A TRIP TO SCARBOROUGH

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The month of April brought with it a mini-break to Scarborough. Neither Rich nor I had visited before, and being the type of people that would rather like to visit every single place ever, we gladly accepted the offer of a trip away to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.

The hotel itself is set in such tranquil grounds that you could get lost in for hours on the various walks. There are nooks to sit in just outside the hotel both day or night and the views from our lounge window went on for miles. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and the staff continued to be as efficient, warm and friendly throughout, pre-empting our every need and always on hand if we had any questions.

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We sampled breakfasts, afternoon tea and dinners during our stay. I’ve sat pondering how to explain just how good it was but I’m not sure I can do it justice. It would be no word of a lie if I said that the five course (yes five!) dinner was the best food I have ever eaten. I realise that’s quite some statement, but entirely true. The pea and mint risotto was incredible, as was the soup, not forgetting the multiple deserts I consumed too. Rich and I are both vegetarian and were both so pleased by the separate vegetarian menu – it makes a change to have such a array of gorgeous foods to choose from. Even if you’re not in a position to stay at Ox Pasture, make sure you book a table in their courtyard restaurant – you won’t regret it, honestly.

 

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As a wedding photographer, I was interested to find out that Ox Pasture also host weddings after spotting some confetti on the path leading up to reception. It would be a stunning backdrop so if anyone fancies hosting their special day there, let me be your photographer – I’d love to return! As we drove aware from the hotel, I was sad to leave. We both had such a relaxing time that we left rejuvenated from lazy mornings, delicious food, lots of baths and walks in the fresh air surrounded by beautiful views. Thank you Ox Pasture Hall Hotel for the perfect mini-break.

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4 STEPS TO PERFECT HOLIDAY PACKING

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After finding myself making the same holiday packing mistakes again year after year, I think I’ve finally got it down to a tee! With my own summer holiday just around the corner, what better time to share my four steps to holiday packing perfection?! Right, grab yourself a cuppa, get comfy and prepare to write your ultimate holiday packing list…

 

1. Preparation – Pretty obvious and self explanatory, but it’s super important to consider how long you’re going for and whether you really need those extra knickers ‘just incase’. Just incase of what exactly?! I ask myself this every time, cos I’m guilty of it too! Do a little research in to what the weather is up to and generally just give yourself time to get organised. No ‘night before’ packing please 😉
2. Colour Palettes – Now, nobody is saying you have to be boring and wear the same colour your whole trip, but choose a handful of shades that will compliment each other. Mixing and matching to make new outfits is your best friend. Chic monochrome, nautical navy and reds, or pastel shades all work a treat! If you’re going with lots of bright shades, keep your accessories and footwear neutral.
3. Budget – Don’t pack anything that’s cost you a fortune or you’d be upset to lose. After my case going completely missing never to be seen again not just once, but twice now (I know right!) and loosing some of my favourite vintage finds and expensive pieces I’d saved hard for, I always make sure I pack with that in mind. The high street has some amazing bits, I picked up my bikini from George whilst doing my food shop can you believe! Don’t be afraid to grab yourself a bargain!
4. Capture – Whether you’re on holiday the other side of the world or on a mini break just thirty minutes away from your home, getting time away fills you with inspiration and ideas. Make sure you’ve got some way of capturing your thoughts and make memories along the way. I always take a pocket-sized notebook that never leaves my side, plus my DSLR and a film camera too.
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Do you have any holiday packing tips you’d think we’d all love? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me as I’d love to hear all about them, my suitcase will thank you later! 😉 x