72 HOURS IN MAJORCA

As the summer changes into autumn me and three of my friends decided to book a relatively last minute trip to Santa Ponsa in Majorca for a couple of days! I’ve never been to this part of the world and it wasn’t necessary on my bucket list but I am so glad we decided to go.

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When we first arrived in Majorca is was nighttime, pitch black and we were in the middle of a thunder storm, not exactly what you want for your summer holiday – however, we decided to make the most of it – we had to! So when you woke up the following morning we decided to take of the rain – we started drinking quite early (in hindsight too early haha) and then went to a local tapas bar and ordered basically everything on the menu – cheeses, olives, bread, sauces, oils, Patatas Bravas and the other girls order some meat/fish dishes too. We eat everything and washed it down with wine and cocktails! The food was amazing and we were definitely feeling the effects of the alcohol now. In the evening we visited a few bars and ended up in a karaoke bar until 3am – less said about that the better haha!

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On our second bar we decided to enjoy the sun by lying by the pool and then venturing down to the beach which was literally a 5 minute walk from our hotel! The weather was perfect, almost too hot for the white girl. As a kid I never understood the appeal of lying on a sun lounger and enjoying the blistering rays while enjoying a book, music or just silence, but as an adult with often too much on my plate it was perfect! I even caught a little but of a tan – more freckles than tan but a win is a win! We decided to have a quite night after the mayhem of the night before – a nice meal, a few drinks and off to bed! I think everyone was flagging to be honest.

On our last full day we headed into Palma – it was only 25mins drive from our hotel and with another amazing sunny day on our side we took full advantage. We walked around for a little enjoying the site, doing some shopping, eating more tapas/drink more cocktails, walking along the water and enjoying an ice-cream on our last day. I really enjoyed going into Palma, there was so much going on from street performers, culture, sights, boat trips, restaurant etc – I would love to go back and spend more time there, I can imagine it’s perfect for a city break.

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I love our little trip away – the island is beautiful, the weather was amazing (apart from the little bit of rain), the food, drinks and company was all just spot on – i’m a big fan of little trips away as you haven’t been away from work for too long, and you come back refreshed, recharged and ready for work! I’m already looking at more holidays I want to take! Pray for my bank account.

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96 HOURS IN PRAGUE

Prague has always been on my travel bucket list, since as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to travel there! I’m not really sure why to be honest but it’s architecture and history has always intrigued me. As I mentioned in my Hamburg post my boyfriend and I decided to swap trips as our presents, so last week I decided to take my boyfriend to Prague for a long weekend! We booked 4 days (3 nights) in the capital and it is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and 4 days were definitely not enough! Prague is such a beautiful, interesting and intriguing city and I would definitely recommend everyone adds Prague to their bucket list. There is so much to see and do and I’m not sure you could ever be done with it! I’m already planning my next visit.

IMG_2936We stayed at the Panorama Hotel which was an old school but very fancy hotel! It had a spa on the top floor with a pool, hot tub, spa and sauna – the hotel was lovely with a bit of an 80’s vibe. Our bed was MASSIVE – we could both starfish which is good because James already runs hot. The hotel was covered in gold – which I obviously approved of! But I would like to try something modern next time, maybe an air b&b or something a little more chic. IMG_2945

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On our first night we went to this really cool bar called Vzorkovna – it was a literal maze, full of swings, ladders, twist, turns and spiral staircases. The bar worked on a chip system which meant to gave money over at the door and then at the bar itself you just place the chip on a pad and it takes the money off – pretty much just like contactless payment. It was such a cool place full of people from around the world listening to random music, drinking tasty (and cheap) beer! Plus there was this massive dog pictured above which I could literally ride into battle – it was so random but it fit into the bar so well! I would definitely recommend if you’re heading to Prague that you definitely pay this bar a visit – you will not be disappointed. IMG_2941The second stop on our first night was this really strange but cool bar on a boat – the view from the boat was beautiful and my drunken picture does not do it justice haha! We have friends who live in Prague who took us to these bars and they seriously have good taste. My first night life experience in Prague was perfect, it was full of laughs, good drinks, good company and full of life! I love European cities which don’t stop at night, Prague still has a buzz about it even at 4am – I’m disappointed we didn’t get to find more bars like these – but I’ll definitely be back to find them all.

IMG_2947With 4 days in Prague we had a lot to see in such ashort time. Thankfully the transport system in Prague is really impressive! Trams, underground, buses and boats – there are a number of ways to get around Prague and all of them are cheap and quick! For 24 hour ticket on the transport it only costs £3.50 – can’t really argue with that! The one thing I would say for the transport is ALWAYS BUY A TICKET AND GET IT VALIDATED! We always bought tickets but didn’t understand they you needed to get them stamped once you got onto your transport! One night we were heading back to our hotel after a few drinks, we were sat on a tram for a few stops and then all of a sudden three men dressed in everyday clothes nodded at each other and then stood up and pulled out their badges asked for our tickets – it’s was the strangest moment of my life haha! We got a little telling off for not validating our tickets (which we had no clue we had to do) but they went on their way – my heart was seriously racing haha!

As I’ve mentioned Prague is such a beautiful place! Here are some of my favourite pictures from our trip!IMG_2953We indulged in a light lunch in the sunshine which was stunning, especially when we heard it was snowing in the UK! IMG_2957IMG_2958Charles BridgeIMG_2959Vltava RiverIMG_2960IMG_2967This is definitely my favourite photo from our trip! It is the view that makes me fall in love with Prague again and again! We were lucky enough to grab a table by the water and enjoyed a drink in the sunshine.

prague-2.jpgLetna beer garden with a sunny view prague-3-e1493653038153.jpgThe astronomical clock prague 1Prague CathedralIMG_2970After a long walk up a steep hill we reach Prague Castle and the palace and were rewarded with this view! I took this picture on our last day and it just made me want to stay even more – the sun was shining, the view was so appealing and I just knew there was so much more to see of this beautiful city.

One of the foodie highlights from this trip was the Tredlnik – this delicious treat is 100% Instagram porn and the second we walked by we knew we needed to try them.  They are cones made from the same pastry as donuts (which are delicious!!) and then they are coated with chocolate on the inside! We opted to have them topped with vanilla ice-cream and topped with chocolate sauce – literally it was heavenly, a little heavy and next time I’d just go for the chocolate coating but still heavenly. Here are the chocolate cones being made!Have you seen a more perfect picture?

Honestly, I would 100% recommend Prague to anyone and I will definitely be going back some day! Have you ever been to Prague? Let me know your favourite things to do there and if you have any tips for when I return.

4 DAYS IN HAMBURG

Travelling has always been something I have wanted to do more of and I promise myself year after year that I will add more stamps to my passports and have more stories to share! I was lucky enough to visit Jamicia in September, which you can read about in my previous blog post, it was an amazing country and reignited my need for travel.

On this note my boyfriend and I decided that rather than material presents we wanted to exchange experiences which resulted in us both planning trips anyway! He had worked with some of our friends to organise a trip to Hamburg! A place I had never visited but would be the perfect setting for New Years.

Hamburg is a beautiful city, full of history and stunning architecture and being there for the New Year celebrations was incredible – running away for New Year is definitely something I recommend   🙂

The thing I loved the most about Hamburg was how easy it was to navigate, either via foot or on the subway system, getting from place to place was a dream and meant we were about to see more of the city. The buildings are visually stunning and the night life is the right mix of cocktail bars and old men pubs (which we did prefer the latter).

Between walking tours, visiting attraction such as miniland, drinking to much beer and playing card games it was an unforgettable trip and definitely a few stories that will keep us all laughing for years to come.

Anyway, enough chatter here are some of my favourite pictures from the trip.

P.S Shout out to my friend Lucy for being the mum of the trip and taking most of the pictures 😀

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Jam packed taxi ride!
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Fresh faced gang

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Slightly hungover and extremely tired

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Until next time!

Oh and for anyone interested – I’m taking him to Prague 😀

 

FROM JAMAICA WITH LOVE

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At the end of September I decided to leave rainy Manchester behind and head to Jamaica on a solo trip! I visited St. Ann’s for a week of sun, sea and adventure,  during my time there I completely fell in love with the place – it was incredibly beautiful and such a vibrant country – I can’t put into words how Jamaica made me fell, freer and more relaxed than I had been in a very long time.

My first stop in Jamaica was the Royal Decameron, A hotel in which all of the rooms where little condos in the grounds, I was lucky enough to stay in a room which over looked the sea and sand.

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This spot of paradise was my home for the week and I couldn’t have been happier, I was surrounded by happy go lucky locals and visitors who were winding down after months of stressful work and everyday living! To watch on as people sipped cocktails and beamed happily was heaven and such a positive atmosphere to be in.

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Breakfast with a view!

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I decided while I was in Jamaica I would visit the Dunns River Waterfall and try my best at climbing up the rocks, the water was freezing cold but quite refreshing under the hot Jamaican sun. Even though I had travelled to this slice of heaven on my own I made lots of new friends and met some lovely people especially on this waterfall trip.

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After spending a wonderful three days in the my first hotel, the hurricane known as Matthew was moving closer to Jamaica, therefore my holiday reps thought best we move hotels (which I was not going to complain about!). I was moved to the Riu hotel about 10mins down the road and it was as gorgeous as the previous hotel!

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Jamaica is truly a magical country and while driving though the streets is was incredible to see people getting on with their everyday lives, unaware of the lazy visitors in their resorts! It felt like I was on another planet, thousands of miles away from my everyday worries and obligations. Jamaica is definitely a country I will visit again and again.

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Festival finds at the Isle Of Wight Festival

I have just returned home from a crazy weekend at the Isle Of Wight Festival! It was an amazing weekend, with amazing friends and amazing performances. The line-up included James Bay, Jessie Ware, Pretty Vicious, Ella Eyre, Paolo Nutini, James, First Aid Kit (who I now have a MASSIVE girl crush on), Kodaline, The Black Keys, Pharrell and so many more. The headliners included Blur, Prodigy and FLEETWOOD MAC. My favourite performances from the weekend were Fleetwood Mac, Paolo Nutini, First Aid Kit, Pretty Vicious, James Bay, Pharrell, Kodaline and well, I loved so many of acts but I can’t name them all. Courtesy of my friend Simon Smith | Vibe Division here are a few videos from the festival:

While packing my bag for the weekend I didn’t feel like I was going to a festival, more like fashion week! Whether you’re a fan of the festival favourites such as vest, shorts, bum bags ect or fancy trying something a little different there is so much choice in the world of festival fashion. With style setting events such as Coachella, festival fashion has definitely come into its own and the options are so diverse. However, festival fashion does not end with the outfits! Hair is a serious issue when it comes to the festival season and the amount of dry shampoo bought over the season must cause some kind of boost on the British economy. Braids are having a serious moment and I love them! They scream boho chic and effortless style but let’s admit it.. they certainly aren’t effortless! I have serious hair envy because I have not cracked the code when it comes to braids! I am all fingers and thumbs when it comes to them and NOT in a good way, unfortunately! If anyone could offer some tutorials or advice in that department I would be very grateful!

Men! I feel like you are really stepping it up in the fashion department, graphic tess, macs/windbreakers and pumps are so on point at the minute and it’s great to see men taking care in their appearance and enjoying fashion. Though, I do feel like it is easier for men when it comes to festival fashion, sorry men! But, until you know the pain of having to take off a playsuit in a festival loo to answer the call of nature, then you just don’t understand the hardships girls go through to look nice. Here is my wardrobe from the weekend! I tried to keep my packing to a minimum, so created outfits to wear each day. Going to a festival really gives you a chance to learn/experience a lot about the clothing you should take with you and what works/doesn’t work. I loved my wardrobe, but planning alternatives for the chilly/drizzly weather would have really made the weekend run a little smoother. Outfit 1

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I will be putting more images from the festival on my Instagram @SARAH_RAY93 – if you’re interested, pop on over.

WHITE HEAT

Summer 2015 is finally here and white is hot! It’s the perfect time to lighten up your wardrobe with some simple and stunning staples that you will be able to adapt and that will compliment any outfit. Whether your grabbing a drink, jetting off on holiday or heading to a festival all-white everything is having a serious moment. Now we know the Great British Summertime is not as forgiving as tropic sun, but there’s something about the crispness of white that provides the perfect solution to looking and feeling summery, without having to bare all.

With so many different shades and accessorises to choose from, white does not have to be boring. Just put on all the white pieces in different textures and make a chic outfit. In fact, white is simply beautiful all around the year, especially when days are getting hot. Whether you’re going for white on white on white look or adding some killer colour block shoes Summer 2015 is sure to be a complete white out

Here are a few white pieces I’ve pick up for this season:

white heat blog 6Topshop – £46

white heat blog skirt 6Miss Guided -£12

white heat blog dress 6Riverisland – £38

white heat top 6  Missguided – £5

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 21.36.54  Riverisland – £10

white heat coat blog 6 .43.25 Miss Selfridge – £39

white heat blog bag Asos – £70

white heat sunglasses  Asos – £15