Bank Holiday in Pictures

This weekend in the UK was a bank holiday so we had the Monday off work. I started off the weekend with no plans for Sunday and Monday, but ended up with a long weekend full of friends, laughs and sunshine!

 

Here is my weekend in pictures…

 

Saturday

 

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Hotel Rafayel

You wouldn’t think it from the entrance, but it’s a lovely hotel right on the river, with really friendly staff, and delicious cocktails and hot chocolates.

 

Afternoon tea with a view

 

Time for tea

 

Cake, warm scones, chocolate fondue

 

Chocolate fondue

 

Tropical chocolate martini anyone?

 

We left the hotel with our bellies full of chocolate goodness and headed straight to the Nike store in Oxford Circus to get some new gym kit to work it off next week!

 

Saturday night I then went on to visit a friend in her new home! I took a bottle or two round to celebrate. Her home is absolutely beautiful with a modern cottage feel. I’ll have to write up a post, will check with her first before I go taking pictures of her house! We spent the night in the kitchen doing what we do best…gossiping and drinking…

 

A celebration must have! Harvey Nichols Champagne
I only have a kitchen because it came with the house!

I spent the night on the new sofa, which was very comfy indeed and then spent Sunday at home doing some cleaning and tidying. After an afternoon walk in the sunshine with Lola and a nap I headed into London with some friends for dinner. We were all quite hungry so decided to go to the Brazilian churrascaria in Fulham called Rodizio Rico. How it works is you pay per head and then there is an all you can eat buffet of warm sides and salad, and then they bring round Brazilian meats which have been barbecued Brazilian style! My tip is to avoid eating too many carbs and save room for the meat! I managed to get through quite a few chicken hearts…

Barbecued chicken hearts

 

We woke up Monday to a warm sunny day perfect for a BBQ! So we ended the bank holiday the perfect way in the garden in the sunshine with good food and in good company.

 

Barbecued chicken satay

 

Eton mess made by the lovely Min – check out her blog minsworld

Nat’s Spring Summer 13 Wish List

Last month I went to the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer fashion show at the Saatchi gallery with a friend. She’d been to the event last year and said it was a good evening, so when we got the email about this event we got tickets. The tickets were around £20 each. There was free flowing bubbly and some canapes floating around, but the way the poor catering staff were being ambushed every time they came out with a fresh tray you’d think the people at the event had been starved for a week! We also got a goody bag which had some nice bits in it, but in comparison to last year’s event’s goody bag, most of the budget must have gone on the venue hire.

 

The atmosphere was really nice and there was a buzz in the gallery as the show started. The pieces that were shown in the show were all very high end designer, but there were a few trends that I picked up on that have given me some inspiration for what to go for to up date my Spring/Summer wardrobe for this year.

 

Wish list:

 

White. The first lot of models that came out were all in white outfits that ranged from maxi dresses, to skirts and jackets, to trouser suits. I’m absolutely loving white and nude tones at the moment whether it be in fashion or home decor.

 

Three piece trouser suit from the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection.

 

Bright/Neon Colours. The brights and neon trend has been around since last year and I’m loving it. My favourite thing at the moment is neutral make up with a bright lip. So this summer I’m planning on adding pops of colour to neutral outfits. I love this trend because it can be done without breaking the bank, by just buying accessories or shoes, or a bright nail varnish.

 

Crystal pendant necklace by & Other Stories

 

Maxi. I’m not the tallest, so it doesn’t always suit me, but I’ve always adored the maxi trend. This year I’ve noticed a lot more pieces in light, floaty fabrics which I think is a lot more flattering on shorter people. At the Harvey Nic’s show they had a couple of pleated maxi pieces which I really liked.

 

Pleated maxi dress from missguided.co.uk

 

Lace. I love lace because worn properly I think it can look really elegant and classic. But choose the wrong undergarment and it can look oh so wrong! So if you go for this trend invest in some good undergarments that you’d be proud for people to catch a glimpse of. I’ll definitely be investing in a couple more lace bits for this Summer.

 

Electric blue lace dress from MANGO