Wednesday, 26 October 2016


I've been so wrapped up in day-to-day life that I've forgotten to focus on my goals for the year. It's so important to understand what you want to achieve and how you're going to achieve it. My goals for 2016 have mainly been about developing and working on myself and my hobbies, there is still 2 months left of this year and I intend to spend my time wisely and focus on achieving these goals.

Pole Fitness
Over the last few months I haven't been going to pole lessons as much as I used to because my old studio shut down in June. After this I struggled to find a new studio that had lessons at times I could go to. My old instructor Alix opened her own studio not long ago and I've started going on a weekly basis to classes and I love being back with a tutor I admire. I'm learning new moves and ways to improve what I can already do. My aim is to keep going on a regular basis so I don't loose the strength I've built up and the techniques I've learnt.

Last weekend I did my first pole photoshoot, it was both nerve-racking and exciting as I didn't know what to expect. For the shoot I brought the cutest outfit, royal blue highwaisted hot pants paired with a sports bra with crossed strap back. Even though I felt like I didn't have much strength on the day, it still went well and I managed to get some lovely photos that I can't wait to see. This was a huge achievement for me as its something I've always wanted to do!

Clean Eating
Eating healthy is always something I aim to do, although recently I've been off the wagon; eating chocolate and junk food. I've had to sit down and consider the reasons why I've been eating like this, it isn't because it makes me feel good, actually its been doing the opposite and making me feel sluggish. Perhaps its stress or boredem? Whatever the reason I intent to snap myself out of this mood and eat healthy again.

Fitness is constant and continuous, when you get to a certain fitness point you don't stop because you've reached your goals, you keep going and improve yourself further. Training has been high on my priority list over the last few months, I got a personal trainer and went to the gym atleast 5 times per week. Although, the last few weeks have not been filled with hard core training, more like sleeping in and having one too many chill out days. The most important thing is to not beat myself up about having a few "bad" weeks, instead I just need to pick up where I left off. From this week I'm getting back into my routine, so hello 5am wake up calls!

I've now been studying acting since November 2015 at the Actors Workshop Nottingham. Learning through different methods of teaching and tasks to further my skills. I've also been working with a Director to produce a series of comedy sketches, this has allowed me to gain an insight into filming. I have a long way to go in the acting world, I need to relax more while filming to ensure I'm giving a real performance rather than something that looks heavily rehearsed. This is something I intend to keep improving and will develop as I spend more time infront of the camera. My aim over the next few months is to get the 3 scripts I currently have on-going filmed and possibly another one before the year ends. 

Writing on this little space of mine has become one of my favourite things to do, I spend hours brainstorming, taking photos and writing content for you lovely people to read. Over the next few months I want to work on creating new content, perhaps I should write more about my acting experiences or the pole photoshoot I did. Maybe even start doing "how to" guides, I'll get my thinking hat on and come up with some great ideas.

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Sometimes we get so busy we forget to take care of ourselves, ensuring you're happy in your life is so important. Now and again we have to do things we don't want to and also be around people that we don't exactly agree with. There are so many little habits that a lot of people (myself included) do that can impact on your life in a negative way.

1. Trying to please everyone
We have all tried to please too many people at once. What you've got to remember is that people are different and have different tastes and opinions. The way I see it, it's impossible to please everyone, and majority of the time you'll end up disappointing people if you have over promised.

I find that some people try to change their opinion on something to make others happy. From my perspective you should never change your option for anyone unless its your decision to do so. This is something I learnt later on after I spent all my time trying to reach everyones expectations and agreeing with them because I thought it would be easier. This doesn't happen anymore, I voice my opinions even if others don't approve of them. Of course, I get into a few disagreements but I'm happy that I've put my option out there and stuck to what I believe.

2. Fearing change
Whether you like it or not change is a huge part of life, instead of avoiding it you need to learn to embrace it. Things are constantly developing and moving forward so its time to accept things that are out of your control and adapt to the new circumstances. 

3. Living in the past
I used to constantly live in the past and wonder "what if", I finally realised that if you're always living in the past you're not moving forward. Dwelling on past events that are out of your control won't do your health, mentally or physically any good. You need to learn to let go of things that happened and look forward to the future. Who's care's if you made a mistake or didn't get that job you wanted, keep developing yourself and hopefully next time things will turn out how you planned.

4. Putting yourself down
Now I am no stranger to putting myself down ... it used to be a daily occurrence for me. I would moan about my weight or career not being where I wanted it to be, but it didn't get me anywhere. After a while I realised that if I gave myself constructive criticism instead of beating myself up, I would get much further in life. The way I see it is if you're unhappy with something then it's time to be proactive and make a change. Make the changes in your life that will make you wake up and feel happy.

5. Worrying about where you are in life
Now and again I worry about where I am and where I want to be in 5 years or so. Its good to have a plan but there is no need to be concerned if you aren't as far ahead as others at work for example. Mine isn't so much to do with work rather my personal life, since I haven't or aren't following the "normal" steps in your twenties. Have a partner, apply for a mortgage, get engaged or even start a family. I haven't and don't plan to do any of these things right now, after all I'm still young and don't need to follow the norm. It doesn't matter if you're not doing what everyone else is doing, your life plan could be completely different and that's fine! Although, if you're not where you want to be, what can you do to get you closer to achieving your dreams or ambitions? Make small changes and continually develop and you'll get where you want to be if you put the work in.

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Sunday, 9 October 2016


I've been going to an acting class on a weekly basis since November 2015 at the Actors Workshop Nottingham, up until a few weeks ago I hadn't experienced what its like on set with a speaking role. As a project for the actors workshop we were paired up and had a script wrote based on our character descriptions. Mine and Bianca's script was a drama, we played estranged sisters and our mother had just pasted away. Its a few days after the funeral and we are arguing like sisters do! This was different to the lighthearted roles I had practiced before but was very exciting to be doing some drama.

What you've got to understand before you even think about entering the acting world is there is a lot of waiting around. This day was no different, I was in the second filming slot at 12pm although when we arrived we were told that there has been a few technically difficulties and we weren't needed until about 2:30! Obviously this was a tad annoying as I could of arrived later. Then again, this is the industry and if I'm serious about a career as an actress I've got to get used to it!

Before we started filming I was touching up my makeup and ensuring I looked camera ready, I kept thinking I hope I do a good job. What if I forget my lines, what if I don't show enough emotion, what if, what if, what if! I was nervous when sat in-front of the camera, it's funny how the camera can have a weird affect on how you act. I stopped for a moment, took a deep breath and calmed myself down, who care's if I make a slight mistake with my lines, we will just do another take and capture the correct version of the script! The main thing I kept having to remind myself is to stay calm and do my best, that's all I can do!

During filming I kept feeling like I was overacting, my eyes were everywhere and I wasn't showing any emotion during Bianca's lines (at this point I should of told myself to calm down again). Although, when I asked the director it was fine, I was being paranoid because even though its next to impossible to get the scene perfect its always good to try! I'm not going to be too hard on myself as it was my first time filming.

One thing that did help me on set was my partner Bianca, she's naturally a very relaxed person and just let's go and enjoys the moment. Something I need to do more of! I believe that your acting partner(s) can have a huge affect on your performance so I'm pleased I had a partner who didn't block me but encouraged and helped me give a better performance.

I had one little issue while filming, something I wasn't worried about at first but now will be on my mind next time I'm on set. The director had to stop filming as my face was too shiny and I needed to apply some powder ... How embarrassing aye! The problems we actresses/actors have.

I felt both proud and relieved when the director (my tutor in this case) called "thats a rap" on our scene, now I could relax and enjoy other groups scenes. I stuck around for a while after and was an extra in some scenes, I believe it was more awkward being in the background of scenes where you had to pretend to be talking and having a great time. This may be the miming as it can feel like you're making a fool of yourself! Overall I'm happy with my experience filming on set, I loved every moment and can't wait to throw myself into more projects!

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Autumn has set in! Time to say goodbye to sundresses and hello to layers and boots. This time of year is great, the air is crisp and the trees are filled with burnt orange and red leaves. Although Summer is my favourite season I do enjoy snuggling up in my long sleeve jumpers and wearing autumn colours. I recently went on a little shopping spree in River Island, they had 25% off (with a voucher from Elle) so I couldn't resist buying something new. I brought this beautiful olive green top that looks great for work or a casual day and is the perfect addition to my autumn wardrobe. I also invested in some new Molly black jeans, a staple piece everyone needs in their wardrobe. These jeans are so comfortable and fit perfectly.

The boots are an old piece from my sisters wardrobe, I don't wear a lot of heeled boots I would normally be wearing my flat Chelsea boots but these are great for a change! My leather jacket is Topshop purchase from the past, I brought this about 4 years ago and I always look forward to showing it off when autumn hits.

Outfit details

Olive Top: River Island
Black Molly Jeans: River Island
Leather Jacket: Topshop
Bag: H&M

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Saturday, 24 September 2016


I saw this beautiful place on Instagram and knew I had to visit while in Barcelona. There are many companies that travel to this destination, I went with Viator on an early morning access tour. Pick up time was 6:45am from Barcelona city centre but when you arrive at a "touristy" place and there are no tourist to block your view its an amazing feeling. This was only half a day trip and we returned to Barcelona by 1pm. This was still plenty of time to explore and experience everything Montserrat has to offer. 

The tour begins with a visit to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, this is an incredible church with impressive gothic architecture. You're unable to go into some of this building as monks live there. The church inside had beautifully coloured stainglass windows, also we saw the "virgin mary" which is a worshiped statue for Catalonia people so its a privilege to see this statue upclose. Unfortunately I couldn't get many photos of this building as my memory card in my camera decided to develop a glitch. Gotta love technology aye! This was the one time I didn't bring my camera bag from the coach, so I had to run back to get another memory card!

We had 2 hours to explore, there is loads of options to choose from, you could sit in the cafe and enjoy a drink although in my opinion in a beautiful place like this you shouldn't be sitting in a cafe. If you wanted to go up the mountain you could either hike up or catch a gondaia "thingy". At the top there is several hikes to choose from, I could of taken the easy option but I decided to do the hike which took 1 hour and a half. The views at the top were amazing. Although in 30 degree heat hiking started to feel exhausting quickly but I powered through and kept going because the views were too great to miss!

This day trip gave me the opportunity to test out my new Joby camera stand, its perfect for travelling solo because the stand can bend around objects and adjust in awkward positions. Sometimes when you visit somewhere and there aren't many people around, it can be difficult to get a photo of yourself that isn't a selfie!

After I finished hiking for a few hours in the sun I decided to head back down the mountain to explore a little more. I was considering grabbing a drink and relaxing in the cafe, but naturally I decided to make the most of my time and look around. There is a museum that was meant to be incredible but I didn't have enough time to do this. One thing I knew I wanted to see on this trip was this square stacked statue, from the photos I saw people were climbing to the top and getting an amazing shot. I was very disappointed to find out that a fence had been put up to ensure tourist don't risk their life for a great photo! Despite the bright orange sign and fencing its still is an amazing view.

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Sunday, 11 September 2016


Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit and I couldn't wait to explore the city. Since I had 10 days I decided to spend some time out of the city, I took a day trip to Costa Brava which is about 2 hours drive from Barcelona city centre, along the way we stopped at Calella, L'estartit, Illies Medes, Pals and Empuries. All these places I visited had different vibes and things to offer. There are loads of companies that do day trips from Barcelona, I went with Viator, the price wasn't too bad at £71 for the entire day and that included all the entry fees etc but unfortunately not food. The tour guides were bilingual and spoke highly of each destination and included any stories or fun facts.

Calella de Palafruguell
First stop on the tour was the beautiful Calella, we were given 1 1/2 hour to go off and explore. I did debate sitting on the beach the entire time but then I would miss so many amazing photography opportunities, I got some great scenic shots. I spend my time wondering around and enjoying the view, naturally I couldn't resist indulging in a chocolate ice cream when I came across a little shop, and yes it was worth it. 

L'estartit & Illes Medes
Second stop was L'estartit port, boats everywhere and there is nothing more I love than photographs of boats! Luckily we stopped for lunch here and it was the best timing as I was very hungry. Since it was 29 degrees I didn't fancy anything too heavy, in the end I had a chicken Caesar salad and it was delicious. I always love to eat where you have a great view. Afterwards it was time for the boat trip in a submarine boat, this was a new experience for me and was great because you could see everything as if you were diving.

I was very excited to see this medieval town after researching beforehand. We stopped here for 20 minutes and I wish we had longer as it's not enough time to explore this pretty place. I don't know about you but when I visit somewhere I don't like to be rushed and when we were here it felt very rushed. I understand its because they have a lot of tours coming and going but I think 40 minutes would have been a good amount of time so you could truly enjoy everything Pals has to offer. Overall I did love my time here and I would recommend to anyone to visit while in the area.

Final stop on the day trip was Empuries, this is greek and roman ruins site. I don't know about you but I always find it interesting seeing ruins and learning about the history, as you can tell from the photos not a lot remains of these ruins. I felt like I didn't enjoy this as much as the other destinations due to the fact I had heat stoke! Yes heat stoke, I struggled to walk in a straight line at this point and had blurred vision, next time I NEED to wear a hat throughout the day to prevent this.

Sincerely, Kimberly.

Monday, 22 August 2016


I've said this many times before the English "summer days" are few and far between, but when we do get a nice day its great to take advantage and throw on a pretty floral dress. This day in particular was not one of those "summer days" and begin to rain as soon as we reached the car! It was amazing while the decent weather lasted though.

This sundress is a favourite of mine for a few reasons, I purchased it in Australia and have worn it on so many occasions. The scuba material is great as it doesn't need to be ironed and can be folded or scrunched into the tiniest places and still be wearable. This is an amazing feature especially if you're travelling around. Another incredible thing about this dress is I don't need to wear a bra, I'm sure you'll appreciate this is a great feeling!

You need staple pieces in your wardrobe to wear with bold or patterned items and summer would be nothing without my Birkenstocks, these beauts are so comfortable and easy to wear. They're a versatile piece to own and if you haven't already I would suggest you invest in a pair. 

Outfit details

Dress: Dotti
Bag: H&M
Sunglasses: Gok Wan

Sincerely, Kimberly.