Girls Glamping at Teapot Lane

One of last year’s highlights had to be my cousin’s hen weekend, glamping at Teapot Lane. This idyllic hideaway it tucked away in the countryside of County Sligo and has a magical choice of glamping options, including yurts of various sizes, a tree house, a caravan and stunning vintage style country cottage.



A group of 20 of us girls took a road trip from County Down to County Sligo and the craic was great! My cousin’s bridesmaids did a fantastic job planning the whole weekend! If I was to hazard a guess, I believe they arranged one of the ‘Hen Packages’ available to book Teapot Lane’s website.

We arrived late on a Friday evening to a table full of gourmet BBQ treats, cooked to perfection by a local chef. We had minty marinated lamb, slow-cooked fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs, homemade beef and lamb burgers, cajun-spiced chicken skewers, salmon, vegetable pasta bake and a selection of homemade salads. The food was unreal and we enjoyed our food in their indoor-outdoor communal dining area, which is lined with picnic tables and decorated with bunting.



A DJ kept us entertained while we snuggled up in a crocheted blankets beside a log-burning campfire toasting marshmallows and drinking procecco…basically THE DREAM!

The remainder of the weekend was self-catered by the lovely bridesmaids, as there is a communal kitchen with everything you need to enjoy home cooked meals.

We also went for a surfing lesson at Bundoran with Bundoran Surf Co. I was a little nervous to say the least at the prospect of surfing, as I have the worst balance and coordination, but it was great craic and the guys teaching us were good fun and had us all in fits of giggles.

On the Saturday night we got dolled up to hit the town of Sligo. We went to a stunning restaurant called Eala Bhán for dinner, the food was gorgeous. We then went on to The Blind Tiger for yummy cocktails and The Garavogue Bar for dancing.

If you are looking for a glamping getaway in Ireland, whether it be for a girly catch-up, a celebration, team building or just to get away from it all, I would highly recommend Teapot Lane, I can’t wait to go back!





Bottomless Brunch at Horatio Todd’s

Brunch has to be my favourite meal of the day…if only we could have it every day!

I was thrilled to be invited to Horatio Todd’s in Ballyhackamore, just outside Belfast for the launch of their Bottomless Brunch. So I grabbed one of my gal-pals to see what it was all about!

The menu offers a mix of fab brunch options using the freshest ingredients created by the bar/restaurant’s head chef Stuart Archibald. There is something for everyone, from your Classic French Toast, Horatio’s Fry to Huevo’s Rancheros and Breakfast Tacos.

It get’s better, you can enjoy unlimited tipples of Prosecco, Mimosas or Bloody Marys!

I’m not a fan myself of a Bloody Mary, but the Mimosas are fab! From what we ordered the Huevo’s Rancheros was a fav and the Eggs Royale went down a treat.





Horatio’s Todd’s bottomless brunch offer runs on a Saturday 11am-2pm (at £27.50pp) and you can avail of your table for two hours. A house rule to note, you can only have one tipple at a time. You can book your table herehoratio-todds-belfast-jess-orr-blog


Barcelona Travel Diary

Barcelona is such a beautiful city with lots to see and do. This blog post outlines a travel guide of my recommendations and experiences in Barcelona, enjoy!

Staying near the Magical Fountains

We stayed at Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, which is in walking distance to the The Magic Fountains. It has the most stunning rooftop terrace and swimming pool 😍

The hotel is close to the train station and numerous bus stops, so it’s super handy for getting around. Taxis are also quite easy to get as the hotel is located just on Plaça Espanya.

I would recommend taking a walk up to the Magic Fountains by day and night, the views and architecture are amazing!




Barceloneta, a Foodies Dream

Barceloneta is a must when visiting Barcelona, the beach is beautiful and there are so many fab places to eat and enjoy a tipple in the sunshine. I think I could easily spend every evening there eating out. You can also have a peek at all the massive yachts docked in the harbour.

Foodwise, tapas every day, I loved patatas bravas, the prawns and calamari! Don’t forget the ice cold Estrella and sangria! When in Barcelona it’s a must!


Dancing and Martinis at W

One evening we went to Eclipse at W for cocktails and dancing. W is located at the end of Barceloneta and the cocktail bar is on the very top floor, so the views are amazing – day or night! The music was unreal, we danced all night long and drank numerous Passionfruit Martinis – these guys can make cocktails!


Walk that Walk

On one of our last days, I went on a walking tour around the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with Sandemans New Europe Tours, it was one of my absolute highlights! Our tour guide Patrick, was a fountain of knowledge. He took us around everything there was to see in the Gothic Quarter, giving us a backstory to the history and culture of the city.

If you do go to Barcelona, I recommend going on some of the walking tours on your first few days, as you get to know your way around and your guide can give you lots of fab recommendations for places to go. The walking tours are free, your guide just requests you tip what the tour is worth – believe me, it’s worth it! I’m gutted I missed out on the tapas tour!


If you want to take a day trip out of the city, I would totally recommend Sitges, a quaint coastal town 30 minutes on the train from Barcelona, it’s stunning! You can read about Sitges on my blog.

Jess x

Best Young Digital Person at the DANIs

Just last month I picked up the award for Best Young Digital Person at The DANI Awards in Belfast. I still can’t believe it and it was certainly one of the biggest highlights of my career…SO FAR! For those who may not know what the DANI awards are, they celebrate Northern Irish talent in digital, technology and creative industries.


I honestly hadn’t really thought of entering the category until a friend and previous colleague had encouraged me to do so (thank you, you know who you are). Entering was a great opportunity to reflect on how far I have come in my career to date, as well as a person. It also allowed me to gather some of my thoughts for the future.


I have always worked hard, no matter what I put my mind to; throughout my Marketing degree at Newcastle University, my internship at Style Academy Model Agency, setting up my own social media marketing business ‘Social Circle’, right through to where I am today at The Tomorrow Lab.


Since joining The Tomorrow Lab in 2015 as their Social Media Executive and establishing the social media side of the business, I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic people and great brands. Having the drive to perfect projects and achieve great results keeps me motivated.


Having a keen interest in events, I have been happy to drive and develop the agency’s digital marketing event series – The Tomorrow Lab Presents, which has grown from 15-120 attendees on average over the past two years. Our upcoming event on the 25th May on Social Media & Influencer Marketing is to be our biggest yet!

There is nothing I dislike more than the question ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’, I sort of take the view that you never know what is around the corner or what life might throw at you. But it is my intention to make the most of the opportunities that come my way and learn from my mistakes. I love what I do and I have the drive to be best in class, deliver award winning campaigns and head up my own innovative team some day.

As well as growing my blog, I also have another project that I hope to launch later in the year.


Naomh put on a great event at the DANIs this year at Queen’s University Belfast, I am thoroughly looking forward to next year. Shout out to Gráinne Maher for designing the stunning awards, mine is taking pride of place in my living room ? Thanks again to all those involved, those who supported me and all the lovely things people have said.

Muddlers Club – The Ultimate Dining Experience in Belfast

So it was my 25th Birthday last week, so I just had to return to my favourite foodie spot for lunch in Belfast with my girls, Muddlers Club.


It is one of my favourite places to eat in Belfast! The food is absolutely stunning, the service is epic, the atmosphere is chilled and chic and the drinks are even better!

Where is Muddlers Club Located

Muddlers Club is located just off Hill Street in Cathedral Quarter, behind the Black Box. So it is in a prime location if you are staying in Belfast or if you’re out for a day or evening of fun, food and drinks.

Lunch at Muddlers Club

I have been to Muddlers Club on a number of occasions for both lunch and evening dining. But I have to say lunch is great value! You can enjoy an fab three course lunch for £20!

One of the girls who unfortunately couldn’t make it to lunch arranged for a bottle of bubbles to be served to us when we arrived. This was a fab surprise which was served promptly on our arrival. It’s the little touches and surprises that make it, isn’t it! ?


To start I had ‘Beef Mushroom Raviolo, Roast Onion’. It was just stunning, all the flavours complemented each other so well!


Cost – £5

Main Course

Ok, I was so excited to eat my main that I forgot to take a picture! But believe me when I say, it was a plate of art. For my main I had ‘Flat Iron, Artichoke, Wild Garlic’. Me and the girls shared a couple of sides between us, which included ‘Hand Cut Chips’ and ‘Broccoli Chorizo’. It was delicious and cooked to perfection! It was perfect with my glass of Malbec ?

Cost – £10 (+ £4 for a side)


I cannot even explain how mind-blowingly amazing the desserts are at Muddlers Club – there are just no words. The desserts are a bit of a surprise until the staff explain what the desserts consist of. I had ‘Banana, Carmel and Espresso’. You just have to experience one of these for yourself!


Cost – £5

Book your Table

I cannot recommend Muddlers Club enough for your next dining experience in Belfast. But I would encourage you to book in advance – it is a very popular place, and for good reason!

I can’t wait to go back again!


P.S No visit to Muddlers Club is without a picture at the #visualwaste street art just outside the restaurant (thanks to the lovely waitress for taking a snap of me and my girls).

Jess x


Spring/Summer Styling with White Stuff

White Stuff Customer Style Event

I had the pleasure of being invited to White Stuff in Corn Market, Belfast for their spring/summer style event last month.

I do love a bit of styling. After working at many a fashion show during my internship with Style Academy Model Agency, it’s certainly something I enjoy.

It can be frustrating finding the perfect outfit, so I was happy to help White Stuff’s customers, as well as choosing some of my top style picks in-store this season.

Quirky Interiors

As soon as you step through the door at White Stuff in Belfast, there is so much to see. From their in-store old fashioned charity sweet shop, quirky printed walls, cinema and ’80’s home’ inspired changing rooms.



My Spring/Summer Style Picks


White Stuff have a fab range of trainers and plimsoles. I have wore the life out of these ‘white punchout lace up trainers‘ already – they have a gorgeous metallic tab detailing at the back.


How cute are these gold brogues? These would be great for styling up any working girl outfit.



This statement textured jacket would be ideal for a lunch date with the girls.


I was loving this denim look smock dress with scallop detailing, which will be perfect for summer festivals and gigs. This dress comes in a cute top version too.


This floral print meow top was also one of my favs, very boho! I would pair this with skinny or flared jeans and wedges.


Homeware & Gifts

White Stuff have a fab range of gifts and accessories. Their candles are amazing and their selection of pants would make a perfect gift for a friend.

Next time you are shopping in Belfast, do pop in and check out White Stuff, it’s such a cute store and the staff are lovely!

Happy shopping!

Jess x

Take me back to Sitges

Last June myself, my mum and sister were planning our trip to Barcelona for my cousin’s hen. We decided to make a bit of a holiday out of it and booked to go to the lovely coastal town of Sitges in Catalonia Spain for a couple of nights before meeting the rest of the hens in Barcelona.

Sitges has been referred to as the St Tropez of Spain, it is truly stunning! The cobbled windy streets, quaint architecture, great eateries, fab boutiques, gorgeous seafront, beaches and promenade make it the perfect holiday escape. It is 30-40 minutes on the train from Barcelona, so it is handy to get to, as well as the perfect day trip if you are staying in Barca.

Where to Stay

We stayed in the stunning Hotel Medium Sitges Park, located in the old quarter of Sitges in a Catalan modernist building. The hotel is only a five minute walk from the train station and down to the beach. The pool and outdoor bar area is fab! They make a great mojito!


Source: Hotel Medium Sitges Park

Where to Eat

There are so many great cafes and restaurants in Sitges, not forgetting the numerous places to get gelato! We discovered Pizzeria Cap de la Vila on our first evening in Sitges and fell in LOVE! Honestly, some of the best pizza I have ever had and it was just a two minute walk from our hotel. We ate pizza there every day, perfectly accompanied by an ice cold pint of Estrella ?

pizza-sitges-jess-orr-travel-blogL’ Avinyet was a tapas bar a few doors down from our hotel. If you want authentic Spanish tapas that is truly delicious, I couldn’t recommend it more. Their hummus is also amazing!

When on holiday you just have to eat ice-cream every day! There are a number of great places to get gelato in Sitges. Gelateria Olivier was on our doorstep at Hotel Medium.


Sangria is also a must when sunning yourself in Sitges! We couldn’t get a glass quick enough when we arrived ?



The Beach, Promenade & Best Views

The palm tree lined promenade is stunning and the beaches are fab! For the best views, you have to walk the steps up to the ‘Parròquia de Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla’, it is so beautiful.

sitges-travel-spain-jess-orr-lifestyle-blogIf you are planning on travelling to Spain, particularly Barcelona, be sure to include Sitges as a place to stop by on your travels, you won’t regret it!

Jess x

When in Berlin…

I booked a city break to Berlin back in November last year as a Birthday/Christmas present for my boyfriend. We went for 3 nights and 4 days at the end of January – it was very cold and made Northern Ireland seem warm! Berlin is a city full of history, with plenty to see and do, I would recommend it to anyone as a European city break ? This blog will outline who we flew with, where we stayed and what we got up to during our stay.

Day 1 – Traveling to Berlin, Our Hotel & Lasagne

We flew direct from Dublin with Ryanair to Berlin Schönefeld Airport and stayed at the Novum Select Hotel Berlin The Wall. The hotel is only a couple of stops on the train from the airport and located beside Checkpoint Charlie at the Berlin Wall, the Topography of Terror and the Welt balloon. The hotel is four star, affordable, very modern and the rooms are fab! I got the best deal for the hotel on

We arrived in Berlin in the evening, so by the time we arrived at the hotel we decided to grab dinner nearby at a busy looking Italian called Sotto Sopra – the lasagne was yum!

Day 2 – Walking Tour, Flea Market & Badfish

The only thing I had planned ahead of coming to Berlin was our walking tour with ‘Original Berlin Tours’. I thought it would be the best way to see the sights, hear a bit of history and find our way around the city. So we got up early on the Sunday morning, grabbed breakfast to go from Einstein Kaffee across the street from the hotel and got a taxi to our meeting point for the walking tour at One80 Hostel in Alexanderplatz for 10am.

I could not recommend the walking tour enough! We covered so much ground in 3 hours, seen so many sights and learnt a lot from our fab guide Paul (who just happened to be from Wexford, Ireland ☘). Some of the features we covered included:

  • Alexanderplatz
  • Television Tower
  • The Berliner Dom
  • Lustgarten
  • Neue Wache Memorial
  • Book Burning Memorial at Bebelplatz
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Remaining Berlin Wall
  • Hitler’s Bunker
  • The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe
  • The Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate

The walking tour is free, you just tip your guide at the end of the tour. Paul also gave us some great bar and restaurant recommendations.






As it was a Sunday, our walking tour guide recommended we should go to the flea market on Bernauer Straße. There was a great buzz around the place, with stalls of bric-à-brac, old vinyl, rails of shearling coats and denim jackets, street food, beer on tap and glühwein!



gluhwein-berlin-jess-orr-travel-blogWe ended the day at a bar called Badfish for Angry Hour (aka happy hour), a NYC neighbourhood style bar, which had a load of great whiskey, craft beer, old fashioned cocktails a jukebox and Mario Brothers on Nintendo. Definitely worth a visit!

Day 3 – East Side Gallery, Burgermeister & Cocktails

We took ourselves off to the East Side Gallery, a must see in Berlin! The East Side Gallery is 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall, which is now a International memorial for freedom that consists of paintings from artists across the world.

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We then had lunch at Burgermeister, another recommendation from our walking tour guide. Probably one of the best burgers I have ever had!




We made reservations at NENI a rooftop restaurant in the 25Hours Hotel behind Bikini Berlin (definitely worth a visit). The restaurant is stunning and the food it great. After dinner we went for cocktails in Monkey Bar, which is next door to NENI and looks over Berlin Zoo. We drank Mai Tais and watched the snow fall that night. If I was to recommend a cocktail at Monkey Bar, go for the Jungle Flake!


We love finding hidden gems for cocktails, so after conferring with the BarChick app we found a speakeasy cocktail bar nearby called The Green Door, the drinks here are UNREAL!!! Did I mention it is one of the world’s best bars?!

Day 4 – Victory Column, Tiergarten & Currywurst

Snow was well and truly on the ground for our last day! We started the day off with breakfast at West Berlin, a great cafe close to our hotel and Checkpoint Charlie. We spent the morning and afternoon walking through Tiergarten and visiting the Victory Column.

Our trip to Berlin wouldn’t have been complete without trying currywurst, so we went to Curry 36 in Mehringdamm. It was good but I can’t say I could eat a lot of it.


You can’t go to Berlin without getting some black and white snaps in a Photoautomat booth, which are located throughout the city ?


When travelling in Berlin, be sure you are purchasing the correct train tickets during your stay, unfortunately we didn’t read all the information at the kiosks and got fined – the undercover ticket checkers take no excuses, even if it was an honest mistake.

I would definitely go back to Berlin, I think it would be amazing in the summer. Something that was so surreal, was being able to drink a bottle of beer while walking down the street!

If you are heading to Berlin, have a fab time and safe travels.

Jess x

2016: A End of Year Reflection

It’s the final day of 2016 and a day for reflection on the year past and to look ahead to the new year. I always look forward to a fresh start to a new year and making a list of goals and wishes I hope to achieve.

Many feel this year has been the worst year ever, I wouldn’t go as far to say that, each year has its challenges, darker days and problems, but there are also plenty of good times to remember. Some years are better than others, we can all relate, but each year teaches us lessons which shape us as a person.

2016 has taught me a number of lessons, which I thought I would share here.

1.Be a Good Friend

My friends live across the UK and I don’t get to see them as much as I would like, but one thing I do treasure is that every time we do get together, even if it is only twice or a few times a year it is like we saw each other yesterday. We all care deeply for each other and what is going on in each others lives. Good friends are very hard to come by, so it is important to be the best possible friend you can.


Credit – Karosh Bond

2. Be Kind

It doesn’t take much to be kind people, in fact it takes more effort not to be. Dealing with people has been a big part of my working life, starting back in my waitressing and bartender days. You will get farther in life and working life if you are kind to people, it builds relationships and friendships and can genuinely make someones day better and easier.

3. Look After Yourself

I can be a bit of a perfectionist and I take pride in my work, so work can stay in my mind a lot, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when it affects your sleep and stress levels, that is when it becomes an issue and can lead to burn out. I have learnt this year that it is important to look after yourself, whether it be taking time to do exercise to blow off some steam, eating better to feel better or treating yourself to a long bubble bath and a face mask at the end of a long day.

4. Never Give Up

Nothing worth having in life comes easy or without action. There are many things I want out of my life and plenty more things I want to learn. So this year I am going to take action towards helping me achieve what I want and to learn more to help progress myself in my career.

5. Travel More

I know almost everyone wants to ‘travel more’. But I think the whole uncertainty with Brexit and not knowing the impact it will have on traveling throughout the EU hit something with me. I want to travel more this year because I enjoy it and I love discovering some place new. Each year I always want to visit somewhere or a country I have never been to before and this year is no different. In 2016 I had the pleasure of visiting Barcelona, Sitges and Torremolinos in Spain. If the opportunity arises to travel somewhere new, take it! You only live once ?


6. Save More

Something everyone tells themselves they need to do more of. For me, this year has seen some unexpected financial challenges ? Next year I want to set myself up for some new adventures and allow myself backup for when those challenges come a-calling.

7. Be Thankful

I am a big believer that things happen for a reason, but sometimes the things that happen are cruel and hard to understand. A lesson I have learnt this year, is that life is short, so it is important to be thankful for everything and everyone you have and realise that pointless fights and grudges are a waste of precious time.

8. Enjoy the Little Things

Social media is my job and is a big part of my life and others around me. But one thing I can’t stand, is forgetting to enjoy the little things and moments in life without a mobile in hand. My pet hate it going to a gig and everyone there is experiencing the performance through a mobile phone. Or when at a bar or a restaurant and couples and friends aren’t talking to each other, but on their phones swiping and messaging. This year I am going to be on my phone less, to enjoy the little things and the big things for the moments they are.


Credit – Karosh Bond

I hope you all have a fab NYE and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 full of great memories ?

Jess x


Howard Street Christmas Dining & Cinderella

A festive season must, is getting yourself along to the local Pantomime. The Grand Opera House in Belfast never fails to disappoint. Myself and a couple of friends organised a festive evening of dinner and Cinderella panto fun at the beginning of December.

Howard Street Christmas Dining

There are a number of fab restaurants near the Grand Opera House which run a pre-theatre menu, perfect for when you are wanting to make a night of it. One of my favourite restaurants in Belfast is Howard Street and because it was a festive occasion we opted for their Christmas set menu.

Howard Street is of course located on Howard Street in Belfast City Centre, just around the corner from the Grand Opera House and Fitzwilliam Hotel, and a stone throw from the back of Belfast City Hall.

The decor is minimalistic but rustic and cosy, with high ceilings, exposed and open brick walls, leather seats and soft lighting. They always have the loveliest Christmas tree as you walk through the door.

The service here is great and the food is nothing short of outstanding – each plate looks like food art and tastes even better! Their signature list of cocktails doesn’t disappoint either – my personal fav has to be The Devil’s Slide!

As it was a weeknight, the Christmas set menu was £29.95pp for 3 courses. I opted for the following courses.

To Start

‘Warm Salad Of Irish Stilton Blue Cheese Fritters, Caramelised Onion, Salted Walnuts & Mulled Wine Poached Pear’


For Main

‘Roast Turkey & Ham, Chestnut Stuffing, Creamed Cabbage, Roast Potato, Honey Poached Cranberry & Turkey Gravy’


My friends also had the Escalopes of Salmon and Pork Belly for their mains, which were also delicious.




‘Sticky Toffee Bread & Butter Pudding With Christmas Pudding Ice-Cream’



The food was as outstanding as ever! If you are thinking of going to Howard Street, I would recommend booking to avoid disappointment.

Cinderella at The Grand Opera House

We left with 5 minutes to spare to take our seats at the Grand Opera House for Cinderella, ample time really, seeing as Howard Street is so close by.

This year’s stars of the show were Gareth Gates as Cinderella’s handsome prince (I have to admit I was that girl who was team Gareth during Pop Idol, so I was a tad excited), alongside Belfast’s pantomime treasure May McFettridge, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.

The Grand Opera House was packed and the show was fantastic, we didn’t stop laughing and smiling the whole time. There was something for everyone! May McFettridge was as brilliant as ever and the two ugly sisters were great craic!

If you haven’t managed to see it yet, the show is on until the 15th January 2017, I couldn’t recommend it more!


Jess x