29 January 2015

PLANTS + COFFEE // URBAN JUNGLE BLOGGERS


I've been trying to keep the winter blues away, so when I read this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme I knew I wanted to join in. Inspired by Igor and Judith, Urban Jungle Bloggers is a collaborative monthly series which aims to inspire and create a community of green in the home and beyond.

I'm a bit rubbish when it comes to plants, the leafy green foliage doesn't stand a chance once it passes the threshold, until that is, I discovered succulents and cacti. These hardy little plants look beautiful with their pale blue-green hues and architectural shapes, and seem to thrive in our flat.

As a huge coffee lover I was excited to combine the two and take a time to relax at home. I find that having plants around me quite calming despite the caffeine effect, they also add a touch green to white interiors and look great in ceramic planters.

I own five or six little succulents – which I must find out their names – and a sprawling Aloe Vera which I've been caring for over the last 12 months and I'm always on the look out for beautiful planters. Do you love plants in the home? Do you have green fingers? I'd love to hear any tips on keeping the green going in your home.

You can join in with Igor and Judith using the hashtag #urbanjunglebloggers

28 January 2015

STYLE IN YOUR CITY // A NEW SERIES

It's no secret that I love Bristol, not only has it just been awarded European Green Capital 2015, but it's such a vibrant city and a great place to raise kids. Whether it's the creative quarter and street art of Stokes Croft, the beautiful Georgian architecture and tree lined streets of Clifton, the buzzing harbourside, the galleries, art house cinema, eclectic shops and huge coffee culture – which I swear I personally fund! – there's something for everyone.For me it holds a piece of my heart, it's the place I made great friends, made our home, gave birth to my boy, and the surroundings in which I watch him grow. I love exploring the city with F and even though I've lived here for almost seven years, it seems there is always something new to discover.I really enjoy sharing the places that inspire me both here and on Instagram and Twitter – I'm big on over sharing in case you hadn't noticed – and in a bid to discover new places I've teamed up with Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn to start a new linky and see where you live and love.

So how does it work? 

We want you to #StyleYourCity, to showcase the places you love, the coffee you drink, the fashion you wear, the street art you see, the people you meet, your finds for the home. We want to see your City/town/village through your eyes, we want to make a community which shares inspiration and creativity from all around and in turn, creates a cool directory of places to see and do.

We will be running a linky every two weeks and choosing a theme to inspire your finds. Don't worry you don't have to have a blog to join in or live in a bustling city for that matter, simply use the hashtag #styleinyourcity on twitter and/or IG with a photo and tag @wildandgrizzly and @tigerlillyquinn and we'll pick our favourites to showcase on our blogs.

You can find me on Instagram here and twitter here.
You can find Frith on Instagram here and twitter here.

This first theme is The Place I Call Home, tell us where you are and what it means to you. I can't wait to learn more and be inspired by you!


27 January 2015

A NIGHT AT THE CHAPEL WITH I-ESCAPE

Window and art at the chapel BrutonBakers trays and pastries beautiful wrought iron chairThe other week I was woke up in the luxury of soft cotton sheets and pillows that embrace you like a mothers arms, and the best thing was the silence. No shouts of breakfast or transformers, just pure silence and the smell of freshly baked croissants drifting in from the hall. A rare treat indeed for this tired mama.

The wonderful online travel company i-escape invited me and some other lovely bloggers to an evening At the Chapel in the en vogue village of Bruton. It was great to meet the team behind the company I've admired for a while now. We were invited downstairs to the beautiful Club room, where cowhide, stone stacks and marble floors dress the space to create the perfectly minimalist ranch style room that would suit the likes of Palm Springs.

delicious pizza from a stone pizza ovenivy clad brick wall and french doorsMagazine selection at breakfast
There was prosecco and pizza – the perfect combination – to enjoy while we listened to the many destinations around the world that i-escape showcases. If you haven't used the website before I would definitely recommend it, we used it to find one of our honeymoon stays in the South of France and it couldn't have been more dreamy. The best thing about booking through i-escape – apart from the in depth reviews, listing both the pro's and con's – is that you will always get the the same, if not better deal than booking with the hotel directly. Plus there are little extras to make your time that bit more special, like a welcome hamper or a complimentary bottle of fizz depending on where you book.


After cooing over some beautiful destinations and hearing about their selective process for handpicking the best boutique hotels and apartments, we were able to take part in a destination matchmaking workshop where the team put their heads together to match our preferences to perfect breaks abroad. It was brilliant to see how spot on they were with my matches being this beautiful Architect's cottage in Reykjavik  and this stunning apartment in Spain with Eames chairs, exposed stone walls and warm lighting *swoon*.

Modernest scandi style hotel dining room at iescapehunter welliesConverted church bathroom interior At the Chapel Bruton
Converted chapel bedroom interior scandinavian styleBooking accommodation abroad with little ones can sometimes be a bit tricky which is why I love i-escape with kids, not only does it allow you to travel without compromising on style – a big issue or me – but it makes finding the perfect bolthole easy with categories such as babies, toddlers, kids and teens to choose from as well as using countries and amenities to shortlist your preferences.

After lots of laughter and chats with friends, I took my tipsy self upstairs to my beautiful twin room which I was sharing with Fritha, and sunk into the welcoming bed before getting the most restful nights sleep. In the morning I woke slowly to the soft light filtering in through the window, jumping in the shower and heading downstairs to enjoy a latte or two before catching the train home.At the Chapel is definitely a favourite of mine (click on the link to see my full review) and I was super grateful for another chance to stay in this beautiful hotel.*I was a guest of i-escape's At the Chapel, all word and opinions are 100% my own .

26 January 2015

WHY I HEART COPENHAGEN // THE TALE OF THREE CITIES

As much as I love Bristol – and I do – there are other places that hold my heart and make me weak at the knees. You know, the ones that make you swoon. Well I thought it would be fun to share one of my favourite travel destinations with you, have you guessed it? Yes that's right, Copenhagen and yes I am wearing double denim *shhhh*.

When I was studying my design degree at university, it made sense that I hopped over to visit our Scandinavian friends and use Copenhagen as place to inspire my dissertation. That seems a lifetime ago, but I still have fond memories of exploring the different neighbourhoods with their beautifully coloured buildings and houseboats along the canals. Obviously back then I was (very) young and pre-child so the adventures are laced with hazy memories of late nights out and long lie ins. 

I've always wanted a reason to go back and visit the city with fresh eyes, so when we took F on his first holiday abroad I knew it had to be Copenhagen. 

So if I had to share three things I love about about Copenhagen, what would they be?

pastries on Make A Gif

Yep that's right! Pastries as big as your head. If you're a fan of food (like me) and love eating out then Copenhagen is the place to be. What better way to start your day than with some freshly brewed coffee and a warm pastry, and not just any old flaky pastry, but a Danish pasty made with all the tasty goodness that makes you go mmmmmmm for all to hear. We stayed in a small well designed apartment right in the heart of Nørrebro and our street was eclectic by day and bustling by night, with people eating al fresco or drinking a glass of wine tucked under a blanket.

Every morning we would walk over the river to the most amazing farmers food market – a must if visiting the city – which houses over 60 stalls selling everything from fresh coffees to olive oil, sweets and even organic skin care products. We'd sit on the stools with our pasties and coffees in hand, and watch the locals drop in on their way to work.

We found some great bars and eclectic cafes, like the Laundromat where you can watch people doing their washing while enjoying some tasty food, or Granola situated in the coolest street and Halifax where the burgers are delicious!

The second reason I love this city is the design. The architecture, the products, the graphics, the art all just oozes cool. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian design and what better place to see it than the capital which houses some fab finds of the home. We loved checking out the Dora design store, not to mention Hay which sell these cool colourful trays.

There are two museums that should be on everyones to do list, especially if you have kids. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and SMK are both architecturally wonderful, house beautiful art and even the lunch is served on brilliantly designed plates Now let's just take a minute to coo and ahh over little F....

Bikes. Bikes. Bikes. Yep the whole city is full of them and it's great. In fact it makes getting round the city a breeze and there are so many cool designs to look out for. If you have a little one you can get around with them tucked up in a cargo bike and if bikes don't take your fancy then the city is super easy to explore on foot. 




So yep that us, we love Copenhagen! There's probably so much more that I could share about this wonderful city: the beaches, the parks, the flowers, the friendly people, meeting Father Christmas... the list goes on. I hope I've inspired you to visit and if you're looking for a fun scandi adventure then this is the city for you.

This post is my entry in the 'tale of three cities' competition ran by Accor hotels. You can see some of the other entires by checking out the #3cities hashtag on twitter. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get to see my 35th Birthday abroad rather than at home on solo parenting duty.


23 January 2015

LOVING HABITAT IN THE HOME

Now I'm in full house mode I've been looking at ways to spruce up our sofa and hide the multitude of F mishaps that have appeared over the years. I've lost count at how many times I've turned up at the dry cleaners, clutching sofa covers decorated in crayon or spaghetti in the vain hope that they can perform the impossible and make it as good as new *news flash* apparently they can't.

Now that F is no longer a baby or a sticky fingered toddler, whose sole purpose in life seems to be focused on touching every part of the sofa while covered in chocolate or peanut butter, I am thinking that now might be the time to upgrade. Yep I could use throws and cushions to spruce it up and hide all that lurks beneath and I do, but I still know it's there, plus any excuse for sofa window shopping has to be a good thing right.

It's no big secret that I have a crush on Habitat, I've always been a big fan of their design, functionality and fun approach to creating stylish interior spaces, which is why you might spot a few pieces in our lounge such as this Tripod light which I love. So I though I would share some of the designs that I'm lusting over right now, after all a girl can dream right.

 I totally love the fabric on this Italian made 3 seater Chester Sofa and we've had our eye on the solid oak three door Max Sideboard which would be a great place to hide all our mess, plus it would look great with lots of fresh flowers on top.

Our current sofa is grey too so it makes sense that I am drawn to the grey sofa's available, I think there are so many ways to style it, especially with pops of colour such as this orange cushion. I love the arms on this one as it would be perfect to rest a tray on with coffee and a book, and if it hasn't got wide arms then one of these bamboo side tables would look great too.


In fact I would just really like a lounge that looks beautifully styled and can stay like that for just one hour for me to enjoy ;) I'd love to hear about your sofa crushes and get some inspiration.


*This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are 100% my own.