Sunday, 19 February 2017

#273 - Hues Of Blue

Coat + Jumper - River Island // Jeans - Miss Selfridge // Boots - Office // Handbag - Karen Millen

Hello hello, hope you're all well! 

This blue jumper is my absolute fave. I've had it for about five years (maybe even longer?) and it comes out every winter and does a sterling job of keeping me toasty. I love the vibrant colour of it in contrast with the brown hues in this leopard print coat. In my eyes, they're a match made in heaven. 

This week has been pretty busy at work, but also exciting. On Monday I headed down to an art exhibition near Kings Cross, which I'd definitely recommend. It's called Radical Love and is a collection of artworks themed around the topic of female lust. What's really interesting is that the works have been created by 48 female artists from all over the world - many of whom are Muslim or of Arabic descent. We headed down there to interview some of the artists about what female lust means to them and their hopes for women in 2017. If you're interested, you can watch the vid and find out more about the exhibition here. 

Following the BAFTAs last weekend, I felt compelled to venture to the cinema and see some of the films that were shortlisted for - and, indeed, won - awards. Dan and I watched two new films this week (yes, we really pushed the boat out). The first, Lion, was so emotional that it physically hurt me to not bawl my eyes out. Then, yesterday, we went to see La La Land. They're two very different films, but I loved both of them. Lion - which we saw on Tuesday (Valentine's Day) - is this incredibly emotional tale of an adopted young man's search for his family and home, after he became lost in India aged five. Dev Patel plays a brilliant part in this and I had to try really hard not to start crying, mainly because I knew it would turn into ugly crying / full-on incontrollable sobbing for the remainder of the film. I had tears streaming involuntarily down my face, but thankfully I didn't go past the point of no return. On the opposite side of the spectrum, La La Land is the perfect remedy to all of the shit that's currently going on in the world. It's this feel-good, love story starring two absolute babes - Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. There's singing, there's dancing, and I came out of it wanting to tap dance my way to Waitrose (now that's a sight you don't see everyday).

Anyway, that's all from me! It's time for a cuppa and quite possibly a biscuit. (Actually who am I kidding? I'm definitely going to have a biscuit.) Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend x

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

#272 - Paisley Vs Leopard Print

Paisley tunic with bell sleeves - H&M // Cardigan - M&S // Coat - Warehouse // Jeans - Miss Selfridge // Vagabond Boots - Office // Handbag - Karen Millen 

Today I wore a paisley dress with a leopard print cardigan and coat. Yes, it's a questionable combination but it was bloody cold and I needed the layers.

You know that saying, 'a Sunday well spent brings a week of content'? Well if today's anything to go by, this week should be epic. We walked via Kentish Town to Hampstead Heath earlier and mooched around for a bit. We stopped off at a pub called Camden's Daughter and had a sausage and egg bun to give us a bit of energy (which was delicious btw, I'd defo head back there for some scram) then we continued on to Parliament Hill. It was a tad muddier than we expected so we had a little walk around the park area, looked at all of the dogs and commented on how we should probably get one at some point, and then ventured down some of the nearby streets where the houses are 'uuuuuge. It made me realise that I need to get my skates on and become a millionaire.

You may also have noticed that my hair has lost about 10 inches in length. Last weekend I decided to get it all chopped off - new year, new hair, and all that jazz. I did a bit of research and discovered that you can actually donate your hair to be made into wigs - so I asked my hairdresser to plait my hair and chop it off at the bobble. I then donated it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children experiencing hair loss. If you're looking to go for a drastic haircut this year, I'd definitely recommend donating your hair so it doesn't go to waste. Recycling at its finest! (Read more about my mop chop here...)

Anywho I'm now off to go and eat leftover chocolate from Christmas (it's a hard job but someone has to do it). Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend xxx

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Our Stay In Galle And Negombo - Sri Lanka Travel Diary #4

Hello hello, hope you're okay?

I've finally got around to writing the final instalment in my Sri Lanka travel diary series, which is all about our stay in Galle and Negombo. This will inevitably be a short(ish) post as during our stay in the penultimate hotel we literally lazed by the pool, ate good food and sat on the beach for four days. In fact, I don't think we left the hotel at all during that time. #SlothAndProud

The hotel we stayed in was called the Aditya - and by God was it beautiful. The room we stayed in was basically a suite with a large jacuzzi bath and everything you could ever possibly need. I'm not lying when I say our hotel room was bigger than our flat in London, it was massive! 

One of the great things about Sri Lanka is that while there are lots of things to do and adventures to be had, there are also a lot of opportunities to chill out to the max. And we took great pleasure in doing just that. We were fortunate because our hotel was situated right on the beach, so we could literally walk all of 50 metres and be in the sea. The beach was also really quiet a lot of the time (as you can see from the picture below) so it was suuuuuuper chilled.
The pool area was also very relaxing and sheltered from the sea breeze, we spent many an hour lying around, reading books and drinking cocktails. It was wonderful. 

The hotel's food was fantastic, in fact we ate there every evening during our four-night stay. One of the evenings I had planned to celebrate Dan's 30th birthday (I'd emailed them one month ahead of time to arrange it and had then completely forgotten about it). On the night, they set us a table up on the beach and we ate fresh seafood by candlelight, with the waves crashing in the distance. It was pretty special. When we got back to our room they'd filled it with hundreds of tiny tea light candles in colourful glass jars - it was beautiful and a very thoughtful gesture.

After a few days of pure laziness, we booked ourselves a train to Colombo ready to catch our flight. The train situation in Sri Lanka is very different to England. We had booked first class tickets in the air-conditioned carriage a few days earlier - and thank goodness we did. The train rocked up and people began to frantically climb on board. The standard class carriages were absolutely packed (think the London Underground x 100). Our carriage was air-conditioned, but the seats were a bit grotty and there were mosquitos trapped in there with us (needless to say we smothered ourselves in mozzy repellant). The train journey is a good few hours long so I'd recommend taking something to read / do. Dan and I ended up playing Scrabble on his iPad.

Rather than getting the train up to Colombo and flying straight away, we booked two nights in Negombo (a 50 minute drive away) so that we could wind down even more. We stayed in a contemporary hotel called Pledge 3, which had a nice restaurant as well as a lovely little garden and swimming pool out back. We did have a few problems with our room - on the first night the bathroom door managed to somehow lock itself from the inside so we couldn't get in there (which, when you're desperate for a pee at 3am is not ideal) and on the second morning our toilet decided to stop working. But despite this, the hotel was pretty decent.

After a day of lying around the pool, we ate dinner early in the hotel restaurant and, an hour later, hit the hay in order to be fresh for our long-ass flight (about 10 hrs) the following morning. We were sad to be leaving, but it had been a huge adventure for the both of us. Recharged and full of life, we headed back to the UK ready for the absolute mayhem that is Christmas.

Aaaaaand that's the end of my Sri Lanka series!! Thanks for reading these posts, if you are heading to Sri Lanka and would like to ask me anything, please leave a comment and I'll come back to you. Alternatively drop me an email :)

Speak soon x

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