Disney Nerd: Walk in Belle’s footsteps and visit the locations which inspired Beauty and the Beast

Everyone is familiar with the scenery of the little town that Belle and her father, Maurice, hail from in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast but the inspiration had to come from somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll be giving you an insight of the different destinations that are said to have inspired the Beauty and the Beast Locations.

Alsace, France

Alsace is located is a region in France, the heart of Europe, with an abundance of architectural and cultural gems. It’s no surprise  that the film has links to this location with the similarities of the architecture and the lifestyle in general. Alsace stands apart from all other regions of France. The capital of Alsace, Strasbourg, is home to world renowned historical heritage sites, with the Grande Lle listed as UNESCO World Heritage. For information on visiting Alsace, visit the official website.

 

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Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

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Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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New vlog: Birthday in Brighton

I recently shared with you a post about my birthday weekend. I’ve since uploaded the vlog so you can see everything that went on.

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Birthday in Brighton

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Well, it’s finally happened – I turned 21. Not sure how, though, since I still feel 12. But you know, that’s how science and stuff works.

To celebrate the milestone birthday, I went to the sunny seaside town of Brighton with my mother and gran before meeting with some friends who lived close by. One in particular, Emi, is an internet friend of mine who originally lives in Arizona, United States. She’s currently in Brighton for a few months on an international study course. We have known each other for almost four years and when she told me she was going to be there studying for a few months and recommended I came to visit, it made perfect sense to take the celebrations of my birth to the ever popular tourist town. I also have a few friends in England who write for the same website as me, so to meet up with Lizzy, Hannah and Verity and invite them along to party with us was a wise idea.

After the hell of a journey from South Wales to Brighton and a deadly walk to our hotel (we underestimated the distance. A lot.) we arrived at the Holiday Inn, our home for the next 48 hours. Earlier in the week, we called to try and get a twin room rather than a double as my mother has recently had an injury which involves the use of crutches for a short period of time and needs the space. She mentioned it was my big birthday and the upgraded us complimentary to an executive room, which was a present in itself. It meant that I was blessed with a king sized bed for the weekend and my mother and gran had a fairly decent sized place to slumber themselves.

View from the balcony
View from the balcony

Shortly after check in and dumping our stuff, Emi arrived outside the hotel and I headed downstairs to meet her. We squealed like two little school girls and ran to embrace one another, with other guests laughing and smiling as it was clear we hadn’t seen each other for a while if not at all. To finally meet someone I grew up speaking to online was such a blessing and I can confirm she’s just as an amazing person in person as she is online. Sorry Nev, no Catfish to reel in here!

Moments after we met!
Moments after we met!

Following the meet with Emi, we all headed in a taxi to Churchill Square where we met Lizzy and Hannah before venturing around some shops. Churchill Square shopping center is much more lavish in comparison to St David’s in Cardiff, though for size it’s nowhere near as big. Still, I always enjoy exploring new places when it comes to retail therapy. Shopping done and we hopped into another taxi and finally made it to the place I had been anticipating for months – Brighton Pier.

British cuisine at its finest
British cuisine at its finest

The pier is honestly so pretty and full of the fun fair lifestyle you see in the movies; from different kiosks to attractions, shops and of course, the rides. We headed to Palmers Court for the classic British delicacy of fish and chips. Being from America and only arriving here two weeks ago, Emi had yet to try this well-known meal and so I had to film her reaction for both my vlog and a video to put on Facebook. Needless to say, she very much enjoyed it, even if the fish was too big to finish. I just stuck with a tray of chips, being vegetarian and totally oblivious to the fact that there were onion rings. Had I been aware, I definitely could have demolished some since the long journey had definitely got me feeling hungry.

Being on the pier at night was such a thrilling experience
Being on the pier at night was such a thrilling experience

The sky’s gradient became darker as Emi and I wandered the pier and watched all the rides, making notes of the ones we wanted to check out the next day. There were a variety to choose from – ones that spun you around and around, turned you upside down, threw you from side to side and even did a loop-de-loop; we were fascinated by them all and were eager to get a wristband for unlimited access to them all. Before we knew it, day one was done and we said our goodbyes but not before pre-arranging plans for the next day.

The following morning I was awoken from my slumber by my mother who greeted me with a ‘Happy Birthday’ in a sing-song voice, before piling up my cards and presents on the king sized bed I had slept in for the past eight hours, which by the way was such a good night’s sleep. I opened my presents and was thrilled with everything I had; from makeup to jewellery, books and even American chocolate – I was definitely thankful for everything. My gran then woke up and greeted me on my special day before I proceeded to open the presents she had bought me. We then headed downstairs for breakfast to gain fuel for our day ahead of us.

I wasn't very photogenic at that time of day...
I wasn’t very photogenic at that time of day…

Filled up on breakfast, we flagged down another taxi and headed back to Churchill Square where we met Emi and trekked to The Lanes, where we visited the ice cream parlour, Boho Gelatos – a place where British YouTube couple, Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes had recommended to their viewers – and tried some homemade ice cream. Honestly, it was the best ice cream I had ever tasted. The flavours were so pungent and didn’t taste artificial in the slightest. I highly recommend visiting there if you’re ever in Brighton.

Boho Gellato - home to some of the best ice cream known to man (in my opinion)
Boho Gelato – home to some of the best ice cream known to man (in my opinion)

Ice cream devoured and we found ourselves at Choccywoccydoodah – the famous chocolate shop in Brighton who then ventured out to London. If you aren’t aware of this place, it’s so well known for its chocolate art that it has its own TV show. They cater for the stars, politicians – you name it, they’ve probably served them. It was here my mother had ordered my birthday cake as we are both fans of the show, so it was pretty exciting to be able to go there. Of course, we had to have a nosey around and though it’s an incredible place, it’s a very small store with many tourists waiting to visit, so it was a very tight squeeze. For someone who doesn’t like small places, it was slightly scary but the fantastic edible art distracted me from the small defined space.

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The highly popular chocolatiers
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One of the many amazing cakes
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Literal edible art

Souvenirs bought and cake picked up, it was time for yet another taxi journey, this time heading to Talk of Tea where we would be devouring sandwiches, drinking cups of tea and celebrating with cake. It was at this point that Hannah and Verity joined us for the afternoon tea and everyone became acquainted with one another, before the big (and embarrassing) moment where a candle was lit and ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung to me. It was an awkward 20 seconds for me before making a wish and blowing out the candle, but it was soon over.

This photo literally does not do the cake justice
This photo literally does not do the cake justice

After the tea, my friends and I decided to head back to the pier where we went on rides. I was intrigued to try the haunted house ride and though not great with jump scares, Emi was a trooper and accompanied on the ride. Our screams could be heard from inside of the ride – hers full of fear and mine full of amusement. It got to the point where I found it so funny that I was in silence laughing and almost incapable of breathing. The kind of laugh that makes your sides feel they’re about to split. We all decided to take a turn on the bumper cars and that’s where we found out why Emi has her license and I do not. I absolutely suck at driving dodgem cars, so I dread to think what I’d be like at the real thing!

 

 

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With Verity, Hannah and Emi

 

The scenery of Brighton was aesthetically pleasing
The scenery of Brighton was aesthetically pleasing

From time on the rides to time in the arcades, we did a bit of everything that tourists do before saying our goodbyes to Hannah and Verity who needed to get home. Emi and I walked back to the hotel to meet once again with my family before heading to the i360 – a brand new attraction known as a vertical cable car, taking you over 450 feet into the air and giving you an incredible 360 view of Brighton. After a short period of waiting, we headed into the viewing deck along with many other visitors and were hoisted up into the air and above all buildings. The views were magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful. There was a bar on board and Emi and I decided to treat ourselves to a (very expensive) glass of champagne, only to find out it was a taste to my disliking. Oh well, you’re only 21 once, right?

The i360 - it's taller than you'd think
The i360 – it’s taller than you’d think

 

Brighton from above
Brighton from above

 

Cheers!
Cheers!

Following our time on the i360, Emi and I quickly caught a bus back to her place for her to give me the present she had bought me (a fall scented candle from Bath and Body Works in America) which she had previously forgot to bring with her, then headed back to the hotel for a meal in the hotel’s restaurant – Stock Burger – which was delicious. By the time we had finished eating, the night was getting old and knowing we didn’t have much time left together, Emi and I headed back to my room where we sat out on the balcony and did what we do best – talked. Having known each other for four years, we’d definitely been through a lot together, even though our friendship being solely based on our online presence. We talked about the past, the present and things we plan to do in the future. It was so nice to be able to have some time with her and do what we normally do but face to face, rather than behind a keyboard and a million miles between us.

A heart to heart on the balcony
A heart to heart on the balcony

The day was done and we said our goodbyes, giving each other a big hug and promising to meet up again soon, with Emi agreeing to visit Wales before heading back to Arizona at the end of the year.

And just like that, my time in Brighton had come to an end. I tucked myself into the king sized bed and listened to music before falling asleep, trying my best to get as much shut-eye possible before the long and tiring journey that followed the next day.
This was without a doubt the best birthday ever and an amazing way to kick off my time as a 21-year-old. I’d like to thank everyone who spent the weekend with me and everyone who sent me well wishes – it was the best time and a weekend away I had needed for so long. Here’s to 21!

 

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My California Bucket List

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I’ve been dreaming of jet setting off to California for some time now, but most recently after having spoken to friends who live just a short car journey away from the state, I’ve really been making it my mission to try and visit there once and for all. After really researching the things to see and do there, I’ve made a list of what I’d love to be able to check off my California bucket list!

Take a Warner Bros. Studio Tour

All my life I have been fascinated by the behind-the-scenes of the movie making world. It was even an award-winning hobby of mine during my early teens. Since California is home to Hollywood where the movie magic happens, it would be wrong for me not to head off on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. From visiting the sound stages of current productions to backlot tours and even getting the chance to have a coffee in the famous ‘Central Perk’ of Friends, this is what every movie buff dreams about and more.

Visit the original Disneyland

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If you haven’t been able to tell by previous blog posts, I am a total Disney Nerd. I visit Disneyland Paris quite regularly and have even been lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World twice. However, my dream is to be able to visit the original Disneyland park in Anaheim, to see the Walt Disney history and just soak in the atmosphere of the world’s most loved theme park. As well of some of my all-time favourite attractions from the other Disney theme parks, there are quite a few originals such as the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Silly Symphony Swings, plus the characters seem to be much more interactive than the ones in Disneyland Paris.

Head to Universal Studios

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Having visited Florida twice when I was younger, I’ve had a good taste of Universal Studios, but it would be great to see what it’s like in Hollywood and how different the parks would be compared to when I visited some ten years ago. Between the thrill of the rides and move movie magic, this is a park I’m very much interested in visiting.

Universal City Walk

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Along with the parks, I’m really eager to visit the City Walk. The three-block entertainment promenade has been dubbed as LA’s best place for unexpected entertainment and seems so highly appealing to me. With over 30 places to eat, 5 nightclubs, an IMAX and more than 30 unique shops, I’m definitely busting a gut to visit and soak in LA’s favourite place to play.

Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve dreamt of visiting the walk of fame. My gran even got me my own star plaque made just like the ones the Hollywood legends receive when they are given their own floor star. Some of the stars I dream of visiting are Ellen Degeneres, Walt Disney and Elvis Presley. It would be a big fat check off the bucket list to live this experience.

Look around the Grammy Museum

I’m a huge music fan. From modern music such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer all the way to legends such as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. I also love to learn about the history and get interactive, which is exactly why I’m interesting in giving the Grammy Museum a visit. To be able to learn from this museum would be  such an amazing experience and one I think I’d definitely find memorable.

Shop at Third Street Promenade

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Whenever I read about places to go shopping in California, particularly LA, Third Street has always been recommended. Having looked at the website, there are many American stores I’ve been dreaming of visiting for years such as Nasty Gal, Forever 21 and Sephora.

Santa Monica Pier

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It was suggested by a friend of mine to visit a pier as they can be quite fun to visit. I found Santa Monica pier online and it looks amazing. Full of  shops, an amusement park and aquarium, plus many other tourist attractions,  this is one place I would love to visit and spend time with my friends who live fairly local to the state.

So, those are my top places I want to visit in California! Have you ever visited California? Where would you love to visit in the state?

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Feeling Wanderlust; My travel bucket list

Having spoken to friends and scrolling through Tumblr, I’ve been feeling slightly wanderlust. I have the urge to just pack a bag and go where I dream to go. The only thing stopping me is money. However, it’s definitely got me in the mood to create my list of top places I’d love to travel to and, of course, I’m going to share that list with you. This isn’t in any particular order, just some of the places I’d love to visit.

  1. Primrose Hill, London 

Having watched many of Tanya Burr’s vlogs and seeing her visit this beautiful place in London, it’s definitely somewhere I would love to visit. It looks so pretty and picturesque – just think of the photos I could take!

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2. Brighton

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Image credit: Wikipedia

I’ve always seen photos of Brighton and thought it was a beautiful and interesting place to visit. When reading ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg, it definitely inspired me to take a trip there. I’ve yet to do so, but have already discussed the idea with a friend of mine. Another amazing place to take photos and explore.

3. California

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This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Particularly visiting the original Disneyland. Los Angeles and Hollywood are just two of the places I’d love to visit there along with the Universal Studios park. California has been a place I’ve been wanting to visit for as long as I can remember and I seriously hope one day I can visit there.

3. New York City

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One of the biggest reasons I want to go to New York is for the shopping in the city. I’d love to be able to afford a shopping spree there. A Broadway show and some sight seeing is definitely a must do on my travel bucket list for visiting there, too.

4. Sydney, Australia

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Image credit: Travel.usnews.com

Besides the fact that my favourite band come from this beautiful city, I’ve been told about so many amazing places that need to be visited. I also have a friend in Australia who loves living there. Although it’s one hefty flight and huge time difference, Sydney is definitely a place I’d love to visit! Although don’t expect me to try any Vegemite…

5. Ireland

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My friend, Emma, has been to Ireland and always says how much she wants to go back. It’s another photogenic place and I’ve heard Dublin Zoo is a must! I’d love to be able to get a Ferry over and stay for a weekend.

Those are just some of the places I would love to visit. I may make a second post talking about more of my dream destinations are. Where would you like to visit? Have you been to any of my ideal vacation spots?

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Disney Nerd: Top tips for your Disneyland Paris trip

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This is a brand new blog series I’m starting called Disney Nerd where I discuss all things Disney, of course. Having been to Disneyland Paris 10 times since I was 3 as well as Walt Disney World twice and just being Disney obsessed since my escape from the womb, I thought it would be cool to share stuff- from tips to reviews and everything in between.

This first post is going to be some of my top tips for your trip to Disneyland Paris. I have a heck of a lot that I’ve picked up over the past 16 years, but I’m going to share some that come to the top of my mind right now. You may have picked some up from other websites as they’re fairly common, but there may be some not so obvious ones that I have, too.

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Monthly Favourites- October

Well look at that. We’re in November. This year has gone way too fast for my liking. Like wasn’t it Christmas a week ago? Anyway, nothing we can do about that, so here’s what I enjoyed in October. I’ll warn you- it’s a lot more than usual.

Love, Rosie – as you know, beginning of last month I went to the world premiere of Love, Rosie. I also wrote a review of the film and I honestly cannot wait for it come out on DVD. It’s currently in cinemas so you should definitely try and see it- I want to go again but being a student limits my spending and after my recent holiday, I am in red alert.  But the film is basically the best rom com I have seen in so long and I loved everything about it.

Polagram- This is an app which you can turn your photos into Polaroids and other formats of photos and have them sent to your door. It’s reasonably cheap and when I saw everyone posting about it on Facebook, I was really interested and so I checked the app out and ordered 2 standard polaroids and I really liked the quality. You can also make phone cases, order a box set of polaroids or even get photobooks made. If you decide to try this app out, then use my code PGV0UT7H for your first 2 credits meaning you’ll get money off your purchase. You will also have your own personal code which if you share to people and they use it, you’ll get more credits. Using other peoples codes and getting them to use yours gives both you and them 2 credit for each code used, so get your friends and family on the app, too!

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