12 October 2017

My Travel Bucket List

Recently I've caught a bit of a travelling bug. I've got this urge to go and see different places, experience new cultures and meet new people. Now, I know what you're thinking - 'Meg, you're scared of travelling, how on earth are you actually going to get to these places?'. Well, since I've been going to Paris on and off for the past year, I've found myself feeling more confident when it comes to travelling without my parents and I think I'm ready to venture further afield. 

I'm a girl who doesn't like to be pushed out of her comfort zone which is why I get myself stuck in a rut - whether that be with Uni, blogging, fashion or travelling. I see my friends visiting so many different places, posting photos on their social media of them experiencing new things, going on adventures, making memories and I'm sat here visiting the same place over and over again. I can't help but feel like I'm missing out. I know that I can't keep visiting Paris for the rest of my life - as beautiful as the city is - which is why I've decided that I want my twenties to be the year that I see the world. I want to travel to my dream destinations, meet new people, eat new foods and make memories that I'll treasure for the rest of my life. 

With that in mind, I've composed a list of the places that I want to travel too in the next ten years. I've called it my Travel Bucket List and I'm going to share it with you all, along with some of the things that I want to do when I'm there. 


♡ Amsterdam 

Amsterdam looks so beautiful in every season but particularly in Autumn - I think I'd love to visit when the leaves are falling from the trees and there's a cool autumnal breeze in the air. I'd love to go and see the Anne Frank Museum, the Fault in Our Stars Bench and go on a canal cruise.

♡ Rome 

It's one of the most beautiful, romantic cities in the world. I'd love to visit the Colleseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain. However, I think the top of my bucket list would be to eat some Italian food in Italy because it's my favourite. 

♡ Venice 

I've been to Venice once before when I was 12 but I didn't appreciate it enough, plus the weather wasn't the greatest and we only spent the day there. I'd love to have another cocktail in Harry's Bar, go on a Gondola ride and have a coffee or a cocktail in St Marks Square. 

♡ Barcelona 

I don't know if it's the beautiful architecture or the Ed Sheeran song that makes me want to visit but I've heard so many wonderful things about this city. I'd love to see the Sagrada Familia, spend a day on the beach and visit the famous Las Ramblas. 

♡ New York 

'If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, it's up to you, New York, New York...'
It's been a dream of mine to visit this city for such a long time, more so when I was introduced to swing music and the talent that is Frank Sinatra. New York, New York is my favourite song and I've already planned my lyrical Instagram captions for all of my photos. I'd love to see a show on Broadway, visit the Disney Store, Times Square, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. I also think that New York at Christmas would be beyond magical. 

♡ Florida 

In particular, Walt Disney World. I think this will take me a while to save up for, but I am determined to make it to the most magical place on earth. It has been my dream to visit since I was a little girl and if I told you everything on my agenda, I think we'd be here all day. I'd love to visit at Halloween and attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - meeting the Seven Dwarves would be a dream come true. 

♡ California 

California looks so chill and happy - a place surrounded by positive vibes is a place I want to be. Again, I'd love to visit Disneyland as it'd mean a lot to me to walk down the streets that Walt walked down and see his imagination in action. I'd also love to spend the day on Santa Monica beach/pier. 

♡ Australia 

I know it's a big area to cover but I want to do it all. Similar to Cali, it has such a chilled out vibe about it - the sea is so blue, the beaches are beautiful and the surf looks out of this world. It's like Cornwall but six thousand times better. I'd love to see the Sydney Opera House and see a Koala Bear - I bloody love Koala Bears. Also, if possible I'd like to see a panda...do they have pandas in Oz?

♡ Santorini 

I see this beautiful place plastered all over my Instagram every summer and it looks too picturesque and too beautiful to be true. We all know that I love a good sunset from time to time and Santorini offers some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. It's only a small place but it's the perfect relaxing holiday and when I have a well-paid job, I'll be straight there. 

♡ Mykonos 

I'd say that Mykonos and Santorini are the same kind of place - clear blue sea, gorgeous sunshine, whitewashed walls and bright pink flowers in hanging baskets. If it's as stunning as it looks on Zoella's Instagram then I'm sold. 

That's my list of the top 10 places on my travel bucket list. I'm determined not to stop travelling as I want to keep this positive mentality around airports and visiting other countries. I'm already saving up for a visit to Walt Disney World. Maybe I'll never get to see all of these beautiful places but I'm determined to at least try.

Have you been to any of these places yet?
Where's your favourite place to visit?
And, where's top on your bucket list?

Lots of love,
Meg
xox


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2 October 2017

Disneyland Paris September 2017 │Day 2: Snow White, Pirates & Proposals

Our second day didn't start too well for me - I woke up feeling incredibly ill and spent most of the morning being sick. At first, I thought it was some kind of anxiety attack but then it became quite clear that it was something that I'd eaten (I'm blaming Vapiano). However, I didn't let it get me down, took a few paracetamol and headed over to Walt Disney Studios to finally get Charlotte her annual pass. We arrived at the small ticket office located near the entrance of the Studios at 9:30am and were served within half an hour. Considering we had such a fuss purchasing the pass the previous day, actually getting the pass was very easy. Charlotte handed in her ticket along with some ID, signed some forms, had her photo taken and voila! I was expecting it to take ages (I know getting my pass took a good hour) but I was really impressed with how quickly it was handled and very happy that we could make it into Studios in time for the opening. 

We initially wanted to start queuing for Crush's Coaster but even getting into the park at opening time wasn't enough because when we got there, it was already a 90-minute wait. We decided to leave Crush for another day and headed over to the Ratatoullie section which, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated areas in the Studios. The theming is beautiful - when you walk around, it feels like you're actually part of the movie. We stopped for some photos in front of the classic fountain posing like the Spice Girl Princesses that we are. It looks lovely, doesn't it? Well, don't be deceived. It was actually peeing it down with rain and we were all freezing but what can I say, you've got to get that perfect group photo. I was obsessed with my Snow White disneybound - I was so nervous to wear it as it's the most obvious bound I've ever done but I'm extremely happy with the way it turned out. 

Once we'd finished our photoshoot, we jumped into the single rider queue for Ratatoullie (which was only 5 minutes). If you don't mind going on rides on your own then the single rider queue is definitely worth it - Kathryn and I ended up on the same mouse anyway. I've been on Ratatoullie once before and I remember thoroughly enjoying it, however this time I wasn't as impressed. Don't get me wrong, I still loved it but if it wouldn't have been a five-minute queue then I don't think I would have bothered waiting. It's one of those rides that you only need to do once. 

Next stop was Toy Story Land. It's my favourite land in the park and so unique to Disneyland Paris - as you walk around the giant building blocks and statues of classic characters, you actually feel like a toy. The girls decided to queue for RC Racer whilst Marie and I opted to take shelter from the rain.

Our morning in Studios had come to an end which could only mean one thing - it was time to twirl down Main Street USA. The sun made an appearance as the band played on Main Street and we headed over to Adventureland in search of food. There's so much food option in Disneyland Paris, it's hard to choose where to eat. Eventually, we settled on Hakuna Matata. However, our journey was cut short when we spotted a certain Street Rat and his Princess greeting guests in Agrabah. It's very rare to see Jasmine and Aladdin out together as their meeting spot is normally taken by Jafar or Genie so as soon as we saw them, we joined the small queue. 

It's very safe to say that I was beyond excited about the concept of meeting Jasmine and Aladdin - I've never met them before and I've seen so many beautiful interactions with them, I knew it was going to be one to remember. I walked up to them and Aladdin noticed my bound straight away saying 'Oh look Jas, it's Snow White'. He then made a fuss of my small Dopey tsum tsum whilst Jasmine and I spoke about her outfit and how beautiful she looked. Jasmine told me that I was one of the sweetest people she'd met all day and I asked Aladdin how Abu was - he said he was probably around here somewhere stealing apples. We posed for a photo, had another big hug and they promised they'd take me on the magic carpet someday.

By the time we'd finished meeting the Sultan's Daughter with a sense of pride (gold star for you if you got that reference) we were absolutely starving. Hakuna fries and chicken strips were definitely in order and although I didn't eat much (due to being sick), I stole a few of Kat's fries and was force fed some chicken by Charlotte. Then we checked the Disneyland Paris App and noticed that Pirates of the Caribbean was only a 5-minute wait - perfect! We met up with Kat's Mum and friend and then weaved our way around the dark corridors. Pirates have one of the best queues in terms of theming and as this was my first time on the ride since the refurb, I was both anxious and excited. Well, let me tell you now that it did not disappoint. If Pirates was amazing before the refurb then it's just wonderful now. It's still the same concept but the scenes are so vivid and relevant - and the Jack Sparrow figure is so realistic. I absolutely love it and our ride photo of us all doing the YMCA was pretty iconic! 

Princess Pavillion was next on our agenda. We found out that Rapunzel was meeting and due to Sara and Marie bounding as her, she was the perfect character to meet. I've met Rapunzel once before and she was lovely - sometimes meeting the Princesses can be awkward but Punzie is so much fun. I gave her a huge hug and told her how beautiful her hair looked, she told me that Flynn had picked out the flowers to go in her hair (personally I think he did a good job) and we also spoke about Pascal who was hiding again. We posed for some photos and then it was time for Marie to meet her favourite. Seeing Marie meet Rapunzel is beyond magical - I can't describe something more pure and beautiful, we were all close to tears. We joined together for a group photo, had our last set of hugs and then headed over to Main Street Bakery for some sugary treats. The weather was dismal so it was the perfect place to take shelter. 

Within 10 minutes the weather had cleared up, the skies were blue so we made our way to Central Plaza for a Princess photoshoot in front of the castle. I cannot begin to describe how weird the weather was  - the bottom of Main Street was still in a torrential rainstorm whilst we were in beautiful sunshine. Despite the rain, it was still warm. Whilst we posed, a lovely Cast Member watched us and offered to take our photos. The girls found him creepy (I thought he was lovely) and when we left, he kissed our hands and told us we looked beautiful - what a gent! 

As we had yet to watch Princess Waltz, we strolled over to Auberge to see if we could catch the Princesses on their way to the show. It's a good place to stand if you want a brief interaction with the royal couples. When Snow White came out, she noticed my bound straight away and told me I looked beautiful. In true Meg style, instead of acting cool, I let out a small squeak that sounded something like 'thank you' and proceeded to say hello to the rest of the Princesses as they walked past. There's footage over on my vlog which will be up in a few weeks! 

To escape the next downpour of rain, we took a ride on Snow White - it would have been rude not too. When we got to the front of the queue, a lovely Cast Member called Ema named our bounds as we walked past and told us that we all looked beautiful. It's little things like this that make my day - everyone is so happy and so full of love, it's no wonder I wish I lived in Disneyland. I'd just like to take this moment to tell you about my beautiful ears which were made by the lovely HannahMarieMagic - she makes so many different themed ears which are beautifully designed and such a great quality. I definitely think you should go and check out her Instagram.

The rain was still coming down so we took shelter underneath the Fantasyland toilets. We were convinced that parade was going to be cancelled - which we were extremely gutted about as we'd been looking forward to it all day. We were sheltering for around half an hour then all of a sudden, the skies were clear and people were getting their places for the parade. I've never seen weather with such drastic mood swings. We stood next to the Fantasyland Arches and Kat joined us to see her first ever Stars on Parade. 
'Today is Tuesday, you know what that means, we're gonna have a special guest'
A song lyric that will be embedded in my memory forever - it doesn't feel like a Tuesday if this song isn't stuck in my head. If you didn't know already, Tuesday means it's special guest day on Parade and Vanellope from Wreck it Ralph came out to say hello. She was super cute and the interaction was amazing - it was the perfect way to get the crowd buzzing for the main attraction. However, I was more fascinated by the dancer's outfits, I mean...HOW BLOODY CUTE!? We'd seen them once before on April 12th but to see them again was an extra bonus, I'd forgotten just how much I loved them.

Stars on Parade was the best parade experience I have had to date, the interaction was phenomenal, the music was amazing and being able to sing and dance with my friends, the cast members and the characters was something that I can't put into words. Wendy came over to give her Princesses a hug and said that she'd include us in some of her stories, Phillip fought the dragon and Flynn stole Marie's crown. However, the highlight for me was being noticed by Snow White and her Prince. As most of you know, my dream is to meet those two together and I think that's as close as I'm ever going to get. They stopped right in front of me and when she noticed that I was dressed like her, her face lit up and she pulled me in for a big hug, telling me that I looked beautiful. The Prince also gave me a hug and said that I looked very pretty, he bowed and then they continued to dance. It was beyond magical and I know that 5 year- old me was squealing with joy inside. 

 We followed the parade route down to castle stage and got our front row seats for the Waltz. It was one of the most magical and emotional experiences of my life. Snow noticed me as soon as she came onto the stage, blew me a kiss and couldn't stop laughing when she saw that I knew all the words to the songs. Throughout the show, the other Princesses pointed me out to her and she kept waving and making a big fuss. Then 'I see a Princess' began to play and when Snow was stood right in front of me, she pointed directly at me when she said the line 'the beauty of your soul comes shining through, and I see a Princess in you'. I could feel the tears stinging my eyes. But that's not it, oh no, at the end of the show when the Princesses walk in front of the crowd she stopped and told me that she loved my outfit, that I looked beautiful, blew me another kiss and waved me goodbye. It was like all my dreams came true at once and when I told my Grandma about it, she was close to tears. 

After the show, we left Michelle and Sara and went to meet Kat to spend some time with her as it was her last night in the park. We took a spin on the teacups where we met the cutest Cast Member called Alexis who stole my ears from my head and swapped them for his hat. I think he suits them better than I do. Also, can we please take a moment to appreciate how aesthetically pleasing Mad Hatter's Teacups are?? It's Pastel Princess heaven! 
Our next stop was Star Tours which we managed to get Fast Passes for. The whole group took up a full row as we ventured into space to fight Darth Vader and defeat the dark side. I love the fact that the ride is different every time you go on it and also the fact that Kat was chosen rebel spy. I should also mention that I made a new friend called Chloe who is the loveliest, kindest, funniest little gem. We stood together and chatted about all things Disney and Uni related whilst the other girls took a spin on Hyper Space Mountain. 

We ended the night by watching Disney Illuminations which was the perfect end to a perfect day. There's nothing better than standing on Main Street singing Disney classics with the people that you love and so many like-minded people who have come to Disney for the day. When the fireworks had ended, Kat, Charlotte and I waited around on Main Street to take some very special photos. However, nothing could prepare us for what happened next. 

Once the crowd had dispersed, we made our way to the castle when we saw a guy get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend. As Main Street was pretty much empty, no one was there to document the moment. Charlotte pulled her phone out and started filming and I clicked away on my camera as the lady nodded her head and threw her arms around her fiance. We let them have their moment and then introduced ourselves and told them what we'd done. They were so grateful and asked if we could take some more pictures in front of the castle which we happily agreed to. Kat lay on the floor taking photos on their camera, I was crouched down taking photos on my camera and Charlotte stood taking candids on her phone. As I was snapping away, I felt a light tap on my shoulder and turned around to see a couple stood behind me. They'd just got engaged and asked if I could take some photos of them too. So, I left the girls and went over to take some shots of another newly engaged couple. Then another tap on the shoulder, another couple who'd got engaged and wanted some photos taken. It got so bad that we actually had a queue of people waiting for their photos - I swear they must've thought that Disney offered a free photography service. I made over 10 new friends on Facebook that night but on the plus side, they loved their photos. 
Also, I'd just like to add that Charlotte and I are not engaged, we just wanted to join in on the fun. 

We finally got around to taking our photos on Main Street - sat on the cold cobbled streets as the Castle glistened in the background. I wish Main Street could be like this all the time, it's beautiful during the day but pure magic at night. When we left the park we joined Kat's Mum and friend in Planet Hollywood for a very late meal and then headed back to the hotel ready for our early morning breakfast at Plaza Gardens. 

Have you ever witnessed or experienced a Disney proposal?

Lots of Love,
Meg
xox





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28 September 2017

The Sunshine Blogger Award

In 2014, I created this little blog so that I could write about the things that I loved. Three years down the line and I'm still here ranting, reviewing and raving about everything under the sun. I don't know about you but I forget that people actually read my blog, so when the lovely Caitlin nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, I felt very lucky. This is an award for bloggers who are inspiring, creative and positive - to know that this is the way my blog is viewed in the community makes me extremely happy. Thanks again to Caitlin for nominating me, and if you haven't already, check out her blog because she's wonderful! 

THE RULES

- Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link their blog

- Answer the questions asked by the Blogger who nominated them

- Nominate other Bloggers and give them new questions to answer

CAITLIN'S QUESTIONS

1. What is your favourite thing about Autumn/Fall?
My favourite thing is being able to wear a berry lip, a mustard coloured jumper, a chunky scarf and take the dog for a walk when the leaves are falling from the trees and crunching beneath my feet.

2. What inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging because I was studying English at college and didn't get an opportunity to write about the things I had a passion for. I was also going through a bad bit of anxiety at the time and saw my blog as an outlet - it allowed me to meet so many new people who helped me to get my confidence back! 

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I honestly can't cope when people eat loudly or with their mouth open - Do I really want to see your food being chewed around in your mouth? No thanks. 

4. What is the last book you read and what was it about? 
The last book I read was Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg. It's the third book in the Girl Online series and it's about Penny's life without Noah. I wrote a spoiler-free review on it here

5. Is there a food you could not live without?
I have two foods but they come hand in hand and that is pasta and garlic bread - you can't have one without the other. 

6. What gives you your inspiration for blog posts?
I really struggle to find inspiration for my blog posts, so if anyone has any tips then please leave them in the comments. That being said, I find that reading other blogs, going for walks and taking photos helps. I'd also say that writing about things you like makes blogging less of a chore and your posts more enjoyable to read.

7. What is one beauty product you cannot live without? 
Either the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, the Tanya Burr Illuminator or my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in the colour Glastonberry. 

8. Where is your favourite place to visit in the world?
I think it's obvious that my answer is going to be something to do with Disneyland but excluding that, Cornwall holds a special place in my heart and when I'm there it feels like home. Being by the sea, the coastal walks and listening to the seagulls - what more could you want?

9. Which one of your personality traits do you wish others had also?
This is such a funny question because Sarah and I were discussing this in work today. We said that we wish people would make as much of an effort as we do whether that be with birthdays, friendships, presents - people are just so lazy with everything nowadays. 

MY QUESTIONS

1. What is the most played song on your iPod?
2. What is your favourite type of blog post to write/read?
3. What would be your dream location for a quick city break?
4. How do you lead a positive lifestyle?
5. What is your go-to fashion item for Autumn/Fall?
6. Halloween or Christmas?
7. What is your favourite Disney song?
8. Name three things you like about yourself. 
9. Instagram or Twitter?
10. What is your go-to karaoke song? 

NOMINEES

Victoria 

Abigail

Tori

Joana


Larice

Charlotte Olivia

Kat 

Rosie

Emily


Thank you again to Caitlin for the nomination. Be sure to go and show the lovely bloggers I've nominated some love. I'm really looking forward to seeing the answers to my questions, I absolutely love reading posts like this! 

Lots of love,
Meg
xox

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