Thursday, 26 February 2015

Copenhagen

Last weekend I went to the beautiful city of Copenhagen for a long weekend with my boyfriend. The little weekend getaway happened to coincide with Valentines Day and our 'anniversary' so it was the perfect excuse for a romantic trip together in this stunning city. 

I have wanted to go to one of the Scandinavian countries for a while and Denmark was the closest, easiest and cheapest place to get to at this time of year so we booked the flights and started planning! We managed to get the flights and accommodation pretty reasonably- staying in a lovely Air BnB place right near the city centre. We arrived in the city on Friday morning after a very early start and got straight into exploring the wonderful city. We started off the trip with a 'Free Walking Tour' to get a feel for the city and find out where everything is. I have done a number of free walking tours in various European cities and always been so impressed with them. They normally last about 3 hours and the guides are always so fun and full of life. We managed to see most of the main attractions all in one go- allowing us to decide which to revisit and get a feel for where everything was. 
After the tour we headed to Torvehallerne- a funky little food market selling all the most amazing food you could think of. After drooling around all the stalls we settled on a traditional Danish cafe/stall called Hallernes Smorrebrod selling the Copenhagen speciality- Smorrebrod- which is a kind of open sandwich. These were literally incredible and an absolute treat for our tastebuds after all the walking. All washed down with a pint (or half pint in my case) or Danish beer! 
We spent the rest of the day exploring the the city centre- walking around the canals and to The Little Mermaid Statue- which has been voted the second most disappointing statue in Europe. It certainly lives up to its title- definitely not worth the walk out of town for...but I'm still glad we ticked it off our list. 
We then headed over to the Meatpacking District- which was a really cool place full of quirky eateries, bars and galleries. We explored a few shops and galleries before deciding it would be more fun and happening at night time so headed back to check in to our room. 
After freshening up and unpacking we headed out in the Vesterbro neighbourhood on the search for some food. We came across a cool restaurant called Neighbourhood which was full of beautiful and quirky looking people. The pizzas here were amazing and bigger than anything I had ever seen and the atmosphere was really nice and chilled. The area felt like the 'Shoreditch' of Copenhagen and there were loads of cool bars around which we headed to after dinner. One we visited was called Mikeller which sold over 60 different types of beer and was hidden just under the pavements- which is apparently where all the best bars are in Copenhagen! 
The next day we woke up and exchanged our valentines day presents to one another before heading out for brunch. I had some great restaurant and bar recommendations from a couple of friends who had been to Copenhagen recently so we decided to try out one of the places on the list. We went to a really cool place called Cafe Dyrehaven for the yummiest Eggs Benedict and coffee in a really cool surrounding. 
After brunch we headed back to the centre where we waited for another of the walking tours. This time it was an 'alternative' walking tour of the district across the river called Christianshavn. We had heard a lot about Christianshavn and were keen to check it out and understand what it was like. To give a brief history- Christiania is a town in itself within Christianshavn, known as a 'free town'. The town was created in the 1970's when squatters moved in to redundant military buildings there and eventually built a community. Nowadays- there are about 850 residents living there completely separate to society- pretty much just a load of hippies! It is known for its cannabis trade and residents openly sell and smoke cannabis even though it is still very much illegal and there are often police raids on the town but the government seem to tolerate it. It was so interesting to hear all about the history of the place and it is impossible to describe unless you see it for yourself. As it is a living community, the residents get very funny if you take any photos inside, so I only managed to get one sneaky snap- but you have to see it to believe it. It very much felt like you were stepping back in time and almost felt like you were on a film set... it just didn't feel real. I would 100% recommend exploring it and seeing for yourself - plus there is a beautiful walk around the lakes on the outskirts of the town. 
 
 
 
We then headed back to our apartment to get ready for our early dinner reservations. We had booked to go to a place called Pate Pate in the Meatpacking District which we had been recommended. The food was absolutely sensational and one of the best meals I have had in a long time! It was a little on the pricey side (as all things in Copenhagen are) but it was our Valentines Day meal so decided to treat ourselves. 

When we were out for our meal we heard about the terrorist attack that had taken place that day! It was pretty scary to hear what had gone on and to learn that the guy was still on the lose! It did put us a little bit on edge and saddened to hear what had happened just a couple of miles from where we were! 

The next day we headed to the northern neighbourhoods of Fredericksberg and Norrebro where we had heard there were some great vintage and antique shops and great cafes. However, due to the terrorist attack, many of the shops and cafes were closed as a mark of respect and the whole area felt a bit like a ghost town. On the way there we walked along the lakes and Ben decided to test out his new camera lens and did a bit of a photo shoot- much to my dismay as I was freezing cold and just wanted some breakfast! 
 
We managed to try some of the famous Danish porridge in a tiny little home-run cafe called Grod which was known for its amazing recipes. We had a delicious dulce de leche porridge filled with seeds, nuts and fruits and some yummy granola and berries with mint tea. We then headed to Coffee Collective which is known to do the best coffee in Copenhagen! And it certainly lived up to its reputation! 
We then headed back to the city centre on the search for a Danish pastry (we literally spent the whole day eating!) We headed for another cafe which I had heard did the best pastries in Copenhagen! However, we got there and realised it was the scene of the second shooting that day outside the Jewish temple! The road was filled with police and news reporters and people laying down flowers outside the temple. It was quite shocking to see and to think that the terrible act happened only a few hours before. The whole city felt very quiet that day and there was definitely a strange atmosphere. 
After one last tour round the beautiful harbour we headed back to the Meatpacking District where we spent our last few hours eating a delicious burger at a tiny restaurant called Tommies Burger Joint. The food was insane here and there was such a cool atmosphere. We spent a couple of hours just hanging out and playing cards before heading over to the airport for our late night flight home.
All in all, we had such an amazing weekend in Copenhagen and managed to cram so much in to the three days. There were so many great things to see and do (and eat and drink) and I would 100% recommend a visit to anyone. If anyone is heading there soon let me know- I have some great recommendations to share with you! 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Empties

I have come to the end of some of my favourite products in the last couple of weeks. Therefore, I thought I would share an 'empties' post with you to show you the products I have been loving and whether I will be repurchasing them again or not...
First up: Antipodes Divine Face Oil. This stuff is an absolute dream and I am so gutted it has come to the end. I actually won this product at a blogger meetup I went to a couple of years ago in Nottingham!  This is a hero product of mine and works wonders on tired, dull skin. I use this before bed after cleansing my face instead of a moisturiser. I 'push' it into my skin rather than rubbing as this helps it to penetrate further. I always wake up with glowy, soft skin the morning after and my face feels bright and fresh all day. I probably only use this about twice a week or whenever I think my skin needs a boost. I will most certainly be repurchasing this product again as I cannot imagine my life without it now! However, at £18.99 its not cheap so may be something that’s added to my upcoming birthday list! 
The all time classic and every beauty lovers favourite.. the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I love this stuff- it is such an amazing all-rounder that can be used on lips, dry patches, cuts... you name it! I tend to use it mostly on my lips as an intense moisturiser. I also sometimes use it on little patches of eczema on my hands which I have found works really well! This is my ultimate travel essential and I take it everywhere with me. I will definitely be repurchasing this at some point again, but at the moment I find it pretty similar to my Paw Paw lotion so I will probably wait til it runs out before buying another, They tend to do good deals on Elizabeth Arden at airports or on flights so I will wait til I travel somewhere to buy this so I get a good bargain! I also love the 8 Hour Hand Cream from Elizabeth Arden which leave your hands intently nourished and smooth! 
Next up- Mourish Revital-Eyes. Unfortunately, this is a product I won't be repurchasing and was quite disappointed with. I can't actually remember where I got this product from but it was sitting in my beauty cabinet for a while before I got round to using it. This may well be why it wasn't at its best because it was quite old by the time I got round to using it.... but I think I am just making excuses for it now. Firstly, it had quite an unpleasant smell. For something you are putting on your face and so close to your nose, you would hope it would smell nice. It wasn't repulsive but just wasn’t particularly nice. It goes on nicely and feels smooth after applying, however, I have noticed since using it that the skin around my eyes has got quite red and thin and I am starting to look old! Now... this could be due to inevitable ageing and as I am turning 24 in a couple of months maybe I am developing my first wrinkles. However, this product really didn't do it for me and I have seen no improvements to my eye area. I am intrigued to try other products from their range because I have heard some really good things about it so maybe I just had a bad batch!
Finally, it pains me to say that my favourite perfume has run out. Perfume is something that I would never think to buy for myself. It is very much reserved for the Christmas list and is definitely a fail-safe gift option. That's why I am pretty gutted to have run out (nearly) of this one. It is called La Vie Belle from Lancome and it is just the most beautiful scent. I am normally not a fan of 'girly' perfumes and much prefer mens perfumes to womens but there is something about this one that I love. It is not overly sweet or flowery and the scent lingers for ages, which I love! Perfumes are something that are unnecessarily expensive for what they are (how much can it cost for some smelly water!?) which is why I would never spend £50 on a perfume for myself... therefore I may have to wait for Christmas to come round again before I ask for another... until then it looks like I will be using up some of the 10 half-used bottles sitting on my dressing table! 
Have you tried any of these products? 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Cosy Casual

A trip back home meant I could finally get round to taking some outfit photos! My lovely sister-in-law took these photos for me this weekend. She is a professional photographer so whenever I am home I try and nab her! As you can see, I had a little visitor in some of my photos. Little Misha the puppy is all grown up and not a puppy anymore!

This is my favourite outfit at the moment- perfect for keeping nice and cosy in the chilly weather. I am obsessed with my new hat- I always seem to buy hats but never actually get round to wearing them, but this one seems to be glued to my head at the moment. My brother and sister-in-law brought it back for me from their trip to Russia a couple of weeks ago and I am in love. 

I love the simplicity of this outfit and I can wear it pretty much anywhere. 
Coat- Zara
Jeans- River Island
Shirt-ASOS
Boots- Zara
Hat- Russia 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

I have been using the gorgeous Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum from Jurlique every night for the past couple of weeks and I love it! The beautiful formula is easy to apply and leaves my skin feeling glowy. 

The youth defence serum is designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, increase elasticity, restore radiance and increase hydration. This is a great 'drink' for your skin and adds in all the moisture that is lost during winter. My skin always gets extra dry in winter and I often fall victim to the horrible 'flaky nose' (not attractive). Therefore, I love this to give my skin that extra moisture boost. It also helps protect against environmental aggressors, which is great now that I am living in London. I recently read an article that said Oxford Circus and Putney High Street have breached the legal pollution limits for Nitrogen Dioxide. As I live next to Putney High Street and work next to Oxford street it is a bit scary hearing about the harmful levels of pollution constantly surrounding me. Therefore, I am trying to take extra precautions to protect my skin from the damage. First step: applying a protective serum like this one. I am also a great believer in using anti-ageing products from a young age to reduce the first signs of ageing before it is too late. This product helps to minimise the first signs of ageing, which is great for someone in their twenties to nip those nasty wrinkles in the bud! 


 
 The one downside of this product is the smell. It is nothing unpleasant but it has a very floral scent which I am really not keen on. I have never liked the smell of flowers and especially not beauty products or perfumes that smell of flowers. So, unfortunately, it just doesn't do it for me on the scent front.

All in all, I am a huge fan of this product and love the way it has improved my skin in general. At £45 it is not cheap so definitely an investment... however, the bottle is HUGE in comparison to most face serums so should last for ages! 






Saturday, 24 January 2015

Kew Gardens

Last weekend I had a lovely day out at Kew Gardens. I have wanted to go there for a while as it is quite near my new flat and it seemed like the perfect place to spend a sunny winters day. Myself and my boyfriend spent most of the day wandering around the peaceful gardens and exploring all the little nooks and crannies it had to offer. Unfortunately, as it was out of season, quite a lot of it was closed or being refurbished so we probably didn't see it in its finest hour, however it was still beautiful!  I realised Ben took more photos of me then he did of the actual gardens so sorry for the very me-orientated post! However, it's a good chance for me to show off a couple of my new Christmas presents. I got this gorgeous new coat from my brother and sister-in-law and the bag from my mum and dad for Christmas. I have been looking for a camel coat like this for ages and this one is just perfect and goes with everything. However, it is not very warm so I always end up absolutely freezing whenever I wear it! On another note, my major radio silence on here has been due to me having no laptop! I hope to get it up and running within the next couple of weeks so will hopefully have lots more outfit posts and beauty reviews coming your way very soon... stay tuned!

Coat- Zara
Trousers- H&M
Jumper- Zara
Boots- Zara
Bag- John Lewis
Scarf- Topsop