Thursday, 29 November 2018

How to take a cruise in an eco friendly way*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
These days it is so cheap to travel, and budget airlines allow us to jet around the world whenever we choose. However, the implications of the climate crisis mixed in with a common fear of flying mean that more and more of us are looking for greener means of travel and to see the world. After all, it is seeing the world and travelling it that really helps to educate us and become aware of surroundings outside our own. It really helps to alert us to the effects of climate change.

However, until completely zero waste travel machines come to be available - they are on their way! -    the most common way to still have an enjoyable travel experience, even with a fear of flying is to book a cruise trip with one of the greener cruise lines. I know, I know, cruises have earned a reputation as being little better than flying, but there are so many eco friendly changes a cruise line can make, as opposed to a plane, so many factors that can make a difference. With recent changes being made, it is reported that the average person recycles 60% more waste at sea than they do on land. Here are some ways to take a cruise in an eco friendly way.

. Choose a cruise line making the most of sail power - Star Clippers are one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly cruising, beautiful and tall ships that boast huge sails. Sailing around the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Asia, the ships rely exclusively on sail power around 25% to 35% of the time and often more. Onboard activities include traditional pursuits such as knot-tying classes and climbing the mast, such good value for money as you get to learn new skills too!

. Choose a cruise line using greener fuel - Hurtigruten is converting its ships to use biogas, a renewable energy source that is generated ashore from organic waste such as the leftovers of fish processed for food. Virgin Voyages have built an on board system that converts any passenger waste like sewage, food and paper, in to biofuel, which is then used to power the ship.

. Cruise lines minimising impact on the sea - Royal Caribbean International operates an environmental protection programme called Save the Waves, which aims to reduce the creation of waste material, recycle as much as possible and ensure the proper disposal of any remaining waste through water purification systems. MSC Cruises ships are being painted with new specially designed non toxic paint that doesn't release acidity and doesn't alter the bacterial makeup of the sea. All waste water on their ships is recycled and reused, with the last drop used to wash the windows.

. You get to visit multiple destinations on the same trip - One of the most appealing features of a cruise experience is the fact that you get to visit multiple destinations on the same cruise. When you fly abroad for your vacation, it is generally to visit a single location. Instead of booking flight after flight with all the disposable one use plastic that entails from going through security and picking things up in airport lounges again and again, a cruise is a resort in itself that stops at numerous countries on its way. When the ship drops anchor, you can get out and explore the location as you normally would. This way, you can see so much more of the world in one trip.

. Give back while on board! One of the most fulfilling and sociable experiences is giving back by volunteering around the world! Crystal Cruises won the Cruise Ship Environmental Award both in 2005 and 2011 for its mandatory conservation and environmental practises programs, energy efficient lighting in all cabins, eco friendly water filtration and dry cleaning systems, plus recycles its own unused toiletries. But its 'you care, we care' voluntourism program allows both cruisers and crew to participate in community based conservation projects in destinations the ships visit, for no additional cost to passengers. This can include restoration of native foliage in New Zealand, collaborating with animal rescue programs in places around Europe, volunteering at an Alaskan salmon hatchery and helping to clear up areas after hurricane devastation.

For many people, one of the highlights of travelling and going on holiday is the fact that you get to socialise with new people. And this is one of the ways in which a cruise offers you so much.

The freedom and flexibility that comes with taking a cruise is something that makes this a wonderful travel experience, especially now that there are cleaner, greener options to consider when taking a cruise. You can book a cruise experience with any of these greener companies at, there are so many options to choose from, it can be as laid back or full-on as you want, and this is something that a lot of people love about it. It’s a holiday experience with a difference and a way to see the world that is unlike any other. The multiple destinations and social aspect of cruises make them an absolute must for travel junkies, and there are a multitude of ways to make them greener at the same time. You could even get involved and find ways to assist the programs on your own!
Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Too Faced, The Sweet smell of Christmas set review

Too Faced holiday collection 2018, The Sweet Smell of Christmas set review
 I treated myself to one early Christmas present this year, the Sweet smell of Christmas set immediately caught my eye, from the Too Faced Holidays collection 2018. I very much love the fact that each of the four shades, Pumpkin Spice, Sugar Cookie, Cinnamon Bear and Hot Buttered Rum, have their own gorgeous scents and adorable motifs all over the lids, pumpkin pies, sugar cookies, bears and mini rum jugs topped with foam, too cute. I love how much detail Too Faced put in to their Christmas range.
Too Faced holiday collection 2018, The Sweet Smell of Christmas set review
Oh the festive scents! Here are all four liquid lipstick shades from the set. They work out about £5.50 for each full size lipstick, which is so much cheaper than buying them singularly, where they work out
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

No spend ways to create a 'tumblr' or girly room

I often feel like giving my room a refresh. I absolutely love having my little space, even though it takes me a while to afford bits and bobs to decorate, I have learned to get crafty. Here are some sneaky tips, how to prettify your home or bedroom without spending much or any money at all. 

. Here are lots of ways to use fairy lights! Wind them around your bed frame, line your shelves with them to look pretty and cosy, for a tumblr-bedroom-esque look. Fill vases with them or pretty cutout candle holders as a safe option to candles. Placing any kind of mirror strategically can reflect and fill your room with the dreamy glow, or you could even hang dozens of fairylight strands vertically to create a pretty and shimmery wall.
Pretty, girly and cosy/cozy room tips for girly room inspiration, no budget ways to revamp your home, ways to makeover your home without spending any money
. Find and arrange pretty books or make really pretty and elegant covers for the books you already have. Robert Southey's daughters used to make book covers from leftover pretty dress crinoline and in
Monday, 19 November 2018

Mate date ideas that don't involve alcohol*

*this is a collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
Spending time with friends can be important to us, a ‘like’ or a comment on social media just isn’t the same, compared to being in the presence of your loved ones. Scheduling time together in person can be tricky as all of us lead busy lives, we’re often on opposite shifts, free on different days and getting something in the diary is difficult. But when you do figure out a day that suits everyone, what can be even more tricky is finding something you all enjoy doing. Here are some ways alcohol free mate dates can be the most fun ever, things to do that are fun and don’t involve drinking. 

Host an afternoon tea - If you’re meeting for lunch then hosting an afternoon tea is a nice idea, it’s elegant yet easy to do and you can create a selection of sweet and savoury finger foods that everyone will love. From finger sandwiches to mini pastries and scones, you could always buy in some of the more fiddly desserts. It’s a great way to spend time on a warm day as you can sit out in the garden, but now it’s cold it’s still fun indoors and you could even make it festive themed in the run up to Christmas. Invest in some top restaurant quality tablecloths from Richard Haworth and purchase some tiered cake stands and some cute mismatched china cups, scour charity shops for these kinds of things. 

Book in at a restaurant - If you want more of an evening occasion, why not book in at a nice restaurant? If you go with a place that serves a wide range of dishes it will be easy for everyone to find something they like. You could always order a selection of different dishes and have fun trying different things while you all catch up. Sites like Groupon and Meerkat Meals are handy as they can massively reduce your bill so it doesnt need to cost a bomb.

Go to the theatre - The cinema is fun, but there’s something magical about the theatre. The live acting, the atmosphere, even if you and your friends don’t think it’s your ‘thing’ its definitely something to try and you might be pleasantly surprised. You could always go festive at this time of year and go to a panto. 

Try a class or course - There are all kinds of fun one off classes or courses that you attend each week which could make the perfect way to spend time with friends. From cooking to baking, arts and crafts, wine tasting sessions, chocolate making classes - the list is endless! Whether you want a fun, unique one-off meetup or something you can do on a regular bases, look into courses in your area.

Enjoy an animal petting day - maybe a day trip to your local zoo or visiting the nearest animal rescue centre or petting centre, or even heading to a duck pond or river to see ducks and swans, this can be so much fun. Instead of bread, take along some vegetable and potato peelings for our feathery friends, it's much better for them and easier for them to digest too!

Consider something active - Exercising together is an amazing idea as you get to stay fit and socialise at the same time. It’s an amazing way to keep motivated, and there are loads of fun activities, you could go ice skating, roller blading, trampolining or swimming, you could go on hikes, or go surfing. Incorporating something like this into your routine means you’ll get to regularly see your friends, work out and have fun. The options are endless! It doesn't have to be boring workouts at the gym or running in the rain. It’s possible to actually have fun while you exercise. 

What sort of mate date ideas do you most like doing that don’t involve drinking or partying?
Friday, 16 November 2018

Pretty, girly Ikea home decor... and extras!

Pretty girly IKEA shabby chic home decor haul, what I bought
We live a million miles away from pretty much any big department store haha, my favourite thing to do when we pop down to the midlands is straightaway take a trip to IKEA. I always buy too many nick nacks and food, always daim bars. We also had a quick stop off at the huge 'Outfit' outlet store, which holds an insane variety of famous brands, well to my tiny mind, including Topshop, Accessorize, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins... Here are some irresistibly girly buys and homeware pieces I found.
Sunday, 11 November 2018

The perfect shabby chic mini makeup drawers

Girly shabby chic makeup storage and beauty product organisation ideas
I recently purchased these really pretty white drawers from ebay. I love the look of the clear plastic muji display drawers and the idea of seeing all the products inside through the case, but wanted to
 avoid putting things on display, to avoid attracting the attention of a certain inquisitive person Oscar.
Girly shabby chic makeup storage and beauty product organisation ideas
They are like a miniature set of drawers, they are crisp white and have two drawers that open out, complete with little knobs, and a place on top to store makeup brushes, or lipsticks if I'm brave, but I
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Hello Leon, newest My Hummy sleep aid bear*

My Hummy newborn baby toddler sleep aid white noise toy review
Hello Leon, our brand new bedtime bear from MyHummy, baby sleep aid experts. Just today they released a brand new range of soft and snuggly bears to lull infants and me to slumber with unique white noise technology, to help your little ones settle down and comfort them when they wake in the night. You can find all the new gorgeous 'Sweethearts' and 'Smarthearts' here! Here are my thoughts...
My Hummy newborn baby toddler sleep aid white noise toy review
  I had no idea what to buy for the early, newborn days or what to invest in, I thought that knowledge would automatically come to me once I became a parent. I didn't have a clue what I needed, where to 
Monday, 5 November 2018

Super girly jewellery ideas for A/W 2019*

 *this is a guest and collaborative post on "Ice Cream" whispers Clara
One of the loveliest ways to celebrate an outfit or accessorise it are pieces of delicate jewellery to turn it into a pretty masterpiece. Here are some gorgeous, girly jewellery options to adore...