As promised, although a month late, here is my London photo diary! I have already shared a London Weekend Guide which seems to have gone down quite well, so feel free to check it out if you haven't already. 

In case you didn't know, my mum and I went for a short weekend break to London at the end of February. In this post, I'm going to share what we did and the photos I took. Maybe this will give you some ideas on what to do if you visit London (which  I highly suggest doing).

Day 1


After arriving at the hotel at midday, my mum and I decided to go for a walk around the area and grab some lunch. Our hotel gave us a complimentary meal at one of its restaurants and we chose Bloom & Willow. Everything was delicious and I loved the cosy atmosphere.


 

Afterwards, we headed to St. Paul's Cathedral. We used Get Your Guide to get a discount on our tickets and I can't recommend it enough. St Paul's cathedral was definitely the highlight of the holiday. Unfortunately, you can't take photos inside but I still managed to take a lot from the top and around it. If we were allowed to take photos inside, I could have dedicated a whole post to it. It's breathtaking both inside and outside! Also, the stairs to the dome may seem a bit intimidating but they are totally worth it.


I spied a Topshop from the dome, so we headed out to find it when we were done from seeing the cathedral. After finding (and purchasing) from Topshop we headed to the Millennium bridge and walked to the other side. It was absolutely freezing on the bridge and I don't think that I've ever felt that cold!


Straight after buying a coffee to warm up, we took the bus to Trafalgar square and wandered around for a bit before The Phantom of the Opera started. I loved this musical and if you ever get the chance to see it definitely do!


Day 2

We first headed to Hyde Park which was lovely to walk in during the morning. After passing by Buckingham Palace (because it's a must!), we went strolling in St James' Park. 


Next up was Westminster Abbey. We also bought our entrance tickets from Get Your Guide for a discount on the price. Westminster is beautiful, especially the inner altar area and has such a huge ground area. 


After seeing all of Westminster, we decided to go for a walk along the river bank. This wasn't the best idea as we were already tired but we did manage to see a lot of sights. 


We then headed to Covent Garden which was such a lovely place. It was Saturday so it was a bit too busy but there was a lot going on. The pho I had at Pho was the best thing to warm us as it was so cold!


By this point, we should have headed back to the hotel to have a rest but instead we went to Kensington. This was a bit of a mistake as we were a bit too tired to enjoy the rest of the evening! We went to the Victoria & Albert Museum, passed by the Royal Abert Hall and even managed to walk by Kensington Palace at sunset.



Day 3

This was our last day in London but we were determined to do everything we still had on our list. We first headed to the British Museum which is free entry. The building is so beautiful. I love the interior circular courtyard with the skylights and since it was sunny the room was filled with sunlight.




No trip to London is complete without a visit to Oxford Street! Since we didn't have that much time we only went to Primark but as you can see from the photo below, we did do quite a bit of damage!



Since we still had some time to kill, we got some lunch at Wasabi next to Primark and then walked through Leicester Square, went into M&M World and ended up in Picadilly Circus.


This was the end of our short break and we headed back to the Hotel to collect our suitcases and headed to the airport to catch our flight.

I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it! These types of posts are my favourites because they are filled with memories and always look back on them.

Where are your favourite places in London?

Sarah x

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 London, UK


Adding further to my last post, I'm longing for Spring weather and the weather is still all over the place. Just this morning my friends and I went for a walk, and half way through it started to rain. After getting soaked we had to go back home and resorted to curling up in a warm blanket and watched Narnia!

Weather talk aside, a few months ago I met up with the lovely Intan Galistri after having a chat on Instagram (@intangalistri). Intan is an Indonesian visual artist currently living in Malta who creates beautiful and intricate accessories such as pendants, necklaces and earrings. Besides making hand made accessories, she also paints and draws, mostly working with the human figure. 

Intan gifted me these two gorgeous handmade chokers to feature on What Sarah Writes. The two chokers were packaged in a pretty blue box and wrapped inside a gold pouch. Both chokers have a unique handmade pendant hanging on a ribbon, one sparkly white and another on purple lace. 


I was very impressed when I opened up the boxes to see the chokers. As you can see from the photos, the pendants are definitely a show stopper and they are so intricately made. The faces seem lifelike, almost like they are taking a nap! The daisies around the faces and the gold details all add to make the pendants even more beautiful. I'm so in love with these chokers and I think that they are perfect to wear during spring. The flowers really give off a sunny and warm feel!

Giveaway


Intan was kind enough to gift me two chokers, one for me and one for a lucky reader! Head over to my Facebook page to enter the giveaway and be in the chance to win the white choker necklace. The giveaway will close on the 3rd of April and is open to residents of Malta and Gozo. There will be more international giveaways in the future, don't worry! Good luck everyone! 





Once again I thank the lovely Intan for the chokers and for giving me this opportunity. Don't forget to follow her on Instagram and check out her work!

Sarah x

Blooms, Faces & Chokers | Giveaway

Tuesday, 27 March 2018





We are the point where we're Spring has just started and we are fed up with wearing your winter clothes. Unfortunately, the weather is still not agreeing with our plans and we have to keep our t-shirts and dresses in the wardrobe until the rain decides to stop. But...this doesn't have to stop us from doing a bit of Springtime shopping!

Yoins is an online retail shop that has a range of affordable clothes and accessories to choose from. There is a great range of lovely fashion t shirts online and party dresses to get you in the holiday mood. For today's post, I picked some items from Yoins that I feel like everyone should have as a Spring-time staple.

Stripe-y t-shirts are easy to wear and look great with nearly everything, especially when styled with a pair of jeans and trainers. A lot of people might not agree with me on this one but I'm pretty sure that mom jeans are the new skinny jeans. They are so much more comfortable than regular skinny jeans and that for me is a winning factor. A sweatshirt is perfect for when you want to wear something comfy yet not look like you're wearing PJs! When you're feeling a bit fancier, why not put on a nice collared shirt or maybe a dress? Yoins have a nice selection of fashion dresses. This dress is perfect for when it's still a bit chilly but still want to feel the Spring air. Obviously, don't forget to finish off your outfits with a denim jacket or bomber jacket.

What are your Spring wardrobe basics?

Sarah x

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Spring Wardrobe Basics

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Firmoo Optical, Firmoo glasses, Round Glasses, Glasses Review

About a month ago, I decided that I wanted to buy a new pair of glasses. I had been coming across these round thin-framed glasses for quite a while but I was never too sure if they would suit me. 

When I was scrolling on Facebook I came across an ad (one of many!) for Firmoo Optical that had these really affordable frames. I was sent a pair of Firmoo sunglasses to review about 2 years ago which I really liked, so I said why not buy from here and see what it's like purchasing for myself.

Firmoo Optical, Firmoo glasses, Round Glasses, Glasses Review

The frames that I went for are the YSL356 in Gunmetal. I originally wanted the gold ones but they were temporarily out of stock so I went with these. Gunmetal is basically a darker, less shiny silver. 

In total, the glasses came up to €32.12 which I think is a very good price for the frames, lenses and shipping. The frames come in a pretty case (the same as the one I had before) and the package also includes a cleaning cloth, a pouch and a tiny screwdriverAnother thing to mention is that the shipping is really fast and they arrived in a week. 

The glasses fit me really well and the metal is very light so it doesn't feel heavy on my face. I've been wearing them pretty much every day since I got them and I've never had any problems. I was mostly concerned about the prescription being wrong but I didn't need to as it's fine. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase and I would definitely buy again from Firmoo.

Firmoo Optical, Firmoo glasses, Round Glasses, Glasses Review

Firmoo Opticals frequently have special discounts, offers or codes on frames, so you can actually save more money. My frames also arrived with a special code that can be used 5 times until the end of March. If anyone is interested the exclusive 50% off code is: d4a2b

Do you purchase your glasses online?

Sarah x


*This post is in no way sponsored and I bought everything with my own money*

Firmoo Glasses | Review

Sunday, 18 March 2018



A few weekends ago my mum and I went on a weekend trip to London. Although I had already visited London a few summers ago, I jumped to the idea of going. I'm sure I will never get tired of this city! In today's post I have put together a list of places we visited that you may find handy if you ever get the chance to visit London.

Where we stayed


Tavistock Hotel, Bloomsbury // It's a great affordable hotel that includes a breakfast buffet and also offers a complementary meal on the first night. The best thing is that it is only 5 mins away from Russel Square underground station. The Piccadilly line runs through here which passes through many of the main land marks and is also directly connected to all Heathrow terminal gates. A tip is to book directly from the hotel website as the prices on other sites are slightly higher.

Where we went


Museums & Landmarks


St. Paul's Cathedral // I think this was by far the highlight of the holiday. The cathedral is beautiful and the view of London from the top of dome is breath taking.

Buckingham Palace // In my opinion a must see for every trip to London. Last time we saw the changing of the guards which are held at 11 am on certain dates.

Westminster Abbey // More beautiful architecture and the resting place for many Kings, Queens and famous people.

Victoria and Albert Museum // This is a decorative arts museum which is free entry. I loved the fashion exhibition which featured garments by famous designers through the last 2 decades but I'm not sure if this exhibition is still there.

Kensington Gardens //  Enjoy a quite stroll away from the traffic and see Kensington Palace. (Where Prince William and Kate live)

British Museum // The architecture of this building is what stood out to me most. The facade is a Greek style while the inside court is circular with a high glass ceiling. It's also free entry.

Leicester Square // We visited the M and M's store which is in the square and also passed through China town which is close by. 

Piccadilly Circus // Here you can take the typical touristy photos with the jumbo screen.

Shopping


Covent Garden // A great shopping destination with more high end options. It's also a really pretty area to visit and stroll around. 

Oxford Street // What's a trip to London without stopping by Oxford Street? A money saving one I call it. (Yes, a lame but true joke)

Others


Phantom of the Opera // Seeing a musical is definitely something everyone should do when visiting London Prices can be a bit expensive but it's worth it. 

River Bank Walk // If you want to take things slow, take a walk along the river bank.

Where we ate


Bloom & Willow, Bloomsbury // We chose for our complementary meal that came with the hotel. It's a beautiful and cosy restaurant that overlooks a lovely garden. I imagine that it's a great place to have your dinner in summer but it's far too cold to do so in February so we stayed inside next to the fireplace! I recommend trying out the bacon burger.

Pho, Covent Garden // This Vietnamese offers a lot of dishes. I had never had Vietnamese before so I was excited to visit. The chicken broth I had was perfect for warming up after walking in the cold all morning. 

Crazy Salad, Bloomsbury // It's right around the corner from the hotel and offers burgers, wraps, salads and burritos that are very delicious and great value for money. 

Wasabi Sushi & Bento, Oxford Street // A great lunch stop near Primark. It's a Japanese chain restaurant that offers soups, sushi, curry and noodles.


Useful Apps

Get Your Guide // This site offers a lot of discounted entrance tickets and not just for places in London. We got our tickets for Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's from here.

London Tube Map // I just downloaded the first app I found in the app store so I could have all the lines at hand when I needed to find a route.

Google Maps // This is an app I don't think I can function without. It's great for finding places, recommendations, routes and well it helps with not getting lost!


For more London tips check out: 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON




I hope you like this guide to London. If you have any other tips feel free to leave them in the comments. Watch out for a London travel diary filled with photos which will be published soon!

Sarah x

London Weekend Guide

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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