Friday, 30 November 2018

Black Friday Shopping Haul


Black Friday is a good time to shop, if you’re planning on buying new things. Although saying that you can buy something and it could be cheaper other times of the year, exactly what happened to me. Some major shops have a percentage of everything. I have been looking for a jacket to wear, traveling to a few places around Europe. I’ll be heading next week, so it will be cold. I bought UGG boots in Australia and I haven’t worn them yet, so I’ll make use of them and wear my UGG boots for the first time next week. 

I came across a puffa jacket on Hollister website a few days before Black Friday, at £89. Hollister always have a sale on everything on Black Friday and Boxing Day, so I held off buying it. I checked the website on Black Friday and everything was 25% off. The jacket was £89, down to £66.75. I quickly bought it. Then on Cyber Monday I saw an advert on Facebook, all Hollister jackets is on sale. I was curious what the Cyber Monday price was, so I clicked the website. The jacket I ordered, was on the Hollister home page. It was reduced to £42.72. Mine hadn’t even arrived yet and it was £24 cheaper. I cancelled the order, I done on Black Friday and reordered the jacket on Cyber Monday. It worked out in the end, as I got the jacket slightly more than half price. 

Every Black Friday (weekend) Glossier had 20% off everything on their website. I can’t recommend enough Glossier enough. I visited the Glossier Showroom in New York and bought a few products to to try. I am guilty to say I own most of the skin care and makeup range. I’ve always wanted the “Glossier sweatshirt” but held off buying it, as I thought £50 seemed expensive for what it was. I basically live in jumpers and leggings, where as the Glossier top looks like a top you’d get away with wearing in the summer here. When I got the email Glossier was doing 20% off all weekend, I knew I was going to buy it. £40 seemed a better deal. I also had £30 credit on my Glossier account, so I decided to buy 2 of the new matte lipsticks and the mascara. If you’ve never bought from Glossier, then you won’t understand the pink zip bag. I must have about 8 now haha. 

Things I bought : 

Hollister 
puffa jacket 

Glossier 
Sweatshirt 
Generation G Matte lipstick : Cake, Like
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Thursday, 29 November 2018

York Shopping Haul



If you’ve never been to York and love chocolate, you’ll love York. There is soo many chocolate shops in York, to choose from. As it was my first time visiting York I visiting the famous tourist York’s Chocolate Story and picked up chocolate with “York’s Chocolate Story” on it. I then headed to Roly’s fudge and got a few different kinds of fudge. My friend Jasmine went into Lush and got things. I didn’t plan on buying anything, but after watching Jasmine pick up up things, it made me want to buy a few things. I ended up spending £38 in Lush. 

What I bought : 

York’s Chocolate Story 
Salted caramel milk chocolate 
Caramel milk chocolate 
Peach raspberry and white chocolate

Roly’s Fudge 
Vanilla fudge 
Honey comb 
Butterscotch 

Lush
Snow Fairy naked body conditioner 
Snow Fairies naked shower gel
Candy bubble brush
Rainbow soap
Satsuma soap

Roly’s fudge is soo nice, so I’ll need to go back to York and get more. I’ll review the Lush products later.
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

1 Day Itinerary | York


I haven’t traveled to many places in the UK, as it’s so expensive. You’re just as cheap, to fly abroad. I once looked to stay a few nights in London, it was only a couple hundred extra to go to New York. When my friend asked me to visit her city York, it gave me a reason to go to York. I looked up train prices and every website was showing between £53-£63. I found Lner have a sign up when new dates are on the website, so I signed up. I got an email for train tickets 3 months later, when they became available. There was prices £39 return, so I booked and quickly messaged my friend and said I hope you’re free that day as I’ve just booked. Lucky she was free that day haha. Jasmine asked what places I’d like to see, so I started Googling “York”. The places that sounded interesting I found was, The Shambles, The Walls and Roly’s Fudge. 

The train left Edinburgh at 9am and arrived in York at just after half 11am. Jasmine met me at the train station. She was my tour guide for the day, as it was my first time visiting York. 

First we walked down to York Mister. Then headed towards The shambles. I spotted York Chocolate Story, so I had to stop and buy chocolate. There was soo many little unique streets in York. We walked down The Shambles and the second you came in line with Roly’s Fudge, you could smell the fridge. I headed and bought some fudge. Even Jasmine acted like a tourist and bought some fudge. 


Then we stopped at Yo Sushi for lunch. I picked one of the sushi’s from the bar,. Then I ordered fries, vegetable gyoza and katsu curry. 


WHIP - MA - WHOP - MA - GATE 


Then we walked part of The Walls. The Walls is abit like The High Line, in New York. You could see views of The York Minster from The Walls.


We walked to St Mary’s Abby, where Jasmine showed me where she stood for her wedding day photo. This is my version of Jasmine’s wedding day pose. (Minus my husband haha)


Lastly we headed to The York Roast to try the Yorkshire wrap. I mean I had to get a Yorkshire wrap, since I was in York. 


Then it was time to head back for the train. Thanks to my tour guide and photographer Jasmine, for showing me around York. 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Liner | Edinburgh - York




I find trains quite stressful, checking the train board with the train stopping. Is it your one ? Is it a delayed one ?. I booked a train with, Lner Edinburgh to York. I was heading to meet a friend, from York. It costed £39 and was the cheapest ticket I could find (booking 3 months in advance). 

The train was leaving Edinburgh Waverley at 9am. I arrived at The Waverley early and waited at the platform. The train arrived around 08:30am. My ticket had coach D, so I got on and found my seat number. I read online there is plug sockets to charge things. The plug socket is on the wall beside the window seat. I was an aisle seat and there was a women sat beside me, so there was no way I could charge my phone using the socket. It would be different if you were traveling with someone, to be able share a plug socket. Lucky when I travel, I take my travel usb charger. The train left Edinburgh, at exactly 9am and arrived in York a little later than half 11am. 

I was booked the 18:30pm York to Edinburgh train. I arrived early at the platform. The train came and it was crowded. People were standing, right to the doors. Then a Lner worker came along saying no one else get on and that another train was heading to Scotland, over the other side of the platform. I ran over the bridge and onto the other train. It was surprisingly empty considering the other train was packed and people standing. I had 2 seats to myself, the whole journey. It was nice not having the awkwardness, of sitting next to a stranger. The train left about 18:50pm and arrived in Edinburgh at around half 9. 

Someone told me you can claim if you didn’t get on the train you were booked on, so I tested it out. The Lner website had 2 claims, Seat Guarantee or Delayed Train. I clicked Seat guarantee and filled in my train details, which took about 2 mins. Within a week I got an email saying I didn’t qualify, as my train was only 6 mins delayed. I replied back “you have a claim for seat guarantee or delayed train” I never got my seat I was booked on, as it was too full. I got on another train. Therefore I was more than 6 mins delayed”. Another week later I got a letter in the post saying I qualified for £8.55 refund. It was a random amount the odd 55p, but not bad for something that took 2 mins to fill out. 

I find getting on a plane a lot less stressful than a train. Also my flight to London and Dublin (which is further way) was cheaper, than my train to York. I would say the plus side I found with the train, it takes you right into the city. As you can’t fly to York, I would go to York again on the train. 
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Monday, 26 November 2018

London Shopping Haul

The one thing I have learned while traveling, is back packs are handy. Your hands are free and your can fit a lot in a back pack. The down side is, they aren’t ideal for edible souvenirs. I had my camera in my back pack and the movement of my walking, must have been bashing the Harrods chocolate. It was still edible, it just didn’t Harrods perfection. 

I know before I flew with Ryan Air I was worried about the personal item size. The back pack I bought for traveling, is slightly bigger than Ryan Air personal item size. I bought a few things in London, so am going to show you what I bought. It will be a fun way to show, how much you can really fit under the seat (take as your personal item). 

What I bought :

LEGO VIP poly bag *free with over £75 spend
Laduree Macaroons 
Harrods chocolate 


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Sunday, 25 November 2018

LEGO Mosaic

Have you ever wondered what you’d look like as LEGO ? If you didn’t know my website before, chances are you’ve probably landed here googling “LEGO Mosaic”. I got my LEGO Mosaic, at Leicester Square Store in London. I thought it would be fun, to share my experience of the LEGO Mosaic.


I headed into the LEGO store and went up stairs. The Mosaic maker is beside the tills. I went to the tills and asked if I could buy the LEGO Mosaic and paid. 


I then went over to the Mosaic Maker. There was no one waiting, so it was nice not feeling rushed or awkward getting my photo. There was a worker watching it. She was really nice and said it takes 3 photos, but she could reset it as many times as I wanted. It’s set the same as a passport machine, except they have a little LEGO figure where the camera is. It looks funny, like the little LEGO man is taking your photo. The first set of photos I done 3 different poses. I didn’t think it looked like “me”. The second set of photos, I was more happier with. The worker offered to reset it again, but I didn’t want to risk it incase I didn’t get as good photo. 


I clicked the photo I liked. It gave me options to filter it. The photo looked different each filter, I clicked on. I opted for the original photo, although am not sure how how LEGO has my face gray and I have a lighter colour forehead ? Haha. Also I have 1 black LEGO on my lip.



It was fun doing the LEGO Mosaic. It’s not something you can do everyday. It costs £99.99 for the LEGO Mosaic. It is expensive for what it is, but I think when it’s something you can’t get somewhere it’s worth the money. 


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Saturday, 24 November 2018

1 Day Itinerary | London


The day after visiting Dublin, I headed to London. I hadn’t visited London in a few years. After I found a cheap flight with Ryan Air I decided to be a tourist and head to London. I acted like a tourist and searched “London” on Instagram. I saw on Instagram photos of macaroons at a shop called Laduree, so I knew I wanted to visit there. The LEGO store in London has a photo mosaic. I thought if I go to London, am going to get my LEGO face mosaic haha. I looked on google maps and planned out a route.

The flight was at 06:50, so I got to the airport for 5am. Then I wandered around the airport. I went to Bar Burrito and got a sausage in a roll and a drink. There wasn’t many people with hand luggage suitcases, so I think that helped the plane take of in time. I would say the 07:50am plane, was more a work commute plane. It landed on time and I was booked to get the National Express buss for 08:45. I headed to find the buses and wait for the bus. I choose National Express bus, as I’d used them before. It was my first time traveling to London myself, so I opted to use National Express again. I think I forgot how long the journey is from Stansted to London. It’s safe to say the flight is quicker, than the bus journey. It’s over an hour from Stansted into London. 






I got of the bus at Baker Street, then I made my way to Harrods. It was about half an hour walk, so I headed through Hyde Park acting like a tourist. As I hadn’t been to London in a few years, I used Google maps to find my way to Harrods. Whenever I visited Harrods, I loved getting the chocolate that has Harrods on it as a souvenir. I headed to the food section in Harrods and got some Harrods chocolate. 

After visiting Harrods I headed to Laduree. Laduree is actually part of Harrods, so you can cut through or come in from their own door they have. They had soo many nice colours and flavours. Laduree are expensive macaroons, but it’s not like I can buy them everyday. The nearest store to me online, shows London. I went for the box of 6 for £14. 


On my way to Leicester Square, I decided to play the tourist and stop for a photo outside Buckingham Palace. Am sure I have photos, back when I was 14 standing outside Buckingham Palace haha. When I tried crossing the road one of the Royals went by in a car (Eugenie or Beatrice). 


I found my way to Leicester Square and headed into LEGO Store. I did actually redo my makeup, thinking I better redo my makeup for my photo (not that LEGO could pick up on makeup haha). It was actually quite fun. You get 3 shots, but the worker said she could reset it, as many times as I wanted. I done 6 photos, before I was happy with my photo. The LEGO box is bigger than Ryan Air personal item size, so I was worried about getting it on the plane home. I did have a plan, if it was too big. As there’s 4 small boxes, I planned to take them out and break the box. Lucky it fitted under the seat.


I then headed to the M&M store. I love the M&M store in New York, as they always have different flavours. I was disappointed in the London one. It’s the same ones you can buy in shops, but the colours are separated. They did have a MINI car in store, so I had to get my photo. 



I stopped for Lunch at Shake Shack in Leicester Square. The vanilla milkshakes are the best in Shake Shack. I ordered a hotdog, cheese n chips and a vanilla milkshake. 


I then walked along Oxford Street and Bond Street, before making my way back to catch the bus back to the airport. 

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Ryan Air | Edinburgh - London


When you think London, you think London City. Budget airlines fly to Stansted, Luton and Gatwick. You forget that you spend more time getting from the airport to London, than the flight. As I’ve not flew to London in a few years, after finding a cheap flight to Dublin I was curious what the price would be to London now. I found a flight for £22 return with Ryan Air, the following day after Dublin. The flight was with Ryan Air, Edinburgh to Stansted. I booked, as a random day trip so I wasn’t paying extra to pick my seat. Again I got allocated a middle seat, both ways. 

The flight was at 06:50, so I got to Edinburgh Airport for 5am. Edinburgh Airport carpark and the Airport itself, was a lot busier than the day before. I ended up getting a breakfast roll at Bar Burrito and wandering around the shops. 

The flight took off and landed on time. On the flight home, I bought things in London and had bags, that was too big to fit in the tester bag box. I had planned if it didn’t fit, to open the Lego box up and break the box up. One of the airport staff shouted over when I was trying to fit it saying “if you bought it at the airport it’s fine”. I said “I didn’t”. He replied “it’s fine you’ll still get on”. I was worried it wasn’t going to fit under the seat, since it didn’t fit in the tester box. The flight was an hour delayed. The over head department, is for priority only and was still open when I got on the plane. The other flights, the over head was closed by the time I got on the plane, so anyone could have easily used the over head. I got on and my bags fitted under the seat (they were bigger, than Ryan Air personal item size). I sat down and the pilot made an accouncement saying “we are short staff tonight”. It made me laugh. It was like they don’t care what they say. 

I’ve seen a lot of bad reviews on Ryan Air, but for £22 flight you can’t complain. I think as long as your items fit under the seat, they don’t care. Though it could be the fact, they were short staff haha. 

The photo below is the bags I had, on the flight coming home (bigger than Ryan Air personal bag size) and fitted under the seat. 

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Kilmainham Gaol | Dublin


If am ever looking for ideas, I can always rely on my friend Jasmine to come up with things to do. She’s also my fashion stylist haha. She found the back pack I liked for traveling. When I told Jasmine I booked Dublin, she asked what I had planned. I said no idea, Guinness ? She came back with a list of ideas. One of them was Kilmainham Gaol. If you’ve never heard of “Gaol”, it’s an old jail museum. As I visited Melbourne Gaol, I was interested to see Dublin Gaol. I looked on the website, there was set time slots and some fully booked. I was booked for the Guinness Store House for 11am, so the nearest time slot I could make was 1:45pm. 

Kilmainham Gaol is really strict. There was security on the door. I walked up and showed my booking on my phone. One of the security told me to follow him to a room, where others in the group were waiting. Once everyone in the group arrived we had to stand in a line and show our booking to the tour guide. Before the tour began, you are warned it’s a 1 hour tour. If you need to leave early, they’ll radio for someone to come and walk you back. We went through all the jail sections and got told about all the history. It was like the tour guide was tuned to something. He didn’t have an ear piece or anything on. Every time he gave a story of the history he’d stop and have a moment on silence, then start up again. Sometimes we can forget things, though he done it throughout the whole tour. He just seemed to stop and say “hold on a minute”. It was like someone was feeding him information, then he’d start talking again. The main hall reminded me of Melbourne Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol is interesting to see, if you like Gaols and into history. I personally liked Melbourne Gaol better, you could walk round yourself. Dublin Gaol is a guided tour, you’re in a group at all times. 
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