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11 Must Dos in Marfa, Texas

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I’m sure Marfa has hit your insta feed at some point over the past few years. A media darling hangout, everyone from Beyoncé to..
'I’m sure Marfa has hit your insta feed at some point over the past few years. A media darling hangout, everyone from Beyoncé to Jake Gyllenhaal has been lured to this tiny town in the high Chihuahuan desert – 12 hours travel away from the nearest major cities. Luckily, once you make it there, you may never want to leave. For more on the mythical West Texas, pick up our Boss Babe print volume out at the end of June 2019.   One: Prada, Marfa Ok, let’s get this out of the way at the start. This art installation of a Prada store isn’t in Marfa, but 10 minutes drive out in the adorably named Valentine. Sadly, this is one of those instances where – if you didn’t get a shot in front of the store, did you even go to Marfa? So tick this one off the list by going early in the day and off season, if you can, to avoid the hordes.   Two: Breakfast Tacos with a side of sass at Boyz2Men Boyz2Men serve up great mexican food and burgers, often with some sass and tourist tax for out of towners. They aren’t going to apologise and you’ll just have to get over it.   Three: Gem Shopping at Moonlight Gemstones Just across the way from Food Shark (see below) is this unassuming gemstore. Look past the small shop front into the jampacked front and back yards and discover a treasure trove of local gem stones (include Agate that only exists in the Marfa area) and mexican silver bangles, sold by weight.   Four: Food Shark: Good enough for Queen Bey, good enough for you One of the classics of the Marfa food truck scene, Food Shark is the shot for the ‘gram – and enjoying their Mediterranean X West Texas fare.   Five: Toast James Dean & Elizabeth Taylor at Paisano Hotel The stunning Paisano Hotel played home to James and Elizabeth when they were in town filming Giant with Rock Hudson. Grab a drink in the courtyard at Jett’s Grill or grab a delightfully historic room for the night.   Six: See the Marfa Lights. Yes, Really. This rather peculiar structure is set out of town, past the ‘Welcome to Marfa’ state sign. Even more peculiarly, it was built in 2003 expressively so people could marvel at one of the towns ‘must-sees’; the Marfa Lights. No-one know exactly what they are. But I can tell you that all the video we took that night came out completely black – audio of us getting a little hysterical was fine – but no record of the eerie sight we all saw with our own eyes….   Seven: View Donald Judd’s Work Taking photos within the museums / studios preserved by the Judd foundation isn’t allowed so instead you can view us marching along to view ‘The Block’ behind the compound wall ahead , artist Donald Judd’s residence and Marfa and main studios.   Eight : Explore the Wes Anderson candy coloured Presidio County Courthouse This building probably wasn’t what you had in mind, in the middle of the desert. Pass through the main entrance and climb the wooden staircases, to the top dome, for a unique vista of the town and the land surrounding it.   Nine : Get your souvenirs from a vending machine One of the best things to do in town is to get lost. With the main part of the city only a few blocks in each direction, keep wandering until something takes your fancy. Se Vende is a unique concept of a 24h vending machine full of locally made products; the perfect spot for a souvenir.   Ten: Spend the night in a retro caravan at El Cosmico El Cosmico is a unique spot brought to live by the Bunkhouse Group of boutique hotels. Chose between vintage caravans, teepees or safari tents for a stay to remember under Marfa’s open skies. Be sure to book a spot in their dutch hot tubs to really drink in those starry nights.   Eleven: Cocktails and small plates at Boss Babe run, Cochineal Cochineal opened in 2003, run by a wife and husband team. Since then, they have been bringing the town exquisitely curated seasonal menus with some killer cocktails alongside.   For information on Texas go to www.traveltexas.com The world’s largest airline, American Airlines, operates daily flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Lubbock (LBB) and Midland (MAF) via its hub in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Fly from £829 in Basic Economy, from £889 in the Main Cabin, from £1,218 in American’s new Premium Economy product and from £3,841 in Business Class, all prices are based on return flights, per person, and include taxes.  americanairlines.co.uk Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

#CocoStaycation : The Curious Pig In The Parlour, Sussex

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The night before flying out on holiday tensions are high as you run around looking for things, get to bed too late and then..
'The night before flying out on holiday tensions are high as you run around looking for things, get to bed too late and then rock up at the airport frazzled and high on caffeine. Can’t just be me, right? If you too like to knacker yourself out before you go away, I’ve got the solution ; take a staycation the night before your actual holiday. And if you are flying out of Gatwick, The Curious Pig In The Parlour is only a 15 min drive from the airport so you don’t even have to set your alarm five times to guarantee that early rise. Thank me later.   The Curious Pig In The Parlour is a cosy boutique gastropub with rooms, nestled in the Sussex countryside. On the evening we stayed, the restaurant was lively with local families catching up over the varied menu with everything from stone baked pizzas to grill dishes. After dropping our bags in our cosy room at the back of the property, we ventured back out to the dining area for a digestive G&T (you’ve got to love a pub with a dedicated gin menu) before deliberating over what to eat. We both opted for the pub classic of a steak with rarebit topped tomato as mains with creamy burrata and parma ham to start. Food came at a great pace with fantastic service from the team, making this an ideal place for a quick dinner before hitting the hay before a morning flight. Somehow we found space for dessert and the peanut butter mille feuille was a buttery and moreish as it probably reads and looks on this page. With a three course dinner and drinks coming in at only £40 a head and the rooms starting from £70/night, there’s really no excuse not to tag on a pre-hol staycation here. An a la carte and continental breakfast is included in the room rate and on offer from early morning; this might have to become a new holiday ritual! Book your stay at The Curious Pig In The Parlour at thecuriouspigintheparlour.com The Curious Pig In The Parlour is part of the Revere Pub group of boutique bolt holes, find out more here  Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

#CocoCouples : A Revitalising Night at Roslin Beach Hotel

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Essex may not be your first choice for a staycation. We get it, the East Londoners seaside town doesn’t have the best rap and..
'Essex may not be your first choice for a staycation. We get it, the East Londoners seaside town doesn’t have the best rap and even entering town on a gloriously sunny day you are faced with the sad looking high street which all UK seaside towns have perfected. But a 20 minute wander along the coast to Thorpe Bay, past the usual British seaside suspects, brings you to the seafront Roslin Beach Hotel .   On arriving at the hotel, we’re met by the wrap around outdoor veranda (‘ The Terrace ‘) playing low fi balearic music and Pimms flowing. The vibe reminds us of luxe but characterful boutique hotels of the California coast with the laid back beachy colour scheme offset with glitzy details; a huge guilted mirror here – a giant pink rabbit (we visited at Easter) over there. To use a favourite travel cliché – this place is instagrammable . All this before we get to our room by following the banana leaf patterned wallpaper up one flight to a lush marine coloured room, complete with a balcony to gaze out over the bay. Small touches take the room from being too safe and obvious in design. We loved the touch of a Crosby record player complete with vintage records to choose from; encouraging us to unplug and melt into the cushy bed until it was time for dinner. Talking about dinner, discovering that the hotel housed an AA Two Rosettes Restaurant and were delighted to be seated by the passionate waiting staff with a view over the water that was glistening by the moonlight. We started our dinner with a house cocktail and then proceeded to enjoy a varied but incredibly well curated menu. Beautiful spring asparagus was loving topped with crushed hazelnuts and creamy mayonnaise on my plate ; exquisite quality seared yellow fin tuna on my husband’s. For mains, our waitress enticed me towards the Montgomery Cheddar soufflé (what a babe, thank you) and my other half to the steak with bérnaise. Both were fantastic and totally exceeded our expectation of what food can be found in this part of the country. Rolling back up the stairs, it’s time for a bath and a herbal tea out on the balcony (not so rock and roll here, folks) before a great night’s sleep.  Sidenote, readers; this is a civilised #CocoCouples location ; swap propping up the bar until the wee hours with Netflix and Chill, okay? Waking up to the sound of gulls and the sunlight peeking through the curtains, all that’s left to do is grab some breakfast in the elaborate breakfast room between trees and silk flowers before it is set up for the hotel’s famous afternoon teas . A mere 20 hours after checking in, we step out, blinking in the sunshine revitalised by some seaside R&R and promise to come back next time we need a reset… there’s a whole spa we didn’t get chance to try out!   For more information and to book a stay at Roslin Beach Hotel go to www.roslinhotel.com       Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Find Your Personal Paradise at Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort and Spa, Mauritius

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The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been described as ‘brochure perfect’ and for good reason too. A luxury holiday experience at Shangri-La’s Le..
'The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been described as ‘brochure perfect’ and for good reason too. A luxury holiday experience at Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa, Mauritius brings to life in vivid detail, images of idyllic beaches, blue skies, crystal clear waters and traditional Mauritian hospitality. Our Team Coco writer, Omo Osagiede, recently visited the island’s eastern coast to experience this personal paradise with a touch of Shangri-la.   Welcome to Mauritius Mauritius is well established as a long-haul, luxury island destination in the Indian Ocean. The heat embraces you upon arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Mauritius enjoys a subtropical climate for most of the year. However, the period from November to April (summer) is considered the best time to visit, with average temperatures settling around 26 degrees Celsius. As you emerge from the airport, you are immediately bombarded by different welcome signs bearing the names of multiple holiday resorts located around Mauritius. After manufacturing and agriculture, tourism contributes significantly to the island’s economic growth and remains a key factor in its overall development. The name we were looking for was Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa, Mauritius. This five-star deluxe property, located at Trou d’Eau Douce on the island’s eastern coast, would be our sanctuary for the next week. We found our transport and began the hour-long coastal journey from the airport to Trou d’Eau Douce. Narrow roads wound their way through small fishing villages while sugarcane farms stretched as far as the eye could see to the foot of distant mountains. The scenic drive brings to life the magical beauty of the Indian Ocean, a view which holds you spellbound (if you are lucky to get a window seat) upon final approach to the island from the sky. Nothing prepares you for your first up-close glimpse of the vibrant turquoise colours of the water or the talcum-white sandy beaches. We were also unprepared for the warm welcome we received upon arrival at Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa, Mauritius.   A long tradition of Mauritian hospitality lives on A resounding gong signalled the start of a traditional Sega welcome ritual delivered by local performers. The singer’s voice pierced through the tranquillity of our surroundings as a beautifully dressed dancer swayed and swirled to the pulsating rhythms from the sound of his drum. If the ancient banyan tree standing proudly at the front of the hotel hinted at the resort’s past, an imposing woven sculpture, titled ‘The Weaver’s Belvédere’, told another story about its journey to the present day. Le Touessork began life in 1915 when a sugarcane farmer, Henri Wiehé, and his wife built a beach house and began hosting social gatherings with family and friends. This foundation of hospitality was established when it was later converted into a five-room guesthouse. The 2015 partnership between world-famous luxury hotel group Shangri-La and Le Touessork Resort & Spa has ensured the preservation of this long tradition of showcasing Mauritian hospitality. The combination of the island’s culture mix and rich biodiversity with elements such as food and beverage and Mediterranean-style design create a brand that makes this resort a worthy choice for a long-haul island holiday destination.   A private hideaway, a personal paradise The resort architecture includes 200 rooms and suites and three exclusive villas spread out along the pristine Trou d’Eau Douce Bay. Our stylish beach-chic Junior Frangipani suite came with a king-size bed and provided direct access to one of six idyllic beaches located around the property. A design highlight was the in-room deep-soak bathtub. Its position, facing large bay windows, provided uninterrupted views of the lagoon and a chance to watch the sunrise while soaking in luxurious bath gels. Rooms in the Frangipani Wing also come with special benefits including a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, à la carte breakfast in the Republik Beach Club & Grill, a complimentary mini bar and sunset cocktails. Fresh drinking water was placed in the rooms daily in glass bottles (we learned that the hotel is consciously reducing single-use plastics). To make an already luxurious experience even more spectacular, there is also a private island, Ilôt Mangénie, to which the resort’s guests have exclusive access. Regular shuttle boat services transport guests across a crystal clear lagoon into an intimate experience that comes with a private beach cabana, champagne and butler service. A delicate truffle pizza was a highlight during our visit. Keen golfers can spend the day at the neighbouring Île aux Cerfs. Although a popular destination for tourists, much of this island has been transformed into an 18-hole championship grade golf course. Designed by the famous German pro-golfer Bernhard Langer, guests of Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa enjoy complimentary green fees. A host of aquatic activities are available. However, thanks to the reef which surrounds the island, our favourite activity, by far, was the ability to ‘walk in the sea’ during low tide.   Sampling local culture through gastronomy and adventure Holiday resorts often come under criticism for not doing much to highlight the local culture. Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa makes a deliberate effort to introduce guests to Mauritian culture through gastronomy and curated excursions. The days when Jacqueline Dalais, granddaughter of the hotel’s first landowner put this slice of Trou d’Eau Douce on the culinary map of Mauritius with her seafood-inspired restaurant in the 1960s are long gone. However, the resort now offers guests a choice of five dining options including the dinner-only Safran restaurant which offers a fusion of Mauritian and Indian cuisine. After breakfast one morning, we spent time with Safran’s internationally acclaimed Chef Ramesh Bundi who explained that Mauritian cuisine is as diverse as the island’s ethnic makeup – Indian, African, Chinese and European. This fascinating blend of cultures is given expression through the restaurant’s menu. Our Lamb Rogan Josh and Poulet Kadai were cooked to tender perfection in a rich blend of spices. Many people visiting Mauritius are often seeking relaxation rather than adventure . However, for the curious visitor, Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa can arrange soft adventure excursions including cycling tours and visits to local markets. Adrenalin-inducing outdoor adventure activities (including ziplining and quad-biking) are available at Domaine de L’etoile, a natural reserve located in Central Mauritius.   Slow and steady at Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa In a place designed for ultimate relaxation, the concept of time quickly becomes irrelevant. After a visit to Ilôt Mangénie one afternoon, we booked a signature massage at CHI, The Spa at the resort. One sure sign that you are having an incredible spa experience is when the most important thought that occurs to you is deciphering bird sounds from the soft ambient music surrounding you. For a time, the Maldives and Seychelles may have stolen the headlines as leading Indian Ocean island destinations for weddings and honeymoons. However, Shangri-La’s Le Touessork Resort & Spa makes a strong case for Mauritius as the paradise of choice if taking things slow and steady is your utmost priority.   Travel information We flew directly to Mauritius from London Heathrow with Air Mauritius (12 hours). Transfers to the resort were pre-arranged. Rates for a 5-night stay in a Junior Suite Frangipani Beach Access room start from £920 per night for half-board (includes breakfast and dinner, golf club access and water sports). Costs are based on 2 adults visiting in November 2019. For enquiries and bookings, visit www.shangri-la.com/mauritius Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

experience St Lucia’s most iconic nature trails designed by your very own ‘Hiking Butler’

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Jade Mountain, St Lucia, has launched a ‘Hiking Butler’ service for adventurous guests wishing to experience the island’s most iconic and scenic nature trails..
'Jade Mountain, St Lucia, has launched a ‘Hiking Butler’ service for adventurous guests wishing to experience the island’s most iconic and scenic nature trails. Set on its own private 600-acre estate, Jade Mountain’s guests can choose from a large range of unspoilt hiking trails. During a one-to-one consultation with the hotel’s resident hiking concierge, guests will be provided with an extensive ‘hiking menu’, from which a medley of intrepid trails can be chosen. Guests will be safely guided and informed with fascinating knowledge about the island by the resident butler, who will then prepare a champagne-gourmet picnic which can be enjoyed at one of St Lucia’s many breath-taking spots. Jade Mountain’s recommended hikes, available to book now, are tailored to all fitness levels, ranging from beginner and intermediate, through to advanced: For the easy-does-it hiker: Guests who wish to soak up the beautiful scenery at a dulcet pace can book the popular Anse Mamin Plantation Walk, which visits the lush coastal jungle, adjacent to the resort’s second beach, Anse Mamin. Nature lovers will be led through the leafy terrain by their butler, who will provide an illuminating account of the history behind the 18th-century ruins of a historic sugar plantation, as well as the myriad of exotic foliage and wildlife present on the land. For the can-do-attitude hiker: Outdoor enthusiasts who prefer a more exhilarating hiking experience can enjoy the Morne Lastic Walk, a three-hour trek which takes participants up and over the undulating mountains into the town of Soufriere. Along the way, guests will be treated to fabulous views of the world-famous Pitons and Soufriere Bay, during which time the butler will explain the history of the quaint fishing town below. Post-trek, tired hikers will have the chance to relax their weary muscles on a scenic boat trip back to the resort. For the lion-hearted hiker: Advanced hikers looking for the ultimate physical challenge can choose to undertake the infamous ‘Piton climb’ to the top of the island’s Gros Piton. A world heritage site, guests will enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from the twin mountains that form the trademark landscape of St Lucia. The Hiking Butler will be on hand to help guests through the testing climb, safely guiding them through the best possible route. Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start from $1,110 (£840*) per sanctuary based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. For more information or to book visit www.jademountain.com.*Prices in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate. Guests can book the Hiking Butler service and all nature trail excursions upon arrival. *Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

#COCOBEAUTY : GETTING THAT SUMMER GLOW

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Summer is coming and we’re all striving for that effortless, beach babe glow. If you’re someone who doesn’t tan easily, and one week in..
'Summer is coming and we’re all striving for that effortless, beach babe glow. If you’re someone who doesn’t tan easily, and one week in the sun just isn’t enough; do not fear, you’re not alone!   I’ve starting to come to terms with my paleness, but that doesn’t mean I shy away from wanting to look somewhat sun-kissed and have luminous skin. Over many years of horrendous tanning faux pas, I’ve finally found a formula to get me glowing that doesn’t involve the sun. And that’s not a bad thing…keep those aging rays away from me. GET PREPPING A gorgeous glow doesn’t always have to be from a golden skin tone. Luminous skin that shines from within can make anyone look healthy and damn right gorgeous. I’ve found that, at times, my skin can be a little lackluster; not quite that delightful dewy yumminess I’ve always longed for. But, I think I’ve found the formula. These two little beauties have helped my skin look brighter, even and at times…I don’t even have to wear foundation. Alpha H – Liquid Gold : available at www.cultbeauty.co.uk for £33.50 With it 5% glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids, this little baby helps stimulate cells and exfoliates to remove dulling dead cells on the surface of the skin to reveal healthy ‘new’ skin below the surface. It’s known to bolster elastin and collagen production whilst deep cleaning pores to eliminate spot cause bacteria. The resurfacing action also helps to diminish visibility of acne scars, dark spots and brown patches, so your complexion quickly looks more even-toned and luminous. Remember to use at least an SPF 15 when using this product. I’ve found my skin is completely different since using Liquid Gold, I don’t think I could live without it now. I use this every other night, and I tend not to follow up with a moisturiser for a more intense treatment.  Glamglow – Flashmud : www.boots.com for £42  Super quick results and a real difference if used properly. Okay, so the first few times I was left a little red…but my skin has now got used to it and I’m loving it. It has that tingle that I LOVE, you know when you can really feel it working. The combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid & vitamin C helps clear the skin whilst revealing a more brightened and even skin tone. I use up to 3 times a week in the AM, I put it on as soon as I wake up, have breakfast and then wash off in the shower. GET SOME COLOUR Okay, okay so I’ve gone on about being pale and being okay with it; making myself luminous with skincare and so on. But the thing is. I feel bloody GREAT with a tan, my clothes look better, my eyes pop and…I just feel fabulous. Thankfully I’ve found those little gems in the world of tanning that have changed my life. Bondi Sands – Liquid Gold Foam : www.superdrug.com – £14.99 It’s just the best. Not your usual fake tanner that’s a little bit orange, smells like biscuits and makes your sheets a weird shade of brown. This magical foam gives just the most natural golden glow to any skin tone. I pop one coat on in the morning and just a few hours later, I’m glowing from the inside out. Best thing is that it doesn’t transfer. Make sure to moisturise your dry bits; elbows, hands, knees and feet to stop a build up of product in those areas and voila! You glow, girl! Want to be even more extra? Add Bondi Sands GLOW – Gloss Finishing Glow (Superdrug – £9.99) to your collar bones, down the front of your legs (makes them look longer) and your arms. I sometimes use this product as my lazy, go-to face highlighter when I want that natural, dewy glow. Pop some on your cheekbones, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow – perfect for a low-key beach day luminosity. Glamglow – GLOWSTARTER : www.boots.com – £32 I always wear this under my foundation in shade sun glow ( or even just on it’s own) to give my skin a little boost. This illuminating moisturiser is full of vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid and TEAOXI golden root technology that instantly floods skin with hydration for healthy-looking radiance. It’s an ideal, quick-fix for that little extra glow. Perfect for ‘no make-up’ days and those long days at the beach. Want a glow-boost on the go? Pop Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow (www.iconiclondon.com – £18.50) in your bag and give yourself a little spray when you need a hydrating, super glowy boost. It’s also 100% vegan. So there you have it, my hero products for making myself feel a little less mehhh and more golden goddess. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

#WomenWorldwide: Farina-Marie on capturing wedding moments and rebuilding her brand

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They say someone’s wedding day is one of the happiest day of a person’s life, and so finding just the right person to capture..
'They say someone’s wedding day is one of the happiest day of a person’s life, and so finding just the right person to capture these happy moments is a story of its own. Enter Farina Marie Deutschmann. A seasoned wedding photographer and fellow Girl Boss, who has found her mission and her business on capturing these very special wedding moments. Farina captures extraordinary wedding moments in some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations with her business, Farina-Marie Wedding Photography . Getting up close and personal with the bride and groom in order to take some truly breathtaking wedding photographs. We caught up with Farina and talked about how ‘little photoshoots with friends’ became a fully fledged photography business, the challenges she had to overcome along the way, and the unexpected freedom of starting all over again.   Tell us a little bit about yourself, what made you fall in love with photography?   I never really thought about going into photography, it just evolved naturally. When I went to school I enjoyed creating fun memories with my friends and we often used to have little photoshoots together. It quickly turned into a profession. What I love most about my job is getting to know so many inspiring people around the globe, getting to know their story, their strengths and their weaknesses. I love to uplift my clients with what’s already inside of them. Shooting with me doesn’t mean that you’re going to a service provider and come back with nice photos. Shooting with me leaves you with a whole new shooting experience, more self-esteem, new ideas and inspiration, at least, that’s what most of my clients say. I think it’s because I really like to get to know the people that I work with.        Why did you decide to focus on weddings?   This also evolved naturally. In fact, when I first started my own business, I never wanted to be a wedding photographer. I started out as a fashion photographer and even worked as an editor for one of the most renowned German lifestyle magazines. But when you own a camera, at some point somebody will come to you and ask if you could photograph their wedding. So I gave it a try and guess what? I really liked it! What I enjoyed the most was to be able to work with happy people. People who are full of love and who really appreciate your work. This was quite different in the fashion industry.  What are some of your favourite wedding destinations?  There are so many beautiful destinations all over the world. I think what’s most important is that the couples who are getting married have a special connection to the place. I am absolutely in love with Mallorca and Cape Town, but my favourite wedding destinations are the ones that have a personal story. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced as an entrepreneur so far?  This is a good question and I really had to think about this for a bit, as I founded my first business about 10 years ago, while I was still studying. I think the biggest challenge that I had to face happened last year, when my business partner and I decided to go separate ways. We had worked together for more than 5 years. We had created a brand that was well known, and we managed to get bookings all over the world. All of the sudden I had to start all over again, from nothing. I had to come up with a new name, a new brand, new strategies, and a new website (which I will be launching soon) to name a few things. At the same time I decided to move to London and it felt like I was losing ground underneath my feet. But I knew I had done it before, which gave me some security. I knew how to build a brand, I knew how to get my name out there, and I just had to do it again — maybe even better than before.      What do you think goes into capturing the perfect wedding photograph?   There is something about the word ‘perfect’ that doesn’t sit right with me. I think it’s easy to create a perfectly staged photo with perfect styling, the perfect background, and the perfect lighting. I don’t think this is my aim as a wedding photographer. For me, the aim is to create a documentary of an extraordinarily special occasion, highlighting all of the incredible moments, to keep the happy memories alive and easily within reach. I always imagine myself in the role of the bridal couple, looking at the photos a few years later and telling my kids about that day. My aim is to be able to make those memories as special as possible. I do this by making a personal connection with the bride and the groom, as well as their guests. Through this, I start to form an idea of the wedding’s ‘character,’ I get a feel for the flow of the wedding and this lets me know where to be and when to get the right shots.       WWW.FARINA-MARIE.COM Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

#WomenWorldwide: Tricia Scott leads a community of female entrepreneurs with The Female CEO

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Here at House of Coco, we’re all about women empowering other women, and this is exactly what Tricia Scott and The Female CEO are..
'Here at House of Coco, we’re all about women empowering other women, and this is exactly what Tricia Scott and The Female CEO are all about. With a background in business coaching, Tricia has created a community of women all over the world, whose only goal is to help female entrepreneurs further their businesses. Through mentoring, coffee break catch-ups, and informative blog articles at her very own CEO Magazine, Tricia Scott and The Female CEO are changing the world by lifting up one world changing woman at a time. In this latest #WomenWorldwide interview, we caught up with Tricia Scott and talked about what drives her passions, personal mantras, and the importance of having a kick-ass support system. Because with Tricia Scott and The Female CEO, ‘you are never alone’. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. What inspired you to start The Female CEO? Looking back now, working towards the inclusion, success, and empowerment of others is always something I’ve held close to my core. I’ve always held a deep rooted (somewhat rebellious) nature at heart. Growing up, I’ve always gravitated to people who were different. As soon as I was able, I left my school days behind and was quickly and easily swept into the corporate world, climbing every ladder of every job I was ever presented with. I was never happy to stand still, and was always looking for a higher position, higher learning and more to do. My free time was spent with people who preferred to stay outside of the norm, with different ideas and inspirations. This is probably where my love of entrepreneurship came from, I think entrepreneurs are creative people who view the world a little bit differently. My mantra was always (and still is), to never judge a book by its cover. Some of the most beautiful and interesting souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with, were people I met through following this mantra. Over the years and like so many of the women I speak to today, I’ve faced my own personal hurdles, family tragedy, divorce, and debt to name just a few. Eventually I paused and looked around I realised that I really wasn’t alone. Women everywhere were stalled, scared, and hiding under layer upon layer of life experiences. I started to work with small groups of women at first, creating topics to start or further their businesses. Confidence, support, empowerment, focus and passion became the foundation of our work. This eventually led to bigger groups, large scale speaking engagements, interviews, videos and eventually the birth of The Female CEO & CEO digital magazine.   What is The Female CEO all about and how does it help aspiring GirlBosses the world over? I have worked with women from all walks of life both as the Female CEO and in my previous role as a business coach and mentor. Watching women come together and work through their struggles, as well as celebrating their wins. Knowing that working as a solo-preneur can be lonely, these groups and support systems have become a lifeline to many. The mantra? ‘You are never alone here’ The Female CEO and CEO magazine aim to offer support and guidance to entrepreneurs through various methods. This includes specific training, a community-based Facebook page, In The Spotlight Interviews, and coffee break catch ups with inspirational people from across the world. We also offer printables, blogs, support, and ideas and it’s open to anyone. You don’t have to have your own business to be part of it, far from it in fact. I’m a firm believer that incredible things happen when women come together in solidarity and that’s what this business is all about – community driven empowerment and world-changing women. As a CEO yourself, how important is having a strong support network to achieving your goals? I believe that a strong support network is vital to achieving pretty much anything. It’s one of the reasons when I created The Female CEO I handpicked a team of fabulous Guest Editors, all with different skill-sets to work alongside and share their collective knowledge with our readers. I am the first to put my hand in the air and say that I don’t know everything. That is the amazing thing about a community like ours. Everyone is unique and at different stages of their journey therefore we all have so much to offer to each other!       What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a female CEO? Oh my goodness, there have been so many! If I had to choose just one I’d say overcoming the ‘disease to please’. I spent so many hours listening to everyone else’s opinions but my own about how I should set up and run my business. I was trying to please everyone else rather than tuning into my own gut feeling and going with it. Looking back it was a tool for procrastination too. The longer I listened, the less I put myself out there for fear of judgement. I don’t do that anymore! What advice do you have for women who would like to become a GirlBoss like yourself? Just do it. Don’t wait for the time to be just right, trust me you’ll never get there. Seek out communities of people with similar interests, ask for help (people really love to help) and be brave. It’s not impossible to set up on a minimum budget either, there are so many free resources out there from building your own website (I created The Female CEO from scratch with literally zero experience or knowledge) to taking payments and protecting the privacy of your customers, it all just takes a little bit of research. Finally, believe in yourself and your capabilities. I wish you all of the success in the world.   WWW.THEFEMALECEO.COM Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

6 Primary Characteristics You Need To Consider When You’re Buying A Garage Door Opener

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There are many benefits and features associated with garage door openers when you have considered all the critical characteristics before making your final choice..
'There are many benefits and features associated with garage door openers when you have considered all the critical characteristics before making your final choice. 1. Power Requirement There are typically three sizes of garage openers that you can select from one-third, three-quarter, and one-half horsepower. Choosing one will be determined by the construction material, size, and the number of doors you are operating. You’ll be requiring at least half horsepower for lifting double doors. And for single doors, you may be able to get away with one-third horsepower for the garage door opener. For heavy and oversized doors, you are going to require more horsepower. 2. Speed Requirement Your ordinary garage door opener opens a door at a rate of seven inches per second, but you can purchase one that can open your door at twice the speed. If speed is not a pre-requisite, then you can opt for slower options. Speed is not a factor when it comes to the quality of the opener. 3. Power Options You can purchase openers that operate from either AC or DC power. Both types are plugged into your regular power outlet. A DC power opener converts to AC power, and our DC types are quieter, smaller and have laxer starts and stops. Some DC models have battery backups, which is convenient when you have a power outage. 4. Drive System When you’re deciding on a drive system, there are three types that you can compare and select which one will work the best for you. Discount Garage Door | Garage Door Openers is a great place to start when you’re unsure about what you should be getting. You have a choice between screw, chain or belt drives of which the chain and screw openers are less expensive, but they are noisier options.   5. Choosing Your Features Before you make our final purchase, it is essential to decide which features you want to be included to ensure you’re buying a garage door opener that will accommodate your needs the best. Some features are standard on most models. Most garage door openers can be purchased separately from your garage door, but you need to check if the opener you’re thinking of buying has appropriate power for your existing door or the one you’re going to install. Other quintessential features that clients need to think about are elements such as keypads/remotes and lightning. Many garage door openers are equipped with wall mounts, remotes, and keypads that can accommodate your garage door system. A manual release is a common feature on all garage doors which are used during power outages. Security lights are usually also included.   Most garage doors are covered with a three to five years warranty, and when you’re lucky enough to buy one with a ten-year or lifetime warranty on the motor, that is a prodigious sign that you’ve found a manufacturer that has confidence in their products and a warranty to back it up. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

UK Events Where You Can Bump into Celebs

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Throughout the year, the UK plays host of a huge number of events of all different types – from sporting competitions to arts festivals..
'Throughout the year, the UK plays host of a huge number of events of all different types – from sporting competitions to arts festivals and music events. But it’s not just the general public who enjoy attending, you’re also likely to spot familiar faces as well. These are some of the biggest events taking place in the UK where you can take part in celeb spotting.   Royal Ascot The Royal Ascot horse racing event takes place in June of each year and is one of the sport’s most famous and anticipated competitions. In addition to the incredible races and prestige of the event, a key highlight for many visitors is the many celebrity fans who show up to watch the races unfold. Naturally, the Royal family attend each year – the Queen has never missed it and is a huge fan of the sport – but it is also popular with the likes of Sir Mo Farah, Dame Helen Mirren and Victoria Pendleton, the guides for Royal Ascot on the day should let you know who is expected to attend.   Glastonbury Glastonbury is a world-renowned music festival that has brought decades of great acts to Somerset and draws in thousands of music fans each year over the course of the five-day event. Among the muddy campsites and endless parties, attendees will also be able to spot recognisable faces as well. From Hollywood actress Margot Robbie and David Beckham to Cara Delevigne and Kit Harington, as well as some big names in the music business as well, Glastonbury has long been popular with the A-list crowd.   Wimbledon Wimbledon is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world and a key event of the summer in Britain, not just for tennis fans but also for celebrities. Everyone from members of the Royal family to A-list actors, music stars and models have found themselves photographed and filmed watching games unfold from the surrounding seats. The finals, in particular, are a haven for celeb spotting and some of the most famous attendees in recent years have included Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson.   Henley Royal Regatta The Henley Regatta is to rowing what Wimbledon is to tennis and is a highlight of the British summer season, with much of its Edwardian charm still intact. It’s a fun event with entertainment, music, food and drinks, as well as some of the finest displays of rowing talent in the country. If you want a break from watching the races, there’s always celebrity spotting to enjoy – the Regatta is regularly attended by sporting celebrities such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Katherine Grainger.   Edinburgh Fringe Festival If comedy and the arts are more your scene, you’ll no doubt be heading to Edinburgh for the annual Fringe festival . This month-long event boasts a huge roster of performances and shows, from comedy performances and stand-up to music, dance and theatrical pieces. The Fringe festival is where many famous faces first got their big break, but it’s also a regular haunt for established figures as well, with the likes of George R.R Martin, Dylan Moran, Dame Diana Rigg and Ruby Wax attending for shows and as fans.   Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

The Best Aromas for your Home Office

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Whisper it quietly, but productivity has become a major drag on the UK economy. Overall, UK workers’ productivity fell yet again in the final..
'Whisper it quietly, but productivity has become a major drag on the UK economy. Overall, UK workers’ productivity fell yet again in the final three months of last year, as it declined by 0.1% in comparison to the same quarter precisely one year ago. Whilst these figures generally cover the productivity of workforces up and down the UK, this is also an issue that can impact significantly on sole traders and home office workers.   The good news is that there are various low-cost ways of boosting productivity in your home office, including introducing different aromas. In this post, we’ll look at some of the best aromas for your home office and ask how they can impact on your productivity. Create Ideas with Peppermint or Cinnamon If you work as a creative, it’s important to create an environment in which you’re able to generate ideas freely and within relatively tight time frames. By selecting candles that are scented with peppermint or cinnamon, however, you can stimulate your cognitive senses and really get your creative juices flowing. There’s some science to support this theory too, with various studies suggesting that these scents provide a boost for your brain and actively improve both your memory and level of awareness.   Tackle Tiredness and Fatigue with Orange and Lemon Tiredness and fatigue can also take their toll on productivity, particularly if you don’t have the positive energy of a team to keep you going. We can also become mentally fatigued for a number of reasons, including dietary deficiencies, seasonal allergies and even the common cold. We’re particularly prone to feelings of fatigue half way through the typical working day, which can be problematic as you’ll still have a considerable amount of work to get through at this time. Fortunately, certain scents can help to counter this issue, including orange and lemon. Orange is particularly renowned for providing an energising shot in the arm, particularly when used in a diffuser. The Neon Organics brand also sells lemon-infused candles that have been specially formatted to boost your energy levels, and these can really help to counter the effects of physical and mental fatigue on a daily basis. Improve your Focus with Rosemary If you’re anything like us, you’ll struggle to operate at your best on Monday morning. This malaise can be caused by a combination of tiredness and a fundamental lack of motivation, but either way it can significantly impair your level of focus. One scent that can help to tackle this issue is rosemary, which is known to boost your memory whilst also alleviating physical symptoms such as indigestion and headaches . In general, this scent can do wonders for your focus, by eliminating many of the distractions that occur during the working day. This is best used in the morning, as it provides a much-needed pick-me-up that can really boost your professional performance. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Save the Airfare. Travel to the Caribbean with Michelle Trusselle’s Myristica SupperClub

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The concept of a supperclub is often one of two things, sometimes both. It’s lazy and badly managed. Or it’s a terrifying event where..
'The concept of a supperclub is often one of two things, sometimes both. It’s lazy and badly managed. Or it’s a terrifying event where you are sat next to people you have nothing in common with for tedious conversations in between the chef coming out and lecturing everyone about the tiny morsel that you are about to eat. . I’m very happy to report that Michelle Trusselle ‘s passion project, Myristica threw my dismissive preconceptions of what a supperclub could be out of the window and replaced them with an urge to save up for a flight to Grenada.   On arrival at a shiny office building in central London, the location of which is kept secret until you book your place, we met with a varied but small and cosy group of diners, all with interesting backgrounds and reasons for coming to the dinner that evening. What we all had in common is that we’d been drawn to this evening by what Marcus Wareing has dubbed “Caribbean royalty on a plate”. . . You might recognise Michelle from her time on Masterchefs : The Professionals last year where she finished as a semi-finalist but Myristica is the first time she is letting her Caribbean heritage truly come to the fore. A warm welcome met our group as we stepped out of the lift, into the open plan dining space, London bustling below us. With the team’s signature nutmeg and prosecco cocktail in hand we pored over the beautifully laid long table with hand written menus for the evenings curated menu. . . On the evening we visited, the menu was crafted around two key spices in Caribbean cooking ; mace and nutmeg. In fact, the supper club’s name Myristica is the latin moniker for the tree that creates both and is native of Grenada. We start with crab rolls and sweet potato bon bons , lightly fragranced with the spices before leaping into the most heavenly brioche I’ve ever tasted. Judging by the gasps and delighted clapping as these made it to the table brought by Michelle and her team of two, these pillowy brioches with whipped pillowy nutmeg butter make it to many of Michelle’s supper club menus. Sure enough, you can read about them here in this sample menu . . . From the brioche we moved swiftly onto a Tomato Choka , Michelle’s take on a Trinidadian classic and then before we could all wonder how they were turning out such perfect dishes from a straightforward kitchen (you can spy on them as the whole affair is open plan, a real treat to see professionals at work) the delightful lobster course (pictured above) appeared as if by magic. With each course being the perfect small plate, we were both satisfied by this point in the meal but excited for the remaining main and two (yes, two) desserts. As we sliced into the soft, delicately flavoured Pan Fried Chicken dish with Potato Fondant we glanced at the time and realised that we had happily whiled away 3 hours already in the best possible way. . . Sadly, due to realising the time and the impending last train home, we had to forgo the final dish of the evening, another crowd pleaser according to the two friends and couple sitting either side of us. We bequeathed our desserts to our new dining buddies (who were only too delighted to take care of them for us) and bid farewell to Michelle and her team, vowing to come back – and book a hotel for the night next time around. Judging by the convivial scene around the long table that we left behind, I’m sure that the dinner table chat of travels to the Caribbean, family recipes and culinary inventions could go on into the wee hours. . The five-course tasting menu Myristica experience, including canapes and petit fours, costs only £80 – £95 per person including a wine pairing. Dates for the upcoming Myristica Supper Clubs are 13th July, 3rd August, 21st September, 19th October, 30th November.  Book in for the Supper Club here:  https://www.myristica.co/ Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Top 4 tips on how to visit Venice on a budget

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We have some fabulous news – Venice doesn’t have to be pricey! On our recent #cococouples trip to Venice, we discovered a few top..
'We have some fabulous news – Venice doesn’t have to be pricey! On our recent #cococouples trip to Venice, we discovered a few top tips that not only kept costs low but also helped us discover the magic of Venice outside of the busier areas. Of course, there are still add-on prices like the city tax, which is unavoidable, but considering there are over 20 billion tourists visiting the city per year it is a small fee to pay. We wanted to share some tips from our time in Venice in the below guide on where to stay, how to eat and how to navigate this unique city.   CHEAP FLIGHTS TO VENICE ARE COMMON Airlines like Ryanair make it really easy to travel to Venice on a budget. We flew out in May for 4 days as we just couldn’t resist a £50 return flight each. Make sure to check the airport you’re flying to is Marco Polo as there is another one a lot further afield called Treviso airport, too. You can get very well-priced flights if you avoid peak holiday periods. From our experience, Venice weather in May was perfect for getting the most out of the city! It was really sunny and bright, whilst not being overly crowded or too hot. We also missed the rain season which is really lucky, as flooding in Venice is no joke- they even have to put benches out in St Marks Square to walk on!     AIRBNB OVER HOTELS IN VENICE It was no contest for us between a hotel or an Airbnb when deciding on where to stay in Venice. Our Airbnb was by far one of the best we’ve booked on any trip before in terms of the amazing location and its affordability. We were right next to some hidden gems in Venice that we may have accidentally overlooked otherwise! The neighbourhood of  Cannaregio  is known as the northmost Jewish district and for the shopping street of Strata Nova . The flat was just off of Fondamenta Dei Ormensini – a strip of exceptional local bars and restaurants like Al   Timon  and very well-priced bacari (the word for Italian wine bars that serve small snacks). There is also a couple of supermarkets very nearby if you accidentally forgot to pack something (I always do). Quiet Venetian canal scene EAT LIKE A LOCAL When in Venice, Cichetti is what to eat. With some coming up at €1.00 per piece, you’ll find these Venetian tapas-style bites in almost every bar in Venice. Pair these with an Aperol in the afternoon sun for the perfect lunchtime snack. We also advise making the most of those exceptionally large slices of pizza for €2.00 because they make a fabulous lunch whilst on the go! We adored Pizza 2000 in San Polo and our local Pizzeria da Zorma in Cannaregio. In the evening you’ll likely see many three-course set menu deals that you can take advantage of, but if you prefer a local restaurant, we opted for places like  Trattoria Da Bepi to ensure we were getting the best quality food for a local price. We highly recommend the seafood pasta, and the owner is lovely and friendly too.   Cichetti – Venetian bar scene   STEER CLEAR OF THE MAIN TOURISTY AREAS If you have been to Venice before, you’ll know that it’s pretty easy to be swept away with the crowds of tourists in busy areas. But I guarantee you that walking in the opposite direction is just as rewarding. The real beauty of Venice is a short stroll away from the rammed streets of San Marco. As the streets get quieter and quieter, the lanes begin to break out into spacious squares and more residential streets. This also means locally priced coffees and gelatos (try Gelateria il Doge in Dorsoduro ). In fact- highlights of our #cococouple trip to Venice were the times we sat contently scoffing our gelato in one of the sleepier squares of Venice. So, before you pause at the bottom of the Rialto bridge looking frantically through the swarms of people, take our advice- keep walking.   A quiet moment in San Bernardo square     TOP TIP ROUND-UP With the tips above it was really easy to enjoy Venice and keep costs relatively low. Remember that Venice is an exceptionally popular tourist destination, where tourists outnumber locals 20:1 ! Visiting off-peak is not only better for your experience of Venice and your budget, but also for the city itself! Staying in airbnb’s can give you an affordable insight into hidden gem neighbourhoods like Canareggio that are overflowing with character, as well as locally-priced bars and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit one of the many bacari for a drink and some cichetti before heading out to explore some of the other neighbourhoods for yourselves! Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

A #Teamcocopup adventure at the Nanteos Mansion, Ceredigion

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A sprawling Georgian mansion, thirty acres of land, delicious Welsh food…Nanteos Mansion is the absolute perfect treat for your Mum and her dog. So..
'A sprawling Georgian mansion, thirty acres of land, delicious Welsh food…Nanteos Mansion is the absolute perfect treat for your Mum and her dog. So those are the two special people #Teamcoco writer, Rachael Lindsay, took with her on a special overnight stay. We take a long, windy drive through the Nanteos estate to get to the stunning Nanteos manor house, located in Ceredigion near Aberystwyth, Wales. After a fair journey, we are keen to give our #Teamcocopup for the next few days, Ralph, a stretch of his legs. Luckily we are in the heart of woodland and parkland. This is dog-walking heaven and we make the most of it, discovering a labyrinth, a pet graveyard and even a collection of garden bee hives along the way. After Ralph has checked out the estate, it is time for us to check in. We have a gorgeous dog-friendly suite overlooking the grounds. Each room is individually designed so you can take your pick – if you really want to treat yourself, go for the Nightingale honeymoon suite, complete with corner bath and hand-stencilled walls. A lovely touch is the doggy treats left for Ralph which he rudely devours without even a thank you. Leaving Ralph to enjoy his treats, my Mum and I feel like we are guests at the Titanic, making our way down the huge central staircase to the bar area. We sup Prosecco before enjoying a three-course meal of Welsh delights. The focus here is locally-sourced and -inspired dishes, and I have a vegan menu of charred leeks, chickpea curry and vegan cherry chocolate brownie. Special touches like a salmon or tofu miso as an amuse-bouche and the homemade sourdough bread with marmite butter add to the wow factor. Breakfast, served in the Buttery, is an old-fashioned affair with high ceilings, copper pans and iron stoves. The buffet brims with fruit juices, cereals and breads and a hot food menu includes a full Welsh with lava bread and bacon as well as the usual brunch favourites. Ralph isn’t satisfied without a wander through the house itself (well-behaved dogs are allowed in all rooms except those where food is served). We casually stumble across the Music room, with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Welsh hills, and ridiculously ornate ceilings and walls. The period features everywhere are pretty astonishing and perhaps unsurprising for such a historic building. The flooring dates back to the 11th century (!) and the Mansion has been owned by the aristocratic Powell family for most of its existence. Information on the second floor provides a fascinating potted history which also involves the Nanteos Cup, a candidate for the Holy Grail! Mythology, grand architecture, great food and acres of land for pups to explore…Nanteos Mansion is the perfect Welsh break for me, Ralph and Mum. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in history and nature, and at excellent value for the luxury on offer, from £139 B&B per room per night. For more information, visit nanteos.com. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Why marbella is a perfect destination for a wellness weekend

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Holidays are no longer all about excess food, drink and sleep. Health and well-being are high on the traveller agenda, as bookings for wellness..
'Holidays are no longer all about excess food, drink and sleep. Health and well-being are high on the traveller agenda, as bookings for wellness experiences soar. According to TripAdvisor’s Experiences Trends Report, global traveller bookings for wellness experiences jumped 69% year-over year as holidaymakers are looking for an all-round healthy break. The Amare Beach Hotel Marbella is the perfect place to stay for a wellness weekend. They combine an amazing spa, good food and fitness making it the ideal destination for keeping active as well as unwinding. You can design your break to be as active or relaxing as you want. Team Coco opted for a combination of both. Start your day on a chilled vibe with beach yoga. Guided by Amare teacher, Soledad Jimenez Mateos, this class is aimed at all abilities. Set on the harbour at the front of the hotel you loosen up as you’re taken through some gentle stretching, gradually moving into downward dog and warrior pose. The advantage of doing yoga by the sea is that you breathe in clean air, feel the gentle morning sun on your face and the sea breeze in your hair. The sound of the waves gently crashing on the harbour wall create a real zen moment and I quickly switched off from any busy thoughts just concentrating on the slow, rhythmic movements of my body. Afterwards I recommend you head to the hotel patio to soak up the gorgeous beach views and refuel with a healthy, fresh breakfast buffet. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous than yoga, then canyoning in nearby Benahavis will get your adrenaline pumping. Travel through the foothills of the mountains and experience unspoiled beauty. The canyons are made up of a series of beautiful rock passages carved and sculpted by water over millions of years. There is a mix of activity including swimming, jumping and abseiling using ropes cascading down white water chutes. Canyoning was a bit too much for me so I decided to take it down a notch and experience some of the best views of the Costa Del Sol with a hike high up into the Andalusian mountains. There’s a number of trails you can take depending on how far you want to go. This experience is a must for those that enjoy nature and want to experience a perspective of Marbella that few often see. My guide collects me early in the morning and drives up towards the Sierra Blanca. It’s a clear day, the sun is shining so I’m guaranteed some epic views. I opted for the two-hour hike starting at Juanar and heading towards La Concha. The route loops round and takes in olive groves, walnut and pine trees and halfway in we are joined by a wild goat. As we hike further towards the top of the mountain the viewpoints get even better. On a clear day you can see the North African coastline and Gibraltar. The fresh air and brisk hike left me with an appetite, so I made my way to Amare Beach Lounge for an al fresco lunch. Set on the beach, with a casual Mediterranean vibe the menu includes some tasty tapas staples as well as fresh salads and poke bowls. I went for a selection of traditional Andalusian tapas and a glass of Albarino. All the hiking gave me a perfect excuse to hit the hotel spa and ease any aching muscles. The spa menu is centred around mind, body and spirit. It features some real treats like the Balance Concept Ritual, which combines an innovative therapy and massage to combat stress. I highly recommend the Sleep Ritual Massage, using essential oils and a range of holistic, calming and relaxing movements your mind and body instantly feel soothed and peaceful, perfect for the end of all long day. If you are looking for a wellness break in the sunshine, then the Amare Beach Hotel is the perfect spot, reached in just two and a half hours from the UK, with daytime temperatures exceeding 20 degrees from April to October. Team Coco travelled to Marbella courtesy of Amare Beach Hotel Marbella. For more information visit www.amarehotels.com Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Discovering all that Ireland has to offer

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There’s no question about it that Ireland is one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. Rich in culture, picturesque scenery and endless tourist attractions, it’s..
'There’s no question about it that Ireland is one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. Rich in culture, picturesque scenery and endless tourist attractions, it’s no wonder why so many tourists descend on the country all year round. From Belfast right down to Cork, the country is renowned for its hidden gems and natural beauty, which will provide you with the ultimate Irish experience. Whether you’re soaking up the famous Irish culture in the heart of Dublin or exploring the historic Blarney Castle, there is so much to see and do right across the country. Tourists travel from all over the globe to visit Ireland and will usually fly into one of the countries many airports. Cities such as Dublin and Belfast are amongst some of the most visited destinations in Ireland, but to fully experience all that the country has to offer, it’s best to travel as much as possible. Ireland has an endless number of hidden gems which many tourists aren’t aware of. If you’re planning on travelling across the country or want to plan an Irish road trip, then Chill Insurance have created an eBook full of places which should be on your must-see list. If you’re visiting Ireland this year or planning a holiday but not sure where to go, then hopefully this post may make your decision that little bit easier. Giant’s Causeway Located on the Causeway Coast, Giant’s Causeway sits on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean. There’s no doubt about it that the Causeway is one of the world’s most beautiful Unesco Heritage listed sites. Surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of cliff edges, rugged terrain and peaceful ocean views; Giant’s Causeway is a must if you’re travelling to Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is best accessed via the Causeway Costal route, one of the best drives in Ireland. Along the way you can explore Carrickfergus Castle and the shorelines of Antrim. If you’re a fan of the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones, then it’s worth keeping an eye out for the Dark Hedges. The trees planted back in the 18 th century line a road which has recently been used to create a back drop for the famous series. The Sky Road Many tourists head to Ireland for the lively atmosphere of busy cities such as Dublin and Belfast, but this isn’t to everyone’s taste. If you’re looking for a peaceful break packed with scenery, then driving along the beautiful Sky Road in Connemara is definitely something to consider. The short 15km drive takes you on a tranquil journey alongside the peaceful coastal waters, providing the perfect backdrop to your drive. Don’t be disappointed by the short journey time as the adventure isn’t over just yet. If you plan your trip around the low tides, you can dry across the sandy causeway to Omey Island. Here you can take in the peaceful atmosphere and distant ocean views. Here are just two of the many locations which need to be on your must-see list if you’re travelling to Ireland. The eBook created by Chill Insurance provides you with a range of other places you can visit across the country. It would be great to hear if you’ve been to Ireland and where you’d recommend going or if you’re heading there this year. Feel free to join in the conversation on social, using #TravelWithChill and tagging @Chill_Insurance. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Best airlines for air travel in 2019

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It’s a fact that air travel is one of the most glamorous experiences but at the same time, we have also heard many stories..
'It’s a fact that air travel is one of the most glamorous experiences but at the same time, we have also heard many stories about abstruse delays, inappropriate meals, lost luggage incidents, etc. whereas, many airlines are trying hard to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience to their customers. In such a scenario, deciding on the best airlines among the list of hundreds is a tough task. With the intention to help travellers to decide on which airlines is the best for the memorable journey we have considered various factors like comfort, safety, timeliness, cabin features, fees, customer satisfaction, loyalty programs, any other benefits given to customers, etc. Mr. Das an expert at accounting assignment help , who used to travel frequently due to his work, says he relies more on the airline ratings given by AirlineRatings.com rather than any other things. Like this, we have also covered many customers and noted their remarks before jumping to the conclusion. Singapore Airlines No doubt that Singapore Airline comes in the first place due to its comfort and luxurious offerings. Singapore Airlines flies in thirty countries on six continents. It is ranked the as world’s best airline since 2018. The airline has also recognised for world’s “Best First Class”, “Best First Class Airline Seat” and “Best Airliner in Asia” for 2018. Singapore Airline has the world’s largest passenger aircraft – Airbus A380, Airbus A350- 900. It has five classes of service including – Suites, First class, Business class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class, available in different airbuses. Alex an expert at essay writing help online says, the airline offers good legroom; seat is very comfortable, In-flight entertainment (*including Wifi, TV, films) are available, food & beverages availability, cleanliness is also recommendable. The overall experience with Singapore Airline is considered as value for money. Air New Zealand This is the national airline of New Zealand. It operates near to 20 domestic and 31 international destinations in 19 countries. As the member of the star alliance network, Air New Zealand is able to provide access to almost any country in the world. This airline along with its other subsidiaries operates around 115 aircraft. The airline has four classes of service including – Business Premier, Premium Economy, Economy, and Economy SkyCouch. In Business Premier Class each seat is wide near to 22 inches with an ottoman footrest that doubles as a visitor seat. Skycouch is only available on longer routes much comfortable than any ordinary seat. The onboard and customer service experience is great. Every year regular upgradation makes this flight more premium and value for money. Qantas Airlines Qantas is Australia’s most iconic brand and largest airline by fleet size. This airline has nickname also, it’s also called “The Flying Kangaroo”. Qantas group has both domestic and international services. Qantas Airlines has Jetstar, its low-cost carrier group, as well as Qantas Loyalty which is Australia’s largest Frequent Flyer program. This program has more than 12.5 million members. Qantas, with all its subsidiaries and partners, operates around 7500 flights a week which covers around 1000 destinations around the glfobe. Ground staff and crew members are attentive and customer friendly. The flight interiors are good and comfortable for long sitting. Overall legroom, seat comfort, In-flight entertainment, onboard and customer service experience is considered as good. Mr. Mike a frequent traveler and an online expert at buy term papers online says; for more understanding on customer friendliness and their live travel experiences checking the reviews over the website like Tripadvisor, helps a lot. Emirates Emirates Airlines is the brand of the United Arab Emirates which is based in Dubai, fully owned by the Dubai government.  This is the largest airline in the Middle East. Emirates have a direct flight to 140 destinations covering 78 countries. This is among the rare airlines flying to all six continents. The airline’s fleet of aircraft consists primarily of three-class cabin configurations – First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. There are some two-class aircraft also for – Business Class and Economy Class. The overall experience including in-flight entertainment, legroom, seat comfort, onboard experience, customer service, food, and beverages, etc. are above than average. Qatar Airways This year Quarter Airways couldn’t beat the first three positions. However, it still considered as the best service provider internationally. Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar and a member of the Oneworld alliance. With a fleet of more than 200 aircrafts Qatar Airways links over 150 international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. Qatar Airways has three cabin arrangements in their aircrafts – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class. Qatar Airways also runs a loyalty program names as “Privilege Club”. With discussion with many happy customers in this club, we concluded that this loyalty program adds more value to this airline. Checking & boarding, customer service, and cleanliness has got more vote whether legroom, seat comfort, In-flight entertainment onboard experience is as good as in other airways. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'

Essential oils and your pets – things to keep in mind

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It is not surprising to find the popularity of essential oils increasing significantly, and this is both for people and their pets. Many people..
'It is not surprising to find the popularity of essential oils increasing significantly, and this is both for people and their pets. Many people are using them to treat ailments and common issues such as stress, but this has also resulted in the unfortunate poisoning of pets – as one 2018 viral social media post revealed. Essential oils are inherently great, because they make your life much better when you use them carefully. However, the same rule does not necessarily apply to your animal friends. This raises the question – are essential oils even safe for your pets? If some are, what are they? What are the ones you should never use around them? Research is scantly on the effects of essential oils on human health, and what makes them so great, but it is even less on animals. If these questions and more are lingering in your mind, then you are not entirely wrong. Your favorite oil might prove deadly for your cat or dog, and it is important to question what is best for your pet as well. If you are wondering on the best options to use, then read on. What exactly are essential oils?   These are oil products that are obtained from plant parts such as flowers and leaves. Unlike most things that you smell, these have a particularly powerful effect – which explains why they were used even thousands of years ago. They also trigger a calm sensation in the human brain, and the same can apply to pets too – but only to a certain extent. They are increasingly becoming popular, especially among people that want to give up chemicals to treat common ailments or manage your home. Their uses include relaxation and cleaning. The most common method of using them is through diffusers. You can purchase them on certain websites, and you can view now the most popular website for these products. However, most oils are very harmful for pets, even when you dilute them or use a diffuser, and it can make your animal very sick. What essential oils are dangerous for your pet? You need to remember that animals are particularly sensitive to smells, much more than a human’s capabilities. For this reason, even the most unassuming essential oil can prove to be toxic for your pet very quickly, and can even lead to the death of your pet when not handled quickly. In addition, specific aromatic oils can cause liver toxicity and kidney failure in pets, especially if they are sensitive. For instance, a cat is extremely sensitive to any polyphenol compound, as these interact with their livers during detox processes. For dogs, it is well-known that oils like thyme, clove and Jupiter incite skin sensitivities and severe allergies. Dogs and cats will be affected differently when exposed to different oils, but here is a summary of the most toxic oils for them: Dogs   Peppermint Cinnamon Pennyroyal Pine Citrus (such as lemon and orange) Wintergreen Tea tree Sweet birch Cats Sweet birch Wintergreen Ylang ylang Pine Citrus oils Clove Peppermint Pennyroyal Cinnamon Thyme Eucalyptus Tea tree Lavender Oregano How can I tell when oil poisons my pet?   The symptoms and signs are several, but as the pet owner, you must always stay alert to observe any strange changes. Other signs to look for are: When the animal vomits, monitor the smell to see if there is any sign of essential oils; also smell their fur, breathing or skin Fatigue Difficulties in breathing Drooling Muscle tremors and shaking Weakness Challenges in walking (the pet might even begin stumbling) Pawing at the face or mouth Vomiting Burns or redness on the gums, skin, tongue and lips When you notice these signs, call for medical help immediately – the procedure is the same as when you are handling poisoning in a person. You should also aim to wash off the oil immediately from the skin or fur, and do not administer any drugs to the pet without the approval from your vet. What are the points of caution?   Use the oils very cautiously around the pets, and send them out of the room when you are diffusing the oils. Keep all oils out of the reach of the animals, and store them in very secure containers that the pet cannot get to When you are cleaning the house, consider using a cleaner that is pet-friendly instead of essential oils Never use concentrated oil as it is. It has an effect similar to that of concentrated acid, so it will burn– instead, always dilute it in a carrier oil before use. These include olive, jojoba and coconut oils. As a general rule, use one drop of the essential oil in 50 drops of carrier oil. If you choose to apply any recommended oil topically, always do it with dogs. You must never do it with cats, because their metabolic system is extremely sensitive When you are diffusing an oil, always give your pets an escape route, such as opening the door or windows. Always air the room before letting them back in as well, to make sure there are no lingering traces of the substance. In addition, if you have young children under the age of five, you are pregnant or nursing, or you have someone around you that does, use these oils with a lot of caution. never apply essential oils on your dog without informing your vet first and allowing them to supervise the process, and always inform them if there are any other pets in the home (this will make a major impact on the specific oil to use) Final thoughts Essential oils are great for general use, and serve many purposes for your home and health. However, if you happen to own a pet, you need to be very careful in their use, as what is good for you likely proves horrible for your animal friend. To be safe, it is best to avoid essential oils completely, because their toxic effects on animals are not conclusively known. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn'