Hey guess who is back from the dead again… oh wait, it’s me! I have been away in Sweden with no way of writing a blog post so I really apologise for the huge gap between posts. As soon as I got back I wanted to post about my trip and include a load of photos but then I fell ill with food poisoning and a fever so it has definitely been a longer break than first anticipated.

Also, Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and New Year and spent it exactly how you wanted to. 2018 is a new start and now that I have finally begun to make a dent in the 12,000 words I have had to write over the Christmas break (disgusting, I know) I can start writing some posts again! I have really missed writing and I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to share with you all over the coming months. I hope you checked out my post before this about my Resolutions for the next year. I have linked it here if you’re interested.

So… finally… here are some photos from my week away in Sweden.

Special credit to the wonderful Nikki who took this photo of Rose! After having some chilled out time after traveling over, we helped decorate the family Christmas tree. I loved all their decorations, so many of them being sentimental – from family, friends or countries they have lived in. This photo of Rose is probably one of my favourites from our trip. It was her first Christmas and she was determined to get her hands on that Mickey Mouse bauble! Such a cutie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all wrapped up and went for a walk when there was still a little bit of snow which made for some lovely photos! Hovås is quite close to the coast so they don’t experience a lot of snow like other parts of Sweden – so it was definitely a treat to get to see some.The walk was lovely as we got to see more of the place where Robyn and her family had been living. I had never visited Sweden before and I was in awe of all the houses, in particular. The architecture is gorgeous and I have a real love for Scandi home design so I was definitely in my element getting to finally have a look at their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also need to take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous little ball of love. I have never been around babies, or essentially any children that don’t walk and talk, so spending so much quality time with Rose was really eye-opening and made me realise how much I love children. Is there anything more heartwarming than making a baby smile and laugh? I have to admit, at first I was nervous to hold her or be left alone because I was worried that I wouldn’t be good enough at caring for her or be generally useless in knowing what to do, but it honesly came so easily and I love her to pieces. What is even more exciting is that since we visited her, she has begun to crawl and is getting teeth?! Crazy how quick she is growing and it won’t be long before she is breaking hearts, that’s for sure.

I mean, I could gush about what a little gem Rose is for hours but I also need to mention how incredible these lovely two ladies are. There are few women in my life that I feel as close to as I do Nikki and Robyn and I think it is vital that you let the people you care about know how much they mean to you as often as possible. They have both had their fair share of hardships and seeing them smile makes my day! They are only ever positive and loving and it baffles me every single day (being the cynical, pessimistic joy I am) that they approach life in the way they do, rather than my chosen method of a pity party until something goes my way. To be welcomed in to Robyn’s life and her lovely family and to be asked by Nikki to be one of her bridesmaids has been such an honour and I had to include this little message to give them a big ol’ soppy thank you for being the bestest.

The area was just so beautiful and I felt really lucky to be able to visit Robyn and spend time with her family and Nikki. It was the first time I had traveled with friends so it was a great experience and being able to spend the week there was incredible. On top of that, I got to tick another country off the list and it has definitely made me more excited to travel to Sweden’s neighbouring countries – especially because Nikki spoke so highly of Norway (which looks equally as beautiful).

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I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I was excited to go to Prague but didn’t expect to fall in love with a city like I did Barcelona.

I have to admit… I did fall in love!

If you want to see more travel posts I have linked my Barcelona Lookbook and my Top 5 Tips for Barcelona.

I mean look at this photo?! The buildings in Prague are the most beautiful, detailed and historic I have seen in ages and every street was completely picturesque.

If you love travelling but find it quite a financial ordeal, Prague is also perfect.

Even down some of the most touristy areas, we grabbed large pizzas and a drink for around £7 each which is such good value – as well as it being amazing food too!

Also, beer in Prague is renowned for being cheap (about the same as a Diet Coke to be exact!) so if you do like a casual drink or two, it won’t break the bank.

The sites in Prague are just stunning and I found that so many things they had to offer were totally original and unique compared to other tourist cities. We went to the John Lennon Wall (photo below) which is a graffiti wall with so much culture and emotion behind it. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

On a side note, if you love toy shops or have children, there is a crazy big Hamleys that has a slide and an ornate carousel inside!

On the last day Adam and I visited The Apple Museum as I knew beforehand that it was forecast to thunderstorm. It was quite pricey for such a small museum but it was an attraction completely different to anything we had done before. I have also included a photo of some of the Apple laptops they had displayed because it looked so cool. Steve Jobs was a phenomenal person and it was nice to learn more about his business ventures.

The transport in Prague is also super easy to navigate and understand – considering the language differences.

We used the metro to get around when the journey was long or the weather was terrible and it was great. You pay 48 CZK each for 30 minutes of travel, so around £1.70 which I think is pretty good. They only have 3 lines and everything is signposted so switching lines or knowing where your stop is, isn’t a nightmare at all and so easy!

As I mentioned earlier, the history in Prague is so rich. You can do tours and visit museums that focus on the rule of Communism or WW2 or you can marvel at the famous astronomical clock which was installed in 1410 and is one of the most amazing masterpieces of its time. So if you love history, it’s one for you!


Have you ever visited Prague?

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I had the joy of spending last weekend in Centerparcs and I had the most amazing time. My boyfriend and I decided, well.. maybe I decided, that the petting zoo/mini farm that Elevden showcased was a perfect way to spend our day. It was around £6 each and I have to admit, I was pretty damn excited.

Unbelievably, we were the only two in our group and so we got to spend one on one time with all the animals which was incredible. We learnt so much about their breeds as well as their individual characters and feeding them all was such a treat (you wouldn’t believe how gentle sheep and goats are!)

The experience was something I absolutely loved as any time around animals is a perfect day in my eyes! We did however learn from the guide that Centerparcs was closing the mini farm and all the animals were being jointly relocated to another petting zoo where they would still get to be around children – something the animals loved and had become very accustomed too. I was mainly sad for the ladies that had worked with them for so many years to finally have to say their goodbyes.

You could clearly tell there was a deep bond and love between these ladies and the animals which made it even more special that we were one of the last people to spend some time around them. You could tell they were completely spoilt with affection day in, day out and, for me, that is the most important thing for animals.

I am so so glad I chose to book this for Adam and I because it was just the most amazing time. I could have easily spent all day with them! I had to show you guys the photos because I desperately needed to tell you about it!!

I am sad that Centreparcs have decided to close the mini farm but I am glad that the animals get to stay together, it would have been dreadful to have split them all up!

I hope you liked all the photos I shared of this day – it was too brilliant to not showcase with you all.

Do you have a favourite farm animal?

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You guys are probably sick of my Barcelona photos now!

I have my Barcelona Photos post here, my Barcelona Top Tips here and today I thought I would show you what outfits I wore on my little break.

This outfit was perfect for exploring the city as it was so loose and airy.

My shorts are from Nobody’s Child and I love the style where it mirrors a skirt – culotte shorts I believe? They were in the sale for just £5 last year and I snapped them up! I have linked some similar culotte shorts here

My top is a simple pink cami from Topshop that I have had for ages. The light pink matched perfectly with the colours in the shorts and it made for a lovely little outfit in the end. I have linked some similar Topshop’s camis here

The bag I used essentially everyday is this black one from Radley, which is here and I am totally obsessed with it.

This outfit is one of my absolute favourites. It was a treat from Adam a few months ago and I totally adore it. I love how just one piece is basically an outfit in itself that looks so good! The playsuit is £39.99 from H&M but it is now only available in a size 20. I have linked it here for you.

This outfit is another favourite of mine! The playsuit was a bargain from Boohoo at only £8Another culotte jumpsuit eh… It isn’t available anymore but I have linked a similar Boohoo one here

My handbag is from ASOS and I am in love with it. It has a scallop detail around the top and has a large zip pouch in the inside that keeps everything secure. It’s £25 and is one of my all time favourite purchases. I have linked it here

Final outfit for you! This black crop top is from Primark and was the hefty sum of £3! I thought it was perfect for mixing and matching outfits and I have one in white too. You can pick these up from a lot of places if Primark isn’t accessible to you. I have linked this Boohoo one which is just £5 here

The skirt was a fab sale find from New Look but unfortunately it is now out of stock! I have linked something similar here for you.

What was your favourite outfit?

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barcelona tips

This month I went back to Barcelona for the 2nd time and I wish I was already back there again! I have definitely learnt a lot about how to make the most of the city and I wanted to share some of the tips I now have.

  • Check when things are open. A lot of things aren’t open on Sundays which includes supermarkets if you want to buy food and drink, a lot of shops and the infamous Boqueria Market.
  • Use the Aerobus! Within 15 days it is a 10.20 Euro return each to take you to and from the city. The journey is around 30 mins each way in an air-conditioned bus and I could not complain about the service. They arrive every 5-10 minutes and are super easy to use. Following this, the bus system is very easy to get your head around and I would suggest using it over taxis etc when going to Park Guell, for example, as it is just 2.15 Euros for a single. (The view from Park Guell is also absolutely amazing!!)

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  • If you want to be close to most of the action, I would recommend staying around Placa de Catalunya. There are places just out of Barcelona which are great if you’re after the sun and maybe will travel in once or twice too. Last year we stayed near Plaça d’Espanya which is less central and a nice mix of the two. If you’re interested, we stayed in B Hotel last year and NH Collection Podium Barcelona this year and I would recommend them both 100%!

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  • Everything comes alive at night. Barcelona is definitely a city that you need to be prepared to stay up for, that’s for sure! Last year we went to eat dinner at about 8pm are were shocked when nobody was there. This year we learnt to eat dinner around 10:30pm which was much more suitable to the culture of the city. Also, some shops close at like 10pm?! We need this in England!
  • When things are closed on Sundays, other opportunities open up! The History of the City of Barcelona Museum (MUHBA) was amazing and is free after 3pm. Many of the sights are free and also close to parks that are just beautiful. The Arc de Triomf is in Ciutadella Park which is just stunning to ramble about in, have a picnic at and watch the activities going on.

I really hope this was useful to anybody who is going to Barcelona or who is interested in knowing a bit more about the city.

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