The Best Christmas Posts of Rosalilium Past

by Elizabeth Sellers on 16 December 2014 · 0 comments

birmingham christmas market

I have always been a big fan of Christmas. As long time readers will now, every year I have shared LOADS of posts about Christmas. Whether it’s lists about favourite Christmas songs, tutorials for homemade Christmas presents, or simply sharing my personal experiences of the big day itself.

I tend to throw myself into the festive period and get right into the mood.

This year Christmas seems to have passed me by. Being in the tropics in the lead up to the festivities means I’ve missed out on the usual pressie rush, cold weather wrap-ups and parties. I’ve just realised today that Christmas is actually next week. Eeek!

So to celebrate I thought I’d do a bit of a round up of all the Rosalilium Christmas posts over the past few years. Makes for rather good reading I think.

Recipe Ideas

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Christmas Day

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts (because sprouts are actually amazing when cooked well)

Rum and Ginger Cake

Mulled Wine and Shortbread

Cider Gammon with Cider Cream Sauce

Glazed Ham in Ginger Beer

Glazed Ham in Ginger Beer

Bacon Salted Caramel Brownies

Recipe: Easy Peasy Retro Christmas Pud

Chocolate Mint Leaves

Chorizo and Leftover Roast Potato Hash (perfect for the morning after)

Christmas Gift Ideas

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark (such an easy and thoughtful gift to make)

Limoncello

Chilli Jam

Chai Concentrate (Syrup)

Best Gingerbread

Honeycomb / Cinder Toffee

Onion Jam

how to make raspberry vodka

DIY Raspberry Vodka

DIY Blackberry Vodka

Peanut Butter and Nutella Swirls

Cheat’s Cinnamon Swirls

Mint Choc Chip Cookies

DIY Marshmallow Vodka

Coconut Macaroons

Bacon Jam

Candied Bacon

DIY Toffee Vodka

DIY Ideas

Personal Advent Calendar

A Very Personal Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Card Making

Christmas Photographs Checklist

DIY: How To Make A Twiggy Christmas Star

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

 

Other Bits and Bobs

merry christmas

Favourite Christmas … Songs

Favourite Christmas … Films

Favourite Christmas … Food and Drink

Hatton Country Park Day Trip

Winter Goddess Outfit

Picking the Perfect Party Frock

Christmas Blogger Swap

Christmas Review

Christmas Snaps

Why Christmas is the Perfect Time to Switch Off

Christmas Cheer Week Round Up

Selfridges Christmas Emporium

London: In the Mood for Christmas

Cute Christmas Decorations

Christmas Jumpers are Rad

Christmas Break in Lincoln

Hope you’re having a wonderful festive time so far, and a very Merry Christmas indeed! 

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The one where I went to World Travel Market

by Elizabeth Sellers on 12 November 2014 · 3 comments

Last week the boyf and I spent a crazy, manic, overwhelming and incredibly useful four day in London visiting the World Travel Market. It was quite the experience.

Silent Disco

World Travel Market, aka WTM, is the travel industry event/exhibition which brings together companies and tourist boards from almost every country in the world. Mostly it is a place for business meetings and securing packages for travel companies. It’s also a chance for destinations to promote what they have to offer tourists. Alongside the humungous exhibition there is a full schedule of talks, panels and discussions covering the vast array of topics, news and issues within the travel industry.

In sum, it was a phenomenally rich event.

We went as Press, the great thing about being a blogger, with the objective of discovering what is out there in the travel industry as well as getting some inspiration for our future travels. We ended up learning so much more than we possible could have imagined. We met some really interesting companies and tourist offices. And we left with a mountain of business cards.

So what does the WTM look like?

Korea WTM

Held at the London ExCel centre down at the Docklands, it’s an enormous space that took a good few minutes to walk the length of. There is a central concourse filled with fast food facilities at regular intervals. Either side of the concourse there were large entrances to the exhibition floors. The exhibition is generally set out grouping continents together. Interestingly, Europe covered the largest area.

We arrived super-early every day, by 8am, to make use of the Press Centre, get prepared for the day and start working our way around the exhibition as soon as it opened.

morning drive

In between visiting stalls where we chatted to various people, we also attended a bunch of talks covering topics about, amongst other things, Responsible Tourism, Video Blogging, and Trend Reports. It was utterly fascinating. And there were some talks that particularly appealed to the academic part of me. It was rather thrilling.

I made a gazillion notes. Engaged my brain in a different way. And came to the realisation that every part of my journey over my adult life has led me to know.

I felt like I was in the right place.

Talk WTM

The most amazing part of the week was how so many diverse cultures were hanging out under one roof. We had Taiwan, Dubai, Florida, Kenya and Iraq all under one roof. We had Serbia, Italy, Germany, Russia and Azerbaijan under one roof. As we walked through the space we were subject to images, musics, activities, languages, smells and ideas all so different from one another. We easily lost one another:

*phone rings*

“Hey, where are you?”

“I’m between Poland and Armenia…”

dubai WTM

WTM wasn’t without its challenges. We spent time trying to make contacts and network. Sometimes this was difficult if there was language barrier. Other times it was hard to pin down the person we arranged to see. It often felt like we were on a dizzying merry-go-round.

Added to that were the long hours. After each day there was a social event to attend, which became increasingly difficult when function on 5 hours sleep. We were tired. We were often hungry or craving caffeine. At times we were just too tired to strike up any new conversations. Talking became tiresome.

I even ended up with back ache on one day.

Oh yes, the glamour of networking and exhibitions.

Overall, we had a really fascinating week. One we are really pleased we made the time for.

Of course, the timing was cutting it a bit tight with our planned journey East next week. But hey! Life is for living, right? What’s a little stress here and there?!

A380Selfie

Would I recommend World Travel Market? Well, if it’s relevant to what you do then yes. It’s a professional event for those in the travel industry. I went as a travel blogger and fully intend to spend even more time immersed in the travel industry, thus the need to learn and make connections. It’s not a public event as such so it’s not geared too much towards fun, cultural marketing activities, although there were plenty of opportunities.

All in all, a very interesting time was had. We might go again, if we’re in the correct country at the time.

Lonely Planet Gif Booth

Best bits of #WTM14

Silent Disco at the Las Vegas stand

Gatecrashing, in the nicest way possible, the Florida VIP lunchtime drinks

Dancing at the Taiwan stand

Printing postcards at Korean stand

Sampling food at the Chile stand.

Trying dried cocoa at the Costa Rica stand

Meeting new blogger friends at the Travel Massive and TBU socials.

Watching the dancing at the Cuba stand.

Marvelling at the food model of Dubai city

Watching the sunrise over London

Listening to many talks about Responsible Tourism

Bloggers Speed Networking event

The Gif booth with Lonely Planet

And the security guard lady at the Press Centre running up to us to give us a hug as we left on Thursday (yep, that’s how much time – morning to night – we spent at WTM.).

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Want to hear my good news?

by Elizabeth Sellers on 9 November 2014 · 6 comments

Mekong River

The boyf and I have made a very special announcement over on our joint blog, Awesome Wave.

Here’s the short version —>

Raj and I are leaving the country.

Yep.

In 9 days time we will be boarding an Emirates flight for Bangkok where we intend to spend at least the next 4 months in Southeast Asia.

Woo-to-the-freaking-hoo!

That’s the short version above.

Now for the full story head on over to Awesome Wave for the nitty gritty.

meeting

I just want to take this moment to say a huge thank you to all my brilliant Rosalilium readers for sticking by me whilst I went through this long crazy journey figuring out my next move. I will still be blogging over here on all things lifestyle-y whilst keeping all the travel stuff on Awesome Wave. PLUS, we’re going to be vlogging every day on our Youtube channel if you want to coming along for the ride.

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Car Boot Finds Pt. 37

by Elizabeth Sellers on 10 October 2014 · 6 comments

Floral Pyrex Dish

It’s been far too long since my last thrifting trip. I’ve been trying to limit myself and save space at home. But quite frankly I miss the buzz of having a good weekly rummage around the local charity shops or car boot sales.

A couple of weeks ago, after the Pinterest Panel, the boyf and I popped over to Henley-on-Thames to spend the weekend with my Auntie. We had a wonderful weekend of chatting, wine, delicious food, lovely walks and a rather raucous game of Cards Against Humanity.

{I made a video of the weekend if you want to have a gander here.}

Records

One of the first things I noticed about Henley-on-Thames, apart from being really pretty, is that there are loads of charity shops. And most of them with some pretty sweet gems to be had. If you like finding good quality clothes for bargain prices then Henley-on-Thames is the place to be.

pyrex dish

We managed to pick up a couple of pretty pyrex dishes to add to my growing collection. It’s almost hard to remember what exactly my pyrex collection looks like now as most of it is packed away. So I’m mindlessly adding to it here and there.

We also spent quite a bit of time in the indie record shop in Henley. It was filled to the brim with awesome records. We all picked a record each to go with our dinner party that evening – which was a fantastic idea. I picked a Youssou N’Dour album from the World Music section.

The boyf picked out a few records for himself – some William Orbit, Dave Burbeck and Santana.

All in all not a bad stash of vintage finds for around a tenner. Yey!

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Speaking on the Pinterest Panel | Handmade Fair

by Elizabeth Sellers on 5 October 2014 · 4 comments

Speaking on the Pinterest PanelSpeaking on the Pinterest Panel_Handmade Fair

A couple of weeks ago I trotted down to London-ish to the beautiful Hampton Court Palace where I spoke on the Pinterest Panel at Kirstie Allsop’s Handmade Fair. To say it was a frantic rush to get there on a Friday morning just around rush hour would be an understatement. Running through the field of a car park, dashing past security yelling “I’m on stage in 20 minutes” I managed to get to the Green Room at the Super Theatre just in time to get mic-ed up, have a bottle of water thrown in my hands and say a quick hello to Kirstie Allsop.

And then we were on! Myself along with Zoe from Craft Candy and Torie from Torie Jayne spoke to Lizzie from Pinterest UK about how we use Pinterest, what works for us, what we love as well as answering some questions from the audience. It was so much fun!

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London: Borough Market, Coffee and Sunsets

by Elizabeth Sellers on 30 September 2014 · 0 comments

London Outing

Back in August (oh my how was the over a month ago already?) we pottered down to London (again) to visit one of the boyf’s uni friends who was over from Asia and I got to hang with one of my old uni friends. It was a lovely, if somewhat long day. I always forget how easy it is to do ALL the walking when in London.

We enjoyed lots of food and atmosphere at the brilliant Borough Market. We wandered down to Maltby Street to grab coffee at the market there. We checked out some vintage and antique shops before walking up to Tower Bridge and walking along the Thames footpath. Then we got caught in the rain and hid in a pub for a couple of swift halves before grabbing a cab over to Shoreditch where we enjoyed another drink at the Commercial Tavern. Then we hotfooted it over to Whitechapel we got to stand in the queue for nearly 45 minutes just to get a curry. All that before jumping on a couple of tubes back to East Finchley and then driving back up the M1 to Milton Keynes.

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Brand New Blog Alert

I’ve only just gone and launched a new blog! Yep. Not content with the huge workload on my desk at the moment I decided to add another blog to my belt. But I’m so FREAKING excited about it. You may remember a little while ago I was feeling a little disenfranchised with my blog and […]

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London: Secret Tube Station / Goodbyes

Well… what can I say … this past fortnight has been the most hectic EVER! I think I’ve clocked up over 1000 miles bobbing up and down the country. C-razy indeed. Anyways … I made a few vlogs in August that have been languishing away on my hard drive for far too long. So as […]

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When Life Hands You Lemons

In the past two weeks I have launched three new e-courses, travelled to Manchester and back twice, travelled to Lincolnshire and back, launched my (secret-but-probably-not-so-secret) new blog, and tried to maintain some level sanity. It’s been a crazy, crazy ride. So here I am at 11.30am on a Thursday morning, tapping away on my laptop […]

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Healthy Living and Losing Weight with MyFitnessPal

Now that it’s been nearly three months on my new change-of-lifestyle diet I wanted to share one of the key tools that has helped me to improve me lose weight, feel energetic and generally improve my health. When the boyf and I started this new diet we had to make huge changes to our food […]

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