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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Blush of Colour

east london street style
pink coat
pink coat outfit
fall coat
One of the best trends to come out is the cocoon coat. Is there anything better than wrapping yourself in a cozy large coat without looking that you`ve just ran from home with only your duvet? Cocoon coats make laziness trendy and boy I am lazy! Currently hunting down a spa break so I can further emerge in my hibernation. The process of finding a spa close to London is always pretty challenging. Everything is either already booked out, either too expensive for what you get or too old fashioned. I don`t mind old fashion as long as it doesn`t become kitsch. Old sheets are a no-no for me as well as bad wallpapers.
Do you have anything you dislike about old style hotels?

Pink Cocoon Coat: Asos, similar here or here
Jeans: Asos, similar here
White chain bag: Asos, similar here
White shirt: Topshop

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Monday, 17 November 2014

12 Quick Wins to Instantly Grow Your Blog Traffic

1. Invest in a professional web design
A professional, visually appealing blog design will instantly make your readers keep returning back to your site. It`s so easy nowadays to make your blog look more professional through already made templates for sale at $5 - $25 or by hiring a freelance designer through sites like Fiverr or Odesk. Read my Top things to keep in mind when designing your blog if you`re just starting.
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2. Invest in better photography
Most bloggers will say how much good photography has contributed to their success of their blog. Everyone loves beautiful, clear images and investing in your blog photography can definitely help in getting people to return back to your site.
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3. Invest in a domain name
Investing in a domain is one of the key steps in making your blog look more professional and building your brand. A good name can help your readers remember your site much easier which means they`ll be more likely to return.

4. Comment on other blogs
Commenting on other blogs is a great way of getting other bloggers to discover your blog.

5. Connect with fellow bloggers on social channels
Speaking of connecting with other bloggers, social channels such as Twitter serve as a great platform for building long lasting relationships with other bloggers, sharing tips and why not cross promote each other`s posts.

6. Grow your social channels community
Pick a few social channels you think are the most important for your blog or that you enjoy the most and try to be as active as possible by posting something daily. A good part of bloggers traffic now comes from social channels so it`s very important to build a presence on other channels.

7. Cross promotion
And after building your social channels community a key part is making sure you cross promote your articles on those channels as well as other channels to ensure your blog gets the maximum exposure possible.

8. Make your articles & blog easy to share
Adding social share buttons to your articles and links to your official social channels means your blog and articles can be easily shared by your readers to their friends and family and help bring more new visitors to your site.

9. Sign Up to Bloglovin
Bloglovin` has a huge blogging community. Sign Up to their platform to allow your readers to subscribe to your blog and get new articles in their feed.

10. Use Pinterest to your advantage
Use Pinterest for more than just wasting a few hours browsing to pretty pictures and Pin your blog images and articles to help bring some of the Pinterest community to your site.
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11. Post regularly
Especially if you just started a blog it is important to build up your blog content by posting multiple times a week to offer a reason for visitors to stay on your blog and press the subscribe button. If you`re also in full time work or education try to pre plan and pre write a few articles in weekends or holidays to ensure your have something up on your blog during the week.

12. Write about what people are searching for online
The Google Keyword Planner is a great tool for finding out what people are searching for online and providing your some inspiration for your future blog articles. Writing about a topic that people are interested in can help bring new visitors to your site.


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Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Social Eating House Restaurant Review

Last week the boy and I decided to go for our date night to The Social Eating House in Soho. Since we got there 30 mins late we had to persuade the hostess that we won`t be eating that much and we will be really fast as we had to release the table after 2 hrs. However the menu looked really good and we couldn`t really help ourselves ordering quite a bit of food. Fortunately no one kicked us out even though we passed the 2 hrs time limit which was a relief as I wouldn`t have wanted to miss my favourite part of the meal: the dessert :). 
We started off with the mussels which were gigantic and delicious. 
After which my partner really wanted to try the smoked black angus tartare with radishes. I usually find tartare way too heavy but really loved how the sourness of radishes complemented the meat and cream.
The star of the meal was definitely the smoked duck ham with soft egg and chips. A recipe for success.
Potatoes with epoisses fondue and red chicory was good but a bit too heavy for me.
 Both my partner and I loved the salami and crudités salad in a jar although we weren`t such big fans of the toasted bread that was really hard to chew on.
I love lemon tarts, pies, basically any dessert lemon based and this one was fantastic. The meringue was beautifully done as well as the black pepper biscuit.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Top 15 holiday travel destinations in 2015

1. The all American destination in Austin - Texas, USA
A vibrant city with plenty of good food, bars, shops and nightlife, Austin is the perfect place for a USA trip.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Prind1m
2. Panda watching in Chengdu, China
Cute pandas and hot springs - what more can you ask for? Luxury hotels are new opening in Chengdu so it`s the perfect time to visit before the tourist masses will come in.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Pinterest
3. Summer European trip in Montenegro
Beautiful beaches, old towns, and mountains are close to each other make Montenegro the new perfect European summer destination.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Pinterest

4. Road trip of a lifetime through Iceland
Iceland has one of the most mind blowing landscapes in the world and a road trip is the perfect way to visit this beautiful country.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Iceland
5. Havana nights in Cuba
The music, the people, the food, Cuba is the perfect trip for making memories.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Pinterest
6. Escape the rest of the world in Bhutan
Increased transport links and openness towards tourists means more and more travellers are discovering the beauty of Bhutan. This is the perfect time to visit Bhutan when it`s still remote enough to make you feel you are escaping the world.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Lonely Planet
7. Foodie trip to Copenhagen, Denmark
Visited Copenhagen for the first time this year and absolutely loved it. Copenhagen has one of the best food scenes in Europe and definitely worth the trip for all you foodies out there.
holiday travel destinations 2015

8. Natural beauty trip in Romania
Romania has some amazing natural beauty, the mountains, the traditional villages, and the amazing Danube Delta are perfect for nature lovers and taking a step back in time.
holiday travel destinations 2015
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9. History trip to UNESCO World Heritage - Valletta, Malta
Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the architecture is beautiful with intriguing historical attractions around every corner.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: thepeakeffect.com
10. Safari trip in South Africa
South Africa provides some of the most safari trips in the world. South African cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town are also buzzing with bars, restaurants and nightlife.
holiday travel destinations 2015
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11. Taiwan shopping trip
Taiwan has one of the best shopping in the world and some amazing street food to keep you going while shopping.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: fewdblog.com
12. Luxury lodging in New Zealand
Although not cheap, New Zealand is perfect for a relaxing holiday.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Huka Lodge
13. Trekking in Chile
The natural beauty of Chile is hard to resist.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: National Geographic
14. Perfect beach holiday in the Philippines
The beautiful beaches of Philippines are fast becoming favourites with travellers and giving Thailand beaches a run for their money.
holiday travel destinations 2015
Image source: Pinterest
15. City trip to Athens, Greece
Athens is quickly becoming a creative hub with loads of new cafes, restaurants, bars, and a buzzing art scene. Luxury hotels also look pretty amazing. This is the perfect time to go when the prices are more affordable and you can find some amazing luxury deals which is so hard to find in Europe.
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Styling the White Fur Coat

styling the white fur coat
styling the white fur coat
styling the white fur coat
styling the white fur coat
styling the white fur coat
styling the white fur coat
(Topshop white faux fur coat, H&M striped top, Asos black jeans, Asos ankle boots - similar here)

It`s been rainy and cold in London and it finally feels like winter. The worse is probably though the fact that it gets dark so quickly which is not great if you`re fashion blogger as it means the time you can catch some light to shoot your outfit is very tight. Usually in winter I become more like a very lazy bear that just wants to hibernate somewhere warm and it takes a lot of persuasion to get me active. This winter I just want to sleep, eat, and repeat. And maybe get some tickets to see Swan Lake. Have you guys seen it? what did you think of it? London has some amazing shows in winter so it`s my favourite time to book tickets to musicals, theatre, concerts and so on.
Speaking of keeping warm and bears I invested in this Topshop white faux fur coat which feels super soft and cozy. Topshop has some amazing coats and I always spend way too much time on their site putting stuff on my wishlist. In which coats are you investing this winter?

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Top 10 Benefits of Travelling Alone

A while ago I wrote an article about the Top 10 Benefits of Travelling with a Partner. And as much as I love travelling with my close ones I also fully enjoy travelling solo as I think it`s great for challenging myself. Here are my top 10 reasons why I love solo travel:

1. Easier to plan your trip
As you don`t have to worry if your friend/boyfriend/girlfriend will like the accommodation, the departure date, the airline, it`s much easier to book the trip without stress.

2. You`re in charge of your own schedule while travelling
This is definitely one of my favourites as I always have a huge list of things I want to see and do in a new place and most people find me annoying when I drag them everywhere. It also means that if I wish I can spend the whole day in bed without feeling guilty that maybe my friends will get bored.

3. You can focus on your bucket list
Travelling with friends or groups can also mean sometimes that you don`t get to do the things you`ve been dreaming to do as everyone else can have different tastes or things they want to do which means sometimes missing out on the things you really want to try. Solo travels are perfect for crossing over all those amazing experiences from your bucket list without having to worry about others.
benefits of travelling alone
Phi Phi island snorkelling was one of the most amazing travel experiences I ever had.

4. It`s easier to meet new people
It`s much harder to get to know locals or other travellers when you`re travelling in a big group or with a partner as you tend to focus only on spending time with those people. Generally it`s much easier to meet new people when you`re travelling alone. Just make sure they`re the non creepy ones.
benefits of travelling alone
Copenhagen is full of cute little cafes where you don`t need to feel uncomfortable eating by yourself and can easily meet new people.

5. Easier to build some exciting memories
As you are forced to get out of your comfort zone it also means that you`re more likely to build some amazing new experiences that maybe otherwise you would have gotten the chance to.

6. You learn to become resourceful
Another of my favourites. I`m absolutely terrible with directions and I used to always be terrified going by myself in an unknown place. Travelling alone has definitely helped me become more resourceful, being able to find my way around more easily, rent a flat, figure out public transport and so on.
benefits of travelling alone
The beautiful streets of Kyoto are perfect for getting lost on your own and enjoying the peacefulness of the place.

7. Grow confidence & independence
Kinda tied in with number 6 once you conquer your biggest travel fears then there`s nothing stopping you and you`re the master of your destiny (always wanted to use that line in a sentence yayy!).

8. More time to meditate & find yourself
If you`re looking for a relaxing trip or a trip where you just want to meditate and find yourself then solo travels are perfect for this.

9. An absolute sense of freedom
Freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want without worrying about anyone.

10. No regrets
Taking a chance and getting out of your comfort zone feels more rewarding than regretting not trying.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Michelin Star Indian Cuisine at Amaya London

Amaya is a Michelin Star restaurant in the heart of Belgravia focused of beautiful Indian cuisine. We went here on a Sunday and had an amazing lunch. Getting home was a bit of a blur as we were so full I think I entered this sort of food coma. 
The menu consists of a la carte dishes as well as a variety of weekend lunch set menus comprised of around 7 - 8 dishes to be shared by the whole table. We went with one of this set menus as we wanted to try as many dishes as possible.
We started off with paneer which is a type of Indian cheese- very fluffy and delicious.
The spinach was my favourite especially when you have warm naan next to you that you can just rip and dig in. 
The crispy potatoes were another of my favourites- so aromatic with spices and crunchy on the outside while soft on the inside.
Now I know this kebab is not one of the prettiest dishes but it was quite good although a bit too salty for me.
My favourite meat dish was definitely the chicken which had a lovely smokey flavour and was cooked beautifully.
I wasn`t a massive fan of the fish mainly because I don`t really like coconut on savoury dishes however it looked like it was cooked beautifully.

The last dish of the set menu was the beryani with rose petals yogurt. By that time I was so full I was only able to had a few bites but my boyfriend definitely had at least half of it. 

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