Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? Having started the week in beautiful Zakynthos with some of my favourite women in blogging/in general (more on the adventure next week)- we chatted about everything from work, the world and Justin Bieber (things got deep)- and ended up back in the U.K, with the sun sea and sand having safely been replaced by pads filled with frantic to-do lists in what looks to be a pretty mad week next week. It certainly made me realise the importance of switching off every once in a while and how key a little bit of R&R really is. I can't wait to share what we got up to in the coming days, so stay tuned too!

This weeks reading to get your teeth in to...
(L-R: Blogosphere, Kim, Gracie, Anna)

The Must-Reads:
I'm going to cheat a little bit here and throw in some IRL reading for you. I know this is primarily about the good stuff online, but excitingly, Joe and I have a feature in this months Blogosphere magazine which is ridiculously cool (there's four pages of us- I KNOW)- so if you fancy having a DMC with the Galvis's then I suggest you head on over here. In terms of web pages open, I've been loving catching up with my pal Kim's blog for whenever I hit a style rut and also loved this piece by Gracie on 'flattering dressing' and why your outfits don't have to conform to any flattering 'norms'- with some beautiful photos at that too.

The Video:
It's about as obvious as saying your favourite band is The Beatles, but man- this week I have been loving tucking into Zoe's moving vlogs. Not only does it feel incredibly #relevant (lol) for me right now (what with big yellow storage boxes being my first, my last and my everything), but they've genuinely made me excited for the new chapter in my life and have been the perfect way to unwind with at the end of a busy day- there's something incredibly comforting about tuning into these and it's no secret I'm a big Zoe fan either. Congrats, lady! As always I've also been loving watching my pal's Hannah and Stef- and their latest holiday video is a total knockout.

ALSO! It's absolutely key that I give another shout out to my beautiful friend Meg and her amazing #smearforsmear video. Last week was Cervical Screening Awareness Week and I cannot stress how important this is. It's a cause incredibly close to my heart and if you watch any videos today I highly recommend you make this one of them.

The Website Love:
I've mentioned Roz endlessly over here (she is by far one the most articulate wonderful writers I know), and one of her most recent pieces for Buzzfeed was a truly enlightening and important piece on body image and the modelling industry. On a totally separate web love- I have also been adoring Anna's beautiful content of late- and as well as seriously indulging in her wedding pieces, have loved her summer style updates too- what a dreamboat!

Objects of desire:



ALSO! My friend Lauren has updated her t-shirt shop and there's some amazing new designs, so go go go!


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Sunday Duvet Reading: This Week 19/06/2017

(Glasses: C/O & other stories, dress: C/O & other stories, Bag: Radley (similar here), Shoes: Castaner, Necklace: C/O & other stories, Earrings: Dinny Hall)

Until recently I'd always thought my love of the eighties started and ended with Wham, my mums Bananarama inspired perm (then, not now) and Patrick Swayze. My idea of dressing for the decade was limited to an ill fitting pair of American Apprel (R.I.P) disco pants- and I was certain that it didn't extend to shoulder pads, earrings so statement they could be from your Nana's Christmas deccy box and balloon sleeves teamed with tapered trousers- but life (and style) likes to surprise us, doesn't it?

Having seen similar on Mango and Topshop (amongst some other high street favourites)- this polka dot number felt like the perfect middle ground between something vintage inspired and effortlessly current too. The low neck and subtle slits definitely make it a little more modern- and although it might be a pair of kitten courts away from being a bit Dynasty (that's what a dropped elasticated ruched waist does for you) I have definitely become partial to taking style inspiration from an era otherwise neglected for style (bar anything fancy dress or Flash Dance)- and if that means nodding to Ms. Collins over Chung now and again I think we have a convert.



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It's The Eighties

Perhaps it was the pink bathrooms, with scalloped mirrors and Hollywood lighting (I mean, come on of course it was) or maybe the delicious French inspired menu and dreamy location (a stones throw away from the main piazza of Covent Garden, FYI)- but as soon as I caught a glimpse of The Henrietta Hotel, it quickly became somewhere very high on my 'to visit' list. But, come on- can you really blame me?

Being constantly on the hunt for pretty new pockets of London, it's always refreshing to discover somewhere close to home (or at least my local station anyway)- and The Henrietta came up trumps on location for sure. In many ways the design reminded me of that of the gorgeous Le Roch in Paris. Oozing a contemporary boutique feel of some of my favourite Parisian hidden gems- colour, shape and design all play a huge part in the beautiful aesthetic. Be it down to the mezzanine in the restaurant, or marble detailing in the bathroom. It's equally as lovely for a mid-afternoon tea break or cosy evening curled up in one of the most beautiful parts of London...

...and yup, the food is delicious too. Although I've only tried their breakfast menu, I can certainly vouch for their avocado and eggs being some of the most delicious- and there's no doubt I'll be swinging back soon to try out their delicious dinner menu too. It truly is a little hidden gem.

Whilst we were there, Joe said that it would be the perfect hotel for anyone exploring London for the first time, and I can't help but agree. As much as it made for the perfect evening staycation (looking through London with fresh tourist eyes is one of my favourite things), I know it would make the city feel like the perfect home away from home for somebody new too, and it'll definitely be one to add to any little black books...


14 - 15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH, London

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A Night At The Henrietta

(Sunglasses: Celine, Dress: Mango (playsuit here), Shoes: Castaner, Bag: Tidy Street Store (similar here, Earrings: Whistles)

Early last week, after scouring the forecast, gathering a handful of recommendations that covered an undying necessity to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth and a healthy appetite for brunch, Joe and I headed down to the beautiful East Sussex town of Rye for the day. Having briefly visited last summer with friends it was wonderful to head back. Being not totally ready to say goodbye to four days of birthday celebrations- I can assure you that a visit to the coast (even if you can't paddle in the sea) is the perfect medicine for any post birthday blues- and you can bet there's a big old guide coming up soon...

But the dress! Let's talk clothes. This dress was a wonderful birthday gift from mama and papa P last week and another total gem from high-street honey Mango. After seeing my pal Charlotte with it on Insta Stories (at least I'm sure that's where I first saw it), I've already worn it a handful of times and it truly makes for the perfect all rounder midi (black, printed, stars, flowers, low neck- YOU GOT IT)- and let's be honest, we're all going weak for a good midi at the moment. Dream dress a go go!



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Plants & Planets


One of the perks of my job that I feel extremely lucky to indulge in is travel. I'm lucky enough to have seen several corners of this beautiful planet, spent time at many airports and probably racked up a few air miles at that too (as well as some AWOL passport tales, but the less said on that the better)...

But, if I'm being totally honest- it's more often that not the travel closest to home that excites me the most. I'm a real home girl at heart, and through growing up with seaside holidays from everywhere including Penzance to Chichester, trips to the coast and several-hour long car journeys around the country- I for one certainly appreciate that a holiday, break or trip somewhere exotic isn't always the most achievable! As gorgeous as tropical teal oceans look on Instagram, they're sometimes as attainable as getting a 99' under a pound, so that's why I'm introducing the Seaside Series! With this being the first of many, I want to highlight some of the beautiful getaways the UK has to offer on our gorgeous coastline, many of which are often less than a couple of hours from our doorstep too- not badio, daddio!


The first up for this is beautiful Broadstairs. Having not visited since I was revising for my SATS (and Steps were my favourite band), I was excited to head back to this pretty sandy coastal down with my local line Southeastern for a real explore. Being a little over an hour from London, it truly takes no time at all- and being on the same train line as both Margate and Whitstable- they make for the perfect trio for a weekend away too. But now for the fun stuff...

Kit:

It's slightly ridiculous how quickly I can gravitate towards a good homeware shop- and after spotting KIT on our walk down from the station, I fell inside quicker than you could ask how much one of their scented rainbows soaps were (a total necessity, FYI). With shelves stacked full of unique interior accessories, stationary and even some beauty staples (as well as both male and female fashion from brands such as Selected Femme)- it's the perfect breath of fresh air to a relatively traditional high street- which makes it a serious gem in the town and somewhere you may require some serious self control (but I won't tell if you wont)...

3 Charlotte St, Broadstairs CT10 1LR, UK

Wyatt & Jones:

Out of all of the places we had recommendations for during our trip, it was Wyatt & Jones that continued to pop up. Situated a stone's throw from the beachside garden pavilion and more ice cream stands that I could possibly fathom- it oozes the feel of a quintessential seaside fish restaurant, but with a modern, fresh and imaginative menu (and decor at that). All of the dishes boast local seasonal produce- and I can assure you it was one of the most delicious fish meals I've had (and didn't cost the earth either).

23-27 Harbour St, Broadstairs CT10 1EU, UK

C & Sea:

What's a city guide without a hip 'n' happening coffee shop, eh? My friend Nat recommended this spot (after I slyly spotted it on her Instagram)- and whether you're there for a flat white and to get the 'gram or just refuelling after a journey down, this place is definitely one to hit up amongst the many places to grab and go in the town (and I promise not just for the decor alone).

Sea Approach, Broadstairs CT10, UK

Morelli's:

Honestly, I don't think a trip to Broadstairs would be complete without a visit to the iconic Morelli's gelato. Founded in 1932 and with the first parlour being the original in Broadstairs (pink art deco ceilings, soda fountain and juke box all to boot)- it's a total ice cream institute and feels like time has truly stood still in this pink sea front palace. There's certainly a reason Morelli's is awarded so many delicious accolades, and it makes for a perfect mid-afternoon treat (or morning, or evening, or whenever for that matter- ahem)...

14 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs CT10 1QS, UK

Bessie's Tea Parlour:

I'm pretty sure you'll find a delightful tea room in nearly every British seaside town (isn't it as obligatory as a Wimpy or chippy)- and this quaint spot is the Broadstairs answer to all things quintessentially English. Whether you fancy fluffy scones and clotted cream, light sponges, finger sandwiches or even some pavement side people watching- Bessie's is definitely one to note for a sugary fix and a hint of nostalgia.

45 Albion St, Broadstairs CT10 1NE, UK

Some other lovely spots...
Rooks for delicious sausage rolls, Posillipo Pizzeria, Samworth & Mee, Italianate Greenhouse

And a Pocket-Sized Plan for the day...
Hop on a Southeastern train from London St. Pancras International (or Bromley South, like us) - Arrive in Broadstairs and pop to KIT for some browsing - Head to C & Sea for a coffee - Wander along Viking Bay and dip your toes in the sea - Grab lunch at Wyatt & Jones - Walk along the front to Morelli's (and then onto the Glasshouse if you have time


If you fancy booking a trip to Broadstairs or somewhere else in East Sussex or Kent, have a nosey at the advance purchase off-peak offers from Southeastern this Summer starting from £10! Find out more here

Post in collaboration with Southeastern, but love of the British coast my own- stay tuned for the next installment!


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The Seaside Series: Broadstairs

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