Tuesday, March 24

Bowhouse Market Weekend | March

My parents discovered Bowhouse at the end of last year and have been wanting to find time for us to visit together. I feel really fortunate that we were able to visit the March market weekend as it ended up being the last one for the foreseeable future. I still wanted to share this post when it was fresh in my memory because when it opens again the traders will need your support more then ever.

Bowhouse is a food hub where traders are given the opportunity to sell their product directly to the local community. Hosted in their refurbished barn it's two days full of food and drink with stalls selling locally-sourced produce, fish, meat from artisan butchers and gorgeous bread.

We spent a good hour wandering around looking at everything on offer before deciding which goodies to take home. The market has such a lovely atmosphere we could have stayed all afternoon but we had lunch booked at a nearby restaurant. 

Just when we thought the market couldn't be any bigger we discovered all the food trucks out the back, a live band was playing and fires were on to keep warm. All the food smelt delicious. We didn't spend long in the area because we were starting to get hungry but next time I think we'd stay and eat.

I wanted to round off this post showing off all the goodies we brought home - most of it is now gone sadly but we will be back when they reopen. 

- Sour dough and the most incredible chocolate and orange loaf from Barnetts Bakery.

- Butchers eggs from Parkhill

Alan Chilli Product's Hot Chilli Jelly.

- Red wine & garlic salami from East Coast Cured .

- Pecan Cookies with a Rhubarb buttercream, raspberry jam and a ruby Chocolate Brownie in the middle (I was in heaven) from Tasty Buns Bakery.

Sunday, March 22

My Twenty Fifth Birthday

My birthday this year was different - with our trip to Warsaw cancelled and all pubs and restaurants across the country ordered to close I knew I had to find a different way of celebrating the day. 

During the day we took Bundi along to Kinnaber for a walk through the woodland and onto the beach. I might have not been my preferred option but it was lovely to spend the afternoon surrounded with family before we have to stop seeing them completely. 

It's such a peaceful area and just being outside is so good for my mental health. However, I'm still going to plan another birthday celebration when all of this craziness is over. 

Wednesday, March 18

One Week of Office Outfit Inspiration #2

It feels strange to be writing this blog post when, in the office today, we were given the ordered to work from home... Last week when I shot these pictures feels like a world away and no doubt things will change just as quickly again. 

Today I have a more autumn/winter instalment of my 'One Week of Office Outfit Inspiration' posts - hopefully it will provide you with some inspiration for when life is back to normal. In the meantime we can all pretend I won't be working in my pyjamas for the coming weeks!

Blouse: New Look | Trousers: Next | Trainers: Clarks
I bought this blouse long before I started working and I'm really glad I get to wear it on a weekly basis now. You can't see it here but it has a lovely embroidery detail on the front and paired with my new chinos makes for a great office outfit.

A few months ago I found it so hard to find warmer trousers to walk to work in the freezing temperatures. All women's options seemed to be slightly cropped which is no use for Scotland. Eventually I went for these chinos in the mens section of Next - okay they might not be the most flattering but they are practical and most importantly warm.

Jumper: Fat Face | Trousers: Next | Boots: North Face | Jacket: North Face
Again, for days when it is really cold I've been loving wearing my Fat Face jumper to work. I bought it in the charity shop a few years ago and it's cost per wear must be fractions of a penny by now. I always meant to get more lightweight knits for work but I didn't find the right style for me.

I purchased these North Face boots in Orlando last year and they are great for the winter. There hasn't been much snow and ice but the chunky soles would do just fine. I also wear my waterproof North Face down jacket daily. It's essential for the walk to and from work.

Blouse: New Look | Trousers: Next | Trainers: Clarks
I've styled this mustard blouse a few different ways for my blog but much like the first photo I'm excited that I can wear it more at work now. It's one of my favourite colours and perfect for some autumn sunshine.

Also see: A Love Affair with Mustard Blouses & Can't Resist Styling a Dress as a Pinafore

Dress: M&S | Jacket: Rocha: John Rocha | Shoes: Clarks
I feel like I am always banging on about finding great dresses in the charity shop but this is another. Originally from M&S it was in the window of the shop on the high street. Obviously the colour caught my eye but the cut makes me feel very professional. Working in a manufacturing facility means I can't wear this all the time but I love it when I do. For me an outfit list this is power dressing!