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New Things for Colourful Living

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Fun gifts for girls (or just you)

It’s been far too long since I shared some of my new favourite things with you! This time around it’s all about colourful (although all these things you’re totally allowed to treat yourself to)! There’s a steer towards soft furnishings (blame it on my new cushion obsession), clothing embellishments (it’s been a year-long pin badge affair) and it looks like I’m becoming a bit of a Tupperware lady with my love for all things that you can put other things into.

Without further ado…

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Travel

Sweet Inn Paris

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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.

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Outfits

Pastels in Paris

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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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Food ShinyThoughts

Earth Day: 9 tips to help reduce your food footprint (and feel fab)

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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…

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Travel

A Weekend in Whitstable 

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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).

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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…

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