Insta-summer: Best of the season in ‘grams

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.*

Gothenburg and Spain

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Dusk over Gothenburg / RAINBOW! / Tropical prints in the Gothenburg palm house / Way out West festival / My beloved Aspinal passport cover / Looking a bit naked in Gothenburg / View from my apartment in Almeria / Getting lost in palms in Andalusia / Summer outfit in Spain

Food and Fun

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That time I made burger cakes / Ice cream sundaes and surprises / Colourful brunch in Bermondsey Street / My new colourful bedroomPicking plums in France / Brunch in a kooky Haberdashery / Summer parties on the balcony / Teas at Hawkhurst Vault / World Cup cocktails

Out-and-aboutfits

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Purple and pink outfit in Albion Square / Hackney WickED festival / Camden Lock Live festival / Festival-ready outfit / LOVING palm prints / Swimwear on the streets of Camden / Pastels in Normandy / Bright and sporty outfit in Somerset / Pastel and grey outfit for my birthday

Bestival

Bestival in instagram photos

Colourful outfit / View from the top of Robin Hill / OMG it’s dress-up day! / Cocktails! / Temple Island / Desert Island DJ costume / My Desert Island Disco festival outfit from Beyond Retro / Peace and quiet in the secret garden / Festi-vibes

Follow me on Instagram to see what Autumn holds!

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Students! A colourful bedroom = Happy halls

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colourful student bedroom

colourful student bedroom

Student Room Tips

Just a quick one this evening! Here’s a fun little project I did the other week to help you university students in Halls of Residence (or anyone in a small rented room!) to make your space colourful, happy and set you up for success! Take a look at the awesome video below to see me talk through my ideal student bedroom and how I decorated it for under £100. (My video debut, Eep!) If you liked my new bedroom decorating post last month then I’ll betcha you’ll love this – you might even recognise some of my favourite pieces!

Keep watching to see how 4 other Bloggers including my mate Mat from Buckets and Spades, would decorate their student rooms.

Find out more about the video and the project on the Voucher Codes Most Wanted blog!

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Watch the Video

colourful student bedroom

colourful student bedroom

Yay Lunchbox - Urban Outfitters (£8) | Biscuit Pocket Mug - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Aqua Vase - Tesco (£6) | Speech Bubble Chalk Board - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Good Vibes Party Banner - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Ethnic Patterned Cushion - Tesco (£4) | Paris A4 Archival Print - Emma Block (£10) | Reusable Straw Cup - New Look (£3) | Desk Lamp - Wilko (£4) | Catherine Lansfield Bumblebee Bedspread - Tesco (from £10) | Storage Box - Wilko (£2.50)

Liked the video? Take a look at how I styled my own colourful bedroom at home.

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Collegiate Style: Take10 X Clarks Shoes

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Black Patent Loafers

This month, the Take10 girls have been challenged to style up a pair of shoes from British high street darlings, Clarks. Say ‘Clarks’ to anyone who went to primary school in the UK and you’ll likely get recounted nostalgic tales of last-minute back-to-school shoe purchasing; trying reeaal hard to convince your mum that those chunky 2-inch shoes are totes approps for stomping around the school courtyard in. Fast-forward 15 years and you may well find yourself pacing the store again to check those office-ready brogues aren’t pinching.

I think ‘school’ when it comes to dear Clarks so I went for a collegiate style outfit in shorts, preppy collar and tortoiseshell specs. More and more public school stripes are falling into my wardrobe and I’m happily rediscovering my khaki jackets – anyone else super excited for this whole school/varsity/collegiate resurgence this AW?! Bring on the long socks and cheerleader skirts!

See the other Take10 challenges

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khaki jacket plaits

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turquoise green jumper orange collar and plaits

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orange river island bag clarks black patent loafers

river island striped skort

stripy shorts cropped knit jumper schoolgirl style

What I Wore:

Shoes – Clarks / Shorts – River Island (similar) / Bag – River Island / Parka – ASOS / Shirt – ASOS / Jumper – ASOS / Geometric ring - Clarice Price Thomas / Watch – Caravelle / Earrings – ASOS / Glasses – Kite

What the Take10 Girls Wore:

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Girl in the Lens / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did / Hifashion /

Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer

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BBQ Boom – Pulled Pork and Other Stories

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bbq food trend pulled meat american

 

A Food Journey to The Deep South

If you’re a right foodie like me (i.e have a constantly growing list of new restaurants you want to try, different friends who you call to try different cuisines with and chow down 3 courses in your cities’ new opening at least once a week) then you’ll probably have noticed the unmissable tidal wave of US BBQ inspired food and all its fusions making their way to a street and Time Out magazine near you. Bodeans,  Big Easy, Smokehouse, hell – even KFC have just launched a new pulled chicken range. ”Have you tried that new burger/pulled pork/gourmet hotdog/chicken/street-food pop-up restaurant late-night cafe/bar yet?” No? Where HAVE you been?!

I’m fascinated with this trend. Maybe it’s the effect of working in fashion, but I think it’s pretty interesting that we’ve got to have the latest food craze to go with those new shoes to stay cool these days. Ultimate foodies, The Food People explained that all these American style places have jumped on the BBQ trend so if it’s got pulled meat on the menu then that’s at least 8 hour slow-cook BBQ right there.

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This obsession is only going to get bigger. We’ll start seeing not only even more variations of meats and cuts being treated to a bit of the pitt, but as we look for something more artisan, it’ll be the type of wood chips used that will get us picking our meals. Hickory, Pecan or Oak anyone? Or maybe it’s all about the slaw or hush puppies? Then there’s the region. Who knew there could be such a variety of pulled meat sauces? From tomatoey molasses in Kansas to thick mustardy tang in South Carolina, a trip around the deep south will seriously get your tastebuds travelling.

bbq food trend pulled meat american

bbq food trend pulled meat american

bbq food trend pulled meat american

My Fave BBQ London Places

caboose pulled pork salad

 

Pulled pork slow cooked in a Caboose in a street food market off Brick Lane. Check out my Calling All Carnivores! post.

pulled pork and slaw the smokestack

 

I chanced up on this slow cooked pork, beans and slaw at Smokestack in a cool midcentury setting in East London.

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If you go to a Street Food festival, there’s no chance you won’t find yourself some BBQ goodness. My burger at Kerb Food Market was topped with pulled pork.

 

Some other places on my London list: Pitt Cue, The Joint, Red Dog Saloon, Dukes Brew and Cue.

A site all BBQ scoffers should peruse: Thrillist. Have you jumped on the BBQ bandwagon?

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Outfit: Swedish Sun

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slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

gothenburg courtyard

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

gothenburg courtyard

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

Party at the Back

I can’t wait to show you more on my trips to Gothenburg this year (I’ll be whipping up a city guide for you!) But for now, here’s one of my outfits worn during the surprisingly warm days in one of my favourite spots: the courtyard of Vallgatan.

The square hosts Da Matteo (best coffee shop and roastery), the beautiful homeware store Artilleriat and the corner of Grandpa which, if you’re in Sweden, should probably be your no.1 stop shop! More on all those must-visit places later!

As for what a wore; I rarely buy something because I’ve seen someone else wearing it, but seeing this Sparkle and Fade lace cami top on my friend Chloe had me at ‘Hello back!’ Whilst yes, I felt pretty naked all day, it was perfect for wafting around the city in the heat!

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slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts
gothenburg courtyard

slouchy summer outfit backless urban outfitters top esprit shorts

Take a look at what else I wore in Gothenburg when visiting the Palm House or see how else I styled these shorts.

Top – Urban Outfitters / Shorts – Esprit / Shoes – Office (similar) / Bracelet – Whistles / Sunglasses – Asos
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