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16 April 2014

Some new clothes

I feel like I haven't bought many new clothes at all this year, but I must admit that in the last few weeks I have had a little bit of a mini spree!  I think it's because I've begun to get a real feel for the style that I feel most comfortable with, and I've then been hunting around Pinterest for outfits and street style photos that fit with that style, and getting inspiration as to pieces that will fit well in my wardrobe. As I've mentioned before, I buy a lot of dresses but don't seem to wear them as much as other items, so I was keen to get some wardrobe staples that would take me through Spring and into Summer.

New clothes

I went to Westfield Shopping Centre with my friend Nicole a couple of weeks ago and we both had little sprees in H&M and Pull and Bear.  Both shops are so good for both basics and are really reasonably priced and had some great bits in there, so I couldn't help but buy some new things.  I've been wearing the stripey shirt and the ripped pastel green jeans (both from Pull and Bear) together a lot; I've been throwing on a cardigan and trainers but I think that ensemble will equally look good with sunnies and sandals when the warmer weather hits!

The stripey tops have been worn with skinny jeans and also work for the office with pencil and skater skirts. The white Converse were picked up at a blogger clothes swap and will be perfect as an addition to my Spring shoe wardrobe!

The Kenzo tiger jumper was a bit of a treat to myself on my last payday.  It is actually an age 12 kids' jumper from Selfridges and cost £70 rather than the usual £150! I was pretty chuffed when I found that and I'm definitely going to get a kids' t-shirt too to wear with shorts in the summer!  Here's a few more details on the other items:

New clothes

Have you treated yourself to anything new for S/S yet?

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15 April 2014

Trek America #Blog4Trek Finalists

Back in February I wrote about why I love blogging, and why anyone considering starting a blog should dive right in and do it.  The post was not only to encourage people into the world of blogging, but to tell you about an amazing competition to win a Trek America trek and the opportunity to blog about the experience. The three entry stages have absolutely whizzed by, with some amazing first entries to answer 'What would you pack for a weekend away', some beautiful photos submitted into the photo round, and now, the five finalists writing some really creative and thoughtful pieces on why they should become Trek America's next top blogger.

It's been such a thrill to have been able to be a part of this competition and seeing the thought and creativity that has gone into each round.  Judging the photo round was a real highlight for me - the theme was 'red, white and blue' and there were some brilliant entries.  I adored Amy from The Camera's Lying's clever composition of a girl flying towards the sky attached to some balloons...

... And Alida Bea from Beazie managed not only to impress me with the clever way she worked in the three colours, but made me dribble a little bit too, which is pretty impressive! (Mmm, pancakes).

After the photo round, the ten semi-finalists were whittled down again to the final five, who've now been asked to write about why they should be the one to snap up this amazing opportunity.  In case you'd like to peek at the finalists, their entries are as follows; 

Rachel Birchley

Rachel's final entry really made me laugh, with a video of her showing what she'd do if she won (hint: bounce around a room grinning!

Rachel is a seasoned traveller with a shelf full of travel guides who seems to be itching to get back on the road and hone her writing skills by sharing her adventures with her readers.

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Alida added some of her stunning photography to reflections on what it would be like to road trip around California, yearning for "the breeze coming through the window, taking photos of my trip, dipping my toes into the Pacific ocean and feeling that warmth on my face." She finished her evocative post with the words: "The itching in my bones and my fidgetty feet say I'm ready to be on the road."

Live Laugh Lipstick

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Georgina shared some beautiful photos as well as a fun, creative video she'd made as her final entry (worth a watch just for the illustrated dinosaur!). Georgina is a passionate photographer and film-maker and is keen to use these skills to capture her travels should she win.  

The Camera's Lying

Amy from 'The Camera's Lying' wrote about her passion not only for blogging, but for blog reading - explaining that "Blogs for me, can be just as engaging as stories you read in books, engulfing you and transporting you to another place." She would like to win so that she can document every moment of the trip, allowing others to live vicariously through her travels.

Abigail from Tuesday's Girl took this quote...

... and decided to tell her own story, via a poem.  I can only imagine that it must have taken an awfully long time to write as it was so well-thought out and beautifully written.  Abigail ends with:

To encourage new travels, and therefore new tales. 
"Tell them stories" she was told "they need wind for their sails" 
She'll never forget, never stop spreading the word
Of how travelling with Trek America will set you free as a bird.

So "why should we pick you" I hear you ask?
Because I'm the one who will make this trip last :)

So that's the five finalists - it's going to be very difficult to decide who to pick as my favourite! Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the competition - the creativity, passion and enthusiasm has made me truly proud to call myself a blogger.

Who's your favourite to win?

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14 April 2014

A Game of Thrones Night In

It is impossible to escape the chatter about Game of Thrones at the moment.  From friends on Facebook and Twitter staying up to catch the premiere of Season Four, to discussions in the work tearoom about which characters have most recently been killed off, to spotting commuters eagerly digesting the books, it really does feel like it's the TV series on everyone's lips - and Sky + Planners.  For those of you not familiar with Game of Thrones (if so, where have you been??), it is a fantasy/drama TV series based on the books of George R R Martin and interweaving lots of plot lines including civil wars, mythical creatures, impending winters, and bids for the throne.  

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It was that ubiquitous buzz that had me ordering the first disc of the first series from Lovefilm last year.  From the first watch, Tom was hooked, whilst I was a little more unconvinced, finding the plot lines hard to follow at times and annoying Tom with my constant questioning of 'Who's that?' or 'Which house are they from?' In the end I must admit that my commitment to GoT started to trail off and I found myself more commonly opting for blog reading or bubble baths rather than swordfights and conspiracies.

Because of Tom's love for TV and my love for all things blog-related, we find ourselves in different rooms of the house more often than is probably healthy or preferable of an evening.  We do try and have date nights and we have a couple of programmes we both watch together (*cough* Valleys *cough*) but I'd definitely like to make more time to have lazy evenings together on the sofa, snuggling under our lovely Avoca blanket and chomping through a big bag of popcorn!

Game of Thrones Night In

Recently, Tom has been begging me to give GoT another try so that he has some sofa company and someone to chat about it with, so he firmly had last Tuesday scheduled in his diary for a catchup on what's happened so far, and of course watching the first episode of the new series.  We were treated to an absolutely amazing gift by Birds Eye to accompany our 'Game of Thrones Night In' in the form of a hamper of treats to enjoy whilst watching it.  When I opened the hamper I was absolutely gobsmacked....

We were treated to an absolute wealth of amazing bits, including Game of Thrones goodies like a lunchbox, coasters, notebook, beer glass, wine glass and the previous box sets (homework for me!), as well as onesies for Tom and I to don whilst enjoying GoT, slippers, sweeties and vouchers for some yummy Birds Eye goodies.  Birds Eye are launching a great new campaign called #foodoflife, which champions real food and bringing families together at meal times, and I can't wait to tell you more about it and blog about the yummy food I spend my vouchers on (fishfinger sandwiches will definitely be happening!)

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? What do you think are the ultimate accompaniments for a Game of Thrones night in?

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