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A Girly City Break in Bath

Chilling next to the Roman BathsDespite only being a short drive or train ride away, I don’t make it to Bath as often as I’d like. For various reasons I’ve been trying to visit more recently and I did make it there and back on two wheels last weekend, ticking off a bucket list dream.

Although I’ve visited the city for vintage fairs at Green Park, new exhibitions at the Fashion Museum and taken part in the Bath Half Marathon a few years ago, I’d never contemplated staying overnight.

With Mr Ship-Shape being away on a two week business trip in the States, it seemed like perfect timing when the lovely folks at the Francis Hotel offered me the chance to stay in one of their beautiful rooms, taking a girlfriend along with me for the weekend.

Enjoying the Roman BathsHidden streets in BathTaking photos of the wallpaperbreakfast at the FrancisS of Beautiful Plumage and I trundled off to Bath on a couple of Fridays ago and as we approached Queen Square we spotted the Francis. After a long week of work, seeing this grand building was exactly the ticket and we couldn’t wait to get inside. The interior was very colourful and contemporary and S and I both loved the cameo wallpaper, no doubt a nod to the Jane Austin Museum that sits just a few hundred meters up the road.

After a night of dinner and cocktails followed by sitting in our pyjamas reading magazines and watching Sex & The City (is it possible to get more stereotypical girly weekend? I think not…) we hit the hay, eager to get up for a day of exploring Bath.

Regular readers will know that breakfast is a big deal for me – it’s arguably my favourite meal of the day and I especially have a thing for hotel breakfasts (continental and full english? Don’t mind if I do). The breakfast the next morning was delicious and I made sure I had a couple of several mini danishes along with a short stack of scotch pancakes, bacon and maple syrup.

After stuffing ourselves silly and taking a few snaps of our outfits, S and I played tourist for the day and went to see the GEORGIANS: Dress for polite society exhibition at the Fashion Museum, and the Roman Baths, which despite being ridiculously central, I’d never visited before. As well as taking in the history of the venue, we also made sure we had a few tourist photos with the roman actors and actresses!

One of my favourite things about this city is just is it is to get around on foot – everything is relatively close by and although I did get a little confused wandering through all the tiny adjoining streets in a bid to show S The Makery and find Ben’s Cookies. By the time we’d done a spot of window shopping and had a wander around Milsom Place, it was time to head back to Bristol. I’ll definitely be heading back to Bath before long – do you have any recommendations for my next trip?

A big thank you to the staff at the Francis – ever member we encountered was extremely helpful and polite, even parking S’s car so she didn’t have to navigate the car park. Although our stay was arranged for us, all opinions are genuine – we had a lovely weekend and I’d definitely stay at the Francis again!

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Give us a Whistle

Autumn leavesCheesiest post title ever? Probably, but how could I not make a pun when wearing this beautiful Whistles skirt?

At the weekend one of my favourite ladies and I went on a city break to Bath. Despite the weather forecast predicting rainclouds, we spent a gloriously sunny afternoon pottering around the city. I packed several outfits for our girly weekend away, this floral skirt and casual grey t-shirt combo being one of them.

I’m currently going through a serious wardrobe edit and this Whistles number is one I’m stilling ‘umming and ahhing’ over, as Mama Ship-Shape would say. I bought it in the sale a few years ago because it was pretty, made of silk and covered in flowers, but once I found a home for it in my wardrobe, it never really saw the light of day again.

Too pretty for everyday wear, a little too tight around the middle to wear on a date night (becuase any date with me involves eating a lot of food), it’s a skirt I’m on the fence about. Do you think it’s a keeper?

Floral skirt – Whistles / Grey marl t-shirt – Zara / Black bag and pearl necklace – clothes swap / Shoes – Topshop

Thanks to the lovely Beautiful Plumage for taking these photos.

An OOTD in BathNeedle in Queens Square BathFrom where I standWhistles skirt and grey tshirtTrees in Queens SquareWhistles skirt and Topshop shoes

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Bath in Fashion 2014

Bath Fashion Museum Dress of the Year 2013.jpg

What do you get if you take 12 bloggers, a host of fashion brands and one very stylish city? That would be the Bath in Fashion scavenger hunt.

Today Bath in Fashion 2014 kicks off, and a few weeks ago a bunch of us bloggers from the South West had the opportunity to find out more about the week-long event. You can see the full line-up here, but highlights include film screenings, a vintage fashion fair, S/S 14 catwalk shows and Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki in conversation with Hilary Alexander.

Part of our preview involved a scavenger hunt to find the city’s best spring trends. After arriving a little late, I teamed up with TaraKelly and Polly to race around the city, sniffing out florals, pastels, sheer and metallic trends from some of Bath’s best retailers, the results of which you can see on Instagram.

Bath high streetAfter the scavenger hunt, our final destination was the Fashion Museum, one of my favourite places in Bath.

The current programme of exhibitions includes the deigns of David Sassoon, the Georgian era and Dress of the Year 2013, which was a Christopher Kane number chosen by Style Bubble‘s Susanna Lau. This is the first time a fashion blogger has been asked to select a dress (usually an honour bestowed upon print journalists and editors) so it’s a pretty landmark year for the award. If you’re planning on coming to the city this week then the Fashion Museum should definitely be on your list to visit!

To find out more about the events taking place this week, check out the Bath in Fashion website.

Bath Fashion Museum flyerCorsets and crinolinesBellvile sassoon designsGlass chandalier

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Bath in Fashion: T is for Toast

Toast Eva top and plimsoles

Last week I was invited to attend an event at Toast, following the S/S13 Bath in Fashion catwalk show. Situated on one of my favourite streets in Bath (Bartlett Street) Toast is close to the Fashion Museum, Yen Sushi and some fantastic boutiques.

We don’t have a Toast in Bristol, so it’s a brand I’ve only browsed online and in their beautifully designed matte paper catalogues. Thursday’s event was to celebrate Bath in Fashion and showcase the brand’s S/S13 trends, and it provided an opportunity to catch up with some of the BiF Bloggers over mini macaroons and fruit tarts. Unfortunately my camera died before I got to the shop, so I don’t have any photos of the evening – complete with thoughtful staff and beautiful yellow posies of flowers for each customer, which can be seen in Roisin’s post.

Fortunately I was lucky enough to take away some goodies which can be seen here. I fell in love with the square neck Eva top, with its pale blue poplin fabric and buttoned up back, and this pair of classic white plimsoles. The weekend saw just enough sunshine to make the most of this outfit before it started raining again yesterday – I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit without having to carry an umbrella coat/galoshes ‘just in case’!

Have you shopped at Toast before? And are there any outfits you’re saving at the back of your wardrobe for when spring eventually arrives?

Eva top – c/o Toast / Paper bag waist skirt – H&M / White plimsoles – c/o Toast

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Bath in Fashion: S/S13 catwalk show and BIF Blogger Awards

Bath in Fashion S/S13 Catwalk Show

On Thursday I jumped on a bus and spent the afternoon in Bath, to attend the Bath in Fashion S/S13 catwalk show, and find out who had been crowned Bath in Fashions’ Blogger of the Year.

♥ If you were following the #BIFBloggers hashtag on Twitter you’ll know by now that I didn’t win (that accolade went to Lorna of Raindrops of Sapphire) but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I was chuffed just to be shortlisted, and I’m grateful for the tweets, Facebook messages and your comments on this blog showing your support – normal, non-‘vote for me’ service shall now resume! 

The sun was shining and it was a lovely day, so before the show I did a spot of window shopping and soaked up the sun next the impressive Bath Abbey, before arriving at the Assembly Rooms where the show was taking place. It was all a bit of a rush when I arrived – that’s the buzz of fashion shows for you – but I managed to meet Roisin and see Gabrielle, who I meet on Monday at the Mouvements de Femmes exhibition, before we took our places on the FROW.

Uttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion

Sat between Megan and Steph, I waited eagerly for the show to start, only to discover that I’d accidentally turned my camera on earlier in the day, so my battery was drained and cut out half way through the show. #bloggerfail

Luckily I managed to capture the first half, with each scene representing one of the four fashion capitals of the world. Brands included a mix of high street, designer and local independent labels, all styled by the lovely Rebekah Roy, who also selected the shortlist for the BIF Blogger Award.

I enjoyed the show but it ended quite abruptly, so I didn’t get a chance to congratulate Lorna or meet the rest of the shortlisted bloggers, which was a shame. It felt like the award section of the show was a bit of an afterthought, which is surprising, given how detailed the rest of the Bath in Fashion programme has been.

It would have been great to spend a bit more time getting to chat to everyone either before or after the show, but with another show to prep for I guess the turn around needed to be quite quick. Fortunately we were invited to a post-show event at Toast, where I met George and was able to have a proper natter with her.

Thanks to Bath in Fashion for a fun afternoon, and again to everyone who voted for me! Have you made it to any of the Bath in Fashion events yet?

L K Bennett at Bath in FahionUttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion WeekBanana Republic at Bath in Fashion