Saturday, 20 June 2015

Wanderlust


























Define Wanderlust: A strong desire to travel and explore the world

From a young age I have always had a strong desire to travel and explore the world. I want to try new food from different countries, experience different cultures and document my travels. Travelling comes with a hefty price tag and I want to backpack around Europe during a gap year before heading to University in a few years, which is why I have started saving really early on so I can afford to visit all the places in which I desire to explore without money being a reason to hold me back.  

I plan to visit:
1. France (Paris & Nice) 
2. Spain (Barcelona, Madrid)
3. Italy (Venice, Italy, Florence & Milan ) 
4. Greece (Santorini & Athens)
5. Croatia (Brac)
6. Hungary (Budapest) 
7. Austria (Vienna)
8. Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg)  
9. Belgium (Brussels) 
10. Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Which places would you like to travel to? 

Fran
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Monday, 15 June 2015

My Sheinside Experience

Sheinside is an American online clothing store with over 10000+ women's clothing. I was a bit aprehensive about ordering from here at first because at first glance the website do not look very trustworthy but I can assure you it is. If you are living in the United Kingdom, if you spend over £20.97 you are get free standard shipping on your order. Orders take 24 hours to be shipped and either 8-10 days to be delivered, express delivery and 10-12 days, standard delivery. I received my order after just 8 days which I was very surprised about as it was standard delivery. I would recommened paying the extra 68p for shipping insurance to ensure your package is not lost and can be tracked. 

How they looked on the website:

How they looked in real life: 


With Sheinside you get what you pay for. I brought these Blue mid waist ripped denim shorts for £8.94 and honestly if you felt the material you would never guess, they feel very similar to Topshop shorts. They are a great fit, the waist fits well and do not leave that annoying gap at the back, small waist problems, also the rips are in the right places and are not at all revealing.

The second item I purchased was this Black and White striped short sleeve straight dress. One word, Wow. I did not expected the material to be so soft and structured, for the price of £11.97 I definitely got more than I bargained for! I am 5 foot 2 so dresses like this can sometimes make me look frumpy and short but this is the perfect fit, just above my knee, not too loose not too right. True to size and amazing quality!

Overall, I am very impressed with my first experience with Sheinside and will definitely be ordering more from here again in the future! 

Get 33% Off your 1st Order using the code: inst33

This is not a sponsored post
Fran 
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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sweet Tooth Fix | Sister Takeover
























For some reason I never make pancakes on pancake day. But occasionally, I have a major sweet tooth and just crave them. Below is the recipe I used to make these American style pancakes. Hope you enjoy them if you decide to give them a try. 

Ingredients
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
130 ml milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp melted butter for cooking


Method

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl.

2. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.

3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter.

4. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter.

5.When it's melted, add a ladle of batter.

6. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over

7. Cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1 cm (½in) thick.

8. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

Serve with any topping of your choice, I chose homemade blackberry sauce as it is my favourite.  
                                     

    Fran

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Wishlist • June 2015




































Sheinside: Black & White Short Sleeve Straight Dress, £11.97 (buy here)

A classic monochrome dress is a must this season. Monochrome dresses look clean and classy paired with a fedora hat and a pair of Birkenstocks.

Sheinside: Blue Lenses Silver Thin Rim Sunglasses, £6.16 (buy here)
Summer is almost here, which can only mean one thing, sunglasses. I love this pair from Sheinside as they are versatile and suit any face shape – Sunglasses look great with any outfit and are the perfect summer accessory.

Topshop: Arrow Tote Bag, £28 (buy here)
A tote bag is a summer must have, they go with literally everything. This one from Topshop is available in a peachy cream, lime and black.

Schuh: Women’s Black Converse All Star Oxford Trainers, £45 (buy here) 

I love Converses. They are classic – wear them with jeans, skirts, dresses. Anything.


Triangl: Chloe – California Coral Bikini Set, £51.67 (buy here)

A bikini is a holiday essential. I have heard many great things about Triangl bikinis - They are said to suit any body shape, may have to treat myself after pay day!

What's your favourite item from this month’s wish list?


Fran
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blogging • 101



THE UPS
1.    Meeting new friends
When I started blogging, I never imagine that I would meet so many people of the same age range as me. They are there to help me out when I have a blog related problem and are always so supportive. Blogging is not bound to one country. People from countries all over the world read blogs or are bloggers themselves. This summer I am meeting my friend from Germany, Tori Luise, who I meet through blogging.
2.    Improving your blog
I have been blogging for almost a year and I learn something new every day. I learn from you, my readers and I also learn from other bloggers.
3.    Organisation and time management skills
Learning how to manage your time wisely and keeping organised is a major skill when it comes to blogging. At first I had a lot of free time and I was able to upload twice a week but then I started GCSE’s and all the spare time I had disappeared. Over the past couple of months, I have really learnt how to keep organised and manage my time carefully which is a skill I can use in real life situations, school, college, work e.t.c
4.    Self motivation
Keeping motivated whilst blogging can be really difficult as no one is there to tell you write a blog post every week, you have to do it on your own accord. Pushing you to write a blog post every week can be difficult but the response I get from my viewers makes it all worth the while. Most bloggers are extremely supportive and I cannot thank them enough. 

THE DOWNS
       1.   Comparing your blog to other blogs
   I try not to compare my blog to other blogs, but there have been times in the past that I          did. And again, I felt like my blog was not good enough. I am a perfectionist and I always          want to be the best that I can be. Instead of comparing I try to just appreciate the effort          someone has put into their content. 

      2.   Editing and taking photos
 Lighting in England as you know is not the best, if it is not raining then the sun is usually          hiding away which means you end up with dull lighting and blurred images in your photos.          This leads onto my other blogging down money.

 3. Money, Money, Money 
    Blogging comes, just like most other hobbies, with a price tag. There are times were you         would like to buy a DSLR or a lighting box to improve your photography but you can’t because   you do not have the funds.

Fran

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