Happy! Trying out airport blogging


Only one thing making me super happy this week… I’m off to see the boyfriend! Blogging from the airport lounge at the moment, having mostly resisted the allure of the (non) duty free shop. I’ve got my Aldo Ullum bag as carry on luggage, and nothing in the hold – this is quite the minimalist weekend. Only a short flight (about an hour once we’re in the air), so just my iPod for company and some water and a tinted lip balm to keep me hydrated. I know it’s a skin care crime to wear a full face of makeup on a plane, but the Gatwick express toilets are no place for hasty mascara application, so plane face it is!

What are you up to this weekend?


Packing for a weekend away



I’m off to London for the weekend to meet up with the boyfriend and some friends for a bit of an adventure! This means a short hop with Easyjet and their joyful baggage restrictions… So I thought I’d show you my carry-on bag and it’s contents.

As you all know, cabin liquid limits are 10 items, 100ml or less, in a clear plastic bag. I have no idea how some bloggers spent the summer promoting plastic bags with designs on, I’m sure I’ve seen them be binned at airports… Either way, my bag is a John Frieda one that came with a mini shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray. They’re long gone now, but the bag lives on! It’s sturdy enough to survive the dozen or so flights a year that I do at the moment.

These are my ten items… (I took the pictures and then changed my mind slightly, sorry! The Clarins toner is staying home and my Collection concealer and LOreal foundation are going in its place.)


From left to right: toothpaste, contact lens solution & case, Original Source mint shower gel (decanted), Rituals shampoo & conditioner (taken from the last hotel I stayed in!), Garnier Moisture Match, Clarins Daily Energising Cleanser, and LOreal micellar solution (decanted).

Seeing as I’m only away for two nights, I’ve tried to limit the size of each item, but I’ve done a week on cabin size stuff quite easily before. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to decant what you have, rather than buying travel size bottles of each product. Boots sell 50ml and 100ml bottles for just over £1 each, in a variety of screw cap/ squeezy/ spray types. I’m using a spray bottle for micellar solution and, if I didn’t have hotel miniatures, my shampoo and conditioner would be in 50ml screw cap bottles. I usually add coloured washi tape to each bottle so I don’t get them muddled up.

I have cheated slightly on the 10 items restriction; there’s perfume at my boyfriend’s house that I can pick up on the way from the airport to our little holiday place, but if I didn’t have that option I’d go for a dry perfume stick like this.

I always see loads of people try to put their entire make up collection in the toiletries bag, but it really is just liquids – my test is that if I can tip the open container upside down and nothing oozes out, it’s not a liquid, so mascara and lip balm are both going in my handbag. I’m not certain that airport security agrees with me, but they’ve not challenged it yet!

What do you take away with you for short trips? Any tips for packing super light?

Our time is running out…

So finals start in like six weeks. Revision is next to non-existent, as is my social life. Congrats, me. Let’s look at last month instead…

April was awesome. My one week of holiday was absolute bliss, and absolutely jam-packed! I live far away enough from my family and a lot of my friends that whenever I head south, I have to fit seeing them all into whatever time I have there!

So, I had a weekend in Brighton, lunch out with my parents, a trip to the Zoo, an all-day shopping escapade with my best friend, cocktails and dinner with another school friend, a journey up to Birmingham (making the most of a 50p return ticket deal!), more drinks with another lovely friend, and lots of time hanging out with the boyfriend, which was really nice.


Cocktails! Happy hour in Farringdon 🙂


Monkeys! I love the little guy with the moustache :3

That week was topped off with a day at the Dr Clarke revision course, which totally fried my brain! I met a 5th year who was doing resits, and a couple of 3rd years who were just preparing early (terrifying!). I feel a bit more prepared for finals now though, at least the OSCE part, though I also now know that I don’t know anywhere near enough about the basics!

Then it was back to uni for my last rotation before exams. I think this sums up that part of my life at the moment:


Two notebooks, three textbooks, my hospital ID card, and a pencil case stuffed with coloured fineliners! My shoulder is killing me…

Time to crack on with some work!