Hem and Away: Swinging London Town

We went on a wee jaunt to London recently to celebrate Jo’s birthday and while we were there we took the opportunity to pay a visit to some of our favourite shops, with plenty of pancake breaks along the way! On the train journey into London we were treated to a fantastic display by the Red Arrows (which I had so kindly arranged for Jo’s birthday of course….!!)

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It was a positively scorching day in London, so after a cheeky iced latte we found ourselves cooled off and ready to face the day ahead. Our first port of call was The Breakfast Club in Hoxton, where we had…er…breakfast!  Pancake stacks to be precise, with added berries for Jo and bacon for myself. As you can see below, they were towering conglomerations of awesome! We will definitely be going back next time we are in town.

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There’s only one place to go when you are full of pancakes, iced tea and good vibes and that is the marvelous Covent Garden. We had a blast checking out what Covent Garden had to offer and were notably impressed with Pop Boutique, Rokit, Cath Kidston, Tatty Devine and Cambridge Satchel Company.

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We are both big Tatty Devine fans, and I am exceptionally fond of their Eyelash Sunglasses, found here, and who can resist the burger collection, here.

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As the weather was very favorable to us I chose to wear the most lightweight dress I could find in my wardrobe, which was this super stripey number from Primark. My most comfortable shoes were in order as we have a bit of a habit of getting a little lost when we are let out of Bristol, so I wore my Clarks sandals. My Cath Kidston train print rucksack, which I blogged about in my Croatia post, came in very handy to store my sale bargains in. I also wore my name necklace from Tatty Devine and my amazing spotty manicure (as seen above) was done by the lovely ladies at WAH Nails.

Jo – Like Victoria, I also wanted something extremely lightweight so I went for a navy polkadot dress from Instant Vintage. I love anything that’s easy to wear and this dress is my go to ‘look like I’ve made an effort without having made any’ number, which is exactly what you need when the it’s super hot!  It has a lovely Peter Pan collar too, making it suitably jazzy birthday attire. Anyone who reads this blog regularly won’t need telling that my white shoes are from Topshop. I really am guilty of wearing the same shoes everyday and for that I am very sorry. I promise to try harder in the footwear department.

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After a long hard day shopping we were ready for a quick snack before heading home, so Jo introduced me to the delights of Shake Shack, which she had previously visited in New York. I had the mouthwateringly good Shack-cago Dog and was not disappointed.

Jo – It’s often said that I look like I could use a good burger so it made sense to have one on my birthday! I am a bit of a Shake Shack obsessive and I was overjoyed when they announced earlier in the year that they would be opening their first UK branch in London. This was my first chance to go and I was not disappointed. The frozen chocolate ice cream was once of the nicest things I’ve ever eaten, seriously.

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LDN DONE,

V & J x

She and Home: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2013

This weekend almost 500,000 people from near and far headed to Ashton Court to enjoy over 100 hot air balloons at the 35th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. After watching the balloons drift across Bristol from Clifton Suspension Bridge on Thursday evening, I was really keen to head over to Ashton Court to get closer to the action. Unfortunately for me, I choose the only evening that the balloons were unable to fly due to the strong wind at ground level. Nevertheless, I had a fantastic time enjoying the free entertainment, relaxing in the sunshine and catching a glimpse of the few balloons that managed to tether in the arena.

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Alongside the balloon ascents, nightglows, red arrows and other balloon related fun there was plenty of other things to keep visitors occupied over at the fiesta. There was an enormous fun fair, a busy band stand, the Wii U den, Noah’s Ark Farm and my personal favourite, the food village. With the amount of freebies I munched on during the day I was too full for a cheeky Grillstock .

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I found the perfect spot to watch the balloons tethering yesterday evening, a huge red deckchair in the Heart FM area. No sighting of Stuart the Minion, but I was lucky enough to see him in the air over the weekend, as seen above.

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I wore my Martha’s Air of Adorable Dress by Modcloth, seen here in the Modcloth style gallery, and my light blue sunglasses from Primark. So many people commented on how ‘appropriate’ the dress was, I think they thought I was some kind of genius. If only they knew the truth…

If you would like to visit the fiesta next year, it is due to run from Thursday 7th August to Sunday 10th August 2014. I will definitely be there, so in the meantime I’ll be searching for a new hot air balloon dress!

V x