Pictures From London: Big Ben, Abbey & London Eye

Here are the second lot of London photos which include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the River Thames, parts of Westminster and more. I think I have to say that Big Ben was my favourite, the clock face is amazing! The gold and the black really stands out, it’s so beautiful.

It was really surreal being stood on the famous Westminster bridge that so many people stand on! I loved it! The day was so tiring though, I haven’t been that exhausted in a while but I think it was worth it! There are a lot more photos here so make sure you click this blog post. What area is your favourite from my photos?

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Pictures From London: Buckingham Palace

I had a wonderful time in London on Friday! The weather was actually fairly warm and it didn’t rain and I got to see all of the sights I wanted to! I’m breaking these posts into three as I have a lot of pictures and I want to share them with you. These are the pictures from the Buckingham Palace area and I also included a couple with a red phone box as I know those are an English trademark!

I’m wearing 7 For All Mankind Dark Violet Gummy Leggings, my Miss Selfridge PU Leather Biker Jacket, a H&M white t-shirt, an ASOS blue satchel and my Topshop leopard scarf, Accord booties and rainbow ring.

Meeting Donna at Donna Ida was amazing too! I had such a wonderful time there, but I am saving that for another post. So there are a lot of pictures in this blog post of the Buckingham Palace area, you just have to click to see them all. It was definitely quite surreal seeing the sights that I see on the TV so often! I will be including Big Ben, the River Thames, Westminster Cathedral and the London Eye in the next ‘Pictures From London’ post. Do you like the pictures?

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London’s Calling

I’m headed to London on Friday for a styling and modelling session with a boutique I love and I am so excited! I’m going to be picking some outfits and then having my picture taken for their website, but for the first time, I am actually going to see London! After the photo shoot I am going to be visiting Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and anything else I can find in the Westminster area! I may even pop over to Oxford Street and actually do some shopping this time!

All of the times I have been to London, I have gone for press days or for blogging purposes, so I have never actually seen the sights before! I’m so excited! Since I am English and I know a lot of you like to see more photos of the places I go to, I will be uploading a lot of the London pictures. I always like seeing the tourist attractions on other peoples blogs too. For now, I have included a few pictures I found on Google of how pretty London can be! I can’t wait! I will also let you know which boutique it is once I come back!

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The Leaves Are Changing But The Sun Is Shining

We are having some kind of crazy heatwave at the moment! It’s been boiling hot for the past few days, I think it’s been hitting around 27 Celsius which is so hot for us Brits! I know it’s probably not very hot to some of you though. I’ve been wearing shorts and tank tops and I love it! It’s really weird to have this kind of weather during Autumn, so I captured some pictures which I think are rare to find here in England. The leaves are turning their golden tones while the sun is still shining brightly. Gosh it makes me realise how much I love Summer and really hot weather! Most people I know complain about the heat as they are not used to it, but I love it! I know it’s not going to be hot for long though, it’s back to cold weather in a couple of days.

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Interview With Roger Saul, Founder Of Mulberry

As I mentioned previously, I met Roger Saul, the original founder and designer of Mulberry when I went for the open day at Kilver Court a little while ago. He’s really lovely, full of energy and seems like a down to earth guy. He’s also a fellow country lover like myself, we both grew up and live in the country and I find it nice to know that just because you don’t live in the city, you can still be successful! You can read my interview below and I want to thank Roger for his time.

Lorna: I find it lovely that you grew up and live where I do, have you always loved the country? Yes born and bred here in Somerset, its hard not to love it!

Lorna: Did you always know you wanted to be a designer? No I wanted to be a racing driver! I did that in my spare time, but my love of fashion really started when I was 18 and then becoming a designer was a natural progression.

Lorna: I love the brand Mulberry, it’s one of my favourites. I’m so sorry to hear what happened to you and the company, how are you now, after it all? It was not a good time, very sad to lose contact with all those wonderful people that joined me as my team worldwide, but life has a great habit of knocking you down and getting you to learn how to pick yourself up and if that hadn’t happened I would never have had all the amazing experiences I have had since.

Lorna: Do you have a favourite Mulberry bag that you personally designed? Yes lots, but my favourite has to be my Roger’s Briefcase which I designed back in 1976 and still have.

Lorna: I heard that you might want to start up another brand, do you have any news on that? I’m sure so many of us will be supporters of it! Watch this space! You never know, but for the moment Kilver Court is a big project as well as my farm and organic food brand Sharpham Park

Lorna: Can you tell my readers more about your Kilver Court venture? I want to try and create a new form of shopping experience that embraces not just the best mix of eclectic Designers, but also recycled furniture and homeware, amazing gardens and plants, great local, seasonal, organic food all in one location in the wonderful old textile mill buildings at Kilver Court.

Lorna: Why did you decide to start it? It felt the time was right for this sort of experience in the country, I have always admired corso como in Italy which I found 18 years ago in Milano and that inspired me in spirit.

Lorna: I loved it when I came for the open day, the scenery is amazing and I can’t wait to go again. Do you own it all? Yes.

Lorna: As an aspiring denim designer, I want my own brand one day, do you have any advice on starting a company? Too much to write here! Believe in yourself and persevere!

Lorna: Lastly, you can include anything you want to talk about that I missed out 🙂 Have you tried our spelt? We launched a pop up shop in Harvey Nichols 5th Floor this weekend!

Lorna: Oh no I haven’t tried the Spelt, isn’t that a type of wheat? Do you grow it on your farm? Yes, we grow spelt at Sharpham Park. Spelt is not a type of wheat but a distant cousin. It is a cross between Emmer Wheat and Goats Grass and has a distinctive, nutty flavour.  Many people are allergic or intolerant to wheat these days, which can cause some very unpleasant digestive issues. There is a large body of evidence to show that spelt is easier to digest than wheat and is generally better tolerated. Have a look at our website for more info on spelt 

Lorna: I am coming to Kilver Court again soon so I will make sure I try some! Thanks Roger!! It was really nice to meet you and I think you are a wonderful and inspiring person 🙂 My pleasure!

Longing For A Hot Country

I know I mentioned here that I am ready for Fall/Autumn, which I am, but now and again I just get a longing to be in a hot country. Living in England means that I rarely get to have a proper Summer, there are only occasions when I can wear shorts and dresses and not feel cold. I think this year we had a week or two of hot weather in April and just a few days scattered in August. I was hoping this year might be different, hoping we might actually have a boiling hot summer because of the freezing cold winter we had, but again, my hopes failed me! I’m sure you fellow English readers know exactly what I mean.

I’ve never actually left the United Kingdom because I have a huge fear of planes and obviously holidays abroad are pretty expensive, so I have never experienced a foreign holiday where it’s warm and a completely different culture. I love the thought of the bright blue sky and sea during the day and then the amazing red and orange tones of the sunset in the evening. Not wearing jeans and only wearing summer clothes would definitely be an experience too! My boyfriend and I thought of somewhere which is close and known to be quite hot, the South of France. I think that might be a great place to start for a first holiday out of England. That way we can catch the boat and train instead of fly! Hopefully we might be able to next year! Where are some of your favourite hot countries to visit?

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A Day Out At Kilver Court With Mulberry

I went to Kilver Court on Saturday to the launch event of the new Designer Emporium. They had up to 80% off of loads of things and there was even a sale in the Mulberry Factory Shop! I have been saving for my first Mulberry bag for ages and planned to buy one in London in a couple of weeks time on my birthday, but I managed to pick up the most amazing deal on the perfect bag! The Factory Shop is amazing and I can’t wait to go there again! I even met Roger Saul, the founder of Mulberry, and I will be interviewing him soon!

I’m wearing my Paige Premium Skyline collaboration Lorna jeans, a Topshop cream linen blazer, an All Saints Flamingo tee, Bloch Ballet flats courtesy of Spartoo, and my Marc Jacobs Karlie clutch.

Since Mulberry is celebrating its 40th Birthday this year, they still have their golden Bayswater balloons and the massive inflated one. I love these little things and I adore the cute birds you get on the bag! So, who wants to see what’s inside my Mulberry shopping bag? Anyone? Please click this post to view all of the images.

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The Beautiful Countryside

I do consider myself really lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful countryside. Those of you who are fans of my blog will know I am from England and I live in the countryside. A lot of people assume that since I am into fashion, I live in London or at least live in a big city, but I don’t. I do love traveling to London and big cities, they are great for shopping and other opportunities, but I am a country girl at heart and always will be. Sometimes the city life gets too much and I love the peace and quiet. I thought I would share with you a few pictures of the scenery I get to see on a daily basis. These are some of the sights that make me smile 🙂 What do you love about where you live? I will try to share with you the architecture here at some point too, it’s very old and some is from the Roman times. I love it!

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