Sunday, 14 October 2018

This Week I Am Loving... Private Parts Podcast

I wanted to share what I have been loving and wanted to start off with a podcast that I have only started to listen to which is called Private Parts. I have never really listened to a podcast properly before, and my work has allowed us to listen to our headphones, and you honestly don't know how happy this has made me. Not only am I able to concentrate better, but my anxiety has also become increasingly better too.

Stupidly, I started with their latest episode which was the second part unwillingly not knowing that they do their podcasts in two parts, I was pretty confused and decided to start from the very first episode. My God. This is probably one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I am uncontrollably laughing and entertained every second from their stories. 

I stopped watching Made in Chelsea and now I am seriously regretting it as I forgot how much I adored these guys. Jamie is hilarious, witty and has a loving charm, and then we have Francis Boulle, who is one hell of a funny guy and I absolutely love his sense of humour. Francis is the reason why I am uncontrollably laughing, though don't get me wrong, Jamie is hilarious too. They are a perfect double act. 

Not only am I constantly entertained my anxiety has also gotten better as I am distracted from worrying as I am only focusing on the podcast and nothing else. I found laughing to be the best medicine as it always makes me feel better no matter how I am feeling.

I highly recommend you listen to this podcast because not only will you laugh your arse off, you’ll hear the private parts to Jamie and Francis' lives and even learn interesting facts.

Do you listen to podcasts? Have you found it can help you concentrate or make you feel better in any way?


Sunday, 7 October 2018

9 Tips For Your First Time In New York

I finally went to New York, and it was EVERYTHING I could've wished for. It was my first time visiting New York and the first part of my journey around America, and even though, no, I am not an expert, I wanted to share with you my experience and help you out if you're planning to go New York anytime soon.

It was a trip of a lifetime for me, the experience was overwhelming at times, but I have no regrets at all. I hope you enjoy my tips, these are all my own experiences, as I said, I am no expert, and still have so much to see in New York and can't wait to come back.

You will be doing a lot of walking. And I mean A LOTIt's part of the experience if you do a lot of walking, not only do you see such amazing sights, but you're also burning calories meaning you can eat more. We stayed at the Hudson Hotel which was right near Central Park, and twenty minutes from Times Square, we managed to walk all the way to the World Trade Centre (4.5 miles away), it was so worth it even if it was a killer, we did get a taxi back though.

Download Google MapsIf we didn't have this app, we would've been lost and probably still there. You can download the area where you are and still navigate offline. With the change of timezone, your mobile network will cost a bomb to use, this app honestly helped us so much.

The Subway is not that bad. I wasn't sure about the Subway at first as I hate the underground in London, and I've heard it's worse in New York, but I am so thrilled that we did and it's pretty easy to use. I mean, in the summer, it's rather hot and clammy. I found it easier to use than the underground, and it's not hectic as I thought it would be. It gets you around so much quicker, and there is always someone about for when you need help.

Traffic is terrible. Expect to hear beeping every minute of the day. The traffic is manic, and this is why you need to walk or get the subway. Not only is it crazily busy they also beep like it's no tomorrow. I was woken up many times by the noise. We got a cab twice and a 20 minute car journey turned into 50 minutes, luckily it was still only $21, which I was pretty shocked it wasn't $100.

It's easy to get around. I am surprised how easy I found it to get around New York as I am terrible with directions. New York has street numbers which btw, I love as it's so much easier to remember where you are. The streets run horizontally (from east to west), and avenues run vertically (from north to south).

Wear comfortable shoes. Don't do what I did and buy shoes right before the holiday as not only will your feet not be adjusted to them yet, you will get a blister, and it hurt like a little bitch. 

Try not to look too touristy. I didn't think we looked that 'touristy' though I guess my accent kinda gave it away. You honestly have to be careful. People think they can get money and tips from tourists and it frustrated me a lot. At Central Park you can get a few people coming up to you, and also be careful when in Time Square because adults dressed as Disney characters come up asking for a picture, and then they ask for tips from you. 

Going back to Central Park, I had a Buddhist monk that came up to me (I did a little research, and they're fraudulent) and they put a bracelet on my wrist and then handed me a book to give them a donation. They also 'don't speak English' but I think that's nonsense too. 

I also got a guy grabbing me giving me his 'CD' of his rapping and then immediately asked for a donation, after saying no multiple times, he walked off and took the album. What a shame.

Tourist attractions are expensive. I feel like this is an obvious one. A lot of restaurants and shops right in the touristy areas are rather expensive, do research beforehand as I found a lot of amazing places right out of the tourist areas which were better and cheaper too. 

Don't get in peoples way. People don't like two things; standing in the middle of the street (if you're taking pictures) and slow walking. Stand near the side if you see a good view when taking a picture. 

I hope this helped you for when you go to New York and let me know what you got up to too.


Sunday, 30 September 2018

My Time in New York - What I Did...

It's been a month or so since I was in America and I miss it soo much. I was honestly crying at the airport when we're coming back. We spent three weeks travelling from New York to Los Angeles and my gosh, it was the best experience I have done in my life. The first spot was New York, and it was by far my favourite out of them all.

The flight and arriving...

I have never been on a flight longer than 4 hours, so an 8 hour flight was pretty big for me and was my 4th time travelling on a plane but luckily I do like flying (though I did watch Sully not long before, so I was sh*tting myself a little).  We flew with Primera Air, and it wasn't the best experience I've had, we paid pretty cheap flights, and it was a basic flight all round - no TV and very small space.

Luckily I had my iPad to entertain us, we watched Wolf of Wall Street (fourth time and still just as brilliant), after a long 8 hours, we finally arrived at JFK, and we were ready to hit NYC, but first, we needed sleep as it was 11pm. 

The hotel...

We were staying at the Hudson hotel, and it was the perfect spot as it was right by Central Park and 20 minutes away from Times Square. Our room was lovely, nothing special, but very cosy. I didn't manage to get any pictures of our room for some reason. The hotel itself, however, was gorgeous, with a bar outside, a library room with a pool table, and it also had an Umami burger there too.

What we got up too...

The first few days were full of exploring. We had five days in New York and as it was our first time we had no idea of how long anything would take and what we would be doing. We went to Times Square a few times, especially in the morning on a weekday as it was so quiet, at first I didn’t think anything of it, however, in the evening, it is insanely busy, full of crazy people performing and a lot of tourists.

It is very picturesque and inspiring. To be at the place where you see so many times in movies is so amazing. To me, it looks a lot different in real life, but it's even better especially at night.

Breakfast was my favourite meal by FAR. It’s pancakes, bacon, syrup and much much more. Harry and I first visited AppleJack Diner and my god, it was divine. I got chocolate chip pancakes while Harry got pancakes with bacon and sausage. It was delicious, we had a whole jug of syrup and whipped butter too, the service was brilliant however when we got the bill, I was pretty shocked that it was $50... I mean, was it worth $50? No, but I was too excited to care about that, and we were right in the touristy area.

We also tried Westway Diner and this time I got waffles and Harry tried Fench toast, I think Americans know how to do breakfast. We were way too full after eating that, I could barely walk all day. 

We did a lot of touristy things, but one thing we didn't do was go to the top of the Empire State Building, we wanted to do as much as we could but as we didn't book this in advance, it was a little pricey and plus, I felt like it wasn't a big deal because I knew I would definitely be back meaning I could do this some other time, the building, however, is magnificent and I cannot wait to see the beautiful views high up. 

One thing we did do though was seeing the Statue of Liberty, we were strolling upstate and was hassled by a guy who in the end, was pretty awesome. We managed to get tickets to see the Statue of Liberty for $35 each. It was an experience of a lifetime, and this was a moment I never want to forget. You get to see how gorgeous of a city New York is, and I highly recommend you do this.

From so many beautiful sights, we managed to see the World Trade Centre and the 9/11 memorial. It was very surreal to be in a place where such a tragic event happened. The waterfall is such a beautiful thing to have as a tribute with all the names of the people whose lives were tragically taken away.  

You're in this happy place when sightseeing, but being where it had happened, your emotions change immediately, it's absolutely horrific what happened, you realise how cruel life can be, and so many innocent lives were taken away.

Back to food, and I think it's safe to say that we ate huuuuuge amounts and there was no regrets at all. As you saw with breakfast, we got a lot, but that didn't stop us from having more throughout the day. Wendy's was my favourite burger place that we ate in New York, we also tried Smash burger, though it wasn't the best burger that we had.

As we were in New York, of course, we had pizzas, and oh boy, they were delicious. We tried Roberta's Pizza at Urbanspace Vanderbilt which was in a food complex. It was by far one of the best pizzas I have ever had, there wasn't a lot a cheese but the whole texture, bread and sauce just made the balance of everything. The other was near the Friends building, and I am gutted, but I cannot remember the name of this place though the pizza was only $3.

My other favourite place was Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. Forget KFC this is where you need to go when coming here. In Hells Kitchen area at 749 9th Ave, this place is a fast food restaurant serving fried chicken, chicken burgers and lots of fries along with multiple refillable drinks. I was obsessed and want to go back already.

My time throughout New York was perfect in every way, we experienced so much and made so many memories. Every building was beautiful, and we got to see so much, though one building that caught my eye was, of course, the Friends building. I was so excited to see this in my own eyes, I get they didn't film there, but it's a part of Friends, and it was surreal seeing this up close.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures and I cannot wait to share my next blog post of tips for when visiting New York.


Sunday, 23 September 2018

A Personalised Gift With Alcohol

Hands up who loves a cheeky drink? It's nearly Christmas (and my birthday soon, just saying) and it's coming to that time where we're madly searching for presents again but sometimes the presents that we give can be meaningless and bought for the reason of just buying them a gift, and now finally I have found the perfect gift for anyone who you think this is ideal for.

I was thrilled to receive a bottle of vodka from Personalised Bottle Labels. I am not a huge drinker, but my absolute go-to drink is coke and vodka. I could put any name and message on the bottle and chose my blogger name 'MissJadeW',  which I love so much. Oh, and yes, I do have 'It's Coming Home' message on the bottle too, only because I was drinking while watching the game thinking we could win this...  but I am glad I have this because it shows what an eventful summer it was this year, so why not have something to remember it by, though it can remind me not to make rash decisions too. 

Not only is alcohol a winner but to have something like this can be very significant to someone in that you can put any message or name for the person of your choice, and this can be perfect to give on any occasion too, whether that is for a wedding or a celebration, a personalised gift is a lot more meaningful. 

You can purchase from a huge range of many alcohol beverages at Personalised Bottle Labels with the choice of any label, message and even a picture. You could even buy one for yourself, no one will judge.

*PR Sample


Sunday, 22 July 2018

Pho & Bun // Review

It's hard to find real authentic Vietnamese food however I think I know I have found the perfect place that provides not only mouth-watering food, but that's affordable too. Located in Shaftesbury Avenue, Pho & Bun is walking distance from many West End Theatres and is amongst other popular places such as Soho and ChinaTown.

I was kindly invited to try out their 3-course set menu, this included; two starters, a main, one dessert and a drink. As soon as I stepped into the restaurant, I could immediately smell such beautiful food that the chefs were cooking, and I couldn't wait to see what was on the menu. The restaurant had both an upstairs and downstairs, and we were seated downstairs near the bar. The upstairs seemed pretty chilled and more of a lunchtime spot, however, the downstairs felt a lot more private which was perfect for dates or with a group of friends. I found the restaurant was a lot smaller than I had imagined but this gave it a much more intimate feel.

The downstairs had a bar meaning you can get your service right away as most restaurants base their bars upstairs, once seated we were introduced to the manager, Andy. He provided us with the set menu. Set menus can be hard to pull off, but I was drawn to each dish and found it hard to make a decision.

Firstly, before we picked our food we went straight to the drinks, as it was a beautiful sunny day, I chose to have the home-made lemonade, and I could not fault this one bit. It was a simple lemonade drink and I enjoyed it that much I ordered another one straight after.

I had the choice to pick two starters, I was excited as there was too much choice and would've struggled to pick one. The manager recommended the squid, and I was curious to try this out. Along with the squid, I had picked the honey glazed ribs, and Harry had chosen sticky honey wings.

The starters came in a small dish, and my mouth was salivating. The squid isn't everyone's favourite, but I loved it. It was soft yet crispy and perfectly cooked too, this came with a lemon which enhanced the flavour. The ribs were also outstanding, they were succulent and tender, this was very different from the American style of ribs, but I could not fault this dish whatsoever.

Harry had the squid too and chose the honey glazed wings, he said that out of everything this was his favourite dish. The chicken wing was a great portion size with a hint of spice, they do not exaggerate the honey glaze to which you can really taste this. The chicken had a crispy tasty skin and was also very juicy.

When it came to the main dish, I was torn between several dishes as they all sounded phenomenal, in the end, I got the Crispy Tiger Prawn Bao burger. With it being Vietnamese style, the bao burger was a steamed bun, and this was so soft and airy.  The burger was full of refreshing flavours, though I was sceptical at first with pineapple being in the burger along with pickles and wasabi mayonnaise, the combination of these worked perfectly together.

Harry had the honey glazed pork belly vermicelli he said this was a good portion size with a fantastic balance of meat, noodles and salad along with the flavour too. The dish was very filling and was the perfect amount, the pork was tender and lean. We shared sweet potato chips with a dip of chilli mayonnaise, and though I am not a huge fan of sweet potato chips, they were probably one of the best  I have had in a long time.

Towards the dessert I was feeling pleasantly full however as always I was ready for it. I decided to go for the frozen yoghurt, I have never had frozen yoghurt before, and you can definitely tell the difference between that and ice cream. Though I found it different, there was syrup mixed into this, and I feel this had complimented the frozen yoghurt and worked well together. Harry had a caramel flan, again, I have never had this before, and I was astonished at how delicious this was and enjoyed this more than my dessert.

For a restaurant that does a three-course set menu for £23.95, I was exceptionally pleased, you would not usually find this in the centre of London. It's a small restaurant filled with regulars along with superb staff who regularly checked we're okay and asking if we have had enough food/drinks. The food was incredible and had a real authentic feel. I went with an open mind, and this had made me want to try new food more. I would give this a solid 8/10.

*I was kindly invited to eat at Pho & Bun however all views are my own and I would definitely come back as a paying customer.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

How to overcome a bad week

Some days can be pretty shitty, and those days can last for a good week or so, but that's okay. Not everyone is going to have the best day every single day, I wish that could happen, though without these types of days, you don't learn in life and overcome certain situations when you deal with them yourself.

A little update...
I apologise that I've been a little quiet lately. Last week was pretty terrible for me, but on a side note, Harry and I are currently in the process of moving into our first bought house YAYYYYY. 

You ask why it's been a bad week? Well, where do I begin...
Firstly, we had to deal with solicitors who were an absolute pain in the arse however despite things getting in the way, I am so over it and cannot wait to move into our house.

Secondly, how fantastic was England in the world cup?! I loved seeing everyone come together and celebrate, nevertheless, this does not excuse drunk idiots near where we live cheering/arguing and throwing stones at each other at one in the morning.

Cut a long story short, the windscreen on the car was damaged. Brilliant. 
So, I hope you can understand to why I was a little quiet along with also being on and having anxiety added into the mix, I just needed some well-needed space.

Here are some ways how I tried to overcome my week:

Learn from your mistakes...
This week has made me think quite a lot. It made me realise how difficult things can be and how strong of a person it can make you in the outcome of it all. You can either walk away from the situation or stand tall and deal with it. Harry and I were close to calling it off to getting our new house, but I am so glad we didn't. I have learnt that you don't need to rush everything and things will fall into its place when it's ready. 

Remove yourself from negativity...
I know that I am a negative person at times. When a situation is stressful, my 'Nikki Grahame' can come out. I try and keep my cool, except I have such a short attention span, and I was shocked to see how I bad I react to certain situations. Taking yourself out of the room and controlling on your breathing can help a lot. I want to try and not let anyone get the better of me anymore and want to start to be more positive.

Remember that tomorrow is a new day...
Try and remember that yes, the situation you're currently in is pretty much like riding a bicycle with no wheels on but keep thinking that this will end and you can start a fresh day tomorrow or even the next day. A situation doesn't get easy within five minutes, it can take days or even weeks, remember to not be too hard on yourself and a new day will be here shortly.

Talk it out...
Nobody will understand how you're feeling and talking it through to someone may not help the situation, but it can help you feel a lot calmer. It's so much better than bottling it all up. Though I am crap at letting it all out as I cry and can't speak, anyone else like that?

Plan something to look forward to...
The way I see it if you have a horrible week try and do something so not only you can look forward to it, your mind is also distracted from what else is going on. Though with my situation it wasn't great in the slightest, I kept remembering that I now have a house and this made me think that it's all worth it (well, probably not all of it).

This week has been a little better but I hope you enjoyed this post. Hows your week going?


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara // REVIEW

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It's that time again your favourite mascara has run out. The 3-month rule has ended, and my journey begins to test out a new mascara...

I first found this in Boots, and my eyes were drawn to this mascara immediately. I always go for the style of the mascara, and I love it when they give us a glimpse of what it looks like inside by showing us the wand next to the mascara.

When I bought this my hand dropped to the floor nearly with how heavy it was, okay, it's not that heavy but it is pretty bulky, this was due to the shaker system. You can shake this mascara to give it a fresher feel each time and it is free from clumps too.

Now, I struggle with mascaras a lot of the time. My eyelashes are a pain to please. I have had more mascaras that have not worked than ones that do, and once again I had the same problem. Typical.

This mascara did absolutely nothing. I honestly felt disappointed. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything but when I have a good mascara, my eyelashes look LIT. 

Joking ...       I'm not

The above picture doesn't look too bad though the eyelashes were sticking to each other and looked a mess. 

The formula is a very thin liquid, and it took a good few layers to make it look volumised, though shortly after my eyelashes didn't have any volume whatsoever. I love long eyelashes, and this lifts them by only 5%.  I wasn't too sure if it's from shaking it straight away or just because it's not that good. I tried on the first layer, and I just gave myself a stare in the mirror thinking 'not again, Jade', everything that I was doing was not working. After applying for a few more layers, I just had the realisation that this was not working. 

I need to remember to watch reviews before I buy. If you want to see me disappointed in another review please check out the Holika Holika blackhead strip. 

Have you tried this too? Was you pleased or a disappointed like me? 

Please share your thoughts x

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