Thoughts from the Canal Du Midi

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Ever taken the time to ask your parents where they would travel in the world given the choice? Steve’s Dad’s answer was to sail a canal boat along the Canal Du Midi. So for the past two weeks Steve, Reg and I have been in the South of France with the stretch of the Canal Du Midi ahead of us and not much boating experience behind us! After accidentally booking an exceptionally large boat for just the three of us, we had a 10 minute boating lesson and were left to our own devices.

There may have been a few miscommunications between Steve and I when approaching the first couple of locks, which led to a couple of tense moments (!) but overall for complete novices I think we coped quite well! We were on the boat for 4 days in total and experienced beautiful sunsets, great wine and beautiful views along the canal.

We were advised by the crew member at the port to travel along athe canal towards Marseillan. It was a slightly daunting feeling when we reached the end of the Canal Du Midi and hit maritime waters, but once we were in the port and moored up we were happy that we had decided to cross the little bit of ocean. We then travelled back the way we came to experience the town of Agde, one of the oldest towns in France for our second to last evening on the water.

Steve and I probably would never have chosen a boating holiday on the Canal du Midi for our a break away, but I feel that was the beauty of letting Reg choose, we all experienced something new together which wasn’t your normal holiday style. It was a great experience and one I would definitely recommend! I would also advice going with at least five people to make sure you can let me people have breaks from driving and also more people to help in the locks as well!

We organised our rental boat through Blue Water Holidays, a UK based tour operator. They were really helpful and even when were running late on the day we were meant to pick up the boat they contacted the boat office and let them know. We picked up the boat from Port Cassafieres which also has a great little local restaurant right in the port, perfect for first and last night meals.

As I spent most of my time running up and down the boat, navigating and helping to moor up, I don’t have as many photos as I would have liked, but I thought I would share my thoughts on this unique style of holiday just in case anyone was thinking about going. After our four days boating, we then travelled to an air bnb to chill out before driving home!

Have you ever been to the Canal Du Midi?

Alexia x

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DIY FLOWER CLIPS & HAIRSTYLE

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This week’s video has a bit of a crafty twist! Instead of just a hair tutorial I thought it would be fun to link it with a quick and easy DIY on how to make your very own flower hair clips. I picked up these artificial flowers from Hobby Craft, which were on offer in the store, but you can also pick up any artificial flowers from any garden centre or local craft store.

I picked up my glue gun from Hobby Craft too which was great value for money, it’s been going strong for the last year and only cost £10, if you’re interested the link is here.

I hope you enjoy this little crafty video and let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas too!

Alexia. x

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Confessions of a Newbie Blogger: Part One

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For the past six years I’ve worked in an office, surrounded by a small friendly team of people. From Monday to Friday I turned up to work and knew exactly what I was doing. Now fast forward to two months ago when I decided to run my blog and start my YouTube channel full time. A whole new world of uncertainty, many moments of ‘is this what I should be doing?’ and ‘oh god, I’ve got to do this all by myself now’.

It’s been a big change, one that I chose and am still happy I chose, but one that I’ve had to get my head around. I was driving back from my friend’s wedding at the weekend, thinking about life and where I was heading during my 3 hour journey. I was reliving my awkward answers from the night before when people asked me, ‘So, what do you do?’. I ended up mumbling something about what I used to do and that I had only just started doing the blogging thing full time. In the car home I cringed at these exchanges and wondered why I acted in that way? Is it because it isn’t regarded as a traditional job or was it because I needed to convince myself that it was my one?

I came to the conclusion (whilst stuck in another queue of summer holiday goers) that until I believed in what I was doing, why would anyone else pay attention? I know it sounds silly, but I felt like I had to go through those awkward, embarrassing answers to realise that I had to start believing in myself and not being scared of putting something out there. I also had to stop comparing myself to other people and give myself a chance. This path is genuinely something I’ve always wanted to do.

I wanted to share this post with you guys as I think it lends itself to any kind of situation that is new and different. A quote by Erada says, ‘If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it’ and that’s how I feel about starting this journey. Along with being dedicated and consistent with what I’m doing, I’ve got to push myself to make sure I make the most out of it. Even if I give it a go for 6 months and it doesn’t work out, I actually have to give it a go and put my all into it in order to try.

I hope this post might help someone who’s thinking about doing something different or new in their life, to be less scared about doing it; because what if you turned around years later and thought why didn’t I even try? I think you have to work hard to get the things you want in life and after a couple of months of self-doubt and anxiety I’m ready for anything this new path throws at me.

Alexia x

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Sunday Favourites

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This week has been a hot one in the UK! Nice weather always makes me want to go outside and cram as many things into the day as possible! Here are the things I’ve enjoyed this week:

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Home Grown Hydrangeas– My mum’s garden is full of beautiful hydrangea at the minute! We had a little cutting spree and they are now cheering up our lounge!

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Wedding Fun– This weekend one of my university friends got married. It was so awesome to catch up with old friends and make new ones too!

BoxPark Pop Up– These past couple of weeks we’ve been busy preparing for the Narrative Creators’ Pop Up shop. It opens at Box Park in Shoreditch this week! Steve, Ben, Adrian and Suli will be selling exclusive merchandise and hanging out from Tuesday! Definitely come down and say hi if you’re near!

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Pizza Dates– We stumbled upon Voodoo Ray’s in Dalston last Saturday and enjoyed Pizza catch ups! Would definitely recommend!

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Running Again– After spraining my ankle and not being able to run for 6 weeks it feels so good to be out again! I managed to get a couple of short runs in this week before it got too hot for the dogs. I run with a special running harness on Bai as she runs off when we go in the woods, also gives me an extra pull when I need it too! Snapped this when they were cooling off after!

Hope you had a great week!

Alexia x

 

 

 

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Top 5 Instagram Accounts

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As I mentioned in one of my recent videos my favourite social media app is Instagram. I love that it’s a place where people can share beautiful images of their travels, pretty things they’ve found or awesome style posts. I thought I’d share a few of my favourites:

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1. Emilie Ristevski Emilie’s account gives me a serious case of wanderlust! I also love that all the portraits of herself are taken from behind her; so it’s almost like you’re following along on her travels too.

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2. Design Sponge– This was one of the first blogs that I ever started reading. Their Instagram account is such a pretty curation of their posts with bonus dog photos added for free!

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3. Geo Fleur– I’m a sucker for anything floral and what I love about this account is that it focuses on making plants look awesome. Like Geo Fleurs designs the shots are minimal, it’s almost as it they’re shooting the plants’ very own portraits!

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4. Collage Vintage– If you’re looking for a style account to follow I would recommend this one. All of the photos are super fun and I love her sense of style.

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5. Harlow & Sage– These three are still my favourites. You can’t go wrong with a cute dog photo when you’re having a bad day!

Scrolling through these profiles has definitely cheered up this recent rainy weather. These are only a fraction of my favourites so I’m sure there’ll be a part two!

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

Alexia x

 

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Sunday Favourites

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After being back in the UK for a few days I’ve spent a lot of time reminiscing about our time in LA over the last two weeks. Below are some of my favourite memories. Hope you guys have had a good couple of weeks too.

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Egg Slut– Officially my favourite breakfast place in LA, it doesn’t look like much but this eggy jar of joy is so tasty!

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Venice Beach Cycling– A chilled afternoon cycling on the beach is just what we needed to wind down after Vidcon. We cycled up to Santa Monica Pier; such an awesome way to explore the whole way all along Venice Beach.

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Artwork around LA– I loved all of the murals on the buildings in LA but I found this little one on the pavement on La Brea Avenue.

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Spontaneous Hotel Room Parties– The only thing I snapchatted that day from Vidcon was this photo of Steve and Dave, how funny are these tiny shot glass party cups?

Collaborating with Nicole aka Snow Babe– If you haven’t caught it already, Nicole Eddy and I created a little video, it was so much fun making it and so nice to spend time with Nicole as we don’t see each other very often!

Excited to be back and planning more adventures!

Alexia x

 

 

 

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Post LA & Vidcon Thoughts

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Through a haze of jet lag, multiple cups of coffee and blurry memories of last weekend, I’m back at my desk and reflecting on the week that’s just passed.

Steve and I feel really privileged to be in the position that we’re in. To be able to travel the world and document it as we go, definitely makes me savour this time in our lives, because who knows how long it will last.

We travelled out to LA a week before Vidcon to get onto the timezone, catch up with friends and create as much content as possible. We shared our Airbnb with Nicole, Ben and SP; we felt like a little family and got used to walking down to the beach for a morning coffee or sunset swim. When the day came to travel to Vidcon, we were still very much in that relaxed

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Inflight Beauty Essentials

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I’ve been travelling a lot more recently and am now getting into the swing of being prepared for that long haul flight. I thought I’d share my inflight beauty essentials with you guys; it’s taken me a while to realise you don’t need to take your whole make up bag and a few good products are all you need to look and feel slightly more human after a flight. 

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream– A life saver in general, but as flights are pretty dehydrating it’s my lips that normally suffer. I use this

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Thoughts on Wedding Planning

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The other day a friend asked me if there was anything I would have changed about our wedding day. My initial answer was no; at the end of the day whatever happens, it will always seem perfect because it’s the day you marry the person you love. Everything else is just a bonus surrounding that moment.

The question did get me thinking though; I would have

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