Guest post: Top things to do in Barcelona

With such an array of attractions surely there is no city in Europe with more top things to do than Barcelona?

Its cultural districts of El Born and the Gothic Quarter standing side by side with Las Ramblas, the city’s 4km long beach and its modern centre make Barcelona a true global city. Include the iconic La Sagrada Familia and sporting giant of FC Barcelona and you have one of the world’s most innovative and influential destinations.

It should therefore be no surprise that with 6 million annual visitors Barcelona is Europe’s fifth most visited city. 

Read on for our guide to the top things to do in Barcelona and help plan your own trip.

The Striped Linen Midi Dress from Boden

For June, Boden's key message is "wear the rainbow" as they're a brand that loves to embrace colour which is something I have been trying to do recently. Instead of opting for the same style of clothing, I'm trying to be more daring and have fun with my outfits especially as we go into summer.

Guest post: Weekend guide to Lisbon

Lisbon is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and underrated cities European capitals. We have enjoyed Lisbon immensely during each of our three visits, the most recent of which was just this past March when we spent a few days prepping for the extraordinary coastal scenery of our 10-day Rota Vicentina trek. Lisbon is perfect for a good value European weekend getaway. Here are some ideas for where to stay, eat and the very best things to see and do in Lisbon.

Tips for planning a wedding abroad in Portugal

With 25% of marriages now taking place abroad and in total 340,000 destination weddings take place each year, getting married abroad is a popular choice. And also the choice for me and my fiance Blake. We got engaged in September 2019 and always knew that we wanted to get married abroad being that the weather is not always great in the UK and we saw it as being more cost effective than the UK. The average wedding in the UK now costs £30,355 which is a crazy amount in my eyes to spend on one day. I know being the budget savvy person I am I can plan our special day, way cheaper abroad.

Now our wedding planning abroad is in full swing I thought I would share some tips with all my readers who may be planning their wedding abroad like me.

The Bright Yellow Shirt Dress from Boden

We all have that favourite colour that we simply love to wear and I for one have quite a few but the one colour that always makes me happy and cheerful is yellow! Just by looking at it I feel optimistic and ready for the day ahead, so as soon as I saw this women's yellow shirt dress on Boden's website, I knew I had to have it to wear this summer.

The Comfiest Summer Trousers from Boden

You may have noticed I haven't posted about Boden Clothing in a while, but I am excited to tell you that more than a year later I am still their brand ambassador and I couldn't be more thrilled. I have loved working with them and styling their amazing clothing, so watch this space as I have plenty of summer finds to share with you. Today in fact I am styling the comfiest summer loose fit trousers that you'll want to add to the top of your summer wishlist.

OOTD featuring justyouroutfit

I'm all about affordable fashion and love discovering new fashion brands all the time especially when I can order them from the comfort of my own home, so when I was given the chance to collab with justyouroutfit I was really excited. Selling fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women, their prices range from £10 upwards and their sizing is 8-14 with delivery starting at £3.95. They also have stock on ASOS marketplace.

Today I will be showing you what I picked out from including these blue floral embroidery mid rise skinny jeans £30.00 and a black aviator jacket £65.00.

How to update your kitchen cupboards on a small budget

Living in our apartment for the last five years, we started to get bored with our plain pine kitchen cupboards so decided with a bit of paint and new handles we could give them a refresh to match the rest of our decor and give our home a completely different look and feel. Below I show you how to transform your kitchen on a budget without having to buy a brand new kitchen that would cost you thousands.

3 Simple Tricks to Make Your Bedroom Comfortable and Cosy

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary - a place you can go to relax, unwind, and get a great nights sleep. The average person spends seven years of their life actually just trying to fall asleep. When you have a bedroom that allows you to feel comfortable and cosy, you can shave some of that time away. 

But, the bedroom often gets ignored when it comes to decorating in favour of the more ‘public’ areas of the home. So, how can you transform your bedroom into a space that is as cosy as the rest of your house without spending a lot of time or money? 

Weatherproof Fashion with Lighthouse Clothing

In the UK we get our fair share of rain, so I myself invest a lot in practical, casual clothing to keep me dry and warm. That being said I love finding new brands to try, so when lighthouse clothing got in touch asking if I would like to try some of their designs I jumped at the chance. Designed in Northern Ireland their inspiration comes from their love of the coast and their desire to make life a little simpler. Which I feel fits my style perfectly, I love nothing better than throwing on a simple tee or shirt with jeans and a jacket and taking the days as they come.

5 Ways To Add Value To A Property Before Selling

A home is a major investment, one that should increase in value over time. House prices in developing areas tend to go up naturally year-by-year, and if you keep the property in good shape, you’re likely to walk away with more money than you put in.    

But the profit you are able to make when you sell, depends on the value you’re able to add to the property whilst it belongs to you. Home improvements, structural developments, and updated interiors can make a big difference and smaller details will impress potential buyers when they come for a viewing.  

So whether you’re about to move house and want to smarten the place up, or have just moved in and want to invest in some long term home-improvements, check out the list below for some value-boosting ideas. 

How to minimize toxic chemicals inside your home

In the current climate, where we are spending most of our time indoors all day, you are actually spending a lot of time in a rather polluted environment. In fact, there could be increased exposure to toxic chemicals. In particular Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are toxic chemicals emitted by many of our everyday consumer products and household items. Studies have shown that excessive exposure to VOCs can cause several health issues, including headaches, nausea, loss of focus and coordination plus many more issues. How do you avoid VOCs in your home and minimize air pollution? Here are some tips.

The Boden Susannah Shirt Dress

March is finally here and with it hopefully comes some spring like weather and of course plenty of colourful flowers like these wonderful daffodils, which made the most glorious backdrop for my blog photos. So happy I live close to the Cotswolds!

Today I'm styling the Susannah Jersey Shirt Dress from Boden (£75) which I've paired with beige boots and a mustard bag. It may look smarter than your usual shirt dress but I'm showing you how to style it in a more casual way.

5 Essential Kitchen Items That You Should Invest In

Kitchens are a room that you need to use every day. It is a place where you can whip up old favourite recipes, or be adventurous and try your hand at cooking something new. To make the experience of cooking easier, you need to ensure that you have the right kitchen equipment. Some of them you can save money on, but there are other essential items that it is better to invest in. Whether you are trying to kit out your first home, or you are working out which items you need to invest in, the list below will help you out.

4 Things You Need To Be A Great Boss

If you’re going to own a business, you have more to worry about than what to sell or your marketing strategy. You need to make sure you’re a great boss! Being a great boss is a must if you want a loyal team who work hard for you. Below, you’ll find 4 of the things you need to be a great boss.

Tips for Choosing a Wedding Theme

For many of us, the idea of getting married can be exciting enough, and sometimes an overwhelming (yet positive) fact to be wrestled with. It means that we’re finally going to tie the knot with someone we adore, and that in itself is cause for celebration. A wedding is also important in that it allows you to make a public declaration of your love, in front of your family and friends. It can serve as a momentous event both of you will cherish for the rest of your lives.

Of course, when your excitable emotions start to settle, you may realise that no wedding arranges itself. A lot of planning competency is required to help you structure this event in a manner that works for both of your tastes. It’s unlikely that you’ve planned many weddings before, unless you have a range of older siblings or this is your job to begin with.

This is where the fundamental questions can start to seem much more complex than they actually are, as you plan to get things right. For instance - how on earth are you supposed to theme a wedding in the first place? Thats a question I asked myself after I got engaged in September.

Things To Do In London In The New Year

As we head into the new year it's nice to have something to look forward too and luckily for us the capital city of London has it all going on with plenty to see and do for everyone, whatever your interests may be. And you have no excuse not to travel to London, because it is easily accessible by train from many places across the UK and there are plenty of hotels if you want to stay over and make a weekend of it.