Dear Instagram: why do you ruin the quality of every photo as soon as they are uploaded? 📷 . How is it Monday already? I remember when I was like 7 and I would spend my entire year waiting for Christmas to come, it seemed like it took ages. People would say when you’re older life goes so fast, and I thought they were just nutty, but it’s scary how true it is 💭 . Castle Combe ft pink bobble hat. I’m back to being stroppy about my photos. It’s a combination of the winter sun making everything into a giant shadow or just blasting it all with way too much brightness, and the fact my camera sometimes gives a super clear picture and other times it looks like blurry crap 💩
Having major first world problems this morning, why is finding a dream house so hard. Got me crying over a cup of tea and a tea cake today 🤣 what a drama queen I am 🤦🏻♀️ . It’s snowing today, pretty sure that wasn’t forecast 🧐 29 days till sunny Florida! Although I don’t want to wish life away so I will stop dreaming it away 🙊🙊 . Have a fabulous Sunday my lovelies! X
I think I’ve found my new favourite house! Although I can’t stop imagining how it would look even prettier during May when there are leaves on the trees and flowers by the door 🌷 . Thanks for all your comments on my post yesterday, it was an interesting debate and I always enjoy seeing both sides of the ‘argument’. I’m pretty lucky in that none of my followers are hot heads and even when we have different views on things everything stays calm 🤣 I’ve decided going forward that when I post a picture or a comment on here of a hotel that I have been lucky enough to stay at on a complimentary basis I will state this at the beginning of the caption. Although I would like to clarify now that all comments/opinions I have of these places are honest, if I don’t like somewhere, I’ll tell you 🤣 . Whilst I was in the Cotswolds I stayed at @loghouseholidays, and I can genuinely say it was absolutely gorgeous! Great for family holidays or romantic getaways ❤️ . Hope you all have some lovely plans for this weekend, it’s chucking it down with rain here, I guess that’s what happens when you get three beautiful crisp and sunny days in a row! ☔️
Feeling a little sad at the state of society today. I want to ask, what are your views on influencer marketing on social media? This morning I heard about the YouTuber/blogger who has received a huge backlash for reaching out to a hotel and asking for a complimentary stay in return for social media coverage. . Now I know how that might look to many people, why should she get it for free? Perhaps a year ago I would have thought the same, but now I understand why she would do that and it just breaks my heart for her (I do not know her and nor had I heard of her until yesterday) that people are now bullying her on her social media accounts. . I’d like to be fairly transparent that when I post about hotels etc I have most likely received a free stay, sometimes I reach out to the hotel, other times they reach out to me, so really to no different to what this girl did. However, what I can be sure in saying is if I do not like a place, then I won’t recommend it. I have actually had a free stay before and really wouldn’t recommend it to any of my followers and was honest with that. But hoteliers heavily rely on social media exposure, and by giving someone a free stay, well it’s a win win for both parties, much cheaper than a magazine or tv ad and the reach is often much higher! . Anyway, I would love to know your thoughts? For me, media is media, whether is online, social or print, the goal is the same at the end of the day at just social media is much more accessible to everyday men and women!
The flamingos came to Lacock. Explored some of my favourite villages this afternoon from @loghouseholidays, Castle Combe, Bradford on Avon and Lacock ✅ weather has been amazing luckily! But chilly ☀️ . My friend and I got shouted at by a man in Castle Combe who wanted to take a picture (I didn’t realise at the time) and I was in the way. Well it was more of a passive aggressive ‘for god sake move!’ behind our backs 🙊🙊 some people really need to desires and enjoy the countryside. . Tried to get a slice of cake in Lacock but they only had Victoria Sponge with a lemon filling. My advice, do not deviate from a strawberry filling when it comes to Victoria Sponge!!! No cake for us so I bought an entire one from M&S 🤣
Impromptu trip to the Cotswolds this week, thank you @loghouseholidays for having us. Accidentally looking like a sasspants here but I was doing an unintentional hair flick 🤣🤣 . The sunset might bring some warmth to the picture but it’s bloody cold and windy, cuddled up inside next to the fire and watching the ducks swim across the lake 🦆 . Off to explore some villages tomorrow, if anyone has any recommendations on pretty places near Cirencester, let me know! 📷
I’ve not been taking many pictures recently but I’ve been getting so much work done! Need to head back up to Northamptonshire and snap some more villages because these are some of my favourites 😍 . If I had waited just 30 minutes longer I’d probably have got an epic sunset, but I took this a few days before Christmas so I was in a rush to get everything done 🤭 . New blog post is up! Christmas in London. Yes it’s a bit late but maybe it’ll be helpful to all those planning on a Christmas trip for 2018 🤗
This photo seems appropriate today seeing as it’s chucking it down with rain today! It’s Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year today. For anyone that is feeling down, make a small change in your life, stretch before you get up in the morning, play your favourite music as you get ready for work or school, and watch your favourite film tonight before bed. Sometimes it’s the smallest things in life that make the biggest difference 🙏🏼 . I’ve realised today I’ve not written on my blog in ages, does anyone have anything in particular they want me to write about? I might do a Christmas in London post, showing all my favourite festive spots so you can find them next Christmas 💖 . Have a good day all x
Good things that happened today: accidentally stumbled upon Neal’s Yard, never been here but always seen it on Instagram, it was pretty but the twiggy trees ruined my vibes 🤣 . My husband and I also stumbled upon a proposal in Covent Garden, so to the happy couple, congratulations 💍 . What you can’t see in this photo: the man down the alleyway having a wee 🤭🤭 . Currently having lunch with Alex and a little boy came in with his parents, he’s managed to choke on some cheese (seriously thought he was gonna choke to death it scared the hell out of me) but all was good, his parents managed to smack it out of him. Pretty chuffed with his near death experience he then got his arm stuck between a glass panel and the wall, his mum managed to prize him out, and he strode back through the restaurant looking very impressed with his antics 🤣 . All in all, good day today, off to the theatre now 🤗
2018, the year of the pink. In my opinion anyway 💖 Never have I felt so motivated to make a real change, this New Year for me is all about working my butt off, having no regrets and doing the things I’ve always wanted to do. . Currently planning my year out (yes that’s a new diary you see!) and being super organised. Mid morning snack of @skinnypopuk to keep me going for the day, I think you all know by now I’m not the healthiest so it’s nice to have a sweet alternative to my daily Belgian Buns that won’t be adding so many inches to the waistline 🙊 . What’s the one change you want to make in your life? This is the perfect time to do it 🙌🏼 . #MySkinnyPop #ad
Pretending to myself again that I’m back in Italy, sitting in the sunshine eating bruschetta and drinking something lemony and refreshing. . Vernazza is a tiny gem, whose charms are best appreciated just by strolling through the main square at the harbor and its winding narrow streets. Climbing to the top of the old castle tower on the rocky promontory overlooking the harbor will give you a bird's-eye-view of the village and the surrounding countryside. On a hot summer day, there's nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the pristine turquoise water. Many people bathe right in the small harbor with the fishing boats, but you can also travel to neighboring Monterosso, which has Cinque Terre's only sandy beach. Lastly, if time permits, hike to the other villages of the Cinque Terre to experience the area's natural beauty and picture perfect views. . 37 days till my bum is on the plane to Florida and it can’t come soon enough. Although no idea if I’ll post any photos of not because I’ll mostly be eating my body weight in American food whilst squealing in excitement as I go on splash mountain for the tenth time. I’m a child at heart. . Have a great Saturday everyone, I’ll spend mine constantly trying to tame my hair from all this drizzle ☔️
Thank you for all the birthday wishes, I would have said thank you so them all individually but Instagram would have probably blocked me for spam or something so I thought it would be easier to say it here 🙊🎉 . The weather yesterday was super gloomy and everything is quite bare now without the decorations. I need to visit somewhere soon to get some more pics but I’m not feeling entirely inspired? 📷💭 . Big shoutout to April for standing still whilst I took photos of her, that’s not that easy when you are 2 and a half years old 🤣 . Anyway, this cottage which I’ve been obsessed with for a while, looks out onto St Etheldreda’s Church and graveyard, there is a grave here for a knight in armour from 1190!
🎈🎈27 today🎈🎈 . It’s official, I’m now in my late 20’s 😱😱 26 was a good year but 27 already I think is going to be even better 💖 . Spending the day with my nieces, April has stolen my balloons, Luna is wriggling away on the chair quite happily. Husband is bringing me a cake home (although @tescofood has discontinued the worlds most amazing birthday cake, yes was up there with Colin the Caterpillar), so all in all I’m a happy girl . A couple of people have the same birthday as me, Alexander Hamilton (one of the Founding Fathers of the US), and uh that’s as interesting as it gets unless you’re a fan of Premier League footballers as there seems to be a load of them 🤣 . Enjoy your day everyone! 🎈🎉
Pretty corners of Lincoln ❤️ happy Hump Day everyone! . Castle Hill is seen as the centre of Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter: a five-way junction between Steep Hill, Bailgate, Exchequergate, Lincoln Castle, and Drury Lane. . This street is host to many events through the year, including regular Farmers' Markets (3rd Saturday of each month), Artists' Markets (1st Saturday of the month from March - December) and Antiques Markets (3rd Sunday of the month from March - September). . It was famously the location of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln Fair as the French forces lay seige to Lincoln Castle. The army was eventually pushed back to Exchequrgate, down Steep Hill and out of the city to the south!
As cute as Bibury is, it does get rammed with tourists, so I was thankful for the spots of rain when I visited because it kept people away 🙊 . It definitely does not feel like a Tuesday today, more more like a Thursday, or atleast a Wednesday 🤔 . I’m too tired this morning, and other than repeatedly telling you it’s cold, my brain is just not functioning today 🧐
Do you ever do things and you’re not 100% sure if everyone else does them and just doesn’t mention it or you really are a strange person? As I was filling a Molton Brown soap bottle in the bathroom with much cheaper soap it dawned on me that it might be a bit weird but I reckon everyone secretly does it? So to all the guests I’ve had in my house who go ‘ooo Molton Brown’ when they wash their hands, truth is it’s probably Tesco own soap but smells just as delicious. . Another thing, when I’m talking to customer service people on the chat help I always add kisses to the end of my messages in case they’re having a bad day, I also regularly tell them they’re stars or angels when they fix my problem 🌟 . Hmmm what else? I once went through a face of making cake mix but purely for a snack rather than to back a cake, I just ate the raw mix. No regrets. . I also read online ‘being unable to turn around and walk in the opposite direction without first taking your phone out and frowning at it’. I could be wrong but I feel like that one is mostly for the British people that follow me, we are a weird, social awkward nation. . On another note, I’d really like to celebrate reaching 30,000 followers but I feel like as soon as I do, I’ll lose like 5 followers and look like I’m just celebrating nothing and haven’t realised it. But what the heck I’m going to squeal in excitement because for someone who has always though she is pretty rubbish at everything, I’m feeling super happy and honoured that so many people are following my wanderings around (mainly) England and the rest of the world. Instagram has given me a confidence I was seriously lacking and I’m a much happier person for it. Each and every one of your comments gets stored in my brain ready to cheer me up on a rainy day ❤️🤗
Two things today. 1) it’s freezing, like, I’m actually so cold ❄️ 2) someone referred to my Instagram as having a backpacker vibe and I’m just wondering where they got that idea as I’ve never been backpacking in my life??? (Even though I’d like to just sell all my belongings and trek across the world with a bikini and some comfy shorts). . Finding Monday hard today, not sure why as I work from home and don’t plan on leaving the house today but my mood is either really excitable or I’m panicking about failing in life, I’m currently in panic mode today 🤔 . Hope you all have a lovely Monday, apparently this day is when the highest amount of divorces happen, so go hug your other half a little tighter today, and if you’re single then I dunno, go flirt with someone in the street 🙊
Keeping with the warm very bed (no I’m not in Italy, just wishing I was). Anyway. When I was whinging about turning 27 @ohhollygosh commented ‘Never be afraid of getting older, it is a privilege denied to many’ and it’s probably the best thing anyone has ever said to me. It’s my new fave quote. And so true too. . I was also thinking how crazy the earth is, we have Venus to the left which will gas you out as soon as you try and visit, and Mars on the right which if you don’t freeze to death doesn’t have any beaches of palm trees anyway so it’s probably not much fun to visit. We have all these mountains, waterfalls, beaches, canyons, fields, volcanoes and all too much to get my head around. If there are any aliens out there then I’d love to follow their Instagram accounts because I’d like to know what’s going on in another universe. . This was Lucca, taken back in 2015, I need to go back here 🙊