Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I took a trip there and realised it’s so much more than that. Sandbanks is the perfect staycation location for this summer, or an absolute must-visit for your next day-trip.Continue reading “Everything You Need To Know About Sandbanks”
As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t actually over. I’m sure other graduates can relate to this, and I’m sure we all feel the same levels of frustration of not being able to experience a proper graduation ceremony. However, all is not lost.Continue reading “4 Ways To Celebrate Your Non-Existent 2021 Graduation In Style”
With Borough Market now opening seven days of the week for the first time in over two decades, now is the perfect time to plan your next trip over. Borough Market has a special place in my heart: it reminds me of trips with my dad into central London where I was a little smaller, and every stand seemed so big to me and full of so many different treats (my eyes were set on the cookies). As I grew older, the trips every year or so continued, but the market is no less interesting to me. Visiting Borough Market is almost like an activity for me – a chance to explore the stalls brimmed with foods from many different cultures, and hopefully for me to try something new along the way. It’s on my list of possibly one of my most unique London activities, and I love to take people who haven’t been or are from out of town, although I’m sure to the Southwark locals, passing through this market is an every day activity.Continue reading “Your Guide To Borough Market (With A ‘What I Ate In A Day’!)”
Looking for a change of scenery for this year’s Euros? Why not rally up your friends and go support your nation together over drinks? Maybe your rivalling nations are playing, and you want to watch the magic unfold together. Or maybe getting together over some good food and having a bit of seasonal entertainment is more on your agenda. Whatever the motive, here are just a few options of places to watch the Euros over some food and drink. Enjoy!Continue reading “Euro 2020: Where To Watch The Euros In London With Food And Drink”
Not too long ago, I took a trip down to Kent to visit my friend and got to explore what Kent has to offer. I had been to certain places in Kent for a day, or even a couple of hours, so I have enjoyed some of Kent’s beauty before. This time however, I truly got to see how stunning this English county really is. Whether you’re looking for your next UK trip destination, or have already booked your tickets into an area of Kent, these are the places you should go out of your way to see, even if just for the day.Continue reading “Kent’s Most Beautiful Places – My Top 4”
South Kensington truly represents the finer side of London: the gorgeous cream-coloured town houses, the cultural landmarks, and the glorious green spaces dotted around the area. Not to mention, the locals and the architecture scream ‘affluent’. This is just some of the reasons why this area is a must visit for tourists, and even Londoners who maybe don’t visit the area as often: there’s so many places to see, and you can feel instantly transported into what feels like a much older part of town. If you don’t know where to start, read on to see some of my top picks.Continue reading “The Hidden (And Not So Hidden) Gems Of South Kensington”
While the UK Government announced a select amount of countries on the ‘green list’ with I’m sure more to come, it’s still no surprise that there’s a huge increase in the booking of staycations. If you’ve found that your destination of choice is lacking in places to stay, why not find a new place to explore? Here are 5 more UK staycations that may peak your interest (make sure to check out my first post, ‘5 UK staycations for 2021‘ if you missed it!)Continue reading “5 More UK Staycations For 2021”
There’s just one more evening until most things will be reopened in England again! I don’t know about you, but it still doesn’t feel real to me that soon we will be back to normal. While a lot of us are so excited about the reopening of many venues again, I’m sure, at the back of our heads at least, we’ll still be COVID-conscious. If anything, I’m sure we’ll all be somewhat COVID-conscious for a while, whether that’s by hand sanitising at any given chance, or carrying a mask everywhere post-lockdown. So for this blog post, I’ve decided to curate some fun activities in London that allow for plenty of distance and regular cleaning, so you won’t be too nervous about going out into the world again. Upon request, I’ve tried to make most of these budget-friendly too. I hope you enjoy these, and I’d love to know any of your suggestions in the comments below!Continue reading “COVID-friendly days out in London (on a budget!)”
For those who don’t know, Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May 2021 marks Mental Health Awareness Week! While mental health should always be in the spotlight, this week (and month) allows us to shine a light on exactly how we can help each other during tough times. As someone who has been vocal about my own anxiety in the past, I wanted to make this post to remind others that you don’t need to give people the world in order to help out – it can be as simple as clicking a button.Continue reading “5 Ways To Spread Mental Health Awareness And Support Those Who Are Struggling”
With 2021 being an uncertain year for international travel, bookings for UK destinations have been on the rise. I know I’ve looked at a couple of locations, and a lot of Airbnb’s have been fully booked for summer! But I also found that I lacked inspiration of where to look: do I go somewhere new? Do I return to a familiar favourite? If anyone else is in a similar situation, I’ve put together five destinations that may peak your interest. There’s a mix of beach locations and historical venues, so no one’s left out!Continue reading “5 UK Staycation Locations For 2021”
The other day, I received the Mayor of London and London Assembly booklet, outlining all the candidates and some of the candidates’ ‘mini- manifestos’, as well as general information about the election. I think it’s fair to say that I had zero clue about who to vote for – I feel politics has almost taken a backseat in light of the pandemic and Brexit. But nevertheless, there’s still a vote to be had on the 6th May on who is going to make London the best it can be.Continue reading “Mayor Of London Candidates – Who They Are And What They’re Promising”
After the success of my ‘The Girlfriend’s Guide’ Instagram posts, it seemed like the perfect time to introduce the series to my blog (and maybe make it a more permanent addition). The reason I created this series is because some people are genuinely curious about the typical ‘gendered’ topics, but every attempt of a post to educate them is either condescending or extremely sexist.Continue reading “The Girlfriend’s Guide To FIFA – The No Bullsh*t, No Judgement, And Not Sexist Version”
For this ‘The Face Behind The Brand’ segment, I’ve brought on a woman who was one of the first people that I truly connected with in the blogosphere. Formerly known as ‘dashofeverything’, The Dash Space has grown so much in content and style, with now a whopping 3,164 Instagram following and counting. I’ve loved watching her space grow with each day.
Not only has she been supportive and kind, but also incredibly helpful: when I decided to switch to my own domain, she taught me so many things I didn’t know about setting up a website that I’m excited to take with me into the future of this blog. Her content now focusses on self-development content, in which she provides tips on how to improve yourself, and motivation to start your day off right.
It seems like a long time coming now, but here is my first collab with Adjoa from The Dash Space! I hope you enjoy this interview.
Where did the name The Dash Space come from?
The name came about quite randomly actually. Before “The Dash Space” was even a thing, the name of my blog used to be “dashofeverything” however I wasn’t particularly happy about the fact that the name was a very common one, and I didn’t want it to tarnish my platform/brand later on down the line or take away it’s authenticity or uniqueness. I wanted my platform to have a unique name that was easy to remember so I sat down and made a list of potential names. Eventually, the Dash Space fell on that list and It just felt “right”.
I wanted my platform to be a space for people to go and find whatever there is to know about personal development whilst also remembering that I started as “dashofeverything” – so it was the perfect blend!
When did you discover your love for self-development content?
When I first got back to blogging, I genuinely didn’t have a niche and quite simply didn’t want to niche down as I didn’t want to be restricted with the kind of content I wanted to put out, but slowly, I felt myself being drawn to self-development style topics which is why I always say let the niche find you. I decided to then stick to self-development style topics as I found myself enjoying sharing a few things I was doing to help me become a better version of myself.
Why do you do what you do?
I honestly enjoy blogging, sharing content on socials, and on my website simply because you never know who what you share will touch. What you put out there could change someone’s life, keep them going or even encourage them to keep holding on. My aim is for my content to motivate people and to simply keep them going, and that’s why I do what I do. I also enjoy blogging and creating content because it’s my passion.
What’s your favourite way to gain inspiration for your content?
Inspiration for me comes in so many various ways – I could be in bed and get an idea, or I could simply be scrolling on socials and get an idea. There isn’t a set way I gain inspiration as it kind of just comes randomly, but I would say though that Pinterest is great help when I’m stuck on ideas!
What do you most enjoy about running The Dash Space?
One thing I enjoy the most about running the Dash Space is the fact that I am able to share content that can help others. It makes me very happy knowing that even if only a few people see it, my content could inspire or help someone to keep going. I also love the many connections I have made whilst building my platform and wouldn’t change it for anything.
What’s been your biggest obstacle?
My biggest obstacle definitely has to be balancing running my platform with full time work. It can be very difficult as my full time role is quite demanding. Having the time outside of work to even build this platform can be difficult, and sometimes I don’t even know how I do it, but I guess when you’re passionate about something, you’ll find a way to always make it happen.
What is your biggest achievement with The Dash Space?
I don’t think I have had that stereotypical big achievement with my platform yet, but I would say that something that makes me super happy and proud is seeing my content being shared. It warms my heart and I will forever appreciate those who take their time to engage with my content or even share it. I have also received messages from a few people who have told me that my content keeps them going, and for me that is more than a huge win as that’s what my platform aims to do.
What was it like rebranding and creating your own website?
It was difficult and honestly took a lot of work, time and effort but I am glad that I did it now rather than later. I think when you’re a blogger it’s super important to have your own site you can push your audience towards.
What do you wish you knew sooner?
I don’t think there’s anything in particular that I wish I knew sooner – I think with every journey you embark on it’s good to leave room for growth. Something I wish I did though was starting this platform sooner rather than being hesitant or scared of what people might think.
Tell us something that people may not know about you.
I think I am very transparent and share a lot of things about myself but a lot of people who are new to my platform may not be aware that I actually first started as a hair blogger in 2018, gave up because I lost the passion I had for blogging, and came back to blogging again last year.
What advice would you give to new bloggers or people joining the IG world for their blog?
Take it easy and understand that building a platform takes work. I know we all want the huge following and engagement but do not focus on the numbers too much as it can fluctuate. Instead, focus on putting out unique and valuable content consistently that your audience gravitate towards.
I would also say that focus on building genuine connections with other bloggers or people in your niche and do not be selfish. Show love to others the same way you’d like to be shown love to. Remember that the energy you put out is always the energy you get back!
Do you have anything special in the works that you can share?
At the moment, no – I’m just focused on building my platform, growing my email list and my network!
As well as this interview coming out today, Adjoa’s next newsletter has been released too! If you want to sign up to her newsletter or check out her blog, click here. I will also leave her Instagram here. It’s honestly been amazing seeing her space grow and how much of a prominent figure she has become in the blogging community – I can’t wait to see more content!
Who would you like to see next on ‘The Face Behind The Brand’? Let me know in the comments below!
Sandbanks first came onto my radar when I watched a TV show talk to Harry Redknapp about his home in the area. It appeared to be a pretty exclusive area: small in size, but lined with grand houses amongst a sandy beachfront (a sandy beach in England, I know!) It wasn’t until recently that I […]
As a graduating student of 2021, I can safely say that it feels like I haven’t really graduated. I’ve been doing assignments and having lessons over Blackboard Collaborate at home for months on end, and with no proper graduation to top off three years of hard work, it almost feels like the university experience isn’t […]
With Borough Market now opening seven days of the week for the first time in over two decades, now is the perfect time to plan your next trip over. Borough Market has a special place in my heart: it reminds me of trips with my dad into central London where I was a little smaller, […]
As some of you may already know, I’m in my final year of university. Alongside learning during a global pandemic, us students have also had to think about what comes after university: jobs are dwindling by the day, and we’re competing against those with years of experience who have lost their jobs. I can say for myself that when I first came into university, I had an idea of what I wanted to ‘become’ when I finish, but it is very safe to say that that idea has changed about five times since.Continue reading “My Teacher Training Application Experience”
As I approach my 21st birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future: I’m in my last year of university, and in a global pandemic – a combination I never saw coming. There’s always this pressure from adults around you as you approach the big 2-1, and even more so in your final year, to know what you’re doing next – I think a lot of us can relate. I received this question back in February, but now feels like the right time to answer it.Continue reading ““What’s next for you?” – Let’s Talk”