15 August 2015

Barcelona Blue

So we've arrived at the last Barcelona post and I have to say I've enjoyed making them so much. Each one has made me miss it more and I feel lucky to have been able to create so many happy memories there. 
On the last full day we wanted nothing more than to be able to stay a little longer, so we tried to revisit some of our favourite spots, starting with going to Milk one last time and indulging in those amazing pancakes again. We then had a final few hours on the beach and some more wandering around the city.
On the last night I wore a blue maxi dress, which I've actually owned for a little while (it was an asos dress but it's no longer on the website! boo), but had never really taken it out to wear. It's one of my absolute favourite colours to wear so I very much enjoyed wandering around in it. 
Yacht goals or what?
For dinner we headed into Gourmet Tapas, which had a really lovely menu for meat and seafood lovers, as well as lots of vegetarian options too. So many delicious little dishes and I had trouble picking!
We then headed out for a final stroll before heading back to our hotel, packing our suitcases with a few frowns on our faces knowing we had to be up early to head to the airport.
If you haven't been to Barcelona then i seriously recommend it, I had the most incredible time and I cannot wait to go back there again sometime. Depending on whether or not this post has been published on time, I am likely in Greece at the moment (hopefully getting some sort of tan), but I'll be back with more posts very soon! 
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8 August 2015

Black Maxi and Sunset Walks

Another day in Barcelona and another bunch of photo's to show you guys. We started the day off by heading into the cutest little bakery (which I'm now sad i don't remember the name of as I lost the business card) but it was on a little street leading off Via Laietana. 
As soon as we walked in, the smell of fresh bread took over and I immediately became about 10x hungrier than I had been. It was one of those mornings where I couldn't decide whether I wanted a sweet or savoury breakfast so obviously I just had both, in the form of a parma ham and goats cheese sandwich and then a Xuixo to follow. It looks somewhat like a croissant but this pastry is topped with crystalised sugar and filled with a rich cream - it is as good as it sounds, if not better.
After breakfast we headed to La Boqueria Market, which was possibly the most colourful place I've ever laid my eyes on. Everywhere you turned there would be endless types of fruits, novelty sweets, snacks and not to mention all the amazing juices on offer. If I hadn't been so full from the breakfast then some serious damage would have been done here! How beautiful are the tiny flowers below?!
We spent another few hours walking around and taking in the sights before heading into the Hard Rock Cafe. I had the most insane burger, which I couldn't quite finish because I opted for more than I could handle as a starter (rookie mistake). We then slow walked it off and eventually ended back at the hotel for a nap in good old spanish tradition. 
I then picked out my outfit for the evening and we headed out for a walk through the streets and towards the beach before dinner (the more I type, the more I come to accept that all I did was eat). I chose this super pretty Black Maxi dress from H&M, which had lace detailing along the top, and is sheer from the knee down.
Dinner at La Gavina was incredible, it was opposite Port Vell so the views were awesome and if you go there, I highly recommend the monkfish. We finished the evening off by watching the sun go down and the moon made for the prettiest views by the water.

Hope you guys have had a lovely week so far and have enjoyed this post!
 There's one more Barcelona post coming up to finish off the series so follow me right here on Bloglovin' so you don't miss it. I'm currently on holiday again (probably in Vienna by the time this one goes up) so you can keep up with my antics on my Instagram!
Speak to you soon...
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30 July 2015

Photography day with Manfrotto

Photography is something that I'm constantly working on and something that I think can always improve. I'm completely obsessed with it and sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than taking a photo that you're really proud of. When Manfrotto invited me to go to a photography day with them, I was obviously super excited to go and pick up some tips and get my hands on some super cool gadgets.  I found it all really interesting so I thought I'd share some of it with you so that you guys can pick up on some new gadgets here to help with your photo's that you might not have come across before.
The penthouse of the Sanderson Hotel was an awesome location, as beautiful as you would expect it to be and the lighting was pretty much perfect too (fitting right?). The floor was split into different areas exploring different kinds of lights, lenses, tripods and different kinds of photography ranging from food to fashion.
The tripods themselves were quite something, allowing you to be so precise with where you wanted your camera to go, or putting your camera at an angle which would just not produce anywhere near as good a result if you were to take the photo handheld. There was also a Pixi tripod which is really small and portable for when you can't have a full size tripod with you. 
As well as these I spotted some Lumie LED lights which I thought would be perfect especially for blogging beauty products or food photography where you need a little bit of extra light on a small area. 
But as cool as the other things were, they didn't beat the Digital Director. You clip your ipad into it, connect it to your Canon/Nikon camera and then you can completely control the photo's or video's you take on the app. It's one of those things that would just be really cool to have, you can get really precise with your photo's and edit them on the spot without having to deal with your memory cards etc first. Obviously it's not cheap so it's not something everyone needs to have, but if you can afford it, I think it would be a pretty awesome investment.
After all the chats and wandering around there was time for some nibbles, macarons and mini burgers anyone?

It was a really lovely event, so different to any that I'd been to before which had mostly been fashion or beauty related so I found it really interesting, as well as the fact I got to see some lovely old faces and meet some new ones too. 

Hope you're having a lovely week so far and speak to you soon, 
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*This is not a sponsored post, I was only invited to the event and wanted to share it.
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18 July 2015

Evening Walks In Barcelona

After landing in Barcelona we started as we meant to go on, working our way through the quaint little streets and working out which way to turn next.
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6 July 2015

Lifestyle | Amida Spa Day



Today's post is all about my trip to Amida Spa at Chelsea Harbour Club which was such a lovely, relaxing day. Set by the river thames, it is based in one of my favourite areas of London, with amazing riverside restaurants and one of my favourite areas to clear my head and go for a walk. 

Onto the spa itself, my first impression of it was that although there were quite a few people using the facilities and receiving treatments, the way it was set out meant that it did not feel crowded at all, and  like I had someone looking after me at all times should I have needed anything. The simple decor and lighting really gave it a cosy feel too - can't help but notice great interior after being glued to Pinterest right? The first part of the spa day was a full body massage which made me realise that I should have massages far more often than I do. My massage therapist was incredible and I may have (definitely) fallen asleep at one point. I felt about 10 times lighter after the massage and you really don't realise how much tension there is in your body until you have one. The therapist tailored the products she used on me to suit the rest of my day, and as I had to travel back to uni afterwards, she didn't want to make me sleepy for the entire day and opted for refreshing scents and oils which were absolutely beautiful. 

After the massage I went over to the wet spa, which included the swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and heated relaxation beds. Unlike most pools/wet spa's I was lucky enough to be completely on my own for a little while which definitely added to the feeling of being completely relaxed and in my own little zone. The hydrotherapy pool was amazing and felt like another little massage in itself, but my favourite part had to be the heated relaxation beds which I could have spent hours on - it was pretty much like laying on a warm cloud and I think would be the perfect way to wind down after a gym or swim session. 
I had the loveliest time, and after being so busy with my dissertation and stressing over far too many things, it was a day that I definitely needed. I highly recommend the spa, even if it's just for the amazing massage and I will definitely be keeping it in mind when planning birthday presents/relaxing breaks for people. You can read all about them and the different types of treatments and spa days that they have to offer right here, beyond the ones that I've already spoken about. Let me know below about any spa day's that you've had recently!

Hope you guys have a lovely start to the week, and catch you in the next post!

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