The Palm House: Botanical Gardens, Gothenburg

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Trädgårdsföreningen Botanical Gardens

So I’ve fallen in love with the city of Gothenburg. If you haven’t seen me banging on about the southern Swedish city enough over on Instagram then you’ll be getting more than filled in on it over here, don’t you worry! There are so many reasons why I love the city and the Trädgårdsföreningen botanical gardens is just one of them. One of the best maintained 19th century parks in Europe, it hosts a pretty rose garden, events space and the trophy exhibit: The Palm House.

It was certainly an Aladdin’s cave moment for me when I walked in on my own for the first time at 10am one morning. (Admission is free, you just wander in!) The mammoth palm trees in the central atrium, the misty-glassed, gold-handled doors with little ceramic plaques and water lilies grown annually from seed make you gasp at first sight and made the palm house well worth a second visit on my trip back 6 weeks later.

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This was also the second time I sported this rather camouflaging ensemble of grid print skirt and palm print crop top. You know I’m a sucker for tropical prints so really, what else could have been more appropriate?!

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missguided pom pom tropical print cropped cami top

See what other prints I’m loving at the moment or take a look at my last palm print outfit!

Botanical Garden Style:

Top – Missguided / Skirt – Mango / Trainers – Nike (similar) / Necklace – I Love Crafty / Rings – Urban Outfitters / Octagon bracelet - Whistles / Sunglasses – ASOS / Earrings – Missguided

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Garden Party

Happy bank holiday weekend everyone! Just a quick one to inspire you to add a touch more sun to this otherwise pretty dodgy August weather! (Seriously now, there had better be more summer to come, right?) Today my friends and I are making the most of our newly spruced up balcony by pumping up the Old School playlist and raiding the cupboards for any oat cakes, sweets and popcorn. During said raid, I did manage to find a box of cake mix and quickly rustled up some mini cakes in a cupcake maker (yep, I’m feeling lazy!)

Do you like our pretty retro bottles? They’re perfect for party drinks and here I’ve created a mojito, Pimms, fruit punch and gin & tonic cocktails but you could also make water infusions, lemonade or try my coconut caipirinha cocktail recipe! As for the little ice lollies, they’re spiked too! Just add a tiny drop of alcohol into the mix and they should still freeze. Let’s hope we don’t fall off the balcony! Have a good one!

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tala mini ice lolly rings

Tables and chairs - John Lewis Kissing horses print cool bag – Anorak / Vintage style bottles – Tala / Ice lolly moulds - Tala / Blue bowl – TKMaxx / Straws – Lagerhaus / Napkins – Granit / Pom pom balls – Smallable

If you fancy going the whole hog and getting your bake-on, why not recreate these burger cupcakes?!

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The Secret Swap

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Ice Cream Sundaes and Surprises

I’ll tell you now, my Blogging best friends and I are very lucky ladies. Very lucky ladies indeed. Last weekend, my little group of internet dwelling, perfect-pose striking friends and I (we somewhat piss-takingly call ourselves ‘Five’) were were most kindly invited for afternoon treats with an equally charming little lady named Clarice Price-Thomas who creates beautiful jewellery with her own fair hands. The invitation read: Secret gifting and Sundaes. We were all in.

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So what exactly did we get up to? Well, Clarice came up with an idea whereby each of us were given one of the friends to choose a ring to secretly gift to. I was delighted to be given Kristabel to choose for as I knew right away which of Clarice’s creations I could see her making a beeline towards. You’ll have to keep an eye on her blog to see what I chose! I was lucky enough to have Carrie as my ring-barer and she couldn’t have picked better than the Umbra ring in silver. It’s quite a luxury to have a ring to add to my collection that doesn’t need throwing out after a couple of weeks of wear!

Inspired by clock components created by her Father, a horologist and using his original machines and techniques to craft tiny charms, Clarice creates unique, quality pieces with a bit of a story to tell! I think they look like a modern nod to the art deco era, which is fitting considering the retro-inspired surroundings of the Fortnum and Mason ice cream parlour which, if you hadn’t already been motivated to book yourself in to, is well worth a visit!

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Thank you so much Clarice Price-Thomas for such gorgeous gifts (and that raspberry sorbet coup went down rather well too!)

See Olivia and Dunya’s beautiful blogs to see what rings they were gifted!

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DIY Cropped Varsity Top

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Crop it like it’s hot

Got that plain oversized T-shirt hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Lets get making something with it!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Mesh fabric, silver fabric (any soft fun fabrics really), fabric scissors, ruler, measuring tape, pins, waistband elastic, paper and pencil, sewing machine, needle and thread, mini safety pins, a big flat table surface.

HOW YOU DO IT:

1 – Pop the T-shirt on and tuck it up to your desired crop length. Safety pin it there and then mark the boundaries of where you want your varsity letters to sit with more safety pins. Take it off and lay your t-shirt flat.

2 – Using a ruler, mark where you want the length of your top to be. Add an extra inch and a half which you’ll use to fold your top over and thread elastic inside and cut along the ruler edge. If you have big boobs, you might like to add a little more length at the front of your top!

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3 – Roll the end of the top over by a centimetre and then again by an inch and pin. Using your machine, stitch around the edge to make a tube at the bottom of your top. Make sure to leave a couple of centimetres unstitched by the side of your top so that you can thread in your elastic! You can hand stitch this back up at the end!

4 – Pop the top back on and mark where you want to cut the elastic. stitch the ends firmly with a sewing machine and then stitch the hem up again.

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5 – Find yourself some numbers! Draw your numbers on to paper and then cut them out. Use the paper as a template on the fabric you wan to use. Pin the layers together and then cut them out. For a double later effect, just take the top layer fabric, pin it to the bottom layer fabric and cut out. Either machine or hand stitch the fabric layers together (depending on the type of fabric and whether your machine likes to chomp through it!)

6 – Place your fabric numbers to your top within the pinned boundaries you set  and pin securely. Don’t forget to try the top on again one last time! Stitch the numbers to the front of your top using your machine and then hold up your top with pride.

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Ta Da!

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Top – DIY from a Boohoo T-shirt / Jeans – Just Female / Watch – Limit / Cap – Similar from Missguided / Trainers – Nike / Necklace – Topshop

If you like this DIY, bookmark my last DIY for the festive season!

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Camden Lock Live

Aah summer, you make evenings so good. All that sunlight, warmth, excuse for beers and positive spirit you shine down on everyone makes for a good post-work party! Just like last year, the annual Camden Lock Live shindig by the canal was a right jolly knees-up.

My friends and I sipped cocktails by the barges and after a little exploring of the street food stalls, had a little skank-along to reggae beats in the DJ tent. There was a whole program of events including a jaw-droppingly intense belly-street-fusion troupe that rocked the Dance Stage which inspired us to recreate our own moves by the Live Stage to Youth Club - our fave band of the night! (The cute lead singer might have something to do with that.)

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It’s not too late to soak up the vibe of the Lock Live event – there’s a whole month of free late night events coming up with the Summer Night Market on every Thursday evening of August! With ping pong, outside cinema screenings and a fab line up of DJs, it’ll be a sure shiny way to spend your mid-week evening. See you there!

Check out what I wore to last years’ Camden Lock Live!

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