Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How To Wear White Denim Jacket









Yes. I know. Another monochrome outfit. You must be bored. But. I feel like there are so many different ways to go with monochrome (apart from the obvious colour pallet) that I just can't seem to get enough of dressing like this.

As my blog grows, I find myself going to more and more meetings and having to dress more and more sophisticated for the locations I find myself in. And I find that going for a monochrome look is always a fail safe option. You know that your outfit will be smart and timeless so there's no point in differing. But fear not, I have a lot of different types of looks coming up very soon.

So my top is actually a denim jacket. But it can be worn in a few different ways and I love it. Firstly, it can be worn on top of clothes with the buttons undone. Alternatively, you could do all the buttons up and wear it as I have in this look.

It synchs the waist in perfectly, and gives a great silhouette to the body. Although the jacket is denim, the white colour of it takes it from casual and elevates it into something that's more viable for what I do.

I know a lot of people despise the idea of white denim. How do you feel about it?

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Friday, 14 July 2017

How To Spend 24 Hours In Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

One of my favourite cities in Europe has got to be Barcelona. I have now visited the area twice and I can't wait to head back again. There's something about this city that is so captivating and so beautiful.

This time I headed to Barcelona for 24hours. It was a quick stop over before I headed on my first ever cruise among the Shipsomnia. And although we only had a day in the city, we made sure to see as much as we could and still have a relaxing day.

Transport

In most cities you can buy a 24hour travel pass, however in Barcelona we managed to get a 48hr pass for around €14. This took us from the airport all the way to the docking harbour. Last time I went to Barcelona I spent the majority of my money on cabs and to be honest, the metro stations are a delight compared to London so I really didn't mind travelling around underground. Most of the stations are right next to key touristic points so you really don't have anything to loose.

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona

What to do in Barcelona


Hotel

We were lucky enough to spend the night at Hotel Granados 83 which is two minutes from Provenca station. The room we has was extremely beautiful. It was a three storey hotel room with two bathrooms and access to a private pool.

I was utterly shocked at the size of our room as it looks quite small from the outside, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that we had such a large suite to ourselves. The hotel is a small boutique hotel with beautiful art deco pieces within the hotel and the rooms.

As we had one of the suites we had access to the roof terrace with a plunge pool. As Hotel Grandos 83 is in the city centre, the views are not that great, but they have made the area as relaxing as possible with a lot off different seating areas. As the weather was so great we managed to sit out on the terrace that evening and have a quiet night before a busy day.

Our suite had both a downstairs shower and an upstairs bath which I made full use of. There's something about hotel baths. They're generally a lot bigger than the ones back home and I find it so relaxing after a long day of travelling.

The hotel also has a great bar located on the lobby, as well as a wonderful terrace where you can sit and enjoy your breakfast or a drink from the bar.

In June, there are a lot of festivals and events going on in the city so it's important to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

What to do in Barcelona

Food

The night we arrived as soon as we unloaded our suitcases into the hotel we wanted to head out to eat somewhere quite local. The friendly concierge at Hotel Granados 83 recommended a few different places just across the road from the hotel and we decided to head into Cu-Cut. Personally, when I travel I like to go to places that have been recommended to me by a local. There's nothing I hate more than not having a proper meal. I don't think I'm alone here when I say that I genuinely get so upset (near tears) if I am hungry and don't have a proper good meal.

Cu-Cut is a traditional Spanish tapas restaurant with a vast amount of different fish dishes. The next time I head to Barcelona I would love to try a delicious paella. So if anyone has any recommendations do let me know!

What to do in Barcelona

Touristic Spots

If you ever find yourself in Barcelona for a short (or even a long time) there are three places that you must visit.

What to do in Barcelona

The first is possibly the most famous, Park Guell. It stole my heart two years ago and I never managed to see the whole park so I knew I had to head back on this occasion to see the entirety of it's beauty. People from all ages and cultures can appreciate just how beautiful this park is. With ruins to gorgeous flowers, there's something for everyone. And despite the police best effort to keep the park touristic friendly, there are people selling cold water on every corner so there's no fear of being dehydrated.

The majority of the park is free to walk around, but if you wish to head into the Monumental Zone it's €7 and must be booked in advance as entry is limited to certain times.

What to do in Barcelona

The next must visit site is Sagrada Familia. This cathedral is still being built and is estimated to finish 2026-2028. They started building in 1882 and it's so fascinating to see how they are building such an intricate building. If you do wish to head inside the cathedral, it's best to book in advance to avoid long queues.

Lastly, you must visit La Boqueria the fruit and vegetable market. For a food lover, or anyone who likes pretty colours, the fruit market is a mesmerising experience. All your senses are heightened and the fruit are very reasonably priced and taste absolutely delicious. So if you're ever in Barcelona, make your way down to La Ramblas and feast your eyes on one of Europe's largest and most famous markets.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Five Reasons To Visit North Cyprus


five reasons to visit north cyprus

five reasons to visit north cyprus

Ever since I can remember, I've been going to North Cyprus once a year if not more. It's where I call my second home and I may be biased but this article is sure to make you want to come and visit this beautiful Island myself and my family are from.

Cyprus is such a small island (9,251 km²),  yet there's so much history and culture. I've grown to love the island for many different reasons. The fact that half of my family lives there makes it a place that I love to visit often. But for those with no emotional attachments to the island, trust me, you will still want to visit. Here are five reasons why you must visit The Republic of Northern Cyprus.

five reasons to visit north cyprus

The History

Cyprus is an island that has been split into two different nations. The North side of the island is occupied by Turkish Cypriots, whereas the South side is occupied by Greek Cypriots. In 1974, there was a war between the two nations which led to this divide. Families from both sides had to migrate and both suffered a lot of loss from family, friends and land. But if you look even further back, the island seems to have been occupied by every nation from the beginning of time. The island has ruins from 10,000 BC and occupies a strong influence of Greek Mythology as Cyprus was the birth place of Aphrodite and Adonis.

Segments from each era can be found across the island. Some of the must visit historic sites in North Cyprus are Saint Hillarion Castle, Bellapais Abbey, Pentadaktylos (Bes Parmak Dallari), Mavi Kosk, Salamis, Kantara Castle. And if none of that takes your fancy, make your way to any of the villages and start walking around trying to get lost. These small villages have so much history and fascinating stories you're bound to fall in love with the island.

five reasons to visit north cyprus

The Weather

North Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate. In peak summer season, temperatures rise to over 40 degrees celcius. This year temperatures are set to reach as high at 50 degrees! Summer lasts for around eight months, with a few cool months during the winter. If sun sea and cocktails are your thing, head there in July/August. For those wanting to explore the island a little more, I'd suggest heading out April/May or September/October as it's a little cooler. As it's a Mediterranean island, the sea tends to be warmer than the seas in the UK and Europe.

five reasons to visit north cyprus

The Hospitality

From the streets to the hotels, everyone is so friendly. On this visit I spent a few nights at Lord's Palace. The hotel has been open for under a year but it's reputation for luxury is already what all the locals are talking about. The staff are so friendly and so helpful that they make each and every guest feel at home from the minute they arrive. Read my hotel review here.

Apart from this, if you ever go with someone who has family out there you will be treated like a King or a Queen. Whenever you arrive at someones house whether they know you or not, their home suddenly becomes your haven and a feast is prepared for you. Before you know it you are rushed into the dinning room for a full on meal with desert, fruit and coffee.

five reasons to visit north cyprus

five reasons to visit north cyprus

The Food

I may be extremely biased but the food in North Cyprus has got to be one of my favourite cuisines. Turkish food is so delicious and there is something for everyone. When you arrive at a restaurant, the majority of them bring mezzes or the very least, bread and olive oil for you to enjoy while waiting for your food to be prepared. Typically, restaurants serve BBQ so that's anything from meat, chicken fish to vegetables. There's something for everyone. If you're not after a main meal, the soups, lahmacuns (Turkish style pizza) and pide's are to die for! The island is known for it's Oranges, Watermelons and Olive Oil as well as hellim (helumi).

five reasons to visit north cyprus

The beaches

I have always called the beaches of North Cyprus the Turkish Maldives. The clear waters, pure yellow sand and light waves are what holidays are made for. If you don't believe me take a look yourself, you won't be disappointed. As mentioned before, the sea water is warmer so it's not a shock to the system when you jump in. Cyprus is a small island, so you're never too far from the coast or a beach. If you prefer pools, there are many hotel complexes that accommodate both a beach and a pool

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lord's Palace Hotel North Cyprus' Newest Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

Lord's Palace North Cyprus Hotel

As you have probably noticed June has been really quiet on the blog. And that's because I have been super busy offline creating content for you all. June has seen me explore five different cities in just one month and I am just about getting back to my normal routine.

In the beginning of June I headed out to my other home (North Cyprus) and spent a wonderful week creating content while relaxing at a wonderful 5* hotel; Lord's Palace Hotel in Kyrenia/ Girne.

Lord's Palace is one of the newest hotels on the island and one thing that all hotels in North Cyprus have in common is that they know how to do luxury and their customer services go above and beyond for their guests.

Upon arrival I was given one of the most welcoming greetings I've ever received with an abundance of sweet treats, fruit, wines and even hand delivered flowers by a handsome guy!

The Hotel

The hotel itself is situated near the harbour and we were told to look out for the Sulu Cember (water roundabout) as the hotel was a minute away from there. Turkish people love to randomly name things, but it works. We found the hotel after the Sulu Cember.

Within the hotel they have a beach, a massive pool on the ground floor, an indoor pool with spa as well as a rooftop terrace with a pool and bar (Sky Bar). This is where I spent the majority of my time as the views from up here were absolutely breath taking. One side of the hotel had the views of the new harbour and sea and the other side you could see the mountains. 

The interior of the hotel is super luxury with a nudge towards the historic attributes found all over the island. However, once you step into the Sky Bar and pool areas, you find a more modern twist. I think the juxtaposition of old meets modern works well for the hotel as it's the perfect place to visit for business, or for a getaway.

The Food

There is a buffet restaurant open three times a day as well as a la cart restaurants situated on the premises. It is worth noting that some items in the buffet area are extra and charges can be applied so make sure to ask before you order. 

The breakfast buffet was my favourite. At Lord's Palace Hotel there was such a vast variety of different items that I found myself in food heaven. Make sure to start the day with a boaca (pastry filled with cheese) or a simit as it's so delicious. Lunch and evening buffet had a variety of Turkish dishes, a huge salad section and a variety of different cuisines. 

Relaxation

The hotel has a lot of different chill out areas. From the beach to the upstairs bar, you can find yourself in a different location every hour. Alongside this there is a spa where you can use the Turkish baths or book yourself in for a massage. If you're off to an event you can book yourself in to the salon with stylists from Chicago Salon (also found in Girne)

I will be heading back to North Cyprus again this month and I will definitely be heading back to Lord's Palace. You can book your stay here. Alternatively, you are able to spend the whole day with three meals for a cost of 190 Turkish Lira.

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