September 20, 2017

hotel kompas, dubrovnik

Close proximity to the city, check. Next to the beach, check. Chic minimalist design, check. Indoor spa and outside pool, check. I bring to you Hotel Kompas. At check in, we were treated to a room upgrade and spent the first evening indulging on truffle pasta, french fries and beer. That's when you know you've arrived. 

We'd booked a classic room at their lowest rate, and ended up with a superior sea view room instead. Kaching. The room has a spacious yet cosy feel and plenty of storage to keep two week's worth of clothes in. The beds are soft and doughy, which in combination with the blackout curtains make for a glorious mid-afternoon, too much sun and over indulged on pizza nap. 

The rooftop bar serves delicious cocktails throughout the day and night, and is the perfect place to chill out watching sunset. There's also a bar area on the ground floor if you like to watch the world go by. 

I would most definitely visit Hotel Kompas again and recommend checking it out if you're thinking of taking a trip to Dubrovnik. We paid around £240 per night as the weak pound ended up boosting up the price by 10% from the time we booked earlier in the year to when we arrived. I'd still say that's pretty good value and would be happy to pay that same rate again, room upgrade aside. 

My final holiday post all about Mljet island is on the way soon! 

September 08, 2017

dubrovnik, croatia

Earlier on in the year, I had decided that after not going on holiday last summer I couldn't let another pass by without a trip away. If only for the sake of a golden tan. Back in 2015, I visited the north of Croatia (blog post here) for the first time and fell completely in love with the country so returned to the south this time around. I'll pretend my Game of Thrones obsession had nothing to do with sparking the idea to visit Dubrovnik, and that I'm far too cultured to be swayed by a tv series. 

I booked with Expedia earlier on in the year and as I'd saved to pay up at the hotel was stung by the weak pound, to the tune of around £200 additional costs just for accommodation. Now I know to always work conversion rates into my budget. 

We spent five nights in total in Lapad, a short bus journey from the city centre of Dubrovnik. It costs a mere £3 to hop on the bus and back and as they run constantly we never had the need for a taxi. This gave the option of either having a chilled day by the pool and beach, or heading into the city to explore. 


An hour before sunset is prime time to visit the cable cars, the crowds have died down and the heat goes from uncomfortable to soft and warm. If you're trying to up your step count, you can get a one way ticket and opt to walk up or down the mountain, on either side of the trip. 

On one of the few hazy mornings we encountered, we hired a private yacht with crew for four hours. It came in at £180 but as we split the cost, worked out at really decent value and meant we could pick where to go and for how long. I've been on my fair share of booze cruise type boat trips so was more than happy to eat cheap here and there to make up the difference. 

Have you ever visited Croatia? Let me know! 

August 19, 2017

lvl lashes: before and after

Say hello to my first ever beauty post over on this blog! I tweeted a few weeks ago that I was thinking of merging the beauty series and the jessica life into one to make things easier all round, so here I am. 

Just before my holiday to Croatia, I booked myself in for lvl lashes at a nearby spa salon. I detest the feeling of crispy mascara melting off in the sunshine and coating my lashes up on a daily basis, so the idea of my lashes looking full without it is the dream. I popped in a few days before the treatment to pick up a patch test kit and then applied it at home and waited 24 hours before removing. 

The process is fuss free and you just lay back for an hour or so through the separate stages. The treatment works by curling the lashes at the root, while separating them and tinting at the end. With being a bit of a worrier, I had a slight fear of product going in my eye or them stinging, but everything went smoothly and was actually pretty relaxing. Roll on the creepy shots of my eyes.. 

My lashes cost £49, which may sound hella expensive but given results last up to six weeks I'm chuffed with the outcome and will definitely have them done again for future holidays.