Springtime is here and I’m feeling all happy, positive and floral. So I thought it was time to share a little life update in a personal post. I do these personal posts every now and again and although they’re mostly ramblings, they seem to go down pretty well! My blog is all about inspiring travel content, but sometimes it’s nice to share things about the other small victories of my life. So here goes!
We Bought A House!
This is definitely the biggest thing that’s going on in my personal life at the moment. My boyfriend Scott and I put an offer in on a house in Leeds and after a little negotiation, it was accepted! WOW! The house has 3 bedrooms so there’s space for a guest bedroom and and my very own office. Anyone else that works from home will know how great this is. The process of buying a house is completely overwhelming as a first time buyer. How do you know you’re getting a good mortgage deal? And who knew there were SO many stages to buying a house? We had to work all of this out and it’s been a massive learning process for us. But we are in love with the house and we’re so excited to have a place to call home in the North. Next stop, Pinterest interiors inspo!
A Secret Destination
This month I’m jetting off to a top-secret destination that I haven’t been able to mention or tweet about yet. This is because it’s for my best friend Naomi’s hen do. As one of the Bridesmaids, I’ve been involved in the whole planning process from deciding the destination and choosing the activities. I’m so excited for this trip as I can enjoy it without worrying about social media posts or content deliverables. I’ll be leaving my fancy camera behind and plan to just live in the moment. The secret has stayed safe, until now, so I’m trying not to blow it at the last minute. I can’t wait to surprise her. Stay tuned to find out where we’re off to!
Learning to Love London Again
This week I wrote an Instagram post about falling back in love with London again. After making the big decision to move out of London last year, I have made regular trips back down to the capital for meetings, events and press trips. Coming back down on these trips has allowed me to experience new parts of London and I’ve begun to see the city through the eyes of a tourist again.
I love being back in the vibrant fast-paced world of London, but I also love getting back on the train up North when it’s all over. London is an incredible city for so many reasons, but leaving was 100% the right decision for me. I am happier, healthier, less stressed and have much more time (and money) to focus on myself and the things I care about. And best of all, I am only a 2 hour train ride away from it all. If you don’t know the story of why I left London, read my Why Don’t I Love London? post.
Getting Featured in the Evening Standard
I’ve been on a high all week this week after having my first article published in The Evening Standard Online. It came about after one of my lovely PR friends introduced me to the Lifestyle Editor, who was looking for influencer contributions. Obviously I jumped at the chance and pitched the title; 10 Reasons Why Athens Is Europe’s Coolest New City Break Destination. I always wanted to be a journalist when I was younger so having my writing published in big titles like The Evening Standard is a dream come true for me.
A Spring Time Shoot with Folli Follie
Last week I was down in London for an exciting project with jewellery and accessory brand Folli Follie. I was really excited when this opportunity came up as I am a massive fan of the brand. I’ve worn a Folli Follie necklace every day for the past 2 years, and I love it just as much today as day I received it. I spent the morning shooting with the brand as part of their spring campaign and the photos are going to be used across their website, partner sites and shop windows. I can’t wait to see where they pop up! All of the photos in this post were taken on the Folli Follie shoot, and if you’re coveting any of the jewellery featured you can shop everything at the bottom of this post. Thanks to Sabrina Chakici for being such a talented photographer and making me feel a million dollars!
Celebrating My Blog’s 4th Birthday
On the 17th March my blog turned 4 years old! I can’t believe it’s been over 4 years since I hit publish on my first ever blog post. I remember feeling nervous and seriously exposed, wondering how my writing may be judged. The world of blogging has evolved SO much in just these 4 years I’ve been a part of it, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next 4 years. To mark this milestone I ran an Instagram giveaway to win a monogrammed Rae Feather bag worth £195. Congratulations to Cassandra Conyers (@cassielouise0389) who was drawn as the winner, and thank you to everyone who entered.
My First Ever Solo Trip
In June I am going to be taking my first ever-solo blogging trip! The Austria National Tourism Office have challenged me to experience a solo adventure through the towns of Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Austria looks absolutely stunning and I am really excited for the trip. But it’s going to be a serious push out of my comfort zone. I am used to travelling with a companion, so I always have someone to keep me company and help with content creation. It will be interesting to see how I cope doing everything solo and I’m hoping to learn a bit about myself along the way.
2017: The Year of North America
I want to cover as much of the world as possible on my little blog, but the USA is somewhere I have still never featured on The Travelista. Fortunately, it looks like 2017 is the year where this will change. Just like waiting for a bus and 3 showing up at once, I’ve got 3 different potential trips to the USA planned for this year and I am really hoping they all come to fruition! I won’t reveal the destinations just yet but they are incredibly exciting.
Blog Series: A Local’s City Guide To
Finally, I wanted to say a few words on my new blog series. Until now I have been the only contributor on The Travelista, but I decided to launch a series where I could invite other travel-savvy writers to contribute. I believe that local knowledge and reccomendations are priceless when it comes to visiting a new city, so the idea behind the series is to get women from around the world to share insider tips on the city they call home. I kicked off the series with a guide to York, and since then I’ve featured posts on Melbourne and most recently Edinburgh. There are plenty more posts to come, including Liverpool, New York, Doha and Auckland. If you fancy putting your home city in the spotlight, get in touch!
I’m proud of all my recent accomplishments and I’m feeling excited for the future on both a personal and professional level. Thanks for taking the time to catch up with me 🙂
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