Top 8: Things I am looking forward to this Summer

It’s officially Summer! That means BBQ’s, beach days, bikinis and knobbly bobblies!

This is just a little post to discuss the things I am most excited about this coming Summer. There is something about Summer that makes everyone seem happier. Life just seems to have more of a buzz to it. Plus it’s friggin beautiful this time of year. If you’ve visited my blog before (hello, old friends!) then you’ll know I LOVE living by the beach. If not (welcome!)- it’s my favourite place in the whole world. So Summer, to me, revolves a large amount around the salty aired, chip smelling, seagull full seaside of the South Coast of England.

So here we go, the Top Ten Things I am excited for this Summer:

  1. A Cruise around the Baltics
  • 3 weeks! I am so excited to go. I have never been on a cruise, but from what I hear it’s food, trips, food, relaxation and more food. Which is funnily enough right up my street (me being a big old foodie anyway!) My Grandparents always try and come back the same, or less in weight by walking round the cruise ship frequently throughout the cruise. And by that I mean they do laps. When I first heard this I thought it was a bit excessive, but having discussed it with others- the cruise ship food sounds dangerously appealing! For the sake of my 8th aim for the summer (getting fit and healthy)- I may adopt this habit in the hope of coming back the same size!
  1. My Mini French Break
  • After my cruise (ooh sounds rather fancy written down J), I have a little bit of a manic switch around, where I am getting on the vomit comet from Portsmouth to Cherbourg the next day to join my family in France. This I am absolutely buzzed for.
  • Every other year we go away with my family to lovely houses in France, and this year I am missing a large chunk due to being on a cruise. This is sadly the consequences of growing up, being an adult forces you to make crappy decisions. (Obviously I am aware that of all crappy decisions, choosing between and a cruise and beach side holiday in France is a pretty decent one!).
  • So I will spend a few days in France, hopefully doing what we do best. That’s playing cricket, drinking wine, singing loudly to songs from 30 years ago, competitive playing of cards for pure pride of winning and taking it in turns to cook a meal (MasterChef style). Along with pretending to be fluent in French, treating the Carrefour as a day trip and roasting marshmallows on the BBQ.
  1. Getting my Puppy (a Goldendoodle)
  • We have literally been talking about getting another dog for years, but its finally happening! We are bringing our little afro ball of pure blonde fluff home after our holiday. I am so excited to see how she gets along with Jim, to buy all her PINK things, choose new toys and have a dog that fetches! Jim is a border terrier, and lordy he is a sweetie… though retrieving has never been his thing. He’s more of a throw the toy for me, I’ll chase it and then rip it to shreds kind-of-guy. I’m also super buzzed to have puppy cuddles. Eek, even thinking about it I cannot wait!IMG_3207
  1. Moving into my new Flat in Leamington
  • I think this next (and final- omg help me) year of University could be the best. I am going to be living with my best friends, in a little flat in Royal Leamington Spa. Besides the obvious living with my best friends and literally having a bestie sleep over every night, I am excited for all the little things. A clean home (hopefully!), candles, car sharing, movies in eachothers beds, getting ready for nights out with each other, eating meals together and being able to walk to the room next door when I realise (as I do every 5 minutes with my history degree) that I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s just going to be FAB.
  1. Decorating my home room
  • I recently decorated my room, a soft pink and I cant wait to add some final touches. At the moment I am OBSESSED with flamingos and I am constantly on Not On the Highstreet looking at inspiration. I love all things flamingo, cactus, pineapple and fluffy. So I’m having a field day searching for things to add to my room. I am getting some new shelves and a new bed.
  1. Our London Get-Away
  • For Jack’s birthday I bought him a trip to London and I have several ideas (no concrete plans yet- which I actually find more exciting!). One at the top of my list is Sketch- a centre for food, art and music. Every so often a new artist is allowed to totally revamp the restaurant, to recreate it in their own way. And OMG it looks insane. I’ll insert some pictures because hell-to-the-yeah I am going there.sketch 2sketch loosketch
  1. Days by the Beach
  • Need I say more. I love it. I drag Jack there all the time. We go to the arcade, we eat ice cream and we walk for miles chatting about what ifs.IMG_2850
  1. Getting fit and healthy
  • Membership- yep. Have I been much- nope. Need to work on the last bit, but baby steps! I have felt so much better being at home, with regards to my diet. I just feel that when I’m exam stress free I eat better. So getting fit and healthy is something I’m super excited about.

Holiday Must-Haves

Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and hydrating moisturiser- the best smelling suncream on the block. Honestly smells insanely good and, most importantly, lasts hours without reapplication. Though I do tan, I have rather sunburn prone skin- so factor 30 for me!

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Create a Curl Scrunching Jelly- the hair dryer is never appealing on a hot holiday. I love hopping out the shower, pulling a comb through my hair and towel drying it, then scrunching the product from the middle of my hair to the ends. It doesn’t leave your hair crunchy like other products I have tried and helps wavy hair hold curls.

An Epilator- I wasn’t sure about epilators, so I bought a cheap £20 one from Boots to give it a go, and I love it. I always use it before bed as it leaves a “chicken skin” effect that dies down after a few hours. I have to admit it stings a tad, but it’s so worth it- much less hassle!

Bare Minerals Bronzer- for some reason my face never seems as bronzed as the rest of my body after sunbathing. I am in love with this Bronzer. I was given it as a gift in a set and it’s a small pot of dark powder. You don’t need much at all and it lasts all day. It really does look super natural. I highly recommend it.

Makeup Revolution London Highlighter- I have discussed my highlight palette before, but this product would be up on my must haves all year list! I always like putting in the extra bit of effort when we go out on holiday, and I feel the highlighter does this super easily. My personal favourite shade at the moment is the white or the lilac. Even better, you need very little to enhance your summer tan.

Swim Suit and Bikini- I love having the option, one for the summer tan and one for water games.

Lemon- as a natural blonde, I get a great sense of achievement in coming back a few shades lighter. Lemon juice squeezed evenly in your hair throughout the day can do this naturally and quickly! However, I always use conditioner in my hair afterwards to prevent that crunchy and dry feel the next day.

Aussi Spray in Conditioner- leading on from this point, this spray really does work miracles. Chlorine can dry out my hair pretty quickly so preventing the knots and cots is top of my list. This aussi spray is slightly more pricey, but works immediately and smells good enough to eat.

Sarong- I always bring something to cover myself up if I need to, and this year I bought a thin, white, cotton shirt. I love it. It’s so easy to put on, and looks great with bikinis!

Mosquito Spray- I ain’t having no bites.

Nail Varnish- to top up those toes! I always go for pinks and corals as they emphasise a tan.