So summer is being pretty kind to us Brits this year, no?
How have you been spending these sunny days? As you know, I’ve been away camping and we’ve been busy making progress with the house renovation.
I’ve been going out more than usual after work, the snatched hours of evening sun making up for all the time lost inside earning a living.
I’m hoping to soon get to try a few new Leeds food joints I’ve heard good things about – (all the Bs!) Bundobust (check out Amy’s write-up of the preview night I’m sad I couldn’t make), Byron (the building looks stunning, as Emma agreed when she ate there) and Bird and Beast. I was a bit gutted I couldn’t get to last weekend’s Belgrave Music Hall monthly street feast and arts market – hopefully next time.
I’ve discovered Aldi’s version of Pimms is just as good as the real thing, and I’ve finally found a bit more time for reading. If you’re looking for a new novel, see if you fancy The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me, co-authored by my friend Jimmy. His dating blog used to crack me up and the first few pages of his début book haven’t disappointed.
It goes without saying Le Tour de Yorkshire a few days ago was incredible – one of our region’s proudest ever moments? – and I’m sure I’ll get into the Commonwealth Games when they start in Glasgow next week (although I am a bit upset with Scotland that they might leave us). That said, we’re thinking of squeezing in a sneaky trip to Edinburgh Fringe in August, when I also have a weekend in London booked and a couple of days set aside for spending with the girls drinking cocktails.
Husband and I have got some time off work booked in early September, so I’m hoping the fine weather lasts for some weeks yet.
I’ve started buying a few bits and pieces that I’ll share with you soon for my kitchen and living room – heavily inspired by Jen’s insight into how she decorates her rented house – for that moment that seems forever away when the rooms will be finished. In the meantime, want to see what I’m fancying adding to my wardrobe?
// 1 leaf print midi skirt, £38, Topshop / 2 Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Baker’ leather strap watch, £108.34, Nordstrom / 3 striped logo sweat, £75, Whistles / 4 jewel earrings, £9.99, Zara / 5 zig zag rope necklace, £14.50, Topshop / 6 Orelia arrow stud earring, £12, Asos / 7 cyclist eyelet trainer, £175, Stuart Weitzman at Harrods / 8 Alphabet Bags ‘Take the scenic route’ travel pouch, £20 //
PS just taking a short refresher break from telling you about my recent travels, back on that soon…
*written in collaboration with Harrods but content all my own and honest