Cakes, crafting and quizzes: Lydia’s, Hull

It’s a street known for its bars, charity shops and restaurants, but tucked up in a corner under the bridge on Newland Avenue sits Lydia’s, a cute and quaint cake café. With quirky, charming decor, a cosy atmosphere and an abundance of sweet treats and drinks, it’s the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends, especially on these cold, dark evenings. When Lydia invited me and some other Hull Bloggers to go along and sample her delicious cakes and join in with some crafting activities, how on earth could I refuse?! A night of cakes and crafting with…

Cocktail Diaries: Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife

It’s no secret that I love a cocktail or two… or ten. What’s not to like? They taste good, they’re refreshing and they quite often look pretty too. I usually opt for Sex on the Beach pretty much every single time (yes, I’m still talking about cocktails!), but when I spent a week in Tenerife last month, I decided to broaden my horizons by venturing into the land of new cocktails. With a few Sex on the Beach in between, of course. 🍹 Naturally, being a blogger, I photographed the very first cocktail I drank by the pool on the…

Eight things that happened at Icelolly Holidays’ #BlogAtTheBeach Event

Can you imagine a party in the middle of winter with a tropical theme, a strict dress code of Christmas cheesiness and an abundance of social media, blogging and travel chat? Complete with cocktails, mulled wine and food of course. No? Well, Icelolly Holidays threw their #BlogAtTheBeach event, and that’s exactly what happened. Being a travel barmy girl (what, like you didn’t notice?!) who is always wanting to up her blog and social media game and is partial to a drink or two, I couldn’t say no when the invitation landed in my inbox. So, are you wondering what went…

Saying Goodbye to 2016 and Setting Goals for 2017

Ah, what a year 2016 was, eh? Certainly one that’s gonna go down in the history books, though sadly not for great reasons. I don’t need to recap the losses we’ve had and the bad decisions made, I’m sure. And now those that wished 2016 away have had their wish granted; welcome 2017! I’ll be honest – 2016 was actually a pretty cracking year on a personal level. Literally a life changer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had dark times and suffered loss and heartbreak through the year, but I can’t focus on that. Instead I need to think about…

Seven Movies I’ll Be Watching on the Countdown to Christmas

Yes. Christmas is tomorrow. Where on earth has time gone?! And, of course, with Christmas Eve come Christmas movies. I’ve compiled a list of some of the films I think you guys should give a try tonight whilst you’re waiting for Santa to come. Sorry, but Home Alone isn’t there – I hate it. Elf, Fred Claus and Miracle on 34th Street aren’t there either because (I’m sorry!) I’ve never seen them… There are some classics on here that I am sure you will have seen, but there are also a few slightly corny hidden gems you might have not…

Baylis & Harding: the Go-To Gift Sets

I can safely say that this has been the year I’ve been the least prepared for Christmas, ever. Wrapping paper is still in full rolls, the tree has only been up for around 48 hours, and we only just got food today (and had a bit of an upset when there was no Buck’s Fizz left – Christmas dinner without Buck’s Fizz? Nuh uh!) But that blind panic when you realise you haven’t bought all of your presents? That’s the worst, right? Luckily, each and every year, Baylis & Harding release the most beautiful gift sets at wonderfully affordable prices.…

The votes are in, and I’m going to Rome!

With so many cities, resorts and landmarks in the world that I am dying to see, booking trips can become quite the challenge. Do we go to that quaint village we’ve been wanting to visit for a while? Or shall we go for some winter sunshine? Maybe we should go to that resort where they hold an annual festival? My boyfriend and I recently managed to whittle it down and decided we wanted a city break. But the question still stood: which city?! And that’s where you guys came in. I gave my followers on Twitter the opportunity to decide…

Seven Things to do with a Week in Paphos

When you consider the collection of clear, sandy beaches,  the labyrinths of ancient history to explore, the lively towns and bars (not to mention the all year round sun!) it’s no surprise that Paphos is one of the most popular Cyprus resorts no matter what time of year you visit. I experienced Cyprus for the very first time this year myself, and I can safely say it was the ideal place to go on holiday – lots of sunshine, plenty of cocktails, numerous things to see and do and a stunning back drop to go with it. Whilst I didn’t…

42 Blogmas and Christmas Post Ideas

December is here and so the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started! This year I’ve decided to challenge myself by taking part in Blogmas (and I’m probably going to fail miserably because I haven’t prepared very well!). For those of you who aren’t so sure what Blogmas is, it’s something bloggers take part in from the 1st of December through to Christmas Day, and they post daily. Posts are usually Christmassy but that’s not a necessity. To start the month off, I’ve compiled a list of Blogmas post ideas for those of you that may want to take…