Monday, January 30

The Real Greek Westquay Watermark

The Watermark is the newest extension to West Quay and sees the introduction of numerous restaurants and cafes whether your looking for a quick bite to eat or casual dining. With the introduction of this leisure district, we have seen the arrival of several new and exciting restaurants one of these being my new favourite: The Real Greek*.

Tuesday, January 24

15 photos to Inspire a visit to the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's most picturesque destinations. From the pastel hued Positano to the whitewashed winding Capri, everywhere you turn your surrounded by insane views and breathtaking sights. Last year we went inter-railing around Italy for two weeks which included a whirlwind 3 day tour of the Amalfi Coast. Today I'm sharing with you some of my favourite moment's from our trip to inspire you to go and visit for yourself. 

Have you visited the Amalfi Coast? What was your favourite part?


Wednesday, January 18


Christmas is a time that we all over indulgence, some more than others, but without fail 90% of us wake up on the 1st January and decide change is definitely needed. We discard all this empty bottles of christmas cheer and sugary goodness and sign up to the nearest gym / fitness class / whatever. Only to break a week later when you partner comes home to find you pigging out with a bottle of wine over Bridget Jones Diary but hey you tried, right?

This year Thaikun (pronounced Ty-coon) are running a competition to support Dry January in association with the Thai Children’s Trust charity. To enter all you need to do is create your own mocktail, upload a picture and then sit back and cross your fingers. Once Thaikun’s expert mixologists judge all entries on flavour, originality and creativity, a winner will be picked and their creation will be featured nationwide in Thaikun’s menu with £1 of each sale going towards the Thai Children’s Trust. The winner will also be lucky enough to get their hands on the new Thaikun ‘Orange card’ which entitles you to TWO free meals for a year every time you dine at Thaikun. 

To encourage creativity, Thaikun invited myself and some of the other Southampton Bloggers down  to attend a mocktail masterclass with their head mixologist Adam. There was a variety of different juices, purees, syrups and flavours to chose from and with Adam’s help we each created our own fabulous mocktail’s. I named mine ‘Tropical Thaikun’ as it was mixture of Lychee, Mango and Passion Fruit with a lemonade top perfectly refreshing for those hot summer days. Some of the other creations were absolutely divine and one of my absolute favourites was Arran’s ‘Halo’s and Horns’ with a slight hint of chilli to spice things up a little. 

We also got the chance to try out some of the food which was absolutely divine. We tried the Bangkok platter containing grilled chicken satay, Thai prawn toast, prawn and pork dumplings and red curried corn cakes. Everything on the menu is based on Thai street food and boy did they deliver. The unique decor of hand picked bric and brac and thai inspired cocktails all tie together perfectly creating the ultimate destination to transport you far across the Ocean. There are 9 other branches across the UK in Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildford, Nottingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen so if you have got one near you I highly recommend you try it out. 

Make sure you get your entires in quick the competition closes on January 20th at 11pm. 

* All photos courtesy of Alice from Annie Writes Beauty.  

Thursday, January 12

reWORK your wardrobe

" Fashion is art and you are the canvas" 

Fashion blogging can be a pretty daunting affair especially for those fresh on the blogging scene. Unless you've got bundles of cash and a wardrobe the size of Buckingham Palace its just not realistic to be spending hundreds on throwaway fashion trends each and every month. If you plan to start like this it won't be long before your credit card is maxed out and your sat eating beans on toast in your trendy new garms, only for them to be out of fashion a few weeks later.

I have always been a self confessed shopaholic and anyone who knows me will tell you I own an INSANE amount of clothes. Now that I have moved in with my boyfriend there is limited space in our little abode for my collection and so I am having to streamline my wardrobe and fast. This also means I have even less left in the bank each month to splash out on disposable fashion trends. Plus lets face it, once you really start adult-ing you basically live in workwear and then PJ's anyway. So there isn't really a need for three identical skirts all in different shades now, is there? 

Fashion is all about interpretation, its about expressing yourself through what you wear and its about how you wear it that can really finish an outfit. You won't gain instant street cred just because you spent your life savings on the Chloe Faye - although it might gain you a couple of hundred Instagram likes if nothing else. You might gain some if you styled that £18 Primarni bargain everyone is raving about but in such a unique and individual way that makes you stand out from the crowd. Everywhere you look nowadays there is advertising in the mass market encouraging us to spend, spend, spend, at every corner. In reality we've all got bills to pay and ASOS wishlists the length of the Great Wall of China and we simply cannot afford it all. 

This is the idea behind my new series reWORK your wardrobe. Each month I am going to focus on a new trend and each week I'll be creating looks based on items I already own. For the majority of us its just not realistic to spend hundreds of pounds each month on the latest fashion trends and I want to show you that with a little up-cycling and accessorising, you can still dress to kill without spending an absolute fortune. I am still going to be buying new items and incorporating these into my everyday wardrobe but I am focusing more on staple items which can be styled in different ways as opposed to one off pieces which don't tend to stay on trend for very long.

The trend I have picked for January is metallics and I am starting off by styling accessories. I picked up these shoes a couple of years ago from the New Look sale for £12. They were a spur of the moment purchase and I never really wore them until late last year. The culottes are another sale purchase but this time Dorothy Perkins supplied the goods at only £7!! They are classic and chic and I am obsessed with how fab they look and how easy they are to style. The bralet is a simple zip back Topshop affair which is pretty standard but really finished the look making this both classic and party ready - exactly what I was looking for. 

Everything worn in this outfit was styled out of pieces I already owned and fits perfectly with my own personal style and the current trends. Make sure you check back soon for the next instalment and please share any of your styling posts in the comments below. 

Friday, January 6

17 goals for 2017

"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life" - Unknown

2016 is finally over and I think we can all agree it was a bit of a car crash. With a new year always comes an influx of dieting fads and 'new year, new me' cliches. Although normally I would follow suit and pledge my allegiance to the nearest 24 hour gym and the latest clean eating book, this year I am taking a new approach. I am finally happy with who I am and where I am in my life. I recently moved into the perfect little flat with my boyfriend and although its still a work in process - we absolutely love it. I am finally debt free and can start saving for the 3000 adventures I plan on having this year and I am finally starting to find a balance between my work life and personal life (yes I am self confessed workaholic). So for the new year I decided to write down everything I want to achieve this year for myself. I may not have a set career plan but I figure everything happens for a reason, so I'm just going to continue and see where life takes me! I've set myself 17 goals for 2017 and I am not going to beat myself up if I don't manage to do everything on the list - I am just going to take 2017 one day at a time.

1. Switch off from the internet 
2. Read for half an hour everyday 
3. Spend more quality time with the people I love 
4. Start saying no
5. Continue teaching myself German 
6. Use my bullet journal at least 3 times a week
7. Finish my knitted patchwork blanket
8. Scrapbook at least once a week 
9. Take a photography course
10. Finish my personal styling course 
11. Be more active on my social media channels
12. Dedicate more time to reading other people's blogs 
13. Dedicate more time to my own blog 
14. Become more of a savvy traveller 
15. Cook more meals and eat out less
16. Wake up earlier
17. Finally finish Gossip Girl

What are your goals for the year ahead?

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