My trip to Basel: How city breaks can be relaxing

Short city breaks for us in the UK are attractive for many reasons. They don’t use up many valuable holiday days, give you a glimpse into another city/culture, and most importantly give you that mini holiday feeling without putting too much strain on your bank balance.

But with this being said, they also have their disadvantages. They can involve rushing to the airport after work on Friday (after kicking yourself all day remembering something left at home) and having to meticulously plan in order to tick off everything you found to do on timeout.com.  And that’s just the preparation! Once you’re there there is a whole plethora of other first world struggles. You have to wake up early to make proper use of the day, you get sore feet from all the walking, and my personal least favourite…being stuck with limited outfit choices due to packing light. All of this can make you come back tired and unprepared for the next week ahead, not feeling like you have had a ‘break’ at all…

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Women’s Irremovable Connection to Scrutiny: Looking at Alicia Keys’ choice to give up make up

Legendary artist Alicia Keys has recently grabbed media attention due to her decision to attend various glamorous events and award shows wearing not a drop of make up.  Some, may consider this a brave move considering the enormous pressure women (and men) have on the world’s stage to look immaculate, and the media coverage of her decision is evidence of its irregularity. Keys has stated that it has been a very personal decision about self acceptance and self love. Through her example, she would like to see a ‘revolution’ amongst young women who can accept a version of themselves free from expectation and pressure. However, despite stating that this decision was personal rather than reflecting a societal trend, Keys has nevertheless been thrown into discussions of ‘trends’ and ‘fashion statements’ and ultimately judgement, contradicting the exact reasons why she states to have ditched the make up in the first place.

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New York City: A London Gal’s initial perspective

Last month I was fortunate enough to travel to New York as part of a family trip, simultaneously serving my bank balance (shout out to my mum!) and love of family time well. This trip was of extra importance to me as I have been toying with the idea of moving to another city for a long time. Having an American Father and consequently having an American Passport myself, it seems almost foolish to ignore the little niggle in the back of my mind telling me I really need to make the most of this advantage and spend some time in the U.S. Within the states, New York keeps coming up as the most viable option. Perhaps I have been indoctrinated by television shows such as Girls, Friends and How I Met Your Mother, shows which the protagonists all revel in their love of the city. Perhaps somewhere in my subconscious is the thought, “hey if its right for modern female characters along the (cough) ‘middle class’ social spectrum like Hannah Horvath and Rachel Green, why not for me!?”. I have always been a huge fan of large cities, buzzing social atmospheres and huge art and cultural scenes, so naturally New York City has always appeared to tick a lot of boxes for me. And, as a huge bonus (recalling tedious language classes at school..) I wouldn’t have to learn any new languages.

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My trip to Prague: Working abroad

There are many perks of working for a universal travel company. Getting discounted flights, deals on hotels/ hotel packages and being part of an industry which has the primary aim of bringing happiness to it’s customers are a few of the benefits. I would have to say though, the best part which I have experienced is the opportunity to connect with people all over the world. Through having offices worldwide, we work daily with teams in North America, Asia and beyond, enabling us to make professional and personal relationships with people from all over. Because of this and the industry itself, we are encouraged to visit these offices and explore the company and all its facets.

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“My Adidas and me as close as can be…”

Now I don’t think my love of sports wear is much of a secret. Having come from a family of professional sportsmen and women, sports wear has always been a go to for my family for both sporting activities and for fashion. For me personally, Adidas has always seemed leagues above in terms of its ability to transcend the sporting world into the fashion world. Maybe it is something to do with the simplicity of the designs, the trademark 3 stripes, or its presence on famous figures from all walks of life. Adidas has some huge celebrity endorsements throughout our modern history: most notably  I feel, being DMC in the 80’s, (the first deal between hip-hop artists and a multi-corp clothing company). Whatever the reasons for its success in the fashion world, I undoubtedly am huge fan.

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