Monday, 22 August 2016

SUMMER FLORALS

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.
xxx

Friday, 12 August 2016

EDINBURGH IN 5 DAYS


I left Edinburgh a few days ago after spending 5 days there with friends from overseas. None of us had ever been to Scotland and thought it would be a nice little getaway to catch up and spend some time together since we hadn’t seen each other for over a year! 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this city as I had heard mixed reviews, one piece of advise I would give you is remember your rain coat as you will need it! Most of the days it rained for at least an hour, although this didn’t ruin our trip we just adapted to the cold and wet weather. Other than that it was a great trip.

Fringe Festival
One thing I do have to say is if the Fringe Festival wasn’t on I think we would have been lost of things to do, Edinburgh is only so big afterall. If you are going outside of August I would suggest 3 days is enough to see what the city has to offer. Luckily the Fringe Festival was on so we had plenty to do! For those of you who don’t know the Fringe Festival is on for the entire month of August in Edinburgh and features musicals, comedians, magic acts, cabrets and music acts so there is plenty to choose from. The atmosphere for all these events was amazing! All the acts would perform on the streets to get everyone’s attention so you could "try before you buy" in a way. Another great thing about this festival is a lot of acts are free to watch and you simply pay what you think the show is worth. We saw quite a few acts including Laura London (magician), Abi Roberts (Comedian) and Elf Lyons (Comedian) and a few more. Spring Awakening the musical was the only performance we pre-booked and paid for beforehand, it was well worth it. The cast gave an incredible performance and were extremely talented, if you’re heading to Edinburgh this month I would suggest you put this musical on your list of things to do as you won’t be disappointed! 


Since Fringe was on there was also loads of markets to purchase some lovely little souvenirs for friends and family. There was also outdoor marquees where live music was played and you could get some street food and have a few cheeky drinks.  



Author’s Seat
If you enjoy hiking then Authur’s Seat should be on your todo list while in Edinburgh. Loz and I trekked up there about midday, we did attempt early morning but other things easily distracted us beforehand. This hike would normally take people about 2 hours at most, not for us, we stopped almost every 5 minutes to take photos and sit down now and again so it ended up taking just short of 5 hours for us by the time we returned to the hostel. It's great to take all these photos for memories, although the pictures never do it justice. Half way up we decided to try and do dual Yoga poses which was interesting, Loz is much more advanced in yoga than I plus when you’re upside down it can be difficult to know your left from your right aye! We finally got a few good shots before carrying on up the hill. We reached the top and god was it windy!!!!! Gale force winds I’ll tell you that! I could put almost all my bodyweight onto the wind and it would hold me up, although I didn’t follow this through completely as I would have injured myself knowing my luck when the wind stops blowing. As we’re at the top Loz attempts to do some yoga in this extremely strong wind and I couldn’t help but think please don’t hurt yourself as it’s a long way down and I don’t think I’ve got the strength to carry both of us haha! After she stops giving me a heart attack we head down the hill through these beautiful flowers and a view just as nice. We went through little foot paths which had netals either side so I got stung a lot, this wasn't ideally. After we did some rock climbing to get down as I think we took a path not often taken, we made it to the bottom safely with no known injuries! 



St Giles Cathedral
This is located in the centre of the city, if you enjoy architecture it’s a great monument to explore. 

Holyrood Palace
This is another beautiful building that I would suggest you go and see, I didn't pay to go inside but I've heard its pretty amazing.

Edinburgh Castle
Personally I didn’t go into Edinburgh castle and only went to view the outside, the castle itself is beautiful. Loz and Aroha both paid to go inside and said it was worth it but was smaller than they imagined.

Royal Botanical Gardens
I love visiting Botanical Gardens, you always know there will be something beautiful to look at. There were so many pretty flowers and mini waterfalls, it was so peaceful strolling around this place. Loz and I found a huge tree that we obviously had to take a few photos as always!

Highlands & Loch Ness Tour
Why not get out of the city for a day and explore a few places around Edinburgh, we decided to book a day tour around the highlands and up to Loch Ness. We got to see some beautiful scenery along the way although we weren’t expecting to spend so much time on the coach. We did stop occasionally for 5 minutes to take some photos but not enough in my opinion. To be honest this tour was not worth the money as it was £46 per person, we were told it also included lunch and a boat tour of Loch Ness, which it didn’t and these were added extras. 

Drinks at Tiger Lily
I wouldn’t have know about this amazing place if it wasn’t for my mother, she suggested we go here for drinks. As always mother has all the great ideas, it was indeed a pretty place, very relaxed and they made gorgeous cocktails. This is also a hotel so it might be an option for the next time I visit. Although since I didn't expect to be taking photos I didn't have my camera, it was dark and my iPhone photos didn't turn out the best.

The Elephant Café 
For those of you who don’t know the Elephant Café is where J.K. Rowling got the inspiration for the first Harry Potter book. It’s said that she would come to the café to write and only order one cup of coffee and made it last as that’s all she could afford. She would always choose the table by the window so she could look outside and let her imagination run wild. You can tell that she did indeed get the inspiration for Hogwarts from Edinburgh castle as they have a lot of similarities, she also took other little bits from Edinburgh for the book so it was amazing to see where everything came from.


Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

TIPS FOR TRAVELLING LIGHT


In 4 short days I will be leaving to attend not one, not two but three events/holidays in a row. I will need to have everything in one suitcase only weighing 10kg for 2 weeks! It will be tough but it's a challenge I am willing to take on! 

My first stop is Lockerbie, Scotland for my uncles wedding, I've been looking forward to this for months. Although there have been some complications since I couldn't fit into my jumpsuit I was planning on wearing. I've been on a massive health kick working out and choosing my food wisely to ensure I can wear my beautiful jumpsuit! It's working, I've lost 5 pounds by simply choosing the healthy option! If I continue at this rate I'll have no problem fitting into my outfit! Second stop is only a short train ride away from Lockerbie, I'm travelling to Edinburgh for 5 days to meet up with my Australian friends who I haven't seen in over a year. This will be an amazing opportunity to catch up and explore a new place together. Final stop is a week in Barcelona and I couldn't be more excited! I've been told nothing but good things about this beautiful city and I cannot wait to explore and experience this for myself. It's going to be difficult to fit everything in a 10kg suitcase for 3 trips but it's definitely doable, as long as I pack correctly!


1. Pack plain pieces that can be swapped and changed to create different outfits.

2. Be open to wearing things more than once.

3. Consider packing pieces that can be worn in the day and at night.

4. Two pairs of shoes is enough, a day pair and night pair. Although in my case I'll have 3 as I intent to keep up my fitness so I need my trainers.

5. Only take a carry on, then you won't have the option to over pack.

6. If you're going to a beach destination 2 bikinis is enough.

7. Lay all your clothes out before you begin to pack and eliminate about 40% of what you have put out, you won't need it all! 

8. Pack travel size toiletries, better yet if you're not fussy buy them when you arrive at your location.

9. Check to see if your accommodation provides hair dryers and possibly straighteners before you pack yours, failing that maybe invest in a travel hair dryer. I got one for £6 from Argos and it's still going after a few years!

10. Consider what technology you need, do you really need a laptop, iPad, iPhone, Go Pro, DSL Camera and Polaroid? Well you don't, try and reduce it to 3 items. To be honest, this is what I would normally pack but I need to learn to reduce what I take. Since I'll be traveling solo for a week I want my laptop so I can keep uploading photo's and keep my little space on the blogmasphere updated, my iPhone is a given and I'm thinking my Polaroid will be a good choice!

11. Pack only the essential make up items, I personally don't wear alot of makeup day-to-day so this is easy for me. Although for those of you who struggle to decide which shade of purple lipstick to pack it's alot more difficult. Only pack the bare minimum as you most likely won't use your think liquid foundation in a super hot climate.

12. Double check the weather and pack accordingly, no need to take up space for unneeded pieces.

13. Utilise all the space, pack things in your shoes and down the side etc.

14. If your plans include different climates pack layers so you can adjust easily. Considering I'm going to Edinburgh which isn't know for its sunny days and also Barcelona that is going to be very hot I have to choose my clothing wisely!

15. Don't carry jewellery in a large box, select a few pieces and pack in a small pouch of some kind.

16. Don't weight your case down with thick towels, either invest in some travel towels that are lightweight and small or check your accommodation to see if they supply them. I purchased some great travel towels from Mountain Warehouse, they're currently on offer so its an awesome time to invest. For the beach try using a sarong as this will dry quickly and save room.

17. Pack some travel wash, this way you can wash a few things on the go for free. If you're not a fan of travel wash perhaps you should consider washing some clothes while you're away. Since I'm going to Barcelona after Edinburgh I think I'll be doing this to save room.

18. Check your airlines luggage allowance before you travel. The allowance for hand luggage can vary and you don't want to end up paying extortionate prices for checking your bag.


Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

24 THINGS I'VE LEARNT IN TWENTY-FOUR YEARS


Today is my BIRTHDAY! Another year older, yet none the wiser! 

Every year when my birthday comes around I take a moment to reflect on the previous year and what I achieved during this time. You're able to accomplish so much over the course of a year and it's amazing to acknowledge exciting and memorable things that have happened. Considering how much you can achieve and learn over 1 year, it's amazing what I've learnt over the last 24 years!

1. Learn to love yourself! Now this is something that has taken me about 23 years to learn to appreciate myself as I am!

2. Travel as long and as far as you can. Explore as much of the world as possible while you are able and haven't got any major commitments tying you to your home.

3. A second language is beneficial, when I was travelling I envied the other travellers who's first language wasn't English as they worked so hard to learn it.

4. It's important to be yourself, no matter what happens don't loose your identity trying to impress or fit in with the cool kids.

5. Never take people for granted, appreciate the people in your life and pay attention to them.

6. Try or learn something new. This year I took up a weekly acting class and it was the best decision, I'm learning more about myself as we have to focus on what type of actors we are.

7. Choose your friends wisely as not everyone you meet is going to be a true friend, make sure you know their agenda before you get stuck in their drama that you shouldn't be involved in.

8. It's hard to get anywhere without taking a few risks, so take the plunge and do the things you love.

9. Be healthy, choose your meals wisely, eat some vegetables and drink plenty of water.

10. ... but also remember to treat yourself.

11. Work out on a regular basis as fitness has been scientifically proven to release endorphins what make us happy, working out can also improve your eating habits as your body craves the healthier options. I now have weekly Personal Trainer sessions, pole fitness, yoga and go to the gym. I aim for 5 sessions a week!

12. Find a form of fitness you love, for me I found pole dancing and it's become one of my greatest passions in life, I plan my week around my classes.

13. Don't believe everything you hear. Now if you're a tad gullible like me it may be more of a challenge to filter what's true and false but just remember to use common sense. 

14. We are only human, you're not wonder woman but you can do your best to achieve the impossible.

15. Set yourself realistic goals that are achievable. Do you remember SMART targets from school? Well if you apply this logic to your day-to-day and yearly goals you'll be surprised how far you can go!

16. Easy jobs aren't always the best thing, just because a job is simple and you think it's "easy money" doesn't mean it's the right decision to make. Remember to continue to chase your dreams and enjoy your job, you don't want to wake up one day and realise you're in a career your dislike.

17. Stoping thinking so much and just live! Don't overthink things, try living in the moment, and being happy for no reason. Just enjoy life as it comes.

18. Let it be and stop holding grudges, this only leads to bitterness and is a waste of your time, learn to let go of angry and resentment. 

19. Don't depend on technology! Now, I know it's difficult to live without your iPhone but try and take a few hours every week away from technology. Go on a hike, go for coffee with the people you were texting, break away from the ties of the digital world and enjoy life its self.

20. Everyone has insecurities, its not just me!

21. Don't cry over material possessions, for me this is the modern day take on "don't cry over split milk". If your iPhone breaks, yes its a downer but it's not the end of the world.

22. Stick to what you believe, don't change your opinion based on someone elses. Stay true to yourself and don't let people twist your beliefs or choices in life.

23. Learn to appreciate "me time", some people can't stand their own company whereas I've learnt to love it. It's a great feeling when you know you can survive by yourself.

24. You have to work hard to achieve your goals! Life isn't easy, no one is going to hand you the end results to your goals, you have to work hard for it. 

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Sunday, 10 July 2016

WHY WOMEN SHOULD SUPPORT EACH OTHER

Life is tough, the sad truth is that it's tougher for women than men. I hate to admit it but women tend to hold grudges, find ways to argue or be petty much easier than men. Instead of breaking each other down, we should be standing strong together and building each other up.




So many people say they would love to go back to the "good old school days", to me that sounds like a living hell. Growing up I was bullied to the point I didn't want to go to school. For many women school is a place we form our first real thoughts about society, the main thing I learnt is girls can be harsh and there is a huge emphasis on competition. Who is skinnier, prettier or even smarter. All the sligh comments and unnecessary glares that made me feel unattractive, stupid and invisible aren't needed. There are already so many guys who take the time to do this for us, why should we be putting each other down? All this competition is getting us nowhere, aren't you exhausted of the petty issues, it's draining and wastes time that could be spent supporting, encouraging and helping one another grow. I guess it's true we never really do leave school! Some of us do grow up but those habits always stay with us, whether its making a sligh remark about another girls outfit or staring and giggling. Isn't it time to grow up once and for all?

Think about the women in your life, whether that be your mother, best friend or colleague that you would be nothing without and think about how great it is to have them supporting you every step of the way. How great would it be to have that with more than one or two people? If we all throw the pettiness and judgemental habits away we could then make room for positive thoughts. We begin to work as a team and inspire each other. In the end this will only make us all stronger. "The strongest women are those that build up the women around them, instead of tearing them down."

Surround yourself with women who will challenge and inspire you to achieve your goals. Let's celebrate, support, encourage and love the women in our life.

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

SPORTY STYLE

We're meant to be experiencing summer, although England has a funny way of showing it, the weather has been all over the place. The problem with unpredictable weather is figuring out what to wear, it's too warm for a coat yet too cold for bare legs. For now, I'll stick to leggings and layers until I can break out the sundresses.

Recently I've loved the sporty look and these leggings are the definition of sporty in my opinion, combining them with this waistcoat creates the perfect sporty-causal look. Maybe I'm attracted to this style because I want to feel like I'm a fitness fanatic ... don't get me wrong I would love to be but I don't think I'm there just yet. Sometimes I feel like I've taken the "sporty look" too far when I'm wearing my Yoga leggings on a day-to-day basis, you have to admit they are super comfy and stylish so I don't see why it isn't sociably acceptable.

The highstreet is fully stocked with all your sporty must-haves. River Island has some of the best pieces in my opinion, maybe I'm basis because it's one of my favourite retailers but definitely worth a sneaky look. 






Outfit details

Khaki waistcoat: River Island
Leggings: River Island
Backpack: Accessorize

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx

Saturday, 18 June 2016

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD START DOING TODAY


A lot of us, myself included have a way of procrastinating when it comes to certain things. Sometimes they don't seem that important and get put to the back of my mind. I think there are a few things we all need to do more of at times. 

1. Take care of your health
Your health above all else is the most important thing you should take care of. There are 3 types of people when it comes to health, the ones who book and appointment at the doctors for a headache they've had for 30 minutes, those who wait until a symptom is incredibly irritated and emergency appointments are needed. Finally there are people who know when appointments are needed. Ensure you take care of yourself and book in routine appointments such as the dentist every 6 months or your contraceptive appointments. Get them scheduled ahead of time and be well organised.

2. De-clutter something in your life
I find that I have a tendency to hold onto my belongings for longer than need be. If you find your wardrobe or cupboards to be overflowing and packed, maybe it's time to declutter and get rid of things you haven't worn/used for the past 6 months. At first, I found this to be one of the hardest tasks because I get attached to my pretty clothes and other belongings, although when I started to declutter it was great to get rid of unwanted/unneeded items.

One thing few people remember to declutter is their laptop. Over time you can accumulate so many files and photos that you no longer need or simply need to be organised. I spend about 4 hours deleting and filing photos, now everything has a place and I can find things easily. Let's see how long it last before I have to declutter again! 

3. Exercise
You've most likely heard this one to many times but you need to exercise. Fitness is proven to release endorphins and improve your mood, it also gives you a sense of achievement. The thought of exercising can be daunting at times but when you get yourself into a routine you'll enjoy fitness much more. If you can't stand the sight of a gym, take up another form of fitness such as Pole Dancing, you get fit while learning a new skill.

4. Eat healthy food
I can't stress enough how important it is to eat healthily, I'm not saying I always make the right choices and it can be difficult if you're busy or work unusual shift patterns but you need to plan ahead. Try preparing your snacks and meals for the next day the night before so you don't reach for the easy option of junk food. Ensure you keep changing it up, if you stick to the same old food each day you can become bored.

5. Spend time with family and friends
We get so caught up in day-to-day life that we sometimes forget to put time aside for family and friends. Work isn't everything in life so leave those pesky tasks for another day and spend some time catching up with your loved ones. 

Sincerely, Kimberly.
xxx