21 September 2015

Guess Who's Back

Hey everyone! 

I'm really sorry I haven't posted in an awfully long time - sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and, while I try not to let it, it has this ability to make me succumb at particularly busy/stressful times.

So what have I been doing while I haven't been blogging? 

- I've been working super hard at my job on the Technical Design team at a Leeds-based menswear suit supplier. 
- I've been on a break with my boyfriend (details of which I'm going to keep private, I'm afraid).
- I've been making more time for my friendships and catching up with people I haven't seen for months/years since living darn Sarth.
- I've been making more plans to travel (watch this space)!
- I've been spending a lot of time with my family as my sister is going through a particularly difficult time.
- A couple of months ago I took up Zumba and have been going to classes once or twice per week. (Fat, be gone!)
- I recently had a birthday which means I am now a grand old age of 25.

I will try to post more regularly as we head into Autumn/Winter and I find myself preferring to snuggle up indoors in my onesie with a cuppa than be out and about in the cold darkness.

My love of blogging is still there - it's just had to take a back seat for a while! But, rest assured, I will be rekindling the flame very soon.

Thanks for reading!



9 May 2015

10 Must Do's When Visiting the Big Apple

(This is the final post in my America series. If you missed the previous instalments, you can catch up on them hereherehere and here.)

If there's one thing that you must do before you die, it's visit the famous New York City.

Also known as the Concrete Jungle, Big Apple or just simply NYC, New York it’s a place where dreams are made. I’ve been a grand total of five times now and with each and every trip it has exceeded my expectations. There's nowhere quite like it anywhere else in the world and if anybody says otherwise then they're lying!

This time around, my sister and I were supposed to be there for three nights on the way home but a delayed flight from Boston meant that we arrived a whole 24 hours later. I was also still incredibly ill from my time in Boston, which unfortunately spoilt it a little for me. As I’d already been four times before though, I just re-visited some of the sights I’d already seen and tried to take it a little easier.

Here’s my top 10 must do’s when visiting the city for the first time:

1. Have a picnic in Central Park.

This one is obviously weather permitting as no one wants to sit on wet grass in the rain eating soggy sandwiches when they’re on holiday (or ever)! Central Park goes on for blocks and blocks so there’s quite a lot of ground to cover. It surrounds a lake and, in the summer, it’s rather nice to buy an ice-cream, set up camp in the sun and just people-watch the day away.

2. Sail past the Statue of Liberty.

A lot of tourists spend tons of dollars to go on the trip to Liberty Island; however, if you’re on a budget, you can just take the free Staten Island ferry. This sails right past the Statue of Liberty which allows you to get some amazing full length shots completely for free! Then you can simply hop on the next ferry back.

3. Visit the One World Trade Center and Twin Towers Memorial.

When I was a wee young girl (aged nine) on my first visit to NYC, I was lucky enough to ride the elevator to the top of one of the Twin Towers before the 9/11 tragedy occured. This meant that when I visited Ground Zero for the first time post-9/11, I was even more overwhelmed with sadness for what happened on that devastating day as I remembered it how it was previously. I’m not going to lie, visiting the memorial is heartbreaking. I haven’t actually been in the new Museum but I went in the temporary Museum while the One World Trade Center was being built and cried my eyes out. It’s unbelievably sad but worth going to pay your respects and learn more about what happened.

4. Shop until you drop in Soho.

The majority of the shops in Soho are all on one street and go on for about 26 blocks. Have fun but try not to spend all of your money! Also please learn from my past mistakes and always remember your suitcase space limitations. Having to panic pack and sit on your suitcase while your travel companion tries their best to zip it up a couple of hours before your flight is nobody’s idea of a fun time.

5. Take your camera to Seaport.

Seaport is a cute little shopping district at the most southern point of Manhattan (hence the name Seaport as it’s right on the sea). From here you can see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges which means there’s some pretty awesome photo opportunities.

6. Go up the Rockefeller Centre.

Now, you might have heard that going up the Empire State Building is THE thing to do. A lot of people do it and thoroughly enjoy it; however my advice is to NOT go up the Empire State Building. Go up the Rockefeller Centre instead. By hitting the Top of the Rock, you get spectacular views of the city INCLUDING the Empire State Building. Also, if you’re strategic with your timing, you can get incredible photos of both the daytime view and sunset view, as well as seeing how pretty everything looks lit up in the dark. You’re welcome.

7. Stroll down Fifth Avenue.

Fifth Ave caters to all your shopping needs as it’s where all the tourists like to make their purchases. If you want the luxury market (a la Louis Vuitton), you can find it here. But if trashy souvenir shops are more your style, there’s plenty of them around too. Do me a favour and go in Trump Tower on the way down/up. It’s rather cool and they do nice coffee.

8. Explore Times Square.

Times Square is, undoubtedly, the best bit of the Big Apple (in my opinion). It’s the most visited place globally with over 360,000 pedestrians per day. The dazzling lights, skyscraper buildings and charged atmosphere are what the city's all about. You're very likely to stumble across the next big premiere or marketing event right in the middle of it, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. When I visited Times Square for the fourth time, I walked right into the Transformers 3 premiere and got to see the cast and crew being interviewed on the red carpet.

9. Go see a Broadway show.

This is a pretty obvious one but I just thought I’d throw it in here in case some of you have been living under a rock for the last however-many years. The shows on Broadway are unbelievably amazing. I’ve seen Peter Pan, West Side Story, Chicago and The Lion King and loved each and every one (especially The Lion King as that’s one of my favourite films of all time)! It’s a bit pricey, so make sure you ask your hotel Concierge for deals. Or you can wander through Times Square where a lot of show reps will approach you with ticket opportunities. There’s also a ticket booth in Times Square where you can queue early in the day for discounted show tickets for the following night. Enjoy!

10. Have lunch at The Plaza.

Are there any Home Alone lovers out there? I ask as the hotel where Kevin McCallister stays when he gets lost in NYC in the movie is right next to the south entrance to Central Park. It’s a gorgeous building and a great place for lunch. It has a food hall in the bottom, a bit like the food hall in Harrods, and there are plenty of yummy choices on offer. Bon Appetit!

Whatever you do in NYC, try to make the most of your time there as the city is so fast-paced that you might blink and miss it. Then you’ll be home before you know it, chewing your friends’ ears off and reminiscing about your time in the Big Apple – just wishing you'll have a future opportunity to take another bite.

(Have you been to NYC before? What’s your favourite thing to do? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


28 April 2015

Mini Primark and Matalan Haul

Good news: I've got a new job! Not so good news: I'm having to resist splurging until I get my first pay cheque.

However, I couldn't resist a cheeky little visit to my local Primark and Matalan as I knew I'd find some bargains at these stores that would cure my spending withdrawal symptoms without breaking the bank.

First up: Primark.

Pineapple Print King Bedding - £13 (similar HERE)
Pineapple White Candle and Holder - £1.50

I saw this adorable, funky pineapple-print bedding in the Leeds store a couple of weeks ago and immediately fell in love. I have a purple-themed bedroom at the moment and thought this multi-coloured bedding would be a nice way of adding a bit of colour and brightening up my surroundings, as well as complimenting the present colour scheme (some of the pineapples are purple). I also thought the use of the pastels on a white background looked super fresh for spring/summer and would be a fun addition to my existing bedroom decor. But, unfortunately, the Leeds store didn't have right size bedding that I needed for my king size bed so my dreams were temporarily ruined.

Although, imagine my sheer delight when I was shopping in Harrogate a few days later and managed to find the exact same bedding but in king size! Hurrah! I also managed to pick up this cute little matching pineapple-shaped candle at an unbelievable £1.50 #winning.

Next up: Matalan.

Black and Berry Embroidered Dress - £9
Gold a Double Stacked Rings - £1.50
White Butterfly Candle Holder - £6

I'd been looking for a new dress to go out in on the bank holiday weekend for a while and have wasted a lot of time and effort in doing so. Well, I should have just gone to Matalan in the first instance. As soon as I stepped into the store, I spotted this black beauty with berry red coloured embroidery in the sale for a mere £9. I immediately thought it was pretty but didn't know if it would suit my figure - it's a dress but it looks like a two piece co-ord and they never usually flatter my body shape. However, when I tried it on, it looked really nice and I could just picture myself wearing it on my night out - boho style - with layered necklaces and midi rings aplenty.

Additionally, I saw these gold double stacked rings in the sale for £1.50 which would compliment my usual array of midi rings. 

I then trotted over to the homeware section and found that I adored several of the pieces. Due to my budget limitations, I thought I'd just pick out one cheap thing to buy. It ended up being this white butterfly candle holder for £6. I love it's vintage look and have many bits and bobs the same style currently in my bedroom, so I thought it would fit right in! 

Overall I'm really happy with my mini haul - I'm just concerned I won't be able to stop myself from spending again before pay day! Life's hard being a blogger sometimes. Wish me luck!

(Do you like my purchases? What's your favourite piece? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)

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23 April 2015

Bad Luck in Boston

The America Series

After my sister and I had spent 14 nights in Los Angeles, 3 nights in Vegas, 5 nights in Nashville and 7 nights in North Carolina, it was time to head to Boston. (If you need to catch up on my posts in the America series, you can do so here, here, here and here.)

There was a severe weather warning for Boston, NYC and several other East Coast cities whilst we were still in North Carolina. However, we managed to make it to Boston in one piece without any delays. The taxi ride from the airport to our hostel in the centre of Boston, however, was ridiculously long (and expensive) compared to what it should have been. This was because of the wintry weather and traffic build-up as it had been snowing in Boston for several days on end.

I was amazed by the snow and how it was just casually piled up on the sidewalks – some piles taller than I was! I’d never seen anything like it before so it did make our experience in Boston a very interesting one.

It also severely affected it. Due to the snow and public transport delays, it was very difficult to get around and do all of the things that we wanted to do. It was really cold as well – around -12 to -15 degrees Celsius on average – I don’t actually think I’ve ever been so cold in my life!

There was one particular chilly morning where we got to see the Victory Parade for the New England Patriots as they had just triumphed over the Seattle Seahawks in the Superbowl a few days previously (which we watched on TV in Charlotte). We were stood outside for two hours waiting for the parade to pass us and our limbs had actually gone numb in that time. There was an extremely bizarre and surreal moment where we couldn’t feel our poor toes! In all honesty, we couldn’t wait for the parade to be over so could run into the nearest Dunkin’ Donut, sit down, rub our toes and be able to feel all of our body parts again.

Then, on a separate day, we wanted to check out the Charles River where you’re supposed to get a pretty good view of the city. It snowed during the entire journey (which was on foot, by the way, and involved sidestepping big piles of snow and trying not to break our necks on the ice) and when we finally arrived the river was completely covered in snow and the city skyline was barely visible! It was a bit of a waste of time.

Put it this way – I now understand why people say don’t bother visiting Boston in February. The incredible architecture and history is what draws people to Boston and there’s so much to see but you need decent weather to be able to see it! Additionally, the city is quite spread out so you need much better walking conditions and public transport links that are not going to be delayed every two minutes.

We did get to go see the famous Harvard University though, on a day when the snow stopped. That was fun as Harvard is based in Cambridge which is a cute student-filled town with a good shopping, restaurant and night life scene.

Speaking of the night life scene, for the first time in my life in Boston, I queued for almost an hour in a snow storm - wearing hardly any clothes, might I add - just to get into an Irish pub. It was such a laugh in the end, but I’m not sure that I’ll ever do that again! Just thinking about it now gives me the chills.

Then the day after the night in Cambridge, I caught the bug that my sister had badly suffered with the week before in Charlotte. It involved being violently sick for 24 hours, not being able to eat, feeling weak and then having to deal with severe diarrhoea a couple of days later. Needless to say, after suffering with wisdom tooth pain in Wilmington and not being able to get around Boston easily and do the things that we wanted to do, the trip went even more downhill at this point! It was such a shame as we only had three days left before we were due to travel home to England.

To top it all off, our flight the following day which would take us to our last stop on the trip (NYC) had been cancelled. After a few stressful hours (which involved panicked phone calls to our parents, American Airlines and the travel agency that we booked our trip through), we had arranged to be put on a flight 24 hours later. But this meant that we lost one night’s accommodation money in NYC, as we had booked the hotel there in advance, and we had to shell out for an extra night’s accommodation in Boston. Then when we looked at the flight status via the American Airlines website the night before for our rescheduled flight, we discovered that this had also been cancelled. CUE MORE STRESS AND PANICKED PHONE CALLS (which contributed to a horrendous phone bill for the month to follow).

Luckily for us, there was a flight scheduled to leave later on the next day that was on time - so we did eventually manage to get the hell out of Boston.

PHEWF - it bit of a difficult few days, to say the least. I was still very ill at the time of leaving Boston as well, which did not bode well for the next part of the journey.

Even though our time in Boston was tough, I'm still glad that we went. It was an experience that I will never forget! It's also a great city - it'd just be even greater in warmer weather!

This brings me nicely onto NYC. Look out for my final instalment in the America series - coming soon!

(Have you been to Boston before or had any bad luck when travelling? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)


17 April 2015

Cinderella Magic

My sister and I went to see the real-life version of Cinderella yesterday after hearing such positive reviews from critics and friends alike.

I really liked the movie; it's completely different to the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' version of Snow White as it stays truer to the Disney animated feature (maybe because this version of Cinderella was produced by Disney?) Regardless, director Kenneth Branagh done good.

The visuals are seriously stunning with production design by Dante Ferretti and costume design by Sandy Powell. Cinderella's dress that she wears to the ball is particularly breath-taking.

Lily James plays the part so well and it's amazing how many times while watching the film that I admired her natural beauty and charisma.

Richard Madden (Robb Stark, for all you Game of Thrones fans) ain't bad either as Prince Kit. The fact that he's easy on the eye helps (I'm a red blooded woman, don't judge me).

Cate Blanchett also stars as the Wicked Stepmother which is another genius casting. 

Cinderella (2015) is a heart-warming, magical adaptation that sends out a positive message to the kids. Ella's Mother teachers her to 'have courage and be kind' as 'where there is kindness, there is goodness - and where there is goodness, there is magic!' It's a nice sentiment which is the centre of an uplifting movie if you fancy something feel-good for a couple of hours. (Or you can just go for the visual treat alone.)

(Please note that these images are not my own - thank you to my photo sources for allowing me to use them.

Have you seen Cinderella yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks! Katie-xo)


12 April 2015

Back to the Coat OOTD

Just when you’re thinking that summertime is finally here – BAM the weather changes again.

I really enjoyed sitting out in the garden over the Easter weekend, in the shorts and vest top I wore in a very humid South East Asia only a few months ago, soaking up the rays and putting shrimps on the barbie.

But then England did the thing it usually does and decided to deprive its civilians of nice weather for a prolonged amount of time and instead made it cold and wet again.

This meant that I, like many others I’m sure, had to dig out the coat that I absent-mindedly pushed to the back of my wardrobe only one week ago and make the decision to forget about that shiny new pair of sandals.

To be fair, I actually didn’t mind having another excuse to wear the coat I’ve only been the owner of for a couple of months now. I love my fluffy, baby pink number from Missguided (a Christmas present from my Mother) which I wore to death on my recent trip around North America. (You can read my four posts in the America series here, here, here and here.)

For this particularly blustery day, I put the coat over my new floral tunic from ZARA – which I bought using a gift card that my boyfriend’s parents generously gave me for Christmas. This tunic has a summery feel to it with its vivid yellow, orange, pink and blue floral hues. I picked it out because the print is quite unique with the combination of florals and stripes and I like diversity!

This tunic is also a perfect piece in the sense that it can be layered for cooler weather, or just worn by itself with sandals for when temperatures improve. I adore it!

On this day, I had to team it with thick leggings and a chunky knitted scarf, as well as the coat, to gain some extra warmth as it was rather chilly. I also added my Doc-Marten style, lace-up boots with a heel as I like to stomp around in them and pretend that I have an attitude.

Additionally, my Mum kindly let me borrow her fabulous Louis Vuitton satchel bag, which conveniently complimented my beige scarf, to dress up my smart-casual outfit and deliver a cool, laid-back look.

Pink Coat - Missguided (buy similar HERE)
Floral Tunic (Seen Previously) - ZARA
Beige Scarf - Topshop
Black Leggings - Topshop
Doc-Marten Style Boots - New Look
Satchel Bag - Louis Vuitton
Rose Gold Watch (Seen Previously) - Fossil
Gold Midi Rings - Miscellaneous

(How are you feeling about the weather being colder again? Do you like my OOTD? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


27 March 2015

Victoria's Secret Haul

Hello, everyone!

I thought I’d give you another break from my constant stream of America travel-related posts this week and instead show you what I bought from Victoria’s Secret while I was in LA.

I absolutely adore Victoria’s Secret – everything from the products to the in store environments to the branding. It’s all so well done! Also the floor staff are some of the friendliest people working in customer service that I’ve ever come across.

Victoria’s Secret is quite pricey when you live in England and the goods are being imported but when you’re in America, at the source, everything is so much cheaper!

The focus always seems to be on the underwear, however I’ve found that the beauty items are just as gorgeous.

I bought quite a few bits and bobs in the February sales, so without further ado…

(Please note that the prices are approximations.)

1. Victoria’s Secret Angel Wings Make-Up Bag - $8

I fell in love with this black glittery make-up bag with the Victoria Secret Angel wings printed on it at first sight. It’s the perfect size – you can fit several items of make-up inside but it’s not too big that you can’t pop it in your overnight bag for a weekend away.

2. Victoria’s Secret ‘Heavenly’ Perfume and Lipgloss Duo with Gold Case - $6

This, to me, is a genius creation. I love this perfume and lipgloss combo for when I’m out and about and on the go. It fits perfectly in the gold glittery case which is big enough to hold other daily emergency make-up items, such as concealer and mascara, and then it slips oh-so-easily into my handbag. The perfume is called ‘Heavenly’ and it’s quite easy to understand why. It smells so lush! The lipgloss is also a perfect texture and colour for a subtle everyday look.

3. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Black and Gold Glittery Eyeliners - $2 each

These eyeliners were in a bargain bin and I feel lucky to have stumbled upon them! They look so lovely and glittery on my bottom lids for a night out or a dressier day time look.

4. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush ‘Sunset Kiss’ Lipgloss - $2

I know I already purchased the ‘Heavenly’ perfume and lip gloss duo, but I pulled this gloss out of the same bargain bin as the eyeliners – and it’s just divine! The colour is a bit bolder than the lipgloss in the combo and the taste is fruitier. It never hurts to have more than one gloss and for $2, you can’t go wrong!

5. Victoria’s Secret Angel Wings Toiletries Bag - $10

As I’d already grabbed the Angel Wings make-up bag, I simply just had to get the Angel Wings toiletries bag to match! I’d been after one like this for ages - they’re perfect for travelling as they unfold and you can hang them up in your hostel/hotel by your bed. Oh and how cute are the sequins that create the angel wings?

6. Victoria’s Secret Pink ‘Sweet and Flirty’ Hand and Body Cream - $5

I wasn’t aware that Victoria’s Secret offered toiletries until my trip to LA. There were a fair few bits and pieces in the sale but I thought I’d just buy one to try initially to see whether the range was any good! Well, I wish I’d have bought more in hindsight! This hand and body cream smells incredible and is so easy to apply. It does a good job of moisturising but isn’t too heavy in texture. Big thumbs up, Pink!

7. Victoria’s Secret Phone Case for iPhone 5C - $10

Now this is my favourite buy! I’m so in love with this phone case. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had to be mine. The stripes are part of the brand’s handwriting and I love the fresh, summery combination of the pastel pink and white. It’ll be staying firmly on my phone for a long, long time – let me tell you!

I’m super pleased with my purchases but I’m already missing the Victoria’s Secret price points in America. Take me back!

(Which is your favourite piece from this haul? Do you shop at Victoria's Secret? Please let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading this post. Katie-xo)


20 March 2015

Do's and Don'ts of North Carolina

The America Series

This is the fourth post in my America travelling series. If you’d like to catch up on part one, two and three, you can do so here, here and here.

My sister and I get a lot of people asking us ‘why did you go to North Carolina? What’s there?’ The truth is: we wanted to visit the filming locations of some of our favourite TV shows including One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek.

We did just that – but firstly there were a lot of obstacles in our path. If you ever travel to America purely for this reason, then please learn from our mistakes! Here are my do’s and don’ts for visiting North Carolina.

Do your research and make sure you get a flight to the right place.

America was my sister’s first travelling trip (not a holiday might I add, a budget travelling trip) and she was in charge of booking the flights while I was away on my first travelling trip. She didn’t read up on where the filming locations were, she listened to some spiel from our contact at the agency we went through and hey presto, before we knew it, we were travelling to Charlotte (not Wilmington where OTH and Dawson’s Creek were actually filmed). Shit.

Don’t stay at the Hilton Gateway Village hotel in Charlotte…

…Unless you want to pay ALL OF THE MONEY in taxes that they add onto your stay. When I was looking for a hotel in Charlotte, this was the best option at the time in terms of location and value for money. Had I realised just how much it was actually going to cost in the end, I might have stayed somewhere else. Having said that, there was nothing wrong with the hotel apart from the cost - in fact, it was pretty damn nice!

Do call up Greyhound buses the day before you travel with them.

Whilst researching how to get to Wilmington, I found Greyhound to be the most cost-effective travel method. Sure, we were going to be on a bus for eight hours for £35 return – but it beat getting an hour and a half flight for £200 return. However, we turned up on the day and found out that the bus timetable had changed and nobody from the company had thought to inform us. Hence us having to wait SIX AND A HALF HOURS for the next bus. Cheers, Greyhound.

Don’t expect a line of taxis to be queueing up outside Wilmington bus station.

We arrived at 10pm to a completely deserted bus station. If it wasn’t for the nice American man who found a taxi number on his phone and let us share his cab, then we would have been stranded in a strange place when we were tired and cranky from the day’s events.

Do go to Waffle House on Market Street.

Now having those bad boys for breakfast the next day would put a smile on anybody’s face! DE-LIC-IOUS! Plus it’s as cheap as chips.

Don’t be surprised if the locals are shocked to hear you’re from England.

When visiting Dunkin’ Donuts, a young American guy was listening to us debating whether we wanted a Valentines-themed pink heart-shaped donut or a cookie-dough-filled round donut. (It's a tough decision.) He then proceeded to cry out in alarm, ‘OMG ARE YOU BRITISH?!’ You’d think he was genuinely excited if it wasn’t for the look of disgust on his face. He must not get many British people coming into his workplace and he must not like them. Needless to say, we grabbed our donuts and ran.

Do the Hollywood Film Location Walk in Downtown Wilmington.

This two hour walking tour around Downtown Wilmington was excellent and so cheap for a tenner! Our guide took us to multiple filming locations of OTH, Dawson’s Creek, A Walk to Remember, We are the Millers and Iron Man 3 amongst many other movies and TV shows! He was so down to earth, friendly and knowledgeable – I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!

Don’t expect the local bus to take you directly to Wrightsville Beach.

For all those who don’t know, Wrightsville Beach is where they shot multiple scenes in Dawson’s Creek – including the Opening Credits montage under the pier. On the day of our mission to Wrightsville Beach, we were told which bus to get, where from and when to get off. What the bus driver failed to mention to us was the fact that the beach was an hour and a half’s walk from where she dropped us off. Once we’d figured out where we were going, we eventually got there and man… It was so worth it.

Do have a wander around Downtown Wilmington.

Downtown Wilmington is quite small but big enough to fill a few hours. It’s on the river front so it’s very pretty, and there are tons of cute little shops, bars and restaurants to explore. We went to a cafĂ©/restaurant for brunch and ended up staying there for three hours! It had fab food, great music and an even greater atmosphere.

Don’t expect to get in a taxi without the taxi driver wanting to know your life story…

…This is Americans all over. I absolutely adore how warm and friendly there are though. Britons are miserable in comparison (or most Britons anyway)!

Do explore the nightlife in Downtown Wilmington.

We’d met someone in LA who was from Wilmington and he told us to check out Side Bar. We pulled up outside, got out and were ready to go in – then we heard some commotion across the road. What we saw was a little bar packed full of people drinking, laughing and having a good time, so naturally we decided to go in there instead. There was a cover charge as a band were about to go on stage, but my sister and I love live music so this didn’t faze us. We paid the cover charge and in we went! We met some really fun guys, danced along to the band and ended up having one of the best nights out we’ve ever had! I’ve since learned that the bar is called The Whiskey and the band was Flannel Rebellion. Not to sound like a total American but THANKS, YOU GUYS!

Don’t go out the night before you’re supposed to be taking a Greyhound bus.

This results in sleeping through your alarm and having to arrange alternate travel plans whilst hungover. These plans are likely to be worse than your original plans (i.e. a three hour bus, two hour wait and then a four hour train) and make you die a little bit inside. Seriously peeps, don’t do it!

We had an amazing time in Wilmington and felt really sad that we had to head back to Charlotte to catch our flight out of North Carolina. I would love to go back to Wilmington someday but I would give Charlotte a miss as there wasn’t a lot to see or do (in my opinion). We were told by one of our taxi drivers that Charlotte is a relatively new city and the perfect place to get to on your way to somewhere else as the travel connections are really good. But, other than that, there’s not a lot going for it.

Next time I will be sure to book the flight directly to Wilmington! (Face palm!)


(Have you been to North Carolina before? Do you like the look of Wilmington from my photos? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)

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