29 August 2016

dam you fine

T R A V E L || Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seeing as I've deprived you guys of great chat for about two months now, thought I would treat you to my largest photo diary yet. A couple of weekends ago, I got the immense honour of celebrating with one of my closest gal pals before she got hitched to the man of her beardy dreams - by surprising her to a classy hen-weekend away in Amsterdam. The three bridesmaids who organised everything outdid themselves, finding us a great hen-bnb and organising a hoot of a weekend. I took a couple of extra days around the hen so I could explore the Dam a bit more given it was my first visit - and man did it not disappoint.

[read on for more chat and/or if you want to just browse a believe-it-or-not trimmed down photo diary.]

12 June 2016

bow down

E X P L O R E || SS Great Britain, Bristol

This weekend, I watched Titanic [released when Leonardo DiCaprio was a fresh faced 21 year old]. My last memory of watching this film [I haven't watched it that many times] was while I was in Junior School at my bestie Joanna's sleepover party. I genuinely don't remember it being as horrific as watching it now older and apparently more attuned to the gravity of this disaster. These great vessels were built to be able to transport those who could afford it across to new worlds, for new opportunities or simply to visit loved ones. Without the luxury and convenience of air travel as it is today, this was the only way to travel great distances. What happened to the RMS Titanic was just tragic. Watching the film also reminded me of the last time I was in Bristol when pops took me to visit SS Great Britain - another great ship which, unlike the Titanic, I was able to get up close and personal with.

2 May 2016

tea at the ritz darling

F O O D || afternoon tea @ The Ritz

A couple of weekends ago, I got the chance to tick off a little something special on my To Eat list: afternoon tea at The Ritz London. I'm not going to lie, it was a pretty fancy affair [read on to temporarily step inside with me and see more snaps of the actual tea]. Even days before, I was contemplating what to wear [I didn't want to stand out like a sore thumb or look like I was trying too hard] and wondering whether everything inside The Ritz would be covered in gold [I wasn't far off… minus the marble and palm trees]. The atmosphere and service definitely didn't disappoint with the afternoon tea itself being delightful but [controversially] amongst but not the best in LDN. [8 / 10]

6 March 2016

rice with meatballs

F O O D || recipe

Grandpa's been at it again, sharing the foodie-love and has hit me up with another delicious recipe - this time, for rice and meatballs. "But don't you normally eat meatballs with spaghetti?!" I hear you cry. Well, not in Madagascar my friends - it's always about the rice. If you've missed why, then have a little read of i love rice. If you want to find out how to make this delicious number, scroll on. If you end up trying it, grandpa and I would love to hear how it went!

7 February 2016

lemur free

T R A V E L || Madagascar 2015

What do you normally do when you travel somewhere? Most people would say: make a list of the things I have to see and then go see them. Whenever Madagascar is brought up as a destination, most conversations usually turn to either lemurs or vanilla, oh and that children's film [I'm sure you've heard of it] - unsurprising, given they are the most pushed images of the country. So when I say I went to Madagascar and saw zero lemurs [this was a jungle free trip], the way people react makes me smile. I've seen lemurs before, I love them to bits but sometimes other animals from Madagascar should get the spotlight, you know what I mean? The beauty of this particular destination is that it has been a relatively isolated island for around 88 million years and as a result about 90% of its plant and animal species are endemic [i.e. found nowhere else, lemurs included of course]. Evolution is fascinating, and I get it - lemurs are pretty awesome, and very cute - but let's just take a moment to hero their sidekicks.

31 January 2016

hello 2016

hello again. || to a brand new year.

I'm back and ready to embrace this new year's adventures. Some thoughts on how I plan to attack 2016 in style if you read on, complimented by a photo diary of the new light festival held in London this month called Lumiere. It was a super cold outing but refreshing hit of fun, brightness and creativity during a month which tends to feel quite long and grey [sorry January] - making my post-holidays-come-down that little bit less of a downer.