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UK based fashion marketing graduate and blogger. Vegan. Own too many jackets. Always planning the next adventure. Stick around for style posts, my latest trips and everything in-between.

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Travel: A Week In Cefalu Sicily

If you follow me on Instagram you *might* be aware that I recently spent a week on the Northern coast of Sicily, in Cefalu to be more precise! Charlie and I packed our bags and headed off for some MUCH needed sunshine. I adore Italy, it's always one of my first choices for a holiday and I couldn't wait to find out what Sicily would offer us.

Initially I was worried that I would keep trying to compare it with the beautiful Amalfi Coast, but I needn't have worried as Cefalu is simply beautiful! And after a 6 hour flight delay (cheers, Thomson) we finally made it to our hotel at 5am. Tired wasn't the word!

We stayed at the Cefalu Sea Palace, but I'm going to blog about that in a separate post so for now I thought I'd round up what our seven days in Sicily comprised of! Clue: lots of lounging, eating and sunning. 

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We spent our first few days beaching about and admiring our surroundings. We were both feeling pretty burnt out so it was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries. The weather was gorgeous, 33 degrees, bright blue skies and glistening sunshine! We had a couple of cloudier days but even with clouds, this place is simply stunning.

The town itself was just a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel on the seafront. There were tonnes of restaurants to choose from, plenty of bars and some lovely independant homeware and clothing boutiques. Not a chain store in sight - just perfect!  I was actually quite worried being vegan that I would be living  off bread and chips for a week, and whilst I ate PLENTY of bread it was surprisingly easy eating vegan. Some restaurants even advertised that they have vegan options available, which was a huge relief! I even found vegan ice cream so there you go, and yes it was delicious! IMG_9120 Cefalu Sicily Blog Post 2
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Every corner we turned there was another pretty street to explore, it's such a picturesque location and I didn't see one 'bad' part.  One of my favourite places to chill and enjoy a big bowl of pasta was outside of the Duomo . A roman Catholic church  which you're free to have a mooch inside during the daytime. It had a really lovely vibe  and  in the evenings some of the restaurants had live music and pianists which added to the charm of the area. cefalu sicily blog post 14 Cefalu Sicily Blog Post 13 Cefalu Sicily Blog Post 11
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For me another major appeal for Cefalu, is that it isn't overly touristy. It still has an authentic feel and most of the locals and restaurant staff speak little to no English. A fair amount of the holidaymakers appeared to be Italian, so it looks to be a popular holiday destination for those that live in the mainland and the nearby city of Palermo.

Stay tuned for my full review of our hotel, plus a blog post all about our island hopping to Lipari and the island of Vulcano! Yes, we actually managed to drag ourselves away from the beach for a couple of days...

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Style: Holiday Outfit Vibes

I don't know what it is about holidays, but my style tends to lean towards a girlier vibe. Day-to-day my outfits are fairly neutral and minimal with little pattern, embroidery or florals in sight. I do like to switch it up a little on holiday though. Don't get me wrong, I won't be OD'ing on the florals or bright colours, but I do enjoy incorporating a few items I wouldn't usually opt for in the UK. 

I actually came across this dress from River Island, somewhere I don't usually even look in, and for some reason I was totally drawn to it. I love the off shoulder style and the floral print is still in colours that I would usually go for. What do you think?

The Tom Ford glasses from Glasses Guru are high up on my holiday wishlist, they're the perfect shape and I love the tortoiseshell design. I'm thinking I could justify them as a must have? You know, just taking care of my eyes and that...

So, around a month ago I made the decision to go from veggie to vegan (more on that soon!), I'm therefore also working on cutting out leather products from my outfits. It won't be immediate as a lot of my trainers and bags are leather, but I'm trying to purchase clothing that don't contain any animal products. I spotted these espadrilles from JD Williams, leather-free and they'll got with pretty much everything I'm taking away with me. Perfect! 

Another brand I came across whilst scouting out vegan friendly bags and shoes is Matt & Nat. A Canadian brand, their collections are so beautiful and you really wouldn't miss the fact that their bags aren't made from leather. They still have a quality look and feel, I'll definitely be ordering my next bag from there. I have my eye on a rucksack, plus a million other styles *heart eye emoji*...
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Life: University One Year On

Wow, I can't believe it's fast approaching one year since my Graduation Day. 

University feels like only yesterday, but at the same time almost as if it were a previous life. I was apprehensive about waving goodbye to my student days, having spent 23 years (well you know minus toddler life) living the student lifestyle. Although I'd experienced full-time work during my fashion interning stints, I was a little scared about giving up my freedom, but hey that's adult life! So here I am, one year into working the 40 hour week. I work in marketing just in case anyone was wondering!

I suppose one of the biggest surprises to me is how quickly time goes once you enter the full-time forever rat race. The days all merge into one and before you know it, half the year has gone and you ask yourself HOW?! 

It also forces you to up your organisation game, especially as a blogger too. I can't plan a spontaneous blog shoot on a Friday morning, or spend Tuesday afternoon snapping imagery for my Instagram feed. I either have to be organised, or it simply doesn't happen. That's definitely been one of my biggest hurdles, and one I'm still working on. 

You also begin to value your weekends, I'm like Gollum with the ring. MY PRECIOUS. But seriously, nothing comes between me and my weekend plans. I try to organise as many weekends away as possible, or I'll spend the day wandering around my local city of Cambridge. Charlie is almost sick to death of my 'planning' and whining about booking flights to Barcelona or Vegas (gotta think big) but luckily he's into travelling too so it's all peachy. 

So all in all, adult life, not that bad. I think what I've learnt the most is to keep dreaming those dreams you had as an 18 year old. Ok no, I don't mean that time I was considering holiday repping because LOL so not me. But I still want to travel America, I still want to spontaneously hop on the Eurostar and see what happens, and I still want to see the world. It's easy to get caught up in the everyday routine, but remembering those plans you always wanted to make happen is important too...

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Style: Vans Originals


I haven't worn a pair of Vans since I was in year 8 and thought Paul Frank t shirts constituted as fashion, but I've got to admit I'm loving them all over again. A truly classic style in the perfect monochrome colour way. This Zara top has definitely had its cost per wear, I'm not bored of off-the-shoulder tops *yet* and this style is one of my faaaaves although it's probably floating around in the depths of the Zara sale now. I popped in there today and it was far too chaotic and messy for my liking.

I've been on a holiday shopping mission this week, after finding it near-on IMPOSSIBLE to find beachwear that ticks all of my boxes. It all tends to be super colourful or overly embellished, and after trawling 28343 websites I finally found a few pieces which I can't wait to take away with me. A holiday is SO needed right now. It's been about six weeks since my latest trip which doesn't seem a lot but I get itchy feet pretty quickly. Oh how I wish I could pack a bag and head off to America on a one way ticket! Maybe someday. 

I've tried to make it my mission this year to go away every other month, even if it's just a weekend break. So far, so good! I've ticked off York, Berlin and Madrid so far, and I'll be heading off to Sicily very soon. Once you start hitting your mid twenties life seems to just disappear before your eyes, which is why I think I'm making more effort to plan trips and weekends away. I want to fill my years with as many fun memories as possible. Now to book my September trip! Any ideas?
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