Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Solo Traveller - Raddisson RED Brussels

Why travelling alone is even more than its cracked up to be;

I don’t know about any of you, but sometimes I find the best company is my own. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore every minute I am able to spend with my family and loved ones, but sometimes you can’t go wrong with having a little one to one date with yourself. You are after all, the only permanent person in your life, so don’t feel guilty for taking some you time every now and again.
I am an only child; an attribute, which I believe contributes greatly to my desire and appreciation of, so called ‘alone time’. I am proud of my ability to be independent, most likely derived from the aforementioned, however the ability to be independent in the venture of your life, I feel, is a virtue.

When the opportunity arose for me to spend 24 hours in Brussels, I could not say no. Albeit the trip should have been 48, I opted to come home early to revise for upcoming exams, its all about balance people. I believe when opportunities arise, if you can make it work, then you should make it work. This, being one of my first press trip invites, I wanted to grab the opportunity with both hands the best I could. 

Travelling alone may seem daunting to some of you, I am aware of the variance in the independence of my friends so travelling alone may or may not be something that appeals to you. Even though it appealed to me from the beginning, I really don’t think it’s as daunting as you may believe it to be. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my reservations, travelling alone at 18 was a daunting prospect but if I am truly honest I was more worried about misplacing my passport en route than the travelling itself. I was excited and open to the new experiences that a next level of independence it would provide me. I think that people have different levels of independence that they are comfortable with, and that’s more than okay, I think my high tolerance leads me to seek that next step, and I think that lone travel, albeit for only 24 hours, was the perfect opportunity for me to do this.

Liberation is something that not everyone seeks, some people prefer the comfort of normality and what they are used to, and others can’t stand a routine. Travelling in my opinion gives you chance to experience something different, something new. I knew my time in Brussels was limited, so I was going to make the most of the little time I had. I arrived in Brussels at around 8am and after a few delays that were out of my hands, I arrived at the Radisson RED hotel in Brussels, a newly opened youth inspired building and interior focusing on local art and encapsulating everything beautiful that Brussels had to offer, something which I found heartwarming after the recent events prior to my arrival. I knew I didn't have much time to explore from when I arrived to the party later on that evening so with the help of the amazing staff at the hotel (all of which were hired via social media, something that I thought was a fantastic sign of the times) pointed me in the right direction and off I went. I wasn't allowing myself to get any taxi's during my little exploration (although I did get an uber back to grab my laptop to change my phone), I wanted to enjoy all the little side streets and unfamiliar areas in all their glory. 

I was crazy happy on my journey and when I arrived, I am in my element doing things like this, I just marvel at absolutely everything I see. This is why, when I have an event in London in the evening etc, I will go down for 11am and spend the hours between wandering through London, something which the soles of my feet always hate me for weeks after. This was nothing compared to Brussels, I walked to the point where I could genuinely walk no more. I think I walked for around 7 hours straight, I ate on the move, drank on the move, and just didn't stop. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far, so I cannot thank the team and Radisson RED and Radisson enough for allowing me to come out and have these amazing experiences.
Check out the Radisson RED hotel in Brussels here and I could not recommend enough if you are looking to visit Brussels.

I thought that after my experience of travelling alone for the first time I would compile some of my thoughts as to what I think would be my top tips for your first time traveling alone, whether it be for a short amount of time like me, or more longhaul.

- Double, triple and quadruple check that you have everything you need as you are the only person who is there to look after them! (I always used to hand my passport to my mum or dad when I travelled so having to keep it in my bag did make me feel the need to check every two seconds!)

- Headphones! Trust me on this one, as you're by yourself you may want to be a little anti-social at times, so putting in some headphones means you can be in your own little bubble while you travel.

- Overpack ever so slightly in doing this you won't worry you're not prepared for as many different outcomes as possible! I like to make sure I take a lot of different pain killers and medicines just incase I get poorly on my tod as no-one wants that!

- Keep safe! If you're travelling alone its important that people know you're okay. Text a friend or call a family member every now and again just to make sure they know that everything is going well. I befriended a couple of the people working at the Radisson RED Hotel and made sure they knew I was travelling alone, and gave them my number, it just made me feel that little bit more safe that someone knew where I was. The common sense options of not being alone late and night and going with strangers is a little bit too obvious to fully mention!

- Enjoy yourself and don't worry. By travelling alone you're going to be experiencing things in a whole new way, and try your best to embrace the situation you're in and the experiences you have open to you. As I mentioned, I decided I wanted to walk and walk until I couldn't anymore to ensure I saw the little things.

I love travelling alone, and I love travelling with loved ones, I hope there are some more beautiful travelling experiences ahead of me. Let me know below your favourite place you've ever visited and tell me why!

I hope you enjoyed this post,


H x


Sunday, 5 June 2016

Daily Essentials and Keeping on Track with Cluse Watches

Keeping on track is something I am really needing to do at the moment, for many at the moment and the past couple of months has bee exam season. I am currently in my final year of sixth form and am almost finished now after my upcoming exams ready for a gap year of full time blogging and I cannot wait to start creating better content for you all. I wanted to share with you what I am currently carrying around daily alongside a few of my ways to keep yourself on track, both mentally and physically. 

My absolutely essentials are always a purse, watch and sunglasses (us Britons are always optimistic). The purse I am using at the moment is this little Louis Vuitton one, this was my first ever designer piece that Joe bought for me a year or so ago, I always use it when I travel as it doesn't have any compartments meaning its easy for me to keep my money and my phone in one little pouch. After my recent visit to Brussels I haven't changed it over as of yet, and its really nice to rediscover items you haven't used for a while. I always throw a pair of sunglasses into my bag if its big enough, just incase on the off chance there is actually sun in England. These are just a super simple pair of RayBan aviators that easily go with anything I want to wear that day or might happen to have on. 
Having what you need is really important at stressful or busy times as it means you are not constantly worrying over whether you have everything with you, I am one of life's worriers so this is something I find really helps me when I am feeling a little overwhelmed. 
If you've got something you need to get done or a deadline to meet, just try and make sure you've got everything you need to try and make your life as easy as possible. 

As many of you may know, I am somewhat of a minimalist, and how I am with how I accessorise and my jewellery is no different. Silver is my hardware of choice, with subtle details for my everyday look. I wear my Tiffany necklace and bracelet from Joe everyday, alongside my diamond studs I got for my 18th birthday and my mothers engagement ring from my dad on my finger every single day. As a girl with a lot of staple everyday sentimental items, my watch is really the only accessory I have left to switch up daily. This gorgeous time piece from Cluse Watches is my current go-to. I love simple watches, surprise surprise... The plain white face of this watch with the contrasting black leather strap gives me the right level of sophistication and style combined. With soft leather, it makes it a really easy everyday wear as well. This watch comes in so many different style variations and colours so if you're a minimalist like me, or enjoy a pop of colour with your accessories, check out their website here and see what suits you. The link to my watch is here!

Keeping things simple is not only something I do with my style but when I am busy and getting stressed I try and simplify things in my head to allow myself to slow down and not overthink and let myself get worked up. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by things or feel you've been concentrating on, take a minute. Give yourself a moment to think about something simple and allow yourself to relax for a little while. I find reading a book or a crappy magazine helps, alongside watching some very simple daytime television, something everybody secretly loves to do. Allowing yourself some time to just not think about things that are bothering you. 

My on the go beauty essentials I fear may be a little boring. For me, its about lip care over lip colour! I recently picked up this Cristian Breton lip scrub from TK Maxx, I have been looking for a good lip scrub for absolutely ages (please do let me know any of your favourites I would really love to know your favourites!). I have always sworn by Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, for both my skin and my lips. I have eczema which sometimes can flare up quite badly, and I have struggled to find creams and lotions that help properly or allow me to moisturise the areas afterwards that don't irritate it and make it worse. I have found that my Eight Hour Cream is really good for very dry patches of skin, wherever they may be on your body. Its my go to for any skin issue!

Looking after yourself is something I really believe is absolutely vital to give you the best standing for keeping yourself in check, especially when you are in periods of your life that are super busy. Take time. Whether that be going and getting your nails done, going on a walk, or even just having a nap. Take time to regain your energy and have an element of normality back in your day through something you really enjoy. Taking your mind of things by doing what you enjoy just takes you out of the stress and gives you some time to breathe. 


H x

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