.BEAUTIFUL BURMA.

Lately me and some friends have been planning our summer where we shall be visiting Spain to go to Benicassim and it got me looking at a bunch of other places I might choose to travel too after third year at uni! One of my top choices though has to Myanmar (Burma) – it just looks so stunning I think I’m going to have to go backpacking there no matter what! Being in Asia it would probably be a good stop off if I wanted to take a trip to Australia too – seeing as I’ve cousins there I could make it a round trip. Hence I put together a few of my fav hotspots in Burma so far…

Check out the leg rowers, floating gardens, water bound temples and markets of Inle Lake.

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Kyaik-Tiyo – A.K.A. the Golden Rock covered in gold leave that is perched on the edge of a boulder. Its balance looks precarious but it is said that it is held by a single hair of the Buddah.

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The Ancient City/Temples of Bagan because I mean just look at them I don’t need to explain why.

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Yangon City – to see lots including the gilded Shwedagon Paya!

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Kengtung – a town in the eastern Shan state with plenty treks, pagodas and people.

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And bascially everywhere else! I kinda could keep going and mention every single place but I should probably stop haha

Where is the one place you would love to go travelling?

Lisa

8 VEGAN LIFE HACKS

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When you go vegan you become so much more aware of what you are eating. Especially as a new vegan when you find yourself having to look at the labels for absolutely everything until you become familiar with what you can and can’t consume. It not only raises your awareness of how ridiculously much animal products are used in everything but forces you to go out of your comfort zone (if you plan on being a healthly vegan) and discover amazing new foods, recipes and hacks that you wondered how you coped without before. Taking on this I have put together 8 of my favourite vegan life hacks that I have come across in so far in my time of being a vegan some of which I hope you will find useful!

  1. Okay so I have seen it every where, just recently tried it with a brownie mix and it amazes me how this even works but it does! If your in the mood for a bit of a sweet treat then if you have a dry cake mix (most of which are vegan but still don’t forget to check ) and instead of adding milk, egg or what ever the instructions say, you just add a can of fizzy drink, mix it up, bake it and voila!
  2. Coconut oil is not only a healthy cooking oil but it holds so many more positive properties, it acts as a great moisturiser for your skin and even hair – just use it like you’d use a conditioner! Some people even use it for whitening teeth!
  3. No ice-cream and you just have a yearning for it? Well keep some chopped up banana in your freezer then when you want some ice-cream just pop it in the blender and add any seasoning – I like a sprinkle of cinnamon! Then whizz it all up ’til smooth and silky and you’ve got a delicious ice cream.
  4. A recent find of mine is this brilliant app called ‘Is It Vegan?’ and it is so handy when you’re in store because it allows you to just scan the barcode of a product and it will tell you the ingredients and if it is vegan! It is so handy instead of trapsing through the ingredients list especially when animal product ingredients can sometimes be named some strange chemical sounding words haha.
  5. Olive oil can be used in so many ways and one of them is as a makeup remover! So if you want a cheap and easy cruelty free makeup remover then give olive oil a go – not to mention it’s highy moisturising. Just put a tiny drop on a damp cotton pad and wipe away! Since olive oil is close to the type of oil on your skin it also means it won’t clog your pores!
  6. Having a bad skin day? No problem just dab on a bit of tea tree oil to your blemish and that bad boy will be gone in no time. I absolutely love tea tree oil – it just smells amazing!
  7. If your hair is feeling a bit dry and lacklustre then rinse it out with some apple cider vinegar when washing it then whip out your fav sunnies ‘cos you best be prepared for that shine!
  8. Make your own salt spray by mixing 2 tablespoons or salt to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and then you can spray it on your damp hair and scrunch it a little as par usual. You can even add a couple of drops of essential oil to give it a luscious scent – vanilla is a classic!

Lisa x

New Year New Ways

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2016 is a year that I want to start living more in the now, not in the past and not in the future of what I could do but in the present. It sounds so simple but really I don’t think enough of us live in the now. We can get stuck in a mind set of what could have been or what we are going to do next week or what we are putting off ’til tomorrow. But we should stop dwelling on this because you can’t change the past, what has happened has happened and we should learn to accept that. You don’t have to been the same person you were 5 minutes ago, why wait to improve yourself when you can make that change right now – be a better version of yourself right now. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today because we can have big dreams about all the things that we want to achieve but they are nothing but dreams unless you take action now. It can be hard to do this because change means stepping outside your comfort zone and taking a risk. But I want to start living more out of intent and less out of habit. Do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do but scares you because this is your life – who cares what anyone thinks? What are they going to do about it? And trust me once you’ve done it you will feel proud of yourself for taking that step whether you got the results you wanted or not. Taking an opportunity and that step outside of your comfort zone may be scary but you know what can be scarier? Regret – you will regret not taking them in the future which may only hinder your attempt to living in the now.

“Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don’t have to settle for who you are – you get to create who you want to become”

Howard Walstein

The world is getting smaller – we can know see everything from the comfort of our own home, but we can’t experience it. So take every chance you get to travel. Travel will open your eyes to life and teach you things you can’t be told. It will take you out of your own little world and force you to be part of the bigger picture, meet new people from all walks of life, hear striking stories and see new things. Perceptions will change and you will see things in a new light like never before. And travel doesn’t have to mean going across the world, no matter where you are you can embrace you surroundings are learn from them, just open your mind and really see what is around you. Travel requires you to put yourself out there and can leave you feeling a bit exposed because you don’t know now what will happen next, where to go or what will happen. But don’t worry because worrying won’t change anything, only actions will, so learn to embrace it.

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I hope I didn’t ramble too much but this was just something I wanted to share for my New Years resolution! Please go tell me what your New Years resolution is! I would love to here!

Lisa x

REFRESH YOUR LIFE WITH M I N I M A L I S M ?

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We live in an age where our lives are cluttered with new information, technology and material things everyday. Minimalism is defined as a style of technique that is characterised by extreme sparingness or simplicity and it is something that you probably have heard of. Until recently minimalism was something that I only every associated with style, interior, art, but I had never considered it as a lifestyle. I know myself that I like a bit of clutter and I don’t like my surroundings to be too neat, too perfect, sometimes I just like to embrace the mess and let my creativity flow hahah. However living in such an ever changing time where things have become very materialistic for us I’m beginning to feel maybe some sort of a ‘lifestyle detox’ could be in need! To live a minimalist life is to be able to look at what I own and pick out the essentials and clear out the rest of the junk so that I am not burdened by ‘stuff’. Now don’t get me wrong we all have our little unimportant nick-nacks that we will keep, but are all of them really that important? In the grand scheme of things what do you actually need? Objects do not define us or our memories and we will still be there with or without them but they act more as memory triggers which is why we probably find it so hard to get rid of sentimental things.

“WE HAVE TRADED OUR FREEDOM FOR OVERFILLED CLOSETS AND OUR PASSIONS FOR UNNECESSARY MAINTENENCE”

Minimalism is not about living with as little as possible but about removing the excess from your life so that you have a clear space the breath in. This idea has inspired me to give it a try this new year, to remove unnecessary items and focus on using the essentials.

Here  are some steps that I going to take to make my life more minimalist in the New Year and you should give a go to! :

  • I am going to have a massive closet clear out because that is loooong overdue as I don’t wear half the stuff I own anymore, I will probably put most of it on depop – waste not want not!
  • It is also a good idea to clear out duplicates, do you really need 2 of the same scissors?
  • Get rid of physical clutter and don’t just hid it! Just because it is out of sight doesn’t mean it is out of mind- it can have a big negative impact on our stress levels
  • Buy less – only buy it if it is absolutely NEEDED – “minimalism is asking why before you buy” Francine Jay
  • Spend less time on social media and try to limit it to only a couple times a day. This can be hard but it’s important to start living in the now and stop living on our phones – a good step towards this would be to turn on notifications

There are so many more things that can be done but I think that this is a good start. I am looking forward to sharing with you how it all turns out in a month or so! Hopefully I will have succeeded and I hope that this inspires you too to try incorporate a bit of minimalism into your life because sometimes the only way to find out what is really important is to get rid of everything that isn’t. Let me know what you think I’d love to hear!

“CONCERN YOURSELF LESS WITH POSSESSIONS. CONCERN YOURSELF MORE WITH LIVING

Lisa x

DIY Room Decor Ideas – Cheap & Easy!

Heya guys! How are you today?

So recently I have been feeling really creative and I can’t stop watching various DIY videos on youtube! One channel I recently discovered is Microscope Beauty and she does these amazingly addictive ‘Plan with me’ videos where she plans and decorates her diary for the week. She uses all the awesome stickers and really transforms the pages. It’s hard to describe but they are just so interesting to watch – you should definitely check them out!

Anyway a combination of that and DIY videos and pinterest has just got my creative juices flowing haha. I just want to decorate my room and organise everything really prettily haha. But… since I’m not at uni I can’t decorate my new room just yet, so I thought I would put together a collection of some of my favourite DIY room decor that are super affordable and easy to do! Lets pimp my imaginary room!!!

WASHI TAPE

Washi tape is absolutely amazing, I’ve seen it used to decorate so many things from laptops to lamps. One of my fav ways to use it is as a replacement for picture frames. If you don’t want to splurge on a big frame and your picture is fairly flat then washi tape is a great cheap alternative. You can get numerous colours and tapes on ebay or easy for only a few pounds!

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Socket Decor

I love the idea of surrounding ugly plug sockets with a colourful pattern. Simply print off your chosen pattern (or draw one) and cut it to fit the plug socket (making sure it doesn’t cover the actual socket). You can then stick it down with some double sided sticky tape!

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Water Colour Cushions

These DIY watercolour cushions are the perfect way to add some subtle colour to any room. They look so air and elegant! You can find out how to make these here with ellaclaireinspired

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This is another one of my favourite DIY ideas where you basically just paint a pretty pattern on a pebble! I think you go even further with this and for instance paint slates for drinks/place mats – the possibilities are endless. It’s also totally easy to find great pattern inspiration on the likes of pinterest and if you aren’t good at art you could simply print off a stencil!

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Shapes

Chose a shape, get some colourful paper (or even go minimal and use one colour like black) and chop it into lots of your chosen shapes. Then you can blue tack up on your wall or canvas in an arranged pattern or mosaic style or even totally random. This can be amazingly effective and its such a simple idea too!

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The Coolest Tea Light Ever!!

This is the coolest upcycling idea that I have seen in a long time and it is so so easy to do. Just cut off the bottom of a can (carefully aha) and poke holes around the letters using a needle – like in this Coke you can see below. Then you can use it as an awesome tea light! Don’t forget you can experiment with this by poking holes in different patterns such as circles!

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Which of these would you want to try? Comment and tell me – I would love to hear!

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Thanks so much for reading! If you liked it why not go check out my last post?!

lisaxoxo