Sunday, 16 November 2014

Let's talk about...Florida

I feel like this blog needs a bit of a change and so I'm going to try and start writing a few more wordy posts. I've always loved writing. When I was seven I started filling notebooks with stories and I carried on with them way into my teen years - they never really got anywhere but I loved coming up with ideas and characters. 


L-R clockwise: On Expedition Everest in 2008; our wonderful villa; Hollywood Studios in 2008; Animal Kingdom in 2008.

Today I thought I'd write about one of my favourite topics in the world - Florida. Specifically, Orlando in Florida and why I love it so much. My first trip to this wonderful part of the world was in the April of 1999 when I was a scrawny little 12 year old overcoming chicken pox (we almost had to cancel the holiday, it was horrid) and I had never been so excited about a holiday. The two weeks we spent there were crammed in with the theme parks, shopping, restaurants, early buffet breakfasts and late nights. My parents thought it was going to be our once in a lifetime holiday so wanted to do it all. Little did they know that we would be going back again and again! I still look back at that holiday and can't believe that we would get up at 6am and be at a park till 11pm - I couldn't do that now and I have no idea how my parents did it!

After the first visit we came home, and ended up booking to go back the following year with my cousins. We then went again during my first year of Uni, after I finished Uni and then in 2013 and 2014. 2013 was the first year that my boyfriend Chris joined us and I didn't know what he was going to think - he's never been overly into rides and theme parks and didn't understand why we talked about Orlando all the time. I thought he would enjoy it but didn't know if he'd love it like we did. Oh I was so wrong. I have never seen someone so excited about a holiday! He loved every second and now wants to go back as much as possible.


L-R clockwise: In the villa in 2013; Jess and Chris at Seaworld this year; Pixar Land in Hollywood Studios this year; waiting for our Cheesecake Factory reservation in Mall at Millenia

We have always stayed in offsite villas as think a Disney hotel would be a bit much for us, and we like having our own space to chill out properly. Since 2000 we have always stayed in the same villa so it really is a home away from home, and having our own pool is perfection. We have been to all of the parks but the current favourites seem to be the Universal offerings, and we loved Busch Gardens this year too. A big surprise for us this year was Aquatica - we thought it was an amazing waterpark with so many slides to try. Disney is of course where the real magic happens and although I feel I've done that side of it now, there's always room for a Disney park visit!

After coming back this year, we reluctantly decided to have a break from Orlando and so think that we will planning our next visit for 2016. I am already excited just thinking about it - half of the brilliance of the holiday is the planning and talking about what we'll be doing. 


L-R clockwise: the best kind of balloon in Magic Kingdom 2013; Magic Kingdom fireworks this year; Olly, Mum and Jess trying on the mouse-wear in 2013; Animal Kingdom in 2008

I don't know what it is about the place that makes it just so addictive! It has this impossible lure which makes you just want to go back as soon as you've come home. Usually I am ready to come home from a holiday but with Florida I never get that feeling. I know that lots of other people feel the same about it which makes me want to know exactly what it is that makes it such an incredible holiday! Is it the parks, the weather, the customer service, the atmosphere, the shopping, the indulgent food? I guess it's everything just rolled into one amazing holiday. 

I would love to hear if you are a Florida fanatic like me - and what your favourite thing about Florida is?

You can also read more posts about my 2014 Florida holiday here.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

12 Instagram Images To Represent Me

I thought I'd do more of a 'get to know' me post today and came up with an idea of finding images from my Instagram that represent parts of my life- I found the 'categories' on one of my private blog posts from ages ago. It's probably a bit random but I love knowing more about people so thought it might be quite nice.

Here are 12 images that kind of sum me up...feel free to do this too!


1. My name
2. Where I live
3. My love


4. Favourite colour
5. Favourite food
6. Favourite animal


7. Favourite drink
8. Favourite vacation
9. One of my hobbies
This is blogging, not looking at dogs - although looking at dogs is also a v.valid hobby!


10. My biggest vice
11. What you love most about life
This is representing just how beautiful life is - I don't love fields the most in life- haha!
12. One picture to describe you
I chose this one as I am pretty happy and optimistic- like a double rainbow!

All images have been taken from my Instagram - @cherrydelights

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Monthly Summary: October


Doing:

  • Having some lovely chilled weekends with Chris. One was spent visiting the Imperial War Museum and trying out Ping Pong (wasn't overly impressed, sorry Ping Pong!).
  • My Mum came to stay and we had a great time. Went to watch Lord of the Dance at the Palladium, pottered around Covent Garden with my brother and his girlfriend and visited the amazing poppy installation at the Tower of London. 
  • Saw my friend Holly who was over from Australia. Was so nice to see her face again and have a good catch up over pizza and doughballs!
  • Had a family Halloween party at my parents house. We all dressed up and played lots of silly games including a hugely entertaining game of Sardines. 
Reading:
  • I have not been reading many books and need to get my kindle charged up and get back into it. Any recommendations?
  • Loving Ideal Home magazine at the moment. Last month it came with 16 free chalkboard stickers (see them on my kilner jars above!).
Watching:
  • Gone Girl. I loved the book and loved the film too. It was so tense and creepy! I thought they did it so well and Rosamund Pike was fantastic. I couldn't watch a certain scene though (you will know which one if you've seen it!). 
  • Made in Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. Such trash but I love it.
  • X Factor of course. My faves are Lauren, Andrea and Ben.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

October Favourites: My Top Three


I am very sorry for my complete lack of blogging at the moment. Most of my energy is going into my day job at the moment but I am hoping to get a few posts written this weekend as have a lovely quiet one planned. This weather is definitely encouraging PJ days!

A little belated but here are my three favourite products from October...

 Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo - I feel that Schwarzkopf are a hair brand that aren't talked about much however I really like them. I first used one of their shampoos at Uni when one of my flatmates had it and so I had a sneaky try (and loved the results). I often pick these up from pound stores as they are always in there and this was the first time I'd try their Ultimate Colour shampoo. This is ace. It has made my hair look way more vibrant, healthy and volumised. Even Chris asked if I'd done something new to it. 

♥  Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - I have been wearing this every day and really love it. This is such an easy foundation to wear- a perfect one for work days. It blends in so easily and just gives a really flawless coverage with a very fresh finish. I have it in the shade 100 - Ivory and it's a great match.

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Just a Fling - this was a purchase enabled by Lily Melrose and her blog post featuring two Kylie Jenner inspired lipsticks. Everyone is wanting that Kylie Jenner look at the moment and I've been sucked into the hype. This is such a beautiful lipstick - it's a brown-nude colour and it is so easy to apply and moisturising (I am not one for a fiddly lipstick). It's also a bargain at under £5.

What are your favourite products at the moment?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Little Box by Diane Von Furstenberg

  

So My Little Box have pulled it out of the bag again with their October offering. I am always excited to receive a beauty box but when I received a delivery note to say that this had arrived and was waiting at the post office I was annoyed that I'd have to wait a few days to collect it!

This month's box is a special Diane Von Furstenberg edition and is themed DVF throughout - if you are a fan, then this is a must-have especially as you receive a 20% off code for her boutiques and online. So what is inside?

The box includes a print featuring an illustration of DVF and a lovely quote 'Be the woman you want to be!', there is the My Little World magazine which has an interview with Diane and a really cute lips pin which is very sweetly called 'A kiss from Diane'.

The fashion product this month is a scarf/headband which has a recognisable DVF print. I love the colours and think I will be attaching it to my bag as demonstrated on the envelope.

The three beauty products include a micellar water from My Little Beauty (so pleased about this as I'm coming to the end of my Garnier bottle), the Laque Noire hairspray from the Kerastase Couture Styling range and a really cute little shea butter hand cream from L'Occitane. Am particularly happy about the hand cream as it's such a great handbag size!

So overall, another amazing box from My Little Box. To subscribe just go to the My Little Box website - subscriptions are £11 plus £3.95 P&P.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Skin Saviour - E45 Cream


A few weeks ago I had a bit of a stressful Sunday (let's just say there was a DIY disaster) and so decided to have a hot bath to relax. As soon as I got in the bath I realised that my face was burning up and felt like it was stinging. My t-zone had gone extremely red and nothing could calm it down - even splashing water on it agitated it. I tried putting moisturiser on it but had to remove it straightaway as it was so painful.

After reading up on it, it looks like I might suffer from rosacea (I don't know for sure but the symptoms and causes seem very likely). Rosacea is a very common skin condition which mainly affects the face. The main symptoms are a burning and stinging sensation, permanent redness, spots and small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible. 

As I was reading up on it, it suddenly clicked that I'd had this horrible burning sensation a couple of times before and it was probably why I suffer from red skin around my t-zone - made worse when I drink alcohol and eat spicy food.

There are no real treatments for rosacea and so I just left my skin bare for a day or so. The first time I applied make-up (after moisturing) I noticed that my skin was horribly dry on the affected areas and it was not working with my foundation at all! This is where my skin saviour - E45 cream came into it's own. 

I bought a tube from Boots for less than £3 and applied it straightaway - and almost immediately I could tell a big difference. My skin looked smoother and calmer around. I used it all week to get my skin back on track and it worked an absolute treat. Sometimes the most simple products are all you need!

You can buy E45 cream from Boots here. Does anyone else suffer from rosacea? Would love to hear your experiences of it.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hello Autumn


On Thursday I woke up to this sight from my living room - a beautiful and perfect Autumn's day. I love how our living room window overlooks this park in London - it's really special seeing the trees change as we move through the seasons. 

The temperatures this week haven't been very Autumnal (and I'm not complaining!) but it just felt like the season had properly arrived. My walk to the train station has been spent crunching golden coloured leaves and enjoying the scents that are hard to describe but just characterise this time of year.

To celebrate this change of season here are some of my favourite things about Autumn:

Getting cosy in warmer jackets and coats. 
♥ Layering up with chunky knits, scarfs and bringing out those woolly hats.
♥ Going on walks in the crisp Autumn sunshine - crunching leaves is oh so satisfying.
♥ All of the weekend TV - X Factor, Strictly, Downton Abbey...
♥ Spending the day curled up on the sofa while it pours it down with rain outside.
♥ Hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows...
♥ ...And crumpets with lots of butter.
♥ The beautiful colours that surround you- search 'Autumn' on Google Images and feast your eyes on them.
♥ Supermarkets being filled with Halloween goodies, pumpkins and toffee apples.
♥ Knowing that Christmas is just around the corner.

What do you like most about Autumn?

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