tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-64254190873060414332018-08-13T12:47:06.892+01:00Lottie GibbonsLottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.comBlogger93125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-45882782906362517462018-04-08T20:21:00.001+01:002018-04-08T20:21:17.773+01:00My First Time Flying Solo - Tips And TricksAfter finishing a hard six months of fast-track studying, in February I booked myself a little trip to Exeter to visit my friend, Claire.&nbsp;<div>Rather than spend six hours on a train, I decided to fly via Flybe from Manchester Airport to Exeter Airport, a journey that takes around one hour.&nbsp;</div><div>Previously, I have travelled&nbsp;by plane with my parents and friends, but never solo.&nbsp;</div><div>And for this short journey, I would have to.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>When you're travelling by yourself, the responsibility is exclusive to you.&nbsp;</div><div>And whilst it can be a nervewracking experience, here are a few tips and tricks that I used to have a smooth run.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kV22eAX0ZQ/WKiCt9fHUeI/AAAAAAAABOo/QCey3U2biqg6brcXq_6ndZS-vbyhhghxQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_0446.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kV22eAX0ZQ/WKiCt9fHUeI/AAAAAAAABOo/QCey3U2biqg6brcXq_6ndZS-vbyhhghxQCPcBGAYYCw/s640/IMG_0446.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><h2><u><span style="font-size: x-large;">TIPS AND TRICKS</span></u></h2><div><u><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></u></div><blockquote class="tr_bq">Double and triple check your dates and passenger information</blockquote>Without someone by your side, it can be easy to rush through the booking process without checking the fine details.<br />Take your time and if need be pay £10 to lock in your airline fare for 24 hours.<br />Getting something wrong will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the journey, so it's important to confirm specifics.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dJPEjalnVBA/WHp_mVkBDNI/AAAAAAAABGg/Q6BAixIzwIkCa2WHR8SxK5dcvvRCk2muQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_0232.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="899" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dJPEjalnVBA/WHp_mVkBDNI/AAAAAAAABGg/Q6BAixIzwIkCa2WHR8SxK5dcvvRCk2muQCPcBGAYYCw/s320/IMG_0232.JPG" width="179" /></a>Visit websites like SeatGuru to review seat information and choose your own seat</blockquote>Most likely on a solo flight, you will be sitting next to a stranger. If this quakes your boots, it may be worth choosing your own seat for a small price. <br />When booking your flight, there will be information on the aircraft you're travelling in.<br />Websites like SeatGuru will display the aircraft and highlight 'excellent seats' where for example, leg room is spacious or 'bad seats' where you could be disturbed by passengers using nearby toilets or limited reclining seats.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Prepare for pre and post flight transfers</blockquote>To take the stress out of an anxious situation, I would recommend purchasing transfers to and from the airport before the journey.<br />Whether this is by train or taxi, it is worth noting how long it takes to get to the airport and what time you will need to set off in order to arrive in the allotted check-in time.<br />Equally, after your flight, it is worth knowing how to get to your final destination, rather than relying on taxi ranks at the airport, who will charge high prices.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Check your &nbsp;travel insurance policy</blockquote>If you have always been listed on the family policy, it may be worth checking whether you are eligible for protection on a solo flight.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o68PHqLFrUA/WHp_uSoseEI/AAAAAAAABGw/Ijfq_HaZV34QhJ3vgjbTysf1XwK_IYLygCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_0227.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o68PHqLFrUA/WHp_uSoseEI/AAAAAAAABGw/Ijfq_HaZV34QhJ3vgjbTysf1XwK_IYLygCPcBGAYYCw/s640/IMG_0227.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Download offline movies, TV shows and podcasts</blockquote>Without anyone to talk to, a solo journey can be labourous, downloading media before your flight ensures that you will be occupied throughout. I would recommend Netflix original series that can be watched without Wi-Fi or mobile data.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Have you any tips? If so leave a comment or tweet me <a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons">@lottgibbons</a>. &nbsp;</div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-23325334252867239532018-02-17T06:30:00.001+00:002018-02-17T06:30:52.366+00:00Top 5 Things To Do In Dublin<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5tJzY-ZwlCA/WodcQT6e62I/AAAAAAAAB_E/BRfRQ6UbqjInXB3ZFhmJBms3hYvmMTgfACEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.45.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1102" data-original-width="856" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5tJzY-ZwlCA/WodcQT6e62I/AAAAAAAAB_E/BRfRQ6UbqjInXB3ZFhmJBms3hYvmMTgfACEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.45.png" width="496" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Have you become a victim of Wanderlust yet? If so, you need to add Dublin to your list of cities to visit.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />In this post, I share with you my top five things to do in Dublin, perfect for those on a long weekend.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />From culture to leisure to pretty doors, these five attractions are musts when you visit the city.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 24px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none; text-decoration: underline;"><b>What to do in Dublin, Ireland</b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 23px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b></b></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b>1. Book of Kells</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4U8qlBP13sA/WodcX2i9wFI/AAAAAAAAB_I/zn-Oaf8u3uUzX6FGTihzFqugPDcid2reQCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.59.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1082" data-original-width="1056" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4U8qlBP13sA/WodcX2i9wFI/AAAAAAAAB_I/zn-Oaf8u3uUzX6FGTihzFqugPDcid2reQCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.59.png" width="624" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels in Latin based on the Vulgate text which St Jerome completed in 384AD, intermixed with readings from the earlier Old Latin translation.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />The exhibition detailed information plaques, tell you exactly what you need to know, in order to understand the history and significance of the Gospels.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Don't miss the ink division, you will learn the minute intricacies which provide symbolic messages.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b>2. The Old Library</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XjQCOu_RXms/WodcSQ368UI/AAAAAAAAB_A/llbfYAncMjI93otUYYWgwlQ5lVx1lcGPwCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.53.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1100" data-original-width="1082" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XjQCOu_RXms/WodcSQ368UI/AAAAAAAAB_A/llbfYAncMjI93otUYYWgwlQ5lVx1lcGPwCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.53.png" width="628" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Transporting you back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed, this isn't just an attraction for the literature lovers.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">The Long Room houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Visitors will be in awe of the grandeur and atmosphere of this wing.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b>3. Merrion Square</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8rX0nbGM44w/WodeT_E6yoI/AAAAAAAAB_Q/g6HN7E7jpbsYbY5lljWumoJLuGh_0q8OACLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.29.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="760" data-original-width="1176" height="412" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8rX0nbGM44w/WodeT_E6yoI/AAAAAAAAB_Q/g6HN7E7jpbsYbY5lljWumoJLuGh_0q8OACLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.29.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">A Georgian garden square on the south side of Dublin city centre.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Famous for its Instagram worthy doors, any travel/fashion bloggers visiting the city will not want to miss this.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">The square is also quieter than St Stephens Green for those who are looking for a solitary moment.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b>4. Temple Bar</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AAtFYe1N2ZY/WodcToS-P0I/AAAAAAAAB_E/L7dQnYOl9qEgj0-khAMjkA9B9PLh_cyAwCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.39.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="832" data-original-width="1122" height="474" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AAtFYe1N2ZY/WodcToS-P0I/AAAAAAAAB_E/L7dQnYOl9qEgj0-khAMjkA9B9PLh_cyAwCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-02-16%2Bat%2B22.30.39.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">When I visited Dublin, I was 17 years old, therefore, unable to fully soak in the atmosphere of the Crowded pubs and diners.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">However, just walking down the street suffices to demonstrate the lively environment.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">If you're visiting, make sure to choose a pint of Guinness, a traditional Irish beer.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 18px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b>5. The GPO</b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 18.7px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">The GPO is a landmark site in Dublin, as in 1916, one of the most important events in Irish history happened there.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />It became the headquarters for the Easter Rising.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />At the time, Ireland and Britain were a United Kingdom but many Irish people believed Ireland should be in control of its own affairs and a few were prepared to fight for Irish independence.</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />Today, The GPO continues to be the headquarters of An Post.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: &quot;American Typewriter&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><br />It also houses the An Post GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, where guests can learn more about the 1916 saga.&nbsp;</span></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-82083738706472231002018-01-19T16:00:00.000+00:002018-01-19T16:00:16.687+00:00What is Beer, Devon actually like? Channel 4's Village Of The Year<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I5DyEQO-ym0/WlqBEvNTVmI/AAAAAAAAB94/Ca-crB6N6H8jFVgUtJJdEg5phycRof8aACLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-13%2Bat%2B21.57.42.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="880" data-original-width="1188" height="474" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I5DyEQO-ym0/WlqBEvNTVmI/AAAAAAAAB94/Ca-crB6N6H8jFVgUtJJdEg5phycRof8aACLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-13%2Bat%2B21.57.42.png" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div>On today's episode, Beer was thrust into the limelight as it competes to be crowned Village of the year.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Channel 4 presenter and actress Penelope Keith alongside fellow judges are scouring the country to find the best communities in the UK.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The lucky village which wins the coveted title, will receive a prize of £10,000 to spend on a community initiative.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>And whilst there's some heavy competition, there is one place which I know very well... Beer.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I have visited Beer annually for the past 18 years and whilst summer's can become crowded, there is nothing like the quaint little fishing village.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Situated on the Jurassic Coast in East Devon, Beer is surrounded my limestone cliffs and countryside walks. The shingle beach is idyllic with coloured fishing boats dotting around the turquoise coastline.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>You can't forget the village itself, which is filled with independent boutiques and coffee shops.&nbsp;</div><div>Nor can you go wrong with food, the three huts on the beach will sort you out with any traditional seaside food you could desire and around every corner, there is a traditional pub, waiting to serve you a fresh pint of beer.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><h4>But why have I been going for the past 18 years?&nbsp;</h4><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OM8GsZ7FSps/WlqBDmwbwOI/AAAAAAAAB90/oCfCS3AdZSMXiM9QSMWF_ISK86nOK60tACLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-13%2Bat%2B21.57.58.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1122" data-original-width="1190" height="602" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OM8GsZ7FSps/WlqBDmwbwOI/AAAAAAAAB90/oCfCS3AdZSMXiM9QSMWF_ISK86nOK60tACLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-13%2Bat%2B21.57.58.png" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><i><u>It's a family tradition to go to Beer every summer.</u></i> My grandma first went there in the 1950's when my mum and uncle were small children. In the 50s going abroad wasn't an option as only the elite could afford the privilege, but for my grandma and grandad, Beer proved to be the paradise they always wanted.&nbsp;</div><div><br /><i><u>It is remote... for better or for worse</u></i>. We stay at the top of the famous Beer Hill, where the only thing around you is fields, sheep and a eye-catching view of the sea. Trying to get a phone signal or internet access is as probable as flying pigs - it just ain't happening. For me, this is a blessing, it gives you the chance to fully disconnect from social media and purely embrace the present and visualise the future. Often, I think of Beer as my Thailand, a place that spiritually cleanses me.&nbsp;</div><div><br /><u style="font-style: italic;">The weather.</u>&nbsp;British weather is always going to be temperamental, one minute the sun's shining and the next it's pouring out the heavens, but generally speaking, the south of England gets better weather than the north. And honestly, there is nothing better when it's blazing hot to go to the beach and swim in the sea. Trust me.&nbsp;</div><div><br /><u style="font-style: italic;">There is a mixture of tourists and locals.</u>&nbsp;During the months of June, July and August, most places become tourist destinations and whilst this is sometimes the case of Beer (avoid Regatta Week!) majority of the time there is a balance between tourists and locals. This may be because accommodation in the village is rather limited and you do have to book well in advance, but it means there is a home away from home feel. As a visitor, you can see day to day life for a village citizen and there is something comforting about that. &nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Beer will always have a place in my heart and is home to some very special memories. £10,000 would really benefit the community, so fingers crossed it will win!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="340" height="105" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" width="200" /></a></div></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-30450529417466463402018-01-14T18:00:00.001+00:002018-01-14T18:00:29.155+00:00Top 5 Things To Do In York <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KIRIZLf5Ycs/V-acsSgPlrI/AAAAAAAAAws/x23Yh06ofzQ80L9ZVr-nWsYeaBFmqPMfwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/thumb_DSC00177_1024.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1024" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KIRIZLf5Ycs/V-acsSgPlrI/AAAAAAAAAws/x23Yh06ofzQ80L9ZVr-nWsYeaBFmqPMfwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/thumb_DSC00177_1024.jpg" /></a></div><br />York is a city which is home away from home. The centre is small and easy to navigate. Unlike most developed cities, York still contains quintessential charm dating back to Roman times. Located in the northeast of England, there are direct trains from Manchester and London.<br /><br />Out of all the cities in the North, York definitely makes my top three for tourists to visit.<br /><br />Whether you're interested in culture, history or shopping; York has plenty to do and see.<br /><br />If you're planning a trip to York make sure you don't miss these attractions out!<br /><br /><br /><h4 style="text-align: center;"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BdlHfBWlcdH/" data-instgrm-version="8" style="background: #fff; border-radius: 3px; border: 0; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0 , 0 , 0 , 0.5) , 0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0 , 0 , 0 , 0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: 99.375%;"><div style="padding: 8px;"><div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 30.87962962962963% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"><div style="background: url(data:image/png; display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div></div><div style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BdlHfBWlcdH/" style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">In a winter wonderland ❄️ Just posted my vlog of York- link in bio</a></div><div style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Lottie Gibbons</a> (@lottgibbons) on <time datetime="2018-01-05T19:43:59+00:00" style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;">Jan 5, 2018 at 11:43am PST</time></div></div></blockquote></h4><h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4><h3>Things to do in York</h3><div><br /></div><b><i><u>York Minster</u></i></b><br />The central hub of York, The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter, commonly known as York Minster, is one of largest cathedrals in Northern Europe.<br /><br />Make sure you allow a pretty penny of time for this attraction, as there are many activities to partake in.<br /><br />You can visit The Undercroft, touring the chambers beneath the Minster or you can call during a service and see the daily life of Christian worship.<br /><br />My recommendation is to climb up the tower, the highest point in all of York. Once you have reached the ascent, you will be greeted with panoramic views of the city.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HXFdJfp1AfA/V45Zbw8rwCI/AAAAAAAAAdY/COVrlssZPTwn32uBdyLM2uWWbakit2sDQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_3084.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="488" data-original-width="638" height="488" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HXFdJfp1AfA/V45Zbw8rwCI/AAAAAAAAAdY/COVrlssZPTwn32uBdyLM2uWWbakit2sDQCPcBGAYYCw/s640/IMG_3084.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b><i><u>Art Gallery</u></i></b><br />Located just past York Minster, the art gallery is often forgotten as a tourist destination.<br /><br />Costing an adult £7.50 with gift aid for entry, children under 16 are free.<br /><br />Works include paintings and decorative arts from the 14th century to the present.<br />Currently exhibited is Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape, art based on the First World War.<br /><br />I also appreciate the gallery for housing university fashion students designs and portfolios, providing a platform for young designers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fSmuim47u2o/V-abxM8kIzI/AAAAAAAAAwU/mSwHfOFrp2QGi5RJURo5sQAH9fHwmTw2wCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/thumb_IMG_4390_1024.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1024" data-original-width="768" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fSmuim47u2o/V-abxM8kIzI/AAAAAAAAAwU/mSwHfOFrp2QGi5RJURo5sQAH9fHwmTw2wCPcBGAYYCw/s640/thumb_IMG_4390_1024.jpg" width="480" /></a></div><br /><b><i><u>Park</u></i></b><br />Sometimes city life becomes too much and it can be nice to take a break. York has it's fair share of parks, but my favourite to go to is the Museum Gardens.<br /><br />The gardens are part of the surroundings for Yorkshire Museum and contain Roman ruins and a Medieval Abbey.<br /><br />The park does get very busy, but I think it adds to the atmosphere as often university students will be picnic-ing on the grass and revising with friends.<br /><br />The park is also adjacent to the canal allowing for your walk around the park to be extended if you desire.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gz_q5RYT6xY/V-acrwdRRdI/AAAAAAAAAws/NP02cipV8q8EDe7iJm8xnr_rsijov7KkACPcBGAYYCw/s1600/thumb_DSC00157_1024.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1024" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Gz_q5RYT6xY/V-acrwdRRdI/AAAAAAAAAws/NP02cipV8q8EDe7iJm8xnr_rsijov7KkACPcBGAYYCw/s640/thumb_DSC00157_1024.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b><i><u>Leisure - shop and eat</u></i></b><br />Whilst not the most stimulating, one of the main reasons I visit York every year is for the shops and the food.<br /><br />As the city is so compact, you can move from one shop to the next without walking too far.<br /><br />Many of the high street shops are cluster together and similarly, designer boutiques can be found on around Stonegate.<br /><br />For a dining experience, York is the place. The city houses many traditional pubs, yet still provides chain restaurants for the fussy eaters. The famous Betty's Tea Rooms is located in York's main square alongside the new Ivy, a popular restaurant in London.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ny_aLL62ieI/WHTRVe0WSVI/AAAAAAAABE4/F1j0bo_m49IDvaW1H_BH_k7g2UG18x2ewCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_0117.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="899" data-original-width="1600" height="358" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ny_aLL62ieI/WHTRVe0WSVI/AAAAAAAABE4/F1j0bo_m49IDvaW1H_BH_k7g2UG18x2ewCPcBGAYYCw/s640/IMG_0117.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b><i><u>York Castle/Walls</u></i></b><br />Back to history and culture and York Castle and surrounding walls are not to be missed.<br /><br />The castle stands on top of a high mound, raised by William the Conqueror. Now, under the trust of England Heritage, you can take a tour of the fortified complex.<br /><br />The city walls, built by William the Conqueror are the longest town walls in England. They follow the city all the way around, originally providing as a defence.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EXwK9x1d2CU/Wlt9KGsMw3I/AAAAAAAAB-I/qBC9sySRjJUBYmOHZ6Kluu0GTYsRMkTHgCLcBGAs/s1600/N090439_resized.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="612" data-original-width="1440" height="272" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EXwK9x1d2CU/Wlt9KGsMw3I/AAAAAAAAB-I/qBC9sySRjJUBYmOHZ6Kluu0GTYsRMkTHgCLcBGAs/s640/N090439_resized.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><b><i><u>Bonus- Shambles</u></i></b><br />Of course, I couldn't just stick to 5 when there is so much to see in York, but the Shambles I could not leave out.<br /><br />Probably the most Instagrammed place in York, the Shambles is an old street in York with overhanging buildings, some dating back to the 14th century.<br /><br />On the street, you will find quaint fudge and bookshops leading down to independent market stalls.<br /><br />And if you're a Harry Potter fan, there is an entire shop at the end of the street dedicated to the books and films!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hYk6Ep19vRc/Wlt-Oqtb-6I/AAAAAAAAB-Q/5fI3k50KcYwqeGPLP794NtcHQVWHRZzFwCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-14%2Bat%2B15.58.27.png" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="486" data-original-width="878" height="354" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hYk6Ep19vRc/Wlt-Oqtb-6I/AAAAAAAAB-Q/5fI3k50KcYwqeGPLP794NtcHQVWHRZzFwCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-01-14%2Bat%2B15.58.27.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">York is, without a doubt, one of those places that I'll keep coming back to- not only for the culture and history but also because of the amazing city life which can be found.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Have you been to York?&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="340" height="105" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" width="200" /></a></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-90419756096898204862018-01-05T08:00:00.000+00:002018-01-05T13:40:31.518+00:00What Does Vintage Mean? <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kyXyGaxjhfI/Wk-APlG_d8I/AAAAAAAAB9M/PLLroFYA7dYR2VAS7MjHc3mIVA41wdTGACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2613.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1163" data-original-width="1600" height="464" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kyXyGaxjhfI/Wk-APlG_d8I/AAAAAAAAB9M/PLLroFYA7dYR2VAS7MjHc3mIVA41wdTGACLcBGAs/s640/IMG_2613.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Last week I was walking down Bold Street in Liverpool; nothing unusual, part of my daily commute. The street is famous for its independent quirky businesses such as hip fashion stores and cool coffee shops.<br /><br />As I was strolling (running) to get my train, a woman with a swish southern accent and an abundance of branded carrier bags purred to her daughter: "Darling, this is vintage."<br /><br />I assumed she was talking about Pop Boutique or Cow, known fashion stores which recycle vintage clothing, but curiosity got the better of me and I looked to her point of interest.<br /><br />It wasn't Cow, Pop Boutique or even Resurrection which I had predicted, it was Oxfam.<br /><br />In a way, I was taken aback. I'd heard people discuss how Oxfam sells vintage clothing, but I'd never heard anyone describe it as specifically a vintage clothes shop.<br /><br />In my mind, Oxfam on Bold Street is a charity shop which raises money for a charitable cause.<br />A vintage clothes shop, however, is a business and a business is an organisation where goods and services are sold for profit.<br /><br />Then, this got me thinking...<br /><br />What does the word 'vintage' really mean in fashion?<br /><br />Does it mean an old style, secondhand, a reoccurring fashion from times before us?<br /><br />According to the internet for an item to be vintage, it must be:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">At least 20 years old.&nbsp;</blockquote>But some say clothing can be vintage if it:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Imitates the style of a previous era.&nbsp;</blockquote>Whilst interesting, these definitions&nbsp;don't lead me any closer to what 'vintage' actually is. One definition speaks about something produced over 20 years ago and another speaks about a&nbsp;present production which replicates something from 20 years ago.<br /><br />Could it be, that the very definition of &nbsp;'vintage' is your own interpretation?<br /><br />When I think of vintage, I think of a garment which my Grandma wore back in her hay day in the 1950s which she is now gifting to me in the 2010s.<br /><br />Yet, I bet you as the reader, take an opposite approach.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">What's your opinion?&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="340" height="105" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB78/r-AbIL3yMYUOiORMmZOp4iqcpX1iNdfsgCPcBGAYYCw/s200/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-60355439109427089902017-12-29T15:00:00.000+00:002017-12-29T15:00:04.754+00:00Saying Goodbye To 2017<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PB2-dYEXUj0/Wj-85DXoXcI/AAAAAAAAB8I/evME2LFKtPchuIETG7OQvjMTlzLJO5hFQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1197.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1113" data-original-width="1600" height="444" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PB2-dYEXUj0/Wj-85DXoXcI/AAAAAAAAB8I/evME2LFKtPchuIETG7OQvjMTlzLJO5hFQCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1197.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />This year was full of trials, tribulations and celebrations. Momentous milestones such as my 18th birthday and finishing full-time education symbolised the year. In this blog post, I want to document this year, a recap of my 2017.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JwKE0oNXiWs/Wj-9VSODi9I/AAAAAAAAB8M/kJoAuzPVhTwlXXZTIcmQ2Gxm6Q-0f9qbwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0278.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JwKE0oNXiWs/Wj-9VSODi9I/AAAAAAAAB8M/kJoAuzPVhTwlXXZTIcmQ2Gxm6Q-0f9qbwCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_0278.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />January started with a<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/01/travel-diaries-dublin-day-1.html"><span style="color: blue;"> trip to Dublin</span></a>, travelling for the first time without my parents. Instead, I was joined by my friend, Claire. This trip was the beginning of my growing independence. We spent our time eating the cheapest food possible, soaking up all the culture and having a magical time. I really felt like I was living out my youth and exploring new places as I had done like a youngster.<br /><br />The month seemed to be a period where I pushed myself outside my comfort zone. Previously, I had never been interested in learning to drive, I always thought I would do it after I graduated university, but something in January clicked and I booked myself a driving lesson on January 10th. While driving has not been the easiest for me (especially when I decided to take two months out!) I can now say it was one of the best decisions and come three weeks time I will be taking my practical test. Later in the year, I bought my first car. I had spent months researching, and I must say my dad was a star and took me all around the North West to try and find the perfect car.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tB6skhUu3Lg/Wj-9xYx4o8I/AAAAAAAAB8Y/T1wMbf7j78glDkPxwYRTULFl4drXCurjQCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.45.47.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="881" data-original-width="1600" height="352" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tB6skhUu3Lg/Wj-9xYx4o8I/AAAAAAAAB8Y/T1wMbf7j78glDkPxwYRTULFl4drXCurjQCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.45.47.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />On a similar front, I decided to post my first<span style="color: blue;"> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1">'proper' YouTube video</a>. </span>This had been a goal for a number of years, but I could never build up the courage. Often, I was preoccupied with the thought of social stigma that came with posting videos on the internet, but in reality, YouTube has allowed my confidence to grow and creative side to flourish. I love editing projects and communicating with people all over the world. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to post videos frequently. I will end this year with nearly 500 subscribers which some may think is small, but I think its kind of crazy! I was also featured on<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/03/i-was-on-funforlouis-channel.html"><span style="color: blue;"> FunForLouis' video</span></a>, which was extremely odd, knowing your face has been seen by over one million people.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Ya3e2R9AR0/Wj--OeMJk3I/AAAAAAAAB8g/8pGgTzp0pfkT0Nfs-L4VwsvDi3cM8X-kQCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.48.04.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="606" data-original-width="1250" height="310" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Ya3e2R9AR0/Wj--OeMJk3I/AAAAAAAAB8g/8pGgTzp0pfkT0Nfs-L4VwsvDi3cM8X-kQCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.48.04.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Whilst life was going swimmingly for the first few months of the year, May, brought a different turn of events. I officially finished college and started my A-level exams. I decided I wasn't going to university and instead take a gap year. My decision about my future was faced with criticism, not from my family, but from others around me. I knew I wanted to be a journalist but heard mixed reviews about Journalism degrees. I didn't want to push myself into doing something I wasn't 100% happy with, after all, paying £9,000 a year, just for tuition fees, is a lot of money.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RbSGhkIj3Mc/Wj--gKyB_8I/AAAAAAAAB8o/UzFz9Byc3LMASliclUU8OH28dtnOhSDlwCLcBGAs/s1600/one-love-header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="439" data-original-width="1000" height="280" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RbSGhkIj3Mc/Wj--gKyB_8I/AAAAAAAAB8o/UzFz9Byc3LMASliclUU8OH28dtnOhSDlwCLcBGAs/s640/one-love-header.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Something, I have never spoken about publicly on my blog or YouTube channel is the Manchester terror attack. Five terrorist incidents have taken place this year in the UK, all of which are barbaric and condemnable. As you may know, I live about 30 minutes away from Manchester. Friends were at the Ariana Grande concert and have been affected by what took place. What should have been a night of fun ended in tragedy, and my thoughts go out to those still suffering. I'm going to insert a link<span style="color: blue;"> <a href="https://beta.redcross.org.uk/appeal/uk-solidarity-fund">here</a> </span>to the UK Solidarity Fund, where you can donate any spare change to help victims of terror across the UK.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5emcHSOWJ48/WXpXG1fsYKI/AAAAAAAABn4/fJPh05IxZLkzsAIgj6ItYgPo27SV8DhigCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/IMG_1496.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="883" data-original-width="1600" height="352" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5emcHSOWJ48/WXpXG1fsYKI/AAAAAAAABn4/fJPh05IxZLkzsAIgj6ItYgPo27SV8DhigCPcBGAYYCw/s640/IMG_1496.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Come July, I had finished all my A-level exams and was on my way to<span style="color: blue;"> <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/07/visiting-marbella-and-cabopino.html">Spain with my family</a>. </span>My dad and I donned our backpacks, baseball caps and tin foiled sandwiches and explored the Costa Del Sol. Marbella was my favourite place we visited with the beautiful Cabopino coming a close second. I spent the remainder of the summer, eating all the pub food and relaxing in Devon.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FRPIm1I3wkA/Wg9cppmSd4I/AAAAAAAAB5E/MVqyMkqz-qk0dBbS2DKx7g2948wLhksSQCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B21.56.06.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="876" data-original-width="1188" height="470" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FRPIm1I3wkA/Wg9cppmSd4I/AAAAAAAAB5E/MVqyMkqz-qk0dBbS2DKx7g2948wLhksSQCPcBGAYYCw/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B21.56.06.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />The last few weeks in August were hectic. I received my A-level results, <span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/08/postcards-from-amsterdam_24.html">travelled to Amsterdam</a> </span>with Claire and finished the month in <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/11/what-to-do-in-rome-birthday-visit.html"><span style="color: blue;">Rome for my 18th birthday</span></a>. It was definitely a memorable send off to my childhood.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dU4JUXIgzaM/Wj-_Ej44sgI/AAAAAAAAB8w/x1zsf5yENT0TbwBG8P7pk1ePh8NzVN4_wCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.51.31.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1178" data-original-width="1184" height="636" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dU4JUXIgzaM/Wj-_Ej44sgI/AAAAAAAAB8w/x1zsf5yENT0TbwBG8P7pk1ePh8NzVN4_wCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B14.51.31.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />For the past couple of months, I have been immersing myself in my passion; journalism. I am currently completing the NCTJ, a qualification required to work in print and<span style="color: blue;"> <a href="https://lottiegibbonsreports.wordpress.com/">I have completed work experience</a>.</span> Journalism is an adventurous and rewarding career and I can't wait to see where it takes me.<br /><br />Just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has followed my blog/YouTube channel and to my family and friends for being amazing as usual.<br /><br />What was your 2017 like?<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB74/bgamSOdIRFQxdpV2SQ752fdFibWf9A5RwCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="180" data-original-width="340" height="105" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n-T54t4r0Vg/Wj-pdjQtCOI/AAAAAAAAB74/bgamSOdIRFQxdpV2SQ752fdFibWf9A5RwCLcBGAs/s200/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-12-24%2Bat%2B13.19.33.png" width="200" /></a></div><br />Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-16635310286810640912017-12-02T18:00:00.000+00:002017-12-02T18:00:06.037+00:00Barcelona - A Lively But Struggling City<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BmOoIFGtqqo/WiKOYPUR7cI/AAAAAAAAB6s/DSIO97ySrRAH4jPzBiQe8DASaGRqmAzCACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_4812.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1443" data-original-width="1600" height="576" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BmOoIFGtqqo/WiKOYPUR7cI/AAAAAAAAB6s/DSIO97ySrRAH4jPzBiQe8DASaGRqmAzCACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_4812.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">My expectations before visiting <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2016/12/travel-diaries-barcelona.html">Barcelona</a> weren’t high. In fact, I couldn't understand why my mother had booked a family trip there. It isn't the capital of Spain and what else would there be apart from <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/search/label/Travel">sun, sea, and shops</a>? <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Scrap that, we were travelling in November, so there would be no dips in the sea or sunbathing on the beach and whilst I like shopping, I don't need to travel over 1000 miles to go to Forever 21. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">But, come November 3rd, 2016, I was on a flight heading towards the Catalonian capital, leaving the snowy and grey Manchester behind. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Two hours later, we had landed. Before I got off the plane I wrapped myself up in a thick puffer jacket, complete with scarf and gloves waiting for the cold wind to hit me as I departed the plane. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Looking back, I view the weather almost as a catalyst for events to come, the first of many changes in my perception of<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2016/12/travel-diaries-barcelona.html"> Barcelona</a>. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tnDkm8maHNs/WiKOklfNrAI/AAAAAAAAB68/2qmsXb99-2cJayD2yGIuiKmmFboWT0R5wCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_4854.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tnDkm8maHNs/WiKOklfNrAI/AAAAAAAAB68/2qmsXb99-2cJayD2yGIuiKmmFboWT0R5wCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_4854.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As I headed towards the exit, the heat struck, my head to toe covered body felt like Abu-Dhabi, not a winter European city. Suddenly, a feeling of dread came over me, all I had packed was jumpers, maybe I would be needing Forever 21 after all? <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">As a typical tourist does, we haggled for a taxi to take us to our apartment for the weekend, located just off Passeig De Gracia. I’d heard a lot about this street, how it was filled with Chanel, Dior and only the best restaurants around. You had to be somebody if you were shopping on this street. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">However, Passeig De Gracia shocked me. The vibrancy of the colours, the immersive café culture, and the architecture was unlike anywhere before, it was more than just a street full of shops. On one side of the road, you were greeted with Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and the other a magical fountain. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Decadent was an understatement.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-607Ksxxv0BM/WiKOeLdhexI/AAAAAAAAB68/ErNxamXow1sktaTzAnCE6Nfz0TA75QTRgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_4839.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1502" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-607Ksxxv0BM/WiKOeLdhexI/AAAAAAAAB68/ErNxamXow1sktaTzAnCE6Nfz0TA75QTRgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_4839.jpg" width="600" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Yet, I don’t want it to seem like Barcelona is a place of luxury. At times, it was quite the opposite. Step 100 meters away from the famous Gothic Cathedral and you will find extreme poverty. Beggars on the street, who are severely disabled, desperate for any spare change you have. Apartments have stripped walls and live electric wires dangle in a disorganized chaos. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Similarly, in and around Las Ramblas and Park Guell there was an atmosphere of desperation, groups of men constantly swarmed by you, eyeing up your camera and smartphone. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ElvJ6b2--U/WiKOfVKkdQI/AAAAAAAAB68/NANJEEtZSuQ1ZdIGC2rdlPNPo6VNFb7ZgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_4829.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1ElvJ6b2--U/WiKOfVKkdQI/AAAAAAAAB68/NANJEEtZSuQ1ZdIGC2rdlPNPo6VNFb7ZgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_4829.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Although petty crime is common in most cities, Barcelona was different, there was emotion behind it. Your eyes were opened to the political situation of the regional state. You could see the economic divide within the city as tourists benefited and locals left behind. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Barcelona was not London, nor New York or Paris, it had<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/07/what-is-my-favourite-part-of-holiday.html"> its own identity</a>. By the time I’d left all my preconceptions had disappeared, instead I was left with a deeper and new understanding of this lively, but struggling city.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/LuX4QNjNclo/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LuX4QNjNclo?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Have you ever been to Barcelona, what are your thoughts about the city?&nbsp;</div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-72680726444285867222017-11-27T18:00:00.000+00:002017-11-27T18:00:16.012+00:00Why The Van Gogh Museum Was A Disappointment <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3nvQqa8WKU0/WhwQnRr4mGI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/VBjWRjw8L3M1bKn2wXaDtUJuI034a7yWgCLcBGAs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-27%2Bat%2B13.11.36.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="628" data-original-width="1242" height="322" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3nvQqa8WKU0/WhwQnRr4mGI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/VBjWRjw8L3M1bKn2wXaDtUJuI034a7yWgCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-27%2Bat%2B13.11.36.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in the world. Before visiting Amsterdam, I was excited at the prospect of getting up close and personal with some of his creations.<br /><div><br /></div><div>The Van Gogh Museum is located in Museum Square close to the Rijksmuseum, a prime spot in the city.&nbsp;</div><div><blockquote class="tr_bq">TOP TIP:<br />My friend and I booked tickets online&nbsp;after we heard the queues could be long and tiring, we were right to do so. Similarly, the queues for the cloak-room were fairly long so, I would advise you not to bring a backpack or a heavy coat to the museum.&nbsp;</blockquote></div><div>Before I say why I was disappointed with the attraction, I will say it was extremely interesting to learn about Van Gogh's family and the life he led whilst residing in different locations. However, all of this information (the highlight of my visit) could easily be read online, for free.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qtMqyuQuCQ8/WhwPgiewwPI/AAAAAAAAB6I/LSSEL2xxMw0zd7mclwm3G1koBtw_2Wx7ACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1939.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1342" data-original-width="1600" height="536" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qtMqyuQuCQ8/WhwPgiewwPI/AAAAAAAAB6I/LSSEL2xxMw0zd7mclwm3G1koBtw_2Wx7ACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_1939.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Didot; font-size: 30px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><u>THE DISAPPOINTMENTS:&nbsp;</u></b></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Didot; font-size: 30px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><b><u><br /></u></b></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;didot&quot;; font-size: 23px;">ARCHITECTURE OF THE BUILDING</span><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">For housing such an important piece of history in The Netherlands, I must say the architecture of the building, didn't particularly excite. Whilst, the outside is certainly interesting with the new entrance hall being a glass structure, the inside is pretty dull. From my memory, the walls were dark grey and the interior was clinical and cold. It could be suggested, the simplistic nature means the focus is entirely on the paintings however, I felt it produced an unwelcoming atmosphere. &nbsp;</span></span></div></div><div><br /></div><div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Didot; font-size: 23px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">LIGHTING&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Personally, I didn't find the lighting too bad. It was rather dark and the bulb gave off a yellow luminescence, but here's what some said on TripAdvisor...&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-amA-PuHgpik/WhwPJFCzsRI/AAAAAAAAB6I/PNKmGAI8Dt0BhXxojJ-subqLJpHzKTPZACEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-27%2Bat%2B12.19.44.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="518" data-original-width="1190" height="276" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-amA-PuHgpik/WhwPJFCzsRI/AAAAAAAAB6I/PNKmGAI8Dt0BhXxojJ-subqLJpHzKTPZACEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-27%2Bat%2B12.19.44.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Didot; font-size: 23px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e1hqEQb6l40/WhwPfoayp4I/AAAAAAAAB6I/Z9M0Jc1mwhMZen1l_NRD3CRfSh1KREzUgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_1938.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1024" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e1hqEQb6l40/WhwPfoayp4I/AAAAAAAAB6I/Z9M0Jc1mwhMZen1l_NRD3CRfSh1KREzUgCEwYBhgL/s320/IMG_1938.jpg" width="204" /></a><span style="font-kerning: none;">CROWDS</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Like any tourist hotspot, the crowds are always going to be an issue. However, at times a large number of people did prohibit you from viewing the paintings. Most notably, one version of Sunflowers was cramped and it was difficult to get a full perspective of the masterpiece.</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;didot&quot;; font-size: 23px;">NOTABLE PAINTINGS MISSING</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Whilst, there were paintings such as The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows, some of his most known paintings were not at the museum, this includes Starry Night which is at the MoMA and Irises which is located at The Getty.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Didot; font-size: 23px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">A LOT OF ARTWORK…THAT IS NOT HIS</span></div></div><div>I don't know about you, but when I go to a museum that is supposedly dedicated to one person and his paintings, I don't expect to be bombarded with other artists 'influenced' by his work. In respect, it felt like the museum was filling in gaps of the gallery and only proceeded to confuse the layout and message of the collection.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Have you been to the Van Gogh Museum? Do you agree with my opinion?&nbsp;</div></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-32775487671740187832017-11-18T18:00:00.000+00:002017-11-18T18:00:06.412+00:00What To Do In Rome | A Birthday Visit <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FRPIm1I3wkA/Wg9cppmSd4I/AAAAAAAAB5E/apmJxVJk1RcAEUd8kdEmxkGgC31siNGtQCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B21.56.06.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="876" data-original-width="1188" height="470" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FRPIm1I3wkA/Wg9cppmSd4I/AAAAAAAAB5E/apmJxVJk1RcAEUd8kdEmxkGgC31siNGtQCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B21.56.06.png" width="640" /></a></div><br />Looking back, I would never have imagined that on my 18th birthday I would be in Rome. Two years ago I had never been<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2016/08/majorca-diaries.html"> <span style="color: #999999;">abroad</span> </a>and to be honest the prospect daunted me. That's why this birthday trip was so memorable.<br /><br />Let me take you back around seven months ago. It was the year where everyone was turning 18 and throwing humongous parties to commemorate this milestone.<br /><br />So, when my mum approached me asking <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/09/18-things-i-want-to-do-before-i-am-no.html"><span style="color: #999999;">how I wanted to celebrate</span></a>. I had other ideas. After recently catching the travel bug (very infectious you know?!) I had one thing on my mind. I wanted to go abroad.<br /><br />After plenty of research, my family and I decided on Rome, the capital of Italy.<br /><br />Famed for its magnificent culture and delicious food, the city suited every member of my family down to a tee.<br /><br />Roll onto the end of August and it was time for my birthday trip. Before we went, I had extensively planned and structured an itinerary of all the places I wanted to visit, making sure I covered every hotspot in Rome.<br /><br />We stayed at Hotel Degli Artisti, a four-star hotel tucked off the main street leading to the Trevi Fountain. On arrival, my family and I were upgraded to a bigger room, starting the trip off nicely.<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Rome Travel Tip:&nbsp;</i></b><br />Do not drink from the minibar, we made this mistake after a long taxi ride and ending up paying the very dear price for it. Head to a supermarket away from the tourist trap where you can pick up 1 Litre bottles of water for €1 and bottles of beer for €2.&nbsp;</blockquote>Here are some of my major highlights and favourite things to do in Rome from our five-day trip:<br /><br /><h2>1. St Peter's Basilica&nbsp;</h2><div>Hands down, the best attraction of the whole trip. St Peter's Basilica is an iconic symbol of Christianity and is located in Vatican City.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>It was the largest church ever built and is believed to be the burial place of Saint Peter.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The striking feature was the sheer opulence of the architecture, for people to have built the church in the first place they must have had an unquestionable faith in the belief of the Christian God.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>If you come to the Basilica, you must climb the dome. Whilst, this would be daunting for those that are claustrophobic or scared of heights, once you are at the top, you will be greeted with a stunning cityscape. If I can go up the steps in 36 degrees Celsius, you can too.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Top Tip:&nbsp;</i></b><br />Keep an eye out on the Pope's schedule; when the Pope is in Rome for the sunday angelus he will address the crowd in St Peter's square. &nbsp;</blockquote><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WlfZ3uFH8LA/Wg9dhMgrpxI/AAAAAAAAB5c/isgstlWnstELaIgvZwELQLHjgU_TdAUdgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2444.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WlfZ3uFH8LA/Wg9dhMgrpxI/AAAAAAAAB5c/isgstlWnstELaIgvZwELQLHjgU_TdAUdgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2444.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">View from the dome</td></tr></tbody></table><h2>2. Colosseum&nbsp;</h2><div>Built between 70AD and 80AD, this amphitheatre was the biggest ever built by the Roman Empire.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Seeing the Colosseum was a rather uncanny moment. I had studied it in great detail when I was at high school and used it twice as a central theme for English and Film coursework, visiting the theatre didn't feel like reality and still doesn't.</div><div><br /></div><div>When I was on the second floor looking down at the arena I could imagine the gladiator fights that I had written so vividly about four years ago - in a way it was like seeing my creations come to life!&nbsp;</div><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Colosseum Tourist Warning:</i></b><br />On arrival to the Colosseum, many 'fast track ticket sellers' approached us saying they could help with skipping the queues if we payed an extra €30 each. DO NOT DO THIS. Book online prior to coming, using only the official website and when you get the Colosseum head to the outdoor office booths. There staff will inform you of when the best time to see the Colosseum is that day.&nbsp;</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_bFS5Ku6g9A/Wg9diDis6OI/AAAAAAAAB5c/T0BQwCxLlYwb4rGP2u_YRePDY9zESShSgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2281.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_bFS5Ku6g9A/Wg9diDis6OI/AAAAAAAAB5c/T0BQwCxLlYwb4rGP2u_YRePDY9zESShSgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2281.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><h2></h2><h2>3. Vatican Museums&nbsp;</h2><div>A collation of Christian and art museums located in you guessed it, Vatican City.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The museums exhibit the abundant collection Popes amassed throughout the centuries.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>According to statistics online, the museums hold around 70,000 pieces of work to which 20,000 are on display.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Within the Vatican Museums is the famous Sistine Chapel which serves as a place of papel activity.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The grandeur of the artwork displayed and the architecture of the museums act as an almost earthly representation of religious belief.&nbsp;</div><br />If you visit, ponder about the wealth of the museums in comparison with the poverty of the world past and present... it creates an interesting debate.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CqW6hggMB50/Wg9djeXGczI/AAAAAAAAB5c/kL1znSMkGrcnAjMvkkDFYApeU6c-o4hqgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2358.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CqW6hggMB50/Wg9djeXGczI/AAAAAAAAB5c/kL1znSMkGrcnAjMvkkDFYApeU6c-o4hqgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2358.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><h2></h2><h2>4. Trevi Fountain&nbsp;</h2><div>The first time I saw the Trevi Fountain was when I watched La Dolce Vita to which Marcello and Sylvia wade into the fountain.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>With the heat and humidity, I would have taken any chance to jump right in, but even touching the water is prohibited.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The advice I got from other travellers was that the Trevi Fountain was a must-see, especially at nighttime. I can now report that they weren't wrong.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Lit with ambient white lighting, the water looks velvety appearing smooth and soft.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Take a look for yourself...&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y_LwwGvAV-w/Wg9dvrBkROI/AAAAAAAAB5c/vwPvvZQKi4Ud_gw-EM-NzipchEreMkoQgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2462.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y_LwwGvAV-w/Wg9dvrBkROI/AAAAAAAAB5c/vwPvvZQKi4Ud_gw-EM-NzipchEreMkoQgCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2462.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><h2></h2><h2>5. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill&nbsp;</h2><div>I've grouped these two together because of their location. The Roman Forum is made up of the ruins of ancient government buildings including the unmissable monument; the Temple of Saturn.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Palentine Hill stands above the Roman Forum and is one of the seven hills of Rome. Classed as one of the most ancient parts of the city, the hill stands 70 metres in height.</div><div><br /></div><div>Not all parts of the Palatine are available for visitors to see, however, you can still visit the Imperial Palaces, the Farnese Gardens and the House of Livia.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><i>Top Tip:&nbsp;</i></b><br />Go with a tour guide. Unfortunately, the Roman Forum lacks any sort of English translations explaining the site and when it does often the information boards are longwinded and confusing. Also, take plenty of water if travelling in the summer, Palatine Hill can be a tough walk.&nbsp;</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vmw14_KXgTo/Wg9cpaWWW_I/AAAAAAAAB5E/D4tkaGBJXAorpCNsuNEXEOcqHbs8GCMzACEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B22.00.16.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="864" data-original-width="1160" height="476" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vmw14_KXgTo/Wg9cpaWWW_I/AAAAAAAAB5E/D4tkaGBJXAorpCNsuNEXEOcqHbs8GCMzACEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B22.00.16.png" width="640" /></a></div><h2></h2><h2>6. Other Churches&nbsp;</h2>Normally, I like to finish on five, but I could not miss this highlight out. Rome quintessentially is a city that embodies Christianity. To get a good grasp of how important religion was and still is in the city, do not just visit the tourist hotspots. My two favourite churches (besides St Peter's) were The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius and Sant'Agnese in Agone. Both are extremely beautiful and fascinating.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TdBZxwrB7oY/Wg9cn5AsENI/AAAAAAAAB5E/JaO_P0mqLco8_S1qcKyiBo1wKP9qHRHOACEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B22.02.01.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="616" data-original-width="1238" height="318" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TdBZxwrB7oY/Wg9cn5AsENI/AAAAAAAAB5E/JaO_P0mqLco8_S1qcKyiBo1wKP9qHRHOACEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-11-17%2Bat%2B22.02.01.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />There are still so many more attractions I could talk about such as the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Galleria Borghese, but these are my top six picks of the whole trip.<br /><br />Rome was such an incredible experience and one that I can guarantee I will not forget - how many people can say they were stood in the Colosseum on their 18th birthday?!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I also posted two videos on my YouTube channel about this trip:&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SIEn8GXre5o/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SIEn8GXre5o?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://youtu.be/SIEn8GXre5o"><span style="color: #999999;">Rome Vlog&nbsp;</span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://youtu.be/gaVTar0-SLU"><span style="color: #999999;">Rome Guide</span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><u>Have you ever been to Rome?&nbsp;</u></b></div><br />Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-3728064837238603952017-11-15T10:00:00.000+00:002017-11-15T10:00:06.604+00:00The Body Shop Christmas Blogger Event - Liverpool One <div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tj7Cyad63VY/WgmJcKh5qKI/AAAAAAAAB4g/l3J0Q3Z-5dwPMrmpOTMV3TKvGqfH7vwAACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2831.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1336" data-original-width="1600" height="534" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tj7Cyad63VY/WgmJcKh5qKI/AAAAAAAAB4g/l3J0Q3Z-5dwPMrmpOTMV3TKvGqfH7vwAACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2831.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>What symbolises the beginning of Christmas?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Advent calendars, Michael Buble, Mince pies...?</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">No, of course not! You know it's Christmas when the<a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/10/lush-christmas-blogger-event.html"><span style="color: #999999;"> cosmetics companies</span></a> start theming their products; scrap the usual packaging, it's time for bows, sequins and lots of glitter.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Last week, <a href="https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/"><span style="color: #999999;">The Body Shop</span></a>&nbsp;invited me to their blogger's event hosted in <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/11/understanding-christmas-spirit.html"><span style="color: #999999;">Liverpool One</span></a>. Despite arriving after everyone had left (what is my life) the staff were so helpful and eagerly explained their new collection.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YWJODvt1b5o/WgmJU57B3lI/AAAAAAAAB4g/ofQhUG8If5kXoyt0XrAMp2aKiwyH7hxzQCEwYBhgL/s1600/Gifts.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YWJODvt1b5o/WgmJU57B3lI/AAAAAAAAB4g/ofQhUG8If5kXoyt0XrAMp2aKiwyH7hxzQCEwYBhgL/s640/Gifts.jpg" width="640" /></a></div></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><b><u><i>This year's Christmas scents are:&nbsp;</i></u></b></h3><h4 style="text-align: center;">Frosted Berries&nbsp;</h4><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Scented with<span style="color: #111111;">&nbsp;fresh notes of juicy berries, creamy white flowers, and sweet vanilla.</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: #111111;">Enriched with cranberry extract from North America.&nbsp;</span></span></div><h4 style="text-align: center;">Frosted Plum&nbsp;</h4><div style="text-align: center;">Featuring hints of pink peony and magnolia&nbsp;alongside juicy ripe plum.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Enriched with plum extract from Turkey&nbsp;</div><h4 style="text-align: center;">Vanilla Chai</h4><div style="text-align: center;">Contains spiced notes of vanilla warmed with addictive&nbsp;cardamon and star anise.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Enriched with vanilla extract from Madagascar.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tLcorx80jy4/WgmJHSQ1KhI/AAAAAAAAB4g/97soAuXXuLE868mo7L-aBjFj6SEmOMq_wCEwYBhgL/s1600/Christmas%2Brnage%2Band%2Bclose.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tLcorx80jy4/WgmJHSQ1KhI/AAAAAAAAB4g/97soAuXXuLE868mo7L-aBjFj6SEmOMq_wCEwYBhgL/s640/Christmas%2Brnage%2Band%2Bclose.jpg" width="640" /></a></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Within this range, you can buy soaps, shimmer mists, body butter, body lotions, bath foams, hand creams, candles, scrubs and shower gels.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">You can also by gift sets of the original products, often coming at a cheaper price than if you bought the items separately.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And of course, you can't forget the evolutionary beauty advent calendar. This year, The Body Shop have released four. Three are countdowns to Christmas and one is a countdown to New Year.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yapGA0ga6XU/WgmJHFkhdyI/AAAAAAAAB4g/Nz4EbtX2GasF6ggdD_VmDsu7WXysmKFWQCEwYBhgL/s1600/Advent%2Bcalendar.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yapGA0ga6XU/WgmJHFkhdyI/AAAAAAAAB4g/Nz4EbtX2GasF6ggdD_VmDsu7WXysmKFWQCEwYBhgL/s640/Advent%2Bcalendar.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">At the event, we were treated to a goody-bag and a 40% discount off products. Obviously, I took full advantage of this offer and purchased new skincare and makeup. Similarly, I was very impressed with the quality of the goody-bag which feature four full-size items.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-06uTREQzCE8/WgmJGszMzOI/AAAAAAAAB4g/beU0x0EG3Ng6md55k0xq4HYvZjOClOVhACEwYBhgL/s1600/Collage%2Bof%2Bbodyshop%2Bhaul.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-06uTREQzCE8/WgmJGszMzOI/AAAAAAAAB4g/beU0x0EG3Ng6md55k0xq4HYvZjOClOVhACEwYBhgL/s640/Collage%2Bof%2Bbodyshop%2Bhaul.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">There is currently a 40% discount taking place online, so if you are looking for some gifts or maybe a treat for yourself head over there now, before it's too late.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have you purchased any of The Body Shop's new collection?&nbsp;</div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-31252744141721507842017-11-11T09:00:00.000+00:002017-11-11T09:00:10.255+00:00Understanding The Christmas Spirit - Liverpool Christmas Light Switch On And Bar Hütte<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XR_Clff4k74/WgYnfjVf38I/AAAAAAAAB3s/YPxUhvO-pa8LR_LFeDZNBwRSYcKU-ZoGwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2828.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1204" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XR_Clff4k74/WgYnfjVf38I/AAAAAAAAB3s/YPxUhvO-pa8LR_LFeDZNBwRSYcKU-ZoGwCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_2828.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Is it too early to talk about <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2017/10/lush-christmas-blogger-event.html"><span style="color: #999999;">Christmas</span></a>? I think not! On Thursday 9 November I was invited to the Christmas lights switch on, whilst reporting for the<a href="http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/live-liverpool-one-christmas-light-13881336"><span style="color: #999999;"> Liverpool Echo</span></a>.<br /><br />The night differed from other Christmas lights switch on's as no celebrity opened the night. Instead, we were treated to performances, fireworks, confetti and a Disney bonanza.<br /><br />Starting at 4pm the festive atmosphere was in full swing as Christmas trees, glitter balls and Christmas bell ornament humans walked and posed for photos around Paradise Street.<br /><br />The night progressed with comedy sketches, flash mobs and street performers riling up the crowds.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PmX7qwGCcIc/WgYm27M73DI/AAAAAAAAB3g/0zP6bHEar4oRr4_YsJIWePffbO3-QNwXACEwYBhgL/s1600/DONbrNTWkAA08Ld.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1200" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PmX7qwGCcIc/WgYm27M73DI/AAAAAAAAB3g/0zP6bHEar4oRr4_YsJIWePffbO3-QNwXACEwYBhgL/s640/DONbrNTWkAA08Ld.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />There were many reasons why this night was special...<br /><br />For starters, holding an event in<span style="color: #999999;"> <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/search/label/Travel"><span style="color: #999999;">Liverpool</span></a> </span>will always gage a good atmosphere. Scousers are known for being loud and friendly. The event production matched up to the vibrant personalities with bangs, whoops and surprises in abundance.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z7w3QGsNk8I/WgYnBq2_hKI/AAAAAAAAB3g/_YM3vvZk270BP4md4FdOT5WBIJtuBpedgCEwYBhgL/s1600/Christmas%2Blights.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z7w3QGsNk8I/WgYnBq2_hKI/AAAAAAAAB3g/_YM3vvZk270BP4md4FdOT5WBIJtuBpedgCEwYBhgL/s640/Christmas%2Blights.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />But, the most memorable party of the night is that I got to spend some time with my dad, counting down together, drinking with one another in Bar Hutte and generally just having a giggle away from any pressures of society.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYI6BbyDZ74/WgYnYq6LAuI/AAAAAAAAB38/dQ0vzamFCmoiOSzjuc_rYOJJ13rPI3XuwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2826.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYI6BbyDZ74/WgYnYq6LAuI/AAAAAAAAB38/dQ0vzamFCmoiOSzjuc_rYOJJ13rPI3XuwCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2826.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />You may think that the humongous&nbsp;crowds and blaring music would be oppressive, but the night was rather relaxing as everyone was appeared to be enjoying themselves and taking in the intoxicating festive vibes.<br /><br />And that's why this year, for one of the first times, I truly understood what Christmas, at the core, was essentially about- family, friends and love. Standing with my dad and total strangers singing together (Mariah Carey - FYI!) felt like a big family. It brought the Christmas spirit to the city and a kind and positive atmosphere which the current climate desperately requires.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yGwlyiDTlak/WgYnYGWa8TI/AAAAAAAAB38/iMIvlyplKHkp2M2ui7MNP7tjRbI88HlxACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2821.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1369" data-original-width="1600" height="546" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yGwlyiDTlak/WgYnYGWa8TI/AAAAAAAAB38/iMIvlyplKHkp2M2ui7MNP7tjRbI88HlxACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2821.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />To those who organised the event and the many volunteers that helped, thank you for hosting such a brilliant night. Also, kudos to Gilly, the events manager of Bar Hutte who made my dad and I&nbsp;feel very welcome.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PmX7qwGCcIc/WgYm27M73DI/AAAAAAAAB3g/0zP6bHEar4oRr4_YsJIWePffbO3-QNwXACEwYBhgL/s1600/DONbrNTWkAA08Ld.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1200" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PmX7qwGCcIc/WgYm27M73DI/AAAAAAAAB3g/0zP6bHEar4oRr4_YsJIWePffbO3-QNwXACEwYBhgL/s640/DONbrNTWkAA08Ld.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">How are you celebrating the start of the festive season?</div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0Liverpool, UK53.4083714 -2.991572600000040453.1055044 -3.6370196000000403 53.7112384 -2.3461256000000406tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-8028098262432419302017-10-30T19:05:00.000+00:002017-10-30T19:05:43.522+00:00LUSH Christmas Blogger EventLast week, I had the pleasure of attending a Lush Liverpool Festive Blogger Night. An evening filled with consultations, product making, pampers and lots of festive fun.<br />If you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2016/07/lush-collection.html">I am a huge Lush fan.</a><br /><br />This is to the point where I will buy bath bombs even though I don't have a bath... crazy I know.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gsthWGnmh5g/WfcINI1KQ2I/AAAAAAAAB24/FUh3KBoLqhklfYuxbsWSZNt5PI6g8N3_ACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2755.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gsthWGnmh5g/WfcINI1KQ2I/AAAAAAAAB24/FUh3KBoLqhklfYuxbsWSZNt5PI6g8N3_ACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2755.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />However, more importantly, it is the company's ethos of only producing fresh handmade cosmetics and also their ethics. A fair contrast from many beauty brands.<br /><br />On the night, we were introduced to the Halloween and Christmas collection along with how to make our own Comforter bubble bar!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_fxP9-Up1Fc/WfcHejZE0bI/AAAAAAAAB2k/uSPq8D951fcMWN_r7UvMUhtXqaKjLM4YwCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-10-30%2Bat%2B11.01.24.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="556" data-original-width="1163" height="304" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_fxP9-Up1Fc/WfcHejZE0bI/AAAAAAAAB2k/uSPq8D951fcMWN_r7UvMUhtXqaKjLM4YwCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-10-30%2Bat%2B11.01.24.png" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MlKvkm1PL54/WfcIWbBFyuI/AAAAAAAAB24/l3s0I9tPHik6bo5lf3rK7kiFuwM6ShtRwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2757.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MlKvkm1PL54/WfcIWbBFyuI/AAAAAAAAB24/l3s0I9tPHik6bo5lf3rK7kiFuwM6ShtRwCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2757.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />We also had a tour of the spa room, complete with vegan nibbles, who knew vegan chocolate tastes so good?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6_vlfE3AA-E/WfcH_uqJC-I/AAAAAAAAB24/I9ygJMro528mZeduHw6Fsd-dqz5VBLQGQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2744.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1345" data-original-width="1600" height="538" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6_vlfE3AA-E/WfcH_uqJC-I/AAAAAAAAB24/I9ygJMro528mZeduHw6Fsd-dqz5VBLQGQCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2744.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />I then received a complimentary skin consultation, discussing all the different facial cleansers. Lush gave out free samples of face masks and it's safe to say I took as many as I could. So far, I have tried Cupcake face mask - a heavenly chocolate treat.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--6KExtkGNMU/WfcIB9w1jLI/AAAAAAAAB24/ULRGp5_rnEsbkAPDHEKEKUKEltOVVo6VQCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2752.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--6KExtkGNMU/WfcIB9w1jLI/AAAAAAAAB24/ULRGp5_rnEsbkAPDHEKEKUKEltOVVo6VQCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2752.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Before we left, we were given a goodie bag filled with the latest Lush products, including some of their new Naked range. The collection removes the packaging of the product, saving bottles and tubs ending up in landfills.<br /><br />I will be sure to do a follow-up video on my <a href="https://www.youtube.com/lottiegibbons">YouTube</a> channel about the Naked range as I believe it is a brilliant idea, which other companies should follow. In the meantime, check out <a href="http://www.lush.co.uk/">Lush</a> and see if anything tickles your pickle!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Let me know your thoughts on the latest Christmas collection and whether you have tried any.&nbsp;</div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-361254710402907532017-10-25T13:07:00.001+01:002017-10-26T09:13:54.103+01:00Rosegal Haul*<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vcxM0qyBJ5o/WcZewurCrII/AAAAAAAABz8/LhAyRiiGF-MucPxZKGj1xhUqssbqJfF5QCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/10428688_425230757630854_7485219803847096851_n.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="400" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vcxM0qyBJ5o/WcZewurCrII/AAAAAAAABz8/LhAyRiiGF-MucPxZKGj1xhUqssbqJfF5QCPcBGAYYCw/s320/10428688_425230757630854_7485219803847096851_n.png" width="320" /></a></div><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Here are the recent things I picked up in an online order made with <a href="http://www.rosegal.com/?lkid=11414700">Rosegal</a>.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This <a href="https://www.rosegal.com/stripes-blouse/shop/?lkid=11414700">stripes blouse</a> is perfect for casual wear, tucked into denim blue jeans and tan boots I can see come this spring/summer this shirt will be a staple. I will say that the blue stripes were more vibrant than what appeared on the model, however, I don’t mind this.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The shirt is black button down with a structured collar.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J-WLihXc5nA/WfB8tJiT-SI/AAAAAAAAB18/u8LVf0m58WQbR2gdMoKwp5QH0nW6rtUfwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2763.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-J-WLihXc5nA/WfB8tJiT-SI/AAAAAAAAB18/u8LVf0m58WQbR2gdMoKwp5QH0nW6rtUfwCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2763.JPG" width="480" /></a></span></div><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">First things first - I LOVE THIS <a href="https://www.rosegal.com/shoulder-bags-91/?lkid=11414700">SHOULDER BAG</a>! It is such a stunning natural tan colour. The faux leather is good quality and looks authentic as the material has softened giving off a lovely sheen. The bag is a small/medium size with 3 main compartments with one having a middle inner zip, perfect for making sure anything important doesn’t fall out. The bag also has an outer zip which is a big plus, especially in this rainy British weather.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nd9dIs2_TjA/WfB8sJ3swOI/AAAAAAAAB18/1vjRMCN9Opg5zLfB1mpwGmlRlKEm4ZZRACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2762.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nd9dIs2_TjA/WfB8sJ3swOI/AAAAAAAAB18/1vjRMCN9Opg5zLfB1mpwGmlRlKEm4ZZRACEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2762.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Stacked <a href="https://www.rosegal.com/rings-22/?lkid=11414700">Rings</a>- This is a trend which I originally saw SunBeamsJess on YouTube wear. I feel that it can add edge to a casual outfit. Mixing and matching between the silver and the gold creates a nice contrast. One thing I would say is that these rings are best suited for people with thin fingers, as they are quite a tight fit.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QMVRLGTOLnU/WfB8m3xQXdI/AAAAAAAAB18/yG_qchWPyxoNxYsEul2V4cwvXzhI8XH5wCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_2764.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QMVRLGTOLnU/WfB8m3xQXdI/AAAAAAAAB18/yG_qchWPyxoNxYsEul2V4cwvXzhI8XH5wCEwYBhgL/s640/IMG_2764.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://www.rosegal.com/decorative-crafts/scratch-world-map-travel-edition-1119035.html?lkid=11414700">Scratch Map</a>- A random buy, but something I wanted to add to my bedroom decor. Currently, my room is featuring a travel theme and I have always wanted a scratch map. However, the Urban Outfitters prices have always put me off (student life), but this was a bargain at only $9.47.</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The map is really good quality and goes well with the gold colour scheme in my room.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C9qjxJy_CbE/WfB9cwQAuHI/AAAAAAAAB2I/Jhr4acxx7-QaGOlPaYfV3P6UiKRKzJEWACEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-10-25%2Bat%2B13.02.41.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="467" data-original-width="638" height="466" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-C9qjxJy_CbE/WfB9cwQAuHI/AAAAAAAAB2I/Jhr4acxx7-QaGOlPaYfV3P6UiKRKzJEWACEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-10-25%2Bat%2B13.02.41.png" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">What I liked about Rosegal is the variety of items on their website. They also cater well for plus size women, an area which is underrepresented in the rest of the fashion industry. The bag and the scratch map are very good quality, which I was pleasantly surprised with despite the cheap price tag. Overall, I had a good experience with Rosegal.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; min-height: 13px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></span></div><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">*Rosegal did send me these items, however, I was not paid to write a review. This is my honest opinion of my experience receiving their products.&nbsp;</span></span></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-79070375430444400532017-10-22T18:00:00.000+01:002017-10-22T18:00:06.996+01:00Is Instagram Ruining Our Self Esteem? <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D5gpQOcUzAU/WdoVj701abI/AAAAAAAAB1c/qGHC_q2C--EavcLLdqpIWeVV0TO2pw6yQCLcBGAs/s1600/instagram-1474232_1920.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1066" data-original-width="1600" height="426" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-D5gpQOcUzAU/WdoVj701abI/AAAAAAAAB1c/qGHC_q2C--EavcLLdqpIWeVV0TO2pw6yQCLcBGAs/s640/instagram-1474232_1920.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />With over 600 million Instagram users and 95 million photos and videos being shared every day, Instagram is pretty hard to ignore.<br /><br />I've had Instagram for around three years. I remember one of my first Instagram posts was a Clown Fish at Torquay Aquarium.<br /><br />However, the Instagram set up is rather different nowadays. Rather than sharing a random photo, many users aim to share a selection of their best pictures displaying their feed to be a showcase of their 'happy' life.<br /><br />The reason why I use happy in inverted commas is that this is as far from the truth as possible. Instagram has been declared as the worst social media for mental health and I can't say that I am surprised.<br /><br />Part of this is to do with Instagram scoring negatively for self-identity and self-expression. Cosmopolitan wrote an article earlier this year speaking of how Instagram ruins self-esteem as influencers curate the "perfect virtual self".<br /><br />However, for myself and others according to a number of surveys, Instagram has created a new self-confidence&nbsp;killer, the 'fear of missing out' otherwise more commonly known as FOMO.<br /><br />The #StatusOfMind report explained:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">“Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while others enjoy life."</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span> <span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">And that is exactly how I felt.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span> <span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #202020; font-family: inherit;">Whilst, I had an amazing summer, travelling to many countries and&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #202020;">unconsciously</span><span style="color: #202020; font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;uploading photos day by day to social media, w</span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020;">hen the season&nbsp;ended and reality kicked in, that's when I noticed FOMO starting.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span> <span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;">Whether it be my friends posting pictures of their wild university nights or a blogger sharing images of the press event they attended, I was there scrolling on my&nbsp;phone working two jobs and studying; feeling like I was missing out.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span> <span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;">It's an odd feeling because I am extremely happy with my decisions, I like my jobs and my course, but suddenly I became insecure.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br /><span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;">This has led me to where I am today. I have removed Instagram from my main dock and put it in a folder on my phone that I&nbsp;rarely use, this means that when I have a free minute I am not clicking on Instagram and complacently scrolling through.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span> <span style="color: #202020;"><span style="background-color: white;">What is your opinion on Instagram? &nbsp;</span></span><br /><div style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XtwuJbmeyc/WdoU9fDz2xI/AAAAAAAAB1Q/oKWyB9eYiycZqd1CePrbpkz_WZQQnjJhACLcBGAs/s1600/skincare-1461395_1920.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1063" data-original-width="1600" height="424" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3XtwuJbmeyc/WdoU9fDz2xI/AAAAAAAAB1Q/oKWyB9eYiycZqd1CePrbpkz_WZQQnjJhACLcBGAs/s640/skincare-1461395_1920.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Back in the days when I was an insecure teenager, I would try every skincare product under the sun to see if anything would clear my spots.<br /><br />This ranged from Pro-Activ to Clinique to Wilkinsons; the list goes on.<br /><br />However, a friend said the reason my blemishes were not clearing was due to using synthetic skincare.<br /><br />So, being my naive self I bought a whole collection of tea tree skincare from a brand that promotes itself on being "100% natural".<br /><br />Excited to see what would happen I eagerly slathered on the products before I went to bed and couldn't wait to see what I looked like the next morning.<br /><br />Would I look like Candice Swanepoel with radiant skin? Or have Constance Jablonski flawless face?<br /><br /><div><div>Nope, I actually looked worse than the day before.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Why? Because I had an allergic reaction to one of their 'natural ingredients'.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>You see, a couple of months ago I had reacted badly to a perfume after spraying it on my neck. The allergy left me with rashes and spots that were extremely irritating. So, when my face was showing the same effects as my neck did, I knew straight away what had happened.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>To cut a long story short, I am allergic to the chemical; Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, a fragrance ingredient.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>This chemical is actually in a lot of perfume, aftershave, moisturizer and other skin care including Paco Rabanne's Lady Million.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>However, as reported by Cosmetic.Info Alpha Isomethyl Ionone is a synthetic ingredient meaning it was artificially produced.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Thus, the 'natural skincare' I had invested in was actually the opposite.&nbsp;</div><div>To the point where Ebearthborn said that Alpha Isomethyl Ionone is considered a possible human immune system toxin and is also toxic to the environment.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Similarly, Paula's Choice gave the chemical a rating of "Poor" saying it should be avoided by those who suffer from sensitive skin.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>To say I was disappointed was an understatement, rather than clearing my skin, the products had actually made it worse. Also, being an age where self-confidence was at an all-time low, what was supposed to be a saviour turned out to be my nightmare.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Have you had any experiences with skin care like this? 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Well, <a href="https://www.betty.me/subscription/">Betty Box</a> is challenging that. On their website, they say: "We want the conversation about periods, pads and puberty to get a little more interesting and a lot more fun."</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Last week, I was lucky enough to receive the September Betty Box. This is a monthly subscription box aimed at young teenage girls to help make your time of the month a little bit better.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">The box is tailored with all your period essentials. You choose whether you want pads, tampons or mixed and you can also choose the brand.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I chose tampons, you also receive&nbsp;pads for nighttime and a box full of cool stuff to brighten your mood.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3ffqhTiRKE/WcaXXrowFJI/AAAAAAAAB0s/rEx-T0RMtMcw81_FXlxlyukIh5gFYqsCgCEwYBhgL/s1600/Betty%2Bbooklet.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3ffqhTiRKE/WcaXXrowFJI/AAAAAAAAB0s/rEx-T0RMtMcw81_FXlxlyukIh5gFYqsCgCEwYBhgL/s640/Betty%2Bbooklet.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The box also contains this little booklet, which includes a list of this months item, tips, tricks and little articles.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-STtT5ufW7ec/WcaXpuIGPbI/AAAAAAAAB0s/sdeG817UjXMfyt35tcNtyRMRUhHTJaaTwCEwYBhgL/s1600/For%2Bnow%2Bbag.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1411" data-original-width="1600" height="564" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-STtT5ufW7ec/WcaXpuIGPbI/AAAAAAAAB0s/sdeG817UjXMfyt35tcNtyRMRUhHTJaaTwCEwYBhgL/s640/For%2Bnow%2Bbag.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I really liked the addition of this pouch. This is the 'For Now' containing pantyliners and small tampons for a light flow. This would be perfect for the beginning or&nbsp;end of your period.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The pouch is discrete as well for carrying in your handbag.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l1roG12djY4/WcaW-IkR27I/AAAAAAAAB0s/_B0ty_wQnDonFEazvrAGlmD6RmevLWzBACEwYBhgL/s1600/Betty%2Bfor%2Blater.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l1roG12djY4/WcaW-IkR27I/AAAAAAAAB0s/_B0ty_wQnDonFEazvrAGlmD6RmevLWzBACEwYBhgL/s640/Betty%2Bfor%2Blater.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The 'For Later' contains what you need when your period is heavier. This is the box you can tailor to yourself and your flow.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I couldn't believe how many tampons that was in the box, enough to last year more than one cycle.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mZ0GCyWA3uA/WcaXeHqZQVI/AAAAAAAAB0s/TXUy9kg3TAc-SHEf2YPcOeupth-OAICNwCEwYBhgL/s1600/For%2Bnight.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mZ0GCyWA3uA/WcaXeHqZQVI/AAAAAAAAB0s/TXUy9kg3TAc-SHEf2YPcOeupth-OAICNwCEwYBhgL/s640/For%2Bnight.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Lastly, the 'For Night' contains nighttime pads. Again, as with the last box, you receive a lot of pads, to which you can carry over to next month.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OlXqE7kFoN8/WcaXwjHHgzI/AAAAAAAAB0s/NB4QLQPYlrEl0BVn5CNHT88TX_Dj7TaZQCEwYBhgL/s1600/For%2Byou.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OlXqE7kFoN8/WcaXwjHHgzI/AAAAAAAAB0s/NB4QLQPYlrEl0BVn5CNHT88TX_Dj7TaZQCEwYBhgL/s640/For%2Byou.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Probably, what I was most excited about the 'For You' box contains products to make you feel better and give yourself a bit of TLC.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This month's box had a variety of products from chocolates to hair masks. Overall, I was really impressed, just this box was worth over £35.00.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Here is exactly what was in the box:&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Monty Bojangles truffles&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Joe and Seph's popcorn</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Minifelts iron on patch</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Trust fund nail polish&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Bubble t lip balm</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Stabilo Pastel Highlighter&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- La La Land sticky notes&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- T Zone pore strips</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">- Chirp Body hair mask</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The box is £12.99, plus free postage. Well worth it when you consider the 'For You' box.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I would personally gift this box to someone who is perhaps new to the world of periods, making&nbsp;the experience a little bit easier.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; 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text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WFhIiWOe_4M/WcLe4mutctI/AAAAAAAAByw/S2c9GDjeOpE9q09yo5YpWkFGeeqoMfGagCLcBGAs/s1600/board%2B1.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="534" data-original-width="1600" height="212" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WFhIiWOe_4M/WcLe4mutctI/AAAAAAAAByw/S2c9GDjeOpE9q09yo5YpWkFGeeqoMfGagCLcBGAs/s640/board%2B1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><b><br /></b> <b>Liverpool Fashion Week returns for its ninth year running and in a new location, Fusion, Fleet Street.&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b> The most influential UK fashion week outside of London will be hosting a three-day event exhibiting a variety of designers.<br /><br />Starting on October 2nd 2017, the show will also feature fashion expert Gok Wan and fashion journalist Liz Jones as the show reporter.<br /><br />Speaking before the event, show director Amanda Moss said:&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;">"Fashion is for everyone, we were the first to champion models of all sizes and we&nbsp;continue to promote body confidence".&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Here is the lowdown on what to expect from Liverpool Fashion Week:&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Opening Night- Couture Glamour and Gok Wan</u></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Liverpool will be showcasing independent couture designers on the 2nd October, including many international brands. Additionally, Gok Wan will be the guest DJ.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Named the highlight of the night, Verve &amp; Co, a Los Angeles company will be&nbsp;unveiling their Autumn/Winter collection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">However, the international designs don't stop there as we have Zimbabwean, Flencirose, who will be displaying her latest womenswear. Likewise, African designer Diana Ntimane will be showing Akoni's new season collection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And award-winning,&nbsp;Mission Kawaii a Japanese inspired brand is set to launch their first collection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Accessories and childrenswear will also play a part in the opening night.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n4MrSqxSymE/WcLe11KkaUI/AAAAAAAABys/IhGN0CANWlAfEMBSl8I7m02wyDiqfCR8ACEwYBhgL/s1600/Gok%2BB%2526W%2B%25281%2529.jpeg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1064" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n4MrSqxSymE/WcLe11KkaUI/AAAAAAAABys/IhGN0CANWlAfEMBSl8I7m02wyDiqfCR8ACEwYBhgL/s400/Gok%2BB%2526W%2B%25281%2529.jpeg" width="265" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Second Night - New and Emerging Talent&nbsp;</u></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The new talent night is not to be missed, as you will get the chance to see six independent designers show their unseen collections.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Liverpool based, Evelina Collection, is included in this lineup focusing on "exquisite and high-quality fabrics".&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Immanuel Clothing, fresh from New York Fashion Week February 2017 will be revealing their new collection.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Joining them will be controversial (but comedic) T-shirt company, Uncommon Routes, who famously created the P.Don character- a satirical take on President Donald Trump.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Last Night - Boutique and High Street&nbsp;</u></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">To round up the show, your favourite high street brands will be showcasing the latest trends.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;The night will boast John Lewis, M&amp;S, Boux Avenue and Peacocks, with the opportunity to see some clothing before sales.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Which means if you like what you see you can easily pop into the brands local Liverpool store.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">------------------------------------------------</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px;">Backstage the team is overseen by head of makeup Emma Lampkin and head of creative hair styling Andrew Joseph Manion.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px;">Liverpool Fashion Week is in</span><span style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;association with BMD Law and Buddha Therapies and supported by Infrared Sauna Spa, Skinov8 Aesthetics, The Christmas Decorators and Amalia Italian.&nbsp;</span></i></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 16px;">Tickets are on sale now. VIP booths, front row standard tickets available at</span><b style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: start;">&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/liverpool-fashion-week-2017" style="color: purple;">https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/liverpool-fashion-week-2017</a></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif; font-size: 16px;">For regular updates visit&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.liverpoolfashionweek.co.uk/" style="color: purple;">www.liverpoolfashionweek.co.uk</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-25139063710560653602017-09-20T18:00:00.000+01:002017-09-20T18:00:13.609+01:0018 Things I Want To Do Before I Am No Longer 18<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">When I posted my 18 things I have learned in 18 years video, I received a comment asking what I would like to achieve whilst I am 18 and it got me thinking...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As I have decided to take a gap year before I go to university next year, the year is literally my own. I can do what I want when I want. Whilst, that is exciting it is also slightly nervewracking as I have to structure my own day, no longer have I got sixth-form telling me when and what to do. At this moment the world really is my oyster.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">So, what would I like to achieve before the year is up?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pWYqHSJJlV8/Wb1e6ss2QrI/AAAAAAAAByY/cFUs9ZEj0CI12KWbB40zv3kKIAp76IrfwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4876.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1288" data-original-width="1600" height="514" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pWYqHSJJlV8/Wb1e6ss2QrI/AAAAAAAAByY/cFUs9ZEj0CI12KWbB40zv3kKIAp76IrfwCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_4876.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Trip to Barcelona</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">1. Visit New York&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">2. Complete my NCTJ to gold standard&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">3. Grow www.lottiegibbons.com</div><div style="text-align: center;">4. Tour somewhere in Asia&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">5. Learn First Aid&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">6. &nbsp;Travel to Dubai&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">7. Pass my practical driving test</div><div style="text-align: center;">8. Be like a Parisian in Paris&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">9. Grow my YouTube channel</div><div style="text-align: center;">10. At least attempt to learn basic French (bonjour!)&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">11. Gain work experience as a print journalist</div><div style="text-align: center;">12. Decide what degree I want to do and where</div><div style="text-align: center;">13. Volunteer in a charity project&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">14. Gain experience as a broadcast journalist&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">15. Visit my friends at University</div><div style="text-align: center;">16. &nbsp;Tick a country of my bucket list</div><div style="text-align: center;">17. Embrace the present</div><div style="text-align: center;">18. Have a unique surprise experience</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have you made any goals recently?<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1152" data-original-width="1014" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H1sGggq6T1A/V77BWtGJy4I/AAAAAAAAArQ/MsZMJaozSRYO1ycQRm_1fPYG5u6ADlOYQCPcBGAYYCw/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-08-25%2Bat%2B10.57.37.png" width="351" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">Set up by Sophie over at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.oneunique.co.uk/" style="color: #dea08c; max-width: calc(800px); outline: none; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.2s ease 0s;" target="_blank">One Unique</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">, Huddle and Cuddle is a campaign to help raise awareness of mental health issues by using the means of social media. Influencers have teamed up to help this campaign and to spread the word, allowing people to never feel alone by sharing their experiences with you. Huddle and Cuddle want people to get involved by talking to people, whether it be an influencer, family member or a helpline about their thoughts and challenges they may come across.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">So, when I was asked by <a href="http://www.oneunique.co.uk/">Sophie</a> to come up with an idea for a blog post, I immediately thought of back to school. I remember vividly the feelings when September rolled around; a mixture of excitement, but also nerves as I was entering a new year. &nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">For some, the adjustment can be difficult. Going from weeks and weeks away from the school atmosphere to then be thrust back into it is a challenging emotional time.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">Today, I want to share with you some tips that helped me adapt back to the school/sixth form surroundings and hopefully calm those nerves about returning.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">If you want to find out more head to:&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">&nbsp;</span><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.huddleandcuddle.com/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1504461456612000&amp;usg=AFQjCNERLhx-wGqq1AnG-nA1Jti57UlQEQ" href="http://www.huddleandcuddle.com/" style="color: #1155cc; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; text-align: start;" target="_blank">www.huddleandcuddle.com</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">&nbsp;</span><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://twitter.com/huddleandcuddle&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1504461456612000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHywepgwQfXNE6R4Fg-XH-GVoJBYA" href="https://twitter.com/huddleandcuddle" style="color: #1155cc; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; text-align: start;" target="_blank">@huddleandcuddle</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><div style="font-family: 'marker felt'; font-size: 31px;"><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 17px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Tip 1- Organise&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 14px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(50, 51, 51); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; color: #323333; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">One of the most important things you can do is have everything sorted and ready the night before you go back to school. This includes your stationary, bag packed, clothes picked and alarm set. If you have to get public transport, know what time your bus/train goes and arrives.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 16px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Tip 2 - Communicate&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 14px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(50, 51, 51); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; color: #323333; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">If you are feeling a bit nervous or stressed, talk to friends and family. Just communicating with peers the night before can put you in the mindset for back to school. I used to text my friends the day before to ask them to meet me so we could walk in together. It's little things that can help :)</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 16px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Tip 3 - Schedule in leisure&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 14px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(50, 51, 51); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; color: #323333; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Again, another thing I used to do was make sure I had something to look forward to after the first week being back at school. For me, this was organising a trip to town or the Trafford Centre for some much needed retail therapy. This gives you an incentive to get you through the week ahead.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 16px;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span><br /></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Tip 4 - Breakdown the issue</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Marker Felt'; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; min-height: 14px;"><br /><span style="font-kerning: none;"></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(50, 51, 51); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; color: #323333; font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Still nervous and none of these tips </span><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: black;">help</span><span style="font-kerning: none;">? Write down what is really bothering you, no matter how trivial or 'stupid' you think the matter is. Once you have acknowledged the problem, break it down further and look at what you can do to reduce it.&nbsp;</span></div></div></div><div style="line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-kerning: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span> </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="background-color: white;">I hope some of these tips and tricks help and best of luck with the new academic year.&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><br /><div style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Twitter</span></a></div></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-55126751251256921872017-09-01T18:00:00.000+01:002017-09-02T10:20:18.835+01:0018 Things I Have Learnt In 18 Years <div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3OENGV6UeWc/Wap3uVLo60I/AAAAAAAABxQ/zuo0PCjbIv0GeJsE7DVSMGL_HIECK0eAACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2084.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3OENGV6UeWc/Wap3uVLo60I/AAAAAAAABxQ/zuo0PCjbIv0GeJsE7DVSMGL_HIECK0eAACLcBGAs/s640/IMG_2084.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br />Following on from the previous post, I wanted to be a bit nostalgic and talk about 18 things I have learnt in 18 years. What better way to do this than :</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">1. On my birthday&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">2. Baking a cake at the same time!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">I really hope that you enjoy the video and you find something to take from it, whether that be advice, identification or that you have a bit of a giggle whilst watching!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9-Nig5ainLU/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9-Nig5ainLU?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Much love,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Twitter</span></a></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-74715719959470122342017-08-29T19:00:00.000+01:002017-08-29T19:00:37.761+01:00Have I Achieved My Goals? <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">As I have many new readers on my blog (hello!) you may not remember&nbsp;a post I did last year titled <a href="http://www.lottiegibbons.com/2016/09/18-things-to-do-before-youre-18.html">'18 Things To Do Before You Turn 18'</a>. Well, guess what? Tomorrow I turn 18, so I thought I would reflect and see how well I did at achieving the tasks set out.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>1.Go abroad with a friend&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">So far so good, I smashed this goal twice. I went with Claire to Dublin in January and Amsterdam in August without my family before I turned 18! It definitely is a game changer when it comes to increasing independence.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Go abroad outside of Europe</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Does planning to count?! As much as it would have been lovely to visit another continent, timings were unfortunately off this year.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">However, next year I 100% will be travelling to multiple continents!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Learn to drive&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Whilst I have yet to take my driving test, I am having lessons and most importantly actually enjoying the driving process. Although, I have to admit it is still quite scary...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bXPIDSQJLDI/WaR9TsHkKxI/AAAAAAAABw0/JityoH_M0b41j4ZZnc8CCidxqdgRig9ywCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0278.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bXPIDSQJLDI/WaR9TsHkKxI/AAAAAAAABw0/JityoH_M0b41j4ZZnc8CCidxqdgRig9ywCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_0278.JPG" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Dublin Trip in January.&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Go to a blogger event</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">I have been invited to a major blogger event happening this September, so I am ticking this one off! More will be revealed soon about the brand, but let's just say ITS A BIG DEAL.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Apply mindfulness&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Girllllll, this one I have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. During my A-Level mocks and exams, mindfulness was my saving grace. To this day I credit my results to mindfulness.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Try new food</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">So, I wrote in my post that I wanted to try French food. I kid you not two days after I wrote that post I went to a French restaurant in York and ate french cuisine... not too bad....&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Still, I had Spanish&nbsp;paella and wow, a m a z i n g.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Go to a concert/festival</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">The idea last year was to go to Parklife festival in Manchester. Which I was all up for - until the organisers chose to put the event a day before one of my A level exams. This goal was a complete and utter flop, oh well always next year!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J3j8zaZCXRk/WaR_w_Pds6I/AAAAAAAABxA/Xth3cTu53Kcw1pBshkTFS1_LGR2kW5mMQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1185.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1123" data-original-width="1600" height="448" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J3j8zaZCXRk/WaR_w_Pds6I/AAAAAAAABxA/Xth3cTu53Kcw1pBshkTFS1_LGR2kW5mMQCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1185.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Look away now veggies!! The famous Spanish Paella.</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Do something extreme</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Does doing three A Level mock exams on the same day count?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Gain first aid skills&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">This is still on my list of to do's. The value of knowing first aid is essential. I have been looking at dates for the Salford course and have it cemented as something I want to do during my gap year.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="color: blue;">Write a letter to my future self</span></i></b></div><div style="text-align: center;">Cliche and cringe galore here, but yes I have a letter ready to open on my 18th birthday.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Go to dinner/cinema by myself&nbsp;</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Ticked off - cue many a lunch date this year... with myself.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Be more experimental with makeup</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Well, this went completely down hill. For the majority of summer, I haven't even worn makeup. I still have time to become Michelle Phan though...&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8gQNUzW-YE0/WaR66MOiqpI/AAAAAAAABws/_outbeFXhoEeXEc1WAdvhffWWHPYlJO_gCEwYBhgL/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-08-28%2Bat%2B21.19.11.png" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1086" data-original-width="906" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8gQNUzW-YE0/WaR66MOiqpI/AAAAAAAABws/_outbeFXhoEeXEc1WAdvhffWWHPYlJO_gCEwYBhgL/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-08-28%2Bat%2B21.19.11.png" width="532" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Just me, myself and I</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Feed a penguin</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">The closest I got to this was feeding the ducks in the local canal. To be honest, I think this may have been an unrealistic goal to set. (maybe just a little)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Understand what I want to do after 18</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">This time last year I was having a major existential crisis over my future. Uni, apprenticeship, gap year, full-time job?!?!?</div><div style="text-align: center;">I chose a gap year and I am extremely happy with my decision. Number 1 advice kids - don't rush important choices. Take some time out and consider your options.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>To stand up for myself</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">This has proved necessary this year in the blogging/vlogging world. Not only have I received negative comments online, but also from fellow peers. Justifying myself became particularly paramount in November/December and as Britney said: "Now I am stronger than yesterday".&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>Restart Golf</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">This summer I frequently went on the golf course and driving range. I forgot how good golf genuinely is and how much I enjoyed it. Safe to say, I brought my clubs back home and can't wait to get back in the game.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue;"><b><i>18. A Surprise</i></b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;">The number of opportunities I have had this year and upcoming has been unreal. In September, I will be one step closer to my dream of becoming a journalist, which this time last year seemed like a distant hope.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Fingers crossed for next year!&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none; -webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'Snell Roundhand'; font-size: 48px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; clear: both; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'open sans', sans-serif; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons" style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: blue;">Twitter</span></a></span></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-26013035779645851702017-08-24T10:12:00.001+01:002017-08-24T10:30:15.385+01:00Postcards From Amsterdam <div style="text-align: center;">Every city for me holds something special. Whether it be Barcelona with its cafe culture or London for its diversity, Amsterdam proved to have a charm of its own. Amsterdam was a travel decision my friend and I made during our A-levels. We wanted a place to explore after exams, somewhere full of culture, but purse friendly. Spain at the time was too hot and France was too expensive whereas Amsterdam was that happy medium.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Anyway, here are my postcards from Amsterdam.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--B1gkLef-8w/WZ6Xpv--PkI/AAAAAAAABwE/TGIWLsJ2p2kpDgyfifM2rTH0QO6zkfvDwCLcBGAs/s1600/iamsterdam.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--B1gkLef-8w/WZ6Xpv--PkI/AAAAAAAABwE/TGIWLsJ2p2kpDgyfifM2rTH0QO6zkfvDwCLcBGAs/s640/iamsterdam.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h1T87QcP3b4/WZ6XLzmYRcI/AAAAAAAABwA/DI1Hh3qfEOQPOHAEKC9BHqnYLwnTm_5rQCLcBGAs/s1600/Me%2Bon%2Bbridge.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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Situated in the South-West of England, the city is surrounded by the River Avon which runs straight through the centre. When I was there, I only had 12 hours to explore and get to grips with what the city was all about.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The first thing that I would recommend before we go into any of the attractions is booking a walking tour. Whilst, there are many to choose from, I would recommend <a href="http://bristolfreewalkingtour.com/">Bristol Free Walking Tour</a>&nbsp;which is a company where you pay at the end of the tour for what it was worth.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Bristol is a city that is quite spread out so it can be difficult to get your bearings. A walking tour is a perfect way to see the main hotspots of a destination.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Top Tip</b>: Wear comfortable shoes. Bristol is a city that is quite hilly and as aforementioned spread out, so you will be covering quite a lot of ground. Trainers are a good call.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><u>The Clifton Suspension Bridge&nbsp;</u></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NolHQW-4l2Y/WZgK0DpezNI/AAAAAAAABs4/d5QFs-6WBs0Q1vFmYURW7Ekte8Ie_chxQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1757.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1345" data-original-width="1600" height="538" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NolHQW-4l2Y/WZgK0DpezNI/AAAAAAAABs4/d5QFs-6WBs0Q1vFmYURW7Ekte8Ie_chxQCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1757.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Probably the most iconic sight of Bristol, this bridge spans back to 1831 when construction first started connecting Bristol and North Somerset. For a 19th century piece of architecture, you can see that the bridge is revolutionary in the technology and planning that went into it.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">There are two options to view the Bridge. I would recommend both. To view the bridge of its whole entirety, climb Observatory Hill where you will see a panoramic aspect of the bridge. Good for photographs.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Next, you MUST walk the bridge. This will give you a real idea of the hard labour that went in to creating this bridge. I was in awe of the length, width and height. (maybe not for those who suffer from acrophobia!)&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-large;"><u>Bristol Cathedral</u></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6Y1UUCg51a8/WZh3PlmwIJI/AAAAAAAABtk/qwODXdMlZiIoV7EX5c6GSTAawuCmRrDSQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1703.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6Y1UUCg51a8/WZh3PlmwIJI/AAAAAAAABtk/qwODXdMlZiIoV7EX5c6GSTAawuCmRrDSQCLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1703.JPG" width="640" /></a></span></span></div><br /><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span> <span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Everytime I travel to a city in the UK, I visit a cathedral. What you'll find is the unique grandeur of the building in comparison to the time period it was built. Bristol is no exception. As you can see the beauty is in its architecture; stylised columns and archways prove Bristol Cathedral to be one of the most decadent in the UK.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Entry is free compared to many other cathedrals so well worth a visit.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-font-kerning: none;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><u>Bristol Museum and Art Gallery&nbsp;</u></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lDhRoCoBDWI/WZiHlJ1kdmI/AAAAAAAABt0/EeVy-rbXXVAFj2SFo15PfUZF_XNrgDqiACLcBGAs/s1600/gallery%2B.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="640" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lDhRoCoBDWI/WZiHlJ1kdmI/AAAAAAAABt0/EeVy-rbXXVAFj2SFo15PfUZF_XNrgDqiACLcBGAs/s640/gallery%2B.jpg" width="640" /></a></div>Whilst, this may not be the best museum and art gallery in the world, for free entry it certainly&nbsp;isn't bad. I found the art gallery better than the museum even seeing the brilliant La belle dame sans merci painting based on Keats' poem. Similarly, the Egypt exhibition proved interesting. I would say if you have the time, definitely take a look around.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><u>Banksy</u></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-puLfATgpW-s/WZiJNQXuZXI/AAAAAAAABuA/C6cc6m8VpGIY5BSIQmoXubp3yEoEVtaAQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1786.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-puLfATgpW-s/WZiJNQXuZXI/AAAAAAAABuA/C6cc6m8VpGIY5BSIQmoXubp3yEoEVtaAQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_1786.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Speaking of art; the anonymous artist Banksy (Bristol born) has graffiti work in the city, to which no visit would be complete without spotting one. Famously, this graffiti titled the 'Well-Hung Lover' is next door to a sexual health clinic and was debated whether or not to be kept.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;libre baskerville&quot; , &quot;cambria&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , &quot;times&quot; , serif; font-size: 52px;">✿ ❀ ✾ ❁ ❊ ❦ ❧&nbsp;✽</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;libre baskerville&quot; , &quot;cambria&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , &quot;times&quot; , serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>See my vlog for a more in depth view of Bristol:&nbsp;</b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/X47dJnFSrkM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X47dJnFSrkM?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Whilst, these are my top attractions there is plenty more to see and do in Bristol.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Have you ever been? &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;snell roundhand&quot;; font-size: 48px;">Lottie</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons" style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: black; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Twitter</span></a></div><br /></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-38195521661577241862017-08-09T18:00:00.000+01:002017-08-09T18:00:09.164+01:00Why British Summer Fashion Is A Classic<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Oh, England. Whilst your weather may cause me to curse and moan, your charm is like no other. Sunshine one minute and rain the next, there is nowhere quite like it. The same goes for fashion. We may be no glamorous Beverley Hills or extravagant Iberian Peninsula, but there is something so casual and elegant about British summer style.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Our summertime fashion you can spot a mile away. Even the figurehead for females in Britain, Bridget Jones spoke about her "<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 12pt;">visions of lying in glades by rivers, me in long white floaty dress" - and that is exactly how you'll find us.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;timesnewroman&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://media.vanityfair.com/photos/55f08a18200c343535919431/master/pass/bridget-jones-diary-patrick-dempsey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://media.vanityfair.com/photos/55f08a18200c343535919431/master/pass/bridget-jones-diary-patrick-dempsey.jpg" data-original-height="533" data-original-width="800" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;timesnewroman&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="page" title="Page 75"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Within our summer closets, you'll find:&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- Multiple pairs of cork wedged heels (which we probably can't walk in)</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- Brighton rock stripes, perfect for Wimbledon&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- 'Festival Vibe' denim jackets&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- The classic white sundress&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- Barbour wax jacket paired with short shorts (weather probs)&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">- And for the more grandeur woman, an abundance of blue and white blouses with sleeves rolled up for that Grace Kelly look.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;timesnewroman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eVyUcocSHpA/WXoZLDyRYaI/AAAAAAAABnI/WXgQ5MLI0ZwwkinuNP_XlNHgq1vfc1dbgCLcBGAs/s1600/blog%2Bpic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eVyUcocSHpA/WXoZLDyRYaI/AAAAAAAABnI/WXgQ5MLI0ZwwkinuNP_XlNHgq1vfc1dbgCLcBGAs/s640/blog%2Bpic.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;Every day brings a new eclectic outfit that characterises our optimism/prayers for the sun to shine. It is that kind of charm that makes British summer-wear hard to beat...</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: 'Snell Roundhand'; font-size: 48px;">Lottie</span><br /><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: inherit; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: inherit; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a>&nbsp;</span><br /><div style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons" style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: blue;">Twitter</span></a></span></span></div></div></div></div></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6425419087306041433.post-39002636005713232902017-08-06T18:00:00.000+01:002017-08-06T18:00:04.255+01:00Going Abroad : Villa/Apartment or Hotel<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wnrIs5iuWhk/WXCtYBzUxSI/AAAAAAAABmM/YBaEzN0dpZ0QsCPVa01FwtUFl3NAtUP2ACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1156.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wnrIs5iuWhk/WXCtYBzUxSI/AAAAAAAABmM/YBaEzN0dpZ0QsCPVa01FwtUFl3NAtUP2ACLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1156.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">As many of you know I have been away a few times this year and often we have the dilemma of whether to stay in a hotel or villa/apartment. Often, we deliberate this for weeks before we actually book and it is difficult to define exactly what you want out of accommodation.&nbsp;</div><div><div style="text-align: center;">Thus, I created this table showing the positives and negative of staying in a hotel or villa/apartment so you can see which one matches your itinerary best.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ytacaXEKLJE/WXCtX-qHE0I/AAAAAAAABmI/OyVzEwWA9WwQFA5QacxI1dvnjThzFs29ACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_1158.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="480" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ytacaXEKLJE/WXCtX-qHE0I/AAAAAAAABmI/OyVzEwWA9WwQFA5QacxI1dvnjThzFs29ACLcBGAs/s640/IMG_1158.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;"><tbody><tr><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 34.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">VILLA/APARTMENT&nbsp;</span></td><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 34.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">HOTEL</span></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">- You have your own space, usually bigger than a hotel could ever offer</span></td><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">On site help 24/7 - have an issue? It can be solved&nbsp;</span></td></tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">- Timings are your own - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Can choose what you want to eat &nbsp;</span></td><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">All inclusive option means no cooking, washing up and can often prove more cost-effective.</span></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 34.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">- Authentic experience of local life</span></td><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 34.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">Amenities often included for free e.g. wifi</span></td></tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">- No blaring music from hotel entertainment that lasts till 2am&nbsp;</span></td><td style="border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 53.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">Community atmosphere - have a chat with other visitors and hear opinions&nbsp;</span></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 54.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">- No having to get up early morning to save a sun lounger.&nbsp;</span></td><td style="background-color: #efefef; border-color: #000000 #000000 #000000 #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; height: 54.0px; padding: 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px 4.0px; width: 344.0px;" valign="top"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot;; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal;">More likely to get what you see and paid for. Less disappointment.&nbsp;</span></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div><br /></div><div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: inherit;">If you go away, where do you normally prefer to stay?&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Snell Roundhand'; font-size: 48px; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-kerning: none;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;libre baskerville&quot; , &quot;cambria&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , &quot;times&quot; , serif; font-size: 12px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: initial initial; border: 0px; font-size: 3.25rem; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">✿ ❀ ✾ ❁ ❊ ❦ ❧&nbsp;✽</span></span></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; font-family: 'Snell Roundhand'; font-size: 48px; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"><span style="font-kerning: none;">Lottie</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial; background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Subscribe to me on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAAq_obYYHcWzch-AptS6g?sub_confirmation=1" style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">YouTube</span></a>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Follow me on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/lottgibbons/" style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: black; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; color: blue; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram</span></a>&nbsp;</span><br /><div style="color: black;"><span style="background-position: 0px 0px; border: 0px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #222222;">Follow me on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/lottgibbons"><span style="color: blue;">Twitter</span></a></span></div></div></div>Lottie Gibbonshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17674574328140194063noreply@blogger.com0