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Favourite current fall fashion trends

Favourite current fall fashion trends

It’s official the clocks have moved forward and with that comes colder days and a need to wrap up. I wanted to share some of my favourite looks that I wore in the past month or so. These books fall under my favourite current fall fashion trends including animal prints, cosy knits and rich browns and burgundies.

Animal Prints

Current favourite fall fashion trends, animal prints returned with a boom this year. You can find everything from different coloured snakeskins to cheetah prints in most stores. Retailers have spoiled us for choice this season and I picked a few looks below that you may like. I’m using rewardStyle links for most of the items so make sure your ad block is off to view.

My favourite thins about the animal print trend is that is very versatile and it takes a boring look to another level. You can style in so many different ways and you can see how this snakeskin shorts really helped me step up a boring black top and boots look. I also love midi skirts in animal print as you can add your favourite knit and sneakers for a cute weekend choice.

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Cosy Knits and Western Boots

Ok, this is hardly a trend but honestly cosy knits get me excited for fall the most. Nothing feels nicer as a nice wool blend sweater on a cold day. &other Stories have some amazing options available this season so does Mango and Zara. I have opted for natural beige colours and dark browns for their versatility purposes.

Since I travel so much packing knits requires so much space so I wanted to buy items that I can pair up with pretty much anything. I love adding my new pair of western booties to most of my fall looks. Swapping between jeans, skirt and shorts whilst alternating my knits can be a good way to avoid I have nothing to wear morning syndrome. I really started believing more in having few season staple pieces that I can style for different looks and my cosy knits are definitely a number one choice.

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Rich Browns

Once the fall is here, we naturally opt for darker colours to match our moods. I’m obsessed with rich browns and burgundies and I include these colours in most of my looks. I have picked the cosiest dark brown knit from Stories that I paired with a dark brown skirt and white boots. This has become my favourite look this fall. The second favourite that’s more date and or a night out appropriate is my burgundy Majorelle dress from Revolve that is extremely flattering.

If you prefer wearing lighter colours then you can incorporate rich browns in your outwear. For example, my blazer is predominantly burgundy but its still light enough to wear with both lighter and darker options.

What is your favourite look and trend this season? Are you excited for colder days?

Tania xxx

Travel

Disney World – Our entire itinerary & experience

Magic Kingdom

Visiting Dinsey World in Orlando is something that will stay with me forever. Being taken back to the happiest days of my life and my childhood is really precious and I’m so happy that there is a place in the world that can take us there and evoke these memories.

Actually, it’s not just a place, it’s more like an entire city devoted to happiness. Orlando and the Disney World is so beautiful and I must add quite large so to save you some time when researching and organising, I wanted to share our 5-day itinerary. There is so much to do and see that you truly need to organise yourself before heading to Orlando. In case you missed it you can read about how to get there and where we stayed in this Visit Orlando blog post.

So here it is our fully packed itinerary and I truly hope it helps you. Visiting Orlando was such a beautiful experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life. Please feel free to leave comments below should you have any questions about it 🙂

Day 1

Universal Orlando Resort

We started with a Universal Orlando Resort located on 6000 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819. Upon the arrival, you are required to pick your tickets up from the guest service and you can expect to queue for a few minutes here since its the main entrance to the Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Bear in mind the PARK HOURS which are Universal Studios Florida: 8 a.m. –7 p.m and Universal’s Islands of Adventure: 9 a.m. –8 p.m. The resort is comprised of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal City Walk. We spent half a day exploring before heading out for some shopping and dinner. Here is a breakdown on each part and what you can expect.

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Universal Studios Florida

12-2pm

Universal Studios Florida similar to the one in Hollywood features main attractions from blockbuster films and hit television shows based on pop-culture icons that most of us are familiar with. You can get lost in the Beverly Hills or explore NYC, go and grab a Krusty burger in Springfield or infamous Mel’s Drive-In and join the ranks of the Minions. It’s a beautiful place where you will want to stop and take loads of photos for your Instagram.

Also, there is Diagon Alley from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter bringing even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life!

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

2-5pm

Has some of the most innovative rides and attractions ever made on seven themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry. We couldn’t help but try and win a teddy bear and enjoy a butterbeer at the World of Harry Potter. Photography is not allowed on any the rides so make sure you bear that in mind when going on.

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Universal City Walk

5-8pm

The entertainment complex Universal CityWalk is located outside Universal theme parks. It’s a perfect spot to do some shopping and enjoy dinner and its open until 2 am. You will be spoiled for choice here as the complex features famous restaurants such as Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, NBC Sports Grill & Brew and more. Other delicious dining options include The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Vivo Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Hot Dog Hall of Fame and Red Oven Pizza Bakery.

City Walk highlights nightclubs for every spirit including Red Coconut Club, Pat O’Brien’s Irish Pub, Bob Marley’s Tribute to Freedom and Hard Rock Live.

Shopping wise Orlando has so many amazing outlets and the Universal City Walks includes Fossil, The Island Clothing Company, Quiet Flight Surf Shop and universal Studios store. It’s a perfect spot to grab a few gifts.  for your loved ones.

Day 2

Walt Disney World Resort

We dedicated an entire day to the Walt Disney World Resort as there is so much to do and see. I have added things in order of our experience and described everything you can find in each of the areas. The entire resort is so well organised and connected but it may be easiest to travel by car in between the parks.

We collected our tickets from one of the Will Call windows at the entrance to the Magic Kingdon and we had an unlimited admission to all four theme parks for 1 day

PARK HOURS Magic Kingdom Park: 9 a.m. –6 p.m; Epcot: 9 a.m. –9 p.m; Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. –8 p.m; Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. –8 p.m.

Magic Kingdom

10-2pm

The first thing we did after arriving at the No. 1 theme park in the world is purchase Minie Mouse Ears. They don’t come cheap but it’s my main souvenir from the Disney World. Plus I love them. The Magic Kingdom features seven magical lands with attractions, restaurants and shops based on favourite Disney themes. Popular attractions include Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Be sure to explore Fantasyland, with new takes on Dumbo and a roller coaster within the Storybook Circus area.

Our favourite experience was the Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid where you can also get a chance to meet the Little Mermaid. As predicted we spent quite a lot of time outside Cinderals Castle trying to nail that perfect Pinterest shot and I hope we did 🙂

There are many themed restaurants including Beauty and the Beast and the Princess Fairytale Hall –which allows guests to meet Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses in the Castle Courtyard located in the centre of Fantasyland.

The dreamiest was to watch the evening fireworks show which was so spectacular. We watched it from our hotel’s balcony as we saved our main firework performance at Epcot. This was the most emotional firework display I’ve ever seen and it was all about bringing the world together.

Disney Animal Kingdom

2-4pm

We drove 12 minuted to the Disney Animal Kingdom and since we spent quite some time at the Magic Kingdom we decided to quickly check out the Animal Kindom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and save the rest of our time for Epcot.

The Disney Animal Kingdom offers exciting adventures and unique encounters with real, exotic animals, plus one of a kind experiences with fictional animals and with giant dinosaurs from the prehistoric world. Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris has been extended for a new nighttime adventure. Here you can literally travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange.

There is so much to do and see here and we wish we had more time especially as I wanted to experience a new Avatar-inspired land, Pandora -The World of AVATAR. You can literally spend the entire day here and have so much fun.

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Epcot

4-9pm

I have to admit this was one of my favourite parks. The Epcot is 11 different nations at World Showcase offering a kaleidoscope of nations –The American Adventure, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and the United Kingdom brought together to celebrate the cultural heritage.

Newest to the park is Frozen Ever After, based on the popular film and located in the Norway pavilion.

Luckily we were there during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival featuring over 40 destinations. Destinations are located throughout the park, each offering unique dishes and beverages inspired by cultures from around the world.

We walked around taking our time to savour as many different dishes as possible and finally settling in for a dinner in England. I had fish and chips and Ashley opted for curry. We watched fireworks feeling so grateful for this amazing experience.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We sadly didn’t have time to go to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios but I still wanted to share what it actually is.

This is a theme park with a complete motion picture and television studio. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and Toy Story Midway Mania are among classic attractions. As well as the Star Tours attraction, featuring adventures complete with new Star Wars destinations and out-of-this-galaxy characters like C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader in Digital 3-D. The all-new Toy Story Land recently debuted, taking you into the world of the Disney/Pixar film.

If you are a movie buff then make sure you don’t skip this park.

Disney Springs

Sadly we also missed Disney Springs which are located on 1486 Buena Vista Drive Orlando, and only 8 minutes drive from the Hollywood studios. Disney Springs features an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, Disney eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment experiences. There are over 50 Disney-themed shops, boutiques and kiosks where you can find all the toys and presents for your loved ones.

Day 3

The Mall at Millenia

12-3pm

The Mall at Millenia is every girl’s dream. Located on 4200 Conroy Rd. Orlando, it’s an ultimate retail therapy stop. Here are some of the stores you can find here: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, Chanel, Gucci, Crate & Barrel, Burberry, Tiffany & Co and way more. The 1.2 million-square-foot space is not easy to cover but very satisfactory especially as they have big outlets saving you few pennies along the way on your favourite designers. If you’re into fashion, make sure you add The Mall at Millenia to your to-do list.

ICON Orlando 360

3.30-4pm

13 min drive from The Mall at Millenia at 8375 International Drive Orlando, you will find ICON Orlando an observation wheel providing some of the best views of Orlando and Central Florida.  ICON Orlando 360, a retail, dining and entertainment complex centred by a 400-foot-tall observation wheel called the ICON Orlando, along with Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Aquarium. The music is lovely and we enjoyed a glass of champagne on a 20-minute ride.

Madame Tussauds

madame Tussauds is within the same complex and even though we skipped it, it can be a lovely addition to your adventure. For those who don’t know, this is the world’s most famous celebrity wax attraction museum.

Sugar Factory Orlando

5-7pm

After our ICON ride, we popped next door to the Sugar Factory for a session of what I literally describe a guilty pleasure. This is a celebrity favourite spot can sure satisfy the sweetest tooth cravings. Signature treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!

This spot is perfect for girls’ night out, birthday and bachelorette parties and really got us in a happy mood. It could be all the sugar we consumed.

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Day 4 & 5

Day 4 and 5 we leisurely spent mainly relaxing and eating and drinking as well as fitting in some work. Editing this much content is not an easy task but here are a few spots that we can recommend you visit whilst in Orlando.

Blu on the Avenue

Located at 326 S Park Avenue, Winter Park, Blu is a modern restaurant offering fresh seafood, prime steaks and classic cocktails. I love fusion restaurants and the fact that their sushi is made to order on the spot.

This a perfect lunch spot as there is something on the menu to satisfy any taste. You can have a look here.

Park Avenue

One minute walk from the restaurant is Park Avenue.  A brick-paved boulevard with quaint outdoor cafes, upscale shops, boutiques and much more offers a lovely spot to stroll down. You can tase some of the nicest American delicacies here and pop to one of the cafes that catch your attention. A leisurely stroll is recommended here 🙂

The Wine Room

We popped over to The Wine Room which is an upscale spot offering a wine store, a wine bar with more than 150 varieties of wine and deli making it a great place to unwind and socialize with locals. They have an exclusive state-of-the-art Enomatic wine-serving system, which allows you to purchase a smart card and dispense wine with the touch of a button in three serving sizes. Let’s just say we didn’t need much convincing.

This half a day we decided to dedicate to our hotel Four Seasons because truly it’s such a beautiful resort that we couldn’t help a spa and pool session. We ordered food by the pool and just enjoyed a full morning and half a day of peace and quiet before heading back home.

More photos can be found on my Four Seasons post.

I hope you enjoyed reading this long post. I really tried not to take many photos as I always end up with tons of content, but we couldn’t help ourselves. Visiting Orlando and experiencing Disney World was truly a magical experience and I can’t wait to return with my family.

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know if you visited o planning to visit Orlando soon.

Tania xxx

This post is in collaboration with Visit Orlando. 

Travel

Visiting Orlando – Getting there and Where to Stay

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As I have just recently returned from a trip to Orlando, I wanted to share a few details with you about getting there and where we stayed. As you can imagine visiting the Disney World is a long-term dream so I captured so much content that it may be the easiest to split this adventure into 2 posts. I wanted to cover as much information about visiting Orlando as possible so if you are in your research phase, you will be able to make a better decision.

Getting there

Orlando is located in Central Florida and it has a population of 2.8m. The City is so green and luscious and also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” with over 72m  visitors in 2016. British Airways flies to Orlando all year around and a journey is on average 9 hours with a direct flight with a 5 hours time difference. Orlando is one of those places with a good weather all year around making it easier to plan your trips especially if you are planning for the entire family. BA offers hotel and a flight package that starts as little as £403pp per 7 nights making it suitable for any budget.

We flew BA business class with truly allowed us so much comfort and we entirely avoided the jet lag. Flying business class is an experience in itself and it was amazing to start our journey with a delicious breakfast the BA Business Lounge at the Gatwick Airport. We had some coffee, croissants and fruit whilst catching up on all the things that we planned to do in the upcoming week. Once on board, we were able to fully relax in a reclined seat that turned into a bed allowing me to pretty much sleep most of my flight. Well at least after I enjoyed a three-course meal paired with a couple of glasses of champagne and a favourite Disney films.

We landed fully rested and fresh and ready for our adventure.

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Transportation

As we arrived at around 5 pm, it. took us about an hour to pass the immigration as Orlando is a really busy airport. The best way to get around the city is to hire a car. We picked ours at the airport where at the clerk at Avis upgraded us to a red Mustang for an extra $20 which was such a bargain. This really got us in a great mood as I always wanted to take photos in a Mustang especially as I’m obsessed with road trips.

Driving around Orlando is so easy and the roads and quite wide and seemed pretty much brand new. The traffic wasn’t much of an issue either as we never waited longer than 10 minutes in traffic. Everything is so well signposted and with a help of google maps, you can be set for the easiest drive ever especially if you come from London.

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Stay

We stayed at the Four Seasons which is the largest Four Seasons resort in the world. Our hotel was an approx 30-minute drive from the airport and set in a gated community making it really secluded and perfect for families. Four Season Orlando is also knowns as the Walt Disney World Resort surrounded by a large pool complex and a lake. It’s so easy to relax by the pool which is split into the adult side and a larger side known as the Explorer Island specially designed for children.

There are quite a few restaurants in the complex but our favourite was the rooftop steakhouse Cappa which was a perfect spot to watch Dinsey World fireworks in the evening. The resort offers free bus rides to the Disney Wolrd resorts and it’s only a short 15 mins ride away. If you truly want to maximise on the time and really explore all the Disney World offerings in the most luxurious and comfortable setting then Four Seasons is the best choice.

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We decided to dedicate some time to relax at their spa and have an hour-long deep tissue massage to help us truly reach another level of chill. We followed up with an hour in the hot tub and relaxation area that came with a cheeky glass of Prosecco.

Our stay at the Four Season Orlando was wonderful and the service was immaculate. You can find more information about the areas within the resort including the Explorer Island here. I have also taken quite a few photos to show you space and the atmosphere as much as possible.

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Weather

The weather in Orlando is pretty much summer all year round with a subtropical climate. It was over 30C  every day on our trip which was the middle of October. The temperature is on average 24C or 75F. I did feel it was quite humid with a very high chance of thunderstorms. I would also recommend checking for the hurricanes when planning your trip. The coolest month should be January.

I hope you find this post helpful and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Tania xxx

Travel

Summer in Los Angeles – what have I learned

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I have finally decided to live out my long-term dream and move to Los Angeles for the summer. I had no expectations, no plans and just decided to give myself some time to go with the flow and say yes to most things that come my way.

I wanted to explore a real life in Los Angeles and live it through people I met along the way. I also wanted to keep it as real as possible as I always sensed that there is so much more to Los Angeles than Hollywood and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to live it. As I live in East London, I moved to the Echo Park which is East LA as I wanted to stay as close to home as possible by keeping the vibe similar.

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Areas

Living in Echo Park really opened my eyes to what the true LA vibe is as East LA is a home to so many creatives that made the place really popular. Silverlake was my favourite go-to for a night out as well as eating out and it really reminded me of Shoreditch.

Being in East LA naturally, I spent a bunch of my time in DTLA as it was less than 2 miles away and a mere $3 Uber ride. My gym and Wholefoods were down this way so it was nice to be so close to the city and easier to run errands especially as I don’t drive. I loved the DTLA as it really showed such contrast to what people expect from LA (or shall I say Hollywood)! It really baffled me how can such an amazing city that aspired so many dreams can have this massive gap between rich and poor. Homeless people here are nice and friendly except where they are really high or drunk which is the reason for a large amount of them living on the streets. Best to stay out the way and not engage much but I do really encourage not judging them as we don’t know what most of them went through. It made me feel so grateful to know that we in the UK have such good security net and a large amount of support should God forbid, we ever find ourselves in such an unfortunate situation.

People don’t cross much between areas in Los Angeles which I found very surprising. You make a choice of where to live and you pretty much stay there the entire time. People from London tend to love Santa Monica and Venice and as much as I love the beach and being close to the ocean, these areas were so busy with tourists that I really wanted to stay away from those areas.

Hollywood is the same, very busy and touristy but we did make an occasional trip to it for the sake of a good cocktail. I didn’t enjoy spending much time on this side and the same goes for the Beverly Hills but I’m not going to lie, it was nice to visit and take a stroll down the Rodeo Drive. This really helps me raise a bar and dream bigger especially as I got myself to a place where I’m able to live my dream. I did this by myself and no help by anyone apart from friends helping me snap photos along the way.

I haven’t explored many other sides to Los Angeles but I will try and spend some time with my friend that lives in South Central LA on my next visit which is hopefully next month.

Moving around

If you don’t drive Uber and Lyft is the best way to get around the city. Off-peak times come with a really cheap fare uber to Hollywood from Echo Park was around $5. Renting a car comes with a lot of responsibilities including insurance and parking costs and if you want to go out and enjoy yourself, you will have to add Uber costs on top of that. So really uber and lyft are your best options and you will probably save some money too. Public transport is existent but not so many people use it. I wanted to get on a bus a few times but they tun every 20minutes and I just didn’t want to wait.

Friendships

I met some amazing people in LA and formed long-lasting friendships. People are not scared to be real here and trust me if someone is fake you will be able to tell straight away. I wish I could say the same for people in London but I really want to share this massive misconception that people in LA are fake. It’s probably true to some extent but its really obvious and you can make a conscious decision not to engage. I met some great people in this city and they really made it special for me. They go off the vibe you give and truly they are some of the friendliest people in the world. I miss my LA friends every day and can’t wait to visit them soon.

Dating

I wish I could say the same thing for LA boys who let me tell you are smooth in their game. They wine and dine you, take you out on their motorbikes to chase the sunsets down the Mullholand drive and always open the door for you. I dated some real gentleman in LA and had very interesting conversations. Unfortunately, its just an act as most want a girlfriend experience without much emotional availability. London is quite opposite where boys are emotionally unavailable and hard work and in most cases, won’t even buy you a drink. At least you know what you’re getting yourself into wheres LA is more of an emotional trap and if you are not strong as a female and ready to stand up for yourself well you may end up hurt. I can say I truly enjoyed the dating process but it barely passed the 3 date mark as, as soon you realise the level of shallowness present, you kinda feel not into it much and ready for the next.  Regardless its more fun to date in LA as guys try harder than in London which makes it more fun for us. Its also way easier to meet people on a night out so you have so many more options when it comes picking a right fit to see again. LA boys are cute although London boys have more style however it all boils down to your personal preference.

Going out

LA is fun but way more mellow than London. Alchocol is not served past 1AM is and in most cased before. Everything shuts early and if you are not into warehouse afterparties or people houses, then your options are limited. In London, we party harder and have so many more options available to us! I suppose everyone is stoned in LA since weed is legal so they can’t be bothered to come up with many party concepts since sitting on the sofa may seem more fun. I truly enjoyed bar hopping in Silverlake and it was kinda nice not to suffer from severe hangovers like I do when I go out in London. I went out every day so this mellow drinking really suited me.

Some of my favourite bars are Cafe Stella, Mohawk Bend, Cha Cha Lounge, 1642 (date night), Bar Bandini, El Prado (date night).

Favourite restaurants and brunch spots include Sage, Kismet, Botanica, Sawyer, Ostrich Farm, Simone, Preux & Proper, Manuela, and my favourite Italian food spot Speranza.

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Costs

LA is more expensive than London for food and drink. Actually, dining comes out pretty much at the same price excluding gratuity but wine is way more expensive which was a little shocking as Napa Valley is only a few hours away. Groceries were really pricey and of a questionable quality. Once I left a broccoli inside the fridge for over a month and it looked exactly the same as when I got it. The only place that can be trusted is probably Wholefoods. You need to go for organic food at all times and if you like cooking at home your bill will be over $100 weekly for groceries. Despite the fact that Ubers are cheap, you will need to take a few days and it adds up on a monthly.

The weather makes it all worth it just make sure that the place you are staying at has an AC.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as its based on my true experiences on my recent Los Angeles trip which was 2 months long. I will be going back more frequently and will try and deliver more value-add content for you guys. Please feel free to let me know the topics you’d like me to cover in the comments below.

Love you lots.

Tania xxx

London

GQ Men of The Year Afterparty with Haig Club

Having worked with Haig Club over the past year, I was so excited when they invited me to join them for an evening out to toast the GQ Men of the Year. This is a huge event in the London calendar with many celebrity guests attending and I felt so grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend the after party with my favourite bloggers.

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Welcome back to London Drinks at cloudM Bar

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Nothing feels as good as seeing London from an amazing rooftop especially if it involves cocktails. I missed London so I welcomed the opportunity to have drinks at cloudM Bar at the citizenM hotel with open arms. I met up with Emily around 6.30 at the hotel lobby and off we went to grab a drink up on the rooftop which was a great place for us to catch up and meet some of the other amazing people from the industry.

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A British welcome home party with Gordon’s Pink Spritz

A very British welcome home party with Gordon’s Pink Spritz

The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back to, especially when your family welcomes you back with a very British garden party with Gordon’s Pink Spritz.

Having spent the last couple of months in LA, I couldn’t help but feel homesick so when my sister surprised me with a garden party, I was so glad to be back and all of my jet lag suddenly disappeared.

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Travel

What I learned from my solo Greece travel

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A few months ago an idea of a solo Greece travel adventure popped to my head, pretty much out of nowhere. I’ve only been out on a solo adventure to LA and I was meeting friends there so it was hard to compare the two. Its safe to say I craved an adventure that was 100% out of my comfort zone so I settled for a solo Greece travel and here is what I’ve learned.

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What to do in London this summer

Rekorderling Bar Southbank London

London offers so much that one will never run out of things to do in the city and the Underbelly Festival Southbank is one of my most recent outings. Taking the amount of fun we had into consideration, I had to share it with you guys as a must visit the festival in London this summer.

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Fashion

Favourite way to spend a weekend in London

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As you know I travel a lot so when I’m in London I like to go to some of my favourite places with friends. I like to do things that make me happy and even though I don’t sometimes feel like leaving my area, I love when I get myself out to explore one of my favourite cities in the world.

On weekends especially on Sundays, I love to take myself to the flower market on Columbia Road to buy some fresh flowers for the week. The tip is to come after 3 pm or closer to the closing time as then you can get flowers at such low rate. The Columbia Flower Market is so busy with people all over the world visiting as well as so many locals.

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One of my favourite things to do is to dress for the occasion and I opted for this beautiful pink tropical leaf print linen midi dress from Laura Ashley. The dress is so perfect for a warm weekend as the fabric keeps you cool if it gets too hot out. Its one of my favourite sundresses at the moment and I’m excited to wear it for my upcoming holidays too. It’s very comfortable and of a great quality which makes it so easy to style and wear all day.

I decided to wear my new basket bag as its perfect for the market days. You can’t go wrong with a pair of sandals either and voila you are ready for the day. I love dressing in stylish but comfortable clothes as I think it really is all about how you feel in your clothes. Especially if your clothes can be worn to many different occasions like this Laura Ashely dress.

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I’m really impressed with the summer we are currently having in London as its so nice and warm that all I’ve been wearing more dresses than usual. I love midis for a day and shorter options when I’m out in the evening or away.

What is your favourite look for the weekend and how do you like to spend your weekends?

Tania xxx

 

Featured Personal Diary

How to improve your productivity at home

If you are like me and tend to get stuck in a rut when trying to be productive at home, this post is for you. As a freelancer who frequently travels I’m really fortunate to have an opportunity to switch up my workspace. However, I spend most of my time working from home so I need to make sure that I remain productive as it’s so easy to get into distracted.

This post will help you figure out how to break the rut by refreshing the space you spend most of your time at. Even if you don’t work from home I’m sure we all still tend to feel like we need to occasionally change things up and focusing on details here can really make all the difference to how you feel in your living/work space.

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Desenio PostersHow to improve your productivity at home

Tip 1

To fully refresh your space, decluttering would be the step one when it comes to improving the productivity. The rule of thumb here is if you haven’t used an item in the past 6 months,  you need to let go of it. Decluttering is known to bring the fresh energy to your space having you feel somewhat of a fresh start and this is a great way to set a foundation for your new improved space that will increase your productivity. I’m somewhat of a hoarder so it’s hard for me to let go but every time I do, I find this to help me feel better. I love a fresh start and as soon as I get into decluttering I find it that holding onto the things is really pointless.

Tip 2

The second tip would be to opt for a light color interior scheme and have soothing colors surround you so you can feel more relaxed and able to create better. I spent quite some on Desenio’s website looking for wall art that will fit my mood and help keep me inspired and therefore productive. It’s a good idea to buy things in pairs as this also helps to improve your overall happiness in your space. The best thing about Desenio is that they have an Inspiration page that you can browse to get some ideas about how your new space will look.

Since I’m a big fan of California, I decided to go for Cali vibes at home. I picked 6 pieces featuring palm trees, pop of turquoise with a pool photo and cool girls photographs. I purchased frames with my posters and I opted for gold-coloured frames. I’ve positioned all posters above my desk so my workspace feels so fresh and since living in LA is a big dream of mine,  this tends to help keep me motivated therefore increasing my productivity.

How to improve your productivity at home How to improve your productivity at home

Tip 3

The last tip is to add a living item to your space aka a plant as this will help you feel motivated to stay productive. Plants and flowers remind us of how beautiful our nature and planet is and you want to look after them. Looking after something keeps you motivated, therefore, increasing your productivity.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post on how to improve your productivity at home by refreshing your space. Since I have partnered up with Desenio they are kind enough to offer you 25% off posters between June 19th and 21st. You can also follow @desenio for more inspiration.

Please see below for details.

Lots of love.

Tania xxx

The code “taniabdarling” gives 25% off posters* between June 19th and June 21st. Follow @desenio for more inspiration!
*Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration posters.

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This post is in collaboration with Desenio, all the opinions are my own as per usual. x

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