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18.07.2018- What I Wore Today #338

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

With this heatwave seeming to be here for the foreseeable future, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been rummaging around in my wardrobe for a selection of weather-appropriate things to wear. It’s one thing to be at home during a heatwave, where various combinations of shorts, smocks and, in my case, pyjamas, are the perfect options for keeping cool, but mastering warm weather officewear is another matter entirely. Needless to say, whilst I’ve been avoiding lingering in direct sunlight for too long, I’ve also been puzzling out a series of outfits for current temperatures:

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Kimono- Oasis
Top- ASOS
Trousers- Espirit (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Gap 
Bag- Cath Kidston 
Sunglasses- Ray-Ban (c/o John Lewis)

I’ll always be eternally indebted to whichever deity of sale shopping was smiling on me the day that I came across this kimono from Oasis- the only one left in the entire store, and for under £10 too! It’s one of those perennial pieces of perfection which I find myself reaching for as regularly as clockwork at this time of the year- especially as, with practicality in mind, it’s really easy to wear and helps to protect my fair flesh from the sun. I’ve rarely worn it with anything but black basics- something which might seem odd when factoring in temperature, but these staples from ASOS are fuss-free and real favourites. 

What have you been styling this summer?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.07.2018- Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Monday, 16 July 2018

Just over a week or so ago, Mum and I made our annual pilgrimage to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Whilst an absolute shambles on the trains made it a bit touch-and-go as to whether we’d get there at all or not, luckily we made it after jumping in the car- and treated ourselves to a blissfully air-conditioned taxi home. Although visiting the flower show is a regular fixture now, it’s still a really special experience, especially when it incorporates a leisurely boat journey across the river:
  

This year’s show felt busier than I think I’ve ever known it before, and although the heat made it pretty hard-going at times, I’ve learnt from experience that pacing myself is essential. As well as some really inspiring show gardens, this year I really enjoyed the addition of the grown your own element- with exhibitors including Borough Market showcasing green growing and all of the most fruitful edible plants. It goes without saying that the Floral Marquee is always a highlight too, and this year I loved the succulent and cacti stands, as well as favourites such as perfect peonies, hydrangeas and dahlias offering a plethora of planting inspiration. Watch this space for an update on some of my new gardening goodies! 

Have you ever visited a flower show? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

13.07.2018- On the Menu: Sweetheart Cupcakes

Friday, 13 July 2018

Working in the middle of London, it's really easy to become a creature of habit and only visit a series of places on rotation at lunchtime or at the end of the day. Given that I'm usually up against the clock as far as downing any form of food is concerned, it's always lovely to carve out some time to indulge properly, especially at the end of a busy week. The perfect opportunity to try somewhere new came up a little while ago, with a post-work visit to a Covent Garden gem:


Sweetheart Cupcakes is a small but perfectly formed little bakery which sits on the lower level of Covent Garden Market, and is somewhere which I've been meaning to pop into for as long as I can remember - especially as they offer such a broad variety of bakes. Although the cafe itself is quite compact, there's a myriad of options on offer to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth, with seemingly limitless options served on rotation as well as more traditional offerings, such as afternoon tea. It was lovely to encounter such a variety- I opted for a rose and pistachio cupcake, but our table also played host to a lemon and blackberry option, as well as some cheesecake- all, of course, accompanied by the obligatory servings of Earl Grey!

Have you tried any new foodie favourites recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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