Monday, 17 October 2016

Food for Thought

It's Monday! They soon come around, don't they?

So, there are two main hobbies that I have in life - eating and shopping. Ok ok, three main hobbies that I have in life... eating, shopping, and sleeping. So on Sunday when we found ourselves with a free day, we decided to take a little trip to Manchester in search of good food and a couple of shops. Now, I have been to Manchester many times, but I have never eaten in Tattu. I'm not going to lie, I had seen pictures on Instagram which is where my desire to go originated (classic Instagram research...makes a change from Pinterest searching I guess!). Tattu 100% lived up to expectations! Not only is the setting perfect (who doesn't want a giant pink tree hanging over them whilst they eat?!) but the staff couldn't help enough, and the food really was AMAZING. It was one of those situations where you have no idea how much of what to order, but you know that you definitely want one of everything. I wish I could advise more on the dishes but I can tell you that the choices we went for were just perfection, these were; 3 Dim Sum (Black Cod and Prawn, Spicy Pork Wonton, and Chicken Truffle Shumai) and 3 small plates (Chinese Barbecue Chicken, Singapore Noodles, and Caramel Soy Beef Fillet). If you haven't been already...go! Especially if you have a special occasion coming up that you want to celebrate. You won't be disappointed. Maybe heading to the shops post Dim Sum wasn't actually the best idea in the world, in terms of actually being able to fit into the new clothes you want to buy. Hey, you live and you learn!

Friday, 14 October 2016


When I woke at 7am this morning. It was dark. DARK. Ok, it wasn't really dark but it definitely wasn't as light as it was this time a week ago. Anyway...there is only one winter warmer I am grabbing before I leave the house lately, and that is this dreamy aviator jacket. I've had my eye on a couple for a while now, but I am SO happy with the fit of this one. I like my winter jackets to be a little oversized, so that I can go to town with my layering! This jacket seems to have the right balance between weight and warmth, and kinda feels like an instant hug when you throw it on. It is fleece-lined on the inside which contributes to the extra-snug feel. Plus, who doesn't feel like a biker chick when you have buckles on your sleeves? Partner this with a pair of Dr Martens and boom. Biker mode activated. 

Aviator Jacket: boohoo (Buy here) // Scarf: ASOS (Buy here) // Jeans: Topshop (Buy here)
 // Boots: Dr. Martens

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Frill Seeker

Ok, so now that I can say I am firmly back on English turf - I guess I had better start putting some serious consideration into expanding my Autumn/Winter wardrobe ready for the cold. I'm not gonna lie...I am genuinely SO excited to see the next couple of months, winter really is my favourite time of year (maybe it has something to do with the fact I am a December baby - but hey!).

Do you ever get the feeling when you find an item that you love, and you want to buy it twice just incase something happens to the first? I got exactly that with this dress of dreams. It feels like its been a while since I've worn a midi dress, but this is just the perfect style and fit. It's midi length makes it a perfect transition from day to night, but also offers protection from the classic English winter conditions. I wore this dress without the need for a jacket, which is good for our climate, but the cute trumpet style sleeves negated the need to cover up completely - bonus points!

One of my favourite trends at the moment is frills and this dress has very much done frills justice. Combine the subtle frills with the detailing, and all boxes are ticked! It also has a mix of floral prints which really works to give an autumnal vibe. Not to mention it's floaty fit, which paired with my ankle boots makes me feel like I've just stepped out of a western film! In all honesty...I was one step away from throwing a fedora on to really top this look off!

The list is endless with how I plan to style this dress; strappy heels and a clutch? Knee high boots and a fedora? Fur coat and ankle boots? Yep yep yep. I even plan to hoist it up with a waist belt - which will offer more of a skater dress feel for my dressier nights out. It is definitely going to be a staple piece for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Versatility and absolute perfection are the words that spring to mind with this dress!

Dress: Debenhams (buy here)
Boots: Missguided (buy here)
Bag: Zara (buy here)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Moroccan Moments

Hello! Second and final post on my recent trip to Morocco - promise. 

If I had to pick my favourite moments of the holiday there are definitely a few that stand out. One of the key things that we had on our list of "to-dos" was to visit a traditional hammam. For those who don't know, this is basically a Moroccan style spa with certain treatments included. We opted for a full package to really experience a typical hammam in the heart of the city. It was a three stage process, starting with an initial body scrub using eucalyptus and spices. We were then taken into an adjoining room where we lay down on a bed, drank mint tea, and had a brief foot massage. By this point I felt like I had lost around a stone in dead skin that had previously been vigorously rubbed off, whilst simultaneously stressing my tan had been and gone forever. From here we were moved into a relaxation room and were given a full (and by full - I mean full) body massage. I have to admit it was one of the best massages I have had, and I felt fully prepared to continue my stint of relaxation on the sunbed that afternoon. 

I just HAVE to mention the taxi rides that we took when we were navigating through the medina. I felt like I had stepped back in time. They felt so old and even had fur on the dashboards! It gave me a glimpse of what I would expect Cuba to feel like (a place that is definitely on the list for next year!). In order to try and avoid the risk of overheating in the 36 degree heat, my outfit choices seemed to consist of floaty maxi skirts and loose fitting jumpsuits (backless, to let that extra bit of fresh air in!) for my explorations around the red city.

It's no secret for those of you who read my travel posts and follow my Instagram, that I am a big advocate for a rooftop bar. Pair this with a bottle of wine and an array of snacks - and I am sold! La Sultana, which is the rooftop bar shown in the above photos, is one of my favourite places I have visited. We went to watch the sunset over the medina - which was just so peaceful and surreal. I always try to do a degree of planning when it comes to my outfit choices for a new place I am visiting, so opted for a floaty off the shoulder dress for this classic terrace moment.

You'll also see a picture of the intricate detail shown on a row of pillows, because well, why not?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Riads and Rooftops

Ok so I landed back in England yesterday morning (sob) following my week in Morocco. This is actually the second time that I have been to Marrakech, and more often than not when travelling I try to avoid going to the same place as I like to experience new places - but I loved it just as much as I did the first time. You can find out what I got up to on my previous visit last year under my "Travel" tab.

It is always so overwhelming for me when you get to experience the contrast between the streets of the medina, and the tranquility that lies behind the Riad doors. I knew that I wanted to visit a couple of Riads during the trip, as each one seems to offer you its own idyllic place of retreat away from the hustle and bustle. If you go to Marrakech - head to Le Riad Yasmine. The mint tea and coconut snacks are obviously a massive plus - but it really is just the perfect setting. There is something about being surrounded by water and vibrant tiling that makes you feel so at peace. Is it too much to ask to get one of these in England? the open courtyards might not quite be as enjoyable when it is snowing though...

For me, when I am travelling, I always seem to find myself searching for rooftop bars. I think you just get to experience a place from a whole new perspective when you are looking at it from above. We managed to stumble across a couple of rooftops accidentally during the trip - but they were still amazing! The names of these rooftops were Cafe Guerrab and Riad Wow Marrakech (ordered below) - definitely worth a visit if you are in Marrakech and looking for a little pitstop/sunset view.

We spent our days relaxing in the heat and dipping in the pool, we of course ventured out to find some hidden gems, and as ever, Marrakech definitely delivered on this front. Check out my post to follow which will include some of my outfit choices for the week.