one. // playing 90's RnB in the car with the air conditioning entirely turned up.

two. // chicken sandwiches. I used to love these as a child - using up leftover's from mum's roast chicken the day before. These days it's the best roast chicken I can find/afford, pulling succulent pieces off the carcass, lemon and pepper mayo (homemade if I can be bothered, Hellmann's if not) and fresh homemade bread. Because everything tastes better between two slices of bread after all.

three. // Dad's been going to a special sort-of exercise class affair for his mobility/illness and the PT who runs it is just fantastic. He looks around 20 and as though he might be a bit of a 'lad' but he's anything but. Luke is incredibly sweet, patient and encouraging with my father and it's heartwarming. Gives you faith in humanity!

four. // Albeit a little impromptu, we plumped with a visit to Bath again for our recent anniversary (4 years!). I really think it's probably my most favourite place in the UK.. I love it so very much. And being back there again with my partner in crime was just an utter delight :)

five. // New Alresford. The most gorgeous, quaint little town on the outskirts of Winchester - F and I have fallen in love with the place. Not to mention the Petersham-Nursuries-esque secret they're harbouring, that I mentioned in my recent blog post!

six. // sitting out in the garden as dusk approaches with F to go on hedgehog watch! We've a fat little dumpling of a visitor who seems to have recently (rather aptly) set up home under one of our hedges.

seven. // laying awake with the blinds open at night. Partially for the breeze (or hope of one..), partially to watch the slight glow in the night's sky.

eight. // we've (somewhat) booked a holiday! Essentially just a base camp for now (in the south of France), but I'm so excited! Some pieces I've already got my eye on....

nine. // tumbling bundles of broad beans from the garden.

ten. // sitting barefoot on a set of grassy steps near the Lexicon in the evening, watching a beautifully lavender-strewn sky (and getting a touch of sweet, sweet breeze!).

eleven. // a bonus one - cottage garden planting, inspiration for it and Gardener's World. I'm not a big tv-watcher but Gardener's World is my hour of relaxed dreaminess :)

Let me know what's been making you happy of late!




If you like Petersham Nursuries, and let's be frank, I don't know a single soul who doesn't, then you'll love today's post.

F and I have fallen in love with New Alresford and the surrounding area. A quaint little town down on the peripheries of Winchester, it's dreamy in every sense. Monica, a human of impeccable taste and fellow Petersham-o-phile, recommended a visit to Long Barn so who were we but to heed her advice?


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Boy has it been a hot July. And when the heat and humidity rises, my beauty routine becomes ever the more streamlined.

And I also bring in some of my summer favourites that are as efficient and/or multitasking as they are enjoyable to use - so read more for this year's summer beauty edit!




It's time today for the second installment of my newest style series, so let's delve into my wardrobe again for a selection of my most loved items :)




This is what 'happy' is.

Evenings spent with loved ones, in rural surroundings, with the nigh on smouldering warmth of an intensely hot, evening sun basking on our shoulders.

And what better a dress to gleefully dance about the fields than this?



I've spoken a fair amount about increasing our own happiness levels here on BTB.

From simple ways to better your mood to beautiful, positive mantras to brighten your day, and heck, I even have a whole series (14 months strong! I'm such a proud mother ;) dedicated to what's been making me happy lately.

But a part of our own happiness and self-fulfillment is linked with doing for others and giving back, so we ought to ask ourselves - what are we doing to make those around us happy?

I'm sharing 4 simple ways to make someone's day, most of them free, won't take up a lot of your time, and all them absolutely worthy and gratifying.


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I'm having a bit of a reflective moment.

The kind where you've committed yourself to stopping, amidst the bustle of your ever-busy routine, to think about where where you are, and the little moments that make life what it is.

I know I have my 10 Things series but I don't tend to really purge my current thoughts, feelings and present ramblings into one post on here. Like the diary-like mentality I still sort of wish for this blog. I think it's because there's quite a bit going on behind the scenes that I'm not yet ready to document? I'd like to in time though.

Also there's always the option that no one would want to read it! ;)

There are a few things I hate about summer, that I don't remember hating until it comes around again each year. The first of which is hayfever. I've mentioned it many a time on Instagram especially already but why exactly it seems to be so bad this year I have no idea! Mornings are the worst by far. It wakes me up at around 5-6am and I've got to sit upright against the v-pillow and try not to sniffle too much as F tries his best to be supportive.. The heat as well. F's infamous for being 'the human-radiator' so cooling down at night is definitely a struggle in this weather!

But there are many things I love about this time of year.

Everything is decidedly lush and green in the garden. We've had bouts of giant peonies and beautiful cascading roses, and now we're onto produce in all it's glory. Fat green beans, that look far too heavy to hang so delicately from those spindly stems, entwining themselves with the peas. And it's the raspberries that have impressed me most this year. We've been getting a bowlful every few days, our rambling plant churning out beautifully sweet, sunsoaked fruit, plump and dark red from lazing about in the heat.

Outfit details

Navy broderie top - on sale here but more sizes here (and in white here!), White wide leg trousers (comfiest clothing item ever), Straw hat with ribbon (and a different ribbon), Flip flopsOversized sunglasses

There's a little lake nearby our house that's so beautiful this time of year. I love going down there with F in the evenings when it's cooler and the sun's starting to dip behind the trees, casting a golden glow about the fields (one that I would've liked to have captured more of had my camera not have thrown a tantrum and given up the ghost..). It's right about this time of year that the lighting around an hour before sunset is just the most beautiful light I've seen, picking up all the tiny particles in the air and sets them aglow - it gives me goosebumps.

I couldn't imagine living in a city again. I love being so close to rural, idyllic countryside now - it speaks to the very soul of me. I love that we're so close to London too, and that I can be there in under an hour door to door but I can't help but wear a little smile when, on the train home, I dip back into fields, greenery and wide, open space.

Today's post seems somewhat aimless in comparison to my usual. But I enjoy it's meandering and unimpeded nature. And I may well do more of these. I'll no doubt love looking back over these thoughts in months and years to come and remember what little moments were filling my head at the time. I think part of that instinctual rigidity regarding writing comes from school day's of writing essays and being drilled not to veer from the essay title, and to make sure you had a succinct intent and conclusion. All of which I can now eschew with sheer abandon now that I'm an Adult and can write whatever the heck I want ;)

So with that, here's to July, aimless meanderings, and eschewing with abandon :)





I chop and change with my skincare.

And because I haven't spoken about it for a while, I wanted to share today my current 'routine' and some of the items I've been really loving to use lately. My skin isn't itself at the moment due to the very warm weather we've had in the South East and the unrelenting hayfever that's making it dehydrated and sensitive, so a lengthy routine of exfoliants, retinoids, treatments and creams just isn't for me right now.

Instead I'm reaching for gentle, comfortable formulas that are light, clean and don't impede my day.

So stay tuned for some of my current favourites - I'll see you after the jump break :)




There have been a few fashion trends/styles that were rife in my childhood wardrobe of the 90's, and after a very long hiatus, have come full circle.

Denim jackets and heavy embroidery are but a couple of examples.

Anddd.. gingham.

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