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Baukjen in the Park!

Over the weekend the weather was lovely so we hot footed it down to Colchester Castle Park and took some pictures along the way. Baukjen are predominately online store, the clothes are amazing quality and it’s a shop that I consistently spend hours looking at so when they were lovely enough to send me some gorgeous clothing from their sale, I was super happy and you know me, I can’t resist a picture.

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First up is this classic jersey cream jacket. I love to wear it with a pair of trainers and a denim skirt as it adds an extra special touch to any casual outfit.  It would be perfect for the office or for going to the ballet.

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The star print t-shirt has a tiny piece of my heart as it really is a dream to wear. A star print always grabs my attention because it’s still quite a sophisticated print. The style is casual yet classy and it will look great on everyone especially teamed with dainty layered necklaces which is a big look at the moment.

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I love a good black jersey skirt especially at this time of year as it’s ultra cool and so flattering. The style is perfect for an evening out teamed with a black v-neck top and heels but also is equally sassy paired with this t-shirt, leather jacket and trainers. The splits at the side add a slightly daring touch too.

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This beautiful cream/white dress is great to throw on for the office but if you team it with a leather or denim jacket and you’re favourite heels,  it will also be fab for an evening out on the town too. The pleated material at the middle also hides a multitude of sins. Perfect!

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Have you checked out the sale at Baukjen yet, maybe you’re planning to pick up a few items or have already? Let me know in the comments below or find me at @emilyhearts64 on Twitter.

Happy Shopping!

 

* in collaboration with the lovely people over at Baukjen

Music

Music Monday – Alison Limerick

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Happy Music Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend filled with fun and enjoyed the rays of sunshine that made a few brief appearances.

I’ve always been a big fan of old 80’s and 90’s music, and in particular old house tunes with a big piano. So I got some real feels when I was watching Hot Since 82 dropping this classic at the end of his set at Elrow Town this weekend. The track is Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick, which came out in 1990 – when I was 6 years old! These songs stay with you though and sometimes it’s years between hearing them but you can remember exactly how they go.

This is an absolute gem of a track, so soulful and uplifting – get it on your speakers wherever you are and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face!

What music have you been playing this past week – Tweet me and let me know!

Happy listening!

Fashion

A Katie Loxton London Giveaway!

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I’ve had my eye on this little bag for a number of weeks now, as the Katie Loxton items are stocked at one of the shops near me. I’m always going over to see which one would best suit outfits. I thought though,  instead of keeping this gorgeous silver/ dusky pink Hello Gorgeous bag for myself I’ve decided to give it away to one of my lovely followers.

All you have to do is follow me on Twitter, retweet this message about the competition as many times as you like and an extra option is to follow me on Instagram if you haven’t already using the box below. If you’re already following me on this Twitter and Instagram, just retweet my message about the competition and let more people know about it.

Good luck!

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A Maplin Photo Walk and Afternoon Tea

On Saturday I hoped onto a train to London about lunchtime and hot footed it down to Covent Garden for a photographic walk around the capital with Maplin. We started in Covent Garden and ended in China Town taking photos, learning photography tips from the lovely Kaye Fordtography and took a different look at London.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time in this area over the years but this time walking around I noticed things that I’ve never seen before. The crest above the walkway on the Royal Opera House, the roof top Garden terrace on the main court yard, the multicoloured macaroons in Laderee, the brightly coloured buildings around Neal’s Yard, and most of all, people having fun and going about their day happily exploring London just like me.

I loved the candid moments, although I’ve found I can be quite rubbish at capturing them and making them look good even after our masterclass. This is something I really need to work on more. After finishing our walk around London we made our way to B- Bakery. It’s a beautiful bakery that does a spectacular Afternoon Tea with savoury and sweet treats galore with a few flat lays thrown in for good measure.

The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable, and it reaffirmed my love for photography – I have to get out and take more pictures without feeling like I’m intruding.

Do you love photography, been to London recently or have you been to B- Bakery and loved it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy snapping!

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Music

Music Monday – DJ Snake

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Happy Music Monday! I hope your last couple of days have been fab. I spent the weekend in London on a photography tour and then with family. It was exhausting but fun!

I didn’t get much time to listen to music how I normally would but did catch this tune on a car radio – DJ Snake and Justin Bieber with their track Let Me Love You.

You’ve probably heard everything you need to know about Bieber before, but DJ Snake has an interesting story too. Growing up in the suburbs of Paris, he started DJing at 14 and producing aged 19. He was quite a prolific graffiti artist as a teenager and got the name snake from his friends as was somehow always able get away from the police. He was discovered by Diplo from Major Lazer who signed him and from then on the hits and awards started to flood in.

This track Let Me Love You is huge – it’s got a hint of tropical house to it and summer holiday adventures written all over it. It was originally released in August 2016 but it passed me by last year, so I’m giving it a good spin this summer instead!

Have a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you’ve been playing this past week.

Happy listening!

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Blossoming Gifts bouquet and an outfit of the day!

The weather is wet! If you’re going to a festival, take a poncho – lunch on a rooftop garden, you might want to take an umbrella, thinking of going to the beach this weekend – forget about it! It’s been raining for three weeks and the outside fun has officially been put on hold.

It’s even turned a little chilly so why not reach into your wardrobe for that Spring jacket. You know the one you thought you wouldn’t need until next year, well at least for the next few days until the weather has gets its act together.

I’ve been teaming my New Look embroidered faux leather jacket with summer skirts like this stripy one from Oasis, a black Topshop cami with cute New Look white slip on trainers and the mini Michael Kors bag.  It’s keeping me warm as well as helping me look a little stylish. I’ve even popped this Blossoming Gifts Summer Cocktail Bouquet with it to brighten up my look. I love the Lilies, mini Sunflowers, and Stocks. They’re so bright and make me happy.

If you’re looking to brighten up your dreary day too, get your flowers from Blossoming Gifts!

Stay warm and stylish!

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*in collaboration with the lovely people at blossoming gifts

Music

Music Monday – Major Lazer

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Happy Music Monday! This weekend I have been seeing my bestie in Norwich and spending time with family over from Australia, but I’ve still found time to listen to music!

I might be a little late to the party with this track but I’ve been loving Major Lazer’s Cold Water. It’s their first single from their forth studio album Music is the Weapon and it’s fantastic. The song has quite a few writers with the likes of Mø, Diplo from Major Lazer, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Jamie Scott, Benny Blanco and Philip “Jr. Blender” Meckseper and Henry “King Henry” Allen. Phew! A real meeting of music minds.

This a catchy summer track features vocals from Justin Bieber and Mø with slow paced EDM synths with a little drop of tropical house. It’s been number 1 in 24 different chart across the world and I’m hooked!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know you’ve been playing lately.

Happy listening!

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A Dance Gala for Grenfell!

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A few weeks ago Arlene Phillips announced that she would be bringing together some of the best and well known dance stars together at the Adelphi Theatre in London to raise emergency aid for all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The tickets sold out really quickly but I was lucky enough to get hold of just one for this incredible night filled with dance of all kinds.

Dressed in their rehearsal gear, just over 100 dancers took part. The Strictly residents and a few former contestants were out in force with Anton Du Beke, Adam Garcier, Rob Rinder and Harriett Thorpe presenting, dancing and joking their way through the show with Arlene Phillips reminding us why we were there.

The whole gala was filled with talented dances and unmissable performances making it hard to choose just one that I loved so I’ve picked out some of my favourites points of the evening.

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The first was Adam Garcia, as he effortlessly tapped his way through an impressive and light hearted comical solo. He had the audience in fits of giggles straight away.

Rather excitingly the recently promoted Mariinsky Ballet principle Xander Parish and Ekaterina Chebykina took time out of their busy schedules to dance Swan Lake’s White Swan Adagio. The performance was beautiful and ended with ballet enthusiasts shouting ‘Bravo’ and ‘more’, wishing they could have stayed on the stage a little longer.

Akram Khan also made a rare performance with a beautiful piece called Nameless that closed the first half and was a definite treat for dancers and audience members alike.

Royal Ballet Principles Ed Watson and Olivia Cowley danced the Wayne Mcgregor’s Quailia Pas de Deux and provided one of the most stunning performances of the night.

All in all, a wonderful evening full of so many amazing memories, and for an amazing cause. Bravo!

Music

Music Monday – Odesza

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Happy Music Monday! After a fun weekend buzzing around London, meeting friends and watching ballet, it’s time to turn my attention and the return of one of my favourites – Odesza.

I discovered Odesza just weeks before getting married in September 2014, when they released their brilliant second album In Return. The tunes from that album provided the soundtrack to the final wedding preparations and our wonderful honeymoon in Cuba, so repeat listens are full of beautiful memories.

It’s been a long wait, but finally Odesza are back with new tracks, and hopefully a new album. They’ve released a few bits recently, and I’ve picked out my favourite of the bunch, a track called Line of Sight. It’s got the classic Odesza synths and choppy vocals present on their previous work, but contains much more of a traditional song structure and vocals opposed to the more instrumental pieces in their back catalogue. I’m curious to see where they take this on their next album – but one thing’s for sure, if it sounds like this then we’re in for a treat!

Take a listen below and Tweet me and let me know what you think.

Happy listening!

 

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5 Places to visit in London

I often visit London for something specific like blogger event or to see friends so I don’t often get to go the chance to go and do the tourist thing. I’ve put together some of the places that I would love go and visit to get to know my own city a little bit better.

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In the sunny weather I often choose to walk instead of taking the underground. Somewhere I pass quite often and always say that I must visit is St Paul’s Cathedral with it’s dome shaped whispering gallery, it’s the epitome of London life as it dominated the skyline for 300 years or more. It was the venue of weddings and funerals of some of the most famous of stars of England. It’s architecture by that of Christopher Wren, who also built amongst others the south side of Hampton Court palace, is beautiful and if it interests you it’s still currently a working church too.

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People often mention the Natural History Museum when they talk about London. It’s synonymous with Dippy the Diplodocus which has been on display in the main hall for the last 112 years up until recently when it was replaced by the skeleton of a young blue whale. It’s a must see along with the many specimens of historical value that Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist, geologist and biologist who worked on the theory of evolution, collected.

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At 309.2 meters and 95 storey’s high, The Shard is the tallest building in London and currently dominates sky line. It’s already considered by many as London’s emblem along with the London Eye. The Shard was built by Renzo Piano who took inspiration for the building from the railway lines in the neighbouring site, the spires in a painting by Venetian artist, a shard of glass which is where it gets is name from and most interestingly what I think it looks most like, is a ships sales. Inside the building it houses mostly offices but there’s an amazing hotel and an observatory with the most stunning views of London. It’s worth a visit just for the view.

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Next up is a place that fairy tales are made of, Buckingham Palace. I’ve been to the Palace of Versailles, Hampton Court Palace, Doge’s palace but I’m always left in awe of this place. It’s always the centre of Royal events, weddings, funerals, trooping of the colour and more. It’s the London residence of the Queen of England when she’s not at Balmoral,Windsor or Sandringham. I love history as you can probably tell and this building has some stories to share. Most of all it really is beautiful, inside and out and it’s still used today. It opens just in the summer while the Queen is on holiday in Norfolk and it’s like a step inside another world. It’s another must see!

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The final place that I would like to go is Madame Tussauds. As a teenager I went with the school to the adjacent planetarium and always wanted to go here. Madame Tussaud herself has a rather bloody past. Today it houses wax works of recognisable movie stars and celebs. They’re incredibly life like and occasionally the actual stars go in and play tricks on unsuspecting visitors. They’ve recently added characters from up and coming Alien film. I think it would be rather scary!

Have you been to any of these tourist attractions or do you plan on going to any of them this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy visiting!

 

* in collaborations with the lovely people at Discount London

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