Sunday, 4 January 2015

bumbag brilliant

H I G H E N D 2 H I G H S T R E E T || Bum Bags

I am kicking off 2015 with bum bags. That's right - controversial.

This year will be all about style and comfort. 

This year, I:
1] refuse to dance around handbags in the middle of a dance floor
2] would like to not be holding a bag while i'm grooving on the dance floor
3] would like to wave both my arms around even more on the dance floor like there is no tomorrow*
*but still be able to carry things around obviously.

2015 Resolutions over and out.

[ P.S. Bum bags rule. ]


ABOVE | biker-style by Moschino via Farfetch : £1,478 
[if you are rolling in the casheesh]

Sequin by Jaded London via Selfridges : £35
[under £50 if you're a fashionista on a budget]

Native by Mi-Pac via ASOS : £15
[under £25 if you're a fashionista counting the pennies]

Quilted by Topshop : £20
[under £25 if you're a fashionista counting the pennies]

Multi Springer by Eastpak via Schuh : £20
[under £25 if you're a fashionista counting the pennies]

Bum Bag by Wood Wood via ASOS : £95 [on sale £38]
[under £50 on sale if you're a fashionista on a budget]

Thursday, 1 January 2015


H A P P Y N E W Y E A R lovely people.

The arrival of a new year means time to get reflective. 2014 started off and ended strong, but there were some very real bumps along the way. I obviously don't know what the year ahead holds, but I do know that I will be facing it head on with a smile, a giggle or two and arms open wide for the adventures that lay ahead. This last year has been testing, but I know that if life was always still we'd never really appreciate or more importantly learn to enjoy it.

Emotional interlude over. I wish you all a wonderful 2015 filled with more adventures, achievements, good health, strong friendships and happy bubbles all up in this place.

2014 highlight : soaking in the calm and beauty of the Pangalan Canal in Madagascar, on holiday with la famille this year [this is was my first shot, no filters needed here people]. This canal is filled with caimans but you wouldn't know at 6am when it's still as ever. I guess they were having a little snooze.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

merry feastmas


It's a little belated but I hope you all had a wonderful holiday period. I ended up heading over to good old Bristol to spend Christmas with pops. If I'm honest, I wasn't really feeling very Christmassy in the lead up [very odd as I usually get super excited] but when the actual day hit it was all sparkle sparkle.

Christmas breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, Canadian smoked salmon, toast, some good java and a happy glass of bubbles. The theme of course had to be red. 

It was a beautiful sunny day so of course a walk was compulsory. We opted for a little wander up to the Clifton bridge and then around Clifton Village. 

We weren't alone - the sunshine had lured everyone out and it was all very cheery. Lots of smiles, dog walking, football playing… and in pop's case taking a million pictures with his new selfie-stick [apparently the world's favourite purchase this year!].

wearing || dress & shades by +H&M, boots by +River Island, shirt by +Urban Outfitters & pudding hat by +Next 

This resulted in many on-purpose as well as accidental selfies. I also wanted to show you all my full christmas outfit so froze my bum off for a few minutes on the Royal York crescent promenade - luckily it was swimming in the sun's warmth so I didn't suffer too much [anything for a fun snap eh].

After having an ice cream on our walk ["you can do anything you like on Christmas day" according to pops], we decided it was time we retreated back into the warmth of the Christmas cave to make some proper grub. I don't think I'm the greatest cook but I really enjoy it and managed to pull together this mini-beast of a Christmas lunch.

chrismas lunch || roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, buttery sprouts, mint sauce, bread sauce & cheesy leeks

Of course, the food didn't stop there. The Christmas cave also housed a host of snacks - panettone, fruit, nuts, Christmas cake, mince pies, the whole shebang - which also included [my favourite] the cheese platter and my homemade christmas cookies.

cheeses || goat's cheese, brie, shropshire blue & mature cheddar
christmas cookies || lemon and vanilla biscuits with icing, dried figs, dried apricots & [sliced] jelly babies

Our day also involved lots of [competitive] game playing - we really got into Tri-Ominos and Mahjong this year. Even got a visit from the lovely Nicole and Alastair who were staying nearby. All in all, it was a pretty excellent Christmas chill. Thanks pops!

Hope you guys had a great time with your family and friends too.