Posted on July 31, 2014
Happy Thursday bloggers! Hope you have had a good week and if you’re in the UK have been enjoying this warmer weather… Sooo nice! This week I’m going to mix it up a little (I know – living on the edge!), so today’s post is ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, school holidays are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! Loving so much right now, where do I start?!
1. Schools out but these milk bottles are in! At the weekend we threw a baby shower. It was such a sweet event and more pics from that will be on their way. Meantime, I wanted to share these with you because if you are involved in hosting any little kids (or big ones) over the Summer then these ‘old school’ milk bottles with candy-stripe straws are super cute and look just delightful! I ordered these online for £13, inclusive of straws and delivery, check them out (here: click!)
2. Next up my little girl is LOVING this amazingly cute print dress by Mini Rodini from Herbert and Stella in Ilkley. I’m not one for buying branded clothes for the sake of wearing a brand, I only tell you it’s Mini Rodini so you know what you’re looking for! Herbert and Stella is a children’s clothing and toy boutique, they stock up to a size 7 so at nearly age 8 (and very tall) I was dubious as to whether I’d get away with this but it’s perfect and I think we’ll see at least a year/ 18 months out of it. It also comes in a T-shirt/PJ top, bottoms/leggins, rompers and goodness knows what else! The new season prints launched TODAY and it’s all very whacky circus prints, so if you fancy something a bit different for your little strong boy or girl then have a look at their online shop here.
3. Lastly, I posted this picture on Instagram this week. It’s homegrown, allotment veg and it tastes blooming lovely! The sentiment behind the post you can read below:
Ah you know those lovely people who have feeds or timelines full of all things earthy/ au naturel that you think ‘oh too sweet but whose life looks that effortlessly fab’?! He he, #score!
My Father asked if I wanted any veg from the allotment when they came to visit which I said we would. He walked through the door with it just like this… A wee #trug which was so picture perfect I was so grateful! There on the bottom left is a #rose he’s grown too called #Audrey.
Incidentally, the day previous we’d been treated to dinner by my sister (another gift). After they’d all gone home I thought about this #GIFT. I mused that sometimes it can be the finished meal all ‘wow’ cooked for us and served by waiters that we receive, and then sometimes it’s in it’s rawest form, complete with slugs coming out the lettuce… Yet both gifts were just that, a gift and so special in their own way that each were appreciated equally.
It’s not the size or cost of what we give in life, it’s the heartfelt outward expression on giving of ourselves, our time, our love, that matters… What do you think?
Posted on July 24, 2014
Earlier this year we visited the Natural History Museum London. Aside from the incredible specimens of history it holds within its doors (over 80 million items!), the building itself is a phenomenal structure and it’s that I want to share with you this week.
We wandered for a couple of hours in and out of zones and rooms, the kids bypassing anything which did not interest them. To be honest, dead things in glass cases doesn’t particularly excite me either yet I LOVED the experience because I was simply in awe of what an incredibly beautiful building it is. The angles, masonry craft and varying uses of stone. It is quite something.
As we ascended to the upper levels, the conversational sounds of people below us, rose as almost whispers. It was quite ‘cathedral like’, almost spiritual and there was a feeling of being removed from the bustling hubbub of the museum.
If you are in London this Summer a visit is highly recommend. Entry is free, it’s something to do with the children and if, at all, you enjoy buildings and structure… you’re going to like it for reasons other than the ancient life it holds within.
Posted on July 20, 2014
Hello Summer! Well…almost here at Beau HQ though I know for many it has already begun. The warmer weather in Yorkshire has been most welcomed and the life that it enables us to live is such a delight. I love all seasons but I think I’m really mostly absolutely a summer girl…. What about you?
1. First up on this weeks favourites is exactly that summer vibe; warmer and lighter nights! This week my girl and I after a post-school shop in nearby Harrogate, decided to turn the car round on the way home and go back into the town for supper. We both simply wanted to stay out longer in the evening warmth and had the most beautiful time just talking away like ‘big girls’. We went to the newly opened Lucia’s which has lots of al fresco dining… Highly recommend! Didn’t get a photo from the frontage this time but there’s a post I wrote earlier on Facebook here.
As we left and walked back to our car through the town houses pictured here, we found ourselves amidst a reading festival and surrounded by people just…doing.. life… ahhh so romantically gorgeous.
We passed this handsome heifer on the way home too… perfection.
2. Next up True Grace candles. Normally associated with colder nights and snuggling in, but after a friend gave me one of these for my birthday I just had to buy another fragrance because they are such a summery delight. True Grace candles I have long been a fan of but never owned. Till now. The fragrance (when they are not even lit) wafts under your nose when you least expect and are so gorgeously scented, I’d highly recommend as a gift. We have Chamomile (which isn’t like the herbal tea, ie kinda nice but tame….) and the one I’ve just bought is Lemon Tree… Soooo amazing and very summer. You can buy online from Noras (here)
3. Thirdly, as temperatures rise, eye makeup that doesn’t budge! I came across 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (by Maybelline) about a couple of months back and immediately bought in 4 shades… It is amazing and half the beauty is you don’t need to be too precise! Darker all-over the eye shades often require you to be needing long enough to apply i.e. night out for Moms or twenty-something with lots of time to experiment with application! This… Not so. It ‘blends out’ really well meaning you can kinda swoosh over your eyes and it looks good!
Posted on July 17, 2014
Last weekend it was the village Gala. Having hosted the Tour De France the week prior, this was always going to be seen by just a few thousand visitors less. I couldn’t stay long and might have liked to have spent time getting some cute pics but as seems to be the way, it was a few hurried shots which I shared on Facebook (you can see all of them here).
It is amusing just how old-fashioned these things seem… so quaint and typically villagey… and why?? Guess it comes down to community – to celebrating life in all its weird and wonderfulness… flowers in wellies, knobbly knees and all!
Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!
The next day going out for a long run, the countryside was so pretty. The sky was a brilliant blue and the fields so green. I passed by the Ilkley International Tennis Tournament, miniature orange trees and a cricket match. Oh so very English!