Simply Be Beach Wishlist

Hey Cats,

I have hardly looked at clothes lately as I have been in a bit of a funk but I feel like I am getting my love of fashion back and have been keeping a keen eye on whats on sale lately. I am just lusting after a holiday so I thought I would make that want even more by putting together a beach wish list for a must have outfit to hit the sea hopefully somewhere with lots of sun and cocktails. Having always been a fan of Simply Be I just knew I could find the perfect beach outfit there.

So picture this we just got an all inclusive invite to the beach the sun is beating and the waves are crashing what is the first thing we need A BIKINI of course and I just adore this black high waisted number from Fig Leaves. I love the design that gives lots of support but still looks super cute and glamorous. It looks crazy comfortable and I could just see myself splashing around in the sea without fear of a nip slip or worse losing the bottoms when caught in a wave. Trust me these are the kind of thing that would happen to me,

Although we all love sun bathing and getting some of the natural happiness from those sun rays it is also super important to remember the sun cream and grab a parasol if the beach has them because who wants to look like a lobster after a quick dip. Another way to stay cool when  you have had enough of the sun is to make sure you pack a cover up that is nice and light but covers up enough so you don't catch too much sun and the one that caught my eye was also from Fig Leaves.

This super glam maxi still shows a peak at the killer bikini and has a sultry slit up the front if like me your pins always need that extra bit of sun. I love the goth glamour of this cover up and can already see the wistful instagram picture with it blowing in the cool breeze. Can you tell I am already there with my coconut cocktail? This cover up screams Grecian glamour and I adore the rose gold eyelet detailing on the shoulders and waist. Simple but classic! I also noticed that there is a matching bikini if you are all about coordinating.

When you watch the movies all these beach babes have huge heels on but pray do tell me how far do they get on the sand? Yes bare feet is an option but have you ever walked on super hot sand ouchie give your feet a little protection from the heat and keep them cool in a pretty dainty sandal. I love these pearl detailed wide fitting sandals from Sole Diva. Simple flip flops just will not do when we can have a bit of sparkle. You know what is coming next....

If we are already serving gothic glam we may as well bring the coven realness with a huge hat which is also practical because we need to keep our heads protected especially in extreme heats! I am a huge fan of a big floppy hat and you can even use it to fan yourself after if you get way too hot. There was so much to choose from I could have picked lots of cute things for a day at the beach. Don't forget to top off the look with some big sun glasses and you will need a bag to carry all those essential in. 

Have you been on your holidays yet? what did you wear?


Adventuring In Style: Ways To See The World That Don’t Require A Backpack

Hey Cats,

I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with backpacking. Quite the contrary, in fact, backpacking is a wonderful and exciting way to see this fascinating world we live on. It's just sometimes a girl needs a little luxury, and there is nothing wrong with that. That is why have put together this guide to seeing the world in style. So read on for some super stylish travel suggestions.

Luxury Safari In Africa

One super stylish travel suggestion for seeing the world includes booking a place on a luxury safari. Some great locations for this include Mundulea Reserve, Namibia and the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.  Visiting Africa in this way, instead of roughing it out in the bush, means you get to stay in exclusive village style accommodation. Accommodation that has private pools, resident chefs, and rooms that are kitted out with everything you desire for your a comfortable stay.

That means you can relax as if you were on a resort style holiday in the evening. Then when it comes to heading out on safari during the day time, you are refreshed and ready to appreciate the actual adventure part itself to its fullest. The adventure that is a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's most exotic animals. Such as, depending on the location that you choose, giraffes, lions, and antelope. All in their natural habitats, and if that doesn't qualify as an adventure, I don't know what will!


Hire a Yacht In Greece

Something else to consider if you have that wanderlust but want to sate it in style is hiring a private boat and hopping between the Greek islands.  Depending on how much you are willing to spend you could get one that comes with a bar, a hot tub, sleeping quarters and a full crew! Hiring a yacht also means that you can tour the local area by sea.  Island hopping between Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, and Paros. As well as the other smaller islands in between.


This usually includes stopping at the larger population centres to moor when you want the buzz of a town or to experience nightlife in shore. While spending the time in between sunbathing on deck and swimming in the bright blue, crystal clear ocean. As well as and trying your hand at water-sports activities direct from the boat. All this while sipping a Martini, or the refreshment of your choice. Now that is luxurious!

Crusin’ Around Asia


You can also see the world in style by booking a place on one of the Bolsover Cruise Club packages from Singapore to Southampton. Imagine it, you start your journey in the East visiting Singapore for a few nights in a five-star hotel like the Mandarin Oriental. Then sail the high seas visiting countries including Malaysia, Srilanka, and India. Before stopping off in Dubai and then heading home along a route that takes you via Jorden, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and finally to the back to the UK.

All of this while experiencing the luxury of a cruise liner like the Cunard Queen Mary 2. A ship that on which, you can expect to have access to things such as a pool, hot tubs, a planetarium, and a huge library. The largest, in fact, on any boat! But you also have the convenience of being taken from place to place while being able to relax. Then when you get to the locations on your itinerary like Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Aqaba for Petra, Jordan. The place where the legendary city hewed from the rock is located, you will be rested enough to appreciate all that they have to offer. In fact, despite the whole trip lasting 40 days, it may seem like it all over too fast, because it was such an easy and relaxed experience.


Glamping In the Switzerland

Where better to glamp, that is glamorously camp, than in the beautiful clean and pure nature of Switzerland? There you can hire a tent lodge by the night. So you can enjoy the sleeping under canvas experience that is both luxurious and brings you closer to nature.

In camping sites that offer such accommodation you can often expect proper beds, and options for heating in case it gets a little chilly in the night. As well as real bathrooms and running water. No holes dug in the ground for you! Other benefits can even include fresh eggs from resident hens, that you get to collect yourself as part of the adventure. Of course, staying in a venue such as this can make a great one night experience, as part of a wider tour of the area. Or why not use it as a base in which to explore the locality in more depth. Where you will find all sorts of exciting and adventurous activities. Such as visiting the Lang Glacier and ascending to the top of the Jungfrau by train or cable car.  

Living the Hotel Life in America  

America has some pretty stunning hotels to experience, and none more so than the ones on offer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, there are levels of hotels, and some are definitely better than others. Although as you are in the midst of one of the most bonkers man-made playgrounds every build, why not go the whole hog and treat yourself to somewhere super swish?


That means avoiding locals like the Luxor and going for the newer and most up to date hotels like the Encore and the Wynne instead. There you can rent a plush suite with living space in which to relax and get ready for what will, no doubt, be some pretty big nights out on the town. Of course, the uber swish suites, the one with pools are saved as complementary benefits for the casino; high rollers. So if you are feeling a little flush, keep splashing the cash and maybe just maybe you’ll get comped a truly outrageous room to stay in too. Something that will truly mean you will see the world in style, as very few folks ever get to experience the inside of such suites.

What are your luxury travel tips?

Pride In Your Post Code- Manchester #Postcodepride

Hey Cats,

I took the big move recently and went from being a Birmingham grrrl to a country grrrl and wow are things different but now my nearest big city is Manchester and I am falling in love with it. I can literally jump on a bus to Manchester these days and be from the heart of the countryside right into a big bustling city again so I wanted to share the things I have grown to love as I have learnt about Manchester. You can learn more about your post code and others using PCA predict   which can also help you find any of the places I mention.

Like my beloved Brum the city of Manchester if built on Industry. Manchester was once a very small town and through manufacturing during the industrial revolution some of the beautiful grand looking buildings were created and the bustling wealth grew. As the city grew the industry of Manchester grew and evolved and now it is know for mass success in finances, hospitality, media and arts. There is so much to see and do right on your doorstep from museums to a huge shopping centre packed full of your favourite places to covet. I love going shopping in Manc ...I mean come on have you seen the size of the Primark? I could get lost in there alone! I actually go shopping with my Mama a lot in this beautiful city and never come home disappointed...dare I even say it is a much better shopping experience than Birmingham. Shocking I know but there are just so many more shops and things just seem to flow easier making walking around shops, grabbing a bite to eat and finding transport so much easier. There are lots of fab little vintage places to browse for a retro loving grrrl like me that is a dream come true.

Lets talk culture because I love a good night out or a walk around a mind blowing museum. Manchester has a lot to offer from theatres to opera houses. I have always wanted to go to the opera in fact it is on my hit list now I just have to convince the Mr! I love the theatre and there are at least 3 I can think of to choose from so there is always something to go watch. I am keeping my eyes open for Hairspray as I am yet to catch it and as a die hard John Waters fan it has ti be done and any excuse for a night out in the big city. There are lots of museums to go to and some of them are even free so if shopping isn't your thing you can drop your mates off at the shops and soak up a bit of culture for yourself. I am a big believer of not all art being in galleries and often cities become the gallery themselves. I love going street art spotting and Manchester has some amazingly talented artists.

Media is massively on the rise in Manchester with a huge media hub for growing film and TV people. With the BBC having a huge base in Manchester now more opportunity for young people to jump up the ranks is being created. For me as someone who worked in the media field for 10 years this is really exciting and I only wish when I was looking at a media career path such an amazing facility had been available. I am always amazed at the growth of any industry but especially in awe when it is related to media. 

We can't talk about Manchester without talking about the music scene. Music is life to me and I have been to soooo many gigs in Manchester over the years and hopefully will go to even more. There are lots of venues big and small to choose from. Personally I prefer the small gigs they just feel so much more personal and I just dig the vibe more. I like checking out small spots and discovering new bands on the up especially when they are local. Get out and support your local musicians because they work so hard and are under appreciated. The music scene in Manchester is electric and can't be missed just add a gig in Manchester to your list of things to do this year and you will not be disappointed, 

Have you been to Manchester recently? What is the your #Postcodepride let me know in the comments below or send me a tweet lets celebrate!


Dates For Over 50s

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If you have caught my last few posts about dating then you may be enjoying fun places to go out all over the UK. I am all up for a bit of exploring and not all dates have to be a wild one in fact these days people are dating older and I think that is awesome. In the age of divorce and people living independent lives for longer the taboo of older dating is no more. Lets talk about lovely places you can take a date when you're over 50.


Being a Welsh girl I love Cardiff the people are always so warm and friendly and there are lots of lush things to do. So what can you do if you met your match on over 50s dating Cardiff ? I love a romantic walk around the pier, There are lots of places you can rest your feet if you feel giddy with love from pubs to eateries and even shops in the day time but the most romantic is at night when you can hold hands and watch the sun set over this beautiful Welsh city!


Now if you found a date on over 50s dating Merseyside I have a bit of a cultured yet free date for you! Liverpool has some amazing Museums and if you go to the museum of Liverpool it is completely free and you can spend hours walking round chatting about the interesting art work around you. You never know your new date may be a budding artist for me I think art opens up all kinds of interesting conversation. After you have wowed your date with your conversation skills take them for a coffee and a cake because everyone loves a good cake.


I just love Cornwall it is such a breath taking place to visit. My brother lives down there not far from a beautiful sea side town of Looe so for all those who met on a Cornwall dating site  this could be just the place for you. Looe has a host of little shops you can visit and maybe buy a little trinket for your new love. Personally I would be on the beach with a Cornish ice cream letting the sea help wow my date into a sneaky kiss. A really quaint little place full of natural beauty and lovely local people. If you're lucky maybe you could even go on a little boat trip and check out the open sea.


Off to sunny Scotland and if you have been looking for love you may have checked out the Strathclyde dating site. Now you just need somewhere exciting to woo your date. Well how about you get those hearts fluttering with a cheeky day out at the races. You don't have to be a big gambler a day at Hamilton park racecourse can actually be pretty glam you can treat your date to a bet and then  get a spot to eat. Who knows you may win more than just a bit of money and then you can make a pact with them to go to ascot. Ladies grab those huge hats and a bottle of fizz what is not to love?

So dating over 50 doesn't have to be scary it can be a lot of fun just find out what your date enjoys and go on a little adventure. Where would you go?


5 Questions You Need To Ask Before Lending Money!

Hey Cats, 

It is that time of year where if you haven't already been on Holiday and broke your bank then you're most likely saving for one. Maybe the bills have just been piling up or you want to get a head start on Christmas, It is important to know what lending options are available to you but always make sure before you do lend you do a little research on the company. Cash Lady are a lender with a difference because they care about your money journey and want you to be well informed. Lets talk about all the things you need to check out before you lend from anyone. 

What Do You Know About The Company?

The best thing to do with any company be it to buy a product or lend money I think it is vital to do a bit of research.These becomes even more important when it comes to lending money or any other financial products as there can often be some dishonest or hidden information. Cash Lady are a family founded business who have sourced the rest if their staff to ensure they share the same ethics and values. They look after customers and remain open and honest about any fees from the lenders but they do all this for free. Making an application will cost you nothing as Cash Lady act as an agent to source the most compatible short term loan for you. 

Do You Understand?

Sometimes lending money can be really confusing and often terms and conditions or even terminology used may baffle your brain. Make sure you ask lots of questions and don't sign up for anything you are not 100% sure of. Cash Lady are a really friendly team and as they are helping source the right lender for you then you can ask as many questions as you need to instead of hitting google talk to a real person who can explain the ins and outs of what is expected of you for how long. That way you have no hidden secrets and no nasty surprises jumping up on you and hopefully keep your bank healthy at the same time. 

What Rate Has Been Set?

Depending on how long you want to lend the money over and how much there may be different types of interest from each company. Cash Lady will let you know how much money you will be getting and exactly how much you will pay back as well as what interest. There are lots of lenders about with shocking interest which can make lending money scary which is why companies who source loans for you can be really helpful as they understand the terms better and can make sure you get a reasonable rate for the money you have coming in, helping you stay debt free and on top of the finances you already have. 

Can You Afford To Pay Them Back? 

The most important thing to think about before you even think of lending money is can you pay it back if you lend it? Cash lady will have a look at your incoming and outgoings but they can only work with what you tell them so make sure you're honest with them and yourself. If you really can't afford the payments over the amount of time set make sure you do not commit to lending the money. It sounds so simple but too many people get trapped in a web of thinking they have it sorted and end up in more debt. 

Do You Need The Money?

Payday loans and similar financial products are designed to help with emergencies, one off luxuries or even to improve your credit score but they are not a long term thing that you should use all the time. Make sure you have asked all the right questions and you can easily pay the loan back. If you find yourself struggling with money regularly maybe it is time to get some financial advice to help you. 

What questions do you ask?


Flying Solo? Tips For Making That Holiday Worthwhile

Hey Cats,

Travelling as a singleton is nothing unusual these days, and certainly isn’t something to be ashamed of. We see more and more people take time off from their studies or career breaks to go travelling for months at a time, but yet travelling on your own for just a short holiday isn’t done as often as it perhaps should be. Maybe people are worried about what others think, which is definitely not a reason to listen to. Perhaps some people are concerned about what they would do once they arrive, after all, a holiday is different from travelling. You are staying in the one location and supposedly relaxing and enjoying the surroundings, rather than heading off to different places all the time. Which is why I thought it was about time to share with you some of the tips that could help a solo trip be far more worthwhile.


Consider the location

The location you choose to travel to is important when travelling alone. You need to consider what you want to do and where you want to go. Think about the accommodation. You may find that it is better to be in a hotel environment rather than completely alone in an apartment or villa. Of course, that all depends on you. But it could be easier to be surrounded by people so that you have that familiar interaction, even if it is when ordering a drink at the hotel bar. This also could give you the chance to escape your own thoughts for a while, and people watch, or simply enjoy the views.

Plan ahead

Planning is key for a trip alone to ensure that you fill the time you do have. It might also be worth letting friends and family know any itinerary plans you might have, it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is your chance to enjoy trips and excursions that perhaps friends or partners may not have enjoyed.

Book as part of a group

If you are a little unsure about going solo completely, you could consider travelling as part of a group of fellow singletons. A little research online with identify travel groups for singles and provide you with an opportunity to not only travel alone but a chance to meet someone new and make a few new friends in the process. This option could give you the best of both worlds.

Don’t let your emotions and feelings take over

It can be hard to not let your feelings and emotions take over. Feeling alone can make you feel down at times. Even if it was your choice to make. Try and ensure that you stay calm and collected and remind yourself as to why you decided to travel solo in the first place. Enjoy getting to know yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.

Be friendly

Finally, be friendly and smile to other holidaymakers in the place you are staying. Chat to staff or people next to you on the sunbeds. Just because you have travelled alone, it doesn't mean you don’t want a friendly conversation at some point. Again this could provide a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and meet new and interesting people.

Q is for Revolutionary Qiu Jin

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It has been a while since we celebrated the awesome women in the world and we are all the way up to Q. I bet you thought I was stumped and couldn't think of anyone but with all the amazing women in the world it is never hard to think how amazing and inspirational anyone is. I think when we end this series it will evolve into inspirational women as I want to celebrate and learn about all the woman I can from history to now and help build woman of the future. Every single day we should celebrate how amazing woman are and I love finding out the paths that have lead us to the lives we now have.

I actually had a few woman to talk about today but the more I learnt about in in particular I thought she deserved the post all to herself because I couldn't possibly stick to one paragraph. This woman is Qiu Jin. Let me take you on a history lesson back to China in 1975-1907 a female revolutionary was standing up and being heard. An unhappy marriage was the catalyst for Qiu Jin from which she fled from China to Japan and took up Marshall arts and get an education. Whilst in Japan she wrote for a revolutionary publication speaking out to the woman of China bout women's rights not to bound their feet, marry who and when they choose. She spoke about these oppression from personal experience and was speaking out to women for a better future.

Qiu Jin was also a very talented writer and poet going by the pen name of 'Jianhu Nüxia' which in translation means 'woman knight of mirror lake' with a powerful name like this she lived up to it in the poetry she wrote which speaks volumes about how outspoken about the oppression of women. Let us enjoy one together. 

Capping Rhymes With Sir Shih Ching From Sun’s Root Land
Don’t tell me women
are not the stuff of heroes,
I alone rode over the East Sea’s
winds for ten thousand leagues.
My poetic thoughts ever expand,
like a sail between ocean and heaven.
I dreamed of your three islands,
all gems, all dazzling with moonlight.
I grieve to think of the bronze camels,
guardians of China, lost in thorns.
Ashamed, I have done nothing;
not one victory to my name.
I simply make my war horse sweat.
Grieving over my native land
hurts my heart. So tell me;
how can I spend these days here?
A guest enjoying your spring winds?
Powerful words I am sure you agree even for those who do not read poetry. Her work caught a lot of attention many were outraged by this cross dressing outspoken woman but many were touched by her words and even more so her actions. Along with female poet Qiu Jin founded a radical women's publication named 'China women's world news' over two issues she spoke openly about freedom to marry, education and more before the Chinese government shut the publication down. 

Qiu Jin went on to become the head teacher of a girls school which in itself is noble it was here where the government marched in and questioned and tortured Qiu Jon. Qiu had been part of many revolutionary groups and had become part of a group that were planning a an uprising. Eventually after long torture Qiu Jon didn't speak a word of her part in the uprising but when her things were searched some documents relating to the uprising were found and later Qiu was taken to her home town and publicly beheaded.

To this day Qiu Jin is celebrated as a national heroine in China. A woman not afraid to speak her mind and live her short life to the fullest.

Had You heard of Qiu Jin?