San Francisco on a Budget: Where to Stay

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Image Courtesy of Jeff Gunn/ Flickr. Editing my own.

Hi everyone!

San Francisco is my happy place. I love it to pieces, and one day I hope to move there. In the mean time, though, visiting there is all I can do to avoid missing it too much! I’ve been there three times, and I plan on going there for two weeks in January of 2016.

I’m not exactly Richie Rich. I’m a student who works in retail anywhere from 4 – 40 hours per week, and a large portion of anything I earn goes towards paying my university fees, buying food and petrol, and paying for bills and for my never ending book addiction. Still, however, I’ve managed to travel overseas every year for the past seven years – and one of the ways I’ve managed to do that is through finding awesome deals on hotels!

We’re not talking hostels, here.  I’ve never actually experienced staying in a hostel, because, whilst I’m sure they’re awesome and fun, I have the mentality that if I can afford a decent hotel, I’d rather stay in one. For me, the hotels are one of the best parts of travelling.

Today I want to review two of the hotels that I’ve stayed at in San Francisco: The Argonaut Hotel and The Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf. Now, before we get into this: I paid for these stays with my own money, and have not received any compensation of any form to review these hotels.

Firstly: The Argonaut. 

Price range: HAHAHAHA LOL LET ME GO DIG UP THE MONEY TREE.

AKA – generally anywhere from $200ish – $900ish a night. Yikes, right?  In saying that though, occasionally Kimpton will have these huge sales and I’ve seen this hotel at $150ish a night (which is what I paid). It’s worth subscribing to their email list in order to get notice when these sales are – and if you see this hotel at a cheap price, grab it up!

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My photos of the room turned out a bit crap because I haven’t mastered how to take a good room photo, yet, apparently. So, these photos are courtesy of the Argonaut Hotel, but I promise there’s no tomfoolery in these photos – the rooms are gorgeous and spacious, with a subtle nautical theme. There’s no tripping over each other or suitcases on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night in these rooms!

I LOVE this hotel. If I could live there, I would. The theme of the rooms is high end nautical – you won’t see any tacky fisherman’s hats here. The rooms are spacious, and the hotel has an awesome location – at the very end of Fisherman’s Wharf, with a Ben & Jerry’s, souvenir stores and restaurants flocking it on one side, and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (where you can see some awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge) and the Cable Car turnaround flocking it on the other side. Starbucks is less than a minute away, and Ghiradelli Square is a short two-three minute walk.  Pier 39 is about a ten – fifteen minute walk away, Lombard Street is about a ten minute (uphill) walk, Union Square is fifteen minutes by Cable Car or a thirty minute walk, and Coit Tower is around a forty five minute walk. There’s no laundry room in the hotel, however, a number of coin operated laundry rooms are located within a 5-10 minute walk.

The hotel restaurant is high class and pretty pricey, but I definitely recommend it. It is mostly seafood, however, I don’t eat seafood yet I found quite a few options. Wifi is free if you join Kimpton Rewards program (which is also free), and there’s also a free wine hour every afternoon. I was underage when I stayed there, and from memory they also offered non alcoholic apple cider for kids and under 21s.

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Ghiradelli Square, the home of the best chocolate on Earth, is located only two – three minutes away. Which, is a priority if you’re like me.

In summary: the Argonaut gets an A in my book. The rooms are gorgeous, the location is perfect, the price makes my heart hurt. Stay there if you possibly can!

Secondly: The Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Price range: still hurts your pocket, but is definitely affordable. Around $150ish – $350ish a night. I paid $150ish a night, but it was split between two people to make it more affordable.

Firstly the positives: this hotel is in a good location. Diagonally across from Pier 39, you can run and get the second cousin that you don’t really like very much but feel bad not getting anything for, a souvenir and be back in your room in around fifteen minutes. The room decor is classic Americana; red and blue theming with pictures of San Francisco adorning the walls. It’s a very clean, nice, look. There’s an IHOP right next door, so if you ever feel like a short stack in the middle of then night, you’re in luck. There’s also a CVS just a minute down the road, so if you’re like me and loose three pairs of sunglasses in a week, you can buy a new super cool pair straight away (which I lost last week in Sydney… Sigh 😦 ). The cable car turnaround is about a ten – fifteen minute walk away, as is Ghiradelli Square. There’s plenty of restaurants and shops opposite the hotel, but no laundry in walking distance. Boudin Bakery, home of the best bread and coffee, is a 7 – 10 minute walk, but that is the closest ‘breakfast’ place nearby, unless you feel like having IHOP.

Now the negatives: the rooms are TINY. I was sharing with only one other person, but even that was a bit much. There was a lot of hop, skip and jumping over suitcases to get to the bathroom, the door or the TV. There’s barely any room to put anything, and our two suitcases took up the majority of the floor space. The bathroom is small as well – from the door to the bathroom you can touch the shower, sink and toilet. Even the lobby and elevators are small. It’d be perfect if you were travelling alone, but in saying that though, it is manageable, especially if you’re only sharing with one other person. I really wouldn’t recommend any more than three people, especially if you’re all travelling with large suitcases. Four people travelling with small suitcases or backpacks only would be a little tricky, but definitely manageable.

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Once again, I can’t take good room photos, so this photo is courtesy of the Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf. This photo is an accurate depiction of the room’s very pretty decor, however doesn’t show how small the rooms really are. In saying that though, maybe I just got a smaller room than most guests get. The room size is definitely not a deterrent to staying here, though.

Summary: The Radisson gets a B+. It’s definitely a really nice hotel, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. It’s not too pricey, it’s in a good location, and the rooms have pretty decor and comfortable beds, and you get free high jump training jumping over the beds to the bathroom. Seriously though, the room size isn’t a big deal. It wasn’t a huge issue; it just took some adjusting to. It’s our own faults for bringing too much stuff!

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San Francisco is one of my favourite places to visit in the world – it is my real life happy place! Below are some handy links that I hope will help you plan your visit to this awesome city (my number #1 tip – make sure you visit Ghiradelli Square! The chocolate there is totally drool worthy). This section is constantly being updated, so always check back if a link isn’t up yet 🙂

– Guide To Planning a San Francisco Vacation

-Hotel Reviews

– Activity Reviews

– Restaurant and Cafe Reviews

– San Francisco Savings – discounts, coupons and tips and tricks that will save you money!

– San Francisco FAQs

– Daily Itineraries (1 day, 2 day and 3 day).

If there’s anything which I haven’t covered and you have a question about, you feel like making me jealous with pictures of Ghiradelli, or you want to know if I think Alcatraz is haunted (YES), feel free to send me an email at neverletthefear95@gmail.com .

A ‘Let’s Pretend I’ve Been Reading and Not Watching Youtube Too Much’ Book Review!

Hi there!

Let’s pretend that I’m great at updating this blog, okay? We’ll just skip over the fact that I’m the worst blogger in the history of the inter webs, shall we? Awesome, sounds good, so glad we’re all on the same page! 😉

Quick obligatory disclaimer: all of these books (except Yes Please) were purchased by me, with my own money. I do work at a bookstore, so I do get a small discount, but that just means I get paid nothing because it enables me to buy far more books than I would otherwise! Honestly, I pretty much buy enough books to pay my own wage… I think I need help. I was given Yes Please for free, as I also do book reviews on the blog of bookstore that I work for.  I do not receive compensation for any of the Book Depository links on this post, I simply don’t feel comfortable sharing the bookstore where I work with strangers, and I think the Book Depository is pretty awesome, and deserves the shoutout.

Let’s get to this book review! So these are all books which I’ve read from February onwards. It’s really not that big, considering I can generally get through 3-4 books a week, but these last few months I’ve been in a bit of a book slump and haven’t consistently found awesome books to draw me out of the black hole that is watching too much Youtube and Gilmore Girls to pick up a book! (Not that there’s anything wrong with watching Youtube or Gilmore Girls, that is! I do it everyday… Not something I should probably confess…  I ramble too much. Let’s just move on!)

So these books are all non fictions – and if you don’t like non fiction books,  I’ll have a fiction book review coming soon! I’ll list them according to how much I liked them, with 1 being the least and 6 being my favourite out of the bunch.

1. My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart.

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I did like this book, but I didn’t love this book. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t watch Hannah Hart’s Youtube channel. It’s a very funny cookbook/ memoir hybrid, with a few pieces of helpful advice sprinkled on top. There’s nothing really I could compare it too; I think it really excels in being unique. The recipes, however, are really there only for hilarity purposes – there’s nothing in there that you would actually make. I think it makes a nice coffee table book, and I’m glad I bought it because it was a very entertaining read, but I don’t think it would appeal to anyone outside of Hart’s audience.

2. The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer.

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I found the Pregnancy Project to be really interesting, however, it drags on a  bit. I think it would have been much more suited to be a really long journal article on the Huffington Post or the New York Times rather than an actual, fully fledged book. Basically, Gaby pretends to be pregnant for a school assignment, and because she only tells two people,she finds out who her real friends are, the way society treats pregnant teenagers, and, most importantly, the disapproval and almost hatred she receives from her family because of it. The “characters” in the book, mainly her family, say and do things which are incredibly unlikeable, and because of it, it affects how much you want to continue reading the book. This isn’t something that Gaby can control, nor should it be something which impacts on the book, but it is.  if you like to read thought provoking, almost ‘psychological experiment’ type books, I’d definitely recommend it, but, whilst I’m glad I read it and it was interesting, I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, and probably won’t ever reread it.

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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I really enjoyed Yes Please! In general I quite like reading memoirs by celebrities I like, and Amy Poehler’s book really lived up to the hype. Some of the essays in the book were more interesting than others, but in general the book was definitely funny, interesting and likeable.

4. Grace’s Guide by Grace Helbig. 

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Whilst Hannah Hart’s downfall is her book is really only recommended for fans of her work, Helbig succeeds in writing a book that would be interesting and applicable for even people whom have never heard of her. Normally, I find Grace’s humour in her videos to either be completely hilarious or comes across a bit too awkward, like she’s trying too hard to be funny (which, in all honesty, happens to me as well, so I don’t blame her for it at all. It makes her more relatable), but the humour in her book is completely on point. The humorous essays in her book are interwoven with incredibly helpful advice, and I honestly think that every tween, teenager or twenty something should pick up a copy.

5. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr.  

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The best word to describe Love, Tanya is ‘sweet’. This book is like.. Imagine you were a 1950s teenager, sitting in a poodle skirt in your favourite milk bar , devouring a strawberry milkshake and holding hands with your beau. It’s just a cute, sweet and nice book.  It’s Tanya’s memoir, with some advice on make up, relationships, friendships, and work included.  I’d definitely recommend it – it’s probably better if you’ve heard of her first though, just because a lot of the book is about her life, and might not be interesting if you don’t know anything about her.

6. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

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GO BUY IT PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

Now, I originally bought this book because I watch Carrie on Youtube. I AM SO GLAD I DID. It was so incredibly different than any other book written by a Youtuber (my post about Youtubers writing books will be coming soon) and it was so incredibly great, brilliant and helpful.  I bought it yesterday, and finished it in about two hours. Carrie just gets it. If you’ve never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. In this book, she isn’t Carrie Hope Fletcher, singer/ songwriteractress in Les Mis and youtuber – she’s Carrie Hope Fletcher, giving you the advice that you need and no one has told you, interwoven through stories of her own life.

If you ever feel like you need a bit of advice in your life (whether that be in love, friendship, your future, or y’know, life in general) go buy this book.IT IS SO BLOODY HELPFUL. Unlike with other books written by people who are incredibly successful, you don’t come out of it thinking “well of course she can give advice, she’s successful and I’m not and I’m never going to be successful as she is”, you come out of it thinking “yes, she’s successful, but she’s also a real, relatable and flawed human being who wasn’t part of the popular crowd, wasn’t always successful and has her fair share of ups and downs. She worked hard to be successful, and y’know what?  I have the potential to be as successful as she is.”

It has so much good advice that I feel like going through and highlighting passages and writing them down just so I can remember them when I need them most. I wish that when you turned twelve, along with a packet of tissues, some chocolate and a ‘get a day off school’ punch card, you got this book. I really could have used it when I was in high school, and I’m definitely going to get a lot of use out of it now (I’m almost twenty). GO BUY IT, come back and then tell me how much you love it. It’s my favourite non fiction book I’ve ever read.

PS. Thank you for writing your book, Carrie.

So that’s it! Thanks for reading. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve reviewed. What are your favourite non fiction books? Have you bought Carrie’s book yet (GO BUY IT)? What’s your favourite book you’ve read in these last few months? Let me know in the comments!

Health(ier) Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Hi everyone!

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Today I’m going to share one of my favourite health(ier) lunch ideas – Quiche Lorraine! Whilst normal quiches are really high in fat, by cutting out the cream and reducing the cheese of normal Quiche Lorraine recipes, you’re already making this so much healthier! Use wholemeal flour instead of white, skinny milk instead of full fat, ham instead of bacon and reduced fat pastry (or if you’re super good, no pastry at all!) and you can almost kid yourself that it has less calories than the carrot and celery sticks you feel like you should be eating. (Truth bomb: it doesn’t, but it also tastes a lot better!).

Ingredients you need for 10 muffin size quiches:

– 130g ham, chopped.

– 1/2 cup light mozzarella cheese

– 1/3 cup wholemeal plain flour

– Salt, pepper and dried parsley to taste

– 1/2 cup of frozen peas and corn

– 4 eggs

– 1 1/2 cups of skinny milk

– 2 sheets of reduced fat puff pastry.

This recipe is super easy (thank goodness because I couldn’t be worse at cooking!) – you can pretty much stir everything in together, and put the ingredients into the pastry – layered muffin pan. My oven was on 180 degrees Celsius, and the quiches cooked for approximately 20 minutes (my oven is super fast though, so this may be different for you, and you should cook per the directions on the pastry sheet).

I served this with a side salad of almonds, spinach and arugula and it was delicious!

PS. They looked SO ugly that I couldn’t bring myself to put a picture of them up on the internet. I promise you though, they tasted delicious!

 

Let me know if you try this recipe out! What’s your favourite lunch idea? Let me know in the comments!

Los Angeles: My Thoughts on Where To Stay, What To Do and What To Skip

The first place I visited on my trip was Los Angeles. I’ve been there before so I thought I might combine those experiences to give my reviews on things that I’ve done and places I’ve stayed! I’m not a huge fan of LA generally; I find it a bit cookie cutter similar to most other cities, with not many ‘pretty’ landscapes, and too much traffic!

Stay: 

On my first trip to LA, I stayed at the Millennium Biltmore hotel, located downtown, which was really beautiful, super fancy, and not incredibly expensive ( especially if you’re sharing the cost with someone) as rooms average $150- $300 a night.  However, it also doesn’t let you check in there unless you’re over 21, so it’s not ideal for young students or backpackers – it wants to keep the riffraff out, I guess 😛 This is one of the main reasons I didn’t stay there on my most recent trip, because myself, and my friend whom I was travelling with, are both 19.

The Hilton Universal City was really pretty, but not very centrally located - except for Universal Studios and Citywalk, that is!
The Hilton Universal City was really pretty, but not very centrally located – except for Universal Studios and Citywalk, that is!

Instead of staying at the Millennium Biltmore, we stayed at the Hilton Universal City, which was conveniently located just a three minute walk from Universal Studios and Universal Citywalk. The rooms were a bit dark and we had a pretty rubbish view of the car park, but overall I liked it. The lobby was quite pretty, and, as an added bonus, had a Starbucks! It was an easy fifteen minute downhill walk to the Metro station (it’s a pretty steep hill on the way back up, though!), however apart from the Metro station and Citywalk there isn’t really much in the near vicinity. We found ourselves eating only at Citywalk, because there were no restaurants or cafes near enough to walk to. Rooms generally average $180 – $400 a night, and if you’re over 21 I would probably choose the Millennium Biltmore over the Hilton Universal City, simply because the Millennium is more centrally located and feels a bit more fancy schmancy for around about the same price.

Having a Starbucks in the lobby made it super convenient for early morning oatmeal, bagel and coffee runs - if only it was socially acceptable to wear your PJs in public!
Having a Starbucks in the lobby made it super convenient for early morning oatmeal, bagel and coffee runs – if only it was socially acceptable to wear your PJs in public!

What I Did: 

I’ll rate the things I did on a 5 star rating system, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest, because I like feeling official! Haha.

– Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour: 4.7

During the Warner Bros Studio Tour, we got to visit the amazing Friends set - and even got to sit on the couch!
During the Warner Bros Studio Tour, we got to visit the amazing Friends set – and even got to sit on the couch!

I highly recommend this tour – I absolutely loved it. I have to say, though, I got really lucky because I saw the sets of Pretty Little Liars, Friends, The Ellen Show and Gilmore Girls, which are all some of my favourite shows. Those sets, however, were pretty much all we saw, which, whilst good for me, was probably not really that much fun for the other people in the group that weren’t into those shows. The tour guides do ask you which shows you like, and do their best to accommodate you, but I think it’s a bit of a ‘keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best’ type thing whether or not you get to see the sets of your favourite shows. In my opinion, it was totally worth the $54 price tag, and I would definitely do it again if I got the chance.

– The Grove: 4 

I really like the Grove. I think it has some cool (yet high end and expensive) stores and I find the actual mall really pretty. I also really like the Farmers’ Markets next door, and I definitely think it’s worth a visit if you have a spare day. Keep in mind though, that it’s still the same chain stores that you find all over the country, so if there’s a ‘unique to LA experience’ that you could choose instead, I would probably choose that.

– Hollywood Walk of Fame: 3

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is nice to visit once or twice, just to say you've been there!
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is nice to visit once or twice, just to say you’ve been there!

Seeing the Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of those things that you kind of ‘have’ to do, if only for the reason that you can say that you did it! Whilst it looks really glamorous in the movies and pictures, the reality is just a bit dirty… And, dodgy. It’s the kind of place where you don’t want to walk too far away from the tourist trap spots because the glamour disappears and the decrepit, graffitied and dirty buildings appear. Overall, it’s cool to say that you went and saw the stars, but it’s definitely the type of thing that you only need to visit once or twice.

– Universal Citywalk: 3.5 

Citywalk was convenient to grab a quick bite, buy some souvenirs or spend a night seeing a movie.
Citywalk was convenient to grab a quick bite, buy some souvenirs or spend a night seeing a movie.

Look, Citywalk is okay. It’s a good way to spend a ‘chill day’ or go there for dinner, but you can really do it in 1.5 – 2.5 hours, especially if you don’t hit the cinema. Apart from a few souvenir stores, chain stores and chain restaurants, though, there’s really not much to do there.

– Celebrity House Tour: 2 

If you’re into seeing the bushes in front of houses that irrelevant celebrities lived in years ago, this tour is totally for you. If not, then I would skip it. Most of the celebrities they feature were famous in the 1970s – 1990s, and the most you see of their houses are their fences or their bushes. I found the driving around LA on the way to Beverly Hills part the most interesting, and really didn’t find the tour worth doing overall.

– Disneyland: 5 

Disneyland is the best. Do I need to say more? 🙂 (Note: I’ll do a review of three hotels in Anaheim I’ve stayed at before in an upcoming post).

Thanks for reading! If you have any more questions about my trip to LA, feel free to ask me in the comments or shoot me an email!

Have you ever been to LA? Would you want to? Let me know in the comments!

Up next time: My review on hotels in Anaheim I’ve stayed in, and my review of Thousand Oaks.

Today’s playlist:

Boy Meets World Season 6 Episode 14 🙂

February Favourites

Hi everyone!

I thought I might share with you some of my favourite things from February (mmm, I know, I’m a teensy bit late – whoops!) You know the deal: all of these products I purchased with my own money –  this post is in no way sponsored; I’m simply sharing these things because I really liked them, not to make money for companies. With that over, let’s get cracking!

Movie: The Duff. 

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Lordy lord, this movie is SO good. Definitely one of my new favourites, it had a very ‘Easy A’ type feel. It has a lot of drama, lot of romance and a lot of comedy – exactly what makes an awesome movie, in my opinion! It’s probably not a ‘date’ type movie; more the type of movie that you would watch with your girlfriends at a sleepover, whilst eating chocolate and popcorn and wearing sweats. PS. The main guy is so hot – definitely an added bonus 😉

Food: Chicken Chipotle Avocado Sandwiches from Earl of Sandwich

I discovered Earl of Sandwich when I was in Orlando this month, and became totally addicted to their Chicken Chipotle Avocado sandwiches – now that I’m home I’m missing them so much! (Is that pathetic? Yes). They were basically this weird focaccia cross turkish type bread layered with chicken, avocado, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese and chipotle sauce. I pretty much ate them for lunch and dinner nearly every day.

Book: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

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I loved this book! The book is about Maddy and Gabe, two teenagers who have been best friends ever since they were little, and are also ice skating partners. Neither wants to complicate their ice skating relationship by getting together, but both are secretly in love with each other and discover the magic of what could happen if they let complications to occur and allow themselves to fall in love. The whole book is gorgeous, but the ending is what had me swooning!

Store: Hot Topic

I’m so jealous of anyone who lives near a Hot Topic. Why have I never been blessed with the amazingness of Hot Topic?! I spent so much money there, it’s ridiculous, but #noregrets… Haha!

Beauty: Beauty Blender

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This weird very expensive tear drop sponge had me cynical at first – after all, what is all the hype (and price) about? Cut to one day, when I found myself impulse buying it at Sephora, and now I’m such a convert. I don’t know why exactly or the science behind it, but for some reason my make up looks flawless when I use it and crap when I don’t, so totally worth it in my opinion…. And in 60 years you’ll probably be finding me use the exact same make up crusted beauty blender, because there’s no way I’m paying that much for another one!

Hair: Flower Crowns

I was totally loving flower crowns this month. I felt like they added a very hippy-festival type element to my outfit, and I loved feeling like a flower fairy whilst wearing one!

So, that’s me for today! What have you been loving lately? Do you love any of the same things as I do? Let me know in the comments!

Today’s post playlist was all Kelly Clarkson, particularly:

– Heartbeat Song

– Run, Run, Run

– Invincible

Anndddd… I’m Back. (Boo!)

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Yesterday morning, I got home from America. It was a great trip, and the month went by so fast that I’ve half convinced myself that it was actually a dream and I haven’t left yet! (I wish!)

I’m (unfortunately) back to reality – which includes work, which I went back to today, and university, which I’m going back to tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve started planning my next trip! I’m planning on sharing stories, reviews and tips and tricks from my travels hopefully twice a week on my blog – if you want to hear about anything in particular, please let me know! I don’t think I’ll do daily recaps, because I was gone for quite a while and it might get a bit boring, but I might do ‘fun adventures which happened in this city’ type recaps?

What have you been up to? What would you like me to share? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Let me know in the comments!

20 Questions Tag

Today I thought I might do the ’20 Questions’ tag! If you do it on your own blog, please leave me the link in the comments because I’d love to check it out 🙂 I’m not sure who created it, but I found the questions here.

1.Thing you cannot leave the house without?

On a basic ‘I would go back home to get this item’ level, I can’t leave my house without my earphones, wallet, phone and keys. Pretty boring, I know! If you want a more interesting answer, where you learn just how liberal my definition of ‘necessity’ is, click here to see everything that I need in my handbag at all times.

2.Favorite brand of makeup?

Benefit.

3.Favorite Flowers?

Frangipanis.

4.Favourite clothing stores?

Bershka, H&M and Aeropostale.

5.Favourite perfume?

Taylor Swift’s ‘Wonderstruck’.

6.Heels or flats?

Flats. I wish I was cool enough to say heels!

7.Do you make good grades?

Depends what subject it is. In high school, I made really good grades in English and History, but really awful in Maths and Biology. Now that I’m in university, I make pretty good grades because I’m studying subjects I like more.

8.Favourite colours?

Teal, pink and silver.

9.Do you drink energy drinks?

Does coffee count? Then, yes. If not, then no.

10.Do you drink juice?

Yes! Orange is my favourite.

11.Do you like swimming?

No! Some of my worst memories of my childhood are at school swimming carnivals.

12.Do you eat fries with a fork?

If someone looks at me like I’m a caveman, then yes. If I can avoid their glares and disapproving looks, than no.

13.What’s your favourite moisturiser?

Hope in a jar by Philosophy.

14.Do you want to get married later on in life?

Yes! (is it weird to say I’ve already picked out my kids’ names?)

15.Do you get mad easily?

Not really.

16.Are you into ghost hunting?

HAHAHA no. Too scary for me.

17.Any phobias?

I don’t know what you mean by phobias. If you mean ‘holy bejeezbus I really hope this never happens to me’ than yes. I’m afraid of failure, not being happy in life, never finding my niche, and never falling in love. If you mean, ‘I’m deathly afraid of this omg just looking at this makes my skin shiver’, than no. I am really scared of ants, though, but that’s not a phobia.

18.Do you bite your nails?

Not any more, but I used to.

19.Have you ever had a near death experience?

Yes, actually! I was driving my friend home one night, and it was incredibly dark. There’s no lights on her street and although my headlights were on, I could barely see two feet in front of me. I drove to the end of her street, and nearly went over a cliff (I don’t know how better to explain it; basically if I drove any further I would have fallen off her street, and there was a large and sharp drop). I didn’t see that it was a cliff, and the only reason I didn’t keep driving was my car hit the barrier. I’m counting that as a near death experience!

20.Do you drink coffee?

Yes! It’s what I need to become a nice, functioning, human being.

Can you relate to any of my answers? Let me know in the comments if you do this yourself!

Post Playlist:

Teardrops On My Guitar – Taylor Swift 

White Horse – Taylor Swift 

Our Song – Taylor Swift

My ‘DIY’ Fancy High Tea

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Cupckes, cookies and quiches, oh my!

Hi guys!

So, in an extremely surprising turn of events, I just hosted a high tea at my house! This is uncharacteristic for me, because I hate having people over, and generally prefer to go to a cafe any day. BUT, it was really fun. Here’s what I did:

I made some chocolate chip cookies, apple and cinnamon muffins, quiche lorraines, and also served fruit. My guests also brought cupcakes, scones, M&Ms and flowers, which was so lovely of them!  I wish I could say that I handmade everything, but, um, I once gave myself food poisoning from an oat slice which contained no dairy at all, so it’s really best for everyone’s health that I don’t bake anything which doesn’t come in a mix. Everything still tasted good, though!

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Yeah, so  I kinda forgot that cookies expand. Whoops!

It was too hot to serve tea or coffee, so I served pink lemonade, water with lemon and lime, and non alcoholic sparkling apple cider.

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Yes, those are NYC themed cake decorations! I love them!

It was just generally a really nice day – we sat around and ate too much food and talked! Some weird conversations (such as burial vs. cremation) came up, and it was great to hear what everyone was up to, especially because after high school everyone had gone to different universities/ different countries.

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The table in all its’ food-covered glory.

Have you ever hosted or been to a high tea? What’s your favourite thing to do with your friends? Let me know in the comments!