May 30, 2014

navy striped sweater


I've been wearing this white zara sweater pretty much non-stop for the last few months, it's lightweight making it perfect to throw on with jeans if the weather is a bit gloomy outside. I'm also totally in love with my new swatch watch and have been wearing that at every opportunity too, I'm a big fan of outfits that are super comfy yet still look like you've made an effort too. 

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May 29, 2014

life lately | 01


I've never really done a 'life lately' kind of post before but I figured it's the quickest and easiest way to give a little insight into what I've been up to and obviously more importantly what I've been buying and eating. Today is my mum's birthday so I bought her lots of cakes and treats to feast on, it seems Milo was quite keen on them too. He took his first ever trip to the beach last week and caught the attention from lots of surfers and other pups on the beach. With summer in mind I bought this wonderful fruit print t-shirt from primark for just a fiver, and on the other end of the budget scale finally have got round to buying myself a zara city bag, I'm glad I waited so long as this nude/pink shade that has just been released is beyond perfect. 

May 26, 2014

poppy lux lola dress


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The newest addition to my ever growing collection of summer dresses is this graphic print version by poppy lux. I absolutely love the bright colours against the short black sleeves with cutout detailing, I decided to pair it with a chunky gold chain necklace and white converse plimsoles for a dressed down daytime look. Hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend!

May 25, 2014

shopping in basel and the adiago hotel

The thing I enjoyed most about my trip to Basel was the food shopping and gazing through the shop windows, there are fresh fruit stalls, shops dedicated to selling just huge pretzels, gelato stands and bakeries all dotted around the city.  


Obviously no trip to Switzerland is worthwhile without investing in some good quality chocolate, I asked our tour guide the best place to go to which she told me without a doubt 'Lรคderach'. The shop's windows are filled with huge slabs of chocolate in all different flavours and combinations and inside there is a glass counter packed with individual chocolates and truffles. I'm not typically a huge lover of chocolate but the non-sickly and delicate taste of swiss chocolate gets me every time, words can't describe the delicious scent of chocolate wafting through the air in that place. I went ahead and spent a small fortune on some broken up pieces of the slabs, in milk, white and cornflake filled versions.


I decided to go for the white, milk and cornflake varieties, I had already eaten most of the cornflake version by the time I had got home because it was unbelievably tasty.


The next stop on the shopping trip was Johann Wanner, a decadent Christmas tree decoration shop which supplies the baubles for The White House, unfortunately it was shut at the time but it was still enjoyable to gaze through the window at all of the twinkling decorations, despite the fact it felt a little strange seeing Christmas in May.


Still in the mood for shopping I ventured into the Swatch shop, and got rather persuaded by the novelty aspect of buying a swiss made watch in Swizterland itself so after lusting over lots of designs settled on what I thought looked the most typical of swiss design; it has a clear strap along with an amazing perspex clock face. If you are a regular reader of my blog then you may know by now that I'm almost obsessed with watches and love to buy them over any other kind of accessory.


In the train station on the way back we spotted a beautiful shop selling every kind of cake you can imagine in all sorts of bright colours. I couldn't resist buying a huge box of mini macaroons after being given one to try, I picked rhubarb, chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, lemon and even champagne flavour. I was actually enticed into asking for double the quantity of champagne version after the swiss man next to me claimed how incredible they were, and I'm very glad to say that I was pleased I listened to his wise words. They are the most incredible tasting macaroons that I've ever tried and in my opinion are much tastier than even Laduree. 


That brings my trip to Basel posts to an end, but before I go I just wanted to give a mention to the lovely hotel that we stayed in. If you book to stay in any hotel in Basel you automatically are given a travel pass that entitles you to free transport across the city, which is really handy as a tourist. We stayed in the Adiago hotel which was perfect for a city break, it had a big comfy bed along with a large modern bathroom and even a small kitchen in a room of it's own. The room costs around £100 per night depending on when booked which works out as good value for money given the quality of the hotel.


I hope that you all enjoyed my travel diary of Paris/Basel, a huge thank you to Alexandra from Magellan PR and Amanda from voyages-sncf.com for making it all happen! If you are thinking of heading to Basel then I can highly recommend doing the trip by train and having an afternoon in Paris as a halfway stop, it makes for a great adventure. The city's website basel.com/en also has tons of information on where to eat, what to do and places to stay too. 

May 24, 2014

sightseeing in basel, switzerland

Basel, the third largest city in Switzerland, shares the border with both France and Germany giving it a unique mixture of influences from all countries. This makes the city a great place to shop, eat and explore. The Rhine river runs though the heart of the city and looks truly beautiful in summer time with the green trees on the river bank falling into it's turquoise water.

We started off the guided tour of Basel by walking along the river bank where lots of sunbathers were dipping their toes into the water as it was such a scorching hot day, we even spotted the first swimmer of the season. This led us up to a little ferry boat which was attached onto a zip wire and moved along with the strong current rather than using any motor, which has been an ongoing method of crossing for over 400 years. After hopping off the boat we had a slight climb up some steep stairs to reach the cathedral, once we had reached the top we were rewarded with a view across the entire of Basel and the black forest beyond where the borders to Germany and France lay. 


The cathedral itself blends beautifully with it's surroundings without looking overly grand, the lizard skin looking roof tiles were my favourite part. The inside of the cathedral was equally as simplisitc as the outside but with the addition of glowing stained glass windows which looked incredible given the sun was shining so brightly through them that day.


Basel is filled with lots of dainty little streets and slanted tall buildings with the sweetest shutters and has a system of trams running through always ready to take you where you want to go. Everything has such a clean feel and sense of order that even walking through the town in the early hours of the morning after one too many feels perfectly safe.


To round off the day we ate a beautiful candlelit meal at Volkshaus, which has dishes from top quality steak to chargrilled vegetable pasta. It was the perfect mild summer evening to be eating out in a courtyard with glowing lights shining through the trees, there's definitely a strong Mediterranean influence in Basel at summer time which makes for the most pleasant and chilled of evenings.


Fares from London to Basel start at just £113 standard class return with a journey time from 6hours 25minutes including time to change at Paris, check out voyages-sncf.com for great deals on travelling across Europe by train.