Bike Basket Beauties

I love my gorgeous Trek Allant bicycle, but I’ve never been really happy with the basket. I purchased it at the same time as the bike, and the black metal basket was the only one they had in stock. It’s served me well for a few years, but I always wanted a wicker one, to fit in with the look of the bike!

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SummerDine at West Quay Southampton

West Quay is such an awesome place to shop and eat – and over the summer, it just got even better, thanks to the SummerDine promotion. From now until the end of August, there’s going to be a host of offers and discounts at loads of the centre’s cafes, restaurants and food kiosks – handy for those summer holiday shopping trips!

To take advantage of the offers, you can download WestQuay’s brand new mobile app, PLUS, which contains exclusive discounts across the centre’s large range of retailers. Amongst the offers currently on the app are 20% off Ed’s Easy Diner, kids eat free at Harry Ramsden’s, and a free original glazed doughnut (my favourite!) at Krispy Kreme with any purchase.

Ed's Easy Diner in the food hall at WestQuay Shopping Centre, Southampton. Monday 20th May 2013.

Ed’s Easy Diner in the food hall at WestQuay Shopping Centre, Southampton. Monday 20th May 2013.

Head on to http://www.west-quay.co.uk/events/summerdine now to find out more about the app, how it works, and how to download it. You can also collect an offer booklet from the Customer Services desk.

wagamama

There are so many amazing shops and restaurants at West Quay, I couldn’t possibly list them all for fear of missing out on one of my favourites (although… hey, John Lewis and Wagamama come pretty high on the list… And don’t forget to pop into Hotel Chocolate for a free sample of their latest new treats… And I always have to see what’s on the belt at Yo! Sushi… And, I simply have to try out the Handmade Burger Co. soon too…) To find out more about West Quay, head to their site here: www.west-quay.co.uk.

PLUS app

 

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Perfect Picnic

Perfect Picnic

I absolutely love a good British picnic – whether it’s from a fancy hamper in the grounds of a glorious garden, or a couple of sandwiches eaten on the beach, there’s something about eating outside that transforms a humble meal into a fun event!

I’ve always had a crush on Fortnum’s gorgeous hampers, but the one I have my eye on is priced at £400 – so when I saw Joules’ had a fantastic hamper on sale from £99.95 to £59.95, I jumped on it! It does help that the straps are the same shade of teal as Fortnum’s signature Eau de Nil colour! So, once I picked up the hamper, I also nabbed a matching picnic rug, coolbox and corkscrew to match! It might not be a Fortnums hamper, but it’s the next best thing…

Do you have a dream hamper in your imagination? What’s your favourite picnic food? Let me know in the comments!

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Summer Trends for 2015!

There’s no denying it – the muggy summer heat is upon us, and even here in Blighty, there are days when I can’t even go out into the garden without breaking into a sweat. Every year we have a new crop of summer trend articles to tell us what’s in this season (hint: usually a combination of safari prints, nautical themes, and neons or brights), but which one of those are actually worth following?

First and most important, let’s not forget hats. Wouldn’t the world be a nicer place if we all wore hats? I have no evidence to prove either way, so I’m going to go with a hearty YES. The boho trend is big this year, and big, floppy hats look absolutely gorgeous paired with floaty summer tops – think cream fabrics, lace and embroidery. I, on the other hand, like to err on the more formal side of the hat equation!

Ascot Hat

Of course, you can also channel the ‘floppy hat’ trend into something a bit more formal too – go for a stiffer material, and something with a darker colour, like this hat from Hobbs I wore to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace:

Buckingham Palace hat

The other great love of my (fashion) life is nautical style, especially Breton tops. These stripy sailor tops have been in fashion since Coco Chanel translated them from peasant garb to couture in the early years of the last century. They’ve been catapulted into the spotlight recently by some high profile appearances in the wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate has been spotted wearing ME + EM’s Breton tops in both white on navy and cobalt on white – it might not be on the runways this year, but you can always count on a Breton top to take you through the seasons year after year. I love J.Crew’s St James top (here) and Joules’ Harbour tops (here), while the ME+EM tops are available here.

Finally, if it’s shoes you’re after, don’t forget that the ghost of ’70s fashion is still haunting the runways. You can channel this with some cool wooden effect wedges – perfect for summer, easy to walk in, and not so ’70s that the ghost of Farrah Fawcett will rise up and snatch them off your feet…

Wedges

I love these two part closed wedges from Next – and if you wait until Saturday, they’ll be half price in the sale!

What’s your favourite summer trend this year?

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