3 Ways to manage your time like a girl boss

3 Ways to manage your time like a girl boss

“WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE WAYS OF GOING ABOUT IT AND IT’S A TOPIC THAT SOUNDS SCARILY GROWN UP AND AT TIMES, PERHAPS A LITTE MUNDANE.”

Time management; probably something all of us do, even without consciously realising. Badly, very well, sporadically, haphazardly – we all have our own little ways of going about it and it’s a topic that sounds scarily grown up and at times, perhaps a little mundane. But the fact is we need a little time management within our lives, whatever your job, whatever your day to day schedule – managing your time efficiently and with a little thought can make the biggest of differences to our lives.

Time management isn’t limited to a certain lifestyle – I needed time management when I worked 4 jobs, juggling working in a coffee shop, a cocktail bar, acting and blogging and I still need it now. Without it, I can feel without purpose, un-proactive and lost and with it I feel like I can take over the world (no exaggeration necessary – you shall see this once put into practice!) So here’s my 3 ways to manage your time like a girl boss – from one aspiring bossy to another.

LIVE FOR THE FUTURE

 

I constantly keep a little bank of inspirations – a notebook spilling with thoughts, musings and blog post ideas, waiting for the right concept to bring them to life. I’ve worked with my fave Watch guys Ice before over on Instagram, I adore a watch brand that finally brings us luxe, sleek and quality designs without the £1000 price tag – which was why I was super excited to bring you this post in collaboration with them! This seemed like the perfect time to share my time management tips with you all that I’ve been scribbling down for a while! Which brings me to one of the most obvious, but important things about time management – A WATCH! A chic accessory, yes, but also an instantaneous and effective way to always make sure a gal is always on time. I’m sporting the City Tanner ( V. Appropriate for a day in Englands Capital!) My top tip? If your a serial late runner – set your watch 5/10 mins late – it’s guaranteed to always get you shifting (and running for my train only to be early 😉 )

MAKE LIKE A BOSS & GRAB A SASSY DIARY

I‘ve always loved the yearly tradition of picking up a new diary to motivate me for the year ahead – from writing in my GCSE’S to finding my way into adulthood (crap, I’m an adult?!) and scheduling in press days. My friends have often asked why on earth I still use a pen and paper and not my iPhone for scheduling – I can’t quite say why, but I can’t seem to shake the classic diary. It’s almost as if it isn’t set in stone if you haven’t written it down – tapping it into my iPhone calendar just won’t do, this makes me sound so anti millennial which is ironic when I spend 80% of my time on Instagram! In all seriousness, having a sassy diary does wonders in making you feel like your have your life together (even if you don’t!) I feel very organised and grown up writing things down and thats the way I like it and what works for me!

Paperchase do adorable ones, I tend to go for the handbag friendly sizes and jot everything down to my workouts, meetings, events, holidays, birthdays and everything in between. This is particularly helpful when you need to jot down timings too for things, knowing where and when you have to be always keeps me on track. Always make sure to factor in travel time – when we shot this we skipped between meetings and into my all time, fave, lunch spot in the City – No.11 Pimlico Road! If you can’t resist phone organisation you can always take a pic of the weeks schedule anyways 😉 

FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL

Kind of sounds like something a grandparent would say after you’ve forgotten someones birthday card, but it really does ring true – I’m all over the place if I fail to prepare myself – I’d rather spend time over preparing and feeling at ease than panicking like a mad woman! If you have a busy day – prepare everything you possibly can the evening before in order to sleep easy. Lay your outfit out, pack your bag, check where you need to be and at what time, transport (know which train or what route on your sat nav you’re heading!), sort your food out and everything will fall into place a lot easier!

I can’t say how many times spending an extra 10/20 mins an evening preparing has helped me in the long run (and I’m the type of person who ALWAYS leaves things to the last minute, so this has definitely helped kick the habit!) The fact is when we don’t manage our time, it’s easily wasted and time is SO precious. Having a down day? THATS OKAY, enjoy it and watch a Harry Potter marathon! You’re allowed to enjoy down time, factor in time especially for that – In fact I wrote here all about the importance of taking time out!! Then refresh yourself and feel motivated to kick butt the next day and smash everything on that to do list! That’s the work life balance and that’s what proper time management is all about!

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I hope you loved this one beauts – I’ve always felt on top of the world when I manage my time effectively – so I thought why not share the love and hopefully it will help you guys too! I’d love to hear if you have any tips that really help you to get going and smash that to do list! 

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Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the beautifuls at Ice Watch!

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A Luxury English escape: What to do in The Cotswolds

A Luxury English escape: What to do in The Cotswolds

“There were pool parties, moustaches, sombreros, lots of food, Prosecco and Pimms!”

If you lovelies are subscribed to my Youtube Channel or follow along on Insta you’ll know that last week we were whisked off to The Cotswolds by the wonderful guys at The Blogger Programme and Kate and Toms for a few days of luxury and relaxation! There were pool parties, moustaches, sombreros, lots of food, Prosecco and Pimms! We were all taken aback by the sheer beauty and kind of felt like we were in Hogwarts with the tall, stoned walls, ivy climbing every crevice and history around every corner!

I wrote about the importance of taking a break and my little London staycation here, but this time we headed off somewhere a little bit rural and off the grid! Wherever it is you’re staying, and whoever with, I thought I’d put together a little mini guide to the ultimate Luxury, English escape and what to do The Cotswolds! From were we stayed, what we ate to what we did, as well as showing you around our beautiful Mansion for a few days and what you can expect from a little retreat away from the world!

Where to stay

 

As much as I love hotels, for me, a countryside retreat wouldn’t be complete without staying in one of the many, stunning manor houses they have to offer – I’m obsessed with finding out the history behind them too! If you’ve watched the vlog you’ll notice me and Emma questioning the slightly eery hanging portraits! Kate and Toms have SO MANY properties on their books, this is just the selection to choose from inThe Cotswolds! We stayed in the incredible Marsden Manor  in Rendcomb which has a whopping 10 bedrooms and sleeps 20! I feel like somewhere like this would be perfect for a milestone birthday or celebration away!

It was a bloggers paradise and we ALL made sure to make use of the marble walled bathrooms, deep blue pool and immaculately manicured lawns for some photos opps! It had such a homely, cosy feel and we all agreed that it would be so, insanely magical at Christmas time too to stay somewhere like this! The bed in my room was the comfiest I had ever slept in, I literally sank in and woke to the birds chirping outside my window – bliss!

What to do

We had a wonderful packed couple of days but just enough time left to take in the beautiful views, tranquility and atmosphere of The Cotswolds! I thoroughly recommend making wonderful food plans whilst you’re away – it’s such a lovely sociable time and a great way to get to know people and have amazing conversations into the night! Get outdoors too – rain or shine! Go for a jog, a walk up the hills, check out nearby horse riding, cycling or whack your yoga matt out on the lawn! We also had a super cosy room filled to the brim with blankets for movies and boardgames!

It would also be rude NOT to have a pool party when you have a heated outdoor pool too (because when are pools EVER warm in England!) Complete with inflatable donuts, unicorns and pimms for the perfect sunny afternoon! No Pool? Find a nearby river and have a paddle and a picnic! We also had the lovelies from Blossom & Jasmine come and treat us all to a pamper session with Massages and Manicures which was total bliss! There’s so many hidden Gems in The Cotswolds, immerse yourself in the local culture and things to do – we went for a Brewery Tour before dinner which was so much fun! 

What to eat

Whether you’re self catering and whipping up a delicious meal for your friends and family, getting someone else to come and cook for you or dining at a restaurant – it’s always an occasion to look forward to! Dining is hugely sociable and I love dinner party conversations and sitting around a table with a good bottle of wine! We had an insane collection of wines from freshly bottled Bellini’s to fine reds from Sporting Wine, which well and truly kept us hydrated throughout our stay 😉 On our last evening we all sat around the table after we’d finished eating and talked about everything and anything until late, it’s these kind of occasions that I love! Breakfast and lunch were delicious and fresh, a beautiful spread put on by The Blogger Programme girlies – freshly bakes croissants, strawberries, avocado, granola – eating your breakfast outside in the sunshine is a must in the Cotswolds!

For our first dinner we had a full on Mexican party (complete with furry moustaches and sombreros if you’ve seen the vlog 😉 ) an amazing feast from Hello Fresh. (you can actually grab a cheeky discount with the code ‘primrose50’ 😉 ) Mexican is my absolute fave, so to say I was excited would be an understatement! Then for our final evening we had the incredible guys from Las Tapitas cook us an incredible and authentic array of Spanish Tapas – this was such a treat and I highly recommend if you’re self catering for a night off! They explained every dish, the origin and even labelled things so we knew what was GF, vegan, etc! If you’re staying really rural and far from any eateries, self catering is such a lovely way to have fun with cooking whilst being sociable – hello summer BBQ and Pimms!

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed having a little peek at what we got up to – such a wonderful way to kick start summer! Remember you can catch the vlog below (to see my stupidity in all its glory!) so make sure you’re subscribed loves!

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Photography by myself and the wonderful Emma – you can catch her blog post here!


Once again a ginormous thank you to The Blogger Programme & Kate and Toms for the wonderful experience, Hello fresh & Las Tapitas for the DELISH food and Blossom & Jasmine for our little (well needed) pamper sesh!

Also a big old thank you to Thomas Sabo, Charlotte Tilbury, Soak and Sleep, White Glo and Ice watches for our wonderful goodies!

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How to be a positive person (even when things really suck!)

How to be a positive person (even when things really suck!)

“The days are longer, warmer and leave me burning with drive and big ideas”

will forever love the seasons of spring and summer, it continually fills me with hope for the rest of the year ahead and motivates me to work hard and chase opportunities. It’s a bit of a cliched mindset but I really do see it as a time of positive change. The days are longer, warmer and leave me bursting with drive & big ideas.

Having always had a positive outlook on life, I recently also decided to purchase and read the much raved about ‘Secret’. I devoured the book quicker than you can say positivity and was left feeling even more determined to make my outlook on life the best it can be, no matter how hard times get. I’ve always been a firm believer in silver linings and having bundles of optimism, so with that, here’s my tips on how to be a positive person!

“Put things into perspective and be thankful”

Whenever I’m having a bit of a crappy day or feeling sorry for myself, I think of the bigger picture. It’s okay to have a moment to yourself, a sob and relish in your woes but pick yourself back up again and remember how lucky you are. I will always be happy and thankful for being happy, healthy, have a wonderful family and friends and a roof over my head.

Some people have it a lot worse so I always try to remind myself of this and be thankful for what I do have. If we spent life focussing on what we don’t have, life would be pretty miserable! The amount of times I’ve been somewhere and there’s someone that will always find something to complain or have a moan about – don’t be that person! Be the one that enlightens people’s days and lifts them up!

See the silver linings

Similarly to being thankful, always try and see the silver linings in a situation. Whether thats counting your blessings, or when things really suck, thinking how you can learn and become a better person from the situation. Everything could go wrong but things could always be worse. You’ll probably laugh at the situation sooner or later anyway! Trying to look at situations in a positive light has really trained my mind to have a better outlook on overall life!

“Will this matter in 5 years time?”

What might seem like a pretty crap situation will admittedly, make you feel like you want to disappear into the ground for the unforeseeable future – but really, will it matter in 5 years time? It was the same at school, my god didn’t a fall out with friends feel like your world had ended forever?! Realistically, most issues can be resolved relatively painlessly in the grand scheme of things. When you feel like your world is crumbling, take a step back and think about how you can sort things out in the least stressful way. 

Saying this, always believe that these happenings in your life will go onto shape you into a stronger and better person – who you are today is because of what you’ve lived before. Having people make fun of what you’re wearing at school, making fun of your name or just generally being cruel for no total reason is heartbreaking. But I’m telling you your world will not end because of this, you will become stronger, better, kinder and compassionate and it will most definitely not matter in 5 years time.

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I hope you loved this one and that it inspired you to boost your positivity – I can’t tell you how important and bettering for your happiness it is to try and be a more positive person! I’d love to hear your thoughts and top tips for staying positive and optimistic! 

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Photography by Ben Kapur

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The importance of having friend dates | Wine tasting in the dark with Laithwaites!

The importance of having friend dates | Wine tasting in the dark with Laithwaites!

“Sometimes nothing beats a cold, glass of wine and a chat with one of your favourite people. It definitely feeds the soul.”

Last week we did just this – myself and the wonderful Emma from The Emasphere – who you’ll almost definitely recognise from my previous post, all about the importance of blogging friends – headed to the Vintage Festival in London with the lovelies at Laithwaites and The Blogger Programme, to have a pretty unique experience and ‘Taste in the Dark’. It’s no surprise if you follow along on Insta Stories, that you’ll know I LOVE a good glass of wine occasionally. Being able to pop to the shops and buy myself a little bottle, to enjoy a glass with Friday evenings dinner is definitely one thing about being an adult that I quite like (a lot!)

Myself and Emma are both wine lovers (she’s Aussie, so naturally a TOTAL PRO!) So it’s always super fun to hang out and have a good catch up over a bottle sometimes – so this seemed like the PERFECT girl date for us! We were invited by Laithwaites (the UK’s No.1 home delivery wine merchant!) to have a little peek at the Vintage Festival and to give ‘Wine tasting in the Dark’ a go – we were both pretty excited about kick starting our weekend off this way and also super intrigued to see how much an environment and playing around with your other senses, can affect your ability to taste! This was definitely an experience everyone should have a go at once in their life!

“How much can experimenting with the power of seeing, hearing and feeling really change our ability to taste”

I must admit, although I was thoroughly looking forward to the experience, I was also very dubious. “How much can experimenting with the power of seeing, hearing and feeling really change our ability to taste.” I can tell apart my whites from reds, but wasn’t expecting the fact we were sat in the pitch black, feeling different textures and listening different music, all whilst sipping wine, to have an effect on the taste. Oh god, I couldn’t have been more wrong – there is such thing as magic people (coming from the sceptic over here!) It began with a series of different experiments, all whilst sat in the dark (with the hosts equipped with night vision goggles and everything!) We compared wines, trying to distinguish the grapes first – red or white?

We then moved on to our hearing senses – can the music playing have an effect on the taste? Needless to say happy, jingle music made the Red taste a lot nicer than disjointed, sharp music! The biggest thing for me though, which even had Emma baffled, was when we tuned into our sense of touch. On one side we had sand paper and another some soft velvet – I KID YOU NOT the wine tasted like a whole different (and much more delicious!) bottle whilst touching the velvet! ( I repeated this another 5 times just to check 😉 ) MIND = TOTALLY BLOWN – this would also make the most fun dinner party game – am I right?!

“I actually kind of felt like a kid in a candy store. (except this is the grown up, prosecco obsessed version)”

Following this and after we got over our confusion and amazement (seriously though, if you want a cheap wine to taste incred, just invest in a velvet table!) we were then let loose into the festival. It’s always been something on my bucket list to go wine tasting, so this was something I was very much looking forward to (and can tick off of my 2017 list!) I actually kind of felt like a kid in a candy store. (except this is the grown up, prosecco obsessed version) – Laithwaites have the most INSANE array and cater for all budgets too, I feel like I’ve stumbled upon the wine version of my fave online clothes shop – browse, fill up that cart and have it all delivered to your door! They also do Hampers and spirits gifts (is it bad that I’ve pretty much sussed peoples Christmas presents already?!) 

What better way to catch up and have amazing conversations with your favourites than to get together and congregate in a room full of amazing wine! We were given a glass and left to our own devices, which left me pretty happy to say the least (followed by a HUGE pizza fuelled lunch!) We discovered amazing, new wines (sparkling, chilled red wine – SO GOOD!) met some wonderful people and even began to plan a trip abroad purely for the wine tours! If you love wine, people and having a fab time, tasting in the dark and festivals like this are a total no brainer – it was SO much fun all sitting in the dark, laughing and experimenting without being able to see a thing! I’ve also got so much summer party inspo (and a list as long as my arm) of wines to try! Get out there and organise a day with your besties, you’ll feel so good for making time for the people you love and just enjoying yourself!

I hope you guys loved this one – we had SUCH A FUN time experiencing a ‘Taste in the Dark’ with Laithwaites at the Vintage festival, having a little try of everything – literally the most perfect friend date! I’d love to know what you guys love to do with your friends, film nights, cooking, shopping – share your best ways to spend time with your faves!

I’ve also got so much Spring style & travel, goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was a sponsored collaboration with the wonderful Laithwaites!

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Making decisions for yourself | My experience At Viva Skin Clinic

Making decisions for yourself | My experience At Viva Skin Clinic

“Do things that make you smile and feel amazing, life’s too short to feel anything less.”

I‘ve always been a firm believer in ‘live and let live’. If someone can make a decision that makes them happy, without fear of others judgement, then that should be celebrated! Imagine all of the things we wouldn’t do, if we spent life worrying about other’s opinions and thoughts. It’s your life and should be lived without regrets, or wandering ‘what if’. Do things that make you smile and feel amazing, life’s too short to feel anything less. Whether it’s taking up dance lessons, buying a pair of shoes you’ve lusted over or dying your hair green!

We are so incredibly lucky to have the freedom to make decisions for ourselves and we should recognise this and be grateful, instead of perhaps critiquing others sometimes, which we all can too easily get caught up in. I’ve also always been a very open minded person, although some things may not be for me, I can still respect and admire people for chasing after what they love and having confidence behind their decisions! Being open minded has really improved my outlook on life and has made me able to empathise with and understand people so much more. It’s also helped me make my own decisions, one of which was a big turning point in shrugging off peoples judgement and I couldn’t be happier!

“I spent way too much of my school years not having my hair a certain way or not wearing my favourite shoes, because there would always be someone who had something to say about it. Over the years I’ve come to learn that nothing makes you happier than doing something for yourself and that you’re passionate about. Other’s opinions will slowly become irrelevant and really, there’s worse things going on in the world than whether or not someones lipstick is wonky!”

“Personality, values and someones genuinness should never be judged through how they choose to present themselves. “

Learning to full heartedly make decisions for myself, without worrying about what others think is and probably always will be a slight battle, especially being in the blogging industry. Nasty comments can sometimes be thrown around on the seemingly most innocent of videos and blog posts, without any disregard or consideration thought about the person on the receiving end. Ultimately, these people probably have more issues than just a fear of judgement, so should you let that dictate what you do? Hell no! The people worth having around with always have your back and those are the only ones you should be worrying about. Self love is the most important thing in the world, don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you’re making the wrong decision.

I’ve always been totally accepting and open minded about anything cosmetic, from fake eyelashes, hair extensions, filler and boob jobs. I can’t say I’m interested in all of them, some of them I never will be, but I certainly have nothing against anyone that decides otherwise.This is the problem with anything cosmetic, even throughout school, if someone wore fake tan, nails or too much makeup, they were considered ‘fake’. Personality, values and someones genuinness should never be judged through how they choose to present themselves. I finally took the plunge two weeks ago and had a very small amount of filler in my lips by the wonderful Dr Rupert at Viva Skin Clinics. This was something I’ve wanted to do for ages, it was just a matter of getting to the point where I felt confident in my decision, that it was right for me and where I no longer cared about others opinions.

Before

After

Before

Swelling after 4-5 hours

After 

“Why didn’t I do it before? Primarily, I was worrying all too much about other’s judgement.”

If anything has ever dented your confidence, being able to lift it back up really is a wonderful feeling. I’ve always felt much more confident with lipstick on, so wanted to feel the same, sans makeup! Why didn’t I do it before? Primarily, I was worrying all too much about other’s judgement. Coming from a small town in Devon, anything out of the ordinary is definitely hot gossip. I love where I came from and I find this so endearing, but not when people love to follow along with your life religiously and then criticise it. London has been a lot more accepting for me, nothing is judged upon too harshly (or so I’ve found!) and that’s helped me embrace myself, my personality and ultimately, my decisions. After seeing the incredible Dr Rupert, from Viva Skin Clinics perform live demonstrations at the opening of his new Harley Street clinic, myself and Ben were astounded by his artistry.

Like I mentioned, there is a slight stigma around anything cosmetic that involves a little more than a bit of lippy. Ben and even myself, previous to watching Dr Rupert, both thought that it would always be blindingly obvious if someones had something done. Looking through his client ‘before and afters’ I was so impressed with the natural approach he takes to any procedures! It was insanely quick and painless too – you have a numbing cream applied for 10 minutes, the total procedure took about another 5-10 and you’re done! As you can see, after a few hours my lips definitely began to swell a little bit, which disappears within a day or two. The end result? It’s that subtle that even my family couldn’t tell until I told them. For me, it’s not about other’s noticing but myself and how I feel. You all know from my Insta stories and Youtube Channel that my problematic skin can really make my self confidence hit rock bottom and Viva Skin have really given me a boost and I can’t thank them enough for that!

I really hope that this was insightful for you guys and I hope it inspired you to make decisions FOR YOURSELF, whatever they may be!  If you have any questions at all about the procedure, what it involved, my experience, etc – please do shoot them my way! I would be more than happy to do another blog post, Q&A or YouTube video all about how it works. You can also catch any info with the lovelies themselves over at Viva Skin!  As always, let me know what you loves would like to see and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart or being ever supportive, your response on Instagram was really lovely to hear!

I’ve also got so much Spring style & travel, goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed! 

As always you can tweet me @stylepetalblog, catch up on all my posts over on BLOGLOVIN or see my latest beauty and fashion buys and vlogs over on my YouTube channel!

Photography by Ben Kapur

This post was proudly in collaboration with the incredible Viva Skin Clinics!

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The importance of taking a break

The importance of taking a break


Work, life, relationships – it can all totally and overwhelming get on top of us at times. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, take time out, breath and refresh your mind. That’s definitely easier said than done; we all vow to do more of this, less of that, see more of the world, spend time on ourselves, when really, we probably become even more stressed trying to actually plan the time out. When I sit still for too long, I get agitated, I want to work ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME. Any day I’m not conjuring up plans or drafting ideas in my head, I feel like I’m missing opportunities and that scares the hell out of me. Whilst my friends are off travelling, I felt like ‘that just isn’t for me’ because I want to be working on my career 24/7 and I just can’t afford to take time out, because that’s another opportunity out the door.This is definitely not true and made me realise I was a shameless, workaholic and something needed to change, because life’s all about balance and there is so much importance in taking a break. The perfect opportunity arose when CitizenM asked me to pop in and check out one of their 3 London hotels. I am so glad I said yes, I think the view alone speaks for itself.


 


 

Understanding that taking in a break was in fact, not a weakness but a strength was a massive turning point for me and allowed me to totally refresh my mindset. I came back feeling so inspired, bursting full of ideas and had a fresh perspective on things and what I wanted to achieve.”

 


 


I can probably count the amount of times I’ve stayed in a hotel on both hands, possibly even one. Growing up I did see quite a lot of the world, which I think is why I’m vowing to travel more this year and try and enjoy some time out now and again. It’s so easy to get caught up in ‘grown up life’ sometimes (Holy crap, I’m a grown up!?) that we forget the importance of breaks and holidays, which kept us sane at school. When we holidayed, we usually stayed with family, in chalets or self catered villas, meaning that whenever I stay in hotel I am literally like an over excited, annoying kid at Christmas. I LOVE staying in hotels, it’s just one of those things that makes me really happy and excited. I’ve never been on an all inclusive holiday (kinda happy about that because I’d probably come back a fat and very drunk!) If you follow me on Insta stories @stylepetal or snap chat, you would have experienced my excitement over our room at CitizenM Tower of London – I also vlogged this trip, which will be up on my channel soon, so fear not if you missed me showing you the bloody mind blowing gadgetry of this room!


 


Eeverything about this hotel made us smile, which made us feel so at ease during a really busy time. It allowed me to stand back, appreciate things, enjoy myself and reflect on what I wanted to do next. When I have a really good experience, I want to shout about it and tell everyone! You’ll probably get this idea when you see the vlog! Walking in (straight off the tube I might add – The CitizenM Tower of London hotel is literally right next to the tube!) we were immediately warmly welcomed and shown exactly what to do (great for a hotel novice like me!) In fact, all of the staff went out of their way to make you feel comfortable, which personally for me, makes a good experience a great one – you could have stunning hotel but if the staff let it down then you feel a bit deflated – in this case we felt so valued and literally both didn’t want to leave!


 


“After our event, we had a late night glass of vino on the 7th floor sky bar and you know when you go somewhere and feel emotionally overwhelmed with happiness, great fullness and just pure amazement? Yeah, we had that. We stood outside the glass walled bar looking over the London skyline and both said we NEED to come back here, it’s definitely now a happy place of ours, that we plan on running back to ASAP.”



One thing worth noting: this hotel is EXTREMELY instagrammable (hey bloggers paradise!) The bed was hands down the comfiest I’ve ever slept on (also, I didn’t even know they made beds that big!) and we tipsily jumped in the watch a marathon of late night films. There’s automatic, black out blinds (Like the ones from Cameron Diaz’s place on The Holiday!) but we kept them open and woke up to the sun rising over The Tower of London, which was a pinch me moment, being someone who has dreamed of waking up to a view like that one day. I Jumped into the rain shower (complete with iPad controlled lighting!), popped down stairs and had the most AMAZING breakfast and coffee. I’m a vegetarian and never had I had such an amazing choice! You all know I bloody love a good brunch and am a huge coffee whore, so I was in my element. They also have a fab coffee bar at the front of the Hotel, which is amazing for people watching – I definitely plan on having a date with myself and my laptop when I’m next in the area! 



Are you guilty of over working yourself? How do you know when to take some time out? I’d also love to know if you guys have ever stayed at CitizenM – I literally have recommended it no ends to everyone! Truly is one of my favourite hotels to date that I’ve stayed in – next I’m planning on visiting their Paris or New York hotels!

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Photography by Ben Kapur

Big thanks to the lovely guys at CitizenM for our wonderful stay! This was a collaborative post, however creative direction, thoughts, etc are all my own!