Sunday, 31 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

Hello lovely folks of the internet... it has been a long time! I have been alike many other students right now, and have nearly disappeared off the face of the earth due to end of term time. I am literally so happy that this is the last time I ever have to go through a 'lets pull an all nighter to finish this coursework/essay'. The next five days are going to be jam packed - seven observations, one assignment, eleven folders to hand in; after that it will truly be time to relax, and catch up with everyday life and other goals other than my main career! I'm ridiculously excited to say, that in two weeks time I'll have finished the Blogcademy in London, which I am more than thrilled to be attending ... it will be the perfect way to start off my summer!

Anyway here are my seven simple things from this week:

1. Big mugs of builders tea.
2. Two trips to London, one to meet the lovely Glitterati girls, indulge in too much sugar and champagne and designing custom flower crowns; the other a family day out ticking some tourist spots off our Merlin pass to do list!
3. Winning the Crown and Glory Still Life competition as part of the Glitterati challenges ... it's made today a much better day!
4. Buying the most amazing 70s poncho/cardigan/blanket/shawl from Topshop whilst up London... I only went in to buy a bag...
5. Trying hummus for the first time... why did I not try this beautiful dip before?!
6. Watching trashy tv (ahem Britain's Got Talent) with my family.
7. Using my Instax and Polaroid at Kew Gardens, and spending the morning wandering the gardens... my last visit was well over ten years ago, and I'm amazed at the size and beauty of the place!

What have you loved this week? I hope you all have a brilliant start to June, and I promise comments/tweets/normal social life will resume during this next month!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Seven Simple Things

1. I got offered my dream job this week (not once, but twice!) and I accepted a position at a school I instantly fell in love with. This has created a much needed confidence boost to my attitude/course and life right now, and I'm so glad I can finally pursue the career I've wanted for the past four years!
2. And not only myself found themselves with a career movement, as my other half gained a promotion too!
3. Discovering how lovely the library in town is... the town itself is really not great but the library felt like it could fit right in somewhere upmarket.
4. On-going support from family & friends, and how in a crisis, people rally together and show true acts of kindness.
5. Lounging on my parent's new sofa ... it is the comfiest piece of furniture ever.
6. Endless bottles of lucozade to beat flu-like symptoms.
7. Online communities, especially the Glitterati babes, Miracle Workers & Twitter, and the support received and given to one another.

How has your week been?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Darling Buds of May; Glitterati May Box from Crown & Glory

This month's Crown & Glory Glitterati box was themed 'The Darling Buds of May' and it is by far my most favourite box! Not that I've mentioned it a thousand times already, but I'm very much obsessed with the 1970s trend right now, so a box full of flowers and orange tones above, was quite a treat! First up, the butterfly and blossom crown... I am so in love with the colour of this crown! The brown base to the crown, means the orange does not just blend in with my newly auburn locks too!
 Next up, the tea rose headband ... the colours are bright pastels, and perfect for the upcoming summer months. At first I wasn't sure whether this band would suit me, but the flowers are a small/medium size (unlike my huge meadow blossom crown!) and suit a range of hairstyles... my current favourite is up with my ponytail.
 The blossom print bow headband is another favourite from this box... from the February Glitterati Box I absolutely loved the heart print headband which is exactly the same style as this blossom headband. In addition, I now have the polka headband which I lusted after for ages, and ended up getting as a swap for an unwanted headpiece (perks of being a Glitterati member!) These are so perfect to wear and spruce up 'everyday' hair... I have so much Crown and Glory now that I'm trying to wear a piece a day including to work, so the headbands fit my high ponytails everyday.
 Another Glitterati favourite at the moment is the slides and hair pins, and after being bee crazy over on the blog the other month, I did get quite excited finding the bumble bee hair pins!
& last of all the peony hairclip... I'm yet to have a go at styling this piece, but I can already envision pin up curls to match a perfect vintage hair do.

If you are not a member, but would love to be, you can sign up for The Glitterati here. (and if you want to, pop my name in the referral box, and we'd both get a £10 voucher!). The box is £23.95 monthly, but I was discussing with another Glitterati member recently, it is so much more than just a box of hair accessories, as there is the Facebook group and community who are absolutely amazing alongside the swap shop, exclusive events (hello Glitterati party this month!) and other fun bits too such as the Spring Secret Santa (which completely turned around the worst day of my month!). I've been a subscriber since January, and I have not been disappointed!

This box has especially got me excited for the future summer months! If you're a glitterati member, I'd love to see what you received in your boxes this May! What is your favourite piece from the box?

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Day Trip to Brugge

 A couple of weeks ago, during the Easter break, I set off on a day trip to Brugge in Belgium. The day started off particularly early, and most of the day was spent travelling down to Dover, hopping on the ferry over to Calais, then a drive through France & Belgium. The first stop off of the coach was Begijnhof, the courtyard full of daffodils, which was on my to-see list. Then it was off to the main town centre, where there was a variety of cafes, street sellers and an unlimited choice of chocolate shops! During my walk, I discovered the Old Curiosity Shop.
 My other must-see was Minnewater park, which is where these shots were taken. We grabbed some Belgian chips, and our picnic, and headed for a spot to lap up the sunshine.
 The night before, I decided to dye my dark locks a ginger/auburn colour, and then decided with a new bright summer colour, it was perfect time to rock the Meadow Crown in Sunshine by Crown & Glory. I'd had my eye on it for ages, and yellow/orange isn't normally my colour, and I was worried my first crown would be too big and look odd on my hair, but I think it suited quite well!
 I also spent the day wearing my 70s sunnies...
 & this Raspberry Breton Top from Boden. To match I wore the Red Vintage Floral Florence Skirt from Boden... this outfit is my go to for work at the moment!

There were many other things to do in Brugge including walking tours, museums & going on a horse & cart ride to name a few. For myself, one day was definitely more than enough to soak up the atmosphere of this town, and see everything I wanted to see. I went using a coach tour company, and I would definitely recommend coach tours as a way to see new places on a budget, as it literally felt like a mini holiday, all for under £100 for 2!
Have you got any recommendations for  good day trips?

p.s. I completely stalked these ducklings for a good while and definitely did not nearly fall into the lake!