Hip to be Berkeley Square

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We love any excuse for a girly sleepover so when we were invited to stay the night at a plush suite only a 10 minute walk from our houses, we jumped at the chance!  Overnight bags were packed, popcorn was acquired and pyjamas were the outfits of choice.

The plush suite in question is part of The Crescent, a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse that is made up of five one-bedroom apartments. It’s rather grand indeed with each apartment taking up an entire floor! The Crescent itself is owned by the rather-fancy-indeed Berkeley Square Hotel, which is a 30 second walk round the corner and where we headed to check-in. After a warm welcome and a tour of our suite, which included a look at the communal garden, we were informed that we were also entitled to membership at The Square Club, their own private members club(!),  and the Nuffield gym and swimming pool. After digesting all that information we proceeded to dissolve into fits of giggles as we discovered to our eternal joy that the TV was a 42″ projector that filled pretty much an entire wall. There would be no gym going for these two bloggers.

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We would happily have stayed for a week! Which, thanks to the handy bespoke kitchen, you easily could. There are so many gorgeous personal touches that made our suite feel so special. As well as the beautiful furniture (total interior design inspo), we loved the effort to keep things local with the complimentary welcome basket of fresh fruit, sherry, loose leaf tea, fresh coffee and hand baked biscuits all coming with tags explaining where in Bristol they had come from.

We also MUST talk about the word’s grandest bathroom (it even has a fireplace) which provided further giggling opportunities thanks to the double door being made of glass. We can’t imagine you would stay in a one bedroom suite with someone you didn’t know well but be prepared to watch your companion bathe as you lie in bed. STEAMY. If that doesn’t appeal, you also have the option to watch a TV that comes complete with Netflix and YouTube. And yes we did lie in bed watching our own YouTube channel, what of it?

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After a very comfy night in our king-sized bed, we nipped back up to The Berkeley Square for breakfast at their highly regarded in-house restaurant, The Square Kitchen. We always love it when a hotel breakfast comes with a menu to order from so we were very happy indeed when we were presented with a nice list of faves! Hello eggs royale! As well as the menu selection, there was also a fabulous spread of fresh fruit, pastries, cereals, juices and, err, spreads to choose from. All the food was delicious and it was certainly a great way to start our day of site seeing (oh no wait, we live here! back to bed for more YouTube it is….)

All in all it was a real treat! The only mild miffling point we could make was the length of the free wifi password (seriously it was like tapping in War and Peace) which really isn’t much to complain about, is it?

Thanks for having us!

J&V

Boat Trips with Aspire Style

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Ahoy there! The lovely folk at Aspire Style have kindly invited us to take part in their latest Blogger Style Challenge. We were given the not-so-arduous task of choosing and styling a dress from their wonderful selection. As massive Emily and Fin fans, we couldn’t resist nabbing a couple of their newest fabulous prints. Aren’t they lovely? As regular readers will know, we do love to match our outfits to the local scenery, so we ventured on down to the colourful harbourside in search of the perfect shooting place.

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We found the ideal location in the form of a cute boat trip office near to the SS. Great Britain. If you’ve ever been to Bristol, you will know that we are BIG on boat trips here. I (Victoria) even incorporated one into my wedding day! To celebrate this, I chose the glorious vintage inspired sailboat print Isobel Dress*, then went a bit potty for pastels with a pink 50’s cardigan from Boden* and matching pink brogues from New Look. Although Spring has officially sprung, it was a little windy around the water, so I accessorised sensibly with white woolly tights from UK Tights. My pink belt is from Primark, although it is no longer available – I’m afraid that ship has sailed.

Jo’s Jenny dress* is covered in such a super synchronised swimmer print that she was getting compliments all day long. We both completely fell in love with the flattering cut of the dress and the contrasting blue buttons. You’ll definitely be seeing us in more of the Jenny cuts, they are so beautiful – we are going to dive right in! Jo teamed her swimmers with a pop of metalic with silver flats from Topshop and vintage silver belt. Her fabulous flamingo cardigan is from Bryony and Co* and her polkadot tights are from…you guessed it, UK Tights. They go swimmingly well together indeed!

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If you would like to chuck us a cheeky vote then head on over to the Aspire Style Facebook page! To vote, simply like and comment on our photo. As an added incentive, everyone who votes gets the chance to win a £50 Aspire Style voucher. Voting closes on March 28th!

V&Jx

Hem and Away: The Orangery

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On Friday evening, straight from work, myself and a group of friends drove the short distance from Bristol to Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire to begin a weekend of lazy luxury at The Orangery. When I agreed to this trip a few months ago, I had no idea what sort of property we would be staying in. As a group, we like to go away once or twice a year to catch up and our criteria doesn’t tend to stretch much further than wine, beds and budget. This time last year saw us all pile in to a central London flat whilst our most recent effort was a wooden chalet in Woolacombe, which saw 8 of us sleeping in one room on triple bunk beds. It was then with a great deal of surprise that we arrived to such grandeur. We were most definitely not in Kanas anymore.

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