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Thursday, 23 October 2014

How to keep your blog updated while travelling

1. Pre-write and pre-schedule articles before going on a trip
If you want to take a complete break from blogging but in the same time you still want to keep your blog updated for your readers then the best way is to write and schedule a few articles before going on your trip to make sure your visitors are still coming back to your site while you`re away.

2. Use transit time for writing articles
I find flying a great chance for putting together a few articles before my holiday even starts. Makes the time  fly faster and gives me fresh content for the blog. Coaches, trains are also great opportunities for article writing.

3. Pre-plan before your holiday article topics
This ensures that you don`t forget covering anything that you wanted to write about.

4. Reserve time on the day for blogging
If you want to keep blogging while away make sure you reserve specific time of the day for this and don`t plan anything during that time slot. Early mornings right after breakfast is my personal favourite as I`m usually too full to do anything else than sit on the sofa.
how to keep your blog updated while travelling

5. Remember to take pictures
It`s well known by now that articles with strong photography perform much better than articles with only text. I like to always carry in my bag a small camera as you never know what amazing things you`re about to encounter.

6. Keep a notebook/ travel log of impressions
Take short breaks to write down notes either on your phone or notebook of impressions you get from different places you visit so you make sure when you write you don`t forget anything.

7. Take pictures or write down the names of restaurants
If you`ll be writing tips or guides about certain destinations it`s a good practice to either take a picture with your phone or camera of the name of the restaurant or write it down. I tend to always forget restaurant names so this is a life saver for me.
how to keep your blog updated while travelling

8. Remember to enjoy
Lastly but not last, remember to actually take breaks to enjoy travelling. Even if you`re on a press trip, constantly thinking about how your site is doing or what you`re gonna write next can be exhausting and means actually missing out on the atmosphere. Remember to take breaks even if it`s just for drinks, dinner, shopping spree to just enjoy being there.
how to keep your blog updated while travelling

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Today`s Outfit: Making the Transition

transitional clothing
transitional clothing
transitional clothing
transitional clothing
transitional clothing
transitional clothing
(Topshop denim shirt, Zara leopard print skirt, Nelly ankle boots)

Is there anything more beautiful and dreamy than sunny fall days- when the wind slowly starts creeping in and the leaves turn yellow? Autumn is definitely one of my favourite seasons alongside summer. Unfortunately you only really get a few of these wonderful days till it starts getting cloudy and rainy which makes the sunny days even more special. On such a warm Sunday we headed over to Holland Park near Notting Hill for a walk.
Skirts and shirts are two of my favourite transitional pieces of clothing. I try to buy a lot of skirts that can be also worn with tights and not only bare legs, mainly because in UK you only really get to wear bare legs for like a month so they`re great for taking from warm to cold. The same thing happens with shirts- it`s pretty easy to layer them around. Either wear them as they are or unbutton them and wear them more as a layer over a t-shirt. 
I`m becoming a bit more practical when buying clothing - I guess I`m getting old? so now I actually try to think how wearable a piece of clothing is before purchasing it which didn`t really used to happen before. 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Stylish Stockholm Travel Guide

stylish stockholm travel guide

Where to stay in Stockholm:
  • We`ve had a lovely stay at Nobis Hotel which had a wonderful location, right in the centre of the city. You can read my Nobis hotel review here.  
stylish stockholm travel guide

Where to eat in Stockholm:

There`s definitely no shortage of good food in Stockholm. Prices are similar to London however the alcohol is much, much more expensive. Definitely not the place to go for getting wasted.
One interesting concept in Stockholm is that most Michelin star restaurants have a more affordable, relaxed sister restaurant next to it that still has delicious food but a more relaxed atmosphere, often with shared tables.
  • Speceriet serving Nordic cuisine was one of our favourites of the trip 
stylish stockholm travel guide
Beautiful deer at Speceriet
  • Kyptin in the Old Town is a great choice for Swedish classics. I recommend the lovely fish stew.
  • Oaxen Slip for Sunday lunch
  • Restaurant AG for meat lovers
Things to do in Stockholm:
  • Visit the colourful streets of Stockholm`s Old Town 
  • Take a morning stroll through Ostermalmshallen market
  • Go for drinks and dancing in Berns where you`ll find plenty of bars & clubs
  • Do a bit of vintage shopping at in the morning at Hornstullsmarknad and enjoy a snack from the amazing food trucks there
stylish stockholm travel guide
  • For tourist attractions don`t miss Stockholm`s Town Hall, the Nobel Museum, and the Royal Palace
  • Have a relaxing spa day at Centralbadet, Sturebadet spa, or at the extremely cool Japanese spa Hasseludden Yasuragi 
  • Shopping: the shopping in Stockholm is amazing although definitely not cheap. My favourite areas were Norrmalmstorg, and the Sofo area of Sodermalm
  • If you`re staying longer than a weekend take a day trip outside the city to visit some of the other beautiful islands part of Stockholm archipelago
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Belgravia Sushi: Uni Restaurant Review

Uni is a small Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant in Victoria. The decor is slightly weird and doesn`t really feel like Peruvian or Japanese, or not even a fusion between the two but the food was good which the most important thing. The menu consists of loads of small dishes and sushi and sashimi sets making it perfect for sharing.
My boyfriend and I shared the sushi set - especially loved the prawn, the butterfish and hamachi. 
uni belgravia
Salmon tacos were one of the highlights of the night. Loved the crunchiness of the tortilla with the salmon.
uni belgravia
Seaweed salad was unexpectedly good considering I don`t usually like seaweed but I really enjoyed this one.
uni belgravia
Yellowtail was very fresh and delicious, a favourite alongside the salmon tacos.
uni belgravia
Prawn tempura was the main low of the night, the batter was a bit too heavy and oily for my taste and didn`t compare with the amazing tempura we`ve had in Japan.
uni belgravia

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Travel in Style: Stockholm Photo Diary

We spent a long weekend in Stockholm and it was everything I was expecting and more. Great atmosphere, food, cool designs and amazing, minimalistic fashion. Definitely hoping to go back at some stage to visit some of the other beautiful islands from the Stockholm archipelago. 
Will be posting a mini guide to the city next week with my favourite restaurants and things to do, till then enjoy the photos :).
stockholm travel guide
Beautiful indoor market with loads of fish, vegetables, and a few restaurants. 
stockholm market
stockholm market
stockholm market
stockholm old town
The old town is full of good restaurants, gift shops, and cute, colourful streets. 
stockholm old town
stockholm old town
stockholm old town
stockholm old town
A cozy restaurant in the Old Town where I had a delicious fish stew.
stockholm old town
stockholm old town
stockholm food
On Sunday morning we headed towards the Hornstulls market and although the market was a bit small there were some delicious food trucks from where we grabbed some fish tacos and ate them next to the water. 
stockholm market
stockholm market
stockholm market

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Rivea at the Bulgari Restaurant Review

The Rivea restaurant is located in a beautiful setting inside the luxurious Bulgari Hotel in London. The food is inspired by the French and Italian riviera, all the ingredients are super fresh and the cooking is beautiful. The plates are however very small so if you`re really really hungry I would suggest getting 1 more dish. 
We started off with a sea bass carpaccio with pine nuts which was lovely but kinda missed a bit of spiciness.
rivea restaurant review
I much preferred the marinated anchovies the boy had which were very fresh and light.
rivea restaurant
For the pasta course we had the potato, sage, and parmesan gnocchi which were definitely the best gnocchi I`ve had. So fluffy and light I could have had 3 more plates of this. The crispy parmesan complemented the dish so well. 
rivea london
The boy had the ricotta and aubergine ravioli which was cooked beautifully and went really well with the saltiness of the olives.
rivea london
For mains I had the beef fillet which was yummy. Especially loved the sauce. 
rivea london
We`ve also went for the lobster and artichokes because who doesn`t love lobster?! Very meaty and perfectly cooked, only wish there was more of it!
rivea london
For dessert we went with the tiramisu and although nice it didn`t blow us away like the rest of the dishes. 
rivea london
Overall rating: 15/20
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Perfect Suit for Women

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suit for women
suit for women
suit for women
suit for women
suit for women
suit for women
suit for women
(Asos white blazer, H&M stripped top, Asos flare trousers, Chanel bag)

Combining in this outfit two separates from two different suits- a white masculine jacket with flared black trousers. This outfit kinda reminds of something pulled straight of Annie Hall. I love masculine clothing, clean cuts, and classic fabrics and colours. This Chanel bag has become one of my favourites but I can`t help thinking what did women used to carry in their bag in the 60s and 70s?! Although the bag is beautiful it`s not really much you can fit inside - phone, money, keys and that`s about it. For me that`s massive downsizing as I`m usually carrying a large shopping bag with notebooks, water, wallet, snacks, headphones, charger, and so on. I even found once a lost spoon! Having to quickly switch between a large handbag and a tiny one was a bit of a challenge at first- should I take the spoon or the headphones? do I even need water or snacks? And although I`m getting better at it I still try to occasional chocolate bar...hey, a girl needs her snacks. I think I`m gonna use this as an excuse for buying another larger Chanel bag :)
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