Mykonos | A Pinterest Dream

Sunday, 19 June 2016



For as long as I have had my Pinterest account, I think I have religiously pinned pictures of Mykonos with desperate hope that I would be able to explore the island one day. Last week I was lucky enough to spend five days on the Greek island, enjoying some well needed R&R before the madness of Glastonbury unfolds next week...

Coming from someone who has an IKEA themed bedroom that consists of anything and everything white, I think this one of the reasons why I love Mykonos. There are naturally so many nice places to go and things to see, below are just a few of my recommendations from my short time there.


Where to Stay 




We stayed in Votsalaki Resort during our time in Mykonos and it was incredible. It was situated on top of a hill which gave the most insane views of the ocean and offered a tranquil retreat from the beach clubs below. Another reason I loved staying here was the infinity pool, which again gave you the views of the world below whilst you took a dip to cool off. We stayed in two rooms whilst we were there, moving from a standard studio room to an executive studio on the last night - totally worth it! Not only did we get a bigger room and balcony but also the bath of dreams...complete with candles! 


Where to Eat


We had some of the most amazing meals whilst we were away. We definitely got the right mix between nice dinners in the evening and a cheeky Gyros on the beach at lunchtime (accompanied by a Bloody Mary, of course!). We started our day with a breakfast at our resort, there was no better way to start our day than sat overlooking the view we had, plus the greek yoghurt with a cappuccino was an all time favourite. 

One of my favourite places to eat was Mamalouka. We saved this for the last day; and I am so glad that we did! We pretty much had the restaurant to ourselves which meant that we could sit in the shade in the outside garden surrounded by beautiful trees and plants. The beautiful setting combined with fantastic fish dishes and a bottle of white wine, really was the perfect way to end our holiday. 

Other amazing places that we ate in the evenings actually came from recommendations from friends (who happened to be on the same island at the same time!):

AVRA which was another garden inspired restaurant that did Greek and fusion cuisine
Meating was amazing and their cappaccio was out of this world.

All of these restaurants are located within Mykonos Town, which was only a short bus ride from our resort.



What to Wear


For us, Mykonos was just as much of a beach holiday as it was to wander the streets and explore. My suitcase was packed with too many bikinis for the days that I had in Mykonos (typical that I ended up sticking to my favourites anyway). My go-to items would be a pair of old levi's shorts - easy to throw on over your bikinis when you are in search of a cocktail/Gyros. 

I had this Sabo Skirt dress over two years ago and it has never failed me. Teamed with my new favourite New Look sandals, Toyshop Sunnies and a backpack - I was ready to go. These sandals are an absolute steal at £14, also available in other colours!



Where to Go



There were a couple of things that I knew I had wanted to do which I had pre-planned through my trawling of Pinterest. Little Venice was top of my list. This may be due to the fact that I was in actual Venice only two months ago and I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to have more of that!!! We sat on the waterfront on two nights and watched the sun set over Little Venice. There are multiple bars across the front and the amazing thing is that not only do you have Little Venice to one side of you...but the famous Mykonos Windmills on the other. It really was a great spot to sit with a cocktail and watch the sun drop.

Scorpios was also a place that I had set my sights on. This again was through recommendation but its boho vibe really was the place to relax on an afternoon. We decided to walk to Scorpios (around half an hour - but combine that with the heat and hill climbs, meant that we definitely deserved the food and drink at the end). The restaurant and bar played great music and we received our beers in a bucket, which of course is the best way to have them. 

I think part of the fun in visiting places such as Mykonos is having the spontaneity to explore the hidden streets and stumble across places you may not have otherwise (this is how we found Mamalouka, after all).


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Next on my list is another Greek island...Santorini. Partly because it looks just as beautiful as Mykonos but I would be lying if the thought of another Gyros didn't play a huge part (Google them - pictures do not do the taste justice!) So until next time, Greece!

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Venice | A Snapshot

Monday, 25 April 2016



    
 Caffรจ Florian - The oldest coffee shop set in the heart of St Mark's Square


    
View across the Grand Canal from the Gritti Palace Terrace 


    
Exploring the streets of Venice by foot


    
Cicchetti and Wine Tour


   
 Gondolas and Gelato





I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Venice.

Until next time, Italy...

Hump Day | In Bed With Missguided

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


               

It's hump day...hooray!

We are halfway through the week, which means only a couple more sleeps before that Friday feeling hits! I am especially excited this week, as my sister is home this weekend. Cue the wine and giggles!

To celebrate hump day and to articulate the strong desire I have for my bed right now, I am posting a picture of my favourite Missguided pyjamas. I am also not ashamed of the fact that I have these in the grey and white stripes too...get your own set here.

Love and Ambition | Valentine's

Tuesday, 16 February 2016


  
Happy Tuesday lovers!!!

Over the Valentine's weekend I opened this adorable cracker from Marks & Spencer (buy here). It was only supposed to be a quirky addition to our Valentine's Day meal, but it has actually been key in refuelling my ambition to post what I have been getting up to here on my blog. It wasnt just the message inside that made me happy (so easily pleased, I know), but the fact that confetti sprayed out and covered the entire room upon opening. I have been finding confetti in all sorts of places for days since...

This weekend was not only Valentine's Day, but also my Mum's birthday. This meant that standard procedure called - a huge dog walk on Sunday morning. Something had to balance out the intake of wine I guess. For her birthday this year, I have decided I am giving her the opportunity to rekindle her love of taking my look book photos to post here on my blog again. She just might not know this yet!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend with their loved ones...be it family, friends or partners. Mine was relatively low key, which included great food, drink, and company. I was also lucky enough to receive a bouquet of Sweet Avalanche Roses.

Flowers, wine, and quotes...what more could a girl want?!



 

BARCELONA | Rooftops and Romance

Sunday, 13 September 2015










I have been to Barcelona twice now - both within the space of 7 months of eachother, and I definitely haven't been for the last time. Not only is it perfect weather wise, but it has everything you could want, all in one place. We stayed in Barceloneta, which gave us easy access to the beach, the city, and also nightlife...all walkable (except when in heels). 
We spent our days exploring Barcelona, broken up with afternoon naps on the beach, and it can't be disputed that we ate and drank like kings. Terraza La Isabela was so perfect and gave me another memorable rooftop experience when I saw a shooting star as the sun was setting over the city. They also provide you with blankets, and for someone who is as "nesh" as me, this was crucial.

We used Air bnb to organise our stay in the apartment - which was perfect and our host was lovely. The whole apartment was clean and modern, and we even had our own private terrace where we would sit and sip red wine before getting ready for our evening out. In terms of bars, Ocana has to be one of my favourites. This is located in Placa Reial, and has its own underground bar complete with fairy lights, cocktails and its own photo booth. We went from an underground bar (hiding from the torrential rain - but we will overlook that detail) to the Eclipse skybar at the top of the W Hotel...opposite ends of the spectrum! The atmosphere in the sky bar was great, and gave us a completely different ocean view of Barcelona.

If I could recommend one thing to do whilst in Barcelona, it would be to get yourself to Surf House and order some nanchos. You will not regret it. 

Dining recommendations:
Los Caracoles
Mordisco
Surf House
W Hotel

Morocco | Beldi Country Club

Sunday, 13 September 2015














Beldi Country Club was a recommendation that was given to us by our host at the Riad. We were unsure at first as we were only there for a short stay - we didn't want to waste a whole day in one place when we could be exploring. It turns out listening to our host was the right thing to do. Beldi Country club was set away from the Red City and out towards the mountains, meaning it was secluded with incredible views. The club had everything, ranging from swimming pools to great halls and even a spa, all set within spectacular grounds. We were welcomed by staff who could not help enough, ensuring that we had everything we needed whilst we were there. The club also had a hotel attached, so for some lucky guests this place was their base.

We were there for the best part of the day, and spent our time exploring the grounds followed by a four course meal. It really did feel like a fairytale and it was definitely unlike anywhere I have ever been before. The great halls that are no doubt used for functions and entertaining, reminded me of a Moroccan Hogwarts...just like magic.

If you are heading to Marrakech, I would definitely recommend checking it out: http://beldicountryclub.com/en/

Morocco | by Rooftop

Saturday, 12 September 2015












In my opinion, there is no better way to watch a sunset than from a rooftop bar. I think it is the atmosphere of being up high and away from the main street noise - it provides a sense of stillness as the world carries on below.

I didn't really expect Marrakech to have as many rooftop terraces as it did, and in all honesty I think we averaged around two a day. It was in Morocco that I had one of my favourite rooftop moments. It was the first night and we went to a restaurant called "Nomad". We practically had our own dining area on the rooftop that was set apart and overlooked the souks. It was at that moment when a huge thunderstorm hit, and purple lightning bolts struck across the skies. I feel that is an experience I probably wont have again - but it really was incredible.

My rooftop recommendations:-
La Sultana
El Fenn
NOMAD
Riad Snan13
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