Sunday, 31 January 2016

A COUPLE OF DAYS IN LONDON

Seeing as my boyfriend had been working in London for a few weeks I thought I would take a mini break from campus life and pop down to spend a couple of nights with him. While I was there my parents were both lovely enough to come up and spend some time with me whilst he was at work. Seeing as my university is 300 miles from home and I don't get to see much of either of them these days it was lovely to spend some time with them!

With Adam we took an evening trip onto the London Eye, went to the Japanese restaurant Nagomi which is just off of Oxford Street (I'd highly recommend) and spent some time wandering around the Southbank area. With my parents I went to the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie building, went out for Vietnamese food, went to the Tate and Serpentine galleries, wandered around Hyde Park and went to Monmouth for coffee! As well as this, I had quite a bit of time on my own that I killed by just wandering around and doing a lot of window shopping in Selfridges!

Here are a few photos from my trip








Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 MEMORIES

Taking inspiration from my lovely friend Laura from Style and Sushi, I thought I would share some of my favourite memories from the duration of the past year! 2015 has been such a great year and I cannot wait for 2016 and the opportunity to make more memories. I share a lot of what I get up to on Instagram, follow me there if you want to keep up with my adventures over the next year.

 I started 2015 off In my favourite place, London watching the fireworks
 A couple of days after I met up with Ellie and finally met Laura after waiting for the longest time to finally meet!
 I went to Paris with my friend for her birthday for a couple of days
 Celebratory drinks after finishing a project that I had been working on as a marketing intern for six months!
 A day trip to Brighton with my now-boyfriend, Adam
 My family went on a mini city break to Rome for a couple of days, we managed to jam so much in to the time we spent there and I would love to go back
 I took Mum to London on her birthday, we went out for lunch and to Kew gardens and had such a lovely day
 A rather spontaneous family trip to Bournemouth where we spent the day mostly taking photos

 Adam and I went to Florence and Pisa as our first holiday together



 A random selection of photos from my Interrail trip, where I spent five weeks travelling around Europe. YOu can read more about it in my full Interrail blog post
 A really delicious BBQ that I had with Adam and some of his friends
 A first IKEA trip with many more to come over the months that followed!
 Adam and I managed to perfect our chicken ramen recipe that we now make on such a regular basis
 Before heading out to a lovely evening of dinner and drinks
 One of my favourite days from this year, we went to Arundel and spent the day playing crazy golf, rowing on the lake and having a pub lunch
 I went to London with my Aunt and Grandma for a proper 'girls day' of shopping and going to the Cowshed spa in Selfridges, before being met for a Hyde Park picnic in the evening by my Dad and sister
 Seaside BBQ with my family followed by beach games
 A room full of connected trampolines, what more could you want?!
 The first day of university!!
 One of my favourite nights from Fresher's week
 Discovering that my university has its' own woods and that they are actually very photogenic!
 Halloween at univeristy with two of my favourite people!
When Adam came to visit me at university and we took a trip to Morecambe
 Another great university night out
 The post Dominoes 'I now can't move and I need a nap' feeling
 My university had a massive power cut due to the flooding and term ended a week early - a perfect opportunity to visit the Manchester Christmas markets with my Aunty!
 Adam and I took my sister to Brighton for a day of shopping, eating and ice skating
 Christmas Day walk by the William Morris Gallery
 A day out in Southsea with mum

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

THE PONCHO


Poncho: Topshop
Shirt: Vintage M&S
Jeans: Dr Denim
Boots: Russell and Bromley
Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury 'Glastonberry'

This was my Christmas Day outfit and I thought I would share a few snaps that my family took for me on the annual Christmas Day walk. I did get a few weird looks as my Dad and Sister were using three Canon DSLRs between them and the whole setup looked slightly over the top... the things we do for blogging eh!

This is only the second time I have worn my poncho due to living up in Lancaster for the past three months and not really being able to leave my flat without practically wearing thermals! I really hope I get the opportunity to wear it much more over the Christmas holidays when I am in the South, as well as the lead up to Spring - I know it would look so nice with my over the knee boots from Russell and Bromley that I feature regularly on islaay.com!


Friday, 18 December 2015

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT




After getting my first Daniel Wellington watch in around February time I have worn it every single day and it has definitely turned me into a watch wearing person that feels lost when I don't wear it! A watch from Daniel Wellington is the ideal christmas gift for one of those slightly more awkward people that you don't know what to buy for. Daniel Wellington uses simple but classic designs that won't date over time, making them worth the investment. They come beautifully packaged in the cream and brown box that is perfect for storing it in and will be lovely to unwrap when it comes to Christmas Day.

This is the Classic St Mawes with the rose gold face and mahogany brown strap style, however they sell a wide range of different textures and colours of straps to suit a lot of tastes, as well as doing watches for both men and women. The straps are interchangeable, meaning that they can always buy additional straps to accompany the watch face and build up a collection over time.



If you were considering this as a christmas present idea for someone, you can use the discount code DWislaay to save 15% on your order until the 15th January!



This watch was sent to me by Daniel Wellington
to feature in a blog post, however I am not being
paid to feature it and I am not affiliated with them.