Turin.

Following my previous post on my trip to Lyon, here are the photographs from my trip to Turin. Turin is a beautiful city in the North of Italy surrounded by the Alps. I tried to keep the photographs to a minimum but its so beautiful, I took so many photographs it’s difficult to narrow them down.

I went on to Turin with my sister, dad and brother. Me and Tiegan stayed with our aunt who lives out there. It ended up being a very inexpensive trip and visiting our aunt who we barely see was good for the soul. Hopefully we will be returning soon when its warmer and for longer than just a few days. Its amazing how much you can do in such a small space of time when visiting another city.

 

I also still have the photos to share from mine and Tiegan’s trip to Budapest which will be up next week! If you like the look of any of these photographs, some of them are available on my Redbubble page, available to buy as prints! Please have a look:

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Touring London.

Hello everyone! It’s so good to be blogging again! I’ve missed it the last week. I took a break because I was unsure of where my blog was going and what kind of posts I wanted to get out there. But there is nothing like coming back on a fresh week and talking about something that you love! I’m always afraid that my posts are becoming lackluster and that my heart isn’t in it but then I find something I love to talk about and I get excited again.

Living just North of London means that it’s only a 40 minute train journey away and it means visiting as often or as little as I want. The train can be expensive for the day though unless you have a specific place to go and are staying for your time in London. I always get confused with the underground and am never sure which zone I need (if you have been to London I’m sure you’ll know what I mean).

This weekend my parents were taking my two oldest nieces to a day out in the city and they kindly invited me and my sister along! I love spending time with my family so I didn’t want to decline.

Since it was my nieces first time in the London, my parents decided to take them on a tour bus around, showing all the tourist sites. I’ve been to London a few times and seen all of them but it was still fun to go around and see it on a tour bus and showing my nieces around.

Here are some of my photographs from the day, most of these were taken on my phone because I dropped my camera and for the whole day I refused to use it in case I found that it was broken so it stayed in my sisters bag for the rest of the day. I tested it when we got home and to my relief it wasn’t broken, phew.IMAG1824a We used a company called Golden Tours  but there are loads to choose from, this one was significantly cheaper. Most of the companies offer a hop-on hop-off service, which means for a certain time period, you get to use the buses around London, getting off at whichever stop you like and then getting on again wherever you like. This company also have a boat trip included in the price and other companies you had to pay extra for the boat ride. Or you can stay on the bus and not worry about a ride across the Thames! We started at Trafalgar square and as you can see it was absolutely packed. It was a pretty nice day so I guess everyone had the same idea. I’ve been to Trafalgar square in the pouring rain and even during the Winter and it has always been busy. I’m yet to see it empty. IMAG1825a We then got onto the tour bus and they gave us headphones so that we could plug them in and then listen to a tour guide, which explained a lot of the buildings, with lots of facts about The Great Fire of London and The Blitz during world war 2.

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I was just trying to give myself a halo using the sun rays (which I was being blinded by) and then I realised I was taking a selfie with a tourist. Smile!

London has a mixture of old and new buildings. The majority of the more modern buildings are covered in completely glass windows whilst the older buildings are more Gothic. Some of the buildings used to be warehouses. They are now mostly offices or have been converted into businesses.IMAG1836aIMAG1838aIMAG1844aIMAG1854a IMAG1861a Then of course you have the buildings and attractions which London is famous for.

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Because you can get on and off the buses as you like during the day, it makes it easy to walk around and see everything a lot better. You can get off at all the major attractions so you don’t have to worry about finding them yourself and you can get right back on in the same place. It also means you can get off and grab lunch wherever you want!

After we were done with the tour, we went down Oxford Street and looked in a few of the shops. But it was so busy and it was hard work just walking down the street. In Oxford Street you’ll find The Body Shop, Zara, Next, New Look, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, River Island etc. and the worlds worst Primark I have ever been in. I never want to go in there again!

If you’re thinking of going to London but are not sure if you’d like to go on a tour or not then I recommend it. If you’ve never been to London before then it can be a great way of showing you round before you start venturing out on your own. It’s also good for getting around since you can get on and off whenever. Plus it’s a quick way to see all of the sights during the day, if you’re not in London for a long stay.

If you would like to see more pictures from the day then you can find them on my Flickr here.

One more thing, my little sister finally put out her first blog posts so you can go and check them out and follow her blog here!

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Having A Bad Week.

Last week was bloody awful. Definitely not one of my favourites. I have no reason for having a bad week though. It started off as just feeling super tired and wanting to sleep in, but by the end of the week I didn’t want to get out of bed or talk to anyone. I wasn’t inspired by anything, which you may have read about or noticed in my Photographers Gallery  post and I just felt like nothing was going the way I wanted it to. Of course I did get up and dressed because I knew I’d only feel worse if I stayed in bed all day. I tried talking myself out of it and even talking to someone else about it. But nothing was working and by the end of the week I had had enough. It was time to pull myself out of my weird little funk.

So, I spent an entire day doing nothing. Well, not exactly doing nothing, just taking the time to rejuvenate. Pull myself together. Let myself feel crappy for one last day and get it out of my system. So if you’re in a weird funk and everything seems to be getting you down, I’m going to share with you my favourite things to do which help me feel better and I hope that it gives you some ideas for when you’re having a bad day/week.

Here’s what I did:

The first thing I did was get changed. Out of my pyjamas and into some jogging bottoms and a clean t-shirt. You can stay in your pyjamas if you like. it doesn’t matter, you’re probably not going anywhere. I cleansed my face and brushed my teeth to make myself feel some-what presentable and to feel a little fresher. Then I made my bed and tidied up a little bit. It always helps to have a tidy space to relax in because mess can be frustrating. If your space is tidy then your thoughts will be too.

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It was a rainy day so I lit a candle (Grapefruit by Yankee Candle) and made myself a cup of tea. I pulled out my Darling magazines and grabbed my favourite throw and made my bed comfortable. I like to be cosy. Darling is my favourite thing to read when I’m feeling fed up. It’s full of encouragement and inspiration for all areas of your life. It’s all positive too which makes it perfect for those not-so-great days.DSC_0086a

I’m pretty creative and I can get annoyed with myself when I’m lacking inspiration and interest in the normal things I love to do. I have a few creative books that I’ve collected over the years and they’re always my favourite things to go back to. The don’t require much thinking and just help to get the creative juices flowing.

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The Big Colour by numbers book is my favourite one to pull out. All the designs are right there for you and all you have to do is grab your pens and get started. There are a tonne of books like this going around now and they’re not expensive here are a few that I’d love to add to my collection.

The Art Therapy Colouring Book

Animal Kingdom

Mindfulness Colouring Book

You can find all of these and loads more like it here.

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Two more of my favourite creative books are these 642 Things To Draw and 712 More Things To Draw. These are great for doodling. You don’t have to be an amazing artist to have and complete these books, they’re just great if you love to draw but need a little inspiration to get started.

These kinds of books are great for unwinding. They don’t require much thinking and are great for de-stressing.

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Another thing I love to do is give myself some retail therapy. Online shopping is my favourite since it’s so quick and easy to do. I know a lot of people prefer actually going out to shop but it gives me anxiety and makes me feel rushed and under pressure to find things I like. Most of the time I am filling up my basket and not actually buying anything but since I was feeling so down I did really buy some stuff so you can expect a mini haul at some point.

At the end of the day I ran myself a bath and used my favourite products. Anything that makes you feel calm and relaxed is perfect. Aromatherapy products are awesome. If like me you have trouble sleeping then stay away from tea! Stick to decaf as an alternative or try something new like chamomile or even cherry juice.

Other things you can do which can help to make you feel better are taking walks, listening to upbeat playlists, being with friends etc. Whatever makes you feel good. It’s also important to take time away from technology, turn off your phone and your laptop. They can both be distractions from what is really important to you, once you take them away you can begin to clear your head a little better.

Often advice I see is that when you’re feeling low you should make yourself get up and out no matter how you’re feeling. In my experience though it’s not always easy and you should never force yourself to do something you don’t want to. If you need to, it’s important to take time for yourself. Don’t have a pity party but make sure you let yourself feel the things you need to feel. If you keep putting them to the side or ignoring them, they’re not going to go away. It’s OK not to be OK.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and have liked my advice and little tips that help with making me feel better. It took me a while to get to writing this because it seemed quite personal but I thought it was important and something that I wanted to share. If it helps me then it could help someone else.

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The Photographers Gallery

Last Thursday was one of those awful rainy days that we have here in the UK. The ones where its beautiful. sunny and warm the day before and then the next the heavens open and you remember what it’s like to be British again. Me and my Dad took our monthly trip to The Photographers Gallery to visit the new exhibition for the month. We’ll usually visit the gallery first, have some lunch, visit the bookstore and then wonder around Soho and take some street photographs.

The current exhibitions are The Chinese Photobook and DEUTSCHE BÖRSE. The Gallery is made up of Five floors, you start on the first floor and make your way up. By accident on our second visit we started at the top and worked our way down, since then this is what we’ve been doing. We love to be different. The exhibitions are separate, the third floor dedicated to the Chinese Photobook, the fourth and fifth floors dedicated to the DEUTSCHE BÖRSE photography prize. The first floor was holding a private exhibition or some sort of class, I can’t remember.

The photography prize was compiled of several runner ups and the winner will be announced on the 28th of May with a book signing on the 29th. The Photographers Gallery always pulls off the most incredible exhibitions, holding some really wonderful art. Please click here  if you’d like to read more about the artists and their displays. I won’t go into too much detail on my thoughts on each one, since there are 4 different sections to talk about.

The one that stood out most was the work of Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse.  “Their collaborative publication presents a, ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text which uncover the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg”. The images were heartbreaking with a contrast between the apartments before they were abandoned and after. There were also photographs of the doors, the windows and the televisons of each apartment, presented in light boxes  .

 17728005982_27065b5c6a_nDSC_0012AViviane Sassen’s display was also really interesting. I particularly like this landscape photograph with the red filter. Each individual display was interesting but the photographer’s gallery is something which is probably easier to absorb in two trips since there is often two separate exhibitions to view.DSC_0011A

After we were done in the gallery we decided to take some street photography. I really like this little shop, we didn’t buy anything in there though but they had some pretty cool stuff. Here are some of the photos I took. I took more but I wasn’t that pleased with them and I’m still feeling uninspired when it comes to photography.
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Thank you for reading!

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A Few Things….

Firstly, Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. There are a few things I’d like to let you know about/ask about and since it’s the start of a new week I figured this is the best time to do it.

The first thing is I’ve hit 100 Followers, which is awesome and kind of strange because I didn’t think I’d get more than 5. Thank you for following me and reading my little blog posts. I’m also trying to figure out a blog post schedule that I can stick to for consistency and so you all know when I’ll be posting!

Second thing is, I have a skincare routine blog post which is ready to be posted but it features a lot of products which I’ve mentioned before so I wasn’t sure if that would be something anyone would like to read just let me know and I’ll post it sometime this week or next week! Please let me know what sort of posts you’d like to see from me as well and I’ll write them all down.

And lastly, for anyone who reads my blog but isn’t on WordPress, or if you are on WordPress but would like to follow me in other places, then please follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin’. I’m not following enough bloggers on any of those platforms so I will follow you back! I love seeing bloggers photos and tweets! I follow a few bloggers already but I can never get enough of other bloggers beautiful pictures of food and beauty products.

That’s all for this Monday morning! Be sure to check my previous posts for more Monday morning reading.

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The Isle Of Wight

Fitness Update

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Wing Girl.

In one of the earlier issues of Darling Magazine, there is an article about enlisting in a Wing Girl when trying to accomplish new goals or trying to break bad habits.

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If you don’t know what Darling Magazine is then you can read about it here.

I am very lucky to have a huge, very close family which is mostly made up of girls.

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To show you but a few. Because I have grown up, surrounded by all these incredible girls I understand how important it is to be supportive of others.

In a previous post, I spoke about how much free time I have since leaving my job a few months ago and with all this free time, I haven’t just been sitting around being a slob not doing anything. One thing which I have been doing quite a lot is being health conscious and getting fitter. You can read about that here. But I am not doing it alone. I’ve been working out consistently (at least an hour every day 5/6 days a week) for over a month now with my brother’s girlfriend, Lisa. It started out as a bit of fun and I honestly didn’t think I would keep it up for as long as I have. I completely put it down to us doing it together. We work out even when we don’t feel up for it simply because we are counting on each other. Even on the days where neither of us want to we still spur each other on and encourage it. We have got this far, we can’t give up now.

That’s just one example of how being encouraging and supportive can be beneficial. When enlisting in your wing girl, here are some things to remember:

What kind of support do you need? Do you need to simply just tell someone about your goals to keep up with them or do you need someone to achieve your goals with you?

Will this person keep you on track? Or are you both likely to give up for the same reasons?

Share your goals with each other. Have short term and long term goals which you both feel you can achieve.

“Enlisting in a wing girl can empower us to live our best lives and become our better selves. She can act as our guide, our greatest confidant, strictest teacher or fearless cheerleader.”

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“CHANGE BEGINS WITH JUST ONE SMALL STEP.”

Leave your thoughts and opinions on the benefits of having someone who will support and encourage your goals and even achieve them with you, below.

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