These are amazing, totally bookmarking these for the babe’s future birthday party’s (which by the way I cannot wait for!)

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Available from Yellow Owl Workshop

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Baby Shower

August 7, 2013

 Last week my very lovely and generous friends Sarah and Michele threw me a baby shower…

They gathered a group of girlfriends and we all went to one of my favourite places; riverstation for mezze, bubbles and cake…

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Sarah had gotten us all the tastiest cupcakes, all decorated with prams, bows and babies…  

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It’s so good to have occasions to bring lots of friends from different groups together, all my ladies in one place was so fun… 

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It was a very girly affair, there were huge displays of pink peonies and hydrangea’s from Michele (thanks to Edward Allen), pink polka dot balloons, streamers and confetti… 

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The food was great, lots of middle eastern mezze, vegetarian bites and chips! 

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I love these photos, so many faces that look like they are getting some very juicy gossip… 

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…and these, I just know Sarah said something outrageous but I cannot remember what it was… 

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 But I can tell by our faces it was good… 

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Then I opened presents, I mean seriously amazing presents. A huge thank you to all of my wonderful friends for coming and for the gifts for Baby T, she is a very lucky girl and I cannot wait to dress her up in all the cute things.  

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My very grown up 5-year-old (when did that happen) godson helped me open my presents, a good job too or we would have been there for a while.  I didn’t get photos of them all…

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Little vans from Sofi! 

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A little designer keepsake too…

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Then we all played a couple of baby games, finished the bubbles and ate the cake and I went home very overwhelmed and cried over my gifts! 

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So very lucky! HUGE thanks to Michele and Sarah for the shower and also to everyone for coming. Also big thank you to Hamish our only male guest who came to take these lovely photographs.

xxxx

Last Week…

January 14, 2013

The past week, first full week back at work, plus lots of meetings and plans was a bit busy… but fun nonetheless!

I started with a lazy Sunday… a brunch at home, papers and Sunday playlists in the kitchen, before a huge clear out and tidy up of my clothes, jewellery and make up.

It felt great. Now I know what I have and where everything is.

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Then I have a work party, the theme was retro, so I took that as a movie star era, I put on a new sparkly dress, my hair went up in a chignon and wore a red lip…

The first venue was a hotel on the water, there was even a grand piano, no one was playing it though… shame! 

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We started there for cocktails while the caterers and the party organiser set up our big long dinner table.

We had the wonderful Flavoursmith cook for us in our own restaurant… which Michele (my boss at riverstation) organised  along with a quiz and dancing later.

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The menu was Duck a l’orange, which was a duck pate, a quail and duck meat scotch egg and a duck crackling salad. All delicious, and my first scotch egg ever.

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 Then for mash it was simply ‘Beef, Mash and Onions’, which was a shin of beef which had certainly been cooked for hours, and fell apart as soon as you touched it, served with the creamiest mash ever seen and fried onions.

Followed by a Cup a’Tea, which was an early grey pannacotta with a lemon jelly set on top. Served in cute china cups this was possibly my favourite course of 3 delicious plates.

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Monday I started the week with an impromptu date night with my Husband, we decided to visit our favourite local spot Souk Kitchen… you know how much I love it there by now. 

We are not drinking this month so the fact that they offer home-made softies was amazing to us. 

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We had as always the bread and dips, despite the fact that I had told myself I wouldn’t they are just too good to resist. I also had dessert. A turkish delight dark chocolate pot, with a piece of the delight at the bottom. Possibly even prettiest than my previous dessert.

My week had started well! 

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I put some new pretties up around my new desk at work… and had a big clean and tidy at home downstairs too. Feeling ready to tackle the new year now… 

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During the week we have been eating a lot of green stuff, and to substitute a glass of wine I have been treating myself to the odd glass of raspberry lemonade and elderflower presse… it’s going well so far (apart from Sunday when I really wanted a glass of red)

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Friday we had a movie night… we watched The Imposter which is crazy and strange, and leaves you with more questions that you had at the start.

Searching for Sugar Man is inspirational, I would highly recommend you watch it, and watch it without looking into what it is that way there are more surprises, it will leave you sad but happy at the same time.

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Saturday was great, we started with a walk to the shops and my Husband got himself a very sharp suit, then we went to Poco for breakfast. They do amazing coffee, really sweet and not bitter at all. And the fry up is perfect. Not greasy, not too much but enough that you are stuffed. 

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Then we wandered homewards and stopped in at the Arnofini for something sweet, we shared bites of this pretty jewelled carrot cake… 

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Then I went and met my friend India for a long gossip session over hot chocolate and rocky road, and finally got to give her a Christmas present of YSL colouring books. Not many people would appreciate that present and I am glad I know someone who would…

We stayed in the bar for hours talking about all sorts, not exactly putting the world to rights, more our own lives.

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 Then Sunday, another perfect day…

I lazed around in the morning after a terrible nights sleep. I have a new cozy robe from The White Company and I had the new InStyle glossy and a mug of coffee… I was set…

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Loved the new season peek… Chanel and Givenchy caught my attention, so pretty, already excited about spring.

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I woke up to the smell of my Husband prepping lunch, we had friends coming and decided to make the ultimate comfort meal… he made the most amazing beef stew, with a beautiful base of vegetables, red wine and shin… served with mash and spinach. I want to eat that again and again.

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Then I made an apple crumble for pudding, served with clotted cream ice cream. Delicious… 

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We had lots of fun running around with our friends kids, who are all lovely… Biggie doesn’t think so though so disappearing for most of the day. I made a big fuss of him when he came out from hiding. He needs to realise these little people can’t hurt him and he’s much faster than them anyway! 

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Now that is the kind of weekend I like, I saw lots of my home and lots of friends… I like that. Also lots of delicious food. More please.

x

Swoon Round Up…

January 4, 2013

Snow in Paris

I would totally visit Paris in Winter… any time of year would be good actually.

Great tips on crediting photographs from East Side Bride

We have just ordered a new food processor and I am definitely making this when it arrives

I really hope this is not necessary but I do have the sniffles so keeping this guide on hand

I have been eating this weekly, definitely going to try more of Sarah’s recipes

This has inspired my New Year’s resolutions

LOVE this outfit, anything Jules wears actually

So we made through the first few days of January and it is the weekend, I am planning on sorting out my house and getting rid of a whole heap of stuff. I love a good clear out it makes me feel all clean!

I’ll be back next week with my New Year’s Eve photographs and some resolutions.

Have a lovely weekend, stay in hibernation!

x

Last Week…

December 17, 2012

…was one of those weeks that have left me feeling so blessed and had me smiling all the way to work this morning.

Lots of time with my closest friends; amazing.

It started last Wednesday with a day off to set up my school friend Hannah’s wedding… she had the most amazing December wedding at a big country house in Somerset.

We spent the day setting up all the decor and details Hannah had planned… with cold skies and a deep frost the views couldn’t have been prettier.

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We ran around our county pile like children checking out all the grand staircases and chandeliers… 

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…ballrooms and the library… 

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It was a mini adventure… and it’s a beautiful house… 

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I loved sneaking into all the rooms, getting a bit scared of possible ghostly residents and running away again with the other bridesmaids, and finding crazy little ornaments and furniture…

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And seriously, those views… it’s times like this that I just adore winter.  

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 Then after the rehearsal in a very cold church we headed over the border to Wiltshire for a night in Hannah’s parents village, which is just amazing. Their cottage is like my dream house.

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Hannah and her parents simply spoiled us rotten, we had beautiful bridesmaid dresses, tons of presents, got our nails done and ate a homemade feast of lasagna before drinking lots of little cups of tea by the fire.

It was lovely getting to hang out with all the other girls a little before the big day… there were 11 of us after all…

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Then it was wedding day!

Here are (some of) the beautiful Bridesmaid dresses and a sneaky peak of Hannah’s stunning gown… and my babys breath bouquet… so cute.

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One of my favourite moments was when Hannah surprised her Dad with a drive to the church in his favourite car, a red Triumph Stag.

The church, in the prettiest Hamlet ever, was lovely as was the very relaxed Vicar, a really amazing ceremony despite the cold… we sang Christmas hymms and shed little tears of joy as Hannah and Tim said their vows…

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The favours were little knitted Christmas tree decorations… we got a little angel and a snowman, already taking pride of place on my tree.

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There was of course lots of bubbles, as well as Kir Royals, mulled cider and Indian food for the wedding breakfast, flowers in jam jars and Marmite jars (Hannah’s favourite), Christmas trees and glittery stars, as well as beautiful candles everywhere.

We had a our photos taken with fun props in the photo booth before dancing the night away to all the classics from our school days.

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Hannah was the most beautiful bride as you can see. She is one of the best people I know and deserved to have such a wonderful day.

Huge Congratulations to her and her new Husband, big love to you both.

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Friday we made it home a little hungover and spent the day at home getting ready for my friends visiting from Australia…

We ate wedding cupcakes and I added my bridesmaid mouse (in a replica dress) to my dresser to make friends with my bird…

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… then that night we went to see the XX at Colston Hall which was amazing… then more drinks with all of my university friends… resulting in yet another hangover on Saturday (that’s number 2 people)…

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Saturday was our Christmas drinks party at home, I hardly took any photographs with all the fun of friends but we made sausage rolls which went down a treat as well as a huge cheese board including a baked Camembert (always a hit) and a ton of crisps and dips and wedding cake (thanks Hannah for the catering of my party!)…

I just LOVE having friends over, my favourite people in my favourite place eating delicious food makes me very happy.

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I love having guests and made lots of poached eggs on different toasts… you gotta try Marmite under poached eggs! And you all know about my love for avocado toast…  

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Then we spent the day yesterday at the Tobacco Factory eating lovely tapas and drinking red wine and declaring our love for each other. I really do adore my uni crew, I wish we all still living within yards of each other so this was a regular occurence.

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Soppy me, soppy me. I loved it. Again please.

xx

Last Week…

December 13, 2012

Last week was a good one… as usual I ate a lot of good food, and am paying for it this week with lots of extra walking and salads needed!

We had a dinner with my Father-in-law, where I was brave and tried again to like olives before feasting on steak and crème brûlée before going to my favourite spot for cocktails…

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The Milk Thistle is so lovely, like an old speak-easy. The interior is gorgeous and the staff are great, they have changed the menu and when I badly tried to describe my old favourite cocktail the bartender remembered it and made it for me. That is service. (the clover club – ask for it!)

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We also had friends over a couple of times, I made a mushroom risotto… my favourite kind of dish for entertaining (easy but delicious) and served our favourite Marks Bread baguette with olive oil and cheese… followed by gooey chocolate puddings. A strong menu in my opinion!

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Then Friday I had a girly night in with a friend and we feasted on charcuterie and more cheese with red wine and gossiped for hours whilst watching rubbish television…

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Saturday I had my first wedding for a month! It was a subtle winter wedding, with diamonds and baubles…

We spent the afternoon setting up the wedding breakfast tables, setting them with silver pine cones and fairy lights, whilst the downstairs was set up for welcome drinks with pretty baubles and a christmas tree…

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And as usual Edward Allen’s flowers looked amazing, especially in the beautiful winter sunshine we had that day…

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Then I went to meet my Husband and some friends for cocktails and beers at Brewdog, a new spot in Bristol which we love already… beautiful surroundings and amazing service and I loved my old fashioned (with added beer) cocktail…

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Before walking home along the river… we arrived south of the river to find a lantern parade had closed our whole street, there were a few schools involved and there were hot air balloons in the playing field as well as the amazing paper mache lanterns. So cute.

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Then we watched movies and ate burgers with Biggie the cat… and I had some down time with Vogue… with added mince pies and Irish cream!

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Sunday my plans changed last minute as my Mama was poorly so I had a free morning and we decided to go and blitz our Christmas shopping… we hit Park Street, where a lot of my favourite shops are… and meaning we could stay away from the main shopping malls and the crowds… we hit Boston first for coffee resisting these cute breakfast egg and bacon tarts (must make!)…

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Then we went to meet friends at the Christmas Spiegeltent, an amazing travelling ballroom that has arrived in Bristol, they are throwing parties and Christmas events most nights but Sunday was the Christmas Love Food Festival so we went down to meet up with some friends… I really want to win that gingerbread house!

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There were lots of stalls selling lovely gifts but we were more interested in the eat now options… I had the most delicious lamb roll with the freshest tasting salsa verde. A great combination. Inspired me for a future Sunday dinner…

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We also got a great idea for our Christmas party, after having some amazing mulled cider we are serving that instead of wine, and cheddar (my favourite) tastes amazing served with it…

We finished off our feast with some delicious churros with chocolate sauce. I must apologise for feeding one to our friends kid… sorry for the sugar rush we left you with. Opps!

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Then we stumbled home with our very full tummies… past gothic churches and cold winter skies…

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And hit the pub on our way for warming amaretto and Innis and Gunn – my husband is obsessed with this beer, made in Whiskey barrels!

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This week is very special, I am away today to be bridesmaid to my friend Hannah… hopefully I’ll be able to share that with you next week!

Swoon Round Up…

December 7, 2012

 A few links for some weekend reading…

I will be working at a Christmas wedding and then visiting my Grandma…

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Oh My Chic – This Dallas girl is super cute and is inspiring me to make more effort with my own style

I reeeeeally want to make these Cherry Smash cocktails

Design Boom was looking at Barns last week… here is my favourite

I really want to make these garlands

You have to watch this Michael Jackson documentary, its amazing – directed by Spike Lee

A beautiful 103 year old Grandma

I want to make this for a weekend lunch, I feel like the health of it will help with all the meals out and parties coming up

x