Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Here we are, back again with another very delayed post. My motivation to do anything other than come home from work and wait impatiently for Love Island has gone seriously amiss. It’s really no wonder that time is just flashing by when all I seem to do with my days is turn up for work, wander home, maybe pop to the gym and then sit in front of the now infamous reality program.

It’s made me really think how much time we spend watching other people live their lives. I know I’m guilty of letting one too many hours float by whilst watching stupid videos on youtube.

A few weeks ago, having had work on that really sunny Saturday while everyone else was out basking in it, I decided I had to make the most of Sunday if it was to be my only chance that week.

After attempting to get out of the house at a reasonably early time to beat the rush to the seaside (11am counts as reasonably early, right?) we headed down south to Lyme Regis. This beautiful small town on the Jurassic coast was absolutely heaving with people who all clearly had the same idea. And after the palaver of trying to find a parking space – a drama involving a near miss crash and a race to another town to get cash for the charity car park we eventually managed to find, we began the stroll back down to the beach.

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As you can see, it was a pretty glorious day. We settled down with a Cornish pasty on the sand and Dom went for a quick dip in the sea. Although don’t be fooled by the sunshine like he was, it’s certainly still chilly in there!

Afterwards we wandered along to the breakwater and small harbour, admiring the boats in all their colours, shapes and sizes.

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Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream that then melts in the sun so you have to eat it really fast. If you happen to be in Lyme Regis then I highly recommend the gelato stand on Marine Parade – I wish I could remember what it’s called because it was damn good gelato.

Make sure you wander back up through the little town, there’s plenty of little shops, including sweet shops making Devonshire fudge. A delightful little place, perfect for a short day or afternoon trip. Afterwards Dom and I raced back to Bristol to get to the Lido before it closed but unfortunately didn’t make it in time. Sitting in a bath tub of cold water to cool yourself down is just not the same as an open air swimming pool.

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I’m determined to have more days like this and really make the most of summer. Low-key day trips and afternoons enjoying the outside. I know I’m certainly too tied to my phone and computer for most of the week and it’s time to pack it all away. Savouring days like this one in Lyme Regis will only help in making sunny days in the office a bit more bearable anyway.

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It’s been a fair while since I have a) posted anything on here and b) shared a few of my favourite inspirations. Today’s post is looking at a few more of my favourite bloggers – one’s I recommend you check out if you need a bit of inspiration. I shared a post similar to this a long long time ago, so long ago that I’m not even going to link to it! But since then I have also shared my favourite travel Instagrammers and favourite Instagrammers in general.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Fashion Me Now

I have only recently started reading Lucy’s blog, but quickly fallen in love with her writing, her personal style and her fab trips abroad. It’s the kind of easy going style that is both at home in a city and a beach – the kind of style I wish I could pull off but somehow just can’t manage it with the same finesse. It’s nice to see someone incredibly natural, complete with salty, beachy hair, unpainted nails and a very fresh face. Her recent trip to Mexico has inspired a lot of travel ideas of my own.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Alice Catherine

Again a new comer for me, although I’m sure she’s been blogging for some time. Alice creates amazing fashion posts with such a great vintage, nostalgic feel to them. She inspired me to go rummaging in a few vintage shops again, and also introduced me to Sezane, the uber cool french brand where I now want a whole new wardrobe from.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

The Londoner

Rose from The Londoner is someone who manages to embrace every single season so whole-heartedly. Look back at her posts from New England, US in the Autumn (or Fall) of last year to see what I mean by this. Rose’s writing style is almost fictional, she takes you on every moment of her trip, along with excellent recommendations. It’s also incredibly up to date, and by that I mean there is hardly any delay in her blog posts. If you look at her Instagram and see that she’s exploring Greece, then you can bet that the first blog post will be up in a matter of days.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Hand Luggage Only

These boys are really the ultimate travel bloggers. They seem to be flying off to a new destination every single week. The envy I have of their lifestyle is unreal! But they also provide such comprehensive information and inspiration on each destination, and in such an unpretentious way. They are what travel blogging is all about.

Let me know what blogs you’ve been following recently, there’s always so many more and there’s space for everyone out there.

All photos from linked sites. 

Life lately - Girlglobalising

May, like every other month this year, has whizzed by. Although it means we’re one step closer to summer, it also means that time is just flying by without us really taking stock of it. Here are some things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

I finally made a trip to Mon Pote, a beautiful homeware store in Bedminster, Bristol. I found this shop on Instagram, which I highly recommend you follow for all the interiors inspiration. I popped in one afternoon for a little mooch around. Although I didn’t buy anything on this occasion I may well be heading back for an adorable cactus vase.

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We had a short stay in the Lake District at the start of the month. The weather was a bit all over the place, but we had one or two lovely days spent wandering through fields and up mountains in the sunshine. Lake Ullswater is pictured above, and dotted around the lake are various different towns and villages. A bit more exploration is needed I think, considering we only had a few days and there’s so many beautiful places to see up there.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

Life lately - Girlglobalising

The day after we got back from the Lake District we headed down to Thekla in Bristol for a Dan Croll gig. A few years ago we only caught the end of his set at Citadel festival, so it was amazing to see the whole thing. Definitely check him out on Spotify if you haven’t heard him before. He was supported by Wilsen, who I’d never heard of but is another insanely talented musician – with incredible whistling skills!

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We’ve spent a few lovely days wandering around Clifton in the sunshine. Bristol is a place that is really made for summer. The city comes alive in the warmer months and throughout the summer there’s pretty much an event or festival happening every weekend. This year I’m looking forward to the Harbourside festival, Pride and maybe catching a bit of the Bristol Summer Series from the other side of the river. That’s a top tip for anyone else who missed out on tickets. You can’t see anything, but you can hear it all from south of the river.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally we spent a weekend in Oxfordshire. There was a pub lunch, dogs walks, a wander around Oxford, a bbq. Really everything that comes with summer all rolled into one weekend.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

On a more poignant note, I absolutely loved the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. I was very moved by it and thought it was a truly lovely way to combat such terrible atrocities happening in the world right now.

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Photos by Dom John

I am highly anticipating an Indian Summer for us here in the UK. As far as I recall September, when we inevitably had to head back to school, is always beautiful. I’m hoping for more of the same this year.

These photos were taken on a very humid summer day, when we finally managed to pay a visit to the Bristol Botanical Gardens. After a summer of muggy humid summer days in the office I’ve become a bit of a pro at dressing for the occasion.

Keeping things loose is the key and this Asos dress is perfect. As I mentioned recently I’m quite the fan of midi dresses now and this dress ticks all the boxes. It’s light and breezy, but the midi length turns it into a dress that’s still suitable for everyday life in a city, rather than lounging on a beach.

It’s been a pretty amazing summer this year. From moving house (again), two weddings, wonderful week in Cornwall and starting a new job, it’s been all go for weeks now. I’m fully looking forward to slowing down a bit for these last few weeks, stretching out my time in the sun as much as possible before it’s time to huddle inside when winter gets here.

I’m still Instagramming like mad and you can follow me over here. You can also follow me on Bloglovin to catch the last few summery posts of this year.

 

Dress – Asos | Jacket – H&M (similar) | Trainers – New Look | Sunglasses – Mango (similar) | Earrings – H&M

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Cornwall, Digital Detox, Girlglobalising

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This time last week I was in the depths of Cornwall. And I mean right down at the bottom, The Lizard. I haven’t actually been that far down the country before which seems like some sort of crime having now seen how beautiful it is down there. It seems silly to think that a six hour drive is considered an unbelievably long way to go, especially since speaking to an American girl at the wedding, who told me that people regularly drive between San Fran and LA. That’s an eight to nine hour drive. Phew…

Anyway, once we had finally arrived we took full advantage of our surroundings, ie. ‘get me to the seaside!’. Perfect unspoilt beaches, clear blue sea, sand dunes and more. The place we were staying, Trelowarren, was literally a warren. Squiralled away in the woods, the complex was a very quaint set up with a pool and resturant. All you could need for a holiday really.

Except internet…

While on the first day I was happy enough to leave my phone and laptop alone, free to enjoy a surf lesson (which I was terrible at FYI) and enjoy the company around us.

The second day was when I started to get the itch. The one that has me checking for 4G every couple of minutes. In my defence all I wanted to do was share the beauty of the place through Instagram, but it just wasn’t happening.

Day three I’d had enough. Taking advantage of the 3G while on the road to yet another glorious beach to get a snap up on social media.

Day four was another struggle. One which saw me buying internet just so I could check Facebook and browse the internet.

This unintentional digital detox made me realise quite how many times a day I pick up my phone, or click on to facebook and twitter. Far far too many times.

It’s a bit of a shame that, as much as I love Instagram, what I wanted to do most was take photos of this stunning place before adding a filter and waiting for the ‘likes’ to start coming in. Really what should be focussed on is taking it all in, breathing in the fresh sea air and making the most of it before heading back to the city.

One of the main things that I took away from the trip, aside from realising yet again that I must live by the sea, was that time away really should be time away. To give your eyes and brain a rest for the blue technology light that’s bad for us. To read a book, or just sit and relax in beautiful surroundings. That life and travelling is not supposed to be all about the content you can produce and photos you can share.

Some things can always be saved for later and it’s the here and now that matter the most. That being said if you would like to follow me on Instagram you can do so here and Bloglovin too while you’re there!

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