OH HELLO ENGLAND, we meet again.

After 6 absolutely INCREDIBLE months travelling around the world… I am back to reality.

Now, the initial novelty of getting back home, seeing all my friends and family and having a good old fashioned “knees up” is beginning to wear off. My sun-kissed skin is getting less sun-kissed by the day and as I am temporarily without car, I am beginning to get slight cabin fever. Coming back from travelling the world and having adventures every single day is quite strange really. I feel as though so much has happened during my travels – I’ve met so many people and done so many crazy things – but now I am back home I feel like no time has passed.

So, during my time away I visited 8 amazing countries, each offering something unique to my experience. Despite that, I feel like I still haven’t even scratched the surface and am already beginning to get itchy feet for another trip. The countries I visited are as follows: Canada, America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia (Bali), The Philippines and Thailand.

My favourite country and new home away from home is the GORGEOUS Fiji. (I’m currently plotting how I can move there permanently and unfortunately it is not as straight forward as I’d have hoped!) Before I went away I thought beaches like that only existed in my dreams… but no. It is a real-life paradise offering island life at it’s absolute best. As a backpacker, island hopping in Fiji is fairly easy and best left unplanned and spontaneous in my opinion. Initially staying at Bamboo hostel on the mainland in Nadi, fairly near to the airport, I planned my trip to visit a couple of the islands through my hostel and it turned out to be super cheap and easy! The people in Fiji are also unbelievably friendly and will go out of their way to help you and make sure you feel right at home – which I definitely did!

I shall document more stories of my travels now that I am back at home, trying to re-live every single bit! Now here is a photo of a beach in Fiji for some #wanderlust inspo!

Peace and love and all the beaches x

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A lovely little lust list

Sorry for not having blogged in a little while, I have been moving home from University in preparation for the real world… well as much as you can class living with my parents “the real world”. But still. I have got a new job lined up as a Marketing Co-ordinator, which I will start on the 15th of July, but until then, I am very much penny-less and lusting over things that I just cannot afford. So, I decided to write a short post on certain things that I’d be spending my money on right now if I wasn’t so poor!
1. camera-4-640x430 (Image by beautyandrags.co.uk) What I wouldn’t do to have one of these beauties in my life. I want to be part of the Olympus PEN generation! I give it two months at work until I cave and treat myself to this camera. Did I say two months? I meant two weeks.
2. bumbag(Image by merrimaking.co.uk) Have you ever seen a happier looking bumbag? I don’t think you have… This is the cutest looking thing and I feel like I need it in my life for festival fun. Found this on Lazy Oaf’s website… absolutely love Lazy Oaf at the moment. I think because it’s summer I want all of my clothes to look fun and crazy… all the time. After getting the image from Merrimaking.co.uk, I then discovered Merrimaking… which lead me on to my next lust item…
3. Disco-product_Merrimaking(Image by Merrimaking.co.uk) The DISCO sweatshirt. I love this. I love disco. That is all. I advise any festival lovers to check out Merrimaking if you haven’t heard of them! Bound to cheer up a drizzly Monday.
4. 5560435980795_046_b (Image by Urban Outfitters.com) In my head I’m imagining a barbecue on a terrace, corks popping, drinks flowing, summer tunes breezing through my (imaginary) swanky flat… You feeling it too? Absolutely love this record player from Urban Outfitters… Now I’ve just got to get my own place and matching furniture and everything… No biggie.
5. 811XBaEo4EL._SL1500_(Image by Amazon. com) Now my final thing is a little bit of a cheat as my Mum (who I am currently living with) did actually buy one of these so I do have daily access to one. But this means I know how great it is… and it’s pretty great! I love just throwing in healthy ingredients and making all sorts of crazy looking blends. Man, I’m so wild. But healthiness is the first step to happiness! Or something like that…

Hope you all enjoyed my lust-list and it gives you some summer inspo for spending your money… if you didn’t have enough already!

Peace love and lust-lists xxx

10 reasons that you cannot replace chocolate

Lately, I’ve been doing some clean eating and don’t get me wrong, have been enjoying it. However, after countless efforts of attempting to make a healthy chocolate moose, I am just not convinced that anything will be quite as satisfying as the real thing… So here are my ten reasons why to eat chocolate!

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(Images taken from cocoa hearts.co.uk and inter flora.com)

1. Chocolate has always been there for you. A break up, a bad day, you name it – chocolate has always been your friend in times of need, and always will be. 

2. A chocolate moose that is made with predominantly banana… will taste like banana. Tried and tested. 

3. Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, which makes you happy. Everyone needs a bit of happiness in their lives. 

4. At Thorntons, you can buy a shot of melted chocolate. There is nothing in the world that could ever replace that. You do know that.

5. Dark chocolate is good for you and contains antioxidants… 
If you’re already eating dark chocolate, you might as well eat all chocolate.

6. There is probably as many articles online claiming chocolate is good for you as there are claiming that it isn’t. That’s the beauty of the internet. 

7. You can’t get a “bad bar of chocolate” like you can get a “bad plate of food” or a “bad apple”

8. Because chocolate fountains exist. Valid reason. 

9. Everyone is secretly jealous of you when you are eating a bar of chocolate.

10. Chocolate isn’t judgemental. 

Will you ever question chocolate again? I hope not.

Peace and love and chocolate x

Happy Healthy New Year! 2015 is the year!

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Firstly… Happy new year everyone!

I am very sorry to have not blogged in a while, I’ve been very busy over the festive period, but I hope you all had wonderful times!

This is just a simple blog post to tell you all, that 2015 is our year! 🙂
I’m expecting great things from this year and I hope everyone else feels the same – I just have a good feeling about it!

My plans for 2015 are:
To finish University – I will have an actual degree! 
To go travelling – time to explore the world a bit!
To look after myself more – eating better, exercising more etc. (OK, everyone says it, but I mean it!)
To learn how to do more things, become less lazy and more happy!

As you can see by my pictures, I’ve been investing a bit of time in to eating healthily… I even taught myself to make poach eggs today!

So lets smash 2015! 🙂

Peace, love and happiness for a new year
x

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Make it a happy Monday…

Ohh it’s Monday… again. 

As today is not many peoples’ favourite day and it is definitely not my favourite day, I thought I’d do a little post with a few things that are improving my day so far. If you are having a terrible day, maybe you should give one or two a go…

  • Listen to some reggae – literally, it transports me. I don’t know how, but it makes me feel so much happier. Close your eyes and pretend you are on a beach… DON’T look out the window, this will not help!
  • Go for a run/go to the gym – Get rid of anxiety, tension and stress and just run it all out… Even if you don’t want to, you will feel so much calmer afterwards.
  • Never underestimate the power of a CUP OF TEA. Take a minute, pause for thought, and put the kettle on… Take a break and relax. It solves everything.

If these don’t work… go to sleep ASAP, wake up and it’ll be Tuesday!

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Peace and love and de-stressing

x

Spread the joy of the wide brim…

Wide brimmed hats are everywhere in high street stores right now. 

I am a huge fan of this trend – I think the right hat can always add a little sophistication and bring an outfit together. I currently own a black fedora hat from Topshop, which I absolutely love because it always makes me feel a bit more glam on a “not-so-glam” kind of day….

But lately I have been oh so very tempted to cheat on my beautiful fedora (which I rocked for most of summer) for something just that little bit more elegant looking. During a sneaky browse of Topshop, I fell in love with a wide brimmed floppy felt hat in Burgundy. This piece of gorgeous would have, however, cost me £28… and as a very poor student currently, I had to swiftly take myself out of the shop and drive myself home immediately.

After this shopping (no, actually BROWSING) trip, the only way to ease the pain of not purchasing this item was to blog about beautiful hats – hence the gushy hat blog post! If you want to lust over some wide brims looking beautiful on beautiful people, then I highly recommend checking out the Free People blog – one of my favourite places to look at beautiful things.

Free People hat Photo taken from the Free People Blog

Peace and Love and Hats

x

Don’t worry, be happy!

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Firstly, sorry about my lack of blogging over the past six weeks… I have been off frolicking at festivals, which you may have gathered from previous posts and enjoying my final summer before my final year at University.

I have been finding that a lot of the time recently when people ask what I’m studying at University, they always go on to ask about what I plan to do afterwards. And for someone who has always struggled with the reality that one day I will have to choose an actual career path for myself, I find this very difficult to answer.

However worrying about the future will not help, so this blog post is aimed to give worriers (like myself) a bit of a boost and 3 reasons why we shouldn’t be worrying about the big old scary future…

It’s scientifically proven that worrying has negative effects on your health

Worrying is perfectly natural, however if a person worries too much, it can have negative effects on their lifestyle. People who worry too much will usually pick up negative habits such as over-eating, eating less, smoking etc. These habits will all have negative effects on your health and can be hard to kick!

Career worriers – On average, a person has 3/4 career changes in a lifetime

Worrying about a career is pointless. If you aren’t happy, change it. Don’t see jobs/qualifications as pointless, despite how little you may be enjoying them – everything is a learning curve and a stepping stone. You will be stepping closer to a job you enjoy each time you find one you don’t.

Life is a journey and you cannot control the future

Although you may wish you could, it is impossible for us to control what will happen next. Some people may seem like they have it easy and fall in to their dream job with minimal effort. This does not happen to everyone. You never know when you may get a lucky break or an amazing opportunity, so don’t worry if at the moment you feel as if you are bumbling along. If you get offered an opportunity, take it and be sure to enjoy whatever life throws at you!

Peace and love and no more worries

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