Monday, 28 August 2017

Sunday | Dreamland, Margate

As I mentioned in my post, a colourful gem, a few weeks back we spent a day exploring the little lanes and shops of Margate ending up in Dreamland. Having never experienced it or any real arcades or seaside attractions, I didn't know what to expect. Maybe some dodgy-looking rides that appeared to be anything but safe. Instead, it turned out to be an amazing day. Probably one of the best days of this Summer. 
There are many classic rides and attractions at Dreamland, including a Ferris wheel, half a dozen food trucks, and a roller rink. We only went on two rides; the Ferris wheel and Waltzer, but it was amazing. I have to admit, I was slightly spaced out after being on the waltzer but I managed to survive without throwing up so I'd deem it a success! 

I had never been on a Ferris wheel before so I was super excited to go on it but also really nervous. I never realised how sensitive the carts were to every single movement you make -so of course, I was slightly unnerved when my boyfriend started moving around. 
Each attraction, whether it be a ride, sculpture, or even just a piece of architecture, has a sign board informing visitors of the attraction, its' origins and how it is used today. 
On our way out of Dreamland, we headed out on a less beaten track. A pathway heading around the outskirts of the attractions, taking us past some more historic elements of the resort which I assume many do not realise are even there. We passed by original architecture from the Victorian period, along with learning how, when and what the land was acquired for. I must admit, that the sign boards for each attraction within the park were something that I really enjoyed. You never find yourself wondering about the origins of funfair attractions, so it was refreshing to add a historical element to what is essentially a day of adrenaline and laughter. 
On the way out we also headed into the arcade and roller disco. This long room also holds a couple of eateries and a Morelli's ice cream stall. There is a small seating area as well but it is, of course, not as large as the actual parlour in Broadstairs. Nevertheless, an extra lovely touch to the park. 

The main thing I loved about Dreamland was that it wasn't overfull with new, modern techy attractions but rather normal fun-fair rides accompanied by post-war music and a kitschy decor which had my retro heart a flutter. I loved this restored, vintage vibe the park had about it and I think many others enjoy this quality too on their Summer days out. 

Have you visited Dreamland? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now! 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Kind Natured: Love Curls

Kind Natured is a brand I have previously featured on here, with their body washes, shampoos and conditioners, in this post. It's a brand I have used for quite some time now and, quite honestly, I don't think I could see my shower routine without it. 

In my previous post on the brand here, I stated that there were no labels stating whether the products were cruelty-free, vegan, etc. However, on their new products, they have now stated that both the shampoo and conditioner below are cruelty-free, vegetarian & vegan-friendly and the containers are all recyclable. As always, both of the Kind Natured products below are 97% natural and are free from Sulphates, Parabens, and Petrochemicals. 

Kind Natured Love Curls Bamboo & Sea Kelp Smoothing Shampoo 250ml | £4.99*
I have never paid much attention to shampoo and thought that as long as it removes the dirt then great, but it wasn't until I tried this shampoo that I realised it can do so much more than remove dirt. My curls seem lighter without seeming frizzy or suffering from flyaways. They appear more defined and hold their curl tighter than they have ever before. 

I truly think I have found the perfect shampoo for my hair type. I usually only massage it into my roots and then let it run through the rest of my hair when it's being rinsed out. 

Kind Natured Love Curls Bamboo & Sea Kelp Smoothing Conditioner 250ml | £4.99*
As someone with naturally curly hair, finding a conditioner that helps smooth and hydrate my hair without weighing it down or making it frizzy is an impossible mission; or at least that is what I thought until I used this conditioner. Because I could never find a conditioner I truly liked, I never use to place much importance on using it, but since using this my hair appears healthier and stronger. It is smooth and shinier without it looking flat or greasy: and in terms of frizz, I have had none since using this miracle conditioner. 

Also, you can intensify the revitalising properties of this conditioner by leaving it on your hair for five minutes before rinsing it out. 

*Now, the price point for me is very steep, especially as you only get 250ml. I would say these products are worth it, but do bear in mind that is coming from someone who wants to actively use natural/cruelty-free shampoo and someone who struggles with natural frizzy and curly hair. I get my Kind Natured products from Boots and find that, if you are going to invest in using the brand then you are better off waiting until it is on offer (usually 3 for 2 or buy one get one free) and then loading up. I usually load up when these offers are available and then I don't have to restock until around four-five months later. 

Have you ever used Kind Natured? What did you think? 
Cheerio for now! 
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Inspire Me Lately

As a writer there are always many things inspiring me or that I feel drawn to. And rather than litter my Seasonal roundups with all these things I thought it better to neatly collect them here.
  • Carrie, from WishWishWish, posted this video on her Instagram from her most recent visit to the Red Rock Canyon. With it being a place that has always been on my bucket list, anytime anyone posts anything of those picturesque scenes from the Red Rocks it sends my heart into a routine of lusting over those dusty canyons. 
  • This Video from The Messy Heads YouTube channel. It is in connection with the third issue of the magazine, which is centred around the idea and concept of Home. I have been really inspired by the Home Issue and loved having a browse through that while trying to settle into my own home. I love everything The Messy Heads produce. From their print articles to their photography, their videos to the content on their blog. Everything they curate is so beautifully raw and authentic. I also love their contributors, particularly Isabella Mente and Haley Appell
  • Talking of Isabella Mente, I loved her video explaining her process and experience of self-publishing her book, 7, 300 days. As someone who has always wanted to produce a book, I constantly go back and forth between the idea of going through a literary agent/publishing house or simply giving it everything I have and self-publishing my own work. In this video, Isabella mentions some really important points as well as some more personal factors; and I think, that really inspired me and reignited a fire within me to write daily again. 
  • My film camera. Since finding my Film Camera from Camden Market, I have been experiencing photography in a whole new light. There are many new elements of the film which I'm adapting to, but learning something new is always so inspiring. (I will no doubt make a post surrounding my experience with film). 
  • And last but not least, is this video by Pearypie. I've been following her on Instagram for quite some years and have always loved her photos, but it wasn't until around a year ago that I realised she had a youtube channel. The videos are mostly based on makeup and tutorials, with the occasional travel video thrown in too. When I say makeup videos I don't mean the usual tutorials you usually see but rather full on sets and outfits that have been carefully curated around a specific makeup look or theme. Although most of the brands/products she uses are not cruelty-free, and for that reason, I do not use them, the actual looks she produces and end results are so creative and inspiring: especially for a basic b!tch like myself. 
I feel as though this post has been very 'Messy Heads' inspired, but really that is a true reflection of what has been inspiring me lately. I've noticed that in summer, my usual monochromatic wardrobe and more grungy vibes turn towards a more colourful and feminine style. I have found myself increasingly drawn to pale pinks and red tones, along with burnt oranges and lime greens. Yellow flowers are also incredibly desirable right now.

What has been inspiring you lately? Comment below or feel free to message through my contact page. 
Cheerio for now! 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Podcast I'm loving | 2.0

As I have stated in previous posts podcasts are probably one of my favourite things to listen to; especially after a long day of studying or on long drives to the beach hut. Since the last podcast roundup I posted (here), my tastes have slightly changed. Sure, I still listen to some of those girly/gossip podcasts; but for the most part, it is these podcasts below which you'll find me listening to these days.

Stuff You Missed in History Class
I've been listening to this podcast for around a year now. Its' episodes are full of strange but wonderful facts that you are typically not taught at school. The narration is super easy to listen to and each episode goes into the chosen subject in depth, explaining the topic in the simplest way. It's hard to say which episodes have been my favourite to listen to; although I will say I'm always more drawn to the ones on European Monarchs, Sunken ships, and Heroines.

Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths
This podcast discusses the lives and tragic deaths of famous figures who have changed history and our culture. Each episode is dedicated to a different person, and the podcasts narrators Carter Roy and Vanessa Richardson discuss the persons' life, achievements and ultimately their tragic death. They also use voice actors to reenact some of the scenes from the person's life.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
This one is classed as a podcast drama which discusses the mystery of cold and unsolved murders. Now, I know this one seems a little darker than the others, however, it is incredibly interesting and is almost like a podcast edition of a murder television programme. The podcast is narrated by Carter Roy and Wendy Mackenzie, along with voice actors acting out scenes depicting the murders and investigations. The unsolved cases they discuss are usually broken into a couple of episodes, so I'd recommend that if you are interested in listening be aware of which episode you are starting with so you don't start listening half way through discussing a particular case. New episodes are released every other Tuesday.

Myths & Legends
Now I've been listening to this podcast for about two years now -I feel like that is a true reflection of how much I love this. This podcast is full to the brim of folklore, myths, and legends from all over the world and throughout history. The stories and tales talked about on this podcast are sometimes more popular stories of monarchs or fairy tales, like King Arthur or Cinderella, and other times this podcast covers Greek myths including popular gods like Zeus.

Last but not least, is this AMAZING podcast. I have always had a hard time pinpointing favourites of any kind, but when it comes to podcasts I can say without a shadow of a doubt this is my favourite. Unexplained is a podcast which revolves around -well, the unexplained. To put it in another way, each episode discusses and informs on strange and mysterious events from real life which escape all explanation. Now, to be honest, I haven't been listening to it all that long. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend and after listening to one of the episodes, I quickly downloaded every previous episode and binge-listened to them whilst packing my things from my old house. It is narrated by Richard MacLean Smith, who is my favourite narrator of a podcast (I could listen to his voice all day), and new episodes are released bi-weekly.

What podcasts have you been loving lately? Comment below
Cheerio for now! 
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Sunday | A colourful gem

A few weekends ago, my boyfriend James and I, took an impromptu trip to Margate for the afternoon. I say impromptu, we knew we wanted to catch a certain event but what we anticipated to be the highlight of our day really wasn't too great at all. Instead, we took a wander through the small roads of Margate, checking out hidden gems until we ended up at Margates' Dreamland. 

Just as we parked the car, I noticed this colourful yard with all sorts of odds and ends from the fairgrounds hey-days. We had to check it out, and with my camera at the ready, we sauntered into the yard to explore. 

*Please note, this day I decided to try out the manual settings on my camera, therefore some these photos are a little overexposed or the colour settings aren't quite 'there'; but ultimately, I'm happy I gave it a go. 
This place was without a doubt the most bizarre place I think I have been too, but also the coolest yard I have ever seen. Everywhere you looked there was something even more crazy and colourful than before. There were some amazing finds in there -which if I was at a point in my life where I had my own house with a nice garden, I'd totally buy a lot of kitschy things from this gallery. 
Yes, this place did have some creepier qualities but it was also full to the brim with quirkiness. It was the type of place I would have loved to play hide and seek in when I was a kid and it sent my nostalgia for fun fairs sky-high. And yes -it even had its' own resident fortune teller! 
Ultimately, it was a great find and added to what became a great day exploring Margate. As I briefly mentioned above, we ended up visiting Dreamland where I, of course, took lots of photos. They will be up here soon, so stay tuned! 

Cheerio for now! 
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