If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably already sick of me sharing photos from my recent trip to Budapest. And if that's the case... well you're not going to like the overflow of pictures that's about to follow #sorrynotsorry.
About a month ago now (yes I've been terrible at blogging recently), Sam and I packed our bags for our second trip of the year and headed to a city that's been at the top of my bucket list for a while now. We spent two and a half days there and I honestly couldn't recommend visiting enough! The city is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful architecture in every direction. But the thing I most loved about Budapest was the calmness of the city - I'm not really sure how to describe it, but everyone and everything seemed so relaxed, chilled out and care free . As much as I love cities like London, where the hustle and bustle is all part of experiencing the capital, Budapest was the complete opposite for all the right reasons.
As usual, we managed to squeeze plenty of activities into our short time there, a lot of which are captured below. However, we visited some great places on the evenings which there are no pictures of (bad lighting - ugh), but if you were ever to visit Budapest, I would 100% recommend visiting the Ruin Bars! They're old and quirky and a really great unique experience!
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now, here are some pretty pictures...
Hungarian Parliament Building
The Chain Bridge
The view from Buda Castle
Lunch at Pest-Buda Bistro
The Chain Bridge
The view from the top of Matthias Church (that we climbed a billion steps to get to)
View from the evening River Cruise - The Chain Bridge & Buda Castle
Walking to the Citadella
The River Danube
Lunch at Bagolyvár Étterem
Rowing on Városligeti-tó (so much fun - I would definitely recommend!)
I absolutely loved this trip and it's definitely one of my favourite places I've visited!
If you ever get the chance to go do not turn it down!
BLAZER - ASOS | VEST - ASOS | TROUSERS - GOK FOR TU AT SAINSBURYS | HAT - ASOS | SHOES - FAITH VIA ASOS | WATCH - OLIVIA BURTON | NECKLACE - LINKS OF LONDON
Patriot? Sailor? I'm not sure where the inspiration for this colour palette came from, as I'm really not usually a red trouser kind of girl; but the feeling of summer must have come over me in full swing, as I'm currently finding myself more and more drawn to bright colours and vibrant prints. Alongside my attempts at steering away from the colour black within my wardrobe, I'm attempting to rely upon my trusty pairs of jeans less, and instead opt for more trousers, skirts and dresses within my summer wardrobe.I think it's important to challenge your own personal style every now and then, as it become easy to become reliant on pieces you feel too comfortable in. Without really considering it, I have become programmed to automatically reach for my jeans, before even considering what I'm planning to wear. Stepping out of your comfort zone, no matter how small that step may be, is paramount to progression - in any format!
If there's one this I love in fashion, it's being pleasantly surprised by brands I wouldn't usually think to browse. British Supermarket Sainsbury's has never been on my radar of places I shop, however, their collaboration between their clothing brand Tu and Gok Wan caught my attention through their bold colours and prints. And what better opportunity to dare to wear red trousers!
Oh and you can check out the entire Gok for Tu colourful collection here.
*Post in collaboration with Gok for Tu - All thoughts are my own
Food. Food. Food. Food. I don't know about you, but I'm currently on a health kick in preparation for Summer. This healthy eating plan comes along around the beginning of May each year (and ends around 2 weeks later) when I suddenly have that *oh god I have to look good in a bikini in a few weeks feeling* ...whilst tucking into my fifth bowl of pasta that week. So whilst I'm currently sat thinking about how hungry I still am after that salad, I thought this would be a good time to reflect on some happier food memories...
Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the launch of a new Thai restaurant in the Metrocentre. Recently the Metrocentre has seriously upped it's restaurant game, with a recent refurbishment and bucket loads of new places to dine, shoppers are really spoilt for choice! When I first heard about the new plans for the Metrocentre, I was excited by the names I knew and recognised already, such as Five Guys and BarBurrito. But I was particularly interested in the chains I hadn't heard of before... such as Thaikhun; an authentic and traditional Thai street food seller.
I'm normally apprehensive when chains claim to be authentic to a traditional food, as I sometimes feel flavours and effort get lost within mass production. But Thaikhun didn't disappoint; I got to try several foods I had never tried before - which is exactly what I want when I'm experiencing a restaurant like this. There was also plenty of spice and flavours within all of the dishes offered. I particularly enjoyed the Thai Green Curry style dish which tasted amazingggggg.
But the best thing about Thaikhun was undoubtedly the atmosphere! I have never seen staff with so much passion, enthusiasm and energy. There was dancing, singing, and even shots been poured (which I was somehow ended up drinking...), and it was above and beyond any service experience I would ever expect from a chain restaurant!
Despite still having no idea how to actually pronounce the name of this restaurant - I would definitely recommend a visit!
*Meal provided by the kind people at Thaikhun, all views & opinions are my own