The Honeymoon 2018 Look

As my summer holiday in 2018 has come to an end, as the school holidays are just beginning (unlucky), I thought I’d do something a little different on my blog and share my summer styles.

Sicily was incredible and you can read all about it in my recent posts, but one aspect I didn’t mention was the outfit choices I made. Here are the outfits I put together, on a very limited budget I might add!

Obviously yellow is a key statement colour this season, and whilst this is in my day to day attire it doesn’t feature much in my honeymoon outfits. This is because I love red and I was the bride so I wanted to incorporate white throughout.

I love a hat and red jumpsuit

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It’s a white skirt, this means either white or no knickers!

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Love my floral bikini from https://www.bouxavenue.com/

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My treat from me to me, Gucci sunglasses 😍😍

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There are many more outfits, including white laced shorts and more red T’s but I did not take enough pictures!

I cannot wait to go shopping again for more UK summer things, including a new rain coat!

The World at Your Fingertips

Recently I just moved into my own home and have noticed that my interior style is very minimalistic, so I have decided that I need to bring a little culture to the place. 

Most people have an idea of what their ideal decor would look like including the furniture, colour pallet, and layout. But why not take a while to research some different styles that you may not have seen before?

The world is full of individuals whose styles vary and culture, history, local trends, economics, and sociology all play a roll in our choices. For this reason every country, and in some cases region will have its own sense of style broadening our interior options, and nowadays we don’t have to even travel to be inspired (although that would be ideal) we can just research these styles using books, the internet, social media, and interior magazines.

Here are some styles that caught my eye:

Moroccan Style

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When travelling to Marrakech I noticed a lot of the interiors and exteriors used patterned tiles for decoration, this would be a relatively simple way of incorporating a different style in my home but as we are DIYing it could take a while.

Alternatively taking inspiration from the red city of Morocco we could incorporate this paint in our interiors. Perhaps this would look nice as presented in the above image pairing the paint with tiling.

Scandinavian Style

I recently came across this blog –  http://www.myscandinavianhome.com/ and felt very inspired by the fresh finish of and well-polished style. This is something I aspire to have in my home but realise it will take a while to get this point.

The Scandinavian style seems to use white as a base point along with quirky shaped furniture and the odd pop of colour. This is the style I’d like for my kitchen and dining room.

The French Way

Having been to France a few times you would think I would have taken some images of places I have stayed but it would appear not. The French style I refer to is the Parisian style with large antique mirrors and rustic shabby chic furniture, I imagine this style would sit well in my bedroom.

Large chandelier’s and a fabric covered chair would look good in the hallway when entering the home.

Brazilian Interiors

I think that Brazilian interiors resemble a ski chalet for the summertime using polished smooth wood or stone with colourfully patterned furniture to accompany. The lack of paint and wallpaper brings the outdoors in and is a lovely feel when the sunshine is out.

This style would work well in a living room especially one with large windows that let in lots of natural light.

I am sure there are many more styles but these are the ones that really stand out to me. If you have any styles that stand out let me know because I am in search of inspiration.

The Living Room Traveller

I read many travel blogs and it seems that those who travel around the globe, writing interesting posts have it made. They are living my dream.

More than travelling itself I like to learn about new places and about the tourism industry, which is why I have a degree in tourism. Landscapes, the business of tourism and the cultures all interest me and it amazes me how different we all are even though we share one planet. Of course, if I knew how I could travel with my family I would do it. Instead, I read books, watch programmes and documentaries, take a trip; using Google maps, and when I have the money I plan an actual trip based on what I learned.

This post looks at what I have learned recently about some places that I would like to visit.

Make sure you don’t judge a place from one source, the issue is that a destination can be shown in both a positive and negative light and likes/dislikes are subjective so make sure you think about what’s right for you.

Hong Kong

Inspiration:  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/travel-man-48-hours-in/episode-guide/

I have enjoyed watching the majority of this series and it would be quite a fun challenge to visit somewhere for 48hrs and cram everything in. The episode I am focusing on is the Hong Kong (Christmas special!).

My first thought when watching this show was ‘why Hong Kong for Christmas?’ Well, even after watching the show, I was still not sure. The show mainly discussed food, some attractions and randomly a tailor.

One thing that interested me was the hotel they were lucky enough to stay in (WAY out of my budget) the technology is interesting and gives you a peek into the future.

Whilst discussing the food Richard Ayoade & Jon Hamm were joined by a food blogger, who took them to many places to try local cuisine. Stinky tofu was not for me, but then again I am a picky eater, I could probably try the snake soup though. However it’s not the food that attracted me, it was the images of the architecture, which seems varied. The peak tram may be a good starting point for viewing buildings even though it looked a little scary, the view from The Peak Sky Terrace 428 seemed worth a look.

Another stop was Tian Tan Buddha, which looks marvellous sitting at 34 metres high, this bronze Buddha looks over the Chinese people and would be a must-see for me. Located on Lantau Island it seems to me it would be worth a trip.

After watching this I did a little research of my own and found some facts that interested me and discovered some attractions that were not featured.

So, Hong Kong consists of a mainland peninsula but also 230 islands, was founded in 1842 and its capital is Victoria City.

Currently undergoing maintenance until February 1st Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car ride, which starts from Tung Chung to the Ngong Ping village. Here you will find shops and restaurants and the Walking with Buddha experience. If this isn’t for you then you could head to Lantau Island, the largest of Hong Kong’s islands. This is the home of the ‘big buddha’ as well as Po Lin Monastery which is known as ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Both inside and out this monastery is vibrant and from what I have read seems to be peaceful with scents of flowers.

If these places don’t take your fancy you could always nip to Disneyland.

The ICEHOTEL in Sweden

Inspiration: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08qf7xy

Wow! I would imagine this is on many people’s bucket list. This is an amazing place and it is so sad to think that it will eventually melt and have to be reconstructed and designed a year later. Never the less this year’s design featured a large ice elephant (watching you when you sleep), this looked like a lot of hard work and was constructed brilliantly.

The good news is since 2016 there is also a permanent ICEHOTEL 365 experience which is home to an ice bar and gallery. How does this stay cool in the summer? There are solar panels that cool the structure during the colder months.

Even though these amazing buildings are experience enough, if you are staying in Sweden for a couple of days you will probably want to make the most of it, by visiting as many places as possible. Here are a few things I’d love to experience if I get to visit:

Snowdog

The snow dog ride would make this amazing holiday complete with a team of Alaskan huskies taking me on a tour through the snowy landscape. To make this experience even better many excursions include a stop for a traditional lunch.

Sami Siida

A true adventure to discover the Sami culture through the open-air museum. There is also a reindeer encounter that can be enjoyed, which I would love to experience. After reading many reviews it would appear the only issue with the visit is the small cafe and expensive food sold, therefore many people suggest eating before visiting.

Now all that’s left to do is actually get myself to these places. If you have any travel documentary recommendations, I am all ears!