Yorkshire is always being named among the best places to holiday in Britain. 216 million people visit the region every year.
Yorkshire folk are proud of their roots but sometimes even we take for granted what’s under our noses.
I was born, grew up and have nearly always lived here but there are still things I want to do and see but haven’t.
This is my list of what I love in Yorkshire, what’s on my ‘to do’ list… and what I admit I sometimes overlook!
You could spend weeks, months exploring Yorkshire. When I get chance I love walking and cycling but every time I do I think: I don’t do this enough. We have three national parks (Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District), three areas of outstanding natural beauty (North Pennines, Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills) and a stunning rugged coastline. The winding coastal streets of Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby and Runswick Bay, all in North Yorkshire, are wonderful for getting lost in.
An exhibition in Yorkshire is celebrating a time when British popular culture first captivated the world and features creations by such icons of the 20th century as Andy Warhol and Vivienne Westwood.
I’ve been spying these kinds of awesome ear cuffs around the net for a while.
(via Pinterest/Who What Wear)
I waited faithfully for a long time for them to start appearing on the British high street but, alas, they didn’t come (or at least I didn’t see them).
So it was one Saturday, before I had an evening cocktail session planned, that I set about making my own. I had decided on my outfit that morning and knew an ear cuff would be a perfect fit. Read more »
Florals have been around for a while but they’re everywhere this season.
You may remember it was one of the key trends I picked out for spring and summer.
They’re even being worn head to toe – accessories and all – which may be a little much for me. I’m not normally one for bearing blooms but I’m certainly being tempted by some of the pretty prints out there.
So often we operate at full speed, taking very little ‘me’ time and then wonder why we feel so completely shattered.
Recently Anna and I spent a heavenly day selfishly indulging ourselves at Titanic Spa in the village of Linthwaite in Huddersfield.
I saw this cheery Manchester town house on Apartment Therapy recently. It’s owned by Sophie and Nick who live there with their young children Ivy and Sylvie – and Winifred the cat.
It’s a masterclass in dressing your home if your interior tastes are a mismatch with your bricks and mortar. This is a Victorian property filled with finds from the mid-20th century.
It’s fearless, fun and experimental. The owners’ mantra is: “Don’t hold back. If you love it, it will find a home somewhere.”
One of the best moments of my wedding day was the moment I stepped into church with my dad and saw all the people we love gathered under one roof.
That moment will be the first time the guests clap eyes on the bride but it’s also the first time the bride gets a look at her wedding. Until then you might have only seen your decorations in a box in your house and just imagined what they would look like on the big day.
We often give a great deal of thought to the reception décor and details: table plan and numbers, centrepieces, favours… But is the ceremony décor something of an afterthought? These ideas for aisle styling show it shouldn’t be.
The right styling sets the perfect atmosphere in which to say your vows and gives guests a taste of how your reception might look.
As summer approaches, I love adorning my wrists with racks of colour.
These bright bracelets take minutes to knock up, you can get that festival feel by wearing several at once and they will go with virtually any casual outfit – all you need is the right coloured cord.
Something amazing has happened and I have you to thank.
First, it was lovely to hear from so many of you that you had kindly taken the time to nominate me in Company magazine’s style blogger awards.
Then I found out I’d actually made the shortlist of 10 in the ‘best crafting blog’ category!
So now I have to ask you for another favour. Would you vote for me and see if (*pinches self*) we can’t try to actually win?!
This is what you do…
1. Go to Company’s style blogger awards page.
2. Click on where it says ‘Vote for your fave blogs here!’
3. There are 10 categories and the ‘best crafting blog’ category is the third one. You don’t have to vote in every category if you don’t want to. Just keep clicking ‘next page’ until you get to the crafting category. Then you will see this:
5. Click ‘next page’ to make your vote count.
6. Make yourself a cup of tea, cut a slice of cake and give yourself a big pat on the back for doing your bit to make someone happy.
Thank you again to every single one of you for your nominations and votes. It means the world.
Yorkshire-based designer Caroline Pratt launched her new collection of screen prints, cards and tea towels this month.
She fell in love with the work of 1950s textile designers 10 years ago while at university, attracted by their minimal, modernist approach to design.
She’s also inspired by the great outdoors, especially the Yorkshire Moors.