When I came to write this post I suddenly realised there has been a lot of coffee and cake involved over the last month. If you follow my Instagram stories you’ll probably know a lot of what I’ve been up to but I thought it would be nice to have it all in one place. I’ve been exceptionally busy getting out and about, plus we’ve had a lot of repairs and maintenance done to the house, which has meant it’s felt like I’ve been living in a building site. We’ve had new windows fitted and a new downstairs toilet put in as the old one was practically hanging off the wall.
I finally decided to take out a Blogosphere magazine subscription. For over a year now I’ve been going into my local WH Smith’s store whenever I saw a new issue was out and they never had it in stock, it would be at least 8 weeks after the release date before it was on the shelves, by which time the new edition would soon be on sale. Yes I could have gone to another store but I literally live a 10 minute walk from the WH Smith’s in Hitchin. At least now it will be delivered straight to my door.
It doesn’t matter how many times I visit the Swiss cottage gardens at Shuttleworth it’s still my favourite place to escape from everyday life. Whatever time of year you go the gardens always look different with beautiful displays of flowers and shrubs. It’s also extremely peaceful, with only the sound of the wild life and the odd vintage aeroplane flying over, I can spend hours there and totally get lost in my own thoughts.
We’ve been a few times this month for what was initially a place to take photos for an outfit post, but ended up taking a picnic and having a walk round the beautiful gardens. Naturally, we finished up in the cafe at the end of the day and enjoyed the most delicious piece of Victoria Sponge and a large mug of coffee.
At the beginning of the month we went to Biggleswade Retail Park where there are a lot of large high street stores like H&M and River Island. One of my favourite places to shop for a bargain is TK Maxx and I managed to pick up quite a few items on this trip. I couldn’t resist this gorgeous velvet quilted cross body bag by Marc B, it was reduced from £45 down to £20, considering it’s size it actually fits so much in and it goes with a lot of my outfits. I also came home with a pair of peachy pink wide leg trousers which had been reduced down to £10, I don’t normally wear trousers but these will look cute with so many of my lace summer tops and a pair of strappy heels. If you’re anything like me then you’ll not be able to go in TK Maxx without checking out the beauty section. I was like a child in a sweet shop, especially when I saw this Too Faced lip gloss for £3 and Stilla Lip and cheek palette for £4, luckily they hadn’t been opened to use as testers. Next I popped into Matalan to check out their nightwear section as I was in need of some new summer pyjamas. I found this cute set with a tassled edge and flammingo print on the shorts for £10. I like to size up with my nightwear as I hate being restricted when I’m in bed. No surprise that we had to stop in at Costa for a caffeine fix, shopping is a physical workout, you know.
Another place I love to escape to is Jordan’s Mill, again there are beautiful gardens and a woodland area which is so peaceful, we don’t even get a mobile signal meaning I can totally switch off. Adrian and I take the long walk all the way past the river and farmer’s fields. It’s extremely over grown but great fun trying to duck under the over hanging branches and work our way through the long grass. And yes,we did stop in at the riverside cafe for coffee and cake.
I couldn’t resist showing you these beauties which I won as part of a beauty competition which was run by Tessa Holly over on Instagram. The Princess Powders Eyeshadow palette from Technic has 4 gorgeous, sparkly highlighting colours, perfect for a glowy summer day or evening look. I wore the shade Cosmic Cotton Candy in my recent makeup post and it looked absolutely stunning. I wasn’t sure whether to eat or use the Miss Patisserie Vanilla Bath Melt as it smells absolutely divine. It looks so realistic I want to keep it forever.
There have been two recent weddings, one I actually went to and the other I blooming well wish I had. My friend Emily got married and talk about fairy tale princess, she looked absolutely beautiful. The service was so lovely and yes I cried when she said her vows. I shared my outfit and a few snipets on my Instagram stories, so hopefully you will have seen them. I felt well and truly honoured to have been invited to share in their special day.
And how could I forget to mention the Royal Wedding and yes I am not ashamed to say I am slightly obsessed with Megan Markle, or The Duchess of Sussex as she is officially titled as now. On the day we had our own mini Royal wedding Party with cakes and nibbles. A few close friends came round to join in the fun so of course I had to dress for the occasion and wear my crown. I’d even painted my nails in the shade Party At The Palace* by Leighton Denny, which is a gorgeous sparkly purple shade and very regal indeed.
Last but not least, I live in the beautiful little market town, Hitchin, and my friend Izzy had come to stay with her parents for a few days. It was a great chance for us to meet up for lunch and have a good catch up. She works in London so we don’t often get to see other but she had some very exciting news to tell me. She’s expecting her second baby in December and I couldn’t be more happy for her. After lunch we took a walk by the river and treated ourselves to some flowers, roses and peonies are my favourites (in case my husband ever reads this!)
Hope you enjoyed seeing the highlights from this last month. I can’t wait until my holiday to Norfolk, I’ve already started packing. What have you been up to recently?