Why Are we All So Bad at Taking Compliments?

Gold metallic tote bag, Bumpkin Betty

How well do you take a compliment?

If you’re anything like me, probably not that well at all. Us Brits have a bit of a habit of being excruciatingly self deprecating don’t we? In fact, if you’re not that way, we’re kind of all shocked and probably leave the party thinking ‘wow that girl was a bit full of herself wasn’t she?’.

I always remember being in New York a couple of years back and while getting my then boyfriend/now husband to snap an #ootd for me in my new bright pink chunky knit cardigan which I was rather taken…

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Au Naturel

Where to shop for organic skincare, Bumpkin Betty

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I’m not blessed with ‘good’ skin. Ever since I was a teenager I feel as I’ve been battling some form of skin ailment – from dryness, to oilyness, to redness, to spottiness – the list goes on. I’m eternally jealous of those people who can look so beautifully fresh faced and clear skinned without an ounce of make up and Snapchattin’ before I’ve got a full face on just isn’t ever going to be an option for me.

I think once I got out of…

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Postcards from Copenhagen | Day 1 (and a Video)

Top uk fashion bloggers, Bumpkin Betty

Hello there! I’m back online and you’ll notice things are looking a little different around here – thanks for bearing with me over the last few days while I took some time out to work on a mini re-design. My last blog design overhaul was now two years ago so it was high time for a refresh and a few tweaks of the features that were becoming dated.

I won’t go into too much detail about it all now, as I’m planning a seperate post to give you the low down on my lovely new logo (designed by Megan Riera) and…

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Home Office Revamp | Part Two – The Accessories

How to decorate your home office, Bumpkin Betty

If you caught part one of my home office revamp series, you’ll already have seen a little peek at my new desk space. After talking about the essential items last week (the desk and chair) today I thought I’d go into more detail on the accessories and furnishings to show how I added some personality to the space and really made it my own. Because that’s the fun part of any home decoration right?

I certainly had loads of fun picking out cushions, rugs, ornaments, and plants for the space and even more so re-organising all of my things to create an area I…

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An Ideal Saturday

Top UK lifestyle blogs, Bumpkin betty

Did you know it’s National Picnic Week? I think picnics might be one of my favourite summer activities. I think it’s the style of eating that I love – I’m very much a fan of lots of little picky things on a table to dig into – cheeses, cold meats, breads, chutneys. In fact, even when it’s an indoor picnic and I’m having friends over for lunch this is the type of spread I like to put on – it’s easy, requires little to no cooking and pleases everyone. I’ve even been known to create mini picnics just for me sometimes…

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Free From Chocolate Berry Tart

Gluten and dairy free sweet recipes, Bumpkin Betty

The theme for my baking club (yes I have a baking club – please do join if you want to be part of a fun cake community) this month is ‘Free From’. It was picked by the group and despite some initial ‘what on earth am I going to bake?’ worries, I’m happy to say it’s been one of my favourite baking challenges yet.

The thing I realised, as soon as I started looking into recipes which were gluten free, dairy free, sugar free or all of the above, is that there are SO many options. Pinterest is a…

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Home Office Revamp | Part One – The Essentials

How to revamp your office space, Bumpkin Betty

The one thing we hear time and time again in regards to a happy and productive working life (especially when it comes to being your own boss), is the importance of having a dedicated workspace which can motivate you and inspire you day to day.

However, despite being freelance for nearly four years now, until the start of this year I didn’t really have that. My desk was more of a table really – a basic white set up from Ikea which had been passed down to me during the office move of one of my early PR jobs. Initially while I still worked full…

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Date Night Dinner | Mini Beef Wellington for Two

Easy beef wellington, Bumpkin Betty

It’s been a while since I talked food on the blog. And by that I mean real food, food which doesn’t always look pretty and isn’t formed in miniature pastry cases. Food which isn’t of the sweet variety and which can satisfy those lazy Sunday hunger pangs like nothing else.

Because as much as I love baking, I’m always extra chuffed with myself when I pull off a ‘proper’ meal from scratch, especially (as in this case) when it’s something I’ve never attempted before.

I have to admit that I’m not a total carnivore when it comes to food. I mean,…

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A Lazy Girls Guide | Visiting Copenhagen on a Budget

Visiting Copenhagen on a budget, Bumpkin betty

Happy Friday! I don’t know why but I seem to have a bit of a habit of sharing travel posts on Fridays. Maybe it’s because with the weekend almost here I feel as if I can allow myself a bit more time to dedicate to blogging and that means that those whopper travel posts that have ALL the photos, and take a lifetime to put together are possible. Seriously – travel posts are THE most time consuming of all posts, you have no idea how much I struggle to edit over 3000 + photos into something that resembles a blog post.

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Wedding Reflections | 6 Months On

Why no-one tells you about the post wedding blues, Bumpkin Betty

The month of May marked six months since our wedding day. Last weekend as we spent a wonderful time touring sunny Copenhagen, the 21st of the month ebbed past us with thoughts of that date last November rushing back.

And in truth, that was the first time I’d allowed my mind to go back there in quite some time. It was the first time I’d talked about the wedding since without feeling on the brink of tears. It was the first time I’d had the courage to share one of our official photos on Facebook. It was the first time I’d remembered the day without…

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BB Baking Club | Spring Has Sprung

white choc and blackberry cake, Bumpkin Betty

Join the BB Baking Club

Another bank holiday Monday, another baking club round up! If you’ve just landed on this page and are wondering what this baking club malark is, head to the official page to read everything you need to know and sign up at the top of the page! The quick version – we are a group of cake enthusiasts who bake according to a certain theme every month and share our recipes and results with each other. This month our theme…

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Baking in Heels

Baking cupcakes in heels, Bumpkin Betty

I’ll be honest. Normally when I take to the kitchen to bake something I am REALLY messy. As in, within about five minutes and before I’ve even mixed anything in a bowl, the kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it. Every single dish and bowl and piece of cutlery is out, every ingredient removed from the fridge, cameras and phones and lights and props tables and extra ‘styling material’ is strewn around, and me, well if I’m wearing something dressier than a pair of leggings and a hoodie I’m doing well and if I don’t have around an…

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