Friday, 29 December 2017

The Year in A Post - Count Your Blessings

Don't worry, this will not be a post of me bragging about my incredible year. Rather, I would like you to think about things that made your year just a little brighter, things that made you laugh, moments that you shared with your loved ones. It's these things that count, even more so, when on a greater (political and environmental) scale the year has not been so great at all... 


Early in January I moved to London for an internship. This was by far the highlight of the year, as I managed to spend the entire year in this incredible city. I have always dreamt of living in London, and now that I have actually achieved this goal, I am quite proud of myself! That being said, it was so damn difficult in the beginning and I still struggle at times, but in the end it is all worth it. 


Once I became more comfortable in this new city, I started feeling very lonely. What they say about London being a lonely city is true,  you really have to put yourself out there to meet new people and to potentially make new friends. As an introvert, this was yet another challenge for me. However, the digital age came to my rescue and I met some amazing girls that I am so happy to call my friends today. Another special moment of 2017 was that one time Justin Bieber serenaded my friends and I during a festival... Yes, I am going to mention this till the day I die loves! 



Like I said, this year has been full of highs, however the highs were high and the lows were low. I decided to focus on the positive as that is all that matters in the end. Every day that we get to wake up to live yet another day, every minute we get to spend with our loved ones, every time we experience something that makes us smile or that moves us, we should treasure. This might all sound very cliché, but between all the social media 'goals' and the fake news littering our feeds, we loose touch of reality. 

Lets make 2018 all about cherishing the smaller moments, instead of setting major 'resolutions' or 'personal challenges' lets try to set smaller daily goals that are very achievable. I will write another article about this very soon so stay tuned!

Until then, all the best wishes for the new year!

Lots of Love,
Savannah



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Thursday, 28 December 2017

The World's 5 Most-Visited Cities*

When it comes to cities to visit around the world, everyone has their own individual list. However, there are some destinations which come up time and time again, and they continue to pull in all kinds of people around the world. In this article, we are going to be talking about the five most-visited cities on the planet. How many of them have you been to already and are any still on your bucket list?


Bangkok, Thailand

In many ways, the capital of Thailand acts as a gateway to the east. Many people fly in here before going onto exploring other parts of the country and Asia as a whole. The city is fantastic when it comes to mixing historical sights with modern attractions. While you have things as spectacular as the Grand Palace, you also have the street vendors and river markets which are very different, but no less fascinating.

London, UK

London attracts more than 20 million visitors a year, and it is the kind of place which you can return to several times and will get a totally different impression on each occasion. Though it is very expensive, there are ways that you can do it on a budget by making the most of the free museums and galleries. Take a look at short letting apartments here londonservicedapartments.co.uk if you are looking for a place to stay. The transportation system is very efficient, and each of the various districts has an entirely different feel to it.

Paris, France

Another one which you may well have already guessed would make an appearance on this is Paris. Even sceptics are often won over by the charms of the city including the world-famous attractions of Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysee, and the Eiffel Tower. It is a destination which is also renowned for its shopping boutiques and fabulous cuisine, but you can also enjoy it simply by sitting back at a cafe and watching the world go by.

Dubai, UAE

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Dubai is a city which continues to change and adapt, displaying the most incredible man made attractions such as the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa and countless five-star hotels of almost unimaginable luxury. In the near future, it has announced ambitious plans to build a mini-replica of Venice and two new artificial islands. No sensible person would bet against Dubai pulling them off.

Singapore

The final destination on the list is Singapore, another eastern gateway which has been voted to boast the world’s best airport. It is an extremely multicultural destination where you can spot Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and synagogues side-by-side. At the same time, it is also a centre of modern business. But rather than being a place that is solely taken up by skyscrapers and business districts, almost half of the entire island is covered in greenery.

So, there you have the five most-visited cities in the world. After reading though, perhaps you have been inspired to visit one or more of them yourself. There is certainly plenty to see and enjoy in each one of them.     
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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Thriving Through Education: Top Tips To Help You Succeed*

Education is a vital part of growing up, but while we may not have much choice to go to school through our younger years, it suddenly becomes one of the biggest decisions we make when we decide whether or not to pursue education to help us with our career choices and options. But, no matter what your age, we are always learning right? However, education and schooling can be relentless, and so it’s important to understand some of the ways that you can help yourself thrive instead of crashing under the pressure. With the new year, it’s time to take control, and I thought I would share with you some of the top tips to help you thrive and succeed throughout your learning and educational journey.

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Friday, 22 December 2017

My 2017 Favourites

Last year, I did a round up of some of my favourites and this year definitely deserves another as it's been such a good year entertainment-wise! So let's just dive straight into it shall we? 


This year has been a bit odd, as I spent most of the first half trying to finish my thesis. This meant that my Netflix-time had to be limited. I then moved on to having such an unusual busy social life that I hardly had time to just sit and watch something, and lastly, I developed quite a different taste in music from what you might be used to from me. I was already slightly more drawn to alternative R&B last year, but this year I fully discovered the beauty of a good R&B tune. With this being said, I will probably list singles rather than albums as I haven't really been playing albums on repeat... 

FILMS

To my own surprise, as I am not much of a film person, I have seen some incredible ones that have left quite the impression. Plenty amazing films have been released this year, many of which are still on my 'to-watch' list unfortunately, but these are the ones I have seen... Hidden Figures, I wrote about this film earlier so I will not go into too much detail. All I will say is that this film, and the story it is based on, is so damn important. Girls Trip is one of those films, like the hilarious Bridesmaids that is just brilliant. Never have I laughed so much in the cinema!! Not only is this film hilarious, the underlying stories about true friendship and broken marriages are so important. Don't let the jokes fool you, this is a true feminist film! Last but not least, I was kindly invited to watch Wonder Woman, which is yet another empowering film. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, as I haven't seen any other recent Marvel production. All in all, I think this year has been great in terms of showing more female diversity on screen. We are not where we should be yet, but progress is being made. 

SERIES

It hasn't been a year of many 'news', I know that the world went crazy about Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why, however I was still catching up on other series. The latest season of Orange is The New Black had me binge-watching all episodes in but two days! Yet another intense, emotional and incredibly moving season that kept me longing for the next! I am currently watching the second season of The Crown, a stunning production based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Even if the Royal Family is not exactly your cup of tea, I still recommend watching this, as you learn a lot about the history of England and the visuals are just incredible! Another series that I watched earlier this year is Girlboss, based on Sophia  Amoruso's life. Sophia is the founder of Nasty Gal and the series focuses on how Nasty Gal came about... very loosely based on the truth! If you are looking for something that is both hilarious, inspiring and motivating then this is perfect! Lastly, something very rare for me to be honest, but I was hooked after the first episode; Star is a drama about three girls trying to breakthrough in the music industry, with lots of crime involved. Normally I cannot stand musical-like films or series (unless they are Disney) but for Star I somehow made an exception. The story focuses on many social issues such as racism, which I think is what makes it interesting for me. I also have to admit that I quite like the songs they produced for this series! 

MUSIC

Oh dear, I don't even know where to begin with this one. I won't be able to list all my musical faves this year but I will just give you the 1-2 songs that were the soundtrack of a season... 

WINTER

The started with me being OBSESSED with Touch by Little Mix. What a tune, it made me so excited for summer and these girls always lift my spirit/confidence/everything! Another song that I had on repeat was Aint My Fault by Zara Larsson. This girl just keeps on releasing tuuuunes! 

SPRING

My spring was mostly soundtracked by Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie, both had amazing collaborations with Jean Paul, that made it impossible for me to sit still! 

SUMMER

Hands-down, the song that soundtracked my summer well into mid-October was Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.  Unforgettable by Swae Lee and French Montana also proved to be quite unforgettable and soundtracked most of my nights out. To this day, I absolutely love it the DJ plays this song! 

AUTUMN

Now this is where it becomes quite difficult to choose but one or two songs... Anything for Hurtin' Me by Stefflon Don, Bodak Yellow by Cardi B, XO Tour Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert, Finders Keepers by Mabel and Kojo Funds, and anything by Fifth Harmony, Stormzy, Drake and Post Malone just had me dancing! Most of them, very unexpectedly! If you'd have showed me this list last year I would probably laugh out loud! 

BOOKS

Unfortunately I did not get to read that many books this year, however out of the ones that I did read, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon really stood out for me. I wrote a blogpost explaining why I think this book is so unique. 

What were your 2017 favourites?

Lots of Love,
Savannah 


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Monday, 18 December 2017

5 NYE Getaways

New Years is a great opportunity to go on a little city break. Two years ago, my mum and I went to Dublin just after the holidays, and last year, we stepped into the new year in Stockholm. Both were such great experiences! However, as I have spent the entire year 'abroad' I am quite excited to spend this transition into 2018 in my comfy home. 


With that being said, next year, I would love to go on a little trip again. Let's have a look at the cities that do NYE like no other!

LONDON

Of course, for me this will not be much of a 'trip', but rather another first in the city. Having spent most of the run up to Christmas and NYE in London, I am so curious to see what it's like on the actual days! Londoners take this holiday season very seriously! From late September you could book your Christmas dinners, NYE parties and all the decorations were up by the beginning of November. Now that we have entered the 12 days of Christmas, the city is no longer holding back! I have never been in such holiday spirit before, it is contagious! 

MADRID

Another massive European capital famous for its NYE celebrations. One day, I want to be there on the main square eating 12 grapes during the last 12 seconds of the year. This tradition apparently brings you good luck and health in the new year. I have never seen the city of Madrid either, so it will be the perfect opportunity to explore and to enjoy the beautiful Spanish culture. 

COPENHAGEN

I quite enjoyed our trip to the northern neighbours, so going on another Scandi trip during the holiday season would be really nice! Copenhagen is one of those cities that I so close to your own, that you just never end up seeing it? Apparently a lot of people compare the city to Amsterdam, I would like to see for myself if this comparison is accurate. Either way, I am sure that just like Stockholm, Copenhagen will steal my heart with its no-nonsense minimalism. 

VIENNA

Vienna has been on my travel bucket list for ages! What better time of the year to tick another city off of that list right? Another reason why I would like to visit Vienna during this time, is because I heard it can be quite expensive. By going for a few days only, you will automatically limit your spending and if you book in advance flights and hotels won't be as expensive. We all know that travels during this time of the year is extremely overpriced! One way around it is simply to start planning just before or after summer, if not earlier. 

NEW YORK

How could I possibly exclude the Big Apple? A girl can dream big, correct? This city is so famous for its NYE celebration that there was a film made with the same title! If that's not enough reason to visit than I don't know what it... One day, I will be there on Times Square watching the ball drop. Don't ask me when that day is going to come though! For years, a New York City trip has been on my list but I just never seem to actually book it. Maybe the suspense is part of what makes New York so exciting for me. Until then, I will just be re-watching Gossip Girl, pretending I live on the Upper East Side! 

Where would you like to celebrate New Years Eve?

Lots of Love,
Savannah 




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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Four Ways You Can Boost Your Confidence in 2018*

New year is fast approaching and you might find yourself writing those all important new year’s resolutions to ensure that you kick start the new year the right way. But while so many of us focus on things like weight loss and fitness journeys, do any of us really tackle some of the issues we handle on a day to day basis? You may find that each day you have a constant battle with yourself, a battle that consists of the voice in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough, that you can’t do something or that you might fail. Many of us have this voice, it’s just that it is louder for others and often it can stem from a lack of confidence, so next year be productive about it. Tackle the confidence and make a difference that will matter, and I have just the four ways you can do it.



Make an effort in the areas that make you feel good about yourself

One sure fire way to give your confidence a boost quickly is to make an effort in an area that makes you feel good. If you automatically feel better when you dress nicely go ahead and do it, it doesn’t matter if you have no place to be. If wearing makeup makes you feel stronger then wear it with pride, and while you're at it go for a bold lip colour. If it’s a case of just doing your hair then get up earlier and do it. Making effort with these actions will help you to feel better and ultimately feel more confident.

Change your mental mindset

Often the little voice in our heads is the negativity trying to take over our thought process, so make sure you are aware of it, and then focus on a positive outlook instead. With any negative thought you get turn it around into something positive. This might feel hard at first but it will soon become a daily habit, much like the negativity did. You will soon start to hear that inner critical voice less. A positive mindset can also mean feeling grateful for what you do have in your life.

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Just start smiling

Smile. It is that simple. Smile and the world smiles with you. But, I can also appreciate that not all of us are confident in our own smile. Can you sense the running theme here? If you have your own issues then why not make some changes and tackle them. You could get your teeth whitened at places like Natural Smiles. Visit the dentist and get some work done on them to help you feel better. Smiling is one of the most natural things to do, but in this day and age we do it less frequent. Change the habit and smile and see what a difference it could make.

Give a little more

Finally, giving and doing good deeds is a great way to feel good about yourself and boost your confidence. You get that overwhelming feeling of doing something for others or less fortunate than you and that can really highlight some of the amazing qualities you have. Give to charity, forfeit some of your time to do something worthwhile. Just give a little more into the world and you will find that naturally it gives a little back to.

I hope that some of these ways help you to boost your confidence in 2018.
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

How to Prepare for University*

If you are getting ready to go to university, first of all, congratulations! This is an exciting time in anyone’s life. While there is a lot of hard work ahead, you are also going to have amazing memories and probably meet some of your best friends for life. However, right now it is likely that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole process. After all, there is a lot to take in. So, let’s look at some top tips for preparing for university…

*This is a contributed post

  1. Decide what stuff to take with you – One of the first things you need to do is determine what belongings you are going to take with you, and what you are going to leave behind. It is a good idea to check what your accommodation is going to have before you start putting your list together. After all, a new kettle, toaster and microwave may not be necessary. If you are moving abroad, you may want to take advantage of student storage solutions in your new location, as you will have easier access to your belongings if you do need to get anything.
  2. Sort out a student bank account – This is an important step for any student to take. A student bank account comes with many benefits. One is the free overdraft facility you will receive. This is beneficial for students, especially those who are waiting on grants or loans, which may be delayed. However, if you are going to take advantage of your interest-free overdraft, you do need to manage your money effectively. Once you finish university, you are going to need to pay this back, otherwise you risk being charged interest, and this is how debt starts to mount up. Track all incomings and outgoings to make sure you have everything in order.
  3. Buy your gadgets and essentials – It’s likely that you are going to need a number of new things for university. If your laptop is slow and unreliable, it may be a good idea to purchase one before you start your studies. There are also a number of other essentials you may need for university, including contents insurance and a travel card. Of course, the latter depends on your location, but most cities across the world offer travel cards, which enable you to get around for cheaper.
  4. Learn how to cook – Last but not least, learning to cook before you go to university is essential. After all, you may think that living off microwave meals is the solution, but you will soon get bored of it. Plus, it is more expensive and unhealthy too. So, start practising and learning some basic and easy meals. Spaghetti Bolognese is always a good one to start with. You can cook your meals in bulk and freeze them to save money and hassle too.

Make sure you complete the four steps mentioned above when preparing to go to university. This will ensure that you have everything set up perfectly for your new adventure.


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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Christmas Gift Guide: for when you are running out of time!

Family, partners, friends, colleagues, there are many presents to buy during the holiday season. In all the present madness, you might leave the presents for the people closest to you for last. Only to realise that you are running out of time! If you're a super organised person and you've got all your pressies sorted, you might want to treat yourself, as we should not forget that we also deserve to gift ourselves something special every now and then, am I right? 

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Off Shoulder


This outfit, although quite simple, I very special to me because of the small bag that I am carrying. I was so excited to have purchased this little gem that I couldn't help but carry it the very next day! 




Normally I wouldn't spend a lot of money on luxury items, but I thought this was quite a special occasion as I am only one month away from graduating, I survived 7 months in London and successfully completed my internship. 



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Although I absolutely adore the dress that I am wearing, there is just something about off shoulder items that puts me off. Somehow they are never truly comfortable since they never seem to stay in one place. It is also always a struggle to decide what bra to wear or to leave the bra all together. Am I the only one with these struggles? 

Photography by Anuschka Giersthove 



THE LOOK
DRESS H&M (SIMILAR HERE, HERE AND HERE)
BAG DKNY (DIFFERENT COLOURS HERE)
SNEAKERS H&M (SIMILAR)

Lots of Love,
Savannah



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