Sunday, 12 June 2016

How I Style A Pink Leather Jacket

Of course as I'm writing this blog post it's absolutely chucking it down with rain but June is here which means it's summer!! As you may have seen in my last blog post I went to Brighton a few weeks ago and whilst I was there I popped into Zara and found this pink leather jacket. I had seen it on Instagram a week before and knew it had to be mine, as soon as I knew where it was from I went straight to the Zara site then found out it was sold out online. So when I saw this in the Brighton store I practically jumped for joy and raced straight to the tills. With the weather being so unpredictable at the moment this pink leather jacket is the perfect thing to take along with you on days and evenings out. I was a little bit scared that I wasn't going to wear it that much but I've worn it 4 days in a row in the last week so I'm glad I've been getting some good wear out of it!
Another piece I've been loving is this month is this striped dress from Lazy Oaf, I have absolutely been loving their latest collections. Every time an email pops into my inbox I fall in love with something else from their new range. I can't wait to see what else they're going to release over the next few months, as everything has been so good recently.
Rather ironically after writing about clothes for so long I'm actually on a spending ban for the whole of June. I tried to do wardrobe clear out but failed as I still wanted to keep everything! However I would love to know about your favourite places to shop as I'm off on holiday in July and I keep on finding myself placing ASOS orders and being disappointed with my order once it arrives. Let me know your favourite shops in the comments below! 

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Artist Residence Brighton - Review

A review of The Artist Residence - Brighton

Last weekend my sister and I packed our bags, headed for the seaside and treated ourselves to a weekend away in Brighton. I've wanted to stay at The Artist Residence hotel for a couple of years so when we were booking our trip I knew we had to stay there. We stayed in one of their cosy double rooms and when we arrived we were not disappointed. The room was lovely and the toiletries were supplied by Bramley who are a brand I really like, I'm always so pleased to see their products in hotels. Any room that is stocked with Tunnock's caramel wafers is bound to be a winner with me, my sister loved that they had nice quality peppermint teas too. As we booked through the hotels website it meant that we were treated to a free breakfast each morning. The menu offered stacked pancakes (which I had both mornings), yoghurt, berries & granola, a mini English breakfast and plenty more! The hotel also has a bar called The Cocktail Shack connected onto it, which had some delicious cocktails on offer. I really wanted to try one called 'Charlie and the cocktail factory' but I just didn't have the time! 

The hotel is beautifully decorated with lots of artwork everywhere, I fell in love with a painting of a hare in the cafe area. I believe they have artists come in and decorate some of the rooms on rotation so the artwork always changes, which I think is such a nice idea. The location of the hotel is super handy too, it's bang in the middle of Regency Square which is practically opposite the West pier and is only a 15 minute walk away from The Lanes and the main Brighton pier. 

Finally, let's talk about the main event, sleeping. I can't fault the bed which had plenty of room for two people (despite how small it looks below) and had wonderfully fluffy pillows. We opened the windows before bed which meant that we were woken up by seagulls in the morning, but what else do you expect from the ultimate seaside town? 

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

A review of the CitizenM hotel - Amsterdam

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A mini review of CitizenM – Amsterdam

One of the things that made my trip lovely was my stay at CitizenM Amsterdam. It was easily one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in, I absolutely loved everything about it. I adored that there were photography books in the lobby from some of my favourite artists including David LaChapelle and Tom Ford. They don’t offer room service but there’s 24 hour fridges stocked with treats, beers, soft drinks and a make your own room picnic (!!!) if you do fancy a midnight snack. 
The best thing about the hotel was the bed, it's absolutely massive and literally stretches from wall to wall, it's the perfect place to collapse into after a long day of exploring. What's more, you can use the rooms ipad to catch up on the latest films, during my stay I watched Big Hero 6 and Trainwreck. The ipad in the room also can control the colour of the lights in your room, the temperature of the room and turning off the lights. You never need to leave your bed! Everyone who worked there was extremely helpful and they didn't try and make you spend any extra money at the hotel. On our way home we were even advised to take public transport than to get a really expensive taxi to the airport. I'd really recommend staying at the CitizenM hotel and I'm even thinking of staying in one for my next trip to New York (once I start planning it). 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

My Amsterdam photo diary

Welcome to the most photo heavy blog post of all time! This may even beat my New York photo diary, but I couldn't help myself during my stay in Amsterdam as there's a photo opportunity round every corner. So I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos, as well as give you a little round up of what I got up to. I love writing these sorts of posts as I find them so helpful, when I discover them myself, but it's also a nice way to look back on your holiday. 

Where I ate: 

Sotto Pizza, for a really delicious sour dough pizza and this is where I had a star shaped pizza! Interested? Then keep scrolling.... The Meets Eatery, this was the first place we visited after dropping our bags off at our hotel, CitizenM and I'm so pleased I found it. It's a wonderful little cafe serving lots of raw and vegetarian food, perfect for me! For dinner one evening we tried Bazar, an African & Middle Eastern restaurant, with a fun and lively vibe and huge menu! My favourite thing about this place, was the bright interior, the place was covered in lights and walls of colour! For breakfast and lunch try Bakers & Roasters, for a great veggie breakfast or Coffee & Coconuts (I loved it so much I did a whole blog post). 

Where I shopped: 

Unlike New York, I didn't come on this holiday with the intention of shopping, however one shop which I really feel is worth mentioning is Love Stories. Love Stories is a lingerie brand, which use the most amazing fabrics and basically aim to make you feel super sassy. I fell in love with numerous pieces in there, including a set of pink pyjama's, a 'Love Stories Hotel' dressing gown, and quite frankly every pair of knickers in there! I've included a couple of photos of inside the shop (images 10 & 11), however I do feel quite tempted to do a whole blog post dedicated to Love Stories. You can find the shop at Herengracht 296, 1016 BX, Amsterdam and online!

Where I went:

As soon as my boyfriend and I had agreed that we were going to Amsterdam, I knew that I had to visit the Anne Frank House. I was absolutely obsessed with the book when I was younger, and I'm sure like many other people it inspired me to write a diary. The house is incredible and very moving, at times you have to remind yourself that she actually lived there. We were able to book tickets before, and I would highly recommend that you do, the queues looked quite bonkers when we walked past it one day. They usually put tickets online 2 months in advance. We tried to pack as many things into our little trip as we could so as well as exploring the streets of Amsterdam we also went on the Canal boat tour, ate in De Pijp, shopped in 9 streets and saw a Banksy and Warhol exhibition at Moco Amsterdam. 

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