My friend and I have explored Christmas markets around the UK, solved innumerable escape rooms together, and have a joint love of festive afternoon teas. So I knew exactly who I wanted to hang out with whilst trying this year’s Christmas afternoon tea with a London view – up on the 31st floor of The Shard. Disclosure: We were guests of Aqua Shard but all festive puns and wayward musings are always my own. We… View Post
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? If you are a blogger who doesn’t write a Christmas gift guide, are you even entitled to buy rose gold accessories? Obviously, I’m joking, but for a second year running I felt that an essential tool in my blogging arsenal was lacking deployment (as well as my annual charity gift guide which I’ll pop… View Post
Meal planning. It’s not the sexiest of topics, but with dinner occurring every single day, it’s certainly a oft discussed one in our house. Disclosure: This post about fresh meals at home was commissioned by HelloFresh but all thoughts are very much our own. We’ve been customers of theirs in the past and it was lovely to revisit their service to see just how the company has developed. *Cat not included in subscriptions There’s a brilliant meme that… View Post
Cats. According to one of my misquoted sources, they run the internet. What I can confirm is that one definitely runs our home – and I just had to put together a list of the best cats in London – both real and sculptural. They’re historical, mischevious, know exactly how to wrap their humans around their paw, and are really rather cute. – Kaspar the Cat at The Savoy Hotel, The Strand – Not only… View Post
Épernay, the self-proclaimed capitale du Champagne was pretty magical. No, scratch that, really rather magical. We visited as Epernay, Champagne as guests of the Agence Regionale du Tourisme Grand Est but all enjoyment was very much our own. A good friend of ours had visited Èpernay on a ladies weekend, and had told us of the beautiful champagne houses, the rolling countryside laden with grapevines and the blush stone Avenue de Champagne, which only served… View Post
Anyone will tell you that I am the blog world’s biggest cheerleader. Honestly, I could find 1,000, but I decided to limit myself to 10 reasons why I still love blogging [and content creation]. As an expat living on the other side of the world to her established friends (and long-suffering family), blogging gave me the impetus to get out of a work>home>work rut and continues to inspire mischief long after the honeymoon period of… View Post
According to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This dry description leaves out that it’s the tradition of gathering with your family and friends – and Thanksgiving in London at Aqua Shard was something even more special again. Disclosure – this time we were guests of Aqua Shard but all thoughts are as ever my own. Many years ago when I was a university… View Post
The last two months have been busy, crazy, frenetic and thrilling, so I suspect if we were having coffee it’d be a flat white in my hot little hand. I’ve been working my little freelance tailbone off, booking 2020 adventures, going on 2019 adventures, dreaming about the future, making goals, then summarily ignoring those goals… I’ve spent a lot of time on my laptop and thinking about social media srategy.
Over a dozen years ago, my Mum and I visited Reims as a day trip from Paris – our first sip of the fabled Champagne region. I can’t tell you how excited I was to visit Reims again as a guest of the Régionale du Tourisme Grand-Est but all thoughts are very much my own. With train trips as quick as 45 minutes from Paris, Reims (or Rheims as the city is also known) is the perfect gateway to… View Post
On this trip to Rheims, instead of simply visiting as a day trip from Paris, we stayed overnight in the Continental Hotel, a very short walk through beautiful gardens from the train station. I was a guest of the Régionale du Tourisme Grand-Est and I would 100% stay in this beautiful hotel again on my own. Where to stay in Rheims We wheeled our suitcases straight from the train station – so fresh from Paris you… View Post
Over the years I been lucky enough to have breakfasted, brunched, lunched, dined and sipped cocktails in this beautiful 5-star hotel, but I was missing one important meal to finish my clutch – the Savoy Hotel afternoon tea.* It was on my afternoon tea bucket list, but I hadn’t quite figured out the best excuse to book in for an afternoon of indulgence. Luckily, we were genuinely influenced** to book an afternoon tea here, after seeing a… View Post
I blearily cracked open an eyelid – my proper first view of a London morning was framed by the bright red struts of a dorm room bunk bed. I was finally here, and I knew my first job was finding a flat to rent in London. Disclosure: This post was commissioned by Nestpick, who work with more than 1 million listings from 100 trusted partners to provide expats with the biggest selection of mid-to-long term furnished apartments… View Post
I have a confession to make. I’m slightly obsessed with castles, and I knew that we had to visit Wawel Castle in Krakow. (Long term readers won’t be very surprised – I have form in this area – exploring them, staying in them, insisiting my family stop at them on car trips etc.) Wawel Castle is a sprawling patchwork of history – personal and political stories that you can explore on foot. I learned that… View Post
My only disappointment with our city break to Krakow is that we hadn’t visited sooner. The medieval city had been calling our names for a fair amount of time, so one grey January day I seized the wanderlust zeitgeist and booked in a load of city breaks – including Krakow. Finally! As a result, this is my (entirely subjective) Krakow what to do list. We visited in May as the weather should be fairly settled,… View Post
Park Lane is a beautiful place to while away an afternoon, especially when a stand filled with Four Seasons Afternoon Tea delicacies has been gently placed before you. Disclosure: we were guests of the Four Seasons Hotel, but all my musings are very much original. Inspired by the historic halls of the world-famous arcade, Executive Pastry Chef David Oliver has created five bespoke pastries that take you on a sensorial journey, mirroring the visual experience… View Post
I adore going away for a weekend of fun with my friends, and I thought who better to ask for recommendations than some of my favourite bloggers – they all kindly agreed to share their favourite amazing girls weekend destinations! I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed some of these destinations with a few of these ladies – and one day soon I hope to get to the rest of them. Ranging from the UK… View Post
Stonehenge: ancient mystical sandstone bastions of Druidic history or just old pile of rocks near a motorway that English Heritage charge to visit – what are your expectations? My first introduction was 10+ years ago – I’d just moved to the UK and for my first Christmas as an expat as my work was closed for the festive period, so I decided to spend 10 days in exploring Bath and the Wiltshire countryside.
Sometimes in this life, you just need to stand still, take stock and appreciate elegant simplicity with a couple of friends. Our stay at the Laura Ashley Iliffe hotel was just that – an overnight that was beautifully easy. Disclosure: we were guests of Laura Ashley but all cheesily posed photos and musings are very much my own. Where to stay in Coventry I adore staycations. (Goodness knows I’ve written about many here, and I’m… View Post
Autumn – Fall, Oсень, Herbst, Automne or Jesień – is unconditionally my favourite season of the year. Rust-hued leaves twirling to the ground, blue skies with a crisp feel to the air and the best excuse to lay a crackling fire. And, there 10 things that I have to do in autumn without fail every single time we complete a rotation around the sun. Spring is a welcome relief to winter, but festooned with allergy-causing… View Post
We adored our visit to Vancouver a few years ago – the stunning scenery, the friendly locals, the whale watching – and it elicited a desire to explore even more of the incredible Canadian landscapes. We would return in a heartbeat. Disclosure: this post was commissioned by e-visa.co.uk (an online visa bureau). Vancouver had always been our travel Avalon – a mystical dream that we never thought we would ever turn into reality.