Bath City Break – The Wanderer Returns

Well, naughty me, I’ve not blogged in two weeks!  Time just seems to have slipped away from me with a combination of work, a trip away with hubster, having various friends over for drinks/dinner/board games, celebrating 6 months of marriage and most joyously, the sun FINALLY putting in an appearance.  This winter has just dragged on and on and the appearance of Spring has made me feel much cheerier.  We have already had our first barbecue of the year last weekend and tonight we zoomed straight home from work so that we could spend some time sitting in the garden before the sun went down.

Our trip to Bath was a joint birthday present, mine is in a couple of weeks and hubby’s was in March, so we decided to go away in the middle of both – and before the accommodation prices go even higher as we move into Summer. 

Bath is notoriously really expensive to stay in, so we decided to stay at a guest house which included parking and breakfast.  All the rooms had en-suite facilities, so it was really like a hotel but just on a much smaller scale (some guest houses/B&B’s only have shared facilities, so you need to double-check this before you book).  As well as the accommodation being expensive, so is the parking – I’d say almost the same as parking in inner London in some streets – so we were really luck that we got the parking included too.

Our base was really well placed and we only seemed to be 10 minutes walk from anything that we wanted to see.  We did so much walking that by the second afternoon we were about fit to drop and had to go back to our room for a disco nap before we headed out for dinner that evening.

I’m started to get a bit more savvy with my packing as I get older.  In days gone by, I practically took my whole wardrobe with me so that I had loads of options to choose from, where-as now I try to stick to a ‘capsule’ wardrobe where everything can be interchanged or worn with a couple of outfits.  On this trip, I decided I was only taking my brown Duo riding boots and my black Duo suede boots (I have been known to take about 5 pairs of shoes for two days away!).  From that starting point I plotted my outfits.

Day One – daytime & evening

blue dress + boots - BathMulberry dress - Bath

Daytime: dress – Dorothy Perkins; cardigan – H&M; belt – Primark; tights – M&S, boots –  Duo; necklace – Accessorize; flushed face and messy hair – crazy Bath wind.

Evening: dress – Monsoon, belt – Debenhams; necklace – Next; boots – Duo

Day Two – daytime and evening

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Daytime: shirt – H&M; jeggings – Dorothy Perkins; scarf – Primark; boots – Duo (same as before)

Evening: shirt – Peacocks; jeans – Dorothy Perkins; scarf – Oasis; boots – Duo (same as before)

 The Roman Bath’s were really interesting, we spent a good 2 1/2 hours there and literally listened to every word on the audio tour which comes with the price of the ticket.  We paid a bit extra and got entrance into the Fashion Museum which is located in the Assembly Rooms.  I can also recommend Bath Abbey, which is only about £2.50 to spend as long there as you wish. 

We obviously went to look at the Circus and the Royal Crescent, but sadly the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent wasn’t open as it is being renovated.  I also took a trip (on my own – couldn’t put hubby through it) to the Jane Austen exhibit, which I found really, really interesting.  All in all, it was a fantastic few days away.

Here’s a random selection of photos from the trip away.

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Inside Bath Abbey was beautiful.

Bath Abbey

A strange art installation at the Abbey

Roman Baths - outside Abbey viewRoman Baths - Sulis

 

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Look what I found!!  I also spotted the next pair of Duo boots I NEED!

Jam cocktail - Bath

Cocktail’s were flowing – even from jam jars……

Slug ladies room - Bath

Quite possibly the most glamorous ladies toilets ever……..

 

 

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Statement Necklace and Winter Skincare

It’s been almost a week since I did my last post, which I’m not too happy with but other things have been going on and getting in the way of my writing.  I’ve been trying to type up bits and pieces on my iPhone, but I think I’m going to end up giving myself RSI so I’ve given that up.  I’ve got a massive list of things I want to write about, I just need to knuckle down and get on with it.  I’m writing this tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle, as the weather has taken an inextricable turn for the worst and it is ridiculously freezing.

At the end of last week I went to stay with my brother and his family who live a couple of hours drive away, as he’ll be leaving for a six month deployment to afghanistan next week and he had some time off before he goes.  It was lovely to see them all and have a few days off work too.

On Saturday, husband and I went shopping in Kingston as I had a list of things I needed to pick up and also wanted to have a look around the shops, both to see what’s coming into the stores for spring/summer and also catch the Monsoon sale which had just started.  It’s quite a large store in Kingston, but the sale was pretty unimpressive and I left empty handed.

I did pick up this amazing statement necklace from Dorothy Perkins (BHS concession).  I’ve had my eye on it for quite a while, as it was about £20 full price, but I picked it up for about £6.  I just need somewhere to where it now!

necklace

The constant changes in temperature has also been playing havoc with my skin, both on my face and body (particularly my legs, which have gone almost grey with dryness), so I spent a good while in boots looking at different lotions which could bring me some relief.

I settled on this Skin Comforting Miracle Balm from the Champney’s range (£5, but available across the 3 for 2 items), which is a bit like a hard and scented 8 hour cream from Elizabeth Arden, as you can use it on skin, lips, cuticles etc.  It smells amazing and when I have it on my skin feels just like I’ve had a facial. It really has that luxury spa scent about it too.  I’ve only had it a few days and I’ve already used loads!  I have combination skin, so I’ve only been using it across the top of my forehead and my cheeks, I think if I used it on my t-zone that it would cause a breakout as it’s very rich. 

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For my legs I went for this Sanctuary Spa 24 hour moisturiser (£5.50, but again available in the 3 for 2 offer) as it came with a pump, making it easier to handle.  This too smells amazing, but be warned, it’s made to make your legs tingle!  I thought I was allergic to it at first until I re-read the back and saw that it’s got an agent in it which tingles the skin in order to make you feel more energised.  I’m not sure I had more energy, but I definitely have softer skin.

Sanctuary body lotion

Lastly, I’ve attached a picture of the amazing earrings I talked about in my last post.  They’re outrageously amazing and have made me feel very glamorous on the two occasions I’ve had chance to wear them!  I got them in the January sale from Accessorise, reduced from £15 to £4.50.  Another lovely bargain!

Earrings