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Why Austria should be on the holiday radar of the under 30s

I sometimes feel like my enthusiasm when sharing places I’ve been might come across insincere.  You can’t possibly have only good things to say, right?  Well, I’m afraid this post is going to be one of those where I have nothing but praise to sing, because I LOVED Austria so much.  Before even setting foot on Austrian soil I had a sneaky suspicion I’d feel that way (mainly because we were visiting the ‘Austrian Lake District’ and the itinerary looked…

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fashion

The swimwear sales you need to get your hands on immediately

You may have gathered by now that for someone who lives in the UK, I have a bit of a daft obsession with swimwear. Summer clothes in general really (give me a sundress over a woolly jumper any day), but swimwear especially. I’m far more likely to be tempted to buy a snazzy swimsuit than a nice practical long-sleeved summer top.  A* logic, I know – because we have SO many sunny days here – but what can I say,…

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crochet, DIY, fashion

The forgotten crochet bikini | Why I’m glad I never stopped being creative

Things that happen when you’re an arty farty creative person: You have cupboards and cupboards full of yarn/paints/needles/your tools of choice but can never find the ones you need You have endless mini sketches and notes that you can’t make head nor tail of You find 90% completed projects in the bottom of a bag that you’d forgotten existed Guess which applies to this one?  Yep, found amongst a bunch of other bits and bobs in an almost-complete state.  I…

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lifestyle, Open University

My thoughts and experiences after 1 year of distance learning

This title’s been in my drafts pretty much since I started my degree and now it’s time to actually write it.  How did that happen so quickly?!?  I know everyone says it but bloody hell, that year flew by.  Yesterday I sat my first uni exam (in soaking wet leggings and looking like a drowned rat, might I add) and after Friday’s exam I’ll have completed my first year of distance learning entirely.  I’m heading straight down to Gatwick after…

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blogging, lifestyle

Why connecting IRL will always be most inspiring | #BlogAtTheBeach with IceLollyHoliday

I’m sure any blogger out there will agree that the blogosphere/blogland/whatever you want to call it has felt kind of… rubbish at the moment. We’re all feeling a little jaded about blogging and social media, or less than enthused about it at the very least. There was the saga with fake followings and seeing people cheating the system… that Cosmo article saying there’s no room for anyone else… and of course endless irritation with the ever changing (and never helpful)…

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travel

Shooting travel photos when you’re flying solo

A more accurate title would be ‘shooting travel photos when you’re flying solo or your Instagram husband/mum/brother/friend has had enough’, but that didn’t sound so catchy.  Either works. The most obvious answer to the dilemma would be to just take photos of your surroundings without you in them.  Easy, job done! We all know that doesn’t quite cut it though.  Who wants all their holiday photos to look like you could’ve pinched them from Google images?  No ta.  Photos with you (or…

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fashion

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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