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Friday, 17 November 2017

Why I Don't Feel Body Confident

It's a contradiction don't you think? The title and then the photo below of me posing. These photos were taken during our stay in Morocco, in the beautiful Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Agadir and looking at this photo, I appear confident.
Woman in swimsuit
I found it difficult to write this post because I didn't know what angle to write this from, I just know that I wanted to write about it. Body confidence is something that has always been feed to me and to others in the media growing up. Whether it's on the covers of magazines or passed down to us by friends or family members, it's what our society thrives on. Whether it comes from a place of good or bad.

Growing up, I had the best metabolism going, I could eat a shit ton of food and I'd often get asked, where does it go? Well that's the absolute luxury of being a kid.

But for me, going to university changed everything. I ate a serious amount of junk food, I binge drinked on a weekly - who am I kidding - daily basis and before I knew it, I'd piled on a few pounds. I remember my mum seeing that change for the first time. It shocked her and she expressed this concern verbally. That's the first time that I lost my body confidence.
Sunbathing
Now by no means is it my mum's fault. In fact, I think that it came from a place of love and unfortunately no one else could have really told me that because it would have hurt my feelings. And let's be honest, I was surrounded by students all in the same boat. Suddenly I was very conscious of my body. Before, I never looked at myself and thought about my body. For me, I was super slim, was regularly active with sports at school and I was by no means the person I am today.

Since leaving university, I managed to lose quite a bit of weight through discovering the gym. I grew stronger, my body was firmer and I felt confident. Body confident. That was until blogging started and I lost more free time during my mornings and evenings. Every spare moment I have goes into my blogging and that unfortunately meant no more gym time.

I'm probably the heaviest I've ever been now. I've been desperate to get some new jeans but I don't want to because I know I need a size 14 and I have never been a size 14. We're told to love our bodies and to learn to love those bits we're not so keen on but on the other side of the coin it's the complete opposite. We're hounded in print and online to look a certain way and that living outside of these boundaries doesn't get fair enough representation.
Swimsuit
Could I change this viewpoint for me over time? Of course, I'm not a sheep. I don't like being told that I can't do something because I can if I put my mind to it. I may not be body confident now but being in your mid twenties is stressful. You're finding yourself as an adult like everyone else is.

So the point of this blog post? I guess I don't really have one. I think that body confidence is something we can only find ourselves. I also think just because someone doesn't like your body, doesn't mean you have to change because of it.


What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.



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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Gingersnap Light Box | Christmas Gift Ideas

This Christmas, I wanted to share with you as many different gift guides and ideas because you have to admit, shopping for your friends and family can sometimes be so difficult. The worst are those that say 'oh just get me something small' or 'oh no you don't need to get me anything' - it's literally the worst response you could ever give someone who really doesn't enjoy shopping for others. 
Letter Box
I mean, I like treating people but sometimes, my creativity lacks a little when it comes to gifts. Sometimes I actually surprise myself and get it spot on.

Anyway, I'll stop because I'm blabbing. Lightboxes have fast become a quirky and totally millennial way of decorating your home or an event. This one has letters and even cooler - freaking emojis! Well, they're definitely going to go down well with pretty much every person in your family. If not, well they ain't a basic bitch like I am.

This one, in particular, is from Gingersnap. You may have noticed my bestie used one at her wedding in my blog post but this one is actually a smaller version of what she had. I got sent the Gingersnap Letter Light Box along with a separate set of emojis that you know, just give me life. 

I actually took these photos not long after I came back from my holidays where I got proposed to, so you can clearly see how lovesick I was - sorry, still am...
Letter Light Box with letters behind it
Close of letters
So aside from the fact this gift is in the kid's section *cough* adults can be big kids too, I freaking love this so much that I have it right on my bedside table, ready to light up as a nightlight.

The backlight on this thing isn't tame either. It pretty much blasts out so much light that I could easily do some night reading without having to even lean towards it in bed. I think it's perfect for kids who may be afraid of the dark (and I'm talking about all ages of kids) and a perfect stocking filler at £18.00.

The emoji set that I received is £7.99 which is a little creative addition, especially because everyone is obsessed with using emojis - even your cool nan who doesn't know that the ice cream emoji is actually a piece of poop.

Do you know anyone who'd enjoy this as a Christmas gift? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I received this product in return for an honest review. All words are my own.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Bird Of Smithfield

Despite where I find myself today, I still feel very grateful whenever I get invited to an event or I'm given something to review. Bird of Smithfield invited myself and a guest (I took Sean, my bestie and housemate combined) to experience what this gorgeous venue has to offer.
Outside Bird of Smithfield
Now I'd be lying if I said that this place was easy to find. I think it would be if I came from Blackfriars station as it's along the same road as the underground but I came from the opposite direction, went down a dark subway and genuinely thought I was about to get jumped on by a mad man.

But all jokes aside, this restaurant and bar would be hard to find but easy to stumble across if you went a-wondering down some side streets. I arrived before Sean as we were both coming from work and before taking a not so subtle picture of the outside, I stepped into a beautiful modern dining area. There was a few people sitting down, but it was relatively quiet.
Restaurant Interior
I was quickly greeted by Diane, who was the front of house host and was sat down at a table reserved for me. I was offered the cocktail menu which to Diane's surprise, I picked one out pretty quickly - I'd actually looked prior to see which one I wanted. Turns out it was the wrong one me and Sean decided on but it still tasted great.

The cocktail, In The Meadows, came out fairly quickly. It was a gorgeous citrusy cocktail with dandelion bitters sprinkled along the top. I was told by Ben, one of the barmen, that these were fresh dandelions that are actually picked by the manager herself which I thought was a nice personal touch. Once Sean arrived, we headed up to the restaurant upstairs. The venue consists of a lower basement floor which is a bar. The upper floors hold the restaurant and a private event space sits on the top floor.
Bar & Cocktail Menus
In the Meadows cocktail
In The Meadows
The dining area was light, modern and had a mixture of abstract and genre art. There wasn't a huge amount of tables and chairs which made the space more intimate.

Our waiter was a gentleman called Lorenzo who was probably one of the best waiters both myself and Sean have ever had. He was extremely attentive from the get go and made sure to describe every dish we were eating as well as answering any questions I had regarding the restaurant itself. 

A few others filtered in during our meal but I was surprised by the lack of patrons. According to the staff though, there days tend to fluctuate with the weekend being the busiest. That also being said, both the top floor and basement floor were booked out to private events so I suppose that what was lacking in numbers in this area, makes up for it in the others.
Interior of restaurant
Interior of restaurant
First up on the menu was some traditional bread and butter. This was homemade, fresh out of the oven with a choice of unsalted butter and seaweed butter. The seaweed butter was met by intrigue not only by myself but by a few others who were there also.

The bread was deliciously warm and with the seaweed butter soaked into it, it gave a whole new perspective to the usual bread and butter we tend to expect. Out next came our starters. We decided to go with two different options so that we were able to try as many dishes as possible.

I went for the Isle of Orkney Scallops which were melt in the mouth. I've had scallops in the past but they've always been quite dense and rubbery. These were the opposite, with a tasty artichoke puree and sprinkled black truffle. Very luxurious.
Bread and butter
Bread & Butter (including seaweed butter!)
Scallops
Isle of Orkney Scallops
Scallops
Sean had ordered the chicken and mushroom terrine which was covered in an assortment of grilled scallions and hazelnuts. This was a cold starter but had a rich taste. The crunch of the hazelnuts complimented the dish very well and was a favourite for Sean out of the two.

Much to our surprise, we were then treated to an extra starter which was the Roasted Foie Gras on a bed of sweet and sour plums, topped with an almond crumble and plum sake glaze. This one blew the scallops out of the water. It was mouth-watering and I could have happily ate that every day for the rest of my life.
Chicken Terrine
Roasted Foie Gras
Roasted Foie Gras
For the mains, we both went with the same choice. Both myself and Sean are steak snobs when it comes to getting the cooking time right. We both like it rare, with Sean always requesting for blue rare. The steak came with mushrooms, a spinach base and straw potato grated on top. 

It was beautifully cooked and seasoned and I really couldn't fault it. If I could be picky about anything, then it would be that there was quite a bit of fat but sometimes that's just what is expected for certain cuts of meat.
Steak
As we finished off our mains, the thought of another course was a struggle. One of the barmen, bought up our dessert cocktails which included the Cointreausensual, a chocolate orange flavoured cocktail and Memories of Last Summer which was similar to a sours. 

The desserts were just too much for me but Sean managed to finish off his Lemon cake which was a palette cleanser that also fitted perfectly with the chocolate orange cocktail. I had a Chocolate Brownie Sundae and managed a few bitefuls. The chocolate was a little too rich and bitter for me but mixed in with the semi melted marshmallows was a heavenly mix.
Dessert Cocktails
Lemon Sponge Cake
Chocolate Brownie Sundae
Their A la Carte menu is a wonderful mixture of typically British dishes with a slight twist. The average price for a Starter is around £11, Mains are a little pricier on average at £25 and desserts are between £6-£10

I was extremely impressed with both the drinks and food we were served but the biggest appeal that the venue has, is it's staff. Everyone was extremely warm and welcoming and I feel that this is the factor that really sells a place. Thank you Bird of Smithfield for having us.

What do you think of Bird of Smithfield? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was invited along for a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. All words are my own.


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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

How To Stay Out Of Debt This Christmas

And all of a sudden it's nearly December. It's that time of year where we spend, spend and spend some more. We get tap happy with our contactless cards and we rack up huge bills on our credit cards, leaving us strapped for cash during the new year.
Presents
We do this every year and you'd think that we would learn a lesson, but the bright lights of Christmas displays in shop windows and the endless sales and discounts on items, makes it hard to resist. I myself have found that splurging out is way too easy and you tend to buy a little too much so I thought I'd share a few tips on how to keep out of the red this Christmas.


Budget


The most obvious thing to do is to budget what you're going to spend. That way, you don't get tempted to veer off on a spending spree online or in the shops. No matter how big or small this budget may be, make sure to list this out in some way, whether it be a spreadsheet or a simple list (I find Wunderlist is my go-to favourite)

Also think about how much you'll want to spend on that person and how many people you plan on buying for. Don't just buy for every man, woman and their pet. Be stringent and only buy for those that you really want to treat. Also if you buy for someone who doesn't buy you anything back (excluding small children who have no money!) - cross them off the list for next year.


Group Your Gifts


Couples and families are the worst when it comes to gift buying. You can't just buy for one person when they have another half or a whole throng of family members. If you're strapped for cash or just looking to save some pennies, group gifts if they're a couple or have a fairly big family. Festive hampers are always a crowd pleaser and you can some great ones from John Lewis and M&S that won't break the bank.


Put It On Your Credit Card


Credit cards are definitely dangerous for the inner splurger but it can actually help a lot if you want to spread your costs. If you have a credit card, perhaps spend half the amount on your credit card and the other half with a debit card. 

The worst thing you can do is sign up to multiple buy now and pay laters which you're likely to forget about. If you've not got a credit card yet, find out more to see if it's the right financial aid for you.


Find The Dupes


Many bloggers within the industry talk about dupes and we often use this when we've found something that's cheaper than the original. 

The shopping industry is overflowing with a whole host of companies and whether you're looking for high-end makeup, designer bags or a specific toy that your child HAS to have, there's always a cheaper option or even a suitable alternative. Most of these can be found online, so spend an afternoon traipsing through the web. You'll probably save a lot. 


Go 'No Presents' This Year


Considering that gift giving isn't really what the festive season is about, you can tell your friends and family not to buy you anything this year. This can give you a way out of buying presents for them but you could always do something which allows you to share the festive feels regardless. Go for a festive walk or put on a Christmas spread. Christmas is all about sharing it with loved ones so that doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on presents.


Did you find these tips helpful? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post. All words are my own.




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Monday, 13 November 2017

Bloc Hotel | Gatwick

Sam and I agreeing to stay in a hotel the night before our flight was probably the best idea ever, as we got to stay in the most gorgeous airport hotel. Situated right next to the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport, Bloc Hotel is a modern, millennial's dream accommodation. And when they say that no other hotel will get you closer to your flight - well they weren't wrong.
Runway View
Combining the latest technology with sophisticated and contemporary decor, we checked into their VIP suite using our contactless check in card - so swanky. We'd been very graciously upgraded to be provided with the ultimate experience which included A GOD DAMN RUNWAY VIEW.

Bloc Hotel has two locations, one in Birmingham and this one here in Gatwick, a busy hub for business and tourists travelers alike. Everything within the room was controlled by a panel at the side of the bed. The most exciting feature, which provided several minutes of joy for myself, was the electronic blinds that plunged the room into darkness. The view of the runway was simply magical. Myself and Sam spent much of our time, gazing like children, out at the planes coming in to land and taking off.
Bloc Hotel Reception
Control Panel
Bathroom Mirror
Bathroom Lotions
The windows are soundproof, which is of course needed considering the hotel is on the runway. Everything about the suite is modern, the rainforest/monsoon shower, touch flush toilet and alternative mood lighting for when it's time to wind down for bed. The TV comes with a free Sky package and the Wifi is easy to connect to.

My only worry staying at this hotel, was the lack of food service but because it was a stone's throw away from most of the restaurants within the airport, this wasn't a problem. The hotel had several offers within the terminals both before and after security. We had our dinner at Giraffe and then got 25% off breakfast the next morning as Bloc guests.
TV
Bloc Hotel Bedroom
Runway View Night
Bloc Hotel Coffee
Natalie drinking coffee
Natalie drinking coffee
Rates of the rooms are surprisingly good value for money and you're getting the comfort and ease of mind, knowing your right within reach of the terminals for your flight. No worry of rushing to the train station, missing your connections or your flight.

Thank you Bloc Hotel for letting us stay at your hotel and for kicking off our holiday in the best way possible. We'll be back!

*Disclaimer - I got a discounted service as a media guest. All words are my own.



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Friday, 10 November 2017

The Pleated Jumpsuit | New Look Fashion

A jumpsuit for me is the ultimate comfort piece whilst still managing to be stylish. I think I now own five jumpsuits in total, including this one which is pretty impressive.  What I do need though is shoes but hey Christmas is coming up so...
Jumpsuit
And like most of my wardrobe, I spotted this Rust Pleated Wrap Front Culotte Jumpsuit in my favourite store, New Look. I'm forever going on about the store both online and to my friends that it's my go-to high street store for pretty much everything. I was actually out buying for my holiday to Morocco at the time but when I spotted this as part of their new range, I had to try it on.

Jumpsuits are so versatile because they come in a variety of styles. From the material to the way they hang off the body (which sounds weirdly creepy btw), I've never really found a jumpsuit that I didn't like. This one, however, isn't like the others. It's got sleeves which are, of course, necessary in the colder weather. It cuts off at the ankles to make me look less like a lanky giraffe and the pleated material adds definition, complimenting my shape entirely. 

The colour was what swayed me to it in the first place. This deep burgundy colour that makes me feel super festive also went well with my current ombre-toned hair.
Jumpsuit
Necklace
It actually comes in several different colours, most of which are now sold out. So this is certainly a piece that's going to run out of stock soon. At £24.99 it's a great price for a versatile evening outfit that you could style with a slouchy jumper or shirt. 

You may have seen my recent Autumn wishlist with New Look, which on a daily basis I'm having to stop myself from just emptying it all out into my shopping basket and just buying it all.
Jumpsuit
I wore this on the night that Sam proposed to me so it now has some sentimental value and I'll forever think of that moment everytime I wear this. That evening I styled it with this beautiful two-toned bag from New Look (go figure) and the heels are from Topshop.

What do you think of this look? Let me know in the comments below.


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Features I'm Looking For When Buying A House

I'm counting down the years for when I and Sam finally have the dollar to buy our own house. We figure this is probably going to be sometime in 2019 which seems ages away to me now but this is something that will soon come around. 
Keys
We're actually moving out in May 2018 from our current place in the South East and plan on getting an unfurnished property for us to kit out so we're more or less sorted when we buy our own place. 

I think I take after my mum because I absolutely love looking round houses and whenever we go to someone's home, I tend to ask to have a little gander. I know right, totally rude. It's just that I'm so intrigued to see the features of a house and what makes them special or unique.

It got me thinking that perhaps I should figure out what I'd like to feature in the property that we eventually buy. It's always handy to have that list ready so you don't forget your wants and needs when the times comes to get your foot on the property ladder.

High Ceilings


High ceilings are the one. They make a room look bigger, they aren't going to restrict anyone of any height from entering our humble abode. And whilst they may make it a little difficult to dust the cobwebs, it can also allow you a little more flexibility with lighting.

Oak Wooden Beams


Yes to all of the oak wooden beams. This is a feature that is an absolute must when we come to buy our own place. I love wooden beams, always have and always will. They add so much character to a room and there's so much you can do with them such as hanging lighting or shrubbery from them.

A Fireplace


There's nothing better than a fireplace that's lit and warming up a room the old-fashioned way. A fireplace is a perfect focal point to a living room and I fell in love with wood burning fireplaces when living with my godfather in Devon. They'd get chunks of wood chopped from the local area which we'd light throughout the colder periods. The crackling of wood and that visual of the fire burning away was ultimate bliss. 

The Staircase


A staircase is why I could never live in a bungalow. I love winding staircases and the more unusual the better. You don't pay attention to them much now but staircases were the ultimate thrill when I was a kid (yep, what a sad child I was). I would love a staircase that has solid, wooden bannisters and carpeted stairs. House goals right there.

Exposed Brick


And finally? Exposed brick. I'm a lover of the rustic feels in a property and a bit of exposed brick never hurt no one. Like the beams, it gives a room character and having a feature wall of exposed brick is something I'd really love to have in a bathroom or kitchen area.

What features do you look for in a home? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post. All words are my own.


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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Planning To Buy Stemuderm? | Consider These Factors First

Professional skin care products that come at an affordable price is quite hard to come by in the modern world. When we look for a product that contains professional-strength ingredients, as well as an effective formula that has gone through scientific research, we are usually expected to pay hundreds of dollars for a very small container of such a product. 
Stemurderm
Fortunately, there are still some effective products that come at a reasonable cost. Today, we want to introduce our readers to Stemuderm – an advanced formulation that helps a user treat the signs of ageing without causing them to spend hundreds on a single container of anti-ageing serum. 

Stemuderm: A Dermatological Anti-Wrinkle Cream


Stemuderm is a product that has been researched by a group of scientists and formulated by some of America’s top dermatologists. The company behind Stemuderm is known as Solvaderm and they only specialize in formulations that have gone through extensive clinical research in order to make sure every single product they distribute to the public are able to provide the user with a number of benefits, without causing any side-effects. Stemuderm in particular offer a range of benefits that the user can take advantage of, and also comes at a cost that is most affordable for the average customer.

Stemuderm is unlike the numerous anti-ageing serums to be found in the local store or at a pharmacy. While some of these products may include ingredients that are effective in preventing wrinkles or assisting with delaying the signs of ageing, Solvaderm’s Stemuderm is actually able to reverse those signs that a user is already suffering from. This is thanks to the professional-strength formula Solvaderm has developed in order to deliver a dermatological approach to not only preventing the signs of ageing from developing at a relatively young age, but also to treat those signs that have already made an appearance.

What Can Stemuderm Be Used For?


Stemuderm is primarily promoted as an anti-wrinkle cream. This is the main function of the product due to its advanced formula that acts upon the particular issues that cause wrinkles to appear, but potential customers should realize that Stemuderm is not only an anti-wrinkle cream but rather a multi-action anti-ageing solution that helps to treat all of the most commonly experienced visible signs of ageing.

Apart from assisting with reducing the visible appearance of wrinkles and fine lines throughout the face, as well as on the neck, Stemuderm also targets low levels of elastin and collagen. When collagen and elastin production is on the low side, the skin will not be as firm as it once was. In turn, this may cause the skin to appear loser than before.

Stemuderm also contains ingredients that have been proven to reduce muscle contractions and to relax facial muscles. In turn, this helps to reduce the amount of stress that muscles places on the facial skin when they are contracted, which then reduces the risk of developing wrinkles and fine lines, as well as other particular problems that are often associated with age.

Unlike most other products that are also promoted as anti-wrinkle creams or anti-ageing serums, Stemuderm does not cause irritation and can even be used by individuals with sensitive skin. Thus, the product is also appropriate for targeting fine lines that may be appearing above or beneath the eyes.

Where to Apply Stemuderm?


When it comes to applying a facial serum or cream, such as Stemuderm, it is essential to follow the application directions supplied by the manufacturing company. The application areas are very important to be considered as some products may be too harsh for certain areas on the face. Stemuderm is not like some other products on the market that contain harsh chemicals known to cause irritation, dryness or redness, but rather contains moisturizing agents that avoid these reactions.

Stemuderm should be applied to the forehead, the glabella, the area located on the outer sides of both eyes, also sometimes called the “Crow’s Feet” region, as well as the eye area, the nasolabial, the cheeks and the neck folds. It should be noted that Stemuderm has not been developed to treat signs of ageing that may be developing around the lips – other solutions are available to assist with symptoms that are found in this area.

When to Apply Stemuderm?


Considering when a cream like Stemuderm should be applied to the face is important to experience the best results. Many anti-ageing solutions are only applied at night or in the morning. Some brands also provide different products for different times of the day. Stemuderm is a multi-action formula that should be applied twice daily for best results.

Stemuderm should be applied upon waking in the morning, as well as once again at night before the user goes to bed. The product should not be applied when makeup or oil buildup may be present on the face, but rather on a clean face. The user should wash their face with a gentle cleanser and also use a toner before they apply Stemuderm if they wish to achieve the best results. Note that, along with Stemuderm, Solvaderm has developed two effective products that can be used for cleansing and toning. A third eye serum can also be used, known as Solvaderm Eyevage, for more effective results in the skin area above, below and beside the eyes.


How To Buy + Pricing Of Stemuderm


It is very easy to buy Stemuderm, yet some people might be a little confused due to the fact that they will not be able to find Stemuderm stocked at a beauty supply store in their local town. Even visiting a company such as a spa would do them no good in finding products that have been produced by Solvaderm. Solvaderm does not distribute their products to local stores, but rather only to skincare professionals in the industry. 

There are a number of dermatologists and plastic surgeons that trust in the Solvaderm brand when it comes to fighting the signs of ageing. Customers can find Stemuderm at any skin care professional that uses the brand in their local area – note that this is not only limited to customers within the United States as there are skin care professionals all over the world that uses Solvaderm’s products.

Individuals in the United States are also able to visit Solvaderm’s online store and purchase the Stemuderm anti-wrinkle cream here. The product will then be shipped to the shipping address they provide Solvaderm with. Shipping is free of charge in most cases when the default shipping method is selected during the checkout process.

Are There Any Drawbacks To Using Stemuderm?


Even though Stemuderm has quite a large number of benefits associated with the use of the product, there are some drawbacks that should be considered before buying the product. Firstly, it seems like the fact that Stemuderm cannot be obtained from local stores can be somewhat of a problem for many potential customers. 

They would either have to find a skincare professional in their area that uses the product or opt to buy from the official Solvaderm website. Secondly, some people may experience an allergic reaction if they are allergic to any of the ingredients that are found in Stemuderm – to avoid this, a potential customer should first look at Stemuderm’s ingredients before buying the product.

Any person who is waking up to the signs of ageing needs to implement effective anti-ageing skin care products in their beauty regimen, but choosing the best product is often a very difficult task. There are hundreds of anti-wrinkle and other specialized anti-ageing skincare products to choose from, but only some of them are sure to work. Stemuderm offers individuals looking to treat these skin problems an effective product that does not break the bank.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative pre-written post.




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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Top 10 Luxury Destinations | My Wishlist

Ever looked at a place to holiday and gone....HAHA, THERE'S NO WAY I'M EVER GOING THERE. Haven't we all? And then we proceed to stare at our online banking, willing for someone to just accidentally put in a large sum of money and not ask for it back.
Sunset
Agadir Beach
I'm not trying to be too greedy here because I know that myself and Sam have comfortably been able to afford three holidays away this year (France, Rome and Morocco) but we can't help but want more. It's my ultimate bucket list life goal to try and see as much as the world as I can, so what luxury destinations do I think would be the most incredible experiences ever?

Colorado 


So I know that Colorado is not necessarily the most expensive place in the world but combining both flights and some of the incredible hotels and rental cabins in Colorado, you're looking at upwards of £800 a night and that for us, is just something that isn't possible right now. Perhaps in the future, or if we save up for a while but it looks like Colorado and the rest of the USA will have to wait for a while.

Jamaica


Holidays in Jamaica have always been a location I've literally looked at for, for seconds before going - pah no can't afford that, why did I bother looking? You can see from the glossy holiday snaps that this is a pure lust-worthy location to holiday in, especially those stunning beaches. It's not as pricey as some of the others on this list but at £1,500 per person on average, this is a little too out of reach.

Bora Bora


Made famous by the Kardashians, Bora Bora is the ultimate luxury destination that looks like paradise. Floating villas on top of crystal clear blue sea, you'd expect a high price point to spend even just one night here. Prices can range from around £4,500 per person and unless me or Sam pull off an epic Mission Impossible jewellery heist - well, there's really no chance.

Maldives


The Maldives. I mean, just the word sounds expensive. Located in the South of Asia, this tropical paradise entices many a keen traveller. These secluded islands that hold some of the most luxurious villas and resorts can set you back at least £2,500 per person. It's the perfect picture postcard location and one that you'd probably never want to leave. Surrounded by miles of beautiful sea, this is one of the ultimate holiday experiences. 

Malaysia


Known for its mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences, Malaysia is a truly stunning place to see. It's capital Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the most beautiful buildings including the iconic twin towers which rule over the man-made and natural landscape. The cost of the holidays isn't too pricey with most hitting the £1,200 mark. Well isn't too ridiculously pricey...

Dominican Republic


Another country within the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is another beachy island known for its white sands, resorts and golf. Its terrine is a mixture of Savannah, rain forest and highlands and also is home to the tallest mountain in the Caribbean, the Pico Duarte. Dreamy waterfalls and lagoons are just some of the beautiful nature that the island has to offer and with prices from £800 per person, a taste of paradise is a lot closer than you think.

Costa Rica


A rugged, rain forest country, Costa Rica is a tropical location with rich rain forest and soaring volcanoes. It's a nature lover's dream and with plenty of the outdoors to see, this is certainly not typically a place known for lounging by a poolside all day. The cost of a holiday here is actually quite affordable, with prices ranging from around £800-£1,000 per person.

St Lucia


GOD this place sounds expensive. And I'm really not surprised that it is expensive when you see photos of the S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G mountains that make the island so popular. It would be any photographer's dream to snap a picture of these stunning landmarks which you can do if you dig deep into your pockets because some of its top resorts cost around £3,500 per person.

Cambodia


If you're looking for man-made landmarks that will take your breath away then just research Cambodia. The ruins of Angkor Wat and the massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire, are enough to want to hand over your life's savings right now. It's actually a popular backpacker's spot and with a little bit of researching and comparing, the cost of visiting this place can be as cheap as £500-£800 per person.

Barbados


The Carribean Islands are some of the most lusted after locations to holiday in and seeing holiday snaps of Barbados on Google images has me shook-eth. It's another set of beautiful islands with icy white sand and crystal clear sea water. Not like our Thames bog water here in London. Buying in advance is a good way to save some money on the whole package with October 2018 dates ranging from £800-£1,400 per person.

What are the luxury destinations that you lust after? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Luxury Retreats. All words are my own.

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