#MartyTravels: Eastern Mallorca

I travelled to Mallorca with my Mum last week, and thought it'd be a good idea to share a little bit of my experience. I've also done a review of the hotel, you can find this here.

Cala Millor
This is a very small place, located just above Porto Cristo, and this where we stayed. There is absolutely nothing to do here (it was off season) but everyone is super friendly and the beach is stunning. We didn’t do any sunbathing because the weather was in its high 18s and 19s, and that’s nothing crazy out here. I did get in the water a few times, because you know, when life gives you lemons, but I'm not tanned - plus I burn anyway. I’d recommend to stay here, just because it’s quite pretty and people are nice, but if you’re looking for something more lively or to somewhere to go out, this is not the place to be. On our last day here we took a boat trip down the coast, seeing the other amazing beaches and honestly, that's something I would recommend. It was 22 and lasted two and a half hours.

(best pizza at La Sangria)
(the one day I wore a swimsuit! it's from ASOS, here in black)

Manacor
Manacor is Mallorca’s second largest city, after Palma. It’s most famous for artificial pearl industry, but most importantly, blessing the world with Rafael Nadal (who supposedly still lives here). We went on a Monday, which meant seeing the amazing markets: fruit and vegetables in Placa Constitucio and a general market in Placa Ramon Llul. They both close quite early (1pm) but they’re worth having a look around if you’re near. We spent the rest of the day wandering around, grabbed some coffee and cake. Again, not really much to do. But we did buy an amazing cheese rolled in rosemary, so I'd say it was worth it for the cheese alone.
Porto Cristo
My absolute favourite because of the views. There's a lot of resturants overlooking the port, and the coastline is very pretty so it makes for a very pleasant lunch setting.

Palma
Though Palma isn't on the Eastern coast, I spent quite a long time there and thought it was worth mentioning, even if it's only to say how amazing the latte was at the Cafe Stacion at the bus station. It was honestly the best latte I've ever had, and I've had about 5 just from there, that's how good it was. Also - how cool - they've got free charging stations scattered around, and I'm not going to lie, it did help me out a little.

Excuse the quality of all the photos - my Mum forgot to take the camera, and that was her job.. So they're all taken either on my iPhone or my Mum's Samsung. 
Hope you enjoyed this quite little blog post, I'll see you soon! 
Marty x

#MartyTravels: Hotel Elegenace Vista Blava in Cala Millor

(all photos from: Elegance Hotels)

Whilst in Mallorca, my Mum and I had the pleasure of staying at the Vista Blava hotel in Cala Millor. which is a three star hotel. It was very clean, close to the beach (literally about 5 minutes down the road) and the staff were all lovely. 

A major downside was the food. To say the dinners were bad is an understatement. Food was either very untasty or just bland, and lacked variety. A few nights all we ate was bread and jam (that we knicked from breakfast), because the options were honestly that bad. They also had fruit and desserts that weren't too bad, so props to them. Breakfasts were good, but it's hard to mess up breakfast. I ate croissants with honey pretty much every day, they did however have cereal and full English all the time. You also unfortunately have the option of Half Board and All Inclusive only, so the dinners are included whether we like it or not.

Another downside was the WiFi - it only works in the bar and pool area, which for 2016 I think is quite bad. And even then, it wouldn't always work. Though a lovely gentleman would often reset the router for us haha.

The room we got overlooked the pool, which was quite lucky, as one of the other sides overlooked a run down building. We had two single beds, with very thin covers on - which proved to be difficult first night, as it was really cold, but we were given blankets the next day. The whole room, and the bathroom, were very clean, however the light in the bathroom was oddly dim.

If not for the awful dinners (which seem to be the issue for everyone, not just us!), I would definitely recommend this hotel. It's quite disappointing that such a clean hotel with lovely staff is being let down by its kitchen.

Marty x

REVIEW: MY LITTLE BOX 'BUBBLE' EDITION

I must say, 'My Little Box' has to be one of my favourite subscription boxes. Why? I really enjoy the variety of products every month! Yes, of course, we all love makeup, but I like the fact that MLB does special themes each month (last month's being 'Home' - amaze) and that they include their own brand products (moisturisers are actually quite good).

This month's theme is Bubble - I'm still not entirely sure why and what it means, but I enjoyed the box regardless. The first three products are by MLB themselves: a hairbrush, a lip & cheek tint and a BeautyBlender dupe. I've tried both the hairbrush and the tint, and those are awesome - I mean it's hard to f up a hairbrush, but I like that it's small enough to throw in my handbag. I'm going on holiday to Spain with my Mum at the end of the week, so that'll definitely come in hand. As for the tint, it's not really my shade cheek wise, as it's very purple, but I love it on my lips!
 
 
The next two products are by others brands. Huygens and Givenchy, to be exact. I was surprised to see the Givenchy product, as I've never received something so high end from My Little Box. The mascara itself is great so far, I'm wearing it today and I haven't noticed anything that would put me off it. It also came at a great time, because as I've mentioned I'll be going away, so a travel sized anything will come handy. Might do a full review after I've been using it for a week, who knows? As for the body scrub, I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but I'm a bit meh on the scent - I've noticed that there was another one in the boxes and I honestly wish I got the other one. But hey, beggars can't be choosers eh!
That's all for today's post, but I've got a few more lined up before I head off to Spain, so you can look out for those :) Do you subscribe to any My Little Box? Or if not, what's your favourite subscription box? Share in the comments below, I love trying out new ones!

Love, Marty xoxo

50 FACTS ABOUT ME


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  1. What's the first thing you notice about someone when you first meet them? How they treat the people around them.
  2. What's your favourite Beyonce song? Probably 'Love on Top'. Or 'Partition'.
  3. What's you must-have fashion accessory? Simple silver earrings that go with anything, like these or these.
  4. Chocolate or vanilla? 100% chocolate.
  5. Favourite type of flower? Tulips and peonies.
  6. What toppings do you put on your pizza? Literally anything and everything.
  7. What city were you born in? Konskie, Poland. 
  8. What city do you spend the most time in? As I'm now at university, I spend most of my time in Norwich.
  9. Favourite city? Amsterdam. I love everything about it.
  10. Favourite movie? That's something that changes all the time, but I'm currently obsessed with Deadpool - if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favour and do so ASAP!
  11. What's the greatest invention? I mean I know there are greater inventions, but the one that affects me directly has to be the iPhone.
  12. What's the craziest hairstyle you've had? I once decided to have blonde highlight whilst I had brown hair. 0/10, don't recommend. I hated it so much that I don't even have any photos of it left. I'm sure someone somewhere does. They'll come back to haunt me.
  13. Favourite Ninja Turtle? Raphael. Or maybe I'm just biased because that's my Dad's name.
  14. Hot dog or hamburger? I refuse to choose.
  15. Are you allergic to anything? Mosquito bites, mould and I'm slightly intolerant to gluten. But that doesn't stop my love for all things bread.
  16. What's your favourite colour? White.
  17. What's your biggest fear? Spiders and heights, equally.
  18. What was your first car? I still haven't done my driving test. Oops.
  19. What's your favourite dance move? Anything Beyonce does. Anything.
  20. When was your first proper kiss? I want to say in Year 9? I feel like it was Year 9. Clearly not very memorable.
  21. Favourite workout? I love HIIT workouts, boxercise and I enjoy lifting weights, I feel super satisfied with myself after I'm done.
  22. What's the most meaningful gift you've ever received? For my 20th birthday, my friend made me a collage of Penguin book covers to have in a frame, and she also designed one with my name on it. Very thoughtful.
  23. What qualities do you look for in a 'Prince Charming'? Loyalty, honesty and sense of humour.
  24. What song makes you cry? Currently, '7 Years' by Lukas Graham.
  25. Who's the last person you called? My Mum.
  26. How tall are you? 5'7 and a half apparently.
  27. Any tattoos? Five.
  28. Do you have a favourite animal? Dogs.
  29. What's something you miss? Snow.
  30. Zodiac sign? Sagittarius.
  31. What's your favourite time of year? Mid-Spring.
  32. Stay-cation or African safari? African safari! I've always wanted to go.
  33. Who's your fashion icon? Marilyn Monroe.
  34. Place you want to visit? Thailand.
  35. What will your wedding dress look like? Lace, fitted, champagne coloured, probably backless.
  36. Who was your first crush? There's videos of 2 year old me begging my parents to change the channel so I could dance and stare at Ricky Martin. There's your answer.
  37. Finish this sentence 'If I wasn't a student right now, I'd be...'? A fashion stylist.
  38. Worst pick up line you've ever heard? 'Do you love water? That means you love 80% of me already!'
  39. Favourite piece of jewellery? An infinity bracelet my parents gave me.
  40. Do you have any siblings? Nope.
  41. Why did you start a blog? So I could share all my experiences and thoughts freely.
  42. How long does it take for you to get ready in the morning? Anything between 10 minutes to 30.
  43. Who was the last person to text you? A girl I'm on a society committee with.
  44. Finish this sentence 'I'm really bad at...'? Time management. 
  45. What's something you're really good at? Cooking and baking.
  46. What would your last meal on Earth be? Anything and everything I can get my hands on, pizza, chocolate, cheese & crackers, you name it.
  47. What's your favourite smell? Something fresh, like lemons or fresh cotton. 
  48. Any secrets? None I can think of.
  49. What was the last thing you splurged on? Charlotte Tilbury makeup.
  50. Favourite make up product? Mascara. Can't leave the house without it.
Inspired by this video.