Sunday, 5 November 2017

Iconic Jewellery Store Kent Bloggers Event

One of the best things about being a blogger, is getting to go to events and meet other like-minded creatives. Living in Canterbury, there aren't always many events in our neck of the woods, so whenever the opportunity to go to any local events arises, I always jump at the chance. On Friday, I was invited to the "Iconic x Kent Bloggers" event at independent jewellery store Iconic, which is literally footsteps from my flat. The event was a collaboration between Iconic and Siobhan (Just A Uniform) and it involved 2 hours of chatter about jewellery, blogging and life in Canterbury.

Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury haul

Lightbox on display at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

The ladies at Iconic taught us so much about their range of products, showed us how to engrave jewellery and even offered us a cleaning service for our own existing jewellery. The engraving process is absolutely fascinating, as it's linked up to a tablet and you can program the engraving machine to cut your preferred design into a charm. We were gifted a Thomas Sabo bracelet and we each used the machine to engrave a letter or symbol of our choice onto a heart charm. I have lots of "K" items around my flat, so I decided to keep my bracelet symbol and engrave my initial onto the charm.

Engraving a Thomas Sabo bracelet at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

We also learnt about the Nomination range of bracelets, which I hadn't heard of before the event. These bracelets are Italian and involve linking up stainless steel individual charms. They can be made as unique and personal as you'd like, as there are such a huge range of charms on offer.

Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

Trollbeads on display at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

After lots of jewellery natter, photos and boomerangs for Instagram, it was time to head home. Just before we left, we were each given a lovely goody bag and lucky dip prize. Iconic absolutely spoilt us and I now have lots of new beautiful pieces of jewellery to wear as the Christmas party season approaches.

Siobhan (Just A Uniform) and I at the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

On the way home, I stopped in one of my favourite city centre side streets so that I could take a photo of my new Thomas Sabo bracelet against the city backdrop at night.

Engraved Thomas Sabo bracelet from the Iconic Jewellery Store bloggers event in Canterbury

It was a fabulous evening and it was so lovely to be able to meet other Kent bloggers. Thank you to Iconic and Siobhan for having me.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Autumn in Canterbury

As I'm writing this post, Autumn is well under way and the signs of the new season are appearing everywhere. From red and orange leaves to thick coats and scarfs, October is in full swing and it's time to say goodbye to the last fragments of Summer. For a city, Canterbury is incredibly green and it's full of parks. This weekend, I went for a wander in the Autumn sunshine and it made me realise how wonderful this city is during Autumn. The changing of the leaves gives the city an entirely new lease of life and it's no wonder the town is so busy at this time of year.

Canterbury high street in Autumn

There are lots of painted houses in the city centre and when combined with warm coloured trees on the streets, the city seem even more vibrant than usual. Pound Lane is one of my favourite streets in the city and if you take a little detour to nearby St Peter's Lane, you will be spoilt with Autumn landscapes only footsteps from the Cathedral. However I must add, Autumn in Canterbury is not just about the environmental changes the new season brings, there are lots of unique events for tourists and locals!

St Peter's Lane, Canterbury

Autumn leaves on St Peter's Lane, Canterbury

At the end of September, there's the Food and Drink festival and then in mid-October to early November the Canterbury Festival takes over the city. In Autumn there's even more to the city than Chaucer, the Cathedral and France only being a stones throw away!

Pound Lane in Autumn

I'm biased because I live here, but Autumn in Canterbury is delightful. If you're looking for somewhere to visit at the weekend this month or next and you're not too far from Kent, Canterbury will not disappoint. The city centre is not industrial whatsoever and you can see elements of Autumn wherever you go.

Have you ever visited Canterbury?

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting back into travel blogging

After we got back from our Canadian road trip in August, my life changed dramatically. I moved out and got a flat with my boyfriend, I started a new job and began post-graduation life. From June to mid-August, I was travelling back-to-back and blogging my way around the world, so when we finally moved into our new flat in Canterbury 2 months ago, I decided to take a social media break and give myself some time to get fully settled. I thought I’d be away a week – a month at most, but it’s turned into nearly 2 months away from writing and sharing photos from our adventures and travels. Whilst I was travelling, I constantly tried to keep up with my blog and I was sharing updates across all of my social media platforms regularly. My blog has always been a creative outlook for me, where I can share travel advice and my photos from around the world, but after the Canterbury move, I needed to go offline for a bit.

Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last

During my social media break, we planned future trips. We have plans in place up until April 2018 and over the next few months I’m going to be providing you with more information about where we’re off to and what’s next on our bucket list. When Stuart and I moved in together, we both agreed that we were going to be sensible with money and save so that we could continue to travel frequently. It’s amazing how cheaply you can travel if you’re prepared to hunt around for promotions and travel at off-peak times. All I know is that travel is my biggest interest in life, so I intend to work hard so that I can continue to see the world.

Getting back into travel blogging - Kat Last

Lately I’ve missed putting together articles, editing photos and engaging with other travel and Disney enthusiasts. Taking a step away from the online world has been healthy, but I’m now ready to bounce back into things and get back to travel writing. After all, it’s my favourite hobby! It won’t be long until the regular travel content resumes on my little corner of the internet, but until then, I just want to say thank you if you’re reading this - I really appreciate you sticking with me over the past couple of months.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Scrapbooking my Canada travels with Printiki*

When I have free time at home in the UK, I like to work on my travel scrapbook. Combining two of my favourite hobbies: travelling and art, scrapbooking allows me to create memorable keepsakes of our adventures that I can look back on in the future. A little while ago I wrote a post about my top tips for creating a travel scrapbook and since I featured my 2016 book in that post, I thought it was about time I show you some up-to-date pictures of my new scrapbook for this year. In this post I'm collaborating with the folks at Printiki, who kindly printed some of my Canada photos for me, and I'll be showing you how I've presented my tickets, photos, leaflets and maps in the book from our 10 day visit to Alberta. Printiki offer polaroid-inspired prints (retro prints) which you can even add your own captions to. I was sent 30 of the Retro Square M prints (10cm x 10cm) and they arrived a couple of days after I ordered them. Since they were arriving from Amsterdam, I was really impressed by the speed of the shipping!

Canada travel scrapbook pages 1-2 (Arriving in Calgary) featuring Printiki's retro prints

When I scrapbook, I like to document my adventures in chronological order, so the first thing I did once the prints arrived was start sorting them out into the specific days that they were taken. I put a couple of the prints aside for the title page of this section of my book: the Calgary Canada 150 sign and a group photo in front of the Calgary skyline, before getting to work on the pages.

Canada travel scrapbook pages 3-4 (Jasper National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints

I'd picked up lots of postcards, maps and leaflets whilst we were away, so it was relatively easy to fill the pages with lots of memories from our trip. The postcards and prints always formed the core of my pages and then I added cut-outs from the leaflets, as well as Canadian stickers when I wanted to add more to the pages.

Canada travel scrapbook pages 5-6 (Banff National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints

I purchased luggage labels from The Works and gel pens from both Pound World and WHSmith's, so that I'd be able to add text to the pages. White gel pens are so useful if you're filling a scrapbook that has black pages. The luggage tags, gel pen comments and captions on the Printiki prints allowed me to document information from our trip, as well as our daily itinerary.

Canada travel scrapbook pages 7-8 (Banff National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints

The Banff, Jasper and Waterton spreads were my favourite to create as I had so many photos to display. I took over 1000 pictures whilst we were in Canada, but the majority of them were taken in the national parks. Getting to arrange photos of those famous blue lakes reminded me of just lucky we were to visit such a naturally beautiful part of the world.

Canada travel scrapbook pages 9-10 (Calgary and Vulcan) featuring Printiki's retro prints

Travel is a big interest of mine and I create these books so that I have a physical record of our trips. Digital photos are great, but filling a book with prints is much more personal.

Canada travel scrapbook pages 11-12 (Waterton Lakes National Park) featuring Printiki's retro prints

Scrapbooking is a great way to switch off, unwind and reflect on your previous travels. Presenting these pages made me realise quite how many places we visited whilst we were in Alberta. It really was a jam-packed trip!

Canada travel scrapbook pages 13-14 (Drumheller) featuring Printiki's retro prints

Now that I've discovered Printiki's retro prints, I'm definitely going to use them in future travel scrapbooks. Being able to add handwritten font captions to the prints makes them feel less digital and more personal. I also like the fact that they're polaroid format, which makes them much artier than standard 6 x 4 prints. These Canada pages are definitely my favourite pages in the scrapbook so far!

For DIY arts and craft project inspiration, head over to Printiki's Instagram. I like to present the prints in scrapbooks, but there's lots of other ways that you can decorate your home with retro prints.

If you fancy ordering some prints from Printiki, you can get free shipping with my code: R5A6WVBV.

How do you like to document your travels and adventures?

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*Printiki kindly sent me 30 Retro Square M prints in exchange for a review.