The Most Fashionable Destinations in the World

Fashion is created all over the world and the new trends and fashion statements get together from a number of fashion states around the world. Just like you, we would love to visit these places and see the latest fashion trends brewing up. So, where does this fashion originate from?  Here we describe the top 4 fashion churning cities of the world that are a must see for all the fashion crazy ladies out there. You may have heard a lot about them, but never realized how much they have contributed to the fashion world. So, if you are looking to visit any of the fashion producers out there, be sure to pay these places a detailed visit! Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Paris

The city of style, known for its elite taste in the fashion industry, is one of the most exotic fashion states in the world. The annual fashion week held in this city has inspired fashionistas and style icons from all over the world. The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is full of an assortment of the world’s greatest designers from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior. If that wasn’t enough, dine in some of the chicest restaurants in the world and satisfy your taste for luxury to the extreme.

New York

The rollercoaster of style, New York is the hub of fashion. Wherever you look, the city is bursting with new trends and fashion statements. Whether it’s the empire state building or some of the best shopping districts that the city has to offer, you can’t go wrong in New York. 5th avenue is the epicenter of fabulous designers. Versace, channel Dior and a number of other fashion names can be found in the area that makes it a fashion buzz to visit.

Milan

If the classics are your favorite, pay a trip to Milan and be mesmerized by the vintage beauty that the city offers. A number of the iconic fashion designers have their headquarters in this city of fashion. From Armani to valentine, Gucci and Versace, the entire city is bejeweled with notable brand names of the industry. If you want to live the fashion life in this city, pay a visit to the quadrilatero Della moda and be inspired by the exotic trends and beautiful fashion statements being conjured.

London

We can’t just round up the fashion cities without mentioning the queen of street wear, London. The city is simply the most amazing point to look at the world’s funkiest fashion trends. Harrods at Brampton road and Camden Market are fashionista’s favorite spots to look at the new fashion of tomorrow. It really is a magical place where everything is in full flow, conjuring up the latest fashion trends by the minute.

All these places are perfect examples of great cities in the world that you can visit to revel in the latest fashion crazes. We are mesmerized by the exotic beauty trends that each individual place has to offer. Certainly, it can be a one of a kind experience to visit all these different fashion destinations. We would love to travel to these locations and satisfy our desire for fashion, won’t you?

St Lucia Adventure

After 12 months of waiting finally the time has to come to go on my summer holiday for a glorious 10 days. The flight itself was smooth, we had a few bumpy moments but overall it was fine.

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HOW HOT?

When I got off the plane, I felt like someone had thrown into a 100 degrees OVEN, I have been to St Lucia before, however the contrast of coming from a mild temperature weather to extremely hot it’s always a shock to the system. Customs clearance and baggage claim was actually very quick (so far the best I have experienced, the worse one was in South Africa Johannesburg where I waited for over an hour to go through customs alone).

The first two days of the holiday I didn’t do anything, I was jet lagged despite staying up late and trying to get my body adjusted, I found myself going to sleep and waking up on London time, which left me extremely exhausted. By the third day I was ready to start exploring I wanted to do try a few new things, sailing, waterfall abseil and the hardest of all of them, hiking up on the Piton Mountain.

Unfortunately hurricane Matthew was heading our way and for two days we couldn’t do anything or leave the resort. Despite all this, I have to say the staff at the hotel went beyond the call of duty to ensure all the guests were ok, the hospitality was second to none.

Hiking – Piton Mountain

I decide to conquer my fear of heights (again), today I’m going hiking at the Pitons Mountain.  The Gros Piton rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie. Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, Gros Piton and its smaller sibling, Petit Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest.

We started at 9.30am, it takes approximately 2 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. Although our tour guide said there was a local guy who climbed the Pitons in 39 mins, I would love to meet him and ask  ‘how did you do it’??

After an hour of hiking my heart rate was shooting through the roof, also there was so many rocks, I found myself using my hands more to help with the hike, on our way up, we bumped into a couple who decided to give up, the lady said to me: ‘Life is beautiful and short and I don’t intend on going back home in a box, so I gave up’. That worried me, but we can all this way and were so close to the top, the thought of giving up now wouldn’t make any sense. We marched on, we used everything we had in the tank, but our guide kept us motivated and when we arrived at the top, it was just WOW WOW WOW, you have to see it to believe it! Check this out

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The Piton Mountains

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The Pinton Mountain

Overall the Pitons was worth every single bit of it. I’m so glad when we got down there was a cold beer waiting for us. I couldn’t actually walk properly when we got down, I was limping, and my limps were absolutely killing me. Next stop we had the mud bath which I was told is going to help (I very much doubt that I said).

 Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs

 Soufriere Volcano  in St. Lucia is considered as the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! It is locally known as the Sulphur Springs.

Thinking about it, I have never been to a mud bath, this my very first time. The hot springs and mud baths  are hotter than the average bath. These bathing pools are blessed with volcanic minerals and health-giving properties, which are reputed to have therapeutic qualities for the skin.  I have to say I was very doubtful that it would help with the aches and pain from the hiking, but after staying in the springs for a few minutes, my skin was glowing and so soft and the aches in my limps went away. I was lost for words. I was so impressed I bought a lot of soaps/sulphur powder etc. to use as part of my everyday beauty regime.

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Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs

The adrenaline of the hiking has left me wanting more activity to conquer my fear of heights. What do I do? I signed up for ‘Waterfall Abseil’, what was I thinking???

The drive to the waterfall in Dennery was around 2 hours, when we got there we walked through the forest and found ‘start fruit’ tree, which we tried some together with cacao fruit look at this, can it be more beautiful?

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Cacao Fruit

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Star Fruit

After safety briefing and demonstration, I was the first one to go. You had to go backwards and DO NOT LOOK DOWN! My legs felt like jelly they couldn’t move, and my heart was beating to fast I’m surprised it didn’t come out of my chest!

A few deep breaths later, I decided it’s now or never! Slowly I went one step at the time, halfway through the guide downstairs was encouraging me ‘you are almost there’ oh that’s not bad I thought, well i found out later he as lying I was nowhere near it was a long way down. My arm was aching and just when I thought I couldn’t go on anymore I reached the bottom, what a great feeling. I cannot believe I did it.   Believe it or not I wanted to go back up and do it again, but I couldn’t as we had to get back to the resort, i needed to pack and head for the airport……..

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Watefall in Dennery

Overall St Lucia has been a very active holiday, I enjoyed every second of it and cannot wait to go back again.

Now my hair extensions has been through a lot in the past 10 days. As autumn approaches I feel it’s time for a change. I’m seeing my hairdresser on Tuesday to put new hair extensions in, I will be using the FlowBella Hair straight 18/20 inches.  I will of course keep you updated.

And time to go back to Barrys Bootcamp next week, i cannot wait.

Beautiful Greece-Conquering my fear

I’m extremely excited to be going to Greece, a country I have never been to  and always wanted to go. The downside of the holiday is that we have a 6am flight which means we have to be up at 2am, oh boy is there any point at all in going to sleep. I have to confess part of me was tempted to stay up until 2am and go straight to the airport and sleep on the plane. However, since I cannot sleep on planes, I ought to go to bed early and try and get up, the last thing I need is to miss the plane.  Nevertheless, needless to say, I did not have a good night sleep. I went to bed at but kept waking up every hour which was not much fun.

 

DAY ONE

We arrived extremely tired and ready for bed, however we had another 3.5 hours’ drive to the resort. How annoying, the flight was only 2.5 hours and the drive is 3.5 hours ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

HELLO GREECE

We arrived at Aristi Mountain Resort to be greeted by this beautiful view. Despite the long tiring drive, and the lack of sleep, when we set eyes on this beautiful place all seemed to be worth it.  Our hotel is nestled in the middle of the mountains one of which, the Vikos Gorge in the Pindus Mountains, is listed in the Guinness world record as one of the deepest gorges. We didn’t do much today apart from plan our week ahead and have an early night, it’s been a tiring day we have been up for more than 12 hours. Unbeknown to me, my partner told me this holiday was for me to conquer my fears and do things I have never done before, i.e. white water rafting, paragliding (thank you for very much for forgetting I’m petrified of heights), climbing, cannoning (hmmm another one I’m not sure of), horse riding, and relax and read some books. Hmmmm, say what?????

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DAY TWO

We had lovely supper the night before at a very nice restaurant by the village, however, I was extremely nervous of the white water rafting given that I’m not a strong swimmer. The question which was on my mind is what if I fall off and the current is so strong that it sweeps me away. My partner replies: ‘well then you will die’. The drive to the white water rafting centre was the longest drive of my life (even though it only took 20 mins). Upon arrival I felt physically sick, part of me wanted to:

  1. A) Give up on the whole idea and forget about it

 

  1. B) Go along with it and let God deal with it

However I was not prepared to give in and let my partner win on our bet. I decided to go ahead with it.

White Water Rafting

After the induction and simple instructions we got on our inflatable raft, funnily enough once we were on the raft all my nerves disappeared, I was scared for nothing,  this is really good fun. I should have done this earlier, at some places it was relaxing other it was a little more heart stopping moments. I must confess, I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting and without a doubt I would do it again.

DAY THREE

Vikos Mountain

Today is our big day of walking/climbing the famous Vikos Gorge. I wasn’t scared or nervous since I have climbed before and knew what to expect, this was my favourite thing on the list, what can be more relaxing than walking and enjoying the view? Piece of cake. Our guide picked us up at and told us what to expect. The walk/climbing will take around 6hours, 6 hours I replied? Hmm I should have done my research re the Gorge never mind.

We arrived at the top of the Gorge around 10am, our guide told us we would start with a gentle walk down the mountain, stop for lunch around midday, and carry on stop by the river for a swim before embarking on the climb up the Gorge. So far so good, I love gentle walks followed by a swim, I’m not sure about the climbing but hey.

 

HEAVEN ON EARTH

This place is beautiful beyond description, being surrounded by all this lovely nature is pure beauty, and scenery itself takes your breath away. We live in such a beautiful world, all this lovely nature that God gave us and we more often than not take it for granted. After 3 hours of walking and some heart stopping moments, I was actually scared in some places it was so steep and one wrong turn, you would be dead.  We walked, enjoyed the views and of course the sky decided to open. This is nothing like the rain we get back home in London, this is tropical train, despite the weather being 30 degrees the rain was actually cold. We had two options either wait until the rain stops or soldier on. We decide to soldier on completely soaked, cold and feeling tired beyond anything else. The rain would not stop and we decided to skip the river and head back to the hotel. My heart sank when I found out we have another 2 hours to go, oh no. Thirty minutes until the finishing line I started to feel faint, sick and seeing double vision. Every time I looked down my legs gave away, the guide told me whatever you do not stop or look down. How can I not? I wanted to lay down there and wait for a helicopter to come and carry me or for someone to carry me. My darling partner was even more tired than me, but I soldiered on and when we reached the top I was happy my legs gave away and I collapsed on the floor with exhaustion and euphoria. I’ve made it, 6 hours OMG how?

 

DAY 4

 

I woke up with my legs and bottom aching so much I couldn’t get out of bed properly I was limping. Give me Barry’s Bootcamp class anytime. After breakfast another adventure day awaits us.  Today is the mother of all conquering my fear of heights, paragliding.

 

I was more nervous about doing this because I’m petrified of heights. The drive up to the mountain was very scary at times and the roads were so narrow, thank God I was not on the driving seat. I would have fainted going up there and probably left the car and walked down instead.

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VERTIGO

When it was my turn to be strapped in, my heart was in my mouth, I was feeling physically sick, and all I kept thinking was: what if the parachute cuts and I drop from mid-air all the way to the ground?   Before I had time to let my thoughts wander any further we were off. OMG, ok, I kept my eyes open because I wanted to see where I was going, however, when I looked down my whole stomach turned, I felt light headed and I was extremely worried. We were one kilometre above the valley floor! The instructor who was strapped to me must have seen how nervous I was and reassured me that I was safe and I should relax, he’s an expert and he’s been doing this for 20 years and never had any accidents. After that useful piece of information, I found myself more relaxed and enjoyed the view. I felt liberated being up there, all my thoughts disappeared and I was able to look down and enjoy it. I felt alive and just closed my eyes and enjoyed the feeling of being up there.

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Out of all the holidays I have been to, this holiday pushed me to the limits, I have done things I have never imaged before, it makes such a difference when you let all your fear disappear and enjoy the moment. Its liberating. I had a great time in Greece and I would return to the same resort again, the hospitality we received was second to none. THANK YOU ARISTI MOUNTAIN RESORT.

Back to London now and the first thing i need to do is head to my hairdressers to sort out my hair extensions out!!! I feel like having shorter hair for the summer, I’m going for the chop!  Here is the end result.

This is my summer look   #SLAY THE BOB

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LOSING MY SAFARI VIRGINITY – SOUTH AFRICA, MARATABA SAFARI LODGE

One gloomy Saturday morning in London, my partner says to me ‘darling I’m going to South Africa for work, I was thinking I could extend it to 5 days and we can have a nice little holiday together’. I paused for a moment, South Africa hmmm! I have never been but to be honest it never really crossed my mind, and fly for 11 hours for 5 days and spend 3 days on a safari holiday? That’s a little crazy. But hey why not!!!!!!!!!!!

I have never been on a safari holiday before (to be honest it never appealed to me), give me a beach holiday anytime. On second thoughts, life is all about new experiences so why not. My partner flew in two days before me so that he could get his work meetings out of the way.  I’m very much looking forward to my 11 hour flight, considering how much I love flying (not).

I arrived in Johannesburg early evening on the 23rd of June, completely exhausted after a 11 hour flight and if that wasn’t bad enough, it took one and half hour to go through customs. The good news is the train from Johannesburg to the main town was only 20 mins. After a long couple of hours travelling I was ready for bed.  Time to rest and tomorrow we will drive another 4 hours to our safari resort.

Our driver was a great gentleman, kept us entertained and before we knew it, we were 20 minutes away from the resort, and I must have nodded off without even realising given the long flight the previews day. It was early evening when we arrived, and the drive from the main gate to the safari lodge itself,  was 15 minutes. Whilst driving to the lodge, we saw two elephants who decided to block our path. The driver started to reverse back, ‘hmmm should I start to panic now, I thought?’

OMG – I must be dreaming.

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The resort itself was amazing, I could not believe my eyes, and it made the 4 hour drive worth it.

We stayed at Marataba Safari Lodge, which is located inside the reserve itself. This meant we often found animals like monkeys, zebras and antelope hanging out right around camp. Because there are no fences, armed guards would escort us to our lodge at night, this was because if we run into an animal on our way to the lodge, it can be dangerous, my human instinct would be to run which will not get me very far because if it’s a lion, that’s me gone!

Our safari group would start at 6am to have some coffee & muffins at the camp lodge and Shawn (our guide) also explained the plan for the day ahead.

View from our lodge:

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FELLING COLD, COLD, COLD

 

Me being silly and thinking even the African winter does not come close to the winter back home in London, I didn’t bring any winter clothes apart from one very light sweater, much to the delight of my partner. Let’s just say I had to buy a sweater and a scarf, yes it was freezing cold. ‘I kept thinking to myself, how it can be cold in Africa’. Lesson learnt!

 

After the quick meeting, it was time to jump into our open-air Land Rover.

We drove around for a couple of hours and saw various animals, it was an amazing experience being so close and personal next to the animals. To say I was perplexed would have been a bit of an understatement, I was in awe of the whole experience. It made the 11 hour flight and the drive worth every minute.  We saw Elephants, Cheetahs, Rhinos, Giraffes, zebras, cheeky monkeys (be careful they steal your things) amongst other animals.

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For me the best part of the safari was the river cruise where we saw anacondas, hippos, buffalos, elephants and the sunset, you have to see it to believe it. You cannot beat this view with a glass of Gin & Tonic in one hand and you’re loved next to you. I could stay here forever.

How can you beat this? Our river cruise watching the sunset, just magical.

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The only thing I didn’t like about the experience itself, when you go to sleep at night, you can hear the lions roar, and the monkeys jumping up and down your lodge. I can safely say, I would not be able to stay there alone. I was having trouble sleeping at nights, which meant I was exhausted during the day, being tired was not an option since we were there for only 2 nights.

 

Oh and how can you beat having a shower outside surrounded by nature?

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The whole safari experience in South Africa exceeded my expectations. I’m so happy to crossed this off my ‘things to do list’. I cannot wait to go back to Africa, for another memorable experience.

 

Seat Belt????? What do you mean seatbelt? – Madness of India

DAY 4

Today we are heading to Punjab to meet a supplier I have been in contact with, the car is picking us up at 12pm on the dot! Whilst waiting for the car at the lobby, I was praying that the car would be air conditioned because I don’t know how much more of this heat I can take.

The first thing I asked when we got into the car was, ‘where are the seatbelt?’ The driver replied, seatbelt? What seatbelt? These are only for novelty. In my head I was thinking, you expect us to drive for 8 hours without wearing any seatbelt? In this crazy traffic? My friend of course found the funny side and she was laughing away at my innocent yet serious question.

We take off and surprise surprise after 20 mins of driving we are pulled over by the police. Typical, I said to my friend, it’s just like the police in Africa I bet they want some money! We stayed inside the car and watched the driver plead with the policemen but they were having none of it. My friend said do not look a the policeman, we have 3 big suitcases they might think we have money blag bla bla.  Eventually our driver gets back in the car and we of course we asked him what happened, did you have to pay him? Yes he said, why I asked? Well I ‘JUMPED A RED LIGHT’ he said ‘Ha I take back what I said about all policemen to being corrupt.

The drive was long, the traffic was not bad at all, we eventually arrived in Ludhiana in our beautiful hotel. View Post