Saturday, 15 October 2016

My Tattoo Story.

When I was 19 I went to Ibiza on my first ever girls holiday and on the first day we all decided to get Henna Tattoo's. I got a chinese symbol for Love on my lower back and I absolutely loved it, so much so that when I got home and it faded away, I was determined to get it tattooed on me permanently. When the time came to book the appointment, my nerves got the better of me and I never ended up doing it. Story. Of. My. Life.

I had recently saw that Sarah Ashcroft and Yasmine Chanel (who I absolutely love!) got the word 'serendipity' tattooed on their ribs and it looked absolutely gorgeous! I have always been a massive fan of rib tattoo's and after going off the lower back idea a long long time ago, I have known for years that this was where I wanted mine. Seeing how pretty theirs looked only made me more determined to get going with my own. 
So fast forward 11 years and here I am, 30 years old and the proud owner of my first ever tattoo. It's not the chinese symbol I wanted all those years ago but it is something that I thought long and hard about and absolutely fell in love with. I knew I wanted something simple and feminine and a meaningful word that I connected with and I felt had a lot of meaning to my life right now so I sat and trawled tumblr, google and pinterest for ideas. I was thinking all kinds of words and quotes but nothing really hit me straight away or stuck in mind for long, and then I finally found what I had been looking for. It's a word that stood out to me the second I saw it, I loved the word itself and the meaning really connected with me. The Greek word "Eunoia".

Eunoia translates to Beautiful Thinking or A Well Mind. It is often associated with Positivity Speakers and Goodwill Speakers who use it when giving their talks.
Anyone who knows me knows that I try and stay positive at all times and see the good in everything. At the minute though, my life seems to be falling down around me and I am struggling to stay positive with a lot of things in my personal life going wrong or making me feel really down. It's not something I will go into, but every aspect of my life this year has been hit hard by the shit stick. Don't get me wrong, I have been to some gorgeous places and had some amazing times and experiences this year, but overall, 2016 has well and truly been the worst year of my life.  I felt like I needed something to remind me that no matter how tough life gets sometimes, or how bad thing seem to be getting, that things will get better and I felt that a tattoo was the perfect way to do that. I got this word to remind myself that no matter what life throws at you, to always focus on the positives and keep your mind full of "beautiful thoughts" rather than focusing on the negatives. 
Please excuse the slightly messy photo's, this was literally an hour after I had had it done haha. One of the first things people said to me when I told them I was getting a tattoo on my ribs was "your ribs for your first tattoo?! You're brave!" and that just set my nerves off even more. But I had sat through ear piercing and a belly button piercing and if I could sit through getting a ring shot through my stomach a little tattoo wouldn't be that bad surely.  To be honest, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Considering how painful people were telling me the ribs would be it was quite a relief at how OK I found it to be honest. I mean don't get me wrong, it hurt. It really hurt. There was a few points where I felt like he was actually cutting my side open with a knife haha. But it only took 10 minutes and on the most part it wasn't that bad. I got it done in a little tattoo parlour in the Walton Vale area of Liverpool called The Watchtower and they were brilliant!
I am so so happy with it, it's mad though because sometimes I will be getting changed and see it in the mirror out of the corner of my eye and it will be like I am just seeing it for the first time again. I will literally just stand there and stare at it. I can't believe after so long I finally have a tattoo and my biggest fear didn't come true. I feared so much that I would get it and then regret it and be stuck with it forever but that hasn't happened, I absolutely love it and I am so glad I got it.
It's now been 6 weeks since I got my tattoo and the above picture is how it's healed. It has healed so well and I hardly experienced any itching or pain afterwards. It was a bit annoying having to put cream on it 6 times a day for a few weeks but I'm glad I did as it helped so much with the healing process! I am so so happy with it! <3

To whoever is reading this, I hope your day is filled with beautiful thoughts :)

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sarah Visits... Santorini

Over the last year or two I have been to some amazing places. All of them I loved way too much to not talk about on my blog, so let's start off with one of my favourite places in the world, Santorini.
Santorini has always been somewhere I have been desperate to visit, the white cliff side buildings and beautiful sunsets are so well known and so commonly photographed that I felt I just needed to see it for myself and see if it lived up to the beautiful images all over Google image search, and boy it did not disappoint!

I went twice last year, the first time in May and the second time in September. I didn't plan to go twice, but as soon as we got home after the first time, we went straight online and re-booked for another week later in the year because we loved it so much! I went with two friends and both times we went we stayed in the area of Kamari. It has a long black sand beach, which by the way, is SO painful to walk on. Imagine walking on millions of broken shells and that exactly what it felt like! It's that bad they actually sell special shoes that look like crocs for people to wear when they walked along it! I wasn't wearing crocs tho so I just put up with the pain, no pain no gain as they say! 
The first time we stayed in Kamari we took the trip to see the Ancient Thira Ruins which is just up on the clifftop over looking Kamari Beach. The ruins are 5 Euros to get in and you can stay there for as long as you like. It takes about an hour to get around and it was really interesting. I'm a big lover of sightseeing and stuff but I have to say, the views off the top of the cliff definitely outdid the ruins. It's well worth a visit just for that!
The other two places we visited in Santorini were the towns of Thira and Oia. Oia is the town from all the photographs and I have to say it is just as beautiful in real life as in all the photographs. The white buildings, the cobbled streets, the beautiful flowers everywhere you look and the views where just unbelievable, I was constantly pinching myself to check I was actually there and not dreaming! Thira was brilliant for the shopper in me, with jewellery shops lining the walls everywhere you looked! The winding cobbled streets were also in Thira and the views from there out towards the Volcano where amazing too. We sat and had drinks in a little cliffside bar and I honestly could have just sat staring at the view all day! Everywhere you looked it was as if you just set foot inside a postcard! Girl got Views or what!
I think over-all my favourite thing about Santorini has got to be the sunset. I am definitely a lover of a good sunset and the ones in Santorini definitely top the list. The best place to see it is definitely in the town of Oia. The second time I went and we went to see the sunset I actually sobbed. Now I didn't just shed a little tear, oh no, I full on sobbed because of how beautiful it was! Not my proudest moment but what can I say, I just love a sunset! Haha! The first time we actually went on a sunset cruise on a Pirate Boat which was so good, something I would definitely recommend to anyone! It's 3 hours long and you get food included in the price and the food was lovely! It was brilliant and definitely one of my favourite things I've done on a holiday!
Santorini is one of those places I will hold in my heart forever. It's somewhere I would love to get married one day or somewhere I would definitely love to return to with a boyfriend in the future. Its such a romantic little island. A lot of people told us we would get bored in Santorini, 3 young girls who enjoy going out and drinking, and if you're looking for crazy nightlife and are only interested in the likes of Zante or Magaluf where you can rave your socks off, it is definitely not the place to go, but us being us, we still managed to roll in at 5 o'clock in the morning every night! We loved it and managed to find some fab little bars to have a boogie in in Kamari! Albatros and Ethnic Bar where definitely our favourites! We were there every night making the most of the cocktails! And if your looking to have the nicest strawberry Daiquiri you will ever taste then look no further than Prince Bar and Restaurant, you will not be disappointed!
Greek food is a firm favourite of mine anyway but the food in Santorini was some of the best food I have ever tasted! If you eat in Oia it can be quite pricey but I had one of the nicest meals I've ever had there in a restaurant we visited called Sunset Restaurant. We just stumbled on this because we were looking for somewhere to sit down to watch the sunset and when we sat down they told us to keep our table we would have to order food as the demand for tables is so high. We ate while we watched the sunset which was just like a dream (and when I cried haha) and I can honestly say it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. The food in Kamari is much more reasonably priced and every meal I had was delicious and cooked to perfection. The people in Santorini are some of the nicest people you could ever meet as well. We met some amazing people over there who were so welcoming, kind and made us feel like we were celebrities!

I think about going back to Santorini and the amazing time I had there every single day and I can't wait until the day I set foot on my Island in the Sun again! Until we meet again Santorini...

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Let's Try This Again...

Well hello there people of the Blogosphere!

Guess who's back...back again....

It feels so strange writing on this little blog again! I used to write on here all the time a few years ago and then life happened, I got busy, I became uninspired, I felt like my posts lacked a certain 'suttin-suttin' and I deleted all my posts and just left my blog to gather dust here in my little corner of the web!

I've thought about coming back and starting again a lot of times over the last few years and it's never happened. I lacked confidence to come back and create posts again, but recently I've became more and more inspired to start writing on here again. I just want to do it a little differently this time.
Last time around I focused my whole blog on just Beauty and Fashion. Two of my biggest loves and two things I could happily spend my days reading about, drooling over and shopping for. But I found myself getting bored of writing about the same things and just reviewing Highlighters all the time. I want to talk about all different things on my blog and not just be pigeon holed into one category. I want to create more of a lifestyle blog with all my passions thrown in, whether it being a brand new highlighter I have desperately fallen in love with, a new outfit I've worn and feel fabulous in, a new place I've visited which has stolen my heart, a new restaurant I've visited which has filled my stomach with tasty delights or when I just feel like rambling on when I need to and letting off some steam about different topics and issues.

I'm 30 now and when I started this blog I was in my early 20's. I feel like I've grown as a person and my idea's of what I want to write about on my blog are different. My blog last time was not me at all, it was a me I created because I felt like I needed to be something I wasn't to have a successful blog, I was trying to fit the mould of what a blogger at the moment should be and should be talking about, not what I wanted to talk about and I wasn't being myself at all. I put so much pressure on myself to try and maintain the same quality and standard as the big bloggers and in reality, that just wasn't feasible for me. I have a busy social life, I don't have the money to be buying the most expensive things all the time, I have a 9-5 job, I don't have the equipment other bloggers have. I want this to be a hobby, no pressure to post constantly, and something I can enjoy doing again. Somewhere I like coming to, and don't feel inadequate. This time my blog is going to be 100% me and my posts are going to be what I want them to be, not what I feel they should be. I'm not going to have the best photo's, I don't own an amazing expensive camera, I don't have a marble backdrop, but hopefully that won't matter and people enjoy my blog for what it is.

So let's all raise a glass of Rosé (or vodka, whatever you prefer) and cheers to my new blogging chapter! :)