Tuesday, 20 August 2013

nightclubs and donkeys...

After starting my new job almost a month ago, I've been spending my weekends at work, it's part of the parcel when working in retail and it's made me really appreciate the Saturday's and Sunday's when I do have them off - like the weekend just passed. I came home to celebrate one of my best friends 21st birthdays in a true Hereford fashion aka. cheap wine and a visit to the local nightclub.

Feeling a little delicate the next day, I joined my parents and took a stroll across the village to a neighbours house as they were hosting a "donkey tea"- I bet you're thinking "what the bloody hell...". It was all in aid of getting their pet donkeys socialised and an excuse for a little get together for everyone in the village, as it really doesn't happen very often.

The donkey's themselves are gorgeous, so calm and cuddly - I'd love one myself. Both of the lovely animals were rescued and now live a luxurious life in the countryside, after chatting to a lady at the tea she described their home as the "Rolls Royce of Donkey living", acres of land and a roomy shelter for them to sleep in.

A lovely weekend all in all, I'm now preparing myself ready for 4 days of blood, sweat and tears as I'm heading to Reading Festival on Thursday. Wish me luck!



Friday, 16 August 2013

Making a use for glass yoghurt pots...

I'm the type of person that keeps things around the house with the thought "this might have a use for something, someday, I just don't know what right now". Case in point, empty glass yoghurt pot jars -you know, the luxurious ones that you only ever buy when they're on offer in Sainsbury's. Too good to just discard, but slightly useless. However, I've put mine to good use...

A common scene in the flat, my multiple earrings scattered across the windowsill after a panicky morning trying to get myself together for the day. I find earrings so hard to store, I lose them on a daily basis from them getting swept up never to be found.

Take your clean glass yoghurt jar and pop those earrings in, safe and sound. They also look really pretty, I think if you've got lovely jewellery or a statement pair of shoes, make a feature of them. These yoghurt jars make cute little tea light holders and are perfect to set jelly in if you're having a party.

What do you guys reuse? Have you ever saved the little glass jars?


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Long time no see...

I'm back from my blogging sabbatical - I've felt a little uninspired the past couple of weeks along with the big stressful task of finding me a summer job, which I can proudly say I succeeded. It took a few bouts of unsuccessful interviews, but with a bit of determination anything is possible.  

The weather here in the UK has been unbelievable for the past month or so, of course we've been making the most of every inch of sunshine by sitting out in the garden. I thought I'd show you all, the gorgeous little table display my parents have at home, it's really easy to recreate with things you might have at home. Enjoy...

Doesn't everything looks pretty under that 6pm summer evening light, it's just perfect. I know I'll look back on these photos in mid November and lust for those close July nights. If you have any questions about anything in the photos, feel free to ask. 

What's everyone been up to? I'd love to know...


Friday, 19 July 2013

wishing, wanting #4

1_I have a confession - I Harriet am a penutbutteraholic. On average I'm getting through a jar a week, is that bad? I'm completely addicted, I get excited when I go to bed, that in a few hours I can have my beloved peanuty goodness on toast... This just got weird. I found this delightful recipe on Averie Cooks  where she offers a variety of flavoured peanut butter options with beautiful photography to accompany - chocolate, cinnamon, cookie... it's just all getting too much.

2_Unusal design has always interested me, especially different takes on the classics. I love these interpretations of a old school American lunch bag, so simple yet so cool - Pieces like this always make me think "darn, why didn't I think of that?". These gorgeous bags come from a online shop named ADAISM, they come in lots of neutral, subtle colours and textures for a rather hefty price. A girl can dream.

3_Anyone that follows me on Pinterest will know that I'm always pinning, non stop. I've become a little tiny bit obsessed with my packaging board, which also seems to be my most popular. I adore finding quirky photos to share with my followers, but also love the simplistic designs like this bread/menu combo to inspire me.

What are you guys wanting and wishing for?


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Après holiday foot spa...

Pre holiday pampering before jetting of on holiday is always a must - whether it's painting your toes or waxing your legs, it's all in aid to feel ultra special and beach ready on your trip. Although, I always find I need the pampering after the holiday - sore feet from too much walking (dancing) and dry skin from basking in the sunshine, here's how to have a luxurious at home après holiday foot spa...

You'll need a towel, a big bowl full of hot water (it's best to go hotter and let it cool) and some sort of foot soak. The one used in the pictures is a foot fizz, but obviously substitute it for something you have, maybe a bubble bath, an essential oil, it doesn't matter as long it's soothing and smells nice!

You can add lavender and petals to get some natural ingredients in the mix or too make it look super pretty. Me and my mum both had one sat out in our back garden in the sunshine at the weekend, so soothing and luxurious for something so simple.

What do you guys do to pamper yourselves? I'd love to know...


Saturday, 13 July 2013


I've been back from my Spanish trip for almost a week now, sadly sporting a rotten cold and ears that don't want to unblock from the plane landing. Get the moaning out the way - I had a fabulous time. Barcelona was everything I thought it was going to be, a city full of rich orange toned streets, full of character and charm, table tops spread with tapas and huge bowls of fresh seafood paella.
At the top of my Barcelona to-do-list was to visit the Gaudi Cathedral and park, as an art student he's always cropped up in my studies so to actually see his designs there right in front of me was mind blowing. The Cathedral was like nothing I have seen before, fascinating, etherial, it didn't almost look real. I still can't get my head around the fact that it's not going to be finished for another 30 years, this just gives credit to it's intricacy and stature.

A little snippet of our trip. I found it so hard narrowing down photos to show you all, without it getting a bit over kill, yes we know you've been on holiday kinda' thing. We did just cram so much into the short time we had there, with a visit to the cities humongous zoo (where I fell in love with a baby chimp) and took a cable care up to a mountain where the view of Barcelona was incredible. Like I said in my previous post, we spent four nights in Barcelona, then went on to Ibiza for another four nights. I haven't even started on the Ibiza photos, but I'll be sure to share some with you, as I was so pleasantly surprised by the notorious reputation of the island. 

Hope you guys have all had a lovely week, let me know your thoughts on Barcelona and trips you've been on this summer... I'd love to know. 


Saturday, 29 June 2013

barcelona > ibiza

Images via Pinterest/Edited by myself

Hola, Amigos. Tomorrow I'm flying to the wonderful Spanish city of Barcelona, then ending the week in the Balearic Islands, relaxing (yeah?) in Ibiza. As my usual self, I have absolutely nothing packed, nothing more than a creased pile of holiday clobber on my bedroom floor - I'm not much of an ironer anyways, it is a holiday after all.

I thought I'd sign on to see if any of you have any recommendations/tips/stories of past trips you've been on to Barcelona or Ibiza. Would love to know of any restaurants, bars, shops, markets, touristy things or anything you'd recommend?

Catch up with you in a week or so - Happy holidays!