Tuesday, 5 May 2015

April Instagrams

So in April I got a little bit snap happy, I think it may have been the good weather and then my trip to Spain (where there was more good weather). Without further ado here is my April Instagrams.

1) We went to the smallest pub in Bath and had pies and mash that were the best. I was obsessed.
2) You have to take a selfie in the expensive spa robes don't you.
3) Pretty floors make my day (little things eh)
4) Bath is such a gorgeous place to wander around.
5) The sunsets are phenomenal in my home town, this is why I love where I grew up
6) Chilling outside the Easter house.
7) Me and my mum working the camera in my home town.
8) I went to a dinner party at my friend's house and she homemade the guacamole which is just my dream.
9) I spent an evening sitting in a tree after a great barbecue with friends.

1) Taking outfit photos on Hove beachfront.
2) The sea was so pretty that I had to take a picture of a stranger standing in it.
3) The west pier is such a classic Brighton landmark and I love seeing it out in the sea.
4) It was a hot day so I wandered back through the North Laine and had to get some of the best fudge I've ever tasted.
5) The air pollution was gross but it did make for a pretty sight when I couldn't see where the sea ended and the sky started.
6) I got one of the new candyfloss ice teas from Bluebird tea company.
7) My favourite part of flying is watching all the landscape flow beneath you and the flight to Valencia was no exception.
8) I caught some rays on the Spanish beaches.
9) My sisters and I drank wine in the coolest tent (it was inside a building) ever.

1) Pretty floors again (such a cliché I know).
2) Nothing like palms to tell you that you are in a hot country.
3) I got a little bit too excited when my sister showed me all this astrological equipment in the city of arts and sciences. I loved using the sun to work out the date and other such activities.
4) We ate chocolate ganache tarts and green tea at this beautiful cafe in the Rufaza area of Valencia.

1) We walked up to the top of the cathedral (there were SO many stairs) but the view was so worth it.
2) We kind of snuck into an open air club because pretty palm trees.
3 & 4) We climbed up a giant hill to a beautiful castle which had amazing views of craggy rocks and hillsides.
5) The city of arts and sciences was like future city.
6) A product of my shooting earlier in the month.
7) Had  day in bed processing all the photos from Spain and doing uni work.
8) Another photo from Spain: with my sister's enjoying the Spanish architecture.
9) Bubbles from a street performer over a sunny Brighton.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 6

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: I've been quite ill for some of this week so instead of revising for university exams I have been watching a lot of documentaries about ballet dancers (is this normal? I just find it pretty interesting) which led me to reread Bunheads by Sophie Flack. It is such an easy book to read but it gives a pretty real seeming insight into what it is like being in a professional ballet company and the struggles/sacrifices the dancers make to dedicate themselves. It's a pretty good read if you find abllet as compelling as I do.

Listening: Everything Pentatonix. I am currently in Birmingham for the weekend so I could see them perform live last night and let me tell you they were incredible! It is amazing how they can transform an acapella show in to what feels like a rock concert. I've spent all week listening to everything they have ever sung to hype myself up for last night and they really did not disappoint.

Eating: Sweet potato's are possibly one of my favourite foods and I think they taste best in the fries form. Ed's Easy Diner do the absolute best sweet potato fries (incidentally the first place ever tried them  few years ago) and if I could I would eat them everyday but that wouldn't be good for my bank account or my waistline.

Doing: Lying in bed a lot (I hate having to stay in bed when ill) and dreamily internet shopping on Nastygal and Free People. If only I had the money.

Loving: I recently got my own Netflix account after scavenging off friends accounts for years so I got straight down to business and started watching Community which is a show I have wanted to watch for ages but just never got around to it. This show is so funny and at 20 minutes long an episode is perfect as a revision break. As well as that because it is not a show that needs you to be super involved watching it (Game of Thrones I'm looking at you) I can put it on in the background while doing my makeup or cleaning.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Valencia photo diary

For five days in Valencia I took a LOT of pictures so editing down to a manageable post was has taken a bit of time. I still have loads of film photos to develop too so expect more pictures being shoved onto your computer screen in the near future. It was a pretty short trip but we managed to pack quite a lot in including wandering around the city of arts and sciences, eating a lot of froyo, visiting a hill castle in Xativa, climbing the cathedral town an just generally exploring the city of Valencia. It was a place I had never been too before so having a sister who has lived there for 9 months (as so thus was an excellent tour guide) was a massive bonus as she could take us to all of her favourite places.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Across the Spanish square

wearing: playsuit from new look, cardigan & hat from h&m, shoes from river island, necklace from etsy.
I love taking photos in new places, especially when the backdrop is as good as this. I mean look at that flipping architecture. Spain was amazing (as I have said before haha) but I learnt that when you wear shorts or a playsuit (or a hat) in April you will stick out like a sore thumb because all the locals were still wearing jeans, jackets and even scarves. I essentially was a typical guiri, or British tourist, ever but guys it was pretty warm and the day I did wear jeans my legs were SO warm. I'm just used to English weather I guess. 
Valencia was so gorgeous and there was so much history and all the buildings and squares were just so lovely. I would happily go back there because five days really wasn't enough to explore everything. Alas, I had to come back to reality and start revising for end of first year university exams.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 5

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: Well most of the week I read nothing as I broke my kindle in the process of trying to get it to Spain but I did read A Work In Progress by Connor Franta in three hours the day I got back. Let me tell you this is an incredible read even if you don't expect it to be. Although it is technically a memoir it is written in such a way that there are some really inspiring creative lessons to be learnt from it.

Listening: Lonely People by Orla Gartland. Her music is right up my acoustic/chilled out street and this song just puts me in an instantly happy mood.

Eating: Takeaway boxes from Foodillic in Brighton. I have barely been in my university flat this week (what with being in Spain and all) so when I was I had no food and I always ended up at Foodillic because their food is idyllic (get the name duh) and there is just so much healthy food to choose from.

Doing: Exploring Valencia (HOW MANY TIMES CAN I MENTION SPAIN IN ONE BLOG POST) and I had a really amazing time visiting my sister where she is living for the year. A highlight was actually going out of the city and going to a town called Xativa. We were there to visit the castle which was up on the hill and had absolutely beautiful views of all the surrounding areas. Obviously the history was fascinating as well.

Loving: The Clinique Take The Day Off balm. There is nothing like going on a trip with only hand luggage (so not being able to take this) what makes you appreciate good skincare when you are back. I've been using it for 4 months now and nothing has ever taken my makeup off so easily whilst cleansing and cleaning my skin thoroughly. I mean it is wonderfully gentle as so well what more could you want?

ALSO, stay tuned for a few Spain related post coming your way, I'm very excited for them.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Skirting around the sea

wearing: crop top from topshop, skirt from boohoo, sunglasses from brighton.
I'm living it up in Spain at the moment but this outfit was back from last week in Brighton. Last Wednesday was pretty much the last day of teaching for me and my friends so after our classes we decided to head to the beach (25 degrees holla) in order to drink ice tea and eat ice cream. Most of the beach was packed but I managed to find a emptier spot to take these photos. I got a lot of people walking past and staring though. I absolutely love midi skirts in the summer, especially when the days are windier because you can still wear a skirt but you are less likely to flash your underwear to the world (I speak from experience here). This one is made of a neoprene-type fabric so it is fairly rigid and holds its shape well.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 4

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: Liv Purvis' blog What Olivia Did. I've been quite busy recently and so not reading a lot of blogs but I have setting aside time to read Liv's blog because I love it so much and I just have to always keep up to date.

Listening: TRXYE by Troye Sivan. So I loved this EP when it first came out but recently the song Gasoline (my personal favourite) came on shuffle and it sparked another wave of love. All the songs have such amazing production and Troye's voice is just darling. I made my sister listen to it on the plane to Valencia.

Eating: Chilli and lime milk chocolate from Montezuma's. This brand is a Sussex based chocolate brand that creates amazing flavour combinations but out of the one's I have tried this is my favourite. I bought some bars for my family a while ago and my sister loved it so I bought a bar on Friday for our flight yesterday. It was eaten within ten minutes of take off that is how good it is.

Doing: Messing about on the beach. This week saw the end of my university lectures for the year (only exams to go now) so me and my friends have had a lot of free time. Combine that with glorious weather and large doses of sunshine means Brighton beach has been the place I have spending a lot of time. Just check out my instagram if you don't believe me.

Loving: Bourjois' Délice de Poudre bronzing powder (or their chocolate bronzer). Due to spending so much time at the beach I've tanned a lot on my face, although my body remains deathly pale and will do all summer. This means that my foundation is a bit to light for my skin so I have been warming it up with this bronzer and the Real Techniques powder brush.