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The last month and a bit have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I left my job, started a new job, moved 170 miles away from my childhood home to finally end a long distance relationship. It’s been quite a change but one that I have been looking forward to for the longest time.

On the day we met, face to face, I didn’t expect that this is where the future would lead us. You never realise how important a day is in your life until after you have lived it. That day was one of those days that you just live in every single moment. Not thinking about recording the moment myself but trying to take in the whole day.


The only real thing I have to remind me of the day by is a terribly dark and grainy photo I quickly took of us that evening, just so I had a little something to look back on. I always love being reminded about that day.

When Greater Skies asked me what place, date and time that was special to me, the day that we met was the first thought I had. The Night Sky map is something a little different and unique to a moment that means a lot to me. Something personal that is also an enchanting print.


It is so simple to create your own star map, or one for someone special. You pick a design, the size you want, choose the location, time and date that is meaningful to the person receiving the map and then write a few words to go with the stars. It’s an effortless yet thoughtful idea to give to someone who means the world to you.

I wish it was possible to see the night sky just how it is shown in this print, so clearly, with all the shining stars and the moon. England is so very often cloudy but on those clear nights it is quite captivating, you could sit there and stare up at the sky for minutes without feeling like time has passed. This map brings me a little bit of that feeling when I look at it.


We will soon be moving into our own place, just the two of us. I’m already picturing a couple of places for the star map to live. Somewhere that we can both look at it and be taken back to where our story began. A moment from the past that is meaningful to us, now captured forever.

What special moment would you choose to capture with the stars? 


The Star Map was gifted to me by Greater Skies in exchange for this post. All words are my own.

Capturing special moments with the stars

28.8.18


The last month and a bit have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I left my job, started a new job, moved 170 miles away from my childhood home to finally end a long distance relationship. It’s been quite a change but one that I have been looking forward to for the longest time.

On the day we met, face to face, I didn’t expect that this is where the future would lead us. You never realise how important a day is in your life until after you have lived it. That day was one of those days that you just live in every single moment. Not thinking about recording the moment myself but trying to take in the whole day.


The only real thing I have to remind me of the day by is a terribly dark and grainy photo I quickly took of us that evening, just so I had a little something to look back on. I always love being reminded about that day.

When Greater Skies asked me what place, date and time that was special to me, the day that we met was the first thought I had. The Night Sky map is something a little different and unique to a moment that means a lot to me. Something personal that is also an enchanting print.


It is so simple to create your own star map, or one for someone special. You pick a design, the size you want, choose the location, time and date that is meaningful to the person receiving the map and then write a few words to go with the stars. It’s an effortless yet thoughtful idea to give to someone who means the world to you.

I wish it was possible to see the night sky just how it is shown in this print, so clearly, with all the shining stars and the moon. England is so very often cloudy but on those clear nights it is quite captivating, you could sit there and stare up at the sky for minutes without feeling like time has passed. This map brings me a little bit of that feeling when I look at it.


We will soon be moving into our own place, just the two of us. I’m already picturing a couple of places for the star map to live. Somewhere that we can both look at it and be taken back to where our story began. A moment from the past that is meaningful to us, now captured forever.

What special moment would you choose to capture with the stars? 


The Star Map was gifted to me by Greater Skies in exchange for this post. All words are my own.

These warm summer days have got me thinking about my long weekend away in Rome. I feel so fortunate to live in a place in the world where it only takes a couple of hours to get to so many different cities, especially historic ones like Rome. I sometimes feel like us Brits take it for granted but slowly I'm making tracks across Europe.

Our trip to Rome was a short one but it was enough to see some of the key sites and of course eat plenty of delicious Italian food. When we arrived after freshening up at the hotel, we stayed near Termini station, a good location for getting on public transport, we began to walk through the streets towards the Trevi Fountain. I think that was my favourite place we visited, even in a crowd of tourists getting the iconic coin toss in the fountain shot, it felt so calming and stunning how it just appeared all of sudden amongst modern shops and restaurants. A lot of Rome was like this, a city built around history.

It was then time to get some gelato, when doing my research Giolitti kept coming up in searches and it was better than I expected. I had my favourite, pistachio and white chocolate gelato, the only way I can describe how good it was, is that it tasted exactly how it should. We were not lucky with the weather on this trip, it rained 2 of the 3 days that we were there so we walked into the rain towards our hotel stopping off at a ristorante. The pasta was just right, every meal we had tasted so fresh and full of flavour.

The next day we decided to go on a hop on and off sightseeing bus tour. In our package we also booked skip the line tickets for the the Vatican and Colosseum. If you are planning to go I would definitely recommend paying a little extra for these tickets especially if you want to save time as the queue for both were very long. The bus tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and learn about the city. We stopped off at the Vatican city, it is truly incredible how much historical paintings and objects are in the museums.

Later we got back on the bus and visited the Roman Forum and the surrounding area. We planned to go to the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon but the rain started to come down very heavy until the evening and we decided to give it a miss. There is always next time. So instead we went back to the hotel to get dry and rest a little before going back out in the rain to get some dinner, of course I couldn't leave Rome without having pizza and tiramisu.

We made our way to the Colosseum the next morning on the Rome Metro, a one way journey is only €1.50, a reason to try and travel like a commuter when you can. The Colosseum was a lot bigger than I imagined, it amazes me that architecture that was built thousands of years ago is still standing tall. If I were to go again, I would have booked the guided tour as I was not entirely sure what I was looking at. Before making our way back home we went to Mercato Centrale, a food court where we had some arancini and a cannoli. Food is the only way to finish a trip to Italy.

The past few years I have been able to tick so many places off my travel bucket list but that list and my wanderlust keeps growing every time I come back home. Scandinavia and the US west coast are high on that list.

What is on your dream travel list?

When in Rome

29.7.18


These warm summer days have got me thinking about my long weekend away in Rome. I feel so fortunate to live in a place in the world where it only takes a couple of hours to get to so many different cities, especially historic ones like Rome. I sometimes feel like us Brits take it for granted but slowly I'm making tracks across Europe.

Our trip to Rome was a short one but it was enough to see some of the key sites and of course eat plenty of delicious Italian food. When we arrived after freshening up at the hotel, we stayed near Termini station, a good location for getting on public transport, we began to walk through the streets towards the Trevi Fountain. I think that was my favourite place we visited, even in a crowd of tourists getting the iconic coin toss in the fountain shot, it felt so calming and stunning how it just appeared all of sudden amongst modern shops and restaurants. A lot of Rome was like this, a city built around history.

It was then time to get some gelato, when doing my research Giolitti kept coming up in searches and it was better than I expected. I had my favourite, pistachio and white chocolate gelato, the only way I can describe how good it was, is that it tasted exactly how it should. We were not lucky with the weather on this trip, it rained 2 of the 3 days that we were there so we walked into the rain towards our hotel stopping off at a ristorante. The pasta was just right, every meal we had tasted so fresh and full of flavour.

The next day we decided to go on a hop on and off sightseeing bus tour. In our package we also booked skip the line tickets for the the Vatican and Colosseum. If you are planning to go I would definitely recommend paying a little extra for these tickets especially if you want to save time as the queue for both were very long. The bus tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and learn about the city. We stopped off at the Vatican city, it is truly incredible how much historical paintings and objects are in the museums.

Later we got back on the bus and visited the Roman Forum and the surrounding area. We planned to go to the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon but the rain started to come down very heavy until the evening and we decided to give it a miss. There is always next time. So instead we went back to the hotel to get dry and rest a little before going back out in the rain to get some dinner, of course I couldn't leave Rome without having pizza and tiramisu.

We made our way to the Colosseum the next morning on the Rome Metro, a one way journey is only €1.50, a reason to try and travel like a commuter when you can. The Colosseum was a lot bigger than I imagined, it amazes me that architecture that was built thousands of years ago is still standing tall. If I were to go again, I would have booked the guided tour as I was not entirely sure what I was looking at. Before making our way back home we went to Mercato Centrale, a food court where we had some arancini and a cannoli. Food is the only way to finish a trip to Italy.

The past few years I have been able to tick so many places off my travel bucket list but that list and my wanderlust keeps growing every time I come back home. Scandinavia and the US west coast are high on that list.

What is on your dream travel list?

Hello! It feels like quite a while since I have sat down and tapped away writing in my little room. To be completely truthful, this is the first time in a long time I have felt like writing anything. Apart from the occasional entry in my journal. When I started this blog it was mostly for me, back in the day when blogging was just a hobby and a creative outlet. It still is for me and I hope I will always have a tiny space on the internet for my words. A place where I have a voice. This has probably been my longest break away from blogging and as much as I missed it, I was also in need of some me time. My unexpected hibernation.

Winter has made everything more challenging for me this year. I felt that I have suffered with possibly my worst case of SAD this season. Most mornings I would wake up feeling exhausted and forcing myself to make my way out of bed. I made the best out of it and I am quite excited for the warmer months to arrive. If only we could have a real Winter of hibernating and awake fresh for Spring.

I have learnt that it is good to take some time away to recharge and look at the bigger picture. However, sometimes other things take a priority and you need to focus your energy on it and the rest takes a back seat for a little while. Since the end of last year I have been taking care of myself and working on a personal change in my life. It has not been the easiest time for me. Some days are worse than others. I try my hardest to put on a brave face and think positively to get me through the day. That's all any of us can ever strive for.

Making time for some self care, quiet moments alone and joyful days with my loved ones have been my saviour. I want to continue making an effort to take care of myself, no matter how small the acts are, it makes a tremendous difference to my life. Anything that is good for the soul should be prioritised. I thought I would make a list of some of my recent small joys as a reminder of the good amongst the ordinary.

My small joys

Yoga & meditation
I never realise how much I need some relaxation until it's the evening of my weekly yoga class. I always look forward to stretching, breathing deeply and being present. I have loved seeing my progress, my tree and dancer poses are stronger and I'm flowing with my breath so much easier. Now I'm beginning to introduce meditation. I am still trying to get into the habit of meditating daily but so far I'm enjoying that time for myself.

I have even made a playlist for when I practice yoga - click here to listen.

Reading in bed
This year I have challenged myself to read a book every month. It's been so good to read in the evenings again, it feels so restful and my sleep improves when I do. After reading just a couple of pages I feel calm. My love gave me The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, a young adult love story with the same names as us, it was a perfect Valentine's Day gift. 

Bon Iver
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Bon Iver and it was one of the best gigs I've been to. The power of live music can have over you is incredible, like vibrations through your body making you feel alive and bring your emotions to the surface. I've listened to the set a few times since then and I can imagine being back there. You can listen to it here.

Walking & running outside
I have been embracing walking outside this Winter, soaking up as much daylight as possible when I'm not stuck inside working. It's so simple but a 15 minute walk can make me feel a little better than when I started. When I get the motivation to run I get a full boost of endorphins, my head feels clearer and I've given my body a good challenge. Every time I improve a little - that's an extra win. 

Brunches 
In the words of Ron Swanson "There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food". Weekend brunches are one of the greatest ways to start the day, catching up with friends and eating good food. Even cooking a veggie fry up or pancakes at home with my love is such a comforting way to spend the morning.


I hope it won't be too long until I'm writing another blog post. For now, tell me about what is going on in your life. Is there anything you're working on right now? What are your small joys?

Speak to you soon, beautiful x



An unexpected hibernation

18.3.18

Hello! It feels like quite a while since I have sat down and tapped away writing in my little room. To be completely truthful, this is the first time in a long time I have felt like writing anything. Apart from the occasional entry in my journal. When I started this blog it was mostly for me, back in the day when blogging was just a hobby and a creative outlet. It still is for me and I hope I will always have a tiny space on the internet for my words. A place where I have a voice. This has probably been my longest break away from blogging and as much as I missed it, I was also in need of some me time. My unexpected hibernation.

Winter has made everything more challenging for me this year. I felt that I have suffered with possibly my worst case of SAD this season. Most mornings I would wake up feeling exhausted and forcing myself to make my way out of bed. I made the best out of it and I am quite excited for the warmer months to arrive. If only we could have a real Winter of hibernating and awake fresh for Spring.

I have learnt that it is good to take some time away to recharge and look at the bigger picture. However, sometimes other things take a priority and you need to focus your energy on it and the rest takes a back seat for a little while. Since the end of last year I have been taking care of myself and working on a personal change in my life. It has not been the easiest time for me. Some days are worse than others. I try my hardest to put on a brave face and think positively to get me through the day. That's all any of us can ever strive for.

Making time for some self care, quiet moments alone and joyful days with my loved ones have been my saviour. I want to continue making an effort to take care of myself, no matter how small the acts are, it makes a tremendous difference to my life. Anything that is good for the soul should be prioritised. I thought I would make a list of some of my recent small joys as a reminder of the good amongst the ordinary.

My small joys

Yoga & meditation
I never realise how much I need some relaxation until it's the evening of my weekly yoga class. I always look forward to stretching, breathing deeply and being present. I have loved seeing my progress, my tree and dancer poses are stronger and I'm flowing with my breath so much easier. Now I'm beginning to introduce meditation. I am still trying to get into the habit of meditating daily but so far I'm enjoying that time for myself.

I have even made a playlist for when I practice yoga - click here to listen.

Reading in bed
This year I have challenged myself to read a book every month. It's been so good to read in the evenings again, it feels so restful and my sleep improves when I do. After reading just a couple of pages I feel calm. My love gave me The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, a young adult love story with the same names as us, it was a perfect Valentine's Day gift. 

Bon Iver
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Bon Iver and it was one of the best gigs I've been to. The power of live music can have over you is incredible, like vibrations through your body making you feel alive and bring your emotions to the surface. I've listened to the set a few times since then and I can imagine being back there. You can listen to it here.

Walking & running outside
I have been embracing walking outside this Winter, soaking up as much daylight as possible when I'm not stuck inside working. It's so simple but a 15 minute walk can make me feel a little better than when I started. When I get the motivation to run I get a full boost of endorphins, my head feels clearer and I've given my body a good challenge. Every time I improve a little - that's an extra win. 

Brunches 
In the words of Ron Swanson "There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food". Weekend brunches are one of the greatest ways to start the day, catching up with friends and eating good food. Even cooking a veggie fry up or pancakes at home with my love is such a comforting way to spend the morning.


I hope it won't be too long until I'm writing another blog post. For now, tell me about what is going on in your life. Is there anything you're working on right now? What are your small joys?

Speak to you soon, beautiful x



The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

A Photo Diary - Hong Kong

10.1.18

The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

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