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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.

menorca 9Menorca was such a beautiful place, and I would definitely go back again. Do you have a favourite place to go on holiday, or have you been anywhere nice recently?

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What I Wore: Filey

The third stop on my tour-of-nice-places-to-go-in-Yorkshire is Filey! (Here is stop one and stop two.) Filey is a typical British seaside town. Although it’s smaller than places like Whitby, it still has plenty of arcades, candyfloss stands, fish and chip shops and colourful changing booths. The weather was crazy when we were there, alternating between rain and dark skies and beautiful sunshine like only the British weather can. Although this meant we didn’t get to do any sunbathing, I think seaside towns like Filey look best in the rain. There’s something very atmospheric about the stormy seas and the empty old timey seaside attractions covered in rain.

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We walked onto this large rock structure that sticks out into the sea called “Filey Brigg.” Stupidly, we didn’t check what time the tide came in, so we had to hurry back to the town through the approaching waves so as to not get stranded out at sea. Thank god we made it!

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I decided to go for a simple outfit, with denim shorts, boots and this colourful fluffy jumper. I found this jumper in the Ark sale, and I am in love! It is so soft, and it’s holey so it’s a good summer layer. I bought my necklace from H&M in a panic because  couldn’t find anything to go with my summer ball dress, but I actually wear it all the time! It’s become one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. My boots are All Saints, and my shorts are so old I don’t actually know where they’re from.

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What do you think about seaside towns, do you find them inspiring or too old fashioned? Have a great day!

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What I Wore: Robin Hood’s Bay

Having the time to explore Yorkshire recently has been great, there are so many beautiful places to visit! I have been to Robin Hood’s Bay before but it is always lovely. There is a really steep hill that winds through the village to the beach, and the village is filled with quaint little shops. The beach is long and sandy, full of rock pools and surrounded by dramatic cliffs. We even swam in the sea – it was cold! Putting together beach outfits is lots of fun, and this is what I wore!

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I am wearing a vintage bed jacket, vintage playsuit (it must be homemade because the pockets have been sewn on backwards!) H&M sunglasses, People Tree necklace, and this sunhat was a gift. The only reason it is not blowing down the beach is that there are hat pins holding it to my head. I’m so glad I discovered hat pins, I no longer have to walk around with my hand on my head holding my hat down.

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Thank you Denise for taking photos of me!

As you read this I will be reading a book by the pool in Menorca! I am sure that future me is having a wonderful time there 🙂 It might even be a little sunnier than the Yorkshire coast. I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

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The happiest place on earth

No, it isn’t Disneyland. It is a sunny old-fashioned lido nestled amongst the rolling hills of West Yorkshire. When I was little, my brother and I would take every opportunity to get the paddling pool out and spend hours splashing around. As an adult, not much has changed – I still love outdoor swimming! I really love wild swimming, but this lido is just as good. The water is so clear and beautiful!

The Ilkely Lido has been around for a while, imagine how exciting it must have been when it was built.

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(Image c/o The Ilkely Pool Group)

The water is very cold, but refreshing. I’m pretty sure it’s good for your circulation to jump into cold water, so my circulation must be very heathy!

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I’ve been picnicing on homemade guacamole, crisps, fresh bread and ginger ale from this vintage picnic basket that I was given. Isn’t it adorable?

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Well, the day would have been more relaxing if people weren’t throwing beachballs at us! my bikini is from ASOS and I can’t wait to take it on holiday with me this weekend. Moving out of my house in York is really stressful, so I’m glad I have a holiday to look forward to to keep me going.

Do you live near any good swimming spots?

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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.

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Connemara, Ireland

Lately I’ve been having to do lots of essay writing. I’m almost at the end of my degree, it’s so scary! I took a relaxing holiday to Connemara, Ireland with family to visit family. It was such a beautiful part of Ireland. There was lots of food and sleeping, and I even climbed a mountain and swam in the cold cold sea! Here’s some photos from my trip. I had to stop myself from uploading loads, I took hundreds!

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Have you been anywhere nice recently?

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Dungarees in the park.

Happy valentines day everyone! I hope you’re having a nice day. If it’s not going your way, don’t worry, you can look at some pictures of me to cheer you up.

Over the weekend I braved the cold weather to take some pictures in a park near where I live. I LOVE these dungarees. I found them in a vintage shop in Leicester, and almost didn’t buy them. I’m so glad I did because I wear them all the time! Sometime, I wear them with pigtails and a checked shirt and  I look like I live on a farm. It’s so much fun.

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If this post had a conclusion, it would be that you should get some dungarees, they are the best!

Thanks to Amy for being my glamorous photographer! If you want to see more of her, you can find her here and here.

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She wore green velvet.

I had a lovely weekend spending time with friends, baking, vintage shopping and crafting. One of the things that I made is this pair of green velvet shoes! I’ve been wanting a pair for ages, but hadn’t managed to find any I really liked within my price range so I decided to go for it and make some instead. This project took two evenings to complete, but I think it was worth it.

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My friend Amy was kind enough to take all my outfit photos for me, and I love them! It’s definitely something that we should do together more often, it was so much fun. Thanks Amy! If you want to see more of what she’s up to, you can find her here and here.

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You will need:

A pair of shoes. As long as they’re a shape that you like, the rest doesn’t matter since you’ll be gluing velvet to them. I got mine from this website, which is now my favourite place to buy shoes!
Some fabric. You don’t have to use green, you don’t even have to use velvet, it’s up to you what you’d like to cover your shoes with! 1/2 a metre will be plenty.
Some superglue that won’t wash off in the rain.
PVA glue.
Scissors.
Tissue paper.
Ribbon for the laces.
Acrylic paint for the soles. I used black, but use whatever colour you like!

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Step 1: Trace the pattern of your shoes. This is the trickiest part. Look at how your shoe is already split up into sections. My shoe had a section on either side and one on the front. Then lay the tissue paper over and trace around each section.

Step 2: Cut out the shapes you drew onto your tissue paper, and pin them onto your fabric. Then cut around the shape, about a cm away from the tissue paper all the way around. This is to allow enough space for you to hem each patter piece.

Step 3: Fold the extra cm of fabric onto the back of your piece of fabric, all the way around and glue down. This will make your edges neat and tidy. At this stage you should have something that looks a ittle bit like this:

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Step 4: Glue your pattern pieces onto your shoe! Don’t be shy with the glue, you want to your fabric to be secure, but make sure not to get any on the outside of the fabric!

Step 5: After that’s dried, use the acrylic paint to paint the sole of your shoe. Once it’s dry you can seal it with a coat of PVA.

Step 6: Use the scissors to poke a hole in the fabric where the laces should go. Thread the ribbons through as laces.

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Ta da! Now you have a totally transformed pair of shoes 🙂 Once you learn how to do this, it’s hard not to start gluing velvet onto EVERYTHING. Have you ever tried re-styling a pair of shoes?

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