Bristol Hotel, Geneva

As I mentioned in my previous Geneva post, for our visit we were guests of the Bristol Hotel – easily the most beautiful hotel I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. I’ve been very fortunate to have stayed in some wonderful hotels, but the Bristol tops them all. Rather than just being a place to lay our heads at night, the hotel itself was honestly one of the highlights of our trip and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

We were met with the warmest welcome when checking in, and the staff during our stay were some of the friendliest and most helpful we’ve ever encountered. Our fantastic suite was on the top floor, with a view over the gardens. We could also see the top of the famous Jet D’Eau from our balconies (yes, plural – we had two balconies!). With luxurious decor in rich golds, reds and mahogany, the room itself was the perfect blend of comfort and style.

Each morning, we enjoyed a champagne buffet breakfast. Filling up on fresh fruit, delicious pastries and cooked savouries was the perfect start to the day, and of course, great fuel for a day of exploring.

Guests of the hotel have unlimited access to the hotel’s spa and wellness centre, so I spent our second evening relaxing in the jacuzzi and enjoying the saunas. I then retired to our room for the evening, with a Molton & Brown bath and catching up on I’m a Celebrity (hey, you can take the girl out of Britain…).

Thank you again to the Bristol Hotel for the most wonderful stay!



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Goals and Ambitions for 2018

Although I don’t buy into the whole “New Year, New You” thing as much as I used to, I do like to reflect on how far I’ve come in certain ways, and consider how I may better myself for the coming year and future. January can be an inspiring time, so I thought I’d share some of my goals and ambitions for 2018 – both blogging and personal. I’d love to hear yours, too!

Become more confident in front of the camera

When planning for an outfit post, I have all kinds of ideas about the images I’d like to create. Yet, most of these seem to go straight out the window when I’m in front of the camera lens. I blink mid-shot (a lot), I become painfully aware of my limbs (what do I do with my arms?!) and just don’t feel fully comfortable – yet. I want to become confident, not just at striking poses, but confident in what I’m doing, as a blogger. In public places with people looking – people who I assume are unaware of blogs – I often become even more self-conscious (especially as I stand awkwardly, asking Jamie ‘what should I do with my hands?!‘), but I need to stop worrying so much and practice loosening up.

Be more consistent

I need to harness the power of social media a lot more. I’ll be honest – it wouldn’t cost me a thought to not open the Twitter app for weeks, but it’s such an important tool for blogging that I ought to use it more. I tend to go through fits and spurts, where I will use daily, then fall away from it for a while. The same goes for Instagram – when trying to grow my online presence, one post a week just won’t cut it and I know it.

I also want to post with more consistency here, on my blog. I don’t know about having a set schedule as such, but aiming to post 2/3 times a week is something I’d like to do.

Create opportunities – not wait for them

Having just added the finishing touches to my media kit, I’m gearing up to put myself out there for blogging and creative opportunities. I’ve come to learn that for the most part, these things do not fall into one’s lap, so I’m going to put myself out there. And hopefully reap some rewards from it!

Stamp out overthinking

Overthinking has been a problem for me for years, but I’m thankfully a lot better than I used to be. I want to continue improving in this area and hopefully in time I will stamp it out entirely. I’m intending to practice mindfulness to clear my head, as well as enjoying some self-care days.

Eat less meat

I’m not planning to cut out meat entirely, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to have a few meat-free days every week, as well as eating more plant-based foods.

What are your goals and ambitions for 2018?

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Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva
Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

A Weekend in Geneva

Switzerland has long been on my travel hit list, and thanks to Geneva Tourism, I was able to tick it off with a little getaway before Christmas. This is going to be a bit of a bumper post – get yourself a cuppa!

I’ve always found Switzerland very interesting – bordering France, Germany and Italy, it has such a unique diversity. I also have this romantic fascination with all things Alpine (and chocolate, of course). So the opportunity to visit Geneva was an absolute delight. With its rich history, an abundance of museums, shops, a lake hosting cruises and sitting in such close proximity to the Alps, Geneva is certainly a city that has something for everyone.

After we checked into our hotel (the incredible Bristol Hotel, who deserve- and will have- their own post!), we set off on foot to get our bearings and do some exploring. This is always my favourite way to become acquainted with a new city. We crossed the famous flag-lined bridge on Rue du Mont Blanc, and admired the view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Walking along the harbour and Jardin Anglais, we marvelled at Geneva’s iconic landmark, the Jet d’Eau – an incredible sight. We then had a short pit-stop, fuelling up with steaming hot chocolates (that Alpine air is very fresh and cold!), before making our way to the beautiful Old Town to explore.

We were very kindly gifted 48 hour City Passes, meaning our travel and entry to many museums was free. With Geneva being famous for its fine watch making, we checked out the Patek Philippe Museum, which housed an impressive archive dating right back to the 16th century up to the present day.

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Fête de l’Escalade

I think it’s fitting to say that our weekend in Geneva was a lot like a fairytale. Wandering through the hilly, cobbled streets of the Old Town while the snow fell, passing knights in shining armour (quite literally- it was the Escalade after all!).

Marking Geneva’s victory from a surprise invasion by the Duke of Savoy’s army, the Escalade is the most significant weekend in the city’s calendar.  And although the weather was unfortunately wet on the day of the parades, it did not dampen people’s spirits – locals and tourists lined the streets in their droves to take in the festivities. Traditional mulled wine and steaming cups of vegetable soup kept everyone warm.

Geneva Lux

Known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, Geneva Lux is an installation of colourful and unusual light displays across the city, making Geneva just as pretty at night as it is during the day!

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Weekend in Geneva

Thanks again to Geneva Tourism and the Bristol Hotel for hosting me on this unforgettable trip!
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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

Charlotte Tilbury is, without doubt, my favourite name in beauty. Her products, albeit on the pricier side, are incredible in both quality and design. Having watched Charlotte on YouTube, the passion emanating from her when she’s talking about her products is infectious. You can tell how much effort – and pride – goes into the development of each and every piece. As far as I’m concerned, Ms Tilbury is the Queen of Makeup (and long may she reign).

So, after being introduced to her products last Christmas by my very generous fiancé (the Golden Goddess box set, Magic Foundation, Filmstar Bronze & Glow and lipsticks) it’s safe to say that I’ve fallen head over heels for this brand. So when Jamie presented me with the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette (and another lippy) for my birthday earlier this week, I was ecstatic. I’m a very lucky (and very spoiled) girl.

Now, the palette. From the beautiful packaging to the concept and colours, it’s perfection. Versatility is at the heart of the palette and it contains four ‘looks’ – Day, Desk, Date and Disco. So no matter what the occasion, you’re covered. I find many eyeshadow palettes have a couple of shades I don’t like very much, or wouldn’t find the use for, but the colour selections here are on point and I know I’m going to get serious mileage out of this palette. With a gorgeous mix of creamy matte hues and shimmering neutrals, it’s a real winner, and an ideal palette for travel (I’m bringing it with me to Geneva this weekend!).

Do you have the Instant Eye Palette? Are you a Charlotte Tilbury fan too?

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