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Planning your next trip to Provence | 5 Villages to visit in the Luberon

Provence is one of those places where the reality lives up to its reputation. The dramatic hilllside villages. The dreamy lavender fields. Vineyards stretching across rolling hills. Drinking rosé under the stars. Shopping for the freshest local produce at village markets. Mouth watering cuisine and the romantic lifestyle made famous in books and films.

On a recent trip to Provence we focussed our efforts on the Luberon area and found so much more than we expected. Before you plan your next trip to Provence, read on for planning tips plus five villages to visit in the Luberon. Continue reading “Planning your next trip to Provence | 5 Villages to visit in the Luberon”

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Leap of Faith – Making a Career Change

Six months ago, I left full-time employment as a lawyer to embark on a career change that I should have started years ago. I’m now in that transitional period of working part-time as a lawyer and every-other-waking-minute as a writer and blogger.

Since starting this career change, I’m fascinated by the whole process. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are contemplating a career change, or who have already taken their careers in totally new directions. What is clear from all these conversations – the what-ifs and the I-wish-I’d-done-it-years-ago’s – is that the decision to change one’s career isn’t one that’s made over night. It’s a process that can take months or even years.

Three very fascinating people I have spoken to about their own career changes are: Jennie Hogg, a former insurance lawyer, now founder of Lois Avery Italian made cashmere scarves. Katharine Paterson, a spa therapist who branched out and started her own beauty business, KMP Skin. And Bola Marquis, an IT programme manager who founded Okun an African-inspired beachwear fashion label.

Between the four of us, it seems there are definite stages that were common to each of our decisions to change career. And those stages lead us all to that point of making a (well-researched and informed) leap of faith…

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Eating in Soho

It’s fair to say I spend a lot of my time in and around the the buzz of London’s Soho. Soho has everything to make my life complete: amazing restaurants, great coffee, mind blowing cocktails bars, intriguing boutiques and just a touch of the crazies to keep you on your toes.

In the first of my three part series, giving you the inside tips on where to eat, drink and shop in Soho, I focus on Soho restaurants. AKA, where to find your foodie happy place, Soho style. Continue reading “Eating in Soho”

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The Spring Trench

Just when I thought the most hideous winter in the history of the world would never end, I’m starting to feel renewed hope and faith in the universe. And where is this new-found positivity coming from? From the first sightings of trench coats around the city. And like the stylish denizens of London town in their Spring trenches, I am now starting to transition from my level 3 coat down to my level 1 coat. Let me explain… Continue reading “The Spring Trench”

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Weddings Guests – Five tables you might find yourself at

As nuptial season approaches you may find yourself having to plan wedding guest outfits for the onslaught of festivities ahead of you. And while I’ve got mine sorted (see here), I got to thinking about the various weddings I’ve attended, and the various tables I’ve been placed at by the bride and groom. I noticed a pattern forming, and have narrowed them down to the five main types of tables. Not only that, I have come up with your social strategy should you be allocated a seat at any of them. Continue reading “Weddings Guests – Five tables you might find yourself at”

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Brussels Weekend

Brussels is most famous these days as the home of the European Parliament, host to Brexit negotiations, moules et frites. So when I was recently scanning a map of nearby European cities for a last minute, I’ve-gotta-get-out-of-London weekend break, it didn’t really jump out at me as a very glamorous or sexy destination.

But anyone who has read previous posts here on Second Sister knows that I do enjoy a challenge. Could I go to Brussels and have a fabulous time? I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but yes, I discovered that Brussels has a vibrant restaurant scene, quirky markets, old-school European charm and a fabulous cocktail called the “Spicy Belgian”.

Here is my Brussels weekend diary, for you to consider when planning your next city break.. Continue reading “Brussels Weekend”