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There are a handful of companies that I always find myself falling in love with loads of their products and REALLY wish shipped to the UK. Everlane and Madewell are my main two. And after seeing this latest collaboration from Everlane and Langley Fox, I feel like right now, they can do no wrong! What I love about Everlane is that they make even the most basic garments feel lustworthy. There's something about their effortlessly cool, stripped back style that I just can't get enough of. They keep things simple and their timeless cuts make everything look ridiculously wearable.
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Lately I feel as though I'm constantly telling myself what I'm going to get back into. I'm going to get back into ballet. I'm going to get back into blogging. I'm going to get back into reading. None of my thoughts are focused on the here and now. It's all 'when this calms down, then I'm going to do this..' or 'I want to do this', instead of just getting on with it. Whenever I have a lot to do, I always find myself procrastinating more. Instead of just throwing myself at the problem, I tend to obsess. I worry about what to tackle first. Where should I begin? And then I find that because I'm too busy worrying, I forget to even start.

Today I got some bad news. Something I partly expected. But then bad news is never easy to receive, even when it's anticipated. Then a package arrived with a book I ordered the other day: #GirlBoss, the autobiography of Nasty Gal's founder, Sophie Amoruso. And I decided to take it as a sign that while it's always shit to have bad news, it was time to change my attitude. So after a self indulgent afternoon spent wandering around town with my mother, buying myself nice things (like nice makeup, macarons and pretty plates for the flat..), I've pulled myself together. Sure, for a few hours I spent the afternoon flipping through Alexa Chung's very easy on the eye, IT, and letting myself get lost in doing nothing and looking at nice pictures. Because sometimes you need to mope. But then when my new book landed, I realised that I could continue to wallow or I could sit up and get on with my life. Instead of making excuses for the things I wanted to do but felt too tired to start, I could just get on with it and try. Instead of feeling guilty for not blogging, I could turn to my writing as catharsis. I could channel my frustration and my fear into something more productive than bottled up worries.

So here I am.

Now I can't wait to start my new book tonight. And now I'm ready to get up tomorrow, put on my lipstick and pull myself together. It helps of course that it's a new Chanel one.
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Almost a week on and I'm still suffering from a major case of post Glastonbury blues.. dragging myself back to work Wednesday, only to be hit by a load of deadlines, probably isn't helping the matter either. I got back Monday night, sunburned, shatttered and feeling like a broken person with my backpack weighing me down and mud caked to my wellies and legs. Despite the rain, mud and the thunderstorms, just like everyone promised, Glastonbury definitely lives up to the hype. And although I'm still in recovery mode, I'm already thinking about how I'm going to make sure I get my hands on tickets next year! Unfortunately I can't share more of my photos because I've left my camera cable at my mam's house.. but I'll try to get some uploaded soon. In the mean time, I'm giving myself a quiet weekend to recover and try to get back into better blogging habits! So I'm keeping this short and sweet; partly to ease myself in, partly because I want to get back outside and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts...
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Ok, so maybe I'm a little biased, but I feel pretty lucky to be pals with the people who always put on the best events. And knowing Miss Archer, the first ever Scran Social was never going to be anything short of spectacular. So she knew as soon as she'd sent the invites to her afternoon at Gusto, that me and Bosson would be there with bells on. Or at least pretty nice outfits anyway. I mean, who really needs an excuse for good food and good company?
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Nestled on Newcastle's quayside, Gusto is one of those places that's made for warm weather. As soon as the sun comes out, their outdoor terrace is the ultimate riverside spot for sipping on prosecco while you soak up the rays. It's one of the only chains I find that consistently serves up amazing food. Plus they offer a great Dining Club card. It's free to become a member, and members get 20% off their food bill when they book a table online! As well as being kept up to date with all the rest Gusto's news and promotions. If you haven't already, then get yourself signed up!! So anyway.. when Lauren mentioned wine testing and a few nibbles throughout the event, I was completely sold. What I hadn't anticipated though was the giant bowls of avocado and poached salad, pastas, pizzas and all sorts after we'd tried our hand at sampling a few different wines from their menu.
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When it comes to wine, I know what I like but there's something about wine tasting that feels a little pretentious still.. And even though I feel I can appreciate a good glass (or three), all that sniffing and gargling still feels a little forced. But when Jonny, Gusto's resident wine man started going through the selection, I realised I was wrong. A lot of what had put me off things like wine testing, was usually the prats who were leading the session. As soon as he stepped up, Jonny was relaxed and confident. He explained the flavours of the wines, where they came from, the grapes they used.. Then he told us we didn't have to spit it out. It was around about that point I realised wine tasting is actually pretty good.. But only when you have someone who's actually interesting and doesn't take themselves too seriously leading it. Having educated us on a variety of red, white and dessert wines, Jonny let is help ourselves to another glass or two as the staff started bringing out plates of food. And we certainly weren't disappointed by the selection.
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After working our way through deliciously creamy chicken and asparagus pastas, salmon salads and perfectly crispy pizzas, I felt like I was ready to burst. But then of course they brought out deserts: fresh donuts with melted chocolate and not so imaginatively named, Italian Mess. While both options were equally indulgent treats, the Italian Mess was definitely something to rave about! Made from blueberry meringue with fresh cream, strawberries and raspberries, each bit just melted away in my mouth.
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What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon? I can't wait to see what Archer pulls out for the next Scran Social!
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It only takes the teeniest glimmer of sunshine to set me off. One sunny afternoon and all of a sudden I'm in full summer mode. Regardless of the actual temperature outside. And whether or not it's raining. Logic seems to go out of the window, and I mistake the North East's climate for some kind of Mediterranean country. Abandoning most of my common sense, I just want to wear shorts and floral dresses. I'd rather brace bare legs than admit that maybe it's still just a little too cold.

shirt: Zara, shorts: Zara, shoes: French Sole, watch: Daniel Wellington, necklace: vintage, sunglasses: Rayban wayfarers
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You know you've had a good weekend when you wake up sunburned, blistered and still shattered on Monday. And this one has been one of my favourite weekends in a long time.. Starting with dinner on Friday night with the girls at Sohe, Jesmond's latest offering (sorry, no decent photos though so guess I'll have to visit again and get some snaps..), and ending with an amazing day yesterday with Barbour at Belsay Horse Trials. When I was first contacted by Barbour about the event, I was pretty excited without even really knowing anything about what would be happening during the day.. I mean come on, it's BARBOUR! Definitely something to get excited about.. especially when they were kind enough to offer to dress me and Bosson for the day.

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Kitted out in a pair of navy short gloss wellies and a Bella Freud jumper, we started the day with coffee and cakes before having a little wander around the course. Taking inspiration from quintessential British summers, the new Bella Freud collection features a range of super soft, light weight cotton-cashmere knits complete with nostalgic emblems, like the Daisy jumper which I opted for. Although with the sunshine bursting through the clouds, the jumpers unfortunately didn't last too long! After enjoying a stroll around the course, and almost being mowed down a couple of times by horses, we headed back to enjoy some Pimms before lunch was served. Back in the corporate tent after a few drinks, we soon found ourselves filling our faces with deliciously rare cuts of roast beef, salmon, spinach and feta pie, and a little too much potato salad. Having eaten our fill and even treated ourselves to chocolate cake for dessert, we decided to go exploring again. And made some new friends along the way..

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Slightly sunburned, feet blistered from too much tramping around in our Barbour boots, and with a generously filled goody bag each, we headed back to the city around tea time. While I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to country pursuits, having the day out with Barbour showed me it's something anyone can get involved with. Even if it is just sitting enjoying the sunshine with a glass of Pimms.. HUGE thanks to Sarah and the lovely people at Barbour for having me along for the day!

Outfit details:
jumper: Barbour, navy t-shirt: The White T-Shirt Co, shorts: Topshop, wellies: Barbour, sunglasses: Rayban wayfarers
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Since the weather has started making improvements, I've been making small additions to my summer wardrobe. So far (as mentioned here, in my post the other week), that's primarily consisted of buying all things gingham. And coats. Yes, coats. Now, in true British tradition, and like every other self-respecting sun-worshipper, as soon as there's even the smallest hint of sunshine, I'm compelled to dress in as summer attire as is weather permitting. However, in another Great British tradition, this usually only lasts for a few hours and then I'm freezing. So although the idea seems foreign, summer coats are actually sort of a good idea. And I've quickly fallen in love with this dusty pink Zara number. It's sort of counteracted the numbness I may have been feeling when braving the great outdoors with bare legs. And with its simple shape and pretty dreamy blush colouring, I've found that it goes with almost everything. Likewise, I seem to have taken to wearing barelegs and these boots with everything I can.. on those days like today, where the rain is holding off. I'm ready to be out of tights and start to get more of a tan now, please!

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This folk jacquard skirt is also becoming one of my new favourite purchases. It was one of those things that I kind of bought on a whim, but has been my go-to piece for both day and night time wear. Since the fabric is pretty thick, it's got a lovely shape (although a little unforgiving sometimes and I decided to size up because the 8 made me look like I had a belly!). Plus the mixture of colours means it works well with both darker and lighter shades. Although I can't say I've been any more imaginative than pairing it with simple black or grey cami tops like this one.

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Outfit details:
coat: Zara, top: Topshop, skirt: Topshop, boots: Kurt Geiger, jewellery: Pandora

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