Travel Tips & What To Do – Amsterdam

Hey hey

Well .. thanks for coming back. If you’re reading this it’s probably because a) You are considering going to the beaut place that is Amsterdam, b) You have just come back and are having serious Dam withdrawal symptoms (ahem.. moi) or c) You love my blog and want to read every post I put up (LOL, I’m kidding.. but if so I love you lots & you da best). Recently, Amsterdam has become THE place to visit for a short city break, and it is definitely not hard to see why. There is SO much to do (seriously), it can be hard to cram everything in if you are only visiting for a few days. Now… I did plenty of research before I went and picked out the places I really wanted to see. Of course … I had a list as long as my arm of the things I wanted to do.. but because I was only there for 3 days, had to cut down. BUT… I thought it would be a fab (and very helpful) idea if I shared some of these things too. Also – to give a few general tips that could help some of you who are going there. So .. grab yourself a cuppa and let’s talk all about Amsterdam !

 
Things to do

Museums

There are SO many museums to visit in Amsterdam, if you wanted you could spend your entire trip wandering through all the museums. There is one for everyone .. if you fancy a giggle, try the Sex Museum (I never went in there myself but every single person who has been in recommends it highly!). It only costs around 5 euros to get in and is a good way to pass some time! It’s right next to the train station too so very easy to reach. Whilst I was there, I went to the Body Works Museum.. which is definitely not for the faint hearted. It has actual bodies that people have donated to that museum for their exhibitions and is FASCINATING to see .. especially if you love creepy things (me hahaha). It cost us 16 euros each to get in but it’s a pretty decent size and has so much to see! Next .. if you really want to get a feel of Amsterdam, you have to visit the Amsterdam Museum .. it has all the history of the city and so many things to see. If you want to learn all about the two things that Amsterdam is notoriously known for (ahem.. weed & prostituion), there are specific museums for that too, both of which cost a couple of euros to get in. There are also museums for the art/culture lovers, such as the Van Gogh Museum & the Rijksmuseum (find proper spelling), which are both a tram ride away from the city centre. All in all.. there is a museum for every single person in Amsterdam, so you’re sure to find something you’re interested in.

Anne Frank House

I thought I would talk about this separately as unlike the regular museums, you will most likely have to queue for a few hours if you want to visit on the day without booking, and even then you can only go in after 3pm. SO – best thing to do if you want to go? Book in advance. Literally like 2 months in advance – as tickets go live online for 2 months ahead and they DO fill up. It costs exactly the same to book online (9 euros), and you have to select a time slot of when you are visiting. When I visit Amsterdam again, I will definitely book the trip & the Anne Frank House at the same time. I suggest you do the same, as even though I booked my trip a month before, there were still some slots available (which I stupidly didn’t book at the time, gahhh).

 

Food

I could honestly babble on about the food for SO LONG because honestly whatever type of food you want, there is something for you. They have restaurants, takeaways, street food, breakfast places, a whole China Town, and SO many dessert places too. It really depends on what you want, but I am going to tell you about my favourite places we visited.

Pancakes!

Amsterdam is so well known for its pancakes, and if you love them you have visit Pancakes. Prepare to queue, but you shouldn’t be waiting that long! It is definitely worth the wait – I had probably the best pancakes EVER from here. They have every option too, crepe, Dutch, American.. and all the toppings you could want. Also – try their homemade lemonade, it’s DELICIOUS. The staff were amazing, the food was fab and I highly reccomend planning a visit there. It is pretty reasonably priced too, which is always a plus. You get a little clog keyring when you pay which made me happy – it’s the little things ey.

 
Omelegg

If you are a lover of omelettes (let’s be real, who isn’t), then a trip to Omelegg is definitely on the cards. Again, probably the best omelettes I had and there is literally every single type of omelette you could ever want. It’s reasonably priced too, and again the staff are just amazing.

 

Amsterdam Fries

You HAVE to try fries from Amsterdam, and trust me you will see these little street food shops everywhere in central, and there WILL be queues, but it’s fast food so you won’t be waiting long. Basically you get some fries in paper with literally any sauce imaginable, and they will be the nicest fries you will have EVER. I’m thinking about them now wishing I could have them *cries*.

 
For dinner, we had no issues finding halal/vegatarian friendly food too which was a massive plus. It really depends of what type of thing you want for dinner, as I mentioned you can find ANY type of food there, so it’s always good to have a wander during the day to see where you want to dine in the evening!

Sights to see

Vondelpark

I had to include this as it really is one of the most beautiful parks ever. Think of it has a Hyde Park or Central Park of Amsterdam. It’s absolutely HUGE, was FULL of cherry blossom when I went (blogger goals), and if you want, you can rent a bike and just spend a whole afternoon cycling around. Also – it is pretty close to LOTS of restaurants/pancake places so you can make a day trip out of it!

Begijnhof

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This is basically a courtyard in the middle of Amsterdam where you can visit if you want some peace for an hour or so. It is about 15 minutes on tram from central and is definitely worth seeing. You honestly feel like you have stepped into a whole new city when you go inside. It is also pretty close to the Amsterdam museum so you could fit in both of these in one afternoon.

Red Light District


Honestly? It’s not as notorious as you might think – it’s a pretty interesting sight to see. We went there during the day and night, and it’s amazing to see the difference! During the day, it’s just like any other of the canals, but by night it literally comes alive. If you really want, you can book a tour where you can have entry to one of the museums I mentioned earlier, or you can just take a stroll at your own pace. Also – do NOT take pictures of the ladies – there was a specific place at the top of the discrict near a bridge where people seemed to gather to take some pictures …. but you should avoid taking them anywhere else.

Keukenhof

If you visit Amsterdam during the months of late March – May, you should definitely plan a visit to Keukenhof. This is where the famous tulip gardens are and its around 45 minutes outside of Amsterdam. You can easily get a train out or there are tours that you can book. If I had an extra day, I would have definitely gone because it really is a breath taking, beautiful site to see!

Canal cruises

If you want a pretty chilled tour of Amsterdam, canal cruises are the way to go. We didn’t get a chance to go on one as the weather wasn’t the nicest, and we just had so many other things planned! You can get tours where you have dinner, romantic tours during the sunset, or just standard tours … whatever you are after you’ll find something. They do get quite busy though, but as there are so many to choose from you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

 
Right – I think that will be all for the ‘things to do’ bit – I could honestly go on for ages but I think I’ll save that for another time right?

So – now some general tips for Amsterdam .. things that I found helpful and that could help you too!

Get a Travel Ticket

 
These are so handy and something that you can pick up from the airport. It basically allows you to get on any train, tram, bus & ferry in central Amsterdam (including ferries to North Amsterdam which we used it for) and it cost us 26 euros for 3 days. You can also get one for 1 or 2 days (obviously cheaper depending on the days you need). It is so much easier and cheaper having one ticket for your whole trip rather than purchasing a new one each day.

Beware of cyclists

As Amsterdam use the opposite side of the road to the UK, looking to one side of the road can usually mean you miss a cyclist on the opposite side (or is that just me LOL). Basically look left, right then left again. Amsterdam locals are so so lovely, but they can get pretty annoyed if you rush into a bike lane (anybody would to be honest), so just watch where you walk. Also – only rent out a bike in the city if you are a confident cyclist. I personally would not because I wouldn’t be quick enough to cycle on roads – save the bike hire for Vondelpark.

 
Make sure to try takeaway stroopwafels/crepes/churros

Trust me… you will not forgive yourself if you leave Amsterdam without trying one of the above. They just taste SO GOOD.. and I had so many whilst I was out there. Calories don’t count on holidays guys.

Visit the SIX FLOOR PRIMARK

Yes you read right – 6 floor Primark. It’s amazing and I wish wish we had a Primark that big. Every single thing you’ve seen in a Primark is there… and if I had some extra space in my luggage I would have stocked up on some goodies!

Be prepared for the smell of weed everywhere

Although smoking weed is preferred in coffee shops, it’s not illegal to smoke it in public places, so you will continuously smell it whilst wandering round Amsterdam. Just be prepared. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Try the cheese

There are SO many cheese shops in central and more or less all of them offer testers of their cheese. It is SO worth trying because it was probably some of the best cheese I’d tried. If you have some space in your suitcase, bring some back. You won’t regret it.

You don’t have to stay in Central

I know so many people say you should find a hotel in Central as you are closer to all the attractions .. but this doesn’t have to be the case. We stayed at the Mercure Sloterdijk Station Hotel, and it was SO handy as the train station was a 2 minute walk away. Trains from there to Central were every 5 minutes. I would highly recommend the hotel too as it was really quiet, affordable and had great connections to the city.

 
Phew … I think that’s everything on my list!? I loved Amsterdam so so much and definitely HIGHLY RECOMMEND going as I know you will love it too! It’s a pretty affordable place to visit and you will find so much to do!

If you have ANY questions, just let me know and I will be happy to help!

Hope you found this post helpful! Have a fab week guys – I love you lots!

Saira

Xx

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Travel Diary – Amsterdam

Hi GUYS

How ya’ll doing? Hope you have had the best week EVER. Been up to much ? If you follow me on practically any social media – you will know that I recently went to the ever so popular, BEAUT city of Amsterdam. Oh yes. One of the most popular places to visit ATM – especially amongst my fellow blogging gals. In fact – booking a city break and travelling to Amsterdam was actually on my Spring bucket list (ahem – post here if you fancy a gander) – and I was SO chuffed to tick it off!

So – as I was saying, unless you’ve been avoiding me on Twitter (hope not) you will know that I went to Amsterdam over the May Day bank holiday – and as the typical blogger would do – am writing up my travel diary for you (WOOP). Now – I have decided to incorporate a travel series on my blog – so will be doing a few posts on my trip, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

For now though – a quick run through of what I got up to, with plenty of shots of one of the most picturesque places I’ve EVER visited.

Day 1

Armed with our bags, we scuttled off to Leeds Bradford Airport and boarded our flight to Amsterdam, which only took 50 minutes (I couldn’t even fit an episode of 13 Reasons Why on it). We arrived at Schipol Airport around 4pm & got the train to Sloterdijk Station. We stayed at the Mercure Hotel just opposite there, so getting the train to central was an absolute doddle (literally took around 8 minutes).

After settling in to our hotel, we freshened up and headed out to central Amsterdam to explore. It honestly is one of the most beautiful places. It sounds odd but I found it one of the most lively, yet calm places ever. There was so much going on, but I never once felt stressed walking around. We were absolutely starving so found a cute Turkish restaurant to have dinner (you will be spoilt for choice -there is SO much to eat!), and then explored the centre a little bit more. We also found ourselves walking down the Red Light District too (don’t judge – hear me out guys), and I found it so fascinating to walk around. It didn’t have that ‘seedy’ feel to it that I thought it would, and honestly it was more of a tourist attraction than anything else. Prepare for a lot of ‘live show’ adverts & naughty shops though. Lol. After that – we scoped out where we’d be having breakfast the next morning, then headed back to our hotel.

Also – when booking the hotel I only selected a ‘room’ option – as there were SO many breakfast places that I wanted to try rather than just having what the hotel would serve (quick tip there for you).

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Day 2

We had a little bit of a lie in then headed out on the train to central again for breakfast. I’d planned on having breakfast at the famous Pancakes – which there was actually a queue OUTSIDE for. But luckily we only waited around 15 minutes until we were seated. The pancakes were INSANE though and pretty reasonably priced too which was fab! After – we hopped on a ferry to North Amsterdam (which we could get with the travel ticket – more on that in my tips post!) and found a cute little cafe where we hung out for a while & for some lunch. Then, we got the ferry back to central & went to the Body Worlds museum – which was FANTASTIC. It is literally a museum with real human bodies that people have ‘donated’ and they have been preserved so you can see every single bit! It sounds creepy but it’s amazing and such an interesting place to see. We then got some fries (which Amsterdam is popular for and DAMN were they good) and then went back to the hotel for a quick rest, before heading back out to central for some dinner and another wander round! And yes as you can probably tell, we ate A LOT. I actually went past the Anne Frank museum – which unfortunately I couldn’t get into as it was SO busy, but it was just nice to see it in person. I love Anne Frank and her story and am definitely looking at going again so I can actually visit the museum next time.

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Day 3

Our last day (boo!). We visited a place called Omelegg for breakfast which is again a very popular place – and I can honestly say it was one of the nicest breakfasts I’ve ever had! As you can probably tell by the name, they serve up omelettes (literally any one that you can imagine), and it was SO GOOD. The interior was also so adorable, but again this was quite busy too. We did have to queue to get a seat but we were seated pretty quickly, and it was worth the wait! After – we headed to a place called Beginhof, which is a courtyard in the middle of central Amsterdam where nun’s actually live, but it is open to the public to visit. This was a highly recommended place as it is so peaceful & beautiful, despite being in the centre of the city. I would highly suggest checking it out if you want to get away from the hustle & bustle for a while. We then walked around the gardens of Amsterdam museum for a while, before getting on a tram to Vondelpark. Ahh guys … the park. I feel as though this is Amsterdam’s version of Central Park in NYC (despite me never visiting New York LOL), it is definitely a beautiful place and if we’d had enough time, we would have rented some bikes out to ride around (as it was a BEAUT day). Unfortunately, time was ticking so we headed back to central, where we got some souvenirs and churros (which were SO good), and then made our way to the airport.

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So – that was my short but very eventful trip to Amsterdam. I regretted not going for a canal boat ride, but we just did not have the time *cries*. Amsterdam is definitely a city where you are never short of things to do – and I am hoping to take another trip soon to visit other places such as the Anne Frank House & the outer regions (where the popular windmills & cheese farms are!) OH- we also managed to taste a lot of cheese whilst we were there in one of the many cheese shops (yum).

Right guys – I hope you enjoyed this travel diary of my trip! As I’ve said I will do another post with tips where I’ll go into detail about getting around Amsterdam, things you have to do and just some general helpful things! If you are thinking of visiting, I would 100% reccomend as there is SO much to see and do, whether you fancy a chilled out break or one spending your time in the coffee shops (hehe), or exploring all the history & museums!

Let me know if you liked this post – and also if you’ve been to Amsterdam! I’d love to know and see your posts if you have done any!

I’ll see you all in my next one – have an amazing weekend!

Lots of LOVE

Saira xxxxx

Travel Diaries: Lake District

Hello hello

I’ve got a little bit of a different post for you all today guys. You might be used to my usual beauty/lifestyle/fashion ramblings – but I wanted to incorporate something a little bit different into my blog. What is that you wonder? Some good old travel diaries. I have recently been LOVING reading other blogger’s travel posts.. but I always felt like because I wasn’t jetting off to the Maldives/exotic trips that my posts may be a little bit boring. But to be honest – the more posts I read – the different variations I saw… and I absolutely love the little weekend getaways to York/Brighton just as much as beach & New York holidays!

So .. getting onto my trip – over Easter me & my family spent 3 nights in the Lake District. Now – I had never stayed here before so it was a new experience for me… but let me tell you at the end of the trip I NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE. If you’ve ever taken a trip to the Lakes you will know how beautiful it is… literally the most perfect place to go if you need a few days away from a busy lifestyle.

You’ve probably heard of the popular Lakes at Windermere .. however we travelled up further north to a place called Caldbeck Fells – the hubby did a quick search on Google and found a 12 bed MANSION called Thistlewood House in the area… and seeing that every review had rated it 5 stars, we knew we had to go there (oh and yes – there was 12 of us going).

GETTING THERE

We set off at about 4pm to get there on Good Friday (we were meant to leave at noon – but rallying around 12 people trying to get them ready to leave at the same time is HARD) – and it took us around 2 and a half hours to get there from little old West Yorkshire. It might seem a little bit of a trek – but seeing the views as you drive up there is WORTH it. The house itself was literally in the middle of nowhere – I’m talking no signal guys – and there were probably around 3 other houses there (all of them just as big too)… so it’s definitely a perfect place if you want some chill time!

THE HOUSE

O.M.G. Guys .. the house. I was literally speechless when I saw it. The photos online did NOT do it justice. As we drove up there was a huge drive, gardens surrounding all sides of the house, and a field just opposite. Also .. we got a perfect view of all the little lambs with it being the perfect time of year .. MY HEART. I wanted to keep one .. seriously.

The house itself had everything you could ever need. I think I went into each room and was more and more gobsmacked each time. I want to kick myself because I didn’t get enough pictures of the inside (since everyone piled in at the same time and the house was just MANIC).

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WHAT WE DID

As we arrived pretty late, the first day was just spent eating some pizza we had brought and getting settled into the house. I fell in love with the bathrooms there too.. and me & my sister made it our mission to find a Lush so we could pick up some bathbombs to use (priorities guys).

The morning after, we had a pretty chilled breakfast (the kitchen had a coffee machine, Aga, orange juice maker & ice machine – WOOP), chilled out in the gardens (where I managed to take some outfit pics), then headed out to explore the surroundings. We spent the day walking, visiting a lake & found central Carlisle (where we spotted a Lush & Costa, muahaha). We then set off back home for a BBQ & another chilled evening.

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The next day, I had a Lush bath & watched some Gossip Girl (perfect start to the morning might I had) – and then me & my sister made pancakes for breakfast. FYI .. I don’t think I’ve ever made as many pancakes as I did that morning – feeding 12 people breakfast is tough. We then ventured out on a long drive to a place called Silloth which is on the coast. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and we literally experienced all four seasons whilst we were there (I’m talking hail & all that shit guys). It was still absolutely beautiful though – and I even found some coloured buildings (perfectly instagrammable) AND we had fish & chips by the sea (sat in our warm cars might I add). We then set off home & spent the evening watching TV & having plenty of tea & Easter eggs.

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Our last day (boo!) was spent on a long drive through the mountains – where I spotted the dreamiest houses EVER and the most picturesque villages. We also spotted a picnic basket offering homemade scones which were an absolute TREAT and probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. We then spent the afternoon in South Lakes Safari Zoo which is in Cumbria, before venturing back home.

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WHAT I WORE

I knew I wanted to be comfortable the whole trip.. so I literally lived in my oversized denim jacket & converse. I DID take some outfit pictures which you can take a peek at!

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Overall – the trip was probably one of the best I have ever had. I would 100% go again and highly recommend you all take a trip to the Lakes if you get the chance. It is the perfect place if you want to get away from the busy-ness of everyday life and just relax. You can either spend your day in the many little villages they have, or just chill in a cottage for some peace and quiet.

So – there we have my first travel diary! I really hope you enjoyed it loves – I am visiting Amsterdam in a week (EEEEK) and will be doing a similar post for that!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

London Diaries: OOTD, Essentials & LYDC♥

Hey loves!♥

Happy Sunday… how has your weekend been so far?! Hope you have had an amazing one!! I have just had a very lazy, chilled Saturday (especially after my busy weekend last week!).. I’ve just spent the day taking blog photos.. reading some blogs (obviously).. and then just having some relaxing time!! I think it is always SO helpful to just have a weekend (especially if your week is SO full on and busy) to literally just chill out and not do too much (OK.. what I am trying to say is just spend the weekend at home being a lazy slob HA!)… DON’T JUDGE ME GUYS.. I have not had one of these weekends for a while hehe!

RIGHT THEN…. lets get on with this shall we! I am so excited for this post (as I seem to be about every single one HA!) – if you read my previous post HERE about my time at the Bloggers_Hangout event, you would know that I was going to do ANOTHER post about my trip to London, which would BASICALLY include my OOTD, travel essentials and just general chit chat! SO… I really hope you like this style of post my loves! Have a peek below……

Now… I want to give you a quick few tips that I followed when I travelled to London that definitely helped.. and some things I DIDN’T DO WHICH YOU GUYS SHOULD AVOID TOO! So hopefully girlies.. this will make your coach/train/car journey to anywhere a little bit easier!

Do’s♥

DO – Leave your house without makeup (GASP!).. I know.. but honestly I had to get on the coach at 5:40am.. and this would mean waking up probably a whole HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN I HAD TO.. doing my makeup in darkness AND trying to apply eye-liner/mascara to the world’s puffiest eyes – NOT FUN GUYS. Also.. if you tend to doze off on your journey, your make-up has died already. I did my makeup on the coach (yes.. it was difficult BUT I WAS SUCCESSFUL!).. but you can always do it when you stop off somewhere

DO – Stretch your legs when you can – if you are on a coach/train, whenever it makes a stop, just get up from your seat and walk down the aisle and back to your seat.. this helps avoid your poor feet getting swollen/falling asleep

DO – Double up your huge tartan scarf as a blanket… this was a lifesaver for me. Coaches can get quite chilly .. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO TO GET IT WARMER.. So my scarf was a LIFESAVER for me and my sister

Don’ts♥

DON’T – Leave the house without headphones/a phone charger/back up charger. I had my back up chargers for my phone.. BUT WE FORGOT HEADPHONES!! So this resulted in me and my sister watching Gossip Girl with SUBTITLES.. I hate subtitles ha! We actually picked up a pair from London for the journey home (obviously they were cheap and broke.. but hey, they lasted us our trip!). I know this might sound weird.. but I actually do not own any decent headphones AT ALL! I think I really need to get myself some guys!

DON’T – Overdo it on the water. I know.. I cannot believe I am writing this either. I am the biggest water drinker EVER.. But I cannot even deal with coach toilets! If you are on a car journey.. then it is fine because YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER STOPS ETC.. But with coaches they normally never give you time to stop at services etc. Instead.. I stuck to eating things like grapes/strawberries etc.. and sipped on water every now and again to keep myself hydrated – BUT NOT GULP DOWN A WHOLE LITRE LIKE I USUALLY DO!

OK… So these are just a few tips I picked up through my PERSONAL experiences on a long haul coach journey! I would LOVE to know what your tips are loves! It is not usual I use public transport now as I drive.. however, a 4 hour drive to London, then driving/parking in London.. and a 4 hour drive BACK on the same day…hmm, I didn’t really fancy that to be fair :(.

RIGHT THEN… onto the NEXT part of this post.. MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS!♥

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BLOGGER ESSENTIALS♥

Phone (for obvious reasons)

Camera (again loves.. obvious)

Charger (I don’t know about you.. but my phone cannot go a day without needing to be charged again AT LEAST ONCE!)

Headphones (please see my DON’T list above)

Purse (where else are we going to store our business cards loves)

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TWO KINDS OF SPRAY♥

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Facial spray (I have my make-up setting one, but I also had my rosewater toner.. it is AMAZING at making you feel more awake on boring coach journeys… AND it makes your skin feel amazing!)

Body Spray (I do NOT fancy carrying around a beautiful BUT BLOODY HEAVY perfume battle all day – so WOO for sprays in plastic bottles that smell yummy!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL PRETTY♥

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Make-up (as mentioned above.. I had my WHOLE make-up bag with me to do my make-up on the coach.. BUT my essentials are definitely eye makeup, highlighter, a bright lipstick – OH and concealer)

Hand cream & Lip Balm – (come one loves… I cannot be the only one who LOVES putting these on.. I feel like I am having a little pamper sesh in my seat when I do!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL CLEAN/ALIVE♥

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Make-up wipes – (for taking off makeup on the DREADED JOURNEY HOME – and to also save you if you make a mistake whilst applying your make-up on a BUMPY COACH

Tissues – (tissues are just everything.. where would we be without tissues guys?)

Toothpaste & Toothbrush – (I carry these around DAILY haha! So of course.. they are an absolute ESSENTIAL for travelling.. especially if you have had a bit of a snooze and just want to feel refreshed.)

Chewing Gum – (Can help if you feel sick whilst travelling, and also just as a general refresher)

Painkillers – (FOR THAT DREADED HEADACHE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY GET FROM BEING ON A COACH SO LONG)

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Snacks – (Oooh… definitely an essential for me guys.. I cannot go 5 hours without SOME SORT OF SNACK. Keep the snacks “clean” and small.. fruit, breakfast bars and some cheeky chocolate will keep your energy up until you can get some PROPER FOOD)

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So.. they were my little SAVIOURS on my coach trip! Make sure to let me know what travel essentials YOU need! Of course.. ALL of these (and more.. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post) were stored in my FAVOURITE HANDBAG EVER*. This bag just literally comes EVERYWHERE with me… it is honestly the BEST bag for travelling (for me anyways :P)… it is SO spacious and structured, so everything just stays PUT and doesn’t fly around everywhere! It is also SO BEAUTIFUL.. and matches with practically every outfit I have. I think another ESSENTIAL for travelling is definitely a backpack style bag… with my FAVOURITE being THIS ONE from LYDC .. I just LOVE the colour of it.. SO PERFECT FOR SPRING!♥

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You can check out LYDC London for similar bags.. I have *all the heart eyes* emojis when I look at their range! Make sure to check them out… AND don’t forget to use my code “SAIRA10” to get 10% off!

Outfit Of The Day♥

Let’s get onto… my OUTFIT NOW WOO! Of course if you KNOW ME BY NOW GUYS (which I hope you do).. you know my obsession with pinafores. So OF COURSE.. I had to have a pinafore for my trip to London right? Have a peek below angels!♥

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Ohhhh I just cannot get over how much I love this pinnie .. it is also from New Look just like my denim one.. but this one is SO COMFORTABLE and soft.. and I also know I can wear it for work too, YAY!

I am in absolute LOVE with my speckled jumper… I saw it in a charity shop the day before I went to London and FELL IN LOVE. I ADORE jumpers of this style and colour… so literally GRABBED IT! It also kept me SO WARM.. I know this jumper will look absolutely perfect with my denim pinnie too! Trust me girlies.. if you haven’t already .. go out and buy a pinnie!

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I knew I would be walking around ALL DAY.. so I wore my trusty black Primark ankle boots.. I could literally walk up a mountain in these (erm..OK.. maybe that is exaggerating HA!).. BUT I definitely had no trouble walking round London AND hopping on and off the underground in these shoes.. I LOVE THEM! For my hijab.. I just stuck to my favourite black and white one to finish off the look!

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GUESS WHO IS ROCKING NUDE LIPS GUYS! I am LOVING them so far.. definitely a change from my regular red/berry tones.. but nude lips are PERFECT for spring!

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So that was my outfit for that day … I definitely felt SO comfy but well put together too! I definitely think black pinafores have a smarter “feel” about them… and I adore mine!

Outfit Details♥

Black Pinafore – New Look

Speckled Jumper – Charity Shop

Bag and Pom Pom – LYDC*

Shoes – Primark (Similar HERE)

Hijab – Market

Lipstick – MAC Velvet Teddy & Kiko Milano 06

SO ANGELS.. For the rest of the day me and my sister just spent some hours strolling round London as you do.. I literally LOVE the city SO much.. and need to come here more often (it is SUCH a struggle when you live up North though!)… I will hopefully be planning a weekend trip here JUST FOR THE SHOPPING YAY!

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OK THEN… I REALLY hope you liked this insight into my day at London as well as the tips/advice for travelling! I would LOVE to know what your tips are.. and also if you have been to London lately (OR IF YOU LIVE IN LONDON!). I was SO excited to put this post up.. so I honestly hope♥ you guys REALLY enjoyed it! I am now going to chill for the rest of my Sunday.. before being back at work tomorrow! I will see you in my next post lovelies!♥

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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*Products have been gifted to me. All opinions are my own

Let’s Travel to: Whitby♥

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Hope you have all had an AMAZING weekend! If you follow my Twitter/read my blog .. you will know that I actually got my marriage registered this weekend (EEEEEEK!). It really was SUCH an amazing day … and it feels weird thinking that I am now a Mrs…my little brother said I am now officially old (wonderful ha!).

The last week at work just FLEW BY! I cannot get over how quickly Friday came round! I sometimes can’t believe how fast days just pass you by .. this is why I try and make the most of each of them! This was one of the reasons we took a last minute trip to Whitby last weekend! Anyway loves .. have a read on and I ‘ll tell you all about my trip there!

RIGHT ….. so my and my family were all just sat downstairs on New Year’s day .. when my husband actually came up with the idea of going to stay in a cottage for the weekend.. it really was a pretty random and last minute trip! We searched the internet and found a few cottages that had places for the next day … and the next morning my dad received a call that a cottage in Whitby was available with enough room for 8 of us (and a baby!)… so we loaded the cars with everything we needed.. and off we went!

It took around 2 hours to get there … and the cottage itself was AMAZING! I was kicking myself that I didn’t bring more outfits so I could take pictures.. as the background was STUNNING! Anyway loves.. speaking of outfits.. I will show you what I wore on the first day!

Now… we already knew the weather would be cold/windy/rainy… so my outfits were focused on keeping warm. I ALWAYS layer like a crazy .. as well as having an umbrella on me all the time (and it DEFINITELY came on handy on this trip hehe!).

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So here was my outfit for the first day loves….

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You have probably seen every single piece of clothing in other OOTD’s too ha! The tartan scarf and top are both from Primark and get SO MUCH WEAR! The over-sized black blazer is New Look .. but of course you can pick these up ANYWHERE. My boots are very old, and have now become my “walking boots”… they are SO comfortable and also kept my feet dry whilst walking on the beach! Of course… to add something to the look.. I added Rimmel’s 107, as you do :P. My bag is also from LYDC London (you have all seen it before too!)… it is just amazing at fitting everything that I need in AND keeping it organized (woop!).

Saturday♥:

So on our first day ….. we settled into the cottage, then went out to pick up snacks from the local Sainsburys, which was SO handy as it was only 2 minutes down the road! We then drove down to the marina and walked around the shops, picked up some fish and chips for dinner (how could we not!!).. and then headed back to the cottage! After… we played a few games .. and then as it got past midnight, my husband suggested we go out for a drive around Whitby. Now.. I don’t know if you have ever been.. but I found there was something SO EERIE about the whole place at night. The cottage that we were staying at was in the middle of nowhere, so it was TERRIFYING to go out alone when it was dark. The roads were SO QUIET and the Abbey looked SO creepy…. I can definitely see why so many people come here at Halloween! Anyways .. after our scary drive.. we came home and fell straight asleep!

Sunday♥:

On Sunday … we all had breakfast together, before going to see all the chickens that the landowner had in his gardens! My little niece is the biggest animal lover EVER.. so she definitely enjoyed this bit! Then we cleaned the cottage, packed our things up .. and headed to the beach! The beach at this time of year was FREEZING as you can imagine… but we still had lots of fun! We then drove over the marina again and stopped to get some fresh doughnuts/waffles, and then also drove up to the Abbey (which wasn’t as creepy during the day!). After, it was time to head back home… we stopped at York on the way for some food … as we were all starving by that time!

Quick look at the outfit for Sunday .. if you notice all I actually did was change the top HA! I did pack another cardigan, but didn’t like how it looked… so I stuck to my trusty blazer! I LOVED how comfortable I felt in both these outfits..  and think that this is the most important thing when you know you’re going to be doing lots of walking outside.

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After stopping at York.. it took around an hour to get home.. we then unpacked, went to sleep.. and were all up for work on Monday ! PHEW … busy weekend ey!

Want a similar outfit? Check these links loves!♥

Blazer

Tartan Scarf

Oversized Tops

Boots

So lovelies.. that was my overnight stay in Whitby! I am such a HUGE lover of last minute, spontaneous trips.. they make such great memories too! I definitely recommend staying in a cottage for a few days .. it is so nice to get away from life in the city and just have a few relaxing days, especially after the busy festive period!

Soooo … what am I doing for the rest of the day?I will be spending my Sunday writing up some posts, doing my laundry and just CHILLING out in my PJ’S before work tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my trip angels.. and do let me know if you have ever been to Whitby!

Have a fab Sunday … and I will catch you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Saira 

xo

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