Night Jar signatures… so plenty of choice!

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I literally had no idea what to pick. I hate strong drinks and often opt for more fruity options. In the end I chose an interesting concoction of:Havana Club 7 Year, Falernum, Fresh Pineapple Cocnut Blossom Nectar, Grilled Rice Powder, Roasted Feijoa, Fresh Lime, Banana Bread Beer, Peanut Butter Ice (yes peanut butter ice!) – otherwise known as LEI LANI VOLCANO.

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What I loved was our waitress was very thorough and informative, after each of our drinks were chosen she made sure it would be something we enjoyed and even went as far to describe how we’d experience the taste, just incase we wanted to change our mind.

We had a direct view of the bar, so it was great seeing the bar staff, making each drink to perfection – even for the other tables – it was so interesting to see how much thought and precision goes into each drink, it truly is an art.

Once our amazing drinks arrived we all got to sipping. They just looked so lush, pictures really don’t do them justice!

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I am such a lightweight that I couldn’t even finish my cocktail, but it tasted amazing and had an interesting nutty after taste which was so unique.

From this moment it was the beginning of the end form me as I was ready to go home lol, but the girls wouldn’t allow it, after all, Thursday is the new Friday right?! So we decided on a sharing cocktail (they said it’s for 4 people, but the portions are very generous so they could have done for about 12!)

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As we all had slightly different tastes, a drink called the Green Dragon, seemed a perfect fit. Served in a giant wooden pineapple, with ginger liqueur, dragon fruit, strawberry wine and much more, we got to drinking again.

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From what I can remember, it had a very oriental taste and was quite fruity, so it was right up my street. With the live band setting up we stayed and enjoyed a few jazzy tunes, got to know one another (my cheeks have never hurt so much from smiling before), but for me that was it for the drinks – I was thinking how the hell am I going to get up for work tomorrow :/

Feeling merry and slightly glazed over, I left a very happy customer.

For me a good night out consists of good conversation, great company and brilliant, food & drinks and they were all surpassed.

I can confidently say that The Night Jar will definitely be seeing me again.

Drinks are quite pricey (£40 table deposit & we each paid £30 fro our drinks), but as it was a one off treat, it’s a nice retreat for quite evening with close company, carefully mixed drinks that are not watered down, no drunks and cool interactive music – what more could you want?

Have you heard of The Night Jar? Will you booking a table soon?

An Evening at The Sky Garden

Living in London, I can honestly say I’m never at a loss for things to do, which is why I recently found myself at the Sky Garden!

I’ve heard so much about London’s highest public garden so knew I needed to experience it for myself.

Sitting in the middle of Landan city on Fenchurch street, I automatically assumed it would cost a fortune to enjoy the experience – but it’s actually free…you’re welcome🤗 😏

To get tickets, you do have to book at least 3 weeks in advance (yes 3 bloody weeks 😱), however, the experience is worth the wait. (side note: the tickets give you a maximum of 45 minutes up in the Sky Pod, but there’s no time restrictions once you’re up there)

The sky Garden offers great views of the London skyline, the perfect reason to snap a few hundred pics, an amazing bar and superbly rated restaurant that always seems to be booked up – so try and book it if you have the chance.

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The boyf and I decided to visit the Sky Garden at night, and booked our free tickets for 7:30pm. Our plan was to take pictures of the sun setting but it was a complete #FAIL the sunset at around 6:30pm.

When we first arrived we had to get all the boring stuff out the way, we queued, had our bags checked and searched and then we were allowed in the lift.

The lift took us all the way up to level 36, which really has nothing on the Burj Khalia, but once we got out, we were greeted by an incredible view.

We didn’t know what to do, so we headed straight to the bar. The Sky Pod Bar had a great vibe. At the time we visited the venue was dimly lit but situated in the middle was a beacon of beverages and plants on a bar that couldn’t be missed.

We put in our order – I ordered the Elegant Fizz a fruity concoction of elderflower, pear, lemon and prosecco (£12.50)- because I’m a lady and Earl ordered his usual – Old Mout Passion Fruit and Apple Cider (£5.75).

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The craftsmanship that goes into mixing each drink is simply amazing, I didn’t even get a picture because I was literally hypnotised just looking at the barman in awe.

After sipping on our drinks we decided to explore the ‘garden’ as it was getting very dark, very quickly – que lack of pictures lol.

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To be honest, the garden aspect of the Sky Garden, was disappointing. From the pictures I saw online, it looked like an enclosed yet open greenhouse, however, it wasn’t like that. It seemed like there were just a few pot plants scattered around lol.

That’s maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but there wasn’t much of any plants.
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As we continued to walk around the garden, we were faced with different beautiful views of the city, and it was truly breath-taking, quite romantic too!

As we made near full circle, we decided to go outside and get a few snaps. It was really the most awkward thing as everyone inside just watches you take selfies while they sip on champagne, but we did manage to get a few good pics, but whenever we go out we never get a good full length picture, so we ended up asking a girl to take a picture hoping for a good one lol -she didn’t do too badly.

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After endless pictures we decided to call it a night.

The Sky Garden wasn’t all that I thought it would be, in terms of the actual garden and forestry, but it was definitely an experience to remember. The different views of London made it an unforgettable experience.

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So, if you’re looking for a date night destination or even a place to drink with your pals this is a great venue to consider, especially as it’s free entry and the drinks are relatively affordable. Hopefully I’ll be visiting again soon!

Have you been to the Sky Garden? Recommend any other great venues?

 

 

 

Date Night at Mai Thai

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I’m not even gonna lie, it’s been a while since me and the babes had ‘date night’.

Sure we like to chill at home, put on a movie, Netflix, order in pizza, but in terms of going out, it really hasn’t been at the top of our agenda as both of our schedules have been busy and at the end of a long day at work, we both just want to chill.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit stagnant. Work, my blog, my next steps in my career – nothing seems to be going the way I want, so, I thought it would be a good idea to spend some quality time together, by ourselves, outside the house and just eat and talk.

Plus as it was just payday, we thought we deserved a little treat.

My boyfriend lives a few minutes away from Wimbledon, so we headed down there. It really is a good spot for finding nice spots, I swear there’s always something new when we go.

We actually planned to go Franco Manca but EVERY time we plan to go there’s always a bloody long line outside, like, is this just me?

Anyway, we ended up finding a small Thai place called Mai Thai, which is kinda ironic as on the same day I uploaded a throwback picture to Instagram, of me drinking a cocktail on Patong Beach  wishing someone, anyone, could just #takemeback

As soon as we entered Mai Thai it felt like we were back in Thailand, the decor was so oriental from the lamps, to the wooden furniture and even the waiter staff who greeted us in Thai – it was so cool because we knew how to greet them back!

The food was all kinds of yummy. and the price was even better  as we paid  £38 for everything, although we knew that we could have eaten the same thing in Thailand for about £10 but hey ho, it’s all about gaining new experiences and living in the moment right.

We ordered fishcakes and Prawn Tempura for starters, I had egg fried rice with prawn and cashew stir fry and Earl had Thai noodle couple with Pork. The food was nothing but amazing and so, so filling too!

I was really hoping for a Mai Thai cocktail but, unfortunately they don’t sell any, and I really didn’t want to chance it on a horrible rose so I stuck to lemonade and Earl had a Lemon Iced tea which had a cinnamon kick.

We had a good night, the food was so authentic, and I had great company, so I’ll definitely remember Mai Thai whenever I feel like escaping to Thailand again!

We’re on the hunt for some new places to visit in London, so if you have any bars, clubs, cafes etc in mind, send them over 🙂

See you on my next one x

 

5 Things You Absolutely Must Do In Dubai

This post is as late as ever, but as promised from my last post – Living the Dubai Life, I’m filling you in on the top 5 things you absolutely HAVE to do, when you holiday in Dubai.

I’m going to do this in order of how much I enjoyed each activity, which is kinda hard as everything was just so good, but yeah…without further ado…

1.The Burj Khalifa

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When I found out I was going to Dubai, I didn’t really know what touristy things they had to offer, apart from the world’s highest skyscraper – Burj Khalifa.

And after doing some research about it, it took top spot on my ‘things to do’ list.

I’ve never been to the Shard or anything like that, so I really wanted to experience something on that calibre, and why not do it from the best place in the world – the highest manmade structure?

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Obviously we had to do it big, so we went to the top – you can go half way, but what’s the point?

Each tour has about 30 people so, it’s quite intimate and a more personal experience. We were first taken into a sitting room and given arabian coffee (an interesting and acquired taste) as well as some dates which is a delicacy, before being taken up.

After a short walk we all got into a lift, which had moving graphics, explaining the pivotal moments in the making of the Burj Khalifa and after shooting to the top in just over one minute we reached the 148th level!

Once out the lift, we were greeted with refreshments and the amazing view.

Seeing the view yourself and viewing pictures are two completely different things.

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It actually doesn’t look that high but if you think we were hundred of metres above the Dubai’s already mesmerising skyscrapers – Trippy!

Honestly the Burj Khalifa was an experience I’ll never forget and was definitely the perfect end to the perfect trip.

2. Aquaventure Waterpark

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I didn’t want to go to this as I hate any form of rides – theme parks, waterparks, the lot.

I was coerced into going by the rest of my family as I was prepared to stay at the hotel to sunbathe the day away with a cocktail in hand, but how wrong I was.

This waterpark is SICK!

Connected to Dubai’s Atlantis Palm resort (this resort is amazing btw) Aquaventure has something for everyone, I loved the River Ride, where you grab a float and start a journey through the park, while going through torrents, slide and experiencing crazy waves – not something I anticipated before getting on but it was fun… until I didn’t know where to get off and ended up on it for 2 hours lol

But, you’d be proud of me! I went on Zoomerango – the scariest 10 seconds of my life.

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I didn’t catch many pictures but it was the funnies day. After losing my cousin, trying to find my family without any sandals in 50 degree heat (just picture me hot stepping please) and nearly passing out on Zoomerango it was definitely a day I’ll never forget.

3. Sand Dunes

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When someone says sand dunes, what do you think of?

I literally think of sand in a desert. Nothing else. So, I really dint understand how this could be a day trip out.

So, we were driven out to the desert (obvs) and left there for about 30 minutes – so, so dodgy.

We got into these 4×4’s and off we went. At this point I had no idea where we were going as nothing could be seen in the distance.

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The driver turned up his tunes and started speeding over these dunes like a mad man. I literally thought I was going to die it was crazy, but fun.

After about 10 minutes of feeling like I was an inch away from death, we got to a camp, where there were camels to ride on, quad biking, and a moroccan seating area.

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Later on, once more guests arrive, a belly dancing a fire show is put on and we sat down for a meal – great for experiencing the emirate culture and food!

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4. Al Karama

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If you love big brands, but don’t wana pay big prices, taking a trip to Al Karama is what you need to do!

It is the most suspect looking area, because there’s nothing there apart from a few dead end shops. However, once you go inside and ask to see their high end bags etc, suddenly a wall opens up and there’s another shop beyond the shop.

If anything, the experience alone was just funny because you just wouldn’t imagine, but according to some close sources of mine (I’ve got sources honey!), apparently Serena Williams has beens potted shopping here, so if it’s good enough for this babe, it’s good enough for me.

5.Aquarium

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I’m sure everyone has been to an aquarium in their life but there’s something about Dubai’s aquarium that makes everything look amazing and as if you’re experiencing seeing a fish for the first time.

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There are a few aquariums dotted around, and our plan was to go to the Aquarium in Atlantis Palm Resort, however, on our first trip to Dubai Mall, we thought we’d just go to the one there.

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I ended up taking my little cousin in and we had a great time. Spread across 3 floors, you really get to experience new species and humungous sharks etc and it ends with a aqua zoo, which was quite cool.

 

Have you been to Dubai? What other attractions would you recommend? 

 

Advice for my Undergrad Self

Hey guys!

It’s a new week and I’m back with a slightly different post.

With exam results day nearing in the UK for high school and college students, and many of my close friends having graduated- it got me thinking back to when I was going through it all myself.

I wanted do a post about the most important purchases and advice for prospective undergrads. I was inspired by Casper, a company that makes cool memory foam mattresses, and while I have not had to buy a new mattress, I thought this would be a fun post, as well as a great chance to reflect, so here goes…

Top Purchases

From a young age, I was always excited to move out my parents house and start living for myself – sometimes I really have to ask myself why I was so excited to grow up so quickly smh. With this is mind, I decided to pick the furthest university I could and moved to Lincolnshire *yikes*

I was so ecstatic to have a place of my own (more like a room of my own), and dreamt of doing up my room and all that stuff, but when I actually arrived in my dorm, it was reminiscent of a prison cell (bare in mind I’ve never been to prison lol).

Looking back I would get these things for myself;
-Pillows, loads of pillows! They can transform a dreary room into a homely haven in an instant.
– Nice soft bedsheets. As they say there’s nothing more satisfying then going to bed after a hard day at uni in fresh sheets
– A rug. It’s amazing what a nice rug can do for a room
– Posters/Pictures. Banish homesickness with familiarity, seeing friendly faces, despite being miles away always helps.
– Plants! A nice way to breathe life into a small room
– Fairy Lights.
– Plates, cups and mugs. For all those cheap student meals!
– Full length mirror. For all those #OOTD selfies for Instagram

These little things really made a difference to my room, and while it may not seem like a lot, they can make your room feel like a home away from home – especially if you live in dorms! It’s horrible when your housemates destroy the kitchen, but it’s nice to know that you can always escape to a clean room.

Also, once you’ve finished, you can always take these back home with you and save for when you’re ready to move into your very own apartment!

Things I’ve Learned

After spending 3 years studying in Lincoln, I learned a few things…

– It’s OK to be yourself. As much as you may want to fit in with the cool kids in the dorm, authenticity, never goes out of style. You’ll thank yourself  for remaining true to yourself later in life.
– Work hard, party harder. As much as I used to pretend that I was doing the ‘right’ thing and studying my socks off, university is a social playing ground, so play the field, just remember to pass your modules.
– Just go for it! You’re independent.
– Your housemates will get on your nerves but you WILL look back and class your university years as the ‘good old days’
– When graduation day comes, you’ll realise it was ALL worth it

Life Advice

Once you’ve graduated from university, you’d have learnt a lot of things you’ll carry with you forever…

– Experience is everything. After graduation, you’re officially a graduate and you’ll likely be looking for a job. Hopefully throughout university, you’d have completed placements and internships. The more experience you get in education, the more likely you’ll land your ‘dream’ job
– No one will hand you anything. Being proactive is everything. If you’ve got a passion you want to turn into a career, do everything in your power to make it happen yourself.
– Stay on track. Nothing worth having comes easy. It’s all about time and pressure (peep the shawshank reference lol) so keep doing you boo.

Do you have any undergraduate advice for yourself or others?

 

 

 

Monthly Favourites: JULY

Why is the year moving so quickly? Am I the only one feeling that if I blink twice it’ll be Christmas?

With that being said, let’s not waste any time and jump straight into my July favourites!

Throughout the month of July, I’ve been loving a mixture of things, I didn’t really overly indulge this month but, when I find something I love, I will use it to its death, so the first thing on my list has to be…

1.Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

Since purchasing the Benefit brow in late June (have you read my review yet?), the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil, has been my go-to eyebrow pencil! I absolutely love it. I would go as far to say that’s it the best eyebrow pencil I’ve ever bought and there have been many!👀 😅

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It just gives me the perfect brow every time, with its thin, precise tip and creamy formula, and I totally prefer it to Benefits Goof Proof Pencil.

The packaging is absolutely lush too. The only thing I would say, is that it needs to have more product *sobs into tissue* as mine ran out yesterday 😭

2. Spotify 🎧

I’ve been signed up to spotify for about a year now, but it’s only since I started driving to work (I spend about 10 hours a week in my car), that I’ve fully appreciated this app on my phone – it has every song possible -EXCEPT Statik Selektah Look of Love – like –  where can I track down this bomb ass playlist? If you know, let me know, cos I need it my life!

These are my fave playlists at the moment.

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I have to listen to something gangsta in the morning, then on the way home, maybe some chilled vibes with the soul queen – Jill Scott.

What playlists would you recommend on spotify?

3. Topshop sandals

I wasn’t meant to actually buy sandals but, as I’m such a clever clogs and decided to wear wedges into London (I mean, who actually does that) for the Blogger Hangout event my feet needed some comfort, as they were burning from all the walking, so I stopped in Topshop and found these.

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No word of a lie, these are THE best sandals I have ever bought. Genuine leather sandals for £28… it’s a bloody bargain! You know when you normally get a pair of shoes and you have to break them in, yeah… I didn’t have to do that with these.

As you can see from their sorry state, I practically live in them – I really should invest in another pair, but I love the simplicity of the design and the fact that they wrap around the ankle-which is kind of ‘in’ at the moment.

4. Pandora Sykes

I read a lot of blogs but if you’ve never heard of Pandora Sykes, please get to know. Her writing style is just amazing and in all honesty she possesses a writing style I would love to have. She discusses some great topics on her blog, and her sense of style is just ugghhhh 🙌 – check out her blog!

5. everydayisblackfriday.co.uk

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I cannot remember the last time I bought something online, without searching for a discount code.

Call me cheap, but, there really are too many savings to be had!

Everydayisblackfriday.co.uk is a website that works slightly differently. It tracks down the best deals and discount codes for you, so all you have to do is search for the item you want and buy it at a discounted rate.

They’ve got so many brands on their website, that it’s really is worth checking here first, to see if you can get it cheaper, than buying straight from the source.

As I shop a lot at ASOS, I really loved that everydayisblackfriday.co.uk post when there are discount codes that can be used on ASOS too – so f you’re like me and always looking for a good bargain, make sure you bookmark this page!

6. Harry Potter

Eeek! This is where my inner nerd comes out! 👓 ⚡️

Harry Potter came out this month, how could this not be one of my faves?

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Anyone else finished the book?

7. Tea Tree Treats

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If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me tweet about my enlarged pores -such a nuisance. But after watching Tasha Green rave about her Tea Tree oil, I thought I’d hit up The Body Shop and treat myself.

I initially only wanted the Tea Tree Oil which was £12, but I then saw a deal with a bundle of Tea Tree Oil products for £20 so obviously went for that.

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I love that the products deep clean pores and leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and refreshed with a light tingle – am I the only one who likes this sensation?

I’ve always reacted well towards Tea Tree oil so, I’m exciting to start using these long term to see how my skin improves, but already, I’ve seen my pores reduce in size, which is always a good thing!

So, there you have it, my July favourites! Have you got anything you would absolutely recommend trying? 

See you on my next post x