Tea-drinking day jollies local and afar


After a few jollies away I've been staying in my home 'tan. There is actually lots to do in Cheltenham and the shire, including drinking tea and carbooting. No really... some of the tea drinking took place at the Scandinavian Coffee Pod (I don't drink coffee). After walking past it's new location at the Edge Studios each day and Instagram-ing their funky bright yellow 'stick out' building I learnt there was cake. They've done a good job with the limited space, making it a cosy spot to have a cuppa.

I also got taken on a surprise visit by the man to the Well Walk Tea Rooms, where I sampled their bake-off inspired jaffa cake, macaroons and home-made sandwiches. Lots of food between two, ok three of us (dogs were welcome). They seemed pretty busy, so recommend booking in advance.

A mini jolly was needed so we went to Upton upon Severn. A village that feels like it's stuck in time with it's old shop signage, retro fire stations and 50's garages. It did lack decent places to eat on a bank holiday but hey ho. Talking of retro, we also visited the posh carboot in Birdlip where I picked up a vintage gem of a handbag. Black leather with detailed gold edging, mini purse inside and haggled down price. The perfect accessory for weddings/cocktail/more tea drinking...

My Top Winter Pinterest pins (from fashion to decor to cake)


I love sticking a pin on my imaginary pin board. Whilst occasionally detrimental to my wallet (I need a jumper that shows off my new gingham shirt collar), Pinterest knows no bounds in inspiring creativity, hunger and imagination. As a new season approaches it also means I can learn what fashion, decor and wedding trends are big and what comfort foods should be added to my imaginary cook book (I never get round to actually cooking them - I just dream about eating them). And so, I thought I would share some of my top winter pins to show what's inspiring me and...making me hungry. Follow me on Pinterest to see my other boards and these image credentials...

Fashion (see all)
I need a trench coat (again).

Food (see all)
Winter salad bowls followed by sweet smore brownies.

Decor (see all)
My geometric print obsession continues.

Wedding & Design (see all wedding / see all design)
Autumn flora inspired.

My favourite Instagramers to follow (by an Instagram addict)


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Anyone will tell you (usually from first hand experience), I am an instagram addict. Be it embarassing my friend for trying to get that perfect shot of the light fitting in a bar or holding up a walk in the countryside with some landscape shots - I have embraced photography more than I ever expected.

It's not just the 'taking' of the photographs I have become obsessed with though. It's the 'following' of people all round the world. Beautiful photographs get me more than a random tweet ever could. So I thought I would share with you my top three Instagram people. In no particular order...

@songofstyle

She's a fashion/interior/food blogger based in L.A. and introduced to me by my cousin (@jessiebale). She's one of those bloggers you read about in magazines that have it all. Fashionable, successful and beautiful. She travels around and takes some lovely shots that not only make me want to live in L.A. but live the Songofstyle lifestyle.

@annettabosakova

I've only started following her recently. She is based in Seattle, and takes the most beautiful photographs - thought going into the placement of everything. I like consistency and they are usually in the same style, a lot from a birds-eye-view of her desk so you can see 'what she sees'. Or of the flowers she fills her home with. A girl after my own heart...

@mississippiboots

I've probably followed this girl the longest. I discovered her when I was in the Blue Lagoon at the same time as her (hashtags do have a purpose!). She gives quite a personal insight to her decorative home. She's based in Canada and again her photographs use consistent filters. Her pet pugs are also very cute and usually photographed in a crochet throw or chilling out in the garden.

I hope you enjoy following these people as much as I do. What better way to get a real experience of someone's life across the globe but through Instagram? A few others worth mentioning are,
@sincerelyjules @woodwardpaperco @goldcoastgraphicdesign @ellebradford