Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wander in the Dominican Republic | beauty and cause

The past few weeks has seen so much devastation brought upon our world. The natural disasters that have entailed hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Jose and Maria alongside the tragedy of earthquake in Mexico has left families without loved ones and without a home. I visited the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean island, a little over a month ago and was faced with such timeless beauty and landscape never sparing a thought that these islands, and many others would soon face tragedy. 
For these people to suffer such heartbreak is unimaginable. I could have continued my blog posts on my trip to the Dominican but this would not have been right. Instead I would like to share with you some of my personal, unedited photos of the Puerto Plata, a place I will remain eternally grateful to have visited.
Please say a prayer,
please spare a thought for so many in need of help at this moment in time.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

I-Island breeze and lights down low | SHOP THE LOOK

Ditsy prints
Deep plunges
Darker than darker lips 
Dreamiest destinations

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Bracelet: Michael Kors SHOP
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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Taste me tropical | Wanderlust

When in the Caribbean it's only right you spend your days sipping rum and coke, singing Bob Marley and taking every opportunity to frolic. From a Summer based purely on all things Despacito it's only right you look head to toe flawless doing it. 
One of my favourite Dominican ensembles was this two piece co-ordinate set from Zara, paired with Topshop sliders. From the frills to the tie everything about this outfit is flirtatious, fun and fabulous. This gorgeous turquoise with statement orange florals look amazing on anyone making it all the more appealing. Being in the Dominican is carefree and effortless, so your outfit should be too. Switch your stilettos for flats, your sleek pony for beach waves and your nude lip for the hottest coral. 
If you are going to live the part, dress the part.
Taste me tropical darling.
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Caribbean dream | Wanderlust

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Whilst there is no denying that Autumn is my favourite season I find myself, like everyone else, lusting after Summer each year. The thrill of the city in the Winter months is motivating however as the heat approaches island hopping falls top of my agenda. 
This Summer I spent my time in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. This Caribbean island fell nothing short of an escape. It's picture perfect landscape, vibrant culture and laid back attitude left me longing to stay for eternity- any wanderlusts dream.
I myself had never travelled to the Caribbean I had only been subjected to it through films and and Instagram. Through hearsay I never doubted that this tropical paradise would be everything I desire.
I took the nine hour Dreamliner trip across the Atlantic and down onto the island. Whilst many visit Punta Cana, we stayed North of the island which very much like my trip to Mexico gave a new outlook on everything that I had heard, we really were immersed within this culture. 
Immediately the golden sand, shades of blue, mountainous view and the kindest people you could have ever met made this vacation one of the best that I had ever been on. The Dominican Republic thrives off tourism and that becomes clear to see as you travel around the island, seeing just exactly how many live and realising just how lucky you really are.
One of my favourite things about travelling to any sunshine destination is that I love being surrounded by nature, particularly forest which was clear to see in my trip to the Sorgun forest a few years back. It's places into perspective that everything around you is living, and to harm it would be a tragedy. Vacations are about leaving your troubles behind and escaping. 
My first day in the Caribbean made this a reality.  
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Bank holiday botanical | SHOP THE LOOK

What better to spend the last Bank Holiday of the year than at the dreamiest wedding around? 
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Top: Coast SHOP
Skirt: Coast SHOP
Shoes: Office SHOP
Handbag: Nine West at Kurt Geiger SHOP
Manicure: It's all Elementary by Nails Inc SHOP 
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Thursday, 24 August 2017

What's in my travel bag?

Travelling is by far one of my favourite things to do. Whether it's long haul or short haul, by air, sea, road or train, there are some key essentials that will always help you along the way to make sure you stay comfortable, fulfilled and ultimately glam.
My go to vacay handbag this Summer was by Zara. Whilst I often opt for a tote bag I am guilty of overfilling it with unnecessary things, many which I do not use. This two toned striped cross shoulder bag, with a chocolate brown trim, was perfect for complimenting any outfit regardless of the colour. Whilst smaller than I would normally opt for this left me to really think what I actually consider an, 'essential'. Here is what I carry in my travel bag ...

Coin purse & card holder- There are two reasons as to why I avoid taking my Lulu Guinness purse away with me and that is one, it simply doesn't fit in this handbag and two, you do not want to carry your life around with you in case it goes walkabouts. It is important to only ever carry your essentials such as your ID, bank cards and insurance cards. A coin purse is a cute way to compliment a card and note holder particularly when you are using a different currency.

Headphones & a phone charger-  Whether your are a music lover or not these will always come in useful especially on long haul flights. I always carry a power bank with me in case I need to use my phone in an emergency and I am out of battery. Remember if you are in a foreign country to carry the essential adaptor with you, this has saved me one too many times in the airport.

Cosmetics- This time around I kept my cosmetics to a minimum. My Emma Lomax make up bag was the perfect fit into this handbag. I chose my Bourjois healthy mix concealer, Rimmel stay matte powder (with a Real Techniques powder brush) and Chanel Elise lipstick. Whilst these are what I would consider the bare minimum they are all you need for a quick top up as you are travelling from A to B. If you are wishing to wear bright lipstick start your journey wearing a gloss and apply your lipstick towards the end of your journey to ensure it looks every inch of flawless. I am currently using my Kate Spade compact mirror which I couldn't be without (no one likes to do their make up in their iPhone camera). I also carry wipes, tissues and a moisturiser. I try to stay away from squeezing all my high end products into my handbag in case it gets damaged or leaks.

The important stuff- I always carry a small pouch to place any essential travel documents in whether this is tickets or my passport. Whilst I adore passport holders they can often become more of a nuisance during your journey as many airports refuse to accept documents until their holders have been removed. As long as your passport is protected you are good to go. I also always carry my driving license in my card holder in case I am desperate for ID and I ever find myself without my passport for whichever reason. 

Liquids- As I am sure you are all aware there is a 100ml limit on any liquids carried in your hand luggage if you are flying. If there is one thing I would recommend it is carrying an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser. Try to stay away from scented or creamy ones as you will always find yourself seeking the smell of cleanliness to know that it has actually been effective. I also carry a small bottle of body spray, this years go to was a mini Victoria's Secret in Sunkissed. 
Something worth mentioning is carrying medication as this will also need to go in the same clear bag when flying. Take an extra packet of any pills you need, alongside your normal medication, even if you are prepared in your hold luggage. You never know when your suitcase will go missing and you never want to be without your absolute essentials. 


Valuables- Never keep your valuables in your suitcase, for exactly the same reason as above. Any costly jewellery or accessories (mine are my Fendi's) are better off by your side so you know exactly where they are at all times. 

What are your go to travel essentials? 
Do you overpack or under pack? Be sure to let me know! 
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

ESCAPE X MEXICO

Mexico.
A land of amazing culture, history, tradition ... and a tequila or two.
If you desire a vacay that combines luxury, adventure and a party its time to jetset. Unlike many other destinations this entire country is filled with tourist hotspots that are home to some of the most incredible landscapes. You never have to stay in one place, it's a place that thrives on hustle. From sipping the best margaritas in the world (a life changer), to spending your night dancing the streets with local people Mexico makes a case for escape. Theres a reason so many people elope here. 
I'd always heard so many people mention Mexico and with so much fascination it was time I saw for myself.  You find yourself longing for venture beyond your own belief. 
With not a care in the world the possibilities are endless on this bucket list essential.  

Location
One of the hardest decisions you will have to make when going to Mexico is your location of choice. I took a twelve hour flight to the Pacific Coast and the travel was worth the while. With that being said the famous Caribbean Coast, home to Cancun,  a city I know you have heard of, is equally as tempting. Life couldn't be more different but with a carefree attitude and the aim to have a little fun you will be at ease from the second you step off the plane. Cabo and Tulum are favourite, 'it' places every Summer season. With so much choice how do you make one of the best decisions of a lifetime? 
You try both ... 


Where to stay?
Pacific Coast
RIU VALLARTA BOOK
4*+, Nuevo Vallarta
'golden sand beach of Playa de Flamingos, in a laid-back part of Nuevo Vallarta.'

GRAND SIRENIS MATALI HILLS RESORT AND SPA BOOK
5*, Puerto Vallarta 
'This hillside hotel delivers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.'

Caribbean Coast
EL DORADO MAROMA  BOOK
5*, Riviera Maya
'perfect blend of laid-back and luxury'

MOON PALACE BOOK
5*, Cancun 
'The hotel is tucked among 123 acres of gardens, and right on a white-sand beach.'


Where to explore? 
1/7 NEW WONDERS Take this one in a lifetime opportunity to explore the ancient Chichén Itzá and immerse yourself in one of the many pieces of history that Mexico has to offer. - Caribbean Coast
STREET PARTY Wherever you go every night is a party. When I say its time to dance with the locals you will soon realise that this is a natural instinct as you wander through some of the sassiest, music you ever did hear.
TEQUILA TOUR For a country that is renown for it's Tequila it's only right the you escape to the unknown and do it properly, do you dare?
HIDDEN MEXICO Take an organised Jeep tour into the hidden jungles of Puerto Vallarta. Besides encompassing everything that Mexico has to offer this subtropical jungle not only has the most beautiful nature and creatures, as expected, but is the location of many Mexican villages- many of which you are invited to come and explore for yourself. - Puerto Vallarta
WATER SPORTS With an endless ocean ahead of you water sports whilst in Mexico is a must. You have no excuse. It's time to paraglide your way over dream hotspots and scuba down to the depths of the many divine shades of ocean.
SUNSET DINNER Whilst this may sound obvious this an experience like no other. The weather is unpredictable and you must take each day as it comes as it can change in an instance, especially during the Summer months ... but this is where it gets fun. If you get a chance to experience one of the insane tropical storms that often pass you'll soon begin to realise nothing changes, you'll love this place when it's torrential weather as much as you do when it heats up.
You have to see it to believe it.

When booking a trip to Mexico an all inclusive package is recommended. With such packages you are housed in a luxury resort, by a beautiful beach and still have every opportunity to explore everything you desire ... and there is nothing stopping you spending a few days away from the hotel. Unlike many city breaks Mexico is a world away but trying to plan this strategically will take some serious organisation and therefore a package vacation is a must. However you must realise this does not in anyway draw your attention from the partying and the desire to wander, if anything it encourages it. Whilst most hotels will give you the chance to explore world cuisine take a night to go and immerse yourself in the city and experience Mexico in it's truest form. 

A Mexico vacay is one that captures everything and quite simply put is one of my favourite places in the entire world. When people speak in admiration, it's the truth. 
This maybe a costly experience but this is an escape you'll never want to arrive back from. 
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