Punting on the Cam

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One sunny Bank Holiday weekend in last month, my friends Liv and Joe were visiting Cambridge for a spring staycation. Of course, I did what any self-respecting Cambridge-resident would do: rounded up my favourite Cambridge girl Caroline and her boyfriend, Oscar, and insisted on a picnic and an afternoon of punting on the river to kick off the summer.

I cycled across town to meet the gang at St John’s, where we all traipsed through the Bridge of Sighs towards the river to borrow a punt from Caroline’s college. We all piled in, the bottles of champagne outnumber the crew, and set off on the Cam with dashing Oscar and his master punting skills at the helm.

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The sun was shining gloriously, so the afternoon melted into dusk as we floated up and down the river more times than I could count until it was time for dinner. It is quite simply the best way to see all the grand colleges along the Backs, and the three of us recounted all the marvellous historical tales we could think of as we passed each college, and made up our own stories when we couldn’t think of anything better.

It wouldn’t be a Cambridge summer without at least a few adventures by the river, and there’s no place I’d rather be on a sunny Sunday afternoon than messing about on boats with friends.

Summertime in Cambridge, you’re alright.

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Wearing: Saint James for J.Crew top // ASOS jeans // Salvatore Ferragamo pumps // Ralph Lauren blazer // Chanel bag // Tom Ford sunglasses // Chanel brooches // Michael Kors watch // J.Crew necklace.
Beauty: Chanel ‘L’Eclatante’ lipstick // NARS ‘Gaiety’ blush // Deborah Lippmann ‘Naked’ nailpolish

What are your very favourite adventures to kick off summer? I’d love to hear your traditions, old and new!

Love, Miss B xx

Photos of me by Joe Galvin

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

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Pictured: Kate Spade heels // Charlotte Olympia ‘kitty’ flats // Porcelain dish // earrings // West Elm gold wishbone // Kiehl’s lip balm.

These days, I’m a firm believer in investing in gorgeous wardrobe classics that I’ll (hopefully) wear and love for years and years vs filling my closet as many cheap sartorial thrills as I can manage.  While experience tells me that the designer version is usually a better investment when it comes to the staples in my wardrobe (the shoes, bags, dresses and accessories I reach for most days), I hate spending too much on one piece and so always try to shop during store promotions and sales wherever possible.

My favourite is always the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and twice a year when the sale rolls around, I re-stock my closet with those very wardrobe classics (the perfect crystal earrings that I wear year after year, another silk Equipment shirt that I reach for almost every day for work, my favourite sunglasses), as well as a few fun new treasures that I probably wouldn’t buy at full price and some essential pieces to take me through the new season.

For those of us in the UK, it’s the best time to buy US brands because the discount more than makes up for the import duties so it’s the cheapest you’ll ever find those current season pieces. For everyone else, it’s the only time some of these items ever go on sale (I’m talking about my darling Charlotte Olympia kitty flats and those wonderful Bella Freud sweaters that you’ll wear season after season) and is so much better than waiting for the end-of-season sales (when only the unwanted pieces remain).

Use code ‘INTHEFAM’ here to get 25% off just about everything site-wide (the sale is on until from today until Thursday night, so be quick!).

And because I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve recently picked up from the site or will be adding to my basket today: a few old favourites, some new classics and a few fun little extras. Happy shopping!

Shop my favourite picks here:

Love, Miss B xx

 

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

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These days, I’m a firm believer in investing in gorgeous wardrobe classics that I’ll (hopefully) wear and love for years and years vs filling my closet as many cheap sartorial thrills as I can manage.  While experience tells me that the designer version is usually a better investment when it comes to the staples in my wardrobe (the shoes, bags, dresses and coats I reach for most days), I hate spending too much on one piece and so always try to shop during store promotions and sales wherever possible.

My favourite is always the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and every October when the sale rolls around, I re-stock my closet with those very wardrobe classics (the perfect little black dress that takes me everywhere from work to a fancy soiree, another silk Equipment shirt that I reach for almost every day for work, a new necklace by Lulu Frost to add to my growing collection), as well as a few few treasures for my house and some essential pieces to take me through the new season (a cosy sweater that will go with everything, the perfect suede ankle boots and some cute leather gloves for winter).

For those of us in the UK, it’s the best time to buy US brands because the discount more than makes up for the import duties so it’s the cheapest you’ll ever find those current season pieces. For everyone else, it’s the only time some of these items ever go on sale (I’m talking about my favourite Karen Walker sunglasses and the classic Self Portrait LBD that you’ll wear season after season) and is so much better than waiting for the end-of-season sales (when only the unwanted pieces remain).

Use code ‘INTHEFAM25′ here to get 25% off just about everything site-wide (the sale is on until from today until Thursday night, so be quick!).

And because I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve recently picked up from the site or will be adding to my basket today: a few old favourites, some new classics and a few little presents for friends. Happy shopping!

What wardrobe pieces to you invest in? I’d love to hear which staples you re-purchase season after season. 

Love, Miss B xx

 

Botanical Blooms & Cambridge Garden Parties

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One of my favourite things about summer in Cambridge is the abundance of fabulous events that fill the calendar. The end of term May Balls (actually held in June) where the colleges are transformed into glittering all-night soirees that would make Gatsby proud, games of croquet on the lawns, Shakespeare plays in the college gardens and grand garden parties for the fellows.

The other evening – in the middle of our house-moving weekend – the Clever Boyfriend (a fellow at Kings) and I took the night off to attend the annual Kings College summer party. We put on our party clothes and cycled on our way (as any Cambridge worth their salt knows, this is the only real way to arrive at a college event) to be greeted by a college all decked out for an evening of celebration.

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There was champagne on the lawn, a candlelight supper in the great dining hall, games of Russian roulette in the library, a jazz band in the garden and a magnificent explosion of fireworks on the river.

There really is no affair quite like a Cambridge party.

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Wearing: Warehouse dress c/- (also available at ASOS + on sale at John Lewis) // Anya Hindmarch clutch bag (also on sale in gold at TheOutnet) // Miu Miu heels // Karen Walker sunglasses (also available in black) // Lulu Frost earrings (sold out, but similar style available at Net-a-PorterJ. Crew + Shopbop) // Kenneth Jay Lane pearl bracelet (sold out, but similar style available at J. Crew + Shopbop) // Mimco bracelet (old).
Beauty note: NARS ‘Angelika’ gloss (also available at Sephora + John Lewis) // Clinique ‘Curvy Candy’ Chubby Stick (also available at House of Fraser + Nordstrom) // NARS ‘Gaiety’ blush (also available at SelfridgesJohn Lewis) // Deborah Lippmann ‘Shape of my Heart’ nail polish (also available at Bloomingdale’s + Neiman Marcus). 

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Beth Morton