I don’t know about you but my experience of day trips to new cities has not always been the best. Starting from wondering around aimlessly from shop to shop (the same ones you’ll find in any other city in the country), ending up getting hungry and cranky and therefore finding the first place to get some food (which more often than not has been McDonalds). And the day goes on following this pattern (clearly I can’t count on my luck for finding perfect spots).
BUT, I have learnt from my experiences and for this reason PLANNED a rough list of things to do on our day trip to Cardiff, Wales. Our day looked like this…
Image by Peter Blake
Our main reason for going was to visit the National Museum of Wales. It was great to see some classics by the big shots like Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne. But the highlight was a temporary exhibition of Peter Blake’s (Britain’s answer to Pop Art back in the day) illustrations to Dylan Thomas’ play Under Milk Wood. I was sold. He’s been working on this collection for 25 years; lots of collage, watercolour, woodcarvings and pencil drawings different scenes of the play. Well worth a visit if you happen to be around the area.
For once we lucked out and found a great lunch spot.
From here, my plan took us to explore some of Cardiff’s shopping Arcades. There’s loads of them but according to my research (ahem) the best one’s to go to are: Castle, High St, Morgan and Royal Arcade. They didn’t disappoint. And for once we managed to stumble upon a great lunch place too: New York Deli. Two NY hoagies later we could barely breath but were in carb heaven.
Cardiff’s subcultures seem to be still blooming with lots of vintage, skate, record and Second Hand bookshops. This made our afternoon. Also, the weather was on our side with blue skies but the joy of the roofed arcades is that you can enjoy them no matter what the weather.
This was just a little snapshot of Cardiff and we’ll definitely be back to explore more – the bay area will be next on the list. Cardiff was such a pleasant surprise of a city and our day definitely benefitted from a bit of advance planning (mental note)!
- Hanna x
This is the kind of post that only comes about after having spent a fair few days at home just pottering about. It’s involved some fairly awkward posing and a realisation that I think I may have to start ironing my clothes (one outfit was disqualified from this post simply because it was so crinkly).
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we’re avid fans of Pinterest. I’ve been collecting inspiring outfit ideas for ages now, and one day opened this page full of ideas as well as my wardrobe and started to think how I could recreate what I see on screen in real life with things I ALREADY HAVE. No purchasing needed but a frugal exercise in money saving.
We all (I assume) have moments when we stand in front of a bulging wardrobe and think: I have nothing to wear. However it’s amazing what you can rustle up when you have something to be inspired by. Here’s a couple examples (enter cringey face for posing:/)
I bought these trousers couple years ago and just haven’t been able to make them work. However, I love them paired with this loose top (50p from a charity shop – love a bargain) and CONVERSE. I would have never thought about pairing them with trainers (they’re silky flimsy material). Anyway, a winner combo in my books and beyond comfortable.
I found this trench from my parents house and love it, but would only wear it with workwear or for smarter occasions. Having seen it dressed down I needed to give it ago. This is where it’s useful to be married to an ex-hipster (stuck in the early 2000’s). One of his old band t-shirts paired with black skinny jeans (ps. the most useful thing to own) and the trench is ready for casual outing.
So if you find yourself at home with nothing to do I highly recommend raiding through your wardrobe and discovering what you already own. And when there’s a need for new – this quote is a good one to remember.
- Hanna x
We have some pretty special little people in our lives. And there is nothing more fun than finding little presents to give them. Once again Pinterest is our best friend (surprise)!
Here’s few fun little pressie ideas that I crafted to our sweet little friends. Also because they are not wallet busting it doesn’t matter if these little people decide to enjoy them for 5 minutes before they move on to the next thing! :)
Mouse in a tin (I’ve lost the link to the original if someone knows it please let me know and I’ll link up!)
Lolly Dollies (+in the name of fairness I had to add a few boy dollies too)
These are both such easy ideas and require very little materials. Top tip for finding nice coloured masking tapes is Ikea – their papery goods department is off the charts :)
Hope you’ve had a good long weekend! (The biggest mistake I made was to start watching the Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon – so hooked now!!)
- Hanna xx
We moved house nearly a month ago now and because of my mammoth summer holiday I actually had time to rustle up a card to let our friends know our new address.
All it took was a little staging of old suitcases, camera on timer and us (or our legs) in the frame and there we have it. I added “we’ve moved” text on the front and arranged the back in a postcard style in Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t your cup of tea then it could easily be done in Word or have you checked out A Beautiful Mess app where you can add text over photos? Easy peasy.
It feels almost old school to send a change of address cards rather than an email but it’s always fun to receive things in the post, right?! Bring back good old snail mail.
Hope your week’s off to a good start!
- Hanna x
We love a good cuppa over here. Boxes of loose tea are filling our cupboard shelves and trailing tea leaves are all over the place. In my post-move huff I decided to put a stop to it.
We had some jam jars left from all sorts of preserving so I washed and scrubbed off any sticky labels, dried and spray painted the lids black (I had chalkboard spray handy so that did the trick).
Now I had an excuse to get my beloved Dymo out and start making labels.
It’s so much easier to get the tea out of the jam jars rather than messing around with the boxes and bags. And maybe it’ll make me reach out for the green tea more often! ;)
Ps. This project was inspired by a brief stop in a shop called Granit in Stockholm where glass jars were labelled with dymo tags. Check them out!
At one point, back in the day when I was sharing a house with my girls, we had a TV that if you wanted the picture to come on you had to give the TV two really good solid thumps on the side. And like magic the picture came on.
Long gone are those days. After joining forces with the man I call my husband along came endless amounts of gadgets, speakers, routers etc. Now while I appreciate these gadgets, what I hate (no exaggeration) is the leads and cables that come with them. And as we’re renting we haven’t had the luxury of hiding leads inside walls and floors. It is no joke when I say that there are 7 different boxes in our TV unit and each of them have 4-5 leads coming or going from them.. if you bothered to do the maths you know there is a cable hell behind our unit.
But we have, finally, found a good solution for this (I don’t really know why it’s taken us so long) that pleases both of us: A metal cabinet (Ikea’s old stock, that we managed to score for £15 in a local second hand shop) that hides all our gadgety boxes and most cables inside it. It actually makes me happy just looking at it (even if the blasted router didn’t work inside its metal cage and has to be on the top). Completely shallow but still.
I’m glad the hunt for a TV unit is over. I’ll be okay with this one that hides my tangly nemesis inside it.
Sorry about the pun, but as it’s been a big Royal week, I couldn’t resist.
Anyway, I’m not here to talk about Royal babies but about beards. This one goes to all those who can grow a nice beard (or those who love these bearded chaps) and want it to keep looking and feeling nice too.
It was my husband’s birthday few weeks ago and I wanted to get him a beard oil. I’ve seen plenty of lovely American beard oils but with the postage across the Atlantic they’d end up costing an arm and a leg. So, after a bit of googlage, I came across this lovely company called Original Norfolk Beard Oil. It’s run by two friendly chaps (the service really is lovely!) who understand the difficulty of buying beard oil online. This is why they sell a small sample bottle (see the way they wrap and wax seal it above) of your chosen variety for £5, and if you like it and order a bigger bottle, they take that fiver of your order.
I went for the smokey Warrior scent as my hubs is a sucker for anything smokey. He was sceptical to start off with but is now completely hooked. The oil has made his beard much softer and makes it stay in shape (I think that makes sense if you have a beard). Converted to Beard Oil.
So if you or a bearded man in your life is in need of some beard nectar I’d highly recommend this Norfolk variety + you’re supporting a small independent business in the process.