Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How to Avoid Holiday Envy


We've all been there. It's 9 o'clock on a Monday morning, it's raining outside, you've a heap of work to deal with, and the week seems to stretch endlessly before you. You take a little peek at Instagram or Facebook during your coffee break, and WHAM, Holiday Envy hits you smack in the kisser. Snapshots of poolside cocktails, sandy toes and sunsets couldn't be more different from your current situation - so how to avoid that dreaded green eyed monster?

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Copenhagen: Photos & Tips


I recently visited Copenhagen for three nights with two friends. Our flights were only about £75 per person return with easyJet from Manchester, making it a quick and easy break that I would recommend to anyone. It's a super cool and interesting city, so I've put together a little post with my recommendations and favourite photos from the trip. Warning - this is a very photo heavy post!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Recently Read


Reading is my number one past-time and I love book recommendations, so I thought I'd start sharing my thoughts on recent reads. Please add me on Goodreads, I'm always updating it and would love to see what other people are reading.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Travel Wishlist


One of my New Year's resolutions is to travel more. I want to take lots of short trips abroad (and in the UK) and discover a bit more of Europe and further afield. It's so easy nowadays to hop on a flight and be somewhere completely different in a few short hours, and I don't think we should take this for granted. This is by no means an exhaustive list (there's a whole lotta world out there!), but a handful of places I'd like to try to get to over the next year or two.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

10 Things You Find When You Live 'At Home' in Your 20's


It's extremely commonplace these days for young people to move back in with their parents after uni, or to stay living at home much longer than the previous generation did, even when working full-time. For many of us, being able to afford rent is a struggle, let alone actually buying our own place. It can leave you feeling in-betweeny; adult enough to be working yet still disctinctly reminiscent of adolescence. I decided to put some of my opinions into a lighthearted Buzzfeed style list.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Edinburgh Photo Diary


It was my birthday on Friday so my boyfriend took me to Edinburgh for the weekend. Last time I visited was about 5 years ago, for a spontaneous drunken trip which didn't involve a huge amount of sightseeing, so this time I wanted to see as much as possible. We did the obligatory bus tour (highly recommended), walked up and down The Royal Mile, ate two delicious veggie breakfasts (complete with vegetarian haggis!) and fangirled over the Harry Potter points of interest. It has one of the most picturesque skylines of any of the cities I've visited and is just bursting with history. I've bought myself a DSLR so I got to try that out - I still need a heap of practice, but I'm pleased with how a few of the photos turned out.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

The Obligatory New Year Post


So long 2014, I'll miss you! We had some great times (a disproportionate number of which seemed to involve a drink in hand). I started a new job at the very end of 2013 and things have been on a more or less upwards trajectory ever since. I know some people disagree with New Year's Resolutions - why is the 1st of January a better day than any other to set goals and ambitions? Goals which the pessimistic (or realistic, depending on how you look at it) amongst us argue will be left unreached and forgotten by February.

There's certainly truth and bitter experience in that argument, but actually I think the 1st of January is a good time to sit back and assess where you are now, and where you want to be this time next year. You have the symbolic element of course, the idea that your past mistakes and misgivings can be swept away by the chime of midnight on the 31st December, ready to begin the New Year as a New You. But, more tangibly, the beginning of the New Year marks a return to the daily grind after the excesses of Christmas, so setting some aims gives you something to focus on and get exited about, to help you through the January blues.

Read on for my 2015 resolutions...