I really hope you all had an amazing Summer, and now it’s officially getting colder and the nights are drawing in, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my Summer 2018 highlights with you and invite you to reflect on your own Summer. Was it everything you dreamed it would be? If not, how could you improve it for next Summer?.
As i’m sat here, with Lana Del Rey playing through my Portable Sony Speaker my Mother got me last Christmas, listening to ‘Summer time Sadness’ which is actually guys, my favourite song, I reflect on that fact that it was no Summer Time Sadness for me this time. I’ve decided to live my very best life and have a lovely summer since my Dad passed away at the beginning of the year. He would tell me to stop moaping around and enjoy my life and it is strange that the very next track ‘Terrence loves you’, has started playing as I write this sentance as, this is the song that I attribute to my father and it’s kind of ‘my song for him’. Syncronicity is very much alive today guys!
So, grab yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate (as isn’t HC perfect at this time of year?!) and enjoy reading about a few of my highlights just past.
Truely Delighful Bridal Visit
I have recently been planning and scemeing how my future wedding is going to go and I found myself really thinking about this seriously the whole of this Summer. Who am I kidding?!,..I’ve been planning it since I was 10 years old to be honest! but it’s now time to really make some plans and get a vision going. I’ve always dreamed of the perfect wedding with a massive dress and to be a princess for a day. Everytime i’ve walked down a particular street here in Totnes, i’ve passed the cutest little Bridal Shop called ‘Truely Delightful Bridal’ with gorgeous diamante studded shoes, pretty vintage looking lace garters with ‘something blue’ bows on, and beautiful wedding dresses in the window in shades of pastles, creams and whites. One Christmas I even saw a bright fusia pink one displayed in the window. I just couldn’t resist taking my Mum in there for a visit one afternoon. The owner is a really lovely friendly lady and asked us if we needed any help in which we kindly said we were ‘just browsing the beautiful things’ in the shop. We looked through the racks of amazing wedding dresses, shelves of glittering accessories and stands with pretty hats on. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want my dress to look like and where I will purchase it from so I was just content to browse, enjoying the fact that we were in a little fairy tale for a while. Truely Delightful Bridal is like a dream wedding boutique as it’s cute and very princessy, and the window displays are always amazing! After we left, ideas going crazy in my head with all the wonderful things we had seen, I decided I will be purchasing an accessory by ‘Scarlett Vintage’ from the store. Even though i’ve not even gotten engaged yet I feel it doesn’t mean I can’t have an active part in my future plans, I feel it helps everything come together nicely when you put the engery out into the universe. It’s like saying ‘Hey, i’m ready’! So, you guys will have to wait and see what it is I decided on buying, when i’ve uploaded my actual ‘Wedding Day’ post one day..soon, which will be the most exciting post I will ever write in my life ❤
Ladies who lunch (or do afternoon tea! )
A couple of afternoons this Summer my Mum and I have visited our favourite tea rooms in Totnes. One in the high street called ‘Anne of cleaves’ has the most amazing cake selection! It is extremely challenging not to walk passed the window, as I have done on many occassions and not to seap into a trance like state at their rows and rows of sponges topped with every kind of delicious sweet icing known to man. This is one of the reasons I love these kinds of oldy coffee shops as they have ‘proper cakes’ and everyone knows I love a good slice of cake. Especially with Afternoon tea most days. Another favourite of ours is The English Tea Rooms in the Narrows in Totnes. They sell a range of amazing teas from around the world, and it was here I descovered a love of Jasmin tea. How did I not know of it’s existance!? And they do the most scrumptious little scones with jam and cream. I’ve also noted the amazing looking merangues, and every time I go in there I feel like I havent enough time to look at all the antiques for sale and beautiful looking china tea sets. It’s my heaven, for sure, and looks so stunning at christmas time with it’s cozy looking windows and yummy treats in the windows. I really am
the luckiest girl to live in such an inspired amazing town with these kinds of delightful shops at every turn.
Usually on a Friday afternoon, there is a great market at the top of the high street. People selling things from indian shawls, vintage clothes and homewear, to second hand dvds, books, rugs and faux fur coats. I’ve seen many things I would love to get for my flat, when browing this market, there are goodies literally everywhere! It’s like an outside Aladins Cave! One of these particular stalls is manned by a lovely couple who are actually my neighbours, and they sell pretty china pieces. When looking at these lovely treasures one day this Summer, my eyes were lead to a beautiful pink and white china soap dish with a rose in the center, by a company called ‘Rosewood’ and I knew I had to have it for my bathroom. It was just too pretty not to purchase, and whilst looking at a sweet little trinket dish also, the kind owner said I could have it as a moving in gift! So that one now lives in my kitchen.
Breakfast on my Balcony
At the weekend, I love to enjoy a plain or almond Couissant with a cup of decaff gold coffee or reeboos tea and some yoghurt and fruit. Sometimes I’ll make pancakes or have scrambled egg on toast with a sprinkle of Rosemary and salt, but usually I love something sweet. and I find a Couissant hits that spot delightfully. During the beautiful sunny mornings the sunshine streams onto my balcony by which I sit on a cushion and enjoy the suns raze on my face. There really is no point trying to sunbathe unless I wanted to look like a zebra!
Highlights at Amanda Marsden Salon
Nothing fancy to tell you guys here only that I needed to get some highlights done by the lovely Lillie at Amanda Marsden who has since had her little Baby, but in this picture she was as heavy as can be. I was literally talking to her bump whist she was dying the front section of my hair! (using organic Aveda dye). I send her little Delilah updates.
Walk to Follaton
When on my walk to Follaton, the area I used to live in and where my family still lives, I passed the most gorgeous old Mansion which I think is now used as offices. All I could think of is that it would make the most amazing place to have a picnic at and I wondered who used to own the place, it is a little hidden from the main road, kind of like a hidden gem, and well worth the walk just to see it. I was due to see someone for an appointment nearby so I was just passing, but it wont be the last time I take a walk to the area just to see it in the future.
Angel Card Reading
My cousin Emma came to visit with my little Cousins and it was so great to see them and catch up. It was the first time they visited my new flat and I gave Emma a little Angel Card Reading after we had drinks and food at The Royal Seven Stars.
I am so fortunate to live just a few minutes away from the most amazing blackberry bushes, which had the biggest, most delicious berries growing on it, perfect for pies and crumble. One particular afternoon, I had been gathering a big pot full of them when a couple of people had obviously been to the pub and asked if they could pop around mine for blackberry pie, which was absolutely hilarious, especially as told them I was making crumble. One of the guys looked like a Pirate actually, and couldnt of been much older then me. These are the kinds of people I bump into in this town, it’s reeeeally random. But not dull at least.
A few things I love to have during the warm Summer days are Smoothies & Milkshakes. Smoothies usually being spinach and fruit or in the morning i’ll have an Acai Smoothie. My milkshake of choice is usually Strawberry if I’m going for a usual Oat Milk shake, or, if I’m having one out i’ll opt for a Banana and Strawberry which is what I had here in the picture. My Homemade one is a Acai Smoothie of which you can find the reciepe here on my blog, just type a keyword into the search bar. My soup of choice was Tomato, nothing fancy, just one from a can, but oh so delicious on those cooler summer evenings, which I had with some vegan cheese on toast. One Saturday whilst out Shopping and Lunching Mum and I decided to visit Cranches Sweet Shop. I was totally in the mood for Love Hearts Sweets, but the Lavender ones looked lovely too and I used to love them as a kid so I was there deciding between these two, time was ticking on and just as I and everyone else was starting to loose patience, I made a swift decision (which I find to be the best way when being an indesisive pain for too long!) and opted for the Love Hearts in the end which, I couldn’t stop eating all afternoon!
Novel-The last days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox
Now Ladies and Gents, this book is an amazing find and has become my very favourite novel. The story is about an enchanting girl who becomes a star of old turn of the century silent movies. They are filmed in a shed turned fantasy world, with sets built by her theatrical brother Theo,and directed by her flame and passion, a man by the name of Charles Beauvouis. I would highly recommend reading this book, as it’s so very beautifully written by Essie, with every page a work of art and magic. Go read it peeps!
Drama-Picnic at hanging rock.
Guys, have you ever seen the movie that was released in the 70’s? A beautiful but reeeally creepy film that has always facinated me since I was a kid. Well, this drama was a modern remake of it, and I absolutely LOVED it. It was probably my most favourite thing this summer and inspired my love of broidery anglais on tops. Every scene was filmed incredibly beautifully, and it was a joy to watch every week and I was SO sad when it finished. It was really creepy though but if, like me, you are a bit strange like that, it’ll be right up your street. I can’t wait for it to come out on boxed set. Whoo!
So those were a few of my Summer 2018 highlights. Did you enjoy this post? If so please feel free to comment below, also, i’d love to know how your Summer went. What did you guys get upto?