Wednesday, 27 July 2016

OOTD | Lady in Red

 Before we went away, I had this fantastic idea that I would do a holiday look book which didn't evolve exactly as I had hoped. However, I did get some snaps of my favourite looks, massive shout out to my photographer Dan. One of the outfits I chose to shoot was this gorgeous red dress. I picked this up in Forever 21 which is definitely up there as a favourite shop of mine - you should definitely check them out if you haven't before!

I wore this outfit for dinner in Lindos village, although I think it would be great for going out back at home as well. It's classy but I love the fact that the back is open, and there is an elegant high neck too. I feel like a proper princess in this dress! Red is not a colour I would usually wear, so it's nice to mix it up a bit and try something new too.

My bag is from my Grandma, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I love the detailing, and the handle - it is the perfect bag for a night out, or even just going for dinner. I think it goes perfectly with this dress, but would also liven up a jeans and tee combo for more casual occasions.

I kept it simple with a gold bangle from Primark, and these tan strappy sandals from Clarks. With the vibrant red dress, and detailed bag I didn't want to go too fussy with the shoes and jewels because it could have easily ruined the outfit! I absolutely love wearing gold jewellery on holiday too - it makes me feel so much browner! This bangle was an absolute bargain!

What do you think of my outfit? How would you accessorise this dress?

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Why I Travel

 Travel is definitely one of the things in life that makes me happy. I travel because I love heading off to explore somewhere new. Not much beats that feeling of excitement in the weeks leading up to the trip knowing you'll be experiencing a new place which has new languages, cultural habits and of course, food. I love the whole experience - from booking the trip, the trip itself and recapping it all upon my return home for this little blog!

Why I Travel

But, why do I travel? Why am I not content with seeing pictures and videos of other countries around the world? It would certainly save me a lot of money...but to me it just doesn't cut it. I want to be out there, exploring the world. And by exploring, I mean experiencing it first hand. I want to smell the incredible food in the markets in Turkey, and feel the heat whilst walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I want to listen to the music blaring in the Brazilian favela, and taste the most incredible gelato in Rome. I want to hear the Call to Prayer, and learn more about other religions and cultures.

Travel is also a great outlet for me to be able to escape the pressures of daily life. I consider a stay cation travel, and I absolutely consider holidays to be travel too. Many people might not, but I try and experience at least some of the culture whilst I am away - whether that be just trying new food, that still counts for me. Travel is absolutely what you make it, and everyone will have their own unique experiences which is another reason why I travel. It's a great way for Dan and I to have some time together to explore the world in the way that we want to explore it.

I'm excited for the places I am going to see in years to come, and I have fond memories of the places I have travelled to before. With every new place I experience, comes more knowledge and more desire to explore more of the world. Learning about people and their cultures spurs me on to see more of the world, and know more of it. Understanding others, and their cultures is beneficial to peace in the world which is another reason why I travel. I think that the more we know, and the more we try to know, about each other, then the less problems and challenges the world will face. If more people travelled, I honestly do believe there would be more compassion in the world than there is today. When we travel, we see how others live and barriers are broken down - it is like getting to know someone new just on a much broader scale!

Why do you travel?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

2016 Goals Recap

It's officially over half way through the year, and as I tweeted recently I'm pretty sure I am in denial about this. It feels as though it should be March or something, definitely not July! At the start of the year, I posted about my goals for 2016. I love setting something to work towards, and this year was no exception. In fact, I was probably more determined to set some goals this year than ever before. I decided to set some more general goals, and some goals specific to my blog too!

Double my Savings

The problem with my goals this year was that I didn't record my savings. I think I must have been too excited about 2016 to think ahead like this. So, I am going to assume that my guesstimate is accurate, and if so I think'll I'll be doing OK for doubling my savings this year.


Three words - Out. The. Window. Better luck next time! Although it hasn't hindered my saving efforts just yet.

Exploring New Places

Amsterdam - tick. Paris - tick. Rhodes - tick. Two more adventures are booked for the rest of the year which is very exciting. Edinburgh in September, and New York in October. I think we can firmly call this goal a huge success. Exploring new places has been part of my favourite things about this year so far. I love it!

Braver in Blog Content

I posted about the EU Referendum which was quite brave for me, and I also entered into the very scary world of the OOTD. I'd like to call this one a success, but we still have six more months for me to be even more daring!

350 Bloglovin Followers, 1000 Twitter Followers and 500 Instagram Followers

Much like with the first goal, I stupidly forgot to record my followers at the start of the year to be able to monitor my progress. However, at the time of writing I have reached 305 Bloglovin followers, 728 twitter followers and 436 instagram followers. I'm hoping there's still time to reach my goals.

Widen my SEO knowledge + Up DA to 20

I'd love to say I'm an SEO whizz but alas, I am not. This one's a work in progress, although I really would love to know more. My DA has reached 20 this year, but then dipped back down again (argh Moz you killer) so I'm hoping to end the year on a DA of 20 to make this goal a bit more specific.

So looking at my goals so far, I guess this year has been pretty successful already. Here's hoping the last six months of the year bring me even closer to achieving all of these goals, and that I finally get my arse into gear and learn some more about SEO!

Did you set yourself goals for the year? How are you getting on?