Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside

Boohoo pink off shoulder dress, Bumpkin Betty

I have to admit to still being a little on the fence about the off the shoulder trend. Actually that’s a lie, I love it on other people, I just not totally convinced of it on me.

At least with this style of off the shoulder anyway – the elasticated gypsy style – as I feel that you need to be pretty flat chested and have wonderfully toned shoulders to really pull it off. I can handle more of a structured bardot neckline but the elasticated look might be a step too far for me.

Dress

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Two Refreshing Summer Drinks to Help You Keep your Cool

Top Uk food bloggers, Bumpkin Betty

It’s hot in London right now. H.O.T hot. Now I’m not complaining of course. A bit of sunshine is always welcomed and floating around the park in a maxi dress during my regular lunchtime jaunt is much more pleasurable than wearing jumpers and carrying an umbrella.

But being stuck indoors working, or equally commuting on sticky tubes and buses, during a heatwave is challenging, and what I’ve found myself craving more often than not is cool, refreshing, stacked full of ice, fruity drinks. Normally that means a quick trip to my local Costa for one of those fruity ice blends which…

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The Pros and Cons of Instagram Stories (+ My Tips)

Top Uk Lifestyle blogs, Bumpkin Betty

It’s the hot topic of conversation right now, and not one to avoid a bandwagon waiting to be jumped on, I figured I’d step in and give my two cents on the matter.

Instagram Stories.

Yes Instagram announced and launched their brand new feature almost a week ago, and despite MUCH furore and ‘OMG Instagram why you want to ruin our lives!!’ being thrown around on Twitter ahead of the launch, it seems the second it appeared on our app, we all swiftly forgot any disapproval we had, and rightly so set about exploring it.

A week in, and (judging…

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Spending a Weekend in Margate

A weekend in Margate, Bumpkin Betty

Margate is a place that’s been on my list to visit for a while now. Going to the seaside is always a fun day out, but let’s be honest Margate has become majorly blogger friendly over the last couple of years. Since it’s regeneration, the return of the pastel paradise that is Dreamland Amusement Park, not to mention the opening of some hipster friendly eateries, Margate has had an Instagram makeover and is suddenly the place to be.

Of course, I’m never one to let social media intrigue get the better of me for too long, and so I was itching to…

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BB Baking Club | Family Favourites

Chocolate Marble cake, BB Baking Club

Cake and pic by Scarlet Scorchdroppers

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Hello August! In some ways July seemed to speed past and in other ways it was a really long month. Or was that just me? It was certainly a busy month that’s for sure. But on the baking club front – we celebrated six months of the club starting, and hit our goal of 50 members (now 52 I believe) which was very exciting! Still a small number of course,…

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Tropical Nights

Where to stay in Borneo, Bumpkin Betty

Of all the destinations we visited during our honeymoon, Borneo was absolutely our favourite. It was unlike any place I’d ever been before and a had a truly other wordly feel to it. Every second we were there, felt like we were experiencing something magical that we knew we’d never experience again, and as such I was desperate to soak up every single moment. It’s probably why it’s the place I’ve been most excited to start blogging about, not least because I also couldn’t write any travel diaries while we there (we were in the depths of the jungle for…

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Easy Like Sunday Mornings

How to make egg free pancakes, Bumpkin Betty

It feels like forever since I just blogged a little life catch up on this space. From home office reveals which took months to get just right, to travel videos that take hours of editing and brand collaborations that need a well thought out schedule, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to simply… web log. While I enjoy putting together the former – creating inspiring content is so rewarding – I think I need to make sure I allow more time for the latter too. As for me, my personal lifestyle blog…

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Easy and Indulgent Chocolate Tiffin

Chocolate tray bake recipe ideas, Bumpkin Betty

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This month’s baking club theme is ‘Family favourites’ and it was inspired by one of the members who last month chose to bake her Mum’s pavlova recipe – a recipe that had been taught to her as a child and which she knew inside out.

This struck a chord with me as my love of baking definitely comes from my Mum, and from my Oma before her. I too have my Pavlova recipe down to a tee thanks…

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Dresses You’ll Want to Wear All Summer Long

Dresses to wear all sumer long, Bumpkin Betty

So if I had  written this post only last week, you guys would have mostly like been heard saying ‘Summer? What would that be then?’ and I would have been replying ‘I hear ya folks, but let’s stay positive, maybe an Indian Summer is on the cards’ because last week it seemed that in Britain at least summer was becoming nothing more than a distant memory of something that used to occur once a year.

But then this week happened and BAM – sunshine, heat, more heat, sweating, an abundance of squelchy flip flop noises filling the streets, men wearing their shirts…

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Rekorderlig Midsommar Event

Rekorderlig summer ciders, Bumpkin Betty

Last week seemed to go by in a bit of a blur didn’t it? Or was that just me? I looked at my diary recently and realised that every single weekend until mid September is now booked up, with either work, weddings, seeing friends or trips away. I’m not complaining of course, but I just know that I’ll be writing a post saying the words ‘where did the summer go?’ before I know it.

I guess it’s partly because the weather hasn’t really been playing ball and has been jumping between sunshine and torrential rain like a yo yo that…

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Must See in and Around Melbourne

Top UK travel blogs, Bumpkin Betty

It’s back to our honeymoon adventure! And after telling you all about our time in Bali, it’s time to move on to Australia. After arriving in Melbourne in the middle of the night, surprising GB’s close friend in possibly the most ridiculous way, and attempting to figure out to how to deal with the 40+ degree heat, we set about exploring the area our friends call home. Considering the state of Victoria (the second smallest state in Australia) is roughly the size of Britain and we only had five days there, we knew we couldn’t see it all. But luckily we…

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BB Baking Club | Free From Fancies

Flourless chocolate brownie recipe

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July has arrived, and with it a very small amount of sunshine (which then promptly disappeared again today – sigh). It does mean that it’s time for another catch up on what my baking club has been up to this month, and boy have I got some epic bakes to show you this time around.

But before all that – July actually marks six months since I set the baking club up! Can you believe it? Our first little…

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