A Festival Refresh with PLT

17 April 2019

~ This post is written in Collaboration with Pretty Little Thing ~

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone
Hellooooo, well isn't this exciting. We have our first piece of festival content of the year andddd it's a collaboration - would you look at that! I have two festivals booked for this year so far, the first of which is Mutiny (click here to see last year's outfit) and the second is Boardmasters. Now, I know we still have a little while until festival season is upon us - my first is the 25th May - but there's no such thing as being too organised, right? 

So, what is this post, I hear you cry? Well, I've actually done my good deed for the month and have compiled a lookbook of festival outfits, each with a very different style. I mean, we've got the festival equivalent of 'jeans and a nice top' all the way to 'look at me, I'm at a festival' and a few other outfits in between. All of the items in this post are from PLT's Festival Shop and don't cost an arm and a leg, waheyyy! 

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'Jeans and a Nice Top - Festival Edition' Outfit

Now, this is exactly what it says on the tin. It's a really simple, but classic, festival outfit. We've got the staple denim shorts and a sequinned crop top - what more could you want? Paired with some glitter on the cheekbones (biodegradable glitter please, we're environmentally friendly queens) and some sunnies, this is the easiest and safest festival look of all. Also, that second picture, I couldn't not include it. It's a photo of my actual face when the DJ drops an absolute banger...

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'I'm not that into festival fashion' Outfit

Yep, I get it, festival fashion isn't for everyone. It's almost like there's more to a festival than just clothes... Like this thing called music??? Mad, huh? Well, if that's you, then this is a really simple outfit that I think is more than appropriate for a day in a field. A simple tshirt dress, bumbag and boots - a really easy outfit to chuck on with minimal thought required.

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'I want to look nice, like actually nice' Outfit

Or, maybe you want to make an effort, but, you don't want anything too garish? How about a black bodysuit and silky shorts? Also, we're allll about re-wearing our clothes around these parts and this outfit would not look out of place on any sunny holiday this summer, so that's a result. 

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'It's England, it might rain' Outfit

Unfortunately, the UK is not known for its tropical summers and sometimes it does decide to rain midway through a festival. It really is rude, isn't it? Well, this outfit has you covered. A sequin bralet that screams 'yay it's summer and I'm at a festival' but also a jacket, just in case. This jacket is really light so is the easiest thing to tie around your waist and forget it's there for the day if you don't need it. Alternatively, it could function as a flag to try and wave down your friends who will inevitably wander off.

A festival lookbook with an outfit for everyone

The 'Look at me, I'm at a festival' Outfit

Aaaaah, my favourite look of all. Yes, it's a bit loud. Yes, there's nowhere to hide in this combo. But, yes, I absolutely love it. I had no idea what the neon flares would look like on me, but, do you know what, I'm a fan. I'm not sure if I could pull them off anywhere else but a festival, but, for wearing whilst having a boogie, in the sun with my pals - I think they're perfect. Oh, and if neon flares aren't enough, add a cow print bandeau to really make it obvious that you're at a festival...


Well, which outfit was your favourite then, which is the most you?? I'd love to know! All of the items in this post were gifted to me by PLT and I hope it's inspired you to give your wardrobe a refresh for this festival season. If not, thank you for reading and getting to the end of this post regardless!

Sick Tings 046

14 April 2019

Hellooooo, how are ya doing? Welcome back to another Sick Tings post. I think the first thing to mention is that I've actually been dairy-free for an entire week now! I started this mission last Sunday with a cartoon of almond milk, and now, here we are. I've since decided that oat milk very much is the way forward, especially if you're a porridge fan. I've decided that oat milk (unsurprisingly) is much better in porridge than normal milk. 

So, have I noticed any differences over the last week? I definitely think I'm less bloated than I was before, but that could also be because I'm having to be much more conscious of what I'm eating. Read: basically, I'm just not eating crap anymore. All I've been thinking about, however, is a big cheesy dominos but I've resisted - I'm not sure if I'll ever be ready for vegan cheese. 

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring my 1 week on dairy-free update, moving my room around and the realities of third year
Monday was a very dull day. I spent pretty much every waking hour at my laptop, with an hour of painting the bathroom mixed in there too. Woop woop, what a fun day. Third year is greaaaat fun. Tuesday morning was spent in much the same way that Monday was; doing uni work on my laptop. That afternoon, my Mum and I went shopping to grab some more bits we needed for our bathroom redecoration. Tuesday is also the day I bought my first cartoon of oat milk aka the day that my dairy free days were revolutionized. I had dinner at home home and then headed back to uni in the evening for data collection the following day.As I've mentioned many a time before, my dissertation is on homelessness and this semester I am carrying out my own research study. So, I made my own questionnaire (lol, don't do that, it's really hard to score it whilst ensuring its both valid and reliable) and have been completing data collection in person, in a number of homeless hostels. Well, on Wednesday we attempted to collect some data and were turned away because it was just far too busy. But, rather than make it a totally wasted visit Jess and I decided to go to McDonald's to make ourselves feel a bit better. Spoiler: it worked.Thankfully, we were able to go to a different hostel on Thursday and collected another round of data. We're just about halfway through now, so, hopefully, it shouldn't take too much longer. I still have all of the statistical analysis to do, as well as the write up of the results, discussion, and conclusion... We still have a few weeks but it's fair to say that time is rapidly running out. My sister then came and picked me up from Southampton and drove the pair of us back home home. For dinner, I attempted my first dairy-free toad in the hole and it was very much a success. It wasn't quite as nice as my usual delicious Yorkshire pudding but it wasn't horrible. I sued soya milk for this if you were wondering.I spent Friday morning rearranging my room. I have a lotttttt of clothes and they take up a lot of space. So much space in fact that I have a wardrobe and a clothing rail in my room - and I needed to make room for the both of them. I love how my room looks now that I've moved it all around, it looks so much bigger and brighter. Friday afternoon was spent stressing over the aforementioned questionnaire that I made. But, thankfully, after a long old chat with one of my best pals we managed to work out how to score it etc. Thank you Jacob, you're an actual ledge on a sledge. I've mentioned that I have an exciting collaboration coming up soon, and on Saturday morning I shot the photos for it! I'm really pleased with how the post is looking so far and if all goes well it should be out on Wednesday this week! Then, Saturday afternoon I went and visited my Grandma which was really nice; we had Buck's Fizz and a long old chat about life...Aaaand, today, Sunday. I don't wish to sound like a stuck record but today has just been another day that I haven't moved from my laptop. I actually have some plans for this week coming so I'm trying to get ahead of the game, and get a load of stuff done in advance to make up for it. 
What have you been up to this week?

The Budapest Travel Guide

10 April 2019

The Budapest Travel Guide. What to see, where to eat and tips for the city
I recently spent four days in Budapest with my gals to celebrate our 21st birthday's and we had an absolute whale of a time. Now, Budapest is definitely not one of my favourite places I've ever been but with swimming baths, cocktails, good food, and sunshine, what more could you ask for on a girl's holiday? For our flights from Gatwick and three nights in an Airbnb we paid just over £90 each, which, if you ask me, is an absolute steal. We booked the trip in January and I can't believe how quickly it's been and gone?!... For this travel guide I thought I'd just run through what we did each of the days we were there, discuss the good, the bad and the ugly, and give you any tips or recommendations that we picked up along the way! 

Sound good? Dive on in...

The Budapest Travel Guide. What to see, where to eat and tips for the city

Day 1 

We arrived in Budapest at about lunchtime, following a delicious 4am wakeup, and took the 100E bus from the airport straight into the city centre. It costs about £2.75, takes 40 minutes or so, and the stop you're most likely looking for is Deák Ferenc tér. We then walked to our Airbnb (which was an apartment in a questionable looking block), dumped our bags, and headed out for a wander. For lunch, we just went to a little Italian restaurant up one of the side streets and sat in the sun eating pizza. We had a bit more of a wander before heading back to the apartment to chill before going out that evening. 

Now, the apartment itself was actually really nice. It had a large lounge that we put all the beds in and slept in, a huge mirrored wall that was perfect for getting ready and the bathroom was nice and clean. Looks can be deceiving my dudes, looks can be deceiving. 

Once we were ready we headed out for dinner. Having spotted a Hard Rock Cafe on our wander around we opted to go there for our first night. I've been to a fair few Hard Rock's in my time so I've sort of made it my mission to visit one whenever I'm in a new city. I had my usual order - the hickory BBQ bacon cheeseburger. It was just as good as always, a solid 10/10. We had a few cocktails in Hard Rock - accompanied by A LOT of staring from pervy men sat at the bar, ewwww- before heading out on the town. 

Our first stop was Szimpla Kert ruin bar: the first ruin bar in Budapest. Now, we weren't particularly overwhelmed by this one, so stayed for one drink, stood around for a bit with everyone else and then decided to head for somewhere with a little more going on... Enter: Instant. Instant is the biggest ruin bar in Budapest and they're really not joking around, it's huge! There are 20 different rooms with all sorts of different music, vibes etc and we had such a good time there. One thing to note - you pay a cup deposit as part of your drink bill which isn't particularly clear, then, when you've finished your drink, take it to the cloakroom to get your deposit back!

The Budapest Travel Guide. What to see, where to eat and tips for the city

Day 2 

Once we were all up, dressed and ready we headed out for breakfast. We'd spotted a really pretty looking restaurant the day before and opted to go there for breakfast. The place in question is A La Maison and the decor is stunning. Think marble tables, pink flowers, velvet chairs and gold accents - it really was an Instagrammer's dream. The food was really really tasty - I had the strawberry pancakes. The one thing that let it down was the service. The staff were not particularly helpful, one might say they were verging on rude... (That being said, it didn't stop us from returning on our last day, we just knew what to expect this time around!)

We then walked across one of the many bridges to Buda and climbed up to the Liberty statue. The views were of the city were fab, so I'd definitely recommend going if you have the time. Once we'd made it back to Pest, we grabbed our swimming stuff and headed to Szechenyi Baths on the metro.

Having bought our tickets we made it inside to the changing rooms and lemme tell you, we were a bit confused. The inside of the baths is not very clearly laid out, and the changing rooms are mixed, so we did look like fish out of water trying to work out if we were in the right place or not.

Included in the entry ticket is an electronic wristband that locks the lockers, so we got changed, threw all of our stuff into a locker and headed outside. It was SUCH a nice sunny day, so, unsurprisingly the baths were rammed. Those pictures you see on Instagram of people pretty much having the place to themselves? Nu-uh. The water was really nice and warm, and we spent a good couple of hours or so just sat in the water in the sun. 

Once we'd had our fill, we got the metro back to central, bought an ice cream and just sat in the sun by a fountain. We then walked back to the apartment, got ready for the evening and headed to Perfetto for dinner. The food was so so good, so I'd highly recommend checking it out if you're after Italian food in Budapest. 

The Budapest Travel Guide. What to see, where to eat and tips for the city

Day 3 

Today's breakfast location of choice was Stika. I had pancakes again, shock, and they were really good. They had a choice of three toppings and I went for salted caramel, yum. 

We then wandered over to the Parliament Building which was by far the most impressive building we saw in Budapest. After taking a few pictures, we then walked along the riverside and across the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle. Now, I'm not sure if this is an unpopular opinion or not but we really weren't that impressed by the castle. I mean, it was impressive but we definitely decided it looked better from afar than when you saw it all at once. 

Just a short walk away from the castle is the Fisherman's Bastion which looked a lot like something out of Harry Potter. We had yet another wander around and then found a little outdoor restaurant and finally got round to trying some authentic Hungarian cuisine. We had goulash and garlic langos, and the latter was definitely my favourite - just imagine deep fried bread covered in garlic. (It's way tastier than it sounds!) 

After crossing the bridge again, we went to St Stephen's Basilica and paid to go up to the observation deck. Now, it is quite a lot of stairs - and very high up - so definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights. The view of the city was amazing, the streets just kept on going and going and going. We then made it back down to the ground and sat in a park, chatting in the sun.

We got ready to go out once more an then headed to the igloos, or 360 bar Budapest as it's more commonly known. It's a rooftop bar with a whole series of igloo tents that you can have dinner and drinks in. The food menu is in no way extensive, so we all had the burger, and it was pretty good indeed. We then stayed for a cocktail - or four - chatting as the sun set.

The Budapest Travel Guide. What to see, where to eat and tips for the city

Day 4

Aaaah, our last day. We headed back to A La Maison for breakfast and this time I had the banana french toast. It was soooooo good! After breakfast, we wandered around a lot of the souvenir shops looking at the various fridge magnets, snowglobes and boob-shaped shot glasses each one had on sale. Once we'd all bought a few bits of touristy toot we walked to another park and just chilled in the sun a bit more. For those of you wondering, it was about 21 degrees most days we were there, so we really were lucky with the weather. We went back to the apartment, grabbed our bags, and took the 100E bus back to the airport. We ate at the airport, flew back to London and like that it our four days in Hungary were over...


Have you been to Budapest?

Sick Tings 045

7 April 2019

After a week without a ST post, look who's back. Now, you're probably wanting to hear my excuse for not posting this lifestyle roundup last week? Well, I was actually in Budapest at the time. 3 of my housemates and I headed to Hungary for our joint 21st birthday celebrations and we had a really nice few days. We ate a lot of good food, drank lots of cocktails, were blessed with gloriously sunny weather and managed to tick every item off my Budapest bucket list. I have an entire travel guide coming out on Wednesday that runs down everything we did, where we ate, what to do and what to avoid, as well as some general tips and advice.

A lifestyle roundup of my week at university featuring all I've bought, watched, eaten, seen and been up to. Featuring a few days in Budapest, carrying out my homelessness research and a bathroom redecoration
We flew back to the UK Tuesday afternoon and made it back to our house in Southampton at about 11pm. I spent the majority of Wednesday glued to my laptop, working on my assignments and just getting sh*t done. I went to meet my supervisor Wednesday afternoon and ended up being able to start my research paper on Thursday, waheyyy. So, the remainder of the afternoon was spent printing off all of our participant information sheets, consent forms, questionnaires, debriefs and mood repair tasks.

I woke up bright and early on Thursday morning ready to head to my first homeless hostel to start the data collection for my dissertation. I discussed my project here, but, in case you missed it, I'll summarize it again here. Essentially, I'm just looking at the timings of alcoholism in homeless populations as well as general levels of alcohol consumption.

We collected our first lot of data and will hopefully be collecting another load next week. After so so so long stressing over ethics and getting approval, I can't believe it's finally all sorted. Moral of the story: everything works out in the end. Our dissertation is due the second week of May so I still have a good few weeks to get writing and carrying out my statistics!

On Friday I headed home home and just had a really relaxed day. On Saturday morning I mentioned redecorating the bathroom, and within a few hours we were in B&Q buying paint and sandpaper. The bathroom was starting to look a little 'tired' as my Mum would say and so we've decided to spruce it up and go for something a little more modern. I think I'm going to do a whole post on the renovation because if we can do it - with absolutely no knowledge or skill - anyone can. The only hint I'm going to give is: banana leaf...

Andddd today, Sunday, has been spent with a paintbrush in hand. We're actually painting the tiles in the bathroom, so today has been spent doing that. Turns out it's going to need at least another coat so it's fair to say the paintbrushes won't be going back in the cupboard any time soon.

I also made the conscious decision today to cut down my dairy consumption. I drink a fair amount of tea with milk in it, a lot of pizza and I love cheese on my pasta. But, I've decided to try and cut it out/down for two reasons; 1) to reduce my impact on the planet and 2) to see if it helps my skin. One of my goals for 2019 was to clear my skin up and I've seen a lot of people online mention that cutting out dairy has been the miracle cure for them... I've made an Instagram highlight to document this adventure and so far I'm not thaaat convinced. I bought unsweetened almond milk and it's fair to say it's not the most delicious thing in tea.... Do you have a favourite milk substitute that you recommend I try?


What have you been up this week?

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Old Mill Tearooms, Christchurch

5 April 2019

Hello and welcome back to my favourite blog series EVER. In case you're new here, my name is Becca and I'm a bit of a cream tea fiend. So, I'm currently on a mission to find the best cream tea on the south coast. You can read my previous posts in this series here, and let me tell you, there have been some goodens. 

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Old Mill Tearooms, Christchurch
Today's location is the Old Mill Tearooms in Christchurch - located right by the Quay. Of all the places I've visited as part of the series this is definitely the most basic one yet. I'm going to be honest, it's a very no-frills tea room with a bit of a supermarket cafe kinda feel to it!

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Old Mill Tearooms, Christchurch

Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Old Mill Tearooms, Christchurch
Finding The Best Cream Tea On The South Coast: Old Mill Tearooms, Christchurch

Taste 

I had a plain and a fruit scone, and let me tell you, they were MASSIVE. I'm talking so big I couldn't actually finish them kinda massive. They weren't the tastiest scones I've ever had and got a bit gritty towards the end... They certainly weren't horrible, but they weren't amazing, yanno?

Clotted Cream Quantity 

Now, for what is essentially 4 scones, there definitely wasn't enough cream for all four (in my opinion) as you can tell from the picture! The cream did, however, come in a little china pot - much better than the paper cups provided in other places!

Price

For two massive scones, the jam, cream and a pot of tea, £6.25 isn't too bad of a price, no? The lady serving us also said that we could go up and ask for more tea if we wanted - so the price is very reasonable in my opinion. 

Aesthetic 

Now, this tea room doesn't score any points on aesthetics. It's very basic indeed and there certainly aren't any instagrammable flourishes - there are no cake stands nor fresh flowers to be seen.

Location 

The location is by far the selling point of this tea room! It's right on the quay, overlooking the water. It's in a really good spot if you've spent the afternoon going for a wander and fancy some light refreshment! There are also tables outside, so, on a summer's day, I can see this being a very popular place indeed.


Where shall I visit next?

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do

3 April 2019

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.


Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.
We actually spent time in Bangkok at both the beginning and end of our trip as the flights were so much cheaper doing it that way. We flew from London to BKK and when we arrived we took a shuttle bus from the airport to Khao San Road. It took just over an hour and absolutely peed down with rain. When we eventually found the hostel we'd prebooked (it was very much hidden away) we were greeted by a customer having an argument with the owner in the reception area. She was complaining about all sorts of things and advised that we definitely didn't stay there, so we didn't.

Instead, we wandered and came across 'Everyday Bangkok' which looked waaaay nicer and opted to stay there.

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.After dumping our bags we headed for dinner in town. We had cocktails, spring rolls (the best of the whole trip. So much so that I spent the rest of the trip comparing all other spring rolls to them) and I had a chicken masaman curry. We then went for more drinks at Superflow City Beach Club which was pretty cool, the floor was sand and there was a live band playing - the perfect chilled first night of our trip. We also made the rookie error of putting the aircon on the coldest setting after arriving back to the room hot and sweaty and going straight to sleep. Guess who woke up in the middle of the night so cold that they had to layer their clothes up and ended up sleeping in a jumper, t-shirt, shorts and trousers... Yep, it was this mug.

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.Once we'd woken up the following morning we headed for our first 7 eleven croissant breakfast of many. We then took a taxi to the airport ready for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

~ Fast forward five and a half weeks... ~

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.We flew from Kuala Lumpur back to Bangkok and stayed at a different hostel this time around to change things up a bit. We got another shuttle bus to Khao San Road this time very much feeling like seasoned travellers. Ironically, we'd booked into a 10 bed dorm in the hope of making some friends just before we flew home, but, when we arrived, were told we'd been upgraded to a 4 bed room and were the only two in it... Classic. No new friends for us then.

We went back to the same restaurant we went to on the first night and I had the exact same meal again and it was just as good. The spring rolls in Bangkok are amazing.

Bangkok, Thailand - Tips, Tricks and Things To Do. A round up of what I did, where I stayed and my thoughts on the city.The following day was very much a whistlestop tour of Bangkok. We started the day with the Royal Palace (we didn't actually go into the palace but wandered the grounds) and then went to Wat Pho (which is the one with the huuuuge Buddha inside). Following this, we took the 10p ferry over to Wat Arun, which I think is definitely my favourite Wat in Bangkok. We then got a tuktuk to the Golden Mount Temple which gave views of the whole city. It was nice, but nothing like the incredible views we'd been used to in KL just a few days before.


That evening I had yet another Thai curry and spring rolls before we got ready for a night out on the town, Khao San Road to be specific. We drank buckets, danced with some locals and I ended up trying both maggots and a scorpion and I can confirm that I really did NOT enjoy either. Even with all of the cheap vodka inside of me. We followed our new friends to another club, got a beer tower in there and then headed to McDonald's for a mayo chicken... Some things never change, huh?

The following day it's safe to say we were feeling a little worse for wear. We crawled out of bed to buy more croissants from 7 eleven and then got back into bed. We finally left the hostel at about 2pm and headed for some lunch. I had my first Pad Thai, and, I'm going to be honest, I wasn't that much of a fan? It was alright, but nothing on my Thai curries, yanno. We then took a taxi to the Chatuchak Weekend Market and it was HUGE. I'm talking over 15,000 stalls kinda huge. We wandered for a few hours each buying a few things with our last few Baht. That evening I had yet another Thai curry (yellow this time) and spring rolls... Are you starting to sense a theme here? We then had an early night ready to wake up bright and early for our flight back to the UK the following morning...

Southeast Asia, you were a blast.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Very busy and very very touristy 

THINGS TO DO 

- Buddha Park
- Royal Palace

- Wat Pho 
- Chauchak Weekend Market
- Wat Arun 
- Golden Mount Temple 
- Have a night out on Khao San Road

WHERE I STAYED & REVIEW
Everyday Bangkok
There's a rooftop that you can sit on, a communal area downstairs with beanbags and board games and the aircon was incredible.

Khao San Station
The hostel itself was fairly basic and there wasn't a communal area. The rooms were really nice, however, and the bathrooms even nicer. Breakfast was provided but it wasn't particularly nice, so we opted for 7 eleven croissants instead.

HOW LONG TO STAY?
A few days is definitely enough... Of all the places we visited on our trip, Bangkok was by far my least favourite. 
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