Posted on March 30, 2016
Iceland, the land of fire and ice. I can solely confirm that this nickname is very fitting and the contrast between them is remarkable. During February, I was fortunate enough to visit Iceland as part of a GCSE Geography trip, the trip was focused on our recent topic on glaciation. The country is so beautiful and by far the most picturesque place I have visited on the Earth to date.
We flew with Iceland Air and they were by far the best airline I have flown with, even in economy and this is coming from someone who has flown business class Swiss air. The aircraft we flew on was a Boeing 757-300 for all you plane enthusiasts out there like me! The cabin was mood lit with the colours of the Northern Lights with got us all excited for our trip, all the cabin crew were so nice and free drinks were available which is not common on airlines nowadays. On arrival in Iceland, we headed straight for the Blue Lagoon which was such an amazing experience, the sensation of having a warm body yet a cold head was actually really soothing. My skin also felt amazing after the silica masks which are provided. We were all very glad to be relaxed in the lagoon after a long day of traveling. We headed to our accommodation in the evening and went for a walk along the bay which was amazing albeit a little cold. Reykjavik is one of the weirdest places I have been to purely for the fact that it is the capital of Iceland yet is so sparsely populated it feels like a rural village, only the infrastructure hints at the fact that it is indeed the capital city. The next few days consisted of waterfalls, volcanoes and of course geysers,some of the best the world has to offer. One thing that certainly stood out for me was the black sand beach that we had the privilege to visit. The waves were so tall and brutal that the coastline was cordoned off and guarded by police due to the sheer force of the waves and the fact that someone had recently died on the beach. The waves originate in the Arctic circle and you can certainly tell from their height and force. Our second and third night in Iceland was spent in a Southern town named Vik, the hotel we stayed in was very Icelandic in its looks as it was a series of log cabins which made the whole vibe of Iceland for me! In addition, Vik is very rural and has little light pollution compared to Reykjavik so was the perfect place to see the Northern lights and we were fortunate to catch a glimpse of them, although it was only faint and didn’t last particularly long but still its better than everything visible in the UK.
It was only right that during my stay, I participated in tasting the local delicacy which was a yoghurt called Skyr, it was the most delicious yoghurt I have ever tasted. Our tour guide described it as an adult petit filous which was the most accurate description. Arla do make their own version which I tried when I got home but it doesn’t compare to the real deal. Waitrose do now stock the yoghurt fortunately, however when I went to my local store (which is 40 mins away) they didn’t have any!
Iceland is the most amazing place on the planet that I have had the oppurtunity to visit and you can bet that I will be back again soon!
Posted on March 30, 2016
Olivia Burton Watch
In the past few months I have been on the lookout for new watch as the one I currently had was on its last legs and eventually the strapped snapped and I had had enough. After hours surfing Pinterest for affordable yet cute watches to buy, I discovered the brand Olivia Burton which is based in London and create some of the most beautiful watches at still affordable (ish) prices. I was desperate to buy one but just couldn’t bring myself to spend in the region of £75 for a watch. I continued to put it off until I saw the most beautiful watch in Selfridges and I just had to have it. The lady put it on my wrist I looked at my best friend and I knew I had to buy it. I know it sounds soppy but I ADORE this watch and I never want to take it off. Its just so comfortable and classy and the same time and it goes with everything which is even better. The face has a beautiful cherry blossom kind of print with birds, the name of the pattern is actually blossom birds which is very fitting. The watch itself is rose gold and has a grey strap which makes it look so elegant. The watch was fairly expensive it cost £80, however there are others from Olivia Burton that do cost around £70. I purchased mine from Selfridges as I mentioned earlier, however I am led to believe that they are also available in Topshop and possibly Amazon but I’m not 100% sure. The watch was very well boxed as you will be able to see in the photos below, and it also comes with a 12 month warranty. Overall this watch is so pretty and well worth the high price tag and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Posted on March 20, 2016
Kate Spade Bag
Hello, my name is Ellie and I’m a Kate Spade addict. I’m not afraid to say it, in fact I’m glad to admit it. Todays post is going to be about the newest addition to my collection and how I shopped around to get the best deals. My bag is this black kind of texturised handbag which 3 large compartments which are handy for getting all of my important things in. I am actually not sure of what the style name of my bag is, I will attach some photos of it for you to see and if you do know the name please do let me know in the comments below this post.
I recently purchased this bag and I felt so happy when I had finally bought it for myself as I had been working hard to be able to buy a nice designer bag for myself and I came across this one and instantly fell in love with it.
The retail price of this was £360 however I was able to snag a bargain on this one as I purchased it from TK Maxx and got it for only £150 which I personally think is quite reasonable for the bag it is and the sturdy qualities it has about it. TK Maxx don’t currently have any Kate Spade products available for purchase on their website but if you are able to pop in to your local store it is quite possible that you will be able to find one. If you aren’t in need of a bag or don’t wish to splurge on a bag, a purse may be a good other alternative as they are still practical and long wearing and in TK Maxx they are priced at a meagre £70, which is again another bargain.
If Kate Spade isn’t your thing I do recommend going to TK Maxx as they do often stock other brand such as Micheal Kors and also Marc Jacobs alongside Tommy Hilfiger. When thinking about purchasing a product from TK Maxx I would say that it is important to check if there is anywhere else that you may be able to find the product cheaper and if not then buy it because it is unlikely that they will get that product back in stock again for a while if at all. So if you like it buy it!
Updated on December 24, 2015
So, recently I purchased a new pair of straighteners from the brand NuMe. I had heard of this brand before but was yet to try their products. When Ingrid Nilsen released a new video on her channel which included a coupon code for these straighteners I grasped the opportunity with both hands and decided to treat myself to a new pair using the coupon, which by the way was an amazing discount. It allowed me to buy these straighteners for only $17 where as they usually retail at somewhere around $139 ish (tbh I can’t remember exactly).
As I live in the UK I did end up paying around $12 for shipping and $5 for tax so overall it didn’t even come close to the price I could have paid for a decent pair of straighteners in the UK. So your can’t really argue.
The straighteners did take about 10 business days to arrive which did worry me slightly as I had anticipated them arriving on my doorstep within 5-7 business days but the company did reassure me that this was completely normal. I was given a tracking number but was only able to view where my package was while it was still in the USA. But hey ho it was worth the wait in the end.
So on to the actual product, the straighteners look premium when they come out of the package, I ordered them in black and they look just like GHDs. In the package a heatproof drawstring bag was also included which makes them easy to transport and pack in a suitcase. They also included a plug adapter which was very helpful because I had completely forgotten that I was likely to need that. The product its self has a wide temperature range which means that anyone with any thickness of hair will be able to use the straighteners in any way they want to.
Updated on November 8, 2015
As you can probably tell from my previous posts, skincare is a large part of my life! So getting the perfect routine is essential for me to look my best. Recently, I was sent some products from InstaNatural which is a brand specialising in natural alternatives to regular skincare products all of the products look so premium yet very affordable.
One of the products I was sent was the InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask. In the past, I have used quite a few face masks and I always ended up going back to the proactive skincare mask but that is nothing compared to this mud mask. It recommends that you only use it once per week, because it is so nourishing to you face and leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth which is the most desirable effect from a mud mask. I may be the only one but I prefer it when a face mask makes your face tingle which for me shows its working!
The product comes in a large tub which tends to be quite rare for products of this price, making it worth every penny. The pot is plastic and the colour scheme is beautiful again making the product feel much more premium. The actual mask is of a thick consistency and it is a grey colour.
I really like this product and how the majority of the ingredients that go in to making the product are natural, you can purchase this Dead Sea Mud Mask from InstaNatural on amazon at a really reasonable price!!
Although I received this product for free all of the opinions are my own!!!
Updated on November 8, 2015
In an attempt to be more organised, I decided to try out a Pinterest method of making a dry- wipe day planner which has kept me so much more organised and its cheap to make and you can customise it to make it fit your room decor.
Below is a photo method on how I made this planner:
This is so useful and I hope it works for you too, if you try this out be sure to send me a photo on Instagram or Twitter.
Posted on November 8, 2015
So for today’s post, I am going to be reviewing the Insta Natural Skin Clearing Spot Treatment. I had never heard of these products before until I got the chance to review them, but I am so glad that I found out about these products as they have definitely changed the way I go about my skin care routine.
This treatment, is a nearly all natural product that contains salicylic acid, which does wonders to my skin as an effective spot treatment. The product information doesn’t actually specify how often to apply the treatment, so I experimented with it and found that it works best when used twice a day, so I use it once in the morning after I have cleaned my face with a Simple Foaming Face Cleanser and again in the evening.
The bottle advises to dip a cotton bud into the treatment and apply straight to where your spots are, the treatment drys out the spots so quickly and shrinks the appearance of spots from the first use which I have never found with any other face treatment before which makes it ideal. I have particularly bad skin and I have to take anti-biotics for my skin which lessens the amount of spots I have. InstaNatural’s treatment make the spots I do have far less noticeable and it relieves the pressure.
The packaging make the product seem very premium, and the blue glass gives an image of sophistication and it fits perfectly in to a makeup bag or to be left on your bathroom side because of its small compact bottle. Attached below is a picture of what the product looks like.
I did receive this product for free but all of the opinions are my own!
Posted on October 28, 2015
London is the biggest city in the UK and for me the most exciting. There is nothing better than a large shopping expedition in London mooching around all the designer shops pretending as if you can afford to buy the majority of the shop when in actual fact you can barely even afford to buy a piece of paper with their logo on, but hey ho it is good fun.
Its safe to say I bought some lovely things and had a great time too! Here are some pictures from our trip and some images of the things I purchased:
Posted on October 26, 2015
Today, we have been travelling for about 4-5 hours in the car and the traffic was awful. So I was really proud of myself when it had dawned upon me that I was actually comfortable which is never the case for me in long car rides. The outfit I wore was perfectly comfortable but didn’t seem like I hadn’t bothered to get dressed.
This outfit was so cheap to put together as the majority of the items were bought from budget stores which makes this perfect for travelling!
Updated on October 25, 2015
In this post I will give you all the essential ingredients and cooking temperatures you will need to make these crackers. They are a great healthy snack that will fill you up for longer and work perfectly with Philadelphia or Humous. If you try them make sure to send me a photo.
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 steel cut oats
- 2 table spoons flax seed/ linseed
- 1/4 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoon virgin olive oil
To make the crackers, you need to add all of the ingredients into a metal bowl. I prefer to add all of the dry ingredients first and then the wet ingredient however this doesn’t alter the taste.
Next leave the mixture for 30 minutes for the chia seeds to absorb, then roll out onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 150c for around 40-60 minutes or until dried out.
Once baked let the crackers sit for a few minutes before serving and store in an air tight container.
Check out the video I have made on this: