Meet KC. He is a 65 year old man, originally from Malaysia, who now lives in Singapore. We met through a mutual friend, and he immediately offered to take my aunt and I to the tropical island of Pulua Ubin, situated between Malaysia and Singapore. He used to volunteer at the island, collecting samples and showing people around, so knows it pretty well. We arrived by boat and spent the day cycling & hiking around the island, sheltering from the tropic and torrential rain and just having fun. He even brought a picnic for us. The world needs more people like KC and, if I turn out to be half the person he is, I think I'l be pretty happy.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Okay, okay, that title was definitely massive clickbait, but why bother visiting India, China and the Middle East when you can visit Singapore and go to Little India, Chinatown and Arab Street? Admittedly India and China are two places that I'd love to visit, but this will definitely do for now. The three are full of mosques, temples and streets upon streets of food and market stalls - right up my ally. My favourite of the three was probably Chinatown as it combined the modern with the old. You can be in the most beautiful ancient temple, only to look up and see the most amazing modern buildings that Singapore is known for. While in Chinatown, I was also treated to the local delicacy of Durian fruit, something described as having the taste of "strawberry toilet cleaner". Delicious. Safe to say I wasn't the biggest fan, but definitely worth the experience. Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street are so colourful & vibrant and extremely busy, but filled with incredibly friendly people. Definitely worth the visit!
Sunday, 26 June 2016
I was originally planning on doing a lookbook in Singapore but, when it came down to it, I decided I couldn't be bothered and that I just wanted to enjoy my holiday. And if you end up taking over a thousand photos like we did, chances are, what you're wearing will be seen anyway. Mosquito bites, humidity that makes you feel like you're in a shower and my hair bobble snapping as soon as I left the house and then having to tie my hair up with a piece of string were also contributing factors, but at least I know I'd be able to survive in a LOST stranded on a desert island type scenario. I took four pairs of shoes with me, but after a 15 hour day in Converse and another in sandals, I knew heels would be a no go and that the rest of my trip would be spent in my Nike 'feels like you're walking on air' Free Runs 5.0, whether they went with my outfit or not. So, here's a few outfits what I wore in Singapore...
Saturday, 25 June 2016
You know those Katherine Heigl rom-coms that everyone denies having seen when we've actually watched far more than we should have? Yeah, well, when I refer to 27 Dresses, I'll no longer be talking about that film. Instead, I'll be talking about 27Dress, an online fashion store that ships to over 232 countries (I don't think I can even name that many countries) and doesn't just sell (27)Dresses - they offer a great range of dresses, t-shirts and accessories, and all for great prices too. The site is easy to navigate (I would know, I've spent a few hours having a good browse...) and most of the dresses can be seen on real people, making it so much easier when it comes to picking your size. Oh, and if you have any questions, you can just ask in the 24 hour chatline they have on their page! One of the pages I'm currently loving on their site is their Summer Clothing page. I'm flying back to Spain soon, so am currently on the lookout for some new summer wear, especially dresses, which I love to just throw on in the Summer. Whether you're at the beach, pool or out with friends, Summer is definitely the time to wear a dress. Here are some of my favourites that 27Dress.com.com has to offer...
Thursday, 23 June 2016
When I first arrived in Australia way back in February, Summer had definitely arrived. 46 degrees is considered as summer, right? I arrived in tracksuit bottoms, a thick jumper, a hoodie, fluffy socks and my leather jacket (I had just left London, where the weather was anything but summery). Safe to say, those items of clothing soon came off. Flashforward five months and a few of them are only just starting to come out of my wardrobe, which is why it's now time that I plan my route back to the U.K., where I'll finally be attending university, and to Spain, where my family home is, meaning my Summer clothing is going to have to come straight back out. Not only that, but it'll be time to have a rotate my make-up and skincare around and dig out some of the old favourite Summer essentials, some of which I thought I'd share with you...
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
I am very sweaty, slightly exhausted and covered in mosquito bites, which are been coated in calamine lotion to soothe the itching, but I wouldn't have it other way. Singapore, you were amazing and I will be definitely be back. I spent five days there and I know I'll remember it for the rest of my life. I love documenting experiences and my travels, and this trip was no exception - I'm pretty sure I took a good few thousand photos, some of which I'm going to share with you. A personal highlight was Gardens by the Bay, a tropical garden in the heart of the city, with a Supertree Grove & Walkway, the Flower Dome (the largest green house in the world and something that actually left me speechless - an impossible task), a Cloud Dome (a walkway above an indoor waterfall and flower wall). There's even a lightshow every night and it was just so mesmerising. It actually made me a bit emotional and left me thinking that it would be a great place to be proposed to (take note, best friends). I really can't put into words just how magical it was, so I'll let the photos do the talking...
Sunday, 19 June 2016
It's safe to say that I own a lot of nail varnish, and that's after having a clear out. I have a giant box and a big bag full of the stuff. I'm not one of those people that buys or collects things and then never uses them though. I always have both my toe and finger nails painted. I like to thing of it as a way of expressing myself or to add colour to an outfit. How about we look through my collection?
Thursday, 16 June 2016
I've been in Perth for four months now - a long time, and definitely longer than expected. Luckily for me, I landed firmly on my feet and, instead of sofa surfing, in hostels or Air BNBs, I've spent that time at my aunt and uncle's, or at a friend's spare flat, meaning I've had, not just a house, but a home. I'm now back at my aunt and uncle's and will be staying here until I (eventually) leave Perth and they're house is amazing. I have my own part of the house consisting of a large living room, bedroom and bathroom, but the best part is definitely the beauty room that is adjacent to my room. I don't know how I'm going to leave. I'm probably going to have to be dragged to the airport. Let's take a look...
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
While you're reading this, I'm exploring the amazing island of Singapore, no doubt eating noodles and taking a ridiculous amount of photos. Singapore has been on my travel bucket list for a while now, so I am very excited to be here - expect to hear all about it once I'm back. I find it mind-boggling that Singapore is closer to Perth, Australia, where I currently live, than Perth is to Sydney. So weird. Despite currently being in Singapore (today's my first day), I wrote this post 3,912km away back home in Perth, while packing my everyday bag that I would be taking around with me in Singapore. I'm not one of those people that carries a massive bag around everywhere, I like to keep it light and simple, while making sure to have all the necessities. Here's what I'll be carrying around with me...
Sunday, 12 June 2016
You know when you see a pair of shoes, immediately fall in love with them and then just can't seem to get them off your mind? Same - and that's exactly what happened to me during a trip to Selfridges, in London, over seven months ago, and I still catch myself thinking about them. Liberty is a dangerous place at the best of times, but this particular trip left me lusting after a 600 GBP pair of shoes, especially given the fact they went with my outfit so well. There have been a few times now when I've added them to my shopping card and almost bought them, but I don't think I can really justify it. I'd probably spend my life worried about someone spilling a drink on them/in a cast after twisting or breaking my ankle. I've also discovered that they're now available in nude and with a pointed toe. A girl can always dream though, right?! Aren't they beautiful?! One day.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
This blog post may or may not be inspired by me having just hysterically, ugly face sobbed à la Kim Kardashian my way through Toy Story 3. I've seen it multiples time but it still gets me. It's also one of only three films to ever have made me cry. SO EMOTIONAL. Watching Toy Story 3 made me cast my mind back to last November, when I spent a day at the happiest place on Earth - Disneyland - with some of my favourite people. We spent the day running around, going on rides, meeting characters, doing plenty of shopping and basically just being big kids. Ride highlights include Ratatouille, Finding Nemo & Star Wars, probably due to the fact that they're three of my favourite films. The worst was the haunted house. Each time I've been on it, it's broken down and we've been trapped inside! I must be cursed. Either way, I wouldn't have changed a second of it for the world and I'm so excited to head back (hopefully soon!). We even witnessed a proposal in front of the tower, though one of my friends thought it was a protest, which he made known to everyone. We ended the day watching the firework display. As cliche as it sounds, it really was a magical day.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Plane tickets to and around Australia cost a lot of money. Though mine were cheaper than usual, it was still hard seeing that much money be taken out of my bank account at once. I also had a momentary panic when I saw my bank statement that month, completely forgetting about my recent splurge. This meant having to cut my spending habits and, though it was hard at first, I've now been in Australia for about four months, but it's only in the past week or so that I've bought an item of clothing & a few beauty products. I'll be showing you them in another post but, for now, I thought I'd share with you a few things that I treated myself to or received just before setting off for Australia all those months ago...
Sunday, 5 June 2016
As I've mentioned before, I've been on a bit of an economy drive since arriving in Australia. Travelling doesn't come cheap, especially when you fly halfway across the world and are known for spending a fair amount of money on clothes and accessories (though I would say that I still don't have enough). Either way, I've only bought two items of clothing in the past four months, so I'd say I'm doing pretty well. I'll be sad to leave Australia, whenever that will be, but I am excited to get buying new clothes again. After all, what are student loans for?! I've recently been turning to Tumblr for some style inspiration and already have a few ideas of what I want to buy. Below are some outfits I'll be trying to recreate, all while adding my own spin. Enjoy!
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Since being in Australia, I've barely touched any lip products other than lip balm or my NARS Rifugien Satin Lip Pencil. I used to be a lipstick girl. There was a time when I could spend hours raving about how much I love KIKO lipsticks. I still could, I'm just more about eyeshadows now. There are just so many palettes that I want. So many, in fact, that I've put together a list, just in case any of you were looking to get me a birthday present (date for your diary: September 16th)...