It feels like yonks ago since the sun was shining well into dinner time, the #notightsclub were out in force and I was scampering up rope structures. It was only at the top that I realised that I was surrounded by 8 year olds. I’m most definitely a big kid at heart so I couldn’t have been more in my natural habitat than in a play area in the middle of Monkey World.
Why ever was I at a Monkey World? I hear you cry! Well, I’ll have you know that the primate sanctuary in Dorset, south England is the ultimate destination for my best friend Carries birthday each year. This time, for her 24th birthday, Carrie was joined by her pals to giggle wave and read up on all the orangutans, gibbons and woolly monkeys. I guess I dressed the part in my bright orange dress in the tree tops! Pop over and see Carries post to say Hello to our favourite apes!
Any of you lucky be-spectacled readers will likely nod in agreement with the following statement: Hearing that your glasses prescription has increased is the best news you’ve heard all week. Or the best news you’ve heard since you last placed your chin on one of those funny plastic Iron Man mask-esque pupil checking devices… You know, your heart does an extra little pump and your pupils dilate at the thought of choosing a new shiny pair of glasses. Of course, you try to conceal it, heaven forbid the optician may judge you for your enthusiasm. Anyway, to the glasses!
Needless to say, this happened to me a couple of weeks back and off I galloped to find a pair of glasses to replace my go-to trusty black pair. ‘These next frames’, I told myself, ‘will be colourful’! In an instant, I found them. All other spex were pushed aside, some only lightly came into contact with my nose, for these mottled black and pastel blue sassy spectacles were meant to be.
Not too showy, still defining the brows and subtly incorporating a unique touch of turquoise, (they also come in pink!) they’re pretty perfect to style with this cute pastel get-up, fit for going back-to-school. It’s not about your new shoes anymore, it’s all about the awesome eyewear!
Anyone else desperately rummaging through their wardrobe each morning working out whether they can get away with that short skirt and flimsy blouse without catching a cold or, worse, being looked down on by a stranger at a bus stop for looking totally out of season?
If you’re like me, you will have cleverly left your autumn-approps wardrobe back at your parents house when you moved out. Suddenly that space-saving solution isn’t looking so smart. Brr, help! *Cue booking train ticket back home and collecting empty suitcases.* It’s less that two weeks until we begrudgingly force those clock hands backwards and descend into mental and meteorological gloom. TWO WEEKS! Please someone throw me a good reason why we do this along with that rope…
Brr, grab your woollens as it’s getting nippy here in London! Last Saturday saw London’s wool lovers aggregate at the base of London bridge, swathed in their woolly wares and armed with a bicycle to take to the streets for the Wool Ride; a fun, active excursion around London seeing the sights and supporting the Wool industry in the process.
My best Blogging pals (Carrie, Dunya, Kristabel and Olivia) and I chose our fave pieces from Barbour’s new collection (totes the best dressed group) and rode off into the cool morning air. I’ve finished the course knowing one thing. Cycling is bloody brilliant and London is bloody gorgeous and the two go together like wool on a spindle. Here’s just some of what we saw!
Now is the perfect time to make the most of wool, with its warming properties, heritage and ethical advantages. Lets take a moment to thank those sheep for providing us with colourful yarns to knit into jumpers or weave into warming tweeds to line our jackets. Clever sheep…
I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but over here it’s gotten bloody cold suddenly. Yep, it’s all talk of Autumn being well and truly here and Summer being kaput. (WAH!) Because I’m one of those Summer suckers who can’t let go, here’s a round up of the best moments from those warm months, illustrated in neat little squares. It makes sense after all; when most of the photo taking goes ‘snap, snap, edit, post, like’ these days. Harvesting those and take a moment to look back see what happened, as it happened is rather lovely.
From my first of two trips to Gothenburg (where I met the most awesome people and saw beautiful scenes) to my recent gallivant to Bestival (donned in my finest Beyond Retro costume), it’s been pretty packed season. Here’s to the next one! *Unenthused air punch.*