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.:West End:.

West EndA few weeks ago, Paul and I ventured into London on a Saturday for the first time in ages. Since we’ve moved a bit further out to save, I spend almost 3 hours a day on the tube so it’s not always on my to do list come the weekend. However my list of places to go is mounting up with new spots popping up all of the time, so after checking TFL we hopped on the tube to Oxford Circus to have a wander around.

We started off in Carnaby Street and made our way through Soho to Covent Garden, stopping by Ape and Bird to grab some lunch. If you’ve not been to one of the Polpo restaurants before, I strongly recommend going – the spinach and egg pizzette is one of my favourite dishes!

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For a day out and about I wore these khaki pleated trousers, which I’m finding really versatile. They’re easily dressed down with a pair of black Birkies and a simple cami top or dressed up with heels. I like the ‘awkward length’ and culotte like fit and I think they’re easily going to take me all the way through to Autumn. I liked them so much, I’ve since also bought them in navy!

It was a good day clocking up those steps, grabbing coffee around Carnaby and sampling a few goodies from the new bakery Crumbs and Doilies in Kingly Court and by luck a meringue kiss from the lovely Meringue Girls pop up kiss booth on Carnaby Street! Might have to make the weekend trip into London more often…

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Fashion Life Places

.:The Medicine Garden:.

The Medicine GardenSummer seems to have come and gone judging by the current weather outside, but for the short time the sun was shining, I’m sure that you as well as me made the most of our summer wardrobes! I’m hoping this is just a blip… it’s August after all.

I went on a mini spending spree for a long weekend break to Ibiza with my friend in May and this embroidered jumpsuit was one of the purchases I made after spying it on Instagram. Its retro vibes had me at hello and I was on ASOS with it in my basket in about 2 seconds flat.

I love a jumpsuit for its effortlessness and this one is extra summery with its pretty embroidery. Teamed with simple tan sandals and my yellow Cambridge Satchel, I was set for a visit to The Medicine Garden in Cobham.

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The Medicine Garden was recommended to us by a few friends who had been before and we couldn’t have picked a better day for it. The sun was shining, the flowers were in full bloom and the fact that we spotted a little airstream once we walked through the entrance had us pretty excited.

As you might already know, I love a bit of history and vintage charm, so the fact that The Medicine Garden is a restored Victorian garden with cafes, an airstream and small business offering their wares is a good combination in my eyes.

The atmosphere was relaxed, perfect to go and chill out on the double deck chairs like we did on this particular day, or meet up with friends and their kids for a catch up like we’ve already done since.

I hope we get to go again before the summers officially out…

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Fashion Life Places

.:Cambridge:.

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Hello again and happy weekend! I’m finally able to have a breather after what feels like a full on couple of months at work… Catching up with 4 series of Game of Thrones has been the thing that’s kept me going! How amazing is it by the way!? I’ve been completely hooked. But I’m happy to give my little corner of the internet a bit of attention again.

Paul and I took a trip up to Cambridge a little while ago, since neither of us had been in years and it seemed like a nice day out. I’d read up about a few places to go and where to eat (always important), so we had a wander around the shops, Cambridge Satchel being an obvious must, as well as one I’d found through instagram – Homestuff with History. We found Fitzbillies for lunch and you probably know by now that I’m partial to a bit of old school vintage and historical places, so this 1920’s bakery had me at hello. We ended up having a savoury lunch, but next time we visit, I’m trying one of their famous sticky Chelsea Buns!

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I know Cambridge is famous for it’s architecture, but it really is beautiful especially the little cobbled streets, the old shops and the University buildings. I’d also quite like to go punting, but I think I’ll suggest to do that with a group of friends later in the summer with a little picnic!

One last stop we made before heading back home was an ice cream from 6 Ice Cream – oh my… my absolute downfall is pistachio and their salted pistachio ice cream was pretty damn amazing!

As for my ‘ootd’ – I bought these dungarees at some point last winter and I’ve got so much wear out of them already. I love a bit of denim and I love how you can dress dungarees up or down. Since it was nice and sunny, I went for my rather colourful and a bit out there floral embellished shoes that I got on a whim from ASOS, but I like to jazz up an outfit, so they fit the bill quite nicely! As for my top, I love the sleeves! Although I have to be careful not to trail them in any food or errr calligraphy ink… ahem…!

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Fashion Life

.:Welcoming Spring:.

Welcoming Spring

It’s the first of May and it’s the first time this year I haven’t been freezing, so I’m going to call it the start of Spring! It’s also the first time in what feels like a long time that I’ve felt like I can breathe… the last 10 or so weeks have been ramping up at work as I have been part of a small team working on an event that we put on at Somerset House last week. All the hard work paid off in the end, but I can safely say I’m more than happy that this weekend is a Bank Holiday so that I have a bit more time to recover!

Today, Paul and I headed off to Turvey House to meet my mum and dad and check out a Classic Car Show. It was a fairly small one compared to some of the others we’ve been to, but it was nice to wander around and catch up with my parents. I did fall in love with a replica of a vintage Raven Argonette Caravan called Betty!

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We stopped off for a pub lunch at The Old Mill in Newton Blossomville (a pretty name for a very pretty village) and had one of the best roast dinners I’ve had in a long time! We walked through a Rapeseed Field and it was just so Spring-like we couldn’t resist taking a few snaps.

Last week, during one of my 12  hour days at the event, I had to rush out and buy a new pair of trainers as my feet were killing me! I’ve thoroughly taken to my new pair of comfy Converse and this weekend I can’t seem to take them off. A laid back, comfortable weekend style is what I’m going for at the moment to make everything easier and I’ve also fallen a little bit in love with this simple Satin Bomber Jacket.

All in all it’s been a lovely weekend so far and I’m very happy that the weather seems to be warming up now!

Hope you’re all enjoying your Bank Holiday!

.:M:.

Fashion Life Places Travel

.:Jurassic Coast:.

Jurassic Coast

It’s been a while since I last posted, time has just got away from me. I blame work and commuting to rendering me a bit of a hermit for the last few months ;), but hopefully I’ll be a bit better going forward!

When we were down at Dimspey, we made the most of being in Somerset and went to explore the Jurassic Coast. Unfortunately we didn’t spot any fossils, but there’s something really nice about the coast when it’s cold and you’re all wrapped up, especially when you’re in Wellies! Being able to wade into the sea a little way was fun, as well as running away from the waves that seemed to be chasing us whenever we ventured a little too close!

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Although enjoying being by the coast when it’s pretty chilly, I’m definitely pleased that the weather is warming up. I’m fully welcoming Spring now and I can’t wait for sunnier days, pastel colours and flowers everywhere, which Easter is definitely helping with!

Hoping everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend already!

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Life Travel

.:Dimpsey Shepherds Hut:.

Dimpsey Shepherds Hut

Before Christmas, I was trawling through Canopy and Stars looking for somewhere where Paul and I could maybe go for a late January weekend getaway and came across the Dimpsey Shepherds Hut in Somerset. We loved the look of it and so with Christmas and moving in with Paul’s parents out of the way and being back at work a couple of weeks, we decided to book it for the last weekend in January. 

We set off on Friday morning and since check in wasn’t until 3pm, we popped into Axminster for a late lunch at one of the River Cottage canteen and delis. When we got over to the farm where the Shepherds Hut is situated, I couldn’t wait to get inside and have a look around! Once we got there, homemade cake was waiting for us along with all the supplies to make tea and hot chocolate, a big thumbs up from me! ;-)

The hut is beautiful and the attention to detail is amazing. The way the space works with the hidden storage, the bed that folds down and all of the decor makes the hut a lovely place to spend a weekend. Emma and Andrew have also thought of everything: books, games, trendy magazines and even an adult colouring book to keep you occupied if it took your fancy. All of the homeware in the hut was either locally sourced, made in England or vintage, which I thought was a nice touch. 

When you look out of the window, you are met with beautiful rolling countryside as well as the farm’s chickens and resident goose George. When we woke up on Saturday morning we also had the company of a herd of black sheep, two of which naughtily escaped their enclosure and were munching on the lawn around the hut! 

We were quite lucky with the weather on Saturday, but the rain and wind howled on Friday night, meaning we were pretty cosy with our wood burning stove and dinner indoors. We decided to buy supplies from the nearby farm shop and have a night in making the most of the hut and our tranquil surroundings. 

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We had a chat with the lovely owner Emma when she came round to give us our basket of local breakfast things for the next day, who told us a bit about the hut and the area and the fact that in Somerset, the word ‘dimspey’ means the time in the evening just before dusk. She also told us of the plans they have for the hut in the summer, which we would very much like to come back and check out!

Thanks for a lovely weekend away Dimspey and we hope we will be back soon!

.:M:.