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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Roaming Around Rome ♥

I was happy to spend 4 days in Rome Italy. It has been one of my dream destinations for years and I finally managed to get there. Rome is definitely on the expensive side but it is worth every single penny.

The Colosseum was my first stop when I arrived in Rome. 

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside.

This is Palatine Hill which is also worth a visit. It is included with the ticket to the Colosseum along with the Roman Forum.  


                       Pizza pizza pizza!


  Crypta Balbi Museum. I will be honest and say the crypt was a  disappointment, but the museum section was cool. 


I'm obsessed with the cute little colourful mopeds in Italy.

Aperitivo is something I did not get to do in Milan so it was nice to try it in Rome. You get an Italian cocktail with some free bites. I went for an aperol spritz and it was only €5. 

This is the inside of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. The queues for the Vatican museum were too long (like hours long) so I went here instead. I was there on a Sunday and got to see the pope leading mass which was cool...I was not expecting that.

Seafood spaghetti.

Trevi fountain is so big! I arrived there early in the morning and got to see them taking all the coins out.
Please excuse my pasta belly. It was full of the seafood spaghetti :(. Anyway...this photo was taken at Castel Sant'Angelo.

Campo de' Fiori food market is definitely worth a visit. I bought some oregano olive oil from this cute stall. 

Caprese Salad.

last but not least...gelato. They have so many flavours, this one was pistachio and amaretto cherry.

It was a great trip and I loved every second of it. I will definitely go back to Rome at some point just to see more of Vatican city. But for now...the next stop will be Hamburg Germany.

llondon leopard

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Book: How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are ♥

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. It gives you advice on how to be a chic woman, but from a French perspective which is cool. The main thing I liked about this book was how it teaches you to be careless and not let things bother you. It has an "on to the next one" approach when it comes to men. Which is something I would argue that many British women fail to follow. 

The book also shows you how to have a very simple approach to fashion. It teaches you to have some signature items and some staples that can you can mix and match. The fact that there are pictures, lists, and recipes makes it more like a magazine. It doesn't feel like a chore at all to read it, which is something I cannot say for any other book. I would highly recommend you to read it if you are in your early 20's. 

                  llondon leopard
                        xoxo
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Luxembourg Photo Diary ♥

Luxembourg City...the fairy tale city. It's like something out of a story book, and I was happy to spend a weekend there. Did you know that Luxembourg City used to be a fortress? nope me neither, but it became clear when I saw the layout of the city. It is very hilly and surrounded by a lot of greenery. 
This is called Chemin de la Corniche, and has been nicknamed as the most beautiful balcony in Europe. I will definitely agree with that.


Selfie sticks really do come in handy when travelling solo. There is no other way I could have caught this view in the background. 

The chocolate house is a must see in Luxembourg. You kind of get to make your own hot chocolate by stirring a spoon of chocolate in hot milk. There are many different flavours such as caramel, matcha, vanilla, eggnog. I brought back four different flavours which I look forward to using this winter.


Gelle Fra statue (the war remembrance monument). 


When in Luxembourg be French...or German. On this occasion I decided to be French and have an omelette. This was legit the best omelette I have ever eaten, it had tomato, bacon, broccoli, potato, onion, and mushroom. 


Inside the Casemates du Bock. They are caves and i'm guessing they were used in the war. 


Please be warned that there are lots of stairs in the casemates and they are steep. So dont make the same mistake as me, by turning up there in a dress and ankle boots.


Paris is not the only city where you can get your hands on macaroons...Luxembourg has them too of course, because of the French influence. 

                                   
                                                             Au revoir...tschuss...addi
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Monday, 1 May 2017

30 day Minimalist Challenge Results ♥

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I may have mentioned before that I am taking gradual steps towards becoming a minimalist. This began with the 30 day minimalist challenge which I have participated in throughout April. I have been keeping track of my activities so keep reading to find out how my challenge went. 

DAY 1: Stay offline for one day 
Well...this one was a bad start. It's my day off today and I ended up online to pay a bill. Then started watching some videos on youtube. Oops? 

DAY 2: Meditate for 15 minutes
This one was a success. I have a meditation app on my phone called "wildflowers". I did a 15 minute guided meditation session which was cool. I ended up starting my day feeling more relaxed. 

DAY 3: Declutter your digital life 
There was only so much I could do with this because I was working all day. I started by deleting unused programs on my laptop. Then unsubscribed from a lot of spam in my inbox.

DAY 4: No complaint day 
I can't believe it...but I have actually been successful with this one. I used to be a serial complainer and have learnt to let things go over my head. Nothing really seems to phase me anymore, and I didn't complain about anything today.

DAY 5: Identify your 3-6 main priorities
- Finding a permanent job 
- Saving money for future + long haul travel
- Keeping healthy 

DAY 6: Follow a morning ritual 

I generally have the same routine so this was easy.
1)Wake up and read news on phone for 1/2 hour
2)Shower
3)Eat breakfast & drink ginger tea (depending on weather)
4) Brush teeth, wash face, moisturise

DAY 7: Streamline your reading list 
This one was easy seeing as I do not have many books. This is my current reading list:

- How to be Parisian wherever you are
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Love Style Life

DAY 8: Learn to enjoy solitude
This one was hard because I had to work an event today (my side job). There was no way that I could avoid people seeing as I get paid to keep them happy. But I did wake up extra early today and spent an hour in bed reading Anne Franks Diary. I guess that is a form of solitude right?

DAY 9: Downsize your beauty collection 
I threw out tons of makeup. It was slightly disgusting to see how much makeup I had and never used. There is no point in me buying makeup because I rarely ever wear it. 

DAY 10: No email or social media until lunch

Proud to say that I successfully stuck to this one. When I woke up I decided to browse the news and of checking my messages.

DAY 11: Evaluate your commitments
I will be honest and say that I forgot to do this one. 

DAY 12: Define your goals for this year 

I met quite a few of my life goals last year which means that I don't have many for this year. There are only two important goals I want to achieve by 31-12-17:
1.Get a permanent job(my current is temporary)
2. Save money for a long haul trip next year

DAY 13: Clean out your closet
I have made roughly £50 from selling old clothes and shoes click here if you want to buy something. There are also bags of things that I will give to charity.

DAY 14: Take a step towards learning a new skill
Well...Seeing as I'll be in Rome for a few days why not learn some Italiano no?. I downloaded the "duolingo" app.

DAY 15: Examine your daily habits 
oops I forgot to do this :(. 

DAY 16: Don't buy anything for 24 hours 
This one was very easy seeing as it is Easter Sunday. Everything is closed and I am at home in bed watching movies anyway.

DAY 17: Practice single tasking 
I decided to do this one by not making a to-do-list. I just sort of went with the flow and do everything one step at a time. 

DAY 18: Unfollow and unfriend 
I will admit that I did not do this. It was my first day back from work after Easter and I got bombarded with meetings and tasks...I will get round to it at some point

DAY 19: Go for a walk and practice mindfulness
I walked to work today, put in some headphones and played some relaxing music from youtube. Who would have thought that a 40 minute walk could be so relaxing?. Maybe the fact that the weather has improved helps. 

DAY 20: No TV all day read instead
I did not watch TV but I did not read either. Well not a book, but I did spend some time reading news articles after dinner if that counts. 

DAY 21: Journal for 20 minutes 
It's a good thing that I already journal regularly. So this was pretty much a piece of cake for me. I sat down for a good 10 minutes in the morning to write about yesterday, and then did 10 more minutes of writing this evening. 

DAY 22: Create a relaxing bedtime routine 
It's always nice to have a ritual before bed. Mine consisted of the following:
-floss & brush teeth 
-face mask 
- 10 minute meditation 
- Read for half an hour

but as someone who is scared of the dark...nothing is truly relaxing.

DAY 23: Go bare faced 
This was very easy seeing as I rarely wear makeup. It was like any other day to be honest. 

DAY 24: Practice gratitude
I certainly thanked a few people today. I thanked the cashier in the shop who topped up my oyster card...I thanked my manager when she complimented my work ethic. 

DAY 25: Leave a whole day unplanned 

Erm...to be honest this was quite difficult. It was my day off and things needed to be done so I couldn't really leave it unplanned. I had a dentist appointment, a delivery, and I had to exchange money for my next trip. 

DAY 26: Identify your stress triggers 
- lack of organisation 
- lack of money 
- when my house is messy 

DAY 27: Clear out your junk drawer
My junk drawer is in the kitchen. It's full of leaflets, plastic bags, and general sh*t. I was happy to empty the contents of this drawer in to the bin. 

DAY 28: Let go of a goal 
I really wanted to go to Iceland to see the Northern Lights this winter. It's not going to happen. It is a very expensive country, and my research indicates that I would need like £900 to go there for 4 days. I had to let go of this goal...maybe next year  

DAY 29: Turn off all notifications 
Okay...I didn't do this. But I was working until like 10pm and didn't touch my phone, so I guess that is something right?

DAY 30: Evaluate your last five purchases 
Morrisons- £2.50- cooking oil
Etsy- £15.00- boob deodorant(big boob problems (.)(.) 
Superdrug- £6.10- spot cream 
Primark- £25.00- cabin Suitcase
Morrisons- £5.00- lunch for work (sandwich, fruit, and 2 waters)




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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bad Reaction To Foreign Beauty Product: Part 2 ♥

Hada Labo Gokujyun Healuronic Lotion 
This is a Japanese brand that is popular in Asia. I bought this in Bangkok just before I flew back to England. Where do I start with this one?...firstly, it is called a lotion but it looks and feels like antibacterial hand gel. Actually the consistency is even thinner than hand gel. That was my first red flag, but I tried not to judge the product based upon this.

So when I put it on my face, it seemed to dry within 10 seconds. It also left my face feeling very dry and porous (no exaggeration). I kept on using it for a few for days to give the product a chance, but it was the same. Pimples also began appearing on my face but I was still determined to give the product a try. So I started using another moisturiser on top to get rid of the dry feeling.

The pimples never went away and I figured that it was because the product didn't agree with my skin. So after doing research online it turns out that many other girls suffered from break outs when using this product. Most girls suggest that it may be "butylene glycol" in the ingredients which is causing it. Others suggested that it could be an allergy to hydraulic acid. 

It is not the break out that makes me label it a bad product.It is more the fact that it made my face feel extremely dry which is the opposite of what it is supposed to do. 

Good news...I am happy with all of my other products so you won't be hearing any more beauty rants (haha).  

llondon leopard
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Bad Reaction To Foreign Beauty Product: Part 1 ♥

  Boots cucumber oil control light moisturiser
This is a product from Thailand, and I tried it last week for the first time. I could feel that something was off with the consistency the minute that I put it on to my face. I can not explain what I mean...but it just did not feel like cream. I brushed it off and continued with my day, until my colleague at work pointed out that I had white residue all over my face. Her exact words were "what have you done to your face...it looks very white...you need to go and check in the toilet". So I went in to the disabled toilet and saw that my face was covered in white smudges. When I touched my skin, it also felt extremely dry. When I rubbed the cream it would not come off, so I had to wash it off my face and was furious when I got home later that day.

 In Thailand a lot of beauty products are for skin whitening so I thought that I had accidentally picked up a whitening product. I also remembered that this cream came in two versions when I bought it. When I checked the cream it was the standard version...not the whitening one. So what was with all the white residue and skin drying formula?. I thought it could be something to do with my skin tone...maybe the cream is made for Asian skin tones. But no that can't be right...because there are many Thai and Korean beauty products I am currently using, and they are absolutely fine. 

Upon doing research I found that we have the same cream in the UK Boots but the ingredients are different. Maybe I will buy it for an experiment and see if the results are the same...But for now i'm going to put it down to bad ingredients. I can't complain to be honest....the cream was only 50 TBH(£1). For now I will just stick to my French "embryolisse lait-crème concentré".

         











                       
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Milan On a Budget: €40 Day Trip

My first taster of Italy was a day trip to Milan This Tuesday. I flew out at 8 am and flew back to England at 10 pm. Milan is arguably one of the most expensive cities in Europe, and I wanted to see if I could do it on a budget and still have fun.


Transport: 20












I took the Express train from Milan Malpensa airport to the city centre. The journey took roughly 45 minutes and it was a very spacious train. 

Lunch/snack: 2.70











After doing research online I learnt that 
panzerotti is a popular kind of Italian street food which is popular in Milan. It is like fried dough which is stuffed with a filling of your choice. So I went to Luini which is the most popular place for panzerotti, and had one filled with mozzarella and prosciutto. 

 Duomo Cathedral: free



















This is one of Milan's most popular attractions, and is very similar to the Duomo in Cologne, Germany. I decided to wander around the outside and had a quick browse inside. There is an option to pay and go up to the rooftop terraces...but I decided against this seeing as it was a budget trip.

Castello Sforzesco: free



















Well...this was another beautiful free attraction in Milan. It is a beautiful castle which is free to enter and wander around. There is a museum inside that costs money, but from what I saw it is not worth the visit. 

Gelato: 3.50



















What is a trip to Italy without gelato?. I stopped off at an organic gelato shop to try some. Mine was flavoured with a mix of passion fruit and raspberry. I love the way that they carve it into a cute petal pattern. 

Pinacoteca di Brera: free











This was another free attraction in the artistic Brera district. It is a small public art gallery with many sculptures. I like the fact that all the sculptures had a roman theme.   

Dinner & Wine : £13.00











Pizza and red wine are another "must have" when in Italy. So I finished my day off with a trip to an Italian restaurant and pigged out. I don't know how...but I actually finished all of that pizza.



                                     TOTAL EXPENDITURE: €39.20


        click here to check out my Milan vlog

                    




                 llondon leopard
                       xoxo

          
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

March Inspirations♥

So I did a blog post last spring about my inspirations, and thought that it would be fun to look back at what inspired me this time last year. Lets see if I tried to follow through with what inspired me.

So my Spring 2016 inspirations were...
1. Trench coats ( yes I bought a beige trench coat) 
2. Double sided earrings ( yes I now own 2 pairs) 
3. Visiting Scandinavia ( yes I went to Denmark and Norway) 
4. Buy a car ( Nope...changed my mind a car is not a priority)
5. Yoga ( yes I tried it once at home and did not like it) 
6. Colourful post it notes ( yes and they helped me to study)

and now moving on to the spring inspirations for this year...


                                  FASHION
Lets start with bralettes. I can't decide if they add an element of seduction or sophistication. I have always been inspired by them, but have never bought one because I am big breasted. Second on the list are infinity rings. There is something spiritual that draws me towards the symbol. The third and final of my fashion inspirations this season are mini skirts. I went through a phase of leggings...to skinny jeans...and now I'm inspired by skirts. They just make me feel more feminine. 


                 TRAVELS

Italy is top of the travel inspirations this year. I will be going to Milan at the end of this month, and to Rome in May. Starting a travel fund is second on the list. I would like to start a travel savings fund so that I am able to visit at least 2 new countries every year. And the final inspiration symbolises a beach birthday holiday. Next year I want to be on a beach on my birthday. 


                   LIFE
I have been meaning to get into meditation. Yoga was a fail but it doesn't mean that meditation has to be. I have been told that it helps with stress and would like to test this theory. The second inspiration is to eat healthy. I feel like I need to cut down on meat and increase my veg intake. The third and final inspiration is to keep out negative people and negative energy.   

                   Stay inspired...

                   llondon leopard
                        xoxo


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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Balkans In the winter: Sofia, Bulgaria♥

What did the boxing day sales buy me ? A £20 return fare from London to Sofia, Bulgaria. Like I keep saying, Tuesday is my day off work and I strongly believe that it should be utilised by building life experiences. Sofia is not the main tourist hot spot in Bulgaria so this day trip provided a sufficient amount of time for me to experience what I wanted.

After taking the metro to the city centre. I walked for 20 minutes and came across Tsurkva Sveta Nikolai (the Russian church). The snow definitely makes it look even more beautiful.

I went to a traditional Bulgarian place to eat called "Izbata Tavern". This is where I got to try some Shopska salad, which tasted so much better than I expected. I never thought that it could be possible to love salad that much.

After eating some shopska salad I had to wash it down with something right? This was the perfect opportunity to try some traditional beverages. So I had some rakia which is a very STRONG brandy,  and "Ayran" which is like a yogurt based drink. 



I did many more things in Sofia but did not get many photos because it was too cold. I visited a local rose shop where they sell rose beauty products. I bought a face mask from there and some rose water to use as a facial cleanser. The Balkans will always be the most fascinating region of Europe to me. It's bursting with culture, and I definitely want to see every country in South East Europe. 


                     llondon leopard 
                           xoxo


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Sunday, 29 January 2017

25 Questions Tag: Facts About Me♥


What is your middle name?: A secret

What was your favourite subject at school?: Spanish of course. I should have known from that point that there would be a hunger for wanderlust. 

What is your favourite drink?: Ginger tea. I drink it every morning before I leave for work. I make it by crushing ginger then adding boiled water and sometimes honey.

What is your favourite song at the moment?:
Erm...I actually don't have one.

What is your favourite food?: Spaghetti alle vongole which is spaghetti with clams. My friend introduced me to it at an Italian restaurant in Picadilly Circus. I have been in love ever since, and can't wait to go to Rome in May and eat it. 

What is the last thing you bought?: A black and white scarf from Primark.

Favourite book of all time?: A book called Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. 

Favourite colour?: Pink of course.

Do you have any pets?: Nope and I don't want any. It wouldn't be fair to get one because I travel a lot. 

Favourite perfume?: Cerruti 1881

Favourite holiday?: Probably Thailand because it has activities to suit any type of holiday.

Are you married?: Nope...have you seen the state of my generation?

Have you been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, I have been to around 21 countries.

Do you speak any other language?: Not really, I have a decent level of Spanish but it's not fluent. 

What is your favourite shop?: Probably Forever 21 because their prices actually match the quality of their clothes.

Favourite restaurant?: an Italian chain called Strada. 

When was the last time you cried?: I don't remember so it must have been a long time ago.

Favourite blog?: I don't have one.

Favourite movie?: Definitely Mean girls.

Favourite TV show?: It used to be Walking Dead...but season 7 has really disappointed me (stopped watching after the 3rd episode). So the current favourite is Pretty Little Liars.

PC or MAC?: PC...I don't really like apple products.

What phone do you have?: Samsung Galaxy S6.

How tall are you?: 5''5 (165cm)

Can you cook?: Yes I can. My specialties are probably spaghetti bolognese and chicken curry. 

What is your biggest fear?: probably failure



                 llondon leopard
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