Friday, 29 April 2016

Crete - April 2016

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I am back from Crete! I hope you didn't miss the posts that went up while I was away. I didn't have much chance to promote them so here they are:

I took the day off from blogging on Wednesday because I got back home at about 1am and IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY! I thought I'd just chill as I didn't ave any birthday plans until this Saturday! I shall do a little blog post about all that for next week! 

So, now I'm back in England! Not for long, I might add, as I shall be jetting off to Mexico in June. I have finally booked to go back to Mexico so that is one more thing I can cross off the 2016 bucket list! I cannot wait! In the meantime I have got lots to talk about regarding Crete! What a fantastic holiday!
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Stunning views flying across Europe!
After flying from Manchester Airport with Thomas Cook, we landed on the already scorching hot Greek island around 4pm their time (they are 2 hours ahead). A 15 minute transfer took us straight to our hotel and our first impressions were exceptional. The reception staff at the Aphrodite Beach Club welcomed us with cooling towels neatly rolled up in a basket and said they had upgraded us to a Superior Room. We quickly got changed and headed down to the pool to see a bit more of the hotel and later watch the sunset over the sea. Wow, what an amazing sight to see!

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Beautiful sunset!
We already had our first day planned as we had previously booked a Jeep Safari to go on the Minoan route and that was fantastic. Such an experience and so glad we did it! I will be doing alternative posts about Crete so I can go into more detail but we had such a great time and have so many pictures to show you but for now I'll give a rough guide of what we did... Our driver took us right up into the mountains, stopping off when there were beautiful sights to see so we could get photos and take it all in. We also stopped off at a few little traditional Greek villages where the locals invited us in for homemade olives, bread and of course, their Raki. Yum! At the top of the mountains was Zeus' cave which took us around 25 minutes to climb up the 'harder' path and then cost us 6 euros to enter. Well worth it! It was great to be in a place that has so much history! Supposedly it's the birth place of Zeus and other Ancient Greek Gods. The price of the safari included BBQ for lunch and unlimited wine and water! I had a pork chop with homemade chips (made with olive oil) and it was delicious. Possibly the best pork chop I've ever had! Read my post about it here.

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Jeep Safari was with Safari Club and it was fantastic!
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The views were unbelievable!
Day three took us to Knossos and then the beach in the afternoon. We hired a taxi to take us to Knossos and then he waited for us at no extra charge! The entrance fee was 15 euros but for the size of it, I was fine to pay that. Being able to see such well preserved ancient ruins that have so much history is such a privilege and the sights to see were awe inspiring! 
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Very traditional Ancient Greek architecture! 
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Well-preserved ruins with a beautiful back drop!
Monday was our final full day and yet again we had a trip planned. You can probably tell we were trying to cram as much as possible into this short 4 night stay. The trip was a cycling tour! Both Caitlin and I enjoy cycling so it only seemed right that this would be how we would try see most of the area. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to Old Town Malia, kitted up with bikes, helmets, gloves, and water and then shown the route. Basically we had to follow red arrows or dots which was pretty simple! What another fantastic experience! I really need to learn more adjectives! The route took us up towards the mountains, along some dirt tracks, back down to the coast, through Sissi, and back to Old Town Malia. We stopped off for food at a little taverna along the way too.

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Pork Belly with homemade chips! Absolutely delicious! 
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We didn't get many photos on the route but I managed to GoPro it all! Yet again, stunning sights and such an adventure!
Tuesday was our leaving day but our flight wasn't until 20 to 9 at night so we did have most of the day to chill out! Unfortunately, both of us got badly sun burnt at the beach the afternoon before so we were in a little bit too much pain to do much else. We walked up along the beach and bought some souvenirs. It was also much too windy to be outside for very long so German TV it was (there weren't any English channels, except the news).

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The sea had been extremely calm for the duration of the holiday until the last day!
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There were so many souvenirs to choose from! I loved these but ended up not having enough money to buy anything else!
The flight home was an experience. Not a particularly good one. I've never flown with EasyJet before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm used to the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that's massive, TV's on the back of the seats and plenty of legroom. This flight was the complete opposite. No TVs and no legroom. I kind of guessed it was going to be a bit like that though so that didn't really bother me so much. It was the fact the after two hours I felt like I could barely breathe. My nose was hurting, my eyes were stinging. I think it was something to do with the air pressure. Also, my table was filthy! The cabin crew announced they were coming round with drinks and food and then they got to us about half an hour later and we were sat on row 10. They ran out of all their hot food and sandwiches too so anyone after about row 15 wouldn't have got anything. I was glad to be back in England, lets put it that way!

Crete is a beautiful island that I'd love to be able to visit again sometime in the future. I'd love to see more of the island, perhaps the south. I wouldn't stay in that hotel again but I'd definitely recommend the trips! If you're going to Crete, definitely don't forget your camera! We both had a wonderful and well-needed short break away and now it's time to get back to normal! And, I guess, start the countdown for Mexico!

Look out for more posts on Crete! I shall link them at the bottom of this post when they are published! If you have any questions about the trip, let me know in the comments and I'll try to cover them in the next posts!

Where are you going on holiday this year? Or if you've been already, where did you go and how was it?

See ya!
- KC xx

Read more posts about my trip to Crete!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Kruger National Park - South Africa

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Guest Post!
Written by Edmond Denning
Twitter - @edmonddenning
Instagram - @edmond_denning_

Hi there everyone!

The thought of waking up at 5:30 in the morning is a terrifying one. It's a not a pleasant thought... unless it was to be driven around for 3 hours in one of the most beautiful places on Earth - the Kruger National Park, South Africa. I've been fortunate enough to visit a few times and this blog is me trying to, let's say, give an insight into why I have returned so many times.

Reasons why I return to Kruger National Park in South Africa

1. The Photographs - I'm a photographer and the Kruger National Park is one of the best places in the world for anyone interested in photography with its epic landscapes, awe-inspiring sunrises/ sunsets and of course - the animals.

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You can't deny that this is a beautiful thing to see!
2. The wildlife - It's a vast wilderness (around the size of Wales) which allows or Africa's most well known animals to roam free. Before I came here, zoo's seemed like the go-to place to see things like lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes, and countless other animals that you just wouldn't see in your back garden.  They'll tell you on safari that "insert animal here" has a huge territory of tens if not hundreds of square kilometers.

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Impala often hang around in big groups.
3. The Adventure - There is something hypnotising about this place. The idea that you have no idea when you're going to see something really keeps you on your toes; as a photographer perhaps more so. The first time we went, there was something so special and insanely unfamiliar about this land that sparked my interest from the first day. I've been to other places in South Africa, but the Kruger is something different to any of those. I see it as a canvas of possibilities, as a photographer, and as a general wildlife lover. It is so unique and every trip has been starkly different in some way to previous trips. Each time, something new and exciting crops up. It's amazing how this happens but I think it comes down to the vastness of this place and the way the weather sculpts it. With months of rain or drought, each time we visit brings about new places and new routes to drive down.

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Don't mind us, it's ok. We don't want to drive on the road it's fine! 
4. The People - It is often said that it is the people that make a place special. This is definitely the case when it comes to where we stay in South Africa. The company that runs the camp, like many others, originally had to ask the local townsfolk if it was alright to build on their land. As a part of this agreement, as it is in many places, the camp took on many local men and women as staff. Some are kitchen staff, other trackers and rangers. In the vicinity there is a Wildlife College that students go to, to learn about tracking and being rangers, etc. and they often end up working for the camps as well. It is an increasing problem in South Africa that the youth are unaware of local opportunities. There are however volunteer-led camps that teach children about the plethora of opportunities available for them, even within just one safari lodge/camp, let alone the hundreds, if not thousands, of tented safari camps across the Kruger. The best thing about having locals working around you is there extensive knowledge about the environment. They may tell you that a certain tree can be used as a tooth brush (this is actually true!) if you snap off a twig and use the inside. 

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This is Conright, a tracker!
5. The Food - It's not just the wildlife that's exceptional. Being in a place like the Kruger National Park opens your eye to how versatile the plants and trees can be. The locals often point out which tree's can be edible or have edible fruits. A rather famous one is the Marula plant which produces golf-ball sized green fruit. These are harvested to create "Amarula" a sweet alcoholic drink. There is an "old wives tale" that tells of Elephants getting drunk off the fruits alone. Another is the "Sour Plum" which can make you wince even after eating the tiniest piece.

There we go then. Those are 5 of the main reasons to show why I return to Kruger National Park almost every year! I have so much more I can say about South Africa so I can guarantee this won't be my last post! I enjoy writing for Kira's blog so I shall be back with more soon enough.

Until then, see you later!
- Edmond :D

Is there any where you find yourself constantly returning to? Where's the best place you've visited?

Friday, 22 April 2016

Avon Cosmetics Review - Part 1

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I am absolutely useless at make up. I one of those people that uses the wrong foundation because it's cheap and I never clean my brushes. That's if I use them. But recently I've been trying my best to get better! I have watched youtube videos and read blogs about different products that may or may not be good for me and I've decided it's about time to try them out!

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I religiously use Avon mascara and I read a review of their 'ideal flawless' foundation which was very positive so when I found a bunch of offers on their website, I thought it was about time I gave it a go!

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Avon's Ideal Flawless Foundation is usually £12 but at the moment there is currently an offer on where you can buy all three items, shown in the picture above, for £12. I thought this was an offer I couldn't resist! I called this Part 1 of an Avon Cosmetics review because there are quite a few offers on, those I couldn't resist either! (Sneak peak to the items I also bought are in the first photo on this post.)

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Ideal Flawless Foundation (Ivory) - After reading great reviews I was hoping for good things but was still skeptical about how great it would be for my skin. Firstly, I wasn't sure what colour I should get because I am quite fair but I don't like to be too washed out. I've had problems with foundations making me look even more pale before now. I chose ivory as it was the second to fairest shade available and everything else was either too dark or too pink. Despite the unsurity, I was excited to try it!

Review - I give it 4/5! I may even push it more towards the 5 mark! I have only tried it once so far but first impressions were the best they could get! Ivory seems like a perfect match and it really does leave an invisible smooth-looking coverage! It was really easy to apply and covered up my blemish very well. I was most definitely impressed! I can see this becoming my regular go-to foundation!

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Ideal Flawless Cream Concealer - I'm very much used to you Rimmel concealer because of the easy application and I'm not a fan of cream concealers. That said, it was a part of the offer and in my attempt to try new make up things I thought I'd give it a chance.

Review - I give it at least 3.5/5! Mainly because it's very small so I'm not sure I'd buy it at full price. However, it has definitely opened my eyes a bit and given my Rimmel stick a run for it's money! It's a much better match to my skin tone and worked perfectly to hide the ugly spots that seem to keep appearing on my face when they are not wanted (I think it's stress). It gave a nice highlight under my eyes and finished off the real foundations to my face make up! It partners very well with it's foundation counter-part! After a bit more use I reckon it will be another go-to. Avon need to get ready for some more orders! So does my bank account!

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Make up setting spray - I will be honest, I have never used a setting spray before. I have heard people rave about Mac's Studio Fix but I've been struggling for money so I tend not to prioritise it at all. The instructions were to use about 4 sprays across your face and the make up should stay on for at least the day.

Review - I give it about 3 to 3.5/5! My first impressions were worrying because I don't know how long it would last but 4 sprays didn't use much at all. It was refreshing and I felt like I could worry less about my make up becoming streaking as the day went on. At night my make up still looked flawless and for the first time I felt like I was actually good at make up! Yussssss!

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I was very impressed with each of these items. So far I can't fault them and as I use them more I expect to begin to love them more! I doubt it will be long before I feel like I need to update them all to a 5/5! I shall definitely be purchasing them all again! I hope the offer lasts a bit longer! Or new offers include them!

See you in part 2! I have quite a bit more to show you! 
- KC xx


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hand Luggage Essentials

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(Greek for 'hello', according to google translate.)

As you may very well know by now, I'm off to Crete, this Friday! I can't believe how quickly it has come round and now that I'm starting to finally get my head around all the details surrounding it, I'm definitely looking forward to it! I shall be travelling with my friend Caitlin and given that we both have crazy 'work and other things' schedules, it has been difficult to get organised, so yesterday was the night we had to pack, so I'm ready to go! I've finished work for now and I have one more day to chill before I set off to the airport!

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As I'm in the holiday mood, and as I have been packing all night, I have decided to do a hand luggage essentials post! A post to show you what I take with me on the plane. This is general considering I change it a little depending on where I'm going and how long the flight is, of course.

My Hand Luggage Essentials:

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1. A book - For long haul flights and longer (two weeks) holidays I tend to take at least three books and I borrow my Mum's Kindle but for this shorter holiday and short haul flight (4 and a half hours) I've opted for the one book. Today I've chosen Cress by Marissa Meyer. This has been on my TBR pile for a while now as I loved the first two books! I plan to be busy in Crete but if I do happen to finish this book then I have all sorts on the Kindle app on my phone!

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2. Camera - I love to always have my camera with me at all times so going on holiday is even more reason to have it on me! We have recently bought this GoPro Hero3 and all it's accessories so I am really excited to be able to use it in Crete! Especially because of some of the trips we've planned (you can read about those later)! I shall also be taking my slightly less modern Olympus camera for photos. I've heard there's some great sights to see in Crete!

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3. Sunglasses - I hoard sunglasses. For some people it's shoes but for me, it's sunglasses. Don't worry, I never pay a lot for them. These sunglasses, for example, are all around £1.50 from Primark! Out of my large collection I chose these three because I'm currently loving the nude pink colours and also that particular squared style!

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4. Passports, tickets, money - That's something my Mum repeats all the way to the airport after multiple checks to make sure she's got everything. I always carry a clear folder with everything in so I know that I have everything. I've got myself my Euros and of course some extra Pounds for my airport spends!

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5. Entertainment - I always have my earphones for music or the movies shown on the plane. It's been years since I went on a short haul flight so I have no idea what this one is going to be like. I make sure I have some pens and a notepad just in case I need to write any ideas or anything down whenever. Pens always come in handy for the puzzle books I, without a doubt, will pick up from the airport!

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6. A cap/hat - Sometimes I opt for the slightly more beachy straw hat but I tend to ruin them within a few days. On this holiday I expect to do a lot of walking in the sun and my scalp burns quite easily, so I'm borrowing my Dad's old Tommy Hilfiger cap for my short trip. Caitlin has also borrowed one of my Dad's caps since he hasn't worn them in years!

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7. A bag! - Duh! Finally a bag is a must otherwise, how on Earth would you carry anything?! Over the years I have used carry on cases, smaller hand luggage bags and now I've resorted to a simple backpack. It's the lightest hand luggage I've ever had! I may not use it for a long holiday but it's perfect for a short trip away as I can use it out and about when I get there!

That's about it for this trip! Of course my phone should also be on that list but until I get a better camera (fingers crossed for my birthday!), I have had to use my phones camera to take half decent photos.

This has got me even more in the holiday mood now! I shall be continuing posts while I'm away as I have them all ready and scheduled so I don't get behind!

What do you carry in your hand luggage? 

See you later!
- KC xx


Monday, 18 April 2016

Firmoo Eyewear ***GIVEAWAY!***

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(Maltese for hello, according to google translate.)


Today I'm offering you the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning a pair of Firmoo glasses in partnership with themselves!

According to their website, Firmoo is one of the most popular eyeglasses stores online and aim to make glasses a real all round wardrobe accessory. We all know how expensive a nice pair of glasses can be, whether the lenses are prescription or not. I wear contacts in an attempt to avoid having to buy separate sunglasses just to be able to see correctly. Firmoo offer a large range of frames and lenses to provide for everyone's needs. To buy a normal pair of tinted glasses, they are a very similar price to our UK highstreet stores. However, buying a pair of prescription lenses is a third of the price compared to what I have been quoted in many opticians, and that includes getting it tinted!

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Firmoo Eyewear - #K622 - from £12.18
All sorts of frames and lenses are available and it's all customisable so you can choose a pair exactly how you like it! Whether that's a wide, black, rectangular frame with a blue lens or a medium, red, round frame with a clear lens, it's all up to you. You add your measurement to get the perfect fit. For a small extra charge you can upgrade to polarized lenses, UV protection or Super Hydrophobic Water Resistance!

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Firmoo Eyewear - #K5023 - from £12.18
Now for the giveaway information!

I have FIVE COMPLETE PAIRS OF FIRMOO GLASSES up for grabs! Which means there will be FIVE winners! 


The winners will be notified within 24hrs of the competition ending. The prize will be in the form of a voucher.
The voucher covers the frame with 1.50 index single vision lenses. The winner will need to pay the shipping fee depending on their country. 
The winners can choose any frame on found here.

This is an international giveaway as Firmoo ship to the following countries:
US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Italy, England, UAE, Bengal, Argentina, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, Peru, Mexico, Ukraine and Israel, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Latvia, Romania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Czech, Iceland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, South Korean, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Poland, Hungary, Turkey and India.

- KC xx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Safari Camps in South Africa

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Over the next few weeks I shall be having a few people writing guest posts for my blog. The theme is for them to write about their favourite holidays or places they like to visit, or something along those lines. Basically, it's up to them! I love reading travel related posts and learning about the different places around the whole that inspire us all to want to travel more. I shall be posting about some of the trips and holidays I have been on and I would like to hear about yours! If you'd like to guest post then get in touch! (I shall leave the details at the end of this post!)

Today, I have my annoyingly well-travelled boyfriend to start these guest posts off!

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Hello I'm Edmond, a drama student and wildlife photographer. I have been travelling to South Africa around once a year since 2008 and in that time I have grown to love and admire the country for it's people and it's nature. It is a country unique in many regards. The best form of accommodation whilst staying in South Africa has got to be the safari camps, in particular, Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.

The Kruger National Park is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of safari camps. Some are very basic - a few big 'tents' and a general dining area. Some, like the two I have visited, are slightly bigger. They have "house tents" that have sufficient beds for the amount of people they accommodate and a shower and toilet around the back. They have mosquito nets over the beds too. However these camps are totally open and anything can wander through at any time, whether that be the resident troupe of monkeys or a herd of elephants or even lions, leopards and honey badgers.

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Warthog taking a stroll into camp.

The smaller antelope like Impala, Bushbuck and Reedbuck prefer to stay close to human habitation as it provides some sort of shelter from the predators so you're most likely to see these if you're just sat or wandering around between drives and meals. However, Baboons also do this so watch out! They prefer the bigger human habitations though and most of the time don't come too close to the smaller camps. Monkeys though often hang around in small groups and provide some comic entertainment during meal times (both their own and ours). There should be three meals a day provided, usually after morning drive (breakfast), around 1/2pm (lunch) and then after evening drive (probably around 7pm/ 7:30pm.

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Monkey's like this seem cute, but they will steal your food at a moments notice.
Then, in some areas of the Kruger there are the high-end safari camps where you live in luxury camps (which I personally think would give an unauthentic experience). Whichever type of camp you end up staying in, they will have with them a team of highly trained, very knowledgeable rangers and trackers who will be able to give you an amazing insight into life in the bush.  The average stay for first time visitors is probably around 3 days as many people do a tour of South Africa, stopping off to go on safari at some point on their journey.

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Best "front garden" you could ask for!
Another thing to know is that they only have two seasons. They have the "wet season" and the "dry season". Due to it being located in the Southern Hemisphere, their Summer/wet season usually starts around late October/early November and lasts until around March/April time. During this time it is very hot and humid and although there can be long periods of time of 'wall-to-wall sunshine', when it does eventually rain, IT RAINS VERY HARD. This tends to last for anywhere between a few hours to a few days. The grass and plants are very green at this point in the year which can make spotting animals a little tricky. The dry season/Winter takes place from around April to October. This is a time when it is a little bit cooler and less humid, and the grass and leaves die down. This makes the landscape change from green to yellowish-brown. Visibility is a little better as you can see further into the bush but animals such as insects and snakes and spiders (if you like those sorts of things) will be near impossible to find.

We return to this camp year on year because of the amazing service provided by the staff and the close relationship we have come to share with them over the years! I'd definitely recommend it to everyone as it is a fantastic experience!

What adventures have you been on?

- Edmond Denning

Find me:
 Twitter - @edmonddenning

If you would like to be a guest blogger and fancy writing about your trips and about the places you've stayed, get in contact!

Email me -

Or leave a comment below with a way of contacting you and I'll get in touch!

Contact me to find out more details! Already have an idea? Let me know!

Hope to hear from you!

-KC xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Walking in Sunshine

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(I need to learn more words for hello!)

With this lovely, kinda, weather we've been having recently I've been trying to make the most of it. Living on the coast, it can be beautiful in the sunshine and everyone is out walking their dogs and buying ice creams.

Before Edmond went back to university we went for a little walk in a place that some will call Fairhaven, but really it is just in Ansdell. If you don't know where Ansdell is then it is in between Lytham and St Annes - yes they are two different towns. If you don't know where Lytham and St Annes are or as you may know it, Lytham St Annes, then it's near Blackpool. For those of you further away from the UK, or if you aren't very good at geography, Blackpool is about an hour away from Manchester which is in the North West of England. Feeling like you've had a geography lesson now? Yeah, me too! It's sometimes difficult to explain roughly where I live when it's such a little town! Does anyone else get that? It's always the worst when I go abroad and people ask me where I'm from!

So anyway, we went for a little walk. It was sunny and warm-ish. There's a lake and a small beach/sandy area. It was a nice little walk.

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Fairhaven Lake in the Sun
Ok, so that was the extremely short version of what happened. Fairhaven lake is a beautiful place to visit on a lovely day like this was. Even better when it's a lot warmer! Although pretty much everything was closed, it wasn't weird. It was actually quite nice for it not be as busy as I've previously seen it, but it wasn't as desolate as you'd imagine. It was peaceful and surprisingly relaxing for me.

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Boats by the Lake

During the summer, you can hire boats and take a trip on water across the lake. I've done it so many times and yet it just doesn't seem to get old. A motor boat can hold up to 5 people so it's a great day out for you and a small bunch of friends, or of course you and your family. On this day it was closed so we weren't able to go on a mini boating trip but it was calming to see the water so gentle.

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Boat on the Lake

Just by Fairhaven Lake is the beach! Welcome to the coast, where there does happen to be a lot of beach but it's very rare we actually see any sea. The lake my look very pretty but the sea tends to be way too full of sand so it's not quite the same colour as the Caribbean sea, it's more of a grey. Even so, it's still a wonderful sight to see when the weather allows it.

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Muddy Beach

Trust me, there's some sand there somewhere. If you walk closer to the sea then you'll see it. I have a funny feeling that this area isn't actually the sea and that it's part of the Ribble Estuary but ah well. It might also look quite messy but that's the fault of the tide. I got muddy shoes but the ice cream I devoured whilst walking through the muddy sand was delicious. Good ol' Mr Whippy! I love it!

Fairhaven Lake and the area around it brings back a lot of memories for me. I used to go to swimming lessons as a kid nearby and I remember times when my Dad would park up in the car park at Fairhaven Lake to show me the hills in Wales that you can see across the sea. I also remember my Dad teaching me how to drive a car (automatic) just before I turned 16. I've got a lot of good memories from Fairhaven.

If you're ever up North, I'd suggest definitely checking Fairhaven out! Every time I go there, I have a wonderful time.

Is there somewhere you like to visit that reminds you of your childhood? How've you been spending your time in this lovely weather (ignoring the odd spells of rain)?

See you soon!
- KC xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Top Holiday Picks from NEXT

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I go on holiday next week! Just saying.. I'm rather excited! CRETE HERE I COME! I have my holiday clothes sorted and ready to be put in my suitcase but I can't help myself but keep looking at holiday clothes, especially since this month, or at least very soon, I shall also be booking my holiday to Mexico! Therefore I am going to need more holiday clothes anyway! I have been searching around the internet so today I give you my top picks from Next!

In no particular order I'm just going to through a bunch of random holiday type item of clothing and accessories, so here we go:

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Lipsy Chevron Kaftan, £25

I love my cover ups because they are so easy to just throw on over your bikini so you can lounge around or if you're anything like me, go and play (win) a game of shuffle board. Best thing about this style for me is that it keeps just enough sun of the areas where I burn the most whilst also remaining stylish, figure enhancing and shows of the bikini underneath!

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Monochrome Geo Print Short Dress, £25

On holiday, I'm all for a short dress so this definitely caught my eye! I tend to love monochrome prints so along with the pockets this was a must. The almost halter neck (I don't know if there is a name for it) is very unusual compared to my entire wardrobe so it's nice to see something a bit different that I would actually choose to wear!

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Red Zig Zag Lace Kaftan, £28

Kaftans again... It's this style of kaftan in particular that I like. Something that ties in the middle but is also very light and summery of course. This red zig zag pattern is very tribal and ultimately perfect for somewhere like Mexico. Although, the colours make it perfect for anywhere with sun!

White Beach Shirt, £24

This is the sort of thing that I would be scared to pick up because I wouldn't be sure how it would fit on me, however, looking at it now, I really like it. I love baggy tops and especially on holiday. I just think there's something lazy but casually stylish about wearing a baggy shirt. Personally, I'd think about adding a thin brown belt around the waist to pull it in a bit but either way it's now on my list!

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Red and Cream Shell Soft Triangle Bikini
Top - £20, Bottom - £14

My favourite style of bikinis is the triangle. It's the only style I seem to find that properly suits me without a doubt. Somehow, whenever I wear a triangle bikini, I feel a lot more confident in myself. I feel slimmer and healthier and ready to go to the beach. I love the colour of this bikini as it's bright enough for holidays but not too bright that it will wash out my pale skin. Of course a nice tan would go well with it too, if I can ever manage to get one. I'm not too sure about the shells because I'd be worried about them falling off but I suppose I wouldn't care that much because I do really like this bikini!


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Blue Elephant Canvas Shopper, £4

Ok, ok, yes I know it's a shopper, but who cares, right? I couldn't resist it. I love elephants! Not to mention, I love that colour. Plus, it would be perfect as a beach bag. Nice, bright and colourful for in the sun, the right material, and elephants. The elephants are just perfect. Perfect for me anyway! I really want this bag! It's the right size to hold all the essentials in too!

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Vero Moda Beach Bag, £14

This is very much my kind of beach bag. It is monochrome, yet again, so luckily for me it will go with any other colour outfit, which is always a plus. It is slouchy and lose fitting, therefore comfy for me. It's also big enough to hold everything, if not more! Going back to the pattern, I love it. Enough said. Perfect for summer holidays!

Gold (metal) Polarised Aviator Style Sunglasses, £15

My favourites, aviator sunglasses. I've lost count of how many pairs of sunglasses I have but you can never have too many (as long as you're not paying a fortune for them). Recently I've started wearing a lot more pairs of sunglasses that have other coloured lenses and not just black so these brown ones stood out to me. I also love the gold rims, making the sunglasses look a lot more expensive than they are. I have blonde hair and along with the colours I often wear, I tend to suit gold so I love it!

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Medium Square Polarised Sunglasses, £10 

Nude sunglasses always manage to look so delicately feminine, yet remain sexy and stylish. When I wear them, I feel like I'm made for Hollywood. Is that a bit too over the top? Oh well. These Medium Square sunglasses have a beautiful rose gold detail on either side finished off with caramel lens and at £10, I can't resist that bargain. They look like they could be at least £50!

Well, that is it for now. I'll leave you to have a nosy at these whilst I surf the internet some more to find more holiday clothes. I wish I had more money!

Are you ready for your holidays yet?

- KC xx

*** This post was completely my opinions and views. - Kira Curtis, Next Blogger Network *** Follow my blog with Bloglovin