Weekend getaway: in your own city 

Travel, Uncategorized

As much as I love to be submerged in the culture of London and all it has to offer, I also like to break out of the ‘city’ feel and spend my weekends escaping the crush. If I don’t get the chance to take a train elsewhere, or the weather is too miserable to walk in the parks, it’s time to think outside the box. This weekend we escaped upwards, and took a breathtaking trip up the Shard. It’s a great place to go to refresh your love for London, remind you of all its wonder, and to coax yourself out of the city lull. Plus, it’s the best place to take in all of London’s sights in one go, and reminder yourself of all that is still left to see.

The View from the Shard

The View from the Shard

If you’re feeling the strains of your own city, why not take a trip upwards and gain a new perspective?

And as the Shard is situated in London Bridge, take a trip to Borough Market afterwards to sample the best food London has to offer. We ate Cornish chilli squid, paella with tiger prawns and drank Sangria.

The perfect Saturday escape.

Borough Market

Borough Market

Borough Market

Borough Market

Go have an adventure!

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Aspirin mask

DIY beauty essentials for every travel girl! 

Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Backpacks are great, everything you need on your back, leaving you hands free to roam any mountain. However, they leave scarce space for your toiletries. The usual lotions and potions stacking the shelves of your bathroom cabinet are reduced to the bare essentials. But, there are a few cheap and easy DIY tricks that can deliver just as good a treatment as the expensive products you left behind. Pack, or pick up along the way, the below, and let the hostel, tent or plane-ride pamper commence.

Aspirin mask

Aspirin mask

– Coconut oil –

So many beauty products in one. Use it as a make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser, hair conditioner, frizz controller, lip balm, cuticle oil, shaving cream, to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and even for oil pulling (rinsing your mouth with oil)! My favourite is Biona Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

Biona Coconut oil

Biona Coconut oil

– Tea –

Cold green tea bags are great for reducing puffiness under the eyes, and a green tea spritz or applied with a cotton pad twice a day helps draw out impurities, detox the skin and give it a healthy glow. I also like using the good old fashioned cucumber trick for parached eyes. It sorts out redness and jet-lag bags better than any eye drops or expensive creams.

– Baking soda –

It comes in handy sachets which are perfect for rucksacks. Add this to any toothpaste and it naturally whitens teeth! It is also often used as a gentle exfoliator for congested skin, just mix it with water and apply in circular motions to the face and then rinse. And as a desperate ‘in the jungle’ measure it can even be used as a dry shampoo!

– Rosehip oil –

My ultimate skin saviour. Moroccan women have been using it for centuries, and Miranda Kerr hails it as the reason for her dewy complexion. An excellent moisturiser for adding the glow back to travel exposed skin, use it nightly, or add it to your usual moisturiser in hot weather when an oil seems too heavy. Adding a few drops to a water spray makes a great skin mist to refresh and soothe skin throughout the day. Try Trilogy’s Organic Rosehip Oil, available here.

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Natural Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

– Coffee scrub –

I’ve raved about this before. Simply mix your used coffee granuals with olive or coconut oil and voila, the best, most organic scrub for your body. Plus, coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so the benefits go deeper than simply glowing soft skin.

– Asprin mask – 

This is my favourite rejuvenating peel, which costs just pennies and the results rival £100+ masks. See my how –to guide here!

– Honey –

Honey is one of my staples to carry when travelling. It spruces up breakfast, is a great natural sweetner for coffee, is great for the throat if you get a flu, and works wonders as a natural beauty product. It works wonders on dry skin and as is a versatile ingredient to add to a face mask for an extra soothing treatment. As well as in the aspirin mask, you can add honey to a few teaspoons of milk for a gentle mask. Also, for a mid-trip pamper add a few drops of lavendar oil and honey to a bath and relax!

– Surf spray –

For gorgeous, textured surfer-girl waves, surf-spray is a must. Use on damp ends, and let the beach breeze or your fingers do the work. Keep a conditioning spray to hand to refresh throughout the day to stop your hair from drying out. My favourites are Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray, and John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. I prefer however to make my own. Use saltwater and lavender oil and store in a spray bottle… it’s an authentic surfer girl hack!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above, and of course feel free to share your own DIY travel beauty hacks!

Go travel and be beautiful!

My Ultimate Bucket List

Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Sunday travel-dreaming…

Here is a post that I wrote for the London Event Organizer Blog.

Enjoy!

my travel bucket list

my travel bucket list

Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. I try and remind myself this when it feels like I am too busy to barely eat lunch. Work, especially in a fast paced career like events, can feel like it absorbs every ounce of your energy and time. When the sun is shining outside, and friends are posting pictures on social media of exotic adventures, a lack of adventure on our own lives becomes even more prominent. It is not only travelling to foreign lands that I want to do before I leave this earth, but there are many emotions, feelings, and milestones that I want to achieve before I am too old and weary to do so. I asked around the office as to what everyone else would put on their bucket list if they were to write one, and the conversation spiralled. Not only did it inspire my colleagues to think about what they want to experience in their one special adventure on earth, but it inspired them to compile their own bucket lists. This led me to creating the ‘Ultimate’ bucket list which will hopefully inspire you to create your own and to get out there and do something this summer that you can tick off your list.

Go have an adventure!

  1. Go on a Safari – or watch The Lion King to curb your safari dreams
  2. Get all your loved ones together – because life is too short
  3. Buy a property overseas – Invest in a holiday destination
  4. Visit the 7 wonders of the world – One for the die-hard traveller. Feel free to make your own list!
  5. Do a bungee jump – because adrenaline is the spice of life
  6. Quit your job and go backpacking – because it’s never too late
  7. Get a puppy – preferably once the travelling boxes have been ticked!
  8. Go wine tasting at a vineyard – if you’re going to become a pro at anything, make it WINE
  9. Climb a mountain – Or watch ‘Everest’ in September and try not to feel inspired
  10. Host the party of your dreams – whether it is a wedding, mini festival, or just an awesome party!
  11. Go to a festival – the BEST thing about the British summer time – make a daisy chain, put on your wellies, and dance the summer away
  12. Go on a yoga retreat – find your zen
  13. Learn to Scuba Dive – and swim amongst the fishes
  14. Work abroad for a year – Paris, New York, Dubai, Australia… make your pick!
  15. Go whale watching – or swim with Whale Sharks (for the really adventurous!)
  16. Travel the UK – see more of what is on offer on your doorstep
  17. Buy your first property – skimp, save, and invest in your future
  18. Run a marathon – be at your physical best and see what your body can do with persistence
  19. Sleep in a castle – what your princess dreams are made from
  20. See the Northern lights –Joanna Lumley’s documentary inspired us to feel humble under the best lighting show the world has to offer

    Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

  21. Go to one of the poles – wrap up warm and meet the polar bears
  22. Travel route 66 – in a convertible!
  23. Learn to surf in Hawaii – because if all else fails you can drink ten Mai Tais afterwards!
  24. Volunteer! – Help a cause worthwhile
  25. Visit the amazon – because it’s AMAZING
  26. Eat sushi in Japan – or learn to make it if you want to really impress
  27. Visit every continent – what an achievement!
  28. Go on a hot air balloon ride – breathe deeply, close your eyes, and let go!
  29. Adopt a child – or an animal, and protect and love someone little who needs it
  30. Go to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon – get married if you dare!
  31. Further your education – learn something new, and study something you love
  32. See a live blues band in New Orleans – and let your cool side prevail
  33. Learn to ski – make the most of the winter
  34. Befriend a stranger – there are too many lonely people in the world. Make a difference!
  35. Dance the night away in Berlin – because we were born to dance
  36. Go on the London Eye – if you haven’t, do it!
  37. Plant a tree – and leave a lasting mark on the Earth
  38. Have dinner at the Ritz, London – the most decadent place on your doorstep
  39. Visit the spot where your favourite author wrote one of their novels – get into their mind
  40. Go camping – pack some marshmallows and watch out for the bears!
  41. Visit the Mayan pyramids – because they’re older than the Egyptians

    Mayan Pyramid

    Mayan Pyramid

  42. Learn to meditate – and calm your mind
  43. Have a romantic weekend in Paris and put a love lock on the Pont des Arts bridge – because love is life
  44. Surprise someone you love – fly across the world, throw them a party, take them on an adventure with you!
  45. Learn a new language – Mandarin, anyone?
  46. Go skinny-dipping – you are never too old to bare all under the moon and stars!
  47. Pursue your dream – write that novel, play guitar with a band, change career
  48. Go on a tour of Hollywood and visit the sunset boulevard –pretend to be famous for a while
  49. Conquer your biggest fear – scared of flying? Time to travel the world!
  50. Create a coffee table memory book – with all the photos you are about to take!
Travel journal

Travel journal

Some of these things may take you ten years to tick off, some you might not do until you retire, there are a few London ideas on this bucket list however which you can definitely tick off this summer. And if you aren’t the travelling type then why not make your own UK based bucket list?

Feel free to add, edit, update, and make your own bucket list, and more importantly: get out there and start DOING.

Welcome

Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Hi readers,

As you may have noticed ‘The Rattle’ blog has changed. It’s actually  more of an upgrade to be honest – and now welcome to my new and improved, shiny and sparkling blog.

Collections, artifacts, snippets and stories; the things I’ve seen and collected, and every day’s journey. Whilst I mull over where to adventure to next, I hope you will share this with me, think up your own adventure, and be inspired to try something new every day.

So welcome to my collection, my treasure trove, my writing, my readings. Join in on the conversation!

Travel Trove