Posted on October 22, 2014
Hello it’s been another glorious week and yes we have a NEW NAME – what do you think? Underneath I’m still all about ‘OUR STYLE of LOVE’ and it’s been a wonderful part of my journey but felt LIFESTYLE | YORKSHIRE was more the direction of the future and the name is a little more ‘does what it says on the tin’.
Throughout Summer, I was aware of so many people visiting RHS Harlow Carr… even my daughter went twice and without me! I was told it was awash with Summer flowers and would be an amazing place to go take photos let alone be such an enjoyment. Still I just never got there; summer passed…
One day last week, quite unexpectedly, having gone to meet my sister for another purpose, she said “do you fancy Harlow Carr?” and so with my two nephews in tow, we went on one of those gorgeously sunlit Autumn days that are so rare in their absolute perfection…. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!
Once the gardens had been explored, it was time to refuel at Bettys (how delighted was I they had a Bettys!) followed by a browse round the very well stocked and surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander… to take in your surroundings.
Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity. There is an entrance fee but if you can hook up with someone who has an RHS annual pass that’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the Summer at the latest as I can imagine it will also be magical covered in frost and snow! You can visit their website here.
Posted on August 28, 2014
3. Lastly, a little bit of quirky fun. Headed to the till at Boots I saw a stand with these on display. Lots of varying designs, I wondered what they were for £7.50 and soon realised – hair ties. The selling point though, clearly, was that they are a little bit of arm candy too because… ‘who doesn’t have a bobble tied round their wrist at some point?’ Well if you’re one of those people, these are a bit fab, they hold and don’t snag your hair and just look kinda fab!
Posted on July 20, 2014
Hello Summer! Well…almost here at Beau HQ though I know for many it has already begun. The warmer weather in Yorkshire has been most welcomed and the life that it enables us to live is such a delight. I love all seasons but I think I’m really mostly absolutely a summer girl…. What about you?
1. First up on this weeks favourites is exactly that summer vibe; warmer and lighter nights! This week my girl and I after a post-school shop in nearby Harrogate, decided to turn the car round on the way home and go back into the town for supper. We both simply wanted to stay out longer in the evening warmth and had the most beautiful time just talking away like ‘big girls’. We went to the newly opened Lucia’s which has lots of al fresco dining… Highly recommend! Didn’t get a photo from the frontage this time but there’s a post I wrote earlier on Facebook here.
As we left and walked back to our car through the town houses pictured here, we found ourselves amidst a reading festival and surrounded by people just…doing.. life… ahhh so romantically gorgeous.
We passed this handsome heifer on the way home too… perfection.
2. Next up True Grace candles. Normally associated with colder nights and snuggling in, but after a friend gave me one of these for my birthday I just had to buy another fragrance because they are such a summery delight. True Grace candles I have long been a fan of but never owned. Till now. The fragrance (when they are not even lit) wafts under your nose when you least expect and are so gorgeously scented, I’d highly recommend as a gift. We have Chamomile (which isn’t like the herbal tea, ie kinda nice but tame….) and the one I’ve just bought is Lemon Tree… Soooo amazing and very summer. You can buy online from Noras (here)
3. Thirdly, as temperatures rise, eye makeup that doesn’t budge! I came across 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (by Maybelline) about a couple of months back and immediately bought in 4 shades… It is amazing and half the beauty is you don’t need to be too precise! Darker all-over the eye shades often require you to be needing long enough to apply i.e. night out for Moms or twenty-something with lots of time to experiment with application! This… Not so. It ‘blends out’ really well meaning you can kinda swoosh over your eyes and it looks good!
Posted on May 16, 2014
Chalk Paint™ breaks the rules and as ever, we like a bit of that!
Chalk Paint™ is the brand name of the genius paint invention/discovery by a lady called Annie Sloan over 20 years ago. Its’ initial appeal is… YOU JUST SLAP IT ON (ok well it was to me!). Not quite ‘Annie language’ I’m sure but those were the word’s someone used with me and as a busy working Momma where time is a precious, it’s exactly the product you want. It requires one, maybe 2 coats of chalk paint then a coat of wax and you’re done. We’ve painted furniture, walls, woodwork – so pretty much anything you’d want to; oh and you can paint fabric too!
Inspired by 18th and 20th century decor the palette provides so many possibilities. It is non-toxic, has zero VOC’s and is odourless. When you buy it you will be supporting local retailers because it’s not available from the big hardware stores; Annie likes to support small businesses which is another thing we love about it. Ours is down the road in Harrogate – a delightful shop called Mister Toad. As well as owning this fabulous shop, Kathy and Chris are approved to run Annie Sloan Workshops which are near or at capacity every time (you can find out more about Mister Toad on their website here). What is more, I have yet to walk out with ‘just paint’! From a potted rosemary tree in a pail, to trays and jugs, it is stocked with ‘buy me’ goodies as you can see below.
Everything you would want to know about this paint including all the colours available etc can be found on the Annie Sloan website (here). Have a look at that then find your local retailer or buy it online and you’re away to go!
Till next week I will leave you with a few of my up cycling moments and I want to hear about any of yours – feel free to post to my Facebook page here.
Posted on April 17, 2014
Earlier this week I went to Harrogate, taking Cameran with me (my affectionately named LumixGF6), should I be inspired to snap as we wandered.
I was not.
Almost back at my car, ready to leave as I passed this window I was initially drawn to the very cute old-postcard style seaside bags! Standing there admiring the window I noticed the amazing reflection of the beautiful building of Prospect Crescent behind me. Smiling I took the lens-cap off Cameran… sometimes, all we need is to get a different perspective.
These amazing window displays were created by Jo at the Harrogate LK Bennet Store. If you like and are in the vicinity – do pop in and tell her!
JUST IN CASE YOU WANTED TO SHOP…
(click on any of the images below to go through to the LK BENNETT website)