Weekly Wants: Pieces We Are Loving From & Other Stories
Dream wardrobe incoming: one scroll of the & Other Stories website and boom, your basket is full, you have 5 packages en route and your bank manager is on the phone wondering what the f*ck is going on.
Dream wardrobe incoming: one scroll of the & Other Stories website and boom, your basket is full, you have 5 packages en route and your bank manager is on the phone wondering what the f*ck is going on. Their irresistible combination of design influences from Paris, L.A and Stockholm means they nail new-in, on-trend yet classic styles every time, and you can shop safe in the knowledge that you can’t go far wrong where & Other Stories is concerned.
This week the team are running you through their favourite ‘add to basket’ picks as the dreaminess of June 21st approaches and hugs, kisses, parties and picnics become the new, ‘new normal’. Insert all the heart eye emojis.
& Other Stories isn’t usually my go-to shopping destination (as much as I would love it to be, alas the price point says otherwise) but their site is a dream to browse and the Scandi ‘fits make my heart skip a beat. I love the simplicity of their clothes and how effortless they feel, which is one thing that drew me to these linen shorts which I think are such a summer essential. I’m a sucker for all things pink, hence my other two picks which are tres beautiful. I’m gearing up for beach season and a solid bikini you can rely on and hair clip to shove up your sun cream filled strands is must, and the colour of this one is so lovely.
& Other Stories isn’t the most size inclusive brand but what they lack in that department they make up for with very well made accessories and beauty products. I always feel like getting their products is a bit of a treat and you get what you pay for as it certainly lasts longer than most high-street brands. I’ve chosen some fun summer accessories, the perfect beach tote with a scarf to tie on for a bit of spice, cool cat-eye sunnies, a pretty shell bracelet, lush heeled sandals to dress up a casual beach dress and I’d love to give this face and body highlighter a go for evenings on holiday.
And Other Stories aren’t the most inclusive brand and so I struggle to buy anything from the waist down from there a lot, but they have a lot of very cute tops and being a C cup means I get to enjoy these ha! I’m obsessed with cropped shirts at the moment and they have a lovely wrap around one. Also, they are so good for accessories and especially handbags! I am loving these orange squared sunglasses, they are perfect for Summer.
There are so many pieces I love on & Other Stories at the moment. The clothes don’t tend to go up to my size but I have chosen this dress which I absolutely love and it’s flow so I think I could get away with it. The accessories are where my heart lies though, so many beautiful pieces and the best quality.
If there’s one thing Stories does well, it’s wardrobe staples and accessories so I’ve loaded up on all my summer essentials from padded duvet sandals to linen sets. I’m a big fan of their beauty range too – the whole collection smells insane, it’s a pretty good price point and the branding is gorg. I haven’t tried the face and body dew yet so that’s going straight in my basket because ya girl is 30 now and she needs all the help she can get in the glow department.
Both Margate - dubbed Shoreditch-on-Sea - and Broadstairs offer plenty of iconic sandy beaches, vintage shops, quirky cafes, art galleries and world-class fish and chips.
Like the sound of old school seaside charm, Instagrammable sunsets and a blossoming street food scene? Then you’ve got a couple of scenic soulmates in these charming Thanet towns. Both Margate – dubbed Shoreditch-on-Sea – and Broadstairs offer plenty of iconic sandy beaches, vintage shops, quirky cafes, art galleries and world-class fish and chips.
Fancy a weekend getaway that’s just an hour ½ from London? Here’s how to get the best of England’s creative coast.
Check out the current exhibitions at Turner Contemporary
Margate is fizzing with artistic energy and frankly, no trip to this coastal gem is complete without experiencing the Turner Contemporary, named after Romantic artist JMW Turner. Widely recognised as the catalyst for the regeneration of Margate & East Kent, its ever-changing programme means there’s always something new to see, whether you’re a local or a visitor.
For a solid cup of Joe and a delicious lunch menu, head 10 minutes down the road from Turner Contemporary to Storeroom by Curve Roasters. Their menu changes depending on the seasons and what’s fresh in from their most recent harvests. If you like your coffee with a story, this is the good place.
Dickens House Museum celebrates the author’s connections with Broadstairs from 1837 to 1851. Housed in the real-life cottage that was Dickens’ inspiration for the home of the legendary character Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield, you’ll find work by H.K Browne, the famous illustrator of the original Dickens novels, on display here alongside furniture owned by the man himself.
Please note, the museum is temporarily closed keep your eyes peeled for reopening times.
Surf’s up! If you want to work on your water sports and learn to sup ‘n’ surf, there’s no better teacher than Joss Bay Surf School. The instructors are ISA qualified and all your equipment is included. For stand-up paddling, you’ll have one full hour of coaching before hitting the water for another 60 minutes of free practice (price £40 for a group lesson). If catching waves is more your thing, you can have 1 ½ hours of contact time, 30 minutes free practice (price £40 for a group lesson). Have a splash around on the baby waves and get a much-needed dose of vitamin sea.
This famous ice cream parlour has been serving sweet-toothed customers since the 1900s and if the queues are anything to go by, the hype is still real. Scoop up the best gelato of all the land, made in-store daily.
When in Margate, you simply have to try to get a table at Hantverk & Found. Serving fresh handmade sushi, scallop ramen, gyoza and bao bun. They also offer takeaway so you can box it all up and head to the beach for a seaside picnic.
For safer sea swimming with plenty of wildlife, have a paddle at Walpole Bay – one of just 13 tidal pools in England. Designed in 1937, it’s now grade II listed and covers over four whopping acres, so you’re guaranteed to have a proper interrupted swim here. It has all the allure of the wide-open sea without the crowds, just check tide times as the sand is entirely covered at high tide.
Dubbed the heartbeat of Margate, Dreamland is the oldest surviving theme park in Great Britain. Experience retro rides (some of which date back to the 1920s), an indoor roller room, art installations, street food and a programme packed with live music and events for all the family. When you’re done on the Chair-O-Planes and the Pendulum, have a paddle at the beach and come back for a night of dancing under the stars at one of their iconic gigs. Dreamland, indeed.
Get some kip in this Grade II listed Georgian town house, situated just a short walk away from the beach, historic Old Town and vintage shops. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, ornate plaster cornicing, a hand-carved bed and a double-ended cast-iron roll-top bath, you’re guaranteed a sound night’s sleep in the Salon room (our personal fave). In the morning, roll out of bed and tuck into fresh pastries, fruit and freshly baked sourdough delivered straight to your room upon your request.
Discover the famous mystery of Margate at the Shell Grotto
These mysterious winding passages have been covered head-to-toe with over four million shells and nobody knows why. How curious. Discovered by chance in 1835 by a man digging for a duck pond, the underground cave has been elaborately decorated with treasures of the sea from mussels, oysters, cockles and whelks and its origins remain unexplained to this day. Some people suspect it was a secret temple, others say séances were held there. We like to think it was all a dark mermaid’s doing. Grab yourself a ticket and see for yourselves.
Located in Margate’s Old Town, The Kentish Pantry sells the finest artisan products from wines, cheeses, chutneys and handmade pottery, all sourced in Kent. Grab a pastry and a coffee from their in-store bakery and you’ll be all set for a day of exploring glorious Marg.
Based in a clifftop lab in sandy Margate, this sustainable beauty brand was created to enthuse people about the health-giving benefits of the sea. Using natural ingredients such as ocean mud, local botanicals and seaweed, Haeckels’ Founder Dom Bridges and his team have developed a range of cruelty-free skincare products from the ocean, for the ocean. They are one of only two companies licensed to harvest seaweed from the English coast.
They also offer bespoke treatments designed to revitalise the mind and body, from seaweed baths to reflexology and full body massage. Never. Coming. Home.
CAST offers bespoke jewellery making experiences across the UK, from public events to private hen dos, team building sessions and wedding ring workshops for couples. We thought we'd give it a go on rainy lockdown evening and let you know how we got on.
As at-home activities go, we can safely say we’ve peaked with the CAST jewellery making experience. The humble diy flower crown is cancelled, guys.
CAST, a company based in Sheffield and owned by brothers James and Luke Cottingham, offers bespoke jewellery making experiences across the UK, from public events to private hen dos, team building sessions and wedding ring workshops for couples.
The second element of CAST is the bespoke jewellery making kits, designed for all those people who prefer to get creative in their own time and in the comfort of their own home. It’s genius.
The bespoke jewellery making kit is £29 and contains everything you need to design and create your very own jewellery at home, including shaping tools, sandpaper, wax moulds and a tin and freepost envelope so your design can reach the team safely, ready for casting.
Whether you want to make a signet ring, a hammered coin pendant, earrings or cufflinks, the possibilities are endless. The more unique and special to you, the better!
Once you’re happy with your piece, you simply fill out the online form and send your piece off to the CAST experts. There’s also an opportunity to add in your ring size, metal and choice of finish.
Every piece then goes through a strict ancient process of lost wax casting by the silversmithing team and is finished by hand in solid silver, platinum or gold. Prices for casting the jewellery start from £60 for a single wax jewellery piece weighing upto 1.5g in wax. You can also select optional extras such as engraving, gold plating and stone setting.
Not only do you get the opportunity to switch off and make some magic, you also get a piece of jewellery designed and carved by you, for you. Buzzing!
And because we couldn’t resist having a go at it ourselves, you can see the team’s CAST creations below!
I bloody love getting crafty and I would go as far as to say this is my favourite activity so far. The whole experience was just great. The guys who run its were so friendly and it was just like friends hanging out. I sometimes worry that zoom calls and classes will be awkward but this wasn’t awkward at all. We were on the call for over 2 hours and it absolutely flew by.
I decided to make a ring because I want to have some that I like and want to wear every day. I engraved all my families names in to it so it means something too. I can’t say I was great at it but I really enjoyed it.
I have giant sausage fingers and got a bit carried away when I was trying to make the ring bigger and made it too big. The guys were so helpful and made it a tiny bit smaller so it wouldn’t slip of, I would have cried if I’d lost it after 700 hours making it.
I couldn’t stop, I kept adding to it afterwards so it actually took me about a month to sign up in the end. I opted for a gold finish in a kind of worn style, if that’s what you call it? And actually love how it came out. I genuinely think this would make a great gift for someone and love the idea of making wedding bands for each other.
For someone who writes and takes photos for a living, you’d think I’d have creative bones but for whatever reason, crafting and me have never hit it off, so I had to manage my expectations of my jewellery making abilities. I wasn’t exactly confident I’d be up to the task of creating something I could realistically ya know, wear with pride. I have a hard time drawing a star (true story) let alone chiselling something from wax with my own barely functioning hands. Luckily for me Luke and James were pretty pro imperfection when it comes to making unique pieces of jewellery, which bodes well for this clumsy girl.
The bespoke kit is beautifully presented with all kinds of fancy utensils – the jewel blade slightly terrified me at first but if I can use it without hacking a finger off, you’ll be fine. For £29 I think it’s a pretty good deal for the quality tools you’re getting. Plus, you can carry on making jewellery time and time again, just order some more wax refills for 50p and job’s a good’un.
I found the process of sanding away at the wax and seeing the design take shape really calming. I was in the zen zone! In terms of the making side of things, it was much easier than I thought it would be, which speaks volumes because, did I mention, I’m outrageously bad at crafts. Now I’m not saying my creation is Hatton Garden worthy or anything but that’s kind of the point. I wanted to create something a bit battered and irregular (like its mother) and I think it’s going to come into its own when it’s been through the casting process.
I love that you can create anything you set your mind to with CAST – from wedding rings to sentimental keepsakes or even a blooming croissant ring if you so wished – I did wish very much so but without exhausting this self-deprecating memoir I’m writing here, I think that would have been a little bit ambitious. You don’t need to be an expert, you just have to have fun with it.
I can’t wait to see the finished result and wear a piece of jewellery I designed and made myself, all in the comfort of my own pad. I’ll definitely be making another piece in the future. Thank you to the lovely CAST team for making it happen!
I would consider myself a relatively creative person but for some reason my brain really struggles with tactile things like this, as I learnt the hard way during my art GCSEs in which my vision rarely translates IRL, haha! I absolutely love jewellery though, and especially rings, so I was so excited at the prospect of this lovely evening activity with the team, and it certainly did not disappoint!
I was definitely a little intimidated when I first opened up the box as the different tools and materials looked v professional for an extreme newbie, but the CAST guys were so wonderful and knowledgeable that it definitely helped me feel at ease. The team shared one of their Pinterest boards at the beginning of the session which was really helpful as it is quite easy to feel a bit overwhelmed with just how many possibilities there are in terms of the direction you want to take your design in. I decided on a simple band design for my ring (managing expectations of my abilities early on) and shaping, adjusting and fitting the ring was really therapeutic actually! It’s the perfect mindful activity to be focused on and feel very ‘in the moment’ whilst also allowing for a glass of wine (optional!) and chat with the group too.
I decided to melt some wax too and give that a go, adding some small bead-like textures to the front of the ring which looks super simple but I think once CAST will be quite chic (hopefully) and classic. I’m opting for a gold finish as I’m definitely a gold lover through and through and I can’t wait to see how this more personal, unique
Normally when we do crafty things as a team I have grand illusions of how it will turn out, try-hard for about 10 minutes, then mess it up and just decide to have fun and make a mess instead. But because I love jewellery – specifically rings – so much, I put my all into this one so I could create something I can wear and wouldn’t leave in a box for years to come!
The box came beautifully packaged with some really high-end tools, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. To kick things off we had to sand the inside of our rings to fit our fingers, I wanted one for my index finger as this is my chunkiest finger and always harder to find rings for. Sanding down the hole was time-consuming but super easy and I realised what a good opportunity it is to get a perfectly sized ring.
I started chipping away at the ring to get it a bit thinner and realised I loved the hammered effect so I kept on chipping and sanded down the edges so it wasn’t as sharp. I wanted to keep my band quite long like a cigarette band as apposed to something thin and dainty. I haven’t received my ring back yet but I’m super excited to see how it turns out.
I’d highly recommend using CAST if you’re looking to get into jewellery making, and it would also make a great activity for an event or party. I’ve done so many hen do activities in the past that cost so much money, doing something like this where people can go away with something they will actually want to keep is perfect!
I don’t usually get crafty and actually I do really enjoy it once I get stuck in but I’m bad at finding time to just sit and make something or get creative. So when I found out we were going to be making our own jewellery I was so excited! It’s also so nice to spend some time away from your phone and just enjoy the moment creating something cool.
I had such a fun experience with the CAST guys and the kit is so lovely with all the bits and bobs you need to make your own bespoke jewellery! Their Instagram and Pinterest are also full of great inspo if you find yourself a bit stuck on the design (which I absolutely was at first).
I decided to create a ring, which let me tell you took a while as I have rather large fingers, so carving out the size of my ring took me ages but it was so worth it for the accomplishment. For my design I decided to go with a textured metal effect by heating up one of the tools with a candle and then melting the wax to create a bumpy, textured effect. I hope once it’s cast to metal it should look pretty cool! I’ve gone with a silver finish as I think that looks best with the style ring I’ve designed.
I’m really excited to see the finished result and wear a piece of jewellery I designed myself! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is looking for something crafty to do, it would also be a fabulous gift!
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Appearing in bold and statement prints or smaller micro nods to the trend, the variety of ways to rock fruit print mean the possibilities for summer outfits are truly endless.
The summer months bring colour and freshness to your evening dinner plate, and the same can be said for your wardrobe too! As the weather warms up (please universe) and fake tan gets topped up with a real one, the urge to embrace bold, primary colours increases along with the fun and flirty vision that’s forced into hiding during the season of jumpers and boots. And what screams Italian vineyard or English orchard during a heatwave more than the humble fruit print?! Appearing in bold and statement prints or smaller micro nods to the trend, the variety of ways to rock fruit print mean the possibilities for summer outfits are truly endless.
What screams Italian vineyard or English orchard during a heatwave more than the humble fruit print?!
Dream brands such as Realisation Par and Revolve have this trend nailed to a tee, with their classic itty bitty dresses offering the perfect base for a youthful and playful look that screams hot girl summer to the max. The trend has trickled down to some of our high street faves this season too however, with good ol’ Zara, Mango and ASOS offering chic, simple and effortless interpretations of the trend that embody what it is to dress for the hot, sticky weather we are so desperately craving. Lemon and cherry prints are perhaps the most popular fruit features to be found in the shops right now, having us dreaming of a Sicilian getaway or stroll through downtown L.A. We can dream, right?!
From the series we can quote verbatim to the on-screen comfort food greats like Gavin and Stacey and the pandemic viewing we discovered when we were elbow-deep in wishful baking, here’s a look at the team’s most treasured television and movies.
Let’s just say somewhere between the blur that was 2020 and now – Google informs us it’s now May 2021 but that’s news to us – we definitely got our money’s worth out of our Netflix subscription or whoever else is still paying for it. One day we will grow up and put that right but until then, the show must go on.
What else was there to do but disappear down a rabbit hole of frothy period dramas, feel-good movies and nostalgic box sets that acted as a welcome distraction from reality? Bridgerton made us horny, The Greatest Showman stepped up as the perennial all-singing all-dancing tonic we can always count on and Normal People gave us Connell’s sexy f*cking chain. When we finally decided to stop getting a boner over quizzes and other equally terrible organised virtual fun, tv was there to pull down our pants and smack our arse with the biggest I told you so of the century. Watching tv is a top-tier activity, let’s not underestimate it again.
From the series we can quote verbatim to the on-screen comfort food greats like Gavin and Stacey and the pandemic viewing we discovered when we were elbow-deep in wishful baking, here’s a look at the team’s most treasured television and movies.
The Greatest Showman – Probably my favourite film of all time. I just love everything about it, the storyline, the cast, the songs, just everything. Especially Zac Efron, let’s be real. My favourite scene is when they’re in the bar and it zooms in on his face and he smirks (you know the one). I went and saw it 5 times in the cinema and brought it on DVD and Sky TV. It also has quite a nice story behind it. The first time I went to see it, Alfie, Zoe, and I went for dinner beforehand and this is where they told me they wanted me to work for them. So I will always have fond memories of that time, when I couldn’t concentrate for a whole film. I guess it kind of symbolises a turning point in my life.
Gavin and Stacey – Oh, What’s Occurring? I mean obviously, this was going to be there. I absolutely LOVE Gavin and Stacey with my whole being. For my birthday, my best friend got me a video message from Dave Coaches and I cried. It’s such a feel-good programme, I can put it on any time of day, I know it word for word but it goes beyond a comfort programme, it’s honestly just everything. If I had to only watch one thing for the rest of my life, I’d choose this.
One Tree Hill – Ultimate comfort programme. I remember being in my bedroom, age 12 watching One Tree Hill before school. I think I love it so much because the characters are really relatable, as are the storylines. Some of them are far fetched but of course what is a soap without a kidnapping every now and then. I also feel like I grew up with the characters, going through school, first loves, then growing up and having children. The characters are all so likeable and it’s another one I have the whole box-set on DVD.
Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging – Ace gang, it’s boy stalking time. When I was younger I was convinced that I was Georgia Nicholson (Still am a little bit) – What film is more classic than Angus Thongs. It’s set in Brighton and I was the same age as the main character when I read the books. It’s so relatable, to the point where I have accidentally shaved my eyebrows off in the past. The playlist is great and you’ll struggle to find someone my age who doesn’t think this is an absolute classic.
Football – Over lockdown, I got so into football. I’ve always been interested but over the past couple of months, I literally watch every match. I think it’s been something to keep my mind occupied and now I’m at a point where I cancel plans to watch matches that have no effect on Brighton. It’s so easy to have on in the background while I’m scrolling Tik Tok and I just love the absolutely outrageous goals, goal celebrations and random acts of comradeship every now and then. My absolutely favourite thing is an underdog story too. My highlight this year was when Marine got through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup
Bridgerton – It’ll come as no surprise that I think Bridgerton is the best thing Netlfix ever did, and if the 82 million households that tuned in to watch it in its first 28 days are anything to go by, I’m not alone in my regency rapture. I am obsessed with period dramas and this one blew me away. From the classic covers by the Vitamin String Quartet to the costumes and the unforgettable cast (I think about the Duke of Hastings and his exceptional ability to pull off a cravat every damn day), it had all the ingredients of a binge-worthy series and I have no problem admitting I’ve watched it four times. In the year when we needed it the most, Bridgerton came through with top-notch escapism, full of romance, scandal and madly-hot leads. We will forever be indebted to Shonda Rhimes.
Normal People – It’s not often a tv adaptation can match the book but in the case of Normal People, it absolutely did. With Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal at the helm as Marianne and Connell, it became something of a masterpiece. The awkward chemistry between the two was quite frankly poetic and the soft-focus scenes in Italy were beautiful. I also think the sex scenes were pretty revolutionary; very ordinary but intimate and, much like author Sally Rooney’s signature writing style, deceptively simple and direct. I feel like we needed to see sex scenes like that. The cinematography was also beautifully done, flooded with natural light and shot in a way that felt very observational, much like a documentary. The script was quiet and allowed for silence which, again, I thought was done remarkably well. It was just an incredible example of storytelling from start to finish, I can’t fault this show.
Downton Abbey – Downton is like the on-screen equivalent of comfort food and a long soak. I find myself going back to it time and time again, particularly on a rainy day when all you want to do is watch something cosy with a cup of tea and a box of chocolate fingers on your lap. I find the era fascinating, from the interiors to the architecture and the etiquette. Dame Maggie Smith is an absolute gem and expertly delivers her razor-sharp one-liners – she’s the star of the show IMO. It’s the perfect Sunday night watch.
The Intern – I can’t explain the attachment I have to this film, I just love it. I know it’s bad, I know the script-writing sucks but there’s no denying that final scene will get you sniffling into the sleeve of your very own slightly-less-fluffy- robe. Despite its predictability and silliness, there’s something endearing and likeable about it – it’s a Nancy Meyers movie after all, and I put that down to a handkerchief-carrying Robert Ne Niro.
A Star Is Born – It makes me weep every single time. Bradley Cooper’s mumbling demeanour as a barely functioning alcoholic, Lady Gaga’s tender performance, the soundtrack – ugh, it’s great. A love story and a tragedy all wrapped up in one, I find myself both doing anything to avoid watching it again (for my heart’s sake) but equally craving a lip wobble along to I’ll Never Love Again.
Moneyball – Probably a bit of a random choice but I love baseball and I think this movie did the ‘behind the scenes’ of the sport a lot of justice. Brad Pitt had to make it in here somewhere as he’s such a great actor, especially when playing fairly chilled out roles. I love the soundtrack, how it’s put together, but most of all the writing. Aaron Sorkin is one of my fave writers because he packs so much witty dialogue in and it always feels real, he also wrote The Social Network, Steve Jobs and most recently The Trial of the Chicago 7 which are also some of my faves. Jonah Hill is also both adorable and hilarious in Moneyball. For some reason, I always end up chucking this movie on when I’m flying somewhere long haul.
Midnight in Paris – I know Woody Allen is pretty problematic in his personal life but if we’re separating art from the creator then I have to say I love Woody Allen movies. Midnight in Paris follows a nostalgic screenwriter who finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. I am 100% one of those people who glorify other generations, I love being transported through time whether it’s the 20s, 50s, the 1800’s etc. The movie shows us that the grass isn’t always greener and we should live in the now but in SUCH a fun way.
You’ve got Mail – I’ve probably written about this movie so many times for Zoella but hey, we like what we like. I can watch this movie at any point of the year for pure joy. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are so adorable, I love watching them together, I love that it’s set in New York. Nora Ephron is the height of comfort watching, When Harry Met Sally comes in a very close second to YGM!
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – I’m obsessed with this show, it’s HILARIOUS, the writing is superb, the costumes and set design are so dreamy and the cast is simply magnificent, they were all made to play these roles. Taking place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the series stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a New York housewife who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy and pursues a career in it. It’s created by Amy Sherman-Palladino who also created Gilmore Girls, so if you love that fast-paced quirky comedy packed full of references vibe then you’ll also adore this.
Orange is the New Black – This series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. It lasted for 7 seasons and I started it when it came out so it was in my life for a good 6 years. The show evolved so much over the years and tackled so many hard-hitting subjects that occur in the American prison system and life in general, but they did it all with such grace and tact. The ensemble was fantastic they all hold a special place in my heart.
The Chef Show – My fiance and I love this show, it’s so easy to chuck on and enjoy, packed full of amazing food and recipes but also interviews and educational bits. It’s presented by Jon Favreau and Roy Choi who have great chemistry and the whole thing just feels quite effortless. If I’m thinking about shows I can’t wait for a new series of this is definitely up there and I think it deserves more love!
Stranger Things – I think I am with many in saying this is probably one of the best series on Netflix. I watched the first two series within about two days (with a lot of snacks) and was HOOKED. Not to mention series three wasn’t released soon after, so I didn’t have that long to wait. However, series four is really taking its time, no hate to them I know it’s because of covid, but still, I can’t wait to watch it. I surprised myself liking Stranger Things as I’m not usually a sci-fi kind of gal, but this is just toooo good not to like.
Doctor Foster – I was obsessed with this series, still am to be honest I’ve rewatched it like three times! The mystery, the drama, the scandals, I loved it. I was actually distraught (no joke) when they said a third series wasn’t coming back. like? How will I ever know if Tom comes home? I NEED ANSWERS.
Good Girls – Another Netflix firm fave, became obsessed with this when the first series was released and now eagerly wait for the next series every year. Although again to my dismay, NBC are thinking about cutting it and not doing a final series… I can’t take this kind of pain. This series is so good! It’s a comedy, with female power, a lot of motherhood and drug cartels all rolled up in one. I mean when do you ever get to see a group of three mums doing the school run and then making fake cash to money launder? Never. That’s what makes it so good.
The Sweetest Thing – Absolutely one of my favourite films, I love Cameron Diaz and I love a rom-com. She is so sassy and the girl power in this film is immaculate. Also very much enjoy a cheesy ending where the girl gets the guy, guy gets the girl etc. You know what’s going to happen in the end, but it doesn’t matter, cause you are here for the ride and every bump in the road. Also, the fashion in this is chefs kiss, 2000’s eat your heart out.
Ocean’s 8 – I feel this film needs no explanation, if you’ve seen it you know how good it is. Again female power! Can you see a theme here in my choices? I also do love a comedy/thriller and anything crime related to be honest. The way they strategically steal this Cartier necklace I find fascinating, like I know it’s not real, but it could be and that’s what’s exciting. Also how can you not like a film with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter? Come on.
Mary Queen of Scots – Love me a period piece, a film based on real events. Also find Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I relationship fascinating, because they never even met. Maybe this is my A Level history coming out, but the battle they both fought for the throne of England is pretty astonishing really, ending in Mary’s execution. Also again, fantastic actors, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, hard not to like the film with two strong female leads.
Prison Break – I LOVE a series with tonnes of episodes to get my teeth stuck into and Prison Break is definitely a long ‘un! With 5 seasons and 90 episodes it’s one you don’t need to be worried will end as soon as it gets good, and boy oh boy does it get good. The story follows Michael Scofield as he is sent to Fox River Prison after he frames himself for a bank robbery in order to try and free his brother who is currently serving a sentence on death row. As the name would suggest, breaking out of prison is the aim, and there are so many nail biting moments throughout that keep you gripped and invested in the storyline and characters- even the baddies you know you’re not supposed to like.
I don’t think it’s really a spoiler to say that they do indeed break out of prison (it would be a very long run of episodes if they never managed it) and I controversially love the later seasons when they’re on the run even more than the original prison scenes which I know are most people’s favourites. Wentworth Miller is just wonderful and honestly I’m just obsessed with the whole cast and both their on and off screen relationships. If you like edge of your seat drama that shows the power of true friendships, love and alliance against the odds then this is the show for you.
Stranger Things – I’ve been obsessed with Stranger Things since its first season and have eagerly followed the cast and their friendships and endeavours since 2016. ST is one of those series where everything is nailed to a tee. There is nothing you would change or want more from the show because every possible detail has been considered and it goes beyond your wildest imagination. The cast are quite possibly my favourite of any TV series because not only are they so god damn CUTE but you can really see how genuine and real their friendships are off screen too. They all had their big breaks together and it’s so evident that the show is just a wonderful adventure to be a part of. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are personal faves of mine- they can do no wrong in my eyes.
I’m generally not a big sci fi lover and prefer more ‘realistic’ storylines but Stranger Things really changed my mind on this and I truly appreciate the magic of being transported to another world. The 80s styling, music and references are also simply exquisite, and if I could steal the wardrobe of Nancy Wheeler some time I 100% would.
Grey’s Anatomy – UGHHHH SO MANY EMOTIONS. I haven’t even finished this series yet but after many tears and hours invested I can safely say that nothing compares to the emotion of a Grey’s Anatomy episode. The ups and downs, the highs and the lows, the laughs and the tears- truly next level stuff. The cast is once again 10/10- Patrick Dempsey is chefs kiss and I will never get bored of watching him. Each character is lovable and flawed and difficult but just so human and you connect with each of them in different but complex, perfect ways. They really do feel like your real friends. I’m so addicted that I really did Google ‘how to become a surgeon’ last week, and needless to say I don’t think I’ll be obtaining the necessary qualifications any time soon, but hey, a girl can dream.
1D This Is Us – Fan girls unite! I literally left a university open day early when this film came out because I had booked tickets to see it at the cinema and you best believe that comes before anything else in my schedule. I’m realistically never going to have anything bad to say about My Boys but even if you’re not a fan I genuinely think this film is made up of feel-good magic that anyone would enjoy. I love a tour film like this and the format of backstage content we would otherwise never see as well as on stage performances of their endless BOPS. The Take Me Home tour was a real highlight of their career in my opinion and reliving it every time I watch this is such a treat. Their cover of Teenage Dirtbag deserves an honourable mention here because has there ever been a musical cover as groundbreaking as this? I think not. Watching this feels nostalgic and like pure serotonin in my veins and for that reason it will always be my go-to watch.
Me Before You – If you need to cry, just watch Me Before You. I love both Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin so the film was always off to a great start before I even watched it for the first time, and boy oh boy are you in for a ride with this one. I’ve loved this film for years but since suffering with chronic pain and a plethora of health issues it hits home even more and perfectly conveys the struggles, frustration and isolation that can come with being unwell. I really do feel like it does those feelings justice and I come back to it again and again if I need a cry and to feel a little bit more understood. Despite its sombreness, you’ll be smiling through the tears throughout, and if a film can be feel-good whilst also leaving you sobbing then this is the one.
Titanic – My first celebrity crush was Leonardo DiCaprio and when I tell you I pretty much know the script of this film as a result I am being deadly serious. It’s a classic, I don’t need to sell it to you, but I really feel like the Leo and Kate dynamic just truly never gets old. The styling and costume also deserves an honorary mention too and really does make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. I’m a sucker for a love story and nothing even comes close to that of Jack and Rose in my opinion- this will always hold a special place in my heart as the go-to film of my adolescence. Sometimes I do have to press stop before they hit the iceberg just to soak up the joy of young, new love, but even watching only half the film still cements it as a favourite of mine forever.
Between You and Me: Your Problems Answered Part 16
If only there was a vaccination to save us from mardy bum mother in-laws serving sly digs left right and centre, romance ruts and pals slating their dickhead boyfriends but continuing to do absolutely nothing about it.
The end of lockdown is so close we can practically taste the Aperol but that doesn’t mean we’re immune to life’s many, many problems. Pause the bunting people, shit’s going down.
If only there was a vaccination to save us from mardy bum mother in-laws serving sly digs left right and centre, romance ruts and pals slating their dickhead boyfriends but continuing to do absolutely nothing about it. If scientists could make that jab happen by 2030, thank you please. Push it through guys, see what strings you can pull eh?
In this month’s BYAM, we’re working through all of the above and more. Join us for a good venting sesh, won’t you?
Heya, thank you for writing in, I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through with your friend. Let me first say that friendship break-ups are SO hard, much harder than relationship breakups because at least with a partner you know what’s happening, when it comes to friends, it’s often a case of someone getting left in the dark, lots of things left unsaid, no closure at all because there is no path trodden for this kind of thing. The heartbreak is stretched over a much longer time while it breaks down and it sounds like you’re currently left in an awkward place of asking; Why didn’t my friend want to be my friend just because I got a boyfriend? Does she want to be my friend now? Do I still want to be friends with someone who has treated me like this for 10 months?
You’re probably searching for a bit of closure or maybe a resurrection but before you contact make sure you want this person in your life. You mentioned that she knew you’d been in an abusive relationship in the past so it wasn’t very nice of her to treat you the way she did. Also, ask yourself if you were being a good friend to her, it sounds like you were spending whatever time you could with your new partner and maybe she felt neglected by you? Maybe she was worried you were moving too fast with your partner? If I’ve learnt anything this year it’s that a lot of people really went through highs and lows with their mental health so if you think this friendship is worth saving, get in touch with your friend and keep an open mind and an open heart.
Hey! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been through such an emotionally challenging experience during lockdown, a time when none of us needed anything else thrown onto our plate, but I’m also sure your lovely new partner has been really supportive through this. I’m thrilled you’re in such a stable, happy relationship and you really do deserve to enjoy that and lap up the ‘honeymoon’ period as much as possible! Everyone deserves unconditional support and love from their significant other but particularly after what sounds like a rocky past relationship I hope you’re loving love more than ever.
In regards to your friend, UGH, I feel the frustration through the screen even reading your dilemma. I honestly don’t understand what could possibly be her problem here other than jealousy, and you would think even if this was the case she would have at least tried to conceal this somewhat- it’s not a good look for her AT ALL. There is absolutely no reason to resent your friend’s happiness, period, and unless she was for example going through a terrible break-up herself and finding the topic of love difficult, I do not understand why there would be a bone in her body resenting you finding peace and contentment.
I totally understand why it might seem appealing to reach out and understand what happened between the two of you, and if closure would help you to move on then perhaps go for it, but aside from that I think you are truly better off without her. No good friend ditches their pal so easily, especially over something that should be joyous for you both! Why isn’t she pleased for you?! Why doesn’t she want to hear about how happy you are to be settled?! Why is her go-to response to leave you?! To me, this is an entirely ‘her’ problem from some deep-rooted issues (perhaps jealously?) and I would hate for you to feel bad or a need to make the effort to patch things up when you have honestly done nothing wrong. I know you would never dream of treating her this way if it was the other way around, and so although I have some level of sympathy if she has gone through a difficult experience that your new relationship has triggered, that’s something she needs to work on herself rather than put the blame onto you. I don’t think reaching out would do any harm, but I think her actions and resistance to meet you halfway up until this point says a lot. Good friendships are worth so much in this world so if you miss her and think there’s something salvageable there then maybe drop her a text, but prepare yourself that her past behaviour might mean she’s not someone you can fully trust or rely on, and really that’s something that should be a given in any friendship.
Best of luck and from us at Team Zoella, please DO enjoy your honeymoon period!
Ugh- I think we all know someone like this and unfortunately a lot of the time there really is very little we can do. Firstly I do think some level of complaining about your partner can be normal haha, its often the people we love the most that can irritate us the most too and when you spend a lot of time with someone frustration is only natural sometimes. Having said that, when a relationship isn’t right it’s never going to be and to have to hear the same issues again and again (and again) is exhausting.
Perhaps next time she voices her opinions or frustrations say something along the lines of “oh no is he still doing that?” or “how are you doing? I know this was bothering you before”. Maybe a little comment like this will emphasise that yes she’s already raised these issues with you before and also remind her that these problems aren’t being resolved. I know you said she doesn’t take your relationship advice that seriously as a single person but perhaps you could draw on your previous experiences and subtly mention how much happier you are now to be single living life on your own terms than to be in your previous wrong relationships.
If dropping hints isn’t your thing then I think you just need to sit her down and have a lighthearted convo about this and say that her complaining is wearing a little thing, as much as you do really want to be supportive. Sometimes people genuinely don’t realise that they have bad habits or how difficult they’re being until it’s pointed out! Honesty is the best policy so if you feel you could go one step further, just be straight up with her and say you have some concerns about the relationship but come at it from the angle of being concerned about her and her happiness as it sounds like otherwise she may throw her toys out of the pram. You may be single but you’re not oblivious to what makes a healthy relationship and she needs to remember that! Hot girl summer is approaching and a gentle nudge in the right direction that she might be happier alone, with you right there to support her, might just do the trick. Good luck!
Ahh this is always a very tricky situation! Mainly because you want to be supportive of your friend, but also the constant complaining can be mentally draining. I think we’ve all had similar issues with friends in the past, usually you just have to let them just figure it out for themselves as people don’t change unless they want to. Giving advice to someone who doesn’t take it is so frustrating too!
The problem here it seems and in the nicest possible way, I think your friend is kind of enjoying the drama her bad boyfriend brings along and this interest she has in his friend. It sounds super messy and not easy to be around. I think she absolutely isn’t wanting to change anything or break up with her boyfriend anytime soon, so any advice that means making changes she will shut down. She also sounds like she’s being a bit mean to you as well, saying you can’t give good advice because you aren’t in a relationship, well why is she asking you then?
Obviously, she is your friend, and you don’t want to fall out with her, but I think if you continue to not say anything you’ll end up having to cut the friendship as things will go sour. Sometimes you have to have difficult conversations with friends about their partners, I have in the past and the best way to approach it is just by telling the truth. Say you want to be a supportive friend, but you can’t continue going round this cycle as it’s mentally draining for you. Also mentioning that you of course will be there for her if she decides to leave her partner or make positive changes, but that until then you don’t want to discuss it. She has to know you are there for her, but also you aren’t her emotional punch bag, she either needs to discuss these issues with her partner or accept his flaws and move on. As it seems she speaks to all her friends a lot about it but isn’t addressing anything with him.
It’s so hard being in this kind of situation but honesty is the best way to move forward with this friendship, if she takes it badly and doesn’t respect your own boundaries then maybe take some time apart and let her figure her relationship out on her own. There’s only so much you can support someone, and your own mental health and wellbeing comes first.
I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through it with your anxiety. Is this something new or have you always suffered with anxiety? Starting something new, whether it be a job or a placement, is always a challenge at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. I really feel for you! It sounds like your mental health has taken a huge hit since you started working at the hospital and I guess it’s about getting to the heart of what’s triggering your anxiety (not always that easy to pin point, I know). It’s such a textbook answer but I would encourage you to talk to someone about what you’re dealing with so you can get the support you need. Is there someone at work you can talk to about how you’re feeling? If your anxiety stems from working at the hospital, no one will understand you better than your fellow nurses because they’ve been there! Talking to someone isn’t a failure, if anything it’ll make you a better nurse In the long run because you’ll be better equipped to do your job when you’re no longer trying to cope on your own.
Secondly, I would explore other options such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or applied relaxation therapy, both of which will teach you key coping skills to better manage your anxiety. I can only imagine that you feel utterly overwhelmed right now and sometimes it can seem like this is your new normal but trust me, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Also, (another textbook answer coming up, sorry) you’re not alone – nine in ten nurses are feeling more anxious than usual due to the coronavirus so you’re certainly not an anomaly. The past year has been a lot for the most stoic of nurses to deal with, let alone a student nurse. This doesn’t mean you’re not cut out for the job, not at all, it just means that maybe starting something new, that involves going into a hospital in the middle of a pandemic and working directly with the risks that everyone else is able to avoid by staying at home, isn’t all that easy for a 19 year old nurse in training. You’re human and you’re very much entitled to say, hang on a minute, I’m struggling with this one.
I would encourage you to write down all your thoughts and feelings after work too to help unpack those emotions. Never underestimate the power of reflection.
I know your MH is in a tricky place right now but anxiety does not define you and it will not hold you back from having a successful nursing career.
I’ve every faith that once you’re armed with the tools you need to manage your anxiety, you’ll be able to move forward without the exhaustion, panic attacks and stress you’ve been experiencing.
Wishing you all the best with your future! Keep in touch and let us know how you get on. Lareese X
Hello love! Thank you so much for writing in and I’m sorry you’re going through it at the moment becoming a nurse is such a brave a noble thing to do so its rubbish that your mental health is getting in your way. Firstly, it’s probably completely natural to feel anxious when starting a job as stressful as one in a hospital, the hours are long and might be a nightshift, it’s busy, and sometimes it’s quite literally life and death – something very few jobs have to deal with. However, what you’ve described sounds like a bit more than functional anxiety and panic attacks are a serious concern that you shouldn’t have to be going through at work. Firstly I’d talk to your GP about what you’ve been going through and start looking into different options of how to figure out why you’re feeling anxious and how you can work around it. Maybe it’s medication, maybe it’s therapy and CBT like Lareese has mentioned. Either way your mental health is something you are going to have to work on, have you had a look at any support groups with other nurses who might have been through something similar? I also think it’s important to get to the route of where your anxiety is stemming from, is it the job or is it something else. Will you get over ‘over it’ by simply working more and getting used to the job or is it something else entirely? Make sure you chat to your friends or family about how you’re feeling, I guarantee you’ll feel a little lighter and you really deserve that support from those that you love. Hang in there, you’re stronger thank you think! x
Hello lovely person,
What a horrible situation you have found. I hear so many stories about people with controlling mothers, and I find it so strange. Surely you want nothing more than for your children to be happy? I guess it must be kind of reassuring if your partner says she’s like this in general, not just to you. But that still doesn’t make it OK.
I think your friend is right, you need to take it upon yourself to figure out if there actually is a deeper issue. Ask her to go for a coffee or a glass of wine just you too and bring it up. I’d be super flattering and be like ‘your son makes me so happy, it’s probably me overthinking but I just want to double check we’re OK’. Even typing that sounds terrifying but you’ll feel so much better once you’ve done that.
I also think that if you and your partner are serious and been together for a while, he really should be sticking ups for you. Maybe you need to have some kind of signal or pull him to one side when she says something that makes you uncomfortable and ask him to say something. He almost needs to be in a position where he is putting you over his mum. But he might need a nudge, it is his mum after all and mothers/sons have such strong bonds.
Unfortunately, as much as it isn’t fair for you to be in the position, you kind of need to make a decision. If you aren’t going to speak to her, your partner isn’t going to do anything and your mother in law isn’t going to chill out, you need to decide if you can live like that forever.
I realise that’s probably not what you wanted to hear but I really hope it all works out. Sending you lots of love and a big cuddle.
Love Holly xx
Oh pal! This is the scenario no one wants to deal with isn’t it?! If I were you I would absolutely say something, both to your partner – so he understands the severity of the issue and how his mum is making you feel – and directly to her, so she’s aware that although this may be how she behaves with other people, but you won’t tolerate it. You need some healthy boundaries here.
If your mental health has been compromised, your partner needs to take that very seriously and do something to support you which, in this case, is as easy as talking to his mum. He needs to have your back in this situation and put his foot down. It sounds like this has been going on for years and I can only imagine what an emotional weight that is to carry, particularly as the world starts opening back up and you’re likely to be spending more time socialising with his family again. That’s the kind of drama no one wants in their lives after a crappy year stuck at home. Something’s got to change if you’re feeling like this and it’s not enough for your boyfriend or his mum to bat it off as classic mum behaviour.
If you were to carry on as you were, it’ll soon begin to chip away at your relationship and why should you take that hit because of something she is doing and could prevent? Enough’s enough I say, you’ve done very well to stay composed for this long but I think a firm word is in order. Also, the sly digs are a bit baffling – is there something she needs to get off her chest? Something she’s dealing with that she just so happens to be taking out on you? Who knows! But there’s only one way to find out!
Really hoping you manage to resolve your differences and that you get the backup from the other half because you absolutely deserve that. Let us know how it goes!
Hey anon! I could have quite LITERALLY written this myself. I am also 22 and never had a boyfriend or to be honest any successful romantic venture. I think the biggest issue is our age and that most men a similar age to us are after ‘something casual’ (although how many of them don’t disclose this early on then act like you are crazy for catching feelings?).
Being ghosted bloody sucks too! Also, it’s just so rude, it’s so easy to send a message saying the vibe wasn’t there but it was nice meeting you etc. If someone ghosts you to be honest, I think that just reflects how they would have been in a relationship, immature and uncaring, so it’s a no from me. I do think the pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works, I think most people are looking for a fun care-free Summer (hot girl summer here we go) and don’t want anything serious. Annoying for gals like us looking to find a boyfriend at some point!
But I think enjoying our freedom this Summer is exactly what we need to do, don’t get caught up in ‘why haven’t I found a boyfriend’, ‘why does no one like me’, etc. Firstly, it has nothing to do with you as a person, you’ve just not found someone you vibe with and that’s okay. We don’t want to settle with someone not worth our time just to feel companionship, helllll no. Enjoy being with friends, dating, having a proper Summer, these things find you when you least expect it (cliché I know but seriously I do believe in this). You are fabulous and you will find the right person at the right time, but until then enjoy yourself and remember how bloody great you are!
Let me start by saying, who on earth, as an adult, ghosts someone?! The least you can do is explain why something isn’t going to work out? Sounds like you had a lucky escape to me. Nobody who ghosts someone is even worth a second date.
Unfortunately, I think most boys around 21/22/23 are looking for more casual things; especially given the pandemic. We’ve lost more than 1 year of our lives where you just want to be fun and single and I think people are going to go a bit crazy for a little while. I think everyone should, just to let off some steam. So I definitely wouldn’t take it personally.
It’s so easy to compare your love life and life in general to people around you, but you just have to try your hardest not to. Everyone is different and just because you’ve never had a relationship doesn’t mean you won’t. Trust me, 22 is very young still, you have plenty of time for relationships and you will have to kiss a few frogs on the way.
I say this to all my friends, if you’re looking for a relationship, you’ll end up settling. Just enjoy where you are, have fun with your friends and family, go on dates but just don’t put so much pressure on them always working out. Live for the moment. You’re exactly where you need to be and you’ll meet the perfect person when the time is right. If you go into dates thinking you’re going to be together forever, you’ll end up settling and you deserve so much more than that.
Sending you lots of love and positive vibes,
Balancing the needs of functionality and aesthetics has never been more key than in a living space that's considered the hub of the home- the place guests visit as well as housing your daily bits, bobs and everything in between.
Does anyone else agree that coffee table styling feels like peak adulthood? Us too. Balancing the needs of functionality and aesthetics has never been more key than in a living space that’s considered the hub of the home- the place guests visit as well as housing your daily bits, bobs and everything in between. Clutter but make it cool. Everyday essentials but make it edgy. It’s all the ‘stuff’ that’s worthy of public viewing. Nailing the balance of purposeful decor, whilst also leaving space for your actual coffee cups and snacks aplenty is a fine art, friends!
If you’re in need of inspo then think vases, coasters, candles, plants and our personal favourite: BOOKS. There’s something about buying a chunky, hardback coffee table book (aka an oversized visual book that possibly collects dust but looks fabulous doing so) too that feels 10/10 joyful. A book with no expectations or set reading time can be a welcome break from a heavy reading list or excessive screen time day. The key here is not to overthink. Much like shelf styling it can feel overwhelming to nail the fine line between intentional interiors and excessive ‘stuff’, but the more you play around with the space and switch things up seasonally, the more effortless it feels.
OOO I’ve never had a coffee table so this feels like a fun styling challenge. Obvs needs to have some of my personality involved so a Harry Styles candle is just a given. No questions asked. We have a Paul Mescal one on our kitchen table currently and the vibes are immaculate. This Amalfi book is also pure vibes and a lovely one to flick through on a rainy morning with a cuppa. Having fresh flowers in the house has been a lovely luxury in lockdown and this lilac vase is right up my street- perfect for some pastel Spring blooms!
I love tinkering around with functional spaces to make them look a little more considered and the coffee table is no exception. A mix of books, independent mags, candles and vases for fresh flowers always have a way of welcoming you into the room and creating a focal point to draw the eye away from the tv. I often add in a few secondhand purchases to make it look a bit more eclectic too.
I’ve gone for some pink and green vibes for my coffee table set up because it would go fabulously in my living room. Starting things off with a lamp, fun to look at and lighting really changes the mood of a room, this might be better suited to a side table or windowsill but tbf. I love a fancy candle but I don’t tend to light them too much which is why I’ve also chosen a burner, they’re more cost-effective and I finally jumped on the wax melts bandwagon and I’ll be dammed if I’m getting off now. Love a cheeky coaster and something to read, most people I know wouldn’t be able to resist flicking through this because dogs are life.
I’m really liking navy blue and pink at the moment so I’ve gone for this colour theme for my coffee table. Terrazzo coasters (terrazzo anything tbh) is super cute and these navy blue ones from Etsy are perfect! Always like to use candles to decorate and this curvy torso one is lovely, but I never like to burn them so instead I burn incense. Oliver Bonas have a little turtle incense holder which is so cute so that had to be on my list. Dried flowers are great for a coffee table too as minimal effort and money in the long run, but look really beautiful.
My coffee table is always a bit cluttered, it’ll have some nail polish and likely a ketchup bottle on it from the night before. But when I’m adulting well, it will have a nice array of pretty things on it. I brought a similar mirror tray for all my bits and bobs to go on because it looks cute. Then I’ll have an interesting book, candle burning and given the current climate, some hand cream and sanitiser!
The Perfect Weekend in Bath, Heavily Influenced by Food & Bridgerton
If you want to know where's best to bathe, eat, drink and amble around in this beautiful city, here’s a laid-back weekend itinerary, curated with foodies, book lovers & Bridgerton fans in mind.
Oh Bath, you Georgian honey-coloured gem, you! With its sweeping crescents, Jane Austen connections, natural thermal springs, independent shops and artisanal cafes, there’s plenty to see and do in this charming city.
If you want to know where’s best to bathe, eat, drink and amble around in this beautiful city, here’s a laid-back weekend itinerary, curated with foodies, book lovers & Bridgerton fans in mind.
Head to Mr B’s Emporium Bookshop for a reading spa
Within these walls, bookish chat is always on offer, as is cake. When can we move in? The award-winning bookstore offers a unique one-to-one book shopping experience, complete with tailored recommendations from one of Mr B’s well-read doyens.
Take a seat in one of the antique armchairs, chat about your reading preferences and your personal bibliotherapist (need one immediately) will handpick a teetering stack of reads with your name on it.
No trip to Bath is complete without taking to the waters! Bathe as the Georgians, Celts, Saxons and Romans once did and take a soak in the relaxing hot springs from which the city derives its name.
The ancient springs were first discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, who was cured of his skin disease after bathing in the mineral-rich waters. These days, you can’t swim in the original Roman Baths but you can visit the museum, walk through the beautiful passages past the sacred springs and then take a swim just around the corner at Thermae Bath Spa – Britain’s only natural thermal spa.
Simply put, there’s no bun like a Sally Lunn bunn (yep, double ‘n’ so legend has it). It gets its name from creator Solange Luyon, a Huguenot refugee who came to Bath in 1680 after escaping persecution in France.
Part bread, part bun, part cake, this authentic regional Brioche-style speciality is served in the oldest house in Bath – the former home of Sally Lunn herself – and can be enjoyed with either sweet or savoury accompaniments.
If you’re looking to get some beauty sleep whilst in Bath, look no further than the whimsical No. 15 Great Pulteney. This dog-friendly boutique hotel is located on one of Bath’s grandest streets and the inherent beauty and authentic Georgian grace is carried right through to the interiors. From the former servant’s quarters transformed into bijou attic rooms and dreamy boudoirs boasting sash windows, tall ceilings and marble-topped washstands, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into an Austen novel.
As the name suggests, this is pizza heaven. Made on site by specialist artisans from Puglia, you can find everything from the classic multigrain sourdough base to trendsetters in the way of turmeric, hemp, black rice and seaweed. We just so happened to have sampled the turmeric and we can confirm, it’s all about that base.
This humble protagonist has featured in many a period drama, most recently the one and only Bridgerton (faints dramatically)
The Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s most iconic architectural landmarks, arranged around a perfect lawn with views overlooking Royal Victoria Park. No 1 is the most prestigious address on the crescent and is home to an immersive museum, decked out with historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal how eighteenth-century Bathonians liked to enjoy the season.
Oh, you know how those Georgians loved gelato. We don’t know, but we’d wager that they’d want us to be fed and happy whilst dawdling around this creamy cobbled part of the country, dreaming about a townhouse we’ll never own. Stressed = dessert backwards, coincidence? We think not. For an afternoon pick-me-up, snap up this swoonable sweet treat. No doubt the Duke would approve.
Voted top 10 best bars in the world by Tales Of The Cocktail, this sultry and dramatic underground drinking den is the place to go for locally-sourced, well, sauce. Thirst-quenching tipples made with their very own syrups, shrubs and cordials go down a treat alongside some of their Somerset Charcuterie cider-cured pokers. Cheers to that, ol’ sport.
Let rolling library ladders and handmade wooden bookcases transport you to the land of fiction & fables. Home to over 60,000 titles, Topping & Company is one of Bath’s most cherished independents, so be sure to stop by for a read and a complimentary tea or coffee whilst you browse. It’s the little things!
Just a short walk from Pulteney Bridge, you’ll stumble upon this gorgeous shopfront. Stocking a great selection of contemporary womenswear, menswear and lifestyle brands such as Meadows, LF Markey, Neom, YMC London and Hansel from Basel, Found is a wonderfully curated concept store, full of undiscovered goods and up and coming labels. Save some room in your suitcase, yeah?
Ah, the poetry of print. The smell of the ink, the quiet flicker of the newborn pages in your hand, it’s a sensory shopping experience that the online world simply cannot emulate. If you love nothing more than browsing those hard-to-find titles from art and design to travel, music, film and fashion, you’ll find yourself very much at home here.
A favourite with the locals, this small but perfectly formed bakery focuses on fresh flour, organic British-grown stone-milled grains and naturally leavened sourdough bread.
Outstanding loaves may be their bread and butter (we couldn’t help ourselves) but their legendary bacon rolls and plaited cinnamon buns equally bring in the crowds. PS the cinnamon buns are so good they make Frozen Anna’s hair look pitiful in comparison to their ginger greatness.
Catch up on all the scandal this side of the crescent at The Abbey Deli
You might recognise the double-fronted bay windows of The Abbey Deli (previously called Pickled Greens) as Madame Delacroix’s dress shop ‘Modiste’ in Bridgerton. When it’s not playing Regency dress up, it’s a delightful deli just a few minutes walk away from the Roman Baths. Pop in for a slice of cake and all the latest tea from the ton.
And because all city breaks need to be punctuated with a series of intense little drinks, head to Colonna & Small’s for a real lesson in the art of coffee making. Speciality coffee doesn’t get much better than this, but you don’t need to be a caffeine geek to appreciate the sheer passion, brilliance and skill that’s gone into making this place so much more than just another pretentious coffee shop.
In the market for a designer handbag but don’t really have the budget to splash out on a brand-new Birkin? Here’s a competition you’re going to want to circulate in the girls’ WhatsApp group asap.
One of our lucky readers will be able to get their hands on a £500 voucher to spend at Fellows Auctioneers, making it possible to get hold of the ‘It’ bag of your vision board dreams without breaking the bank. Praise be.
Founded in Birmingham in 1876, Fellows is one of the UK’s most established auction houses with a focus on luxury watches, designer brands and unique jewellery. They hold regular specialist designer handbag and accessories auctions, with a luxury handbag auction each quarter, at a variety of price points.
With names such as Chanel, FENDI, and Louis Vuitton regularly appearing in their saleroom, you can pick up the most covetable arm candy and iconic designer totes at a price you can afford.
Designer handbags on a broke girl budget? Yep, we’re sold.
Hold up, why the bargain price?
Klaxon: there is no catch. Most designer handbags – the holy trinity Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton aside – depreciate with ownership. Every item listed at Fellowsis pre-owned and therefore classed as second-hand goods.
Buying pre-loved designer bags at auction is not only a great way to get your hands on a hot-ticket item for a fraction of the retail price (excluding big buck Hermès Birkins) but it’s far more sustainable than buying new. Bring on the bidding buzz!
Fellows have a specialist team to check and authenticate every item. A handbag’s estimate depends on various factors including condition, desirability, brand and past auction results, though the price could exceed the estimate if multiple people keep bidding.
Every item has an extensive condition report listed online alongside its description but if you’d like to view an item or you have any specific questions, you can book a pre-auction one-to-one Zoom appointment with one of the Fellowsspecialists for the ultimate virtual personal shopping experience. No one wants to deal with buyer’s remorse.
Place your bids
Whether you’re on the hunt for a Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM, a Chanel lambskin Hidden Chain or a Céline Phantom, you can snap up the deal of the century from the comfort of your own home thanks to the Designer Collection timed online auction.
Firstly, you’ll need to register for a Fellows account in order to bid. Once registered, you’ll be able to see the remaining time left to bid on each lot before it closes and access past auction results.
The timed auctions normally take place over two weeks but unlike a live auction, there isn’t an auctioneer. The extended time frame means you can re-submit bids mid-auction, should your initial maximum bid be beaten. In this event, you’ll be notified, allowing you to bid again at the click of a button.
Conveniently, you don’t have to wait for the day of the auction to take part. You can bid on your desired items as soon as the catalogue becomes available. Sign up for alerts to get notified of the auctions so you’ll never have to sleep on that FENDI baguette ever again.
Even if you’re new to the world of auctions, Fellowsmake it easy to bid for the bag of your dreams with Samantha Jones-worthy confidence.
Four Cute AF Jewellery Trends For The Season Ahead
Jewellery: the fun, flirty, low commitment fashion purchase that can take a look from classic to current as quick as you can press 'continue to checkout'.
Jewellery: the fun, flirty, low commitment fashion purchase that can take a look from classic to current as quick as you can press ‘continue to checkout’. It’s these non essential purchases that are a style lovers dream- the items we might not have been able to justify during the past 12 months but that really make you feel like you’ve got your sh*t together when you put them on.
Resin and clay rings are next inline as Instagram’s current must-have accessory.
Making kitsch beaded jewellery that looked like it jumped right out of our 12 year old self’s dressing up box took the world by storm during quarantine as a fun and funky pastime, and the rainbow trend shows no sign of stopping now too. Resin and clay rings are next inline as Instagram’s current must-have accessory, with these chunky babes continuing the momentum of the bright and bold trend that is a maximalist dresser’s dream. Etsy, Instagram and Depop take the crown here as the go-to destination to shop the trend, and their affordability makes boasting a collection of interchangeable statement pieces all the more achievable.
Other notable trends include pearls (Bridgerton and other period dramas we thank you), seaside inspired jewels (still seeking a slice of escapism? Us too) and bangles (hello 90s disco), and the variety of styles means there really is something for everyone here!
Which trend will you be rocking during hot girl summer?
Sea Themed Jewellery
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