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Friday, 24 February 2017

Thinking of Sunnier Days*

Sup All!

I'm very sorry that posts have been rather rare recently, time seems to be flying by and all taken up by this dreaded dissertation project, as well as part time work and attempting the odd social occasion/night out... oh and some sleep if I'm lucky! 

Not to worry, when Easter comes along a huge weight will have been lifted (hopefully) and I'll have much more time to put back into blogging, but for now things might be a bit slow!

Nonetheless, I've been daydream-procrastinat-ing, thinking about - and very much longing for - Spring/Summer and the sunnier, brighter things that follow! I think it's suffice to say that the cold, dreary winter isn't quite as enjoyable when there's no Christmas round the corner!

So in my planning for Summer (and attempting to find cheap, fun holiday destinations for end of uni whilst still saving for Australia, paying for rent/food and the odd Salt and Pepper takeaway after a night in Society!) I've been planning a splendid Summer do for a End-Of-Degree/Very belated 21st Birthday/It's Summer and I just want to drink Pimm's and have fun Party! You know, a Classic!

I've very fortunate enough to have a rather large, extended and (now my parents have cleaned it all up and decorated) really nice back garden and it makes for a great space for a summer party! So I thought I'd share with you some fun ways I plan on decorating it and a few bits and bobs and some odd furniture, that I think would go absolutely fabulously!

Outdoor Bits:

Porto Lounge Set

Something that's always handy at a summer party is some great, comfy and stylish seating areas for those who want to sit and eat their BBQ or have a civilised chat with a drink in hand. Mum managed to snab a lovely ratten set like this one (although not quite as stylish) from Groupon but you can grab them from most furniture shops and garden centres. This one from Cox and Cox definitely grabbed my eye - and they're so good for summer (even if it's not for a party) - definitely gets us out in the sunshine a bit more!

Indoor/Outdoor Double Cushion

A fab idea for those without much outdoor seating however - or if you just have soo many friends - is this awesome looking cushion! We have a rather long garden and right down the back is a tiny little patio by the grass and several trees, bushes and flowers surrounding it and I can picture one or two of these outdoor cushions laid on the grass for a cute little chill area away from all the bustle, where you could sit and chit chat or have a cheeky sunbathe!

Four LED Lights

Now my parents have been on the hunt for some lovely outdoor lights that they like and, personally my fave are the fairy-light like ones that you can wrap round the trees and wind through the plants, but they're huge fans of the hanging tree lights. You can grab these from many places I believe, many garden centres, Clas Ohlson and these lovely ones here from Cox and Cox.


Of course, if you're planning for your ace summer party to go on until the late hours of the morning (since it'll get darker a lot later!) or of course you're hosting it in England, and you want to cover all weather scenarios, then a gazebo is essential and I've picked out a few goodens from Halfords that won't break the bank! Always a nice touch to decorate the inside with outdoor fairy lights too!

(our little not-so-elegant set up for my parent's wedding party - balloons and bunting are always a good decoration!)

Food and Drink:

Obviously if you're going to throw a banging party, you're going to need some delicious food to accompany the jugs of Pimm's and Strawberries and Cream, of course!

Just a little bit more decor from the party! Cake made and decorated by yours truly

For my parents wedding party, we hosted it in our back garden and we had one cracking good Hog Roast! Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos, but I remember the deliciousness of those pork baps! I believe we went with the Spitting Pig in Berkshire since it was near to home but I'd very much recommend if you've got a number of guests and want the food taken care of.

Similarly, Costco do wonderful ready made trays of wraps, sandwiches and sushi that a few family friends have bought for various birthday parties and they've always gone down a treat, if you're looking for more nibbly/cheaper bits!

Other wonderful ideas are of course, a classic barby in the garden accompanied with a classic array of different salads and canapes!

Anyone else seriously excited for Summer even though it's barely Spring!?

Anyone got any awesome plans to look forward to? Or any parties planned?

*This post was in collaboration with Cox and Cox but all views and opinions are my own! 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Walking In A Winter Wonderland - Vancouver

What's more responsible and appropriate in third year than to take a spontaneous day trip to Canada? 

I know it's extremely late to be posting this since it's now FEBRUARY! What!? But since the days are still chilly and frosty I thought I'd talk about how lucky I was this December to accompany my dearest mother to Vancouver for a day! 

When we got there at about 1am UK time, we headed straight out for cocktails and a walk round the town! The next morning after a restless short, 4 hour sleep (jet lag and all that!) we were up early and headed out by 7. We headed first straight to Canada Place on the airport shuttle and stumbled upon the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish breakfast held by the fire fighters raising money and a record breaking number of presents to donate to children! I thought this was such a wonderful idea and it was so festive and pretty packed! 

We went and watched the sunrise and got some lovely photos of the gorgeous mountains covered in a blanket of snow - beautiful!

Jumper - Sainsbury's

Leggings - River Island

Boots - New Look

Hat - Rip Curl

We then took a wander all the way from Canada Place over to Stanley Park along the coast and went for a mini wander through. Stanley Park is probably the main attraction - 405-hectares of a gorgeous forest. The weather was perfect - bloody freezing but so sunny and crisp, that the views and experience was lush!

We then headed over to Granville Island - a teeny little section of Vancouver, where we strolled through the lovely market, filled with pretty much anything you could think of! From soups and burgers to bakes and fruit, jewelry to flowers, purses to paintings! 

Finally we headed out on our trek to the Royal Botanical Gardens, which was quite a bit further out of downtown than we realised *awkward face* 

We walked through downtown Vancouver and out to the snowy suburbs up the hill and kept going all the way down to West 37th. Of course it was worth it! The snow was imaculate. Blanketed the ground and decorated the trees, the gardens were simply beautiful. 

I aimed to head there when it was dark as a light event was being held, however we got there a bit earlier and by then we were too tired to wait. So we headed for a walk round the gardens and they were all decorated with gorgeous lights and the some festive decorations!

Definitely a 21st birthday of dreams! Canada is stunning and I can safely say that the common Canadian stereotype that they're all really really nice is very much true. They are complete babes! It was probably the only place where everyone was genuinely happy and so friendly and helpful and it definitely added to the wonderful experience! 

So Thank You Vancouver - I can't wait to return!

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