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After a lovely relaxing weekend in the Welsh countryside, it was time for me and Al to make the 258 mile trip back down South. Of course, with the temperatures dropping to a cool 3 degrees Celsius, poor visibility and an unfamiliar route, it came as no surprise when the dreaded orange light appeared on the dashboard and there were no petrol stations in sight. You could say this wasn’t exactly part of the plan at 1am in the morning.

However, if this whole experience has taught me anything it is: if we fail to prepare then we should prepare to fail. Whilst I haven’t passed my test yet, I think we can all benefit from a Winter essentials list for driving in colder temperatures, or simply when we set out on longer journeys. So, aside from anti-freeze, a scraper and a blanket what else should we take with us when driving home for Christmas?

Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Make sure your car has been serviced.
  • Test your brakes.
  • Check your tyre tread.
  • Make sure all of your lights are working and carry spare bulbs.
  • Make sure your battery is fully charged.
  • Check your wipers and wiper blades are working ok.
  • Make sure all of your fluids are topped up – windscreen wash, anti-freeze and oil.
  • Consider stocking up on the above essentials at the start of Winter.

Emergency Kit

  • Tow rope.
  • Snow shovel.
  • De-icing equipment.
  • A blanket to keep you warm.
  • A thermos flask with a hot drink or soup.
  • Wear warm clothes.
  • Snacks in case you get stranded.
  • A fully charged mobile phone.
  • A working torch.
  • A well stocked first aid kit with foil blanket.

Prepare for your journey

  • Check the weather forecast before setting off on a long journey.
  • Avoid making long journeys or travelling if conditions are bad.
  • Keep your fuel tank near to full – We nearly learnt the hard way!
  • Let someone know your route and what time you expect to arrive in case you run into difficulties.
  • Consider a map in case your sat nav or phone dies on you.

These are just some of the ways you can prepare for travelling in colder weather such as snow, rain or severe wind. Of course, there are many other ways you can ensure that you and your passengers stay safe, such as ensuring you reduce your speed. If you would like more information on travelling in Winter then you can check out the ROSPA website for more tips and the AA website also sells winter kits for under £30.

Will you be making any long journeys before the New Year? How do you make sure you stay safe? I would love to hear from you all.

Not sure how to perform basic service checks on your vehicle? Check out Cars.com for further tips and advice.

 

Love Emma

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*La Blonde Voyage was compensated to write this post on www.lablondevoyage.co.uk.

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I can’t believe today actually marks the 9th of October, meaning that crisp leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes and all things Autumnal are now officially back. That’s not all, my local garden centre is even offering all the delights of the festive season along with stunning magical scenes full of winter wonderland inspiration for your home.

Now, don’t get me wrong I love Autumn, Halloween and Christmas as much as the next blogger. But is it me or does it feel like one blink from your sun lounger and your cocktail is replaced with a Starbucks and that sassy little swimsuit is suddenly packed away for another year and out come those knee-high boots and scarfs?

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Love Emma

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Tassles, Beads and Prints – Just a few of my favourite things.

When the lovely Hannah from Wild Home contacted me about their beautiful sustainable products and asked if I would like to review some of their gorgeous accessories, I was thrilled. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as I was jetting off to sunny Mallorca for a 2 week stay in a Spanish villa complete with its own pool later that week.

Villa Décor.

Whilst, browsing the Wild Home online store I was greeted with an array of beautiful bright bold colours and unique designs. I instantly fell in love with the Maua sandals as they had been lovingly made by a local Kenyan artisan, which meant that I could step our in style knowing that whilst I was updating my wardrobe, a very talented individual was also benefitting at the same time. Despite packing enough shoes for two weeks, the Maua sandals ended up replacing them all and proved to be great for walks around Alcudia old Town, the beach as well as for walks back from the marina in the evening.

When Hannah told me to send her my wishlist, I wasn’t expecting to get the sandals, so when these arrived in the post along with some stunning bracelets in two of my favourite colours ( blue and pink) I felt incredibly lucky. The great thing about Wild Home online is that not only does each item tell a different story, but they also try to ensure that all of their products are made from natural and sustainable materials. I can’t recommend this fabulous store enough and if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for your loved one’s, then make sure you check out their new arrivals.

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Palm Springs.

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Coco Bay Swimwear Wishlist.

With our wedding planning well and truly under way and less than a year until our big day. Al and I have turned our attention to potential honeymoon destinations for our trip of a lifetime.

Santorini, Tuscany, Maldives you name it we have considered it and whilst we haven’t booked anything yet, we have managed to pin down the Caribbean as a serious contender.

Adventure Awaits.

Crystal clear waters, golden sands, lush tropical gardens along with the sound of steel pan music mean’s the Caribbean really is the perfect paradise to jet off to for some quality couple time.

Unfortunately, our wedding will fall during hurricane season, so it will be a few months before we can enjoy those breath-taking sunsets and natural wonders, but at least we have longer to save up.

Unlike the honeymoon planning, finding the perfect swimwear or beach cover up will be an absolute breeze, as the wonderful ladies from Coco Bay are on hand to help me find the perfect piece with just a few clicks. Luckily for me I am also able to mix and match pieces to suit my figure, which is especially great as I am different sizes on the top and bottom.

To say that I was pleased that I discovered Coco Bay over 5 years ago is a huge understatement, their Seafolly pieces are a firm favourite of mine and after lusting over the gorgeous vintage wildflower printed swimsuit for the best part of 2017, I was over the moon when my generous fiancé Al presented me with a beautifully wrapped package from none other than Coco Bay and after eating far too many goodies at tastings, my bikini body confidence had taken a bit of a dive, so this swimsuit will be perfect for strolls along the beach.

Tropical Vibes.

Honeymoon Wishlist

Vintage Florals.

 

Casablanca Kaftan

Life is better at the beach.

 

Hipanema rita pink basket

The perfect bag to hold all of your poolside essentials.

 

 

Havaianas flip-flops

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.

 

Beach toes sunday session nail polish

Sunday Session

 

Seafolly rainbow beach blanket towel

Happiness comes in waves.

A Bohemian touch.

Coco bay embroidered pull on dress papaya

Feeling peachy.

 

Shop the Wishlist

Seafolly Vintage Wildflower Swimsuit £98.00

Casablanca Tapestry Kaftan £119.00

Hipanema Rita Basket – Pink – £80.00

Havaianas Flip – Flops – Navy – £26.00

Beach Toes – Sunday Session – £9.50

Seafolly Rainbow Beach Blanket Towel – £52.00

Hipanema Pandore Bracelet – Pink/White – £71.00

Coco Bay – Embroidered Pull On Dress – Papaya – £49.00

Do you want to treat yourself but have a wedding or holiday to pay for? Well the lovely ladies from Coco Bay are kindly offering La Blonde Voyage readers 15% off their beautiful beachwear collection. All you have to do is enter the code Voyage15 at checkout – Valid until October 31st 2017.

 

Happy Shopping

Love Emma

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With my holiday to Mallorca just around the corner, I am very excited about touching down and sipping on Piña Coladas by the poolside at our very own private villa. However, despite my experience working as cabin crew in previous years, I still managed to pack everything, all but the kitchen sink.

So after watching various video on YouTube by Ingrid Nilsen I discovered the art to packing less was to purchase some magical packing cubes to help utilise the space in my suitcase. Of course, this method is only effective if you have a decent case to begin with, which is why I have also got the Tripp suitcase to go in the cabin.

 

Packing Essentials

Tripp Champagne Lite Cabin Case £52.00

Pink Cherry Packing cubes (Set of 6) £7.99

Travel Wallet (Similar here) Stradivarius £12.99

P.S Don’t forget your Passport!

 

If you would like to see a video on my channel on how I pack my case, then just leave a comment below. Happy Packing 🙂

 

Love Emma

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