*Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

It’s tough when you live hundreds of miles away from your Mum.  Back when I lived in London I’d rarely get to see my Mum at all let alone on Mother’s Day, unless one of us decided to brave either the trains or the cruel mistress that be the M25 – and if not, then a stuttery facetime call would just have to do.  Nowadays I’m lucky enough to have my Mum less than twenty minutes down the road, and this year – since we have an actual bed in our spare room – Sunny’s Mum could come spend Mother’s Day with us too!  To celebrate our lovely mothers, we all crammed into the kitchen for tea, puppy cuddles and plenty of cake 🙂

Are you sick of the puppy pictures yet?  Duh, of course you’re not – just look at his cute face! 😉

I made chocolate brownies and this massive four layer ombre cake with a raspberry drizzle – which I frosted in my pyjamas at 6am when Bungle woke me up (Which was actually 5am until I realised that the bloody clocks had gone forward.  Will I ever get my Sunday lie-in again???).


I was also kindly sent a few of these Lurvill’s Delight drinks to try – a long lost Welsh soda that’s been recently resurrected and is back on the shelves in and around Cardiff.  It was originally created back in 1896 in the Rhondda valley by a couple of brothers who used the profits they made from the drink to pay for 150 coal miners and their families to sail across the pond and start a new life in America.  But in 1910 there was a dock leaf shortage, and since it was one of the drink’s main ingredients, production sadly came to sudden halt.  If you’re a fan of summery, botanical drinks like elderflower then you’ll love it – it’s not too fizzy, not too sweet (the  main ingredients are rhubarb, dock leaf and juniper berry) and I can imagine plonking a pitcher of the stuff on the barbecue dinner table with some chopped apples floating around in it 🙂



How did you spend Mother’s Day this year? 🙂

DIY Strappy Flats


I love strappy flats. I’m never 100% confident bashing around in heels every day and I’m annoyingly somewhere between a size 7 and 8 (clown feet alert!) so most shoes are annoyingly either too tight, or they slip off. I picked up these pink suedette flats from H&M for £8.99 (in a size 7 and a half – score!) and decided to jazz ’em up with some ankle strappage. I was originally going to use some pink ribbon but then I stumbled across this Pom Pom strip instead and thought, why not? I used a tough shoe needle to stitch the middle of each strip to the inner heel, and then stitched a tiny bit of ribbon onto either end of the strip to make the straps easy to tie. Easy! 🙂

I definitely noticed a few foot glances when I wore them the other day, including a few from my dog. He already thinks my ankles are a tasty chew toy and these probably aren’t going to help. Oh well!

Smart Closet

I love fashion, but you know what? I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve got a cupboard full to bursting of clothes (and that doesn’t seem to stop me from adding to it when I see something I like!) and yet I always seem to wear the same two or three outfits. I’m lazy and unadventurous when it comes to dressing myself so a capsule wardrobe would probably make a lot of sense, but I get bored easily and I hate to think of all those lovely clothes that are already hanging in my wardrobe and never get to see the light of day.

About a month ago I downloaded an app called Smart Closet on a whim, hoping that it would help me regain a bit of control over my togs, and I have to say, so far I’m loving it! It essentially works as a database – a personal closet catalogue – allowing you to see what you’ve got (and haven’t got!), categorise it, create and plan outfits, and understand which items you get the most use out of. It takes a little bit of time to set everything up, but for me it’s been a game changer 🙂

✦ Create Your Closet. The most time consuming part of creating your own smart closet is inputting all the data, which basically involves chucking all your clothes onto the floor and taking a picture of each and every item you own – clothes, shoes, accessories, the lot. You can choose to categorise them by style, colour, brand (which makes searching for items in the app much easier), and you can even add a price to each item which – once you’ve added everything – will give you a total price tag for your wardrobe. Eek!


✦ Create and Plan Outfits. Once you’ve created your database you can start having some fun with the app. All those photographs you took can now be mixed and matched to create outfits for your Lookbook. Outfits can be categorised by occasions and seasons and added to a calendar which allows you to keep track of what you’re wearing. Another handy feature is that the app will alert you every morning suggesting a possible outfit for the day. Helpful when you’re in a rush, eh? 🙂

Packing Lists. A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini break to the New Forest and used the packing feature to help me streamline my suitcase. You can add outfits to your packing list and the app will list all the items you need to pack.

Statistics. Here’s the interesting bit. The statistics page in the app gives you a run down of your wardrobe in numbers. How many tops, how many dresses? How many outfits? How much does your entire wardrobe cost? And depending on how much information you put into the app, it can also tell you about your favourite brands, favourite colours, most used item and best value item. All handy info for when you’re planning a clear out or feeling spendy 🙂

Have you ever tried a closet app? What did you think of it?

Meet Bungle!

You might remember way back in January that I wrote a post about my goals for the year and how I was hoping 2017 was going to be the year that Sunny and I finally got the dog we’d always been planning for. Well, here he is! No more than a week after I wrote that post, a Golden Retriever not far from us gave birth to a small litter and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the chunkiest one! We finally brought Bungle home last week and so far, it’s been a baptism of fire. Despite planning on (and getting excited about) that moment pretty much since Sunny and I got together over 10 years ago – talking to breeders and dog owners and doing plenty of reading – it’s been an exhausting few days! Not just for us, but for him too – he’s met so many people and learnt so much already… uh, except where to poop. So. Much. Poop. 💩

Puppies are hard work guys. And that’s a massive understatement. But, despite all the puppy puddles (including one on my favourite stripy rug this morning, grr! I turned my back on him for 2 seconds!) and the fact that he currently thinks my ankles are a chew toy – I’m totally smitten with him and his cute blonde eyelashes already 🙂




Into the Woods

I just got back from a short but sweet little trip to the New Forest.  I haven’t been down there since I was a kid and always had this memory of it being this sprawling, Snow White forest, but actually, turns out that it’s not that big at all.  You can easily whizz around it by car in an afternoon.  That’s not to say that you can explore every moss-covered trunk in such a short snippet of time though, it’s still got that fairy tale charm and mystery that it had when I was a kid; you know, little towns with red brick cottages and sash windows, wild horses and fallow deer.  You can see a lot, but still leave wanting more.  It’s the perfect place to go exploring for a weekend 🙂










Have you been to the New Forest?  What were your favourite spots?