California, California, here we come…

Well, not quite yet…in 7 weeks time! There’s a small matter of doing a half marathon the day before I fly. Eek. I hope to god that I’ll sleep like a baby on that 10 hour flight.

It’s my first time to the good ol’ US of A and I’m ridiculously excited, especially because it’s always been on my list of places to go to, the west coast in particular. One of my school friends moved to LA when we were around 13 and we pledged to meet up when we were 21 after I’d graduated and she was in her final year of school at Berkeley- hi Emma!

Alas, when I graduated from uni, I didn’t have the pennies to go anywhere beyond Spain really (not that I’m saying ‘woe is me’ or anything) but I’ve always been determined to go visit one day. Especially before life gets a little bit more serious than it already is.

This blog post is a little bit of a ‘call-to-arms’ to my fellow bloggers and friends who have visited LA before- which things are an absolute must-see?

We’ll be staying in Santa Monica with a car and of course we’ve got Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Venice Beach, Huntington Beach etc all on our list (so sad to discover that half of the stuff e.g. The Bait Shop, from The OC no longer exists- wah) but if you have any hidden gems, clubs, restaurants, places to chill out, please send them my way!

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach. Credit: Alberto Cabello via Flickr

 

Beauty post: Travel Essentials

This is one of my scheduled posts for while I’m away so hopefully you’re able to read this. This is a well overdue beauty post but I thought it would give me an excuse to create another little collage and be useful at the same time.

We all know that travelling can be a right drag, especially on a long-haul flight so its important to have some little pick-me-ups in your hand luggage so that you can step off the plane the other end fresh as a daisy, concealing your jet lag.

Travel Beauty Essentials

The savage air-conditioning on air planes can really dry out your skin so to keep it nourished during the flight, Simple’s Light Moisturiser is perfect for those who have sensitive skin and the formula isn’t too oily. The grease-monkey look isn’t good either! And if you nod off during the flight, its always handy to keep a pack of cleansing wipes in your bag, not only to avoid Panda eyes but again, plane journeys can make you feel a bit scuzzy. Top up your make-up before you land with a slick of Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara (perfect size for your hand luggage) and keep your lips hydrated with Clinique’s Superbalm Moisturising Lipgloss in Apricot.

It may be a while before you get to jump in a shower so its always handy to pack a small deodorant and Batiste’s dry shampoo (the tropical scent is gorgeous) for between-washes. I always keep a tube of hand cream in my bag anyways and again, this will stop the ol’ AC from drying out your hands, Body Shop’s Almond scented one smells good enough to eat!

Finally, its always nice to treat yourself at Duty Free and if you opt for a travel sized bottle of perfume, you can pop it in your bag and spritz yourself before you land. Adam revived my love for this Carolina Herrera scent by buying it for me for Christmas so that’s definitely on my list of essentials. It features top notes of rum and passion fruit, middle notes of mask and gardenia heart and base notes of vanilla and tonka bean. Perfect for an exotic destination!

Welcome to 2014…

Hello and Happy New Year to you all! I know it’s been a while but time ran away from me in the run up to Christmas, I mean like craaaaaaazy busy!

There was not only one but THREE Christmas parties, which was great because I felt like I got to know everyone I work with better, can’t believe I’ve been there over three months now- time flies and all that jazz.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest via Lin L

Photo courtesy of Pinterest via Lin L

I’ve also got some exciting news to tell you, which if you follow me on Twitter etc, you’ll probably know about it but I’ve taken over the Gig Panel guide in The Ticket, an entertainment supplement free with The Daily Mirror every Friday! I’m absolutely over the moon to have been given the opportunity to do this and I’m looking to work on more projects in the future. Many fingers, many pies! My second panel is out tomorrow so don’t forget to grab yourself a copy.

It’s been all systems go since the New Year, I’m on full holiday countdown and as a result, my to-do lists seem to be endless (I totally do need a new Cath Kidston passport holder, right?) and my inner Super Girl has upped the ante so that I’m one step ahead at work while I’m away…I’ll let you know how that progresses ha!

Thanks to everyone who has posted and sent me some recommendations for Thailand, so unbelievably excited! Although I’m slightly apprehensive about the 11 hour flight, never experienced a long-haul Β before so again if you’ve got any advice, throw it my way. I’m just praying that I don’t get a snoring drunkard sitting next to me with a bladder the size of Wales en route.

This weekend is a busy one as it’s that time of the year again, its almost the day of my birth and I really wish that time didn’t go so quick sometimes, feels like I was 19 only about a year ago ha! Alas it’ll be the last year that I get to tick the ol’ 18-24 age box on a survey (*sob*) so I’ll happily do any questionnaires or quizzes etc for the next 365-odd days. Just don’t ask me come January next year!

Celebrating with my fellow January babies Dan & Emma and we’re off to Kanaloa in the City for a bit of Hawaii in the winter…makes sense of course! There will be photos and a little review…if I don’t let the cocktails go to my head too much.

Until then, aloha!