Packing For My Jolly Holiday’s and Outfit Building

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I had told myself last night that I would wake up early and get out for a run in the countryside to kick start my day. Josh spotted a red deer in the woods the other morning which geared me up for it but it never happened. Instead I went to the gym and then made myself a bloody delicious plate of eggs Benedict. Not that you need to know that but my poached eggs are pretty awesome and I consider it quite a shame that I never got a photo for you guys 😉 The rest of the day was spent making chilli con carne and putting together a plant pot for my Dad for father's day (Dad, if you're reading this, you now have a new addition to your garden courtesy of moi, your absolutely fabulous daughter). You're probably wondering where I'm going with this post.. To be honest, I'm not quite sure myself. I wanted to show off a few of my favourite outfits I've been trying on for our holiday next week. You'll probably spot those leaf print trousers which I adore and yes I will be taking them with me again for the millionth time but I do have a new top to go with them. Also treated myself to a couple pairs of palazzo pants and I think my favourite item I have bought this year has to be the white striped ones, even though they're a tad long so I might ask my mum to take them up. I also have a slight obsession with polka dots and had to refrain myself from buying a skirt, t-shirt and bag - not that my bank balance can afford it but they're all saved in my basket for future reference. So I have 14 outfits planned for our trip but I still feel as though it's not enough... I'm going to be Pinning some inspo over on my Pinterest tonight to get me inspired. Love, L.

The Perfect Two Piece

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What I wore..

Dress from Zara, here

Trousers from Zara, here

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This weekend my dear friend and colleague, Becky got married to her now husband Ryan. It was so magical, she looked incredible and the dress was beautiful. The venue was stunning and the hog roast towards the end of the evening was perfect, especially with a G&T in hand 😉

So, when you have the wedding of the year to attend to, you got to get a new frock right? Okay, let me rephrase that because it's not very often that you will find me in a frock. In fact, I think it's become quite apparent to myself and possibly you guys that I'm a sucker for a pair of palazzo pants, so when I spotted these with the matching dress I just had to have them! I had actually bought these for our trip to Santorini which I have just started packing for this evening and suddenly realised that my wardrobe is pretty much non existent when it comes to 'summer holidays clothes'. I'm sure Josh will disagree so you're going to see a lot of recycled outfits during my trip away as I am skint - as per. However, I do have a few new pieces I'll be wearing too which I will share here with you guys during our time away. I'm so disappointed I never got a proper picture of my outfit because I loved it but we were in such a hurry and when we got there I didn't think to take any pictures which is why there are only these few. Speak again soon, L.

Father’s Day

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A photo of me and my Dad I have never seen before until this morning when my Mum sent me it. I can't believe I was ever that small and vulnerable. Isn't it crazy how you can come in to the world and have to rely on someone else to keep you safe. I love my parent's so much and am so grateful for the experiences they have given me. Happy Father's Day, Dad. Love, L.

Bob Graham Second Leg

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Dan, Meg and Josh on our first break in the sunshine.

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The first peak we reached, 1 out of 13.

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The rain closing in on us.

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Helvellyn summit, always brings back the best memories. This was where Josh and took me on my first 'proper' walk on the 1st June, 2014. 4 whole years ago - almost to the day but not quite.

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Finally back out on the hills! What started off as a beautiful, warm day ended up turning into the most horrendous weather, with cold rain lashing down for almost an hour half way in to our hike. It really did suck! I was thankful Josh made me pack my waterproof and I had a fleece with me to stay warm because the rain was so cold, Josh's hands went white because of poor circulation 🙁 So for those of you who don't know what the hell a Bob Graham round is, it features 5 different legs and is a running route for those who are very keen runners. It can take 24 hours plus and much much longer if you're not a runner or haven't trained. We did the second leg which wasn't even the hardest part and consisted of 13 peaks in 20km. We didn't even complete it fully as Meg's leg was very sore from a fall the day before and to be quite honest I could not be arsed after having walked in a thunderstorm with soggy feet! We did manage most of it and only cut out 3km which would've taken us up Farifield Horseshoe and back down the way we came so I guess we completed it pretty much 😉 I'm not sure I want to give it another go, it was very tough going and was up-hill for most of the way, it wasn't pleasant, especially in the muggy weather. I much prefer to walk in the Winter, your water stays cold, you can wrap up warm and the views are much clearer on a sunny day. Plus, you don't get a snotty nose and itchy eyes from hay fever either! For those interested in a bit of hiking and would like to see the route we did I'll share the link here. Now, time for dinner, a cuppa tea and I might catch up with Love Island as I've not bothered with it for a week. Not sure I'm into it this time around... We'll see. Love, L. x

Catch-Up

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Hey, hey, hey loves! How're you doing? It's been a very long time since I posted but it's felt good to have some time not worrying myself about updating you with pointless pictures, haha! But I have missed it and I guess I haven't been up to anything too exciting over the past week or two. Do you remember I did some photos a short while ago for Sophie for her final collection at London College of Fashion? Here are some of the pics we got back! Becky was our photographer and you can find her work here, she was absolutely incredible and I surprisingly felt so at ease but I'm only sharing the pictures I think I look okay in as I'm very fussy 😉 but there are some amazing shots in there! We were shooting Sophie's final ever collection and I felt honoured that she had asked me to help out. We both studied Art and Design at Kendal but she was a year ahead of me and went on to go and do some totally wonderful things, woo go Soph! If you're interested in her project then you can see more photos here.

Since our trip to Glasgow a couple of weeks ago (which feels like forever ago), all I've done is work, gym, eat and sleep. I'm quite enjoying getting out the house a little more now that the weather is warmer and the nights are lighter, it's total bliss living here when it's warm! I've also started putting together my outfits ready for Santorini in three weeks time and I have bought a few new pieces for our trip which I will maybe share with you before we go because I absolutely love some of the item's I've got. I went to my friend's wedding last weekend, the first school friend to get married! I can't believe it, since when did we grow up? Anyway, I have to run as I'm helping my Mum cook tonight and I need to wake myself up this hay fever is making me sooooo drowsy. Speak again soon, love L.

Photo Diary From Glasgow

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Friday

We arrived in to Glasgow fairly late on on Friday evening to a stunning 2 bedroom flat in Shawlands. It was sat right next to Queen's Park, the perfect place for a picnic and a stroll or a run in the morning but that never happened 😉 It had high ceilings, creaky wooden floors and it was just spotlessly clean. If you're interested in staying, here is this link to Lynn's flat!

We hadn't done any researching before our trip so we had a quick google when we arrived for somewhere to go. We decided to head to the West End, Ashton Lane which was a fair taxi drive from where we were staying but so worth it! It was bustling and we even ended up finding a ping pong bar and having a few games against each other which was so much fun, we definitely need one of those here at home - I'm pretty good, if I do say so myself 😉

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Saturday

I woke up early as always and sat with a brew in front of the tele before every body else woke up. Those are my favourite mornings, when you can get thing's done whilst everyone else is still sleeping. I also got to watch a little bit of the Emmerdale omnibus so that was a plus, haha! We made breakfast in the cosy kitchen and I was just so thankful I had picked a great Air BnB! It was perfect and I'm so excited to return again in the Winter months and visit the Christmas markets.

Later that day we ventured in to the city and visited the botanical gardens. Surprisingly they were free and so beautiful, if you like that sort of thing. Josh wasn't overly impressed but I guess I have to put up with football most of the year so... who's the real loser? Me! 🙁 For lunch, a friend suggested trying 'bread meats bread' and I finally got to try Poutine for the first time! This is like cheese, chips and gravy on a whole other level. I always thought that it was a Northern thing but it's actually a dish that originated in Canada!

Then of course no meal is complete without pudding so a short walk up the road to 'Loop and Scoop' for gelato and churros! I went for the filled churro's and got one of each flavour but I wished I had just stuck to Nutella because the other flavours weren't to my liking...

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My City Guide For Bucharest

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Where did we stay?

 

We were fortunate that our friend Sam has a hostel in Bucharest so of course that's where we stayed during our 3 nights in Bucharest, so if you are on a pretty low budget and don't mind sharing rooms, showers, toilets and a kitchen then this place would be perfect for you. Podstel is located 10 minutes from the city centre, far away enough from the hustle and bustle but close enough to walk. We had a private room, although we did have to share showers and toilets which for me was a little uncomfortable. I would probably feel differently had I been travelling alone as it's a good way to make friends and get to know other people but as a couple, I think I'd prefer a room with it's own bathroom as I like my own privacy. It was a good experience nonetheless and every single person we came across were so lovely and friendly and surprisingly from all corners of the world!

You can find Podstel here.

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Where we ate

 

On to my most favourite part of going away on holiday, the food. I was never sure what to expect when we arrived in Romania, I had heard that there were a lot of stews and very filling meals which was true. We ate so much during our stay, some good and some exceptionally good. In Bucharest we ate out at a number of restaurants but my favourite place was most definitely Biutiful by the Lake. This is where we spent our last evening and although the most expensive place we ate out during our whole stay, it wasn't any pricier than a good pub meal back here in the Lakes which I think is pretty reasonable.

Another favourite for a lunch time snack was SIMBIO. Of course, I couldn't resist the burger with caramelised onions, avocado and cheese. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it!

We also tried out Stadio, as we all fancied some Italian food. The guys went for pizza and Lena and I had the asparagus pasta which was yummy but not as yummy as the dessert! You have to check out 'Papanash', a traditional Romanian dessert served with sour cream and jam.

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Fancy a tipple?

There are some really cool bars dotted around Bucharest. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to sample them all but the ones we did were awesome. Depending on what kind of night you are wanting, you can head into the city centre or 'old town', where you'll find a lot of British stag do's and crowds of people looking to get wasted or you can head to the fancier bars and clubs a short taxi ride out of town. After our meal at Biutiful by the Lake, we headed to Nuba Summervibes. This place was so pretty with all the fairy lights and separate seating areas.

We also had a few cocktails in town one evening at NOMAD Skybar, where we experimented with a few different cocktails. I loved the atmosphere of this spot, it was so chilled and laid back. The sofa's were comfy and the music was good!

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What to see and do

If there's any reason to book a holiday to Bucharest, it has to be to experience Therme. Seriously, it's out of this world and like nothing I've ever experienced or seen before. There are pools with bars in, mineral pools, sauna's, steam rooms, restaurants, slides, jacuzzi's and something going on every hour from body scrubs sessions to facials. It's honestly so insane and very affordable too. We spent the whole evening there, from 6pm until closing time - midnight.

If you're a coffee lover then this city is also for you. I'm not a fan but the other guys were so I settled for a lemonade instead, which was still fantastic but apparently the coffee is on another level. I don't see the hype even though I so wish I did, haha!

I also recommend visiting the church's and old building's dotted around all over the city. They're beautiful buildings which date back hundred's of years. There is so much history and nice to see if you're interested in architecture.

Lastly, just go an explore. Buy a comfy pair of shoes, take a backpack with your camera, phone, purse, whatever else you may need like hay fever tablets (mine was rife in Romania but not so bad now I'm home) and explore the city on foot. You can stop for pastries at one of the popular bakeries, which name escapes me at the moment but I'll post it if I remember... drink coffee, buy ice cream, take the tube, walk in the park, see what events are going on etc. There is so much to see and do here and it's so affordable too. And if you get fed up of the city and want to wander further afield, get a car rental and head in to the countryside and go see the quieter areas of Romania. Car rentals are cheap and the petrol is even cheaper! I can't wait to go back 😉

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So sorry it's taken so long to getting to post all my photos from the trip. There are still hundred's more but there are my favourite! If you're planning a trip, get in touch and I can try and help you out or get you in touch with Podstel if you need somewhere to stay. Hope you enjoyed this post, it's a little different to what I usually post. Love, L.

Transfagarasan

And from the heat, the pretty little houses and old cobbled streets.. we ventured in to the mountains. Wow! You've probably heard of the Transfagarasan and you might have even seen it on an episode of Top Gear a few years back. Unfortunately for us the most famous part of the road was closed due to avalanches which is a shame because we would've loved to see it but I guess that means we can go again in the summertime, maybe in the Golf?! European road trip is calling! 😉

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This was the view from our balcony at the cabana. So beautiful! The fog kept drifting in and out but I managed to get a few photos when it cleared. It was so peaceful.

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When we arrived, we were greeted by this little fella/girl and her friend who reminded me a little of Gandalf.. (he was white, besides from that nothing else reminded me of Gandalf haha). Anyway, she was the sweetest dog and followed us around all morning before we jumped back in the car. I sooooo could've brought her back home with me so she could've made friends with Theo.

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Josh captured this photo of me and it's my absolute fav! It's always the ones you don't expect that turn out the best 🙂 

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What a view from Dracula's castle after a tough slog up some steps and through the woods that had recently been set on fire earlier in the month due to someone dropping a cigarette! Everything was black! I hate humans. Anyway, Dracula's real name was Vlad Tepes and he wasn't actually a vampire and no he didn't drink people's blood. I can't remember the exact story but he impaled a load of people from one particular town and fought off a Russian army from this castle, you can read all about it online though and it is very interesting, although I'm pretty miffed that Dracula wasn't a real thing.

I was going to post the rest of the photos from that day but I'm literally about to fall asleep and we have a busy day tomorrow, work and then Glasgow with Hannah and Tucker! Probably won't get to speak until after the weekend now. Have a good bank holiday! Lots of love, L.

Next Stop, Sibiu!

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"What a difference a day makes.. 24 little hours!" 

So photo number 1 was taken on the night we arrived in Sibiu and shortly after dinner and a bloody lovely snickers ice cream, the heavens opened and it poured. To top things off, we ended up buying two 'out of date' bottles of wine from Carrefour. I never even knew out of date wine was possible! But we managed to get them swapped just before they closed.

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Josh and Coops outside our air BnB. The bed was probably the worst bed I have ever slept in but it was cheap so I can't complain too much.

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We spent the morning exploring the city and I fell in love with the buildings! The little 'eye' shaped windows on the majority of the roofs were so quirky. There were hundreds of amazing doors but this one in particular was special (lol, as special as doors get). As we were taking some photos I could see a pair of feet stood behind the door waiting for us to finish. She invited us in and showed us around. Behind the doors was a huge court yard, with several dorms as it was in fact a boarding school for foreign students! I would never have thought it, especially in the heart of the city.

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Then it was back on the road and in to the mountains, although we had a little dilemma. The route we were originally going to take to our cabana was through the mountains, up past the waterfall and over the top. Instead, we had to visit the waterfall and go back on ourselves adding another 3 hours on to our journey because of snow and road closures! To be honest it went pretty fast, what with the best road trip album we had on in the car, plenty of snacks that we picked up from a little stall and the company of course. At the top of this waterfall (and a little further on) lies the ice hotel, popular for a lot of British tourists but unfortunately we never got to see it as the gondolas only go up and down the mountain when there are more than 8 people and we didn't have much time to burn so we gave it a miss.

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It was at this little pit stop that I tried deer for the first time and wild boar but it's fair to say that I wouldn't ever eat them again! We bought so much salami, nougat and the best cheesy bread type thing with sour cream but I can't remember the name of it. And then our journey into the Fagarasan mountains began...

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It was so eerie and the mountains that surrounded us were huge! They were even bigger than the ones in the Scottish highlands and it really did feel like jurassic park. When we stopped at the dam, I was overwhelmed by the silence, until some wild dogs started howling so we quickly jumped back in the car and carried on up the mountain to our cabana. An hour later, we reached our cabana. The last one before the road closure! We were the only guests staying there which was a little spooky but I managed to sleep really well after a huge glass of red and some cheesy mash potato, haha!

Sighisoara, My Favourite Place

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This was my favourite morning and by far my favourite place. We both woke up early, Josh went for a run with Coops. I showered and sat watching the sun slowly rise and creep through our bedroom window. The air was fresh and it was ever so still and quiet outside. I have decided that this is how I would like to spend every morning.

 

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Cositorarului Casa

We had breakfast in this beautiful little yard, hidden behind over grown hedges and filled with flowers and butterflies. I fell in love with this town. I never in my wildest dreams imagined Romania to be this amazing. It's kind of sad that this country doesn't get the recognition it deserves but also good in a way as there aren't so many tourists.

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Church on the hill & Sighisoara clock tower

We roamed the streets of Sighisoara in the boiling hot sun, stopping at various cafe's for a chilled cider as we watched the world go by. I love people watching! It's one of my favourite thing's to do when I'm on holiday, haha! It always amazes me how many nationalities I come across and I always wonder what their story is. I think it's really strange how we only really see the world from our perspective, we were discussing this the other night. So many people in the world but only you get to experience what you have. We climbed the steep steps up to the church on the hill, overlooking the city but my favourite view of the city was from the clock tower. A 360 degree view of Sighisoara and the rolling fields. It was like a little home away from home, minus the grey clouds and rain 😉

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Open Kitchen

 

For lunch we stopped at an open kitchen. It was basically a woman's kitchen she had opened up to the public and you can pick from a few 'dishes of the day' and sit in her little court yard to eat. It was so cute and the food was very yummy too. Everyone we came across in Sighisoara were so friendly and helpful and really made an effort to make you feel welcome. I love that! It's hard when you don't really know the language so there is a bit of a barrier there but thank goodness we had Lena as she did all the translating - I told you I didn't have to do much this holiday!

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What I wore...

Top from ASOS

Trousers from Zara

Sandals from Zara

Mango backpack from ASOS

Day One, Photo Diary from Romania

 

 

 

 

Bucharest

12th May, an early morning view of Bucharest from Sam's apartment we stopped in during our first nights stay. Even though this trip had been booked months back, I still didn't know what to expect. Every time I told someone where we were going it was the same response, 'oh the poverty is so bad over there', 'be careful you don't get pick pocketed' etc. Strangely enough I didn't do any research on Bucharest because Sam and Lena had planned a week jam packed of stuff to see and do, I didn't have to lift a finger (just when I had to eat which was almost every hour of every single day!). We had breakfast cooked for us after a little lie in and then packed the car ready for a 4 day road trip! I was so excited but before setting off we stopped at their local coffee shop for what they called 'the best coffee' in town but for me, a hot chocolate as I'm not a coffee lover, even though I so wish I was.

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Peles Castle

First stop, Peles Castle. About a 2 hour drive from Bucharest this beautiful castle sits nestled in the Carpathian mountains. It was a massive tourist attraction, in fact it was pretty tough to get a decent photo without somebody photobombing it! Too many people for my liking.. After a quick walk around the grounds we then spotted a cable car which led straight to the top of the Carpathian mountains so that's where we spent most of the afternoon, gazing down at the miniature village of Sinai from 2000ft above, eating BBQ'd pork and crackling dipped in mustard which was just bloody delicious, sorry no pics, we ate it too fast ;-).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brasov

 

From Sinai we jumped back in our little rental and made our way to Brasov, where we ate amazing traditional Romanian food, tried my first Matcha latte (which was revolting) from Starbucks, walked around the cobbled streets and then finally ended up at this little stall that sold 'kürtőskalács', I totally forgot the name but I've just found it on google and this is what it seems to be called. If you see a stall selling these, try them. They're delicious!

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Sighisoara

After another short ride and a real good kip, I woke up to this beautiful sunset in Sighisoara. This was where we spent our first night, in the most quaint little guest house. Sam and Lena had found this little gem on their last trip back in September and I'm so glad they did! It features a 500 year old cellar in which the family produce around 5 different liquors. Of course we got to try them all as well as hearing about the history of the cellar and the awards that the liquor has won. That evening we walked around the town, visiting 'Dracula's' house where it's believed he was born back in the 1400's and sampled the local beer and wine at a cosy restaurant.

What I wore...

Top from ASOS

Shorts are old from Levi's

Vans from ASOS

Mango rucksack from ASOS

Summer Days

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What I'm wearing...

Bodysuit from ASOS

Trousers from Zara

Sandals from Zara

 

Hola! Long time no speak. I decided it was way to full on to blog during my time away in Romania so I took hundred's, if not thousands of photographs and noted down everything I have to tell you so I'll be writing a couple of posts up that I'll publish over the next week or two! We arrived back into Liverpool airport last night, after the most sweaty, uncomfortable flight of my life (remind me never to travel with Blue Air again). Thankfully it was sunny and we had the most gorgeous ride home in the comfort of our own car, which felt like a dream after travelling around in a small rental during most of our time there. Today, we woke up early and went for a run which FYI I was literally nearly dying, I felt like I was back at square one again after a week of eating everything in sight. Later, we took the dogs for a walk by the river, had an ice cream at Hansen's and then we had dinner in my mum and dad's garden. I can't believe how much has changed in a week at home, all the plants are flowering, the trees are lush and bright green, it's truly beautiful and I'm so so thankful I live where I do (probably won't be saying this next week when it's raining but I'll embrace it while the sun is shining, haha!). Now, finish putting clothes, suitcases etc. away and then I think we might do a short walk in the morning but we're not sure as we're both so tired. Speak again soon, L.