Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

A few more photos from Budapest. People often marvel about the architecture in Budapest and how the colourful symmetrical buildings look like something out of a Wes Anderson film, particularly the funicular and the Szechenyi thermal baths. Although surprisingly, as we found out on our walking tour, the Grand Budapest Hotel was not filmed locally and the city is often used as the backdrop for many other cities such as Berlin and Paris. Interesting, huh?

I’m off to watch the Wes Anderson back catalogue now. Also of interest is the Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson.

So. Much. Inspiration.

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

A few photos from the very start of January, when Dom and I headed off to Budapest for a few days. After not really leaving the house for an extended period of time over the Christmas break, it was great to get out and exploring again. Budapest is a charmer of a city, it’s incredible walkable, the people are friendly and the architecture is beautiful. I highly recommend a free walking tour of the city, exploring the Jewish quarter particularly for ruin bars and restaurants and head over to Buda (the other side of the Danube to Pest) and check out the castle district and the Fishermans Bastion. And finally don’t forget to do as the locals and take a dip in the thermal spas dotted about the city.

Places to remember:

Mazel Tov

Szimpla Kert

Liberte

Menza

Szechenyi thermal baths

St Stephan’s Basilica – climb up to the top for great views!

Espresso Embassy

Parliament Building & the Holocaust shoe memorial

For more in depth city guides check out Carrie’s and Kristabel’s.

 

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It seems strange to be writing this post while it’s currently as warm as it has been all summer. Yes, my wish of an Indian summer came true and we’re all still basking in the sunshine in mid-September. But nevertheless Autumn is just around the corner and with it being one of my favourite seasons I have come up with a list of things that get me excited for the colder months.

If some of these points don’t make sense or are written badly then it’s because I’ve been on a blog hiatus for a week or so. This was not self inflicted and it was a very stressful few days, but I’ll touch on this in another post later and for now let’s move on to exciting autumn based things!

 

Red leaves – A bit of an obvious choice but what’s more beautiful than trees full of bright red leaves, and then, later on in the year, piles of orange-y toned leaves just waiting for you to stomp and kick your way through.

Cosy nights – I’d heard of the concept of Hygge before but after reading Hannah Gale’s post all about the Danish specialty I’m fully ready to embrace it in my life this Autumn/Winter. Think cosy nights in with lamps on and candles burning, piles of blankets, hot chocolates and film nights. Perfect. Having recently been to Copenhagen I can say hands down that the Danes seem to be the most content of people and I reckon that’s also why they’re so stylish.

Bonfire night – Having neglected Bonfire night for many years it made a comeback in my life last year and boy did I enjoy it. This year will be more of the same, perhaps maybe even some mulled wine thrown in for good measure. I think Bonfire night marks the true start of the winter-y season.

Pumpkin spice – I can’t help it, I love it! I know it’s horrifically high in calories and sugar and all bad things but it tastes so bloody good!

Red lipstick – All the berry tones will be coming out this year. I’m not really one to wear a bright berry/red lip to work, mostly for fear it will end up smeared down my chin and no one will tell me, so I’ll be dabbling in a nice muted lip stain to get in on the trend.

Big trips – How many times have I mentioned the possible trip to NYC on here? Too many, I know that. But now it’s actually happening! In November I’ll be off for a week in the Big Apple and I’m so excited. I’m currently making a list of all the places I want to go, see and do, so if you have any recommendations then please throw them my way. There may also be a mini European city break later in the year too.

Fashion – I find summer quite difficult to dress for, particularly now working in an office, so for me Autumn will always be the champion in the style stakes. Woolly jumpers, coats and jackets, ankle boots, skirts and tights – I’m ready for all of it!

Crisp mornings – There’s something about walking to work in the crisp chilly air and sunshine that just sets you up for the day right.

Comfort food – Out with the salads. In with the stews, is what I say. It’s also surprisingly easy to make hearty meals that bit healthier too. It doesn’t all have to be buttery mash potatoes and Yorkshire puddings (I’d never turn one down though…).

Winter TV – The TV in the colder months is just so much better than the rest of the year. The current top favourites are the Bake Off, Poldark, Victoria, Our Girl and it looks like the BBC have a few more cracking dramas up their sleeve for later in the year. There’s also the return of Gilmore Girls in November which I for one have made a reminder for.

 

Let me know in the comments below what things you’re looking forward to this autumn. September almost feels like a second fresh start for me – probably because of all the years spent starting new school years, but it feels like the perfect time to look forward to things to come. You can follow me on Instagram if you fancy photos of all things autumn-y (and of that exciting trip coming up!) and on Bloglovin to catch all the new content around here.

Packing

If there’s one thing I hate about travelling, then it’s heaving all your luggage around with you. Last summer on my Italian adventure I made the mistake of taking a backpack instead of my usual wheel-y suitcase and let me tell you, I will not be doing that again. My shoulders haven’t been the same since – I’ll just have to learn to pack lighter in future.

In the winter packing light comes across even more obstacles. Surely the best thing to do would be just pack as many layers as you think you will need to combat the frosty air. Cold weather planning is not the easiest to do. Will it be freezing or just colder than normal? Will there be snow? Rain? Hail? This is all adding up to be one hell of a heavy suitcase. In a few days time I’m heading off on a trip to Berlin, a trip I’m super excited about, but I have the feeling that Berlin in the winter will be COLD. So I’ve devised a packing list that will hopefully size your shoulders, make your travel a whole lot easier and, fingers crossed, cater to whatever cold weather you are greeted with.

  1. Make sure you wear your heaviest shoes and thickest coat and jumper. This is key to keeping the weight in your suitcase/ backpack down. You may get a little warm on the journey, but adding heavy boots and big jackets to your bag will just take up unnecessary space.
  2. Thermals. These sexy leggings and vests will save your chilly skin and the good news is no one will no you’re rocking them under your jeans and jumpers, they roll up super small in your bag and you’re free to pop out into that cold weather without a second thought.
  3. Layer it up yo. Layers are key to staying the warmest you can. Not only is this more practical for the day – it’s so much easier to adjust your clothing should you happen to pop into a warm museum for the afternoon – but it also gives you plenty of options for the evenings too. So warm in the day, so many outfit choices for the evening.
  4. Hat, gloves, scarf. They go without saying really. Sure you could warm your hands up with a tasty takeaway coffee, but t won’t last that long and no one can take great photos with frozen fingers.
  5. Sweatshirts and knitwear. An unlikely point, but I have to admit that for me personally I don’t find knitwear all that warm sometimes. So I like to make sure I’ve got one or two sweatshirts with me as an extra precaution.
  6. Pack it up tight. That green tube up top in the photo is actually a very handy packable jacket. When I’m expecting cold weather this jacket comes on every trip with me. It’s fairly small, super warm and doesn’t add any extra weight. I highly recommend.

These are just a few tips for packing ready for the cold weather. They are especially useful if you’re travelling with a backpack (light shoulders yes please) and still keeping nice and toasty. What are you’re top tips for preparing for cold weather travelling?

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Originally this post was supposed to feature my big fluffy winter coat. It’s furry and yellow (in a good way) and I lovingly refer to it as my Honey Monster coat. I look slightly like Big Bird in it, but I kinda really like that. But as you can see that did not happen, as despite it looking rather gloomy in these photos it’s only a tad bit chillier than it was a few weeks ago and just didn’t warrant such a large and warm coat.

Instead I bring you my ‘inbetween’ coat. This is a fairly recent purchase, spurred on by the fact that from my leather jacket and honey moster coat I had nothing, well inbetween. My saviour of this ‘it’s December, why is it so warm’ weather is this slightly military inspired number from New Look. A few years ago I had such a big thing about military inspired clothing and I guess it hasn’t completely left me as I have not taken this off since buying it. The fit is right, the colour is right, it goes with my bobble hat and makes my tartan scarf pop – not to mention it’s the perfect weight. Not heavy and thick, but more substancial than a jacket. On top of all that my Dad referred to it as ‘very smart’ which is about as big a compliment as you get from my Papa.

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Thanks to Dom John for the photos.