Travels: Bergen, Norway

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massive crab legs….fish me….more massive crabs, alive this time….the famous old wooden wonky houses of Bryggen….fancy Bergen manhole covers….Monday begins on Saturday…..knowit….who can see the sea?….moooooooose…..

We’ve just got back from spending 24 hours in Bergen, Norway (new country yay!) on the way home from France. It was a lovely cute little place although incredibly expensive…in fact it actually made Cannes look cheap. Bergen is most visited as being the entry point for the Norwegian Fjords, we didn’t have the chance to go out to those but we mulled around the town seeing the sights and enjoying the atmosphere.

Hope you’ve had a good summer.

Jo xo

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Travels: Cannes, France

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A romantic meal on the rocks watching the sunset….not only the only guy walking with a case, but the only guy in a coat ;)….market made brunch….deckchairs and parasols….bliss on the beach….boats, glorious boats….the sun is setting in the sky….the art deco lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez….the MOST incredible firework display you have ever seen….

And that’s what Cannes has been for us!

Jo xo

Black and White Gallery Wall

One of the best things about our flat is that it has wonderfully high ceilings.

One of the worst things about our flat is that it has wonderfully high ceilings and therefore vast cream walls. It is a rental after all so we can’t expect anything too jazzy to be going on with the walls.

It has taken us a while to work out what to fill these spaces with but what it has given me the opportunity to do is create a gallery wall. I’m a big fan of these, you only need to check out my ‘interior inspirations’ board on Pinterest to see quite how big a fan. We’ve got sooooo many photos which are just sitting around on computer hard drives, that I’m forever trying to think of ways to display them and see them in my everyday life. The best thing about a gallery wall is that it gives you the opportunity to use lots of photographs/artwork/anything else you might want to put up on the wall.

I think that sometimes, they can be quite hard things to pull off unless you are particularly skilled in the creative sense (unfortunately, that’s not me) so we decided to play it safe by sticking to a black and white theme. This involved both black and white frames and photographs.

black and white gallery wall

We bought a combination of basic frames and some nicer ones from Marks and Spencer which cost us about £70 in total (thanks to my Granny and Auntie for the vouchers!) which I don’t think is too bad.

Next step was laying out the frames on the floor and working out the pattern in which to put them up. After a considerable amount of faffing around we finally settled  on the above layout and the only thing left to decide was the photos we were going to use!

It then took us forever to get the photos printed and the frames up on the wall but I’m rather pleased with the result and think it really adds an extra special touch to our bedroom.

Anyone got any ideas for what we do with the rest of the walls?!

Jo xo

Life Lately: The Sanderson and Whipsnade Zoo

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Had a bit of a busy weekend last weekend out in the sun and these are some of my snaps from my phone.

The top row is the Mad Hatters Afternoon tea at The Sanderson Hotel. Then there are some pictures of London in the sun and then Whipsnade Zoo.

How have you been making the most of this beautiful weather?

Jo xo

Life Lately: Archikids and Aberdeen

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Walking along Banff beach in Scotland….Fyvie Castle, my ideal wedding venue….sunshine in Aberdeen! Such a rare occurrence….the juxtaposition of Callum and my teas….the city on a Sunday….afternoon tea at the city branch of Bea’s of Bloomsbury….Callum’s drawing of St Paul’s and a London black cab….drawing over the landscape of London at Archikids festival….a Moody looking London

Ok admittedly it has taken me quite a while to post up these pictures from my recent trip to visit family in Aberdeen and my adventures with Callum at the Archikids festival, but here they are finally!

Jo xo

Life Lately: Sunshine and alcohol!!

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Keeping it casual….chroizo rice!!! :)….a Bulmers picnic in the sunshine at Green Park….after work drinks of the roof of Boxpark….the perfect gent?….new hair….drinks and dinner at the Park Plaza Riverbank….Kate Moss for Rimmel nails from the Company mag rising stars event….the Boules club two doors down from our house….

Alcohol seems to be far too much of a recurring theme here. Time for a detox.

Jo xo

Life lately: Easter bank holiday weekend

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The view out the window from where we were staying in Portishead….three views from the beach…..a ridiculous photo of me in my new glasses (I CAN SEE AGAIN….IT’S A MIRACLE!)….over the bridge and over into Wales….walking up Sugarloaf hill in the Brecon Beacons….the most impractical boots to walk up a snowy hill in….refreshment break!

I had the most unbelievably chilled out Easter bank holiday. I feel like all I did was sleep and watch films! Oh yeah and a little trip to Portishead/Wales so should probably add driving/being in the car to the list. Sometimes it’s just good to chill out you know?

Hope you had a good one? Leave me links below of what you got up to…

Jo xo