Fashion is what you make of it, I love this statement because it is so true, be original, be YOU. Spring Fashion along with Summer Fashion are some of my favourite types of fashion. Over the years I have learnt to manage my wardrobe and invest in some pieces for all seasons. Often items in Fashion go out of trend but it doesn’t have to be that way, you can always re-purpose them. That is what I love about Fashion, everything does come back around into trend. Living in the UK I know Spring can be warm but 90% of the time it is not, we used to it. Often I spent every 6 weeks doing an inventory of my wardrobe and what needs to go. It was during the recent clear out that’s when I realised I needed to invest into some Spring items. Here are 5 pieces to…

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All my life I have thought, Live life without excuses and Travel without regrets. This little mantra has been my friend for the longest time, it is only recently I started implementing the latter. A life full of excuses is no life of mine, I have found ways to maximise my traveling. Online there are so many travel hacks that aim to help you maximise your travels but most require a credit card. The tips in this article are those that I personally use and have helped me to maximise my travels. Traveling is one thing in life that I am happy to spend money on as it enriches my life in more ways than one. Since I took that first solo trip to Brussels, I can most certainly say I have changed big time. I am a confident enough person by nature but even I needed a lot of…

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The Dalai Lama once said, once a year go some place you’ve never been before. This is something I have been doing since 2015 and it has been absolutely incredible journey. But not all is as it seems, travel mistakes exist which often make the trip interesting. Obviously when travel mistakes are made, it is not always fun and can lead to anxiety for some. In this article I aim to share 4 travel mistakes I have made since I started solo travelling and learned from. Travel is the healthiest addiction I am very fortunate that most of the travel mistakes I have made have been within Europe. Somewhere close enough to home and not in some godforsaken jungle where no one can help me. Have you ever made such mistakes when traveling? 4 Travel Mistakes I Made I am a spontaneous person by nature and often making spontaneous decisions…

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Spring in 2018 has been elusive as quick silver, we are fortunate to be having some sunshine today. Over the last few weeks it’s been rain, snow, gale winds and everything in between but alas it’s here. With that calls for a good Spring cleaning routine in preparation for summer. Last week we shared our Outdoor lighting ideas for Spring, this week we’re sharing our Spring cleaning routine. We’ve also put together some alternative products you might use to spring clean your home. I am not someone who is often excited about spring cleaning my home hence why I declutter 6-weekly. Once Spring approaches I only have the cleaning to do not the sorting as well which I feel takes up the most time. Decluttering all 6-weeks have became a blessing in disguise, often around this time I don’t do much. But if you don’t declutter throughout the year, this…

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Marseille or Marseilles in English is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean and capital of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Our Marseille Travel Guide aims to share some of the must do things in the city outside visiting the Port. In 2013 the city won the European City of Culture and back in 1998 it hosted the FIFA world cup. Though the city didn’t have the best tourist imagine due to high crime rates and immigration, it’s a must see. In this Marseille Travel Guide, we share the places we visited and those we recommend on your next visit. Founded on circa 600 BC, Marseille is the sunniest city in France due to the Mediterranean climate. The city is a melting point of various cultures from the Romans, the Greeks and others. Later the former French colonies have been added to the mix and a large population stemming from North Africa.…

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Traveling is not something you’re good at, it’s something you do, like breathing – Gayle Foreman. The Take Twelve Trips April 2018 edition is me sharing something I did which is as easy as breathing. Often people tell me I travel too much, well Gayle’s quote says otherwise. I am very fortunate to be able to travel as often as I do, it is a privilege. For those new to A July Dreamer, welcome to the Take Twelve Trips travel challenge for 2018. This challenge is all about exploring new places; home or abroad one weekend a month. Often times I end up doing 2 or trips a month but it is a rare occurrence. This challenge doesn’t ask a participant to travel abroad, it requires you to visit a ‘new’ place to YOU. Recently I was in Marseille for an extended weekend and can not recommend it enough. This…

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Saturday fab finds is a new series on A July Dreamer where I will be sharing my latest finds. The series will feature a variety of products that have been sent to review or purchased myself. I have been wanting to start this series for a while now but never had the time nor motivation. This week’s fab finds features GoCustomized – a Dutch company that specialises in personalised phone and tablet cases. I recently had an opportunity to design my own personalised phone case for my new Samsung S9+ phone. GoCustomized aims to bring the stale and bland world of smart phones back to life with your designs created by them. This is an exciting e-commerce startup company with passionate people behind it to add some flavour with personalized customization. Who is GoCustomized? Prior to this collaboration, I wasn’t aware of this Dutch company located in the heart of Amsterdam,…

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Has Spring arrived yet in your neck of the woods or are you experiencing what we seeing, winter extension? I think the majority of us only know it’s Spring because the days are staying lighter for longer. We’ve been having to switch our outdoor lighting later than during the wintry cold nights which has been nice. This year more than any other year has made me realise just how much I love Spring and look forward to it. There is a saying ‘A frog never realises the importance of the river until it has dried up’, can you relate? It took me this long to realise how much I love Spring now that it’s playing the hide and seek game. Having outdoor lighting in your backyard is all the fun about Spring and Summer times. When you hosting a little get together, the weather is warm, drinks are flowing as…

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Long haul flight, they can be exciting but most of us dread them, why? Because they are so long and being confide in a small enough space is not my idea of fun. At times I wish I had an alternative hence why I often opt to break them up into chunks. But majority of times I am often buzzing when I book long haul flights because I am excited about the destination. Over the last few years I have made it my mission to focus on the final destination and what I will be enjoying. But there is still no getting away from the fact that to get to my destination I have to survive a long flight. Here are 7 ways to enjoy a long haul light and make it a fun and memorable experience. I have been on a number of long haul flights in my life…

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Love to travel but dislike packing or looking for tips to help you pack a carry-on your next adventure? Look no further, I am sharing some of my tips to help you pack like a pro and enjoy your vacation. Traveling is one activity that you spend money on that makes you richer and I dare say enlightened. Over the last 3 years I have been enjoying making city escapes and adventures to Europe and further afield. I have had to learn how to survive with just a carry-on to pack all my essentials and valuables. I know people who pack the house including the kitchen sink but still don’t have the essentials required at the destination. We are here to help you change that and be more confident with your packing. Learn how-to pack like a pro When it comes to packing for a trip, I consider myself a minimalist.…

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Weekend getaways to Europe are one of my favorite past times and an Athens weekend getaway is a must. One thing I love about living in the UK is how accessible mainland Europe is to us. Brexit or not, I will still continue with my city escapes, I am not limiting myself to only European destinations. Our recent city escape came in a form of a staycation to Salisbury and Stonehenge. There is no doubt about it but traveling is one of my favourite hobbies that I am fortunate to enjoy. If you told me five years ago I would be traveling as much as I do now, I would have just laughed. You see back then I wasn’t in a place where I could prioritize traveling alone or otherwise. The fear was too great and I lacked in certain skills; money management aka budgeting. Five years later I feel like…

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Salisbury {pronounced SawZ Bree} is a medieval as well as Cathedral city located in Wiltshire Southern part England. Lying only 9 miles away from the Stonehenge, the city is a tourist spot for many visiting South of England. The Stonehenge is a World UNESCO heritage site maintained by the National Trust and English Heritage.  Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and its old site, Old Sarum as well as the city itself attract many tourists yearly. Over the Easter weekend, I surprised the OH with a trip to this medieval cathedral city for our first staycation. I had been wanting to visit the Stonehenge for the longest time, it is a bucketlist place to visit. It is always nice to tick items off the bucketlist especially those that have been on for the longest time. I am also happy that this trip was a local adventures trip, where I was able to explore…

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Marks and Spencer has opened a food hall in the newly extended Orchard centre in Didcot. As a local I am obviously very pleased by this, I don’t have to travel to Reading nor Oxford. I had a chance over the Easter weekend to pop in store and check out what they have. It’s definitely everything I love about Marks and Spencer, the cute packaging, variety of foods and quality. Plus an added bonus is they have opened a cafe where we can enjoy some yummy treats like carrot cake. I was over the moon to get a chance to check out the new store and pick some goodies. Previously I used to grab a train to Oxford station were I would grab the items and leave. I wouldn’t say I am obsessed with Marks and Spencer but more addicted to the very best of M&S food. M&S has definitely made…

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When it comes to indulging in a good pampering session, home facials are high on my list of pampering treats. I already have a good facial skincare routine which I follow religiously on a daily basis and adapt it every season. We all know that Facials are one of the most effective ways of taking care of your skin but can be expensive. A cheaper alternative can be found using the *Krasr Microdermabrasion Machine that promises to leave your skin looking fresh. Everyone wants a young-looking and rejuvenated face every morning, I know I do, in this article I will share how you can achieve that. Disclaimer: If you have a skin condition, check with your GP or dermatologist before undertaking these tips. Your diet also has a huge impact on how well you skin responds to various treatments. During the teenage years, the worst thing to worry about in…

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I am sure by now you’ve read countless posts on how to make money blogging from all sources. You just need to type in ‘How-to make money blogging’ into Pinterest to find a multitude of ways. One thing that I find frustrating is most of the articles are either, affiliate marketing, e-book sales or even coaching. Whilst this seems to be the most common way of earning money via the blog, there are other ways. In this article, I will share how-to make money blogging without affiliate marketing. Before I share tips on how to make money blog, here is some advice to new bloggers. When it comes to making money online, there are several revenues one might consider. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my daily rants in life. At the stage I wasn’t think about social media followers, page views or other blogging stats.…

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Why do we set goals? What’s the purpose of me putting together the April 2018 Goals? Does setting goals even work or is it just for show, as I am too busy to work on goals as well as deal with life. These are statements and questions I have heard only too often, it’s like people associate goals with resolutions. Those who know me know I am anti-resolutions but always set my monthly goals. I am also that person that can’t do weekly goals because well no week is the same as before. For me setting monthly goals have truly been something that has worked and I continue to set them to add focus to my life. Speaking of focus, the March 2018 Goals were focused goals broken in various sections of my life. I like that I was able to set goals that not only gave me direction but…

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As the first quarter of the year comes to a close, its time to reflect on the gone months. I thought I share a 2018 travel bucketlist review and update the list of places we will be visiting. It’s weird for me to think in that last 3 months I have been to 5 countries already. I am so glad I decided to participate in the #take12trips travel challenge again, it has helped maximise my travels. Traveling as definitely made a storyteller out of me and I can not wait to share all the adventures. 2018 Travel Bucketlist Review ✅ When I made the decision to travel at least once a month, I knew it was going to be a hectic one for me. So many life changes were coming my way but I figured I would look at them as they happened and not before. I have mentioned many times…

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Saying thank you doesn’t cost a penny nor does it hinder anyone’s progress in life. Through this blog, I have been fortunate enough to experience so many wondrous things. It is with that heart that I wish to show my gratitude to the March 2018 Sponsors. Saying please and thank you are basic and good manners everyone should explore in life. I know I wouldn’t be where I am (blogging wise) if I wasn’t grateful for the many collaborations. With that being said, here are the wonderful March 2018 Sponsors who made this post possible. Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul – Henry Ward Beecher. The March 2018 Sponsors roundup is the third appreciation post of the year showcasing my Sponsors. Here on A July Dreamer we collaborate with a variety of brands and companies. From Travel {Casale Amati}, Fashion {JORD}, Beauty {KRASR} and Lifestyle {SunLife} to…

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Winter seems to have lasted longer than legally allowed so most of us are looking forward to summer road trips. You might have noticed I have skipped over Spring because well it’s not relevant. The last few weeks have been an extension of Winter and Spring is nowhere to be found. I for one am looking forward to some good dose of summer weather to top up on my Vitamin D. Family road trips are one of my favourite pastime adventures we used to enjoy when I was younger. Moving to the UK we found ourselves partaking in loads of road trips across the country. I have wonderful memories of us driving to Scotland from Cambridge, 8 long hours. To be honest, back then I never thought about what car preparations my father undertook. It is only now that I myself am a driver that’s when it has clicked that…

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Take Twelve Trips is a travel challenge I joined back in 2016 to help maximise my travels and explore the world. The world has truly been my oyster and I am excited to visit more places with my loved ones. Recently {last weekend} I was in Athens, Greece where I spent an incredible 48 hours. The OH recently asked me if I actually get to do and see anything in just 48 hours. It surprised him just how much I can pack into a getaway and how much I tend to see during these excursions. “The best things in LIFE are the PEOPLE we love, the PLACES we visit and the MEMORIES we make”.   This quote hangs in my bedroom and everyday I read it to myself like an affirmation of sort. Traveling has been my greatest adventure so far, I have found myself becoming a storyteller. The places…

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Bali is known for its tropical beauty and exotic culture. It is one of the most popular island destinations in Indonesia and there are various reasons why. To simplify, it’s amazing. From its pristine beaches, great hiking trail, friendly locals, world-class cuisines and rich culture, Bali is the total package. If you’re considering going here, you can check out these Bali villas for rent where you can spend the rest of your vacation and experience an ultimate relaxation while enjoying what Bali has to offer. It is located in some of the islands’ most sought after locations. Are ready to discover the myriad charms of this island paradise? This guide will show you how to make the most out of your visit to the magical paradise of Bali. You’ll sweat like there’s no tomorrow Bali’s average temperature is 32 degrees, with that, the weather here is hot year-round. Forget about…

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