Sunday, 23 July 2017

Visiting Venice


The last place we went on our trip around Italy was Venice. This was probably my favourite place because of how pretty and different it was from the other places we visited (although they were all amazing so it was difficult to choose!).

We stayed in Cannaregio which is more residential than the other areas in Venice and it's further away from the centre. However, this meant that it was more peaceful and we found some lovely restaurants that were a lot cheaper than the places in the touristy areas.

Where to visit:
The Rialto Bridge is a must-see and if you stand in the centre of it then it gives you a great view down the Grand Canal. The Rialto Bridge is extremely busy so I would recommend visiting it either early in the morning or late in the evening. The Basilica di San Marco has incredible architecture and you can buy tickets to go inside. The Basilica is based in St Mark's Square, which has loads of lovely shops and restaurants around the edge. If you visit the square at night, it's a lot quieter and is lit up. The Campanile is the tall tower in the square and it gives amazing 360 degree views of Venice. I would really recommend going up this if you have the time. Of course, you can't leave Venice without going on a Gondola! We went around the quieter canals of Venice because if you go down the Grand Canal on a Gondola you'll get stuck in loads of traffic. The Gondolier we had told us facts about Venice during our ride which made it really interesting and, although it was very expensive, I'm glad that I got to experience it.


Where to eat:
On TripAdvisor we found an amazing street food place called La Bottiglia, which was reasonably priced and away from the busy streets. They offer a selection of fresh meats and cheeses, as well as a few other foods, which you can have in focaccia bread or on a platter. Restaurants in Venice were quite expensive so we bought fresh pasta from Giacomo Rizzo to cook in our apartment instead. The pasta from here was some of the best I've ever had and I bought some to take home with me too!


Day trip:
Most people don't go to Venice for the beach, however, if you want a break from the hordes of people then the beach is the perfect place to relax. We got line 2 of the water bus to Lido di Venezia, which took around 40 minutes but it also gave us the opportunity to see more of the Grand Canal. At the beach you can hire loungers and umbrellas for the day and then relax!

This is my last post from my trip around Italy so hopefully you've found these posts enjoyable and helpful. Are you going away anywhere over Summer?

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Visiting Bologna


The next place we stopped at on our trip around Italy was Bologna. It's definitely one of Italy's most underrated cities with a lot less tourists choosing to go here, however, it was nice to have a break from the busyness of Milan. We stayed on the main street in Bologna - Via dell'Indipendenza - and everything we went to see was no more than a 10 minute walk from there.

Where to visit:
Piazza Maggiore is the main square in Bologna and when we arrived there was some sort of music festival going on here which was free to enter. If you look up the square before you go then you might find that there's something happening there when you're in Bologna. The Basilica di San Petronio is at the Piazza Maggiore and is one of the largest churches in the world. It's free to enter, however, if you want to visit the museum inside the church then you have to pay for that. Bologna has it's own version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, called the Aniselli Tower, which you can climb up. Unfortunately, when we were in Bologna the tower was closed until July. Although that could be a good thing because legend has it that anyone who climbs the tower before graduating won't finish their degree! Another great place to visit in Bologna is some of the university buildings, since it's the oldest in Europe, and allows the public to visit certain areas of it. We went to see the Teotro Anatomico, which is decorated with lots of statues and is known as the birthplace of cosmetic surgery.


Where to eat:
On our first night in Bologna we found a lovely gastropub down one of the streets off of Piazza Maggiore. The food and drink was great value for money and gave us the opportunity to try lots of different meats and cheeses from around the area. Simoni also have a shop further down the street where you can buy some of the products which they serve. This was by far the best meal we had whilst we were in Bologna and also the cheapest! If you're only in Bologna for one night then I would definitely recommend going to this place.


Day trip:
Only 30 minutes away on the train is the Ferrari Museum in Modena and Ferrari offer a coach service from the Modena train station to the other Ferrari Museum in Maranello. We first went to the museum in Maranello which contains a lot of history about the making of the cars and about the Formula 1 team. We then got the coach back to the museum in Modena which currently has an exhibition called 'Driving with the Stars' that shows some of the Ferraris which celebrity's have driven over the years - I picked out a couple which I liked! If you're interested in cars, the Ferrari Museums make a great day trip as they're not too far from Bologna.

Hopefully this post has given you a good insight into Bologna. Will you be visiting Bologna any time soon?
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Visiting Milan


WARNING: This is going to be a very photo-heavy post! I recently got back from an incredible trip around Italy with my boyfriend so I thought that I would put together a guide on where to visit and what to eat whilst you're in Italy - first stop: Milan.

We stayed in the Navigli district of Milan, which is where all of the canals are, and it was a really nice area because it was a lot less touristy than the city centre but it didn't take too long to reach the centre. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the Navigli district so we had plenty of choice!

Where to visit:
The Duomo is the number one attraction in Milan and it's definitely worth a visit if you get the opportunity. We bought tickets in advance which gave us access to the cathedral, the terraces, the museum, and the archeological area. I found all of these interesting, however, the terraces were probably my favourite because of the amazing view you get over Milan. Also, if you want to go into the cathedral, you need to wear shorts/skirt down to your knees and have your shoulders covered. The shopping centre, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, is right by the Duomo so we had a wander through there  as the architecture is pretty impressive - unfortunately the majority of the shops were outside my budget! Another great place to visit is Sforza Castle and Parco Sempione. You can buy tickets to see the museums and galleries inside the castle, however, we didn't do this. The park behind the castle is massive and contains an aquarium and design museum (La Triennale di Milano) - we didn't have time to visit this but it does look really interesting.


Where to eat:
Italian food is my favourite type of food so ten days in Italy was absolute heaven! Before eating anywhere we always checked TripAdvisor and through this we came across an amazing pizza place called Piz. Not only was the food at Piz delicious but the customer service was also excellent and it wasn't very expensive. However, I would recommend getting to Piz before it opens, which is at 7pm, as we arrived just before it opened and there were quite a lot of people waiting outside already. Close to Piz there's a gelato shop called Ciacco, which had a wide range of flavours and makes a great after-dinner treat. The apartment we stayed in had a kitchen so one of the nights we bought some fresh pasta from Peck and it worked out a lot cheaper than going out to a restaurant but it still tasted just as good. For afternoon cocktails with a view we went to Il Bar. This overlooked the Duomo, however, because of this, the cocktails were quite pricey. I still think they were worth the money though and it gives you a nice break from the busy city centre.


Day trip:
To get from Milan to Varenna, which is a town on Lake Como, only takes around one hour. There's a villa with a botanical garden which you can visit and lots of restaurants to eat at. From Varenna you can get a ferry to various other places around Lake Como so we took the ferry across to Bellagio, which is one of the main towns on the lake. We wandered around the tiny streets and got cocktails at the artificial beach; Lido di Bellagio, which gives amazing views across the lake. There's also a botanical garden near to the artificial beach called Villa Melzi, which is well worth a visit if you have time. For dinner we went to La Fontana and the food here was amazing - I had the lasagne and I highly recommend it! Lake Como is definitely the prettiest place I've ever seen and it makes a great day trip from Milan because it's a lot more relaxed.

Milan is the perfect place to visit if you only want to go away for 3 or 4 days. Hopefully you've found this guide helpful if you're planning a trip to Milan. Have you ever been to Milan or Lake Como before?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Chanel No5 Eau De Parfum


Chanel No5 is one of the world's most iconic perfumes. It consists of intense floral notes; top notes of
ylang ylang, neroli and aldehydes, heart notes of rose absolute and jasmine absolute, and base notes of vanilla, sandalwood and vetiver. These combine to create a fresh, feminine scent.

The packaging for this perfume is minimalistic but still looks chic. The perfume has a spray application and I've found that half a spray on either side of my neck is enough for a noticeable scent without it being overpowering. Also, I've found that the scent doesn't vanish throughout the day, so one spray in the morning is enough to last all day. However, if I'm wearing this perfume in the evening as well then I will usually spray a small amount on to revive the notes.

I was lucky enough to receive this as a present a few months ago and, to be honest, I wouldn't of considered buying this perfume otherwise since I have always assumed that anything from Chanel is unaffordable for me. However, although this perfume is slightly more expensive than the other perfumes I've got, Chanel No5 isn't completely out of my budget and so I'll definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out (although that won't be for a while!). Have you ever tried any Chanel perfumes before?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Favourite Mascaras For Summer



Mascaras are the number one beauty product that I buy. I'm always looking for one that makes my lashes longer, or doesn't smudge under my eyes, or curls my lashes, so I end up trialling loads and then not using half of them again. However, there are three mascaras that I've been using over the last few months and I've yet to find a fault with them.

The first mascara that I've been loving is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. This has a thick brush wand which coats every lash. It creates fuller and longer looking lashes, as well as curling them. This doesn't smudge under my eyes and I usually wear this on nights out because I know that it will last all night. Additionally, I can apply two or three layers of this mascara without it going clumpy.

For everyday use I use the L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt mascara - I wrote a full review on this here. This is the cheapest mascara out of the three pictured here and I always assume that cheaper mascaras won't be as good as more expensive ones, however, this mascara is just as good as the more expensive ones that I use. The plastic wand on this gets really close to the waterline which lifts the lashes from the bottom and covers all of the lashes.

Finally, the Benefit Roller Lash mascara is great at curling and separating my lashes. It lengthens my lashes and two or three coats can be applied without it clumping. Roller Lash contains provitamin B5 and serin which condition lashes. I have been using this mascara for over a year now and will definitely be repurchasing it again.

Which mascaras are your favourite? I'm always up for trying new ones!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

How To Do Corkscrew Curls



The end of exams are in sight and I'm excited to get back to blogging regularly. I have some exciting things planned over Summer which I can't wait to share with you! Anyway... Today I thought I would share with you a quick 'How To' post so you can recreate these corkscrew curls.

Corkscrew curls add so much more volume to my hair and last for a couple of days without needing to be restyled - perfect for days when I'm too busy to faff around with my hair. I use the Babyliss Pro Curling Wand but any curling wand with a thin barrel will be fine. Before I start applying heat to my hair, I spray the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray all over my hair and then split my hair into two sections (a top section and a bottom section). Holding the curling wand downwards I wrap sections of my hair around the wand - no more than 2-3cms wide at a time - and I vary the direction of the way I wrap my hair around the wand to give a more messy look. Once I have done the bottom section of my hair I then take down the top part of my hair and repeat the process. When it comes to doing the front of my hair I tend to curl it in the direction going away from my face because this helps to keep it out of my face. It only takes about 20 minutes to create this hairstyle and it stays like this for a couple of days, however, you can always use some hairspray to lock in those curls.

Hopefully you enjoyed this post! Have you tried to create corkscrew curls?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast (brunch) is fast becoming one of my favourite meals of the day. I love experimenting with what I'm making and having a chilled out morning - whether that be reading a magazine or catching up on a TV series. So today I thought that I would share with you a few of the breakfasts that I've been loving recently.

Slightly overdid my eggs but lets ignore that...
How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine poached and with smoked salmon. Since visiting Bills for brunch a few weeks ago I have become obsessed with this! It's slightly more expensive and time consuming than the other breakfast ideas that I'm going to mention but it's good to treat yourself every once in awhile, right? I usually poach my eggs for about four minutes and, whilst I'm waiting for the eggs, toast the breakfast muffins and then I put the smoked salmon on top.


A very simply breakfast if you're in a rush is granola mixed with yogurt. At the moment I'm loving the Jordans Honey and Nut Granola with Greek Style Honey Yogurt. You could also have this with milk if you prefer and you can add some fruit on top of it to add more flavour.


Finally, smoothie bowls are something that I've been wanting to try for ages - they enable you to have so many of your 5-a-day in one sitting! I made a pineapple, banana and mango smoothie bowl by blending all of the fruit together along with some almond milk and 3 teaspoons of honey. To decorate I used chopped up banana and mango and I sprinkled a handful of flaked almonds on top. You can create lots of different flavour combinations for smoothie bowls by using different fruits, yogurts and seeds, so I'll definitely be trying some more of these.

What do you like having for breakfast?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Easter Egg Rocky Road Recipe



It feels like I haven't done any baking in ages (or posted about it) so with Easter not too far away it was the perfect excuse to get out the apron. I usually bake creme egg brownies at Easter so this year I decided to try something different and I went for a rocky road recipe with Easter eggs.

Ingredients:
  • 300g milk chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 135g butter
  • 100g mini marshmallows
  • 180g Mini Eggs
  • 200g digestive biscuits
Method:
  1. Line a square tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place the digestive biscuits into a bag and hit with a rolling pin until they're broken into different sized pieces.
  3. In a saucepan melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter until all of the chocolate is melted.
  4. Add the biscuits, most of the marshmallows, and most of the Mini Eggs to the pan with the chocolate mixture. Stir all of the ingredients together.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and spread it out evenly.
  6. Use the remaining marshmallows and Mini Eggs to decorate.
  7. Refrigerate for at least two hours and then cut into pieces.
This recipe is super simple to follow and produces a delicious rocky road so hopefully you'll be able to try making this. Have you got any Easter baking planned?

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho


Since it's Mother's Day, I thought that I would share with you a review of a book which my lovely mum bought for me. My mum has always been so supportive of my blog and, back in October, she researched some blog help books and decided to get me Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho for my birthday.

This book has been really informative and contains advice on so many different aspects of blogging from setting up your blog to earning a profit from it. Blog Inc. has the following sections: Introduction to blogging, finding your voice and niche, powering your blog, blogging community etiquette, making your blog a business, monetising your blog, and the next stage of blogging growth. The book also contains interviews with other bloggers on their tips and how they achieved success with their blogs.

Overall, the tips given in Blog Inc. are easy to follow and are helpful for any blogger no matter what size your blog is. It made me think about my original choices for my blog and whether I was still happy with them. This book is going to be my number-one resource if I need any help with my blog from now on. Have you read any useful blogging books?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Pamper Routine


We all deserve to pamper ourselves every once in a while - taking a couple of hours out from doing anything once a week is the perfect way to relax. I have certain products that I use only when I'm doing my pamper routine and I thought that I'd share them with you.

Firstly, I apply a face mask and a hair mask then I leave these to sink in for about ten minutes. For a while I've been loving the Origins Clear Improvement face mask because it leaves my skin feeling so much smoother and a lot less oily. The hair mask I use is the L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Masque because this compliments the Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner. Once I've washed these masks off I then exfoliate the rest of my body using Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. This scrub makes my skin feel so soft and it smells amazing - I definitely need to use this more than I do! To keep my skin feeling smooth I rub in Garnier's Intensive 7 Days Hydrating Lotion. The lotion says that hydration is felt for up to 7 days and I would say that my skin still feels soft 3 or 4 days later, which is still impressive. For my feet, I use the Soap & Glory Heel Genius and then I put a pair of socks over the top to lock in the moisture. To finish my pamper routine I give my nails a fresh coat of paint.

Hopefully you've enjoyed reading about my favourite pamper products - what do you like to use when you pamper yourself?

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate



It's been a while since I've done a product review so today I'm going to share my thoughts with you on the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I first received this as a tester when I bought another Kiehl's product and I loved it so much that I bought the full-sized bottle straight away!

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate contains Evening Primrose Oil (which boosts radiance), Lavender Essential Oil (which soothes skin), and Squalene (which restores the skin's natural moisture balance). I have quite oily skin so I very rarely use oils on my face because I worry that they'll make my skin look greasy, however, this sinks into my skin really quickly and leaves my face feeling so smooth. The oil applies nicely on top of my moisturiser - although you can also apply it before your moisturiser - and 3 or 4 drops is enough to cover my whole face. I use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate every evening before I get into bed and the Lavender scent is quite relaxing, which I think helps me get a better night's sleep. In the morning my skin still feels soft and looks radiant (even after a night out!). Another great thing about this oil is that it seems to be helping with clearing up any blemishes I get and the marks left by blemishes aren't as noticeable. You can also use this oil for dry hands or add it to bathwater. Overall, I'm really impressed with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I'll definitely be repurchasing it when I finish the current bottle.

Have you tried this product before?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Makeup Storage




With an ever-expanding makeup collection, it was important to me to find a way to store my makeup so that I could easily access all of my products and I could separate them into categories. A firm favourite among bloggers are the Muji drawers - so I bought myself two of the two-drawer Muji drawers and I stacked one on top of the other.

On top of my drawers I display my perfumes and my current favourite foundations so I can easily grab them when I need them. In the first drawer I keep my bases and other face products. This usually changes with the seasons because in the Summer I go for darker and more matte foundations and concealers (maybe even a BB cream), whereas in the Winter, my skin is paler and I wear a more dewy foundation. Currently I have my Benefit POREfessional primer, Hoola bronzer, Rockateur blusher, and The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter in this draw, along with some foundations and BB creams that I'm saving for Summer.

In the next drawer down I keep some of my eye products, such as mascara, eye liner, and brow pencils. At the moment I'm loving using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on top of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara because this combination really lengthens and curls my lashes. Whenever I want to make my eye makeup I bit more dramatic I apply the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner along my lash line. Also, I've been using the Benefit Gimme Brow gel so much recently because it makes my eyebrows so much more defined and fuller.

The third drawer down contains all of my eyeshadow palettes. I mainly use the Urban Decay Naked palettes and this doesn't change throughout the year as they contain all of the shades I need year-round. However, I'm considering buying the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette for this Summer because it contains brighter colours than the Naked palettes.

Lastly, I keep all of my lip products in the bottom drawer. I have my MAC lipsticks and lip liners, which are my most used lip products, as well as my NYX lipsticks and some Topshop ones. My brighter colours are usually only worn during the Summer months and I save the darker colours for Autumn/Winter. How do you store your makeup?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Valentine's Day Makeup



Whether you've got plans to go to dinner with your significant other this Valentine's Day or you're having a girls night with your friends, it's the perfect opportunity to opt for a bold red lip and some sparkly eyeshadow. I gained inspiration from Pinterest to create this Valentine's Day makeup look...

Firstly - as I always do - I applied Benefit POREfessional primer to my face and then I used my Spectrum B01 brush to apply Nars Sheer Glow foundation and Collection Lasting Perfection concealer onto my face. Next, I buffed Benefit Hoola bronzer onto my cheekbones and around the edge of my hairline using the Spectrum C04 brush. Underneath my cheekbones I used the Sleek Face Contour Kit and on top of my cheekbones I applied The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (as this is the most glowy highlighter that I own!) - I also applied this on my brow bones, down my nose and above my lip. Then I filled my eyebrows in with the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil; this gives a fuller but still natural look. For my eyes, I used the Urban Decay Naked palette - applying Virgin right in the inner corner of my eyes, followed by Half Baked in the centre (I applied a few layers of this to get a more intense colour), and for the outer corner I used a small amount of Darkhorse. The mascara I used was Benefit Roller Lash because this curls my lashes nicely, however, you could apply false lashes instead. To complete the look I used a bright red lipstick from Topshop in the shade Joyride.

I hope this makeup look has given you an idea of what you could do on Tuesday. Have you got any plans for Valentine's Day?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

MAC Lipstick Collection



MAC lipsticks are my weakness. Every time I go into the shop I find another one that I want to buy and I keep a list of all the shades that I like so, if I don't purchase it straightaway, I can go back and buy it another time. Today I thought that I would share with you my collection of MAC lipsticks.

The first MAC lipstick I ever bought was Peach Blossom. This is a very pale pink, which I use if I want to wear a lipstick but I don't want too much colour. Peach Blossom is part of the cremesheen range so it has a glossy finish, however, I find that it doesn't last as long as their matte lipsticks.

Another one of MAC's lipsticks that I wear quite a lot is Patisserie. This is one of their lustre lipsticks - so it has a similar glossy finish to Peach Blossom. Patisserie is described by MAC as a 'sheer creamy neutral pink', so I also use this if I want to add a hint of colour but not too much colour.

One of my favourite lipsticks to wear in Autumn is Twig. This is a gorgeous pinky-brown shade and has a satin finish, so it's similar to a matte lipstick but slightly more moisturising. Twig lasts on my lips between 4-6 hours before it needs reapply. I usually pair Twig with MAC's Soar lip liner and you can read my full reviews of these products here and here.

Velvet Teddy is a lipstick that the majority of people own so when everyone was going crazy for this lipstick I had to jump on the bandwagon too! It's a light brown shade with a matte finish. Velvet Teddy lasts for around 6 hours without needing to be reapplied and it's great if you want to over-line your lips and make them look fuller.

Milan Mode is probably the brightest lipstick that I own! It's a bright pink shade with some sparkle in it, and I usually save this lipstick for Summer. This is part of the lustre range so it gives a glossy finish, however, I find that Milan Mode lasts longer than other lustre lipsticks I've tried and that's probably due to how bright the colour of it is.

For my birthday, my friends bought me Mocha. This is very similar in colour to Velvet Teddy, however, it's a slightly darker shade of brown. Mocha is a satin finish lipstick so it's more comfortable to wear than matte lipsticks and still lasts a long time. I pair Mocha with MAC's Nice 'n' Spicy lip liner and this combination works well together.

Finally, I bought MAC's Sin lipstick for Halloween. This is a deep blue red shade (so it was perfect for my Vampire look), and it matches perfectly with MAC's lip liner in the shade Dark Out. I loved wearing this for Halloween, however, it's a lot bolder than the lipsticks I usually wear so I haven't had another occasion where I can wear Sin yet. The matte finish is very long lasting, however, I did find it difficult to add another layer of this lipstick over the top of the previous layer once it had dried.

My MAC lipstick collection is still growing and I'm sure that in a few months I will be the proud owner of many more MAC lipsticks! What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Spectrum Collection Brushes & Makeup Look



For Christmas I received a set of four Spectrum Collection brushes. In the set was B01 for foundation, B02 for cream products, C03 for highlighting, and C04 for contouring. Not only are these brushes beautifully designed, they are also super soft and easy to apply makeup with. I thought that I would share with you a makeup look that I created using these brushes.

Firstly, I applied Benefit The POREfessional to my face and then blended in my Nars Sheer Glow foundation using B01 - this gave a flawless natural finish. Next, I used C04 to buff Benefit Hoola into my cheekbones and around the edge of my hairline. Then I applied The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheekbones, brow bones, and down my nose - I did this using C03. To define my eyebrows I went over them with Benefit Gimme Brow. Finally, on my eyes I used the Urban Decay Smoky palette (using the shades High, Dirtysweet, and Radar) and then I applied a line of Kat Von D Tattoo Liner along my upper lash line, followed by Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

I hope you like the look that I have created using these brushes. I found them very easy to use and I wasn't having to try very hard to blend in the products I was using nor did the brushes make my makeup look cakey. Overall, I'm really impressed with the Spectrum Collection brushes and I'm considering buying some more from their range. Have you ever tried these makeup brushes?

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Goals For 2017


I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year (is it still acceptable to say that!?). This is a very belated 'Goals For 2017' post - I have been so busy revising for my exams and I really need to get better at organising my time between blogging and studying! Sharing my goals for the year ahead with you will hopefully motivate me more to achieve them and it may give you some ideas of what goals to set for yourself if you haven't already.

Improve my blog: A very common goal among bloggers but I really want to dedicate more time to my blog this year and improving my photography skills so I can create higher quality posts.

Exercise regularly: This is one of the goals I set myself every year and it always starts off well but then it goes downhill! So far I've managed to go to the gym three times a week, however, if I can't make it to the gym then I've been following Youtube workouts in my room.

Eat more healthily: Whilst at university I find it so easy to snack on biscuits and chocolate when I'm studying and make quick meals that don't have much nutritional value. Since coming back to university I've been trying to incorporate more fruit and veg into my meals and make more of my meals from scratch.

Travel more: This year I want to travel to as many places as possible (and that my bank balance will let me!), so I'm trying to manage my money so that I'll be able to afford more trips away.

Improve my organisational skills: For Christmas I received The Happiness Planner which is really useful for planning what I'm going to do each day. Throughout 2017 I want to get better at dividing my time between blogging and university work.

Bake more often: Baking is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time and I never do it enough. This year I want to do more baking and share the recipes I use on my blog.

Hopefully we will all be able to make 2017 our best year yet! What goals have you set yourself for the year ahead?