Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

For most people I know Germany isn’t the first place you’d think to visit in the middle of summer, unless you’re going on a city break to Berlin, Cologne or Munich. However, if you are into skiing then you may have heard of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian alpine village popular with fans of the sport in the winter season.

I had a week booked off from work earlier this year and wanted to go somewhere with mountains, maybe in the Alps. After a fair bit of googling and looking at fancy Swiss spa’s (and not being able to afford that type of holiday) we stumbled upon this little town. And so we booked ourselves into a very old looking hotel and rented a car so we could explore Bavaria.

We flew to Munich, and then proceeded to have a very drunken night out with some local friends. Very fun, but ensued a hangover I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. In this bleary state, we made the drive to the mountains.

We arrived in the summer when Europe was having that mad heat wave so first on our agenda for a day trip was Lake Eibsee, somewhere we could cool down! The lake lies at the bottom of Germany’s highest mountain (Zugspitze), and I have really never seen anywhere like it. If you like walking you can walk round the whole lake which takes a couple of hours, stopping off every now and again at different sections for a picnic or a dip…

Serious Jurassic Park vibes..?

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Invisalign diary – My experience so far

So lets start from the beginning…

Years ago I had read about Invisalign online and liked the idea of it, (well as much as you can like the idea of any braces). If you’re thinking what on earth is Invisalign, they’re essentially a set of clear removable aligners that can straighten your teeth. Read more about them here (try and see past the 90’s web design, this is actually the most informative website on it I found!) 

As a kid or teenager I never had braces, my teeth were not considered ‘bad’ enough. However, they’re not totally straight either. Sometimes I don’t mind them, other times I don’t like them – you know what it’s like. I enquired about Invisalign it at my dentist and they recommended that if I wanted to straighten my teeth I should have traditional braces, so I totally put the idea to bed there and then. I just knew that personally I’d be too self conscious about it.

Fast forward to earlier this year and a couple of people I know recently had Invisalign or consultations. I’d also watched a couple of YouTube videos where different people had good results so I was curious, again. I also felt that if I was going to do it at all I’d rather go ahead with it while I’m younger and I don’t have a commitment like kids. But first there were a few things I wanted to know:

1. I didn’t even know if Invisalign would work for me I had also assumed it was mainly for people who had already had traditional braces but their teeth had slipped back over time. I didn’t know if it could move the teeth I needed moving.

2. The cost – it’s not cheap The cost is definitely prohibitive especially as someone who lives in central London where dentists tend to be rather pricey anyway. The costs also seem to vary a lot, and most dentists say ‘from £x price’.

3. Timescale – I also assumed it would take about 2 years. When I looked at other peoples blogs/stories online I just came to that conclusion and that was a bit off-putting to me, because I didn’t think I disliked my teeth enough for 2 years of any treatment.

4. No idea what dentist/clinic to use. I’ve had some private cosmetic dentist work done before and I trust my dentist but they are expensive, especially for Invisalign. They also hadn’t done as many Invisalign cases as a lot of other clinics in London (you can look this up on the Invisalign website). There’s so many places in London that do specialise in Invisalign and orthodontic work, with good and bad reviews. It’s hard to know where to even start.

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Margate – Twenty nine

A few weeks ago I went to an exhibition called The Great British Seaside at the National Maritime Museum. It featured lots of Martin Parr and the best and worst of the UK’s coastal activities… It was a pretty good exhibition and it made me want to get to the seaside for my birthday this weekend. I’d never been to Margate before, but seen lots about it online so it was top of the list.

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Beauty favourites Spring 2018

Long time no beauty round up! Here are my favourite products for the past few months that I have been loving.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light sun cream fluid SPF 50+ – Now I’m almost 30 and have some crows feet around my eyes I’ve been getting slightly paranoid I should be using SPF every day. The tinted moisturiser (NARS) I use has it in, but I’ve read it’s not exactly the same as using SPF alone (before you put on your make-up). I’ve tried Bioderma’s SPF for the face but it’s very thick so not ideal when you want to wear make-up. SPF’s seem to be very pricey to get a decent one that won’t break you out. I found this one in Boots and it had some good reviews so I gave it a go, and so far so good. It’s very thin and a little goes a long way. It does not feel oily or greasy and make-up goes on top very easily. When I use this I don’t bother to use a moisturiser too as it’s moisturising enough on it’s own and I like to avoid as many layers on my face as I can.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream I’ve tried so many different moisturisers over the years and this one I come back to again and again. I must be on my 10th pot at this point! For me (with combination skin) it’s the perfect consistency – not too thick that it breaks you out but moisturising enough that it is good when your skin is a little dry. This winter for the first time in years using it I did find it wasn’t enough for me in the cold (my skin is not super young anymore I guess) but I think next winter I will try their thicker moisturiser Ultra Facial Balm. But for now for me it’s still the best for a spring/summer/autumn moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado – In winter I was using an Estee Lauder eye cream (this one) and it was very good – however at £43, it was not something to make a habit of. I have tried the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery eye cream in the past and was a little disappointed (I saw no difference whatsoever with it) but I thought I’d give this one a go because I am a big fan of Ultra Facial Cream and this particular eye cream does have such good reviews. The small pot is £26 but you only need a tiny amount. It is very moisturising and you really can notice a difference in the morning. I also like to use this one under make up in the morning too as it feels really nice underneath concealer. Am a big fan of the light green colour too.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser – Believe the hype people. Glossier is worth it! It’s not just pretty packaging. I’ve tried quite a few of their products now and this cleanser is one I’ve re-purchased. Despite initially thinking the smell was kinda weird (anyone else?) – I’m quite into even that now. It’s great for the morning, very mild and gentle. I do prefer to use Bioderma micellar water at night with a REN cleanser to take my make-up off, but this is a great alternative for me too as a second cleanser at night and a product I now will not be without. At £15 it’s a great mid range face wash.

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Glossier Balm Dotcom –  A simple effective lip balm that smells great (especially the Birthday Cake flavour!). I have about 4 of them lying around different bags/locations. The original is unscented/uncoloured so you can use it on bits of dry skin/to keep stray eyebrows in place etc so it’s worth having one of those too. I also do love the packaging, not gonna lie.

NYX Professional Makeup concealer wand – I tried this out in Boots as I wanted a cheaper ‘dupe’ version of the NARS creamy concealer (which I love) and I think this is actually a pretty similar consistency and colour. It’s only £6 so a lot cheaper. I wouldn’t say it lasts as long on the face as NARS but for the price it’s pretty good going and does cover your dark circles pretty well.

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder BalmI was gifted this (personally it’s not something I would have ever thought to buy) and I am so glad I was because it’s actually the best hair product I’ve ever used (quite the statement I know). You use the tiniest amount on your hair when it’s damp and it really helps my not very thick hair to have more texture and volume. I don’t think they market it as a hair thickening product (hence why it wouldn’t have been on my radar) but it really does work for that purpose! Reading the reviews people love it for so many different reasons, with different hair types finding it useful for different things. Quite the miracle product!
The bottle has lasted me for so long too so I’ll definitely repurchase it. I think it is well worth the £18.

So there’s my top products right now! Are you a fan of any of them? x








Japan – A trip to Tokyo. Tips & itinerary

It has been a dream of mine to go to Japan since I was a 13 year old attempting to draw manga characters and trying to (badly) replicate outfits from Fruits magazine. Since then I have been obsessed with all things Japanese. Characters, design, fashion, films, food.

In February I was lucky to have the opportunity to go there for work (for the past two+ years I have been working at Sanrio, a Japanese company that are most notably known for Hello Kitty). Two times a year, Sanrio has a big ‘expo’ where people from all around the world go to see the latest Sanrio characters and products. I also stayed in Japan for an extra week after the work part so managed to cram in lots of fun things in Tokyo & Kyoto.

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