Monday, 25 July 2016

Primark Outfit: Dinner with the Girls

Who doesn't love a girly catch up that involves some food?! I had a Thursday night dinner date with my 3 bridesmaids which included lots of wedding chat, a holiday update and some tasty food. I chose an all Primark outfit, expect my everyday jewellery, without even thinking



After a day of thunder and lightning storms on Wednesday I was surprised it was actually dry and sunny all day. The perfect chance to wear my favourite sandals from Primark. They're really comfortable and the little pink and silver flowers are nice and summery. The jeans are a new addition to my wardrobe. They're the super soft ones and although I bought the wrong leg length they're a really good fit. The wrap front blouse sits high at the front and lower at the back. The sleeves are three-quarter length but look a little bit long on me. I love this mix of black and beige stripes, this is going to see me right through Autumn and Winter too. A smart/casual success.




My Michael Kors bag quickly became my everyday essential after buying it in New York. I'm usually a black bag sort of girl but I love this tan colour. It's a good medium size and never feels too heavy in the crook of my arm. I've also got a bag charm on it that I got from a pupil at the end of term - such a cute present! On my right wrist I've got my Tiffany's bracelet and an Annie Haak bracelet. On my left wrist is a bigger bundle  - Michael Kors watch, Pandora bracelet, Joma bracelet and Carrie Elspeth bracelet. I love layering the little silver beaded bracelets.


What's your favourite way of catching up with your closest friends?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mallorca Adventures: Ca'n Picafort & Hotel Haiti

Ca'n Picafort

If you haven't heard of Ca'n Picafort before it's a resort in the North of Mallorca about an hour away from Palma and Magaluf. It's a quieter resort next to Alcudia, that started out as a fishing village but has since grown but still has a homely, chilled out vibe. The resort has a beautiful beach along with a gorgeous promenade. Everything is within walking distance but don't be expecting crazy nights out - you need to head to somewhere like Magaluf if that's what you're looking for. The family friendly resort has plenty of restaurants and bars along the promenade and harbour. There's lots of lovely little shops too if you're looking for a souvenir, a lilo or some holiday clothes. There's a market every evening by the harbour with lots of craft stalls and the weekly market is on a Friday morning. A good chance to haggle and bag some bargains. We stayed in a hotel on the main road in Ca'n Picafort, 10 minutes walk away from the beach and shops. 




Hotel Haiti

After going to New York earlier in the year, and getting engaged, we didn't really have a big budget for a summer holiday. If we were going to be able to go away we'd have to find something really affordable and that's exactly what Hotel Haiti is. It's a 3 star hotel and typically we'd go to a 4 star hotel but after reading the trip advisor reviews we were quite confident that this cheaper alternative wouldn't be a cheap disaster. 

The hotel is really small, there's only 241 rooms and there's only 3 places to go (the restaurant, pool and bar) so no chance of getting lost. The hotel is All Inclusive only so there's no bright band around your wrist. We were a little bit disappointed by the lack of choice at meal times but I never starved! I really enjoyed the salad selection and the Spanish night on Monday was good to try. There's always ice creams too to cool you down. The cocktail selection was fantastic, I really enjoyed trying all the different ones and the bar staff put a lot of attention to detail and always friendly. A slushie was tasty as well.

There's only one pool at the hotel and I did have to put my towel down before breakfast to have any chance of somewhere to sunbathe by 9am. The pool was really deep and in days I didn't want to get my hair wet I felt like I had to hold onto the edge because I definitely couldn't touch the bottom in 80% of the pool. The reps worked hard all day and did some fun activities but I was more concerned about getting through my books and sunbathing. As for the entertainment at night, there was the kids disco and then something on until about 11pm. Karaoke and the quiz were good, there was a musical night with 3 performers from out-with the hotel and it was hilarious, definitely my favourite. Unfortunately there was a Cabaret night by the reps and they pretty much cleared the place out, I was suffering from second hand embarrassment. 

The rooms were a good size, had a comfortable bed and were really clean. The air conditioning wasn't the best but I always had a good night's sleep. There was a safety deposit box that was 2 a day and a €3 deposit. There was a mini fridge which kept our aftersun and water nice and cold. There was free wifi in the hotel, it wasn't the fastest but it did the job perfectly. It was handy being able to get on trip advisor to look for restaurants and keep up to date with Whatsapp and Snapchat. 

With horrible middle of the night flights we didn't leave the hotel until 11pm. We paid 20 for late checkout which meant we had our room until 6pm. A must have after a full day sunbathing. We also booked 2 excursions through the TUI reps at the hotel. One of the guys seemed really honest and helpful, the other seemed like he was working on commission and just wanted us to spend more money. It's definitely worth booked excursions this way though for peace of mind and an affordable transport option!

I had a fantastic week both in Ca'n Picafort and in Hotel Haiti. I'd highly recommend the resort if you're looking for a chilled out week, a family holiday or a mix between being able to get out and about, have fun and relax.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

4 Effective Ways You Can Get Fit At Home

For many of us, we’ve been sold the idea that the gym is the only place we can get fit. We’ve been told that unless we have the pressure of people around us, potentially watching us, we won’t push ourselves. Unless we have personal trainers, we won’t know what will help out hang ups and issue. However, this is simply not the case. Motivation can come in other ways too. The right information can be garnered from places other than personal trainers.


In fact, there are a number of ways you can get fit in your own home. You don’t have to drive or commute anywhere. You don’t have to dress up in a way that you feel is appropriate or suitable. Best of all, you don’t have to pay any membership fees! Let’s take a look at four different options available to you.
Build a home gym
If you do like the options that a gym gives you, but don’t want the various downsides, build a home gym. It doesn’t necessarily have to big or fancy. A few basic pieces of equipment, to begin with, will do you perfectly well. Orbitfitness.com.au sell a number of items of this nature, some of which you can pay for over a number of months. Just imagine. No more queuing for the lockers or the best pieces of equipment. No more putting up with terrible music or TV screens that don’t work properly. No more commute and a home gym is open 24/7, too.

Youtube fitness tutorials
The YouTube phenomenon has been fantastic for the world of fitness. Nowadays, you don’t have to splurge on price DVDs (or videos) to keep up-to-date on latest trends and crazes. Today, you can access them free of charge, and in huge quantities.  


Housework
Don’t discount how useful housework can be at keeping you fit and healthy. Pushing a vacuum cleaner around your entire house uses both your legs and your arms- so does mopping and sweeping! Check out articles like weightwatchers.com/util/art/. They report can burn 250 calories from just 60 minutes of housework!


Desk equipment

If you work from home, this is a clever trick. Install an under-desk pedal exerciser, and you can work your legs while you’re working! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-klein/we-tried-it-deskcycle reviewed using one. A wrist-strengthener can also help exercise and strengthen your wrists.



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wedding Planning: The Beginning

So it's been about 4 months since we got engaged and the wedding planning was well underway. We quickly chose a date, then had a moment to reconsider, then confirmed it was definitely the one. I chose my bridesmaids, we chose our location and attended our first Wedding Fayre. We've made quite a few decisions but still haven't booked anything. I can't wait until we've got something booked and the countdown can really begin!


If you've been part of wedding planning (or dreamt about your dream day) you've probably spent loads of time on Pinterest. There's so much to look at and consider. At the moment we're currently thinking about colour schemes so a few of these pictures have been helping me think - it's all about the flowers, chair covers and decorations. I've also been looking at a few of the smaller things, the decorations that will catch people's eye and the fun bits that reflect us.

Do you follow any wedding planning blogs? Any hints and tips?