Tuesday, 29 November 2016

HOTEL ROOM ESSENTIALS . . .

It may have escaped your notice, but I quite like hotels. I've spoken in the past on this here blog about my addiction to going for a wee overnighter or twenty.

But I feel like some hotels and b&bs do forget about some basic little necessities at times. And, having spent a week of this month during The Big Irish Roadtrip moving between various hotels, I do feel like I'm pretty qualified to comment on what I feel all hotels should DEFINITELY have.



Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you have to have a four poster bed or a roll-top bath (although, trust me, it does help and probably my favourite hotel I've stayed in this month - in Cairnryan - had both of these features (and, yes, that is that particular room in the pics above) but here's some things that DEFINITELY are going to make our stay a tad more comfortable . . .

Sockets next to the bed
For me, this really goes without saying. There's little worse than when you're lazing in bed, swigging wine, watching tv and feeling all relaxed... but your phone is charging on the other side of the room, because there is no socket next to the bed! Even worse . . . I've been in hotels in the past where there is only one spare socket! One!!! What if there are two of you? HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK??? It beggars belief.

"Do Not Disturb" signs
A later check-out time combined with a lack of a "do not disturb" sign does not make me a happy camper. The amount of times a cleaner has just marched into a room (occasionally without even knocking) on my watch makes me surprised they have never walked in on me in a state of undress. The odds can't be in my favour much longer.

Easy to reach your drink while lying in bed
Something next to my bed to perch my glass of wine on is another essential. For that matter, having glasses or cups (or even a mug) is also necessary.  (When we were in Rhodes last year, I ended up having to drink wine out of a mini-POT on my first night as we discovered we had no drinking receptacles - in a self-catering apartment - whatsoever. That was not my finest hour.)

Information Pack
It's a nice little touch, I like to know what features the hotel room has, the hotel itself (if any), the check-out times (sometimes online booking sites don't always get this right so it's nice to have confirmation), the wifi password, etc. In a hotel we stayed in recently, one without a "do not disturb" sign funnily enough, on our second morning in the hotel, we were disturbed by the cleaner twice, the second time was because they wanted to give us an information pack. We'd been there for nearly 48 hours and were leaving the next day - it was a bit late to give us an information pack at that point!
 So if we can have the information pack from the outset, that would also be ace, thanks! ;-)

Wifi
I'm an addict okay? I need my internet. I don't think I need to elaborate further on this one.

Adjustable heating/air con
It's good to have control over this stuff. And, let's face it, we all feel hot and cold differently, so it's nice to actually be able to adjust the temperature in your own room.

Reasonable check-in/check-out times
I like to get my money's worth if I can. So for me a reasonable check-in time is around 2pm, and a reasonable check-out time 11 or 12. I've stayed in a few places that have check-in times of 4pm and check-out times of 10am. These tend to be smaller places with few rooms so you do end up feeling like they could maybe let you stay in the room for a little bit longer. Especially since the rooms are usually the nicest ones!

What are your hotel room essentials?

Sunday, 27 November 2016

P'S TOP PICKS: CHRISTMAS JUMPERS!

Can you believe it is less than a month until Christmas now? I can't quite get my head around this - wasn't it last Christmas only about three weeks ago??? This year has went so bloody fast!

Anyhoo, it's time to get into Christmas gear and apparently this means we should all be buying our Christmas jumpers!


Photo credit goes to the lovely fella for this one!

Now, I've always eschewed this tradition as I don't really buy into (literally!) the idea of purchasing a jumper that only really serves any purpose at one time of the year. But this year I'm feeling more like I should get into the spirit of things and actually buy one! Because a) I guess I can use it every year, even if it's just one time each year and b) at least it should keep me cosy!

So what ones do I have my eye on? Let's have a look . . .

First up, I'm loving this penguin jumper from asos. Okay, it doesn't specifically mention Christmas but it's festive enough... and it means I could potentially wear it at times other than Christmas, thus negating the spending guilt. And it has a cute penguin on it - need I say more!?!



Next . . . loving this little boohoo number! I like to think that I am Santa's favourite blonde. ;-)



Oooh, I love this Yumi one on the House of Fraser website - polar bears are the cutest. And, once again, I could wear this at other times of year too!
 We've got to have a little "classic" Christmas jumper, the type that made the whole thing a trend in the first place. I reckon this little Rudolph one from Pretty Little Thing fits the bill perfectly and ticks the old-school boxes.  BUT still looks cute rather than cringe-inducing.


It's a tad too early for me to get too excited about Christmas yet, so this jumper would be PERFECT for me. Oh, and I can't resist a bad joke. Or do I mean a "baaaa-d" joke?!?  (I'm so sorry. Please keep reading.)


Today we were visiting a castle and we saw a lovely little round robin sitting on a fence. So when I saw this Dorothy Perkins jumper, I fell instantly in love...AND it has sequins! What's not to like???
Okay, so I think this one might be the one for me. It's actually a Christmas t-shirt rather than a jumper... but it's got a reference to Prosecco which, if you know me at all, you know I love!


And last but not least, could this ASDA jumper be any more adorable? I definitely seem to favour Christmas jumpers with an animal theme don't I? I make absolutely no apologies for this.


So that's my little round-up complete. Did you see anything you liked in there? Or have you already bought your Christmas jumper? Or, like me, have you never really bought into the idea? I'd love to know!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

WHO'S THAT GIRL?!?

Hello?

*sidles into the blog, looks around shamefacedly*

Anyone still here?

I've been decidedly missing of action of late; in fact I'm shocked to discover I haven't posted in nearly two months! I've had blog breaks in the past, granted, but this one was longer than I anticipated. I kept meaning to make a dramatic return, but somehow real life just kept getting in the way.


When I last posted, I was about to go on holiday again (if you follow me on social media at all, you probably couldn't have missed that - I employed all of the tactics I mentioned in my post!). We were off on a cheapo holiday to Menorca - and when I say cheapo I mean cheapo, it was something like 220 quid a person. It seemed too good to be true... so when I received an email from the holiday company two days before it to say they were changing our hotel, I was more than a little annoyed.


BUT . . . when you book a self-catering holiday in one hotel and end up in an all-inclusive holiday in another hotel for no extra money? You can't really get too pissed off. Especially when it's the last week of the season and the hotel is rapidly emptying, you can help yourself to your own drink from behind the pool bar, get a pool lounger without any issues (and at some points are the only ones BY the pool) AND there's only one bad weather day even though it's the beginning of October and the Balearics aren't exactly known for brilliant weather in October. Safe to say we were more than happy with that little holiday!

Cheers!!!
On top of that, there's been a birthday  (I was - cries - 37!); a three year anniversary with the boyfriend (I know - I can't believe it either!); my work made a big office move right into the heart of the city centre of Glasgow (both a blessing and a curse - I'll explain about that at a later date); and one of my bestest friends got married, resulting in what me and the fella called The Big Irish Roadtrip.

Oh, and then I got home from that to discover that my wireless router was gubbed. So there's that too.

Add several million nights out and dinners to that and naturally the blog has suffered - not to mention my waistline. Hence the reason why I'm back on the 5:2 diet wagon as of this week.  Hopefully with more success than my last attempt.

Anyhoo . . . I'm back. And hopefully blogging far more regularly. I have so much to talk about. Clothes, restaurants, the aforementioned Big Irish Roadtrip, more about my travels around my beloved Scotland, recipes, dieting . . . and of course my usual random selection of posts. I have a list of ideas a mile long and I ain't afraid to use them.

I just need to get them written.

Wish me luck . . . and stay tuned! ;-)

So . . . how've you been?