Notting Hill: The Instagram Guide

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Recently I took a day trip to London to explore the beautiful Notting Hill. Whilst sadly I didn’t find Hugh Grant, I did find some gorgeous, very instagrammable places. We walked from Notting Hill Gate station down towards Portobello Road Market, which was just so full of colour, vibrancy and life. It was so interesting to walk down the road and look at all the lovely, quirky shops and stalls, and I had to stop myself from buying a hell of a lot of lovely things. We passed the infamous Hummingbird Bakery, and Farm Girl Cafe, but eventually decided to eat at Farmacy Cafe instead (stay tuned for a post all about this soon), which was delicious and re-fueled us for more exploring. There were so many amazing coloured houses, a real photographers dream, and it was such a lovely experience just walking around and taking it all in. I would definitely recommend a trip here, its super stylish with loads of things to do and see, and the perfect place for those all important Instagram photos. To see what I wear when I was there, hop over to this post and take a look. Let me know where your favourite Notting Hill haunt is, I would love some more recommendations for next time!

Love, Daisy x

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Romantic Richmond Park

I have recently taken a few trips to the beautiful richmond park. A few weeks ago, when the weather was substantially warmer than it is now, me and my boyfriend went to the park on a beautiful sunny evening. We got takeaway pizzas from pizza express (my absolute favourite pizza), and went and ate them in amongst the beauty of the park, and were even joined by a few deer at one point!

If you are in the area, I urge you to take a visit. The park is huge, with so much open space to explore, and you can spend hours walking around and marvelling at it’s beauty. My favourite area of the park is a lovely pond, where you can watch the ducks and various other birds, and standing by the water is so peaceful.

The evening I spent there was so beautiful, its such a romantic place, and perfect for a little picnic.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to come back for more like this one.

Daisy xx

A Windy Trip To Bournemouth

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Hello all,

Recently I took a day trip to the seaside town of Bournemouth with a few of my girls. We were in the midst of exams (Luckily i have now finished for the summer), and needed a break from the stress of uni, so we decided to take the train to the seaside and spend a day at the beach. It had been boiling hot in the days leading up to when we went, so we thought we would be blessed with nice weather, but alas we were not. We woke up to grey skies and wind, but we persevered, determined we would have our beach day.

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(T-shirt – H&M // skirt – Primark // Cardigan – H&M // Sandals – Primark)

Once we got off the train, it became apparent that our optimistic summer dress was going to result in us being freezing cold for the rest of the day, but we were still determined to have a nice time. We walked through Bournemouth to the sea front, and walked along the beach whilst being battered by winds which were definitely more than a strong breeze! We got to the end of the beach and became very hungry, so we walked back and sought solitude in Wetherspoons, where hot chocolate and chips revived us and gave us the energy to brave the beach again.

We walked back down to the seafront, and walked along the row of beach huts, admiring the colour palette of them all. We dipped our toes in the freezing cold water, and then set up camp along the beach behind a wall to try and shield us from the wind. Eventually the sun came out which made everything all worthwhile, so we lay and sunbathed just like all beach girls should. Unfortunately my pale skin then got very sunburnt, but it was a nice reminder that our efforts hadn’t been for nothing, and the sun, had in fact briefly come out.

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Bournemouth beach is your typical English seaside resort, and lovely for a little day trip. You can walk along the pier, play in the arcade, stroll along next to the colourful beach huts, eat fish and chips at the edge of the freezing cold sea, and watch the world go by. It was such a nice break from exams and work and I will definitely be going back again soon.

Daisy xx

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

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As mentioned in my previous blogpost, recently life has been quite stressful for me, so this weekend my lovely mother came down to visit me at university and we took my dog for a lovely long walk along the beach.

When looking at universities, I mainly looked at ones by the sea purely because I am such a water baby, and absolutely adore the ocean. I love surfing, and spend most of my summer in amongst the waves, so when I made the decision to come to Southampton I was excited to finally realise my dream of living by the sea. However, when I got to Southampton I very quickly realised that it did not have a beach, and short of going down to the docks which aren’t too aesthetically pleasing, I couldn’t really get anywhere near the open sea. Without having my car with me at uni, I can’t really get to the surrounding beaches, but having my mum come down for the day meant I was able to explore some of my home which I hadn’t before.

We drove to Lepe (pronounced ‘leap’, not ‘lepper’ as I had originally thought), which was about 30 minutes from Southampton and on the edge of The New Forest national park, and worlds away from the industrial docks i’ve grown used to. It was a pebble beach, which made it quite hard to walk along, but my little furry friend willow absolutely adored it and spent a good few hours running up and down, in and out of the water.

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We walked right down to the end of the beach, and watched the multitude of sail boats which were dotted along on the water, and looked over to the Isle of Wight which was surprisingly very close. After our walk we had a cheeky burger and chips in a little cafe overlooking the water, before heading back. It was so nice to be by the sea, I find walking along the beach ever so soul cleansing, it washes away your troubles and really makes you feel alive.

As the weather in England is terribly temperamental (we experienced, sun, cloud, wind and rain on our trip), I wore my very nautical yellow coat from Batela, which protected me from the rain and looked very cute, although I did look slightly like a fisherman.

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If you ever get the chance or are in the area, definitely visit Lepe, its lovely for a dog walk or a picnic on a nice summer’s day. Thank you for reading.

Daisy xx

Happy Hay-on-Wye

I am lucky enough to live fairly close to the welsh borders, and so the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye isn’t too far from my neck of the woods. I have been visiting ever since I was a little girl, and although I have always loved it, I have grown especially fond of it the older I have gotten, as I feel I can now appreciate it’s character a lot more.

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Hay lies right on the welsh border, so half of it is in England, and half in Wales. It is overshadowed by the rolling black mountains that span for miles behind the sleepy town, and create a stunning backdrop. It’s a quiet little place, rural and rather off he beaten track, but still manages to have a eclectic, edgy vibe. It is famously nicknamed ‘the town of books’, but to its multitude of second hand book stores. The literary element to this town was brought about by Richard Booth, who founded the infamous Richard Booth’s Bookshop¬†, arguably the biggest and best secondhand bookshop in Hay. As well as selling thousands of secondhand books from every genre you could imagine, there is also a cafe and a cinema, so it really is a whole literary based empire. Booth nicknamed himself ‘The King of Hay”, and the lawns in front his castle in the centre of Hay are a lovely place to have a picnic. As well as having a veritable feast of bookshops, Hay also hosts the annual literary Hay Festival, where 2 weeks are dedicated to showcasing the best literary talent from around the globe, with talks from authors, producers, comedians, musicians and many more. For those two weeks Hay becomes a heaving, bustling hub of culture and inspiration, and so a visit to the festival, if you can, is certainly worth the trip.

As well as having its feet firmly rooted in the literary world, Hay is also a celebration of independence. Aside from the endless charity shops, there are hardly any chain shops at all, and instead, in their place are many independently run cafes, shops and art galleries. One of my all time favourite cafes is Shepherds¬†, a family run sheep’s milk ice-cream shop, which is absolutely delicious. The flavours are constantly rotating, but some of my past favourites have been pistachio, cherry yoghurt and chocolate peanut butter – It’s definitely worth every penny.

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The river Wye runs along the bottom of Hay, and there are many places in the surrounding areas that do cone trips down the river and not Hay, which are great fun, especially on a hot summer’s day. As well as the town itself, there is much stunning countryside to explore nearby. One of my favourite walks is up Hay Bluff, a mountain just above Hay, which has breathtaking views of the Herefordshire and Welsh countryside.

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I recently took my boyfriend who is a Londoner born and bred to this part of the world, and he was genuinely blown away by the beauty of the countryside. So if you fancy an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, try a trip to Hay, I promise it won’t disappoint.

Thank you for Reading.

Daisy xx

Sunny Surrey

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a girl who gets bored instantaneously. I hate doing the same thing, being in the same place, seeing the same things for any longer than a short period of time, and so I am constantly on the lookout for places for me to visit and things for me to do. Luckily my lovely other half lives right across the country from me, so I can use seeing him as an excuse for a time away to explore somewhere new.

So last weekend, I decided to make the 4 and a half hour train journey (my fear of motorway driving is yet to be conquered), and spend a weekend discovering the Surrey area. Luckily we were blessed with beautiful weather, some of the warmest we have had this year, which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. We mainly spent our time exploring Surbiton, and Kingston-upon-thames, both of which were equally lovely. Me being me meant that our exploring mainly centred around food, as my stomach honestly rules my life (I get seriously hangry when I don’t get enough food), but that was okay, because we essentially had four days dedicated to eating the best food Surrey had to offer.¬†Photo 01-04-2017, 13 48 23

The streets of Surbiton were some of the nicest I’ve seen, and just wandering through on a sunny Saturday afternoon was a lovely experience.

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A walk along the river Thames proved for a lovely afternoon – the sun was shining, swans and geese swam alongside us whilst boats travelled languidly up and down the water filled with tourists all wanting to take pictures of the beautiful scenery, and rightly so!

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On the Saturday we visited The Hart’s Boatyard for lunch (we didn’t just go because of my namesake, I promise). We had a gorgeous meal overlooking the water, this deep fried brie (see above) was heaven on a plate, although if consumed regularly is probably a heart attack on a plate!

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On Sunday we decided to yet again go out for lunch, and this time opted for a little french cafe called The French Tarte. Alongside traditional french savouries like cheese and ham croissants and brioche toast, they served a huge array of french cakes, tarts and patisserie. I had this beautiful little raspberry mousse cake which was almost too beautiful to eat (although I still managed to devour it pretty quickly). Anything with edible gold leaf is extremely exciting in my opinion, and so my loving boyfriend had to endure my squeals of glee and subsequent instagramming when I was served this little beauty.

These are just some snippets from my weekend in Surrey, but I highly recommend a visit to both of the eateries mentioned. Even if you can’t get away to somewhere new, a weekend of exploring is always a mood booster and so if you can, its always worth the effort.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, stay tuned for more to come.

Daisy. xx

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