It’s been quite a while since I shared any local places with you. My Bristol coffee guide was so long ago now that it definitely needs some updating. Trendy new places seem to pop up all the time in Bristol, we are certainly slightly over run with specialty coffee, flatwhites, avocado on sourdough and all the other super popular dishes of the moment. I’ve gathered a few of my favourites, all of which are well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Anna Cake Couture, Bristol

Anna Cake Couture – Clifton Village

Starting with the prettiest, Anna Cake Coutour. Primarily this is a cake shop where you can order anything from a box of macarons to your wedding cake. Dom ordered a salted caramel banana cake for his Mum’s birthday and all I can say is I hope I get the same treatment come my birthday! They also have a small cafe, plus some tables outside, where you can enjoy a nice coffee and any of their baked treats.

Pinkmans Bakery, Bristol

Pinkmans Bakery – Park Street

I have the willpower of a saint since Pinkmans arrived on Park Street. I walk past it literally everyday on my way to and from work and I can tell you their products get better looking everyday. We popped in for an amazing iced coffee on a very warm day and Dom also tried one of their Peach Melba Doughnuts. I couldn’t resist having a try myself. Their bread also is baked fresh every day in the open kitchen at the back of the cafe. Check out Kym’s post for a bit more detail.

Roll for the Soul, Bristol

Roll For The Soul – Quay Street

Roll for the Soul is practically a Bristol institution now. It’s very popular with cyclists, mainly because of their bike workshop upstairs, but probably also because of the bike paraphernalia dotted around the place. They are very reasonably priced, especially considering portion size and they do a cracking halloumi wrap to either have in or take away.

The Mockingbird Cafe, Bristol

The Mockingbird – Alma Road, Clifton

This is the only American inspired coffee shop that I have been to and it’s now one of my favourites in Bristol. They offer a few American treats such as chocolate mud pie and a coffee made from condensed milk, but they also make really good regular coffee. The interior is just beautiful and I’ve also seen photos of thier avocado on toast from Lyzi of the Being Little blog. Watch out for their opening times though, as they tend to close earlier than most others.

Mokoko coffee, Bristol

Mokoko – Wapping Wharf

Mokoko is the latest coffee shop I’ve tried and is based in the newly delevloped Wapping Wharf area. Once they’ve finished the work down there it’s looking like it will be a very nice new area. But for now I’ll stick to Mokoko and I have to say I’m obsessed! The coffee was beautiful, but more then that they had a large selection of salads and tarts for savoury choices and some truely amazing looking cakes to choose from. We tried the vegan banana and chocolate loaf which almost made me consider becoming vegan. But what I’ll be going back to next time are the danish pastries that were the size of my face. You may also recognize this photo from a recent post, but I couldn’t resist using it again!

 

If anyone has any other recommendations then please let me know! Discoving new places on the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. You can follow me on Instagram for plenty more photos of cute cafes, and on Bloglovin to keep up with all the new content on here.

 

Tanya Burr make up

It’s always a great feeling when you buy something new, give it a try and it turns into something you use everyday. I have to admit that I was skeptical about Tanya Burr’s make up range when it first launched. I think it was the packaging that confused me. While it’s definitely cute, I feel like I’m at a stage where the things I buy are things I hope will be repeat purchases and turn into something of a personal style for me. And will I really want cutesy, pink packaging when I’m 30, 40…? Regardless of my doubts about the packaging all the products are fantastic and the new palettes that I’ve added to my collection have become firm favourites. The cheek palette has a really great bronzer, even for a pale girl like me, plus a pigmented blush and a highlighter that’s just perfect for adding an everyday sheen.

Tanya Burr eyeshadow

I also picked up one of the new Soft Luxe eye palettes recently and have been equally as impressed. I’m not normally one to use eyeshadow on a daily basis as it’s just an extra step that takes up time in the mornings. I’m far more likely to sit and carefully apply a nice eyeshadow for a special occasion. But after picking up the Birthday Suit palette, with it’s lovely shimmery champagne-y pink colour, I’ve been popping a little bit on everyday.

Primark cross body bag

Tiny bags are another new thing I’ve been really into at the moment. After picking up this cute little thing from Primark, I’ve been opting for smaller and lighter recently, rather than my usual huge handbag that I often lug around with me. It’s so much quicker and easier the throw in your essentials, but also it limits that amount of, well, crap that I tend to end up with in my bag during the day.

Barry M Strobe Cream

The Barry M Strobe Cream is a bit of a saviour in terms of highlighters on the high street. Apart from Tanya Burr’s cheek palette as mentioned before there’s not many highlighters from the high street that I would really recommend. But the Strobe Cream is on another level. A really blinding shimmer. If it was appropriate for the office, then I would cover my whole face in it.

Gilmore girls

I can not tell you how happy I am that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix now. It’s one of my all time favourite shows. I love Rory and Lorelai and I’m firmly in Team Jess. I’m so excited for the new series in November. I’m basically like all the Harry Potter fans at the moment (tbh I probably won’t be reading the Cursed Child…sorry!).

What have you been loving this month? Let me know if you’ve also had a thing for any thing mentioned here. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin if you liked this post and want to see more like it!

Flat White coffee

As I’m writing this it’s the 1st of August and while perusing the usual blogs that I follow, I came across post after post of ‘OMG IT’S AUGUST ALREADY!’. I thought I would spare you another post about how I can’t believe how quick the year is going.

I do feel the same though, and to be honest I think this year is flying past quicker then any has before. For a number of reasons I suppose. One being that I had a change of living situation at the start of the year and moving in with my boyfriend (aka. living with a bloke) was something to adapt to which made the early months pass by pretty quickly. Then, of course we had to move again, which caused a minor meltdown on my part, and by the time I got over that it was June already. Time flies when you’re having a tantrum it seems. July has been taken up with getting organised again, but also with exciting new things. I have recently been offered a new job, so after weeks of let-downs and interviews and not hearing back from said interviews, things can finally calm down again while I work my month’s notice.

In the spirit of new beginnings, house and job wise, I thought I would have a little re-think about the rest of the year. I saw this post from Sophie the other week where she went through her half year goals and it seemed like the perfect thing for this time of year.

While I do try to make a few goals at the start of the year, it also seems perfect to make a few at the half way point too, as you may have a clearer idea of where you want to go, which direction to take, where you want to make improvements… So here are mine as we stand half way through 2016:

Throw yourself into new beginnings. As I have just mentioned I will be starting a new job in a month and I am determined to make the best of it. Whether that’s by throwing myself in the deep end on the first day, or making a big effort with new colleagues. I’m not going to hold back with this one and just see where it takes me.

Finances, finances. This is a tough one. I don’t necessarily have much sorting out to do (I have all the accounts I need). But it’s time to get serious about saving. I have been meaning to sort out a Help to Buy ISA since well, the start of the year probably and it still hasn’t happened. Adult Becca needs to get into gear now.

Keep on travelling. This is an easy one for me as I spend most days looking at places to go, finding flights, looking at cool places to stay. As much as I would love to go on a proper travel journey for a month, two months, or whatever (backpack and everything!), it’s just not something I can do right now. In the future definitely, but for now I’m going to continue as I am, with a city break here and there and a longer trip in a few months time (NYC you’re still top of my list!).

Confidence. This is somewhat of a personal point, but blogging is all about connecting with people, so this is me trying to connect with you. For the last six months, maybe even a year, I’ve felt myself closing up slightly. From being a shy girl in school with serious self conscious issues, to being a much more outgoing person at uni, with a large circle of friends, I have felt myself going backwards slightly. Maybe it’s the comfort I feel in my relationship or the routine my life follows now I’m working full time that’s made me draw back a little, but either way there’s more anxiety, or hesitation, particularly in social situations than I felt in university. Spending time with my best friend recently (post here) has only made me realise how much this needs to change. Like I mentioned in my first point it’s time to start putting myself out there again.

Let me know what your half year goals are. I think this point in the year is the perfect time to re-assess your goals, or maybe even get started with a New Years goal that you might have forgotten about – I know I’ve done that before! Your can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with all new content around here, if you fancy it.

PS. I’m well aware that the eighth month in the year is not half way. But I didn’t get this organised for July so it’s coming at you now. Also the end of summer can kind of be considered half way, right?

Cardiff Arcades

Cardiff Vintage Shops

Succulents

Typography

I’ve just arrived back from one of the most relaxing and enjoyable weekends I’ve had in a while. It’s not that I’ve had a string of terrible weekends or anything, quite the opposite really. But the main difference with the past few days was that I got to spend some time with one of my best girls.

As a lot of people experience, daily life is very different to seeing your pals every morning in form group, or debriefing on the sofa the morning after a night out. When your miles away from the people who once lived in the same house you often have to make do with a few hours of catching up, after a few weeks of arranging the time. This post from Hannah Gale definitely resonated with me recently. Also as I’m sure Dom won’t mind me saying, but after about 7 months of living together, I wanted some girl time!

I’ve put together a few of my top tips for enjoying a girls weekend away at a spa (or where ever you fancy!), but without breaking the bank.

Decleor

Nude heels

Do your research:

For a while we were considering going abroad, somewhere hot and sunny where we could soak up the sun, lay by the pool and get a little tan while we caught up. Unfortunately this wasn’t really a viable option in the end. As good as the cheap hotel deals often are, when you’re trying to keep things on budget and arrange around work it can get a little tricky. So we turned to Spa Breaks and managed to get a great deal for a spa weekend in Cardiff. Not quite the same as Spain, I know, but it’s the company that matters!

Pamper and relaaax:

Lucky for us we had a few treatments included in our hotel stay, so not only did we get to float around in the pool, sweat it out in the suana and steam room and bubble in the jacuzzi, but we also had a massage and a facial too. I don’t really head to spa’s very often, partly because of the cost but also because whenever I travel I normally go on city breaks, staying in Airbnb’s. Spa’s aren’t always that accessible so it’s such a treat when I do go. You don’t have to visit a spa to have a pamper though. Why not buy some facemasks, give yourself a manicure, even get the fake tan out. Whatever will help you feel refreshed and relaxed.

Night out/ Night in:

This is completely optional, but given that compared to my uni days I really don’t go on nights out that much anymore we wanted to have a few cocktails. I can’t even tell you the meltdown I had when I realised I have hardly any party dresses anymore! We felt we should take the opportunity to see what Cardiff’s nightlife is like and get a bit dressed up for a change. If that’s not your kind of thing then have a night in. Maybe head out for dinner then make your way back to the hotel to watch a film, or read, or catch up some more (with wine of course!).

Explore:

Of course we couldn’t visit a new city and not see what it had to offer. As nice as it was to swim and relax in the spa I just couldn’t spend all my time in the hotel. Cardiff is a great little city, especially where shopping is concerned. There are lots of arcades with one of a kind shops and places to stop for coffee, plus all the usual high street stores to head for. We also made our way down to Cardiff Bay, which is a great place to head for at dinner time. There’s literally every restaurant you could wish for! Make sure you see a little bit of where you head to, it’ll really make your girls weekend great.

Berry Cocktails

Pornstar Martinis

What tips do you have for a fun girls weekend? Let me know becuse I know I can’t wait for the next one! You can follow me on Instagram to see what else we got up to while in Cardiff and Bloglovin to keep up with all the new posts around here. Bye for now.

 

Copper lamp

Pink Interiors 2

Interiors are fast becoming one of my favourite subjects to read about, browse and shop. Since moving house into a place completely unfurnished me and Dom have had to do a lot of shopping around and budgeting to fill the place with all the necessary furniture, plus a few extra pieces just to make the place feel like home, you know.  The sad thing is there’s only so many things a person can buy before you’ve got trinkets coming out of every draw, or my bank balance finally says enough is enough.

The other draw back from really going to town with your home is bloody rented accommodation! You’ll see from these photos that I have a bit of a thing for pink, copper, bare brick walls, white-washed walls and all the greenery you could wish for. That’s a little hard to achieve with magnolia walls and a erm, green carpet that I’m not allowed to change. Still, what I can do is Pinterest my heart away and adopt aspects here and there to make it feel like home and like we’ve put our mark on the place. Without actually making any marks anywhere, of course!

What interiors trends are you loving at the moment? Let me know, or point me in the direction of your Pinterest page, because I’m a bit obsessed with it at the moment. Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram and maybe I’ll show you around my new flat, now that we’ve finally unpacked all the boxes…

All images sourced from Pinterest

Natural light

Copper details

Bedside Tables

Window Ledge