I spent the last couple of days in Domburg, which is a teeny tiny town in the South West of Holland, right near to the Belgian border.
We went especially because there was a Nike 6.0 Full Moon Party, complete with amazing food, a film screening and night surfing.
I've never surfed before, and before yesterday, I never realised how difficult it would be. It's a million times harder than skating. It was still super fun, and I'd definitely want to try again. Despite my worries, wet-suits aren't as scary as I anticipated, and the water was surprisingly warm.
Domburg was absolutely beautiful, and me and the girls definitely want to go back again - it's only about two hours away from Amsterdam, so we have no excuse. I slept the whole way back, and hilariously woke myself up from snoring.
If you work in Marketing, you know, along with the rest of the world, that Social Media is the way forward in connecting with the consumer.
I was contacted by Jergens Naturals and I checked out their Facebook page and was really impressed by the community they've built, really encouraging conversation amongst their fans. It doesn't matter how many fans you've got, it's all about the people getting involved, responding to questions, and talking to each other. This is reflected in the amount of fans; over 10,000 is a pretty nice number, so no worries on that part.
They told me about a current campaign they have running, a tab on their Facebook page called "Feel Fantastic"which is designed to identify the areas of your life that might need a little help with fantastic-ness.
You have to rate elements in your life on a scale of one to ten; things like, family (obvz a 10 for that one), friends, love life, money, health etc, and taa-daa, your fantastic-o-meter is created.
Here's my little graph; as you can see, I have recreation covered. I'm happy with my love life (single and happy) but a couple of elements I need to work on are money and health. As much as I've come to terms with being epileptic and I wouldn't change it if I had the option (it's part of who I am now) there are things I'd like to change, like my skin; I'm 23 now, give me a freakin break, and not a break-out. Ew that was cheesy.
To boost my wellbeing, this morning I've been having a little R&R, to make my Saturday morning fantastic; fresh coffee, Sex and the City, Harry Potter. It's a nice way of spending a rainy Dutch day after a busy week. Perfect.
I was sent some body moisturiser - Aloe with Cucumber, and have been using it every night since I received it. It really is lovely. It's not greasy, which I find can be a pain with a lot of moisturising creams, especially when you're about to bed - you don't want it all over your bed sheets and PJ's. It doesn't take a long time to soak in, and smells really fresh, not overpowering at all.
It's made up of 94% natural ingredients, which doesn't actually matter to me; I've been using perfumed moisturisers for years, but I know a lot of people love stuff natural products, so it's an added bonus, and I'd consider only using products like this again.
Overall, I've been happy with my little Jergens experience, so check out their page, measure your fantastic-ness, and try their products. Have any of you tried them? What did you think?
I can't talk too much about this; I don't know a lot about it at all, it's just a part of Liverpool's history I've grown up hearing about.
It's difficult to blog about this without sounding like I'm glamourising it, but you need to understand that I'm really not. You all know how I love Liverpool, but this is just a moment in our history to reflect upon.
I just wanted to include something on the blog to do with this; I've been listening to reports on Radio Merseyside over the past couple of days, and I've been reading a lot on it; it's bizarrely fascinating.
The photo below, technically, is amazing. Like, look properly at it. It's boss. I selected a few photos, from The Guardian website but I just decided to use only one; this was the one that made the most impact on me.
Toxteth is a beautiful area of Liverpool. Have you ever cycled down Princes Avenue on the way into town, with the warm sun breaking through the leaves of the trees? It's the most amazing feeling. A lot of shit went down there, but it's just something to look back on and to make us appreciate what we have here now - the culture, the people, the vibrancy of the neighbourhood is amazing.
Shit happened - we know that, but things are better now. We might not be perfect, but what city is?
I dragged my tired ass out on Sunday to get on the ferry to Amsterdam Noord to watch the final of the Amsterdamn AM Skate Contest. It was the first time I've ever watched a skate contest live, and I freakin' loved it.
It seems that nowadays I describe everything as having a good vibe, but this event definitely had a good vibe to it.
I've been tweeting for months that I want a skateboard, but haven't actually got round to buying one. Really I need to stop moaning and do something about it.
There were a couple of guys in particular caught my eye who I steamed off and if you've got me on Facey, you might have seen an influx of photos of of one particular guy who really was a bit disgusting, but him being a skater makes him 300 times fitter.
Sorry to go back 8 years, but I've still got a soft spot for skaters. What is it that makes them so fit?!
I could possibly only be in Amsterdam until the end of August, which terrifies me. I know I have to absolutely smash the next two months, and going to things like this remind me how much I love this city, and for the time being, I'm far from being finished with it.