A Day of Sunshine

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(FYI, the pool was FREEZING!)
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Dress – Asos   .:.   Sandals – Topshop   .:.   Sunglasses – Asda    .:.    Belt – Topshop

On the third day of my holiday in Greece, the sun finally came out. Up until that point I’d been huddled up in a cardigan and shorts, freezing to death because I hadn’t thought to pack anything warm enough for wintery weather. But then, when the sun finally woke me up by shining through the gap in my curtains, I knew it was finally the day to wear something nice.

And so I quickly roused my sister and got ready. Where we were going, I hadn’t yet decided, but we would definitely be going somewhere. We would also definitely be swimming. I couldn’t last another day on holiday without actually taking a swim outside. After taking a quick look in the Crete guidebook, we decided to visit a freshwater lake about ten minutes down the road from the villa.

There you go, I’ve finally plucked up the courage to post a picture of myself on my blog. Let me know in the comments below what you think of my outfit and be sure to check in soon to see my next post. I love you all for continuing to view my blog each day.

.: Emily :.
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Airport Shenanigans

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Waking up to a 3:45 alarm and a freezing cold room wasn’t exactly the most pleasant start to the day. Think banging headache (probably from last nights Baileys), crusty eyes, and shivering. But I can’t very well complain. No, that would just be far too unreasonable – because this is the day that I finally got to go on holiday.

After rolling out of bed the chaos began; checking the list of last-minute items over and over again, trying to shut the cases without them bursting open again, and ensuring that my passport was definitely in my bag (for about the twentieth time). Yes, it was chaos, but in a good kind of way. Going on holiday is supposed to be stressful, right until you pass into the duty-free part of the airport. That’s when you can relax… for a little while.

Duty-free is my favourite part of the flying experience. Not only because you save money, but because everything is together and it’s easy to browse. Today was a good day for purchases as I managed to get; YSL bronzer, YSL foundation, and a Dior lipstick for my friend’s eighteenth – all for reduced prices. I wanted to spend more time there, but it was time to board and (of course) my sister was panicking because the final boarding call had just been announced.

Once on the plane, I called dibs on the window seat and relaxed with an issue of Elle. As I’ve had an ear infection for the last two weeks, I was a little worried about take off and landing, but it was actually alright, thank God. The flight was four hours and was very pretty – see picture of fluffy clouds. We arrived in Heraklion, Crete at about 12pm UK time and then set off for the villa.

Although I would love to tell you that the sun was beating down on us and i sunbathed all day, it is a pretty different story. Rain clouds lingered overhead, threatening to spill at any moment. And of course, this did nothing good to our spirits. My heart sank and, to make things even worse, the dinner we ate on the first night (the most expensive of the week, €60!), was horrible.

So maybe I’m complaining a little too much? You think? Well, did I mention the fact that there was centipedes all over the villa and, to top things off, in my bed?! Lovely…

.: Emily :.
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Sun, Sea, Sand

Holiday 431That’s right people – I am off to the wonderful island of Crete on my autumn holidays. There’s going to be lots of sun, lots of relaxing, and best of all, LOTS OF EATING GREEK FOOD. Yes, I am a self-admitted foodie who would choose, above anything else, to eat all day. I love all kinds of food and will try absolutely everything. So what I’m really trying to say is – expect many posts about food, the weather, and my personal style. There will be many.

On the topic of holidays, it’s been at least two years since I left the UK – far, far too long. The last time I went away was to Cyprus (don’t worry, I don’t always go to Greece, but I love love love it there). Anyway, my holidays don’t just consist of sitting on the beach all day getting a tan. I like to get out and about to see what secrets the island really holds. Visiting traditional markets, with row upon row of hand-crafted glass beads; travelling to remote mountain villages to feast on the most delicious food in the whole world; wandering around long-forgotten settlements from thousands of years ago. These are the things I love.

I probably won’t get the chance to post again before I touch down in Crete – three controlled assessments at college and packing the suitcase can tie a girl down – but I shall be posting away once I get there. Γειά σας (that’s goodbye in Greek).

.: Emily :.
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Abbey life

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I’ve always loved going to see ruins of places; castles, abbeys, roman ruins. Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire has got to be one of my favourites; with its water gardens and beautiful lake, you can take a leisurely stroll along on a warm and sunny day. Even after a good few hours, when you’ve seen all of the ruins, the cafe is there to beckon you in with a delicious handmade ice cream or pot of steaming tea. Definitely one of the best days I’ve had in a while!

The picture below is of my sister, modelling one of my favourite skirts – yes, MY skirt, as she stole it that morning. But that’s sisters for you! I know, I know, you’re wondering when a picture of me will miraculously appear, but I will honestly post one soon… when I finally find one of myself that I actually like…

But for now I will leave you with some pretty pictures taken by moi! Comment below if you can recommend any other good ruins or castles to visit. Or even a cute little tea shop somewhere.

.: Emily :.
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I have a dream…

Trying to cram all of the fun things into a two month period called ‘Summer Holidays’ is much harder than it initially sounds. Sitting in class during a June heat wave you get the idea that this holiday time is never-ending and you will be able to live a whole life in that time; write a book, go on holiday, lose a stone, and possibly even build a house.

But that’s hardly the reality, is it?

For twelve years I have done this. I would start the summer with a list of brilliant things to do. And yes, I WAS going to do them. However, after two weeks of sitting on the sofa watching Titanic and Mamma Mia over and over again, I realise that this is never going to happen. That I am going to once again waste my whole holiday doing absolutely nothing.

So tonight, whilst sitting through Mamma Mia for the fourth time this holiday, I decided that it was going to actually do something. My plan (note: plan, not promise) is to write this blog. I am going to try and post something interesting – or as interesting as possible – every single day until I return to college in September. There will probably definitely be tears, lots of fun, some photos of what I would call my fashion, and a whole load of rambling. But at least I am going to have fun.

And you wonderful people reading this blog are going to become some of my closest friends. I will literally be sharing my life story with you, and in return all I ask is that you try to enjoy yourselves too; stay out too late, drink too much alcohol, eat that whole chocolate cake, book an extravagantly expensive holiday. And please, if you’d like to, share these experiences with me in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you all.

Best summery and sunny wishes,

.: Emily :.
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