Today, I decided to take a drive to the lovely little seaside town of North Berwick in Scotland after having being recommended to dine at the Italian restaurant; Bella Italia (not part of the chain – this authentic restaurant has been around for over 30 years!). Having never been to the coastal town before, I was immediately taken aback by how picturesque it was and how much there was to see and do; from the Scottish Seabird Centre and world famous Bass Rock to the quirky high street shops and beautiful beaches. A thoroughly enjoyable day out – if you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit. Here are some photos – as if I need to entice you more…..
When I heard that Ed Sheeran was teaming up with Rudimental for a remix on my favourite track from his multiply album – ‘Bloostream’ , I knew it could only lead to good things and I wasn’t wrong!! I ‘ve fallen in love with the song all over again.. it has the ability to transport you to another place where none of the daily humdrum matters… Amazing!
I love summer and the cool, beach worthy songs it brings. At the minute there seems to be loads of new music being released by fresh, up-and-coming artists and bands as well as some different sounds from more well-known artists. Here are just some of the songs that I have on constant repeat right now. Check out below and enjoy!
London-based company; Tentsile have quite literally taken the expression – ‘sleeping under the stars’ to another level. Their impressive range of versatile and innovative tree tents have been specifically designed so that they can easily withstand being suspended from trees and can hang up to four feet off the ground. The clever concept combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent and offers not only far superior views to the conventional tent but also shelter from bugs and other predators too.
There’s nothing better than the escapism of a good book, allowing yourself to be taken on a journey to another place and another time where the characters emotions feel as physical and raw as your own and where the trivial details of your own life fade away with every flick of a page.
‘The Sea Sisters’ by Lucy Clarke is one of those books; from the beginning, I was completely captured by the story, the characters and the beautifully honest way in which it was written. Having a younger sister myself, I could especially relate to both of the main characters and found myself being really affected by the storyline.
The story centres around two sisters; Katie and Mia who are typically very different from one another. Katie is the sensible, ‘safe’, older sister who feels that it is her duty to look out for and protect her younger sister. Mia, in contrast is the free-spirited and impulsive sister who has no real ties or responsibilities and who seems to float through life with no worries. Although these differences have caused their relationship to become fractured over the years, they both secretly long to be just like the other.
The story begins when Katie is given the tragic news that her sister has committed suicide whilst on her travels in Bali with best friend, Finn – thus signifying the end of Katie’s life as she knows it. Refusing to believe that her sister could ever deliberately take her own life, Katie goes in search of the answers she so desperately needs. With only Mia’s travel journal to guide her, Katie decides the only thing she can do is retrace her sisters steps by following her route, staying in the same hostels, taking in the same scenery and experiencing the same events, hoping to find out what caused her death.
Although the essence of the story may seem sad and depressing, I can assure you it is not all doom and gloom; the various characters and events which weave in and out of the plot are profound and intriguing and will keep you turning the pages well into the night. This is an absolute must-read which will not only keep you guessing but it will make you want to up sticks and go travelling immediately and keep a travel journal too!!
Why on earth were these scarily realistic looking Livingstone cushions not around when I was a kid?! Designed by Stephanie Marin for French Design Co. Smarin, these oversized pebbles are ideal for a kids playroom or even dotted around the home for a contemporary feel. Check out the website here.
Thailand’s renowned Rangsit University is a university like no other; here, students can study in a beautifully mesmerising campus which incorporates a variety of trees, bushes and plants, all painted in a range of vibrant colours to enliven the atmosphere within the university. This looks like a really cool place to study!