Sorrento - part 2 (including Capri and Pompeii).

15.10.14

Read part 1 - here!

Apart from visiting Amalfi and Positano we also did lots of exploring near our hotel and in the main centre of Sorrento. We visited a different restaurant every night, and a few cafes in the daytime, as well as a few ice cream shops (would be rude not to..) The best meal we had was at a restaurant called L'Antica Trattoria. We tried the set menu, a different menu each, and it was definitely a good choice. My main of pork was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten and Jonathan had rave reviews about his pasta course served inside a hollowed giant lemon!

Aside from a couple of relaxing days and a day spent at the wedding we also managed to squeeze in a day trip to Capri and half a day in Pompeii.

 
We took a boat ride from Sorrento to Capri and located an open top taxi at the port which we thought would be a nice way to make our way up to Anacapri. It turned out to be the most hair raising car journey of our lives. Think a rollercoaster without the track! Luckily we made it in one piece and spent the next few hours in Anacapri. 

We took the cable cars to see the spectacular views at the highest point of Anacapri which was well worth it. We spent ages taking in the views (ahem, and eating more ice cream).


Pompeii was the highlight of our trip. It's obviously a tremendous tragedy but absolutely fascinating and incredible to see a town so in tact after 2000 years. You really get a sense of what life was like in those days, like stepping back in time.

You can hire a guide or make your own way round. As it was just me and Jonathan we decided to do our own thing and make our way round using a guidemap. We managed to see pretty much everything, although we didn't manage to find the brothel!

I can't really do it justice with photos so I suggest you visit if you find yourself in Italy!

 
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Personalised products for Lily and Lola (with GettingPersonal.co.uk)

8.10.14

Sometimes it seems like Lily and Lola get better clothes and accessories than I do and their latest treats are no exception thanks to GettingPersonal.co.uk, a website which sells a range of personalised gifts and cards for people and pets too.

Lily and Lola recently received a parcel containing a personalised blanket and towel each which we think are absolutely adorable. The blankets are so soft and cosy and the towels are a really big size, as well as being really fluffy, which makes them great for post-bath time or for drying muddy paws.

Personalised towels and blankets c/o GettingPersonal.co.uk

Imagine what a great gift they would make for someone with a new dog as you can personalise them with any name you like. They also come in a few different colours like ivory, red, pink and blue but I like black and brown as they're the most practical.

I love the other personalised pet products too, like the slate feeding tray and the chalkboard (here's the link if you fancy a nosy).

If you don't have pets or fancy buying your pet loving friends/relatives a present like this I'd still recommend having a rummage round the website. The Christmas gift section is packed full of personalised gift ideas, searchable by the type of relative. Genius!

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Sorrento - part 1 (our hotel/jetty, Amalfi and Positano).

7.10.14

We recently spent a week in Sorrento which feels like a million years ago thanks to the wet and wild weather we're experiencing in South Yorkshire at the moment, so I thought I would share some of my photos to cheer myself up.

One of Jonathan's very good friends was getting married in Sorrento so we, along with some other couples we know, spent a week there to take in the sights and, of course, attend the wedding!

Our hotel was lovely with stunning views out to sea. I don't think I could ever get bored of sitting on the terrace for breakfast or lunch and looking out at all the boats. It was particularly beautiful at night. We had our own private jetty where we had a couple of relaxing afternoons in the sunshine and a bob in the sea.


We did a few day trips during our holiday, the first one being a boat trip to Positano and Amalfi. Approaching them from the water was absolutely breathtaking. The buildings built into the hills, the stunning colours and the clouds rolling down over the top of the hills made for some stunning photos. I must have taken a hundred photos of the same stretch of land!

We had some free time to explore both places, and had a particularly treacherous bus journey from one to the other along tiny windy roads at about 80mph! We looked in the shops, tried the ice cream, stopped for lunch, and explored as many nooks and crannies as we could before heading back to the port for the boat home.

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A very special announcement...

4.10.14

I have a very special announcement to make which, if you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may not know. Last Sunday, a day which started out like any other Sunday, turned out to be the happiest day of my life when Jonathan proposed!


His proposal was wonderful and I will be sharing the story with you all very soon, but here's a sneaky clue: there may have been two little Pugs involved... ;)

Here's to the last 4 years and many, many more!


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French Connection: little white dress.

3.10.14

When perusing the virtual aisles of French Connection recently I decided to pop a little white dress in my basket, as opposed to playing it safe with black. I don't wear much white (mainly due to my pasty limbs!) but I thought it would be perfect for our recent holiday to Sorrento where the sun was shining.

The dress, the Annie Bow Tunic, has such lovely detail with its embroidered flowers and sequins. The shift shape means it was quite forgiving after a week of eating pizza and pasta twice daily, and it's a conservative length which is great when you hate your legs like I do! I like that it's a casual dress but is still a little bit fancy, which makes it a great piece for a sunny holiday teamed with sandals and a clutch.


 French Connection always have such lovely dresses and it's a website I check out regularly, particularly during the sales. They have some wonderful work dresses, party dresses and the most stunning maxi dresses! 

I have got my eye on a couple of things. Who am I kidding, I have got my eye on half the shop!

Annie Bow Tunic Dress c/o French Connection 

Happy shopping! ;)

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August favourites.

7.9.14

Orla Kiely glasses

I had my eye on these Orla Kiely frames for a while after trying on every pair of glasses in every.single.opticians and last month I took the plunge, mainly due to a 25% off voucher for Boots Opticians and fancying a change from my Ray Bans. Yes they're rather a bold statement with their chunky oversized tortoiseshell frames and gold logo but I love them. The case is also rather pretty which is a nice bonus.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

I used a tube of this many moons ago off and on in a rather lackluster fashion, but a couple of months ago I purchased another tube on a whim. Since then I have used it day and night religiously and it has improved my skin in a huge way. My breakouts are minimal and my skin looks smoother with a reduction in my acne scarring visibility. Having struggled with my skin for years now, I knew this serum was a winner when I started receiving compliments on how well my skin looked. I thought I would never hear compliments like that again!


Barbecue Popchips

If you haven't tried Popchips where have you been? They are the bees knees. Guilt free = check! Amazing flavours = check! Jonathan and I are obsessed with the barbecue flavour and always stock up on the big bags when we spot them in the shops.


SeeYaReelSoon on YouTube

My favourite YouTube channel by far are the Disney loving Joe and Ashley aka SeeYaReelSoon. They release a video every Wednesday, usually a vlog from a Disney trip or something else Disney related like a recipe or FAQ video. They are the absolute sweetest and I look forward to Wednesdays to catch their latest video. I wish I could visit Disney as often as they do, but alas I have to live vicariously through them!


Carmex cherry lipbalm

You may struggle to get excited over a lip balm but this is a really good one, promise! I recently finished off a tube that was in my desk drawer at work and a pot in my makeup bag so I bought a brand spanking new pot yesterday. It's so moisturising, tastes like cherries and has SPF15. Plus it's only a couple of quid!


Bath & Body Works candles

Yes I am featuring B&BW candles again! What can I say, they're amazing. These dinky mini jar candles were sent to me by my new friend in America, Amy, and they smell divine. They're two of the new Autumn scents currently making our kitchen smell divine (well, apart from the Pug smell ;))
 

What were you loving in August?

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Life lately (burgers, milkshakes, Potteric Carr, a holiday countdown and a touch of buyer's remorse).

31.8.14

Hello you lovely lot. It has been a while since I sat down and wrote anything so here goes. I thought I would bring you up to speed on what we have been up to recently.

- Yesterday we spent the morning viewing houses in Sheffield and had a wander round one place that was like something straight out of a house magazine. It was a beauty! We have stepped up our search for somewhere new (we have been in our current home for almost 3 years and our neighbours still drive us as crazy as the day we moved in) so hopefully in the not too distant future you will be seeing some new house posts from us! After all of the nosying round other people's houses we stopped for a well earned lunch and milkshake at Graze Inn.


- Last weekend I had the Friday and Monday off work and spent the 4 day break at my parents house near Leeds (Lily and Lola came too!). My sister was back from the Isle of Man so we headed to Leeds to do a bit of shopping with my mum, with a follow up trip to White Rose Centre the day after. We also swung by Chapel Allerton to visit the amazing bra shop there where I spent £168 on 2 bras. I still can't bring myself to wear them, they're too beautiful! (#buyersremorse)

Lunch was a bloody good burger at Byron Burger complete with chips and an Oreo cookie milkshake. Ideal meal right there!


- In less than 3 weeks we will be jetting off to Sorrento for a week to attend our friends wedding and pack in plenty of sightseeing. If anybody has any recommendations of places to go or restaurants to eat at please do let me know in the comments box below.

- A couple of weekends ago we went back to Potteric Carr armed with my extra zoomy camera lens (technical term) and some extra comfy trainers for a nice long walk. This was our second visit to Potteric Carr and we really like it there.

Sadly we haven't managed to spot the deer, water voles or snakes (!) yet but we saw hundreds of dragonflies/damselflies, beautiful butterflies (one of which landed on me! Just call me Cinderella or whatever), bees and lots of birds. Plus it is so peaceful there and a great place for a Sunday stroll (and as we're members we can go for free now, bonus!)


Tell me what you have been up to lately folks!

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Road trip (Whitby & the North Yorkshire Moors) - part 3!

17.8.14

Part 1 - here! Part 2 - here!

The end of our trip saw us make our way back to civilisation after our walk through beautiful scenery to land on the doorstep of a pub. How convenient! We rested our weary feet over a couple of games of Scrabble and some food, before heading back to the car and driving to my parents house to pick up Lily and Lola.


It was such a great way to spend our weekend, seeing two new places, staying over in a cute cottage and getting away from it all for a little while. We are lucky to have such scenic places only a short drive away. The only problem is that now we want to go away every weekend!
 

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