L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE, PROVENCE.

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We were staying really nearby to L'Isle sur la Sorgue so it was (relatively) easy to leave the retreat of our (entirely cosy and comfortable) bed and head down to the market that takes over the centre of town, just as it was starting to unfold.




LA BASTIDE DE MARIE + LE PRIEURE, PROVENCE.

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I've two special hotels to share with you today, and worry not, this post is more than just showing you some rooms ;)




AIX-EN-PROVENCE MARKET.

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The markets of Provence are somewhat of a coveted affair.

And the ones at Aix are at the top of the market tree.




ARLES, PROVENCE.

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I'm *so* excited to be sharing this year's Provence holiday with you!

I've been getting snap happy down in the south of France - here's part one of our voyage :)

5 FAVOURITE ITEMS IN MY WARDROBE RIGHT NOW #3

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S I M P L E   K N I T S


I'm really enjoying classic knits at the minute. A simple wrap or navy trim, the kind of timeless piece you'll wear for years.

I've seen the Tory Burch Kendra around a lot at the moment but it's a pretty pricey number! Marks do some great options if you're after more affordable cashmere and I love Gerard Darel or Winser knits - quintessential classics.



C L A S S I C   L O A F E R S


I am in love with these classic, tan loafers (when am I ever not in love with loafers? I own so many pairs yet still buy more.. the Madewell Elinor's are next on my list I think, although I'm contemplating venturing into a blue velvet pair..).

They go with everything. I've been wearing mine with jeans and one of my many breton tees, or lately with a tote bag and pleated skirt.


Speaking of which..

T H E   P L E A T E D   S K I R T


I didn't think I'd be a pleated skirt person but lo and behold.. I've quite a few now ;)

This pink maxi has a beautiful amount of swish and sway and just the right amount of sheen for a piece quite so inexpensive. It's a definite bargain at under £25 and you can use my code 'barelytherebeauty13' for 13% off this skirt and the rest of your order for the next few days (I'm not benefiting from it, just for you guys!)


R O S E   G O L D   A C C E S S O R I E S


I was recently sent this beautiful, rose gold watch, which I've been enjoying wearing even though I'm not historically been a big watch wearer..

Nor have I historically been a big jewellery wearer but perhaps I'm a changed woman! Rose gold accessories are nothing new but they've taken a recent boost in my affections, I'm building up quite a little collection now.


J U M P E R S   W I T H   D E T A I L S


Whilst I am the queen of plain clothing and neutral palettes, it's nice even for me every now and then to indulge in a little print, colour and detail.

Seeing as we're heading into autumn now, fine gauge jumpers are the perfect layering piece. I love this textured, pink one (the one in the photo above), made a little more interesting by a tomato-hued stripe around the edges, and this gorgeous bee-embellished number (a bit of a dupe for a Gucci equivalent).



(And I'd love to hear what your most coveted item of the moment is!)


xx

DIGITAL DETOXING + LIVING IN THE MOMENT 2018.

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It's been a good while since I last spoke about digital detoxing and my experiences with it, and as I sit here surrounded by clothes, notes and bags of electricals and toiletries, it's quite apt that we revisit it today.

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #16

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one. // Last of the summer peaches. We bought a basket of huge, juicy peaches from a local market and they've been an absolute pleasure to eat. The ripest, we've been guzzling raw and unadorned, juice dribbling down our hands (because they need nothing else), the more firm I've been using for my honey butter peaches and they're so delightfully moreish.

two. // Holiday planning! Looking up the spectacular views and beautiful, bucolic villages is making me really look forward to going (and especially picking restaurants ;). I've making a bit of an attempt to organise my holiday wardrobe too, and an organiser-app like Pureple is so handy to do so. I've been uploading/taking photos of the items I'm thinking of taking, and using the 'Outfit' section to create little collages of the clothes to see what might look good together. Fun and useful in equal measure.

three. // Autumnal fashion. We're going to be having a bit of an extended summer in the south of France, but I've already been buying autumnal pieces and stashing them for when I get back.. Here are a few pieces I'm loving right now!



four. // Simply Nigella. Such a great cookbook, F and I have been thumbing through it in the evenings and trying new recipes - roasted radishes and cornflake-encrusted chicken are a revelation.

five. // It not feeling humid at night, and being able to reinstate my thick cotton sheets and higher tog duvet - delightfully cosy.

six. // Getting a little influx of fashion PR - BTB first started out as a beauty blog but I wanted to expand it's subject matter to incorporate different aspects of my life, fashion being one, so it just feels.. really nice, to have brands recognise that and want to send me clothing. It's a small thing truly, but it's joyful :)

seven. // Confit herb cod (fresh oregano and chive) with homemade aioli and panzanella. And crushed avocado on oatcakes (or ryvita or whatever we have) with chilli flakes and crisy onions.

eight. // Crisp morning walks through the trees. I had to drop dad off for an early hospital appointment the other day and decided to go for a morning walk - it just made me feel so peppy and fresh for the rest of the day. And I bumped into a golden retriever puppy along the way so maybe that's the real reason.. ;)

nine. // My silk eye mask - makes getting to sleep a whole lot easier, and good quality sleep makes me one happy camper.

ten. // @itsmekellieb - a plus size, body positive blogger who I love to watch because she makes me feel I can wear whatever I want, whether it's 'flattering' or not.


xx

HONEY BUTTER PEACHES.

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There is the recipe I prefer for peaches as summer, and their season, come to an end.

I'm sitting here now with a batch (slightly overcooked, so extra unctuous and sticky) and honestly, it is delicious.

Soft, yielding peaches with bronze, tinged edges, steeped in their syrupy, honey and butter puddle.

And rather fortuitously, it requires very few ingredients, and almost no kitchen prowess.




Ingredients: (for two)

2 large, ripe peaches
4 small knobs of butter
2 tsps - 2 tbsps honey, depending on your taste
A pinch of salt
60g greek yoghurt
60g mascarpone
30g flaked almonds (or as much as you like)


Method:

- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius.





- Halve the peaches, removing the stones as you go, and pop cut side up into a roasting dish.



- Adorn each half with a little knob of butter, a drizzle of honey and a few flakes of salt.


- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes if your peaches are very ripe, around 35 if they're a little less ripe (I just check mine with a knife tip or skewer - if it sinks in readily, they're done).

- Whilst the peaches are roasting, mix together the mascarpone and greek yoghurt. You could use either/or but I think a 50-50 split is the perfect balance of astringent tang and smooth, velvety richness.



- Serve two halves per person, and top with the yoghurt-cream mix and flaked almonds. They're excellent as hot as you can bear, so the creamy topping melts gloriously down the sides of the peaches, or equally as delicious at just above room temperature (easier to shovel in greedy mouthfuls).



Peach perfection in my eyes.


xx


SUMMER SELFCARE.

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Although practising self care ought to be a 365-days-a-year affair, there are a few habits that seem especially salient during the summer months.

OOTD // MID-SIZE STYLE UNDER £50.

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I love the high street.

And high street pricing too! Because who doesn't love feeling like they came away with a bargain?

I'm sometimes asked about more affordable alternatives to some of the pieces I wear and share, so today I wanted to show that you don't need to spend a lot to look put together. In fact, you can pick up this entire look for under £50.

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