Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How to make An instagram worthy wall

Making my garden pretty was a struggle. From taking photos nearly every day as part of my job, I obviously want my home to be a hub of pretty places where my photos could take place. When I bought my house there was this horrible brick wall, the people before me had kids and I always thought the brick wall was so dangerous there were loose bricks just placed around. I believe there used to be a shed and obviously the old owners thought they were super smart by just knocking it down themselves and then just LEAVING IT…WHO DOES THAT?! 

Anyway, rant over, long story short we have been in our house over 6 months and it’s still a job that needs doing, we have planted pretty plants all over the garden and even have a little herb and vegetable patch. Our patio has this lovely large corner sofa from Wayfair and we brought a barbecue for the bargain price of £30 in the sale from Homebase which Adam was pretty chuffed about but the brick wall was still annoying me. 

So why complain about it when I can do something about it. I first picked out some exterior paint from Sandtex part of their Fine Textured Masonry Paint range in Pure Brilliant White, you get a pretty decent size tin (10Litres) for £24.99 and the paint would have been able to do the back of my house, I literally only used a tiny bit for the wall, it went on very easily using only a little paint and the wall only needed two coats for a really thick coating. 
As the masonry paint is dirt resident and waterproof I shouldn’t need to worry about re-painting for a while, which is a relief seeing as it took me so long to get around to it in the first place. I decided to use the fine textured masonry paint range due to it being able to cover fine cracks – it’s not a perfect wall and unless I want to spend a few hundred on getting it rendered it will have to do, but I actually like that it’s not smooth and you can see the brick outline. 

Now I could have just covered the wall in flowers to try and make it pretty, but the pop of white paint from Sandtex has really turned my boring wall into an Instagrammable background for I am sure many OOTD’s to come. Although ‘Pure Brilliant White’ is not the most interesting colour, as my garden is already filled with colour from the green grass and flowers it actually makes it stand out. It feels like I have just injected a pop of colour into my garden without an actual colour. The other colours I was debating about was Plymouth Grey (grey/purple hue), or Terracotta which are all great to revive surfaces, sheds or upcycle furniture.
How to make A instagram worthy wall
Next up will be my boring shed which I am thinking of using Bay Tree from Sandtex. After all, everyone needs a sage green shed, right?! 
How to make A instagram worthy wall
Anyway when the paint was dry, I popped over to Squires, garden centre, a shop that has taken many pounds from me – I never realised I would be sucked into a gardening shop! I brought a climber to go up one side of the wall called Silly Cow (no joke) or Passion Flower, on the other side of the wall is a wisteria but when I brought it I didn’t realise it would take like 10 years to actually grow!!!


 It is incredible that a pop of paint has really transformed my garden into a stylish spot.
How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall

How to make A instagram worthy wall

How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall
How to make A instagram worthy wall

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Review: Le Jardin Des Douars, Essaouira, Morocco

Le Jardin des Douars is the perfect place to unwind when visiting Essaouira. Located in the hills about a 5 minute drive from the city centre, Le Jardin des Douars looks like a palace. Surrounded by wonderful gardens this is truly a luxurious gem with secluded accommodation and terraces overlooking the Ksob river. You can see straight away that it was created by a French couple as a mix of Moroccan and French culture is entwined throughout the hotel even to the food. 
Le Jardin Des Douars

Location: Coined the ‘Wind City of Africa’ the beach is not the place to relax but there are plenty of water sports to try your hand at. The main Medina of Essaouira contains vast amounts of alleyways and small streets filled with art galleries, shops, restaurants and boutique cafes. 

Nearest Airport: Essaouria, is only 15 minutes away from Le Jardin des Douars, with shuttle service available. Flights from London Luton with Easyjet run twice a week on Saturdays and Tuesdays; and its only three hours to fly or a two hour drive from Marrakesh, so perfect for a long weekend.

Rooms: Each of the rooms are located within traditional Moroccan houses dotted around the beautiful grounds of the hotel. You get an instant feeling of calm and tranquility when entering your room for the first time. Do not expect modern luxuries here but instead embrace the tradition Moroccan feel of your room.  
Le Jardin Des Douars
There are a wide range of rooms and suites available to cater to your requirements. I stayed in the Luxe Room which is perfect for couples. There are six of these rooms in total which includes a king sized bed, an amazing bath big set into the floor of the bathroom, shower and even a working traditional fireplace if you are visiting during the chillier months. You get your own private terrace, air-conditioning and a hair dryer - which is always a requirement for the boyfriend. 

The rate for the deluxe room including the ‘Royal breakfast’ is around £160 per night in high season.

Facilities/Activities on site:
Take a dip: There are two stunning swimming pools within the grounds of this boutique hotel on opposite sides. This is very handy as one of the pools if for adults only which means guests without children can relax whilst families do not feel like they are disturbing others. The pools are heated which is great, when I went to Greece last year it was so hot outside but the pool was absolutely freezing and I couldn’t even use it!
Le Jardin Des Douars

Relax: We stayed in Morocco for three nights and it was one of the most relaxing long weekends I have ever had. My time was spent relaxing by the pool reading my favourite book, going for a dip in the pool followed by amazing food and occasionally popping into Essaouira to wonder around the bustling Medina. 

Spa: I booked myself into the Hammam spa, I had the traditional skin exfoliation Hamman with perfumed black soap which lasted around 30 minutes and cost £30. I did not know what to expect from a Hammam Spa but you basically lie on marble in a romantically lit room it is a must do if you visit Morocco.

Explore Essaouira: The hotel offers shuttles to Essaouira’s historic Medina and the local harbour. It is very similar to the markets you will see on the TV in Marrakesh but on a smaller scale. Get ready to barter and try to relax when being approached by the the local tradesmen to take a look at their goods. We did not experience any problems with the locals and in fact they were amazingly polite and friendly at all times. The artwork, crafts and fabrics were amazing to look at so do not be afraid to get lost in the alleyways. We ended up at the rooftop bar Toros to watch the sunset over the medieval town and coastline.

Food & Drink: The food is served at the main building in the complex and most of the time we made use of the beautiful outdoor terrace.
Breakfast is included within the cost of the room and is presented in a buffet style. All food is completely fresh. You can have a wide variety of fruits and cereals along with freshly squeezed orange juice and teas. They also offer an a la carte option, where you can order Moroccan pancakes, eggs of any variety or French toast.
Le Jardin Des Douars
For Lunch the hotel offers a wide selection of fresh salads, burgers, fish and Moroccan cuisine. We had the fresh Tuna Nicoise salad which was amazing and a healthy beetroot and goats cheese plate, made from local produce. 

In the evening, there is a new specials menu everyday which offers traditional Moroccan dishes. This is accompanied by the normal a la carte menu offering a wide range of options. We have to say the food was excellent and a major highlight for us was the succulent Lamb Tagine special. There is also an extensive drinks menu on offer. 
Le Jardin Des Douars
Tips:As this resort is a litter far out from life you may decide to hire a car for a little exploration. 

To book Le Jardin Des Douars, click here.
Le Jardin Des Douars
Le Jardin Des Douars
Le Jardin Des Douars
Le Jardin Des Douars
Le Jardin Des Douars
Le Jardin Des Douars
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How to enjoy a Summer of Tennis with Wimbledon

How to enjoy a Summer of Tennis with Wimbledon

Summer is in full swing and Wimbledon has started. If you were watching my Instagram stories then you would have seen me sauntering around the Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Association launch party with Häagen-Dazs last week pretending that I was a tennis buff ….which I am not but everyone loves to get involved with the Wimbledon atmosphere so I thought I would show you how to enjoy your summer of tennis:

If you can’t go to Wimbledon let Wimbledon come to you

Head to a fitting location to watch Wimbledon, this could be a roof top terrace like Kensington Roof Gardens, where the launch party was held, Murray Mound or if you head outside Morrison’s in Wimbledon last year there is a fake lawn and a big screen or just get all the essentials below as set up in your garden.

Strawberries & Cream

As Häagen-Dazs is the official Ice cream of The Championships, sponsor of Wimbledon and makes the best ice cream in the world, they are a must have treat during your summer of tennis. The limited edition Strawberries & Cream is a key staple of Wimbledon.

The limited edition flavour took six years to develop and find the perfect strawberry supplier and each strawberry is handpicked. It was worth the wait as its filled to the brim with strawberries and tastes divine and what is more Wimbledon than the perfect serve of Strawberries & Cream.

So if you fancy this Summer on a stick be quick at the limited edition single serve packs are available to purchase at Wimbledon and on Amazon Prime Now, which in selected postcodes you get a choice of two-hour, same-day delivery slots from morning until night to experience Wimbledon wherever you are. The multipack collection is also available at Sainsbury’s until the end of July.

Pimms
Just like Strawberries & Cream ice cream you need strawberries in your drink and what is more Wimbledon than Pimms with Strawberry, Mint & Cucumber – delicious!

Your Outfit
Get those tennis whites out; one brand that is Wimbledon all over is Björn Borg who have also created the bright, illustrated limited edition packaging for the Häagen-Dazs strawberries & Cream, taking inspiration from the labels iconic tennis legacy and Scandinavian routes.


Now you are ready to enjoy your summer of tennis.
 


 

 
  
 
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This post is in collaboration with Haagen Dazs
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

10 Things to do in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a charming seaside town on the North coast of Morocco. Although more laid back than the capital Marrakesh, it still has a lot to offer for a long weekend away. So here is a list of the top 10 things to do whilst visiting Essaouira:
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira
  1. Visit the Medina - The Medina is home to hundreds of winding alleyways bursting with vibrant shops and people. There is a constant bustle here with street performers at every turn, locals asking you to sample their fabrics or homemade craft works and on the streets outside there are cafes filled with visitors drinking tea or sampling the local cuisine. Spend a few hours wondering the streets taking everything in and then finish by watching the sunset on the beach front. The lovely thing about Essaouira is you do not get hassled to buy products compared to other locations.
  2. Water Sports - The Essaouira coast is a Mecca for people wanting to get into the sea for a spot of wind based activities and surfing. The winds are notoriously high in this area and therefore the surf is usually pretty good. The sea can be quite rough so make sure you are an experienced swimmer. Equipment can be rented from a number of surf shops along the sea front.
  3. Horse/Camel Riding - The high winds have created sweeping dunes just off the coast and therefore why don’t you get on the back of one of these hoofed animals and ride into the sunset.
  4. Eat - Moroccan food is fantastic and being a seaside town, the seafood is even better. Make sure to try a variety of tajines as well as all the seafood you can get your hands on. Some local recommendations would be:M Beach where you can have a bottle of wine on the beach on a luxurious lounger. Another location for some tapas and cocktails would be Taros within the media walls, this lively location is on the roof top which is the perfect setting to listen to a live band!
  5. Hiking - There are a variety of hikes available to book with a tour guide. The local countryside is home to a variety of wildlife and fantastic scenery. Hikes can be organised for beginners right through to the seasoned professionals.
  6. Cycling - The local area is pretty flat and therefore there are a lot of cyclists on the road. The wind keeps the temperature down and the scenery is beautiful. 
  7. Golf - There are a number of high quality golf courses in the area and you can play 18 holes with your own caddie, clubs and buggy for around £100 pounds. 
  8. Cooking - Why not try your hand at the many cooking classes in the local area to hone your traditional Moroccan cooking skills. 
  9. Spa - Make sure to try a spa treatment whilst in Morocco at a traditional Hamman. 
  10. Relax - Most importantly… RELAX! The boutique hotels in the area surrounding the main town and a short ride outside are all designed for relaxation. My personal recommendation would be Jardin Des Douars, an article will be live soon with all the details! Sun, Food, Spa & Sleep are the orders of the day. Go on, you deserve a rest!
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira
10 Things to do in Essaouira

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