Sunday Snapping: A Day In Dublin

Confession time – I didn’t take these photos on a Sunday. In fact, I actually took these photos in June, but I thought I would hold on to them for a slow week on the photography front, as they didn’t seem to fit anywhere else. When I went to Dublin to see Nashville In Concert,…

Sunday Snapping: Rose Week 2016

For the photographer inside me,  one of the best rose gardens in the world, brimming with 45,000 roses – or so the leaflet said, I didn’t count – is pretty much heaven. Add in the fact that it was Rose Week, and the park is a hive of activity, and I’ve found the recipe to another…

Sunday Snapping: Antrim Castle Gardens

What do you do when the sun comes out and you’re feeling like your lazy Sunday is becoming a little too lazy? Take the camera out, of course! This time, my adventures took me to Antrim Castle Gardens, a place that I often go for a walk, but never before with my camera. It was…

Four Weeks With My Fitbit

Three months after joining the gym and my health and fitness kick is still going strong. So far, I’m pleased to say that I’ve stayed pretty well on track, aside from the odd sneaky treat or take-away, but more recently, I decided to up the ante by investing in a fab piece of kit – my…

Review: Fusion Afternoon Tea at Solo Kitchen and Bar*

When you work in Belfast’s top luxury hotel, you see a LOT of afternoon tea, and sometimes even get to eat it if you play your cards right. However, one thing I hadn’t ticked off my list until this weekend was the ‘Asian Fusion’ Afternoon Tea. I love Asian food, I love cake – sounds like a…

Sunday Snapping: Belfast Castle Gardens

After two gorgeous Sundays spent snapping in the sun, I am presenting myself with a challenge that I hope I can live up to – and the clue is in the title ‘Sunday Snaps’. At least once per month, and maybe more if we get some more of this fabulous weather, I will share with you…

10,000 White Balloons, Floating in Studio Souk…

Did you sing that title to the tune of ’99 Red Balloons’? No? Oh well, I tried! After a hard day at work, where better to be than rolling around in a room brimming with 10, 000 balloons, eating pizza and sipping on alcoholic ice-cream floats? That’s precisely what I did on Friday  18th March to celebrate…

Belfast Fashion Week Celebrates 21 Seasons

West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week – one of the most eagerly anticipated events in any Belfast fashionista’s calendar. For me, this would be my sixth season, but on the 21st January, the event itself was very fittingly launching its 21st season, yet another milestone for founder Cathy Martin. Having found its home last year in…

Theatre Review: The Merchant Of Venice @ Baby Grand

Have you ever seen Shakespeare’s lyrical prose transported to the 1920s? How about a production of Shakespeare where all of the scene changes are conducted to the theme tune of The Sting? I have. You might think that it wouldn’t work, but surprisingly, it was this unlikely combination that made the show such fun. The…

My Belfast FASHIONWEEK Round-Up

You would think that after a trip to New York, I’d be totally shopped out, right? Not one bit! Whilst on one hand, my timely visit to NYC meant that I had a whole new wardrobe just waiting to be taken out for a spin at Belfast FASHIONWEEK; on the other hand, I was far…

Beauty Review: Bellamianta Tan*

With Vita Liberata, Baby B Browne and now the new Bellamianta fake tan, it seems that Northern Ireland is determined to cover up those pale and pasty limbs! For some girls, fake tan is a part and parcel of a weekly beauty routine, and for that I applaud them. I’m not ashamed to say that…

Greek Island Hopper Part 4: Ios

I’m in IOS baby! Well, at least I was two weeks ago -sobs- Ios was our last port of call on the Cycladic Islands and, in contrast to Mykonos and Santorini (which had a blend of pretty streets, historic sights and great nightlife) Ios is pretty much a party island, known for its nightclubs and…

Greek Island Hopper Part 3: Santorini

Santorini – where there are more donkeys than taxis, more wine than water, more steps and streets and more churches than days of the year. But most of all, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the privilege to visit, and one destination that I would return to in a heartbeat….

Jet, Set, Go: How To Spend a Layover in Amsterdam

What does Amsterdam have to do with a Greek Island Hopper? Very little, in usual cases. For us, it was the first stage of our adventure, as we enjoyed a brief layover in the city. We spent one night in Amsterdam on either side of our trip, which started and ended in Athens, so these…

6 Monday Moments: 1st June 2015

It’s June! How on earth did that happen? I don’t know if the year is just flying in or if the miserable weather outside is just making me feel like it should still be winter, but anyways. It’s June, and I’m going on holiday in less than two weeks, so this is a good day….

10 things that will definitely happen at your first Zumba class

Are you still a Zumba virgin? If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you will know that, aside from travel writing and blogging, I am also a Zumba instructor. How does a journalism graduate wake up and decide she wants to stand up and dance like a crazy woman in front of 20…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

It’s officially the first of December – where did the time go? It seems no time since I was enjoying my long summer nights, enjoying barbecues and soaking up the rays during our unexpected heat-wave, and now I am cozied up in my onesie with Grey’s Anatomy, lusting over McDreamy and preparing for the Christmas…

The Style Diaries: What I Wore At Belfast Fashion Week

Between an exceptionally busy couple of weeks in work, and a number of other things taking up my time, it has been a hectic couple of weeks in my world. However, one of the nicer events taking up my time was Belfast Fashion Week. I have been attending Belfast Fashion Week religiously for two years…

23 Things That Go Through Your Head During A Massage

It’s supposed to be one of the world’s most relaxing experiences – at least it would be if your brain would just switch off. With an hour of what should be utter bliss ahead, it seems that our minds revel in the opportunity to go into overdrive. But what goes through your head when you…