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A Lazy Girls Guide To… 24 hours in Bath

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After getting a few emails from about how helpful you found my guides to NYC, I’ve decided to switch up my Lazy Girls Guide’s a little and start creating more of a regular feature, with easy to follow tips for travelling, living and generally getting through life’s adventures in the simplest fashion. Despite the title, these guides are not so much about being lazy as they are about being smart.

When I travel I always consult friends, blogs and simple guides rather than travel agents, brochures and adverts. When I visit a new destination and need to find accommodation…

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Inspiration

Weekend Reading #019

Weekend Reading Bumpkin Betty

Well thanks to a nice short (but crazy busy right?) week, here we are at the weekend again hurrah! Here’s six of the links I’ve most enjoyed reading this week, hope you do too.

1. Gorgeous photos (and outfit) from the Botanical Gardens in Gothenburg (top of my travel to-do) – Shiny Thoughts

2. Lime green and orange shouldn’t work but somehow it does in this pretty Primark outfit (making Primark clothes look this hot is no mean feat) – Frassy

3. Deadline dinners are totally my type of dinners, and this haddock, chorizo and courgette recipe

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Snapshots

Five Things of the Week… Cambridge, Kentucky and Cake

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1. Exploring Cambridge…

This week began with a little trip to Cambridge over the bank holiday and as neither myself nor GB had ever visited the college laden town, it was the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. It’s much smaller than I imagined (the town anyway) but just as quaint as I’d hoped for, with cobbles aplenty and pretty basket-ed bicycles adorning every free railing. We had some monumental bad luck with where we chose to eat, but I’ll save that for another blog post as I have plenty of pretty pics to share.

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Recipes

Black Forest Gateau (GBBO Link Up Week 4)

Blackforest Gateau Recipe

It’s dessert week! DESSERT WEEK! The one we’ve all (ok I’ve) been waiting for folks! Cakes are one thing, but desserts are quite another and as far as edible objects go, they’re pretty much my favourite thing around. You know how they say you’re either a savoury or a sweet person? The one that goes for a starter and the one that goes for a dessert? Well I’ve always, without question been a dessert girl (I find it hard to fathom why anyone would choose a starter over a dessert but that’s another matter), I’m the one who’ll judge a restaurant completely by its…

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Inspiration

Thoughts of Autumn…

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It’s officially felt like the first day of winter today, on the 26th of August – great I know! I got up around 8am and have had to have my desk light on all day to work as it’s been SO dark. I’m wearing fleecy socks and a giant sweater because it’s SO cold, and it’s been hard to motivate myself to do anything other than stay indoors drinking copious amounts of tea while the rain falls…

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Outfits

Inspector Gadget

How to wear a trench coat

A day later than planned, apologies for anyone who checked back yesterday for this outfit post, but after a long day of walking the cobbled streets of Cambridge I collapsed in a heap on the sofa and promptly fell asleep in the middle of an episode of Hemlock Grove (anyone else watching the Netflix series? I’ve just reached the end of season 1 and it’s got even more dark and confusing than before – baffled!).

Anyway it occurred to me recently that I very rarely show an evening outfit on the blog. Probably because no matter how much time…

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Weekend Reading #018

Top Uk Lifestyle Blogs

Happy long weekend! After a manic week trying to fit in organising the launch of both of my new websites alongside all of my other work, I’m personally super happy about the prospect of taking a few days off. It’s been a bit dreary in London today but I’m hoping the weather picks up a bit tomorrow as we’re planning a little trip to Cambridge, so more on that to come. Hope you’ve got something lovely planned too?

For now I hope you’re enjoying the new site? There’s a few teency weency issues that I still need to iron…

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Welcome to the new Bumpkin Betty…

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Well hello there strangers!

Apologies for the slight disruption in proceedings for the last few days (three days without a blog is a scary world let me tell you!) but as you can see it was for a very good reason.  Yes, things have changed a bit round these parts, so welcome to the NEW Bumpkin Betty!

It was most overdue but ol’ BBs finally been brought into the 21st century with a swanky makeover and I think she’s scrubbing up pretty well right now (I do hope you agree).

I had originally planned to title this post Bumpkin…

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Recipes

Spelt and Almond Soda Bread (GBBO Link Up Week 3)

Spelt and Almond Soda Bread

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I decided to join in with #thegreatbloggerbakeoff, as well as being tonnes of fun, it’s introduced me to lots of lovely baking and lifestyle blogs that I didn’t previously know and given me a ready made community with which to share my bakes with every week! Most importantly though, it’s really forced me back into the kitchen and into a regular baking routine, and has given me the impetus to attempt recipes that I’ve always wanted to try but for one reason or another haven’t.

Take bread for example, I’ve always liked the idea of…

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Inspiration

Weekend Reading #017

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Happy Sunday! Here’s six links I’ve enjoyed reading this week…

1. The perfect announcement (Congrats Emily!) – Cupcakes and Cashmere 2. Beautiful photographs from Kew Gardens (proving that a bit of rain shouldn’t dampen a good day out) – Take Courage 3. After Elizabeth’s earlier post about ‘quitting blogging’, this post about living an unconventional life made me smile (and really rings true for a lot of us bloggers I’m sure!) – Rosalilium 4. The perfect weekend dinner, this slow cooked honey and…

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Snapshots

Five Things of the Week… Pastels, Florals and Trenches

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1. Beautiful Bath… Well you’ve probably already seen a few of the pictures from my weekend in Bath but I couldn’t resist including it in my weekly round up too as we had such a great time. The best part was just hanging out and catching up with good friends and luckily we had a lovely base to retreat back to (when the rain started) in the Francis Hotel. I’ll be doing a full review of our stay in a separate post so keep an eye out…

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Musings

Stop Stealing our Fashion Bloggers

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Image via Free People

 

I won’t lie folks, it’s been a tough summer for us fashion people. Most of you won’t be aware, hell, most of us aren’t even aware, but something evil has been upon us all summer long. It’s lurked in the shadows, trying not to be found out, all the while quietly and unassumingly claiming some of our most stylish to it’s dark depths. Celebrities and normal’s alike, both here and across the pond have admitted defeat. The fashion blogging community is almost…

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