Sunday, 29 April 2018

Happiness Boutique

Happiness Boutique

I've been after some statement earrings for ages now, but apparently every local store that stocks them near me everyone breaks. I'd been after tassel earrings for months, trying to find an intact pair in store appeared to be a complete nightmare! When I discovered Happiness Boutique I was pretty stuck for choice, they literally have heaps of statement jewellery. I mean they're not the £2 ones you grab in Primark, but these are such good quality they're worth purchasing. 
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cologne Carnival - Fastelovend

Cologne Carnival

Little did we know that when we booked our trip to Cologne there was a huge week long carnival on. This was even after googling, instagraming and even pinning on Pinterest to arrange our few days there. This showed up no where!!! So it was a little surprise in our taxi from the Airport when the guy asked us whether we were here for the carnival and we were clueless to what he meant. When we arrived into the city, they were beginning to put all the stages, seats and decorations up ready for the parades.. how did we not know about this?! Our taxi driver also told us on Thursday (Fat Thursday - Weiberfastnacht) when we flew home, that all the shops close and it's pretty hard to get taxis to the airport (nightmare), as it's like a bank holiday!

Cologne Carnival takes place each year, in our case the week commencing the 5th March, which begins the days before Lent. On the Thursday (Fat Thursday), everyone gets dressed up and I mean everyone. Never in my life have I felt so out of place being not in fancy dress, everyone really goes all out. If it hadn't been the day we were flying home, we definitely would have grabbed some fancy dress from one of the hundreds of fancy dress stores. The first Thursday celebrates women, and a lot of women meet in the square (Alter Markt) at 11:11 to begin, then all the parades begin for the day.

Cologne Carnival

The Carnival runs for 5 days from the Thursday, there is different events on around the whole city. Some street parades, live music and plays and basically lots of drinking. Don't be surprised to see a lot of alcohol, people generally start drinking in the morning and continue into the next morning. Although the Friday day time is another working day. The bars come out into the streets, everyone has bottles of schnapps and there is places to buy beer from everywhere.

After you spend most of the day time recovering, Friday afternoon is where it starts again. At 6pm the Alter Markt becomes a show of the best costumes, even the bad costumes were good so I do wish I'd seen how good these costumes would have been. Then again, you drink beer into the night!

Saturday is the Ghost Parade, where people will dress as witches and vampires for a parade from Maternusstraße and Alteburger Straße at 6pm. This is one thing I'm gutted I missed, I love a good spooky carnival and I would have loved to have seen the outfits. (And again you drink into the night).

Sunday begins at 11:11, so you either get some extra sleep to recover, or you carry on. The schools all get dressed up and parade through town in their costumes (and they throw sweets and flowers, perks). Sunday is a quieter day, so you can use the day to recover and get ready for mad Monday.

Cologne Carnival

Monday is the main event, and the one most tourists will travel for (unless you were like us and were clueless). There is a huge parade through the city with floats (usually featuring Trump jokes), the tradition is to depicted political satire. I mean who wouldn't want to see a giant float of Trump in a dress?! I'm so sad I missed it! Again, this day is filled with alcohol!

Violet Tuesday is the last day and usually a bit quieter as people will have work the next day. There is parades through the town still, and as this is the last day before Lent - time to eat or drink as much as you can before you give something up! At midnight on Violet Tuesday local bars will have a Nubbel outside, which is basically a human size dummy. The dummy is burnt to symbolise all the transgressions committed. The largest ceremony takes place in Cologne's Kwartier Latäng student district, then you can continue drinking (again).

Although the Carnival is quite alcohol fuelled, if that's not your vibe there is still loads to see and do. We quite enjoyed just people watching everyone in the costumes enjoy themselves while grabbing a burger. Everyone is ridiculously friendly, we stopped and talked to a lot of people while just watching the parades (and drinking beer).



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Cologne Carnival

I was so so gutted to leave the carnival as it was just starting out, I mean who doesn't want to go on a trip where you wear a belt made of schnapps?! Definitely want to go back next year! Cologne Carnival is on 28 February to the 3rd of March in 2019!

Have you ever been to a festival abroad?


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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Tarte Shape Tape Collection

Tarte Shape Tape Collection

It's been a whole year since I bought my first Tarte Maneater collection from QVC, I still love it to this day and was so impressed by it. So when I saw this pop up all over I knew I needed to grab it! QVC do easy pay instalments too which make it so much easier to treat yourself! I barely ever buy myself nice expensive make up anymore, 1. I don't actually know where my money goes and 2. I'd rather spend it exploring somewhere! But a treat every now and then is always good, and still probably the way to my heart even though I don't blog about beauty all that much anymore (I still love it though). 
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Exotic food destinations I need to try!

Exotic food destinations I need to try!
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It's no secret that I'm a foodie, as soon as I know I'm off somewhere I look at what food I can try there. So planning my next trips probably wouldn't surprise you that I want to go there solely for food (yes, Pizza & Rome sound perfect). I really enjoyed trying out the food in Germany, especially the German burgers. It's not often I get to write about food on my blog, which is a shame as I probably arrange my day around eating or what I'm going to eat next, and really enjoy eating out. There was one time that I was the pickiest eater in history, and now I like nothing more than ordering an array of food to try out in different countries.
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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Having a Pinterest worthy garden party

Having a Pinterest worthy garden party
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So it’s spring, well it’s meant to be anyway I’m sure. But it’s nearly garden party weather, which means it’s getting near my birthday (yaaaay). I love when it actually gets to sunny weather as making at home afternoon teas and teapot cocktails for the garden is my favourite thing!
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Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Darkening Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Darkening Drops

I know I'm behind on the bandwagon for the Darkening Shade Adjusting Drops, probably by about 2 years but I've never actually been tanned enough to ever need them until the passed year or so. But as I actually leave the country now I actually have a bit of a tan so some of my good old trusty foundations aren't dark enough anymore, and that it's just generally hard to find a colour match. There is heaps of foundation shades out there, but typically the range I always seem to try is always limited in shades (useless). So after I got back from Turkey last year, I decided it was about time I grabbed these as nothing matched my skin. White face and tanned body just isn't really a good look, I looked like a mime!
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Sunday, 1 April 2018

My favourite long lasting bases

4 favourite foundations

I love a good foundation, but there is a few which I will grab week in week out and repurchase each time. I'm still yet to find my be all end all foundation but there is something I love about each of these which makes me keep buying them, though they each do something quite different... hence why I can't just choose one! A few of these are quite the 'cult' products that everyone loves, which I'm quite surprised about as it's not often I fall in love with the most hyped products.. like The Ordinary!
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