10 Of The Best Things That Happened In 2018

I wanted to post one of these after realising I hadn't and I love looking back on them. I love the idea of rounding up the year in words and pictures and 2018 has been an eventful year for me, in some ways it's been incredible but in others, it's been quite difficult. Either way, I'm so happy I have a boyfriend who makes me smile every day and wonderful family and friends. So here are my highlights of 2018 and here's to a happy and healthy 2019.

Stonehaven


Something that I did this year was I took a few day trips which is something I really wanted to do. I'm no stranger to exploring but it's something I absolutely wanted to do more of and now I have lots of lovely memories. From the tastiest ice cream to exploring the quaint Scottish seaside, Stonehaven is a town I'd love to go back to. Naturally, it was absolutely freezing but thankfully the cosy fish and chip restaurants saved us from becoming icicles. I'm so happy we had such a lovely time in Stonehaven, it left us wanting to explore more of Scotland and I have the Isle Of Skye on my Scottish exploration list. 

Moved Back Home


2018 brought me back home to Newcastle and to Durham University. Like a lot of things in life, it was completely unexpected and after an unbelievably painful five months, relocated home in the summer. I'm so proud of myself for fighting through what felt like never-ending pain, and now in 2019, I can't wait to see what the year holds. This year my diet also had to completely change (which gave me equal parts relief/worry) and I got a pretty good recommendation from the previous university, which made for a very exciting venture in Durham. 


Spa Break at Raddison Blu Durham

The mini-break continued in 2018 - and ended with more relaxation than I think I ever expected. With my first proper break to Durham with my boyfriend, I got to truly kick back and relax after a painful few months. Chilling in a beautiful spa with the most hilarious and supportive person made for the most special break and I'm still planning our next day at the spa. 

Taylor Swift


A weekend of pure nostalgia, indeed! This trip I saw one of my all time favourite artists (Taylor Swift) perform at the 02 with one of my besties, as well as head to The Sanderson Hotel for a very swanky afternoon tea. The concert became a sprinkle of nostalgia after a series of old-school tunes I poured my heart out to when I was 13 were performed live in-front of us almost ten years later, and we also paid a little trip to London Zoo at night, which felt pretty surreal. 

Paris 


I like to think of Paris as the trip we walked A LOT. I was exceptionally proud, we covered a substantial amount of the city and really got to immerse ourselves in just two whole days. It was also our first trip of 2018 outside of the UK (also my first attempt navigating foreign gluten free food - not as hard as you think) and ticked The Louvre of my bucket list, ate too many treats and just enjoying the weather! We also got to visit Le Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette and watch the sunset from the most spectacular terrace in Paris. 

My Sister Got Married

More than just a wedding, In September I went to Eshott Hall for the first time, and although I knew the day would be amazing, I adored spending it with people who just cherished the newlyweds. Ben and I also stayed the night at Eshott in the most beautiful room which, naturally, involved enjoying a soak in the bath of dreams. I also stayed in the cutest cottage the night before the wedding with the bridal party - which obviously involved lots of champagne, pizza and girly films. I am still not over how lovely the wedding weekend was.

Arctic Monkeys 

Arctic Monkeys was the first ever gig that Ben and I saw together all the way back in 2014, and four years on we're still absolutely loving them. We also had a good ol' Fat Hippo burger which, to be honest, is always a celebration, literally, it was the best night. 


22nd Birthday 

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I'M FEELING TWENTY TWOOO! I had one of the loveliest birthdays with some of my favourite people, ate plenty of food and got birthday blues afterwards because it was so heart-warming. I ate a wonderful meal in my favourite restaurant with Ben, as well as a cosy evening munching on pizza and birthday cake. I received the most gorgeous presents too and it couldn't have been a nicer birthday.

Festive Trip To London

 

2018 started with a booking to London, and staying in The Hoxton Hotel - which was always going to be a treat. Ben and I braved Oxford Street and headed to Borough Market for some additional Christmas gifts and brill pancakes. We also ended up in the Christmas Market at London Bridge - actually preferred over Winter Wonderland and was one of my absolute highlights of the trip.

New Year's Eve In Edinburgh


Finally, December ended at Edinburgh's Hogmanay which was a total dream. It was definitely one of my favourite nights with Ben, and was the perfect New Year's Eve. Ringing in the New Year with pizza, lots of dancing and Ben was the perfect end to a new beginning. 

I hope your New Year is filled with brill memories and brill company.
2019, we're ready for you!

The Paris Diaries

I knew this diary would take me a little while to pull together. Although we were only in The City of Lights for two whole days, it felt like we covered a substantial amount of the city and really got to immerse ourselves from a tourist, and a local point of view.

It's safe to say that I absolutely fell in love with the city from the moment I hopped off the plane, and although we only explored a sprinkling of what Paris has to offer - I know I'll be returning - and not just for the food!

I have tried to whip up an introduction to the city from a newbie point of view and include as much as possible for a really useful insight to the city. 
















Sights:

Square Aristide Cavaill√©-Coll: 

You're spoilt for choice with an incredible array of architecturally brilliant churches, homes and sculptures in the city, on our first morning in Paris we headed across the road to a church. Exploring here was one of my favourite things on this trip and seeing it so tranquil in it's first part of the day and bustling with locals after noon really was a pleasure. On top of that, I also loved the charming garden, a leafy park sat on either side of the church that has the prettiest cobbled stones, perfect for twirling photo opportunities and pretending you're in a Parisian movie. 

Le Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette: 

If you fancy seeing a truly beautiful view of the city, may I suggest you take a trip to Galeries Lafayette: a department store hampered with lavish design and a rooftop terrace - a fantastic place to watch the sun go down and take in the beauty of the city. 


Louvre Museum: 

Although I'm not really one for busy tourist attractions, this was a must, and seeing the pyramids in person was a surreal experience. So much so, we lost track of time wandering around the grounds and probably taking too many photos. 
Admiring paintings and sculptures, decoratively lavish ceilings and getting in some culture was so gratifying and although the museum is pretty huge and easy to get lost in, it was worth it for the huge dose of culture and satisfaction you get when leaving. 

P.S Although the Mona Lisa is a renaissance marvel,  the entirety of the Louvre museum is packed with art that should not be missed. It's worth exploring the lesser known paintings, and always look up you may be surprised.  






Eiffel Tower:

Naturally the first thing we thought of when it came to our first evening in Paris, was watching the sunset from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Although we were tired and slightly achey from walking around the Louvre, the calling of one of the most popular monuments in the world had us running and before we knew it we were in the lift ready to take in the spectacular views of Paris. 
Despite having expectations of busy tourists everywhere - one hundred percent correct - we were surprised at how much we loved peeking through the wire pointing out landmarks and trying to locate our hotel. 
Just make sure you are prepared for the heat and the mega long queues! 
 

 

Just let me know when I can hop on a plane to explore more of this amazing city. 

x

The Most Perfect Summer Dress



I think it's fair to say I am well and truly in the summer swing. One thing i've found myself leaning towards as the temperature heats up are shades of white - a little risky I know! 

Although I can't certainly promise you i'm going to keep my whites white (little miss clumsy here dropped her matte lipstick within seconds of popping the dress on) it's been nice to inject a little summer into my wardrobe and pretend i'm strolling the lanes of Santorini.

Having had a public love affair with off the shoulder pieces and cute little buttons, I naturally fell head over heels for this easy-going dress. It feels a little bit European, slightly ditzy and pretty fun to inject something classic that needs little styling.





Having spotted this Next dress in store, I fell in love with the white cotton embroidered frill and the adorable buttons. Paired with the patent grey slingback ballet flats from ASOS which have pretty much been glued to my feet since I bought them and my cat eye sunglasses, it feels like a perfect combination of European wandering and Alice in Wonderland - in my mind anyway, that's what i like to think. So, you can expect to see this combo around here during summer days.

Just let me know where I can hire a cute bike with a basket, have a life-long subscription for peonies and a talking rabbit so I can really take this look to the next level.

Dress: Next 

Shoes: ASOS

Sunglasses: ASOS

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Off-The Shoulder

Oh, hello there lovely people! Today I thought I'd chit chat about this glorious little off the shoulder top with you, I feel like I've neglected my little blog lately but fear not, I'm back and I'm here to stay! Perhaps you can blame the endless hospital trips and constant tests for the overdue chatter.

So let's talk about the off the shoulder top. I'm almost always spotted sporting an off-the shoulder number during spring-summer, and this bad boy was no exception. Having done a colossal clear out (a.k.a an overflowing wardrobe that was begging for some space) - I'd picked up a lime coloured crop and an off-the shoulder dress from ASOS before spotting this just as I was about to check out.

Naturally, with having nothing left in my wardrobe - myself and my empty closet both agreed that I had to have it. Not only is it the perfect length, with puffy sleeves and rolled over shoulders but it's the most perfect light, summery fabric and looks gorgeous with pretty much everything.           


              


Anyway - I don't need to bore you with the specifics of the material and how much I bloody well love it (I think you already know) - but I'm almost certain it's set the tone for the rest of my spring and summer wardrobe: lots and lots of off-the shoulder things, plenty of buttons and feminine details.

Having worn it over the weekend to a cute market just around the corner from home, it made for the perfect choice for exploring in the sunshine. Paired with a ripped denim skirt, my converse trainers and a suede saddle bag - you can expect to see this 'I just threw this on' combo around here on lazy days and on my upcoming getaway to Paris. Just let me know if you spot any other cute little off-the shoulder tops so I can finally pop this one in the wash (I'm that obsessed).

Top: River Island 

Skirt: Missguided 

Shoes: Converse