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'Snippets of Amsterdam' After Movie

Amsterdam Travel Vlog After Movie Blogger Vlogger

A few months ago, James and myself jumped aboard a Megabus to endure a 13 hour journey to our favourite European city, Amsterdam. We only decided to go a month beforehand because we had booked tickets to see the RuPaul's Drag Race tour out there, as it worked out considerably cheaper than seeing them in London with travel costs included (£13 each way to Amsterdam!). Crazy, right? I've got to admit it was a struggle as we were both suffering with the flu the first few days of our trip and throughout the bus journey, which meant we were those annoyingly sick people coughing our lungs up the whole way.

As we were travelling all the way to the Netherlands for a drag show, we decided to make a few days of it and spent five days wandering through those picturesque, cobbled streets. I took some video footage in between the days of our sickness and wanted to share it with you guys in a quick after movie below. Unfortunately it's taken so long to upload because I'm having an absolute mare with my iMovie freezing during playback, which has meant I've not been able to edit this too smoothly. Now if someone wants to buy me Final Cut Pro, I wouldn't object, as my relationship with iMovie is a little rocky right now.


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24 Hours in Brighton with Ibis Hotels #InBedWithIbis


A few weekends back I was invited to spend 24 hours in my happy place, which just so happens to be Brighton. I often day dream of moving to that charming seaside city some day, so I absolutely grab any opportunity to visit when I can. This was all thanks to Ibis Hotels who offered to put me and my gal pal, Becky, up for the night in their hotel, which is conveniently located only a stone's throw from the train station. I had booked the Friday afternoon off of work meaning I could kickstart my weekend a little earlier than usual, so around 1pm I jumped aboard the train leaving Southampton along the south coast to Brighton. I was rather annoyed by this point as I had brought my laptop to do some work during the two hour journey, but the train didn't have wi-fi on board. What kind of train nowadays doesn't have wi-fi?!

As Becky was arriving from London, I met her inside the bustling Brighton station just after 3pm and after a quick reunion, we headed outside to seek out the hotel. Standing with my suitcase at my heels and phone in my hand, I began to open Google maps to lead us to our bed for the night, but just as I did Becky spotted the Ibis sign shining like a welcoming beacon a little further along the road. As someone who always overpacks for any trip (five outfits and 3 pairs of shoes for a 24 hour stay, of course), I sighed with relief as the walk to the hotel was under a minute, so I could rid of my ridiculously heavy bags.

As we walked into the hotel reception, we were enthusiastically greeted by the staff and given two key cards to our room, which was located on the ninth floor - pretty sweet! I've stayed with Ibis a few times before, usually for late airport stays rather than city breaks, so the room layout (including the strange pod bathroom that is reminiscent of a spaceship) was familiar and welcoming. 

Cruelty Free Beauty: Makeup Revolution Lip Lacquers

Cruelty Free Makeup Revolution Lip Lacquers Review
Makeup Revolution Lip Lacquers, available at Superdrug, £3 each

Makeup Revolution are a brand I've used regularly and religiously since before deciding to switch out to cruelty-free cosmetics. Not only are their products considerably cheaper than most other brands with eye shadow palettes sitting at £4 and lipsticks as little as a £1, but the products I've used from their range so far, predominately eye shadows, bronzers & blushers, have impressed me.

Liquid lipsticks are EVERYWHERE at the minute, and I'm a newbie to the whole game. However, when browsing through Superdrug I noticed Makeup Revolution were serving up their contribution to the liquid lipstick game at only £3 a pop. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out a liquid lippie, so I walked away with two in my basket.

Valley of the Dolls

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Dress*: Valley of the Dolls // Sunglasses: Spitalfields Market // Boots: Topshop

I first discovered 70s inspired label, Valley of the Dolls, at JOY's press day last year and from the off, it was love at first sight. A brand that celebrates bell sleeves, crochet, eccentric prints and denim flares has my heart within seconds. When they asked me to pick a piece from their current collection, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. How on earth could I narrow it down to one?