Spa Detox

When the opportunity arose to take a trip to the spa a couple of weeks ago, I could not turn it down! It was just what I needed to relax and having the chance to go with my best friend made it even better.

On the Tuesday morning we set off to Champneys Spa in Tring, full of excitement and energy for the couple of days that we were there. When we arrived, we had come through the front entrance and got to experience the long drive down through the grounds, being parking the car up and doing the short walk to the reception. The staff were so lovely to us when we got there as neither us really knew where we were going! We were shown to our room and given a welcome drink. But it was quite the Champaign we had dreamt about, but instead a ‘lovely’ turmeric drink… I’m not going to even pretend that I enjoyed it… it was gross! After that was gone and out the way, the really fun began. We sorted out bit in our room, put on our bikinis, robes and flip-flops and headed down to the swimming pool! After about 5 minutes of being in the pool we noticed that there seemed to be a lot of people just sat round the edge, like they were waiting for something… and yes we were right they were! Out of no where an instructor appeared and announced that a water fitness class was about to begin. Me and my friend looked at each other in horror and straight away debated doing a runner, but we were stuck. Out robes and flip flops were underneath the bench that instructor was using… there was no escaping for us! I can’t lie though, once we had got over laughing at every excercise and hiding at the back, we had a great time! Even deciding to go again the following day. Who knows maybe water zumba could become my new things!

I tried to take as many photos as possible while we were there, but with it being a health and wellbeing spa, they were strict on the use of phones and only managed to sneak a few when we had areas to ourselves. We spent the rest of Tuesday going in the hot tub and sauna, before getting dress and going down for a VERY healthy dinner. I’m not complaining, the food was delicious but a chocolate pudding at the end would have topped it off, instead I had fruit.

Day two we had our treatments booked in, mine a body message and my friends a facial. After breakfast and a quick trip to the gym, we headed down to the treatment area where we met more super lovely staff ready to give us our treatments. I have never had a professional massage before but after this experience I cannot wait untill I get the chance for another. I had been nervous going in, worried about feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Worried about having to lay their half-naked, but as soon as the music went on and the massage began, I didn’t want it to end! So if any of you ever get the chance for one, take it!

We didn’t feel like doing too much after our treatments and had a while until lunch, so headed into one of the quiet relaxation rooms where we laid down on the water beds and before we knew it was had dozed off for an hour or so! Too comfy not to! We woke up just in time for our lunch booking, which we followed up by another water fitness class and then sadly it was time to leave.

I had an amazing two days spent at Champneys Spa and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fitness spa break. They run so many different fitness sessions and classes, both studio and also outside in the grounds. If we had been there longer we also had the option to go cycling around the grounds and things such as horse riding can also be planned!

Have any of you been to a spa before? Let me know what you think about spa trip below!

Your Truly,

Emma x

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Amsterdam!

I don’t get the chance to travel very often but when I do, I seize the opportunity and the memories I make are amazing. This Christmas I was able to take a holiday to Amsterdam with my boyfriend and it was one of the best experiences travelling that I have ever had. This was my first oppurtunity to take a trip away without my family or uni. Instead it was just me and my boyfriend, doing our thing, our way. It was only a short trip, 4 days in total, but with filled the days with sightseeing, museum visits and just taking the life surrounding us. As always, I took my camera with me along the way to help capture my time away.

Amsterdam is somewhere that I have always wanted to go to and I was not disappointed. The streets were cute and unique, a maze of canals leading us around. The museums lived up to a high standard with so much to see and the local boat tour we went on was great fun and a chance to see the winter light display. We couldn’t take a trip to Amsterdam without venturing into the red light district either and I have to say that was an experience in itself, but as intriguing as it was to see how something like that is part of the locals everyday life, I was happy when we got back to the hotel that evening! For those who don’t know about the red light district, I’m gonna say to look it up rather than me to try to explain it in a blog appropriate way!

I love sharing my travelling photos with you all, so that’s whats I am doing today! I hope you enjoy looking through them and I would love to hear where your favourite holiday destinations are? It might give me some inspiration for my next trip!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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My last trip was to Wales, check out the photos here

I also took a trip to the zoo in the summer that you can see here

 

 

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A Date with the Animals

Whether I’m 9 or 19, I will always love a trip to the zoo! Walking up to the gates I couldn’t help feeling a bubble of excitement growing inside me! I was there for a day trip with my boyfriend. A chance to spend some time together, enjoy the sun and whip out my camera to take some cute pictures of the animals!

It was such a fun day out and I wanted to share with you the photos I took on the day. I have never tried wildlife photography before and was more than happy with how these came out!

Hope your enjoy!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey country park, the perfect place to spend a sunny sunday afternoon. Whether you’re going for an event at the hotel, a wander around the park or just to sit in the sun, soaking in the atmosphere, Coombe Abbey is the place.

I recently took a trip here with my boyfriend to make the most of the beautiful weather and it ended up being an amazing day! The country park is the home to a beautiful hotel manor house and on the day in which we visited, a wedding was taking place. It gave the park a great atmosphere, hearing the wedding party celebrating the happy day, sun shining, birds tweeting, what more could you want!

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After sitting in the sun for a while, we decided to take a walk round the grounds and through the woodland! It was such a nice feeling to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time in the quiet, peaceful woodland area. It gave me a chance to escape from reality for just a few moments! But one thing that I couldn’t escape was the ain that my feet were in! I had made the mistake of wearing cute, but very impractical shoes! I had chosen to wear a cute floral summer dress from zara and had stupidly paired it with some heeled sandals from Bershka. These may be my favourite sandals, but I can tell you now that they are not designed for walking around woodlands in!

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After our walk round, we realised just how late it had got and with tummys rumbling we made a bee line for the ice cream van, treating ourselves to a large whippy ice cream each! It was the perfect way to end a perfect Sunday afternoon and I hope to go back to Coombe Abbey again soon!

What do you like to get up to on a Sunday?

Your’s Truly,

Emma x

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A Trip to Bistol

Doing a creative course at university has opened up a whole new range of opportunities for me! I touched on this in my recent post ‘Who am I?’, but I thought I’d share a bit more with you about a trip we took to Bristol. A lot of the work we do is based within the uni or around the city, so when the opportunity arose to travel to do a photo shoot to Bristol, I was excited. I was a great day and gave me the chance to experiment with some photography.  I enlisted the help of Holly, my friend and author of ‘Good Golly Miss Holly‘, to be my model and we worked together, creating some good images ready to be the starting point of our communication module. As the shirt was inspired by transport we picked locations that would fit into this, including car garages and a railway style bridge. I really enjoyed being given the opportunity to create these images and has helped to boost my confidence in photography!

What sort of photography do you like? Let me know below!

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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A Welsh Hidden Gem

For many Wales is over looked as a holiday spot. It can be dull, cold and rainy… but it’s also the home to some of the natures most beautiful sights; true hidden gems you shouldn’t miss out on. I recently took a trip down to North Wales where we stayed near to Anglesey. It was refreshing to take a week far away from the city; the fresh air giving my mind a true chance to breathe, letting my thoughts relax and focus. While staying in Anglesey I took a trip down to the beach. Camera in hand, raincoat pulled tight around me and walking boots laced up, I ventured onto the vast stretch of sand before me; each step, denting the sand, leaving my presence behind.

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I soon found myself engulfed in my surroundings and I began to take in and appreciate the beauty of the nature. Feeling pleased to have brought my camera, I began to capture some of the sights around me and soon found myself discovering the gifts the beach had to offer. All around me on the sand were the products of nature, each in their own form, each showing their own beauty. Two things we were lucky enough to discover were a baby shark skeleton; tail intact, bones curved as if it had been stopped mind stroke. The other was a bright electric blue jellyfish, sitting at the water’s edge, unknown to many.

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As we reached the end of the beach we wandered onto the island. Access cut off at high  tide, the island no long houses residents but still holds true to its beauty with coves, rock pools and a little light house standing strong. We ventured around the island, stopping to take a snap of a posing seagull before clambering down the rocks to one of the coves where we skimmed flat, smooth stones across the water surface.

It was a memorable walk that day. Walking and being around nature remind you about just how beautiful our world can be. Being able to spend time like this outside amongst nature in the crisp air gave me the break I needed from my everyday life and left me returning filled with a new bust of inspiration!

Yours Truly

Emma x

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Liked this post? See what I got up to last year in Cornwall

 

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Pierre Cardin – Paris

When working in the fashion industry it is important to remember and get inspiration from other great designers out there. One designer that I have recently found very inspiring is the great Pierre Cardin and a personal tour round his museum in Paris was what sparked my love for his work.

While on my recent visit to Paris, I was lucky to visit the Pierre Cardin museum and have a guided tour by the designers niece. I was great to see Cardin’s master pieces up close, along with hearing the stories of how the garments came to be. Cardin gets a lot of his inspiration from geometric shapes and motifs and is well-known from his avant-grade style and space age designs. He began with women’s, but liked to ignore the female form and his work is often experimental and not always practical.

Even today age 94 the great Cardin can still be found working away, in a world his own, tucked away in his studio in Paris!

What designers inspire you?

Yours Truly,

Emma x

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