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The Sunshine’s back (and hopefully to stay this time) so I’ve been assessing my Summer wardrobe and searching for items to fill a few gaps I’ve found.

Here’s a collection of highstreet pieces I’ve got my eye on, focusing on Summer classics that never go out of style: light and earthy colours, simple silhouettes, raw hems, satin and straw.

 

 

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24th October 2017 was the third anniversary of Dylan’s death. I wanted to write an update for you all but to be completely honest it was a real shitter of a year and from October until now has been the toughest since Dylan died.

 

This post is late partly because I didn’t feel up to writing it, but also because three years sounds like such a long time I wasn’t prepared to see it written down.

It feels like a lifetime since I last saw D, but at the same time it feels like for the last three years I’ve been going fast-forward on VHS- I kind of know what happened but it’s all a bit blurry and I’m not really sure how I got from that point to now.

I’m scared to admit that I’m struggling more than ever. The more time goes on the more people expect me to be ok, the more pressure I feel to be feeling better, for the day-to-day to be easier and it’s not. I’ve been hesitant to say it because I don’t want any of you who are grieving to feel like it won’t get better, grief is so wildly different for everyone. I started writing these posts almost as a yearly log of my grief, and I feel I should continue to write them whether that year has been just about bearable or downright awful.

 

Every day is still a struggle.

 

If you haven’t lost someone so close to you, it’s hard to imagine when someone says they think about someone every day. It seems like it’s just one of those cliche things people say, and before you’ve experienced it you might get a fleeting thought of ‘surely not EVERY day’.

It’s not a cliche, it’s true.

Dylan was as big a part of my life as I am, there are so many things that remind me of him. Every song I sang to him. Every song we listened to together. Every song we played at his funeral. The park. The beach. My dogs. A wheelchair. A buggy. Anything monkey related. The smell of that Hollister aftershave he put on before the community nurse he had a crush on came over. Gingernut biscuits, drumsticks and blackjacks. The list is never-ending.

Imagine a day where you don’t hear, see, smell, or taste something that reminds you of someone you love. Then believe me when I say not a single day goes by.

 

 

I feel numb and lost.

 

That’s all I feel I can say right now but hopefully things will get better soon.

Sending you all lots of love.

 

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Bag – Topshop / Mules – Mango (Old, similar tagged) / Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

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Button-down dresses have long been a favourite of mine so I’m incredibly glad they’re a huge trend for Summer 2018. I’ve had the one pictured for two years now and love it just as much as when it was new. I’ve been hunting for a similar one so you could all shop it too but sadly there doesn’t seem to be an exact copy about. I did manage to find a few similar ones (linked above), but on my search I found lots of other lovely button-downs, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you- Oh, and I accidentally bought two for myself.

They’re a classic piece, they never go out of style, and they’ll stay in your wardrobe for years. I prefer ones with a little sleeve or off the shoulder, because they’re less ‘holiday’ looking than strappy button downs, so they’re easy to style for Spring and Autumn too.

 

Printed Buttton Down Dresses

 

Button Down Midi Dresses

 

Button Down Mini Dresses

 

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A combination of my own recommendations, from 2 months living in Bath City Center, and recommendations from friends and readers I didn’t have the chance to try myself.

 

Where To Stay

My Recommendations:

 

Airbnb Apartment

We stayed in this apartment for our full two months in Bath. Located in the city center, a five to ten minute walk from Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, The Circus and The Royal Crescent. It’s beautifully decorated, ideal for short or long stays, and has a full kitchen if you wish to cook for yourself. Perfect for groups, sleeps up to 6 adults.

 

 

Grove Lodge

A beautifully decorated luxurious B&B, offering three themed suites (Georgian Suite pictured below). A five minute drive from the City center, with private off-road parking. Sam and I stayed here for our anniversary in 2016- It’s the perfect place for a special occasion, especially if you’re looking to stay somewhere quieter and more private.

The owners, Mary & Giovanni, are very welcoming and have lots of great recommendations for seasonal events and lesser known gems in Bath.

 

 

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a five star hotel with an award-winning spa. We stayed here early last year, for work rather than pleasure so unfortunately we didn’t get to explore very much. We did pop down to the spa briefly and I would love to visit again. It’s a short walk from Bath Spa train station, and has valet parking (at an extra cost). They offer spa days, stays, and treatments. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for luxury and relaxation in the very city center.

 

 

 

 

Things To See And Do

 

My Recommendations:

The Royal Crescent

The Circus (Above, left)

Bath Abbey

You can climb the steps to the top of Bath Abbey (weather permitting) for the most stunning views over Bath.

The Roman Baths 

Fascinating. A must-see for Bath tourists.

Victoria Art Gallery 

A free public gallery, a great place to learn more about Bath’s history.

Crazy Golf, Victoria Park 

Very fun, highly recommend. 

Margaret’s Buildings 

A narrow lane of independent shops and cafe’s between The Circus & The Royal Crescent

Pulteney Bridge

A beautiful tourist sight over the River Avon. Cross the bridge to walk down picturesque Great Pulteney Street to The Holburne Museum, or stay city side and take a wander down into the Parade Gardens.

 

Recommended to Me:

Thermae Bath Spa 

Bath Fashion Museum

Pug & Puffin

The Jane Austen Museum

San Francisco Fudge Factory

Theatre Royal

 

 

 

Tea & Coffee – Cafe’s / Light Bites

 

My Recommendations:

Hunter & Sons

Great for brunch. (Vegetarian & Vegan food options – plant milks available.)

Society Cafe (Vegetarian food options – plant milks available.)

The Kingsmead Kitchen

Great for breakfast. (Vegetarian & Vegan food options – plant milks available.)

 

Recommended to Me:

Adventure Cafe

Boston Tea Party

Burano Cafe, Brissi

CASCARA

Colonna Coffee

Chapel Arts Cafe

Emily’s Tea Room, Francis Hotel

Mokoko (We tried Mokoko but the coffee wasn’t to our taste, still worth a try if you’re a coffee lover!)

Rosarios

 

 

 

Where To Eat

 

My Recommendations:

Beyond The Kale Open 8:30am – 7pm 

Completely Vegetarian / Vegan with gluten free options too. The food is delicious, I couldn’t recommend it more. Great for lunch. 

The Cornish Bakery – For Lunch

Delicious pasties and pastries, great service and prices. Opposite The Roman Baths, perfect if you’re in a rush or on the go. (Vegetarian options available)

DoughLunch & Dinner

My highest recommendation for dinner, if you’re only in Bath for one night you should go here. They offer a wide variety of pizza bases, including gluten free, and have lots of Vegetarian & Vegan options – they even have Vegan cheese! The perfect place if you have a mix of meat eaters and veggies. The owner is the most entertaining and charismatic host.

Framptons – All Day

Right by Pulteney Bridge, a great place for lunch or dinner. (Vegetarian & Vegan options available)

Bistrot Pierre – Lunch & Dinner

A chain that seems to be everywhere in Britain apart from the South-East. The food is good, the service is fantastic, and it’s really affordable. (Vegetarian options available)

Thai Basil Restaurant – Lunch & Dinner

Really tasty, you can eat in or order on Deliveroo if you fancy a takeaway. (Vegetarian options available)

 

Recommended to Me:

Aqua – Lunch & Dinner

Corkage – Lunch (Fridays and Saturdays only) & Dinner Tuesday-Saturday

Cosy Club – Lunch & Dinner 

The Eastern Eye – Lunch & Dinner

Ole Tapas – Lunch & Dinner

Sotto Sotto – Lunch & Dinner

Yak Yeti Yak – Lunch & Dinner

 

 

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