Tuesday, April 29

Life According to Instagram | April

Instagram, my go-to app whenever I have free time or not, I just love musing through the news feed which is jam-packed of my all-time favourite bloggers, friends, celebrities, brands and whatnot. This month I have been a busy bee on over on my Instagram account, with my trip to Istanbul being documented throughout on my beloved Insta. Not only that, but daily things of what I have been up to and things which inspire me; Instagram is the place to be. If I had to choose my favourite picture of the month, it would be the Liverpool snap, bottom line, second from the right. I just love how dramatic the Titanic Museum looks, with it's reflection in the sparkling Liverpool Docks.

I'd love to know what you have been up to this April, and don't be shy, come and say hey over on my Instagram!

You can also catch up on my Istanbul Photo Diaries Part I and Part II 

Sunday, April 27

Weekly Musings

This week has been extraordinarily inspiring and progressive for me, mainly because I have started running with my amazing friends and I'm also blessed to call them my work colleagues. Starting a new hobby and fitness workout, such as running with other people is great, as you feel energized and motivated to eat well. So for me this week I am pretty health orientated, however I can't resist including other indulgences I've been loving also.

1. Exceeding your expectations. On Saturday after work; me, Aycan and Fozia ran up an extremely steep hill and felt great afterward.

2. Fargo. A new series which me and Ben are obsessed with after finishing Breaking Bad. Goodbye Breaking Bad *sob*.

3. Tweeting and retweeting until my hearts content. I've been on twitter for a while now, @andkateblog, but I've discovered tons of amazing new twitter accounts, from interior design to fitness. I am also relishing in tweeting myself of course :-).

4. Spending hours nestled in the University library, such a lethargic and rewarding experience. You'll find me hidden in a den of philosophical books.

5. Gluten free orange and polenta, the most delicious cake ever made.

6. Amazon's cash back on Nikon products, an excellent excuse to buy a new lens!

7. Pimms, I am literally over the moon it is the season for Pimms, the perfect summer's evening drink.

8. Snuggling up with Harry, aka my blogging buddy. 

9. Strawberry scented candles make everything better.

10. Daydreaming about Sophie Hulme's accessories, especially the T-Rex key fob!

Friday, April 25

Istanbul Photo Diary Part II

Hey again! I hope you enjoyed my previous post on Istanbul, I have that many pictures on my Nikon's SD card and countless memories from my city break I just had to do a part II. 

So to carry on from where I left off, the remainder of the holiday, as with any holiday was much more laid back and relaxed as we were aware of our surroundings (we even knew exactly how to retrace our steps back to the hotel from the other side of town!). So, in order to fulfill our unending hunger for historic and cultural knowledge, we bought a 72 hour museum pass on day 4 which meant that we had unlimited access to lots of museum across Istanbul and would get fast track access; which was great considering the queues for some places. Also, on day 4 it was my mum's birthday so we celebrated in the evening by going to a traditional Turkish restaurant which specialized in fish dishes; the people at Rumeli's were so kind and attentive and were fascinated by the fact that we were from the UK. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any photographs of the food, but I can recommend this place 100% if you are visiting Istanbul any time soon. Also, what's great about this place is that it was packed with locals, therefore meaning that you could expect high quality food. 

Day 5 was really chilled, mooching around Istanbul and visiting even more museums! After a museum packed afternoon, we headed over to a quaint little cafe right next door to the Blue Mosque. FYI if you're visiting Istanbul please visit this cafe as they serve the most delicious lemon tea you will ever have! (p.s. I have a snap of it over on my Instagram). After feeling sufficiently relaxed from people watching and taking in the stunning scenery, we headed on down to the tram to go back to the hotel and recuperate before heading back out into the main part of town in the evening. Istanbul is unbelievably beautiful at dusk/night time, all the mosques and restaurants light up, resulting in the city feeling truly magical. 

Unfortunately day 6 was our last full day in this amazing city so we all headed out early after breakfast to do some retail therapy, where I discovered a Zara and Mango! It was only customary for me to purchase something (I will be doing a fashion post shortly so keep updated my lovelies). In the afternoon we bought half a kilo of Turkish delight (something which I am not ashamed of! Despite the calorie intake, the Turkish delight is so addictive and yummy). As we were leaving very early on the Monday morning, we had a quiet night at a local restaurant in the evening, where I experimented and had a spiced anchovy casserole which blew my mind. After that it was an early night of heading off to bed after chatting to Ben on Skype and waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning for the flight home.

Thank you Istanbul for such a wonderful experience, I am already thoroughly missing you and will hope to take Ben with me next time. 

Sunday, April 20

Weekly Musings

This week I have been inspired by so many things, Istanbul and it's vibrant culture really inspired me to be more creative and I have tons of new and fresh blog posts with great content to follow! I also have found that by coming back home and resettling back into life with Ben and our lively little Welsh Terrier, Dirty Harry; I am appreciating the little things. So I have acculmulated 10 things which have been inspiring to me this week or have been a positive influence on my day-to-day life.

1. Quiet nights in with Ben, enjoying homemade pizza.

2. Long walks with Harry to clear those cobwebs!

3. Being organised.

4. Decorating our new home with the things we love.

5. The weekly run I have started with my 3 friends from work, burning those calories never felt so good!

6. Breaking Bad Season 5. This will blow your mind!

7. Catching up on my favourite blogs.

8. Painting my nails pastel colours.

9. Easter eggs, 'cos you know, it's Easter and all.

10. Washing my face with my favourite Bobbi Brown Cleanser.

Wednesday, April 16

Istanbul Photo Diary Part I

For my mum's birthday, me and my family headed over to the culturally vibrant city that is Istanbul. I was super excited to discover all of the historic landmarks and browse around fanatically the famous Grand Bazaar and Spice markets. During our stay, we were located at the ever so luxurious The Peak Hotel in the heart of the city, just around the corner from delicious traditional restaurants, the metro and this retro little tram pictured above. 

On day 1 we had a leisurely breakfast and then headed out across the Bosphorus River and wandered around two awe-inspiring mosques, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (or more commonly referred to as The Blue Mosque) and the Fatih Mosque. The architecture both inside and out where breathtaking (post to follow shortly!). We then found ourselves in the late afternoon wandering into the Grand Bazaar which housed the most diverse and colourful markets I have ever seen. There was so much on offer, from handwoven carpets and rugs to fake fashion accessories. After a busy day of site seeing and resultantly aching feet, we headed back to the hotel for an afternoon nap in anticipation for our first evening meal in the city.

Day 2 was just as amazing, we were blessed with beautiful weather and decided that it was only right that we should head up the ancient Galata Tower to take in the panoramic views of Istanbul (as shown in picture 2). After this we were still hungry for more history so hopped on a tram and visited Hagia Sophia. Words cannot begin to describe how incredible this landmark is (and I will discuss it and other must see's on my post about the top places to visit in Istanbul). We spent the majority of the afternoon gazing the magnificent interiors of this building. Afterwards late lunch was in order, where we enjoyed a scrumptuous Ceaser Salad at Faros.

Opening the curtains on day 3 from within my hotel room, I was disappointed to see heavy rain pitter pattering on the window. However thankfully we had planned to visit more museums that day so we could escape the unfortunate downpour. Nevertheless it was still warm and the rain eventually passed over, leaving the city smelling fresh and lively again. 

There's much more to come for my holiday in Istanbul, I would love to hear of whether you've been to Istanbul and which sites you most enjoyed. Throughout my trip I uploaded lots of snaps onto my Instagram account (@katemulroy) so come and join me over there for more adventures to come!