ACCESSORIES HAUL


Merry Christmas everyone!! Hope you've all had an amazing day with your loved ones. I've eaten so much food blogging is the only thing I can physically manage to do with my evening so here I am with a post I should have put up a few months ago when I took this picture. I found this purse (still available here) in Warehouse which at the time seemed like a complete miracle as my previous one was falling to pieces and nowhere had a simple, sleek, black purse for a reasonable price. My iPhone case was just a eBay purchase, costing around 99p... it has broken now but I enjoyed it while it lasted. Lastly I thought I'd include this bowl in the haul as as you may know if you've been reading for a while, I'm obsessed with hand painted rice bowls. I got this one in Morocco and it probably cost me less than the iPhone case. One day I'll go back to Morocco with the sole purpose of decking out my home while spending next to nothing! And thats that, a slightly outdated accessories haul for you on Christmas day! Tomorrow I leave for Venice with my auntie for a little holiday so expect a post about that soon and I may haul what I got for Christmas when I get back too!

Have a relaxing boxing day!

KÖNIGSSEE - DEUTSCHLAND


It's been a while.. I'm sorry.. I'm a bad blogger *slaps wrist*. Life has completely gotten in the way of my usually frequent posts on here because I've been so busy!! I went through a (long) stage of blogging to keep happy and to distract myself from life but since moving away and starting my Erasmus everything has changed. I feel free and content. But today I felt like writing which is amazing because when I first started this blog I blogged because I liked it not because I needed it. So anyway.. long rambly tangent.. sorry it's been so long! I'm blogging, I'm happy, back to the post and Konigssee! 



A few weekends ago here in Austria we had a bank holiday which my friends and I took full advantage of! We visited Konigssee, just over the border in Germany and went hiking in the mountains there. It was so breathtakingly beautiful and the weather was perfect. Autumn here is so colourful and really not cold! It was about 15 degrees Celsius that day and today it's around 19 which is crazy for November! Although this weekend it is meant to snow which admittedly I am really excited about as the Christmas markets open in Salzburg and wont that be perfect? Also this weekend (Thursday to Sunday) I'm doing a three part trip around Germany, first Munich, then to Berlin then Cologne and back to Munich! I'll be vlogging the whole thing so thats something to look forward to! I also have a Salzburg vlog to edit as well as my Morocco vlog which is so so overdue! I'm going home for Christmas so should have some time then to catch up on that editing plus I've managed to squeeze in a little holiday to Venice with my Auntie before New Years so there will be another vlog!! Lots of travel stuff to look forward to on here! Hope everyone is amazing and have lovely weeks and I hope you like this chatty post.

12 DIFFERENCES TO LIFE IN AUSTRIA


Can't believe I live here (not here exactly, that's a church..)! Such a lucky gal, it's too beautiful even in the rain. And if you've never seen a picture of Salzburg in the snow... google now. It looks like a scene from Frozen.. So I've been here exactly two weeks now and I've noticed a few differences between Salzburg and the UK so I thought I'd share them with you in a bit of a lighthearted post. I'll probably add to this or do a part two as I discover other bits and bobs the longer I stay! So far it's been a great few weeks, I've made amazing friends and settled in in my course. I cycle everywhere which is mega relaxing and I think the change in lifestyle has really made me a much happier person!


1. Mayo comes in a tube, tomato puree style... this may have been the biggest surprise I've had

2. Everyone has a bike, no one wears helmets 

3. Beer = water

4. On Sunday everything closes.. everything

5. Dirndls and Lederhosen are normal acceptable items of clothing for everyday wear

6. Binge drinking isn't a thing

7. No one is overweight, men jog in tiny tight shorts

8. They drive on the right

9. The only pubs here are Irish ones

10. Snow isn't a problem, everything carries on as usual

11. Bikes are never chained up when left in bike racks.. can you imagine that happening anywhere in England?!

12. There's no litter. It's weirdly clean, I don't know how it's managed but I'm happy it is!


Hope you enjoyed this post! I'll be writing some more specific 'travel' posts about what I get up to here so keep an eye out if you're interested! The next one will be about my trip to Munich for Oktoberfest last weekend! I'm also planning another trip to Vienna and possibly a trip to Verona (so romantic!) in Italy as by train it's not so far! Benefits of living in mainland Europe!

LIFE UPDATE | TRAVEL, RELATIONSHIPS, UNIVERSITY & LEAVING HOME


I'm not really one to do dedicated life up date posts I guess because I think who really cares!! Plus my real life is not half as glamorous as you might think from reading my blog... but anyway today's an exception as lots of stuff is happening which will effect what goes up on here and my Instagram. I will keep it brief though. Firstly, I'm moving to Austria for 5 months for an Erasmus exchange which I'm really excited about. Secondly as the summer has ended my the travel posts on my blog are going to be a bit sparser... sigh. So back to beauty/fashion blogging from me for a while! Lastly my boyfriend and I broke up recently which is why I haven't been posting as regularly as normal. I feel happy and free and moving to Austria is going to give me a completely fresh start so the timing is perfect. So yeah.. that's it really! I've been super busy packing my bags and planning what clothes I'm going to need for the cold winter there and I can't wait to get some Austria posts up on here for you to add to the Vienna one from around Easter! Hope you're all well and don't forget to enter my MAC giveaway, it's running until Christmas so you'll definitely have a chance and good luck if you do!

MOROCCO PART 2 | TANGIER, CHEFCHAOUEN, ASILAH


I'm finally getting round to writing the second half of my Morocco travel diary, you can read the first half here for this post to follow on nicely. So after arriving in Tangier train station we had a long walk to the hotel we'd booked for our stay but we didn't mind. It was early in the morning so not too hot and the whole walk was along the beach which was beautiful. We luckily had help finding the hotel as it was in the old town of Tangier where the streets are really confusing! Tangier is a really beautiful town when you stick to the older sections and a lot more relaxed and less busy than Marrakech which worked for me as by this time in the trip I had tired myself out! We ate a few times in Cafe Hafa which you have to go to if you're ever there! The picture above shows the view of Gibraltar you can see from the cafe terraces. Plus the food was the best we had in the whole of Morocco bar the home cooked meal we had in the Riad in Marrakech. The Kasbah (castle) was really interesting and beautiful to look around though the museum had no English translations, only Arabic and French.




From Tangier we visited Chefchaouen, the blue city which I Instagram-ed quite a lot of as it is so beautiful! The whole town is painted blue and it's settled up in the mountains so the views are amazing. Seriously if you're interested Google image search the place, you'll be blown away. Here we wandered round the streets and got invited for tea in a shop owned by two really nice guys who showed us all their Berber rugs and blankets which for a girl who studies textiles was really interesting! In the center of the town is another Kasbah which we didn't get the chance to go in to as it was closed but was impressive enough to look at from the outside. I was able to get a few really nice pictures from a roof terrace we stopped at for lunch. I love how the trees seem to be growing from the Kasbah walls.


We were advised to not swim in the sea in Tangier because the port made it dirty though it looked fine and locals were in and out with no problem. But we ended up going to Asilah as the beach there is called Paradise Beach, we couldn't really say no. I'm so glad we ended up going there because the town is really beautiful! There is yet another Kasbah and a fortification on the sea all painted white which was really pretty. It felt really medieval there as the walls were so high round the streets and this also made it really cool which I appreciated! However the main highlight of Asilah for me was the camels! They were so adorable especially a little baby one which just wandered round the beach after it's mum. It was very surreal to be sunbathing and look up to see a camel walking past. I'd definitely recommend going there for a day if you're staying near by. Plus the sea despite it being on the Atlantic not Mediterranean side was still warm enough to swim in.

Hope you guys enjoyed hearing about my trip around Morocco! 

MOROCCO PART 1 | MARRAKECH, OUZOUD WATERFALLS & ESSAOUIRA


As you can see from these pictures Morocco is a beautiful country. My friends and I flew into Marrakech where we spent the first four days of our trip. I enjoyed Marrakech but was quite happy to be leaving by the end as it is very busy and polluted. The best part of the city by far was the central Medina which was amazing to walk around at night. The picture above shows the view from one of many roof terraces surrounding the hustle of the food stalls and souks. I found the bartering stressful to begin with but got used to it by the end of the holiday, my advice would be don't buy from the first shop. Look around and work out how much things go for otherwise you'll be ripped off. I found everything in Marrakech was very money orientated, even people who offer to help you with directions expect to be paid which got quite annoying. Another thing I didn't like about the city was the unwanted attention from men my and my friends got wherever we went. It wore me down! However there were a few exceptions where people were really nice, though more outside of the city than in.


Our first day trip from Marrakech was to Ouzoud Waterfalls which were really beautiful and well worth a visit. It cost 300 Dirham for a tourist bus there which is about £20 so really good value as they're about 2 hours away. Once there you'll be approached by guides. Usually on the trip we avoided guides but here you need one to enjoy the day as it is quite a trek to the top and would be stressful without someone showing you the best way to go. It was very relaxed and we stopped to swim in the lakes and also to jump on a raft and be paddled into one of the waterfalls which was really fun. I think it took about 4 hours to walk around the valley in total and it was quite difficult in places so definitely not somewhere for people who don't want to sweat though you do get to stop for lunch! 



Our second day trip was to Essaouira which again cost £300 Dirhams for transport there though this time we stopped off at a tree filled with goats... yes you read that right.. and a place they make argan oil which was quite interesting. Essaouira is an amazing seaside fortification town where bits of Game of Thrones was filmed (omg). We explored the fort and then did a bit of shopping in the little streets in the old part of the town. It was so chilled out compared to Marrakech and much more like what I expected Morocco to be like. If I ever go back I'd stay here and do day trips to the city but you live and learn! The two pictures above and one below are all of Essaouira, it was really difficult to narrow down all the pictures I took as there were many but I think these show of how beautiful it was there.


After the four days we spent in and around Marrakech we caught the overnight train to Tangier which surprisingly was one of my favourite parts of the holiday! We got a sleeper compartment to ourselves which worked out quite well as there are four beds in each compartment and were four of us. You can buy four tickets if you want a compartment to yourself otherwise you end up sharing with other people. It was simple but comfortable and only 250 Dirhams. I'll post the second half of this travel diary (if you can call it that?) very soon so keep an eye out if you're interested!

AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #6 | BODIAM CASTLE


First of all I should apologise for my lack of posts over the last week and a bit! You may already know if you follow me on Instagram that I was in Morocco travelling with friends so didn't have the time/internet access to do anything. I'll have a few posts up about my trip (and a vlog) soonish but again I'm really busy sorting out my first semester of second year which I'll be studying in Salzburg. Excuses excuses ahah. But back to todays post, the last 'An English Day Out' I'll be doing for a while as as I said I'll be living in Austria! A while back I went to Bodiam Castle, yes another castle... it's a very English thing to do/go and see. My family even has a National Trust membership haha. It's really beautiful and I think much more of an impressive castle, architecture wise, than Hever Castle which was the first day out post I wrote about. However Hever has a more impressive history and the grounds are amazing so I think it is my favourite. Bodiam is definitely worth visiting though as it's lovely to see and it has a massive moat which is pretty cool! 




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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #5 | LONDON + THE V&A


Following on from my Oliver Bonas haul I have the corresponding day out post from my trip to London. I popped up with my auntie to sort out my visa for Austria and as we were there we decided to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. We're quite a pair really and go together all the time but it had been a while as we've both been so busy with our own lives so this was a treat following a stressful visa application (any of you applied for a visa before? Never again). I love the V&A, the building itself is so impressive and the atmosphere is great, always busy. We debated going to see the Pleasure and Pain exhibition sponsored by Clarks as I get free tickets being a Clarks employee but in the end we spent our time looking around the permanent exhibitions as it's something we don't always have time to enjoy. 




I love London, I see why people count it as one of the most interesting cities in the world. Every time I go I experience something new. One day I'll live there even if it's only for a year just to know the hustle and bustle and be a part of it. Plus to have a career in Textiles in England, London seems to be the place to be. Moving on- thought I'd let you know I wont be posting for about two weeks as I'm going traveling round Morocco! I leave tomorrow morning and fly to Marrakesh where we will spend a few days before making our way north. We fly home from Tangier and have a day stop in Madrid which is a nice little plus to end the holiday on and of course I will be blogging about the lot of it so you have something to look forward to when I get back! Hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend!

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #4 | ST. IVES



Continuing on from my last 'an English day out' post I have another Cornwall one for you, this time in St. Ives where my family, friend Agi and I went on my birthday! It is a really beautiful town on the north coast of Cornwall famous for the beach and a favourite for surfers though there weren't any out the day we visited. But the reason I chose St.Ives to visit on my birthday is because there is a Tate Gallery there which I've never been to but really wanted to. Its tiny in comparison to the ones in London but worth a visit as the exhibitions they put on are always good (so I've heard from classmates and lecturers) and can confirm from my one visit. After the Tate we went to the nearby beach called Carbis Bay which you can see in the second picture. It was really beautiful and we went for a quick swim there before shooting home to start dinner as we were all starving. We had planned and bought for a BBQ but, of course being England, it started to rain so everything ended up being grilled in the oven. But that made no difference to it being a lovely day!

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #3 | ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT & KYNANCE COVE


As some of you will already know, I go to university in Falmouth but up until recently I haven't had the chance to explore the area as first year of uni is.. busy (aka I was way too poor to do anything slightly further afield). Recently my family came and stayed for a week and together we visited lots of beautiful places nearby that I didn't realise even existed like St. Michael's Mount and Kynance Cove. And maybe this is just me but looking back at these pictures I wouldn't recognise them as rainy England, infact being there felt like being abroad it was so pretty. Cornwall in general is an amazing place if you like beaches and countryside so I definitley now get holidaying in the country.



We went to St. Micheal's Mount in the morning but unfortunately the main house was closed so we only walked around the outside but still it was pretty impressive especially with the tide out. When the tide comes in the mount is only accessible by boat and people do actually live on it which seems pretty crazy to me! Way too isolated for my liking and can you imagine being on that tiny island in a storm?! But each to their own! And after some lunch (of course belly comes first) we went to Kynance Cove which really is breathtaking. The sun wasn't shining when we were there so you don't really get the full effect from my pictures so if you're interested in seeing a beautiful tropical looking English beach google then place!

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #2 | HASTINGS BEER FESTIVAL


This post is pretty late as the beer festival was at least a month ago but better late than never and as it quite perfectly fits in with the 'English day out' posts I'm starting I don't really mind. Now I'm not really sure if beer festivals are more of a German thing, I'm thinking of Oktoberfest (does anyone know?) put drinking local brew in the park in the afternoon felt pretty English to me.. not to mention being surrounded by Union Jack bunting. The weather was lovely and mild and the atmosphere was calm and happy, everyone just chilling watching the sun go down. Later on in the evenings some local bands played on the stage in the tent and overall it was really fun. I went to Reading Festival a few years ago and it was certainly nothing like how cute and quaint this one is. Does anyone else have a local beer festival that they enjoy going to? 

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AN ENGLISH DAY OUT #1 | HEVER CASTLE




I wish I could constantly write about travel adventures and amazing holidays I've been on but unfortunately neither student finance or my pay cheques are that generous... so I'll settle for a little English day out instead which hopefully those of you from outside of the UK will enjoy reading about! Today I went to Hever Castle, previously the home of Anne Boleyn but more recently restored by the Astor family. It is quite beautiful as you can see and the weather was amazing, my feet got a little sun burnt... struggles of being so pale. We ate lunch in the moat restaurant where I had the most delicious flapjack, I'd go back just to get another though of course it was all really impressive. I used to go there a lot as a child and vaguely remember playing in the water maze so it was nice to go back. As it's the summer holidays I'm sure there will be a few more of these posts coming up so I hope you liked! 

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VALENCIA | SPAIN


Last week me and three of my favourite people went on holiday to Valencia to begin our summer holidays so I thought it only right to share a few pictures and talk about what we got up to! We were lucky enough to stay a beautiful hotel right in the middle of the old town called San Lorenzo Boutique which I highly recommend if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Valencia. It was less than a five minuet walk to the Cathedral and Carmen which is where we found all the good nightlife and food as well as the tram and bus station which we used to get anywhere not in the old area of the city. 



As we were there for a whole week we found time to visit the Aquarium which is in the City of Science and Arts (building in the picture above). It was advertised as the largest aquarium in Europe and is definitely worth a visit if you're into that sort of thing, more so it's a great excuse to venture down to that end of the city and see the buildings there which were very impressive. However over the Aquarium I'd recommend the Biopark which was truly incredible. I've never been to a zoo quite like it, the enclosures are amazing and very natural. Animals are divided up into Savannah, Africa and Madagascar areas and left to roam freely as they would in the wild excluding the predators which were given their own (still huge and amazing) enclosures. 



There are so many architectural sights that are a must see while in Valencia such as the Cathedral, Torres de Serranos (picture above), Mercado Central and many more. A tourist map is very helpful to make sure you don't miss out on anything. The Modern Art Museum was also a great way to spend a few hours. The beach in Valencia is a 15 minuet tram ride from the old town and is worth a trip if you enjoy swimming and tanning. As for food we found the area around the Cathedral and towards Carmen had the best reasonably priced places. In fact the whole of Valencia was very reasonably priced especially compared to Barcelona. As for going out Friday and Saturday are definitely the best nights and the streets in Carmen get really busy and the atmosphere is great. We found lots of great bars and pubs there to chill out in in the evenings and even some more 'clubby' type places which was fun! I really enjoyed Valencia and would love to go back one day much more than I'd want to revisit Barcelona. Probably because it was less touristy and a bit more... Spanish? 

MAC STUDIO FINISH NC15 & SELECT COVER-UP NW15 CONCEALER REVIEWS


Both of these concealers are well loved in the blogging world so I thought I'd do a review/comparison and discuss which I like better. MAC Studio Finish is a massive life saver for me, as some of you may know I have pretty bad acne scarring and this is the best concealer I've found to cover that up and it lasts pretty much all day which is unheard of on my oily skin! It is heavy looking but in general I go for a heavier base makeup so it doesn't bother me. NC15 isn't the best match for me but a slightly yellower tint helps cover any redness so I stick with it. Select Cover-Up is the newer of the two and what I bought to replace my almost empty Studio Finish. I didn't get on with this product at first but now that I've found a way to apply it that works its fine- I use my Real Techniques buffing brush to pat it on. It is probably more suited to under eye concealing rather than acne as the coverage is so much lighter so I find myself leaning towards Studio Finish. So overall I'd definitely recommend Studio Finish over Select Cover-Up!  

JUNGLE PARTY FACE PAINT


Another slightly weird post today, not been feeling the usual beauty blogger content (aka.. lack of funds means I have nothing new to share with you) but hopefully you'll enjoy this none the less. A while back my student union threw a jungle themed party which I was embarrassingly excited about... hoping to improve on the face painting skills I acquired around the age of six? With the completely willing help of my friends I did manage to an extent, this is what I came up with. The pictures above show my favourite 'looks' of the night. YC was meant to be a monkey but ended up as a bit of a bear/wolf mix thanks to the previously consumed bottle of wine... you know how it is. Jess is a jaguar or leopard which I think suited her chocolate eyes perfectly and ended up looking really feminine and pretty.



My face paint was inspired by this picture which is meant to be a dragon or snake but everyone thought I looked more like a peacock! I liked how long my eyelashes look, it's actually just the black line from my nose continuing into eyeliner and then into an extended and very dramatic cat eye of sorts. Peter was meant to be a crocodile but by the time I did his face paint I was having a little trouble concentrating so I don't think it turned out very well! What do you guys think? Hopefully anyone looking for animal themed face paint ideas will find this inspiring even though it's all a bit rough around the edges!  

FALMOUTH | CORNWALL


As some of you will already know I currently live in Falmouth, a seaside town in Cornwall, where I'm studying BA Textiles at the university. I thought it might be interesting for those of you applying to university who are considering Falmouth or even Exeter, who we share the campus with here, to hear what I have to say on the town and surrounding area and what it's like to be a student in the west country. I'm planning on writing a separate post on the BA Textiles course here which I will link to once it is up. Hope you enjoy this slightly different than usual post on my blog!


Chilled out best sums up the town and the bars and restaurants all have that 'Shoreditch cool' feel which personally I love. If you want a proper night then you'll have to venture further afield... ie. Newquay where you'll find plenty of clubs. On campus (which is actually in Penryn) we have a joint university student union bar which is a massive deal here and very popular. They host parties fortnightly which are always worth going to if you are quick enough to get your hands on a ticket. Truro, which is about 20 minuets away by train, has a larger shopping center so the lack of highstreet stores here isn't that bad... infact not having a Topshop in Falmouth has undoubtedly saved me ALOT of money.


I like to go to the beach as often as possible because it is so beautiful and such a fun relaxing day out and there are so many water sports clubs and societies to get involved with like sailing and surfing. I have to say don't be put off by how isolated being this far west may come across. Yes my train journey home takes around 8 hours but honestly being independent is a great thing. When you live too close to home you don't get that. Instead focus on how outstanding the universities are here and the added benefits of having two different ones.. it's so diverse. This area of the country is obviously beautiful and I count myself lucky to live here. I had hoped to study in London originally because I thought the courses would be worth the lifestyle and economic drawbacks but I was completely wrong, the university is now the top in the country for arts so I haven't had any compromises. If you have any questions about Falmouth or anything else related ask in the comments and keep a look out for my response! 

GREECE HOLIDAY | LINDOS RHODES





Let me begin by admitting this post is very.. very late, two years late in fact... I kinda just forgot about uploading these and chatting about my holiday until today when I just fancied it. Maybe it's because I have major holiday blues having just returned from Vienna. The only saving grace is that the weather I came back to in the UK is actually amazing for this time of year! But back to Greece, I went in May 2013 to Lindos, a little not so touristy town in Rhodes. As you can see from the pictures it is your typical Mediterranean looking holiday which personally are my favourite. I love the blue of the sea against the while buildings, it's so beautiful. Lindos is a little different though thanks to the acropolis on top of the hill. It's a temple of Athena surrounded by a castle built much much later by the Knights of St. John among other architecture from other periods, a bit of a mish mash really- great if you like history. You can read more here if you're interested. The town has two main beaches, one facing out onto the sea, the more popular and easier to get to. The second (shown in the last picture) facing an enclosed bay which is really beautiful and calm. The town is really pretty and traditionally Mediterranean, lots of great places to eat as well as a few relaxed pubs which I really enjoyed. The hotel we stayed in is called Lindos View and it's amazing, I highly highly recommend. The owners were lovely, they were there to greet us when we arrived despite it being a ridiculous time in the morning. You can read their Tripadvisor reviews here. So if you can't tell already, I really loved this holiday and this little town, it has so much character and if you're looking for somewhere chilled out to go on holiday in Greece this is such an amazing place! 

EXPLORING VIENNA








This Easter I was lucky enough to squeeze in a holiday to Vienna with my friend Katie and we were also lucky enough to stay with my cousin and his girlfriend who live there! Vienna is such a beautiful city and was so chilled out, maybe we were (again) just lucky but it wasn't crowded at all even at the main tourist destinations in the first district and Schönbrunn. The first district is full of stunningly grand architecture which you have to see when visiting and I definitely recommend paying to go up to the top of Stephansdom, it wasn't expensive. The zoo in Schönbrunn is another must, it's by far the best I've ever visited. The range of animals was huge and they all looked so well looked after and happy. The palace is also really beautiful and impressive, seemed never ending. Food to try in Vienna/Austria in general includes schnitzel, apple strudel and Sachertorte though I didn't really enjoy the latter. Something worth mentioning is the Austrians way of tipping is quite different to in England. The tip isn't included in the bill, instead you round up how much change you want which is pretty weird but actually makes so much sense, plus it's completely normal to pay separately when with friends rather than trying to work out how to split the bill yourselves. I've got major holiday blues writing this which sucks but I enjoy sharing my travel adventures with you guys so never mind! Have any of you been to Vienna, do any of you actually live in Vienna? If so I am very jealous!