Playsuit Topshop | Boots River Island | Bag Aspinal of London 

This year I've decided to do more for me! So in the middle of February I decided to book my first ever solo trip away with MedSailors. (You can check out their website here) I knew I wanted to go away by myself but for a short period of time and I wanted to go with a company with other travellers. I wasn't keen on the idea of doing my trip completely solo and planning my own schedule as I was a little too nervous for that. I looked into Trek America and MedSailors, but in the end MedSailors won it for me because they had a trip to Croatia. I went to Croatia a couple of years ago now with one of my girlfriends, we stayed in Dubrovnik which is such a beautiful place and I knew from the very start of that holiday I wanted to go back to Croatia and explore more places.

MedSailors have six different destinations so far, therefore you are not limited for choice. I'm pretty sure if I enjoy this trip I will be booking myself another one for next year. Their destinations include Croatia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro and Caribbean!

They have two routes for the Croatia trip and I'm taking the Discovery route which starts and ends in Split. Each day we will be going to a different island including Komiza, Vis Town, Zavala Luka, Hvar and Supetar. I've paid £791 for 7 days and I'm staying on the Premier Plus boat which has a a little more room than the Premier boat (however all of the boats look great!) plus flights which you book separately by yourself. This also includes both breakfast and lunch and MedSaliors recommend you take about £50 spending money each day for food, drinks and other activities. I will be taking lots of photographs and I will have a blog post on my trip when I return. I will let you know how it went as well as any other important information I feel you should know if you are planning to go on your own MedSailors trip.

One of my main reasons for wanted to go on this trip, is this year I want to do more for me and do things that are outside of my comfort zone. And I thought this would be the best way to start as I will be gaining new experiences and meeting lots of new people. (You have about 8 people staying on each boat but I was told there are about 5 boats doing the same route so you have the opportunity to meet other people on the other boats.) Although I'm super nervous about this, I'm also so excited. I think it's so important to push yourself and try out new things in life.

Now onto my outfit, as you may have seen on one of my latest blog post here. I've been trying to be a smarter shopper another way I have been doing this is by having a look in the sales section. I picked up this playsuit over Christmas from Topshop for about £15. I love the black and multi coloured spots meaning you can literally team it with any lipstick or accessories.

Hope you enjoyed this post, have you ever been on a solo trip?

Many Thanks,
Nicole
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Can you believe that we are in March already?! It feels like summer is really on its way with this amazing weather. February seemed to come and go really quickly and was a busy month for me, meaning that my blog had to take a little back step. But I promise I will be posting once or twice a week from now!

At the beginning of February due to some personal reasons, I decided to change around some big plans I had this year for trips I had lined up. And instead I've decided this year will be the year I do more this more myself and push myself right out of my comfort zone, so about mid-feb after much  talks with my family and close friends about it. I decided to book my first ever solo trip away to Croatia on a Med Sailors holiday! (You can find their website here) I'm excited and very nervous. For some people going away on a holiday by themselves is not a big deal, but for me this is something I've never done before. And I can't wait to start my adventure and met lots of new people.  I have a post coming up this Wednesday with lots more information on my trip and why I've decided to go to Croatia. So keep your eyes peeled for that! 

17th February marked my 24th Birthday (I'm feeling old now!) and to celebrate myself and my friend Charlotte spend the afternoon in London. We started off at the Heddon Street Kitchen at a cocktail making masterclass. Which was so much fun, we got a cocktail each on arrival. Then we both got asked what our favourite style of cocktail is, I said vodka and my Charlotte said rum.  Neither of us realised with would be having lots of shots of both vodka and run to see which type we liked the most to put in our cocktail. We also tried a range of mixers so we could carefully select which one we wanted. Our bartender was amazing and made the overall experience really fun. At the end of the masterclass we got to take our cocktails to a table and had a selection of starters. I have to say I was super impressed by both of our cocktails and this has made me want to have some girls nights in cocktail making!  The food was great, so it has definitely made me want to go back and have a meal at the Heddon Street Kitchen. After this we went to the Ivy in Soho which is one of our favourite places to have dinner. I find for the quality of the food the Ivy is a reasonably priced and I love the art deco theme interiors inside.      

I feel like February was a month of good food and going out lots! I love brunch and I think it's my all time favourite meal to go out for especially on a Sunday. For a while now I've wanted to check out the bluebird cafe in Chelsea. Me and my friend Alex put a date in the dairy to go and it's fair to say it did not disappoint. I had my favourite dish eggs royale, which I pretty much have all the time when I go out for brunch. I've tried to make it at home before but let's just say I'm not the best of cooks.  I feel like Chelsea is an area I really love but do not go to often enough. On a Saturday they have the best food market down kings road, and the shopping is great too. I think it's easy to assume because it's Chelsea everywhere will be really expensive but it's not. There are a range of affordable high street shops as well as designer high end. You can also find the Ivy Chelsea Gardens, which is apart of the Ivy group so it's similar to the one in solo. I'm sure you have all seen this multiple times on instagram!

Towards the end of the month a couple of my friends planned a finial birthday celebration for me. We went to the Piano works in the west end and it was sooooo much fun! We had a 2 course meal for £15 and the food was great, I'm always worried about bar food but I was super impressed. I had salmon for main and chocolate brownie for desert. Which was really big I couldn't eat half of it!
The Piano works, it's different from most bars/clubs in London they have a band at the front with two guys playing the piano and signing along to songs you request. There is such a range of music from old classics to current. We didn't stop dancing all night and nearly missed our train home because we were having so much fun.

Hope you had a good few weeks, and please let me know any recommendations of places to go and things to do in London as I love going to new places.

Love
Nicole
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Dress Zara (Charity Shop) | Boots River Island 

This year I really want to save some more money, I'd love to travel more! (I have a few trips lined up already and my first ever solo trip, I'll talk more about this in my next post.) As well as saving up for a house or flat. I have an over flowing wardrobe and always looking to add more, personal style is so important for me and my identity so adding new items to my wardrobes comes along with that. 

However I've learnt to realise that shopping does not have to cost a you a lot of money. I've added a new rule to my wardrobe and shopping habits this year. I'm going to work on a one in one out policy. Every time I buy an item of clothing I want have a look in my wardrobe and see what I've not been wearing recently so I can either give it to a friend/donate to a charity shop or sell on Ebay. 

Talking about charity shops and Ebay these are two of my favourite places to find second hand clothes. One of the main reasons I love buying second hand clothes is because not only can you buy something for a really good price but you can normally get items that are no longer available in stores. Although when it comes to buying second hand clothes, you do need to have some patience and it can take a while to go through all the clothes to find the right things for you!   

This dress above is from one of my local charity shops and is originally from Zara. I picked it up for £4 and it's been my go to winter dress, such an easy one to wear with little styling needed.

I've actually been using Ebay a lot over the past couple of weeks to sell my unwanted items and its a really easy way to make extra money and I've managed to put this away for my upcoming trips that I've got. And anything that does not sell I will be taking to a car boot sale once they start again in the spring. I find car boot sales really enjoyable especially if the weather is good! 

Another way to buy affordable clothing is keeping an eye on your favourite stores social media channels as most of them from time to time will do sample sales! I think the best one I went to was Oasis, I managed to get about 5 items for £30, which was great. I would advise getting to any sample sale early in order not to miss the best items. Most sample sales cost a couple of pounds to get into, however a lot of this money does go to charity. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, and please let me know any ways you try to be a smarter shopper. 

Love
Nicole
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Jumper - Zara
Jeans - Topshop 
Shoes - Dune

Happy Sunday! Wow I'm so glad it's the weekend! Today I'm off to the Bluebird cafe for brunch in Chelsea to catch up with an old work friend and to start planning our city break to Rome! We are going in May for three nights, if you have any recommendations please send them my way as neither of us have been before but we are so excited to explore somewhere new.

I wanted to take things back to basics in my post this week and talk about my favourite outfit at the moment and what I would call my most worn winter outfit for 2018/2019. I picked up this jumper towards the end of Autumn in Zara last year and its fair to say I have pretty much worn it every week since. This is what my friends and family would say is a 'very nicole jumper.' I recently left my job and on my work leaving card they placed a photograph of me wearing this and one of the comments said 'I'll miss your sparkly jumpers!'

I've been living in tees/jumpers and jeans these days, I find them such an easy go to look when I'm not sure what to wear. My shoes are from Dune, and I got a growing collection of these in multiple colours. I'm 100% that girl who find something she loves then wants/needs it in every colour possible. 

I've decided to take a new approach with shopping at the moment, I've brought so many good Winter items and now the summer items are starting to appear in the shops. I've got a long list of things I would like to add to my wardrobe. However, I've made the decision to have a one in one out policy. So I've started to sell a lot of my unwanted clothes on Ebay!

Next weeks post will be all about shopping in for second hand clothes/how to make the most of your own wardrobe!

Lots of Love
Nicole
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Jumper Zara | Skirt Zara | Boots River Island

I've decided at the end of every month I will write dear dairy posts, basically a post on what I have been up to that month. This will be good for me to look back on in the future but also hopefully will give you some ideas of places to go and things to do.

I actually started the month off with a lovely spa weekend at Champneys in Tring. Which was the perfect detox for the beginning of the year. I had three treatments that are apart of their gold package you can see here. I think my favourite was the facial, writing about this now is making me really want to have another spa weekend. What better way to spend your weekend than a little pamper and walking around in your dressing gown all day.

I've gone to a couple of career focus events this month, alongside leaving my job. I will talk about this in another post. When I started to look for new jobs on my phone, lots of ads starting appearing on my Instagram feed. I found a couple of events to attend one was with Jolt which was all about how to future-proof your career and freelancing. If you are looking to change up your career or just develop within your current role I would highly recommend attending different workshops and events. They had a panel of guess speakers including Emma Gannon. It was really interesting to hear how industries are fast changing and how important it is to have more than one skill and source of income for the future. 

The second event I went to was with The Ambition Plan I think this was my favourite event out of the two as it was focused on blogging. The Ambition Plan describe themselves as 'helping professional women escape unfulfilling 9-5 jobs & discover work they love.' As someone who is just starting my blog back up again and have just left my job I needed all the inspiration I could get. The talk had four bloggers Pixie Turner, Em Sheldon,  Alex In Colour  and I'm Lauren Black. I have to say the best bit of advise was about being yourself and not just following everyone else. Em put it really well by saying 'You are your own niche. Being you already makes you unique.' I left both events feeling really inspired and wanting to get started with some good work!

Another fun thing that happened this month was the launch for tonight Josephine Shoreditch, myself and my friend Alex from work found tickets to this event on Facebook. It was £10 each for 2 cocktails and entry to the bar. If your a girly girl who loves pink, you will love this bar! It is a little bigger than the one in waterloo. I would recommend if you want to go here to pre-book a table because the bar is still fairly small! We were lucky as upon arrival we got told the first 30 people get a goodie back and a free drink in the bar next door. So I have to say it was £10 well spent.

Myself and my friend Lucy decided to plan a little surprise day out for our Mum's. (They have been friends since school!) We booked a bottomless brunch at Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden, and it's safe to say we all had soooo much fun! For £46 you get lots of Italian food, and unlimited prosecco  and they certainly don't hold back on the food and drinks! As well as all of this you also get fantastic entertainment! It's a little like a live west end show while you are eating and drinking, everyone ends up getting up and dancing. And towards the end they have Karaoke! However we decided to enjoy watching others rather than getting up ourselves! It is worth noting however that this venue is 21+.

January has been a fun month and I'm looking forward to seeing what February holds especially as it is my birthday month!

Love
Nicole
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