Looking outside my window I see tiny snowflakes falling gently out of the sky...I thought we were done with winter.I guess not...Days like this can only  make me go downstairs and have a hot cup of tea , mint tea to be more precise.My mind wanders back to my very first holiday abroad with Nick, I think that you really can't forget that feeling,can you?

It went like this:
My job was stressing me out. I felt that I couldn't grow anymore but at the same time I was overwhelmed with the amount of work, so I quit my job.Friday afternoon,at 1 pm I left work and went straight to the airport with Nick.We were so excited, but at the same time didn't know what to expect,we just don't like to google the place when planning a trip,we prefer to discover new places by ourselves.
We arrived to Malaga late as the sun was setting down and we took a taxi to our first hotel where we had to spend just one night.Surprise surprise,when we arrived we realised that we have booked a room at a hotel right next to a .... brothel.It wasn't bad at all though, it was quiet and the room was nice.:)

The next morning we took the train to Benalmadena where we spend the rest of our vacation at Hotel Siroco .We got this trip at such a good price; if I remember correctly it was discounted so we ended up paying a total of 360 euro for 5 nights and it was an all inclusive holiday .(meals included,but not the drinks)
The food was amazing!Fresh fruit, veggies, all types of meat, pastry , cake,you name it! They had it.
 It was so good that we did not have to eat out at all and everyday the menu was different.
I ate churros and olives every time I could and whenever we were having lunch a jug of Sangria  was essential..We just couldn't get enough !

Things to do in Benalmadena:

Hop on a tour bus
Visit SeaLife
Go with the Teleferico
Visit the port
Go on a boat tour
Visit Selwo Marina

There are plenty of other activities to try out,but we tried just the ones above so I can only recommend you these ones.I would advise if you want to buy tickets for different activities to always check with the 
agencies,they have the best deals .

And don't forget to relax and enjoy your time!

Have you ever been to Benalmadena? Would you visit it?

Designer Clothes for Men at Bargain Prices

I said it before, I will say it again. It's so hard to find nice clothes if you are a man.If you go to a store you realise that at least 70% of the space is dedicated to women and if they're lucky the rest for men. Sometimes they share that space with kids clothing,it's just ridiculous.
This makes it even more difficult for me if I want to buy something for Nick,there aren't so many options to choose from.

I was told that on https://www.odsdesignerclothing.com I could find some really cool pieces and at a great price.
Next month is going to be Nicks birthday so I am already making a list with possible things to buy,I hate it when I leave it last moment ,don't you?

For a typical day of shopping for him, this is what I would choose :

You can find my picks here: https://www.odsdesignerclothing.com/mens

I have seen that lately he really started to pay attention to the accessories  as well, whenever we are in a store the first thing that he does is to go to see the watches and necklaces.

So tell me,do you like my picks?Would you wear them?

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The Fear of Speaking In Public and How to overcome it

I always admired the extroverts.I  felt that they had that something which I couldn't master because I was always shy and quiet ,so I stopped myself from expressing my opinions in public.
Throughout my childhood and even in my teenage years it was hard for me to make friends and to open up to people.
It has all changed when I met my husband .He had so much patience with me and understood my needs and strange ways , but I still cannot say that I've changed completely.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Public Speaking Academy's course which took place in Leeds , on a Saturday morning.
There were two stages of the course.The first stage started at 9:30 AM and the second stage started at 1 PM and it finished at 5 pm.
We arrived late and I was so embarrassed . I've told you before that I am really bad at managing my time efficiently .When we entered the room people were already chatting in groups as part of the first exercise and we had to blend in quickly.
 Lee and Andrew were our coaches and they shared with us their years of experience and their energy was  contagious.
The course is so diverse, it covers a wide area of interests, from speaking in public to actually promoting yourself and your business.You can also opt for one on one coaching which can be very helpful for some.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this experience changes your way of thinking and perceiving things.Everyone who attended was just lovely , the course was very interactive and fun and at the same time you felt safe and that nobody is judging you.
Did it help me?It actually did, and I've seen improvements when I'm trying to approach new people .

Have you ever attended such a course?

Banned Instagram Hashtags - Updated List 2018 February

Are you wondering why you don't have the same Instagram engagement as you had before?
Not only that Instagram has changed its algorithm when it comes to the chronological order of the photos,but now it has started to ban some hashtags as well.

What does it mean and how can it affect you?

Well,if you post even one of the temporarily or completely banned hastags posted below , your picture or video will  become shadowbanned ,which means that it will become hidden. 
Avoiding banned Instagram hashtags is very important if you want to have a good engagement and gain new followers with hashtags .

Here is the updated list of banned hashtags and let me know if you discover other ones so I can add them:













































I hope that this will help you! :)

Victoria Gate Casino 1st Year Anniversary - Party time

        I can't arrive early. Sorry , I just cannot be an early bird.
It's not that I don't start preparing myself hours in advance,it's just that I am really bad at managing my time while I am doing the tasks.
I told myself that I cannot be this late anymore for any event.
Well,there was this one time when I did arrive early.How early?Well... one hour in advance.I told you I was bad at managing my time.

        Me and Nick were invited to Victoria Gate Casino's first birthday.Victoria Gate Casino is located in Leeds City Center, at Victoria Gate.
Victoria Gate Leeds opened in late 2016 and I remember when it was still under construction how amazed I was week after week seeing how fast they were building it.
You can find several stores there, from clothing to food,from fashion to...a casino!
When we arrived at the Casino,we didn't know what to expect.Its impressive luxurious design is unlike anything we have seen before. 
You can go there just for a drink at their Bar ,you can watch the football game on the enormous HD screens, you can have a meal at their restaurant or you can go there for their games.They have this huge poker area that holds tournaments regularly .
Did I mention that this is the biggest casino in the north?
For the 1st year Anniversary we were greeted with glitter face painters, a magician, stilt walkers, a DJ and lots and lots of Prosecco. 
I will leave you with the pictures from that night that will speak for themselves. 

Thank you Ellie and Victoria Gate Casino for having us!See you next time! 

Glossybox UK February 2018

     Today was a quiet day . I heard the alarm ring at 7 a.m.and a very sleepy Nick reached for it to make it stop .
In between the sheets , half asleep , half awake , my eyes where searching for him as he was grabbing his clothes and rushing down to the kitchen .
I hear him opening the fridge door and using the toaster and in a minute he's rushing out the door .
That's strange ! He's never leaving home without having breakfast . Oh well , I guess he doesn't want to be late . 
At this point I realize that it's absolutely useless to try and sleep some more , so I get up  and make myself a cup of organic white tea with blueberry and elderflower .
     It's so sunny and beautiful outside so I just spend the next hours in our relaxing room where we have a gorgeous view to our back garden , sip on some tea and write articles like 'Why it's actually Cool to be Single on Valentine's Day'.
In a couple of hours , he's back home . With a cheeky smile he gives me a big kiss and hands me my package from https://www.glossybox.co.uk . I wasn't expecting it so soon.

This months Glossybox has such a cute design,I love it. Inside the package I found:  

  • Ciate London nail polish small size - unfortunately I will not be using this one,because normal nail polish doesn't stay on my nails more than one day and after that it just chips off. Price: 6£

  • Sleek Makeup Storm Palette full size -I bought this kind of palette years ago and I just loved it.It is very pigmented and the colors are stunning.This is the perfect palette for a smokey eye and the price is really good.I am not sure if I will use it now ,I might give it away . Price:9£

  • Icona Milano Mascara full size- I don't normally use waterproof mascaras ,but I am really curious if I will like this one . Price: 15£

  • Studio10 Beauty Mist small size - I have tried only one face mist before and I didn't like it so I am really curious about this one . Price: 14£

  • Steve Laurant Lip  Tint full size - the color is really pretty and I prefer using lip tints instead of lipstick when my lips are dry . Price: 17£

Are you a Glossybox subscriber?What do you think of this months Glossybox?

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