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The Little Things #14 – The British Edition

Little Things British EditionWhat a last two weeks! It’s been a little quiet around these parts, but if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been busy visiting friends and family in the UK. In exchange for radio silence on the blog front, I’ve been eating homemade cakes, catching up with friends and watching two of my favourite people tie the knot. Here’s a slightly delayed version of The Little Things – The British Edition!

Blogging about: Well, not very much because I’ve been too busy attending weddings and whatnot, but before I left I wrote about San Francisco Pride and our long weekend in Miami.
Watching: Two of our dearest friends get married. This was the reason for our trip back and although jet lag and weddings don’t go well together, we had a wonderful day, danced all night and ate a lot of cheese. The venue, which you can see part of above, was a beautiful old barn decked in bunting and fairy lights, which made for a magical setting.
Making: The effort to have my haircut while in Bristol – before San Francisco I went to the same hairdresser for five years – she understands my #fringegirlproplems like no-one else. The result is seriously shorter than usual, but I’ve been assured that milkmaid braids will still be possible, thank goodness.
Buying: A few sale bits and pieces from shops that are harder to find in the US, including Topshop and Sweaty Betty. Oh, and pretty much the entirety of the Bourjois counter at Boots.
Reading: British magazines! ELLE, Red, Glamour and lots of Sunday supplements –my favourites – that Mama Ship-Shape has been keeping for me. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great magazines in the US but they are stuffed with adverts, lacking in double-page spreads and severely lacking in beauty freebies.
Listening to: The Cadbury Sisters – one of my favourite British bands – played at the wedding we attended and it was such a beautiful, intimate performance. They performed at Glastonbury this year and I was gutted I couldn’t be there, so this more than made up for it!
Wearing: A vintage wedding outfit that cost less than £15 – style post and photos coming soon!
Eating: Fish and chips, Mama Ship-Shape’s roast dinners and a mountain of Pieminister pie – we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food in San Francisco but these are the foods I’ve missed the most since the move.
Enjoying: Catching up with friends and family, which has included, in no particular order; swing dancing, baking giant Party Rings, loosing a pub quiz, dining with my favourite #blogclub babes, sipping champagne, picking strawberries, de-cluttering a wardrobe, putting the world to rights over breakfast, eating ice cream at the beach and surprise bagel lunches.
Looking forward to: My last two days here before I fly back on Tuesday.

What little things have you been loving lately?

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San Francisco Photo Diary

Blueberry pancakesDue to having spent the last five days in a very muddy field (I’ll see you again next year, Glastonbury!), today’s outfit post is being replaced by a photo diary of my holiday to San Francisco. This post is long overdue since our holiday was in March, but I was waiting until I was able to get the film from my Diana Mini camera developed. Time is rushing by so quickly at the moment – it feels like only last month that these photos were taken!

I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves, but highlights include cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, eating pancakes for breakfast every day, taking a ride on a cable car, visiting Alcatraz and horse riding in Point Reyes national park. Take me back there, please?

Tropical San Francisco plantsThe Golden Gate BridgeGraffiti in The MissionGolden Gate Bridge double exposureAlcatraz island signBurgers at The Ice Cream Soda BarPier 39 San FranciscoHorse riding at Five Brooks Ranch

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Zara goes to Berlin

Zara tarten scarf and red vintage dressGuten tag! It’s time for a outfit post from my recent trip to Berlin. Of course the Zara I’m referring to is my favourite New Thing, my reversible tartan/herringbone woollen scarf from Zara. I spotted this beauty a few weeks ago but foolishly didn’t buy it at the time, only to go back to Cabot Circus to find it had gone from the shelves. Luckily, it appeared again the day before we left for Berlin – perfect timing!

These shots were taken outside the Reichstag building after our free walking tour, which I cannot recommend highly enough if you visit Berlin. Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, groups of 15-20 tourists are led on foot around the city by knowledgable tour guides. We saw parts of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag building and the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, a square housing two neoclassical cathedrals and the Berlin Knozerthaus.

Our guide, Inken, spoke about her childhood growing up in Germany and the dramatic effect communism had on Berlin. Visiting parts of the Wall and hearing how it went up so quickly really put the history of the city into perspective – seeing normal buildings pockmarked with bullet holes was certainly surreal.

For early November, the weather was similar to the UK, if slightly chillier, so I could get away with wearing this vintage pinstripe dress (one of the dresses I found at the kilo sale) with a pair of black tights and my favourite Chelsea boots. The scarf and bowler hat kept me warm, though the blustering winds did try to sneak off with the latter on more than one occasion…

Auf Wiedersehen for now!

Red pinstripe dress – Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale / Tartan/herringbone scarf – Zara / Green bowler hat – H&M / Green leather belt – vintage / Leather satchel – c/o Dr Martens / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus

Reichstag building in BerlinBerlin outfit post outside the ReichstagAutumn leaves in BerlinPosing outside the Reichstag buildingZara tartan herringbone scarf

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Berlin Bound

A Long Weekend in Berlin

Rokit 40s red garbadine dress, £120 / New Look Pink sequin vest / Topshop duster coat, £99 / Mango tartan leggings, £38 / The Cambridge Satchel Company 14″ Leather Satchel, £130 / Clarks Hamble Oak shoes, £54.99

Next month I’m heading to Berlin for a long weekend and I need your help. Having never been to Berlin – or Germany, for that matter – before, I’d love to know your favourite places to eat, drink, shop and everything else in between.

I’m going to visit a friend who works out there as a journalist, so I’ll be in good hands, but as far as I’m concerned, the more suggestions for enjoying Berlin, the better! Aside from the Berlin Wall and its WWII history, all I know about the city is that it’s big on art, vintage and music, all of which sound just dandy to me.

If I could afford a whole new wardrobe for the trip, this is what I would take – I’ve had my eye on the Topshop duster jacket for months, and the Hamble Oak brogues from Clarks toe the line perfectly between jazz dance and bookish. I think it will be pretty cold over there so any vintage I take with me, like this beautiful wine coloured garbadine dress from Rokit, will probably be hidden under layers of coats, jumpers and scarves, so colourful, fun accessories will be key!

So before I head off in search of a guidebook, what recommendations for this fine city can you give me?

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