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This is my photo diary from my time spent in Istanbul, Turkey last weekend. Istanbul has a population of nearly 14 million people so it’s easy to get lost in this labyrinth of people and traffic madness and it definitely is a modern city with amazing restaurants, shops and trendy night clubs. But then at the same time it is very colourful and full of culture and old traditions. One of the main things I noticed was how modern and friendly the people in Istanbul were. Even though most people didn’t a lot of English, I always felt safe (even walking around alone at night) and the people were nothing but helpful and welcoming! I hope you like my Istanbul photo diary to give you an overview of my days in this dynamic city…
One of many delicious (huge) Turkish Breakfasts; a separate post will follow about these!
This is a rather picture heavy post so click here to see the rest! (more…)
Wednesday again already, but the rest of this week won’t be like the usual for me because as I am typing this on my iPad, I am sitting at the airport getting ready to escape the daily grind for a little long weekend away…
”We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” -Anonymous
My destination? ISTANBUL!! One of my best friends has been living between Istanbul and London for the last few months and I thought this was the perfect excuse to book myself a little (well deserved) break to go see her and visit this dynamic city in Turkey.
These beautiful photos are by Jessica Stein from Tuula Vintage, which is one of my favourite blogs.
I am super excited to spend the next few days exploring Istanbul, shopping the bazaars, taking loads of photos, relaxing for a bit at a traditional Turkish spa, eating different foods and spending quality time with one of my best friends!!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” Happy Hump Day everyone!
Last weekend me and a group of friends decided to escape the big smoke for a few nights. Luckily we didn’t have to travel very far for our weekend in the countryside. We had found a great little cottage in Kent which is only 1 hour out of London by train. Little Colnbrook Cottage (link) is a cute 3 bedroom home-away-from-home just outside of the town of Penhurst and is surrounded by plenty of fields to make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. We all left London on Friday night after long days at work and as soon as we arrived I think we all very much needed a red wine to unwind and celebrate our weekend together!
We enjoyed a few wines and nibbles while a delicious lasagne was bubbling away in the oven. We got the fireplace going and set the table ready to dig into dinner, because our tummies were definitely rumbling by that time! The cottage monkey joined us on the table as an honorary dinner guest ;)
For dessert my friend treated us to home-baked brownies which were served warm and devoured with vanilla ice-cream. After dinner it was time to crack out the board games. I had never played ‘Articulate’ before this weekend but it’s probably one of my all-time favourite board games now! We had so much fun, especially because between us there were English, German, Australian, Norwegian and Dutch speakers so that made the game extra hilarious when we didn’t even know what some of the words meant! Have you ever played Articulate?
It’s fair to say that after quite a few bottles of wine the game got very competitive and we played until the wee hours of the morning. After a bit of a sleep in, breakfast was enjoyed outside on the terrace overlooking the fields, followed by a morning run exploring the area surrounding the cottage.
After some more relaxing what else to do than eat..so next up was a yummy country style lunch with wine, bread, cheese, ham and these delicious beetroot, parsnip and carrot crisps. I’d never had vegetable chips before but think I am now addicted! To work off lunch we went for a walk in the country side…
Followed by a pub crawl. Well, there’s only really two pubs in the area so the choice wasn’t too difficult. Ok where to go first??
First up was The Bottle House, where we were able to soak up some of the last afternoon sun on the terrace with cold ciders!
After a few ciders we made our way down to the Spotted Dog where we had a booking for dinner. Both The Bottle House and The Spotted Dog are lovely cosy English pubs that serve good food and have that friendly countryside service to make you feel right at home.
We enjoyed a few drinks outside but then it turned rather chilly so we retreated inside to the cosy warm pub for red wine and food. When I saw the baked rosemary camembert on the menu I knew this had to be mine. We shared the warm gooey cheese amongst us and yes it was ooooohhh soooooo goooooood!
Dinner on offer was a mix of hearty pub meals like loin of lamb, roast chicken and fish & chips but sometimes you just can’t help but crave simple sausages and mash! YUM..
We stayed at The Spotted Dog until the late hours of the night drinking wine and once we’d met Basil (the pub fox on the wall with a game to swing the ring onto his hook) our competitive and silliness came out once again and we may have caused of a bit of a stir in this (usually) quiet country pub!
After a taxi safely dropped us back at the cottage (walking home in the dark after a few too many wines could have been disastrous haha) we got cosy by the fire for more games and laughter!
On Sunday morning after a home cooked English breakfast with fresh eggs and milk from the local farm we all headed back to our city life London, maybe not feeling as refreshed as we’d imagined but definitely full of great memories. This kind of weekend in the countryside is to be repeated for sure :)
Hey all! Sorry for the recent radio silence, life has just been a bit busy. Every night I would have plans to work on the blog but I’d either end up working late or plans would change and I’d be out with friends instead. Hey I am not complaining, life has been good but I also hate getting behind on my blog. Even though blogging is just a hobby for me, I like to keep it up to date and I have SO many posts sitting there in ‘draft’ mode that I just want to finish! Anyway I have just come back from 4 days in France for a long bank holiday weekend with friends. I had the most amazing time and my first day back at work yesterday was a bit of a struggle to catch up with the backlog of loads of emails. So I can’t believe it is actually wednesday already! Here some photos of my life recently via Instagram….
While out shopping at ZARA I ended up picking up a new winter scarf. I felt so guilty because it was a lovely sunny day outside, but I just fell in love with its softness & the mix plaid/herringbone print that I just had to get it (link) // One of my favourite go-to healthy dinners; Beef Broccoli with cauliflower rice. Recipe to follow! // Snack attack but guilt free; Kale Chips! Have you ever made these before? // Out for a Sunday morning walk around Kensington Park Gardens. Quite cool to think sometimes that Kate & William’s (and now also royal baby George) London house is just around the corner from my place!
Recent outfit selfie. I love mixing corporate vs hipster styles in the form of a pink pencil skirt with a light denim shirt // More belated birthday love, one of my best friends from NZ sent me a huge bunch of beautiful flowers! She also enclosed the most gorgeous quote with the roses “A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world.” It made my day!! // The new Balmain Eau D’Ivoire fragrance. Am really enjoying this soft summery french fruity Eau de Toilette at the moment (link).
// An orange jeans day – it’s so fun rocking a bit of colour! Necklace by Samantha Wills; as seen here.
Festival Hair by the great stylists from Brooks & Brooks at the Batiste stand at the VM Louder Lounge at V Festival. More photos from that epic fun adventure to follow and I also have a great little video tutorial post lined up to show you how to create this slightly different looking braid // Throwback thursday pic on Instagram. This is me and my brother and sister – can you guess which one is me? // Summer in the city. Water fountains and check chairs in Kings Cross during a lunchtime break // Rooftop cocktails at Radio Bar at the ME Hotel in London. How pretty is that drink? Oh and it tasted pretty damn delicious too :)
Stunning sunset over London from the rooftop bar. Am trying to make the most of the last summer weather because it’s almost September meaning autumn is not far away…// Cool wall art at the apartment my friends were renting in Biarritz, France // Most of my holiday in France was spent drinking wine and sangria and eating the best pintxo’s. My favourite bar in Biarritz was definitely Bar Jean! (link) // Me and my friend out for a few wines, feeling happy and relaxed on holiday.
The daily breakfast shop….when in France it just has to be croissants, yum!!! // Fun beach side walks with friends in Biarritz. The weather this weekend was a bit changeable; not the hot sunny weather I’d hoped for but we had a mix of sun and clouds with the occasional rain but overall I didn’t really care because we still had a the best time // Fun times with al fresco pre dinner drinks on the street at Le Comptoir Du Foie Gras which is one of the most popular tapas bars in Biarritz (link). After drinks we went for dinner at Baleak restaurant which I’d also recommend if you are ever in Biarritz // Oh and of course no holiday is complete without a jumping shot!! My friends laugh but I am becoming quite the jumping shot queen ;) For more photos of my holiday and to see general picture updates, follow me on Instagram @dutchessroz
So as you can see, life has been busy but this summer has been amazing and I have to say I am truly loving life! “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back!!”
So go out there and love life!
Happy Hump Day :)
The sun is shining and I am going to spend the most of my today at the beach. Woohoo it is HOLIDAY time! :)
Yes, I am excited to say that my next 5 days will be filled with sunshine, beach, good food and lots and lots of fun times with friends…where do you ask? Well, I am writing you all from The White Isle, aka IBIZA!
This beautiful island of the coast of Spain has been on my to-go-to list forever and so far I am loving everything about it already! It’s got everything you could ask for; white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing restaurants and bars and of course the world’s most famous super clubs sprinkled all around the island.
This is the life!
Tonight will be my first night out in Ibiza. Super excited – bring it on! :)
I will be posting pictures on Instagram during my trip! Have you been to Ibiza before? If so, I would love to read your tips!