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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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We left our little apartment in Bath on the 2nd March. I wanted to update you all properly at the time but I got ill the day we left and only managed to leave the house three times in the three weeks following. I can’t believe a whole month has passed, our two months in Bath flew too, this year seems supersonic.

Typically, the day we left was the day after the “Beast from the East” arrived. My parents came up in the minibus to help haul our stuff (ok, ok.. mainly just my stuff) home, and it’s a good job they did because my poor little Perry the Peugeot was frozen solid. So we left Perry at the station and Sam and I laid in the back of the minibus surrounded by boxes for the two hour journey home- definitely legal.

We hoped Perry would be ok when the weather warmed up a bit. Mum and dad wen’t back to get him a few days later but he didn’t make it, R.I.P.

I appreciate my affection towards, and personification of, my fourteen year old Peugeot 206 may be a bit much but we had it for 7 years, I learned to drive in it, passed my test in it (ehem.. second time..), it was my first car so even though it was only worth £30 scrap, I loved it. I loved Perry so much in fact that I’ve just got a replacement that’s exactly the same. Well it’s actually two years older, lol, but more on that love affair soon.

 

 

Bath was a great change of pace. I felt lost and a bit stuck and the end of last year, I didn’t know what I wanted I just knew something needed to change and I’m very grateful I was in a position to change it- even if only temporarily.

It was so nice to have our own space for the first time, and surprisingly I didn’t miss home too much. Our apartment was perfect, so beautifully decorated and right in the center. The apartment we stayed in is an Airbnb so if you’re planning a trip to Bath you should definitely check it out!

Workwise, Bath was great. It’s such a beautiful city, creating content was so easy and living right in the city center gave me a reason to get up and shoot every day.

But I don’t miss it. I’m glad we went and I enjoyed our time there but I can’t see myself living there. It’s inspired me to explore living in more cities around Europe, and the break from London has made me really miss it. I’ve been in London a lot over the last week and it’s feeling inspiring to me again. I’m happy to be home.

 

(Bath City Guide coming soon!)

 

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Last week flew past me. I’m feeling super settled in our lovely little apartment now, but it has been really weird moving away from home for the first time, so here’s a few things I’ve learnt in my first week.

 

 

I’m a Terrible Cook.

Really terrible. I knew I wasn’t very good at cooking when I lived at home, but I thought I would at least be able to throw something half decent together- I can’t. I appreciate cooking takes a long time to master but like all skills: some people just don’t get it, and I fear I’m one of those people (for now I will blame it on the fact we didn’t have scales so I had to guess measurements…).

 

You Have to Buy So Many Random Things. 

Even staying at a fully furnished apartment, we were missing loads of random knickknacks and gizmos we didn’t even realise we use all the bloody time- and they’re weirdly expensive for what they are. Kitchen scales, cheese-grater, shower curtain, a ladle, one of those vegetable steamer things that goes over the saucepan??

What would we do without IKEA?

Oh and condiments! Bloody hell. Salt & pepper shakers, spices, ketchup, olive oil, soy sauce, the list goes onnnnnnnnn.

 

Days Feel Much Longer. 

I’m getting so much done- it’s madness. I do miss my morning routine of eating breakfast while watching shit TV with mum (for what felt like 15 minutes but was actually two hours). And you wouldn’t believe how much more time you have when you don’t have dogs. I’m pretty sure I spent over half my time at home playing with the dogs- I really miss them though, they sadly don’t understand FaceTime.

 

The Highs are Higher but the Lows are Lower. 

I’ve been really enjoying living here. I’m loving city life- it’s so convenient. Bath is beautiful and work is a million times easier here. I’ve had days where I’m overwhelmingly happy but they seem to have been balanced by overwhelmingly sad days. I don’t feel like I’m finding it difficult to adjust, I felt settled almost immediately, I just keep having really down days where I struggle to do anything. I’m hoping it’s just because it’s such a big change, and it will get better over time.

 

I Don’t Feel Like an Adult. 

I thought everyone felt like this but Sam said he feels like an adult so now I’m worried. I feel like a child. I don’t feel immature in the slightest, I just feel like I’m not a ‘grown-up’. As if someone’s going to turn up at our door and be like “Come on Chloe, stop messing around, time to go home”- Since when have I been old enough to rent an apartment? Bizarre.

 

I’d love to know- what did you learn when you moved away for the first time?

 

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Jacket – Urban Outfitters

Top – Primark (Similar HERE)

Jumpsuit – Reformation (Similar HERE)

Boots – Public Desire

Bag – Dylan Kain

Sunglasses – Rayban

 

 

I’m tired of feeling stuck, I’m tired of all the ideas I have that I don’t act upon. The feeble excuses.  It’s time to put my foot down and remind myself I never wanted to be the person who was all talk no trousers.

Don’t get me wrong- it has been hard. For the last three years grief has been my closest companion and I’ve been struggling to get out of bed most days. But the whole time I was saying the same thing- nothing will change until my situation changes. And thankfully, for the first time in the last three years I’m in a position to change my situation. So, I did. We moved into our little apartment on Monday and I couldn’t be happier.

Of course, grief won’t disappear with a change of scenery, there will still be down days- in fact, today was one of them (more often than not they don’t seem to be triggered by anything in particular, just an unshakable mood that I can only hope will be gone in the morning). But I’m hoping there will be much fewer. I feel really positive about this little adventure and for the first time in so long I feel really truly excited to get up and create content every day.

I won’t lie, Instagram hasn’t been my friend since this damned algorithm came into play and it has been very disheartening. But I think it’s about time I admitted it’s not completely Instagram’s fault. I was a poor excuse of a Fashion Blogger last year (I won’t beat myself up about it because I did all I could given the circumstances). The algorithm might be a complete ball-ache but I know that if my content is good enough, it will be seen. And last year, it just wasn’t good enough. I need to work less, but work better. I need to learn how to log off. I need to give myself space from my work so I can look at it objectively.

Bloggers who are just starting up often message me for advice on how to grow their audience, and every time (above all else) my answer is the same: “Quality and consistency.”

I’ve recently realised I’m awful at following my own advice. How ironic that for the last year I’ve been wondering why Instagram hates me when I’ve been neglecting my advice.

Quality & consistency is much harder than it sounds, but I’m going to put my advice to the test and see if it was actually never Instagram’s fault after all. Wish me luck.

 

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