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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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fashion

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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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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Making the most of last minute opportunities | Stress Free Travel

Judging by the ‘wish I was on holiday’ tweets that fill my timeline every day, I know I’m not the only one who’s constantly thinking about their next trip or obsessively trawling Skyscanner.  The more I travel, the more I see others travel, the more I want to travel.  It’s oh so addictive.  A sunny sandy beach would hit the spot right know, you know?  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be keeping a beady eye on last minute deals…

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Haweswater | The drowned village that gave me the weird feels

Sometimes a place can give you the feels in the weirdest of ways.  Haweswater was one of those places. I’m rather fond of the Lake District,if you hadn’t noticed.  I quite like it.  (Read: my no.1 place ever).  However, despite the fact that I go on and on about the Lakes both here and on my Instagram, there are SO many parts of it I’ve yet to explore.  So many.  It’s been a wee while since my last jaunt to…

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