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A Costa Blanca Vacation

I spent a week with my family on vacation in Calpe. Located  in the northern region of Alicante, Calpe a fishermans town that has two bays right on the water.

We were stayed in a large villa up in the mountains in an urbanisation called Maryvilla. Used mainly as holiday homes for the Spanish people and homes for many who have retired out in Spain, Maryvilla is a quiet place with only one bar, a couple of restaurants and a lovely beach at the bottom.

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Little did I know until I got there that Costa Blanca is actually the perfect place for sport climbing, water-sports and outdoor activities. Known to have some of the best beaches with clear water and plenty of sand and further out small coves and caves making the Costa Blanca perfect for rock climbing over the sea (water soloing).

There is a warm climate for most of the year and with many resorts, restaurants, bars and shops remaining open throughout the winter months, Calpe and surrounding towns have become  a popular destination for families and many couples looking for a weekend break.

If you love going for a swim then head down to the local beach or watersports centre where you can kayak, learn how to paddle board, snorkel or do I what did and have fun on a giant inflatable sea assault course.

Playa De La Fossa, Levante and Arenal-Bol are the main beaches in Calpe but are only just a few of the beautiful beaches across the region. Hire a boat or pedalo and explore the tiny beaches or sail down the coast to the larger resorts and towns.

beach.jpgAlongside the beaches and boat rides, wandering The Old Town was a highlight of the holiday as it features Mudejar-Gothic architecture and historic sites. If that isn’t enough for a history buff then the Calpe is also home to The Museum of Archaeology which has an array of artifacts and also has the ruins of a castle.

If you fancy a crazy night then head over to the Benidorm, in particular English Square, for a night of drinks, tribute bands and 24-hour fry ups. My one night in Benidorm was definitely an experience! Popular with stag and hen parties the cheap drinks, hilarious comedians, and the general atmosphere give Benidorm it’s British reputation but I can’t deny it was one of the funniest nights of my life!

Calpe has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a rock climbing weekend or a laid back beach week, Calpe and the rest of the Costa Blanca will not disappoint!

Things to do in Costa Blanca:

  • Visit the beaches
  • Explore the variety of water-sports
  • Climbing
  • Visit Benidorm for a wild night!
  • Go to the archaeological museum in Alicante
  • Aqualandia waterpark
  • Book a boat ride

Gee

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Mini Beauty Haul

L’Oreal Clay Mask

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The L’Oreal masks is available in three varieties  (detox, purity and glow) and I decided to get the detox mask  just because it contains Charcoal.After using it I was so surprised at the immediate results. All blackheads, dirt, dead skin cells and other impurities were removed straight away. It left my skin looking healthy, fresh and super clean.I’m very excited to try the other masks.

E.L.F Rose Gold Liquid

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After receiving an email informing me of the free UK postage I had to have a look at the ELF website. I stumbled upon this amazing rose gold liquid eye-shadow and when it arrived I just fell in love with it! It’s super pigmented and easy to apply, you do have to use an eye-shadow primer first and then a similar colour eye-shadow after just to set the liquid. The ELF products are really good value for money and this liquid eye-shadow also comes in two other shades including copper!

Smashbox Contour Kit and Photo Finish Primer

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After receiving these goodies from the boots review panel I binned my old and nearly finished contour palette and got stuck in with this one. The kit contains everything you need  including a small step by step guide, a small angled brush and three powders; a contour powder, bronzer and highlighter. It is so easy to use and the pigmented powders blend really well. It gives you a glowing radiant look that is natural and defined. A palette apparently favoured by Kim Kardashian the Smashbox contour kit is, in my opinion a definite a must have.

Vichy Dermablend 3D Foundation

As someone who doesn’t wear foundation I wasn’t fussed about this product when it arrived. However after using it I was shocked with how much it reduced my pores. Perfect for oily and combination skin this foundation has SPF 25 and is hypoallergenic. It contains salicylic acid and when applied leaves your skin with a smooth and velvety finish. A small amount gives excellent coverage and the formula is light and doesn’t feel heavy or thick on the skin.

Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Thanks

Gee

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“Why am I yellow?”

After a long weekend of binge drinking, eating takeaways and not sleeping much its to safe to say I wasn’t feeling my best. However I didn’t expect to wake up on a Monday morning with unbearable stomach cramps and yellow eyes and skin. It didn’t take long until I was at the doctors having blood tests to find out why I was looking like a Simpsons character.

The jaundice faded but I was diagnosed with a minor condition called Gilbert’s Syndrome.

Gilbert’s syndrome is when the yellow substance found naturally in the blood (Bilirubin) increases and starts to build up. It is a genetic disorder that’s hereditary and according to UK statistics around 1 in 20 people have Gilbert’s.

It took me a while to understand what it was, and accept the changes that I had to make to my diet in order to avoid this short period of jaundice and fatigue. There are a few symptoms of Gilbert’s including nausea, dizziness, IBS, brain fog, and fatigue. Although Gilbert’s is not a medicated condition it helps to know what triggers you may have and how you can prevent feeling unwell.

I took the steps to cut out alcohol, fatty and oily foods (only sticking to the good fats) and anything made with MSG. My doctor recommended the Paleo diet, and although I had heard from other GS sufferers it worked well, unfortunately after my 3 month trial it made me feel worse.

It’s been a year and a half since my diagnosis and I feel healthier than I have ever felt before. Of course I treat myself to the occasional chicken kebab and my diet isn’t too strict but all the little things I have changed have paid off.

GS doesn’t pose a risk to health and doesn’t cause complications, yes there are some medications I now can’t take but overall GS hasn’t restricted my life whatsoever.

My message to other GS sufferers is look at changing your diet, take care of your body and you will feel fine. Just because you get diagnosed or labelled as something it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry on living your life, and there is plenty of other illnesses in the world that are far worse than a having a few days of jaundice and fatigue.

To anyone else that may think they have GS, go and get tested and then find out what triggers your symptoms so you can change it.

I’m happy my body reacted the way it did otherwise nothing would have changed and I would living an unhealthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading, leave a comment below and tell me all about health issues you may face and how you cope with them.

Gee

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East Sussex National Hotel & Spa Review

Last weekend I took my mum to the East Sussex National Hotel & Spa for a relaxing spa day and birthday treat. I booked online through a company called Spa seekers which offers a range of spas to choose from in your area.

The hotel itself and the surrounding grounds are beautiful, and the Horstead Health Club is located on site next to the main hotel.

We were pleasantly greeted by friendly staff who assisted us in booking our spa treatment times and lunch. After being handed our robes, towels and slippers my mum and I made our way to the changing rooms and then into the spa.

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The spa facilities are excellent. Visitors have the choice of the large heated pool, a steam room and sauna, and a Jacuzzi. There is a selection of loungers, chairs and tables around the pool, and the choice of hot and cold complimentary drinks are available during your visit.

During our day visit I discovered there was a gym onsite at the health club and I was gutted I didn’t bring my gym clothes, however I certainly had an amazing time relaxing and napping around the pool.

The Horstead spa has nine treatment rooms and offers a range of treatments guaranteed to leave you feeling indulged and relaxed. The staff were helpful, attentive and made sure we were comfortable before allowing us to choose our massage and treatment oils.I decided to opt for a back,neck and shoulder massage and my mum had a facial, both treatments were tailored to our needs and specifications.

We shared a treatment room and the quiet ambiance and soft music left both of us nearly nodding off!

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Lunch was a delightful and delicious bento box filled with different sandwiches and cakes alongside a cream tea. As you can see I didn’t hold back and already tucked into a sandwich before snapping this pic!

I have visited a few spas in the Sussex area and overall I definitely think the facilities at the East Sussex National are some of the best, I highly recommend this spa if you are looking to escape the business of your everyday life and I can’t wait to go back and maybe even play a round of golf next time!


 

What spas have you visited? Leave a comment below.

Gee

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Adventures In Morocco

Its been a year since Jamie and I went to Morocco so here is my throwback post sharing our experience in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has two parts the old town (the medina) and the new town, we stayed in the Medina in a beautiful Riad we found on Air Bnb. Every morning we were greeted with a traditional Moroccan breakfast and our host would give us tips on surviving the souks and ideas of places we should visit.

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We visited Marrakesh during Ramadan a time considered to be low season, however it was the hottest time of the year, over 40 degrees and the souks were hot, crowded and humid. Getting lost in the mazes was both frustrating and tiring but walking through doorways and courtyards you could find yourself in a cool spot of shade being offered mint tea.

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The souks are the heart of the Medina and a must-see when you’re visiting the city. If you don’t plan on shopping for leather, tea or spices, the souks are still a crazy experience. There are motorbikes, people and cars trying to squeeze down the smallest alleyways and lots of cats! It is a unique atmosphere that heightens your sense; the smells of tea and donkeys, the sticky heat, and the loud motorbikes and stall owners shouting at nearby tourists.

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We decided to purchase a rug and we discovered that as well as haggling, Moroccans like to trade. So alongside a small amount of money we traded a pack of cigarettes and some sunglasses for a lovely berber rug. Both parties were extremely pleased with the trade, I even got a hug off the stall-owner because he was so grateful!

Navigating through the souks is tough challenge, it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of concrete walls as you cannot depend on the Moroccan signposts, and locals who want to “help” (ask for money for awful directions that then lead you to the wrong place)

“Follow this road , turn left, head towards the alleyway then walk past the tourism shop and you will be greeted with a road, turn right and you will be in Jemaa el Fna square”  

It took hours to reach the main square,even with a map! You almost feel like a real-life Hansel and Gretal, wanting to leave trails of breadcrumbs behind you to avoid becoming totally disorientated.

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The Marjorelle gardens were made famous by Yves St Laurent and without a doubt was my favourite place in Marrakesh. Tranquil, peaceful and visually stunning these gardens are picturesque. The bright colours and surrounding cacti took my breath away.

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If you are going to Morocco it is definitely worth trekking up to the Atlas Mountains, we organised a car to take us and even though the trip was roughly two hours in the 40 degree heat, the Ouzoud falls are just stunning. We had the chance to go swimming in the pools, had lunch with the locals and even fed some monkeys! I think this was Jamie’s holiday highlight.

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Our last day was spent at a beautiful farmhouse just outside the towns not far from the airport. We relaxed by the pool, met this cute chocolate Labrador puppy and also had a private lunch (chicken tagine) in the olive gardens. The quiet poolside was a far cry from the craziness of the Medina and was definitely the best way to spend our last day.

Marrakesh is a beautiful place, the bright colours, the lush greenery and gardens that thriving in the souring heat. A truly fascinating place where you can find a tiny slice of peace in a Riad or courtyard among the craziness that is outside.

Things to do in Marrakesh:

  • Buy some tea, spices or leather handbags
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, although it’s not open to those that are not Muslim, the building itself it magnificent.
  • Stay in a Riad,
  • Try Moroccan mint tea and eat a traditional tagine.
  • Visit Museum of Marrakech.
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains
  • There is plenty of temples and muesuems so you won’t be short of culture.
  • Go to a hammam and get scrubbed down
  • Go see an exhibition at the Maison de la Photographie.
  • Visit the Jardin Majorelle
  • Find a rooftop in the square to spot the storks

 

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been making less purchases and not shopping as much because frankly I don’t anything and I’ve been saving for future holidays/plans etc.

I popped into Primark last week and picked a few packs of up these copper wire hangers! Never thought hangers would bring me so much joy but they look so nice against my white wardrobe!

As Primark had a sale on, I got this flamingo top for £3! Such a bargain! I also needed some new nail clippers and tweezers and they happened to have both of these in copper and “oil spill” at only £1 and £2.

Of course I had to make a trip to LushLush and bought the Seanik shampoo bar (not pictured) this is my go to shampoo and I haven’t used anything different for about 8 months! It makes my hair look and feel clean, shiny and soft.

I’m a sucker for a bath oil and my favourite is the floating island, I decided to get something different try the you’ve been mangoed! Alongside this I bought the butterball bat bomb and the new modfather bubble bar.

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As a blogger I get to work alongside brands and get the chance to support each other. Coconut Lane is a small company that sell a wide selection of products from phone cases, to socks and notepads! I’ve been a coconut queen for a short while now and I have previously posted about them and their items.

Anyone who knows me knows I love Leonardo Dicaprio and when I saw these listed I knew I had to have them! They are so silly and fun. I also bought the “What would Beyonce do?” notebook.

If you want to order from Coconut Lane use the discount – georgiaknight20 to receive a 20% discount!

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My final purchase of recent weeks is this beautiful mustard yellow, Beatrix Kiddo inspired faux leather jacket from Zara. It was an absolute steal at £39.99 so much so that I had to buy one in black! I wear mostly neutral colours so this jacket is ideal for adding a pop of colour to my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading,


Gee

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Beyoncè Wembley Stadium Review.

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Opening the show instructing her fans to shout “I slay” Beyoncè was already encouraging 90,000 admirers to show confidence and be fierce. The influential singer and advocate for black lives matter performed her crowd-pleasing opening song Formation with her choreographed dance troupe marching behind her.

It is crazy to see how far she has come since Destiny’s Child growing as an artist and entertainer. A passionate and strong woman, the world has still carefully scrutinised her over the years from her age and pregnancy to Jay Z’s infidelity rumours. However Beyoncè always comes back fighting and as she fist pumps the air the strong message of independence and female empowerment echos through Wembley Stadium.

An expert storyteller Bey’s latest album Lemonade does just that. It tells a story of forgiveness, redemption, and combines her own personal experiences with black people’s suffering in America. Of course her set wouldn’t be complete without some older material from her previous albums Dangerously In Love and I Am Sasha Fierce alongside Destiny’s Child throwbacks.

A packed out stadium Beyoncè had her fans (also known as the Beyhive) bowing down to their Queen and all the females uniting to sing “Run the world (girls)”.  Labelled a modern day feminist she has inspired many to stand up and support one another.

Her beautiful a capella rendition of “me, myself and I” stuck a chord for many in the arena as she coincided it with an emotional speech about self importance, and striving to achieve a wonderful relationship with yourself.  She didn’t shy away from declaring her love to her Alabamian/Creole roots whilst playing a short clip of family images and videos. Beyoncè reminded us that we all our human and we should be proud of our heritage and who we are.

Even her interludes didn’t fail to impress; washing the crowd with purple lighting to pay homage to the late Prince. After a quick change into a glittering leotard her powerhouse vocals paid a poignant tribute singing “The beautiful ones” by the legend himself and purple confetti rained across the audience.

Survivor, freedom and halo were the last songs of the evening, and performing these accomplished dance routines in shallow water proved what a true, master show-woman she really is.

When life serves you lemons you make lemonade.