Thursday, 31 March 2016

Where to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland


I've been looking for an excuse to use Airbnb again ever since my first experience of it in Sweden a couple of summers ago, and as I was browsing flights to Reykjavik after Christmas, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give it another shot.

The apartment we stayed in was absolutely beautiful. The perfect size for myself and my friend. We had a double room each which gave us our own space to relax at the end of each day, whilst also having an open plan living, dining and kitchen area for us to eat breakfast together and chill out watching Friends in between hectic excursions and exploring the city.

Located just around the corner from a huge road full of the coolest bars, restaurants and shops, it was the perfect place for us to set up camp. A short walk away from the buzzing nightlife, but far enough that it doesn't disturb your hard-earned sleep. It couldn't have been easier to find our way around, with the Cathedral in one direction and the sea in another, you'll always have a rough idea of where you are.  


The location, size and number of bedrooms were our main priority, but I won't lie and say I wasn't even a bit swayed by the cool interior design of the place.

Exposed brickwork, a mid-century inspired sofa and white walls with contemporary furniture created a beautiful, modern house for us to call home for the week. I loved the funky shaped lampshade and the bright orange map of the world on the wall, not to mention the fairy lights, plants and pictures that littered the apartment making it feel so cosy and welcoming.

Maria, who owns the property, was very helpful and fast to respond when I had questions and she even left us some food, tea and coffee to make us feel at home.
We couldn't have stayed in a better-suited apartment for our stay in Reykjavik and I highly recommend anyone check it out if you're thinking of going. Staying in Airbnb apartments has completely ruined hotels for me, it's a similar price (often cheaper!) but it really makes you feel like you're living like a local in whatever new city you're visiting.
Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb apartment before? Let me know if you're planning a trip to Iceland!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland 2016: Photo Diary

I spent the past week in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been - Reykjavik. A cool, vibrant city surrounded by incredible mountains and just a short drive away from some of the most fascinating natural sights on Earth, including geothermal baths, huge waterfalls and erupting Geysirs.
We experienced every kind of weather imaginable, from bright sunshine and blue skies, to heavy snow, and everything in between. This didn't put us off experiencing as much of Iceland as we could in the few days we spent there, and we managed to squeeze in a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a Golden Circle tour, a Northern Lights adventure and an afternoon horse-riding through the lava fields. 
Alongside the excursions, we spent a lot of time in the city itself. Littered with brightly coloured buildings, huge street-art murals and plenty of trendy bars and restaurants, Reykjavik reminded me ever-so-slightly of London's Soho. The young men all had beards and man-buns, the cocktails were sky-high priced and the food was simply amazing. The difference being you only need to look down the road and be presented with huge, picturesque, snowy mountains to realise you're very far from London indeed.
It's hard to pick a favourite part as there were so many, but swimming in the milky water of the Blue Lagoon and witnessing the hazy green of the Northern Lights were definitely highlights of the trip and experiences that I will never forget. I've heard from a lot of people who are on the fence about visiting Reykjavik (or Iceland in general), and to all of them I've said the same thing. Just go, and you can thank me later.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Easy Like Sunday Morning

There's no greater feeling than waking up mid-morning after a glass of wine too many the night before, dragging yourself out of bed to put the kettle on and climbing back in to the warmth of the mountain of duvet and blankets. Add an acoustic music playlist, a magazine and some lazy conversations with your partner (and / or cuddles with your cat), and that's not a bad way to waste a few weekend hours.

After a long 6-year stint in retail and working endless weekends, I will never take for granted the wonderful feeling of a lazy Sunday morning. If you know me at all you'll know I like brunch, I like brunch a lot. Eggs, bacon, toast, smoked salmon, avocado, pastries, I'll take one of each please. Luckily for me,  I'm now able to dedicate as many weekend mornings to my favourite meal as I like, and I look forward to it every week.

Whether the sun is shining through the curtains or the rain is hammering on the window, a few hours relaxing indoors is guaranteed to make you feel good and set you up for the rest of the day. If I'm planning a stroll around a market, a catch up in a coffee shop or an afternoon of errands before the week starts, I always feel more productive and ready-to-go after a slow-paced morning.

Ideal ingredients for a perfect Sunday morning:

1. Coffee
2. Chilled music playlist
3. Filler Podcast (my current favourite)
4. Dippy eggs
5. Marmite soldiers
6. Cosy duvet
7. Partner and / or cat
8. Magazines / book

What's your favourite way to spend a Sunday morning?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Markus Lupfer | London Fashion Week AW16

Softly does it: the Markus Lupfer woman never sleeps, and Autumn / Winter 2016 caters for her 24 hour lifestyle without compromising on polish. A quirky sophisticate, she glides through her day, transitioning from work to play with easy charm. How to semaphore the season's mellow mood? It's all in the details: a sprinkling of stars, sweetened frills and niave embellishment plough a bold romantic furrow.

Having attended the Markus Lupfer SS16 presentation last season and fallen in love, I was more than a little bit excited to see what he had in store for us this time. After a cold and rainy walk across Westminster, we were welcomed into the warm and dry of Horse Guards Avenue and presented with a deliciously refreshing juice drink to enjoy whilst we mooched around the presentation.

Markus Lupfer has a beautiful way with prints and patterns. This season he managed to incorporate his signature florals into the collection with a winter-appropriate, retro 70s style, which looked elegant and sophisticated in a colour palette of navy blues, forest greens, and dusky pink.

Lupfer contrasted the sophisticated florals with metallic foil pleated skirts for a glam-rock meets bohemian sensibility vibe. Luxurious outerwear was also a key-focus, including a body-swamping chunky corduroy cape, a studded leather jacket and a beautifully cut, oversized tailored coat complete with matching seventies floral pockets.

The handbag collection, which made its debut as part of the Pre-Fall 2016 collection, creates a polished and put-together collection. Taking centre stage is the Riley tote, rendered in Italian-sourced leather, followed by a chorus line of studded and jewel-embellished cross-body Casey bags, the perfect finishing touch that takes a Markus Lupfer woman's daytime outfit to evening with ease.

Bags aside, it was the star-speckled and flower-embroidered boots which were the highlight of the collection in my opinion. The beautiful and intricate detail made for stunning, standout pieces that finished off the looks to perfection. The sooner they can make their way into my wardrobe - the better.

© Sarah Nunn

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