2016 ~ The Blonde B

19 December 2016

Mottisfont Abbey

A good Winter boot is hard to come by.

Especially when my shoe collection is as fickle as the weather.

8 December 2016

Secret Exercising: Trampolining

I have discovered a hell of a new work-out which doesn't feel like a work out at all!

30 October 2016

Gin & Tonic with Hollie's Lollies

Do you like Gin?

Then come and join our Gin and Tonic party!

27 October 2016

The Slutty Pumpkin

There are two type of girls on Halloween.

The ones that dress up scary (i.e: witch, ghost, zombie) or the ones that dress up as anything and just add "slutty" to the beginning of it (i.e: slutty Snow White, slutty cat, slutty nurse, slutty... well you get the idea!).

This year I'm opting for the slutty pumpkin.

25 October 2016

World SBK, Milwaukee BMW

The real reason I was in Spain was because I was working.

23 October 2016

Casamono, Marbella

In life we have friends. And we have friends.

12 October 2016

Secret Exercising: Yoga

One thing you should know about me is I really hate working out.

8 October 2016

Glasses On Spec

One thing that I have been asked most frequently is "what actually is blogging?"

29 September 2016

{Seriously Good} Seafood Linguine

I'm almost giddy with excitement over this one.

You know when you try a recipe from TV or a book but it never quite looks or taste the same?

Well this one actually does.

25 September 2016

Beauty Haul { + Mini Giveaway}

This Summer I have been on a journey with my skin.

22 September 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea, The Swan

Thought she be but little, she is fierce!

16 September 2016

#BloggersFestival ~ Conrad St James

The #BloggersFestival was held at the Conrad St James, in West London this year.

11 September 2016

Leeds Festival

There is something I must confess.

I am a festival virgin.

Well, I was...

10 September 2016

Tostadas con tomate

This is one of my all time favourite breakfasts.

Forget about your avo on toast.

This is Spain's best kept secret.

6 September 2016

The Sun Inn, Dummer

It amazes me in this country how you can go from a busy city center to relative desolate country-side with the turn of a corner. 


5 September 2016

Sunday in the New Forest

Newton Farmhouse was a great 2nd B&B choice.

The beds were comfy, the linens smelt fresh and I had an excellent night's sleep.


2 September 2016

A Wedding in Downton Part II

So as I mentioned in a Wedding in Downton Part I we had to move B&B...

1 September 2016

A Wedding in Downton Part I

It's not every day that one of your best friends gets married.

So why limit the celebrations to one day?

30 August 2016

Turning 25

I didn't plan to turn my 25th celebrations into a whole weekend.

But somehow, it just happened.


27 August 2016

The First Sunset in Spain

So I have a major problem.

My hard-drive broke this week and with it ALL of my documents, ALL of my files and ALL of my photos from the last month.

It's fair to say it's pretty s****.

22 August 2016

Live the Highs & the Lows. Live Everything.

Never take anything for granted.

It's a saying you hear a lot but one that I most desperately live by.

Time changes everything; people, places and relationships.

Soak up every single moment, be it little or large, and truly be present in the now.

3 August 2016

Silver Hearts & Tiny Bows

Does anybody else feel we have taken a full 360 with the weather and gone back in to Winter?

I'm not quite ready for snuggly jumpers and hiding under a blanket watching Netflix.

It's August! My birthday month :)

29 July 2016

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

When the sun shines in Britain people head to the pub to enjoy a nice refreshing brewski.

I can't really blame them, with the sun shining and a beer (or iced Rose) in hand, it doesn't get much better for the British Summer.


24 July 2016

Watermelon Lime Refreshers

Is there anything more Summer than Watermelon?

I think not.

21 July 2016

Down by the River, Marlow

Water has magical calming powers.

When I am by a sea, lake or river, I get an overwhelming sense of peace and realise how beautiful nature is.

14 July 2016

Blue Sky Dress at the Chequers

The Great British Summer has taken quite a while to engage this year.

Any ounce of clear sky has people scrounging outside with their shorts and flip flops trying to squeeze the most out of the beautiful weather.

It's a whole different story back in Marbella...

26 June 2016

Smoothing On Home

There is beauty in growing old gracefully.

But that doesn't mean you can't give your skin and body a few boosts along the way!


#BloggersBall, DSTRKT Part II

When I last left you, I had been mesmerised by Jody Bell's new collection. Did I mention I was having a pretty awesome time?

{Part I: here}

23 June 2016

Bloggers Ball, DSTRKT Part I

Last Saturday morning I got woken up by the birds humming outside my window, I rolled over and peaked at my phone through one eye.

7:56am. I had woken up before my alarm but I was just too excited and nervous and anxious to sleep anymore.

20 June 2016

Come Fly With Me, FSM

Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain speaking.

We'd like to welcome you on board this FSM flight.

17 June 2016

The Hatch, Old Basing

My discovery of the Hampshire country-side continued as long as the British sun decided to shine.

Which wasn't very often.

9 June 2016

The Gamekeepers, Mappledurwell

My favourite British name has to be Mappledurwell.

I don't think you can get more British than that.

Add to that wooden beams and classic country-side memorabilia and you've got yourself a true British pub in the most British-sounding village.

30 May 2016

2-1-2 Smoothies

Let's take a minute to talk about how amazing smoothies are.

They are the quickest way to grab breakfast on the go while filling up on fruit, veg & nutrients.

Invest in a few jam jars and drink it on your way to work, school or the gym.

27 May 2016

Summer Dress Essentials

Every girl needs a good Summer dress in her wardrobe.

One that she can just whip out when temperatures rise.

2 May 2016

Wintery May Day

Whilst the rest of world warms into Spring weather (well the Northern hemisphere anyways), the UK decided it didn't have enough of Winter this year.

Over the past week I have driven home with sunglasses on whilst it has been snowing, hailing, raining and glorious sun-shining intermittently.

Usually I'm the sun's number one fan, but this weather has meant I can I can prolong my Winter outfits without the need of a thick winter coat.

I also can hold off doing a big Spring clean and changing my wardrobe over! Which I get so lazy about...

30 April 2016

The Chamberlain, West Hollywood

A couple of months ago I started researching the best places to stay in LA.

With a place made up of over 80 neighbourhoods how do you know which one is the best to stay in?

So I asked you guys for recommendations and everyone had their very own favourite parts of LA along with a few handy hints & tips.

Because after all what's better than word of mouth?

24 April 2016

Malibu, For a Day

Our last full day in LA was spent at the beach.

About an hour's drive away is the popular seaside resort of Malibu.

Malibu is 34km of blissful white sandy beaches, stunning beach front homes and a surfer's paradise.

You can see why Lauren Conrad decided to spend that fateful Summer here with Jason and will forever be known as the girl that didn't go to Paris.

16 April 2016

Secret Exercising: Runyon Canyon

Back at the hotel, later that afternoon, we changed into something a little more sporty and headed for the hills.

Ever since we landed in LA, the Hollywood Hills have been calling my name.

Tipped to be the best views of LA, I was super keen to visit Runyon Canyon as soon as we landed.

Best part of all, you don't need to make friends with Orlando Bloom or Katy Perry to appreciate the stunning scenes from the Hills.

Best best of all there's a healthy brisk walk up to the top. Time to get Tom to do some secret exercising!

10 April 2016

Oak Tree Gun Club Shootin'

On our 2nd day, we drove out of the city leaving glamorous Hollywood behind.

Tom has been wanting to take me shooting ever since our American trip was booked.

We found a gun club  not far from LA and headed to hang out with some locals.

But first, coffee.

31 March 2016

LA Exploring

The Blonde B is in LA!

It's my first time on the West Coast of America.

It's day 1 in and I am already in love. I have had such an exciting day I couldn't wait to share it with you all!

5 March 2016

Sunshine Walk

I do love travelling and living out of a suitcase but sometimes I just crave getting back into a routine - getting back into a normal sleeping pattern, sleeping in your own bed, catching up on all your emails and checking in with the family.

Duvet days are great and it is exactly what I crave when I am exhausted, but when the sun shines in this country you need to make the most of it.


28 February 2016

Puggy Therapy

The thought of "animal therapy" to me at university was ludicrous.

Why would I want to play for puppies and kittens for an hour during my exams?

This was the welfare team's idea of keeping our stress levels low during finals. Needless to say, I didn't go to any animal therapy classes and I still passed my exams.

Thing is you don't realise the impact a dog or a cat has on your life until they are no longer there.

That's why we like stealing this little munchkin as much as we can.

27 February 2016

Trenza de Chocolate y Almendra [Chocolate Almond Braid]

It's my first weekend back in the UK. The sun is shining, Wales kicked France's butt last night and I passed out at 10pm giving me 10 hours of blissful solid sleep.

Oh and I just made these gooey chocolatey trenzas again.

I am getting crumbs all over my laptop but it's oh so worth it!

13 February 2016

Working from Home Home

I am writing this at 35,000 ft in the air.

I'm on my way to Malaga and it feels so good to be flying home.

It feels even better knowing I will be spending a week here with work.

6 February 2016

Cosy Club, Wales

We couldn't leave Wales without popping into Cardiff.

The hub of Welsh life and a great destination for shopping.

It was such a horrid day. The wind was howling and it was pouring with rain. Lucy had joined us from Swansea and we just wanted to slip into somewhere cosy for some brunch...


1 February 2016


Jade has been one of my best friends for 24 years.

We used to spend our summers playing in my paddling pool, mostly naked.


11 January 2016

JoBro's Birthday

Dear Jonathan,

Happy 22nd Birthday baby brother!