(Jumper: H&M, Belt: ASOS, Jeans: ASOS (old but similar here & here), Bag: Mansur Gavriel, Shoes: Castaner)

I know everybody says it but London in the spring time is truly when the city comes to life. Although there's almost something rose tinted about the city on a rainy day (I always think of the scenes in the Parent Trap to paint something a little more romantic than the 48 bus charging through puddles and a sea of umbrellas littering Waterloo Bridge)- but seeing the city light up with a smattering of sunshine, the (brief) appearance of magnolia and cherry blossoms as well as the sticky scent of beer and sound of chatter from pub gardens come 5pm on a Friday really makes all of the difference after months of grey skies and diagonal drizzle.

So, to celebrate a Friday that didn't require a wooly coat- I pulled on one of my favourite spring additions in the shape of these espadrilles which fit perfectly into an already blush-toned wardrobe (and are bloody comfortable too) and paired them with a chunky knit, matching bag and boyish kick flares to pare things down a little. It made for the perfect transitional get up- and teamed with a spot of sunshine, a lazy late lunch with friends and a girlie night in, it's safe to say I'm glad spring has finally arrived.



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(Lovely Jubblie t-shirt)

If I'm being totally honest, I wasn't sure how to begin this post. It's all well and good putting on a (bloody good) t-shirt, standing in front of some blossoms (because #spring) and blue steel it until I need to put my jacket back on (because #spring). But, when the subject matter is a hundred times more important than any hip poppin' poses I could pull I think it's the words here that are going to speak louder than any snaps...

...And there's no way I could ever do the subject justice either, because let's face it talking about cancer is hard. It's bloody hard. But my god writing about it won't be half as difficult as going through it, which is only an inch of why I feel so proud of my pal Lauren- who is not only tackling both head on (in the most hilarious, eloquent and moving way, exhibit a)- but she's one of the most sparkly, confident, determined, ambitious, and driven women I know- and someone, who at 30, living life in a successful career in the city, you do not expect to hear that news from.

And nobody should. Nobody should have to go what Lauren is going through, struggle with money worries due to low sick pay whilst trying to kick the C word's ass. But- with girls like Lauren, come big ideas- and trust me when I say there are few people that could spark a business idea whilst juggling what's on her plate- but hey, this girls a total titty trooper, so came out with these genius t-shirts, didn't she? I hate to use the cliche ~inspiration~ word here, but I'm pretty sure if you searched 'define: inspirational' you'd see ol' Lolli's face pop up.

With each tee priced at £28 (with your choice of boobie splashed on it), 25% of profits go straight to supporting the fantastic Breast Cancer Haven, with the rest helping keep our girl on her feet until she beats the battle for good. On top of that, you can also read and see her document her incredible story on her blog, and keep up with her stories daily over on Instagram too. She's one in a million, and whether you want to support a hugely important cause (keep up using the hashtag #GIRLvsCANCER), get to know a blogger babe to bookmark or even treat yourself to a tit-tee- then she's got you covered- and we've got her. G'WARN GIRL.



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Joy is not negotiable...

I feel like a pretty large proportion of my life in London is spent hunting down delicious pizza joints. If I were to have a dating profile it would probably say something like 'girl searching for pillowy crust' or 'girl looking for thin base with delicious mozzarella'- well, along those lines anyway. But! Long story short, as much as I adore hanging out at Franco Manca (my number one, FYI), indulging in Pizza Express doughballs and chowing down with friends at Home Slice (perhaps there's a pizza post in here somewhere?), it was discovering Radio Alice in Hoxton recently which had me very excited.

Okay, maybe I'm fickle and fell for the beautifully designed typography-laden menus or the artwork covering the walls (thanks, Instagram)- but after a proper menu-investigate (and a little learn about the pizzeria's fascinating history and founders), I can assure you it's not just style over substance (or sustenance) here. With the menu boasting delicious cocktails prepared at the bar, a select pizza menu sourced with ingredients from suppliers and farms from Puglia to across Italy- with the shared belief on the importance of delicious flavour; it's somewhere that oozes authenticity, is cool without being pretentious and has bloody good pizzas too (which are already cut for you !!!)- turn it up for Radio Alice!


16 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NT

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(Blouse: C/O ba&sh, Jeans: ASOS, Bag: COS, Shoes: C/O Next, Earrings: C/O My Flash Trash, Glasses: Ray Ban)

There were elements of Bath that hugely reminded Joe and I of two of our favourite cities, Paris and Edinburgh. With the grand Georgian architecture, winding cobbled streets with brasseries and cafes tilted on the pavements, and sloping walks leading to unexpected views- the scenes of the city felt both new and familiar all at once.

On our second morning, after walking across Pulteney Bridge (with a few necessary shop and coffee shop pit stops en route), we wound up on this beautiful square the other side of the city and found ourselves embracing the French city feel of this West Country escape. On top of that, with an outfit built up of my Parisian loves ba&sh (and some navy denim and deep red to embrace my inner Jeanne Damas), I felt suitably chic for a day of running around the city (trust me when I say you can do gold heels and still be comfortable thanks to Next)- and I couldn’t have fallen in love with it more. Who needs the Eurostar anyway?



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