Top & Hat - Primark // Jeans- New Look // Flats  -H&M

One of the big festival trends picked up on this year has been gypsy tops, and when I tried on and fell in love with a beautiful loose flowing cheesecloth blouse from Topshop, I knew I had to buy into the trend...I just wasn't prepared to part with £35 cold hard cash. So off to Primark I trooped and managed to find not one but two gypsy off-the-shoulder tops which I quickly snapped up of course (needless to say I took one back in the end). Anyway, this is the shorter sleeved one that I ended up keeping for a bargain £9. I'm not sure about the length of it, as it's a bit long, so I may have to get my fabric scissors out and lop a few inches off the bottom to take it to a more summer-friendly crop length that can be teemed with high waist bottom halves to create a bohemian vibe. Are you guys feeling the gypsy top?



Whilst I'm not feeling particularly happy about the fact that I'm now well into my late Twenties (ugh) and there is NO denying that, I am pretty chuffed with all the lovely presents I received for the occasion of making it a year older! So...who wants to see the presents?

My favourite gifts this year were the Zara gift card (as one can never go wrong with Zara), Series 4 of Game of Thrones which I am exceedingly excited about watching, and the gorgeous Estella Bartlett gold plated bracelet that my mum gave me.

I also asked for a facemask from Lush as I'd heard lots of good things about Cosmetic Warrior and it's skin-calming properties - so far I've tested it a couple of times and it leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft, but I gather that I'll have to keep on using it for my skin to get used to it, and to see an improvement (and reduction of pesky spots).

I also loved my furry keyring, and blingy choker (how 90's). a Boots giftcard will always come in handy, and I loved all my smellies: Body Shop RainForest Moisture Hair Butter, Argan Morrocan Rose Body Wash and an absolute classic in St. Ives Exfoliator.

But above all I was seriously bowled over by the sheer amount of chocolate gifted to me. My sister made me a whole goody bag stuffed full of American candy and chocolate! It's enough to last me a  year! And that's without counting all the Lindt, Hotel Chocolat, Cadburys, Thorntons, Galaxy and homemade chocs that various people gave me. I think word has got around that I have a sweet tooth.

The loveliest thing though was spending time with my family and friends, and receiving so many beautiful heartfelt birthday wishes from pals old and new. All together now... awwwwww.



 Top, Hat & Jeans - Primark // 

A few weeks ago we went to check out the elegant Arts and Crafts style home and picturesque valley gardens of Coleton Fishacre on the South Devon coast. It was a beaut of a day (rare at the moment) and I got some great pics - friends were asking where I'd gone on holiday - they couldn't believe the coastal shots were in the U.K!!! I could've told a little white lie but the truth is I'm saving up at the moment, so I simply can't afford to go off travelling abroad right now.
I've found since moving to a city that I appreciate the countryside so much more, and always look forward to a little rural break, whether that's camping for a long weekend, or simply a day trip to the coast. The next thing I'm hoping to book is a countryside spa retreat - I like the Bannatyne Spa Charleston House in Somerset - heaven!



1. Enjoying Damascene Rose Bubbly and Delicious Gluten Free Pizza on the Quay
2. Doing some baking! - Carrot cake with cream cheese and walnut topping
3. & 4. Wearing black and white as always ;)
5. Cuddles at the farm!
6. & 7. Feeling creative and inspired at floral design workshops

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday loves xxx



 skirt - missguided // jumper and trainers - primark //
bag - urban otfitters

I've not been posting so many outfit shots at the moment as I've put on a bit of weight recently and I'm not entirely happy with it. I've always been lucky that I never had to watch my weight and I have a naturally skinny top half, but I've been working out a lot more recently  - swimming a few times a week during the winter and going running now we're into spring/summer - so I've built up quite a bit more muscle in my thighs and bum, not to mention all the extra food I'm having to eat to keep up with the exercise regime. And you all know the famous saying - muscle weighs more than fat! Since I recognised that I put on weight, I've found it hard to feel comfortable in tight clothing that hugs my curves and every time I look in the mirror all I see is thunder thighs!!! Even my sister said I was looking bigger! It's at times like these, when you're not feeling so confident in your body, that you notice everyone else has super slim thighs!! I'm working hard to counteract these negative vibes with healthy eating and sticking to the workouts no matter what - but seeing as I have naturally shapely thighs, any little exercise I do builds them up even more -  it's a lose-lose situation! I'm sure I'm just being paranoid - every one has something about their body they dislike - I just hope that I can nip this issue in the bud and move on instead of obsessing over it. C'est la vie!