festivalIf you follow me on Snapchat (alittleobsessed) then you might have seen that I spent Saturday at British Summer Time Festival with Sonic Chic, listening to Kendrick Lamar and Florence and the Machine whilst eating far too much junk food and sheltering from occasional rain storms.

It was such a great time and I thought I would share some of my festival essentials.

As I wore shorts some pre-festival leg prep was essential, I used a BIC disposable razor which I have been loving as they are super affordable and the Vita Liberata Body Blur, which is a game changer! Although I love going bare-legged my legs are less than perfect and this really helps them, it offers a little bit of a tan and coverage whilst still looking really natural, it’s basically a foundation for your legs. I was worried about wearing it all day and had no issues whatsoever, even when I spilt a drink down my legs and was caught in a downpour. I would avoid wearing it with a white dress as I think it might transfer a little but other than it is amazing! I also think I’ll be taking this on holiday with me as it’s great for the evening but washes off when I want to sit by the pool and catch a real tan.

In terms of makeup, I think that a festival is the perfect excuse to have some fun. There are so many festival gems around but I love the Lottie ones as they actually have some dainty very wearable ones. I ran out of time but temporary tattoos are also so much fun and there are so many incredible designs about now. However personally I still think glitter is really fun and Topshop probably does the most impressive, inexpensive one! I have another festival coming up next week and I don’t think I’ll be able to resist!

Onto handbag essentials…

Hand sanitizer, doesn’t need explaining, it’s essential! Tissue, in case the loos are all out or if like me you’re a little clumsy and spill your drink. Even in London sun cream is essential as it’s so important to stay safe in the sun, especially if you’re going to be outside all day! If it’s a hot day then a facial mist such as Avene Eau Thermale spray can be really refreshing and Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo is a great way to freshen your hair up throughout the day without getting the sort of buildup many other dry shampoos leave you with. I also like to pack a toothbrush with me and if you’re camping it is absolutely essential, I love the Sonic Chic one as it not only looks cute but it’s electric, making it the perfect toothbrush for festivals and traveling, I’ll be taking mine to Portugal at the end of the month.

Have you got any festival plans this summer? What are your festival essentials?

Revolution suitcase revalation suitcase patternI use to thinking packing just a carry-on was basically mission impossible but this year I’ve definitely learnt it’s actually not that tricky. If you’re traveling for less than 5 days, then I think a carry-on is all you need! It’s cheaper, easier to carry and saves time at the airport- I can’t believe I didn’t start traveling with just a carry-on earlier!

Here’s my tips if you’re new to traveling with just a carry on…

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1.Choose the perfect suitcase
My new Revelation suitcase has really made my carry-on experience that little bit easier. It’s the perfect size, light-weight suitcase, with all the necessary zips and I love that it’s a bold print as on the odd occasion that I do check it in it’s easy to find. I would recommend investing a little bit more in your carry on and going for a good quality one, I’d had a few different ones before this one and they really don’t compare to this one. The cute little quotes on it always make me smile too, although I am yet to take it on a summer holiday.

I always divide mine up and the right side is for clothes and the left for everything else, it’s always worked out really well and stops me from over packing too many clothes. I also find that the zip to close the right section makes opening and closing the suitcase much easier!

2. Check Luggage restrictions
If you’re allowed a carry-on suitcase and a handbag then make the most of it but make sure you stay within the airlines rules as paying for extra luggage can be really costly. Remember that some airlines have weight restrictions as well as dimension restrictions, again the Revelation suitcase is usually the perfect dimensions.

I would also recommend taking a canvas bag in your suitcase as if you do need to check your carry-on in as they flight is full, you’ll want somewhere to put your valuables and flight-essentials in.

3. Check the weather and plan outfits
I’m not great at this but it can be one of the most useful things to do. Try on all your outfits and take photos of them on your phone, this will mean you won’t overpack and it’ll even save you time when getting ready whilst on holiday.

4. Sharing is caring
If you’re traveling with friends or a boyfriend there are things you can share which will save valuable space in your luggage. Share a toothpaste tube, shampoo, hair tools, laptop and even camera.

5. Wear bulkier items
Wear you coat/jacket and any other bulkier items, especially as you’re probably on a short-haul flight if you going with just hand-luggage. For example, I’ll always wear/carry my leather jacket as it’s really heavy, jeans, a t-shirt and a jumper (if I need a jumper).

6. Pack minis
Beauty items can weigh so much, I like to save sachets and smaller products for travel. If you’re quite loyal to a product you can pick up little travel pots to decant your skincare/foundation into.

7,Keep liquids accessible
Makes life so much easier when going through security, I like to back my clear bag at home so I don’t have to go through my whole suitcase at the airport. 8. Leave tech behind

8. Leave tech behind
Not always possible I know but if you don’t need to take your laptop for your romantic weekend in Italy than don’t take it. It all weighs so much and takes up valuable shoe space, plus it’s the perfect excuse to just relax and not work whilst you’re there.

Would love to hear your carry-on tips in the comments!

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The whole town is very relaxing, we had a tour around the town, the Bad Wörishofen Rose garden and had the pleasure of meeting Jochen Reisberger, the spa Manager who has been interested in water and health since being a child and is clearly very passionate about the Kneipp philosophy. It was great to tour the hotel, see the treatment rooms and the spa- I even spotted a lying down shower that sounds incredible!

Dinner the first day was at a really impressive Bavarian Restaurant called Löwenbräu, I actually can’t remember what I had but we tried a Barwurz Vogelbeer Enzian which is warm beer and got to experience a very local German restaurant which was a real treat.

Day two was another early start but a rather pleasant one as we had an early morning treatment. The therapists had access to our rooms and at around 6am came in for the Hay Sack treatment whilst we were all asleep. She placed a linen bag of hay which had been heated with hot water steam on my upper back and wrapped me like a cocoon, which was really comforting and I was surprised about how relaxed my shoulders were after!

The second treatment before breakfast was downstairs, we bathed our legs in hot and cold water to both wake us up and get our circulation going, it’s actually a really good treatment that you can try at home to help strengthen your immune system. In Germany people are actually advised by their doctors to visit the Kneipp Health Spa which really proves how amazing the Kneipp theory and spas are! Its seen as a more natural and holistic way to deal with certain medical issues with great results.

We then visited Sebastian Kneipp’s burial spot and the museum for a little more history on the brand before heading back to the hotel to cook our own lunch.I haven’t had the chance to try the recipes at home but once I do I’ll share them on here or Snapchat as the food was delicious, easy to make and healthy. There was no meat or processed food but the meal was truly delicious!

For the second portion of the trip we moved onto Würzburg, a city in the Bavaria region that I really fell in love with. We had drinks on a really quaint bridge before a spot of dinner and starting our Night Watchman Tour. If you ever find yourself in Würzburg then I can’t recommend the tour enough!

The third day we went off on our factory tour, it was by far the most interesting factory tour I’ve ever been on! Everyone that works at the factory seems to be very passionate and knowledgeable about the products which I think is quite rare nowadays. Most of the people we met on the trip had been brought up with Kneipp in their home and lived a very Kneipp inspired life. We got to see all the raw materials, see how the quality was so highly controlled and see everything get packaged up.

Since I’ve been back I have been using lots of their products and I can’t believe how affordable and high quality they are. The bath salts are my personal favourites although the whole body range is amazing, the scents are very natural smelling which is a big thing for me but more importantly really work. I haven’t had a chance to try the skincare yet but I’ve heard such good things and I am really excited to do so.

Thanks Kneipp for having me!

Kneipp is available at Feelunique, Lookfantasic and Graftons beauty. Don’t forget to watch my vlog from the trip here!

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Although the bf and I go out for dinner all the time I don’t think we really do enough other date night (probably my fault) so this weekend we went bowling, just the two of us and it was such good fun!

I’ll admit that I never win him at anything that required physical activity other than at a golf driving range and he totally taught me everything I know. I’m not the best loser so luckily he also helped me through bowling and I think I got my first spare and strike in the last ten years!

We went to All Star Bowling Lanes which I’ve actually been to before and it’s by far the best bowling alley I’ve ever been to! It’s not too big and I would recommend booking but it’s got a real luxurious feel to it.

After our two games of bowling (and yes I lost both) we, of course, had to have dinner, because what is date night with no food? The menu is very American-inspired, with all the burgers, hot dogs and nachos you would expect. We shared a Popcorn Squid, which is probably the best squid I’ve ever had as I love crispy food and I went for the Meatball Hoagie off the specials menu, Mike got a burger and we shared some chips. Actually, we ended up sharing our whole meal, since sharing is caring and he really wanted to try the meatballs.

The meatballs were so good and I’d highly recommend them (I did remove the cheese on my half as I try not to eat dairy) but they are limited edition so you’ll have to get in there this month to try them for yourself. Oh, also get the Gin and Elderflower Julep Jar, such a good cocktail!

Would highly recommend All Stars for a date night or just hanging out with friends and there are four London locations and one in Manchester but check out their website for more info.

What should we do for our next date night? I was thinking some sort of exhibition, please leave recommendations in the comments

drinking more waterI’ve been getting lots of questions about how I drink so much water, I’m not usually someone that does drinks much but in the last month I’ve been drinking more, around 3-4 litres a day. I’m not going to say it’s changed my life but I’ve been enjoying it and have found my skin to be clearer too. I know it is something people do struggle with so here some tips…

Set a target- Everyday I’ll set myself a target on how much water I want to drink, you can drink too much so don’t over do it but my personal target is 3 litres if I haven’t worked out and 4 if I have. I then set targets throughout the day, at the gym I drink a litre and then set the next three out throughout the day. If you’re really struggling to drink enough (2 litres is the recommended amount) then it might be worth drawing a little colour in diagram each morning in your diary or using a water counter app (like Daily Water Free).

Find the right bottle- This is probably the thing that has helped me the most, it took me a little while to find the right bottle and it’s probably not permeant. I personally don’t really like drinking out of glasses and think bottles are a far easier way to drink water as you can carry it around with you and keep track of the amount you drink. I’ve tried filter bottle, I have an embarrassing amount of regular reusable bottles and I’ve also tried portable cups with a straw but I’ve been sticking to my Evian 1litre bottle for a while now. They’re not too easy to find and usually have to be bought as a multi-pack but I love how easy it is to track my water with these, they’re also double the size of regular bottles without being as heavy as 1.5 litre bottles which you normally get as the next size up. I also think they’re not as scary as the 1.5 litres and I can get through these quickly easily. I do refill these throughout the day whenever I have finished a bottle but I think I will be looking for a 1litre reusable bottle (Bobble do some good ones) as I know these plastic ones aren’t great.

Keep the bottle with you- I try to never leave home without a bottle, this way I don’t have to worry about finding water to drink or buying a bottle whilst I’m out. It takes away the temptation to buy a Diet Coke instead and I just think that the more convenient the better.

Invest in a filter- This is something I personally don’t do but I know I should (I just drink tap water). Buying water in the supermarket is an unnecessary expense as well as bad for the environment, if I had to pay £3 each day for my daily intake of water I’m sure I would drink much less. Filtering tap water makes so much more sense but also gets rid of contaminants which may be in water.

Cut back on non-water drinks- Although I do have a small cup of tea in the morning, I rarely have anything else that isn’t water. I personally just feel that it’s unnecessary chemicals/calories that I don’t really need to be putting into my body. I’ll indulge about once a week in a glass of wine or even a glass of diet coke but I try not to make it a regular thing.

Add flavour- This is a favourite of mine in the summer months but adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to your water is great, especially if you find water boring. I personally love to add cucumber, lemon and mint to mine but there are so many different option, you’ll just need to experiment to find the right one for you.

Don’t over do it- Drinking too much water can also be bad for you, you definitely want to spread your water consumption out throughout the day. I’d also avoid too much water just before bed as you don’t want it disturbing your sleep.