Wednesday, 29 August 2018

What I Wore on Holiday - Turkey

Here's my style diary of what I wore on our recent holiday to Turkey.

Day 1:

Before we went away I decided to finally place an order from shein. I'd heard very mixed reviews about them which had perviously put me off. I ordered quite a few things and I can honestly say the majority were great. Some of the pieces were poor quality but overall I was impressed for the price.
These twinning dresses were from their website. Eva absolutely loved wearing the same dress as me. She asks if we can wear them all the time. It was nice and cool for the hot evenings and it hid my wobbly bits which gained it a huge thumbs up from me.

Day 2:

I decided to wear something a bit skimpier the following evening. On a recent shopping trip to London I spotted this candy stripe jumpsuit from Forever 21 which I knew would be perfect for the holiday. However, I almost didn't even try it on as it was quite revealing and I knew it would be a tight fit. I'm glad I caved in as I did love it and even though it was tight, I didn't really care once I was away.

Day 3:

I was gifted this fab dress from Next which is an ideal late summer/autumn transitional dress. I thought I'd be too hot wearing it in Turkey but it was surprisingly ok. It can be worn with tights or boots for the upcoming change in season or even underneath a pinafore dress.

Day 4:

This has become my current favourite dress. It was part of my haul from shein. It is gorgeous. I've worn it a few times since the holiday and people always comment on it. It's extremely flattering and so pretty. They also had it in red and yellow and I am desperate to get them.

Day 5: 

This playsuit was also from shein. I really liked the look of it but it actually didn't suit my shape at all. It was a very unflattering fit on me but I kept it anyway as it was so cheap and I knew I could use it as a cover up for over my swimwear. They had children's versions of this too so it would be good for twinning.

Day 6:

Even though this looks like a dress, it's actual a vest top and skirt. I bought the skirt from a Turkish shop (I can't remember the name) but with the exchange rate, it only worked out as £6 which was such a bargain.


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Living Advice For Young, Traveling Professionals

We all know the feeling. Moving out from our parents homes, perhaps pre or post university, perhaps when securing our first job as young professionals, can help us all feel relatively interested in our potential opportunities for adulthood. We may find a degree of comfort in setting up our livelihoods in a manner that we most pay attention to and feel a great degree of freedom in. Setting up our professional portfolio can be exciting enough.

As you continue to grow in this manner you may begin to realize the untold opportunities that continue to wait for you. You may realize ‘wow, I actually have the money to travel on my own terms now!’ This can be an exciting thought. It may have you jumping up and down for joy, even heading online often to consider you options and tailor potential vacation packages.

But why stop with your initial realization? There is a truly huge world waiting out there for you, and experiencing it could be just what you need to develop into the fully grown adult you’re trying to be, in all forms of experience and character. With this orienting advice, you may just begin on this wonderful journey:


Living abroad solo, in a studio apartment or perhaps a Duplex with a friend, could be considered an incredibly exciting new living situation, one that truly helps you begin to absorb a culture to gain an understanding of it. When finding property of this ilk, you will find yourself learning to act as a citizen of that country, not simply a passerby taking their chances enjoying this new environment. There is absolutely no problem making your home in a new environment if you’re willing to learn the most about it, to ingratiate yourself in that culture and develop yourself within that framework.

As a young professional, traveling abroad can fulfill you with a range of skills, from becoming comfortable in a new environment, to learning how to function in an alien circumstance, to getting out of your comfort zone and learning that feeling uncomfortable can often be completely reversed with an effort and steadfast appreciation for your new situation. Living abroad will teach you many practical skills. Living in one foreign environment will often help you develop the behavioral requirements necessary to transfer to other environments. This is something that can be looked on quite fondly by employers. It’s not uncommon for a gap in your employment history to be inquired about in a job interview, and one of the best reasons you can give for this is international travel or residency.
Of course, there’s no reason why this secondary setup may keep you from working to sustain yourself in this new environment, helping you develop a more comfortable method of travel for some time in the future.

Absorbing Cultures

Heading abroad can be done for luxury purposes, or to simply see more of the world that you may not have done. However, without the element of the people who live in the destinations you travel to, you’re only heading to a new area of geographical configuration. In order to really find the most value in your international pursuits, absorbing the culture deeply will always lend you the full picture of a country.

This means you need to talk to the people, heading to authentic restaurants, and not corporatized versions aimed and taking the tourist dollar. It means getting involved with local activities that mean something to the populace. It means learning the basics of language there, enough to at least share some warm smiles and polite, very basic discourse with those who you meet. Not only can this help you act as a better tourist with more social currency, but it will simply help you allow this culture to soak into you. There is no better way for developing a passion than this.

We all know someone who seemingly has a real attraction for a new culture. Someone may pride themselves on visiting Spain or Japan often, or anywhere novel in the world, despite having no relatives in that country nor born anywhere near it. Why is this? Well, in all of those cases, the person with this love for that nation and people have allowed the culture to shows it value, and this takes time, patience and the willingness to look. You can glean plenty of profound personal joy from this, and expand your character greatly.

Education & Working Opportunities

It can often evade the mentality of a young professional excited for new travel opportunities that actually, perhaps traveling for more pragmatic reasons could be a very exciting prospect. From university courses that enjoy limited entry fees compared to those back home (perhaps neglecting putting you in thousands of dollars or pounds worth of debt,) as well as finding opportunities abroad for business inspiration or perhaps to enhance your skills via a work placement is more than possible.

Travel is not merely something you undertake for recreation. It can help you further your knowledge, skills and competence if you simply look for opportunities to do so. For example, you may push to work on an international and European team for a new initiative your business is branching out into. It might be that when looking for new work, travel options are something you consider to be one of the highest priorities possible. Instead of making travel something you take part in once or twice a year as a reward for intense career efforts, making this part of your daily functional life could help you live with the most satisfaction possible, to open you up to new experiences and generally to help you feel comfortable, safe and secure in the process of being a global citizen with a global working output. This can be hard to tailor to your requirements, but you’ll be surprised just how many workplaces allow this kind of mobility.

With these tips, we hope that the color of traveling as a young professional takes on a beautiful hue from the beginning.

*This is a collaborative post*

22 Things To Do Before You're 1.4 Metres at Alton Towers

We recently visited Alton Towers and we were asked to try out the '22 Things to Do before you're 1.4m' mission. I was looking forward to seeing what was on the mission as we hadn't visited Alton Towers since before we had children and I wasn't sure if there would be much for our 5 and 2 year old to do.....I was wrong.

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The challenge aims to get your children (and yourselves) to explore the park and spot fun things along the way. 

To join in all you have to do is:

  • Pick up your mission pack from Towers Trading (on the left hand-side of the park after the entrance). You can also download it here before hand (22 Things)
  • Complete the tasks and tick them off
  • Share your mission experience online for a chance to win a family stay at Alton Towers Resort
There are lots of different types of things to do in the mission such as counting how many frogs there are on Towers Street, taking photos in various places, having a ride on certain attractions and more. 

There are 2 sections to choose from on the last 5 challenges, one for children over 1.2 metres and one for Cbeebies land. My girls attempted the Cbeebies section. 

We all enjoyed attempting to complete the challenges. Eva's favourite was enjoying the view from the SkyRide and Ophelia loved learning how to sign 'butterfly' with Mr Tumble in his sensory garden. I think this was her favourite area of the park overall. We couldn't get her out of it.

Hubby and I actually really enjoyed attempting the mission with the girls too. It was very handy as whilst one of us was riding one of the bigger rides the other one could take the girls to do one of the challenges. It was a great way to keep them entertained whilst they were waiting for us grown ups to queue for rides.

The only thing that let us down was time. Eva wasn't happy that she hadn't managed to complete her mission but as we only went into the park for one day, we simply ran out of time. However, she is now desperate to return to complete it.

If you're heading to Alton Towers anytime this summer make sure you take on the '22 Things To Do Before you're 1.4 Metres' mission. It really makes the day out fun and enjoyable for all ages of the family. 

*We were given fast passes and a meal in exchange for our honest opinion of the challenge. All words are my own*

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