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3 of my favourite winter party recipes: Mulled Cider, …

3 of my favourite winter party recipes: Mulled Cider, Baked Camembert and Pumpkin Soup

Hitting the perfect dinner party balance of style, flavour and not being stuck in the kitchen can be hard, so here are 3 of my favourite winter party recipes: Mulled Cider, Baked Camembert and Pumpkin Soup. They are all perfect for a festive catchup, a Christmas feast or a New Years knees up. Minimum set up, maximum flavour – without overwelming your guests. And, every one of these is vegetarian (just swap the chicken stock in… View Post

12 books you must read as a freelancer or …

12 books you must read as a freelancer or small business owner

If you’re setting up a small, creative business, if you’re wanting to launch a side hustle and freelance or if you just want to upskill in your fulltime job or business, these are must-read books. If you have friends or family who are unhappy in their current jobs or even their current lives, give them a couple of these books as a present. They’ve all been inspirations, lifesavers and signposts for me at different points as… View Post

12 days of London Christmas Trees

12 days of London Christmas Trees

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than exploring London – and even more so in December. So, I gathered my favourite festive finds, to create my 12 days of London Christmas Trees (2018 guide).  One of my most treasured photographs from my New Zealand childhood is of my siblings and I gathered around a Christmas Tree. Well, I say my siblings – it’s me and my sister (my brother is already gone, probably off already reading… View Post

Another Freelance Anniversary: 18 Months Running A Small Business

Another Freelance Anniversary: 18 Months Running A Small Business

I can’t believe it’s been 18 months since I launched as a freelance social media manager and trainer, helping small businesses and charities to grow their social media platforms. 18 months working with clients, learning many many lessons and learning a lot about my little own self. Launching a small business (my portfolio is here at www.emmacreese.co.uk) let alone one specialising in social media was never a career path I ever could have imagined for… View Post

A charity gift guide: Unique, quirky and selfless

A charity gift guide: Unique, quirky and selfless

Christmas is becoming increasingly commercialised, but it’s also a time where people really do think of the kindnesses that they can pay forward. In that spirit, I’ve been writing charity gift guides since 2014 (which have also helped me buy meaningful presents for those friends and family who are notoriously hard to buy for as well…) as well as supporting great small businesses who are making a difference in the world. Blogger gift guides are… View Post

Christmas Afternoon Tea: The Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane

Christmas Afternoon Tea: The Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane

I grew up on the other side of the world, but that doesn’t stop me embracing the traditions of a winter Christmas – especially the sheer cosy joy of a Christmas afternoon tea. This year the Wellington Lounge of the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane has a fabulous twelve days of Christmas theme that will delight the senses of the most hardened grinch. Disclaimer: We were delighted to be a guest of IHG and afternoontea.co.uk… View Post

Top tips for chasing the Northern Lights – Tromso, …

Top tips for chasing the Northern Lights – Tromso, Norway

A few years ago for my birthday, Mr Kiwi and I boarded a plane up into the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the joys of social media and bloggers, we had been tipped off that one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights was Tromso in Northern Norway. We were lucky enough to not only see their elusive shimmers but also spend time under a sky where we could just about touch… View Post

11 of my favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

11 of my favourite Christmas Traditions [Travel Linkup]

Every single year there are 11 of my favourite Christmas traditions that I insist we fulfil without fail. And if we can’t, I’ll find a workaround that somehow leverages them in, anyway – here’s looking at you 3-foot high neon green Christmas tree of ’15. London is one of my favourite cities to spend Christmas in. Whether it snows or dawns a clear blue sky there is something magical in cool December days spent under… View Post

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Connaught Hotel

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Connaught Hotel

There is a special magic that falls over London at this time of year, a shimmer that only appears between late autumn twilights and inky early winter evenings. I’ve had a touch of the Grinch about me this year, but spending the afternoon enjoying the festive afternoon tea at the Connaught Hotel cast the Christmas spell over me, with a twinkle of fairy lights dancing between champagne bubbles. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of The… View Post

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island …

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island Edition

Aoteoroa, Land of the Long White Cloud, God’s Own. New Zealand is known by many names, including ‘home’ for me. At least once in your life, you must do a North Island road trip. With gorgeous waterfalls, geothermic oddities, amazing beaches, snoozing volcanoes – the North Island is gorgeous, but it often plays second fiddle to the glory of the South Island.  What qualifies me as an insider? I’m a born and bred North Island… View Post

Evoluzione Restaurant, Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection

Evoluzione Restaurant, Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection

It was one of those grey, wintery days. The rain was drizzling in that particularly damp London-ish manner, but it didn’t matter. Inside Evoluzione at Hotel Xenia in Kensington, Shikha and I had a tabletop full of Italian sunshine. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Hotel Xenia (An Autograph Collection Hotel), but my thoughts and terrible puns are all very much my own. Behind the traditional Kensington facade lined with meticulously trimmed, fairy light-filled box hedging,… View Post

Trafalgar Square Traffic Lights

Trafalgar Square Traffic Lights

No, I haven’t lost my mind. One of the things that I adore the most about London, is the sheer curiosity that this city engenders. You think you know London, and then you discover that some of the Trafalgar Square traffic lights have special symbols, rather than the ubiquitous stick man ushering pedestrians across the crossing. If I’m being honest, this isn’t a new discovery for me – but one that I’ve meant to share… View Post

Recent Adventures in New Zealand

Recent Adventures in New Zealand

There is nothing more precious than time. When I’m home in New Zealand, my main focus is spending quality time with my family and friends, but they are sweet enough to indulge my insatiable curiosity about our nation and we end up exploring in between coffees. My home country is astonishingly beautiful, exceedingly friendly, full of easy-going locals and, unfortunately, literally on the other side of the world from my adopted home, so every moment,… View Post

Health and Wellness as a Expat | Sponsored By …

Health and Wellness as a Expat | Sponsored By Aetna International

Health and wellness as an expat. It’s often something that isn’t at the top of our very busy, very full to-do lists, and in this stressful world, it really ought to be right at the top as a consideration. Recently the Aetna International team interviewed me about health and wellbeing as an expat, and they raised questions that I haven’t considered in rather a long time. (Read the full interview via the link at the… View Post

The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So …

The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So Far)

Like the brunch queen I am, I couldn’t help myself and put together a list of the best hotel breakfasts we have enjoyed so far around the world – they say “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” and I can’t help but agree. These are all favourites for a myriad of reasons – and every single hotel that we stayed in and listed, has excellent coffee and was… View Post

A week of Birthday Shenanigans

A week of Birthday Shenanigans

I have a rather naughty habit of extending my birthday well past 24 hours. Initially it was stretched out to 36 hours – using the excuse of expat time differences.  Then, it became a weekend, which was still fairly reasonable. A few years later when I turned 30 it extended out into six weeks (I blamed the Mandarin Oriental hotel for their refurbishment works schedule) but I’ve since reeled it back into a very reasonable week(ish)… View Post

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

There are certain cities that have an addictive, mysterious joie de vivre to them. Amsterdam sits firmly on that shortlist. Please excuse the somewhat clickbait style post title, but I was at a bit of a loss how to describe our most recent city break there. A good friend of ours (he and his family live in Japan) found himself in Europe, and really fancied finally exploring Amsterdam. 

How blogging has changed my life {The Travel …

How blogging has changed my life {The Travel Linkup}

Blogging, oh, blogging. I’m not even going to pretend that blogging has had a small impact on my life. It’s had a rather major impact in pretty well every area of my world. How has blogging changed my life? Take Emma of 10 years ago for example. I was happily settling into married life in a country that has a myriad of small, and at times unsettling differences in culture, the honeymoon period of living in London… View Post

Celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary

Celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary

A decade ago, I stood in front of family and friends in a beautiful dress to vow that I would ‘have and to hold’ the English bloke that managed to steal my heart. Time has flown by so fast, that before we know it, it’s already our 10 year wedding anniversary.

The terrific Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case

The terrific Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case

“Oh, no, really? You can’t possibly take all of that in that tiny backpack. Love, you need to take a cabin case. Or take one of the bigger cases.” – Mr Kiwi watching me pack most of my trips. Now because I’m in love with the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case, that conversation isn’t necessary at all… marital travel bliss recalibrated. Disclaimer: The Travel Hack kindly gifted me the Pro Cabin Case (affiliate link). I took… View Post