My Travel Diary (2010-2020)

26 Apr 2020

We're back for another look at my travel history, If you missed the last one you can find it here. This is where things start to get interesting as this is around the time when I started to take my own photos so you'll see the photo quality start to increase as we work our way through the 2010s of travel.

Getting My Glam On with Magnetic SL

25 Apr 2020


I love makeup and I love experimenting with different looks and products. I am by no means a makeup artist like I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to makeup I just do what works for me. One thing I am loving about quarantine is not wearing makeup every day and just letting my skin breathe! Because I don't want to fully stop wearing makeup I've started a thing I like to call: Unnecessarily Glam Saturdays (or UGS for short). UGS started by accident when I decided to have an isolation self photoshoot and proceeded to this past Saturday when I received these Magnetic lashes from Magnetic SL and just HAD to try them out.

I am really not normally a lashes kind of person. My lashes are so long anyway that putting false ones on kind of defeats the purpose. I had originally intended on using these ones for my final year formal but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus so when they arrived in the post I was determined to put them to good use!

The lovely people over at Magnetic SL were so kind as to send me over two different kits, The Eyeliner kit in natural (pictured) and the three magnet kit in Light Russian which I haven't tried out yet. The natural lashes are definitely more wearable for everyday use and I'm definitely going to save the other set for the next big event I have to attend (hopefully our formal that got postponed).

The fun thing about these lashes is that they don't need glue which eliminates the messiest and most difficult part of applying lashes making it a much more accessible activity. I used the eyeliner kit which features a magnetic eyeliner which the lashes stick to with ease. As I say I'm not an avid user of false lashes so I can't really comment on how they compare to other lashes on the market but I loved these. I forgot I had them on and then when it came to removing them they were easy to take off without them feeling like they were going to fall off for the duration of the day. The eyeliner also very easily came off using my usual makeup remover.

As well as being cruelty-free the lashes are also waterproof and reusable so if you are a person who is super into their glam makeup and loves a set of false lashes I'd say that these are a really great investment. If you're interested you can use the code BEAUTY30 to get 30% off your order at!

My Travel Diary (1998-2009)

21 Apr 2020

I've been so so fortunate that I was raised in a family that valued travel and really valued getting cultural experiences while travelling and not just going away in the summer to get some sun but to actually get away to experience new parts of the world in a real and positive way. This is definitely where my love of travelling and exploring has stemmed from and to this day I'll always choose to explore a city rather than lie on a beach (not that there's anything against that by the way, you do you). It makes me sad that for the first time ever in my life I won't be going on a trip this year because of the coronavirus pandemic so I thought I'd use this time to take a trip down memory lane and share briefly about everywhere I've ticked off the travel bucket list during my first ten years on earth starting right at the very beginning up until 2009 (I'll continue from 2010 onwards in a later post). I had so much fun going through old photo albums and reminiscing with my family about this so I hope it brings you joy too!


My very first trip before I can even remember was to Zurich in Switzerland, the actual first trip was probably actually to Donegal but that's nowhere near as exciting! As I say I don't remember a single thing about this trip but if anyone asks I can always say I've been to Switzerland and I even have the photos to prove it! (We also went to the Lake District this year, what can I say I was a well-travelled baby)

some quarantine home decor inspo

7 Apr 2020


With us all being stuck inside it seems like the perfect time to do some decorating. Your home should feel like home whether you own your home, if you rent, or if you just rent a room it's important that your space feels like your space so here are a couple of my favourite places to get some cute decor.

I absolutely adore Scandinavian home and design and Desenio have a great selection of Scandinavian style prints which you can order in a variety of sizes and very handily you can also order frames to ensure that they all fit. They're great quality and at a super affordable price so you get cute decor without breaking the bank. You can get 10% off your order using the code DSALICERUTH* on*.

Dear Bed I Love You Posters 21x30 (Gifted)

Copenhagen Typo Poster 30x40 (Gifted) (Discontinued)

It's a Good Day to Have a Good Day Poster 18x13 (Gifted)
Hygge Poster 13x18 (Gifted)

La La Lab
La La Lab is my favourite place to order prints of my photographs from. They come in a wide array of styles from standard prints, to vintage polaroid style prints, and even photo strips so you can collate your memories. You can even get them printed in large poster format or in photobooks if you don't want to display them. I think the photostrips are my favourite. I have them stuck on the side of my wardrobe beside my bed! You can get an £8 discount on your first order or 25% off if you've already ordered before using the code ALICERUTHMYLES* on or on the app for easy ordering from your phone!

Photo strips (Gifted)

Regular Prints XL

Now is really the time to get crafty since all we have is time so why not experiment with your art skills and do some painting or practice your calligraphy skills and create a truly original piece for your walls

One more thing... plants make every room look lived in and loved, I love my windowsill collection of cacti, succulents and my spider plant. It just helps add some life into the room.