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Friday, 17 November 2017

Why I love London, but couldn't live there

 I love visiting London. I always feel like a shinier, more confident version of myself when I'm pounding the streets of the capital. London makes me feel so many incredible emotions, but always mixed in with a few niggly ones too. For me, London is the ultimate paradox. When I'm there I feel inspired and confident, but I can also end up feeling pretty anxious and tired too.


London is a very busy and diverse city, and there's always something exciting to do whilst you're visiting. Even just popping there for work like I did a couple of weeks ago made a really nice change and it was nice to be in the city for a day. A few days later, I was back in London again for an afternoon in Covent Garden with the girls. It always feels like a welcome change to my sleepy "real" life.

Staying in London last month with my family for my sister's graduation and my birthday reminded me of my love-hate relationship with London. It was exciting to be staying so close to the centre of London, but a few things just reminded me of why I would not like to live there forever. It was really difficult to sleep because of how noisy it was! Sleep is quite high up on my list of priorities so waking up feeling like I hadn't really slept was far from ideal.

There was also the business of the tube in the morning. We travelled down to Cutty Sark on the DLR at rush hour, and it was so unbelievably busy (thankfully, not going our way) but it really put me off. I couldn't imagine arriving at work in the mornings after a stressful, and no doubt sweaty, commute to work. Our trip to London was so nice, and reminded me of my love for London, but also that I love it because I don't spend every day there.

For me, London is a place I can visit when I want to feel empowered, or to have a break from the mundane. It is fun, exciting and a little bit luxurious - I always say yes to the shoes/bag/dress/book in London. It's a treat for me, and I love it. It's best to keep it that way!

What do you think of London?
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Sunday, 12 November 2017

A New Look

 It's been over two years now since I had a blog refresh, and I fancied a bit of a change as you can see. Whilst I loved my old blog design, I wanted something that had a couple of extra user friendly functions like the button which takes you back to the top of my blog for example. I kept my header, as I LOVE it but thanks to Phil at pipdig things are looking slightly different!


In the past couple of months I've really been enjoying my blog, and have been posting a lot more frequently than the rest of the year. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in everyday things but when you enjoy something, it's worth making the time for it too.

Posting every Friday is a routine that I've got into, and I find it so helpful to have an achievable focus. I honestly have so much admiration for any blogger who works full time and posts more than once a week! If I feel like I'm falling behind with a posting schedule, I tend to lose some of my inspiration so posting once a week has been a game-changer for me.

I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with my new blog design and create lots of new content. Travel has been a huge theme on my blog this year, but with no further trips planned (YET!), I'll be focusing on lifestyle content which I'm pretty excited about.

What do you think of my new blog theme?
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Friday, 3 November 2017

House of MinaLima

 The House of MinaLima, located in Greek Street London, is the dream gallery of any Harry Potter fan. I was in London recently for my sister's graduation, and knew that we'd both want to check the gallery out. With Sarah's boyfriend in tow, we headed off to the dreamy pink building in Soho.




It's such an amazing gallery, and you can really feel the thought that went into creating everything inside. It's worth noting that when you arrive you will need to book onto a free guided tour, you can't go around the gallery without a tour. We arrived and the first tour was full, but we only had to wait thirty minutes until the next one. It's definitely worth the wait.

On the ground floor is the shop which you can peruse whilst you wait, or after the tour itself. There's prints, postcards and books - but they are fairly pricey. I fell in love with so many of the prints so I may have to go back and treat myself.

Before long, it was time for our tour! Sadly, I don't remember her name but our tour guide was fantastic. She spoke for a short while in each room, and then let us explore ourselves. It's not a huge gallery, and they do fill the tours - but I found that we had enough time in each room to have a good look around at the incredible pieces of art work in the gallery.





The first two floors, and half of the third floor, were filled with Harry Potter artwork. From newspapers, to 'wanted signs' and the marauders map, we were treated to some incredible pieces that had me wishing I'd recieved that Hogwarts letter aged eleven. Our tour guide gave us such insightful information which really helped us to visualise the way the artists worked. On the middle floor, she told us that Miraphora Mina had asked for the blueprints for the set so that when she hand drew the marauder's map, it would match the set!

I especially enjoyed the artwork surrounding the Weasley twins shop. It was so bright and fun, and yet it still kept the magic of the darker more traditional pieces of artwork usually reminiscent of the Harry Potter series.



It was so magical being in an art gallery full of the Harry Potter artwork, and there was even a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them room as well which I enjoyed! MinaLima have such a distinct style and it will always remind me of my childhood, which was filled with the wizarding world.


Have you been to the House of MinaLima?
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