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.

rome wimbLast week before heading to Rome I decided that I didn’t want a big handbag that I had to lug around with me all day whilst sight seeing and eating ice cream. I had a online for handbags which I could wear cross  body and which were also light-weight and pretty. I spotted this Dorothy Perkins one on the House of Fraser website and fell in love with it as it can also be worn as a clutch.

My boyfriend was a bit of a star in Rome and offered to carry my DSLR camera in his rucksack so I just had to pack a few more of my essentials.

In terms of beauty I kept it minimal, a Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder to obviously powder my face but which also has a great size mirror, to go with that I packed my Real Techniques Setting Brush- it’s my favourite! Just incase my eyeliner did decide to melt off (it was warmmm!) I packed my Sisley So Intense Liner and my Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Rose Apricot for post pizza application.

With that there are a few essentials; a phone charger and european adapter, my vlogging camera for quick videos and my favourite La Moda Sunglasses. When trying to keep my bag light I also swap out my big chunky purse for a smaller coin purse, this one actually lives inside my larger purse so is really convenient. In my purse I kept the basics; ID, money and my bank card.

I’m so glad I kept it light for Rome as we walked so much! I can’t wait to share more Rome posts over the coming month so keep an eye out!

berlin carsI’ve been back from Berlin for about 6 weeks now, I was only there three days and I am definitely not an expert but I thought I would share my own experiences, which will hopefully help a few of you.

If you’re considering Berlin then I would recommend it for a really inexpensive holiday (if your UK based), it isn’t my favourite place ever but I would go back, especially as the whole trip was so affordable. Flights from London are fairly cheap (mine were around £40 return), we stayed at an inexpensive Holiday Inn and once there most things were quite affordable too.

General Tips

I’m going to be writing a blog post about how to book/plan a city trip so I am going to keep this very Berlin based.

The metro is super easy to use, download an app or even use Google Maps to find out which train you need to get on. There is an honour system when it comes to the metro so there are no barriers but be sure to buy a ticket and stamp it before getting on the train or you will get a fine.

Although the first day we used the train a fair amount we soon learnt that walking was the best way to see the city, Berlin isn’t a huge city and as long as you have comfy shoes you can walk almost everywhere.

In my opinion three days was the perfect amount of time, we done everything we wanted to and even had some time to relax and chill.

In the winter Berlin is freezing, I wore a hat, thermals and everything else that I could find. Flights are cheaper in winter but bare in mind you’ll need to wrap up warm.

berlin holiday inn centralHoliday Inn City Centre

When it came to finding a hotel we went with my trusty inexpensive favourite, Holiday Inn. We stayed in the City Centre one, the location was perfect, not too busy but still within walking distance of almost everything. We had breakfast there which was really convenient and set up our days perfectly. The rooms aren’t huge but they were all we needed and most importantly were clean and comfortable. Of course it isn’t an overly luxe boutique hotel but if you need somewhere to lay your head that won’t break the bank I would highly recommend it!

Day One

After arriving just before lunch time and dropping our suitcases at the hotel we headed to Burger Meister, a old public toilet which has now been transformed into a cool burger place. It’s got great reviews on Tripadvisor and I must admit it didn’t disappoint. We each got a burger, shared some fried and it was both ridiculously cheap and delicious.

berlin burgermeister berlin burgermiester berlin wallWe then took a stroll to the East Side Gallery which is a 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall, it’s a huge piece of German history and there are some really iconic images on it.

Whilst looking for the Berlin Cathedral we also passed Unter den Linden which is a well known boulevard there but sadly it was under construction so wasn’t as impressive as it probably usually is. We had issues getting to the Berlin Cathedral too as many roads were closed (due to a politician visiting Berlin), although we managed to find it and have a look around the outside the inside was closed and we decided to save this for another visit.

We then walked towards the Neptune Fountain, the base of the Berlin TV Tower and AlexanderPlatz. We didn’t go into Berlin TV Tower and I wouldn’t really say these are a must-see but nice for a quick look around. We did then make a cheeky stop at Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt, which is a fun chocolate shop (think the German M&M world) and naturally we bought some chocolates for family members (& ourselves.)

After warming up in the hotel we went to dinner at Vapianos Potsdam Platz, although it’s a chain and we try not to eat at chains when abroad neither of us had ever been to Vapianos and since it originally started in Germany we thought it was okay. It was a fairly short walk from our hotel and gave us the opportunity to see Potsdam Platz at night, plus the pasta was delicious!

berlin checkpoint charlie berlin trabi carsberlin photobooth

Day Two

We started day two quite early, having had breakfast at the hotel and realising that most museums didn’t open until 10am we headed to Check Point Charlie. It was originally a point crossing between East Berlin and West Berlin during the cold war, it’s now just a photo opportunity  and overly touristy. It’s worth walking past but I do wish that the men dressed in army uniforms weren’t there as it almost seems a little disrespectful.

Just round the corner from Check Point Charlie we accidentally stumbled upon Trabi World which is house to lots of Trabi Cars, which were the most common vehicles in East Berlin. We didn’t rent one this time but I think I probably would the next time I go back, for us it was just a fun places to walk past and take a few photos. If you do visit, make the most of their photobooth, it’s only a few euros and a nice token of Berlin.

We then started our museum visits at Topography of Terror, an outdoor and indoor history museum. I’ll admit that I was a little overwhelmed by this museum, there was a lot of writing and a lot of photos to get through but it is very informative. Our next stop was the Holocaust Memorial which is worth a visit and doesn’t take too long to explore, we didn’t realise that there is a free museum underground so that’s worth noting as it’s suppose to very engaging and touching.

It was then a short walk to Brandeburg Gate, it’s a touristy sight but also a great piece of history so worth a look. We were planning to also visit the Reichstag Building day two but discovered you had to pre-book tickets so instead spent an hour queuing to book a ticket for the following day.

Lunch was at Treffpunkt Berlin which is apparently a German classic, I would probably skip this, it was very average tasting and a little greasy for my taste.

Our next stop was the Palace of Tears which was once the train station border crossing, it was probably one of the most interesting places we visited and I’d recommend the audio tour if you have the time. We followed this with a train to the Berlin Wall Memorial which is worth a look but we didn’t spend too much time here but partly because it was so cold and started to snow.

Also up there with the most interesting places was the Jewish Museum, it’s different to the other ones we visited and more like a traditional museum you would see in London. It was a really educational, thought-provoking museum with lots of rooms and things to see and do.

For dinner we faced the Mustafa Kebab queue which I’ve heard can be hours long! We were lucky it was a really cold night so the queue was a little shorter and we only waited an hour or so. Rumour has it that these are the best kebabs ever and I’ll admit they were pretty good although I am not a kebab connoisseur. As you can imagine it’s super cheap and there also isn’t anywhere to sit as it’s a street stand not a restaurant but still worth queuing for!

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Day Three

Our final day in Berlin was a pretty relaxed one, we had booked tickets for the Reichstag building the day before but I would really recommend doing this online as you’re unable to book tickets for the same day and the queue to book for the following day was long (and cold!). It’s free to get in so I would definitely recommend visiting it and even listening to the audio tour. The audio tour gives you a great overview of Berlin’s history and architecture plus the view is beautiful!

We ended our trip by buying a few fridge magnets as a souvenir and chilling in a cute little coffee shop.

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I’m off to Rome tomorrow so I would love any tips and recommendations in the comments. Also follow me on Snapchat for live updates from Italy, username: alittleobsessed

holly fulton 16 lfwthe apartment kikkik deskI have been blogging for quite a long time and have attended about 10 seasons of LFW now (no idea how!) but this season I decided to say no to every show I was invited to.  Don’t get me wrong I felt really fortunate to even be considered to attend and I really am thankful but I’m not really too sure LFW benefits me and my blog that much.

Last season I planned to attend 2 full days but shows started to run late meaning I couldn’t make it backstage for following shows and had to let the PR’s, who had been kind enough to offer me tickets, down. Other than that it’s also quite tiring, it’s fine if you have car which follows you around but rushing from location to location in high heels is stressful and painful. On top of that all I’m just not a fashion blogger, yes I might write the occasional outfit post but there are people at fashion week that very much have ‘fashion week outfits’. These are outfits that they wouldn’t wear anywhere else but fashion week and that will probably get them photographed- I’m just not that person and I feel terribly out of place in my boots/trainers, jumper and jeans.

Instead this season I decided to attend The Apartment, pop in to see Maybelline to find out what looks they had been creating as well as visit the Toni & Guy event to check out their new products. It was all far more enjoyable although Patricia, Ellie and Josie did convince me to take their spare ticket to Holly Fulton and break my no show rule for the season but since I wasn’t backstage or rushing to another show afterwards I actually really enjoyed it!

So a little bit more about what I did do…

The Apartment is a blogger lounge set up by Abi which I’ve actually been going to for 5 or 6 seasons. The whole concept is amazing as it’s a great place to relax between shows (or just relax in my case), meet other bloggers, grab a bite to eat and get your nails/hair/makeup done. Abi’s Apartment seems to get bigger every year and there were some truly beautiful brands. For beauty there was Eylure, Priv and Mark Hill so naturally I had my hair done by Mark Hill and lashes by Eylure. Mark Hill kindly added some beachy waves to my hair with a really small wand which would usually frighten me but it really worked plus the lovely girl at Eylure recommend some lashes which would work best with my eye shape which was really helpful!

For fashion sponsors included Russell & Bromley, Boden, Astley Clarke (which do the most beautiful bracelet) and loads more! I attended the afternoon tea with Caravelle which was filled with lots of delicious cakes from Aubaine and Krispy Kremes. Of course they also had a display with all the watches and Caravelle is a really great affordable options if you’re looking for a new watch.

Oh and the apartments desk were ultimate desk goals, they had a Urban Outfitters and a Kikki.K desk and I naturally fell in love with them both, would happily move them both into my house!

the apartment lfwlwf hairmaybellineAs I mentioned I also popped in to see Maybelline who sponsored a few of the shows, I’m going to talk more about the products over the next few weeks but it was great to see their products in action to create a really beautiful wearable nude look. I haven’t tried the Maybelline The Nudes palette yet but I will be adding it to my collection asap!

My final non-LFW stop was with the lovely people at Toni & Guy, I had my hair done by one of their stylists and the technique she used was really interesting! She used a hair straightener and the waves were created by the way she pushed the hair through the plates, if you’re interested I can do a whole post on this, it was easy but affective! Toni & Guy are releasing a new hair perfume which smells of the iconic T&G smell although I spotted a Volume Lotion which is what I am dying to get my hands on.

And that was how I spent my two days of non-LFW, if you don’t already I post daily on my Snapchat so add the username ‘alittleobsessed’.

appsI finally got a new phone!

It took me ages, until a few days ago I still had an iPhone 5 which is fine but since my work is largely online and involves taking lots of photos it does seem a bit silly. To celebrate (not really) my new phone I thought I would share my favourite apps, I’m not going to talk through the basic ones, I obviously love Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Snapchat- This one should probably be up there ^ with the basic apps but it seem to be an app that not everyone is into yet. Snapchat is basically like short, easy to watch videos which are far more real than the highly curated and edited images people put out on Instagram and on YouTube now- think GRWM without the pretty candles and close up of feet walking to the bathroom. It’s a little more like YouTube and blogging use to be, it’s very real as it disappears after 24 hours. It’s quickly becoming on of my favourite social media platforms, add me: alittleobsessed

Afterlight- I don’t upload to Instagram without using this app, I increase the brightness, saturation and contrast as well as applying a filter which I find helps with the overall uniform of my Instagram grid (which I’m not currently overly happy with.)

Facetune- I know there are a lot of FaceTune haters and I do understand why but no one wants to see the spot on my chin so I do often blur it away. Other than that, it’s great to draw attention and increase the sharpness of a brand name or increase the whiteness of your background, it can be used for so much more than just airbrushing your face.

Tripomatic- This is a recent discovery for me and I can not believe it’s free. If you’re planning a city break this app is a must, it not only tells you what places you should visit but also the best order to do it in, I’ve planned Berlin and I am half way through planning Amsterdam and this app has made life so much easier!

Bloglovin’– I’m sure most of you already have the Bloglovin’ app but if you don’t it’s a really great one to have, I sometimes forget to read blogs but with this app is just so easier, I think it’s even easier than reading blogs on the laptop!

What app do I need to download next?