Friday, 30 January 2015

Top 6 Amazing Selfie Locations | Lifestyle

Over the past few years, the selfie craze has really taken off, with the vast majority of us addicted to taking selfies.

Any unique, fun or intriguing location, calls for a selfie stick and a cheeky selfie - restaurants, parks and hotels have all become prime selfie spots. But, of all the places on the planet, where are the best locations for taking selfies?

To help you find the best locations in the world for selfies, we have put together a guide to the top 10 amazing selfie locations. To find out more, keep reading below:

1. Trolltunga, Norway (Troll’s Tongue)

Trolltunga in Norway is a rock formation that would most probably be any thrill seekers dream. The Troll’s Tongue, as it is known locally, was created when water from a glacier froze and caused part of the mountain to break away.

To keep the location as beautiful and natural as possible, safety barriers have never been erected, so you are free to trek it and take selfies to your heart's content. Just make sure to be careful and stick to the footpath and be careful.

2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls, located in Africa, borders both Zimbabwe and Zambia is an amazing location for photography and selfies. The Victoria Falls waterfall is twice as long as Niagara Falls.

As well as being one of the most beautiful locations for taking a selfie, Victoria Falls is also the perfect location for bungee jumping, diving and cliff swinging. Or, if you’re brave enough, taking cliff edge selfies with friends.


One of the most fun locations you can visit and take selfies at is Mineral Beach in Israel. Here, you can spend the day slathering your body in nutrient-rich mud, sunbathing and floating in the incredibly salty dead sea.

There is nothing more fun than covering yourself and your friends in mud and then taking selfies together.

4. Yellowstone National Park, USA

America’s most impressive national park, Yellowstone is the perfect place for selfie addicted travellers to visit. It’s packed full of beautiful scenery, wildlife and even has an active volcano.

With over 3,400 miles of parkland, Yellowstone is one of the most stunning places in the US.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

Famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man, Cape Town is an intriguing, multicultural town.

The Mediterranean like climate makes Cape Town the perfect location for relaxing and taking some beach photos and selfies. As well as deep blue lagoons, golden sands and rocky cliff edges, Cape Town is also home to penguins - the perfect selfie companions.

6. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska

The Mendenhall Ice Caves are only temporary - they are melting quickly. Due to a glacier in Alaska melting, the stunning Mendenhall Ice Caves temporarily exist and are amazing for exploring and taking selfies in.

Just make sure to watch out for falling ice - some pieces of ice are as large as wardrobes.
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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Inspirational Quotes with Stress Free Print | Lifestyle

I love inspirational quotes and typography work, and recently I've set up myself a night little collection to take to China with me for my balcony/office. My favourite quote is 'she believed she could, so she did' and I honestly believe in every word. I've been using this quote for not just inspiration, but to motivate myself and get myself into gear. At the end of the day, if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything; and this is the goal I'm setting for myself during 2015. 

Stress Free Print have a fantastic team who will organise everything from the get-go for you. They contacted me asking me asking what quote I would like, and also what design I wanted. Their designer was fantastic and give me the perfect A3 poster*. I went for a white background with gold polka dots, and the quote in the middle. Perfect. All they needed to do then was print and post, and the whole service was finished in a couple of days too. 
Not only do they offer posters, but they can help you with business cards and invitations too!

And what else do I have to offer? Well you can win a poster with your inspirational quote on it too, personally designed by the team at Stress Free Print. All you have to do is enter below with Rafflecopter. 
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Hottest Accessories in 2015 | Fashion

Want the lowdown on the hottest trends in accessories for 2015? Take a look at these style tips gathered from the world’s leading fashion mags and blogs.

Irregularity

We’ve been there, done that with the single earring trend. Now it’s all about irregularity and mismatching your earrings. Wear ear ornamentation in different shapes, sizes, colours and styles to take part in this trend. However, if you are like me and you do appreciate a little consistency in your look you can still enjoy this trend. Keep one element of your earrings consistent, like the colour or style, and be creative in contrasting the other elements.
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Brass

Brass is the material of the moment when it comes to accessories. Look for necklaces, rings,  earrings and clutches that incorporate this metal. Accessories that mix brass with bright and beautiful precious stones are very stylish right now. Luckily, brass is very versatile and goes well with a variety of colours, textures and patterns. Echo the classic black and gold trend by allowing your brass jewelry to stand out against black sophisticated ensembles.

Chokers

Chokers, that were last seen in the 90s, are back with a vengeance. But don’t unearth the styles you used to wear as a teen, the neck grasping jewelry has taken on a bold transformation. Chunky metallics and statement gems are the styles to look out for. Futuristic inspired designs in perspex and white leather material, as well as buckle-like styles, have also featured on the catwalk.

Seventies boho

Seventies inspired clothing and accessories are predicted to be one of the biggest trends of 2015. This accessory trend is all about beads, bright colours and the use of contrasting materials. Look for turquoise gems on metallics, tortoiseshell detailing, feathers and woven textures. If you are inspired by this trend, you may wish to treat yourself to some coeur de lion jewellery that features plenty of beads and brights colours. Wooden accessories are also in keeping with this trend. Particularly interesting are the designs that contrast wood with brightly coloured, softer materials.

Oversized pendants

Beware; this isn’t a trend suitable for reserved fashionistas. When it comes to wearing pendants this year, the rule is the bigger and bolder, the better. Look for metallic statement pendants on long chains that can act as the central feature of your outfit. Detailed necklaces also feature heavily as part of this trend. Look for items that include various colours, layers and shapes.

Statement bags

It’s not longer about minimalistic and discreet clutches or satchels; the statement bag is back. When choosing your arm candy, this year look for vibrant colours and big, bold patterns. Make sure your bag is extra eye-catching by opting for embellished and metallic styles. Don’t be afraid to be a little wild and out there with your choice. If you want to make a statement with your bag, then make one! Clever clashing of accessories and clothing is also style trend that is predicted to be very popular this year.

I hope you have found this post on accessory trends for 2015 helpful.
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Valentine's Day with Lindt | Lifestyle

It's no secret that I love chocolate, and specifically Lindt chocolate. I've even managed to source a supermarket in a department store in Jinan (where I live in China) that sells Lindt so I can carry on my obsession when  move back, oh yeah. 

I had a super delivery the other day, a whole box of Lindt chocolate; and not just a box of Lindt chocolate, but there were several Valentine's Day inspired treats inside. How lucky am I?

The gift boxes are just amazing, especially the Lindor heart tin with crystals*. I'll definitely be using this for storing my beauty bits and pieces, it's gorgeous; and it's filled to the brim with those lovely little Lindor delights; costing £7.99. The Lindor Amour heart box* is a little alternative to the above tin, and costs a couple of quid cheaper (£4.99) if you're a bit of a cheapskate, haha.

The Master Chocolatier collection love box* is something a little different, and contains nine exquisite chocolates; hazelnut heart, stacciatella heart and almond heart. My favourite has to be the stracciatella heart with the cocoa nib filling. Oh my. This comes in at £6 so an absolute treat. 

Something I've never tried before, but absolutely love, are the Lindor strawberry and cream cornets*. These are filled with a delicious strawberry flavoured ganache and strawberry pieces in the white chocolate. So yummy! These won't be around much longer, my mum has taken the box. I doubt it's return! You can pick these up for £4.89 each or two boxes (any flavour) for £8.50!

My favourite, as always, has to be the Lindor heart tin, I'm a sucker for smooth chocolate! Wouldn't you just love one of these beautiful boxes for your Valentine's gift? I'm looking forward to their yummy Easter collection.
*Products sent free of charge, opinions and chocolate obsession are my own. 
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

100 Day Beauty Spending Ban | Beauty

Yes, the time has come for me to again say I will be participating in another spending ban. And yet again I'm trying to motivate myself to say I will not buy beauty products for 100 days. I'm leaving for China in what my mum tells me is around 16 weeks (argh, totally unprepared) so I need to have a good look through all my beauty products that I've been hoarding for what seems like years now. 

Now if I start today, 100 days takes me to 6th May. This is a perfect date because it just ends in time for me to see what I need to buy in bulk to take to China with me. There is a significant mark up price on UK beauty products over there, and I don't really fancy paying something like £60 for a Benefit foundation (not that I use them anyway) if I need a new one buying!

So, what is included and excluded:

Well I have more than enough shower gels to probably last me the entire year so I won't be buying those, same is applicable for make up and other cosmetics (like I ever need to buy those again). No more lipsticks, god forbid. Products such as deodorant and toothpaste don't really count as actual beauty things, they are a bloody necessity. Along with razors, no one needs to see hairy legs especially now spring is coming up. Oh and my eyebrows, well paying £8 a month for those waxing also isn't included; maybe the same goes for my nails and hair cuts. Although I get my hair done at College which costs like £6. Hair dyes, well I won't be buying those as I found a huge stock of around 8 dark brown hair dyes (although on Friday I'm having highlights so those can go to Wen's mum). 

Lets see how this one goes. I really do have more than enough stuff to probably get me through to next year, but lets just take it up until I move. I'm being fair on myself, haha. 
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Monday, 26 January 2015

A Day Out in York with CityConnect WIFI | Travel & Lifestyle

I'm really lucky to live near some beautiful cities, but unfortunately I don't actually visit them. I've lived near York for almost 30 years and I have never once set foot there until this weekend. I know, shame on me right? I had to take advantage and visit some of the main attractions there but unfortunately whilst downloading all my images I somehow managed to delete them all (bad blogger, bad blogger!). So unfortunately you're left with logos and my ramblings. 

So we popped over to York on a little day trip following an amazing box of goodies that I found on the doorstep (the postman delivered it, it wasn't just left!). Full of vouchers, Betty's and Vincent Coffee goodies I just had to set my day out, finally I would go to York! 
Here are some suggestions on places to visit when you're in York:

There are exciting exhibitions, you can come face to face with a Viking, and walk through the reconstruction of original Viking streets. There is so much to do here and you could easily loose yourself to a whole day. With half-term coming up in a couple of weeks it's the perfect time to take your family, and a family ticket for £30 it's a bargain. There are a couple of awesome events to look out for, especially the best beard contest on the 21st February!

Now I didn't managed to pop into York Dungeons when I was there, I didn't really see it suitable for pushing a pram around etc, haha. But it's definitely something I would love to do if I manage to have another trip before we move to China. There are several shows which operate through the day and one I would love to see over the half-term holidays is 'Grave Robbers'! I loved this kind of history when I was at school, the gorier the better. This is running from 14th to 22nd February. 
York's Chocolate Story
I absolutely love chocolate so this was a dream to visit! A nice little visit with interactive stuff for the kiddies, chocolate tasting and sniffing, and oh my gosh it was wonderful. There's also a super 'indulgence zone' (cafe to me and you) where you can replenish your batteries with a sweet treat. This is located near the Shambles, which is somewhere I've wanted to visit a lot. More on that in a moment. Tickets are really reasonably priced, and children under 4 are free which is always awesome. 
Now I mentioned the Shambles, everyone is always going on about how great it is for shopping but I'm hopeless and need a map to find such things. I don't want to look like a tourist, don't like signs and certainly don't like asking people for directions so I always resort to Google Maps to get me there. And what better than free city WIFI provided by CityConnect? It was a godsend, especially considering my 3G decided to kick out and I couldn't access anything. (This reminds me of the time I got lost in Sheffield with my mum because I didn't have 3G and couldn't find the train station just before our train was about to leave!). CityConnect was super easy to use, all you do is open your WIFI, pick their option, and choose how you want to login. Now this is where it gets good because rather than filling in a form with your details you can simply login via Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. (You can always fill in your details but I find those so much easier!). You can also connect to CityConnect at Park and Ride sites too, so you can plan your adventure before you get to York! 

Anyway, even though there aren't many (take that as any) photos, we still had such an amazing time, and I would definitely recommend everyone to visit it! 

*Goodies provided free of charge, vouchers provided for both Jorvik Viking Centre and York Dungeons.  
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Skin Saving Regime | Beauty & Travel

The city where I live in China, Jinan, is a very dry place. There is hardly any rainfall at all, we're talking maybe 12 days a year (can I get a hell yeah?). This is all good and well, but it's not so good for my skin. Twin this with temperatures meeting minus 5 some days, it's really killed my skin. Chapped lips and outbreaks of ezcema are not the most attractive things to have when escorting my hubby to important business dinners. 

I knew there was something I had to do, rather than heading off to Sephora or Watsons to pick up products you can get here in the UK or Korea, I headed to the local supermarket to see what I could pick up. I'm really lucky because our local supermarket has it's own beauty counters, and pretty much a floor dedicated to all my beauty needs.

It was really, really hard to identify skincare products that were both hydrating, calming and soothing, for sensitive skin, oh and that were oil free. Even hubby had trouble trying to translate everything for me, and to the store assistant trying to locate something suitable for me. 

I spied a couple of olive oil products that I thought may be suitable for my skin. A cleanser, toner, moisturiser and intensive oil. I did feel a bit risky picking them all up, but a new regime for around 110¥ or £11 didn't really break the bank.

I am so glad I did buy them! The whole A'Gensn range is simply divine. 

I'm not a fan of cleansers at all because I like something to leave my skin feeling dry and clean, but this did the job of removing all my tricky make up and left my skin feeling fresh and leaving no residue either. 

The toner doesn't have the best of fragrances, but came in a pack with the moisturiser so I've been using it. I probably wouldn't buy this on it's own as I don't really understand toners, but it seems ok. 

The moisturiser is by far the best I've ever tried, my skin is left feeling soft and hydrated, without being too oily. 

Lastly, the oil itself. This was a saviour when I broke out with ezcema on my face. I must have applied it two to three times a day because my face was so dry. Within a few days my skin was back it's old self. I was surprised it didn't leave my skin feeling over oily, and in fact reduced my skin's oil production too. 

Since coming back to the UK I've ceased to use these and I immediately regretted it. My skin has returned to it's dull and oily self. I only hope I have enough to take me through to when I move! 

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