NYX Haul

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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NYX is a brand that's never really been available to the UK so when they announced that they would be bringing it over to be stocked in Boots I couldn't contain my excitement. Everyone that can get their hands on them raves about NYX products and I seriously felt like I'd been missing out on something. It became available over here a while back but it took me forever to find a boots that actually stocks it but on a recent trip to London I found a store and made a few purchases.

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48 Hours in Amsterdam

Friday, 24 June 2016

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Ever since I can remember I've always had a dream of travelling. I've been to Spain and France when I was younger but I don't remember them very well at all and I was way too young to appreciate the places I visited. I decided that 2016 was going to be the year that I begin to travel and explore our incredible planet. I mentioned it to Becky and Amsterdam was our choice for a little city break.

After a delayed plane ride with a terrible landing, we headed to our hostel which was a short 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central. We dropped our bags and jumped on the tram to Leidseplein for food and cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe. I've never visited a Hard Rock Cafe but Becky has visited them in a few countries and wanted to carry on the tradition. Once burgers and cocktails were mentioned I was sold. I had the Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of onion rings, which I ordered thinking there would only be a few but it turned out to be a whole stack! It's safe to say I was about to burst after eating it all.

We spent around an hour and a half eating at a table with a gorgeous view overlooking one of Amsterdam's many canals, whilst trying to find a Dutch tinder date to take me on a tour. After a day of heavy travelling, we decided to spend the rest of the evening walking along the canals before stopping in a pub to refresh a little. We then headed to the Red Light District which I must say has to be one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I had so many questions so google became mine and Becky's best friend for the evening. 

Day two of our trip was welcomed by a much needed, unplanned lie in. We didn't really have set plans of things to do but we knew we wanted to take some kind of canal boat tour. After spotting some canal bikes we thought that would be a perfect way to navigate ourselves round so we had control of where we went and what we looked at. If you haven't been on a pedalo before they're harder than they look to operate. As Becky can drive she took over the steering at first but we quickly realised that she was pretty useless and I took over to prevent us going round in circles for an hour. 

It was a gorgeous sunny day which was perfect for exploring the canals. I think the best place to see all of Amsterdam is from the water as you really get to appreciate your surroundings. Amsterdam is full of beautiful and distinctive architecture wherever you look. We couldn't have picked something better to do and the canal bikes may just be the highlight of my trip.

After the canal bike we decided to jump on a tram and take a trip to the Heineken Museum. I am not a massive drinker of beer, I much prefer my spirits but it was so interesting to find out the history of Heineken and how it is made. As a horse lover, I was delighted to seethey actually have some of their horses at the museum so I spent a while finding out about their training and how they are used in the process. The second half of the tour was so fun as it was completely full of photobooths and other photo opportunities! If you like beer, then you'll love this tour as you get 3 free complimentary glasses of Heineken. Who can say no to free alchohol?

After finishing off the tour, we headed out in search of food! We stumbled upon a cute little cafe called The Carousel and ate waffles in the lovely warm evening sunshine until a man sat on a bench near by and started blowing his nose so loudly that everyone on the patio including the waitress couldn't stop laughing! When the sun began to set we headed back into the centre of Amsterdam and took a leisurely stroll back to our hostel, discovering on the way that we were staying opposite a brothel, oops!

Most of our last day was spent relaxing on the patio of Dan Murphy's Irish Bar in Leidesplein, but we had so much fun on the canal bike the previous day that we headed back for another hour. This time we were greeted by a lovely man who helped us navigate our way by giving us a map and instructions on how to work the pedalo perfectly, if only we'd had that the first time round! We were so lucky with the weather over the 3 days as it was warm and sunny every single day but it wasn't so warm that you didn't want to go outside which was perfect. 

Not long after that it was time to head back to the airport to fly home. I had such an amazing time in Amsterdam with Becky and I will definitely be returning again on my travels.

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Why I Needed A Change

Sunday, 19 June 2016

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I wrote a post not so long ago about why I'd been absent from blogging and published it thinking that would sort all my problems and I'd come back to blogging regularly. I couldn't have been more wrong. Since publishing that post not a lot has changed. I'm still not motivated to blog. I'm not happy with the way things are in my life even though I've been working so hard to change things, it just hasn't been enough. The idea of giving up blogging has occurred to me but I always get the thought out of my mind as quickly as I can because my blog is my outlet and I absolutely love it. I just haven't been in love with my style of blogging for a while now and as I've been making every effort to change things in my life to make me happier I think that my blog is the next thing that needs to change.

I started this blog over two years ago now and back then I was a 15 year old who was clueless on what I wanted to achieve in life as a whole. I didn't know if I'd write this blog for two months let alone two years. I would be lying if I said I'd put my heart and soul into this blog for the whole two years because that just hasn't been possible. I haven't blogged regularly for quite a while and it's because I'm not happy with my blog. I'm not happy with the content and I haven't been happy with my design for a while now, so I thought it was time for change.

This post marks a new start for perksofbeingami. I have a new design that I have spent about a month tweaking to make sure it's perfect before publishing. I hope you all like my new layout as much as I do, I really like the professional but simple look that it gives to my content. I wanted to create a website that I could be proud of publishing content to and this new design is me being one step closer to being fully proud of my content.

As for new content, I'm not 100% sure as to which direction I will be taking this blog. All I know is that things will be changing. I'm done with trying to fit in and write posts that I think will be popular. I've spent a lot of time publishing content that I'm not happy with just because I think it will be popular and get my blog views. Everyone says blogging isn't about numbers but at the end of the day it's so hard not to get caught up in them. It's so hard to find the balance between publishing content that works for you and publishing content that your readers will enjoy.

 After my recent trip to Amsterdam, I've gotten a travel bug and intend to travel as much as I can whilst I have the time to. Travel posts have never been something I've posted, but after drafting up my '48 Hours in Amsterdam' post I've realised it's something I really enjoy writing. I want to create a platform for myself that I enjoy writing but also a platform that people enjoy reading. Numbers and viewers aren't everything, but it's nice to have a little encouragement along the way.

For now, I'm just a plain old 18 year old with a dream to travel the world and blog about it along the way. I hope you join me on this journey.

P.S. Yes that annoying piece of hair stuck to my face in the photo is driving me crazy too. 
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