What’s In My Beach Bag?

Whether you’re planning on spending the entire day at the beach with friends, or just going for a quick dip, you’re most definitely going to want to have these summer beach essentials in arms length. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy spending hours on end relaxing with the warm summer sun on your back, whilst reading your favourite book with the ocean breeze on your face, these items will allow you to spend the entire day by the waters edge until the sun goes down. 

Beach bag: First of all, a beach bag is a huge necessity, as you can throw everything in it without struggling to carry it all by hand from the car, especially if there are crowds and you have to park miles away. 

A cute bikini: Who doesn’t want to feel good at the beach. I’m sure you all have people watched and choose out your favourite bikini from people walking past. With all the surf brands now, you won’t have much trouble finding a cute summer bikini that you love! 

A straw hat: not only gives off the ultimate summer vibe, but it protects your face from the harmful sun rays.

Sunscreen: We all love the perfect summer glow, but it is important to be sun-smart, especially if you’re spending hours down at the beach. Sunscreen with SPF 30 will still give you a nice bronzed tan, and prevent you from the embarrassment of looking as red as a lobster. Make sure you also have SPF lip-balm handy, as no one likes chapped or even worse, burnt lips.

Towel: Choosing the perfect towel can be more difficult than you think, as you want to make  sure you have one big enough so that you aren’t lying half in the sand. I tend to go for the Turkish towels as they’re light weight, can easily fit in your bag, and don’t take half the beach with them when you leave. 

Sunglasses: Are also super important to not only protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays, but also so you can read your book without squinting, and able to watch the surfers.

Water bottle: Staying hydrated whilst in the sun is also super important, so make sure you bring an insulated eco friendly water bottle so that your water stays cool and you stay hydrated. 

Snacks: I always like to take some snacks down just incase I get a bit peckish. Healthy snacks like bliss balls, granola bars, nuts and seeds are easy to take, don’t melt in the sun and are a delicious treat!

Entetainment: Keep yourself entertained by bringing your favourite book to read, some earplugs to listen to music, or if your with friends bring a speaker so you can listen to your favourite songs together! 

Outfit: A cute little loose summer dress is the perfect outfit for your day out to the beach. No one enjoys trying to put on denim shorts or skirt after being sticky from sunscreen and salty from the water. A dress is the easiest and most practical outfit, and super cute too! Style it with some slip on sandals or good ol’ Aussie thongs to achieve the perfect summer look. Don’t forget a scrunchie too, it’s perfect for taming your hair from being in your face, and stops you from overheating while lying in the sun. 

So there you have it! My Summer beach bag essentials that I guarantee will make your time at the beach more relaxing and enjoyable. I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, and look forward to sharing more with you all in the future! 

Mollie xo 

My Travel Experiences Shaping My Online Identity?

Santorini Greece by pedro Szelkely (CC BY SA 2.0)

Last year, I embarked on a five-month trip around the world, leaving me addicted to travelling and surrounding my life around it. When I’m not travelling, I’m planning my next trips by reading blog posts, watching YouTube videos and following travel instagram accounts. I believe that this trip had a huge part in creating my online identity, and has transformed my online persona on Instagram, Facebook, and my blog, to becoming travel-oriented. It was as though I finally found an interest that I was passionate about and wanted to share it with the people around me to inspire them to travel the world and discover these amazing places, just like I did. I feel that by sharing my photos of travel on Instagram, people would be inspired and interested in where these places are. By starting my blog, I have also found a love for writing about my own experiences in different countries and to share with the world.

Already, I have had an unbelievable amount of people message me about certain places I have posted photos at, asking me for advice on what to do and where to go in these countries. It amazes me that from photos I have posted, people are planning trips to these countries and are asking me for advice. Which is what has led me to creating this travel blog to talk about my experiences, and what to do in countries, so that more and more people can get the same advice that I would give them in a message.

MY ONLINE PRESENCE

Screenshot of my instagram

Instagram allows me to share certain images that convey a message, and a theme. For me, it reflects my light-hearted personality, my love for the beach, and travel. I display my social life, through posting photos of myself smiling and having fun, I am only showing a specific part of my life, and therefore creating an online identity that isn’t quite my whole self.

As seen through Professor David Marshall’s article ‘The promotion and presentation of the self’, he states that “Social networking can reveal the private self, but in its design it has the potential of complete revelation to a wider public world” (Marshall, 2010).

Supporting Marshall’s ideas, I believe that even though I am not displaying my whole authentic self through instagram, I’m not being any less real or authentic. If I posted photos that weren’t related to my theme of travel, social life, and fitness, it would be irrelevant to the idea I am trying to convey.

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In heaven 💧🇲🇽

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My photo from 17th August 2018 via my instagram
My photo of India and I at Venice beach 2018

Social media has many incredible benefits that makes it so amazing. Throughout my travels I met so many friends and inspiring people, who I am lucky enough that I can still stay in contact with, even though they live on the other side of the world, through Instagram, Facebook messenger and Snapchat. I met one of my best friends India from England, in Los Angeles and only spent one day together last year, and through staying in contact using Instagram and Facebook, she came over in December and stayed with my family for a month over Christmas. Whereas 15 years ago, it would have been much harder to keep in contact with those living in different states and countries.

Social media plays a significant role in my life and is continuing to grow and develop, as twitter has just become apart of my online presence. My twitter online identity is quite different to that of my instagram identity, as it is a lot more casual, with photos and my everyday thoughts.

Marshall emphasises the idea that there are 3 different levels of self presentation. The first being the “public self” which I believe that my instagram reflects, where I am only showing a certain amount of content of my identity which is related to what people want to see and a more public persona. The second level of self presentation is “public private self” which I would consider to be my twitter platform. (Marshall, 2010).

My twitter identity is posting my thoughts and what is on my mind in the moment, talking about an issue on the news, a TV show I have just watched, or even that it is a nice day outside. This allows others to see a different side of my online persona, not so focused around the ideas of travel, but more around my everyday life.

Despite the fact that social media plays a huge role in today’s society, there is still a negative stigma surrounding social media, and being online is often frowned upon. Fleur Gabriels article talks about the ideas that social media can negatively affect the development of youth in today’s society, as they are forced to conform to online social norms. Through creating an online identity, Gabriel explains the concerns of “the possibility that social media absorption is creating a generation of ethically degenerate careless zombies” (Gabriel, 2014).

Gabriel also addresses that there is a “popular conception that social media engagement is harmful to young people in the process of self-development.” (Gabriel, 2014).

We live in a world where social media has developed to be a significant part of our everyday lives, and if we continue to disregard this, we simply won’t be able to embrace the benefits and advantages that it adds to our lives. How can we possibly grow as a society if we aren’t willing to accept that social media is a positive platform that we are fortunate enough to have in our lives?

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Just a quick trip to the moon 🌝🌚

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Through my experience with different social media platforms, I have been able to create an online identity that reflects a part of me that I want to share with the world. I am lucky enough to have found a strong passion for travel, allowing me to create an online identity surrounding that idea. Through both Twitter and Instagram, I have two very different online presences, however both of these are my true self and reflect my identity in different ways.

Twitter Profile

instagram profile

REFERENCES

Marshall D 2010, The promotion and presentation of the self: Celebrity as marker of presentation media, retrieved 13 April 2019, Ebook Library database.

Gabriel, F. (2014) ‘Sexting, Selfies and Self-Harm: Young People, Social Media and the Performance of Self-Development’, Media International Australia, 151(1), pp. 104–112. Retrieved 13 April 2019, Ebook Library database.

The Perfect Green Smoothie!

Now I know what you’re probably thinking, why would I want to drink that? Well, your parents were right when they continuously enforced the rule of “Eat your greens!” when you were younger.

We all want glowing, blemish free skin, hair that’s strong and shiny, and by drinking green smoothies, it’ll most definitely help. Some of the benefits of green smoothies are natural weight lost. By replacing a meal every day with a green smoothie, it decreases your overall calories whilst making you fuller for longer as it is packed with fruits and vegetables.

I highly recommend you have a green smoothie in the morning, as if it’s the first meal going into your stomach, your body is able to digest it more smoothly, and allow you to feel energised all day long!

They’re also loaded with natural antioxidants and vitamins, which is a great way to prevent sickness and also will help decrease the consumption of saturated fats and salt in your diet.

Another plus is that they’re incredibly delicious as the natural sweetness of the fruit overpowers the greens.

This recipe is a beginner’s guide to green smoothies, starting off with a small amount of greens, and you can soon introduce kale, cucumber, parley, mint and many other greens.

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE:

1 ripe spotty banana (spotty bananas are much sweeter )

1 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

2 medjool dates (if not accessible, use 6 pitted dates)

1 cup of water

1 cup of ice (the colder the better I reckon!)

Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a vitamix) and blend until smooth. This recipe serves 1, so if you want more, just double the recipe! Go give it a try and I guarantee you’ll be feeling more energised and healthier in no time!

Mollie xo

Girl’s Cocktail Night!

There is nothing quite like a good ol’ girls’ night, sipping delicious and boozy cocktails on the deck, while listening to your favourite songs and having a laugh together. We all love a night where we can get dolled up, let our hair down and having a few laughs with our besties. So, what are you waiting for, get your girls over and I promise you, they’re not going to want to miss it.

These bar worthy cocktails that I have picked out, are the perfect addition to any girl’s night. They don’t cost you a fortune, and you can have them in the comfort of your own home!

Firstly, you want to ensure you have the equipment and ingredients for these cocktails, which you can easily buy from local supermarkets or homeware stores.

Recipes:

These simple and easy cocktail recipes are sure to have you dancing on the tables and having a laugh. Ice cubes are the key to making any drink taste amazing, as everyone loves a refreshing cool drink!

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, and i’ll be sure to post more soon!

Mollie xo

Ultimate Guide To Planning A Trip To Greece

What is not to love about Greece? The sky is always blue, the water is crystal clear, the volcanic cliffs are lined with beautiful white buildings, the famous historical sites and food that is to die for.

I’m sure most of you growing up have dreamt of going to the Greek islands after watching the well known film Mamma Mia. I know that Greece was on the top of my list after watching that movie, but deciding where to go to out of the 227 inhabited islands is quite difficult and stressful, especially if you only have a short amount of time.

In my opinion, the best time to travel to Greece is anywhere between April and September. During this period it’s their summer months, and most of the islands are completely deserted and closed down during the winter months due to the wind and crazy weather.

If you want the islands to yourself and want to avoid the summer crowds, definitely go in April or September, where the weather is still hot and sunny, but it’s no longer peak season. Hotels and flights are much cheaper during April and September so if you’re on a budget, this is the perfect time for you!

Choosing where to go and what to do is the most difficult part about planning your dream visit to this beautiful country. Here are 5 of my most favourite islands, and what they’re best for.

Santorini: Home to one of the most famous sunsets in the entire world, with breathtaking cliffs, and a very romantic place for your perfect honeymoon. Santorini is one of the most well known islands in Greece, you may feel like you have already been their due to it’s iconic shots and sunsets.

Mykonos: Known for it’s parties till all hours in the morning, it’s a popular stop for all backpackers. With it’s popular designer brands in the centre of the town, you’re bound to spend a little more than you intended! You’re sure to have some cocktails and a boogie at some fantastic nightclubs here.

Milos: Despite the fact that it’s not as well known compared to some of the other islands, this island would have to be my favourite. It’s a little hidden gem, that’s beginning to become more and more known to tourists. It’s incredible lunar landscape and turquoise water is bound to amaze you and make you fall in love.

Paros: This island is perfect for anyone and everyone. It can be anything you want it to be from having a good nightlife, fabulous architecture and picturesque beaches. It is perfect for families, young backpackers and couples. Paros also has some delicious restaurants and cute little villages for you to visit. You will not be disappointed by this island.

Ios: The ultimate party islands where you will be relaxing on the beach all day, and partying all night. You’re guaranteed to not get much sleep while on this island.  It has incredible beaches and you almost feel at home with the amount of Australian workers who manage the bars, clubs and restaurants.

 WHAT TO EXPECT

Language: Greek is the official language spoken in Greece, however most Greek people can speak very good English, so don’t worry too much about that.  

Currency: The currency in Greece is Euro. 1 AUD is equal to 0.63 Euro as if March 2019.  

Plugs: The plugs in Greece are type C and F, and the standard voltage is 230V and standard frequency is 50Hz.

Credit Cards and ATMs: Ensure you have a travel card so you don’t loose money in international fees, but you can use your travel card all over Greece as there are plenty of ATMS. Shops and hotels often allow you to pay by card as well.

Safety: I believe that Greece is a very safe country for solo travelling and for females. Just be sensible and you will be fine, don’t walk home late at night in the dark by yourself in dark streets, just use common sense.

Getting around from island to island in Greece is fairly simple. I highly recommend using the Ferry system, and mapping out your route for islands first before you leave. Ferries are the most economical and very easy to get around. But don’t assume that it is going to be an quick ferry, as some ferrys can take up to 10 hours depending on where you want to go. Just remember there are lots of Greek islands, and some are harder to get to and further away than others!

Thanks for reading my first blog post, and stay tuned as I will be making more posts about Greece and islands in the future with more detail.

Until then – Mollie xx

NOTE – all photos are my own.