Today is a ‘somewhat’ controversial subject: Cosmetic surgery!! These days we all come under a lot of pressure to look a certain way. Every day we are bombarded with images and messages that make us question how we appear to others. In a way, this is good because it motivates you take care of your skin, hair and body. There really is no better motivator for getting you into the gym and keeping you away from the junk food.
The problem is that this approach only takes you so far. If you want a curvy figure, but have a flat chest – hitting the gym every day is not going to be enough. Increasingly, people are deciding to opt for plastic surgery. (Read more about the figures here). Now I am not suggesting that going under the surgeon’s knife is something that you should do lightly, far from it. After all these procedures have to be done by people who have undergone years of medical training. But as y’all know, I had a bit of cosmetic work done in 2015, and it was the best thing I ever did!!
To be honest, it was something I wanted for a long time, and I knew it would be worth every penny. I never expected to be confident and proud of something I was once ashamed of! It’s really impacted my confidence, and changed my life. I’m not endorsing surgery to change your body because of the pressure of modern media, but I fully support woman that chose to invest in confidence.
You need to think carefully before undergoing any operation or procedure. It is important to have a clear understanding of exactly what the surgery will achieve, and how long it will take your body to recover.
Choosing the right procedure
There are many different types of plastic surgery available, so it is very important to find an experienced surgeon that uses the latest techniques. He or she will be able to guide you through all of the options, and help you to choose an approach that will work best for you.
Before you go to see a plastic surgeon, you need to sit down and work out what you want to achieve. If you do not know what you want to achieve, it will be more difficult for your surgeon to help you. Focus on the look you are after, rather than what procedure you will need to get there. Let your surgeon decide that, and guide you. It may be that a breast lift is a better option than breast implants.
Choosing the right plastic surgery clinic
Perhaps the most important step, when it comes to plastic surgery, is choosing your surgeon. You need to look for a clinic and surgeon that has a good reputation. All of the staff should be properly qualified, and accredited.
It is always wise to look for surgeons who are members of national or international plastic surgery associations. Doing so is the best way to find a surgeon that has continued to learn and develop his or her skills. In other words, someone who uses the latest equipment and techniques. You need someone you feel comfortable speaking to, who listens, and understands you. With plastic surgery, effective communication between the two parties is essential.
When it comes to home decor, little things matter. This is especially the case when you give a room a complete makeover. If you skip over a feature, or do not quite finish something off, inevitably that is the very thing that will draw your eye as you enter the room.
To avoid this happening to you, I have listed some of those important details that many people forget when decorating their homes.
Lighting is an important element of any space. Getting it right will make your home feel more comfortable.
If you make over your living room and change the layout, for example by moving your sofa or chairs you need to review the position of your lighting. If you do not do so, you can easily find that when you sit down to read a book in the evening, or knit, that it is too dark to do so comfortably.
You also need to consider replacing the lighting fixtures for aesthetic reasons. Updating your fixture will ensure that you do not ruin the overall look the room by leaving old-fashioned lights in place.
If you want more tips about using lighting to create the right ambience in a room just click this link.
Your doors are also an important element of a room. If you are changing the style of a space, you need to consider updating your doors too. There really is nothing worse than sitting on your sofa, in your new living room, and seeing a shoddy door out of the corner of your eye.
In the past, replacing your doors would have been expensive. Fortunately, new manufacturing techniques and materials mean that prices have fallen drastically.
Updating your soft furnishings when you redecorate is also a good idea. Even if the colours are right, and blend in with your new decor, it is still wise to update your throws, rugs and cushions. If you do not do so, there is a risk that your room will end up with looking dated because the patterns and styling are not current enough.
This does not mean that you have to throw away your favourite snug, or blanket. You can easily fold it up and put it in a drawer, or under a seat cushion, and get it out when you want to use it.
Complete the look
In many cases, people do not bother to stage rooms in their home. This is a real shame because adding a few finishing touches makes all the difference to the overall look of a room.
Adding a few props helps to achieve the look you really want. It will also help visitors and the rest of the family to understand what you are trying to achieve.
Add some personal touches
Taking the time to add some personal touches will make a huge difference to how comfortable your home feels. Achieving a designer look is great, but you will soon tire of living in a home that is too cold and impersonal.
For those that are regulars here on my blog *hello!*, you’ll know that I try to go away at least once a month or more. I absolutely love travelling; so when I received an email last month asking if I wanted to go to on a holiday to Tenerife with some bloggers, I jumped at the chance.
When I was reading the email, I was on my way back from the Sahara desert in Morocco (read more here) – due to travelling and responding to a copious amount of emails, I didn’t get to do a huge amount of research on Tenerife before heading out there. I hadn’t been to the Canary Island in years, and didn’t really know what to expect.
Turns out there is so much to do, and we’re already planning our trip to go back. Here’s some of the reasons you should consider Tenerife for your next holiday, and an insight into my holiday to Tenerife last month:
Tenerife is the place for water sports
There’s nothing I love more than spending all day in the sea. Living in Cornwall right next to the beach, I’m so lucky that I can just stroll down the hill for a couple of minutes to the closest beach. That said, there’s only a couple of days of the year when it isn’t freezing and you need to pull on your neoprene. That’s why I couldn’t wait to get to Tenerife and enjoy being in the 24°C water without wearing booties and a full-length wet suit.
On the first day a group of us grabbed some boards and drove around most of the south coast, chasing waves. Firstly, huge disclaimer here – despite living in Cornwall, I am not a surfer! I know, shock horror! It’s always something I’ve been drawn to, and I did have surf lessons in Australia back in 2012. Shortly after, during spring break I went to Bali and did a bit of practising, I felt like I was slowly getting the hang of it. This was a long time ago though, and it turns out that surfing isn’t like riding a bike! So whilst I certainly can’t give any ‘pro’ advice, unlike some of my fellow bloggers can (they looked super cool standing on their boards whilst I tackled the waves from the shoreline); I can say that there is a lot waves in Tenerife for those who have a bit more experience than me.
You can read more about the surf and what it’s like from these guys who knew exactly what they were doing!:
After a day of surfing (I’d say I reflected a drowning seal rather than a surfer) I decided to mix it up and go paddle boarding on day 2. The water was flat as a pancake and the weather was beautiful, so it was a no-brainer to spend the day on a SUP.
Donna and I paddled a whopping 9km around the coast of Tenerife. Needless to say, we felt it in our arms later on that evening – totally worth it though! I’d love to head back and take advantage of the windsurfing and kite surfing but alas, the wind wasn’t strong enough during our visit.
Scuba diving in Tenerife is unreal
Whilst I was mostly ON the water, some of the bloggers went open water scuba diving during our stay. When we reconvened in the evening and they showed us their pictures, and I almost didn’t believe them. I’ve pinched a snaps from one of the lovely ladies to show you how incredible it looks:
Unfortunately I’m not certified to go diving, however, their stories and photographs have inspired me to do my open water diving course! If you want more information about scuba diving in Tenerife then head over to Ari’s blog here: http://beyondblighty.com/scuba-diving-in-tenerife/
Teide National Park is extraordinary
As a mountain lover and avid hiker, I was absolutely stoked to be heading to Volcan El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (12,198ft). If you’re heading to Tenerife make sure you dedicate at least one day to exploring this area, you won’t regret it! It was without a doubt my favourite part of the trip.
On the way to the National Park, we stopped at sightseeing spots to get some snaps. Notably, we hopped out on a long highway dividing fields of rock formations from lava. Not to mention, it was pretty much silent – so beautiful! It was still warm but the air was crisp once we’d reach a higher altitude.
Jumping back in the van, we eventually we gained 9,000ft elevation before beginning our hike. It made a nice change from my usual trips, where I usually start from sea level! The views were absolutely incredible; I can only describe the scenery as a mix of Patagonia, The Grand Canyon and the Alps, merged into one diverse landscape – you’ll see why in my next post.
Our guide was so helpful and gave us a great insight into the history of Tenerife and Mount Teide. As you probably know, I’m obsessed with snow and the first thing I thought of when I saw the towering peaks, was how beautiful it would be in white – this is why we’re planning to go back during the winter.
If you’re heading somewhere like Tenerife, it’s pretty important that you have good weather, right? It would be pretty frustrating to arrive somewhere that has so much to offer, but then he stuck inside because of bad weather. I had no idea that Tenerife gets just two days of rain a year – half of me still doesn’t really believe it.
Regardless, Tenerife does have year-round sunshine, so unless you’re really unlucky the weather is pretty much guaranteed to be warm no matter what time of year you choose to visit. Definitely something worth thinking about when you’ve got the January blues and there is cheap flights.
Will you be booking a trip to Tenerife anytime soon?
*I was lucky enough to receive a three night all-inclusive adventure holiday to Tenerife c/o Thomas Cook Airlines in return for #ExploreTenerife social posts and content creation. All views are 100% my own!