Monday, 29 February 2016

Tailored Coat & Cut Out Shoes: Winter #OOTD

Photos by Tom Buckley
Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet  weeks you'd mind pretending I'm a fashion blogger again

Every winter I try to think if there are any wardrobe staples I'm missing so I can prioritise any clothes or accessories I've got my eye on. In anticipation of starting working life, I realised that I didn't really have any smart coats or jackets, and that my only flat boots permanently looked like they'd just been dragged through a muddy field. Not exactly the impression I wanted to be making...


Thursday, 25 February 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Ko Lanta & Ko Phi Phi

After much deliberation in Ko Lipe, we decided to give two more Thai islands a visit before heading to the mainland: Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi. There are so many islands to choose from but in the short amount of time we had left, this was the most logical progression. We had a flight booked from Krabi to Phnom Penh, where we were to meet our friends for a month travelling around Cambodia, and we knew that we wanted about four nights in Krabi itself. Tom suggested Ko Lanta after a recommendation from a friend, and although we wanted to avoid islands with a pure party reputation, Ko Phi Phi was described as one of the most beautiful, and as it was between Ko Lanta and Krabi, it made sense to stop there for a night.  


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

An Afternoon at Sky Garden & Darwin Brasserie

Back in July my lovely friend Jenny made Tom and I a voucher for our birthdays to buy a drink in the Sky Garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie-Talkie building), and the other weekend we finally made it up there. 

I'd seen a lot of photos across social media and blogs of the views from the top of the building and of the Sky Garden so I was really excited to visit for myself. We decided to book to go to one of the restaurants too, which we had to book a few months in advance, hence why it's taken us until February to get there. Even at this advance notice, the only table we could secure was for 3:30pm - it's a popular place!


Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode VIII

DISCLAIMER: Brunch still not included.

I can't believe how quickly time is passing now that I'm in the full swing of full-time work. Surely it can't be two weeks already since I sat down and rambled about life?


Friday, 19 February 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Ko Lipe, Thailand

As we headed on the ferry to Ko Lipe I was really excited to get our first glimpse of Thailand; I had mixed expectations for Thai islands, what with their dual reputation of paradise beaches and full moon raves. 

The ferry from Langkawi Island, Malaysia to Ko Lipe took about an hour and a half and cost £18 each. The ferry drops you out at a platform within sight of Pattaya Beach, from which you get in a wooden long-tail boat to take you to shore. 


Monday, 15 February 2016

Review: Orange Is the New Black, Season One

When I eventually gave in and downloaded Netflix, which is a decision I'm still happy about to this day, Orange Is the New Black was one of the first series I added to my to-watch list. It was another of those programmes that I'd heard never-ending amounts about, along with the likes of Pretty Little Liars, House of Cards and Once Upon a Time. 

Honestly though, I really didn't think Orange Is the New Black would be my thing and I thought I probably wouldn't enjoy it all that much. I'm quite fussy when it comes to comedy, and the promo I'd seen portrayed it as the kind of show I really don't find funny. But I knew I had to give it a go because everyone was raving about it.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

5 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

I've always loved Instagram, but blogging has made me approx. 97% more obsessed. And for a lot of people, the two seem to go hand in hand. Like, where else can we share our shiny white flatlaythat isn't quite worthy of a whole blog post to itself? An Instagram favourites post is always one I'll click on, as it's the best way to discover new accounts and, most of the time, new bloggers too, so I thought I'd share a few that I love with you all, in case you're not already following these gems. 


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Langkawi

Langkawi Island was the second and final Malaysian island we visited whilst travelling Southeast Asia, and it was also our last stop in Malaysia before we headed on to Thailand. 

The ferry between the two islands was pretty painless, minus the early morning, although they did play Ted 2 on the ferry full of children, which made for quite an uncomfortable viewing. If you've seen either of the Ted films, you'll know what I mean. 


Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode VII

DISCLAIMER: Brunch still not included.

After complaining about my lack of brunches in the last post, I then went and had two brunches in the space of one weekend #winning.


Friday, 5 February 2016

Review: Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

I first discovered Jodi Picoult when I was about fifteen and immediately fell in love with her strong characters, her morally and ethically challenging conflicts and her killer plot twists. I must have read the majority of her 23 books in the couple of years that followed. 


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Beauty: January Empties & Favourites

Since I started including beauty as a regular category on A View from the Balcony, monthly favourites and empties posts are something I've been keen to get stuck into. But with being away from October to December and not really wearing makeup or using products, January has been the first full month during which I've emptied anything and frequently tried out a lot of new products.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Penang, Malaysia

For those of you who have as poor Geographical knowledge as I do, Penang is an island attached to the coast of northwest Peninsular Malaysia by a bridge. It was the fourth stop on our Southeast Asian travels, and one I was extremely excited about.

We travelled to Penang by coach from Kuala Lumpur, and it was another journey we didn’t bother to book in advance, as there were coaches between the two multiple times every hour. The journey was supposed to take five hours, but it ended up taking about seven, due to a long (and unexplained) stop about an hour in.

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