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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

My Guide to Boracay Island.



As I write this on a cold February morning, I almost feel transported back to this beautiful place.

Me and my family were looking to go somewhere picturesque for a special occasion, think white sands and turquoise water. We trawled the internet to find the best place we could go to get away from the cold and miserable UK weather,
 step forward: Boracay Island.

This place has got to be the BEST place I have ever visited, and I’ve visited a fair few places. 


How to get there

After a 15 hour journey from London to Manila, we took a 1 hour internal flight to Caticlan Airport (also known as Boracay Airport). As there is no airport on Boracay Island, we then took a short car ride to the jetty port and took a boat to the Island. This might sound long, but it is VERY worth it.

Where to stay

 As we went for a special occasion, we wanted to go somewhere super luxurious and not right in the centre of all the action so we could get the best of both worlds.

There are three areas in Boracay, which are called ‘stations’ and needless to say it was very easy to pick which one we wanted to stay at. Station 1 is the place for all the high-end hotels (with the exception of Shangri La which is located on Station 3 for honeymooners) and it was the perfect location as it was only a 15 minute walk from Station 2 which has all bars/clubs/water sports.

We stayed at The Lind – and oh my god, is this the best hotel I have ever stayed at. This isn’t a “3 star disguised as 5 star” type of hotel, no – this is actually a 5 star hotel and they went to town on everything! From the moment we stepped off the plane in Caticlan, we had a member of staff greet us and take us to the jetty port, with a private boat waiting for us to take us directly to the hotel. If that wasn’t enough, we were given cold bottles of water on the boat, and a cocktail when we arrived at the hotel.

We opted for the sea view rooms, and it was honestly just the best thing to wake up to every morning. The breakfast buffet was fit for a king with everything you could ever want and more. There were three pools, including a rooftop infinity pool and the list just goes on. I don’t think one single blog post can really explain how much we loved this place.




When to go

We went in November 2016 and heard mixed reviews about the weather during this time. All of the weather reports showed thunderstorms every day! Well, they lied because we were greeted with clear skies, 30 degrees and glorious sunshine every day. (Apart from the day we were meant to fly out and there was a storm which meant our flights were cancelled and stayed an extra two nights, but we didn’t complain because the next day was picture perfect again).

I’d definitely go back again in November, it’s off peak so it won’t be as busy and it’s cheaper. Win-win.

What to do

There is so much to do on this little island – you can do as much as or little as you want.

Water Sports

We are an adventurous bunch and decided to helmet dive, parasail, paddle board and do other water activities. You can also go diving or visit other islands if you have more time. If there’s one thing you have to do then do helmet diving – one of the best experiences ever.

Food

I am a big foodie and finding good food on the island was not hard. We went to some amazing places in the 7 nights we were there, far too many to list here.

But go to Spice Bird for some good grilled chicken, Spider House for an amazing view and pizza, or just to jump into the sea from the deck.

If you want to splash some cash then the food at Shangri La was amazing too, but I was not too impressed with the service. If you have a sweet tooth, go to La Cozina for the BEST churros I’ve ever tasted.


Spa

There are so many places for a good massage along the beach front or at hotels so having a spa day has never been so easy.

Beach day

We had a private beach so lounged there most of the time when we wanted a beach day. It was peaceful and just the best place to hang out during the day.

Nightlife

There are lots of bars and clubs on the main strip if you want that kind of holiday. As this was a family holiday we didn’t go to any of the clubs, but there were some really cool bars along the strip! The best thing about Boracay is you can make it what you want!

I’d love to go back one day, there was something so calming about being there and so great to just get away from the everyday stresses of London life!

















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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

In love with the CoCo


I have been using the Vita Coco coconut oil properly for 3 months now. I used to use it sporadically here and there and then thought I would give it a proper go and use it every single day on my skin (and in my cooking!).

There are so many benefits, but here is a list of the benefits I personally found the most useful:

1) Moisturiser - kiss that dry, flaky skin goodbye. It can be used all over the body and on the face. It also boosts collagen production and will keep wrinkles at bay.

2) High heat point - this is how high a temperature it can reach before the natural impurities in the oil begin to burn. For coconut oil it means it does not breakdown until around 350 degrees so replace that vegetable oil with this stuff. Use it for when you are cooking on high heat such as frying! No brainer, right?! 

3) Hair conditioner - I use it on my hair and leave it in over night, before washing it off! Results? Lovely, luscious hair that is healthy.

4) Body exfoliator - Mix together equal parts coconut oil and sugar. Use in the bath and shower to have soft skin.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

My Guide to Paris.






I just spent the most amazing weekend in Paris. This is my guide to the 5 essential things you just have to do if you visit this beautiful city.

Eiffel Tower – of course no trip is complete without a trip here. If you are not too fussed about actually going in the Eiffel tower, and just want to take pictures of it in the background then you should check out the viewpoint at Trocadéro. This has got to be the best (free) view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. If you want to splash some cash, go for drinks on the roof terrace of the Four Seasons.

Brunch – this is becoming a ‘thing’ in Paris. We went to “Frenchie to Go” and I was impressed. It’s very laid back, you have to order at the counter and your food will then be brought to you. The menu is on a chalkboard above the counter. It’s very shabby chic. However, it does get busy and they don’t take reservations so go early to avoid disappointment.

The Louvre – you can’t really go to Paris without taking a peak at the Mona Lisa in this beautiful museum. Even if you didn’t want to go and see the gallery, you can still go inside and take pictures. Definitely worth a visit.

Ladurée – for the ultimate Parisian tea experience head to Ladurée on Champs Elysées. I went for Valentine’s weekend with my fiancé and we almost turned away because the queue just looked way too long. But I’m glad we waited as it was only 10 minutes until we were seated.

Go for macaroons, tea and the cake. We had the ‘plaisir sucre’ (Crispy and gourmet Dacquoise cake with hazelnuts, praline and milk chocolate topped with milk chocolate whipped cream… just divine!)

Rue Crémieux – The street I shouldn’t tell you about but I will because well, I’m nice like that. We stumbled upon one of the most instagrammable streets in Paris close to Paris Gare de Lyon metro stop. This street is a bloggers heaven; the backdrop of beautiful pastel coloured houses are just so pretty to look at. If you do go, be discreet – it is a residential street after all.



 



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Monday, 13 February 2017

Homeware Wishlist.

Hello! So my fiancé and I will be moving in to our new home in a few months so naturally I have been lusting after lots of homeware bits to fill our space. We are going for a "modern country" look (is that a thing?) - but essentially we like the old with the new so you will see a lot of the things we like have a little touch of wood because this can be paired with just about anything and instantly make it look rustic! 

Below are my favourite picks and I have a little confession, I may have already accidentally bought items 1. & 4. (I just couldn't help myself).

4. Gene Rectangular Table (John Lewis - currently out of stock but here's a similar one from Habitat.)


What have you been lusting after? 


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