Earlier this year, little old ShinyThoughts turned 7! HOORAY!
With every Bloggiversary, I become a an even prouder parent. Despite there being plenty of brilliant blogs out there who have been around far longer than I have, I pat myself on the back for sticking it out this long (it’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had)!
Start a blog today and with a bit of strategy planning, sweat and hard graft, you can go far. However there is something to be said for the wisdom acquired from long-term blogging. I’m finally starting to realise that I know a few things. Longevity is one of my selling points and seeing the blogging trends come and go throughout the last 7 years has taught me some little lessons. 7 in fact. Let me know if you agree with them!
Copenhagen is my new favourite city and (just a word of warning) will likely become yours when you visit too. The positivity in the air is infectious so you can see why it’s voted the world’s happiest city. The optimistic attitude, beautiful girls floating past on bikes and the abundance of colourful walls down pretty streets makes it basically 100% my kinda place.
I’ll have more to say on the city itself later but for now, forget that Autumn is coming, sit back and enjoy some off-shoulder striping! This somewhat circus-y guise is a look I pinched straight outa social media thanks to Shope wearing the ASOS playsuit in her Instagram shot (and my resulting immediate purchase).
Visit York, England
The old town of York had been on my ‘Cities to visit in England’ list for a couple of years so I’m pleased to finally tick it off. If you’re hankering after a bit of Olde England yourself, simply book a Virgin train and get these places starred on your Google maps. Here are my things to do to while away a weekend in York.
Pena Palace – Sintra’s Colourful Palace
So we’ve established that Lisbon is colourful (take a look at my latest ‘A Rainbow Tour of Lisbon‘ post for proof)! But if you’re happy to spend a day away from the capital then Sintra is where it’s at. I’d been pining to go every since *that* post wishwishwish blogged years ago.
Quinta da Regaleira, where she shot, is one of the 5 palaces in the city of Sintra. There’s a lot to get through in one day and unfortunately my little gang and I only got the chance to marvel at one. But, oh my, what a palace it was.
Colour lovers, listen up! Lisbon is a hue haven, displaying pastel streets and patterned tiles at every turn. It’s the perfect city for colour hunting and to prove it, I’ve collated some of my favourite colourful Lisbon snaps into a spectrum. If you’re looking for a new way to discover Portugal’s capital, just let colour curiosity be your guide.