Monday, 21 March 2016

Fashion: House of Fraser / Debenhams SS16 Press Show

Although it still feels very much like Winter, Spring / Summer is on it's way. 

Over the past two weeks, I've attend both the House of Fraser and Debenhams Spring / Summer press show and I can tell you what's going to big for SS16. 

First up, was the House of Fraser press show, held in Oran Mor. The key trends on show at House of Fraser were Summer brights, exotic safari, fringing and utility luxe. 

At both show's I was drawn to the bright colours and white lace, just look at that beautiful white lace Micheal Kors dress below. 

At the Debenhams press show, held in the Corithian club we had more Summer brights, safari trends and occasion wear. My favourites were, the occasion wear by No 1 Jenny Packham, particularly the tutu style skirt and the embellishment top (very Carrie Bradshaw) and the gorgeous lingerie range, Nine by Savannah Miller. 

Thanks to both House of Fraser and Debenhams PR team for inviting me along, I had a great time as always. 

All we need now is some sunshine. 

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Travel: Munich

My blog has taken a back seat at the moment due to selling my flat and buying a house so I'm about a month behind with this post. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed my city break to Munich at the beginning of February. My boyfriend and I always like to go away in February so it gives us something to look forward to throughout January. 

We arrived on the Sunday night in the pouring rain and attempted to find our hotel in the cold, dark and rain. Once we found it and checked in, we decided not to venture back out in the rain and ate dinner at the hotel instead. We stayed at the Novotel which had just recently opened so everything was immaculate looking. The hotel had a very Scandinavian feel which I loved (check out my Instagram post).
On the Monday morning we were up and out early to find somewhere for breakfast. We found a nice traditional German restaurant at Marienplatz which was a great way to start to day. After breakfast we went for a walk around the old town and found Viktualienmarkt, the oldest food market in Munich. We browsed the stalls and went for a latte / beer and then decided to have an early lunch at the market as the food just looked too damn good. 


After lunch we wondered around the old town some more and we came across a lovely homewear shop, Depot where I picked up a few items for our new house. For dinner that evening we headed out near our hotel and found a little Italian and lucky for me it was happy hour on the cocktails. 

The following day we took a trip to Neuschwanstein castle (the castle from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). My main reason for visiting Munich was to visit the castle as it's been on my bucket list for a while. We took the train from Munich Central Station to Fussen. The journey took about two hours and only cost approx 30 euros for two return tickets which also included the bus journey from Fussen station to the castle. The journey was very scenic and when approaching Fussen you could see an amazing view of the Alps. Once we got off the train, we had a 10 minute bus journey and then a 10/15 walk up the hill to the castle, the sun was shining that day so the walk was lovely. The castle was built for King Ludwig who died before they finished the inside of the castle but what was finished was pretty spectacular. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photos inside. 

On our last day we visited the Allianz Arena which is home to Bayern Munich football team.  Although I'm not a big football fan I really enjoyed the tour. In the afternoon we headed back to the old town for the last time and climbed the 306 steps to the top of Peterskirche to get these amazing views of the city and then back to the food market to have more food, drink and to people watch. Head over to my Instagram for more pictures. 

My Top Tips 

  • Compare hotel prices on ebookersTravel Republic and Expedia to find the best rate and don't forget to click via Quidco or Topcashback to claim cashback on your booking as sometimes you can earn as much as £50 back.
  • Use the trains to get about the city. They are so much more efficient and a lot cheaper to use than back home.
  • Take a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle as it's well worth a visit. We bought the train tickets to Fussen that morning at Munich Central Station and they only cost 30 Euros for 2 return tickets and purchased our tickets to castle when we got there.
  • Try a slice of apple strudel. Check out my Instagram post to see why. 
  • Visit Viktualienmarkt the oldest food market in Munich.
  • Climb the 306 to the top of Peterskirche to get the best views of Munich.

Have you been to Munich?

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