What to do in Tokyo (must sees).

Hi, it’s been so long since I posted here and I don’t know why. But I got a new job and I travelled a lot last year. I went to Tokyo, Hong Kong and the Philippines in June 2018. I even got to see Singapore for a night because we missed our connecting flight to Manila 🙈

In this post I wanted to share some of my experience in Tokyo, Japan. First off, it’s one of the best cities in the world and I cannot wait to get the chance to go back there again. It was incredible, so fast paced and a world away from my small city limerick here in Ireland. Everything was amazing and the people were so nice and helpful. We stayed in the Minato area it was very easy to get around from there once we figured out the underground 😊

On our first day there we got there around 1pm but we were very tired and we flew from Manila which was a 4 hour flight so we were up around 12 hours at this point because we got a bus from Dagupan to Manila which was looong. So we ended up napping when we got there 😴When we woke up we freshened up and first stop was after some delicious food was:

Tokyo Tower, a communications and observation tower in the Minato area. It kind of looks like the Eiffel Tower and it’s amazing. It’s so big and when it lights up at night it’s incredible. Leading up to the tower is a beautiful park with a temple (this was closed as it was night time) and loads of trees, you forget you’re in a very busy city. Under the tower there is a museum and shops and a restaurant outside too. There was also a vending machine where you could buy waffles they looked good but very sweet 😂

The Imperial Palace, after a good nights sleep day two our first stop was the palace. We decided to walk there even tho it took awhile but we felt we’d see more and we did. Home to the Emperor the palace sits on an amazing park like area in the Chiyoda ward area of Tokyo. It has many building structures including museums, the private residences of the imperial family and the main palace itself. We got to see the changing of the guards which was very cool and I also liked the fact that it was free entry. You cannot go into the inner grounds palace itself but you can walk around the entire outer grounds which there’s a lot to see. The museum about the history of the imperial family was very interesting and the gardens are breathtaking.

Shibuya, the busiest intersection in the world. It’s insane how busy this gets at every crossing, even tho you see videos of it and pics unless you see it in person it’s hard to fathom how busy it actually is. It’s also a very good shopping district and the forever 21 there is so good!! The only thing I didn’t like was the shops in the 109 building. Every time I picked up clothes (except in Adidas) a member of staff came over to inform me that everything was only one size. Literally every time. Meaning for me, even tho I’m a uk 10 they weren’t going to fit. Nevertheless the other shops around Shibuya were all good and well known so I didn’t struggle to find clothes in those. I would also recommend the Hooters in the area, DELISH. Especially the nachos 🤤

Senso-ji, an ancient Buddhist temple and the oldest temple in Tokyo it’s so beautiful. The temple itself and the entrance are so lavish and stunning. Leading up to the temple there’s a long stretch of stalls where you can buy pretty much everything from souvenirs and clothes to food and Samoyed swords. It’s very busy there but free to enter again and well worth a visit. There’s loads on the grounds and across from the shrine is a 5 story pagoda. And beautiful flowers and trees are all around the grounds. If you visit definitely make a wish and see if your wish comes true you’ll find loads of these places around the temple. And take a drink from the fountain in front of the temple it’s said to bring good luck.

Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronic district. If you’re into your technology or electronics or like me and your boyfriend or girlfriend loves it definitely visit Akihabara. As soon as you come out of the station it’s a boom of lights like Times Square. You see people dressed up a lot around here too it’s pretty cool.

Shinjuku, Tokyo’s entertainment district. It’s a hustle and bustle of lights and arcades at night time which was when we went. We unfortunately didn’t win anything despite Rafa’s determination to get a prize at one of the arcades. It was funny to watch. It’s also the red light district in Tokyo, you’ll know this by the big red light that leads you down the main strip and also leading to the arcades. (I’m assuming it’s a sign to indicate this I could be wrong lol) but it’s a very busy area again like all of Tokyo and it’s a fun area and safe enough despite the bars just make sure to stick with whoever you’re with like in all countries.

Mystays premier inn, we stayed in this hotel in the Minato-Hamamatsucho area and it was so nice. I would definitely recommend, there was a 7eleven around the corner and it was very close to the Tokyo tower and a train station to help get around. It was also near loads of amazing restaurants, we ate at one that was amazing we cooked our own steak and even though the chefs and waiter couldn’t speak English it was one of the best experiences ever. They were so lovely and it was very small so it was just so nice. The name of the restaurant is in Japanese but if you search dans Minato it’s right next door. I would deffo check it out again when we go back.

That was our last stop in Tokyo we left for Hong Kong the next morning so I think I’ll write another post on that soon and definitely one about the Philippines.

Thanks for reading,

Kellie.

I lost my passion…

Hello it’s been awhile, a year to be exact. I’m sorry. I have sat down to write this post for some months now and just haven’t been able to. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to even talk about because I had lost my passion for writing somewhere along the way and I just couldn’t do it anymore. I know it’s easy for people to say ‘oh it’s only writing’ but for me it’s what I have wanted to do since I was little, the thought of being a writer made me burst with excitement, so how do I lose that? I think I started to lose it when I failed a module in my final year of college meaning I couldn’t graduate on time or with my class. That hit me hard. Although it was only a small bump in the road it still made me feel useless, like my work wasn’t good enough. I’m slowly finding my passion again and I couldn’t be happier, because while the last year has been bad on my writing and my blog it has also been one of the best year’s of my life all because of one person. I hate being the soft, mushy person that brags about their boyfriend but this is one of those times I’ll allow it. He is so supportive of my blog and my writing that he is the one who has made me believe in myself again and get my mojo back. I am a very lucky girl, he’s definitely a keeper. But, besides just him it’s a been a big year career wise I got promoted in work, eventually graduated in January this year and I got to travel a little and finally see New York and go back to London one my most favourite cities in the whole world.

So what are the plans for now? Well come June I will be travelling Asia! I am going to Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines where my boyfriend is from and I couldn’t be more excited. A little scared for the injections before I go and the fact I’ve to take malaria tablets and the side effects but it will all be worth the experience. EEEK!!! So I plan on not only blogging about my trip but vlogging a bit of it too, my boyfriend has a go pro and what better time to use it and capture the amazing memories. I hope I tan though because I’m probably one of the whitest people on the planet and being Irish doesn’t help, it may take awhile to tan but I think I’ll get there. Until then my next few posts will be about how I’m prepping for my holiday ie, my clothes, injections and stuff like that but also getting back into fashion and makeup my other two favourite things!

I’ll put some images below of my last 12 months so you can get a snippet of it and I hope you’ll stay tuned for the next post!

Xo, Kellie.

 

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Why are eye-creams so important?


I’ve always been a massive skincare addict ever since I was a young teenager but the one thing I never used in my daily routine until a few years ago was eye cream. When I was about 18/19 I noticed I had terrible lines under my eyes, they had come from nowhere and I was so upset. I thought I had wrinkles! Alas, I just needed to start using eye cream to help them out and now 3 years later my under eye area is better than ever.

Recently, I got sent a link to Reviews.com’s article on all things eye cream and I thought it was very interesting. In it it goes through the best recommendations for any problem you may be facing in your under eye area and goes into extensive research on the ingredients used in eye creams and what ingredients you should cut out because they can cause irritation, these include;

  • parabens
  • fragrances
  • mineral oils

It then goes into detail about the good ingredients we should use on our eyes and what ones work best for every different type of under eye problem ie, retinods work for wrinkles.

I got so much information from this article and I think you guys should definitely check it out too if you love your skincare and don’t know where to begin with your under eyes like me. I can’t wait to try some of the recommendations and I’ll be sure to give an update.

My own personal favourite eye cream range is from Estée Lauder, they’re so good for my undereye lines and bags! I’ve listed more information about how these ones work in my skincare post a few weeks back.

http://www.reviews.com/best-eye-cream/

Xo, K.

Mother’s Day MOTD 💖

I went for dinner with my family for Mother’s Day on Sunday to celebrate with my Mam and Nannie. I decided to do some glam makeup for the evening and was so happy with how it turned out! My gold plate choker is from Warehouse and I’m wearing Foxylocks extensions in Latte Blonde.

Xo, K.
Products Used:

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MOTD 14th March 2017 💖

Items Used:

  • Catrice Prime and Fine Primer
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiére foundation, shade B40
  • Chanel, Soleil tan de Chanel
  • MAC Pro-Longwear concealer, shade NC20
  • PS Pro Loose Powder, Light
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer, contour and crease
  • Benefit Ka-Brow, Shade 4
  • Browzings
  • Charlotte Tilbury, Eyes to Mesmerise Marie Antoinette
  • MAC, English Gilt pigment
  • MUG Cocoa Bear
  • Ardell Demi Wispies
  • Ciate London, Wonderland Mascara
  • Giorgio Armani, Fluid Sheer shade 1
  • ABH x Nicole Guerriero, Forever Lit
  • Inglot 403 lipstick
  • NARS Turkish Delight lipgloss
  • UD Setting Spray

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Xo, K.