Forty and Fabulous

29/07/2014

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'Of course personally I think it would be tacky to wear diamonds before I'm 40.'  
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's

I'm now 40, not so sure about the fabulous bit, but I'm trying. I spent my birthday exploring west America; San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Palm Springs, as well as Disneyland, and Universal Studios (more of that to follow). It was awesome, and I'd do it all again in a second, or 12 days to be precise.

As if that wasn't enough I stretched my birthday celebrations out for as long as I could. A family gathering, a night out with friends, lunch with my colleagues, and afternoon tea with my mum. I guess 40 is the birthday that just keeps on giving!

Turning 40 really is fabulous, and it's a great excuse to indulge in the things you love. As long as you hide all the mirrors, and don't care what anyone thinks of you, you'll be fine. I didn't wear an ounce of make-up while on holiday, and I skipped around Disneyland in Minnie Mouse ears like an overgrown child. My onward strategy is to have as much fun as possible, after all life is too short to have it any other way.

Thank you for your kind birthday messages on my social media channels. I hope to catch up with everything over the coming days. Lots of love from a rather grown up, and slightly more vintage, Candy Pop.  

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Boden on the Road

17/07/2014

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My life took a rural turn last week when I was whisked away to the Dorset countryside to celebrate 'Christmas in July' with Boden.

The three day adventure included making bread in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Cookery School at River Cottage, creating pretty arrangements from wild flowers at the British Flower School, attending a Boden Christmas collection preview, walking across the stunning Dorset countryside with Johnnie Boden, his daughter Stella, and dog Sprout, exploring Mapperton House and Gardens, meeting the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, staying at the gorgeous Bull Hotel, Bridport, and indulging in an untold amount of food and drink.

The most memorable part was sharing the experience with a lovely group of people; editors and journalists from Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph and Glamour. Not to mention the fabulous Boden team, and some gorgeous bloggers (Cider with Rosie, Kat got the Cream, Park and Cube, Liberty London Girl and Smudgetikka). Trust me when I say there was a lot of Tweeting and Instagramming taking place. In fact I'm pretty sure we actually broke the River Cottage wifi. Ooops!

The new Boden collection will arrive next week, and if you fancy a little spoiler do pop over to my Autumn / Winter '14 post. Thank you Johnnie and the Boden team for an amazing and inspirational trip.

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London Calling

14/07/2014

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'For a minute there, I lost myself' Radiohead

I love being a tourist at home, especially in an area as vibrant and colourful as the east end of London. It's fun to look around with fresh eyes, like a holidaymaker exploring somewhere new, or a child discovering the world for the very first time.

Sometimes spending a day not looking at my watch or iPhone, can feel like a holiday. And in this busy world of plans, schedules, to do lists, and so on, it's welcomed escape from my daily routine.

My man and I walked miles, and treated ourselves to plenty of coffee shop breaks. After all there are few things more relaxing than a cup of Earl Grey tea while watching the world go by. We ended the day at an Italian restaurant off Brick Lane, and as the sun set it definitely felt like we were on holiday.

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