A sunset dinner & a day in Lisbon

Sunday 1st July

Dress – TopShop

As you would of seen in my post A beautiful day for a beautiful beach, my family and I stopped at a new restaurant, right on the sea front. So we thought one evening we should definitely show our support and check it out.

The whole restaurant is windows, making it extremely picturesque. The sun sets all around you while sipping on wine and eating beautiful food. I had a cod fish, which was battered, covered in onions, cheese and potato wedges. For me, the portion size was perfect but my family thought it was too small. It is a new restaurant which opened a couple days before we went there for dinner so nobody was expecting perfection, but I really enjoyed it!

Tuesday 3rd July

For the last day of our holiday we spent the afternoon in Lisbon. We had to be out of the villa by 10:00AM and were catching a flight home from Lisbon airport at 5:00PM, so spending the day in the city seemed like the best idea.

Personally, I absolutely loved Lisbon. it reminded me of being in Barcelona (my favourite city in the world.) There were people everywhere, restaurants throughout the streets and a lot of atmosphere.

By the time we had travelled and parked in Lisbon it was already 12:00PM, so the first thing we decided to do was EAT! As it was the last day of the holiday, I treated myself to an amazing hawaiian pizza. While waiting for the food I had a little peep in Zara because I needed to buy some clothes for work in London. Shopping in Lisbon is really good!!

After this we travelled to the airport, before flying back to England. What an amazing holiday!!

Paddle boarding, kaiaking & my favourite Summer scent

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Thursday 28th June

On Thursday we had a very lazy morning and then spent the whole afternoon at The Lagoon (a salt water lake), this is what our view is of when we look out over our balcony. My brother, sister, cousin and I did paddle boarding but my auntie, uncle, mum and dad did kaiaking. The wind was so so strong that Alice and I were not strong enough to move through the current. We would look back at the hut where we hired the boards and hadn’t moved anywhere, ahah! We started to get so frustrated, that dad and mum pulled us along on their kaike. We felt like royalty, haha!

In the evening, Alice and I cooked for everyone (well we cooked the bolognese and mum made the spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, haha!) This was while everybody was watching the football.

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Victoria Secret – Water Blooms & Amber Romance

When my Dad is coming home from Saudi, he picks up a Victoria Secret spray for Alice, Mum and I. This time he got me a different flavour which I love!! I am also a bit obsessed with my Mums.

At the moment I am using the Amber Romance and Mum is using Water Blooms – this one smells very fresh!

 

A morning at a Market & a touch on kindness

Thursday 28th June

As my brother, sister and cousin Kieran wanted to spend the morning at a gym, the rest of us thought we would go and pick up some fruit and vegetables from a local market. I love markets!! They are so pretty and a great place to people watch. Looking at the difference in culture is crazy, but I find it extremely interesting. The market was so pretty, even the buildings around it were coated in lovely pastel colours. Colours like this are my favourite, I just love looking at bright places.

Alice and I cooked for everybody in the evening, a delicious bolognese just after the England World Cup match. What did you all think of it? Pretty boring?

Top – Urban Outfitters

KINDNESS

I have wanted to talk about something like this for a while, and I think while being away from home it is a great time to do so. It is always good to get away from any negativity.

“The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one, be one”

Kindness is extremely underrated. For me, there is one trait I try my hardest to always be and a trait I look for in other people – that is to be kind.

According to the latest research, people who are generous benefit from their behaviour, from lower stress levels to happier relationship and it can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Being kind is a simple concept that we take for granted in those that we surround ourselves with. The most obvious benefit is that is makes others feel good, and while making others happy, you also inspire them to want to do something kind for somebody else. When you commit to such a simple act, those around you will take note and it becomes contagious.

“A more kindness, a little less judgmental”

It is about less finger pointing and more smiling. Give a compliment to the girl who’s dress you like, say good morning to the guy who is making your coffee in Starbucks, tell your parents that you love them. But most of all, learn to say thank you to those who do their best to help you. It is about less judgment on other peoples lives and a bit more kindness.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”

You know people who feel appreciated will do so much more than they are wiling to, we all have our bad days and we all have mood swings, so just a few kind words coming from you will probably make them feel better. Everyone is going through their own struggle, no matter how big or small. It doesn’t give you the right to judge people on their own insecurities, because do you honestly, does it make you feel better when you are pointing out somebodies weakness?

I am just trying to say that a pinch of kindness never hurt nobody. It is time that people learn the importance of self love, why they should be kind to themselves and then understanding that everybody deserves happiness.

Remember… your smile is contagious.

Óbidos Castle: a different day, a different beach

Wednesday 27th June

On our way too a new beach my Dad wanted to go the rural way and stop at a castle. I am glad we did, the place was beautiful. Filled with colours, flowers and culture. It was like walking the Great Wall of China, ahah. You had to walk along a wall that was extremely high in the air, with no wall on one side, to get to the castle, as you can see in my second photograph.

After we walked around around the shops and got a coffee in a cute cafe. It was very hot so by the time we had finished, we were ready for the beach.

We went to the other side of Peniche beach, where there were a lot more people, bars and rocks to climb on. My family and I love to just sit on the beach, especially when it is sunny. My brother is like a fish so he gets very bored, but loves it when someone actually gets in the sea with him, haha!

Nearly everyday we have been travelling to a different beach that Dad discovers on google maps. It is always exciting to try new things.

A beautiful day for a beautiful beach

Tuesday 26th June

We travelled to a different beach that my Dad found on google maps and it was beautiful. So old, filled with lots of pretty houses and a very clear sea. My cousin Kieran, Jack and I went paddle boarding and my uncle caught the best photographs, ahha! This won’t be the last time we are going to try paddle boarding this holiday. This beach is  called Sao Marinho Do Porto.

Pictures of us paddle boarding, haha! As you can see I was not the best but practice makes perfect.

After a full day in the sun shine we went for a nice drink at a brand new restaurant just around the corner, on the sea front. We are going to head back there for dinner one evening before we go home, as the owner seemed lovely!

On our drive home we found a fruit and vegetable stand on the side of the road, so we stopped off to check it out. We picked up half of a massive watermelon and a box of strawberries!!

Playsuit – ASOS

This was an exciting second day!!

TB to Summer’17

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Its a Thursday afternoon and I am packing for my family holiday to Portugal on Sunday, so I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite throwbacks to Summer of 2017 – the best Summer of my life!!

Last year I started the Summer with Glastonbury festival, but unfortunately it is not on this year 😦 if it was, all my friends and I would be extremely excited right now!! As well as going to BoomTown I attended lots of little day festivals, as well as going to Tenerife and London with my boyfriend, and Barcelona with my Mum and Sister. The whole of August was jam packed.

This Summer I am spending a lot of time working but also have lots of fun things plan. Follow me to keep up with my Summer!

Day out in Exeter | Exeter University & Mill on the Exe

I woke up, went to a spinning class and then got ready to visit Exeter with my brother and Mum

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Thursday 5th April

On Thursday I decided to join my mum and brother as they visited Exeter University as it is where my brother is going to be going in September. Instead on just driving for an hour to look around the Uni we thought we would make a day of it, so we stopped for lunch at Mill on the Exe. Mum recommended going to the pub grub restaurant as it is in a beautiful setting and right next to the University. I got battered halloumi chips which were amazing but way too much for a lunch. I thought it was a good idea as I hadn’t eaten anything all day but by the end I was absolutely stuffed and needed to walk it off.

Whilst walking around Exeter University campus we were able to visit my mum and dads wedding reception. It had a huge garden and loads of steps. The whole of Exeter University is extremely hilly but very nice, my brother loved it. Exeter is the best place for him to be as he is so into his rugby and supports Exeter Chiefs. Jack and my Dad are big fans!

I wore my checkered trousers from New Look and a long sleeved, black crop top, again from New Look. I then topped it off with a leather jacked from Primark and my Pink Suede Nike Air Force.

Do any of you study at Exeter University?

UNDER THE SEA

Because my Dad lives in Saudi Arabia, I have been given some amazing opportunities. A few years ago when I was in secondary school, my parents decided to take us to Jeddah when we would visit. Jeddah is an incredible place to scuba dive, so my brother, sister and I worked toward getting our PADI, to become an open water diver. I thought it would be a good idea to share with my followers some of these incredible pictures that were taken under the water, one time we even saw a shark below us!

We stayed in a beautiful resort on the cost of the Red Sea called Sheraton Red Sea Resort Tranquility. 

How incredible are these photos? If you want to know anymore about the scuba diving course, comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

turtle bay, Italian & a blizzard

MARCH 1ST – 3RD

How beautiful was the snow? I can not believe that right at the beginning of March our gardens were covered in snow. When the snow hit Somerset I was driving up for two nights in Bath. Because of the snow a lot of places in Bath were shut. On Thursday night we went out for an Italian dinner which was just around the corner from the Hilton Bath City Hotel, called Antica Restaurant. We got there at 8:00PM and as soon as we walked in they said they would shut soon because of the snow, the whole of Bath was a ghost town.

On Friday, we got up early for breakfast and then chilled in the room. Our plan was to go to Bath Spa in the evening so we had a relaxing day and went out for a big lunch at Giraffe. I got the nicest beef burrito, would highly recommend. Stupidly before we walked down to the spa we didn’t check to see if it was open (and it was shut.) So that evening we went to Turtle Bay for a couple of cocktails and then had some snacks at the bar in the hotel. Everywhere was so dead due to the weather!

Im sure you can all tell that I never see snow that much, haha!

snowy getaway in bath

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If you read one of my last blog posts you would of seen that my boyfriend and I were meant to take a 3 day trip to Dublin. We arrived to the airport earlyWednesday morning for our flight that was meant to take off at 8:05AM. After 6 hours of sitting on our phones, drinking coffee and spending a ridiculous amount of money of food the flight finally got cancelled because of the crazy drop in temperature and flood of snow.

Solly and I left the airport at 1:00PM and decided that instead we will just spend two nights in Bath because Sol never gets time off work so we had to do something.

Hilton Bath City Hotel

Review – Hilton Bath City Hotel is a great hotel with great customer service. The rooms were spacious with a bath, TV and free tea or coffee. The view out of the window was stunning, especially when Bath is covered in snow. They have a full english buffet for breakfast which is a big bonus, although on a weekday they stop serving breakfast at 9:30AM. I would highly recommend staying in this hotel, it is centred right in the middle of Bath by the river, so it is just a 2 minute walk from all the shops.

For two nights we stayed at the Hilton Bath Hotel. We drove up early Thursday afternoon while the snow was coming down heavy. Luckily by the time we got there it hadn’t set yet, so it wasn’t too slippery.

After the snow had set a lot of places were shut so we did find it hard to occupy are time, but it was nice just to relax. Bath spa was shut, the shops and a lot of the restaurants and bars shut early in the evenings. But having two nights away from home was very nice. We came back Saturday afternoon when the snow had turned into slosh. We did a bit of shopping in the morning (well Solly did) and got home just after lunch time. When Solly and I go away together it is very hard to not spend all our money on food.