Reviews

An Avios Adventure

Marriot Hotel afternoon tea, bumpkin betty

There was a while there when GB started calling me the coupon lady because every time we visited the supermarket I’d rake out all the coupons and offers and previous reciepts claiming money off our next shop from the basket on top of the microwave, and then proceed around the aisle’s with them clutched in my hands making sure we’d buy the right type of sweet potatoes so that we could get that all important 30 pence off.

I hadn’t suddenly morphed into an eighty year old women, I had just started to get wise to the fact that…

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Snapshots

Five Things of the Week | Spas, Stationery and Sleep

Marriott County Hall Spa, Bumpkin Betty

Woweee! This week has been craaaazzzzyyyy! As is stands I’m due home from work at 6pm this evening and have to pack a case for travelling to Scotland for the next week, but I still haven’t gotten around to unpacking from Paris last weekend so have a feeling I could be in a state of panic in a few hours when I realise none of the clothes I want to take are clean or crease free.

Since getting back from Paris on Sunday evening, it’s been a total whirlwind. Having had quite a bit of time off work…

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Musings · Snapshots

Home

The Eiffel Tower at Night, Bumpkin Betty

I’m home from my Hen Do.

That’s a very strange phrase to find myself saying but it’s happened. The Paris adventure that has felt like it’s been in the planning for nearly a year and the weekend I’ve most been looking forward to for so long has been and gone and now exists only as a lovely memory of two great days spent in the sunshine with my four Best Women in one of my favourite cities in the world.

It sure is funny this wedding business – you feel like you wait an age for moments to come, bustling…

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Outfits

Paris is Always a Good Idea

Packing for Paris, Bumpkin Betty

It’s been a few years since myself and Paris saw each other, and boy has that been too long.

I certainly know that I’ve missed those rose tinted streets, pretty buildings, views of Tour Eiffel and of course the delicatessen’s. And I’m pretty sure Paris has missed me too – I can practically feel it calling me and my breton tee back to dance through the streets in tulle skirts and eat ALL the macarons.

My first ever trip to the fair city was a last minute adventure with one of my best buds, where Paris stole our hearts and the…

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Outfits · Reviews

A Mini Holiday at Home

Uniqlo Summer holiday collection, Bumpkin Betty

Lately I’ve been starting to feel as if I’m growing tired of London. It feels as if we’ve been everywhere before and tried everything before. When friends come to visit I find myself suggesting the same restaurants we’ve eaten at a million times and can vouch for (instead of taking the risk and potentially finding something amazing) and heading out to the same spots to explore or setting the same pubs at the meeting points. Even areas which I’ve grown to love over the years, such as our local area in Finsbury Park, Upper Street in Islington and my personal fave,…

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Recipes · Top Tips

The Secret to Sundays

Secrets to Sunday, Bumpkin Betty

Right guys. I think I’ve found the secret to the perfect Sunday.

A series of events that will ensure Sunday is undoubtedly the best day of the week, despite the fact that Monday follows it.

And it goes a little like this…

^^ disclaimer – clearly a hotel breakfast in bed but you get my drift ^^

:: A long lie (extra perfection points come with freshly washed sheets)

Not so long that you waste the day but long enough that you feel content and rejuvenated from the weeks activities and can feel confident that you’ve allowed Sunday…

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Snapshots

Five Things of the Week | Stripes, Sailing and Street Art

Boden striped t-shirt, Bumpkin Betty

This week has been so incredibly busy, I feel as if I’ve not even pressed pause for one single second of it. And I fear the next couple of weeks of August are going to be exactly the same as I’m heading off on part 1 of my Hen Do (or #JacDo as we’re calling it) next Friday and Eurostarring it to my favourite city, Paris, before a busy week of work and then a trip back up to Scotland at the end of the month. Whew!

One step at a time as they say, and firstly – it’s Friday,…

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Reviews · Top Tips

Wedding Wednesdays | One for the Grooms

Loake British shoemakers, Bumpkin Betty

So much of wedding planning articles and advice seem to focus around the bride, and I admit the majority of my own Wedding Wednesday updates so far have been with my fellow bride-to-be’s in mind – writing about the dress, the shoes, the make-up – so I figured it was about time I dedicated a post to the grooms, as let’s not forget that it’s their big day too!

I’m actually very lucky in that GB has been an absolute trooper through this whole wedding malarkey business and I honestly couldn’t have got to this stage…

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Inspiration

July Spotlight | In the Clouds

IN the Clouds lifestyle Blog

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend so far in the sunshine? We had a lovely day out yesterday celebrating our 6 year first date anniversary and are now enjoying a lazy Sunday (complete with homemade pancakes this morning – ideal) so it’s been a pretty great weekend all round.

If you too are enjoying a lazy day then this is just the post for you as I’m taking this Sunday to introduce a new blog to you, In the Clouds, which was my top sponsor over the month of July. This sponsor is a little different…

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Snapshots

Five Things of the Week | Discoveries, Downtime and Dining

Broadway Market in London, Bumpkin Betty

Hello weekend! Sorry this regular five things post is a day later than usual, but I was working until late last night (on a Friday, I know!) and so I didn’t get that Friday feeling until… um.. Saturday. Now after a bit of a long lie, a few episodes of The Amazing Race (my guilty pleasure right now – anyone watch it?) and a tasty brekkie cooked up by GB, I’m finally ready to kick the weekend off. And what better way that to sign of from the last week with this post!

This weekend actually marks 6 years from myself…

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Inspiration

4 Instagram Accounts Guaranteed to Fuel your Wanderlust

4 of the best travel instagram accounts, Bumpkin Betty

Travel photography has to be one of my favourite types of photography. There is something so evocative about seeing a beautiful picture of a faraway land, and thanks to Instagram I no longer have to go too far to get my fix of this beautiful art.

Currently Instagram still holds the top spot as being my favourite of all the social media’s, with Pinterest nipping at its heels. I’m such a visual person that I can easily wile away hours being visually inspired by the imagery on each of those feeds. (On a side note I’ve actually started to…

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Musings · Outfits

Wearing Pink (And why it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks)

Topshop Unique jumpsuit, Bumpkin Betty

I’ve always loved the colour pink, in all of its manifestations but especially that brilliant bright pink that used to grace the dresses of my Barbie dolls when I was younger, some might call it candy pink, or fuschia pink or even Barbie pink. Whatever you call it, it’s pink… really pink… and it’s always made me happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love black too. And red. And navy. And grey. And sometimes even purple, green, yellow or blue. My wardrobe is made up of a lot of colours, and as someone who’s never been much of a classic…

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