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August Favourites

1. Megan’s amazing cake

Isn’t this just the most beautiful cake ever? I’m always so in awe of people that can make such gorgeous cakes. Not to mention that it also sounds DELICIOUS. Raspberry, turkish delight. Yes please.

raspberry rose turkish delight cake i

2. Tasha’s Roland Mouret x Banana Republic shoot

How amazing are these photos of the beautiful Tasha from So On Trend? She looks so stylish and this outfit is perfect on her.

So On Trend

3. Katy’s Nutella french toast recipe

Oh god. Anything with the word Nutella in is an instant winner for me. How mouthwatering is this picture??

nutella french toast

4. Victoria’s perfect transitional outfit

This perfectly bridges the gap between summer and autumn with it’s lovely burgundy hues and it suits her beautiful figure perfectly.

VIPXO5. Jen’s tattoo post

To be honest, I wanted to feature nearly all of Jen’s posts this month but this one really resonated with me as I’ve also always wanted a tattoo but still haven’t gone for it yet. It’s funny because when I was younger I went and got my belly and tongue pierced quite young (14 & 16 respectively) without blinking an eye but never quite took the plunge for a tattoo. Every time we go to San Francisco I nearly do it. Everyone there has a tattoo and they are all awesome. Then we sit on Bournemouth beach and I spot all the terribly dreadful tattoos people have here and it makes me cringe and puts me off. I know exactly what I want, it’s just having the balls to go for it. I think it doesn’t help that I want it in quite a visible place too. I’ve always wondered whether I’m now too old to go for it but Jen’s post has reassured me that it doesn’t matter what age you are.

Jen Little Bird tattoo

6. Sarah’s blog

I love Sarah’s blog Temporary Secretary. I always have. I’ve been reading it for years. Earlier this month she wrote a post about getting back to basics with her blog and how it was getting too crazy and expensive stressing out about finding good locations for outfit posts and travelling for miles to get it just right. If you didn’t read it, go and check it out. And you know what? I actually really love her new outfits posts against a plain wall. I think it makes her beautiful face, figure and style stand out much more. In fact, I’m quite jealous of her big blank wall and rather want one myself!

I’ve just chosen an outfit post at random here as they are all so good and I just couldn’t decide which one to feature.

Temporary Secretary

7. Eloise’s beautiful gown

How stunning is this dress? Eloise is just so gorgeous. Make sure you click through and check out the rest of the photos because the back of her hair is amazing.

Eloise Frolics & Fashion

8. Sara’s incredible figure

Erm….what a TOTAL HOTTIE.

saraluxe

9. Chalk Kids

So one of my favourite ever bloggers, Steph, sadly shut down her lovely blog, Influence this month. But, in it’s place, she launched Chalk Kids, a lifestyle website for families and it’s absolutely outstanding. It’s super stylish and she showcases the most awesome brands (and makes me want to spend all my money).

chalk kids

 10. Lyzi’s summer bucket list

I’ve really been enjoying watching Lyzi tick items off her summer bucket list this month. She’s had some really great experiences and it looks like she’s had a blast. She even got to go in a hot air balloon!

Being Little

 

 

 

 

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A day out with Next at Chewton Glen

Something really exciting happened to me last week. The amazing guys at Next invited me over to Hedge End, Southampton for a tour of their brand spanking new store followed by a luxurious day of eating & pampering at the swanky Chewton Glen hotel & spa.

My day started by driving over to Rosie’s house so we could drive to the store together (there’s nothing better than going to blogger events with a good blogging buddy is there?!).

The new store is pretty special. It doesn’t look like any other store I’ve seen in the UK before. There’s so much glass! It’s so lovely when you first walk in, there are big high ceilings and you barely feel like you’re indoors at all – there’s even trees inside! It’s also really eco-friendly, with bat houses in the woods next to the store and solar panels on the roof that generate crazy amounts of electricity.

Next Hedge End Southampton outside

I made a beeline for the garden section which is kind of outdoors but indoors at the same time – who even knew that Next sold plants? Amazing!

Next Hedge End SouthamptonGarden area, Next, Hedge End, SouthamptonSummerhouse at Next Hedge End

Then we headed to the in-store Costa (doesn’t it just get better & better!) to meet the PRs and other bloggers & journalists. We got chatting to Steph and after our tour had a little wander around the store together.

Next home & garden Hedge EndShoes at Next Hedge EndNext Home Hedge End SouthamptonShoes at Next Hedge End

Once we’d finished at the store we drove over to Chewton Glen for an afternoon of pampering. We were offered drinks and biscuits on arrival and the lovely Becca from Next gave a short run-down of how the day would go before we headed off to the spa for our treatments. I opted for a luxury manicure (which you can see in the picture below!)

Chewton Glen hotel & spa New Forest

The Style Box & A Rosie OutlookAfter scoffing as much as is humanly possible at the buffet and accidentally ordering enough tea for the whole hotel, Rosie & I headed off to the hydrotherapy pool for a bit of relaxing and a good old natter.

Sitting outside in the hot tub with the sun beaming on my face was the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time. It was my first full day ever without Huxley and as much as I love him and really missed him, it was nice to have some time by myself. We then moved inside to the hydrotherapy pool which was awesome but we kept laughing about it looking like a cattle shed with all the metal poles!

We decided we should get out before we became completely wrinkled and get some fresh air so we went for a little walk around the grounds and checked out the tree houses you can stay in.

Treehouse at Chewton GlenTeepee at Chewton GlenChewton Glen hotel & spaChewton Glen golf courseChewton GlenCourtyard at Chewton GlenChewton Glen bug hotelA Rosie OutlookLifestyle blogger A Rosie OutlookRosie Outlook

After a couple of drinks in the sunshine on the terrace we headed off upstairs to get ready for dinner…

UK lifestyle bloggersUK bloggers The Style Box & A Rosie Outlook

Necklace: H&M (not online) | Shirt: H&M | Jeans: Gap | Rings: H&M (not online), River Island (and this one) & Astley Clarke | Bracelet: Sainsburys (old) | Nails: Jessica ‘Juicy Melon’

Dinner was beautiful. A whole bunch of lovely people, a wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. I went for smoked salmon followed by steak and then panna cotta and it was all amazing.

Next meal at Chewton GlenForman & Son smoked salmon starter at Chewton GlenSteak at Chewton GlenVanilla panna cotta at Chewton Glen

I just want to say a massive thank you to Next for having me. I had such a wonderful day. If you’re passing by Hedge End, or even if you’re not, go and check out the new store. It’s awesome.

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