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All photos taken on my iPhone

Once again, as happens with most years, Christmas has sprung up on us quicker than anyone expected. I for one am certainly looking forward to having a break, catching up with family and friends, eating all the pigs in blankets…

I had a few days in York with my Mum at the start of December, which is where the majority of these festive photos were taken. York turned out to be a very attractive little city, with the friendliest of people, and one that I intend on seeing more of in the future. I’m sad to say that my Christmas spirit diminished a little on my return home and hasn’t found it’s way back just yet. Because of this the complete lack of any festive posts on here is hardly surprising.

2016 has been a bloody odd year, with more world changes than any other year that I can remember. But its not been all bad – I started a new job and me and Dom moved into a cosy little flat after the debacle of having to move again. We went on some amazing trips, from Berlin, to Copenhagen, to the long awaited New York adventure. I can only hope that I’m as fortunate in 2017 and that my travel buddy is still as keen as me.

There will be some changes around here in the next year. I feel a little refinement and evolution is in order. Something to get my motivation back on track. And a couple of personal improvements as well – namely learning to live in the moment more, rather than worrying about what will happen next!

I wish you all the merriest of Christmasses and hopefully I’ll see you back here in the new year!

xx

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Photos by Dom John

Hello! I have returned from my very unexpected blog hiatus. I’m not sure what caused the complete lack on content on here – whether it was lack of inspiration, motivation or simply being busy with other things. I haven’t felt particularly festive in the recent weeks, which always brings the mood down when everyone else is all for the mulled wine, ice skating and decorations.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Myself and Dom got ourselves a little Christmas tree, and I went on a short festive trip to York, but with working all the way up until Christmas eve (like most other people) I can’t quite muster the spirit of Christmas just yet.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Still, I though I would take the opportunity to share my favourite festive outfit of the moment. This pinafore dress from New Look is just what I’ve been looking for. Something that will work for autumn, winter and spring, depending on what you wear underneath and whether you bother with tights or not. I’ve paired in here with another new favourite, my green fluffy bobble hat, and burgundy brogues, which happen to be the most comfortable shoes I’ve had in a long time.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Dress – New Look | Coat – New Look | Hat – New Look | Shoes – Diechmann | Bag – Accessorise

The Ivy in Clifton provided the perfect festive backdrop for a post this close to Christmas. They happen to have the classiest decorations I’ve seen this year. I’m yet to pay a visit inside but I think a mid January afternoon tea in there would be perfect to lift the inevitable January blues!

Until the next post I hope you have a plenty of mulled wine and mince pies – I’m off to engage in just that now!

xx

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I thought about writing this post before Christmas because I was all ‘Oh ma gawwd I own a piece of Chanel!’ excited, but it then crossed my mind that it would get lost amongst all the festive red lip offerings from multiple other bloggers at this time of year. So instead I offer you the perfect post Christmas lipstick. The kind you can pop on after all the pillar box matte reds from the office parties and Christmas Day.

I picked up this handy little beauty in Duty Free on my way back from Prague and it has to be one of the nicest lipsticks I’ve ever used. I picked the colour Boheme as it seemed fitting having just visiting a place with a certain amount of Bohemian history and it’s the perfect light red-almost pink colour. It’s part of the Rouge Coco Shine range and is so light and moisturising – perfect if you’ve been hitting the all drying matte liquid lipsticks and stains to hard. It will definitely be a firm favourite of mine well into the new year.

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At the start of the year I made what I thought was a fairly realistic resolution – to read one book a month for the whole year. One year, twelve books, it seemed perfectly doable and I was so up for it. As a child I always, always had my nose in a book and most of the time I didn’t leave the house without one under my arm. I loved a journey somewhere that gave me enough time to get through a few chapters. And then something happened, I guess it just comes down to life, exams, uni, friends came up over the top of sitting down with a good read and like exercise it’s so much harder to start again once you’ve stopped.

So actually I have a rather measly pile of books to share with you here, but in the spirit of rounding things up at the end of the year I thought I would go through them – and then probably start again in the New Year!

  1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I fully intended on reading this book before I went to see the film. That came out in 2013, so already do you see where I’m coming from? Nevertheless I finally got around to reading it and it was worth the effort of picking it up and down for the first couple of months of the year.

  1.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

This is Mindy’s first book offering and it was a treat! First of all, I just love her and The Mindy Project and so was bound to read her book as soon as I could. It is of course, fabulous and if you’re not already a fan of the sassy lady then you will be by the final page.

  1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

I have a confession. I did not finish this book. I gave it a good go and it definitely spurred me on to throw out/tidy my flat. This may have also been a coincidence of my impending move but plenty of bin bags have been filled.

  1. When we Were Bad – Charlotte Mendelson

This was the book that was going to get me back on track. I took it on holiday with me and planned on finishing it within the week. It didn’t happen but it fully reminded me of why I to loved reading so much, when you can get so lost in a story that you suddenly look up and hours have flown by. If you like more contemporary novels about modern day families and all the trouble they go through, then this is definitely one to get your hands on.

  1. Get The Glow – Madeleine Shaw

I’m mean, come on. This isn’t even a reading book! I had to include it here, not only because the pile looked so small without it, but because I did actually read it. I fully bought into the hype around Madeleine Shaw and getting ‘The glow’ but I have to say, out of all the new health books released in 2015 this is one of the best. It’s gluten, sugar and dairy free but the recipes look (and taste) so good that you suddenly realise what’s possible without those ingredients. I’ll definitely be using this book A LOT in 2016.

  1. The Decision – Penny Vincenzi

This. This monster of a book was actually last year’s Christmas present. It was gifted to me from my Mum, at my request of ‘a really good book to get me back into reading’. I think she took that to mean the biggest book you can find. I’m still making my way through it, it’s eight hundred-odd pages!

All in all my resolution went out the window in about February when I was still on my first book. I thought I could pick things up when Mindy’s hilarious offering but nope, it slowed right down again. I will without a doubt start this resolution again in 2016, especially as I plan on reading three books from three awesome ladies first – here, here and here. Let’s see if the reading bug will truly bite back next year…

Ps. I hope you liked my cheeky little Santa at the top!

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As I promised back here, I’ve put together a mini guide for Prague, even though the thought of it is making me want to hop back on the plane for a little bit of extra exploring time. As I vaguely mentioned before it’s a very walkable city and not only that but I would fully recommend walking just to take in all the sights and sounds. Prague is definaitely the place for any architecture fans out there, with each building offering a different visual delight.

So first things first, where to stay. I can only offer one or two suggestions here as we only stayed in the one hotel during our short trip. Hotel Elysee is very central, right on Wenceslas Square and the room was HUGE. Because this was  gals trip with my Mum and my Gran we opted for a triple room and it came supersize with a little hallway, huge room and bathroom. For the price we paid it was certainly value for money and of course there was a breakfast buffet every morning. The other option that I would whole heartedly suggest is looking around on Airbnb for accommodation. I’ve spoken before about how much I love this company and I’m sure Prague has some very cool apartments to offer.

As for things to do, Prague definitely offers enough to fill more than the two days we were there. A few places to note are the Castle, which sells handy tickets for either the whole thing or just certain parts; perfect if you fancy just the afternoon as there’s enough to fill a whole day here.

The Charles Bridge is your ultimate route to get there and another must see. It is lined with many statues, each with there own story and history and a number of which you should definitely stroke for good luck/ make a wish. Or maybe that’s just my superstitions kicking in.

There’s no way I could leave out the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. Coincidently this is where the Christmas Market is also based should you be there in the festive season. But make sure to take a look out of the top of the tower – as you know I have a big thing about a good high-up view and this is not one to miss. The lift itself is also pretty incredible, so you don’t even have to take the stairs.

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I always make a point of finding out what the local cusine is and giving it a go, as what’s the point of going abroad just to eat chips, eh? For Prague it was Goulash  and boy was it everywhere. I will admit it was far tastier than I expected, with huge chunks of meat and a nice thick gravy; it even came served in a bread bowl.

For a little sweet treat I would recommend a Trdelnik and likewise with the Goulash, you cannot escape them in the city. I spent most of the weekend walking past each stall with longing eyes and claiming to be back for one later. I eventually had one on the very last night of the trip, basically refusing to leave without trying one. They’re almost pretzel-like, only cooked over hot coals and coated with cinnamon sugar and almonds. They’re basically Christmas wrapped in some dough.

Municipal House is worth checking out if you fancy a mid-morning coffee break. Don’t get your hopes up about the coffee (I’m pretty sure it came for a Nescafe machine) but if anyone is into interiors then get yo butt down there. It’s a completely beautiful Art Nouveau house with both the outside and inside decorated to a very fine standard. Those chandeliers? I would have put one in my carry-on if it had fit.

For those that have more time in the city then I would head to the John Lennon wall, the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Cemetery, definitely some places I would have visited if I had a little extra time. This has turned into possibly the wordiest post of all, but I think my thoughts on the city have been truly shared.

I’m most definitely planning  second trip so if there’s any places slightly off the radar then please share too!

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