Rewind 6, maybe more, years ago, and I would've been adamant that I knew what my future was going to be like. The older, more mature me, would be office based, tottering around in stiletto heels and pencil skirts. I'd probably tie my hair in a bun and be dashing to my next meeting whilst clutching a coffee cup and a clipboard (not sure what was going to be on it - but it seemed authoritative).

I tried it for a couple of years, straight out of uni. That's the plan though right? School, Uni, job. Getting so caught up in trying to get yourself through the cycle that maybe you forget to think about important things - like is this what I want to do.

I stuck at my office job for 3 years post uni, and absolutely started by tottering around in my stilettos, pencil skit, hair in a bun. Even managed to get my self a clipboard when I became designated fire marshall.

Fast forward 5 years. I'm currently sat on my couch in a flat out here in Ibiza, where I have been for the summer. I have bare-feet, beach waved hair and a baggy t-shirt on. My productivity levels = through the roof. I never envisaged myself having this as my workwear, or job, for that matter. That's the amazing thing about life - it can take you to some crazy and fantastic places that you didn't even know were for you.

So these snaps may be the closest that I will get to wearing a suit again. Not quite sure how the no shoes and no bra vibe would go down in an office in Manchester - but hey, that's life.

It was around 14 months ago, that I remember being sat in my car of my then-employers carpark, and receiving an email with the subject "News".

It sounds very dramatic to say this, as the smallest of things happen every single day that directly impact our lives and the path we go down...but looking back, I genuinely feel this way about that particular email landing in my mailbox.

I remember ringing my parents who were staying with my sister in Milan, telling them the news that I had got the job of my dreams and thinking that I didn't think I'd felt that feeling of genuine joy in such a long time.

Getting the Marketing job with Dancing Leopard - a fashion brand that I had been blogging about for so long - definitely made me look at other areas of my life and realise that I wanted to push for more. And I did, which is something I owe a lot of thanks to. Out of all the opportunities Dancing Leopard have given me, they also enabled me to do something I never thought I’d ever have the guts to do - to move and live in a foreign country.

It honestly stuns me that it has been just over 12 months already - so much has changed in that space of time, and now so much more is about to...

I recently wrote on my Instagram Q&A about the friendship I have with Emily and the adventures that we have been on since I made her move to Ibiza with me (more info here - still not sorry!) but I also wrote about how since moving here we have tried to push each other to achieve our dreams. And that is exactly what we are about to do. It might sound cliché but we have spent many nights over the summer down at the marina sat watching the yachts (apparently neither of us knew that we had an underlying obsession with them - that was new) and we thought, what if?

So here I am...a day away from my finish date with Dancing Leopard - and a day away from starting my next exciting venture. Maybe there is something about this season that brings about a need for change - I'm not sure, but I am feeling incredibly excited because of it.

As much of a difficult choice that it was to leave Dancing Leopard (this sounds like a break-up post doesn't it!) - I am now embarking on the opportunity of a lifetime with my best friend, where we are in complete and utter control of the direction we are going in. Neither me or Emily thought this was the route we would be taking towards the end of the summer, but we have realised over the past four months how totally aligned we are, and more than anything, we want to turn something that we are so passionate about, into a genuine career for us.

Being able to join with Emily on Stories Studio couldn't be more perfect for us - not only do our skills completely compliment each other - we also have the amazing Emily G (yep, another one to throw into the mix, just to make things even more confusing for me) on board who is a complete and utter design wizard! And on the very first day that Emily G landed in Ibiza for our first team meeting - we purchased a tripod. Coincidence? I think not.

So...what is Stories?

Stories Studio offers a full suite of services for all types of clients, across different industries, all over the globe, including alcohol brands (one of our personal favourites), fashion (we couldn't not!), cosmetics, stationary, and more. We work with brands to establish their identities, from initial brand strategy, social strategy, content creation/photography and bespoke web builds. We are creatives in our element.

You guys know that I am a sucker for a good quote, but there is one in particular that has been playing on my mind over the past month, and that is;

When it feels scary to jump, that's exactly when you should jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life.

 - Abel Morales 

really resonate with this quote (maybe because Emily has been playing inspirational speeches from Will Smith and Steve Jobs on repeat for the past four months of our lives) but i do think that there is a lot of truth in those words. The past couple of weeks haven't been easy - there have been a lot of late nights (accompanied by red bull) and stressed moments. But we would be naive to think that will ever stop if you are the driving force behind your own creation. Sure, it never feels like the right time jump and it is oh so easy to postpone the "jump" as daily life often runs away with us. When really, in the grand scheme of life, we don't have that much time. And more often than not, we look back and wish that we had started sooner.

So here it goes - our official start time. From this point, myself and Emily will be embracing the digital nomad life more than ever, running Stories Studio from our laptops. This little island will still be our home for the next 6 weeks until we head to Barcelona for the foreseeable future. 

Want to join us for the ride?

Cheers...or should I say, Salut X

I thought I would kick part two of my Ibiza Island Diaries off with something that I have become somewhat of an expert in over the past few months (and probably most of my adult life)...the art of finding half decent (and instagrammable) drinking spot.

Obviously it goes without saying that Ibiza is known for its party and drinking culture - which means that they definitely know how to make a solid drink. For me, I love going out and the big nights are always good fun - but the majority of the time I would happily sit in a beach bar with vibey music and a 2L jug of something alcoholic. So, for all you huns out there that love a little tipple as much as me...Im going to give you my top 5 places to sit and sip if you're over here in Ibiza.

1 | Amante

Picture a beach, surrounded by cliffs, with THE most beautiful interior design.

We headed over to Amante pretty much the day we got hold of the hire car. Emily was designated navigator whilst I tried to master driving on the opposite side of the road for the first time in my life without having a melt down. A couple of off-roading mishaps later and we rocked up to Amante. AKA new favourite place.

Obviously we have been back to Amante on numerous occasions (it is getting busier now it is in peak season - but it is definitely worth planning ahead). On our first visit we shared a bottle of vino (pretty standard behaviour) and I went for the risotto. You can probably imagine my face when it turned up to the table with an edible flower neatly placed on top...

Seriously - whether it is for brunch and a bloody mary, or watching the sunset with your evening meal and a bottle of red, you need to check Amante out. It is relatively remote so need to drive/get a cab but that is pretty standard for most places on the island.

A little tip if planning ahead - over summer they have pop up cinema screenings which is the most magical thing I've ever seen!

2 | Beach House

The name pretty much says it all. It's located in Playa D'en Bossa so only a stones throw away from old town - and right on the beach front!

It really has the most amazing feel with giant aztec rugs and the whole front opens up towards the ocean. I'm gonna call of the best Bloody Mary's that I've ever had (sue me).

Also, if you are staying here in the week and yoga is your thing, they offer a free morning yoga session right on the beach front which is so amazing! I've never done yoga before but I found it one of the most relaxing experiences of my life. All they ask is a donation towards helping to keep the beach clean, which is of course an added bonus!

3 | La Torre

We had actually stumbled across this little gem by complete accident! We really didn't know that this place existed, never mind that it was actually right around the corner from our flat.

So La Torre is the hotel and their restaurant is called Kyupiddo - it literally has the best views out over the Marina - which is probably the closest I have been to a rooftop bar here in Ibiza. We haven't had a meal here yet but we often nip in for a drink to watch the hustle and bustle of Old Town down below. They also have a pretty epic pool that is open to swim in during the day. What's not to love about that kinda vibe?

4 | El Chiringuito 

One of my favourite beach bars on the island (on par with Beach House - but I would say the beach it is located on is nicer - and the sand seems whiter!). Is there actually a better set up than having a bottle of wine and an amazing meal, and then being able to stumble straight onto the beach for a post-food nap? Absolutely not.

So El Chiringutio is located at Ses Salines beach and it has the coolest vibe ever. I blogged about Scorpios when I was over in Mykonos and this definitely has a similar vibe if you like a little boho feel. For me, I really like neutral tones for interior when it is a beachy vibe - wooden floor (usually because I like to trot around barefoot) with big statement light fixtures always makes me feel like a real island girl...and this place definitely has it nailed.

5 | Cappuccino & La Calma

I'm kinda cheating here by putting two in one - but they are both located in the same place and are definitely both worth a visit! Okay that is an understatement - if you are in Old Town and by the Marina you really need to check these out. Like really really need to. They are both located on the waterfront and have INSANE direct views of the castle.

If you don't fancy getting sandy and just want a nice spot to chill and relax, then these are definitely the places for you. I have spent many a hangover sitting at these with a bloody mary watching the boats sail past! I would also recommend booking in at La Calma for an evening meal and watching the sun go down over the Marina, it really is just as magical at nighttime - if not more so!

Just so you know, I am willing to take one for the team in trying to hunt down some other special drinking spots on the island...with a couple of sample taste tests along the way...someone's got to do it, right?

If any of you guys do find yourselves in one of these places clutching an alcoholic beverage - take a little snap and tag me on insta - I wanna see! If I'm nearby maybe I will even stop by for a drink or two...any excuse, hey.

You can also check all of my snaps out of these places over on my Instagram here!

Photography by Emilyrachael 

Hola amigos! (and yes that is probably the extent of my Spanish vocab right now).

Ok so it hasn't really been the "consistent and regular posting" that my 2018 blogging dreams were made of, has it? In actual fact, this is probably the longest I have not written a post for. But hey - life has been pretttttttty hectic to say the least, but I'm here tapping away at my computer again. Just this time I'm coming to you from a different country...

It was around six months ago I decided that I was going to pack up my things and move to the island of Ibiza. Three months ago it happened.

Those who know me know that I am a total home bird. I have never lived abroad, or even really had the urge to. Basically just had no effing clue about how to even go about it - I just knew I was going. I am so incredibly lucky that I have the chance to do this while working as I work remotely, so as long as I have an internet connection I am pretty much good to go. In terms of figuring everything out that comes with it - it really all did just seem to fall into place. There is a lot to be said for determination in making things happen once you set your mind on something.

So for around six months prior to me leaving the UK, I had the task of trying to convince my best friend Emily that it would be one hell of a great idea to quit her job, start her own business, and come along with me for the ride. So writing this with her sat in the next room tapping away on her own laptop (probably pinning shoot inspo) I guess means that I can be quite persuasive when I want to be...

The reality was that we hadn't even fully secured our place before we came out here. We hadn't signed a contract and we didn't know the plan after we got on the plane - we just said to each other that the worst case scenario is that we would live in a hotel until we sorted somewhere to stay (drinks at the airport definitely eased the anxiety over the prospect of being homeless in Spain). Again, everything aligned and after a brief pitstop at a bar post arrival (shocker), we heard from our now landlord to say he was heading over with keys and contracts. It also just so happens to be the most beautiful flat ever, small, but located in the old town, actually within the castle walls.

Without going into a complete hole of soppiness here (it's been a while, hasn't it folks?) - over the past few months, I have genuinely felt more peaceful and content than I have in a very long time. Just totally, fully, genuinely happy. It really is crazy how the universe aligns itself - the fact that me and my best friend both found ourselves in a similar situation, post break up, at the exact same point in our life, feeling a little confused about next steps but having the ability to move to live in a different country together. And oh boy am I glad about it now.

Looking back to before I came to Ibiza - even up to the point of standing at the airport with everything that I could physically carry packed into my case (and failing miserably with the luggage allowance) I really feel like a completely different person. I guess being thrown into a totally new experience makes you realise a lot about yourself. Sure, I had travelled and been to lots of places over the years, but always knew that I was just going to get onto the flight home within the next week or so. There was something very liberating about getting on a plane and not having the return flight booked, or even really knowing what the next few months ahead will bring, as a complete change from your usual routine.

I had heard a lot about Ibiza before I got here. For most people it is notorious for the party culture...those wild nights in San An and stumbling back at 7am (not saying it hasn't happened...) but it is SO not just that. Me and Emily have tried to do as much exploring as we can whilst being here (blog posts pending), and have recently spent more time at the hidden beaches/coves in the north - which has only fuelled my love for Ibiza! It does have everything you could possibly want; the beaches, the bars and clubs, the restaurants, little delis, countryside, sunsets, culture, creativity, a castle?! Plus...waking up to drink your morning coffee on the terrace underneath bright blue skies just a stones throw from the marina - what's not to love?

So just a littleeeeeee life update from me this time. A lot has changed in the space of a year - ok actually almost everything has...and what an absolute whirlwind it's been. I know I mentioned this in my previous post but since reading the secret earlier this year I am trying my best to put positive energy out into the universe and attracting what you give off. So I am feeling very motivated and excited for what the next year holds now too. I've got a feeling it's going to be a good one.

Well I hope you guys are all ready for lots more Ibiza spam, and I am actually going to channel it into an island diaries guide should you want to come and join in the fun 🙊.

Adios! X

I bet you have been inundated with posts about New Years resolutions - hell, that was exactly what I posted in January last year!!! What I'm not going to do is pour my heart out (again - did you catch my last post of 2017?). I'm not going to stop drinking and I'm not going to sign up to 7 gyms. Instead, I'm going to consciously make an effort to make lots of small changes in my life. My overall aim is to channel a whole lotta goodness and make some alterations that combined, should help with my development as a badass human.

So lets kick things off wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiith...

Not taking things too seriously
So basically I just wanna laugh my absolute head off. How is that for goals? I am totally looking into the law of attraction and actually you attract what you put out there. So my aim is to exude positivity and happiness and pretty much get a giggle where I can. Life is too short, right? I know this isn't always possible 100% of the time and I get just as fed up as anyone sometimes - but I am going to try to be as upbeat as I can!

Read something that isn't a twitter feed
I am not a massive reader to be honest - but I have read a couple of inspirational books (as we know by now - that's my jam and actually what I am holding in these snaps). I am making it my mission this year to read more - even if it's just one book! I think a chick flick is definitely gonna have to be it, isn't it.

Have alone time away from my laptop and phone
I know people feel the same about this - if you're reading this it'll be on your phone/laptop/Ipad and just generally having a scroll through your feeds. I work on a laptop 9-5 and also seem to be pretty attached to it when I'm not working (technically still working - just on my blog). I actually got to the point a couple of weeks ago where I was getting pain in my fingers from holding my phone so much (horrendous - I know). What I have been doing lately is leaving my phone in a different room (imagine the horror!!!!!!!) and going for walks and runs a lot more. At the moment I am in the countryside so that does make this a lot easier and ultimately prettier. So basically I am going to have a lot more discipline with myself to have breaks and chill and watch movies (FINE read too - see previous point). Just be at one with the world and all that.

Listen to music that makes me feel happy
At the end of last year I found myself playing songs on repeat that had memories associated to them - some of those memories made me reminisce and subsequently altered my mood, even without me knowing it. My plan is to find new music that is upbeat and actually inspires me to get up off my ass and get stuff done! I have actually discovered a new love for trap music! So any recommendations send them my way huns.

Trust my gut
Woah so this is encroaching a little bit on my last post of 2017, but MY GOD have I realised I actually have one of these (not just the beer belly - but yeah that too I guess). I am listening to myself a lot more and understand why I get the feelings that I do. I'm going to get a lot more in tune with this and just trust my instincts, on people, places, foods, experiences...everything!

Travel more
This is by far one of my favourite things to do. I am definitely a home bird and love my comforts but I just get such a thrill from visiting new places (and snapping them for here/Instagram, of course!).

Focus my energy in the right places
So this kinda links to trusting my gut...but I am going to try to focus my energy on meaningful areas of my life. At the grand old age of 25 I am starting to feel like everything is going in the right direction and actually I have complete control on where that goes.

Keep drinking
Just because, well, I like it, ya know.

Get into video
I have recently been playing around with creating videos and I honestly LOVE it. Fair enough its only been short clips for Instagram stories and one video from my recent trip to Milan - but I seriously get so much enjoyment from it. I don't have a YouTube channel but I am definitely considering it and I'm getting prettttttty into the editing side of it all. So basically - watch this space.

Okay last but by NO means least...move to Ibiza. So I know I said these were all small changes but HEY I lied (that's not going to be a new goal of mine - don't worry). As of April I'm hoping to move to Ibiza for the Summer. Luckily the amazing job that I have means that I have the opportunity to go and work out there and actually makes sense for me to do so. I think it's about time I put down the tanning mitt and explored what I'm told is one of the most beautiful islands. Any tips welcome...(and very much needed, please!).

Just a little insight into what I plan to focus on this year, that and having a wholeeeeee bunch of fun along the way.

Catch you on the next one! X

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