At The Flower Market

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There are few simple pleasures I love more than a trip to the florist to pick up a big bunch of fragrant blooms (as anyone who follows me on Instagram will know). Since moving to Cambridge, a weekly trip to the flower stall at the market has become one of my favourite rituals at the end of the work week.

To me, those flowers are so intrinsically linked with happy memories and moments throughout my life, that it is a luxury I’m happy to indulge (I’d take a bunch of roses over a coffee, any day). Growing up in Australia, we had a beautiful English garden which exploded with perfumed blossoms each season, and some of my happiest days were spent hosting tea parties under the peach trees for my (usually imaginary) friends, helping my father tend to the flower beds, and collecting armfuls of fragrant roses, hydrangeas bluebells and ranunculus with my mother to bring inside.

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Although I don’t have a garden here in Cambridge, it is a tradition I try to maintain to this day. Each week, I’ll pop to the flower stall before a massage and date night with the Clever Boyfriend on Friday evenings, or cycle to the market early on a Saturday morning for coffee, flowers and long chats about life with my best friend (we’ve been friends for 16 years, and by some wonderful stroke of fate, we have always seemed to end up in the same places in the world at the same time ever since and now both currently call Cambridge home).

A Girl, A Style _ At The Flower Market 3Wearing: Alice by Temperley dress (sold out, but similar styles available via Shopbop, Net-a-Porter and TheOutnet) // Whistles leather jacket (past season, but similar styles available here) // Marc Jacobs Stam bag (available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus) // Chloe sunglasses (similar style available at here) // J. Crew pearl necklace (also available in cheaper faux pearl version) // Kenneth Jay Lane pearl bracelets (sold out, but similar style available at J. Crew and necklace version available at Net-a-Porter) // Chanel brooch + ring (past season, but very similar styles available here and here). Beauty note: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick // Essie ‘Bachelorette Bash’ nail polish (available at Nordstrom and Debenhams and Liberty).

Regardless of how hectic my week has been, life always just feels wonderful again after these weekends filled with love, friendship and those beautiful flowers.

Do you have any small pleasures you adore which always seem bring about happy moments? I would love to hear!

Love, Miss B xx

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March in Pictures

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Friends who send surprise packages and confetti in the mail. Feeling giddy at the arrival of Spring. Daylight savings = hello long, golden evenings. Bunches of pink hyacinths and heavenly-scented white narcissi from the market. Filling every available surface in my house with spring flowers. Pastel manicures (specifically this shade of powder blue by Deborah Lippmann) + bright pink lipstickDiptyque candles that smell like spring. Wearing lolly pink Prada heels to the office (just because). The joy of packing away the winter coats. Spring cleaning my entire place. Blue skies and bike rides.

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Cambridge weekend rituals: brunch, bookshops and shopping at the farmer’s market. Gossip + red velvet cupcakes with my girlfriends. Playing tourist in Cambridge with Nicolette and Ali. Weekend walks through the colleges. The banks of the River Cam awash with a sea of sunshine yellow daffodils. Wearing this glittery Lulu Guinness clutch with everything. Jazz + bespoke apricot martinis at my favourite secret Cambridge speakeasy. Getting all dressed up for grand college dinners with the Clever Boyfriend. Ball skirts and shoes that make my feet look like presents.

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Wandering the cherry blossom-lined pastel streets of Notting Hill. Ottolenghi desserts for lunch and treasure-hunting vintage jewels and tea sets on Portobello Road with Nicolette. Decadent dinner dates with my favourite girls. Pear bellinis and lobster everything at Bob Bob Ricard. Press for champagne! Lunchtime walks around Westminster in the sunshine. Much-needed primping at my favourite hair salon (that feels more like going to a fancy tea party). Rose petal macarons from Laduree. A rainbow of Manolo princess shoes at Liberty (that I can’t stop thinking about). Planning spring adventures to new European cities.

I hope you all had a wonderful March!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Birthday Cake Dates

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Last weekend, I had decided to skip the Fashion Week festivities* in favour of cake and festivities with friends in London and Cambridge instead. After what felt like weeks of endless English rain, the sun was shining with all its might, the temperature was warm enough to go without a coat for a few hours, and it suddenly felt as though spring was on the way. Joy!

So I did whatever I do when I have a sunny day to myself in Cambridge and put on my favourite new dress, dusted off my Pashley for a bike ride around town and met my friend for a walk around town and belated birthday cake (I like to stretch my celebrations out as long as my friends will tolerate) at one of our favourite Cambridge cafes.

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I don’t know about all of you, but I am, by this point, so bored of winter that I simply cannot take another week of dark, heavy layers so I’m injecting a little spring into my wardrobe in the form of girly dresses (teamed with a coat and tights instead of bare legs and a tan), bright lipstick and fun accessories.

I bought this RED Valentino dress (a birthday present to myself and the latest addition to my growing collection from the label) a couple of weeks ago in the Net-a-Porter sale and already I’ve been wearing it repeatedly with a sharp jacket, tights, a beret and this darling glittery Lulu Guinness clutch which has been on permanent rotation this month. 

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Wearing: RED Valentino dress (sold out, but black version on sale at Urban Outfitters + My Wardrobe or similar styles available at Shopbop + Net-a-Porter) // Lulu Guinness glitter Fifi clutch c/- (also available at House of Fraser) // Mulberry bow heels (past season, but similar styles available at Net-a-PorterJ. Crew) // Zara blazer // Karen Walker sunglasses (also available at Saks 5th Ave) // Wolford tights // Michael Kors watch (also available at ASOS + Net-a-Porter) // Mimco bracelet + necklace (past season, but similar styles available at Kate Spade). Beauty note: Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick // Essie ‘Muchi Muchi’ nail polish (also available at Nordstrom).

Love, Miss B xx

*is anyone else as bored of blurry runway photos and ‘what I wore to Fashion Week’ posts as I am?

 

Valentino Dresses and Autumn Leaves

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A couple of weeks ago, I had just returned from New York and was in need of caffeine and a girl date to help overcome my jetlag. My friend had just received some excellent news, so I put on my favourite new dress and we met for hot cocoa and cake at a charming new café in Cambridge to celebrate.

As it was such a beautiful day and Cambridge was looking so splendid in all it’s autumnal glory, we walked through the colleges after lunch to savour those perfect last moments of autumn. The last of the leaves seemed to be swirling on the breeze and falling that weekend, blanketing all the college gardens in a carpet of red and gold.

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As usual, we had my friend’s secret fellows garden all to ourselves (a heavenly escape from the tourists in the form of an acre of sprawling lawns and manicured English flower gardens and a canopy of old trees behind her grand college), so there was only one thing to do: act like children and throw autumn leaves at each other for the rest of the afternoon.

This dress had been on my wishlist for months and months (I have a RED Valentino addiction), so I finally bought it the moment it went on sale on Shopbop. I realise that a Valentino dress this special should really be reserved for dinner at nice restaurants and birthday parties and nights at the theatre rather than throwing leaves and twirling through Cambridge colleges, but I live by the motto that one’s favourite things should be enjoyed every day. So – true to my word – I wore it to the museum and for a rainy afternoon on the Upper East Side when I was in New York a few weeks ago, for a long walk through Central Park, at brunch with my friend at the Delaunay in London, paired with a black tuxedo jacket at the office, and just about everywhere in between.

Because really, life feels that little bit more wonderful when you’re wearing a dress that makes you want to twirl.

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Wearing: RED Valentino dress (also available at Net-a-Porter) // J. Crew Necklace // Jacquie Aiche ring // Isabel Marant ‘Poppy’ heels (also available at Matches or similar (cheaper) style here) // Wolford tights (also available at ASOS and Selfridges). Beauty note: Essie ‘Big Spender’ nail polish // Estee Lauder ‘Fuschia Flash’ lip lacquer.

Do you save your favourite things for special occasions, or do you make your own excuse to dress up?

Love, Miss B xx