Adventures in Northern Santorini

view over the houses of Fira capital of Santorini in the morning sun on the island

Blue and White in Santorini

I know I know, every Blogger and her dog (read: boyfriend) has been to Santorini lately (I’m another in line to snap an outfit post with a coastal town lying peacefully behind me), so apologies if you’re all Greeked-out! To be fair though, when my boyfriend’s parents messaged us to ask if we’d like to join them for a few days after their trekking trip, we kind of couldn’t say no. Even if you’ve seen a few other articles, fingers crossed my two posts will have you learning something new about this popular Greek get-away.

The volcanic island of Santorini in south-east Greece has been applauded for being one of the most romantic places to visit (it’s number 18 in Lonely Planet’s top 500 Ultimate Travelist book) and whilst it offered some incredible views and memorable escapades, it wasn’t somewhere I’d necessarily go back to. I’m personally not big on pebbly beaches and hoards of tourists but luckily parts of Santorini allowed Miss Anti-social over here to escape the crowds and discover the countryside and quiet villages too.

Here’s what I got up to and what I’d recommend popping in your itinerary should you be taking the flight to Santorini soon. And when I say flight, that’s a nod to not taking the notoriously unreliable ferries!  Continue Reading


The painted walls of Cophenhagen

walking through colourful norrebro in copenhagen

Yellow walls and pretty pink flowers in norrebro copenhagen



You may be sitting at your desk/doing the commute in your woollens but bare with me whilst I reminisce about the summer just gone – namely my uplifting trip to Copenhagen my girlfriends (thanks to the peeps at the AC Bella Sky hotel). As I’ve mentioned in my last posts, this city says ‘happiness’. They must pump out joy-inducing spray in the streets because each day had me wishing that bit more that I could live there for good.

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A Colourful Tour of Copenhagen

Nyhaven at sunset in copenhagen colourful row of houses by the canal
A guide to my favourite places in Copenhagen

I’ve decided I’m in love with Copenhagen. The closer 2017 comes (and its promise of warmer climes), the closer the prospect of another Copenhagen trip. As I alluded to in my last colourful Copenhagen post, the Danish city is beautiful both for the way it looks and for the happy atmosphere you’re enveloped by whilst vacay-ing there.

Sadly my trip with my girlfriends was all too short (when you factor in posing and shooting time of course), so I’m raring to get back and see more. Even though I didn’t have time to explore Tivoli, the second oldest functioning theme park in the world, nor wander the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, I managed to see enough to get a taste for the good life. If you’ve even a glimmer of interest in visiting, DO, you’ll love it. Here’s a guide to why:

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7 Things I’ve learnt about Blogging in 7 Years

Blogging for 7 years what I've learned the truth about blogging

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!

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Colourful in Copenhagen


Bikes parked down colourful pink streets in copenhagen

Off-shoulder Stripes

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).

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