Take me back to Pefkos.

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 The last sunset in Paradise

If you read my last post you’ll know I’ve been away soaking up some Autumn sun in Greece! I popped over to the Greek Island of Rhodes for a week with my Mum & Dad to enjoy a super relaxing break from being a grown up and doing anything even remotely important (I didn’t even have to wash up, not once!). It was a week of beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets and fancy food (I even tried caviar!). We stayed in the lovely resort of Pefkos, a small but perfectly formed village propped up between the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea and the rocky (goat inhabited) island mountains. We stayed at the Matina Hotel perfectly situated next to the beach, a typically Greek hotel made up of self-catering apartments that were just perfect for us.

 

If you’ve never been to Rhodes, or Greece even, I’d seriously recommend it – especially if you’re looking for somewhere to relax that’s not too far away but a little less commercialised than Spain or the Canary Islands. Don’t get me wrong Greece can be pretty commercialised and touristy but there’s still plenty of places to enjoy more untouched Greek culture. Especially on some of the Greek islands and even more so on those that don’t have airports and so aren’t part of the tourist path way just yet. We’re thinking of visiting Skopelos, which is the beautiful Island where the film Mamma Mia was filmed, you have to fly out to Skiathos and catch a ferry to the Island from there to get to it so surprisingly it’s not yet inundated with tourists despite the movie.

 

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Going gold…

I like to keep things simple on holiday and try to pack things that could be dressed up or down in a million different ways – and obviously the most versatile piece any of us have at our disposal is a black dress so, of course, I ended up wearing this LBD the most. This time I dressed it up with this beautiful and oh so detailed Kimono from Topshop because we were off to try the fancy Kyma Beach restaurant (and a Kimono was about as fancy as I wanted to get in the stifling heat!) I teamed it with these gorgeous simple jelly shoes from New Look (no shame, none what so ever), lots of new gold-look jewellery and my trusty ol’ 90s (like really from the 90s) ‘going-out’ bag.

 

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I’ve always worn silver jewellery and I’ve never really been that adventurous with it, usually opting for the same pieces every day but more recently I’ve been trying to push my boundaries and try gold. I know, wild. I added my new favourite Ted Baker bangle from House of Fraser and my newly purchased silver and gold Pandora ring as well as some cheapo gold-look costume jewellery from Primark to finish off. Overall I’m pretty happy with the finished gold look, I’m not saying I’ll be surrendering my silver collection just jet but I’ll certainly be happy to add to my gold one ;)

 

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I’M GOING ON HOLIDAY!*

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Σ ‘αγαπώ (I love you)

It’s cold, it’s rainy and winter is biting a little too early for my liking so I’m off to Rhodes for a week!

 

Greece is my favourite place to holiday. Every year for as long as I can remember my family & I have visited one Greek Island or another and I’ve fallen in love with each and every one. From the classic blue and white architecture and the faultless scenery to the amazing food and the fascinating culture, Greece is a place of wonder. Not to mention home to the friendliest people in the world.

 

Obviously, I’m not alone in my adoration for this beautiful country, scores of tourists and holidaymakers head to Greece for their annual vacation or a weekend away. Surrounded by the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, it has plenty to offer every type of visitor, whether it is famous landmarks, exciting attractions or exhilarating activities.

 

Companies like First Choice fly out to the Greek islands throughout the year, meaning that a trip to the alluring shores is never that far away. But if you’re still not convinced about Greece as your next potential holiday destination, here are five reasons why you should definitely consider visiting.

 

large (1) tumblr_mhb4st0Cfv1rdst6ho1_1280 large (2)1) Fascinating culture – Greeks are understandably proud of their rich history, which continues to shape the country’s culture and is still very much evident today. From language (that’s a little different everywhere you go in Greece) and religion to music and art, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in every aspect of Greece’s culture. Whether you visit a small local church or the Acropolis you’ll always find something amazing.

 

2) Stunning architecture - The majority of Greece’s most remarkable architecture dates back thousands of years. Not only are these buildings and structures stunning to look at, they also served political purposes and demonstrated civic pride. Ancient architectural highlights include the Parthenon, the Erechtheum and the Temple of Apollo at Didyma.

 

3) Fantastic food - Thanks in part to its geographical location, Greece enjoys a healthy yet delectable diet. There is no real secret behind its mouth-watering cuisine, as long as fresh ingredients, flavourings and spices, olive oil and simplicity are apparent. Famous dishes include moussaka, souvlaki and choriatiki. Greek Salad is one of my all time faves and I’ll be bringing back as much olive oil as my baggage limit will allow.

 

4) Superb nightlife - After a day of discovering Greece’s culture, gazing at its architecture and trying the food, a few drinks in a local wine bar are gladly received. However, those wanting to dance the night away are also catered for, as several of Greece’s 1,400 islands are well-known for their lively party spots. I’m not too mad for club 18-30, usually opting for a nightcap with Dad on the balcony instead but for those looking to shake it off you’re never too far from a nightclub.

 

5) Brilliant weather - Regardless of the time or season you decide to visit Greece, excellent weather is somewhat guaranteed. Temperatures often exceed 40C in the height of summer, but sea breezes make this much more comfortable. In spring and autumn, more adventurous activities are possible while some much needed sunshine can still be had in winter. It’s looking like 25C in Rhodes next week, I can’t ruddy wait!

 

If I don’t blog again before I go, I’ll speak to you soon! X

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Have you visited Greece or any of the Greek Islands? Do you have a favourite?

 

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The Easy Life — the Comfort of Cordless Irons*

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I like my money where I can see it. In my closet. 

 

You know you’re getting old when you start to care about ironing. At uni I ironed nothing, I didn’t see the point, you stretch the creases out of clothes when you wear them I said, no one cares I said, clothes crease when you wear them anyway I said. I was wrong. Still, I’m not in the good habit of actually doing the ironing…I tend to do it bit by bit or l let the clothes pile up and up until I can’t look at them anymore and have to force myself to do it. But it’s such hard work! This my friends, is where I introduce to you, the Cordless iron.

 

They’re portable
One of the major benefits of a cordless iron is the fact that it’s portable. This is particularly handy if you’re on the move. Better still it allows you to iron in the room of the house that suits you. Instead of forcing you to get those creases out of your clothes in a more confined room of the house, simply because it has more plugs available, cordless irons will let you do the job somewhere more spacious, like in the living room (and with the TV on, of course!).

 

They don’t get tangled
When you have kids running around the house, the last thing you want is a spaghetti junction of cords and cables. Remember, kids are curious little souls and know no danger. They might come right up to the ironing board and ask what you’re doing, and this household appliance will be extremely hot. By minimising the potential to get caught up in them the more safely you can iron, and the less potential there is for accidents that might involve the young ones.
Not only this, a cordless iron allows you to iron more freely. You don’t have to worry about snagging the cord getting caught on the board or having to iron on the wrong side of the board. You won’t be ironing at awkward angles that can damage the wrists and forearms.

 

They’re a lighter load
The beauty of a cordless iron is the lighter load that the absence of the cable represents. Without the cable you can just glide over your clothes (not literally!) while you press them. There’s less stress on the wrists and the whole chore becomes so much easier. Not only that, this lack of a cord means you can buy an iron that has a larger water tank and won’t have to make so many trips to the sink to fill it up. Some of these are removable, so rather than carry the whole iron over to the sink for a refill, you just have to bring the tank, which is much lighter.

 

They’re safer

Don’t forget, if you use an iron with a cord, you’re at more risk of an electric shock, or even of the cord catching fire. With a cordless iron, you stand less chance of getting burned.

Ironing is a tough job but one that has to be done *sigh*. You may as well make it much easier and more comfortable. Then you’re already half way to getting those creases out! What do you think? 

 

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