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The high waist bikini of dreams & perfect English summer’s day

A moment of appreciation for this beautiful (if short lived) summer weather please.  Oh sunshine, how I do love you. Us Brits know that when BBC weather shows the little sun symbol for a whole damn day you’d better make the most of it, so my mum, brother and I decided to take full advantage and head to the Lakes for the day. I’m all for exploring new places (Haweswater most recently) but sometimes an ‘if it ain’t broke don’t…

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Things that have made this awful week good

It’s taken me a long time to figure out how to write my first post since Monday night’s events, because everything just felt numb. I couldn’t focus on anything other than thoughts of the poor people who lost their lives and their loved ones in the Manchester bombing. It seems callous to say that life goes on when unfortunately for some it doesn’t, but I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t been said more eloquently and profoundly already. …

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travel

10 things I’ve learnt in my first year of travel blogging

Last year’s May bank holiday was considerably more hectic than this one will be.  I was in Mallorca on my first press trip, rather giddy, having lots of fun and taking as many cliché blogger photos as humanly possible.  My 2016 blogging goal had been to make it out of the country on the back of my blog, and I remember quite literally jumping around the room when the invitation email landed in my inbox.  Probably looked like I was on…

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Falling back in love with fashion | Getting out of a style rut

I struggle writing fashion posts sometimes.  Tbh I only call them ‘fashion’ posts because that seems to be the blogging norm, because I’d say ‘personal style’ would make a better descriptor.  ‘Fashion’ almost seems a bit overkill – Joli House is hardly The Place To Go for the hottest trend updates or style guides.  I’m just a girl who’s rather fond of clothes really. Looking back through my old blog posts (who else loses a casual hour here and there to…

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DIY crochet bikini | How I’m going to make the most of a 4 month summer

What’s that? Lily’s actually crocheted something new rather than wearing old pieces and saying ‘I need to make more!’ again and again?  Yes, yes it is.  Lily has put hook to yarn and whipped up a lil’ crochet bikini.  Forever the queen of making items for the California life I don’t have.  But hey, they’re fun to make and look cute, right? My ‘creative process’ went something like this: Rummage through yarn cupboard for colours that work together Realise don’t have…

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Being ‘driven’ without a goal

I’m the kind of person who finds themselves in casual conversation with strangers at any opportunity.  Trains, planes, buses, shop queues, the gym… I’m a chatty person.  Often conversations with strangers shift quickly from observations on the weather to ‘what do you want to do with your life?’ – funny how we discuss life’s big topics with people we’ve only just met, isn’t it?  Listening to people give the short version of their life story honestly fascinates me. Much as…

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travel

Sintra | My Lisbon Day Trip

Thought I was done posting about my jollies back in March? I’m afraid you thought wrong. Too much to share I’m afraid. I considered slotting in my Sintra daytrip in with the rest of the fun in my Lisbon blog post, but changed my mind. This one’s deserving of a post all of its own. One of the many perks to a Lisboa card is the included train travel from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais – two possible daytrip destinations…

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