Friday, 26 September 2014

LADIES IN LIVERPOOL





There is nothing I love more than a road trip and one with my favourite girls down to Liverpool is one that I will always remember. We planned to set off at 9:00am but being a bunch of girls who had outfit planning, hair styling and some were nursing hangovers (guilty) we finally departed at approximately 10:30am. After a few sat nav malfunctions which led us to Liverpool's rougher ends we reached our accommodation, quickly dropped off our luggage and headed into town to see what this city had to offer.


Me with the gorgeous Birthday Girl.
The Jumpsuit I am wearing is Rare London and is available here for £45.




After a day exploring the streets of Liverpool, well actually if I'm being honest a day of sampling the cocktails at Revolution bar next to the picturesque docks we started to get glammed up ready for a night on the town. We played the obligatory drinking games, took a few snaps, had a bit of a dance in the kitchen and then ordered a taxi- a standard girls only pre drinks.






Our first stop was a Church that had been converted into a lively bar called Alma-de-Cuba. It was one of the coolest venues I had ever been to for cocktails, the stained glass windows remained, and there was many booths to sit down. A balcony where you were able to get food, a long bar so you didn't have to wait too long to get served despite how busy it was. The best bit was the converted altar which had been transformed into a stage where Brazilian carnival dancers were found and you were invited to join, something us girls were all too happy to do after a couple of cocktails.



Next we headed to Camelion, a club that in Birmingham is usually filled with footballers and wag wannabes and an upmarket vibe, the Liverpool version was clearly filled with those using their fake IDs. After one of us spilt our drink on a poor girl in the toilets (guilty) and another one of us had an argument with a bartender we quickly moved on to the next club; Levels. It was a really cool club that had many different levels (would you believe it?). Each floor had a different type of music and we all enjoyed dancing the night away with our favourite people.

Lauren was so exhausted from our jam packed day and night in Liverpool she fell to sleep in what cannot be described as a quiet club. Our other friend Robyn's shoulder was not the only sleeping spot she chose, she also slept on a random boy's shoulder who was busy grafting with another girl but when you're tired you're tired.

Jess' 21st birthday has made me excited for this year when we all reach this milestone, and get to celebrate together and get glammed up.

Thank-you Liverpool for kicking off what is sure to be an amazing year in style!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

LIVERPOOL AND DUBAI HAUL




White Slim Fit Jeans- M&S £17
Striped Swimsuit - French Connection £3
Lime Green top- F&F £6
Airuna Floral Palazzo Trousers- Misguided £19.99

I am not quite ready to let go of summer clothes and luckily for me I am going to Dubai with my sister for just under a week so I had an excuse to splurge on some vibrant prints. Misguided really impressed me with their range this season and is therefore largely dominating my Dubai suitcase.

What are your favourite online shops at the moment? 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

TOMORROWLAND APPRECIATION



Yesterday I headed back up to Cardiff for a work experience meeting and to check out our new house for my third and final year. It seemed like a normal day chilling on the sofas watching some films and TV when one of my housemates screamed. "What is it Kat??" we asked inquisitively, she gained her composure and informed us that the Tomorrowland Aftermovie had been published. We quickly connected Kat's laptop to the television and sat down for half an hour of immersing ourselves in the memories of what was the best few days of our lives. 


Two of the group even made it into the movie at 5:15 where they can be seen eating their lunch on the right hand side of the screen. If the video sparks your interest in this incredible festival, read about my Tomorrowland experiences here and here.


Monday, 15 September 2014

MEE-CHA BUBBLE TEA & FROZEN YOGHURT

In the middle of the bustling shopping district in Birmingham, located on the second floor in the heart of the Bullring the Mee-Cha stand is a mini haven for thirsty shoppers. The brightly coloured pink bar covered in their trademark pandas is impossible to miss and beckons you to enjoy this up and coming beverage. 

On my first visit to the bar I was greeted by the friendly staff and when I disclosed that it was in fact my first bubble tea experience they were more than happy to describe the process to create my personalised drink. First you pick your flavour, choose whether you want to take it milky or fruity, then choose your tea, your style; are you a hot or cold person? And finally my favourite bit; choose what extra toppings you desire. I was recommended to try Bubble Tea assistant Reen's speciality; the strawberry and passion fruit slush, made with green tea and sprinkled with the popping bubbles that give an oh so satisfying pop in your mouth which causes the flavours to literally explode into your tastebuds. My refreshing drink is not only delicious but it is also a healthy fat free alternative to other drinks on the market. 


When I cross the border back into Wales I am going to miss these bubble tea refreshments, and wish I would have found them earlier so I could have enjoyed them all summer long. 

Bubble tea is not the only thing this establishment offers, they also serve fat-free frozen yoghurts coated in your favourite toppings and sauces for guilt free desserts. For more information on Mee-Cha visit their website here. I really would recommend you visit and try their amazing products.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

SPORTSWEAR HAUL





With a weekend in Liverpool for my best friend's 21st birthday and a holiday to Dubai with my sister lined up to end the summer with a bang it was evident that after a summer of indulgence I needed to tone up and fast. One of the great perks of being a lifeguard at my local leisure centre is a free gym membership, and I have been utilising it over the last few weeks visiting the gym or doing classes almost every day. I have become some what addicted to exercise but I had no clothes to train in and have had to keep stealing my sister's gym wear. My Dad took pity on me and treated me to a few items to revitalise my sports wardrobe, including a pair of Nike Pros (something I have always dreamed of owning). While I was in JD I spotted those gorgeous New Balance trainers, luckily for me I have small feet and can fit into junior trainers so I treated myself to a pair without having to break the bank. I will be rocking these beauties on the streets of Liverpool this weekend... I cannot wait!

Any tips on where else I can get some nice sportswear from?

MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT SUMMER

As summer is drawing to a close and I will be soon be packing my bags with all my worldly possessions to head back over the border into the land of the Welsh I got to thinking why do we all love summer so much? Here are my top five reasons.

1) The Music.

There is something about the summer months where the artists suddenly step up their game and bring out records that the winter months just cannot compete with (excluding Christmas numbers of course). Each summer I have certain songs that flood back hundreds of memories of that one particular year. Here are the ones I will be remembering this year's by;







2) Holidays.

Everyone loves leaving their house for a week or 2 living life out of a suitcase exploring a new realm or visiting a much loved home away from home. It's everyone's chance to escape from normality and responsibilities. Worries just seem to disappear as you board the aeroplane (or in my case megabus). Read about my vacations this year on my blog: Tomorrowland Part 1, Tomorrowland Part 2Brussels, Venice, Verona and Florence.





3) Being able to sunbathe in England.

When I put on my bikini in my own back garden, I get the same feeling I get when I pick up an item of clothing in the sale that I would have been happy to pay full price for. It feels almost as if I'm cheating the system, getting something I shouldn't be getting. One of my favourite sunny days this year was when I grabbed my friends and had a slip and slide party, read about it here.





4) Being reunited with my friends and family.

As you get older, the people you spent everyday with during your school days now all have very separate lives and this is most definitely the case with my friendship group. When September comes we all disperse around the country, everywhere from Newcastle, to Cardiff (me!), to Worcester, to Nottingham so these occasions where we all get together are increasingly special and we all cherish them. 

I am also ridiculously close to my sister so when I have to leave her for weeks on end for university I miss her like crazy so getting to have some proper catch up time with my best friend since day one is amazing. And who could forget my Mum and Dad, as I have got older they have become less like parents and more like my best friends who I can have fun with- one of the best things about growing up; gone are the days of screaming down the stairs that I hate them (for now).








5) Everyone is happier.

Finally, I just love that everyone seems to have an extra spring in their step, a bigger smile and more happiness in them than any other season (again, excluding christmas!). So this year I propose we keep the summer vibes going even when we have to wake up for our 9am lectures when it's still pitch black outside or when instead of heading to the shops in our flip flops we have to dig out our trusty UGG boots. But we all know that's easier said than done...


What's your favourite thing about summer?