Happy Sunday 💫
Anyone do anything exciting this weekend? I made my way back home to England and it’s been soooo lovely so far!! It’s been a crazy week of work + travel so it’s nice to have some time with the fam + start getting properly festive ♡
#golivexplore#tropicalvibes#bahamas#beachlife | Photo by @mchutch5
So Dad, about that rule of no swimming with sharks.... 😆
This was the coolest experience - swimming with both pigs + nurse sharks in one day was a dream come true 🦈 🐷
This was shot on my iPhone X from @telus - can you believe it? We were told we weren’t able to use our professional camera at the Cay but fortunately the camera on the X is pretty amazing so we were still able to grab some cool shots. ————————————————————————- A few tips for shooting pics with your smartphone... 1) Make sure the camera lens is clean! It gets grubby so easily + a smudgy lens will ruin the shot. ✧
2) Editing makes the world of difference. I edit my pics in Lightroom, I prefer the desktop version but there’s also a free mobile app which is brilliant. Snapseed is great too as a more basic editor, as is VSCO for filters. Editing allows you to clean up the image and really make it pop :) See my IG Stories for the original shot pre-editing! ✧
3) Lighting will make or break your shot. Shoot in natural light where possible, my fave time of day for shooting is sunrise and sunset when the light is the softest. You can capture some really beautiful shots using Portrait mode too! ✧
What are your best tips for shooting with your phone?
#TeamTELUS#IphoneX [Ad] .
#golivexplore#iphonephotography#itsbetterinthebahamas#exumabahamas#iphoneonly#exploremore#beachlife#bahamas#wonderful_places#nurseshark#traveldames#sheexplores#wanderluster | Photo by @mchutch5
Exciting announcement!!! The @the.mclachlans and I are hitting up SAYULITAAAAA, Mexico in February!! We can’t wait to splash around in the sun and sand all day with our babes, and replace the cameras in our hands with margaritas and tacos. BUTTTTT having the love and passion for our job that we do.. we are of course dying to find a few couples who are RAD and down to catch a sunrise or sunset with us - having us capture your love under that gorgeous Mexico sun. If you or someone you know will be in the area the last few days of January or the first week of February - email us and let’s get in touch!! Ps this will be my first time flying with Atticus - he is 2, any advice?? 😅
✧ In a world where you can be anything, be kind. Kindness costs nothing, after all ✧
It’s the @wemovement #WeDay today in Vancouver and although I can’t be there to support, I wanted to still share a bit about it as it’s such an amazing day to empower young people to create positive change. .
One very prominent topic is Cyberbullying, which sadly so many young people experience nowadays especially on social media. It’s on us to empower young people to speak out against cyber bullying, and remind those who are experiencing it that they don’t have to put up with it. Bullying in any form is never ok and no one has the right to bring you down. .
@Telus have created a TELUS Wise Digital Pledge and for every pledge taken they’ll donate $1 to support #EndBullying programs across Canada so we can rise above + put an end to Cyberbullying. It’s so quick + easy to do, the link is in my bio if you wanna take the pledge + it’s a great way to support 💫 . [Ad] #TeamTELUS .
#golivexplore#whatiwore#stayandwander#prettylittleiiinspo#americanstyle#stylehunter#dametraveler#beachlife#wanderluster#traveldames | Photo by @mchutch5
[Ad] Take me back to Indonesia. This place was just magic! This was the view from our bedroom - the windows all folded back and we had this view from our bed, so pretty!! 💫
I found this beautiful villa in Ubud on @bookingcom and it’s a site I use pretty much every time I travel.
You can find the most unique places - not just hotels, but also villas as well as homes + apartments - and at a really great price which is always nice! .
I’ve shared a few tips on how to find the best accomodation when travelling in my latest blog post, and there’s also a special link that’ll get you $40 off your next booking!! Link in bio if you wanna read.
Where’s next on your travel list?! #Bookingcom @bookingcom
✧ “And while there are countless ways that we rip ourselves off, there’s one way in particular that is, without a doubt, the most rampant and the most devastating of all: we invest everything we’ve got in believing that we’re not good enough.” ✧ .
Anyone else really resonate with this?
I recently wrote a very honest blog post - it’s all about how I lost confidence in myself and my work last month, but also how I managed to shift my thinking, get back to my positive self + get myself out of my funk.
Turns out this happens to the vast majority of us at some point - so if you’re feeling a similar way, hopefully you find it useful and it’ll help you to get back on your game. You are definitely not alone ✧
Let me know your thoughts if you give it a read! Link in bio ❤️ .
. #golivexplore#komodo#prettylittleiiinspo#baliindonesia#exploremore#ladiesgoneglobal#cntraveler#beautifuldestinations#alifealive | Photo by @mchutch5
💫 GIVEAWAY 💫 [ad]
With the holidays just around the corner I thought i’d kick off gifting season by giving away a @Philips SatinShave electric shaver (the same one as featured in my recent video!)
It’s such a great grooming tool, I absolutely love it, so I’m excited that one of you will have the chance to try it out too!! ❤️ _____________________________________________________
To ENTER, all you need to do is:
1. LIKE this post
2. Follow me @alicia_haque
3. TAG 2+ friends who’d also love to win. More tags = more entries! Tag each friend in a separate comment!
4. BONUS ENTRY - If you could go anywhere tropical in the world right now, tell me where would you go and why! .
Contest closes on Monday 12th Nov, 9pm PST. Winner must be based in Canada. Winner will be randomly selected and must follow the entry requirements. Good luck! ✨
#golivexplore#ubudbali#wonderful_places#beachlife#visualsoflife#stayandwander#youmustsee#adventurelife#wheretofindme#girlsthatwander | Pic by @mchutch5
“Motion is better than stasis. When you take action, you learn, you build skills, you get freer. When you stay still because you’re afraid to make a move, your self-worth wanes, your doubts fester and breed more doubts, your courage atrophies. Suit up and head out.” ~Danielle LaPorte
It’s almost the weekend. So suit up, head out and have fun!
Oh BC, you never fail to amaze me 💫
4 years ago exactly, we left England to go travel around Southeast Asia. At the time it felt like a very temporary decision - we were gonna explore Asia, spend 1 year in Canada then go back home.
What was supposed to be temporary actually ended up being permanent and it’s amazing how many opportunities and changes have occurred because of that decision to get out of our comfort zone + travel. .
What we often forget is that every single decision we make diverts us on a different path. No matter how big or small. It inevitably opens a new door and invites a new outcome - sometimes it’s a good thing and sometimes it isn’t - but the smallest decision can have a huge impact later down the line. So especially during those times when you feel like your efforts aren’t getting you anywhere + things aren’t moving, remember that those small choices and decisions may one day make a world of difference. .
Of course, decisions always involve sacrifice too - ours meant we had to leave our amazing friends + family and that was and still is really tough. But if you want it enough you find a way to make it work.
I’m so grateful for everything the last 4 years has brought - that decision led to us moving to Vancouver, me starting my blog, living our absolute dream life + it resulted in this amazing online community. Thanks to all you people who continue to support everything that @mchutch5 and I do. You’re all amazing ❤️ .
💫 GIVEAWAY CLOSED 💫
Who loves shopping at @ChaptersIndigo? I know I do! 🙋🏽♀️ I had a peek at the new store on Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver and it is SO gorgeous.
The space is huge and really beautifully designed. It has everything you need, from stationery to cozy homeware to winter warmers and of course endless books, and it even has a coffee shop. Love that it’s a Canadian company too! .
The new store officially opens THIS weekend, so to celebrate I’m giving away a $50 Gift Card to 1 lucky person to go spend in the new store!! 💫
To ENTER, all you need to do is:
1. LIKE this post
2. FOLLOW me @alicia_haque + @chaptersindigo
3. TAG 2 or more friends who’d love to win. More tags = more entries!
4. BONUS ENTRY - Tell me what products you love most at Indigo!
Contest closes on Friday 2nd Nov, 12pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected and must follow the entry requirements. I will send an e-gift card so you can spend it immediately. Good luck!! [Ad] #IndigoFaves#ExperienceIndigo .
. . 📷: @mchutch5
“And I realize that no matter where I am, whether in a little room full of thought, or in this endless universe of stars and mountains, it’s all in my mind.” ✧ ✧
If i’m totally honest with you, i’ve been feeling a bit stuck in my head recently. I’ve actually got ideas + inspiration coming out of my ears, which is great, but there’s been a lot of moments when i’ve thought, “My best just isn’t good enough.” 🤷🏽♀️ .
One of my biggest strengths is that I always strive for more. I learn what I don’t know and master what I do. I’ll do whatever I can to make shit happen.
But equally, that’s one of my weaknesses, because it means that i’m extra EXTRA hard on myself. My expectations and standards (of myself) are so high, more and more it seems these days, and sometimes my inner critic really just takes over to the point where it just makes me a bit sad.
I’m so fortunate to have the best mentor/soundboard/friend/hubs in @mchutch5 and he always manages to crush that inner critic and get me out of my head.
@soulcycle is also my saviour - it’s not just a workout, but almost like therapy in many ways and I find it always gives me that extra bit of confidence and self-love when I need it. The feeling of empowerment and strength it provides is really wonderful. .
I’m slowly learning to be less harsh on myself and understand that these expectations and standards are just in my mind. My best actually IS good enough. Ultimately our mind is our biggest limitation but it’s also our biggest power - so we gotta not let it stop us from going after we want 💫
Just wanted to be super honest + real with you guys - Does anyone else ever feel this way? If you do, you’re definitely not alone! What do you find helps you to get outta your head?
Trainers: @nike at @sportchek .
#golivexplore#realtalk#findyoursoul#mybetter#soulcycle#stayandwander#nikewomen#visualsoflife#loveyourbody#motivation#allaboutadventures#livefolk#yvr | Photo by @mchutch5