Tuesday, 24 May 2016

5 Essentials for City Breaks

 2016 has been the year of city breaks. I've already been to Amsterdam and Paris for the weekend, plus I'm going back to Canterbury soon! Packing for such a short period of time can be challenging but once you know what to pack it makes it ten times easier. I think the key to packing for a short break is getting it right according to the weather you'll experience during that break. I loved Rome, but the fact it rained the whole time and I brought the most ridiculous shoes made it more challenging to explore - and all because I didn't pack as well as I could have done...

Decent footwear - Probably the most important essential here. The likelihood is that you will be walking a lot, so you'll need substantial waterproof footwear if you are going somewhere cold and rainy. On the other hand, if you're likely to have boiling weather, don't take the hottest shoes you own because that's not going to be good for anyone!

Travel guide - As you are only there for a short period of time, the best way to learn about a city and get lots done is to use a travel guide. Marco Polo and Lonely Planet are my favourites, and they include a lot of information about the history of the place you are going to visiting. I love to research the places I am going before I go so I get the most out of it!

Sunglasses - Even in the Winter! One of the things that is a must, is to bring sunglasses. Even the winter brings a glow, and obviously you'll need them in the summer. I think you are much more likely to enjoy yourself if you can see and aren't squinting 24/7! Plus, sunnies also look pretty fantastic in any outfit shots you might be considering...

Appropriate Luggage - Packing as lightly as possible is obviously a given, but bringing appropriate luggage is probably even more important! If you know that you have an early flight but can't check in until the afternoon you are going to want something you can carry easily without doing any damage to your back. I have a great lightweight suitcase that I take - it's spacious but also fits airline requirements...well worth investing in.

An outfit you feel comfortable and amazing in - There is nothing worse than going somewhere and feeling uncomfortable and self conscious. This is why choosing your outfits wisely is crucial. I tend to pick things that I could wear both in the day and the night-time to save on packing. Feeling comfortable and confident in what you are wearing means you'll forget about yourself and focus on your surroundings!

What are your city break essentials?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Cambridge | Catesbys #CambMeetUp

 Catesbys in Green Street Cambridge is the most gorgeous shop and cafe situated in the heart of the city. Georgia from Mapped Out and I arrived a little early as it was our first ever bloggers event, to be greeted by the lovely Pippa from Clashing Time. We've both met Pippa before so it was nice to see a friendly face before we headed further into the shop to explore!

 It's safe to safe that I had my beady eye on a few pieces as soon as we walked in the door, including a rather gorgeous grey candle lantern that ended up coming home with me - it was definitely love at first sight. As we wandered around snapping lots of photos of all of the gorgeous home-ware, the other bloggers began to arrive. It was great to meet some other local bloggers, and everyone was really friendly.

Once people had arrived, we headed back into the front room to hear more about the business. Neil and Jonathon started Catesbys five years ago in a little seaside town in Norfolk. After three years they were beginning to think about whether they would like to move their business to a city, and after visiting friends in Cambridge, their dream became a reality. They spotted the shop in Green Street which was to let, and 24 hours later - they were moving to Cambridge!

I loved hearing about their dreams for the business, and how they wanted their shop and cafe to feel like home. I have to say, it really did feel very homely. It was so interesting to hear about how their idea came alive, and the trips they spent buying from flea markets in Paris. You could really sense the love and dedication the pair of them had for the business.

Their philosophy is all focused around "L'Art de Vivre" or "The Art of Living", and they consider the pieces they sell to be timeless which I'd say is pretty accurate. All of the pieces that were sold there were unique, and pieces that would be appreciated for a very long time. I remember Neil saying that they would rather people buy one item that they would love for a long time, than lots of items which they would love for a month.

After hearing all about the business, it was upstairs for brunch (which of course was devoured once every one had had the chance to take photos!). I chose to have some pastries - the pain au chocolat was DELICIOUS. Literally heavenly, I can't wait to take my mum and sister.

Brunch demolished, and after getting to know some of the other lovely bloggers, Neil and Jonathon explained their new concept, the DecoBox. These are carefully selected pieces, that are specific to a certain theme or room. Currently there are three different types of boxes - The Cool Kitchen DecoBox, The Summer Dining DecoBox and The Hot Desk DecoBox. Priced from £200, these boxes include pieces that are very carefully chosen to reflect the theme, and I think they did a great job. Although these may seem a little pricey, just remember you are choosing timeless pieces - and £200 spread over a whole lifetime isn't much.

Catesbys is such a stunning place to visit if you are ever in Cambridge - I would really recommend a visit! Neil and Jonathon are the most welcoming hosts, so a huge thank you to them for letting us bloggers invade. Thank you also to Pippa who did a fabulous job in getting us all together, and arranging the whole thing. I had a great first bloggers event!

Have you ever been to Catesby's?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

OOTD | Pastel Pink Jeans

So, I finally did it thanks to the encouragement of Georgia and Pippa who took these photos, thanks Pippa! 2016 was the year I was going to take the leap and do some fashion posts, and here we have it. My first OOTD. I was a bit apprehensive because the thought of being behind the camera in a busy street was pretty scary, but I actually had a great time with the girls.

 These jeans were only £29 from American Eagle, who sell the most amazing jeans. They are so comfortable, and I love the colour for summer (especially the English summer which requires a bit more warmth!). They go with so many of my summery tops and I'm so pleased I picked these up!

 How incredible are my shoes? I brought these back when the weather was pretty rough and have been dying to wear them ever since! I absolutely adore Espadrilles, and I love the fact that these are a twist on the original style. They are surprisingly comfortable too. They look great with the jeans and top which is a New Look bargain. It goes so well with these as it has both blue and pink in it. I love the cut out detailing around the neck line too!

I styled these with my Carvela Kurt Geiger bag, and my sunnies which are from M&S. I wanted to done down the colour pop a little with this stunning black bag. This bag is my go-to weekend bag, it fits enough in it and looks great too - it's my baby! My sunnies were £25 from M&S last summer, and I wanted a pair that would last rather than the usual cheap Primark ones I went for.

What do you think of my summer outfit?