Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Ladies Day at The Grand National

When it comes to days out in the summer, you will find me first in the que for them all.  However, the price of an outfit for each can add up, which is probably why I own so many formal dresses, but not much to wear to work....

Recently I have been starting to get excited about the numerous summer events that will no doubt be popping up in my calendar and what I can wear to them all.  I have my first wedding of the year this weekend and my second at the beginning of May and then there is of course Ascot and Ladies Day at The Grand National, which I have been dying to go to for years.

Naturally I have already began (secretly) pinning outfits for each of the events since I was last at Ascot in the winter for Champions Day and I have made the mistake of falling in love with the most beautiful and expensive dress you can imagine.

There is of course the dress code, which is more relaxed than at Ascot, but you need to make sure you are following before you turn up in the wrong thing and end up being sent away like Lewis Hamilton last year at Wimbledon.... So make sure you are fully clued up before you go and you have your best hat at the ready.  

Here is a selection of my favourite fascinators at the moment - Monsoon and Phase Eight are definitely winning the hat game this season, but Marks and Spencer and Debenhams have a really great selection too. 

Which one would you pair with the outfit above though?

With the outfits slowly making a nice dent in your pocket, why not enter Ladrokes latest competition for a day at the races on them?

To enter all you need to do is upload an outfit you'd love to wear to Ascot and gain as many votes as possible.  In return, you could be in with a chance of winning the following:

Good Luck Everyone!

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

As the saying goes, when in Iceland...  

The Blue Lagoon was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me and I was so glad we saved it as the last thing we did.  It was a lovely relaxing way to spend the break before setting off on our flight back to the UK for my birthday.

I upgraded my package when we arrived, purely because I wanted a robe and not a towel when I had to do the -7 degree dash from the hanging rail at the side of the Lagoon to the Lagoon itself.  I have to say it was totally worth it too. 

While we are on the subject of temperatures too, I would recommend taking it easy when you exit the Lagoon, as the distinct change in temperatures caused a lady in the shower cubical next to me to faint - something no one wants to experience while they are on holiday. 

We visited the Lagoon not long after midday at the end of November and as you can see from the first few pictures, the sun was starting to make its decent from the sky.  However, this didn't stop us making the most of the lagoon and staying around for an hour or two to soak up the warm waters and mud masks, as you can see from the two pictures above. 

If you are making the trip to Iceland, I would have this on your checklist or at least visit one of the other smaller natural springs around the island - they are the perfect way to relax after your adventures.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Diving or snorkelling in Silfra

When on holiday or exploring a new place, it is always great to try something new, something out of your comfort zone.  Since I began exploring the world, I have done a few things that my friends have thought I was mad for doing (sky diving in New Zealand or swimming with sharks in Thailand), but when I announced that I was off to Iceland I don't think they were expecting to see me doing any more crazy things there...

However, two days into the holiday I was posting pictures on Facebook of my experience snorkeling through the tectonic plates in Iceland and I thought I would share them with you here too.

Diving between the plates means that you are actually swimming between two difference continents - North American and European.   The plates are slowly drifting apart at around 2cms a year and the water is around the same temperature no matter what season you go in, meaning that you are snorkeling or diving in dry suits with your thermals on underneath.  With the water being around  2°C – 4°C all year the dive or snorkel is a pretty chilly one, even with all of your thermal layers underneath, but I can't recommend it enough.   I mean, how many people can say that they have swam between two continents in freezing cold water?

Is this something you would do while you are away?  I'd love to hear any amazing and random things you have done on your travels too, add them in the comments box below, so that I can add them to my bucket list too!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Iceland in a post card

Sometimes the pictures do all the explaining, here are some of my absolute favourites from my trip to Iceland.