Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Scottish Borders

Two months ago Cali and I took some time out and spent it with family in the Scottish Borders.

We stayed in this house, which is what I would call 'Unusual' and 'Unique'. It's extremely spacious which makes it excellent value for money - but (I'll be honest) not quite to my taste.

The house is not too far from Kelso which is a perfect town for a touristy day out shopping for knick-knacks. It's also only an hour and a half from the coast. We visited Eyemouth - which has a small but perfectly formed beach and a great coastal walk (past the smugglers bay!)

If you do get chance to visit Eyemouth, I would also recommend this lovely pub.

But the main draw of this house is that it's very much off the beaten track and the best of the Scottish Borders is right outside your front door - waiting to be explored.

On another note... this post is, as usual, a little late. I've been getting into bad blogging habits over the past year and you may have noticed that the number of posts has dwindled a little. I have all the best intentions of remedying that but all is not so simple as it would seem! I'm going to share a little more about my journey over the past year soon, but for now, let's enjoy Scotland...


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Black Friday Run-Down

I've been absent (again) from the blogosphere for a bit but I am making up for it today with a rundown of the best Black Friday Fashion deals out there... I'll be updating the list as the week goes on so remember to keep checking back.

You all know by now how much I like a bargain... but I find Black Friday is best when experienced online, away from the madness of the high street so here are my top tips:

Adidas - Up to 50% off in the sale + an extra 20% off on Black Friday + Free Delivery

Amalli Talli - Various discounts until 9pm. Use code 'BLKFRIDAY' for 15% off sale items.

And Other Stories - 50% off selected items

Anthropologie - 20% off with code 'GIFT'

ASOS - 20% off everything with code 'GOGOGO'

Avenue32 - 30% off selected items

Banana Republic - 50% off 5 regular priced items site-wide

Boden - 30% off and Free Delivey with code F6P8

Boohoo - up to 70% off + Free Delivery

Chicwish - An extra 25% off with code BLK25

Chinti & Parker - discounts on selected knitwear

Coach - 30% off selected styles with code 'THANKS2016' / 20% off wih 'BLACK20'

Debenhams - Up to 50% off

Dorothy Perkins - Up to 50% off

Dune - Up to 30% off selected bags and shoes

Finery - Offering 30% off everything from Thursday 24th - Monday 28th November

French Connection - Up to 50% Off

GAP - Deals running from Friday 25th - Monday 28th November (details TBC)

Hbe Jewellery - 20% off with code 'BlackFriday'

Hobbs - 20% off everything

Hollister Co. - 50% off selected styles + Free Delivery

House of Fraser - Up to 50% off

Jaeger - A range of discounts

J.Crew - 40% off with the code 'HOLIDAY' (thanks to for the tip!)

Karen Millen - 25% off everything from Wednesday

Kate Spade - 20% off with code SKYLINE

La Redoute - 40% off absolutely everything

Long Tall Sally - 15% off everything + free delivery (UK, Thursday - Monday)

Matalan - up to half price sale

Matthew Williamson - Up to 50% off + gift with purchase with code 'LONDONER' (thanks again to for the tip!)

New Look - up to 50% off all ranges (including Tall) in the Black Friday warm up

Net-A-Porter - sale items up to 50% off

Nike - Up to 40% off plus an extra 30% off Sale items with the code 'XMAS16' + Free delivery

Oliver Bonas - Up to 30% off selected lines

Prism - 70% off EVERYTHING (Friday only)

River Island - 50% off selected lines

Roland Mouret (a favourite of the lovely Duchess of Cambridge) - 20% off selected pieces

Selfridges - 20% off with code 'SELFCCE' - 20% off selected designers - awaiting details

Tall Order Clothing - 40% off

Temperley London - 25% off with code 'BLACKFRIDAY'

Topshop - up to 50% off everything from Thursday 24th - Monday 28th November

Urban Outfitters - Buy One get One 50% Off on all apparel with code 'CYBER40' - variety of deals (not just clothing) - a different one launched each day at 8am this week

Whistles  - 25% off selected lines for a limited time

Young British Designers - 30% off everything

Monday, 26 September 2016

In an English Country Garden

Summer seemed to run really late this year, but it's looking like Autumn has decided to roll up her sleeves and get to work at last. So I'm saying Au Revoir to the warmer temperatures with a quick post featuring my favourite dress of the Summer.

This dress from Joy has everything. Pockets, pleats, a twirly skirt and that gorgeous floral pattern. I was in love as soon as I saw it. And even better it's now on sale - snap it up here.

As usual, my little self-made photoshoot was invaded by animals. Shadow came to say hello, and was swiftly followed by Milo. In typical cat fashion, Milo mithered me for ages and then as soon as I picked him up he couldn't do enough to get away. (He likes me really... I think.)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Tall Girl, Small Dog

I promised a while ago to show you the miracle jeggings I bought at the pop up. However, that turned out to be a bit more difficult than anticipated - you'll see why when you scroll down.

It's been that long since I visited the pop up that they've already released the dates for the A/W pop ups - you can find more info on these here.

The jeggings are a brand called e d c and you can find them on the website here. They are not only a great fit for my hips/waist but the perfect length for my legs (which sit somewhere between 34"-36" in-seam, depending upon where I shop).

Top: F&F
Necklace: HBE
Sandals: Primark

With one thing and another though this post became a bit less 'Clothes' and a bit more 'Dog'. Or to be more specific, 'dogs' - two of them.

Shadow and Cali make the best double act. She has adored him since day one and he got a new lease of life when she showed up - it was like he became a puppy all over again. He though, is more content to chill out in the back ground, whereas (as you can see below) she likes to be the centre of everyone's attention...

"I just need one full length shot Cali, just one..."

Friday, 26 August 2016

Something for the Weekend: Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a little off the beaten track - as London goes. You can't reach it on the tube so I never really ventured out that way before. It's very easily reached by car though if you're staying west of the city.

It was a favourite palace of the Tudors and the Georgians and as such it's teeming with history. Though it's perhaps most famous for hosting the romance of Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn.

The decor is a visual picnic - there's a little bit of everything as so many royals have put their stamp on the place over the centuries.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

TBT: Venice

Lately, every time I open Instagram, someone I follow is posting pictures from Venice. It's easy to understand why, as Venice is full of hidden treasures and quirks. I'm exceptionally jealous of anyone visiting for the first time. (I've been lucky enough to visit on 2 occasions and I wouldn't say no to a third trip there!)

The best time to see Venice is early morning - if I could give you one recommendation it's to get up just after the sun does and go a-wandering.

I'd also tell you to travel via water wherever possible and to make the short trip to the nearby island of Burano - where you will find some of the most beautiful hand-crafted lace you ever laid eyes on.

These insta-adventures have got me reminiscing so I thought I'd share a few pictures from my travels...

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