American Independence Day is always a blast. Growing up, we celebrated the 4th of July by spending the day at the pool with friends, grillin’ out hot dogs and hamburgers, watching the fireworks in the evening and enjoying drinks on the deck as the fireflies came out. Well, you can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl and despite being 3,000 miles away, I still celebrate the 4th of July every year. Truth be told, London does Independence Day pretty darn well and I’ve rounded up some of the best star spangled specials being served around town in honour of the special holiday!
London comes alive in the summer time and there is nothing better than seeing a concert when the sun is shining, drinks are flowing and everyone is in great spirits! A few weeks ago, I had the chance to let my hair down and have some fun at the Jay Z and Beyonce On the Run II concert at the London Stadium and it was an absolute blast! Before the show, I wanted to find the perfect outfit to slip in to that would make me feel my best. When in doubt, I usually go for a chic little black dress as it’s always perfect for a multitude of occasions – you can dress it up or down and completely change the look based on the accessories you pair it with. Debenhams on Oxford Street has a fantastic range of LBD’s at different price points, so I headed there to find my ideal outfit for the evening!
Our second to last stop on our Bali trip was to the gorgeous Gili Meno! The small island just off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia is remote island bliss – think soft, white sand; warm, crystal clear water and colourful coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Our four days in Gili Meno are my favourite parts of our Bali adventure and even though it’s quite a trek to get to from mainland Bali, it is well worth it once you arrive. Read on for my tips on how to choose an island and how to avoid getting scammed on your way there!
I am excited to finally share some of our Singapore adventures with you. On our way to Bali, we stopped over in Singapore for a few days to visit our friends who live there and also made a pit stop on the way back. Our friends were the best tour guides and showed us so much of what the city has to offer. Its easy to fall in love with Singapore – it’s beautiful, has fantastic night life, great food, a big city feel without all the chaos, it’s incredibly clean and one of the safest places to walk around. Singapore, you won me over! We packed a lot of sightseeing in to a small space of time and with so much to see and do, I’ve rounded up my top 10 Singapore experiences you don’t want to miss!
I’ve never been a huge backpack kinda gal, but I brought one on our big trip to Bali in March and it was so helpful, I can’t imagine travelling without one anymore!
When we were in Singapore, our friend had made these absolutely delicious date balls as a snack. I asked her to send me the recipe and couldn’t believe how simple it is to make them at home. The recipe is really easy to modify yourself depending on your tastes. I’ve made them quite a few times now and they are a hit! I’ve brought them in to work and the girls love them and have asked for the recipe so I thought I would share with you guys too!
If you’re a big foodie, then you know that you can’t go to Singapore and not visit Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal you can have! This little street food stall at a Hawker Centre in Chinatown is owned and run by Chan Hon Meng and in 2016, it became one of the first two street food locations in the world to be awarded a star in the Michelin Guide, which is pretty spectacular.
We last left off our story involving the cheeky Ubud monkeys after Ciaran and I ventured over to the Mini Mart to get some snacks to bring back to our hotel. As we make our way over to the Monkey Forest, plastic bag full of snacks and beer inside, a monkey sprints toward Ciaran, trying to steal our food! It’s terrifying. A guard walks up to us, chasing the monkey away with a stick and informs us that there is no way we can walk through the Monkey Forest with any type of shiny, plastic bags.