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Ashley James  ๐ŸŽ™ Presenter & DJ ๐ŸŒ Traveller ๐ŸŽง 1/2 of @bittersweetdjs ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Founder @egaliteeshirts ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ No retouching ๐Ÿ’Œ dan@84world.com ๐Ÿ“ PR: @hannahsaunderspr

โ€œA flowerย does not think ofย competingย toย the flowerย next to it, it just blooms." ๐ŸŒบ
We got up for sunrise at 6am today, and I found this flower on the ground. It made me think of that quote, which I absolutely love. It's easy to get caught up comparing ourselves to others, especially online. But we can admire other people's beauty and accomplishments without comparing them to our own. Have a beautiful weekend. โค๏ธ
[Outfit Gifted] #maldives #girlswhotravel #travel #wanderlust #velassarumaldives #smallluxuryhotels

If one photo could sum up this entire trip. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป
Here's some things I've either learnt or have been reinforced during my time here:
1. I need to go to South Africa because the False Bay rosรฉ is exquisite. My ex cheated on me in Stellenbosch which put a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth, but this wine has rekindled my desire to go there. (I'm joking, the scenery and culture of cape Town too!). โค๏ธ
2. I love pizza. Food should be enjoyed and celebrated, not seen as a treat or indulgence. I'm not saying be unhealthy, I'm saying you can have a relatively active lifestyle and still enjoy life's greatest pleasure! ๐Ÿ•
3. The Maldives is paradise, even if you're not on your honeymoon. ๐Ÿ™
4. Travel as much as you can, it will bring you more happiness and perspective than any designer item. ๐ŸŒ
5. Whatever your age, if you feel undesirable, like you're constantly chasing a relationship, see being single as a weakness, or are made to feel like a freak for enjoying being single, then you need to read this book. I still love romance, but I used to chase love like it was the only source of happiness. I wish they taught it in schools! โœจ
6. Life is just as happy when you're single. It takes time, and I used to think people were lying, but you can be. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป
#lifelessons #love #singlelife #maldives #noretouching

I wish I lived in a house on the sea, I always feel so much happier next to it. ๐ŸŒŠ
@velassarumaldives #maldives #watervilla #velassarumaldives #smallluxuryhotels

Thank you for 200k. ๐ŸŽˆ
I've been debating whether or not to acknowledge this, as I think my relationship with social media changed for the better when I stopped looking at follower and like numbers, stopped chasing likes, and started talking about the things I want whilst capturing my life as I try to live it authentically and to the fullest. That all began with deleting social media off my phone when I went solo travelling a couple of years ago because I was in a toxic relationship with social media and men (I'll talk more about that if you're interested). But it's a milestone, and I just want to say that regardless of why you decided to follow me (I'd love to know why!), I appreciate you. I appreciate the supportive community I have on here. I appreciate that opportunities Instagram has and continues to allow me. THANK YOU. Cheers to each and everyone of you! ๐Ÿฅ‚โค๏ธ
[Outfit gifted] #200k #maldives

This was cuter in my head. ๐Ÿ™Š
Last night we ate at Etesian, which is the Latin American restaurant at @velassarumaldives, and wow! it was amazing. I had duck and truffle quesedillas for starter and the duck breast in mole sauce for main. Also we upgraded to the VIP package (like full board) and the False Bay rosรฉ is part of the wine included. Absolute win! I love that it's shining brighter than me in this photo, totally deserved. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ‚ #maldives #velassarumaldives #luxuryundressed #smallluxuryhotels

Can we talk about boobs for a minute? ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ
Like, I get it, boobs are attractive. I love boobs! Big, small, round, oval... I love them. But guys (not all of you, I know), can we stop sexualizing or shaming girls?
Every time I post a photo or story, I get flooded with crude messages like: "nice tits", "would love to lick ur tits", "love how your tits bounce when you cycle". On the other side, @charlottedecarle has men constantly pointing out her small chest, or telling her my boobs are bigger than hers in comparison. It's rude. It's boring. It's insulting.
My natural, god given body doesn't exist to give you pleasure. We both love compliments like the next person, but you can be a gentleman. Stop with the rank sexual comments. It makes me want to block you, not Fu*k you. I'm not saying don't find boobs attractive, but think what you want in private, or go watch porn: A platform that literally exists to give you pleasure.
It doesn't make me feel good, it makes me feel shame for my own body. And if your response is I should cover up more (like I did in my teens due to shaming), then let me say this: I'm not going to cover up so you can control your d*ck. Control it, like I control my own genitals and sexual desires from writing crass, belittling comments to men. Having big boobs does not mean I want you to send me pics of your penis, thank you.
To quote Anna Scott in Notting Hill: "I mean seriously: they're just breasts. Every second person has them. They're odd looking, they're for milk from your mother. What's all the fuss about?"
Anyway, ladies: I know this swimsuit was popular when I posted it on my stories. It's from @seafollyaustralia and I've found a link I'll post to stories. โค๏ธ
#maldives #noretouching #travel #swimwear #boobs

In hindsight, wearing heels might not be the most practical for wooden decking and cycling, but I didn't bring them halfway round the other side of the world for nothing. Turns out I'm a pro at cycling in heels. ๐Ÿ˜
We've just checked out of the @theresidencemaldives, and I'm going to miss it so much! The place is paradise and all the staff were beyond lovely and helpful. I said I'd set out to see if you could enjoy the Maldives if you love adventures and aren't on your honeymoon, and to be honest we've hardly stopped, and we didn't have time to jet ski! Also *SPOILER ALERT* most the Honeymooners we saw were on their phones barely talking to each other. Remember that life is what you make it and no wedding or honeymoon will magically make everything wonderful - of course there are LOTS of happy relationships out there too, it's just funny isn't it that everyone has Maldives as the idyllic honeymoon destination in their heads but ideals don't guarantee happiness. We are having best time though! โœŒ๐Ÿผ You can follow all our adventures on my Maldives story highlight. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปโค๏ธ
Now, onto the next adventure... ๐Ÿ˜
[Outfit gifted] #maldives #travel

Yesterday we took a boat ride to a deserted island called Odagala and got to enjoy a picnic and go snorkelling. What an amazing experience! ๐Ÿ‰
Apparently there over 1000 islands in the Maldives, and about 90 of them are hotels. โค๏ธ
[Outfit gifted: it's part of @abbeyclancyofficial collection with @lipsylondon]
#maldives #girlswhotravel

Golden hour. โ˜€๏ธ
I really wish I could bring my animals on holiday with me. I bet Snoop would love the sea! Although the day times are honestly so hot you can't even like on the sun beds without them burning. Golden hour and the warm nights are my favourite parts of the day. โค๏ธ
[Bikini gifted by @lipsylondon, I really love it!] #maldives #goldenhour

How do you like your eggs in the morning? I'd like mine on a floating tray, with champagne, in an infinity pool in the Maldives. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป This morning we spent *quite* a lot of money to experience a floating breakfast. Was it worth it? Abso-bloody-lutely (as you can tell from the video!). Also, how does anyone keep their eyes open in the sun? It looks like I'm trying to be super posey, but I actually just couldn't see. Char tried to count me in so many times and one eye wouldn't even open at all! My poor blue eyes are so sensitive to light! โค๏ธ
#maldives #floatingbreakfast #girlswhotravel #wanderlust

My trip here revolves around breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ๐Ÿฃ
There's a few different restaurants in @theresidencemaldives, but my favourite meal so far as definitely been the sushi in the main dining room. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป๐ŸŒด
Love wearing summer dresses, I'll link my outfit on my stories. โœŒ๐Ÿผ
#maldives #girlswhotravel #sushi

Somewhere beyond the sea... โš“
Some of my best and calmest memories are underwater, and out of all the places I've been diving over the last ten years, I think today might have been the highlight. Even cooler that I now get to do it with my best friend now she's an advanced diver! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ
We booked two dives through our hotel @theresidencemaldives, and got to see sharks, turtles, eagle rays, and go drift diving along some huge reefs. If you ever get a chance to go diving I can't recommend it enough. It's not only the closest thing you feel to flying, but it's helped me understand and control my breathing. Plus 70% of our world is underwater, and we get to see it! I don't think I'll ever get bored of seeing turtles. I also don't think I'll ever stop singing little mermaid songs when I'm underwater. ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ปโค๏ธ
#padi #scubadiving #maldives #travel

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