30 September 2015

Tenerife 2015 | Photoblog


I miss Tenerife so much. I always love visiting the Canary Islands and, as this was my first visit to Tenerife, I would happily go back there again.


We stayed at the Andorra apartments which we would recommend staying at. It was nice and quiet, it was cheap to book and the apartment was spacious, clean and just right for what we wanted.

The weather was pretty gorgeous during our entire stay. A couple of days near the end of the holiday were cloudy, but by then we were secretly happy of the shade and breeze! We both burnt on the first day after a few hours on the beach. Alex's back was bright red, whilst my chest, tummy and the top of my legs were patchy with sunburn! We used SPF 30 on, but I guess we're not used to so much sun as we haven't been on holiday for 2 years. Needless to say, we stuck to the SPF 30 and 50 for the rest of the holiday and it turned to tan in the end!





Playa De Las Americas is quite touristy, and you can tell that at least some, if not all, of the beach is manmade. It didn't bother us that much though. The views were gorgeous and we spent some of our time just looking out to the sea, appreciating the clean air and just relaxing. It was so busy with holidaymakers but you can still lose yourself in silence.

A holiday is never complete without a game of crazy golf either. Of course I didn't win.



In the evenings, we walked. Everywhere. I knew I should have bought a Fitbit. Anyway, there were so many lovely shopping centres around Tenerife, including the CC Safari which had restaurants, Levi's, Timberland, jewellery stores... Then a few minutes walk away, Zara appeared. You can guess what happened there. Anyway, the CC Safari also had a light and music show in the fountains each night which was actually quite lovely to witness.

If we didn't fancy staying out for a drink or two, we visited a local supermarket and bought some fresh cakes and Kopparberg for 1.65 Euro (1.65! Literally can't get over how cheap it was) and chilled on our balcony.





It's natural to begin proper foodies when on holiday. We bloody love our food. A couple of my favourites were two restaurants in CC Safari - an Italian restaurant called Bianco and a steak house called Empire. Absolutely gorgeous food and drink and would definitely be more expensive if they were based in the UK. I also had my first taste of strawberry sangria and I loved it. I don't like traditional sangria but this was way too drinkable. Shame the bar (Harry's Bar) was always so busy, we never got to experience it again as we could never find a table!




We also went to Siam Park, which was one of the best waterparks I've ever been to. Despite Alex becoming travel sick after a few rides (bless him), we chilled by the wave pool for a while until we relaxed on the lazy river and tried not to drown in the waves. The lazy river surprisingly turned into a bit of a ride as well, taking you through a tunnel with a load of sharks above your head. Surreal.

We even chilled with some sea lions, even though momma sea lion was telling baby sea lion off at one point. If I ever go to Tenerife again, I would totally visit Siam Park. It's literally 5-10 minutes away from the main resort and there's a free bus to and from the park. So good.





We spotted Hard Rock Cafe on the resort too, which I was pretty shocked about. Hard Rock at Tenerife? Really? One of the evenings, we decided to treat ourselves to expensive cocktails on the Top Bar of Hard Rock Cafe. The cocktails were lovely and was such a lovely experience. It was nice to listen to some decent music too!

On our final night, we checked out the food within the restaurant itself... With some more cocktails. The ribs were incredible, but Alex's burger was a major disappointment. I felt bad for him as Alex had never been to Hard Rock Cafe before!


I would love to visit Tenerife again... Maybe to a different resort that isn't as touristy. All in all, it was an amazing holiday and... Can I just go back now?
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26 September 2015

Autumnal flowers in the summer | What I Wore

Topshop floral tie-side midi dress
Topshop floral tie-side midi dress
Topshop floral tie-side midi dress
Topshop floral tie-side midi dress
Topshop floral tie-side midi dress - £46

It's been a while since I've bought something in Topshop that costs more than £30 (because, let's face it, most items in Topshop cost a lot more than £30 nowadays) but I adore this dress and knew I had to have it in my life.

I love midi dresses, and the floral pattern is gorgeous. I'd happily wear this during autumn as well due to the colour scheme. I love the lace-up detail on the sides, flashing a little bit of skin without losing its class. It sits really nice on your waist and just floats when you walk.

Topshop floral tie-side midi dressTopshop floral tie-side midi dress

On holiday, I wore this dress with my tan heeled wedges from New Look to dress it up even more. It was really light to wear so I was comfortable in the Tenerife heat. I honestly can't wait to dig this dress out of my wardrobe again!

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23 September 2015

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Toothpaste | Review

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Toothpaste
Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Toothpaste* - £5.49

I'm still on the search for the best toothpaste/dental regime to help make my teeth even a little bit whiter. I'm worried about using whitening strips and the like as my teeth can be very sensitive. When Beverly Hills Formula contacted me about its range and a new product, I wanted to give it a go!

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Toothpaste
Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Toothpaste

The Perfect White Gold toothpaste features actual gold particles, is clinically proven to be more effective at removing stains and is less abrasive than some other leading brands of both whitening and regular toothpastes. The part which intrigued me? Gold particles. The last time I tried anything with gold particles was a shot of Goldschl├Ąger which didn't end well.

Accordingly to Beverly Hills Formula, gold has an anti-inflammatory effect which helps increase blood flow and fight gum disease. The advanced Hydrated Silica also boosts whiteness, whilst other ingredients continue to prevent bacteria from forming, keeps teeth enamel strong and removes surface and deep stains. It basically has everything you need.

You can actually see the gold within the toothpaste, but when you start brushing your teeth it just foams up as normal and isn't left on your teeth like glitter. Quite the relief!

I haven't been using it for very long so I can't say it's made a big difference to my teeth. However, my mouth always feels fresh and minty, whilst my teeth feel nice and clean. My teeth aren't very sensitive either, which is great as most whitening products make them so sensitive I can only use it for a week until I have to give up. I'll be carrying on using this to see if it makes any more of an impact on the appearance/whiteness.

I wouldn't say this is a miracle worker, but the fact that I do feel a bit more confident with my teeth and the way they feel after using this toothpaste, then this is possibly one of my favourite whitening toothpastes I've used so far.

* Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review. All views and opinions are my own.

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19 September 2015

My tandem skydive for Mind | I did it!

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

I jumped out of a plane last month. Yep, that's right. After three months of fundraising and being scared out of my wits, it all ended within half an hour on 30th August. I tandem skydived for Mind, the mental health charity. And I raised over £1,300 which is just amazing.

My anxiety was playing serious tricks on me during the lead up and on the day, but I can honestly that I am SO proud of myself for actually doing it.

We arrived at Nottingham's Langar airfield at stupid o'clock and I somehow managed to eat some breakfast. After registering and a quick briefing session with everyone else taking part, I soon realised I was the first one out of the bunch to do it. Holy shit.

During the briefing session, I actually met someone else who was doing the skydive for Mind with some of his friends. He had raised a few thousand pounds, and was trying to skydive in flip flops to raise £5,000! Unfortunately I don't think he could because of safety reasons, but it was brilliant to actually meet someone else who was raising money and also suffers from anxiety.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

Anyway, I met my instructor Ali who was great. He kept me calm and told me what would happen and what I need to do. I've since found out he's a British champion, world record holder... The works, so needless to say I felt at ease and quite safe.

I decided to have a videographer, who took photos and a video throughout the skydive. This also involved an interview before and after the skydive, which to be honest made me more nervous! I'm pretty much smiling like a cheshire cat throughout... I figured if I didn't smile I might have cried.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind CharityDani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

All strapped in and ready to go, I tried to appreciate the view whilst sat down on the plane. Then all of a sudden it was time to jump... It's all quite a blur.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

Now for the fun/scary part. I didn't have time to even consider saying 'I can't do this'. Once you've moved to the door, that's it, you're gone. You fall at about 120mph from 10,000 ft (actually, it might be higher. I may have blanked that information out) and then you're being hit by the wind which hurts. Seriously. You've got to relax your arms during freefall, but when you've got the videographer wanted you to blow kisses, you end up punching your face from the force. I actually had a little bruise on my lip afterwards. It felt so surreal... I think I was concentrated more on keeping my arms still than appreciating the freefall!

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity
Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

All of a sudden, the parachute opens and you're jolted back up in the air. You can relax, enjoy the view... and be travel sick. The instructor spun us around a few times for fun. It was fun, but my stomach wasn't best pleased. Thank god I pulled myself together else someone would have had a nasty shock on the ground. Also, my harness was too tight which didn't help the sickness. I had pins and needles in my hands, and after the skydive I found bruises between my legs from the harness. That looked interesting. I'd rather my harness be too tight than too loose though!

The view was amazing though. It was so quiet and peaceful in the air, it felt as if everything just went away for those few moments and you can truly appreciate the world, the countryside... Pretty deep, but it was a highlight of the experience. It's like all my problems just left me in the air for a few moments.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind CharityDani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity
Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

Back on the ground, I had another interview whilst trying not to throw up, and then ended up on my hands and knees trying to calm down and gather my bearings. Thanks to my parents and Alex for capturing this delightful moment... Thank god the videographer didn't record it.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind CharityDani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

I guess I haven't painted a pretty picture have I? Let me get one thing straight. It was INCREDIBLE and I'm so glad I've done it. I really am. I'll never do it again, but at least I've done it. If anything, I'm more thrilled at the fact it was more of a challenge than I anticipated as raising money (double my target!) just seems even more worthwhile.

Dani Johanna's tandem skydive for Mind Charity

You can read more about my skydive in the Kidderminster Shuttle too.

Official skydive photos copyrighted to Nick Robinson.
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08 September 2015

All the patterns, all the colours | What I Wore

Monki maxi dress
Monki maxi dress
Monki maxi dress
Monki maxi dress
Monki maxi dress - £8

I made a quick visit to Monki on Carnaby Street (my new favourite area in London) a while back and this number caught my eye... Mainly because of how colourful it is and the bargain price of £8! EIGHT POUNDS!

All the patterns! All the colours!

I am a little bit wary about wearing this. Even though it's actually not that tight, it does cling to you quite a bit. I'll probably feel okay wearing this on holiday though, especially when I've got a bit more of a tan.
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