Don’t get jelly

My count down is on for my holiday to Cancun.
I will be pulling together a bit of a Vlog when I am back as well as lots of content on Cancun nightlife, food and excursions.
I will also be doing a full video and blog breakdown of the hotel.
You may know that my partner and I save all year round to afford one nice big holiday a year! I hear great things about this hotel, however when researching I felt that I couldn’t find all of the answers to my questions that is why my hotel blog/vlog and review will be quite significant – so anyone planning to visit will have all of the information they could possibly want!

This is the hotel website:
http://www.secretsresorts.com/vine-cancun

This is the current Trip advisor page:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2627483-Reviews-Secrets_The_Vine_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

As you know I am big on Trip advisor with over 75 reviews placed I am very active and have over 50,000 readership! That is pretty awesome that I have helped so many people!

I am very excited to share hints, tips and general information with you all! Not to mention some seriously amazing pictures!

I probably won’t have the opportunity to blog before I leave so I will see you in just over 2 weeks!

Sending you all love and best wishes
K x

 

Wheres Kirstie?

I am so sorry I haven’t been keeping you up to date on my arts, crafts and juicy things I have brought! In between being a bridesmaid, trying to have a social life, earning that ca$h money, maintaining a long distance relationship and not being disowned as a member of my family… I really do not have much time!

To keep you in the loop I have done a flash post to share a few little things I have been doing, brought and even completed….

First of all today…
I found myself running though the streets of Saffron Lane Estate in my Beauty & the Beast PJ’s… First off – Saffron Lane Estate isn’t exactly the most… (how can I put this nicely?) desirable of areas. Secondly I was in a frantic panic as my dogs had seemingly got out of the house and decided to go roaming the streets!
I know it is awful to say but there are lots of not very nice people out there at the moment who snatch up dogs for breeding (sorry puppy snatchers they have no balls), as well as using them for dog fighting. Luckily they were found at the top of the street after a lovely man saw them and tried to mush them back home!
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Another exciting thing was my auntie got to go on holiday (with work). When I say with work… she is a carer for my brother who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum.
My auntie and grandma look after my brother for work. Nice to know that he is in capable and caring hands.
Tracey brought me back a little treat from the airport! Paco Rabanne Olympea! How I love this smell!
A very light smell very different to the Lady Million (which I also love) but subtle and wearable for everyday!

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Another exciting thing was I went to my works Summer party which to be completely honest I wasn’t very hyped to go to. It ended up being a really lovely night with some amazing work friends. When I say lovely… I was on my way home at 11 as I was way to drunk to continue the night haha!

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I posted about this little dress a while ago… It was sat in my draw unfinished and I  spend one Saturday night watching horror films and completing the final touches to my first ever pattern. I will be doing the written pattern when I get round to it but its all completed and I am pretty proud of my first creation by eye! YAY


Last but 100% not least I brought a travel wallet! I have an upcoming post and review on this as it so darn amazing! So I wont give too much away! Keep posted!

 

I am hoping you have all been well and have enjoyed the bit of warm weather we have had (UK friends)! Hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow!

Have a blessed day and lots of love !

Kx

Hills & Thrills

I have been a bit quite on the blog front but sadly this is due to the copious amounts of ‘real life’ work I have to do.

I have been super active over the past week! So I am continuing to go gym, sadly the beach body I aspire to have is not working out the way I planned. Weirdly I am getting fatter!!? how does that even work?
Last weekend I went down to Bournemouth to see Adam!
Thankfull the weather was quite nice so in addition to trying out a tasty new chinese takeaway we were able to visit Hengistbury Head which is very beautiful part of Bournemouth with cliff like views.

We found out from Adams friend that it is lovely to visit in the sunny weather and although it was quite windy it was nice and warm. We happened to walk down to Southbourne beach after breakfast at Bistro on the Beach. We walked as far as the path would take us. We stared into the distance and noticed a really large hill which we were going to attempt to walk too (we thought better of it). Little did we know that it was the cliffs in Hengistbury Head!

It has magnificent views but you do need to be fit to  walk (more like hike) up the hills.
These are the pictures we took when we got to the top!

 

We walked around looking over the cliffs and reading up on the local wildlife… We headed on back and made our decent back down the hill, exploring different routes back to the car park.

On the way back we read that the cafe does amazing icecream, so we went on the hunt for said cafe, we could only find a small trinket shop and brought icecream from there… It was actually the land trains trinket shop.
The ice cream was fin but nothing special.
As we got closer to the car we stumbled upon the car park cafe and on the oposite side there was a ice cream parlor…. We had to try it so ended up sharing a double scoop cone!
My gosh were those people on Tripadvisor right!!!!
Probably the best ice cream of my life!

If you are in Bournemouth on a sunny day I would 100% recommend a visit here! We ended up spending a hour or so… you could have a whole day out here.
I will be coming back for a little ride on the land train!

Have a blessed day

Kx

Holiday Plans

As my trip to Cancun is fast approaching I have started to purchase the essential items required for my blissful break away! I have also started to plan what adventures I will be having while basking in the glorious sun.

As I have mentioned in my previous posts I visited Cancun last year which was lovely but the second week there was a tropical storm passing by which made the sea very choppy and unfortunately didn’t allow us to complete all of the excursions we originally wanted.

When we visited last year we ended up jumping on a ferry and spending a day in Isa Mujeres which was one of my favourite days of the holiday. We rented a golf buggy and travelled the island; we went to a turtle sanctuary, had lunch in the sister hotel and took in the amazing views. You will also be glad to know that I was driving the buggy (Adam was too scared) and we got back to the rental shop in one piece! Obviously I am a top driver anywhere in the world haha.

We did a fair amount of trinket shopping, we visited La Isla Shopping Village on a few occasions as well as the Luxury Shopping centre. We did this by utilising the local transport via the buses. Be prepared to hold on for your life, I thought UK bus drivers were speedy!

We also swam with the dolphins which was absolutely amazing and something I will never forget. I was very impressed with the care of the dolphins and the experience was also brilliant. Being food lovers we had to try some of the food establishments in the area. Outback Steakhouse was amazing. I have to say it was probably the most delicious meal I had ever had in my whole life. We also went Bubba Gump Shrimp which was also very nice but no match to Outback.

Now my second trip is upcoming I plan to experience the following:

Chichen Itza
Of course this is a must see! Chichen Itza is actually located in the eastern portion of the Yucatan state. Chichen Itza means “at the mouth of the well of Itza”, it is actually the 2nd most visited archaeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid is known as “El Castillo” and is now known as one of the seven wonders of the world. I plan to visit here with Thomsons Tour Guides as this is quite a big excursion.

Watersports/Adventure
I was hugely disappointed when I was unable to do parasailing last year so this is on the top of my list this year. This teamed with jet skiing and also a adventure buggy ride around the forests and beaches of Mexico. I am still trying to talk Adam into it but I am hoping that I will be able to do some zip-lining here which would be crazy scary but what an amazing experience!

Traditional Seafood
We didn’t get to visit any local food establishments, to be honest we were pretty nervous as we didn’t want to get poorly. This year we want to go to a traditional Mexican restaurant and try some of the fresh fish caught that day.

Boat Trip
This could be a day boat trip but I was thinking maybe the evening food and drinks trip they occasionally do for couples. This would be nice having some romantic time with champagne and a nice 3 course lobster meal while the sun sets.

Underwater Museum
I did originally want to visit the underwater museum but I need to research this some more as I think to make the most of it you need to actually go scuba diving rather than just snorkelling. I have scuba dived in the past and when I was younger I got a certificate for scuba diving and loved doing this on holiday but due to going to the same place for many years my excitement dwindled off as I wasn’t experiencing new nature each time. Adam is not familiar with scuba diving and I think this might be something that makes him a little uneasy. There is potential here though!
I have started my shopping which consists of my suntan lotion, shower gels, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant and even a pair of goggles. I am not going overboard this year – I will be only taking the essentials!
Mexico is my summer holiday but I am also going on a cheeky mini break in October. I will be back to Bodrum in Turkey! As mentioned I used to come here every year with my family, I haven’t been for maybe 5 years (it could be longer). I am going back for a bit of a vacation, the nice thing is I will be going with my uncle Tony and my auntie Tracey (they are twins don’t cha know!). This is only for a week but we will be staying at the Istankoy which means there will be many familiar faces which will be lovley!

We have many friends from Turkey who are like family, they come over at Christmas occasionally… You need to experience a house full of Leicester and Turkish folk dancing around to Turkish music, very drunk and trying to play traditional board games. It was a crazy but amazing evening.

When I travel to Bodrum I hope to make the most of my time there…
I plan to go Jet skiing, on a boat trip, dirt biking, camel riding and some gold shopping!
If you knew my uncle you would laugh at the fact I am going to try and drag him along to all of my crazy daily activities, Tracey however will be up for pretty much anything!

 

Does anyone else have any holiday plans?

Make Up Skin Care

I am no professional in make up or face care but I have spent my entire life trying to find some products which are not rocket science to apply as well as not causing breakouts or crazy skin.

I am slightly annoyed… from the age of 11 until around the age of 14 I was in that awkward make up stage where I thought blue eyeshadow and bright pink glitter lippy was cool.  Teenagers now completely skip this awkward make up stage (surely this is a right of passage!?) and go straight to absolutely flawless execution of make up making them look 20 rather than 14 in the process!

If you are a minimal make up wearer on the day to day and only go all out on that very rare occasion such as a Christmas party keep reading!

My must haves in skin care

Liz Earle 
Not only is Liz Earle free from animal testing but it is the only face care that removes my make up completely as well as ensuring I do no break out in spots. 
I use the Cleanse and Polish day and night – to use this 1 pump will suffice and I massage the cream into my face even around my eyes. I then fill the sink with hot water (as hot as I can stand) and use this with the muslin cloth the remove my make up. I then use the toner which is so gentle on your skin. I have combination skin which is oily in the T-Zone but dry on my cheeks, it is also extremely sensitive. I then finish of with the moisturiser – I use the light version as this seems to avoid any break outs. If I am having a very bad skin day I will use the Super Skin Concentrate overnight which gives me a instant pick me up. The only downside to the Liz Earle range is that the moisturiser does not include an SPF.

 

Clinque 
I do not use much of Clinques skin products as I find these extremely harsh on my skin, especially the toners – it almost feels like my skin is burning! What I will say is that I use the ‘All about eyes’ De-puffer roller. This is great if you sleep on your face rather than on your back. My eyes get puffy when I first wake up – this is a refreshing roller which goes on cold and massages your eyes. By the time I have finished my make up my eyes have returned to normal

 


Aveeno

Everyone seems to think Aveeno is a fad but I can honestly say that the Aveeno daily moisturising creamy oil works wonders for my skin. The standard lotion isn’t great but the oil is fantastic. I have very bad hormonal skin on my arms – lumps and spots under the skin. After using this over a period of 3 days the lumps were reduced significantly. All my very dry skin cleared up in the process too. I use this on holiday as my aftersun as well. It leaves me very hydrated and retains my golden tan significantly more than standard aftersuns.

 

Must haves for make up

Bare Minerals 
I have no idea where I would be without my Bare Minerals foundation. I use the original loose powder in a variety of shades. Usually I am a light but go to a medium beige while on holiday. The colours are very forgiving should you get the incorrect shade or tan slightly. 
This is a buildable foundation, it is perfect for sheer coverage (this is what I use on a daily basis) but should you wish to build the coverage you just keep adding layers. This works with the oils in your skin for a flawless finish. It’s not called minerals for nothing; this is also skin care within a foundation. Lets not also forget this has SPF 15 as standard – so even though my Liz Earle moisturiser doesn’t have it, I know my foundation has me covered.
I also use the ‘well-rested’ concealer which is also a powder this is great for additional coverage and brightening up your eye area. You can add a little bit of water to make this a creamy consistency and give further coverage.  I have tried the liquid foundation called bare skin but it doesn’t sit on my skin very well but as they say if its not broke – don’t fix it!

Benefit
Ok. I have no eyebrows. Okay that is a lie, I do have eyebrows… just not much!
I suffered the 00’s over plucking stage, so what I am left with is very sparse looking eyebrows. To fix this is have tried every single product and potion to make them look remotely decent! I found my saviours all within one brand! From Benefit I use the eyebrow primer ‘browvo’ so this is a perfect base to use your eyebrow products on, it also makes your eyebrows look slightly thicker, how it does that I have no idea! They say this helps regrowth when used on its own too.  Along side this is use the Ka Brow which is a cream style promenade which can only be compared to that of Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a life saver – I use this as I do enjoy a dramatic brow (who doesn’t!?) but you can use this also quite subtly if you want a more natural finish. This comes with the cream gel and also a small application brush in the lid. Finally I also use the Precisely My brow, this is eyebrow pencil which is the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. This is great at filling in areas rather than a complete eyebrow redesign! Perfect for natural day looks! 
Other Benefit products I use are They’re Real mascara – this is great if you want impact but quickly! I also use the Porefessional Primer occasionally.

Younique 
So you have probably heard of this brand as this is a online only brand. The only product I use from this brand is the 3D fiber lash mascara. This is the only mascara that I can actually say gives you the effect of wearing false lashes. Be warned that the process is very long winded!


Urban Decay
 
I have an obsession with the Naked pallets they are so versatile. I use Naked Orginal on a daily basis, they have great impact but at the same time last all day even if you have hooded eyes like myself!

Bronzer 
Love a bit of bronzer I use a very cheap bronzing shimmer powder (I should probably invest in something a bit better). I do not have time to contour so a quick dusting of this on my forehead hollows of cheek and jaw gives me the same effect at a fraction of the time and cost!

Carmex
So I do not wear lipstick unless it’s a special occasion and when I do I wear Mac, Kat Von D or Avon! I wear Burts Bees or Carmex on a day to day basis. Burts bees just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. It is not moisturising enough, where as the Carmex (not the jelly one) but the chapstick style really is very moisturising and can last a few hours before reapplying!

 

So they are all the things I cannot live without on a daily basis!
Seems like a long list but actually its not much. Since my skin care routine I have seen a signifcant decrease in breakouts and also my skin is a lot better in terms of texture. If you have lumps and bumps on your skin another product I would recommend is the Elemis Try-Enzyme Resurfacing facial wash. I used to swear by Elemis but Liz Earle is far more accessible at a better price point. 

Are there any key products you use on a daily basis? Anything you would recommend? please let me know!

Ask Italian – Silver Street

As you are all probably aware I have a slight (not slight) obsession with food.
Wednesday last week I  was going into town after work to get a pair of silver shoes for my friends upcoming wedding. I was also planning on meeting my sister for some dinner as it felt like ages since I had last seen her.
We ended up visiting Ask Italian on Silver Street.

My sister being the savvy saver she is had a Taste card which gained us 2 for 1 on all starters and mains (cheap and tasty!).
We decided to go all out with a starter and a main but figured we would skip dessert.

First of all we were seated pretty quickly and our waiter was on his own which meant he was serving all of the tables. He came over and took out drink order and set up our table with cutlery. He was very open and friendly, I would almost say flamboyant. He was very accommodating when I wanted to personalise my order due to taste.

The food itself came out piping hot and incredibly tasty. For starter I had the cheesy garlic bread and my sister has the butterfly kind prawns. My cheesy garlic bread was about the size of a pizza but was incredibly tasty, I couldn’t eat it all but I gave it a good go. My sisters prawns were succulent and very flavorful she would have them again.

Cheesy Garlic Bread & Butterfly Kind Prawns

For mains I had the calzone pollo but opted for no olives but inclusion of chillis and ham. This is a staple favourite of mine, I am a safe option kind of girl but the ability to switch and swap your fillings ensures that you are able to update your favourite dish everytime you go. My sister had (a much more healthy option) the new salmon and mixed grain salad. She had a huge portion of salmon which she couldn’t actually finish. I am not one for eating salad on a meal out but her dish did look very tempting so it might be a choice for me when I want to step out of my comfort zone. We were very naughty and ordered some sides as well. We got a portion of chips which had the most delicious garlic mayonnaise (I was tempted to ask for a bottle to take home) and then a portion of zucchini frittes which I thought I would hate… I actually loved them!

Calzone & Salmon Salad

As mentioned we decided to skip desert due to our large portions for starter & main. We had a bill which was just over £50 but with the Taste card this was significantly reduced to £35ish. Based on the quality of food, portion size and service this was a goo £35 well spent. The only downside was that it took quite a while to get our bill so we were waiting around for a while trying to get someones attention.

If you have never been Ask I would 100% recommend going, perfect for lunch or dinner. Its also a perfect place to go before a night on the town. They do amazing mimosas and not to mention if you don’t have a Taste card they always have some sort of discount running. I think the last discount I used was 30% off mains!

True Crime… True Obsession.

As the title suggests I have a new Obsession.

I am in love with podcasts, no joke. Love.

People think of podcasts and they initially think… why bother just listen to the radio or even better… watch some TV. I have a big piece of information for you – podcasts are AMAZING. Does anyone enjoy the TV documentary on Netflix called Making of a murderer? Well if you are nodding your head, Casefile: True Crime is going to knock your socks off.

Casefile was introduced to me by my sister one evening over a cheeky Ask Italian. As she was reeling off case after case I was instantly interested. I decided to have a listen on my way home from town that exact evening. I ended up sitting in my car for an extra 10 minutes because I was so hooked and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

Casefile’s tag line is ‘Fact is scarier than fiction’. It is so true. Once finishing Case 1: The Wanda Beach Murders, I went onto my old faithful Google to research. Oh my word. I spent the next 30 mins reading up and looking  at pictures and evidence of these Murders.  I instantly felt a chill run up my spine. If you enjoy a mind f**k this is for you.

Although I am yet to try these I am told that they are equally as good as casefile:

  • Criminal
  • Unsolved murders: True Crime stories
  • Sword and scale

Enjoy!!!

Holiday Snob?

One of my work friends likes to call me a holiday snob (thanks Fran!)

Lets think for a second… What exactly is a holiday snob?
Someone who opts for the best hotel for their yearly holiday? Or is it someone who only flies first class?

I love a bit of variety in my holidays I think this is due to growing up and going on holiday to Turkey with my family every single year. At first we went to different places but then due to family and friends we continued to visit Bodrum every year.

Since my yearly visit to Turkey I have since been Egypt, Amsterdam, Spain and Mexico.
Due to Brexit the cost of holidays have gone up significantly while the UK is in a bit of unrest… Sadly this means that I have been unable to book Jamaica this year… HOWEVER my partner and I have been able to get a great deal on a trip to Mexico (I know I know I went last year).

I did visit Cancun Mexico last year but due to a tropical storm in our second week we were unable to do all the activities we had planned.
Our cunning plan was to get a tan during the first week so we wouldn’t burn doing the activities in the second week. This means we missed out on Chichen Itza, Parasailing, Jet-skiing, Zip-lining and even Snorkeling. This was a bit of a let down for me. I am a bit of an adventure junkie so I am all for the chilling by the beach and pool with a bit of music and relaxation but at the the same time I want to be productive and make the most of my time here.

So we are going to be staying at Secrets the Vine Hotel. We currently have a standard Junior Suite but we plan to be upgrading to the Honeymoon Suite when we get there due to it being much more cost effective than upgrading in advance.
Check out some sneaky peeks of the room:

 

I am very excited to go back!!! eekkkkk

Eggs, Crochet, Painting and more!

Hello My Loves!

I have been scrimping on the post front as wok life is so busy at the moment.
I do however have a update on life and things that have been happening!

First of all! I totally forgot to share some cheeky pictures of the fur-babies receiving their Easter Eggs! As I was away in Bournemouth with Billy I completely forgot about my boys eggs! (what a bad mother).

 

Secondly I have been working on a mini project for about a month now! Just something that I dip in and out of… I made a little skirt for Mia. She asked me if I could make a skirt (she thought I could whip one up in 5 mins bless her) and I said I would use the rest of her yarn left over from her poncho to make a cute skirt. Finally it is completed!
It is nothing complex, quite simple but with a cute lace style trim.

 

Sundays are my lazy days… I am being adventurous if I just leave the house and go down the garden to the studio. I decided to do a touch of painting as the weekends are really the only time I have free to do this sort of thing.  I opted for sitting on my bed and balancing all my water and painted on some boxes (I obviously live on the edge).  Trying to gain some inspiration for my creation was frankly a pain in the bum today. A heavily wet Billy (he had been playing with the hose pipe) decided to jump up on my newly changed sheets and drench my bedding. This is where my inspiration came from. I have never been very good at drawing so I try to avoid portraits at all costs….HOWEVER practice makes perfect right? I figured if I want to get better… I have to tackle the fear!
The below is what I came up with. I think Billy looks alright, Bloo on the other hands looks slightly odd….

 

I also have some exciting news!!! (for me, not for you)
I have booked to go away this year! Adam and I were planning on staying in England this year and not going away on holiday mainly due to funds and how expensive everything has now become… This however doesn’t stop me looking and dreaming of the wonderful places I want to visit! We were initially looking at Jamaica, then we looked at Dominican Republic… I have to say I am more of a modern hotel kind of gal. Fran from work likes to call me a ‘holiday snob’ because I like to go to the best places!
Hey! can’t help it if I know what I like huh?

So the big reveal is….
We are going….
CANCUN MEXICO…
(again…)

So we went Cancun last year on holiday. It was beautiful! I have to say I did not enjoy it as much as Egypt the year before! We stopped in the Beach Palace which in itself was a nice hotel, I wasn’t blown away by a variety of things, one of the most important being the food. Have a look at my trip advisor review for information and pictures of this hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members/Miss_Kirstie_Jade

This year we are stopping at Secrets The Vine which is 5 minutes car ride from Beach Palace! So we are in pretty much the same area! The hotel is a bit better however…
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g150807-d2627483-Reviews-Secrets_The_Vine_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html

I am also really excited because this will be my first time flying 1st class.
We are flying with Thomson on their Dreamliner. We flew economy for Egypt and our recent trip to Cancun. Both were fine, however the people we had sitting next to us were not exactly desirable. They were painting their nails and also had lots of people constantly coming over and talking to them when we were obviously trying to catch a few Z’s. We also had huge queues to contend with both at Birmingham and Cancun…
So this year we decided why the hell not? We got a cheap deal on the upgrade 100 per person for Premium Club which not only includes the plane extras such as:
Seats with 38 inch seat pitch, additional recline, 2 seats instead of 3, complimentary newspaper, water, 4 course meal (with actual glass cutlery), unlimited drinks from juices through to a variety of alcohol miniatures, pillows and blankets and a beauty mintuires kit.
You also get Priority check in (No hour long queues which we had last year), Access to the airport lounge (this includes drinks and snacks, and just a nice place to wait for your flight), Priority Boarding (get on first, get off first)… I just think its going to make the flight and the travel so much more bearable.
We have booked to go on 25th August which is around the same time we went last year!
Very excited and something to look forward to (Only 123 days left to go!)

Does anyone else have any holiday plans? Or has anything exciting recently happened?

Sending my love and have a blessed day!

Kx

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