Life Lately: It’s wedding season! My cousin got married over the bank holiday weekend and it was a great opportunity to get everyone together and catch up with the whole family.
This coming weekend will see the wedding of my dear friend Jess in Cambridge! It’s a part of UK I’ve not explored yet so Mr S and I plan on making a weekend of it.
After fifteen years (!) of getting highlights I’m super excited to have had a bit of a hair makeover.
I’ve had balayage done on my hair and I’m loving the new more natural look.
Restaurants: With lots of travel, restaurant reviews have been a little thin on the ground this month. But I ticked Mei Ume, the new Asian restaurant at Four Seasons Ten Trinity, off my list on a dinner date with Lauren.
I also caught up with Laura for afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane to celebrate her birthday and had bank holiday rosé with Aftab, Emma, Zoe and Binny at Chiltern Firehouse.
Travel: I think I’ve travelled more than ever this year and over summer I was going away every two weeks on a mix of group press trips, individual trips and personal holidays. My trip to Petit St. Vincent was perhaps one of my favourite group press trips of all time. I felt so lucky to be invited to stay on this unique private island in the Caribbean. I gave an epic tour of the resort, told you all about the food and reflected on a fantastic day spent boating.
There’s so much talk about ‘authenticity’ blogosphere and I’d highly recommend giving my friend Catherine’s post on fake lifestyles a read. Catherine notes that blogs have become filled with sponsored content and complimentary hotel stays and as such are losing touch with reality. Whilst I do take press trips and complimentary hotel stays, I have always and will continue to post about my personal holidays and places that I love without any form of incentive. My trip to Iceland was a personal holiday 100% paid for by us, it was a country that absolutely inspired me and I really hope you enjoyed reading about our time there as much as I enjoyed writing about it.
The luxury experience at the Blue Lagoon was a total bucketlist experience for me, read my post to find out whether it really is worth going for the premium package. We also enjoyed a night in Reykjavik at design 101 Hotel before heading north for a stay in one of my all time favourite hotels, Deplar Farm.
I’ve also continued to maintain that my blog isn’t about producing sponsored content but it is also about my personal journey particularly how travel has enriched my life. I love writing posts such as facing my fear on the Drangey Island hike and I will continue to write more like it.
So where’s next? It’s Mr S’s birthday at the end of September so we’re looking to book a weekend away. Apart from that and a few UK breaks we actually don’t have anything else booked. I feel like the world is my oyster! Where would you like to see me go?
Claire and Laura wrote a fantastic post on the representation of anxiety and depression in social media.
I want to book a stay Four Seasons Serengeti Lodge after reading Sabrina’s post.
Aftab and Zoe paid a visit to Scotland.
I loved the look of rustic luxe hotel Azulik where Lauren stayed on her incredible Mexico trip.
Jess guided us through the perfect city break to Bern.