Explore Bath.

Bath has been one of my favourite cities since I can remember, yet only since I moved to Devon could I take full advantage of it’s historic beauty, shopping and insta-worthy photography.

When I lived in the ‘distant’ north, basically anyway down south seemed a million miles away, so when we moved to Devon (almost as down south as you could go bar Cornwall) I bought a £19.60 return (railcards are a needed investment) and went to Bath for the weekend.

This was my first trip there, and I instantly fell in love, if it wasn’t because of the historic beauty of the Roman Baths, it was for sure the beauty of the city, with the old stone and every building looking like it had just sprung from the 1800’s… Within no time I was imagining my twenty year old self heading to work from the Royal Crescents.

Bath’s gorgeous, as I’ve empathised, but there’s so much to do, so it’s important to plan. Here are my top tips for making yourself an enjoyable, well worth stay in the amazing city.

  1. Plan, plan, plan – I can’t portray enough how important it is to make some sort of agenda. Although our spontaneity, adventure and curiosity often takes the better of us, if there’s something you know you want to do for sure, make time!
  2. Visit the Guildhall market – Yes, ok, so some of it is just full of over-priced bananas, but if you skip past the healthy stuff, there’s an antique jewellery shop, an indie bar right in the centre, and the hippiest market stands you will see in the whole of bath.
  3. Take dollaaa – Bath has ALOT of shops, you don’t want to be caught out broke whilst admiring your latest soon-to-be purchase, so take money (British pounds, soz for any confusion lol) and enjoy Jack Wills, Hollister and many other high-street beauties.
  4. Visit TurtleBay – If you love Carribean food, you will love this. I go every time I’m in bath, for my usual Chilli Squid and Steak. I wouldn’t miss it! The prices are also not too bad either, plus I couldn’t reccomend the Pink Grapefruit Crush enough!
  5. Watch a gig at Starbucks – For some reason, there always seems to be some indie band playing on the top floor of Starbucks, and whenever I’ve been in the city, they always seem to be free. I guess it’s just a good way of getting your music out there, but I’ve never walked away disappointed. So make sure you check facebook for upcoming events.
  6. Relax on a deckchair outside the station – Bath is a fair distance from the sea, but in the summer, the station is surrounded my grass and deckchairs, perfect for summer reading after visiting ‘Giraffe’ Restaurant Opposite.
  7. Sightsee – This is probably the most important thing to do in Bath, and you’d be stupid not to. You can hop on the boat at Pultenay Bridge for £2 (also the place Javert had his famous fall in Les Miserables) or walk through the Botanic Gardens. My favourite places to go our the Roman Baths themselves and the Royal Crescent.
  8. Theatre Royal – For cutting edge performance and arts, this is your place!
  9. American Museum in Britain – Explore the pre-1800s USA in the manor house and gardens (plus it looks fab on insta).
  10. Relax at the Thermea Bath Spa – it has rooftop pools and spa, what more could a girl want hahah.
  11. Take your camera – literally everything is insta worthy.

 

 

A weekend in London.

When it comes to documenting my travels, I never know where to start. I have always got up to so much and have so much I want to write about yet fail to put it all into words.
Last week I was fortunate enough to go to London for a long weekend break. I left school early, suffering the embarrassment of carrying my huge suitcase round school and set off for the train station.
Living in such a small place, where everyone knows everyone, it was so nice to venture out into the huge city and explore the business of Oxford Street, the uniqueness of each cobbled café and of course the stunning white rows of houses filling Kensington and Chelsea (one day one will be mine!)
 
We arrived into London at around 5.30pm, greeted by a concierge at the door and a glass of champagne at the Kensington Close Hotel, yet then struck by the rush to get ready realising our reservation for Ivy Garden Restaurant in Chelsea was in half an hour.
I had never been treated such like royalty as I did there, and have already put it on the list for the next time I go back. I’d also highly recommend the Ivy Royale Cocktail and Sirloin Steak with the wine sauce, it was delicious.
We wanted to make the most of the four nights, so sleep wasn’t on the agenda, and actually spent one night awake til four, seeing in the Iranian New Year with other hotel guests.
 
Our second day consisted of us being typical tourists, going to Leicester Square, shopping in Camden and it even ended in joining a refugee protest.
On the Saturday I wore my NY Yankees Baseball cap, a newlook shell bomber and my Chanel Le Boy.
 

 

On the Sunday we again took to the tourist role, and although I had previously lived in Putney in London, visiting literally every museum and landmark possibly, the Victoria and Albert Museum was still on my list.
My favourite section was (surprise, surprise) the fashion one, and I loved the timeless classic monochrome outfit (pictured above). It’s so chic and would fit perfectly into the Chanel theme of Kensington Street fashion.
On our penultimate day, I actually decided to take some time out on my own. I had been so overwhelmed by the hectic weekend, the mad agenda’s my friends had planned for every single hour and so I wanted some time on my own to explore London.
London has always been somewhere I’ve intended on living, so I took independence by its stride and caught the central line to Bond Street, followed by a day of very successful shopping!
The trip was ended with a visit to the Old Dutch, which I had recently seen on Jonathan Cheban’s snapchat story (I’m a sucker for anything to do with the Kardashians) and a missed visit to the Sky Garden, yet, despite all the rush and the several failed attempts at beckoning a taxi, we made it back to Paignton late that evening, and.. of course, stopped at the kebab shop opposite the station. Our high life of  £16.50 cocktails overlooking the Thames ended the minute I bit into the sweet chilli and donner kebab.

  

  
  
  
  
  

Top 5 January Outfits

I like to think I’m one of those ‘plan in advance’ kinda girls, but in reality I’m as last minute as possible. Therefore, I’ve come up with my top five ‘go to’ outfits for January.

For links to websites, simply click on the name of the item below!

Outfit No.1 

 
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Zara Coat 

Grey Oversized Sweater 

Skinny Jeans 

Cat Flats 

Givenchy Tote 

Blue Sapphire Necklace

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Outfit No.2

 

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Plain Lapel Columbia Coat 

Mango Stripe V Tee 

Frame Denim Le Skinny Jeans 

Black Chunky Boots 

Tote bag 

“I love you” pendant 

Floral iPhone case 

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Outfit No.3 

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Fur Gillette 

Ribbed turtleneck sweater 

Ripped skinny jeans 

Faux fur platform boots 

Chanel Flap Bag 

Yves Saint Lauren Lipstick 

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Outfit No.4
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Neck Striped sweater 

Tara Moto Jacket 

High waisted jeans 

Gianvito Rossi suede ankle boots 

Kate Spade bag 

Chicnova Turn Up Beanie

Bibico Winter Gloves 

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Outfit No.5 


 
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Burberry Sandrigham Mid-Length Trench

The row burgundy sweater 

Gianvito Rossi suede boots

Burberry SM Coleman bag

Check Tassel Scarf 

Tommy Hilfiger Gloves 

Mac Rebel satin lipstick

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Girly lunch, cocktails & catch up. 

  
Since leaving secondary school I have been awful in keeping in contact with friends. I had been so busy at my new school, and focusing on making new friends I realised how little time I had been giving to my oldest ones. 

After planning a catch up with my school friend Anna for what seemed like forever, we were finally reunited and spent a morning lounging around The Grand hotel, taking in Torbays Palm trees and sea views and pretending we liked tea  and scones. 

After sitting around and catching up with gossip for a good few hours, we decided to lunch at Visto lounge. I ate a pulled pork bbq panini (c’était delicieux) and drank “Sherbet Lemon”.  Anna went for the mozzarella and tomatoe sandwich, forever showing me up with her healthy option whilst I’m powering through my three extra portions of fries, a girl can never have enough chips…

Lucy-Rose. 

Christmas Party

I’m so blessed to have such amazing friends, and I found them all through my church ‘Living Waters’. This evening was such a fun filled event, where all the church came together for fellowship and lots and lots of food, which always goes down great.

 Duck, with some weird sauce I don’t know the name of.

We also danced the night away to 80s classics, plus a few Christmas tunes, and cringed when the dj attempted to play Justin Biebers latest hits (which don’t get me wrong, we weren’t complaining about, who is?!) yet seeing the dj, who remained still, solemn and expressionless throughout the others, bang his head and play an air guitar…

I did, however, relish the opportunity to dress up. After ordering three different dresses, taking two back, and giving the other one to my friend who looked stunning in my “pretty little thing asymmetric cut out body con” (links below) I finally found one I settled with, and this was this red maxi dress from Boohoo (again all outfit links will be posted below).

You’re probably no different, but I know I, before any party or event will hassle my friends to see what they’re wearing and sending them countless photos of different outfits to see their opinions. I was so nervous about looking overdressed, only one other I knew of was wearing a maxi, and for a short period when I got there I did feel out of place, but as soon as more guests turned up, I felt confident and beautiful, which is very rare for me, who’s constantly judging myself to others (another thing I need to add to my list of things to achieve: avoid jealousy).


So far I’ve failed to mention the location… THE ZOO! And of course, we all loved the chance to walk around the zoo in the evening, jumping at the slightest sound of a gorilla as we crept round in our heels.



I also loved spending time with some people I rarely get to see, which was so fantastic and reminded me I need to give more time to others.

I’m gonna wrap this blog up here though, it was a wonderful night and I thank God every day for the friends and family he has provided me with.

Enjoy the photos, many blessings.

  

  
  
  
Click on the links below for the websites:
       My Red Dress

       Celies Blue Dress

Peace and love, 

Lucy Rose X 

Top 10 designer items.

One of my favourite bloggers lydiaelisemillen once said “When you’ve spent a small fortune on those you love the most, I think you’ve earned a little something for you too!”. 

I don’t often buy designer items, being a student definitely has it’s flaws, but I’m still so in love with so many things and so I have listed my top ten designer items. Enjoy!

For instant access to the websites, simply click on the titles.
  1. DOUBLE COTTON TWILL TRENCH COAT

 

 

2. ANTONIA MINI LEATHER SATCHEL BAG BLACK  

3. OSCAR DE LA RENTA ALYSSA EMBELLISHED TRANSPARENT PUMPS

4. CARIANNE MOORE MINI MAYA CLOUD WHITE CLUTCH BAG

5. KATE SPADE COBBLE HILL MARSALA 

Kate Spade Cobble Hill Marsala ($258) ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring bags, handbags, shoulder bags, cross body, zipper purse, overnight bag, crossbody flap handbags, flap purse and kate spade crossbody: Hill Marsala, Kate Spade Bag, Kate Spade Purse, Cobble Hill, Kate Spade Handbags Crossbody

6. ACNE STUDIOS TYSON BOMBER JACKET

7.  MICHEAL KORS SMALL RHEA LEATHER BACKPACK 

8. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA SHOES MID-CENTURY KITTY BURGUNDY VELVET POINT

9. ZIMMERMAN ARCADIA PLUNGE V’DRESS – NOW ON SALE!

10.  MOSCHINO QUILTED NYLON TROLLEY 

I will soon be doing my top ten high street items, so keep readin’.

Peace and Love,

Lucy Rose x 

What I got for Christmas…

I never usually feel that festive, or at least haven’t done for the past few during my adolescent years, however as the actual day comes, so does the excitement.

I only went to sleep about 2.30am, meaning I had the delight (sarcastic btw) of seeing endless amounts of drunk snap chats wishing their peers “Merry Christmas!” or them blaring out Christmas carols which really shouldn’t have been sung after four bottles of wine. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s all great if they’re giving glory to Jesus…

Even though I was woken up stupidly early by my excited eleven year old brother, the sight of my mum rushing around naked in the early hours of Christmas attempting desperately to fill our stockings quickly and forgetting she wasn’t the only one awake in the house,  was enough to make anyone try to fall asleep, so I eventually did, phone somewhere beneath the covers, and my laptop to my side.

I didn’t ask for much this year, there wasn’t anything I needed, so I was happy with the few surprises I got… I have attached links under each photo as best I can.

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Pink Scarf – Primark, £5. 

Pointed Toe Chelsea Boots – New look, £19 (Was £39.99) 

MUA Concealer – Superdrug, £1

Fruits Chocolate Orange Shower Gel – Wilkinsons

Rings – Topshop, £12.50

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Floral  Box – Store Twenty One

Gold Glitter Nail Varnish – Primark

Pom Pom Bobble – Primark, £1.50

MUA Lipstick – Superdrug, £1

Burgundy Nail Varnish – Boots. 

I did get a few more things, but these were some of my favourites! Comment below what you got, I love seeing and hearing about other people’s items, for inspiration but mainly just curiosity haha!

Peace and Love, 

Lucy Rose xx


Intro to my blog // New Year Resolutions

I’ve always been one to attempt to set New Years resolutions, or have an unrealistic expectation for the new year. This, however, is usually during the Christmas holidays… Where I am relieved from the pressure of school and exams and spend my days tucked up on the sofa with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ playing in the background and a mug of hot chocolate in my hand. All these new ideas seem so exciting then, yet as soon as school starts my ‘idealistic’ wishes for a more productive, lively and eventiful life goes out the drain and once more I find myself falling asleep into textbooks or stressing because I haven’t finished my assignments – no time for pretty insta worthy photos of avocado on toast, even though you actually had coco pops.  So, this year I am actually going to try and change some things… Which as we all know is much easier said than done. I’m also going to try and be as real as possible, and portray glimpses of my life on here in the best way I can. So although I may look like I have a fruit salad every morning, the truth is more than likely I had that one Saturday once in the month, yet out of my endless amount of ‘Sainsburys local’ yogurts and frosted flakes, it was the only photo which made the cut. So, whola! You’re going to see the pretty side of my life.


…And that life is my life in sunny Devon, where I have been living for four years after being born in New Zealand and growing up in Lancashire (hence my dodgey half southern/half northern accent people like to mimick ALOT).

Anyway, I really am going to attempt to be more productive and so my New Years resolutions are as follows :

  1. Blog frequently. 
  2. Save money – somehow last year I managed to spend £2000 on food, clothes and a few trips.  Note, the clothes hoarding needs to stop. 
  3. Read more.
  4. Eat healthier – generic I know but currently I eat 2/3 chocolate bars a day and Iceland chicken pizza’s are becoming a daily routine.
  5. Spend more time with loved ones – I found last year I wasted so much time trying to suit people who really didn’t care about me, which I found out as soon as I left school. It’s really true when they say “you find out who your real friends are when you leave school” so now I’m trying to give my time to those who want to give their time back.
  6. Spend less time on my phone, use my time wisely and STUDY STUDY STUDY – I won’t be getting to university if I don’t…

I’ve already wrote a fair bit on this post,so I will leave it at that. I cannot wait to share with you my daily outfit and beauty recommendations, travel aspects and life advice. Hope you enjoy. 

 

Peace and love, 

Lucy Rose x