Trust in an Untrusting World…

Every so often, someone does something that restores your faith in humankind. You know the kind of things… strangers complimenting you, friends showing their amazing loyalty, nice surprises and kind words when you need it the most. One world where you don’t expect this is the Retail world; it’s there to make money, and this often takes top priority.

HOWEVER…

Let me tell you about a little sewing shop in Bath city centre where trust, kindness and generosity rate pretty high on that list. It’s my favourite haberdashery shop, and I would feel guilty shopping anywhere else unless I had to. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and looks like any ordinary sewing shop from the inside. But the small acts of trust and generosity that this shop and its owner have demonstrated to me and Big Sis have shown me that it’s a pretty fab place.

I’m not going to tell you what they trusted me with, or how they were generous, as I would hate for others to abuse this trust. Although I reckon you lot are pretty splendid, the Internet is a big bad place. So, let’s just say that, if you need any fabric, sewing supplies or machines, or want to do a workshop, then this is the place to go.

The shop is on Charles Street, just up the hill from Green Park Station. You’ll spot the rolls of material outside…

Love,

Sami x

Cheep! Cheep! Chick Weekend!!

If you have a Mum as amazing as mine then you are VERY LUCKY. I know I am…

Mum came to visit a while ago. She met Big Sis at the station and, after getting ready, we went for dinner at Turtle Bay, then drinks at The Milk Thistle (one of the secret bars in Bristol). We had such a lovely girly time drinking cocktails and eating yummy food. Big Sis is having a hen do in August (which i’m organising :D) but Mum isn’t coming, so we decided that this was the warm up weekend (The Chick Weekend!)

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On the Saturday, we went for a day out in Frome. Frome is such a lovely town, with cobbled streets, bunting and cute little shops selling haberdashery, vintage clothes, homemade gifts and other pretty things. We went to the Garden Cafe for lunch, as recommended by Miss Catering at work. It was SO yummy, i’d definitely suggest a visit if you’re nearby.

After all that hard work shopping and eating, we went back home, ate some more and watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Such a good film- a lot more interesting, funny and moving than I had expected.

Sunday was BABY TIME! Big Sis’s fiance’s sister (keeping up?) and her partner have recently had twins (their story is on One Born Every Minute S6 Ep2 if you want to know it!), and we went to see/ meet them in Bristol. They are super cute, and R and M are sooper dooper mums. You can tell that the babies are going to be spoilt rotten! After making lots of googly noises, tickling some teeny feet and clapping hands, I dropped Mum and Big Sis off to the station and said bye.

On the way back, I couldn’t help but be a little bit smug. My family (and extended family) really are the best, and I’m a very, very lucky girl..

 

Love,

Sami x

Hello, Lovely Weekend…

Hello all.

Hope you all had fab weekends.

What did I get up to?!

Well, it all started with a pampering session on Friday at The Art Team Bath, where I got my hair done. I went there as I’d signed up for an offer, and i’m so glad I did- I got a cup of tea on a little tray with a flower, a head massage, and the (lovely) hairdresser curled it beautifully for me at the end. So happy with how it turned out…Image

After a few weekends of extreme laziness, which included pyjamas, blankets, Netflix, tea and eating, me and The Boy decided to make the most of the Spring sunshine on Saturday, so we headed over to Bath after a lie-in (you need a smidgen of laziness on a Saturday!). We went for food at The Globe first, which was yummy. Then, we went into town to visit a vintage fair i’d heard about on Facebook.

It was really lovely; jam-packed with loads of vintage/ vintage-inspired clothes, jewellery, accessories and homeware. I was fairly restrained (I coulda spent a fortune!) and only bought some pretty little Taunton Vale ceramic jars with the most adorable blue and yellow pattern. Had to buy all three (otherwise i’d feel like I had split up siblings!), and they look great on top of my wardrobe. This is my new favourite place to (temporarily) put all the pretty things I like to look at but aren’t sensible Boy Things! I bought the dartboard from a charity shop a few weeks back, and the Cath Kidston sewing house was a present from my parents:

ImageOh, aren’t they adorable!!!!! And they were £18. I think that’s a bargain. 😀

We topped off the afternoon with afternoon tea and a visit to the car wash. Glamorous!!

ImageWith Sunday came more cake (this time homemade Rhubarb and Lemon Cake):

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Hopefully you’ll comment to say how your weekend was (one word will do if you’re not a writer!), or send me a link to your blog (it gets lonely here by myself :P)

Have a good week!

 

Love,

Sami x

Car Danger, Dawlish and a Scrumptious Cornish (Cream Tea)…

To escape the chaos of house-renting, car-buying and decision-making, I went to see my angels, who I see every 3 months. (You might remember Bath in March and Bournemouth in June) and it was Princess Helen’s turn to host this time, in Dawlish.

I now think that Dawlish is lovely, but my first impression was a bit odd… I got on the train in light, dry weather. I got off in dark, stormy weather, with the sea crashing over the barrier about 3 metres away from the train tracks. I was a bit befuddled! But that was the only bad bit of the weekend. My angels always cheer me up, and we had such a lovely time, eating chips on the beach and cream tea; falling in love with Helen’s cats and her lovely house, and catching up on all of the gossip. Oh, and a teeny bit of shopping (be rude not to).

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There was a small car incident (which I promised I would tell you about in my last post). On our way back from shopping, we nearly all melted in the car when the heaters were blasting out really hot air when on the cold mode. Gem suggested that the engine might be overheating, and I asked Helen about coolant (NEW CAR KNOWLEDGE ALERT). She had never heard of coolant, didn’t know what it did, and was seriously low on the stuff. We double checked with my dad and had a not-so-reassuring chat with a lady in a petrol station, about the time her car radiator blew up on the motorway. Then Helen tried to sort out the problem like a pro. I feel very proud that I read my manual and have a small amount of Car Knowledge to- hopefully- keep Yohan the Yaris out of trouble. We’ll see. *note* It was actually a problem with the heater and Helen had to pay lots of money, but at least we tried.

Anyway, I was sad to leave the angels and Dawlish, but we’ll be meeting up again in January/ February so I’ll let you know about our latest adventures then.

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Love,

Sami x

7 Days to Go…

So today I woke up with a funny neck. Not funny “ha ha”, funny “weird”.  I must have slept on it wrong, but it’s still hurting 😦 And it’s made sitting and doing repetitive tasks quite difficult!Fortunately, i’d planned to go into town this afternoon to pick up interesting things like groundsheets and string and marker pens. Unfortunately, I had to cancel going to the gym, and I got seriously distracted by New Look and H&M (and a little bit by Apricot too). So… i got home with an ever ‘hurtier’ neck from carrying bags, but also with 2 new tops. Life is full of ups and downs!! 

I then got some leather bows drawn and cut out, and changed my room from Sweat Shop to Boudoir (by moving it all into the spare room). *Side note to my landlady* It is a very neat mess and will all be gone by the time you come back to visit! Promise!

ImageNow The Boy is on his way and I will be having a well-earned rest tomorrow and heading over to Bristol for Harbourfest with my friends from work. I’ll tell you aaaalllll about it on Sunday. I’m hoping it will include lots of eating, the odd cider, and lots of distractions so I can (temporarily) forget about this To Do List:

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Love,

Sami x

 

 

 

Bargain Hunting…

I had another lovely weekend again this weekend; seems I’ve been having lots of those lately 🙂

Me and my housemates went into Bath, to visit the Vintage fair I mentioned in my blog post yesterday. It was so good! There were lots of stalls, selling clothes, accessories, shoes and knik-knacks. Pippa bought some adorable pillowcases, a cosy woolly cardigan and a couple of colourful scarves, and Rosie bought a lovely top. And I got some brlliant bargains…

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How beautiful is this blouse?! And it was a tenner! I mean, come on! A tenner? Look at that neckline *sigh*… I tried it on thinking “this could be lovely for work”, but I think it’s definitely a Sunday Best blouse.

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Then, I went on to bag this colourful and cosy scarf for £4, which has the most beautiful berry colours and a green that matches perfectly with a pair of boots I own  and wear all the time. We spent a good few hours browsing, went for food at TGI Fridays, and then went straight back to finish off looking at the stalls. Although I didn’t buy much, I had such a fun, girly day, and I’m so glad we went to have a look. Happy, happy day!

After all that shopping, I didn’t have the energy to go and see the exhibition I wanted to, so that’s a treat for later in the week. I’ll keep you posted!

Love,

Sami x

Fashionable Bath

I came across another lovely blog whilst wasting time on the Internet (which appears to be my new hobby lately). The blog is Style Bubble, which caught my eye because of the post Taking In Bath, all about my new city! If you’re in Bath, or planning a visit soon, it’s a great post for inspiration on places to go and things to do.

I was given a ‘Bath in Fashion’ leaflet a while back and made a promise to myself to go and see some of the events and exhibitions. I told my housemates, and we’ve planned to go tomorrow, starting with the Vintage Fashion Fair at Green Park Station.

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Don’t worry, i’ll make sure I tell you all about it…

Love,

Sami x