28 June 2014

I'm a girl, so lets be brutally honest it was never in my DNA for me to appreciate cars. And it wasn't until about a year and a half ago that I did, after spending so much more time around my boyfriends house (obviously). It would almost be a ritual that after a hard day of work on a Sunday we'd come home and watch the latest episode of TopGear.

It was only a matter of time after the side splitting laughter that Jeremy Clarkson, ensues that I would make the conscious decision to go to the Festival of Speed.

The festival itself is absolutely gigantic and considering they under 21's go for half price, it was well worth the money. There are cars galore; old ones, new ones, funny looking ones. No really, they had real life, working Wacky Races cars! Who remembers the wacky races?

Anyway, here is my day in pictures.

Love always,
Melissa x

25 June 2014

This is the thing, I only read books when i'm on holiday. It’s not like I just don’t like reading because I really do. It’s just, I only really sit down and have the time to read when i’m in some exotic location somewhere, lounging by a pool and sweating my socks off (metaphorically obviously, why would I have socks on?) And then I get super into the characters, fall in love with reading and make a huge promise to myself that when I get home i’m going to carry on reading. Which always ends in huge devastation when I break my own promise. Which are the worst promises to break. 

And what makes things 10x worse - I know, like it wasn’t bad enough - I only tend to read books that have been or are being made into movies. Last week whilst in Morocco I read The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and the year before in Thailand I read The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith. And on Monday in a desperate attempt to actually not break my promise this year I read The Fault in our Stars by John Green.  I don’t know whether it’s because I subconsciously make the assumption that because the books are being turned into movies they must be really good, because that’s only ever about 65% the case. 

However, this year is going to be different. My Amazon shopping basket is current totalling at £26.77; 4 books and 1 DVD. I’ve read Perks of being a Wallflower now, so I can finally see the movie. But I most certainly won’t be going to see The Fault in our Stars because no body should be forced to endure the unattractive whale noises I make whilst I cry. 

I’ve been strongly recommended these books, I’ll keep you updated on how I get on. You can also look forward to a 'Book VS. Movie' post as soon as my purchases arrive. 

Love always,

21 June 2014

One of my favourite things to do is travel and experience different cultures and ways of living. Last week I was lucky enough to go to Marrakech in Morocco which has been on my bucket list of places to visit for the longest time. The markets in the square are just as incredible as people say they are, if not better. It's amazing we didn't get lost to be honest, the streets subtly curve sending your spiralling around the stalls like a maze. If it wasn't for my compass of boyfriend, we probably wouldn't have made it safely on the plane home.

Needless to say, Morocco is amazing and I wouldn't think twice about going again. But, that's not what I came here to talk about. Going on holiday is one of the best things; days filled with scorching sun, pools of the plentiful and unlimited food. Chilled evenings unleashing your inner fashion goddess, card games and alcohol (if you're the legal age that is), what more could you want?

So here are my top 3 favourite evening outfits I wore on holiday:

1) Playing it cool
When you first arrive in a new place, especially somewhere where religion recquires you to be more modest about your clothing choices, playing it safe is always the right move.

Yellow Floral Print Crop - River Island
White Ripped Leigh Jeans - Topshop
Tan Sandals - Primark

2) Monochrome
Block colour vs. bold pattern in very on trend at the moment. So mixing it together successfully is always going to be a big winner and nothing says bold like monochrome.

Textured White Crop Top - Boohoo
Cut Out Geo Necklace - Forever 21
Black & White print Shorts - River Island
Sandals - Warehouse

3) Fun and Fancy
For our last night, I wanted to dress it up a little but still keeping it fun. I was on holiday after all. The dress has a cute daily mesh overlay which add's the fun to what would otherwise be quite a dress dress. P.S White is the best colour to wear if you want to show off your weeks tanning efforts.

Daisy Swing Dress - ASOS
Sandals - Warehouse

This was something different as far as my blog has gone so far, hope you loved it as much as I loved documenting it.

Melissa x

14 June 2014

At 21 and in the breadth of my Uni course, there are definitely more productive things I should be doing with my Summer but everyone has a guilty pleasure. Vlogging is definitely at the forefront of Youtube society at the moment and I don’t know what it is but I love delving into other people’s lives and seeing what more in life others are doing compared to myself. In light of this, I have created a list of my 5 favourite vloggers on YouTube, in no particular order of course because I am way too indecisive to be able to figure that out.

1. EssieButtonVlogs

Estee and Aslan’s vlogs will definitely bring you back down to earth and make you revaluate the simplicity of life and how effective it can be. The two alongside their beautiful greyhound Reggie, produce video's that make me want to just chill the heck out and eat some darn good food. They are always cooking, eating out and exploring London in a way that is so appealing to me, in such a way I reckon the three of us would be very good friends. Traipsing around London, visiting art shows and eating foreign food from street side markets would be the perfect weekend in my eyes.

2. SacconeJoly's

With two young kids and 5 dogs, daily vlogging would be the least of most parents's worries. But somehow Anna and Jonathon manage to pick up the camera every day and produce 20 minute video's, no sweat. Out of all of the YouTube families, this one is probably my favourite. With a camera and basic editing software it's easy to produce media that only shows the good bits, the things people want to see. However Anna and Jonathan don't turn the camera off or edit the parts out where Emilia gets upset or things get a little bit tense. They produce a very real portrayal of family life and to me that's very interesting.

3. DailyBumps

Accurately titled, Daily Bumps is a story about Missy, Bryan alongside their baby boy Oliver through the daily ups and downs of raising a child. What's most moving about Missy and Bryan's story is there initial struggle to becoming parents in the first place. After they both lost two babies, one to miscarriage and one a stillbirth they were still overwhelmingly positive during their third pregnancy. And what a reward they got at the end of it, Ollie is quite possibly the cutest baby boy on the internet, which is quite the award considering he hasn't even turned 1 yet. Their lives are a constant reminder of a hope and love and what amazing effects it can have on your life.

4. FunForLouis

Living the life that most of wished we had, I love travelling and I think if I could pick anything to earn a living from it would be that. And that is Louis' life. He is without a doubt the most carefree, fun loving person on the internet, someone who could probably get on with absolutely anyone. Louis also vlogs daily so there is always a new video of cool adventures to see in your subscription box. If there was one person who could make you feel like your life is so much more boring than you originally thought, then Louis is that person.

5. ViviannaDoesMakeup

Doing things a little differently and slightly more creative is always welcomed in my eyes. Anna has just recently started producing weekly vlogs as another segment to her Beauty channel. There's something about weekly vlogs that are that much more appealing because you don't have to have the most exciting life ever, you just turn the camera on when something vaguely more interesting than moping in your pyjama's happens. I think that's a reoccurring theme here, reality. Whilst Anna doesn't necessarily film the bad bits, she films less which leaves more to the imagination. And with my imagination being fairly scarce it leaves me thinking she's just like me and not someone with the most exciting life ever. More so, Anna's use of editing skills are more advanced than the basic cut and paste which make her video's look like they took that little bit extra time, something that I appreciate.

I hope you love my favourites as much I do, if you haven't heard of them yet click the links, if you have tell what you think in the comments below.

Until next time
Melissa x

7 June 2014

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to write about a hearty, family run restaurant that I visited whilst in Milan last week, well this is it...

Ristorante Maruzzella Pizzeria is about a 15 minute walk from the historic centre of Milan and just around the corner from a good strip of shops and gelato’s. Inside it's decor is dated but that just add's to the char, you're greeted at the door by the pizza chef who matches every stereotype about Italian chefs. The menu is filled with traditional italian dishes that have your mouth watering just reading it. We ordered Bruschetta as starter to share. Bruschetta is one of my favourite dishes and I will always order it if it's on a menu when we're eating out and it's always 10x better coming from a real italian restaurant.

I had Gnochi as my main which was amazing. The cheese was mixed in with the tomato sauce, i’ve never had it like that before but it was definitely something i'm going to try experimenting with in the kitchen. I actually never managed to finish all of it because the portions were absolutely huge but George devoured his Carbonara which I guess says a lot about how tasty it was as well.

This was, without a doubt my favourite meal from our trip to Milan and I would urge anyone going there in the future to consider taking a taxi down Maruzzella’s. Trip Advisor reviews suggest that there is often a queue to get a table, George and I strolled up at 7.30ish and bagged the last available table and there was a large gathering of people waiting outside when we left so it might be a good idea to book in advance.

If anyone makes it down there, ever, i'd love to hear what you thought too.

Until next time,


5 June 2014

First of all I have to apologise for the week of missed posts, but I have a jolly good reason. I’ve been in Milannnn. For anyone who read my last blog post, you’ll already know that for George’s birthday I bought him a trip to Milan and well, we returned late last night and i’m straight on the mark to tell you all about it!

In true holiday fashion, we were on the earliest flight out of Gatwick. It’s definitely one of my favourite parts of a holiday, getting up super early and driving down the motorway as the sun comes up. Just me? When we left the UK it was dry, but grey and very very cold. Arriving in Milan was such a surprise because it was 24degrees when it was forecast for cold, rain all week.

We visited the Duomo which is the Cathedral in Centre Milan and climbed to the roof. Yeah, that's right we climbed all 165 steps to the top. Now I know that doesn't sound like a lot but when you're as unfit as me it definitely takes it's toll. For a couple extra Euro's you can take the lift, i'd fully recommend it! We visited the Castello (Castle) and did a tour around the San Siro Stadium. The tour was overpriced (in my opinion) at 16 euro's each but it's definitely worth doing if you're travelling with a football fan like George.

During the late afternoons when our legs literally couldn't carry ourselves any further we caught some sun in the local parks. If you're someone who enjoys people watching like me, then you would have enjoyed the Italian parks. Everybody seems to go jogging, everybody. It's very different from the occasional power walkers in the English parks. No body minds stripping off and getting into their swimwear either which I found a bit bizarre. I mean there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and I was completely comfortable with it, just it's not something you see here.

Milan is a really nice city to visit if you love walking around and just exploring rather that specific sightseeing as there not many ‘sights’ other than the one’s I’ve already mentioned. The shopping is really good, especially if you’re a sucker for the bigger name brands like Michael Kors and Prada ect. I reckon if I was silly enough to trust myself with a credit card then I could have done some serious damage.

The food anywhere you go in Italy is just incredible, when I went to Rome it was probably my favourite part of the trip. Pasta, pizza and brushetta, just get in my belly. We went to a sit down restaurant everyday but I think my favourite food in Italy comes from the carts you get beside the road, the Salami and cheese panini's are to die for. However, I’ve got a post coming up soon about a restaurant we went to that was hearty, family run and was probably the best italian meal I have ever had. Big statement I know, i'll let you decide for yourself when you read the post. But until then, enjoy some of Georges photo's from around Milan.

Love always,