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Beckie Gregory

Antics of Me

Sunday & Me

November 13, 2011

Evening all. How has your Sunday been? Nice and relaxing I hope? I have had a great one – it got off to a lazy start, but managed to pack a fair bit in, in the end.

It was a lovely sunny day in Winchester – a chill in the air, but still a lovely blue sky – just how I like it.

After eventually getting out of the house and fighting my way through the Winchester traffic – I found a parking space and legged it to Cafe Monde where I met the lovely Emily from Normality and Me for coffee.

Emily had managed to nab a table outside so we got to enjoy the sunshine whilst we chatted and gossiped – for so long incidentally, on just one coffee, that eventually we were politely asked if we would like anything else – outside tables are in high demand there!

The rest of the afternoon was spent lazing on the sofa with the husband and bunny Winston watching Fast & Furious 5 – it was total cheese, but I loved it!

Talking of Winston – time for a little update for those who are interested! He is my French Lop house bunny who is now 4 months old – it has gone so quickly! He such a little cutie pie – so loving and well behaved. This is him lying in his favourite spot on the sofa 🙂

What have you been up to today? Anything exciting – or just enjoying a relaxing one like me?

Have a lovely evening and I shall be back tomorrow 🙂 xx

Images via Pinterest (original source unknown), Food to Cure and me.

Home & Interiors

Heavenly Homes – Purple

November 10, 2011

Good afternoon and I hope you are all well? Did you see my Sparkly blog post yesterday – I admitted my almost unhealthy attraction to anything that sparkles! What do you have an almost unhealthy attraction to?!

It is funny how colour tastes change over time – I have never really liked purple, but more recently am starting to see it in a different light! Not sure why – times and tastes just change I guess! As I am moving house next year I need to decide on what colours I want where, so this is useful for me – and hopefully for you too?

Heavenly Homes today is all about the colour purple and how touches of such a strong colour can look fab in your home and really lift and brighten a space. For me personally I would not want to fill a room with it – less is more with such a strong colour and perhaps just one fab statement piece would be enough? That said – if purple is your prozac (see yesterdays Sparkly blog post) then just go for it – each to their own!

I came across this purple chair pic (on A Cottage in The Woods) ages ago and saved it just because its so fab – it really would be a statement piece! One of these big French style chairs was on my list of wants anyway – so perhaps a purple one is the way to go?

I really like the feminine mix of colours and patterns on this conservatory photo (seen on House to Home). I think the purple really jumps out at you and looks great with all of the other soft colours.

I am so in love with shutters! I know you need the right house to pull these off (especially in purple) but I thought they were so pretty I had to include them! When I was in Bruges last year – most of the houses and apartments had them – they just create a whole new feature I think. Seen on Daily Dream Decor.

Oooh, I love this purple sparkly door knob! Seen on Sues Wink.

How pretty are these pom pom like flowers (seen on la belle vie)?! Perhaps a vase of flowers is as far as you would want to take the purple – nice little accent either way.

Now this wardrobe (seen on Pinterest, original source unknown) certainly would be a statement! I love the style of the wardrobe, but for me I think I would want the tone of the purple to be slightly richer and darker for something this big.

Ooops – how did this shoe photo get into my Heavenly Homes post?! Hehe – they are purple and sparkly and fab so had to include them! Seen on The Berry.

Ok, back to business! This chaise longue style sofa is cool (seen on Vintage Rose Garden) and I like that the rest of the room is quite neutral. That side table is fab too – I want that!

Now pans are something I am in desperate need of! I have a load of old random ones that everything sticks to and they are actually quite ugly compared to these purple beauties! They are Le Creuset seen on Gloucester Quays.

I think baskets and any type of wicker containers are great – these ones were seen on the Purple Area. They are great for holding clutter whilst looking cool! Having the odd purple one dotted around could be nice – perhaps just one nice big purple one – I like the one on the bottom left of this pic.

This is a fab front door (seen on Moonlight Rainbow)! I did a post a while back on front doors and how I love a pretty one!

What do you think – are you a purple fan? Are there any colours that you have grown to like?

Like purple, I have recently also started to like aqua – but this (even more so than purple) needs to be done in short sharp bursts (aqua blog post coming soon). Have a lovely afternoon and I shall be back tomorrow 🙂 xx

Antics of Me, Travel

London & The Sanderson Hotel

November 7, 2011

Happy Monday all and I hope you had a great weekend? What did you get up to, anything exciting?

I must apologise for the blog silence over the last few days! As you may have read on the blog, after doing a wedding on Friday, I spent the rest of the weekend in London – which was a surprise trip booked for my birthday. I did not know where I was going until I got into London, but I was not disappointed! 

Sanderson Hotel

We were given the postcode and arrived to discover that we had been booked into the gorgeous Sanderson Hotel, not far from Regents Street! I love the giant vase of flowers that greets you at the entrance!

The hotel is quite tucked away and is not much to look at from the outside, but it is like a hidden gem! The “landmarked 50s building has been transformed by Philippe Starck into a surreal Cocteau-like dream world, epitomizing a “new luxury” that is smart, pared down, and tempered with a healthy dose of wit and irony.”

We walked in to the lobby from the grey London street and were met with gorgeous, chic, stylish fabulousness in every direction – I was not sure where to look first! So I just went around taking pics of everything – don’t worry I won’t bore you with them all!

I really wanted to sit on this hanging seat but knowing my luck it would have came crashing to the floor! 

Beautiful roses on the reception desk. I did get a few strange looks when taking a photo of these – but that is the life of a blogger (taking random photos)!

I loved this mirror hanging from the ceiling! “Starck’s visionary style mixes baroque and modern, juxtaposing Salvador Dali’s curvaceous red lips sofa with classic 60s mosaics and hand-carved African furniture with an oversized Louis XV armoire. The result blends wit, magic and surprise in an elegant balancing act of extravagance and pure simplicity.”

Asia De Cuba

After champagne and nibbles in the hotel, we all put our party frocks on, sparkled it up then got on our way to Asia De Cuba restaurant, which is in the St Martins Lane Hotel, in Covent Garden. The whole place was very cool – even the entrance lobby seen below.

I loved the gnome stools in the entrance lobby – great place to perch whilst we waited for our table.

The food was amazing – it “combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style”. The portions are huge in there and its great to pick a few different starters and mains and just share everything, which is what we did.

Asia De Cuba restaurant is “housed in a dramatically colonnaded space and Asia de Cuba’s innovative menu is matched in its surroundings by a dramatic series of soaring art columns.”  There were a variety of columns – some were covered in books, others in plants and some with framed art – they all looked fab!

Mahiki Bar

Next stop was the Mahiki Bar – a very cool cocktail bar just across the road from the Ritz. I have been here before, but love it every time and will definitely be going back! It is worth booking a table if you can – there is a minimum spend, but when there is a group of you it should not be hard to reach!

This is one of the sharer cocktails we had – that you drink straight from the coconuts! This is one of the best things about Mahiki – its all very visual – the cocktails all look fabulous and it just adds to atmosphere when you are sitting there drinking out of a giant cocktail filled treasure chest, divers helmet or coconuts! 

I love the pretty colourful Mahiki menus – with pics and descriptions of all of the fabulous cocktails. This is the place to go for a proper cocktail – none of that watery tasteless rubbish you get in a lot of places!

This is my sister Katie and I enjoying one of the big sharing cocktails (Treasure Chest I think)! Not sure how many we had had by this point – a fair few judging by the look on my face! Hehe! 🙂

Inevitable Hangover

At the end of most good nights comes the dreaded and inevitable hangover – and this was a very good night! I must say I have felt worse, but I was not at my best and the drive back to Winchester did NOT help!

For some reason I have always suffered with quite bad hangovers which seem to get worse throughout the day instead of better! Boring!

What do you think? Anyone been to any of these places? I had a great time and apart from the hangover – hope to be doing it again soon!

Sorry again for the lack of blogging over the weekend – back to normal from now! 🙂 xx

All photos are mine (Hence the rubbish photography!) apart from the last hangover image which was seen on All Things Bright & Beautiful.

Antics of Me

London Trip

November 4, 2011

Afternoon all – I hope that those of you clock watching in the office are hanging in there?! Not long to go and the weekend will be here!

I am really looking forward to this weekend – the hubby and I are off to Londinium! I am quite often in London for my wedding work, shopping, meeting friends etc – so not necessarily such an exciting prospect?! It most definitely is on this occasion – thanks to my brother and sister in law, who have arranged a surprise night out (was my birthday on Monday) and hotel for us all – super excited!

I am not allowed to know anything until we arrive in London on Saturday afternoon, so cannot tell you much more! But will be reporting back on Sunday with details.

It tends to get messy when we all go out in London, so wish me luck! I get evil hangovers which get worse throughout the day instead of better, and I will no doubt be swearing that I will never drink again on Sunday… but lets cross that bridge when we come to it!

The only negative (apart from the hangover on Sunday) is that this is the first time we will be leaving bunny Winston, so a bit nervous about that as he is still young and its bonfire night on Saturday. I drive nearly an hour each way though to take him to the best luxury bunny hotel – so I know he will be happy and well looked after!

What are you getting up to? Have a fabulous one whatever it is 🙂 xx

Images via imgfave and bippity boppity boo.

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