The US of A Itinerary

Hello! So as you might have heard, through the grapevine (being my social media platforms) I am about to go on a 6 week trip to America. First stop... Florida! I will be spending a week with my best friend James Rees in Naples at my family's house, Easter weekend with the family in Naples and then Easter Monday - it's to my favourite place... DISNEY! I'll be staying at the Four Season hotel in Orlando, and I can't wait to show it off to you all on here! Along with some Disney photos of course!
The next part of the trip will be NYC, I get to go back to my old stomping ground and catch up with old friends, and also stay with a few of them in their lovely apartments. Back to Florida, and then the last leg of the trip is Los Angeles, where I will get to stay at the beautiful Bel Air hotel - which featured a while back on my blog and Instagram. But in the meantime, here's some photos of Jasper preparing for Disney!

Dubai - Al Naseem Hotel

Hello everyone, welcome back! So as you know from my Instagram I have been travelling a lot since February.
I recently went on a trip with my mother to Dubai, and stayed at the Al Naseem hotel. Now, if you want pure modern luxury in Dubai this is the place to stay. Everywhere else seemed quite classical and traditionally Arabic. Which isn't a bad thing, I just really like modern luxury. The contemporary interior design is inspired by sand dunes, blue skies, sea breeze and Dubai's heritage of pearl diving and Bedouin traditions. Al Naseem is the newest of hotels among the Jumeirah group. 

Al Naseem also is home to a turtle lagoon which helps nurse back injured turtles from the ocean, they're also a protected species so they're all tagged and then released after a couple of months. Every Wednesday at 11am they have a feeding hour, which of course the kids love! (But I am a big kid so I was right in there!). One of my the most memorable things about the hotel was Blacktap restaurant for it's milkshakes! (photo's below!). While we left the hotel to try other restaurants, that were OK, our favourites of the trip were Coya and Il Borro, which is owned by the fashion designer Ferragamo. We also ate at a fantastic fish restaurant called Pierchic, BUT if it is a windy night, the walk along the pier makes for a chilly entrance! The food here was stunning, and not only that we had an exceptional view of the Burj (even though our room was facing the Burj, so we were spoilt!)

I was badly advised before going to Dubai that it takes over an hour to get on and off The Palm, however on both visits to Atlantis hotel we spent only 20 minutes in a taxi there, and back. I strongly recommend leaving your hotel if you ever go to Dubai, just to experience other designs and also restaurants. But if you're a person who really doesn't like to leave their base then the best area to stay in would be one of the Jumeirah group hotels alongside Al Naseem. All the hotels are connected by buggy, so you can either walk along the seafront of take a buggy to restaurants between them. You also have a selection of over 50 restaurants in the Jumeirah group too, from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. 

Now, the Dubai Mall, where to start, I definitely didn't get the whole place finished. I found it hilarious how they offer a taxi service in the mall, on a little red buggy! It really is that big that they have a taxi service. Mid shopping I stopped with my mum at Joseph cafe which over looks the fountains and the Burj Khalifa, highly recommend it as a photo stop too! 

Since I loved my trip so much I think I'll look at going again in the summer. Unfortunately during my stay the weather was pretty awful, but it didn't stop me from enjoying Dubai and all it has to offer. 

This is one of the pearl themed rooms

This is one of the pearl themed rooms

AL QSAR hotel
Skyview bar at Burj Al Arab, the Love Potion cocktail with real gold in! Unfortunately no magical love potion :( 

Skyview bar at Burj Al Arab, the Love Potion cocktail with real gold in! Unfortunately no magical love potion :( 

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina

Burj Al Arab from the Al Naseem Beach

Burj Al Arab from the Al Naseem Beach

Just loving my Balmain dress at the Atlantis...

Just loving my Balmain dress at the Atlantis...

Milkshakes at Black Tap

Milkshakes at Black Tap

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below & I will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Welcome Back!

Hey, so I know everyone is requesting I do YouTube makeup tutorials, but for now this will have to do! I hope you can hold on, it's as frustrating for me too! I just don't have the right quality tools to make a YouTube video for you all that would highlight my technique to a good standard, for you to all learn from! 

So I thought I would open up my blog again with a little makeup post. I am off to Dubai next week which of course I will blog about! Don't worry! And until then, I'll have some fun makeup posts up, and some posts about my wardrobe for Dubai. Summer clothes in February? Yeah, I struggled for beachwear! 

So in the caption below the photo is a link to each product I used!

I've fallen in love with Iconic's 'Stroke of Midnight Shimmer Palette. I used Highlight and Illuminate on the top of my cheek bones to highlight, and on my inner eye I used Brighten & Lift just to open up my eye. I used Glimmer & Glow as my contour, and normally I never used a contour which has Shimmer in because it doesn't always give you the depth of a cheek bone as the shine should come from the highlight rather than the contour, but I quite like the soft look it has given me! BUT it comes out strong, so becareful! Little by little! Build it up. 
As for my eyes, I used the eyeshadow over my lid, and lined it with the navy liner. It's one of my most simple looks. On the top of the lash line is the navy Dolce & Gabbana liner, I lined inside my waterline with the MAC liner.

PetLondon x Jasper

Hello! Sorry for my absence on here, I've had a manic month! Firstly, let me introduce you to Jasper!! He is my new blue french bulldog and he is currently 9 weeks old and weighs 6lbs. Unfortunately he was sick for the first week I had him, he had two parasites and so now he is on antibiotics - but he finishes them in a few days and he will be all better. 

I was lucky enough to work with PetLondon for Jasper's arrival, and they put together a wonderful puppy package for me. I am over the moon with the products, and so is Jasper. Let's start off with the toys, so puppies chew a lot, everything from your toes to their crate. Luckily he has the Big Rope bone - he seems to really like rope toys and I can only assume this is because of teething, it gives him something to really gnaw on. Of course the Union Jack bone is just amazing because living in New York I have to show my patriotism (Woo England!) - I really want this bone to last so he has limited access to it while he is trying to rip everything apart!

Next, the clothing! The Crest Shirt is brilliant, however he has to grow into it, so give him a couple of weeks and he will be dining at night with me in his smart collared shirt. So if you are like me and like to be suited & booted and polished at all times this get up is perfect for your pooch. But until he grows into the shirt, PetLondon also gave me a Bow-Tie collar so while he is growing into the shirt he can sport the wonderful bow-tie - it's just too cute. 

Travel bowl, I really cant stress enough how important it is to make sure your puppy is hydrated. I am currently in Florida and it's HOT. But New York summers are HOT. This bowl is attached to me whenever Jasper goes on an adventure, he loves it-  but it also doubles as a chew toy! He's started to nibble on the edges when we go out, which I am fine with - better than him trying to eat rocks off the floor. This bowl will come in handy for anyone who is an avid traveller, like myself. I can't wait to pop it up in the airport for him to use next month. 

For anyone thinking of buying a puppy, or who has recently bought a puppy I would highly recommend you start out at PetLondon to spoil your little monster. 

Joshua Sanders Slip-ons

If you don't know about Joshua Sanders then you've been missing out! I got sent these lovely slip ons, and I couldn't be more grateful. For one they're actually comfy, and two they're great for the festival chic look! They fit true to size, and unlike Vans they don't need breaking in. I can't wait to rock these in Miami next month and at Electric Zoo festival in September. The retail for around €260 depending on the style.

Be Shades x2

When I arrived back from Florida last week, and I came home to a lovely Royal Mail delivery from Be Shades, full of the new summer colours! I cannot wait to rock these next month on my trip back down to Florida to pick up my puppy. These sunglasses are interchangeable, so depending on your outfit or mood you can switch up the colours of the arms. 

You should check out their Instagram on style tips! @be_shades and also to take a peek at the hot surfer boys!


Vegas x Be Shades

I just got back from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas where I stayed at the beautiful Wynn Hotel. Although, it was incredibly busy as it was the weekend of the most anticipated fight of the year. Which happened to also be the most boring fight of the year! Luckily before my trip I received a parcel from the brand Be Shades. I am excited to follow this brand, not only do they post photos of hot surfers everyday I believe they're going to replace the iconic Oakley Frogskins. The lenses and the arms are all interchangeable to suit your mood or outfit! p.s. check out the epic chocolate arrangement the hotel sent!

Sneakers vs. Sandals

This summer, I am going to continue to work on my trainer collection. Sneakers for all you American's reading this... A couple of years ago I started to really get into the trainer world, and then it expanded and I followed blogs and went to releases, bought limited ones etc, now, I can't help it. I am a sucker for new trainers, especially ones that are rare. It's a great feeling when someone says "Oh nice kicks, where did you get them?" And you're thinking to yourself "well they're limited edition, so good luck trying to find these babies!". NYC and LA have such strong trainer game so there were a lot of options out there for me! Unfortunately I can't seem to find a link to the Roshe Tropical Pack ones, but I did buy them in the Nike in Santa Monica. The Air Max Zero were like gold dust, they released a limited amount and design inspired by the first sketch of an of the Air Max 1 (read up about them here). But it goes without saying that everyone should have a pair of Stan Smiths this summer, ditch your Converse and replace them with these iconic trainers for the festival season. 

Nike Roshe Tropical Pack, Air Max Zero, Stan Smith Adidas

Nike Roshe Tropical Pack, Air Max Zero, Stan Smith Adidas


Cali Beach Vibe

Here's a few of my LA purchases, I was over the moon to be able to get hold of a pair of the Pharrell Supercolor trainers! They're like gold dust, and not only did they have my size, they had a pink pair! If you weren't aware, I love horses, so I had to get the Giles & Brothers bangle when I was in Palm Springs. It's so simple yet I feel like I can subtly show off my love for horses. Of course I had to get the JoyRich Beverley Hills T-Shirt whilst being in LA, it has a nice vintage feel to it with the old style graphics. Then to top it all off, you need the new round metal Ray Bans. 

Laguna & Palm Springs & LA - California Part 2

This was the last leg of the trip, these 3 stops were my favourite. Laguna is stunning, and also close to Disney! Added bonus! We arrived in Palm Springs at the end of Coachella (dare to be different!) and saw the 3 hour long traffic jam back to LA. Palm Springs is a beautiful desert, but all I wanted to do was see a scorpion. Sadly, I didn't. For both Laguna & Palm Springs I would recommend staying at the Ritz, purely because of the location and the stunning views (You'll see what I mean in the below photos).  I was meant to be in LA for two days, but I have extended my trip by a week! Let's see what LA has in store for me, and hopefully I'll make the move to the West Coast this summer. 

Laguna Niguel Ritz View

Laguna Niguel Ritz View

Laguna Niguel Ritz

Laguna Niguel Ritz

Palm Springs RItz View

Palm Springs RItz View

Iconic Bel Air Hotel Swimming Pool

Iconic Bel Air Hotel Swimming Pool

Bel Air's Famous Swans

Bel Air's Famous Swans

Napa & Big Sur - California Part 1

I am currently on a 10 day trip along the California's Pacific Coast Highway, here's a couple photos from the first two stops. Napa and then Big Sur. Napa was quiet, and the hotel was stunning, Hotel Bardessono. I would highly recommend visiting Francis Ford Coppola's winery if you ever get the chance to go to Napa. He has tonnes of memorabilia there from all his films... for those who don't know who he is, I'll give you a clue, The Godfather, now google him! 
The drive from Napa to Big Sur took about 4 hours but it was a pretty journey along the coastline, I don't get much of that in NYC! I am not sure I'd return to Big Sur, although it is very scenic the hotel quality is lacking. I was very lucky to stay at the prestigious Post Ranch Inn - the celeb hot spot - but little did I know it would be a glorified camping site. No TVs in the rooms, no cereal at breakfast?! What is that about! So, I spent the day at the Monetary Bay Aquarium, I captured some amazing jellyfish photos! (They'll be up soon in my Californian Wildlife post). Next on the journey, Laguna, Disney, Palm Springs & LA. 

napa sign.jpg
Napa

Napa

Big Sur

Big Sur

Big Sur - Sea Lions

Big Sur - Sea Lions


MAC x Beauty x Philip Treacy

Here are a few items I picked up from the new MAC makeup launch. I wasn't overly impressed with the Philip Treacy range, I only found one item there worthwhile. The Mac: Is Beauty range has a few limited items, but most are relaunches of past collections. I am really intrigued by the new eyeliner 'I Get No Kick' it's going to be my new softer alternative to using  pure white on the waterline. It is a nude shimmer so it won't give off the obvious white line look against your eye.


Taking New York - Makeup

By popular demand, below are the details on the makeup I used throughout the Taking New York series! If you have any questions, send me a tweet & I will be happy to answer. Each caption has a direct link to purchase the product. 

Tom Ford Eyes - Golden Mink - Titanium Smoke - Seductive Rose

Tom Ford Eyes - Golden Mink - Titanium Smoke - Seductive Rose