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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Monthly Goals: June


June is a perfect month to try and get things done. The sun has started come out and summer is on it's way. I want to change something in each area of my life, which is why I have created categories for my goals. It's easier to keep things simple and have one goal for each category. Lets be honest, nobody will ever stick to a huge list of goals.

HOME
My goal is to do a deep clean. My balcony is rarely used because obviously I live in a cold country. But it needs to be cleaned because the weather is getting warmer. A lot of places need a deep clean in my flat to be honest. 

WORK
Find a new job. I am planning to leave my job at the end of July because it is a temporary role, and there is no room for growth in the company. I am too hard working to stay in the same position for ever without any progression. I have spent the past week filling out some job applications and writing personal statements. It's so time consuming! 

TRAVEL
This is a difficult one. I think my goal would have to be to NOT book any more flights this month. I don't think I should book any more flights until I have found a new job. 


HEALTH
Spend more time at the gym. I joined a couple of months ago but don't have a consistent schedule. It's very hard to find the time because I am working 6 days a week this month, and do long hours in my main job. 

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Monday, 28 May 2018

My Favourite Things About Spring ♥


The flowers come out. You can see pretty daisies and daffodils blooming in the grass. I have also started buying flowers weekly to put in my kitchen. 

The clothing choices become broad. It feels like the only things you can wear in winter are jumpers, coats, and jeans. To be honest...I started to get VERY bored of these clothes by the middle of December. Spring is great because it's warm enough to have such a wide selection of clothes. You can wear jumpers...dresses...skirts...t-shirts. 

I feel more motivated. I don't know what it is about Spring but it always makes me feel more motivated. This season tends to make me think about what I would like to do before the end of the year. 

It's British tax return season. What is not to love about receiving money back from the government? last year I used my tax return to take 2 nice Summer holidays. A week in Portugal and a few days in Amsterdam. This year I intend to be more wise with the money. 

Many TV shows start their new seasons. I have noticed that Spring is a prime time for television, and many of my favourite shows are starting new seasons/series. 

                     llondon leopard
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Friday, 20 April 2018

Parading Around Prague ♥

I have just returned from a 3 day trip to Prague, Czech Republic. It was an interesting trip and did not turn out to be what I expected. I enjoyed the city but it did not "wow" me in the way that everybody describes. I guess it has become quite commercialised due to the rapid increase in tourism. Anyway...take a look at some photos from my trip. 

  Day 1
  Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is one of the "must see" attractions in Prague. I came here on my first day. It is very crowded at all hours...even at 11pm.


  Czech Beer Museum
I also went to the Czech beer museum which was close to my hotel. It is very small with a few rooms to provide you with information on beer making. Then you go down to the bar and get to taste 4 beers (this is included in your ticket). I was a tad "intoxicated" after 2 beers and had to sit there for 40 minutes before finishing the others. 

Dinner at O'che's Bar
I have been curious about Goulash for a while. It definitely exceeded my expectations. It is like stewed beef with bread dumplings. Very very filling!



Day 2 
John Lennon Wall
After dealing with masses of crowds yesterday, I decided to start early on Day 2. I went to the John Lennon wall at 8.30am and it was empty. The wall is absolutely beautiful. 

Love locks
These cool love locks were on a little bridge next to the John Lennon wall. 

Prague Castle
This is the view from Prague Castle. I sat and watched the beautiful red rooftops for a long while. 

Day 3
Vysehrad
This is a very quiet area of Prague. It is a fort that has churches, a graveyard, and many views. 

Smazeny syr (fried cheese)
Fried cheese is supposedly a local dish in Prague. It is actually very nice, and the potatoes balance out the rich cheesy flavour.  

       Vysehrad
Sitting outside a colourful church in Vysehrad. 

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

10 Things I Can't Live Without ♥

My UGG boots: Look...I really do not care if they are out of fashion. Those suckers are the only shoes that keep my feet warm in the winter.

Hand sanitiser: the thought of bacteria disturbs me...especially as a traveller. I know that it is lurking everywhere and always carry hand sanitiser. I also sanitise my tray table on the plane with anti bacterial wipes on every flight. 

Travel: I start to get withdrawal symptoms if I haven't travelled for more than 2 months. I could not live without travel it HAS to happen...even if it's a weekend city break. 

Winter: I like winter 10 times more than summer. I love the feeling of being cosy and sitting by a candle lit window. 

Seafood: you have probably noticed that most of my travel photo diaries contain seafood. We don't have fresh sea food in England (it is all imported and filled with chemicals/ pesticides) so I love to indulge in fish whenever I travel. 

My laptop: I don't have a TV in my flat and choose not to have one because I don't want to pay for a TV licence (we are the only country that has this bill). I tend to watch all my programmes online as a result of this. I also use it for travel research, online shopping, and to edit my travel vlogs. 

Silence: introverts need silence sometimes...or most of the time.

Eastenders: I have been watching this show since I was a child. 

Leopard print: I love leopard print. My bedroom is a mix of black, silver, purple, and leopard. That sounds so weird right? but trust me it looks good.  

Oil: this is one of the reasons why I love visiting Mediterranean countries...to bring back oil! I use olive oil for cooking, coconut oil and castor oil for my scalp. Tea tree oil whenever I have skin irritations. 

                      llondon leopard
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Observations From Stockholm ♥

So I have now visited 3 Scandinavian countries, and have different opinions on each. I hated Norway, I loved Denmark, and I loved Sweden. Sweden happens to be my most recent trip and I want to share some observations about the capital city of Stockholm.
Everyone is very attractive
Swedish people are so attractive! they have beautiful pixie shaped eyes and they are all so pretty. It doesn't matter how tall, short, thick, or thin they are. Even the old people are attractive! Slovenia is the only other country where I think at least 90% of the population are attractive.


They speak fluent English

Like the rest of Scandinavia, everybody in Sweden speaks fluent English. It is interesting when I listen to how perfect their accent is. They sound slightly American but they speak British English. I also find it fascinating how there are so many similarities between the Swedish and English. Like for example you can greet somebody with "hey" in both Swedish and English. There were so many words I read and understood because they were similar to English.


Many places don't accept cash

A lot of places in Stockholm do not accept cash and only accept card. It was annoying sometimes because I like to use cash when I travel abroad, in order to familiarise myself with the currency. It also helps me to avoid overspending because I can physically see how much is remaining.


They can handle the weather 

The Swedish can certainly handle subzero conditions. It was -9 degrees Celsius on my first day there. I saw people out jogging in leggings and long sleeved tops. I know that exercise warms you up but it was -9! the lakes had turned to ice and it was snowing.


It is very expensive 
The city is very expensive...just like the rest of Scandinavia. A pint of beer costs the equivalent of £10. A meal out for one will cost roughly £25-30, and that is just for a main course and drink. So yes it is very expensive but it could be worse. I found Norway to be a lot worse in terms of price.

                     llondon leopard
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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Postcards From Paris ♥

              Friday 23rd February 2018
I have just checked in to my airbnb. The guy seems very nice, a little shy and awkward like me. At least he is friendly unlike my previous host in Rome. In the morning I went to the famous Shakespeare bookstore, and then I went to citypharma to buy lots of beauty products. Can you believe that I spent twice the amount of money that I wanted to?. Oh well it's pay day on Monday. Right now I'm going to head off to the Arc de triomphe and Champs Elysees for some shopping. Paris is my favourite city...I forgot how much I actually missed it. 

I am back and had my evening shower. I am done with major shopping because I don't want to over spend. Guess what I had for dinner? my beloved "moules frites" (mussels and chips. The waiting staff in the restaurant were horrible but the food was nice. This has probably been my only experience of rudeness in Paris so far. 

I actually fantasize about marrying a French man. They are so lovely. One thing I've noticed is that they always hold the door open for women. They are also generally well mannered. I do have to say  that the metro in Paris is DIRTY...like the filthiest that I have ever seen in Europe. You can literally see and smell the grime on the windows and floors.   
                 Saturday 24th February 2018
What a long day. I had a photoshoot today and can't wait to see the pictures. Today was more of a "go with the flow" kind of day. So I woke up at 6am because my airbnb host was moving things around. So I left the house at 9am and went to have a French breakfast. This included a croissant, orange juice, and a latte. Then it was time to head to the Louvre museum. It is a beautiful museum so I honestly dont know why I never visited it on my last trip. 

After that I went to eat a crepe. I'm worried that the egg wasn't cooked properly...French people seem to like raw things. Like they eat "beef tartare". So after the crepe I took an interesting metro journey to Galeries Lafayette. There was a drunk guy trying to hit on me. He had a bottle of whisky in his hand and was sipping from it. Everybody on the train was staring at him. So I can now assume that this kind of behaviour is not normal in French culture. 

I am on a mission to get some French knickers. Maybe that will be the main focus for tomorrow. It's strange how today turned out to be such a random day. I had plans to go to the Catacombs and Montparnasse tower but didn't. Oh well there will always be another time.  
                Sunday 25th February 2018
Started off the day with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. It was so cold today the temperature was -3 degrees Celsius!. After snapping a few photos it was time to have some French brunch. I had an omelette and a beer. Remember the comment that I made about raw eggs yesterday?. The omelette did taste a bit under cooked. Or maybe I just overcook my eggs (haha). 

After brunch it was time to head to Bastille market. The funny thing is that I went there 3 years ago and found it boring. But this time it was really cool. I got there late so I kind of had to rush, but it was still a way better experience than last time. Bought 5 pairs of lacy french knickers. Yes I'm sure they are crap market quality... but oh well. I also bought a key ring and some honey from the market. 

Time went really fast today in comparison to yesterday. It was 3pm By the time I finished at Bastille market. So I decided to take a trip down memory lane and visited "Italie Deux" shopping centre. I stayed 5 minutes away from there during my last visit. 

After this I went to get some dinner from a restaurant outside the shopping centre. Finally got to try some French onion soup. It was amazing and tasted 100 times better than I expected. I sat there and had 2 Monaco beers. It's my favourite French beer because it is sweet and syrupy. It was nice to sit there and take in the atmosphere of France for the last time. I will miss this city. 


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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Travel Diary: A Day In Toulouse ♥

Satarday 27th January 2018
I'm waiting for my flight at Stansted airport. I am deciding to possibly give up alcohol and I am sat at my favourite cocktail bar. Usually I would get a glass of champagne before my flight, but today I decided to get a mocktail (non alcoholic cocktail). It has berries and mint which tastes quite refreshing. I can't wait to get to Toulouse and explore. 

I've just eaten Brunch in a french cafe which included a lot of food. A glass of orange juice, a cappuccino, carrot cake, pancakes, bruschetta, egg salad, and a salmon bagel. I am so stuffed and could not finish the pancakes :(. My impression of Toulouse so far is positive because I like the atmosphere. People are also friendlier than I expected...you know about the France stereotype right?. Speaking of people, my waiter is so gorgeous! I don't know what it is about French men that makes me weak. Anyway I think it is time to go and explore now because my time is limited. 

I am currently taking a relaxation break in a church. Prior to arriving, I took a trip to a violet themed boat shop. The purpleness reminded me of Marseille minus the hefty price tag. I bought myself a towel, and can't help thinking about how I should of bought it in Marseille because it was half the price. Oh well. I feel like Toulouse is generally expensive apart from transport. A day pass cost me 6 euros which is the cheapest I have seen in Western Europe so far. Anyway, so after the lavender shop I came to Basilique Saint-Sernin church. It is so peaceful and quiet in here which is nice. I am guessing that this church has some historical significance because there are sculptures and information plaques everywhere. But...they are only in French so I don't understand anything. I'm going to relax here for a while and then head off to a museum. 

I am now "reporting" from the airport. So I went to Musee des Augustins and it was really cool. They had some Roman things but yet again everything was in French. I guess that is not a bad thing because it means that tourism has not taken over Toulouse yet. A staff member told me off for using a selfie stick in the museum gardens. I could understand not using one inside but this was outside in a quiet area! So of course I did it again when the woman was gone. It was a beautiful garden and I needed at least 1 selfie to remember the trip. After that I wondered to the Pont Neuf bridge to explore and snap a photo. 

Anyway, I have enjoyed my day in Toulouse despite the rain and freezing cold. I personally don't think that any longer than a day is needed to explore this city. I am off to Paris next month so that will be a continuation of my France adventure. But for now I am going to enjoy my pasta and wait for the flight back to London. 

                                                                                            au revoir

                       llondon leopard
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Japanese Beauty Subscription Box ♥

This subscription box is called "nomakenolife". This is what I got in January 2018 from the company.  


 1. Fiancee fragrance powder-a translucent powder with SPF 23. 

 2. Beauty world beauty glitter- used to create eye shadow.

 3. Honeil cleansing oil- for your body.

 4. Chocomint mask- a Japanese sheet mask.

 5. Mochipuru strawberry daifuku mask- a Japanese sheet mask.

 6. Mapepe eyelash curler- comes with spare grips.

              
                 llondon leopard
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Shea Moisture Frizz Defense Shampoo ♥

I bought this shampoo from my local Superdrug store.  I have mixed feelings about this product to be honest. It left residue in my hair the first time I used it which was very annoying. I have used it a few times since then and it has been fine. I like the fact that it is sulfate free so it is not too drying on the hair. But I think that I do have to use a lot more of the product because of this. It has a very strange smell which I would describe as something like...sweets mixed with herbs. It's not a horrible smell but it's not amazing either. I think I will continue to use this shampoo until the bottle is finished, but i'm not sure if I would buy it again. I am on a hunt for the perfect sulfate free shampoo and this one has not exactly wooed me. However, I would still recommend it for anyone who likes to live a pro natural lifestyle.

                      llondon leopard
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Reflections: The Good The Bad And The Ugly♥

       
What made me happy and inspired?
We all know what my top answer is going to be...travel. It is pretty much at the top of my list for happiness.  To be honest travel has also inspired me in many ways. It has inspired me to be brave, to be confident, to be flexible, to try new things. I always vowed to myself that I would only feel safe travelling solo in "western countries". But this month I have reflected on all my travels and just thought...why limit myself?. So I booked a trip to Turkey for next year.

So many other things have made me happy, and it is sometimes just the every day simple things in life. The Autumn leaves, the Spring flowers, the blissful silence as I watch rain drops trickle down my window. I am happy when soaking in a colourful bubble bath. I can just be free and let my body float away, as my mind drifts off in to another world. Cocktails made me happy. Airports made me happy. I always feel like a supermodel who is walking down a runway with her suitcase. Seeing friends and family made me happy. Knowing that I am progressing in life makes me happy. Journaling my thoughts feelings and dreams made me happy. These are the things that I need to hold on to next year.

What made me sad, irritated and uninspired?

Bitter people made me sad. But I have learnt to ignore the snide remarks and keep as much distance as possible. All the war has made me sad but I realise that there is nothing that I can do to stop it. The increase in food prices has irritated me. The fact that we are leaving the EU has left me uninspired. It is my generation who will suffer the consequences. Colds, flus, and the usual winter bacteria have left me irritated. 

What have I learnt in 2017?

I have learnt that you should do whatever makes you happy...not what makes society happy.
I have learnt that hard work will pay off eventually. 
I have learnt that it is important to save money because you don't know what the future holds.
I have learnt that bubble baths are really good for relaxation.
I have learnt that I am happy with who I am as a person. 

Habits to keep
Travelling frequently
Saving money
Buying more vegetables than meat

Habits to ditch
Spending money on lunch at work
Sleeping too late
Forgetting to floss



                                                             llondon leopard                                                         xoxo
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