I took photos of this Free People dress during my one night stay in Mykonos with my Dad and Eva. I decided not to post them as I didn’t have enough for a full outfit post. I looked a bit dishevelled, hence no photos from the front! We had to lug our bags down this staircase in 40 degree heat so I blame that. The next morning lugging it back up again was also fun.
I was going to take more photos of it, but the weather is suddenly turning into Autumn so haven’t had a chance. Was thinking about swishing about in a corn field….oh well. I like this first photo so thought I would get it up before summer truly vanishes.
For my 4th festival of the summer, Eva and I headed to Hertfordshire for the big bash for kids – Lollibop. Special thanks to Poppy Cat for the tickets! You may remember our trip to Blackpool to meet her. Our playmates for the day were Julia from StyloNylon along with her husband Myles and little boy Gus.
We had never been before and decided just to go with the flow. Preferring to wander around rather than create an itinerary of what we wanted to do for the day. I had a quick look at the website and I thought Eva would pretty much enjoy most of it.
The venue for this year was at Hatfield house. I thought the location was perfect. Only 22 minutes from Kings Cross and it was literally across the road from the station with a 5 minute walk through the grounds. I live in Surrey so my total journey one way was about an hour and 15 minutes.
Phew… we are well into the summer holidays and I am trying to keep my one entertained as much as I can. Eva doesn’t start school until the 18th of September so I have even longer than usual. (her school prepare the youngest into the school first). I spend quite a lot of time in London and take Eva to lots of things so I thought I would compile a list of her favourite things to do in London. Hopefully it will give parents out there some ideas.
We all know about the popular venues - national history, science museums, zoo (I won’t take my daughter to the zoo anymore), London eye, Sealife Aquarium, parks etc. So I thought I would leave those out. Even though Eva loves going to the kids basement of the Science Museum. Some of these have been in previous posts, others I haven’t featured on the blog before and something I plan to do…
Thanks to UGG and the ‘Best days of Summer’ campaign, I spent my Saturday at Standon Calling. Kitted out in my moccasin/espadrille shoes we travelled around the m25 to Hertfordshire; for a day of fun in the sun (and a sudden downpour).
Standon calling is a small and compact festival situated in a corn field. The line-up included Clean Bandit, Ella Eyre (who pulled out due to sickness), Public Enemy and up and coming artist Charli XCX known for her recent collab with Iggy Azalea.
The theme for 2014 was Latin America and there was some incredible costumes! I went all snap happy as you will see when you scroll down. I was actually gutted that I didn’t get into costume.
My mother has recently been fiddling around with one of those ancestry sites. You can put together a family tree by uploading your own photos and information. Then connecting up your tree with distant relatives that have also uploaded information to the site. A distant relative had shared information that my grandfathers side in the 18th century were those gypsies that travelled around in the little wooden wagons. Maybe that explains my love for a full skirt with a maxi preference and long hair.
It all started last week after I visited The Royal Childhood at Buckingham palace exhibition. On one of the hottest days the the year I weaved my way through Oxford Street to the flagship Warehouse store (number 264). I had been invited to check out the private dressing room to pick 3 items for a night out at the Rooftop film club the following week.
The private dressing room is free and available to pre-book in advance - 0203 713 0202. There are sofas and drinks in the fridge. Maybe you and your friends are on a shopping trip and want some privacy to try on lots of different pieces and relax rather than rushing in a out of the changing rooms.
Last night was the night… I made my way to Shoreditch for drinks, a BBQ, an open air movie and a catch-up with Emma from EJStyle, Annie from Epiphanniea and Lolli from Girl Stole London (who works for Warehouse).
Last Friday I was invited along to a special blogger preview of the Buckingham Palace opening. This year in line with Prince George’s 1st birthday, The Royal collection was exhibiting ‘a Royal Childhood’. The display included vintage toys and clothing worn and played with by the Royal family. I thought Eva would enjoy the theme this year so I took her along as well. I am glad I did as there was plenty of things to keep little people entertained.
We all waited outside the main visitor entrance where I bumped into fellow royal fan Jaime from Boy Meets Fashion. After checking through security we made our way through the state rooms entrance to the garden cafe for some tea and cake (water for us in the hot weather).
The issue I am about to speak about was something I was aware of, but not previously researched or delved into. Kerry from www.kerryjeanlister.com asked her contacts with some sort of public platform if they would share the Plan UK – because I am a girl campaign video. I decided to look more into it and it left me feeling, well….disturbed!
The lovely girls from Next treated a few bloggers last night to dinner at STK followed by watching a performance of The Bodyguard. We were asked to pick two pieces from the website to wear on the evening. I went for this boxy rib top and jacquard skirt.
I met up with Ella first of all so we could take snaps of each others outfits. Big thanks to her for taking mine! We decided Somerset house would be the best place as it was nearby. It’s always so strange walking through there when it’s not LFW. No colourful ensembles and dead birds stuck on peoples heads.
A rather spontaneous weekend for me. I had an email from Task PR on Friday (who I went to Germany with) asking if I would like two VIP (I am not very important, you can buy these) camping tickets for Love Supreme from the sponsors Storm Watches. Yes of course I replied – then wondered on who would look after Eva and Luna at such short notice! Thankfully my lovely little sister Lottie saved the day and came over to house, kid and puppy sit.
We pulled all of our camping equipment together (including our tiny tent that we bought Eva). I panicked on what to wear as the forecast was looking undecided. Then struggled to make my mind up on whether to take my Canon 6D or my Canon EOS M. I decided on the latter! I don’t really like taking my very expensive camera out with me when I am drinking. I have left a DSLR on a bench when I have had a few vinos down my gullet. Also drowned a Canon 500D. The Canon M isn’t cheap, but it’s a third of the price to worry about. The pictures are not as good quality, but 100x better than using my phone. Plus it’s teeny tiny, which is always a bonus.
I fear I may have over milked it with the holiday photos! Last ones…promise. I think when it comes to photography; people are definitely my forte. I have all these great ideas of landscape photos I am going to do and they never come out the way I want them. I am so used to photographing scenery as a backdrop…I have to try and retrain my brain to make it the point of the image. Whenever I look at a beautiful scene…I always wonder how many other people have already taken the exact same photo. I definitely need a wide angle lens.
I feel like an alien in these sunglasses. I am sure they won’t be for everyone, but I love quirky sunglasses personally! I think this might be the last outfit from my holiday in Greece. I do have a massive Greek photography/cinemagraph post that I am working on. I will post that either tomorrow or Monday.
We were staying in a little tiny resort on the island of Syros, so we decided to go back and check out the port town we arrived in from the Mykonos ferry – Hermoupolis. It’s a non-tourist, proper Greek working town. I knew if I wore the usual holiday get-up, we would stick out like a sore thumb! Well… apart from being incredibly pale that is.
I don’t really sunbath anymore, it’s boring as hell and I don’t want to look like a leather boot when I reach 40. I used to lay in the sun day in and day out on holiday…hate to think of the sun damage I have already caused. Any small tan I get now is from walking around.
If you follow me on twitter or Instagram you would already know I am currently sunning myself in Syros. I planned to blog my trip as I go like I did in South Africa, but I only brought my phone and my camera this time.