• Art,  Crafts,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Photography

    Feeling crafty

    When was the last time you properly unwound? With the stresses of work and daily life it’s hard isn’t it? For us we normally switch off by having a meal out, enjoying good food and drink. We were recently reminded though that there is another way; by doing something creative and learning new skills we completely immersed ourselves and lost hours in a design (and slightly Prosecco) fuelled blur. We went along to a taster session for a craft event coming to Bowood House and gardens in June. We started with a drink (or two), and a bit of cake; got to feed those creative energies right! Our first class…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Fashion,  Photography

    These boots were made for walking

    You don’t get much for free these days do you? A smile or a piece of advice if you’re lucky; both wonderful things, but unlikely to keep you entertained for the day. Thankfully there is still one great way to spend a day which is completely free, and as Winter retreats and Spring starts to ease towards us, it becomes even more enjoyable. A good walk is a sure-fire way of dusting off the cobwebs and getting some good fresh air deep into your lungs. We’re spoilt for choice around Bristol: Within an easy walk of the city centre there’s the wonderful Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, both great places…

  • Beauty,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Fashion,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Give your hair the 5-star treatment at Stuart Holmes, Cheltenham.

    Stuart Holmes salon in Cheltenham is one of the town’s treasures. It is one of those places I feel completely confident in recommending to someone, even if that does mean it becomes increasingly popular. I was lucky enough to be invited along to their Black Friday Bloggers week and having already visited Stuart Holmes, there was no way I was turning that invitation down. Located in the town centre, opposite the town hall, the salon is in a prime location. Glistening in the late afternoon sun, helped along by their Christmas decorations, I entered the building along their red carpet already feeling a little bit glamorous. I checked in at…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle

    A watch to be proud of

    I was recently contacted by a company called Awemix Watches, an exciting new social enterprise that donates 20% from every £20 watch sold, to charity. Certainly a watch to be proud of for the owners of Awemix Watches and those wearing them. I’ve since been wearing one of the watches designed to show support for the charity, Keeping Abreast for Breast Cancer. The charity supports women either with breast cancer or the hereditary BRCA gene, who are considering or undergoing immediate or delayed breast reconstruction.  Some of the money raised from Awemix Watches will go towards funding the services they offer which include: information, support and practical help, as well as…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Homeware Haul: The new light of my life

    Since moving in with James I’ve tried to make some small adjustments around the house, which he’s mostly been open to. We’re currently in discussions about a coffee table and why it needs to be so big. It’s all about compromise and why in fact a large coffee table will look great in the living room. The house still needs a few more touches to get it feeling homely and less bachelor pad in my opinion. There is the occasional candle dotted around, a vanity table and a crazy cat lady mug that signals there is a woman living here. Adding pieces that balance the gender isn’t really the aim but after…

  • Fashion,  Photography

    Fashion brand &Sons needs your help

    Pioneering clothing brand &Sons embark on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in support of its launch. The innovative outfitters founded by Phil James, of Shadowplay, will seek to crowd fund £50,000 with a 45 day drive that was unveiled on Friday 22nd July 2016. Phil James said: “The idea for this project came about when I found myself trying to find clothes that were functional and hardwearing for my day job but also fashionable, comfortable and ultimately something I felt proud wearing. I also wanted a certain ‘look’ but found myself shopping around from several different websites. And so… &Sons was born, catering for a discerning customer looking for…

  • Fashion,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    The perfect Mother’s Day gift guide for every mum

    She’s one of the most important women in your life, from holding your hand for your first few steps to cleaning your grazed knee as a child, from helping you pack up your belongings and packing you off to university to cooking your hearty meals when you crawl back home after a long and eventful term. She’s always there for you when you need her most, so when it comes to showing her you care it can be hard to find a gift that says it all. Cheltenham Park Hotel, renowned as one of the best spa hotels in Cheltenham, has put together some unique gift ideas to show your mum you care this Mother’s…

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    SWIG: A hip hip-flask

    A hip flask holds more connotations of being a mens accessory. Something a suave gentleman pops in the inside of their blazer or jacket and dips into every now and then. I’d like to change this stereotype, make it more acceptable for women to carry one and I think SWIG could be the answer. SWIG was setup in 2013 by David Galbraith, who sold everything he owned and moved across the country to pursue his vision of making the world’s most reliable hip flask brand. I was very kindly sent the Executive Moulded Union Jack edition that I took on my summer holiday to Croatia. I’m a sucker for good…

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Book review: Farfetch Curates Design

    Farfetch have only gone and brought out another beaut of a book; Farfetch Curates Design. They’ve moved on from food and are now focusing on Design. This second installment still retains it’s passion for fashion but in inline with the world of home and architectural design. For someone who loves watching shows like Grand Designs and uses Pinterest on a daily basis, this is a great book to pick up and gather inspiration from. The book is divided up into different countries, giving us a sneak peak into what is trending all over the world including Berlin, Canada, Norway and plenty more. As with their last book (Farfetch Curates Food), the photography is…

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Little Bump Company

    Just for the record I’m not pregnant. However, I have heard from numerous friends who have had children, the struggles of finding comfortable yet non frumpy maternity wear. That is where The Little Bump Company comes in. A new boutique maternity and nursing specialist set in Montpelier, Cheltenham. They have been open for a few weeks now and I was kindly invited along to the launch. Eve Fernando, the owner, is passionate about bringing ultra stylish and comfortable clothes to women during every trimester of their pregnancy. Eve, along with her team are all trained at antenatal and postnatal care, offering more to their customers than just clothing. You can gain…