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Tilly-Jayne Kidman, Cambridge based style & travel blogger. By day I do all things digital marketing and by night I write this blog as well as contributing to other publications. You can also find a few tips and posts on veganism among my usual style & travel features!

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Get To Know Me Tag

Hi all!

I posted a new YouTube video this week and it's the 'Get To Know Me Tag'. Some of you that have been following my blog for a while (thank you by the way!) may know the answers to some of these but hey maybe not!

I've been really enjoying my intro into YouTube and can't wait to get creating some more content! A few videos I have in mind are the vegan tag, couples tag and a spring lookbook but I'm all ears to any suggestions so please send any my way.

I'd love if you could give it a watch and subscribe!

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Six Reasons To Take A Staycation

It's no secret that I LOVE a holiday. Whether that be a white sandy beach on the coast of Italy or even a weekend exploring the likes of Madrid. I love to pack my bags and escape, but travel can be a costly hobby and in more cases than not I end up spending way more than I originally had in mind. I'm only to blame for this, I'm drawn to quirky hotels with interesting interiors and generally won't be checking into any hostels anytime soon.

It struck me only a couple of summers back that whilst I spend a lot of my time researching destinations abroad, I'd actually visited a very tiny amount of my own country. It was then I decided that I needed to make more effort to spend time in the UK, and make the most of my weekends. Since then we've spent long weekends in Bath, York, Oxford, Edinburgh and London. There's still tonnes of destinations on my list including Manchester and the Lake District (quite the contrast there) but it's actually made me realise you don't *need* to leave the country in order to explore, zone out and basically just have fun!

My top reasons for taking a Staycation...

1. It's Cost Effective

Sure, a weekend in New York is ideal but if you've got bills to pay and savings to...save then sometimes you just have to be sensible. I sometimes struggle to find a balance between 'YOLO I'm gonna book these flights as you never know what's around the corner' to 'I really need to be a sensible, responsible adult that has a mortgage to save for' so yeah...

When we take weekend breaks in the UK we spend about half us much as we do abroad. Whenever we go away I always exchange too much money 'just in case' then will usually spend it all anyway as it always feels like Monopoly money! I'm much more conscious of my spending when it's in my pounds and coming directly out of my current account.  f you're trying to be wise with the dolla then a UK break can be much more affordable.

2. It's Way More Convenient

I don't particularly mind sitting around in airports, I'll usually grab a Pret, magazine and chill out but it can be a faff actually getting to the airport. I personally find the thought of driving to airports way too scary, so it's usually down to Charlie but it can be a nightmare when you encounter motorway traffic en route to Gatwick which just happens to be the most annoying of them all. Stay in the UK and instead you have yourself a little road trip. No flight to potentially miss, just the open road and a few service station stop offs. Side note - when does the novelty of stopping off at services wear off? Just me?

3. You Can Pack More Clothes

Hand luggage, need I say more? It can really, really put my outfit planning skills to the test and majorly limit any shopping you may way to do when on a city break. Staycations offer a much wider variety of clothing choices and THAT in itself is a big bonus.

There's been many an occasion where I've packed for mild temperatures and instead it's chucked it down all weekend. Not a fan of hand luggage, not a fan at all.

(having all the fun in York)

4. It's Extra Relaxing

Whilst I love going away, I am sometimes at the hands of a little travel anxiety. I'm not great with flying, at all actually. I genuinely thank my lucky stars when the plane actually lands AOK at the other end. With a staycation there's no travel anxiety, and you can enjoy the comfort of your own car to reach your destination, which can result in a much more relaxing and stress-free weekend. It also minimises the 'are we gonna get to the airport on time' stress, which I frequently suffer from. Even when we're leaving with approx five hours until our flight. What can I say?

5. There Are Tonnes Of Amazing Hotels

I've discovered SO many amazing hotels in the UK since embarking on my research. Not that I had this down as exclusive to Europe or further afield I just never really looked into hotels here as I guess I just didn't have a need to. There are so many places I want to stay including the Artist Residence in Brighton, Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and Hotel Gotham in Manchester to name a few.

6. You Can Do It More Often

When I went from student to full-time work I found it quite overwhelming, well who wouldn't? I'd spent the past 23 years doing what I want when I want pretty much so it felt quite rigid and restricting but HEY c'est la vie. I found that by actually planning out a weekend my two (and a half!) days off would feel way longer and that I'd actually done something with them. You don't need to book any extra time off, we usually either set off on Friday after work or early Saturday morning and come home Sunday night. It's the perfect amount of time to explore, eat lots and drink lots. 

Whilst I still LOVE trips abroad, I do now appreciate a good staycation every couple of months to feed my urge to book a plane ticket to anywhere. We have a few trips in mind for when we return to the UK from California so hopefully I can get a few of those hotels ticked off the list, and I'd also love to visit the Lake District so if you have any recommendations for that let me know!

Do you ever take mini breaks in the UK? Where are your favourite cities to spend a long weekend?

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

La Redoute 40% Discount Code & Wishlist

Hola! Its been a little while since I put together an interiors based post but if you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I'm obsessed with interior design. I can get lost in Pinterest for hours and love to replicate some of the inspo into my own living situ.

One of my favourite destinations for homeware is La Redoute, they seriously come up with the goods. I have quite a few pieces from there now including my dining room table, chairs and of course the Insta-famous rug that tonnes of bloggers have. Including me - guilty as charged. Right now there's 40% off EVERYTHING yeah that's right 40 whole per cent off a world of interior dreaminess. It would be rude not to take advantage of such an offer so here are my faves plus a shot of the beloved rug in action...

Credit cards at the ready...
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Asos Spring Haul


So I'm very much a newbie to YouTube but thank you to everyone who has watched my videos so far. I was completely chuffed to receive over 300 views on my Paris blog so THANK YOU. Anyway,  I filmed my first sit down video at the weekend and here we go...

It's an Asos Spring Haul and I hope you enjoy.

Don't forget to subscribe, and leave a comment with your channel and I'll be sure to sub! 

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