My Week on Instagram ♥

It’s been quite a busy week for me. I spent it jet setting between Boston and New York. I visited my two favourite cities during the Summer, so I was excited to go back for Autumn. Each time I go back, I find new parts and places to explore.

Last time I was in New York, it was all about shopping for me. I went out to Woodbury Common in New Jersey and shopped up an absolute storm. However this time I was much more the tourist. I went up the Empire State building, and it was magnificent, I took a trip down to the World Trade memorial, spent a morning exploring Central Park and lived it up in Times Square. I’m not going to lie, I may have shopped just a tad, it would have been rude not to!

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Back in Boston, it is a much more relaxed and laid back city. Once again, I spent a lot of my time in Sephora (expect a lot of beauty posts soon) and I spent Halloween in Salem which was absolutely brilliant. Halloween is my favourite time of year, so I enjoyed taking in the culture surrounding the witches. It was a magical week for me (pardon the pun) and I cannot wait to go back to visit in the New Year.

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I have to admit that this week my Instagram post is very much American themed. I absolutely loved my visit to the States and I was very lucky to visit and see so many beautiful places. It was a dream come true to spend Halloween in Salem, my real life Hocus Pocus moment!

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As always, stay up to date with my adventures over on my Instagram.

I hope you all had a fun Halloween! Do I dare say that the countdown to Christmas has officially started?

Nx

Gordons Chemist, Blogger in Residence, Week One

So I’m sure that you’re all aware that for the past week I’ve been jet setting between Boston and New York. It has been an unbelievable holiday and I’ve loved every second. I’ve taken some time off from blogging, I’ve been incredibly busy on this adventure, although if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll be able to see daily images from my time in the States.

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Before I left, I shared some exciting news with all of you. Gordons Chemist have selected me for their ‘Blogger in Residence’ project for the month of August (you can read my introduction post here). I’m extremely excited to be part of such a fun event and I can’t wait to share my purchases with all of you. I’ll be blogging each week throughout the month showing which products I bought with my voucher.

Perfume has always been one of my favourite beauty products to experiment with. I love sampling each brand and I spent some time at Gordons fragrance counter smelling my afternoon away. I have a fab variety of perfumes already such as: DKNY – Be Delicious Apple, D&G – The One, Inis (a magnificent Irish brand), YSL, Victoria Beckham, SJP – Lovely, Issey Miyake and Chloè. I wear the more rich fragrances for dinner and drinks, and during the day I live in Inis and DKNY, I love a fresh scent for a more relaxed daytime smell.

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I decided as I was heading to New York, Vera Wang would be the next fabulous brand to add to my collection. I took it everywhere with my when I was in the city. It became so hot and sticky that I was spritzing this little beauty every couple of hours. I wanted to capture New York City when I was deciding on how to photograph the bottle. The breathtaking views throughout my bicycle ride around Central Park would be perfect for snapping some shots.

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Ok, I’ve rambled a little about NYC, back to this delicious perfume! I wanted something light and fruity, the perfect summer scent. The Vera Wang ‘Princess Power’ is a limited edition fragrance for summer. The gorgeous bottle is enough to make me want to invest in it. Her ‘Princess’ perfume range have always been quite eye catching. As soon as I sampled this sweet smelling perfume, I immediately fell in love! It’s scent is quite juicy and fruity with hints of pear and raspberry throughout. Its floral heart captures delicate jasmine, exotic frangipani and rainbow rose. The base of blonde woods is wrapped in vanilla and creamy musk making the perfume extremely irresistible! ♥

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I think it’s safe to say that the Vera Wang perfume collection will become a strong staple within my fragrances.

Hope you’re all having a fabulous week!
Nx

Boston ♥

Just a very quick post so I can upload a few images of my trip to Boston. I’m still here and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m heading down to New York this weekend for a few days. Beyond excited!!! ♥

If you follow my Instagram account, you will probably have seen my photos so far. For those of you who are new to my blog, feel free to have a nosey and follow me if you like. 😉

Hope you’re all having a fab week! 😉

Nx

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Jet Setting Essentials

On Tuesday, I am making the much awaited journey to Boston to see my very special man friend. I cannot tell you just how excited I am. Of course, I get to see my best friend, but, I’m getting the opportunity to go on the holiday of a lifetime. While I’m in the U.S, I’m going to take a quick trip to New York for a spot of shopping! 😉

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As happy as I am to be going on holiday, I tend to find the build up a little stressful. Remembering to pack everything, converting money and buying last minute essentials. Today, I’m going to share my ‘Jet Setting Essentials’ that I take with me no matter where I go.

It may seem obvious to some, but, these little details are often the most important.

Boarding Essentials

For me, my boarding belongings and carry on essentials are just as important as what clothes I bring. Of course, the most important is my passport (you would be surprised how often this gets left behind!). If you’re going on a long haul flight like me, then a variety of good books is required. I actually enjoy flying and I could spend hours just staring out the window. However, books are great for those of you who prefer to stay occupied. With the oxygen at such a height, it can often play havoc with my skin. I always bring on a few beauty essentials (all under 100ml, of course!) to save my skin from dehydrating. To top it all off, I bring my sleepy mask, iPad and headphones with me when I wish to ‘zone out’ for a while.

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Beach Essentials

A blissful day at the beach is all about bathing and relaxing. First priority is taking care of my skin by applying plenty of sun cream. Once I’ve done that, I drift into a world of my own all while catching a tan. Another book is best suited for me when I’m in between splashing around in the sea and catching a little snooze. I prefer to create a mismatched look when it comes to wearing bikinis. A knee length kimono is perfect for wearing as a cover up. P.s… ignore the state of my beach bag, I’ve had it for years and it has been all over the world with me. (Also an essential for a day at the beach!) 😉

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Outfit Essentials

When it comes to my outfit choices, I tend to keep everything minimal. I’ll pack bold prints, vibrant colours and comfortable shoes that will carry my look throughout the holiday. With shoes, I pack two pairs of gladiator sandals (a tan and black pair), my favourite Carvela tan gladiator wedge sandals and perhaps a pair of trainers if I’m walking long distances. A delicate piece of jewellery is perfect as when you had a tan, it emphasises your skin tone quite a lot and jewellery can often clash with your tan. I’m going to give my fabulous Michael Kors clutch its first outing when I’m in New York, best place to do so. ♥

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Beauty Essentials

Whatever skin routine I use at home, I bring it with me. My try to keep things simple when I’m focusing on my skincare routine. Of course, the trusty sun cream plays a huge part. I’ll also include some after sun and aloe vera, I just haven’t got round to purchasing those yet. I always pay an SPF lip balm before I go on holiday as swollen and badly burnt lips are not a good look for anyone!

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After writing up this post, I’m started to get extremely excited! I can’t wait to touch down in Boston and start my adventure of a lifetime. Once I go to New York, I’ll never want to come home! I’ll blog if I can when I’m there. 🙂

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Have a fabulous weekend! How pretty is this gorgeous Kerrie Hess ‘Friday’ illustration?! ♥

Nx