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May 20th, 2009
The Long Weekender

Here in the UK, May is the month of Bank Holiday, hurrah! Here are my favourite spring-inspired flowery holdalls/weekend bags that will add a touch of style to your weekend away.

Weekend Bag 1

Cherry Blossom Weekender – Accessorize

Weekend Bag 2

ASOS Rose Print Bowler Holdall – ASOS

Weekend Bag 3

A Chiswick Flowers Holdall – Cath Kidston

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April 19th, 2009
Columbia Road Series: Open House

This was my first trip to Columbia Road flower market in London and it turned out to be quite a treat. So many different plants and flowers; tropical flowers and orange trees. The wonderful weather just added to the whole experience.




There are also a lot of vintage and gift boutiques around, including Open House. They have two rooms with gift items, vintage furniture and homewares. They also have a garden featuring plants and other gift items. The owners very kindly let me take some photos. I will definitely be going back to Columbia Road the next time I have a free weekend.






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February 23rd, 2009
Belfast Beauties

I’m back from my weekend in Belfast and I must say, it was a great deal of fun. A whole bunch of us went there for a wedding and what a beautiful event it was. The venue was gorgeous; think waterfalls, sweeping staircases and large baroque decorations. The reception hall was set up with punch bowls, tea and homemade shortbread. Dinner was held in another hall where the ceilings displayed paintings of cute little cherubs. Traditional sitar and tabla players provided a calm ambience whilst we tucked into a lovely meal.

 Belfast Beauties 1

All in all, a beautiful night. I was especially impressed with the flower displays, some of which incorporated peacock feathers which was a nice touch. I especially liked the birdcages that had flowers woven through the bars.

Belfast Beauties 2 Belfast Beauties 3

Besides the wedding, I did get some time to explore the city centre. I came across a fantastic lifestyle and clothing store which I practially spent all my time in and then took my husband back there the next day because it was so wonderful. Stay tuned this week for more about the shop and this site’s first ever giveaway competition!

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