Reduce your waste this Christmas

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It’s Christmas Eve! No, this is not your usual Christmas Eve post, where I give out last minute gift ideas or tell you how much I love Christmas. In typical me fashion, my brain is ticking away thinking about how much paper and plastic is going to be wasted tomorrow. *queue the eye-rolling*

If you’re wondering why I am concerned about the packaging waste this Christmas, it’s because a lot of it ends up in landfills and does not break down quickly or does not break down at all. The average household will get through four rolls of wrapping paper. UK consumers will use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year. 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown out rather than recycled.

I’m conscious of making this post as short as possible as I don’t want to bore people, but it would be great if we thought more about how we can recycle and re-use packaging this Christmas. So, here are five quick tips for things you can do to help the environment this Christmas.

1. Save your wrapping paper and re-use it next year! Very simple, very easy, very quick. Or, buy recycled wrapping paper. It’s only going to get torn to shreds anyway!

2. Cut out the pattern on your Christmas cards and use them as gift tags next year.

3. Take re-usable shopping bags with you if you are going shopping on Boxing Day! A canvas tote or shopper would be perfect for this.

4. If you have a real Christmas tree, find out how you can recycle it – usually with your local council. They can usually get shredded and used as compost for planting new trees or chipping for covering pathways.

5. We all love unwrapping a present, but gift bags can be re-used. If you don’t want to re-use your wrapping paper next year, then shred it and use it as lining in your gift bags instead.

Hope everybody has a lovely Christmas!

ClassPass – A new way to exercise?

I have fallen out of love with the gym. Yes, I said it. The gym is just… it’s boring now. I’ve been going for about two years and I try to diversify my workouts as much as possible. But with a tiny, crowded space to work out in and not enough opportunity to utilise all of the equipment (well, what there is of it in my gym), I have just found myself completely de-motivated. £50 a month is a lot of money to spend on working out, especially if you’re not enjoying it and you’re not seeing any changes. So I sought out something different and exciting instead.

ClassPass is an app that gives you access to lots of different exercise classes around London. From weights training to yoga, to pilates, to rock climbing, there are so many different classes to choose from. So if you’re bored one day and thinking about trying something new, then having a ClassPass membership is a great way to do that.

I’ve really enjoyed each of the classes I have been to so far. The instructors are all very welcoming to newcomers and you can select classes based on ability level. So don’t worry if you’ve never tried something before, you can go to a beginners or an open level class and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a mix of different people. The instructors help you through the classes too. This gives the classes a group personal training feel, which is great for perfecting your form and increasing your ability. The classes absolutely fly by too! Nothing like when you’re forcing yourself to do that last set at the gym. During these classes, you will work so hard that you won’t even realise you’ve done an hour. The instructors motivate you, the other people in the class motivate you and I have left each of them feeling very sore afterwards.

I don’t know about you but I love that feeling. This is something that I was starting to miss out on at the gym. I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough and I felt like I didn’t really know how to anymore. Signing up to ClassPass has given me the opportunity to learn new exercises and to push my body in different ways. I have been to a weights training class, a beginners pilates class and a kettlebells class so far. Each have been very different and have tested my body in different ways.

You can choose classes based on distance, the number of credits they cost, the length of class and the time of class. This makes it super easy for you to find something that fits in with your schedule.

Just beware of a couple of little things. Booked classes have to be cancelled 12 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee. Missed classes also incur a charge. I think the charge for both is between £15 and £20 – so quite pricey! Instructors also will not let you into their classes if you are late. I repeat, they do not accept lateness. Classes start pretty much on the dot and even being 5 minutes late is risky. I’ve been in classes where the instructor has outright said that he won’t be letting anybody else in.

There are different types of membership. £15/month, £35/month, £60/month etc, so you can choose one that fits in with your budget and schedule. The more you pay, the more credits you get. Each class varies in terms of how many credits it costs. There are also credits for “gym time”, which just give you standard gym access.

ClassPass is a great way to challenge your body and to try a little bit of everything as and when you feel like it. Yoga one day, hardcore strength training the next. What more can you ask for?

Travel Diaries – Oslo, Norway

If you’ve ever wanted to experience a white Christmas, then I cannot recommend Norway enough. From the moment we landed I felt like I was in a dream. The runway was dusted in a thin layer of snow and all of the houses looked like iced, gingerbread houses. You just don’t get Christmases like that in London! Snow is genuinely a luxury to us and I was in awe the whole trip. I remember having nights in the hotel room, sat by the window reading my book as the snow fell and I have honestly not felt peace like it.

We visited Oslo for the weekend, so we were in and out. I really wish that we had spent more time for there last year because it was so beautiful. By the third day, it was time for us to leave but we were only just getting to grips with everything. It’s a very sleek and peaceful city so I would love to spend more time there. Or to move there. Yes… definitely to move there.

Flights: RyanAir
Accommodation: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion
Recommendations: Ski museum in Holmenkollen and Christmas market!

RyanAir has got to be the worst airline I have ever flown with. Not that any of you will be surprised – nobody flies with RyanAir for their quality, do they? If you don’t mind feeling like your seats are rattling around a metal can while you fly, then it’s the perfect affordable airline for you. Also, if you don’t mind delays with not much information, then go ahead. I’m not even being sarcastic when I say that I loved Oslo so much, that when our flight home got delayed, I was hoping that it would just get cancelled instead. So that’s one thing that RyanAir did right!

Top Tips:

Take public transport – The trains in Oslo are so sleek and functional. They’re clean and very comfortable. They all look like the high speed trains that depart from St Pancras. This is refreshing because in London, we have a lot of trains that are crammed and poorly serviced. Norway’s train maps were easy-ish to read and very enjoyable to travel on. There are clear markers for your stop, it’s quiet, air conditioned and it’s such a relaxing journey. Although it can be difficult to navigate at times, it’s definitely worth trying to come to terms with as it will make your trip a lot easier.

Plan ahead – Because things are slightly more difficult to find, we spent a fair amount of time walking around and looking for things. I would advise planning your routes around the city in advance, including timings. It’s too cold to be walking around aimlessly!

Take extra layers – This may sound like an obvious one, but I found myself in a mad dash looking for a warm coat the night before my flight. Please do not underestimate how cold it is. The snow is biting, honestly! Take a thick padded parka, with a hood and definitely bring some gloves. But if you’re looking for a free setting spray for your make-up, then the cold weather is just that. It kept mine on all day!

Fussy eaters… – If you’re a fussy eater like me, then think about bringing a few snacks with you where you can. Our hotel provided dinner and breakfast but fussy old me ended up at Subway down the road anyway. They were serving lots of different meats and potatoes. Very simple food but maybe a little too adventurous for my palette, so just be mindful of this.

Be prepared to spend money – Oslo is expensive! They don’t live like that for cheap, with all their nice trains and beautiful stations and lovely houses. You will spend money. But, the good thing is that you can find flights over there relatively cheap. Scroll up to read my thoughts on RyainAir if you haven’t already.

Get yourself over to Holmenkollen – The most gorgeous part of Norway and just a train journey away from the city centre. Up on the ski slope here, you get the most beautiful views of the whole, snow dusted city and I’m yet to see views that rival it. Honestly, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it now!

Travel Diaries – Athens, Vouliagmeni, Greece

For my birthday last year, I booked myself a week long trip to Greece. This has been on my list of countries to go for the longest while. I really wanted to see some of the historical ruins and learn more about Greek mythology. For those of you who don’t already know, I did study Classics at university and I loved it. I’m also currently reading a book called Circe, which is set in the house of Helios and centres itself around the Olympians and Titans with a bit of witchcraft thrown in!

I really enjoyed my time in Greece and would love to go back and stay in a different area, as there are so many lovely parts to visit. Below, I have listed my top tips and all of the travel information you might be interested in.

Flights: Wizz Air
Accommodation: AirBnb
Recommendations: All of the historical sites in the city, gelato and traditional Greek hummus and gyros!

I had never flown with Wizz Air before. As one of the cheaper airlines on the market, I have to admit that I was very sceptical about it. There’s just a certain level of service that you expect from the bigger airlines and you know that you are definitely going to receive it. But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Wizz Air. Their service was amazing, they were friendly, nice aircraft that felt very safe and great prices. So they get the thumbs up and seal of approval from me!

Top Tips

Book a hotel – I can’t give AirBnb the same raving review as I’ve given Wizz Air. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by our host and the property we were staying in. I’m a big clean freak and I notice all of the finer details when I’m staying anywhere. I look in the corners of the room, along the skirting, in the crevices of the sink and toilet. Trust me, if I was to go on Four in a Bed, I would be the worst. I’m not doing it to be funny though, it genuinely makes me feel sick and icky if something is not up to standard. Whereas there are some people who are a lot more laid back and can sort of just live around the mess. Our AirBnb was an apartment in Vouliagmeni, a small suburb south of Athens. The main selling point was that it was right across the road from the beach. The downside was that it had been mis-described to us. The bedrooms were not as we had expected and I was not happy with the level of cleanliness in the bedroom, which was full of dust and had stained pillows. Disgusting. Good thing I always bring a silk pillowcase with me everywhere I stay, thank you!

Get a tourist pass to the main attractions – You can get these in the city and they give you access to several different ruins locations across Athens. I would highly recommend getting one of these, as they make it very easy for you to map your tourism if you are taking yourself around the city. Get one of these passes and then plan which ones you’re going to do on which specific days. It’s a really great way to see as much as you can without paying for overpriced tours.

Shop around for your taxis – The cab drivers in the city will charge you extortionate prices to get around. Not surprising as this happens in a lot of places really. They will quote you ridiculous prices, which they have just pulled from absolutely nowhere. They can just smell the tourism on you. Don’t get robbed unnecessarily. If one cab driver gives you a really high price, go to another one. Unfortunately, public transport just cannot be relied on in Athens so I found that getting taxis around was the best way to travel.

Be prepared to walk – You will have to do a lot of walking. It’s the only way to see the city’s ruins and to get those gorgeous city views from up high. Once you reach the top spots, the views are honestly unrivalled. Athens is a gorgeous city. So rich in colour and it has so many different levels to it to explore. So wear comfortable shoes, pack lots of water and be prepared to be on your feet for the whole day.

Eat local – The food in Greece is absolutely amazing. Honestly, so good. Where you can, eat at smaller, local cafes and restaurants and order dishes that you’ve never tried before. This is one thing that I wish we did more of. We went to some really nice restaurants, where the menu was a lot more carefully crafted. But there was one cafe in the city that we ate at, which served us fresh Greek Gyros – delicious! The wait time was pretty long but when it came, the food was amazing. The Gyros and Greek salad were both mouthwatering.

Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard

As you probably already know, I have expensive taste when it comes to restaurants. Bob Bob Ricard has been on my list for about a year now. I considered going there for my birthday last year but I tried to make a reservation very last minute and it didn’t work out. This year, I pre-booked a table weeks in advance and planned a whole outfit around it – which you can read about here. You guys probably know all about the famous ‘Press for champagne’ button. It’s actually famous for pouring more champagne than any other restaurant in the UK. Unfortunately, I don’t like champagne so I didn’t press my button. If I did, I probably would have been charged £1,000 a drop anyway so it was for the best… This is a very pricey restaurant. I would actually say that it was more expensive than Hutong at The Shard. I rarely look at the prices of food when I go out, but I definitely noticed the prices on this menu!

Food
Slow roasted pork belly on rolled cranberry, served with baked apple and apple sauce – £27.50
Flaming crème brulee, flambeed at the table – £13.50

It was a toss up between the chicken and champagne pie (I’m drooling just thinking about it) and the pork belly. But if you know me well enough, you’ll know that I absolutely cannot resist pork belly. I think it’s one of those things that’s quite difficult to do well, whereas a pie is pretty easy.

I have to say that although it tasted lovely, the pork really wasn’t anything mind-blowing. I enjoyed the taste of the rolled cranberries but I found them to be quite dry, even with the sauce. The baked apple felt a little bit random to me and I don’t think it went that well with the pork. I would have preferred to have some vegetables or mashed potato – the commoner in me is coming out but I don’t like my apples baked with my mains, sorry!

The crème brulee, however, was the best crème brulee I have ever had. I only ordered it because it’s flambeed at the table and it was my birthday so I had to order the most fun dessert on the menu. But I have to say that it was honestly insane! It was deliciously creamy, with a perfectly caramelised layer of sugar. It was honestly heaven, with just the right amount of sweetness.  


Drinks
Hendrick’s Gin and tonic – £15.00
Rhubarb gin and tonic – £15.00

There are specific wine and cocktail menus but you don’t have to stick to these. They can make anything you want really, which you would expect from a restaurant that charges this price. I had two drinks (gin obviously) – a pink rhubarb gin and a Hendricks gin and tonic. I love a gin and tonic but I was disappointed to find that I could hardly taste the gin in either. I felt that they were watered down a lot with not much flavour and way too much ice. Disappointing considering that they both cost £15 each.

Overall, I think this is a lovely restaurant for an occasion. The décor and service is top standard. I was an hour late for my reservation due to the crazy traffic getting there but they didn’t ask me to give up my table or rush my friend as she was waiting for me to arrive. The service dropped a little towards the end of the night as they got busier but overall it was exactly as I expected. Based on the food I had, it could definitely be improved but I would like to go back again to try a few more things and to get somebody else to press for champagne!

Any takers?

A few things they don’t tell you about university…

For most young people, university is the natural next step after college or sixth form. But it wasn’t always this way. When did university become the place you have to go to when you’re 18? When there are so many different options out there, why do so many people plan their futures around university?

I graduated two years ago (although it feels like it was a century ago now!) and if I could go back in time, the truth is that I would. There are a lot of things that nobody tells you about going to university. About the experience, the workload, the money, the debt and the outcome. If I could have taken a glance into the future, I can say hand on heart that my experience after leaving sixth form would have been very different.
I finished my GCSE’s with A*s in English and picked up A-Level English as a sort of natural next step. I took English alongside Music, Psychology and Sociology. The fact that you have to pick four subjects at A-Level is difficult in itself. I had no real passion for Psychology or Sociology, I just thought I might find them interesting. English and Music were the two things I was 100% sure about. They had given me my strongest  GCSE results and I had a genuine passion for them.
As is the way when you’re in Year 13, our teachers began pushing us to make those UCAS applications. To start working on personal statements and thinking about what courses we wanted to enrol on at university. There was lots of talk about how great university is and how much it would open doors for us when we finally entered into the world of work. But how are you supposed to know what you want to do at the age of 17? My friends and I are 23 and most of us are still figuring out what we want to do with our lives. It’s almost impossible to make that kind of decision at 17.
It might have been easier if the education system set you up a little better. Gave you the opportunity to take a year in industry at sixth form in addition to a week’s work experience in secondary school. Talked more to you about the type of industry work you could expect to be doing after studying certain subjects. But you don’t really get that. The most I ever heard about was ‘transferrable skills’ and in reality, you don’t even have those yet because you haven’t properly worked anywhere! Working a full time job is very different to studying and the experience that employers want you to have is not the kind of experience that you can get at school or at university.
How many of you chose to study something at university because you really enjoyed it or because you were good at it? In reality, those are not good enough reasons to spend £27,000 (plus three years of maintenance loans) getting a degree. It probably would have been more productive to do something like an internship for a year. Just because you like studying something, doesn’t mean you’re going to enjoy the job opportunities it will afford you – if any at all. It’s important to figure out exactly what you want to do, as early as possible if you can and I think that getting practical experience in an industry for a year or two is a great way to do it. Before 20, most of us are still living at home for free, so you don’t have to worry too much about the low pay of internships and apprenticeships. It might not seem like a lot at the time, but the experience you have on your CV is often more of a deciding factor in whether you get a job these days, than a qualification. That’s the truth.
As I am sure you already know, I ended up taking a degree in English Literature, American Literature and Creative Writing. I really enjoyed my course. One of my favourite modules was Victorian Literature and a module that I took in my final year about the Brontes. During my first year, I was given the option to take a wild module – a module not related to my course. I chose Classical Mythology. Why? Because I thought it might be fun. Again, if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t take that module. It has done absolutely nothing for me.
At so many points throughout your education, you are asked to make decisions. Decisions that you can’t properly make because you just don’t know. Even by the time I was in my second year of university, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I’d heard that getting an English degree was an obvious route into the world of editing and publishing. But the largest part of me just wanted to be a writer. News flash Tanya – you don’t need an English degree to be a writer. I remember a meeting I once had with one of my favourite university lecturers. He asked me what I was planning to do when I graduated and I told him that I was thinking of going into publishing. He laughed and told me that that’s what writers say when they don’t believe in themselves.
The same lecturer then organised for me to undertake a two week work experience placement at The Guardian, an experience which you can read about here. Now this was useful, because although I loved the offices and the idea of being an editor, I quickly realised that I didn’t enjoy my time there as much as I thought I would. Granted, The Observer is not a very young newspaper. The offices were filled with middle-aged writers and I couldn’t see myself slotting comfortably into that kind of world. But if I hadn’t done that work experience, I would have left university under the impression that that was the sort of job I wanted to do.
By the time I graduated, I was questioning what sort of writer I wanted to be. I had this blog, which was doing really well at the time. I was wondering, do I want to write for someone else? Or do I want to write for myself? I’d written a few articles for the university newspaper (obviously – all English students do) and I had also spent a short time writing for a website aimed at students. I didn’t enjoy either of those too much. But once again, I was out of time. I’d managed to land myself a graduate job and it was at an estate agent. This seemed good enough for the time being. I had a huge interest in property and it seemed like a good job to take while I figured out what I actually wanted to do.
Did I want to stay in property? Did I want to be a writer? I always want to be a writer, even now. But it’s pretty difficult to find the time to focus on being creative when you have a full time job. Not only this, but the thought of writing for a job worried me a little bit. Would I still find it fun if it was something I was having to do everyday for work? What if the novelty wore off? Writing is like my little safe haven, my little talent. I didn’t want to take that and make it into something mundane.
I started thinking this year about what I actually might enjoy doing as a job and that’s how I came across interior design. When I thought about the things that I do in my free time, I realised that if I wasn’t writing, I was designing. Whether I was making inspiration boards on Pinterest and Instagram, begging my mum to let me re-decorate the house or building and designing houses on The Sims, interior design was something I was always doing. While I was working at the estate agent, I would search for the least expensive houses on the system and imagine how I would re-design the space. Or, I would look at the most expensive houses on the system and admire their interiors.
I’m 24 now – almost. It’s taken me from the age of 17 until now to figure out what I would like to do as a career. And that’s after working in 4 different jobs and studying for 5 years. I’m not the only one who is in this position. There are plenty of people I know, older than me, who still haven’t figured it out yet. So how, at the age of 17 or 18 are you supposed to know what you want to do with the rest of your life? It’s impossible. You don’t have the experience or the insight to know what you might enjoy doing. These are the things they don’t tell you when you’re applying for university. I can barely name any friends that are working in a job directly related to their degrees.
If you look at the statistics for English graduates from last year, only 57% are employed. Of that 57%, the retail, catering and bar work industries have hired the most English graduates. Meaning that most of the students who got English degrees last year, got them to go and work in shops, restaurants and bars? Really? Compared to a degree like Chemistry, where the largest percentage of graduates have been hired as technicians, science or other professionals. The truth about university is, that unless you’re planning to study a degree in the Sciences, Maths or Law departments, your job prospects are not going to be boosted as much as you think. Getting a degree in anything else is, lets face it, just for fun. And it might be fun for three years, while you’re partying and making the friends of a lifetime. But it’s not going to be fun once you’ve graduated, are in debt and realise that every job description you look at is asking for  a minimum of 2 years experience in… 
If I could go back in time, I would spend time looking in to different career options. I would search for some job descriptions and look at what they’re asking for. Some of them do ask for you to have a degree but a lot of them don’t. With that in mind, I can’t think of a single interview I’ve had where I’ve been asked to talk about my degree. Employers don’t want those transferrable skills that your teachers are always talking about. Nobody cares that I’ve memorised lines from The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein or that I can write a First class essay about the role of women in Victorian Literature. They want to know that I can do the job they want me to do and they want proof of it.
Am I saying that university is a waste of time? No. What I am saying, is that young people need to think more carefully about why they’re choosing to study at university. There are too many of us going to university because we feel like it’s the right step, without having properly researched what we want to do or what the right steps might be
What are your thoughts on university?
* statistics obtained from http://www.prospects.ac.uk 

3 wallpapers that are guaranteed to make a statement in your home

As many of you will know, I absolutely love interior design so I felt that it was only right to add an interior design section to my blog. I also have an interior design page that I have started on Instagram (@tanyasinteriors) if you would like to follow me there! I want to use this space to talk about my favourite interiors, looks and little things that inspire me when it comes to designing a room or a whole home.

To kickstart this section of the blog, I wanted to give you my recommendations for some gorgeous wallpapers to add to a statement room in your home. This could be your bedroom, the hallway, a music room (if you’re lucky enough to have one). I imagine these wallpapers in rooms that you might use to relax and unwind. Or, in areas of your home that guests will frequent. I can promise that you will be receiving a hell of a lot of compliments on your wallpaper if you get them from these brands.

Cole & Son
https://www.cole-and-son.com/en/ 

I discovered this brand while at work because we had one of their wallpapers up in our showroom. Cole & Son is such a gorgeous, luxurious looking brand. They have a beautiful Botanicals range, but my personal favourite is their ‘Nuvole al Tramonto’ from the Fornasetti collection. Imagine this on the ceiling for a little taste of heaven every time you go to sleep!


De Gournay

If you want a wallpaper that can tell a different story to each of your guests, then I highly recommend having a look at the French wallpapers that De Gournay have to offer. Not only are they absolutely mesmerising in my opinion, but they will add something so unique to your home that all of your guests will be gushing over where you got it from. I love how the ‘L’Eden’ wallpaper has been used below.




Milton & King

The wallpaper displayed below is designed by an artist called Humayrah Bint Altaf using shimmering embroidery and metallic beads to delicately craft the insects. If you’re looking for something fun, then have a look at some of the wallpapers by Milton & King. I love the fact that there is texture in the wallpaper and I think it would be a great statement piece.


Leave your favourite wallpaper designers below!

Junkyard golf – jeans and a bodysuit

I love playing mini golf – and winning! I’ve been to Junkyard Golf a few times now and I always enjoy myself. There are four different courses to play, eight holes each. They play great music. The courses are set up with really great props and as it’s in Shoreditch (my new favourite place) it has a really cool, young vibe. They also do really cool drinks! If you don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t bother ordering as most of their drinks are just fillings waiting to happen.

I was out for a friend’s birthday brunch but it was quite a casual vibe. I went for a plain bodysuit and jeans, with trainers. I always like to accessorise with a belt and earrings – gold as much as possible really. This place is always great for a photo opportunity too. This was taken in the photo booth if you want to go and snap a pic yourself.

Bodysuit – Pretty Little Thing
Jeans – River Island
Earrings – Louisa
Belt – ASOS

Pink Satin Dress

One of the riskier outfits I’ve chosen to wear. When in New York… I chose this dress not only because pink is my favourite colour but because it made me feel like a Bratz doll. We were going for a couple of drinks and I just wanted one night where I went full glam. There are so many outfits I want to wear out in London but I just don’t feel comfortable. When I’m on holiday, I literally go out in whatever I want. Anybody else do this?

I bought this dress on a whim for $15 in Forever 21. It is absolutely gorgeous. The softest satin, stretch fabric, square neckline and it’s backless. Of course, I threw my oversized denim jacket over the top – a clear Summer staple for me this year as I’ve mentioned before.

What’s your favourite thing to wear on a night out?

Dress – Forever 21
Denim jacket – Bershka

Happy 4th July from New York!

I conveniently planned my trip to New York around the 4th July, without realising! I have to say that this was one of the best days I’ve had so far. Can I even say that? I feel like I’ve said this everyday so far but it really has been amazing. 

I went for breakfast in the cutest little New York coffee shop called Blank Slate Tea. The waffle I had there was honestly mouth-watering. But so is all of the food here. I haven’t had one meal that I wasn’t impressed with, seriously. Then we took the subway all the way to Coney Island, which I’m sure you can imagine was absolutely heaving. But what a day for it! The weather was boiling! I sunbathed all day, caught the most gorgeous tan and went home desperate for more. 
I decided to wear my shorts and a simple vest top. My bikini was bought in the US as I actually didn’t pack any swimwear. I thought I might go to a rooftop pool but it wasn’t confirmed and then we ended up at the beach instead! A much better choice if you ask me. I really wanted a straw bag but I didn’t manage to find one I liked. I’ll have to put one on my wishlist for my next holiday!

Top – Zara
Bikini – H&M
Shorts – Zara
Bag – ASOS
Sandals – H&M
Location – Coney Island