Thursday, 22 September 2016

Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle

If I have to be completely honest, my trip to Germany didn't go into overdrive until I came across a picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle, and then, everything else fell into place. This was my one big moment from the trip, the one thing I absolutely had to see no matter what, and it was just as magical as I expected.

I thought I would show you a little photo diary of our time in Füssen and give you an overview on how to plan a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Read more to see the rest!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

What to Pack for Germany in August

I have to start this post by saying that August is normally quite warm in Germany. We were expecting weather in the high 20's, but were surprised with some rain and chilly evenings! With this in mind, I recommend you always traveled prepared, and remember that layers are your best friends.

Here is what I brought with me on our 8-day trip to Germany (bear in mind, that I made sure these items were quite good to mix and match, and would dry easily if I needed to give them a quick wash):

Sweatshirt; arka (similar here); T-shirt dress (similar here); Denim shorts; Jeans; Sandals; Sneakers; A-line skirt; Tank top; T-shirt; Sweatshirt

This is the one thing I didn't actually pack, but had to purchase when I was there! You see, it was quite chilly in the evening in Germany, but not chilly enough for a parka. A sweatshirt was the perfect item to tie around my waist and put on top of my t-shirt once it got dark.

The perfect top to wear with shorts, jeans, or skirts! I brought one black tank top and one grey tank top, which I just mixed and match when it was really warm.

Dresses that are basically just an extra long t-shirt are great for many reasons. One, they oh so comfortable and loose, which means you can eat an apple strudel and ice cream every day and not feel like a whale. Two, they take up so little space and hardly wrinkle because they're made of cotton! Also, if you fancy a night out, they can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and some accessories, which is what I would've done if I was the kind of cool girl that went out partying when travels. Alas, I wouldn't dare sacrificing my early wake up to take in the sights before the hordes of tourists arrive.

I love a-line skirts because they're simple, feminine, and flirty. They look just as good with sandals or sneakers, and I can wear them with either a tank top or a sweatshirt (if it's a bit cold!) The one I brought it actually a navy blue number that I got in the Urban Outfitters sale, but I couldn't find it online anymore. This black one from ASOS would be a great addition to any packing list.

I recently bought this great parka from Gap that comes with a shearling lining that can be removed it need be. While I needed the lining on our first day in Munich because it was quite cold and windy, I was able to remove the lining when the weather perked up a bit.

A must for any summer holidays, let's be real!

I can't recommend enough getting a good pair of walking sandals, and my Birkenstocks fit just the bill. If you're in Germany, I'd even recommend buying them in Germany, where they originate from, as you'll be buying local and they will be much cheaper than back home! I remember longing for a pair of these back in Canada, where they cost up to $100, while you'll find them for about 40€ to 60€ in Germany. These were so comfortable, and I'll certainly be taking them on any summer holiday from now on.

You can't get me away from my Adidas Superstars, they're on my feet almost every weekend because they are so comfortable! Again, you'll be walking a lot while you're visiting Germany, so comfort is key. From cobbled streets to steep hill, these babies will do wonders for your feet. Plus, sneakers are a fashion essential these days, so long are the gays where only the tourists sported white sneakers!

A good t-shirt is always an essential, especially if you want to protect yourself a bit more from the sun. I love these ones from The Gap, because they're very breezy and never lose their colour after a wash.

On the same note as the parka, sometimes the weather won't cooperate and you'll simply need a good pair of jeans to keep you going. I recommend going for a dark wash, something that can be dressed up or down. Recently, I bought some high-rise jeans from Hollister and they are a perfect fit!

What do you think of my Germany packing list?
Is there anything you would have brought with you?

Monday, 29 August 2016

24 Hours in Munich

Ah Germany, you were just as magical as I expected! I hope you're all prepared for a quite a few posts about my 8-day trip to Germany, because they're coming. First, let's talk about Munich.

I decided to call this post "24 Hours in Munich" although we did spend more like, a day and a half. if you take out the back and forth to our hotel, and the general "where are we going next?" confusion of it all, I think this is quite a good itinerary if you have a day to visit the Bavarian capital.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Escape to Portmeirion

We took a lovely long weekend trip to North Wales last weekend, as we had booked ourselves a glamping escape. I've never been glamping before this - but let's just say that going regular camping will be very hard now! We stayed at Hideaway in the Hills, in Snowdonia, and it was absolutely magical. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Mini Sunday Haul

Do you ever get that feeling where you just want to spend? You know what I mean, you just really fancy something new and shiny, for no other reason other than you feel like it?

Do you ever get that feeling?

That was me on Sunday, so I prompted the husband to take me to our local Boots and TK Maxx for a little browse and came back with this mini loot.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

My First Rugby Game

Last weekend, the husband and I took a little train journey down to Twickenham to watch Wales vs England! I was slightly apprehensive as this was my first live rugby game, and let's be real - I thought I'd be bored within the first 5 minutes. I'm not really a "sport" person. I don't watch 'em, I don't play 'em, and I certainly don't understand 'em.

But this day was so much fun! A real British experience if you ask me. (And you know I love those)

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Bank Holiday Haul

It's the same story every new season - I want to change up my entire wardrobe! I've been taking a more minimalist outlook when it comes to clothes this year, only buying things that are versatile for work and casual days, finding things on offer, and making sure they are quality items.

Friday, 27 May 2016

The Best Damn Polish for £1.60

After 24 years on this Earth, I can finally say I have found my dream nail polish brand and the best part is this one comes at a very, very low price of £1.60.

Yes, you've read that right. £1.60.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A Day in Oxford

This past Easter weekend, the husband and I decided to stay home and truly relax. It was a weekend of spring cleaning, cooking, and watching films. It was beautiful. We also took advantage of the 4-day weekend to check off one of the many UK cities on my bucket list and visit Oxford!

Monday, 4 April 2016

My German Wishlist

via flickr

As some of you may know, we are going to Germany this summer! The husband and I are very excited and I have been planning non-stop for our 8 days in the country. We will be flying into Munich and out of Berlin, so the middle days are still undecided. In the meantime, here are some of sights I'd really like to visit while I'm there!

This is pretty much the number one reason why I want to visit Germany. I love castles, and this seems like the ultimate castle to visit. It inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle and it looks like a fairytale come true.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Geneva & Bern

Back in January, I was actually sent to Switzerland because of work, and spent three days exploring this snowy country. I'll actually skip the first day, because we (my colleague and I) arrived quite late, went to dinner, and then headed straight back to our hostel. Bit of a boring first day, but we definitely made up for it on the next two!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

We're going to Germany!

It's official! The husband and I have booked our flights to Germany in August - we'll be visiting Munich, Heidelberg, and Berlin. We're going for 8 days in total, and are hoping to travel by train from city to city.

I've never been to Germany but I am so excited for this new adventure!

If you guys have any suggestions as to where to stay, where to eat, what to see, and where to shop, please let me know! I'm making a small bucket list of what I absolutely need to see, and I'm ready to add more.

Have you been to Germany before?
What were you must-see stops?

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Stationery Haul

I absolutely love buying new stationery. If it was up to me, I'd pick up every notebook and pen that's for sale in Paperchase, and keep it all organized in sleek Muji storage. I had some time to waste last weekend (what is even happening to me, time to waste?), so I used it as an excuse to have a little peruse at Homesense/TK Maxx.

Did I mention these stores are within a 5-minute walk from my flat?


Friday, 19 February 2016

Our Day

I don't want to write much about our day, mainly because I think I'll spend it crying at my desk. It was beautiful, nothing like I'd imagined, and the people I wanted there the most made it (short of a miracle!).

We got married on November 21st, at Cardiff City Hall, surrounded by our parents two friends. My parents made it all the way from Canada for the weekend (what jet-setters), I forgot my bouquet in the hotel, and we celebrated back in Johnston until midnight.

All of our photos were taken by the amazing Elaine Williams, who did an amazing job at capturing the day. I would recommend her for any event you have to photograph!

Instead of drowning on, I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favourite books:

"I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created."

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Pembrokeshire Highlights

We were probably most excited about showing my parents the countryside that is Pembrokeshire, because that is where the husband is from. They have heard countless stories about the castles, seaside towns, and welsh pubs, so it's safe to say we were really excited to show them a different part of the UK.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

What No One Tells You About Moving Abroad

  1. You'll miss home more than you could ever imagine.
  2. Not all the time. It'll hit you at the strangest of times, when you're at home on a Sunday, at the movies, or on your way home from work.
  3. It'll especially be hard around the holidays - but stay positive! bring in your own traditions to your new home, and create new home.
  4. You'll suddenly gain a huge sense of patriotism. Those Buzzfeed articles about Canada are a little ray of sunshine in your day.
  5. Every one will think you're American (if you're Canadian!)
  6. Figuring out your size in a new country is mind-boggling. Three words: UK bra sizes.
  7. Truly no one does Halloween/Christmas like North Americans. You'll almost find it insulting how little anyone else cares.
  8. The first few weeks or months will be so exciting! New restaurants, new cities, new shops... Then you'll find a routine and the excitement dies down a little. It's Home, Work, Home Cook, Clean, Repeat. Don't lose the excitement when you can and take advantage of your new surroundings. 
  9. The constant struggle whether to spend your holiday allowance on trips back home or trips to somewhere new.
  10. Invest in a good data plan! 10-minute Facetime chats can make such a difference.
  11. On another note, timezone. I hate them.
  12. While a lot of your favourite food will be available, they will not be the same. I'm looking at you tomatoes, cheese, and salted popcorn.
  13. People will point out the way you say things. It gets annoying, but just smile it off.
  14. You will cry about home more than you'd like. Stay strong. Remind yourself why you're on this adventure in the first place. Call mom and dad.
  15. Sometimes you'll end up moving back home, sometimes you'll realize you're already home.
Are any of you living in a foreign country?
Any Canadians out there? :)

Thursday, 11 February 2016

48 Hours in Dublin

During our holiday with my parents, we managed to squeeze in one little overnight trip to Dublin - but we should have stayed for longer! I think we managed to see the main sights of Dublin, but I would recommend going for at least 2 nights to get the most of it.

After a very early flight with Ryanair, we arrived around noon, grabbed some much needed lunch, dropped our bags of at the Airbnb we rented, and headed off. As we had very little time, we got tickets to the Hop On Hop Off Bus. In my opinion, it's the best way to discover a new city when you're pressed for time, as there is little to no chance of you getting lost!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Valentine's Day Edit

If you know me personally, you know that I love Valentine's Day. Always have and always will. Eeven when I didn't have someone to share it with, it always made me happy. Perhaps i was just really hopeful that I'd have someone to spend it with one day. I love the cute little cards, I love the cheesy hearts, and I love presents.

We all need a little treat on Valentine's Day, so I've put together a small edit of items that I think would be a great #treatyoself item or a page you can leave lying around for your significant other to find. Either way - happy shopping!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Paris with the Parents

Last September, I was lucky enough to have my parents visit from Canada - so we set out give them their own Eurotrip by visiting not only the UK, but Paris, and Dublin in two weeks! I only just got around sorting the photos from our holiday, and it was actually really nice to look through these on a rainy February afternoon. I thought I would share a few of the photos I took during those lovely days, and what better way to start than Paris?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Currently Coveting

Since Christmas has passed, and Valentine's Day/the Husband's birthday are coming, I have been on a bit of a spending ban. I haven't bought a single items other than a pair of black jeans from AE because my old ones have a rip in the inner thighs (damn you, tuna thighs). Guys, it's been hard. I miss shopping! I think I have such a high of shopping while I was in Canada, because I'm a firm believer of living it up when you're on holiday. Now I have to deal with the sadness that is budgeting, bank account balancing, and penny pinching.

This doesn't mean that I can't dream a little, and on the "dream" list are the following:

A new iPhone case! This would go great with a new iPhone 6S, which I am still planning on getting once my contract ends in May. For the time being I'm stuck with my shitty little Nokia of a replacement phone. Sadness. But the day will come when I can get a new iPhone and I will house it in this beautiful instagram-worthy case fro Casetify - on another note, who else is obsessed with this website?

I am dying for a new work bag. I've had my current one for over two years and it is starting to look the part unfortunately. I love it because it's so roomy that I can fit my iPad, lunch, and makeup bag without having to carry around multiple bags, but it's seen better days. Plus, part of me thinks I should really stop carrying food in my purse because wow odour. This shopper bag from Accessorize is budget-friendly and cute!

Aw, these boots. You guys. These are the boots. You know when you find a pair of boots and they're on sale and they have your size and they're comfortable and cute? These are the boots. I saw them in Schuh over three weeks ago and I'm still dreaming of them. I wanted to get them after payday but I don't really need them or have the money for them in spite of them being on sale. I think these will be forever on my list of the "one that got away".

Furry pom poms! I love them on hats and keyrings. There really isn't much to say about this other than it would love oh so adorable on my new purse.

I'm following with the theme of the new purse, I also really need a new wallet. I've had my current MK wallet for over... four years. Yikes. It still looks in great condition, except for the little plaque that has been scratched to death, but at this point I'm just tired of it. It doesn't look very nice on the inside either, and I could really do with an upgrade. I love this wallet from Kate Spade.

Yes, I have been lusting for these Frends headphones for years now. Years! I saw them in Canada and they're actually cheaper for me to buy them over there, so I am thinking maybe for a birthday treat to myself I'll ask my parents to ship them over? They're just so pretty ! I had the chance to try them in a shop in Canada and they were quite good - definitely will be buying these one day.

I'd love to hear what's been on your coveted list? New clothes? New makeup?

Monday, 1 February 2016

Life Update: January

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Goodbye, January, you will not be missed.

January has been a bit of an odd month for me, and I've found the start of 2016 to be filled with a lot of doubt, excitement, and reality.

Coming back "home"
On the 7th, the boyfriend husband and I flew flew back from Canada, and that was the end of our 3-week holiday. I won't sugarcoat it - it was awful. I came back with a new-found homesickness and we both agreed that the UK simply isn't for us in the long-term. I think I always had doubts about where I wanted to settle down, but these doubts are gone. I want to go back home, and I want to go soon. It was very strange to come back home, as I've realized the UK will never quite feel like home. I think it was the first time in my life where I was coming back to something that simply didn't make as happy anymore - no home comforts to look forward to, especially as I had left all of those behind.

Planning ahead
So it's decided, we want to eventually move back to Canada! It's an exciting thought, but the process of it all is quite... exhausting. My visa to stay in the UK expires in a few months, so I'll be applying for a FLR visa as a spouse, meaning I'll be able to live and work in the UK for two more years. At the same time, we are now looking at a similar visa for the husband, but we can't simply apply for both. My visa comes with a hefty fee, and it would feel like a waste if I were to leave after only a couple of months. I think we'll be here for another year, at least, and eventually we'll have to apply for his visa... and hopefully things will work out from there?

I don't know if any of my readers have any experiences trying to apply for visas, but they are scary, complicated things, and I always feel like it puts us a step behind everyone else in the long ladder of life. Where some people my age are saving up for their first home, we have to save up for paperwork, and put the dream of a home slightly further back.

Wandering Europe
With the extra time we will spend in the UK, I would love to tick off a few more trips off my list. At the moment, we're thinking Germany in 2016. A 10-day trip around the country, something like that. I've been wanting to visit Germany for a long time, so I really hope we can do this.

I'd love to go to Rome for a couple of days! I have a friend who lives there and I imagine we can do the city quite quickly in 3-4 days.

I'm also considering some UK trips - Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, and Brighton.

Mini projects to keep me busy
There are a few things I sort of cast aside before/after the holidays. This blog being the main culprit. But also my scrapbook! I'm constantly re-envisioning new ideas for the blog, a new direction I want to take it in. I quite enjoy posting about my every day life, where we've been, where we're going. I think I want things to feel natural and personal, especially so I can look back on these posts and see how far things have come. A few upcoming posts: our wedding (yes, I will finally divulge some of our photos to the internet), our trip to Canada, and snaps of Geneva (I was there for a few days two weeks ago!). Beauty-wise, I think I'm taking a bit of a break. I still absorb a lot of beauty-related information, but I feel like I never got to the knack for it. Who knows? The occasional haul might pop up, I still like a good haul.

Here comes February
You know what? I'm quite excited for February! It's Valentine's day and the husband's birthday and it's generally a less depressing month than January. On the cards this month, maybe a quick day trip to Manchester? We're talking about it. I'm also looking forward to eating out twice this month because nobody enjoys cooking.

And that's it for now, I guess there isn't much to add for today.