Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sneak peak inside Little Winter's home - A guest post

While I'm away travelling, Katy from Little Winter has very kindly created a guest post on her truly Pinterest-worthy home. I've often drooled over Instagram shots of her house, so I'm really excited to have her tell us some more about it here! I'm sure you already have, but please check out her blog too - it's one of my all time faves!

If there's one thing that we're particularly proud of, it's our home. After two years of renting in various flats and houses, it was fairly overwhelming to be able to decorate and do pretty much whatever we want when we bought our first home late last year. I've always enjoyed buying nice things to make a house a home, but my level of buying has been somewhat a little more intense since (sorry Little B!) I mean, who's going to comment on how fabulous our guttering looks when there's vases and throws to buy (actually, a neighbour did mention that our guttering needed painting - the con's of being a homeowner.. boring bits!). 

Come on inside as we share our favourite parts of the home.

We like a good jar, whether it be a Kilner jar or even just a jam jar - they're perfect for storing everything from pasta to marshmallows. As we're currently (trying) to save for a kitchen, we decided to pop up some temporary shelves to display all our jars on. I love the simplicity of a shelf and how it can completely transform a room. We're already planning our shelves for the new kitchen!

The spare bedroom has become our haven where we like to go and relax. Little B enjoys taking a good book and a cold drink to the room when he has a few hours to spare. Besides the bathroom, it's the only room in the house with painted walls and makes such a calm and welcoming environment for when guests come to stay. I literally love this room (partly because it's our most recent decorating)!

Our living room was the first room in the house to be decorated, and since then we've already changed over some furniture (I didn't realise how you constantly add to 'finished' rooms!). I always wanted brick wallpaper after having exposed brickwork in a previous house so this was the first thing we did when we moved in! The living room is perfectly cosy for those Winter evenings.

In every single placed we lived in, we had nautical accessories for the bathroom, yet we were never able to put up our frames, or the bathrooms just weren't right. Finally though we can now have that nautical themed bathroom (although after two years I'm slightly bored of that lighthouse!!) and chose blue paint that brightened up the small space. And put up another beloved shelf.. With Kilner jars too.

The bedroom, our bedroom are what dreams are made of (well, so I think!). After months of pinning clean and crisp bedrooms on Pinterest, we kept things fairly simple with white walls and one wallpapered wall. The colour palette is neutral with only snippets of blush coloured accessories coming through. There is nothing quite as nice as waking up here on a Sunday morning.

Little B is a good egg and made what most girls long for - a walk in wardrobe. With a third bedroom and no kids under our belt (just yet!), Little B and his papa spent a week turning it into a walk in wardrobe. Did I fall in love with it? OF COURSE! It's perfect and for once, fits all our clothes in! It's a light and airy room, with matching velvet hangers and shoe boxes stacked up neatly. Every girls dream.

Thank you so much to Katy for guest posting while I'm away - what do you all think of her amazing home? Posts like this make me dream of owning my own home and being able to decorate however I like, I can't wait! I'll definitely be turning to Katy's blog for inspiration. :)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Exploring The Temples of Angkor - Cambodia

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After our slightly stressful arrival into Cambodia, we arrived in Siem Reap and our French owned accommodation - The Dancing Frog Hostel. We were really excited to be there as it would be the first of our proper tourist destinations - with a trip to the amazing Temples of Angkor! We watched a programme (although I did turn over to watch Strictly half way, oops) on these temples before we left the UK, so we couldn't wait to see them in person! 

The Temples of Angkor are the largest religious monument in the world, with many of them now in ruins and overgrown with jungle, they're a pretty impressive sight! After settling in to the area, we hired a tuk tuk and driver for the day, to take us around some of the best known and most impressive temples. There are over one thousand sites and temples across the Angkor area, all in varying stages of ruin - some complete rubble and some still standing. We heard it's best to get between the temples via tuk tuk (a kind of taxi, like a trailer pulled on the back of a motorbike...), although our guide book did suggest cycling?! No way was I attempting to cycle those distances in this heat!

Our first day consisted of seeing some of the slightly smaller temples. I was surprised with how close you're able to get to the ruins. You just walk on through these crumbling temples, up ruined steps and through half collapsed corridors. In the UK it would be health and safety and conservation crazy, there's no way you'd be allowed near! But I'm glad that Cambodia see the appeal of being able to get this close - it's amazing to experience. I was also really pleased to see that every tourist was so considerate with the sites too, there was no litter or grafitti or anything like that. See UK, we can be allowed near something and not completely destroy it!

My favourite temple was called Ta Prohm, also known as the Tomb Raider Temple - where Ange/Lara Croft was famously filmed back in 2000. It was just like walking onto the set of a film, jungle trees and vines were crawling over the ruins and breaking through massive pieces of stone. We spent ages wandering around the site, possibly getting slightly lost at one point, amazed at the power of nature. Even if you're not interested in the rest of the temples, or temples in general, I would recommend making a special trip to this one if you're ever in Siem Reap. 

After a full day of temples and ruins we headed back to our hotel, but first asked our driver to pick us up the following day... at 4.30am. Still jetlagged, we didn't get much sleep before 2am so we were in a bit of a daze at that time in the morning! After a sleepy tuk tuk ride back to the site, we entered the main temple - Angkor Wat. We were almost scammed once again as soon as we stepped over the temple threshhold - an official looking man had planted himself infront of a monument and was charging $10 for incense sticks to offer to the relic, implying that it was compulsory before entering. It's not complusory, but he managed to convince the people in front of us anyway. We found our way in the dark to where a large group of people had gathered, then were sleepily lead to a little makeshift cafe with the lure of coffee and a 5am pancake. After eating we planted ourselves in a good spot in front of a lovely lake lying in front of the main temple, then waited. The sunrise was lovely, despite there being a few clouds in the sky, the colours were amazing! I'm definitely glad we decided to make the early start to experience it. After the sun had risen, we explored the rest of the temple in the light which was lovely because it hadn't yet gotten too hot. Since we hadn't slept well at all, we were shattered after walking round the temple, so decided to head back to bed - we were asleep again before 8am! 

Looking back on these photos, I can't believe I was there in person just a week or so ago - it was such an incredible experience. In my opinion, every trip or holiday to Cambodia has to include a visit to The Temples of Angkor. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

3 months of travel starts... now!


My blogging schedule went right out the window over the past couple of weeks, oops. Josh and I have been touring around the country running Headphone Disco events for loads of the UK's universities - did anyone go to one during Fresher's Week? If you did, you would have most likely seen us there, DJing on stage or armed with thousands of headphones for you to listen to! Being that busy and moving around all the time unfortunately meant that blogging just wasn't a priority for me - it happens sometimes and luckily you guys are still here on my return, which is nice! If you're interested in reading what we got up to on our Fresher's tour, then you can read Josh's write up here

I've had a few days to recover from the Fresher's madness, so now it's time to start getting excited and plan for our next adventure! Tomorrow we leave for a 3 month trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia! This is the final leg in our crazy year - so far we've lived and snowboarded in the Alps, travelled to Thailand, spent the summer moving from festival to festival - now it's the last 3 months of travel, then home for Christmas and finally settling down. I'm probably manically packing as we speak [/type], it's a bit harder than just packing for Thailand - I feel like I need some more fashionable outfits, compared to the usual travelling clothes, to wear in Australia! I cannot wait to get to Aus and catch up with Kim - I've missed her so much since she's been living out there, we've gone from seeing each other almost every day to not seeing each other for a whole 12 months!

The writing style of this post seems pretty erratic right now ha, but it's the excitement I promise! I had planned to schedule up loads of posts before I left for travelling, but that just hasn't happened [oops again]. I do have a couple of guest posts from some lovely ladies for you to read, then I will get some things scheduled and as with Thailand last time, I will be posting about our adventures as we go along! This blog definitely won't be going quiet for the whole three months, but please stick with me anyway. My Instagram and Twitter will be easier to update, so keep an eye on those if you'd like. I don't even know how to end this post, apart from going AHHHHHH! Wish me luck on the plane, let's hope they have good films to occupy my flight-hating mind!