22 June 2017

What to Wear for a SS17 Wedding


Earlier this month, I was invited to one of my sister's best friends' wedding.

It's important to mention that I love everything about weddings. Well - ALMOST everything.

I love the concept, the gathering of different people who mean the most to the bride and groom, the dresses, the flowers, the speeches, the sentiments and the fact that everybody is there to celebrate the love between two people. They're such happy occasions!

HOWEVER. I don't like having to decide what to wear. (I know, right? #firstworldproblems)

If I was a bridesmaid, this decision would be taken off me - which I would only be too glad about.

Don't get me wrong, I like to dress up every now and then. I am a gal, after all. But there's often so much pressure on what to wear for weddings, what to have your hair like and which shoes to put on. Especially for us females, as we also have to think about additional things, such as the choice of accessories and how to have our make-up.

My personal style is quite casual and rough around the edges nowadays, therefore I struggle with some of these major glamorous outfit decisions. Luckily I always have my sister on hand, who is the queen of glam (think Kim Kardashian on steroids.)

For this particular wedding, I decided to tap into the bold, graphic, floral print trend as seen on SS17 designer catwalks such as Prada, Etro and Paul Smith. When I saw this little monochrome beauty from Coast, I INSTANTLY fell in love.


Monochrome is still very much 'in', although mostly through gingham and stripe patterns this season admittedly, a la Balmain and Chloe. I liked the simplistic nature of the dress immediately - and the fact that I could dress it up with my hair and my make-up.

I thought I would keep my accessories 'safe' with black heeled sandals, black clutch bag and silver jewellery, so I could go ALL OUT with my hair and make-up.


I had my hair put up professionally into this chic style, which was formed by creating two braids either side of my head and proceeding to twist them into an elegant up-do.


I then went bold with my make-up, combining silver metallic eyeshadow on my eyes with black winged eyeliner and false eyelashes, in order to create maximum effect.

Finally, I finished off my wedding look using red as an accent colour on my painted toenails and matte liquid lips.


The wedding itself was such a great day! It was so lovely to be able to hang out with friends, meet new people and enjoy the English summer sunshine whilst being part of a very special celebration.

Congrats again, Colette and Camilo!





Dress - Coast SALE
Sunglasses - RayBans
Shoes - New Look
Bag - Debut @ Debenhams
All Jewellery - Coast
Lipstick - Bumble ColourPop

K-xo

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15 June 2017

Dream Scribe is Live!


How's it going, guys?!

This is just a bit of a life update SLASH shameless plug.

As many of you already know, I recently launched my own freelance writing business. (Yes, that's right - I'm officially self-employed and I'M LOVING IT.)

In the two months that I've been freelance writing, I've managed to bag myself a fair few clients! Everything is progressing amazingly well! And I feel incredibly lucky waking up in the morning knowing that I get to do something I LOVE for a living.

Alongside collaborating with clients, I've been working hard to develop my professional business website. And I'm so excited that I can now share it with you all!

You can read all about Dream Scribe, my freelance writing business, HERE.

I also wrote a post, not too long ago, all about how freelance writing is the best job in the world (even though I may be just a LITTLE biased) HERE.

If you fancy being nosy and checking out the projects that I've been working on the last couple of months, you can do so HERE.

Oh and it goes without saying - if you, or anyone else that you know, ever require a freelance writer - JUST HOLLA at me. I specialize in blog posts and articles for fashion and travel publications.



I'm currently away for the week DARN SARTH with my lovely American boyfriend who is visiting from the US of A. We are spending a few days in Brighton (which I'd previously never been to) before heading off to London for a couple of days.

FYI I'm rapidly falling in love with Brighton, so look out for an upcoming blog post (or two) about this stunning seaside town in the next couple of weeks!

Until then - thanks for all your support with my business! Have a great week!

K-xo

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8 June 2017

Beautiful 'Bianca': A Colour Pop Review


Last summer, a new beauty brand seemed to BURST onto the UK blogging scene. All of a sudden. At first there were only mere whispers of this LA-based cosmetics company, but then gradually more and more bloggers became aware of them. And the more bloggers shouted about them, the more people seemed to join in the conversation. There was no mistaking it; all of the recognition consisted of GOOD VIBEZ ONLY.

If you haven't heard of Colour Pop yet - then WHERE have you been?

I had my first little bundle shipped to me directly from the States a few months ago, and I have been wearing the make-up in excess ever since. I don't know why I'm saying 'make-up' when I actually only bought matte liquid lipsticks. OF COURSE. Due to the fact that I'm a massive matte liquid lipstick addict and all that jazz.

(You can read about my addiction in detail here).

I first mentioned Colour Pop a few weeks ago during this post where I talked about my favourite style details of May. I said I should do a review of a Colour Pop matte liquid lipstick, seen as though it's one of my top three cosmetics brands for matte liquid lipsticks at the moment, alongside Sports Girl Australia and Kylie Cosmetics.

I have already reviewed the other two badboys so, without further ado, I bring you Colour Pop's beautiful 'Bianca'.



First of all, can I just say that the mauve hue of 'Bianca' is SERIOUSLY dreamy. It's a great alternative to the classic nude lipstick and compliments whatever colour your outfit is. It's sassy, it's stylish, and it makes more of an impact than a simplistic nude shade - without going overboard.

The super creamy formula and magic wand makes it SO easy to apply - and you get really good coverage even if you only put a little bit on. The colour never seems to be compromised (living up to the brand's name of Colour POP) and it stays on your lips for a good WHOLE DAY. Honestly. It just doesn't move when I wear it. Not one inch.



I'm totally in love.

There was one period of time over Christmas where I was just wearing this matte liquid lipstick CONSTANTLY. I like to put on 'Bianca' everyday as a way to dress up casual outfits, but it also looks fab with a glamorous dress.

And, at $6 per lipstick, you can't really go wrong now - can you?

Colour Pop, I salute you!


K-xo

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1 June 2017

6 Tips for How to Spend a Weekend Away in Door County


It might have been two months since I got back from Wisconsin after visiting my boyfriend, but I recently realised that I never wrote about our weekend away in Door County. Until now. And that is a CRIME, because Door County is B-E-A-UTIFUL!

I initially mentioned it on the blog after my first visit to Wisconsin back in December, when I talked about the highlights of my time over there, but I’ve decided that it’s so awesome that it deserves its very own special post.

SO, I apologise profusely that I’m a little late to the party with this – but better late than never, right?

If you’re heading to Wisconsin soon, or want to check out a new destination in the US of A, I’d certainly recommend Door County. With a variety of things to see, and cute little places to check out that look like they’ve jumped right out of a postcard, you’re sure to love it just as much as I do.

Here are my top 6 tips for how to spend a weekend away in Door County.


1. Go to Casey’s BBQ for Friday night Fish Fry.

If you don’t participate in Friday Fish Fry then are you even in Wisconsin? It’s a well-known ‘thing’ in this state that you ain’t gonna get away from. Everybody has Friday Fish Fry and everybody likes an alcohol beverage (or five). Casey’s BBQ - in the adorable little town of Egg Harbor - does crackin’ Friday Fish Fry. If you’re heading up to Door County for the weekend, pitstop here on your drive over so you can gorge on some delicious perch, potato salad and coleslaw. It’s unbelievably yummy - and unforgettable.




2. Stay at the Hilltop Inn in Fish Creek.

Fish Creek looks like those typical small American towns that you see in TV shows and movies. The fact that it’s right on Lake Michigan on the west coast, with its own harbour, makes it positively peaceful and serene. The Hilltop Inn provides amazing accommodation to stay at in the form of two-bedroom houses, complete with their own bathrooms, kitchen and living areas. These houses are spacious, well-kept and homely – and also have their own fireplace in the living area and hot tub in the bath! What more could you ask for?




3. Visit some (or all) of the wineries.

The first time we were in Door County, Nathan took me wine tasting. At 10AM. That’s right, whilst most people were waking up on their Saturday off work and having breakfast, I was getting a little too merry on multiple samples of wine. (Welcome to Wisconsin!) This time around, we waited until a reasonable hour before we started hitting up the wineries (ahem, midday). However, as there’s so many located in Door County, it would be rude to only visit one. (Ahem.) My favourites are Door Peninsula, Harbor Ridge (yes, Americans miss out the ‘U’ in harbour but let’s just gloss over that) and Stone’s Throw Winery. Feel free to check them out, but don’t expect to walk out of any of them sober.




4. Have breakfast at Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay.

Sister Bay is super pretty, with little beaches lining the bay, and what better way to admire the scenery than from one of the restaurants on the waterfront? Al Johnson’s is a Swedish restaurant that has great brunch! Traditional American breakfasts are given a European twist, there are a variety of drinks on offer and I hear they also rustle up a nice dinner. Whether you decide to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s definitely an eatery that’s not to be missed!




5. Drive through Bailey’s Harbor to see Lake Michigan.

Want to see Lake Michigan in all its glory? Take a drive through Bailey’s Harbor and you’ll be able to park up right on the edge of the lake and photograph it until your heart’s content. With its multi-tonal blue water and golden sands, its beauty is simply breathtaking.



6. Visit Cave Point.

Cave Point County Park is situated in Sturgeon Bay and features underwater caves, hiking trails and limestone cliffs on the edge of Lake Michigan. When we went to see it, it was extremely cold and icy, which made the cliffs look even cooler! (No pun intended.) We had a little walk along the clifftops – which would have been much more pleasant in warmer weather, admittedly – before we hit the road to get back to my boyfriend’s home town of Green Bay. It was just a LOVELY way to spend our last morning.




It goes without saying that the towns in Door County have some pretty decent shopping too. We spent a good amount of time browsing the independent stores and local boutiques during our two days there. I loved our days out, but there was also nothing better than snuggling up in front of our fireplace at the Hilltop Inn, with a bottle of wine that we’d purchased from one of the wineries earlier that day, and a good film. It’s the little things in life...

...But, it’s also the big things. Door County is seriously great. I’d love to go back in summer now that I’ve experienced it twice during off peak times in winter. I bet it would have a whole different feel to it in the warm weather, with a bunch of tourists swarming around! Either way, I can’t wait to go back and do all of these things all over again. God bless America!

K-xo 

 

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25 May 2017

Another May Matalan Haul


I did something naughty.

I’m meant to be saving at the moment, specifically for when my American boyfriend visits at the beginning of June, but I accidentally went to Matalan last weekend.

I may have had a slip whilst I was there. Somehow a few items, tripped, fell and ended up in my basket. Then I had no choice but to pay for them.

It was totally not on purpose. But, ahem… It happened.

Like I first explained in this ‘May Matalan Haul’ post last year (hence why I had to call this one ‘ANOTHER May Matalan Haul’), I can never visit my closest Matalan without buying something. It’s like, literally, impossible.

Matalan’s fashion game is strong at the moment. I also can’t get enough of the pyjamas... And don’t get me started on the homeware! It’s all so pretty and… Affordable.

So, yes, I may have made a small error in judgement choosing to go into the store when I know what it does to me, but I only spent just over 30 squid for this little haul. That’s not bad at all really, is it?


Firstly I picked up these ‘K’ babies from the homeware section. I saw the mug before anything else and instantly fell in love. Anyone who knows me knows that I drink coffee like it’s water, especially in the morning when I need to get going with the freelance writing biz (read all about my new venture here). Not only is the gold ‘K’ (for Katie) and polkadot design all shiny and cute, but the mug is a perfect size for my daily Lattes. Win, win!

Then I saw this matching ‘K’ pineapple-shaped trinket tray and I just HAD to have it. I recently bought a trinket tray when I was in Door County in Wisconsin back in March for my GOLD rings, but I so desperately wanted one for my SILVER rings (which I seem to have more of!) Thank you, Matalan! You’ve now solved all my trinket tray problems. Also I’m still crushin’ on pineapples as a homeware motif from last season – let’s face it, who ain’t?

Next, I hit up the fashion section.


I saw this leopard print dress and was like *heart-eyed emoji*! Not only is it monochrome, which I tend to be wearing more and more of as I age, but it has those seriously adorable frilly flute sleeves that are taking over SS17 womenswear right now. Plus, it has a choker piece! An actual choker piece! You guys know how obsessed I am with chokers! (If you don’t know then where have you been? Check out this post to bring you up to speed.) It was love at first sight.


My final purchase was a bit of an ‘I refuse to be an adult’ rebellious kind of thang. That’s right, I bought Disney pyjamas. I’m 26, and I bought Beauty and the Beast pyjamas. To be honest, I don’t really care if you think I’m a massive, overgrown child – because Beauty and the Beast is COOL. It was cool when it came out in the 90’s, it was cool when I was growing up and it’s still cool now thanks to the live re-make that recently came out featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. (By the way, did you see that? It was SO GOOD.) But yes, I digress, don’t you think these pyjamas are amazing? I particularly love the print on the shorts with the rose in the glass container, Lumiere, Mrs Potts and Chip! I’ve been wearing them every night since I bought them and they’re so darn comfy. Yay for Disney!


I’m super happy with all of these Matalan purchases, even though I’m not supposed to be spending – but it was totally worth it! Maybe next time I should go to the store when I can actually spend money there… Or maybe not, because that is oh-so-very dangerous. I might end up buying out the whole store!


'K' Polkadot Mug - £5
'K' Pineapple-Shaped Trinket Tray - £3
Monochrome Leopard Print Dress - £14
'Beauty and the Beast' Pyjamas - £12 

Until next time…

K-xo

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18 May 2017

3 European Cities on my Travel Bucket List

After the most amazing ten months visiting countries from all different corners of the globe, now that I’m home indefinitely, I find myself wondering where I will venture to next.

Of course, having an American boyfriend means that it’s highly likely that I will end up in the US of A again sometime soon; however, the travel bug that now resides in me no matter how hard I try to fight it wants me to go to new places and experience new things. (It’s a stubborn little fella!)

I was with my friend Vanessa last weekend and she just turned to me and went: “So, Katie – where are you off to next?” It definitely got me thinking a little bit.

In the last three years, I have been fortunate enough to explore New Zealand, Australia, USA, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, UAE, Singapore and Indonesia. Then, a little closer to home, I have visited Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands. How ironic is it though that I live so close to so many amazing European cities (that would only take one to two hours on a plane to get to) and I haven’t yet been to any of them?

I suppose you could argue that I’m only 26, and I have plenty more time before I’m old and grey, but I’m determined to do most of my exploring while I’m still young - before my body potentially gives up on me! Here are the top three European cities on my travel bucket list.

1) Paris, France.

Every blogger and their dog seem to have been to Paris recently. It’s making me super jealous as Paris just looks so dreamy in all the photos and Insta posts. One of my main wishes is to find a little cafĂ© opposite the Eiffel Tower where I can sip on milky lattes and nibble on pastries that melt in my mouth whilst writing in my travel notebook - all the live long day. (Yes, please!)

I also want to do all the touristy things like visit Notre Dame, take photos of Arc De Triomphe, wander around The Louvre art museum and spend an afternoon shopping down the Champs-Elysees.

Then there’s Disneyland Paris, which is also a must do, especially for a massive Disney geek like myself! It may take anything up to 40 minutes to get there just outside the centre of Paris, but I’ll be able to use T2 Transport for all my taxi and shuttle needs during my stay in the city. (Check them out here.) Not only can they run you to and from Disneyland, but they offer fast and convenient transportation services to and from the airport. Sorted!



2) Prague, Czech Republic.

The ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ just looks absolutely awe-inspiring on the photos. Not as touristic as some of the other European cities, Prague seems a bit like a hidden gem in the heart of the European mainland – which is precisely why I want to go!

I can’t wait to walk around Old Town Square and see the 600-year-old astronomical clock. There’s also the Charles Bridge and Castle District which are both supposed to be extremely pretty.

The whole city appears to be full of history and medieval architecture and I’m so excited to eventually feast on it with my own eyes!



3) Budapest, Hungary.

The company I last worked for full-time, that produced menswear tailoring, had a factory in Budapest. Various members of staff used to get to visit the city on a regular basis – and oh how I used to wish I could be one of them. It never happened, therefore I have to make sure I visit Hungary’s capital on my own terms in the near future!

Budapest just seems like one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities ever. I love the fact that you have the Buda district, which is mountainous, and then there’s Pest, which couldn’t be more different because it’s flat as a pancake. And both are connected by the Chain Bridge, which is the iconic stone bridge made in the 1800’s!

Like both Paris and Prague, the city is full of history and stunning architecture. I’d really love to go to Old Town and Trinity Square, where Matthias Church lives, as well as the turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion which apparently offer amazing views. There’s also the Buda Castle and Szechenyi thermal baths that I want to check out.

Budapest, hopefully I’ll be coming for ya soon!



In all honesty, I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to visit these cities any time in the near future, as I’m too busy focusing on my freelance writing business. However, you never know, as these cities would all be perfect for a weekend city mini-break in between heavy periods of work!

I’m certainly hoping to cover them off in the next couple of years. But, which one should I visit first? Decisions, decisions!

K-xo

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11 May 2017

My Top 3 Favourite Style Details RN

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed that I keep joking recently about how I've got into a bit of a habit of having exactly the same style details this Spring. Does anyone else find that they do this? You get used to having the same 'look', because you like it, or you get complimented on it every time you wear it, or you simply become a little bit lazy with fashion. (Guilty!)

No matter what outfit I wear at the moment, I always have the same 3 style details that I can't seem to shy away from. And nor would I want to! They are the epitome of me and my style. Here are my top 3 favourite style details right now.

1) French plaited hair.

My Mum helps me to create this look. Yes, that's right. Hi, I'm Katie and I'm 26 and my Mum still french plaits my hair for me. You may laugh, but if you've got the resources - why not use them!

More often than not, my Mum plaits my hair when its just been washed and still wet, I let it dry naturally overnight, and then I let it loose. Once it's down, I find that it's all voluminous and wavy. Sometimes I like to mix it up and put in a top knot with the top half of my hair, and just let the bottom half loose.

To create this look, I firstly do my hair in a one-at-the-top. I scrape the top half of my hair into a ponytail and secure with a bobble. I then twist the ponytail and manipulate it so that it falls into a bun, then secure it with another bobble. I throw some hair clips on there to get rid of any flyaways and then, with a spritz of hair spray, I'm good to go. (Big thanks to my sister who originally taught me this hairstyle!)


2) The choker.

Good golly miss Molly, I just can't stop wearing chokers. I'm literally addicted to them. I thought I loved them last season, but I seem to love them even more this season!

I particular adore that they have been given a bit of an update this SS17. Now it's not just all about wearing a choker as a piece of jewellery, it's about wearing a choker as part of the piece of clothing on your top half - whether that's a top or a dress.

Either way, the fabric chokers are so much more comfortable to wear. And they look killer paired with a long rock t-shirt containing some form of grungy print! They're loud, they make a statement, and I'm not going to get over them any time soon. (Sorry, not sorry!)

 Long Rock Tee - MissPap.co.uk

3) Matte liquid lipstick.

If you read my blog regularly, you'll know that I have a bit of a thing for matte liquid lipsticks... Okay, a lot of a thing. Kylie Cosmetics, Sports Girl, Colour Pop - I love them all!

Now, I may have already reviewed Kylie Cosmetics and Sports Girl - but I think it's time I reviewed Colour Pop. I have a couple of shades that I bought from this LA-based brand a couple of months ago - and I can't stop using them.

I just believe that a matte lip really finishes off my outfit these days. Even if I'm not wearing a lot of make-up, or just in activewear on my way to the shop, if I put on a matte liquid lipstick I instantly feel better - about myself and about life!


Maybe sometime soon, my style details will evolve into something new and fresh. But RN, I'm happy with my french-plaited hair, choker and matte liquid lipstick combo. If it ain't broke then don't fix it, right?

K-xo

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4 May 2017

Coachella-Inspired Festival Fashion


I might be a little late to the party, but I heard Lady Gaga wowed the crowds with a spectacular firework display as Coachella 2017 came to a close a couple of weekends ago.

America’s most famous music and arts festival situated in the middle of the desert may be over for another year, but it’s only the start of the festival season. (Happy dance!)

Even though I’ve never been to Coachella, I have always wanted to go. Whilst the festival is on every year, I’m constantly on the look out for YouTuber vlogs, Pins and articles showcasing celebrity style. I love to see what everyone is wearing!

And that’s because I am, quite simply, in love with festival-inspired fashion.

Whether it’s a classic off-shoulder Bardot white top with high-waisted denim shorts combo, or a floaty floral maxi dress, it’s all about channelling your inner hippie with pride. And it’s awesome!

Some of our most-loved celebrities for their unique sense of style showed us a fresh take on bohemia this year at Coachella. It was all about the sexy, with Vanessa Hudgens going for little lace bralets and Hailee Steinfeld braving a fishnet long sleeved top.

Although, in true Coachella style, 70’s style maxi dresses and mini dresses still reigned supreme throughout. (I’m looking at you Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez!)

Unfortunately, I don’t think I can make it to a festival this year - and I’m rather gutted about it! Last year was such a laugh at Leeds Fest with my best friend and partner in crime aka my sister.

Nevertheless, nothing beats a good bit of festival fashion. Whether you’ve already been to Coachella, got a festival coming up, or (like me) simply admire the style, then I’ve got some dreamy pieces to show you.

Taking inspiration from this year’s Coachella celebrity-style, here’s my festival fashion wishlist (available in stores right now):




Boho Headband – £2.65 – newchic.com
White Crop Top - £18 – Pretty Little Thing
High Waisted Denim Floral Skirt - £53 – Topshop
Bohemian Maxi Dress - £56 – chicwish.com
Long Sleeved Fishnet Top - £15 – Boohoo
Paint Splatter Denim Shorts - £46 – River Island
Chelsea Wellington Boots - £90 – Harrods



Long live festival fashion!

K xo

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27 April 2017

Taking the Plunge into Freelance Writing

You may remember a recent blog post, from back in March, where I discussed how reading 'The 4 Hour Work Week' by Timothy Ferriss made me realise my true passion for writing and how I want to pursue it for a career. (Read the post HERE and buy the game-changing book HERE.)

Well, since then, I've been at home in Wetherby for four weeks after visiting my lovely boyfriend in Wisconsin... And I've had a lot of time to think.

I've always loved the idea of starting my own business, ever since we were taught it was an option when my coursemates and I were studying Fashion Marketing and Branding at university. I always thought it would be amazing to be my own boss, able to do things the way I wanted, on my time schedule and not have to fill in a holiday form and get it approved by a Manager in order to have a tiny bit of time off.

I've always been a bit of a free spirit, and since my travels I have been struck with a long-term case of the travel bug, so I find the traditional 9-5 jobs difficult because of the fact that it locks you down to one place indefinitely. I like to be able to spread my wings and fly off after a little while (perhaps that's why I chose to get into a relationship with an American).

It's because of these various different reasons, that I came to monumental, life-changing decision not too long ago. A big, scary decision that simultaneously gave me the butterflies with excitement, as well as days of anguish and anxiety.

I decided to go for it, and not let fear get in the way, so I could live without regrets... I decided to start my own freelance writing business.

I've done a lot of reading and researching recently and I honestly think I can make it work. In fact, I am making it work!

This is my second week of pitching and I have had my work published on two different blogs. (You can find the links at the end of this post.) My two niches are fashion and travel, but I have also previously written beauty and health articles.

This 'starting my own freelance writing business' business was supposed to be a long term goal, something that I would do 'later in life' when I'd 'built more experience'. However, after doing some extensive research - the kind of research where you try to go to bed at night but you can't sleep, as your head is buzzing with information - I discovered that a lot of people out there, who have successful freelance writing businesses, have less experience than I do!

Therefore I decided to just do it. Life's too short. My personal opinion is that life is not a dress rehearsal, it's the real thing.

I recently read a book called 'Who Moved My Cheese?' by Doctor Spencer Johnson (find it HERE). It's all about the fear of change and how to handle it, through a metaphorical story of mice who lose their cheese. My sister found it and introduced it to me. (Cheers, sis!)

This book came to me at the right time, because it's basic message is to not let the fear of change stop you from doing things and living the life you want. What would you do if you weren't afraid? It's time to stop being afraid and start living.

And that's exactly what I am doing.

My business is still in its very early stages; for instance, the website is still being built. It's true that this could all go horribly wrong, but I'll never know until I try.

I'm proud of myself for having the courage to try it though, and I hope I have inspired some people from writing this post. Don't wait until 'later in life', do it today. You might not have tomorrow.


(My first published articles since I last wrote for IDEAL Magazine back in 2015 are as follows:

What To Wear on a First Date - GoDates.co.uk - Dating Blog
Growing up In Wakefield, England - Erika with a K - Travel Blog
Visiting Sydney - Erika with a K - Travel Blog

Thank you for your continuous support! K-xo)

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20 April 2017

Edinburgh Truly is a Babe

Once you've got the travel bug, it's kind of difficult to get rid of. (Not that you'd want to!)

It had only been a couple of weeks since I'd returned from Wisconsin, USA, when I felt the sudden urge to do some more exploring! That and leaving my American boyfriend is always tough, so I was up for a weekend getaway with the sis to turn my frown upside down.

I'd been to Edinburgh once before late last Summer (read about it here) and came home absolutely buzzing. Not only does Edinburgh look pretty, with an abundance of old stone buildings, park greenery and (of course) the castle perched on its mound overlooking the city, but it feels... well, alive.

What I mean by that is there are people everywhere, much like London, from all corners of the globe. It's such a touristic place but it differs from London City Centre in the sense that it doesn't feel too overcrowded. There's just a really good vibe about it!

There's so much to do and see, which is a challenge when you're only there for a couple of nights. However, it's definitely worth the trip, and the drive up to Scotland from Yorkshire on the A1 along the coast line makes for a pleasant afternoon.

We had a full day of sightseeing on the Saturday, which gave me a great excuse to wear some new items from Topshop that I'd bought the week before!


It was a beautiful, bright, sunshine-y day - I hadn't seen clear, blue sky like that in a while! We ventured to the top of the castle and couldn't help but be awestruck at the breathtaking views.




What I love most about Edinburgh is the layout. The Old Town, including the Castle, sits at the top of the hill and overlooks the New Town, where all the high street shops are, with Princes Street Gardens in between. It's very unique. However, make sure you wear comfy shoes when you visit the city as those hills really take it out of you! I felt like I'd lost a stone in a matter of a weekend, walking up and down hills, steps and on cobbled streets.




In addition to this, the night life is a treat! There's The Dome, a fancy bar and restaurant with an interior that looks like the inside of Gringotts Bank (Harry Potter reference). Old Town also has some live music bars that are so much fun, featuring some extremely talented bands.

All in all, I can't help but feel that Edinburgh is truly a babe and one of my favourite places I've visited so far in the whole wide world! I'm sure I'll be back again!

Leather Jacket - Topshop
Paisley Print Top - Topshop LOVE
Levi Jeans - KOHL's 
Nike Trainers - Sports Direct
Coach Handbag - Coach Outlet @ Oshkosh, WI
Sunglasses - Rayban

K-xo

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(Please note that some photos in this post were taken by Nicola Davies.)
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