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.


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

It’s December!

I can officially get very excited about Christmas without people telling me it’s too early! Happy 1st December to everyone who is excited as me.

As it’s December there are lots of fun things going on.

I will be holding 12 giveaway, the first one just went live on my Instagram but there will be lots more to be won over the next couple of days.

I will also be uploading to YouTube Sunday-Thursday, some videos will be daily vlogs and other beauty videos which I really hope you enjoy. If you have any specific requests than leave them below in the comments but don’t forget to subscribe to my channel here.  

If you’re starting your Christmas shopping or are looking for ideas on what to buy your friends and family than check out my gift guides below. There will be two more coming over the next days.

Most importantly, I hope you all have a fabulous December!

Last week I touched on my trip to Spain in a blog post (here) but since my vlog is up too I thought it was a great time to talk a little more in depth. I went with SantaVerde an Aloe Vera based, natural skincare brand which recently celebrated 25 years and is based in the south of Spain (although the business/brain side is based in Germany).

The truth is that I don’t know a lot about organic or natural skincare and, if anything, it has always scared me a little so it was a great opportunity to learn. We arrived on the plane in Malaga and headed to Estepona where the Santaverde finca is based and run by Kurt and his wife Sabine.

They welcomed us into their beautiful house and shared both food and their stories with us. They originally bought the Estepona fina as a holiday home but later learnt about the power of aloe from a Texan neighbour who gave Sabine some to try on her own skin. After falling in love with the effect the aloe had and with their entrepreneur background the couple thought it would be a great business opportunity.

They spent a long time researching, experimenting, planting and harvesting the raw aloe vera and although their initial plan was to sell it on to cosmetic giants they realised that the big worldwide brands were misleading and using barely any aloe in their aloe products, often opting for aloe powder, knowing that it wasn’t as affective.

Instead of helping the leading companies mislead their customers they decided they we going to both grow the aloe and manufacture the products on their finca as a 100% natural, organic and honest brand.

The finca is now filled with aloe vera plants and a glass building used to harvest and process the aloe. Whilst we were there we got to witness the harvest and I even got to pick my own leaf. We then got to help the lovely girls with the washing and peeling, which looked far easier than it actual was. It gets prepared to be sent to Germany where the products are made and the companys business side is run from.

Unlike most aloe products the final results are pure, it doesn’t have bulking agents or powdered aloe and is designed to really work rather than to mislead people. All the products are unisex and don’t catered to a certain skin type. Santaverde is certified organic, cruelty free and vegan!

The finca is compleltey opened to the public and to it’s competitors (so if you’re ever in Estepona- it’s a great place to go) really showing that they don’t have anything to hide or a fancy recipe,  I learnt so much on the short trip and has really made me think about were my cosmetics and skincare items come from, what in them and how good they are for the enviroment,

Santaverde is available online and in Harvey Nichols  

Credit: here via Pinterest

I love sleep and I do my best to sleep eight hours every day but have also wondered   if getting a little less sleep and extending my day a little would actually affect me. Is   beauty sleep a myth or does sleep actually affect the way you look?

When Bensons for Beds and Dr. Guy Meadows, founder of Sleep School initially  asked me to take part in their sleep deprivation experiment I was both scared and   interested to see the results.  

The experiment took place over 11 days; one of which I got only four hours sleep   and after a few nights of eight hours sleep, I had to have five nights of only six hours   sleep. The four hours sleep initially sounded the most difficult, I was shocked by how   easy it was but I did find that it was the following days when I felt more tired. The   five nights of only six hours sleep ended up being far harder, I found myself comfort   eating and having a real lack of concentration but what affect did it have on my skin?  

Photo: Normal Sleep, after 4 hours sleep, after 5 days of 6 hours sleep
& clearly I like grey. 

I had my skin analysed throughout using a Visia Machine which found the porphyrins   (bacteria on skin) in my skin had increased by 8% when I had just four hours sleep   but by a huge 76% after five nights of 6 hours sleep which is worrying as they cause   excessively oily skin, react with UV light to cause photoageing of the skin, and often   make the skin look less fresh.

My brown spots increased by 47% after five nights of six hour sleep which caused   bags under my eyes but can actually go on to cause more permanent discolouration   of the skin and my red areas increased by 27%.  

There were clearly lots of visible signs; I also felt more irritable after five nights of 6   hours sleep and worryingly hungrier which can lead to weight gain. I felt less healthy   and my self-esteem was also lower, especially after the five nights of six hours sleep.  

While one night of four hours sleep had an effect on my skin it was the five nights of   six hours sleep that caused particularly negative effects. Although it sounds like six   hours sleep isn’t too little, it can have a really negative impact on the skin and looks.   Worryingly, research carried out by Bensons for Beds shows that almost half the   British population sleeps for 6 hour or less on a regular basis meaning they could be   causing long term damage to their skin and indeed health.  

Watch the video below to follow my journey through the week and my lack of sleep.  

I think I’ll be sticking to eight hours sleep from now on…

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Late last month I was fortunate enough to be invite to The Brits with Vita Liberata so naturally I said yes, got my tan on, grabbed my LBD (well it was navy), my dancing shoes and off I went. I had a really great night, spent with the lovely people from Vita Liberata and some of my favourite bloggers, watching some incredible artists perform!

I also filmed me getting ready, what I wore and a bit of a vlog whilst I was there, I hope you enjoy it…