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Embracing a Settled Life

Embracing a Settled Life

When I first started this little blog, it was in the midst of quitting my job and heading off to see some of the world and live a much more glam globetrotter life. Or seemingly so.

Two years later, I’m back in a full-time job, shacked up in a city a stone’s throw from where I grew up.

I’m living the settled life that I ran from then, and couldn’t feel more different about it.

Stay The Night: Manchester’s Cutest Airbnb

Stay The Night: Manchester’s Cutest Airbnb

A couple of months ago I finally headed up north to Manchester after crushing hard on many Manc ladies Instagram feeds – and it didn’t take long before I too wanted to move to the bustling city. In fact, it took about three seconds from walking through the front door of Laura’s super stylish apartment to fully convince me of this.

A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiff

A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiff

Over the course of this blog, I’ve lived in Wales, moved to work in London, quit to go travelling, had a summer of festivalling, and scurried back to Wales again. It’s been an eventful couple of years, and I have to admit that coming back to the Motherland has definitely meant a homecoming to a slower pace of living.

Stay The Night: The Curious Cabinet

Stay The Night: The Curious Cabinet

Nestled away down a leafy street in Fishponds, Bristol, is the charming brainchild of artist Sadie Spikes: The Curious Cabinet guesthouse.

Doubling as Sadie’s personal studio and gallery, this is not a B&B as you know it…

As Seen in Buzz: Legendary Getaways

As Seen in Buzz: Legendary Getaways

As 2017’s Year of Legends kicks off, a year for celebrating the best that Wales has to offer, from epic sweeping landscapes to home-grown talent and everything in between, those who love getting into the thick of things are in for a real treat. As part of Epic Retreats, Wales’ first ever boutique hotel will quite literally be popping up in three different secret locations around the country, showcasing stunning, unhindered views of the surrounding countryside for a lucky 200 guests – talk about being at one with nature.

Stay The Night: The Goldman, Frankfurt

Stay The Night: The Goldman, Frankfurt

When my itchy feet carried me back recently to potter about Frankfurt, I stumbled across an absolute gem in The Goldman, a member of the 25hours hotel family. An Aladdin’s Cave of plush beds, quirky deco, and jewel-coloured guest rooms, when I wasn’t fully taking advantage of my comfy comfy sleeping quarters, I was hopping out the lift on every floor to see what brightly-coloured haven I’d find next.

Staying Motivated in January (+ Giveaway!)

Staying Motivated in January (+ Giveaway!)

I don’t know what it is about January, but every year it rolls around with a familiar feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach (mashed up with all dat Crimbo choc). Because while seemingly everyone else in the world is out moulding their version of a ‘new me’ and pushing out resolutions all over the shop, I always get the same unsettling feeling, which I hate to say can only be described as a seeeeeerious case of CBA. To those not yet fluent in acronyms, that my friends, is a big fat Can’t Be Arsed.

Fantastic Festiveness And Where To Find It

Fantastic Festiveness And Where To Find It

If there’s anywhere in the world that really knows how to do Christmas right, I’ve always felt that the Germans have got it down to a fine art – and nothing made me fall more in love with that idea than on a recent trip to Frankfurt Christmas Market, where I did nothing but bask in fantastic festive-ness.

On The Road Interview: Get Inuit

On The Road Interview: Get Inuit

Hailing from Sittingbourne, Kent, four-piece Get Inuit may be relatively new on the scene, but they are already proving to be quite the connoisseurs of dirty, summery pop. Having been hailed as Record of the Week on Radio 1 and named as one of DJ Annie Mac’s One To Watch for 2016 after releasing a stream of critically acclaimed singles, it’s safe to say that we can expect to hear a lot more from the lads in the coming months as their star continues to rise. The band have since stuffed their summer with festival appearances in-between supporting hot newcomers VANT and Spring King and recording their debut album, so I caught up with them before their set at LeeFest to see what they’re all about…

5 Reasons to Love Halloween

5 Reasons to Love Halloween

Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays (whether real or made up, it’s still a holiday in my books), because deep down, for some weird, morbid reason, I just love being scared out of my mind. Within reason, of course!

So this year, on this most ghastly and magical of nights, you’re most likely to find me kitted out in my witch hat doing any of the below activities. Let’s face it, mostly the cocktails though…

Now Playing: October

Now Playing: October

So this month I’ve mainly been fangirling over We Are Scientists (it’s an obsession that I just can’t shake) as after only catching festival slots, I finally got to go along to a headline show at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff – which was insane. But here are some other tunes that have been floating my musical boat this month.

Stay The Night: The Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate

Stay The Night: The Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate

If sipping your morning cuppa on your balcony while gazing out over the open ocean is your jam, then a stay at the Walpole Bay Hotel should be top of your list on your jollies to Margate. Okay, so the colder months may now be upon us, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and exploring, right?

3 Weekend Breaks to Take This Autumn

3 Weekend Breaks to Take This Autumn

Attention snugglebunnies – Autumn is upon us! My fave season of them all, packed with events round the bonfire, crunchy leaves underfoot, and the excuse to stay wrapped up in cosy jumpers for months as the Winter chill starts creeping in. I always love to visit new cities at this time of year, snuggled in a chunky hat and scarf and ready to explore in the super pretty Autumn light. Summer can suck it – it ain’t got nothing on pumpkin and fireworks! I’ve kicked off the season discovering a couple of new places, as well as an old fave, so here’s the highlights if you’re an Autumn Adventurer too!

Now Playing: September

Now Playing: September

If there’s one thing that is certain about this time of year it’s that gig season is about to kick off. The festivals are over, which means waving goodbye to lazing in sunny fields cradling a cider and a hangover and saying helloooooo to getting intimate with new acts in your fave venues. Kick-start the season with the September playlist!

A Summer Guide to Hamburg

A Summer Guide to Hamburg

I’ve kicked off a bit of a love affair with Germany lately, having been to a few festivals and soaked up the glorious weather they’ve been having (and OF COURSE the beer and sausage), so when I was invited to pack my bags and fly away to discover what Hamburg had to offer for the weekend, I jumped at the chance.

The Secret to Happy Travel

The Secret to Happy Travel

Every once in a while, it’s nice to treat yo’ self to a little bit of extra luxury when it comes to travelling – especially flying. I’m no stranger to a budget airline and will happily continue to utilise them, but sometimes when you’re headed somewhere extra special, you just want to feel that exciting princess feeling to really amp up the holiday vibe, you know what I mean?