Fashion/ Travel
August 30, 2015

Wardrobe Details: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

YSP

Hello all! The pooch is asleep so I’m taking some time to catch up on the blog with a cup of chamomile tea and a slice of Parkin, like you do. I’ll update you all with Polly’s adventures soon but first here’s a taste of what else I’ve been up to, in what feels like the final weeks of summer.

When it comes to summer days out in Yorkshire, a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s leading open-air gallery, always comes top of the list. So last week, we ventured to the park to take advantage of the sunshine for a picnic and see Rob Ryan’s Listen to The World Exhibition.

Summer day outRob Ryan DSC_0389 Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Tunic c/o White Stuff | High Waisted Jeans from New Look | White loafers from Lotus | Bag from New Look

Our first mission was to set up our picnic and take in the views of the park but as we arrived at YSP the heavens opened and I looked to my feet (white loafers) and regretted my outfit choice. Plus I forgot my brolly and coat too. I blame Polly. She’s turned my brain to puppy mush. Ha! After a quick shower the blue skies popped out and my white shoes and lunch were saved. Hurrah!

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For casual summer days out like this I styled my tunic dress from White Stuff with my favourite high-waisted jeans and white flat loafers for a monochrome/classic look. For Autumn/Winter walks, the tunic would work well with coloured tights or leggings, paired with ankle boots. Oh and it has pockets too, perfect for storing doggy treats in. Sorry folks, I’m puppy obsessed.

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Are you planning any final summer days out?

At Home
August 26, 2015

At Home: Exposed Brick Walls

Exposed Brick

Via Etica Studio

One of the things that stood out when we viewed our home was the exposed brick in the kitchen. I absolutely love it. However, although the kitchen is modern and fits within the open plan living decor, it wasn’t looked after very well by the previous owners and includes a few noticeable design flaws here and there (only two plug sockets for our appliances!).

As it’s a small kitchen, I’m hoping that we can make it really special in years to come, without it costing a small fortune. I’d love to update our laminate flooring as our current floor was fitted badly (gaps for Polly to find!). There’s a great selection of styles available nowadays including contemporary tile and slate effect flooring, a great alternative if you are bored of the wood effect look. If you have a pet (I still can’t believe we are dog owners now!) they’re great for keeping clean; plus laminate flooring is affordable and really easy to install, if you’re wanting to save on labour costs.

I’d like different kitchen cupboards that are more practical space wise giving us lots of storage; it’s just a matter of finding a new scheme and style that complements the exposed brick. That’s where Pinterest comes in!

exposed brick

Via Christine Fife | Better Homes and Gardens

Look to the walls! Exposed brick looks great when you add art, shelves and kitchen accessories to it. As we’re lacking on space I think we need to utilise the walls more.

kitchen decorVia Remodelista | Stadshem

Bored with your brick and want something completely new? Why not paint them? I love the white washed bricks above. They would look great in a large open space with good light.

Floors again! Tiles and bricks work really well together in achieving an industrial look, especially when teamed with stainless steel.

PicMonkey Collage

Via Woo Home | Sea of Girasoles

The power of lighting, huh? These industrial-style fairy lights look great against the brick backdrop and finish off this wall perfectly. Now I want to strip the walls back to brick in our bedroom too!

Do you have a kitchen makeover planned?

Disclosure: Collaborative Post

Travel
August 24, 2015

Travel: Staycations in the UK

Devon cream tea

I have really fond memories of holidaying in Devon. Firstly with my family, exploring the towns of Barnstaple and Westward Ho! and then at the great surfing hotspot of Woolacombe with friends. So when Parkdean offered to send me a cream tea hamper of my choice (Devon or Cornwall) I  couldn’t wait to sample it and recall happy holiday memories. A friendly wren kept on popping into our cream tea garden party to say hello too.

All of my childhood holidays were spent in the UK in either Northumberland, Scotland, Cornwall or Devon. It wasn’t until my 16th birthday till I went abroad with my Nanna to Paris (long live coach trips!). I’ve grown up to love staycations, and not just because there a little cheaper than going abroad but they give you a better understanding of this country we live in; it’s an amazing place.

As for Devon? Travelling from Yorkshire to Devon in our burgundy Princess car called Gladys was a big part of the holiday experience too (long road trips are the best). It’s also where I learnt to bodyboard, it’s where I experienced my first proper summer (scorching hot!) and of course, my first Devon cream tea. Always cream first my friends, sorry Cornwall!

cream tea hampers Cream Teas clotted cream lifestyle blogger strawberry jam Cherries Wren creamtea

Fancy being in with a chance to win a 3 or 4 night staycation to Devon or Cornwall with Parkdean worth up to £499? Simply enter the Parkdean giveaway here. Good luck!

So then, my friends. Which cream tea camp are you in? (Devon! Devon!)

Disclosure: Hamper c/o Parkdean

Positivity
August 24, 2015

5 Positive Things To Do This Week #145

sunrise

1. Get up early and watch the sunrise with a hot chocolate (it helps having puppy company too).

2. Have a grass fight.

3. Go through your Direct Debits and see if you need them all. Any old subscriptions you’re now bored with?

4. Enjoy a The Great British Bake Off night in with your mates (everyone bring cake-based treats!).

5. Make a Unicorn Pinata (Love this DIY by Oh Happy Day).

Brew up and see more 5 Positive Things To Do This Week posts here. Oh and don’t forget to share your positive moments over on Instagram and tag with #sharethepositive.

Happy tagging!

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