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It's Tuesday afternoon and it's such a gorgeous day outside that I'm seriously wishing that I was abroad sightseeing, eating amazing food and just soaking in all the culture that a new place has to offer so I thought instead why not write an extremely overdue travel post. If you follow me on twitter or instagram then you will know that I visited the wonderful Italian city of Venice a couple of months ago. It slowly became one of my favorite destinations ever and today I thought why not blog about my amazing trip. Italy has been on my list for as long as I can remember. I've always been a huge fan of Italian food and knew that it was one place I had to go to as I had always been fascinated by the culture and language. So back in January I went onto my roster and decided to book 10 days off which you may think is a bit excessive for a place that is fairly small however as I come from a family who sleep really late and therefore wake up really late it was just right for us. Especially as me and my Mum both like to shop. Myself, my mum and my brother all went in June from the 15th to the 25th and the weather was just perfect. It wasn't too hot and we did have occasions where there was rain but 95% of the time we were there the weather was lovely.


We flew to Venice with British Airways. Thankfully they do afternoon flights which was perfect because I absolutely hate morning flights and even though you may be thinking that's a waste of a day for us it was perfect because we knew we would still have a lot of time to visit the places we want to. As you can see the view from the plane was absolutely amazing as we were flying into Venice. Once we reached Venice we picked up our bags, bought tickets for a water taxi and made our way into the city of Venice because like with most places the airport was a fair few minutes away from where we were staying.


Once we reached our stop we made our way to the hotel which was called Hotel Ateneo which was literally a 5-10 minute walk from both St Marco's Piazza and the Rialto Bridge so pretty much the perfect location. I'd highly recommend this hotel because even though it is on the slightly pricier side it won't break the bank and the customer service was amazing. The rooms although quite small had everything you could possibly need including a mini bar which was perfect especially as it was really warm. It meant we could have our own cold drinks in the room if we wanted.


Day 1 
Our first full day in Venice was spent having a look at some of the shops by the hotel, exploring the beautiful canals of Venice and eating yummy gelatos. As we were by St Mark's Square we decided to take a trip there and it's just so stunning. One thing you do need to be careful of though is the pigeons as there are so many of them. Along St Mark's Square on either side you have a band playing well known music outside the cafes. As the weather was so nice we decided to sit and soak up some of the atmosphere however it was pricey. For 3 bottles of apple juice it cost us 45 euros which is pricey however it did come with some snacks and nibbles which was nice and it was pretty refreshing as well. As we were there late afternoon the cathedral was unfortunately closed however we were able to go there a few days later and it's absolutely stunning inside. What I like is that they don't allow you to take photos and any big bags need to be put in a storage facility outside the cathedral which is nice. It's also free which is an added bonus. After this we walked by the Bridge Of Sighs and along the river before heading back to the hotel.


Day 2 
On this day we finally headed to the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal which is a place I have wanted to visit for so long. I just find the bridge so beyond beautiful and it was definitely one of the most liveliest places we visited. Not only is the bridge obviously a huge tourist attraction but also there are so many restaurants, cafes and bars long this strip as well as tourist shops. From here you can also catch a boat trip to some of the other places around Venice as well as the train station to get to other places within Italy as well which is ideal.


Day 3
Day 3 we chose to head back to St Mark's Square to have a look inside St Mark's Basilica. Being a Catholic I am always hugely interested in churches and cathedrals. I just always find that they have their own stories to tell which is why I love them so much. We did have to join a queue in order to get inside though as we didn't pre-book tickets before hand. Luckily it was only a 5 minute wait before heading in. You do have to make sure you are suitably dressed to enter the basilica. They do provide shoals to cover your shoulders but I still recommend dressing appropriately. Once we had a look inside the basilica we decided to head to St Mark's Campanile which is the bell tower just next to the basilica. The views are just absolutely breathtaking. When you have reached the top of the 99 meter high tower you do get panoramic views of the entire city as well as the lagoons.  After this we then went for food where I had the most incredible aperol spritz and spaghetti bolagnaise I have ever tasted.


Day 4
On the fourth day we didn't really have a plan in mind. We just strolled around the many canals of Venice and did some souvenir shopping. However we did accidentally come across one of the most stunning little piazzas I have ever come across called the Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo. This is home to one of the most stunning towers I have ever seen called the Scala Contarini Del Bovolo. This is a multi arch spiralling staircase tower that you do get to climb for a small fee of around 5 euros however it is completely worth it for the view you get from the top of the tower. I had never heard of this tower before. I do remember seeing it in a couple of instagram photos but I never managed to get the name so to stumble it by accident was complete luck. I highly recommend adding this to your list of tourist attractions in Venice as it really is stunning.


Day 5 
On this day we took a trip to one of the most popular art galleries in Venice called Gallerie Dell'Accademia which is around 15 minute walk from St Mark's Square. Some of the counties most stunning paintings are stored in this Gallery. On this day it was extremely hot and the gallery was so lovely and cool so we enjoyed walking around a cool space looking at all the stunning paintings. After the Gallery we decided to do what you have to do in Venice and that is go on a gondola trip which was such an amazing experience. It was so nice to spend half an hour sitting in a boat going around the canals in Venice and listening to a bit of history from the guy taking us round. I do think it's quite pricey for how long it is but again it's a once in a lifetime thing really so definitely make the most of it.


Day 6 
One thing I told my Mum and brother we have to do when visiting Venice is head around the Venician Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. These three places are recommended in all the guide books as must see places and I completely understand why. Murano is a few islands that are all connected together by bridges so there is a lot of walking up and down. This particular island is famous for its glass blowing. Here you can take a tour round the glass blowing museum or just take a walk around the shops and pick up lots of souvenirs that are made entirely from murano glass. The second island is called Burano. This was the island I was most excited to visit as it's houses are all painted a different colour and is one of the most colourful places I think I have ever visited. It's also famous for lace. The whole island is nicknamed 'The Colourful Island Of Lace' and here you can pick up a lot of items and souvenirs that are crafted entirely from lace. This was definitely the island we spent the longest at and the one that definitely had the best atmosphere as well. Torcello was the quietest of all three islands. It's a very quiet island with only a couple of houses and restaurants there. It also houses the first cathedral in Venice as well. Unfortunately this was close when we got there but it did look really stunning. I highly recommend covering up when you go on this island purely for the reason that I was bitten 20 times (yes I counted) by mosquitoes. Apart from that it's a very stunning picturesque island.


Day 7 
By day six we had pretty much seen everything we had wanted to see. Instead we just decided on this particular day to just chill out considering visiting those three islands were saw exhausting. We went out to do some more shopping instead. We bought a lot of souvenirs for our family and friends as well as treating ourselves to a few bits and pieces. I bought a gondola Pandora charm for my bracelet which is something We also ate a lot of pasta and gelato as well which is in my opinion never a bad thing. I pretty much spent this whole trip eating pasta. We didn't have any pizza which you may find surprising but before I went to Venice I found out that the stone ovens that they use all over Italy are actually banned in Venice therefore even though the pizza is nice it's not the quality you would expect when you are in Venice. Something to consider if you are thinking of going. We also decided to sit outside the cafe in St Mark's Piazza again and get some drinks and snacks despite complaining about the price a few days before. Oops .


Day 8 
Probably my favorite day of the whole entire trip because we decided to escape from Venice and go and explore the beautiful city of Verona. It was a bit of a nightmare getting the correct train to get us there mind you but once we were there it was totally worth it. Ever since watching the film 'Letters To Juliet' one place I've wanted to go to was Juliet's House. Being a hopeless romantic at heart this was a no brainer. When we were walking through Verona we went to the Verona Arena which is so incredibly stunning before walking on to Juliet's House. It was absolutely packed and pretty difficult to move but it was all so stunning and exactly how I imagined it. I love how the house was full of old costumes and how each room told a story of their romance. I also loved that you could actually go out onto Juliet's balcony and have your photo taken. There was a queue so be prepared to wait a while if you go as everyone wanted to get that perfect shot from every angle for the 'gram.


Day 9 & 10. 
These were long days of shopping, buying another suitcase, packing, repacking and getting ready to go home. I still can't get over the fact that between the three suitcases we already had we had to buy another one because we still had so much stuff left over. Once everything was packed it was time to catch the boat to the airport to come back home. I didn't really take a lot of photos on this day so enjoy my collages above and below of some of my other favorite photos that I took on this trip.


You have no idea how relieved I am to have finally got this post up. I have been trying to get it up for the past three months but well, I guess you could say life got in the way. I'm super excited to have got it up now as I loved this trip, I love the photos and I love this place and I really hope you enjoyed coming on a mini adventure with me. If you have been to Venice before then please let me know your thoughts below and if you haven't been before I hope this post has inspired you to take a trip as I believe it is one place everybody needs to see.

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

Postcards From Venice | A Venician Photo Diary


It's Tuesday afternoon and it's such a gorgeous day outside that I'm seriously wishing that I was abroad sightseeing, eating amazing food and just soaking in all the culture that a new place has to offer so I thought instead why not write an extremely overdue travel post. If you follow me on twitter or instagram then you will know that I visited the wonderful Italian city of Venice a couple of months ago. It slowly became one of my favorite destinations ever and today I thought why not blog about my amazing trip. Italy has been on my list for as long as I can remember. I've always been a huge fan of Italian food and knew that it was one place I had to go to as I had always been fascinated by the culture and language. So back in January I went onto my roster and decided to book 10 days off which you may think is a bit excessive for a place that is fairly small however as I come from a family who sleep really late and therefore wake up really late it was just right for us. Especially as me and my Mum both like to shop. Myself, my mum and my brother all went in June from the 15th to the 25th and the weather was just perfect. It wasn't too hot and we did have occasions where there was rain but 95% of the time we were there the weather was lovely.


We flew to Venice with British Airways. Thankfully they do afternoon flights which was perfect because I absolutely hate morning flights and even though you may be thinking that's a waste of a day for us it was perfect because we knew we would still have a lot of time to visit the places we want to. As you can see the view from the plane was absolutely amazing as we were flying into Venice. Once we reached Venice we picked up our bags, bought tickets for a water taxi and made our way into the city of Venice because like with most places the airport was a fair few minutes away from where we were staying.


Once we reached our stop we made our way to the hotel which was called Hotel Ateneo which was literally a 5-10 minute walk from both St Marco's Piazza and the Rialto Bridge so pretty much the perfect location. I'd highly recommend this hotel because even though it is on the slightly pricier side it won't break the bank and the customer service was amazing. The rooms although quite small had everything you could possibly need including a mini bar which was perfect especially as it was really warm. It meant we could have our own cold drinks in the room if we wanted.


Day 1 
Our first full day in Venice was spent having a look at some of the shops by the hotel, exploring the beautiful canals of Venice and eating yummy gelatos. As we were by St Mark's Square we decided to take a trip there and it's just so stunning. One thing you do need to be careful of though is the pigeons as there are so many of them. Along St Mark's Square on either side you have a band playing well known music outside the cafes. As the weather was so nice we decided to sit and soak up some of the atmosphere however it was pricey. For 3 bottles of apple juice it cost us 45 euros which is pricey however it did come with some snacks and nibbles which was nice and it was pretty refreshing as well. As we were there late afternoon the cathedral was unfortunately closed however we were able to go there a few days later and it's absolutely stunning inside. What I like is that they don't allow you to take photos and any big bags need to be put in a storage facility outside the cathedral which is nice. It's also free which is an added bonus. After this we walked by the Bridge Of Sighs and along the river before heading back to the hotel.


Day 2 
On this day we finally headed to the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal which is a place I have wanted to visit for so long. I just find the bridge so beyond beautiful and it was definitely one of the most liveliest places we visited. Not only is the bridge obviously a huge tourist attraction but also there are so many restaurants, cafes and bars long this strip as well as tourist shops. From here you can also catch a boat trip to some of the other places around Venice as well as the train station to get to other places within Italy as well which is ideal.


Day 3
Day 3 we chose to head back to St Mark's Square to have a look inside St Mark's Basilica. Being a Catholic I am always hugely interested in churches and cathedrals. I just always find that they have their own stories to tell which is why I love them so much. We did have to join a queue in order to get inside though as we didn't pre-book tickets before hand. Luckily it was only a 5 minute wait before heading in. You do have to make sure you are suitably dressed to enter the basilica. They do provide shoals to cover your shoulders but I still recommend dressing appropriately. Once we had a look inside the basilica we decided to head to St Mark's Campanile which is the bell tower just next to the basilica. The views are just absolutely breathtaking. When you have reached the top of the 99 meter high tower you do get panoramic views of the entire city as well as the lagoons.  After this we then went for food where I had the most incredible aperol spritz and spaghetti bolagnaise I have ever tasted.


Day 4
On the fourth day we didn't really have a plan in mind. We just strolled around the many canals of Venice and did some souvenir shopping. However we did accidentally come across one of the most stunning little piazzas I have ever come across called the Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo. This is home to one of the most stunning towers I have ever seen called the Scala Contarini Del Bovolo. This is a multi arch spiralling staircase tower that you do get to climb for a small fee of around 5 euros however it is completely worth it for the view you get from the top of the tower. I had never heard of this tower before. I do remember seeing it in a couple of instagram photos but I never managed to get the name so to stumble it by accident was complete luck. I highly recommend adding this to your list of tourist attractions in Venice as it really is stunning.


Day 5 
On this day we took a trip to one of the most popular art galleries in Venice called Gallerie Dell'Accademia which is around 15 minute walk from St Mark's Square. Some of the counties most stunning paintings are stored in this Gallery. On this day it was extremely hot and the gallery was so lovely and cool so we enjoyed walking around a cool space looking at all the stunning paintings. After the Gallery we decided to do what you have to do in Venice and that is go on a gondola trip which was such an amazing experience. It was so nice to spend half an hour sitting in a boat going around the canals in Venice and listening to a bit of history from the guy taking us round. I do think it's quite pricey for how long it is but again it's a once in a lifetime thing really so definitely make the most of it.


Day 6 
One thing I told my Mum and brother we have to do when visiting Venice is head around the Venician Islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. These three places are recommended in all the guide books as must see places and I completely understand why. Murano is a few islands that are all connected together by bridges so there is a lot of walking up and down. This particular island is famous for its glass blowing. Here you can take a tour round the glass blowing museum or just take a walk around the shops and pick up lots of souvenirs that are made entirely from murano glass. The second island is called Burano. This was the island I was most excited to visit as it's houses are all painted a different colour and is one of the most colourful places I think I have ever visited. It's also famous for lace. The whole island is nicknamed 'The Colourful Island Of Lace' and here you can pick up a lot of items and souvenirs that are crafted entirely from lace. This was definitely the island we spent the longest at and the one that definitely had the best atmosphere as well. Torcello was the quietest of all three islands. It's a very quiet island with only a couple of houses and restaurants there. It also houses the first cathedral in Venice as well. Unfortunately this was close when we got there but it did look really stunning. I highly recommend covering up when you go on this island purely for the reason that I was bitten 20 times (yes I counted) by mosquitoes. Apart from that it's a very stunning picturesque island.


Day 7 
By day six we had pretty much seen everything we had wanted to see. Instead we just decided on this particular day to just chill out considering visiting those three islands were saw exhausting. We went out to do some more shopping instead. We bought a lot of souvenirs for our family and friends as well as treating ourselves to a few bits and pieces. I bought a gondola Pandora charm for my bracelet which is something We also ate a lot of pasta and gelato as well which is in my opinion never a bad thing. I pretty much spent this whole trip eating pasta. We didn't have any pizza which you may find surprising but before I went to Venice I found out that the stone ovens that they use all over Italy are actually banned in Venice therefore even though the pizza is nice it's not the quality you would expect when you are in Venice. Something to consider if you are thinking of going. We also decided to sit outside the cafe in St Mark's Piazza again and get some drinks and snacks despite complaining about the price a few days before. Oops .


Day 8 
Probably my favorite day of the whole entire trip because we decided to escape from Venice and go and explore the beautiful city of Verona. It was a bit of a nightmare getting the correct train to get us there mind you but once we were there it was totally worth it. Ever since watching the film 'Letters To Juliet' one place I've wanted to go to was Juliet's House. Being a hopeless romantic at heart this was a no brainer. When we were walking through Verona we went to the Verona Arena which is so incredibly stunning before walking on to Juliet's House. It was absolutely packed and pretty difficult to move but it was all so stunning and exactly how I imagined it. I love how the house was full of old costumes and how each room told a story of their romance. I also loved that you could actually go out onto Juliet's balcony and have your photo taken. There was a queue so be prepared to wait a while if you go as everyone wanted to get that perfect shot from every angle for the 'gram.


Day 9 & 10. 
These were long days of shopping, buying another suitcase, packing, repacking and getting ready to go home. I still can't get over the fact that between the three suitcases we already had we had to buy another one because we still had so much stuff left over. Once everything was packed it was time to catch the boat to the airport to come back home. I didn't really take a lot of photos on this day so enjoy my collages above and below of some of my other favorite photos that I took on this trip.


You have no idea how relieved I am to have finally got this post up. I have been trying to get it up for the past three months but well, I guess you could say life got in the way. I'm super excited to have got it up now as I loved this trip, I love the photos and I love this place and I really hope you enjoyed coming on a mini adventure with me. If you have been to Venice before then please let me know your thoughts below and if you haven't been before I hope this post has inspired you to take a trip as I believe it is one place everybody needs to see.

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

If you read my last post about Nivea then you will know that I am part of the Nivea Family along with some other incredible bloggers. Nivea is a brand I have used for years and years. I'm pretty sure it was one of the first ever skincare brands I used as my mum had all their moisturisers lying around the house which I used to dip into a lot when I was younger and growing up so I was extremely excited when they asked me to be apart of their family early on this year. A few weeks ago a package arrived for me containing these incredible products you see photographed above. I was actually away when these arrived so only got to open them a couple of weeks ago but I have been using these products every day since and I absolutely love them. Contained in the package are some of Nivea's newest launches. Keep reading more to find out my thoughts on these four products.

Nivea's Deep Cleansing 'Clay Fresh' Shower Gel 


As you probably know if you have been reading my blog for a while I absolutely love clay when using skincare products. Some of my absolutely staple products include the L'Oreal Clay Masks which I just think are incredible for the skin and have done wonders in terms of clearing it up so when I saw this shower gel in the package I was extremely excited. One of the main ingredients in this product is kaolin clay. This is a mineral product that has some incredible and important detoxifying and stimulating effects for the skin. It's one of the few products that is suitable for all skin types as it extracts any impurities within the skin. It also absorbs any excess oils without causing any irritation or redness to the skin. It also does this without leaving the skin dry which I love. Even though you may be reading this thinking 'Fleur, it's just a shower gel' it has actually made such a difference to my skin. It's one of those shower gels that really does leave your skin feeling super smooth and soft. This product also smells incredible as it contains notes of ginger and basil. This is definitely one of my new favorite shower gels as it leaves my skin smelling amazing and feeling incredible soft. 

Nivea's Body Moisturising Mousse


Moisturising my body is something I have a love hate relationship with and I'm sure those of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about. In the Summer months it's not to bad but if it's a rotten day outside then if you're anything like me your priority is getting out of the shower and straight into some comfy clothes/pjs. However spray on moisturisers and mousses like this are an absolutely life saver as you can pretty much moisturize your whole body within 10 minutes or less. What I love as well with this product is the scent. This particular mousse has a fresh cucumber and matcha tea fragrance which isn't normally my kind of scent as I prefer the sweeter scents but this smells absolutely divine and fresh. I absolutely love this mousse as it takes literally seconds to absorb into the skin and really does leave it feeling fresh. If you buy any product from this post make it this one as it is honestly incredible and will fix that dread of having to moisturize your body. 

Nivea's Dry Fresh Deodorant 


There's nothing much to say about this product really as I'm sure you can see for yourself it's just your standard spray deodorant. I normally don't really get along with spray deodorants as I've always found they irritate my skin quite a bit however this is one of the few that doesn't actually irritate it at all. It also smells really fresh and clean and doesn't take forever to dry so you are okay when it comes to wanting to put on clothes straight away. The one downfall however is that I do find it a little bit too powdery when you first apply it which isn't something I like however apart from that it is a good deodorant and does the job. 

Nivea's Mango Shine Long Lasting Caring Lip Balm 


If you read my last Nivea beauty post then you will recognize this product from there but they very kindly sent me another lip balm along with the rest of the products you see in this post. Lip Balm is definitely one of those products that is needed no matter what time of the day or what season it is. My lips get very dry and chapped easily and as we are now moving into the colder months I will definitely be stocking up. I absolutely love this particular lip balm as not only does it work absolute wonders on the lips by leaving them looking and feeling incredible soft but it also smells amazing. If you know me then you know I am an absolute sucker for anything mango related so this is an absolute winner and one I'd highly recommend to everyone. 


A huge, huge, huge thank you to Nivea for once again gifting me with these incredible products. They are all absolutely incredible. If you wish to try any of these products then be sure to head down to your local boots or superdrug and pick these products up. If you have already tried any of these products then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below. 

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

AD | Another Beauty Offering From Nivea UK


If you read my last post about Nivea then you will know that I am part of the Nivea Family along with some other incredible bloggers. Nivea is a brand I have used for years and years. I'm pretty sure it was one of the first ever skincare brands I used as my mum had all their moisturisers lying around the house which I used to dip into a lot when I was younger and growing up so I was extremely excited when they asked me to be apart of their family early on this year. A few weeks ago a package arrived for me containing these incredible products you see photographed above. I was actually away when these arrived so only got to open them a couple of weeks ago but I have been using these products every day since and I absolutely love them. Contained in the package are some of Nivea's newest launches. Keep reading more to find out my thoughts on these four products.

Nivea's Deep Cleansing 'Clay Fresh' Shower Gel 


As you probably know if you have been reading my blog for a while I absolutely love clay when using skincare products. Some of my absolutely staple products include the L'Oreal Clay Masks which I just think are incredible for the skin and have done wonders in terms of clearing it up so when I saw this shower gel in the package I was extremely excited. One of the main ingredients in this product is kaolin clay. This is a mineral product that has some incredible and important detoxifying and stimulating effects for the skin. It's one of the few products that is suitable for all skin types as it extracts any impurities within the skin. It also absorbs any excess oils without causing any irritation or redness to the skin. It also does this without leaving the skin dry which I love. Even though you may be reading this thinking 'Fleur, it's just a shower gel' it has actually made such a difference to my skin. It's one of those shower gels that really does leave your skin feeling super smooth and soft. This product also smells incredible as it contains notes of ginger and basil. This is definitely one of my new favorite shower gels as it leaves my skin smelling amazing and feeling incredible soft. 

Nivea's Body Moisturising Mousse


Moisturising my body is something I have a love hate relationship with and I'm sure those of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about. In the Summer months it's not to bad but if it's a rotten day outside then if you're anything like me your priority is getting out of the shower and straight into some comfy clothes/pjs. However spray on moisturisers and mousses like this are an absolutely life saver as you can pretty much moisturize your whole body within 10 minutes or less. What I love as well with this product is the scent. This particular mousse has a fresh cucumber and matcha tea fragrance which isn't normally my kind of scent as I prefer the sweeter scents but this smells absolutely divine and fresh. I absolutely love this mousse as it takes literally seconds to absorb into the skin and really does leave it feeling fresh. If you buy any product from this post make it this one as it is honestly incredible and will fix that dread of having to moisturize your body. 

Nivea's Dry Fresh Deodorant 


There's nothing much to say about this product really as I'm sure you can see for yourself it's just your standard spray deodorant. I normally don't really get along with spray deodorants as I've always found they irritate my skin quite a bit however this is one of the few that doesn't actually irritate it at all. It also smells really fresh and clean and doesn't take forever to dry so you are okay when it comes to wanting to put on clothes straight away. The one downfall however is that I do find it a little bit too powdery when you first apply it which isn't something I like however apart from that it is a good deodorant and does the job. 

Nivea's Mango Shine Long Lasting Caring Lip Balm 


If you read my last Nivea beauty post then you will recognize this product from there but they very kindly sent me another lip balm along with the rest of the products you see in this post. Lip Balm is definitely one of those products that is needed no matter what time of the day or what season it is. My lips get very dry and chapped easily and as we are now moving into the colder months I will definitely be stocking up. I absolutely love this particular lip balm as not only does it work absolute wonders on the lips by leaving them looking and feeling incredible soft but it also smells amazing. If you know me then you know I am an absolute sucker for anything mango related so this is an absolute winner and one I'd highly recommend to everyone. 


A huge, huge, huge thank you to Nivea for once again gifting me with these incredible products. They are all absolutely incredible. If you wish to try any of these products then be sure to head down to your local boots or superdrug and pick these products up. If you have already tried any of these products then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below. 

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo
If you have been following my blog for a while or follow me on instagram or twitter then you will know I absolutely love going to the theatre. I pretty much spend all my free time catching up with my friends and then going to a west end show. It is just something that makes me so happy. A couple of weeks ago me and one of my best friends, Beki decided to take a trip to see Les Miserables. However it was the concert version. It was absolutely incredible. If you weren't already aware the Queens Theatre that held Les Miserables is currently being refurbished and has been renamed the Sondheim Theatre. Whilst this work is undergoing the show has been moved to the Gielgud Theatre literally next door however it's not the full musical. Instead Cameron Mackintosh and his team have decided to put on a concert version with some of the biggest names in the West End right now. As soon as this was announced I knew I had to get tickets. Keep reading to find out more about how I spent the day.

On the day I was due to go and see the show I was actually working. Luckily I was an early shift but it meant I did have to change at work before heading into London. The afternoon started with me and Beki heading into Chiquitos in Leicester Square for something to eat. This was the perfect location as it's easy access for both of us to get to and also it's about a 5 minute walk to the theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue so it just seemed like the ideal spot to meet up. The food in Chiquitos is amazing. We both chose to have fried chicken strips as a starter followed by me choosing to have a fried chicken wrap with fries and salad and then washing it all down with a pink gin and lemonade which I am officially obsessed with. After we had food we spent time catching up and then Beki surprised me with a little bag of birthday presents that she very kindly gave to me and I am so grateful! As you can see from the collage above I've included a photo after opening one of the presents she bought me which was a candle with my name on. I was clearly very, very happy. After this we headed round to the theatre which was about a 5 minute walk from the restaurant.

Like I have mentioned above the Gielgud Theatre is right next door to the Sondheim Theatre where Les Miserables normally is but has been moved to this smaller theatre so that people can still continue to enjoy the story and music of the show whilst the theatre is getting refurbished. We were there roughly 35 minutes before the show began but we chose to just wonder in and have a look at some of the merchandise on sale as well as grabbing a programme each.We also had a mini photoshoot outside the theatre as I think it looks so stunning with all the signs and show displays.

Beki had opted to pick up the tickets from the theatre on the day so going inside early was definitely the best decision so we could pick up the tickets and just not have to rush around last minute. Inside the main foyer there was a cast list as well so you could see who was performing on the night and what roles they were playing.

Now for the exciting bit - the concert. Walking into the auditorium I was amazed at how intimate it was. Beki & I were sat at the end of the front row and we couldn't believe just how close we were to the stage. As you can see from the photos above we really couldn't have got any closer. I absolutely loved how the stage was set up with microphones all along the front of the stage and a little seating area for the other cast members to sit and watch the performances themselves throughout the show on either side of the stage. I also absolutely loved how the orchestra were on stage with the actors so you could also see them a lot clearer. They were all absolutely incredible. Obviously being a smaller theatre they didn't really have much to work with in terms of the set design but I still thought it was amazing and I loved how they used the lights, other props and made the most of what they had to make it as close to the theatrical version they possibly could.

No review of the show would be complete without a review of the cast and I must say this cast is absolutely incredible and one of the best I think I've ever seen. Jean Val Jean is played by Alfie Boe with John Owen Jones taking over a few days during the week. The night we went we saw John Owen Jones and he is absolutely incredible. I saw him in Phantom of the Opera as the Phantom a couple of years ago and was absolutely thrilled when I found out I'd be seeing him again in Les Mis. The emotion he puts into the performance is amazing. Playing Javert you have the incredible Michael Ball who was the original Marius when it first opened all those years ago. Again he was absolutely incredible and his version of Stars is definitely up there as one of my favorite ever versions. I'm so thrilled I got to see him in the show that launched him to stardom. You then have the incredible Carrie Hope Fletcher who plays Fantine who gives one of the most spine-tingling, beautiful performances of I Dreamed A Dream I think I have ever witnessed in my life. The Thernardier's were played by Matt Lucas & Katy Secombe who you would have come across if you have watched the 25th Anniversary 02 concert of Les Mis as they played the same roles on that night too. They are just incredible. They had the audience in absolute stitches at the 02 and the Gielgud was no different with me practically crying with laughter at some parts during the show. They are both extremely talented and I really can't imagine anyone else ever playing the roles as they just add so much to the characters that I can't explain. Again I'm so happy I got to see them play these roles.

Marius is played by the incredible Rob Houchen who is by far my favorite Marius ever. I have been lucky enough to see his version of Marius a couple of times in the past and I have to say he didn't disappoint. His vocals, the emotion he puts in and the connection he has with each and every person on that stage just blows me away. He's just breathtaking. Enjolras is played by Bradley Jaden who I've seen before as Fiyero in Wicked. Again he is absolutely incredible. The power in his voice and the passion he has for the character on the stage is incredible. Definitely one of my favorite actors to have played the part. Eponine & Cosette are played by two girls that I hadn't really come across until this concert was announced. Shan Ako plays Eponine and is absolutely incredible. What I love about her Eponine as she doesn't play the role like a girl in love even though she is. I found her performance to go a lot deeper than that and see her as more of a powerful girl than just a lovesick one. Her performance reminded me a lot of Carrie's and was fantastic. Lily Kerhoas took over the role of Cosette and she is absolutely breathtaking. Not only is she incredible stunning but her vocals are just incredible and you wouldn't be able to tell that this is her west end debut. She is amazing and the connection she has with Rob on stage is also beautiful to watch.

The ensemble are also obviously absolutely incredible and some have some familiar names you may have heard of before. Adam Bayjou, Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Holly Ann Hull, Joanna Loxton, Rosa O'Reilly and Craig Mather are just some of the names who make up the rest of this incredible cast and who all add so much more to the show in their own individual ways. One of my favorite moments in a Les Miserables show is the first act finale when they all get together on that stage and sing 'One Day More'. Not only do I always cry but I always without a shadow of a doubt get goosebumps. It's one of the most incredible moments of the show as well as 'Do You Hear The People Sing' at the end.

As you can tell I had an absolutely wonderful evening. I laughed, cried, and was just in awe of everyone's talent and how incredible they were. Despite it not being the full theatrical version their passion for the show just doesn't go away. Les Miserables - The Staged Concert is running from now through till the 30th November and I highly recommend picking up a ticket as this is a show you do not want to miss. I'm lucky enough to be seeing it again in a couple of weeks and I absolutely cannot wait. If you do miss out then do not worry! The main theatrical version of the show reopens at the Sondheim Theatre on the 18th December 2019 and you are able to buy tickets for it now from the 18th through to April next year so if you want be there make sure you grab a ticket now as they already starting to sell out fast. If you have already seen this version of the show then be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought. 
Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

Spend An Evening With Me At Les Miserables - The Staged Concert

If you have been following my blog for a while or follow me on instagram or twitter then you will know I absolutely love going to the theatre. I pretty much spend all my free time catching up with my friends and then going to a west end show. It is just something that makes me so happy. A couple of weeks ago me and one of my best friends, Beki decided to take a trip to see Les Miserables. However it was the concert version. It was absolutely incredible. If you weren't already aware the Queens Theatre that held Les Miserables is currently being refurbished and has been renamed the Sondheim Theatre. Whilst this work is undergoing the show has been moved to the Gielgud Theatre literally next door however it's not the full musical. Instead Cameron Mackintosh and his team have decided to put on a concert version with some of the biggest names in the West End right now. As soon as this was announced I knew I had to get tickets. Keep reading to find out more about how I spent the day.

On the day I was due to go and see the show I was actually working. Luckily I was an early shift but it meant I did have to change at work before heading into London. The afternoon started with me and Beki heading into Chiquitos in Leicester Square for something to eat. This was the perfect location as it's easy access for both of us to get to and also it's about a 5 minute walk to the theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue so it just seemed like the ideal spot to meet up. The food in Chiquitos is amazing. We both chose to have fried chicken strips as a starter followed by me choosing to have a fried chicken wrap with fries and salad and then washing it all down with a pink gin and lemonade which I am officially obsessed with. After we had food we spent time catching up and then Beki surprised me with a little bag of birthday presents that she very kindly gave to me and I am so grateful! As you can see from the collage above I've included a photo after opening one of the presents she bought me which was a candle with my name on. I was clearly very, very happy. After this we headed round to the theatre which was about a 5 minute walk from the restaurant.

Like I have mentioned above the Gielgud Theatre is right next door to the Sondheim Theatre where Les Miserables normally is but has been moved to this smaller theatre so that people can still continue to enjoy the story and music of the show whilst the theatre is getting refurbished. We were there roughly 35 minutes before the show began but we chose to just wonder in and have a look at some of the merchandise on sale as well as grabbing a programme each.We also had a mini photoshoot outside the theatre as I think it looks so stunning with all the signs and show displays.

Beki had opted to pick up the tickets from the theatre on the day so going inside early was definitely the best decision so we could pick up the tickets and just not have to rush around last minute. Inside the main foyer there was a cast list as well so you could see who was performing on the night and what roles they were playing.

Now for the exciting bit - the concert. Walking into the auditorium I was amazed at how intimate it was. Beki & I were sat at the end of the front row and we couldn't believe just how close we were to the stage. As you can see from the photos above we really couldn't have got any closer. I absolutely loved how the stage was set up with microphones all along the front of the stage and a little seating area for the other cast members to sit and watch the performances themselves throughout the show on either side of the stage. I also absolutely loved how the orchestra were on stage with the actors so you could also see them a lot clearer. They were all absolutely incredible. Obviously being a smaller theatre they didn't really have much to work with in terms of the set design but I still thought it was amazing and I loved how they used the lights, other props and made the most of what they had to make it as close to the theatrical version they possibly could.

No review of the show would be complete without a review of the cast and I must say this cast is absolutely incredible and one of the best I think I've ever seen. Jean Val Jean is played by Alfie Boe with John Owen Jones taking over a few days during the week. The night we went we saw John Owen Jones and he is absolutely incredible. I saw him in Phantom of the Opera as the Phantom a couple of years ago and was absolutely thrilled when I found out I'd be seeing him again in Les Mis. The emotion he puts into the performance is amazing. Playing Javert you have the incredible Michael Ball who was the original Marius when it first opened all those years ago. Again he was absolutely incredible and his version of Stars is definitely up there as one of my favorite ever versions. I'm so thrilled I got to see him in the show that launched him to stardom. You then have the incredible Carrie Hope Fletcher who plays Fantine who gives one of the most spine-tingling, beautiful performances of I Dreamed A Dream I think I have ever witnessed in my life. The Thernardier's were played by Matt Lucas & Katy Secombe who you would have come across if you have watched the 25th Anniversary 02 concert of Les Mis as they played the same roles on that night too. They are just incredible. They had the audience in absolute stitches at the 02 and the Gielgud was no different with me practically crying with laughter at some parts during the show. They are both extremely talented and I really can't imagine anyone else ever playing the roles as they just add so much to the characters that I can't explain. Again I'm so happy I got to see them play these roles.

Marius is played by the incredible Rob Houchen who is by far my favorite Marius ever. I have been lucky enough to see his version of Marius a couple of times in the past and I have to say he didn't disappoint. His vocals, the emotion he puts in and the connection he has with each and every person on that stage just blows me away. He's just breathtaking. Enjolras is played by Bradley Jaden who I've seen before as Fiyero in Wicked. Again he is absolutely incredible. The power in his voice and the passion he has for the character on the stage is incredible. Definitely one of my favorite actors to have played the part. Eponine & Cosette are played by two girls that I hadn't really come across until this concert was announced. Shan Ako plays Eponine and is absolutely incredible. What I love about her Eponine as she doesn't play the role like a girl in love even though she is. I found her performance to go a lot deeper than that and see her as more of a powerful girl than just a lovesick one. Her performance reminded me a lot of Carrie's and was fantastic. Lily Kerhoas took over the role of Cosette and she is absolutely breathtaking. Not only is she incredible stunning but her vocals are just incredible and you wouldn't be able to tell that this is her west end debut. She is amazing and the connection she has with Rob on stage is also beautiful to watch.

The ensemble are also obviously absolutely incredible and some have some familiar names you may have heard of before. Adam Bayjou, Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Holly Ann Hull, Joanna Loxton, Rosa O'Reilly and Craig Mather are just some of the names who make up the rest of this incredible cast and who all add so much more to the show in their own individual ways. One of my favorite moments in a Les Miserables show is the first act finale when they all get together on that stage and sing 'One Day More'. Not only do I always cry but I always without a shadow of a doubt get goosebumps. It's one of the most incredible moments of the show as well as 'Do You Hear The People Sing' at the end.

As you can tell I had an absolutely wonderful evening. I laughed, cried, and was just in awe of everyone's talent and how incredible they were. Despite it not being the full theatrical version their passion for the show just doesn't go away. Les Miserables - The Staged Concert is running from now through till the 30th November and I highly recommend picking up a ticket as this is a show you do not want to miss. I'm lucky enough to be seeing it again in a couple of weeks and I absolutely cannot wait. If you do miss out then do not worry! The main theatrical version of the show reopens at the Sondheim Theatre on the 18th December 2019 and you are able to buy tickets for it now from the 18th through to April next year so if you want be there make sure you grab a ticket now as they already starting to sell out fast. If you have already seen this version of the show then be sure to let me know in the comments what you thought. 
Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

First of all if you are reading this the BIGGEST congratulations for acing those exams/BTEC national diploma etc and getting into university. No matter how you got there you obviously worked super hard and now the results have paid off so a massive well done. Today I thought I would whip up a guide all about how to survive freshers. For me personally, freshers was nine years ago (WOW) but I still remember it as clear as day. Sorting out accommodation, joining those university facebook groups, sorting out all your courses and start dates and getting those boxes ready to pack up your whole life for three years away from home and being oh so nervous yet excited at the same time. I've been there, bought the t-shirt and have lived to tell the tale so why not pass on my words of wisdom to you. I hope you enjoy this post.

First things first - make the most of the freshers fair - This is one of the biggest events of your entire first year and it happens only in your first week or two. Join and get as much information as you can about different clubs, societies, the local area if you've moved far away from home etc. Very often you can grab a lot of freebies, discounts, and much, much more. Don't worry if you are going by yourself as there will be plenty of people there in the exact same boat as you. It really is the perfect place and occasion to start socializing and making new friends. You may even bump into people doing the same course as you so definitely make the most of it.

Keep Your Door Open As You Move In - This is something that I didn't do but now realise just how important it is. As you move in to halls so are other people and keeping your door open is perfect for people coming in and out to say hi and introduce themselves. You could also have a selection of biscuit and cakes on the side to offer people during the move in process. Again it's all part of the socializing (you'll see this word a lot throughout this post) experience and you'll get to know who you'll be living with for the next year.

Stock Up On Supplies - No I'm not talking stationary. I'm talking water, noodles, cereal bars, chocolate etc because believe me you'll need them as university students are ALWAYS hungry. Noodles are definitely something you'll live on throughout first year. When I was at university I was in catered accommodation but it really didn't make any difference as I was still absolutely starving so make sure you are all stocked up on food. I bought my own mini fridge and kept it in my room and it was always full of food and drink. I also highly recommend a mini fridge if you're vegan/vegetarian/ have other dietary requirements as you can always be sure you won't struggle with food during first year.

Be Organised - University is not like school. You don't have people there asking you to take out your planners, or pens or notebook. You bring your own supplies and have to remember them for each and every lecture otherwise you'll miss out. When you're in lecturers be sure to take as many notes as possible either by writing them down or taking a laptop and typing them up as you go along. Being organised from the get go will help you further down your university life - trust me.

Manage Your Time Wisely - Being away from home means you don't have people constantly telling you to be there at a certain time or do this now etc. You have the freedom to basically do as you please (within reason obviously) so just make sure that you have time to do all the things you want to from seeing friends, to spending time with family, to joining in with events at your university to even setting time aside to doing assignments and studying for your exams.

Socialise - First year of university is pretty relaxed compared to the next two/three years. Obviously you need to work hard but also be sure to have as much fun as possible as well so make sure you join in with all the nights out and social events that happen in your student union.

Note Down Your Address - If you are moving far away from home to a new city or even studying abroad I couldn't say this loud enough. Save it in your phone, write it on a card and keep it in your purse etc just make sure you are aware of what your address is. If you're going on a night out you really don't want to get lost at 3AM.

Keep Local Taxi Numbers Saved - Even though there are a lot of taxi apps now like uber/bolt etc not everywhere has them so if you need to get a taxi home after a night out then this will be your lifesaver. You can also pre-book them in advance and arrange a price so you know you're sorted.

Don't Stress About Settling In - If you still don't feel settled in after a few days or weeks or even months don't stress about it. It took me a good year and a half to settle into university life. It's a massive change and of course you are going to take time to settle in. Don't rush the process as it'll only make you feel more stressed. There are always people in the exact same boat as you and also people at university that you can speak to if need be.

Understanding The Uni Language - When I was starting out the word 'lectures' and 'seminars' really scared me but you'll soon realise it's nothing to worry about. The whole grading system at university is also quite daunting - people going on about getting a first or a 2:2 or 2:1 will soon make sense the more you settle into university.

Budgeting Is Very Important - If you're moving away from home then budgeting is super important. Trust me. When I went to university it was the first time I had moved away from home ever and it was super scary because I was in charge of my own money for the first time and you do want to spend it all at first however it's super important to budget and know what to spend your money on because you don't want to be struggling before your second week. I highly recommend opening a student back account WITHOUT an overdraft. You don't want to be getting into debt - trust me. Also look for a part time job. Some universities will offer this during freshers week but also look into local shops and businesses who will perhaps take on students during their time at university as a way to earn a little bit of money whilst you study.

Look For Discounts Online - There are so many websites online nowadays that are set up especially for uni students with loads of discount codes to help you save money so it's definitely worth signing up and making the most out of them. One of my favorites was definitely unidays. It's a great little website with discounts for everything.

Sign Up For A Rail Card - There's no doubt you'll be travelling back home on a few occasions or even to other friends universities to catch up with them so definitely invest in a rail card as you will be saving so much money.

Attend As Many Lecturers and Seminars As Possible - However please do not feel guilty for missing out on one or two if you do. Attending all your classes are obviously super important for exams and assignments you have to do but if you do end up missing them chances are you'll be able to find the slides online. My university always uploaded the slides onto the online portal service. Obviously these will be quite brief but it'll give you a rough idea on what went on. If you do end up missing a lecture/seminar just speak to a friend or someone in your course to guide you as to what happened. Oh and please don't get sucked into the whole 'first year of university doesn't count'. It doesn't but at the same time it'll make the transition in the next year a lot easier and give you a rough idea as to where you're heading.

Always Ask For Help - Whether its your course tutors, or your flatmates or even friends from back home who have gone to a different university to you if you are struggling or need a little bit of advice just ask for help. There will always be people around to help you settle in and make you feel at ease so don't be afraid or scared to ask for help if you need it. University can be incredibly tough on physical health as well as mental health so always make sure you put yourself first. Don't suffer in silence.

Don't Feel Pressurized To Do Something You Don't Want To Do - One of the main things you hear about university is that it is a great place to drink and get drunk but if you're like me and are not a big drinker and don't want to drink then please don't. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and say no. Drinking is definitely not all it's cracked up to be and looking back some of my best nights out were when I didn't drink anything or only had maybe one drink.

HAVE FUN - One of the main things you always here about university is that it is meant to be the best experience of your life so make sure you treat it as such. Work hard but also play hard whilst keeping safe and making memories that will last an absolute lifetime.

University is one of the most rewarding, exciting and challenging experiences of your life and although it made not be for everybody trust me you really do learn and grow up fast. When I joined I had virtually no clue what I was doing or where I was going so I hope these tips help you as this would have been so super handy when I was starting out. If you have any other tips or tricks for surviving freshers week/year then be sure to comment down below. If you're starting uni soon then congratulations and the best of luck! Make sure to enjoy every single moment! 

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

A University Survivals Guide For Freshers - My Top Tips For Surviving Your First Year


First of all if you are reading this the BIGGEST congratulations for acing those exams/BTEC national diploma etc and getting into university. No matter how you got there you obviously worked super hard and now the results have paid off so a massive well done. Today I thought I would whip up a guide all about how to survive freshers. For me personally, freshers was nine years ago (WOW) but I still remember it as clear as day. Sorting out accommodation, joining those university facebook groups, sorting out all your courses and start dates and getting those boxes ready to pack up your whole life for three years away from home and being oh so nervous yet excited at the same time. I've been there, bought the t-shirt and have lived to tell the tale so why not pass on my words of wisdom to you. I hope you enjoy this post.

First things first - make the most of the freshers fair - This is one of the biggest events of your entire first year and it happens only in your first week or two. Join and get as much information as you can about different clubs, societies, the local area if you've moved far away from home etc. Very often you can grab a lot of freebies, discounts, and much, much more. Don't worry if you are going by yourself as there will be plenty of people there in the exact same boat as you. It really is the perfect place and occasion to start socializing and making new friends. You may even bump into people doing the same course as you so definitely make the most of it.

Keep Your Door Open As You Move In - This is something that I didn't do but now realise just how important it is. As you move in to halls so are other people and keeping your door open is perfect for people coming in and out to say hi and introduce themselves. You could also have a selection of biscuit and cakes on the side to offer people during the move in process. Again it's all part of the socializing (you'll see this word a lot throughout this post) experience and you'll get to know who you'll be living with for the next year.

Stock Up On Supplies - No I'm not talking stationary. I'm talking water, noodles, cereal bars, chocolate etc because believe me you'll need them as university students are ALWAYS hungry. Noodles are definitely something you'll live on throughout first year. When I was at university I was in catered accommodation but it really didn't make any difference as I was still absolutely starving so make sure you are all stocked up on food. I bought my own mini fridge and kept it in my room and it was always full of food and drink. I also highly recommend a mini fridge if you're vegan/vegetarian/ have other dietary requirements as you can always be sure you won't struggle with food during first year.

Be Organised - University is not like school. You don't have people there asking you to take out your planners, or pens or notebook. You bring your own supplies and have to remember them for each and every lecture otherwise you'll miss out. When you're in lecturers be sure to take as many notes as possible either by writing them down or taking a laptop and typing them up as you go along. Being organised from the get go will help you further down your university life - trust me.

Manage Your Time Wisely - Being away from home means you don't have people constantly telling you to be there at a certain time or do this now etc. You have the freedom to basically do as you please (within reason obviously) so just make sure that you have time to do all the things you want to from seeing friends, to spending time with family, to joining in with events at your university to even setting time aside to doing assignments and studying for your exams.

Socialise - First year of university is pretty relaxed compared to the next two/three years. Obviously you need to work hard but also be sure to have as much fun as possible as well so make sure you join in with all the nights out and social events that happen in your student union.

Note Down Your Address - If you are moving far away from home to a new city or even studying abroad I couldn't say this loud enough. Save it in your phone, write it on a card and keep it in your purse etc just make sure you are aware of what your address is. If you're going on a night out you really don't want to get lost at 3AM.

Keep Local Taxi Numbers Saved - Even though there are a lot of taxi apps now like uber/bolt etc not everywhere has them so if you need to get a taxi home after a night out then this will be your lifesaver. You can also pre-book them in advance and arrange a price so you know you're sorted.

Don't Stress About Settling In - If you still don't feel settled in after a few days or weeks or even months don't stress about it. It took me a good year and a half to settle into university life. It's a massive change and of course you are going to take time to settle in. Don't rush the process as it'll only make you feel more stressed. There are always people in the exact same boat as you and also people at university that you can speak to if need be.

Understanding The Uni Language - When I was starting out the word 'lectures' and 'seminars' really scared me but you'll soon realise it's nothing to worry about. The whole grading system at university is also quite daunting - people going on about getting a first or a 2:2 or 2:1 will soon make sense the more you settle into university.

Budgeting Is Very Important - If you're moving away from home then budgeting is super important. Trust me. When I went to university it was the first time I had moved away from home ever and it was super scary because I was in charge of my own money for the first time and you do want to spend it all at first however it's super important to budget and know what to spend your money on because you don't want to be struggling before your second week. I highly recommend opening a student back account WITHOUT an overdraft. You don't want to be getting into debt - trust me. Also look for a part time job. Some universities will offer this during freshers week but also look into local shops and businesses who will perhaps take on students during their time at university as a way to earn a little bit of money whilst you study.

Look For Discounts Online - There are so many websites online nowadays that are set up especially for uni students with loads of discount codes to help you save money so it's definitely worth signing up and making the most out of them. One of my favorites was definitely unidays. It's a great little website with discounts for everything.

Sign Up For A Rail Card - There's no doubt you'll be travelling back home on a few occasions or even to other friends universities to catch up with them so definitely invest in a rail card as you will be saving so much money.

Attend As Many Lecturers and Seminars As Possible - However please do not feel guilty for missing out on one or two if you do. Attending all your classes are obviously super important for exams and assignments you have to do but if you do end up missing them chances are you'll be able to find the slides online. My university always uploaded the slides onto the online portal service. Obviously these will be quite brief but it'll give you a rough idea on what went on. If you do end up missing a lecture/seminar just speak to a friend or someone in your course to guide you as to what happened. Oh and please don't get sucked into the whole 'first year of university doesn't count'. It doesn't but at the same time it'll make the transition in the next year a lot easier and give you a rough idea as to where you're heading.

Always Ask For Help - Whether its your course tutors, or your flatmates or even friends from back home who have gone to a different university to you if you are struggling or need a little bit of advice just ask for help. There will always be people around to help you settle in and make you feel at ease so don't be afraid or scared to ask for help if you need it. University can be incredibly tough on physical health as well as mental health so always make sure you put yourself first. Don't suffer in silence.

Don't Feel Pressurized To Do Something You Don't Want To Do - One of the main things you hear about university is that it is a great place to drink and get drunk but if you're like me and are not a big drinker and don't want to drink then please don't. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and say no. Drinking is definitely not all it's cracked up to be and looking back some of my best nights out were when I didn't drink anything or only had maybe one drink.

HAVE FUN - One of the main things you always here about university is that it is meant to be the best experience of your life so make sure you treat it as such. Work hard but also play hard whilst keeping safe and making memories that will last an absolute lifetime.

University is one of the most rewarding, exciting and challenging experiences of your life and although it made not be for everybody trust me you really do learn and grow up fast. When I joined I had virtually no clue what I was doing or where I was going so I hope these tips help you as this would have been so super handy when I was starting out. If you have any other tips or tricks for surviving freshers week/year then be sure to comment down below. If you're starting uni soon then congratulations and the best of luck! Make sure to enjoy every single moment! 

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

Hey Everyone. I'm finally back! I had decided to take a little break from blogging after my last post as I just wasn't enjoying it anymore and I kept seeing really negative things from other bloggers on Twitter about how blogging is dying and how nobody reads blogs anymore. However it wasn't until I read THIS blog post by Victoria (InTheFrow) that I finally got a little bit of motivation back and realised that blogging is still something I absolutely love doing. In-between that blog post and now however I've been so busy with work. If you didn't know I work for British Airways and the past few months I've literally worked so much and when I haven't been working I've literally been away with family or catching up with friends and really having no time to myself to actually sit down and write about anything. However I am now back and thought as I have a bit of spare time why not write a blog post for you all. Today I thought I'd do a simple post listing all the things that make me happy. I have struggled the past few months and life has taken it's toll on me to the point I literally have been exhausted and emotionally drained. So as an attempt to cheer myself up I've decided to focus on all the good things in my life and things that just make me happy by thinking of them. I hope you enjoy this post. 

1. Travelling and exploring new places 

2. Hot Chocolate 

3. Listening to music (absolutely loving Taylor Swift's new album right now!) 

4. Sunsets and Sunrises 

5. Window seats on planes 

6. Cool showers in the summer 

7. Pizza always

8. My amazing job. If I wasn't working for BA I wouldn't be able to travel as much as I do.

9. Frosty mornings in the winter 

10. Netflix & Amazon Prime 

11. Every form of cheesecake ever 

12. Blogging 

13. Collecting magnets from every place I've travelled to 

14. Musical Theatre 

15. Fresh nails 

16. Reading a good book.

17. My bed 

18. Pamper evenings 

19. Living in London 

20. My friends 

21. Mauritius. Being able to go there so often and see my family is amazing. 

22. Little unexpected packages in the post 

23. Flowers 

24. Romance 

25. Disney films 

26. Fresh cold water 

27. Concerts 

28. Having a good day at work

29. Fresh strawberries and cream 

30. Spring and Autumn clothing 

31. Harry Potter 

32. My water bottle from Chilli's (an absolute lifesaver during the summer months)

33. Giving advice 

34. Lush lip scrubs - little tubs of sugary goodness that taste good as well as leaving lips feeling soft

35. Covent Garden - my favorite ever place in London 

36. Scented Candles 

37. Weddings - witnessing true love is always an amazing feeling

38. The colour turquoise - my favorite 

39. Spotify & Apple Music 

40. Walking along the beach 

41. Sydney - one of my favorite cities ever and a place I'm lucky enough to have family

42. Puppies 

43. Swimming 

44. Bread - can't live without this stuff 

45. Driving 

46. Taking photos 

47. Chocolate

48. Social media - I've met some of my best friends through it 

49. My health - definitely take this for granted but I'm extremely lucky to be in good health

50. Laughing

51. Keeping a diary

52. Printing photos and creating cute little photo albums.

53. Shopping

54. No make up days

55. Prosecco

56. Cinnamon scents

57. Matching underwear - I feel like I've really got my life together.

58. Tennis

59. Kind, supportive people

60. Bookstores - can honestly spend hours in them

61. The combination of newly shaved legs and fresh bedding

62. Having long hair

63. Fireworks

64. Dry shampoo

65. Dining out

66. Discovering new music

67. Seeing the leaves on trees change colour in Autumn

68. Fresh flowers

69. Pink gin and lemonade

70. The smell of anything apple related

71. A good skincare routine

72. Working with the most amazing group of people at BA

73. My scratch off travel map

74. Cosy dressing gowns

75. Lush bath bombs

76. The 'freshly shaved legs/new bed sheets' combination

77. Cosy jumpers

78. The smell of fresh cut grass

79. Nights out at the theatre

80. Birthday cake for breakfast

81. Good hair days

82. A good romantic comedy - forever reminding me of how single I am but I love it

83. Graze snacks - the best snacks that don't make me feel too guilty

84. Sydney - one of my favorite ever cities and a place I'm lucky enough to have family

85. Warm and soft blankets

86. Online shopping and the ability to shop from home.

87. The cold side of the pillow

88. Golden hour

89. Crisp, cool yet sunny days.

90. My memory box

91. Being able to play the violin

92. Long walks by yourself listening to music and exploring

93. Positivity and positive people

94. Making others smile

95. Being a woman

96. Being reminded of things I used to do when I was younger

97. Buying presents for other people

98. Christmas Time (My favorite time of the year)

99. Relaxing with a good box set

100. My ability to forgive others and move forward in life.

I'm not kidding when I say it has taken me at least three days to write this post. Thinking up 100 things seems easy at the time but it's actually quite difficult however I finally got there and I have actually enjoyed writing this post. I think in this time where it's quite difficult to think of the positives because of all the negative press and brexit it's nice to read a post that is quite positive and uplifting.  If you are struggling with life at the moment or are feeling down then I hope this post has inspired you and made you feel a little bit better or even reminded you of all the positives in your life. If you've written a similar post please let me know as I'd love to read it.

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

FleurDanielle's Return To Blogging + 100 Little Things That Make Me Happy & Grateful


Hey Everyone. I'm finally back! I had decided to take a little break from blogging after my last post as I just wasn't enjoying it anymore and I kept seeing really negative things from other bloggers on Twitter about how blogging is dying and how nobody reads blogs anymore. However it wasn't until I read THIS blog post by Victoria (InTheFrow) that I finally got a little bit of motivation back and realised that blogging is still something I absolutely love doing. In-between that blog post and now however I've been so busy with work. If you didn't know I work for British Airways and the past few months I've literally worked so much and when I haven't been working I've literally been away with family or catching up with friends and really having no time to myself to actually sit down and write about anything. However I am now back and thought as I have a bit of spare time why not write a blog post for you all. Today I thought I'd do a simple post listing all the things that make me happy. I have struggled the past few months and life has taken it's toll on me to the point I literally have been exhausted and emotionally drained. So as an attempt to cheer myself up I've decided to focus on all the good things in my life and things that just make me happy by thinking of them. I hope you enjoy this post. 

1. Travelling and exploring new places 

2. Hot Chocolate 

3. Listening to music (absolutely loving Taylor Swift's new album right now!) 

4. Sunsets and Sunrises 

5. Window seats on planes 

6. Cool showers in the summer 

7. Pizza always

8. My amazing job. If I wasn't working for BA I wouldn't be able to travel as much as I do.

9. Frosty mornings in the winter 

10. Netflix & Amazon Prime 

11. Every form of cheesecake ever 

12. Blogging 

13. Collecting magnets from every place I've travelled to 

14. Musical Theatre 

15. Fresh nails 

16. Reading a good book.

17. My bed 

18. Pamper evenings 

19. Living in London 

20. My friends 

21. Mauritius. Being able to go there so often and see my family is amazing. 

22. Little unexpected packages in the post 

23. Flowers 

24. Romance 

25. Disney films 

26. Fresh cold water 

27. Concerts 

28. Having a good day at work

29. Fresh strawberries and cream 

30. Spring and Autumn clothing 

31. Harry Potter 

32. My water bottle from Chilli's (an absolute lifesaver during the summer months)

33. Giving advice 

34. Lush lip scrubs - little tubs of sugary goodness that taste good as well as leaving lips feeling soft

35. Covent Garden - my favorite ever place in London 

36. Scented Candles 

37. Weddings - witnessing true love is always an amazing feeling

38. The colour turquoise - my favorite 

39. Spotify & Apple Music 

40. Walking along the beach 

41. Sydney - one of my favorite cities ever and a place I'm lucky enough to have family

42. Puppies 

43. Swimming 

44. Bread - can't live without this stuff 

45. Driving 

46. Taking photos 

47. Chocolate

48. Social media - I've met some of my best friends through it 

49. My health - definitely take this for granted but I'm extremely lucky to be in good health

50. Laughing

51. Keeping a diary

52. Printing photos and creating cute little photo albums.

53. Shopping

54. No make up days

55. Prosecco

56. Cinnamon scents

57. Matching underwear - I feel like I've really got my life together.

58. Tennis

59. Kind, supportive people

60. Bookstores - can honestly spend hours in them

61. The combination of newly shaved legs and fresh bedding

62. Having long hair

63. Fireworks

64. Dry shampoo

65. Dining out

66. Discovering new music

67. Seeing the leaves on trees change colour in Autumn

68. Fresh flowers

69. Pink gin and lemonade

70. The smell of anything apple related

71. A good skincare routine

72. Working with the most amazing group of people at BA

73. My scratch off travel map

74. Cosy dressing gowns

75. Lush bath bombs

76. The 'freshly shaved legs/new bed sheets' combination

77. Cosy jumpers

78. The smell of fresh cut grass

79. Nights out at the theatre

80. Birthday cake for breakfast

81. Good hair days

82. A good romantic comedy - forever reminding me of how single I am but I love it

83. Graze snacks - the best snacks that don't make me feel too guilty

84. Sydney - one of my favorite ever cities and a place I'm lucky enough to have family

85. Warm and soft blankets

86. Online shopping and the ability to shop from home.

87. The cold side of the pillow

88. Golden hour

89. Crisp, cool yet sunny days.

90. My memory box

91. Being able to play the violin

92. Long walks by yourself listening to music and exploring

93. Positivity and positive people

94. Making others smile

95. Being a woman

96. Being reminded of things I used to do when I was younger

97. Buying presents for other people

98. Christmas Time (My favorite time of the year)

99. Relaxing with a good box set

100. My ability to forgive others and move forward in life.

I'm not kidding when I say it has taken me at least three days to write this post. Thinking up 100 things seems easy at the time but it's actually quite difficult however I finally got there and I have actually enjoyed writing this post. I think in this time where it's quite difficult to think of the positives because of all the negative press and brexit it's nice to read a post that is quite positive and uplifting.  If you are struggling with life at the moment or are feeling down then I hope this post has inspired you and made you feel a little bit better or even reminded you of all the positives in your life. If you've written a similar post please let me know as I'd love to read it.

Hugs and Kisses
Fleur xo

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