Friday 24 June 2016


Bringing the car boot sale hauls back to my YouTube! Here's some bargains i've picked up this month. Hope you feel inspired to go to your local booties!


Friday 17 June 2016


Festival season is in full swing, and I couldn't be happier! I really am at my happiest when I know i've got a festival to look forward to. I recently attended my first camping festival of the year with my Confetti Crowd gals, deep in the middle of nowhere in Lincolnshire, at a pretty new festival called Lost Village. It was only its third year running which meant it was super small, only about 5000 people, which I loved! It meant nothing was far away, it was so easy to find your friends, the music didn't stay on tooooo late (i'm the kinda gal who NEEDS my sleep), and the general vibe was just really chill and fun.

We were invited along with Illamasqua, to coincide with their new Hypnotica collection and "The Paint Den", their funky, colourful and creative tent painting people's faces daily for £10 a pop. We luckily got our make-up did every morning - glitter and rainbow eyes all round! Check out the new collection here.

There were stages and bars dotted all around the woods (all with literally no queues which was FAB - one thing I hate about festivals is queues!) and I loved the spooky "lost" vibe the woods gave it.

The lovely guys at Regatta Outdoors kitted us out for many years to come, with the BEST tent i've ever slept in! Never have I ever slept so comfortably at a festival, which is usually something I struggle with. I didn't expect it to be so big, but it's absolutely the perfect size for a group of up to 6. It has 2 big bedrooms and a middle section more than big enough to stand up in.

I made the mistake a couple years back of taking a pop up tent to a festival - and I have never been so cold or slept so uncomfortably in my life, so it really does pay off to invest in a good tent (even cheaper between a group of you). If you're wondering, It's the Regatta Atlin 6-Man Tent - all 4 of us would recommend it as the perfect festival tent!

Tiger being a hoola hooping queen
One thing I will say about Lost Village, and i'm rarely one to complain, but this didn't exactly get our weekend off to a good start. After a 5 hour drive sitting in traffic the whole way up the motorway, we were faced with a 2 hour queue not for the festival, for a bloody coach. To then take us on a 15 minute drive, to go LITERALLY across the road (one way roads meant we had to drive pretty much round the entire county), but they wouldn't let us walk. The car park field was NEXT DOOR to the entrance, but we still weren't allowed to walk. So so so annoying - especially since it's such a small festival, you just don't expect queues. Then of course we had to queue again to get searched and get through the gates. We didn't end up setting up camp til like 7pm - we left my house at noon!

If you want me back next year Lost Village, you better sort this issue out... NOT COOL!

Otherwise, a fabulous weekend. Thanks Illamasqua!
The gang!

Dat sunset through the treeeees!


Tuesday 14 June 2016


Never have I ever spent so little but eaten so well, felt so chilled and so free, or been so literally breath-taken by somewhere's beauty before. The little town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, is hands down the most beautiful place i've ever been. It's like something out of a fairytale!

Indonesian cuisine was seriously some of the most flavoursome and delicious food i've ever had. Every place we ate was so deceiving - most little eateries looked like nothing much from the outside, some even completely empty, but the meals were just wonderful. Look for anywhere which serves "Masakan Padang" - usually tonnes of dishes stacked up in the window of the cafe - you won't be disappointed. SO MUCH FLAVOUR!

At one place, where i'm sure we were just sitting in a little lady's living room, I had one of the most delicious chicken dishes of my LIFE. And she cooked all 5 of our dishes separately, one after another - so fresh. Definitely try the places where the locals eat, which are usually out of the town a little bit, as they're the cheapest and best (although even the places on the high-street are still ridiculously cheap).

We also found another place just by chance, which also didn't look like much from the outside, and there was NO ONE else eating in there. We walked in like "hmm, it's kinda dark and dingy in here", but were taken through to the back which overlooked a rice paddie - just check out the view from our table...

Amazing right?! and here's what we ate... I have no idea what was on Sheree's plate but it smelled beaut! I treated myself to an Australian rib-eye steak, and by "treated" I meant I spent just over £5 on my whole meal including drinks. Unfortunately I didn't get the name of this place - although most of the cafes we ate at didn't have actual names, they were just there.

Hey Queeeeen!
I'll mention where I stayed in Ubud, but i'm not sure I would recommend it. Balibbu hostel seemed to be the only one around. It was okay, the locals who hang out there in the day were lovely and the general vibe was good, but the wi-fi didn't reach the rooms and they turned the aircon off ALL DAY (literally from about 7am-9pm) which means zero day naps! Usually i'd complain that it should come as standard, but for roughly £4.50 a night I couldn't really complain. There were lockers for valuables, cheap beers and the scooter hire guy pretty much lived there and was really nice, so no worry of being scammed!

Things to do in Ubud...

1. Tegenungan Waterfall
This place is abosolutely insane! The best waterfall I visited on my whole trip. Many of the waterfalls in Thailand had dried up due to hot season, but this one was crazzzzyyyyy big and so powerful. I couldn't stay in there for long as it literally took my breath away - so windy! We actually got lost on the way there and ended up at the top of the waterfall - sometimes getting lost is the best way to find a place, because you come across places like THIS abandoned hotel - looks like something out of a film set! We met a bunch of Bali kids who didn't speak a word of English but just followed us down the track, it was so cute.

2. Jungle Fish
Oh. My. God. was my reaction when we walked into this place. An infinity pool in the middle of the jungle - I could never have even imagined this place in my dreams! We blew a couple million rupees in here (not so scary - its only about £100) between 4 of us. That included a bed table, delicious food and cocktails, with use of the pool all day. It was so amazing i'm even considering making it my honeymoon spot one day. It's a hotel too and I can imagine the rooms are just as lovely! I'm gonna write a separate blog post on this place so I won't say too much. But JUST GO THERE!

3. BARC - Bali Dog Adoption & Rehabilitation Centre 
One thing I noticed about Bali - there's stray dogs EVERYWHERE. It's heartbreaking to see :( Unfortunately I ran out of days to go to this place but one day I will go back and volunteer. I feel like where i'm from, Brits are a nation of animal lovers - and unfortunately they aren't always treated the same in other countries. So it's nice to see a place like this, in a country which has so many poor little lonely doggies, which takes in and re-homes strays. I'm sure you could go in just to cuddle some puppies if you want. They also have a charity shop down the road which is a must visit - I got a top and skirt for under £2!

4. Hire a scooter! 
This is my number 1 tip anywhere you are in Asia. It's simply the best way to get around - not only is it cheap, but the views are just beautiful, the drive is so much fun (especially in convoy when there's a group of you), and sometimes you get lost and end up in the wrong place, which sometimes turns out to be the best place! Don't be put off by negative Nancy's and their stories - not everyone is out to mug you off and steal your money. Rent from your hostel or a recommended place so you know you can trust them. The drive around Ubud was hands down the best views of my life!

5. Ubud market
I picked up sooo many bargains at this market! One thing to note: they pretty much all sell the same thing. So if you don't manage to haggle one person down to your ideal price, just go to the next stall. And make sure you wander deep into the market - the stalls right at the back, out of the way, were usually the cheapest! I didn't pay more than like £3 for an item of clothing. Expect Balinese queen dresses like the red one above, crochet blankets, dreamcatchers, silver jewellery and many penis shaped bottle openers.

6. Be a vegan queen at Alchemy
This place is just lovely! They sell 100% vegan food, drink and products. I discovered smoothie bowls here and now i'm obsessed! Sheree has even re-created her own smoothie bowl recipe here. We imagined the lifestyle of its cool customers - living the chill life in Ubud, eating fresh vegan food and doing yoga every day, cruising around on a scooter. Ah what a life! Very tempted to move to Ubud one day. Just look at our breakfast!

7. Monkey forest!
Another thing I didn't manage to do, but I did drive through it lots on my scooter. It's based in the centre of town, so you have to drive through to get to the main high street, which means: monkies everywhere! They're so cute, and quite tame apparently.

8. Rice paddies
The drive around the rice paddies was just insanely beautiful! There are many you can go and explore on foot too. When we went it was waaay too hot to go out walking for long, but I can imagine in the cooler seasons this is just lovely!

There's sooo much more to do in Ubud that I didn't get round to doing, the possibilities are endless. It's also right in the centre of the island of Bali, which means its a great place to stop off if you're touring the whole island (which I totally want to go back and do one day!)

Hope you enjoyed this little guide, and I hope it'll inspire some of you to visit Ubud soon!

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