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Go West … Life Is Colourful There …

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We’ve just had the most lovely week in the West Country. We have been looking forward to it for ages. Funny how you spend ages feeling excited about a holiday for weeks and then suddenly you’re looking back at it.

It did rain. A lot. But it didn’t stop us getting out and about locally but mainly from swimming as much as possible.

One of the places that I was most wanting to visit was Bristol. I’ve never been but had heard that it is my kind of place. It really is. Next time I go, will be for a collaboration and I will get more time to take some images to post here. More on that soon.

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Luckily, because it was a tad cool in the week and definitely warmer clothing weather on several of the days, I had my new coat with me. I was standing looking at the lush pastures around The Tor in Glastonbury when a couple walked by. The man said ” Ooh I love your jacket ” … which felt nice as it was my first outing with it on.

It’s the classic Ledbury style from Boden and is a pastel shade of green. It fits like a glove and it’s nice to try a colour that I don’t normally wear. This season it is also comes in Charcoal Melange and Navy.  It’s a dress up or casual coat – and ideal for days like this one for skinny jeans and pumps.

I love the shape and the style – what do you think ?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know my total love for gorgeous front doors and Bristol didn’t disappoint. I loved this yellow one. Might have to change ours again ! You will also see lots more photos from the last week of us out and about.

I would love to hear of any recommendations for Bristol for my next upcoming visit. Shops, restaurants and anywhere interesting for a colour lover to check out. Please leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one.

Lucy x

This post is in collaboration with Boden. All opinions my own.

Photography by Andrew Henderson.

Pantone Hotel – Colour Central

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How could you not be intrigued by a Pantone Hotel if you love colour ? If you also love good chocolate, then Brussels is probably a good place to be.

Luckily, Andy ( my lovely man ) has been in Belgium, rehearsing for Glastonbury Festival , so I finally got to do a Pantone post as he dutifully went and took some pictures for me … and you !

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A white canvas gives a nice clean feel – and the saturated colourful pops add warmth and a heart.

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There are strong and more delicate palettes depending on which room you stay in. Which colour would you like to stay in?

The Hotel itself is very central so you are close to lots of restaurants and also the train station. From what I can see, it is quite good value too … a very good excuse for a visit with the family. We would like to see Mini Europe which isn’t far away.

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I’m a total Pantone obsessive and use my colour wheel all the time. It felt like Christmas being sent these images by Andy. The one thing I forgot to ask him to but me some of their mugs. Doh ! I really will have to go soon …

Have you stayed here at the Pantone Hotel or been to Brussels before ? Any recommendations for places to eat or see, would be fab. Please leave me a comment under this post ..

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A Fancy Frock In Blackpool

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After attending the most amazing wedding this weekend up in Preston, we decided to stay an extra night and made a impromptu visit to Blackpool for the afternoon. On the way we stopped for a walk on the sandy beach of Lytham St Annes, where I stayed when I was 17 and doing my first ever professional theatre tour. It hasn’t changed at all. I like it when things have stay the same – it doesn’t seem to happen too often in this fast paced world.

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I wore a dress that I made with fabric sent over from 20th Century Cloth. It’s a cotton Poplin fabric and it was a joy to use, really easy and excellent quality. I chose the Modesto print as I like the little flecks of colour amongst the black and white. At 150 cm width it is perfect for dressmaking, especially for circle skirts. The dress itself is an Eliza M one – The Daisy Dress. I am going to be making a lot more with this pattern and certainly with the fabrics.

As well as selling wash and make up bags, 20th Century Cloth also hand make lampshades to order in their range of prints. Do have a look as I think they’re rather lovely. I’m pretty taken with the colourful Coranado one. Helen who is the founder of the company is a textile designer and vintage clothing enthusiast. I love her already !

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

It was quite fitting to visit The Tower Ballroom, in my frock. Honestly, the place is so beautiful and full of atmosphere – it almost bought me to tears. I told my girls all about the joy that this place must’ve bought to people over the years and clearly still does. They were especially excited about the fact that Strictly Come Dancing had been filmed there. We listened to the man playing the Wurlitzer Organ and watched novices and professionals take to the dance floor to do the Samba.

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While we were heading to ” The Big One ” roller coaster, which I tried to photograph Mae and Andy on bit they were going too fast ( but this funny street art says it all ..)  we also got to see The Red Arrows do their display over the sea. It was pretty incredible.

All of that and with a trip up the Tower with my brace face on,  left me feeling a bit giddy. Managed to take a photo looking down as you can see, but definitely didn’t dare stand on the thick glass. Oh no. …

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So after a bit of bowling fun, we trammed it back past the largest disco ball we’d ever seen and headed back to our hotel – The Barton Grange, just outside of Preston, which I would heartily recommend. Great staff.

An afternoon wasn’t long enough so next time we go, it’ll be the whole illuminated experience with bells on. We have to go back anyway because I forgot to get a Kiss Me Quick hat. :)

How do you like the dress ? … And what’s your favourite seaside town ? 

Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog. I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

From Notting Hill To Neals Yard And Back Again

Colourful Homes

Most of the time, I blog about brands or designs that I love amongst the projects. It has been quite some time since I wrote about some of my favourite places.

We had a day out recently, a much needed family trip as life seems so hectic at the moment. You know that saying … Stop the world, I wanna get off … Well, it’s been a bit like that. A merry go round. But, it’s all good, really. Just a bit of a whirl. One of my favourite places in the UK is the Notting Hill area of London. Not because of the film, you understand. I have spent lots of time their over the years at the markets and maybe a few pubs…

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It was our first port of call at the beginning of a day with something for everyone in the family. I snapped a few colourful moments along the way. Looking up is essential in London, otherwise you miss lots of interesting stuff and colours… and it would not be worth missing some cheery bunting on your travels, don’t you think ?

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The Electric Cinema has been on Portobello road for over 100 years, it’s had its up and downs but still standing . Isn’t it good to know that there are still some buildings being used for their original purpose.

Rough Trade on Ladbroke Grove too has been there for nearly forty years. It was the first one to open and it’s heart warming to see it busy. I hope that with the resurgence in vinyl buying, it will encourage some more new record stores to open up again.

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We will definitely be travelling with Karma Kabs given half the chance. Their flowery decorations apparently represent that ” the journey is more important than the arrival ” … a sentiment I agree with. Love the retro Morris Oxford car. Fits perfectly in the area !

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Talking of flowers – I wanted to fill our car with all of these. Oh, the colours, makes me want to burst in to song ! Which are your favourite ? I think the white roses with the delicate pink centres are mine.

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I will spare you the pics of Hamleys. It was fun as ever and full on. While my girls chose a toy with Andy, I nipped around the corner and got my Liberty London fill. They have revamped the haberdashery area and made it bigger. Lots of images will be popping up on my Instagram over the next few days if you’d like to see. But for now, here are some of the beautiful ones spotted.

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A rickshaw ride later we arrived at Covent Garden where we ate an absolutely massive pizza at Homeslice in the Neals Yard Courtyard . It was as good as authentic Italian pizza and I’m still wracking my brain on what ingredients they used to make it so tasty.

I spent so many years working in and around this area and miss it, so a leisurely trip there was most welcome. The buildings are so bright, happy and inviting and the aromas of essential oils are heavenly.

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After a little meander around Selfridges – we got back to West London via some neon stripes under a bridge,  just in time to get ourselves a cupcake each from Hummingbird Bakery to take home.

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A lovely day had by all. What’s a perfect day for you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Easter DIY, Southwold Love and Fancy Florals

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It has been another busy Instagram week. I can’t stop myself taking more pictures. Love sharing them and checking out all of the amazing Instagrammer accounts – truly inspiring. The colours blow my mind. So, as it’s the end of the week, I am adding just a few of my photos in the lead up to Easter. We are very happy to be on our break now and looking forward to some lie ins. :)

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We had a trip over to Southwold last weekend which as ever was great. It never disappoints. Candy stripes and colourful front doors. It just makes me happy.

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I’m only drinking herbal tea these days, and I couldn’t resist a bit of Easter chocolate with it from my local chocalaterie  – Coco Mama. It’s so good. Too good. Another colour moment.

We made an Easter Tree with some Pussy Willow. It’s so easy to do and the catkins are perfect for hanging the little eggs off. I stuck them in to some Oasis in the bucket.

The Easter Wreath was so much fun to do. An abundance of fluffy chicks, a polystyrene wreath, yellow paint, a ribbon, some pins and a hot glue gun. They’re all marching clockwise. I just pinned the ribbon on at the top. A fab activity – really recommend it.

If you’d like to see more of my colourful photos you can find me here – @lucylovesyablog .. leave me a comment with your Instagram name too, would love to see your pics too.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Are you up to much over the Easter break ?

Lucy x

Latest Instagram Images

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I have lots of collaborative posts coming up, that are really exciting. Currently working away on one that I will post later this week.

In the meantime, I have put together some of my favourite latest Instagram images, that I’ve taken at home in my sewing room and out and about. Some beautiful flowers, spotted on my Birthday, My favourite phone box (it has stained glass ), tactile artwork that I saw in Cambridge and lots of other colourful moments.

If you’d like to see more of follow my account then here is the link. Or you can click on the right hand Instagram photo in my sidebar. I tend to update with new pics every day.

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Hope you are having a good week ? I would love to see some of your pictures too – so please let me know your Instagram name by leaving a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Have a good day.

Lucy x

A Liberating Birthday

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This time last week it was my Birthday. I couldn’t believe it when I opened the blinds here and saw blue skies. A beautiful start to the day.

We decided to head in to London Town for the day and make the most of the half term. The sun was shimmering on the Thames as we arrived at The Tower of London ( not sure that was my choice but it was fun all the same ) and then we cabbed it over to Selfridges for a nice veggie lunch, followed by a wander around one of the best stores in the world. Liberty London.

I know I’ve talked about this before so I won’t repeat myself but took a few pics to share with you. The store is looking really inspiring at the moment  – the Liberty print hanging decorations are so effective. Andy took the girls off to spend some vouchers in Hamleys which meant I got some quality time just enjoying all the designs.

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Andy bought me a wonderful Meyer – Lavigne vase, I’ve been a fan of theirs for ages and I filled it with some flowers as soon as I could…

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We also stocked up on some gorgeous stationery in Liberty. Another post will be coming on that soon. Washi tapes, stickers, stamp sets and notebooks.

It really was a perfect day spent with my little family. The only disappointment was that they really wanted to go and see the Queen and were not happy to hear that you can’t just pop in for tea.

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My friend Corne had made some fudge and meringues and put them in giant cups and saucers. A thoughtful present – she makes the best fudge in the world !

What’s your favourite shop for inspiration  .. or just with things that you love ?

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

My Instagram Inspiration

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The colours really inspire my week and it makes you realise how many times in a day a beautiful moment or place can just pass us by. LucyLovesYa.Instagram3LucyLovesYa.Instagram2LucyLovesYa.Instagram1

Here are some of my InstaMoments from the last few weeks, I seem to be taking about 30 a week at the moment, from a sewing glasses case that Which glasses are Which sent me ( great idea, they are ) to an autumnal tree contrasting with a beautifully  – blue sky to a heart warming second when the lift doors opened in Liberty London, showing their infamous Christmas decorations in all of their splendour.

It’s definitely my favourite social media site at the moment. What’s yours ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

If you’d like to see more of my pictures – you can find me here.

Lucy x

Huggle Up Square Prints – Featured Blogger

LucyLovesYa PrintsI have got what seems like a lifetime of photo’s stored on my phone and laptop, that have never seen the light of day, but recently I decided to start printing my pictures again so that I can put them in albums and have them on show. After all, I wanted to capture the moment at the time, so it’s nice to be reminded now.

Online photograph printers Huggle Up have kindly asked me to be their featured blogger which means sharing with you, a little bit about their ethos and what they offer.

I used the Huggle Up service to print off some of my favourite recent Instagram images, including our trip to Ibiza and Betsey’s Wizard of Oz Party. The process was super easy – choose from your smartphone or PC of either Desktop, Instagram or Facebook , then scroll to the style of image i.e. Polaroid, Square ( my choice ) , Postcard or Magnet and then click on your faves. Once done, you just add these to your basket and place your order.

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I found the immediacy of the process really satisfying  – and within a few days they were in my hands. Great quality, they are. Sturdy and the definition is very good. To order 20 is £12.50 which is a bit of a steal, if you ask me. :)

Huggle Up has recently appeared in Elle, Bazaar and The Times so they are clearly going great guns. You can find them on Twitter

Already we have hung some up on ribbon on the wall and I’ve made some cards too with them – thought it would be nice to send some handmade, personal cards to my friends – to remind them of some of our favourite days out this year, now that we are reaching the end of 2014.

What have been your highlight days so far this year ?

Lucy x

Very chilled Ibiza

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It has been almost a month since my last post. We went away on a lovely, relaxing holiday to Ibiza, which I had every intention on writing about as soon I got back but came down with a really full on virus and have only just really mustered the energy to get typing again.

According to my doctor – it is called Erythema Multiforme and appear to have had the more severe form. As I mentioned before we have had some stress recently and apparently that and sunshine can bring it out. Well, better out than in !

I’ve been living off fresh blended juices for the last two weeks because I couldn’t really swallow and now swear by them. They’ve helped massively.

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On to a much more cheerful note – Ibiza was an amazing family holiday. Lovely people, beautiful sunsets and the area we stayed in was very chilled. Really recommend Cala Llonga for families. There is the Amante Beach Club which overlooks the sea, where they play atmospheric house music whilst you eat. So good we visited several times. As with most places there, it welcomed children.

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Everyone recommended Bambuddha for somewhere to experience a nice meal, and we weren’t disappointed so ended up visiting there twice. The aroma of Nag Champa meets you as you enter and the staff are second to none in their approach to each table. Bambuddha itself is situated between Santa Eulalia and Santa Gertrudis, so depending on where you are staying, a little journey but well worth it. Fantastic ambience.

The food was so good and made me want to be a better cook myself, which I think is always a good sign when it comes to a restaurant. It’s a fusion of Thai and Japanese flavours. Andy recommends the Yellow Seabass Curry and I loved the Teriyaki Marinated Salmon and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes. The girls had Sushi  – which was perfect !

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We spent most of our time sitting around the pool and swimming. One trip over to watch the sunset at Sunset Ashram but it was rammed ( understandably in the peak season ) so we just had a dip in the nice clear waters and headed back. One place I would’ve liked to have re – visited after my last trip there was Ibiza Old Town – next time !

I’m sure there must be lots of other places to eat that we could’ve tried. If you know of any then please do leave a comment..

Have a good week. :)

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