05 July 2015

This Week // #29

vintage embroidered maxi dress in the park I've missed doing this little catch ups recently, especially as life has been busy and so much has gone on! Here's a little fill in on what has been going on for the last few weeks!

Doing: Enjoying the sunshine. It does the soul good to wake up to blue skies, I swear! I am one of those people that it can never really be too hot for- even if I'm sitting half naked in my knickers sweating, I'm happy! I managed an afternoon in the park on Friday too, with an M&S picnic and lots of chatting with the husband, which was bliss. However, my 8 year old beloved DSLR finally bit the dust whilst we were trying to take photos- so enjoy the one salvagable photo above! A bit blurry, overexposed but the very last photo from that old camera so I had to put it in. Its replacement is on its way but I'm kind of sad to say goodbye to my old friend- it has been on many an adventure with me!
Loving: My new hair! I have had the itch to change things up a bit for a while, and decided to go for dip dye- I can always chop it off if I get bored, with no damage to the rest of my hair! It feels fun and is a big change but I like it. And as Harry has teased me, this totally helps my all black clothing habit- the hair adds a bit of colour now! For a better photo, have a look at my instagram.
Wearing: Midi dresses. At any chance I can get! I always feel way too exposed in over the knee dresses so I've been loving breezy midi dresses during this heatwave. I have a floaty white one I found the other week that I cannot wait to wear with a wide brim straw hat and a pretty pair of sandals. Summer uniform, right there.
Daydreaming: Of our honeymoon. My trip to our place in France the other week went by in a total flash and left me all the more impatient to go away! The hot weather is making me crave days by the sea, fresh fruit and wanders round pretty towns. We have booked to go to Sicily at the very end of August and I cannot. wait. Bring on the Gelato! If anyone has any must see places in the south east of Sicily, let me know!
Links of the week:
Who has watched Rihanna's 'Bitch better have my money' video? The song is damn catchy, for sure, but this article says everything I could ever want to say about the video...  Sexualised violence against women shouldn't be celebrated, whether it is orchestrated by a man or a woman.
I'm considering FINALLY making the move to my own domain but constantly put off by the work involved with getting links organised etc. This post on how to fix broken links from Hello Terri Lowe makes it all so clear and simple!
I've been really missing open space and green fields this summer- I love being in the city but I'm a country girl at heart and sometimes I need to get out and away. I've now added another 16 places to the UK wanderlust list thanks to this!
Great to see some of my favourite brands in this Guardian ethical style guide! I am dying over the palm print jumpsuit!

Catch up with Chambray and Curls
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend- how has your week been? Tell me your news!



29 June 2015

Life // #EscapeWithOcean

Manchester Yoga Central at the Escape With Ocean Event
Life has been a little frazzled over the last few months... Somehow I don't seem to be finding time for everything I want to do, and things have felt a little tough. Everyone has periods like this, I know, but it meant that when an invite popped into my inbox from Ocean Finance, it came at just the right time.So, last Sunday afternoon, I spent a blissful afternoon at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel with a group of Manchester bloggers, doing Yoga, relaxation sessions and spa treatments!
Liverpool Warehouse Hotel Manchester for the Escape With Ocean EventYoga Manchester Central Yoga StudioThe afternoon was set up brilliantly. It started with an hours worth of Yoga with Nikki from Manchester Yoga Central in one of the most beautiful and serene spaces I've seen- Brick walls, wood floors, open windows with the wind rustling through the trees outside. I do Yoga once a week and always find it ridiculously beneficial, for both working my body and calming my mind. This was no exception!

The yoga was followed up by a mix of blissful treatments- I plumped for the back and head massage which was absolutely brilliant. My neck and shoulders always ache (life in front of a computer screen does that to you!) so, combined with the yoga, this was just what I needed! The hotel is gorgeous, with everywhere styled with the perfect mix of bohemian and industrial features- it was pretty much my dream home! This would be the perfect place to take my favourite ladies for a bit of a treat if they visit me up here- organic cakes and spa treatments anyone?

With the focus of the day being stress relief, we were given an amazing talk with Rachel Watson on relaxation methods, designed to make switching off easier. I don't know about you, but switching the constant buzz in my mind off is one of the hardest things for me. Using methods like tapping and visualisation, we practiced winding down our minds, getting close to mediation. I was really surprised by just how soothed I felt after just a short while, and I am really enjoying using her CD at the moment. Having guidance through the motions makes such a difference to how easy I find it to let things go out of my mind.

With a goody bag full of healthy treats in hand (the Metcalfe's popcorn and Itsu thins have been so good to take in to work over the last week!), I finished the weekend feeling so soothed. Thank you so much Ocean, and all of the amazing women involved for SUCH a great escape!



11 June 2015

Style // Wide Brim

Wide Brim Black Hat Can you ever go wrong with black jeans and a denim jacket? I've been wearing this jacket every darn day since getting it - every summer wardrobe needs a denim jacket! The same is true of this gorgeous necklace from Twinface Jewellery- a Manchester brand I am in LOVE with (I'll be doing a bigger post on them later). I feel a little like Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks when I'm wearing it and it makes everything look better. Summer days definitely seem to be calling for summer uniforms...
Black jeans and denim jacket Wide brim hat summer uniform Black tee with Twinface Jewellery Hammered Moon Necklace Summer uniform denim and hats
Wearing- Jeans and Jacket: eBay; Tee and Bag: Charity Shop; Hat: Catarzi at ASOS; Sandals: Sam Edelman (very old! Almost a decade old in fact!); Hammered Moon Necklace: Twinface