Croatian Adventure – Day Six

Our last day was a sad one, but we made sure to live it to the fullest!

We got up early and had some brunch. We then caught the ferry back to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik! Again, we decided on a city day so no bikini’s, plenty of shopping and some final sightseeing!

I got an ice-cream to cool off and ended up with this bad boy at no extra cost – the ice cream boy was showing off!

We stumbled across a cliff side bar – we were literally dangling off the edge of a cliff sipping Prosecco and watching crazy Australian kids jump off the huge rock!

Two glasses of Prosecco later, I had a YOLO moment and jumped off the huge cliff in just my underwear – it was worth it! Hands down the best thing I have ever done!

For our final night out we ate lots, drank lots and partied with our newly acquainted Aussie friends! Oh… And I wore Watermelons!

 

Croatia was the best place I have ever been. I’ve raved so much that I’ve convinced a few folk to book a holiday there. Do it! Do it before the tourism world takes over and ruins all its natural beauty!

 

Croatian Adventure – Day Five

The next day was super active.

We started with an incredibly hearty breakfast in our reps front garden. She wanted to show us how the croatians do it. This included bread, nutella, yoghurts, cereals, toasted sandwiches, biscuits, tea, coffee, juices, bacon, eggs – too much food!!!!! But it was great to live a little authentically!

The rest of the day was jam packed!

We cycled to the edge of the world.

We went sea kayaking – didn’t pee on myself this time!

And we went bodyboarding. It’s not as easy as it looks!!!

Finally, we had a lovely meal out at the top of the hill! A quiet night before our last blow out tomorrow!

Croatian Adventure – Day Four

Again we awoke to the beauty of Croatia, bright and early, the birds tweeting and the sea calm as can be!

We had to catch the ferry at 12:30 so we decided to get  a leisurely breakfast (ice cream – the best ice cream ever) and relax whilst we waited. The ferry took us to the island of Kolocep – a smaller island with less cars and less tourists than Lopud. It was quaint, but I’m not sure we could have stayed there long!

The day started off leisurely, we sea kayaked to the edges of the island, we swam – it was lovely! Then there was the perfect opportunity for a stunning photo! As part of this process, I decided to take off my wetshoes. What followed was dramatic:

I threw my shoes to Carly, missed and they landed in the water. ‘No worries’ I thought and posed for the picture!

I then lowered myself into the water to retrieve them.

I got them!

Then my sunglasses fell off my head and I lent back to catch them, kicking the wall and feeling a really deep cut through my foot. I returned to the rocks convinced I’d cut myself on a sharp one. Turns out, I stood on a sea urchin. Not pretty ladies and gents! We asked the locals what to do… they said pee on it. So we kayaked off to a deserted area and I peed in a bottle, then poured it on my foot. I can vouch, it doesn’t work. I still have sea urchin spines in my foot to this day! I’m also not sure the photos were even worth it…

My first word of warning for Croatia: always wear wetshoes!

After a quiet cocktail we made it back to Lopud at roughly 6pm. A quick shower, change and hack at my foot and we were on the vino again! (it helped with the pain) As we drank we watched the sunset from our balcony. It’s enough to take your breath away!

We went to our favourite restaurant on the island. The waiter was called Sacha and greeted us with a cherry liquor on the house!

After a boozey meal, he then surprised us with free chocolate cake, declaring that we must thank the chefs personally. So we did…

 

 

Croatian Adventure – Day Two

Day Two – The Old City

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The old city is the most renowned part of Dubrovnik, with charming streets and plenty of timeless architecture, it literally felt as though I’d teleported to an old Italian town! Birds flew overhead as we explored the various nooks and crannies the city had to offer!

We eventually stumbled upon the harbour, a perfect place to see the clear Adriatic waters in their glory! We weren’t dressed for it, but I absolutely had to get in! There was one old man swishing through the water and so I figured it was acceptable.10411434_10204068902825890_7109784514617640044_n

Knickers off (under my dress) and bikini on, I was in the water in seconds! There is nothing quite so refreshing as a spontaneous dunk!

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Just across from us was a small island called Lokrum. We had read good things about it and for just £7 we could get the twelve minute ferry across to it.

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So, after checking in to our old city apartment (equally as charming) we head for the island in the hope of finding the pool they nickname, the Dead Sea!

After roughly twenty minutes of trekking through the forests and stumbling across the nudist beach, we finally found it. We were not disappointed.

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The water was a beautiful green, it was like something out of a holiday magazine! There was even a rope swing for those tall enough to reach and brave enough to fling themselves into the water. It felt like we were in paradise.

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The island itself was full of lots of little treasures. On our adventure it felt like we had visited Thailand, Africa and the Amazon! You can see from the pictures just what I mean! After a shattering day of walking, swimming and climbing, we figured it was only fitting to reward ourselves with a half litre each of wine! (£1.30 for a litre). We then found ourselves in a very swanky restaurant – the name of which I do not recall due to mass consumption vino – where I had the most amazing tuna steak with pesto pasta.

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Next it was time for a boogie so we went to the local Irish bar (as recommended by an Irish himself!) for a few drinks. This then led to a session in Sky Bar (rather quiet, though it was out of season) and finally, we had the idea to return to the beloved harbour and go for a midnight swim! It was glorious. The water soon sobered us up, we swam and stared at the stars in awe and wonder! It really was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

#2Holiday Preppin – Wardrobe Woes

 

 

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So this week we have the holiday wardrobe!

I go to Croatia in less than two weeks and I’ve done SO much holiday shopping, so it was only natural I share my purchases with you all! (I’m not a fashion blogger so the pictures aren’t as extravagant as I might have liked them, but you get the jist!)

The Harem

 

 

 

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If you’ve never worn a pair of harems then you absolutely must try them out! They’re a little quirky and eccentric (which is totally allowed on holiday!) and they are literally the comfiest piece of attire ever manufactured! You can lunge, you can roll, you can do a little dance…and because of their material they’re very breathable for the hot climates! Not to mention these were a bargain!!

I bought a simple white crop to match which is another little handy piece for your travels!

Trouser, H&M – £9.99 | Top, H&M – £3.99

Peachy Perfect

 

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As soon as there’s just a hint of spring in the air, it is completely acceptable to whip on your pastels. Pastels are great on almost everybody and give just enough colour to lift your spirits and feel all warm and summery inside! I got this chiffon top with a floral design from Ark – it was the first thing I saw when I walked in and one of the only items I actually bought from the gazillion I tried on! It’s really light and super easy for a night out on hols!

Top, Ark – £14.99 (plus got some student discount!)

Shadey

 

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Every year I buy a new pair of sunglasses. I’ve thought about splashing out and getting a pair of prescription sunnies, but I break them each year without fail! Alas, H&M provide me with my annual pair at a fairly disposable price. That way, if they don’t break, it’s a bonus for the following year and I can then mix and match! This year I went (as usual) for the bug eye glasses with just a hint of leopardyness on the frame. They’ll do the job nicely I think!

Sunglasses, H&M – £5.99

Watermeloney

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Playsuits are seriously the easiest thing to take on holiday. It’s an outfit in one so that’s less space in the case and no hassle trying to find bits to match, just fling it on and party like a rockstar! This pattern is very bold and definitely only suitable for warmer climates, but the shape of the playsuit makes it look like a bandeau and skirt so flatters my HUGE booty and makes my waist looks smaller than it is (praise the lord!)

Playsuit, ASOS – £18

Bikini with a side of Denim

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I’m not going to lie, it took me forever to track down a decent bikini! It’s a personal thing and different people have different preferences, but like anything, when you try it on, you’ll know. That’s how I found this gem. You can’t see it in the picture, but it’s a floral and crocheted. I’m normally dubious about white swimwear because it tends to go see-through, but this is nice and thick so shouldn’t be a problem at all! (hopefully)

I’m going to a festival this year so I had to get my hands on a decent pair of denim shorts. I love these ones from H&M because they fit like a glove with just enough room to drink my Kopparbergs! That and my ass cheeks don’t hang out – that’s not a good look ladies…

Bikini, Dorothy Perkins – £24.99 | Shorts, H&M – £14.99

Whiteness and Tightness 

 

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I fell in love with these shorts when I tried them on. They’re tailored so fit really well and smarten up most outfits in a split second! Paired with a crop top they make for a fresh evening outfit! Like with all white garments, you gotta be careful with the panties (wear white or none at all!) and don’t sit on a chocolate bar! I’ll probably fail both of those rules.. But I’ll be on holiday so it’s fine!

Shorts, Ark – £17.99

 

I intend to buy more bits and pieces but I think I got a lot of the essentials down! (I’m only going for 6 days!!! – girls will be girls)

 

#1Holiday Preppin – Bikini Ready

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Floating from shop to shop helplessly gazing at beautiful bikinis and wishing that they flattered you like they do the skinny mannequin. But let’s face it, we’re women! We’re women and we will never be happy stripping off and flaunting all. We need to get bikini ready! It’s not an easy task and it takes time and effort – both physically and emotionally.

Here are my tips for getting bikini ready:

– Crash dieting isn’t going to work. A few months before your holiday, start to get into the habit of healthy eating. This doesn’t mean cutting out the chocolates and biscuits – everything in moderation! It means, avoiding huge portions of food, drinking plenty of water and getting your vitamin intake. You’ll feel revitalised and refreshed in no time!

– Weights are your friend. I’ve said this before on the blog but I can’t stress it enough so I’m saying it again – weights are your friend!! You think you wobble when you walk? Weights will both burn calories and help tighten those loose bits!

– Find a bikini that flatters your shape. There are tonnes of styles out there and loads of them aim to flatter! You might not be able to head to Primark for the perfect look – you have to pay for flattery! High waisted bikinis are a great muffin-top shield. If your boobs are the issue, why not try a maximising top? Also – don’t be completely against the swimsuit, some can be terribly slimming!

– It’s a state of mind. You might be the skinniest person alive, but unless you feel confident in yourself, you won’t feel confident baring all! Spend time to prim and prep; A bikini wax, a mani and pedi, go and get that summer haircut and invest in some waterproof make-up. Focus on your positives and each day, remind yourself that that part of you is smokin’ hot! In time, you might – just might – forget about your flaws. After all, nobody is perfect!

– Finally, if all this sounds like a regurgitation of everything you’ve ever read in a girls mag then… Have a cry, feel fat and ugly, waste your time and energy on tears because you don’t fit into society’s imaginary “ideal”. Or… Put on your bikini and say “Fuck it, I’m a hot piece of ass and if they don’t think it, at least I do!” and in the words of Harry Winston – People will stare, make it worth their while…

 

Amsterdam Adventure!

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It’s easy to associate Amsterdam with sex, drugs and booze – I know I did before I went – but there is tonnes more to it than that. This is what I got up to:

The Ferry

The ferry to Amsterdam is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. We described it as a floating Butlins! However it was surprisingly fun.

For £60 we got an all you can eat buffet, a reasonably sized room, average entertainment and essentially, a night out. There’s a cinema for the quieter bunch, whilst we found ourselves relaxing in the piano bar before heading down to the sunset lounge to enjoy the cabaret!

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Eating, eating and eating

In just two days I can safely say that I’ve eaten my weight in Dutch delicacies! First there was the luscious Maple Chai Latte and Peanut Butter/Nutella Cronut. I’d never had a Cronut before and I was blown away – totally worth the calories!

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Next there was Stocklist. A very edgy cafe attached to a boutique hotel. With doodling on the walls, wacky decor and extremely polite staff, it was a winner all round. I opted for a tuna sandwich which I expected to be average. However it was more like a tuna crunch with capers, peppers, onions and really dark wheat bread that tasted phenomenal! Definitely worth a visit!

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For our mid afternoon snack we thought we’d try out “Design your own Magnum” in De Bijenkorf. You choose your chocolate covering, toppings and extra chocolate drizzle. The results are more than perfection! I had rose petals, pistachios and white chocolate with a drizzle of white and dark chocolate! At just €4 it it’s quite a steal I think!

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Our meal out was really the cherry on top! The View Restaurant is hidden among a strip of tall buildings and unless told, you probably wouldn’t notice it. It’s a teppanyaki style restaurant that works with a conveyor belt system. You’re presented with raw meats and sides that you can cook on your personal hot plate. Our favourite were the shrimps and sesame steak! For just €30 (with a discount card) you can have all the food and all the beer and wine you can manage! And it’s not like your typical all you can eat – a tad tacky with amateur chefs- it was really authentic with fantastic cuts of meat and a big selection! Not to mention there’s a beautiful view of Amsterdam at night!

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Amsterdam are proud of their cheeses so it was only right that we popped into the underground cheese shop to sample their finest! My favourite was the goats cheese with truffle – amazing. But there’s also flavours like smoked goats, pesto and even marmalade!!! As a part of the cheese journey we tried some cheese filled breads. They’re filled with pine nuts, tomatoes, herbs and lots of deliciousness!! (I ate before I snapped – sorry!)

When in Rome… It was essential I had a waffle whilst in the area, being all Dutch and what not! I opted for chocolate, whipped cream and strawberries – nice, but I wouldn’t say it was anything special! Especially not for €6!

Activities:

I wanted to cram in as much as I could, so it was two days non stop! This is what we got up to:

The Sex Museum – no, not a live sex show! It was actually quite interesting to see how attitudes to sex have changed throughout the centuries! However the imagery is not for the faint hearted. For €4 it isn’t bad at all!

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Coffee Shops – the notorious coffee shops. We only stayed briefly to check out the scene before moving on! It’s a bit like East London with even more edge and less rules!

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The Redlight District – it has to be done, doesn’t it? Though it wasn’t as big as I expected and definitely not as buzzing. This might be because we went on a weekday, but it was just uncomfortable to see woman presented in that way. Not for me thanks!

The Old Bell,  Grachtengordel-Zuid – a good spot for your evening drinks! It’s lively with a good selection of music, though a tad pricey!

Canal Bike Riding – we initially wanted to rent some bikes but being the shorty that I am, it was a struggle to find little bikes! So whilst en route to the next rental place we saw Canal Bikes (a pedalo) and decided to give that a whirl. The sun was shining and the water just looked beautiful. It was a really fun way to see the city whilst getting a cheeky workout in there!

I love Amsterdam! It’s a stunning city, the people are incredibly friendly and there’s just such a relaxed vibe to it! It’s not like London when you just find yourself walking among commuters rushing to and fro. The Dutch walk, drive and cycle at a relaxed pace and allow themselves time to appreciate their city. That’s how it should be! Although the mixture of trams, cyclists, cars and pedestrians can make it quite confusing to cross roads!

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