Currently Loving: Benefit Eye Makeup


 Benefit Cosmetics is just one of those brands who really have their stuff together. Their branding is so on point, you immediately know if a product is Benefit just from its packaging and most importantly, I love their makeup and skincare.

For years I have raved about their products (particularly the Roller Lash mascara) so I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to try out a load more which I was so kindly gifted by Debenhams. It was definitely the most exciting #bloggermail I've ever had the pleasure to open!

They're Real Mascara*

I'll be honest in saying I didn't use to be the biggest fan of this mascara but I've grown to like it more and more. It has a plastic wand which kind of seals the deal for me as I'm not a huge fan of bristle wands and it works like a dream. My lashes are instantly more full and even though I didn't used to like the really full on clumpy look, I really love it now! I'm chuffed to have got a mini version too which will be perfect to pop in my bag for travelling!

They're Real Tinted Lash Primer*

I had never even heard of this before it came through my letterbox but I'm so glad I've discovered it now. I don't know how it works but it just really boosts my lashes! After a couple of coats of this and then the mascara, my lashes look much longer and I feel like they hold their position a bit more. I've also been using this on those 'no makeup days' when I just want a couple of swipes of mascara and a touch of concealer and it works really well for that because it looks so natural on its own.

They're Real Push Up Liner*

I tried out a little tester of this product when it originally came out a few years ago and I didn't get on with it very well. After giving it another go, I still don't get on with it. It's just too much fiddly for me  and I find it really hard to apply. Unfortunately this is a huge thumbs down from me but I'd love to know how other people got on with it! The longevity is impressive though! It's pretty smudge proof and didn't transfer at all when I wore it but I just really don't have the patience to apply it. Also, fast drying eyeliner leaves no room for mistake - I found out the hard way!

They're Real Duo Shadow Blender*

I'll start by saying my Mum and her friends think this product is genius and if this goes walkabouts in a few days then I'll know exactly where it's gone! I receive the 'Naughty Neutral' shade and the colours are gorgeous. I just know I'm going to get so much use out of these shades for both day and evening looks! The idea is you use the sponge applicator to swipe the shadow along your lid and even though I really didn't think it was going to work, it really did! The colours blend really well together and despite thinking I'd need to blend some more with a brush, I didn't have to!

They're Real Double The Lip (Lusty Rose)*

I was least excited to try this lip liner/lipstick duo and it's been the biggest surprise! I thought this was going to be a bit of a gimmick but it's actually really bloody good! It's so easy to apply, long lasting, moisturising, pigmented and doesn't smell overpowering (my pet hate with lipsticks). It's an absolute hit and I've already got my eye on a couple other colours, really can't recommend this enough!

Please stay tuned for more in-depth, individual reviews which will be coming over the next few months! And a huge thank you once again to Debenhams for sending me all of this, it's definitely going down as one of my proudest blogger moments!

What are your favourite Benefit products? I'd love to know!

My Favourite Autumnal Films


There's nothing better in the colder months than curling up on the sofa with a blanket and sticking a film on. It's one of my favourite things to do and gives you time to write blog posts, edit photos or even get cracking on your Christmas list (I've almost finished mine).

My love for cosy movie nights actually gave me the idea of this post and even though I don't have a 4K Panasonic TV to watch my favourite autumnal films on, I make do!

Fantastic Mr Fox

If any of you have watched this film you'll know exactly why it's in this list. The screen is always filled with vibrant autumnal oranges and browns so just looking at it whether it's paused or not will make you feel ready for autumn. On a more personal note, I genuinely love this film as it's a Roald Dahl adaptation and he was my favourite author growing up. My Auntie and Uncle used to be very close with the Dahls and used to take me to his house and gypsy caravan when I was younger and Liccy Dahl even used to sign books for me! So as you can imagine, anything Roald Dahl related - I love it!

Gossip Girl

I know this isn't strictly a film but there's something about Gossip Girl which makes me so excited for autumn and winter. Is it Blair's incredible outfits? The huge Thanksgiving dinners? Or just New York in autumn time? Whatever it is, I love it! Also is there a better programme to completely binge on in the same pair of trackies for months on end? 

Addams Family Values

There had to be a Halloween film in here somewhere! This is by far my favourite Halloween film! Firstly because I'm a bit of a scaredy cat and don't actually enjoy horrors and secondly, I used to watch this on repeat when I was little. If you've never seen it there where have you been! They've even produced it as a musical starring Carrie Hope Fletcher which I can't wait to see!

Edward Scissorhands

I suppose this is kind of a Halloween film but I always watch this at some point between October and Christmas... Don't ask me why, I just do! It's actually quite a sad film but an absolute classic nonetheless and Johnny Depp was actually nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in it. How can you not watch a Johnny Depp film?

So grab yourself a cuppa, box of treats and put on your favourite pyjamas because it's movie time! What are your favourite films around this time of year?

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Five Things You Should Do In The Isle Of Wight

Isle of Wight Shanklin Village
Isle of Wight Shanklin Village
Isle of Wight Alum Bay The Needles
Isle of Wight Alum Bay The Needles
Isle of Wight Alum Bay The Needles Chairlift
Isle of Wight Godshill Model Village
Isle of Wight Godshill Model Village
Isle of Wight Godshill Model Village
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Isle of Wight scones Vernon Cottage
Isle of Wight Shanklin beach
Isle of Wight Alum Bay The Needles
Isle of Wight Shanklin chine
Isle of Wight Shanklin beach
Isle of Wight The Rock Shop
Isle of Wight The Rock Shop

Instead of a holiday abroad this year, Toby and I decided to go for a staycation in my favourite childhood place of the Isle of Wight. I'll be completely honest in saying it was a lot more exciting when I was younger but nevertheless we had a really lovely time.

Since I'm getting more into travel posts, I thought I'd give you an idea of my five favourite spots or things to do in the Isle of Wight for young adults. There are tonnes of websites that show you activities for kids but not a lot for young adults so it's easy to get a bit stumped for what to do.

Scones at Vernon Cottage

We popped into here on a bit of a whim, we just needed to refuel and rest our legs but I noticed scones on the menu and before we knew it, we were tucking into them with strawberry jam and clotted cream. So this was an accidental find really but aren't they the best kind of discoveries? If you're near Shanklin and just want a cuppa and some delicious scones then you really must try out Vernon Cottage! I seem to remember it being really affordable as well - I think we had two scones each and drink for £12!

The Needles

This is one of the biggest attractions in the Isle of Wight even though it can be a bit of a drive, depending on whereabouts you're staying. Unfortunately when we got there it was windy to say the least and the sun was only just peeping out the top of the clouds! There's quite a bit to do around there including mini golf, chairlifts, 4D cinema, sweet factory and the list goes on but I think it's quite dependent on the weather as we experienced.

Godshill Model Village

If you go to the Isle of Wight and don't check out the Model Village in Godshill then have you even gone to the Isle of Wight?! This is an absolutely classic for anyone of any age and you really have to admire the work that goes into each model! There are cute little coffee shops just down the road for you to enjoy a nice cuppa and scone after your walk around the Model Village.

Roast at the Yarbridge Inn

I always do my research before travelling somewhere so after a quick search on Tripadvisor, I found that the Yarbridge Inn in Sandown was the most popular place for a roast. I can see why! I didn't manage to get any snaps as I was too interested in my food but the roast beef was truly delicious and if I could, I'd go back! The restaurant itself was lit with fairy lights and had a really homely feel and the staff were really lovely. I tell you what else was lovely... The caramel cheesecake! On a side note, it's not very expensive - we got two roasts, two pints of lemonade, a dessert and a coffee for only £36!

Trip to Cowes

Cowes is one of my favourite places in the Isle of Wight not only for the cute shops but also the incredible boats docked in the harbour. It's also conveniently where the Red Funnel ferry port is located so you can make a day out of it on your arrival or departure. For anyone interested in sailing like myself, you should look into Cowes week which is the biggest annual sailing regatta in the world and you can even hop on a spectator boat to watch all the action out at sea, pretty cool huh?

If sailing isn't your thing then there are loads of shops, restaurants and other things to do around the streets of West Cowes and you can get a ferry between their and East Cowes although I prefer the west side.

Have you ever been to the Isle of Wight? I'd love to know what you get up to over there!

How I'm Incorporating Textures Into My Autumn Wardrobe

French Connection Suede Snakeskin Skirt
French Connection Suede Snakeskin Skirt

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You only need to scroll through Twitter or Instagram for two seconds to see how many bloggers are excited for autumn. I've been seeing lots of candles, fluffy socks and more leaf emojis than ever so I feel like it's officially time to start buzzing for the colder months. It's not like we ever have a proper summer in England anyway!

One of my favourite things about autumn is fashion. It makes me so happy to ditch the playsuits and say hello to scarves, boyfriend coats and black boots. It's not even that cold at the moment which is annoying as I'm sooooo ready to layer and wrap up. That's the problem with the chillier months though, sometimes you layer up so much that suddenly your whole outfit disappears into basically a coat and boot combo and there's nothing else to see. That's where this blog post comes in. 

I felt so inspired by my shopping trip this week that I thought I'd write about how I'm incorporating more textures into my AW wardrobe. This is for two main reasons.

1. It's so easy to only wear black in autumn, so textures can break up an outfit more and make it a little less plain.

2. As I previously mentioned, when your outfit is basically just a coat, jeans and boots (because everything else is hidden), then you need textures to jazz it up a bit.

So now you know why I'm trying to incorporate more textures into my autumn outfits but how am I actually doing it?

From now on, I try and make sure that every outfit I wear includes a couple of different bold textures (I'm not talking cotton) so this could be anything from leather or snakeskin to suede to studs to faux fur, you get the idea!

It's actually pretty easy when you get into the swing of it and you'll naturally have a favourite texture which you like to include in pretty much every outfit. I personally love leather. I feel naked without my beloved, battered and beaten leather jacket on and more often than not, I've got leather boots and a leather bag with me or I'm wearing leather coated jeans. Crikey, how many times can you say leather in one sentence?

More recently I've also been loving this French Connection snakeskin denim skirt which I was very kindly gifted from Love The Sales. I've never owned anything like it before and to be honest, I would prefer to wear it as a summer piece but with a jumper and tights, it works perfectly for autumn too.

One way which I'm hoping to add texture to my outfits is by throwing a teddy fur coat over the top but I just need to find one I fall in love with first. I've also been wearing either studded, fur or tassled boots, really chunky knitwear and my new aviator jacket from Primark which I absolutely love and it was only £30! 

How do you like to include different textures in your autumn/winter outfits?

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Four Tips For Having A Productive Day


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One of the things I hate the most is when I don't have a productive day. That may make me sound like a complete control freak but hey, I can't change it! I just hate the feeling that I've wasted a day and not got anything done that I should have. Please tell me there's someone else out there like that? So here are a bunch of my best tips for having a productive day whether you're at work or not.

Create a realistic to do list

The keyword in this is 'realistic'. I know how easy it is to write a huge to do lists with all tasks, big and small, but are you really going to get much of it done? Nowadays I prefer to keep it simple and only list the things which actually need doing or I know I can get them done that day. And if you don't already write to do lists then maybe you should try it. I don't know anyone who can resist the satisfaction of ticking things off a list!

Use your commute to your advantage

A majority of us who work have to commute so why not use this time more efficiently? It's a bit different if you're driving but if you jump on a train to work, you could catch up with blog posts, edit any photos you have lined up for Instagram and write the captions, respond to emails, the list is endless!

Don't try to multi-task

I am probably the worst person to advise on this as I used to try and do anything and everything at the same time but my habits have changed since then. Recently, I've only been focusing on one task at a time and channelling all my concentration into that. You might find that you'll complete everything so much quicker and then you know you can move onto the next task on your list. Even us women can't really multi-task!

Keep your inbox organised

Tidy inbox, tidy mind right? I find my days are so much more productive when I've cleared out my emails and either replied, deleted or labelled each one! You can even colour code the folders with your calendar for extra satisfaction!

I hope these tips can help you boost your own productivity and help you get shit done! I promise you, you'll sleep so much easier when you know you've had a productive day and ticked everything off your list!

I'll add in here on another note, how much do you love these sunnies? I loved my other ones so much I got these as well! Glassesshop.com also offer prescription glasses, glasses frames and any other type of eyeglasses you can think of! They've also been kind enough to offer you all 50% off when you use 'GSHOT50' at the checkout!

Do you have any tips for having a productive day?

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My Plans For The Rest Of 2017


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I've seen a few of these posts dotted around recently and I quite like the idea of having an autumn/winter plan so here we go. I've had an alright 2017 so far but I'm not entirely convinced it's been the best year of my life so I'm going to make the most of it before it disappears in a few short months.

Isle of Wight

Tomorrow I jet off (well, ferry off) to my favourite childhood place of the Isle of Wight. I can't even remember how many holidays we had there but it was a lot. I'm going with Toby and I am seriously so excited I can barely contain myself but as any Brit will know, you can never trust the weather and unfortunately we've got five days of rain to look forward to. Hopefully we can still get some snaps out there though, even if I'm wearing a raincoat in most of them!

Work work work

I'm planning on working ten times harder on my blog and Instagram for the latter part of the year. I'm talking more photos, posts, better content and more exciting collaborations (hopefully) and I can't wait to get cracking! The only nightmare I'm having is that I never have anyone to take photos of me (I sound like the most vain person in the world). We're not all blessed enough to have a photographer for a boyfriend!

Visiting friends

I honestly feel like the worst friend sometimes, I've said to so many of my close friends that I would go and visit them at uni and here we are, three years later and I still haven't seen some of them! On my list so far I've got trips to make to Cheltenham, Newcastle, Canterbury and Bournemouth so it's time to start pencilling them in my diary!

Cosy nights

As I've mentioned a gazillion times before, I'm saving for a mortgage so that means less pub nights and more cosy nights in to save money. I think I'd prefer to be snuggled up in front of the TV with a huge bar of Galaxy anyway and I can't wait for that to finally be acceptable... I think September may be a tad too early for it! It will give me more chilled out time to work on my blog as well.. I can just picture the 

Bath

Last year I was adamant that I was going to the infamous Bath Christmas market but unfortunately it just didn't happen. This year I am going, even if it's the last thing I do! I'm feeling so festive already (sitting here watching Zoella's vlogmas from last year as I write this) and already bought a few presents and we're not even half way through September yet so I absolutely cannot wait to step into a magical Christmas paradise!

I can't wait to get cracking on everything I've mentioned and still feel so in shock that we're in the 'bers' already! Also, if you want to stay updated on my Isle of Wight trip then I'll be posting what we're up to on Twitter and Instagram!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

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Five Ways I Started Saving Money


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I'm desperately trying to save for a house at the moment. And that is probably an understatement! I'm doing absolutely everything in my willpower to save money whether that's selling clothes on depop, babysitting or doing the following. Please don't take these tips as gospel as they aren't, they just work for me!

Deleting emails

ASOS are so bloody good at sucking me back into buying whatever is in my saved basket and the same goes for Office too when they notify me about their latest sale. I believe in 'out of sight, out of mind' so recently I've been binning these emails before you could say 'take my money'. This way, when I'm bored and start revisiting my emails, I won't be tempted to reopen them! Sorry to the marketing teams at my favourite shops for affecting your click through rates!

Eating in

If there's one thing I could spend a horrendous amount of money on, it's probably food. So to combat this desire, I've been making a conscious effort to eat in with either mine or Toby's family. You'd be surprised at the amount of money I've saved from it as well as taking my own lunch into work rather than popping to Tesco every lunch time.

Setting goals

I am soooooo motivated to move out it's actually ridiculous. Even the thought of buying tea towels and ironing boards makes me excited so I know deep down that I'd rather save another £40 for a mortgage than buy another pair of jeans. I've also set goals for myself every month for how much I want to save. This has really helped as I'm a very determined person and want to reach that target otherwise I feel like I've failed.

Sacrificing my social life

Trust me, there is nothing I enjoy more than a drink at the pub with my friends. Or going out for dinner, or bowling or the cinema or any other of the random things we get up to. However, it comes to a point where you do have to sacrifice that curry night (like I did last week) or that trip to the cinema. I'm not saying never go out with your friends and enjoy yourself, it's just for me, sometimes I'd be going out and spending £30 for the sake of it when in hindsight, I could've just waited for the film to come out on DVD!

One treat per month

We all know it's virtually impossible never to treat yourself so I've cut it down to one treat per month. This could be anything from makeup to shoes to a nice dinner out but only once a month! I've also been using Love The Sales for all my online shopping because everything is just so much cheaper and more hassle free! It's a genius idea and I wish I had found out about it sooner (before they contacted me - this isn't sponsored by the way!) because I'm sure it would've saved me a tonne of money!

I can honestly say since I've started doing these five things, my bank balance has dramatically increased! I'm not saying I'm a financial advisor or anything but these tips really have helped me and I hope they can do the same for others.

If you have any other tips for saving money then I'd love to know! Just leave them in the comments and we can all help each other out! We'll be millionaires before you know it!

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Beauty Rituals For When You're Hungover

Beauty tips for hangovers

In all honesty, I don't really get drunk anymore but a few months ago when I was feeling slightly worse for wear with a bit of a sore head I thought of writing this post. Being hungover is one of the absolute worst feelings, especially when you don't often drink that much. I'll probably have friends reading this saying 'but Katy you're always at the pub drinking pints' and yes, I know but rarely do I ever actually get drunk/smashed/sloshed/trollied/whatever you like to call it.

One way to pick you up when you feel like utter shite is to up your beauty game on those hungover days. I feel like it just makes you feel a bit more like a human and will do your skin wonders!

Remove last night's dregs of makeup

We've all had those nights where we crawl into bed fully clothed with a face full of makeup and I don't blame you. No judgement going on here! So if removing your makeup wasn't your last priority of the night, make sure you take off the remnants in the morning with your favourite micellar water.

The best thing about using micellar water is #1 you can be lazy and #2 it doesn't smell too overpowering or sickly. And I for one do not want to be suffocated by the strong smell of tea tree oil!

Minty shower

I don't know why but a minty shower gel has some kind of magical power which wakes you up in no way an alarm clock could. It's known to make your brain and body more alert which is exactly what you need on those hungover days where you feel like you can't even get out of bed.

Cleanse and scrub

This is normally what sorts my skin right out. Of course I reach for my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which makes my skin feel so soft and freshened up after a late night of drinking! Follow up your cleanse with a good old scrub with your favourite exfoliator, mine's the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. This will energize the skin a bit and remove the rest of the dry, dead skin cells, making you look a bit more alive than you're probably feeling!

Bubble bath

If you don't have a bath when you're hungover then you must be in a really bad way! There's no better way to end the day (if you're not in the unfortunate position of having to go out that is) than a deep, hot, relaxing bubble bath. There are benefits too as the warm water draws out those horrible toxins which you consumed the night before. It sounds disgusting but once you've sweat them out, there will be less alcohol in your system.

After these four steps you should be feeling much more rejuvenated and that horrible hangover should fade away soon!

What are your favourite beauty rituals for when you're hungover?

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The Best Restaurant For Sushi Lovers


Anyone reading this post who knows me will know food is my saviour in life. If I'm ever grumpy it's probably down to the fact I haven't eaten and I'm one of those people who reaches for food no matter what mood I'm in. Happy? Eat. Sad? Eat. Stressed? Eat. You get the gist. And as I sit here typing this post for the second time (as for some bizarre reason it disappeared from my blog) I am annoyed/sad/stressed so as you can imagine, I am eating!

One type of food I'm really enjoying at the moment is Asian cuisine and if I had the choice to eat anything, it would definitely be that. I just feel as I'm getting older, it's time to experiment with different foods and step out of my comfort zone a bit more. And everyone knows I love me some noodles anyway!

So let's bear in mind my obsession with Asian food, now imagine my face when I get invited for dinner at the brand new YO! Sushi restaurant in Canterbury. Of course, I was super excited and couldn't wait to hop on a train there!

I'll be honest and say that I've never been to YO! Sushi before so I didn't really know how it worked. All I knew is that your food turned up on a mini conveyor belt, which I now know is called a kaiten, and the dishes were colour coded. Now I know how freshly prepared the food is, the story behind it and more importantly, how delicious it tastes!

When we arrived, we were greeted by some really lovely waitresses, one of which seated us and explained how to order and a bit more about the menu. She was so helpful and really sweet, haven't got a bad word to say about her! She encouraged us to try the Ramune Soda which is apparently the Japanese equivalent of coke or lemonade, it's basically their number one fizzy drink. They arrive in glass bottles with a plastic lid and a glass ball inside, so basically you have no clue how to get into them. After a couple of goes we managed to crack the puzzle, no spoilers here though to how we did it! It tasted a little like cream soda and despite it being super sweet, we both guzzled them down in a couple of seconds!

Now for the exciting part... FOOD!

We wasted no time in picking freshly prepared dishes off the kaiten and before we knew it, our whole table was covered with colourful bowls of the most delicious smelling food - I couldn't even see the menu underneath! My absolute favourite was the hoisin duck rolls which you can see in the pictures above. They were so tasty and Toby actually had to stop me from picking them off the conveyor belt every time they came around because I couldn't stop myself from tucking in! We also picked up some furikake fries, various types of gyoza, ebi katsu and Toby's favourite, spicy chicken rolls. I have to say, even though I don't like spicy food, they were actually really yummy and the rest of the cold dishes were so yummy. It's so hard not to keep picking them up time and time again!

After tucking into the cold dishes, it was now time to order the hot ones. Even though I literally wanted to order everything on the menu, I opted for the chicken chahan which is essentially rice, veg and chicken mixed together and hoisin duck bao which is a fluffy bun filled with duck and pickled cucumber. I did enjoy both of them but surprisingly, I much preferred the cold dishes!

One of the hardest decisions of the evening was selecting a dessert. I'd had my eye on the custard dorayaki since seeing the menu but souffle cheesecake was a close competitor. In the end, I went with the first option which is essentially two pancakes stuck together with custard and a raspberry coulis type of sauce on the side. Now let me tell you, it was so much more than that. So scrummy and I could've eaten them all day long. I'm even going to try and recreate it at home so I can eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner EVERY DAY! That's the dream anyway! Toby opted for the raspberry ice cream mochi which after a short bout of brain freeze, he demolished.

If you're ever in Canterbury and in need of a quick bite to eat or really fancy some flavoursome sushi then you know exactly where to go. It's also worth noting that the restaurant is positioned in the cutest little lane next to the war memorial and infamous Canterbury Cathedral. So once you've spent your day seeing the sites, you can pop in!

Let me know if you've ever been and what your favourite dishes are! I'd love to try out some more next time! Also, a huge thank you to YO! Sushi for having us, we'll definitely be back!

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How To Spend A Day In Whitstable

Whitstable
Whitstable
Elliott's Whitstable
Elliott's Whitstable
Whitstable
Whitstable harbour
Whitstable harbour
Whitstable
Whitstable beach huts
Whitstable beach
Whitstable harbour
Whitstable
Whitstable harbour

A few weeks back I took a trip to Whitstable with Toby for a quick getaway and chill out. I've already written a post about why you should try a staycation and now it's time to write one dedicated to my favourite little seaside town.

First and foremost I cannot recommend a trip to Whitstable enough! It's on the north coast of Kent, only a couple of hours' drive from London and so worth it. It's famous for its oysters but the other seafood there is incredible too and you can't leave without trying the mussels! And there's such a sense of serenity as you drive into the narrow streets when the salty sea air hits you and you hear the seagulls calling to each other. That's one of my favourite things about the seaside, the transition from rolling fields of green to cobbled paths and crashing waves. It just makes me feel so at home despite only ever living by the sea in our holiday cottage when I was younger.

So if you're lucky enough to take a trip to Whitstable, here's how you can spend your day there.

Book yourself into an Airbnb

This is definitely the most flexible and affordable way to stay. We paid around £90 for this room for a night and it's more than we could've asked for. Everything about it was perfect from the central location to the shabby chic interior to the little touches. Sian was the best host I've ever had and even left a list of her favourite places in Whitstable for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So definitely start your trip to Whitstable by booking an Airbnb!

Breakfast at Elliott's

As I just mentioned, our Airbnb host left a list of her favourite spots for food and on there was Elliott's at No. 1 Harbour Street. I opted for the poached eggs on sourdough with avocado, tomatoes and pesto and it was a solid 10/10. I was extremely tempted by the smell of maple syrup and bacon pancakes wafting over from Toby's plate but a couple of forkfuls were enough for me. They also had classics on the menu like a full English which smelled incredible and porridge for a healthier option. It was reasonably priced and the cute decor was perfect for Instagramming! Also, it's worth bearing in mind that they also have an afternoon and evening menu with local produce and the infamous Chapel Down sparkling wine so if you can't make it in time for breakfast then just head back for lunch!

Wander through the town and little shops

I adore the independent shops on the high street full of coastal clothes, trinkets and quirky homeware. Toby got a little spend happy in Quba and Co. but somehow I managed to resist the urge... Don't ask me how!

Lunch at the Lobster Shack

After your little trip through the town, you can walk through the harbour right round to the Lobster Shack, one of my favourite places in Whitstable. If it's warm enough then grab a bench outside but as we all know what British weather is like, you might be more inclined to sit inside! If mussels are on the menu (they're only available in certain months) then you absolutely have to get them! Or since you're at the Lobster Shack then lobster wouldn't be a bad choice! Last time I had the fresh lobster baked in garlic and parsley and my God, it was incredible! It's a bit messy so if you're anything like me and don't like dealing with greasy fingers then maybe get whoever you're with to dismantle the lobster (in my case, this was Toby) to make it hassle free eating!

Walk along the beach

There's nothing better after a big lunch than a gentle stroll along the beach. It's a perfect photo opportunity too with the colourful beach huts and old boats that have beached.You could also take this time to gobble down some bonbons from The Sugar Boy, blue raspberry flavour of course!

Dinner at Birdie's

After a quick freshen up and maybe an afternoon coffee somewhere, it's dinner time aka my favourite part of the day. We went to the unassuming Birdies restaurant and it was the best decision we made. At first, it looks nothing more than a family run little restaurant with a handful of tables dressed with gingham table cloths but the food was soooo tasty. We both opted for beef wellington which Toby had a few months back and swore I had to taste it. It came with sides of new potatoes and veg and a red wine jus and it was so good I can't even explain! It felt like proper home cooked food that your Mum would cook and I wish I could've had more! I followed it up with a vanilla creme brulee which was without a doubt the best I've ever had!

Drink on the beach

Post dinner means only one thing. And that is a good old drink! We headed to a local pub for a drink outside on the terrace yet I can't remember for the life of me what is was called. But the other idea I really like is grabbing yourself a couple of beers, or lemonades or even a bottle of wine and some plastic cups and enjoying them on the beach where you can watch the sun set. As you can see from my snaps, we saw the most beautiful orange sunset while we were there. It will instantly relax you and really is the perfect way to end your day.

I feel so blessed to be only an hour away from my favourite coastal town and if you're close to Whitstable you must go! You won't regret it, especially if you're in desperate need of a quite day to relax and explore!

I'm still keen on visiting more places in the UK so if there's anywhere you recommend whether that's your hometown or even just somewhere you've heard is really lovely then please comment them below or tweet me!

And finally, if you've made it to the end of this post then thank you, I know it's been a long one!

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