Tuesday, 23 June 2015

My Summer Travel Bucket List

Pink sands beach crete

Elafonissi (Crete)

Although the first time I visited Greece was when I was about 14, I still vividly remember how beautiful it was and how amazing the food tasted. I have since been lucky enough to visit a number of the Greek islands, however the one that clearly stole my heart - more than once - was Crete.

I have fond memories of adventure filled family holidays on the island as well as booze fuelled weeks with friends in Malia, although I am not sure that is something I (or my liver) wish to repeat!

My love of exploration stemmed from early trips to Greece, my parents would hire a car for our entire stay and spend everyday going against the maps and venturing off the beaten track, discovering hidden beaches where not a single soul could not be seen for miles.

Elafonissi - otherwise known as the pink beach - is a tiny island separated from the West coast of Crete by a warm lagoon no more than a metre deep. The sand is pink because of millions of tiny broken up seashells and coral. Although locals say the island's beautiful pink hue doesn't linger all year round, it still looks like an amazing place to explore.

Sorrento Italy


For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to visit Italy. I have this dream of hiring a car and spending weeks travelling across the country lapping up all it has to offer. For now though I will happily place Sorrento at the top of my travel bucket list.

Just looking at pictures of the historic town fills me with a burning desire to spend hours exploring its meandering streets. And of course, who wouldn't want to spend day on day filling their faces with the finest of pizzas, pastas and ice cream.

I would also quite like to hop on the ferry to Capri and spend a day sipping wine in fancy restaurants whilst pretending I am rich.

Plitvice Waterfalls

Croatia is somewhere I have been dying to visit for several years - I am yet to persuade my boyfriend to go there but I refuse to stop trying!
The country encompasses more than 1000 islands and I would absolutely love to spend a couple of weeks sailing around, hopping from beach to beach and exploring all that the country has to offer. Most of Croatia's beaches have pebbly coast lines, this is enough to make me want to go there; I can't think of anything worse than suncream and sand.
One place I have been dying to see for so long time now is one of Croatia's most famous attractions: Plitvice Lakes National Park. Just look how incredibly beautiful it is in the picture, I can only imagine what it would be like in real life - what I would do to dip my toes into that emerald water!!!

So there you have it, the 3 destinations that are at the top of my summer travel bucket list. And because that wasn't torturous enough (I am sadly not going away this year), why not drool over some amazing beachwear!!!
Monsoon Beachwear- Summer Travel Bucket List

*post in collaboration with Monsoon

Monday, 22 June 2015

Rare London Marble Midi Dress

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Dress- c/o Rare London
Bag- Primark
Shoes- c/o Marks & Spencer
I wore this Rare London dress to a wedding reception a few weeks ago and it received a fare few compliments. Being on the shorter side of life, I sometimes struggle with midi dresses but this one falls just at the right place on my legs. I could have done with sizing down so it was a little bit tighter below the waist but this may not have been wise for the ceilidh dancing antics that occurred during the evening!
Also, in retrospect, perhaps I shouldn't have chosen a plunge midi dress when you can clearly drive a double decker bus down my cleavage, but I was drawn to the marble print and the gorgeous back detailing - let's appreciate the back cleavage instead!!!!
On a side note, you may (or may not) have noticed that may posts have been a little sparse over the last few weeks. Life threw me an unexpected curve ball recently and it completely knocked me for six; I haven't really felt like doing much. My blog however has been such a sanctuary for me these past few years so after some moral support from my mum, I decided that I shouldn't push aside one of my biggest passions. I have some exciting blog plans for when I get back on my feet (and I will) so don't give up on me just yet :)

Sunday, 31 May 2015

M&S- dressing for a summer occasion

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Dress, shoes & bag- M&S
Jacket- Bank
Necklace- Forever 21
Sunglasses- Primark
To celebrate the launch of their ultimate dress guide and new summer womenswear collection, M&S asked me if I would like to style up an outfit for an upcoming occasion or event.
My diary for the summer is currently a sorry state of affairs and with no festivals or holidays planned and no weddings on the horizon I had to think outside the box. Working full time in the city means I get invited to a lot of events through my job so I decided to style up an outfit for a 'corporate summer drinks party'.
I have never been a huge fan of florals or girly embellishments - growing up I was always a bit of a tomboy - so this charcoal grey shirt dress really caught my eye on the website.  I am not sure if the utility trend is still 'in' but I am always late to the party when it comes to fashion so why change a habit of a lifetime!
The dress is quite smart so perfect for a business environment but I wanted to add a fun (slightly feminine) element to the outfit with these incredible lace up heels. I can't believe how comfy they are too. Whenever I go out I always have a pair of flat shoes in my bag - definitely a sign of getting older - but I don't need to with these, even though they look pretty lethal.
The bag is a really nice contrast in terms of colour and is the perfect size for all you need throughout the day - it's definitely big enough for a laptop too.
I added the jacket because, well, it is Britain after all.
I can't remember the last time I shopped in Marks & Spencer - perhaps for a school blazer once upon a time - but they have certainly moved on in terms of their target market. I have to say I was spoilt for choice, especially in the accessories department.  

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Review: Revolution (Parsonage Gardens, Manchester)

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Vodka Revs: home to cheap cocktails, sticky floors and student nights! At least that is how I remember it!
Last week I was invited down to the Parsonage Gardens branch in Manchester to try their new menu and I was intrigued to say the least. I had heard through a few people that the chain had had a complete facelift so I was keen to try it out for myself.
The venue
I have only a very vague memory of the Parsonage Gardens Revolution but I was still pleasantly surprised when I first walked in. Like many of the bars in Manchester, they have gone for the 'I am cool without trying too hard' kind of vibe. I am all for a bit of exposed brick and copper fixtures. I especially loved the wall of framed prints.
After being seated, I was presented with a rather extensive cocktail menu but due to my irrational fear of vodka - I will save the story for another time - I settled for a bramble, a really nice one at that. I also appreciated the glass it came in, there is something about a nice looking glass that makes your drink taste nicer - just me?
The food
I was feeling boring at the time so to start I ordered garlic bread. Totally unoriginal I know but I fancied something simple and it is one of my all time faves. This one got some major thumbs up on the garlic scale - nothing worse than garlic bread with a stingy layer of the good stuff!
For mains I ordered the 'Brooklyn Chicken' burger'. Not going to lie, the thought of it sent me into a carb coma but it was recommended to me by the waiter and I felt I was in good hands. I did order the fried pickles on the side as opposed to on the burger (I am team 'Anti Gherkin') but I was prepared to give them a go - all fruit deserve a chance. Side note: I had no idea a gherkin was a fruit until this very moment!!
My burger was exactly what I thought it would be: stodgy - but boy did it taste good. It could have come with slightly more chipotle mayo but that is just me being pedantic.
The chips came with a dusting of Cajun spice which was a really nice addition. I also enjoyed the coleslaw; It tasted homemade and came with big chunks of apple in it - delicious. I even surprised myself by enjoying a fried pickle or two!
My partner in crime opted for the 'Bourbon Bad Boy' burger; just looking at it made me sweat but he seemed to enjoy it. I had a try of the bourbon chipotle sauce that accompanied it and it was mega.
Because I obviously hadn't had enough stodge in my previous 2 courses, I then went on to order a 'banofee fluffwich - mainly because I was intrigued by the concept.
The combination of Soft dough, caramel, marshmallow fluff, banana & sweet batter was nothing short of delicious albeit very filling. I wasn't so sure about the strawberry dip, it definitely should have come with ice cream. Sorry.
All in all I was pretty impressed with the new Revs. If you aren't partial to a full crab fest like me, then there are also plenty of other options to satisfy a variety of needs. On a Monday they offer 50% off too  - pretty generous hey! 
Have any of your tried Revolution's new menu?