Happy 1st September to you! Pinch and a punch first of the month. Over on Fishee designs blog, you may have been used to my Monday Musings which gave me a place to share with you, what I have been up to over the weekend and an update on life in general. I decided with the change of the blog it was time to give it a refresh and a title which was more apt, and more me, so welcome to mermaid tales. The principle is essentially the same it just has a new name. If you follow me on Instagram and had a cheeky read of my Things I Love Thursday, you will have seen I was away camping last week with my little family in Bridport. We have had a lovely time away and I definitely needed the holiday, as always after a little break i am feeling inspired and looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow. Although I wish I could stay by the coast forever, it really will always feel like home to me. We have been pretty lucky with the weather considering the forecast and have been able to get out everyday and explore the local towns without too much rain. We have been to Weymouth, Portland Bay, Lyme Regis, Seaton, Swanage, Christchurch, Beer, Upwey and driven through lots of beautifully quaint English villages along the way. My highlights have been walking the 2.5miles from our tent, across the coastal path on the only day of blue skies (nope didn’t moan a bit going up those incredibly steep cliff paths getting hot and sweaty at all!) to sit in the gorgeous sunshine, drinking cider and eating lovely food, at the Anchor Inn in Seatown. Then walking back along the (seemingly never ending) rocky coast and swimming in the sea in all my clothes with Logan while Brad and Puggy sat and watched. On a random detour back from a day out in Dorchester, we discovered a lovely art gallery in Upwey where I fell in love with the shell necklaces by Cath Coffin. On my birthday we drove over the rolling hills with a sea view and through the villages to try and find it again because Brad wanted to treat me to a beautiful handcrafted silver clam shell necklace as my gift. I truly love it and it’s the first piece of jewellery he has bought me (in five years..! Shocking I know.. ) so I will treasure it forever, it’s so special to me. My favourite place we have been is walking around Lyme Regis whilst the Folk Festival was on. It’s the St Ives of Dorset with quaint lanes, fisherman’s cottages and cute shops and bakeries. I bought myself a beautiful blue opalite ring in the Coombe Street Gallery with the money mum gave me for my birthday. I love opals and although it is synthetic, I have been looking for one in my finger size for ages and it seemed like the perfect time to treat myself when I saw it glittering in the window. I can’t believe how much attention Logan has received this week, everywhere we have been people have been stopping us to ask what breed he is and congratulating us on such a beautiful dog, he’s been the star of the show, poor Puggy has been out shone. Plus, since we picked up an anti pull harness in Swanage from a very helpful local pet shop, the stress of walking with him has been completely eliminated and I feel like we have bonded again, I’m looking forward to being able to take both Puggy and Logan out for autumn walks when we get back. We have indulged in so much food and consumed a fair few pints of ale and cider this week and are both feeling pretty satisfied but we are looking forward to getting back on the healthy eating plan. To be fair we have walked so many miles this week that I hope it hasn’t had too bigger impact on the scales, but if you can’t indulge on holiday when can you! Back to work tomorrow!
This week we have been camping at Highlands End Holiday Park in Bridport with my little family, Brad, Logan and Puggy. We arrived to our coastal cliff side campsite in torrential rain and winds on Monday afternoon, and were met with several other tents already ruin by the elements. Brad and I looked at each other and sarcastically and toyed with the idea of turning around and heading home! But instead we took a deep breath, took the dogs along the pebbly beach for a walk in the rain and prepared our plan of action for erecting the tent in the blustery weather. Luckily by the time we had walked just a short way along the beach, the horizon was looking a lot clearer and we decided to make the most of the window of clear skies and get the tent up, quick style. No longer than we had put the last tent peg in had the heavens heavens opened again.
Our first night was needless to say a restless one with the tent being battered solidly for the entire night, we barely got a wink of sleep, but luckily that was the worst of it and since then we have had some drizzle on and off but the nights have been quiet which means we have had a good nights sleep ready for lots of walking in the day.
Things I Love Thursday
♥ Starting the holiday off with a weekend full of friends fun and filth with Fenner, (my best friend the bride) Helen and Dani (my fellow bridesmaids) for bridesmaid dress shopping in Bristol.
♥ Having a week off with the family with limited social media access (by choice!)
♥ Walking with the dogs, on the beach, through the forest around the Dorset towns.
♥ Starting on Orange is the New Black, were hooked. I have been reluctant to start since I know what I’m like on binge watching on Netflix when I get hooked but as we have the week of it seemed the perfect time.
♥ Meeting up with Mum and Grandma and getting some lovely birthday gifts.
♥ Spending last night with our yearly holiday buddies Kat and Nick for WAY too much Chinese and sofies (sofa selfies, obvs!)
♥ Reconnecting with my DSLR taking lots of photos with Brad and the pooches. Can’t wait to share with you next week.
♥ The fact the weather has been kind to us considering the forecast.
♥Swimming in the lush indoor swimming pool here in Bridport.
♥I posted this Mermaid post a year ago, it came up on my timehop app, maybe there is just mermaid in the air this time of year.
Business & Blog Stuff
Style & Design Stuff
♥I love to fill my home for free and this sign that Vicki picked up is ace!
Is it just me or does autumn feel like it is just around the corner? This week I have had my socks on more days than not and I have even put a hat on on two occasions. Although I do love summer, I have to say, autumn is my favourite time of year. Well actually I love all times of year, our british weather gives us such a variety, and you know what they say – Variety is the spice of life.
I do love it when the cooler air kicks in and the leaves start dropping from the trees, usually I don’t find myself saying this until at least after my birthday (which by the way is on Saturday!) but I am more than happy to start embracing the new season. It also means a whole new wardrobe change, which is never a bad thing (apart from for my bank balance!). Having said all that, we are down in Bridport camping this week with the pooches for a little family holiday on the lead up to my birthday (errr did I mention it is my birthday soon!?) so I do hope the rain holds back for us. Other wise we will have a week of wet dog in a small confined tent – with views over the Jurassic coast none the less!
Featured in the Photos: Sparkly Hat (Charity Shop) ♥ Purple Shirt (from an old lady at the car boot) ♥ Peace & Love Muscle Tee (Primark) ♥ Floral Jeans (Asda 3 years ago that I finally got back in to!) ♥ Melon Earrings ♥ Sugar Skull Necklace ♥ Metallic bag (Claire’s – Similar) ♥ Cleated Sole Boots (River Island Sale – Similar) ♥ Rings ♥
In addition to the awesome accessories you can see featured in the outfit photos, I thought as usual, I would pull together the best sparkly rockstar products online so you can be your own rockstar!
Marcus Lupfer Chunky Embellished Beanie ♥ Vague Muscle Tee ♥ High waisted Floral Skinny Jeans ♥ Bright Pink Bag ♥ White Sole Cleated Heel Boots ♥ Chunky Necklace ♥ Plum Nail Varnish ♥ Dark Crystal Ring ♥
There is a lot to love this week, first and foremost, is my shed… It is now (almost) fully decorated and I am currently sat in my pink gingham fireside armchair with puggy on my lap. Surrounded with white wooden walls and kitch pastel teal and pink canvasses up and pink rose fairy lights twinkling around me… I even picked up a teak fold down table from a junk furniture shop and have half covered it in pink floral sticky back plastic (I didn’t work out how much I needed so I need to go and get somemore and hope that they have the same pattern!) This is finally my perfect work area! There’s still lots I want to do with it such as have a bit more furniture, some shelving or something to store a few bits and pieces. I need a floor lamp for working in to the evening and possibly a heater for the colder winter months that feel like they are closing in. Aaand there is a few finishing touches to made to the paint work around the doors and windows, but I was so eager to get in here, I just couldn’t wait to start work any longer! I think it may even be a space that Brad and I can sit of an evening enjoying the view, with some dinner and wine!
Things I Love Thursday
♥ Decorating my shed inside and out, my office is finally in use.
♥ Of course, launching my new Mermaid Gossip website and getting some great feedback.
♥ Covering my fireside armchair myself, saving £400 if I had have got someone else to do it, it is by no means perfect but it will do me and my shed.
♥ Discovering this Wifi Extender existed to allow me to work at the end of the garden with no trouble with a dropping internet connection.
♥ Getting back in to my jeans, this actually happened last week but I think I forgot to mention it, I am officially a stone lighter than I was in January! Wuhoo! Go me!
♥ Spending time catching up with Grandma over the weekend
♥ Being back in Bournemouth and realising how much I miss the beach, especially now I have Puggy, we went for at least four beach walks over Saturday and Sunday to make the most of it!
♥ Spending last night with Brad in the shed, eating a lovely meal that he cooked, and making 90s nostalgic playlists on Spotify and blasting music out of the Basscase until midnight last night! So much fun.
Blog & Business Stuff
♥ If you are looking for some blogging inspiration, The Blogcademy have release four more Home School videos to help.
♥ Are you so busy you are burning out? I was there just a few weeks ago, put things in perspective, dude!
♥ I love all the treasures that The Dainty Squid has collected from the beach, just makes me wish I was still living near the beach even more!
Style and Design Stuff
♥ How cute is Megan’s Blogstock festival outfit – I hope there will be a round two of this festival so I can go next year!
♥ Eeeeek and these space cat designs are too cute for words!
♥ I love this Japanese street style, makes me want to go to Japan!
♥ I really want to try some of these awesome colour contact lenses for some of my outfit posts in the future.
♥ I am huge fan of doing and making things for free or almost free, this is such a great way to save £s on a new bed!
If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!
If you are in Bristol, I can not recommend Kaycie highly enough, she really is a fantastic nail artist, she has such an eye for detail and has such control with miniature art. Her salon in Brislington is beautifully decorated and adds a touch of luxury, whilst being affordable and fantastic value for money. However, I appreciate, not everyone will be able to get a nail salon, so for the past few months we have been creating videos for you to try these things at home. The videos range in ability and a lot of the videos have been inspiration up until now, but since I have my new blog to create awesome content for (which is all very exciting) we have plans to create some fantastic nail tutorials that you can easily accomplish at home, we will be testing out new techniques and just having fun with nail design. I really hope you continue to enjoy our videos and inspiration.
This week (because I have gone a bit Mermaid mad!) with the launch of the new blog, it seemed only right to do something mermaid inspired, check out the video below to see how we achieved the look.