Travel Wishlist

Saturday, 31 January 2015
For the last few weeks I've spent most of my spare time scouring the web for honeymoon inspiration.  It's no exaggeration to say that I've looked at 100's of hotel websites, browsing boutique hotels, luxury resorts, beach hotels, hotels with sea views, hotels with private pools, all inclusive hotels, in locations from Greek Islands to Spain to the Amalfi Coast.  Given that my day job involves working with hotel websites it's seriously been hotel OVERLOAD and at one point earlier today I was feeling completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of choices in front of me that I thought we would never make a decision. But then….I stumbled across our absolute dream hotel, and after a quick scout of their Tripadvisor reviews (all amazing),  checking our travel options (no Scotland flights, but Manchester will do) and finding the site with the cheapest rates and no deposit required (thanks Expedia) it was booked.  Phew, what a bloody relief!  So I might not have my wedding dress yet, or arranged a humanist to marry us, but the honeymoon is sorted so it's all good.

Anyway, during my 2 week travel search meltdown I ended up looking at some of the most stunning hotels I have seen in my life. And like I said above, I work in travel so I've already seen (and been lucky enough to visit) my fair share of beautiful hotels but I've looked at so many websites recently that have made me genuinely gasp and "ooooh" at just how amazing they are.  Some of them were just too good to not share, so I thought I'd put together my favourites into a blog post so you can all share my grief at the fact I will never be able to afford to actually stay there.  


Website - Hotel Santa Caterina
Website - Myconian Imperial Resort
Website - Belmond Hotel Caruso
Website - Chateau Saint Martin
Website - Kresten Royal Villas
Website - Palazzo Avino
Website - Lindian Village
Website - Il San Pietro Di Positano
Website - Bahiazul Villas
Website - Amathus Beach Resort
Website - Grand Hotel Capodimonte
Website - Cavo Olympo
Website - Aquila Elounda Village
Website - Lefay Resort

Maybe if we all pool our money together we can afford to share a room at one of these hotels for the night?  Sleepover anyone??  In all seriousness though, some of these aren't *that* crazy expensive so if you're also looking to book your honeymoon (or just an extra special holiday) then definitely take a look.  And if you do decide to visit any then please take me with you, it's only fair :)

In case you're interested, we ended up finding a sea view suite with a private pool at a lovely new hotel in Rhodes - can't flippin wait!!

What I've Been Buying in the Sales

Saturday, 24 January 2015
H&M - was £12.99 reduced to £7
New Look - was £17.99 reduced to £7
Topshop - £26 (not in the sale)
New Look - was £17.99 reduced to £4
Topshop -was £46 reduced to £15
Left: H&M - was £24.99 reduced to £10
Right: New Look - £12.99 (not in the sale)
Left: New Look - £12.99 (not in the sale)
Right: New Look -was £9.99 now £4
Top: H&M - £7.99 (not in the sale)
Trainers: New Look - £19.99
Left: New Look - was £12.99 reduced to £5
Middle: Dorothy Perkins - was £18 reduced to £7
Right: Topshop - was £16.50 reduced to £5
Topshop - was £65 reduced to £20

The temptation to buy EVERYTHING in the Boxing Day sales this year was STRONG.  I spent so many evenings browsing online and filling shopping baskets before deciding against it and shutting the laptop.  Probably a smart decision given that I'm saving for a wedding.  I did end up buying a couple of things though, but tried to be sensible and only get items that I actually needed - namely new gym gear and smart stuff for work.  

Gym gear because I really need to start getting back into a gym routine again, I think I went like twice in the last 3 months of 2014, oops.  I also feel like I'm stuck in a bit of a rut with workwear as I have about 5 outfits that I really like and I just wear them on rotation.  I got some really cute winter florals though which are a welcome addition to my work wardrobe.  Also - that new satchel has been pretty much glued to my side since the start of Jan, I love it so much!

I've got no justification for those glitter shoes though. And no regrets.

Btw I also filmed a sales haul video featuring some of these items (as well as some makeup bits) which you can view on my youtube channel.

(I've put links on the captions above if the items are still available online)

OOTD: Wearing The Sales

Saturday, 10 January 2015
Oh look it's my first OOTD of 2015!  I did a grand total of 13 Outfit of the Day posts in 2014 which isn't too bad, but I'll try to do better this year.

I quickly* took these photos this morning before heading off to meet my pal Kirsty for lunch.  Funnily enough, my first OOTD of 2014 was also taken on the day I met her for a post Christmas catch up lunch, which is a nice wee coincidence.

*I say quickly, it actually took about 45 minutes and made me miss my bus….oops

I've called this "Wearing The Sales" as half of the outfit was purchased in the January sales (and will feature in an upcoming sales haul post).  The pleated skirt is from New Look and an absolute bargain at just £7.  The necklace and bag are both from Topshop - the satchel being my bargain of the year at £20 reduced from £65, ooh mama!  

I had originally planned on including some outdoor shots here too, and was going to ask Kirsty to help me photos but halfway through lunch it started snowing so that plan went out the window.  Luckily I'd taken some backup shots in my coat before I left so those will have to do!  

The cosy cream scarf is an oldie from Primark (it's soooo soft!) and the gloves are from Three (yep, they also do accessories!).  In case you can't tell from my cheesy phone shot, the gloves are usable with touchscreens which means I am free to browse Twitter on my iPhone whilst waiting on my bus in the morning without getting chilly fingers - win!

skirt - New Look (not online)
top - Dorothy Perkins (not online)
necklace - Topshop (not online)
satchel - Topshop (not online)
boots - New Look
coat - ASOS (old)
gloves* - Three

A Year on Cocktails & Daydreams

Friday, 2 January 2015
A slightly vain exercise, I admit, but I've seen similar posts on other blogs and thought it was a nice way to round up a year of blogging.

So here's my favourite posts from each month of 2014.

Post - OOTD - Winter is Coming

Post - Wishlist: Pop Culture

Post - Copenhagen

Post - Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette Dupe

Post - Timehop Diaries #1

Post - Bruges Holiday

Post - Being Tourists in Glasgow

Post - Edinburgh Fringe Round Up

Post - Royal Botanic Gardens

Post - OOTD: Windswept in Tartan

Post - DIY Map Shelves

Post - Visiting an Abandoned Themepark

Also as a little bonus - here's my favourite 3 videos from my Youtube channel in 2014.