After a long soak in a lavender smelling bubble bath, I’m enjoying a cup of camomile tea while reading the last few chapters from my current read The Little Clock House on the Green. Perfection!

Eve Devon has become my go-to author when I want to read some heartfelt, feel-good romance.

The book is about Kate Somersby who has returned home after years of running away. She’s heard that Old Man Isaac is selling the clock house on the green and she’s determined to make him an offer – the very bricks that make up the little clock house hold precious memories for her. Only gorgeous entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way.

I am absolutely loving this delightful story. I love every single character in this book and I know it will be hard to leave them behind after I reach the end of the story.

“To tell a women everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”

– Proverb

Lidia

I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

I’ve just returned from spending a weekend away in Cambridge with my boyfriend and what a great weekend it was.

With the sun shining and lots planned for the day ahead we were eager to get going. Our first stop was Cambridge University Botanic Garden, a botanical Garden located just outside the city centre. We strolled around the gardens taking in the beautiful sites and various plants from all over the world.

We then headed back into town where we got lost down cobbled lanes and stumbled across Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms, a cafe with an old-fashioned feel and pianist playing romantic music. We had brunch and I was treated to a box of Harriet’s famous macarons to take away. Yum!

Next up was a punting tour along the River Cam. Our chauffeur shared his knowledge and insights, while we glided past buildings and ornate bridges, steeped in history and heritage.

Afterwards we went to check in at ​Rectory Farm a georgian home with gorgeous gardens and luxurious accommodation. We finished off the afternoon by soaking up the last of the sun around the pool.

Once I was showered and changed, I was taken to La Mimosa an Italian restaurant that overlooks the River Cam. With beautiful scenery, delicious food and my love sitting in front of me I couldn’t have been happier.

We took one last walk down the river hand in hand, appreciating the lovely day we had making memories.

“The day I met you my life changed, the way you make me feel is hard to explain. You make me smile in a special kind of way, you make me fall deeper in love everyday.”

– Unknown

Lidia

I popped along to SHOWstudio to view their Fashion Flora exhibition. Fashion Flora presents a look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades.

The illustrations showcase an array of bulbs or blooms and play tribute to the many designers who have consistently reworked and reconsidered the flower. Pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano, alongside many others, are celebrated.

It’s a short but sweet exhibition, with lots of pretty flowers and fashion illustrations.

‘Every seed grows into something amazing.’

Lidia

Chelsea Flower Show might be well under way, but it isn’t the only place to stop and smell the roses.

I took a stroll around Sloane Square to have a look at this year’s Chelsea In Bloom an annual event held at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea In Bloom sees nearby retailers transfer their shops into horticultural havens.

This year’s theme was ‘floral safari’ inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.

Chelsea in Bloom officially runs until the 27th, but lots of places have used faux flowers this year so there should still be some to see if you can’t make it in time.

‘It’s a jungle out there.’

Lidia