Saturday, 17 September 2016

WHEN IN...Liverpool

I recently spent 24 hours in Liverpool to celebrate my 22nd birthday and the day was filled with the Beatles, food and viewpoints - here is my guide to spending one day in the city.

10am - The Beatles Story
Whilst it's probably possible to go to Liverpool and ignore all references to the Beatles - why would you do that? Liverpool completely embodies its music heritage and as someone who wanted to lap up this side to the city - this museum is a fantastic place to start. The design is awesome and it keeps you listening and reading the entire time. I knew a bit about the band but after my trip to the Beatles Story I fee I could have them as my Mastermind 'Specialist Subject' and be pretty confident of winning. 
Just make sure you put aside a good couple of hours - you'll get sucked into the history and not want to rush!

12:30pm - Tapas Lunch at Neon Jamon
This Spanish themed joint is one hell of a treat for the taste buds. The menu is so good you'll undoubtedly spend ages choosing what to have because you'll want it all. 
They have a really decent lunch offer of 2 tapas dishes for £9 on weekdays with a great selection off the main menu. Oh and if you happen to be lucky enough to catch Liverpool whilst the sun is out, grab a seat in the beer garden.
(Sorry for the pretty awful photo but I much prefer eating the food than taking photos of it!)

We ordered the calarmari, the spinach and pine nut dish and the Ox cheek and mash dish (which came out after the other two) and it was all so delicious! However, not that I ever thought I'd say this, but the spinach was by far the best, the flavours were insane - just make sure you have some gum for afterwards as boy, there was a lot of garlic!

2:30pm - Radio City Tower
Head back into the city centre and take a tour up the tallest building in Liverpool for panoramic views across the city and beyond.
This was a great way to really get your bearings, the staff let you take as long as you want and answer any questions you throw at them. 
Make your way around the glass tower with your little map and pin point all the sights you can see!

3:15pm - So many shops, so little time!
Liverpool has a strong reputation for its shopping and it was obvious why. It all looked ultra modern and really reminded me of Manchester in the way it's designed and laid out. 

5:30pm - Rooftop Bar (two words which were just meant to go together)
A city break is not complete without a trip to a rooftop bar in my humble opinion. Rooftop bars always seem to be secretive, they want you to hunt them down avoiding the world and his wife turning up. 'Goodness Gracious' is no different - there's no outside signs and nothing pointing you in the right direction, but it's all worth the little hunt to find it.
Overlooking the Liver Building, it had some impressive views but the design of the bar shouldn't be overlooked either. I loved the vivid pastel shades, the decking and the patterned cushions - all right up my street!

7:30pm - Wahaca
Now obviously, you don't have to go to Wahaca for your evening meal however if you've never tried it and you like Mexican, then actually, you do have to go. I'd only ever been to Wahaca once before and that was the one in Brixton last year and it instantly became my favourite Mexican restaurant so it was a no-brainer to go again in Liverpool.
The tapas theme from lunch ran into the evening as again I chose a couple of dishes, Quesadillas and Tacos to be exact, both were so yummy - topped off with a Margarita!

9:30pm - The Cavern
Finish the day the way you started it, with the Beatles. Pop along for a drink to the club where they performed over 300 times in three years and where Cilla Black worked the cloakroom. You'll have learnt loads about it in the museum in the morning and it makes it become real when you see it for yourself. They have live music so grab a drink and spend a while looking at all the memorabilia and perhaps sign your name on the wall (if you can find a space!)
I hope you enjoyed this guide to spending one day in Liverpool - what are your favourite spots in the city?

Thursday, 15 September 2016


September is an absolute beauty of a month. Not only does it kick off with my birthday but it marks the start of Autumn (and the nice bit, before the drizzly grey days appear). 

It's a magnificent time of year full of fresh starts, cosy nights and crisp mornings. I would skip January and February if I had the choice. That's the idea when I'm old anyway, go abroad for the first couple of months of the year and return at the start of spring - sold plan there, if you ask me. 

And let's just keep in mind that nothing is perfect. There are plenty of things I wish I could change about Autumn. Getting darker earlier, making it feel as though the end of the day is 5pm - errr no thank you. The dark mornings, surely we don't need it to be any harder getting out of bed when our alarms go off. Oh and the fading tan (well, less tan, more like a very slight shade darker) and freckles. 

But let's focus on the positives, because there are a ton of them.

I love it, I really do. However, I don't say it's my favourite season (when it probably is) purely because I can't make that big a decision. Once you've chosen your favourite season, there's no going back and lesson number one about me - I'm insanely indecisive.

(No, my flies were not undone, its just a rather unfortunate positioned leaf.)

Here are just 10 things I love about Autumn. I could go on (and on) but lets just keep it to 10.

1. The colours. Now don't get me wrong, who doesn't love a clear bright blue sky in summer? But the leaves, the trees, everything appears more saturated and vivid in Autumn.

2. The jumpers, the coats, the knitwear, the blankets, the fluffy socks. I actually feel happier just typing those words out.

3. The SCARVES. Yes they deserve capitalisation and their own number. As someone who believes they are cold blooded - cosiness is my bff.

4. Hot drinks. All day, everyday. I rarely drink coffee but in Autumn the spices reappear and there's no resisting their sweet sweet smells.

5. Halloween. I am a fan of Halloween, mainly the pumpkin carving competitions. However the uni version of Halloween definitely deserves a mention. Until you've dressed up in your normal night out gear with a bit of fake blood thrown about and black tights you've ripped up during pres when you've seen everyone else sporting a pair, you've not truly experienced Halloween. (I really think they need to warn people about the unavoidable stains left behind from fake blood. Never have there been so many students with red blotched faces than in the 9am lectures the morning after Halloween.)

6. Everything about real log fires.

7. The crunching leaves when you walk through parks.

8. The lead up to Christmas. Of course this includes Christmas markets and Winter Wonderlands - all that tacky commercialised amazingness.

9. The return of the slow cooker. How old are you, I hear you ask. 22 and I am not ashamed. 

10. Finally, probably the best of all. Firework Night/Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day - whatever ya wanna call it. I want to start planning it now and we're only in mid September. I can't wait!

I hope you enjoyed this list of things I love about Autumn - let me know your favourite things about this time of year.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


Have I just had my birthday and received lots of lovely new things? Yes.
Am I just days from returning to uni and about to become a penniless student again? Yes.
Should I be browsing the Asos 'New in' section at the moment? No. 
Do I listen to any of these thoughts? Definitely not.

BUT JUST LOOK AT ALL THE BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES. This is my justification for my constant obsession with Asos. I just love it. 

I know I will never own all these bits and I don't need them all but a girl can dream.

I am really looking forward to dressing for Autumn, the chunky scarfs and winter boots are my favourites but these 12 pieces have really caught my eye recently. 

I love the New Look Belted Coat and Rust Cord Jacket, they would make the most perfect smart and casual Autumn jacket items. The basic knitwear pieces are super cute and I could really do with a new pair of jeans so I'm tempted by these Ridley ones. I adore the look of the Millie Mackintosh dress and the ASOS culottes and could be lovely transitional pieces. I could really do with a new pair of trainers and I've heard nothing but good things about the Nike Roshe ones, how comfy would they be for long days in the library too?!

What do you think to these items? What's your favourite fashion item for Autumn? Let me know in the comments!

MY (ever-changing) TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

I’ve had either a mental or written travel bucket list for a looong time now. During my teenage years, it was just places I dreamt about visiting but more recently its turned into a neatly written list with places and countries I just have to visit.

I love talking about travelling. Honestly, if you want to have a conversation with me, just talk to me about places you want to visit and you will have my undivided attention.

I caught the travel bug at a young age. I was fortunate that my parents not only wanted to continue visiting the places they dreamt about once they had children but also give us incredible experiences we would remember forever. From New York to Barbados to South Africa - I was used to long-haul flights quite young!

This ambition to visit as many different places as possible has stuck with me. Holiday planning is one of my favourite things to do. I find city breaks so incredibly exciting and make sure I pack in as much as possible every time.

Image source - Me!

I’m planning a month long (approximately) trip to South East Asia for next summer, once I’ve finished uni. However, of course there are just SO many other parts of the world I can’t wait to explore. Here’s my (current – it’s always expanding!) travel bucket list.

1. Canada
2. US West Coast (in particular San Francisco)
3. Greek Islands
4. South America
5. Prague
6. Australia
7. Dubrovnik
8. Berlin
9. New Zealand
10. Copenhagen 

So there we have it. The list of places I dream about flying off to the most.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have a travel bucket list? If you could hop on a place tomorrow, where would you go?

If anyone has been to any of the above places and has any stories to tell or recommendations, please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear them!