A trip to North Berwick

Monday, 14 July 2014

North Berwick Beach daisies flowerpots North Berwick Church North Berwick Houses North Berwick Brick House North Berwick North Berwick harbour lobster shack North Berwick playground ice cream

Here are the photos from North Berwick, which we visited last week after our trip to the Archerfield Estate. We didn't catch it on it's sunniest day, but the town was still full of colour and beautiful old buildings. I kept taking photos of the houses as so many of them were painted in the prettiest colours. Sadly we didn't manage to try anything from The Lobster Shack on our trip, but hopefully we can go back again soon - Though I didn't spy lobster rolls on their menu, which is a shame as they're my absolute favourite! However, we did manage to get some ice creams, which we had as we wandered back through town to our car. Yum!

Wimbledon Hearts

Monday, 30 June 2014

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Blazer - Zara, Top - New Look, Leigh Jeans - Topshop, Sandals - Carvela,  Wimbledon Effervescance Necklace - Links of London*

Like the rest of the UK, we've been caught up in the Wimbledon bubble! All of a sudden we're looking out where our local tennis courts are, blowing off the dust from our rackets and asking ourselves if Finlay is too young still to have a little rally with us. For me, half the fun of Wimbledon is all of the BBC coverage - I love tuning in for Scott Mills' "animal tennis" or watching it all out on the grass (preferably with a Pimms in hand). Then of course there's the fashion side and stalking what Kim Sears wore each day on the Daily Mail, I always think she's such a classy dresser. Doesn't she come across as such a lovely girl too? What is Murray waiting for?!

So today's outfit is Wimbledon themed, a combo of smart and casual dressing and what I'd imagine I'd wear if I ever got the chance to go. This Zara blazer has been perfect for throwing on over simple tops and ensembles, as the bright colour instantly livens everything up. It's quite a bold number for me, but on a sunny summer's day it's one of my favourite things to wear. This gorgeous Links of London necklace is from their latest Wimbledon inspired collection marking the 21st year of them being the official Wimbledon jewellery provider - If you look closely you can see the heart resembles a tennis ball. I think this collection is so pretty and sophisticated. The english nerd in me also loves how some of the pieces have been engraved with words from R. Kipling's poem "If". Such a unique touch! 

So who's everyone's favourite to win? Of course we're all behind Murray in our little household, but the big three are all on top form (dang!!!) 

Ace & Jig

Thursday, 26 June 2014

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Dress - Ace & Jig, Sandals - Carvela

I've mentioned before in a previous post that I've been on a mission lately to simplify my wardrobe. It's taken time (and lots of de-cluttering), but I'm starting to build a small collection of clothing for each season that I genuinely love wearing. The aim is quality over quantity, so I've been shopping less in favour of only buying special one off's that I can re-wear over and over. It's freed up so much space in my drawers and cupboards - It's a big relief not to have so many things that I 'might wear again one day.' This Ace & Jig number was one of those dresses I knew had to be mine (yay for sales). I call this my "earth mama" dress and love how Finlay likes to tug on the bottom of it. It's a nice change from my usual skinny jeans and long top/jumper uniform. It's a bit different for me too, but I love it and can see this dress being a staple in my summer looks for years to come. 

It's been a busy few weeks for our little family. I've also been battling with some fatigue and back ache (I'm getting old). I think it's my body telling me I need to exercise and sort myself out - I'll admit I've been handling the situation all wrong. Instead of healthy greens for energy I'll turn to coffee and I've been super lazy about getting back into yoga to help with any muscle pain (instead I just complain). It's bad and I know it. So I'm working on a list aptly named "Happiness Goals" focusing on some healthy lifestyle changes I'll be implementing to get me back on track. I'll be sharing them in my next post... i.e when I've properly thought them all through and culled the unrealistic ones. 

Hope you're all having a nice week so far :) 

Weekend Date Night

Monday, 23 June 2014

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The Singleton Whiskey & A&J nosing glasses - Alexander & JamesOlly: Albam - Jumper, Ted Backer - Jeans, Schmoove - Shoes via sarenza.co.uk
Steph: H&M - Top, Topshop - Jeans, Bertie - Heels via sarenza.co.uk

It's not often I feature my other half on my blog, mainly because he won't let me take photos of him! As it was Olly's first Father's Day last week I wanted to make it extra special for him. Ever since watching The Angels' Share, Olly's had a thing about whiskey and an interest in learning about all of the various scottish malts. So when the opportunity came by to sample one from a great whisky shop at Alexander & James I jumped at the chance to choose the perfect one that I knew Olly would love - After lots of browsing I went with an eighteen year old bottle of The Singleton of Dufftown (love the name), which is described as being rich and mellow with ripe apple and blackberry fruit. I also chose a couple of traditional whiskey nosing glasses, just to complete the experience! 

Olly was so thrilled when it arrived (he had no idea we were planning this surprise for him). As it was a special occasion we decided to make a night of it, so once Finlay was down for bed I put on some lippy (Mac's Vegas Volt) and we snuck out onto our balcony to spend some quality time together - we must have spent an hour or so talking about our summer plans, Finlay, future holidays and probably more Finlay. Olly loved the whiskey as I'd hoped he would, I had a little try too but I'm ashamed to admit I could only manage a couple of sips as it's so strong. It was such a nice evening and the perfect way to have a date night at home. Olly was happy he didn't have to miss any of The World Cup either typical boy. I'd love to know what your favourite date nights are?