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The ingredients for an awesome birthday : Bath, UK

So, if you want a good birthday, have some good friends.  If you want an AWESOME birthday, have some gorgeous, loving, amazing friends (and possibly BF too!)  I can consider myself well and truly spoilt this birthday!

 

 

BF took me to Bath for a long midweek break.  It’s been on our list of places to visit since the beginning of forever, however for some reason we’ve only just managed it now.  We stayed at a lovely little pub come restaurant come b&b, and officially ate far too much of their food, and drank far too much of their wine!  But heck, you’re only 31 for 365 days right??

We did our fair share of street wonderings, however somewhat not my ‘normal’ amount of “stop, wait!  I NEED to get  photo of that!”  On the actual day of birth, we visited the Thermae Spa.  A heated rooftop pool in the middle of the city centre with great views, yes please!  Any excuse for a bikini in October!  Bath was pretty much as I’d expected, a quaint, traditionally english town brimming full of warm sand coloured stone buildings, donned with white facades.

On the final day before returning home (Instagram post I’m sure at some point to follow, one can’t whip around a dSLR and drive simultaneously) we visited Longleat Safari Park.  More on that later, however I did find this little poem decorating one of the walls, which I instantly fell in love with…

A great place to visit, great food, great wine, rooftop pools, deer feeding, new shoes and being spoilt by great company, (and still to return home to an awesome meal with friends!) who could ask for more on their birthday??


August’s best… Blogs

I get inspiration from a stack of places, not just other people’s blogs.   I have however,  wanted to somehow share the one’s that have caught my eye the most, and have been having a self debate on how I want to share these with you guys, so I may over the upcoming months have a play around with how I do.  But for now, I’m going to give you a “Best of the Month” in blog world, according to me.
  1. I’ve just found Sylvia’s blog this month, and love her mix of fashion, twisted in with great photography and a good dose of travel.
  2. Does there sound like a more perfect cookie??
  3. You know I’ve been loving everything pale and white and pastel and soothing lately?  Well I’m now loving this twist with neon pastel shades!
  4. One of my fav 365 project’s lately.
  5. Try not to get puppy dog eyes over these little chaps and their cardboard crowns!
  6. This is making it in purely for it’s plane shots, I can’t stop taking ones of my own.
  7. I get closet envy whenever I read Cath’s posts.  *Swoon*.
  8. I want to start being more cohesive and THINK about my own Instagram shots.  One of the sets I admire.
  9. The first song INSTANTLY takes me bag to Thailand and wipes a massive smile across my face.  I still judge the rest of the.ego.tripper’s music taste mind. *Insert smily/winking face*
  10. Desserts in jars?? What an AWESOME idea for a summer picnic.  This book’s hitting my wish list.
  11. Creative career launch hints and tips: wrapped up nicely here.

Relentless Boardmasters 2012 : Newquay

Just a quickie from my trip to Boardmasters this weekend!!  Reason to live by the sea number 137:

 


A 12 Minute Beach Affair : Summer (not so) Lovin’

I made a mistake.  A big fat rookie mistake.  It went like this…

A hectic (using the word hectic in this sentence is the first time I’ve under exaggerated – ever) week at work resulted in some much, much, much needed escapism time to oneself.  So, as a rare beautiful day was upon me, there was only one place to take the Kindle and iPod, the ‘I’ve not seen enough of you this year’ beach.

My mistake, forgetting it’s the summer holidays.  I looked over the brow of the hill spotting the sea in anticipation, and my heart sunk when realisation dawned on me.  Palm slapping forehead moment.  My toes have missed the sand A LOT lately, so after a brief affair of foot dipping, I turned on my heels and returned.  I appear not to have the UK ‘I must proudly mark my beach territory with my eye sore windbreaker’ chroma zone.  So the blissfully quite local park had to endure my bikini clad white bits instead today.  Bliss, eventually.


Lust List : Monochrome Summer

It might be summer, the season of all things bright, popping, neon, floral and zesty, but I’m craving monochrome and simplicity.  In everything.  And I desperately need to inject some personality into my new(ish) apartment I’m yet to thrust my stamp all over.  This is what’s hitting my radar right now, and probably my credit card shortly too…

PRINTS:

1. the big harumph print via etsy.  2.  Third Floor Design print via Etsy.  3. Mini & Maximus print.  4. Via Atelier Turner blog.

CRAFT(Y):

1. Washi tape.  2. FREE decals from The Painted Hive blog.

VACATION: 

1. Maldives baby yeah!!

STYLE: 

1. Arrow hoops via Lila Rice.  2. Found on Pinterest.

HOME: 

1. Blanket via Fem Home.

OTHER: 

1. Found on Pinterest.

Ok, so even credit card’s limit won’t stretch to the Maldives vacation, but a girl can daydream until her honeymoon right?  And yes, I’ve primed BF by instantly sending him this photo when I found it, with a message asking when we’re eloping.  I’m still here.  You can unfortunately assume the answer wasn’t “Now honey.  I’m booking the tickets and whisking you off your feet NOW.  Pack your sunscreen, bikini and get writing them vows!”  Silver lining, I get to be an un-honest woman a while longer.  *Grins*


Worcester & More Hugs : Day Two : Travel

Witley Court.  I love this place.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  No matter which direction you look, there’s a picture perfect view.  So firstly, please go visit.  Secondly, just a bit too far for you to visit?  Nowhere’s to far in this day and age, please go visit.  Thirdly, to prove why you need to visit, let me begin…

History unfortunately wasn’t on this beautiful building’s side, and it did suffer a massive fire during it’s lifetime, leaving it a ruin.  But it’s strange, as twisted as it may be, it’s kinda why I love it too.  It’s derelict and grand charm.  Do you remember the Friends episode where Ross marries Emily? In a ruined church lit with hundreds of candles?  Well this place (English Heritage permitting) would be PERFECT for that.  Although there is a church right next door also if the more conventional method suits more.

After a romantic, even more hug filled day, (hold your stomachs – I know, can you tell I’ve had a lovely weekend??) we stepped next door to the church’s garden cafe for scones with cream and jam.

After returning home, I’m physically back to reality, but my head definitely isn’t and I’ll keep my smiling to self daydream going as long as I can.

Now enough about me, how was your weekend, please tell me it treated you just as well?


Worcester & Hugs : Day One : Travel

The weekend saw myself and BF whip off the winter clothes, and enjoy the little sneak peak of summer July has shown us, in Worcester.  Yes there was LOADS of hugs as well, as it’s been FAR too long since I’ve last seen him, but I won’t inflict that sight upon you.  Nausea is never a good feeling.

Anyway, back to a far less nauseating and more idillic site, and you have the glorious Worcester countryside.  And day one found us exploring Brockhampton Estate.

I know, completely quaint, idillic and romantic right?  Inside the house less so, but hey, a sunny day, who wants to be indoors…??  Which lead us to then explore (some) of the 1,700 acres to the estate.  Oh yes, I worked my calves muscles on this trip.