Thursday, September 21, 2017

Snapshots from Mallorca

I've recently come back from a short break in Mallorca. my goal was to relax, drink wine and swim as much as possible so the only photos I have are from my iphone as I could not be bothered to take my camera with me. 

I had my preconceptions about Mallorca from stories I'd heard from others or pictures of Magaluf I'd seen on the internet, but the island proved to be a lovely place despite all the things I'd heard. there definitely must be some appeal to the typical resort holiday that most people come to Mallorca for, same can be said about the party scene in Magaluf (went there for one night and it certainly wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. then again, I visited in September which is kind of off season already). but Mallorca is a beautiful place that should be explored outside the resorts. originally we wanted to rent a car but didn't end up doing so (mostly because I'm a shit driver), however, we did travel by bus plenty of times. the bus was a cheap and most of the time reliable method of travelling as the whole island is pretty well covered by bus routes.

I definitely wish I had spent more time on the island - I'd love to come back and rent a car to drive around the whole island. so without further ado, here are some snaps from my trip to Mallorca. 










the first place we travelled to was Port de Soller, a seaside resort on the north coast. the northern region of Mallorca is very popular with hikers as it's located in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana. since the weather wasn't the greatest (it was quite hot but cloudy, so no tan for me) we decided to hike (I say hike but I guess for people more athletic than me it's a walk) to the Cap Gros lighthouse which provided us with lovely views of the bay. 





next up was Palma, the capital of Mallorca. since we stayed at Cala Major, one of the closest resorts to Palma, we became quite frequent visitors to the city. the old town is beautiful (felt like a smaller Barcelona to me) so it's easy to lose a couple of hours just strolling around the city. we ate lunch in Santa Catalina and then wandered back to the old town for a jug of sangria.








we also managed to visit Port de Pollenca, another seaside resort on the northeast coast. I think it was my favourite resort of all, it had such a nice vibe to it, with nice beaches and plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants. we also decided to hike to Cala Sant Vincenc, a smaller resort nearby with beautiful cave beaches. I'd seen pictures on instagram and the place looked so gorgeous that we just had to go, nevermind the heat and afternoon sun. somehow we mananged to finish those 3 km over the hills and the views across the town we were rewarded with were definitely worth it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer in the Countryside








this post has been a long time coming but finally heres some snaps from my summer holiday back in Latvia. honestly just looking back at these photos makes me miss home so much! it really is a magical place in the summer. as a child I used to hate going to the countryside - I was born and raised in the capital so I'm a city kid through and through. however after moving to London I've really learnt to appreciate the beauty and calmness of the countryside (which is probably why my entire insta feed is just pictures of me in fields). 

we went on a 3 day road trip around the western region and it was wonderful. this was the only decent part of my holidays though - I spent the remaining 2 weeks sitting on summer terraces in the old town sipping beer with new and old friends. still was a good holiday though. 

I'm wearing my new favourite denim jacket from Bershka (look at that shade of pink!!), t-shirt and sunnies from Pull&Bear, skirt from Primark (one of the two things I own from there) and Converse All Star high tops. 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brighton on Film











Here's some snaps from my recent trip to Brighton. My new-found love for film photography (I used to be obsessed when I was younger, thinking I was so damn cool) and the gorgeous backdrop of Brighton turned out to be a nice combination.

By the way, you will be seeing those sunglasses a lot from now on as I am absolutely in looove. No regrets.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back to Brooklyn



This post is basically me throwing it to back to beginning of May when I was in New York exploring Brooklyn. This orange jumper (I call it "the carrot jumper") is something I never would've though I'd wear but now I'm absolutely in love with it and its bright colour. Unfortunately, it's from the spring Uniqlo U collection so you can't get it anymore (I paid 7 pounds for it in sale - what a bargain) but brightly coloured jumpers seem to be everywhere these days. Paired with my trusty Vans Old Skool trainers, it was my go-to outfit in New York.






Vans Old Skool trainers, Uniqlo U mesh jumper, Stradivarius trousers, Yoins necklaces

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

New York Travel Diary

New York travel diary Times Square

It's been just over a month since I got off the plane at JFK and set my foot in the States for the first time in my life. Having never travelled outside Europe, this trip was significant to me in many ways. New York was a city I'd been dreaming of since I was a little girl. For me, it was a city I'd seen in hundreds of films, so iconic and magnificent that it didn't feel real. And I have to say, it did not disappoint. I spent a full week in New York in the beginning of May and I cannot wait until I can visit the Big Apple again.

There's so much that can be recommended in terms of what to see, do, and experience in New York, however, as a newbie to the city, I don't feel like writing a proper city guide is in my abilities. Instead, I'll just share some of the things that we did on the trip while trying not to get too tourist-y. 

New York travel diary Central park

New York travel diary central park

New York travel diary central park

New York travel diary central park

New York travel diary central park



A visit to Central Park is a must in New York. The park is enormous, and it's well worth spending a couple of hours just wandering around the area (the Guggenheim museum, as well as the Met are nearby). For me, the best thing was actually seeing all the locations I've seen in films and TV shows when I was younger in real life. As a kid, I used to watch Home Alone films every Christmas and all the Central Park scenes still feel fresh in my memory. Silly but true. 

New York travel diary top of the rock

New York travel diary top of the rock

New York travel diary top of the rock
I know visiting the Empire State (or Top of the Rock, in my case) is SOOO tourist-y but the views we experienced were magical so I regret nothing. We booked our visit to Top of the Rock a couple of days in advance for the 7 pm slot to watch the sun go down and the city light up. Just bear in mind that if it's a clear day, the higher platforms without glass windows are going to be packed with people. Honestly, we had to queue for at least 20 minutes for the lift to go down after the sun had set. Alternatively, you can also visit one of many New York roof top bars but the views are not going to be as incredible. Just do your research first which bar boosts the best views (and while you're at it, find out what kind of public frequent the bar of your choice. Just a little tip).

New York travel diary

New York travel diary

New York travel diary red bomber jacket vans checkered slip-on shoes outfit

New York travel diary

I figured Financial District deserves a separate paragraph because we spent at least half of our first day in the city there. Explore Wall Street, take in the high buildings (I'm still surprised my neck didn't get stuck in an upwards position from all the looking up that I did) and take advantage of the free Staten Island ferry that boosts amazing views of Manhattan. The ferry departs from the Whitehall terminal every 30 minutes and the trip is around 20 minutes long. Financial District is also home to the 9/11 Memorial - being there is such a strange and heartbreaking experience. Also, WTC and its new Oculus building is well worth visiting as the architecture is pretty amazing.

New York travel diary Brooklyn bridge Dumbo

New York travel diary Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo

New York travel diary Brooklyn bridge Dumbo

New York travel diary Brooklyn bridge Dumbo

New York travel diary Brooklyn Bridge Dumbo

New York travel diary Brooklyn bridge Dumbo


Looking back, I wish I'd spent more time in Brooklyn. Although we were based in Brooklyn (near Bushwick/Williamsburg, to be exact), there just wasn't enough time to explore everything. But there's one thing I can say for sure after my brief visit to the neighbourhood - Brooklyn is so damn cool. I was a bit apprehensive in the beginning thinking it's going to be like Shoreditch 2.0 just bigger but boy, I was so wrong (I hate Shoreditch and the random wannabes who flock there every weekend thinking they're stylish). We mainly just hung around Dumbo, and ended up visiting the Brooklyn Bridge 3 times in total. It's worth waiting for the sun to set and watch Manhattan light up.

New York travel diary Soho

New York travel diary Soho
New York travel diary

New York travel diary

New York travel diary

New York travel diary

My top advice for anyone visiting New York would be - explore the neighbourhoods. Yes, all the typical tourist stuff is nice and has to be done but there is nothing nicer than just getting lost in the beautiful streets of New York. Soho was a firm favourite of mine, as well as the Meatpacking District and Chelsea (make sure to visit the High Line in Chelsea - a disused railway track transformed into a park - but expect it to be packed with tourists). Also, I absolutely adored Greenwich Village, as it kind of felt like I had stepped into a movie set with all the brownstone houses and greenery. Believe me, New York and its neighbourhoods have so much character. 

That's it for my New York travel diary. Honestly, I'm having some serious NYC withdrawals right now. But here's to hoping I'll return to this magical city soon.