What a month, and bonus: it’s nearly Christmas! November I spent the month working my ass off ahead of my second CIM exam in December, visited Christmas markets in London and Buckinghamshire, visited my favourite European city Amsterdam with Theo, and started working out my annual leave allowance for 2019. What did you get up to?
World Travel Market – I had a mad few days visiting the one and only World Travel Market in London in November. I also caught up with some of my best pals, Emily, Sandy, Chloe, Tara, Debonita, Alice, Tom, Christianne and many more. It was a tiring, but fun-filled few days. I had meetings with tourist boards, secured some trips for 2019 and headed out for dinner and drinks whilst I was in the city.
A weekend in Amsterdam – For my birthday in July, Theo bought me return flights to my favourite city in Europe, Amsterdam! We headed out to the city for three days of exploring, by foot, bike and canal. Over the last few years, Holland has become like a second home to me. I have visited Amsterdam regularly to different areas and each time I have fallen in love with the Dutch way of life. I love the atmosphere, the people, the buildings and just the general culture of Amsterdam in particular. 48 hours is a great amount of time to spend in Amsterdam if you have visited before, however, if it is your first visit then I suggest a 3 days in Amsterdam to get a real chance to see the city. READ HERE
Thule Vea Backpack 25L – These guys do some of the best backpack around! I recently bought for Theo the Thule Vea Backpack and it’s great for his never-ending travels for work. The rucksack-style backpack designed to transition between the gym and work while keeping active and professional gear separate. Features: Protect a laptop (15″ MacBook®/15.6″ PC) and 10″ tablet in dedicated, padded slip pockets, Keep work belongings safe in separate compartment with storage for laptop, tablet, files, pens, passport, USB, small cords and accessories, Discreetly store dirty clothes in expandable interior pocket and Store shoes in separate, expandable pocket, accessible from the outside of pack. Cinch pocket down to make more space when not in use. BUY HERE
10 of the Best places to eat Brunch in London – Brunch in London has become a weekend tradition for many over the years, both as a way to socialise and catch up with friends, but also to make the most of late morning rising, and grabbing a hearty breakfast. And in Brunch in London is now an institution, with thousands upon thousands of London dwellers heading to their favourite spots all across the city, for a avocado on toast, or a bloody mary. Whether you’re after traditional brunch, something a little different, or a bottomless kind, here are my favourite 10 places to brunch in London. READ HERE
Getting festive at Waddesdon Manor – I attended Waddesdon Manor’s Christmas Market again last weekend for the third time. It’s now become a Christmas tradition visiting Waddesdon. We love wandering around the market stalls, eating lots of food, trying samples from the stalls and exploring the house and gardens. We also headed to the wine shop where we bought all of our wine for the festive period.
I am running a competition where you can WIN £50 Primark Voucher – To say the autumn and winter fashion trends are tempting is a massive understatement. I love the fashion at this time of year; we go from bright, summer colours, to mellow orange hues, big coats, black jeans and comfortable boots. There really isn’t any better season for fashion! I have been planning for this season since September, and I put away my summer clothing as soon as I stepped off the plane back from Pisa. Trends this season include orange jumpers, animal print dresses, boots, long coats, trainers and shoulder bags, to name a few. I’ve just returned from a trip to Amsterdam and in order to pack accordingly to weather I decided to head to my local shopping centre MK1 Shopping Park in Milton Keynes to search out some of this season’s best trends. MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park is one of my favourite and most regular places to shop, offering free parking (always important) and an amazing selection of shops including top fashion brands such as M&S, Primark, River Island, H&M and Outfit, making it one of the best retail parks in the region. In collaboration with MK1 Shopping Park I am giving away a £50 Primark Voucher for you my readers…. ENTER HERE
How to maximise your annual leave in 2019 – Grab life by the horns and start ticking off those bucket list experiences. And there’s no need to quit the job, pack up your life and head to the hills. You can still travel all year round, and see those incredible places around the world, with a full-time 9-5 job. Even with only 26 days’ annual leave you can actually double your leave in 2019 using these simple organisational planning tricks. From fitness in the dramatic Swiss Alps and weight-loss amid the volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies of Bali to active mindfulness in Spain, these destinations emanate the best of what wellness travel has to offer. With a little strategic planning around the 2019 bank holidays (and maybe an understanding boss), ditch the desk for longer and let your fit flag fly at one or more of these exciting destinations. READ MORE
10 of the best Christmas Markets in the UK – Christmas markets are full of traditional charm to get you in the mood for Christmas. You can’t escape the Christmas cheer when you have these incredible Christmas markets right on your doorstep in the UK. From the food inspired Christmas market in Padstow to the traditional German Christmas market in Birmingham, there’s so much choice on offer for a short weekend retreat. Here are ten of the best Christmas Markets in the UK…. READ MORE
Pip & Nut – For the first time this Christmas, makers of delicious, all-natural nut butter, Pip & Nut, are launching the ultimate hamper for the nut butter lover in your life (£30). Not only does it contain six of their favourite flavours but for extra inspiration it comes complete with a must-have for every fan, The Nut Butter Cook Book, written by Pip & Nut Founder, Pippa Murray. The nut butters include the new limited edition in the range, Chocolate Orange Almond. Showcasing the brand’s flair for flavour, this nut butter features a festive combination of gently roasted almonds, rich cacao and zesty orange, to create a Pip & Nut twist on a chocolatey classic. Jars of this flavour would also be good for stockings! BUY HERE
I’ve launched my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide – How is it Christmas already? I am usually pretty organised at this time of the year, but I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet. However I am most certainly getting in to the festive mood. I have had a Starbucks festive coffee, and I have already watched two Christmas films. Elf is next on the list! This weekend I started browsing sites ready for my friends and family, and this list is a round up of gifts for her, including some beauty, travel and book options.I am also releasing a Christmas Gift Guide for Him later in the week, so keep your eyes peeled. READ MORE