The Big Recap of 2018

The obligatory recap of the past year post is here. 2018 was filled with some amazing highlights I’m sharing the best bits with you now.

JANUARY

Started off the year with my birthday month. The post-Christmas/New Year lul doesn’t happen for me because come the 20th January it’s party time.

January bought me to Bicester Village for the first time. I also got to work with Footway which was amazing and I got the first snow of the year in Leicester. I also turned 24.

FEBRUARY

I went to Paris with Hayden. I signed up for the university trip but wanted Hayden to come with me so I organised everything for us two to spend a couple of days in the city of love. We met friends in Paris, I went to Premiere Vision, went museum hopping and fell in love with the city and each other. So much so that we are going back again this year.

Hayden and I also celebrated our second anniversary of being together. Two crazy wonderful years. We’ve been on so many adventures together I’m so glad I’ve found someone to walk through life with.

MARCH

The Third snow of the year (the second was in Paris) getting stranded in the countryside is something unto its self.  Spun my car trying to drive to university in the snow, the things I do for education.

APRIL

Trips to London with Hayden dragging him around shop after shop, and taking him to see Harmonics in Space for research for a project.

April bought a lot of reflection. Apart from Hayden’s birthday on the 4th (best day ever), April holds World Meningitis Day. I shared about my time with Meningitis.

Celebrate the Dare to Mask launch with The Body Shop in their Southampton store. I shared on the blog lots of goodies that I’m still using now.

Spent some of April networking in Bournemouth. Most of the people at the networking event were dressed in suits and I dressed in my most favourite outfit. Which is not at all like a suit.

MAY

I co-hosted a charity fashion event which was so much fun. We created bags that were sold and all proceeds were given to our chosen charity.

Hayden and I visited bluebell woods for the first time. Of course, there were shots taken. This year Hayden and I have really taken up more photography and are working on creating much more content.

I also had the honour to interview Peter Becker who played Fredrich in War Horse at the Mayflower Theater. It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity.

JUNE

The month of girl power. I spent a lot of time with my gal pals and really developed a true bond with them. Many trips to get coffee and snacks.

ate some Mexican food with some food bloggers and met some new blogging friends. Thanks, Bournemouth Bloggers for the opportunity.

A gin tasting with Ginjams in Westbourne. I drank a lot of gin, you know for research purposes. Listening to the Ginjams guys talk endlessly about gin was really inspiring.

A Lush spa day followed at their Southampton store. I made a Cupcake face mask, which is my favourite. If I could eat it I would.

Looks like didn’t really do much in July, sorry guys.

AUGUST

August sent me to a castle…

…and to the beach.

SEPTEMBER

September was filled with Salisbury. I’ve been to Salisbury so many times throughout my life. but never remember the Abbey. We only had enough time to get the shots before they closed.

Explored Frome with Hayden. All the independent shops give me so much hope for smaller towns.

The pinnacle of September was Centre Parcs. My first friends holiday with a large group. It was amazing fun and the rapids were a huge highlight of the trip. We did the Aerial Adventure, which was us messing around in the trees and zip lining from one platform to the other.

OCTOBER

I went pumpkin picking for the first time at Sopley Farm, Shared my Halloween playlist with you all. Spent the day in London with my uni pals seeing the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Tasted the menu at Brewhouse and Kitchen with the Bournemouth Bloggers. October was really a busy month.

 

 

NOVEMBER

Styled more with my favourite William Morris for H&M shirt. I shared with you all on the blog about how easy it is to find amazing vintage pieces and slow our fast fashion consumption down.

DECEMBER

Started the final month off with playing in an upside down house with Hayden and my Nanny. Then of course we headed to Germany for that last part before Christmas.

 

2018 has been a great year with so many highs, that I really can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer. I have a few goals in mind for the year ahead. I made plans to travel a little in 2019 and am excited to go to Florence and Paris this year. Thank you for being with me for 2018, bring on 2019. xx

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.

 

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.

Blue and Pink

Hey style lovers, quick question. When you get stressed does your style and effort in creating daily looks go right out the window? Mine does. I’m a style blogger that takes a photo of what I’m wearing that day. No pre-planning and shooting multiple looks a day. Maybe I should start doing that. Anyway, I’ve been swamped with university work and trying to finish early because Hayden and I are away on my hand in day. I’ve piled my plate rather high these past few weeks, and have been wearing the exact same thing day in day out apart from when I have work then it’s coffee-stained jeans and my uniform.

The last time I felt like I made an effort was when my Nanny came down. The outside of the Upside Down house was the perfect place to inject some colour and motivation back into my daily looks.

I wore

Coat – Topshop | Dress – Topshop | Boots – New Look | Bag – Yumi | ZARA purchase went back so nothing exciting in there.

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