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Monday, 30 May 2016

PHOTO DIARY: WEEKEND AWAY WITH FRIENDS







Last weekend my friends & I hired out a cottage for a couple of nights just to get away. We had the best time ever at Meiklebob Cottages in Dalbeattie and would 100% recommend it to anyone. The facilities, people and overall atmosphere was amazing!


Follow my photo diary of the weekend:











































Saturday, 28 May 2016

TIPS ON HOW TO PACK: WEEKEND EDITION



It should really be documented somewhere that the world's hardest task is trying to pinpoint a date when 10 people are free at the same time. Seriously, it's unbelievably challenging to find a date that suits everyone.

But sometimes miracles happen, dreams come true and all your wishes are granted. Yup, because it happened. 9 of my closest friends and I found a date. Ok, so there were meant to be more than 10 and a few couldn't make it through work etc etc, but I think 10 people agreeing to actively do something is an achievement.

AND I AM SO BLOODY EXCITED.

(This post is scheduled to go up after I've been away, because organisation is bae, but I wanted to give you guys a look into what I'm packing before I go!)

We've booked a cottage for a weekend away in Dumfries which include a HOT-TUB. I feel like I will have made it in life when I'm chilling in it, with a glass of prosecco in my hand. And I honestly can't wait to have a few days away with some of the best people in my life.

However, it is still in Scotland so we can never be sure what they weather will actually be like, so I've tried to pack for all weather types (including my swimming costume which isn't pictured because it's in the wash...inconvenient).




Essentials





This part of my weekend away bag (which I'm still yet to choose tbh....I'm trying to find something that resembles a chanel bag, but is actually the real-life Tardis inside so Blair won't shout at me for packing 7 pairs of shoes) is for all the bits and pieces that I'm likely to forget. 

I'm hoping to get some good pictures for my blog while I'm away, so my camera is essential to capture these moments! I'm unsure whether to take my polaroid (however, this means I'll need to buy more film roll- and LOL that could be money for wine) or my DSLR. I'll decide neither the time, but whichever I decide on, I'm definitely taking one to get some good group photos. 

(MAYBE I SHOULD PACK A SELFIE STICK?!?)

I've also included some dvds - romcoms obvz- incase it rains the whole weekend and we want something to watch on Saturday night. I doubt the guys will be up for these types of movies, but unless they decide to bring any of their own, I get to decide I think. Only fair. 

My sunglasses are getting packed (with a case to prevent any damages!) so I'm prepared if the sun decides to shine....or if my hangover is so bad I need something to hide behind. My phone charger is included because a gal can't go an hour without scrolling instagram, along with my really cute cup which has a motto on it that I feel will describe the entire weekend.








Toiletries





I've tried to keep my make up to a minimum, and have managed to pack all my brushes and cosmetics into one bag. I've included a primer, foundation, blusher, mascara, a lipstick and a brow gel- which for me, is pretty good. I'm usually the type of person who will pack 5 lipsticks 'just incase' (incase of what though I don't know).

Dry shampoo (OF COURSE!) is a must for any weekend away. We leave on the Friday and come home on the Sunday, and I'm pretty lucky with my hair. Because it is quite thick- and also down to the fact it's bleached- I don't need to wash it a lot. So if I wash it on the day we'll leave I'll get the full weekend out of it. I'm packing some dry shampoo just incase it greasy from the hot tub though. I think I'll leave my straighteners/curlers at home as I doubt we'll be going anywhere fancy, and I can just tie it up if I feel like it's too messy. My tangle teezer will also help with this- it is a god send for any tugs in your hair!

I'm packing my micellar water and cotton pads to take my make up off and to cleanse my face, and also some Soap and Glory shower gel to stay smelling fresh! I'm not sure whether we get towels or not, so I'll need to remember to pack one of those too.









Casual Outfit





*FLAT LAY ALERT*

(Mainly down to the fact I was still in my pyjamas when I was taking the pictures and couldn't be bothered to try anything on)

I'm keeping it simple the first day with wearing black skinny jeans, a white roll neck and a cosy jacket. The colours look a little boring but I'm teaming it with a fringed bag and some gold accessories. I think this will be perfect for day 1 as we're only travelling down and having some dinner- I wanted something I was going to be comfortable in.

Since there are 10 of us going, we have to take 3 cars & I've offered to drive and I've decided to wear my trainers, which are probably the best option. I'll wear these again if we decide to go any walks to explore the area.







Fancy Outfit 





While it is far from 'ballgown' fancy, it's a little more dressy than my last outfit. I've packed a nicer top for day 2 as we're all going to go out for something to eat. 

I've worn this top many times before but I know it is easy to style and I just love the print on it. Wearing the same watch and bag as before, I'm going to add some lace up flat shoes just to jazz things up a bit, along with my gold hooped earrings.






Thursday, 26 May 2016

ASOS: THE HOLIDAY EDITION



Good morning!

As I mentioned before (over on this post if you didn't catch it!) I've booked a girls holiday to Alicante for the end of next month. And although I probably have everything I need for it already....I just can't help myself. I've had a look on Asos and there is just so much on offer at the moment! I absolutely love anything bardot/cold-shouldered style and everything just looks so fresh & summery.

My faves on this list are the black dress, jewelled sandals and the stripe beach bag- I just feel like I'd get a lot of wear out each of them and love the style!
























What are your favourites on my ASOS wishlist?


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

HOLIDAY: WHAT IS IN MY HAND LUGGAGE




I'm really sorry if you don't have any summer holidays planned because my next few posts are all about holidays and how excited I am and what exactly I'm gonna wear and pack. So sucks to be you I guess, if you're reading this and don't have anything booked. 

(If you are one of those unfortunate souls, I urge you to steal the nearest credit card you can find and just book one, because YOLO and all that.)

So for when you do commit fraud, here is an insight into what I take on the plane with me. I tend to keep things minimal as no one wants the entire content of their handbag laid out at airport security. Let's be real here, taking your shoes off to go through the body scanner is enough trauma without the possibility of someone sifting through your toiletries bag on top of that.

Obviously I haven't included the basics like passport, money, travel insurance and boarding cards etc- because if you forget them you're obviously not excited enough to go on the holiday and should therefore donate it to someone who will overly ecstatic at the thought of going (aka mwah).





Making sure that everything is neatly packed in my bag is essential any possible stress at an airport is enough to put anyone off booking a holiday. Seriously, my family have nearly called the whole thing off one time when my mum couldn't find our boarding cards. Thankfully they were at the bottom of her bag, but my heart did stop for about 3 minutes when I thought my holiday to Tenerife was in jeopardy. No joke.

Here, everything is neatly stacked and has it's own place within my bag (hello, Monica Gellar). This means I know where anything else- especially my purse when the air hostess comes round with the drinks trolley.






Although I like to keep things down to a minimal when packing my carry on, I find it's essential to include things for me to do on the plane. This year I'm taking my colouring book and pens, and a really good book to keep me occupied when there are screaming babies next to me (please tell me this doesn't just happen to me every time I go on a plane?!). 

I find colouring in so relaxing, and while I don't mind flying, it's not my favourite thing in the world. The minute we hit any turbulence or we start descending (I get really sore ears) I start to panic a little bit. So, I'm hoping that this will keep me calm and distracted for any scary things that happen- like if there is something wrong with the left phalange.







Of course all mobile phones have to be on airplane mode when flying, so I'm going to create a great playlist on Spotify and download it to my phone so I don't need internet to use it. Or even a podcast would be good! My boyfriend listens to a lot of different ones, so I might see if he has any good recommendations.

Anything that can keep you occupied during a flight should 100% make its way into your hand luggage. There is nothing worse than sitting for hours on end being bored out your face. (Well, I guess you could get drunk...but it's so expensive on an airplane and they only give you miniatures *sob*)

Sunglasses are an absolute must in my opinion too. Yes, you probably won't need them going to the airport, but depending on where you're flying too (or depending how puffy your eyes are from the lack of sleep and all the air conditioning on the plane) you'll defos need them at the other end. Pop them into your bag so you're not left squinting when you get off.

Plus you'll look all Khloe-K like.






I knew there was something I forgot to include: tissues (because the airplane air con always makes your nose run)

I always make sure I pack my camera too- yes, this could go in your suitcase- because it's nice to document your holiday from start to finish. You might get some cute selfies at the airport too, after trying on every make up item that MAC sells. A spray/perfume is also essential as no one wants to be walking around all smelly.






What do you pack in your hand luggage?

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