Time To Sleep – Gel Eye Mask Review

Sleep plays such an important role in our health and wellbeing yet so many of us are deprived of it. Sleep disorders are on the rise, with insomnia being the most prevalent in the struggle for some shut-eye. 16 million adults in the U.K are suffering from sleeping problems with 23% revealing that they sleep for five hours or less each night!

So when the team at Time 2 Sleep asked me to review their Gel Eye Mask, I couldn’t say no. Sleep issues are having a serious effect on the quality of our lives and I think we have all found ourselves in a position where we have struggled to get a decent night’s sleep due to various factors. In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Gel Eye Mask and revealing whether it did anything to help my sleeping experience.

Claims

Helps with headaches and migraines

Reduces sinuses pressure

Treats puffy eyes and dry eyes

One of the things that I really like about this mask is that its comfortable. It’s decently sized and fitted with an elastic band, so you don’t need to worry about adjusting it in any way, which is perfect. The material on the back is also so soft and it just made me feel a lot more relaxed. It is excellent quality as I’ve had it for a few weeks and it doesn’t even have a single tear on it. On the website, all users are informed that there are two ways you can decide to use this mask:

For cold use: Place in the fridge for two hours or overnight

For warm use: Heat in the microwave with the material facing down for 30 seconds. If the mask isn’t warm enough, you have the option of heating it for another 15 seconds.

I opted for warm use because I felt that I would have quicker results and I did. The mask did retain heat for 30 minutes as promised on the packaging and I felt so much better and relieved when I woke up in the morning. When I struggle with sleep, I like to meditate. Just being still and tuning in with my body and surroundings really helps. I would recommend ensuring you are entirely relaxed before you use this mask. Another benefit I experienced is that my puffy eyes have been relived which I love. I didn’t experience complete migraine relief. The mask is very easy to clean and its eco-friendly so you don’t need to worry about causing any harm to the environment. The mask also comes with a free travel case so if you are going away, storing it is very simple.

My overall verdict on the Gel Eye Mask  is that it’s a very nice product. There aren’t a lot of eye masks out there that offer health AND beauty benefits so you are getting very good value for money. The mask can also be used during the day too, not just at nighttime. Its the perfect pick me up for anyone who wants to improve or maintain their attitude towards sleep.

The Time 2 Sleep Gel Eye Mask  is available now and is priced at £10.96 (was £14.99)

Also, do visit the Time 2 Sleep website where there are lots of articles about things you can do to get a good night’s sleep.

Have you tried an eye mask before?  If you haven’t, would you consider using one?

I love to hear from you all, so please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think of this review.

Kel xo

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MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill Review

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to sample the menu at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Folkestone, Kent. For those of you who don’t know, Folkestone is a beautiful port town on the English Channel.

Marco Pierre White is one of the U.K’s most popular chefs. In 1994, he became the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. By the end of the 1990’s, he had retired from the kitchen and is now a very successful restaurateur. The menu’s at the Steakhouse Bar and Grill are very traditional – what I liked most about what was on offer is that there is something for everyone. I had the pleasure of visiting the Steakhouse Bar And Grill inside The Clifton Hotel. The hotel has a very modern yet sophisticated look. My cousin and I were greeted on arrival and felt welcomed immediately.

The restaurant is beautiful. The decor is classic, with a mainly black and white colour scheme. With sweet instrumentals playing in the background, the atmosphere was very relaxed. It is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. As we sipped on our drinks and enjoyed some bread and butter, we couldn’t help but admire our surroundings.

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I had to have Wheeler’s Crispy Calamari. If you follow me on social media, you will know my love for calamari is real! I was actually wondering what it would look and taste like before it even arrived! When it comes to calamari, not all restaurants get it right and that’s a fact. I’m pleased to say that it was absolutely delicious. It was soft, easy to chew and not doused in breadcrumbs which I also liked. The accompanying sauce tartare went perfectly with it. It was creamy and appetising.

My cousin had the Finest Quality Smoked Salmon. The salmon was well presented. It was garnished with vegetables and slices of brown bread were placed on the side of the plate. We both agreed that brown bread wasn’t really the best side for the dish. Ciabatta bread or something similar would have been better. However, the salmon had a divine taste regardless of this.

Mains

I had The French, which was a burger with melted cheese, onion rings and dijon mayonnaise, served with fries. My cousin had the Wheeler’s Coq and Shrimp Curry with a portion of rice and fries.

My burger was flavoursome and filing which was great until I realised that there was no dijon mayonnaise in my burger! This was a shame as I hadn’t been informed prior to placing my order but I requested some extra ketchup which was given to me within seconds. The fries had a fresh taste, which I like. At home, whenever I make chips or sweet potato fries, I like to cut them up myself as opposed to buying them frozen. Fries taste better when they are freshly made.

The Coq and Shrimp Curry had a pleasant taste but it wasn’t spicy at all. Depending on your food preferences, the addition of the mango in the curry was a bit of a surprise. It would have been nice if mango chutney was served as a side instead of having mango slices inside of the curry. If fruit in curries or soups is your thing, then you’ll definitely take a liking to this particular dish!

Dessert

I chose Mr White’s Billionaire Shortbread, Rich Caramel and Gold Leaf. The shortbread was served with some ice cream that had this silky, melt in your mouth taste. It was so good, especially when I ate it with the crumbs that were served on the side. The shortbread itself was creamy and scrumptious. It was everything that a traditional shortbread should be.

My cousin opted for The Box Tree Mess. It was garnished with fruit and it had a really rich and creamy taste. It was presented in a round, medium sized glass and was very enjoyable. Fruits, cream and sugar? What’s not to love?

Drinks

I had a mojito and a glass of prosecco (as always!) and I enjoyed them both. The mojito was very fresh. You know you’re drinking an amazing mojito when the mint hits you with it’s invigorating taste. It had the right amount of sugar and it wasn’t watered down even though I took some time to drink it, which is always a plus. The prosecco was sweet, glorious and fizzy. My cousin also enjoyed her glass of wine, she said it was refreshingly sweet.

Overall, we did enjoy our food, the lovely atmosphere and in spite of the mishap with the dijon mayonnaise, the customer service was excellent.

Rating – 8/10

For more information about Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill, click here

I hope you have enjoyed this post – as this is my first food review, do let me know what you think. I would like to do some more food reviews in the near future.

Kel xo

How To Make Your Cash Last Until Payday

You’ve probably looked at the title of this post and thought about all those times you have struggled to make your cash last until the next time you get paid. It’s amazing how payday can bring out the best and worst in some of us: the waiting, the complaining, the impulsive spending and let’s not forget the moment when you realise that you have barely nothing to survive on the week before (yes, it has happened to us all!).

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In this post, I’m going to be sharing tips on how you can make your monthly pay last. As with all blog posts of this nature, you are not obliged to follow each and every tip I give.

Always remember to do what is best for you.

Apps 

Using apps to keep track of spending has become one of the most popular ways of budgeting. Monzo is one of the most popular mobile only banks out there right now. You do get a debit card as with other banks and you are set a budget based on what you earn. When you are close to spending that budget, you are notified by the app. Another reason why I like Monzo is because customers are also provided with a breakdown of what they are spending their money on. Seeing what you spend your money on month after month is also a great cause for reflection. Think about those daily coffees you grab every morning on the way to the office. Are they really needed?

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Savings Accounts

My favourite way of making my cash last is using savings accounts. Whenever I get paid, I always save as much money as I can. Saving accounts aren’t for the faint hearted though, you do need a lot of discipline. If worst comes to worst, you can dip into them but think about whether you really need what you’re trying to purchase or whether you can access any money off deals. An alternative approach to having a savings account is opening one with another bank. Do some research to find out which banks have the best interest rates. Be aware that some accounts will require you to deposit a certain amount of money each month. If you know you can’t make such a commitment, just get an account where you can pay in as much money as you like. And another thing…when you open a savings account, DON’T request a debit card. You don’t need that kind of temptation in your life.

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Family

If you struggle with making your pay last, something you could do is give what you want to save to a family member. You could even set up a direct debit, have them keep the money for you and then access the funds if and when you need to. Of course, make sure you trust the family member who you would be giving such responsibility to. Also, in different cultures, there are cash saving schemes that you can join. As with some accounts, there is a requirement that you pay the same amount every single month. In my country, this is called Njangi and is defined as a money saving system. In the Caribbean, the same system is called a Pardner. Consistency is the most important thing with such schemes so do ensure you are financially stable.

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Use Cash More Often

With the rise of contactless payments, the art of tapping has never been more appealing. Within a split second, you’ve made a purchase. Card payments are a big issue when it comes to controlling finances because there is no control. Try to make cash payments as much as you can so its easier for you to know what you are spending. One thing with banks as well is they don’t take your money away on the day of the purchase, so before you know it you have money going in and out that you can’t keep track off. If you like to shop online, you may want to consider having a separate account.

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Open More Accounts 

As mentioned in the previous point, you may benefit from having different accounts. For example, if you are saving to travel you may need an account or if you are saving money for a car, you may need an account. Never underestimate the process of putting a little bit of money away every month. Once a year or so goes by, you will have quite a bit stashed away. When it comes to saving, something is better than nothing so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t save as much as everyone else. With time, you WILL get better.

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Limit Shop Visits 

I’ve talked about this in my post about mastering the art of saving and I believe it really does help make your cash last longer. Limit your shop visits! Try not to go to the shops two or three times a week. For food shopping, make a list and then get what you need at once. If you’re a snacker, include snacks in your weekly shop. When it comes to other necessities, you may want to save up over a period of a month or so. With personal expenditures, I would also recommend making a list because it is so easy to get carried away especially if you are near a large shopping centre.

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I hope these tips have been helpful and remember that if you do find yourself strapped for cash, then bad credit loans are an option. Nobody should feel financially challenged so there’s absolutely nothing wrong in asking for help.

As always, I love to hear from you all so feel free to share your own monthly saving tips by leaving a comment below.

Also, do let me know what you think of these types of posts. Would you like me to do some more in the near future?

Kel xo

Superdrug Vitamin C Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a product review and I’ve been meaning to do one for ages. Recently, I’ve discovered the importance of Vitamin C in my skincare routine. If Vitamin C isn’t a part of your skincare routine, you are missing out. Vitamin C products were the most searched for products in 2017 according to The Telegraph . Vitamin C brightens and smooths skin. In addition to providing the skin with a more youthful appearance, Vitamin C has also been credited with removing dark spots and discolorations on the skin.

I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for about a year now and all the ones I have used were bought from Amazon . I find that the serums that are thicker tend to work better and faster but of course everyone is different, so some of you may disagree. Serums can be quite pricey in general so when I heard that Superdrug had launched a range of Vitamin C products, I was so excited. Accessibility and affordability? What more could a girl want? I’ve used the Superdrug Vitamin C Booster  and Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream  for about two weeks now and I feel that this is the right time to tell you my thoughts…

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Superdrug claim that their Vitamin C Booster will detoxify your skin and leave it softer and brighter than before. I definitely noticed a difference in my complexion after a few days. Was it significant? No, but I liked that my skin looked more radiant. My skin did also feel softer after a couple of applications. I never apply serums on my skin without my moisturiser as I feel that’s how they work best. If you want radiant skin without having to wait, I would definitely recommend this product. At £4.99, it’s a steal compared to most Vitamin C products on the high street (which are a lot more expensive). As for reducing or removing my dark spots, I noticed a slight evening of my skin tone and that was it. If you follow me on Twitter, I’m always looking for dark spot remedies so I wasn’t totally satisfied with the outcome but I will continue to use this product.

The Superdrug Vitamin C Booster is priced at £4.99 and is available in stores and online.

Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream 

A high street Vitamin C Eye Cream is perfect and I was really excited to try this product. Unfortunately, it hasn’t done anything for me. Superdrug claim on their website that it will detoxify the skin but the reason why I bought this product was for the ‘brightening’ claim which is very clear to see on the packaging. My eyes are quite puffy right now and it hasn’t reduced them significantly. I like the roll on applicator and the fact that the product absorbs into the skin easily.

The Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream is priced at £4.99 and is available in stores and online.

Thoughts

There is a demand for Vitamin C as a beauty product – it has so many amazing benefits. What concerns me about both products is that Vitamin C isn’t one of the first 6 ingredients (on the booster it’s the 6th and on the eye cream it’s the 18th/19th). I do think Superdrug should label the product as infused with Vitamin C and not Vitamin C. In order for any product to be truly effective, the main ingredient ( in this case, Vitamin C) needs to be one of the first six ingredients listed on the packaging. I think this is definitely a factor as to why I haven’t seen any outstanding results as of yet.

If you fancy a quick skincare fix and you don’t have a lot of skincare issues, then these products would be perfect for you.

Have you used a Vitamin C product? Would you use a Vitamin C product?

As always, I love to hear from you all so feel free to leave a comment.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Kel xo

7 Ways To Save Money (The Art of Reserving Your £££)

Before I begin, I just want to thank the readers for their dedication to Its Kelle’s Space. Without your comments, likes and RT’s I wouldn’t be able to share my passion for creating content with you all. I’m forever grateful, so thank you.

As we are approaching a new month, I wanted to talk about something we are all familiar with:

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I’m going to talk to you about how to save your moolah! I was reading an article some time ago and someone had commented saying that they were addicted to saving money. Can you believe that? A lot of us need that same energy! (myself included). When you think about it really, saving money isn’t hard to do and it is a skill that we can all master. Here are some tips that have worked for me and appear to be working for others:

Budgeting

This is a word that we don’t all like to hear but in order to save and save well, one MUST budget. It is important to know where your money is going and how much of it you are spending between paydays. Something I have heard about is a digital bank called Monzo. Monzo are a digital, mobile only bank based in the U.K. They operate through a mobile app and a prepaid debit card. The bank also allows users to set a monthly budget. You can keep track of what you spend and they will also inform you when you are getting closer to your spending limit.

Another way you can budget is by using a spreadsheet. It’s your opportunity to make Excel your best friend! Spreadsheets are a great way of keeping in track of your finances as well as enhancing your skill set. There are templates you can use so don’t worry about having to make a budgeting spreadsheet from scratch!

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Food prep

Popping to your nearest Pret to buy one of their delicious wraps on your lunch break may seen convenient but it is also very costly. Food prepping will save you a lot of money and time. I’m not saying you should have 5 different meals for 5 days in your fridge, but try to do your food shopping at the end of the week if you can. Stock up on groceries, snacks etc. Give yourself a budget and stick to it. Also, when food shopping, try to stick to supermarkets and not smaller branches (e.g: Sainsbury’s Local or Tesco Express) as they tend to be a lot more expensive. Try your best to remember to take a shopper or a few carrier bags with you in order to save your pennies. Something I have found that works for me is cooking every other day. It will save you time. Your fridge is there for a reason, use it 😊!

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Paying for necessities in advance

We all have weekly and even monthly necessities that we have to pay for. I often find that sorting them out first makes it so much easier to budget. If your journey to work involves travel, you may want to think about getting a weekly or monthly travel card.  For bill and rent payers, you may decide to get a direct debit so the money comes out automatically. This makes it much easier to work out what you have left for the month. Don’t forget to examine your expenses from time to time. You may find cheaper broadband deals or maybe a different and much cheaper way to get to work. It’s the little things that do a lot.

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Staying away from the shops

Do you find yourself going to the shops for one thing and then finding that you’ve bought five more things that you don’t even need? I’m sure some of you will be able to identify. A good way to combat this habit is to avoid shops altogether. Do your weekly shop for food but if you find you need other things (household items, cosmetics etc) then put some money aside once a month or every two months and buy what you need at once. Personally, I have found that when you frequently visit the high street, you will end up spending money you should be saving. I’ve worked in Marketing and I can tell you that companies develop strategies to keep you spending money through offers, incentives etc. Do your best not to fall into the arms of consumerism.

When it comes to online shopping, you may find it handy to unsubscribe from emails or send emails from certain brands you are tempted by to your spam box. That way, you aren’t inundated with temptation every hour of the day.

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Stop going to clubs/parties

This is an unpopular opinion but I think going to clubs and parties on a regular basis is such a waste of money. Think about it. You go to the West End for a night out with friends. Entry is probably about £10 each, drinks are probably the same and by the time you’ve gone from club to club, you’ve spent about £100 already. Another reason why I’m not crazy about club/party life is that all attendees are doing is making the promoters or organisers rich. Why invest in someone else’s hustle when you can invest in your own?

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Open a reward account

Reward accounts are a great way to save and make money too! For example, cashback current accounts reward customers who make everyday transactions. So whether you are paying household bills or making a transaction, you will get something in return. Before you commit, do use a website such as Money Supermarket to compare the best cashback current accounts as the features and benefits will change over time.

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Plan your experiences

If you love to socialise, this tip is for you! Planning your experiences will save you so much time and money. Whether its a 3 course meal at a nice restaurant or a game of bowling, use websites such as Wowcher or Living Social and check out their deals. If you sign up to receive email alerts, you can get ££ off any purchase. What I like about Living Social is that if you haven’t visited the site in a while, they send you £5 vouchers which you can redeem against any purchase.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed this post and if you have any tips on saving money, then please feel free to share them in the comments section.

Kel xo

Why Recommendations Matter!

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Let’s talk about recommendations! They play such an important role in our society. Everyone has something to say about anything and everything! Influencers, bloggers v-loggers and many other creatives and public figures make a living out of telling us what they think about products, services and experiences. Research has proven that we are less likely to make a purchase without reading reviews or checking ratings (impulsive buyers, I’m talking to you). Recommendations can make or break a brand.

According to Forbes, 84% of people trust an online review just as much as a personal recommendation. I think we can all say that recommendations matter!

Here’s why I believe recommendations are important:

The Authenticity – No recommendations are ever the same. Everyone has an opinion to share and even if a product or service has 200 4-star ratings, the experiences of the consumers will differ. Recommendations also allow people to share their experiences wholeheartedly. In addition to sharing praise, a reviewer will also feel obliged to let other people know if there’s anything they need to be aware of. For example, if you travelled and stayed at a luxurious hotel that was in the heart of a certain city but discovered it wasn’t child friendly, you’d want fellow parents to know. With Brexit rumoured to send the U.K into another recession by 2020, I think we will all be interested in reading recommendations before we make a purchase.

The Easy Access – Even if you are interested in something and there are no recommendations available, you can always utilise your social media platforms to ask your followers what their thoughts are. There is power in personalization and reading about someone else’s experiences will definitely help you put your mind at ease. Another way you can gain fast access to recommendations is by using an app, which I’ll be telling you some more about later in the post…

The Visuals – We live in a social media age so we have become obsessed with sharing everything that happens in our lives. Recommendations have a lot more value when they are accompanied by pictures or a video. They also help to tell a better story than recommendations that have text alone. Knowing how the person is using the product/service, who they’d recommend it to and particularly if the product has changed something in their life are all crucial to the impact of any review.

The Decisions – We’ve all been there. Picture this. You are bored, relaxing in your room and you decide to do some online shopping. Before you click on the ‘order’ button, you review your basket and you may head back to the main page to check out what people have said. We have all done this (myself included). Recommendations are a great help during the decision making process. As consumers, we consider a variety of things such as value for money, features and benefits. We all want to feel important but we want to save money at the same time.

Imagine a place where you can ask or share personal recommendations from the comfort of your own phone? Well, that’s where Rekit comes in.

Rekit is a brand new app where you can ask for recommendations about literally anything – whether it’s health, events or the latest developments in fitness and even cuisine. The app features interests that will appeal to everyone! You receive recommendations straight away and you are even able to like the ones that appeal to you. In addition to this, all recommendations can be shared too.

Rekit is free can be downloaded on Android and IOS devices.

Where do you go to when you need a recommendation? Are recommendations important to you when deciding to make a purchase? Do you think influencers are overpowering the views of the modern consumer?

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

I always want to hear from IKS readers so do feel free to leave a comment.

Kel xo

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Tips for Creating Content For Your Blog

Last week, I asked fellow bloggers how long it takes them to write a blog post.

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Here are the results:

Everyone is different and content creation isn’t something you’ll get to grips with immediately. You will toy around with many ideas/themes before you find the one that is right for your blog. In this post, I’m going to share some tips about content creation with you all. You don’t need to follow them intently but these are some things that have worked for me.

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Ideas – As soon as you have an idea for a post, don’t start blogging. Take some time to think about it. Think about what you will say, whether you need to change your writing style and most importantly, if your readers will be able to relate to your content. I think as bloggers we sometimes need to remember to focus on the quality and not the quantity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write a post and decided to trash it soon after because I just felt it wasn’t particurlarly something that my readers needed. Stats are also a great way to determine what your readers like. Check them regularly so you are aware of which posts are outperforming others.

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Plan – Once you have an idea for your post and you are confident that your readers will be enticed, you need to create some sort of plan. Think of it like writing an essay (yes, I know no-one wants to remember their uni days). You’ll need to introduce the post and share what your intentions are. Now, this is where you need to be honest with yourself. If you are a rambler (we all have a tendency to be from time to time), then I highly recommend using bullet points. For example, if you are reviewing lipstick, you may want to focus on longevity, colour, price and packaging. By focusing on specific points, you are able to get a better understanding of what you would like to let your readers know.

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Word count – What I’m not going to do is tell bloggers how many words their blog posts should have. It is completely up to you, however, depending on the type of post you create, you may want to think about your word count. In my case, when I’m reviewing a product, I try not to exceed 500 words (550 max). If you’re reviewing a destination, like I have done with BerlinParis and most recently, Venice, you’ll feel inclined to write more because obviously there is more you’ll need to share. There are exceptions but trust me when I say, keep your content concise. Think about the topic and your niche and plan whatever it is you want to share (only if you need to).

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Stay worry free – We all aspire to be the world’s best content creators. In a perfect world, we’d be spending a LOT more time on our blogs, creating content, sharing it 24/7 and receiving an immense amount of comments and likes. The reality is that none of this is possible (unless you are a full time blogger and many of us are not). You can do the absolute most but your blog will still take time to grow. Trust the process, connect with others who are on the same journey as you and be patient. There are so many groups out there for bloggers, my favourite is this one. If you have any concerns or queries, you can leave a post on the group’s wall and someone will get back to you in no time. The blogging community is a very special one. You’ll be surprised at how many supportive bloggers there are out there.

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Do you have any challenges when it comes to creating content? If so, then what are they? Maybe you have some words of wisdom to anyone who wants to develop with content creation? I always love to hear from you so please do leave a comment below.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Kel xo

Travel Tales – Venice

Last month, my friend and I took a trip to Venice. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy but I never thought Venice would be the first Italian city I visited. I always thought I’d go to Rome or Verona.

We took our British Airways flight from Gatwick, which took about an hour and 30 minutes. It was delayed so we didn’t get to Venice until 4pm. On arrival, we immediately planned our route to our hotel. It took about an hour overall as we were told we needed to take a bus and a boat. If you struggle with sea sickness then I don’t recommend visiting Venice because boats are literally the main mode of transportation, come rain or shine.

We stayed at the Hotel Ambassador Tre Rose in San Marco which is at the heart of tourist attractions in the city. It’s home to many iconic sights including the Doges Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. San Marco is such a beautiful area and there is so much to see and do. One of the things I love about Venice is that most attractions/shops etc were in one place so you could just walk to different places with ease. I would recommend taking lots of flats and not doing what I did on the first evening: thinking I could walk in heels and do it successfully (What was I thinking?). As my friend and I were walking around, looking for restaurants, we discovered very quickly that San Marco is quite pricey. Thanks to a helpful shopkeeper, we were told that all the reasonably priced places to eat are by Rialto Bridge.

As I was in so much pain (and yes I’ve learnt my lesson), we decided to stop at Al Vaporetto for dinner. The food wasn’t extraordinary but their wine was absolutely amazing. I’d never had bruschetta before so it was nice to finally try it. It’s a very tasty appetizer. One thing I noticed while dining in Italy was how expensive calamari was, and this restaurant was no exception. If you follow me on my socials, you will know how much I love calamari so that was a bit of a shame.

On our way back, we discovered what I think is possibly one of the best ice cream places in the world, Venchi . My favourite was the Raspberry Sorbet. It tasted divine. They also sell chocolate too.

The next day, we decided to tour the local area. Our first stop was Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge). Rialto Bridge is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions. I’ve visited a few cities in the past year or so and I don’t think I have ever seen people take such interest in one place. If you want to see the Rialto Bridge, I would recommend going between 6-7pm. It’s worth it because you get to see such a gorgeous view of Venice.

The view from Rialto Bridge

Venetians are very talented artists. There were so many lovely stalls and I couldn’t help but admire all the portraits.

Later, we had lunch at a nice Chinese restaurant. It was decorated with beautiful red lamps and lots of leaves. After lunch, we went to San Giacomo di Rialto. It’s a gothic church dating back to circa 1071 CE and it has a large 15th century clock on its facade. I always visit at least one church when I’m on holiday. I’m always fascinated by the decor and the history of churches in other countries.

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There are so many fresh juice stalls selling juice for 2 euros. It was very hot in Venice, so dehydration isn’t an option. By day two of our trip, temperatures had reached 35 degrees.

Fresh berry juice from a juice stall near the Rialto Bridge

On Day 3, we decided to tour the surrounding islands. In the morning, we spent some time in Piazza San Marco, browsing local shops and grabbing a quick bite to eat before we had to go and catch our boat. Our tour guide was lovely and well informed, which always helps. We visited three different islands: Burano, Torcello and Murano. In Murano, we had the chance to see an artisan at work at a glass making factory. He created two beautiful objects. There was also a store on the top floor of the factory where we were able to see more beautiful creations. Phones were banned so I have no pictures or videos from the shop unfortunately.

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Beautiful pieces of art from the glass factory in Murano, Venice

After that, we got on the boat and headed towards Torcello. Torcello is a beautiful island. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of residents. We had about 30 minutes to spend there so we walked by the canal and visited some old buildings which was really nice. Almost every building in Venice has such a rich history so you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about your surroundings.

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Torcello

Once we were done in Torcello, we made our way to Burano. Burano was about 30 minutes away from Torcello. I was so excited because I knew that’s where all of the colourful houses are. I’m sure this island is one of the most colourful places in the world. Apparently, the residents painted their homes in bright colours so fishermen could see them in thick fog.

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Houses in Burano

On Day 4, we decided to spend some more time in the area surrounding the Rialto Bridge. We went to stalls, got some souvenirs and treats and we had such a great time. One thing I wish we had done was gone to different areas in Venice but San Marco was THE place to be in because everything was there. It wasn’t until we were on our way to the airport that we discovered there was a Sephora in the city. I’m glad we discovered this at the end because I did some serious damage to my bank account when I went to the one in Paris.

Overall, I think that Venice is a lovely city to visit if you fancy a short break. The weather is good and there is so much to see and experience. I wouldn’t recommend travelling to Venice alone because finding your way around can be challenging and it’s not as commercial as other European cities such as Paris or Amsterdam.

One thing I wasn’t happy about was how some Venetians received women of colour. As I mentioned earlier in the post, it was 30+ degrees for the duration of our stay. Within hours, my complexion started to change and this actually bothered me for a moment in time as people were constantly giving my friend and I very strange (and sometimes dirty) looks. I actually thought my friend wouldn’t get as much looks as I did because she is mixed race but that wasn’t the case. As black women in Venice, we were either looked down on or fetishized and it was quite appaling. I’m sharing this with you all because I owe it to myself and my readers to be honest. A few incidents did threaten the enjoyment of our stay but I would consider travelling to another Italian city again.

Have you ever been to Venice? Have you been to another Italian city? What did you like? What were your favourite sights? I love to hear from you all so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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Kel xo