Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Birthday in Bruges: Part One

Birthday spent in Bruges BelgiumAs I've mentioned one million and one times now - it was my birthday last week!  I'm wondering at what age I'm supposed to act cooler about blowing out candles on the cake, because it sure as hell wasn't this year.  I still get 100% excited for pretty much any sense of occasion, except this time around I had slightly more of a reason to get excited thanks to a return trip to Bruges! With four or five trips to the Belgian city behind me, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect - though with a slightly different agenda and a different hotel booked, there was everything to look forward to...

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon...

English summertime picnic with flowers sceneYesterday, I remembered one of my all time favourite quotes by Henry James, ''Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.''  Having just returned from the beautiful city of Bruges (with its unusual 34°C temperature), I was fully anticipating a rainy welcome back to the UK.  However, to my surprise England is experiencing one final burst of heat and sunshine before waving goodbye to the season and welcoming the woolly jumpers.  So, armed with a ton of flowers I'd treated myself to that morning and some rather beautiful picnic accessories, it was time to appreciate the outdoors...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Keep A Straight Face

#SGSFaceShape Sunglasses Shop CompetitionIf you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday, I'm heading off to the beautiful city of Bruges tomorrow morning ready to spend a few days hobbling across cobblestones and eating my weight in chocolate-drizzled waffles!  The chance of getting anymore than a couple of hours sleep tonight is minimal, because I'm so excited to be returning to Belgium!  Anyway, speaking of travel, Sunglasses Shop are offering a pretty exciting travel opportunity to anyone in possession of a face.  So, if that includes you (ahem), and you quite like the idea of jetting off to New York, read on and then hop over to Instagram to enter...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Transitional Styling with Lyst

Fashion Blogger Lyst Transitional StylingThe next few weeks will most likely see me flip-flop between the joy of squeezing out the last few drops of summer, and the excitement of Autumn fast approaching.  Well, at least for this rainy weekend, my mind is firmly set on the upcoming season and all that it'll bring!  Though I'm not quite ready to start raving about chunky knit jumpers and meringue ghost tartlets; instead with the help of fashion tech company Lyst, I'm looking at ways of gradually transitioning into Autumn by bridging the gap between cropped camisoles and insulated jackets.  I'm settling for somewhere in the middle, surrounded by unsure-about-the-weather dresses and standout boots...

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Croquet in Chi Chi

Chi Chi Pink Neema DressAh!  I can't keep up!  We're halfway through August and I'm still leafing through my wardrobe wondering which floral midi skirts and sleeveless bodies to pick up next ready for the warm weather.  Pretty soon it'll be a case of digging out the cosier clothing (I'll confess, I'm already wearing fluffy socks while typing this), though until then I'm determined to squeeze every last drop out of the summer season!  As fate would have it, a rather pretty arrival from Chi Chi coincided perfectly with my overwhelming desire to immerse myself in a game of croquet.  Let's play!
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