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Today I’m Wearing: A Mango dress & Warehouse sandals

I picked up a couple of dresses in the Mango sale the other day which is a real treat for me. I absolutely love Mango stuff but we’ve only got a small concession in our House of Fraser and there isn’t a ‘real’ Mango anywhere near us so their stuff can be quite hard for me to get hold of.

They’ve done an absolutely beautiful range of ‘boho-style’ dresses this season and I feel like every time I see a blogger wearing something I love lately, it always seems to be from Mango.

My husband is not a fan of this dress. He says it looks like a tent. But I love it. It’s so comfy and airy and it’s the easiest thing ever to just slip on in the morning without having to think about it.

I’m also wearing some new Warehouse sandals that were kindly sent to me from House of Fraser. They are so comfy!

House of Fraser Warehouse leopard print t-bar sandals & Mango ethnic embroidered dress UK lifestyle blogger in Mango ethnic embroidered dress & Warehouse sandals from House of FraserUK fashion blogger in boho ethnic dressBoho bracelets from Mexico, China & IndiaDress: Mango | Sandals: Warehouse c/o House of Fraser | Bracelets: Bought from China, Mexico & India on my travels

 

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The Stable, Poole Quay

I was recently invited to try out The Stable in Poole. I’d visited The Stable previously as a guest at their opening party but was excited to go back.

Unfortunately the day we chose was grey and overcast so I can’t show you Poole Quay at its best but if you’d like to see it in all it’s beautiful blue glory, check out Lucy’s post about it as she went the weekend before when it was wonderfully sunny!

Poole Quay is beautiful and full of character. There’s loads of interesting looking buildings and pubs. Even though it’s not far from our house, it’s not somewhere we go often but Nick is desperate to come back with his dad for a pub crawl!

It’s also home to luxury yacht builders, Sunseeker, so it’s always fun to have a good oggle at the ridiculously opulent boats and talk about the extravagant cinema you’d build on your imaginary future lottery-funded purchase!

Old town, Poole Quay

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The Stable itself is in an awesome old building and is bursting with character. Their speciality is pizza, pies & cider. They use locally sourced ingredients and everything from their pizza base to their chilli oil is made from scratch. As such, the menus vary slightly at each location depending on what’s available locally. This is how every single restaurant in the country should be operating.

The Stable, Poole QuayThe Stable Poole QuayThe Bar at The Stable, PooleThe Stable menuThe Stable, Poole

I chose a ‘Billy the Kid’ pizza which was topped with goats cheese, caramelised onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomato & roasted hazelnuts and Nick had the ‘Sandbanks Scorcher’ which had pork, chillies, red onion, basil, mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella. To accompany, Nick had a cider tasting board and I had a delicious carbonated apple and elderflower.

Billy the Kid pizza at The Stable. PooleThe Sandbanks Scorcher pizza The Stable PooleCider tasting board at The StableNow, down to the nitty gritty. I feel I have to be honest here but as beautiful as my pizza looked, I wasn’t a fan. I’m all for thin crust but when it’s thinner than a Jacob’s cream cracker and slices the roof of your mouth, I think it’s a step too far. I also wasn’t a fan of having hazelnuts on top of my pizza as it just made the texture a bit odd. And personally, I find their tomato base tastes far too strongly of oregano and it kind of overpowers the other flavours.

But I really don’t want to put anyone off going and trying it for themselves. It’s really just a matter of personal taste. In fact, the guy sat next to us told us it was the best pizza he’s ever eaten. I think the concept of The Stable is wonderful and I love the idea of fresh, local ingredients and it really showed in the taste of the pizza. Maybe next time I visit I’ll give one of the pies a go as I saw someone order one and it looked amazing.

If you want to visit, The Stable have 6 locations across the south: Bath, Weymouth, Poole, Bristol, Bridport & Fistral Beach in Newquay

 

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Finding the perfect gift

We all know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for someone we love, especially in an age where everything can be bought online and you constantly get that ‘seen it all before’ feeling. I’ve recently bookmarked a site called UncommonGoods who, as their name suggests, sell a unique range of products that are bound to put a smile on your face.

My mum is particularly difficult to buy for as she doesn’t ever seem to want anything, however I just know she’d love this quirky cheese board and there’s lots of pretty jewellery too (hint hint Nick if you’re reading!) Click here to see more gifts for women.

Uncommon Goods cheese & crackers serving board

My sister is also quite hard to buy for. Nobody I know seems to have any proper hobbies or interests. I know that sounds quite offensive but I don’t mean it that way. I don’t really have any either. The only thing I can ever think of to get my sister is alcohol related! Luckily, Uncommon Goods have plenty of birthday gift ideas to help me out! I’m pretty sure she’d have quite a lot of fun with these musical scale-marked wine glasses.

uncommon goods major scale musical wine glasses

One of my favourite things about UncommonGoods is that they are trying to give back and actively support artists and designers, as well as their employees, with the lowest-paid seasonal worker earning 50% above minimum wage. As well as that, with every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice and since they started doing this 12 years ago, they’ve donated over $700,000. I love this attitude in the modern times where all you read about is companies making obscene profits and handing out ridiculous bonuses.

My other little sister is turning 14 at the weekend and I wish I’d known about this website sooner as I think she’d really like some of the personalised jewellery they have available. She’s lived in quite a few different places over the years and it would amazing to collect some sand from some of the beaches she’s lived near and get them made into these cute stacking rings.

uncommon goods custom beach stacking rings

 

 

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