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Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

Half-term getaways! Where can you go without breaking the bank?

Feeling those summer blues? You’re not the only one! That’s why we’ve found the cheapest city breaks for you this half-term. All that’s left to do is pack…

Dublin - Amsterdam
Cost: £31 Ryanair
Wednesday 15th November – Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Amsterdam is famous for many things: historic attractions, the Heineken Experience, the Amsterdam Ice Bar. Whatever you are interested in, you can guarantee you won’t spend a second of your trip bored. We recommend taking a cruise down the Canal – you can even dine here if your budget stretches that far.

Tip: If you are a history fanatic like me, you will want to visit the Anne Frank Museum. But this isn’t one of those tourist attractions you can just turn up to, you need to book in advance!

Bristol – Barcelona
Cost: £47 Easyjet
Monday 6th November – Thursday 16th November 2017

Stuck between a city break and a beach holiday? Then combine the two and head straight for Barcelona! The city’s metro system is easy to use and can get you from the Sagrada Familia to Barceloneta beach in minutes. We recommend visiting Mount Tibidabo – don’t let your fear of heights stop you from seeing the breathtaking views this amusement park has to offer!

Tip: Buy a T10 metro ticket and you can ride the metro 10 times for just 9.95. If you’re on a budget, avoid eating lunch/dinner in Las Ramblas.

London Stansted – Basel
Cost: £40 EasyJet
Tuesday 31st October – Tuesday 7th November 2017

If you are an Art fanatic, Basel is for you. And for those of you who aren’t, well what could be better than a trip to Switzerland in October? Basel is a culture-centric city bordering both France and Germany, and with its Munster Cathedral and Zoological Gardens, you won’t fall short of tourist attractions to visit.

Tip: Book tours/museum tickets online for up to 50% discount. Spend £23 on a boat trip along the Rhine River, it’s worth it trust us!

Manchester – Berlin
Cost: £26 Ryanair
Tuesday 7th November – Tuesday 14th November 2017

If you haven’t already been to Berlin, then stop everything and book NOW! Berlin is one of the most stimulating, creative cities in Europe. It has something for everyone – history, nightlife and family friendly attractions. Do your research and plan out your activities, there are an abundance of sights to see and you may have to travel quite far for a few.  

Tip: Make your way to Brandenburg Gate and take the ‘free’ walking tour – this is a great way to get your bearings whilst ticking off your site seeing list. P.S. We use the term ‘free’ loosely, you are required to donate a sum of money at the end of the tour. 

Edinburgh – Prague
Cost: £49 Ryanair
Tuesday 31st October – Saturday 4th November 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like starring in a Disney movie? Book a flight to Prague and find out. Whether you love architecture or take pride in your Instagram aesthetic, you will appreciate Prague’s beautiful baroque buildings and Gothic churches.

Tip: See the sights in style – take the famous Prague Vintage Car Tour and ride to Prague Castle in an open top car. You can even squeeze time in to go paddle boating on the Vltava River.

Five Great Things About the Cold Weather

Five Great Things About the Cold Weather

Don’t mope around mourning the end of summer, look forward to all the benefits of the colder weather instead…

1. Better TV

The cold months mean the best TV. If Bake Off, Strictly and X Factor aren’t quite your cup of tea, you’ve got the new series of The Island with Bear Grylls, or Mitchell and Webb’s new grown up version of Peep Show Back. Even if none of those tickle your fancy you can legitimately stay in binge watching Netflix, because no one’s inviting you out in the pouring rain anyway.

2. Layering

Nothing beats layering up your winter clothes. Taking a break from the gym? No one will know when you layer that sharp blazer over a cosy jumper. Your winter coat gets a chance to shine and accessories are king. Have fun with it!

3. Guilt free eating (sort of)

Keeping warm uses up precious energy so you need to eat more to keep your strength up, plus comfort food helps banish the winter blues. Ok perhaps this isn’t all strictly scientific, but it is true that a steaming bowl of soup, stew or shepherd’s pie is always more appealing than a salad. So dive in!

4. Save money by not going out

Checking out that new bar or doing a spot of late night shopping is significantly less appealing in sub-zero temperatures or lashing down rain, and your wallet will thank you for staying in the warm and dry. Double win.

5. Good excuse for a cheap holiday

Sick of staying in? Escape the miserable weather with a cheeky holiday – Morocco, Eygpt or the Canary Islands are excellent value during the British winter – just avoid the school holidays for the best prices and maximum relaxation.

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Winter Trends for 2016

With the temperature dropping and snow on it’s way we have the perfect winter items to keep you cosy and looking stylish through the winter months. We've put together a style guide so look no further for this season's key Autumn Winter pieces. Also have a sneak peek at some new products on the way...

Burgundy

Are you feeling bold? Wearing a rich colour like burgundy will add a little life to your wardrobe without it being too eccentric. Subtle knitted patterns add detail and texture to your outfit and make the garment stand out. Black or dark denims will really compliment the warmth of a burgundy jumper.

Jumper - Eagan Burgundy £45.00

Tracksuits

Don’t let anyone tell you that wearing tracksuits isn’t making an effort. As seen at London Collections Men’s, many celebrities have been wearing them looking uber sophisticated. Sportswear has been an upcoming trend for a while, but it's really increased in popularity in 2016 with casual tracksuits everywhere at the moment. But be clear, we aren’t talking 00’s chav shell suits. To get it right the tracksuit must be high quality cotton and worn in neutral colours, perhaps under an overcoat.

Zip jacket - Allwell Navy £45.00

Cable Knits

You can’t go wrong with a classic cable knit. They are incredibly warm and can really pull an outfit together. Cable knits generally look best in neutral colours such as beige or grey, but something brighter like royal blue will really enhance the detail of the knit and make more of a statement. Up the layering by adding a thick coat for an outfit that is both slick and practical.

Cable Knit Jumper - Berger Navy £55.00

Bombers

As your hem creeps up, push the boat out even further. This season the bomber has transitioned from a trend into a staple item, appearing in almost every designer collection. If you're feeling brave then embellished bombers are a great way to get yourself noticed, but you can't go wrong with a classic simple bomber - it's easy to wear and goes with everything.

Bomber Jacket - COMING SOON

Overcoats

More fabric amplifies your statement, so an overcoat is the perfect finish to your outfit. Stay clear of bright colours for a versatile wardrobe staple. This season’s silhouettes are voluminous so they'll accommodate more layers, but keep them slim if you're going for more than a couple - you don't want to look twice your real size! A stand out collar will accentuate your silhouette to complete the look.

Navy Double Breasted Coat - COMING SOON

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