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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Snapshots of June

03/07/2014

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Sunshine and boats at Bognor. A pretty pink beach hut. Perfect for two, on the West Sussex coast. Seaside treats of the sugar variety. My dream vintage Vespa, one day. Afternoon tea and homemade cake at Modern Art Oxford with my friend Louise. More beach huts, after all one is never enough. Ten pink peonies from my kind man. The turquoise beach hut that dreams are made of.

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Earl Grey and lemon drizzle with Briony of A Girl, A Style, I snapped her Pashley bike. Ice cream in Cambridge. Hanging on the telephone. A pretty Sunday at home. Me and my dad, for Father's Day. Sugary sweet treats at Harrods. A fawn for Friday. Colourful Oxford window boxes. Fitzbillies, Cambridge, where I sampled the famous Chelsea bun.

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As part of my midlife crisis I'm mostly buying Chanel. There is no such thing as too many peonies. Home sweet home. More peonies. This 60s Twiggy mannequin is as cute as a button. Stunning hydrangeas. Pink doors, I'd live in either. Pretty east end shop windows. Adorable Oxford window boxes.

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Cambridge, it's a bit like Oxford really. Shopping at the Kate Spade sale with my friend Olga. A racy red beetle. Are you looking? Hello your Majesty! The colourful east end of London. Trooping the colour at the Queen's birthday celebrations. Some more vintage doors, I just can't resist. The Barbara Kruger private view at Modern Art Oxford.

You can view all my snapshots of 2014 here, and follow me on Instagram here. I hope you have a wonderful July!