Monday, 7 May 2018

Exploring Mykonos

Hello! And happy bank holiday weekend to you. I hope it's treated you well and you've enjoyed this lovely sunshine! I've gotta tell ya, I've had a corker of a weekend; I spent most of last week in Mykonos, partially for work and partially for play which has left me feeling like a very lucky gal indeed. I spent Thursday to Sunday exploring this little Greek isle, and it's safe to say, I fell a little bit in love with marvellous Mykonos. I left my (now very broken, now very frustratingly awful) camera at home, and snapped away on my iPhone, so thought I'd cobble together a rough-and-ready, simple guide for anyone who fancies a trip to this notoriously beautiful island.


T-shirt: Zara // Skirt: Asos (similar) // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Primark // Sunglasses: H&M

First and foremost, the thing you absolutely must do, is get lost in the winding alleyways of Mykonos town. From quirky little boutiques, to food for days, to the famous white buildings, cobbled streets and pink flowers - there's plenty of pretty to be seen (and snapped). Make sure you swing by the harbour for dinner and drinks after a couple hours of wandering, followed by a cocktail spot in Little Venice for sunset. You can also pop by the famous Windmills just up from Little Venice, equally pretty in the daytime or at dusk. With it only being the start of the season, the streets - whilst busy enough - weren't overly packed, so we could mooch about fairly easily. I've heard that in high summer, it's best to visit as early in the morning as possible to avoid the crowds!

Top: Asos (similar) // Shorts: Asos (similar) // Sliders & Bag: Primark

Another top tip: hire a car and find places to explore. There are very few taxis on the island, which means it's quite expensive to get around if you don't have a car. There are some buses, but we decided the best way of getting around for us would be by car. It gives you SO much freedom and works out a lot cheaper than forking out on taxis. It means you can spend as little or as long as you like in places, and with Mykonos being so small, you can literally drive from one end to the other and stop off anywhere that takes your fancy. I must admit, I was hesitant to try driving on the 'other side' of the road, so luckily Ben took the reins! Aside from the views you get from the winding roads above the blanket of white houses, two of my favourite spots (away from Mykonos town) were the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera and Fokos Beach. The former, a quaint and quiet monastery with beautiful interior. The latter, a fairly untouched beach surrounded by desert-like rocks and clear blue sea. There are no amenities at Fokos Beach, which means getting there by car is probably the best course of action - you can pack up all the essentials ready for a few hours of relaxation on the sand. Both of these spots were super quiet, with only a few people around - a stark difference to the hustle of Mykonos town, and were spots to explore at a more relaxed pace. 


From gyros, to greek salad and tzatziki, Greeks sure know how to make delicious food. Mykonos town has a wealth of eateries to try, and offer every kind of food imaginable. The best thing about alfresco dining is that you can spy on what everyone else is tucking into and decide whether to dine there yourself! After spotting a few people wandering around with take-away gyros, we knew we had to try them too. The verdict? SO delicious, and now I want to eat them for lunch every day.

So, there you have it, a quick guide to Mykonos! I've been back home for just over 24 hours and am missing this pretty island a little already. Coming back to British sunshine and BBQs galore has definitely helped though! Let's hope the warmer climes stick around a bit longer.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Outfits from the 'Gram: Part II

Lately, I've kinda given up with lugging my camera around in an attempt to take outfit photos. Aside from it being a heavy addition to a handbag, it's not doing quite what it used to (and even back in the day, it wasn't a camera with super-duper functionality). At almost 4 years old, my little Nikon is giving up the ghost. I'm by no means a master of photography, but I think I'm about ready to start the long slog of saving for a newer model, or maybe for something more compact to pop in my handbag day-to-day. It's a hobby that I adore but one I've let slide, so perhaps in a few months once the finances are in place, I'll renew my love for the lens. In the meantime though, I'm trying to be spontaneous with my (again, basic) iPhone 6 plus. It takes the pressure off a little, which means I have new motivation to populate the 'gram.

February and March have been funny old months. February seemed to whizz by in a flash, and March greeted us with a dumping of snow and minus temperatures. Being stuck between seasons brings about new challenges in simply putting on clothes, but my new go-to, is to chuck on a black polo neck under a summer dress, and team it with boots and a beret (I've truly forgotten what life was like pre-beret now). It makes me feel a little brighter and a step closer to sunnier days, but practically speaking, I'm WARM. Asos is always a fave, and this pink floral midi dress, and green floral tea dress, have proved themselves to be versatile style-saviours.

Does anyone else just walk into Monki and immediately regret it because you just know your bank balance is about to significantly reduce? Because same. I knew I needed this retro-feelin', striped number as soon as I laid eyes on it. I teamed it with my practically-pyjama velvet trousers from Zara and whacked on some classic converse for a true homage to the seventies.

And hello snow! To a lot of the UK, the snow brought about absolute chaos and more times than not, it can be more of a ball-ache than a ball. But, it looked so pretty from outside my window that I had to step out and embrace it, wearing the coat that absolutely everyone has (and for good reason): the Monki vinyl biker jacket. It literally goes with e-ver-y-thing.

Last but not least, I've found myself sporting some primary colours of late. Primark always brings the gems, with a pop of bright blue or a classic red check.

Word on the weather-forecast is that we could be about to be dusted with more snow this weekend. Whilst I hope warmer climes make an appearance soon, I can't deny that I'll miss fluffy jumpers and cute jackets! Here's to a few more weeks of not knowing if it's going to be -5 degrees or borderline tropical, and to experimenting with winter-meets-spring ensembles!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Outfits from the 'Gram

Well, hello there! I know this is WAY overdue on 26th January, but Happy New Year! The festivities have well and truly left the building, and instead, we're now stuck in an endless cycle of January (seriously, when will it end?!). It's been a fairly uneventful month since the NYE hangover, but I've still not found the time to blog (and that's one New Year's Resolution I've already managed to let slide...). But here we are! And I'm trying one photo at a time to get back into the rhythm of this blogging malarkey. I thought I'd put together a quick post of some of the things I've worn throughout winter, but haven't had a chance to pop up on here until now. 

I'll start at the top. I've become OBSESSED with Nasty Gal. Its reasonably priced garms have got me good, and this 'Femme' sweater was an amazing sale find. A late night dash to Tesco turned into a mini photoshoot down the detergent aisle, all because the colour arrangement made for a cute backdrop, whilst perfectly matching the rainbow effect of the sweater. Who'da thunk?

The second and third photos kinda show a story of the seasons, starting with pumpkin picking in autumn, and a wander through the snow in winter (and equally awkward poses in each). Both situs posed an opportunity to do some outfit recycling, wearing pieces that have dwelled in the 'drobe for far too long. Another NY resolution is for me to mix and match with what I already have and spend less on new clothes. I'm hoping Ben and I can start climbing that property ladder this year, so every penny saved counts!

Onto the fourth and fifth photos, and I'm going to call this my 'beret era' (which I'm still VERY much in). Primark came up trumps again with this Parisienne piece, and at only £4, naturally I bought the same beret in a variety of colours. From posing with a pink door in my zara-crochet-jumper-sale-find-of-dreams (because, why wouldn't you?!), to mirror selfies in the squeakiest H&M puffer jacket, winter dressing is still proving to be a lotta fun, albeit slightly tricky when the weather's so unpredictable.

And last but not least, my NYE party attire. I picked up this silver sequin top for £15 in the Very sale after spotting it on style queen and all-round lovely human Fearne Cotton. That wasn't the best bargain on my person on December 31st though - I upped the sparkly ante with multicoloured sequin heels from Topshop, reduced form £49 to £20! It's safe to say the excitement at finding them in my size was off the charts, and I boogied the night away looking like a human disco ball.

So there you have it, a quick round up of outfits from the 'gram. Have a great weekend folks. Hopefully I'll see ya again soon!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Beret Christmas

Coat: Primark // Jumpsuit: Monki // Boots: Zara // Beret: Primark // Bag: Monki (similar)

Me? Google 'how to wear a beret' frantically before heading out in this outfit? Never! Ok, maybe a little. Effortless chic is not necessarily my forte, but I was determined to attempt the trend. 

I bought this jumpsuit a couple of months ago from Monki aka my new fave high street store. DAMN that store and its bewitching garms - my money magically disappears as soon as I get onto their site... I've worn it to a few parties/gatherings and even a day or two here at work since purchasing it, so at least I can confirm I'm getting my money's worth. With this piece making such an appearance day-to-day, it was only right that I wrote an ode to this Monki number on here too. The print, the comfort and the day-to-night-ability makes it the best thing in my wardrobe at the moment!

I paired it with my newest Primark accessories; the ultimate winter shearling coat (the quality is AMAZING!) and a pillar box red beret. I'm always a fan of a pop of colour here and there and I like to think it makes the outfit stand out a little more. Not only that, but red is of course the fave festive shade, and I don't know about you, but I am SUPER excited for the Christmas break. With there not being too long left until the big day, I'm rapidly realising I really need to get my skates on and finish ticking off the shopping list... Oops!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Get Nasty

Dress: Nasty Gal // Boots: Primark

Ahh, autumn. You so pretty. Who doesn't love the orange hues, cosy evenings and an excuse to stay in PJs all weekend? I was reluctant to give up summer dressing (especially as we hadn't even really had a summer), but now the fresh, chilly air has settled in for the season, I'm embracing it. Now that the cold season is officially here, my bank account has officially been emptied. From new knits, to boot hauls, I've gone a bit wild on the new season wardrobe, starting with this BEAUT Nasty Gal dress. 

My first experience with Nasty Gal has been a dream. 25% off AND free next day delivery meant that this marvellous midi was only 26 quid and it is quite the bargain. The seventies ruffles, pretty floral print and flowing skirt is right up my street, and now I just want to buy everything else off the site too. Nasty Gal has cast its spell on me and I am bewitched by the gorgeous garms. 

For an extra slice of seventies pizzazz, I teamed the dress with my glittery sock boots from Primark. So sparkly they're probably visible from space, and I have even caught some compliments from strangers about them too!

Now that the dark evenings are here, I'm SO looking forward to Netflix filled weekends in fluffy socks with plenty of hot chocolate. My mourning for summer has officially ended!