It was a gorgeous sunny June day and I’d got all excited that the sun was out which meant I could finally wear a summer’s outfit. So I went riffling through my wardrobe and found just what I was looking for.
I was going for a day out at The Swiss Gardens in Bedfordshire and I just knew this was also going to make the perfect setting for taking a few photos for my next outfit post.

 

 

The Swiss Cottage is a beautiful rustic cottage which is a focal point right in the centre of the gardens.

 

There are lots of walks to explore and each one has something different to look at along the way with a story behind each feature. The gardens have a huge verity of beautiful flowers, plants, trees and wildlife and whatever time of year you visit the gardens they can look completely different with an array of seasonal colours. The style of the Swiss Gardens makes it perfect for wedding venues and ideal for photographers. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I could visit time and time again.

 

The gardens have seen many changes over the years with the most recent restoration in 2014 to make it more accessible for everyone. There;s also a tea room, although it was such gorgeous weather on the day I went that I chose to take a picnic with me and sit in the lovely picnic area so that I could take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the fresh air.

Even the peacock wanted to get in on the action!

I chose to wear a white skirt and top which seemed just perfect for a summers day and where we were going. The cotton top has short frill capped sleeves, it features two lines of crochet detail down the front and a tasselled tie around the neck. The midi length cotton skirt has stitched panels making it loose and flowy, ideal for keeping cool in hot weather. I also wore one of my favourite straw hats, not just because it was hot but because I thought it looked good too! I popped on a pair of camel strappy heels and added a camel bag. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit as it had a real vintage feel to it. The top is such an easy piece to wear and I’ve also worn it with some cropped jeans and a pair of diamante flipflops for a more casual look.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed visiting there. Have you visited some lovely places recently? I’d love to hear about them. What’s your favourite summer outfit?

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I do enjoy sitting down to a cup of tea and a slice of cake, particularly on special occasions such as my birthday. I think it’s great that you can send flowers or gifts through the post but now you can even send a personalized cake to someone, delivered straight through their letterbox.
I’d seen Baker Days come up a few times on social media, so when they contacted me asking if I’d like to try their letterbox cake I thought what a lovely idea.
Baker Days is a company that specialises in personalised celebration cakes and they provide a delicious range of fillings and sizes for any occasion.

This letterbox cake measures 5 inches in diameter and comes in it’s own tin which fits perfectly through the letterbox. No need to wait in for a parcel to be delivered or going to the post office to pick it up because of a missed delivery. Perfect!
With this size you get 3 to 4 portions and you can choose from 6 different flavours, vanilla, chocolate chip, fruit, gluten free and dairy free. So Baker Days cater for everyone.

Baker Days also have 3 other size cakes to choose from, small 7″, medium 9″ and large 12″ or even 12 cupcakes, and with the larger cakes you can choose from a range of cute little extras including balloons, banners, bubbles and candles to add that extra special touch.

My cake arrived with a mini pack of love heart sweets and a card telling me to enjoy my cake. I’d chosen the vanilla filling and I found the sponge moist with a light fluffy texture. The cake was absolutely delicious!

For the design I was spoilt for choice but I decided on this one as I thought it fits perfectly with my obsession with shoes! I was really impressed with the actual print on the cake, how the cake was delivered and the little extra special details that Baker Days have thought of to make it a lovely package for anyone to receive in the post.

Baker Days are changing the way we send greetings to loved ones through the post and what a tasty gift to receive straight through the letterbox. I can think of a few friends of mine who would absolutely love to receive one of these cakes on their special day!

The price of the 5″ Letterbox cake is £14.99 and delivery is included in the price. The Baker Days website offers a huge range of designs for you to choose from and you can add your own special message for that personal touch.
If you order before 2pm you get next day delivery. My cake arrived with the normal post the following morning, well packaged and undamaged. All I had to do was open it and tuck in!

Are you a cake lover? Would you love to recieve a cake through your letterbox?

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You may have seen in a previous blog post that I enjoy taking a stroll in the countryside as often as I can, and that’s exactly what I did over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We went to Hitchwood in Hertfordshire and the bluebells were out in full colour. It was so peaceful and great to get out in the fresh air just listening to the sounds of nature. The day wasn’t quite warm enough for me to go bare legged as there was still a spring chill in the air and my feet were going nowhere near a pair of open toe shoes until I’d had a pedicure, or at least stuck some nail varnish on my toes!
I fished out my denim knee length skirt as I thought this would make a nice change to wearing jeans for a casual weekend outfit.

A denim knee length skirt has to be one of my favourite all year round pieces to have in my wardrobe and with summer on it’s way the skirt will probably get a lot of use over the coming months. For this outfit though I chose to wear it with a brown jacket and striped top as we were out taking photographs so I didn’t want to wear anything too bright in case I frightened away any wildlife. I’ve added a pair of black boots and my favourite black box bag to carry those few essentials a girl might need whilst out in the middle of the woods.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any key items in your wardrobe that see you all year round? 

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Spring has to be my favourite time of year. After months of cold weather, dark days and being wrapped up in several layers of clothing. Spring really does make me feel more optimistic and full of energy. I start to make plans and feel much more positive about actually achieving them.
So I thought I’d do something a little different to my usual fashion or beauty post and tell you why I love the Spring.
Lighter evenings – I’m not a morning person so I really don’t like the shorter winter days. In Spring the days start to get longer and it’s lovely to look out of the window or go outside after 6pm and it’s still day light.

Better weather – hopefully! I really don’t like feeling absolutely freezing cold every time I step outside the front door so I really look forward to the change in the weather. I love getting outside and feeling the sun on my face as it instantly lifts my mood. It’s lovely to be able to have a window or two open rather than having the heating on full blast, which of course will save on my heating bills!
Easter – The shops are full of Easter eggs and being a chocoholic this is a favourite for me along side Christmas when it’s OK to over indulge on chocolate! It’s also the time when I bake a chocolate sponge cake and top it off with mini eggs. Plus its an extra long weekend, which is always a bonus.
Flowers – The flush of pretty coloured daffodils, tulips and crocuses really do symbolize Spring. The blossom trees flourish with their beautiful pink flowers and every year I have to buy a hyacinth in yet another pretty pot just because it’s Spring.
Getting out more – After being cooped up indoors for what seems like forever over the winter, the warmer weather really makes me more motivated to get outside rather than huddled up inside under a duvet. Everywhere seems so much more enjoyable on a sunnier day.
Baby animals – Being an animal lover, I’m a big softy when it comes to all the baby animals born in the Spring. They are just so sweet and adorable. A true sign that Spring has arrived.
Lighter make up – all through the winter I wear a heavier foundation and darker eye or lip colours. But as soon as Spring arrives I tone it down and use a lighter base and wear fresh nudes, pinks and peaches.
Lighter layers – I can finally leave my winter coats at home and venture out in a lighter spring jacket. It’s great to be able to go out without having to pile on thick layers and it’s a good excuse to go shopping as the stores are full of lovely new season clothes.
Sitting outside to have my coffee – I love watching the world go by whilst sitting outside my local coffee shop in the sunshine. I’ll even sit outside for a few minutes in my garden and enjoy the fresh air and listen to the birds singing away.
Spring Clean – I don’t enjoy the cleaning bit but I do love having an organised home after a big Spring clean. It’s also time to pack away my winter clothes and have a good clear out of anything that I’m never going to use again. Although being a bit of a hoarder I really have to be ruthless with myself and decide what to keep and what not to. I have a tendency to go out in the morning leaving my room in a mess from where I’ve pulled out half of the contents of my wardrobe trying to decide what to wear. So after my big Spring clean i make a concious effort to keep rooms as tidy as possible!
Wonder how long I’ll last this year?
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. What’s your favourite time of year?

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Sometimes i get so wrapped up in everyday life that I forget what’s important and what isn’t. Life can become so stressful with all those everyday tasks that need to get done and I end up feeling so overwhelmed with it all and struggle to keep up.
I try not to dwell on things too much and remember that my personal well-being needs to come first. So as often as I can I spend a few minutes or a few hours having some “me time” to unwind and relax.
Here are my top 10 favourite things to help me relax.


1. Colouring Books
I got my first one about 6 months ago and then another one for Christmas. These ones have space for you to do your own drawing as well as the colouring in sections so they are great for being as creative as I want yet still being able to switch off and while away the hours in my own little world.

2. Enjoy a cup of Tea
I love a cup of coffee first thing in the morning but I also enjoy a good cup of Yorkshire tea in the afternoon. I love lemon and ginger tea if I feel I need something refreshing. However on those times when I just want to relax for 10 minutes I’ll light a candle, get out my favourite tea cup and enjoy a nice soothing herbal tea while reading my favourite book or looking through a magazine. My favourite at the moment is Clipper Sleep Easy Tea with cinnamon and chamomile.

3. Listen to Music
I have quite a vast music collection ranging from classical to Pop to Rock. Sometimes I’ll put something upbeat on to dance and sing along to which is great fun, while other times I’ll just want to listen to something gentle and hopefully fall asleep.

 4. Bake A Cake
Up until a few years ago I had never baked a cake. Then a friend of mine showed me how simple it was and now I really enjoy making cakes for my friends and family. My hubby’s favourite cake is a Victoria Sponge so I make this one a lot. It’s a great way to de-stress as I can take out my temper when mixing the cake!

5. Meet Up With Friends and Family
I try to meet up with my friends as often as I can. I really enjoy spending time with them over a drink or lunch date. Sometimes all I need is to spend some time with the people I love and have a good chat or a laugh and I feel a whole lot better. My hubby is great at making me laugh when I’m feeling down or I feel like I’m in the middle of a crisis. We’ve been together long enough now that he also knows when to give me a hug or just run for cover!

6. Paint My Nails
I have nail polishes in every colour of the rainbow and it can be really therapeutic to sort them all out and paint my nails, especially if I do this with a friend and play some of my favourite music too.

7. A Walk In The Woods
My hubby and I love going on long walks together to get away from the hustle and bustle of town life. I’m really lucky to have so many lovely parks and woodlands near where I live. It’s great to get out in the fresh air and taking in the smells and sounds of nature. One of my favourites in the Spring is a Bluebell Wood not far from us. The bluebells give the woods such a beautiful carpet of blue. Which ever place we choose to go its just lovely to go for a long walk in such peaceful surroundings and it’s also great for doing some of my photography too.

8. Exercise
I try to get along to a class at least once a week. Not only is it relaxing and great for keeping fit but I also enjoy socialising afterwards for a coffee or a lunch date with the people I’ve got to know through going to the classes.

9. Watch A Film
I close the curtains, open the wine, or make a hot chocolate depending on how I’m feeling, and snuggle up on the sofa under a thick throw to watch one of my favourite films. It can be anything from a romantic comedy, an action film or a Disney film. I also love TV box sets and often watch a few episodes back to back.

 10. A Mini Pamper Night
I lock myself in the bathroom, light a few relaxing smelling candles and pop on a face mask while soaking in the bath with a few drops of my favourite bath oil or bath bomb.

Thank you for reading my post. What sort of things do you do to relax?


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