Today I (Jo) ventured the very short distance to Bath for a wonderful day with my BFF Fiona. I’ve known Fi since we were at school here in 1996(!), a simpler time when the Spice Girls and Britney Spears were only just beginning and where my Kickers were my most coveted possession. Now that we are all grown up (insert hysterical tears), it isn’t often that we get to mooch around the beautiful city in which we grew up. So when we do get one of these hallowed days, we sure do make the most of it!
We started by visiting the Bath Spa, Britain’s only natural thermal spa dontachknow. It’s SO relaxing and I have to admit that it has become a bit of a favourite pastime among my circle of girlfriends, albeit one we can’t afford to do that often! It’s the rooftop pool with its beautiful view over the Bath skyline that does it. It’s just such a treat to catch up with your friends whilst surrounded by hot water, bubbles and a spectacular view. Sadly they don’t allow cameras but this should give you the gist. Pretty great huh?
After three hours of pure unadulterated relaxation, we began a little exploration of Bath’s many cobbled side streets. It was lovely to be reacquainted with old haunts, discussing new additions and reminiscing about things that have long since disappeared. I reminded Fi that Bath used to boast its very own Cat shop which, you may be surprised to learn, only sold items with cats on. I used to spend an embarrassing amount of time there. We also both greatly miss Bath’s little corner of Germany, Hansel & Gretel, which would provide us with oodles of strudel and gigantic hot chocolates. As you can probably tell, we were both quite wild in our youth.
Once we had worked up an appetite, we stopped in at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms for a spot of food and drink. Bea’s is an adorable little slice of the 1930s & 40s, complete with vintage crockery, waitresses in headscarves and an abundance of cake. The place is doily-ed up to the max and has a lovely atmosphere with jazz filling the air.
With a brisk chill in the air, it was most definitely a day for layering! I wore my Instant Vintage navy polka dot dress with a new mustard jumper from H&M. I’m so pleased I bought this dress as I have had so much wear out of it in the few months I’ve owned it. I really like how fun the collar looks with something thrown over it and I know this is a look I’m going to live in. My brown coat is an old Gap bargain, my beads and tights are from M&S and my shoes are from Topshop. Fi, who I consider to be the Queen of good layering, is wearing a gorgeous coat from New Look, an H&M top and new boots from M&S. Her lovely mint cardigan is from Pull & Bear, who I hadn’t heard of before but am now slightly obsessed with.
After such a hard day, a large hot chocolate was in order.
*Top Tip: If you’re planning a visit to the Spa soon, there is an offer on Vouchercloud that gives you 3 hours for the price of 2. I discovered this approximately 7 seconds before paying and it was one of the best moments of my life*
*Top Tip to my OH: On writing this post I discovered that the people who ran Hansel & Gretel have reopened on the Scottish Borders, complete with accommodation. Oodles of strudel in a hot tub please?*