Sunday Lunch

Need a new Sunday lunch spot? I think I’ve found you the place. BEEFY’s by Sir Ian Botham at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. A beautiful restaurant perfect for couples and families to enjoy some great food with a wonderful view. A wall of windows looks out on to the cricket grounds. Hayden and I were invited to have Sunday lunch which we of course accepted. Some quality time just the two of us.

We ate from the Sunday set lunch menu. I had spiced parsnip soup, my favourite soup in the whole world. Hayden chose the fishcake, which he loved but wanted more of.

We both chose the half roast chicken with family style veg and potatoes. The beautiful chicken was perfectly bronzed. There was some sort of aromatic spice which was fantastic. The family style veg was served lightly in butter. Delicious!

If you decide on the 3-course set (you really should) here is your pudding table. All the heart eyes. Hayden and I talked at great length as to whether we could get more than one pudding. Our waiter sort of said we could but in general terms so we just sampled everything. Which is terribly naughty and totally worth it. I had the pink tart and the apple pie. My two favourite puds on the whole planet, minus Veinetta.

Hayden reported back from across the table that the black forest gateau was the best.

An added touch that really created a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant was the live music. Two chaps one with a sax and one with a keyboard. Playing what I guess you would call smooth jazz. I know nothing about jazz. I’d love to come back the BEEFY when some cricket is on and see the place come to life.

 

*we were invited to come and have Sunday lunch by BEEFY’s. A discount was given, but as always all opinions are my own.

 

Knitted Dress & Beret | Düsseldorf

The perfect knitted dress for winter comes from Reversed, bought on a whim for something cosy to wear on a warmer day in Düsseldorf. The relaxed fit meant tights wear easily worn underneath without there being bunching. Black boots to elevate the look and a black DKNY beret for added style. Possibly my most Christmasy outfit during the whole trip. I have more shots of this look in a different location and want to share them with you but will create a different post for them.

 

Dress -Reserved | Beret – DKNY | Boots – New Look| Coat – Topshop

Location |  rathaus steps

Photographer – Hayden

Topshop Stripes at Kö-Bogen | Düsseldorf

Topshop does some of the best-cropped T-shirts on the high street. This stripey get up will be moving into my summer wardrobe ASAP. Worn Over a turtleneck because German winters are no joke. Thermal socks worn under my jeans pulled to my knees helped keep me warm all holiday.

Cropped T-shirt – Topshop | Turtle neck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Vans| Bag – Yumi

Location – Kö-Bogen

Pink | Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Theatre Museum at sunset.

Pink sunsets in the pink city. Düsseldorf is a wonder of colourful delights, from the rainbow buildings, delicious food and friendly people we felt right at home.

 

packing only hand luggage is sometimes a nightmare when assembling outfits for a week. A lot of re-wearing happened during this Düsseldorf adventure. Trying to be creative in what I wear every day. To create something different proved a real challenge. Pairing these pink glittery SK8-HI Vans with the pink Theatre Museum was a highlight. As I love aesthetics and matching is my favourite thing. Ask Hayden.

Coat – Topshop | Jumper – Zara | Turtleneck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Bag – Yumi | Trainers – Vans( sold out)

Equestrian | Düsseldorf

 

The first instalment of the Düsseldorf diaries is here. Hayden and I had the most amazing time exploring the city in the lead up to Christmas.

Equestrian styling or more Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? Either way, I love trousers with tights and/or boots. It’s a hilarious combo but overdressing is part of the fun with personal style. Patterned paper bag waist trousers that I wish I’d bought in more patterns. They are so comfortable. Snake style boots for all the walking. We walked so far exploring the city it was amazing. The alt beir, the food and the coffee were just some of the highlights.  The pièce de résistance for this trip was this coat. This little ( it’s massive) coat that’s kept we warm and dry is the best money I’ve ever spent. A Topshop girl through and through, you all need a Topshop wool coat.

Coat – Topshop | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Zara | Tights – thermal | Boots – New Look | Bag – Yumi | Turtleneck – H&M

Little snowman mug was filled with deliciously warm glühwein from the Altstadt Christmas market. We took him home, of course.

Upside Down

Floating, being interviewed for German TV, betting coffee with my 86 year old Nanny and having laughing pains all day. Just some of the things that happened to me. The Upside Down House is in Bournemouth Triangle and really worth a visit. It sparks your creativity in getting the right shots. Ones where it really does look like you are floating.

The most comfortable dress from Topshop was in the sale a while ago but Zara does similar style right now. The stretch on the neckline and waist make it so relaxed while giving you some sort of shape. Adding thermal tights, because it’s freezing living near the sea and the best ankle boots from New Look. I think everyone has these boots now, but they are such a good bootie that everyone should have them.

Dress – Topshop | Tights – TK-Maxx | Boots – New Look

Early November

 

November evenings are so calming, seeing the bleak cold day, turn golden just before dark is truly magical. Golden Hour really is my favourite time of day. Recently GH has produced some really lovely moments. From reeds that are so beautiful, they look like they should be having in the Louve swaying in the breeze. To surfers catching the last of the waves before dark at Bournemouth Pier. Or the end of the day hitting the rooftops of buildings.

locations – Bournemouth pier | Bournemouth Pavilion | Westover Road | Lymington

Christmas in Bournemouth wearing Seina

Spending a beautiful day with H after a stressful week. University is getting on top of me so I’m really appreciating the days where I just spend time doing nothing. Doing nothing, wearing cosy Christmas outfits. I’ve been looking for a grey pearled jumper for about a year. I saw a cute one in the Zara in Edinburgh but for some silly reason just didn’t get it. I saw this jumper on an Instagram sponsored story and just impulsively bought it. While looked amazing and oversized on the model. It looks like a cropped jumper on me, which I’m kind ok with. From Seina. Paired with button fronted trousers that are comfy and soft with a paper bag waist. Teamed with my fave block heeled court shoes and a Joanna Hall bag mum gave me because she’s having a bag purge.

 

Shoes – Next | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Seina | Bag – Joanna Hall

Shot by – Hayden

location – Bournemouth Gardens

Autumn Dress

Vintage dresses like this one are the transitional piece you didn’t know you needed. Bought years about on a whim, it’s become a staple in my wardrobe and I’ll never part with it. It’s the most versatile dress I own, perfectly worn open with bare feet and sunglasses in the summer or paired with boots and leather jackets and buttoned all the way up for Autumn. The skirt is full enough to swish when you move but long enough to keep you warm. Paired with a vintage tan Italian leather jacket to match the leaves and black witchy boots to pare down the styling. Adding a modern twist with fishnets and a Furla pouch. It’s much easier to wear vintage items then you may think.

SHOT BY SUZIE

Morris&Co in Water Reeds

I love tucking shirts into trousers the masculine styling is something I’m really into. Mixing patterns is really easy when you pick one bold pattern and a more muted pattern. The contrast of the trousers and shirt are so easy to wear. Of course my blue wool Topshop coat. I’ve found the the Louis Vuitton bag of my dreams. I’m so excited and motivated to work towards getting her.

Shots taken while walking over the bridge in Lymington. On the way back from an adventure to find a monument hidden in the trees. The sun had pretty much set, but it still looked beautiful.

Trousers – Primark | Sneakers – Converse* | Shirt – Morris &Co H&M | Bag – Yumi | Coat – Topshop | Earrings – Parfois