Woah. I cannot believe it’s already September. August has been one of the craziest months on record in the life of Emily Ray – and I’ve now been left with the beginnings of a cold as a reminder of just how much I’ve been rushing around!

To begin with, here’s a quick run-down of my August in stats:

august run down

The month began with a day in an Elstree park, attending the first ever Blogstock festival. I met so many bloggers of all different genres, and picked up some pretty nifty tips along the way. If you’re considering heading along next year to see what it’s all about, please do! I’ll be seeing you there for sure.

I also had a tour around the new Ham Yard Hotel behind the iconic Piccadilly Circus in London. The hotel impressed me so much, it prompted me to write a post asking if it’s the most stylish accommodation in LondonLet me know what you think!

My bank holiday weekend involved a quick trip over to Amsterdam for the first time, knocking off another thing on my Bucket List. The weekend after, I escaped to a boutique hotel in Yorkshire for some fine food and fresh country air. More on both of these trips to come very soon…

What I’ve Been Writing… 

On top of round-ups of Blogstock, Amsterdam and Ham Yard Hotel, I also introduced a new feature for the site called ‘Cosy Corner‘. Each week I’ll be featuring a different travel-related item, from clothing to technology or homeware.

I also relived the terror of losing my passport at Amsterdam airport during the mad bank holiday rush. I still don’t quite think I’m over the trauma.

What I’ve Been Reading…

This month I’ve been catching up on some books I’ve been meaning to read for absolutely ages. I think around 97% of the population has read at least one of these books before me, but y’know, I’m getting there.

jaws_book scary story



As a big fan of the movie Jaws, I wanted to read the book of the same name by Peter Benchley. I don’t want to spoil it for you in case you want to read it, but it’s quite different to the film. In fact, it’s probably the first time I’ve preferred a film over a book…



the fault in our stars


I finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green just a few minutes ago, so I’m still *pretty* emotionally traumatised to really string a comprehensible sentence together about it. It definitely lived up to the hype, and it’s certainly one of the better Young Adult books I’ve read in recent years.

Next Month…

Although my plans for next month are a bit ‘all over the place’ September is finally beginning to take shape. This weekend I’ll be heading back up to York for a friend’s Hen Do, and I have a few other weekend excursions planned throughout the month. Stay tuned to find out more!

So, my lovelies, how was your August?