Tuesday, 29 March 2016

8 inspirational workspaces for bloggers, writers and creatives

Living at Mat's parents house at the moment means I don't currently have a desk to work from. With two of us in a small room there's just not space! That hasn't stopped me from lusting over beautiful workspaces on Pinterest. I'd actually pay to work from spaces like this. Is there an Air B&B for that? 

Here are my faves:

1. Chic and simple

You can't go wrong with light tones and metallic accessories. I love the geometric shapes that are carried through the furniture and print.


2. Organised

I'm so much more in sync with my schedule and workload when I can see it in front of me. This organised individual has it down, with a chalk calendar on the wall and a decent amount of storage space. Drawers and folders don't have to look like ugly clutter!


3. Calm

The blue accents, soft furnishings and plants give this desk area so much chill. A large print or wall hanging is ideal if you're not working near a window, so you have something to look at while you're thinking.


4. Wanderlust

This is probably my favourite workspace of the bunch purely for the colour. The map print is beautiful and the mix of wooden furniture and bright tribal print suggests this person is vibrant and has a sense of adventure!


5. Rustic

This is a slightly more masculine/neutral space so would be ideal if your desk setup is in a shared space or needs to blend into another area like a living room. The shelving has been used so creatively, forming a little cubbyhole you can use get immersed in your projects.


6. Fashionista

This is such a cool space - I love the arrow light! I can imagine this as the space of a blogger or fashion journalist. It's fairly simple in terms of the wall colour and furniture but the cushion, light and pinboard can easily be switched up as trends and seasons change.



7. Girly

This would be an ideal setup if working from your bedroom, which at least from my point of view tends to be the most feminine space in a house or flat. The flowers and prints have a personal touch about them. If like many you're still living with your parents it's nice to have a space you can put your own stamp on with art and decoration.



8. Blank canvas

Sometimes white spaces can be great for creativity. It's not totally lacking in personality but there are no busy distractions to stop you from getting sh*t done.


How do you organise your workspace?












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Sunday, 27 March 2016

My top 3 things to do on the Isle of Wight

I have to admit that when Mat said he'd booked us a trip to the Isle of Wight I wasn't immediately sold. See, I'm not really the kind of person who enjoys holidaying in the UK. I like city breaks, new cultures, warm weather and sand between my toes. Surely there's nothing to do on a little old British island? I pictured old people and nature enthusiasts rambling the hills in waterproof macs.

I can now readily admit that I was wrong - I had a great time on the Isle of Wight and the rural, local feel of everything gave us the right balance of 'home from home' and discovering something new. We stayed in a traditional B&B but you can also camp or caravan if you wish and there are also spa hotels dotted around. One thing you'll definitely need is a car or at the very least a push bike (although be prepared for a real uphill struggle on some roads).

We got up to lots but here are my top 3 activities too do on the Isle of Wight:





Monkey Haven

Let me start by saying that while it took an age (thanks to loads of rush hour car accidents) to drive down to the ferry, once you're on the Isle of Wight everything is so close - nothing is more than 45 mins drive away. After a 15 minute journey we reached our first stop, Monkey Haven

Monkeys are probably my favourite animal, but seeing them in cramped zoo conditions always makes me sad. Monkey Haven however is actually a rescue centre. These primates have been kept as illegal pets, used as photo props and generally severely mistreated to the point that they cannot go back into the wild. 

Hearing the keepers tell stories about where these animals had been rescued from seemed a world away from their large, immaculately clean enclosures and the happy behaviour they were displaying. It really was a lovely place and the monkeys, meerkats and owls were all enjoying themselves!





The Garlic Farm

This place was off down one of the scariest craziest roads ever (I'm definitely not a country girl), but once you get past that then nestled in a little valley is the Garlic Farm, If you don't like the taste or smell then it's not for you, but if like me you put it in everything then step this way. Even Mary Berry has been here!

Not only does the whole place have a mouth watering garlic scent but there's tonnes to do - from farm walks to tastings. There's also a shop and (my favourite part) a restaurant. We went for lunch and I had a ploughman's that came with a gigantic bulb of roast garlic.


Mat went all in for a burger which had some serious garlic mayo and some garlic fries which was dreamy. Needless to say even the next day we both absolutely stank, but it was worth it!






Carisbrooke Castle

I've been to a few castles before on school trips and stuff but Carisbrooke is probably the most 'in tact' I've ever seen, probably thanks to the fact that parts of it were lived in even until the 1920s. Charles I was held here as prisoner before his trial and execution and you can see his (creepy) quarters. I'm such a history geek that I even knew what kind of castle it was - motte and bailey seeing as you asked!

We turned up on the first day of the season, so it wasn't too busy, and it was also a bloomin' lovely day. We actually took our coats off, ate lunch outside at the cafe, and caved in to the strategically positioned ice cream van.

As you can see from the photos I took with my beloved Olympus Pen, the buildings, grounds and views from the walls are just stunning. It was a clear day and we could see for miles and miles. Mat was actually born nearby before his parents moved, and we could see his old house!

I almost forgot to mention that the castle is home to some cute rescue donkeys, who lend a helping hand in daily demonstrations turning the wheel that operates a deep well. Back in the day they actually made prisoners and work donkeys turn the wheel for hours on end but these little guys only had to do about 60 seconds. Make sure you catch it if there.

There's plenty of other stuff to get up to on the Isle of Wight, to the point we could easily have spent another week there! We also went to the Needles, had a walk along a beautiful but wet and windy beach and did some shopping in Newport. There's definitely something for everyone.
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