Whilst I was not naïve and was aware I had very little English in me, I believed I knew all there was to know about my family and where I was from but, I was wrong. I wanted the Ancestry DNA kit for a while, the process includes spitting in a tube and posting it to America and waiting 6 weeks for the results – odd I know.
The kit was £79 and from my perspective was worth every penny. Not only does it trace what countries you originate from it also matches you to close and distant relatives that show similarities your DNA and links your data to family trees on the site.
So I am basically a concoction of everywhere (apart from Africa and Far-East Asia – odd considering I have always been told my grandad was Madagascar – turns out he was in fact from an island in the Melanesia region in the Pacific).
What I love about this DNA test is that it shows you how all of us on this world are so similar and if you look hard enough we all are linked in one way or another. It proves to me that we are all part of one race and no one is better than another, I would love for those who have this superior mentality to other races and religions to do this test and get a shock that they themselves are part of a race which they can be so horrid towards. We are all on this world together so more love and less hate please.
Get your AncestryDNA kit now @ www.ancestrydna.co.uk/kits
Ok if you are ever in London and want a quick but chíc lunch you have to go to EatbyChloe in Covent Garden
It is a vegan fast food restaurant, the food was incredible and so were the vibes – especially the swing chairs. Very aesthetically pleasing
I loved everything we ordered, omg the ‘parmesan crust’ – Yum
I love you London and i’m definitely going to be back to ByChloe and try the meatball sub.
Thanks Sophie Bala for taking me to these fab places (and for the insta shots) xo
By the way this jumper was a bargain find in Bershka on sale. I love the way it fits and the whole style of it. A perfect spring hoodie for this time of year. All outfit details will be linked below….
Pink Jumper from Bershka – STILL IN STOCK!
Jeans from Boohoo man
Daniel Wellington Bangle
Daniel Wellington Watch
I got this beauty from Zara. I had been wanting one for ages after I saw a blogger shooting it in Joe&Juice in London one day. Since I have searched everywhere for something similar and the closest I got was one in Dior which was extortionate.
I am in love with it for so many reasons:
1- It is sooo comfortable so it is a perfect airport outfit or for a long car journey
2- It isn’t like the ‘typical’ tracksuit you would in-vision It gives you comfort and style
3- It fits so well. Mine is a small which does fit well for me now but in the christmas period maybe a little bit on the small side – I blame the cheese board.
4- The CROPPED leg. I know I am about a year or two late to this trend but I don’t care i’m living for it
5- The matching navy and burgundy stripes on both the jacket and the bottoms. Which goes perfectly with my watch strap i’m currently wearing.
This tracksuit is more suitable for spring but I am finding it so hard to not wear it now in the colder months especially here in England (I do but I freeze).
It is perfect teamed with a plain white t-shirt like I have here, I usually tuck it in. In terms of shoes low top trainers are my favourite. My all time favourite shoes to wear with this are my Gucci ace sneakers when I bought them it was literally for an outfit like this. Although I do love wear my classic vans with this outfit too.
Thanks for reading,
(As you can tell it was pretty cold when I was shooting this jacket & I was standing on a frozen lake – So I hope you appreciate it)
This jacket is from River Island. I was really surprised on the quality of the jacket considering. It has really made me look into river island more which i’ve noticed have really upped their game especially adding lines like their limited edition range.
I have been wanting a Borg lined jacket for a while ever since I saw the dreamy Balenciaga shearling aviator. However this is a lot more affordable at £110 (IF YOU”RE A SIZE SMALL OR XXS IT IS ONLY £55 – I’m wearing a size small here). I love the cuffs on the sleeves wrapped in Borg which are slightly cropped which I like to show what jumper or short you’re wearing underneath. I prefer it unzipped with a scarf rather than zipped up but each to their own. For a high street alternative I think it is a great jacket that not only looks stylish also keeps your super warm.
If you want to see more about my trip to Iceland and some recommendations read my last blog post!
Wow… What a place. It is one of them places that you are maybe not as excited to go to and then you go and it is the best experience of your life. The main highlight for me in Iceland was the landscape everywhere you go. In particular mine was seeing the Glacier waterfall, the Geyser and the Blue Lagoon.
Visiting Iceland I felt so lucky, it was an oddly grounding experience as it really does highlight what is important. This was because of the nature it is so grand and wonderful it almost makes you feel small, it gives you perspective. As well as, the danger of nature makes you think that you shouldn’t take things for granted. (THAT WAS DEEP FOR A TRAVEL BLOG)
In terms of booking I highly recommend booking with TUI which works out cheaper as your flights, excursions and hotel is included in the price. We stayed at the Centre Hotel Arnarhvoll it had an amazing sky bar looking over the bay and the mountains this was where we ate breakfast and had a cocktail of an evening.
I loved Reykjavik itself it is so Scandinavian with lots of my favourite coffee shops Joe&TheJuice. The city (and the country) is a lot more forward than you would think it is modern and efficiently run.
For dinner we ate at an indian restaurant which was insane it tasted so good and the decor was beautiful. However you may need to remortgage to eat there, i’m talking £30+ for a curry with no rice (welcome to Iceland where they earn 3x more on average than the UK). Also we visited a turkish Meze restaurant and the Hard Rock Cafe. For lunch we got snack things like slices of pizza at the Deli or chips from Reykjavik Chips.
Fashion Side Note: These 2 items saved me in Iceland, I loved them so much. First being the warmest coat ever from Hugo Boss and this fleece oversized jumper from Urban Outfitters.
This was the best place I have ever been and ever will probably go because it is so unique. I really do hope this is on your bucket list, you won’t regret it. Thank you Iceland.
I really would like my blog to be more personal and talk about issues or topics that are important. So I was thinking of adding this to the end of some of my blog posts when i’ve been thinking about something a lot at that time – although I don’t want it to be forced.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of posts on perfectionism and i’ve found a lot of them very relatable and has made me think. I have realised that when social media is criticised it is mostly in relation to body image creating unrealistic expectations for people. However I also think social media allows unrealistic expectations in terms of productivity. It has created a culture of obsession over the ‘perfect life.’ Again just like body image, people will mostly show an almost edited view of their life as only selected content is uploaded. i have found myself looking at peoples Insta stories and seeing them waking up at 5 am and hitting the gym , completing their uni work as well as creating lots of their content for their blog. |t appears as if they are ticking off their entire to do list which is possible every now and then but not everyday. This leaves me feeling deflated and unmotivated as I give myself unrealistic expectations that I can’t complete. I am beginning to understand that it is okay to have two days of not exercising or leaving a task until tomorrow.
Not everyone is on top of it all of the time. It is okay you can get it all done but just not all in one day. Anyway chances are you’re smashing life in your own way!
I hope you can think the same too if you are like me and overwhelm yourself with mountains of uncompleted to do lists.
Thank you for reading something a little more personal,
So after making the biggest move of my life it was essential to me that I loved my new room as i’ve since raised as a student you spend A LOT of time in there.
I love what I would call a fresh/minimalist kind of interior. This is how i’d describe my room but of course with gold/copper accents (basic I know).
For me it was important in a Uni room to have pictures (which I actually need more of) and memories to remember those who are important to you in your life and maybe to curb the home sickness. I have this frame which holds a speech my mum wrote for me at my 18th Birthday.
I have a slight obsession with this cactus trio. I got it from smith & goat you can choose what succulents / cactus you want and choose a handmade ceramic pot – I love it ! Although i’m kind of hoping they won’t be dead when I go back in Feb.
And OF COURSE I needed another clothes rail. I’m very lucky with my Uni room and the size of it which is actually bigger than my actual bedroom at home in Essex.
Although it isn’t finished i’m going to add a mirror and these faux palm leaves from ikea in a vase. However, i’m very happy with it.
I hope this kind of post was interesting I know I loved seeing this on Luke Catleugh’s blog. I love interiors so I thought use might too. I’m hopefully moving soon so I will do a before and after of my bedroom at home if you liked this.
Thanks again everyone (And an extremely belated happy new year),