Mulberry invited Jim and I along to their picnic at Wilderness festival on Saturday hosted by Cara Delevingne. Jim and I have been working on an exciting secret project recently with Mulberry (all will be revealed next week!) and have made lots of great friends there, so we were both looking forward to a day with the Mulberry gang in a gorgeous, countryside, festival setting. As you guys know, picnics are one of my favourite things!
Our invite instructed us to meet at Claridges at 11am for refreshments before hopping onto minibuses in groups to travel to Oxfordshire where Wilderness is held. We were greeted with huge glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice and the tastiest bacon rolls ever - the rolls were actually croissants! Also, Mulberry had the genius idea of making little bags up for us with ketchup and a spoon so we could wrap up our bacon roll and take it for the road if we wanted to!
I was only sat on the bus for five minutes before I dug in to my bacon roll! It was too good to resist...
Gradually the busy city of London turned into motorways, then motorways turned into beautiful green countryside and about 2 hours later we arrived at Wilderness!
Jim and I headed straight to the Mulberry craft tent where you could make your own leather bracelet with the help of a craftsman.
We then had a wander around the festival listening to music and having a look at what all the different tents and food vans had to offer. There was yoga...
Burgers (I have heard these are the best burgers in town)...
We had such a lovely time looking around the festival, but soon it was time for the most exciting part - the picnic! We walked to the secret walled garden where it was being held...
Inside the walls, I skipped along the gravel path lined with gold balloons, picnics put me in the best mood!
We spent the afternoon sat around on hay bales relaxing, drinking, eating and dancing with the loveliest people. Here's me with my gorgeous man (photo credit goes to Dave Benett/Getty).
Whilst we waited for the picnic hampers to be ready, Jim and I quickly made friends. Within 5 minutes of knowing each-other I was painting Luke's face! We had such a fun time together...
Cara was excited to see me wearing one of her designs, we had a quick chat and then it was time to eat!
It was the cutest and tastiest picnic I think I've ever had, my favourite was the golden beetroot! I had never had beetroot that wasn't purple before! After the picnic we were serenaded by one of my favourite musicians Will Heard. I have played his song 'Sun Don't Shine' so many times, so to hear him sing it live was incredible.
Here's a snap of Jim, Will and me.
We had such an amazing day, I really hope Mulberry make this picnic at Wilderness an annual thing! I was sad when it was time for us to get back on the bus back to London. I slept the whole way home, a sure sign that a good day was had.
Last week was the film premiere of The Expendables 3! Now, it's not really my kind of film, but Jim really wanted to go and I was his only date option as everyone else was busy, so I took one for the team and went to watch things explode for a couple of hours! I thought I would do a little blog post to show you guys what I wore as I'm sure lots of you will agree with me that the outfit for a premiere is just as important as the film itself! I decided to wear my favourite Topshop bodycon navy velvet dress. I actually bought it about a year ago and have got so much wear out of it! It seems to be perfect for so many different occasions and has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Previously, I have styled it in a very girly way, so for the Expendables premiere I wanted to go for a slightly edgier look. I painted my nails dark using 'Midnight Sparkles' from Tanya Burr Cosmetics and accessorised with Mulberry leather bracelets. I wore the most amazing black velvet strappy sandals by Sergio Rossi, these shoes literally make my flutter I love them so much! I don't think this is the most flattering outfit I've ever worn, but I had fun taking a risk and doing something a bit different with my style.
Leave me a comment letting me know what you guys think of this outfit!
Jim and I had been working away in London for a few weeks, so we were very excited when July 28th came around and it was time for my Dad's birthday BBQ. It was the perfect weekend with some much needed family time, yummy food, sunshine and no makeup days! Sorry it's taken me until the 10th of August to get this post up, but here it is none the less! I hope you enjoy this little look into my family life.
As soon as I arrived, Dad was keen to show me his bubble machine. I love this pic of my Dad, I think he looks a bit like a garden gnome!
Garden games are quite popular in my family. We play swing-ball, piggy-in-the-middle, stick-in-the-mud, charades and just general garden challenges. I love these action shots of Aston, Tasha and me!
Tasha beat me of course, so I decided relaxing on the grass with my Jimbob was a better idea than sports!
We began to smell the smoky BBQ and soon enough mum was giving us all little jobs to help set the table for lunch! Mmmmmm BBQ...
Everyone gathered at the tables in the garden to eat, here's my Mum and both of my Grandmother's looking cute together!
We sang Happy Birthday to Dad and presented him with a non-traditional birthday cake - a nutty, caramel cheesecake!
Although, I think somebody found some chocolate cake somewhere!
Maya started to do her high-five trick for my camera...
...but quickly got shy...
...so we gave her some tummy rubs - they're her favourite!
Tash and I tried to make her take a selfie with us, but she squirmed about too much!
We were about to sit down for a cup of tea when Aston (my sister's boyfriend) spotted a hot air balloon low in the sky! He got very excited and demanded we go and see it land. He was quite sure he knew where it was headed, so my sister, Jim, Aston and I all piled into his car and drove through the countryside and eventually found the balloon! I have to admit, it was pretty cool watching it land...
We drove back to the house just in time for a cup of tea...
It got a bit chilly once the sun had begun to set, so we wrapped Isaac up in one of Oscar's hoodys - how gorgeous does he look!
Dad lit the fire again and we finished the day with the whole family gathered around the flames roasting marsh-mallows.
I love hanging out with my family, we don't get together often enough these days, but when we do it's always special. We're like branches on a tree, although we're all growing in different directions, our roots remain as one. It's easy to get caught up in meaningless aspects of life, but days like this one remind me of what really matters, and thats my family. We may be a crazy bunch, but I couldn't be more thankful to have these people in my life...
When I returned from France on Thursday, I had a little package waiting for me in very familiar ivory packaging with chic black details. Inside was the new fragrance from Jo Malone, Wood Sage & Sea Salt. If you've read my blog or watched my videos for a while, you'll know that I've been in love with Jo Malone since I first discovered it 5 years ago and whenever they launch a new scent I'm always eager to try it! I felt all icky from the plane and wanted to give this fragrance a proper test, so I jumped in the shower, got dressed to go out for the evening and then spritzed my first spritz of Wood Sage & Sea Salt.
I knew I loved it straight away. I'm quite like that with fragrance. The last new scent I tried from Jo Malone was Peony & Blush Suede, which I instantly knew wasn't for me as soon as I spritzed it. This scent, on the other hand, was love at first sniff! It's inspired by the fresh sea air and the mineral scent of rugged cliffs, which is so my cup of tea. It smells natural and fresh on my skin, with a slightly warm woodiness to it. It's not at all pretty, floral or girly, but I prefer fresher scents.
I'm usually not all that great at describing fragrance, but I loved this one so much I felt the need to dedicate a whole blog post to it!
The Wood Sage & Sea Salt collection is available from September 2014, let me know in the comments if you think this is a fragrance you might like! Also, let me know if you have any fragrance favourites that are similar to this as I'd love to try them.
If you've read my previous two blog posts, you'll know that I have been in Cannes with my boy, Jim. We are home now and can't stop talking about what a great time we had! This morning when I woke up, I joked with Jim as his eyes were still closed and excitedly said, 'come on! It's time for breakfast on the balcony!', I think I may have fooled him for just a second before he came back to reality.
On our third and final day in Cannes we decided to make the most of the beach. It was the hottest day of the three we'd been there so we were delighted to find out you could order a huge plate of watermelon right on the beach! It was so refreshing and yummy!
The only thing about going away just the two of us, is there was nobody to take a photo of us together! I know we could have asked a stranger, but we felt a bit awkward so we opted for a selfie. This is 2014 after all!
As we chilled out on our sunloungers, we couldn't help but think of the delicious ice-cream place we went to the night before. I think it was called 'Le Quirly', so if any of you are ever in Cannes you must go! Jim claimed it was definitely ice-cream-o-clock and I really had to try the Ferrero Rocher flavour that Jim had gone for the previous night, so we snuck off for a scoop! OMG the Ferrero Rocher one was SO GOOD.
Back at the beach I got stuck into my book. 'Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern. I actually finished it yesterday and I have to say it now makes my 'all time favourite books' list. I loved how I got completely lost in the story and didn't want the magical journey to end. The way the author writes is just so beautiful, which makes it a pleasure to read. It's definitely something I would read again and again.
By about 5pm, the sky had clouded over, so we went inside to get ready for dinner. We went down early for dinner so we had time to browse in a few shops along la croisette and have a drink at the Martinez beach bar.
We shared some steak for dinner at a beach restaurant just a short walk away with a beautiful view. I love being by the sea :)
After dinner Jim and I went up to our room, I ordered my final Pina Colada of the trip and we played card games out on the balcony.
We played about 20 rounds of our favourite game, 'Take 2', and I won nearly every time!
That's it for my Cannes blog posts guys, I hope you've enjoyed reading them and seeing my photos as much as I've enjoyed documenting our trip. I love that I'll always have these blog posts to look back on and remember all the fun we had.