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

All dressed up and ready to go, I couldn’t be more excited for my French themed date night with my love.

I picked to wear a floral bardot dress from Topshop, black lace up espadrilles and Swarovski pearl earrings. I finished my look with a vintage needle point embroidered bag.

We started the evening eating dinner at Palm Court Brasserie, a traditional French restaurant in Covent Garden. Reminiscent of 1920’s art nouveau style, the dining room boasts effortless Parisian chic, echoing the popular Brasseries of some of Paris’s affluent arrondissements.

We then stopped of at Laduree, a upscale bakery with Parisian origins, specialising in French macarons in a number of flavours. I was treated to a box of macarons!

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We then walked across to the Dominion Theatre to watch An American In Paris, the breathtakingly beautiful new Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams. It was S’Wonderful!

‘You’ve made my life so glamorous. You can’t blame me for feeling amorous.’ 

Lidia

“Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?”

– Jane Austen

What a lovely weekend spent with my love. I was taken on a suprise weekend away to Bath, the beautiful countryside of South West England.

Our first stop was the Jane Austen Centre,  a small museum on the British writer Jane Austen. You learn about Jane’s time in Bath including the effect living in city had on her and her writing.

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After the exhibition we stopped for brunch at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms, decorated with vintage furnishings and wartime posters.

Afterwards we did a spot of vintage shopping in a few great shops including The Yellow Shop, Vintage To Vogue and Julian House. I picked up a few hidden treasures.


We then went back to Roundhill Farmhouse a beautiful farmhouse we were staying in overnight to change into our evening clothes.

After dinner, we finished off the day at The Canary Gin Bar, a great place specialising in gins and cocktails. The menu has a great range of drinks to pick from. I went for the La Vie en Rose, which was delicious!

A wonderful weekend making more memories with my love.

Lidia

I am absolutely loving Enhancing Your Mind, Body, Spirt a new weekly magazine by De Agostini. It gives weekly tips and tricks on health, herbal remedies, stress relief and spiritual experiences.

The thing I enjoyed reading about this week has been ways to create an ideal sleeping area. Simple changes to the way we use our bedrooms will help us into the habit of drifting off to sleep easily. E.g. the room temperature to the right mattress.

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The use of a dream catcher can have a positive effect on the way we dream. Dream catchers protect us from harm while we rest, catching good dreams as they pass by and getting rid of any bad dreams as they drop through the hole in the middle.

I’ve also enjoyed learning about dream pillows. A dream pillow is a herbal sachet filled with aromatic herbs. When squeezed, the dream pillow emits the fragrances of the herbs within to help you drift into a restful sleep.

I have just purchased a herbal sachet that I will be using as a dream pillow from Lu’s Hands.

Lu’s Hands make hand crafted herbal beauty goods. You should check out Lu’s shop, there are so many wonderful handmade products to pick from!

‘Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.’

Sweet dreams,

Lidia

I spent my Monday morning having breakfast at the Fifth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols a treat from my little sister for my birthday.

I went for the grilled halloumi which included spinach, cherry tomatoes, poached egg and a side of toast. Yum!

Once I had finished my breakfast and sipped the last of my cappuccino, I was surprised by the waiters and waitresses who came over to our table carrying a small chocolate cake while singing happy birthday to me.

I had such a lovely morning with my sister. I would like to say a huge thank you for treating me. I loved it!

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”

– Marion C. Garretty

Lidia