Barcelona Photo Diary

Me standing on a balcony in Parc Güell

We just got back from a family holiday over in Barcelona. Surprisingly, this was our first trip to Spain and I’m delighted to say that I had an amazing time. Barcelona truly took my breath away and I wanted to share some of the photos I took whilst away.

Gothic Quarter

Me standing in front of graffiti in the Gothic Quarter

Our first port of call was the Gothic Quarter. We were due to take a 2 hour walking tour around the area however we managed to miss it thanks to us all waking up a little later than expected. Oops! Instead we made our way over and had a wander with Sai giving us some facts she found on her phone. After some wandering we made out was to La Rambla to take a stroll.

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Book Review: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

S.T.A.G.S book cover

S.T.A.G.S by M. A Bennett is set in a private boarding school and follows Greer Macdonald as she begins her first scholarship year at the prestigious institute. Greer has moved from her public comprehensive school in Manchester to join the elite in a school that not only nurtures tradition but dies by it. She’s a misfit who finds herself isolated until she receives an invite for huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ from the Medievals (S.T.A.G.S prefects and popular kids) over half term weekend. But sometimes things truly are too good to be true…

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A Letter To My Younger Self

Close up of a girl smiling on the beach as she brushes hair out of her face

Dear Zara,

Count yourself as blessed, your life is one that is full of love and laughter. I know that there were difficult times when you were not sure how to smile but you will come to understand that with good times also comes difficulty. It’s through that difficulty that life becomes all the more sweet. 

You have never had trouble in making friends but in keeping them. As you grow older you will lose people from your life fast and hard but you need to understand that this is nothing personal. It is a natural part growing up. Your interests have started to change and there is less common ground to cover. In the long run, you will see that this is better than trying to maintain meaningless relationships with people. The loss of your friendship group makes you get involved with people who do not have your best interests at heart but you struggle to see that. Keep faith because you will and forgive yourself for not seeing it sooner. 

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Enamel Pin Wishlist with Old English Company *

Enamel pins on a white background. Tiger with the words 'Go Get 'Em'. Black banner with the gold word 'Hustle'. Black whale with silver words 'I Whaley Love You'. Words 'Coffee First'. Pink rectangle with gold words 'Squad Goals'

Since our little trip to Disneyland Paris, I’ve become obsessed with pins. I’m currently in the process of decorating my work lanyard and so I’m constantly on the hunt for some cute pins. So, when I found Old English Company and saw the array of enamel pins they had to offer, it took no time at all for me to fall in love. After having a browse I’ve put together a small wishlist of the pins I want from Old English Company.

1) Go Get ‘Em – I’m sure this is the cutest pin I’ve ever seen! Everyone needs a little motivating friend.

2) Hustle – When I want something I work hard for it. A constant reminder on the days I am procrastinating. You have to hustle hard for what you want.

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Cover of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine on a bed

The story of Eleanor Oliphant takes place in Scotland as we learn more about the 30 year old’s day to day life. She has worked in the same office doing finances since the age of 21, eats the same meal deal for lunch everyday and spends her weekends polishing of 2 bottles of vodka before starting the week fresh. In short, Eleanor Oliphant appears to be nothing extraordinary. A rather prim and proper character, she struggles to have any meaningful interactions with her work colleagues and lacks in the friends department due to her odd behaviour. That all changes when a small act of kindness takes her entire life out of the comfort zone it has been sitting in for almost a decade and forces her to address how exactly she is living her life.

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