There's Travelling, And Then There's Travelling Smart

Since the Orient-Express and the Trans-Siberian journeys opened to the public in the later stages of the Industrial Revolution, the concept of traveling has changed dramatically. Nowadays, the first thought we all associate with travel is holiday. We travel to take a break from our day-to-day lives and indulge in a safe adventure across the world.

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Ellie Dickinson
The Iconic White Blouse – Making it Work for You

Some items of clothing never go out of fashion. White blouses are the perfect example. You are always able to find them in the shops.

This year, the white blouse is set to be a key piece in most women’s summer wardrobes. So, stores and online retailers like JD Williams are offering a far bigger selection than they have for a while. Below is a roundup of the most current cuts, with a few suggestions to help you to decide when and where to wear them.

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Ellie Dickinson
Gifts to just say thank you.

The sun is shining, skies are blue and there’s a distant scent of barbecues in the air… Summer is definitely on its way. With summer comes plenty of catch ups with friends, dinners in the garden and general entertaining, which normally encourages the reintroduction of the ‘Thank You’ gift. The ‘Thank You’ gift is non-compulsory but always welcomed with open arms, and is the official marker of being an adult (trust me). But in time for the season, it’s a great shout to get ideas like this narrowed down and prepared, just in case you find yourself invited to a summer soiree.

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Ellie Dickinson
Rafa's Didsbury - A Tapas Review

Tapas is a fairly new foray for me. I’ve never been a picky eater and tend to gravitate towards heavier dishes, and typically err away from anything that requires sharing… Perhaps this is a sign of adulthood, but I’m all for sharing, which has made tapas a recent favourite for catching up with friends. The team at Rafa’s Didsbury got in touch to ask whether I’d like to have a meal there, it seemed the ideal opportunity to not only discover a restaurant close to home, but also eat my body weight in tapas…

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The Evening Skincare Cocktail

I’ve never been a morning skincare kind of gal. I always find myself gravitating towards heavy hitting products that leave my skin far too red for the daytime or oily to the point of not sitting well under makeup. But in the evening, I take a great amount of pleasure from an intensive skincare routine that involves plenty of product and a good hour or so of application - it’s my form of post-work therapy. So put on your latest Netflix binge or youtube playlist and read on for the skincare cocktail…

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Bucket Lists: Here's How They Change Your Life

The term "the bucket list" affects people in different ways. Some people feel fear when they hear the term where others feel excitement and anticipation. It's always been known as the list of things that you plan to do before you die, and death frightens a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds. We may not want to think about the inevitability of death, but the idea of the bucket list is so that we can tick off a list of accomplishments before the bell tolls!

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Ellie Dickinson