Holiday Essentials

 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetWith summer fully gracing us with its presence, a lot of people are getting ready for their holidays. Whether you are going abroad or staying in the country, I wanted to share with you what I can’t live without on holiday. Hope you enjoy!
  1. A hat – I suffer from health anxiety. And how is this anything to do with hats? Well, when you suffer from health anxiety every little symptom turns into a massive deal. When on holiday, I am paranoid about suffering from heat stroke due to being exposed in the sun for too long. Keeping a hat on, allows me to protect my head and so, ease my anxiety. You should really wear it, even if you don’t suffer with anxiety though. Heat stroke is a real thing!
  2. Appropriate clothing – I love a relaxing holiday, (which is why a bikini is a necessity!)  but I can’t stay at the beach or by the pool for too long. I’m the kind of person who loves exploring new places, often by foot. A bikini, loose, cotton clothing and comfortable shoes (usually my trusty Birkenstocks) I literally live in on holidays.
  3. SPF and Aftersun – I mean.. do I have to explain this one? I burn. Badly. After a day on the beach, I look like a lobster. And that is with SPF. SPF 50 is therefore necessary for me, especially around the face and shoulders area. I usually use a 20 for the rest of my body and try to reapply every time I get out of the sea, even though the brands claim to be water resistant. I mean.. you can never be too safe, right? Aftersun (I’m screaming Love Island reference) is also a must to help your skin heal after being exposed to the sun. In the picture, there are my trusty Nivea ones which I have used ever since I was little. On the other hand though, my boyfriend rarely ever uses SPF and never suffers. Where is the justice?
  4. Backpack – Pretty much similar to number 2. As stated already, I love exploring and trips when on holiday. Backpacks make carrying a load just that little bit more comfortable. When in hot places, you definitely need a bottle of water, or even a spare pair of sunglasses. Instead of hurting your shoulder by carrying a massive beach bag, backpacks are there to save you.
  5. Hair products – When you’re out on the beach or going for a skiing holiday, your hair will suffer. Whether it’s the intense heat, cold, sea salt or the sun. My hair is half bleached which means it’s prone to get dry anyway. Having a hair oil such as the Morrocan one, allows you to moisturise any of these dry strands whenever you feel the need to without weighing your beachy locks down.
  6. A camera – Sorry, it’s not in the picture. I was taking the photo with it! I always have a camera with me when on holiday or even during any weekends away or even just the occasional one day trips to new places. I love to document my life and look back at the memories at later stages. I am still to print all of my photographs out. I have a few albums from when I was a child and absolutely love looking through them as they bring back a lot of nostalgia. I think it’s a shame that the habit of printing out photographs has been lost in the digital era of cameras. Definitely a goal for this year!

Outfit of the day – Zara top

Hi,
Since we are fast approaching spring, I thought a new, lovely spring outfit is a must. I am absolutely head over heels in love with this new Zara blouse. When I saw it in the shop I had to instantly go and get it. You will see that a lot of this post features Zara… coincidence? I think not!
Enjoy!

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(top – zara, trousers – missguided sold out, similar zara, leather jacket – zara, shoes – forever 21 sold out similar zara, watch – fossil)

Zara wishlist

Hi guys,
there are so many beautiful pieces in Zara at the moment that when I looked around the shop I just couldn’t resist making a blogpost about it.
They combine elements of every single Spring trend; looks designer but costs highstreet. What more would you need?
Here are my top picks:

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  1. Flat leather shoes with buckle – £49.99
  2. Off-the-shoulder cropped top – £5.99
  3. Skirt with metallic details – £25.99
  4. Floral embroidered dress – £59.99
  5. Off-the-shoulder striped blouse – £25.99
  6. City bag with wolf detail – £49.99
  7. Cropped sweater with ribbon details – £17.99
  8. Flowing frilled trousers – £29.99

 

Outfit of the day

Hi guys,
Another outfit for you today. It’s simple, yet classy and one of my favourites to wear when I know I have to go for something on a formal side. And of course, there is a touch of pink there which is absolute favourite colour ever since I was a child, so can’t go wrong!
Enjoy!

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(roll neck – topshop, dress – zara, shoes – forever 21, tights – primark (favourite!), necklace – fat face, watch – fossil) 

Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day is an awkward time for me. It’s my birthday the week after and our anniversary falls at about the same time too so we never really do much to celebrate it hence why I am not putting any hopes up of getting a present on the day! However, if you are looking for an inspiration on what to wear to your Valentine’s dinner or a girly get-together, I am coming to a rescue.
This outfit, I feel, is very girly yet edgy. The combination of the baby pink (which I absolutely love by the way!) and the leather is definitely something I am very into at the moment and provides a classy yet effortless look. The over-the-knee boots just add that little bit of femininity. Hope you enjoy!

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(skirt – topshop, top – zara, boots – boohoo, watch – fossil, bracelet – pandora)

What’s in my bag?

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Hi guys! I love reading ‘what’s in my bag posts’ and watching Youtube videos with the same content. Do I just love being nosey? Probably! I thought, however, that these kind of posts are really interesting to make and so, here I am and this is my bag. I have ordered it recently from Boutique of Molly due to its uncanny resemblance to Louis Vuitton bags that I can’t afford. When I received it, I didn’t think much of it. It was pretty but I didn’t think I would be reaching for it a lot. How wrong was I?! This bag has soon became a favourite of mine; it is honestly one of the handiest bags I have ever owned and made me ditch my long loved Topshop backpack. It has so many handy pockets, the size is just right and the make is very detailed.
But what do I carry in it, you may ask?

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Everything and yet is seems like nothing at all? 🙂
  1. A water bottle – because you have to stay hydrated throughout the day, right? I can’t imagine not carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go so this is a definite essential, especially with my current ‘trying to be heatlhy’ lifestyle.
  2. Tangle Teezer – in pink, of course. I need a hairbrush in my bag, it is a must, as my hair does tend to get quite tangly and flat throughout the day and a brush always helps a lot.
  3. A matching purse from Boutique of Molly – A matching purse isn’t always a must but I couldn’t resist! It look very pretty and fits everything in the two sections provided; one for coins and one for cards/notes. Just the right size.
  4. A diary – with cats on and in pink. Two of my favourite things put together, so it had to be this one, right?! I always try to get into using a diary and it never works. I am not going to lie, I use it sporadically and no matter how many times I tell myself to use it more often there are usually just assignment deadlines and special birthdays mark in it. But it’s cute and I always want to start writing in it so it does indeed find a place in my bag. Am I just making it unnecessarily heavy?
  5. Glasses – from Mango. (Yes, they do have a case but it just didn’t fit the photo.. blogger life?) I have them because I am shortsighted; pretty self explanatory, right? I don’t think I wear them enough, so the wrinkle on my forehead from all the squinting I do isn’t yet going anywhere (if you’re shortsighted, you feel my pain!)
  6. NYX Lipsticks and Lip glosses – These, pretty much, are left laying around my whole house so you are bound to find some in my bag. I use them basically every day and dump them in my bag when I leave the house and never take them out.
  7. A book – Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott, a psychological thriller that I am unable to put down. I love a psychological thriller; they’re my favourite kinds of books and movies so this one, has really caught my attention. It pulls you in from the first chapter. I carry it in my bag, as I travel quite a lot and end up sitting on buses for quite a while, so instead of staring out of the window I’d rather do something to stimulate my brain, like reading.
  8. Make up bag – except, there’s no make up in as there is no way I will be touching up on my make up throughout the day (lazy girl problems). But what is?

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  1. Tampons – because I am a woman, nothing more to say about this one.
  2. Hand sanitiser – As I said, I travel quite a lot on public transport. Ever tried holding onto a handle on a bus just to find that it was wet and sticky? Yeah.. hand sanitiser is a must.
  3. Hand cream – because hand sanitiser dries my hands out. This is a Body Shop one that I got for Christmas. It has a really lovely smell and is really moisturising. And just the right size to fit in my small make up bag!
  4. Bobby pins – I have long hair with a form of a fringe at the front (I say ‘form of’ as.. it’s not really a fringe, it’s just shorter at the front?) so when my hair is in a ponytail a bit is bound to fall about and annoy me for the whole day. Hence why, these are a necessity in my bag.
  5. Plasters – I can’t be the only person in the world to have such a difficult relationship with shoes? Literally, no shoes other than trainers are ever kind to me. I end up with terrible blisters literally every time I wear any kind of a heel, ballet flats, sandals and because I can’t have a unflattering shoe ruin my outfit, a need plasters ALL. THE. TIME.
  6. Zoella Mist – in Sweet Inspirations scent? I got a set of these for Christmas and this is by far my favourite. Because I can’t be bothered to carry my actual perfume with me as it’s big and I constantly worry about smashing it, this mini version of the Zoella mist is just perfect for my bag. Just when I need a pick me up smell.
Hope you enjoyed looking into my bag and the things that are actually in it. What do you carry in your bags? Anything that is a necessity for you?  Let me know! Hope you have a lovely week ahead of you.
Julia x

ASOS wishlist

Hi guys!
This post was incredibly fun to prepare. I love looking through shop websites anyway, ASOS in particular (yes, that is how I spend my Friday evenings, thank you very much), and picking out the most amazing stuff is particularly difficult because.. I just want to buy it all and who has the money to do that?! Nevertheless, with my birthday coming up soon I have decided to show you some of my favourite pieces currently available on the ASOS website with the hope of maybe giving some hints to my loved ones; they could provide inspiration for you, my dear readers, or maybe trigger you to do some shopping… not pressuring but retail therapy is the best therapy, right? 🙂
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  1. ASOS Suede Biker Jacket – £90
  2. Reclaimed Vintage Tank Vest With Guns n Roses Print and Sequin Patches – £45
  3. ASOS Smock Top in Gingham – £25
  4. ASOS Denim Girlfriend Jacket with Pink Satin Edge – £50
  5. ASOS Corset Detail T-Shirt Dress – £32
  6. ASOS Top Spot Heeled Sandals – £38
  7. ASOS Leather Mini Skirt with Paint and Stud Detail – £95
  8. ASOS Patchwork Backpack – £28