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Though it seems like I’m told about “the best” new app or technology advancement on the daily, it has been quite some time since anything has impressed me enough to adopt it. And then came Android Pay.

As you saw in my recent shopping spree with no money, using my Mastercard with Android Pay gave me access to easy, safe and completely cardless payments (with instant purchase updates).

If you’re even remotely OCD about your finances (hello, friend!), you will love it.

And since no new technology comes without questions, I thought I would answer a few of my most frequently asked below:

How does Android Pay work?
You download the app, load your card details into it, and start using your phone to pay for things! You simply hold your phone against the terminal like you would a contactless card and hey presto, you’re shopping!

Does Android Pay accept Mastercard?
It does, indeed! That’s what I used on my spree.

Is Android Pay safe?
As safe as using your physical bank card, if not more so! Your card details are not actually seen in the app. The way I look at it, I’m never going to leave my phone in a pin machine and feel safe seeing every transaction process instantly on my screen.

Will Android Pay work if your battery dies?
No. Which is one of the many reasons I always carry a battery pack on me…

…you know, besides emails and work and emergencies and Snapchat.

Who accepts Android Pay?
Truly, this was the most confusing part for me as Android Pay’s site features a selection of companies who accept it (Transport for London, Starbucks, etc) but doesn’t specify if they are the only ones. Android Pay is actually accepted everywhere that contactless payments are. I would suggest keeping an eye out for the contactless or Android Pay symbols, as there may always be exceptions from individual retailers, but thousands of places accept contactless now and I haven’t experienced any problems to date.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me a tweet or email at any time.

Happy spending!

With mere hours between a week in Slovenia and a month and a half in the US, I needed to turn my European carry-on into a cross-America suitcase that would work from the desert heat of Vegas to the November chill of the Midwest; parties, hikes, a wedding, et al.

It became very clear to me very quickly how little I had to work with in my closet, so I headed to the high street with nothing but my phone to let Android Pay save the day using Mastercard in my e-wallet.

Being a woman with relentless digital intrigue and little time to spare, Android Pay is heaven sent. You simply log your Mastercard details into the app and hold your phone over a contactless payment reader to pay. No physical cards, no spending limits (like contactless cards), no faff. If you’re making a larger payment like I did, you simply use your fingerprint or passcode to add an extra layer of security to the transaction. It’s safe and secure which put my mind at ease.

As the old saying goes, “if it’s not on a vlog, it didn’t happen” so I decided to bring you along for the ride and – after such a successful trip – even treated you to a little designer clothes and beauty haul at the end!

Enjoy the video and feel free to ask me any questions if you need help!


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With a day between trips to Athens and Slovenia (followed by less than 24 hours to prepare for over a month in America), I had what felt like a never-ending list of meetings, admin, and miscellaneous “things to get done” in Central London.

If that isn’t an excuse for a staycation, I’m not sure what is.

Though I had a lot to check off the list, I wanted to make the most of my favourite city in the world before I abandoned it and ibis London Euston St Pancras offered the perfect solution. The hotel is right around the corner from Euston and a few minutes walk from St Pancras, making it an ideal spot to not only get the most out of the capital but arrange super-fast airport transfers.

It is also etremely affordable for its location. Frill-free (as the ibis brand and price tag dictates) but surprisingly chic and spacious.

Between meetings, I used my room (read: puffy cloud of a bed) to get as an office, caught up with one of my favourite people in the bar over coffee and nibbles, and even had a photo shoot in the hotel’s adjacent park!

Coinciding with the discovery of Splento, I have experienced high demand for updated headshots so decided to use the hotel’s historic location to my advantage and hire a photographer.

I had little clue what to expect but was completely blown away by the experience and results (some of which you see here). As someone who prefers to be behind a camera instead of in front of it, headshots aren’t all that appealing an idea. My experience, however, was with an incredibly friendly and talented photographer (who has shot for TIME and National Geographic) that immediately put me at ease. We discussed my expectations & desired results, strolled through the surrounding area for two hours, shot constantly, and parted ways with a thousand and one shots to chose from. I could not recommend Splento enough (party photography, events, portraits – you name it, they do it!).

When ‘to do’ was ‘to done’, I returned to the hotel to for a dinner that would prepare me for a very exciting evening ahead…but more on that later…

The aforementioned consisted of two glasses of Elevado Malbec Merlot, a gigantic charcuterie platter (cured pork loin, dorset coppa, smoked mutton, dried beef, olives and toasted bread) for my dinner date, tuna carpaccio (with infused lemon oil, rocket, & sprinkling of hard Italian cheese) for myself, and bites of each other’s paneer saag masala (a beautifully spiced curry with spinach, coriander & garlic naan) and pan-fried trout (on top of a salad with shredded beetroot, cucumber, and more of that delicious infused lemon oil) for our mains.

Before we knew it, it was time to leave for Camden’s Apple Music Festival takeover of The Roundhouse as ibis’ theatre partnership left us with tickets to see Bastille! The night was as bizarre and wonderful as one could imagine; we were sat next to a toe-tapping Ed Miliband, Bastille were better live than any artist I’ve seen this year, and Craig David even popped out to perform with them for a few songs. It was the cherry on top of an already phenomenal day.

Having confirmed a 4am check-out with the hotel, I was also especially pleased to find the team had prepared us takeaway breakfast bags for our departure so we didn’t have to miss out on their celebrated breakfast faire.

The room, staff, food – hell, the entire stay – was truly great.

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