Violet Glenton

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Top Instagrammable Hotels: Asia Edition

If you read my previous post on Top Instagrammable Hotels: Europe Edition, then you may be interested to see more across the globe. I thought it would be super interesting to turn this into a series to explore some of the more luxurious, quirky, exotic, and darn right cool hotels other locations have to offer. Today I’m showcasing The Top Instagrammable Hotels in Asia.

Asia is huge, it actually takes up one third of the world’s entire land area. So it’s no surprise that it will feature some of the most interesting hotels.

Taipei – Finders Hotel

Finders Hotel seems to have all of the botanical vibes any instagrammer would be looking for. Literally it’s floral wall has me getting all my outfits in mind ready to snap.

 

Goa – W Goa

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m already a fan of the W hotel chain. Serving up luxury in India, W has some stunning views to match it’s pastel decor theme.

 

Beijing-  Nuo Hotel

Marble Decor, Check. Roof Top terrace, Check. Cuisine worthy of any foodie blogger, Check. This hotel is ticking all the boxes for me.

Ocean-fresh seafood every day on the NJoy buffet.

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Design that surprises.

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Koh Samui –  Conrad

This was a toughy for me. Thailand is filled with so many beautiful hotels that it was hard to pick. Eventually, I gave in to the infinity pool and over-water hammock that would inspire any photographer.

 

Hong Kong – The Peninsula

This hotel is effortlessy classic and gives me all the sunglasses and suitcase vibes I need. With it’s gorgeous exterior, you can shoot both in and out to get those snaps. Psssst. Check out the view of the harbour. 

Maldives – Sheraton

I couldn’t very well do a list of the Top Instagrammable Hotels in Asia without including one from the Maldives could I? It’s my dream to stay in one of those over water villas!

My house goal, directly on the water 🐬 📸: @meryldenis #VisitMaldives

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Enjoy the never-ending Indian Ocean views

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Dubai – Shangri-La Hotel

The Atlantis, the Burj, Four Seasons? So many to choose from. The Shangri-La has a beautiful indoor pool to catch all of those scenic views.

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City – The Reverie

Fabulous has reached a new level. With luxurious room decor you can get those OOTD snaps in front of every corner.

Sri Lanka – Cocoon Resort

We can include private villas in this too right? The Cocoon Resort offers both hotel stay and villa getaways. Check out the private pool.

🌸🌸🌸 photo credit – @olivecooke

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Bali – Bambu Indah

Bambuh Indah prides itself on being a ‘distinctive boutique hotel’ and we agree. The interior is quintessentially stunning and gives us all the Eat.Pray.Love vibes.

Afrika House #Bathtub

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The warung is open! #Riverside

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Are there any top hotels in Asia you’d have liked to see included on this list?

 

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Top Instagrammable Hotels: UK Edition

Following on from the Top Instagrammable Hotels series, without further ado I present the UK Edition! For those who want to visit more unusual/luxury resorts in their own country… look no further.

Thirsk – Crab & Lobster 

A popular restaurant, Crab & Lobster has much more to offer. Each room is individually designed representative of a place/famous hotel! Most rooms have their own private hot tubs or extremely instagrammable bath tubs.

Shooting at the amazing @crabmanor again today. ❤️📸 #weddingphotographer #nikon #wedding

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London – The Ned

Located in our Capital, these 1920’s style rooms are wonderful for an escape.

 

Liverpool –  The Shankly Hotel

I love a visit to Liverpool. I’d love it more if I could stay in the fabulous new suite at The Shankly Hotel. Imagine the snaps of a girls sleepover here! Also, massive appreciation for a mirror that tells you that you look good.

Manchester –  Hotel Gotham

Home of Oasis, Coronation Street and the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has much to offer. Hotel Gotham is the perfect place to stay to explore this city.

We enjoyed hosting @mariathepilot at Gotham in January. Bon voyage Maria!

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Brighton – Artist Residence

Want a getaway near the ocean? Brighton has some of the most beautiful hotels in the country. Yet, the Artist Residence is just that little bit more special. Go visit for a lil’ summat summat.

Yes thanks, Monday's going swimmingly 🙌🏼🏊🏽

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We’ll just be hiding here ‘til Spring…❄️🌨☕️

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York – Sheraton

Perfect for a spa getaway and city break, York has much to offer. The Grand Hotel is the perfect place to stay thanks to it’s modern, yet archaic interiors.

Our stunning White Rose Lounge is now officially open! Created as part of our £15m redevelopment, and designed as a haven of productivity and relaxation, the stylish lounge provides comfortable seating, dedicated work stations and hospitality of a very special nature from 6am-10.30pm. • • Guests residing in one of our suites receive complimentary access to the White Rose Lounge and for a limited time, guests booking Classic and Executive Room can upgrade for an introductory price of £30pp and enjoy the luxury of the lounge, complete with complimentary breakfast, Afternoon Tea and evening canapés. • • Visit our website for more information! #WeAreTheGrand #York #VisitYork #TheGrand #TheGrandHotel #LuxuryHotel #LuxuryTravel

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Hull – Hideout Hotel

Is it cheating to include one from our own town? The recent Hideout hotel has all of the scandi vibes I’d like for my home. Best of all? It’s view- opposite the newly renovated Hull Minister.

Harrogate – Rudding Park

I know where you’d find me if I stayed at Rudding Park. Hitting up that Jacuzzi under the stays (even in rain).

Edinburgh – Walforf Astoria

I am literally loving their interior aesthetic. Warm tones are perfect for your instagram theme.

🌸🌸🌸 photo credit – @olivecooke

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Glasgow – Blythswood Square Hotel

Monochrome and marble are a huge yes from me. Imagine the shots you could take next to their chandelier!

 

Our gorgeous chandelier will guide you to your room

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Are there any top Instagrammable Hotels in the UK you’d have added to this list?

 

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Top Instagrammable Hotels: Europe Edition

WARNING: This article may have you reaching for your purse.

We’ve all sat on Instagram and lusted over other people’s travel adventures. I’m the first to admit it’s one of the ways I choose what hotel I’m going to stay in when travelling. Nothing beats looking at another influencer’s review, eyeing up the best locations for a cheeky outfit shot. Here I’m going to run through Europe’s Top Instagrammable Hotels and why you should visit them.

 

Paris – Hotel Monge

Paris is always expensive. Most Capital cities are. If you can afford to splurge on the luxury then Hotel Monge has everything you need and more. Located in the Latin Quarter, it’s the perfect spot to escape the tourists but reach everything easily walking along the Seine. With it’s beautiful feature walls in each room, to essentially Parisian balconies, you’ll be snapping up instagrams like there’s no tomorrow.

Morning coffee on Parisian balcony ☕️ Photo @dentellefleurs

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Rome – Hotel Eden

As if Rome didn’t have enough places for you to photograph. Hotel Eden’s decor is the perfect compliment to many sights you’ll discover on a trip to Rome.

Choose your special hidden corner like @stereotoy did. #aTasteofEden #DCmoments

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Berlin-  NHow Berlin

Who wouldn’t want to dive into the powder puff bed of dreams? NHow Berlin is what I imagine a Flamingo’s vomit would look like. To be honest, I’m all for it.

Vienna –  25 Hours Hotel Vienna

When I followed my pal’s stunning getaway to Vienna, I immediately enquired about her hotel (her insta image is the second below). With the vibrant colours, quirky imagery and stunning scenery it’s the kind of Vienna I want to visit.

 

London – The Ritz

Would this really be a list if I didn’t include the Ritz? With a Quintessentially English vibe, this is the perfect hotel to snap those instas to PROVE you’re in London town.

 

Prague – The Emblem Hotel

If you’re looking for those rooftop snaps then the Emblem is perfect for you. It’s interior is chic and modern giving you all those clean cut vibes. Think Monochrome.

 

Venice – Hotel Danieli

Literally my dream hotel. If you’ve seen the film The Tourist you’ll understand why. Completely enveloping ALL Italian beauty this hotel’s staircase is a stunning backdrop for any shot.

 

Barcelona – Hotel Arts Barcelona

Barcelona has some of the most beautiful architecture, but also the most stunning sea views. Hotel Arts overlooks the beautiful ocean to give you those city/sea vibes. THINK OF THE PANORAMAS! So beautiful, and totally instagrammable.

Amsterdam – W Hotel Amsterdam

W hotels are pretty much always spectacular. Add to the mix the quirky surroundings their W lounge has and you’ve found a golden ticket! Go Go Go! p.s. the rooftop pool is heated. You’re welcome.

W lounge, where design meets art, fashion and music. #WXXX

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Amalfi Coast – Hotel Santa Caterina

Two Words: THOSE VIEWS. I highly doubt you’d be inside much with ridiculously instagrammable terraces like this to explore (and snap!)

Are there any top hotels in Europe you’d have liked to see included on this list?

 

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7 Small Fats You Should Be Following

As a small fat blogger myself, I have received some backlash in the past for associating myself with the Plus sized community. Surprisingly of all, this often comes from within the community, but it’s not often from bloggers. The facts are that I’m a size 16, which to many brands is plus size. I’m also 5 ft 10” and rather in proportion. There is a large privilege with being this size/shape in that most (not all) clothing brands stock my size. I am well aware of this privilege but pledge myself to the plus community because I adore their whole ethos. I love the body positive lessons I have learnt from being a part of this community and I have so much to be thankful for. If you haven’t heard about small fats or their privilege before then this post by Em is a great read to get you started. If you’d like further reading then head to Bustle’s article. You’ll probably be following a few small fats already and not have noticed, but here are 7 small fats you SHOULD be following!

Em at Terrible Tumbles

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The whole reason I started blogging is because I saw someone else a similar shape and size to me looking absolutely incredible in her size 18 body. She had no cares about showcasing her fabulosity and it gave me a confidence I hadn’t felt before. This blogger was Em, from Terrible Tumbles. She’s definitely one to follow as looks absolutely bangin’ in every single snap she posts.

 

Charli at CurvyGirlThin

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This babe is one who has held my heart since I first clicked ‘follow’ about 3 years ago. If you’re wanting lingerie inspiration, cosy country walks, or gorgeous photos of dogs then she is your girl. Think of country style with sassy lingerie and you’ve got Charli!

 

Zoe at IKIWN

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All HAIL the Queen that is Zoe. I mean look at her hourglass figure. She’s stunning! Vintage style with a modern twist she really gives me ALL THE VIBES when I’m looking for new clothes. If you’re not following her I suggest you go nosey… now! You’ll love what you find.

 

Chloe from Chloe Pierre LDN

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Let’s Catch Up On Co-Ords 👀www.chloepierre.com

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The girl who taught me everything I know about posing in front of a camera, Chloe is a goddess. With an athleisure look meets swanky vibes, I’m all over Chloe’s wardrobe in every snap.

 

Tanesa from Girl With Curves

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Every day should be #nationalstripesday! Remember friends: you CAN wear stripes at any size (horizontal stripes included!) and look amazing! Scroll to see some of my fave stripe looks for proof 😘 #stripes (PS – all of the clothing you see is super old and sold out, but I’ve linked to some similar items, including shoes, as well as my fave strapless bras, the accessories I’m wearing – the link is in my profile or http://liketk.it/2vd29 #liketkit @liketoknow.it) . . #girlwithcurves #curvystyle #curvyblogger #curvyfashion #taneshaawasthi #stripers #ootd #whatiwore #styleblogger #outfitinspo #outfitideas #style #fashion #fashiondiaries #igfashion #psfashion #psstyle #bopo #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #styletips #sanfranciscoblogger

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Absolutely killin’ every outfit of the day snap. Tanesa’s snaps have me clicking ‘check out’ on almost every item.

Louise from Style Me Curvy

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You’ll have seen Louise modelling for most plus size companies. Totally understandable when you check out her outstanding poses and killer fashion sense.

Could I count?

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Without being TOTALLY out of place. I’d love to be included in this list. I couldn’t write this post without showing my own face, so here it is in all its glory. Size 16 and loving being part of this community.

 

Have you got any favourite small fats? Let me know in the comments below! If I’ve missed any fabulous ones out please let us know, it’s hard to include all of the wonderful bloggers out there.

 

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4 Must Haves for your Car (if you have a small human!)

So many of our lovely readers here at She Might Be are Mums (or Mums-to-be!), so I wanted to put together a couple of items I’ve come to realise are essentials in my first four months as a mother.

4 Must Haves for your Car (if you have a small human!)

4 Must Haves for your Car (if you have a small human!)

A Car Seat

It goes without saying – but safety first, kids! I purchased my car seat for Jasper long before he was born and boy is there a selection. I may have made a bit of a boo boo with mine in that he already appears to be growing out of it and he’s just shy of 4 months. Look for a good quality, highly tested seat that is practical. You can get all sorts now, from ISOFIX seats to the good old fashion strap ins (almost had you there!) My ISOFIX car seat is super duper easy as you literally clip it in and leave the clamps in the car, but BOY is that seat heavy. I’m actually on the hunt for a new car seat- so MUMMIES I CALL YOU! PLEASE HELP!

Jasper in a car seat

Jasper in a car seat

A Baby Mirror

Now, this is super useful for me. Before I purchased my mirror I couldn’t see Jasper. I could hear little whimpers or sounds and it left me a little unnerved. Once the mirror was installed it made it super easy to quickly glance over in the mirror to check he was happy and settled in his little chair.

A Back Seat Organiser

Very useful for on the go. I forgot my changing bag the other day but luckily I’d popped a few spare in here just incase. It’s great for a spare bottle, changing equipment and maybe a book or toy for when they get older. I particularly like that you can wash this, cause let’s be honest… baby sick ain’t cute and gets EVERYWHERE. The Safety 1st one I have actually fits any car thanks to it’s universal straps. I had a bit of a palaver trying to bend into place to fit it, but then Husband came to the rescue and we were off.

A Back Seat Organiser

A Back Seat Organiser

A Car Boot Mat

BOY do those pram wheels get mucky. Especially with the British weather we’ve been having. Me and my husband picked up a mat on eBay for pretty cheap and it’s basically saved our car boot. It also means I don’t have to hoover the car!

Is there anything else you can recommend for the car if travelling with a little one? Leave a comment below!

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Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym Review from Skip Hop

Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym

For anyone who’s followed me throughout my pregnancy and into motherhood you’ll know I was slightly clueless when it came to toys. I hold no shame in saying I couldn’t really understand why I needed a giraffe toy for teething, but several other rattles and balls for engaging his senses. I’ve quickly picked up things and put them to practice to help my little boy’s development. But it’s been a learning curve for me. I attend baby sensory classes weekly but would love to have something for home.

Now, many toys/activities had become little games but sometimes it would have been nice for this mamma to have had a little rest. Any mother knows this is super difficult as 1) it’s difficult to let go, and 2) you can’t just leave you baby chillin’ on the floor. When I spotted the Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym I knew it was ideal for this situation.

Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym

With me near by I was able to let him lay legs kicking (his favourite) on a soft comfortable, plush mat with entertainment galore. I’d been letting him lay on blankets prior to this and it felt so nice to have a proper purposeful mat. The mat itself is thick and can be wiped down when your baby brings up a little milk (or in our case a lot). Best of all, I’ve been able to bring home some of those sensory development tips and tricks. The activity gym has 5 toys attached.

  • A Cloud with rain droplets (perfect for grabbing)
  • An Bird with a rattle attachment (perfect for shaking)
  • A Sun Mirror (perfect for a little vanity) – Jasper LOVES his reflection
  • A Musical Sheep (which plays You are my Sunshine)
  • A Star which flashes lights (perfect for strengthening those eyes!)

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym

There are heaps of benefits to having an activity gym. For one, I’m able to sit next to Jasper on the floor whilst he plays safely (with supervision). In time, I’ll be using this to help him with tummy time as the cloud pillow is easily moved for games.

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Three Girls One Dress from Yours Clothing

We asked three different writers, or different heights and sizes to style the same dress from Yours Clothing. We’re big fans of Yours Clothing and they have an incredible range of dresses for everyone as they cater up to a 36! So we thought this was a great way to show off how the same style dress from Yours can suit everyone. We asked for their honest opinions on the dress and if they felt it was suited to their style. Here’s what our writers looked like and what they said about the YOURS LONDON Black Sleeveless Layered Mesh Dress With Floral Print.

Debz (size 32):

I love Yours Clothing for offering clothes in such a wide range of sizes. I found the sizing on this generous and it felt unrestricted because of the sleeve style. I love the fact that it can easily be worn with a pair of trainers or paired up with jewellery and accessories to make it a bit glam for a night out. It’s really comfortable to wear and I can’t wait to wear it out again!

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Michelle (size 18): 

I jumped at the chance to be part of this little experience because I couldn’t have been more intrigued; would it really be possible to find something that worked for all of our plus bodies?

I was happy to let the other ladies pick our outfit choice. When I saw the picture I was excited…but if I’m honest that’s where my excitement ended.
There was a lot of room though so if sizing is a concern for a fuller 18 you can definitely size down.
I like where the waist line was but I felt there was too much material. So I put on a crushed velvet blazer in a moment of weakness and insecurities of my arms.
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Then I thought….nah, whipped off, pulled the straps of the dress down and modelled it off the shoulder.
I know, extra, but I like show off my extra.
So all in all, this style isn’t for me.
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This isn’t a dress that I would normally go for but I was so surprised at just how comfortable and cute I felt! I don’t really own anything that’s high necked but for when I’m just running errands or going for my nails, this dress has been the chosen one. It’s quite oversized meaning that you could easily size down for a more fitted look, but if you want something more casual and loose for the day time, this is the dress for you! I loved the length as I didn’t feel like I’d have to wear anything to keep warm (I would only be outside for a few minutes) and the general floatiness of the dress made me feel fun and free! I decided to wear it with my favourite lace jacket and I think I look great, it definitely makes me want to try styles out of my comfort zone more often! Especially from Yours as this is really great quality too.Yours Clothing dress Yours Clothing dress

What do you think to the dress? Do you think it suits all three?
This Yours London dress is currently on sale from £49.99 to £39.99!
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Banish Brassy Blonde with Lee Stafford

Have you ever dyed your hair bleach blonde? Or even attempted to get that gorgeous ash blonde that celebrities are rocking these days? Well I have and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I bleached 4 times in a row, and used countless dyes/toners to find that after a few weeks of washing I was back to my brassy blonde. If there’s one thing I hate it’s brassy hair that wasn’t asked for. I didn’t invite it and I do not wish to showcase it if I’m going for the white blonde look. I tried touch of silver shampoo but this did very little for me. Another thing that really winds me up about bleaching hair is how damaged your hair is afterwards to get ‘that perfect look’.

Lee Stafford Lee Stafford

When Lee Stafford offered for me to try out their bleach blonde range I figured I didn’t have much to lose. I’d used their hair growth products in the past and was pretty disappointed that I didn’t become Rapunzel overnight. I suppose I’m impatient. I was however, pleasantly surprised with this new range. After 3 or four goes my hair was already looking whiter and more vibrant. It states to only use once a week as a toning product but I’ve naughtily been using it twice. Sorry not sorry – don’t send the hair police.

 On top of the product genuinely being pretty marvellous it smells absolutely amazing. So much so that I tweeted the brand to say ‘my hair smells like sunshine’. No joke, I was walking around sniffing it like some demented hair obsessed person.

They also offer a hair conditioning spray that is slowly but surely adding the moisture and strength back into my now over processed hair. I’ll be trying out their heat protector spray next as I’ve loved these products so much.

 

What is your favourite hair product? Do you have any tips for bleaching hair?

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