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A Weekend in Bogota – City Guide

The final destination on our Colombian adventure this summer was Bogota.

The city’s not so great reputation originally left us considering a one day stop over however after hearing the rave reviews from other travelers we decided to extend our visit to a full weekend and it turned out to be such a great decision.  Though Bogota can be a dangerous city if you don’t keep your wits about you, it is also artsy and colorful, with graffiti covering the buildings, creative restaurants, boutique shopping and cool culture.  The streets are bustling with vitality and the abundant architecture, museums and city life means there is so much to discover.

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7 Must-Do’s in Cartagena…

Cartagena is an UNESCO World Heritage site located on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and is considered one of South America’s top colonial destinations, alongside Cuzco and Ouro Preto.

Though the most touristy place we visited in Colombia, the city has a lot to offer and I was drawn to promises of cobbled streets, sunny plazas and bougainvillea covered houses.  The magic of the old town conjures up feelings of romance, mystery and inspiration and our two nights spent here were filled with exploring the maze-like streets, photographing the beautiful architecture and drinking coffee in leafy plazas.

If you are planning to visit Colombia, a stop off in Cartagena is highly recommended.  Here are my 7 must-do’s while visiting the city…

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How to Travel the San Bernardo Islands like a Pro…

San Bernardo is an archipelago of ten islands forming half of Colombia’s ‘PNN Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo’ and are situated two hours off the coast of Cartagena in the Caribbean sea.

The islands are a well known destination for holidaying Colombians however are pretty off-the-beaten track for the regular tourist trail.  While planning our trip to Colombia this summer I kept coming across mentions of them from backpacker friends but could find little information about them online.  All I knew was that they were secluded islands with paradise beaches and off the beaten track – exactly what I was looking for!

I read traveler forums which suggested staying on the main land in Cartagena or Tolu and visiting the islands on a boat tour.  The tours spend the day island hopping, finishing up on Isla Murcura for lunch and sunbathing time, before taking you back to the mainland before evening.

Following the crowds and organized tours aren’t really my vibe.  And I wanted to spend at least a week on the islands not one day.  So we decided to break away and visit the islands our own way.  Organization was a little difficult but the adventure meant we got to stay longer, bond with the locals and experience real island life.

Here is my guide to travel the San Bernardo islands like a pro…

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8 Reasons to Travel Colombia

Since traveling around South America back in 2009 it has always been my dream to return to this magical continent and visit Colombia.

On our initial trip we chose to skip Colombia, feeling hesitant about the countries safely and political situation, and instead opted for the more central route of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil & Argentina.  I loved our trip and I would never wished to change it, but so many of the backpackers we met on route told us of the magic of Colombia and what incredible experiences they had there and the dream to explore Colombia was sparked in me.

This summer, nearly seven years after my first visit, we decided to finally make my Colombia dreams a reality.  We finished up work at the end of July, left our laptops at home and headed off on a three and a half week adventure that was one of the best experiences of my life.

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Packing for a European Mini-Break…

I am really excited because this week I travel to rural Southern France to visit family and work with some new Style Session clients.  It will be my first holiday of the season and I couldn’t be happier about spending five days relaxing in the sun, exploring crumbing, rural villages and eating delicious French food.  It’s going to be beautiful.

As you know I love traveling and everything that it brings, except one thing – the packing!  I am a terrible packer!  Being a total fashion girl I want to take my whole wardrobe away with me every time and almost always end up over the weight limit and/or sitting on my suitcase to try and cram everything in!  This is especially difficult when, like for this trip, I only have carry on luggage so I really am limited to one small suitcase only!

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Must Have Pieces for Your Summer Wardrobe…

Temperatures are soaring here in Milan and summer has most definitely arrived.  I love the start of summer because it means holidays and travel are just around the corner and I am getting busy planning our summer trip.  But with it also comes the opportunity to inject some life into your wardrobe and add some key pieces to experiment and have fun with.

Here is my lowdown of six on-trend pieces to add to your wardrobe this summer.  Mix them in with your existing wardrobe for an easy trend update and use them as the foundation for building a new outfits.  It’s up to you! The important thing to remember when styling your summer outfits, make sure you have fun with it!

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How to Live Like a Milanese…

I have been living in Milan for nearly three years now, and although England is definitely still my home, I find it amazing to see how settled and homely Milan feels to me now.  I really noticed it on my recent trip home last month.  I was so excited to go home and had such strong feelings of being home when I arrived, but then when I got back to Milan a week later it felt like I was coming home too.  I found it so interested how both places can feel like home to me but in two very different ways, and it made me happy to think Milan has become my home away from home.

I started to think about all the little personalities traits and Milan-isms this city has for me that makes it different from home.  And though I am definitely still 100% English, I have noticed myself picking up on them and how they have become normal for me.  It reminds me how no two countries or even cities are the same which is why traveling is so exciting and eye opening for me.

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Must Have Fashion Items for Spring…

I love to see the new trends at the start of every season and I think it provides a great opportunity to experiment with your style and try something new.  A great way to do this is to choose some of the seasons key pieces and add those into your wardrobe for an easy, on-trend update.  You can mix them into your favorite outfits or use them to breath some life into your wardrobe staples.

Here is my lowdown of eight beautiful on trend pieces for Spring…

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