Just popping in briefly to apologise for the lack of posts. My dad is currently very ill and has been in hospital for over two weeks with a very long stay in ahead of him. I am taking some time to be with my family and look forward to being back soon.
I have been a fan of Joules
for several years now, and I clearly remember falling in love with their classy, feminine designs that never seem to go out of style. This brand is perfect for anyone that wants to invest in a few pieces of classy clothing that will last for years without breaking the bank.
This year Joules are celebrating 25 years of business, and they have grown from strength. Their clothes are often seen on stars such as Mary Berry and Great British Bake Off 2013 Winner Frances Quinn regularly wore the brand on the show as she is a babywear designer for them. They clearly like cake!
The idea for this outfit came whilst I was out shopping (as they often do) and the weather changed about four times in less than two hours. In Manchester, an umbrella and jacket are a must. It really does rain as often as people say. I love the fitted style of the jacket, and it would be perfect with a huge range of outfits. I can just picture myself going shopping in this outfit, and stopping for coffee in a cafe whilst I jot down all of my ideas for the blog in the lovely notebook.
Joues currently have a sale on, and the bracelet and purse are currently on sale. Both can be found here
along with so many other items to tempt you.
Are you a fan of Joules? Let me know!
Until Wednesday, I had never been to London before. It was something that I had always wanted to do, but had never done. When the opportunity to go for a work conference was given to me, I jumped at it. The only downside was that I would be arriving and leaving on the same day, visiting the conference and trying to cram in as much sightseeing and shopping as possible.
With my train and tube tickets booked, I boarded my early morning train and headed south. Most of my journey was spent jotting down ideas for my blog and trying not to worry about getting lost on the Tube.
Thankfully I managed to get around without getting lost, but there was a lot of googling and double-checking before committing myself to a platform. Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, and as nervous as I was, I really enjoyed navigating my way around and exploring this new (to me) city.
Sadly the trip was far too short, and I only had two hours to do a little shopping. My first stop was in Islington, and I wandered around a few fantastically quirky shops. I did not manage to get to The Hummingbird Bakery but I will be sure to visit there next time.
My second stop was Oxford Circus, and I made my way over to Liberty. Having watched both series of the documentary all about the inner workings and life at at Liberty, I was desperate to visit it and it did not disappoint.
Sadly I did not buy too much, but I already know that I will be returning to spend more time in this vibrant, busy city. The amount I did here is tiny compared to all of the things that there are to see, do and experience. Where do you suggest I visit when I return to London?
1) Train Journeys
My trip to London this week has reignited my passion for travelling by train. I love being able to relax and read a magazine as mile after mile of Britain flies past my window. Sometimes I watch the views for the whole journey. For me, the journey is just as important as the destination.
2) My Bed
After such a long and busy week, I have been looking forward to climbing into bed at the end of each day. Sleep is so important, and everyone knows that a lack of sleep can effect your looks, concentration and mood. I always try to get plenty of rest, but sometimes things get in the way. This week, I have been doing all sorts of little things to make going to bed an even more relaxing experience. Things such as new bedding, new pyjamas and overnight face serums all add to make it even better.
3) Time with my Dad
It was Fathers Day on Sunday, and although we did not do anything special on the day I am taking him to see the Minions Movie and then for dinner tonight. I love spending time with my dad, and it is so nice to see how close we are. I am sure that there will be lots of laughter today, and I am so glad that I get to spend so much time with him.
4) Fleur DeForce
Is there anything that I need to say about this lovely lady? I love her videos, and there is always a new product, tip or brand to discover. See her New in June video below.
5) Good Friends
My life has been full of great times with even greater people. We are all at different stages of our lives, but each one of these fantastic people have taught me about life and about myself. Some are people I have only known for a year or two, others I have known for half a decade. Having dinner and chatting about anything and everything will always be one of my favourite ways to spend my time.
This week has been pretty long and stressful, so this Five Things Friday is all about the things that help me to relax.
1) Yankee Candles
I have loved these candles for a while now, and I am always keen to try new scents and styles. There is one scent that I always come back to, and that is Black Cherry. I love burning this whilst winding down from a long day at work and watching something on TV. The scents last for a really long time and I love the range of scents available. These are available online, in various stores such as Boots and Clintons as well as in Yankee Candle stores.
2) Good Weather
When the sun comes out, everything just seems so much better. I find myself feeling happier and more alert, eating better and exercising more. Maybe this means that I should relocate to somewhere lovely and sunny? I find myself wanting to do more and explore places when the sun is out. This little change in the weather can have a massive impact on my happiness.
3) Sour Cream and Chive Pretzels
These things are so moreish and tasty. I find myself craving them all of the time, and they are the perfect savory treat. The trick I have not quite mastered with them yet is to not eat too many. They are just so good! They can be found in most supermarkets and come in a “share” sized bag.
4) 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
If there is one thing better than a fantastic show, it is two fantastic shows merged together. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is a fantastic blend of humour and quiz questions, and it is the perfect combination. I can happily watch episodes all night long, and often try to find the longest word or to solve the conundrum. I still find myself laughing at each episode, and it is the perfect show to watch whilst relaxing.
5) More Vitamin Drinks
I am terrible at making sure that I drink enough water each day. At work I can be so busy that I go for hours and hours without drinking anything, and recently I have been trying to change that. At Blog On I was chatting to the lovely ladies from More Vitamin Drinks and they kindly offered to send me a few to try out. I have been taking one to work each day to test the flavours, and I make sure that I finish it before lunchtime. So far I am loving them, and it has been a really good way to increase my water intake.
I really love looks that are versitile, and that can help you transition from one event to another. Whether it be from lunch with the girls to shopping or from a day trip out to dinner. This outfit ticks all of the boxes for me. I love the pops of colour and the classic bag will be perfect for all sorts of occasions. The dress is perfect for barbeques, shopping or a trip to the seaside, and the classic fragrance adds a hint of extravagance.
What would your perfect transition outfit look like?
For Christmas, I decided to surprise my parents with a holiday to Devon, on the south cost of England as part of their gift. My parents have not been away in 10 years, and I knew that this was exactly what they needed. I made them really cute vouchers and loved watching their reactions as they realised what had been planned for them. I’ll be sharing a few highlights with you over the next few weeks, but I thought I would give you a quick update.
We have been to Devon before, about 15 years ago, so I knew roughly how long it would take to get there and that it was a place my parents and I had really enjoyed visiting. It was lovely to see their excitement build as the holiday came closer and closer, and I really loved going shopping with my mum for holiday clothes…everyone needs new clothes for their holidays right?
I had decided to book an apartment so that we had more space and could come and go as we pleased, eating in or out and without needing to think about when a hotel stops serving food…I really like midnight snacks! The apartment was beautiful and it was the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing, and would have been perfect for staying in if the weather had been bad.
The weather was perfect and we were able to spend our week exploring lots of coastal places. My dad and I even went star gazing as there is much less light pollution than in Manchester. The beach was absolutely beautiful and I could have happily stayed there forever. This holiday was so needed, and my batteries are all recharged ready for my next adventure.
Where did you last go on holiday/vacation?