Friday, 23 June 2017

Lake Como and the IPhone 7 Plus

I remember a time when the only function of a mobile phone was to make phone calls. In fact, I remember a time when only the very wealthy had a mobile phone and if you could afford one it was the size of a bus. Things have, of course, changed. 

Now I am a complete Apple convert, I make no excuses for it. Everything seamlessly integrates between products, the user interface is intuitive,  and it's virtually impossible to get a virus on a Macbook.  I have an iPhone 6, a MacBook Air, an Ipad, and love all of them more than Mr W. Ok, maybe not more than, wait, let me think... 

However, iPhones are expensive, so when I was given the opportunity by ThreeUK to review the Apple iPhone 7 Plus I felt it was important to review it as objectively as possible. After all, it's an expensive bit of kit and I wouldn't want readers parting with their cash if I couldn't wholeheartedly recommend it. To cover the phone in depth would take forever so here are the best features of the iPhone 7 Plus that I have found on my recent loan from ThreeUK.



All the photos to illustrate this post were taken in and around the beautiful town of Bellagio in Lake Como, Italy. They were taken on the iPhone7 Plus with the exception of the last photo. The photos have not been edited or filtered in any way, other than reduced in size to upload to the blog.

Size 

Firstly one of the great yet obvious features on the iPhone 7 plus is the size, with a 5.5inch full HD screen. I have never used a phone this size before but found it incredibly easy to get used to and to be honest I wouldn't go back now to the smaller iPhone 6.

Water resistance



How many of us use our phones in the bath - go on admit it? Well, some of the worry of a submerged phone can now be taken away as the iPhone 7 Plus is splash and water resistant.

I did find I wasn't so worried when using my phone on a boat trip in Italy. Also, the worry of using the phone in the rain has now diminished.


According to CNET, there is some truth in the claim of water resistance although Apple's support page says that liquid damage is not covered under the warranty so I don't think you are going to be diving with the phone anytime soon!

Headphone jack

Now one of these reasons they can make this phone water resistant is the lack of the headphone jack. Some would say it's forward thinking as Apple are trying to get its customers to use wireless headphones. However, it still doesn't solve your problem if you have bought an iPhone 7, you just have to buy wireless headphones or listen to your music on a speake
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Zoom 

Now sometime you just want a quick zoom in and on the old Apple phones, you have to pinch the screen to zoom. Now they have an x 2 optical zoom that is easy to use. Open the iPhone camera, go to the photo mode and tap the (1x) circle at the bottom, the camera will now display the (2x) symbol indicating its twice as close. 


Mr W 
Extreme close up with (2x) zoom

If you keep your finger down on the (2x) you can access the 10x digital zoom on the sliding scale. Sorry for scaring you with a close up of Mr W who hasn't shaved!

Home button

The home button is not now a button at all, it's a pad and it recognises your fingers in the same way a touchscreen does. Which is strange when you first try it, as it has a slightly different feel.


Colour rendition



The iPhone 7 Plus has a full HD screen and the wide colour gamut.  Personally, I think the quality of the photos and the colour are excellent for a phone. I mean look at the photos above.


Video


 

So I don't edit and make videos myself, I leave this all to Mr W, however, I decided to film a little clip with the phone in Lake Como. I think the clip above shows how good the iPhone 7 Plus is for optimal image stabilisation. This was taken on a boat which was moving up and down.  The video is also in 4K and hasn't been edited at all other than to add music to it.

As you can see the iPhone 7 Plus is perfectly acceptable to use as a video camera for YouTube. In fact, my husband uses the older iPhone 6 on our YouTube channel Fly Drive Explore on a regular basis.

Battery Life

The battery life was certainly longer than with the iPhone 6. I found with a lot of use I had to charge it at the end of the day. 

Feel At Home



I used a £20 Pay As You Go Sim from Three UK for the entire trip. The Feel At Home scheme from Three UK means you can use your phone abroad to over 60 destinations including the USA and Austrailia without roaming charges. 

The iPhone 7 Plus is available from ThreeUK from £36 a month and £149 upfront. As soon as I get a chance I'm genuinely upgrading to the iPhone 7 plus and changing over to ThreeUK. As a travel blogger, the Feel At Home scheme will save me a fortune on my roaming charges, especially when we travel to the USA, which we do at least once a year. 

Tell me, what do you think of the iPhone 7 Plus? Do you use the ThreeUK mobile network?


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Four Simple Ways To Brighten Up Your Home

Not everyone enjoys decorating, but we all like to live in a nice home. Fortunately, there are some really easy ways to brighten up and update your rooms without having to spend a fortune or do a lot of work.

Invest in some canvas prints



One of the simplest ways to update a room is to change the artwork or put more up. Most of us have fantastic photos just sitting on our phones and tablets, unloved and almost forgotten.

You can easily take one or two of those and turn it into artwork for your home. It is really easy, and inexpensive, to order canvas prints online. They are available in a huge range of sizes and finishes, and the best print firms offer a wide choice of frames. This makes it easy to order a canvas print that fits in with the style of decor you have used in your home. For someone with a crisp, modern, minimalist apartment frameless prints are a good option. Whereas, a wooden frame would probably be a better choice for someone who lives in a more traditionally decorated home.

Bring the outside in



Humans love to be surrounded by nature. That applies to virtually everyone, so bringing the outside into your home is a really good way to brighten things up and lift your spirits. It can be as simple as buying fresh flowers to enjoy over the weekend, or changing your window coverings so you can see more of the view.

Adding plants to your rooms is a really good way to make it look better. Large houseplants make very good focal points. These days they are super easy to keep. You can buy gadgets that tell you exactly when they need watering or feeding, as well as automatic watering systems that only need topping up every once in a while.


Let the light in



Speaking of windows, another easy way to brighten up a home is to make the best possible use of natural light. Changing your window coverings so you can see more of the view, has the added benefit of letting more natural light into your home.

Putting up more mirrors is a fast way to make better use of that light. You can position them, so that they reflect the light back into your room, and brighten it up.


Spring clean

Most of us lead busy lives, so inevitably some tasks get put on the back burner again and again. This is particularly the case with cleaning tasks. We tend to do the basics, but important jobs like taking our light fittings down and giving them a clean tend to get forgotten. Putting aside a weekend a few times a year to make sure these jobs get done can make a huge difference to how bright and welcoming your home looks. If you do this as a family you can get the whole house done in a long morning and reward yourself by going somewhere special the next day.

More ideas

If you like some of the ideas above, you can find more by clicking this link.


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Aruba Travel Guide For Couples And Win A TRIP!

White sandy beaches, warm azure waters, pastel coloured houses and glorious sun year round. This little piece of heaven has one name - Aruba.


Aruba is a small tropical island in the Carribean, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. This little gem has a buzzing Latin vibe and culture and with an average temperature of 32 degrees, it's the perfect tropical destination.

Explore the vibrant capital



The capital, Oranjestad, is a busy bustling port.  A blend of old and new, there are plenty of activities to do together and with a population of 35,000, it's a great size to explore on foot or hop on and hop off the free eco trolly. 

The local market in Oranjestad has over 40 stalls with handcrafted items and local specialities like hand-painted souvenirs and seashell jewellery. Spend time browsing the stalls and admiring the workmanship or have a cool drink in the shade.

If you are interested in beauty, take a tour of the Aruba Aloe museum and factory and find out how aloe vera skincare products are made. This amazing natural substance can help with sunburn, spots and general skincare.

If you love culture try the archaeology museum, the museum of antiquities or for the big kids amongst you the model train museum or the toy museum. I know my husband would love both of the children's museums!

Visit the beautiful beaches


Boca Catalina

Of course, Aruba is famous for its stunning beaches, almost too perfect for sunbathing. Popular activities are sailing, snorkelling, kite surfing and parasailing.

Boca Catalina is particularly perfect for snorkelling in the crystal waters, whilst Eagle Beach is the widest beach on the island with power white sand, famous for coming third in Trip Advisor's best beach in the world. This is one beach you need to visit on your trip to Aruba.

Indulge in grown up activities 



Aruba has a number of spas to relax and rejuvenate in such as the Ritz Carlton spa and Pure Indulgence spa both in Eagle Beach. Relax with a massage by expertly trained professionals, or have a pampering pedicure or manicure.

If you want to try something exciting, play a few games of poker at one of the many casinos dotted around the country and feel like James Bond as you sip a martini, shaken not stirred of course. 

How to get to Aruba



To get to Aruba take a Thomson Airways flight from London Gatwick and in the Summer flights from Manchester are also available. KLM offer a flight to Aruba 5 times a week with departures from 16 UK airports via its International hub at Amsterdam Schiphol. 



Leading tour operators offering packages to Aruba include Virgin Holidays, Kuoni, Hayes & Jarvis amongst others.

You could win a trip to Aruba!

The Aruba Tourism Authority are giving you an amazing chance to win a trip to Aruba in conjunction with luxury tour operator Hayes and Jarvis. Entry is via Facebook and you could win a luxury holiday to the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort, the Carribean's number one resort for romance. What an amazing prize and good luck if you do enter.


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Monday, 12 June 2017

Las Iguanas Review Cardiff

Las Iguanas is a Mexican restaurant chain that you can find in most major cities. You may have spotted one near you and wondered if you should visit. Read on to find out why you should. 


I was invited to review Las Iguanas in Cardiff's Mill Lane, but as always my opinions are honest and reflect the experience I have and the food I eat.

Now, honestly, I like Mexican food but sometimes, well, it looks all the same, wraps with or without refried beans, baked or fried with a sauce. Now I am sorry if I have disrespected your favourite cuisine, but you must know what I mean! So it was interesting to see what food they had on offer at Las Iguanas.

Ollie our server was pleasant, accommodating. He whizzed through the main menu with us and the lunch time offerings too, patiently responding to my questions and queries. One thing I picked up on quickly was the Happy Hour menu with 2 for 1 cocktails and coolers every day.  Now I love a good cocktail but as it was lunch time I decided to order a raspberry cooler - well two raspberry coolers for the price of one. Mr W ordered a coke, he is a creature of habit.



As you can see I couldn't wait to try the raspberry cooler, it was sweet without being too sweet, refreshing and perfect for a warm day, the raspberry really came through in the flavour. A good start.

The menu


A selection from the lunch menu

There is a lunch menu and the main A La Carte menu. The lunch menu is served until 6.30pm every day and is made up of smaller starters at £2.95 and normal sized main meals between £7.50 and £9.50.

The A La Carte menu is available at all times throughout the day. So if you visiting at lunchtime and wanted to mix and match dishes off both menus you could. Prices for starters on the A La Carte menu are from £4.95 to £7.50, and main courses are from £10 to £17.50, the latter price is for the steak.



Highlights of the main menu were 'taco planks' - grilled soft corn & flour tortillas topped with your choice of filling &  fresh taco slaw, as well as a wide range of tapas including empanadas, quesadillas, nachos and chicken wings. You can also find Mexican classics such as burritos, fajitas and enchiladas, a selection of burgers with a South American twist and Cuban sandwiches and steaks. 

Vegetarians are well looked after with a wide selection of inventive dishes including sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli chimichanga and halloumi churrasco skewers.

The food

We ordered off the lunch menu, I ordered a lamb empanada, and then the beef chilli, Mr W the nachos and then the chicken burritos.


lamb empanada

The lamb empanada was scrumptious, a crispy little pasty, hid a filling of lightly spiced lamb and onions in a tasty tomato based sauce. It came with a sweet salsa, which was great as a dipping sauce. What was impressive was the fact that the pastry was light and non-greasy and yet still crisp - no sogginess here. This smaller size portion was from the lunch menu if you have a large appetite I would suggest you order a starter from the A La Carte menu.




Mr W's nachos were yummy. Crispy tortillas, softening slightly under melted cheese with a decent portion of sour cream, guacamole and salsa. A good solid portion of nachos, again from the lunch menu, so a smaller portion and not overwhelming.

Chicken burritos

Mr W enjoyed his burritos - the chicken was mixed with refried beans, spicy but not too spicy he said. The guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa was tasty but fairly standard, what you would expect really. What was great was the salad served with it that added some freshness and lightness to the dish.

Beef chilli

Now onto the beef chilli. I will say this and I will say this only once, this is one of the best chilis I have ever had. Why? Well, it was so flavorful, the beef was chunky and tender, the gravy rich, dark, and tasty. I could really imagine someone's mum from Peru, simmering it on the stove gently, stirring it and looking after it, really nurturing the dish.

It is served with a topping of chilli butter, adjusted to your heat and this added that perfect touch.

The spring onion rice was layered in the bottom of the bowl with the chilli on top. I liked how you had to dig deep into the bottom to get to the yummy rice, it really added an authentic touch.


Jalapeno cornbread accompanying the chilli

The chilli also came with a chunk of warm cornbread, which was great to mop up the juices and had a hint of lime and jalapeno. This was one hearty chilli for sure.


Love the decor!

Feeling as if we were going to explode we sadly left dessert. I did, however, browse the menu and can assure you dessert lovers among you wouldn't be disappointed, from the Aztec chocolate fudge cake to a delicious sounding creamy caramel cake there were some scrumptious sounding desserts on the menu.



I personally feel Las Iguanas is a great choice when you went Mexican food, their ethos is super and refreshingly simple - they want to bring authentic South American food to your table. They pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients and I feel it really shows in their food - every day they make over 30 sauces and salsas fresh by hand in their kitchens.

We would definitely return, I mean, how could I not after that chilli? With 2 for 1 cocktails and coolers, a well-priced lunch menu, authentic tasty South American food and super efficient service, Las Iguanas is carving out a well-respected niche on our high street. Recommended.
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Looking For An Individual Style - Try Antique Fireplaces

When thinking about redecorating, what becomes important very quickly is putting your own stamp on your home. A home should reflect your personality, your taste and your style, but shopping for a particular look becomes more difficult with the saturation of the modern marketplace with generic superstores and chains.

It becomes harder to seek inspiration and find unique pieces to capture the essence of your design flair. You may want to reflect your own quirky nature, or perhaps bring together different aspects of the personalities within your family, but you are unlikely to really capture this in an off-the-shelf flat pack number, despite sometimes paying a hefty price tag.

If you really want to harness your individuality and find something truly unique and interesting, it’s time to dig a little deeper. Beyond the high street, there lies a hidden world of off-the-beaten-track antique shops and markets that provide a wealth of opportunity to seek out a focal point for a room that is personal to you, not just because you chose it, but because it won’t be available in rows in every DIY store in the country.



This approach to shopping requires an element of bravery because we’ve become conditioned to shopping ‘off the shelf’ over the years and it’s easy to forget how to choose something completely individual. Buying from a commercial establishment doesn’t require a vast amount of decision making, quite often items are grouped in styles, or placed in displays that suggest how they could work in a room, but where’s the fun in that? An eclectic approach shows individuality and flair.

Fireplaces London

If you are considering a significant feature for a room, such as a fireplace, London is the place to go. With a wealth of shopping areas and markets dedicated to antiques, such as Portobello Road, there is a wonderful atmosphere that absorbs you, as well as a wealth of inspiration to help you harness your style.

In any home, a fireplace is often a focal point in a room. As well as keeping you warm it can be a significant design feature, and will often influence the arrangement of furniture. So for an individual look why not go shopping for an antique fireplace?


Some people can find antique shops a little intimidating but if you are not feeling brave enough to begin your adventure into the world of antiques alone, consider taking someone with you to bounce ideas off and help you decide what you really like. It's a great idea to spend some time looking through magazines or online to see what era might suit your taste and budget, before you go. 



This example fireplace is Victorian, in the Tudor-revival style, but the plain lines mean it could fit into a more modern home. 

Once you get the hang of antique shopping and finding what your personal style looks like, it will become easier and with experience finding that individual unique item will soon become an enjoyable one. You may even find a bargain. 

Of course with antiques, you also get amazing history and provenance. Digging around in a shop full of character and curiosity, such as Westland London, which is situated in an old church in Shoreditch, your hunting instinct will soon take over as you seek out the perfect focal point for your room. Once you find the perfect piece, you will have it forever and it will always be a talking point. Where you found it, where it originally came from, its history, there is really something wonderful about owning your own piece of the past.

Have you ever browsed antique shops? 

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Win £75 - Let's Celebrate Sunny Days And Summer Ends 31/07

As a thank you to my lovely readers, I have another awesome competition for you, another chance to Win £75 via PayPal with myself, Zena’s Suitcase and Ickle Pickle's Life.


This competition is to celebrate Summer, holidays and sunny days. You can win £75 via PayPal and spend the money on whatever you want! Perhaps you have a holiday planned, a trip with the kids to a theme park, a wedding to attend or a big birthday celebration. 
To enter just answer the question in the comments ‘What would you spend the money on?’ If you really want the prize, and I mean who doesn't want £75 in cold hard cash, then be sure to bookmark this page to enter every day.
The competition is open worldwide and ends at midnight on 31 July 2017 so you have plenty of time to enter.
Good Luck!

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Get The Retro Look In Your Home

Regardless of your age, the nostalgia you have from being a child is universal. We all have an inherent urge to be transported back to the time when we were fresh faced and innocent from the complex world we know now. It’s 2017 and everyday it feels like another awful tragedy or political divide is broadcast to a worldwide audience so we can all despair in unison. In times like these, we need to embrace our nostalgia and create our own temporary escape from the modern world.

What better way to soothe yourself than with your own retro games room? We’ve seen scores of people around the UK begin to create a space for relaxing that perfectly reflects the childhood and teen years when everything they loved was simple honest fun. 



Creating your retro games room is about your personality and experiences and no one room is the same. You can create a retro experience that suits you and the only limit is your imagination. Ok, that was a lie! You actually have the limits of space where are you supposed to put these stacks of old games, pool tables and all the other cool stuff you need. Also budget is a key area, some of these arcade machines and pool tables require saving up for.

Recently the media has been focusing a lot on games rooms and we have seen many creative solutions including garages, sheds and spare rooms transformed into a dream man cave (or for us girls, a she shed!).

Without covering the same ground, every games room with a retro feel has the same kind of equipment; arcade machines, pool tables, table tennis/ping pong and football tables. Once you have all these in the room how do you actually complete the look.

This post aims to provide further insight into how to achieve the ultimate games room look with a retro vibe.

Neon Bar Signs

Get the classic bar look with a custom neon sign. Ideal for adding a vibrant look in your games room, you’re sure to find a half decent bar sign if you look hard enough, but what would be better as the crown of your new den then a customised neon sign? While pricey this look is memorable and completes your retro games room theme.

While the iconic neon look cannot be replicated sometimes it’s too risky compared to other lighting, after all, one crack in the tube and the whole sign is worthless! If you have children (or big kids!) around your games room the better option would be a LED sign, with a higher light output and lower heat output than equivalent neon signage.

Jukebox, Music Systems & Ghettoblasters



Of course, any games room needs a proper sound system to provide the soundtrack to your next epic game session! If you want to keep with your retro look you could jump on the vinyl revival that has taken place over the last few years, the sound quality is revered but vinyl is best when listened to with headphones.

If you want to fill the room and maintain your retro 80s theme why not shake the walls with an updated Ghettoblaster? Newer versions are available with Bluetooth so you can even use your phone to pump out your favourite 80’s tunes, settle in for an extra-long gaming session with the Dirty Dancing or Footloose soundtrack and prepare to win!

Retro Film Memorabilia & Movie Posters

The 80’s had some of the greatest films of all time, and no one’s bedroom was really theirs until they’d plastered the walls with the posters of their favourite movies. To truly embrace your inner child, layer all of your posters until there’s not a spare inch of wall, a collage of Star Wars and 80’s action films makes for better wallpaper than anything you can find at B&Q. If you prefer the neater, more civilised look, just add some A1 frames and hang them neatly.

If you have the budget and can find them, you can find film props from that decade and retro styled slogan clothing to complete the 80s look.

Snacks & Nibbles

For any games room party and retro vision, snacks are key to the experience. Snacks are the corner stone of any true 80s gamer. For a truly retro taste we recommend some delicious Pickled Onion Monster Munch, Walkers recently updated their iconic crisp with a size upgrade. Now each one of the crunchy feet in the bag is just as big as when you were on the playground eating your packed lunch.

If you want to emulate the movies then you can buy American sweets and snacks from a variety of places these days, albeit for a high price! For goonies lovers, the Baby Ruth would be a great snack for an 80s themed party in your games room.

Old VHS Tapes



VHS is now a more or less obsolete film viewing experience, but people are still buying them for their retro value. If anything the covers were great and by stacking these VHS boxes in your games room will complete the 80s feel and give your games room the authentic 80s bedroom look.

For the ultimate 80s experience, buy a cheap pre-owned video player online and play these tapes on retro TV screens (can also be picked up for hardly any money – even free in some cases) for the ultimate retro movie experience.

What else would you add into your own retro games room to complete the look? Are you more of a 90’s baby who wants to add a collection of TY Beanie Babies toys to their room? Or perhaps you really like 80's family friendly films and want to adorn the room in ET and Goonies memorabilia. Let me know! 

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

48 Hours In New York

New York is one of the best cities in the world and one of the biggest, so where do you start when you only have 48 hours in New York? Here is my own personal guide on what to do when you only have 48 hours in The Big Apple. 



Where to stay

Times Square

New York is made up fo a number of vibrant neighbourhoods, from Queens to The Bronx, Brooklyn to Staten Island, but when you want to be in the centre of everything it's hard to beat Manhattan. With a wealth of restaurants and tourist attractions on your doorstep, you are in the perfect area for packing it all in.

Check into one of the hotels like the Casablanca Hotel around the corner from Times Square or the Library Hotel on Madison Avenue. If you are on a tight budget Pod 51 has petite but perfectly formed rooms.

Day one

Morning



 View from The High Line

To have a view over Manhattan you have a number of options, from the top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Centre to feeling like King Kong with a view from the top of the Empire State Building. 

For stunning views try the One World Observatory the tallest building in the Western hemisphere. As you ride to the top watch over 500 years of New York evolving in under 60 seconds. After your visit and with your feet firmly on the floor head over to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The moving memorial is etched with the name of those that died in 9/11 and the museum is a tribute to the victims, in the area where the towers once stood. 

Next, walk The High Line on Manhattan's west side, a public park based on a historic freight line, taking in the street art and views. 

Lunch

For lunch near the High Line, check out these recommendations on where to eat, such as Bill's Bar and Burger, one of the Meatpacking districts less pretentious places to eat, or Toro, a Tapas bar in an industrial chic space.

Afternoon



The Whitney Museum Of American Art

If you love modern art, like me then the Whitney Museum Of American Art is a must do. Spend some time browsing over 21,000 works of art with the emphasis on works by living artists.

Evening


Broadway

That evening have an early dinner then take in a theatre show on Broadway. To get the hottest tickets such as Book Of Mormon or Hamilton book way in advance. You can get bargains on the day if you don't mind queuing at the TKTS booth in Duffy Square, but if you are only in New York for 48 hours then you may not want to wait in line. 

Did you know that in a New York minute over 25 Broadway tickets are sold and over 1000 hot dogs are eaten? No, neither did I! Check out this nifty New York minute page here.

Day two

Morning


Ellis Island

Start your day by heading over to Ellis Island in New Jersey. For over 60 years it was the gateway to the USA and saw millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors. It's amazing to think that approximately 40 per cent of all US citizens can trace one of their ancestors to arriving at Ellis Island. Don't forget to book tickets in advance on the website or you may not get availability. 

The same ferry takes you over to the Statue of Liberty, different options cover a visit to the crown and pedestal.  

Lunch


Statue of Liberty

You'll want to spend time exploring Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty so eat in the Ellis or Crown cafe for simple burgers, pizzas and chicken dishes.

Afternoon



Shop for souvenirs

Now you are fed and watered spend some time splashing the cash in the fabulous shops. From Bloomingdales to Macy's, Tiffanys to  Saks Fifth Avenue, New York is a mecca for shoppers everywhere. If you have kids take them to the world famous FAO Schwarz for a huge selection of toys and games. My personal favourite stores are Bath and Body Works and Sephora for brilliant beauty products.

Don't forget the quirky souvenirs, I mean who doesn't want an I Heart NY fridge magnet?!

Evening


Chinatown

New York is such a cosmopolitan city so top off your 48 hours in New York with something different - Karaoke in Chinatown. The K One Karaoke bar is particularly cool with its funky 3-D artwork and neon lights. 

Once you've sung your heart out to Gloria Gaynor then stop by in one of the restaurants such as Mission Chinese Food, one of the city's most talked about Chinese/American influenced restaurants or for something more traditional the Peking Duck House which sells, you guessed it Peking Duck.

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Finish your 48 hours in New York off with a cocktail at Fig 19, a hidden speakeasy bar with an amazing vibe, accessed from an unmarked door in an art gallery.

So this is my 48 hours in New York. Let me know if you have been to New York. What would you recommend?

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Monday, 5 June 2017

2017 Summer Holiday Wishlist

With Summer holidays around the corner, it's the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. With trips to Milan, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como just around the corner, and Iceland in August. I need to go shopping, and like soon!  Here is my Summer holiday wishlist for 2017.

The perfect sightseeing dress


Red floral print tea dress by Joy £45

I've included this dress in my Summer dress wishlist as I love it so much. This pretty little tea dress in a gorgeous red floral print is fully lined and cut in a fit and flare style. With a fitted button up bodice, elasticated back that fits your curves and a self-tie waist, its a lovely versatile dress.  I would wear this sightseeing but it would be equally perfect for a meal out with your loved one.


The dress up or down tunic

Yumi Scandi Tunic £33

When I saw this tunic I was immediately struck with how different the design was. The Scandi design tunic by Yumi  shows a typical Scandinavian port, complete with multi-coloured houses. Having just come back from Iceland it reminds me of the country. Wear with flats for a day dress or with leggings and boots for the evening. 

The flattering print swimsuit

Joe Browns Sassy strawberry skirted swimsuit £45

I am a fan of skirted swimsuits and this design by Joe Browns has a halter neck top to pull up your boobs, a delicious strawberry print and a great design that smooths and flattens by covering your hips and thighs.

The ultimate oversized sunglasses


Bvlgari sunglasses £203.95 Smart Buy Sunglasses

These Bvlgari sunglasses are in a stylish design and the black colour way is versatile enough to match all your outfits. I love the gold detail on the arms, which is subtle and not in your face but still adds some glitz and the grey gradient lenses. With a 2-year warranty, you are getting a designer name and if you buy from Smart Buy Sunglasses you always get the best price, check out their gift guide for more inspiration. 


The comfy pretty sandals



Clarks embellished sandals £55

I like these women's strappy sandals by Clarks. The look comfy enough to wear all day with the Cushion Plus footbed technology, but are still pretty enough to wear through to the night. The buckle fastening keeps the sandals secure too. Who says comfy doesn't have to be stylish?

What do you think of my Summer holiday wishlist? Do you like going shopping for clothes before your holiday?

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