Sunday, 24 March 2019

My Perfect Sunday

Now I love nothing more than staying in on a Sunday especially in winter when it’s cold and wet outside and just knowing I’m inside nice, warm and snuggly!

To start with I wake up, put the kettle on and make some breakfast I’ll then usually as a treat take it back to bed and have a read/ comment through some blogs, Sunday is the day I really put time aside to focus on my blog but also to check out new bloggers and reading through their latest blog posts.



After I have had my breakfast and read a few posts I will have a shower and get changed into some comfy clothes which normally consists of pyjama bottoms, knitted jumper and fluffy socks! 

Sunday’s are also my odd job days so if I’ve got any tidying to do or anything I’ll do it leisurely throughout the day. Whilst doing this I'll put on a good playlist of the songs I have been loving recently and normally sing at the top of my lungs whilst doing the jobs. One of my favourite jobs to do is to wake up and put fresh sheets on my bed because then later I can get into a clean bed which I love! 


I know I am still using my christmas mug but its because its the perfect shape for hot chocolate! 

Sundays are also a bit of a pamper day for me so I will normally light some candles in the evening and then I'll pop a face mask on before watching a few series on Netflix and settle down with a hot chocolate. 

So that is my average Sunday routine, let me know in the comments what your Sunday routine is! 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Girlfriend Tag


So a few months ago we did a Boyfriend Tag, which you can read here and Harry has been pestering me ever since for me to answer some questions, so I sent him off with a note book and these are the answers he came back with! Lets see who knows each other best! 

   What is my shoe size?

Gem – You are a size 12! Big big feet compared to my little size 6

 Harry - Indeed I do have freak’s feet. It’s a nightmare to get shoes that fit

    What drink do I always order?

Gem - It would either be a Tsingtao if they have it, after that some sort of beer or if you were going non alcoholic a coke

 Harry - Bang on. My favorite beer that.

Where would I most love to travel to?

Gem  - Copacabana!

 Harry - I’m not sure if I ever mentioned that, I think I might have done haha

What am I deathly afraid of?

Gem  - Dying I would say is your first one, followed by spiders and loosing me?

 Harry - Perfect answer. They all equally scare the living daylights out of me

  Where was our first trip together?

Gem - Well fun story about this one isn’t there?! Well Harry and I had spent the day together and then his friend picks him up to go to a gig in Liverpool, I then head home about to jump in the shower when Harry rings saying do I want to come as there is a spare ticket so I quickly get myself in the car and drive down only to turn up and be told it was an overnight… I hadn’t packed a toothbrush or anything!

 Harry - Well I had heard that girls like spontaneity and was playing on that. It turned out to be rather fun I thought in the end, although where we were staying was a right old dump.  

  What is my favourite video game?

Gem  - I’m not sure If this counts but I would have said Guitar hero or proper video game Fifa.

Harry - All valid answers, it’s a toss up between fifa and GTA V probably just edging towards GTA V that being said I do take my guitar hero probably too seriously


What’s my favourite city?

Gem – I’m sure we have never fully talked about this so going to go out on a whim and say Manchester?

Harry - For England it is indeed Manchester, abroad id have to say… probably… oo that’s a tough one. If I had to say right here right now.. Salzburg

 What is my weirdest interest?

Gem – I don’t think you have anything particularly weird, you just once you find something get very into it!

Harry – I’m not really a weird interest sort of chap. Does Little Mix count?

What TV Show do I like but you hate?

Gem – where to start?! Hahaha the main one I would say is Big mouth, but see I am perfect because when I fall asleep early you can watch all of this!

Harry - Ah yes Big Mouth haha, then there’s also Paradise PD, Ideal, MOTD. I could go on

If I was an animal which one would I be?

Gem – ohhh this is quite hard! I would say a monkey!

Harry - Fun fact the answer used to be a Cobra.

 Who is the more dominant one in the relationship?

Gem – we are a very relaxed couple, really easy going and everything so I would say we both share it!

Harry - We do make a good team, nahhh no one is really in charge we don’t really worry about that sort of thing.

What is the first thing that I do in the morning?

Gem – turn your alarm off several times till you’ve overslept?! No maybe give me a cuddle or if I’m not there sit and scroll on your phone for a bit.

Harry - Im not a morning person at all – if anything I hate them, so yeah I’ll do anything to avoid waking up. I do not like the sound of an alarm

If I could live anywhere in the world where would I live?

Gem  - Costa Rica?

Harry - Best place in the world that it’s a paradise with beer for a dollar a bottle. Its beautiful.

 I’m making a sandwich, what would be on it?

Gem – first of all I have never ever seen you make a sandwich apart from a bacon sandwich so that one? Unless I’ve asked you for a tuna one!

Harry - Anything that’s full of meat so yeah bacon would be a good shout. Whatever youre having id tend to have that.

 What’s my worst habit?

Gem – I wouldn’t say you have any bad habits, nothing stands out anyway.

Harry - I do try anyway to not do anything toooooo irritating

Who said I love you first?

Gem  - You did after attempting to a few times! 

Harry - I was so nervous that first time I tried to but thought it was too early and dint think you would react well so I had to bail. Think it worked out rather well.

 I’m ordering pizza what does it have on it?

Gem - Meat…. Tons and tons of meat! Something like a mighty meaty from Dominoes 

 Harry - Meat. Anything meaty. Mighty meaty, texas bbq, metalicious. All meat all the time. Im a relapsed vegetarian.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

10 Fun Facts About Me!

So in general day to day life I bloody love a good fun fact probably much to everyones annoyance since I am constantly saying it! So I thought it would be really nice to share some little facts about me that you might not know!

1. I am a huge lover of all things crime, whether its watching the latest crime documentary or crime book I am obsessed and love to guess whose done it or give my opinion to anyone around willing to listen! 

2. I can't wrap present to save my life - over the years I have got better at it... so long as its a box shape other than that nope I have not got a clue and so love the fact you can buy such pretty present gift bags! 

3. Speaking of presents I don't like people watching me open presents but I love watching other people! 

4. I am a observer - now this sounds proper creepy but I promise you it isn't! I love to just sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and just take in my surroundings and watch people going about their day and making me own little stories of what they could be doing! 

5. I once got banned from toothpaste! So for my 6 weeks summer holidays I used to spend it with my grandad in the lake district I absolutely loved it but one year I started eating my toothpaste like it was a sweet and got it taken off me! 

6. I have never owned an ipod up until last year when harry brought me one as a welcome home present... It has been well worth the wait I love it! 

7. I used to canoe on a weekly basis and did a 20 mile charity canoe race to raise money and awareness for breast cancer care. 

8. I have the same dream before and during when I am poorly and its the worst dream EVER and makes me feel even more sick! 

9. Mint is my favourite flavour whether its chocolate, ice cream or hot chocolates even scent I just bloody love it! 

10. I used to be scared of spiders till I met Harry and he is even worse than I was so I stepped up and became chief Spider hunter (I pick them up and place them safely outside!) 

Leave me an interesting fact about yourself in the comments I would love to know! 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Places I want to visit

In my job I am extremely fortunate that I get to travel the world for a living and wake up and see new places pretty much everyday and it is something that I still wake up and can't believe! I have been to so many incredible places and really have caught the travelling bug but there are still a number of places that are on my travel wishlist and so I thought I would share those with you today!

1. Philippines
This has been quite high on my list for a while now and I would absolutely love to go there. I have met quite a few people who are from the Philiipines and the stories and pictures they have are incredible! 


2. Vietnam
Another place where I have had friends visit, it looks incredible and is high up on my list. 


3. New Zealand
This has become a rather recent addition to my travel wishlist, I would love to go to the little hobbit houses and just see the beautiful scenery New Zealand has to offer. 


4.  Bali
This is just one of those places that I am forever lusting over! The photographs that I see and everything just looks so perfect and majestic and its again one of my top places to go! 


5. Chile -
 I would love to explore South America as a whole but would especially love to visit Chile and see the Fjords that they have to offer! 


So those are 5 of the places that are top of my travel list! Let me know in the comments what yours would be! 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

What inspires me to travel

Travelling is a huge part of my life and something I am extremely grateful for. I have experienced so many amazing things over the last nearly 4 years of travelling with my job and before that with my family and its something I reflect on all the time.



There is so much to see and do, whether it be 2 hours away from where I live or thousands of miles away in a different country, it is a big wide world out there and one that is just waiting to be explored. 

Different cultures, tastes, smells, sights, sounds are all there to be discovered and enjoyed, the stories and tales you hear from people whilst your travelling but also at the same time getting the insight to see it yourself is truly one of life's greatest pleasures.

I've grown up with this huge fascination around travelling and having as many experiences as I possibly can whilst I can, for me I would much rather have these experiences than buy myself the lastest phone thats come out or the newest beauty product - because those are the things I will remember not the hundreds of pounds spent on items or clothing.


The excitement and thrill I get from travelling is what inspires me, the little smile that I feel creep onto my face every time I'm somewhere new, meeting new people and getting grow my knowledge from the people around me. 

Even as I type this now I can feel myself flickering between all the places I have already been but the places I cannot wait to one day discover, the little hidden gem's that you find out there. Sometimes it can be a spur of the moment decision to take a different turn or a carefully planned out trip that you have waited months, sometimes years for. 

For me travelling is my passion, I love the pure enjoyment and excitement that I get from it, I am like a kid on Christmas day and even if I have been somewhere multiple times before there is always something new to do, somewhere new to explore. 

What inspires you to travel? Do you have a bucket list of the places you would like to visit? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The Blogger Tag

So I recently saw a post from Jo over at Caledonian Kitty. Jo is one of my favourite bloggers so you should definitely head over to her blog and have a look if you haven't already. The post was the bloggers tag and so I thought I would give it a go!

Question 1: How tall are you?
I am 5'6 and as I tell my boyfriend I am average height although when we are stood next to each other I look tiny!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent if so what?
Nothing really springs to mind.... I have lots of weird habits and tricks but nothing I would say that was a talent!

Question 3: What is your biggest blog related pet peeve?
I would probably say when you have an idea but just have no clue how to or where to start! I often get some really good ideas when I'm on a train or when I'm out and about and then when it gets to writing the post I don't know how to start it, eventually I get there but sometimes I have to leave it a while and then come back to it.

Question 4: What is your biggest non blog related pet peeve?
People being late! I think this has always been one of my biggest pet peeves, I can understand a few minutes but when its noticeable it gets to me! Other than that I would say rudeness...... manners and small gestures go a very long way!


Question 5: What is your favourite song?
My answer is actually the same as Jo's (make sure you go check and see what her other answers were!) and say Bohemian Rhapsody..... it has always been my all time favourite and the one I will always sing at Karaoke, who doesn't want to hear me sing for nearly 5 minutes?

Question 6: What is your favourite social media site?
Instagram! I am a very visual person and so love seeing what everybody gets up to.

Question 7: What is your favourite way to spend your time when you are alone?
Watching films, snuggling up with a hot chocolate and doing something productive.

Question 8: What's your favourite junk food? 
Chinese takeaway.... get me duck pancakes any day of the week! 

Question 9: Do you have any pets, if so what kind and what are their names? 
I have a rabbit and his name is toffee, I've had him for as long as I can remember and is just so fluffy! 

Question 10: What are your favourite fiction and non fiction? 
Any fiction by Cecelia Ahern, she is my favourite author and I think I have read all her books! Another book I love is A vintage affair. Non Fiction anything crime based. 


Question 11: What is your favourite beauty product or tool? 
I absolutely love my Estee lauder night repair and my Real Techniques beauty sponge. 


Question 12: When were you last embarrassed and what happened? 
I don't really know! I don't get that embarrassed easily. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage besides water for the rest of your life what would it be? 
This is a tough one. I would probably say Jasmine tea! 

Question 14: What's your favourite movie
I am a huge movie lover, I have so many favourites but I do love we're the millers. 

Question 15: What was your favourite lesson in school and why? 
I loved Geography as I love to travel and so getting to study all the different possibilities was amazing. 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? 
I would say Norway! I love the tranquility and the absolutely stunning scenery. 

Question 17: PC Or Mac? 
Mac all the way, I don't remember the last time I used a PC apart from at work! 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from your other half/ close friend? 
So me and my boyfriend normally do little gestures on a daily basis such as going out for surprise meals, cinema, bowling but recently Harry got a huge bunch of Red Roses delivered to me which was absolutely adorable and completely unexpected. 


Question 19: Favourite Celebrity? 
I would have to say Dennis Waterman 

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be friends with? 
There are so many lovely bloggers out there and new ones cropping up all the time, I would love to make some friends through blogging! 

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration? 
My grandad. But also anyone who is doing something they love and have worked hard to get! 

Question 22: What is your favourite blog to read?
I love Jo's blog, she has been one of my favourites to read pretty much since I started blogging! I am also really enjoying finding more blogs so make sure to leave yours in the comments! 

Question 23: What is your favourite high street shop? 
Makeup wise would be Superdrug otherwise I bloody love H&M, its my go to shop at the moment. 

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work? 
I now work, I don't think I would go back to education unless it was something I really really wanted to do, for now I am really enjoying getting real life experiences in the work place. 

Question 25: One thing you are proud of? 
How far I have come in the last few years, I used to be terrified of speaking to people in public now as part of my job I am making presentations to hundreds of people but also just in life everything I have learnt so far and will continue to learn! 

So there we have it, I would love if you gave this post a go and if you do leave your links in the comments section below! 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

What I pack in my overnight bag

With my job being travel related I am often having to go away for a few nights. I used to be terrible at packing light and instead I would pack ridiculous amounts "Just in case" the 3 dreaded words everyone has said at some point! Well over the last year or so I have learnt how to pack light and only pack essentials I thought today I would share with you what I pack for a night away!



Clothes

So this can vary depending what the occasion is that I'm away for and also the length of time I'm going to be away but I will normally pack 1 pair of black Jeans, 1 Jumper, 1 top and 1 going out top that I can pop on if we are going out somewhere a bit fancier. I'll also pack 1 set of Pj's and will normally opt for shorts and a T-shirt as it saves space, knickers and underwear I normally over pack by a few pairs just in case of emergency situations! Shoes again completely vary but will normally wear my trainers whilst travelling and then have a pair of small ballet shoes as they are compact to pack but also can be dressed up or down.

Toiletries 

This is where I pack the essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrush. I'll also before I travel either buy or hunt out my travel bottle sets and then place a small amount of shampoo, conditioner and body wash to keep me going for a few days. I know a lot of hotels have their own minis that they put in the room but I would much rather use my own as sometimes hotel ones can make my hair feel quite dry.

Makeup and Skincare

Of course one of the first things to pack is my makeup bag filled with all the makeup that I use of a daily basis, I will also take my makeup remover, serum and moisturiser so that my skincare doesn't lack just because I'm away.

Other bits and bobs

The main bits that I pack are my hairdryer, straighteners and phone charger. I've tried hard to keep all my other bits to a minimum and not over pack or pack things that I don't need as it just takes up too much space!

So thats the main bits that I will pack in my overnight

Sunday, 3 February 2019

My Favourite Perfumes


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So I’m very particular about scents, there are only 3 perfumes that I have found over the years that I really like and will wear on a daily basis and I thought that I would share them with you and maybe give you some inspiration.

So my first one is Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, this is the very first perfume I ever wore! I got this for my 18th birthday whilst I was on holiday and I’ve carried on using it till this day. Admittedly I don’t use this one as much as I used to as the following perfumes have become my absolute must haves! The daisy perfume is a very light and floral scent and is perfect for day time wear, I wouldn’t reach for this one of an evening but would work perfectly for day time especially in the summer. Another thing I have always loved about Marc Jacobs perfumes is the bottle design, they are adorable and look so cute on my vanity table. 



The next perfume is the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, I remember the very first time I smelt this and it was as a little taster with a beauty purchase and as soon as I tried it I knew I had to get a big bottle! It’s quite a pricy perfume but I love it!! It’s a very sweet scent and I would say is perfect for both day and night use. I don’t reach for this as much for a night time any more but it is still my go day time perfume.



Last but not least is my favourite out of the three, Dior poison girl. I was looking for a perfume to change around with the viktor and rolf perfume but I couldn’t find one that I loved. I brought this one as it was slightly cheaper at the time but I still wasn’t sure about it it’s a much more grown up scent than I was used to wearing and very much a strong scent but after a while I started to love it! I have got so many compliments whilst wearing this perfume and it’s now the one I reach for first, I am so impressed by the longevity I can still smell this on me after a good few hours whereas the others I would need to reapply throughout the day.


So there we have it my top 3 perfumes, have you tried any of these before? I’d love to hear in the comments below!