Why Orlando Ought To Be On Your Bucket List

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The City Beautiful is calling, and you might be crazy if you don’t respond. Orlando is the perhaps best-known city in the state of Florida, aka, the Sunshine State. However, the city has a lot more to offer than the sun alone (not that it isn’t great) Here, we’re going to look at just some of the reasons to consider aiming your next trip at this bucket list-worthy city.

I headed there when I was a lot younger and think I’d have a totally different experience now. I loved it and can’t wait to go back.

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Wonderful Theme Parks

To talk about Orlando, Florida, without giving it the proper respect it is due as the global capital of the theme park is to do the whole city a disservice. From Walt Disney World to Seaworld, Volcano Bay to Universal Orlando, and much more, it’s all here. The theme parks are constantly updating and adding new attractions too, so much so that the state has created a whole new type of tourist who will keep coming back for the parks to enjoy all their favourites and see what new twists have been added.

Go Exploring In The Gorgeous Nature

As comfortable and stylish as Orlando is, it puts you right on the doorstep of the diversity of natural beauty Florida has to offer, thanks to its subtropical climate. It’s easy to find, too, with places like Kissimmee villas putting you right next to places like the Everglades. If you want to explore what feels like an entirely different world, taking a trip out from the city into the swamps and tropical forests is a must.

Take a Taste of Florida

Florida is well-known for being a cultural mixing pot and there few ways that it shows better than the food on offer. There are more top-class authentic restaurants than you can shake a fork at, and there are plenty of recipes you won’t find elsewhere like Florida Lobster and Key West pinks. It’s especially good for those with a love of fresh seafood thanks to its place right on the coast.

The perfect place to pick up a souvenir

Whether you’re a lover of fashion or you simply want to pick up a local souvenir to take home with you, Orlando is a heavy-hitter when it comes to the retail. There are two huge malls alongside a whole range of other shopping arcades and little boutiques to explore. The Premium Outlets at Vineland are particularly worth checking out for some exclusive goodies.

Hit the Beach!

Orlando is the city perfectly situated for exploring the rest of Florida and, as a result, it’s right by some of the best beaches in the state, including Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Daytona Beach. Be sure to bring all your holiday essentials, including your swimsuit and plenty of sunscreens. If you’re up for taking a cruise then be sure to hit Port Canaveral, as well.

From world-class Instagram opportunities to the kind of thrills that will make you totally forget social media, Orlando offers it all right on your doorstep. It is time to arrange your trip?

 

Femme Luxe Haul #7 – SURELY ONE PERSON DOESN’T NEED THIS MUCH LOUNGEWEAR

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Actually huns you’d be wrong. Just like dessert, there is always room for a little more loungewear.

A short one from me today just showing you some a couple of extra sets Femme Luxe sent. 

I’ve now got a loungewear section of my wardrobe – it’s been so nice to have matching sets and feel ‘put together’ whilst chilling at home. 

I had a few messages from people who said they’d bought some of the loungewear from the last post – that’s lovely and I hope you enjoy them! I wanted to quickly explain that I’m not trying to sell this stuff to you, it’s more just to post about things I enjoy, like and want to share – and I would never say I loved something if I didn’t – even if I am being paid.

Pink Boxy Loungewear Set

I can’t actually find this one on the website anymore…I think it’s sold out! I love it though – pink is my favourite colour but I don’t actually have ANY pink clothes. Got me feeling like a glam Barbie with my wine (a lot of that has been drunk recently!). Here are some pink variants of the set. 

Grey Knitted Crop Top Loungewear Set

So this set is a little too warm for the amazing weather we’ve been having, but it’s thick enough that it feels like a proper tracksuit. I went to the shops in it and didn’t feel like I was walking around in my pyjamas. I think I’ll be saving this one for autumn, or if our British Summer decides to disappear again. I hope not – good weather is all I’ve got at the moment!

Mental Health Awareness Week (18th – 24th May 2020)


Well, hello there. For those that don’t know, it’s
Mental Health Awareness Week (May 18th – 24th). I had meant to write and upload this earlier in the week but ironically, I was not in a good place mentally and couldn’t do it. We move.

I don’t want to share any advice or tell people what to do when you’re feeling down – I’m just bloody pleased we are able to have this conversation. The thing is, I didn’t tell anyone for years that I suffer with Chronic Anxiety, Depression and Body Dysmorphia (christ love, want anymore diagnoses!?). Not my friends, not my partner at the time – and I massively played my illness down for anyone that knew. 

I’m better now at sharing, but still don’t shout it from the rooftops – but why don’t I? Surely it would give literally everyone I know a better understanding of how I roll and the reasons behind why I go a bit AWOL sometimes, no?

Yes, it would. But I truly believe, although in recent years talking about our mental health has come on in leaps and bounds, we still need to be better at it.

A good example of this is that sometimes I feel super self-absorbed, and like I’m only ever thinking about myself. Some days I feel so, so anxious that it’s all I can do to get out of bed, force myself to wash, eat.

In those moments, feeling like I’d rather claw my own skin off than spend another second in my body, it’s hard to imagine that anyone else has ever, ever felt this bad in the history of time. How do you even ask the question? Hey buddy, you ever feel so low you want to smash every mirror in your house and eat the shards? This way of thinking was cemented when I was talking to a friend a few days ago who mentioned that she had recently been suffering with bad anxiety and panic attacks. I was gutted for her that she felt so low and we spoke about coping mechanisms and shared experiences. After our conversation, I was like…oh my god…other people are feeling down, too! Don’t make it all about yourself! You’re so inward-facing you can’t even tell when your friends are upset! Ah, the old reliable negative self-talk.

I vocalised this to Will that evening and he put a completely different spin on it for me (like he often does, the lovely soul). You’re not self-absorbed OR selfish, he said, you’ve isolated yourself into thinking it’s just you. It isn’t. Start the conversation and you may find so many others in the same hole as you – try to help each other to dig your way out.

One in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Unfortunately, mental health services are heavily, heavily over capacity and it can be very difficult to receive the help from counsellors or therapists, unless you have the financial means to pay for it. Often, people are discharged from the service without having received the best care

Personally, I have been on a waiting list for 1:1 specialised therapy for five months, with no indication of how long the wait will be. Of course, we need to acknowledge that NHS mental health professionals are incredible but are having to work in poorly managed conditions with heavy caseloads!

With services so underfunded and overstretched, we need to pull together to help ourselves and each other. Sorry to smash the old cliché down your throat but – it’s okay not to be okay. People ARE there for you and WILL support you, if you allow them in to do so. Here’s another one: check in on your mates. As always, I’m here for all of you, whether you know me personally or not – please reach out to me if you need some help or even just a place to chat.

Love, E x

Femme Luxe Haul #6 – Quarantine Loungewear Edition!

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You’ve all seen the meme: if you wear jeans to relax, you’re a psychopath. Tight, constricting – who thought of them as a fashion item? I am seriously dreading the day I have to put jeans back on – the audacity that I’d be expected to wear actual clothes when this is over is astonishing. 

Thankfully, today is not that day. If anything positive has come out of lockdown (which isn’t a lot, let’s be honest), except for the fact we’re now all banana bread connoisseurs, it’s the fact that loungewear has become LIFE. Far from feeling frumpy, fashion brands have gone all out to ensure we feel at the top of our game, whilst also ensuring our post-Deliveroo babies are comfortably cushioned. Undoing a button after lunch? I don’t know her. 

A step away from the usual glamorous items I usually post from Femme Luxe, the brand has come through with some amazingly comfy, lockdown-friendly sets. 

I have to say, they’re a step up from what I began in. A few weeks ago I wore Will’s Avengers PJ bottoms, with fluffy Christmas socks from two years ago. I paired these with the t-shirt Will wore for our first date which I refuse to throw away ‘for nostalgic reasons’, even though the armpits are stained and have holes in. I added a hoodie Will has had since he was 14 and it wasn’t until I caught myself in the mirror that I really began to question my life decisions and get with the loungewear programme.

What are you wearing whilst we’re shielded from other people? If you want any of the sets here, I’ve included the links below.

Enjoy the pictures…I’m literally the worst model ever – so WOODEN – and don’t know how people do this full time! Will had to take thousands of pictures to find ones where I’m not frowning!

White Ribbed Off The Shoulder Crop Top

This one is so comfy! Wearing it with some gym leggings at the moment, but when we’re allowed out and about I think I could team this with a bralet, leather trousers and heels. I’ve been wearing little crop bras from Primark around the house and when I’m working in the garden, and it’s nice to pull this over them when it gets a bit chilly.

Grey Loungewear Tracksuit

I just get SO bloody cold, so it’s great that this set has a higher neck. These are almost a fleecy / microfibre material, and I’ve worn them a couple of times when heading out for my One Walk Per Day with trainers. The joggers are nice on their own, too.


Khaki Ruched Front Long Sleeve Leggings Loungewear Set
A fave. I am usually the person to go for grey, black and camel, so having some khaki in my loungewear collection is a nice change. This set clings to the body and is ruched in the front, so it’s usually one to wear when I’m feeling body confident. I have also done yoga in this set a couple of times as I know it’s not going to ride up.

Grey One Shoulder Crop Top Loungewear Set
This set is just outrageously glam for an at-home set. I sat and worked in this the other day and felt totally boujie. It does look good, but I’m not 100% sold on the one-shoulder. I get too cold, so generally just wear the joggers alone with a warmer jumper on top.

Lockdown has seriously made me appreciate the value of a comfy set. Of course, I hope it’s all over soon and we can get back to normal, but these will stay as my WFH favourites.

Femme Luxe Haul #5

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Earlier this year, I partnered with Femme Luxe again to kit me out in the most glittery, fun and skimpy outfits for me to enjoy on my hen do abroad, which was booked for 20th March 2020. Unfortunately, as you are all aware… COVID-19 had OTHER plans. 

As you know, the wedding, hen and stag dos have all been postponed, and lockdown has left me with a wardrobe full of fabulous clothes, with nowhere to wear them.

I’ll keep them and the dresses will get their day in the sun, perhaps just a little later than I would have anticipated. Obv due to lockdown, I haven’t worn these about, but please see below anyway if you’re looking to bolster your night out kit for when this is all over!

Black Faux Leather Bodycon Mini Dress

Black Faux Leather Bodycon Mini Dress

Up your going out wear this season and score some serious fashion points in the Black Faux Leather Strappy Mini Bodycon Dress. In a luxe faux leather material and a gorj’ bodycon ‘fit, this on trend bodycon dress is amaze teamed with killer heels.

Silver Glitter Thin Strap Bodycon Mini Dress

Silver Glitter Thin Strap Bodycon Mini Dress

Shine bright like a diamond this season and stand out against the crowd in the Silver Glitter Thin Strap Bodycon Mini Dress. Featuring a dazzling glittery design in a bodycon fit, this gorj’ mini dress is an essential for whatever you have planned.

Black Utility Mini Shirt Dress

Black Utility Mini Shirt Dress

I love this one! It’s something I wouldn’t have usually chosen but I love it on – just need to be careful about bending over! Featuring a button up design in an on trend utility style with an all black seatbelt style belt, we’re obsessed with this mini shirt dress. 

Black Glitter Sparkly Ruched Side Mini Dress

Black Glitter Sparkly Ruched Side Mini Dress

This one is seriously booby, but I won’t be able to wear dresses like this forever, so why not now!? It’s got a lovely glittery pattern with an on-trend ruched side, I’m obsessed with this mini dress.

I’ve worn these a few times around the house, wishing I was out on the town but as I say – they will get their time to shine! For now, do await my next fashion installment. It’s a Quarantine Special…loungewear!