Friday, 3 July 2015

July plans....

July has certainly arrived in a glorious haze, with the highest recorded temperature for July ever recorded its been a sweltering start to the summer.
With Sale finishing I am just about to embark on one of the busiest months of the year for me and my team... hopefully I will get some downtime along with a couple of lovely things planned.
  • Photography with Food ~ July see's me catch-up with Emily Quinton who I spent a fabulous day last year learning how to love my camera. This time we are styling with food which I am really looking forward to.
  • A night with the Divine Miss M! - so looking forward to seeing Bette Midler this month. It's a bucket list moment for me and I cannot wait to see this all round entertainer in action.
  • An afternoon with Jonny Wilkinson!... oh my!!! I am a little excited about this ~ Jonny will be coaching at Saracens Allianz park in July and I have a ticket!
  • Cinema trip to see Magic Mike XXL planned ~ don't care if its not great, it had Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum and Joe M in little clothes! (yes I'm shallow, a lady needs to get her kicks somehow!!)
  • and finally July sees me another year older .... so cake celebrations with Bruv x
As you can see the blog has had a July summer make - over and I am completely embracing colour this month!... nothing shy and reserving about this blog for July!
The orange tote has been hauled out of the cupboard along with the Birkenstocks! ... as you can see the orange & pink are out. Tote suitably styled with chanel sunglasses, coach, michael kors & dkny!
DG in his orange swim-shorts is my screen saver for the month... with glorious summer mornings and nights; Taylor recorded 40'c in the car on wednesday evening... so happy that I have air-con :-)

So here;s to a fabulous July... I hope that it brings you warmth, fun and love x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Goodbye June, Hello July....

Well July has arrived in a heatwave, and as I am typing this I am sitting in the shade of a tree in the park. June started cold, but temperatures soon picked up and it felt like summer was kick started from its hibernation.
Although I didn't have a much planned for the month it turned into a busy one filled with catching up with friends that I haven't seen for an age.
  • Lovely to see the sun on many of my morning commutes
  • Sweet Williams - my flower of the month. reminds me so much of my gramps, the allotment and back of the greenhouse was filled with these.
  • Taylor's trips in the sunshine for lunch with an old friend that I haven't seen in ages from Scotland  - so lovely to get the sunglasses and birkenstocks out 
  • Fathers Day - 2 trips to the cemetery with Taylor and mum; followed by coffee and breakfast at the cafe.
  • June saw me catch-up with another friend Ali, where we dined on the roof of Selfridges followed by an evening at the top of penguin books celebrating the book launch of Giovanna Fletcher's new book. Fab night filled with authors, popstars and cupcakes!
  • June's book post was one of the most read posts on the blog and on social media.
  • A beautiful day off was spent in the glorious grounds and castle of Hever in the countryside of Kent./Sussex. Filled with sunshine, roses and cake!.
  • Commute was filled with glorious sun-rays and fabulous fluffy clouds.
  • British flower week was filled with bowls of sweet williams and gardens of poppies.
  • A gorgeous hot sunny day was spent in a beer garden catching up with another friend that I haven't seen in over 10 years - so much fun.
June also saw the kitchen-aid come out to play for some assistance in making a 3 tier engagement cake for my god-daughter. She loves pink and black so I used this to decorate the cake along with some diamonte initials and a blingy engagement ring.
  • As you can see my baking bits complimented fabulously with this months blog styling.






Work was busy in June, but I also got a chance to spend some time with work friends and a little sale shopping!

  • A trip to Dorset was spent reviewing the Christmas Hamper range for 2015.
  • Enjoyed the summer sunshine on the roof drinking mock-tails and enjoying the view.
  • Coffee time spent with friends under the shadows of Mr Selfridge himself in Harry's bar. 
  • Taylor's first sale at Selfridges and he coped admirably with the yellow bags!
  • Office festooned with yellow bags on sale day!
  • New train provider hasn't eased the delays and cancellations in June... Liverpool street on a particularly challenging commute home one night in June.
  • Sale wouldn't be complete without a little treat!.... gorgeous ox-blood Lily added to the collection - another successful sale ~ birthday and christmas presents stored away.

June certainly turned out much busier than I planned, lovely catching up with some old friends, new and have some fun in the sunshine..... roll on July for more fun with friends, birthday treats and some lovely things planned.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Book Love ~ June

This month I am sharing 6 reads that have kept me entertained on my travels during June. Some of these have been languishing in my to read pile for some time, and I am now wondering why I've left them so long. This month's reads have taken me to the far flung places of  Hollywood and Greece, and contemplate running, gardening and opening a café on an idyllic island off the Thames coastline. They have evoked many childhood memories and a gap year in Greece!.... here's what has been keeping me entertained during June.
Mattie Rose is the advice columnist for the Chicago Gazette under the pseudonym of "The Plate Spinner", mum to a brood of children, and husband to a hunky paramedic. In reality she's sworn off men, strapped with debt, haunted with childhood taunts of "fattie mattie" and slowly recovering from being jilted at the altar 2 years previously. Mattie's ex-fiancé is on the run for embezzlement and fraud, having framed his twin brother Nick to take the fall for his shenanigans. Nick having lost everything from his brothers scams is also trying to recover. Mattie & Nicks paths cross again when Nick is hired by the newspaper to coach The Plate Spinner to run the Chicago marathon…. Much fun, and heartache ensue as Mattie & Nick find themselves on a running journey. I really enjoyed this book and found Mattie adorable, she made me laugh lots, her enthusiasm for exercise is on a par with mine!... a fun read, perfect for anyone looking for inspiration to run a marathon.
The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café – Jenny Oliver    Annie White has recently inherited The Dandelion Café on the Thames-side island of Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is Annie's childhood home, she returns to tie up loose ends, and renovate a tired looking café with the option of selling it. Soon the island, the cafe and its habitants (especially the gorgeous millionaire Matt) creep their way into Annie's heart and she has to decide what she wants. This is the 1st book of a new series by Jenny Oliver and I really enjoyed it, great characters and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Coming up Roses - Rachel Lucas
Daisy's parents take off for a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of renovating their ramshackle garden. A move to the countryside of Steeple St John couldn’t come at a better time for Daisy and she relishes nurturing the garden back to its former glory. Daisy befriends Elaine and Jo in the village who are both battling their own problems and collectively the 3 ladies embark on helping each other. Outside of their problems the village is battling its own problems with greedy garden developers and Daisy soon finds herself fighting to save her beloved garden with the help of pensioner Thomas.
This is a glorious book for the summer, and a perfect read following my recent trip to Chelsea Flower Show, Rachel's description of the allotment evoked so many memories of me & Gramps trundling wheel barrows between the greenhouse and allotment and the character of Thomas could easily have been my granddad. Obviously Daisy needs a love interest and this comes in the guise of a charming Irishman and a hunky vet, both vying for her affection in different guises. I loved this book, its beautifully written and absorbs you into an idyllic village setting, a perfect book to transport you into a different world whilst travelling through the tunnels of London on the tube,… delightful Rachel Lucas.
Mandy Baggot always writes some of the best heroes in her books and TMG doesn’t disappoint in the guise of Yan. Ellen's life has fallen apart and suddenly the capable, confident and career driven women is no more. Finding herself accompanying her Bridezilla sister Lacey to the island of Corfu to plan her wedding, she is hoping the time away will help her sort herself out and distract herself from her problems. What Ellen hadn't factored into her holiday plans was Lacey suddenly getting cold feet and her finding herself enjoying the company of a hunky Bulgarian holiday entertainer Yan. This book was a romp of a read. It's both emotional, & funny, and the  perfect holiday companion whether on a sun lounger or staycation it will keep you entertained.
I first met the characters of Zoe and Maggie in Kate's novella The Perfect Christmas, Picture Perfect continues the story and also shares the back story of both women. Maggie is Americas sweetheart actress of 20 years and Zoe is one of Hollywood's most successful managers where stars clamour to be represented by her. The ladies are the best of friends and have each other's backs, especially as they both embark on journeys and relationships which take them away from their comfort zones of Hollywood expectation. Dylan enters both their lives, a young girl searching for her birth mother, and has an impact on both of them in ways they never expected, suddenly their picture perfect lifestyles aren’t looking so solid.
 It was so lovely to catch-up with these characters again and the old & new storyline thread running through the book is reminiscent of the blockbusters of Shirley Conran and Jackie Collins of my teens. This book had a real "Lace" feel about it, but totally up to date in its Hollywood setting … a great read with lots of storylines running together to culminate in a book filled with glitz, glamour and intrigue.
Growing up Pippa's summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. Here she spent her days dreaming of her own tea shop alongside her childhood friend Nikos…. Grown-up life has given Pippa a secure accounting job and a sensible suave boyfriend. Returning to the village of Taxos after many years, Pippa's idyllic memories are tainted by how tired the little village has become, something her boyfriend Henrik is keen and quick to point out. Soon it is apparent that Henrik is here for different reasons to Pippa and with Pippa discovering her childhood friend Nik is no longer a gangly irritating boy but a bit of a greek hunk life suddenly doesn’t seem so safe and sensible anymore. With threats of development looming, Pippa finds solace in baking her legendary scones for all and soon the Tastiest Little Tea shop takes a life on its own and could be the villages saviour.
Having spent many summers in a fishing village on the island of Rhodes and a gap year island hoping, this book touched many memories. The camaraderie and community spirit of the village was so familiar it evoked memories of smells, tastes and  friendships. Enjoyed the character of Pippa, but it was Nikos grandma that I adored, so typical of that generation and Nik was delicious :-)… only wished that Samantha had shared the recipes of all the delicious scones that she described.

As you can see I have had so much fun with my reads this month, and surprised myself with 6 books making the Read pile. My book reads have influenced my instagram feed and lifestyle during June!!

  • David Gandy launched his swimwear range at the beginning of the month and the advert launched to support completely had me thinking of Yan in TMG.


    • The sneakers are out and i'm walking more, not quite to marathon standards just yet!
    • Completely obsessed with roses this month, and have snapped and savoured when ever I have seen them, including a trip to The Rose Garden at Hever castle.
    • Cherries are in season and I can't go a day without sampling and seeking opportunities to make cherry pie... still can't get it as good as the ones my nan made.
    • A sneaky scones & jam was the perfect accompaniment to Game of Scones, alas not on a greek island but on the rooftop of work.
     My pile is overflowing for July and I am struggling with what to pick as so many of my favourite authors have released books in recent weeks. Pop back next month and see what has made the cut! Here's some posts from previous months. What has grabbed your attention recently on the book front, what would you recommend, would love to hear from you.

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015

    A week of fun in June...

    last week was a whirlwind of fun activity both at work and at play!... here's some of the images snapped on my social media accounts

    • Hever Castle; a day out in the picturesque hamlet of Hever discovering the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
    • Selfridges Sale; Saturday snap of the calm before the storm!
    • Beautiful British florals at Phillipa Craddock in the Selfridges foodhall. one of my favourite displays.
    • Book launch at Penguin books meeting some favourite authors.
    • Stunning London skyline of London at sunset from the rooftop of penguin books.
    • Drinks and laughter with Mrs Christmas herself - Carole Matthews and Ali Mcnamara
    • Thursday morning fun when David Gandy appeared in my time line photographed with Mr & Mrs Le Bon.... as a huge Duran Duran fan this was all too much for a hormonal female!... that Yasmin is a lucky lady!
    • Monday morning saw me secure pre-released Duran Duran tickets for December!... beyond excited!
    • 9th Selfridges sale and the yellow bags multiplied under my desk throughout the first day... multiple birthday and christmas presents purchased, along with a couple of treats for myself!... my mulberry collection may have been added to!
    As you can see it was a busy week and somewhere and how I did lot some work in between!.... hope you are all having a lovely week... look forward to catching up with posts this week :-)

    Monday, 22 June 2015

    A dream night for a book-lover...

    This week saw me catch-up with my lovely friend Ali..... what started as a planned lunch turned into a late lunch/early dinner and a book launch! How do you ask?... easy, my friend is Ali McNamara  author of 5 books … and very soon to be 6!
    Ali and I met through social media after her 1st book and bonded over the love of New York, Richard Curtis movies, and books. It's been some time since we caught up in person, which we did over a fab dinner on the roof of Selfridges ( for a later blog post!)…. I then joined Ali for an evening celebrating the launch of Giovanna Fletcher's new book Dream a Little Dream at Penguin books on The Strand…. Not a usual Thursday night after work.
    Giovanna's party was held on the 10th floor offering the most fabulous views of the city along the river from the balconies hugging the function room. Inside, the space was festooned with bunting, and stunning floral displays complimenting the books cover and style. Along with this the tables were decked with roses, cupcakes, Nutella and ferreo rocher (my niece would have been in 7th heaven!) all again complimenting the books displayed.
    Giovanna is of course married to Tom Fletcher and mum to Buzz who were both in attendance along with the rest of the McBusted boys and a few other well-known faces; including Emma Willis and husband Matt and Gi's brother Mario. (fans of Towie will of course recognise). Tom was very much the proud husband, snapping away on his camera during the evening as well as chasing after Buzz!
    I was as equally excited if not more thrilled to meet some of my favourite authors who were also in attendance. These included Carole Matthews, Ali Harris, Paige Toon, Dorothy Koomson and Eleanor Moran. I spent much of the evening talking to Carole, Ali and Ali which was fun and involved lots of chatter about Christmas, Selfridges, and of course books. I also got to meet the "lovely kev" husband of Carole, who is featured in many tweets. 
    Views & goodie bag from Penguin books
    It really was a book-lovers perfect evening, meeting up with so many people who's words have transported me to other worlds. All these ladies have, whilst I have either been commuting on the tube, curled up in an armchair on a lazy sunday afternoon or keeping me company whilst travelling...
     thank-you it was so much fun to meet you all. 
    I had a lovely evening... Congratulations Giovanna on a fab launch, looking forward to reading the book... thanks Ali for a fab night.. looking forward to celebrating your 6th at the end of July x

    Friday, 19 June 2015

    A day amongst the Roses...

    Hever Castle
    Nestled in the picturesque countryside on the Kent /Surrey/Sussex borders is one of this country's most historic houses/castles. Originally built in 1270 Hever Castle rose to historic fame in the 15th and 16th centuries as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. 
    Henry V111's bed & The Astor Room
    Anne subsequently became Henry V111's 2nd wife, and has often been stated as his one true love as he renounced Catholicism and created the Church of England in order to marry her over just taking her as his mistress. Anne sat as Queen of England for only 1,000 days before being found guilty of treason and subsequently beheaded at the Tower of London, leaving a daughter Elizabeth who went on to be Queen Elizabeth 1.
    The castle has had many owners including the famed Astor family and it is still privately owned to this day by the Guthrie family.
    The gardens of Hever Castle

    Hever is famed for many things, but for one week of the year its most famous for its rose garden and this week on an indulgent day off I headed around the M25 to visit this little piece of history.
    Hever Castle Rose Garden
    The grounds of Hever are glorious and are easily worth a trip without visiting the castle; originally designed in 1904/08 by Joseph Cheal. 
    The main garden was designed to display William Waldorf Astor's collection of Italian sculptures, including a 38-acre lake amongst the 125 acre 's. Many of the water features have been inspired by fountains and spaces in and Rome; including the Trevi fountain.Recent additions to the garden include a Water maze and a Yew maze popular with many school children that were on a visit when I was there!
    My main reason for the visit was to see the Rose Garden;
    rose garden

    The Rose Garden features over 4,000 roses which are planted in blocks of colour, displaying both their vibrancy and scent to its maximum.Along with the beds of English roses, the garden features many climbers which wander over the columns and walls of the garden; creating a magical entrance into and out of the space and showcasing the architecture to its most glorious.
    Nestled behind the Rose Garden in the Italian Gardens is the Guthrie Pavilion which was the perfect location for a coffee & cake stop and a chance to rest and admire the view over the great lake.
    The lake took 2 years to create and was dug continuously, except Sundays by 800 men between 1904 and 1906. The lake features an Itallian Loggia and a Japanese Tea house Folly.




    Along with the beautiful roses, flowers and fauna Hever Castle is the perfect Haven for wildlife. The wildflower meadow outside the Boleyn Wing and Astor Court (available for bed & breakfast stays!) has the most delightful Bee hives. The moat, rivers and lake provide the perfect habitat for nesting birds, ducks and swans.




    The day prior to my visit Hever had held a Spitfire day day and the remnants were still around to see, which was much fun for me & the visiting school children.

    As you can see (apologies for the photo overload!) Hever Castle is a delightful place to visit, whether you are a fan of history or gardens it is definitely worth the trip. With a wide range of events and things happening in and around the castle throughout the year, I am sure that it won't be my only visit. A glorious day topped off with the most perfect weather for a day in the country.

    Sunday, 14 June 2015

    kicking off a summer of rugby.....

    last week saw the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015... Prince Harry and Jonny Wilkinson kicked off the countdown at Twickenham with lots of school children and the Webb Ellis Trophy on glorious display.
    The trophy will now tour the UK over the 100 days before the start of the tournament. Here are the planned dates... I am hoping to see it when it hits London in September. Someone else that I am hoping to see in the summer is the lovely Jonny Wilkinson as part of his O2 touch tour. I am delighted that the lovely JW was honoured with a CBE in the Queens birthday honours list.... much deserved and worthy award.
    These rugby events followed the weekend that I saw Saracens lift the Aviva premiership cup at Twickenham, beating Bath in a hotly contested league and thrilling final.
    Whilst at Twickenham for the final the Land Rover that will escort the Webb Ellis cup around the country was on display for
    all to see.
    What a fabulous way to kick off a summer and autumn of fabulous rugby.

    Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Chelsea Flower Show - flowers & fauna

    Part two of my afternoon adventures at Chelsea Flower Show concentrates on the big white tent otherwise known as the Great Pavilion.
    The Great Pavilion is 11,775 square metres,(2.9 metres) and big enough to park 500 London buses!
    In previous visits I have often been a little overwhelmed in the great pavilion due to the volume of people, however this year it was much easier to walk around and view the exhibits.
    There was so many exhibits and I took lots of photo's, here are some of my favourite's;
    As previously blogged from the show gardens, vintage and old flowers had a huge revival at this years chelsea and I definitely swayed towards these this year. They evoke so many memories both visually and through their scents of so many fabulous moments in my Gramps's garden and allotment.
    The greenhouse showcasing the vintage flask, and gardening tools bought a big lump to the throat and tear to eye as this could have been lifted from my nan and granddads house, especially filled with the scent of tomatoes ... The clematis along the shed and trellis was just gorgeous and my nan would have adored it.
    Roses are a huge draw for me, and no-one does roses quite like David Austin, however roses were used showcased across many stands and the beautiful display in amongst the ruins of an old building reminded me of the lovely abbey gardens in Bury St Edmunds.
    Another area of the Pavilion that I loved was the Best Hotel Floristry exhibit, the mix of roses, teacups and books was a huge hit for me, however my favourite was the gold medal winner from the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. showcasing a traditional afternoon tea alongside stunning tea roses in hues of tea, cream and red...
    Interflora took the whole tea theme to a completely different level with giant teapot, cups, cupcakes and huge jammie dodgers!!
    Delicious x

    Whilst walking around the pavilion I spotted Carol Klein filming a segway for that evenings BBC show against the backdrop of a bed of beautiful irises and a gorgeous artists studio.
    The marks and spencer's stand showcased all types of flowers in hues of pinks and meaves. The wall of sweet williams and the peonies in teacups was delightful.
    Another little garden space I adored was the cute little hut in a garden of lupins, and irises, a real cottage garden feel.
    This really was a Chelsea Flower show that ticked all my boxes and one that my nan & gramps would have loved.
    Thank-you to all the exhibitors and the hard work and dedication that went into staging such a beautiful show. Congratulations to all the winners, much deserved.
    ... Looking forward to next year.








    Sunday, 7 June 2015

    London in Bloom

    London in Bloom
    Over the last few years London has come to bloom in the week of Chelsea Flower Show, it is now one of my favourite weeks outside of Christmas in London. This year I was determined to capture as many images of London in Bloom on my travels, culminating in an afternoon at the show itself.
    Aqua Shard ~ flowers 31 floors above the city and Avenues and Artisans at Chelsea Flower show.

    Sloane Square - Chelsea in Bloom


    With Sloane Square being the destination tube for people travelling to the show the surrounding area completely embraces the week. This years Chelsea in Bloom theme was fairy tales.
    Sloane Square transformed into a looking glass garden of wishes and treats, complete with a tea & cupcake area and a champagne bar.
    The surrounding streets and boutiques participate as well and here are a few of my favourites from the Chelsea streets.
    Brunello Cucinelli - Alice in Wonderland


     From Alice in Wonderland - Brunello Cucinelle's front was a delight, from the afternoon tea, to the white rabbit and grinning cheshire cat the whole story was there in floral glory
















    Smythsons woodland writing retreat
    Smython's shop front was beautiful and although it wasn't one fairy tale, the fact that the store is famous for its writing materials it lends itself beautifully to the theme. The combination of hollyhocks, and alpines was delightful





    Snow White & Woodland retreat
    Lulu Guiness's windows were framed in a style to typical of Lulu's work, bright & funky showcasing the story of Snow White. With Lulu's famous lips clutch replacing the 'poisoned' apple temptation it was a clever play on imigery for the brand and theme,
    Hackett's windows and store front were a gorgeous hues of green & white, lilac & blues..

    Browns ~ Cinderella



    Browns boutique transformed itself into Cinderella's dream dress for the ball, complete with golden coach and fairy godmother flying above the ground.
    The detail was stunning, I loved the crystal embossed show on a bed of vintage roses along with the dress of rhododendrons.
    Kate Spade ~ Flamingos in the city
    In typical Kate Spade style, they didn't use a fairy tale from old, they wrote their own and displayed in on the side of their store along with 2 6ft floral flamingo's which were just fabulous. The story linked their latest collection along with a fab theme for the season. Kate Spade won the gold for best store in bloom for Chelsea in Bloom week.
    I would thoroughly recommend a trip to Sloane Square Chelsea week, even if you can't get tickets for the show you can enjoy some fabulous displays of floral imagination and finery in the boutiques and street surrounding the square.

    Friday, 5 June 2015

    June plans...

    well we are a week into June and I've only just had time to give it a little makeover...
    I loved the pink & mint colour palette so much last month that I have switched it around for June, with a little bit of bunting!
    June started cold and damp but Mr Sunshine has awoken from its winter hibernation the later end of the week and it feels like summer is finally here.
    The rugby & rowing boys are looking quite splendid for June in calendar corner, along with the lovely David Gandy's new swimwear launch for summer! ;-)
    I have a few plans for June, hopefully will catchup with some friends I haven't seen in a few weeks. I have a trip to the theatre later in the month, and engagement cake to make and Taylor will experience his first Selfridges sale!!.....
    So here's to a fabulous June ....

    Wednesday, 3 June 2015

    Goodbye May, Hello June....

    June arrived with a blast of winter and a lots of wind blowing May away with rain showers and gusts... nothing like the weather usually clement with the arrival of the 6th month of the year. With better weather forecast for the end of the week I am hoping that summer is just a little late waking from its hibernation!
    May was quite a busy month, filled with bundles of flowers, fabulous food and bunches of fun and catching up with some friends..
    • Vintage Salt; Selfridges opened its summer rooftop dining experience and my friend R and I spent an indulgent lunch up there, with the chocolate burger being the highlight!
    • London was awash with flowers & fauna in May for Chelsea Flower show which I enjoyed in many locations including a beautiful afternoon at Chelsea Flower show.
    • Breakfast from above, I was lucky enough to breakfast at Aqua Shard on one of the nicest days in May and sat eating a glorious english breakfast watching the city come to life early morning - delightful.
    • Another delightful moment was a brief stop at Peggy Porschen's parlour on route to Chelsea Flower show where I stopped for a slice of raspberry & lemon layer cake, along with a latte and an opportunity to glance at Peggy's newly launched book (added to my baking books wish list!)
    • May saw me catch-up with Bestie over a quick pub lunch in the heart of "Towie" land, Fish finger sandwiches doorstop style, complete with a mini fryer of fries!. Lovely to spend an hour laughing and catching up.
    Along with many flowers I also had bunches of fun in lots of ways...
    • Calendar corner was very pleasing on the eye. 
    • Taylor had his first outing at for Rugby and coordinated lovely with my Saracens shirt.
    • David Beckham launched his instagram on his 40th birthday with this lovely waking up snap... much fun :-)
    • Kit Kat launched its 'break' campaign and I had much fun picking appropriate 4 fingers for the team in the office!
    • Spooks - a much welcome trip to the cinema to see one of my favourite TV series morph onto the big screen ... sheer escapism for a couple of hours.
    • Mac launched its wash & dry collection in fabulous style!... my wash days at the launderette never look as good as this!
    • London hosted some fabulous celebrations for the 70th VE day with a parade and a glorious tea dance 50s style in St James Park, complete with a red arrows flypast... humbling and fun at the same time. 
    • Spent the evening in the company of Bradley Cooper watching the critically acclaimed The Elephant man, which was fabulous.... a semi naked Bradley is always pleasing on the eye!
    • May concluded with a fabulous Saturday at Twickenham watching Saracens win the Aviva premiership league cup against Bath...always pleasing in so many ways!
    • Pink & Mint were my signature colours for my blog style for the month and this cascaded into much colour & fun through the month. Loved breaking in my new sneakers and stepped up my walking with these beauties on my feet.
    • London turned pink for the night to celebrate the birth of a new princess in May with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge welcoming the birth of their baby daughter Charlotte.
    • Vintage Salt opened on the roof and these fabulous beach huts at the drift bar will reside there for the summer!
    • Taylor met a little mint lady friend whilst I was out for lunch.... how cute do they look alongside each other! 
    • My book post was full of flowers and styled lovely alongside my blog for the month; this post was my most read, tweeted and favourited posts. I received some lovely comments from the authors 
    As you can see May was busy, and I look forward to continued fun in June... pop back at the end of the week when I will be sharing what June has in store and giving the blog a little makeover.

    Friday, 3 July 2015

    July plans....

    July has certainly arrived in a glorious haze, with the highest recorded temperature for July ever recorded its been a sweltering start to the summer.
    With Sale finishing I am just about to embark on one of the busiest months of the year for me and my team... hopefully I will get some downtime along with a couple of lovely things planned.
    • Photography with Food ~ July see's me catch-up with Emily Quinton who I spent a fabulous day last year learning how to love my camera. This time we are styling with food which I am really looking forward to.
    • A night with the Divine Miss M! - so looking forward to seeing Bette Midler this month. It's a bucket list moment for me and I cannot wait to see this all round entertainer in action.
    • An afternoon with Jonny Wilkinson!... oh my!!! I am a little excited about this ~ Jonny will be coaching at Saracens Allianz park in July and I have a ticket!
    • Cinema trip to see Magic Mike XXL planned ~ don't care if its not great, it had Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum and Joe M in little clothes! (yes I'm shallow, a lady needs to get her kicks somehow!!)
    • and finally July sees me another year older .... so cake celebrations with Bruv x
    As you can see the blog has had a July summer make - over and I am completely embracing colour this month!... nothing shy and reserving about this blog for July!
    The orange tote has been hauled out of the cupboard along with the Birkenstocks! ... as you can see the orange & pink are out. Tote suitably styled with chanel sunglasses, coach, michael kors & dkny!
    DG in his orange swim-shorts is my screen saver for the month... with glorious summer mornings and nights; Taylor recorded 40'c in the car on wednesday evening... so happy that I have air-con :-)

    So here;s to a fabulous July... I hope that it brings you warmth, fun and love x

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015

    Goodbye June, Hello July....

    Well July has arrived in a heatwave, and as I am typing this I am sitting in the shade of a tree in the park. June started cold, but temperatures soon picked up and it felt like summer was kick started from its hibernation.
    Although I didn't have a much planned for the month it turned into a busy one filled with catching up with friends that I haven't seen for an age.
    • Lovely to see the sun on many of my morning commutes
    • Sweet Williams - my flower of the month. reminds me so much of my gramps, the allotment and back of the greenhouse was filled with these.
    • Taylor's trips in the sunshine for lunch with an old friend that I haven't seen in ages from Scotland  - so lovely to get the sunglasses and birkenstocks out 
    • Fathers Day - 2 trips to the cemetery with Taylor and mum; followed by coffee and breakfast at the cafe.
    • June saw me catch-up with another friend Ali, where we dined on the roof of Selfridges followed by an evening at the top of penguin books celebrating the book launch of Giovanna Fletcher's new book. Fab night filled with authors, popstars and cupcakes!
    • June's book post was one of the most read posts on the blog and on social media.
    • A beautiful day off was spent in the glorious grounds and castle of Hever in the countryside of Kent./Sussex. Filled with sunshine, roses and cake!.
    • Commute was filled with glorious sun-rays and fabulous fluffy clouds.
    • British flower week was filled with bowls of sweet williams and gardens of poppies.
    • A gorgeous hot sunny day was spent in a beer garden catching up with another friend that I haven't seen in over 10 years - so much fun.
    June also saw the kitchen-aid come out to play for some assistance in making a 3 tier engagement cake for my god-daughter. She loves pink and black so I used this to decorate the cake along with some diamonte initials and a blingy engagement ring.
    • As you can see my baking bits complimented fabulously with this months blog styling.






    Work was busy in June, but I also got a chance to spend some time with work friends and a little sale shopping!

    • A trip to Dorset was spent reviewing the Christmas Hamper range for 2015.
    • Enjoyed the summer sunshine on the roof drinking mock-tails and enjoying the view.
    • Coffee time spent with friends under the shadows of Mr Selfridge himself in Harry's bar. 
    • Taylor's first sale at Selfridges and he coped admirably with the yellow bags!
    • Office festooned with yellow bags on sale day!
    • New train provider hasn't eased the delays and cancellations in June... Liverpool street on a particularly challenging commute home one night in June.
    • Sale wouldn't be complete without a little treat!.... gorgeous ox-blood Lily added to the collection - another successful sale ~ birthday and christmas presents stored away.

    June certainly turned out much busier than I planned, lovely catching up with some old friends, new and have some fun in the sunshine..... roll on July for more fun with friends, birthday treats and some lovely things planned.

    Wednesday, 24 June 2015

    Book Love ~ June

    This month I am sharing 6 reads that have kept me entertained on my travels during June. Some of these have been languishing in my to read pile for some time, and I am now wondering why I've left them so long. This month's reads have taken me to the far flung places of  Hollywood and Greece, and contemplate running, gardening and opening a café on an idyllic island off the Thames coastline. They have evoked many childhood memories and a gap year in Greece!.... here's what has been keeping me entertained during June.
    Mattie Rose is the advice columnist for the Chicago Gazette under the pseudonym of "The Plate Spinner", mum to a brood of children, and husband to a hunky paramedic. In reality she's sworn off men, strapped with debt, haunted with childhood taunts of "fattie mattie" and slowly recovering from being jilted at the altar 2 years previously. Mattie's ex-fiancé is on the run for embezzlement and fraud, having framed his twin brother Nick to take the fall for his shenanigans. Nick having lost everything from his brothers scams is also trying to recover. Mattie & Nicks paths cross again when Nick is hired by the newspaper to coach The Plate Spinner to run the Chicago marathon…. Much fun, and heartache ensue as Mattie & Nick find themselves on a running journey. I really enjoyed this book and found Mattie adorable, she made me laugh lots, her enthusiasm for exercise is on a par with mine!... a fun read, perfect for anyone looking for inspiration to run a marathon.
    The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café – Jenny Oliver    Annie White has recently inherited The Dandelion Café on the Thames-side island of Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is Annie's childhood home, she returns to tie up loose ends, and renovate a tired looking café with the option of selling it. Soon the island, the cafe and its habitants (especially the gorgeous millionaire Matt) creep their way into Annie's heart and she has to decide what she wants. This is the 1st book of a new series by Jenny Oliver and I really enjoyed it, great characters and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
    Coming up Roses - Rachel Lucas
    Daisy's parents take off for a midlife crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of renovating their ramshackle garden. A move to the countryside of Steeple St John couldn’t come at a better time for Daisy and she relishes nurturing the garden back to its former glory. Daisy befriends Elaine and Jo in the village who are both battling their own problems and collectively the 3 ladies embark on helping each other. Outside of their problems the village is battling its own problems with greedy garden developers and Daisy soon finds herself fighting to save her beloved garden with the help of pensioner Thomas.
    This is a glorious book for the summer, and a perfect read following my recent trip to Chelsea Flower Show, Rachel's description of the allotment evoked so many memories of me & Gramps trundling wheel barrows between the greenhouse and allotment and the character of Thomas could easily have been my granddad. Obviously Daisy needs a love interest and this comes in the guise of a charming Irishman and a hunky vet, both vying for her affection in different guises. I loved this book, its beautifully written and absorbs you into an idyllic village setting, a perfect book to transport you into a different world whilst travelling through the tunnels of London on the tube,… delightful Rachel Lucas.
    Mandy Baggot always writes some of the best heroes in her books and TMG doesn’t disappoint in the guise of Yan. Ellen's life has fallen apart and suddenly the capable, confident and career driven women is no more. Finding herself accompanying her Bridezilla sister Lacey to the island of Corfu to plan her wedding, she is hoping the time away will help her sort herself out and distract herself from her problems. What Ellen hadn't factored into her holiday plans was Lacey suddenly getting cold feet and her finding herself enjoying the company of a hunky Bulgarian holiday entertainer Yan. This book was a romp of a read. It's both emotional, & funny, and the  perfect holiday companion whether on a sun lounger or staycation it will keep you entertained.
    I first met the characters of Zoe and Maggie in Kate's novella The Perfect Christmas, Picture Perfect continues the story and also shares the back story of both women. Maggie is Americas sweetheart actress of 20 years and Zoe is one of Hollywood's most successful managers where stars clamour to be represented by her. The ladies are the best of friends and have each other's backs, especially as they both embark on journeys and relationships which take them away from their comfort zones of Hollywood expectation. Dylan enters both their lives, a young girl searching for her birth mother, and has an impact on both of them in ways they never expected, suddenly their picture perfect lifestyles aren’t looking so solid.
     It was so lovely to catch-up with these characters again and the old & new storyline thread running through the book is reminiscent of the blockbusters of Shirley Conran and Jackie Collins of my teens. This book had a real "Lace" feel about it, but totally up to date in its Hollywood setting … a great read with lots of storylines running together to culminate in a book filled with glitz, glamour and intrigue.
    Growing up Pippa's summers were spent in the idyllic Greek island fishing village of Taxos. Here she spent her days dreaming of her own tea shop alongside her childhood friend Nikos…. Grown-up life has given Pippa a secure accounting job and a sensible suave boyfriend. Returning to the village of Taxos after many years, Pippa's idyllic memories are tainted by how tired the little village has become, something her boyfriend Henrik is keen and quick to point out. Soon it is apparent that Henrik is here for different reasons to Pippa and with Pippa discovering her childhood friend Nik is no longer a gangly irritating boy but a bit of a greek hunk life suddenly doesn’t seem so safe and sensible anymore. With threats of development looming, Pippa finds solace in baking her legendary scones for all and soon the Tastiest Little Tea shop takes a life on its own and could be the villages saviour.
    Having spent many summers in a fishing village on the island of Rhodes and a gap year island hoping, this book touched many memories. The camaraderie and community spirit of the village was so familiar it evoked memories of smells, tastes and  friendships. Enjoyed the character of Pippa, but it was Nikos grandma that I adored, so typical of that generation and Nik was delicious :-)… only wished that Samantha had shared the recipes of all the delicious scones that she described.

    As you can see I have had so much fun with my reads this month, and surprised myself with 6 books making the Read pile. My book reads have influenced my instagram feed and lifestyle during June!!

  • David Gandy launched his swimwear range at the beginning of the month and the advert launched to support completely had me thinking of Yan in TMG.


    • The sneakers are out and i'm walking more, not quite to marathon standards just yet!
    • Completely obsessed with roses this month, and have snapped and savoured when ever I have seen them, including a trip to The Rose Garden at Hever castle.
    • Cherries are in season and I can't go a day without sampling and seeking opportunities to make cherry pie... still can't get it as good as the ones my nan made.
    • A sneaky scones & jam was the perfect accompaniment to Game of Scones, alas not on a greek island but on the rooftop of work.
     My pile is overflowing for July and I am struggling with what to pick as so many of my favourite authors have released books in recent weeks. Pop back next month and see what has made the cut! Here's some posts from previous months. What has grabbed your attention recently on the book front, what would you recommend, would love to hear from you.

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015

    A week of fun in June...

    last week was a whirlwind of fun activity both at work and at play!... here's some of the images snapped on my social media accounts

    • Hever Castle; a day out in the picturesque hamlet of Hever discovering the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
    • Selfridges Sale; Saturday snap of the calm before the storm!
    • Beautiful British florals at Phillipa Craddock in the Selfridges foodhall. one of my favourite displays.
    • Book launch at Penguin books meeting some favourite authors.
    • Stunning London skyline of London at sunset from the rooftop of penguin books.
    • Drinks and laughter with Mrs Christmas herself - Carole Matthews and Ali Mcnamara
    • Thursday morning fun when David Gandy appeared in my time line photographed with Mr & Mrs Le Bon.... as a huge Duran Duran fan this was all too much for a hormonal female!... that Yasmin is a lucky lady!
    • Monday morning saw me secure pre-released Duran Duran tickets for December!... beyond excited!
    • 9th Selfridges sale and the yellow bags multiplied under my desk throughout the first day... multiple birthday and christmas presents purchased, along with a couple of treats for myself!... my mulberry collection may have been added to!
    As you can see it was a busy week and somewhere and how I did lot some work in between!.... hope you are all having a lovely week... look forward to catching up with posts this week :-)

    Monday, 22 June 2015

    A dream night for a book-lover...

    This week saw me catch-up with my lovely friend Ali..... what started as a planned lunch turned into a late lunch/early dinner and a book launch! How do you ask?... easy, my friend is Ali McNamara  author of 5 books … and very soon to be 6!
    Ali and I met through social media after her 1st book and bonded over the love of New York, Richard Curtis movies, and books. It's been some time since we caught up in person, which we did over a fab dinner on the roof of Selfridges ( for a later blog post!)…. I then joined Ali for an evening celebrating the launch of Giovanna Fletcher's new book Dream a Little Dream at Penguin books on The Strand…. Not a usual Thursday night after work.
    Giovanna's party was held on the 10th floor offering the most fabulous views of the city along the river from the balconies hugging the function room. Inside, the space was festooned with bunting, and stunning floral displays complimenting the books cover and style. Along with this the tables were decked with roses, cupcakes, Nutella and ferreo rocher (my niece would have been in 7th heaven!) all again complimenting the books displayed.
    Giovanna is of course married to Tom Fletcher and mum to Buzz who were both in attendance along with the rest of the McBusted boys and a few other well-known faces; including Emma Willis and husband Matt and Gi's brother Mario. (fans of Towie will of course recognise). Tom was very much the proud husband, snapping away on his camera during the evening as well as chasing after Buzz!
    I was as equally excited if not more thrilled to meet some of my favourite authors who were also in attendance. These included Carole Matthews, Ali Harris, Paige Toon, Dorothy Koomson and Eleanor Moran. I spent much of the evening talking to Carole, Ali and Ali which was fun and involved lots of chatter about Christmas, Selfridges, and of course books. I also got to meet the "lovely kev" husband of Carole, who is featured in many tweets. 
    Views & goodie bag from Penguin books
    It really was a book-lovers perfect evening, meeting up with so many people who's words have transported me to other worlds. All these ladies have, whilst I have either been commuting on the tube, curled up in an armchair on a lazy sunday afternoon or keeping me company whilst travelling...
     thank-you it was so much fun to meet you all. 
    I had a lovely evening... Congratulations Giovanna on a fab launch, looking forward to reading the book... thanks Ali for a fab night.. looking forward to celebrating your 6th at the end of July x

    Friday, 19 June 2015

    A day amongst the Roses...

    Hever Castle
    Nestled in the picturesque countryside on the Kent /Surrey/Sussex borders is one of this country's most historic houses/castles. Originally built in 1270 Hever Castle rose to historic fame in the 15th and 16th centuries as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. 
    Henry V111's bed & The Astor Room
    Anne subsequently became Henry V111's 2nd wife, and has often been stated as his one true love as he renounced Catholicism and created the Church of England in order to marry her over just taking her as his mistress. Anne sat as Queen of England for only 1,000 days before being found guilty of treason and subsequently beheaded at the Tower of London, leaving a daughter Elizabeth who went on to be Queen Elizabeth 1.
    The castle has had many owners including the famed Astor family and it is still privately owned to this day by the Guthrie family.
    The gardens of Hever Castle

    Hever is famed for many things, but for one week of the year its most famous for its rose garden and this week on an indulgent day off I headed around the M25 to visit this little piece of history.
    Hever Castle Rose Garden
    The grounds of Hever are glorious and are easily worth a trip without visiting the castle; originally designed in 1904/08 by Joseph Cheal. 
    The main garden was designed to display William Waldorf Astor's collection of Italian sculptures, including a 38-acre lake amongst the 125 acre 's. Many of the water features have been inspired by fountains and spaces in and Rome; including the Trevi fountain.Recent additions to the garden include a Water maze and a Yew maze popular with many school children that were on a visit when I was there!
    My main reason for the visit was to see the Rose Garden;
    rose garden

    The Rose Garden features over 4,000 roses which are planted in blocks of colour, displaying both their vibrancy and scent to its maximum.Along with the beds of English roses, the garden features many climbers which wander over the columns and walls of the garden; creating a magical entrance into and out of the space and showcasing the architecture to its most glorious.
    Nestled behind the Rose Garden in the Italian Gardens is the Guthrie Pavilion which was the perfect location for a coffee & cake stop and a chance to rest and admire the view over the great lake.
    The lake took 2 years to create and was dug continuously, except Sundays by 800 men between 1904 and 1906. The lake features an Itallian Loggia and a Japanese Tea house Folly.




    Along with the beautiful roses, flowers and fauna Hever Castle is the perfect Haven for wildlife. The wildflower meadow outside the Boleyn Wing and Astor Court (available for bed & breakfast stays!) has the most delightful Bee hives. The moat, rivers and lake provide the perfect habitat for nesting birds, ducks and swans.




    The day prior to my visit Hever had held a Spitfire day day and the remnants were still around to see, which was much fun for me & the visiting school children.

    As you can see (apologies for the photo overload!) Hever Castle is a delightful place to visit, whether you are a fan of history or gardens it is definitely worth the trip. With a wide range of events and things happening in and around the castle throughout the year, I am sure that it won't be my only visit. A glorious day topped off with the most perfect weather for a day in the country.

    Sunday, 14 June 2015

    kicking off a summer of rugby.....

    last week saw the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015... Prince Harry and Jonny Wilkinson kicked off the countdown at Twickenham with lots of school children and the Webb Ellis Trophy on glorious display.
    The trophy will now tour the UK over the 100 days before the start of the tournament. Here are the planned dates... I am hoping to see it when it hits London in September. Someone else that I am hoping to see in the summer is the lovely Jonny Wilkinson as part of his O2 touch tour. I am delighted that the lovely JW was honoured with a CBE in the Queens birthday honours list.... much deserved and worthy award.
    These rugby events followed the weekend that I saw Saracens lift the Aviva premiership cup at Twickenham, beating Bath in a hotly contested league and thrilling final.
    Whilst at Twickenham for the final the Land Rover that will escort the Webb Ellis cup around the country was on display for
    all to see.
    What a fabulous way to kick off a summer and autumn of fabulous rugby.

    Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Chelsea Flower Show - flowers & fauna

    Part two of my afternoon adventures at Chelsea Flower Show concentrates on the big white tent otherwise known as the Great Pavilion.
    The Great Pavilion is 11,775 square metres,(2.9 metres) and big enough to park 500 London buses!
    In previous visits I have often been a little overwhelmed in the great pavilion due to the volume of people, however this year it was much easier to walk around and view the exhibits.
    There was so many exhibits and I took lots of photo's, here are some of my favourite's;
    As previously blogged from the show gardens, vintage and old flowers had a huge revival at this years chelsea and I definitely swayed towards these this year. They evoke so many memories both visually and through their scents of so many fabulous moments in my Gramps's garden and allotment.
    The greenhouse showcasing the vintage flask, and gardening tools bought a big lump to the throat and tear to eye as this could have been lifted from my nan and granddads house, especially filled with the scent of tomatoes ... The clematis along the shed and trellis was just gorgeous and my nan would have adored it.
    Roses are a huge draw for me, and no-one does roses quite like David Austin, however roses were used showcased across many stands and the beautiful display in amongst the ruins of an old building reminded me of the lovely abbey gardens in Bury St Edmunds.
    Another area of the Pavilion that I loved was the Best Hotel Floristry exhibit, the mix of roses, teacups and books was a huge hit for me, however my favourite was the gold medal winner from the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. showcasing a traditional afternoon tea alongside stunning tea roses in hues of tea, cream and red...
    Interflora took the whole tea theme to a completely different level with giant teapot, cups, cupcakes and huge jammie dodgers!!
    Delicious x

    Whilst walking around the pavilion I spotted Carol Klein filming a segway for that evenings BBC show against the backdrop of a bed of beautiful irises and a gorgeous artists studio.
    The marks and spencer's stand showcased all types of flowers in hues of pinks and meaves. The wall of sweet williams and the peonies in teacups was delightful.
    Another little garden space I adored was the cute little hut in a garden of lupins, and irises, a real cottage garden feel.
    This really was a Chelsea Flower show that ticked all my boxes and one that my nan & gramps would have loved.
    Thank-you to all the exhibitors and the hard work and dedication that went into staging such a beautiful show. Congratulations to all the winners, much deserved.
    ... Looking forward to next year.








    Sunday, 7 June 2015

    London in Bloom

    London in Bloom
    Over the last few years London has come to bloom in the week of Chelsea Flower Show, it is now one of my favourite weeks outside of Christmas in London. This year I was determined to capture as many images of London in Bloom on my travels, culminating in an afternoon at the show itself.
    Aqua Shard ~ flowers 31 floors above the city and Avenues and Artisans at Chelsea Flower show.

    Sloane Square - Chelsea in Bloom


    With Sloane Square being the destination tube for people travelling to the show the surrounding area completely embraces the week. This years Chelsea in Bloom theme was fairy tales.
    Sloane Square transformed into a looking glass garden of wishes and treats, complete with a tea & cupcake area and a champagne bar.
    The surrounding streets and boutiques participate as well and here are a few of my favourites from the Chelsea streets.
    Brunello Cucinelli - Alice in Wonderland


     From Alice in Wonderland - Brunello Cucinelle's front was a delight, from the afternoon tea, to the white rabbit and grinning cheshire cat the whole story was there in floral glory
















    Smythsons woodland writing retreat
    Smython's shop front was beautiful and although it wasn't one fairy tale, the fact that the store is famous for its writing materials it lends itself beautifully to the theme. The combination of hollyhocks, and alpines was delightful





    Snow White & Woodland retreat
    Lulu Guiness's windows were framed in a style to typical of Lulu's work, bright & funky showcasing the story of Snow White. With Lulu's famous lips clutch replacing the 'poisoned' apple temptation it was a clever play on imigery for the brand and theme,
    Hackett's windows and store front were a gorgeous hues of green & white, lilac & blues..

    Browns ~ Cinderella



    Browns boutique transformed itself into Cinderella's dream dress for the ball, complete with golden coach and fairy godmother flying above the ground.
    The detail was stunning, I loved the crystal embossed show on a bed of vintage roses along with the dress of rhododendrons.
    Kate Spade ~ Flamingos in the city
    In typical Kate Spade style, they didn't use a fairy tale from old, they wrote their own and displayed in on the side of their store along with 2 6ft floral flamingo's which were just fabulous. The story linked their latest collection along with a fab theme for the season. Kate Spade won the gold for best store in bloom for Chelsea in Bloom week.
    I would thoroughly recommend a trip to Sloane Square Chelsea week, even if you can't get tickets for the show you can enjoy some fabulous displays of floral imagination and finery in the boutiques and street surrounding the square.

    Friday, 5 June 2015

    June plans...

    well we are a week into June and I've only just had time to give it a little makeover...
    I loved the pink & mint colour palette so much last month that I have switched it around for June, with a little bit of bunting!
    June started cold and damp but Mr Sunshine has awoken from its winter hibernation the later end of the week and it feels like summer is finally here.
    The rugby & rowing boys are looking quite splendid for June in calendar corner, along with the lovely David Gandy's new swimwear launch for summer! ;-)
    I have a few plans for June, hopefully will catchup with some friends I haven't seen in a few weeks. I have a trip to the theatre later in the month, and engagement cake to make and Taylor will experience his first Selfridges sale!!.....
    So here's to a fabulous June ....

    Wednesday, 3 June 2015

    Goodbye May, Hello June....

    June arrived with a blast of winter and a lots of wind blowing May away with rain showers and gusts... nothing like the weather usually clement with the arrival of the 6th month of the year. With better weather forecast for the end of the week I am hoping that summer is just a little late waking from its hibernation!
    May was quite a busy month, filled with bundles of flowers, fabulous food and bunches of fun and catching up with some friends..
    • Vintage Salt; Selfridges opened its summer rooftop dining experience and my friend R and I spent an indulgent lunch up there, with the chocolate burger being the highlight!
    • London was awash with flowers & fauna in May for Chelsea Flower show which I enjoyed in many locations including a beautiful afternoon at Chelsea Flower show.
    • Breakfast from above, I was lucky enough to breakfast at Aqua Shard on one of the nicest days in May and sat eating a glorious english breakfast watching the city come to life early morning - delightful.
    • Another delightful moment was a brief stop at Peggy Porschen's parlour on route to Chelsea Flower show where I stopped for a slice of raspberry & lemon layer cake, along with a latte and an opportunity to glance at Peggy's newly launched book (added to my baking books wish list!)
    • May saw me catch-up with Bestie over a quick pub lunch in the heart of "Towie" land, Fish finger sandwiches doorstop style, complete with a mini fryer of fries!. Lovely to spend an hour laughing and catching up.
    Along with many flowers I also had bunches of fun in lots of ways...
    • Calendar corner was very pleasing on the eye. 
    • Taylor had his first outing at for Rugby and coordinated lovely with my Saracens shirt.
    • David Beckham launched his instagram on his 40th birthday with this lovely waking up snap... much fun :-)
    • Kit Kat launched its 'break' campaign and I had much fun picking appropriate 4 fingers for the team in the office!
    • Spooks - a much welcome trip to the cinema to see one of my favourite TV series morph onto the big screen ... sheer escapism for a couple of hours.
    • Mac launched its wash & dry collection in fabulous style!... my wash days at the launderette never look as good as this!
    • London hosted some fabulous celebrations for the 70th VE day with a parade and a glorious tea dance 50s style in St James Park, complete with a red arrows flypast... humbling and fun at the same time. 
    • Spent the evening in the company of Bradley Cooper watching the critically acclaimed The Elephant man, which was fabulous.... a semi naked Bradley is always pleasing on the eye!
    • May concluded with a fabulous Saturday at Twickenham watching Saracens win the Aviva premiership league cup against Bath...always pleasing in so many ways!
    • Pink & Mint were my signature colours for my blog style for the month and this cascaded into much colour & fun through the month. Loved breaking in my new sneakers and stepped up my walking with these beauties on my feet.
    • London turned pink for the night to celebrate the birth of a new princess in May with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge welcoming the birth of their baby daughter Charlotte.
    • Vintage Salt opened on the roof and these fabulous beach huts at the drift bar will reside there for the summer!
    • Taylor met a little mint lady friend whilst I was out for lunch.... how cute do they look alongside each other! 
    • My book post was full of flowers and styled lovely alongside my blog for the month; this post was my most read, tweeted and favourited posts. I received some lovely comments from the authors 
    As you can see May was busy, and I look forward to continued fun in June... pop back at the end of the week when I will be sharing what June has in store and giving the blog a little makeover.