A very happy Hen do!
For my first ever Hen do, this was setting the bar high. Carrie‘s #WishWishHen didn’t involve a drop of alcohol nor any remotely phallic shaped object, nope this was a 2-night girly sleepover as best it could be and we LOVED IT!
Apart from a trip to Disney and the presence of great pals, what made the trip was our pad. Let me fill you in on Sweet Inn! Just in the same way as you would hunt for that perfectly styled Air bnb, Sweet Inn have beautiful apartments across the world (and they’re expanding fast!) for you to pick from to make your city stay feel like home. The difference? It’s run like a hotel so you’re not intruding on someone else’s home but with such a charming welcome at the Sweet Inn offices beforehand, it feels like your mate is giving you the keys to their (very well decorated) house.
Off the Shoulder
Off the shoulder tops, you in? I’m just as undecided but curious after giving this ASOS number a go. I love that it’s something a little different from the elasticated strip that is a feature of most clavicle-baring clothing at the moment. They always look like they would dig in… This one is soft, warm (dear god London, don’t we need warmth right now?!) and colourful. I.e my favourite things.
Not so great is their ability to ride up. Better than falling down I suppose… But irritating none the less and resulting in lots of yanking at the frill. Then there’s the making you look broad and the rucking up of fabric when you wear a jacket. I just DON’T KNOW! Patience with this style I feel.
Something I’m definitely decided on though is Paris. Yes, it took me a while to get into. (You think I’m crazy)? Spending 70% of my time in the metro and visiting when it’s cold and rainy doesn’t help. This time though, I had the help of Mr Blue sky, the best company in the form of 5 girls and the heady promise of weddings at the front of mind. Probably why I’m dressed in white and pink. Stay tuned to see more of #WishWishHen!
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Hey, Earth Day
Today is Earth Day. In case you’re not au fait with the nature (lol) of the event, it is as follows: Since 1970, Earth Day is a day in which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
And so demonstrate is what I’m going to do. Everyone has their cause, and mine is the environment. As I edge towards the 3rd decade of my life, I’m becoming more and more aware of the environmental impact that actions I, or others make. Of course there are so many aspects of environmentalism up for improvement whether that’s the carbon footprint of our clothes or water conservation but (and blame it on my parents) I’m big on food and packaging waste. (Uh oh, garbage grazer alert!) In my household as a kid, there were about 12 recycling bins for different purposes. Did I resent being told to remove chicken bones from the brown bin and put it in the grey one instead? Of course I did but I’m glad it’s helped me be more aware today.
You may well want to stop reading now for thinking this isn’t your jam, but hear me out and you might pick up some little tips on how to positively contribute towards reducing your environmental footprint no matter how eco-aware or eco-not-there you think your are. Hell, I’m so not perfect but there are some things I’m passionate about changing attitudes towards so without further ado, let’s chat…
Whitstable’s best shops
Now that Spring is supposedly in full swing, it’s time to start planning those weekend day trips. I’d gotten the bug since weekending in the city of Manchester so next up, to mix things up a little, I took to the coast by way of Whitstable.
Not too far from its jazzy sister Margate, Whitstable stands for your classic retro seaside destination. I might not have thought to go if it hadn’t been for the dolls at Betty Magazine urging me to discover it (they were also mostly responsible for said trip to Margy and will be for foreseeable excursions in the future).
Whitstable is a calm harbour town founded on fishing and now making its name for its creative community, kitsch shops and community spirit. Pop into local pub The Duke in the afternoon and you might yourself having a jig with a local whilst a band jams on stage.
Here are a couple of places worthy of note that had my camera at hello…
Last weekend London struck luck with the weather and so Sarah and I popped down to Columbia Road for some flower-picking, our first iced lattes of the year and to score some snaps in the cute lanes. It was the first time wearing this jazzy Boden Vivienne suit from the second of their ICONS collections. Remember when the girls and I shot in the first Boden ICONS collection at Carrie’s super sixties home?
Since then the Boden ICONS collection has had a summery make-over. Set in the Edwardian times, the collection has flown through India before being cut into modern shapes by the in-house designers and pattern cutters. This is definitely my favourite collection yet. Just look at those prints!