The Alternative Weekend Break; a guide to Cologne, Germany

Since my alternative weekend break guide to Porto went down so well, I figured I would share some more of my fave city breaks. It’s so easy to get drawn into visiting the same destinations over and over again. And places like Paris and Barcelona are iconic for good reason, but there are some great little getaways to be had for a fraction of the price! I’d never thought of Germany as a weekend getaway type place, until I visited Cologne…
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Galentines with The Cocktail Experience

Over the years, my friendship groups have changed wildly. From being absolutely surrounded by girls in high school to the once cringey ‘I only hang out with guys ’cause it’s less drama’ college years, then the mismatch of Uni and post-uni life, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster. I’m lucky enough to have amazing best friends dotted about the country, that I’ve picked up along the way, but since starting blogging I’ve met an amazing group of inspiring gals. There’s always at least one or two fabulous faces at each event I’m at – and what better way to celebrate than getting loads of us together with a whole host of amaze cocktails from the best bars in Leeds? So grab your gals and a bottle of Moet and get your Galentines on…
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OOTD: alternative valentines outfit

As much as I love getting dolled up in a little red dress and Louboutins, my wardrobe isn’t exactly packed to bursting with ‘dressy dresses’. I tend to go for more alternative looks with quirky pieces so I figured I’d share a Valentines look that’s a little different to the usual. Depending on my Valentines plans, I’d swap in a pair of heels and a Russian Red lip, but more than likely I’ll be playing ping pong in a pair of flats…
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The ultimate guide to Valentines; Leeds

I’m a total sucker when it comes to romance. I could watch RomComs all day every day and I’m always ready with cute love puns (I love you a latte and you are my significant otter are my current faves). But when it comes to Valentines day, my other half and I tend to give it a miss. Dinner reservations have to be made weeks in advance, only for you to pay more to essentially sit on another couples knees and choose from a limited menu with the wait staff rushed off their feet (never a recipe for great service). I’m not one of those ‘you should show your other half you love them everyday…’ types, we just choose to celebrate on any other day, where we can rock up to our fave restaurant looking glam AF and actually enjoy the experience (for half the price). So whether you’re celebrating Valentines or Galentines, do it right…

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Valentines gift guide & giveaway

Valentines is just around the corner so I wanna share the love with the everything you need to treat yo self and get glammed up. There’s a mix of my favourite affordable and pricier beauty brands, from Benefit and Body shop to Sleek and St Moriz. Plus, I’m giving away all the items featured to get you ready for a proper Valentines pamper session…
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OOTD: bold shades and frills

As much as I adore immaculately put together looks, sometimes life just calls for a jumper and jeans. Having a wardrobe full of structured pieces is all well and good until you have approx. 5 minutes to get ready and you have a looooong day ahead. What you really want is something comfy but doesn’t look like you’ve just rocked up in ya pjs – unless that’s your vibe, in which case I say yaaasss gal…
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Brunch at Sheaf Street Cafeteria, Leeds

Brunch is thebomb.com and if you disagree, this probs ain’t the place for you. I could happily eat brunch food for every meal and I love nothing more than spending my mornings in coffee shops, a plate of eggs benedict on one side and my laptop on the other (God bless free wifi). I’d heard some great things about the brunch offering at Sheaf Street Cafeteria so I grabbed a couple of my blogger gals for a post-shoot, brunch-fuelled catch-up…
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How to make your apartment Hygge

Living in a city centre apartment often means your home hardly resembles a country manor house. Open fires? No chance. Too many bedrooms? One can only dream. But city centre living is cosy AF and cosy is basically your first step to Hygge living (the totally cool and latest Danish lifestyle trend that isn’t going anywhere so just embrace it). So buckle up and head to your nearest Ikea ’cause there are some things you’re gonna wanna buy for my top 5 tips for a Hygge home…
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OOTD: how to wear everyday metallics

While most people look at kinda out there items of clothing and think ‘who would ever wear that?’, we all know I’ve already bought it, pulled the tags out and styled it up before you can say ‘Lucinda stop buying clothes you absolutely don’t need’. You know, like a jumper with giant pom poms on or heels covered in glitter and pom poms (there’s a trend here). Well this weeks accidentally on purpose purchase was a pair of sparkly silver disco boots and I’ve not had ’em off my feet! Get ready to bring a little glam to your everyday…
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The Alternative Weekend Break; a guide to Porto, Portugal

When it comes to visiting new cities, Instagram worthy spots are far higher up my priority list than they ought to be. Luckily, Porto is rather blooming gorgeous and has lots going on so your holiday snaps will fit your aesthetic but you won’t have to compromise on good food or exciting things to do. The city has a real trendy vibe but, with most people heading to the capital Lisbon, it isn’t over crowded. It’s the perfect alternative easy breezy weekend break…

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