Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The hidden side to the party island of Crete


What do you think of when you think of Greece? Some would say idyllic landscapes, wonderful people and amazing food. Others however would say hot weather, cheap alcohol and great night life. Two ends of a very varied scale. Given this outlook it is unsurprising that many brits don’t know about hidden tourist destinations across the country and its many beautiful islands. Places that offer everything you need in a quieter and more relaxed environment.

Crete, the Greek island that most British holiday makers know for all the wrong reasons. Malia, one of the many locations on this island, is notoriously known amongst the party people of the UK. Its reputation is high on the list with other European ‘party places’ along with Magaluf on the Spanish island of Mallorca and many locations across Zante, another Greek Island. Malia sees thousands upon thousands of young British tourists flock to its sandy beaches, lovely weather and constant party atmosphere, filled with excitement for the fun they have laying ahead.

What about the people who don’t want to go and party? The people who want to relax, have a few meals, enjoy authentic Greek life for a week or two? Crete seems like one of the most undesirable of the islands for someone looking for this kind of experience. This is wrong. On the Opposite side of the island to Malia and the party nightlife lay beautiful mountains and breath taking scenery. Land which has remained almost untouched, within reach of ancient cities with so much to see and do.

Agia Marina, a quaint, traditional town with a multicultural, cosmopolitan feel. People from all around the world seem to come here to relax and forget all their worries. It truly is the place to go that no one in Britain seems to think about, the place every brit looking for a self-indulging holiday should go. This side of the island is completely overshadowed by the reputation of Malia, but it is one of the most amazing places you will ever see. Only thirty minutes from the thriving, ancient city of Chania. A city filled with history, things to do and people to meet. Everything has a story.

The small town is hidden towards the mountains of the island, they’re clearly visible in the distance wherever you look. The best food on the island is also thought to be here. The traditional tavernas all scream tradition. Manolis Taverna for example. Run by three generations of one family. The food is regarded as the best traditional cuisine the island can offer. The small, outdoor restaurant has a comfortable and peaceful vibe to it and being surrounded by a family truly makes you feel like you are surrounded by family. You make friends for life here.

Agia Marina isn’t a flat area however. As it is located so close to the mountains the terrain is rather varied. From flat ground to hills, in the heat walking this area can be quite tiring. Although when you reach the beach or make it back to your hotel it is definitely worth the walk. Who knows ladies and gents, you might not even gain that holiday weight everyone dreads.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

All it takes is a little bit of kindness

Yesterday, my faith in humanity was shattered and remade in a matter of minutes.
I fell, in the middle of Cardiff city centre, at lunch time. As you can imagine, it was busy, people walking around, grabbing lunch, doing their shopping and so you can now start to imagine how embarrassing it was to fall in front of them all.
I have metal in my knee which causes it to give way, usually I just look like I've bent one knee too fast, but occasionally it's worse. Today it was worse.
My knee gave out, my ankle rolled and I fell flat on my face. At first the only thing I noticed was how mortified I was that everyone around me had noticed. One woman asked if I was okay, but had walked away before I was able to reply...
Then I felt the pain, in my foot and all the way up my leg, unlike anything I've felt for a long time, so I sat, sobbing, waiting for my mum to come and save me. All the while people just watched as they walked by. Apart from one man and his wife. Right as my mum reached me, trying to figure out the best thing to do an older man, pushing his wife in a wheelchair stopped in his tracks. I didn't really notice him at first, until I heard 'are you okay my darling'. He then insisted his wife was to sit on the bench next to me and I was to get into her wheelchair so he could take me to a taxi to get me home safe...
Because of the kindness of one man I was able to get home in a taxi and wait for one of my parents to finish work and take me to A&E.
It really is true what they say, one act of kindness can change someone's day. To those who walked past me, ignoring me as I lay crying on the floor or sat sobbing on the bench, I hope one day someone is this kind to you and you find your way to showing someone the kindness I was shown by a man who's name I don't even know.

Friday, 10 February 2017

The new lipsticks that will make you feel like a princess

To start, SORRY! Sorry for not posting for so long. I was always told coming to uni that January (technically the end of December and start of February too) is the month made by the devil and I now understand why, snowed in by assignments. But I’m back! (You don’t understand how many emoji’s I want to finish that sentence with.)
On with the post!

As anyone who has ever known me or will ever know me knows, I am a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast. From the story, to the animation and the whitty banter of the characters it certainly is and forever will be my favourite Princess film. Belle is my role model, the girl I dreamed of becoming. I did in fact, when I thought I had failed my a-levels, convince myself I could forget journalism and just become Belle in Disneyland.

You can now imagine my excitement when I learnt there was a new film coming out (or as you will have read in previous post.) Now imagine my excitement at discovering a Beauty and the Beast themed make-up range is coming out. A set of lipsticks and nail varnishes thought up by the clever people over at L’OrĂ©al. The set includes 7 different shades of lipstick with matching coloured nail varnishes. Even if you’re not a fan of Beauty and the Beast you can’t help but admire the amazing colours.

The dynamic duos all come with individual casings, which are beautifully designed to represent the character they are names after. Even more excitingly the seven shades can not only be bought as a set but as ‘standalone duos’. From Instagram the box/boxes also stick to the overall fairytale theme.
The colours and the character matchings have clearly been carefully thought through. Belle and the Beast have both been assigned nothing less than a classic, passionate red. Both different shades of a powerful colour. Rose has been assigned to … (can you tell what’s coming?)  the Enchanted Rose. The deep pink colour is eye-catchingly beautiful. Mrs Potts has none other than a light pink, the subtle elegance is perfectly fitting. Even Lumiere and Cogsworth. The laid back candle stick has been paired with a light-tan, whereas the hot headed clock has been paired with a red which has an orange tint, somewhat showing a resemblance to a fire-y complexion. Finally a deep plum colour represents Plumette.

As much as I would die to get my hands on these products they aren’t as easily available as you would hope. They were released yesterday to the world with a catch. They were only made available on Italian Amazon. If you’re willing to pay the shipping they can be sent to the UK but the set alone will set you back over €100! I truly am crying inside!

I truly wish for this set to be released in the UK, we’ll just have to cross everything and see!  


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Missguided madness


 So as many people will already know, Missguided recently had a 50% off event. So of course, as soon as I heard I got myself straight on the website for a fun filled, Friday evening full of online shopping. You can then imagine my horror as I found out the website was over capacity and I was, 68,204 in the queue to even start my shop. Then I decided to try the app and it worked (thank god). I managed to find 4 items I fell in love with and ordered almost without hesitation.

This evening my clothes arrived, warped in the pretty, pink packaging which fills any shopaholic with excitement. What I saw when I opened it was pure joy, everything looked just how I’d imagined. Off the hanger anyway. Then it came to trying it all on:


Item one –

The first item I opened was the Camel coloured mini skirt. Now this skirt I had reservations about from the moment I clicked order but I decided to keep an open mind. Looking at it, lay out on my bed I fell in love, I decided I just had to try it on first.

The colour of this skirt is the perfect shade to match with a casual white top and a pair of brown, heeled boots for an everyday, elegant look. When I tried it on the fit was perfect, not too tight, not too loose which I was happy with. At this point I felt highly confident this skirt was a keeper, even though I’m not much of a skirt wearer. Then I looked in the mirror and my stomach dropped, the hugged my body in all the wrong places, showed every bump and lump but worst of all showed my knicker line! Even no VPL’s showed through, which is not a flattering look for anyone. Sadly this item simply had to go.

Item two –

The second item I tried on was a simple white, V-neck t-shirt. On the model it looked like the perfect top for comfortable or casual wear. It looked loose fitting but not baggy, it could be worn with joggers and slippers around the house or, alternatively with a pair of black jeans, a leather jacket, choker and a range of shoes.
When I felt the top I instantly noticed the soft feel of the material. Along with this I noticed the small seam lines which made me think about the comfort of this top, it wouldn’t cause any skin irritation, which is great! I then put it on and I have nothing to say but WOW. It’s exactly how I imagined it, the fit was wonderful and looked exactly how I hoped it was. It is safe to say this one was a winner. I have it on as I write, I just love it. (Even though it’s just a plain top.)

Items three & four

After having mixed feelings from the first two items I was excited to get onto the final two items. Next I tried the high waisted, blue jeans with distressed detailing. Ideally I wanted to have the short leg jeans (this is what I ordered) but the regular leg arrived so I gave them a go. They were a perfect, well almost. The waist fit was just right, the fit around the legs was comfortable and the rips all fell in the right places. Unfortunately the leg length was far too long, which was disheartening and a little confusing, usually I can roll up regular length jeans but these were about 3 inches too long! How tall do you have to be to wear a pair of regular length jeans from Missguided?
Moving onto my fourth and final item was slightly anti climatic. These jeans were also way too long but I already guessed they would be. What I hasn’t guess was the size difference in them. These jeans were simple, black, high waisted jeans, I had ordered the same size I would always order, the same size as the previous pair of jeans. The issue was when I put them on, they were too big! They looked about two sizes too big and fitted nothing like the jeans I had just tried on. They were baggy and unflattering in all the places you would hope to accentuate.

It is safe to say I sent both pairs of jeans back.

Even though this order was unsuccessful I will still be shopping with Miss guided, finding out what bargains I can pick up.   

Thursday, 17 November 2016

This weeks top buys

This week I went on a little shopping trip to one of my favourite shops, River Island. So many things caught my eye, I wanted the whole shop. Unfortunately unless I marry a millionaire within the next week that’s not going to happen (it didn’t stop me trying everything on though!)

I did however buy two new items, both jumpers from the latest range within their Autumn/Winter collection that really stood out from the rest. These were both jumpers, because you can never have too many at this time of year.

My first purchase caught my eye because of the overly festive look it has. It is a nice, fairly thick woolly jumper with just the right amount of sparkle thrown in. The gold glitter wool, knitted into angular sections draws your eyes to it. You just instantly fall in love. Whilst this is such a pretty jumper for festivities, it is also perfect for everyday life when you fancy releasing your sassy inner glitter queen. The texture of the glittery wool is a little ‘scratchy’ but this is nothing that couldn’t be solved for most people by placing a simple cotton ‘cami’ underneath.
Price wise this jumper is on the more expensive side at £38. Even I consider this to be way too expensive for a jumper with a festive touch, but
 as it can be worn in many different situations I 
think it is justifiable to spend that little bit extra.

The second buy of the day stood out because of its statement simplicity. These two words wouldn’t ordinarily be put together but here it just works. At a glance the jumper looks like your average thick, dark camel coloured, V-neck jumper. It looks cosy and warm with its big knit but then when you look closer you see the wrapped, slit sleeves giving this otherwise classic winter essential an edgy twist. Even though this jumper has the open shoulder/arm element it is surprisingly warm, making it the perfect jumper for a winter walk or a lazy day, reading a book by the fire.
At £40, this jumper again is a rather expensive addition to your winter style options, but this jumper is timeless and classic, even with the design twist this jumper is unlikely to be going out of fashion anytime soon. The large, tight knit makes the jumper seem like it is high quality and worth paying for. It is worth that little extra as it is a jumper that will last.     



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Beauty and the Beast

As a child every little girl wanted to be a princess, everyone wanted to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. I was different, part of the select few who didn’t want to be the conventional princess, instead they wanted to be the smart, self-sufficient girl. Beauty and the Beast was the perfect film for these girls, girls like me. So with the new, live action remake of this incredible story inching closer to release what impression does the trailer give?

The full trailer for the new princess remake was released earlier this week and I have to say it made me nervous. I always admired Belle as a girl, I wanted to be her, she was the strong, independent, smart woman who didn’t need a man to give her life meaning. This character spoke to me and made me feel normal (hard to believe at such a young age I know.) So when I sat to watch the trailer I didn’t quite know what to expect, I was hoping and wishing they wouldn’t change anything.

Even though I was hoping nothing would change, it caught me off guard to see that the sequence was almost the same. Frame for frame this magical ‘ad’ took me back to being a child, it was almost identical. The only change was the castle, giving it a more gothic and dark feel. Apart from that everything was the same as the original trailer. The Castle being changed, in my opinion, makes the film seem more appealing to the older audiences who will remember the original, it’s something that shows them the story does have a darker element whilst being the ideal fairy tale.

It sparks a memory in your mind, which makes you want to see exactly how this story will be adapted to fit an ever changing audience. It makes you want to run to the cinema and revert back to a happy childhood memory.

You can be sure I will be first in line to see this on its release, March 17th 2017. 


My must have coats and jumpers this season.

If you’re anything like me you’ll spend hours scouring the high street and online sites to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe. So I thought I’d share a few items I have found online and (foolishly) have fallen in love with.  

Recently many of the high street fashion brands have been putting the main items from their winter collections in stores. From the coats to the boots, all things that say ‘Winter is here’ are hitting the racks. When looking through the stores there are a few statement items that jump out, screaming to be added to your wardrobe rotation.
While many fashion mags, such as Cosmo have been swooning over Zara’s coat selection, River Island have gone pretty much unnoticed for their outer wear range this season. The River Island, grey floral embroidered overcoat is stylish and elegant whilst offering something a little different from your average coat. It has a smart yet quirky look with its beautiful pink embroidery giving a spring like feel to an otherwise very wintery coat. It is in River Islands limited edition range however meaning it needs to be snapped up before it leaves our stores forever. The coat is a little pricy at £95 but who says treating yourself every now and again is bad? Especially when it’s this pretty!

Another personal favourite this season in the outerwear section is the New look, green sequin bomber jacket. This is a little different from your usual bomber. The added sequins give this bomber a party feel, why be cold when you can look stylish whilst being warm? The bomber is a more achievable price when looking for the perfect party coat as it is currently £29.99 on the New Look website.

Moving onto woollens, because what woman wouldn’t have a nice woolly jumper in hiding for this time of year? They’re the perfect way to look good at that autumnal lunch or coffee date or a way to stay warm and stylish on your Sunday afternoon dog walk.
My favourite jumpers this season are knitted polo-neck jumpers and there are so many around it’s hard to choose just one as a favourite. Saying this I have found several favourites on H&M’s website, especially their grey knitted polo-neck. It looks perfect for an afternoon stroll through the dried up leaves. At 24.99 it is also an affordable addition which will last. This style is timeless so will definitely become a staple item of your winter selection time and time again.


There are also many jumpers this week to bring to your work wardrobe. The River Island selection on casual wear jumpers. A specific favourite that would be comfortable and office appropriate would be the range of ‘choker neck jumpers’. They’re smart when worn with a pair of tailored trousers and smart court shoes. The jumper is also light so whilst keeping you warm won’t make you uncomfortably hot throughout the day.