Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Nobis Stockholm Hotel Review

nobis hotel review
nobis hotel review

1. The room (14/20)
We had a double room which was pretty comfortable. I loved the wooden floor and the heated floor in the bathroom. The room was lovely decorated, very Scandinavian cool, although I wasn`t a big fan of the lightning as sometimes the room felt a bit too dark.
Photo source: nobishotel.se

2. The breakfast & other dining options (14/20)
There was a good choice for breakfast and everything was of very good quality. I especially loved their fresh fruit juices as they had some lovely mixes such as orange with pineapple and mint. The jams and crepes were also delicious.
We didn`t get to try the restaurant however it seemed to have some really good reviews online.
nobis hotel review

3. The service (15/20)
Good and professional service although the reception can quite busy and becomes harder to get information. The room service menu is very limited though especially at night.

4. Location (16/20)
Ideally located in the middle of the shopping district is perfect for getting around with most attractions within walking distance. The area is also very full with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Overall rating: 15 out of 20
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Monday, 29 September 2014

Top 13 outdoor fashion photography tips for bloggers

Although some fashion bloggers now have actual professional photographers shoot them most of us have to rely either on our partner, friend, family or even self timer for shooting our outfits. I`ve been taking outfit photos for over 3 years now and I`ve experienced pretty much all of the above: self timer, boyfriend, 12 year old brother that couldn`t hold the huge DSLR camera straight, pretty much all.  These are a few of my top tips when it comes to outdoor outfit shooting that I`ve learnt throughout the years and which I hope you find useful  

1. Think of the story you`re trying to portray beforehand
Whenever I prepare for shooting I try to think of the story I`m trying to portray. It doesn`t need to always be super complex especially if you`re shooting your outfit quite often but it does help if you think beforehand of where you`re planning on going and how will that outfit fit with the location.

2. Test different poses beforehand in the mirror
If you`re slightly uncomfortable in front of the camera or you`re tired of always doing the same poses (I`m so guilty of this!), or you`re just wearing something new, it helps to try to practice before leaving in the mirror to see what are the most flattering angles for shooting the outfit you`re wearing.

3. Choose locations or backgrounds that complement your outfit
Sometimes the best backgrounds are the simplest such as a brick wall, a cute street, try to find places that complement your outfit rather than clashing with it. Contrasts can also be good, for example I`ll often pick a more grungy location if I`m wearing a very romantic look to bring out my outfit even more.
outdoor fashion photography tips
Squares can be amazing although they`re harder to get right due to all the crowds. We probably took around 50 photos till we got this one.

4. Good lighting
Good lighting can make or break a photo. The “golden hour” is of course the most flattering however it`s not the easiest to find especially if in winter in London. No matter what though always be aware of where the light hits you so there aren`t any shadows and you and your outfit look clear.
outdoor fashion photography tips
If only I had the Marrakech golden hour everyday.
5. Use props or accessories for simple outfits
Props can be a great way of adding that extra something to your photo however try not to over clutter your photo as they can draw the attention of your readers from yourself to the props. Cute bikes, retro cars, flowers are a few of my favourite props.
outdoor fashion photography tips
Being very naughty here using two favourite props: flowers and a retro car :)

6. Always carry emergency quick fixes kit
I used to be really bad at this but now I`m starting to get better. I try to carry in my “emergency” kit pins, a hairband, a pair of sunglasses (in case the lightening is too harsh), concealer, some tissues, and a lipstick. Depending on the outfit sometimes I`ll also bring an extra pair of shoes if I`m not sure. Sometimes these small things have pretty much saved a shoot that otherwise would have been disastrous. 

7. Do test shots 
Always take a few test shots to check if the background is ok, the lightening is ok or if there is anything you need to change.

8. Carry at least 2 different lenses with you
Portrait lenses and the full frame lenses are my favourites and I switch between the two while shooting.

9. Let your photographer know about what you`re after
If someone else is taking your photos don`t forget to let them know what you`re after so you make sure you`re both aligned in your view. If the photographer knows what you want then he or she will be able to know which angles to use and even come up with a few creative ideas.

10. Take breaks throughout shooting to check the images 
This is great for making sure you`re on the right track so you don`t get home feeling disappointed.

11. Don`t forget the outfit details
For fashion bloggers is not only about the whole outfit but also about the outfit details. Necklaces, bracelets, bags, shoes, or just an interesting print of a skirt can be something to bring out in evidence through photos.

12. Photos in motion can bring extra wow factor
Jumping, running, walking, spinning can definitely make photos come more alive rather than still photography.
outdoor fashion photography tips
I picked and threw those leaves like 20 times till we got this shot but was definitely worth it :)

13. Feeling comfortable
This is probably one of the most important for me. If I don`t feel comfortable or I`m not feeling it then that tends to show in the pictures. Always go with your gut and if you`re not feeling comfortable then either think of alternatives for example other outfit, other location, or postpone the shoot for another hour or day.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

In My Beauty Bag: Favourite Perfumes

best fall perfumes
My favourite scents are a mix of sweet & refreshing florals and fruits. For night I love feminine scents that feel a bit sensual and mysterious while for the day I opt for something more light with a hint of masculinity. Current favourites include Burberry "Body", an old favourite Victoria`s Secret "Bombshell" (I`ve just run out of my second bottle!), Jo Malone "Peony & Blush Suede" which reminds of summer, and probably my favourite of all YSL "Elle" which is a mix of different flowers and fruits such as lemon, peony, berries, jasmine and patchouli. The YSL and Victoria`s Secret perfumes are perfect for evenings while the Burberry and Jo Malone are my choice for daytime.

What`s your current favourite perfume?
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

London Local Lunch Spot: Smokehouse Restaurant Review

I`ve had a fantastic Sunday lunch at Smokehouse in Islington and I`m definitely looking forward to going back. As the name suggests the menu is very meat focused however they also have some fantastic seafood salads and delicious light desserts.  We decided to share so we ordered a couple of small starter dishes and one main. It was definitely a good decision as the starters were the stars of the day.
We`ve had the octopus, N`duja, and potatoes which was amazing.
smokehouse restaurant review
And the crab, Korean pickled cucumber and tomato salad which was very refreshing and delicious. I could eat this everyday in summer. 
smokehouse restaurant review
The main was of course a roast and we went this time with the lamb which was beautifully cooked and had that smoky flavour I love. 
smokehouse restaurant review
If you`re at Smokehouse you need to, actually have to, try their famous brisket roll which is finger licking delicious. My partner and I were literally having fork fights over the last pieces. 
smokehouse restaurant review
The dessert menu is quite light and actually fits very well with the rest of the dishes which are more heavy. As by this point we were super stuffed we shared the T cake. The sauce had a hint of Earl Grey flavour and went really well with the tart which was cooked perfectly.
smokehouse restaurant review
Overall Rating: 16 out of 20

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Today`s Outfit: Styling a Denim Shirt

styling a denim shirt
styling a denim shirt
styling a denim shirt
styling a denim shirt
styling a denim shirt
styling a denim shirt
styling denim shirt
(Topshop denim shirt, Asos white skinny jeans, Converse shoes)

We took these photos on the beautiful streets of Stockholm`s Old Town. We were very lucky to catch the last sunny weekend in Stockholm before the weather turned for worse on Monday with rain and clouds. Right now I`m back in London and dreaming of my next trip. Travel has become such a huge part of my life for the last 2 years and I`m loving every moment of it. Every time I check off a destination I add 10 more and sometimes it feels like I`m never gonna be able to see everything that I want to see :).

What`s on your travel wish-list at the moment?
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Stylish Copenhagen Travel Guide

Where to stay in Copenhagen:
  • There are many boutique hotels in Copenhagen however I did find that many of them were overpriced for what you get. During my trip I stayed at Skt Petri (read my Skt Petri hotel review) which had a great 3 nights for the price of 2 offer and a great location right in the Latin Quarter centre, close to all the restaurants and attractions.
  • For eco chic options you can try Babette Guldsmeden or Carlton Guldsmeden.
  • For extra luxury the Nimb Hotel is housed in a Moorish inspired building.
Make sure when finding a hotel to always check out the their site for any offers.

Where to eat in Copenhagen:

Copenhagen has recently emerged as a mecca for foodies, housing the best restaurant in the world - Noma. Although I didn`t get to eat there this time (reservations go out months in advance) there are still plenty of good food options around, some of them even opened by former Noma chefs.
  • Manfreds & Vin, and Relae are two local favourites serving Nordic food situated just vis-a-vis of each other.
  • For more Nordic cuisine head to Host which has a great design as well as good food
  • For sweet tooth head to Conditori La Glace bakery for the most amazing cakes in one of the most amazing settings
  • Kalaset is another quirky cafe that serves amazing brunches 
  • Atlas Bar is a great option if you`re a solo traveller and the menu is a mixture from around the world
stylish copenhagen travel guide
stylish copenhagen travel guide
Quirky interior and delicious food at Atlas Bar.
  • While in Copenhagen don`t forget to try a traditional Danish hot dog from a street stand which is absolutely deliciousstylish copenhagen travel guide
The most badass hot dog I ever had
Things to do in Copenhagen:
  • Spend an afternoon at Tivoli Gardens which is a beautiful amusement park
  • Take a stroll along Nyhavn and stop for a coffee while admiring the view
  • Visit the Latin Quarter for beautiful buildings and great restaurants
  • Spend a morning at Torvehallerne - an amazing, more upscale indoor food market
  • Rosenborg Slot Castle is very cute and has a beautiful park
  • Take a half day trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which houses works of art from artists such as Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Yves Klein.
  • If you`re spending quite a few days in Copenhagen then you can take the direct train to Malmo in Sweden.
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

10 Benefits of Travelling with a Partner

There has been quite a lot of hype recently around the multiple benefits of solo travel and I can see why as it can be extremely rewarding in terms of growing and becoming more independent, however I also love travelling with a partner such as a friend, family member or boyfriend, and there`s no reason why you should only have to choose one over the other. These are the benefits of travelling with a partner in no particular order:

1. Having someone to share memories with and continuously recap even months or years afterwards all the embarrassing, funny, or romantic moments you had during the trip.

2. Having someone next to you when you`re sick. Being by yourself and falling ill while travelling in a place you don`t know anyone and can`t speak the language can be extremely scary so having someone to take care of you can help make things easier.

3. Getting to taste more dishes by sharing each other`s food. Definitely a favourite of mine although one thing I`m not so happy about sharing is dessert :).
benefits of travelling with a partner
"What do you mean I have to share my dessert?"

4. Having someone to help you find your way around. I`m extremely bad with directions or reading maps so it`s always a relief to travel with someone that can find all the tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants I want to check out.
benefits of travelling with a partnerThe road trip my boyfriend and I took to Mallorca was all about finding hidden gems like this beautiful beach.

5. Having someone to take pictures of you in all the embarrassing tourist poses: picture pretending your pushing the leaning tower of Pisa- check!

6. Being able to go to any restaurants, clubs, bars you want without feeling awkward that you`re by yourself. Some people are more extroverted and find it extremely easy to find new friends anywhere they go, however if you`re more introverted like I am then just going to a bar and start talking to people it`s not the easiest of tasks.

7. Share each other baggage weight, and by this I mean being able to sneak that extra pair of heels in your friends/boyfriend backpack.

8. Watch each other baggage when going to toilet/shops

9. Safety. Unfortunately some destinations can be particular dangerous for solo female travellers so having someone you know next to you can definitely make you less of a target.

10. Having someone to share the travel costs with can make travelling much cheaper which means you can afford to travel even more often.
benefits of travelling with a partner
Japan can be very expensive so having someone to share the costs with can make the trip more cost effective.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Today`s Outfit: Mornings at Columbia Road Flower Market

columbia flower market
columbia flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
leopard print skirt
leopard print skirt
leopard print skirt
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
columbia road flower market
(Asos long sleeve top, Zara leopard print skirt, Nelly ankle boots)

Sunday we took a stroll through Columbia Road to visit the famous flower market which was beautiful but extremely busy. Who would have thought there are so many people buying flowers?! lol
I got home a few sunflowers which I love as they remind me of summer, fields, countryside, sunshine and all things sweet and nice.
After the market we went for lunch at the Smokehouse in Islington where I`ve had the most amazing Sunday roast. This for me represent the perfect Sunday: a bit fun, loads of food, and spending time with the people I love.
On another note I`m heading to Stockholm this weekend! If you have any tips of things to do, see, and restaurants to try, let me know!
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