Monday, 15 July 2013

All pink everything

This morning I was flicking through Marie Claire and Vogue and noticed pink, pink and more pink. Pink is not a common colour in my wardrobe, I don't think I own any pink clothing!? This made me come to the conclusion that -
"I'm not really a pink kinda girl"
My mum laughed, I thought about it;
even though my wardrobe isn't very pink, I own way more pink stuff than I first thought.

Desk, Room, Interior, Peonies, Flowers, Macbook pro, Moleskin, Marie claire

Makeup brushes, Coloured glass, Cath Kidston, Potted plant, pink, moleskin, diary
peonies, flowers, vase, interior, bedroom, candles, tea lights, chocolates, champagne truffles, charbonnel and walker, pink marc champagne truffles
soap and glory, the righteous butter, leighton denny, nail varnish, pink, mac, lipstick, mac lipstick
blusher, nars, orgasm, calvin klein, pink knickers, floral, collage, card

1. Cath Kidston Tumbler, £3 here 2. Potted Plant in a jam jar 3. Moleskine volant notebook, £5.43 here 

4. Peonies from Waitrose, £5 5. Tea light holders 6. Charbonnel et Walker, Pink Mark de Champagne Truffles, £15 here

7. American Apparel Scrunchy, £5 here 8. The softest blanket in the world (John Lewis), £15 here 
9. Topshop socks, £3.50 here

10. Soap and Glory, body butter £10.50 here 11. Leighton Denny nailvarnish, £11 here 
12. Mac lipstick (Girl About Town), £15 here 

13. Nars blusher (Orgasm), £21.50 here 14. Calvin Klein undies 15. Homemade floral card collage

After seeing so much pink in 2013's Autumn/Winter trends, I'm starting to think I need to add some pink to my wardrobe. 

My pink wish list is growing, fast:

Rochas, Oversized Coat, Pink, AW2013, Pink wool coat, pink coatMarc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs Blouse, Marc Jacobs Peter Pan blouse, peter pan blouse, pink blouse
Amazing Rochas oversized wool coat and Marc Jacobs rosy Peter Pan blouse

Gucci loafers, Gucci horsebit loafers, Guicci suede loafers, pink suede loafers, pink loafersleather pouch, leather clutch, pink leather pouch, pink american apparel pouch, american apparel

I've always wanted some Gucci loafers and an American Apparel leather pouch 

Pink jelly shoes, pink juju, JuJu jellies, pink juju jelliespink 3.1 Phillip lim sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim, acetate Pink Oversized Sunglasses

I've already got them in black but need more JuJu jellies (blast from the past), would look super summery with some amazing 3.1 pink oversized Phillip Lim sunglasses

Pink Limcrime lipstick, Limecrime makeup, Limecrime lipstick, pink lipstick

and I can never have enough lipstick, I'm desperate to try Limecrime lipsticks, anyone tried them? The packaging and names are incredible, this ones called Great Pink Planet!

The Autumn Winter catwalks have seen an array of rosy and feminine pinks, powdery, pastelly, pinky goodness and I quite like it. 
How about you?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

English Summer

For the past twenty-something years, my best friends family have religiously holidayed in Cornwall every summer. They all pile in their cars (dog included) and head on down to a small cottage in South Cornwall.

The first time I got an invite I can’t pretend I was immediately sold, if I don’t need my passport then its not a holiday. Oh how wrong I was...

My first visit certainly didn’t start out well; Olivia and I chose the cheapest transport going (an overnight Megabus). Admittedly it was cheap as chips, but it was also freezing cold and our driver was MEAN. We both cried, multiple times. However, by the end of the stay I had tears in my eyes again, not because of the cold 11 hour bus ride ahead, but because I didn’t want to say goodbye! If, like the old me you are not totally convinced, let me give you a tour...

The view from the cottage 

My Cornish holidays always involve a lot of walking, so pack some comfy shoes or trainers.
This little lady is always keen to guide us round the coast paths...

Cornwall Seaside Sea English Summer Flat coat retriever sunshine coast

In every nook and cranny of Cornwall there is somewhere to adventure, if you're not sure grab a map, look online or ask a local!

Eating - a vital ingredient for a good holiday...

The Cornish pasty! If you want an truly authentic Cornish pasty, then a trip to The Lizard is a must, home to the most southerly point of British mainland and the worlds most amazing pasties (Ann’s Pasties). Once you’ve had one, no other pasty will ever compare, good job you can order them online! They can be posted as a gift, for events or for yourself (that would be my option). 

Close to where I've stayed is the charming fishing village of Porthleven, home to some lovely local restaurants. If you are ever looking for somewhere special to have dinner Kota is perfect, it serves amazing local fish with a slight Asian twist, but make sure you book because it tends to get very busy in the summer. Another delightful restaurant in Porthleven is Amélies, great for lunch or dinner, it serves something for everyone. I've had the scallops off the starter menu and a side salad, perfect summer lunch.

Scallops Cornwall Good food Seafood Porthleven

A very popular town in the South West is St Ives - with great beaches, shopping and home to Tate St Ives, as a tourist I highly recommend. 

Finally, after twenty-something years of visiting the same cottage, Olivia’s wonderful parents have invested in their own holiday home! Hooray! However, this means their family are visiting first and I’ve got to wait patiently till there is room for one more! 
Luckily for me, I’ve bagged myself a Cornish boyfriend! So far this year I've managed two trips and seen so many new places.

One of my new favourite places is a quirky little shopping area in Plymouth (which is actually Devon not Cornwall) called The Barbican… Home to some interesting antique and vintage shops, as well as some cute cafes and delis. One of our favourites was a small clothes and accessories shop called Parisan Sweet, it has loads of handpicked vintage clothing and beautifully reworked denim…

Vintage Cornwall Barbican Plymouth Thrift Levis Reworked Denim

Reworked Levis, Denim, Parisian Sweet, Levis, Sanderson, Floral, Denim Shorts, Vintage, Vintage Shopping
(images from Parisian Sweet instagram)

The owner Jackariaeh was super cool, lovely and really helpful – you should check out their online store or instagram (which is followed by the beautiful Sienna Miller, sorry had to name drop).

After a wonder round the Barbican we stopped at Cap’n Jaspers, a nearby harbour takeaway with a menu that’s not for the faint-hearted (or small stomached)… 
Serving Jasperizers (big burger on a big burger), Chedder Porker (Cheesy sausage in a French baguette) or Half a Yard of Hot Dog (45.7cms of hotdog)! Definitely worth a visit and is open from 7.30am till midnight. 

2013 has seen so many new walks, lots of reading in the garden and adventures on the their boat...

Cornwall, Coast, Sea, Seaside, Walk, Ramehead

Pony, Ponies, Countryside, Cornwall

Cliffs, Cornwall, Walking, Sea, Seaside, Coast

Cornwall, sea, boat, boating, princess, cawsand, england, english summer, summer, sunshine

Cawsand bay, beach, cornwall, summer time, boats, boating, view, england, sunshine
 Cawsand Bay

Rame Head

Daffodils, beach, sea, cornwall, view, sunshine, easter

If my little guide isn't enough, it only takes one visit and I promise you'll be converted to a fully fledged Cornish Keeno. 

... and if you are already as smitten with Cornwall as I am, please let me know your favourite places and things to do!