At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

What better way to spend a Sunday than to drive through the Somerset hills and countryside. A relaxing Sunday drive no less.

Just short of an hour away from Bristol and Bath you will reach Bruton, a small and very picturesque village.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

Bruton itself is small, quiet and unassuming, but hidden in plain sight on the high street is At The Chapel – an old chapel converted into a boutique hotel, bakery and restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

Everything from avocado on toasted sourdough, to woodfired pizza, to a roast dinner is on offer. All locally sourced and very reasonably priced. And what a setting to sit back and relax in.

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At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

The space is light, bright and airy. Giant windows let in the winter sunlight and if you fancy, you could enjoy your coffee from one of the plush green velvet armchairs. I must get one of those for my flat…

Kind of rustic, but also modern enough that you know Instagram would love it, At The Chapel comes up trumps with delish food and all the interiors inspiration.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

But now for the real reason we were there – the food. Having seen many a baked good and pizza on Instagram, I already knew for certain what I was ordering.

Although I was swayed slightly by the look of Dom’s roast pork, I put my food envy aside once my Taleggio and wild mushroom pizza arrived.

There was pudding as well but… they didn’t last long enough for a photo!

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

If you’re not stopping for food, then don’t forget to swing by the bakery for a loaf of freshly baked bread and a take away coffee. We didn’t leave empty handed and the Spelt loaf we chose must be a favourite at At The Chapel, as we just about snagged the last one.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

Although Bruton may be a quiet Somerset village, it’s packing a top player in amongst the antique and interiors shops on the high street.

One more leisurely drive back home and it was a Sunday well spent At The Chapel.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

Rockafeller Center - NYC - Girlglobalising

NYC street - Girlglobalising

Writing a city guide for a place like New York is quite the feat. With a city so large and with so many different things to see, there is simply no way you can cover all the bases.

As this was both mine and Dom’s second trip to the city we decided to take things at a leisurely pace, ticking things off as we hopped between coffee shops and walks in the park. Since we were there for a good five days instead of our usual long weekend adventures we managed to see all the things we wanted and not be completely frazzled by the end of a day in the city.

NYC Night - Girlglobalising

Grand Central - NYC - Girlglobalising

Here are a few things I would highly recommend if you’re visiting NYC sometime soon.

Where to stay:

We had a little hiccup with our  Airbnb on this trip, so much so that we didn’t stay for the whole trip and decided to move to a hotel. I have since heard that Airbnb is now illegal in NYC and so for the first time ever on Girlglobalising I’m not going to recommend using it for your trip.

Hotels don’t come cheap in the city so shop around as much as you can to find a good deal. We almost opted for the Hudson Hotel which looked fairly reasonable (price wise) and very nice (interiors wise). We ended up in the Nu Hotel across the river in Brooklyn which has to be one of the nicest, most stylish hotels I’ve stayed in. After the debacle with our Airbnb it definitely turned our trip around once we were settled there.

NYC - Autumn - Girlglobalising

Twin Towers Memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

Twin Towers Memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

What to do: 

There doesn’t really need to be a list of what to do in NYC – I’m sure everyone has things they want to tick off their bucket list and don’t need me repeating myself over here. So I will give a brief overview of the things we did that are slightly less obvious than Liberty Island and the Empire State.

The High Line – This is one of my favourite things from our trip. The old highrise train line has been converted into a walkway and garden passing right down through Manhattan and ending in the Meatpacking District. A lovely way to see the city from a different angle and an unexpected garden in the concrete jungle.  And completely free of charge.

Central Park – A slightly more obvious choice, but I missed out on this on my first visit to the city, so made up for it this time. Enter in the bottom corner of the Upper East side and follow the park round to the Boating Lake for the express tour of the park. It was absolutely beautiful in the Autumn and clearly a favourite for all the couples having engagement photos taken. Also free of charge.

American Museum of Natural History – One for a rainy day. A huge museum that takes a while to get around, but have some great exhibitions, particularly the Mammals sections and the Gems and Minerals section. A bit pricey at $22 but the price is optional and you can pay less if you choose.

MOMA – The Museum of Modern Art is a popular choice again and one that we didn’t actually make it to. A top tip is to go on Friday between 4 – 8pm when entrance is completely free of charge. Make sure you don’t have a backpack though, as the queue to check it will be very long and this was our downfall on our trip.

Soho and Greenwich Village – Two places to just wander around and take in the sights and sounds of NYC. Not too far is West Village as well, perfect for a leisurely day of shopping!

Brooklyn Bridge – Heading across the water I highly recommend taking a scroll across the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the skyline of the financial district. Time it either in the early morning or at dusk as the sun is setting to make the most of the photo opportunities.

Brooklyn and Williamsburg – Explore the quieter side of NYC – as quiet as it gets anyway! Wander around the unique independent shops and maybe head to a flea market. We went to Brooklyn Flea which is hosted in an old bank and is worth it just to take in the setting.

Brooklyn Brewery – Another Brooklyn based attraction. The Brewery offer many tours to learn how the popular beer is produced, but if you head there between 12-6pm on a Saturday then it’s completely free. Be prepared to queue for a little bit though.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM – Worth it for the Instagram opportunity, but that cake is pretty tasty too. It only takes card, but the shop just next to it will take cash.

NYC Night - Girlglobalising

NYC - French Toast - Girlglobalising

What to eat:

It’s hard to pinpoint good places to eat in a city so big and varied as NYC. But I have a few suggestions, mainly brunch, lunch and snack places but they’re everyone’s favourites, right?

Dough Donuts – Literally the size of your face. They come in all the flavours under the sun and you may be best to share these (only if you want to though…)

Jack’s Wife Frieda – A hugely popular choice, so much so that we couldn’t get a table. But everyone must go there for a reason, so try and squeeze in if you can.

Blue Stone Coffee –  Where we actually ended up after the Jack’s Wife Frieda debacle. We had massive chicken club sandwiches and coffee, so nothing bad to say here.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Found hidden away in Greenwich village, Stumptown came to the rescue when we were looking for somewhere to hide from the rain. Very nice coffee indeed.

Brooklyn Heights Cafe – In Brooklyn (duh) serving everything from burgers, to salads, to seafood and in very atmospheric surroundings. Make sure to wander down to the river front afterwards.

The Butchers Daughter – A recommendation you will have no doubt seen on Instagram. We popped in for breakfast on the first morning and had soft boiled eggs and coffee, but they also had some very nice (and healthy) looking juices.

Other places that we didn’t make it too but were noted on my list – Egg Shop, Buvette, Black Seed Bagels, By Chloe, Cafe Henrie, Meatball Shop, Union Fare.

NYC - Autumn - Girlglobalising

Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

I think this may be the lengthiest of my city guides so far! But there is just so much to see and do in NYC that it was never going to be a short post. Feel free to add any more recommendations in the comments, in case anyone is heading off there soon – and for my next trip too!

Dom John - NYC - Girlglobalising

Rockefeller - NYC - Girlglobalising

Rockefeller - NYC - Girlglobalising

NYC - Girlglobalising

Is there a better way to start the year than to make a plan of all the places you’d love to visit?

I made a similar post last year – you can find it here if you can look past the unformatted mess of pre-redesign Girlglobalising – and I’m pleased to say that I managed to tick off a fair few.

The most recent being our adventure off to NYC, which is also the biggest trip I have done in a long while. But we also made it to Berlin, Copenhagen and Cornwall. So not a bad year for someone trying to fit travel around a full time job!

Let’s see what’s on the travel wishlist for 2017.

Canada

Canada - Girlglobalising

Canada very nearly made it onto the list last year, but it felt a bit of a stretch when I knew I wouldn’t be doing both NYC and Canada. It seemed silly to set my heart on something that was 99% not going to happen. But this year who knows, and since I’ve crossed America off the list (but only for the time being!) then Canada is looking even better than before.

Bali

Bali - Girlglobalising

I may have added Bali to the travel wishlist because I’ve been reading Eat Pray Love (it’s taken me forever to finish), but also because of the content coming from the Little Magpie and Sinead Crowe, who have both been to Asia recently. My desire to visit Asia has grown in recent years – the more travel I do, the more I’d like to visit those destinations that seemed too adventurous before.

Majorca

Majorca - Girlglobalising

The majority of the holidays that Dom and I have been on have been city breaks. Almost always over and long weekend to avoid cutting into my annual leave too much. They always go at break neck speed, both time and sightseeing-wise and are over before we know it. Even our trip to Italy involved racing around Rome during a heatwave! This year I think we are both in agreement that a much slower paced summer holiday is in order. With limited city exposure and snorkelling and watersports and time by a swimming pool. I’ve got my heart set on Majorca.

The UK

Pembroke - UK - Girlglobalising

Although we’ve done pretty well for little weekend trips in the UK, ticking off Norwich and Brighton, not to mention daytrips to London and my most recent trip to York, there’s always more to see on your doorstep. A travel wishlist wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t include seeing as much of your own country as you can!

There’s always more I can add to the list, but it might be best to leave it there for now. It’s my birthday in a few weeks, so maybe I’ll even arrange a mini getaway for then. Let me know what’s on your travel wishlist for 2017 – I’m always game for some more inspiration.

Travel Beauty - Girlglobalising

Travel Beauty 2 - Girlglobalising

There was a time when my travel makeup bag was basically my whole collection of beauty products stuffed into a bulging bag. To me travel beauty was about covering every single base that might crop up while you were away. Everyday makeup, eyeshadow palettes, a multitude of lipsticks and various other products that I don’t normal pick up on an everyday basis.

Since travelling on a more regular basis with Dom, booking cheap flights and opting for hand luggage only it has meant I’ve had to drastically look at what beauty products I’m packing and what ones I will actually use. There’s only so much you can squeeze into your airport liquids bag! I’ve streamlined my packing process so much so that while we were in New York a few weeks ago I managed to pack a very light travel beauty bag, despite actually having hold luggage for once.

I thought I’d share those items with you, for all those minimal beauty lovers out there (and for those short on space).

Travel Beauty - Bare Minerals - Girlglobalising

Travel Beauty - Charlotte Tilbury - Girlglobalising

It looks like all my travel beauty products can be neatly grouped into groups of two. First up is base and holding fast in my top favourites are the Bare Minerals tinted hydrating gel base and bareskin serum concealer. Still working well for me, so much so I’ve stopped the constant hunt for a suitable foundation.

Next up is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase – the Instant Look in a Palette palette. Since the price of Charlotte Tilbury is a little (a lot) more than I usually pay for makeup, I thought I would go big or go home on this occasion. I have to admit it’s not the palette I thought I was buying. Having seen the Natural version make it’s way around all my favourite bloggers, when I saw a version on John Lewis complete with a miniature mascara I thought I’d hit the jackpot. What I was actually buying was the Seductive version. Still quite light and bright but not quite as natural.

Travel Beauty - Charlotte Tilbury 2 - Girlglobalising

It’s perfect to pack in your travel beauty bag as it really minimises the amount of products you’re taking away with you. I use the blush and eyeshadow pretty much every day and I imagine I’ll be using the bronzer a lot in the summer too. The only thing I’m not too keen on is the highlighter, which doesn’t seem all that pigmented or show up that well on my pale skin. It does make a great substitute eyeshadow though.

Travel Beauty 3 - Girlglobalising

The two most boring products of my travel beauty bag and ones that I’ve mentioned countless time before. The tinted brow gel from Rimmel that always serves me well, although is very much on it’s last legs now. And the Smashbox X-rated mascara that gives really great everyday lashes, or can be layered up for a more dramatic effect.

Travel Beauty 4 - Girlglobalising

And finally the lips. As you know I’m not one for piles of makeup on a daily basis so normally I’m quite happy to make do with a very natural lipstick or a lipbalm for the daytime. This Clinique lip balm and scrub pot gives a nice little sheen to the lips, and if I’m after something with a bit more oomph for the evening I’m still very attached to the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita II.

So there you have it, my very minimal travel beauty bag. The key thing here is to find items that are compact and multipurpose, like the Chalotte Tilbury palette, and also to embrace the natural look while you’re away. And remember, the less you take away with you, the more you can pick up to bring back with you (duty free and Sephora, hello there…).

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram as things get a lot more Christmassy around here, and on Bloglovin as I’ll hopefully be able to get some festive posts up before the holidays.

xx

op of the Rock - NYC - Girlglobalising

Manhatten - NYC - Girlglobalising

Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

Manhattan street - NYC - Girlglobalising

Pretzel stand - NYC - Girlglobalising

New York City is a bit of an indescribable place. Actually it’s describable by words such as big, loud, over the top – but I think these words can be used to describe any major city and don’t really do New York justice.

It’s the sheer volume of buildings, the fact that everyday things such as buses, cars, personalities, even sandwiches are twice the size of their London counterparts that make it such a city to behold. If you caught my first New York post you’ll know that we didn’t arrive on the best of evenings (it certainly wasn’t the ‘Trump’ card I was hoping for…) and the following day was pretty dreary as a result.

After the initial shock wore off we managed to fill our time with a whole host of New York City attractions, as well as exploring some new areas that I’d not seen before. On the first evening I was convinced that New York’s shine had worn slightly thin after my first visit about ten years ago, but a few days later and I’m back to frantically planning how much we could squeeze into our few days there.

I have another city guide planned where I’ll go into far more detail about what we got up to, where we stayed and more, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But for the mean time I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos with you. The photos of the Oculus below are some of my favourites from the whole trip – what an insane building just to house a Subway station and shopping mall. There were a couple of photos I was determined to get, some of the more iconic shots you often see of New York City like the skyline from the river and the Brooklyn Bridge. Although I didn’t get a great photo of a pretzel stand (or have a pretzel for myself!) but that’s just another reason to head back some time.

xx

Oculus - NYC - Girlglobalising

Oculus 2 - NYC - Girlglobalising

9/11 memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

The High Line - NYC - Girlglobalising

DUMBO - NYC - Girlglobalising

Subway station - NYC - Girlglobalising

Rockefella - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising