5 Whole Years!
Wowza, have I really been blogging for 5 years? That’s the longest relationship I’ve ever been in and baby, we’re still going strong! Starting back in the summer before university, I’ve been sharing my shiny thoughts throughout my degree, move to London (home and back again), new friendships and new job all whilst improving my photography and discovering the most amazing places and experiences. Hopefully I’ve been able to help add a dose of colour, smiles and shinyness to your screens along the way!
The best part of all this though has been the most AMAZING friends I’ve made through the power of the internet. To thank my besties Carrie, Kristabel and Olivia for being such Blogging babes, I threw them a little party and luckily for you, you can join in too by winning one of 5 shiny gifts – my way of thanking you for reading!
I’m giving away 5 gifts to celebrate 5 years of Shiny Thoughts! So what’s inside? Each winner will receive a Burt’s Bees skincare tin, some little beauty bits and bobs from NVcolour and a couple of pieces of fab fun festival jewellery from ASOS. There’s also a super shiny gold mug set from Howkapow (I really want these for myself!), cute lightening bolt silver mirror earrings from Sugar and Vice, Company magazine X Anna Lou bracelet and matching bold print scarf from Anna Lou, make up bag from Betty Walter, fine loose leaf tea by Teapigs, fun party decorations from Rigby & Mac and a couple of Coco Cafe drinks thrown in so you can create your own shiny party!
To be in for the chance of winning one, just share this post on Twitter, Facebook or your blog (don’t forget to ‘at’ me @shinythoughts!) and then simply leave a comment below letting me know what you’ve liked most about ShinyThoughts over the last 5 years!
There are 5 individual gifts, each fairly even in their prizes. Giveaway is open to all ShinyThoughts readers who have shared this post on one of their social channels, linking @shinythoughts in their post and then commenting on this post. The winners will be contacted via the social account they used to share this post and a prize will be sent to them. The giveaaway will close and the winners will be announced next Sunday 6th July. Just tweet me for any questions!
Thank you so much to all my favourite brands for giving away such awesome prizes! Thanks to Debenhams Flowers for the bouquet and for offering you all £8 off a Summer bouquet with free choccies and delivery with code BLOG8 – Winning already!
Skirt – Lavish Alice / Bag – Weekday / Sandals – ASOS
You know me by now, I love a good food fest; all the sizzling food, the smoke and smells, the ‘argh! I can’t choose!’ decisions and fact that gluttony is totally allowed, makes it my kind of environment!
I popped down to the regenerated kings cross canal area (remember when I gave roller skating a go here?!) for the return of Kerb Saturdays to nab myself a one-of-a-kind burger and to get a few tips from professional photographer Paul Hames who runs photography workshops around London. Where better to practice aperture adjustments (I’m so bad at remembering to increase it when shooting scenery) than at a busy market eh? Even though I use my camera at least once a week, I’m always up for hearing the basics again as there’s always the odd tip to pick up!
Back to the grub I ended up choosing… Well it had to be a burger now didn’t it! Bill or Beak won my hungry eyes with their incredible sounding pork on duck with cheese concoction. Truly, madly, deeply delicious. Square Root‘s natural strawberry soda was my tipple of choice, leaving me feeling like a chirpy child at a birthday party. Good times! Get yourself down to Kerb today.
Hey Epiphannie and your infectious grin!
Thanks to Simply Health for the day out!
Grab your kicks, your backpack…
And head on out to a festival! If you’re packing your loo roll and double checking you’ve got your Glastonbury tickets then I’m very jealous of you – I wish I was off to a festival! Even if I don’t have one lined up quite yet (though I’m planning to go to Way out West in Sweden) it doesn’t mean I can’t dress like I’m at one, what with this weather and all!
For me festival style is all about trainers. No mud for me please, I’ll be wearing my Nikes until they’re likely battered and grey. You may know me for my usual colourful kicks but my latest Free Run sneakers are intended to tone down any outfit that’s already got it’s fair share of zing. Speaking of which, this incredible jelly bean necklace is totally my fave at the moment that I have to stop myself from trying to have a nibble…
With practical footwear ticked off, next is the bag. I like to go for printed mens rucksacks because they’re so roomy and add a bit of a ‘street’ side to what I’m wearing, This one from Eastpak is good and sturdy at the base, a fab colour and guaranteed to do a Mary Poppins on you with all those big compartments. Right, time to book those tickets!
What I Wore
Trainers – Nike Free at JD Sports / Rucksack – Eastpak / Top – ASOS / Shorts – ASOS / Necklace – John Greed / Sunglasses – ASOS / Socks - Kate Spade / Jewel ring – Topshop / Spike ring - Whistles / Other rings – ASOS
So, are you off to any festivals this summer? I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since I went to Wilderness Festival and even longer since Glastonbury!
I’m not usually one for pastels, but when you see a street like this, well you just have to coordinate, right?! Kelly Street (where I shot this outfit last year with much brighter hair) was the perfect setting to show off my favourite British leather bag brands’ new baby – the leather backpack!
One of the many great things about Brit-Stitch, other than the value for money, is that being a small business means they can be flexible to full fill all your desires. You can pick out what colours you want each part of your bag to be from their huge range of shades so that your bag is exactly how you want it. Colour lovers dream!
I ‘made my own‘ in wax lemon. I was torn between yellow and going fresh white, but this pretty hue means the bag has become my go-to backpack for when the baby blues and pastel pinks fancy a spin! I accessorised with an adorable Rock Cakes necklace (another hand-made in England brand that is soo affordable!) which I requested in silver. Isn’t it wonderful when you can have the final say over what you’re buying looks like? If only every brand worked that way!
See how the other Take10 Bloggers customised their backpacks and how they styled them up below!
Here’s what I wore:
Leather backpack – Brit-Stitch / Dress – ASOS / Cap – ASOS (similar) / Jacket – ASOS / Lace shorts – H&M (similar here) / Trainers – (Similar at Nike) / Earrings – Topshop / Necklace – Rock Cakes / Scrunchie – Scrunchie Market / Heart ring – Me & Zena
Here’s what the other Bloggers wore:
Pretty Much Penniless / Girl in the Lens / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did
Hifashion / Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer
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Eating out East
Stratford: The home of an incredible shopping centre, impressive Olympic aqua parks, curious red structures that punch the sky so vividly that I can see them from my garden gate in North London, my secret love Tom Daley aaand my bestie Rachel. Who, actually HAS been in the same swimming pool as Tom Daley on her afternoon paddle, so don’t think it ain’t possible my friends!
The only real reason I find myself that end of the central line is for a good gossip with Rach. Not that I’m complaining because there are bountiful restaurants to visit. Last week we gave in to Jamie’s Italian because of their cutely designed menus and nicely merchandised restaurants (but mainly because I can’t wait to get to their fricking fabulous frangipan tart!)
We went the whole hog and gave the biggest sharing plank a go, followed (probably foolishly) with steaks that we sadly couldn’t finish and then, when there was no room left, got our lovely waitress to ensure that that frangipan got seen to. Over the space of about 4 hours we reminisced over our once in a lifetime trip to Morocco and caught up on boy talk over a pink prosecco (or three.) Quite the best evening!
For more places to eat, take a look at my Food category or eat your way through my hitlist on my London Fun page!