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The Peak District

On the top of Mam Tor

The beautiful streets of Castleton

Football by the barn

The camping barn

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I made the most of the recent bank holiday weekend and spent all three days in the Peak District with seven of my friends! We stayed in a camping barn near Edale, which was great because the countryside was beautiful and rolling yet civilisation was not too far away. We slept on the floor and cooked on a fire, so it was pretty much like camping, except we avoided the hassle of having to put up and take down tents. Asides from the cold, I think this is the perfect level of camping for me! We spent a lot of time exploring the local town of Castelton. We visited the two most popular caves – “Devils Arse” which is huge, and Speedwell which is an old (and very narrow!) lead mine. We also climbed Mam Tor and did a lot of eating out! If you plan on visiting the area, I highly recommend the Old Nags Head in Edale, it was large and cosy and the food was delicious.

Barbecuing veggie sausages!

Pretty shops in Castleton

James enjoying the view at the top of Mam Tor

The view from Mam Tor

Frisbee by the barn

The first night that we stayed at the barn we had a long lazy barbecue with lots of Henry Westons cider (which I felt in the morning.) Since graduating from uni and moving back home I miss my friends most when it’s a sunny afternoon and we would normally head to the nearest pub garden or park with a picnic blanket. I thoroughly enjoyed lots of long overdue picnic blanket times with my friends at the barn. On the last day, we swam in the heated outdoor lido in Hathersage. The view wasn’t quite as stunning as the Ilkely lido, but whoever thought of heating outdoor pools is a genius! We had sunshine (well, a lack of rain at least) for the whole three days which is pretty unheard of for Derbyshire – thank you camping gods!

Thanks for letting me share with you 🙂 I can’t wait for next year’s annual staycation, I’m putting in a vote for the Isle of Skye!

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What I Wore: Paris Day 6

Tuesday was our last day in Paris. We went back to the Hotel Du Ville to visit the vintage shops that I had missed the first time around, including my favourite Parisian vintage shop, Hippy Market. I bought two pairs of crazy patterned trousers, which will make an appearance on the blog soon! We spent our afternoon visiting the Sacre Coeur, the Place du Tertre and wandering around the small hilly streets of Montmatre. In the evening, we packed up, grabbed a Ghandi pizza from our favourite pizza place and sadly got on the Eurostar back home.

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This is my last Paris post. Sigh, Paris I miss you! Thank you for letting me share.

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What I Wore: Paris Day 5

We spent our 5th day in Paris wandering around the Louvre. Well, a tiny proportion of The Louvre. That place is huge! By Day 5 we had learnt to pack a picnic instead of buying lunch near the tourist attractions (6 euros for a bottle of water? No thanks) so we had some cheese and baguette in-between art viewing. I’m glad we did – it’s too tiring to see even one exhibition at The Louvre in one go.

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I found this jacket in a Parisian vintage shop. It’s so feathery I like to think it was once worn by a dancer at the cabaret. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be lingerie or not, but it works great as a lightweight jacket. I just love items of clothing that are over the top like this. I tried to keep the rest of my outfit simple, so I wore my trusty black crop top, and this skirt of my mum’s that I found in the attic.

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These furry little guys were everywhere! They were chilling outside The Louvre, and walking down the street next to the Eiffel Tower. When we were walking along The Seine in the evening, we would hear an occasional scream, and know that someone had just tripped over a rat. On Monday evening we went for cocktails at this bar called The Comptoir General. We had to pay an entrance fee which was weird but it’s because it’s part bar, part museum of found objects. There are so many cool and interesting items scattered around this jungley barn. We had “T Punch” without the mixer (they had run out) so it was strong stuff! That evening we took a boat ride along The Seine and then sat on the Ile St Louis with wine and cheesy crisps.

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I hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday 🙂

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What I Wore: Paris Day 4

Those of you paying attention may or may not have noticed that I have skipped out a day of Paris photos. That’s because we spent day 3 in Paris at Rock en Seine! We went because Nine Inch Nails were playing, but also had a blast watching Fauve, La Femme, In the Valley Below and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. All of my photos from day 3 (also known as the day we spent 40 euros each on beer… festival beer is expensive!) look like this:

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On day 4, we had the most amazing falafel lunch and then we went to the Pompidou Center! I love this gallery, it has so much modern and contemporary art. The videos are some of my favourite, although most of them are in french so I have no idea what they’re saying.

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I actually bought this skirt for 5 euros in Paris when we went vintage shopping! I wasn’t sure about it, but now I don’t know why because it’s patterned, blue, and high-waisted enough to wear with crop tops. Everything I look for in a skirt! Autumn this year also makes me want to wear purple lipstick all the time. I’m wearing a Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick, and I love how dark it is although it’s quite high maintenance.

After the Pompidou Center, we had dinner at the Gentle Gourmet Cafe – there aren’t many vegetarian restaurants in Paris but this one makes up for it because it was exceptionally tasty, and the staff were really nice. We then sat at the bottom of the Eiffel tower drinking beer. We didn’t go up it but it was lovely to see it twinkling away. We managed to miss the last metro home (oops) and spent the next two and a half hours walking back – at least Paris is pretty at night!

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Have the best day!

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What I Wore: Paris Day One

At the end of August, me and my boyfriend spent 6 days in Paris! We hired an apartment through airbnb and it was so lovely. It was so much cheaper than staying in a hotel, or even a hostel, and we had a bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom all to ourselves. I will definitely be using airbnb again! We got up very early and arrived in Paris at 10am. We spent our first day walking around Paris and visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie, where Monet’s Waterlilies are displayed on the walls of two elliptical rooms. This was one of my favourite galleries – it’s quite small so I felt like I could take in most of the art without feeling overwhelmed.

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Our apartment was on the Canal St.Martin. I’ve never visited this part of paris before but it was just so cool! At night-time, everyone eats and drinks along the river banks and there were lots of quirky bars and cafe’s right next to our apartment.

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Outfit details: Dress, Charity Shop / Shoes, Ebay / Sunglasses. H&M / Backpack. Ebay

It’s fun to share my Paris photos with you, I’m enjoying going over the photos and reminiscing! Have an amazing Tuesday.

p.s. I’m selling some clothes that I don’t wear or don’t fit me. Feel free to have a browse!

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Cyprus in Photos!

At the end of July, I went to the Greek part of Cyprus with my family and my boyfriend for our annual family walking-around-ruins holiday. It was SUPER hot, but I survived temple searching in 40 degree heat, go me! Cyprus felt really different to the Greek Islands I’ve been to before, perhaps because it’s so far east of Greece. It had a very rocky coast, and the center of the island consisted of a beautiful sprawling mountain range. We did lots of sight-seeing, swimming and eating, AND I got to wear a bikini every day. Perfect!

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cyprus 2I think lizards are SO cute. There were loads of lizards in Cyprus, just hanging out. There were also loads of Greek and Roman mosaics.

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cyprus 4These photos were taken walking around the Troodos mountains. I loved the forest – it was so (literally) cool!

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When museum hunting, we found this awesome art school and the building was covered in these cool statues, objects and colourful glass!

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cyprus 12Ahh, going through these photos is like being back again! It’s nice to relive our time in the sun whilst getting ready for autumn. I even walked around the woods today, what could be more autumnal? I hope you’re having a great week 🙂

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Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Recently I spent a long weekend in Northern Ireland with loads of my family. We were in a seaside town called Newcastle, nestled under the Mourne mountains, and it was really lovely. Even though it was cold, the sun was still shining! Apart from lots of family time, we did lots of walking and lots of eating (Yay! The best part of holidays!) Here are my photos of the beach, the mountain and the town.

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The beach was super long and really interesting. We walked for ages but it didn’t feel like we covered any ground. The sand was covered with these wavy ridges, multi coloured seashells and seeweed that was so brightly green it almost glowed!

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How cute are these swan shaped pedallos? It wasn’t really the weather for pedalloing but next time I’m back I’d love to go for a boat ride on one of these!

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I’ve been to ireland twice this year already, it feels like I’m there all the time! Not that I mind, it is such a beautiful place. Happy Wednesday 🙂

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Cala’n Porter, Menorca

Recently I spent a week in Menorca with four of my lovely girlfriends. We hired a villa in the seaside town of Cala’n Porter, and I had a fantastic time! I would seriously reccomend Menorca to anyone who’s looking for somewhere to go on holiday. It was warm but breezy, we didn’t get bothered by insects, and it wasn’t too touristy. Four of us are veggies, and we didn’t have trouble finding things to eat in restaraunts, which was a pleasant surprise! The water was so beautiful and blue, I wish I never had to leave. Here are some snaps from my trip.

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menorca 4In Cala’n Porter, there is a club in the caves, IN THE CAVES! It’s so cool, and the view from the dancefloor is incredible. The club was overpriced, and I’m not sure the locals enjoyed our dance moves, but nethertheless we had a crazy good night there.

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Me and a friend spent a day doing sosme sightseeing in the capital of Menorca, Mahon, the best part of which was our boat ride around the huge natural harbour. It was glass-bottomed so we could see all the fishes swimming around.

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Here are the girls at the beach in Cala’n Porter.

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Packing for Beach Holidays

In my teens, I was a terrible packer. I would use holidays as an excuse to wear all of my favourite and more adventurous clothes, and as a result I would take half my wardrobe on holiday with me. I’m talking three-changes-of-clothes-and-a-pair-of-heels-every-day style packing. This meant that my suitcase was a nightmare to carry around, and I didn’t wear most of the things I’d brought with me anyway. Beaches, cobbled streets, and 5 inch heels do not go well together. I like to think that my packing ability has improved vastly in recent years. I even managed 5 days in Barcelona with just what I could fit in a large handbag. Packing light makes travelling that bit easier, and you don’t have to waste any of your beach time deciding what to wear! Here are my top tips for packing for beach holidays.

1. Travel comfy

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I like to travel in clothes that are comfy, won’t be too hot when I arrive in the sunshine, but serve as backup in case I need some warmer cothes when abroad. To save space, wear on the plane the jumper/ jacket / cardigan that you will wear on cooler evenings on holiday! Jeans, a t-shirt and boots are practical but still make me feel good (if I was a fashion magazine, I would use the phrase “casual chic” here.)

2. Don’t bring heels

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Shoes take up space, and you don’t need heels! Use this oppurtunity to give your feet a break, and go out in sandals instead. I find that all I need is a pair of flip flops for the beach and a pair of sandals for dinner and dancing. If I want to do any serious walking, I can just wear the boots that I travelled in.

3. Mix and match neutral separates

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All your clothes will go with each other if they belong to the same colour palette, and (apart from lots of patterns) my wardrobe is dominated by denim and neutral colours. If your favourite clothes are blue, white and green, then bring separates in these colours instead. You can wear the same shorts three times with three different tops and have three totally different outifts. This saves so much space, and when you’re abroad you won’t have to think about what to wear because everything will match.

4. Dress up playsuits for night-time

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For me, beach holidays are all about patterned playsuits. They’re so summery and fun, and leave plenty of skin exposed for tanning! With different jewellery and a bright red lipstick, I can wear all of these playsuits into the evening too, which saves space 🙂

5. Wear different shaped bikinis for a better tan

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To avoid getting bad tan lines, wear bikinis with different shapes. Your bikini is probably the thing that you will be wearing the most, so make sure you love it! I always wear a sunhat to keep my face from getting burned, and don’t forget your garish sunglasses!

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Don’t forget your sun cream and camera, and happy holidaying! Are you going to the beach this summer? Do you have any tips for packing for the beach?

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Wild Ennerdale

This time a week and a day ago it was my 21st birthday! To celebrate, me and my friends spent the weekend in a camping barn next to Lake Ennerdale in the Lake District. It was so much fun, and Ennerdale is such an unspoilt, beautiful part of the country. It took half an hour (or at least it felt like it) just to drive down the lane to our barn. On Saturday, the weather was glorious! The sky was blue, the sun was out, and it wasn’t too windy. We spent the day swimming in a nearby lake (which was cold!) and in the evening we cooked our dinner around the fire pit. I took lots of pictures whilst we were away, and here are a few.

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Here’s the gang (minus me!)

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Look at how clear the water is! You could see right through to the bottom, it was beautiful.

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On Sunday the weather was not as nice. It was raining almost all day! We braved the harsh conditions nevertheless and walked around Lake Ennerdale. It took us 4 hours, including a soggy sandwich stop! It’s crazy how different my pictures look form one day to the next. Even though rain is nasty, it makes the scenery look so atmospheric.  Here are some pictures from Sunday.

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I couldn’t have hoped for a nicer birthday weekend! I would definitely reccomend a holiday in the lake district to anyone who has the chance to go.