Thursday, 19 September 2013

My Dartmoor / Cornwall holiday 2013

With a week's holiday booked from work and finances having already taken a slight dent from our Morocco trip earlier this year, Mark and I loaded up the car and trundled down to the South West for a lovely (and actually very sunny!) week away.

Picture heavy and slightly scrambles, but here you go anyway!

Note: We don't have matching sunglasses!...Mark just apparently only buys 1 type

We didn't have too many firm plans other than our accommodation but we did have some things in mind as Devon and Cornwall are places we'd both holidayed at when we were younger.

Exploring, Cream teas, Wild ponies and horse riding :)

Conquering the first of many tors
Cute little house from the film War Horse

I love this picture even though we're squinting at the very bright sunshine!
Eating chips at the harbour
Mine exploring...safely and in style
Introducing Mark to crabbing!

Yummy Rick Stein fish & chips!
Hiring bikes (and cycling 10 miles!)

Breakfast at Bill's during a last minute stop-over in my old uni city of Bath
Time to go home :(

With the weather being so uncharacteristically lovely for September we were able to do lots of outdoors things which kept us busy and also made for a much cheaper holiday. I definitely didn't anticipate such an active holiday. In fact, before we booked it we were weighing up either the UK or a week on the beach in Spain. I'm glad we went for England though!

Our week away was absolutely lovely, so much so that I kept thinking that everything was working out so perfectly that we were definitely due for something to go wrong! (Which, thankfully, it didn't!)

My mum and step-dad are off to Cornwall this week for a holiday and so far the weather's looking pretty rubbish, so fingers crossed they get at least a little bit of the sunshine we had!

Do you have any suggestions for where else we should visit in the UK? Either for weekends away or for a full week at some point?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Wish List #1 - September Edition

There are several items that I've been mulling over for a few weeks now so I thought I'd share them with you, as well as giving myself a little reminder to check back on when payday comes and I get all dizzy-headed.

Having just come back from holiday (post coming soon..!) I think I should hold off spending any more cash for a little while...but maybe a couple of these items will sneak in before payday.

1: Topshop; 2: Topshop; 3: Zara; 4: ASOS; 5: La Roche Posay; 6: ASOS; 7: New Look

Despite it being perfect for this time of year, I've never owned a mac - I love them but always think they look a bit too 'grown up' for me! I think at 23 it might be time to take the plunge. I'm torn between these 2 styles but will probably turn to ebay to look for a cheaper alternative I can justify buying it now before the weather turns a bit too chilly.

I've been on the hunt for the perfect breton striped top for a while and I'm yet to find 'the one'. This isn't it. The hunt continues but with increased impatience!

This Zara bag is a real bargain and I'm eyeing it up (but probably in black not tan) as my next every day work bag. Literally the only reason I didn't buy it in-store a few weeks ago is because I thought it was too nice to mess up/get battered about as a work bag. So I didn't buy it all. Find the logic there then.

I love La Roche Posay as a brand and regularly recommend their Effaclar range to anyone within earshot. Despite having been on the looking out for a good hydrating face mask for months I'd never even thought of this. Definitely on my next shopping list for Boots.

Ankle boots - another sign of the change of season! Now I know the wedge ones are definitely not the most attractive of boots but I own them in tan and they are really comfy and easy to wear, so I want the black ones for work. They're also super cheap from the kiddies/teen section.
Yes I know I'm late to the party with the other boots up there, but I still want a pair in this style. I'll probably be turning to ebay for these too as there's no way I'm paying £75! Contemplating these ones but I'm not sure. I want to know how comfy/high they'll be first. Has anyone else got a good pair of boots in this sort of style from anywhere that's cheaper than the Topshop ones? (Am I being stingy here?!)

Although I have managed to be fairly restrained with my money recently (holiday spending aside) I would like to be able to up my savings potential for a little while. I was inspired by fellow spendaholic and one of my favourite bloggers Tabitha's post and the plan to let yourself buy one nice thing each week - something you've already decided on. I have a feeling though that I would end up buying that 'one thing'...and then lots of other things that I 'need'!

Anyway, I'm hoping to continue these little posts of my planned and wished for purchases :) As the seasons get colder I can already envisage a big fluffy parka coat creeping its way onto the list... When that happens though you'll all have to remind me I'll look like the michelin man in one.