Back in Black

 Top - F&F // Shorts - Bershka // Boots - ASOS

Hhhmmm...I think I love monochrome a bit too much! But it sets my tan off nicely, right?? I've got a lot of wear out of this bargain £5 vest top from F&F this summer, it seems to go with most of my wardrobe and is sooo very versatile - it looks great clashed with other prints for a fun look or just with jeans and slip-ons for an easy breezy casual look. <3


Fresh As A Daisy

 Jeans - Primark // Shirt // Vintage // Shoes - New Look

It's slowly dawning on me that Summer is coming to an end. It only just feels that Summer has started, and I haven't even been to the beach yet! No summer is complete without a beach trip...I guess I just haven't had the weather for it on my day off each week. I have managed to fit in lots of fun days out the last few months though, plenty of which I need to upload posts about here (I'm running a bit behind I'm afraid!), and a couple of trips to London which were good fun. The last couple of weeks the temperature has dropped and sunny days have been fewer and farther between but hopefully I can drag summer out well into September...I won't really start thinking about Autumn dressing until October. I hate it when the shop's drop their A/W ranges in August - I'm sure as someone who loves fashion I should be ecstatic about new season clothes and all the possibilities, but it just leaves me feeling cold inside. What about you guys? Love it or hate it?


Crop + Skirt

Top // Boohoo.com // Skirt - River Island //
Boots - Garage shoes

Probably shouldn't have worn a white bra underneath a stretchy black crop top, but I couldn't resist this buy from boohoo. It was only a few pounds, and a cheap way of getting in on the crop top trend, but next time I'll definitely wear it with a black bra! I was planning on getting more wear out of these boots this summer, as the cut-outs make them a bit more summer-friendly, but so far that hasn't happened. Maybe as we transition into Autumn they'll prove more popular.


Last Summer Part 3

Part 3 of my favourite outfits from last summer. I enjoyed delving back into the archives and pulling out long forgotten outfits! Sometimes I can't believe the things I've worn only a few months ago, but that's all part of experimenting with style and clothes. I'd rather look back at crazy outfits than boring outfits, right? How do you feel about this?


Fresh White

 Sandals and clutch - New Look // Jeans and shirt - Primark // 

I was glad when I found this chiffon style white shirt in Primark as it's such a versatile piece and can be worn with anything to make it look a bit more dressy than a plain tee. I wanted to go for a whole white outfit here before realising there was a fundamental flaw in my plan - I don't own any white jeans or indeed a white skirt. I do have a pair of white linen shorts - so maybe next time!

Today I'm taking my Nokia phone to a repair shop where hopefully they can get the screen replaced. I bought a DIY kit off Amazon but I can't get the last screw out which is a pain as it means that I've effectively fallen at the first hurdle. Hopefully they can fix it for me and I can get back to my beloved Instagram - oh how I've missed it!



Just a few more pictures from my birthday and time at Centre Parcs. Look at this cute little family of ducks who came to our lodge every morning for feeding time! They were so tame you could feed them by hand and pick them up. There was also a cheeky squirrel who came into the living room to look for food - I know that would be some peoples nightmare but we thought it was quite cute actually.

Whilst there we went for a birthday lunch at Cafe Rouge, where I had the calamari for starter and butternut & sage ravioli for mains - both lip-smacking delicious!

Back at home I was thrown a little surprise birthday party and supplied with not one but three chocolate cakes from various different people and I was gifted some lovely presents - my favourites, pictured above, being the Benefit They're Real Mascara, Origins Super Spot Remover, Ecotools, Next L'eau Rose and lots of sweet treats. All in all it was a lovely birthday week.


My Centre Parcs Stay

At the begginning of last month I went away to Centre Parcs at Longleat to celebrate my birthday with some close gal pals. I'd been to a Centre Parcs once before when I was a teen, but I was so looking forward to going back as they have so many fun sports and activities to take part in. We stayed in a 3 bed lodge for 4 nights which I think was around £400 if I recall correctly, so split between us it wasn't very much at all!

We were so impressed with the lodge and it's facilities, it was nicely decorated and had a big chalkboard with a colourful message written on by the cleaner welcoming us to the Parc, which we later used to draw up our schedule of events for the week. I drove us all there, so the girls allowed me to have the double bedroom with a T.V, but the twin bedrooms were all  good size too, with hairdryers and dressing tables. We loved the huge corner sofa in the open plan living room, and it had a stylish tree-print wallpaper along one wall. The kitchen had every mod-con you could think of and we even had a Henry Hoover! It was the perfect place to crash out at night after all our exhausting activities.

I wish I could show you pics of the lodge, but my phone fell out of my pocket and the screen shattered on the floor, so until I get it fixed I can't access those particular pics. I'm such a clutz... but that just feels like really bad luck as I'd only had the phone for a couple of months and before that I'd had so much trouble with EE/Orange about my contract...it feels like the whole thing is more hassle than it's worth. Maybe I should make a stand and go mobile-free (...or maybe not)!

Anyway I did get some pics from my regular camera of the lake where we went stand-up paddle boarding and hired a pedalo. I love SUP - it's so much fun! It really works loads of muscles too. We also played tennis, badminton (love!), crazy golf (got to do it), ten-pin bowling (I'm rubbish at it), went paintballing, and spent a lot of time in the sub-tropical swimming paradise and the rapids in particular! We spent one afternoon at the AQUA SANA Spa which was lovely and relaxing...definitely one of the better spas I've been to as it has 15 different 'experience rooms'. My fave was the Japanese Salt Steam Bath, and it even had a Zen garden, as well as the more traditional saunas.

The Parc is car-free so you either hire bikes or walk everywhere (as you can imagine, it's a big site) but I enjoy walking so that doesn't bother me. Next time I might hire a bike though. Hopefully next time won't be too distant in the future, I had such a good time that I started thinking about when I could go back as soon as I got home! They have a new park just outside London too, Woburn Forest. Worth checking out if you want a staycation with lots of fun things to do.

Also, check out my bday cake! It was layers of pink and red meringue with cream, blueberries and strawberries in between - AMAZING!