Sunday, 30 August 2015

September Wishlist

This weather doesn't just leave me wishing for autumn even more {check out my last blog post} but it also means I'm spending my time browsing the world wide web and finding my latest loves. And for all you lucky readers I thought I'd share some of the items that are on my September wishlist for next payday, after all the important things such as rent and bills have been paid of course

1. Zara- Denim Mini Skirt | 2. TK MAXX- 6 Tealight Candle Holder | 3. Topshop- Moto Black Jamie Jeans | 4. MAC- Dark Side Lipstick | 5. H&M- Wool Hat | 6. Warehouse- Suede Flat Ankle Boots | 7. New Look- Rust Corduroy Skirt | 8. Oliver Bonas- Small Copper & Glass Terrarium | 9. Urban Outfitters- How To Be Parisian


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lusting for Fall

Don't get me wrong, I'm such a summer lover not just by birth, but because I love the beach, long warm evenings and the flowers the season brings. However, the last of our summer seems to be fading away and being replaced by rainy days, cold winds and dark mornings, which is making me even more ready for what September brings, and after reading my list of what I'm excited for, you might realize that you are too!

1. Mugs and mugs of hot coco
There's nothing more satisfying then coming in from a chilly day, making yourself a hot chocolate and curling up on the sofa under a blanket. 

2. Autumnal scents 
I am a candle obsessed blogger and the move into autumn means new scents of pumpkins, spiced oranges and campfires {Yankee have a divine range at the moment!}

3. Your wardrobe is full of knitwear
Each day is a struggle choosing which jumper or cardigan to wear instead of what skirt or dress

4. Boots
And every outfit is complimented by a beautiful pair of boots

5. The satisfaction of jumping into crisp, fallen leaves
And the colours of the trees make perfect Instagram pictures

6. Pumpkin carving
Everyone becomes an artist the night of Halloween

7. Salted caramel and caramel apples
Lip-smakingly good

8. Come November skies will be filled with fireworks and Bonfire ashes
Alongside sparklers, hot dogs, hats and gloves

9. Not forgetting the lead up to Christmas
Less than four months to go!

Maybe now you're ready to say goodbye to August, and hello to September!
{Disclamer: click on the photo to be taken to the source}

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Here comes the bride!

I have just returned from one of the best weekends of summer, a beautiful weekend away in Lincolnshire at a family wedding. I don't think I've ever told you how much I love weddings but they make the best days, and they're even better when the sun is beaming down (sorry men, but this is the one day you have to grin and bear it being suited and booted). It all began on Friday when we packed up the car and started our two and a half hour road trip North {the second road trip Dudley has made this month, you can read about the first here!} 

As we couldn't check into our lodge, yepp lodge, until 4pm we had arranged to meet the other brothers & wife/girlfriend at Sutton on Sea, a small little town with strips of sand, salt water and seashells. The next few hours were spent eating lunch, sunbathing, shell picking, playing french cricket and an American football game I'm still yet to understand the rules. After being dragged away, I'm a beach baby, we headed off  to find some mountainous speed bumps and windy country lanes. As wild twenty-something year olds we passed the next 8 hours cooking thai curry, recovering jeans from the washing machine and playing a very competitive game of Settlers of Catan. 

The next morning was wedding day and what could be better than waking up to blue skies! The ceremony was held in the village church followed by a wonderful reception at The Mill House. The food was delicious and the decor was dazzling! Us party animals were seated in the center of the dance floor as the party rings,(if only they had seen us the night before) but we did manage to uncover the young beings inside us spending the night dancing like nobody was watching with copious amounts of wine, no hangover incurred this morning though, result

To round off the wedding we headed to a BBQ with more alcohol, lots more food, a bouncy castle and lots of reminiscing from the day before! We also managed to squeeze in a visit to a 'pick-your-own-fruit' farm, the strawberries were out of season however we filled a punnet of raspberries for just £2.30, what a bargin!


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Yorkshire Amblings

Last weekend me and my lovely other half set off on a road trip after work up the A1 to our new apartment in 
New York. Traffic jams, 3 CDs and a 10 o'clock McDonald's later we arrived at our destination, and as you can imagine collapsed into bed. 12 hours later we were feeling rejuvenated and ready to go to destination number one, York Maze.
Only opening for the summer season we seized the opportunity of a sunny day and drove out to the rural landscape of York. As you can imagine the car park was heaving, but after playing a game of spot the space we were out of the car and off to get lost. Much to my delight as you entered there was a beautiful gift shop full of the most heart eyes gifts you could ever imagine, I'd pay the £13.50 entry fee just to go to the shop. However I was dragged away and told that we'd look in there on the way out. The rest of the day was spent finding our way through the maize maze, playing a very competitive game of crazy golf (I lost), getting freaked out in the maze of illusions, watching pigs race, jumping on a bouncy pillow, braving the drop slide and winning a limbo competition (Jason, not me). After then spending half an hour in the shop we headed home, and spent the rest of the evening in our local pub playing cards and eating some delicious home made burgers.
Day 2 was spent doing one of my favourite things to do at the moment, homeware shopping! {All the big stuff was already there, but its the little bits turn a house into a home.} We had to head into town first to purchase wedding outfits but after that we hit the shops like Tesco, Wilkinson and B&M and shopped to our hearts content. Our apartment is now newly equipped with bedside tables, bedside lamps, cushions and a clock and is coming together beautifully!
{Over the next week or so The World of Beth will be getting an uplift, so don't be too surprised when you next visit}

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Crepes, crepes, crepes

What a miserable day, August is meant to be filled with days of sun not torrential downpours, luckily for you I thought I'd cheer you up with a new post. Following on from my last one with the theme of my holiday it's about time I actually tell you what I did on my holiday, and for all you pining after last nights Biscuit Bake-Off, this one is on food (you can thank me later).
Now you can't got to France without visiting any creperies, as that would be like going to Italy and not having any pizza, practically a crime. Over our 10 days in the beautiful province of Bretagne (Britanny) we visited a fair few, five to be precise, which meant I got to satisfy my stomach with an array of different flavors, both sweet and savoury
1. Pomme Caramel | Apple and Caramel
My first of the holiday was in a little town called St. Nicholas-des-eaux {translation: St. Nicholas with water} and as you can probably imagine it was situated on a river surrounded by beautiful flowers, the french like their flowers. Our first crepe was swiftly devoured as we'd just endured an eight mile bike ride, spotting a beautiful king fisher along the way. Our jelly legs had taken a seat at Le Chalet and I opted for 'Pomme Caramel' a perfect combination of soft warm apples and runny caramel sauce, and there was just enough to leave you pining for more, but not so you felt sick!
2. Champaignons et Lardon FumesMushrooms and Smoked BaconDestination number two brought us to a rather posh creperie in a town called Port Lois. It was a bit of a miserable morning so after trundling round a market, (and buying 3kg of mussels) we decided to head to somewhere we've never been before. It was a painful decision, {top tip: don't wear new shoes when it rains} but after exploring the beach we sat down for a spot of lunch. You could say there was a slight language barrier when trying to understand the waitress asking us what flavour tea we'd like, but that conversation was moved on swiftly. Crepe numero due had me listening to the savoury man on my shoulder, choosing a smoked bacon with mushrooms crepe that was made with buckwheat and what a choice it was. I can definitely say it's made the cut as a top three crepe contender.
3. Saucisse | Country Sausage
This next crepe stop came after a little break away from our daily routine but the sun had come out so we had been spending the days sunbathing our troubles away. This next one was once again a rainy day activity, and after a lovely amble around the streets of Josselin we took shelter in Creperie du Centre. For some reason that we couldn't quite understand we could only chose from the savoury section, but that was fine as I chose country sausage. I guess I hadn't really put much thought into how it might turn up but as it arrived I soon realised that I was getting a crepe hot dog. It was strange, I'm not going to lie but that doesn't dismiss the fact that you could taste the countryness in the sausage, and the crepe was cooked beautifully, just needed some ketchup and mustard. 
4. Fraise Confiture | Strawberry Jam
Have you ever walked into a room and got the feeling you should walk back out again? Well, that's what we should have done at this creperie as when we arrived the chef was getting ready to go home and the owners were seated at a table having a family meal, awkward. Nonetheless, we didn't leave as it was raining, we had driven out especially for this penultimate crepe and we're never happy when it rains on holiday (You may see a pattern arising). Luckily for us the chef delayed his home time by 15 minutes and stayed around to cook us some delicious crepes. My sweet tooth shone through this time and my choice of a classic strawberry jam left my tummy filled with goodness.
5. Ognion et Lardon Onion and Bacon
Our final crepe came on our last day before moving onto Disneyland Paris. We spent the day in Pont Aven, a quaint town that's filled with art gallery's and biscuit shops. We arrived on market day so we worked up an appetite weaving through the stalls and tourists before stopping for some lunch. After much deliberation I went for a savoury option one last time of onions and bacon and it was the right choice. If we were doing it the French way we would have had a sweet one for pudding, but my tummy could no longer be filled which means they did a good job!
Since being back on English turf I'm definitely missing lunchtime crepes, but after being in York for the weekend we spotted a creperie van, wahooo, which means my cravings can soon be satisfied. Check in soon to find out what else I got up to in York!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

What I've learnt about the French

Bonjourno, I am back, yes I have returned from across the pond and have landed myself back into reality, working 8-6 (what a way to make a living). I had a lovely holiday with the family away from the stresses of life, yes being twenty-one is hard, but I am now back on the ground with some fresh new content for you all *cheers*. I thought I'd start off with what I have learnt over the past two weeks about the friendly, sometimes too friendly, French.
1. They will literally share your towel on the beachEven when there is space at every corner 
2. No matter how hard you try, attempting to imitate a goat and saying the word really slowly will not make them understand.'Je ne comprends pas' was repeated many times
3. Queues are non-existentIt's more of a case of push and shove to find your way
4. Doggy-do-do is seen as a natural fertilizerLazyitus has taken over french dog owners. I don't know how many times I heard my mum say 'Watch where you're walking'
5. They have flowers everywhereWhich means their streets are super pretty
6. They sunbathe on air bedsNot only do they bring every beach chair, towel and blanket, but camping equipment seems to be part of the daily pack-up. 
7. Socks and sandals are a thingThe French are trying to make it happen
8. They bake the biggest baguettes you've ever seenNothing beats munching the end of a freshly baked baguette.
There you have it, 8 odd/fascinating/good/bad differences I have noticed about our neighbors across the channel. Keep your eyes peeled as my next exciting insight to my holiday, it involves food, will be up soon!
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