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 it...one 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


My first post of 2018...cray-zay! Don't worry - I'm not going to talk about my goals for the year (just yet, anyway). So...I thought best to kick this one off with writing about what I am now calling my second home...Milano. See - my sister is living there at the moment and my Dad is now their football teams biggest fan (apparently Stoke might not be doing too good at the mo...plus he even has the cap, so it's pretty legit) ANYWAY that pretty much means I have a claim to residency, right??? Right! Onward we go!

If you follow any of my travel posts (thank you huns) you'll probably realise it usually revolves around a common theme...food, alcohol, more food, a good coffee, and a blooming great rooftop view. If any of those things are a giant tick in the box for you then you are in the right place my friends! I'm not sure I can fully call this a travel guide when 90% of it is revolved around alcohol but hey, it's happened.

Just to flag (ooooh - no pun intended!)...naturally some of the activities you may want to do in Milan will depend on what time of year you go. In the summer it gets ridiculously hot and to be fair in the summer I alternated my prosecco sipping with dips in the pool, and if you get chance then definitely bob around the lakes. But whatever the weather you cannot beat a rooftop...so here are a few of my all time faves from the centre of Milan:

La Rinascente 

I seriously could never tire of this place - and I don't say that often. Its actually at the top of a department store (that's not the reason...honest) but it opens up to look straight out onto the Duomo, just metres away from you, above all of the hustle and bustle below. It's on the 7th floor (I think) - stay focused people! Plus they do a mean meal whilst you take in the view. I would recommend going in the afternoon, whilst it's light and then staying while the sun sets - it is SO pretty all lit up at night! The longest I have had to wait for a table was 10 mins, max. They also have heaters and blankets available (if you're going when its colder, otherwise, plonk yourself under an umbrella for shade!).

Radio Rooftop Bar

If any of you guys have been to the Radio rooftop bar in London then you will seriously understand what a cool vibe this place is, which is why I was bloody thrilled to find one in Milan...and FYI it is equally as cool! As mentioned above, and probably goes for any rooftop that I visit, I would always recommend going in the late afternoon so that you can look out over the city in the daylight but also watch the sun set. I really think there is something so magical about watching the transition of a city from day to night.

Radio is pretty cool so always seem to have really great music playing, too. I ordered a whiskey (if you follow me on Insta you may know I am a sucker for a whiskey on the rocks...sorrynotreally), and it came with its very own little metal pot of ice and a spoon. It sometimes really is the little things.

Aperol Terrace

Sorry if this seems obvious...but if you like Aperol, then this is the place for you. I personally am not a massive fan, but when it comes complete with epic views over the Duomo - who am I to turn it down? It is alcoholic after all! This terrace is on the same side as La Rinascente and you will see the parasols from the square if you look up - and to your left (if you're facing the Duomo from the square!).

Other watering holes

Want a good bar that isn't on a rooftop? (if we must)...then GINO12 is the perfect place. I don't think I have ever seen a menu with quite as many gins but hey - I'm not one to complain! They have a really cool indoor space but also the option to sit in an outdoor garden setting...pretty cute (when it's not raining). It is also near to the canal which is a really nice walk/stumble back after you've sank ten gins.

So most of the above are centred around the Duomo - as a tourist I thought it was best to use that as a pinpoint! In all honesty one of the things I love about Milan is that you can wander around and simply stumble upon amazing coffee shops and bistros and that is totally part of the fun - so definitely walk the streets and keep your eyes peeled! If you do love a good Instagram opportunity (who doesn't?) then you HAVE to visit Wes Anderson's cafe - Bar Luce. It is a retro DREAM and you have probably already seen it doing the rounds on Pinterest. Go for a coffee and a cake early doors and you will feel like you are in a film set!

I am going to part some wisdom on one toursity thing that I did in Milan in the summer that I really feel like you should do, and that is go up to the top of a mountain in a tiny little tin bucket (Location: Laveno Mombello). I don't really get that nervous about things (apart from when I have a panic attack trying to ski down a mountain when I haven't fully learnt how to stop yet...) but this actually freaked me a little bit! My GOD were the views worth it though! Two people can fit in these metal buckets and it acts like a cable cart going up the side of the mountain. Not only are the views effing amazing at the top but of course there is a restaurant at the top too, so a bottle of wine later and you will have taken the edge off it all for the trip back down to reality. Little tip: do this when it is warmer weather...I struggled enough being on a rooftop during winter, never mind a mountaintop.

So gang - that's it for now! I already have another trip booked and to be honest I'm hoping to get out there again before then, so as ever I will be sure to share all of my new found faves. I would really love to see if you guys go to any of these places and if this post was helpful at all - so please let me know if you do and share your snaps!

Addio! X

I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now. I honestly did plan to write so many Christmssy blog posts - from gift guides to XMAS outfit inspo. For once though I don't really want to write about knitwear or what colour I'm digging at the moment - which is always gonna be black isn't it really. I guess sometimes you have to listen to yourself (which is kinda the point in this post - trying to do that more).

The Ivory Tower has always been my outlet in some way or another - although I didn't even realise at the time I signed up to Blogger, the things that I care about and when I have topics I want to discuss - this is always my first port of call. Even posts I have in drafts that I have never published - getting it all down in this little place of mine has always been what I have wanted to do. I was probably going to leave this in drafts - but I recently read a post by Robin James about wanting to post so that he can look back and see how he got through things. I like that.

So recently I have been taking some time to reflect on some things - maybe (definitely) because it is coming to the end of 2017. People sometimes make comments about a New Year - but its definitely a good opportunity for a mental refresh. The past 12 months have gone so fast to the point where I feel a little hazy looking back. It can sometimes take actually stepping away from a situation to fully understand what is going on and what it means. I can't really find a quote lately that summarises how I'm feeling so I am gonna just try my own words this time...mental, I know.

This year there have been times where I have been in a  relatively negative mentality. At times, I wasn't particularly finding it easy to sleep, I found myself only being honest with myself after I'd had a drink, and maybe getting a little (a lot) aggy. In reflection I wasn't really happy with who I was. So much so to the point where I remember scribbling notes in my phone, trying to explain clearly the feelings I was having and the reasons why (if it can be clear after a couple of wines) and basically, just wanted myself to fucking do something about it. I think I somehow thought this was normal though? That was just how things were? I didn't really say anything to anyone and sober Mel ignored a lot of things for a hellaaaaaaa long time.

See, I have realised how for the most part of life - it's not always just one factor that causes you to get into this mentality, it is a build up of lots of factors and separate moments. I have realised now that is is much easier to first of all just be honest in facing what is going on, and in turn being able to distinguish between behaviours that are good for your soul and those that are certainly not - effectively removing yourself from the latter.

I remember some time ago I read some messages that had been sent to someone I cared a lot for at the time - the person who sent the messages I had never met nor even knew of. Amongst other things discussed, in those messages I was being completely mocked. Having the piss taken out of me for taking pictures and for actually caring so much about taking them, and I wasn't being defended. That has stuck with me, sure - but in reality I think it has actually just made me want to take pictures even more. I feel that I can sometimes get very defensive now when I get any rebuttal against me taking photo's (is it not just a bit ridiculous that there actually is any?). I am very confident in doing it, don't get me wrong, after all, it is my job, but I can't help but feel this instant defensiveness for myself. I have had amazing support from the people around me and it is sad that some negative comments are the ones that stick with you - but I guess that is what we do. I have realised that it is important to always stick to what you want to do and not what others expect you to do. At that particular time I wouldn't even say I took as many pictures as I do now...and sticking with it has meant that I now get to take pictures for and work with brands that I absolutely love and I truly get more and more enjoyment in it as time goes on. It is so nice to see people who have a genuine passion, and do you know what? You never know what a little bit of support can do for someone.

For the most part of my life I have always been the first to make fun of myself - I genuinely don't take myself very seriously at all, and to be frank, I do come out with comments that don't even make too much sense to the majority of people (shout out to my old work work pals who got to witness the old Mel Harris quote board). People laughing because you thought Jonathan Creek was a wine - totally cool. People diminishing the fact that you have a first class degree because of the University that you went to - not cool. If you are proud of something you have achieved then my god shout about it - and find people who want to shout about it too. In reality you are probably going to be limited in the amount of people who truly truly want you to succeed and actually big you up. I am very fortunate with those that I have in my life. 

One major thing I have learnt this year is actions are EVERYTHING. Ever think that you don't know why you feel a certain way and there isn't a reason? There is.  Gut feelings? Also a thing. If people want to speak to you and make time for you, then they will do it. Simple - it is just human nature. And if its not you that they are doing that to, but someone else instead, then it is what it is - you cannot force people into acting a certain way. So previously I found myself reading my horoscope daily - but now realise I was trying to find the answer to some questions in an app. Why though? I was pinning quotes on Pinterest boards - thinking they could explain things and I wasn't crazy for thinking what I did. I wasn't crazy - in fact I was bang on the money and to be honest - we usually are with these things (I still love a quote though). A lesson that I have learnt moving forward is that we should always trust our instincts.

So in a nutshell - I have realised it is how you view/respond to negative situations that really matters. For real my parents have been telling me that since I was about 1 (not really 1) but we don't fully appreciate these nuggets of information until it is presented to us in a real form. We don't actually even realise it at the time but we can look back and say "oh shit yeah". It's a shame that there is sometimes a delay in our responses. That doesn't always have to be a reflection on us though, I think speaking from my own experience sometimes you can be blinded by a lot of things. Thinking about the bigger picture (and reading a couple of books about not giving a fuck...FFS sorry for swearing...again, Mum) along with the law of attraction I feel like I can flip some things on it's head here.

So maybe things happen to teach us how not to do things, a lesson to show us what is good for us and also who is actually there for you when things aren't going so great - that's a definitely a biggy for me. I guess this is a mental nod to being able to recognise situations for what they truly are, and being confident in focusing on the good, not the shady.

2017 was the year for growth and I now know the direction I want to go in and feel genuinely content with it all. So this is the last post for this year - and one that I am taking into the New Year with a positive, bold, and confident attitude! I am so freaking excited to get started.


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