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3 Reasons we’re returning to Bournemouth this year

OK, so you might not immediately think of Bournemouth as being the hippest location for a weekend trip. But read on, as you are about to be pleasantly surprised. With is seven beaches, surfer atmosphere, and seaside charm, Bournemouth definitely holds a lot more pull for the 25 and under crowd these days. So if you are thinking of heading down there for a weekend, keep reading for my top tips on how to have the best time.

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1. Bar culture

So one thing that you will find in abundance in Bournemouth is cafe-bars. What could be cooler than a few drink sitting on a balcony overlooking the sea? Or relaxing on squishy sofas to the latest chill-out tunes?

Try places like Urban Reef on The Overstrand. This is hip, but casual bistro set up with alfresco seating, locally brewed ales, and a wood-fired pizza oven that makes for the most delicious snacks. They have a good menu for all time of the day too, and in particular, it is a great place to grab breakfast to soak up any excesses from the night before. You can even check out her surf webcam by looking on their website.

The there is the ultra modern, and stylish Reef Encounter. Get it?! Oh, humorous restaurant names! There you can enjoy live music, as well as occasional and specials events like steak nights. While also sampling the delights of their grill menu, which includes American classics such as ribs and po’boys which a range of toppings. Yum!

Or why not head down to Exeter Road, and check out 60 Million Postcards. It’s a neo-grunge sort of place that is uber hip and has many special offers on drink and food alike. You can check out their website here for more details.

2. Quirky but cool

Now no trip the English coastline would be complete without the obligatory walk along the front and pier. Whether the weather is suitable or not! Luckily, Bournemouth is somewhat blessed with the sunshine. So you don’t have to worry too much about your fish and chips getting drenched before you eat it. However, do you tire easily of such traditional pleasures? Then you’ll probably want to check on some of the more offbeat activities that are on offer in this area.

First of all, there are some interesting boutique type shops to check out.  In particular, Memento Mori, which sells a mixture of flea market finds and slightly more macabre offerings. It’s perfect for those of you channelling your inner goth, or just for folks that like vintage, and off-kilter things.

Now if you enjoy Memento Mori you might want to pay a visit to the neighbouring town of Hythe and check out the St. Leonard’s Church Ossuary. This is a basement which contains the remain off at least 4,000 humans in bone form. Yes, we are talking skulls, jaws, teeth and the like! While no one knows exactly why they are all there, the experts best guess is that there were victims of a plague. Possible the black death,  and were dug up and stored in the church for some reason. Anyway, whatever the reason they are there, there are certainly fascinating, if a little ghoulish!

3. Great Digs

Now an essential part of any break is getting some great digs to stay in. While it can seem like all fun and games when you’re planning a holiday, to go for the cheaper option like B&Bs or tents.  But how much fun are you really going to have this way?

That is why is can make a lot more sense to check out some of the more on trend options on offer. Of which Bournemouth as quite a few. Consider renting a house or apartment from companies like Smart Holiday Rentals Bournemouth. There are clean, modern and stylish and you’ll have your own space to relax in.

Or you could push the boat out and stay in a chic establishment like the Urban Beach hotel. Not surprisingly, it is located a stone’s throw from the beach, and it has a lux coastal feel. Replete with chandeliers in the bedrooms and a well stocked and stylish bar.

4. Dance it Out

Now, if you are looking to dance the night away while on your trip to Bournemouth, then you really need to check out the Halo Nightclub. Located in an old church, Halo’s architecture remains intact. Which provides a beautiful juxtaposition to the house music played by the resident DJS, and the special guests that they host now and again.

2018-06-04T01:31:14+00:00 February 26, 2017|Travel|

Tips on How to Achieve the Bohemian Chic Look

The bohemian look is for women who are in tune with nature, opening themselves up and embracing the different perspectives of the world. Earthy, light and breezy, the bohemian chic look traces its influences to an artistic movement of centuries past to its development in recent decades.

From music festivals to beach looks, bohemian style can still be found everywhere, demonstrating its timeless and fresh appeal with individual expression. There are many stores out there with chic clothes for women, but the key is to know which pieces will work best. We have some tips here for the ultimate bohemian look.

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Layering with vests, cardigans and jewellery

The bohemian look will not be complete without the layers that make it so chic. Whether it’s a flowing poncho over a maxi dress or a hip vest over a simple shirt, the possibilities are endless. Other layering options include putting on chunky, beady jewellery which are perfect for expressing your free spirited nature.

Laid-back, flowing clothes and loose silhouettes

Bohemian style is all about ease of wearing and a loose fit to reflect one’s openness. Laid-back looks with flowing clothes are certainly a part of this fashion look, as are silhouettes that are not too girly and instead are loose and elegantly feminine. Maxi dresses, midi skirts, flared pants, tunic tops and many other such items are just some of the style must-haves.

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Fringes and lace

Fringes and lace details have long been a part of the bohemian fashion scene. With their ageless appeal and whimsical touch, any garment with fringe or lace can look sophisticated on any given day. Pair up a simple lace blouse with light and airy printed shorts and you’ll have a great outfit for any outing.

Head scarves and other head wraps

Chic head wraps, such as flower crowns, scarves and bands, trace back to the 60s and 70s eras of fashion, which have seen resurgence in popularity thanks to the music festivals of today. They bring a classic touch to any outfit and are perfect for completing the bohemian look. Think wavy tresses kept in line with a stylish head scarf, and bad hair days can be kept away.

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Big sunglasses and floppy hats

Oversized sunglasses are an essential item that can be worn anytime, especially for those sunny days. Floppy hats are also perfect for keeping out the sun, perfect for using at the beach. These two accessories look perfect when complemented by a maxi dress or just a simple poncho top with shorts. 

Prints everywhere

For women looking to emulate a bohemian look, the best way to start is through clothes with eye-catching patterns. This could include geometric designs, abstract shapes, floral accents and others. Bohemian fashion embraces colorful patterns and designs, so mixing and matching prints will be quite exciting.

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Earth-colored boots and gladiator sandals

Ankle boots that come in neutral, earthy tones are a wardrobe staple for any bohemian outfit. The same is also true for a trusty pair of gladiator sandals. They add extra pizzazz and an edge to any look, so be sure to have them handy for any day.

For an effortless look, bohemian style is definitely the way to go. With these tips to help you, it will be easier for you to find your inner bohemian soul and express yourself in style. Find clothing pieces that fit your personality, and you’ll be on your way to a boho chic look.

2018-05-10T21:45:14+00:00 February 23, 2017|Fashion|

Mobile Social Media Marketing Strategies For Bloggers

There’s a good chance that the vast majority of people who read your blog are coming to your from mobile platforms. After all, mobile eclipsed PC back in 2014 and has been growing as a segment ever since. As a result, it’s a good idea for bloggers to start thinking about how to effectively market their sites on mobile platforms. It turns out that the methods here are slightly different to what most of us are used to on PC.

The need to engage with social media on mobile devices is clearer now than ever before. According to the data, 86 percent of users access Twitter on mobile. On Facebook, the figure is 68 percent, and on Pinterest, it’s a whopping 92 percent mobile. Here are some ways to market your blog on mobile social media.

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Monitor Social On The Go

The good news for bloggers is that is that it is now possible to get bad credit phone contracts, meaning that even high-end handsets are accessible. This makes it easier to follow what your followers are doing online. Monitoring followers on the go is becoming increasingly important for bloggers.

These days, visitors to your site don’t just expect to read your content, they also want to be able to interact with you on social media, as well as on website plugins, like Disqus. Social tools such as Mention are really helpful and alert you whenever somebody tries to contact you on one of your platforms. Mobile allows you to spend time responding to comments when you would otherwise be unproductive, like on a train journey.

Get Rid Of Message Fatigue

If you’re like most bloggers, you’ll be posting content to multiple social media sites. This might seem like a good idea in the short run, but it can lead to the problem of message fatigue. Because your followers all have smartphones which are constantly connected to their social networks, when you post the same content on all these sites, your followers get the same alerts over and over again.

Experts recommend, therefore, that bloggers tailor their message for each platform. It’s also a good idea to keep track of analytics to see which platforms are the most successful and to use scheduling apps, like Buffer to stagger content so that it doesn’t overwhelm users.

Make Your Blog Mobile-Friendly

What exactly does a mobile-friendly blog look like? Essentially, it’s a blog that has been specially formatted for mobile form-factors. Some bloggers hire a developer to do this, but these days there are plenty of tools that make creating mobile blogs much easier. Ideally, you want a theme that is responsive and buttons that are all in the right place for users accessing your blog on mobile. If you use a particular typeface, you might want to adjust this to one that is more mobile-friendly.

On mobile, there’s also a need to make sure that your blog is responsive. Studies have found that mobile users expect pages to load in four seconds or less. If your site doesn’t load quickly, you might lose traffic and you’ll hinder your visibility in Google. 

2018-01-08T03:33:33+00:00 February 22, 2017|Blogging Tips|
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