Paris is an exquisite city that has often been described as ‘the city of romance’, ‘the city of love’, and the ‘city of lights’.

If you’re a single girl who is planning on spending forty-eight hours in Paris, then you’ll probably find that one of the most tricky parts of planning your trip is deciding what to see and what to miss during your stay.

Whilst Paris is known for its romantic settings and being the perfect destination to explore with your significant other, there’s plenty to do for the single gal wanting to show herself some love instead!

Must See’s In Paris

When you’re spending forty-eight precious hours in Paris, it’s a good idea to come up with a list of must-see attractions, so that you don’t leave feeling like you have missed out. Top Paris attractions include the Eiffel Tower, which is open every day from 9:30-23:00, where you can take a tour to the top of this iconic building to gaze in awe at the views of the city around you. After the Eiffel Tower, don’t forget to add other main Paris attractions to your itinerary, such as the Arc de Triomphe, which is open from 10:00-23:00 daily during the summer, and from 10:00-22:30 from October to March. Another must-visit is the Louvre Museum, a former royal palace which is home to the famous Mona Lisa. The museum spans over four floors with a huge collection of over 35,000 items, so have a list of the things that you want to explore to make sure that you don’t run over your time.

eifel tower paris.

Parisian Architecture

Along with the main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris has several famous architectural structures and buildings to explore. If you enjoy visiting historic churches, then you can spend some of your forty-eight hours exploring the Notre Dame Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that’s located on a Parisian island surrounded by the River Seine. A building that took hundreds of years to complete, it dates back to the 13th century and is full of stunning stained glass windows and unique artistic expression.

The Cathedral is open from 8:00-18:45 during the week, and until 19:15 at the weekend. Then, head to Montmartre, where you can find the 19th century Sacred Heart Basilica, which was built by the French government after the Franco-Prussian war. The building features a huge medieval dome, which makes up the highest point in the city second to the Eiffel Tower, with some amazing views of the landscape. The Basilica is open from 6:00-22:30 every day.

Hit The Shops

Once you’ve taken in your fill of all the main attractions in the French capital, shopping should be the next thing on your list. In a city that is home to several big name designers and exquisite goods, you simply can’t leave without treating yourself to something new! To the north of the city, le Marché aux Puces is a popular flea market filled with unique and interesting goods, or if you’re hoping to come across some vintage finds, head over to the city’s vintage shops in the Marais.

Of course, you don’t want your whole forty-eight hours in Paris to be taken up by shopping, so if you only have time to visit one place, then head over to the famous French department stores, either Printemps or Les Galeries Lafayette. Here you can find a convenient ‘one stop shop’ for all the amazing products that France has to offer, including one of the largest perfume selections in the world.

Café Culture

In between shopping until you drop, and exploring the stunning architectural attractions in the city, don’t miss out on a chance to experience some of the traditional Parisian café culture. In Paris, you will find several cosy, independent cafes lining the streets, where you can stop for a coffee and pastries – many will even allow you to bring your own wine free of charge if you’re hoping to sample a particular French vintage. The perfect way to take a break during a long two days of exploring.

How would you spend forty-eight hours in Paris? Let me know in the comments.

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Packing for holidays is tough. It’s one of the jobs that I cannot bear to do. So much thought has to go in working out a capsule wardrobe with items that can mixed with other pieces and also keeping in mind the weight of my suitcase. I usually can never decide on shoes and end up taking several, but realising that I only wear a pair of sandals, flip flops, wedges and converse. You would think after a decade of being cabin crew that I would have it down to a fine art, but still, I cannot pack light to save my life. I have been challenged by Holiday Gems to see how far £50 will get me to purchase all of my holiday essentials. As you can imagine, I managed it and some what went over budget when I spotted a bag that I couldn’t live without. For me, the items in this post are definite essentials and I would love to see what you think is an essential.

First of all, I could not go on holiday without my new best friend. Everyone, please meet Dave. Dave, the cheeky faced unicorn pool float has been shared over my social media so much since I found him for £10 in Primark. I couldn’t resist blowing him up and he has been a new decoration in my living room. He’s come in quite handy actually as he is big enough for my friends kids to sit on when they come round as well as being the perfect addition to any summer holiday. If you look all over Instagram, you haven’t made it until you’ve had a photo taken of you in a pool, sat on a unicorn. Dave, I love you.

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Shopping for holiday essentials was actually surprisingly easy, as I do love to shop, but I do also have a lot of products ready to go at a moments notice. I did use this challenge to think wisely about which items I needed to stock up on and I’ve actually nailed it in terms of having a full toiletry bag. I found this really handy travel kit by Cocoa Brown for just £6.95 at Cloud 10 Beauty, and within it it holds a travel sized shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and fake tan wipes. I have a thing with being tanned, so I do take a helping hand with me where I can. The Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Medium Matte is ideal for giving an extra boost to a fledgling tan and makes skin look flawless.

For my hair, I have two products which I cannot live without when it comes to holidays. The first, Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo which helps me so much and saves me from having to wash my hair each day, without leaving it feeling full of product. It also gives some much needed volume to my fine, flat hair. The second product from Lee Stafford is the Anti Humidity Spray. Coined as a liquid umbrella, it is the perfect holiday essential to battle the humidity and keep my hair from looking frizzy and feeling smooth. The two products cost £9.98 from Boots.

Bagging myself a little freebie from John Lewis, this mini Clinique Take the Day Off Balm will last an entire holiday and you can see just how much I love it in my previous review. Of course, toothpaste is an essential and I’ve chosen the Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste, £1.50, because white teeth and a tan looks great together. I also couldn’t help picking up a new body butter from The Body Shop. The Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter, £6 will be just the thing for keeping sun parched skin hydrated and moisturised.

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

Packing the Holiday Essentials with Holiday Gems

So, I managed to get the items I needed for a grand total of £41 and with £9 to spare, I thought I was a real savvy shopper. Until I saw the cutest bag in the entire world. Realistically, I would have blown the budget on clothes and then hunted around for ‘essentials’ so I think I’ve done well enough to deserve a treat. From Joanie Clothing, the Amie Embroidered Woven Bag with its adorable Petit Pois slogan across the front simply leapt into my heart and I couldn’t leave it. It’s a fabulous size for the beach as well as being a great size for day to day. I do like to carry lots of stuff round so I’m a happy bunny.

To grab all I needed for my essentials for just over £40 without penny pinching really does go to show that it can be done on a budget. Obviously, clothes and shoes and Petit Pois bags are added extras, just like the cute drinks holder that I’ve also stashed into my case, but it has made me kind of realise that if I was to scale it back, there would be a lot more money left over for spending on more holidays. Or at the airport on tax free makeup and perfume.

*Thanks Holiday Gems for this great Collaboration.

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Although I have spent countless hours of my life walking through airports, it’s exceptionally rare that I get chance to experience the airport properly. Heading out on holiday back in February gave me the ideal opportunity to spend some time with what Manchester Airport Terminal One had to offer. World Duty Free kindly arranged for me to experience having a personal concierge service with the lovely Joseph, who made sure that all my needs were met. The concierge service is only offered at London Gatwick and London Heathrow at the moment so I was very spoilt. Once I’d passed through security, Joseph met me on arrival into Biza with a glass of prosecco and we made sure that every part of the airport was covered.

Starting at the beginning, we looked at the special offers on the alcohol and I tried not only the airport exclusive red wines, but also the Manchester Gin. 7am is a little bit early in the morning for alcohol but I was on my holidays. There’s a lot of special offers with duty free prices in the airport and although I refrained from buying anything, I was very tempted by the huge range of gins that were available.

My inner beauty addict was in my element walking through some of the amazing brands that World Duty Free has to offer. From the high end Creme de la Mer, to favourite brands Esteé Lauder and Yves Saint Laurent, there are a lot of travel exclusives that I could have spent a small fortune on. Airport exclusives in fragrances and makeup from brands such as Marc Jacobs, Bare Minerals, Givenchy and Guerlain, there are huge savings on high street prices. I love how each counter offers Jet Set Beauty treatments from hand massages, mini makeovers and even mini facials to make sure you’re ready for your flight. I also loved the Benefit counter which had a lot of airport exclusive sets just like this First Class Favourites set.

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free Benefit First Class faves

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free Benefit First Class faves

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free Benefit First Class faves

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

I couldn’t resist having a hand massage in Jo Malone, which as you know is a huge love of mine. Starting with a fresh Lime, Basil and Mandarin hand wash, my hands and arms were then layered with the Velvet Rose and Oud Body Creme before a spray of the brand new Myhhr and Tonka Eau de Cologne Intense. I fell in love with Myhhr and Tonka as soon as I smelt it, and as I had brought my new holiday scent of Velvet Rose and Oud Cologne with me, alongside my Dark Amber and Gingerlily Dry Body Oil, I thought that the new 50ml sized bottle of Myhhr and Tonka would be a perfect accompaniment to my holiday collection. I do love how everything can be layered to create a unique and signature scent.

Although I knew I would be buying myself a Las Vegas exclusive charm whilst away on holiday, I couldn’t resist having a look at the Pandora travel range of charms. I spotted a charm that I haven’t seen before, which would go beautifully with my travel inspired bracelet; a tropical seahorse with aqua coloured stones. It was so pretty and I hope I can get hold of it soon.

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

Making the Most of The Airport with World Duty Free

I also spent a lot of time near the Ted Baker bags and I can’t get over the prices compared to the high street. I’ve spotted the bag that’s next on my to buy list; the Porcelain Rose Tote. I’m not sure if it’s a travel exclusive as I can’t find it anywhere but I have totally fallen in love.

Thanks to Joseph, I had a wonderful time in the airport before I headed off to Las Vegas, and I just want to send a personal thank you to him for all his help. Nothing was too much trouble and his knowledge of the products and services was exemplary. Thank you World Duty Free for making the start of my holiday one to remember. You can read about my trip to Las Vegas and see what I got up to here.

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Oh Las Vegas, you really have stolen my heart. Having visited Sin City many a time whilst with work, I took the plunge to head over on my own whilst on annual leave. Daunting to be in a place 5000 miles away from home, I did have my reservations but ultimately, it has given me the confidence to visit destinations as a solo traveller. With so much to see and do, I’ve tried to pack as much as I can into this post to give you some ideas as to what you can get up to without spending all your money on the roulette tables and in the clubs. Although enjoyable, there’s more to Las Vegas than you think.

Using my work perks and going on standby was slightly stressful but sorting out my hotel was extremely easy by using Hotels Combined, a website that compares all of the top travel sites to bring the best deals available. I stayed at the Mardi Gras Inn, on Paradise which was just off the strip but has access to the monorail that runs through Las Vegas. The hotel, although it doesn’t look much was actually perfect for what I needed. The rooms were clean and provided two Queen sized beds, a fridge, large wardrobes and a clean bathroom and vanity area. The rooms were secure and I didn’t have any worries with leaving out my belongings whilst I left the room to be cleaned. The staff were more than friendly and there was a free shuttle that picked me up from the airport and dropped me off on my return. I’d definitely stay there again, for the ease as well as a 24 hour bar and restaurant with great food, plus an option to order takeaways to your room.

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller

The monorail at the Las Vegas Convention Centre was the closest stop to my hotel, and heading Southbound took me to the monorail stop at Harrahs and The Linq which I find to be the most convenient stop for access to the strip, where you can head down to the Fashion Show Mall or over to Caesars Palace. For shopping, the Fashion Show Mall is home to restaurants and food outlets as well as favourite shops such as Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Caesars Palace is home to Sephora and Bath and Body Works as well as The Cheesecake Factory for a post shopping treat. Surprisingly, I hardly spent any money on makeup and just picked up two Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks in Crush and Catnip. Whilst at The Linq, take advantage of seeing Vegas from a bird’s eye view on the High Roller, or call in to one of most visited bars, Yardhouse where they serve over 100 different beers and ciders.

Heading to the top of the strip, you’ll find the famous Las Vegas sign, and you can’t visit LV without getting a photo. From Mandalay Bay, it’s a bit of a walk or you could also get a taxi, but I do suggest that you go early as the queues for photographs does get quite long and if it’s high heat, it does get unbearably hot. Whilst you are down at that end of the strip, it’s also not too far from Town Square and the outlet malls where you can get some good bargains. It’s a lot cheaper to shop off the strip as well as being a lot quieter.

Bodies The Exhibition Las Vegas Luxor

Bodies The Exhibition Las Vegas Luxor

Bodies The Exhibition Las Vegas Luxor

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Luxor

At the Luxor, you’ll find the Bodies and Titanic exhibition. I went to the Titanic exhibition several years ago but I hadn’t seen the Bodies The Exhibition. Using Tix4Tonight, I got my ticket at a cheaper price than paying at the box office. Unfortunately, cameras aren’t allowed inside so a huge thank you to the Bodies exhibition who have kindly sent me some press photos to use to show what’s in store. I was expecting to be a bit freaked out by what I was going to see but in actual fact, I was engrossed in everything on show. It’s something that I’ve never seen before in such intricate detail and although biology wasn’t my strongest subject, it’s made me want to learn more about the human body. Definitely a must see, as well as the Titanic exhibit which blew my mind.

Heading right to the bottom of the strip and beyond, you’ll find Downtown Las Vegas and the famous Fremont Street Experience. With all the old casinos that you’re used to seeing in films such as Golden Nugget, Four Queens and Binions, Fremont Street has given the area a real buzz. With a cover ceiling that plays a light show throughout the evening, to the Slotzilla zip wire, which is the best way to see Fremont from the air. I’ve found that Fremont Street is becoming a bit more modern with some trendy bars popping up in the area. New to me this year was Park on Fremont, a bar with an outdoor garden experience where you can sit on wooden tables surrounded by fairy lights and outdoor heaters for when it gets a bit chilly. You would be forgiven for thinking the The Park was in New York City and not Las Vegas with it’s chilled out atmosphere and cocktails served in mason jars.

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Fremont Street Experience

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Park at Fremont

 

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Park at Fremont

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Mob Museum Fremont Street

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Mob Museum Fremont Street

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Mob Museum Fremont Street

How To See Las Vegas as a Solo Traveller Mob Museum Fremont Street

A absolute must see whilst down at Fremont Street is The Mob Museum, which is set inside the building that held the Kefauver hearings back in 1950. A full interactive experience of American history, the mob culture across America and how it ended up in Las Vegas. I was expecting to have completed the museum tour in around an hour. Three hours later, I was still reading about the St Valentines Day massacre, looking at how Prohibition led to a crack down on Las Vegas saloons and how the mob started the casinos in Las Vegas whilst skimming a ton of money from the takings. I enjoyed the Mob Museum that much that I treated myself to a book on how the mob took Las Vegas which I had read in full before I landed back in Manchester.

Las Vegas has such a reputation for being the party capital in the desert but really when you look a bit deeper into this adults playground, there is so much more to do and see than you realise. Not only that, but getting around Las Vegas is so easy, especially with the monorail as well as Uber. It’s always cheaper to get an Uber than to flag a cab down on the street. For a first time solo travel experience, I think that it’s really helped to build my confidence up in visiting destinations and it’s given me the bug for getting out and exploring the world that little bit more.

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Barbados has become something of a sanctuary to me in recent years. There’s something about this tiny, yet vibrant island that makes me feel at home. From stepping off the aircraft into the glorious heat that envelops you like a lost friend, to watching the sun set whilst walking along the white sandy beaches, island time is so precious to me. Although I visit Barbados fairly frequently, I only have a short amount of time to play with. Luckily, the island is small enough to get around with ease so I’ve put together some things to do that don’t require much motivation, and fall into my idea of having a relaxing time with no stress at all.

Flights to Barbados from the UK average around 8 hours, which is one of the shorter length long haul flights that I’ve experienced. Fly throughout the year with BA and Virgin from London, and Thomas Cook out of Manchester from November throughout March. Arriving into Barbados on that first day gives me an instant surge of happiness. I immediately feel relaxed and ready for the next few days ahead. Staying in luxury at the Hilton Barbados in the parish of Saint Michael, my room looks out over the sea at Needhams Point. There is no feeling in the world that equates to how I feel when I open my curtains in the morning and look out to the azure blue sea and white beaches, with the sun rising slowly and bouncing off the crashing waves.

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

The beaches at the Hilton Barbados have spectacular views, and there is no lack of sun loungers. The beaches are private to the hotel, with staff members patrolling to take drink orders. The local beer, Banks is one of my personal favourites, as is the legendary Rum Punch. One is enough, as two can be lethal.

Heading out of the hotel brings a truly local experience, with many places to grab a bite to eat. Dave’s Shack is a must, and is found just at the base of Dippers Cruising Club. Dave’s Shack makes the best flying fish burgers; a meaty piece of marlin in a sweet bread roll with salad and the local Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce. It’s easy to say that you only want one, when in fact you need two. At just 9 Bajan for a fish and salad, it’s worth every penny. Dippers Cruising Club is also a great place to eat of an evening, with reasonably priced food and an extensive menu. I order the Fish Cutter sandwich with coleslaw and sweet potato fries every single time I go.

I love taking a long walk up Brownes Beach towards Bridgetown, and a stop off at The Boatyard in Carlisle Bay is definitely one to do. A beautiful part of the beach with cabanas and beds, activity play area in the sea and a stunningly beautiful setting to watch the sun go down, all whilst sipping on mango daiquiris and rum punch. It’s open every day of the year and attracts local residents, holidaymakers and it’s a stop off for the cruise ship passengers. The music is playing, there are several happy hours throughout the day and it’s one of those places that has such an infectious atmosphere, that you can’t help but want to stay all day.

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

Prince Harry Barbados

Prince Harry Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

48 Hours in Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados has a great deal of history surrounding it, and although it is an independent Island, it was once part of the British Colony. The Island still has ties with the British Monarchy and only a few weeks ago, Prince Harry visited the Island, staying at the Hilton Barbados. I have found a great little coffee shop that does beautiful food that is surrounded by history. The George Washington house in the Garrison area was the house in which future President George Washington stayed in on his only trip outside of the USA. In 2011, the house became a UNESCO protected property and I’ve added it to my bucket list to do a full tour when I’m there for a little bit longer. In the gardens of the George Washington House is Coffee Barbados Cafe. An idyllic setting for coffee and breakfast, the service is quite slow but worth the wait. The waffles are a sight to behold. I don’t think that I’ve had a coffee as good as the one served at the coffee shop throughout my whole time spent in Barbados.

Each time I leave Barbados, I get a pang of sadness. It truly is one of my most loved places in the world. Sitting in my snuggle seat, with my laptop on my knee, thinking of ideas to share with you on the blog brings so much creativity. As I don’t tend to talk too much about travel, and prefer to share my images on Instagram, I’m hoping that some regular travel posts will get me that little bit more motivated as I tour around places of interest so I can share them with you. Please do leave me your comments on my new travel section and let me know what you think. So long Barbados, see you at the weekend!

*Photos of Prince Harry kindly taken by Luci Walton

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As a Manchester dwelling lady, would you be totally shocked and disappointed that I have never managed to do a 45 minute train journey over to the ‘pool before yesterday? Isn’t that terrible? I’ve been working with Travelodge and their Evolving Cities campaign and I thought it was perfect timing to see just what Liverpool has to offer. The maritime town has a great heritage, culture and of course, fab people. I’m going to take you on a little tour around starting off with a good old fashioned restaurant review of Oh Me, Oh My which was recommended to me by my lovely Liverpudlian friend Su.

The train from Manchester Piccadilly runs to Liverpool Lime Street in around 44 minutes time, calling at just a handful of stops before reaching Liverpool. It’s so much easier to get to that I expected and Lime Street station opens out into the heart of Liverpool. Myself and Anna decided to head straight down to Albert Docks as not only had we booked a table for lunch at Oh Me, Oh My, but that’s where we decided that we wanted to spend our afternoon. It’s only a fifteen minute walk to the docks, walking through the main shopping area and through Liverpool One.

Oh Me Oh My is conveniently located on Water Street, opposite the Liver Building and it takes residence in the old Bank of West Africa. The grande yet unobtrusive exterior and stunning interior draw you in at once. A perfect secret space that offers a cafe style menu during the day before it transforms into a private event space of an evening. I am so glad that we booked to eat here, as by 1pm the tables were full of tea drinkers and prosecco sipping ladies. Usually, an Afternoon Tea menu is served however due to an event, the doors were closing earlier than usual, ready to prepare for it. I had already chosen what I wanted to eat before I even set foot in Oh Me, Oh My and proceeded to order a Halloumi and Falafel Salad with a side of Sweet Potato wedges with garlic mayo with a pot of Cherry Blossom tea to wash it down with.

The Cherry Blossom tea was simply divine. Light, yet with a vibrant cherry flavour that left me wanting more. I loved the tea pots that the tea was presented with and I would have loved to see a retro, vintage floral cup rather than just a plain white one. With the food being served, my salad arrived in a giant bowl, packed to the brim with leaves and tabouleh covered in a tahini dressing, whilst large slices of grilled halloumi and spiced falafel peeked through the salad. Fat wedges of roasted sweet potato finished off my meal, making my salad a lot more substantial. Cooked to perfection, with an attentive wait staff, Oh Me Oh My is definitely one to put on the bucket list for its beautiful vintage tearoom setting and 1950s surroundings.

The Albert Docks can be reached by passing by the side of the Liver Building where you are brought out to the area where you can take a trip across the Mersey, on the Mersey Ferry. For me, boats and ferries are best when they are looked at. I much prefer to travel by air! Along the Albert Docks are several museums, including the Museum of Liverpool and The Beatles musuem. It was packed when were there, and with it being Good Friday, it was full of tourists. We still managed to take a good look around before leaving. I really enjoyed taking in the waterfront, and the buildings that surrounded the Docks. The whole place is so full of history, I wish I had spent more time finding out a bit more about the buildings. We took a look around the Musuem of Liverpool which was really interesting and I learnt a few pieces of info that I didn’t know. I also love how the Liver Building was originally classed as a skyscraper when it was first built until 1961.

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Travelodge Evolving Cities Liverpool

Before we left the Docks to head back home, we took a stroll around past the Tate and towards to Echo Arena and big wheel. I do like a browse round a museum and art gallery, so on my next visit, my first port of call will be the Tate. A short walk back into town and we found The MetQuarter filled with stand alone shops of some of my favourite brands such as Made.com and MAC. Both myself and Anna were exhausted by this time so we stopped for another pot of tea before we caught the train back to Manchester.

I do wish that I had given myself more time in Liverpool but what it has done has stirred up some interest in the area. I am going to come back alone next time and have a full on cultural day and learn a lot more about this cultural city that is right on my doorstep. Next time, I may even stay over in the Travelodge that is located at the Albert Docks.

Thanks to Travelodge for inviting me to explore this Evolving City

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So, last Sunday I packed up the Samsonite with my favourite pampering goodies, sweets and treats and pretty dresses as I was being sent over to Holguin in Cuba.

Here’s a few pictures of what I got up too…

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My lovely friend Donna plaited my hair into a wonderful braid and finished with a nude flower…

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I’m going to try and teach myself how to do this, so hopefully ill be able to get a blog post up for you all.

I also did the girls makeup, using some of my favourite products; the Inglot freedom system, Illamasqua eyebrow cake and Benefit They’re Real mascara. Blog posts to follow!

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I hope you enjoy my pictures, ill try and post more of my travels soon!
Love Anoushka xx

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The Clarins Traveller Exclusive set is only available from airports and certain airlines with prices ranging between £34 to £40.

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This fantastic set contains the best of Clarins to take with you for a luxurious treat whilst on holiday. Concentrating on facial products the kit includes the following

*Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 30ml
*Beauty Flash Balm 15ml
*Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 50ml
*Eye Contour Gel 3ml
*One-Step Facial Cleanser 100ml
*HydraQuench Cream 30ml

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One of my favourite things about Clarins is the fresh, clean smell of the products. They smell very organic, natural and spa like. Ingredients used within Clarins products are derivatives of plants with hardly any synthetic ingredients. The Clarins company donates to scientific research for the Skincare and has several patents on products due to the research on improving Skincare. For more information please see the Clarins website – link here.

A bit about each product…

Moisture Rich Body Lotion contains Shea butter for smoother firmer skin.

Beauty Flash Balm is perfect to banish signs of fatigue. It also lightens, tightens and brightens tired skin.

Hand and Nail Cream contains sesame oil and Japanese Mulberry to create an invisible protective glove and strengthen nails.

Eye Contour Gel contains rose extracts to minimise puffiness and dark circles. Suitable for sensitive eyes.

One Step Facial Cleanser is a cleanser and toner in one. Removes even stubborn makeup and revives skin.contains refreshing orange extract.

HydraQuench cream is suitable for very dry skin and gives intense hydration for parched skin.

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Lets go to the beach, each. Lets go get away…

It’s quite funny how I find myself to be a creature of habit when it comes to packing for work trips. I definitely have set up two camps with one being the socialising, shopping girl and the other being the laid back, beach girl. As I’ve been heading in the same direction in the last few weeks, whilst going transatlantic, my make up bag has rarely changed, except for a different lipgloss maybe.
Today I’m taking my favourite beauty products down to the beach for a fun photo shoot and to show you what goes on my face and body in this tropical heat.

Welcome to Cancun 🙂

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Another day….another country!

Whilst on my quick night-stop in Cancun, before the 9hr flight home, I’ve decided to have some me time and treat myself to a long long sleep and a mini pamper session.

One of my favourite things about travelling whilst working is getting a bit of downtime and having some well deserved R n R, that I may not get chance to do whilst at home. My second favourite thing is getting to use all the mini samples of products I’ve collected up!

I took a shower and washed and conditioned my hair with Charles Worthington Full Volume shampoo and conditioner, and used a Vanilla Ice Cream scented body wash alongside my shower puff for maximum lather and a light exfoliation.

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I used The Liz Earle cleanse and polish on my face, with a muslin cloth to remove and exfoliate, followed by Liz Earle Instant boost brightening Tonic. I love the smell of this tonic, it’s so fresh and clean smelling. A light layer of Liz Earle skin moisturiser and my skin was feeling fully hydrated with no visible post flight dryness. Slathering my body in the little I had left of Clarins Extra Firming Body Creme and Soap and Glory body butter, I was all set.

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As it was only 5pm by the time I had done all this, I applied a quick slick of lip balm and a pretty summer dress by French Connection, and went to the bar for fajitas and Corona!

Getting in bed at 7:30pm and sleeping until 8:30am has left me feeling fully refreshed, however the mini pamper does not stop there!

A quick polish change to Essies Not Just A Pretty Face and Leighton Denny’s All in One as a top and base coat, I’m almost ready to fly back to the UK.

I’m currently trialling out Giorgio Armani Luminous silk foundation whilst at work, so look out for my upcoming blog post on this.

‘Cabin Crew, prepare doors for departure!’

Love Anoushka xx

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So, I arrived in Las Vegas after a pretty hectic 10 hour flight, feeling like I had been dug up. A quick post flight brandy with the girls and a disco nap and I was ready to hit the bright lights and lose a few dollars!

The first night after a flight is alway a bit crazy. We started off in Hakkasan at the MGM Grand, where Deadmau5 was playing a set. Unfortunately there I was a bit of a mix up with some of my friends arriving late and couldnt get through on my guestlist so we just left and went to my favourite bar, Bond, at The Cosmopolitan.

Being the shopping addict I am, I was greedily eyeing up the window of Sephora, and have promised myself a cheeky trip to there on Monday afternoon to have a browse and purchase of some hot new products followed by lunch at Gordon Ramseys BurgR.

Ill let you know what I buy 😉

Love Anoushka xx

 

The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan

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