My In-Flight Hand Luggage Essentials | Short Haul

Monday, 26 September 2016

I always wonder what to put in my hand luggage bag when flying, especially when flying long haul! But I don't often travel short-haul, and was thinking of things I would need for my three hour flight to Iceland. Here is what I pack in my hand luggage for a short haul flight!


  •  A Book - This is a MUST for me wherever I go! I always carry a book with me anyway, so this is a definite for a short haul flight! On my flight I'll be reading Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone. It's one of my favourite books ever! A short haul flight is a great time to catch up on some reading, and with me going to Iceland, I don't think there is a more magical place to read Harry Potter!
  • Moisturiser - The air, when you're flying, makes your skin quite dry; which is why you are often reminded in flights to drink a lot of water! I always have a moisturiser handy, just in case my skin starts feeling a bit dry, and it also serves as a cool pick-me-up just before you land, making you feel fresh faced to face the beginning of your adventure!
  • Cuticle Oil - Like I said before, the air when travelling by plane, can make your skin feel very dry, so as well as moisturusing, I also like to keep my nils and cuticles in check by caring the handbag sized Avoplex Oil by OPI. It's a great little item and helps keep my nails looking healthy and well manicured! 
  • Hand Cream - You can see where I'm going with this... The hand cream I'm taking with me not only moisturises, but it also is an anti-bacterial as well! BONUS! I'm going to be taking A LOT of moisturisers to Iceland with me, the last thing I would like is dry skin in the cold!
  • Earphones - Most flights offer in-flight entertainment, and some flights make you pay for a headphone set, so that's why I bring my own! If your earphones aren't compatible, at least you have your earphones to listen to music on you phone! 
  • A Notebook - Much like a book, I always carry a notebook with me anyway. I always find them super handy, especially when I need to jot down any idea's or inspirations I've just had! I've got many, many notebooks filled with random ideas and doodles! 
  • A Camera - For this trip, I'm taking both my Canon 750D and my little Samsung vlogging camera! I'm taking these in my hand-luggage case just for knowing that they will be safe! I wouldn't like my camera's to be damaged in my main luggage case, so for peace of mind I'm taking them in my hand luggage case; and plus, you never know when you'' take a great picture or capture a great bit of footage! 
So, that's what I'm going to be packing in my hand luggage for my short flight to Iceland! Let me know what you pack, any essentials that you pack that I should know of?

Love K :)

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers - Max Porter | Book Review

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Rating: 4/5

"In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal"

For anyone wondering, my cup says 'Hoes before Crows' which I thought was very appropriate :)
This is probably one of the most interesting books I have read this year. Interesting mainly because of the way the author, Max Porter, chose to portray Grief. From what I could get my head around, Grief is portrayed as a crow, and Crow helps the characters within this short novel how to cope with the death of a loved one. 

I do have to say, it's not the easiest of books to get your head around! I felt like I needed to take this into an English Literature class and make annotations in the margins as to why the characters are thinking what they're thinking; what this could mean, what that could mean, so on and so forth. But I also loved how it challenged my perception of grief; that everyone experiences it in different ways, and that is shown with the interactions the Crow has with the Dad and the Boys.

There were times when I had to step back from reading this book and wonder what the author meant at times, but I think all good books make you do that; they make you think.

The main thing that intrigued me most about this book was that it isn't written in a traditional book format. It's part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief and may not appeal to those who are seeking a traditional tale, but I promise that if you stick o it, you won't be disappointed! 

I feel like I need to read this again to fully understand what the author is trying to tell me. The content is tragic, yet beautiful; brutal, yet speaks worlds of truths. It's somewhat heartening to see someones reaction to grief and how they deal with it, as I'm sure we have all experienced grief in different ways.

If you have read this book, or are in the middle of doing so, let me know what you think! I would love to hear your thoughts on this book as it is a really interesting one!

Love, K :)

The #GlobalGoalsWeek | 18th - 24th September

Friday, 16 September 2016

This coming week is Global Goals Week!

If any of you don't know what 'Global Goals' is all about, you can read my blog post about it here!


So as some of you may know, I'm supporting Goal 14 and 15 which is 'Life Below Water' and 'Life On Land'! I care a lot about all of the Goals proposed, but these are ones that I care deeply about!

The aim of 'Global Goals Week' is to spread as much awareness about the goals and to make our world leaders listen and keep to the promises that they have made to achieve the goals in 2030! For those of you who may have forgotten all of the goals, here they are!

I'm excited to see all of you guys doing something to raise awareness of the goals and to share all of this information and awareness with the people you know and care about! I really do believe that we, as a planet and one big community, can reach these goals by 2030!

To find out more about the Global Goals, you can visit their website here!

They have LOADS of information as to how you can extend awareness and even set up your own Global Goals Summit! They also have loads of social media infographics and images that you can use to help spread the word on various social media platforms.

Let me know what Goal/s you're supporting in the comments below!

You can also engage with Global Goals by using the hashtag: #GlobalGoalsWeek !LET'S SPREAD THE WORD!

Love, K:)

Lush 'Cup O' Coffee' Face Mask | Beauty Review

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Well, I think we all know that I love a good Lush face mask, so when I came across the 'Cup O' Coffee' face mask, I knew I had to try it! 

The 'Cup O' Coffee' face mask uses coffee beans as a natural exfoliant, and with all of the up-roar of using micro-beads (which I admit that I have used) I thought it would be a brilliant idea to switch to only using Lush Face Masks as they do not use micro-beads and all of their exfoliants are natural! 

Me using the 'Cup O' Coffee' Face Mask
 'Cup O' Coffee' smells exactly how you would expect it to smell; of coffee! It's SO nice, so I think that this would be used best in the morning as a 'pick-me-up' face mask! With the good, strong smell of coffee in the morning, who wouldn't be ready for the day?!

I tend to use my face-masks in the shower. I apply the face-mask making sure I stay away from sensitive areas such as the mouth and eyes and leave for about 10-15 minutes then I dampen my skin, start scrubbing and then wash off! I loved how this mask made my skin feel! I haven't used it in the morning yet, but it sure would be a great way to start the day! With the coffee beans acting as an exfoliant, it leaves your skin feeling SO smooth, and you get to smell a little bit like coffee for the whole day! WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT?!

It is also noted that this is a body mask as well, but I have only used it for my face! It comes in a good sized pot, a bit bigger than the 'Fresh Face Mask' range that Lush do, so if you wanted to use it for your body than there is plenty to go around!

I really hoped you have enjoyed this review and have found it helpful! Let me know if you have used 'Cup O' Coffee' and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

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