Milano.

14 March 2018









I was recently lucky enough to get the chance to visit Milan to model so I took the opportunity to explore a little whilst I was out there. Slightly unfortunately, it was during the cold snap that Europe experienced around the end of February so conditions outside weren't exactly ideal and we did have to suffer through a couple of days of rain and general greyness, but it is a truly beautiful city with some stunning architecture so I thought I'd treat you to a couple of the photos that I snapped along the way.

Rather smaller than I thought, I covered most of the main sites in the few days that I had off. A lot of the architecture was more modern than I was expecting, but there were still hints of the gothic style around every corner, including the beautiful Duomo. If you're ever there, I'd definitely recommend a visit to Leonardo's Last Supper as well. It must be booked in advance, but is well worth the trip. And, of course, it would be rude to skip out on the incredible Italian cuisine, especially the Milanese spaghetti and gelato, which was delicious.

Have you ever been to Milan? I'm off to Rome in a couple of weeks time, which I'm equally excited about - let me know if you have any recommendations!

What I Eat in a Day - Main Meals Edition

12 March 2018


I've been wanting to make one of these kinds of posts for a while, so I thought I'd start with a summary of my main meals to ease myself in. I'm a snacker at heart so this is by no means everything that I'd eat in a day, but it's a start. Being a student I try not to spend ridiculous amounts of money on food but I do splash out on some luxuries, whilst keeping the costs low in general and trying to bulk shops in cheaper stores like Aldi. 

To start my day, I often like to go with a hot meal, or something a little more substantial. I love rye bread and it pairs so well with smoked salmon and a soft boiled egg - my favourite way of doing them. Paired with a bit of veg and a hefty dose of black pepper, you've got yourself one delicious breakfast. 


For lunch, I tend to prefer something a tad lighter than my evening meal, and with lots of veg for vitamins and health. Here, I've gone for a somewhat easier take on the ever so popular and instagrammable buddha bowl. A bed of spinach, giant couscous, pomegranate seeds, edamame beans, seeds and carrot with a beanie burger and topped with a big dollop of houmous - it's the perfect throw together lunch. Of course, this was also doused in sweet chilli sauce -  my latest obsession - after I took a photo.




I can't get enough of stir fries, and they're so simple to make I don't know why I don't do them more often. They're amazing for using up the odds and ends of your leftover veg and served with Itsu dumplings as above, or protein of your choice and a bed of noodles or rice, it's hard to go too far wrong. All I ever use is a bit of garlic and ginger, some sesame oil to fry in and some fish, oyster and soy sauce to flavour - simples. Whilst that was all cooking, I boiled up some rice, but forgot to photograph that at the same time - doh!

I hope this has been vaguely interesting/inspiring - let me know if you'd like to see more of these in the future - and whether it would be helpful to see snacks and puddings included too?

Malaysian Photo Diary.

05 March 2018

Malaysia was my first destination of the summer, and an easy introduction to the Asian way of life. From the urban to the rural, I loved the mix of modern architecture and green spaces everywhere in Kuala Lumpur and the islands that we visited along the coast were absolute paradise. We finished our tour of the country in the jungle before heading home, but I'll let the photos speak for themselves. 






















If you'd like a more detailed itinerary of places and recommendations I'll pop them all in another blog post, let me know!

5 Everyday Makeup Heroes

10 February 2018

Around three or four years ago I was utterly ob.sess.ed with makeup, you couldn’t tear me away from the stuff, and whilst I never wore particularly heavy looks, my use has definitely become more minimal over the years. Perhaps it's due to an increase in confidence in the way I naturally look, or perhaps laziness has overcome (probably the latter haha) but I find my spending more driven towards fashion, holidays and experiences than it ever was before.

Nowadays, I don't often find myself wearing more than about five products on my face on a very regular basis - that is if I even step out of the house wearing makeup at all. Mascara, brow products, concealer and lip gloss and I'm good to go. Here's my pick of the bunch:

Benefit Solar power
Revlon Lip Gloss
NARS creamy concealer
Makeup Forever Excessive Lash

Leopard Print.

07 February 2018


I’m absolutely coat obsessed, adding at least a couple more to my collection year on year. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap, so this year I took to scouting the charity shops around me for something a little lighter on the purse strings.
 
I was thrilled to come across this leopard print number, having been looking for one online for a while, and for only £5 I couldn’t resist. It's been on a fair few outings already, including our university fashion show last week where the above photos were taken. What do you think?


Looking back and forward.

05 February 2018


It would be fair to say that the year doesn't normally get off to a good start with me.

The months drag and with the remnants of Christmas cheer long gone I find myself longing for the summer months again. It tends to affect my mood terribly, but whilst the melancholy may be setting in, I've been trying to cheer myself up with creating new plans for the summer whilst looking back on the old.


Luckily, Cheerz have been making it that little bit easier to do. I've been putting together one of their giant scrapbooks for a while, and finally got round to the actual sticking - it's therapeutic; calming, and I love the nostalgia of looking over where last summer took me. You can grab one for yourself here, or they'd make the perfect present for someone special in your love. Don't forget to use the code MADZWC if you do, for a £4 discount on your first order. They also make individual polaroid prints and many more which I think would look really cute for either decorating or safekeeping.

As for next summer, I'm hoping to travel some more, hopefully to South America this time - I particularly have my eye on Costa Rica - and a couple of festivals would be nice too. As the days start becoming longer, and the chill breeze is replaced by something a little milder, it's starting to feel like it might not be too far away.

What are your plans for the summer? Or where did last take you? 

An overview of Vietnam in less than two weeks - what to see and where to go

25 January 2018

We were worried that we had bitten off more than we could chew trying to cover the Ho Chi Minh trail in just under two weeks, but whilst ambitious I think we just about managed it. My top tip would be taking planes instead of trains because of the obvious advantage of wasting less time by travel. Thankfully, there didn’t seem to be a massive price difference either. Obviously, more time would have been preferable but if you’re short on time, here’s a list of all my recommendations:

South: 


Ho Chi Minh/Saigon: I’d dedicate the most time to this historic city and the rich variety of museums and culture that it offers. Make sure to make the most of any tours your hostel offers as well, they’re well worth doing and make a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Food: Saigon Vegetarian, Yellow Hue Cafe 
  • Drinks: Sky bar - placed on top of a hostel, this incredible bar was beautifully decorated with lanterns and had the most amazing view over the city. Plus, catering to backpackers the prices were cheap as chips. 
  • Sights: Walking tour (well worth doing to get your bearings in the city, and many are free too): reunification palace, opera building, post office, Ben Thanh market, Walking street, war remnants museum, Xao Lo pagoda, jade emperor pagoda 
  • Tours: Mekong Delta tour 
  • Transport: good bus system to and from the airport, the rest can either be walked or done through taxis 
Central: 


Da Nang: this would be the one spot that I felt I could have just as easily left as took. However, our relaxing beach day did us a lot of good after a hectic few days in Saigon.
  • Food: Pho 29 - whilst the beach seafood looked nice, prices were hiked right up for rich tourists. I’d recommend trying to walk across the bridge into the city if you’re after some more authentic fare. 
  • Sights: Beach, Dragon Bridge 
  • Travel: very little public transport to speak of, you can walk but the distances are quite long so take a taxi through one of the reputable companies around instead. There is a direct bus to Hoi An which runs regularly throughout the day and is far cheaper - don’t expect comfort though!!

Hoi An: This UNESCO protected city was truly stunning and I only wish we could have stayed an explored a little longer 
  • Food: Take a trip to the market place and eat amongst the locals. The freshly prepared food was some of the best we had all holiday. Top picks would be the summer rolls and papaya salad 
  • Sights: You only need to wonder around here to take in the beauty. Buy a ticket and visit the inside of some of the historical buildings and shops though to make the most of your stay 
North: 


 
Hanoi: Getting back to city life after our mini-break was a struggle but Hanoi still felt relatively calm to me compared with the south. Don’t miss out on a trip to Ha Long Bay whilst your in the area too!
  • Food: Bun Bo Nam Bo, street food (Bun Ca) 
  • Sights: Turtle lake, Memorial of King Thai, Vietnam museum of fine art, Night Market 
  • Tours: Halong bay Tour - we booked the Ocean tour Cocktail Cruise through our hostel, which I’d highly recommend for the price and stay that we had.