Monday, 2 April 2018

Visit LA on a budget

After what had been the majority of the hardest year of my life, I decided I needed to get away, and go on a big trip to make up for the fact that I hadn't been on holiday since before I had Fletch. I was browsing whilst at my day job, and decided I had always wanted to go to America seeing as whilst in my previous relationship it was never even an idea I could entertain.  I knew wanted to go to Los Angeles at least once in my life and tick it off my bucket list. So, as a single mum, this trip had to be on a budget for me.

1. Find Flights
I went on Sky Scanner and sort of searched around the times I was planning on heading. I knew with my day job the times of year when it is easier to get a weeks holiday. We browsed about and ended up finding return flights from heathrow to LAX for £300-£400. I also then researched the average temperature in los angeles around the week we had picked and it turned out to be something between 14c and 18c. when we were actually there it was in the 20s. Los Angeles is relatively warm year round, especially for us Brits. Now I know £300-£400 seems like alot of money, but once you have an idea, save for that, accommodation can come later. 

2. Find accommodation.
 Finding accommodation may have been the hardest thing we had. picking an area to stay in Los Angeles is ridiculously hard. We debating staying in Hollywood, mid-city, central LA , Santa Monica and Venice Beach. We ended up settling on Venice Beach, as there is so much to do in this area and you can easily bike down to Santa Monica. For finding accommodation, we turned to Air BnB. We scouted this pretty religiously in the months running up to our trip, and using airbnb actually saved us a bunch of dollar. We picked a cute air bnb and it cost us £250 each for a week, and got a small amount off thanks to a referral from a friend - Here's a link for £25 off your first Air BnB stay too -

3. Getting Around
most people know LA is massive, planning what you want to do before is a must, we had a brief outline of what we wanted to do and this is our biggest downfall of not having planned a better schedule for ourselves. LA has uber and Lyft and to be honest unless you are brave enough to rent a car, we found  these the best way to get around. We used Lyft most as the app allows to tip and American tipping culture was a bit overwhelming to be honest so having the power to do it after the trip and not handing dollars over face to face put me at ease anyway. 

4. Choosing Where To Visit Whilst You In LA
In all honesty we could have planned this way better. We had a few places we knew we wanted to see, hollywood walk of fame, Muscle beach, Santa Monica Pier etc. What we didn't have was a plan on what to see or where to go when. I do recommend making a plan, cause you can budget for your travel between places much better. I'm going to do a seperate post of my must visit places in LA, but i'll add here we had the BEST time at Universal studios there. Also most food portions in America are massive, my friend and I dont have the biggest appetites, so we literally had one Big meal out a day and then put in to our budget to have food in the Air Bnb.

5. Packing Appropriately And Saving Before You Go. 
I knew I wanted a decent amount of spending money for the american shops. So I decided that in the run up to going and the few pay days before i went I would limit myself on purchasing things I didn't definitely need, or that i could buy in America. I packed 1 pair of jeans, and then had a mix of skirts/trousers and dresses, all things that were light. this meant i would not risk having a mega heavy suitcase coming back and any additional fees. Packing appropriately and checking on sharing tolietries with my friend before we went also ensured we only took what we needed, and stopped unnecessary spending.

I had the best time in Los Angeles, and I can see why people live there. The sunshine is so infectious. I'm already thinking about the next trip I can take, and to be honest how I can get the best trip for not the most amount of money. Its all about the experiences and if your in good company you do not need that money to have fun. Does any one else have any good tips for finding bargains and the best places to visit? Or any good places I must visit?




Thursday, 8 February 2018

What I was listening to in January

Bloody hell didn't January feel long? I'm so glad to see the back of it now to be honest, cause now it's finally 1 month until my holiday and we are also in the month of pancakes! (Yay!) There is not a single day that I don't listen to music in some form or other, and I am forever after new music to listen to, because otherwise I play the same songs to death. So here's a few of this months that I have had on repeat this month.

1. Anne-Marie - 'Then'

Man, I fell in love with this song. There is something so raw about Anne-Marie's music and lyrics that I swear most people would be able to relate to them. 'Then'  is truly beautiful and raw.

2. Troye Sivan - 'My My My!' 

I have been waiting for Troye to come back for what seems life for ever. This is currently my 'dancing in my kitchen' Jam. (my neighbours think im crazy)

3. Eminem Feat. Ed Sheeran - 'River'

I mean, who isn't excited about Eminem returning? and with Ed Sheeran? I can't help but be suckered into this song everytime it is on the radio, so it made it's way on to the playlist

4. Don Broco - 'Come out to LA'

Shameless self promo coming up but, if you follow me on Insta (@kelsieborder) or Twitter (@kelsieborder) you may well be aware I am going to LA in March so this song just popped up at the exact right time, and I am an absolute lover of Pop Punk.

5. The Greatest Showman Cast - The Greatest Show

Bit of variety in this month right? Have you watched The Greatest Showman yet? I loved it so much, that my neighbours have been treated to lots of renditions of the songs from this show, mainly cause the whole soundtrack is amazing. 

What have you all been listening to for the past month? Let me know, and feel free to listen to the rest on January's Playlist here. I have started February's playlist already which so far pretty much just contains one song from Hamilton the musical. 

Peace out. 



Sunday, 31 December 2017

My New Years Resolution - Yes Theory

A month or so ago, I stumbled upon a youtube channel called Yes Theory.  I initially only watched one video and sort of moved on, however I ended up going back, and well, let me tell you, they have managed to challenge the way I look at everyday life, in just a few videos.

Yes Theory is a movement, not just a youtube channel. Wondering where i'm going? It's not a cult, but these guys have lead me to have only one new years resolution (which I actually decided to just start before new years too)

Yes Theory aims to challenge and prove wrong, the impossible. Someone tells you that something is impossible, well challenge it. You think something is impossible, well challenge it. If you don't, well you will never know if something is possible.

My resolution is to Seek Discomfort. I want to break out of my routine, my pattern, and continue to grow and develop. By putting myself outside of my comfort zone. I don't want routine to steal my life. I want to live a life I would relive.

 There is a video by Yes theory that explains it in so much more detail in the video above or HERE .Please watch it, and challenge the way you think.

Here's some links to a few other videos of their's that I love - Here , Here and Here

So 2018 is the year I will seek discomfort and challenge my anxiety to turn it into a feeling of excitement. I want to look back at the end of next year and know I would happily relive that year again.You don't have to say yes to everything, but I challenge you to try something that scares you, makes you nervous, and then once you have done it, see how you feel then. 

So here's to 2018. Saying yes and seeking discomfort.

P.S. subscribe to Yes Theory. and let me know your new years resolutions in the comments?

Bye for now!



Saturday, 30 December 2017

Making a House A Home

Since my ex moved out, I have been slowly making my house a much more 'me' place. Where I wasn't allowed to buy little trinkets, cause they were apparently just 'things', my house kind of felt bare, and not much like a home. So when the house was purely my space to live (and Fletcher's) I went about changing it.

Recently I made a pretty big purchase of getting a new sofa, and honestly, I have never liked my lounge so much, I even like the brown and beige tiled fire place that I have always hated. I rent so it's not something I can change, instead I have decided just to embrace it, in all its 60s hideous-ness.

This is the limited edition print form the Neck Deep show that I went to on my birthday. 

This is from Lisa Angel

With my sofa, I did purchase a new blanket (a girl can never have too many). A beautiful Tartan red cblanket from Asda it self. Although it's from the christmas range, it will be out in my house all the time. The only other thing I need to add to this sofa is cushions. If which I am struggling to find. When I do find ones I like they appear to be 'out of stock'. If anyone finds any that are navy blue velvet, please send me the link.

I also bought a lot of new artwork for my house. There's a lot to be said for adding artwork or prints that represent you, to your home. I love black and white prints and also these movie/tv series posters, that are re-worked and look so simple.

Its taken me a good long year or so, to turn this house into a place I bloody love, I planted flowers in my garden, I have been upcycling  my table and chairs, which aren't yet finished, but  I find the simple things make a house a home. Flowers and fairy lights, are pretty much my finishing touches.

This time of year, I seem to have more fairy lights and flowers around my house than any other time. I recently got sent these beautiful flowers from the guys over at Home Bargains, as they have a flower delivery service. I normally always order flowers for my grandma as she loves them. Now that I'm aware that Home Bargains do homes delivery, I'll use them to send flower to her. I'm so impressed with how these were delivered too. The whole packaging was so pretty, and actually as you would expect with Home Bargains, it is so reasonably priced, these were just £10.99, and with free home delivery. I'll be ordering my grandma some more flowers to cheer her up, once I have finished with this post.

What do you do to make your house feel more homely? where are your favourite places to shop? Also please if anyone can find me a nice selection of reasonably priced cushions send me the link!




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